Walking in the rain

After a long gap, I rediscovered the joy of walking in the rain with an umbrella today. I avoided main roads as much as possible, but had to deal with stretches of streets that were water logged. Despite the strain of navigating such streets, I felt good. The temporary relief from air pollution coupled with ...

I, Vegan (v-gun)

I have been a vegan for one and a half years now. Keeping low profile most of the time. Never actively trying to propogate the idea. Finally, I feel I should talk about it more. At least make people aware that it is possible to live a cruelty free life. Human species is evolving fast. ...

Satvik Mind

The 3 gunas(attributes) of the mind – satva( सत्व ), rajas( रजस् ) and tamas( तमस् ). This idea is often oversimplified to things like food. I wonder if this idea of gunas of the mind can be put to some real use. We spend one-third of our life sleeping, which is perhaps tamasic. We spend another third working, which is mostly ...

Change is nature 2

‘Change is the only constant’ We have heard this many times. Have n’t we ? But, how deeply do we understand this idea ? If you believe in science, then you will appreciate probability theory. “Good” and “bad” things in our life are merely perceptions. Mathematically, these are just positives and negatives in a graph called ...

Life Templates

There are templates for everything. You buy a greeting card for your loved one. It does n’t matter even if it takes half the time and double the pleasure to make one yourself. You know, everybody buys. Life insurance, a housing loan for your sweet home and a mutual fund portfolio. Very popular financial plan ...

iDeath

“Death is very likely the single best invention of Life” – This is a quote by none other than Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder. His untimely death is a shocker and makes me take a fresh look at the common attitude to seek material perfection. It makes me wonder about life more. And death. Ironically, this ...

Birth Certificate

United States law makes it illegal for a person to become its president if he/she is not born in the country. Makes sense, right ? You do not need a Phd in Political Science to rationalize this law. It is just about national security. Obama had to ‘prove’ that he was born in the USA. ...

Dreaming Space 2

I need more living space. No, not in the cyberspace. I need more space to breathe fresh air. To bask in the warmth of the sun. To listen to the rain drops without the clanks of petrol guzzlers. To dream in silence. I need more dreaming space in my life.

Green New Year

2011. Another year to be grateful that we: – have so many beautiful things in life. – have so many wonderful people in life. – have tender emotions like love, compassion and gratitude. – are capable of giving back to the world and mother nature for being so kind to us. Wish you a new ...

A R Rahman and Sonu Nigam

When I was in College, I listened to Sonu Nigam for the first time. To his early album – Deewana. I was instantly dissolved by the joy of his singing. There was no doubt in my mind that he was going to rule the world of Indian playback singing. He did soon afterwards. Being a ...

A R Rahman and Dido

A R Rahman. Should I say anything more ? Dido. One of the few western musicians I have been listening to. Simple and honest music with a subtly passionate singing style. I was pleasantly surprised to learn these 2 got together for the song “If I rise” in Danny Boyle’s movie – “127 hours”. Sounded ...

A Flash of Paradise

Bangalore feels like paradise today. I mean, just the weather. Noon was served chilled today. And I am loving it ! Chennai is being lashed by the rain gods, maybe that is creating these unusually cold winter days in Bangalore ? Top it with the fact that I had to wake up early and went ...

Cook it up with love 1

My wife has started blogging her cooking inventions and improvisations. She is too excited about her new blog that she cooks up interesting recipes more frequently these days. (Good for me !). Frankly speaking, you will not be disappointed if you sincerely try these recipes. So, Cook it up with love  for dinner tonight !

annam brahma

अन्नम् ब्रह्म – “annam brahma” is an old Hindu idea which roughly means “Food is God”. If that sounds too primitive, watch the movie “Food Inc” to learn why America is in deep trouble because it sees food as just a commodity. The movie will change forever the way you look at food. Here is ...

India’s Soft Power !

What a speech by the MP Shashi Tharoor on what India means to the world in 21st century ! Again, he proves that he is one of the best Indian politicians ever. See for yourself in this TED Video. I wish he becomes India’s Prime Minister in the near future, though I doubt it will ...

Sick of Capitalism

I always had a sick feeling about capitalism since it considers money as God. (that is my understanding of it) This week’s “Week” magazine has Mahesh Dattani putting it in black and white in the last page article “A sickness called capitalism“. I could not agree more !

Soap Nut ! 6

Today is World Environment Day. For some time, I have been thinking about alternatives to chemical based detergents for clothes and utensils. My grandma used to talk about some ‘Soap Kaai’ (means Soap-Fruit in Tamil) used during her childhood, but I never managed to get sufficient information about it then. My eco-responsibility-instinct being a bit ...

