Saturday, March 28, 2015

Random Retrica snaps

 One of the rare times that I get to take snaps of the sun rising.

Happiness !

Happiness is a good book or two or three. Thank you Amazon! for the prompt service.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Random Musings #1

It always feels good to write. It doesn't even matter if there is no one reading it. I have written for myself for a long time and then, for the someone who I knew would read it and then I had some who used to actually read my blog and now there is me again.

Writing a post yesterday, after so long;did me good. I made a long overdue list of the books I wanted to read. Downloaded a couple of them, no that does not make me a bad person. I understand the author deserves to be paid for their work but I can't afford buying all the books I want to read. There's 'Life after Life' by Kate Atkinson; Kartography, Lila. I ordered a few books online and trust me, there was absolutely no guilt ! They are BOOKS ! There is Dozakhnama, Inga and one more. I have made it my priority to cover a lot of Indian literature. They are hard to find online; but I always find them worth their weight in gold. Take Jhumpa Lahiri, for eg. and Anita Nair ! And No! I was not talking about Ravinder Singh or Chetan Bhagat either.

I have always wanted to go into Scientific Writing and there is this workshop coming up which I badly,badly want to attend. The number of participants is restricted to ten, which reminds me, I am yet to work on my CV and the statement,which will explain to the workshop organizers on why the workshop is so much important to me.

I guess a blog can work as a photo diary too. Its something I have wanted to try for long.
For instance,
 That's the 'Silver Owl' I spotted at Calicut Beach one night at midnight. I have named him Robin and he's the cutest owl I have ever seen, inspite of the fact that he is the first.The beach is always serene and Robin adds to the charm. Not to forget the 'tropical fruits in brine'.

 This is a shot from the 'paavakuthu' I saw at a temple recently. People talk about lost arts. It is definitely worth noting the point that the audience comprised of two people, the security guard at the temple and a stray dog.
 That's the first Kathakali I saw 'live'. It was mesmerizing. The colors, the song, the expressions and no, I could not relate the written script to what I saw before me.
 Thats the first time I tasted fried ice cream, it is #1 on my list of favorite desserts for now.
 Honeycomb tree ? Another first.
And finally, Aswin and Akhil at Kerala Tourism's plastic free zone at Wayanad.

That's all folks! More later.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I did a 'reflection' for an online course I took up earlier this month. The 'reflection' earned me a lot of credits, my peer reviews were really good. The 'reflection' was on what I learnt from the course, well, technically, what I found intriguing; what is my take home message from the class. It was open courseware and I earned a Honor code certificate, whatever that means.

'Its one of those nights.'

Sleep evades me, my hormones are having a party. I am craving a high. I tried reading, my mind wandered. Writing always demands my complete attention. I have just located a few ebooks I badly wanted to read. I rarely read anymore. Reading requires patience and focus, both of which I lack.
Recent events hover at the back of my head as I begin to write.

I am still waiting to meet someone who is not a hypocrite.
I so badly want to travel.
I am really really tired of what I have been doing for the past 4 years and want it done and over with asap.
The kind Ms Irani has hiked my fellowship which is the ONLY reason I am still here. I would be jobless otherwise.
'Re search' is not as cool as it sounds, definitely not easy.
I want to get rid of all my friends on my social networking sites and enjoy the space. I think I am turning into a narcissist and I don't think I mind.
Family sure deserves your priority, no matter what. You may laugh at my 'reflection' right now, but I am telling you, its true !
Everyone should be given a second chance.
Eat like no one's watching. You owe it to yourself :D
Do things that give you the adrenaline rush. No one else can do it for you.

I forgot why I started writing this post in the first place. That's enough of the 'reflection' for now.