Friday, October 9, 2009

Peace prize for Obama? What a joke!

Did he bring peace to the Middle East? Or in Afghanistan?
For the President of a nation that swears by war, lives by waging war on other nations, undermining the very fundamentals of democracy in many countries, how do they justify bestowing the Nobel Peace Prize on Obama?
Personally, I think he is the best that the US has got till date. And I love lot of things American, movies, Cola, the life, , the books, the music -- you name it.
I started hating those American rulers since they invaded Iraq on the guise of hunting down those responsible for the World Trade Centre bombings. Did they find them? No dude, not yet! And they destroyed the history of the world in Babylonia. For a nation that has little history behind it, that was just collateral damage. And we have other nations hooting for those Yankees.
I am no great admirer of Naom Chomsky. But hey, he is one sane voice in the midst of those crying war at every turn.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson dead

He will thrill his fans no more
One of the most successful entertainer of American pop cultureshot to fame in the early 1980s with his album Thriller. More than his music it was his famous moonwalk that got him a fan following in India. Every kid in the metros of the country got hooked on to 'Just Beat it' and 'It was a thriller night', songs from his album, Thriller.
His dance performance led to the start of group dance to the step of drum beats so popular in Indian movies now.
Five of Michael Jackson's solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and History (1995).
In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.
One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world's most famous men, Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

An elephantine problem

With just around 25,000 elephants left in the world, the protection of this gentle creature has become all the more important.
However, the animal continues to be trapped and killed for statisfying man's unending demand for ivory and even ritualistic purpose.
Even as he loves the animal, elephants continue to die all across the state either from ill treatment by the mahouts or as happened in the case of Kottarakkara Krishnankutty, which died on Sunday, because of neglect by the owners, in this case the Travancore Dewsom Board.
During the festival season in Kerala, all temples take out processions of elephants with the main diety throught the length of the land they are situated in. And it also happens to the season when most of the male elephants are in mustch.
On one occassion while travelling from Thrissur to Guruvayoor, this writer counted 14 elephants being marched to various temples on one sunny day four years ago. Much recently, there have been at least 12 cases of elephants running out control and causing extensive damages before they were shot and later died.
Elephants are not supposed to be taken from one place to another by walk through the hot tarred roads. They have to be transported in lorries with adequate barricades. But these regulations are observered more in the breach. There have been cases of elephants falling off such lorries and hurting themslves. In one recent case a vehicle rammed into an elephant while it was being taken to the owners house. The accident turned fatal with the animal dying a week later despite best efforts by doctors. It's hind legs were damaged and could not stand up. Later a crane was used to help it stand but the efforts failed.
Even as I acknowledge that the Thrissur Pooram would be incomplete with the customary 30 elephants, do you think that elephant god Ganesha would be happy with such wanton ill-treatment of this beautiful creature?
As much as I am for contining with the customs and rituals that are unique to God's Own Country (because I love the colour and splendour of all those festivals even though many may think it is very feudal) I hate this ill-treatment meted out to this magnificient creature.
Even though selling and buying of this animal is banned under law this continues unhindered. The elephant lovers of this land should voice their protest against this continuing apathy towards this animal. All wild animals belong to the wilderness and we have no right to capture it and domesticate it.
Where are those people for ethical treatment of animals? Are they only against the use of leather and fur?
Despite warnings by elephants lovers and enacting of numerous acts for the protection of wild life, elephants continue to be ill-treated.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Insurance coverage for Rs50

My neighbourhood bargain store by name Marginfree Market(P)Ltd is run for the benefit of differently abled persons. After shopping for groceries at Big Bazaar I have returned to the store again. And they have renewed my life insurance for Rs.1 lakh for Rs.40 again. Don't you think that is a bargain. This time over Star Health and Alliance Insurance Co Ltd is giving the coverage.
Margin-Free shops run by Margin Free Market Pvt. Ltd. There are any number of the these stores with the tag margin-free. They claim that their prices are much lower than that of the market. Your local kirana shop would also give you a discount and if you know the shopkeeper very well you could get a lower price.
I urge all Malaylis to shop at Margin free and benefit.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My colleagues at DNA

Moving to a new city is always a painful thing to me.
New place, new language, new place of stay, new office... the list of new things are endless.
Since we enter a new environment it is always difficult to break the ice.
For the first time in my life I made an effort to reach out and make friends. When I joined, there were already a bunch of trainee journalist at the place.
Later, more people joined and I made it a point to meet all those who were about to join. I got to know each and every one of them early. For a while I kept track and met all of them in the editorial. Except the After Hrs team.
So here goes the list.
Jayakumar: We share the same room, makes my life a lot easier by cooking the most delicious sambhar.
Francis: He lives in a room upstairs and is such a warm guy, though a bit moody.
Jimmy and Majnu: Who make the crime reporters shiver and are good company for a drink.
Soumya Menon: I have never met another Mallu with so little of Mallu hang ups.
Sunitha: Very friendly and warm, always with a smile on her face.
Glen: An aspiring travel writer who is so warm and friendly.
Balu: My sounding board for tech and net.
Dipannita Ghosh Biswas: We tease each other a lot. I am yet to meet her hubby, though.
Vaishali: Oh, I have not been talking to this lady for a while, either she is busy or I am.
Shilpa Phadnis: One of the nicest ladies around, her smile can warm the coldest person.
Sobhia Khan: One of the busiest journalist I have met. she started work long before the edition was launched with great business stories.
Ipshitha and Keerthana: Both joined quite late but are good company.
Did I leave out anyone?
I will surely add them later

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Congrats, my dear Malu

Public speaking gives me the jitters.
The first time I tried speaking in front of the whole class was in Std V and I forgot my lines.
After long years, I have successfully presented my study papers in the journalism class. But even today, speaking in front of crowd leaves my throat dry and knees shaking.
Even today, when my editor asks me for something I mumble and finds myself shaking from head to toe.
Today, when my daughter said she stands first in elocution in her class, I am a happy man.
I can't take credit for that. It goes to my wife, whom my daughter takes after in her studies and other pursuits.