Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year - 2009 !!!

Happy New Year - 2009 !!!

I spent my New Years Eve with Tanni and Raj, while they celebrate his bud-day by causing a partial blackout in Amritsar. All the while Bangalore played out fireworks. And Vividh Bharti played in background. And me packed my bags for the weekend trip. And made a list for my travel next weekend. And then a list of things-to-do the week-after onwards. More about all these later. Till then ...

Wish ya all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year !!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ghajini

Aamir - GhajiniI think this must be the first Hindi movie I have seen, in which the eponymous character was not hero or heroine or sidekick, but ... someone else.

The penultimate sequence which changes the course of Hero's life, that was so 1980-ish. I must have watched 100s of gorish voilent movies in my childhood, those being the 80s. But for this one I used my palm to screen out strategic locations on screen. I must saw, I did not see all 3 'smashing' scenes.

Kalpana track was the best one. Every single tale in it. Asin was definitely the best choice. If I watch Ghajini again (most probably not, but if I do), then it would only for those sequences which play out of the diaries.

Dialoges were good. That's what worked in the Sachin-Kalpana sequences. That plus Aamir-Asin acting ofcourse. But I loved it when 'Sarfarosh Sultan' says "Short-term memory loss patient" as a taunt, and repeatedly too.

Asin - Ghajini'Bheka' and 'Kaise Mujhe' were beautifully sung and wonderfully picturised. 'Gujarish' was rendered very well by Javed Ali and Sonu Nigam's humming was good too.

Speaking of 'Kaise Mujhe', it was picturised in all night settings, with Aamir moving from vehicle to vehicle progressing from autorickshaw to car to limo to plane. That is so reminiscent of SRK's Swades promos, which were more on blue tones and where he travels in cycle, moped, boat, train and every possible rural vehicles.

Aamir does use some more of SRK tools. Like the 'at peace with ghost' ending. And Autumn colored (plastic) maple leaves flying around in the end. In Mumbai that too !! And the six-pack abs look.

And so many mobiles phones in the movie, each of them wow. I wished they displayed the model name onscreen subtitle. I need to choose a good one for myself.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

News Media Bubble

Yet another instant why news media needs restraints.
With competition, it has lost all bearings of priority, responsibility and honesty.

News media has become a rumor mongering tool and an attention grabbing one. Most of them function like personal publicity machines of celebrities and terrorists.

Terrorsits depend on media, to air, hype and pump them up in front of the whole world. Even chota-mota goondas, use them fully. It's well known fact, that any group wanting to disrupt anything, like valentine day celebration or language board on shops, they first inform a news channel. And begin work, once the cameras are there. Or shoot it themself and air it for publicity. After all what's the point in doing something, if it does not get known ? Who hears the log which fell in a forest ?

The whole celebrity economy is fueled by news media. Untalented, long forgotten, useless people are resurrected, and played up on airtime and newsprint, solely for what they wear, what cluth they carry and who their latest gf/bf is.

We say wars are fought for just an idea, a thought, a philosophy. Gas, as I call it. Similarly economies are also run just based on ideas. The whole gossip related economy is way bigger than say farming or carpentry. Latter needs days & months of hard work and attention to minute detail, planning, action, everything. And the returns, practically nothing for them, and everything for the buyers. While Gossip related one, that just needs to light a fire, and laugh your way to bank. It doesn't take much to demolish anyones good work.

Atleast today, the negatives and the uselessness of news media far outweighs their supposedly idealogical superiority.

Dotcom bubble burst. So did real estate.
I am waiting for the News Media bubble burst !

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Human species

Lost World, Michael Crichton

Malcolm's reply was immediate: "What makes you think human beings are sentinent and aware ? There is no evidence of it. Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable. For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are told - and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for territory or food; but uniquely in animal kingdom, human beings fight for their 'beliefs'. The reason is that belief guide behaviour, which has evolutional importance among human beings. But at a time when our behaviour may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. Next question.

From The Lost World, by Michael Crichton

Thank you

It's over for now.

Heartfelt and tearful THANKS to all the Police Officers, Armymen, Navy men, Firemen, NSG commandoes, CST announcers, Hotel staff and so many unknown heroes.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

mumbai

NDTV.com

this is just way too big.
i dont want to utter any foolish words.
all i can think of - is protect. and defend.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

RIP Micheal Crichton

Oh my no !



My fav author Micheal Crichton is no more. I just read and its hard to believe it.

For me his books never got boring inspite of repeated reading. He brought out many of the unknown theories, technologies from dingy corners of academia into popular literature. And most of his woman characters are still etched in my mind.

I loved his Airframe, Jurassic Park, Lost World, Disclosure, Sphere & Congo. They totally set my imagination on fire, for years together.

RIP Micheal Crichton.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Quoted

Some well followed blogger used my unacked comment in her own quote.

The topic is my fav one.

Hmm, and no, I won't call that tightness in the chest & bubbling heat choking me, as childish anger. Yeh mat kehna, hota hain, chalta hain, duniya hain.



