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The winter in the national capital Delhi is hallmarked by the long spells of foggy mornings which tend to put the life out of gear. The real winter starts from end-November and lasts till end-January after which the mercury start regaining its lost ground slowly and steadily. When I say "real", I refer to the foggy spells. Most of the times the fog is confined to mornings but many a times the spell of fog stretches from late night till night of next day. People in this part of the world are well prepared now to anticipate what to expect during this period. If I say that winter is not complete without foggy mornings then I will not be wrong in my conclusion. As I was based out of Bang...
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Tag :Cobweb Paintings
  December 11, 2016, 11:30 am
Earlier this week I went to Dehradun on an official trip and this trip was after close to 20 years. Last time I had gone to Dehradun in January 1997 when I went there for the audit of one of our units while I was working with CEAT tyres. During these 2 decades, the town has undergone a big transformation along with becoming a capital city of newly carved state Uttarakhand. I have vague memories of the earlier trip as I had not traveled around much due to work commitments. Even this time around, the trip was very short and there was packed agenda on both the days. The only window which was available to move around was on early morning on day 2 which was from 5.00am to 9.00amDehradun is in the...
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Tag :Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
  November 29, 2016, 9:55 pm
What is Success?I had sort of switched myself out of WhatsApp as well as Facebook for a while as I had wanted to give me a break. I did not check-in to my account for close at an year as I had realized that they are eating up into lot of my productive time which I could have channelized somewhere. However, on the insistence of my friends, I rejoined and started checking my messages.I stumbled upon the following small article and could not resist sharing this. The article sort of made me philosophical for a while and left me wondering that even though we chase so many dreams and run after many things through out our lives, but in the end success can be succinctly defined in the following few ...
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  October 20, 2016, 10:31 pm
Our next destination was Belur which is about 16 kms away from Halebidu. Belur was initial capital of Hoysala empire. The main attraction of Belur is the Chennakesava Temple which is dedicated to Vishnu.As I mentioned in my earlier post, the Chennakesava temple at Belur is also one of the testimony of the unique form of sculpturing associated with Hoysala dynasty. I would like to call it as intricate sculpturing or extreme sculpturing. I hope you may be able to recollect about a television series called “Extreme Engineering” which ran on Discovery Channel for about 7-8 years before winding up in 2011. I will put Hoysala-era temples in the category of same league of extremeness. T...
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Tag :Discovery Channel
  September 30, 2016, 6:52 am
I had made the plans for going to Halebidu and Belur temples 3-4 times over last so many years but I could not make it due to one reason or the other. This time I was determined to make the trip as I know that if it does not happen now then it will never happen in the near future as I was moving back to Delhi in two weeks time. We planned for a family trip over the weekend. .We hired a cab and planned a 2 day family trip to Chikamagalur. We started on Saturday morning and it was a perfect setting with no forecast of rains over the weekend. After halting at Shravanbelagola, we headed straight to Halebidu which is about 80 kms away. The running distance is about 2 hours. On the way, we...
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Tag :Chikamagalur
  August 31, 2016, 7:54 pm
On Friday morning, Giridharan enquired with me if I have any plans for the weekend. Till that point, I had not planned anything. He suggested me to go to Kaivara which is a small town located about 50 kms away from Bangalore on Chintamani road. He was so sure that I would like the place.  The way he explained about the details surrounding the town, it seemed to be the perfect destination for the weekend.  The biggest advantage was the distance which meant that I could drive down to Kaivara and be back same day. Therefore,  no logistical arrangements required. All these led to plan for Saturday and when Dinesh heard about it, he also wanted to join. In ...
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Tag :Kaivara
  July 30, 2016, 3:31 pm
As usual, it was my weekend sortie. However, for a change, I tagged a Friday to the trip as it was easy day at work. This time the destination was to explore Kerala especially the famous backwaters. After settling down at guest house and be ready to hit the road, we started for Alleppey. We had couple of options in mind which included taking a bus which goes via Changanassery and takes about 1.5 hours. We would have taken a Houseboat from there for our backwater experience. Second option was to go to Kumarakom. The third option was told to us by a local person was to take a water boat from Kodimatha to Alleppey.We preferred the third option as it seemed more exciting route and went to Kodima...
