A tale by the river : Talakadu


Let me take my readers today to a hamlet called Talakadu. Once a capital city of the Ganga dynasty, now reduced to a 'heap of sand'. There are many legends, folklore and mysteries surrounding Talakadu. Legend says that aeons ago in the Jungles of this area lived two brothers (some stories say they were demons, …

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A stroll at Hoskote Lake


It was a fine Sunday morning. The past week Bangalore witnessed intermittent spells of rains and the the days were overcast and gloomy. In the past few weeks some of my birding trips to the lake was cut short by spells of rain. Today was different. There was a cool breeze and the sun was …

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In God’s Own country, at the People’s own festival – Thrissur Pooram


It was peak summer time in Kerala, but I was determined to check out one item from my Bucket list and that was to witness 'Thrissur Pooram' in all its glory. Our Journey this time was on the chariots of Indian Railways. For an overnight journey I believe trains are the best option if you …

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Wonders Under and Above the Earth


It was the first day of a long weekend. While most of Bangalore was still slumbering, my wife and I had packed our bags and by 4AM we had hit the roads. This time our destination was a small hamlet somewhere in the State of Andhra Pradesh called Gandikotta. Known as 'The Grand Canyon of India', …

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Lakes of Bangalore: Part II – Kasavanahalli Lake


In the second post in this series I will be taking my readers to Kasavanahalli Lake a beautiful but dwindling lake on the Sarjapur main road. This lake has been in the news for the wrong reasons. It has been a witness to encroachments by the land mafia on several occasions. On the boundary of …

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The Lakes of Bangalore : Part I – Kaikondrahalli Lake


Bangalore a city once famous for its beautiful climate, gardens and lakes, has been declared as one of the most polluted cities in the country. In a recent study conducted by the prestigious Indian Institute of Science has said that this city will be 'Unlivable' in the next 5 years. The maddening pace at which …

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