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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

Termite hills / Termite mounds

There is something fascinating about termite hills or termite mounds, (ant hills as we usually call them).  You don't agree? Well, most of my family doesn't either, except Samhith of course! He has the same fascination for these huge settlements built with nothing but mud, and stops every time he sees one!

Tirupati abounds in these termite hills - the Lord himself is said to have appeared in one, so undoubtedly there is something special about them!

Well, we have seen many ant hills, some small, some even bigger than me.... See this one we photographed in the Zoo... Its about 5 feet high!



We have often wondered what it would be like, inside this hill. It is believed that snakes live there too.... whether before or after the termites, I am not sure..... However, this time, the zoo not just gave us the opportunity to see some caged wild animals, but also some un-caged ones, among which were some termites - the hill had broken, probably thanks to some careless tourists - but we were able to see inside it as the termites swarmed all over! While I waved Samhith away and asked him to watch from afar, my mom wondered what attraction the repulsive creatures had for me..... as to my sister, you should have seen the expression on her face when I showed her these pics.... Now, tell me what you think about them!




To know more about termites, click on the following links.

http://www.termite-pictures.com/index.html


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Termite


http://hubpages.com/hub/Termites
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Comments

  1. wow wonderful pics
    you should get a job with National geographic!!

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  2. Lovely, the pictures are lovely Anu! Hope your sister reads your post :D

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  3. Lovely, the pictures are lovely Anu! Hope your sister reads your post :D

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  4. Beautiful images... Looks a whole kingdom!!

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  5. This world is full of innovative creatures!! Termite hill of 5ft!!! Lots of hard work by these tiny creatures with absolutely zero tool support. These structures are quite strong too. Infact the early day homes of Kerala had the same kind of walls (mud walls).
    Happy new year to you and your family !!!!

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  6. ha ha.. Samhith sounds like me- filled with curiousity :)))

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  7. @ssstoryteller: thanks so much, sowmya.. your comments brighten up my day!! now, if only the NatGeo people would think like you :)

    @Mridula: thanks.. usually she does, but she's really busy now, so should remind her to take a look!

    @Arti: thanks.....it is indeed an entire kingdom!

    @subu.ps: so true! i read somewhere that forts were inspired by such anthills...

    @Team G square: thanks...

    @Aarti: oh he is!!

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  8. Very interesting information. I simply loved your post.

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