"Within infinite myths lies an eternal truth. Who sees it all, Varuna has but a thousand eyes Indra, a hundred You and I, only two. "

Monday, April 6, 2009

On the road to self discovery

lines from the book 'Zahir' by Paulo Coelho. The lines below are something very close to a prayer...read on ..n think...

"we were born into a time of revolt.we pour all our enthusiasm into it, we risk our lives and our youth , and suddenly , we feel afraid and the initial joy gives way to the real challenges: weariness, monotony, doubts about our own abilities. We notice that some of our friends have already given up. we are obliged to confront loneliness,to cope with sharp bends in the road, to suffer a few falls with no one near to help us, and we end up asking ourselves if it is worth all the effort.

IT IS and we will carry on, knowing that our soul, even though it is eternal, is at this moment, caught in the web of time, with all its opportunities and limitations. We will as far as possible free ourselves from this web. When this proves impossible and we return to the story we were told , we will nevertheless, remember our battles and be ready to resume the struggle as soon as the conditions are right.'

Monday, March 23, 2009

Re-awakening of the curious scientist in me ...

I am reading this fantastic book ..."Surely_You_re_Joking_Mr_Feynman_Adventures_of_a_Curious_Character" by Richard P. Feynman. I learnt that while we were busy memorizing our books and taking exams, we missed out on all the learning and all the fun. Memorizing killed our curiosity and tendencies to explore the wonder, that is everything around us.
a simple e.g.
our textbooks would have told us "Triboluminescence" is the phenomenon when certain crystals emit light when crushed. How many of us would have really understood that? though 90% of us would have memorized the definition. Would we be able to associate the above to taking a lump of sugar, crushing it in the dark to see a bluish flash ??
More importantly would we have been curious and excited to go crush sugar in a dark room and find it out for our selves?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My new resolution ....

Starting today I am implementing a new thing ...while driving I will not shout or curse at the first 20 maniac drivers/episodes each day. I hope it will help ease out the road rage, I seem to be developing :D. It certainly will improve my patience ... and also help me count the number of transgressions, I encounter on my 50 km journey each day ..hmmm maybe in reverse also tell my current level of tolerance :).

Yesterday, we (Rob, Ramki n me ) over dinner had a discussion on politics ..etc etc in India and off course on my ride back home my mind went on an overdrive. All previous discussions started running in parallel. From Vinu's "if good brains leave India where will the remaining majority not-good brains lead India", to Steve's "Shivaji turning in the sky over what his so called followers are doing in his name and glory" not to mention the "Jumma Chumma" song they were playing on his birthday.
As per history, there are two guess estimates for Shivaji's birthdate and his so called followers subject him and the poor suspecting public to loud, ludicrous filthy songs on both these dates. Maybe the MNS or RSS or Shiv Sena should have opening of small scale discos catering to "Basti-taste" music on their agendas. Ramki maybe you can suggest this at the next MNS meet and they will make you a super-member :) (or give you a way to delist as a member)
btw all open source lovers check out the MNS website
( beware enjoy the website but DONT test run /fill any simple looking form or you will become a member of the MNS).

Monday, March 9, 2009

Emotional Attyachar ...

the famous song from the movie DevD was actually sung by Rangeela and Raseela from Harish Brass band from Chandigarh. My dear Steve and Vinu are the two most happiest people (after Rangeela and Raseela) about the fact ...I think, this is the only thing they will forever remember about the movie :P
Talking about movies.. we went to see 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' yesterday ...the first half was decent but the later was a total attyachar on the concept, the story and offcourse on me.
Well friends said that what goes around comes around and this is/was payback for the attyachar of me subjecting them to 'SlumDog millionaire". well well ... I totally believe that both movies were over hyped and none deserved an oscar ..... but I love the 'rags to riches' story line from slumdog and not to mention the happy ending and Rehman 'Jai Ho' Oscar... so net a thumbs up for Slumdog and two thumbs down for CCBB :D
This month I think my flavor would be for controversial movies ... I saw Delhi 6 and liked it...
Hmmm the music is good so is the cinematography. The story is a bold one with a sloppy ending but I liked it and I have to say .. I like AB baby's choice of movies .... Bunty and Bubli, Dostana, Bluf master, Sarkar raj, and Delhi 6.
The only non-controversial but totally fab movie we watched was 'Wait Until Dark' staring Audrey Hepburn as a blind lady...totally awesome movie the plot.. the acting ..can always borrow the dvd from me.
"thats all folks. " adios and enjoy

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Childhood to pre-wedding to post wedding with 50 years of marriage to follow :)

well .. well my sister is getting married end of feb. So everyone is excited ..running around ..finishing the 10001 errands that need to be done. Some required some mundane ...but nevertheless they have to be done . :).
All this while, I am thinking my little kid sister has suddenly grown up and has become a woman. Somehow she was still a kid while she was studying to became a doctor and even after she did her MD and can deliver babies into this world. It never struck me that she would soon outgrow being my partner in pranks. :)
Neways, we are eagerly awaiting the wedding and then will wait for the chaos to end...shed some tears as we let our dear daughter go ... but also rejoice as she starts her 50 odd years of marriage
and wish that each moment be filled with love, happiness, joy and the best.
loads of love n hugs

Monday, February 9, 2009

So I wrote to the Editor ...

inspired by the "Pink chaddi Movement" .. (well no the Pune traffic police aren't going to get any pink, brown or any other color chaddis...).
Coming back to today's Pune mirror and the article "Buckling under pressure" which had the passionate tone of how the traffic police dept. is striving to regulate the traffic in this city. I read it and thought dispassionately ..hmmmm.. Is that so ?
well in my moment of dispassion, I got passionate like Nisha Susan and wrote the following letter to the editor..
Hi There,

Your article is right about traffic in Pune being pathetic and the need to regulate it. However is enforcing a 'seat belt' rule a step to combat this? Personally I feel that, it is more to add to the the traffic police's treasury than to streamline Pune traffic. Additionally, what is the Traffic Police's contribution besides to stop (further disturbing traffic flow) and fine ?
Mr. Manoj Patil should on his trip to Mumbai, notice the 'Lane' system. Implementing that in Pune will not only bring in the crores but also easy the traffic problems in the city. Probably he would have to set up booths at every major traffic signal to fine the six lane traffic on a two lane road.,, but then isn't that a mega bucks opportunity?

Maybe ..I should have just send them brown chaddis... or better still ask everyone stopped for the same rule to hand over their chaddi to the traffic police guy?
Hey ..are the chaddi makers ready ? this year could turn out to be their best .. hmmm .. any chaddi company's listed on the NSE?
well .. thank the doorbell for distrupting the train of thought :

one week + one day

..without any scratches /dents / major -minor dumps on my car .. a day to celebrate ... YIPEEE
Steve would be so proud of me ... and Vinu, who is my navigator, in a more relaxed state... for finally the Schumacher inside me has been tamed.