Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009-Last day

Well, 2009 has been a spicy /speedy year for me. From the mode of "Nothing Ever Changes in my Life", a lot of things "moved on" in my life in 2009.  Many of my goals/dream got fulfilled.  In fact, I reaped the fruits for all my efforts this year - closure for a lot of my ambitions/dreams in my life and it's time to begin many new things.

Amazing things that finally happened:
1. Got my PhD in Biological sciences- a big...satisfying..relief..whatever.. I am done !!
2. Brought my parents to US for graduation on my own- a dream came true !!
3. Got myself the gift I wanted all these years, a car (although, i could not find a white one) -Hyundai Sonata - the gift I cherish every day. It's my love!!
4. Got my first publication followed by 3 more- all in the same year - well, I am not that bad..I can publish...he he.. 
5. Finally...Visited New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Oooh.. that was God's gift. It does not happen in an year!!
6. Finally..started Horse Riding Lessons- a beginning !!
7. Learned Metal Embossing and Crochet - a stress relieving hobby that I could not identify all these years!!

On the downside..well probably for my good..
1. I have been on job hunt for almost 10 months in 2009 - Lived in an anxious mode for long.
2. I had to move to 3 apartments within 8 months - I am an expert in packing and unpacking.
3. For the first time, I borrowed money :).. Its not that hard to sleep :)
4. I tried to keep up my enthu levels but I rate myself to be "below average" this year. Well, next year will be definitely better than this.

A satisfying year with high levels of mental stress - yet managed to accomplish a lot of my dreams. Well, I think it's pre-destined !!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Do people hate texas?

A friend of mine was passing sarcastic comments about southern states of US..esp. on texas. Well, he is also an asian and had never lived in Texas. I could imagine the look he had in his face when he said that over phone. I have seen such looks from few other friends in northern states as well. Well, what is wrong with southern states..texas or arizona or california.  The idea he got should probably be from what he reads and what he heard about Texas. I seriously want to know why people hate texas?

I have been in texas for 3.5 years . I am not a supporter of aggies or longhorns..or any thing.  Well, one thing that is sure is we have white and mexican population. There is english and spanish..and that makes things a little more complicated in getting a lot of things done. There is a different texan accent.  But that is not new to an asian whose mom and dad does not deal with things in english. Multilingual things are so common in india. People probably forget where they are from. There is more history and cultural heritage than many other states. So, there are more chances of having pride about the revolution and past war stuff.  Plus, everything is big here. Yeh.. definitely people are proud of being texans here. Most importantly, people in most cities of texas (even the uneducated ones) respect others. My friends who visited me here and I found people in el paso, austin and san antonio to be much more helpful and friendly than KY (where we lived). Well, I dont know if the logo " Dont mess with texas" bothers people. My friend was like "There is nothing in texas..very hot..people with accents..huh.." After all, if this guy got a job here, he would probably not say all this.

I am not sure if my comment is valid as I live almost near New Mexico. But after I move to San Antonio, I will revisit this question. Meanwhile, please let me know if you have comments.

The thing that bothers me is how can people look down at a place (with superior feeling) without even staying in there.  Is it the racist feeling against mexicans ? Why people want to imagine US with snow, rain and green only?

Well, I still cannot counter argue that WA is always rainy..suicidal place..no sun...gloomy..No body can live there..etc.  I think probably it may be good if you start living in there. Anyways..

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Random Rambling

Avatar 3D
Well.. talk of the town..everywhere.. I thought it was a great time pass. Sincerely, I think I can never watch it the second time. Boring after 1/2 hr..But, picked up after a while..Things I liked was no weirdness..Very clear screen play (for a sci-fic) to follow even to a lay person like me who does not read about movies before going to one... Well, every now and then, I was trying to see without glasses..Trying to think what can be made more creative.  I have no big idea about techie advancements although I thought that a lot of scenes looked spectacular..Sincerely, this is what I thought. But after reading blogs and reviews, I am surprised how people loved it so much than usual. hmm..

Christmas
This is my first christmas (in my life) when I am not a student but an employee.  No exams..No deadlines..But still in a job..Feels good but dont know what to do. Thought of every kid (of my friends) I know in US. Acknowledged them  Well, I do something like that for Navrathri even otherwise. Still, I want to do something else. Well, thought of people whom I made friends in 2009..esp. those who enriched my life. Acknowledged them by sending cards.. Well, planning to make it more different - Guess...Vegas is the solution.

