back from Mysore

Had been to Mysore – left on Saturday morning and came back yesterday night with Gajanan and some others.

Was an excellent trip… will update with more details if and as and when I find time.


On the way back, we visited Talkaad . It was a nice place – huge expanse of water and sand though nothing overly spectacular. There were plenty of temples covered by sand dunes but barely exposed, but we decided not to visit them. Others swam in the murky water but I preferred to take a ride on a coracle due to a slightly bleeding cut on my toe.

The boatman was a 73 year old man Mahadeviah with a toothy smile. Moving away from the shore, the water below had a lot of beautiful plants that looked like miniature trees – it looked just like flying over them in a helicopter – with small fishes darting around looking like birds. Mahadeviah had a very serene temperment – seemed to be very very content. He could speak and understand English as well, had passed SSLC “old scheme” [which Gajanan later said was pretty tough – a person failing one subject had to take all the subjects again].

I asked him about his lifestyle and he spoke about a lot of things – I could not help feeling a deep affection for him. I told him that my dad’s name was Mahadeviah too. He had been rowing people to and fro from 6 AM to 6 PM every day for the past many decades – no holidays – 7 days a week. They have a group of oarsman (ok actually they used poles as the water was shallow enough) and people take turns to ferry people around, and finally all the money is split among everybody.

When we came back, I insisted that he come with us again, though it was somebody else’s turn – later I wondered if I was being selfish because it might be too much of strain for two consequtive rides. Later on one of my friends insisted that he wanted to try controlling the coracle by himself – but Mahadeviah wasn’t very comfortable with it – I had to interfere as I had myself asked him myself earlier and got the same reply. It was Rs. 5 per person, but I was quite generous to him even though knowing it get pooled together for everybody. In a few moments he had dragged his coracle and disappeared among the crowds..

How I got to Mysore:

This is from the newsgroup, actually on Friday I had asked for a lift to see if anybody was going, nobody replied, but still…

22-Apr-2005, 1:40 PM
“Sanjay M” wrote in message

> I’m taking a wild gamble here since I dont lose anything – by any holistic
> chance if someone is travelling anywhere in this direction this
> evening/night…
> Neragathanahalli, Near T Narasipur (10 km from T Narasipur), Mysore
> …and can give me a lift – just one slim (…er… ok compared to a sumo
> wrestler) man with one backpack – please email me. I’ll be happy to share
> fuel expenses.
> As I cant leave office early in the day today, it would be a bit more
> challenging than I’m prepared to take on at the moment (maybe signs of
> aging), to go by public transport in the evening to Mysore and find my way
> around to the village at night.
> I’ll be meeting some friends and returning with them on Sunday.
> Cheers,
> Sanjay
> PS: needless to say, nothing will happen if I dont go also.
22-Apr-2005, 5:46 PM

“Sanjay M” wrote in message
btw, holistic theory in action:

a colleague in my very own cubicle happens to be going to Mysore… but
tomorrow morning… still its ok 🙂


4 Responses to “back from Mysore”

  1. hpnadig Says:

    hey, got the pictures of Talkad with you? Can you send them off to be put on wikipedia?

  2. msanjay Says:

    didn’t have a camera. but now that you mention it, will dig up some other pictures of places in Karnataka to add to the kannada wiki

  3. msanjay Says:

    Further update from an email

    I’m grateful to a lot of people who helped me get there (and back 🙂 ). I actually went there later on Saturday morning. I had earlier planned to leave along with the others on Thursday afternoon. But its so strange that so many commitments and other “perfectly rational and logical” sounding reasons came up, that beyond a point I simply could not confront them and canceled the trip. This is quite a familiar situation – I don’t know why it happens. In Paulo Coehlo’s book the Alchemist, he says that this is a way of the
    Universe to test us. On the other hand, I felt that maybe with some proper planning this would’ve reduced.

    However on Friday evening, I was just saying in office that I had cancelled a trip to mysore and a colleague
    told me that he’s driving to Mysore on Saturday, and he was bored of going alone, and would like someone to join him to give him company! I wasnt sure how to find the village and the site, but anyway I just went!

    He dropped me off near the railway station around Sunday afternoon, and after simply following my instincts, I ended up asking some people some directions (though they were not always right) I somehow finally landed at the center just before sunset – like a feather floating around in the wind. Though I won’t detail it here, the journey was a good experience by itself with several things to learn.

    Anyway at the center, even though I spent only one day there, there was no question of doubt at all that it was worthwhile going there – as Gajanan has described.

    On the trip while coming back, there was a lot of exchanging of ideas about Dhamma. One of the really memorable points that came up was an analogy:

    imagine an old tortoise at the bottom of a deep ocean, and a wooden board drifting around somewhere on the surface of this vast ocean. Imagine that once in a year or so the tortoise comes up to the surface. What is the possibility that the wooden board happens to drift around to exactly the same place at that point in time so that the tortoise can get on to it? That is the priviledge of being born as a human!!

    When I heard this it really made me wonder whether I am making the best use of this rare opportunity that I have.

    If we consider the popular notion that in Bangalore, software professionals are among the most highly accomplished among the lot, and when I look at headlines like this in the newspaper almost every other day… (for example this one is from today):

    BANGALORE: A software engineer from Ranchi, working with Tayana Software Solutions in the city, was found murdered in Doddakannelli, Sarjapur Road, on Thursday evening.

    …I think it really is a grim reminder of how swiftly and unexpectedly this life passes by. Certainly never when we have planned or prepared for it! And irrespective of all worldly successes and accomplishments. Then there’s a kind of sense of urgency that sets in that one can’t really afford to waste much time…

    No idea for how long I’ll rememeber this, and most importantly to what extent I can act on it (though will certainly make an attempt).

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