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2023 - The Year That Was

Places impact you for a variety of reasons. And the same place impacts different people in different ways. This is especially true when it comes to spiritual experiences, where every single person’s experience is unique. And personally, every spiritual experience is unique, the same person can have different deeply spiritual experiences at different places, at different times. This thought has emerged because of my own experiences over the years, but especially so this year, with different and unique experiences at various places I have visited recently. I began this year with a visit to Baroda (Vadodara) with friends. It was meant to be a relaxed trip, a touristy trip, with our sons. We enjoyed ourselves to the hilt, but the highlight of that trip was a visit to the Lakulisha temple at Pavagadh. It was the iconography of the temple that I connected with, and I spent a few hours simply lost in the details of the figures carved around the temple. There was an indefinable connect with


We noticed this insect just because it jumped as Samhith was trying to pick up a stone! Otherwise we wouldn't even have known it was there! Any idea about which insect it is?


  1. Nice picture but I have no idea what the insect is.

  2. I cant identify it... but I like the way.. you've clicked a pic of this little thing and made him a celebrity.. :-)

  3. Don't know the name of the insect Anu.

    Can see, however, the deception because of the similarity in colors to its background. I guess that's what they mean by camouflage!?

  4. May be one belonging to grasshopper family.......

  5. We saw a rock agama brilliantly camouflaged against the colourless rock in Nandi hills recently..will find out reg the insect

  6. This is brilliant! I wouldn't have called it an insect had you not mentioned it. it looks more like a crooked root.

    No idea what it is. Though it seems like a shorter grasshopper/cricket variety. These guys are experts in camouflaging. So, I am assuming that this insect is related to them.

  7. That is a cricket.
    Brown version of grasshopper.

  8. @Mridula: thanks.... I wouldnt even have realised it was one, but it jumped :)

    @Patty: :) I never thought of it that way... but then again... wonder if it would know, what would it think???

    @Celine: Absolutely! I used the pic to explain the word to my son!

    @Chitra: yes, it did look like that....

    @Lakshmi: Isnt it amazing, the kind of things we see these days now that we carry a camera around, and look for things to shoot??? I never even noticed them before!

    @Indrani: thanks a lot! u seem to be the only one who has any idea about the insect....

  9. @Sankara: you were right! Indrani just commented that it was the cricket variety! and even i wouldnt have realised that it was an insect... just cause it jumped i managed to notice it... and thankfully it stayed still long enough for me to take a pic!

  10. Damn, i was looking for the insect in the picture and then realised i was staring right through it... :)

    What a camouflage...yep, i also think its a cricket family insect only.. Amazes me to think God thought so deep to create such mysterious creatures as well ..

    Samhith must've been intrigued... :))

  11. Well spotted and neat image...Thomas

  12. Good shot...but don't know what the insect is....

  13. it does look like a cricket from this angle...

  14. Once in the area I was studying there was a locust storm and I was also a volunteer in the campaign to eradicate them. The creature you have photographed looks like that very monster!. Good shot.


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