Monday, December 20, 2010

Darkness

I wish it not be dark
Why people need death-black to sleep?
I prayed for a glowworm!
Wish I could see her beauty once more!

No word to describe her beauty!
Got carved in my mind!
A glance took me half way to heaven?
Her smile like thousands of full moons together!

Bad luck, she got immersed in darkness!
Darkness s calling me to gift sleep!
Will any light wake me up,
In my dark sleep?


N.B: I wrote this while traveling in Island Express last week. First attempt with poems :P

Monday, October 18, 2010

“It is there, but it is not” – Trip to Lepakshi (Andhra Pradesh)

This weekend was more of confusion. Where to go to? Lepakshi or Shivaganga? We stretched till 12AM on Friday with Google searches. But couldn figure out which one to pick. Atlast decided we will sleep :P .


Junior Kumbakarna was still in bed at 8 AM. Had to blow thousands of horns to wake him up :). After a herculean task he got up and we started at 9.30 to Lepakshi. Had breakfast from Marathahalli and the wheels started rolling to AndhraPradesh by 10.00 AM. Speedometer marked km as 485.


Lepakshi is actually a small village that is situated in the east of Hindupur, which falls under the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. This settlement is famous for its artistic temples, which date back to the 16th century. A striking specimen of the Vijayanagar style of architecture is the Lepakshi Temple. It has a huge complex where three shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Virabhadra are to be found.


Sun was just above the head. Trip was not going that easy as last week trip to Hogenakkal. We crossed Nandi Hills deviation. Speedometer was touching 109-112 most of the time. Roads were too good and lonely. Could hardly see some people. Finally at around 12 we reached Bagepalli. We took a left turn to Lepakshi. Another 20 more kms.


We loved the village roads. Both side they have agricultural lands, mainly Corn. Corns were lying beside the roads.



I could see some interesting faces on the road. Most of them were camera friendly. They were easily posing to me!





One thing I noticed was “It is there, But it is not”. So many people were in farms and roads. But hardly found any houses near the road side. Where do they live?


Many Shepherds were on roads. Enjoyed clicking some pics!



A huge Nandi Statue welcomed us. We asked some of the villagers about temple. We couldn hardly understand any word. Felt like Telegu is bit complicate :P We tried Hindi. One guy came to our help. Asked us "Aapko kis temple mein jana hei?" Logged to team-bhp site from BB and found it's Veerbhadra temple. We parked our bike near a small shop, left our shoes there and walked to temple.


Amazed at seeing the architecture. I have been to Tanjavur, the city with Chocolate temple. I suppose this is great in architecture too. We took some pictures, spend around 2 hours there. By the time tummy started calling for help. We were damn hungry. Came out and had couple of tender coconuts. It was more than enough. Started back at 3.30 P.M. We just stopped to have a tea.


Bangalore welcomed us with a heavy shower. Enjoyed it a lot. I have never seen such a rain in Bangalore. I was not able to drive. Some how we crossed Devanahalli. As always rain was just in a diameter of 2 km :)


I could see some amazing cloud formation in the golden hour. By the time I stopped the bike, brother took the gear and gave me. Clicked a lovely shot.





Back to Marathahalli at around 6. It was a nice trip. I will give 8/10. After a long time I am taking so many pictures. Thanks to team-bhp members for the wonderful writing in the site. Just because of that we visited Lepakshi. If we missed this, it would have been a great loss. Speedometer stopped at 740 Km. Overall 230 kms up and down.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trip to Hogenakkal

After such a long time I am writing a Travelogue. Fridays hit so many google searches from me and cousin. We will try to find a good place around Bangalore to have a trip in weekend. Our target destination will be below 100 kms. After seeing Hogenakkal pictures and travelogues we planned to go there. It is around 180+ kms, so was worried to have a long trip in bike. Till midnight we were in confusion. At last a one rupee coin came to our help and we tossed it. Immersed ourselves into sleep with dreams about Hogenakkal.

Our plan was to start at 5 AM. But we woke up at 4 and started by 4.45. I was afraid to give him the key. He is another avatar of “Kumbakarna”. I started the ride. Sun was on the way to Bangalore, not yet reached :). Roads were dark. I was riding at a speed of 90-95 kmph. Was bit worried to go beyond that, as roads were still pinch dark. By around 7 AM we crossed Krishnagiri. Now we have 70 more kms. We had a stop and had a nice morning tea.


