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unbiased news

Before I wrote this post, I wrote and posted a C post about recursive functions.

Not because this post is in anyway related to recursion or to towers of hanoi problem. Because I was slightly apprehensive about the topic of the post.

There was fierce discussion in Republic channel about article 35 A. When there isn't? And the show host and the channel owner was saying 'no, it is not' repeatedly, aggressively and with all the conviction in the world. And his counterpart was explaining something about what happened during accession and how the maharaja put condition before Kashmir became part of India.

I remembered my nephew's remark. He, a typical generation Y kid, was saying all these news channels need to be banned. Because they broadcast biased news.

I agree with him to a large extent. Though the news in most news channels may not be biased, the analysis are biased. And the show hosts of these channels say their analysis with so much courage and conviction.

They tell…

Prasanna Anjaneya temple, Ragigudda

This is one of the famous temples in Bangalore. The temple complex is quite huge and again the temple is constructed on a rock.

I knew it was Saturday and I knew there will be a crowd. But the crowd was much much larger than expected.

The queue started right from the place where you need to leave your slippers, it continued to the Ganesha temple, which I think is at the ground level and then it continued on marble steps to the main temple. Even inside the temple we were marched around the deities. No time to breathe too - unless the queue is not moving.

Not my cup of tea? OK, some how I liked this devotion today. Last time, I had stood in such a large queue in a temple was 17-18 years ago, in Muscat. There on Shivarathri, there would be serpentine queues in front of the Shiva temple growing and filling the roads.

If not direct heavenly abode, can I expect at least a reservation of a seat "there"for this queue? smiley face, smiley face.

The main temple has shiva linga on lef…

Ulasoor Someshwar temple

Having visited Maruti mandir in Vijayanagar which is a modern temple, I did some research on next visit.


This Someshwar temple in Ulsoor was said to be thousands of years old.

The moment I got down from Ulsoor metro station, I felt I am in another place. A smaller town, slightly calmer but not cleaner than Bangalore. The temple is hardly 5 minutes walk from the station.

The outer dwara gopura was temporarily covered with dried coconut leaves. But the walls themselves had such nice carvings.








Once you enter the courtyard, there are many smaller temples in the periphery and a what looked like a brass Nandi with its own gopura.

The temple has very large open mantapa with 48 stone pillars each with intricate carvings. According to wikipedia these carvings represent various scenes like Ravana lifting a mountain, Girija kalyana etc. Many pillars had sculpture of a man riding a lion. Internet told me that this temple is in Vijayanagar model.

And some of Gods in the pradakshina had some Tami…
ಮತದ  ಬಿರುಕುಗಳನು  ತೊರೆವೆ 
ನುಡಿಗಳೊಡಕುಗಳನು ಮರೆವೆ 
ತೊತ್ತ ತೊಡಕುಗಳನು ತೊಡೆವೆ
ಜೀವನವನ್ನೆ ದೇವಿಗೆರೆವೆ ಬಿಡುತೆ  ಗುಡಿಯ ಕಟ್ಟಲು
ಭರತ ಭೂಮಿ ನಮ್ಮ ತಾಯಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಪೊರೆವ ತೊಟ್ಟಿಲು


Time to remember these golden words by our great poet Kuvempu.

sarve bhavantu sukhinah

सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः|
सर्वे भवन्तु निरामयः |
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु |
माकश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् ।
ॐशान्तिःशान्तिःशान्तिः ॥

 Meaning:

May All become Happy.

May All be Free from Illness.

May All See what is Auspicious.
  May no one Suffer.

Parks

There is usual ugly traffic on the road. On both sides of the road there are noisy shops. The decibel level is reaching the skies.

But in the middle there is a tiny park which is very narrow. Hardly 5- 6 feet wide with very few plants and trees. But there are stone benches facing each other, filling the entire park.

And sitting on these benches are elderly people chatting with their friends, oblivious to what is happening around them.

Do we feel happy for them or sad?

Achieve them all

And now for some inspirational pins from pinterest




But there is another one, to make you happy. This is a pencil sketch from artstation.com. Don't you love this portrait of a little girl. And it looks so real.


Jain temple

Has wanderlust attacked me? Or it is just boredom accentuated by empty nest? But all the self help articles, all pinterest images tell me to "go outside". Walking in the park gets tedious after a while. And super markets are just not right. Because a) they do not have 'nature' b) they make us more depressed because there are so many things you want to buy, but you don't want to buy after looking at the cost. So where does a woman go then.

Hence the early pilgrimage.

