Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vani Vilasa Sagara

Much before KRS dam was constructed, the erstwhile Mysore state had built a huge dam in another part of the state. The reservoir created by the dam is picturesque and could potentially be a wonderful tourist spot. 

Vani Vilasa Sagar is a reservior created by the dam of the same name in Hiriyur Taluk of Chitradurga district in Karnataka. The dam is also known as Mari Kanive and is built across River Vedavati. It was built by the erstwhile rulers of Mysore state, the Wodeyars. Initiated by Dewan Seshadri Iyer, the construction of dam was started in August 1898 and it took 9 years to complete it in August 1907. The dam is named after the Queen Regent of that time Sri Vani Vilasa Sannidhana(mother of Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar after whom KRS is named). The dam is a major water source for Chitradurga town and irrigates the Hiriyur and Challakere taluks.

The machines for the dam gates have been imported from England, just like in KRS, from a company called Ransomes & Rapiers Limited of Ipswich.
The river downstream from the dam

Windmills on the hills adjacent to the reservoir.

Stairs for viewpoint
The reservoir could be a wonderful spot for water sports and can be developed as a tourism circuit along with Chitradurga fort.

Location : 13.887311, 76.489596
Getting there : From Bangalore, take NH4 upto Hiriyur. Take the Hosadurga road from Hiriyur town. Vani vilasa sagara is around 20kms from Hiriyur.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

GAE integration with BlazeDS in Eclipse

Let me write down the steps for integrating BlazeDS with Google App Engine in Eclipse. Before that here is the list of things you will need.

1)Eclipse 3.3(I use this one, any other version should also be fine provided you have other plugins)
2)Flex Builder 3 plugin for eclipse
3)BlazeDS files(JARs and XMLs)
4)Google App Engine plugin for eclipse

Ok lets get started...
Create a Google App Engine Project. Enable Flex Nature for it.
Put project_name/war folder for Root Folder in Flex Builder configuration for the project.
Root URL : The URL where the Google App is running.
Root Context : Leave it blank.

Make sure you are running the server and validate the configuration.

Copy the XMLs from BlazeDS Project into WEB-INF/flex folder, heres the list of them


Copy the JARs into WEB-INF/lib folder, heres the list.

Add xalan.jar also as I had faced the servlet initialisation problem without it.
MessageBrokerServlet failed to initialize due to runtime exception: Exception: java.lang.RuntimeException: XPathFactory#newInstance() failed to create an XPathFactory for the default object model:


to the appengine-web.xml

Add AMF Servlet to the web.xml

Make sure you have war/classes/META-INF/jdo-config.xml

Disable JMX by making the value false in services-config.xml

Disable the system redeploy by making the value 'false' in services-config.xml
Enabling this creates a thread when you redeploy the application, which is not allowed by GAE

These steps are enough to have the Application running.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Vegetarian Food in Malaysia

I just wanted to document the availability of vegetarian food in Malaysia. Its not at all difficult to find vegetarian food in Malaysia as 10% of Malaysians are of Indian origin.


In Kuala Lumpur, there are lots of vegetarian restaurants(mostly Indian, rarely Chinese), which are 100 % vegetarian.There are lots of other Indian restaurants providing both non-veg and veg. They are predominantly south indian restaurants.
What is interesting to note is that,some vegetarian restaurants have mushroom also in their menu, some even have Vegetarian Chicken,Mutton etc...which are made out of soya.
The most prominent places where you will find these veg restaurants are Masjid India,Lebuh Ampang(both near Masjid Jamek LRT station) and Brickfields(near KL Sentral). Prominent ones being Sangeetha and Saravana Bhavan(Hotel chains from chennai).
Maggi noodles available here contain chicken fat, so that option is ruled out. Some other instant noodles(100%veg) are available but they contain MSG,not a healthy option unless you are starving.It is easy to get provisions for indian cooking easily here.
Milk is available in cartons in all Seven-Eleven Shops. You can also buy it from the restaurants.

