Wednesday, December 22, 2010

GROOVY PARTY

Suresh Kumar, CEO Antares, celebrating his daughters coming from US for holidays...... invited  for a get-together ai Hotel Solitaire..... nice hotel, exclusive hall..... reached by 8.00p.m......  about 25 people...... children, adults...... like minded...... heavy music played...... all getting into mood for sweating it out..... danced and danced...... some nice food...... with some drinks.......went on till 11.00 p.m....... most got tired...... returned home after full enjoyment..... Thanks to Suresh, who was in high spirits......
Mon 20 Dec
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RISHI 21 HAPPY BIRTH DAY

It was 17 December, Rishi turns 21........ the day as usual...... evening Shubha, Raghu & lahari came home with a cake...... usual cutting cake and fun.....  got some pizza..... sat together and ate..... party over.....
Friday 17 dec

Friday, December 17, 2010

DRIVING BACK

Left from Birthi at 7.30 am, for a long drive to Bangalore...... stopped over at Hebri and visited Vasudeva Achar, Srikanth Achar and Ramakrishna Achar.....  left by 9.30am.....
Drove through Agumbe Ghat..... steep hilly road with 14 hair pin bends..... reached Thirthahalli- Shimoga by 12.00noon...... continued driving passed through Bhadravathi, Tarikere....Kadur.... Birur.... Arasikere..... Tiptur.... Tumkur.... stopped somewhere for some light food.....reached Bangalore outskirts, Peenya by 6.00p.m. but it took another one and half hours to reach Marthahalli home......  speedometer showed ....covered a distance of 437 km......
Not so tired..... relaxed.... had some food..... and rest.....
Mon 13 Dec

SUNDAY AT HOME

Relaxed...... visit to Salikeri Durgaparameshwari Temple and to Garadimane ACHI HOUSE,.... mom spent some time at Garadi.... place of worship...... back and lunch at home.....
Evening to Anegudde.... Ganesha Temple at Kumbhashi..... from there to Kundapura..... had some eats..... visit to H Sridhara Hande at Kota..... chat for sometime and back to Birthi.....
Sunday, 12 Dec

IN MEMORY OF M RAMACHANDRA BHAT

It was a death anniversary of M Ramachandra Bhat, brother-in-law....... children together perform ritual called - SHRAADHA.....  and near and dear relatives are called for lunch..... rituals performed by Bhaskar, Prabhakara and Krishnamoorthy along with Jayalakshmi, children of Late Ramchandra Bhat......
Evening out to Krishna Temple at Udupi...... some purchases..... and back to Birthi....
Sat, 11 Dec

ATTENDING FUNCTIONS

It's normal courtesy to attend special occasions ....... first...... wedding of Madhwaraj with Tejashwini at Vasuki Ananthapadmanabha Kalyana Pantapa at Sagri, Udupi.......was there at the right time of Muhurthum..... blessed the couple......
Next was to Udyavar.... for Gana Homa and Satynarayana Pooja at Doddamma's house..and lunch...... evening visited cousins at Mayagundi and back to Birthi......
Thu, 09 Dec

VISITING TEMPLES

Set of from Birthi in the morning...... first stop was at GUDDETTU, a Ganesha inside a huge stone..... nice temple, and number of priests take water from a vessel (koda), from the well...... and put inside Garbhagudi..... a seva called AAYARKODA......and blessings from the God.....
Next stop over was at KAMALASHILE, a distance of 45 km..... at the foot of western ghats, sharavathi river flowing by the side.......Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple......darshana, pooja and nice lunch .... courtesy of a devotee who performed Chandika Homa......
Another attraction is visit to a cave (Guhe).... about 2 km from the temple and on the hills........ walking down inside with torchlights......and quite a distance..... slippery, water from the spring..... and the birds inside (Baavali)..... and the stories...of sages stayed in there for several years......
Driving back to MANDARTHI...... another Goddess Temple.....visited..... short stop at Vishwanatha Udupa's house and then back to Birthi...... a day well spent.... Nalini's sister Vijaya was in the group.....
Wed 08 Dec

