Friday, December 10, 2010

Who are we to judge?

Judging people without even knowing who they really are is now a norm of our lives..sometimes our judgement is right and sometimes wrong.  Got this mail forward which i thought to share. have a read

Two Tough Questions


Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the answer for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A. Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.


Candidate B He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps untilnoon , used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.


Candidate C He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.


Which of these candidates would be your choice?


Decide first... no peeking, and then scroll down for the reply.

Answer to Question No. 1

If your answer to the abortion question:

Is YES . . . .. . . you just killed Beethoven the GREAT musician because He was born as the 9th child with above mentioned...

Answer to Question No. 2

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

Pretty interesting, isn't it?

Makes a person think before judging someone !!!!

By the way, Who are we to judge anyone?
 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Istanbul - wow :-) a place very similar to India

Will write about the trip some other time but would like to share some of the non touristy sights with who ever is interested
have a look

The Flag
One sees the the Flag of Turkey fluttering in he wind at almost every corner.
Break the rules
 Just like in India, drivers in Istanbul break rules with nary a care in the world. The next cab which turned in fact crashed into a bike..no noone got hurt :-)

Graffittiiiii
 Yes...this is also rampant...seen in the oldest church also

Bliss
 This is one of the best passtimes..saw a lot of people laughing , reading and chatting their worries in the parks
Trinket Maker
 This lady was making trinkets with beautiful greek designs..lovely

Bhutta
 Corn seller..boiled or roasted..for a lira a delicious anytime snack

Hazelnuts
 This is something this place is famous for..by the end of three days..kinds got fed up of eating these nuts

Roadside Cafe'
 Seen across almost all streets..beware you Indians..beef is more of a staple diet here


Tea in a glass so beautiful
 Rest laster ;-)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

ESSAY FROM A CHILD

Wrote about the stranger in our house...some time back...I guess this is either a prequel or sequel or another "inspired" copy of the same..you decide..but whatever you decide..am sure it does make you really introspect or at least think ;-)...read on:


A teacher from Primary School asks her students to write a essay about what they would like God to do for them...

At the end of the day while marking the essays, she read one that made her very emotional. Her husband, who had just walked in saw her crying and asked her:

- What happened?

She answered :

- Read this. It's one of my student's essays


Oh God, tonight I ask you something very special: Make me into a television. I want to take its place. Live like the TV in my house. Have my own special place, And have my family around ME. To be taken seriously when I talk.... I want to be the centre of attention and be heard without interruptions or questions. I want to receive the same special care that the TV receives when it is not working. Have the company of my dad when he arrives home from work, even when he is tired. And I want my mom to want me when she is sad and upset, instead of ignoring me... And... I want my brothers to fight to be with me... I want to feel that family just leaves everything aside, every now and then, just to spend some time with me. And last but not least make it that I can make them all happy and entertain them...Lord I don't ask you for much... I just want to live like every TV

At that moment the husband said: - 'My God, poor kid. What horrible parents!

She looked up at him and said: - 'That essay is our son's !

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The bridge


The bridge
Originally uploaded by srinathiyer
A bridge over troubled waters..the waters under were certainly looking troubled and gushing all over like hell hath no fury..the road seemed to vanish into the hills which were being swallowed by the clouds...check out more @ some-colors-of-india-especially-dilli

the splash again


the splash again
Originally uploaded by srinathiyer
Was sitting watching the rains, mesmerized, thinking about water - how beautiful it is and how eaqually devastating it is...noticing the raindrops falling and splashing..when finally I shook myself out of the watery trance and froze the splash ...

check out some more @ http://devilsownparadise.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Colors

Lights on the stage

Psychedelic

A dash of the blue hue in the wild saffron
This is also called the Bird of Paradise..a friend of mine just told me :-)...wow now when I look at this pic..i can actually see the open beak eyes and all...
The show Stopper

Water falls

dragonfly

Black or White?