Corporate Poison 1

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” – Native American Prophecy The world’s worst industrial disaster happened in India. Bhopal gas tragedy. The company responsible was US ...

Wow Tharoor !

Sashi Tharoor is the only guy in the Congress camp whom I wished should win in the 2009 Lok Sabha Polls. He won from Thiruvananthapuram where I was born. I know him through his articles in “The Hindu – Sunday Magazine”. I like his sensible style of speech. I like him for his open and ...

Boss, tujhe salaam !

A R Rahman has just bagged 2 Oscars. The song “Jai Ho” for which he got the “Best Original Song” sounds “below average” when compared to hundreds of gems that he has produced over last 2 decades for Indian films. He has the potential to rule Hollywood’s music scene in the coming years. Indian Music ...

A Dream 2

On a foggy morning sunrise, I wake up with birds chirping, Feeling lazy and fresh. I can hear water flowing. A look through my window, Shows just green. Grass with dew, And trees that lean. No newspaper to read, No clock or calender to see. No TV to watch or phone to ring. Just some ...

De-clutter ! De-junk ! 2

>We belong to the age of the great Junk. Junk food Junk emailJunk thoughts Junk musicJunk household articles Junk Documents – paper and eJunk activities Junk News in TV Junk has hijacked our lives, denying us the bliss of plain existence. I decided to eliminate as much junk as possible from my room yesterday. Started ...

Anti Plastic Steps 2

>Steps I have taken so far to distance myself and my family away from plastics: 1. Replaced the of plastic containers used to store spices and condiments with glass2. Stopped using all Melamine plastic kitchenware / tableware3. Start looking at stainless steel and wood kitchenware with high respect4. Stopped using fiber cutting board5. Stopped buying ...

Escape from BPA

The western world has discovered that most plastic containers are hazardous (some of them in use for decades now). The primary devil is BPA (bisphenol A) that is being associated with a wide variety of serious health problems like breast cancer, prostate cancer, Type 2 diabetes, early onset of puberty in girls, obesity, and neuro-behavioural ...

All Plastic is Evil

>All plastic is chemical. This includes Tupperware. Which chemical is good and which is bad are very difficult questions to answer even for experts. Most ‘experts’ have commercial interests. Tupperware is among the best tested (and marketed) food quality plastics ‘today’. No one knows what lab tests and ‘real tests on consumers’ might reveal in ...

Killing Plastics 5

>Kill plastics before they kill you. Of late, I have been caught in a grip of fear about what the innumerable plastic containers and wrappers might do to me and my descendants. I am so afraid that I am starting to make a switch to non-plastics especially for use with food.Some good articles which I ...

Ur’bane’ ?

>Are we addicted to urban life ?Are n’t hours of daily commuting to office in hellish traffic reason enough to move back to small towns ? Are n’t cities killing the earth ? Is n’t your city life killing your natural state of being ?But town life is so slow moving… It lacks energy… The ...

Compare 1

>My wife hated my red shoulder bag that I used to carry to office. I always agreed with her that it does not look so great, but sheer laziness prevented me from buying a new bag even after it tore partially, because of the heavy library books that I carried in it(which I usually don’t ...

Earth Easy

>“Ideas for environmentally sustainable living”“With every activity of our daily lives, we connect with the interdependent web of life on Earth. The health of our environment is a reflection of the choices we make.”What a beautiful thought. It comes from the creators of the website called eartheasy.com. I am very impressed with the ideas that ...

aparigraha 2

>Can the ancient concept of ‘aparigraha’ help an overpopulated developing country like India ? ‘aparigraha’ (अपरिग्रह) means non-possessiveness. The term usually means to limit possessions to what is necessary or important. The Yogic and Jain traditions have this concept. A country of 1 billion can never become prosperous by managing to provide a luxury car ...

Time and Tide 1

>Why do hours seem like minutes while I spend time with family and friends ?Why do 10 minutes seem like eternity while I download software from the internet ? What is time ? Does it matter ? Do watches turn us into robots ?What if nobody had watches ? The pondering continues…

Burning Money 4

>Burning money is a popular hobby. Go to an average restaurant in Bangalore. There, money cannot buy happiness. Not even good food or a decent service. The only guarantee is that you can burn money at a pretty decent rate. There are faster, more stylish ways of burning money. PVR Gold Class. Pizza Hut. Amoeba ...

Thanking Sanskrit 3

Sanskrit is one of the most important things that binds us as a nation. After millennia, Sanskrit continues to inspire us in many big and small ways. For example, when you think of naming your child, you almost certainly look for Sanskrit names – beautiful ones. There is no other language in the world which ...

