Sunday, January 21, 2018


Saturday 20th January 2018
K H KalaSoudha, HamumanthNagara, NammaBengaluru.

Opening song by the artists
Suyoga School of Arts, as a part of their Annual Day Program, presented Kannada Drama " Bhaartha Yaatre", at K H KalaSoudha, hanumanthNagar, NammaBengaluru.

The concept and story line of the play was good. The presentation could have been better with little bit of accompanying music.

Scenes of the play
RamaKrishna Jois, lead role in the play sets out for pilgrimage of India (Bhaaratha Yaatre) from his hometown, not with an intention of visiting holy places or temples but with mission to find answers to some of the nagging questions about life and living.

Mr Jois, during his tour of India, meets various people at different situations and interacts with them to hear their stories about their living and haunting issues. People whom he meets are,
1. a woman, who narrates her story when he was doing Tulsi Pooja at home,
2. a politician from Andhra, speaking little bit of Kannada during his train journey, and says how politicians are treating people,
3. a revolutionary (kranthikaari) woman is a hotel room, had issues about her life and how she became a revolutionary carrying a gun,
4. a consultant, traveling in a flight, says he earns money apparently fooling people,
5. a musician, singing English songs with guitar, posing as an Englishman,
6. an Muslim auto driver at Ahmedabad, trying to find answers to why muslims and hindus are killing each other, like the case of Godhra,
7. meets his own son, having a party with drinks with friends in Mumbai, discussing various issues and each one having questions about life.

Finally, Jois meets a Saint in Haridwar, where he asks questions raised by all people whom he met.
He says "Om Shivam" is the answer to all issues, and we have no answers.


The dialogues, situations, acting and movements were all good. During the change of scenes, there was vacuum on stage, which could be filled with some relevant music.

However, the play kept the audience in rapt attention throughout 90-minutes play.

Posted Sunday, 21st January 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018


Sunday, 14th Jan.2018

Ravi's Birth Day is on 6th Jan, and as he was out of station, we had a get-together at his own apartment, Salarpuria Sattva, Celesta at BidaraHalli, near K R Puram. Bengaluru.

Shubha, Raghu, Lahari, Rishi, Mom, Sridhar BidaraHalli, Bharathi and Anisha were there.

A beautiful cake with variety of ingredients  prepared by Mom with Luv, was cut by Ravian and shared to all present.

We had nice starters like fruit mix, bread with cheese. We had millet palav, rice samabar, papad, chutney, curd, payasa, etc

It was a pleasant and happy moments and memories to cherish.

posted Tuesday 16th Jan 2018

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Sunday, 14th January 2018
LalBhaag, NammaBengaluru.

SUGGI is the farmers' festival, where they celebrate the harvesting season, happy with the crops they got, hence the family joins in the celebrations.

Now it is being celebrated in the cities, emphasizing the need to change the lifestyle and use more of organic millet based food.

It's also "Makara Samkranthi" festival, when the sun changes his path from South to North i,e, Dakshinayana to Uttarayana.

The state Government, along with department of Agriculture and Horticulture, organized a day long festival " SUGGI HUGGI" at LaalBhaag in Bengaluru.

Politicians presence

One of the highlight of the festival is KITE FLYING, where in the villages, in the open fields, people enjoy flying kites of various sizes and faces. They enjoy thrill and excitement in flying the kites higher and higher.

"KICCHU HAAYISU"  (ಕಿಚ್ಚು ಹಾಯಿಸು ) is another highlight of the festival, where male cows are decorated and made to run on burning fire, from dry grass. People enjoy the thrill, though it is the punishment for cows.

We went only in the evening when most of the organic food festival was over, but we could see the highlights of the evening.

Posted Monday 15th Jan. 2018

Saturday, January 13, 2018


Wednesday, 27th December 2017

Morning, as usual, after heavy breakfast, we set out for sightseeing of Angkor Temples, with guide Mr Nivath.

In the itinerary, we had number of items like Banteay Kdei,
Srah Sarang, 10Century, built as Royal Swimming pool, 
Ta Prohm, 12Ccentury, photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of ruins and jungle surroundings,
Thommanon - Temple dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, is small but elegant,
Prasat Kravn, 10 C built of reddish brick towers
Mebon, 10 Century, stands on a artificial island dedicated God Shiva,
Pre Rup, 9 century, only temple in the region built with brick, laterite and sandstone construction,
and Preah Khan.

Preah Khan temple in Angkor, Cambodia, built in 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honour his his father. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist Sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples. This has been left largely unrestored with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

Since 1991, the site has been maintained by the World Monuments Fund, continued cautious approach to restoration. They running a glorified maintenance program.

PreahKhan is oriented toward east and the main entrance. There are others at cardinal points. Each entrance has causeway over the moat with Naga carrying Devas and Asuras.

While the main temple was Buddhist, other three were dedicated to Shiva, previous Kings and Queens and Vishnu respectively. On the northern temple, Vishnu reclining on the west and Trinity Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma to the East. On the western temple, Krishna raising Mount Govardhana to the west.

It was quite tiring to walk, climb and get down. In spite of sitting for a while, thinking of how life could have been, in those golden days  and the glory of Angkor Empire. The dedication, support of rulers and the artisans, architects in those days amazing, skills and the muscle power must have made those temples and we are seeing the ruins after more than thousand years.

We also a group of war veterans, disabled, maimed sitting on shelter, playing music with different instruments.

Posted Sunday 14th Jan. 2017