Now don't tell me this next phrase is sacrilegious.

ek bhale maanushi ke devout banake choda!  :)

But today it was to be my real passion. Books. Do I read? Do I get time to read anything other than newspapers? But again all articles ask me to read a book. So I am at least making an effort.

So I had to return previous book by Margaret Atwood and Anitha Desai and bring new books. That done, I was on my way to metro station (new fad). I saw this chapak  (sampige in kannada) petals on the ground. Lif…

Gavi Gangadhareshwar Temple

Gavi gangadhareshwara temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore. It is inside a cave - hence the name.

The temple complex is on a monolithic rock. On the courtyard of the temple you will notice damaru(drum), trishula (trident) and two  discs, all of which are on stone pillars. The discs are called suryapana and chandrapana and they face each other. And there is a brass dhwajastambha (flag post).






 The temple is inside the cave and you should climb down the stairs. The height of the cave tapers as you go inside the temple. The pradikshina paths (there are two of them) are so low that you need to bend and walk.

Every year on 14th January, on Makara Sankranti, the ray of sunlight passes through the nandi in front of the idol and then falls on the idol. People from all over the state come here to watch this wonderful spectacle.

What kind of calculations might have been used to achieve this? The idol is at least 6-7  feet below ground and the door is quite narrow. So for the sun ray…

Shop absolutely free

No, no. I am not writing a post like those sms or email messages which tell you that you have won 1 million dollars and you need to only send your account number.

I am writing a humorous post about how you ladies and gentlemen, can fulfill your dream of shopping till you drop but still spend no money at all.

I am seeing this advertisement in comedy central channel about a well known shopping mall which is telling me that

"You shop for Rs. 6000, you pay only Rs. 3000 and you get back Rs. 3000."

So how much do you spend? 0! right! Why don't you head there and shop for free!!

Ramanjaneya temple

I had originally planned to visit Ramanjaneya temple on Friday. But I had walked in the morning and I had climbed what seemed like 100 steps in metro stations. And I don't know what that bus stop is called. More importantly more steps.. kabhi nahi. So I visited dodda ganapathi temple instead.


Why Ramanjaneya temple? Am I a bhakt or bhakte of Anjaneya or Hanumantha? No. I am not. Though we have a huge selection to show our piety, I am not particular about any God. If I have to, I will just say as we mortals are unable to imagine nirakara rupa God, we give him/her aakara and pray to them.

OK, the reason for me wanting visit this temple is, we go in that road quite often. And each time I think, I need to go there, and climb the stairs and visit the temple. And today it materialized.

So today I planned ahead - which is unlike me. I skipped walking. I took my two wheeler instead of metro. But I started late from home and reached around half past 12 and the temple was closed.

But unl…

Themes and blogs

When I am bored (which is quite often) and I am not watching TV, I tend to look at my own blogs.

Good, because these need at least one viewer. :)  And I can understand the drawbacks of the design.

I was seeing the C with linux blog the other day. And I realized I can not search within the blog. There is no search button.

But my perplexed blog has search icon. How is that possible? In theme setting of blogger, there is just an option to use mobile theme for mobile or desktop theme for mobile. None of the mobile themes have search option.

Then I realized that the recent themes have mobile themes everywhere. They show you just an image as snapshot and show the post only after clicking on that. Fine, fine, that is not so hard. And I set the theme as notable - and it showed my posts and images in some shades of tealish color.

So far, so good. But today I realized that first image is OK, but another image with a binary tree is shown as black image with white circles.

So for the last 3 hour…

Stronger

Braver, Stronger and Smarter

Why don't you set this as your wallpaper? Or write it down in sticky note?

Start over

How to win war in your head - TED talks

You can't live on inspirational quotes or Ted talks for ever. But at least for some time, I need these. When I feel completely down, these help me to get some hope


The video is rhymed and some rap in between to stress the points. I liked it very much.

Dodda Ganesha temple

Dodda Ganesha temple - named so because it has the largest Ganesha idol in Bangalore, is situated in Bull temple road in Basavanagudi,  south Bangalore.

The temple is housed within the complex of famous Bull temple. The Lord Ganesha idol inside this temple is 18 feet tall and is 16 feet wide and is carved from a single rock.

It is said to be constructed by Kempegowda in the year 1536. And it has been renovated since then.

Devotees like to perform Benne(butter) alankara on this idol - which needs around 100 kg of butter.