Plan or Flow ? 1

>At many points in my life, I face the dilemma to choose between the two paths: 1. Go with the plan 2. Go with the flow Choosing the first one makes me feel in control of my life. It boosts my ego and creates a certain pride inside me. But sometimes, the second one feels ...

Dream Divine 4

>I was strolling by the river Life.Watching little waves arrive. Full of wonder.At its every meander. Enjoying the breeze.Savouring the peace. All was soothing.But, missing was something. Ah! an angel rose.She smiled like a rose. Spoke like a gushing stream.Swept me away in a dream.

Slow Down 2

>Slow… slow… Gobbling down breakfast.Scurrying to the meeting.Pressing Alt+Tab on your PC keyboard.Squeezing through the insane crowd at the Shiva Temple on the day of Maha Shivaratri.Murdering the accelerator of your car/two-wheeler when the traffic light goes from green to yellow.Incessant channel surfing on your TV.Chewing up all the news and olds from newspapers and ...

Idli Divine 3

> 5 Idlies A dash of sesame oil A shower of Sambar Toppings of Keerai Koottu Some fresh curd Invention of this millennium One of my crazy experiments…. Please don’t take this as a prescription. Just a direction.Please experiment on your own. Break the routine !

Black Black Eyes 1

>கறு கறு விழிகளால் ஒரு கண்மை என்னை கடத்துதேததும்பிட ததும்பிட சி று அமுதம் என்னை குடிக்குதே இரவினில் உறங்கயில் என் தூக்கம் என்னை எழுப்புதேஎழுந்திட நினைக்கயில் ஒரு மின்னல் வந்து சாய்க்க நீ ! ஒரு மல்லிச்சரமேநீ ! இலை சிந்தும் மரமேஎன் ! புது வெள்ளிக்குடமேஉன்னைத்தேடும் கண்கள் !……Poetry ! How it touches me sometimes ! A few lines from the song ‘Karu Karu Vizhigal’ from the ...

Happy Fly 2

>Happiness is a butterfly. If you chase it, it will keep flying away. But if you sit quietly without thinking about it, you will be pleasantly surprised to find it sitting on your shoulder !

New Smile

> शुभ नूतन सम्वत्सर: !May this new year shower you with overwhelming joy ! புது வருடம் மகிழ்ச்சி வெள்ளத்தால் உங்களை மூழ்கடிக்கட்டும் ! नया साल में आप आनन्द में भीग जाएं !

Keep rocking, Tamil ! 9

>When Tamil Nadu Government announced tax exemption for Tamil movies with Tamil titles, I did not feel bad. This act was different from the usual Tamil-fanatic acts that the ruling party is known for. I was never amused by titles like ‘Jeans’, ‘New’, ‘Run’ etc. in the past. An occasional English name that is relevant ...

Insane Evening 6

> I and my friend Deva went out for Dinner 3 days back. What happened was strangely funny. ‘Pizza Hut’ in CMH Road. We were feeling clever to have chosen the un-crowded 7.45 pm time. Lots of empty tables gave us a very un-bangalorish feeling. We started ordering: “Tomato n Basil Soup – One by ...

Ordinary Life 12

>Most of us try hard to remain ordinary throughout our lives. Every facet of our lives is plagued by ordinariness. We often fear that we might become different during the course of life. We try everything to prevent it from happening. We make sure that we wear the leading brand of Jeans (If we can ...

Black Dot 5

>A beautiful new white shirt – with a tiny black dot on it near the collar. The first thing that one would say on seeing the shirt will be: “That black dot has spoiled the shirt” That is how most of us view life. One small imperfection is sufficient to make us eternally unhappy. We ...

Bhel Puri Wisdom

>When I was a kid, I used to love spicy food. I did not like too much of sweet stuff then. It wonders me that these days I have developed a better liking for sweet food and am slowly moving away from spicy food. I do not know the exact reason, but I like to ...

Sundaram Samskritam 1

>“The Sanskrit language is of a wonderful structure, more perfect than Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either”– Sir William Jones, Third Address to the Asiatick Society of Bengal It is very unfortunate that most Indians lack the knowledge of Sanskrit – That means we have a big chest of ...

Unusual Week 2

>My energy has been unusually high this week. Some unusual things I did: Tried (and succeeded partly) to stay consciously relaxed throughout my day – be it at office or home. Walked from office to home on 4 days of the week (more than 3 kms distance). My legs did not ache a bit. On ...

Tonnes of thought 2

>Patience. Patience.My mind is alien to this concept. Restlessness. HyperactivenessThey are good buddies of my mind. Well, don’t mistake me to be a hyperactive guy. I am among the laziest.Its my ‘mind’ that I am talking about. The constant chattering of the mind. Its judjemental nature. Its sentimental nature. Largely drives my life. I want ...

