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ImageDinu
Mar 23, 2010 10:32 PM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
Hello and welcome to my first thread here on Cubits.

I must first tell you where Mysore is situated. 12-18' N latitude, 76-42' E longitude (I don't know how to use the 'degree symbol' for those 12 and 76), at the north-western base of Chamundi Hill and is 2525 feet above sea level and built in a valley formed by two ridges running north and south (of course it has expanded vastly in recent decades, far beyond the valley).

Climate is bracing and healthy (of course traffic pollution slightly negates this), neither not too hot in summer nor too cold in winter - summer max. will be around 38 C and winter min. being around 12 at its coldest, though it stops at 14 in ordinary winters. Both the monsoons affect Mysore during the period July to September, but climate remains agreeable. The salubrious climate has made Mysore a crowded place in recent years. People that have come in and made Mysore their home are quite large which has made the city more crowded. Original Mysore even 4-5 decades back was a laid back city with a calm life. All that has changed now - what is wrongly called as development! I call it its deterioration! Yet, it still remains a better city compared to other metropolises, esp. Bangalore, its 'elder sister'!

Archaeological records reveal that the city's antiquity goes back to the 10th century, if not earlier. The city was earlier known as 'Maisur-nad' as found in some 11th and 12th century inscriptions. The story goes that two Princes from west India visit the area in the 14th century and fall in love with the beauty of the town and settle there. Situations arise that one of them become the ruler of Mysore and that was the beginning of a dynasty that ruled Mysore until 1972 with the Govt. withdrew the privy purse, though the present scion of the Royal Family still lives in the Palace, which is Mysore's signature monument.

Let me begin with this much and an old picture of the Palace. Will post more as the thread grows!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mysore. This is the Wikipidea ref.

Dinu

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Imagehaighr
Mar 26, 2010 3:43 PM CST
Name: Candee Gaye
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Spectacular! This is going to be great reading Dinu!
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ImageDinu
Apr 1, 2010 9:04 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
The attached picture is Mysore's trademark transport vehicle! Of course now their numbers are dwindling but the local administration is trying to do something to keep them going esp, during Mysore's annual festival - The Dasara, when they are decorated and used for hiring. They are popular among tourists and local alike. When I was young, in the 60s to be precise, we used to have them in great numbers before the petrol driven three-wheelers came in as alternate to buses. This is called the "Mysore Tonga". It has some variants in different parts of our country, but this design is typical of Mysore's. I'll see if I have a picture with people and the 'mahut' in it.

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Imageadinamiti
Apr 1, 2010 3:36 PM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
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Dinu, welcome! Congratulations, you have your own Cubit! Great information and pictures! Looking forward for more.

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Apr 6, 2010 7:21 PM CST
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Dinu,
Great start on your cubit! I am enjoying reading your posts. Keep them coming.
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Apr 6, 2010 10:33 PM CST
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I joined your Cubit, Dinu! Looking forward to your travelogue!
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Apr 6, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Dinu! How great to see you here.
ImageDinu
Apr 8, 2010 8:11 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
Wow nice to see you too here! Thanks for coming in - hope you enjoy the posts in this cubit. Hope I'm doing things right here!

The attached picture is from our newspaper and this happened in Bangalore at a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman (Monkey God, as depicted in our Great Epic Ramayana). Humans fail to turn off the public taps while the monkeys have learnt to open the tap, drink and then close it after it gets quenched. It is amazing how they have observed people do it and then learnt to do on their own. Earlier, some years ago, we used to have this monkey menace at home and they would open taps in the yard - garden - and then go - sometimes when the water supply was not there at that time it would stay open and we were oblivious to it and then when water was supplied after midnight, it would go waste. Those were days when water scarcity was not much. Now every drop of it is like liquid gold, which the monkeys seem to have realized quicker than homo sapiens!!

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Apr 12, 2010 9:41 PM CST
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I love it! This is a great Cubit!
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Apr 12, 2010 9:45 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Love the "Tale" of the Monkey and the water faucet. Dinu, I see some VERY interesting and fun "articles" coming from you in Mysore. I've enjoyed your Tales and stories of your homeland.
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Apr 15, 2010 2:18 PM CST
Name: Celia
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Dinu! So glad you could make it here! I am enjoying every word!

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Apr 15, 2010 3:28 PM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
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Dinu, such a touching story!
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Apr 18, 2010 4:19 PM CST
Name: Maridell
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Nice to see you here Dinu. I have enjoyed your posts in the past at DG and look forward to seeing more here. Smiling
ImageDinu
May 23, 2010 10:48 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
merigold,
Just saw the link. Thanks. I'm rather erratic in my visits to cubits. Still have to get the hang of things - it is taking lots of time.

A bulbul caught a butterfly.

Dinu

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May 23, 2010 1:05 PM CST
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Dinu! That is a cool looking bird....
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ImageDinu
May 25, 2010 12:16 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
This is the same location as the first picture's. The palace as you see here was destroyed in a fire accident in 1897 as most of it was wooden. This picture is from 1890 probably taken during some occasion. Mysore Troops later contributed their mite in the WW1.

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ImageZencat
May 25, 2010 8:24 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah
What a neat contrast. It's sad the building was destroyed.
ImageAguane
May 25, 2010 9:27 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
Wonderful to know the heritage of your city, Dinu! I've always wanted to visit India.... sigh* someday!
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ImageDinu
May 26, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore
Gardening is a Divine Excercise
A popular sari shop. It tests hubbies' patience when wives enter this place!

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