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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Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Classic - Absorbed

A nicely redone soft top Classic Jeep with Trailer was parked front of my office.

Notice the guy squatting in the Trailer, a guy in the Jeep and

another on his motorbike busy text-ing on his Mobile....

Therefore the alternative title for this post - "Absorbed"

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Karwar District Court Corridor

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The District and Sessions Court of Karwar was established during the British Rule in 1856, and the Court continues in the same building. But now there is a new building coming up, and soon the Court will be shifted to the new building.
This Corridor is the witness to the Trials and Tribulations faced by the innumerable Litigants over a period of two centuries, including the one sitting in the picture.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

And quietly flows the River Kali....

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Originating at Kushavali, on the border of Karnataka and Goa, the Kali drives its name from the dark colour of its managese-rich waters. The river meanders through the unique biodiversity of the Western Ghats along its short course of 184 km in the Uttar Kanara district of Karnataka before joining the Arabian Sea at the strategically important port-town of Karwar.

The river is the lifeline to some 40 M people in the district and supports livelihoods of tens of thousands of people including fishermen on the coast of Karwar. Among other fauna, the Kali offers a perfect natural corridor for wild elephants and black panthers.

Already, the six Hydro Electric Projects on the river have submerged over 12 800 Ha of forests in the region.In addition to this, the river is threatened by the continued discharge of untreated effluents from the West Coast Paper Mill at Dandeli. Since the flow in the river has been restrained on account of dams and diversions along its course, the farming and the fishing communities have felt the enhanced impact of accumulated pollutants in the river.

Kali might be a lesser-known river than the famous Cauvery and Krishna in Karnataka but is no less significant in terms of the contribution it makes to the livelihoods security of people and the ecosystems it sustains in the Western Ghats.

Researchers have confirmed that this short west flowing river, whose farthest point by crow flight along its course is just 32 km from the sea, cannot withstand any more interventions both to fulfill its ecological functions as also to ensure livelihoods security to people. However, current developments along the river may eventually choke and dry the annual flow of 9,000 MCM in the Kali. The river is home to six hydel projects and the Kaiga Nuclear Power Project. Thanks to the large obstructions along its course, the Kali flows uninterrupted for just about 18 km along its 184 km course in the Western Ghats.

After this 18 km, the Kali flows Quietly and almost Lifeless.....

Info Source Link....

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Low-Anchored Cloud

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Low-anchored cloud,
Newfoundland air,
Fountain-head and source of rivers,
Dew-cloth, dream-drapery,
And napkin spread by fays;
Drifting meadow of the air,
Where bloom the daisied banks and violets,
And in whose fenny labyrinth
The bittern booms and heron wades;
Spirit of lakes and seas and rivers,
Bear only perfumes and the scent
Of healing herbs to just men's fields!

Henry David Thoreau

Friday, November 21, 2008

Men @ Work @ Dawn

Come rain or shine, dawn or twilight, i stand here holding my Cam, and labourers are already at Work. This makes me brood over the widening divide between the "Haves" and the "Have-nots", and this Langhorne Slim - Spinning Compass">song is apt for the Men who work day and night, for thier Daily sqaue meal, and thereby make our lives easier..

Langhorne Slim - Spinning Compass
THERE'S SUMMER YET LEFT at said the gramophone
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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sadashivgad Church

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Established in 1912, the St. Joseph's Church in Sadashivgad village of Karwar, was once administered by the Portugese Priests of Portuguese occupied Goa. Prior to this church there was another Old Church built prior to the year 1818. Even now Documents are found from the year 1896 written in Portugese, and only after 1930 or so, English came to be used, which has continued till now. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Speaking of Rangoli... Here's another....

I caught this at a Rangoli competition today, at Lord Shiva (Mahadev) Temple, at Baad in Karwar.

