Monday, December 13, 2010

Exilim - a decorated Zombie !!

Exilim- This was what I said in my prev post -"the price.. its features..It looked amazing..Military certified- water, dust, fire proof..5.3 m pixel camera.. distinct key/dial pad..very good battery life..long talk time.." Yeh...everything is true..
But people on the other side complain that they cannot even hear me..No reception in many places..Its a phone with all nice features but the basic function is not up to the expectation..Thinking about returning !!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

ahh... just can't wait !!

From T Mobile(4 years) to Cingular(2)...AT&T..and now Verizon !!

 Motorola Flip..Motorola Razor..Nokia candy bar..Sony Ericsson W820 candy bar..Sony Ericsson W760a Flip.. Casio Exilim..

Well, you guys must be wondering if this girl still lives in stone age. Well, yeh.. I certainly never had the urge to get the latest phone model.. Infact I got these phone much later after they were actually in demand..But that does not mean I have no requirements..Rather I had requirements that people never bothered!! It took me a while to figure what I wanted in a phone..rather what can irritate me...
Motorola Flip - This was my first one ever -learned that the screen can get so yukky because of the touch..phone heated up after 1 to 2 hrs..and my ears were so warm..

Razor- a nice one..I did all the testing for free.. Left in the fridge for a day..dropped from the second floor..stepped on it many times..dropped in an oil pan..like a bajji and that's when I had to actually change when the screen looked like a "water bubble" game..well, the oil was trapped in but it still worked..The only bad thing was it was too slim and it would fall out of the trouser pocket.

Sony Ericsson W820- this has been my favorite phone ever...with the popular/standard sony ericsson ring tone.. This phone really made me understand what I want in a phone.. a very nice dial pad where each button is distinctly away from each other and can be used quickly w/o touching the other..No need to flip every time..Fits in a pocket so well..very good battery life..never gets dirty..it lasted for 3 years.  I just could not throw that away even after its time !!

Sony Ericsson W760a- I liked my prev phone so much and as, I could not find any more, this was closest to my requirements..A Walkman phone..My current one..a very good one for recording music..excellent camera.. 3.2 m pixel..did not like the sliding concept.  In 2009, I choose to buy this during the time when it was totally outdated.....I could not find the same just because it was from Sony Ericsson- still good..

Okay... now moving to Verizon...need another one- did a lot of survey/search for a free phone or a phone under $50- samsung Intensity 2 and LG cosmos were the two that were sort of.. okay to me at the store..  But I did not like the plastiky finish of Samsung and I hate this horizontally sliding models, although it is in vogue. Thats when I saw this Casio Exilim in the hands of a Verizon sales person. Suddenly it striked her that is the phone that I may have to consider although it is not available in store. I was enquiring about how she likes it.. the price.. its features..It looked amazing..Miltary certified- water, dust, fire proof..5.3 m pixel camera.. distinct key/dial pad..very good battery life..long talk time.. well, its a flip phone and except for that, I was okay. I ordered it right way..

Its something that I am dreaming about every day..every hour..when is it gonna arrive??!!!.. I know some people are like " hey its not even a phone that people would find it fashionable.." Well..when my necessities are met and when I think that is the best one for me..I get happy..and I dont easily get carried away by what is in demand in the market.. Living in my own "contented" feeling of having the best phone- may be, blissfully ignorant.. he he!!!









Monday, September 27, 2010

Rajinikanth enters CBSE Textbook...

Remember the song from Raja Chinna Roja  "Super staru yaarunnu ketta chinna kozhandhaiyum sollum.." Yeh..probably an old news for some of you..new news for me :(

 See this !!!

Well my first reaction was " Oh.. okay..This is how people enter into text book".  I do not deny the fact he has come a long way with his hardwork and by dealing with the right people with right attitude. Well, why am I not so happy. Somehow I cannot see somebody getting into textbook like this !!Do I really underrate the use of his style and action to captivate the mass' attention? Is it because I underrate somebody for becoming successful in the film Industry or Do I fear that this person is gonna be followed by other actors with political support. Oh!! I absolutely enjoy Rajini movies. Then why is my reaction not so great? I wish I see MS Subbulakshmi, Kalki, Ilaiyaraja for their success stories. Anyways!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Am I ??

