Monday, December 31, 2007

Wholeness - December 2007

For me, of several aspects, what remains fresh in my heart are the volunteers of this program. Sadhguru used to say "A happy face is always a beautiful face". In several situations in the program, I saw several beautiful faces. People become very precious and lovable when they are in tune with their inner nature. I could clearly see this happen to so many volunteers during the process of the program. I already spent one day at office after volunteering and how badly I miss them and people like them - the contrast is too startling! Just being around them was total joy!

Then, the participants - it was another real pleasure to watch their faces change during the course of the program. During the beginning of the program, many of them complained about the program being too stiff (one participant referred to it as "not having enough 'space' "). The last evening of the program, at about 11PM in the Satsang, Sadhguru wanted to close the session and almost all the participants cried out with a unified "Nooooooooooooo"! A few participants were in tears as they thanked the volunteers after lunch on the final afternoon. One participant came and hugged us, saying "You guys are as great as Sadhguru". Too much of an overstatement, but the fact that they were overwhelmed was clear.

Another aspect that will remain etched will be the trek. Considering the varying age groups of the participants, the trek was only upto the first hill about 2.5 hours uphill. The volunteers were divided to two batches - the first one scheduled to depart at 4:30AM in the morning carrying cooking provisons for mountian-top cooking! I was part of the 7:30AM batch - and our job would be to escort the participants, especially those who were not strong enough up the hill. We reached the top by about 10:30AM. After brunch, there was a Satsang with Sadhguru, where he spoke about how the center came into being. It was an intense session where he shared several experiences and spoke about the sanctity of the place. It seems, after all participants left downhill back to the ashram, he opened his arms wide laid back on the tree and said "I do not want to come!"

Physically, the work was back breaking - for most of the volunteers, despite being 150 in number. Because we were involved in the situation and because of the collective focus, it did not matter. It really was a demonstration of what people who work together for serving a situation can accomplish.

A final feather to cap all the celebration was the ceremony conducted by Sadhguru amidst participants to marry two couples !

It would be too exhaustive to detail everything that went on in the eight days, but I can say one statement with conviction. Only now do I totally understand what Sadhguru meant when he said - "Our lives become beautiful not because we are perfect. Our lives become beautiful because we put our heart into what we are doing"!

It has been so long since I have been so consistently and intensely happy :)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

kannaththil muththamittAl...

This is such an overwhelming film. Just for the sheer audacity of the topic. The first time this really strikes is during the intermission - where Madhavan promises Keerthana, "I promise I will take you to Sri Lanka". For a mind that is almost imprinted with countless situations of hero challenging villians, "twists" in the movie plot and so on, this setting strikes like cold water on the face.

And the climax! Again, what audacity to leave the hero standing in the background holding an umbrella over the three characters who take center stage!

A defining moment, which is a question for all of us:

Amudha: "Come with me to Chennai"

Shyama: "I will, some day when there is no war here." (She knows it is a rhetoric reply. She also knows that she probably will never see that in her lifetime)

Amudha: "When?"

She finds no answer in anyone's face and at last realizes the situation.

In a way this movie is commercial, art, life-size - all at the same time. Almost like a case study to anyone who would like to question the viability of such ventures.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Cholayil Sanjeevanam

I found out about this restaurant a few weeks back. A rarity in restaurants to find "pranic food", this restaurant has several recipes that match the definition (one mismatch between what they consider "sattvic" and what is referred to as "pranic" in Yogic culture is they use "pachchai miLagAi" - green chillies - but it is very easy to find recipes without this as well). They mostly avoid onions, garlic, brinjals, red chillies (!! pepper is used in lieu), sugar(!! honey is used in lieu) unless your taste buds cannot live without them!

We had lunch yesterday at this place. The lunch can only be called palatial. And aptly, it was named "raJakIyam" ("king of nutrients"). Twenty six separate items were served. For me, more than the grandeur of everything, the availability of a place that servers "pranic" food is very pleasing :). Perhaps, the biggest success of the lunch was that, after it was over, despite the fact that one could not eat any more thereafter, there was no sense of heaviness.

There is one more place in Chennai that designed on these lines, called prAnA near Santhome. It is even subtitled "Consious Eating"!

Amidst invasion of foreign food chains and flavor enhancing chemicals, the directions some restaurants like these are taking is very pleasing. You are anyway going to pay wherever you go - why not eat healthy! :)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

The Wisdom of Hatha Yoga

I recently heard about an ancient Tibetan meditation. The meditation involves standing in front of a mirror and making funny faces and funny body postures - with awareness. By and by, the meditator sees a distance between him/herself and his/her body. The very process creates a distance.

Suddenly, I was struck with amazement about the science of Hatha Yoga. The very meditation, which I presume was discovered accidentally in Tibet, and was slowly evolved into a meditation has always been here as a complete Science!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

BGM Case Studies...

I was watching 'kaNdukoNdEn kaNdukoNdEn' yesterday. The climax scene between Ajith and Tabu had excellent BGM. Rahman had re-orchestrated the song 'san-thana thenRalai...' to first portray suspense and then elation. Beautiful work.



Inspired, I then watched the climax of 'kAthalukku mariyAthai' - that is probably the mother of all climax BGM's. The entire footage moves in so much silence that the BGM is probably the make-or-break factor in the scene's effectiveness. Of course, IR pulled it off with amazing efficiency. Some thing I keep witnessing over and over again. When it comes to BGM, IR remains unparalleled in his accuracy and consistency.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Necessary but not Sufficient

I think the arrival of "The Goal" created a new genere - "Technical Novels"! Though weird to think of, I think Eliyahu Goldratt pulled it off. Since then it has spurred off several other novels by him on the same subject.

This novel explores TOC (Theory of Constraints) as it applies to IT. It is true that people who have read "The Goal" will not find it so earth-shattering. However, the plot is compelling and a lot of what he has to offer makes sense. But a paradigm shift that "The Goal" caused is not available here and "The Goal" would remain his flagship work.

All technicalities aside, what strikes me across all of his works are, the changes that are most difficult to make are those that make most sense! And yes, "Technical Novels" work! They are much more easy to read and register very quickly. You also get to read a great story. They come with their limitations. Unlike a theory book, there are possibilities of missing important concepts as the writer is forced to stick to the context of the plot. Reading his foreword, it is clear he is aware of these limitations but decides to stick to the genre anyway. This is more than fine!

