Friday, October 28, 2005

Did you know?

Did you know that the word 'scuba' is an acronym? I got to hear this from a friend of mine. Lo behold: SCUBA stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus!

Haloed Clouds

I got to capture the setting sun hiding behind the thick rain bearing clouds. It was quite a relief to see the sun after such a long spell of rains and bad weather in Bangalore!

Monday, October 17, 2005

A Lankan tale!

I came across this delighful tale from here while reading through a bit of Sri Lanka's historical background! This is an excert from Hiuen-Tsiang, the famed Chinese traveller, writings about his travels to the Indian subcontinent. Do read through!
"Next to the Temple of the Tooth (in Kandy) was "a small temple which is ornamented with every kind of precious stone. In it is a life sized golden statue of the Buddha cast by a former king of the country. He afterwards ornamented the statues head dress with a precious gem. Apparently the statue had a slightly bent head and a delightful legend was told to explain this.
Once a robber decided to steal the gem in the head dress of the Buddha in the temple which he entered by digging a tunnel. Seeing the huge gem he reached up to take it but the statue miraculously increased in height so that he could not reach it. The robber said to himself; "Formerly when the Tathagata was a bodhisattva, so great was his compassion that he vowed to give up everything, even his own life, for the sake of others. But now the statue which stands in his place begrudges to give up even one little gem. What was said by the old about the Buddha seems to differ from what his statue now does!".
Suddenly the statue bent over and the robber could reach the gem. He ran from the temple and took the gem to a merchant to sell but the merchant recognised the gem, informed the king and the robber was arrested. When asked by the king where he got the gem from the robber said that the Buddha had given it to him and he related what had happened. The sceptical king sent someone to the temple and sure enough the golden statue’s head was still bent over. Convinced that a miracle had occurred, the king brought the gem from the robber, who escaped punishment, and it was placed once again the statue’s head dress."
But most interesting Neither this temple or the delightful legend told about its golden statue survive in any Sri Lankan sources!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Gentle giant

I met this gentle giant at Pinnawela's Elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. Though probably not evident from the snap, he is blind on both eyes. This 'senior citizen' of 50 years was rendered so by the raging wars in his home jungles of Jaffna. My whole hearted appreciation to the people and the government of Sri Lanka for this unique orphanage for these pachyderms.

On one side man destroys...and thankfully there are some who love nature and want to conserve it!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Food for thought…;-)

"Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with."
"Women are like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a head-ache."