Coconut plantation, the traditional livelihood of coastal Karnataka
Coconut plantation, the traditional livelihood of coastal Karnataka

Coconut trees are essential to the traditional lifestyle and livelihood of the people of Udupi and South Kenara districts of coastal Karnataka. As we travel along the coast, by road, train or air, we can see

Onward to Gangotri: Birth place of the legendary River Ganges
Onward to Gangotri: Birth place of the legendary River Ganges

Following the visit to our first destination, Yamunotri in the course of the Char Dham pilgrimage cum tour, we proceeded from Rana Chatti towards the next destination, Gangotri in the afternoon of the second day of our tour. As Sachhu, our driver suspected that one of the tyres of the Tata Sumo might have been punctured, got it rectified at the nearest facility which took nearly forty-five minutes.

Bellary Iron ore mines: ‘Rape’ of national resources by unscrupulous politicians
Bellary Iron ore mines: ‘Rape’ of national resources by unscrupulous politicians

Hospet, this once green town in Bellary District in the heart of southern India has recently turned the color of rust. “It’s everywhere,” P.N. Sreepad, warns a guest upon checking in his

Anatomy of broken marriages and increasing number of divorces
Anatomy of broken marriages and increasing number of divorces

According to a report published recently in one of the reputed national news papers, divorce cases have increased to a whopping 86 percent within the last ten years in the megacity of Mumbai. This indeed an alarming

Tracing the source of the magnificent River Yamuna through Mountains and Valleys
Tracing the source of the magnificent River Yamuna through Mountains and Valleys

After spending the evening at the bank of the holy River Ganges and witnessing the ‘aarati’ and observing various rituals and ablutions at the ‘ghats’ we returned to the hotel. We had

Haridwar: ‘Gateway to God’ where River Ganges is worshiped
Haridwar: ‘Gateway to God’ where River Ganges is worshiped

After a long and exciting train journey through 19019 Deharadun Express, the group of seven of us reached Haridwar railway station at around 3.30 pm. Just then it started raining and we spent around half an hour on the

Journey by 19019 Deharadun Express: the train that passes through Eight Indian States
Journey by 19019 Deharadun Express: the train that passes through Eight Indian States

It was during the first week of June that my former colleague in the college and friend, Prof. Ashok Badgujar, who had also retired from service like me, in a telephonic conversation said

Beautiful Classic Cars a Passion of Car Collectors
Beautiful Classic Cars a Passion of Car Collectors

The age of this Indian beauty is 59, but she still has the same beauty, smoothness and softness even now. Even at this age after running around she will not stop with tiredness and even the speed of running also has still not reduced….. The name of this beauty is Hindustan

Cook Smart and Cut Energy Bills
Cook Smart and Cut Energy Bills

Having lived under Nehruvian Socialist economic system, we got used to the populist handouts, among them administered prices of energy for domestic use. After the collapse of Soviet Union, socialism is declining. Market forces are by large determining global trade. The transition is painful to say the least.

Tracing the Historical antecedents of corruption in India
Tracing the Historical antecedents of corruption in India

Corruption in India is a cultural aspect. Indians seem to think nothing peculiar about corruption. It is everywhere. Indians tolerate corrupt individuals rather than correct them and remain supremely hypocritical about the discourse. No race can be congenitally corrupt. But can a race be

Udupi: Plight of Dr. Shivarama Karanth’s house
Udupi: Plight of Dr. Shivarama Karanth’s house

Rabindranath Tagore’s house in Kolkota has been carefully preserved; Kuvempu’s house is protected in Kuppalli. D. R. Bendre’s Sadhanakeri house in Dharwad has been retained, Gangubai Hanagal’s house which was collapsing has been renovated, there many more

Monsoon Magic along the Konkan Railway
Monsoon Magic along the Konkan Railway

Yet another season of monsoon and an opportunity for me to travel to Mumbai during this season through Konkan Railway’s Matsygandha train in mid-June refreshed my memories of previous years’ similar journeys to and from Mumbai and as usual having the window seat and savoring

Travelogue: A refreshing visit to the Kaup beach and light house
Travelogue: A refreshing visit to the Kaup beach and light house

There is a beach on the shore of the Arabian Sea and a lighthouse. Many films have been shot at this location. The coast near to Kaup is formed by basalt rocks starting from multi river in south extending up in the northern direction. Presence of rocks in the coastline makes the sea rough 

Child Labour: A Global Challenge to save children from servitude
Child Labour: A Global Challenge to save children from servitude

The world has woken up to the universal phenomenon of child labour and has been devising ways and means to eradicate this blot on the human society. Millions of girls and boys throughout the world are engaged in work that deprives them of adequate education, health, leisure and

Sea erosion part-2: Have foresight, cover with greenery and stop erosion
Sea erosion part-2: Have foresight, cover with greenery and stop erosion

In the last 20 years, 100 crores of rupees have been spent to stop sea erosion, but the erosion has never stopped. Is that meaning it is impossible to stop this sea erosion? If we ask this to the government officers and the politicians they will

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