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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
11:33 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Beautiful Kerala
Wanderer

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
12:30 am
[schones_bavaria]
On a long weekend
Some photos of Ashtamudi lake in the backwaters of Kerala


Light and Shadow

Current Mood: cheerful
Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
5:06 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Butterfly Park @ Bannerghatta National Park - Bangalore

honey i am home
csi miamicolor of christmas
hocus focushide and seek
10 on 10


Christmas well spent at Butterfly Park located at Bannerghatta National Park at Bangalore
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
2:28 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Portrait
Playing a solitary Tune

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
8:10 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Pictures from Rajasthan
1_HawaMahal

Current Mood: calm
Saturday, February 10th, 2007
9:39 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Aeroindia Show 2007, Bangalore (India)
Some of the heroics in the aeroshow today (10th Feb 2007) performed by the pilots of Indian Airforce at Yelahanka Airforce base in Bangalore. This is the biggest aeroshow in Asia and is successfuly running for the sixth consecutive year. This show started on 7th Feb 2007 to 11 Feb 2007. These are some of the photos shot during the air display. I also missed a number of shots due to high speed of machine and my slow reflexes. Wonder how those pilots are able to take decisions in split seconds. I salute these heroes.

Here comes the Surya Kiran Diamond formation 20001
balley in air0001 scattering for more0001
team spirit

More is available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/29048567@N00/
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
6:54 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Photo expedition
It snowed some more today, so went out to shoot. Enjoyed a lot. Feeling quite good about it today. This shot is like a painting which I will definitely want to draw one day.

postcard


I pass by this house everyday and I like the tree in front of this house a lot. It in fact enhances the beauty of this house.

A winter house

Current Mood: pleased
Friday, January 26th, 2007
10:08 pm
[schones_bavaria]
On 26th Jan
A holiday nicely utilized. Reflections at Lalbagh (Banagalore) on 26th Jan.

reflection flower1

Current Mood: content
Thursday, January 25th, 2007
1:18 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Jai Hind
Well here comes another republic day. With a roaring economy and positive developments we have a lot to look forward to, work hard and reach even greater heights for a better tomorrow. Jai Hind!

happy

PS: I admit this photo was not shot by me but would have loved too

Current Mood: enthralled
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
10:28 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Today and Yesterday
When I opened my eyes in the morning today, the view from my window was

First snow of the season

This is the much awaited first snow of the season in Munich. It is a dream world. Just yesterday it was like :

New Year's Eve

What a wonderful tranformation

Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
1:03 am
[schones_bavaria]
Ingredients
ingredients

Current Mood: content
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
11:05 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Today
I went to a family lunch today. It was very nice. I met SiSi there. I took her photo

I need love

Visited a church also afterwards.

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, January 6th, 2007
11:40 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Some Disturbing news: 2006
When I think of 2006 some of things which I find most disturbing are


1) Kidnapping of Adobe CEO's son from Noida (a suburb of Delhi)

2) Murder of Adhip Lahiri (An IT professional in Bangalore)

3) Gruesome acts of murder at Nithari a small village at Noida.

Where are we headed to? India booming/shining or India declining its moral values on her path of progress?

Current Mood: distressed
10:51 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Global Warming
Global Warming

Is it true that global warming is really affecting. This year there is no snow yet in South Germany. People are extremely disappointed and waiting eargerly for snowfall. A report in financial times today:


Europe to suffer as the world warms up
By Andrew Bounds in Brussels

Published: January 5 2007 22:22 | Last updated: January 5 2007 22:22

Chilly northern Europe could reap big benefits from global warming, while the Mediterranean faces crippling shortages of both water and tourists by the middle of the century, according to the first comprehensive study of its effects on the continent.

Fewer in the north would die of cold, crops there would boom and the North Sea coast could become the new Riviera, an analysis to be approved by the European Commission next week shows. But the annual migration of rich northern Europeans to the south could stop – with dramatic consequences for the economies of Spain, Greece and Italy.