Update: With the arrival of unwanted traffic of sycophants, my comment section is begining to resemble a Rediff Messageboard. So here is some pureed summary for better understanding.

  • Plagiarism ? Exactly who talked about Plagiarism ?
  • Imagine a group discussion. All kinds of people in it. Some articulate. Some soft-spoken. Some with clever insight. Some quick to pick on the others insight and then use it to build further on it. It's not to put someone off, its mostly the need to race ahead. I would say, that sort of thing happened here.
  • And one of the recent terms to explain this phenomenon is internalization, made famous by Kaavya V.
  • For those ready to dole out "relax", "its only a ...", "over-reaction" and more blah advice, well, wait till something similar happens to you. Then you can see, how you check your emotion and how you express it ?

    If after this also they don't get the point, then it's their limitation. And they have to reflect. If they can spend their effort in posting a rude comment, then they can use that energy in some reflection too.
  • Friday, October 31, 2008

    Likhe jo khat tujhe ...


    Welcome to Sajjanpur

    Welcome to Sajjanpur was a good laugh. After a long time, I can say some film was witty & humourous. Shreya Talpade joins my list of favorite actors. Dialoges, dialog delivery by Shreyas, Ila Arun, Ravi Jhankal (Munni) and the lot brought a smile each time. Music-wise, the one that stands out and was very enjoyable was "Munni ki baari".

    After watching Rock-On and Welcome to Sajjanpur on the same day, I was wondering - which India do I belong to ? Both seemed very surreal, I don't belong to either. I guess it makes sense, that I belong to the "middle class" :))

    Anyway this movie was a good chance for my MIL to share those old gone days. When she was a young school going kid and illiterate village wives came to her, to dictate letters for their immigrant husbands, working in the city. Here are some of the gems they sprinkled their letters with:

    Likhti hoon khat, khoon se ,
    Siya-i na samaj-na |
    Marti hoon teri yaad mein,
    Zinda na samjna |

    Likhti hoon khoon se ,
    Siya-i na samaj-na |
    Marti hoon nurai se,
    Burai na samaj-na |

    Chal chal re chiti, kabutar ki chal,
    Yadi hogi mohobbat, toh denge jawab |

    Most of the mundane letters did end with
    Thoda likha jyada samjna...


    And with instructions to the letter writer that
    Aisa chiti likhna ki jaldi pahuche


    Quite a revelation for me. That Creativity and literary expression of love, is obviously not limited to city folks or English language or these modern times alone :)

    I don't remember when was the last time I wrote a letter. Personal communication now-a-days, is only a crisp to-the-point email or a curt to-the-point phone call. I think I have forgotten to write a letter. And that I lift a pen only to write a grocery list for shopping. Hmm ...

    Monday, October 27, 2008

    Happy Diwali !!

    Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali & Properous New Year !



    Best Wishes to our family & friends !

    Especially to those in
    Tavarekere, Udupi, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Bhilai, Moonchapra  and Bangalore !

    PS: My MIL has made some of the Bestest Diwali Sweets ever.

    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    Moon Connection

    Chandrayaan - literally means Moon vehicle. This one will just hover around now and send us data. And for manned missions, we will have to wait till 2015. I am amazed they implemented it so soon. I remember hearing about this plan only recently. Oh wait it was 2003 !



    On the face of it, what do we have in it ? Is it a Rs 400 crore waste ? Which could have been given to "feed the poor" so to say ? Simplistically, theorotically, yes. But in this practical world, obviously not. That's where vision vs mission comes in. That is where Aspirations come in. I mean, if every poor aspired only to feed his stomach, some of the poor kids would not have made it to IIT's and all. We all eat, but we need more to live a life.



    I have my share of Moon connections.
  • Well the first (in case you missed out), my Blog name is Dew Moon Drop { Check my blog again when there is news on Dewdrops :)) }
  • Then, my native village is Udupi, which means the land of the "lord of the stars," who is the Moon !
  • And my Hubby's native village is Moonchapra !
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Baby Product Brand Endorsements



  • Wipro Baby Diapers: I have to say that they are the best !
  • Second option would be Huggies. And last choice will be Pampers. Wipro Baby Diapers are really cloth feel. They don't get wet & humid & stuffy, like others do.
  • Huggies Nappy Pads: Good for nap-time use for babies below 7-8 months. Or those who have not started to violently wither or turn around or move around the bed while sleeping. :) Johnsons Nappy Pads are not of that good quality. Price is same, but these are smaller.
  • Nestum Rice: Since Baby A was not taking cow milk very well, we started with Nestum instead of Cerelac. It does not have any milk powder in it.
  • Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder
  • Eyetex Kajal

    Apart from these, no other brand endorsements. But there is a whole list of Baby products that are useful. Maybe next time.
  • Tuesday, October 7, 2008

    Rock-On

    Am loving those Rock On !! songs.

    Not a hard core fan of rock, nor am knowledgable in any technicalities of music. I did have a Metallica phase in life. But for me ignorance is bliss, and I simbly enjoy the sounds of music.