Monday, November 05, 2007

An Interview with Swami Keerti

A beautiful interview with Swami Keerti on Osho.

The clarity of thought is so evident when he speaks.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Project Green Hands - 4th Nov 2007

This time, PGH was slightly different as it did not involve seeding or preparation work for planting. We visited a village about 80 kms away from Chennai, called Salavakkam to prepare ground for planting trees there.

Much more than PGH, what really struck me was the eagerness with which the villagers participated in the games. This insight of Isha to involve the villagers in games as part of ARR and other programs is very pertinent to the effectiveness as success of all these initiatives. As the games were in progress, the happiness on the faces of all participants - even though it came from the involvement in the games itself (it had nothing to do with Isha barring the trigger) - made it clear how far we can take this initiative if we roll this out in a proper way. Actually, it brought eager audience in the form ranging from 6 year old children to 70 year old women. See this video to get a glimpse of what I am referring to.

Post games, our work involved explaining to the villagers what PGH was about and in requesting their assistance with the prep work of digging pits and supporting with the plantation and future nurturing of the trees. We did see a lot of eagerness with the people to participate in this initiative but talking about something and actually taking up and doing something are two very vastly different things. It remains to be seen how much of this actually materializes as time goes forward. Salavakkam has tentatively agreed to plant and care for 500 trees now.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Conversations with Yogananda

This is an account of Paramahansa Yogananda as narrated by Swami Kriyananda (Donald Walters), His disciple. In many ways, reading about a Master through His (or Her) disciple is more fascinating that reading the Master's words themselves. This is because, the disciple's views bring an invaluble facet - the way the Master lived. I recall another book I read some time back, called "Diamond Days with Osho" that brought the same feeling. In this book, one gets a glimpse of Paramahansa Yogananda's towering stature.

What amazed me multifold was that, I had gone through Autobiography of a Yogi at least thrice - and then many more times in random. As expertly as He had weaved His life story, and several others' in the process, he has managed to conceal his Greatness with the same talent. He stands as an example of incredible humility. Without "Conversations with Yogananda", I would have never known this. Despite the countless turmoils Planet Earth is going through, She is truly blessed to have seen people like Him. Just having known Him, and people like Him make the process of being born worthwile.

It seems, one disciple, after he had made a mistake, asked PY "You will forgive me, won't you?". With a helpless look PY tells him, "What else can I do?"

PS: This book is available as a free download.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Project Green Hands - 1st Oct 2007

This time it was seeding work at Prakash's house.

I was swamped through the weekend and on the morning of 1st Oct 2007, but I decided to join the team on Radha's suggestion. I had to go there with my full kit (laptop, data card etc) in case the need arose - which never happened :)

This time, we were four of us - myself, Radha, Balaji and Ramya. It was also my chance to visit the bed at Prakash's house. On their terrace, their bed comprises of nearly 6000 packets. Some of them had already sprouted. I was able to identify 'arasa maram' and 'vEppa maram'. It was amazing to think - something so tiny and cute is going to be something so giant and encompassing.

Step 1 of seeding was preparation of the seeds. Balaji took instructions from Govindasamy anna (if you are @ Chennai, you invariably know who this is. His house is home for a bed of 1.5L saplings). It involved washing the seeds in boiling water and then cleaning them off in cold water - they are ready to plant. Our seeds were yAnai kUndumani again - I'll try to get the english name next time!

Our original plan was to complete seeding for all the packets - but our estimate was totally off. Because of overnight rains, many packets were already moist and conducive for seeding, so one task was off our plate. Otherwise, it would have involved sprinkling water on all packets until the soil was not rigid. We used a stick to prod the soil until a hole of about 1.5 inches was dug, placed the seed in the hole and covered it back. With four of us working, we started @ 4:30PM and continued till it was dark. At the end, we had covered about 2000 packets.

I dropped of the the team after our work was done and that sealed PGH work for the day!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Isha Gramotsavam

It is very hard to describe this event in an organized fashion because this event is a concoction of several individual event. In a way, it is a culmination of what Isha has done all these years.









  1. Celebrate Isha Fest


  2. Celebrate Gramotsavam



  3. Kick off Project Green Hands 2007



  4. Celebrate 25 years of Isha



The sore point of the entire event was the necessity to invite the CM. There is an unfortunate need to attract attention to an undertaking like PGH. We have already been discussing about what the media focuses on generally. However he himself was amazed by the magnitude of the event - because it takes quite some doing to organize something of this scale internally - especially when it does not involve religon or politics.




We went there on 22nd Sep 2007 (Saturday). Work was happenning round the clock right from Saturday morning till the function ended on Sunday evening. I worked very little (2 hours on Saturday night to help with creation of garlands for the dias). I knew several volunteers who worked through the night until the end of next day till the function ended. In fact, this was one of the aspects of the event that even lay people noticed and asked Sadhguru at the Satsang later.



Unfortunately, the Satsang had to be cut down by nearly an hour because our dear CM was late by the same time. Two events from the function remain etched in my head











  1. A questioner asked Sadhguru - "I see people working day and night in the roads for this function. What did you do to these people?" (work in the roads involved distribution of invitations to people, place hoardings at vantage points to inform people about the function)


  2. At the end of the Satsang, many eyes were wet with tears. People were dancing joyously for some strange reason you cannot point a finger at.


It was an unforgettable night. My hope is that, what got triggered in the form of PGH takes root (!) deeply to trigger more work and inspiration from people in this area.

If you missed it or did not have the opportunity to attend this function, check out the web link or buy the video package that would be released in a few weeks or do both!

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Bourne Ultimatum

Several movies have high adrenaline sequences. This movie runs on adrenaline! When the intermission was announced, I had to remark to my brother - "Already?" Some time back, there was a comparison between Jason Bourne and James Bond. This movie pushes the bar a little higher in favor of Jason Bourne. The cinematography, editing and the choreography are combined in the right mix to present everything to the viewer in a blinding fashion. Just enough to see, a bit more and frustration is bound to ensue (some people already are frustrated!).

Speaking from a more personal note, the movie is top-notch. It will be very disappointing when this series comes to an end - I presume there will be just one more. Unlike James Bond or Spiderman, you cannot keep dishing out Jason Bourne movies because the story line follows a thread.

