4 Nov 2009
One of the worst things that can happen to a person is when he looks back at life and feels that it was a big zero. When he starts realizing how many opportunities he had missed, decisions that could have changed his life for the better. Thomas is the victim of the same.
29 Oct 2009
I think the whole thing is a blow up by some anxious and conservative parents. One or two random incidents shouldn't be mistaken and enlarged to such proportions that they generate hatred towards the entire Muslim community. Posters claiming to be from 'Shiv Sena' have surfaced in many parts of Kerala warning Hindu girls against 'Love Jihad'. This is the first time that Shiv Sena activity has been reported in Kerala and I'm not very happy about it. Shiv Sena has always tried to restrict the growth of women in the name of Indian culture and takes pride in spreading communal messages. How can anyone forget the Bangalore bar incident? Girls were beaten up by Shri Ram Sena Activists for having a drink in the bar along with their male friends. Excuse me, but i thought this was India! Indian culture always stood for respecting women and what are they trying to preach by going around beating women? They have their parents and other elders to correct them if anyone feels that the girls have done some horrible sin. Advising them would have been ok, but beating them up publicly in front of TV cameras cannot be justified in any way! Rise of Shiv Sena and other similar 'Senas' in Kerala is definitely going to lead the society into the pit of communalism.
The inquiry commission appointed by the High Court has come to the conclusion that there is no racket involved in the whole 'Love Jihad' episode and the fears of the same are unnecessary. But not everyone is happy with the report it seems!
Its interesting to note that parents of children having inter caste marriage worry more about their children converting to other religion than about the idea of them living with someone of another religion. Our society has changed a lot but there is still a lot of things that need to be shaken off. I wonder when people will start realizing that love is beyond religion and should not be weighed down by it. Religious belief is a good thing but forgetting that the religion was made 'for the wellness of the people', and not 'people for the wellness of religion' will only demean both religion and love.
19 Oct 2009
18 Oct 2009
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Alone in the darkness of the night,
27 Sep 2009
ISRO has made India proud once again with the discovery of water molecules on the surface of moon. Chandrayan along with NASA’s payload, ‘Moon Mineralogy Mapper’ has made a breakthrough discovery, which is going to give a new vigor to our space odyssey.
Astronauts of future will be able to extract water from moon and use hydrogen to fuel their rockets and oxygen to breathe. Moon can also serve as transit point for our inter-planetary missions. The discovery is also a great boost to our search for water on other planets. A new theory is being formulated on the planets where the probability of finding water is high. According to this theory, planets with silicon compounds on their surface have an edge over the others.
Third World War is predicted to be for water and finding water on any other celestial body gives the scope for hoping that maybe, just maybe, this will extend the lifespan of human race a little further.
The entire crew of ISRO needs special applause! They have reaffirmed to the world, the superior quality of our scientific community and technical capabilities. The nation is proud of you and we hope ISRO will be able conquer space not only for India but also for the welfare of the entire human race.
4 Sep 2009
China was never the favorite of human rights activists. With its stringent rules and restrictions, China has always alarmed the world. China’s oppressive measures in Tibet and the subsequent condition of the Tibetans are very much familiar to us. But there is more to Chinese brutality.
