Ramblings Of A Technician
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Monday, September 19, 2011
5 Days Of Campus Connect Programs
I am indeed blessed to be a part of this WONDERFUL team that does a lot of the Soft (LIFE) Skills programs. As a result of this, I get to travel to a number of colleges & interact with the wonderful youngsters. I would like to share a few incidents here which have touched me.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Just a change in perspective......
You tell a small child to not play in the mud. What do you think the child will do? EXACTLY the opposite. It will play in the mud. Why, if someone tells us ‘don’t think of a dog’ what do you think comes to our mind? Definitely, a dog. Of course, for each one of us it may be a different dog. For someone it may be a Labrador, for someone a street dog & so on, but still it will be the picture of a dog nevertheless. The point is, the more we focus on what we don’t want, the more we WILL keep getting it. Now why is this important for us to remember? The more we think of ABOLISHING corruption, the more it WILL persist. Please don’t get me wrong here, I am not in favour of giving bribes or whatever. In fact, I am of the strong opinion that all the corrupt ministers & bureaucrats must have their bloody b@!!$ chopped off with a knife & made to die a slow death. To quote a good friend of mine Sri Indroneil Mukherjee, corruption is not a thing by itself. We cannot fight it. Corruption is the absence of Integrity & Honesty. All that I am saying is our approach towards a cleaner country needs a slight shift in our perception. Instead of being against corruption, let us be in favour of integrity. Let us be in favour of honesty, let us be in favour of sincerity towards our jobs. Then automatically corruption will vanish.
So I humbly appeal to Sri Anna Hazare & the entire team that are fighting against corruption, I am FULLY in favour of your noble cause. I request you to change your perspective from ‘fighting against corruption’ to ‘fighting for honesty, integrity & sincerity’ then, I am sure you will win, we will win & the nation will definitely win.
Remember, the more we fight AGAINST something, the more it WILL persist…….
Monday, November 22, 2010
A Very Different Sunday
Sunday, the 21st of November 2010 was a very different Sunday compared to most other Sundays.....
My F-I-L, Sri, Adi & myself decided to visit our school principal's farm house about 55 kms from Bangalore. On the way to the place as we were driving, right in the middle of the road was this small little puppy. It was probably not even two months old. It was scared, didn't know where to go & was hungry. Afraid that it would get run over by a vehicle, I stopped the car & rushed out to pick it up. As I was about to pick it up, it squealed & made to run away. Thankfully, I was able to pick it up. There was a dhaba there & I asked those guys "anna, neevu ee naayi mari na saakteera?" for which the man there said "saar adu naavu eshtu sala adanna olage tandu itkondru, adu aache odi hogatte. channagide adu adanna neeve saaki saar." So I decided to take it to the farm house. There it was fed milk twice & finally started to move around there as it started to get used to its new surroundings.
Feeling VERY good about having done a good deed.
More news on this coming up shortly....
Monday, October 04, 2010
The Chocolate Doesn't Lose It's Value
Recently, I had the pleasure of making the association of some of the BEST people possible. My wife & I quickly struck a chord with them as did they with us. We hit it off & are now REALLY close friends. So one day, my wife said, "I am thankful to (I'm not going to mention that asshole's name here, I'm just going to refer to him as 'asshole') that asshole for only one thing. It is because of him that we got to meet such really NICE people. But then at the same time I also feel, 'what the hell, he didn't really do anything, the universe wanted us to meet so we met.'"
It was at this time that I thought of this:
Just because, I am being offered a chocolate by a monkey, the chocolate does not really lose it's value. The chocolate continues to taste just as delicious, it continues to retain its value.
The same thing is applicable even in real life I guess. A lot of times, we may be offered a REALLY good opportunity by some one who we may not give any kind of credit to. It is important that we recognise the opportunity & not the medium through which we get it.
I SINCERELY thank the Universe for giving me such WONDERFUL people in life [:)]
So does the chocolate lose it's value?
Sunday, March 07, 2010
Ignorance is Bliss!?!?