A sixth of the world’s tourists – 100m people annually – head south within Europe for their holidays, spreading €100bn ($130bn) of largesse with them. “The more tourists stay home or go to other destinations, the larger the distributional impact in Europe will be,” says the paper, a copy of which has been obtained by the Financial Times.

While fewer people will perish of cold in the north, tens of thousands more will die of heat in the south. As many as 87,000 extra deaths a year would occur annually by 2071, assuming a three degree centigrade temperature rise. If efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions limit the rise to 2.2 degrees, additional mortalities would be 36,000 a year.

These numbers are dwarfed by predicted deaths and economic chaos in the developing world.

The Commission’s environment directorate compiled the report with data from Brussels’ satellite monitoring service and a review of the latest evidence.



This is very disturbing indeed. The beauty of this region is in danger.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
1:11 pm
[schones_bavaria]
New Year
DSC00145

Happy New Year to any reader who bumps into this blog by chance or by interest. Another year has gone by and we have new things to look forward to. I happened to come back to Germany after a year and I see that things are pretty much the same. Everything is just the same. No, I am not complaining if you have started to think in the direction but just thinking aloud. Isn't blogging not about that?

I hope this year doesn't turn out be mundane and fizzle out soon. I am quite curious to see how things unfold this year and just hope that this year too turns out to be exciting and that am able to make a difference to my life.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, May 9th, 2006
1:52 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Ranganathittu
On an extended weekend with some friends and having had my fill city sights and sounds decided to go close to nature. I wanted a change of scene.

I couldn't believe it when I was told that just a short drive away from Bangalore I could feast my eyes on scores of birds that make this place their home in every year on a group of islands in the middle of the Cauvery River. I didn't believe this and kept on googling for a back up in case the place turned out to be a complete washout.

This was in the beginning of May this year. Hurry, I was told, most of the birds start taking off for other parts by now.

We started from Bangalore at around 7.00 AM. Barely an hour later, we were speeding down the Bangalore-Mysore Road, past the golden rocks on which Sholay was shot, towards Mandya and then on to Tipu Sultan's summer capital, Srirangapatna. Both Srirangapatna and our destination — Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary — are islands in the Cauvery. On the way we stopped for a quick bite at Kamats. Hogged lovely n soft idlis and mouthwatering dosas.

We had missed the exit to the sanctuary as it was not easily visible due to construction work on the highway. We turned back and backtracked our path till we found the exit. We kept driving for another kilometer and a half and very soon cityscape transformed into wilderness and was engulfed by trees bird and river Cauvery flowing by quietly.

We reached the sanctuary soon and paid around 80 Rs for entrance+ parking + camera fees. We parked our car and then emerged into a clearing. We had been advised to hire an individual boat (Rs. 200) which would take us into the lake for about 30mnts. We ventured into the lake with the help of our boatman. All of us geared up to shoot. Once into the lake, our complete solitude was broken only by the chattering of the hundreds, perhaps thousands of birds perched high above our heads.

It was nice to see that despite the crowds that come to Ranganathittu everyday, the water is pure, clear and devoid of pollutants.

As we glided over the river, a huge flock of storks flapped above our heads on making their way to a clump of trees. Every little island was home to nests of the most exotic birds I'd ever seen, and they were unusually quiet, seemingly lulled into silence by the serenity of the elegant river.