Melaka, Seremban, Penang and all the big cities should have vegetarian restaurants usually near the Little Indias. There is WoodLands and Ananda Bahwan(The spelling is correct) in Georgetown.

I did not find any pure veg restaurants in Sungai Petani.
There is none in Pulau Redang(Redang Island). I survived by eating bread and jam, which I had carried along from KL.
You may find some Indian restaurants in Kuala Terengganu but serves both veg and non-veg.
There is one Indian restuarant in Genting HighLands which serves both veg and non-veg.

There is not much option when you go out of Kuala Lumpur. McDonald outlets are everywhere and you can survive eating just french fries.

Note: Found out after writing this post that you can get lot more information in this website


whats your blog called?whats the link?

Saturday, September 15, 2007


Thorapalli, 10 km from Hosur in Krishnagiri district is a small village but has great importance in the indian history. It is the birthplace of India's first and last Governor General C. RajaGoplachari.

Rajaji was born and brought up here in this village. The house where he lived is still there and is mainatained by the Govt of TamilNadu.The house has been turned into a memorial.A bust of the leader has been installed. The memorial houses a library and a gallery of pictures, capturing interesting moments in Rajaji's life.
There is also a temple besides the memorial. The village is situated on the banks of river South Pinakini(Palar).

It can be reached from the town of hosur.Take NH-7 towards krishnagiri from hosur, till you reach perandapalli. Turn right here, you will find a big welcome arch with letters in Tamil, welcoming you to the birthplace of Rajaji. It is 3 kms from here.

View of River Dakshina Pinakini from the village

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Medicinal Plants

Here is a list of medicinal plants of India with their Sanskrit and Botanical Names and the remedies. Hope it helps somebody.


Botanical Name



Adhatoda zeylanica



Lawsonia inumis

Cracks in the foot,heat

Japa Pushpa

Hibiscus Rosa Senensis

Irregular menstruation


Withania Somnifera

General Weakness


Basella alba

Mouth Ulcer, Heat


Azardichta indica

Scabies,worms in stomach


Ocimum tensiflorum

Common cold


Aloe barbadensis

Cuts,sore eye,excess menstrual bleeding, white discharge


Tinospora Cordifolia

Fever, lack of immunity


Punica granatum



Citrus limon

Stomach ache


Psidium gujava

Tooth ache


Asparagus racemosus

Increasing lactation


Bacopa monnieri

Memory improvement


Eclipta prostrata

Hair growth

Sunday, December 31, 2006

y the name sixty four arts???

THE part of the Kama Shastra, which treats of sexual
union, is also called `Sixty-four' (Chatushshashti). Some
old authors say that it is called so, because it contains
sixty-four chapters. Others are of opinion that the author
of this part being a person named Panchala, and the
person who recited the part of the Rig Veda called
Dashatapa, which contains sixty-four verses, being also
called Panchala, the name `sixty-four' has been given to
the part of the work in honour of the Rig Vedas. The
followers of Babhravya say on the other hand that this
part contains eight subjects, viz. the embrace, kissing,
scratching with the nails or fingers, biting, lying down,
making various sounds, playing the part of a man, and the
Auparishtaka, or mouth congress. Each of these subjects
being of eight kinds, and eight multiplied by eight being
sixty-four, this part is therefore named `sixty-four'. But
Vatsyayana affirms that as this part contains also the
following subjects, viz. striking, crying, the acts of a man
during congress, the various kinds of congress, and other
subjects, the name `sixty-four' is given to it only
accidentally. As, for instance, we say this tree is
`Saptaparna', or seven-leaved, this offering of rice is
`Panchavarna', or five-coloured, but the tree has not seven
leaves, neither has the rice five colours.

Friday, November 24, 2006


Here is a glimpse of Kanakapura road- Bannerghatta road section of peripheral ring road which is a part of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project.