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Tag :Kanjiram
  June 26, 2016, 3:27 pm
I have vague memories of watching a television program during my school days in early eighties. The program was about celebration of mahamastakabhishek (grand consecration) festival at Shravanbelagola and the then prime minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi had visited the place to be part of the rich colorful celebrations. The festivities involve bathing of the statue of Lord Bahubali with milk, sugarcane juice, and saffron paste, and sprinkled with powders of sandalwood, turmeric and vermilion. Offerings are made by devotees of petals, gold & silver coins and precious stones. It indeed is a very colorful festival and happens once every twelve years. The next one is due in the ...
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Tag :Chandragiri
  June 24, 2016, 10:47 pm
We took a train from Udupi to Murudeshwar. The train leaves at 4.40pm and reaches Murudeshwar around 6.00pm and is the best option. Today, it was late by about 1 hour and by the time it chugged into Murudeshwar, the darkness had started descending on the town. Suddenly, we saw the bright lights on our left and as we got closer, we could clearly see the Shiva Statue which sparkling bright with lights. Shiva Statute surrounded by waters of Arabian SeaThis Shiva Statue is adjoining the Murudeshwar Temple which is one amongst five temples that are part of Ravana legend going back 5th century BC. The temples are Gunavanteshwar, Dhareshwar, Shejjeshwar, Murudeshwar and Mahabaleshwara (Gokarna...
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Tag :R N Shetty
  June 21, 2016, 10:13 am
Sanjay Das is a passionate traveler and a good friend of mine. Unlike me, he prefers traveling on bike along with a group of friends. I can say that his travel quotient is a much higher than me and he has lots of interesting stories to tell about his travel exploits to various places. Some time back he mentioned to me about his trip to Gokarna which he had done on bike along with couple of his friends. I heard about the Om beach for first time from him. He had taken some stunning pictures of the place and suggested me strongly to take trip in that area.  Last week, when we embarked on our trip to Udupi-Gokarna, we preferred to skip all the beaches and focus on going to historical monume...
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Tag :Om Beach
  June 14, 2016, 12:27 pm
I have a memory about the word Udupi going back to my school days. I did my schooling from Andhra school in Delhi that was located at ITO crossing. The road that would go towards Delhi Gate is called Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and the section between ITO crossing and Delhi Gate is also sometimes referred to as Fleet Street in journalistic circles due to various newspaper offices that are housed on the road. The newspaper housed on the road included now-closed Patriot, Indian Express and The Times of India apart from few others. It was always fascinating to take a walk on the side street as it was always full of action and you will never find it deserted. Somet...
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Tag :Bahubali
  June 11, 2016, 2:52 pm
After Karkala, our next halt was at Moodbidri. We were told that it has 18 lakes, 18 Jain Basadis, 18 temples and 18 roads connecting various villages and places around. During 14th-16th century, this town emerged as center of Jain religion and culture. It was the seat of Chowtas, a Jain ruling family who moved their capital to Moodbidri in 17th century. The town still has remnants of Chowta Palace which we could not go as we were running short of time to catch a train to Murudeshwar.Moodbidri is also referred to as Jain Varanasi of the South. There are many Jain temples in and around Moodbidri town. However, the 1000 Pillar temple or Lord Chandranatha Temple is the most famou...
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Tag :Moodbidri
  June 10, 2016, 11:23 am
Udupi is located on the western coast of India in Indian state of Karnataka. I will not be wrong if I say that the city Udupi derives its identity and recognition from Sri Krishna Matha which is located in there apart from local cuisine.   When I planned my trip to Udupi, going to Krishna Matha was on top of my list. One of my team member gave a list of few other places that I would cover on my other posts. The Krishna Matha was founded by the saint Shri Madhwacharya in the 13th century. He was the founder of the Davita school of Vedanta. At present, the Krishna Matha is maintained by eight matha's (or can be called as monasteries) in rotation. The Mat...
