Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kid!

He was upset. It was Saturday afternoon but his father wanted him to study when they got back from shopping.

He wanted to go and play. He kept looking out of the local train window even though his mother was calling him.

He finally turned when he heard “Samosa”.

He saw his schoolmate selling it.


P. S - another 55F attempt from me! :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

3.14

In these times, we are so engrossed in our work/lives that we tend to forget lot many things around us. A chance glance at the "Young World" , supplement of The Hindu paper yesterday made me recollect a few things that i knew as a kid and had completely forgotten!


Maths might as well been one of the not so favorite subjects in school with Algebra, Integration eating our minds but still it was one subject we just could not ignore!
And if you are Maths lover, you will be celebrating this Day!!

March 14th ,i.e, 3-14(M/D) is celebrated as the Pi Day.

Even though all of us know and have use "Pi" in our mathematical calculations at some point of time but still there are so many things revolving around Pi that we simply might not know.

As i was checking the details about Pi in Wiki, well it simply amazed me!

There is even a poem by a Noble Prize Winner Poet, Wislawa Szymborska and a few lines from the poem -

The caravan of digits that is pi

does not stop at the edge of the page,

but runs off the table and into the air,

over the wall, a leaf, a bird's nest, the clouds, straight into the sky,

through all the bloatedness and bottomlessness.

Oh how short, all but mouse-like is the comet's tail!


There is even a style of writing called Pilish!! :D Should learn it!! :)

When one talks about Maths, Physics can't be left behind and Today is also Great Albert Einstein's Birth Anniversary!!!

Just a google search(you can even do bing search :P) results in numerous results for each day! Should keep checking that a lot!

And for all the Origami fans(thanks to Raji) check the Google Doodle. Today is the 101 birth anniversary of Akira Yoshizawa, considered as the GrandMaster of Origami. He has to his credit more that 50,000 origami models!
It will take me more 7 births to complete 50000 models :O


Now do we need any reason to actually celebrate :P


We should all have Pie for Dessert ;) What say??? :)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Cracks in the Wall - Joined by Jam

I am a major fan of Sports even though i do not play it.

Cricket and Tennis being the ones i keep myself always updated(if not able to watch them) on and F1 and Football keep coming and going.

And the set of Players whom I have been Fan from the right beginning have all been Men and Women who have ruled in their Sport at sometime or the other!

Coincidentally some of the players(Male) have been very good looking but then am not simply a Fan because of their looks(Though my Siblings might not agree to this fact - but then when have siblings ever agreed :P)

Rahul Dravid is one such Players whom I have rooted for from the time he has been playing International cricket. Now my heart never bled when he got married or I never kept his photo in my room/wallet looking at it daily and dreaming about him as my Fantasy Hero!!

I am just one of those "N" number of Fans of his Cricket!!

As the news came out of his retirement on Thursday Evening and Rahul Dravid confirming it on Friday at 12.30pm in a press conference on his retirement from All forms of Cricket, we could see so many articles written on him and blogs from Fans flowing out celebrating the "Wall".

Ironically enough, RD has never liked the nickname "Wall" though he never minded being called "Jam".

Am not going to write again about his achievement or how illustrious his career was or when he started playing and the background etc. There are more than enough said/written about him for us to read and am not sure even if am worth to write about him!

Instead am just going to write about a few things that stuck me as I was listening to all these interviews and reading all these articles, which am going to Sum up as

"Cracks in the Wall - Joined by Jam"

1) RD is a classic example of how much good you are in your work/skill, you are expected to deliver more and also get criticized more than appreciated.

2) RD is known for his cool and calm outlook even if the path is rough and always ready to stand for the whole team during tough times.

3) Despite being one of the Seniors in the team, he had been asked to keep shuffling in the team positions as and when needed.

4) Even though he is No.3 Batsman and Slip fielder but he has also kept wickets, even bowled and took a few wickets and also been a 12th Man.

5) Even though at times overshadowed by a few other greats, he quietly kept playing knowing that the recognition and appreciation will come if he plays well and his team wins!

6) His Leadership Quality being tested and him not emerging victorious had still not deterred from being a Team Player.

