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Photos Of Some Common Birds Found In The Parks & Gardens Of Jaipur.

OWL

Spotted Owlet (Athene brama indica)

Recently a cousin of mine,Madhav Rathore, an experienced, enthusiastic birder, bought a  Canon EOS 7D with a huge telephoto lens. When I kidded him about buying   such an expensive  camera he insisted on taking me birding in  the Central Park one evening. That is when the use of the camera became apparent to me.  He was shooting birds perched at the top of tallest of trees where as I was limited to shooting squirrels and birds sitting in front of me in the grass.

But I got hooked to birding that day. I am no expert birder but by my own experience it is far easier to watch birds today. I take a picture of the whichever  feathered friend which dares to cross my path and later on I put an ID to it with the help of a couple of Books. Where the books fail The Net comes  to help. This method helps to engrave the names of the birds in the mind too. So the next time I come across the same bird I  say smugly,” That is Brahminy Mayna you know !” and so on…

One thing you will notice is the exotic names of the birds.  I can bet you powers that be who gave names to the birds put more thought in naming the birds than in naming their newborn sons. They have names like starling,Black  Drongo,Grebe,darter etc. And each bird has its own charm. Own uniqueness which will hold you in thrall.

I have been to the Central Park many times before the day we went birding but I  did not notice the birds before that day. Oh I could see the pigeons and the doves but the other beauties were hidden behind a muslin curtain as it were. Somebody had to  point the birds out to me. Do you know  usually we see two types of Doves in Jaipur one is Laughing Dove and the other is the Eurasian Collared Dove. And that the house sparrow may be endangered soon enough! Who would have thought of it!

I have been posting photos I take around Jaipur to www.flickr.com for some time now. If you see the stats on the photos you will realize that people like photos of flowers and plants more than photos of birds. I do not know why that is so but we have to be more aware of the beauty surrounding us in the form of birds more. Birds forage in the early morning but people go for their morning walk just then too. So the birds perch themselves on the highest branches of the trees. I suppose they come down later. I do not know.There are some birds which do not mind people at all and are all over the grass in the Park.

Now a days in every home there is a computer and a digital camera. All you have to do is to buy a beginners guide to birding. Be sure to buy one which has photos of the birds & not sketches. You can graduate to the books with sketches  later.

Now find some time for yourself and the birds and go for a walk in the nearest Park or garden. Happy Birding.

I am posting  some photos of the Birds I found.

Brahminy Myna/Starling

Red-vented Bulbul

Black-Rumped Flameback

Black Drongo

Bank Myna

Asian Pied Starling (Pied Myna) - Adult

Green Bee Eater

Asian Koel Male

Rufous Treepie

Partridge

Purple Sun bird female

Eurasian Golden Oriole

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G.I. For Sanganeri Hand Block Prints

The Print

Under Geographical Indication of  Goods Registration and Protection Act.1999  Sanganeri  hand block Textiles and Furnishings have been recognized to have  a unique identity in manufacturing and in belonging  to the area of Sanganer.Consequently sale of  hand block or screen printed product from any other area as Sanganeri will be punishable under the law, thereby giving a new lease of life to the trade and  some 1500 artisans and about 5000 families indirectly or directly  dependent on block printing. As you can guess the ancient craft has been seeing lean times because of cheap products made by newer technology and cloth from other areas being sold as Sanganeri.

Other Rajasthani products to have received G.I are Kota DoriaJaipur Blue Pottery, Jaipur Kathputli and Molela terracotta of Rajsamandh. If all goes as it should  Bagru Hand Block Print should receive G.I soon.
I think Jaipuri Razai is another good candidate for G.I.

Sanganeri hand block printing is a craft honed over some 500 years around the town of Sanganer near Jaipur. Legend has it that the local water in which the textiles are washed give a unique texture to the colors of the finished  cloth. Whatever the case may be  once besotted with the print it is a life long affair.

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Show Us The Trees In Your Garden!

Gulmohar

Do you know about the people who photograph and blog everything they eat? So many people are doing this that camera manufacturers are even providing a setting to shoot the food at its colorful best.
In that general trend I would like to suggest that we blog about the tree we are most proud of in our garden this present season and leave the link in the comments of this blog post.
Why trees? Because trees are going to be around for a long while once grown they require little water and are majestic in their presence in the garden. Furthermore we need them to attract the rain bearing clouds. And they provide oxygen, fruit, flowers and shade in the summers.
And if this post inspires somebody to plant his favorite sapling this monsoon, all to the good.

