Sunday, May 29, 2011

Paris !

     I watched an episode of Ellen DeGeneres show, featuring Paris Hilton, She dint seem like a dumb blonde, not at all. Like millions of viewers across India,I am an absolute sucker for reality shows on television. Especially the ones featuring ‘celebrities’ making complete asses of themselves (and us!), while getting paid for their monkey tricks. But the one reality show I would love to watch in future involves a Hilton who is unique and compelling in a way that defies logic or reason. That show would be ‘‘Paris in India.” I’m certain Ms. Hilton herself would gladly play judge if the money is right. For she, more than any human on earth, has mastered the unsubtle art of playing the celebrity game – and winning! Paris is a cultural phenomenon. Paris parties 24x7. It is a full- time , highly- paid job. Paris makes serious money jetting around the world (from Tokyo to Timbucktu), attending glamourous soirees thrown by complete strangers.The big bucks she makes exceed the fat pay cheques pocketed by corporate honchos with a string of degrees to their credit. Her party calendar is so over- booked she requires an entire team of social secretaries to sort out her dates. Since she has to make a living out of attending parties, Paris also needs the services of various stylists who create daily ‘looks’ for her. These specialists come at a hefty price – but in the case of Paris, it is her only investment in the multi-million dollar Paris Hilton Industry – which produces, packages and sells just one single product – Paris herself!
What makes Paris special? Is it the bottle blond hair? The stylish couture? Sexy shoes? Crazy quotes? Size zero torso? It is of course, all this … but that still does not explain the hold she has over her fans spread across the world, who follow her every move in a manic and obsessive way. The minute Paris steps out in public, her pictures are all over cyber space. She is perhaps one the most watched person on earth, along with Barrack Obama, or more accurately, Michelle Obama. That is quite an achievement for a person whose calling card probably states “ Party Girl’’ as her profession. Deconstructing the Paris phenomenon, it is somewhat difficult to figure out why Paris and Paris alone , makes big bucks by merely showing up somewhere. Why does her presence generate acres of publicity? It is said by awestruck Paris-watchers that any host who manages to get Paris to a party, hogs instant international paparazzi attention and ups his\her own glam quotient overnight. It’s a win-win situation for both. So, what has Paris herself done to create such a powerful brand? Analysts say she cleverly used the Hilton name to project a rich-Witch image that appealed to an ever - growing aspirational class across the globe. Through shrewdly-scripted reality shows on television, she capitalized on people’s fascination for the lives of the rich, famous and ditzy. Paris is no dumb blond. But she used the dumb blond platform to promote herself worldwide – and it worked!Today, she can sell anything from perfumes to couture – even though she flopped miserably as a movie star and popstar. And despite sleazy videos of Paris with an ex-flame being all over the net at one time. Notoriety did not kill Paris. Publicity is the oxygen and an efficient PR, is the H2O .... ;) Hail Princess Hilton  :P

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Who is the author?? my lil brit cousin.. :D

               Siddarth Venkatramakrishnan, my little cousin from Chelmsford has authored a novel called "____" i am not going to tell you that, i will let you guys know as soon as he is published.. I got a chance to read the unpublished book .... i can just say one thing, all the oldie goldy locks watch out, he is a man in the making, the dicion used init, is real high. He has raised the bar. The story is based in England. I cant even discuss the plot, i wouldnt want anyone stealing the storyline.
Wish him Gud luck and all the success in the world.. :D

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Doctors vs Patients

             The relationship between doctors and patients, should be built by trust and not by money. The community is so judgemental, when there is a birth, the doctor becomes a God, and if there is a death , the same doctor becomes a satan and the reaction to the latter is harsh, it just doesn't stop with suing the doctor (i read an article about a doctor being murdered). They are neither GODS nor SATANS, they are homo sapiens, either driven by conscience and virtues or by big fat checks just like you and me. The medical system in India is not at its best right now,but let me be optimistic here and say it is going to get better in the future. Its time we stop complaining about the paper work that we are expected to do before getting treated from a medical institution,be it EMERGENCY or not. Consumerism has reached even the most remote areas,if the patient cashes in his chips,within the premises of the hospital, there are chances for the doctor to get sued, if he aint proactive.Not all doctors are greedy and not all patients are honest as well! If we have the right to follow consumerism so can the doctor, don't you think? but i also don't support the idea of paying the doctor a sack of money for a petty treatment, that in my language is called "daylight robbery".I am totally against it. We are children of the media, we believe and act according to whatever our mighty mother tells us,most of it aint true and we know that ;) I know a lot of good doctors who are really into service, but we , the public, scare them and push them into consumerism and later curse them when we are asked to fill out forms... Doesn't that sound crazy?? to me , it does..
No doctor will kill their customer on purpose!!! (provided they dont hold any grudge :P )

