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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie.. Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... I Am crazy about music,books,friends and my doggie... :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Be a friend....

    If you know someone who’s depressed please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation, depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest and best things you will ever do."

    ~ Stephen Fry

Monday, December 12, 2011

Move on...

I received this via email and well, it makes sense, so am sharing it!! 

A wise man once sat in the audience & cracked a joke.

All laughed like crazy. After a moment he cracked the same joke again and a little less people laughed this time.
He cracked the same joke again & again, when there was no laughter in the crowd,
he smiled and said,

“When u can’t laugh on the same joke again & again, then why do u keep crying over the same thing over and over again”
 
‘Learn to move on’…
 
Have a lovely day ahead!
  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

This monday ... be Happy!

As the month winds down and the year draws to an end, lets reflect on what has happened, change what went wrong and work towards a better, more productive, happier YOU!!


Friday, December 2, 2011

The Story of the Butterfly

Read this on the net somewhere and had to share it....



A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.One day a small opening appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body. Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. It was never able to fly.

What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This Monday.... Never be afraid....

Have decided to start a new tradition on my blog.. I have been sharing posters and quotes whenever i stumble upon them.. But from now on, shall do one every Monday!! :)

Do share good posters and quotes  that you come across

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TiE lessons- Suresh Krishna, Sundaram Fasteners

1.Make the wise Choice of serving customers who will be unforgiving.  They will eventually help you build great products and services, ergo grow.

2.In the history of TVS, there has been NO strikes!. The secret- messages and information and communication must go directly from top to bottom without any filtering

3.Delegate with vengeance, people will definitely make mistakes, but remember that is what helps them to learn and discover themselves

4.The Karma of an entrepreneur is to help the people they are associated with realize their full potential, give them the boost they need and help them reach greater heights.. 

5. Remember to Communicate sincerely and directly to all your employees with only true facts. This will go a long way as it helps build trust.

 6.Give the employees a sense of belonging !

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wash it off..


I dint believe it when i read this in today's paper!! Hand washing day- really? What next? Brush your teeth day? Sigh...



The thoughts that were running through my head on reading this was,-
1. Are they trying to stress the importance of personal hygeine?
2. Are they promoting the message that one needs to wash their hands often?
3. Is it directed at all those who go to the loo but dont wash their hands?
4. Is it a marketing gimmick to promote all the bazillion kinds of hand-washes available in the market?


Wash your hands
After you eat
Wash your hands
After you play with your dog, cat, or other pets
Wash your hands
After you return from a shopping spree
Wash your hands
Right after touching green chillies
Wash your hands
When you are done in the loo 
Wash your hands
if you clean your room, cupboard, shelf, etc
Wash your hands
Wash 
Wash 
Wash your hands..... 
What next i wonder..... 

The only way you will be excused from washing your hands would be....

Monday, October 10, 2011

Back it up

You work on the computer... You save on the computer....

You work on the computer... you save on a Floppy disk

You work on the computer... you save on CD

You work on the computer... you save on a Pen drive

You work on the computer...   you save on an external Hard drive

You work on the computer...you save it on Dropbox or other cloud

What next???? do we save it in thin air? does it go vapourise into space?

We need a back up of the back up of the back up of the........... phew, am tired!! What was i talking about?

Sheesh.... everyday... every minute spent in the fear that the computer might crash, power might conk... data will get lost...

Somebody find something that will save things into the invisible space and one that we can retrieve at the blink of an eye... The file could be named Tom&jerry or Whostolethecookiefromthecookiejar or Naakamuka, but the file should be available with whatever we conjure up in our head  or even if nothing comes, the file should be found!! :D


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Remembering Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is no more...

The Apple chairman and former CEO who made personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and digital animation mass-market products passed away today.

There are very few people who's death moved me.. and  the news of Steve's death totally shocked me.. I woke up to the news and must say i feel like someone i knew, was close to passed away....  Here is an absolutely amazing speech that Steve gave at Stanford...


Listen to Steve





Apple spoof of Microsoft leaves audience in stitches





Found this on the Curiousity Counts website... 


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bookmarks handmade...