It has been a while since I visited my own blospot..However, every week I have had a topic and the content in my mind that I thought I should definitely share here. Well..what stopped me from blogging.. nothing... nothing..nothing but lack of discipline and a chaotic mind-set. Although I cannot recollect all of those " supposedly interesting and valuable" topics, I have decided to commit myself to get back!! Anyways..

Now this brings in a topic that I have been thinking for quite sometime now. "Discipline". Have I been this bad since childhood? Is it just that I am just trying to get adjusted to a new place? No.I have not been great for quite sometime - during my grad school since after qualifiers.

Well, back in India, we all (used to, atleast) go to bed and sleep at the same time, whatever time it may be. Even eating habits were n't that bad. Although I prefer to have an early dinner like Americans these days, I was not too bad with keeping up with the dinner timing back at home. And here, what happened to me?? Why and how in grad. school did I gradually loose everything. The enormous freedom, personal time and space that I enjoy- how come I could never use them to mend myself? This is the question I have been asking for quite time. How come I never thought.. well I thought but did not prioritize discipline...I remember a statement that a friend told me "you can bring anything into a routine if you can manage to do that forcefully for 30 days"- May be..May be not..Doing some experimentation by practicing small things. Will let you know if I can make it work.

I have always been easy on me as well as on others in this regard but I can see that I am getting reallly really mad at people for a lot of things.. I am not easy on myself as well.  And, I cannot stop wondering how important it is to have a routine and how that helps you especially when you are put into a stressful or chaotic situation. On the other hand,  I have learned to admire the discipline in others. May be I am just getting old :)

Monday, June 07, 2010

Record !!

882 Roll-over minutes - Yeh...I just can't believe if this is me - Before we think this is how we are, we change. There was a time when I paid $ 200/month.. anyways :)



Saturday, May 01, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Goundamani

Today, all of a sudden I wanted to watch some goundamani comedy. When I googled, I see that (Rumour says that) he is dead today. Its not yet confirmed.

However, I wanted to post this as a tribute :).  I am a not a great fan of goundamani as I hate his noisy voice. Nevertheless, I enjoyed his comedy in a lot of movies with low volume tone. His comedy does not appeal right away.. something like AR Rehman's music or aerated drinks..But once you are accustomed to the noise, you can enjoy the funny/peculiar word usage in his comedy. Sometimes, his thinking ..the way he takes it to make it comical is completely a new line of thought that it will make you laugh right away. He is also an actor who became popular in his later years. There are many many scenes of goundamani comedy that I absolutely love. Here are the ones that I was watching today:




Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How do you address a fellow stranger?

Recently I noticed that non-chennai tamilians and people from outskirts of chennai like me, address another tamilian with a relation (murai vechu koopdardhu)..I mean, when I meet a fellow tamilian girl or a guy, I call them as akka, anna, thambi, maami, maama, ayya etc. I feel more connected with them when I address in any of these forms.  The core chennaiites don't address them with any form of relation. They find that there is no necessity and don't try to connect with the other person with a relation. Also, I was noticing that I always have a defined relation to most of the people right from day 1. Unlike core-chennaites, once I find somebody elder to me, they are akka to me irrepective of how frequently I talk to them or how much I am friends with them. And it is hard for me to create and put this person in a category of general pool of friends, unless they are of my age.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Maayaa's Theory :)

If you want something strong from inside, you surely will receive it/be able to do it, when you don't limit/define yourself with "from whom/with whom/how/where". Some times, don't even define "when" and it may happen exactly at "When" you wanted. This is my Life's theory these days. There are many many things happening at my side that fall under my theory.

Wanted a couche/ Love seat. It got into my apt with absolutely NO efforts from my side (through somebody I hardly knew) from somebody. I wanted a cappuccino steaming machine very badly but I thought it is very expensive for me to buy.  Now,  it is there next to my cube (from my boss's husband). I never even asked or told my boss about my interest. My boss decided to bring a coffee maker/espresso for the lab for coffee lovers and that happened to be what I wanted (there is just 2 of us who use that and I am the only one using the steamer). Wanted to visit LA and Vegas before 2010..wanted Hyundai Sonata since years and all those happened.

