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There is nothing much to see in Ooty in particular as it is heavily crowded,even in monsoons..Though we were frequent visitors to this place when we were at Coimbatore,this time we observed a considerable change in this Nilgiri heaven,it has completely lost its charm and looked like any other ordinary commercial town..Most of the budget hotels were already occupied,so we struggled a bit to find proper accommodation for our night stay..However if you forget about popular viisting sites in Ooty,then you'll certainly find a lot many beautiful,picturesque places around this grand hill station..In the early hours,we started in our car from Sulthan Bathery,Wayanad in Masinagudi route while go...
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  July 28, 2017, 12:24 pm
If you ever wished to touch the clouds,yes this is the place.. :) Though we visited this temple in January'2017,the scenic beauty around Gopalaswamy hills evoked in us a special interest to visit this place again,especially in monsoons..The Lord Krishna temple popularly known as Himavad Gopalaswamy is situated around 230 kms from Bangalore..It is even more nearer to our place,only 65 kms from Sulthan Bathery..The private vehicles are only allowed up to the base of the hill as it is tiger reserve zone...From there they would take you to the hill from Govt' buses of Karnataka and it will take nearly half an hour to reach the hill top..There are vigorous climatic changes as one reaches the top ...
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  July 17, 2017, 3:36 pm
For her,the world through a camera lens is more colourful..And the rules of life in the pages of books are more orderly..The music of a bird song is more melodious than the noise of world..She never met the world as it is..For her eyelids are always heavy with yesternight dreams..She says the world outside is too bright for her eyes to bear..Now I heard her asking the darkness,"let's be friends" ??..#Twintalk #darkness...
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  July 10, 2017, 4:51 pm
Perhaps your happiness is among crowds..Mind you,mine in solitude...You search your identity in others..I 'own' my identity..Perhaps you rejoice in those artificial 'plastic smiles'..Me,comfortable in presence of mere silence..Your sight stops at the surface of creepy flesh..Mine goes searching the soul deep inside..You blame me as anti-social..I think you are a party freak...mere social butterfly..I respect your comfort in socializing..You learn to appreciate my solitude...Don't judge my way..Otherwise I'm compelled to judge your's..#Twintalk...
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  April 19, 2017, 7:30 pm
It is indeed a spectacular experience to see Coffee flowers blossoming in Wayanad..The whole place is filled with mild fragrances of these white flowers...And here is everything you want to know about Coffee flowers..https://ecofriendlycoffee.org/physiology-of-coffee-flowering/...
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  March 13, 2017, 6:26 pm
These are few random paths we travelled and few pictures taken in various times in Wayanad...Not going to add any more descriptions cause the pictures themselves tell you a lot many tales....Have a look... :)...
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  March 9, 2017, 6:42 pm
Asusual we went for another long drive,Gudalur road this time and these pictures were taken in that  trip...Had a good relaxing walk among the tea plantations...But we found a best hangout place this time....Find it out among these bunch of pics :)...
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  March 9, 2017, 4:52 pm
The elephant parade started at around 7 pm..This is the last part of this Mariamman festival in which the elephant procession involves music and tribal dance performances with both sides of the streets followed by women with their pooja thaalis with lights..The procession ends at Mariyamman kovil..Kerala women following the procession..The sky filled with firecrackers... The elders of the town leading the procession with flags...The drum beats........
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
Theyyam and other tribal dance performances :Theyyam is a type of ritual dance popular in northern regions of Kerala...Theyyam includes dance, music and reflects the stories of ancient tribal cultures which involves the stories of ancient heros of Kerala culture..The dancers wore vibrant coloured cloths mostly red/orange and covered their faces with the typical Theyyam make-up..It is said that there are over 400 types of Theyyam performed in different festivals at different temples in Kerala..To know more about this art form,here is an interesting article about Theyyam, Kerala's Theyyam...
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
Vetti Vinayagar temple :The best thing ever happened to us after coming here is an opportunity to witness the major festival  of Sulthan Bathery,The Mariamman festival..This yearly festival usually celebrated in the month of February with firecrackers,elephant parade,performances of Theyyam and other tribal art forms..The event started at Vetti Vinayagar temple in Sulthan Bathery where the people in and around the town gathered in their traditional Kerala dressing..The women sparkling in their Kerala sarees carried Puja Thaalis with them,each Thaali arranged with flowers,lights and dhoop sticks...There are four temple elephants,well fed and taken care of before the grand event..I've div...
