Kagitha Sirpi Ramesh- Inspiration & perseverence


Wanted to share this interesting incident from last evening.

I was heading back home, hopped into an auto in R A Puram and no
sooner did the auto guy start talking [well, this happens pretty much
always]..  Initially he asked me where i was headed, and then gave a
sheepish grin saying “i live right here ma’am, am headed home”. I said
“no worries” and began walking on.. He then came over, stopped and said ”
you are a lady, going alone, and it is late, i shall drop you, hop in”.
Dint know if i should be grateful or scared. Anyways, put fear aside,
hopped in…

Within minutes, as always, he started talking. He said He teaches at
various colleges and auto was just something he did on the side to add
to his piggy bank. He mentioned Blogspot and that he was an artist keen
on selling/promoting his art. I told him how to blog,  what an email was
and various ways of how he could get people from all over to get in
touch with him. He kept asking queries on blogger, what is comments, and
so on which i answered to the best of my knowledge.

We were driving past MOP Vaishnav when he pointed out saying “i have
taught here, and even been featured on their radio channel”. I got
curious and asked him what kind of art he was into. I asked if he
painted, oil, canvas, etc and he instantly shook his head and said “i
cant draw made, i am what you call a sculptor, except with paper”. This
piqued me interest, and i asked “origami?” He turned, grinned and said
“you know Origami? well, i do Kirigami” I use scissors and made
interesting pieces madam.. Do you know?

I told him of how i was inspired by a friend and got interested in
origami. He was damn kicked and spoke excitedly about Kirigami, how he
is the only one in India to be in this space, the various interviews
given to publications/magazines/websites and the TV channels that have
featured him. At the Pizza hut traffic signal, he pulled out some sheets
of paper- The Hindu, and another supplement from a tamil paper and
showed me the interviews, but not before asking with a tinge of
hesitation “you read tamil?”

When i asked him to share his blog url, you know what he said “just
google Kirigiami india madam and my name is the 1st.. i am known as
Kagitha sirpi Ramesh”.

He is so eager to showcase the 4000 pieces he has created, but unable
to find a sponsor. He has done classes pretty much all over the city,
even at the ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Nelson Manickam road.. he says he
wants to apply for a Guiness record, but there is so much red tape he
is lost in the maze. He wants to teach more… he also wants to see if
he can sell his creations not only to spread the joy of Kirigami, but
also to earn some money.

He has no knowledge of computers.. has a friend who runs a browsing center who manages his blog and email..

As i got home, i was truly inspired and felt that i should do what is possible to help this guy out…

Is there anyway we can help him?

His Blog:  http://kirigamirameshindia.blogspot.in

Contact:

Ph – +91 9841240152

Email me:- kirigamiramesh@gmail.com
                                                                  one of his master pieces.

 

PS: I have shared this on FB as well.. 

Celebrating Ganesha’s Birthday- Vinayaka Chathurthi

 It is only fitting that i do this post today, celebrating Ganesha’s
birthday- Vinayaka Chathurthi as we call it. I have done a few posts earlier i recall.. Ah, here they are 
Today, gramma did the puja
at 7am unlike the usual 9-10am. We were all up, ready and waiting for
the priest by 6.30am..

I love collecting Ganesha idols,  and it has me feeling good every time
someone gifts me a Ganesha idol- irrespective of what it is made of or
how big or small it is. I wish i had a space to show them off, but for
now some are in the living room curio, some in puja room, some near the
computer and others in my cupboard.

 

Ganesha ready for the puja 
3 new ganesha’s in my collection… 2 smaller ones are made of glass[shall try getting a better pic]

Ganesha reminds me of my trip to Goa. Why? well, during my visit, one day i headed out to Old Goa- where i also managed to visit an old Portugese house. I wish i had been more interested in history, would have dug deeper to learn about the owners and their lifestyle back in the days..

