Monday, June 28, 2010

Isha Life - Mahamudra

We went to this restaurant yesterday. Actually, the restaurant is Mahamudra - Isha Life comprises of a fitness studio, a boutique and the restaurant.

First, the place is a premium outlet since it is a "for profit" unit. There are no pretensions about it. If you get that out of the way, you can see it for what it is. The restaurant has an antique feel about it because of the design. I think it can accommodate about 50 people at a time. Lotus garlands adorn the entrance along with traditional "uruLis" with flowers. Ancient music plays through modern speakers. The restaurant is designed spaciously and the servers are neatly uniformed in the traditional Indian kurta pyjamas with a green overcoat. The manager wears a fully formal business suit. The boutique can be accessed from inside the restaurant.

The kitchen is "partially open" which I think was a conscious design choice. A greenish welcome drink is served to all guests which is the appetizer. The menu is expansive - and expensive :). Another striking difference is that the food is not necessarily "pranic". Onions are used wherever required, but there are a lot of options that are fully pranic.

Many dishes are esoteric, but I think the menu will be second nature to the to-be regulars. Even the soups are non standard. What will also be different is the care taken in presenting even the small things - they are both aesthetic and meticulous. For instance, the presentment of the bill (until you get to this point, you enjoy everything about the food and the ambience!). The bill comes in a decorated wooden box instead of the standard leather folders in other premium restaurants.

Anyway, this is not a place you can go daily or even regularly, but you will surely enjoy the visit. Weekends - bookings are a must.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Tweetposts - 25th June 2010

WTC is underway currently here. As credit to the organizers, the disruption in day-to-day activities is minimal. Honestly, we were expecting a near standstill, but that hasn't happened. I never even went to the side of the event and I don't have TV at my home. So blissfully distant from it all!

An interesting take on "classification": Military classifies a lot of information in the interest of national security. That should be the only goal. Any information that can potentially compromise the security of the country is classified. But why was the Wikileaks footage "classified" in the first place? It is misuse of the "classification" policy. Classification is used for hiding a hideous atrocity.
Over here (in Chennai - don't know if it can be generalized), it is stretched to the other extreme to ridiculous proportions. A guy used his mobile to picture the digital clock in the railway station. A nearby policeman forced him to delete the picture for "security reasons". C'mon!

I was watching a movie on DVD some days back. The first or second frame was a lesson on why only original DVDs must be purchased. I find the irony interesting. Why put that on the original DVD purchased by someone? The pirated DVD will have all this crud stripped out anyway! Want to see why people pirate movies? See here: Some one needs to drive some sense into all the "original DVD" makers.

Man has always lived unconsciously (in general). But why is the situation so dire now than all these years behind? I think one analogy explains this best: "If you are an ant, you can walk over anyone. But when you are an elephant, you must watch where you place your leg!" (by Sadhguru, quoted from memory). How did the ant become an elephant? Two factors - technology and population growth. We can't do anything about the former - it is only going forward to more advancement. Sadly, we aren't doing anything about the latter as well. The fact that nature's whip stroke is coming is plainly obvious. It makes me happy and scared at the same time. I saw this in a quote many years back on a hill board in Ooty. It said "before nature disappears, you will". Thom Hartmann saw this in a graphic vision during his meditation (described in "The Prophet's Way"). I only don't know if it is going to be one full strike or in installments. Right now, it appears to be in installments - do you see a connection with all these events in succession? The Tsunami, Haiti earthquake, Chile earthquake, multiple seismic shockwaves in Asia - this is not at all a joke!

BP spills coffee

The video that was funny AND painful.
If the BP CEO really said "it's a small spill compared to the size of the ocean", I'll be damned.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

To be eligible to praise

A long time back, on one of the web forums, an interesting discussion was going on. Unfortunately, with the anonymity the web provides, people say the meanest things which they would not in-person or via telephone. To one person’s remark, another person passed a nasty remark targeted at a celebrity. A third person responded thus:

“Dear X, first please see what credentials you have to praise Y. Then we can talk about your credentials to criticize Y, let alone in the nasty way you just did.” (paraphrased)

The first part of the statement seemed very profound. Ordinarily, we think praising another is ok. But many times, there are some people who tread spaces so high that even to praise them is utterly worthless because it lacks the level of appreciation or understanding required to praise them. The spaces they tread may be in the sphere of talent, compassion or consciousness.

To make any great person proud, I think the only legitimate step will be to follow his or her footsteps. Even praising them can be an exercise of avoiding action. Criticizing – forget about it!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Is My Life, Rated

I guess no explanation is needed.
This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 6.9
Mind: 6.3
Body: 7.6
Spirit: 6.5
Friends/Family: 5.5
Love: 7.3
Finance: 8.2
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Interestingly,I did this many years ago as well - This was what I got. Not sure how to interpret the comparison :)

This Is My Life, Rated
Life: 7.4
Mind: 7.3
Body: 9
Spirit: 7.5
Friends/Family: 4.1
Love: 4.3
Finance: 6.8
Take the Rate My Life Quiz

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tweetposts - 16th June 2010

This week has been of considerable heartburn for multiple things. Two involving the Governments (state and center):
- The Bhopal verdict. Add to it, hearing about the fact that many victims have *still* not received their compensation. Adding more fuel is the fact that the center had assisted Anderson leaving the country (royally).
- The World Tamil Conference. Nothing against the WTC itself, but Coimbatore is getting a makeover. New bus terminuses, new bus stops, overhauls of drainage systems, new roads in areas and so on. What's wrong you ask? I can't help but thinking that this must be the routine situation. Not exception for an event. Additionally, I heard they have instructed hostels to be vacated so military folks can stay. Where will the hostelers go for the week?
Actually, I feel caustic inside. Can't word the feeling properly. I was telling Radha that if given a chance, both Governments would cut the people to pieces if it served their ends.

The other event is the BP oil spill. I knew what this news would do to me and wasn't looking this up. But it sneaked through yesterday. I do not know if we're going to hell for all this, but as an insurance in case there isn't one in the firmament, we're creating it on earth.

Reading Autobiography of a Yogi again. This has been my haven in the midst of turmoil.
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