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  March 1, 2017, 7:15 pm
I read...Some times for pleasure..Sometimes as an escape..Sometimes for company..And among all,just for the love of reading..I don't read..To attain wisdom..To acquire knowledge..To be a better person..And among all I don't read because reading is something good...What I read,I read good and bad books (?) equally...I start my day as a blank sheet of paper and everything I read on that day makes a simple pattern on it which becomes 'Me' for that day....And that 'Me' could be anything..What is 'reading' like,Reading is like any other simple addiction/obsession..Sometimes it made me feel better...Sometimes it made me feel sick...#Twintalk #readingblues...
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  February 13, 2017, 3:45 pm
Yesterday we went for another long drive which was completely unplanned but it turned out to be one of the most memorable experiences..First of all it was heavily raining here and asusual we forgot to carry umbrellas with us :P ..But you know what,this time we carried some hot coffee with us..We stopped at few scenic places amidst the lavishly green tea plantations and enjoyed the serene calmness and beautiful view of cloud filled mountain peaks...Some school children were also enjoying the rain while returning from school..They waved us cheerfully with beaming smiles..At Ripon estate in Meppadi we saw few tea pluckers returning from their work,asked curiously our whereabouts..We sipped some...
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  January 29, 2017, 10:23 pm
There is a favourite dialogue from Imtiaz's movie Highway..""Jahan se tum mujhe laye ho, main wahan wapas nahin jana chahti, jahan bhi le jaa rahe ho wahan pahuchna nahin chahti, par ye raasta, ye bahut accha hai, main chahti hoon ke ye raasta kabhi khatm na ho.""Every time we for a road trip here in Kerala,I remember those lines for sure..So coming to the post,the next day of Pongal we visited Gopalaswamy temple which is on Gopalaswamy betta in Karnataka..Yeah Karnataka,when you are staying in a forest area which adjoins three states,you've got a rare opportunity to visit so many places nearby..Indeed you need not plan anything prior to your trip..All you got to do is just finish your food,...
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  January 20, 2017, 11:30 pm
On Pongal we happened to visit Thirunelli Maha vishnu temple which is known as one of the most ancient temples in Kerala,located on the Brahmagiri hill in Wayanad..The temple is surrounded by deep forests..As it was Pongal time,we started around 11 am without any planning or hurry..The temple is 60 km away from Sulthan Bathery and it took nearly 2 hours for us to reach the place as we stopped at some scenic points on the way..The drive via Mananthavady was a nice experience with greenery on either sides through out the  way...By the time we reached the place the temple was closed and they told that it will be opened again at 5.30 pm only..Meanwhile we finished our lunch in the nearby ho...
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  January 16, 2017, 9:26 pm
Kuruva Dweep is one of the popular tourist spots in Wayanad..It is located around 14 km from  Mananthavady in the northern district of Wayanad..The place is a group of Islets formed from the tributaries of Kabini river in around 950 acres of forest..There are two routes from Sulthan Bathery to reach Kuruva islands..1)  via Panamaram - Nadavayal - Beenachi Rd  (38 km)2)  via Pulpally - Sultan Bathery High way (45km)However we reached there in the first route which is also forest route,this includes a ferry ride..The place didn't excite me except from the ferry part..The water bodies place share some similarities with Maredumilli and Rampachodavaram forests in Andhra Prades...
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  December 22, 2016, 5:23 pm
Staying in Wayanad is a blissful experience indeed..The heavenly Western Ghats with the beautiful landscapes offers spectacular view of the greenery wherever you go..Here,the misty mountains,lakes and grass fields are one of a kind with enchanting greenery all around..When you are having the luxury of staying here,every weekend you get to go somewhere just for a long drive,and you surely end up reaching some pretty good place to hang on..Karapuzha dam is one such place we visited last weekend..The dam is said to be one of the biggest earth dams in India built on Karapuzha river which was tributary of the Kabini River...We drove nearly half an hour from Sulthan Bathery to reach the place whic...
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  December 21, 2016, 1:43 pm
On the occasion of my parents brief visit in this February we happened to visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram.. This is first one among the four destinations we visited in a row,Gangaikonda Cholapuram,Vaideeswaran Koil,Chidambaram and Tiruvannamalai (Arunachalam)..Chidambaram was long time due in our travel list,despite several times planning during our stay at Coimbatore,it doesn't work somehow..On the first day of our trip,we took a cab from Chennai to Gangaikonda Cholapuram which is around 5 hours journey and reached the place before noon..The temple was clearly a replica of the gigantic Brihadeswarar Temple in Thanjavur..The architecture and sculptural beauty is so similar as it was built by th...
