Wednesday, April 29, 2009

From Ajit now to Rajnikant .....

* There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Rajnikant has allowed to live.
* When Rajnikant does a pushup, he isn't lifting himself up; he's pushing the Earth down.
* Rajnikant is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
* Rajnikant's hand is the only hand that can beat a Royal Flush.
* Rajnikant doesn't wear a watch; HE decides what time it is.
* There are no races, only countries of people Rajnikant has beaten to different shades of black and blue.
* Rajnikant's house has no doors, only walls that he walks through.
* Rajnikant can divide by zero.
* Newton ’s Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in reaction to a Rajnikant turnaround kick.
* Rajnikant grinds his coffee with his teeth and boils the water with his own rage.
* Archeologists unearthed an old English dictionary dating back to the year 1234. It defined "victim" as "one who has encountered Rajnikant"
* Rajnikant ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.
* If you Google search "Rajnikant getting his ass kicked" you will generate zero results. It just doesn't happen.
* Rajnikant doesn't bowl strikes, he just knocks down one pin and the other nine faint.
* It takes Rajnikant 20 minutes to watch '60 Minutes'.
* The Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square , until Rajnikant kicked one of the corners off.
* There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq , Rajnikant lives in Chennai, India .
* Rajnikant counted to infinity - twice.
* Outer space exists because it's afraid to be on the same planet with Rajnikant. .
* Rajnikant can slam a revolving door.
* Rajnikant once ate an entire bottle of sleeping pills. They made him blink.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I was all over the world

I couldn't believe it when I got a news from a Mrs Jaya Sengupta who spotted me on the news on Dec 22nd 2008. Soon, it was all over the globe. News, messages started pouring. Being modest I am, it took almost a quarter to put this great story on my blog.

In case you didn't catch it you'll be pleased to know I recorded it. You can view it right here by clicking "Announcing the World's Greatest Business Mind" .

Brilliant, Innovative business idea.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Sanjana's dance performance

Sanjana in blue dress


Friday, April 17, 2009

Singapore - Nature Parks


Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Path to a New You

Basal Energy Expenditure
For Male: BMR = 66+13.8(W) +5(H)-6.8(A)
For Female: BMR = 655+9.6(W) +1.8(H)-4.7(A)
W = Weight in Kg , H = Height in Cms, A = Age in years

How did this formula come? I have no idea.
My BEE is 1,631. This is the amount of energy required I need every day to maintain my body’s normal metabolic activity, i.e. respiration, maintenance of body temperature etc. Anything more, it will store as Fat. My BMI is 28.5 and I am ‘overweight’. So obviously either I am overeating or lacking in exercise.

My ‘plantar fasciitis’ made me skip gym for almost six months. My Australian support sole has considerably reduced my Plantar fasciitis(tearing of the ligament on the bottom of the foot) and I hope my "Plantar" (bottom of the foot) and "fascia" (ligament) doesn’t aggravate my "Itis" (inflammation). Last time, my cycling halted the progress. I still have uneasy feeling and tend to hobble when I get up from bed every morning. Amazing, how a small ligament at the very bottom of my feel made my BBE and BMI go up!!!

Tri Energetics Book by Sanford and Todd Severin attempts to ‘Balance Nutrition, Exercise & Mindfulness for Lasting wellness’. They do it in very easy and entertaining way. I generally do not take fancy for any books or articles that dwell upon physical fitness through diet regimentation or excessive fitness. Some preach spirituality, yoga and meditation to reach the goal. This book takes practical approach. It balances all three elements.

‘I have a short attention span’. This was the comment by one of my colleagues during internal evaluation. I agree entirely on this observation. I love books that divide each page into smaller paragraphs and focus on one issue. This book too uses the same approach. My awareness towards BEE came through this book. It reinforced me the good things that I have been doing and alerting me on those that I have neglected. I have reasonable control on Diet, Stress but still way away from meditation. If my planter helps me to reduce BMI, I think I should be on course of the path that Tri Energetic has suggested.

This book has reinforced my belief in Jonathan Swift’s quote ‘May you Live all the days of your life’.


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Happy B'day Leonardo Da Vinci

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Lower and Upper Pierce Reservoir: water droplet soaked greenery

Singapore temperature does not change as dramatically as Cape Town, in fact it does not change at all. However, it does take a turn from being Sunny to cloudy in no time. There is no fixed time for a rain spell, but when it comes, it comes in heavy doses over a relatively short time and provides an opportunity for a perfect outing.

This Sunday, our initial choice was to shield from harsh rays of the sun. However, as we saw swelling of rain clouds by noontime, we changed our plan to go outdoors. We hit towards a place that we had seen earlier while driving past the Yishun MRT. The entrance to the park is behind a main road and so is not easy to locate. This place is called “Bottle Tree Park”. We saw families and kids catching fish and prawns. We were hoping to ride paddle boats but seeing them tied, we decided to take a detour around and headed towards Upper Thomson road to see lakes of Singapore.

