Friday, December 30, 2011


Shivaganga betta in the mist
Climb up to Ola Kallu Thirtha
Shivaganga is only 70 km from the Garden city of Bangalore. Shivaganga in Karnataka is located in the hill top which is about 1368 meters high and lies on the national highway number 4.

The small town of Shivaganga in Karnataka is situated on the four-faced hill. The eastern part resembles the Nandi bull of Lord Shiva, the western part resembles Ganesha, the southern part resembles a linga and finally the northern part resembles King Cobra. Shivaganga in Karnataka is the home to two main shrines, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple and Honnadevi Temple. You will be amazed to see the beautiful natural spring at Patalaganga on your way to the hilltop of Shivaganga.
Fetching for Thirtha on the top of betta
OLA KAL THIRTHA - is the cave temple at the top of the hill, where it is believed that shivalinga in the water, which is sacred.

The temple of Lord Shiva and waters found is said to be from river Ganga which was believed to be from holy waters of Ganga in Kashi. Shivaganga has a temple on the hill top where you will find a statue of Nandi. Thousands of devotees come to the temple of Shivaganga at Karnataka to pay their homage to the Lord.

The landscape of Shivaganga is very enchanting and you will have a panoramic view of the down town from the height of 1368 meters. There is a quadrangular Shivaganga Fort, located in the south western part of the old city of Shivaganga. The fort was built by the nayaka ruler, Sevappa Nayaka in the 16th century. The fort comprises of a square Shivaganga tank, Brihadishvara temple, Schwartz Church and public amusement park.

Thousands of devotee come to Shivaganga of Karnataka to take a holy dip in the tirtha or sacred water place and see the 100 pillars hall in Shivaganga.
Friday, 30 Dec 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011


The rituals performed on the thirteenth day after a person dies is called VAIKUNTHA SAMARADHANE.  It's the day when the departed soul reaches heavenly abode (Vaikuntha), after performing tenth day (Darmodhaka), eleventh day (Ekodista), twelveth day (Sapindikarana shradhdha)).

 Fondly, everyone calls her as ACHI, who passed away on 13th Dec 2011, and the ritual of Vaikuntha Samaradhane was performed at Achimane, Garadimane, Varambally Village, on 25th Dec 2011. It is also the day when the relations, friends and well wishers call on the family and condole them. 
About 400 people came to the house, had sumptuous lunch with holige, and other sweets.....
It was also an occasion for family get-together and plan for the future.
Children Ramesh, Suresh, Umesh and Dinesh were all taking care of relations and guests.

Thu 29 Dec 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011


Arrival a baby to the family calls for celebration, asking for gods blessing's to health and welfare of child, parents and the family. Relations and friends are invited for the naming ceremony of the child called NAMAKARANA.

Such was an occasion to the family of Nagaraja Aithal, parents of Kavitha Upadhya. The ceremony was in Krishna Vadiraja Mantapa, Chamarajapete, Bengaluru, followed by sumptuous lunch.

The child was named VITTALA
Mon, 19 Dec 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Celebrating birthdays are very common, specially in the young age. It gives an occasion for a party, get-together and celebration. As one gets older, there is always a feeling of nostalgia and memories of the past birth days.

The celebration was at the new house, BIRTHI MANE, at 13A Cross, Bhuvaneshwarinagara, Hebbal, Bengaluru on 17th Dec. 2011 when Rishi turned 22 yrs. Lahari, Shubha and Raghu joined and had cutting cake, music and fun. Ravi & Vidya joined through video chat from UK......
There was food cooked at home, and it was nice time spent together.