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The Jaipur Cyber Dens

This list is for the hard core gaming fans among the teens or the young adults of Jaipur.Do you want to play COUNTERSTRIKE?  All night?  It is possible at the Zapak. Do you want to hire a MINI cinema hall for the two of you or the family and the  friends? It is very much possible at the MGF Mall on the 22 Godown Circle.Bumping Cars? Nintendo? Wii? They are all here. Why not try them out this weekend.

Zapak Gameplex,Basement, Gaurav Towers,Malviya Nagar

Specialty: LAN Party to play COUNTER STRIKE every Saturday or on request all night long, High Speed Internet,Snacks,Soft Drinks,Net Surfing.

Viking Gaming Area in the Triton Mall,Ambabari.

Specialty: Bumping Cars,Bowling Alley, Video Games,Fast Food Joint

Purple, Gaming Area,MGF Mall,22 Godown Circle

Specialty: Playstations,video games,Nintendo, Wii, Mini Movie  Theatres (seating 20 Persons/friends),Fast Food

GCA Haunted Zone,near Riddhi Siddhi,Mansarovar

Specialty: Latest Hardware,around 25 PCs ,Cool interiors,The place for gaming tournaments in North  Zone.Open 24 X 7

Some Photos Worth Another Look!

Here are some of my favourite photographs I have put up on Flickr.com during the past year for your reconsideration. I hope you like them too!

A Dove & Amaltas Blossoms in Jaipur

Birla Mandir,Jaipur

The Bench

Hawa Mahal

Samrat Yantra-A Sundial

Kanak Vrindavan Bagh

Best Jaipur Hangouts

These are some of the best hangouts Jaipur has to offer the young of today. The following list is a personal point of view you might not agree with it. Further more there might be glaring omissions please feel free to list your favourites.
Cafe Kooba,
F-40,Ist Floor & Terrace,
Jamnalal Bajaj Marg,C-Scheme,
5116343,9829934347
specialty: Thin crust Pizza,Sandwiches,Non-Veg items,Sheesha.

Mr.Beans
E-141A,C-Scheme,Sardar Patel Marg
2223650
Specialty:Coffee, Sheesha.

Orca (The Kingfisher Lounge)
Ram Bagh Circle,
Specialty: Bar, Disco,Butter Chicken,Sheeshas.

Kazba,Country Inn
Khasa Kothi,M.I.Road
Specialty: Bar,Sheeshas,Fast Food,Lounge

Mojo
Azad Marg,C-Scheme,
Specialty: Interiors,Sheeshas,Mocktails,FastFood

Ta Blu,Hotel Clarks Amer,
JLN Marg,
2549437
Specialty: Bar,Fast Food

Waves
Hotel Maharani Palace,
Station Road,
2204702
Specialty: Hookhas, Bar,Food,Snacks,Mocktails

B 2 B ( Back to Basics)
Country Inn Suites,
Near Khasa Kothi, M.I.Road.
5103300
Specialty: Saturday Night Party With DJ,Bar,Snacks,Dance Floor

Fireball, Ramada
Raja Park
Specialty:Sheesha, Bar,Dance Floor,Snacks Mocktails

The Grunge, The Fern Hotel
Tonk Road,
Specialty: Disco,Bar,Snacks,Food,

Cafe Coffee Day,
Specialty: Coffee ,Snacks,Smoothies

Mocha,
Near Gaurav Towers,Malviya Nagar
Specialty: Coffee,Desserts,snacks,Sheeshas

Savitri’s mini departmental store,
Next to Beans,
Sardar Patel Marg,
Specialty: Cold Coffee,Iced Tea,Patties

Why Kill A Tree Like This?

We kill trees all the time. Some of us might need the wood or the bark or the fruit or leaves or  we might need the right of way where the tree is standing. We can kill it by neglect or lack of water or manure. But the worst and the most lamentable  way we can kill a tree is by throwing  Amar Bel on it. Amar bel looks harmless enough. Just a green string of vegetation. But it is a parasite to a healthy tree. Soon it will start spreading. It will become so that you will see only the green strings of Amar Bel only and not the branches or leaves of the trees. And soon enough a fully grown tree will be strangulated to death. Once it is  thrown on a tree it is practically impossible to get rid of it. If you are trying to save a tree by removing Amar Bel and the affected branches you should burn the vegetation so removed.  You can see this infamous parasite  on the hedge in Karpoor Chand Kulish Garden,  on some trees on Prithviraj Road and on Sardar Patel Road.

Amar Bel Description

What Noise?