Monday, August 2, 2010

Clouds


Clouds
Originally uploaded by srinathiyer
just as we were going higher and reaching aamby valley...the clouds started creeping and descending all about us...the civilization was kind of forgotton..it was like we were going towards where the gods stay..cold...wet...silent..and beautiful ...words and photos cannot describe it...one got to experience it real time :-)

Looking through the window

on the way to aamby valley...sitting i the bus and looking out...driving through the clouds..with cold rain pouring down..i see the other bus wih my colleagues..turning on a hairpin bend ...surreal

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Management lessons


Another good manangement lesson...from my pop in law in continuation to the other management lessons that he forwarded me before

One of the earlier ones is HERE

:-)

Once Pappu started praying to Ravan and after 1 year Ravan was very happy from the bhakti of Pappu.
Then Ravan decides to give 3 vardans to Pappu.

RAVAN: Say vatsa! What you want?

PAPPU: I want 100 vardans.

RAVAN: But I can give you only 3 vardans

PAPPU: But I want 100 vardans.

RAVAN: No child that’s not possible.

PAPPU: No I want 100 means 100

RAVAN: No I can give you only 3. If you want then take or else I am going.

PAPPU: Ok! But what 3 I will ask, you will give me definitely?

RAVAN: Sure it's promise from Rakshas Raj Ravana.

PAPPU: 1st vardan, convert your GADA on shoulder to wooden bamboo stick.

RAVAN: "Tathastu" and his gada turns into a stick.

PAPPU: 2nd Vardan, put that stick in your ass hole ... deep inside ...!!

RAVAN: (confused but ......) "Thathastu" and in great pain asks Pappu to ask for the third vardan .... ASAP ...

PAPPU: Now are you giving me rest 97 vardans or should I convert that stick back to GADA ?

The moral of the Story: Management will not yield to your simple request until u can give pain in their Ass. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A speck in the Universe

saw a very surreal sight today and wished that I had my camera with the zoom with me..but then..captured the scene with my N97 ..these handset cameras are now like ATAWPs...Anytime Anywhere Pictures..

It just makes one really feel that we are smaller than a speck in this vast universe..but then again..all of us are some one :-)

Had to do some photoshopping on the same to show you guys what I captured...fo a change thanks to the traffic jam..

Silhotutte

The actual Photo

Makes s look real small...does't it?

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Stranger in our lives:-)

http://www.devilsownparadise.blogspot.com/

Got this from one of the forwards my pop in law sent me..hehe...a lot of them here :-)..what made me put this up was a note written / copy pasted by a friend of mine on FB which I happened to read. Copy paste...wish we could do that with life '''

Well here goes. Let me know how many of you relate to this

A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.

As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family. In my young mind, he had a special niche. My parents were complementary instructors: Mum taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey. But the stranger... he was our storyteller. He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.

If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future! He took my family to the first major league ball game. He made me laugh, and he made me cry. The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.

Sometimes, Mum would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.

 (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)

 Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honour them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home - not from us, our friends or any visitors. Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush. My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis. He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing..

I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger. Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked... And NEVER asked to leave.

More than fifty years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family. He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first. Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name?....

We just call him 'TV.'

(Note: This should be required reading for every household!)

He has a wife now....we call her 'Computer.'

Their first child is Cell Phone

Second child is I Pod

some colors of India especially @ dilli haat

http://devilsownparadise.blogspot.com/2010/07/some-colors-of-india-especially-dilli.html

The weather was good...not very hot...but yes very humid...:-) so we guys decided to go to Dilli Haat. Well it was an impromptu visit...wanted to stay away from being the MallRats and away from the big screen today.

Dilli Haat was started a few years back..it was to be a hub set in a rustic ambience and showcasing the talents of the various artisans across India. For a couple of years THIS was the place apart from Janpath in Connaught Place and Sarojini Nagar Market to get good handicrafts and clothes and a lot of other knick knacks at very affordable prices...and then Dilli Haat became popular.

This was made on top of a nallah / drain

Popularity made this a tourist place and then the NGOs descended on Dilli Haat...and I guess that was the end of the bargains and good stuff.