So, i was headed out to lunch with 2 Blogger gal pals- Uma and Pallavi [who was visiting from UK].. I decided a few minutes before leaving home to take them something... And true to my new found interest, i made them each a funky Origami Bookmark :-)

It was wonderful watching the surprise and grin on their faces.. Infact, Uma instantly asked if i had a white marker pen so i could sign on them... :-)



How to make the Bookmark Tsuru--

Monday, October 3, 2011

Origami

The web defines it as

Origami, the word originates from "ori" meaning "folding", and "kami" meaning "paper"; kami. It is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s. 
On a lazy evening when i was out at Subway for the F4 meet, i observed Subash working his way through a sheet of paper to create a camera and that was it.. within minutes,i was seated across from him and trying to mimic his moves with the restaurant menu sheet... And thus began my Origami Journey.... I dont do it as regularly as i would like, but there are times when i get drawn into this art form, and spend hours and minutes working on a form...

Few weeks ago, i created a few flowers along with mom for a friend.. She sent them to her son's school for a class on Flowers.. :) And past few days i've once again managed to create a couple of pieces... The all time favorite of mine is ofcourse the Butterfly.... :-) 

Here is what i have managed to fold...

The Cube

 


Butterfly...



Leaf Cover


Shuriken










Bookmarks...


Working on a few medium level difficulty models.. Shall share updates once i am done or beaten!! :D

Friday, September 30, 2011

September Tag- Day 30- In Motion

Sigh... And so with this the Tag comes to end and so does the month of September... 9 months of 2011 are over and we just have 3 more left before 2012 comes knocking on the door..!! So much to do, so many places to see, just not fair!! 

I quite like the theme for the day- In Motion.. Kinda gives me hope that as we keep moving, so will our dreams and thereon our lives... Maybe this is how its meant to be.. Keep going... Keep at it till you succeed/ reach your goals/ reach for the stars... 

The image i have for this theme is one that was taken in Pondy during my visit last year.. We were walking along the ocean when the sound from the waves thrashing against the rocks stopped us in our tracks.. 





Like the waves, i wish to keep flowing... 
Like the waves, i wish to keep aspiring for greater heights..
Like the waves, i wish to keep going no matter what challenges come my way!

Thanks Ratzzz for initiating this tag amidst our group... Felt bad when your Camera conked, but do hope you get to do this tag soon!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

September Tag- Day 29- Purchased

Well, i am not much of a shopper, but there are a few things that i cant resist buying... One is books, other is anything with a butterfly on it... :-)  

This month for a change i bought things i needed, that would help me in my travels.. One was a pair of floaters [ the ones i had were done for, ready to be chucked] and a Stroller.... :-) Even though the trip dint happen, am sure these will come in handy for whatever is in store in the future...





Wednesday, September 28, 2011

September Tag- Day 28- Daily Routine

I open blogger to write the post and that is when it hits me that September is nearly over, just 2 days to go.. Sigh!! 9 months of this year is over... :-/

The theme for the day is "Daily routine"... i dint have to blink, i knew what i was going to post... Ever since i moved into my grandparents home [11years ago], i found the chime that has been a part of my childhood and during the growing up years as well. I brought it out, and hung  it on the cupboard.

So, now every morning, i wake up, pull the string, let the music play, listen to it, enjoy it and then get out of the room... :-) a perfect start to the day... In case i miss it, the morning does go for a toss, i know, i know, am probably just connecting random dots, but what the heck.... :D 



This chime was bought by Granpa when i was a baby from one of his international trips...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September Tag- Day 27- After dark


Ooh, i like the sound of the theme for the day- After Dark... I wonder what i can post for this topic, my mind is running in so many different directions, wondering what to make of it, what not to and what image i have that matches with the thoughts in my head!!  So here goes, the one photograph i liked that best suited the topic.... :-)


I shot this photograph  at a mall in the city- Citi Center. On the top floor is the movie theater and just below the staircase is a big hall where exhibitions are held through the year. There is a huge window with this stained glass work on it.. I shot this snap as i waited for the movie... Infact it was taken on my mobile-Blackberry Curve 8520 :-)

Monday, September 26, 2011

September Tag- Day 26- Something Old

Well, its been a crazy morning..Was to have packed and been away on a mini holiday, alas, Mister Murphy seems to have had other things in mind... The trip is cancelled and i am still in town, but the day's been relatively easy... :-)

