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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Busy Days!

The month went by with lot of events, lot of work; finished the Office sports magazine. The last edition covered the thoughts of all the writers and I am happy the way it came out.

We went to Mangalore during the end of November to attend some functions, one of which was Bhoota Kola (Holy Spirit worship). I got to watch the art of Kola very closely, how everything is still made using naturally available items such as tender coconut leaves, banana sap as threads. I wish to return back to this art form with great detail again and will record them extensively in the future. In this visit I closely observed them make those ornaments of the leaves, the process of getting possessed and the patri’s discussing about gold ornaments that they had just ordered, other performance booked for the year and recent visit to putaparthi to present their art form.

Even though Kola is more than just an art form and involves a belief that the patri is possessed by the Holy Spirit who has the capability to answer your queries being a voice of the Holy Spirit, I still saw it just as an art form that I wished would never get extinct.

Back at work the days were extremely busy with work and late night meetings that kept me away from the blog world. But during that was happening another interesting event took place – The midnight marathon. A few of us at office got together and started to practice for the marathon, we ran around 5Kms daily by 32 Mins. The team spirit and company was the most exciting of all and on the final day (Dec-11) it was great participation from many of us. I ran for the fun marathon and completed it within half an hour. We were there all night till the other events happened. In the morning, some of us drove to Chikamagalur for a friend’s engagement.

Pictures from Midnight Marathon

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Deepavali!

We had a weeklong vacation for Kannada Rajyothava and Deepavali. After returning from Sira, rest of the days was spent at home relaxing. I painted this peacock for a friend who expressed a desire to have one of my paintings.


My bush beans have yielded several pods and the Sevanthige flowers have blossomed all together.

After playing shuttle badminton all day Wednesday (3rd) at a friend’s township indoor stadium, I set off on a long drive to Coimbatore on Thursday morning. It was surprising to find the roads so well (4 lane) from Bangalore to almost near Avinashi. The roads are very good and it reminded me of my drives in the US, I covered the 350KMs in 6 hours with only two stops, one for breakfast and other for fuel.

Captured some fireworks from the terrace.


Malampuzha dam (near palghat) is a nice place with some spectacular view of the Western Ghats.