Friday, April 24, 2009

Well, here it is ....

Mama bulbul, baby bulbul ...

All this action happened in couple of seconds!

The baby Bulbul was very courageous and let me go very near to her (or him, I have no idea )...
Here is one of the cute shots of her I have:

Waiting for mama ...

(Clicking on these pics will take you to my Flickr pages ....)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Commuting to office in Cycle in Bangalore!

(update: latest post on the same topic is here)

is easier than I thought !!

Okay, here are the facts:

The distance I commute in cycle: little more than 15 Kilo Meters (one way).

Time I take: 40 Minutes (+/- 3-4 minutes)

I commute mostly during rush hours, I leave at around 8:30 -9.00 AM in the morning, leave at around 7:30 - 8 PM in the evening.

Root I take : Srinagar / Hanumanthanagar -> Ashoka Pillar -> Diary Circle -> Koramangala -> Inner Ring Road -> Old Airport Road.

How long I've been cycling to office: last 12 days.

What bike do I have: Trek 4300, It's a nice mountain bike.

Where did I buy the cycle?: From Bums On The Saddle, the coolest bicycling shop in Bangalore!

Some comparison:

I've commuted on Motor bike, Public buses and now, a cycle.

Time taken to commute on motor bike is around 40-45 minutes for 15 kms, but I am at the mercy of traffic. Time taken on bus: more than an hour and 15 minutes. Again, I am at the mercy of BMTC. Not every time I get a bus as soon as I go to bus stand.

On cycle, it's always 40 minutes +/- 3 minutes. Always. Yes, Yes, I do jump traffic signals, ride on footpaths. But I try my best to be not a nuisance to public and traffic.

How is the experience so far? Absolutely FUN! Feels like I've gone back in time to my high school days :-)

Some interesting stuff that happened:

I went through McDonald's "Drive-Thru" on my cycle!! The guy at the counter was kinda shocked to see me on cycle :-)

An old lady and a cute kiddo gave me "Thumbs Up" !! Awesome!

Almost fell from bike when I jumped from footpath to Road more than one feet deep :-)

Did more than 50 Kilo Meters on a Sunday, didn't feel tired at all ...

Okay, Here is what I feel:

Cycling around Bangalore in heavy traffic is not really tough or dangerous. Just keep some common sense, and you will be fine. Things like a good helmet, hand-gloves and a air mask/filter are a must.