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It is really funny to see how so many of the Indian politicians are suffering from the foot in the mouth disease. Each one seems to be suffering more from the other. One after the other they have been doing the same over the past decade. For somebody following Indian politics it has been one hilarious decade to say the least.

The latest statement coming from Salman Khurshid who has stated “Headley would’ve got longer jail term in India”. What he did not say is that it would have taken 35 years to hand the sentence to Headley in India going by the cases pending in India (with Kasab being an exception).

Visited the Metropolitan Park in Quito, Ecuador on Saturday. Had a potluck party in the park. We were expected to leave our places by 10:30, but overcast skies meant that people dilly dallied and looked for ways and means to squiggle away from the visit. Also the whole week at sharp 3:00 PM it had been raining and the whole days had been cloudy and gloomy.
But finally at 11:30 all decided to take the plunge, especially after all the food that had prepared, it had to be consumed.
One family was already in the park by 10:30. This was the only family to have a vehicle of its own. So we took taxis to the gate of the park from where the lunches were packed into the car of this family along with the ones who did not want to walk it up to the place where we were supposed to gather. This place was about half a kilometer away.
The park is more of woods than a full fledged park. There are clearings in the woods which are like mini parks within the woods.
The woods are full of trees of different kinds, but predominated by Eucalyptus trees. There is also a variety of flowering plants that one can see. They do not seem be grown or manicured, but they are just there.
One thing that seems missing in the park are birds. There is a dearth of birds in the park. There are very few birds in the park. In fact in whole of Quito there are hardly any birds for some reason. The birds that are there are also not easy to sight as they are too few.
It is a good place to go to over the weekend or holiday and let the children play in the various amusements for the children and relax a bit.
The park itself is at an elevation above the city and from one side of the park one can see the Cumbaya Valley as that side is at an elevation compared to theĀ  valley. And one can see the mountains beyond the Valley. It is an enchanting view.
One can also see Llamas grazing in some parts of the wood. There is a sort of lake in the park. But again devoid of any visible life in it. There may be fishes, but it was not visible as the lake itself was fenced off.
Overall the day was spent roaming around the place where we had our lunch and the children played to the heart’s content.
On the way back we decided to hike it down to the city. Only after taking the plunge did everybody realize it was not as easy as it looked like. The path is not a smooth one and one had to walk quite a bit and by the time we reached the city and our destination, everybody was dog tired.
But it was a day well spent and worth the trip.

Some photographs from the trip.

Llama grazing

Son Surya and Wife Aruna overlooking the Cumbaya valley

One of the several dogs that were romping around the park drinking water from the pipe.

A strange flower that looks like leaves. Or are they leaves in a flower like pattern?

It had rained in the morning and so all the flowers had drops of water on it.

A Yoga loving flowers doing Shirsasan

A Vista in the park.

The Valley of Cumbaya

An attempt at extreme close up.
The College Functions of 1988 – 89 at Pondicherry Engineering College.

Arvind Singing

Somebody help me identify the troupe.

Some Dance
Paul Kurien and Arvind

Paul Kurien and Ravi Teja Verma gave a demo of Judo and then this mock fight was staged between Kurien and Arvind, picked up only because of his bulk.

Our Micheal Jackson and Troupe, Performing BAD

The gang of villians comprising of Vineet Nigam, Rupak Saha, R.R. Maurya, ? and Anjan trying to harass the Cute one. The cute one trying to look a cute and harassed girl is S.K. Singh.

The Clash between the Hero and Villian. Hero trying to rescue the damsel in distress

S.K Singh as the damsel in distress. Nitin Meshram as the Saviour Hero and Vineet Nigam as the Villian. The other villians are the background.

A Troupe of Dancers

Somebody help me identify them.

The most popular singer of our era, Narayanan also known as Mama and his troupe.
The future Computer Engineers trying their vocal chords.
Left to Right: Lalitha, ?, Calaiselvi, ?, ?, ?, ?
A group enjoying the waterfalls

Top Row ?,?,Pramod, Santanu Kumar Misra, Ramanan?,
Sitting: Paul Kurien, ?, ?

One more Troupe.