Thursday, April 28, 2005

updates......

jus a quick happenings from my side....

-- Got my new specs today, so am back to my full potential.. able to enjoy all the beauties outside :))

-- Tomorrow we've got a function at our office, so had been arranging alot of things for that... was part of the coordinating committee.. will be a fun event with dance, skits, songs, and snacks too :))

-- Got drenched completely in the rain day-before-yesterday... was raining heavily here in Bangalore... And now, my throat is back to form, showing signs of cracking again... :((

-- Saw the Chelsea vs Liverpool Champions League first leg semifinal match Live last night... Ended in a goalless draw :( My friend predicted it'll be a 0-0 draw. I fought with him in the end... :((

-- Lastly, looking forward for the weekend college Alumni meeting @ B'lore. Most of my college batchmates, juniors and seniors are attending... so, anticipating it to be a good get-together, meeting lots of friends after a long time...

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad...

Today is the Wedding Anniversary of my parents.... so, here I wish them thro' my blogs....

Acchan and amma.... These wishes are specially for you....

Wish You A Very Happy Anniversary
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad....

Monday, April 25, 2005

weekend, F1 and movies...

Seems its the season of cold and cough.. most of my friends over here has got cold and also seeing the comments of my prev posting, there r quite few all over India..
After a good weekend's rest, am back to normal.... :)

Weekend highlights:

- Played cricket (have started to play every weekend, jus to keep myself fit)
- Watched F1 (atlast, after a long time a good race filled with lots of action)
- Had a very good long chat with my friends studying abroad after a long time
- Roamed around with my friends, did some shopping
- Went to Pizza hut with my friend (I love pizzas alottt :))
- Watched Chandramukhi, the latest Rajni's flick
- Had loads of sleep too... slept till 11.30am on Sunday :))
- But a sad note to end a weekend, broke my specs frame yesterday night. So, am without my specs for the next 2-3 days, have ordered for a new one.

F1 race
Ok now, sorry for those who don't follow F1... You can go directly to the movie part ;)
I must say something abt yesterday's race.... The San Marino Grand Prix at Imola, Italy (the home circuit of the Ferrari team), what better place for Schumi and the Ferrari team to come back into the F1 championship contention..
A good team strategy from Ferrari plus Schumi's brilliance gave them this much-needed second position.

I would have been lot happier if he won the race, but coming second after starting thirteenth in the grid.... is not a bad result atall....
I must say Alonso did really well in the final 12 laps keeping Schumi out of the top position and also reducing Schumi's pace to well below his Renault....
Schumi overtaking Button for second position was simply amazing... That kind of overtaking maneuvers u can see only coming from Schumi's bag of tricks...
Sorry to be talking abt only Ferrari and Schumi, am a great fan of Ferrari n Schumi......
The new Ferrari F2005 is really quick than all the other cars in the circuit... If Schumi had qualified anywhere in the top 5, it'd have been a different story.
Anyway, if there is some team which can challenge the Renaults (who r really amazing this year...), it can be only the Ferrari team and here they come.....

Considering our Narain Karthikeyan's 14th place performance, he has done a good job too finishing the race in a good position. With some amount of experience and a better car with atleast a competing speed, he'll surely be in the top 10 spot. Jordan cars really don't have the speed and they r also planning for a new car in the later part of the year, lets see....

Movie
Chandramukhi is no where near to its original Malayalam movie Manichitrathazhu. It was terrible to say the least.... can't see even for one time, might be for Rajni fans it'll be a treat to watch. The songs are also not that good. They've made a good comedy out of the thriller... :))
Manichitrathazhu, on the other hand, is a fabulous movie with Shobana performing a National award winning role. I've seen it atleast 3 times and the songs are also great.
I wanted to see Hitch, could have seen that instead of this one :))

Okie.. anyway... hope this week is a good one for all of us.. But, for me.. till I get my specs back, I can't enjoy the beauty around me fully (I mean the natural beauties, what did u think???) :D

Friday, April 22, 2005

Have a headache???

I've not been well for the past 3-4 days.... Down with a bad cold and cough. Catching cold and having dry cough is really an irritating thing, I dispise it alottt...

Life here is going on pretty much the same way. Sometimes, I get a feeling if only I could change this ever-mechanical life of a software engineer!!!

Yesterday was a short day at work for me. Unfortunately, my roommie fell sick at office and had to come home early in the afternoon. He called me up in the office and asked me if I can accompany him to the hospital.
I went there to see him in a really bad state. He was having a terrible headache, shivering like anything, vomitted several times, was in a semi-conscious state... and was in a terrible state.Immediately took him to the doctor. The doctor diagonised it as a migraine headache. He had some injections, took some rest in the hospital and then we came back home late at night.

The reason I'm writing this incident here is becos many of us have headaches. Even I have headaches most often... sitting infront of this computer for hours, who won't get a headache??My mother has this migraine headache for years now and it is really painful to see her in that state.... Its hereditary too, so, sometimes feel if I'm having migraine too when I have a terrible headache....

