BrahmaKamala | June 2015 | Timelapse

This has become a regular yearly event now in our household every year, but this time it was a mega bloom, the first time around it was 10/11 or more at a time. This time it was 8 at a time. It starts blooming at around 7:30 – 8:00 pm, stays for the night before closing down and withering away at around 5:00-6:00 in the morning.

Some Facts:
Colloquially called as ‘Brahma Kamala’, it is actually called by the names – Dutchman’s pipe or Queen Of The Night, scientifically called as Epiphyllum Oxypetalum.

It is a type of cactus. Usually flowers bloom in the season leading upto monsoon and monsoon.
[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphyllum_oxypetalum ]

Yakshagana | Haribhakta Sudhanva

Yakshagana | Haribhakta Sudhanva

Yakshagana | Haribhakta Sudhanva

Yakshagana | Haribhakta Sudhanva

Yakshagana | Haribhakta Sudhanva

Haribhakta Sudhanva:

During the performance of the “ಹರಿಭಕ್ತ ಸುದನ್ವ” (Haribhakta Sudhanva) in our residential layout.

A small episode from the Bhagavadgitha/Mahabharata.

“Sudhanva, who is a great devotee of Krishna, fulfills his desire to see Krishna in person by defeating Arjuna.

Krishna gives into Sudhanva’s wish, appears before him and helps Arjuna kill Sudhanva thereby granting him salvation.”

Yakshagaana, the traditional dance form of Karnataka is one of the most popular too in the state. Often used to portray and narrate stories from the old texts. It involves very dramatic enactments, with the artists using bright colored paints, attire. Usually performed in the night under lights, it can go on all night.

Fantastic to watch the energy in the performances. Watch this space for a small film on the same.

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More below on Yakshagana:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakshagana

Smoke House

Me and Jyothi wanted to go out for dinner and were scouting for some new place, headed out to Indiranagar and chanced upon this place. Being a Saturday and around 9pm, we were slightly skeptical of getting a table. We tried our luck and they said they can’t promise a table. It was crowded. We headed out to signal to the valet parking guy to get the car back. But by the time we headed out, he had already taken my car out for parking and it was pouring down like hell. We went back inside and asked the waiter to somehow get us a table. We sat at the bar stool and ordered our meal. Ten or 15 minutes later we got a table. Food was good and so was the ambiance.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the coasters they had. I collect things like these from restaurants I visit – coasters, table mats, collectibles etc. This set is from Smoke House Deli.

Smoke House Deli

Smoke House Deli