Sun, 18th Dec 2011

ದಾಟು - ಎಸ್.ಎಲ್.ಬೈರಪ್ಪ

The reader gets an impression that S L Bhyrappa tries establish the fact that there is always some super power, one can call it ALMIGHTY GOD, that controls the events in the universe.  When people go against the tradition, culture, belief, calling themselves as progressives, unnatural behaviour of people take place, resulting in the destruction of property and living things.
The novel delicately touches upon the sensitivity of caste system and the related happening in rural India. When the system has been moving on for years together, some so called rational thinking people tries to go against the wind, events happen against the society. 
The characters Satyabhama, Srinivasa, Mohandasa, Venkatesha, Meera, Bettayya, Melegiri Gowda are superbly interlinked and powerful in their own way. 
S L Bhyrappa has the excellent skill of narrating the imaginary events beautifully. 
Daatu (The Crossing Over) - Set predominantly in rural India, this gripping, passionate tale centres on Satyabhama, daughter of a Brahmin priest. When the young woman chooses to follow her own impulses rather than submit to rules of caste, which prevent her marrying the man she loves, she finds the path a cruel one. Packed with vivid descriptions of Indian life, this book, from one of India's most distinguished novelists, not only indicts an oppressive and unjust caste-system but offers a thrilling account of the voyage of self-discovery undertaken by one steadfast and courageous woman.
Sunday, 18 Dec 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

"ACHI" ...... NO MORE

Everyone fondly calls her as "Achi"...... beloved name for mom, sis, aunty, grandma,....... as she was......
Smt. Vanajakshi, my eldest sister, passed away last Tuesday, 13th Dec. 2011, at Manipal Hospital after a brief illness.  As I got the message late Tuesday night, immediately I set my journey to ooru, to participate in the funeral procedure. ...... reached Birthi home in the morning, went to Achimane in Garadimane, where achi lived independently for last several years.  Her mortal remains were brought to the house for an hour and then later taken to Indrali, near Udupi for crematorium. Her body was placed on the wooden pyre and set fire, as per hindu tradition. After a couple of hours her body was in ashes and her memories only remained......
She was a very courageous lady, gone through very trying and difficult times, losing her husband when five children...... Ramesh, Suresh, Umesh, Satish and Dinesh.......were very young......when one of the boys, Satish died in the accident when he was 24 yrs.......brought up all children with good education.
All boys are well settled in Bangalore with their family......Though she had some health issues for last few years, she stayed alone in her house at Achimane.......and was very cordial and affectionate to anyone going to her house.......
 Jayaram, Nalini, Achi
She had a good and peaceful life of 81 years, and the children took good care of her.....
May her soul REST IN PEACE......
Friday, 16 Dec 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Mr.Neville De Noronha, Principal of Our Own High School, Dubai, with whom I worked for about six months before I was relocated to Bangalore in June 2010. The man I saw him as highly energetic, ambitious, enthusiastic and hard working.

Noronha at Somayaji's farewell

Noronha was in Bangalore last Tuesday for interviewing teachers. Surprisingly, he invited me and my wife to join him lunch the next day. As Nalini was busy, I only joined and spent good one hour, having lunch and talking about the school, his family, nostalgia and other things.
Unfortunately, he had massive heart attack the next day, admitted in the Fortis hospital in Bangalore. He relapsed into coma soon and after four days, i.e. Monday evening 12th Dec, at 5.30pm, when I went to the hospital for visit, he was as declared no more.
The event is unforgettable as I could see life is so fragile and uncertain......
My God rest his soul in perfect peace......
Tue, 13th Dec

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Ramesh packers and movers were booked for Sunday 4th Dec.2011 for shifting household items from Marthahalli to new house BIRTHIMANE at Bhuvaneshwarinagara, Hebbal. Six people from the movers came at 9 in the morning and started putting bedroom things, kitchen items and others items.
Fixed items like aqua guard water purifier, geizer, fancy light, swing, showcase etc were removed and loaded into the lorry. People were skilled and professionals and always found the short cut to minimize effort required.

The exercise was over by 4 pm.....left for the new house and reached by 5 pm.....
Next exercise was to unload and put the items in first and second floor..... Beds, showcase and other heavy stuff was skillfully lifted and put in the required place and re installed......Altogether some 45 cartons of house stuff..... brought to new house.....
Big exercise indeed.....
Tue 6 Feb 2011 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Care and love for animals does not come naturally for all...... but for some, it's instinctive, inborn...... the affection shown by Nalini, is immense and very natural....... it can be seen in the behaviour of animals also.... may be it's cat, dog or rabbit.....


