Archive for October, 2006

TNS the great visits us!

17th October, 2006

Seetharam Gouribidanur (popularly known as TN Seetharam or TNS) has been the first and foremost of directors, who has attracted the urbanite kannadiga to the small screen, who, till then used to avoid watching kannada television. I am perhaps being critical about this, but, it is true.

His serials (Mayamruga, Manvantara, & Mukta) have dealt with issues which have very much been affecting the life of the common man a.k.a the ‘Great Indian Middle Class’. These serials have been able to appeal to the urban populace to look at different situations in life with a positive perspective. Personally, I feel TNS’s greatest success has been in portraying some of the most controversial issues of our times. By controverial, I do not point to any of the multi-million-rupee scams and scandals that have plagued our country, but it is about those smaller issues and mishappenings that go unnoticed due to lobbies, and media-coverups. It is actually these issues that affect our day-today lives more!

Beyond his enormous talent in direction, TNS is also an excellent actor, who has been the favourite star in his serials (by public opinion), portraying the role of a brilliant lawyer. Apart from his diligent way of dealing with hostile witnesses in the courtroom, I am a great fan of the style in which way he scolds his clients!

It was a pleasure to know that this great visionary of Karnataka’s small screen is a very close friend of one of our neighbours, Mr Chandrashekhar. We got the opportunity to meet TNS, that too at our place! We had a very lively conversation with this very down-to-earth person, including getting a clarification, that he does not scold his family members in real life in the same way as he does to the characters on small screen! 😉

Some photos …

A very humble attempt to honour such a great person!

Senior citizen fans - GSI and GSR

(L to R) tata, TNS, myself, pati, and amma

(L to R) tata, myself (sitting), TNS, ayya, amma, Srinath H, and pati

in conversation ...

his authoritative style!


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Manchanabele Dam

This trip was a picnic, that we had dreamt of having from a long time. We had welcome additions to our group – akka, and my sweet little nephew, Giri! The plan was to visit Dodda Aalada Mara first and then proceed to Manchanabele dam.

As usual, we left late, by 10am. Went to Malleshwaram, picked up akka and Giri and started on Magadi road. Magadi road?? you must be surprised, as the big banyan tree is located off Mysore road. Yes, of course, it was my idea … I, Columbus the great, wanted to explore the connecting road from Magadi road to Mysore road, via the big banyan tree. This venture costed us about 10+ kms, and about half an hour’s precious time. We reached dodda aalada mara by about 11:30. It is really nice to see a 400 year old banyan tree of that size. Giri was fascinated and it was nice to look at his curious and inquisitive eyes, as if he was seriously studying the branches of the banyan tree!

The big banyan tree

The only hope of food at this spot, the Mayura Yatri Nivas, alas, is no more. Apart from having bun-tea-aur-bubbly at the local shacks, you have no other choice! 😉

We had plans of having lunch at Manchanabele, so we headed towards the reservoir, about 10+ km from the big banyan tree. Manchanabele is a very small dam, built at the confluence of the Arkavati and the Kumudvati rivers. (more…)

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Somewhere on the net, I had read about the existence of ‘Nava Durgas’ (9 forts) around Bangalore. My quest for them has been on ever since. Chennarayanadurga is one of them. This fort located near Madhugiri in Tumkur district, was built by a local cheiftain in the 17th Century, and has been lesser known to even a veteran Bangalorean!



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