Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A Good Ad

Ironically from a non- Indian company!!
This ad won the EPICA award for the best ad.

Click below to see the video :

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

12 Days to Christmas!!

Check this link out!! Its super funny!!
You will want to play it over and over again.....
Turn your sound on too.


Monday, December 25, 2006

We are a Pinocchio

Probably one of the funniest movies I have seen. One of the movie review mentions the character Pinocchio as "a boy who messes up everything. He disobeys. He lies. He avoids school like it's the black plague. He's beguiled by fun, frivolity, laziness, easy money and sugar. This story goes to great lengths to illustrate how such behavior not only harms the one responsible for it, but also seriously hurts everyone he or she loves."

I say "Watch It ! "

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Life from a Novelist point of view

This was a speech made by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anna Quindlen atthe graduation ceremony of an American university where she was awarded an Honorary PhD.

"I'm a novelist. My work is human nature. Real life is all I know. Don'tEver confuse the two, your life and your work. You will walk out of herethis afternoon with only one thing that no one else has. There will be hundreds of people out there with your same degree: there will be thousandsof people doing what you want to do for a living. But you will be the onlyperson alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Your entire life. Not just your life at a desk, or your life on a bus, or in acar, or at the computer. Not just the life of your mind, but the life ofyour heart. Not just your bank accounts but also your soul.

People don't talk about the soul very much anymore. It's so much easier towrite a resume than to craft a spirit. But a resume is cold comfort on awinter's night, or when you're sad, or broke, or lonely, or when you've received your test results and they're not so good.Here is my resume: I am a good mother to three children. I have tried neverto let my work stand in the way of being a good parent. I no longer considermyself the centre of the universe. I show up. I listen. I try to laugh. I ama good friend to my husband. I have tried to make marriage vows mean whatthey say. I am a good friend to my friends and they to me. Without them, there would be nothing to say to you today, because I would be a cardboardcut out. But I call them on the phone, and I meet them for lunch. I would berotten, at best mediocre at my job if those other things were not true. You cannot be really first rate at your work if your work is all you are.

Sohere's what I wanted to tell you today: Get a life. A real life, not a manicpursuit of the next promotion, the bigger pay cheque, the larger house. Do you think you'd care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysmone afternoon, or found a lump in your breast?Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on abreeze at the seaside, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over the water, or the way a baby scowls with concentrationwhen she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger.Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work. Pick up the phone.Send an email. Write a letter. Get a life in which you are generous. Andrealize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want tospread it around. Take money you would have spent on beer and give it tocharity.

Work in a soup kitchen. Be a big brother or sister. All of you want to do well. But if you do not do good too, then doing well will never beenough.It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. Itis so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids' eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It isso easy to exist instead of to live.I learned to live many years ago. I learned to love the journey, not thedestination. I learned that it is not a dress rehearsal, and that today is the only guarantee you get. I learned to look at all the good in the worldand try to give some of it back because I believed in it, completely andutterly. And I tried to do that, in part, by telling others what I had learned. By telling them this: Consider the lilies of the field. Look at thefuzz on a baby's ear. Read in the back yard with the sun on your face.Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness, because if you do, you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived".

Friday, November 17, 2006

International Students' Day

International Students' Day is an international observance of student activism, held annually on November 17.

Taking the day differently than its original meaning, a number of universities mark it, sometimes on a day other than 17 November, for a non-political celebration of the multiculturalism of their international students.

The date commemorates the anniversary of the 1939 Nazi storming of the University of Prague after demonstrations against the killing of Jan Opletal and the occupation of Czechoslovakia, and the execution of nine student leaders, over 1200 students sent to concentration camps, and the closing of all Czechoslovakian universities and colleges.

The day was first marked in 1941 in London by the International Students' Council (which had many refugee members) in accord with the Allies, and the tradition has been kept up by the successor International Union of Students, which has been pressing with National Unions of Students in Europe and other groups to make the day an official United Nations observance.

The Athens Polytechnic uprising against the Greek military junta of 1973 came to a climax on 17 November, with a violent crackdown and a tank crushing the gates of the university. The Day of the Greek Students is today among the official holidays in Greece.

The 1989 Prague demonstrations for International Students Day helped spark the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is today marked among both the official holidays in the Czech Republic (since 2000, thanks to the efforts of the Czech Students' Chamber of The Council of Universities) and the holidays in Slovakia.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Doing Good

I was watching a documentary the other day of a person from history called Chiune Sugihara. Not many have heard of him. But during the second world war, he helped many jews escapes the Nazi terror. You can read about Sugihara's efforts here and here. The show highlighted his strict upbringing in a Japanese society with the principles of Samurai warriors, his student days and his work with the government. The show also focused on the effort by the escaped jews years later in locating Sugihara to thank him personally. After many many many years, one of the escapees whom he had helped, found him in Russia and asked him why Sugihara had put his life on the line and did all that hard work of helping thousands of Jews escape when everyone else refused across the world.

