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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...


Jakkur lake - full of life

The scenic Jakkur lake is lush and brimming with life after the rains that has been lashing Bangalore for the last few weeks. 
Here's a photo tour...



Eurasian Coot...



Purple-rumped Sunbird...



Green bug...


Black-velvet Leatherleaf slug...


Flower of Gum Arabic tree/babul...



A male Baya Weaver was busy grooming...


Male Baya Weaver...





 Common Coot...








This tree produces a lot of Flying Spaghetti Monsters...


Tridax daisy...


Macro of a Tropical leatherleaf slug...










Spot-billed Pelican...


Tridax Daisy...


Blue-tailed Damselfly mating...





Blue-tailed Damselfly...





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