Sunday, August 31, 2014


It's reception, wedding of Akshatha-Adarsha at Karnataka Jain Bhavan, V V Puram, Bengaluru on 30th/31st August 2014.
Akshatha is daughter of Ashwini, who is the grand-daughter of my father's brother...... little difficult understand.....??? Take it as it is...
As the contacts of relations, distant relations still continue, they want to share special occasion and times of happy days.....
with PAPUTTI sis

It's more of social gathering, relations meet, lost contacts are established, people who have left for heavenly abode are remembered, and generally knowing about family and welfare.....
Paputti..... father's brother (Doddappayya) Shankaranarayana Somayaji's one of the daughters, is 76 years and keen to know about all family things and welfare..... apparently she becomes sister......
Reception is buffet dinner and lunch is grand banana leaf oota with sweets...... and Tamboola and beeda.... at the end, to digest the food eaten..... Tradition continues.......
written on Monday, September 01, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014


"Our waste, Our responsibility" was the tagline for program HASIRU SANTHE, The Green fair, a one-day event organized by Horticulture Department and BBMP, Bangalore on 24th August 2014 at NTI Grounds, Vidyaranyapuram, Bengaluru.
Though we could not go to the venue in the morning, we made it up in the afternoon when there was lot of crowd, exhibits and and some stage program.
with Krishne Byre Gowda

with Meenakshi Sheshadri
Organic exhibits had more people wanting to buy and clarify some things. Saplings, kitchen garden, terrace garden, and related products were more in demand.
We could also meet the Agriculture Minister, Krishne Byre Gowda and his wife Meenakshi Sheshadri, who is the co-ordinator of the event.
It was a good program to create awareness among citizens, their responsibility towards society.
written Monday, 25th August 2014, 5.30am

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Saturday/Sunday: 16th/17th August 2014
Friends and relations are part of anybody's life...... you may not have much of contact, but occasionally seeing them is pleasure and refreshing and feels happy...... things are going well with whatever they are doing..............

with Neha and Usha
Satish Hande and family.... lives in Mysore and known for more than twenty years. Takes keen interest in farming and owns and looks after a 7-8 vegetable garden at a distance of 15 km from Mysore. Works very hard, grows papaya, banana, beans and other vegetables.With help of few workers, takes care of planning, maintenance, rearing, marketing etc etc....wife Usha and has two daughters, Navya and Neha,  studying in the college. Very hospitable, stayed in their house few times earlier.
with Ranjani Suresh and Usha Boppaya
Usha Boppaya.... Lady in seventies, lost her husband Boppaya, couple of years ago, a nice Coorg gentleman met them almost forty years ago in Nigeria, where he was working. Usha lives alone in an apartment in Mysore, busy lady, involves herself in social work, energetic and enthusiastic.... Son Ashish and family looks after the estate in Valnur, Kodagu, daughters, Nitya and Ramya, married and settled with their family.
Ranajani Suresh.... Acquaintance during Dubai days, a talented and bright lady, who has interest in literature, public speaking, singing and stage compering. She presented many programs in Dubai Karnataka Sangha, the time she was staying with her husband, Suresh Kukkilaya, who passed away in Dubai few years ago. Ranjani is very intelligent, writes and speaks very well in Kannada.
Satish Rao and family
Satish Rao.... with wife Mala and children Arun and Aditya, school going children, settled and lives in Hunsur, near Mysore. He is relation, wife Nalini's brother. He is a small time entrepreneur, runs a mobile food outlet in Hunsur and is doing very well.
with Jayashri & Umesh
Umesh & Jayashri..... Worked and lived in Dubai for more than thirty years, known for more than 25 years, retired and settled in Mysore in a nice house in the outskirts of the city. Jayashri was headmistess in school in Dubai for many years he was finance manager.
They have a son Gautham, married and working in USA and Daughter Swathi, dentist, married working in Canada.
written Friday, 22nd Aigust 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

T Narasipura ( Tirumakoodalu Narsipura)

Saturday, 16th August 2014

After seeing the architecture and sculptures at Somanathpura Chennakeshava Temple, we proceeded to T Narasipura, a short distance of 20km on a good road.
This is a very religious place it is surrounded by Astadala Parvats and at the confluence of the three rivers Cauvery, Kapila and Gupthagamini Spatika Sarovara is called Triveni sangama spot.The pace was also called as Trimakoota in the past. It is also a very renounced pilgrimage center, sanctified by sage Agasthya. There is a famous Agastheswara Temple here. This Kshetra(sacred place) is also mentioned in the Skanda Purana also.

Vyasaraya Mutt in TNarasipura

There is also a Vyasaraya Mutt which has eight mruthika Brindavans and one Mula Brindavan of Sri Raghunatha Thirtha.

Gunja Narsimha Swamy Temple

 This temple is on the other bank of River Kapila and Cauvery.The Temple is built in Dravidian Style with a large structure and a high gopura with four pillared mantap. Lord Narsimha holds in his right hand a berry stalk of Gunja plant between his thumb and forefinger. Every year the ” Car Festival of Gunja Narasimha Swamy ” is celebrated with pomp and show.

Circular metal boat ride
 After having lunch at the temple, we proceeded to Mysore, a distance of 35 km.
written Thursday, 21 August 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Saturday 16th August 2014
Visiting Somanathpura was long awaited and Saturday morning set off from Birthi Mane by car with Nalini Somayaji and Rishikanth Somayaji at 8.30am and reached Ramanagara, Loka Ruchi for breakfast, as usually we do it whenever we travel towards Mysore. After having kotte idli, dosa and coffee continued our journey.
Traveling along Bangalore-Mysore road, we took diversion at Maddur, reaching Malavalli, a distance of 25km, and  right turn to Bennur, a distance of 20km and again left turn , a short distance to reach Somanathpura temple. 

