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28 August 2011

Anna-rchy at Ramlila Ground

Those entering Ramlila Ground met groups of youngsters with paint in their hands, asking people whether they wanted an imprint of the tricolour on their cheeks for free. Many said yes.

This is the main tent where most people slept at night, and while it rained.

Kewal mahilayen (only women).

Where are the women?

Give me justice or suicide, says the poster.

Gaurav Sharma of Indo-Asian News Service listens to a man who said he was fired from his job.

Doing brisk business. A customer who has not yet donned any tricolour takes the plunge.

At the food stall. Free food. Strict discipline.

The lesser shown part of the protest site. This is where mobile toilets have been set up. They were overused.

New Delhi railway station metro station. From this hole came out hundreds of people heading in a beeline for Ramlila Ground, a five-minute walk away.

With Gaurav Sharma, correspondent, Indo-Asian News Service. Time to go.

24 August 2011

Climate Change, Bob Marley and Mali

Two boys at Bamako, Mali.

Sali Samake, 45, lives in Tamale, near the capital city Bamako. She is a very important person in the village because only she knows how to use a rain-measuring instrument. The villagers depend on her to plan their harvest.

She calls herself a self-taught meteorologist. Mali, one of the poorest countries in Africa, is now one of the worst hit by climate change. Farmers are clueless about rainfall. Monsoon comes and goes by its own will.

Children at Segou town.

Bob Marley—one of Africa's best exports till date, though technically a Jamaican.

Courtesy: Jayashree Nandi for journey basket

18 August 2011

Hampi and rimjhim coffee

Hampi in Karnataka is also known as the "second Goa".

Instead of beaches it has beautiful ruins of the Vijayanagar empire. 

The ferocious Tungabhadra river.

Uppinangdi, about an hour's drive from Mangalore.

The delightful "rimjhim" coffee at Laxminivasa Hotel, Kalladka, on National Highway 48 near Uppinangdi. Confusing directions. But if you do visit this place try their fluffy buns too. I did not get time to ask why this coffee was so popular. You may see this article in The Times of India.

Back in Bangalore.


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