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Tag :Shri Madhwacharya
  June 8, 2016, 11:19 am
Chaturmukha Basadi is a situated on a rocky hill at Karkala which is about 35 kms from Udupi, 35 kms from Manipal, 52 kms from Mangalore and about 380 kms from Bangalore. Basadi refers to Jain temple.King Immadi Bhairava (Bhairava II) constructed the Basadi on top of a small rocky hill in 1586 AD. The Basadi has four identical entrances from the four quarters leading to the Garbagriha or sanctorium and hence is popularly known as Chaturmukha Basadi. It is referred to as Tribhuvana Tilaka Jina Chaityalaya and Ratnaraya Dhama in some inscriptions. The Basadi is built in the form of a square mandapa with a doorway and pillared portico on each of its four sides and a pillared verandah. It h...
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Tag :Ratnaraya Dhama
  June 7, 2016, 10:21 am
Gommateshwara Bahubali Statute is located in Karkala town which is about 38 kms from Udupi, 52 kms from Mangalore city and about 380 kms from Bangalore on the west coast in the Indian state of Karnataka. The statute was consecrated on 13th February 1432 AD by Veera Pandya Bhairarasa Wodeyar, a scion of the Bhairarasa Dynasty. The statute is located on top of the hill that gives a very beautiful view of the surroundings and especially of the 108 pillar Chaturmukha temple which is located about 200 meters away. To reach the statute, one has to either climb about 200 steps or there is a motor-able road from the back of the hill. However, you may...
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Tag :Gommateshwara
  June 6, 2016, 8:53 am
Exploring France in India with Hollywood connectionOver a period of time with my extensive travel across various cities in India as well as outside, I have now come around to a strong opinion that the best part of the day to explore any place is the early morning. It is that part of the day when life is not at the full speed, roads are invariably empty with not much or no traffic, skies are unpolluted, air is cleaner and you can get the good view of the things around. Having tested this over many cities, now, it has become an integral part of my planning whenever I travel any place. I identify places that can be covered during the morning phase especially between 5.00am to 8.00am.To make a g...
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Tag :Eglise Notre Dame Des Anges
  June 5, 2016, 11:26 am
Exploring France in India with Hollywood connectionOver a period of time with my extensive travel across various cities in India as well as outside, I have now come around to a strong opinion that the best part of the day to explore any place is the early morning. It is that part of the day when life is not at the full speed, roads are invariably empty with not much or no traffic, skies are unpolluted, air is cleaner and you can get the good view of the things around. Having tested this over many cities, now, it has become an integral part of my planning whenever I travel any place. I identify places that can be covered during the morning phase especially between 5.00am to 8.00am.To make a g...
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Tag :Eglise Notre Dame Des Anges
  June 5, 2016, 11:26 am
A story of my exploration of French legacy in IndiaA visit to Pondicherry was always on my bucket list since the time I moved to Bangalore about 4 years back. I had heard a lot of stories about Pondicherry since my childhood and more so after moving to Bangalore which had created a sense of fascination in me about it. France is one of the fascinating countries in the world known for its sophistication, tranquility, art and culture. Therefore, anything having a French connection has to be equally fascinating.  Another interesting fact about Pondicherry is that it is one such state in India comprises 4 different geographical units spread across including one of western coast of India...
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Tag :Ekambareswarar Temple
  June 3, 2016, 10:05 am
I did my first MOOC certification back in 2014 on Coursera platform. It was from Darden School of Business from University of Virginia on Business Strategy. As I had been wanting to do a course or certification on strategy for quite some time, this MOOC filled that requirement perfectly well. The overall curriculum was very interestingly organized. In fact, I had mentioned about this in one of my earlier blog posts sometime back.As my experience was very positive and quite enriching, I decided to identify few areas which I wanted to focus on or rather I wanted to invest myself in given my profile and work experience. I identified five areas and the five areas which I identified were -Busines...