Roads were clearer now. But I was not able to concentrate on driving. The nature was so scenic in early morning. I often had a look at sky, nearby places, farms. I stopped the bike, handed over key to him and took my gear out. Clicked some captures. Couple of people came to us, prob getting scared of the big camera which I was having J After 10 min of photoshoot we started again. Dharmapuri was about 40 kms then. I took out my BB and searched in google map to find out from where we need to deviate to Hogenakkal. In another half an hour we crossed Dharmapuri and moved to Hogennakal Road.


I have no words to describe the beauty of nature. Let my pictures speak for me. Felt like I am in Kerala (prob Kerala before 50 years?). Could see so many agricultural lands, paddy fields.




We were sure that we will reach destination in another 30 min. Roads were too good. Our stomach started making its call. Searched for a hotel all through. Atlast we found one typical Tamil nadu hotel in “Pennagramam”. It was so delicious. We were surprised to see the bill. Just 40 rs? If I were in Bangalore, I had to pay a minimum of 150 Rs for that breakfast. Still 15 more kms to reach. As expected by 9 AM we reached Hogenakkal.


We parked our Bike in the Parking ground. Need to walk till falls. Agents started coming asking for Oil Massage. Got the ticket to enter the falls. They found my cousins’ mobile camera and asked us to get camera pass for that also. It was strange :P


I became sad after seeing the first falls. Thought we wasted our money just to see this small falls. But it was just a starting. There were so many small falls in each nook and corner.


Found that so many boats waiting for us. Everyone was asking for 800 -1200 for two people. We had a bargain and got one nice guy for 600 Rs. It was a nice time in the boat. After some 10 min in boat, we were asked to get down and start walk through forest. The boatman carried the boat and started walking with us. Around 1 km we walked through the forest.


There it came to another falls. That was the biggest. As a photographer I felt I am a failure to capture the entire beauty. It was an Amazing view!

There were ladies frying Fish. I thought I will take a picture. That lady asked me “Are you seeing Fish for the first time?”


Again into the boat. At around 12 we were back in the starting point. Had a quick bath in a small fall and started back to Bangalore.


We had a nice time there and were really missing the place. Wanted to stay back for some more time. But if we were late, it will be hard to drive back to Bangalore at night. Speedo meter tried to hit the max of 115 km and we came back in Bangalore by 4 PM.


Friday, September 3, 2010

The main "Trunk"!

Its after a long time I am taking my pen for the blog! Sorry for staying away! Time keeps murmur on my ears its high time to take my Pen and Paper! But couldn't make it! This time I am here with something which all of us experience in our life, still we don't care that!

My mom's Dad expired before my birth itself! I have only seen Mom's Mom! Her family consists of 2 sisters and 2 brothers! Pretty big family which i have seen! It's only after my Grand mom passed away i realized so many things!

A tree will have only one main Trunk, but have so many branches and leaves! She was like the "Trunk" of a big Tree! The tree can teach you forbearance and tolerance. It offers shade to all, irrespective of age, sex or religion, nationality or status. She was a big tree! But once she passed away, I felt like trunk is getting decayed! It was she, who supported the small leaves, buds, flowers and branches of that big tree!

I used to think why God Created man unique? Each and every man unequaled With different colour, creed, languages, religions? The way one thinks, one talks, one looks! It wont match with another! That's why each human is unique!

Do you think this is a blessing? To be really frank, I am 50-50. One way,Yes, it does! You can never be replaced! You are too special! But in other way, No :(

In my college days, I used to work in students' political parties! The main reason why i loved to attend the meetings are there will be some sort of unity! The people who assemble used to have only one vision and mission! We work together for that vision!

But when mankind is different, they THINK different. Conflicts happen! I believe the reason for disagreements / fights among human race are just because of this?

You will be different! You may be a small bud, a small leaf, or a big branch, but you all belong to the main Trunk! The trunk which holds the humanity! Let that trunk be "Love"! I belive this quote,

To Love is Nothing..
To be Loved is Something..
To Love and be Loved is Everything!

Let Love be the main Trunk which holds each one of us! Let this Trunk alone Lead us! Let peace be Ruler in this world!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Old vs Young!

Sunday is always a church day! Today when I was in church I saw a GrandDad who wearing a traditional outfit, "Dhoti / Shirt and (Thoorthu))", a scene which is so rare in Bangalore churches! I felt so attached to him! I missed my Grand Dad and Mom! But that gave me a topic for blog!