So, as i wandered through the rooms, noticing the little details on the curtains and sofa corners. As I turned a corner i was in for a lovely surprise. I spotted not one, but 2 small rooms with a towering cupboard fitted with glass doors. What did they hold? Shelves filled with Ganesha idols- small, big, clay, stone, metal, and just about every other material you can dream off, some were standing, some lying down, while others were playing musical instruments. It was such a treat. I spotted a guide leading a group of eager tourists wandering to the very room. Stood ground to see if i could catch some insight into this.

One cupboard filled with Ganesha idols

And lo behold, he was telling them how a Portugese family had once lived in the house, very wealthy family with a Brahmin cook. Years later, when the cook had passed away and they were ready to leave Goa,  the child in the family insisted they leave the Ganesha collection intact… Sweet child & lovely gesture!

Do you have any interesting Ganesha Stories? Do share…. Happy Vinayaka Chathurthi…

MnC

I am not going to be talking about any big shot MNC {Multi National Corporation} in this post. Nor am i talking about Muslims n Christians.. I am referring to ,
M for Manners 
C for Courtesy….. 
Why suddenly a post on this? well, i guess it has been long due.. and today, i realised people do need a lesson.. If it were upto me, i would just chain them all up, and get them to a common area and teach em a few lessons or give them a taste of their own medicine… 
Image courtesy: http://teachers.scholarschoice.ca/
What happened?
Well, i had finished a movie and was sitting in the restaurant sipping on my coffee. When i had walked in, the place was fairly empty and even though i offered to sit around the counter, the staff showed me to a table for 2. I ordered a coffee and idiyappam, and another take away order. Within minutes, the place filled up. I guess couple of other movies had let out or where about to start and the people who piled into the eatery were either done or waiting for their movie. 
Anyways, without digressing.. A family of 4 sat in the table next to mine, a lady, an elderly man, and 2 kids[ one looked teenageish and other must have been 8-9yrs old]. I was generally looking around and spotted this lady staring at me [eyes glued.. i kid you not], and then i saw her eyes go to my forearm [ i have a tattoo there] and then all the way down to my legs… And then, she instantly beckoned the teenagish girl and said “woh dekho, uske haath mein aur ankle mein tattoo hain.. kaisi ladki hain ye?” [look at her, she has a tattoo on her arm and on her ankle,,. wonder what kind of a girl she is.. – in a full on gossip mode]
How do i know what she said? No, i dint lean over or anything, she was loud enough. 
I turned, and once again noticed her staring at me. I looked at her straight and said “is there something wrong?” 
She instantly turned away awkwardly and pretended to fuss with the other kid’s food. Within seconds, i could feel her stare once again on me and she actually pointed to my tattoos and showed it to the man beside her..
I kinda lost it, was ready to get up and go give her a piece of my mind, when another man walked over to their table, shushed her and sat down. 
OK, that was Incident 1… While i waited for the parcel and bill, i noticed there were quite a few standing, waiting for a table. I saw a middle aged couple hover about, and they actually came to stand near my table. Since i was done eating, i was generally gazing around, talking to a friend on the phone and looking at the menu card. I look up and i see her staring at me intently. She then calls her husband to tell him ” look at her, sitting in a table meant for 2, not eating but not leaving…. cant she see we are waiting here?” [in Hindi]
A waiter passed by the table, i asked if i could wait at the counter.. He said “No,ma’am, give me 2mins, will bring your parcel and bill”.. I saw the lady hoverinng around, and actually  her she could sit in the empty chair in my table. She shirked her shoulders and said “Nahin, nahin koi zaroorat nahin [no no, there is no need]” and continued standing and staring.
They stood around, shifting from one foot to the other.. I was also getting restless and felt bad that people were waiting… Finally, one of the staff requested them to stand on the other side as it was blocking their path. I got up, went to the counter near the entrance, asked for the bill and got ready to leave. That woman looks at her husband and says “she could have done this earlier na… cha, people these days dont care about others”[ in hindi] … I smiled at her and told her “sorry you waited so long, it was not my fault, however i did ask you to sit in the empty chair and you chose not to].. her husband smiled at me and said “haan beta[yes dear], i know.. anyways we have got a table now “
What is it with people?
Why do they stare or gawk?
Do they not care about others or do they think they are above us ?
Why do they love poking their nose into others’ business?
What would they do if someone else commented/gossiped about them?
I am the kind who will get up and give my seat to someone if they are older than me, with a baby, unwell or specially abled…
I tell people “sorry” and “thank you”- even to auto/bus drivers and toiler cleaners… 
I am not saying go out of your way to be nice, but live and let live…. 
Learn some manners people!!! Your children are going to grow up thinking it is ok to gupshup, gossip, and pass comment on others… You never know, you might be at the receiving end one day… God Forbid… 

