Archive for March, 2008

The BIAL (New Airport) Update

For those of you who have been following the new airport developments, here is some more news. Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) announced the commencement of the integrated trial phase on Feb 28. This stage signals the final trial phase of the airport and involves integrating various processes to simulate real life airport operation.

The trials held included basic and advanced trials. The advanced trials continue and involve testing of combinations of basic processes and stress tests to check capacity of installations, systems and the staff. These trials test the capacity of different sub-processes and eventually show critical areas and possible obstacles. Based on the feedback received, processes are improved and/or fine-tuned.

Voluntary Blood Banks

Bangalore, obviously, must have several Blood Banks where volunteers can donate blood which will then be used during emergencies.

I know of the Blood Bank that the TTK group runs, it is ably managed by Lakshmi Ravichandran.

But I have been noticing this sign also, near my home:

voluntary blood bank jayanagar 100308

What are the guidelines that govern the setting up of a Blood Bank in Bangalore? How do the administrators ensure that the blood is stored properly and does not lose its viablity? I will be going to this Blood Bank and asking a few questions, but meanwhile…if anyone has some info, that would be welcome!

Kannada bloggers’ meet

When: Sunday, 16th March 2008
Where: Indian Institute of World Culture, Basavanagudi.
Time: 4 pm.

All the people who write, read and follow Kannada blogs have planned to meet up as per the above mentioned date, time and venue. In the program Dr. U.B Pavanaja, S. K. Shyamshankar(editor of and Hariprasad Nadig(of will be present.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬ್ಲಾಗಿಗಳ ಸಮ್ಮಿಲನ
ಬಾರಿಸುವ ಕನ್ನಡ ಡಿ೦ಡಿಮ…

Please find the route map of the venue here.

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Silky Routes@ Silk Mark Expo 2008

Karnataka being the largest producer of silk in India continues to strive towards Silk production and marketing. The Silk Mark Expo 2008 an exhibition was held by Silk Board in Kanteerava stadium showcases varieties of silk-ware and even the useful information about silk production.


Women’s day, my take…

Passing by the defense area in the city, I watch her riding in an elegant posture which demonstrates great confidence.


As she rides her bike into the defense area, this lady in the uniform and (tough shoes!) makes me proud and inculcates a feeling of safety….


My salute to this unknown lady soldier of my country and many more who are contributing their best of abilities to make our lives safe and secure!!

The Amaze/Pixetra photography competition

Yesterday I went to IIPM, on the 100 ft Road, Koramangala, to look at the wildlife photography images that had been entered for the Photography Competition organized by IIPM and Pixetra as part of the AMAZE 2008 festival.

Pixetra , the photo store that recently opened at a second location at Spar Hypermarket, Bannerghatta Road, had invited Sudhir Shivaram , one of Bangalore’s finest wildlife photographers, to address the audience with a short talk about the basics of digital photography, and parameters to be considered in buying a camera.


International Women’s Day….

Here’s a delightful scene I snapped last Saturday in Lalbagh:

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Are those women picnicking in the park? (Couldn’t see if there was food inside the circle.) Do they have a more serious agenda? What could have brought so many of them to the park, so early in the morning, away from their households? I preferred not to go up and ask, and leave explanations to my imagination…

Here’s to women everywhere. I don’t say we are always the angels that all those internet forwards talk about; we are human, we have our vices and failings, too…but in general, it’s a sisterhood that I am proud to belong to, and here’s wishing for the day when each woman will be able to realize her full potential…..when gender will not be an issue worth discussing, and we don’t have to have a special Women’s Day, because every day will be one.

Democratic Business…

– Elections are coming!! 


This synergy of political alliances seen in this shop where all political symbols / flags are seen standing together. This shop in a market area must be running a successful business of democracy!!

The Bangalore Real Estate Agent

Getting a house in Bangalore can be a tedious task. When ads on internet classified sites or their print counter parts don’t work, the only other resort is to knock on the door of a Real Estate Agent (otherwise called a broker here). I have personally dealt with quite a few over the last few days & this is an account of that. Not as someone seeking a house for rent but on the other side as someone having a house to give away on rent.


These Real Estate agents are amazingly active. Even as our previous tenant was in the process of shifting his household items we received a call asking if the house was available for rent & what is the rent we were expecting. Who was this guy? Who gave him our number? We only made our guesses.


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