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  December 21, 2016, 12:53 pm
A : Why are you reading all that life complicating stuff ? Read Ramayana and Bhagavatha instead..They would give you peace and happiness..I'm telling you,they are good for you...B : But those are 'Rule books' right !!A : What ?B : Yeah,'Rule books'..They simply teach you 'How one must live an ideal life'..A : I didn't get you..B : See I'm neither talking about good or bad nor referring to any religion...I would like to experience life's darkness and brightness,both on my own..It's just I want to find my own meaning...However the good books in your opinion must have written by someone out of their experiences right !..You know Camus once told that 'man is the only creature on earth who denies...
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  July 16, 2016, 5:20 pm
Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken." - Albert Camus. These popular Camus words summoned up into my mind after completing the book,'Dark Star-The loneliness of being Rajesh Khanna',written by Gautam Chinamani..In my schooldays,I happened to watch Anand for the very first time on TV..Though I'm not old enough to understand all that serious existential sort of stuff at that moment,this movie gave me an entirely different perspective on life..Must say,it introduced an unfamiliar sense of life to a 14 year old quite eloquently..Perhaps that's the very first time I sensed 'death',and thus I sensed 'life'..Till that moment I'm unaware of the word 'melanc...
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  June 17, 2016, 5:00 pm
The grand Chennai book fair that was to be held January was postponed for the first time in 38 years due to heavy floods in November..But instead a semi Pongal book fair was held in January this year with around 250 stalls...So here again,after a long time wait The Chennai book fair was started from 1st June and will be held till 13th of June..This time also it is organized in a grand scale with 700 stalls..We visited it yesterday and bought few more books,mostly for my kiddoo..So regarding books it's double pleasure this year..We were there at sharp 11 am,opening time and had a really great time visiting each and every stall to our hearts content..As usual most of the stalls were Tamil book...
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  June 6, 2016, 12:39 pm
She is like the other half of the moon..Dark and dusky some times..Bright with light sometimes..Whoever she is..she says 'no' to all my wishes..And always asks me questions..Why do you think you are sane..while you'd love to hang out with me..?? She says...I couldn't ignore her..For I loved her as much as I hated her..Her presence gives me a strong sense of self,but also throws me in to an abyss of isolation..We are in conflict with each other all the time..Yet she is essential to my identity..She is like my own shadow I couldn't get rid of..Poor me..I'm too tired and gave up trying..I have no other way but to embrace her...For I need to feel complete now..Image courtesy Google...
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  April 11, 2016, 10:44 pm
Any sort of expression in it's most sincerest form is irresistible..I would love to listen to people who speak their mind with all honesty...A pure expression of despair,joy,sadness or not to mention,it could be bad vibes,but what ever,that honesty in expressing themselves always appear quite  fascinating for me..But these days everyone is trying their level best to be the best version of themselves in front of society..Needless to say we afraid of revealing our true selves to others because they might take advantage..So we usually put our best smile on,although our life is a complete mess some times..I know,I'm not an exception though..Then I stopped indulging in formal,forcible and me...
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  March 9, 2016, 1:33 pm
These Japanese authors I've read so far,their novels have a unique way of narration..From Yasunari Kawabata to Kazuo Ishiguro,and now Haruki Murakami,every write-up has an undercurrent of a certain calmness and sadness..When you start reading these novels,initially nothing much appears exciting or soul stirring..In most of the plots,always the agitation stays in the background..And the foreground is beautifully trimmed by simple talks...I mean very simple..You never get to know when you are falling into a ravine all of a sudden because the calmness is surprisingly seasoned by intense emotions and Catch 22 situations..Image courtesy Google'Norwegian wood' is one such beautifully crafted story...
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  March 4, 2016, 12:43 pm
So many minds..So much of thinking..Pouring opinions all around..Political,religious,national...What not ! the list is endless..So much of conflict..So many verdicts..Nobody is here to listen to your unique voice..in fact nobody cares..Everyone is here for 'approval' of their own cries...So many views...So many voices...So many vibes..In the end every voice is going to melt away in the endless noise..Unconcerned....Unnoticed..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 25, 2016, 12:39 pm
Turning every page...reading every chapter...Immersing myself in to the deep ocean of words..I was looking for someone..Some stranger from faraway places...But wherever I go I found her right before me..Every time smiling and asking,"Do you remember me ?"I was perplexed and said "No" and moved on..Image courtesy Google...
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  February 5, 2016, 10:15 am
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