Birthi, Salekeri 
Birthi, Salekeri


Sharjah Park, U A E

 at Shivaganga betta

Thur, 01 Dec 2011


It's Guruprasad-Hema's wedding at Premanand Convention Hall at West of Chord road at Bangalore. The boy is a distant relative of Nalini...... Lots of relations from native attended the wedding..... nostalgia of OORU is the earlier days......
had a sumptuous grand lunch...... call it MADUVE OOTA........with holige and some more sweets.....
Thur, Dec 01, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Harshavardhan, grandson of Baikadi Venkatakrishna Rao, lost his father when he was 8 yrs old and his mother, when he was 18 yrs. The boy with his sister, Hamsa were the neighbors back in the native village Birthi,Salikeri. He joined Bank to work after completing his MBA and settled well and is time to celebrate his wedding with Shwetha, a pretty software pro.

The wedding and the reception took place at Prasanna Kalyana Mantap, Jayanagara, Bangalore. Relatives, friends and well wishers came from far and near, joined the celebration. Sumathi and her daughter from Bombay, Shobha from Hongirana, Sagara, Gowri from Udupi, Abhilasha, Anisha from Birthi. It was just like family gathering, fun , get together, good food and recollecting memories......
In the evening reception with buffet dinner with number of items..... chat, dosa, pulav, gulab jamun, ice cream.......
Thur, 24th Nov

Monday, November 21, 2011


Jayalakshmi, sister's daughter living with family in a newly built house in Mayagundi, near Udupi. Her daughter, Lavanya married to Manoj, some six years ago. She is pregnant now and the family celebrating with Sri Satyanarayana Pooja and grand lunch for more than 100 people, relatives and friends around.

SEEMANTHA - A would-be mother is blessed by all and wished her good luck for delivering the baby. Even in west when baby shower is celebrated it means 'showering the blessings to the mother-to-be' and wishing her luck.
Sun, 20 Nov


The family traveled  to Guddattu in a 15-seater tempo traveler to attend temple seva. A distance of 500km and a 10-hour journey from Bengaluru.
Near the well inside the temple

Aayar Koda Seva (which means 'Sahasrakumbabhisheka') is a special and unique seva performed at Guddattu Vinayaka Temple,  Ayar Koda Seva starts with draining the water from the cave and then abhisheka with water is done till the water overflows from the cave, that is up to neck level of the Lord Ganapathi. This seva requires about thousand pots of water and hence Pooja is called 'Ayar Koda Seva'. Water in the pot lifted from inside the well and passed to the chain of people standing and then poured inside the cave. This is very popular seva and devotees will have to book their dates at least six months in advance.
Sat 19 nov


Visited the temple over the weekend to attend seva offered by daughter Shubha Somayaji
Guddattu is located about 15 km from Kundapur in Udupi district. The Jaladhivasa Ganapathi (Vinayaka) Temple here is unique of its kind in India. This ancient temple is situated on the foot of a huge rock, which looks like a sleeping elephant. On both sides of the rock are surrounded by the forest and lush green paddy fields and the place is picturesque.
On top of temple's rock
 The 'Swayambhu' Ganapathi (Ganapathi emerged on its own) is the main attraction of the temple located on the eastern part of this rock. Lord Ganapathi here sitting with his legs folded, trunk twisted towards sight, is sun in a sitting posture and looking towards south.
Guddattu Jaladhivasa Maha Ganapathi Temple is very ancient temple and no body knows when it came to existence. As per the legend, Lord Shiva advised Lord Ganapathi to sit in the water (Narasimha Theertha) here to get rid of the great burning sensation to Lord Ganapathi's skin after eating excess of honey.
The Idol of Lord Ganapathi (Vinayaka) is about 3 feet and is in black stone sculpture with little gap around it. The cave will always be kept filled with water which sinks the lord Ganapathi up to neck level. The lord is visible to the people through a hole which is located in front of lord Ganapathi. The temple of Lord Ganapathi here is renovated by attractive Mukhamantapa, Thirthamantapa, Hebbagilu and Pauli which is constructed here with granitic structure as per temple vaastu.
Sat, 19th Nov

Monday, November 7, 2011


A new experiment in theatre, it is based on a lesser- known edict, which portrays the society’s cruel face 500 years ago.

Dr M Byregowda, a historian and anthropologist, is the playwright. The edict was found in Jannenahalli in Gubbi taluk, Tumkur district.

The play directed by Krishnamurthy Kavathar portrays the cruelty of the ruling class and exposes how they wreaked havoc in the lives of their subjects, by acts such as kidnapping of brides.

