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December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year



Happy New Year

  

December 29, 2010

House Maids in Chennai

Welcome to Chennai




                     I just temporarily moved to a furnished service apartment in Chennai for a month. Living in a SA costs you a life.  We'll come to that after. There they provide all, but not the washing machine. So, I have to engage a maid for washing. Already my Chennai friends advised a lot about the maids in the city. It's easy to find a maid in Chennai, but maintaining her is a Himalayan task.
                    The watchman brought a lady and she started interviewing me about the members in my family, probable number of guests, days of work in a week, my name and contact number, her name and contact number and her salary (Rs. 600). I accepted all her terms and conditions.
                 Next day (that's today) she came  to work. I asked her to clean the bathroom floor before doing washing. She immediately hike her pay by 100 for that only she will clean it daily. She also  told me that she enquired others about the pay and they suggest her for a hike of Rs.100 as the prices of commodities are going up in the chart. So increased her pay by herself without my concern. Okay...Okay...
                    I gave her a cup of coffee after asking her whether she drinks coffee or not. After finishing washing, she asked me to hang the clothes on the clothes line, as she has pain in her neck. I accepted it, 'cause if I compelled her to do that she may hike her pay by another 100. What a good guess!!!
                     When she was leaving I asked her whether she comes tomo', she replied in Vijay style "நான்  வேலைக்கு  வரேன்னு  commit பண்ணிட்டேன்னா  கண்டிப்பா  வந்திடுவேன் " (If I had commited for work, sure I'll be here) .


Oh my Goodness!!!   Save our city

December 23, 2010

House in Paradise


Beauty surrounding my house in Kovaipudur 

Egrets 



Grazing Sheep






Video of egrets chasing the ploughing tractor for their food grains and insects



December 3, 2010

Enthiran The Robot

                  The most awaited, watched and running successfully Tamil movie "ENTHIRAN" with my favourite star Rajni in action. Released a month and half back, I didn't get a chance to watch the movie on big screen. Decided not to see it on DVD, I hit the theater on its fiftieth day.
                    Bombay Theater, Thirunelveli, advertised as Full AC dts was somewhat upto mark. Tickets sold in Rs.10, 20, 40 and balcony - guess what - Rs.80 - cheap indeed. It was a rainy day. Only a handful of people seen here and there (totally 20). Blaming myself for seeing the movie after a long time, missing all zing things - Deafening Whistles, Thundering Claps and Showered Flowers -  I watched the film silently. When we were out, the theater manager blamed the rain.






                     Coming to the movie, it is a bit scientific, more Iswarya Rai and much more the Robot Rajni. Rajni, as a scientist with the french beard, nice to look upon. He, as the robot, played well the villanious act in the second part. Iswarya Rai, once a doll, now a beauty in thirties, overacted in some scenes but good in many. Never able to forgot her graceful and elegant dance moves in this film.So watchful...


                   Climax is a mix of Kingkong, Godzilla and a light doze of comedy. I feel that this movie can't be associated as a 'Rajni film'. We miss the RAJNIKANTH thing - mannerism, style and ofcourse fight - in this one. Overall, its a new era film with our Superstar acting, not a Superstar film in this new era.   
                   Leaving Rajni, the film's grandeur, locational choreography, songs and music, costumes score high. As the concept is new to Tamil cinema, we gladly welcome and appreciate the technicians' worth in this movie. It moves the Indian films to a step up in synonymous with its corresponding counterparts. Great work done by the team.         
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November 9, 2010

Old Age Loneliness

Loneliness is not a simple fact of being alone. It's an emptiness, a solitude, insecurity and fear of everything.  Recently I was to experience this feeling for a short span of period when my hubby and son are away. That's the time, I thought of older people who lives alone. How they cope up with their health, daily shopping for the necessary things, recommended walking - all these things with their restricted  movements due to their old age. 


Most important of it all is their security during night. Now they can't live securely in daytime also. Some people have their houses built in remote areas, where they can afford. Night scares very much. A little sound makes us awake all night causing a depressed and irritated day. People have dogs fear the most, while their pets bark at night. I can't guess the situation.  Don't think of the NIGHT, when the EVENING comes.   

