Monday, 31 August 2009
Personally speaking, having a blog of my own has been one of the most significant things to have happened in my life. Through my blog I can share with the world my feelings, views, etc. on such a diverse range of topics (ranging from global affairs to my personal experiences), which is such a thrilling and fulfilling experience. Today I am an active member of the world blogging movement, and it is an identity that I am extremely proud of. Blogging is a revolution in the human civilization, and I cherish this fact that I am a part of this revolution. It is certainly true that I am a very ordinary blogger, and my contribution in the world blogging movement is simply negligible. But I am at least a part of the blogging movement, and that is all for me. More.....
After all, isn’t it true that the business magnets and corporate Tsars hold huge influence in the USA, so much so that sometimes they even largely influence government decisions and policies? And is it really believable that the US government officials do not show any special favour to these people? More
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
There is research (presented at the annual American Psychological Association) to show that for women, communication in their marriage could make the difference between life and death. Women who bottle up their feelings related to marital conflict are four times at risk of dying from various causes when compared to women who talk their heads off.
So if someone tells you that talk is cheap - it is not true in this context - in fact, it could be a matter of life and death. In a marriage, or any relationship, open communication is crucial - regardless of whether the couple is happy or not. Keeping it all inside only eats away years of your life.
So - how can you ...More.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Fifty people's representatives and officers of various local bodies in Chattisgarh state visted Mysore Grahakara Parishat office in two batches on 18-8-09 and 25-8-09. They interacted with MGP members on civic and consumer issues. They were given a demonstration about how various foods are adulterated and how one can detect such adulteration.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Some people call bloggers ‘scavengers of the media’. Never mind that. I am so touched by a news item that was splashed over the electronic and print media that I decided to write about it for the benefit of those who have missed the piece. To illustrate the contrast, I decided to add another story as well...
Monday, 24 August 2009
The life of Surjya Oraon, who is blind, changed considerably once Niswarth became a part of it. Surjya would take a bus ride into the nearby town of Oodlabari everyday and beg for a living. He is now fully employed at the incense stick production unit run by the Niswarth Centre in Bagracote. Read more...
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Here's a lovely picture my best friend Corinne sent me - and my spirits rose instantly!Hey Corinne - I just wish we can actually do this soon!
There's something about the beach at dusk (or sunrise) with friends that is purely magical.
I came across this cool poem recently. It seemed to very charmingly express what most of us experience with...More
Friday, 21 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Life is so rushed these days - I have been spending almost all last month at the hospital (mom is unwell) - I have been juggling time between work, taking care of my mom, cooking and all the other essential peripheral things life cannot run without. And obviously I've been wishing there was some way I could stretch the day some more, apart from wishing...More
Which means that in Mumbai, late-July onwards sees a lot of activity and barely-suppressed excitement in the orchid gardens. The flowers are coming!
Sleep late, roll out of bed late, breakfast at noon, lie on the lawn and watch the clouds drift by, stroll, hang out with friends, watch movies, read and read and read ... oh, the sheer deliciousness of it!
There is a magical something in the very aimlessness and let-your-hair-down quality that these long holidays conjures up. Something that makes you long for it and count the days till you can revel in it again.
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
This is a question I asked many of the people I know, sometime ago.
To read the answers people came up with read .......
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Here is wishing everyone a happy Independence Day - praying for health, peace and happiness.
Image courtesy: http://erazer007.wordpress.com
Vande Mataram from Bankim Chandra Chattopadyaya's "Anand Mutt" remains the classic Indian national song. Beautifully sung by Lata Mangeshkar ....More
Saturday, 15 August 2009
I’m happy riding back into this country. It is a kind of nowhere, famous for nothing at all and has appeal because of just that. Tensions disappear along old roads like this, said Robert M Pirsig in his book, The Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance. To experience that, at least once in life, travel without the destination in mind. I happen to travel a lot and it is not the ..... More
Friday, 14 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Blogs may have been born as personal journals - but today - they have exploded as a business application thanks to their far-reaching effects. Just some of the benefits of blogging are... More...
Whatever - this one's about smoking - and why it is time to kick that butt. More...
The article is about Sri V. Muthusamy Iyer, my husband’s grandfather (maternal) who was a Thamizh scholar. It is remarkable that a scholar of this stature lived in a not so far past. We are proud to be a part of his family. Read about him....
Saturday, 8 August 2009
Winding down the narrow roads of the Western Ghats with enough twists and turns to churn whatever is in the stomach, one finally emerges in the coastal area of Karnataka near Honnavar Town where the mountain road meets the so-called National Highway NH-17. The “highway” is quite narrow by International standards and was badly worn out and exposed in stretches. Swollen rivers and lakes were all around us as we drove North towards Goa, reaching a wet and windy Colva Beach (Colva is near Madgao for those familiar with the larger cities of Goa).
Friday, 7 August 2009
Sri Krishna Jayanthi, which falls this year on August 13, and the series of concerts are part of the two-week celebrations. At Sri Gaudiya Math where we are going to sing today, a series of sequences from Lord Krishna’s life are exhibited. See here
There is a pervasive memory of heat and humidity. In my reminiscence, it is always May, when schools and colleges are closed for the summer holidays. More...
There was a long list of palaharams. It included ovulos unda, ari unda, Achappam, cheeda, kuzhal appam, and more. She also ventured into diamond cuts and burfi, as a concession to changing times...
Thursday, 6 August 2009
We soon left the hills of Amman behind and found ourselves surrounded by largely featureless desert. Some hills dotted the distance, there was little vegetation and only the tall, wind blown swirls of sand broke the monotony. I had half hoped for some pale imitation of Wadi Rum, but no luck: the desert was not giving up its jewels to casual passers by. Featureless settlements had come up around the few crossroads, each with an oil-stained garage, a shop or two, a very basic restaurant and some windowed concrete blocks that served as houses.
Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Monday, 3 August 2009
Most of the points presented in the write-up by the former Justice of the Supreme Court of India are valid. But in my opinion, what he has stated is a personal opinion and not a judicial assessment. And, on certain counts, my views are different...