Sunday, November 30

Mumbai, 2

[By Suketu Mehta]

...

So I’m booking flights to Mumbai. I’m going to go get a beer at the Leopold, stroll over to the Taj for samosas at the Sea Lounge, and watch a Bollywood movie at the Metro. Stimulus doesn’t have to be just economic.

[Read the full op-ed: What they hate about Mumbai]
[Via: Kavi's Twitter]

[+] I think I jst found a stronger reason to return to India sooner. But am not sure if the world will always remain the same, will it always absorb the pain fast enough to make us forget the past atrocities...

Of Life, Of Love

For the question of whats next; the question of love and marriage, as much as I try to find the answers I really cant. What makes life put so much hope and desire in one person, I have no answers for that too. I pray that at this juncture in life I get to have it my way. Hopefully.

Friday, November 28

Mumbai

Why are you not doing anything yet India? I'm with Kavi on this, its time to get tough. No more negotiations, no more waiting and no more speculations. Just get them, and clean up the country. This is ridiculous, I've been watching the news since morning and no one has any idea of what the hell is happening there. Seriously, what is happening in Mumbai? One army officer says there is an hostage situation, another says everything is cleared. And then politicians offering lip service, bullshit. What's worst in this is, if a country like India is caught offguard (for the nth time!!!), what will happen if it happens in Malaysia? What are the intelligence service doing? Is CNN better than the intelligence services? Twitters and blog updates are faster than the army and commandos. Who do you want to trust your safety to now?

[+] Mumbai Help

Wednesday, November 26

wanderers



[+] click on the image to make it larger :)

[#] I cant forget the memories of the blue skies of Shimla...mesmerizing as ever.

Divya

Meet Divya...my occasional rant friend. But of course she doesn't understand a word I say.


It'd Divya's birthday today :)



[#] Apparently I suck at taking human photos. :( I took me a lot of chocolates and another 4 people to coerce her to stand still for this photos...oh sigh. Why r they scared of me...like I'm a ghost or something... :(
[+] Im seriously swamped with work...hope to be visiting all the blogs this weekend, sorryyyy...

Monday, November 24

Rainforest

Before the events of the previous post, we went to the jungles of Mount Jerai, to a waterfall named Batu Hampar, in Kedah.

crystal clear waters

a giant poisonous man killer bug thingy, probably a meter long
a giant centipede, common in the Malaysian rainforests

evolution

it was so hard to get this shot,
wished the other butterflies and dragonflies cooperated as well

slow shutter, but it turned too bright


[#] Travelers Velan, Vj, Indran, Ghost and Kumar
[+] will upload the rest of the pics in my flickr

Sunday!

I had an awesome Sunday...

- Seat belts saves life
- Airbags should be made standard on all Malaysian cars
- And, there still are dirt stupid idiots who make sudden stops and
u-turns in the middle of busy traffic


[#] My cousin and his buddies went for a ride, and decided to do a Bond. They're all safe, with some stitches and minor bruises. Am really impressed with Perodua MyVi, the structural integrity is very good, but air bags would have been better, just that there are no laws for mandatory airbags here and well no rules against street stupidity. Oh and everyone thought I'm a reporter! :D

Sunday, November 23

random hearts

im back home in Malaysia now...
and figuring how to answer
when everyone asks
which is 'better'
India or Malaysia
now how do you make a choice like that?
i'm not going to answer them on that
I've just been smiling for the whole day now...
i think
when the time comes
for us to live our dreams
and others are left just a glimpse of it
there is no room for justifications
jst memories long lasting
:)


[#] will be there soon...in ur writings, in ur dreams. Have a good weekend :)

Thursday, November 20

Days are Forever

As my journey comes to an end, and many of my dreams fulfilled, good and tiring days, traveling many cities in such a short duration, and that too while swamped with work really messed my schedules. Missed to meet many good friends along the way. But I always believed what is meant to happen, will happen and last Tuesday I met my long time blog traveler, and the person I admire the most in words and writing and in courage, my brother Jeevan.