    In that context, Rock-on songs are simply growing on me, each time I hear them on the radio. It's great to sing along and feel as free as a teen singing hoarse, without tune, without a worry of how it sounds. There is always some beauty in listening to an unpolished voice. Otherwise SaReGaMa & VOI wouldn't be such a hit.

    My all time favorite instrument in Rock are Drums. I have never played the real ones, just stuck to tapping on the metallic tables in my classroom. I like the beat. That makes the song catchy.

    All the usual suspects of rock are here. Drums, guitar strumming, screeching, chorus. Ah maybe all this is purist and no corruption. That's why it sounds all well. Lyrics, for someone so in love with words, I dont care a damn about any song lyrics. But amazingly this one had Hindi/Urdu lyrics. No English or Hinglish or Rap. And it made some sense too !

    Check out the drums in "Socha Hai". And the good old style video of "Pichale Saat Dinon Mein".

    Rock-On!!


    About the movie:

  • Luvred Farhan's singing

  • But his wife & his new life was too Hollywoodish. But chalega.

  • Film ka music acha, bahut acha, toh sab acha.

  • Good to see Luke Kenny in a Hindi movie. I mean the MTV guy was never seen around. And such good Hindi diction (hope its not dubbing).

  • Debbie, come on, who wouldn't be grumpy bearing those responsibilities for so many years ? Thankfully no one was the spacegoat and no blame game.

  • And how did the director convince these guys to chop off their hair ? Luke Kenny, I always pictured him with those silky tresses. Farhan, thanks to his TV appeareances always had those curls. And they went ahead & chopped them off ? Too much.

  • That way this movie could be a study, for it's screenplay and production management.

  • Movie ended well. That's what matters.

  • Btw, after watching this movie, I Heart Arjun Rampal.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2008

    Linky Linky

  • Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios

  • About the increasing Ceaserean procedures in India. (Source)

  • Power of Languages. And Internet - What Will Globalization Do to Languages? A Freakonomics Quorum

  • And all of the Amul ads.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2008

    A Wednesday on A Wednesday

    A Wednesday on A Wednesday - wow I realised this just now !

    With the current affairs being what it is, the most proactive action I could take was to watch the movie "A Wednesday" ... damn I feel so guilty about sarcasm. About the recent Saturday blasts, my MIL believes in the Aamir theory. She is sure, no educated young people nowadays can ignore their family and indulge in things which will cause so much heartburn to so many families. After all, those affected are not from any single community. She is sure such people have been coerced with some fear. Back to the movie world, the good part is that these movies now show how we are standing up. Here the hero is no Sunny Doel; here they are the common people and they are getting back.

    Watching this movie is hundred times better than reading it's review anywhere. The movie was non-tight, non-sleek, non-stylish, no-trendy camera angles, no-nonsense movie. And yet absolutely satisfying. Too short I say. Like a very well made Hindi thriller TV episode (is that even possible ?).

    The good guys did not preach or convert, they just took action. Oh ok, not forgetting the 'long explanation' at the climax. And Shergill's crisp summary after. But that speech was so well written, so real world words; like the director had parsed all blogs or picked from his neighbour's conversation or something. So real, so common, and so refreshing. I wish someone put it verbatim up on web. That way all dialogs were fresh & crisp, without any cocky background sound effect to convey intelligence.

    Some things were left loose ofcourse. What was that 'Beta' refrence in the last call ? And how come he was the 'chief strategist' & all pally with the 4, if eventually he turned out to be someone else ?

    And some logistical questions. How could he carry so much vegetable, so high up, in that flimsy plastic bag. I mean I buy that much every other day, and my jute bag keep threatening to tear apart. Plus the weight lifting pain. And how could he sit all afternoon in all that direct sun ? I mean yes the view is great, but it would be tough to get all that work done, in that sun.

    And what's with the name ? Absolutely no significance. But very chic yes.

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    Open world, open minds

    Govt staffers can take up to 3 yrs' child care leave

    This is one rule that could turn women in India Inc green with envy. The Centre has not only increased maternity leave for its employees to six months but has also cleared paid leave for two years to take care of children.
    Excellent ! Marvelous ! Stupendous ! This calls for celebration !

    If this (or any) society wants to progress or even stay alive, it has to consider the contribution of women - both at work and also at home. And it should tailor the work processes to accomodate child birth, adoption & child care.

    3 months maternity leave was really a joke. 6 months is adequate. And child care leaves are absolute necessity. Taking a clean job break is not possible anymore. We need to continue to use our education and worldly skills, while we raise our kids. Part-time, flexible hours, free-lancing, work from home - the world is opening up. Now our decision makers need to open their minds.

    Fingers-crossed for these benefits to seep in from government to corporate as well as unorganised job sectors too.

    Sunday, September 7, 2008

    BBAB

    These acronyms remind me of the "ABBG TPOG" Song.

    Anyway, so what is the Height of Desperation ?
    Me sitting right here in India, watching Ba Bahu Aur Baby (BBAB) on YouTube !

    With my days tightly packed with activities, living in the cable-free world is only beneficial. But memories of BBAB was giving me withdrawal pains. Till I discovered it again on YouTube (ya me Columbus !).

