The anniversary of blah!

16th!
Happy 16th Sweetheart!

“Aren’t you two bored of each other?” The question took me by surprise! No it has never occurred to me that I will get bored of Swati, but then perhaps I am too naive when it comes to marital relationships. For me this is one relationship where things are in black and white without any intervening gray shades. The question however did make me ponder as to why it should be raised at all and I cringed. Today I don’t want to wade thru the dissatisfactions of others trying to find why I am not… Heh! even writing that sounds pretty stupid. The day marks 16 years of being married to Swati.
I quoted Kaifi Azmi on our 10th anniversary

Dil me sanam ki soorat
Aakhon me aashiqui de
Mere khuda mujhe tu
Ek aur zindagi de

And that still holds true!

Ironically 7 years ago I did write Till boredom do us apart… and I have titled this as anniversary of blah simply because the 16th anniversary has no traditional gifts associated with it – so don’t try to read too much into it :-)

Among more mundane things – no special plans for the day we may go out for dinner but the excitement is about getting everything ready for our Friday departure to Tanzania for 9 days!!

Rikki Tikki Tavi – Indian Gray Mongoose

Rikki Tikki Tavi – Indian Gray Mongoose

While the Indian folklore is full of tales about how the mongoose is the fiercest enemy of the snake and is generally looked upon as the good guy, the tale which really endeared me to the mongoose was Rudyard Kipling’s short story Rikki Tikki Tavi¬† in his novel Jungle Book.

Photographing Butterflies – A mini HowTo

Photographing Butterflies – A mini HowTo

When my above butterfly picture made it to Flickr explore, making the count of my butterflies in explore to five I got a couple of request for writing a HowTo about capturing good butterfly pictures. I am not claiming to be an expert in butterflies nor do I assume that I have taken exceptional pictures … Continue reading Photographing Butterflies – A mini HowTo

Forty on Flickr explore

Forty on Flickr explore

1. Dark Blue Tiger, 2. Great Cormorant pair, 3. Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus), 4. The hidden dozen, can you find them?, 5. Little or Striated Heron, 6. Summer is here!!!, 7. The critically endangered Long-billed or Indian Vulture, 8. Pale-Billed Flowerpecker, 9. The critically endangered Red-headed Vulture., 10. Happy birthday Swati!!, 11. Bay-backed shrike – … Continue reading Forty on Flickr explore

Great Cormorant – A vicious cycle?

Great Cormorant – A vicious cycle?

Currently IUCN Red list classifies the conservation status of the Great Cormorant, Phalacrocorax carbo, as of Least concern. However it was not so always

Life Updates!

Was going through older posts searching where to people land up with the weird search terms that I so often keep seeing in the analytics screen I felt the urge to do an LJ style update post (Take that Twitter!! You just don’t make the cut). Things which are dominating my free time?¬† TV serials: … Continue reading Life Updates!

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Pale-billed Flowerpecker

This bird is rather plain looking, it not is endangered or rare but still getting a full frame photograph was a thrill! Pale-billed flowerpecker (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) is a tiny bird, 8 cm long, and is one of the smallest birds occurring in most parts of southern India and Sri Lanka. It is reportedly common in … Continue reading Pale-billed Flowerpecker

Bay-backed Shrike

Bay-backed Shrike

This post is merely for testing my latest Flickr related WordPress plugin – Flickr foto info. If you view this post on my blog – hover your mouse over the picture above…. Amongst other thing – this picture made it to Flickr explore on 27th Feb 2010, rising to #5 You can grab the plugin … Continue reading Bay-backed Shrike

The quest for “Dongar Dudaa”

The quest for “Dongar Dudaa”

The quest had long been in the making but it was being postponed for quite some time because I knew whenever we started out we will surely complete it. Umm… will cut out the dramatics – “Dongar Duda” is the local Korkus name for the critically endangered Forest Owlet, Heteroglaux blewitti.