The Keshava temple at Somanathapura is another magnificent Hoysala monument, perhaps the last. This is a breathtakingly beautiful Trikuta Temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in three forms – Janardhana, Keshava and Venugopala. Unfortunately, the main Keshava idol is missing, and the Janardhana and Venugopala idols are damaged. Still this temple is worth a visit just to soak in the artistry and sheer talent of the sculptors who created this magnificent monument to the Divine.
The Keshava Temple at Somanathapura was constructed by a commander of the Hoysala Army, Somanatha. This general had just established a small town here named after himself – Somanathapura. Obviously enjoying the favor of his overlord, the Hoysala King Narasimha III, he appealed to the king for permission and resources to undertake the project of building the magnificent temple. With the blessing of the king, the construction was started. The temple was finished and consecrated in 1268 AD. There is an Old Kannada inscription on a stone slab in the temple which gives all these details.
The Keshava temple is built on a raised platform with an outer Pradakshina pathway. The temple has a stellar plan with three shrines and Vimanas. The walls are covered in beautiful friezes of scenes from the epics, figures of elephants and battle scenes depicting cavalry. The section above this is covered with carvings of various deities. The stellar plan creates several corners and niches that provide different canvases for the sculptor and each row carries a different pattern. The exquisite carvings are like a jeweler’s work. The ceilings also carry beautiful decorations.
This Hoysala temple is stunningly beautiful. Unfortunately, this temple is no longer used as a place of worship because the idols here have been broken and the temple was desecrated by the invading armies of the Muslim Sultanate. But the beautiful temple still charms visitors and reminds people of the magnificent artistic and engineering achievements of the era.
Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Sunday, 10th August 2014

The much publicized FLOWER SHOW at Lal baag, Bengaluru..... is a great success, as per people who comes to visit the show. As we were in the neighborhood of Lal Baag, thought of visiting, even though it was Sunday.

There was drizzle, but crowd and people were there everywhere..... The main showpiece at the glass house, where the flower show was displayed, one could see the real increasing population of India.... You could hear people talking various languages, indicating they are from different parts of the country.

The flower presentation of Mysore Palace and the surroundings were good, and the visitors area was very congested and people can't see the displays comfortably, as the people were pushing, police and security were urging people to move fast and not to stand.....
Almost everyone was taking pictures with cameras, mobile and tablets..... of course . as memories of the visit.....
The entrance fee was Rs 50, and we spent only about an hour and half. The shops, eating outlet and garden, entrance were all crowded.
However, for the record, we visited Flower Show at Benagluru Lal Baag.
Written, Monday, 11 August 2014


ಹನಿ ಹನಿ ಚಿತ್ತಾರ.... ಆರ್ತಿ ಘಟಿಕರ್

August 10, 2014, Sunday
It's after a long time attending a literary function..... It was  BOOK RELEASE at Wadia Auditorium, The Indian Institute World Culture at Basavanagudi at Bangalore. The author is Aarthi Ghatikar, working in Dubai, happened to be mom's FB friend....
with Arthi Ghatikar
So,  we were there at 10.30am for the program.... well co-ordinated and anchored with literarary fame like Lakshman Rao, Belur Ramamorthy and Srinivasa Vidya.
with Srinivas Vaidya, Lakshman Rao, Belur Ramamoorthy
Srinivasa Vaidya, elderly gentleman, who has written many humorous books was equally humorous in his presentation/speech. It was very impressive with advice to new poets and writers  It also had a touch of sarcasm and serious note behind.
Belur Ramamoorthy, main supporter for getting the book published was quite appreciative on the efforts of a lady, who has great interest in Kannada writing.
selfie ....for fun...
After the release of the book, Aarthi Ghatikar had words of thanks for all those who have supported her and for those who came to attend the book release ceremony.
written Monday, 11 August 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014


August 2, 2014,
News from K Umakanth from Saudi Arabia and a mail followed.....

A Sitarama Murthy...... passed away in Singapore.....
Felt very very sad..... saw the photos of being together in Nigeria and Dubai and the last get together at Dr Vijay Kumar's House in Bangalore, that was in May 2012.
Very difficult to have such a helpful, honest and sincere person around.....
Umakanth wrote:

Very great person with big kind heart and loved by each and every one! At Nigeria he was known as GOD FATHER by all the Indian families and even with Nigerians.

He was my Guru who taught me to be good and helpful to others always and created immense confidence in me to solve any difficult situations come across in official or personal life! 

K Gopal wrote:

Very great person with big kind heart and loved by each and every one! At Nigeria he was known as GOD FATHER by all the Indian families and even with Nigerians.

He was my Guru who taught me to be good and helpful to others always and created immense confidence in me to solve any difficult situations come across in official or personal life! 
In Nigeria, when he was working with Best & Crompton, he was a Godfather to many Indians and Sri Lankans.
Any kind of help needed...... he was always ready.....
Mr Mysore Govind Prasad wrote:
Heard the sad news about the demise of our beloved friend Sitaramamurthy Alamuru. I am yet to come across a gentleman of his calibre. He was so benevolent, considerate, understanding& knowledgeable. I consider it a personal loss.
The last was when he came to Bangalore in May 2012, and was dropped at Bangalore International Airport.....
It was his time..... MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.....
Written on Sunday, 03 August 2014