Saturday, July 2

Fear factor

Do you get tensed before doing any task and end up goofing up that task?  Before you make any presentation or giving a talk, do you think about it so much and end up screwing it up?  Do you get nervous before going to a new place and fear about it?

If you have any of the above qualms, then the reason for all such feelings is FEAR.  Fear of the unknown, fear of what’s going to happen,  which brings the person down, and makes him inefficient. The amount of fear in a person which can hinder the person’s efficiency can be called as fear factor. This fear factor often works in a destructive way if  you don’t  realize. This fear factor can be turned in to constructive nature by putting a conscious effort.

The best way to kill the fear is by Action – David J Schwartz  in the book Magic of thinking Big.

Very true, the best way u can get over fear is to take action about it. For example, if you have a stage fear to deliver talks or make presentations in front of the audience, the best way you can get over it is to give more talks and presentations. This initial fear is only a psychological barrier. It only takes that starting hurdle to be crossed to reach great heights in life. Once you take that first step and fight that fear it can never ever affect you again. This first step increases your confidence which can work wonders for you  in your next talk.

Fear factor actually is very helpful and good, if you make it work for you in a constructive way. Take the same example of giving talks, having fear that how am I going to deliver it, taken in a positive way, makes  you work more towards it, makes you analyze your audience and  guess their expectations from the talk  which in turn makes you prepare your content of the talk that can impress the audience. This same fear makes you work hard to excel in that task.


The word FEAR itself gives us inspiration to overcome it as mentioned below:
F - Fight
E - Endlessly
A - As to
R - Restore confidence

Monday, June 13

Banneraghatta national park


As a nature lover, i had been to many places in andaround bangalore. Karnataka as a whole has lot of places of interest where you can spend your weekends away from your busy life. It has very lush greenery regions spread across the horizons, steep water falls, ancient temples etc. I had been to quite some places in karnataka. Every time before i plan to visit any place, like most of us, i do a google search about the place to know about the attractions in the place and how to commute, the places of interest near by etc. Most often it is not that easy to find out about the places. u got to spend considerable amount of time to get these details. I thought of putting all that information at one place here in my blog, and add my personal experience to it. So i started this series: Travelogue. let me start this series by giving information about my recent visit in bangalore, the garden city itself.

My Experience:

Last Saturday, i had been to BanneraGhatta national park. It is located about 20km from the main city(majestic). It has very good bus facility, the BMTC bus is available almost every half an hour. you have a/c volvo bus service also available. As its not so far, it gives you an opportunity to get a small ride of about an hour. As climate in bangalore is most of the times cool, you will surely love this ride through this of rural part of the karnataka.

As i found out through my initial research, it has a Safari ride, butterfly fly park and the zoo as the main attractions. So i started early in the morning at around 8:30 AM ( may be i shouldn't say EARLY in the morning!! r should i ?!!) along with my friend on bike. The zoo opens at 9 AM. As the day progresses the cues for safari ride increases and you will lose your time waiting in the lines unnecessarily. As advised by people(result of my google search), we chose to go early and take safari ride first. We reached the park by 9:30, with a small break for breakfast in between.
Thanks to my pre-preparation, not many people were there, so we were saved from waiting in line for tickets. Ticket prices vary according to plan. we chose to take the best plan(available!!) The grand Safari which includes the entrance fee for zoo as well. Without wasting much time we were headed for the grand safari ride.

Vehicles ( swaraj majda or tempo ) were waiting for us to take us through the wilderness.

Contrary to the idea of the normal zoos, the wild animals are left in open jungle to roam freely during the day time so that they can feel comfortable in their skin and the visitors also can get a natural feel of the jungle with variety of wild species. As a precaution, the vehicles windows were all with iron meshes (for safety, in case anything goes wrong).

The ride started with a visit to bit friendly species, The Stags and Bisons, then to Bears who seem to have not come out of early morning's laziness, happily sitting on road which was laid for these vehicles to traverse. Save the few bears trying to caress each other or fight with each other!!


Forgot to mention that we could catch a front seat adjacent to driver, which gives us an excellent view from front as well as from the side. There are few kids around in the vehicle with their parents. The fact that kids are there, you are bounded to hear some oooos, aahhhhs and some

ooohhhsssss...

and parents struggling to answer their cute n stupid questions, and some parents telling them look hear .. look at the tiger... etc. We had a guide also (provided by zoo authorities along with the driver in the vehicle!!) who was updating us about whats gonna come next and where n which direction we need to look for what and also giving us some stats and history.


All these bears are all vegetarians who eat only fruits and sweet rice. There are about 160 bears over all in the zoo, but they leave only few of them out of the cages in to the open on each day. They leave all these animals batches wise, each day a different batch gets their chance as told by the guide.

As we went ahead, we were greeted by the king of the jungle, the lion, crossing the road in front of our vehicle to join his fellow beings who were playing in the grass across the road and then deciding against it, sat on the small wall toobserve the new creatures in the meshed vehicle!. There were about 5- 6 lions in their all splendor jumping on each other, teasing each other enjoying the openness of the surroundings.