 I know the night is not the same as the day: that all things are different, that the things of the night cannot be explained in the day, because they do not then exist, and the night can be a dreadful time for lonely people once their loneliness has started.
Ernest Hemingway, "A Farewell To Arms" 

If you are alone, develop some hobby like...craft works, paintings, crochet, embroidery. Take classes for the children in your neighborhood. Creativeness and innovative thoughts make you mentally strong, not to fear for simple things. Working all day makes you sleep well in the night. 


Be social. If you are not sighted outside in the morning, someone will knock and ask for you.  (We can notice some old ladies always quarrel with others. That's the trick they are remembered by us all the time. If we are not hearing her shout, we wonder what happen to her.)


Have contact numbers of your near and dear ones in your phone, specifically your neighbors. They are the ones who immediately come for help. Online connections with your friends and relatives make you think better.


We can better revive our old customs and culture of giving respect to elders (not necessarily your parents, your aunts and uncles) and visiting them often and talking to them. Recently I visited my cousin's mother-in-law, who is living alone. She talked to me for two hours, not letting me speak. She is so pleased to have me there, hold my hand all the times, patting me often. I can't wholly understand what she talks because its in pure nellai -Thirunelveli slang. But I hope that night goes well for her.


When Christ said: "I was hungry and you fed me," he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
Mother Teresa

One day will come, when we will be old and chasing the loneliness. 


September 27, 2010

Coimbatore Real Estate - A Search

                                  After nearly a month later, I am sitting before this blogging machine. I am busy and totally drifted away from my art and net world in search of a piece of residential land in my city, Coimbatore. Not over yet, but sharing some info with you all I feel relieve a bit. My family wants a residential plot in a calm and purely residential area, nearby to all amenities, high ground water level all within our restricted budget.
                           First spin comes from my loved ones (who else? my hubby and my dear son) put this task on my head. Somehow I feel lonely at times. Looking out for land in Sulekha, 99acres, makaan, magicbricks etc..., contacting brokers and builders thru' phone and in person, moving around the city with my friends in search of land.... make me tiresome. One agent called me and told about a plot in my locality. He didn't know I am residing there. When asked about the ground water level, he told me that we will have water at 150 to 300 ft. below. In my rented house itself, the owner told me he got water at 850 ft. below and in little quantity. I only know how I am managing water, by only operating the motor for half an hour, in the morning and the evening.
                           Second, the big magnets of the real estate, Promoters and Builders who use the full time house brokers to swallow the whole city in one grasp. The brokers raise the land price to fill their packets with the big money they get from promoters as well as poor buyers. Promoters won't let you go so easily. They insist.. not true.. compel  on building your house. You dream of your HOME...but they build you your HOUSE.

Started searching throughout the city, I found certain areas are not wholly residential.


Saravanampatti... now only they are building houses here and there and that too small ones. Not a planned attitude in developing that area, no proper roads, not DTP approved... only panjayat approved or unapproved sites and that too on a price hike ( 3.50 lakhs per cent).  If it rains, the area is under sludge.


Vadavalli... you can't avoid this area, as any broker in city can show you a plot here. Bit higher price than Saravanampatti  - 3 to 4 lakhs per cent in outer areas of Vadavalli. Congested place, you can't breathe out easily. But on Vadavalli - Thondamuthur road, there are big apartments, individual  residential houses, cool climate, nice locality.... good for a settlement. But I hadn't sighted one grocery shop or a fancy store near there. I think it will come after the whole area develops well.


Mettupalayam Road Stretch.... Thudiyalur, Kanuvai, Pannimadai all are quite and calm place. Fields are converted to plots. My friend who lives there often complaints about the pests and insects.


Kovaipudur... nice locality, cool climate, totally residential. Main area costs about 5 lakhs per cent. Surrounding Nagars cost about 2.50 to 3.50 lakhs per cent. 


I can't touch the areas R S Puram, Saibaba Colony, Race Course, Gandhipuram, Ganapathy, Peelamedu... I leave those areas for Crorepatis.


Somewhat you can get a piece of land worth your money... but looking for serenity, calm, good ground water level, nearby to shops and hospitals you have to pay extra.

