Thursday, March 27, 2014

Stone Chariot in Hampi

Hampi is the capital of the inspiring VIJAYANAGAR EMPIRE of Karnataka.
read more here.
The stone chariot is the most famous stone carving at Hampi.

Boys pushing the stone chariot
 The stone chariot originally had horses pulling it. The elephants are a later addition!

stone chariot with carriage attached?

intricate carvings

Friday, March 14, 2014

Boys of Kokkare Bellur

The Future of India is HERE

Kokkare Bellur is a small hamlet off the Bangalore Mysore highway. It is the breeding home for Painted Storks and Pelicans. The boys of Kokkare Bellur took us around. And as return favour they asked us for.....

Give us pens and notebooks... they say

Come...we show you another cluster of birds

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pelicans and Painted Storks of Kokkare Bellur

We drove down from Bangalore on a cool February morning. A two hour drive from Padmanabhanagar in Bangalore. This included a rather long breakfast halt of dosai and idli and kesaribath. Kokkare Bellur is a short deviation on The Bangalore Mysore highway

Watch out for the large signboard on Bangalore - Mysore Highway. Turn left here into Kokkare Bellur

Birds up to 4 feet high clustered on treetops. 
They choose sturdy trees like the tamarind and banyan and peepul trees

I am single and ready to mingle!!

Large wingspan and silent flying

A nest but no eggs as yet

The hamlet of Kokkare Bellur

Painted Storks and Pelicans come into the small sleepy hamlet of Kokkare-Bellur for breeding in December. They stay here for four months. They build nests, lay eggs, breed young ones, take them walking through the streets of the sleepy hamlet and fly away in April. The boys of this hamlet are eager to take you around.

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Yellow Flowers

The Tree of Gold
The streets of Bangalore have these lovely bright yellow flowering trees. They are seen in January and February. I took this picture on a cloudy afternoon in January
By March the flowers of this tree in Indiranagar are beginning to fall. 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hindu temple tower

Sri Venkataramanaswamy, Temple, Fort, Chamarajpet, Bangalore.

                  Aksharadam Temple, New Delhi

                                             Sri Adi Shankara Mutt, Chamarajpet Bangalore.

Football Match

Our First ever visit to watch a Football Match !! It was different from our cricket matches - a unique experience- at  Los Angeles, CA, USA  -- October 2011.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ugadi greetings


ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬಎಲ್ಲರಿಗುಸಂತೋಷನೀಡಲಿಎಂದುನಮ್ಮ

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mission Bells at San Luis Obispo De Tolosa

The city of San Luis Obispo is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.  U.S.
The city is beautiful.
we spent quite some time at the Mission, on our return journey from LA to San Jose, last October.  Here are a few pictures taken :

The front view of the Church.  Three Bells described in the 1st Picture above may be seen here.

The side view of the Mission.

The bronze bells in the courtyard.

The bronze bell is awesome.

one of the paintings displayed inside the Mission.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

San Diego Zoo

 San Diego Zoo, California, USA.   - A wild animal park-with over 4000 animals-more than 800 species-

Africa Safari -

Giraffes, Rhinos, Lions etc., roam around in open air.

                                                    Huge open land for the animals to roam around

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Naperville, IL

Naperville about 28 Miles West of Chicago.  
Here are a few pictures of the beautiful nature.


Garden is maintained superbly


It is absolutely true.

It is amazing !!

I love colors

Family of trees

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Friday, March 9, 2012


At Bangalore

                                                                            At Dubai

                                                       At Dubai

                                                                  at New Delhi

                                                           At New Delhi

                                                          At Orleans,  France

                                               While in Dubai

                                                            At Bangalore

                                             At New Delhi

                                                              At Dubai

                                                                 At Bangalore


                                                              At a seashore at Dubai

                                                                         At a Desert in Dubai

Sun set picture taken at Dubai