When you are young your parents or those elder to you are GUIDES. But once you enter into Youth, you feel like they are outdated? Or Gen gap? There will be so many contradictions! But when you are in their age you will realize the truth! I remember a story told by a speaker in a meeting! Once there lived an Orthodox Family in a small village of Kerala. Parents wanted their son to have better education and future. They send him abroad. Got placed in a big company and so started thinking of marriage. Parents wanted him to get married to a traditional Kerala Girl. He told his Dad "This is my Life. You dont understand anything." He got married to a white and settled there! Years passed by and He became a Dad and his son is on to marriage. Dad told son "I did wrong, so at least you should not repeat it. Marry a simple/ traditional girl". Son got irritated and told his Dad "This is my life and You don't understand anything". Dad learned a new lesson at that moment!

This is how life goes. Its all a cycle. I remember one saying! "Everyman has to come down to Church for 3 times. First time he will be CARRIED by parents for Baptism. Second time he will be in his legs for Marriage. Third and last time someone will CARRY him in a coffin" We have to go through each stages! Have to see coming generations walking in the same way we did!

This is were I believe the role of Elders take place. They have seen this World much before than you do! They have already walked more than you do now! So you feel we should respect them? I will say YES!

But now i have a different thought! I believe GOD is someone who was there from starting of universe. Or he created the Universe itself. How many Generations, How many people he has seen? Still watching the same movie with just characters getting replaced! I feel I should at least respect him in this manner! Sometimes he talks to me through natural signs, prevent me from doing bad! Do i hear to him? My answer is NO at times? I tell him "This is my Life and You Dont understand anything"

"The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books".

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Call from Past!

It is always good to recall the past sometime, walk through the way of life we had! It gives us a different feeling!

Today early morning I went to play badminton in a nearby club, came back and switched on TV, heard "Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavandu!"

Two reasons made me think about the past! Game in the early morning and the song! When we were in college we used to play Badminton, go to gym in early mornings. (Dont think it was a routine. We used to go only on the days just before exams and on exams :P)

"Lokah samasta" song is the wake up alarm at Amrita, our College :) In Beginning days used to wake up at early morning at 5.00 AM! At 6 we have a tea in mess, by the time Warden will put this song all through speakers to wake up others :) I used to have hot coffee listening the the soothening music!

But slowly getting senior in college, 5.00 AM was ruled off! Alarm becoming irritating :P

When I think about those old days, i am so glad! The days which I spent in college with friends, our chats till midnight!

What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment.You have to know the past to understand the present. History is something which we leaves for the future generation.

An Anonymous quote "If you live in this world, either write something good for the future generation or leave a good story of your life so that they can take it as an example!" Dont forget the past when you live! Try to learn lessons and get energy from the same. Future wont forget the past of you when you leave!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Perfect Bday Gift !!!

Today April 15th is my Brothers day! I got some time to think about the topic. What should be the perfect Birthday Gift? It is one of the very special day which we have in each year. We get phone calls, sms, mails, scraps, wall posts, tweets and gifts from our loved ones. The day which we feel we are too good. We are special. We are something in this world. A positive attitude guides us throughout the day. I was so happy when I get calls from my friends wishing a Very Happy Birth day! We used to celebrate it, party that day! It is a good way, or a decent way to celebrate. But is this the Best way which we can celebrate our birth day?I feel not.

Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world. So i have some questions!

1. Who are you?
2. What are you?
3. How you are here?

I don't have a direct answer for that. My answer is, Who ever you are it is because of someone! What ever you are it is because of someone! How ever you are here, it is because of someone! I mean this someone is none other than your Parents. Your loving Dad and Mom. Just for a minute take your memory to your good old days. The day which you celebrated your first bday with your parents? The first birthday cake mom made for you when you were in First grade? I dont feel any other cake is delicious than it which i had in my life. The day which i was with my parents.

I conclude here. Whenever someone wish me a Very Happy Bday, I thank my Parents for what i am now. I thank them for what they gave me. I thank them for the pains they suffered for me. I feel the very Perfect gift will be a deep hug and a nice kiss to them. Nothing other than that.

Friday, March 19, 2010

He will never die !!!

Last year on Feb i wrote a blog "Rest in Peace". One of my friend passed away in a car accident. I couldn believe that. His orkut profile was filled with "RIP" messages! It is a year now. After that i was unable to see his orkut profile itself. I felt sad. I also thought google will delete that account, when it gets idle.

When ever I log in to orkut, the first thing I do is to check bday calendar, wish them a Happy Bday. I will have a long list of friends usually. Yesterday when i checked i could find out his name in the list. His Bday is on March 31. Couldn wait to click his profile. I went to his scrap book, but just couldn believe. Many scraps from his friends telling about their news, updates in life. Sending "miss you" scraps. I read each one of them carefully. I could find so many people scrapping daily updating themselves.