Here are some info I got to read from the web about migraine....

A migraine headache is a severe pain felt on one, and sometimes, both sides of the head. The pain is mostly in the front around the temples or behind one eye or ear. Besides pain, you may have nausea and vomiting, and be very sensitive to light and sound. Migraine can occur any time of the day, though it often starts in the morning. The pain can last a few hours or up to one or two days.

Migraine headaches affect about 15% of the population. Three times as many women as men have migraines. Over 80% of migraineurs have family members who have migraines.

Symptoms are different for different people and are sometimes different from migraine to migraine
The following 5 phases have been noted:
  • Prodrome (a period of warning symptoms): Many symptoms can precede a migraine headache. These include changes in mood (happiness, irritability, sadness) or sensation (funny tastes or smells). Many people experience fatigue and muscle tension before a migraine headache.

  • Visual or auditory disturbances (auras): Some people develop scotomas (blind spots), see geometric patterns, experience hemianopsia (vision on only one side), or, less commonly, have auditory (hearing) hallucinations.

  • Headache: Although migraine pain usually appears on one side of the head, 30-40% of migraineurs have them on both sides. Throbbing pain may occur. Over 80% of migraineurs feel nauseated, and many vomit. About 70% of people become photophobic (sensitive to light) and phonophobic (sensitive to sound). This phase may last 4-72 hours.

  • Headache termination: Even if untreated, the pain usually goes away with sleep.

  • Postdrome: Migraineurs may not feel well for some time after the migraine stops. They might not be able to eat right away. Problems with thinking and tiredness are common.

Monday, April 18, 2005

weekend@home....

Had been to my home for the weekend.... spend the two days having very good food made by mom.. and sleeping... Talking of sleeping, how many of u like sleeping? I bet there would be quite a few of them right? I simply love sleeping and that too should have some soft music playing in the room..

"To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep." - Joan Klempner

And sorry, no discussion on cricket today!!!!

Ok, now here is something interesting for u all to try... Really surprising to see the results...

While sitting at your desk, lift ur right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with ur right hand finger. Your foot will change directions to anti-clockwise and there is nothing u can do abt it. Try doing it as many times as possible, but u won't be able to do both simultaneously.. Isn't it interesting??? :))

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Vishu.... The New Year for Keralites...

Today is Vishu, the New Year for all the Keralites.

"***WISHING THE KERALITES ALL AROUND THE WORLD A VERY HAPPY VISHU***"

Since most of the people reading this donno what Vishu is, I thought I'll give some info about our festival Vishu.

Vishu:

Vishu falls on the first day of Malayalam month Medam (April), which is the astronomical New Year Day when the sun crosses the equator. This usually falls on 14 of April every year.

Vishu means the Vishukkani, Vishukaineettam, new clothes, crackers and the elaborate sadya (feast). Let me elaborate on each of these rituals.

Vishukkani:

Vishukkani

It is believed that one's good fortune during the year would depend on his/her seeing some good things on Vishu morning and would determine the prosperity experienced in the coming year. As a result, we make it a point to see all the auspicious things as soon as we wake up.This is called Vishukkani.

The traditional Vishukkani is a beautiful arrangement of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, jackfruit, betel leaves, arecanuts, metal mirror, the yellow flowers 'konna poovu' (cassia fistula), fruits, gold jewellery and a holy text and coins, all arranged in a bell metal vessel called 'uruli'. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside.

All these arrangements are made by the women of the family on the previous night of Vishu.
Then, Precisely at bramhamuhurtham - the auspicious hour just before sunrise, members of the family are brought to this assemblage blindfolded. There is a belief that to catch a glimpse of the reflection of these signs of prosperity in the mirror at the crack of dawn, would bring prosperity to the individual.
On this day, we wear new clothes and go to the temple in the morning.

Konnappoo - will be in full bloom during this season

Vishukaineettam

The highlight of the Vishu festival is Vishu Kaineettam. The oldest member of the family gives kaineettam to all those younger to him. The other elders in the family follow the same. Kaineettam has to be given to everyone coming to the house that day - friends, neighbours, servants, people working in the fields and even the newspaper boy.
This is what the youngsters would be eyeing for. Cash in this opportunity and encash as much as possible. :)

Vishu Sadhya

Sadhya

Crackers are what add zing to the Vishu celebrations. But what good is a festival without a lavish feast?
So, here comes the Sadhya (Feast). The sadya comprises of rice made of newly-harvested grain, dishes such as erisseri, olan, aviyal, kaalan, thoran, puli inji, pacchadi, and payasams such as paalada and ada pradhaman.
Payasams, mmmmmm, I love that especially ada pradhaman.

Am going home tomorrow night, so will catch up on all the delicacies that my mother made. I'll ask her to make them for me this weekend again. Infact, no need to ask, she'll make it for me :)

Hope you all got to know alot about Vishu.