Skywatch Friday- Where the sea meets the sky

How I wish i could switch off this life and get away, disappear? Maybe to a place where i know no one and there is nothing but the ocean and clear blue skies for company? The only place that comes to mind is Pondicherry. The last time I was there was a year ago, sigh, time sure seems to fly… Walking along the ocean, as the sun rose into the sky, watching it shimmer in the crystal water was a sight that can only be experienced and not described. 
Early morning walkers and joggers went
about their routine, fruit and juice vendors were just setting up their
stalls as i strolled along the pavement. The grey walls of the building
on the other side of the road shimmered in the morning sun. The ocean
played music in my ears, as I forgot the world for a few brief moments. 
Even
though you cannot go to the water in this stretch of the beach, there
is a certain sense of peace that sets in amidst the buzz. The little
town transforms, coming alive as day sets in, more so towards late
evening. People are walking in groups, sometimes with a child running
along, or a dog trotting beside them. Popcorn, sugar candy, ice cream
vendors throng the shore line. Kuri josiyam [ a different form of
palmistry] ladies trot from person to person trying to get a client and
make them part with a few 100 rupees.

 
The Gandhi statue amidst the tall pillars stands out, above all the hustle and bustle around. Pondicherry is a town i can visit over and over, and everytime it brings a smile on my face, and i come back with a new experience. 
For more beautiful skies, visit Skywatch Friday

CFG party-kku poriya?

Friend: hey, are you free on 29th Sep?
Me: nopesy…. 
Friend: woah, yenna doings woman?
Me: Me gonna be bijy with the CFG party..
Friend: Oh, that foodie gumbals-a?
Me: Oye… but athe athe…
Friend: what the you peepals doing that day? going somewhere fancy spancy to eat-a?
Me: Nopesy.. we the doing a party for the foodies
Friend: hmmm.. intersetting.. but all evening talking about food, food and more food, bleh…
Me: di, its not going to be like that… we the gonna have a quiz, there be the uber awesome CFG presentation, and oodles of fun… Plus you also get to meet all the cool people i know ;o)
Friend: Like that… hmm, me the tempted now…. Seri, how do i attend?
Me: ticket vangu.. zimble…
Friend: how much it ees?
Me: Vonly Rs1000/- but for you, i the give it for Rs999/- [special offer you see ;o)]
Friend: Aha, kalakals… seri, where to buy this ticket from?
Me: Me?
Friend: Aha, you do the side business and all now is eet? lol…
Me: shuddup ya… give me the money and take it the ticket… onnu poduma?
Friend: for now.. but will try and bring my other gumbal and see if they are interested….
Me: wokays!!!
Thats all.. story over..what you are waiting for eh? vethala pakku and all-a? come buy your ticket and join us in the party, i say!!
Disclaimer: i pramise that nobody was hurt or slapped during the making of this post… And i did not have a knife or milagai podi with me.. i dint yovar honour..!! 
What? you want ticket? come come.. i have a few,. will gladly give. bring your amma appa thatha patti, coujin sister, thoorathhu vittu chitappa and pakkathu vittu ambi also….
Innum ethavathu padikanumnu mood irunda, check out —
CFG Page on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/chennaifoodguide

CFG on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ChennaiFoodGuid

The link to purchase ticket for the party evening online- CFG 8th Anniversary party