It gave me a deep thought. I could find the love and missing which they do have! It is uncomparable. I was just curious to know why they do this? Dont they know he is not alive, or he cant check the scraps and reply to them?

I took one from the scrap book and messaged her, why she does this? She used to send each and every day a scrap to him. The reply which i got was more shocking. It is his own sister. I have no more words to say.

His last orkut status message was, "I am living through each one of u..." Now i feel, Yea he is living and he will be !!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I am Blind !!!

Today I was going to shop. It was heavy traffic at that time. I wanted to cross the road. I noticed one blind man standing near the bus stop trying to talk to some people. They were not at all noticing him. By the time I reached close to him. Almost the same time, one more guy came near him. He wanted to cross the road. I took his hand and waited there so that the policemen will signal a stop soon and we can cross easily. Even thought Police man didn’t notice us, after waiting for sometime, we crossed the road safely. He asked me direction for a so called place. I was pointing towards that direction where he should go. I clearly explained him what the other side will also take him, so that he wouldn’t have any confusion. But he was not convinced. Then only I realized the truth that I am pointing the direction to a guy who can’t see. Seriously I got dumbfounded thinking what a fool I am. How can I forget that I was talking to guy who can’t see my actions or pointing? Then only I realized a truth he is not blind, I am the one who is blind. We all often behave like this. In reality we often do the same thing. We are not bothered about someone who is near us. We are bothered about our next assignment, or our own world. Who is real blind here?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Smile - Behind Bars?

I often used to think about this topic. Why Smile is always behind the bars? Before I take my camera everyday, I used to think what sort of theme am I going to shoot that day. Each day we will be in different emotions. I try to make a theme on the day's mood. Last week I took a picture. It was a smiley ball. Here is the capture.




I am not sure, have you ever thought about my blog title anytime? Sometimes I feel people lost smile. But as always the brilliant people come up with beautiful quotes. “You haven't lost your smile at all, its right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.” Often we forget the good things in this world, and worry about the unwanted things. Is it because we are anxious about our future? The very next day? Or the very next hour? Even the very next minute? Probably this anxiety will be the major reason. We are tensed. We are worried. We are more over nervous.

 

I feel these same reasons can bring our smile back. If we are anxious about the very next day, or minute or even second, why cant we give a smile and send him your happiness? Have you ever checked your face when you are angry or frustrated with the face when you smile? Which one looks beautiful?

 

I believe the words of Mother Theresa are really true. “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful. A smile happens in a flash, but its memory can last a lifetime. Even if you are unknown to other person, even if your language is different from the other, even if your caste, color, creed are different, a smile can make him closer to you. There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all. A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

 

Let us take a decision today. Our decision may change the world a better place to live. We can try for a change from the grass root level. I urge your participation. I am not asking for a herculean task. Just a simple message for you to follow. “Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. May Love rule this world.”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tomato Fry – Fast and Easy !!!

Today morning Mom was asking Tomato Curry. So thought why cant I try a Tomato Fry. Checked some of the recipes (Tutorials ) and started with it. After the grand finale I thought it will be a good idea to make it as a blog. Will be different in my stream too. I am not a Pro-Chef. I don’t know the rules for writing a recipe. Anyway here you go 

If you are in a hurry to office, I suppose this is a good dish to try out. You can carry the dish to dinning table in less than 10 minute. (If you are a beginner in the field, like me you can try impressing someone with this. Hahaha )Tomato fry is a simple and spicy side dish served in small local restaurants in Kerala.

Ingredients

Tomatoes (Ensure that they are juicy red tomatoes (not the green tomatoes)) – 5 to 6
Onions - 2
Turmeric powder- I tbsp
Salt - 1 tbsp
Coriander Leaves
Green Chillies - 2
Mustard seeds
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
Water – 1/2 cup
Coconut Oil – as needed


Method

Clean and wash the tomatoes before you cut them. Try to cut them into long pieces. Onions also need to be cut in long pieces (in most recipes the onion is finely grated into small pieces). Take other ingredients near you and start. Pour the oil in a frying pan; once it’s heated drop the mustard seeds. Add the chopped onions and the green chillies. Saute it until onion turns translucent. Take care not to brown the onions. Meanwhile mix red chilly powder and tomato sauce with the chopped tomatoes. Stir in ginger garlic paste into the pan. Keep it for a while. Place a lid so that it tastes more. Add the tomato mix and turmeric now. Saute until it turns soft .Add water and allow it to boil. Mix well and close with a lid. Cook on simmer for 5 minutes. Switch off once it starts to separate and the gravy gets thick.

