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In Search of pure oxygen

The weekend in the Ghats

After a few failed attempts due to my weekend preoccupation, finally I made it to one of the YHAI (Youth Hostel Association of India) trekking trips which are conducted once a month regularly...

With my only expectation being pure oxygen out of the trip, I dozed off nicely during the night travel in Swaraj Mazda from bangalore to the Bisle village awaking only for the good masale tea at midnight. Validating my previous experiences, seeing the village first time in that DAWN light was exhilarating as the same village would have been dull and colorless if I was to see it in the broad daylight for the first time. The quiet way in which the whole crowd (17 of us) dispersed in different directions for morning duties and assembled again showed the first signs of orderliness and discipline which are trademarks of such YHAI trips.

By the time we started walking, my comfort level with the team members grew better and tended to be relative. I found a frequency match with t…

Enjoying Music!

Music is a black hole - it sucks your soul in!
Music is a bright star - it guides your flying soul!

The difference between classical music and commerical music is SPONTANTIY. Thats why even in carnatic music, when the spontanity is lost, it becomes commercial rather than classical.

Music must be enjoyed in continuous oscillation between mind and heart!!!
Listening (& feeling:-)with the heart & Learning with the mind

But that's synonymous with every activity we do, I guess

BLACK!

After that strong affirmative from one of my office colleague, I couldn’t stop myself from viewing Black!

On the technical side, this film scores a near perfect 10 in every aspect, be it Cinematography, Screenplay, Lighting, Music, Script…..The richness in texture and color are truly Bhansali’s trademark. The background music scored by Mychael Danna (?)surely doesn’t have the slightest Bollywood tinge. Use of instruments was on the mark always!! The focus is maintained in the screenplay throughout. While Debraj's introduction and the parent’s agony are consciously kept short, the girls’ rich upbringing & the childhood learning processes are kept continuous & quite elaborate. But the only complaint is that though the screenplay is designed to reveal the whole story through the girl’s eyes, not enough research and work has gone through to accomplish that effectively. Seeing the world through a blind and deaf person, I’m sure will consist of much more interesting and unique ob…

Law of Average

Well, Globalization is in the air! Its becoming increasingly evident that we'll live with this predominantly prevailing phenomenon till our life's end. Luckily, being in a developing world helps to understand the other side of the coin too.

Is it fair to object the free trade policy as advocated by the western community? Are we being narrow-minded when we strive for restrictions in the free flow of commodities across the globe? After all, we continously ridicule our previous generations for patronising the casteism and religionism. Where to place 'Patriotism' in today's global village?

Lets take an anology here: even when a world class table tennis player is pitched against the most novice of them all, after a few games (may be in 00's), consciously or unconsciously, the star player's quality of game comes down gradually to the level of that of novice till the novice starts winning. Lets examine the few factors that's in play here:

1. Law of Average - qual…

Touching base with the roots

Somehow my last visit to my hometown was more interesting and soul-searching than my other previous visits. Probably because i was more open-minded this time...

The reason for my visit being the vazhaigaapu function, it went on smoothly and graciously. Kudos to the organizers!! (I din't move a finger for this as it was well taken care by the elders in the family, especially my highly energized aunt)

In my search for a measuring unit to gauge the growth of the town, I consciously avoided taking the economic factor and took up the social scale instead. The findings seem to be a mixed bag. My interaction with my schoolmate (Soundra Pandian who owns a fireworks factory in Sivakasi and lives in a nuclear family)whose brother and sister lives in metros displayed some positive change in the frequency of thoughts while the older generation tries to preserve the 'culture' and ensures enough speed brakers, which isn't bad though!

My evening out to the Internet parlor with my friend…

Surrendering to Himalayas!

Surrendering to Himalayas….

25 Dec 04 On the train….

It was a good start to have cakes & milk from downstairs family (for Christmas) before heading to the Bangalore airport in the morning. Following that, the conglomeration with friends at Sealdah railway station (kolkata) restaurant at 4 PM continued the good spirits. The train journey to New Jalpaiguri through the night can be termed as ordinary except for those few good chess games with Paaps & chakkarai.

Well, so far no expectations arising within….does that equate to ignorance?

26 Dec 04 NJP railway stn. 07:30 AM 18 ° C

The Sumo trip to Gangtok (5 hrs) pulled me into the ‘Himalayan Mood’. Driving along the river with occasional military convoys crossing brought the first taste of Himalayan life. Western Ghats sure is a toy cousin of the Huge “H”, in terms of the scale.

27 Dec 04

Even after being seen the main parts of Gangtok and after spending 2 nights, I’m yet to comprehensively feel ‘Gangtok’. U can’t really …