Thursday, January 26, 2017

winter drizzle

tis' drizzling outside
on a peak winter Thursday night
am sitting numb inside
waiting badly for the moonlight

there's a lonely tree outside
seen through a fog covered streetlight
am peeking through the window side
but dogs are not in my sight

tis' very cold outside
rain drops are frozen in the light
and even birds decided to hide
leaving me in alone in the night


Sunday, November 6, 2016

What job did you hire that product to do?

Excerpt from the book Competing Against Luck by Clayton M. Christensen

As W. Edwards Deiming, the father of the quality movement that transformed manufacturing, once said: "If you do not know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing." After decades of watching great companies fail over and over again, I've come to the conclusion that there is, indeed, a better question to ask: What job did you hire that product to do?

For me, this is a neat idea. When we buy a product, we essentially "hire" something to get a job done. If it does the job well, when we are confronted with the same job, we hire that same product again. And if the product does a crummy job, we "fire" it and look around for something else we might hire to solve the problem. 

Every day stuff happens to us. Jobs arise in our lives that we need to get done. Some jobs are little, some are big. Some surface unpredictably, some regularly. Other times we know they're coming. When we realise we have a job to do, we reach out and pull something into our lives to get the job done. 


Couldn't agree more! Indeed a great question to ask! 


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Deepavali!

It's that time again....
trees look depressed
birds get tensed
dogs are scared
cats are not seen
air turns dark
clouds are on fire
silence gets broken

Let's make it safe... for all!
Happy Deepavali!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Wider scapes of Meruti!

A long journey started some years ago, came to a beautiful end this time. Thanks to all the beautiful people around and a bit of luck on my part to witness the magic! Here are some panoramic photographs from Meruti and around.

Altitude of the peak is around 1600m and one can see Kalasa to the South, Billal Koppa to the north, And Neral Katte, Bikarana Katte and Basri Katte to the North East.

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Those pink wild flowers are orchids - Satyrium nepalense 

Peak was always hidden in the clouds

Cloud play - open on one side and closed on the other

View from the peak

Beautiful coffee estate and old malenad house we stayed

Kyatanamakki - A place once known for naxals

Kallu Gopura near Kogare

Mural on the rock 

Our last place of stay in Basrikatte 

Saturday, July 23, 2016



Chi chec chikor tui
bae bak bareal lay
kha thu bhom bei kui
ciay ples badam tay

bas bho serp thari
mei gympa tori satay
phet hum biyo vami
jaja jaja hola groy

la'la fraco poiu bampa
you na you ha you ja
ni ni mai hagi kampa
bal bali kati lama ya

vabi bhi dash dashi
giypo jari lanka bhel
nume bavi zorba haki
qiqi porta numba hesel

~ Srik

Friday, July 15, 2016

Wider scapes of Har-Ki-Dun and Ruinsara Valley

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Sankri - the base camp for many treks in Gharwal himalayas

Taluka - starting point of the trek

Somewhere around the village Seema

The bridge that connects Seema and Oslo villages

The valley enroute Har-Ki-Dun

Har-Ki-Dun peak during Sunrise

Har-Ki-Dun campsite

Valley enroute Har-Ki-Dun to Rain Basera

Valley enroute Rain Basera to Ruinsara

The log hut near Ruinsara Tal

The beautiful Ruinsara Tal and our campsite (3500m)

The ridge that separates Ruinsara Tal and the River

Ruinsara Tal

Campsite and Ruinsara Tal

Enroute Odari - the coldest campsite

Enroute Odari and the Swargarohini peak (4300m)

Mighty and Majestic Swargarohini

View of Bali Pass Summit (4700m)

At the Summit

Bali Pass Summit (4700m)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Muir Woods National Monument

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
― John Muir

Well, I did walk into this amazing wonderland, perhaps one of the best preserved places I have witnessed yet. This summer I got an opportunity to visit the west coast of the US and while planning my short schedule I squeezed in a day to make sure I visit this beautiful place. Muir Woods National Monument was established in 1908 and is a unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County, California, 12 miles north of San Francisco.

Muir Woods is an old growth costal redwood forest closer to the pacific ocean and to witness the same in person was absolutely inspiring. I also was amazed at the efforts gone into preservation of this wilderness heaven. I spent close to a full day at the park admiring the tall trees of the Sequoia (Sequoia sempervirens) forests. It was a beautiful day and the feel of coastal breeze was absolutely great. There were many visitors - absolutely enjoying their walk, admiring the tall trees, and having a peaceful time with their families and friends. 

It was the first time for me to see the redwood trees and it takes quite an effort to reach the canopy unless your neck is very flexible. These coastal redwoods are known for their height and the tallest tree at the monument is about 280 feet. Most of the trees at the monument are between 500 to 800 years old; and the oldest is apparently 1200+ years old. For a moment it all sounded and looked like a dream, but I thought (being a tiny human being of the 21st century) I was absolutely lucky to be there at that moment in time to witness them. 

Canopy reaching the sky
It was so thrilling to see those ferns, birds, insects, wild flowers, undergrowth of the forest etc., from the other side of the world. It sure felt home for me with full of surprises. Here are some photographs taken during my visit. Please note that these photographs does not do any justice to what I witnessed with my eyes out there. (click on the photographs to enlarge them)

Stream, ferns and the habitat

Ferns and wild flowers


Sequoia sempervirens 
The trail through the woods

Trillium species (wild lily)


“There is not a fragment in all nature, for every relative fragment of one thing is a full harmonious unit in itself.” ― John Muir