East Turkistan is a region situated in the northwestern parts of China and thickly populated with the ethnic group of Uighurs. These people who speak Turkic language follow Islam. Established as the ‘East Turkistan Republic’ in the 1940s,this nation was annexed by China and renamed Xinjiang (meaning ‘new territory’). This region came to the attention of the world in this July, when the Chinese president left the G-8 summit mid-way and returned home due to an Uighur uprising. The Uighurs who have always wanted an independent country were not only denied it but were also deprived of their fundamental and human rights. They are not even allowed to worship in accordance to their religion. In order to dilute the borders, a large number of Chinese people are being relocated to the Xinjiang province. In the 1940s the Chinese population in Xinjiang was a meager 4%, which rose to 40% by 2000. The recent Uighur uprising was brutally crushed by the Chinese government and the unofficial death toll is 197 while 1721 were left with injuries (officials claim much smaller figures). The Uighurs who escaped from the region has setup a ‘World Uighur Congress’ with its headquarters in Munich. Their leader is a former businesswoman, Rebiya Kadeer, who is now a refugee in USA. The Uighurs in and out of Xinjiang is pleading to the international community for support, something they rarely get. No one wants to incur the wrath of China, which is all set to become one of the major world powers in the coming years. But it’s high time they renewed their policies regarding Xinjiang and Tibet. China is trying to project the protesters as terrorists and is including them as targets in their fight against terrorism. If an independent nation is too much to ask for, at least human rights of the people can be easily granted. I think it’s the responsibility of all the world nations to rise up and stand by the oppressed Uighurs for the freedom they deserve.
25 Jul 2009
I was not a great fan of michael Jackson.But i did love some of his songs like 'They dont really care about us','Black or white'and'Heal the world'. His sound was magical and his moves simply awesome. Who can forget his moon walk? His personal life was one of loneliness and tragedies,not to forget controversial.The reports of the doctors who examined his body was shocking. The man who was hailed as the 'King of Pope Music' and who dominated the music world was found with a body tainted with thousands of surgeries and medicines. His body was reduced to a mass of bones and loose skin.Its the most horrible end to a legend of music who showed exemplory talent. The only thing that we can do is pray for his soul, let his soul find eternal peace.
25 Jun 2009
I extend my heartfelt congrats to the Pakistan team and to its superb captain. Being the close neighbors of Pakistan and having shared a long history, I do feel that all Indians should give full support to the country. It might seem difficult to some who see Pakistanis as enemies (thanks to the umpteen number of films which portrays them as inhuman people) but don’t forget that behind all those grotesque pictures there is a mass of common people who want to extend a friendly hand.
I hope that at least in the coming years the cloud of mistrust will lift between the two nations and India and Pakistan will unite in spirit like the pre-partition era.
8 Jun 2009
One of the most famed and talented writers of all time, Kamala Surayya passed away during the wee hours of 29th may.
I was not quite familiar with her works until recently when I got the opportunity to read her autobiography,’Ente Kadha’. Until then, she was just another familiar name often seen in newspapers. (I had one of her English poems to study in school) If I had seen her autobiography in a library, I would have never picked it up. It was my friend, Aswathy (who happens to be a great fan of Kamala Surayya) that prompted me to read it. The front cover of the book had the photo of a strikingly pretty and young Kamala. Her wind blown hair and modern attire seemed to match with her carefree life of contradictions and conflicts. Right from the first to the last, the book amazed me with its candid style.
Kamala was a lady of heart whose never-ending love story was against the social conventions. I respect the lady for her courage in laying bare things that people usually sweep under the carpet. She doesn’t try to portray an image of a homely girl, solely devoted to her husbands needs. Instead, she boldly speaks about her innermost feelings, desires and sexuality. Her story is a very eventful one and its the story of a lady who yearned for love and was ready follow her convictions and beliefs even if she had to face oppositions. To go with current is easy but to swim against it is a job of the bravest and Kamala Surayya was one such lady.
27 May 2009
As somebody rightly said, the 8 things that a normal student does during study hols are:
7) Dreaming of touching books
8) Asking others if they have started studying!
Well, that’s exactly what happened in my case too. I had made a really good timetable for studying with ample time for fun also. But I was never good at keeping a timetable and as usual, within 2 days the whole schedule went topsy- turvy (Except for the fun part).
My daily routine for the month was something like this.
9.00am - Wake up time.
9.30am - Breakfast.
10.00am -Back to bed.
11.30am -Wakes up.
11.30-12.00pm -Opens book and flips pages.
12.00-1.00pm -Fights with sis and hangs around mom.
1.00-3.00pm -Matinee (If the movie is bad, there is always Disney channel to count on with superb shows like Art Attack, Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana etc.)
