Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Window Art in Stone - December Theme - Circles - Last Pic of the Year 2008...

This sculptured Window belongs to a Historical Jain Temple, declared as a Achaelogical Monument.
A Star and encircled Snakes sculpted in Stone form the Window Art.

This was a very eventful year for all of us, and it seemed the second half had more misery and sadness than the first half, for the most of us, all over the world.

I Hope and Pray that the New Year be filled with Joy and Happiness and Peace for all our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, all over the World..

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Village Scene - December Theme - Circles

Bad Roads, Lack of Public Transport, Tiled-Roof and Hay-Roofed Houses, paddy fields, and coconut and mango trees, make up the typical village scene. Here is a villager on his Bicycle...

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Pirates, Ahoy !

Two Vintage Canons, installed by the British protect he Karwar Port from Pirates and Enemies...

Pirates of the lore have Returned, though much sophisticated and modern...  

106 cases of piracy have been recorded in 1992. By 2002 there were 370 reported incidents and this is through yearly increases. The statistics go on to say that: the majority of ships have been boarded whilst at anchor, 10 crew members were killed by pirates in 2001 and 97 serious injuries and there where twenty five hijackings (or attempted ones) in 2002. The professionalism and desperation of these elements is growing as the records show.
The best means to combat modern day piracy on the high seas is to follow the few basic rules stated previously. To not anchor in unsafe places, to maintain a careful watch when underway and at anchor, to report any occurrences or incidents immediately, to batten and secure the vessel down at all times, to maintain full speed when passing through these area and to have adequate security precautions in place like charged fire hoses at the ready to repel boarders. Source

The Sirius Star is one of the biggest ships on the seven seas: 332 metres (1,090ft) long, carrying two million barrels of crude oil – a quarter of Saudi Arabia’s daily output – worth £70m. And now she’s been captured by pirates. Source

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rangoli, Again....

Yet another Rangoli... 

This is a Circular one, apt for the December 2008 theme day: Circles/Spheres with 187 participants in this theme day on City Daily Photo.

Had posted a Rangoli earlier with the full description, which is here on this Blog...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday, December 8, 2008

Watermelon - Circle / Spheres Theme

One of the tastiest ways to keep cool in summer is to munch on ice cold watermelon.
Watermelons were cultivated in Egypt and India as far back as 2500 B.C. as evidenced in ancient hieroglyphics.
Watermelon can deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido !
Watermelon is not only great on a hot summer day, this delectable thirst-quencher may also help quench the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Soda "Pop" Bottles in Karwar Market

Codd style bottles are readily identified by their marble stopper. 
The Codd bottle was filled upside down so that as soon the filling stopped, the stopper was forced down to seal the bottle against the rubber ring. 
Pressure inside the bottle would keep the marble pressed against the top of the bottle. 
To open the bottle, the marble was pressed down where it would fall into the neck chamber below. 
If the bottle is held the right way, the marble stays inside the chamber when the bottle is tilted up for drinking. 
Many of these bottles were destroyed when children would routinely break open the bottle to get the marble inside. Text Source
This Soda-pop bottle is truly a eco-friendly piece of engineering design: multiple reuse and no wastage, (patented by Hiram Codd in 1872).

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Harvesting Season

This is what remains after the Harvesting Season. Paddy/Rice that was grown here has been harvested, and the Hay is stacked up in the field. Harvesting is done here by manual labour, and no machines are involved. Villagers take turns in working in each others' fields, thus making the entire Harvesting Process a Community work.
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Friday, December 5, 2008

Circle of Clouds

As the grim clouds of Terror encircle the Indian Cities, I captured this picture of Clouds circling the Sun on the Karwar Arabian Sea, on my Nokia N-70.

Maybe the Heavenly Bodies were giving out the message to the people of India to Smile and not to be overcome by grief and fear over the Acts of Terror, committed by a set of bigots.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Heading Home !

Fisherman heading back home at dawn, with the day's (night's) catch... after an over-night haul....
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Friday, November 28, 2008


An Orchid with tiny White Flowers that i picked up from a Forest during a recent Trek...
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