The theme for the day is "Something old"... now, that is a phrase that is so open to interpretation... I guess it gives us free reign to think what we want and post a photograph that fits our thoughts.. Here goes my photograph for the theme-



Even though this chain has been through time and is quite old, it is still used at home and the colours caught my eye... So much beauty...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

September Tag- day 25- Sunflare



1st its Sunset, then it is Sunflare... But then, its fun everyday... There is something to look forward to, and something to dig around :D

I kept wondering what a sunflare was... Was it a sudden burst of sunlight or something beyond? Here is what the dictionary had to say-

solar flare
n.
A sudden eruption of magnetic energy released on or near the surface of the sun, usually associated with sunspots and accompanied by bursts of electromagnetic radiation and particles. Ultraviolet and x-ray radiation from solar flares often induce electromagnetic disturbances in the earth's atmosphere.

Does this fit?


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Firework- Katy perry

For some reason, i liked this song the minute i heard it... So, here i am sharing it!!

Lyrics:
Do you ever feel like a plastic bag,
drifting through the wind
wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
like a house of cards,
one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep?
6 feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there's still a chance for you
'Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
And when it's time, you'll know

You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It's always been inside of you, you, you
And now it's time to let it through-ough-ough

'Cause baby you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby, you're a firework
Come on, let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, Oh, Oh"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe, awe, awe

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon.... 


September Tag- Day 24- A smile


A smile- this is the topic for the day... And i kept looking through the photographs i had taken for that one special picture, alas, no luck yet!! Instead i did come across this photograph of the cute figurine at Tuscana, Chamiers Road in Chennai....

As you open the door to the restaurant, he is the guy who greets you... And  it instantly brings a smile to the face!

 

Friday, September 23, 2011

September Tag- Day 23- Sunset

Looks like the person who created the tag ran out of topics... or decided to have some fun and jazz it up a bit!  I wish they had put in something like "funny incident", "your pet", "quirkiest self shot","candid shot of someone close to you doing something embarassing" etc... :D [i know, i know.. am evil!!]

Ok, so the topic for the day is ... Sunset... Now, what can be more beautiful than witnessing a sunset on a beach alone? Witnessing it with someone you love perhaps?! But then, i was fortunate enough to experience the former..

I was in Goa, about 2years ago and was done with the North Goa tour, with the last stop being Calangute Beach..

The beach was crowded, not an inch was spared till a few kms ahead, and i enjoyed the walk, lost in my thoughts. There were paragliders, jetskis, and many other boats that were giving the tourists a run for their money... The only thing i saw was the beautiful sunset and the ocean glimmering in the evening sky... Was beautiful, but i was dead tired and the day had been long.. it wasnt until i started walking back to the car park that i noticed how far i had actually walked..



On the next day, i had booked myself on a South Goa tour that ended in the amazing Mandovi River cruise in Panjim.. Good music, a drink in my hand, i was all set to enjoy the hour long cruise...  This was yet another beautiful sunset...


Off i go to dream some more of Goa and the peace n quiet i experienced there!!

To read about my Goa experience, visit here

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A mother's love- True Story!

I came upon this on Facebook and had to share it with my readers...





This is a true story of Mother’s Sacrifice during the Japan Earthquake.
 
After the Earthquake had subsided, when the rescuers reached the ruins of a young woman’s house, they saw her dead body through the cracks. 

But her pose was somehow strange that she knelt on her knees like a person was worshiping; her body was leaning forward, and her two hands were supporting by an object. 
The collapsed house had crashed her back and her head.

With so many difficulties, the leader of the rescuer team put his hand through a narrow gap on the wall to reach the woman’s body. He was hoping that this woman could be still alive. However, the cold and stiff body told him that she had passed away for sure.

He and the rest of the team left this house and were going to search the next collapsed building. For some reasons, the team leader was driven by a compelling force to go back to the ruin house of the dead woman. Again, he knelt down and used his had through the narrow cracks to search the little space under the dead body. Suddenly, he screamed with excitement,” A child! There is a child! “

The whole team worked together; carefully they removed the piles of ruined objects around the dead woman. There was a 3 months old little boy wrapped in a flowery blanket under his mother’s dead body. Obviously, the woman had made an ultimate sacrifice for saving her son. When her house was falling, she used her body to make a cover to protect her son. The little boy was still sleeping peacefully when the team leader picked him up.

