Posted by Anantha | Posted in | Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007


Prashi, Byre, Pujar and me visited MelukoTe last weekend. I faintly remember visiting this place during my high school days.

We had to travel by KSRTC bus, as Pujar was not confident enough to drive his newly bought Santro on the highway and the rest of us had done a ‘crash’ course in driving [pun intended]. There are very few direct buses to MelukoTe from Majestic. Reliable sources had suggested to catch a bus to ManDya and then any private bus from there to MelukoTe.

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We reached ManDya late and upon that we got to wait long for the bus to MelukoTe. The place is 35 kms from ManDya. After waiting nearly for an hour, a crazy thot of hiring 4 bicycles and peddling to MelukoTe occurred to us. This insanely crazy thot was proposed by Pujar and watered by me and Byre. Prashi had to drift towards the majority. Even the hot Sun failed to despise our enthusiasm. We went to a nearby bicycle shop and asked for 4 bicycles. The guy refused to give bicycles on rent to unknown people.

We had to drop the idea and resumed waiting for the bus. After a long wait, heavily crowded bus chugged in front. We decided to sit on roof of the bus! We had tried this once before in one of our previous trips and had enjoyed that journey. All climbed to the roof and played all monkey pranks on each other throughout the journey. We did not even bother to care for the reaction from the local fellow roof top travelers.

We reached MelukoTe around 2:30 PM. Thanks to the guy who refused to give us bicycles on rent, after all 35kms is not possible a distance to peddle! We visited the famous KalyaNi first. Many Kannada movie sequences and songs have been shot there near that KalyaNi. Then we marched towards the Yoganarasimha Swamy temple, climbing few hundreds of steps. We were lucky to get the darshan as the temple closed for lunch soon after we got the darshan.

We hogged in a pretty decent hotel. Then we visited famous Cheluvanarayana Swamy temple. Then we visited Raya gopura and Library & Sanskrit College.

Prashi said he came across a line of text while digging for the info about MelukoTe in net. It reads ‘MelukoTe is a town where time stands still’. Having experienced the serenity of the place, we all had nod to that statement. Indeed it is a place where time stands still!

Life's like...

Posted by Anantha | Posted in | Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2007


‘Life’s like chasing a score of 320 runs in an ODI’. These were the words of wisdom uttered by my cousin Chandan. I had heard ppl giving analogy of bullock cart/game/ship/gamble etc for life. I’ve even heard ppl calling life as Cricket, KabaDDi [ha ha kabaDDi was a sarcasm though]etc etc. But I found ‘Life’s like chasing 320 runs in an ODI’ very apt. Its all Chandan’s philosophy, the moment he said, it caught my attention. I kept thinking over and over again and derived few of my own corollaries for the above theorem.

  • If you object to this philosophy and say it was a blunder to concede 319 runs when we bowled… I’ve an answer for that. I would like to say, There’s absolutely no mistake of ours in conceding 319 runs! U know why, cos in this game we never get to bowl!!!! Call it poorvarjitha karma or results of the previous matches played. But its true. Just the target of 320 is set for us. We are just given a chance to chase…
  • The opponents for us are again chosen according to the whims of THE BOSS above. Its their luck if ppl get to chase 320 against Zimbabwe or against Aussies. U can either crib about ur fate or be valiant in chasing the target
  • After all, all of 320 runs can’t come from your willow right? Dats why life is called as a team game. The other members of ur team could be your parents, relatives, frnds and acquaintances
  • There’s no point in chasing the target if there is no planned approach to achieve it
  • U cant afford to slow down [forget relaxing] after scoring 100 runs in 1st 10 Overs. There’s is still 220 runs to chase in 40 overs dude… Keep validating your current run rate with the required run rate after every 5 overs. This is like meeting the short term goals towards achieving that one big long term dream.
  • Stealing a quick single is as important as sending a bad ball over the rope for a boundary. The value of a quick single is known only when we lose the match by a single run.
  • Its pressure every moment, U need to score more than 6 runs a over no matter what.. no matter who is the bowler
  • An out swinger outside the off stump is always tempting, but never try it unless ur sure of hitting it hard
  • Its easy get carried away by the applause and cheering of the crowd soon after you hit a maximum. But wait and control your aggression, take a deep breath and then play the next ball wisely
  • U never know .. U may get out soon.... U may get run out cos of ur partner’s wrong call, u may get bowled for a googly. After all the courage and conviction, u might even fall prey for wrong decision by umpire. Tough luck, nothing can be done abt it… U just have to return to pavilion. That’s part n parcel of the game
  • Look up to the facts and figures from history. SA chased 434 successfully against Aussies. So 320 is difficult but not an impossible target.
After all this if u fail to chase 320, don’t get disheartened by the defeat. But go to bed thinking that you had given ur best shot before you lost the game. Then embrace the sleep, everlasting sleep... till ur name appears in the next round of fixtures..