We did reach at Lower Pierce reservoir but only after combination of efforts and luck. In the process, we touched Singapore Island Country Club, by lanes of some compact housing units whose driveway are named after exotic flowers of Gardenia, Jasmine, Marigold etc. When we reached this place, the air was still crisp and fresh after the afternoon drizzle. Not many people were around but it did have few cars parked. A monkey stared at us with a hope to get something. Akshta was too busy with her umbrella to observe anything around. Drenched benches and slides made it difficult to sit and enjoy. We did take a stroll to feel the presence of vast lake and the greenery. We decided to go along the road. As we passed the place, we saw a board of Upper Pierce Reservoir,

Seeing signboard that warned about closing the door by 630pm and if we are late by then we could pick up the car next day morning, we rushed in. Here monkeys were in large number but another board admonished visitors of not throwing them food crumbs. This place was more crowded than Lower Pierce. A perfect idyllic place for a family picnic. A long stretch of road separated vast from sloping lush green field that led to another reservoir. Now the names of ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’ made sense. Interactive Virtual Reality Tour of Singapore does give a good panoramic view of this place. With no noise, no distraction from any modernity one can be with nature and peace. A ‘PUB’ sign was more pronounced but it had nothing to do with watering hole. In fact, this place has no eatery joint so it is better to carry food and water. PUB stands for ‘Public Utility Board’ of Singapore that is responsible for storage, maintenance and distribution of water in Singapore. I remembered Vihar Lake – a place for my first picnic from Andheri when families flocked in buses on weekend. There used to be a slide housed in smiling concrete baby face. These days, I hear more of Powai Lake.

After Botanical garden, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, it was the turn of the reservoirs to be discovered. Now we await another spell of rains on weekend to discover a walk from along the MacRitchie Reservoir Park.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Adieu Kamal Maushi

Today is Ram Navmi. While going to Ram temple, I mentioned about the possibility of being named after Lord Rama if born on this day. The thought of those who pass away on this day did not occur. I considered you a fortunate to get prompt medical attention and cure on this auspicious day.

New England journal of medicine states that out of nearly 2 million and odd Angioplasty procedures carried out in the world, only 0.5% face mortality. I wonder why you have to in that small fraction.

During the prime of your youth, you dodged a certain death several times despite being riddled with shortage of resources and lack of proximal medical care. And now when you had an access to both, you let the death clasp you so quickly. If I were to ask this question now, your most predictable response reverberates in my mind " kai karnar ? Nashib Aaple! - What can one do? It’s our luck".

I have so many memories that span from my early childhood images till the last week's telephone interaction over chain snatching incident. I remember your buying wooden red bus in Belgaum for me at my age of 3 plus and getting shout from my mom. Spending out hours to drill in my head basic arithmetic principles of calculating total cost of postage stamps , envelopes etc, doing your best to shield me from my mother for my wrath provoking acts, creating a dancing girl from the plastic wrapper of ' Ravalgaon Toffee '. I was witness to your life's spectrum from your youth till your end as much you have been to my birth till mid age. Your image of two pony tailed slim woman studying for BEd to qualify as a teacher, my sharing of your special wedding couples ice cream (That was an era of milk shortage and one had to take police approval for serving ice cream at the public reception) , your setting up of marital home and everyone waddling through waist high rain water , visiting almost fortnightly and savoring 'solachi kadhi and bhaat' , seeing your children being raised under watchful eyes, observing your fortitude in taking the charge of family after prematurely losing the support of your beloved husband. In all these years, our association was always bordered on fun, frolic and banter filled with silly jokes. I couldn't stop making fun even at the chain snatching incident of last fortnight. But this was the first time; I could feel rattling of your confidence that always accompanied you in most adverse conditions. Now so many memories flash by as I am numbed of your sudden and tragic disappearance from my life. A Marathi proverb ' Mai Maro, Maushi Jago - loosely in English would be - let your aunt live longer than your mom'. Those who have chirpy and youthful aunts like yours would vouch for this proverb.

The memories are far too vivid to let your existence go away. My heart goes out to Juhee and Tanvi who spend their wonderful childhood in your company. I also rue that Akshta won't have an opportunity to imbibe your liveliness. For my mother, she lost her umbilical link of her 'right to ask someone with an authority'. My heart goes out to Viraj and Sameer who were overeager to give more comforts and international travel that you cherished since the days of History and Geography teaching. I can feel the helplessness of Sweta of not changing the clinical outcome after managing such situations many times. I can sense sincere and heartfelt loss for those who were in your contact in day to day life.

I would have hated to lose you anytime but helpless as we mortal human beings are, we have no say in such matters of the Almighty. I take some solace that if it were to be some day - nothing would have been better than ' Ram Navmi'. And I know your pet response would have been ‘see my luck!’

Kamal Maushi, I shall miss you and your presence all my life.

P.S. Charulata Salgaonkar nee Kamal Sakhalkar is my maternal aunt who passed away just few hours ago. The cause was internal bleeding after successfully undergoing angioplasty procedure after swift prognosis. Born in Belgaum, she was with us from Nasik, Sangamner, Andheri till she settled in Kurla and then Govandi.