Friday, June 20, 2014


your beliefs become your thoughts,
your thoughts become your words,
your words become your actions, 
your actions become your habits,
your habits become your values,
your values become your destiny.

~ Mahatma Gandhi


Monday, June 16, 2014

Kick-Starting Monsoon 2014

Every year I wait for this time to witness the beauty that monsoon brings around. It not only transforms the landscape around me, but also transforms the mindscape of people. And there will always be much excitement to plan some trips and see some new life forms as the rain splashes the forest floor. One such trip happened this time as well. I think it is religious to plan a early monsoon trip in the month of June and these religious trips are never disappointing. This time the location we chose was the King's habitat - Agumbe. There were enough and more to see, to feel, to explore, to hear and to experience. And of course the beautiful and lonely campsite full of snakes, frogs and creepy silence. 

This monsoon we were welcomed by some gorgeous orchid blooms, pit vipers, blood sucking leeches, colorful frogs, huge rain-forest trees and with some keen observations, many other new life forms. Here are some photographs to give a glimpse of how monsoon treated us to start off in style this season. 

(click on the photographs to enlarge them)

Onake Abbi Falls
Rainbow at Onake Abbi
Malabar Pit vipers
Green Vine Snakes
Calotes rouxii
Calotes rouxii
Wayanad Bush Frog (?)
Yellow Bush Frog
Malabar Gliding Frog
Fungoid frog
Tortoise Beetle
Chocolate Pansy
Draco - The flying lizard
Indian Bull Frog
Jumping Spider
Some insects, flies and a mosquito
Some ferns
Rhynchostylis retusa - Foxtail Orchid

And how lucky I am to see this Cicada molting live!?

For more pictures visit my flickr link here.


Monday, June 9, 2014

do something different

Excerpt from the book The Escape Manifesto

All our life we jump through hoops.
Often without asking why.
It's easy to feel stuck - a small cog in a big machine.
It doesn't have to be like this.
Don't waste your life living someone else's.
Don't wait for permission.
Life is too short to do work that doesn't matter to you.
Want your memoirs to be worth reading?
Make your choices your own. Be brave. Be inquisitive.
Stop using lack of money or experience as an excuse.
You don't have to risk it all to explore new options.
You owe it to yourself to find work that makes you tick.
Our world is changing. Careers are changing.
Take advantage or keep your head down. You choose.
The winners are building lives on their own terms.
Take small leaps. Meet people. Ask for help. Save. Plan.
Change jobs. Build businesses. Go on BIG adventures.
Start something you love. It's not easy. Push. Sweat.
No one ever changed the world by toeing the line.
You are capable of more than you realize.
This is no dress rehearsal. Make it count.
There will never be a perfect time.
And the first step is often the hardest.
So stop dreaming and start planning.
Do Something Different!


It's an anthem. It is hitting me hard.