I keep reminding myself not to fall in love with a fictional character!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tetris Blindness...

Watch the video below. Back in the earlier days (school, college), I used to be a computer game addict. Eventually, after hours of play-time, you become so accustomed to the game that you know where each door, barrel, switch is. It gets embedded in the reflexes. So much happens in parallel and you still handle the whole thing effortlessly - akin to driving a car, listening to music in parallel and chatting with your buddy by the side. Now-a-days I don't play games much, except for arcade stuff [ :) ]

I used to be pretty good at Tetris as well - my dad got a hand held Tetris game which I used to play for hours. Eventually after all levels were done, the whole thing would restart and there was nothing more to do with that game. In the video below, the blocks (there is a Tetris-speak keyword for that - I understand no true Tetris player will call them "blocks"!) start falling so rapidly but the player handles them effortlessly. Up until this point, we can argue for repeat-play expertise. As noted above, one becomes accustomed. But then, the blocks become invisible - and the guy (I am guessing!) still blows it away. It made me shudder! Just to think of the possibilities the human body and mind can reach when pushed beyond the limits!


Sunday, September 09, 2007

Project Green Hands - 8th Sep 2007

We got together on Saturday again at Guna's house (the same volunteer whose name I couldn't remember earlier!). I was able to reach only by about 4PM, so I had missed a lot of action. Somehow, I have this knack of reaching there when the group is eating!

Prakash was the subject of a lot of taunts - primary taunter being Balaji. I am not sure if I am allowed to disclose the subject here. I will await permission from Prakash - Balaji at least :). He must have said the story to at least a hundred people I think. If the story comes on "Isha IT", I can easily link to the post!

There were many new people I had not met the previous week. I had just missed Savita and her cute little kids. I heard the kids were also involved in bagging sand! Again, I will need to wait for Prakash to publish the pictures - but I was able to view them on his mobile.

Myself and Radha started work at about 4:30PM - the rest of the gang joined after they finished lunch(!). Again, we worked till about 6:30PM where we had to leave when it became dark enough, but the others were working still. I am not sure when they completed work. The interim period was again an enjoyable period. Prakash was being taunted more by Balaji. We were also discussing the fact that when the soil is ready for plantation, earthworms inhabit the soil. We wondered where they came from. There is so much magic in how things happen in nature. While we were working with the soil, we were able to find live earthworms in there! There was a lot of competition on who got the earthworms to drop in the sandbags! While I was working, some bird took the opportunity to ease itself on my hand. This gave Radha a lot of glee. I told her, when she pointed a finger at some one else, three fingers pointed back at her. Yes - there were two much larger bird spots on her dress!

Meanwhile, some of the bags we had seeded last week had sprouted. Several others were yet to sprout. One volunteer mentioned that we would need to wait to see if they were not weeds (the soil also had several weed seeds which we had to exclude while bagging). Overall, it would probably be a few weeks before we see everything sprout. Balaji mentioned that these would be allowed to grow to four feet in the bags before they are sent off for plantation.

Foot note: At least two other volunteers (Pooja and one more) are planning to stay in Guna's house for a few weeks to assist with PGH work. The timing is perfect as her parents are leaving for the US for the same period! Radha volunteered as well! Looks like a case of too many in-house volunteers!

Friday, September 07, 2007

Random thoughts...

I recently read an article about a former model who was forced into situations where she had to beg for a living. Keep in mind that she is not 50 and modeling was during her heydays. She is just over thirty now and she was in the limelight just a couple of years back. Eckhart Tolle keeps saying that we live in an insane society. You never disagree with him, but the impact of what he says doesn't really sink in unless you read something like this. You inhabit the glossy pages of fashion mags one day and you are at the other extreme at a later point. I don't think this frenzy will stop until we realize that Life involves more than pleasure.

A related incident that is posted on the Isha blog - where the blogger has lamented on the fact that sensational incidents are given priority attention while something as magnificent as planting 700,000 trees on a single day sinks quietly into the dark. Kalamji mentioned the same thing during one of his speeches. Even reputed newspapers like "The Hindu" - which I hold in high esteem, gave front page coverage to the picture of the shooter in the Virginia shootout incident. The news coverage for the above news piece (700,000 trees) was somewhere in the middle of the newspaper (that was published on a different date). Our priorities as a society need to change if we are to collectively evolve as a species.

India vs England
When India was down 3-1 - Ravi Shastri says - "It's hard to see India recovering"
When India are level 3-3 - Ravi Shastri says - "The momentum is with India"
So much for "expert" opinion!

I read an interview of Silambarasan in Kumudham. (A confession - I was attracted to the interview from the headlines on the cover "nayanthAravai maRakka mudiyavillai" {"I cannot forget Nayanthara"} - it is so easy to fall into the gossip trap, especially knowing so well, the reputation of this magazine). Apparently Silambarasan is a hurt man for many reasons he confesses during the interview. But when it came to the section that was the frontpage headline - all he said was "whatever I say, you're going to write this - so let it be that way". He almost hit the nail on the head by capturing the psychology of the interviewers / magazine. And they happily took that to be his permission and did the exact same thing. Few things
- When some one is hurt, either help them by being supportive
- or just leave them alone
Using this as a means to gain some magazine circulation seems very cruel (if you want further proof - most of the pictures in the interview were from his movie stills where he kisses one or more actresses on the lips)
- One thing that baffles me is, knowing the magazine's nature so well, why did he agree to the interview in the first place?
(PS: I am not any fan of Silambarasan - just for the record!)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Project Green Hands - 2nd Sep 2007

About ten of us got together on Sunday (2nd Sep 2007) at a volunteer's house for PGH work. The work was to bag sand into about 1200 covers and seed the covers. For me, this was really an unplanned activity - I went there after being called by Prakash. It was production support day for me and I could afford this only because there was a backup for me. Fortunately, work held itself until all volunteering work was complete (!). Radha hopped in, so together we went to the volunteer's house. Her house was located deep inside Velachery, so finding the place took some time. Eventually, Prakash had to travel to where we were and got us there.

