January 19, 2008

Grilling skillz......

Start preparing your fresh, citrus-marinated chicken for the grill. Its time to use your grill-cooking utensils and other accessories to make your grilled chicken like the way it is done at El Pollo Loco. Grilling is the best way to prepare great-tasting chicken. It’s not about cooking the usual way; try something unusual like dancing while cooking or any other funny way for that matter. Remember to capture the video and upload it to the website which is all about grilling chicken. Let your amigos rate it and you might be the lucky one to steal away the $1500 cash prize.

January 18, 2008

World's best quotes..

These quotes are motivational at times when we are dejected totally.. Though it is very difficult to follow them, it gives a kind of relief whenever we read them. This way, we can regain the lost confidence and march ahead with full courage.

Ivy Baker:
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.
Harold Wilkins:
The world of achievement has always belonged to the optimist.

John Mortimer:
The worst fault of the working classes is telling their children they're not going to succeed, saying: There is life, but it's not for you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.

Bill R. Good, Jr.:
There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and change. You can't avoid change, it's mandatory, progress however is optional.

John Adams:
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.

William Barclay:
There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.

Albert Einstein:
There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

French Proverb:
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life:
There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.

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January 16, 2008

Stop this no-sense..

A perfect Taurean in saving my animal when it comes to Jalli-Kattu. Hundreds gather to watch this event when men and bull go violent on each other. Pandemonium breaks out of the scene as bull runs with all vigor and confidence to knock-down the so called VEERARGAL of the state.

“So many avenues are there for exhibiting machismo, why bullying an animal which is otherwise harmless???”

Happy I felt when the Supreme Court banned this event. On revoking this ban day before yesterday, my heart beat rose faster with a fear of “How many are going to die and get injured tomorrow?” The ban was lifted under the pretext that this event is conducted from time immemorial.

But don’t we mature with age? Do we actually follow the same customs our fore fathers followed a dozen years back?

I seriously do not understand the pleasure they are going to derive by tormenting bulls.

(Anyway, let the dogs bark!!!.... It’s difficult to stop them from barking. Let them continue their work and so I will.)

Thanks for having spared time to read my ramblings.
Plz…continue with ur work..

January 15, 2008

Reminiscing my old Madras...

A resident of Chennai for the past twenty years, more precisely, from the very first second of my birth into this world. The city has changed in so many aspects, be it the people or the tradition. Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is branded with the name of “Conservative-city” which I have myself heard people telling until some years before or even now for that matter.

Only a true Chennai-te like me could tell exactly as to whether conservative is still on the roll or not. “No more!” is what I would tell but still some people say “it exists”. No issues... it’s up to oneself.

Few questions I asked myself while trudging through a busy road on a rainy- weekend of this old city.

“Is this my Madras once people used to sleep early and shops on this locality used to close down at the stroke of eight at night?”
I can now find people buzzing on the roads late at night, walking out of their homes for shopping after eight or nine’o clock at night without giving a second thought.

“Is this my Madras where once upon a time women used to wear only salwars or sarees and men used to wear a pant and shirt even while coming for walk?
Today I find women wearing jeans and short-tops, caprice, shorts and men mostly wearing 3/4th’s, Bermudas, cool t-shirts, jeans and Sheravanis. Women appear taller than men by their high-healed slippers. There are many designer wear type slippers that are entering the market which are designed especially for men.

“Has fashion crept to the hairs of people of my ex-Madras?”
Oh yes! I could find men growing hairs like Dhoni or John Abraham and very often arranging their unkempt hairs falling on their foreheads with hair- bands which were once a woman’s thing. Gals let their hair loose and most of them are seen with their hair colored...

“Is this my Madras where getting a phone connection was a big thing?”
Getting a telephone connection at home wasn’t that easy some ten years back. But standing on the road I could find almost everyone pre-occupied with their high-fi mobile phones and gadgets.

“Is this my Madras with dozens of flyovers unlike previously where I have felt being in some foreign country while passing through the Gemini Flyover?”
The erratic road traffic with little space for the vehicles to move is a common sight in our Chennai roads. The situation has forced the government to build more flyovers and subways to ease the flow of traffic.

“Is this my Madras experiencing rains in summer?”
Those days, some ten years before getting rains even in the month of November was unpredictable. I can recall very few rainy days in Chennai which actually left an impact. But things have changed a lot now. Climate also has become too unpredictable like the people. Experiencing showers in the month of March or even May sometimes has become common in this city.

Reminiscing my old days unleashes the beautiful moments I experienced in this city and few gray moments too. The best education is what I have got being in this city. May not be a posh city like Bangalore or Bombay, but I like to see my Madras the way it is at present. May not be a “green-city” but can be called “Ever green” by its distinguished –lifestyle.

January 13, 2008


Taree zameen par (the English translation—“Stars On Ground”), portrayed beautifully by the actor turned director Aamir Khan. Three hours of thorough entertainment, aimed at conveying “Dyslexia” or the “Word blindness” occurring in children who lack sobriety. These children are not mentally retarded and have above-average intelligence and they can be made normal by treating with love and care. Word blindness does not mean that they cannot visualize, but “Words and numbers whirling and dancing” as portrayed in the movie. These children have problem in differentiating letters and this is generally refereed as learning disability.

The success of the movie can be attributed to the excellent performance of the child artist Darshan Safary as “Ishaan”, whose signs of dyslexia is unidentified until the age of nine.
Ishaan, youngest and pampered child in the family lacks seriousness at studies but has good painting skills. On receiving repetitive complaints from school teachers and near ones regarding his playfulness nature, he was shifted unwillingly to a boarding school by his father. Nostalgia upsets him time and again and his conditions worsen further.

Aamir makes his entry into the movie few minutes before the intermission as a Drawing-master who follows a different teaching methodology. Having identified the signs of Dyslexia in Ishaan, he strives to bring him to normal. Aamir devotes extra time to the child and uses innovative methods to make him learn and speak words.

If you are a person very easily moved by sentiments, carrying a handkerchief is a must. I couldn’t resist drops of water pouring out of my eye at the end when Ishaan wins the first place for his art-work amidst hundreds of students and teachers inspite of his disability.

This flick is a must-watch for parents who actually bully their child to compete with their counter parts. As the tagline of the movie suggests “Every child is special”, parents of children should realize their potential and stop unnecessary thrusts on their kids.

I would call “Taree Zameen Par” as a movie of offbeat genre. The theatre remained perfectly silent except for few scenes and this shows how every one of them was deeply engrossed. Children would end enjoying the school –scenes, cartoons but will surely end up asking repetitive questions regarding Dyslexia, “Am I dyslexic because I score low marks?” to the person sitting next to them. Thanks to Aamir for bringing out a wonderful movie and also to the child Darshan Safary, who had to actually contribute more to the movie than Aamir.