Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Serious Discussion... Men in "Lungi" or "Mundu"

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Men wearing "Lungi" or "Mundu", folded up, engrossed in a serious conversation...
P.S.:- Click here to see the latest Designs of the Lungi (a South Indian costume)..
I am not into the Lungi business, but i had clicked this pic recently in a wedding, and thought I would some description to it....

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation was established in August 1961, operates its services to all villages in the State, which have motorable roads. 92% of the villages in monopoly area (6743 out of 7298) and 44% in non-monopoly area (5158 out of 11789) have been provided with transport facility by KSRTC. At present it has one corporate office, 11 divisional offices, 57 depots, 110 bus stations, 2 bus bodybuilding workshops, 1 printing press, 3 training Institutes and 1 hospital. It operates 5100 schedules with 5400 vehicles (including 164 hired private vehicles) covering 19.50 lakh Kms. and carries on an average 22 lakh passengers daily. About 25000 employees are working in the Corporation.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mangroves in Karwar

The word "Mangrove" is considered to be a combination of the Portuguese word "Mangue" and the English word "grove". Mangroves are salt-tolerant plants of tropical and subtropical intertidal regions of the world. The specific regions where these plants occur are termed as 'mangrove ecosystem'.
Mangroves and bushes, which grow in the muddy, loose soil of tropical water bodies, are one of the special marine eco-systems. They grow in estuaries, creeks and backwaters sustaining the salinity of water and soil.
Over 8,000 hectares of brackish area in Uttara Kannada district provides an ideal condition for the growth of mangrove forest.
Once, the estuaries of Aghanashini in Kumta taluk and Kali in Karwar taluk had rich mangrove forests, but now, due to gross abuse, neglect and over-exploitation the mangrove areas have become mere wastelands. Source Link

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A Tile Factory at Bhatkal

Popularly known as Mangalore Tiles by the name of the place where they originated, a German Missionary Plebot set up the first tile factory in 1865, after he found large deposits of clay by the banks Gurupur and Nethravathi Rivers. It was called Basel Mission Tile factory and located on the banks of the river Nethravathi.Several other tile factories came up in the years that followed. Abundant deposits of clay, plenty of firewood from the Western Ghats and cheap skilled labour helped the industry flourish. Since the tiles were made only in the city initially, they came to be called Mangalore tiles. Today, there are only five tile factories in the city as compared to forty-five in the Seventies. The first tile factory has also shut down. Reduction in clay deposits, labour problems and tile factories coming up in other places are said to be some of the reasons for the decline.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cooks at Work at my friend's Wedding Feast

They were making HoLige which is a flat sweet bread with savory filling covered in a bland covering. Kai Holige/Coconut puranpoli/narla Ubbatti is a specialty in Mangalore, now MangaLooru. Holige is same as Obbattu.
Recipe Links -
1. Aayisrecipes - pooran-poli/holige/obbattu
2. Bawarchi/contribution
3. Holige-is-flat-sweet-bread-with-savory
4. Holige

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lost in Thought

A cow and its calf munching on "thoughts" while a crow pecks on its catch.. at Belekeri Fishing Port

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Umbrella Repair-er

This guy is in business during the Monsoons, when one or the other person needs to repair his umbrella, which are ravaged by the incessant Monsoon rains and winds...To keep his hands-free he wears a Rain-coat, and works in the rain beside the Street in the market... Shot him at his work-site...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Balancing Act

We generally do a lot of balancing acts in our lives, sometimes without our knowledge.... This customer of the Vegetable Vendor (Vendress?) is also into it... Holding an Umbrella in one hand he tries to negotiate vegetable prices... The vegetable Seller is also under pressure, cos if she quotes a higher price, the customer may just Pedal Off... :-) Ha ha...

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008


These sea-faring House-boats are of the Jungle Lodge Resorts, parked in the Kali River at Kodibag in Karwar. When this pic was taken in Oct 2003, there were only two, now there are Five House boats.
This picture was shot with Ricoh Caplio RR211 1.92mpx camera.