The wanting thing should be deep from you like a Sankalpam. You should have thought about it for a while..again and again. I can sense that there is some positive around me that favour my wishes. In fact. for some of the things,  I resisted the route through which I received things but it finally came to me even after resistance. In other cases, I was rigid on "with whom" to go around/do what I wanted and the "how" I want part.  These days, I feel..after all I am getting what I want and a lot of people don't. By being rigid with secondary things, I may miss those lovely things/wishes in life. Hope this attitude of "being easy" lasts in me!!





Sunday, February 28, 2010

A cute masala-mix

A sweet malayalam song masala-mixed with a video from a song in "1 2 ka 4" movie :)



Thursday, February 25, 2010

Shampoo Quality - Pantene..Suave

As like anybody, I was trying out different shampoos to make my hair look beautiful.  Earlier in 2004, I found Pantene Shampoo + conditioner to make my hair look shiny and beautiful. The shine given by Pantene was so attractive to me that I almost stopped my weekly Shikakai use and used Pantene instead, even after oil bath. Although I was doing this, there was some thing weird...It wiped out the oil and dried my hair completely that there was no use of having an oil bath. So, I gradually stopped using Pantene after oil bath but I never quit using Pantene for a normal hair wash.



In about 2008, I switched to Suave when I found that it gave an extraordinary fluffy feel of my hair. It made my hair look shiny as well as silky. But I realized that it had a wax-like feel that made my hair look great.  I was wondering if a 1.5 dollar stuff can made my hair look this great, why people are not using it?? Never researched about it. Recently, I bought the New Pantene in a hurry at a store and I see that Pantene has come up with a very similar wax that you can experience the same fluffy-feel as well as the dryness as like Suave..in fact its worser than suave.


Guys and girls, your hair might be fluffy, silky, shiny without knots with these shampoos but if you have a dry skin, please stop using either of those. I tell you this because, it dried out my hair so much that I really felt dehydrated. It removed my natural body oil on the scalp totally. Infact, it went to an extent of building up my body heat that my eyes were burning like hell for almost a week. I had an oil bath with shikakai and then is when my eyes stopped burning . These shampoos have a low quality wax and bad detergents. If you are sensitive like me to dryness, you will experience it sooner..otherwise, you will be puzzled why you have all the heat-related illness!! It hard to discover what is wrong. Most of the times, we blame it on the local weather.. But I guess a lot of times, its the synthetic stuff that we use.
 Google up to see the bad things in these shampoos!!




Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Are you a workaholic?

Well, now I am in a complete research-based university-associated to medical center wherein people's minimal qualification is PhD or MD. Doctors, profs, post-docs and students are very committed to their job. Can't see funky hairstyles..junk jeans or pink tops in the corridor..On the other hand, I see people being so obsessed with work..no smiles..talks only..only..and only about research.

People who know me will understand how it is not so me... Believe me..its hard to make conversations for me..I have made few friends. Here, I get a feeling that most post-docs/students work long hours not because their boss demands. Its something else in them that drives them..workaholism. No body plans any expt to end by 6 pm or 7 pm. I am very surprised ..rather shocked about that.
Infact, I started probing some of them..why? They are like..they derive some feel good-factor in the lab. After reaching home at 8.00 pm, looks like..they cook something minimal, talk to their spouse about experiments and call up home..and thats it..open books and read for the next day. And these are married people !! Dont know if it has any guilt driven thing behind it.   Life is work alone and work alone is life. Many of these people genuinely tell me " I know..I need to change..Its not good for me". Initially I had been so guilty that my mind set is not so trained to think just about work alone. But now, I see that it cannot be me. I cannot force myself and looks like it may not be productive as well. Its very hard to explain them how it affects the productivity. People might think I am jealous or I am distracting them and productivity is proportional to working long hours. I am sad and I am not sure how are they even happy. What is that..that is giving them pleasure..