Facts : Doctors are not Gods or superheros , they do not hold "death vision cameras"  as eyes, they can only help us with a set of colorful medicines,a smile, a bed pan or a catheter and nothing more. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Recipe # 3 " Goan, fried aubergines"


purple aubergines/egg plants/brinjal/gundu kathirikkai - 1
cut them into slices...
all purpose flour  or gram flour                                 -  2 tsp
corn flour                                                                - 1tsp
turmeric powder                                                       -1/2 tsp
chilli powder                                                            - 1/2 tsp
coriander powder                                                     -1/4 tsp
some salt
and a little water
vegetable oil for frying


    Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except for the aubergines and oil. Heat the pan, add some vegetable oil, wait till the oil is hot, then dip the sliced aubergines in the mixture and shallow fry them in the hot oil.. serve them hot with daal rice.. Yummy :D

Images: Google

I think its high time i start with my painting exhibit again... coming up soon ;)

Saturday, May 21, 2011


             I have been obsessing over the songs "Water's edge" & "Notes from underground" by 1997 and "tighten up" by black keys lately.. I keep listening to them all day long ... and all the R&B, hiphop madness that i had is gone... OMG i am growing old, like someone said :P

(click on the songs to listen/watch)

Water's edge

Notes from underground

Tighten up

Hope you end up obsessed yourself ;)

ciao, abi

you may also like my older posts
An innocent love story  "

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Superstar :D

      The man is not that great looking, he talks tamil differently,hello... can he even dance?, all that he does are random gestures called "s(h)tyle". In spite of knowing it all, i get very much excited, every time i hear the name "Rajnikanth" :D . i can never be too old or too young to buy all the bullshit they sell in his movies, i watched "Baba", the super duper flop movie of the superstar, like a 1000 times. I go berserk when there is a special appearance of Rajnikanth on star nights, or awarding ceremonies etc.. I prefer movies like "The Hurt locker" and "Gladiator" to any tamil movie, but its the opposite if the movie casts Rajni in it! My grey matter tells me he is not Brad Pitt or Sean Connery,but i refute to listen, and carry on with my 'Rajni Madness'. I like the superstar, not because he acts well, or does amazingly choreographed stunts with perfection but because liking Rajnikanth is a part of being a "Tamil" and exhibiting his fame and worth to my north indian friends, is like eating honey dipped chocolate cookies  :D My grand mother, my mother and I share one common interest finally.. :P

ciao abi

PS: There is a little bit of exaggeration in it ;=)

A book,A week # 9 " Chromosome 6- Robin cook"

        Like i have mentioned earlier (click here ), i have an innate attraction towards medical writing and it started only after reading chromosome 6.Chromosome 6 is basically, two intertwined stories, and is, a bit more complicated than is usual for Cook's novels. The first 'story' takes place primarily in New York, where the medical examiners are faced with the task of doing the postmortem on Carlo Franconi, a Mafia figure who has been murdered. But before the autopsy can be performed, his body disappears from the morgue. This unprecedented event starts Laurie on a quest to discover how the body could have disappeared. For Jack's part, he quickly is enmeshed in a mystery of his own - discovering whose is the headless, handless, mutilated corpse that has ended up on his table, and how did he die.

         Along side the stories of Laurie and Jack, Cook also introduces us to Kevin Marshal, a 34-year-old nerd who is working for GenSys, a biotech company. Kevin lives in Equatorial Guinea where he is doing research using Bonobos, a type of primate. It is in Equatorial Guinea where the second 'story' takes place, as Kevin must solve a mystery of his own. Along the way he is aided by Melanie Becket and Candace Brickman, two women who have an energizing affect on the reserved researcher. With deftness and a flare for quickly moving plots, Cook merges Laurie, Jack, and Kevin's stories into one, complicated, interconnected, plot. Although Laurie and Jack are the main characters in this story, Kevin is by far the most memorable.