3.00-4.00pm -opens book and sleeps.
4.00-5.00pm - TV time and time to make tea (The one thing that I’m good at making!)
5.00-6.00pm - Tea time
6.00-7.30pm - TV again.
7.30-9.00pm - Opens book.
9.00-9.30pm - Dinner.
9.30-11.00pm- Reads newspaper and then off to bed.
Significant change in the events occurred only twice, during combined studies. Those where the only days when I really sat down and studied. Studying with friends is the best way for lazy bones like me but I was too late in realizing its potential! When you study along with friends, learning becomes interesting and fun. I regret for not planning more of combined studies this time. But next time around, I’m going to utilize my study hols in a better way for sure! (that is if we get study hols next time!)
21 May 2009
The Kerala politics also saw some remarkable results. At least by now I’m sure some of our leaders would have got the cue that people can’t be taken too lightly, neither can they be fooled. I’m really happy that the wrong decisions of the CPM have been punished in the right manner with the election results. The Pinarayi-Achudanandan clash and Karat’s and parties support to Pinarayi had wounded the emotions of Keralites. The one CPM leader on whom the people had a lot of faith and hopes is Achudanandan. His bold decisions and unruffled nature has got him many admirers including me. It was a real shock to see the party supporting a man like Pinarayi included in Lavlin case and not the truthful Achudanandan. The worst thing was that there seemed to be no one in the party to support him. Pinarayi who used to claim that he is ready to face any enquiry regarding Lavlin was seen moving lawsuits to prevent CBI enquiry! The CPM, which had always stood by communist and social ideas, was seen shaking hands with PDP and its communal leader Ma-Adani (said to have terrorist link ups.) Even in Bengal, CPM’s policies supporting the industrialists against the poor peasants and the Singoor case, has lead to its downfall. CPM as a whole is deviating from its age-old principles and Achudanandan seems to be the only one protesting. The election result is a strong warning to the Left that people are very much against their decisions and moreover as a mark of support to one of the best leaders in India, V.S. Achudanandan.
13 May 2009
People usually consider advertisements as a nuisance. But I love watching them. To make an advertisement you need a lot of creativity. A bit of imagination, a lot of hard work and animation make superb and catchy advertisements.
The recently broadcasted advertisement of Vodafone is one that really fascinated me.
It has a lot of small white figures named Zoozoo, running around and doing stuff. There is this really cute one where one of them plays around with a crocodile. Another one where, one of them reads the newspaper and faints. Then one where a lot of them huddle near a radio. There are a lot of these short and catchy ads in the series. The movements and actions of Zoozoo is lovely and the background score, superb! It’s a pleasure simply watching them.
But the most amazing fact is that they are not animated figures. Its actually people wearing costumes and enacting the parts. Now no one would have imagined that! The advertisement took more than a month to be shot since the artists couldn’t see a thing through the costumes and so had to practice and perfect the moves. The end product is nothing less than perfect. After the famous ‘Happy to help’ series of ads featuring the pug, Vodafone has come up with an equally good one. The talent of these ad makers needs to be appreciated. Why don’t we have any awards for ‘Best ads’? I think its high time we had one.
9 May 2009
Finally my model exams are over and my college has closed for study holidays! Its bye to two weeks of hectic schedules, sleepless nights and alarms!
Being a last minute learner there are a few things that I’ve noticed
1)Your brain works really well during the exam time. The rate of learning increases manifold. The portions, which might take weeks to understand suddenly become clear with a glance the day before exam.
2)The love of sleep seems to vanish all of a sudden. You start counting the number of waking hours left before the exam and devise ways to maximize it.
3)It’s the last minute learners who really realize the value of time. Every minute counts before the day of the exam. Even while eating, I keep my books near me so that even those few precious minutes don’t go waste. (Well I even go to bed with books hoping some fairies would transfer the contents into my head while asleep!!