    Anyway, it's difficult to give up BBAB. Their set, costumes, witty repartees, camaraderie, बाल की खल निकालना, राय का पहाड़ बनाना, some old world naivety. With so many sample characters, the organized chaos only got more interesting every week. It was my every weekend night fix.








    A virtual tug to Hubby, to watch BBAB with me.

    Monday, September 1, 2008

    Orange Blossoms

    Clicked these fresh Orange blooms on a very early cloudy, foggy morning in my Mom's garden. I gotto say I saw my first Green colored Orange here.

    Orange Blossoms

    They say, we miss so much in city life. I still think 'growing', whether its vegetable, fruits or flowers is not our job.

    Thankfully, my daughter has been listening to the clucking of chicken since she was a week old. Thanks to my Mom & Dad, even I got to see milk direct from the cows, freshly plucked coriander leaves, Palak & a whole lot of fruits & vegetables, straight from the garden.

    Orange Blossoms

    This is my entry for CLICK - August, Citrus theme.

    Friday, August 29, 2008

    The One in Which

    ... Saif says in a TOI interview:
    Would I watch "Thoda Pyaar..."? No I prefer American films. I don't see that many Hindi films.
    This reminds me of the FRIENDS episode "The One With Joey's Interview", where Joey is tensed about his interview with Soap Opera Digest magazine and enlists his friend's help to control what he says. But ofcourse, as parting shot he does blurt out something true:
    Interviewer: Other than Days of Our Lives, what is your favorite soap opera?
    Joey: Oh, I don't watch soap operas. Excuse me, I have a life, you know?
    Interviewer (stunned): Thank you. The readers at Soap Opera Digest will be happy to learn that.

    And to think we unsuspecting public gratefully partake any bs the media (Films & TV) guys serve us. They don't put much thought or put responsibility in what they create. But we spend hours thinking, analysing & absorbing the thoughts & concepts they publicise. We grow on those lines, change our thinkings, even make them our culture. But the truth is, most of all Film & TV output is crap !

    No wonder parents across cultures, have a tight hold on every single thing their children are exposed to. Or indulge in manipulative brainwashing their kids, so they growup well. Ofcourse children will feel 'icky' about it and pen out angst pieces in children/teen magazines or blogs. But ultimately it works out fine.

    Frankly, it much better to let kids loose in playground, let them get into brawls with cousins & neighbour kids, let them participate in dogmatic orthodox religious family customs, be told all even juicy extended family history, rather then be babysat by TV. Living in the real world, whether good or bad, will only strengten their instincts and help them think & make decisions. As compared to watching TV or Films, where we simply offload conclusions derived by someone else, for their benefit.

    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Yuhooo ! And another Bronze !

    Ya, I think after tasting Gold, we have become more greedy.
    But Vijendar's Bronze is great too !



    There is something to be said about this Gen.
    Everyone kept cribbing about the "corrupt youth" and "wise elders".

    I say, look at the youth today. Focused towards education, careers, family, even environment. And now sports. Sports as in not cricket, but shooting, wrestling, boxing, tennis, football, golf & more. Each one wants to achieve more and thus contributes more individually, as compared to a pack of 10 of the older gen.

    I remember seeing angry young men in the 70's movies; they were angry coz there was shortage of 'government jobs' and so they were unemployed. So in the 80's & 90's, youth went about 'creating jobs', rather than waiting for vacancies. And now that focus has seeped into sports too. Efforts of these 3 guys & their families contributed to the success, more than any government effort.

    Keep it coming, you champs ! 3 more days to go.

    Thursday, August 21, 2008

    Lalita Pawar

    i found out that my one eye is closed when i wake up unexpected in the morning or middle of the night.

    its 1:30 am.
    right now am feeling sleepy.
    almost falling.
    but my one eye is open.
    & the other is shutting by itself !

    to give some background, when we were young, some of the late nights my brother & me would create some ruckus - watch TV loud & late or fight or something, my mom would stumble to our room, barely awake, with one eye shut tight, to dhamkaofy us to sleep off. so we would tease her as "Lalita Pawar" ! i would give more background, but i can barely type.

    anyway in recent times, i have taken over the Lalita Pawar tag. but atleast i have a scientific explanation about the cause !

    Wednesday, August 20, 2008

    Yuhooo ! Yet another medal !

    Bronze in Wrestling is great !
    Congrats Sushil Kumar !


    (Photo: ZeeNews)

    Friday, August 15, 2008

    Happy Independence Day !

    Happy Independence Day !