August 15, 2010

Our Indian Independence

Happy Independence Day


                                 I was not born when our country attained Independence. We salute the people, the leaders, the revolutionists and all of that period. Our country witnessed so many mutinies, revolts, massacres, satyagrahas, besieges and sacrifices on the way to freedom. 
                                 I studied our Indian history at school level only. That time itself I become a great fan of Mahatma Gandhi.  I read his auto biography 'My Experiments with Truth' sometime ago. He was a normal person with all qualities of a Indian man. Honesty, truth, selfless service to nation, untiring nursing to leprosy patients, giving voice for untouchables, leadership, composed and confident in achieving his goals.



                             He not only wanted freedom for ours, but also wanted unity among the people. Someone may argue about his opposing view about the partition and the partition was not done properly to our satisfaction. One must understand that his view about the unity of the people - whether they belong to different religions, they must unite as human beings. He saw the disunity among the people, disagreements among the then leaders during the freedom struggle. So he insisted on unity of people not of religions.
                             He is the Father of our Nation. Non-Violence was his weapon. On the other side, he is not that good for a family man, his compulsory attitude towards his wife in carrying out the social works like cleaning the toilet, helping the ill and diseased, non-involvement in the brought up of his children. But he is the man who sacrifices his good, worthy and honorable family life for us , congregated all and raise our nation to a great democracy. Remembering his principles of non-violence, value and adopt them in our day-to-day life is the greatest tribute we pay him.


Today's I'Day
                       Saluting politicians, Pinned flags on shirts, distributing sweets in schools, tri-colored logos, wallpapers on mobiles, different versions of Vande-Madarams -  Good and Cool Celebrations.
                       On the next day we all will have our daily dosage of poverty, price hikes, naxal violence, bomb culture, shoot outs, encounters, sabotages, border fights etc., etc., Our young guys must work to create some link between them and their country(not in the level of wallpapers and music). They can clean up our country from these evil packages that are supplied to us daily.
                      We must always have in our minds the great words of Jawarharlal Nehru on that day 15 August, 1947,

 At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance. It is fitting that at this solemn moment we take the pledge of dedication to the service of India and her people and to the still larger cause of humanity.  
At the dawn of history India started on her unending quest, and trackless centuries are filled with her striving and the grandeur of her success and her failures. Through good and ill fortune alike she has never lost sight of that quest or forgotten the ideals which gave her strength. We end today a period of ill fortune and India discovers herself again. The achievement we celebrate today is but a step, an opening of opportunity, to the greater triumphs and achievements that await us. Are we brave enough and wise enough to grasp this opportunity and accept the challenge of the future?


        
Rare Video of our Independence                       



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July 23, 2010

Love for Birds

    
       Birds with their flamboyant colors, mimicking voice and curious looks attract me a lot from my school days. For school, I have to walk through Omanthoorar Govt.Estate, Chennai ( where the new Secretariat, Rajaji Hall are present) from my house in Wallajah Road to school in Chintatripet. After school I have to go to my dance class which was also inside this estate. I loved the natural surrounding of the estate. Not now...recently I went to Chennai where I happened to see the new secretariat...nice eco-friendly building...but I missed the smell of the nature.


Secretariat

Rajaji Hall

        On those days, I listened to the chirping of birds, the flapping and swishing sound  of wings while they fly here and there. I love them so much that I thought of studying ornithology and to become a bird watcher like Salim Ali. But my dream flopped when my father put me in Engineering. Then what? Each and every time I happened to pass a tree-lined road or street, I simply look for birds.
         I love to have them as pets. So I had parrots as pets and now love birds. The campus in which I am residing in Kovaipudur, is fairytale forest dancing trees and singing birds. One can find mynahs, cuckoos (kuyil), blue-tailed bee-eaters, woodpeckers, little grebes, red-throated fly catcher, grey wagtail and so many. But a sad thing - no sparrows. Herons - grey, purple, reef , Egrets - great, intermediate , Pelicans, Painted Storks all these resident and migratory birds can be seen in the lake near Sundakkamuthur. Now after many years I feel lucky to stay in nature.

Mynah

Cattle Egret

Little Grebes



Garden
           
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July 8, 2010

A Movie with a logic

              Recently I saw this movie, which is a 1997 release, directed by Kevin Smith. It won two awards also. It tells the relationship between three - two friends and a lesbian girl. For the story line, read this : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chasing_Amy
              Film moves very smoothly. How Ben Affleck falls in love with the lesbian girl, Joey Lauren Adams and accepting her and jealousy part of his friend, Jason Lee are dealt well.  When he came to know about her past with many men, his turmoil and the love he has is shown beautifully thru' his eyes.