             Both the group in New York, and the one in Africa, risk their lives to learn their respective truths. And, as the stories progresses, you will find that you are holding your breath as the tension mounts. In many of Cook's books, the solution to the 'problem' magically falls into the hero's lap, without any real effort on his part. In this book, however, Cook makes his characters work for their reward, especially as the story reaching its arresting climax. But then Cook nearly ruins an otherwise delightful book by simply dropping the story, leaving you wondering what happened to the characters after the medical mystery was wrapped up. All that was needed to neatly wrap everything up was only one or two more paragraphs. But for some reason Cook did not include this extra, albeit extraneous, information. While this information was not really necessary, I still found it very frustrating to get to the end of a book, a book which I truly enjoyed, only to find that the author forgot to let me know what happened to all the characters. In fact, you don't even get to know if the villains ever got their just deserts!!

           Despite the weakness of the ending, I'm still recommending this book. It was an enjoyable and non-taxing book to read, perfect for long trips or a nice lazy day when all you want to do is simply curl up and just read for fun. It also raises some interesting questions and it will give you some additional insights into the Laurie, Jack, and Lou triangle that pops up in many of Cook's novels. Overall, this is a great book. And if you're a Robin Cook fan, you'll not want to miss Chromosome 6.

Conclusion: Great !

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Endosulfan, a pesticide/suicide !

             Pesticides have always been an issue, there was the Bhopal gas leak,where methyl isocyanate an intermediate used in the production of carbide peticides, caused the death of more than 17000 people so far, and the effects are seen even today.This is a fact and a news well known, but there is a less known fact called endosulfan, a pesticide , banned in most of the countries, whilst used and manufactured extensively in India is said to have had caused serious effects like cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation, hydrocephalus etc, in people living in kasaragod district of kerala,135 people died as the result of its use.Endosulfan is banned in kerala, followed by karnataka and other states but the ban was revoked by the pesticide industry which scores a revenue of more than 4000 crores a year,in other states. In the Stockholm covention, April 2011, the use of endosulfan has been exempted for another 5 years in india.A 8 week ban has been ordered by the supreme court while a report about the potential effects on humans and environment is being submitted(a report gets submitted every year ). The use of endosulfan will not stop until the manufacturing is stopped and the manufacturing will not stop until the pesticide industries are banned from manufacturing it, and the politicians will not let a 'Stockholm convention' ban the manufacture and the revenue generated in their pockets... will they?????
            I dont know why am i writing this post in the first place,is it because i read an article similar to this or is it because i got my mouth burned by eating grapes that were so full of nude chemicals.?? i absolutely know that no one is going to read it, but even if a single person reads it and informs another person about this monster agrochemical, i would consider my time was worth spending.And if at all there is a farmer(read english?) somewhere who happens to read this article, here is a message " Please stop using endosulfan(other dangerous pesticides too) and start using natural pesticides" Oh lemme help!! here is a link to various natural pesticides.. i also happen to know that it is not very easy to just drop the use of agrochemicals and switch to natural pesticides in a fortnight but it is better late than never, cause your son or daughter could be the next victim just like the one below.

                                                        victims of Endosulfan

If you would like to contact/report/support the victims of this killer agrochemical, here is a link to their official website

PS: My family maintains a kitchen garden at home, and we produce a few vegetables for our own use with natural pesticides. i know it cant be applied for major farming,but a natural substitute is always better is my say..

Images :

I need a new heart... :D (photo log)

Ms.nosey posey 

        Theetchanya,is now 7 months old.. !! she is turning out to be super naughty and uber beautiful/cute/lovely/adorable.....  :D

Sunday, May 15, 2011

village and city!

             I saw a Program called "Neeya Naana" on star vijay, last night. Its a debate/discussion kind of a thing!The topic was "village and city girls".I live in the outskirts of madurai, and i dont think there is anything intimidating about being a village girl, though i might not look like one, i am one , aint i ?? ;) How is a city girl distinguished from a village girl, and a village girl from a city girl?? Two sets of beautiful girls in colourful clothes, representing cities and villages were sitting on both sides,there were some interesting questions and answers from both sides, ... And it was really good to see them being friendly to each other, rather than letting their pride out in words and doing cock and bulls,and for the first time there was no negativity init :P The difference between the two, were their communication skills (only English!),way of styling themselves ,turmeric, jasmine,glass bangles,gokul sandal powder say the village girls and straightening, spa, extensions say the city girls! It was a cute show and i totally loved the character "vairamuthu" init, there was something very unique about her :D
            I enjoyed watching the show and thought i should share it with you guys, watch the show here if you want to...........