We have become so used to our noisy surroundings that we do not notice the noise any more. But how much is too much? Recently the State Government has outlawed the use of loud speakers after 10 pm. If  anybody is found using sound magnification equipment after 10 o’clock the equipment will be confiscated. This is a step in the right direction. They should go a step further and ban the use of sound equipment by the general public  all together. Presently any body can hook up a speaker to a mic  and blast away.
Legally you can use loudspeakers softly from 6 am to 10 pm, only after taking permission from the Jaipur administration. But how do you define softly. I think if you can hear the loudspeaker outside the venue where the function is taking place then it is too loud. The law is on the books but it is not enforced very strictly. The Police have other serious matters to attend to.May be they think, unlike others, these people are just having harmless fun, they will switch off the noise when they get tired.
Usually people try to keep up with their friends, family and the neighbors and try to better them. If the society were to frown upon the idea of loud noise as entertainment in any family or religious function, then nobody would do it. One other step that could be taken is to hold the owner of the equipment or venue responsible for judicious and responsible use of the sound system.
Next they should restrict using horns in the city. Have you noticed the traffic mostly just crawls on the  city roads. Why do we need the horns if that is the case.

Why Burn Dry Leaves?

The trees are already shedding their leaves and it is getting warmer in Jaipur. Every morning the streets and home courtyards are littered with fallen leaves. People gather them up and throw them  in the nearby dumpster, thinking their duty is done. What happens next is the dumpster overflows and there are  heaps  of  dry leaves all around the dumpster. And some kind soul  comes along and sets fire to the piles creating a huge bonfire which burns with huge bursts of flames and later on smokes for hours making breathing difficult for hours in the surrounding area. The dumpster, a valuable public property, is in the middle of this conflagration  and becomes useless after a few of such episodes. Furthermore there are strong winds in summers and the ash left behind is blown away further polluting the atmosphere.

The point is we have to change this mind set of burning trash. It surely is the easiest and the cheapest  way out in the short run. And the trash might belong to you and you might think  you are the best judge of disposing it off.  We have to relegate the idea of burning trash to the dust bins of history.

We dispose off all sorts of things in trash. More often than not now a days even chemicals are thrown away like this. What if we burn some chemical like this and cause a health hazard.

There are some waste water purification plants in the pipeline in Jaipur for providing water to the  gardens of Jaipur. There is one in operation at the Man Sagar Lake already but in my humble opinion we also need a plant which will process these leaves and other bio-degradable wastes because disposing off trash by burning has to go. As this option is expensive our Rajasthan Government will have to help in implementing it. But if you are a do it your self enthusiast and have some space in your garden you can compost the leaves and use it as organic  manure in your garden.

Please visit the links given here below for some more information.

A Guide To Managing Organic Yard Waste

Options For Disposing Of Leaves

Daily Dump Compost At Home An Indian Initiative

Basant

The 6 seasons of the Indian year are as follows:

Grisham- Summer-April & May are Dry & Hot.

Varsha- Monsoon- June & July are Wet and Humid.The landscape around Jaipur turns  green.

Sharad August & September are less hot

Hemant- October & November are the start of winter

Shishir – December & January are Cold. Winter has set in.

Basant-Spring – February & March Not too hot not & too cold.

A Mustard Field in Full Bloom

Basant officially starts after Basant Panchmi or Rishi Panchmi ( 5th day of the Magh month), the day  when  goddess Saraswati was born and  is worshiped with  Lord Sri Krsihna and Kamdev and his wife Rati .Goddess Saraswati is the goddess  of  knowledge, art  & music. The goddess is dressed in white and her vahan are white swan and peacock. In her hands She holds a veeana, a book and a string of beads.She is worshipped in three roops, Maha Sarawati,Maha lakshmi and Maha kali.These are the three roops worshiped in the caves of  Vaishno Devi. People dress up in yellow to worship her and offer her yellow sweets and flowers and lotus.  It is the most auspicious day  to get married also. And people do so too in large numbers.

Basant  is the king of all  seasons. This is when nature rejuvenates itself. Taking a cue from nature hearts of all  men and women sing the joyous songs of life. Suffice it to say here that great  writers and poets in India and abroad have written panegyric after panegyric in praise of this season, in particular. Bihari and Padmakar,two poets from Jaipur, writing in Brijbhasa, have outdone themselves in describing basant.

On this day the idols in the Govind Dev Ji’s Temple wear yellow also.

Holi is its  main festival.

It was Rishi Panchmi when Lord Sri Ram graced  Shabri mata’s hut with his presence. He was on his way to find Goddess Sita.

In 1192 A.D. on Basant Panchami Prithviraj Chauhan and poet Chandbardai stabbed each other to death after a blind  Prithviraj Chauhan had killed Mohammed Gahori  in his own citadel.

In 1872 on Basant Panchami Guru Ram Singh Kuka was  apprehended by the British Forces and  sent to Burma to be incarcerated till death in 1885  in the Mandalay Prison.

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