Maargazhi - learning is tough
Failed every december since 2007. This year..hoping to be successful in understanding/memorizing the meaning of Thiruppaavai. Definitely, I am not ritualistic. Perhaps, in a way..being ritualistic would have helped me learn long ago. Sticking to reading one a day is the most stupid idea to do in december. It's the time of holidays..It's the month you get easily carried away by celebrations..I learned this lesson in 2008 and I am cautious now.. Anyways..

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Musical Gatorade for Restlessness

               Well, technically this post has to be under Aanmeegham section. Somehow, I feel that this post should benefit anybody who wants to relax - you may or may not be religious. Few years ago, when I visited a friend's place in lex and complaining about my irritation/restlessness, this roommate of my friend casually told me to listen to "Subramanya Bhujangam". He also gave me an mp3 version sung by Anuradha Krishnamurthy. During the same time, I also heard the same from my dear friend/ex-roomie S. Subramanya Bhujangam verses were a spontaneous out-pouring of Adi Shankara at Thiruchendur. Well, I don't know if its just the words or rhythm or the voice -it was/is stunningly powerful. Like any ordinary person, I put it on in the background when I get restless or annoyed or upset. It gave me an immediate energy- some sort of hope, courage and strength.
               These days, I am trying to memorize/learn the verses. It gives more than just energy and courage - some pleasure out from those verses as well. Adi Shankar's verses are so simple and elegant. I have no words rather no capabilities to comment on the beauty of the verses. Sometimes, I feel it has nothing to even to do with Lord Karthikeya or any form of God..But, definitely, it is more than that..cosmic..spiritual..higher energy..whatever you want to call it. At times, I feel that usage of certain words can even take you to a different level from your mind...Can't even explain what I am thinking.Anyways

                Listen to this by Anuradha Krishnamurthy. Btw, this singer (Acted as a doctor in one of the tamil-serials, arasi I guess..don't know her name in that) has so much of that "divine looks" that she is like a junior MS amma.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Maatram.. Thadumaatram.. Kootram kaanaa unmai!!

When we grow old, we have to deal with too many things..change is inevitable..restlessness and fatigue as well !!  Few lines..

En Vazhvinil dhan ethanai nadappugal !

Ethanai vaaypugal.. ethanai maaruthalgal
Oru muduvuku varummum matroru aarambam

Manap Palagaiyil ezhudhi ezhudhi azhithu azhithu
Sunnambu innum theeravillai
Silamurai  ezhuthum bodhe azhikkappadum
Ezhudhi azhithup pazhagukiren -irupinum
Ovvoru muraiyum pudhiya urchagam !
Idhu nilaika naan paadupaduven ennum urudhimozhi
Ithanai manapayirchiyum enaku mattumo

Oor ulagathilo
Maaruthalukku oppari vaikum maandhar
Enaku mattum en ithanai nadappugal?

Indha azhithu ezhudhum anubavam
anaithum enna dhaan solkinrana..Ennai
Uyarathil utkara vaika podam podum vaaipo..sirapo

Illai,

MaNappalagai kaaviyathin maanbinai ariyavo
Thadumaatram illadhu mudivugal edukavo

Illai,

Maatramillaa
Kootram kaanaa unmaiyai onru ulladhendru
Kuriyaai ullathuku unarthavo

Kadavulin kanakinai kandarindhavarum undo !!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Tasty Simmer Sauce !!

         People who knew me well enough, will clearly get surprised seeing this post. I am this person who cooks anything and everything right from the scratch.  I don't (rather can't) compromise on the taste of any food and I hate most of the already cooked/ready made indian food items -no idli maavu or no ready-cans and esp. no frozen-ready made packets. However, I keep buying every frozen ready Indian food almost from every brand just to see if I like any of them. Most of the times, its disappointing. Recently, I found the 'simmer sauce' from the brand "Seeds of Change" in an organic store. I bought "Madras Simmer Sauce" and "Korma Simmer Sauce". To my surprise, they were amazing. Madras simmer sauce is a gravy with most spices plus onions and tomato. Korma is this slight yellow coconut-containing lucknowi paste.  It can be used with rice or naan. It does not smell of any preservative like most frozen or ready-made food. Avasarathuku udhavum arumai paste :)


http://seedsofchangefoods.com/our_foods/category.aspx?id=simmer_sauces