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 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 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 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..
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..
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..

Thursday, February 04, 2010

My first week..

During this first week in San Antonio, the city weather is not as it is supposed to be..I guess!!
" Its rainy..There is no humidity...Extremely cloudy"

Well, I like it..Its new to me and every street is new !! Every road is parallel to another road at some point and is perpendicular at some point.. But, all roads lead to I-10 and most roads cross either of the loops 410 or 1604. 

Food is awesome. Even the regular subway and chipotle food is tasty..Mann..There is something fishy here..Restaurant compete with one another so badly. Vegetarian food is so common here as well..

Shops...3-4 HEBs , 3-4 walmarts, 2 Big lots, atleast 7-8 auto shops, 2 huge malls, 20-30 ATMs, 8-10 banks within 10 min driving distance from my home. One thing that is missing are the local coffee shops.. almost nil..Again, starbucks' monopoly prevails here !!! :(

Friends.. who said people are not friendly in texas.. at least till now, people came out of their way to help me and get acquainted. !!

Overall, a better start here when compared to any of the cities I moved in earlier..  Well, now, I should give myself the credit that I am growing as well . Plus, my sonata has made my life much easier :)