Our hearts missed a beat when we saw a few crocodiles glide by

31_Siberean_Crane

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, January 9th, 2006
6:46 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Bangalore Darshan
Lotus
I spent the new year with my latest hobby i.e photography. I decided to go out to Lalbagh on 1st Jan 2006 and experiment with my camera. After the taking a full round of Lalbagh I felt that it couldn't look probably better than captured by my camera. I started early in the morning (6.30 a.m)some people might argue though whether this is early enough :-) Hope you enjoy the photos. I am going to post more photos of Blore time to time. Please keep checking this blog from time to time and last but not the least a very happy new year 2006. Keep rocking and hope this year turns out to be good for you all

Current Mood: bouncy
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
9:07 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Gear up for Oktoberfest!
Dear friends,

The countdown for Oktoberfest has started. Just 24 days to go until the world-famous Oktoberfest opens its gates. It will start on September 17th at Munich. The mayor of Munich, is going to tap the first barrel of beer and officially open the World's biggest fair. This fest will end on October 3rd followed by grand fireworks. People from all over the world throng the beer tents. These beer tents are huge temporary installations. You should consider yourselves lucky if you get a place to stand inside these tents (forget about sitting :-)). If your stomach is already grumbling and head is spinning coz of claustrophobia, you could also try out Volksfest (on lines of Oktober fest in Munich) at Bad Canstatt in Stuttgart. You would feel more comfortable and ample amount of air to breath.

A couple of Indian Festivals are also lined up during the coming months. Will keep you updated about the upcoming events.

Have fun and happy guzzling

Current Mood: jubilant
8:51 pm
[schones_bavaria]
Complicated
In case you have not heard this song, chek this out:-

Complicated
(Avril Lavigne )

What you yellin for?
Lay back
It's all been done before
And if you could only let it be
You will see

I like you the way you are
When we're drivin in your car
And you're talkin to me one-on-one
But you become

Somebody else
Round everyone else
Watchin your back
Like you can't relax
You tryin to be cool
You look like a fool to me
Tell me

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you're actin like you're somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life's like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get
And you turnin into
Honestly, you promised me
I'm never gonna find you fake it
No no no

You come over unannounced
Dressed up like you're somethin else
Where you are ain't where it's at you see
You're makin me
Laugh out
When you strike a pose
Take off
All your preppy clothes
You know
You're not foolin anyone
When you become

Somebody else
Round everyone else
Watchin your back
Like you can't relax
You tryin to be cool
You look like a fool to me
Tell me

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you're actin like you're somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life's like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get
And you turnin into
Honestly, you promised me
I'm never gonna find you fake it

No no

Chill out
What you yellin for?
Lay back
It's all been done before
And if you could only let it be
You will see

Somebody else
Round everyone else
Watchin your back
Like you can't relax
You tryin to be cool
You look like a fool to me
Tell me

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?
I see the way you're actin like you're somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life's like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get
And you turnin into
Honestly, you promised me
I'm never gonna find you fake it
No no

Why'd you have to go and make things so complicated?
(yeah yeah)
I see the way you're actin like you're somebody else
Gets me frustrated
Life's like this you
You fall and you crawl and you break and you take what you get
And you turnin into
Honestly, you promised me
I'm never gonna find you fake it
No no no

Current Mood: chipper
10:49 am
[schones_bavaria]
Pope's Visit to Germany
Well friends, the son of the soil is back to the country (Germany) for a little while to repay his debts to the country which made him the highest leader of Catholics. Yes, you are right I am talking about Pope Benedict XVI. Observers claim this was the "Pope's Woodstock" during the world youth day.

But for the modern youth of Germany, is this visit going to make any difference in their lives? They are rather skeptical about the German pope as they presume that conservatives will get a major boost in the society. They rather want a leader who looks into their problems. Some of my German friends commented "It is not good that a German Cardinal has become a pope" because they feel that it means an end of a lot of things especially their freedom.

Looking at the media coverage it appeared that Pope's visit was no more than another day out for already bored German youth looking for some respite from the lousy weather here (I am sure Michael Jackson would also have been received by an overwhelming crowd). People just ask each other "What did you do to the weather?". The nice sunny and warm days are long gone. Whether you like it or not there are signs of an early onset of winters. It is good for beer drinkers...for others it means spending most of the times indoors.

I long for the bright sunshine of India...writing from my desk here in Germany

Current Mood: amused
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