How to get there: You can travel by metro from Majestic Bus stand to National College. From there it is 1.5 kms approximately. You can catch an auto from metro station. If you come to national college bus stop in vanivilas road there will be plenty of buses to Hanumanthanagar ward office from where the temple is walkable distance.




Rajarajeshwari Temple

You can understand how immensely confused I am from the fact that in one post I write god humor and in the next post I will display the images of some temple.

Yes, I did visit the famous Rajarajeshwari Temple as a part of my goal of blogging about Bangalore temples.

I expected the temple to be much more crowded what with today being tuesday in a Shrava masa. And I find some construction work going on in the temple, as almost always.

Inside the temple, you find the 6 feet tall vigraha of the Goddess carved from Granite. 

I asked few people inside the temple about when it was constructed. One person told 40 years ago. Another told 60 years ago. According to the temple website the temple construction started some time in 1960. People believe the temple has lot of power.

I wanted to post the image of deity. But was told that photography is not allowed inside the temple.

There are other deities within the temple, Ganesha, Lakshmi, Saraswati and Dandapani ( I had to look up the name to fin…

Found God - this time in google

So more god humor, this time straight from google image search.
Do you accept this,  google?

 Did this really happen to you too?


 Good one. But not very good because we prefer colorful images.


Hilarious!!

Laughing at my own humor

Whenever I am sad, upset or angry - which covers most of my waking hours. I some times search for flimsy excuses to get angry, upset or sad. Like my nephew would do when he was a kid - find some excuse to get angry so that he does not have to eat his lunch.

So whenever I am upset and I am not self-soothing by eating a lot, I would try to read of watch something funny. Now it is jio time, so search for funny cat/baby/standup in youtube.

Today I found a better way which is even good for my self esteem (unlike my self-soothing eating). Go to my own blog and search for humor.

Some are just - he. But some posts are hilarious. Am I the only one who find these so good?

Here is a sample Found God

I really laughed out loud after reading the post.

Neighborhood watch

Financial Calculator app

OK. Am I euphoric? Not so much. Should I be euphoric? We have a proverb in Kannada "aaru varshada hudugi muuru bele suttugondu tindidlante.

Any how. So I today published the app Financial Calculator to google app market. 

It all started after I completed my C++ app. I was running out of ideas. What apps can I develop with my limited resources and one woman team. So I asked suggestions from my family which is feasible for me? music player or FD manager. The unanimous vote was for the latter. This the app was originated.

Then the app was moving on my typical snail-ish pace. It would have taken an year at least for me to complete the app. Not because it is very tough. Because I do not give my 100% to it. Then my friend helped immensely. She would give suggestions, ask me to work more and faster. I am extremely thankful to her for this help.

Of course there are lot of improvements to be done. UI improvement, adding SIP, adding google and facebook integration etc.

Have a look at the…

jo bhi ho kal phir aayega

Every time I hear this song, I feel so nice and really hope creeps again. Listen to the song "alla ke bande has de"  in soundcloud here.

So I really wanted to create a poster with the title of the song. Yes, whatever happens today, tomorrow is another day, with another set of hopes.


Pre publish days

As the D-day approaches, I keep finding various 'important' works to be done.

I am talking about publishing of my current app - Financial Calculator in android. It is almost ready. But some how I am not going towards publishing it. Call it procrastination, fear of bad reviews or just unwillingness to finish any task.

In fact there will be so many works to do. Not just testing. Some graphics resources need to be given to UI team (me), an all round testing should be done by testing team(me) and some nice catchy one line explanation and other descriptions should be written by some other team - me again.

Instead I try doing other works - and not just TV or standup comedy watching. I wrote a blog about queues in data structure. I sewed and added another layer to my razai, washed and dried it.

And finally when I started testing, instead I started adding new features to the app. How great the app would be if the records can be filtered using banks. And how insufficient without that …

Ministry..-II

It could be my age or this age. Forget books, I don't even sit watching a movie hours together. Nothing is fascinating enough, riveting enough. Blame it on 'seen it all, heard it all' syndrome, blame it on short attention span due to one line whatsapp jokes.

So I surprised myself by completing Roy's book, sitting till post noon.

War stories are really disturbing. It makes one question the existence of humanity in this world.  And in worst cases, it makes us wonder are we in any way better than wild animals - at least they kill their prey - for their food.

But again those stories belonged to another world, another time. World war, afghanistan etc.

But this book - Arundhati Roy's Ministry of utmost happiness -  is from our country, our people, this present time. And that realization is very very scary. As scary as the news you read some times.

Amrik Singh is an army officer who has blood of many kashmiris on his hands - both militants and civilians. For him it is…