Tranquil Reverie

Monday, May 19, 2008

Run For Fun

The 18th of May, 2008 was not going to be a dull and sleepy Sunday morning for the enthusiastic Bangaloreans who turned up in large numbers to be a part of the Sunfeast World 10k. The country's first and the world's richest 10k run was graced by the presence of Bollywood biggies likes Rahul Bose and Dino Morea, sports veterans like Vijay Amritraj and Dhanraj Pillai and the much sought after Bengalooru boy, Ganesh. While some folks ran for a cause, the others ran for fun. A riot of colours, innovative costumes, loud sloganeering, passionate cheering and oodles of energy marked the event which was a run away success.
The 10k Run For Elite Men, 10k Run For Elite Women, the 4k Run For Senior Citizens, the 4k event for the differently abled and the Majaa Run, were the various events that the participants could choose from. Here are some snapshots from the grand 5.7Km Majaa Run....

Looks That Win... One of the wonners of the 'Kingfisher Sakkat Bangalorean' />

Never Say Die... The differently abled in high spirits during the run.

Life Is Colourful... The theme used by Bosco to spread the word.

Some Star Power... Mr Iyer (Rahul Bose) cheering the participants.

An Eye Catcher.... The Ravana of the 21st century running hard!

Look Who's Watching... A little boy watching the proceedings keenly.

Well Said Indeed... A message for the assasins of our 'Garden City'!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Age Of Innocence

Limitless Joy

These boys took a camel ride on the street. Their joy seemed to be boundless.

Paint My Love

I wondered what angels look like, until I saw Ella at the Christmas Bazaar!

Pretty Woman

A charismatic little one, Rhea whose work of art was on sale at Chitra Santhe.

Catch Me If You Can!

This is Nitesh, my official guide to a tour around his home and garden at Barkur.

Smile And The World Smiles With You!

I did not believe that a stranger's smile could brighten my day until this picture was framed!

Stealing Glances

A coy girl from a hamlet on the fringes of the Vembanad Lake in Kerala looks on inquisitively.....

In Profound Thought

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional. Its hardest when life mandates growing up!

A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words!

At the Independence Day celebrations at Bosco. This young boy was not fortunate enough to be blessed with a home and parents.

Monday, May 05, 2008

A Temple Town

On the banks of the river Sita is a quaint village called Barkur. The Alupas who reigned in provinces of coastal Karnataka established Barkur as the capital and a hub for trade and commerce. Art and culture flourished under the patronage of the kings of the Alupa, Hoysala and Vijayanagar dynasties. It is said that there were 365 temples in Barkur and that the king visited one temple each day of the year. Temples and keris or large tanks beside the temple are a common sight at Barkur. Most of what remains to this day are the structures constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries.

Here are a few pictures from my visit to a village which has etched it's name in history.

The aesthetic interiors of the famous Chowlikeri Temple which is entirely hewn out of stone.

During the Ranga Puja at the Anjaneya Temple at Saligrama, I looked on as devotees emptied tins of oil into the diyas.

The architecture of the newly constructed temples at the Anegudda Temple Complex at Kumbhasi is stylish and innovative.

Eloquently carved bells of various shapes and sizes can be spotted in almost all the temples in and around Barkur.

This Basava(or holy bull) is made of a special stone. It is believed that anyone who tries to wash this basava will hurt their fingers.

This was shot at the site of the Kathale Basadi. Kathale means darkness and basadi denotes a Jain shrine.