Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rain on 31st Dec

Never seen rain on Dec 31st...
Seems like mother earth wants to take a shower and start afresh...
Rain on 31st, originally uploaded by fslobo.
Location: Sony world Junction, Koranagala, Bangalore

ತೊಳೆಯಲು ವರುಷದ ಕೊಳೆ,
ಸುರಿಯುತಿದೆ ತುಂತುರು ಮಳೆ.
ಹೊಸ ವರುಷವ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಷದಿ ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸಲು ಸಿದ್ಧಗೊಳ್ಳುತಿದೆ ಇಳೆ.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

ಕಥೆಯು ಮುಗಿದೇ ಹೋದರೂ.......

vishnuvardhan

ನೂರು ಜನರು ಬಂದರೂ ನೂರು ಜನರು ಹೋದರೂ ಬರನು ಮತ್ತೊಬ್ಬ ಪರಿ.
"ನನ್ನ್ ಕರಿಬೇಡಿ ಮೇಷ್ಟ್ರೇ. ನಾನ್ ಬರೋಲ್ಲಾ".... ಅಂಥ ಹೇಳಿ ಹೊರಟೆ ಹೊದ್ಯಲ್ಲೋ ರಾಮಾಚಾರಿ.......


ಕಥೆಯು ಮುಗಿದೇ ಹೋದರೂ.......
............ಮುಗಿಯದಿರಲಿ ಬಂಧನ

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ghost!


Ghost!, originally uploaded by fslobo.

THIS PICTURE IS NOT MORPHED IN ANY WAY. IT IS COPIED AS IS FROM THE CAMERA.
The official BSA TFN Ghost spotted in the plantations of Coorg guest house. The official ghost was responsible for protecting the souls of TFNers during their tour. You must forward this ghost picture to atleast 5 TFNers to renew your soul protection plan. Failure to do so will terminate the plan and the Ghost Inc. is not responsible for the consequences.

Take your pick


Take your pick, originally uploaded by fslobo.

A road side shop near KR Market.
Maacch, loongu, bladeoo, chakoo en beku?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Birthday....

After 27 years of existence, when I look back... It feels wonderful. Life has been beautiful.
But, suddenly today, a certain grief engulfs my mind. Hazy images of unknown people hover around.
27 years ago, many of us shared a small piece of history - We were born on this day.
But.... All couldn't make it to today.

Hunger, Infanticide, Diseases, Road accidents, Earthquakes, Human trafficking, Substance abuse, Terrorism, Wars, Famines, Floods, Depression, Suicide..... They took a toll on many of us.

Some were taken away,
Some lost their way,
Some couldn't take it
And some just couldn't make it.....

I dedicate this day to you all..... "Rest in Peace"
and Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My smoke free diwali

This is what happens when you mix insomnia, loneliness, Diwali eve, a Camera and a Torch :
Celebrating the festival of lights by playing with light

Light Play, originally uploaded by fslobo.



P1030019, originally uploaded by fslobo.




Light Scribe, originally uploaded by fslobo.



Light Attack!, originally uploaded by fslobo.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Through the Ghats - September ride plan

Was planning for this for lonnng. The initial plan was riding from Kanyakumari to Goa along the coast. But, A recent ride on NH7 made me feel this would be totall madness in that traffic and humidity. So, switched to ghats. So here is the plan.

My big Solo ride in September :

Sep 15: Leave bangalore by bus
Sep 16 : reach Kanyakumari. Start riding [ok i am not watching the sunset here. I'll caome back again riding to see that :)]. Kanyakumari->Nagarcoil->Th
uckaly->Neyyar Dam [70 km]
Sep 17 : Neyyar->Thenmala[80km]->Pathnamtitta[55 km ] - 135 km
Sep 18 : Pathnamtitta -> somehwere near Mundayakkam - 100 km some climbs
Sep 19 : Mundayakkam -> Idukki dam - approx 70 km
Sep 20 : Idukki -> Devikollam (just before Munnar) 100 km
Sep 21 : Devikollam -> Marayoor -> Chinnar Scantuary (some 50km downhill) -> Udumalpet->Pollachi->Coimbatore - 150km
Sep 22 : Cmb -> Ooty via Coonoor - 70 km
Sep 23,24,25 : Join Devakishor and PremSagar and do some hiking, birding, cycling etc..
Sep 26 : Ooty->Devarshola estates->Sultanbattery-> Iruppu- 150 km [ Need more info on alternate routes here ]
Sep 27 : Iruppu to Madikeri - 100km
Sep 28 : Madikeri to Sakleshpur - 100km
Sep 29 : Saklehpur to Kuduremukha [probably stay at bhagavatti nature camp ] 120 km
Sep 30 : Kuduremukha to Agumbe 110 km
Oct 1 : Someshwara ghat descent -> Hebri-> Haladi ->Kundapur-> Movadi - There is no road plotted on google maps. I've heard of a route here.
Oct 2 : Stay at Grandma's house in Movadi
Oct 3 : back to bangalore