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SRI MOOKAMBIKA TEMPLE

On the foot of Kodachandri hills..... lies a small town called KOLLUR with a nice temple, with Mookambika Goddess being worshiped.... .Lots of people from Kerala, Tamilanadu, Karnataka come to the temple for blessings from the Goddess.... Had short stop over..... had Darshana..... did some pooja for well being of the family...... and left...... reached Birthi around 2.30p.m......
Mon, 06 Dec

CAR IN LAUNCH


Left from Hongirana in the morning and reached Hanase Makki, Sharavathi river bank...... A man in charge of the launch with two lorries in already...... asked me to drive into the remaining space..... in addition to it another waiting Omni van was also squeezed in......  The launch left the shore with beautiful view of vast water body.... about 15 min time...... the launch was on the other side of the river.....
It's amazing..... we cut short our travelling distance by about 65 km and driving time by an hour and a half..... We were only 35 km from Kollur, place of Sri Mookambika Temple.....
06 Dec, Monday

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

HONGIROTSAVA

It's the school's celebrations for recognizing, appreciating and exposing accomplishments over the past year.... The program for three days.....with primary children presentation, vicharotsava, kalotsava, varshikotsava..... with various cultural programs..... boys, girls...... dances, traditional like Veeragaase, Kamsaale...... typical rural festival dance with lot of vigour, energy and enthusiasm.........
Spent two days ..... watching programs...... finally ended with Yakshagana.... called Nisarga Sandhana..... dance  drama with 20 children.... with costumes, dance and action..... K G Rama Rao, with powerful voice for Bhaagavatar.....
Stayed in Shobha's house...... went for long walk in the mornings with Suresh and Anisha.......
Sat, Sun 04, 05 Dec 2010


WEDDING AT SRINGERI

Left Chikkamagalur early morning 6.30a.m. to reach Sringeri, a distance of 92km on a hilly, winding road.... passed through Balehonnuru, Jayapura..... reached Sri Sharadamba Temple at 9.00a.m...... had darshana of the Goddess........ and came to Kalyana mantapa, where Babanna (Venkatraj), son of Hebri Srikanth Acharya...... Shubha's uncle.......was to get married.....present at the right time.... muhurthum.....

Had lunch, left from Sringeri.....  visited the place Kuppalli..... where famous kannada writer, poet, literary person, KUVEMPU..... Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa...... lived..... house now for public exhibition..... with display of poet's work, living style......and the ambience.....  a house in a remote area of Malnadu.... a poet inspired by the scenic beauty of nature.......
Spent about an hour at the place...... reached Hongirana, name of the school in Amatekoppa, Near Sagara......
a distance of 120 km, on a not so good road..... reached at 6.00p.m...... school is celebrating Utsava.... yearly gala function for three days......Ms Shobha, brother's daughter is running the school with about 720 children from KG to Grade 12.........
Friday, 03 Dec
with BABANNA & BRIDE
at KUPPALLI, KUVEMPU HOUSE

TRIP AROUND

Visiting places and attending functions ...... great fun..... get to lot of new people and meeting lost relations and friends.....
Left Bangalore, on Thursday, 2nd Dec, with many places to visit and attend weddings and functions....
Stopped over at Hiremagalur, a few kilometers to Chikkamagalur..... A nice Kodandarama temple with a priest with a difference.... He is Mr. Kannan, learned, over enthusiast, and want to expose himself to people.. ..
His specialilty is chanting sanskrit mantra in Kannada..... We just stopped over at the temple for darshana of Lord Rama...... but ended up listening to Mr Kannan for more than half an hour.......topics from Mahabharatha, Ramayana and other general issues.......
Stayed overnight in a hotel in Chikkamagalur....
Thursday, 02 Dec 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

INNOVATIVE FILM CITY

Sunday....28 Nov
at BEGOORU TEMPLE
Started of 10 in the morning..... to Beguru.... near Bangalore.....Old temple may be more than 600 years old.... Chola Nageshwara Temple..... in the process of renovation..... the proceeded to Innovative Film City, near Bidadi, about 40 km from Bangalore...
Din't see much of innovativeness..... place for outing and time pass.....with family and friends.....

at INNOVATIVE FILM CITY

TIME FLIES......

