Pataleshwar caves

Sunday morning - decided to step out. Started off with Bun-maska-chai at GoodLuck. We went to Pataleshwar caves on Jangli Maharaj road. This was my second visit but Shweta's first. She loved the trees in the complex.

Next we went to Mandai-Tulshibag for some shopping. Got a nice garden plant cutter over there among other things. That done, Shweta tells me she has never seen Shaniwarwada. So, off we go there and spend half an hour wandering - thankfully the sun was hidden in the clouds. But we were quite famished by this time and after recharging with an Orange juice - came back home.

Now after lunch and siesta - more household chores...

Puppy Linux

The hard drive on my Thinkpad R51 failed. Tried Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD but it takes almost 6 minutes to start up. Some looking around and came across Puppy Linux. Its a very small, very fast Linux system designed to boot of CDs or USB sticks.
Now after an hour of working in Puppy Linux, I am a total fan! It has all the basic stuff - network configuration (I was able to connect to my home wireless with zero problems), browser (SeaMonkey), chat client (ayttm), Office tools, media players and so on. The best part is it runs off the RAM and everything is extremely fast.
The icing is that as you shutdown, it asks if you want to save your data. Choose a USB stick and all your stuff - browser settings, network settings, etc are stored in a single file on the USB stick. So, the next time you boot with the USB stick, all your settings are loaded and applied (no need to configure network again, no need to log in to GMail again)

I am almost happy my hard drive failed :-)

Raja Ravi Verma

I had bought a book with Raja Ravi Verma's paintings around a year back. Recently Shweta "discovered" it - she even tried sketching some of the figures.

As I was returning today from the Indology class, I saw a Handicrafts fair on the river bank near Deccan. Imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw a stall with the very same paintings! Most were prints - some were replica paintings - and all were intoxicatingly beautiful. I bought 5 prints - Rs. 200 each.

If you are in Pune - check it out! The fair is on till the 1st of March.

Indology study trip to Bedse, Bhaja and Karla

Went on a one-day study trip to the three ancient Buddhist caves near Pune on 29th November. Manjiri Bhalerao - our professor was with us.

From Ancient Buddhist caves

All 3 caves have a Chaityagruha and multiple Viharas. Seeing these 3 caves on a single day, we could appreciate the differences in styles. Also, with our newly learnt Brahmi deciphering skills, we had a grand time at Karla reading the various inscriptions.

From Ancient Buddhist caves

Now, another whole day devoted to Karla is necessary to properly appreciate the beautiful carvings and read all the inscriptions.

From Ancient Buddhist caves


Many of us have watched the film by this name. I certainly like the word and its subtle meaning.

Apparently, the word came to English from a Persian fairy tale "Three Princes of Serendip" - where the princes make many fortunate accidental discoveries. More interestingly, the "Serendip" in the title is actually the Persian way of saying "Swarnadweep". Its the ancient Sanskrit name for Sri Lanka.

Etymology is cool!