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Museums of Bangalore: Indian Musical Experience

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Watch the video here:  https://youtu.be/xuSdTK4XeoI Overview: I thought Bangalore just had 2-3 museums which are well known until a few years ago, but a little research opened up my thoughts as I discovered several museums within the city. I have decided to visit all the museums in the city and document those.  The first one on the list is the Indian Musical Experience in JP Nagar 7th phase. This beautiful museum is dedicated to the evolution and science behind different forms of music from traditional to contemporary.  As we enter the museum, in the inner courtyard, we can see a sound garden, where we can learn about the sounds created from natural things like wood, stones, and metals. We can try our hand in generating music as well. This area is well enjoyed by both adults and children. We then get inside the museum and the experience starts from the 3rd floor, where we are shown a small animated movie with different types of sound created by nature. From there we enter an interacti

Vanishing Lakes in Bangalore: In Pictures

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Overview: Executing weirdest of my plans, I decided to prepare a photo log of all the lakes in Bangalore. Of more than 50 lakes around 15 years ago, a very few number of good lakes remain in the city. And some of them are in the state of total neglect with weeds grown all over them. I decided to travel around the city and catch the glimpse of the lakes which are Bangalore’s identity along with the trees.            

Pacific Coast, CA: Colours of Nature

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Overview: I stayed in this place called Daly City for a while when I was working in San Francisco. Its in San Mateo county and is close to the Pacific ocean. We did numerous trips from Daly City. One of them was a trek along the Pacific coast for around 10 miles, which was fun with lot of colourful sights on the way. When we hit the main road we were greeted with nice eateries and wind mills.          Half Moon Bay: A quick getaway from Daly City is the Half Moon Bay. As the name indicated, the beach in the shape of half moon. An ideal place for surfing, beach sports and picnicking and the drive is very scenic.        References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daly_City,_California

Mallur: Experience tranquillity near the busiest of highways

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  Overview: One of my friends suggested me to visit this place often missed by everyone as its on the Bangalore-Mysore highway and people usually zip past this without noticing. So we decided to specifically visit Aprameya Swamy temple and Nadi Narasimhaswamy temple. We started post lunch and after Channapatna, the temple is visible at the left side of the highway. One has to get into the arch to reach the temple. The temple is an ancient site and is built by the Cholas. The crawling Krishna or Ambegalu Krishna is very adorable and attracts everyone. Basking in the evening sun, the temple was in all its glory with vendors selling Sri Krishna idols outside. A place definitely is a protected monument but needs more signboards on the highway pointing to this place.         On the other side of the highway is another ancient temple dedicated to Nadi Narasimhaswamy. The name of the place is derived from the Kanva 'Nadi' or river as it is situated on the banks. It is believed that