Feb 28, 2014

Ooty beauties :)

On my last post here, I had promised to show you all the beauties of Ooty and keeping it up, here they follow...

The Botanical gardens, Doddabetta, Gorishola and other places host a variety of colourful, yet characteristically different gems of Nilgiris that bowl you over, truly a romantic place indeed :)

Nothing much to speak about, enjoy seeing them and if you get a chance do visit them personally... Cheers!

(Blackbird subspecies found only in SW India)

(A colorful Laughingthrush)

(The Star attraction of Ooty... as the name suggests Black & Orange Flycatcher)

Well, I have missed the Kashmir Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Nilgiri Blue Robin, but that's a cause for another trip to Ooty to search for the beauties :)

Feb 24, 2014

Decrypting Wikipedia

How many of us have not used information from Wikipedia…?

How many of us have not used the content from Wikipedia for our work and benefited from it?

How many of us have not felt that Wikipedia should have more content in it?

How many of us have found some errors in the text or missing photos for a subject in Wikipedia?

How many of us have not felt that we should contribute and help Wikipedia grow?


If you say yay to any of the above, then here is an excellent opportunity to ‘decrypt Wikipedia’ and ways to contribute and help make it more comprehensive and better.

We are conducting a free session for all interested people to know how to contribute to Wikipedia either in the form of articles, photographs or help improve the existing content.

Mark the date: Saturday, 1st March 2014 @ Thoughtworks Office, Koramangala, Bangalore between 5:30pm to 8pm.

More details of the event here on Facebook and please register yourself here for arranging the logistics. I repeat entry is free and any interested individual can attend.

About the Author: Shyamal Lakshminarayanan is a Wikipedia expert and volunteers as a ‘Wikipedia Online Ambassador’. By far, as I’m aware, he has edited/contributed most number of articles on Wikipedia around here.

Event Details:

Wikipedia and the Indian Wilderness
Topics to be covered in brief:
- Philosophical foundations, encyclopaedias and knowledge compendia, libraries
- Copyright, the public domain and licensing
- The mechanics of uploading, editing on Wikipedia
- Referencing, quality control, social and other aspects of Wikipedia

It’s time to learn from the expert. Please feel free to share the word.

Note: Feel free to carry your laptops and any images you would want to contribute or content you wish to add to wiki ( Wi-fi available)

Feb 19, 2014

Best Travel blog

Some good news to all the readers :)

Won the best 'Travel' blog award at the recently held BlogAdda awards ceremony at Mumbai, #WIN14, the link here... Happy to see that the content is helping out people and efforts of keeping it running over the past 5 years is yielding results and recognition. Hope this journey goes on...

Definitely an occasion of joy and happiness and this being the first award of any kind the blog has been recognized with.

Credits definitely does go out to the blog readers, followers and friends who have been a constant source of encouragement and support and to each person who lets me know how useful they have found the information relayed here and also to the numerous silent visitors who do come, read and go.

Thanks to all who voted and supported! This is award is not only for the blog, its for all of us, time for some joyous celebration :)

more about BlogAdda here...
and all about the even #Win14 here.

Feb 5, 2014


What is a Tree...? Can anybody describe... !!! :)

For me, its a living thing that reflects our identity, something that withstands all brutality forced upon it, yet provides us with shade and food, a TREE is part of us without which probably we can't survive!

Trees are earth's endless efforts to speak to the listening heaven.
-Rabindranath Tagore

Someones is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree long ago.
-Warren Buffet

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
-Abraham Lincoln

He who plants a tree; Plants a hope.
-Lucy Larcom

This post is in relation to the first ever Bengaluru Tree Festival - 'Neralu' happening on 8/9th February 2014. Be there and join the revolution!