    I have a whole lot of good wishes for India. Among them:

  • More & better roads in each & every city & village.
  • Stricter RTO, so there are better drivers on road.
  • Honest Traffic police to stop horrible drivers & allow only non polluting vehicles.
  • All these leading to better safety for children, whether travelling to school in bus, auto or with parents.
  • Overnight, sonography practisioners should loose their knowledge to identify gender. That way more safety for children before they are born.
  • A Ministry of Education. Right now the HRD handles education as well. And obviously it is not on a priority for them. Separate ministry may be able to focus on what & how our children study. It can rethink of a lot of simple but important issues, like the heavy bags kids carry, drop-outs, course contents.
  • A strong voice for children in media and among economic decision makers. Because they do not have a say in these areas, children issues are often the most ignored ones.
  • Some new variant of agriculture economy so farmers wont face any loss. Maybe professional & lucrutive courses related to agriculture in economics, hoticulture & more. Maybe a whole new economic system which makes agriculture more profitable for the people who grow our grain.
  • More water harvesting and less electricity & fuel usage.

    New India may turn 61 today, but we have a lot to do for our children.

    My I-Day wishes from 2005 & 2006.

    Now to pep up the mood, I present my I-Day Playlist:

  • Vande Mataram - Maa Tujhe Salaam - A.R.Rahman
  • Mile Sur Mera tumhara
  • Vande Mataram - K3G
  • Yeh jo des hain tera - Swades
  • Chak De
  • Apni Azadi Ko Hum - Mohammad Rafi
  • Hum layen hai toofaan se Rafi in Jagriti
  • Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
  • Sarfarosh
  • Monday, August 11, 2008

    Yuhooooo ! Finally a Gold !

    Yuhooooo ! Finally a Gold !
    Congrats Abhinav Bindra !!!

    Photos: Bindra wins Men's 10m Air Rifle gold

    A perfect Independence Day gift !

    Wednesday, August 6, 2008

    Mother-In-Law Blogs !

    After Amitabh, Aamir, Salman & others, finally my Mother-in-Law has stepped into the world of Blogging !

    She will showcase her culinery adventures here. Most of which she can prepare blindfolded too. But here it is mainly for the benefit of her Son-in-law & Son who can feast their eyes (आँख सेक लो) on good home-made, actually Mom-made Indian food, from East & West parts of the globe, respectively.


    Friday, August 1, 2008

    Secure Gift

    Now-a-days all personal interaction, happens on mobile phones, webcam video-conf & voice chat, IM and ofcourse Emails. Postal service and courier is only for official documents & bills. Really, all romantic notions of letters have been thoroughly & definitely squashed.

    But once in a while, courier brings along a surprise or much-awaited gift. A usually very quiet, sober collegue of mine & who did not entertain chit-chat, she visibly melted when I got a courier parcel. My husband had sent me his photos & 2 novels from Toronto. "Oh so romantic to get parcel gift :)".

    Anyway those were the days. I always give my office address, as it's easier to collect courier. Mainly because it is not returned due to the no-response-on-door reason, like at home. Here an office department collects all couriers, email us to collect our consignment from the Dispatch department. (Or that it would be dumped in 3 days). Anyway so, we go there whenever free, collect the thing, be exicted and then life goes on.

    Barbie against AishwaryaBut now with the terror shadow everywhere, there is added exictment. I got a call from Dispatch to come over. Once there, they sent me off to entrance gate to collect my parcel. This was new ! Once there, after all signing & stuff, I got the packet. Now it was the company security's turn to check it up. And the thing beeped a lot ! So he gingerly opened it. We peeped in. Baby clothes & 2 long boxes. Which beeped. The dolls beeped, and they being Dolls, were definitely suspectable. But can anything fit inside Barbie dolls ? I don't think so. Few seconds of quiet decision making & I was off with my baby's gift from Aunty M :)

    I am not only happy for this added zing, but also thankful. The security people ,inspite of being in such stressful pressure, take their job so seriously. And hey, Thanks M !

    Saturday, July 26, 2008

    It's out there. Really ?

    I liked this desciption of Scully.

    "....This weekend, she'll be bringing all those chops back to the role that made her, and that's good news. In an entertainment world where women are disappearing from multiplexes, where men bulk up as superheroes while women don't eat but sip pink drinks, we need to remember that there was once a very short heroine who hunted monsters and talked about Einstein, who kicked ass and questioned her faith, who went to work with a man she loved but didn't rip his shirt off over lunch, who didn't want to believe, but opened herself nonetheless to possibility. We need Scully back, even for a moment."

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    "Time Management" by Randy Pausch

    "Time Management" by Randy Pausch, November 2007 - 86 min - Nov 28, 2007



    Found this link from Jugalbandi.

    It was a great lecture. Not a dull moment in that 1 hour. So humorous, so positive, so true. I must have read those points a hundred times in magazines, weblinks, what not - while doing something else too. We have taken multi-tasking to its heights, that now its a time waster. Instead watched this in the dead of night.

    Its a good reminder for me. That I should put some thought, and organise. Coz I now more important people to spend my time with.

    Not fine at all

    Today
    Serial bomb blast in Bangalore
    7 9 blasts rock Bengaluru - 7 in the afternoon & 2 in the evening on Mysore Road.


