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Domlur 7th Cross, Then and Now

My maternal grandparents lived in Domlur in a quaint grey-and-pink house. Mosquitoes notwithstanding (Domulu means mosquitoes in Telugu), visits to Domlur during our  school/college days were frequent. At least once a week. Even later, when I moved out of Bangalore, trips to the city always included multiple visits to 292, 7th Cross, Domlur Extension.

292 7th Cross Domlur circa 1971

Circa 1971: 292, 7th Cross, Domlur Extension

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Demonetisation on the mind

Soon after Prime Minister Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes on the night of 8th November, the social media busy-bodies and creative types were back in action! Over the past weeks, I’ve saved some of the interesting images shared by miscellaneous people in miscellaneous Whatsapp groups, before they get lost to time. Done a bit of my own too!

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Film shooting at Lokhandwala Circle

6th November 2016: There was excitement at Lokhandwala Township this Sunday morning. Word was out that there were vanity vans parked on the hill slope going up from Lokhandwala Circle. Some ad shoot probably. But no. From security guards, we learnt that Sidharth Malhotra and Jaqueline Fernandez were in the vicinity!

From our home we have a bird’s eye view of Lokhandwala Circle, the activity centre of the township. This is the place for public meetings, protests, festivities and promotions. Earlier that morning, we had seen a group of motorbikes from the Kranti Maratha Morcha, setting out for their planned protest demanding reservation for education and jobs. Even after they left, the crowds around the circle, and the policemen still hung around. It was then that we realised that the “shoot” was going to happen right under our eyes!

From the trial runs, we figured that cars were clearly a part of the shoot. There was one scene shot with the camera mounted on the bonnet of the car.

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The camera car

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A bygone Langford Road home

When thinking about my growing up years, there are a few homes I recall with much fondness. Homes I never lived in, but where my brother and I spent hours with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

59 Langford Road was one. Close to Norris Road/Rose Lane where we lived, we would often walk up or cycle there. On weekends for sure, but also on weekdays after doing homework. Sometimes mom would leave us there if she had things to do on her own, and sometimes she would come along.

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59 Langford Road (circa 1983)

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Residents at Puttenahalli Lake

Over the last few years, Puttenahalli Lake has become a safe haven to several species of birds. To date, birdwatchers have spotted over 90 species at the lake, documented on eBird. Some species are large and visible, and easy to photograph, while others give us only fleeting glimpses of themselves. Some have made the lake their home, while others visit during favourable times, or perhaps just for a change of environment.

During an afternoon visit to the lake the other day, quite a few birds were wading and flying around. And it was a good feeling to be able to capture some of them on camera. I finally got to see the Spot-billed Ducks in the lake waters for real!

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Spot-billed Ducks, Indian Pond Heron, Eurasian Coot, Jungle Myna

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In bloom at Puttenahalli Lake

Flowers everywhere. Spotted about 25 different kinds. On trees, shrubs, creepers… in water and on land… in their full glory at Puttenahalli Lake.

Puttenahalli Lake

Puttenahalli Lake

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Rain floods in the erstwhile lake bed

Yesterday it poured in Bangalore! 44 mm of rain in three hours according to weather reports (see here). Many roads almost became rivers, and many low-lying areas almost became ponds. After all, rain water from the roads and catchment areas needs to flow somewhere. If not into storm water drains, where ever it finds its way.

Today’s TOI newspaper shows the flooding at the centrally-located Kanteerava Stadium. One feels sad at the destruction caused. Creation of infrastructure on a lake bed (yes, Kandeerava Stadium is built on Sampangi Lake), combined with inadequate planning is surely a recipe for rain floods. Read more…

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