We reached there by about 3PM. All of them were ready to have food. Too bad, I had already eaten. All food was cooked by two people, with Balaji doing most of the cooking. That was a surprise - because it was a lot of food to cook - and he had cooked a surprisingly large amount of dishes in just two hours (rice, carrot, beetroot, sambar, rasam, mushroom masala and soup). Of course, all food was "Isha Style" - meaning pranic food. He did confuse us by saying - all food have one ingredient in common. After taking a stab at finding out what it was, none of us could figure it out. He added to the confusion by saying "they use it all the time at the ashram". Finally, we found out that the elusive ingredient was called "Love"!. That surprised me - that he should actually say this - this implied that he must have been conscious about this when cooking - it also evoked a lot of laughter. This was to be the subject of occasional jokes till end of the day. Unfortunately, I had eaten before I left home. I could eat only less. I didn't know lunch was part of the package :). We must thank the volunteer's parents (yes, I don't remember her name :-( ) for allowing Balaji and co to cook in their kitchen for so many people.

We went to work. We sat in two circles in the backyard, a lot of manured sand in the center, a lot of very small black plastic covers by our sides and started bagging sand. The covers had small holes by the sides - to allow excess water to seep out. The radio was on - songs + cricket score side by side. We started working getting to know each other. I had met none of them except Prakash and Radha before. Most of them were from "Isha IT"!

If you have volunteered with Isha, you would have noticed one aspect in all work you do. Work moves effortlessly! Some how, the group brings with it, a catalyst that turns mundane work in to a flow - a flowing rythm - that you realize only at the end. I think two hours must have passed - at the end, we had bagged about 1200 packets. (some bagging was complete even before we arrived). But area was divided to two sections - one with 750 bags and the other with 450 bags. The next task was to seed the bags. Intermittently, pictures were taken with mobile cams. I'll post the links once they become available.

Seeding was a joyous affair and was accompanied with a lot of "hoo"ing and clapping. The seeds were called "yAnai kuNdumani" (in tamil). I do not know the English name. Beleive it or not, after seeding, it started raining! It was a very symbolic ending to the kind of work we were doing. The rain evoked joyous shouts from many volunteers.

Finally, there was a sharing session! Mostly, all of them said how happy they were. Both for the kind of work they did during the day and for how they enjoyed the process itself. I realized this was true with me as well. One elusive art I am trying to put my finger on is to see how to bring this quality to my day-to-day Life. If things move effortlessly inside, no matter what the outside situation - this is the only goal that all of Isha's programs try to achieve for the common person. One volunteer was in tears at the end of her sharing.

Finally, we dropped a volunteer - Then mozhi close to her house. On the way, we listened to a Sadhguru Satsang in Tamil. We were really enjoying the blunt way in which he puts things ("...ungaLukku aRivu varalenna - entha buddhar vanthAlum oNNum Agathu...").

Situations permitting, hopefully, I should be able to go through another day like this!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Firewall

The title for the movie is not clear - despite technology being involved.

This is a very believable plot, yet one may question the probability of the occurrence. Having said that, Harrison Ford is a near perfect choice for this role. It almost feels tailor-made for the "truly innocent guy being harassed" role. I will never forget his facial expression when, for the first time he is threatened at gun-point.

One of the reviewers in Digg pointed out the impossibility of taking an iPod, severing the optics from a fax machine and linking them to form an optical scanner. May be, for the common man. Harrison Ford is being projected as a computer expert and the screenplay doesn't exactly say how long he spent on this task. I would write this off as not being a plot hole. Also, the other areas where computers are involved, real scenarios are used. Typically, the screens are tailor made for Hollywood for dramatization purposes. If an email arrives, an envelope flies into the screen notifying the message. The filmmakers have kept everything real consciously, and admirably.

The ending becomes very tame and dramatic at the same time. It would have been a surefire punch if Harrison Ford had truly outsmarted the bad-guy using his brain than brawn. Overall, with all factors accounted for, this will be a "watch-once" film.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Score

Wow! What an underrated movie - and what an ending!
I found out about this movie from Roger Ebert's movie review on Ocean's 11. While I love the Oxx series, what they accomplish with so much starpower, this movie accomplishes effortlessly.

Impressions...

I remember a few days back taking a picture of myself through a mirror. Several minutes past that, when I closed my eyes, I could still see the flashlight - bright as ever, distinct inside my head. What struck me most was how effortlessly the mind picks up impressions like these. We have little or no control over what we pickup like this. And what is in our mind affects the way we behave, think - all of which sets a cycle. Another exercise which many people suggest - before going to sleep, repeat a mantra - it can be anything - say "monkey, monkey...." and if you can go to sleep with this, this will be the first thing you remember when you wake up. The subconscious mind latches on to this impression and runs it all through your sleep as a thread. Now we know why ads work!?!

Which brings to the second topic - TV. With a device like this spewing up video and audio together seamlessly with content tailored specifically and precisely for the audience, it becomes a great tool for making impressions. Unfortunately what sort of impressions do we choose on a day-to-day basis? It's easy to find out - pick the most popular programs, see the "selling" news content or pick a "hit" movie. Yikes! Eckhart Tolle, specifically mentions in his book "A New Earth" to minimize or avoid television - especially programs that blast images in rapid succession. Also, importantly, he stresses NOT to go to sleep watching a television program for the reasons mentioned in the first paragraph. Yet another thing he stresses, do not go to sleep immediately after watching television. Wait for 5-10 minutes before going to sleep.

Sometimes, it amazes me how little it takes to gather so much! How something so innocuous looking is capable of so much!

PS: I think I should follow a little of the above advice myself :)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Winged Migration


On the surface, the movie is nothing but video clippings of birds flying - frame after frame after frame. But I am tempted to replicate the quote on my home page - "What matters is not the way things are - but the way you see them. The very change in perception changes the quality of the situation". What elevates this movie to be outstanding (or perhaps beyond) is the way the camera "sees" the birds. It gives wings to the viewers. We see the world as the birds see them - and are part of their world. We fly with the birds - if only for a brief while. Flock after flock, they travel on an adventure - across thousands of miles. What drives them to such distances and such feats no one knows. We learn through birds, what it means to be in tune with nature. With no special effects going into these videos, it is all the more amazing to watch. They dance in tandem, the fly in tandem - as if these birds know they are part of a big symphony. Only, the orchestrator is invisible, but the movie makes it clear there is one! This movie hits the mark by truly and spectacularly capturing the spirit of the situation.