Enjoy with Chapattis, roti, appam, dosas, iddiappam and pav (Indian bread).

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Stars or Star Singers?

The issues which are happening in film field (Mollywood) are really irritating these days. I don’t know why these guys behave like this. I was just thinking whether to write or not. But after today’s Idea Star Singer, I felt I will write something for this month.


But you may ask why I am bothered about Malayalam Film Industry this much? Let them have their fight! And what the heck does it do with Idea Star singers? Frankly speaking after watching Idea Star Singer, I thought about the same.


My mom is a rigorous fan of Idea Star Singer. Everyday when I call her, she will be watching the same. At times, she will ask me to call sometime later as it will be her fav’s singing J If she miss an episode, I have to download it for her and make her watch. I love to watch it. More than the performance I loved to watch the interaction between the singers and the judges. That sweet talk made me getting attached to each and everyone. They are not acting, but they are open minded and talk from their inner heart.


But what this STARs or so called SUPER STARS in mallu industry do? They act in a way which pleases each and everyone, selects character which we love to watch, and behave like the people in fish market? If we watch any of their interviews, the real hero will come out and the character which we expect will vanish away. Now the trade mark of industry is arrogance? Once I happened to see an interview of a Super Heroine who married and got divorce recently. There is no space for a puppy girl. We should talk arrogant, selfish, and blah blah, so only others will respect us? Is it so?


If the things are coming out like this, who will come to this industry? Will the 70 year old “Young Man” play the “COLLEGE KUMARAN” and “GULAN” again and again till they became 100+???

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Maveli Nadu – A land of Love?

I know this is not the time for a blog with this title! Onam is 6-7 months away. Still! After my New Year Blog, I was thinking a lot about the word “Love”. Why can’t we find any in this society!

Is it because we are heading fast?
Is it because we don’t trust?
Is it because we don’t care?

I am getting confused in between these three statements. If you are shooting the question at me then I will select – All Three.

Yes, we are heading fast in our life. We start our day at 6 or 6.30. Run to catch the bus to office, till late night at office forgetting our meals. Come back home directly to bed at midnight?

Yes, we don’t trust anyone. If I open newspaper in the morning, my day will get ruined. Killing own brother, his own mother. What for? If this is the case, then how can we trust?

Yes, we don’t care? Who needs that? Somehow I will finish my day with my own work. Week end is for sleep and washing clothes. So I don’t have any issues! So when should I care others?

What in the end? The last reel of the movie is running. 2012 is approaching. Will it be an end? Hahaha. Just kidding! So there was a Maveli nadu in old age? I cant belive. If Yes, then how it vanished? If No, can we make one? But how?

I cant say, please be slow. But I can say,

Trust yourself, trust others.
Care yourself, care others.
Love will be residing in between Trust and care.

So we can make a world of Love. A maveli nadu!!! Trust me!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Resolutions 2010

My first blog in 2010. I was thinking of a new topic till date. But couldn get anything catchy. So let us start the New Year of Blogging with this. I let you decide this is catchy or not :)

Once the New Year draws we could only hear the word “Resolutions”. Do you make resolutions just as others do? I never thought of this. Last time when my cousins came from Canada, they asked every one of us to make resolutions. But did we stick to it? I am not sure.


I didn’t think of resolutions there after. But today I thought why can’t I write a blog about it and try to follow it. I don’t know I am in the correct way. Just a try to be a part of it.


Here you go!!!

  1. Love
  2. Kind
  3. Care

Does this three have a meaning in this century? I have no clue.


But reality is we don’t have any time to love anyone. We have so many pains in life. So where is time to get loved or give love? Lending words of Sophocles “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." Even though we don’t have time, or we don’t know the meaning of the word, we just say “I love you”. We keep our email signatures to our friends as “With Love”. Is it for name sake?


My Second resolution is Kind. What is it? Again, we are kind to all? I am not. I am busy with my work. I need to complete such and such tasks in the limited time. If I find someone in the street, how can I stop and be kind to him? If someone knocks in the door how can I talk to him as the time is running away. So we are unable to find good people. Here is a small hint, “Be kind to unkind people - they need it the most”


Care? Almost the same thing described above? So just a suggestion for myself. “Once we surrender our mind to GOD completely, HE will take care of us in every way.”


Wishing you all a great new year ahead. May 2010 bring joy to your life.