Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Astronomy Poem

Recently I went to a star party at Coorg organized by Bangalore Astronomical Society. The sky was pretty clear and dark and I was able to see many deep sky objects. This experience inspired me to write a poem. This poem is dedicated to the BAS.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Badri yaatra - As it happened

There were so many questions popping up in my mind - Will we be able to reach Badri without any problem? Will elders have darshan with ease? Will the elders bear the cold in Badri?... My mind came back to the present when the flight attendant made an announcement "We will be descending to Dehradun in a few minutes. Please fasten your belt and do not use restrooms". It was more than 2 months when we decided to do a Badri yatra with elders. My family, my brother's family and four elders made it a 10 pax trip to Badrinath. Badrinath is one of the holy places for Hindus and its significance is much more for Vaishnavas. So naturally all of us were excited about this trip.

Astronomy Outreach Program at Tumkur

The Bangalore Astronomical Society (BAS) had planned an astronomy outreach session in December at Tumkur. For the first time, I volunteered for this event and I am sharing my experience.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Uttaraayana and Makara Sankramana

As Uttaraayana and Sankranthi (makara sankramana) are celebrated almost on the same day, there is a belief that both are same and lies on the same day. However, Uttaraayana and Sankramana are two different things.

Friday, 13 September 2019

Trip to North and East Sikkim

We had not gone anywhere for more than a year. As the summer was ending, we were thinking of going to a place to beat the summer. I pulled out the map and two states stuck my eyes. Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim. I had heard a lot about places in HP from friends and relatives. However, Sikkim seems to be less heard at least from my close circle. This tiny state bordering three other nations Nepal, China, and Bhutan always created interest. I started researching every place in Sikkim and finally we decided for a 8-days trip covering North and East Sikkim including Gangtok.

Preview of Gurudongmar lake


Saturday, 31 August 2019

Vani Vilasa Sagara Dam - A visit to the oldest dam in Karnataka


We were driving to Bhadravati to attend cousin's marriage. As Google showed the route via Hiriyuru as the fastest, we were just following that route. At Hiriyuru, our car took a left turn towards Hosadurga. This route was a typical countryside drive with green fields on both sides. The road was in good condition and the traffic was sparse, the light music in the car made it a very pleasing drive.
We might have driven around 20kms from Hiriyuru and we noticed a yellow board at the side which read we have to take a left turn to reach "Vani Vilasa dam" and it is at a 5 kms distance. We had not heard about this dam before. Since it was just a 5 kms deviation, we thought of exploring this place. And our car turned to the left.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

A real test to the human nose in a office lift!

Sometimes the office lift throws a serious challenge to my nose - to check it's capability to detect as many scents and stenches as possible. It is a dilemma to whether feel proud about my nose's capability or to feel annoyed of being put to the test!