I refer to this new ad by "Woodland Shoes" where they show the shoe being placed on a rock on top of a hill & there is this beautiful eagle that swoops down on it & tries to grab it thinking it to be some kind of prey. While the message in the ad about the grip of the shoe is really good & everything looks fine, think about this. The ad is actually highly insulting to one of the greatest superheroes of nature. Read on to find out why I say that about an Eagle.
The life span of the eagle is a whopping 70 years! However, when the Eagle nears 40 years, it starts to get old. The beak bends & is no longer able to easily tear at prey. The powerful talons are no longer able to carry away prey & the feathers become too heavy for this mighty bird. At that point of time, the only thing that it can do is, slowly starve to death. But NO! This magnificent bird flies back slowly & painfully to its place of birth. There it starts to hit its beak against a rock such that the beak breaks completely! Then it waits for some time so that a new sharp beak grows back in its place. Then it bites out it talons completely & waits for new powerful ones to grow back again! After it does this it then starts to pluck out all its feathers & then waits for new strong & light ones to grow back again. Having achieved this, it gives itself a new life of 30 years!!! (BTW, this is not some fancy story that I made up, but this is true)
WOW!! Maybe there is a lesson for us humans there!
This is why I find the ad insulting to the eagle.........
Friday, August 01, 2008
We wanted to do something different for our honeymoon & not go to the same places that have now become dirty, crowded & polluted. So we went on a road trip to Mudumalai, Ooty, Kabini & BR Hills (K Gudi). Each place was an experience of a different kind. My MOST favourite (as was my partner's) was Kabini. Here are a few pics that I shot from our digital SLR.
I must have shot close to 650 photos atleast (thanks to digital photography, otherwise I would have gone bankrupt in getting 18 rolls of film developed & photos printed to see atleast 300 good prints :( or I would have ended up shooting only a few 70 or so photos, sigh....).
- The Gaurs & the Sunlight filtering through were in NagarahoLe (Karnataka ROCKS seriously Jai Karnataka Maathe)
- The Cottage was in Blue Valley, Mudumalai (very nice quiet place)
- The "Enclosers" was in Ooty (wonder who these "enclosers" are & what it is that they are enclosing)
- The "Hotel" was in Kharapur (no longer do you have "Kaaka Angadi" or "Kaaka Hotel" )
If you are driving, nothing like it.
The route that we took was very good. So that I what I will write about here. From Bangalore drive towards Nanjangud & as you enter the town limits of Nanjangud, keep going towards Gundlupet. At Gundlupet, take the road to Ooty. You will pass through Bandipur on the way & please drive slow there, because you will have wild animals crossing the road. Cross Bandipur & you enter Tamil Nadu. Keep going straight & then take the road to your left at "Theppakudu". This road will take you towards Masinagudi & then Blue Valley. Again please drive VERY slow because you are certain to find, Elephants, Wild Boar, Deer & Peacock right next to the main roads.
Again from Bangalore, cross Nanjangud & then just about 13 Kms before Gundlupet, you will find a road going towards your right & here there is a sign as well that points to Kabini. Keep going down this road (about 85Kms). You will pass through Sargur. Keep continuing through that road. Then you will reach HD Kote Circle. Take a left there & go about 6-7 Kms you will come to a fork. Here if you take the left road you will go to the Kabini Dam. Take the right road instead & drive about 32 Kms, you will come to JLR.
JLR K Gudi.
There are two routes from Bangalore.
1) Bangalore, Kollegal, Chamarajanagar, K Gudi (shorter)
2) Bangalore, Nanjangud, Chamarajnagar, K Gudi.
The roads are closed from 6 PM to 6 AM. If you don't get there within that time, you are in for trouble. The forest is REALLY thick. Enter the lodge area before 6 PM or leave the jungle area before 6 PM. Don't get caught in between.
Just a few things to be kept in mind. PLEASE DON'T WEAR BRIGHT COLOURS INCLUDING WHITES for the jungle. PLEASE DON'T WEAR PERFUMES OF DEOS for the jungle. Please refrain from using plastic. Enjoy