And he said : " When you get a chance to do good, you go ahead and do it. Then you leave it alone. And forget about it. You don't write and publicize it "

That tireless effort of Sugihara helped those thousands of people escape who in turn worked hard and built themselves into a community of 50,000 that survives to this day producing some of the world's best engineers, architects and businessmen. When you do good to a single person, you are in fact changing and helping the lives of thousands of people. So if you want to change the world, start by doing good to one person.

Valley of Flowers

"I will lift mine eyes unto the Hills from whence cometh my strength"


It was in 1931 that Frank Smythe and Holdsworth stumbled on the valley while returning from their successful Kamet expedition. There were “at once transported from a region of solemn austerity to a fairyland of dainty flowers, most of them dwarf, but brilliant in colour”. Bustling with beautiful, lively and vibrant colours, this park spread over an area of 87.5 sq. kms. has the largest collection of wild flower species.

As though created by nature itself, the beauty of the park is enhance by the Pushpawati river flowing in the vicinity overlooked by towering Rataban peak in the background. More than 300 species of wild flowers bloom and swing with life during the monsoons. Also inhabiting the place is the amazing variety of Himalayan butterflies. Hidden from the probing eyes of civilization, this valley had been known to the inhabitants as the Bhyundar Valley, the playground of fairies and nymphs. Legends also associate this valley with the area from where Hanumanji of Ramayana collected "Sanjeevani" herbs to revive Lakshmana, the younger brother of Rama. The valley can be visited only during the day, and overnight stay is prohibited.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Removing the Roots

Rainforests and its damage

I recd this email from Shekar Dattatri and I thought I would share it with you.

As you are probably very aware, India's forests are being decimated at a rate never witnessed before. Unless more and more people speak out against this wanton destruction, it will only accelerate. A sustained public outcry was what saved Silent Valley three decades ago. Today, the beautiful Chalakudy river and the rainforests surrounding it are under threat. The Hindu has taken a most enlightened stance on this (just as it did with Silent Valley), and the editorial that appeared today puts the matter in perspective. It would be great if you could take a few minutes to read the editorial and write a letter to the editor with your views. Whether the letter gets published or not, it will send a clear message to the editor that many of us are also deeply concerned about these matters. I'm sure that our letters will encourage the newspaper to take up more such issues. Kindly send your letter to letters@thehindu.co.in mentioning your full name and postal address.

Most of us may not be able to take time off to join the local people in Chalakudy in their protests against the unnecessary dam that is sought to be constructed, but we can spend a few minutes to write a letter. I wrote one this morning and I hope you will too.

Editorial in The Hindu, June 20,2006. *RAINFORESTS SHOULD BE FOREVER*

The montane forests of the western ghats are among the last remaining global biodiversity hot spots. These forests sustain a vast population through material ecosystem services such as water security and fish diversity. The flora and the fauna of the ghats are unique and display a high degree of endemism. Four species of hornbills listed in the Wildlife Protection Act, including the regal great pied hornbill, are found here; the Malabar grey hornbill is an endemic. There is thus every reason to view with deep concern the proposed Athirapilly hydroelectric project of the Kerala State Electricity Board. This, if implemented, will submerge a vast portion of this rainforest by damming the Chalakudy river. Six dams have been built across the river and the seventh one now proposed may generate 163 MW of power. But it will sound the death knell for huge tracts of forest. The immediate fallout will be fragmentation of the habitat for elephants, tigers, lion-tailed macaques, and other species that roam the contiguous sanctuaries and national parks in Parambikulam and the Anamalais. Such disruptions will worsen human-animal conflict and lead to further attrition of wild populations of threatened species. For communities that depend on the rich fish diversity of the Chalakudy river and the many irrigation and drinking water schemes it enables, scarcity and drought could be in store.

The Athirapilly hydroelectric project typifies ill-conceived short-term energy solutions, which echo threats to the ecology of Silent Valley that came to the fore nearly three decades ago and brought forth a far-sighted,progressive response from Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The consequences of such projects are not fully evaluated under the less than rigorous system of environmental impact assessment being followed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Despite its onerous responsibility as the custodian of the nation's natural wealth, the Ministry appears to be extraordinarily eager to facilitate projects even in ecologically sensitive zones. The environmental impact is often assessed by agencies that do not have sufficient expertise. The findings of these entities, some of which adopt a corporate outlook, are seldom subjected to meticulous scientific review. The apparent disregard for EIA rules became painfully evident when a Division Bench of the Kerala High Court quashed, in March 2006, the environmental clearance granted by the Ministry for the Athirapilly project. The court took adverse note of the fact that the mandatory public hearing was not conducted after the impact assessment report for the project was published. Finding non-polluting sources of energy is of paramount importance, but a far-sighted policy should recognise that an assault on the natural environment is unacceptable in a framework of sustainable development. The last remaining rainforests must not be sacrificed in the name of progress.

End of editorial

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