It's already more than four months since we left Dubai for good and relocated to Bangalore..... spending time.... going here and there, visiting..... had a nice get-together for Lord Sri Satyanarayana Pooja at home.....
Planning a trip to Sringeri, Sagara and ooru..... attending weddings and other functions.....
should be back only after a week.....
Thursday, 02 Dec

KADALE KAAI PARISHE

It's apparently to display and market farmers produce..... it's a huge festival..... the atmosphere, ambience, the place all jubiliant and happy with people buying all sorts of stuff.... eating.... enjoying..... kadlai kaai, mundakki, sauthe kai.....and what not..... place is jam packed..... main road is blocked..... sellers items are displayed on the streets.....it's in Basavanagudi, Bangalore.....
Tuesday, 29 Nov

Saturday, November 27, 2010

RELATION'S VISIT

Chandru Mama's son stays across in Nekkundi..... just called Durgesh to say hello...... to find out that, Ramesh, Leela dodda's brother and the family were there...... invited them..... wife, Jayanthi,..... son Guru and his wife,..... daughter Jyothi and her two children.... Vaishnavi and Vaibhavi..... all came..... spent an hour..... talking, eating some light food...... dropped them and returned......
Keeping relations in contact.......
Sat, 27 Nov

WEDDING,,,,, ENGAGEMENT..... RECEPTION....


All in one day...... went to Guru Narasimha Kalyana Mandira, Basavanagudi, after a visit to ICICI, Jayanagara,,,      Wedding lunch.... of Abhilasha's chikkappa's daughter..... then to shubha's house for afternoon siesta.....
at 5:00p.m. to Wedding engagement of Manjulakka's son, Sharat, at Krishna Sabha Bhavana...... all relatives present...... high tea......
Then again to Gurunarasimha for reception..... ate some chat food...... back to Marthahalli.....
Fri, 26 Nov

SURPRISE VISIT

An old friend from Dubai, now back in Mangalore..... on a surprise visit to Bangalore.... Mr Subramanya and his wife, Ragini..... a good singer, hard worker...... dedicated..... came for visit..... had lunch together at home ..... chatting generally about Dubai life..... Bhajan Group in Dubai...... how it is continuing......
Went round Hebbal Site.... to Brigade road for his purchase...... said bye..... and returned to Marthahalli....
Wednesday..... 24 Nov

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TEMPLE VISIT - MUKTHI NAAGA

Ramo Halli..... a place about 45 km from Bangalore, about 5 km off the Bangalore-Mysore highway.... used to be a village with lot of snakes with "'Huttha""....... now getting changed into place of worship with "Snake God" .... called "Mukthi Naga"..... lots of people visit the place..... the place is owned and developed by Daiwajna Subramanya Swamy....an astrologer, a snake charmer..... staying in Bangalore and publizising the place.....

RAAGI GUDDA
Next temple is in Bangalore itself, in J P Nagar..... called Raagi Gudda..... Annapoorneshwari and Mahaganapathi Gods and more.....

visited the places with nalini sister and her son..... back to Marthahalli..... then dropped them at Indiranagara to travel to Udupi by night bus......
Monday, 22 Nov

Monday, November 22, 2010

GANDHI BAZAAR.... SHOPPING FOR FOR POOJA

The famous place in Bangalore..... Gandhi Bazaar.... You name anything.... available at a very competitive price.......Flowers,..... fruits..... vegetables.... pooja items.....
Purchased what's required for pooja..... had dosa......
Earlier in the morning Nalini sister, Vijaya came from Udupi...... Supriya and friend Soujanya from Cochin....
Saturday 20 Nov

SRI SATYANARAYANA POOJA

Thought of performing Sri Satyanarayana Pooja at home since August..... kept postponing....... finally happened on 21 Nov...... Sunday.....

