Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nilgiri Hills Christian Memorials

I'd read this interesting article titled "Where graves tell a story" in The Hindu a few months back. It told of a couple of researchers locating graves of English and other Europeans across the Nilgiri hills. I've done a very small bit of photography of graves in Bangalore and know how intriguing this was. Way back when I used to shoot gravestone with my friend Sunil, we thought of the idea of doing some more research on the graves in Bangalore but never managed to get it up and running.

So it was all the more interesting to see that someone had already done the same thing with graves in Nilgiris and so I looked for information on how to obtain the book. I contacted Chekkutty - one of the authors and he was kind enough to provide more information and even offer to send me the book straight away. I received the book in a few days.

The book is quite a thick volume and has around 600 pages. It is full of information! Information about the graves, names on the graves, birth, death dates, age etc. It was interesting to know the names of the some of the major diseases of those times. Did you know that you could have just died of a severe cold in those days?

This book will all the more be interesting for people who are looking for their ancestor's graves. I was just a little disappointed that the maps aren't really well reproduced - a larger scale map would have been great. And yes, somehow the photographer in me rues the lack of photographs in the book. I would have loved to see some of the amazing gravestones and headstones of those days. In fact, there are some amazing ones in Bangalore.

All in all, a very interesting book. I am hoping that I can contribute in some way to John Roberts and Chekkutty's work when they do start this here in Bangalore. You can read Chekkutty's post in his blog here - http://chespeak.blogspot.in/2013/12/nilgiri-hills-new-book-on-european-and.html

The pic below was taken by me at a grave in Bangalore. Just love the art involved


Friday, February 14, 2014

The Killing Fields and Angkor Wat

Sanjeeb and I had written a trip plan on the site Trevolta. This is a new startup - crowd-funded travel site. Interesting concept eh? Though they had an invite only registration sometime late last year, I'd got invites and posted up this trip. I wasn't really expecting it to happen but kept looking out to see if they'd approve the trip and put it up.

Sometime in the middle of Jan, I got an email from them asking to me to edit some parts of the trip with more details and clarity. I did that and something said that my trip would get selected. And I made the changes and awesome - my trip got selected.

Now, I had to look for funding. A close friend of mine - Manu put in $500! Wow, that was enough to start off the funding. We've now made $620 and will need some more to at least make the trip on a minimum budget. It would be great if some of you could contribute

Link for our trip on the site - http://www.trevolta.com/travels/The-Killing-Fields-and-Angkor-Wat-11694

Friday, January 31, 2014

First post for 2014

First post for 2014

Yippee Yay woohooo

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December 2013

Ok, its the last day of the year 2013 and I've missed my "one post a month" deadline for the past few months now.

Well, at least let me try posting one post a month from the new year.

Happy New Year 2014 to everyone!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Blogging for years.....

Well, I started this blog waaay back in December 2004. I've been blogging quite regularly for some years until I just managed to blog my usual "one post a month" of late.

I just went back and see that I have missed putting up a post only in the months of March 2013, August 2013, September 2013. Its all been this year. And the past few months! So thought I'd put up a post to keep the blog running.

And there, a post is done.

Friday, July 19, 2013

How boiled eggs changed my career

Badly wanted to be a pilot. As a kid. Used to dream of it everyday.

Mom hit on the idea of making me eat boiled eggs - telling me that pilots have a boiled egg everyday. So I took boiled eggs for a week. Then gave up on the dream. Told everyone that I did not want to be a pilot anymore.

End of story.

Hope you cried.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 2013

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There.. a new post for this month.

Blogging is dead!!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Bangalore - damn hot

That is a graph of Bangalore's temperature for this month! Man, it has been damn, damn hot!!


Graph courtesy - AccuWeather

Friday, February 01, 2013

February 2013

And it is already the second month of the year.

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