Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Tagged at last!

Here is the reply to Priya's tag; Thought it would be boring but seemes interesting as I started doing it:

*Last movie you saw in a theater - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Good movie in terms of Sets and camera, and some comedy scenes.

*What book are you reading - The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho..

*Favorite board game - My favorite would be Scrabble,then there is the native game of Kavidi played with shells and stones..

*Favorite smells - the aroma of fried fish.. preferably Karimeen pollichath(Pearl spot flamed)..

*Favorite sound - Back in Mysore, my day begins with the record " Thava Suprabhatham" by M.S Subbalakshmi.. I am quite fond of the whooshing sound produced by the tires on wet roads.. ever heard it, if not try next time!

*Worst feeling in the world - Loneliness/Boredom/Loss... Loneliness and boredom-two feelings that are quite interconnected. Former leads to the latter.
Loss of someone, something I like jostles my mind for a pretty longer time and than usual.

*What is the first thing you think of when you wake up - Am I early?!

*Favorite fast food place - Mukund Sweets Shop,Gokulam Mysore. Excellent Bhel puri and sevv puri!!
Hari(ma bro) at Mukunds'...

*Future child's name - something that starts with letters M or N... or S.The letter A is too risky( would be probably the first ten names of roll call in the class he/she joins and that means inviting trouble!!)

*Finish this statement. "If I had a lot of money, I'd" - pick up the best cruiser bike available and go on a world trip. And when that's done, Its time for a beautiful villa on the Atlantic shore with windows overlooking the sea, where in I sit on my recliner reading some books, taking sips from a mug of Cognac or Gin. For long term, I would invest some in shares of Google.

*Do you drive fast - Do I? Well, hmmm... yes! I do!! And the adrenaline rush that accompanies gives me the high!

*Do you sleep with a stuffed animal - how dare someone call my brother a stuffed animal?!( We share a bed..) :)

*Storms - Cool or scary - Cool.. and specially when I'm on my cruiser..

*What was your first car- Owned?- Not one yet!

*Favorite drink - Strong tea( Canteen special :) ), Gin

*Finish this statement. "If I had the time, I would..." - waste it so that I have just the needed time for the purpose of life.. I keep my spirits high, and believe that anything and everything is achievable even if the step towards it is taken at a late hour. But the success would come only where hard work shows!

*Do you eat the stems on broccoli? - What a question! I eat everything except Cabbage..

*If you could dye your hair any color, what would be your choice? - A light brown.. preferably near ear and temple.

*Name all the different cities/towns you have lived in - Thrissur, Thiruvananthapuram and Mysore.

*Favorite sports to watch - Football and Snooker.

*One nice thing about the person who sent this to you - A charming lady and a great friend to be..

*What's under your bed? - poltergeists!!

*Would you like to be born as yourself again? - Yup no doubt.

*Morning person or night owl - Night owl, more of night watchman!

*Over easy or sunny side up - Over easy.

*Favorite place to relax - My warm bed.

*Favorite pie - Greek.. sounds romantic..

*Favorite ice cream flavor - Vanilla with chocolate wafers.

Of all the people you tagged this to, who is most likely to respond first? - Wild guess, perhaps Remiletan, Bristow or Rohit..

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Randy Pausch: The Enlightning Flame parts..

To all readers

Dr. Randy Pausch
, the legendary Virtual Reality expert passed away on Friday, July 25th,08.
Express my true heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Read more:
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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Signs of Monsoon

Rain, rain go away come again another day!... goes the rhyme..
Its been about a month since Monsoons have started in Kerala and yet the downpour has been on a drastically low scale. The cold mornings of July n Aug are yet to come it seems!
The first rain brings with it the eruption of numerous cute little towers in and around, fondly called mushrooms. Well, frankly I hadn't been able to sight even a single mush till today, this season.
Today was the lucky day, I guess.
The pics show a large group of tiny mushrooms I found near steps to my friends' hostel. These looked real cute and were quite fluffy to touch!
Don't know why, but sometimes the smallest and the least significant things make us feel good, and makes one feel and admire the diversity the One above has bestowed on the planet. I don't know how many of you share these thoughts, but I, for one, somehow felt quite cheerful seeing those new lives taking shape abiding the law of nature.Imagery of clear guilt that came to my mind was how we, humans, were destroying this perfect harmony and balance between life and still...

Message: When thoughts haunt you, and mind succumbs to waves of depressing gusts, look around you for the tiniest form of life- something that strives to make others happy, something that perishes in moments yet does what its purpose of living was... to enchant those who can feel the pain, and the joy imbibed in every pain, the ones who could still laugh after every sad moment and those who could carry a gleam of hope resident in the most depressing of moments... seeking out to let the good happen...
Buzzing off

Friday, July 11, 2008

Red Ribbon Express: A Welcoming Initiative

The day began with all the noises of daily chores. In case you've forgotten, I've my parents and family living with me now! But does that mean I am gonna change what I've been for the last two years? Nah!

Ready and reached college for the news that classes have been suspended. And the reason was the arrival of Red Ribbon Express at Shornur Railway Station, about 40 km from Thrissur.The Red Ribbon Express was launched by the ministries of Health and Railway to travel across the nation and throw light on the causes and treatment for HIV and AIDS.

We reached Shornur Railway terminal by 12 noon. And whoa! The queue of visitors to the train was about a km long - twisting, turning and spiraling across the entire platform. The patient wait began as we were determined to see the train and the stuff inside after having travel over 40kms just for it.

At about 1p.m our end of the queue reached entry doors. There were volunteers from various non-profit organizations ,devoted to the treatment of AIDS, distributing pamphlets and stickers on general awareness about the most dreaded disease of this century.
What amused me was the street play by some professional artists who were also volunteers for the cause. Presented with a gist of humor, the play highlighted ignorance of our society regarding safe sexual practices and birth control. The play went on to female foeticides and I could see some faces surprised to hear that foeticide is an criminal offense punishable under law.

The train was totally Malayalified(all writings and explanations were being done in Malayalam). There were illustrious banners and posters on contraceptives, family planning and birth control. While one section dealt with the importance of checking quality of blood while undergoing a transfusion, another was about the safety of disposable syringes.

A map of our nation with red, white and green LEDs on it indicated the concentration of HIV/AIDS patients in various regions. The map was a clear indication of how education is related to health conditions and social outlook about a disease, that could be prevented if necessary precautions were taken.

Also under display were some medical specimen a glimpse of which i leave here.
Blessed are those souls(like mine!) who aren't doctors!
The train was definitely a new experience, and a look at the crowd could easily make one comprehend the results of such an initiative. kudos to the Railways and the Ministry of Health for this venture..