Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hariya mathave

A song from Sri VidyabhUshana:

Another tomorrow

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Song for Jan 30

Today's installment for your listening pleasure

leave a comment on your thoughts

Monday, January 29, 2007

Todays Audio Post

Here is todays rendering of devara nAma

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Finding space for music

Since Audioblogger as been taken down by Google, finding space for your music files is a challenge. Here is a Digg like forum for music files, called jigg!
Here is my first song there. Hopefully, it will be the last in my search...


Daily Dose of Dasa Songs

I have a ton of mp3 files that I have gathered over the years. I never get around to listening to many - they sit in my CD collection. I thought I might use this space to post one song a day using any available server.
Here is my first
Keshav%27s podcast

Give it a listen!

Enjoy! -- Keshav Bhat

Click here to get your own player.

I hope you like this. I'll try to keep them coming on a regular basis

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Photography Classes

Here is a great site with easy to understand instructions on photography. There are 10 lessons (in HTML) and a message board for you to ask questions and have them answered. Fantastic!

Udupi Srikrishna Ratri Pooja

A short clip from udupi, a coastal city in Karnataka India.
Krishna is Worshiped fourteen times a day by the swamiji. Of course The first ten take place in the forenoon and the remaining four are the evening services. Towards the end of the day, the Swamiji enters the sanctum sanctorum for the ratri pooja. After chanting the hundred and eight names of the Lord he offers naiveedya consisting of tamarind rice, pan cake, tender coconut, panchakajjaya and betal leaf and nut. He then waves aratis of different kinds. Coming out of the sanctum sanctorum the Swamiji offers worship to the idol of Madhvacharya at the entrance. The musicians known as bhagavatas sing devotional songs along with their disciples and dance according to the rythm. It provides a feast to the eyes.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Now this is more like it!

The last few weeks we had temps in the 70's! Not at all like January. No one was complaining though. Over the last couple of days, the numbers have plunged by 40 degrees. That's the view from my street...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007


I have friends who send me jokes by mail, most of which I delete - especially those that have Powerpoint presentation!
I liked this list sent by my cousin in Thanjavur and enjoyed many of the definitions.

here they are....

1. Cigarette : A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & a
fool at the other.

2. Love affairs : Something like cricket where one-day internationals are
more ! popular than a five day test.

3. Marriage : It's an agreement in which a man loses his bachelor degree
a woman gains her master

4. Divo rce : Future tense of marriage

5. Lecture : An art of transferring information from the notes of the
lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through "the minds of

6. Conference : The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.

7. Compromise : The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody
believes he got the biggest piece.

8. Tears : The hydraulic force by which masculine will-power is defeated by
feminine water-power .

9. Dictionary : A place where divorce comes before marriage.

10. Conference Room : A place where everybody talks, nobody listens &
everybody disagrees later on.

11. Ecstasy : A feeling when you feel you are going to feel a feeling you
have never felt before.

12. Classic : A book which people praise, but do not read.

13. Smile : A curve that can set a lot of things straight.

14. Office : A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life.

15. Yawn : The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.

16. Etc. : A sign to make others believe that you know more than you
actually do.

17. Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to
that nothing can be done together.

18. Experience : The name men give to their mistakes.

19. Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions.

20. Philosopher : A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of
when dead.

21. Diplomat : A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you
actually look forward to the trip.

22. Opportunist : A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls
into a river.

23. Optimist : A person who while falling from Eiffel Tower says in midway
"See I am not injured yet."

24. Pessimist :- A person who says that O is the last letter in ZERO,
Instead of the first letter in word OPPORTUNITY .

25. Miser : A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.

26. Father : A banker provided by nature.

27. Criminal : A guy no different from the rest... except that he got

28. Boss : Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are

29. Politician : One who shakes your hand before elections and your
Confidence after.

30. Doctor : A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his

31. Computer Engineer : One who gets paid for forwarding & reading such

Friday, January 12, 2007

A Closer Look At The iPhone

The best demo of the iphone (oh! I wish they were a little more creative than this...)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Smoking Ban in US House Floor

Finally! Practically every state was banning smoking in public offices and its time the guys/gals who regulate every aspect of life here are subject to this.

I have never smoked and am frankly disgusted by the smells. Not that I will ever be in the US Senate (ha!) but its always nice to see a move to leading a healthy life.

Pelosi bans smoking near House floor - Yahoo! News

Friday, January 05, 2007

Photo Gallery South India

When I left for India I was hoping to take many, many pictures. But when I got there, I was far too busy to take pictures, hailing an auto, holding on to my son or simply carrying those shopping bags!

While waiting @ a doctors office, I saw this beautiful article in National Geographic.

India: Southern India Photo Gallery @ National Geographic Traveler


Tuesday, January 02, 2007

BBC Person of the year

Time Magazine had 'YOU' as the person of the year. How boring and utterly unimaginative. I would have loved to see Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to head the speakership of the Senate in US history. But, I don't want to get too political here - my rantings shall remain off the blog pages.
One of the first posts I put up on this blog was about Sir Richard Dawkins.
Now, BBC has named him the Person of the Year.

Dawkins talks with Bill Moyers (needs Real Player) about religion in America, evolution and its detractors and science as the best prism through which to understand the mysteries of the universe

Monday, January 01, 2007

Latest from D40

Spent a few hours @ a nearby ski resort. The weather was lousy - raining! But my son had fun and I whipped out my new toy.
Here are a few pictures from Zoomr - where I was lucky to get a Pro Account!

Flying Chennai-Delhi in 22 hrs

I remember days whe I used to travel 22 hrs by Train from Chennai to Delhi. But I could not believe my eyes when I read this story!

What should have been a two-and-a-half-hour flight from Chennai to Delhi turned into a 22-hour ordeal for passengers of an Air Deccan flight, thanks to a combination of ‘‘operational reasons’’ and the dreaded Delhi fog.

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A Birthday/New Year Gift to myself!

Over the holidays, I used a point and shoot digital camera that worked very well. Espeially because I could stick it in my pocket, carry my son if needed and go through security @ airports. A few days before we were to leave Singapore, my 5 year old wanted to take pictures of fish in a hotel lobby and dropped the camera. Not surprisingly, the lens got jammed and I was quite upset.
I’ve been wanting to buy a prosumer camera for the longest time but I didn’t want to lug all that weight around.
Came back home and researched.
Here Here, Here, Here and Here
Fell in love with the Nikon D40. The replacement for the D50, it keeps the 6.1-megapixel sensor but boasts upgrades to the viewfinder, LCD, metering, processor speed, burst rate, noise suppression, in-camera editing, and user help, in a smaller and lighter package. Now for the really hot feature: The new camera, at $599 with an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II AF-S Zoom-Nikkor DX lens, is $100 less than the current D50 with a kit lens.

The D40 will make for a very agile backpacking companion, can’t wait for Spring time.

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