Well..this is still a place to roam around and have some good food from the food kiosks within the premises.
Almost all the states of India have their kiosks there. For me this is the attraction :-)

Ssslllllllllllllllllllluuuuuuuuuurrrrrpppp!!! Drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooollllll!!! mmmmmmmmm food

From kashmiri food (wouldnt recommend this) where Tin Cocks are served..highly recommnded to the people with iron deficiency and to "Open Happiness" to Rajasthani thalis, daal bhati churma ..to the Bengali  fish & Mishti Dohi to the Maharashtrian Vada paavs...all available here. A decent meal for  two , where one would feel like a stuffed Turkey costs about INR 600 max.

Oh yes..momos and chowmien are the staple preference for most.

Dont forget to the Matka Kulfi too.

Today we went on one of those days, which is a change over day..the theme changes and the artisans and the shops change. Hence very less crowded.

I like these days as my money stays my money and doesnt become the artisans ;-)...I guess the married men out there would relate to this.

well you guys must be thinking where are the colors?

Clicked some photos of the colors there. Have a look. All taken from Nokia N97 :-) some pics are blurred so peer hard to see them ;-)


Post entering Dilli Haat. Crowdless and no noise pollution :-)

Bangles and bangles. Just need a BoJangle now

Elephants & Camels from Rajasthan A birds eye view

Bracelets & Rings

Curtain screens..Peta guys shouldn't see these hung animals :-)

Hang down your Tom Dooley...more Pachyderms

Sea Shell Earings to make all fairer sex look even more prettier :-)

More Seashell Earings;'.. no wonder the women all look so nice ;-)

The shopkeeper who took my money :-)

Ladels & Spoons...This is when I get Hungrrrrryyyyy!!!

The dog!

Sea Shell from which the pearls come out ;-)

Dilli Haat getting ready for the next theme

Bangles - yeah sea shells again 

I believe I can fly!!

Cobblestoned artea outside..good place to get Chai, Papad etc

Balloons

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Car Views...Wet Delhi :-)

And then he thundered...Let there be rains...and the parched & arid land of Delhi was something of an equivalent of the great floods (remember Noah or Manu..read your histoy guys & gals..) ...all thanks to the various civic & CWG authorities of Saddi Dilli....

The last few times had posted some pics on dusty hot delhi...and this I thought let me post some videos of how the rains effect the capital of India. A completly washed look when you just look...washed out when you have to travel...greenery all around...birds chirping...smiles on everyones faces (no not the ones who are driving :-) )...children playing in the rain...yes... to answer one of my mentors question..paper boats are STILL in vogue

And also how inconsiderate some people can be while driving..

check them out


Funny Ads - American Seafood Festival - will Paul be there?

some time back had started something of an ode to all the creative people out there..but I guess technology takes the cake ..or should I say fish / mussel cake in this case..

Paul the octopus..has been the oracle ...predicting the world cup FIFA 2010 winners...Pauls been right till now..very very psychic eight armed fellow I should say...

with contextual advertising or maybe...too many impressions to be burnt on a CPC deal ;-) (dont kill me guys here..wheres your sense of humor)....

Wonder what Paul - Octopus would like to say about the American Seafood Celebration!! of course the celebration is for a limited time only ;-)

Will Paul be a part of the great American Seafood Celebration??
Would he be able to predict this predcament?
Lets watch the news!! better still lets go celebrate!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Car Views - Dusty Delhi & NCR


Summers in Delhi is fun..especially now that Delhi is become NCR..saw a few sights which ensured that I made good use of the camera on my mobile phone and thought let me share here for whoever is interested. This is the continuation of the earlier stuff tht I had put up..the little known sights of Delhi / India
Some of this stuff is from sites of Gurgaon too..