7) He was a learner of the Game. Despite loving history and being the conventional sort who believed that only Test Match could make you a real cricketer, still he never opposed the new formats and braced them despite being in his last years of career!



All these points could be reflected to our Professional or Personal Life!
Can we be like that? Experience is what helps and kept him going!! Does experience make us modest like him? Even though we might be skillful or best known for a skill we have, do we say Yes/No if we are asked to do something else which we might not be good at? Can we let our competitors/counterparts to hog the limelight and patiently wait for only the success of our work and not appreciation! can we accept the reality of our limitations and still work with team! We need to change as the world is changing!

In his speech while acknowledging his family, he mentioned " During tough times -- and there have been many --" , If one looks in his career there have been more tough times than actual rewards of which we talk today as we bid him adieu from the Ground. Life is full of such tough times and its unto us on how we handle it!!

My Heart is Bleeding knowing that I will not see Rahul Dravid's Name in the Playing XI for India but then Am feeling proud to have been born in the Era of Rahul Dravid and watched brilliant Cricket!!!

Today we celebrate the "Wall" as Monument but he also had Cracks which he tried to join as "Jam"!!

Salute RD!!! :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

No Women's Day!!!

Why should today not be a Women’s Day!

It’s again that day of the year when we celebrate “Women’s Day” – 8th March.

We get down to celebrating the “success stories” of those “Successful Women” in life who are well known in their circle!!

While we celebrate the “Stories” of those who have come out of their houses and made a name in the so called corporate/entertainment” world, we tend to forget the stories of those women who also have come out of their houses to earn to ensure her family gets three course meals. Those are the women whose life revolves around a very restricted world and who have to fight daily for their mere existence!
What’s so special about celebrating a Women’s day when we trying to tell the whole world that all of us are equal, be it a Man or a Woman. The general argument immediately from the other Gender is that if you are equal then why the debate for 33% reservation or separate Q for ladies in various places etc. If we were considered equal then we won’t bother about these reservations!

Still a woman who is not married is looked down upon as someone not a good person or a working mother who leaves her kids in playschool is deemed as not a good mother! In this generation where women also work, still a so-called dowry is expected indirectly from the bride’s side.

Ritu has done her masters and loves her job, but now that she is in her “marriageable age”, she is being pressurized to quit her job since a high paid working woman cannot get a good groom in her caste.

Sita has been in love with Rakesh for more than 2 years and the day she told her parents, all hell broke loose. The mere fact that she loves someone has made her an “outcast” in her society and is being looked down upon as an irresponsible girl, despite the fact that she is well educated and loves her family and respects everyone.

Neetu has been married for 4 years but she knew from Day 1 that this marriage would never work. But she is still stuck and both her and her “so called husband” is leading a meaningless life because she knows that if she gets a divorce she will be looked down upon and never be respected by the society.

Meeta works very hard to make ends meet. Being a widow and mother of 2 girls, life is very tough with no one to help. Her daughters do now want to follow their mother’s steps by being maid. Instead they want to study and earn well. But then her mother is not able to send them to college. With the society’s pressure, she is in turn searching groom for her elder daughter.

And we can see “n” no of examples.

Today morning when I opened the “Women’s special” edition of The Hindu paper, I read this -

Behind every Liberated Women, is a Women doing dishes

And that’s a hard truth!

Just being a liberated mind doesn’t help us to lead a life that every woman wants to!
I have heard the very educated folks(leave the illiterate minds) also talk about how “women” after marriage should only be at home taking care of kids and In-laws. And with such a mindset how can one expect to cherish and celebrate “Women’s day”!

There is no point in celebrating such a day, when only a few like me are trying to come out of that “invisible circle” around us which the “So Called Society” calls the Boundary. There are arguments that the society is changing but the reality is that it has not!

What do women actually want – RESPECT! And that respect is not just for those women who are well known and celebrities but for each and every woman around you and letting them make their choices!

The Day we are respected and allowed to make our own choices would be the day we should celebrate “Women’s Day”!

P.S – I know this post especially from a woman might be surprising but this is my point of view and I respect if you differ from these points!