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There is neither a structure nor a texture to this blog. The subject matter can be anything and everything under the sky that I feel about at any given point that I happen to sit and blog rambling about everything in general. My thoughts and views are basically influenced by what I read, hear, gather, and ponder... if there is any copyright violation which I have not duly acknowledged, kindly let me know.

Ref: Chichkoo is what I lovingly call my daughter, kiddo my brother, amma and taatee my late maternal grandparents, and OA is the other adult in the family.

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Jul 17, 2008

Potpourri of Yay(s) and Nay(s)!!



Been to the movie Hancock with buddies and had funtime.. yay!!
Burnt my fingers on the coil of the stove trying to balance self :(.. nay!!
Putting on weight left right and center :(.. nay!!
Finished a painting after a long time :).. yay!!
System conked.. nay!!
Read Tamarind Woman..yay!!
Laundry and cleaning up-to-date.. yay!!
Political instability in the center back home.. nay!!
Suicide bombings and killings in Afghanistan.. nay!!
It is hot and humid.. nay!!
It rains almost everyday in the evening :).. yay!!
No power cuts.. yay!!
power shortage back home.. nay!!
Gas price hikes.. nay!!

watching a movie a day and at times 2 or more and life is just going on and on.. need to write so many reviews!!

PS: We were in the paper.. and thanks for thinking about these possibilities, but sorry to say, no we did not murder, kidnap, cause a wreck, or go crazy.. just happened to attend Loksatta meet here at our place and get covered in a pleasantly surprising manner!! (more about it later).

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System Troubles!!

My good old system has given its thumbs down in the early hours of morning today and I need to wait up for OH to give my daily ration on the net :), so I will be offline in the messengers, gtalk respectively as well as slow down on the post frequency...

Venuvai Vacchanu...



!!Venuvai vacchaanu bhuvanaaniki..
gaalinai potaanu gaganaaniki
mamatalanni mauna gaanam, vaanchalanni vaayu leenam!!

!!edukondalakaina banda taanokkate
edu janmala teepi ee bandhame!!

nee kantilo nalaka.. naa velugune kanaka.. nenu nenanukuntey yeda cheekatey...

hari, hari, hari...

raayinai unnanu eenaatki..raama paadamu raaka enatiki..
!!venuvai!!

A wonderful song that describes life in aphilosophical way.. one song which never fails to bring a tear in my eyes..

Evaru Raayagalaru..



This song describing about mother and her greatness is one among my all time favorites.. so touching and so true..

Evaru raayagalaru.. amma anu maata kanna kammani kaavyam..
evaru paadagalaru.. amma anu raagam kanna teeyani raagam..
ammega toli paluku nerchukunna bhaashaki
ammega aadiswaram praanamane paataki !!evaru!!

Who can write a poem sweeter than the word mom
who can sing a song sweeter than the word mom
... Oh so true!!!

avataara moorthy aina anuvante pudatadu
amma pegu panchukune anta vaadu autadu !!avatara!!
ammega.. chirunama intati ghana charitaki
ammega kanagaladu anta goppa ammani.. !!evaru!!

Even the diety in human form is born in the mother's womb the size of an atom..
.. one needs to understand the language to get the gist of the song, it is certainly impossible to get the essence in conversion...
It is only a mom who can give birth to such a great mom
.. awww..

sreerama raksha antoo neellu posi penchindi
deerghayurastu antoo nityam deevinchindi !!sree!!
noorellu edigi bratuku amma cheti neellato..
nadaka nerchukundi bratuku amma cheti vellato !!evaru!!

This is from a movie called "Amma Rajeenaama".. an equally thought provoking movie..

Jul 16, 2008

Raalipoye Puvva..

Singer : Keeravani

Raalipoye puvva neeku raagalendukey
totamaali nee todu leduley
vaalipoye podda neeku varnalendukey
lokamennado cheekataayele..
neekidi telavaarani reyamma..
kaliki maa chilaka paadaku ninnati nee raagaam !!raalipoye!!

chedirindi nee goodu gaaliga
chilaka gorinkamma gaadhaga
chinnari roopalu kanneeti deepalu kaaga
tanavaadu taarallo cheraga
manasu maangalyalu jaaraga
sindhoora varnaalu tellari challari pogaa

tirigey bhoomatavu neevai
vekuvalo vennelavai
karige karpooram neevai
aasalakey haarativai.. !!raalipoye!!

anubandhamantene appule
karige bandhaalanni mabbule
hemanta raagala chemantule vaadipoye
tana rangu maarchindi raktame
tanato raalenandi paasame
deepala pandakki deepale kondekki poye
pagile aakasamu neevai
jaaripade jaabilivai
migile aalapana neevai
teega tegey veeniyavai.. !!raalipoye!!