Customer Service sans Service 3

>I get very irritated when I get unsolicited calls from Credit Card / Insurance companies offering their products. The bad part is that they will not let you speak, but keep telling you how wonderful their product is. The worse part is that they will not be able to answer basic questions in a sensible ...

Loving your Job 9

>SWill I ever truly love my job ? Should I ? Five years in the IT industry have made me realize that work is just work.The fire that burned in my belly when I was a fresher is no more.There was a time when I admired mere source code. Now that illusion has dissolved. I ...

Friends are Angels 3

>I am my friends.That is only slight exaggeration. My friends influence my life very much. My interests, my ideas, my choices in life – all have been touched by my friends’. To me, friends are angels who are there to make me smile, who don’t expect much in return, who make life a lot lighter ...

I strain 7

>Things I need to do.Things I want to do.Those I hate to do, but need to do. Things I did right.Those I did wrong. What I think I am.What others think I am.What others think I think I am.What I am. What I want to change.What I want to retain. These thoughts.flood my mind.Always. May ...

How to name it ? 11

Modern Indian society is going through an interesting phase in the area of child-naming. Suddenly realizing his/her global identity, the young Indian parent is breaking traditional conventions while naming his/her kid. Trying to find that perfect balance between modernity and tradition, he/she hopes to build a great brand for the offspring in the society. Some ...

Creativitea 4

>Most activities that I enjoy doing seem to have some scope for creativity. Each time I lay my hands on my musical keyboard, I seem to play a different tune that I have not heard anywhere. I cannot say all of them are good ones. In fact most ones are not. My brother calls it ...

Cooking – with love 1

I started cooking. When I had to. When I was sore of eating hotel food. My friend used to say. Food made for money will not contain love. I think he is right. I started cooking. I discovered a new pleasure. A great way to unwind. After a day of monotony. I can experiment. With ...

Joy of living

>S’Sumeru Sandhya’, an evening of spiritual music, philosophy and meditation in Chowdiah hall, Bangalore was much more than I imagined. Conducted by senior teachers of the ‘Art of Living’ foundation, the event was as modern as it was traditional. The Kurta-clad teachers connected effortlessly with the predominantly young urban audience by singing Bhajans with the ...

Masala Chai 4

>A new flavour is spreading across the continents. A poor third world country is slowly emerging out of the globe. An over populated, over polluted land in South Asia is starting to make an impact in the global society. Many things Indian are entering the lives of the world citizen in a big way. Yoga ...

Puja Room 2

> The idea of a Puja Room is a powerful one. Spirituality is more about ‘experience’ than ‘understanding’. Ancient Indians have invented many instruments to help us experience the divineness in us. One such instrument is the Puja Room. The first whiff of a divine experience can brush us only when we go beyond the ...

Soft Tamil

> A Tamilian, I did schooling in English medium in Kerala, learnt Hindi and Malayalam as additional languages. I read and write these three languages better than my mother tongue – Tamil. But, I feel truly at home only when I speak Tamil ! I sometimes feel sad that I have not given my mother ...

Mummy Tongue 1

>Indians are the best non native speakers of English in the world. This has had a role to play in Indians grabbing a large piece of the technology cake. Every Indian parent dreams of his/her child speaking flamboyant English. This has resulted in people like me, who can read, write and in some scenarios speak ...

Subtle sounds 1

Come away with me – the album by Norah Jones that got 8 Grammies. I picked up the cassette hesitantly from the shelf of the music store. The hesitation stemmed from the fact that I had not listened to any of the songs before and that it was not popular at all among my friends. ...

Joy of walking 1

Walking is a joy. Ever tried to enjoy walking in the roads of so called Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore ? Walking on roads of this city is a nightmare for people like me who believe that walking a while everyday can offset health problems later in life. Pedestrians are considered outcast here. They ...

Sky Divine

Sky Divine 

Sound feelings

Office. Post lunch hour. Productivity level dipping below zero. Head free from thoughts about work. My headphone promises bliss with its ability to bring subtle sounds to my auditory nerves. I sleepily add two songs to my Winamp playlist. Both From popular Tamil movies woven by two different young composers. I hit the play button. ...

Programming Dreams 1

I wish I could program my dreams. Like I choose my desktop wallpaper. Like I match my shirt with my pants. When I go to sleep, I hope I don’t dream about work, but often I do. I hope I dream about fantastic things, but I rarely do. The way I program my life is ...

Mother ‘Tongue’ 1

Everybody is born with a tongue. Our tongues tell us at some point in our lives that the type of food that we got used to eating in our childhood is the best in the world. Why does my tongue tell me that Curd Rice with Sambar is next only to ‘devamritam’ (divine nectar) ? ...