Yes you guessed this right. These were a bunch of donkeys on busy road. I had parked on the side to take a call when I noticed them..yeah right...I do tend to notice a lot of donkeys in this world LOL. but these chappies were pretty intelligent..they waited for the traffic to thin down...crossed the road...and actually trotted on the sidewalk..Dont know how many of us have this civic sense in us :-). Next time I hope I see pigs..they are too found in abundance here :-)

Dulhan Dahej Hai - The bride is the Dowry
Now thats a good social message on the dowry system. Its a crime to take Dowry by the way


Machine ka Tandha Paani - Cold water from a Machine
 This used to be available for 5 paise a glass now the rates have shot up to a rupee. In summers in Delhi one gets to see these "machines" which use a simple pump mechanism to pump out water in a glass. A boon to all travellers. Sometimes if one is lucky the vendor may also have some lemons and give you an outta this world lemonade.


On the way to Office..towards Gurgaon, Haryana
Well..Thats the "Ship Building" on the right hand side
which is just kind of visible on a dusty morning.
There...now can see the building a little bit more clearly



Dust in Delhi is brought about by an onslaught of wind ...hot wind..called locally as Loo. Dont confuse it with the word Loo used for the toilets..if you do..trust me the experience may not be well liked by you and the people around you..as the delhi Loo is hot and furious.

well now me gotta go..and shut all doors and windows..as the winds have started again

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's a jungle out there!!

Thought of sharing one of the songs I kind of liked. Its does reflect the world we live in..

It's a jungle out there

Disorder and confusion everywhere
No one seems to care
Well I do
Hey, who's in charge here?
It's a jungle out there
Poison in the very air we breathe
Do you know what's in the water that you drink?
Well I do, and it's amazing
People think I'm crazy, 'cause I worry all the time
If you paid attention, you'd be worried too
You better pay attention
Or this world we love so much might just kill you
I could be wrong now, but I don't think so!
'Cause there's a jungle out there.
It's a jungle out there.

----Mastedon (John & Dino Elefante)

Friday, May 28, 2010

A moment in time

New York Times online did a photoblog on May 2nd 2010. A very brilliant concept. People across the world were to click a photograph @ 2030 hrs, whereever they were at that time and upload. This was called A Moment in Time

One should look at the moments captured by people across the world. Something billiant.

The moment I captured http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/03/blogs/a-moment-in-time.html/#/4bddacd7e55ae55f91000456

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

the real you?

some thoughts...

who is the real you? the one which you portray on all your social network sites, your blogs or the one you talk to when you sit with yourself and introspect..now thats a question thats kind of haunting me now...who does one believe? the line between reality and virtual is getting blurred...so blurred that one sometimes becomes "patholigical believer" in ones own online avtaar. yes, agreed, sometime it is good..an introvert would suddenly become an extrovert, a sad man..a happy man and the likes. But where does that leave one? living in a surreal world of perception where reality is nothing but a click of a mouse and a keyboard?

Social media today seems to have taken over everyones life...taken over everyones life so much that one is so addicted that he has to tweet and check his page on facebook or orkut or wherever every second of the day..once upon a time it was mail, then came the blackberry and now twitter, facebook, mysoace and what not.

Who controls who here? does the technology control us or do we control tech? who are you really friends with? the virtual identities of your friends list on any SNS or the eal them...

personal and professional life is now the same...refernce checks are done looking at ones profile on FB and looking at the messages there conclusions are drawn..right or wrong ..no one knows. does one find the real you when doing these checks?

who is really the real you? one wears a lot of masks the same way they wear a lot of hats! which mask one wears usually depends on who he is meeting face to face. wearing a mask does become necessary..biut online which is the mask one wears..is it one or many all at the same time..leaving the person confused...leaving others confused?

who is the real you?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

convergence on air and on line

we finally took an idea online...you guys remember the books / novels which we used to read...i guess one can still get them..wherein the reader gets a choice to lead the story to which ever end..while reading..one is asked..go to page 45 if you want the girl to climb the stairs or page 85 if you want the girl to fly..that was one to one..what we did was to create a community for an ongoing program and asked the surfers to tell us what next :-)

have a look

The program is Dil Mil Gayee on http://www.starone.in/.