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My Evening 13.5.2011

              Dad was invited to be the chief guest of the evening, by the Rotary club of madurai west at hotel fortune pandian.At first, when my dad asked me to go with him, i was a little apprehensive, somehow i knew i would be the only girl of my agegroup ,and i would have to run into retired software geniuses and retired IAS officers, who would come up with scare tactics and FAQS. Exhibit A.why do you call it computer SCIENCE ?? B. What is the acceleration of a vehicle that travels at 75 kms/hour?? C.Can you draw a circle with the formula of an arc??  (even though the answers are simple and so 8th grade, i get spooked when someone showcases their intelligence that instantly and evaluates my knowledge for no point).Hello !! I also thought, i might get lonely but .........
              I have never listened to my dad speak in a crowd before , i have only heard from people, that he is an awesome speaker .So i thought "why not ??" (Plus he said he will buy me a dinner at Bamboo Garden :P) Once we were there i met many retired young dudes, who were retired ISRO scientists and University heads and great business tycoons ( nomenclature an issue?? yes), and i made friends with them instantly, they were a breath of fresh air, a few did come up with FAQS,but i did well and won hearts, or did i ? :P Then came the moment i waited for, dad was going to speak. i was really excited, i dont know why..i took out my phone and recorded the whole half hour that he was on the dais( i cant upload them cause the videos are inverted, my bad :P ). I am not saying this cause he is my dad but he was really good.. When at home, we talk to each other about various issues, but i dont pay attention most of the time, may be because it comes from a known source. After listening to him talk to the crowd and seeing the response, i learnt that kids show extreme ignorance when parents/loved ones try to help by talking, but the same kids get inspired when told the same thing by an optimus prime.I felt ashamed of myself for not paying heed to the wikipedia, who happens to live with me. And it was shocking to learn that we share the same opinions, like "simplicity is underrated", "mankind in the name of growth is digging his own grave" and other environmental views.
             I had a chance to learn about the practice of conservation in Bhutan and them not entertaining tourists to increase the revenue, instead conserve the place and be happy. I also got to know about Carlos slim helu, the richest man in the world, who uses metros to commute and spends only $24000 a month."Thats a man" .. dont you think??. I somehow dont get inspired, seeing rich people but i do when they stay simple.Its easy to stay simple without money and its easy to thrift on trash if you are a walking ATM but its difficult to stay simple with alot of money..He also spoke about the difference between  the words growth and development, and how intelligence and knowledge has left out no space for wisdom in our brains.The lecture was an eye opener said many of the rotarians (i dont know if they lied but i felt their words were true :P ).
             I got a chance to know more about the most important person of my life, my hero. (My Dad is not allowed to read this post :P ) I am so blessed ( but that does not mean i will stop tripping on him :D)  and so are you for having good parents, be a little non biased for sometime, listen to what they have to say, you will know that they make alot more sense than any celebrity's psycho babble.

ciao abi... 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger booger x-(

         Blogger wasnt working the whole day, yesterday, which is not something i am happy about, i am so addicted to checking the stats and when i dont see how many visits have i had from the 'iphone' and the  'ipad', i get restless..
         Blogger has re-edited all the blogs to what they were at 11-5-2011, midnight, which is a total bummer cause i took some serious efforts in writing stuff on the recent "Photo log" post, now i see its all gone and also the comments received after 11-5-2011 , 12 Am is gone!!

PS: If you had commented on any of the posts and cant find it now, " I DID NOT DELETE IT" its the blogger monster.. 

Monday, May 9, 2011

A book, A week # 8 "Vizhi Vaelvi, Biography of Dr.G.Venkataswamy - by M.Sivalingam"


               Mr.M sivalingam is also the translator of  "wings of fire", the biography of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam in tamil.When he approached Dr.G.V, about wanting to write a  biography on him, Dr.G.V was a little apprehensive and did not favour the idea of his own biography since he thought it would be of no use to anybody,later he agreed.I happened to get a chance to read this book a few months back, the book includes stories of his childhood, putting his kid brothers and sisters in school and college,mentoring them, life as a physican in the indian army,becoming an eye surgeon,dealing with psoriatic arthritis(He says it was a rare gift) while performing more than a hundred thousand eye surgeries,Building up the Aravind eyecare systems and all the interesting people that he met.