I cant describe my happiness walking the long courtyard to his house; it was a bright and sunny Chennai morning. He was in the hall and that happy smile broke all the tiny awkwardness of meeting for the first time.

A quick chat with mom about his ailment brought me to understand more of his situation. Jeevan is diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. He is undergoing regular therapy and are trying new treatment methods which keeps his muscles active. It is infact right now an irrevirsible ailment and research are being conducted actively around the world to find a cure.

We shared many past memories of the 3 years we have knows each other in the blogsphere, and indeed the conversation led to the memories of oldschool bloggers who seemed to be missing right now. We started back then reading legendary bloggers and wished they would come back into scene. Talking with Jeevan will not reflect someone who is sad with his condition, he showed me courage that I never had. I have known this by reading him for such a long time, but then again meeting in person and failing for some moment to understand his predicaments makes me sad. I hope his blogging, that at most times is our only window to his life doesnt stop. His fingers are not as fast as before, but hopefully this too will be cured in the near future. I hope to see Jeevan walk one day, and hope to see him fulfill all his dreams.

I admire his courage and hope. His words reflect someone who is living the present, who has dreams and wishes and are fulfilling them. His writings are from the heart and his passion and aspirations flows in his blog. I think, him having met many blog friends is much more comfortable when talking, I was just stuck at times of keeping on asking about his health condition, being worried myself but he has words that makes us feel so much at ease. And trust me, he is one person who reads all our posts patiently and remembers it :)

And eating lunch with Jeevan, delicious homecooked meals that his mom and sis prepared, after 2 long months of eating out will forever remain in memories. He have often written about the sacrifices of his parents and family for him. I can see the love in his eyes, and the love of his mom towards him. And receiving me into his home, into the family made me not wanting to leave him. I did not get to meet his dad, but he did call from office. I do hope more blog friends get to visit Jeevan, he is such a kind person and I do hope everyone can learn something from this great soul. Somehow the minutes and hours envy our conversations. Wished I could stay longer. But I will come back soon, for Jeevan.

Love you forever brother. Lets not end this days and moments.

[+] Jeevans post of our meeting.

Randomism and a Weirdo :p

Miladysa tagged me with the weird and random tag thingy, and here goes:

[Rules]
1. Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself - some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

[The Answers]
1. There is one memory that I remember from childhood as my 'first ever memory'; waking up and seeing the sun rays through the window, not sure how old I was then btw. I cant remember anything else from that time, and my next good memory of my childhood is when I was 5 years old and in kindergarten.
2. Whenever I go out, for shopping or eating and I withdraw money from the atm, the bill will somehow come to the exact amount I withdraw. It happens 9 out of 10 times. Its freaky.
3. There was a time when I was in lower secondary, I only liked green toned shirts. Good God.
4. I get sudden flue which lasts for a day and disappears, it happens once a month or so.
5. I love traveling, but when I get to the destination, I will get this strange feeling of leaving really badly for a good 20 to 30 minutes. Anywhere I go.
6. I used to sleep in my lab for whole weekends in my research years. This is not weird...but random :P
7. I can loop songs or albums I really like for days straight. Now its Atif Aslam...going strong for 5 days. He is really good.

I am tagging:
Jeevan
Cinderella
and the first 5 commenters who are not already tagged. Thank you. :P

Friday, November 14

out here we be rockstars

let me be selfish tonight
for one night
of whats left
in the dissolving days
let me be selfish
for having
the best of friends
for I may never find
such genuine ones

let me be selfish today
let me live my life
for eternity
with this great feeling
of peace and calm
in the days of autumn skies

as I leave
not saying goodbye
but with silent words
~why end
something that we started
in our innocent years
searching
for something beautiful

as I leave
not wanting any
but hugs and kisses
let me be selfish
for one night
of many
that I hope to
encounter and live
years to come

-gp-pune-nov2008-

it takes a lifetime, but when it happens, its beautiful :)

[#] nah, not a poem, just rendezvous with great souls, rock stars and more :)

Friday, November 7

Thank You!

snow covered peaks of the Himalayas,
taken from the Jakhu temple,
situated on the Jakhu hill in Shimla


Jhaku Temple, a Lord Hanuman temple,
I cant describe the feelings and emotions at that moment
being in the temple, seeing the Himalayas,
the serenity of it all, and the sweet prasadam given,
life changing...

