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Book: Cycle Savaariya Savaal

Muralil H.R writes a book on challenges that we face while riding a cycle and cycle_sawalhe also explains more about cycle, its history etc. “Cycle Savaariya Savaal (ಸೈಕಲ್ ಸವಾರಿಯ ಸವಾಲ್)” is written in kannada to educate school children about riding on a cycle. Book was released during Mysore Dasara in collaboration with Dasara Cycle Committee, Government of Karnataka and Ride a Cycle foundation.

You can Read/Download the book from here:

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Trousered Ape on MJ: The icon is dead

A tribute to Michael Jackson

Original post by BalaZen @ Trousered Ape

The Icon is dead. Its Strange how one feels the loss of someone who is a stranger; but whose works have been a great influence in our formative years. In the Early eighties, The rhythm of Jackson was the moving force in Music. Millions have grew up hearing his music including me. I personally struggled to understand what he was trying to sing but the sheer power of his performance would sweep my feet away. Undoubtedly he was one of the pioneers of Modern day music and more importantly a spectacular dancer. His Music videos were path breaking and spell binding to say the least. His ”Black or White” or the ”thriller” videos remain a benchmark even today.But the ironic thing is that even though his songs reflect deep pain and concern for Humanity; his personal life was one swell experiment with pain. Even though he was Ridden by controversies and drug abuse, he continued to pour out his life into his music. Songs like ”Man in the Mirror” reflect his deep love for the Human race and the need to change. It was almost like the God and the devil were residing within him. He was torn apart as an individual, but his focus always lay on his work. His comeback tour will never happen and fittingly so. I am sure he would have been a patch of his old self and thats the reason life snuffed him out. Such is the stuff of genius. They don’t come often, but when they do, they leave a mark which is indelible.

Michael Jackson will always remain alive through his Pulsating Music, Meaningful Lyrics and his persona that he carried throughout his life. God Bless!!!


My Kannada Post on Michael Jackson can be found here.

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World Digital Library

This video speaks more about WDL. It was launched by UNESCO in April 2009.

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I would be very much exited to see Indian languages and contents coming up on this. Wish Digital Library Of India could look at this work and make some modifications to the website

Royal Savaari on City Road


Captured in Bangalore near Cunningham Road

Identify the two wheeler vehicle name in this photo. Also, do you remember any movie in which this vehicle has been used? (Any Language Movie)

International Year of Astronomy 2009

This year is declared as The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) by UN and is a global celebration of astronomy and its contributions to society and culture and also marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of an astronomical telescope by Galileo Galilee. The aim of the Year is to stimulate worldwide interest, especially among young people, in astronomy and science under the central theme “The Universe, Yours to Discover“. IYA2009 events and activities will promote a greater appreciation of the inspirational aspects of astronomy that embody an invaluable shared resource for all nations.

ABAA has been involved in popularizing Astronomy in many ways for past 33 years. In ABAA we help people in making their own telescopes, have regular talks and discussions on various topics in Astronomy. ABAA conducts sky shows to public every first Sunday of the month, members of ABAA are taken to dark skies out of city light for deep sky observations. During events like Eclipse, Transit, Occultations and comets ABAA organizes public viewing through our telescopes.

ABAA members also take astrophotos, latest is the comet Lunil that was close to Earth on Feb 24th. Here is a link that one of our member made of movement of Comet Lulin.

ABAA has organized IYA2009 inauguration in Jawaharlal Nehru planatorium, Bangalore on 22nd March at 5:30PM. Don’t miss it. For more information mail to at

Traditional Transport System in City

Traffic! a big CRY for those who want to be on wheels always.  Just have a look at the photo tagged here. It’s one of our traditional transportation systems. I captured it on the way to office this afternoon. It might be slow but pollution free. It might look odd but Kings used to use it for their ride just like a Roles Roy.


If you too find such transport systems, don’t forget to mail me ;)

Myths and Solutions

Friday the 13th” I was asked not to do anything new on that day by few of my friends who belive in myths. I always did the reverse of what they have been telling me, Especially when they point me to such myths. Till recently I never thought of even reading more about it on Internet as nothing bad really happened with me so far. I even remember clearing my first certification exam on Friday the 13th.Fortunately or unfortunately  this year ;) , I celebrated my birthday on 13th Friday.

Neelanjana (Hamsanandi) writes  in his blog about this day explaining from where “Friday the 13th” myth might have  originated and also prescribe a dose of daasa saahitya. He quotes lines from Purandara dasa‘s composition (ugaabhoga) to help us continue leading our life without fearing about bad.

ಇಂದಿನ ದಿನವೇ ಶುಭದಿನವು
ಇಂದಿನ ವಾರ ಶುಭವಾರ
ಇಂದಿನ ತಾರೆ ಶುಭತಾರೆ
ಇಂದಿನ ಯೋಗ ಶುಭಯೋಗ
ಇಂದಿನ ಕರಣ ಶುಭ ಕರಣ
ಇಂದು ಪುರಂದರ ವಿಟ್ಠಲ ರಾಯನ
ಸಂದರ್ಶನ ಫಲವೆಮಗಾಯಿತು!

इंदिन दिनवे शुभदिनवु
इंदिन वार शुभवार
इंदिन तारॆ शुभतारॆ
इंदिन योग शुभयोग
इंदिन करण शुभ करण
इंदु पुरंदर विट्ठल रायन
संदर्शन फलवॆमगायितु!

Today is an auspicious day;
Today is the best day of the week;
Today’s star is a good star;
Today’s yoga is good;
Today’s karaNa is good too.
Now that I have seen the
Good Lord Purandara Vitthala,
Today, indeed is a very good day!

Read neelanjana’s blog for more details.

Belive in what you see. If you haven’t seen things on your own, explore the world or peep into the history.  Purandara dasa ignored the myths and enjoyed the moment which he lived in 15th and 16th century and he had the intellect to look beyond the mirror to understand things.

To put it simply, at times “Ignorance is a bliss“.