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The Dingy Bushbrown

It’s not everyday that one sees a pretty flying creature inside a 9th floor apartment in Mumbai. One that is not a pest or predator that is.

I watched it, settled on the floor for a little while. Ran to the cupboard and grabbed my camera, returning to find that it had not moved. Then it fluttered off and I followed, not to let it get out of sight. As long as it was not being bothered, it was fine sitting at a spot for a few minutes. But I guess I kept bothering it, trying to get close. I switched lenses for better shots. The light was not good so I needed the flash. Carpet, floor, kitchen towel… it settled here and there. The pictures didn’t come easily, but the effort was satisfactory! And then it vanished.

Dingy Bushbrown

As I pored over my butterfly books trying to ID it, I was amazed at how many different butterflies look like this. Differences are so minute that they could easily be passed over. Dingy (or Common) Bushbrown butterfly (Mycalesis perseus) it seems to be.

Dingy Bushbrown 1

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Dingy Bushbrown 3This morning I found that it was still inside the house. Poor thing, I thought. It must have spent the night searching for a space to escape. Or maybe it just rested. With the lights switched on, it started flying around like the night before. I gently opened a window and the cool morning air flowed in. The butterfly found its way out… to freedom.

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The Badminton Ball Tree on G’ma’s 97th

On my grandmother’s 90th birthday, on 19th September 2010, she planted two saplings at Puttehahalli Lake.

The first was a Kadamba, that along with most of the other saplings planted on that stretch did not survive. The ground underneath has a lot of plastic, and this could be one of the reasons. The area is now a butterfly garden with lots of shrubs.

Kadamba tree planting

The Kadama did not survive, but I do so like this pic with my mom, g’mom and me! (taken by Usha)

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Ganesha speaks

The Ganesha festival at our apartment complex in Mumbai, is never complete without the inter-wing Rangoli competition.

The ladies (we haven’t had gentlemen interested in taking part) take a lot of effort in designing the rangolis, deciding on the materials they would use, preparing the colours (yes, some colours are made at home), and then drawing and finishing their art works. The theme was “Go Green”, so all the rangolis had to be centred around this.

It was indeed hard work! With six wings, there were finally six beautiful pieces of rangoli for us to enjoy. And through each of them, Ganesha speaks.

Thanks to Meeta for sharing the pictures.

The rain is no dampener

Continuous rains have lashed the city since the early hours of today. Lokhandwala Circle hasn’t got flooded since it was relaid a couple of years ago, but today was different.

The road became a river, washing away whatever could not resist the force of the swiftly moving water.

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India’s performance at the IAAF World Championship 2017

The IAAF World Championship, London 2017 that concluded yesterday, saw several unexpected results. Driven by Usain Bolt’s last competition appearance, I tracked the daily results, often staying awake late or waking up early to see some of the events live.

100m start IAAF 2017

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10 years of IPL

Today, as the 10th IPL gets underway, we look back to our first IPL experience. It was 28th May 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Memories captured with a simple phone camera.

Grandfather and the four of us made it to the ground early. Early enough to get our faces painted and get seated among loads of empty chairs. Our support clear from our RCB colours. The rain gods opened up the sky and there were points when we were apprehensive about seeing anyone bowl or bat.

The match finally did take place. Reduced overs, but with a good crowd.img052.jpg

And we took selfies with my non-selfie mobile phone.

The last IPL 2016, we watched at home in Mumbai, still die-hard RCB supporters.

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RCB loyalty well rewarded… Kohli, de Villiers, Gayle and Watson, all on one T-shirt! Thanks to cousin Rajesh who is with RCB support staff.

Good luck RCB.

National Masters Athletics 2017

The 37th National Masters Athletics Championship 2017, conducted by India Masters Athletics, was held at Meenatai Thakre Krida Sankul, Nashik from 24th to 26th March 2017. There were about 1300 veterans, from age 30 years to the 90s, from all over India, who participated. (This meet is not to be confused with a parallel masters’ meet held by Masters Athletics Federation of India in Hyderabad in February.)

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The stadium is still a work in progress, so one can find rubble here and there. Nonetheless, the overall facilities provided by the organisers, Nashik District Veterans Athletic Association, were very good. Accommodation (especially the women’s dorms) and food were excellent. The newly laid synthetic track was a pleasure to run on and provided the base for three scorching days of competition. One did miss the trees of Sports Authority Mumbai.

view of the ground

For me, it was a personally fulfilling event. In the Women 45+ age group I won 5 medals – gold in 80m hurdles, 400m and 4x100m relay, silver in 100m and 200m.

5 medal haul

100m run 45+

doing the 80m hurdles

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Relay team

Here are some other glimpses of the event.

Maharashtra team

lining up

other states

chief guest

Maha gp

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misc participants

all over

Pictures taken by miscellaneous people and shared.

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