4)This is the best part. After the hard work, we are the ones who enjoy the breaks after the exams to the maximum. After weeks of dreaming about it finally we catch up on all those sleep and missed TV programs.
Proud to be a last minute learner!!
[P.S: I wont disagree to the fact that it has lot of side effects too. Stress, tension, disrupted daily routines etc. But without these life would loose its charm. I believe that it’s these small difficulties that make life worth living.
16 Apr 2009
It was a good experience. I was a bit tensed because I had to go to the polling station alone as my parents have electoral duty. But everything went fine. There was a good crowd at my poling station. Saw many familiar faces in the crowd. The most heartening scene was that of really old and handicapped people coming up to vote. The number of youngsters was also not very bad.
All the reports coming in suggest that this time the polling rate is going to be better than the last years 60-70% in Kerala.
I think this time around the election campaigning was a bit different from the previous ones. Now, that might be because I never really took much interest in the previous elections. ;)
The candidates have all gone tech savvy this time. They are utilizing a lot of new technologies in their campaignings. Through web portals, sms, mails, ringtones and caller tunes they have been trying to etch their names and symbols into our minds. Networking sites have also been abuzz with politics with some candidates even spreading their messages through their profiles. Some candidates have even come up with music albums to promote their parties. Few days ago some party workers had visited my neighborhood to show first time voters like me a live demo on the formalities of voting. Telivisions were also full of hot debates between the candidates and the public.
Anyway all the political dramas are going to settle down for a while now as the elections are over. But then everyone is waiting eagerly for the results to come. Even I feel curious to see if the candidate I voted for has really made it…
15 Apr 2009
The protagonist. Santiago is a boy who has shown the courage and willpower to chase his dreams throwing away all the social stigmas. He chose the wandering and less recognized life of a shepherd to a life of farmer. This is a story of how he overcomes the hurdles along the path, learning from the people and places some of the most valuable lessons of his life.
The story teaches us that the first step in realizing your dreams is realizing yourself. Harnessing the immense potential from within and believing in the path shown by the heart..
A line that is often quoted in the book goes,” When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it”. Sounds familiar? Well this was the catch line in our very own bollywood blockbuster ‘Om Shanti Om’!! But true to the core…
1 Apr 2009
I loved those praises showered on India and her philosophies. There where a lot of motivating and really exciting concepts in the book. The kind of stuff you read in the Indian spiritual texts but with a very modern approach. ‘The heart of the rose technique’ sounds good. But that’s not one for me. Can’t waste money on buying a rose everyday (The price of flowers are rocketing as if recession really got there too). I often use a more simple way for meditation. When I feel really bored or stressed out, I start counting down from 100 to 0, visualizing each number. If I’m really feeling crazy, I try out counting from 200 or even 300.I find it very effective for me. It helps me fill the voids with meditation. You don’t need any specific time or place for doing it. When I get bored waiting for bus or when I’m feeling really sleepy on a lecture hour I use this.
The book on a whole is a lot of ideas rolled into binds with a few characters strewn across it. If you are really into philosophy and spirituality or need a bit of boost, you might like this one.I wish the author could just give us a break once in a while to empty our cup.;)
24 Mar 2009
Earth hour is a very novel and unique idea to unite against the factors affecting the very existence of our planet. Environmental pollution has been much discussed and debated. There have been many actions taken against it too.But not to the required extent.There are countries which observed a day for reducing pollution by switching on to walking and cycling. There are also nations who have time and again declined to put restrictions to there industrial waste disposal.Earth hour calls for the wakeing up of humanity for the cause of our planet.By switching off of lights at 8.30pm on 28th of March we join hands with millions of people around the world in observing Earth hour-an hour for the planet.This will send out a strong message to the people in power that we are not satisfied by there actions to protect our planet and i hope it will also trigger quick and effective actions. Lets all forget all our differences and unite for the fight for our existence.Join this movement and spare a thought for our planet.
21 Mar 2009
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