    (Image from CNN IBN)


    Glass breaking, metal dent,
    material possesions accquired after so much hard work,
    getting damaged, destroyed,
    Only the owners will know its pain.
    One needle prick, one knife cut, hurts so bad.
    How might the injured feel now ?
    And the kids and family of the "lady waiting for bus" ... they must be coping with so much now.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2008

    Turn, straighten, turn, straighten

    Let me begin with the grand 94.3FM Radio One PJ
    Rajnikant Idea No 111nama - The other day I went to the park. Policeman came and started screaming at me. I gave one tight slap. I said, "What is this ?" Car-ra. "Where is it?" Park-ka. "So what is this?" "Car Park". He he ha ha ha ha ...

    May not be funny in print, but it's funny to hear it on Radio. Especially that Rajni imitator. But something which is not funny, is the whole Car Parking subject.

    Finding a car park, say in Jayanager. Sliding it into the tini-tiny space, without touching. All those are old news. Something conquered and struggle forgotten. Now it's second nature.

    But now there are newer challenges facing us drivers in Bangalore. We face it each & every time we want to drive into that viscible free space. It's called "Multi Level Parking (MLP)".

    First time I parked in Forum MLP, I was totally floored. No, I did not floor the car or anything. I was absolutely fida. Forum MLP is that beautiful ! You enter the base level, turn the steering, just enough degree to tackle the turn. Bus, and now you could even fall asleep with your feet on accel. Till your ride screams "parking available". Coz the angle is so smooth, you can drive up nonstop. No changes required at all.

    That's it. I thought this is the parking heaven. This is what Bangalore needs. And soon I was feverishly praying for MLP's across Bangalore.

    My prayers were answered. MLP's did come up everywhere. Just that they forgot to employ the same engineer/designer. That means, most of them screwed up.

    Each MLP that came up was one degree more icky than the previous one. My office one is great. But it requires to adjust the steering at every level. Turn, straighten, turn, straighten. Imagine doing that for 6 floors. Imagine that much concentration, that much focus. Every since I discovered internet, my attention span has reduced so much - this much focus is the longest I ever have.

    Most screwed up would have to be the one in a mall near Koramangala Ring Road. My friend told me their MLP requires slow driving & reverse at every level. Reverse ! On a slope ! At every level ! I cannot even begin to imagine ... the level of stupidity. Seriously, reverse on a slope - I am definitely not going that side.

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Life changing role

    As besotted as I am, I think I need to wake up and get out of the sentimental pool. Because I have the higher authorities following up on me. That I am not teaching her anything. Teach her to eat, to walk, to talk. That they have to do everything.

    The first thing I faced after the post-partum honeymoon period was over, is the number of accusations I need to face. Nobody dared say anything to me when I was the quickfire rebellous youth. Now that I was besotted & vulnerable, everyone had something to say to me. "You feed her unboiled water, that's why she caught cold." "You didnt warm the food enough, so she is not eating." "Oh this is so hot, how can she eat?" "Look you gave cold food, how can she eat?" Someone might think I was not the mother !

    So now after the First Birthday Party, I have decided to take on the role of teacher too. That I will sit down & play with her. And teach her to sing, and play and what not. Sometimes I feel that's a Teacher's job. And that is their strength. No one can teach rhymes and tell stories like they can. Why should I even try ? Let me provide for other things.

    Which brings me to Housework. If there is one thing I hate about housework, it's that it just never ends ! Its totally 24x7. There is always something left to do. And once it is over, there it is again. No matter how quickly you finish or delegate it. Absolutely neverending loop. Earlier I thought SAHM is the best option. I would get to spend a LOT of my time with Baby. What I did not know was that, Housework would suck out all of my time. And it's no different, when I went back to work.

    So ultimately this area also needs discipline & mental power - to not be sucked into a guilt-trap about untidy house or food-not-on-time, etc. And just spend time with my kid.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2008

    Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na



    Just now saw ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’. I maybe out of movie watching or reviewing circuit, but I can't resist a choco-romance flick. I had to see what everyone was raving about.

    Definitely good movie. I thoroughly enjoyed the part from the time Jai tell his Mom "Never again" and steps out of his home, till the end. Or rather from the time he enters Sushant's house.

    And "Jignes The Patel". He was funny without trying to be hilarious.

    Imran is definitely a good looking chap. His clean shaven look is a welcome relief, from the current trend of stubbles. As good as his agreeable quick-witted personality was, so was his "voilent streak" that Paresh Rawal keeps referring to.

    And I Just Loved "Pappu Can't Dance Sala" !
    "Kahin to hogi woh..." was also good.