The day started with getting up late.....  somehow.....prepared and re-arranged the house.....Prasad Bhat came at 10 am.... Started and completed pooja and Vishnu Sahasranama with all devotion..... Mangalarathi at 12.15.....relations, friends arrived..... Shubha,Raghu, Lahari... Doddappas, Ramesh, Suresh, Umesh, Dinesh Varamballies....Sadarama, Sadhya,,,,, Udaya, Shaila with children,..... AV Raos,.... Rekha's parents..... Malathi, Bharathi...... Prakash Rao's.....and some more   about 50 in number including us......
Grand lunch prepared by Vijaya, Nalini's sister...... good lunch....tasty, just enough.... served by host of volunteers.....support group......cleaning done by host of lady volunteers.....
Everybody enjoyed the food..... appreciated.....coffee.....
Day with satisfaction..... grateful to God...... to keep the family happy......

Sunday, 21 NOV

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NEW ACQUAITANCE

He is a retired gentleman...... asst.commissioner of Income Tax...... distant relation.....staying at R T Nagar.... with wife....daughter-in-law,Asha.... a dentist ...... and  son..... radiologist......two little daughters....
His name P. Chandrashekhar Chadaga from Pandeshwar..... Likes to involve in social , literary activities...... nice to talk to him.....
Spent the evening participating in Tulasi Pooja at home..... had some prasad and returned....

Thursday... 18 Nov

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

MEETING OLD FRIENDS....

Afternoon..... out towards Whitefield side.....
Met Mr Muralidharan..... man at 70, from Bellary...... staying alone at weekends for providing tuitions.....quite an enthusiastic man..... believer of God coming in dreams..... plans to have old age home,PU College  in Bellary, a man who had two daughters after his age of 50....... now the girls in PU 1 and 2....
Also another man who returned fro Dubai, staying a posh enclave, PALM MEADOWS....., engineer by profession..... brahmin.....having a daughter, Preethi, married with a child in US, and  a son Yajju, married with  a child in Dubai....  spoke generally about things happening around..... believes not to expect anything from children in the old age.....A V Rao,  lives with his wife, Indira..... nice bungalow...... with lot of facilities in the enclave....
Wednesday, 17 NOV

AROUND BANGALORE

Went out to banks for updating records...... Jayanagara, Basaweshwaranagara.....
Back to shubha's house, slept for a while......
Evening ..... to Belagodu Kala Mantap (Marriage Hall) in Jayanagara 8th Block, for a pre-wedding reception of a guy, Vijay from Colosseo apartment......  back to Marthahalli after dinner....
Tuesday 16 NOV

NOTHING SPECIAL

Morning out nearby for some errands....  paying utility bills..... evening at home.....
Monday 15 NOV

Sunday, November 14, 2010

CELEBRATING NEW BORN....

It's naming ceremony..... called "NAMAKARANA" of new born...... more of family get-together and social gathering......Ramesh Kumar, nephew's...... daughter, Dolly arrived from US with her baby boy...... Neel,,,, and her husband...... arranged a lunch party at Royal Heritage Hotel, Vidyaranyapuram, Bangalore......
Realtions, friends in attendance and about 50-60 in number....... time for fun, gagging..... laughter..... food......
Evening.....still wanted to make an attempt to find National College, Jayanagara for HAASYA MELA....... finally found it...... spent an hour listening to Asadullah Baig, Manohar Joshi for some light and serious jokes....  returned after visiting PRASIDDI for some sari......