Click on "petition" to know more

Friday, April 23, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

car view...Sights of India..continued

continuing with the sights in India...which everyone sees and sometimes find it amusing and also saddened...but thats how vivid and varied India is..one experiences, sees and hears stuff which are unique to us Indians..got some more ..hope u enjoy



Nehru Place...one of the largest commercial hubs in delhi.

 School time...thats how kids are packed into a tin can with an engine and wheels and taken to school :-)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Little seen sights of India or are they

while driving around the roads and streets of India one sometimes sees a lot of stuff...which are not usually shown in the touristy sites. now that I have a nice phone camera, the other one is too heavy and big to lug around...i decided to click some of these awesome sights..awesome is just a state of the the person looking at the photos...for me all photos are gonna be awesome :-)

PS: the photographs will be taken by me after stopping the car if I am driving...
Have linked some of the words which would take you various third party sites on which I have no control ;-) if you need more information (general kind) on anything google or bing!.. anything related to what I have written get in touch with me...

wellzzz lemme start with some stuff


Elephant Safari in the concrete jungles
A very common sight in Delhi...you have the four legged pachyderms racing with you. The best part is...if you are looking for some lighter or destressing moments...you can actually go for a small Concrete Jungle Safari on these elephants. What you need to do is...yell out to the mahout (the caretaker of the elephant) to stop..you park your vehicle in a nice place...which does not disturb the flow of traffic and from where the cops dont tow away your vehicle..go near the elephant and go on a ride..INR 20 is all what it takes :-)

The long lonely road to everywhere
This is the road which leads you to Greater Noida fondly called Greater Nevada by moi ;-).
Gurgaon - DLF Cyber City
This is the most busiest part of Gurgaon...the complex has over 8 buildings high rises...and most of the offices are housed here..ESPN, Microsoft, Aircel, Yahoo...the list is a never ending list. best time to go here for peace and quiet would be late evenings on holidays ;-)
Also has some good restaurants...like Punjabi by Nature, etc

Traffic on Outer Ring Road - New Delhi

Its not always this bad...there was a flyover being constructed to ensure smooth flow of traffic to an fro ..and hence bad traffic...thing about delhi road sense is quite similar to the real estate guys around the world...find space so gobble it

Hang on guys!!! we are almost there
 This was on a road which we call NH 8 (National Highway 8) This connects New Delhi and Mumbai and passes through Haryana and Rajasthan etc. Please do not be fooled by these "hangers"..they are I guess just trying out what Airbus tried in their airplanes ..the Standing Seats - where  Passengers in the standing section would be propped against a padded backboard, held in place with a harness, according to experts who have seen a proposal. I guess Indian's are a lot more daredevilizzzz than they appear. :-)


However technologically India may have advanced, we would never do away with our heritage of Carts...you can see a varied variety of carts pulled by a variety of animals...elephants, Camels, Bullocks, Oxen, ...and yeah! sometimes humans too :-)


Dasara, derived from the Sanskrit Dasha-hara meaning "remover of bad fate", is among the most important festivals celebrated in India...This was taken from the the road (yes after I parked the car away from the eyes of delhi cops)..
 
During this festival..the effigies of Ravan and his two brothers is very common across all parks & open spaces in Delhi and north India..well yes..hard to believe eh!..we do have a apark in every residential locality :-)...and yes delhi is kinda spaced out...that is..there is space except when you want space for parking
 
the old lady of Jaipur
 Jauhari Bazar - Jaipur...busy street...only retail shops..you name it and you get it here...each street famous for a particular thing...clothes to handicrafts to jewelery to food to shoes to toys to this and to that...
When roaming on a hot october afternoon lugging my camera around...chanced to look up and saw this lady just sitting and looking at all the cacophony happening in the bazaar below...she painted a very pretty picture...been there done it types... another shot of the actual busy street
Look Ma! its a metal bird
On the way to Neemrana fort...we found this airplane parked...see I told you...we have a lot of space here ..on a closer look we figured out that this was one of the planes used to teach the budding pilots who enroll themselves in the School of Aeronatics