The birds are absolutely at home with all natural disasters. An avalanche, they deftly move aside. As always, there is only one disaster the birds cannot cope with - that is when humans enter. We see some birds being shot while we are flying with them. The camera pictures this in a way that is heart wrenching and not gory at the same time. Humans are the only animals that hunt for pleasure. We are so screwed up on the inside, that we need to search for pleasures like hunting birds down to keep us going. To quote a wise man - "Most people are living such a miniscule portion of what they are capable of. They are not exploring so many dimensions. It is every human being's birthright that he must know who he is before he dies. If human beings realized the immensity of what is to be a human being there wouldn't be so much god talk in the planet."

We are such a small speck in this vast existence, and yet we are part of it. In the end, what remains is the feeling of a great privilege for being here. And if a movie ends up making you feel like that, it is no mean feat!

PS: David Hawkins calibrates this movie at 490.

Effortless Ease...

During one of my drives, by coincidence, I happened to hear several Vidyasagar songs on radio - in sequence - one after the other. What struck me most was the effortlessness with which the songs flowed. It amazed me how easily he manages to hide his immense talent in favor of simplicity and melody. It slightly saddens me that he takes the easy way out with orchestration. The demand for prolificity causes this compromise, I think. Despite this, his songs are melodious, natural and simple. I cannot help but contrast him with Karthikraja, who seems to struggle with his immense talent again. He frequently gives into over-experimentation and ends up making the songs complex.

Of course, there is only one musician I have seen who is the embodiment of quintessential perfection of music. The height of simplicity and complexity both at the same time. And this without losing his stamp of individuality on the music. And this without failing to cater to the needs, moods and depth of the song. Of course, this outcome of pitch perfection is the result of years of fiery intensity and focus to his work. An intensity that is probably matched or exceeded only by Yogis and great Spiritual Masters. Indeed his music is his Sadhana.

Overall, TFM is in good hands :)

Run Lola Run


They named the movie "Run Lola Run" - and boy does she run! The only times she stops are for catching her breath. Prior to watching the movie, I never expected a German movie to be so deep. There is no bias, I just didn't expect it. Another notable thing was the accuracy of the voice-over. It almost feels like the actors are speaking in English.

The movie explores the fact that seemingly trivial decisions we make affect our lives profoundly. There was already a Hollywood movie that explored the same aspect, but in a different screenplay. "Run Lola Run" tells that a decision made in time, depending on what the decision is, has it's consequences for your life. It goes a step further - a decision you make affects the other in very subtle ways. The movie actually tries something novel - by extrapolating the life sequences of several people for different scenarios of decisions Lola makes while she runs. I am deliberately being ambiguous so that I don't give the plot away.


Between Run Lola Run and Sliding Doors, I feel the latter is more accurate. However, Run Lola Run makes a very important point. A decision made in time alters the specifics of your outer world. Again, you affect your surroundings in very subtle ways. Something that is a fundamental premise of Spirituality. In that sense, this movie is very deep. Sliding Doors says that the overall direction in towards which your life moves depends on the orientation of your consciousness. Watch both movies - you'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Dr Dolittle 2

Basically, most of the comments for Dr Dolittle apply to this movie as well. The movie picks up from where the earlier movie left off. Here, it actually goes one step further. The animals are virtually human characters in animal shapes and forms. CGI does most of the work. Though it IS funny, it is sort of a put-off to view animals as conscious decision makers. Again, DDL's interactions with the animals - the surrounding people's inability to comprehend these interactions form a fuzzy line. This is not depicted clearly. One dialogue here or there and we are left to infer this. This movie also sets up the stage for DDL 3. Eddie Murphy is not going to be on this - I guess he had enough. Me too!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Quidam

I haven't watched this completely yet. But I've seen enough to comment about this.

I heard about Cirque de Soleil through one of their audio books. Hearing that left me dumb struck about how much pain they took to get every one of their acts right. Another aspect that was truly stunning was their attention to detail. Like how so much detail goes into making a single Flower in nature - they pay attention to their make up, training, movements - it was "Wow" in a breathtaking exclamation.

Then, one of the reviewers in Amazon went to the extent of saying this about Quidam - "Towards the end of this video I was struck with the thought "if ever the human race were put on trial by extraterrestrials for their atrocities, this should be exhibit A in their defense."

Wow! That was some feedback. Watching this video was such a humbling experience. The level of artsmanship that went into this work, the synchronization of so many parameters - the music, the aerobics of so many people in tandem - it makes it very difficult to type as you're gasping for words to describe this. And as the video progresses, you can see this on the face of the audience, clapping their hands the same time they are shaking their heads!

Quidam - is not an aerobic show, it is a way to life your life if you scratch the surface to look under the hood. Don't be "entertained" watching this. Be "inspired". That will be the true value you derive from this work. It changed Frank's life (referring to the audio book above).

The Peaceful Warrior

A very powerful movie - and it is based on the true life story of Dan Millman. Actually, it is from his book. Sort of, reminds me about Deepak Chopra's book, Fire in the Heart.

A chance (though it is easy to have a debate about this word's usage in this context) encounter with "Socrates" changes the life of Dan forever. Whatever this movie teaches is what Eckhart keeps saying all along. But a movie form, which has mass appeal, that delivers a message such as this becomes a very powerful medium of positive communication.

But I guess it takes a heart that is seeking to resonate with this message at least at some level.

Take this one message from the movie - it is not a catch phrase - we can live or life by this - "There are no ordinary moments". And yes, do watch this!

The Game

I liked the theme of the movie. I've read many wise people say - if you sleepwalk through Life, you will receive a sharp hard slap behind your head to wake you up.

This movie is a visual depiction of the above. Only, the character goes in voluntarily. Only, I get the feeling that it goes overboard.

Overall, I would like to leave this movie with the message in the first paragraph.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Movie Mania...

The Razor's Edge:
This movie probably deserves a separate post of its own. The story of one man's quest for the meaning of Life. Though one can't help feeling that the screenplay takes it a bit too far. However, the respect for the character of Bill is inevitable when he relinquishes a settled, comfortable Life for a deeper search. He even travels to India - then gives that up because he does not find what he is looking for (yeah, he didn't look at the right place or didn't meet the right people!). Overall, a bold exploration - albeit sad one.


Die Hard 2:
Propelled by DH1's success. DH2 managed to beat it's predecessor's box office record. Meaningless good guy thrashes bad guy story - but the screenplay is exemplary. Bruce Willis' on-screen charisma shines through again. I enjoyed this movie, but I keep asking why I watched this after I did!


