Thursday, 31 May 2012

Weekly Warbler

Warblers chirp and sing from time to time when happy, sad or for no reason.
Play any song of the bird you like.
Weekly Warbler will chirp once a week on all matters
that you and I come across, in a lighter vein……

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Weekly Warbler

Weekly Warbler will chirp once a week on all matters
that you and I come across, in a lighter vein……

·       *   Petrol burns in holes in aam aadmi’s pockets even as Govt. spends merrily on Rajiv Gandhi Ads!

·        *   Indian President Election has finally come to this: Muje President banado please…

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Colours & Styles – Indian female attire

Breakfast Spice

Our old cook from Moraghat always used to tell me not to plan Rava Dosas when we had guests. He said they were jinxed. Everytime he made those rava dosas for the family, they came out crisp and light, but lo, when there was a guest, all poor Shankar would get on his tava - or griddle - was scrambled rice lumps.That was long ago. Or so I thought.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Oh God, ‘have we overstayed ?’

The business model adopted by Indian Premier League (IPL) celebrates decadance of cricket with ‘contempt for convention and procedural scruples’. Glitzy costumes, chorused countdowns, TV commercials that breathlessly talk up individual players,  blur the distinction between competitive sport and Hulk Hogan-style entertainment,  according to Kesavan....More

Weekly Warbler

SPORTS: IPL: Spot-fixing charges here and Lalit Modi commenting from UK? Couldn’t get better! Cross connection with Bollywood: SRK is both Mentor and Bouncer for KKR! Sports Minister Maken: Now IPL surely must come under RTI? P.M., still mum!..more

Friday, 18 May 2012

‘Satyameva’ Khan, Sunday ke Sunday

The Amir Khan Show has got the country talking about issues we have till date  refrained from mentioning even within the confines of our living rooms,  let alone on national television. And bloggers could keep the talk going with their posts,  reviewing what Amir Khan brings up in his weekly episodes...More

Sunday, 13 May 2012

There was a stream by my school

On every visit to our tharavad house I pass by my first school, at Palli Veli. That happens quite often. But I hardly notice the church owned institution consciously while driving by. You know, just another building, a different scene, en route.... 

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Internet is fun, but not on ‘fone’

it is marketed as a fun, in-thing, with which you listen to music, take photos, play games, send SMS, check mail, and trade missed calls with those you want to avoid talking. Writing on the death of the phone call , Clive Thompson reckons this generation ‘doesn’t make phone calls, because everyone is in constant, lightweight contact in so many other ways: texting, chatting, and social network messaging’. More....

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

"Two Visionaries"

Captioned 'Beyond Words', have a look at this rare picture of two greats  from opposite ends of the world, taken 82 years ago.
"In this rare photograph from The Hindu’s archives, Helen Keller, the blind American author and labour rights activist, greets Rabindranath Tagore at a meeting in New York in 1930."

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

A Not-So-Golden Paradox

One is always surprised at the preoccupation with gold, the infatuation, craze and passion for the yellow metal in India, and elsewhere. The WGC (goldDOTorg. Ha Ha.) happily encourages any and all kinds of marketing gimmicks, including the kind about which Raji ranted in blessed-if-you-buy-jewellery-day.
Staying in Kerala, you simply cannot avoid lengthy TV commercials and full-page newspaper ads by gold 'supermarkets' (how vulgar that sounds!). Nor can you miss seeing driver-distracting, ...

Monday, 7 May 2012

The giants that made a mark

There are many Indian companies which rose from scratch and later became household brands with loyal customers. If I remember my Father used to purchase only Hamam soaps when many other brands were available. Most of these brands were later acquired by MNC's either to make a quick buck or when they could no longer hold against the tough competition. Some of them continue to survive inspite of tough competition.

Internet Haves and Have-Nots

We now have (further!) official confirmation of the Digital Divide in India.
Hardly 6% of households in urban India households have an Internet connection.
This figure reads as 0.4% for rural India.
Does this indicate infrastructure falling short or inability to afford the minimum (by today's standards) technology? Or a dismal combination of both? More....

Life after the Civil Services Exam?

Every year, we read stories about young, successful civil service aspirants with professional degrees and how they cracked their exams and interview. What happens to them later? Say a year down the line, more....

More from the Coconut Tree

Chiratta Puttu maker
The entire coconut tree and its constituents are usable during their lifetime and indeed in their afterlife.
Here are a few products originating from the coconut tree. (bark, as well as coconut shell). You'll get to see plenty at craft shows and handicraft outlets. These pictures were taken at the Shantigiri Fest 2012. One only wishes that they were even more ubiquitous, and replace plastic to any extent possible...

Let's celebrate coir

At the Santhigiri Festival 2012, there is plenty of stuff to browse and spend a useful few hours. One pavilion showcases everything about coir, including the rugged machines needed to process the raw material, more...

Fountain Hills, Arizona

I blogged about my visit to Fountain Hills, Arizona..soon after my visit to Sun N Fun in Florida in March-April this year (a month ago). I am active on a new blogging and travel social network site called TravBuddy and find that very useful to post, read and understand travellers perspectives from around the World. Since I travel a lot, the TravBuddy (TB) page has been a great tool. I find that more fun than posting here on Blogger..seems like this is getting a bit dated to continue on..may as well migrate to the other place entirely! Anyway, here's a LINK to my Blog on Blogger and LINK to the TB page as well. Photos, info and video of World's tallest Fountain, at Fountain Hills Arizona, in the middle of a Desert community!