I like this photo a lot :),
Jakhu Temple

Daymoon,
at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla


snapped at the gardens of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla


Today I trekked the hills of Naldhera,
near the Mashorba Valley a short distance from Shimla
and I saw the snow covered mountains of the Himalayas
one of my dreams came true
I want to thank Life for this :)


[#] Its so close yet so far, one day I must set foot in Nepal and god willing, climb the Everest :)
[#] Btw, I think this picture turned awesome...
[#] As usual, anyone wants hi-res images of above, please buzz me, TQ!

Amazing!

Photograph by David Maitland/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

[+] Photo nabbed from NatGe0 [Real Full] and see the rest of the best wildlife animal photos of 2008. There is also a harrowing picture of a Colobus monkey being singed for illegal bush meat trade.
[?] Just want to know, is there any wildlife photographers among our blog communities? I would love to learn the techniques, a lot of macro use I suppose...and patience :)

Thursday, November 6

Heavens on Earth, 2

The view out of my room,
I'm staying here forever, someone please call my mom and tell her :D

I'd freeze tonight for sure...so here is the before pic...
lets see if my frost bitten fingers can snap the after pic.
Ok...ppl don't get frost bites here...where I am...guess :p




[#] I should have learned some Hindi. Though I understand a bit of the language, they don't understand my reply hehehe...Right now I'm all cool with 'haa...ji' which I think means 'yes'. And I know a few Hindi movie titles and songs...but I cant talk Hindi...sigh..haa ji haa ji haaaaa ji.
[#] And one shall have the question of why am I on the Internet all the time even when traveling...well I'm working and traveling and quite recently I discovered Thursday is NOT the start of the weekend...who would have known...sigh...:P
[#] Thanks to Neha for the great advice...I shall roam soon :)

R.I.P Michael Crichton

Reading the BBC and CNN tickers just now, turned this into a sad day. Author Michael Crichton passed away today of cancer on Nov 4th.

R.I.P Michael Crichton, your writings live on forever.


I started reading science fiction because of Crichton and Asimov. Both are legends of their own styles of writing, both crossed genres, and have legions of fans. Sadly not many authors these days have their timeless skills and qualities. MC and his contemporaries put the Science in speculative fiction, where and when it mattered most. Of all his books, Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park and Sphere were my favorites ever. Its hard to fine brilliant fast paces stories anymore. And all the current ones are written for Hollywood, but MC was different. If you pickup Jurassic Park or The Lost World today, you would know the world of a difference it is from the movies. His early works are very absorbing and even after countless readings you can still learn many new facts. For this reason and many, legends do live forever, and we are so ever grateful for the knowledge they parted.

[+] A dedication from Arv to MC.
[+] MC official site.
[+] Wiki

Wednesday, November 5

Where on Earth?

Time for a small game. In which city in India do you find this monument? And what is its name?


[*] I think I have to close this trivia for my Indian friends, it will be so easy then, sorry :p
Everyone can take part hehehe...except Pallavi and Neha :D

the 44th president of the united states

Barrack Obama is the 44th president elect of the United States of America. The race is over, the wait is over. A great day for the US and the world. Whatever happens next, the American people have shown the way to change. What a ride this has been.

Tuesday, November 4

Freedom



there is nothing in life more precious than freedom
of the mind and the self



[#] I have never seen parrots outside of cages actually, snapped this at the Qutub Minar historical complex in Delhi. (I think these are parakeets, any idea of the species or tribe they belong to?)

