Deepa Mohan
Feb 09 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
All of us bemoan the fact that so many PET bottles get used and thrown into the landscape, where they will not bio-degrade. Well, I've been noticing that the Government (or, rather, the power companies) have come up with a great "jugaad" (creative...
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Feb 02 2016
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
Do you know that Bengaluru gets visitors from across the world? And no, we're not talking about people. Several birds make their way to India for the winter.
Feb 01 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Recently, the Bangalore Traffic Police made it mandatory for pillion riders to wear helmets. It's been a law, for some years now, for two-wheeler drivers to wear them. Here's a family I snapped...   This was not on any side...
Feb 01 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Having read this article in the Hindu, dated September 28th 2008 and also enjoyed this article by my friend Adarsh Raju about the trees and the temple , written on July 15th 2015, I'd wanted to visit this heritage site for some time. On January...
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Jan 25 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It was very pleasant to sit on the lawns of Bangalore's premier management institution. In the gathering dusk, people drifted in and took their seats. The stage was well-lit.  Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia started the evening off with...
Jan 18 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
At South End Circle, on Sunday, the 17th of January, 2016, it was heartening to see several volunteers holding placards asking road users not to use their mobiles while driving.  The trouble with our country seems to be that no one thinks...
Jan 07 2016
Column: Nature Feature
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There are some organisms that thrive in the moist, humid environment that the monsoons bring. And though they have a short life, they are beautiful and intriguing, when they appear.
Dec 27 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
With young students like Anvitha Rao and Joiston Pereira taking the initiative, the annual Waterfowl Census, which had been suspended some time ago due to lack of support by the authorities, was revived again on some of the lakes of Bangalore...
Dec 22 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
We recently protested against, and stopped, an illegal meeting by the Bangalore Metro authorities , to ratify cutting trees in Reach 2. However, we can't protest all the time, and I recently found several large trees cut down on Bannerghatta Road...
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Dec 19 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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Valmiki apparently wrote the first verse of the Ramayana after he saw a hunter kill the male of a pair of courting Demoiselle Cranes. Deepa Mohan documents the very first sighting of the bird in Bengaluru.
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Dec 15 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
The adage says, "there's safety in numbers". But our Bangalore citizens seem to apply this out of context. Here's a photo I snapped on Sunday.  I wonder how many more people can ride on that two-wheeler, all without helmets....
Dec 15 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Looking up is always as much of a delight as looking around.  
Dec 14 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
George Varghese writes:   From: George Varghese < grgvrghs@gmail.com > Date: 27 November 2015 at 14:14 Subject: The sweetest investment you can ever make.... To: Here's a chance to make a social, ethical, environment-friendly...
Dec 14 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's happening again. And again. I get to know about an event...a film, a performance....that I would like to attend. Two of them are across town from me. But when I get there, the venue is jam-packed, and we are not even able to enter the hall...
Dec 11 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Reshmi Nagendra writes: Last evening when I was returning with 2 of my friends in my car, I had one of the worst encounters with a BMTC bus driver and the conductor of that bus(K A 0 1 F A 923, route number 213 L). The bus driver overtook us from...
Dec 03 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
I saw this "repair" of a broken window on a Vajra (Volvo) bus.   Jugaad, or creative solutions, are all very well, but does BMTC really not have money to repair a bus properly, and have to resort to ugly solutions lik this?
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Dec 03 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It was a pleasant experience to have these two teachers from Indira Priyadarshini school over, and answer a fairly detailed questionnaire (which will, hopefully, result in my getting an Aadhar card!).   However, it occurs to...
Dec 02 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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The next time you visit Lalbagh, keep an eye out for the weavers of the insect world. Here's a look at the fascinating world of weaver ants.
Nov 28 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Mornings in Lalbagh now...are not to be "mist"! 28 November, 2015.
Nov 27 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
In spite of my writing to BMTC several times on this topic, I have never received a response, nor has anything been done.  It was a rainy evening, I came out of Goethe Institut, Indira Nagar, wanting to take a bus home. I knew my route number...
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Nov 26 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It was by sheer chance that I happened upon the sight. I'd gone to see "Court" at Max Mueller Bhavan, and the house was not only full, there was no way to enter! So my friends and I went to "Murugan Idly Shop", and then walked back... and along a...
Nov 25 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It's unusual to have a festival only for instruments, and so it was interesting to attend the "Bangalore Harmonica and Reed Instruments Festival" at Ravindra Kalakshetra on the 22nd of November, 2015.   The predominant theme...
Nov 25 2015
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Environment Support Group (ESG) made  this report  about the meeting called by BBMP officials regarding tree-felling in Reach 2 of the Bangalore Metro Project. That link gives the entire details of what trasnpired in the meeting, and the...
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Nov 13 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
It’s not easy to review a play when the theme is intense-- political unrest, and the social chaos that results.. This was the thread underlying  “Mein hoon Yusuf, aur yeh hai mera bhai”, which I watched at Ranga Shankara on...
Nov 12 2015
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Prem Sagar says, "The kids had a lot of fun with crackers. Now, ensuring that their fun doesn't turn into someone else's job. It started with the kids cleaning up. Soon, others (elders) joined in. At 9.15 pm, we're done with crackers and the street...