I am very confused how people can't differentiate hardwork and workaholism. Hard work and workaholism - I think that there is probably just a thin line between these. May be once they go past working hard work, they see a happiness in workaholism that I have never seen in my life.. May be I dont know.  I see this behavior even with other people who are not researchers..with engineers..with s/w professionals..I am interested to know what is the cause for such a behavior.
Trying to read about this. Check this to see if you are a workaholic.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's day

Enyego partha Mayakkam -A Tribute to Valentine's டே :)

 Lyrics - Na.Muthukumar
Singer - Udit Narayan



Yengaeyo Paarththa Mayakkam
Eppotho Vaazhntha Nerukkam
Devathai Indha Saalai Ooram
Varuvathu Enna Maayam Maayam
Kann Thiranthu-Ival Paarkum Pothu
Kadavulai Indru Nambum Manathu
 
Innum Kangal Thirakkatha Sirpam
Oru Kodi Poo Pokkum Vetkam
Aan Manathai Azhikka vantha Saabham..
Arivai Mayakkum Maaya Thaagam
Ivalai Paartha Inbam Pothum
Vaazhthu Paarka Nenjam Yenghum
 
Kanavugalil Vaazhntha Naalai
Kaan Ethirae Paarkiraen
Kathaigalilae Ketta Penna!!
Thirumbhi Thirumbhi Paarkiraen
 
Anghum Inghum Oodum Kaalgal
Asaiyamarathu Venduthae
Indha Idaththil Innum Nirkka
Idhayam Kooda Yenguthae..
Ennaanotho…Yethaanaanotho..
Kannaadi Pol Udainthidum Manathu
Kavithai Ondru Paarthu Pogha
Kangal Kalangi Naanum Yenga
Mazhaiyin Saaral Ennai Thakka
Vidaigal Illaa Kelvi Kekka...
 
Yengaeyo Paarththa ..
 
Aathi Anthamum Maranthu
Un Arugil Karainthu Naan Ponaen
Aangal Vekka Padum Tharunam
Unnai Paarththa Pinbu Naan Kandu Kondaen
Idi Vizhuntha Veetil Indru
Poochchedigal Pookirathae
Ival Thaanae Unthan Paadhi
Kadavul Bathil Kekkurathae
Viyanthu Viyanthu Udainthu Udainthu
Sarinthu Sarinthu Mirandu Mirandu
Indha Nimidam Meendum Piranthu
Unakkul Kalanthu, Tholainthu Tholainthu..
 
Yengaeyo Paarththa ..
 


எங்கேயோ பார்த்த மயக்கம்
 
எங்கேயோ பார்த்த மயக்கம்
எப்போதோ வாழ்ந்த‌ நெருக்கம்
தேவதை இந்தச் சாலை ஓரம்
வருவது என்ன மாயம் மாயம்
கண் திறந்து இவள் பார்க்கும் போது
கடவுளை இன்று நம்பும் மனது

இன்னும் கண்கள் திறக்காத சிற்பம்
ஒரு கோடி பூ பூக்கும் வெட்கம் 
ஆண் மனதை அழிக்க வந்த சாபம்
அறிவை மயக்கும் மாய தாகம்
இவளைப் பார்த்த இன்பம் போதும்
வாழ்ந்து பார்க்க நெஞ்சம் ஏங்கும் எங்கேயோ பார்த்த மயக்கம்.. 
 
கனவுகளில் வாழ்ந்த நாளை
கண் எதிரே பார்க்கிறேன்
கதைகளிலே கேட்ட பெண்ணா
திரும்பித் திரும்பிப் பார்க்கிறேன்
அங்கும் இங்கும் ஓடும் கால்கள்
அசைய மறுத்து வேண்டுதே
இந்த இடத்தில் இன்னும் நிற்க
இதயம் கூட ஏங்குதே..
என்னானதோஏதானதோ
 
கண்ணாடி போல் உடைந்திடும் மனது
கவிதை ஒன்று பார்த்து போக
கண்கள் கலங்கி நானும் ஏங்க
மழையின் சாரல் என்னைத் தாக்க  
விடைகள் இல்லா கேள்வி கேட்க 

ஆதி அந்தமும் மறந்து
உன் அருகில் கரைந்து நான் போனேன்
ஆண்கள் வெக்கப்படும் தருணம்
உன்னை பார்த்த பின்பு நான் கண்டு கொண்டேன்
இடி விழுந்த வீட்டில் இன்று
பூச்செடிகள் பூக்கிறதே
இவள் தானே உந்தன் பாதி
கடவுள் பதில் கேட்கிறதே
வியந்து வியந்து உடைந்து உடைந்து
சரிந்து சரிந்து மிரண்டு மிரண்டு
இந்த நிமிடம் மீண்டும் பிறந்து
உனக்குள் கலந்து தொலைந்து தொலைந்து..  எங்கேயோ பார்த்த மயக்கம்..