It would be great if someone has GPS tracks of Pathnamtitta->idukki->Munnar and Agumbe->Hebri->Haladi-Kundapur route

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Interesting Day

Last day of Saturday of the month. It's got to be interesting coz it is the "Critical Mass" day. It was much more interesting this Saturday, coz it was the Euro Asia Film Festa- A film festival organized by Bangalore University Dept. of Foreign Language.
The film festival was a whole day event and the Korean movie was the last one.. so had to shuttle between Festa-CM-Festa.
So, here's a brief report.

Movie#1
Grave of the Fireflies [ 火垂るの墓 ,Hotaru no Haka ]
Language : Japanese
Genre : Animation/Drama/War
Reached late, missed the begining. Cute Setsuko's character grabbed my attention instantly. A story of sibblings Seita and Setsuko in post war Japan. Amazing movie!! The eye for detail transcended in each frame. The cute voice of Setsuko is gonna haunt me for a loong loong time... Couldn't stop crying at the end. Go watch it.







Movie # 2
Lola rennt [ In English - Run Lola Run ]
Language : Germany
Genre : Thriller, Parallel Story Lines
The name said it all..... Runnnn...
Lola runs... to save Manni her boyfriend. She runs, runs and runs all she has is 20 minutes. She messes is up. So goes back and runs again and again until things get settled. Great movie. Wicked, Funny, Interesting.


Movie # 3
Aaghaata
Language : Kannada
Genre: Drama
Story of Usha, a village girl nad the men who enter her life. Director Sures Hebblikar tries to bring awareness about several issues like Dowry, suppression of girl child, Literacy campaigns, concern about environment etc. The problem with this movie - it tries to tell lot of things in a short time and looses. Definately not a movie to be shown after the slick and fast Run Lolita Run. They couls have done with a better Kannada movie.


Critical Mass
Time was already 2:30 so had to rush to reach Critical Mass. Gobbled up some food at Festa. Then again got some take-away from KFC and rushed home. Wasted some time after food and ended up late at Cubbon Park - CM start point. Luckily the mass had not moved :)
Started off around 5pm. Rode throughVidhana soudha, Infantry road, Minsk Square, Kumble Circle, MG Road, Trinity Circle, HAL Airport Rd, Domlur, 100 ft road, KFC.
It was fun riding with around 50 riders. Tried Corking for the first time, and it was fun ;)
Everyone dispersed at Indiranagar KFC. Started riding back with Satya, Arjun, Mayank, Yogun et al. Was good getting to know all these riders - Socializing on a bicycle :)
[Pic: My poster for CM]
Time was 18:30 so rushed back to festa. The Korean movie had to start by 1830. But, for some reason the french movie had just started when I reached.

Movie #4
Le Diner de Cons [ The Dinner of Idiots ]
Language : French
Genre : Comedy
Though I missed the begining, it took less than a minute to realize this was the "inspiration" for the Hindi movie Bheja Fry.
Jacques Villeret's portrayal of François Pignon was hilarious. This is played by Vinay Pathak in the Hindi version. Go watch it to lighten up your mood. Don't blame me if you fall off from the chair laughing :)


Movie#5
Welcome to Dongmakgol - 웰컴투 동막골
Language : Korean
Genre : War, Comedy
The last movie of the day and the movie I've been waiting for. It was worth waiting .
Set in the Korean war of 1950, it is a story of 3 North Korean, 2 South Korean and an American allied soldier who end up in an isolated village called Dongmakgol. The inhabitants of Dongmakgol are totally isolated from the modern world they don't have any clue about weapons, airplanes etc. Circumstances lead the soldiers to work in the village as farmers where these hostile soldiers bond to become best pals who eventually save the village from an army attack. Actress Kang Hye-jeong stole the show in the role of Yeo-il - a crazy village girl.

After a great feast of some really good movies, I rode back home at around 11pm.

Yaaaaawn \o/ that was a loong interesting day.
Good Night.

PS:
Movie I missed while on Critical Mass - Todo sobre mi madre [All About My Mother] - A Spanish drama dealing with AIDS, faith, transvestittism and existentialism.

Monday, February 23, 2009

When i conquered bangalore


When i conquered bangalore, originally uploaded by fslobo.

Taken on a fine Sunday morning [22nd Feb] while heading to Metty's engagement.
Location : Nrupatunga Road [ where RBI/St. Martha's hospital are located]
The road was closed for motorists as some construction work was goin on..
I usually take this road while comin to office and it is always jampacked. Needles to say I enjoyed the riding on the empty road... was funn...

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