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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.


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.


Cattle Egret

Little Grebes

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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.