Artists from the play "VESHADA HULI"
 Today, we  went to witness yet another drama VESHADA HULI at Ravindra Kalakshetra, Bengaluru. It was 60-minute play by the artistes shown in the image above......dialogues, presentation was good.... but difficult to understand the concept.......
Monday, 7th Nov. 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


The latest novel by Chetan Bhagat is a disappointment to a certain extent. It made a good reading half way through...... but afterwards it completely lost its focus, direction and the goal. The thought process became totally confused, disconnected and cumbersome. ......could not make out connection with LOVE, CORRUPTION AND AMBITION....... However, Chetan's style of writing, narration of events, choice of words is excellent.....
Nov 3 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011


DEEPAVALI...... Festival of lights celebrated throughout India in a big way...... crores of rupees are spent on crackers or patakhis...... 

it's time for families get-together..... sweets, good food and thanking God.... for keeping everyone happy, healthy and safe.......

It is celebrated on the before and next day of amavasya(No moon day) as NARAKA CHATURDASHI (before no-moon day) resembling Satyabhama's victory over Narakasura and as Balipadyami the first day of Kaarthika masa; inviting the greatest emperor of times Balichakravarthi to each and everybody's homes.

The entire house is cleaned and new clothes are purchased for the entire family which is followed by lighting of oil lamps around the house and bursting firecrackers. The tradition in kannada families is that all members gather together for the three days celebration. First day, after oil bath in early morning, with new clothes they'll start with bursting crackers, followed by lakshmi mahaapooje on amavaasye (no-moon day) and then on third day decorating the whole house and especially entrance with flowers and floor decoration to invite Bali to their homes; a special fort-entrance kind of thing is made on the entrances of every home which is made out of cow-dung(gOmaya) and sandalwood(siri-chandana) which both have a high divine reverence in kannada tradition. Also fire-camps are kindled on both naraka chaturdashi and balipadyami days of deepavali; where in respective community people's gathering is significant and huge firework bursting ceremony happens.

The celebration of Diwali is marked by the lighting of innumerable lamps in every courtyard and the bursting of crackers. Sweetmeals, new clothes and spirit is there as in other festivals. The time for rejoicing is mainly early morning and late night. These hours of darkness bordering the waking hours are preferred as lights and crackers are the highlights of the festivities and these need darkness to have their illuminating effect. Hence people rise early and go late to sleep.
Thursday, 27 Oct 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011


It was only three days ago...... NAMMA METRO, BENGALURU...... was inaugurated on a high profile publicity...... a stretch of about 6.7 km from Byappanahalli to M G Road...... people were so excited..... something like a miracle....... crowd, crowd and crowd........people were frenzy, screaming and shouting...
So we decided to go for a ride...... from Indiranagar to MG Road and back....... ride was smooth with rush and the typical Indian crowd ...... rushing and pushing........ costing Rs 24 for a return trip..... finishing work of stations is not sparkling,elegant and fine......  however..... we are Indians.....
Sun, 23 Oct


Manohar Rao, veteran from Dubai, who has been living and working there for last 30 years.... on a visit to Bangalore..... called the previous day...... that would like to visit us...... fine .... most welcome.... come for lunch.....
So he comes with his wife Geetha, daughters Sneha and Preethi and a friend's daughter Shwetha, traveling by train from Mysore, calls a friend to send his vehicle with driver..... the car AUDI Q7.....
all have sumptuous lunch....... chat.....  and leaves back to Mysore.....The man runs an exchange business in Dubai...... DUBAI EXPRESS...... doing well..... God fearing person......
Sunday 23 Oct

Friday, October 21, 2011


It's concept of HOUSE IN HOUSE or...... LIVE TOGETHER, LIVE DIFFERENTLY...... with multiple purpose....... how we manage to keep it or maintain it...... only time will tell........
We are yet to move..... and to settle...... apprehensions, hopes and criticisms, problems ...... are expected......  hope to manage and live happily.......


Saturday, 22 Oct, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011


Traditionally it is customory to pray once in a year for the machines, vehicles and other instruments which are used........falls on the ninth day of Navratri Festival....... called AYUDHA POOJA......
It's also for thanking the almighty for using the items without much trouble, problems or hassles. and praying for good use of the same in the coming year.
Such an occasion was on 5th Colosseo apartments..... offered pooja to the car and motorbike which are being used......