Die Hard - with a vengeance:
See DH2. Same review holds good!

The Hunt for Red October:
Directed by John McTiernan (DH1 and DH3). Exemplary screenplay again - you realize this especially after the movie ends where they manage to hold your attention with on screen dialogues only. This movie won an Oscar (not for best picture though)

Dr Dolittle:
I loved the theme, though it wanders off from a spiritual connotation to plain humor. I am sure that must have been the intention to start with. CGI is used to make the animals speak English (wisecracks no less). If you watched K-PAX, there is one scene where Kevin Spacey communicates with a dog by barking, woofing with it. It gives a sense of how one relates to animals at their level. Here, Eddie Murphy speaks with them in English, they understand and respond in English, but the people around him perceive this as Eddie barking, mooing, cawing etc (communicated through the on screen dialogues). It is funny to watch, but was sort of disappointing that an opportunity was missed! Overall, the movie does it's job - providing some continuous fun. It also spawned versions 2 and 3.

Peaceful Warrior:
This movie deserves a separate post of its own. Later :)

Quidam:
See "Peaceful Warrior" above!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

sivAji

"Holy Crap"!

1st word is for Rajini, 2nd word is for the movie :). So much for all the hype. Shankar must really let this frenzy of creating a Utopian society go. The pre-interval footage was totally wasted - the movie really starts after this. As always, most of the songs don't fit - Rahman's BGM is only average, screenplay is totally unrealistic. Redeeming factors are Vivek and Rajini. Rajini and Shankar must be commended for allowing Vivek to hog so much of the limelight. The comedy is such a big plus. People who expect nerve tingling Rajini fare will be disappointed.

BTW, the ticket prices at Indiaglitz were sold at a premium (double the price). But guess what, @ the counter, there was a note saying "cash only". The internet purchase will come in as "raaga.com" on the statement (no clues for guessing the reason). So much for the movie that wants to eliminate black money from the country!

I will say, don't give in to the hype and save your money for now :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Ocean's thirteen

Steven Soderbergh seems to have really mastered the art of complex plot sets. This is third time in the row now with O13. With Al Pacino joining in the fun (or taking the bullets), it's all the more enjoyable. I won't give out any of the plot points, but I had to watch this twice to get some of the nuances. The director's decision to leave out Julia and Catherine Zeta is a good idea - and some how, with the vast array of stars, he still manages to use them well without wasting any. I hope there is an O14 :)

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

World Cup 2007

Aussies seem to be true juggernauts now. I kept waiting for their end sometime during this WC ("law of averages") but that never seems a remote possibility now. They are firing way to consistently. I am thinking it will take a lot to evolve to their level - but I do get put off by their arrogance. All said and done, they do deserve a bow for their focus.

But SL do deserve a bow as well. They were the only team who could have halted the Aussie 'mean machine' and they showed a glimpse of that during the first half of the chase. Unfortunately, sustenance was a problem due to the Gilchrist blitzkrieg. Had Aussies made about 230 or so, this would have been a true thriller!

Overall, right now in the cricket arena, Aussies are floating at a different level now!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Random thoughts on a weekend...

Finals today. Neither team I wished would win the world cup made it. Now, I hope SL wins this - again for the same reasons. Aussies have won it too many times now! I guess Aussies are favorites, but there is no way SL can be written off.

The SL vs NZ semi was accentuated by Mahela's century. Such was the innings that it would be a bench mark for playing a stellar knock under pressure. Too bad they weren't chasing - the same innings would have been perceived as a classic under the circumstances.

Watched "unnAlE unnAlE" yesterday. Very passable movie - nothing special. Acting was very bland with very unnatural emoting. Even HJ shines only in certain places. Only the pre-release hype and the glossy coating on the screenplay carry the movie forward. The story had a lot of scope for depth - but doesn't deliver. The attempt to sketch a Hollywood style screenplay is evident, but doesn't deliver due to insufficient board work (Jeeva can use vattAram as a case study!). The movie does have some good humorous elements sprinkled around, but even that loses focus. To me, it looks like a lost opportunity! Cheran's mAyakkANNAdi is next...

Spiderman 3 is out next week :). Estimated at a whopping 258 MUSD - though I don't have any doubt it will recover the amount back.

Are you used to telling lies when it really isn't required? Say, if it brings about a benefit - either in your business or for your personal well being - you may or may not tell a lie in the situation. Sadhguru says there is a karma involved with that lie anyway. But what about cases where you lie for no reason? (sheer habit, (peer) pressure, fear). I had to do this today - it is a very unpleasant feeling.

If you're interested in investing, Fidelity's new international opportunity fund is out - closes 30th Apr 2007.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Random thoughts on a weekend...

Lara bids farewell. It was a sad way to go - I was disappointed with Marlon Samuels. For such a big occasion and a packed crowed wanting to witness his batting, he should have put more thought into his call for the run.

So, it's Aus vs SA and SL vs NZ in the semis. One would assume it is Aus vs SL in the finals, but I would love to see either SA or NZ lift the trophy this time - since they haven't done so before. We should go by merit, I guess...

I watched Jerry Maguire - again! Keeping the theme aside, the movie really scores in depicting a very complex amalgamation of emotions from different characters on screen. I read that the writers came up with thirty drafts of the script before approaching Tom Cruise. I'll remember the last line Dorothy says for some time - "You had me at Hello!"

Bajaj's Pulsar 200
is out. In the ad, they say "Stunts performed by experts. Do not attempt them". Well, the stunts are the selling point for the bike and hence the ad. So once we buy the bike, what do we do? Ride it like a TVS 50? Besides, I doubt if ALL stunts were really "performed". In one scene, a double somersault is performed. I wonder if it is technically feasible. It would be nice if ad makers show a little discretion in their ads.

Two great articles I came across. One titled, "Don't buy stuff you can't afford". One would assume this is common sense advice. But only when you see the video do we get reminded how much we buy on credit. This is especially true for the USA. Credit Cards make sense only when used as a "cash substitute". Even so, there is definite truth that CC's make you spend more.

The other one lists ten tips for leaving a lighter footprint. Under current circumstances, I think we have quite some distance to go till this becomes common practice. There was one article I posted earlier which measures your Eco footprint. That will also give a clue to how damaging our current living habits are.