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Tag :Barry Nalebuff
  May 31, 2016, 10:01 am
India Seashells Museum @ MahabalipuramAfter spending sometime in Five Chariots campus, we came to India Seashell Museum that is just a few minutes away.There was not much crowd inside and hence we were able to spend some good time there. The location of the museum is not that great as its tucked inside at the obscure corner of the town and if you are coming from Chennai side, then its location is the extreme end of the town. Even if you are coming from Pondicherry side, you might drive past it as there is not much prominent signage around.The best part of the museum is the manager of the museum Syed who is not only extensively knowledgeable about the shells but has the patience to answe...
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Tag :India seashells museum
  April 9, 2016, 9:45 pm
Last time when I had come to Mahabalipuram, we had entered from Chennai side and therefore did not visit the farthest part of the town. This time, I was driving from Pondicherry to Chennai and entered the town from the other end. The moment we hit the town limits, there was a small road on the right side which was sloping down towards the town. We turned on to the road and after paying municipality toll, we entered the town. We noticed a arrow mark directing us right towards Pancha Rathas (Five Chariots) and Seashell Museum. As my daughter is an avid collector of seashells, we could not miss the museum signboard. We stopped for a moment and then decided that we will go to Five Chariots ...
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Tag :Draupadi
  March 28, 2016, 8:30 am
Chikka Tirupati temple is located on the outskirts of Bangalore. It is about 20 kilometers away from Whitefield towards the direction of Hosur and about 12 kilometers from Hosur itself. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Lord Venkateshwara and Lakshmi or Alamelumangai. Just like the temple at Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh, all the rituals are carried out at this temple which are performed over there. The history of the temple goes back many centuries though the exact history of temple is not known. There are many legendary stories about the temple and it is also believed that a Chola king Janmajaya had visited this temple in 11th century.My colleague Giri knows about my passion for...
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Tag :Bangalore
  March 27, 2016, 12:35 pm
I was into reading books since my school days. However, when I moved to my chartered accountancy days, it took a back seat. Instead, my reading took a different direction and more of accounting books started adorning my book shelves. Back in 2005, somehow the reading habit got re-kindled and I started reading books once again with a bingo. I still remember the first book which I had picked up was "Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho wherein the protagonist of the story, a shepherd boy named Santiago,  was into reading books which probably ignited my infatuation with books once again.Next book which I picked was "The Rainmaker" by John Grisham which led me to read another 9 books of his...
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Tag :Alchemist
  March 26, 2016, 12:40 pm
I have been following the pages of economic newspapers, magazines as well as discussions on various other media channels for last many number of years. Basis all those conversations & discussions, there is one conclusion which I am reaching at and it is that India needs huge long term funding and investments so that our infrastructure projects can be funded. As we embark on the journey to make India as a preferred destination for global manufacturing companies, a big push is needed to create modern infrastructure as well as upgrade existing infrastructure to the best in class standards so that global companies get a positive outlook.There has been ongoing passionate discussions around en...
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Tag :Infrastructure Bank
  February 25, 2016, 10:53 am
A Visit to The Pallava's Ancient School of SculpturingAfter leaving from The Shore Temple or The Seventh Pagoda, we were on the street within 10 minutes. Though it was terribly hot outside, we decided to take a small detour towards the opposite side where we could see some sculptural work... off course, on the rocks. By the way, do not be surprised if you find lots of unfinished sculptural work. As one local guide told me and which later I could relate while trolling through Google that this place served as a school of architecture for budding sculptors at that time. Perhaps due to the rocky terrain or may be because of the geopolitical significance, this place might have found suitable...
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Tag :Pallavas
  January 17, 2016, 3:15 pm
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