[#] Ill update my travel blog when I get some free time, till then take care :)

Closure For You

To the high priestess of the blogworld, thank you for the free publicity. People who have known and met me and her, knows us better, than what your emails say. Wish your nightmares never end, Friend. I'm loving my life ever more now than before as I'm free. Guess you are not, and everyone knows. And for the rest of the 'issues', Karma will take care of it.

Saturday, November 1

tea, tickets, hotels n cookies


after 5 weeks of traveling
and seeing almost everything
its not boredom that sets in
its the back breaking tiredness
and I still have a month left!
I hate booking hotels and lodges
as much as I'm tired of
finding the routes
and walking into nowhere
but there is something here
more than all this
I love the people here
new found friends
with big hearts
I feel I have a purpose here
after so long
I feel I have a real purpose in life
how India
has changed me
amazingly in this few short weeks
and exorcised my painful
5 years that traumatized me
as I take to the skies
in dreams and in travels
I find smiles
and touch
warm and beautiful
and during my walks
in between crowds
lives micro worlds
of love and life
today
as I sat at coffee day
and drank ice cold coffee
(with a friggin cake inside!!!)
I don't know how to order stuff
even from the menu
you see right now
I miss home food
that is
after trying every bit of the south menu
and loving Kerala fish curry to bits
I dont know what else to eat
so nowadays
its cookies and tea
all the way
the other day
i dreamed having tea with the guys
and eating roti canai and nasi lemak
(wipes away tears)
enough!
I shouted to myself!
go to Marina beach
I marched
at 8 at night
but then
somehow City Center
looked amazing
is it called the City Center mall?
so I walked into City Center
found Landmark and there are books
books books books everywhere
after picking up like 5 books
and realizing i have to carry them around
in an already overstuffed bag
I settled with the much reviewed and excellently translated
Tamil Pulp Fiction
and
the brilliant story of Ramanujan
that I could not source in Msia
and I bought the Vaaranam Aayiram CD
the songs are excellent
and I just happen to know
two great big fans of Surya
:-)
and I'm going to play the songs all day
so thats how this tea, tickets, hotels and cookies story started
and tomorrow
I'm going to get some flutes for the dude
who encouraged and helped me get here
I wonder if Velan knows how to play flutes
maybe I'll get one for myself
and make music
I am loving Chennai
except the heat
and even after the cab driver
swore he wants to return to Delhi
after being here for two years
I like the soul of Chennai
which made me feel home
as much as the soul of vibrant Bangalore
that made me comfortable
and the life and times of the serene Mysore
and the mystical beauty of cool Ooty
and the beauty of Trivandrum and Kovalam
and the sunsets and sunrises of Kanyakumari
at the ends of India
I am liking my travels here
and the next one month
I'll have to plan
(not that my plans ever works
nor do I know how to plan!)
I have to 'plan'
with plans that comes from a great friend in Pune
who made me not run away from India
in the first week itself
I realize that I'm not an intrepid traveler
I'm just an accidental traveler :p
I need to plan
for the next one month
to travel
and meet great writers
to Delhi
to see the beautiful monuments
meet the poetess who inspires me
and to the beautiful Himachal
and meet a fine photographer and writer
to Varanasi
where life and death coexists
to Mumbai
to meet a great fellow traveler through life
and then to Pune
to meet my brother and partner in crime :-)
and then back to Chennai
not before a stopover in Bangalore
to meet the Cinderella of the blogworlds one more time
and meet the blogger
and brother I admire most
and back home...
leaving behind
my heart
forever
at my new found home
and my long lost soul brothers and sisters
~
this is not a (really bad) poem
(but maybe a sad song if we can find a tune)
I just want to make the post
real long :p

when

it rains around the world sleep welcomes the dream, and  enigmatic souls awaken along the eternal shores of destiny