Holden & Banky   Ben Affleck stars as Holden McNeil

              So what about the worst part of the movie?  The dialect, more of sociolect, belongs to low social class I think. So many hit words...subtitles run with many more asterisks. Its a turn down point of the movie, makes it a C grade one. Coming to the part of stars, Ben Affleck nice and so striking to watch acts out the role well, but  Adams giggles too girlishly in the first(lesbian) part of the movie and then suddenly becomes serious, when he suspects her heterosexuality. But she delivers her best in the last few scenes when he asks her to be with he and his friend. The last lines "some guy I knew in the past" lingers in our minds. Nice movie to watch.

      Love hurts.. but evoking the past hurts more.
  The logic "Past is always the Past" reaches us.

July 3, 2010

Coimbatore Nilgiris supermarket

                    Basically I like window shopping and some real shopping. Not a  shopaholic. You don't have to purchase that much to empty your purse. But do some shopping... get vegetables, fruits, and apparels, at least once a week in supermarket or malls. It will refresh your mind and spirit. Do some walking to shop. Will do some good for your health. Seeing new varieties of things in the malls will make you knowledgeable in that arena. 
                  Women always have some urge to get the new stuff they see. They take the wanted and unwanted things and make their home a trash can. Remember Gautama Buddha. I am a great fan of him. Have in mind what he taught and preached - 
                                People live in a sea of suffering because of ignorance and greed. They are ignorant of the law of karma and are greedy for the wrong kind of pleasures. They do things that are harmful to their bodies and peace of mind, so they can not be satisfied or enjoy life. 
 "There is happiness in life, 
happiness in friendship, 
happiness of a family, 
happiness in a healthy body and mind, 
...but when one loses them, there is suffering." 

Keep your nature as not to be greed. That will give you the best shopping experience.

                  Ok.. I will come to the main matter. Supermarkets like Nilgiris, More, Spencer's speak their part a lot. Of these I like Nilgiris the most. 'Cause you can get any specific product you are in need, like green olives or riped olives, mayonnaise or mustard sauce, black forest cakes or varieties of bread.


                      I am a frequent shopper to The Nilgiris on Radhakrishan Road, Chennai since my school days with my dad. Now at Avinashi Road, Coimbatore. It closed due to some dispute (Nilgiris - Sabari's Nest).  After it's closure, I have to go to Trichy Road or TV Samy Road Nilgiris. But yesterday I got a pleasant surprise. Nilgiris opened its branch in Kovaipudur nearer to my residence.
                  I went there today and just walk around and get a fell of completeness within me. You all know the strain of going to the city from outskirts for each and every thing. Vehicle, parking and most of all, time it consume to go in and come out of the city. My daily walking strategy at last worked out. 

June 24, 2010

House brokers in Chennai

                          I was in Chennai, the great metro city, hunting for a rented flat for my kin. It's a great surprise you can find a lot of flats for your needs and also lot of house brokers swirling around you. There are 2BHK, 3BHK or 4BHK flats with CCP and also unfurnished, semi-furnished (fan, light etc.,) and fully furnished (AC, Washing Machine, TV, Bed, etc.,). If you go for an ordinary apartments 2BHK, unfurnished with CCP range from 11000 to 16000.  If you choose multi-storied gated community (includes gym, swimming pool, security, children's play area, etc.,) it range upto 30000 according to the sq.ft.  Maintenance charges range from 300 to 3000.
                       There are many brokers and agents who can tour you around these flats after your office hours. You ask for one thing, they will show you what they have in hand and compel you to get that one for want of money. If you say a firm 'no' then they hit back you by calling you names. They raise the rent instead of the house owners. One flat can be in the charge of three or four brokers. Each one has different obligations and needs. One can sell you rented AC, the other a car, a washing machine on installment...by paying them each month (EMI). If you again say a 'no' they will preach the owner to raise the advance. They demand one month of  rent as their commission. No way to go, we have to accept that.
                      Mostly the IT corridor (Velachery, Thiruvanmiyur, Thoraipakkam, Perungudi, Sholinganallur...)  in Chennai is prone to this condition. They know that these IT guys have lot of money. There is one broker who has police cases against him for molesting girls. So girls don't go alone with a broker, don't believe him or his words. They are mostly arrogant and know no soft words only polished words.
                     They demand money...okay. They demand your self esteem by not giving any respect to your profession or status. Guys..,don't bend to their needs and conditions. You alone petting them. You stand on your own demands and finally they oblige to you. You are their clients, customers. You must not allow them to ill treat you. Not allow these guys to spoil your city.
Demand respect and get it back.  