Another great article about plastic biofuel generation. As common in India, this got caught in red tape! But thanks to the resilience of Alka, this project has seen light at the end of the tunnel. Hopefully this technology would become common in days to come.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Kahlil Gibran on Eating and Drinking

On Eating and Drinking - Kahlil Gibran

Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
But since you must kill to eat, and rob the newly born of its mother's milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship.
And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in man.


When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,
"By the same power that slays you, I too am slain; and I too shall be consumed.
For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.
Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven."


And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,
"Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons."


And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyards for the winepress, say in your heart,
"I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the winepress,
And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels."
And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;
And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the winepress.

Note: I don't know what to say... :-(. I wonder how our consciousness would be after a period of time if our state of mind is as Kahlil Gibran asks us to be. Planet Earth is truly blessed to have housed such beautiful people.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

How Bill Gates works

Nothing very path breaking, though one can clearly see he is very focussed. The interesting thing which you don't see is the way he splices three displays to form one integrated display. He can afford this and more of course :). Carrying a tablet PC is also a very good idea, again if you can afford one :)

I picked the URL up from Thiru's blog.

Friday, April 13, 2007

CIA Flicks

The Bourne Supremacy

I recently read a post that matched Jason Bourne and James Bond. Having watched Casino Royale recently, I had a good chance to review their skills in close time lines. My vote goes to Jason Bourne, and in this movie you see why. Primarily, the credit goes to Matt for his subdued but awesome portrayal. In the comments of the above post, some one mentioned that Bourne is more realistic than Bond which is true as well. I will wait for the next version of the Bourne series.

The Recruit
!!Spoilers!!

A story about new CIA trainees being caught in a double-cross setup by Al Pacino. The story does succeed in getting the viewers caught in a mazy plot, but it ends with a feeling that it could have been better. I was hoping to get an insiders view of the training they undergo and the trainees first time experiences as they undergo a real test. The betrayal is a surprise nevertheless and I like Al Pacino's screen presence in general. Worth a watch!

Conversations with God - The Movie

The book with the same title was (and is) one of my favorites.

I feel it is very difficult to bring full justice to such a loaded script in a 2 hour movie - in that context, the crew has done an admirable job.

Just like in Indigo, I would like to keep all reviewing gripes aside when confronted with a movie like this, because I would like to see more of these movies coming out. Being aware of so much of Neale's history (disclosed by himself through the CWG series), it was truly fascinating to watch this unfold on the movie screen. Some areas were very poignant - for instance, Henry's emotions when he is choked by the sight of being watched at after his hunger gets the better of him and prompts him to eat food from a dumpster. The dialogues were also were neatly presented - for instance when Neale leaves $150 as tip to the college girl waiting his table, she exclaims "Oh My God!" and Neale replies "My God too!".

Whether you are aware of the CWG story or not, I would recommend you to watch this movie - it can be a real eye-opener to a new way to relate to other people and Life itself. It was a gladdening thing, watching a movie with a story that was already so close to my heart!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Seabiscuit

At the end of the movie, what really stands out is not the fact that they brought out a true story to Life. In one of the shots, the photography, the music and the direction beautifully bring out the pulsating Life that was present in the moment. It truly didn't matter who won the race at that moment, though you're rooting for Seabiscuit almost by impulse. Had this been fiction, it would have been almost fairytale to believe - the history adds so much reinforcement to the screenplay that it is difficult to put into words.

Very fascinating - at some times, it looks like poetry on visuals!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The God Delusion

I happened to browse through this book at a book store.

The title should make it clear that the author argues there is no God. A part of his frustration stems from the constant bickering there exists among religons. I am sure there would be other intellectual questions that are typically athiestic.

But what surprised me most was that, when some one has the audacity to come up with a title that says 'The God Delusion', he must be ready to stand by his views. A chapter in the book said 'Why there is almost certainly no God'. Why the 'almost'? That single word takes away the entire credibility of the chapter, and the book in fact. No matter how many logical points the author would list, it says that the author is not 100% sure - so how can he expect the readers to listen along?

I am sure I won't be reading that book. In anyway, whatever question Mr Dawkins puts forth, I have a feeling CWG would provide a good rebuttal.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Casino Royale

I know only Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan among Bond's. Of the three, I like Daniel Craig the best. His, burly, intelligent (of course, this is a Bond requirement) but only moderately sophisticated demeanor is very appealing. But as always, he is happy-go-lucky with women.

Unfortunately, even before the movie starts, we know Bond is going to win, so that takes off much of the surprise. What is appealing however is that, instead of unfolding in a pitch-perfect sequence for Bond, we see him missing a few shots which take you by surprise.

It will be nice if Daniel stays, but we see him failing some of his assignments so viewers don't take the ending for granted. Ian Fleming wont like it though!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Million Souls Aware

Click on the title link

This site is an attempt to increase awareness of people on a specific topic. When a million unique people have visited the site, the site will move on to a new topic. Very innovative way of trying some thing to increase awareness of a socio-political-economic scenario. Thie current topic is "Refugee Camps". Do visit this site once. What you read might surprise / sadden you.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Player Averages - WC Cricket 2007

This WC, with India's early exit, I wanted to check on the averages of our players. It shows why statistics might be a deceptive thing. If you look below, technically only Uthappa and Dhoni are failures, while Sachin is slightly below par (his regular average of 44.xx). May be we should quote less of stats when discussing players. But a lot of intangibles creep in which cannot be documented - like ability to withstand pressure, rotate strike when boundaries dry up and so on. Some aspects which India can learn from teams like Aus and SA.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Post Partum Depression

Post partum depression ostensibly manifests itself when self negating thoughts bombard your already overtaxed mind continuously. A rather precarious position for a vulnerable individual to be in, I should say. A panacea might be the exodus of thoughts from your mind. Not infrequently, resorting to a hibernation in their favorite couch happens as well. Alas, again not infrequently, resumption from hibernation is revivifying. Meticulous attention to frequent behavior patterns might point to underlying groovy thought patterns which might pave a way for liberation. Or try reverse-glossolalia on your own thoughts. An impossible feat, it appears like. All said and done, while you have it, your motor neurons work in an impaired fashion making it impossible to carry on ones mundane day chores with any efficacy. Why then would you behave in a way that leads the uninvited guest to your mind-home? The answer, I think, is simply that no cost overheads are associated with rudimentary unaware behavior, alas thinking short term only. If a price tag that read "post partum depression" presented itself lugubriously in your behavior pattern, you would think twice pertinently before resorting to the dreaded trap. Ah, mournful dissertations!! For some refreshing inspiration, no undesirable situation gets so bad that there is a way locked when you return home. Sanctification is but a step away - hmm, ahem, alright, a few steps away - provided discipline of rigid exactitude is followed rigorously in a clock tick fashion.