Today is also Tamil New Year. So, I wish the people in Tamilnadu too "A Very Happy New Year..."

P.S: The writings here are not completely mine. I collected some articles from the web, compiled and edited those, added some points of mine, so that I can present what exactly the festival is about.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

some random thoughts...

Some thoughts playing in my mind offlate....

  • The music of the film Zeher. All the songs are very good... U got to check those... really different and nice...

  • The book Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, am not finished with it... yet, really impressed with that...

  • Contemplating on a decision whether to follow F1 racing this year or not. All depends on Ferrari's performance in the next race. I've been a big time Ferrari fan and very much disappointed by their performance this year. Am loosing interest in F1 cos of that. The presence of Narain Karthikeyan is one which is still keeping me engrossed in that...
    Lets see... Come on Schumi and Barrichello, expecting u both to bounce back strongly...

  • Ganguly's current form.... I "used to" admire him alot.. with his amazing sense of timings and offside play, he used to send the opposition onto their backfoot right from the word go... But, now its the opposition team who r right on their toes when he comes in cos they never know when they'll get to see him again.. He jus comes in and goes out...
Ganguly's fans please excuse...
I jus had a thought that since he has the knack of winning the tosses, which are really crucial nowadays, and also since we've been winning matches under his captaincy... we should think of something like non-playing captain :)
The one like we used to have in Davis cup tennis team. This way, one more talented and deserving player can be included in the playing eleven....

The roles Ganguly might play as a non-playing captain are...
--Come for the toss and win it, if he does this.. half the job is done :)
--Next, sit in the pavilion and arrange the field placing from there using a walkie-talkie... He might also get a good view of the ground from there..
--Atlast, come for the presentation ceremonies n press meets and talk abt how good the team is performing under his captaincy...

Currently listening to "Woh lamhen woh baaten" from Zeher for the umpteenth time... quite different voice, which adds to the beauty of the song...
Another beautiful song in that film is "Agar tum miljao..."

Thursday, April 07, 2005

The road to peace...

A little serious article... but, really felt from the bottom of the heart to write abt this.. so, here is it...
This is one incident which I was waiting to go on peacefully.... and happy to know that it went peacefully....

The historic bus service from Srinagar to Muzaffarbad, the capital of PoK(Pakistan occupied Kashmir) started today, flagged by our PM Manmohan Singh....
And the bus with 19 passenges in that reached safely to the other side of Kashmir.
At the same time, another bus from Muzaffarbad reached Srinagar.

After 58 years, ppl from both sides of LoC will go across to the other side to meet their family members, relatives and friends who got separated from each other. Jus think how happy they all would be feeling to see each other after a long time.
Ofcourse there were lots of troubles in their way, some bombing incidents too..

Do check these links.... I bet u'll get goose bumps seeing the pictures and reading the news....

Pictures of the peace bus from Rediff...
Check out the entire coverage in Rediff...

Good to see the Indian government taking such initiatives... improving our ties with Pakistan.....
The Indian cricket tour of Pakistan, the return tour thats going on now.... and the steps Bollywood is taking like inviting Pak actors to the awards function and also involving them in Indian movies... all these steps are really nice and welcome efforts to further strengthen our relationships

welcome efforts...

Hope we'll see many more such efforts in future too... and hope we all remain united and start living in peace always....
Jus becos there are some ppl who spread terrorism doesn't mean the whole of Pakistan is bad... so, lets start seeing them as our own brothers and lets start talking good abt the Pakistani's too... lets stop forwarding bad jokes abt them...
Lets wait for all the good that are to happen between us and Pakistan...
I agree that all these won't happen overnight, but these might be a very good beginning... and lets continue this....


Indo-Pak peace dove

Three cheers to peace.... Three cheers to Indo-Pak unity...

Monday, April 04, 2005

Questions regarding ABCDs.....

Weekend over and back to work once again.... Its been a little hectic for me for the past few days.. finding hard to spend sometime in the blogdom :((
jus getting li'l time to blog now...

Yesterday night I saw the movie "American Desi" on TV, its a little old movie, i know.. I'm seeing it for the 3rd time I guess... Its kind of funny...
After seeig that movie, I got some questions regarding ppl staying outside India...

I've seen quite a lot of fellow bloggers who are desi's settled in the US, Canada, Europe, Aus, Gulf or some other places... But, reading their blog makes me to feel that they r very much attached to their motherland, know well about Indian values and cultures, and also their language... This is what I feel. Am I wrong?

Or are these ppl the ones who are actually brought up in India and settled in the Western regions?
Are there quite a few ABCDs (American Born Confused Desis) as they show in that movie?
People who are settled there for long time, have u ever felt like coming back to India and settle down?

Got some views of my own regarding all these questions, but would like to hear it directly from ppl who r outside India (like straight from horse's mouth)
Fellow bloggers who r reading this from outside India, do throw some light on this... and those reading from India, do tell me ur views too.. would like to hear whether ur view is just as mine too :)