Sunday, 14 Nov.2010

SEARCHING FOR A PLACE

In Bangalore, finding a place is a difficult task.....  As we saw in the newspaper, decided to attend "Hasya Mela" at National College, Bangalore in the evening.... After inquiring at several places, entering the road in the wrong direction, final reached the place ...... to our surprise.... no clue of the program.... only to find out that we landed in the wrong place..... and we have to go to National College, Jayanagara..... Got tired in the heavy traffic..... reached our friend Prasad Uncles's house in J P Nagar, spend some time...... and reached Marthahalli.....
Saturday, 13 Nov 2010...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

DRILLING FOR WATER

It's in a small house site of 30x40ft, house construction area of Bhuvaneshwarinagar in Habbal, subarban Bangalore. Drilling machine like a rig was installed and a group of hard working workers about 9-10 in number. Drilling activity went on till 9.00pm.....after about 300ft water was gushing..... drilling continued till about  820ft ..... 41 rods of 20ft each used for drilling..... about 12 hours of continuous work with machine consisting   of compressor, generator.....etc....costing 1 lakh rupees for work ......
Evening Venkatramana Bhat, engineer in charge of the project, took us to his house at Yalahanka..... had some nice idlies..... and returned.....
Lunch at a hotel, siesta at Shaila's house.....

Tuesday 09 Nov

Went around for some errands...... BSNL for change of land line instrument at Indranagara, ICICI Bank at Jeevanbhimanagara, etc....
Mom's PAN card was delivered in the evening....ALSPN1029K
Rishi's PAN card application was given.....
Evening at home.....

Monday, November 8, 2010

GLOOMY DAY

Fear of Gel Cyclone may be the reason for weather to be gloomy.... cold, drizzle and no much enthusiasm....
Usual daily chores, browsed some websites.... nothing interesting......lunch & siesta with a blanket....
Guy from Expressit came for delivery of Mom's PAN card.....
Later out for a late movie.... 9.30 show, started at 10.00p.m.......at Value Forum Mall (Fame).... GOLMALL3... too noisy and a mess..... neither interesting or entertaining..... silly jokes(supposed to be).....  slept for awhile.....
returned at 1:00p.m......

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Another family day

Daughter Shubha's house at Ramanjaneya layout at Chikkala Sandra, Bangalore..... reached there for lunch.... In addition to we three, ten more people at home......Pulav, majige huli, modaka and kheer payasa....stayed there till 6:00p.m. and returned to Marthahalli..... rains in Bangalore....

Earlier in the morning, colosseo apartments residents meeting, discussed some issues like KEB meter transfer, registration of association and PG issues.....

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Family together

It's another day with family together with Doddapa & Doddamma (Elder bro and his wife) came home for lunch with Usha, his daughter. Shubha with Raghu and Lahari also came. Mom prepared nice lunch with "Bisi bele Bath" with two sweets, chakkuli..... all enjoyed nice lunch.... nostalgia of the past from native Birthi.... Photos and videos seen.....  Talked about people who are not with us any more...... children grown up..... having kids of their own..... new generation..... life cycle continues.....

Evening lighted some lights and some nakshtra kaddi.... all left with shubha..... feeling of family together.... day well spent....


Friday, November 5, 2010

Just Beginning

It's the day after Deepavali......  Bangalore with a cool and pleasant atmosphere, is with lot of litter on the streets.... last night people enjoyed bursting of crackers...... we also joined the residents of Colosseo..... rather others joined us when we started ..... there many with heavy sound, ....some lighting the sky..... some just rising up with beautiful colours.... exchange greetings...... that was Festival of Lights.... Deepavali....

Deepavali day.... November 5, Friday..... got up early as usual..... had special oil bath..... pooja and new clothes... went for usual walk.....Dose and panchakajjaya for breakfast.....
Few telephone calls for deepavali greetings and sent some mails......
Morning to Chowdeshwari Temple at Marthahalli, Bangalore..... attended pooja & mangalarathi....