The medical doctor came quickly to exam the little boy. After he opened the blanket, he saw a cell phone inside the blanket. There was a text message on the screen. It said,” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” This cell phone was passing around from one hand to another. Every body that read the message wept. ” If you can survive, you must remember that I love you.” Such is the mother’s love for her child!!

September Tag- Day 22- Trees


Sigh... the days seem to be going by too fast for my liking, wish there was a pause button!! Everyday when i get on to my blog to do the Tag i realise September is also drawing to a close!! .... And soon, we will be welcome Jan 2012... 
Anyways, let me not go so far ahead.... I shall continue to live life a day at a time... 

Today's theme is Trees, hmm.. for a minute i wasnt sure if i read it right, i looked at the image again, and again... and finally gave up!! Wonder what the person who created it was thinking, or not!! :D 

I started looking through the images i had that matched the theme and found this one taken last year during our Kerala trip last Nov... 4 of us- high school friends had packed our bags and were off on a week long holiday to Kerala... What fun it was!!

I clicked this shot while on the house boat ride, which we each took turns steering as well. We do want to do another trip, maybe create a tradition of sorts, but logistics, dates seem to defeat us! 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

September Tag- Day 21- Pretty Pattern

As i walk along the corridor
of St Mary's Church [Armenian Street, Chennai]
I stare at the beautiful sculptures
and paintings on the walls
Some are of men
and other of women and children
The tiles on the floor seem so old
yet it shimmers

I reach the alter 
and my eyes look up
they stay focussed
as if they have seen something mystical

Oh those patterns on the ceiling
Small and long lines
like little sparks
from the fireworks

The lines
all arranged so neatly 
within the circle
like the sun
or maybe the moon.... 


September Tag- Day 20- what you read!


Books and i have such a strong bond, i doubt if ever there will be a day when i dont touch, read, enjoy one!In fact mom keeps harping on how it was reading that got me to wear Specs... She claims i used to read just about everywhere, and sometimes in poor light as well.. Oh,well, i aint complaining :)

Now, i read for fun, i read for work and i also read to write reviews.... So, the 3 books that are sitting on the bedside table are the following....




Yes, i am reading the Lonely Planet, this copy landed into my hands few days ago and since i have been bitten by the travel bug quite hard, i am curious to know what, where, when, and how... I do know there is a trip in the offing, and yes, i am excited about it... It is to a familiar city, but am going to explore some unexplored sites for sure!!

The other 2 books am reading for a review website!! They are as different as chalk and cheese and been long sitting without any attention... :-)


Monday, September 19, 2011

September Tag- Day 19- Where you slept

Hmmm, Its been one hellova Monday... Not that am complaining, i love Mondays! Normally, its the day when all i do is a bit of work, lots of follow ups and invariably catch a movie! Well, these past few weeks have been different.. I have been working little more than usual, and Mondays are spent at home, reading, or wattching a flick on the laptop! 

After a few hours of crazy work- these days i think am setting and breaking new records of sending and receiving e-mails.. :-)  So, anyways, am taking a break and decided to sneak in a blog post before heading off to make Dosa for dinner... 

So, the theme for today is "Where you slept".. Strange topic i must say!! Am gonna give you a glimpse of what i wake up to...

There is a pretty Chime that hangs on the ceiling- i had picked up in Delhi at the Dilli haat... A cute Butterfly chime which i've had since i was a baby and then ofcourse the wall hanging [magnet] that was a gift from friends...


Saturday, September 17, 2011

September Tag- Day 18- In My Bag

Its Sunday and so far the weekend has been nothing but Work... not that am complaining!!  i did manage to sneak out for a bit of shopping at easy 2 wear and  Craft fair in Valluvar Kottam  [rather mom bought stuff at the fair, i was just ambling along]...  And today, am going to head out for a spot of shopping to Fast Fashions and the likes with a friend... 

So, took this as a chance to clean out my bag and guess what i found-- A keychain that was a gift from a friend and a pair of earrings i thought i had misplaced [ya, right, like that can happen!!]





Have a fun Sunday!!