Further ahead in the ride, were the Royal Bengal tigers, who were magnificent proving the grandeur of their clan. There were also rare white tigers who are no inferior to their colored ones. The park has good amount of these endangered species and watching them is a feast for the eyes.

As we moved along in the jungle,

passing the lush green trees, crossing the dangerous curves of the road, we were delighted to see the more cute and mini version of the these mighty animals. The tiger cubs with all their innocence playing in a closed space as their mother kept an eye at the surroundings guarding them. As we continued our wild journey, we could also see the lion cubs who seem to be taking little rest . There were also younger tigers( white and color ones, 2 months old as told by the guide) which are put inside cages.



In brief... the safari ride is an hour of ride into wilderness, gives a close look at Bisons, stags, bears, Lions, Bengal tigers, white tigers, tiger cubs and lion cubs. In essence its worth every penny you have spent. Remember to reach early in the morning to enjoy this ride, because as time progresses there will be very lengthy cues for this.

On your way out from the Safari ride, you will come across the Butterfly park. We got down here, we had to take separate tickets to get inside this. The park design is unique in its nature.

All the butterflies were kept in a circular building covered with a semi spherical dome, it had a big statue of the butterfly at the entrance of the building.

Inside the building there were many different kinds of flower plants, an artificial water fall, the water flowing in to a pond with different kinds of fishes in it and with a bridge on top of it. Overall ambiance was very natural, good, set up the ideal environment for the butterflies. There were many kinds of butterflies happily flying across the flower plants in the building.

However, i felt they could have had more variety of species as this park specifically dedicated for butterflies.Adjacent to this in a separate room, there were models of the wide variety of butterflies. And also, real display of different life stages of the butterflies like, pupa etc. There was also a video show showing the history of the butterflies.


If you have not seen many butterflies before, it gives you a chance to look at this wide collection. But if you have already seen before then this collection is not that WIDE!! As i am from a rural background, i had seen many varieties of butterflies before and i felt this is lacking diverse collection.

The last interesting thing left is the zoo. The zoo has many different species.
It has white and normal peacocks, snakes,pythons, hippos, cranes, ducks, birds, different kinds of parrots, pigeons, panthers, bears, elephants etc. this is is not the greatest of the zoos. It just has kind of sample of each species. This is a bit disappointing, they should have maintained a lot more variety of species. If you have not seen any zoos before then this should make you feel good.


In a Nut shell....

Attractions:
  • The Safari Ride
  • The Butterfly Park
  • The Zoo
  • Elephant Joy ride( mainly for kids)
How to reach:
  • Around 21 km from Bangalore city (Majestic).
  • Good Bus ( BMTC/Volvo) facility from majestic. Bus No: 365.
  • Your own mode of transport( personal vehicles ).
Best time to visit:
  • Any time in the year, Tuesday Holiday.
  • Reach early in the morning
  • Zoo Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM
Accessories required:
  • Take some food items, cool drinks, water bottles with you.
  • Zoo has some shops inside which sell not so healthy( junk food we call it!), ice cream etc. Out side the zoo there are few hotels, but eat at your own discretion.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and footwear as u need to walk considerable amount of distance to cover the zoo.

Final take:


Over all, The Safari ride is very good. butterfly park is good, the zoo is average. It makes a good half day trip inside Bangalore. Kids will love everything in this Banneraghatta national park. For adults, the Safari ride is the bright spot.

Google Map of the location: BanneraGhatta National park



Thursday, June 2

A thought can change the day

Single thought can change or shape the whole day. A thought usually triggers another thought leading to a chain of thoughts.If you start your day with a positive thought, that will trigger another positive thought and in turn leads to lot of positiveness in you. A positive thought makes you feel good, and another positive thought added to it increases that good feelings, which in turn makes you more energetic, confident and make you look forward for what the day has to offer for you. Even if you get few glitches in between, it won't effect you much as you will take them in right spirit and move ahead. This is because you are filled with positive energy because you started your day with a positive thought.

The same goes with the negative thoughts, If you start the day with a negative thought it will lead to more negative thoughts. In that process, you will become more depressed, will lose enthusiasm in life and become dull. It will have effect on each and everything you do on that day. It effects the relations with people you interact, your productivity etc. More importantly, it effects your own personality.

Negative thoughts are hazardous, positive thoughts are energy boosters.
Negative thoughts lead to the doom of the person, positive thoughts leads a person to greater heights.

Here is a small story to emphasise this point.
Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential.

The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes."
The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."
This simple short story provides one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways - negatively or positively.
Here, exactly the same words: "nobody wears shoes" are deciphered in totally different and opposite ways. This clearly proves how positiveness in a person can work wonders for him.

Positive thoughts develop positive attitude in a person, and this attitude is contagious! So always start a day with a positive thought and make your day fruitful.

Wednesday, March 16

A Gazillion things about me

Knowing oneself is an art, its not so easy to know thyself. Knowing your own-self helps you in many ways. It helps you in identifying your positives, negatives, strengths, weaknesses etc. Once you can identify all these, you can work on improving yourself by converting your weaknesses to strengths and negatives to your positives! Of course, it involves lot of dedication, determination . But first step for all this is to get to know yourself. So here I am making that first step.

What's your name→ Rajesh
Nicknames→ Batta
Height → 5'8”
Zodiac sign → Aries
Fantasy → want 2 be able t2 fly 2 anywhere like a hawk
Hair color → Black
Eye color → Black
Ever been in love? Yes
Do you have a crush on someone? → Yes,there can never be an upperbound on crush list.
Piercings → No
Tattoos → Love them, keeps getting temporary ones
Righty or lefty → Righty
Eating → hmm.. not a food lover
Drinking → tried, but didnt like the smell n the taste.. so decided against it..
I'm about to → Get up and go to pee
I get attracted 2 gals easily r do they....!

I am

I am a converted a vegetarian, have 2 c howlong i will remain
I am always interested to go to'places'.I am a traveler.
I am shy ,when it comes to talking to strangers
I am mean n stupid sometimes
I am never bitten by a dog till now.
I am an ardent fan of Sachin Tendulkar

I Like to

I like to get drenched in rain
I like eating ice cream when it rains
I like to look at the stars at night
I like my privacy

I wanna

I wanna learn swimming
I wanna sleep under the stars in a sea shore
I wanna have a real physique.lazy to work out, though i am not bad without!
I wanna Build ma dream house very soon
I wanna do sky-diving some day.
I wanna live life without any restrictions n boundaries like a free bird.

I Love

I Love photography
I Love to admire the beautiful creation of god → nature, people etc.
I love to cook, rather experiment!! :P
I love to watch Horror movies
I love chocolates

I hate

I hate getting up early
I hate it when people peep over when I am doing something.
i hate crying
I hate people who deceive and backbite

I don't

I don't trust strangers easily.
I don't wanna fall in love with anyone
I don't forgive easily.
I don't forget a favor

Favourate

sport → cricket
colors → blue purple
letter → S
actor(Male) → Hollywood → - Tom Cruise
actor(Female) → Hollywood → - Drew barrymore, Jessica alba, big list i say..
actor(Male) → Indian → - Kamal Hasaan.
actor(Female) → Indian → - yeah.. again hav a big list here!
Past time → Sleeping
Cricketer → Sachin Tendulkar

First

First piercing → Never
First sport you joined → Cricket
First pet → don't like pets
First concert → Never
First crush → well.. i don't even know the name of her! : P
First Book → Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

Last

Last beverage → Lime Soda
Last phone call → Sumanth, 60 mins ago
Last text message→ Neha
Last song you listened to→ some kannada song
Last time you cried/almost cried → two years back
Last meal → Andhra meals

Do I believe in

Myself → Always,Yes
Miracles → Yes
Love at first sight → no, hmm.. may be..
Heaven → yes n No
Peace in this lifetime→ I WISH
Kissing on the first date? → maybe/yes,. depends on the situation
Angels → YES

Have I ever

Been cheated on? → Yes
Kissed someone & regretted it? → No.
Lost someone special? → Yes
Been depressed?→ Yes
Been drunk and threw up? → Na


Have you laughed until you cried → yes.
Met someone who changed you → yes,many of them, that reflects in me
Had more than one boyfriend/girlfriend at one time in the past? → No
Do you have any pets → No, i dont like pets.
Do you want to change your name → No
Do you Want to get married ? → confused
What did you do for your last birthday → fun/Treat with friends.. awesome day..
What time did you wake up today – 9:00, its weekend yaar..
What were you doing at midnight last night→ Sleeping, for a change!!
Name something you CANNOT wait for → Meeting my old best buddies
Last time you saw your father → A month back
What is one thing you wish you could change about your life → Become less lazy!
Most visited webpage → Gmail, facebook,this blog
You will die Young→ Its not in my hands
You will end with the one you love and learn to love the one you are with – yeah I will.
Careers in mind? → wanted 2 pursue so many things, but finally became a brahmi(software engineer)
Lips or eyes → Eyes, which can c lips
Hugs or kisses→ Hugs,which can lead 2 kisses
Shorter or taller → Taller
Romantic or spontaneous → Spontaneously Romantic..
Sensitive or loud → Sensitive
Hook-up or relationship → relationship
Sex on first date → Na, there are better things todo.
Trouble maker or hesitant → Troublemaker
Kissed a stranger → Na...
Lost glasses/contacts → Nope
Broken someone's heart → Yes.
Had your own heart broken → No
Been arrested → No
Turned someone down → Yes
Cried when someone died → Yes
Cheated on a friend → Never, though have hurt
Felt Betrayed → yes
Felt happy after writing this → Yes, definitely.

Here I am.. could jot down many of it.. Wat say guys?!!


P.S → Would like to thank my friend Barath, for inspiring me to write this through his own post.