The word Rangoli has its origin from the word Rangaavali where Rang means colour in Hindi and the word aavail stands for a row of colours. The origin of Rangoli can be dated thousands of years back because it finds its mention in many manuscripts as well. The Rangolis are typically drawn outside the homes of people and outside temples and buildings. They are drawn outside pooja (prayer) halls and even in the balconies. They are considered to be auspicious and lucky at the time of festivals. They are drawn to appease Gods and Goddesses. Specially at the time of the festival of Diwali, the Rangoli is drawn to appease Goddess Lakshmi, who is considered to be the Goddess of Wealth by the Hindus. The Rangolis are a form of showcasing the hospitality which the Indians have to all visitors who come to their houses at the time of festivals. Source Some patterns.. Plenty here on Google Search...
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lamps and Rangoli Decoration

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A typical Indian Rangoli in our court yard for Diwali (the Festival of Lights) and Tulsi Pooja...
Wishing a Happy Festive Season to all on the World Wide Web......

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Jelly Fish in Karwar Govt. Marine Acquarium

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Beside the National Highway no.17 at Karwar on the Tagore Beach is the Government acquarium, with fairly good collection of marine life samples. A Whale Skeleton, a 300 year old Turtle, and other local marine samples, make up the Acquarium, for Tickets of Rs.3-00 per Adult.

Monday, November 10, 2008

November Theme - Books - Bar Library, Karwar

My First picture for this Month's Theme - Books. I took this picture in our Bar Association, when a Meeting was going on. The Volumes are of the Supreme Court of India Judgments Reporter - Supreme Court Cases.
The law report Supreme Court CasesTM, started in 1969 and now running into over 260 volumes, is the leading law report of India with a very wide circulation, and is cited in all courts in India and in all standard works of law. The standards of legal reporting set by it, have earned the respect and admiration of the entire legal community. EBC has done pioneering work, by creating for the first time a complete index/digest of the case law of the Indian Supreme Court in its 35 volume publication, 'The Complete Digest of Supreme Court Cases'. The work comprehensively covers the judgments delivered by the Supreme Court since its inception in 1950 till date. The second edition of this monumental work is currently under print.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A Brand New Day !!

A Brand New Day at the Rabindranath Tagore Beach at Karwar.
This time of the year, that is from November to February its very pleasent here, and every day is a beautiful day. During this time, there is no sweltering heat and the incessent rains that take up the rest of the year.
Karwar's idyllic beauty inspired the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, to pen down his first play.
As said by Rabindranath Tagore, “ The sea beach of Karwar is certainly a fit place in which to realize the beauty of nature is not a mirage of imagination, but reflects the joy of the infinite and thus draws us to lose ourselves into it."
Karwar Beach then....
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Monday, November 3, 2008


Colorful boats lined up in the Arabian Sea at Karwar at Sunrise.....
Karwar Port is in the background. My earlier post of Karwar Port is here...
Wikimapia Link of Karwar Port.
Karnataka, with a coastline of more than 300 km, has nine minor ports, apart from a major port in Mangalore. Karwar, Belekeri, Tadri, Honnavar, Bhatkal, Hangarkatta, Malpe, Gangolli, and Old Mangalore come under the category of minor/intermediate ports. Except Karwar Port, all the others are fair-weather ports. Karwar has an all-weather port. The districts of northern and central Karnataka, southern Maharashtra, and western Andhra Pradesh form the hinterland of these ports.Of the ports listed for private participation, Karwar Port in Uttara Kannada District caters to the requirements of two-lakh sq. km of hinterland. The port has 355-m-long quay for accommodating simultaneous berthing of two ocean going ships of 8.25 m draft with other facilities. The Union Government has declared this port for loading and unloading of all types of commodities, including class `B' and `C' petroleum products. This port exports granite, molasses, and alumina powder, and imports furnace oil, kerosene, and rock phosphate. It also imports salt from Gujarat. Various companies have constructed 25 liquid cargo storage tank terminals with an installed capacity of 75,000 tonnes of liquid cargo. The port handles nearly six lakh tonnes of cargo and earns Rs 6 crore revenue every year. Source
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