June 10, 2010

Cities in Kerala

Kerala, God's own city


                        My personal visits to this state over this two years almost ends. Recently I visited Trivandrum, the capital city. I came to conclusion that the other cities like, Cochin, Calicut, Wayanad... Trivandrum is better in many aspects. 
             First its climate cool and not sweating while it rains. Food city provides suits our Tamilian taste well. The language problem is not here, 'cause most of them, including school children talk Tamil well. So many Tamil and Hindi films are running in theatres. Moreover they are patronizing cultural arts in public places like park. I saw one such play in Gandhi park. People who come here sit in the park benches and enjoy the cultural. Really a good work. I heartily appreciate the people for reviving the arts by patiently sitting and enjoying it. 


                I had a view about the roads of Kerala. The pavements in these cities are poorly maintained or not at all maintained. If a person without arthritis will get it soon while walks regularly on these pavements. 
                 We all know Kerala Govt. always in money shortage for doing the public works because of its long term communist structure. So is the West Bengal. Come out of the old shell. Your youth are more educated, modernized and adaptable. Don't let them move away from your soil.  Preserve the nature as well as give way to the new principles.        

May 28, 2010

Centenary Rose Garden of Ooty in May Season

In April, the rose garden was almost deserted of flowers and people (see the blog : http://artglaze.blogspot.com/2010/04/centenary-rose-garden-of-ooty.html). But in this May it is brimmed with roses. All the buds are turned to roses. Full blossoms...wow, nice to see.


May 7, 2010

Kanyakumari

                  Kanyakumari is a land of handicrafts. The seas Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal convulge at a point Cape Comorin in this small town. Mainly tourists throng this place. Locals are having busy business here. Though the main language is Tamil (thanks to Marshal Nesamony who struggled to include this district to the then Madras state), many of them speak Hindi for doing business with the tourists from Northern part of India. 

                 The articles made use of sea shells (gifts, decorative things, ornaments) and coirs (mats, hand bags, gifts) are cheaply available.These products form the major revenue for the artisans. We can see these shops all along the way to beach. Shopping here is a nice experience. 



                  Triveni Sangamam, where the three seas converge, is where people take the holy dip. Goddess KanyaKumari Amman adorns the temple along the beach. Shops inside the temple have more wooden crafts things to purchase. Sunrise and sunset invite more people towards the beach. The hotel staff give a morning call to see the sunrise.
                   The patriotism takes up as we step inside the Gandhi Mandapam. The place houses the ash of Mahatma Gandhi is worshiped by the people. Every year on October 2nd (Gandhi's B'Day) the sun rays falls accurately over this place. The newly included Kamarajar Manimandapam keeps the pictures and records about the life of that great man.

Welcome Arch

Gandhi Mandapam



Gandhi's Ash

Kamarajar Manimandapam

Sunset
                                                                      
                                                            Sunrise
Vivekananda Rock
Ferry boats bring us to this rock. The way the staff in the boat aboard the passengers in a jiffy is great.The 'Paadam' (foot) of the goddess Kanyakumari  is on the rock. The Great Hindu Reformer, Swami Vivekananda's statue and his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the holy mother Sarada Devi photos are here. 'Thyana Mandapam' (place of worship) -  silence and serenity of the place create an innerfaith and spirituality.  Some people sit there and meditate. The sound of 'Ohm' rings in our ears.

Vivekananda Rock



Vivekananda Rock & Tiruvalluvar Statue



This statue is 133 feet and viewed from the Vivekananda Rock itself. When there is low tides, they wont allow people to embark there. The rock is not fully functional as the depth for the ferry boat is not enough to stop over there. When there is high tides, the ferries embark people as there is enough depth.