    (Photo Courtsey: www.apunkachoice.com)

    Friday, July 11, 2008

    Happy Birthday Baby

    Aankhon mein teri
    Ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Ho…
    ankhon mein teri
    ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Dil ko bana dein jo patang
    Saansein ye teri vo hawaayein hain

    Aayi aisi raat hai jo
    Bohat khush-naseeb hai
    Chaahe jisse door se duniya
    Vo mere kareeb hai
    Kitna kuch kehna hai
    Fir bhi hai dil mein sawaal kaheen
    Sapnon mein jo roz kaha hai
    wo phir se kahun Ya nahee

    Aankhon mein teri
    Ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Ho…
    ankhon mein teri
    ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Dil ko bana dein jo patang
    Saansein ye teri vo hawaayein hain

    Tere saath saath aisa
    Koi noor aaya hai
    Chaand teri raushni ka
    Halka sa ik sayaa hai
    Teri nazron ne dil ka kiya jo hasharr
    Asarr ye hua
    Ab inmein hi doobke ho jaaun paar
    Yehi hai dua

    Aankhon mein teri
    Ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Ho…
    ankhon mein teri
    ajab si, ajab si, adaayein hain
    Dil ko bana dein jo patang
    Saansein ye teri vo hawaayein hain

    (Credits - Javed Akta & Vishal D in Om Shanti Om)


    I am very good with all babies.
    I can endlessly talk with most kids and they with me.
    But with my Baby A, I am totally awestruck & tongue-tied.
    Even though it's exactly One Year this day.

    I am very good with all the baby-care work too.
    Providing, cleaning, arranging, sleep, food, clothing, books, toys, hygiene, everything.
    But one look at her face, one gurgle, one coo, one toothless gummy grin - and that's it, I become one lovestruck, speechless bumpkin.
    This OSO song is absolutely is the right one - about her, about me.

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    Pappu radio chala

    Swaying NilgirisThere is something about morning commute and radio. Wind in the hair. Gloomy cloudy sky even at 9am. Driving on a route with no signals, slowing only at speed-breakers.

    And suddenly scream "Hooi hooi hooi hooi, But Pappu cant dance sala ..."

    Radio One 94.3FM is my current favourite day-time radio channel. (Nothing can beat Vivdh Bharti for a quite peaceful night). And I have to endorse RJ Prithvi. He is definitely very entertaining without being a nuisance. His 'News in Kanglish' is laugh-worthy everytime.

    Btw there was a promotion of Love Story 2050, and in which Harman Baweja says, "... mujhe milye, mein hoon Harman Baweja.."

    Twing ... I was transported to the Film Studio canteen where Pappu Master was lecturing Omprakash Makhija on the importance of proper name in Films. Gotto say he is right. If you don't find the connection, try repeating HB'a name a few times.

    Tuesday, June 3, 2008

    Monsoon & Mangoes are here !

    Dark cloudy evening

    Monsoon arrived on the cue, straight this weekend. Actually Monsoon is too heavy a word. In Bangalore, it only means dark clouds, cool wind and light showers. All the road flooding is man-made, so I wont include it in Monsoon definition.

    And this being Mango season, they are just everywhere. Whether it's chilly, dark outside or hot sunny afternoon, nothing beats a tangy kairi with salt & chilly ! Absolutely drool-worthy.

    Mango, salt & chili ! More Mangoes

    Sunday, June 1, 2008

    Museum Outing

    To kick start my nephew's summer vacation here, we decided to visit Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological museum & Venkatappa Art Gallery at Kasturba Gandhi Road (approach it from Hudson Circle).

    Driving anywhere in Bangalore is dead tiring. And that we were. First thing we did, well after a nearly half-an hour of parking struggle, was to grab a few chairs and gourge on sandwiches. Thankfully baby did not make a fuss about her meal. I was worried the sculpturers nearby would fire me for disturbing their creavitity etc. There was some kindof Art mela going on, with paintings on sale & artisits chipping away on stone.

    About the parking adventure, well I casually turned left on the road to parking area, so did the cars beind me. And ofcourse there were cars ahead of me. Everyone moved ahead at the speed of 10. And soon it became evident, that there is no more space ahead & the only way out being the one we entered from. And since it was a narrow lane, everyone was stuck. There was no one at the entrance to stop more incoming cars. These kind of situations really need patience and with everyone in the same mess, patient is the only thing to be. So now it was first-gear-ahead-reverse-gear-back routine for everyone in order to make some space & fit in. I say forget trekking & mountaineering & all, driving & parking in Bangalore is lot more adventurous.

    Basically I have this knack to begin every outing by being tired, and then going ahead from there. Anyway, so after all this, all I wanted to do was sit quitely. But not so my nephew, who was all charged up, that we had finally reached some destination. So he hopped around and explored the Lotus pond and then into the Art Gallery, and then came running back, screaming about "huge sitar in there".

    We started with Antique Museum (History : check). And then moved to the Science Museum in the next building (Mechanics, Electronics, Biology: check check check).

    Wright Brothers Plane replica Head on plate

    One thing really good about such places, I mean after discarding all artistic & scientific pretences away, something really practically good, is that you have someone or something else to entertain the kids. So while my main aim at every floor was to hunt for a free chair, my nephew had exciting time following the ball on the Energy loop, being a goalie in a virtual reality football, checking out floating balls & tornados and infinity well, and how all things mechanical & eletrical work.....