              There are two kinds of people a) ordinary and b) extraordinary. Ordinary people try hard to survive in the world while extrordinary people break believes and live lives their way, while bringing a change in other's lives too.Dr.G.V, the extraordinary man that he was, never complained or cursed anybody for anything, not even god for having given him a rare disease, he was always cheerful. There was one such incident that would make us question the degree of our sense of humour. One early morning, when Dr.G.V(age 80 +) went around the hospital on his daily routine, he got a little dizzy, everyone around were startled as he wasnt in good health already, but Dr.G.V leaned on the wall next to him and once he got back to his usual self, he humored people around, saying he helped the wall from falling down.
               The book is full of interesting happenings, one such, is Dr.Abdul kalam's first visit at Aravind, as a patient! When Dr.A.P.J was a scientist at ISRO, he heard about Aravind, and wanted to go check his eyes for he had troubles with vision, He had come to Aravind with two bodyguards.Nobody knew then, he would be the future president of the nation, neither did he.After the consultation was over, he was told,that he should undergo the cataract surgery, so he was asked to go to the counter and fill forms for all the procedures to come.And when the receptionist asked for money, he realized he had forgotten his wallet, there came a member of the aravind family, she walked up to him and asked what his age was and when he said he is over  60, the lady smiled and asked him to fill up another set of forms. He had then had his cataract surgery done for free, like any other old man or woman without money. Since then, Dr.A.P.J has been a good friend to the institution and Dr.G.V.
           "Vizhi Vaelvi" , a biography of Dr. G. Venkataswamy, founder of Aravind Eye Care System, would trigger a big change in the youth’s life, said Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India while releasing the book on May 20, 2010 at Madurai. Dr. Mayilvahanan, Vice Chancellor, Dr. M.G.R. Medical University received the first copy. 
             There are many other interesting anecdotes in the book, that might inspire anyone. The book is a great read,could be a life changer and is totally worth all the time.The man is a saint, who believed in a mission  "To eradicate needless blindness".In a world full of corrupt leaders who go out of the way to save for their herd,this man here, went out of the way, to serve for the world.! He was also very much concerned about not getting carried away, when receiving prestigious awards, he thought they might deviate his crew from the mission but it never did.
               Now, Aravind is one of the world's best eye care systems, from april 2009 to march 2010, over 2.5 million people were treated and two thirds of the treatments were entirely free of cost.It is an incredible institution, with the fees of its richer patients paying for the treatment of those less well off.They have increased the productivity by doing multiple surgeries at the same time in the same operation theater,so that the resourses dont go waste.They also use two bamboo poles,a thick green canvas cloth and two metal rods to make a stretcher , so basically they dont waste money on such things, and various other alternatives are used.The infrastructure of the hospital is good and simple while nothing more than necessary.Opthalmologists from various states of India and other countries are trained here every year.Dr.G.V says"If coca-cola can sell millions of sodas and Mc.Donald can sell millions of burgers, why cant Aravind sell millions of sight restoring operations and, eventually the belief in human perfection??"

             "Aravind Eye Hospital was the first project to introduce a mobile screening unit by using a satellite connection to detect new cases of retinopathy. Since then, four other eye projects in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have replicated the model and extended care to rural areas. They have conducted professional consultations and medical procedures in remote areas where no secondary and tertiary eye care services were previously available. Throughout all the mobile eye projects, close to 300,000 people have been screened for diabetes and almost 25,000 have been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy. 21,856 of these have been given sight saving laser treatment.The original Aravind project had a fundus (retinal) camera in the mobile van to examine the eyes of diabetes patients. The camera was connected via satellite to the base hospital and sent the images directly to the ophthalmologist stationed at the base hospital. He could then diagnose and advise the patients on the next course of action before they left the mobile van."

Click the link below to view the photos of the book release :            

Conclusion: If you are looking out on becoming a social entrepreneur and serving the country , DO NOT miss reading it! There are valuable information on productivity and marketing whilst serving.

information on the mobile screening was collected from: