Showing posts with label Prashant Bhandare Photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Prashant Bhandare Photography. Show all posts

27 September 2016


So artistic - The alignment of the spices by a roadside vendor!
Picture Courtesy: Prashant Bhandare

22 June 2016

Dhakke - Mangalore's Fishing Dock

Dhakke, the Fishing Dock of Mangalore is near the old Mangalore Port. For a devoted fishiterian me, this place holds a special place. Though, I haven’t visited this place while I was staying in Mangalore for reasons obvious. Parents would take care of feeding us and the place stinks of fish but the fresh catch of the day would taste scrumptious.
Few days back we had a gathering at home and we had to buy Fish. So we planned for an early morning drive to Dhakke. Well, it didn’t turn out to early morning though. We were at Dhakke around 07:30 in the morning and the business was already in full swing with the auctions to movement of fishes to the tempos and trucks and offloading the fishes from the boats. There were crates and crates of fishes all over.
Few pictures from my visit to Dhakke and you will get to decide about this place.. stinky but lively..

Sunday Mornings at Dakke

Fishes and the buyers


Fish Baskets

Weighing Prawns

Assorted ones

Crabs in Mass 

 Again the assorted ones
 Me buying big crabs
 Kane (Lady Fish) - One of the tastiest fish

 Crates and Baskets

 Lonely King Prawn

P.S: Pics clicked on iPhone, courtesy Prashant Bhandare

13 June 2016



Mangalorean Jasmine with a pleasant fragrance which does not give headache unlike other jasmine variety and knotted using the thread pulled from the banana steam. And these Abboli aka Firecracker flowers are so vibrant with their enchanting colours. Just could not admire watching these flowers, they make my day.
Different shades of Abboli-Mallige


29 April 2016

Friday Gyan: The missing watch

There once was a farmer who discovered that he had lost his watch in the barn. It was no ordinary watch because it had sentimental value for him.

After searching high and low among the hay for a long while; he gave up and enlisted the help of a group of children playing outside the barn. He promised them that the person who found it would be rewarded.

Hearing this, the children hurried inside the barn, went through and around the entire stack of hay but still could not find the watch. Just when the farmer was about to give up looking for his watch, a little boy went up to him and asked to be given another chance. 

The farmer looked at him and thought, "Why not? After all this kid looks sincere enough." So the farmer sent the little boy back in the barn. After a while the little boy came out with the watch in his hand! The farmer was both happy and surprised and so he asked the boy how he succeeded where the rest had failed.

The boy replied, "I did nothing but sit on the ground and listen. In the silence, I heard the ticking of the watch and just looked for in that direction."

A peaceful mind can think better than a worked up mind. Allow a few minutes of silence to your mind every day, and see, how sharply it helps you to set your life the way you expect it to be!

11 March 2016

Friday Gyan: Shake it off and step up

This parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule praying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, HE WOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP!

This he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step up...Shake it off and step up...Shake it off and step up...!" He repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness or self-pity...the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us! So whatever has happened in your life and whatever is going on right now, try to SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP...

8 March 2016

Happy Women's Day!

Women...You’ve Got Everything To Take The World In Your Stride

Few flicks of the women of substance. #OneDayIWill see that there is no gender stereotyping, discrimination of any sort between the two genders - Men or Women.  #HappyWomen'sDay

Happy Women's Day!!!

4 March 2016

Friday Gyan: Patience and Persistence

When we are demotivated, a little positive push is required. Here's the Friday Gyan to keep you all motivated. Be motivated and motivate others.

PC: Prashant Bhandare
In an Indian temple, when the priest had gone for lunch, the Idol of the Lord and the Stepping Stone (stone used as a step) were conversing. 

Stepping Stone: What a good fate you have. We both were the same lump of rock for millions of years. The sculptor carved an idol out of you and everyone is worshipping you. Look at me, I am a stepping stone and every one stands on me and stamps on. What kind of life is this?

The Idol kept smiling and never bothered to answer this now and then routine murmur from the stepping stone. But the stepping stone will never stop his constant bickering.

The Idol replied: But do you remember that when the sculptor set out to carve an idol, it was you he chose, first. You were so impatient. In one strike, you broke into two. But when he tried on me, I grinned and bore all the hammers and chisel strikes with PATIENCE. Here I am the worshipful and happy Idol and you are the Stepping Stone.

The difference between success and failure is patience and persistence!

World Wildlife Day!

Today’s World Wildlife Day! 

Conserve nature and protect wildlife, making them comfortable in their environment. Few days back in Bangalore, there was an entry of Leopard into a school or vice versa there was a school in the Leopard’s environment. In the last few years Bangalore is developing drastically resulting in destroying the forest, cutting down the trees; moreover we have scorching hot summer, no rainfall, absolutely no winter in the last few years.

Wildlife, they need their environment and isn't it our responsibility to conserve nature bit by bit? 

PC: Prashant Bhandare

12 February 2016

Friday Gyan: Poisoning Mother-in-law

During Lunch Break, Mother in Law will be the centre of attraction in my office cafeteria. And the ladies everywhere find so much joy in venting out their frustration by cribbing over the lunch. Somehow, they need to take this out. I've even witnessed words like I want to kill her but I don't want to go to jail kind of statements and my mother in law somehow wants to get rid of me but she doesn't know how to kind of statements. Well, they don't mean it but this is the level of frustration with them. Well, it's kind of entertainment for us who are not privileged to stay with our Mother in laws. We have a good laugh. 

Since, I used to share weekly Friday Gyan's earlier and now being intermittent with these gyan's, here's this weeks Friday Gyan dedicated to all those ladies. Enjoy the gyan:

Poisoning Mother-in-law

Long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married and went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn’t get along with her mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law’s habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.

Moreover, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing the poor husband great distress. Unable to stand her mother-in-law’s bad temper and dictatorship Li-Li decided to see her father’s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all. Mr. Huang thought for a while, and finally said, “Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you.”. Lily nodded and accepted his request.

Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, “I am giving you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. To avoid suspicion, you must act very friendly towards her. Don’t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen.”

Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to plan her plot. Weeks went by, months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother. After six months, the whole household had changed.

Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She never had an argument in six months with her mother-in-law, who now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with. The mother-in-law’s attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love her like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. They both were treating each other like a real mother and daughter. Li-Li’s husband was very happy to see all this.

Li-Li started feeling bad about poisoning her. So she went to see Mr. Huang to ask his help once again. She said, “Mr. Huang, please help me to stop the poison from killing my mother-in-law! She’s changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her.”

Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head. “Li-Li, there’s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her.”

We take quick and random decisions in life based on our prejudices and judgments, most of which we end up regretting later and wish if we could not have done them. Letting go of a negative attitude, however hard it may be, can help us turn things around better down the line. Always keep a positive attitude and a proper state of mind while you take important decisions in your life. And remember to treat people with love and care because you always get treated by the way you treat others... 

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