Volkswagen creates a buzz..again

So, today i woke up to hear Uncle telling gramma something about the paper. Picked it up [The Hindu] to see an entire cover advertising Volkswagen… Suddenly, felt a buzz across the paper, and noticed there was a little black thing stuck on one of the boxes on the paper.
The front & back cover of The Hindu dated 11th Sep 2012
Interesting marketing by Volkswagen… but will this help them get buyers? I remember earlier too they had attached a small device with a recorded talking ad in the paper… it did get them attention, but did the sales increase? [They advertise in The Hindu & Times of India as well]
This time Volkswagen was asking people “Feel the shiver of excitement?” [which was placed on the front cover page of the paper] and the vibrater was probably meant to define the shiver… The various other features of the car was advertised- Navigation system with built in rear-view camera, multifunction steering
wheel, Bluetooth support, leather package, new wheels and much more.
For people like my mom or gramma who had no clues about cars but for the fact that they were vehicles to take them around, this vibrator was a neat idea. Mom jumped when she felt it and they then began discussing where else this device could be placed . Uncle suggested putting it in the cupboard,so if anyone else tried opening they would be taken by surprise. Or maybe in the handbag…Gramma was wondering where else to place this device.
If you notice, they were all indeed captivated by that tiny device, but none of them were curious about the car or the brand that had come up with the idea to place it in the papers…I know they are just a minority, and I, on the other hand was wondering what this device had to do with the car, did they have it inbuilt somewhere, or what the experience would be like. 
What VW was trying to do through this campaign- draw attention to the brand, have people talking about it for a while, and ofcourse promote the sales.. Did they achieve all of these?? I think they are half way there. People [i see on Twitter that it is trending] are indeed talking about it- irrespective of whether they liked it or not… But will it boost car sales? Only time will tell…

Umm, btw, VW you should reconsider the team doing SM for you…. I saw this tweet that had been RT’d by  a friend.. what was your SM team thinking? or not?

The journey… Chennai food guide

My 1st interaction with CFG members was at Tuscana in Chamiers. I met Nishanth, Ali and Wasim, got talking about what they do and well, the rest as they say is History.. I have been to Restaurant reviews, interacted with them offline and made quite a few friends through this lovely forum.
Today, when a bunch of make plans to meet, try out OMG at Sandy’s, we are a group of friends, we kid around, pull each others’ legs, enquire, offer to help and do just about everything good friends would do for each other. Actually, more than a group, we are a family!! 
When we go for reviews, we spend not half hour or one hour, we spend nearly 4-5hrs at the restaurant talking about everything under the sun. There are whines and grins about how photographers hog the limelight [well, it is the food, but they mill around clicking away while food goes cold] and then there are those times when we are busy passing the plate to get a sample of the various dishes…. The meets are always abuzz with excitement, chattering and oohs, yumm, and the occasional yuck or bleh… 
Chennai Food guide was born in Orkut, there was a thriving community, but as all things go through a metamorphosis. It has now become quite the group on Facebook, with over 7000 members, and a vibrant community where members interact freely with restaurant owners; and where feedback [positive/negative] is welcome.. There are the occasional banters, exchange of words that takes place, but then it is all part of the game.
Over the last few months, CFG has come a long way… Going beyond doing restaurant reviews, there are workshops being organized- cake baking, barbecue in the swimming pool, Tex-Mex, Greek food [the latter 2 are yet to happen] and many many more…. This not only brings the people closer, but also helps us learn the nuances of food… 
And now, it is time to celebrate CFG’s 8th Anniversary, an opportunity to bring together all the members to one venue, whip up a storm in terms of the dinner, interact with others from the industry and have one awesome evening.. 
Join us in making this evening a fabulous one…. Come be a part of this lovely community…. And no, don’t worry about piling on those pounds, we’ll give you pointers on gyms and work outs that you can do ;o)
To know more, visit
CFG Page on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/chennaifoodguide

CFG on Twitter : https://twitter.com/ChennaiFoodGuid

The link to purchase ticket for the party evening online- CFG 8th Anniversary party