Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Our friend David looking out over Tippoo's Drop Posted by Hello

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Tippoo's Drop -- it's a long way down Posted by Hello

Monday, April 25, 2005

Tippoo's Drop

A reader asks whether our visit to the Nandi Hills included a look at Tippoo's Drop -- the 2,000-foot-high cliff where Tippoo Sultan, the fierce 18th-century ruler of Mysore, had convicts thrown to their death.

The answer is yes. Yikes.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Nandi Hills

Last Sunday, we went on a trip to the Nandi Hills outside Bangalore - granite monoliths that thrust out of the plains that comprise much of the area. We saw a temple built around 850 A.D., a cliff the Tipu Sultan -- who ruled Mysore in the 18th century -- used to get rid of people, and lots of monkeys.

More details when I can draw breath and write them.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Mommy monkey and baby monkey in the Nandi Hills outside Bangalore Posted by Hello

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Seen tonight on a main road

Two men, riding a horse bareback.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Visit to the Bull Temple and City Market

My son, Jay, and a colleague, David, visited the Bull Temple and the City Market today. This is the third time I've been to both and I have yet to tire of them.

The Bull Temple is part of a complex of temples in southern Bangalore. It houses a huge statue of Nandini the bull. The statue is about 30 feet high. The temple consists of a gateway building and the temple itself.

At the entrance to the complex is a grand temple to Ganesha, the elephant god. You can go in and worship along with the others who flock to this temple, the Bull Temples, a temple to Shiva and other, smaller temples.

A nice garden sits near the temples. You can walk through it or sit on the benches that line the pathways, as many city residents do (David said it looked like a nice place to read a paper for an hour or so).

The garden has one interesting feature: the tall trees are festooned with large, sleeping bats. Every now and then, one will flap its wings, still hanging upside-down from its tree. Some people (including me) find it cool. Some -- including a friend who refused to go into the garden because of the bats -- find it creepy.

After the temple, we took an autorickshaw to the City Market. This is a big building surrounded by smaller shops or people sitting on the ground, selling fruits, vegetables and spices. If you are from the West, you will see vegetables and fruits you have never seen in your life.

In the basement of the market is a wonderful flower market where they sell marigolds and other blooms by weight. If you ever wanted to buy a pound of roses, this is your place. Many of the flower sellers make garlands from their wares, threading them onto string nearly ceaselessly. It's wonderful.

The City Market is an assault on the senses -- lots of people, lots of unfamiliar wares. It was hot today. But it's well worth the visit and a lot of fun. And you feel like you're in India.

After our trip, we went to the New Shanthi Sagar restaurant on Airport Road for lunch. I recommend it highly. It's vegetarian and very friendly.

In Bangalore, they want you to honk -- so they know you're driving near them Posted by Hello

Friday, April 08, 2005

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