May you know the bliss of the Creator.



PS1: The idea for this post was from Sadhguru, where he commented that writing a dissertation on almost any subject is very easy provided you have vocabulary inventory of even 10% of a dictionary. The above is a mini dissertation on "post partum depression"
PS2: I have no idea what "post partum depression" is.
PS3: I really hope you did not go thru the above post :). Please take nothing of this, except the very last sentence before the "PS1"
PS4: If your cranial region can hold 10 tomes worth of the drivel above, you should qualify for a Ph.D (yes, this way if writing is slightly addictive)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Silence Again...

Back from Silence again.

Read the posting of a fellow participant, Rams.

Just like the previous time, placing the experience in words is a very difficult task.

Last time, I rode on the euphoria while it lasted and then slackened thereafter. I hope to learn from the error this time. That will be one true way to thank the One, who in many ways truly gave Himself to this endeavor. I truly am not able to put this into words. I always smile happily and gratefully when I see people go to the mike and try to "describe" their experience. But more often then not, just their struggle would depict their experience - having flown out of bondages into freedom and back from the trip, trying to describe the taste. This is the true dilemma of a spiritual seeker - those who are co-seekers will understand what is being sought. Those who are not will not understand. This is one vista where logic and eloquence fail miserably, though an open mindedness will serve as a good stepping stone for the next step.

As always, fully aware that the statement is not even remotely close, I still say "Thank you Master".

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Mahashivarathiri 2007

The night of Shiva, it is said. I must say it was a privilege to have spent this night awake. A greater privilege it was, having spent it with Isha. I was unable to go to Coimbatore for the function as I was due to take a longer leave in a short period, so I attended this at the Chennai center – Meenakshi College @ Kodambakkam.

The program was scheduled to begin at 6PM IST on 16th Feb 2007, but my work kept me at office until 7PM. By the time I reached a place close to the venue, my blood was boiling with anticipation. I had to ignore Eckhart Tolle’s advice inside my head – “you are resisting what is”. With 10,000 people or so at the venue, I was very fortunate to obtain a parking space very near the entrance. I reached there in perfect timing for the “Nadha Bramha…” chant.

The pleasant Sadhguru I always know and love was absent this day. He was tangibly intense, though not fierce. Some portion of the audience was already very animated, either by Sadhguru’s presence, or by the energy situation or a combination of both. After the chant, we did our practices, Shambavi and Shunya and had dinner at the center. There were quite a few from our office – Aravindh, Narasimhan, Shankari, Radha, Savitha and myself. We kept meeting quite often throughout the night.

Close to midnight, the much anticipated Mahamantra recitation started. Sadhguru gave an overview of the Mantra for us logicians who liked an explanation of why we were doing what we were doing. But the chanting was on a different plane. Eyes closed, still I could feel the audience go mad even at the beginning. As the chant picked up pace, I was getting feverishly worked up, and then the drums started rolling. Suddenly, it was as if I was caught in the vortex of a fierce storm. The drums reverberating created a thunderous impact, and from the center of the storm was Sadhguru’s chant pervading over the drum beats. It was a mind blowing experience in the literal sense. How hard it is to put into sound syllables called words, that which we effortlessly experience at many times. Later, I would hear from my friends, their experiences of the night which were very deep and intense for them in their own terms. What surprised me most was the impact these processes created despite the lack of physical proximity with Sadhguru and the Isha center.

Sadhguru’s words, “Shiva, who has been the way to the divine for many a seeker in the past, who continues to be the way and will continue to be the way forever, to Him, let us bow down” touched a very deep chord within me. I feel very gratified, awed and humbled to be in a Space which has had the Sacred Spiritual thread running underneath the many surface events of history for time unknown.

As night gave way to dawn, it was time for Sadhguru to depart, as always, with tears in His eyes. It was one unforgettable night – the fact that on some other day and time a few years back, I would have spent it sleeping makes me enjoy it all the more.

Oh Shiva!
Just a glimpse of who You are,
We got on this magical night.
Skating on the border of the form
And the Formless,
You gave us all a glimpse
Into your world,
The dark night,
Paved way to the Dark One
A fierce yet gentle Guide,
You sent to us,
A partner, He calls You,
Shambo O Shambo!!,
We see You through Him!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Pranic Food...

As part of our silence preparations, one of the recommendations was to eat only pranic food. Things were going fine - my mother was especially supportive as she cooked without onions, garlic, brinjals, green chillies or asafoetida. Day before yesterday, the craving for tasty food got the better of me and Radha and we decided to eat out at a nearby restaurant - our thought process being that we will watch out for non-pranic food.

At the restaurant, we asked the waiter for items that were "safe" - and to our surprise, he mentioned that all dishes are custom made, so we could specify our requirements. With detailed instructions, we ordered for "channa masala" and double-confirmed our requirements. In the end it turned out that it had a lot of onion in it. Besides, I am double sure that it had ajinamoto (which is nothing but "MSG". I think this product needs a separate ad campaign as there are efforts on for popularizing this product. All along I was assuming MSG would be an "America" thing - I didn't expect this product to be a big hit so soon in India).

So there went; 20 days of Sadhana for a moment's stupidity.

One fortunate aspect of the incident was that I got a chance to see the effect of 20 days of pranic food only. The contrast was startling - the effect of the "channa masala" lasted for nearly 12 hours. At least we turned a little bit wiser with our error - I hope.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Logapriya: Update...

The surgery is over and the baby is doing fine now. :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Logapriya: An update...

Click on the title link.

Through some coordination work organized by a volunteer from our office and subsequent communication, the hospital has finally received 4 units of blood for her surgery.

All is well, and hope Logapriya will be hale and happy after the surgery

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Revathy...

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Posting this for people who would like to help.
Please also get back with suggestions on raising funds on a long-term basis. It may be possible to have the operation complete from a one time fund collection event, but the supporting funds for medication seems to be the greater issue.
 
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