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Mini Forest in Bangalore


Not many Bangaloreans know that in the midst of their sprawling concrete jungle of a city, there lies a beautiful miniature forest, well preserved by the forest department. 

I spent half of my Sunday at the Turahalli Mini Forest and it was one of the most satisfying nature walks. 
Here's a photo tour...


The greenery is enchanting...


Baronet butterfly...


The uphill trail...




Grey-breasted Prinia...


Mimosa Pudica flower...


A video showing the sensitive leaves of Mimosa Pudica in action...


Phyllogonostreptus nigrolabiatus millipede...


A White-spotted Fantail was constantly moving. It was very difficult to photograph... 



After many tries, I finally captured the elusive fan tail of White-spotted Fantail...



Eurema hecabe butterfly...



A wild flower...


Grass Demon Butterfly...


I kept walking straight along the trail to reach a cliff from where you can see a birds-eye view of the city...


Here's a panorama...


I sighted an Indian Paradise Flycatcher...


Just after giving a glimpse of its beauty, the Indian Paradise Flycatcher flew away...


Common Mormon...


At the top of the hill, there's a Hindu temple. There were idols of Navagraha deities. The deities are personified forms of nine major celestial bodies of Hindu astrology. The nine idols represent Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and ascending and descending lunar nodes  known as Rahu and Ketu...


Red-whiskered bulbul...


Berries...


Baronet butterfly...



A shy grasshopper...


Rock Agama Lizard...


The Rock Agama lizard was shedding its skin...


A Common Rose Swallowtail was constantly fluttering. I captured it with high shutter speed...














A Red-whiskered Bulbul with his sweet 'Pleased to meet you' call...


Spiny Sow Thistle plant was in seed dispersal mode. Look at the tiny seeds attached to the parachute...


A Spit Bug's creation...



Hoverfly...


Ringlet butterfly...


Another Bulbul...


Common Gull Butterfly...


My walk continued for hours...


I reached the other end of the forest, where another spectacular birds-eye view awaited...


Here's a panorama...


The beautiful day ended with a fabulous sunset as I headed home...



Manchanabele Dam

This monsoon season, Bangalore recorded the highest rainfall in 115 years. Conditions have been mostly overcast, but there are patches of sun that give hope for a birding trip. On a pleasant Sunday afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds, I visited Manchanabele Dam, located 40 kms from home. 
Here's a photo tour...




The clouds were looking ominous...


The drive was made pleasant by the surrounding hills and greenery...


It was still downcast when I reached the reservoir but the scenery was breathtaking...


As I started trekking, I saw a male Indian Robin...


There were plenty of clouds and it looked like it will start pouring any time...



 A flock of Green Bee-eaters...


 It was beginning to get dark and I could see the rains coming...


As I was walking briskly towards my car, I had my first ever sighting of the Red-vented Bulbul...


The Red-vented Bulbul made my day and I resolve to be back another day for a longer bird watching trip...


Leaving you with a panorama of the overcast sky and the beautiful landscape around Manchanabele dam...

Toys"R"Us debuts in India

India's first Toys“R”Us store has opened at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore and I was there with my family to take a look. There were many fun activities for the kids to mark the occasion. 
Here's a photo tour of Geoffrey’s Great Toy Party...



Toys“R”Us is launched by Tablez India, a division of Abu Dhabi-based LuLu Group International, which has entered in an exclusive master franchise agreement with US company, Toys Pvt. Ltd.

In India, the brand has launched the store in two formats - Toys“R”Us, which is the world's leading toy store and 
Babies“R”Us, a one-stop destination for baby essentials...



My 10 year old with the clown...



Geoffrey, the official "spokesanimal" of  Toys"R"Us...



My kids with Geoffrey...







Face painting...






The store is designed to be an experiential store and is spread over 20,000 sq ft...



Toys“R”Us offers a full range of toys for both boys and girls in the age group of 3 to 11 years and has a dedicated section for each category of toys...







Wifey...
















My older boy picked Monopoly with Electronic Banking...



My 3 year old picked his favourite Thomas & Friends set...


When they arrived home, the whole family played Monopoly. Transacting electronically is more fun...



Thomas and Friends - Day at the Docks Deluxe Set was also assembled...




Here's the video of Thomas & Friends in action...



Overall, we were happy with the shopping experience at Toys"R"Us and we look forward to many more visits...


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