    Science Museum Science Museum

    And then we moved to the Art gallery. The "huge sitar" was in Venkatappa section. This one some pretty watercolors of Ooty & other hill stations. Top floor had Hebbar works. Middle floor was some contemprary artist works. Good ones too. But absolutely no labels, no information, on-sale-no-sale, nothing. So basically it's a good way to enjoy good visuals without interference. (Drawing: check)

    Painting @ Vekatappa Art Gallery Painting @ Vekatappa Art Gallery

    UB CityOne thing I absolutely love about Bangalore, is that it's never hot for more than a few hours. So while the entire morning was all hot & humid, evening was cloudy and then light showers. Lovely chill. This is a good view from the Art Gallery, of the UB City Tower against the cloudy sky.

    Sunday, May 25, 2008

    My Mom's Kitchen Shelf

    My Mom's Kitchen Shelf. And my entry to the CLICK May 2008 event.

    CLICK Beans n Lentils


    This month's theme is "Beans 'n Lentils". I have always been a fan of Lentils or Daals. And only now do I realize, that they are a manna. Very nutritious and tasty and quick to cook, especially for Baby food.

    Let me share my recipe for Baby food. This has variety and considering that it has to be made day after day, for 3-4 meals a day, very convenient, as it does not require much thought. Rice, Daal & Veggies mentioned below can be used in different permutation-combination.

    Ingredients:

  • Rice: White, brown
  • Lentil/Daal: Moong, Toor/Arhar, Masoor
  • Veggie: Carrot, Potato, Cabbage, Spinach/Palak, Cauliflower, Sweet potato
  • Salt & Turmeric
  • Broken wheat: Optional

    1) Wash equal portion of Rice, Daal & Wheat in pressure cooker.
    2) Add double quantity water.
    3) Add a pinch of salt & turmeric powder.
    4) Add chopped veggies
    5) Pressure cook to very soft.
    6) Puree a meal portion.
    7) Store the remaining in Fridge. Puree fresh when required.

    It's a form of kichdi. But once pureed, it gets a look of Pudding or fruit-less Custard. This pureed food is the best till Baby is toothless.
  • Monday, May 19, 2008

    What I Did This Summer ?

    Summer vacations. We are half-way through. Schools might start in a few weeks. I don't remember much details about my vacations, except it was fun, just games outdoors with my brother and friends or visits to Grandpa home in Udupi. That totally changed with college and after starting work, I think I completely forgot what it means !

    It's only now with the challenge of entertaining my cousins & nephew, who are here for the vacations, that I am slowly going back in time. Initially it's just TV and their usual outdoor play, and some tinkering with mobile phones. With nearly every adult having his/her own mobile, each different make & model along with their Games, that's a lot of keeping-them-busy. But there is a limit to how much TV one can watch. It's a wakeupcall only when one of them gets a headache. So now I was the organiser, rather than the vacationee.

    Kids are notorious for getting bored every minute. So this is a list of things for them to do which requires minimum adult supervison.

      Gadgets:
    1. Photography: Thanks to Digital cameras, they can take unlimited photos, make mistakes, learn, experiment. Also add mobile camera phones.
    2. Computer games, DishTV, TataSky games
    3. Other video games

      Games: No matter how modern times, traditional games are always at your rescue.
    4. Scrabble
    5. Chess
    6. Cricket
    7. Swimming or just thrashing around in water tank
    8. Byheart a book on Capital & Flags of all Countries. It's fun to toss around a Capital quiz at dinner
    9. Word: Boggle, Name-Place-Animal-Thing

      Projects:
    10. Paper Puppets: Draw out characters (like Joker) or objects (tree, ball). Stick it to another paper, with a broom stick in between. Cut around the outline. That's one puppet. And then play out a story from behind the sofa. Yesterday, we taped one such play, and then spent rest of the day, laughing at every rerun!
    11. Socks or cloth puppets, if you have more time to guide.
    12. Leaf Project: Collect leaves of different plant. stick them in project book. Label them.
    13. Book reading: Out loud
    14. Scrap book: Give each child a diary. Let them cutout & paste any picture that catches their fancy. From old magazines & newspapers. Cars, cricketers, mobile phones, nature, animals, etc. Watch this scrap book grow with each vacation.
    15. Drawing book: 10 drawings per vacation. Inspiration is all around us. Household objects, plants, animals, etc.


      Outings: Picnics at
    16. Lalbagh
    17. Cubbon Park
    18. Museum tour: Art & Science Museum at Kasturba Gandhi Road; Innovatice Film City has numerous ones (Dino, Fossil, Wax, Ripleys Believe it ot not)
    19. Big Banyan Tree

      Finally:
    20. And then signoff the vacation with an Essay on, "What I did this Summer !"




    Monday, May 12, 2008

    Voted !

    For the Karnataka Assembly Election on 10-July-2008.
    For a government that will complete all the in-progress Road work.
    And a whole lot more.

    Voted

    Friday, May 9, 2008

    My Daughter's Room

    My Daughter's Room

    Made this watercolor for a Drawing competition.
    Topic was "Vision 2020".
    So my entry was - "My Daughter's Room in the Year 2020" !

    Friday, April 25, 2008

    Up in the skies






    My baby's second flight. On our way back from Pune.
    Clouds looked like delicious ice cream scoops.
    Despite many attempts to show her the clouds, she simply focussed on the window glass pane. Maybe it was too much glare for her.