The song from the movie maatudevobhava with some great performances by Madhavi and Nazar is a soul stirring and heart touching.. I end up crying bucketfuls every time I watch this movie and just cant stop listening to the songs..

Jul 14, 2008

Saakshi Gola..

Waiting eagerly to see whom the oh-so-very-conscious government will arrest this time around for the faux-paus on the christ picture in their edition..

just wondering... how come you dont check the picture before you put it on the paper.. especially when you claim yourself to be the largest circulated daily paper in AP with well-paid and well-looked after staff and that too coming in color pages!!!

Baabu.. rangu, roopu, ruchi kaadu vaartalaki important, news matter and enlightening people.

Netalu.. Cinemalu..

Reading about the news of YSR acting in a telugu movie as himself in a silent movie, I am reminded once again of the thin line between acting and politics which is kind of becoming almost synonymous.. in fact these guys are a lot more experienced with doing so much acting nonstop day in and day out.. Kya farak padta hai, do it on screen or off it other than the fact that we know for sure they are acting here ;).

Lekapotey swapping trend emaina nadustundemo Chiru Politics try chestey akkada rule cheddam anukuntunnara ;).

Jul 13, 2008

Just Think..

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the Kirana store he pays Rs. 12 a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a week he normally buys two dozens at a time. One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to Rs. 16. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are Rs. 22 a dozen.

When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "The price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly". This store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. He checked around for a better price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of business. The huge egg farms sell 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The distributors then have to raise their prices to the grocery stores. And on and on and on.

As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed there. He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs.

Then week before Diwali the price of eggs shot up to Rs. 40 a dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "Cakes and baking for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family cooking, baking, etc. happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is Rs. 60 a dozen. The man says, " There must be something we can do about the price of eggs".

He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs.

Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need. He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the grocery and buy two eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a day.

The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe wouldn't need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for at least two weeks.

At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they could buy the eggs at a lower price.

The distributor said, " I don't have the room for the %$&^*&% eggs even if they were free". The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again.

The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a time. Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by the dozen again".

The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers but the egg farmers liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, those chickens just kept on laying. Finally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few paisa.

The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "when the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the dozen."

Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers.

The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for. Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while.

And those chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing away eggs they couldn't sell.

The distributors started buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower price.

And the customers starting buying by the dozen again.

Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry.

What if everyone only bought Rs 200.00 worth of Petrol each time they pulled to the pump? The dealer's tanks would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tanks. The tank farms wouldn't have room for the petrol coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the oil fiends.

Just Rs 200.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill up the tank of your car. You may have to stop for gas twice a week, but the price should come down.

Think about it.


Also, don't buy anything else at the fuel station; don't give them any more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices come down..."

...just think of this concept for a while, it might work!!!!!


If not for petrol, we can use that concept elsewhere, thought provoking indeed.

Jul 11, 2008

An Evening With an American Family..

Those of you who know me well also know that one of my "to-do" things while in US was to spend an evening or some time with a typcial American family and to get to know more about the culture and stuff like that. That has come true this long weekend when my friend Jeannie moved from PA to Huntersville, NC and I joined them for supper.

For me it was a really really big event but for her it was a casual friend joining for supper. So, OH had to drop and pick me up for this monumental visit of mine.

She made Chicken Lasagna and salad and it was quite an informal gathering. The family was still unpacking as they just moved the week prior but most of it was set. The decor and the display was simple and sweet. I had asked her so many doubts about the stereotypic notions about each of our cultures and cleared my so many nagging doubts about things in general that I have heard.

It was an evening well spent to me with a lovable American family of a couple and 2 daughters, kind and fun loving. While I was there, the youngest one spotted a baby bird on the pavement next to her house and fed it worms and water and took care of it. Unfortunately, the baby bird just died yesterday and Jeannie tells me that the birdie was given a royal burial (wrapped in the kid's purple glove because purple suggests royalty) and a teary farewell. Loved those guys earlier too but love them a lot more after seeing them in person and knowing them much better!!

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Jul 10, 2008

Aarushi Talwar's Murder -- Mystery and Media!!


I have read about it a while ago in one of Mad Momma's posts, said a quick prayer for the girl's short life and went about life without thinking anything else about it. For me, it was an unfortunate event which should not have happened but did and it rang nothing else at that point in time. Call it a blessing or bliss of ignorance due to my selective reading about events back home in the media which kept me unaware of it all the while but one program called 'The Aarushi Poll" which I happened to see in desivideos ({LINK HERE}) made me sit up and look through the archives and go through chronology of events ever since listed {LINK HERE}.

So much has been written about everything but what stands out from my observation is that it is the failure of police machinery to let anyone and everyone trample on the crime scene, the result of which is the groping in dark that is happening to date. I dont know about the lifestyles of high society people in India but what concerns me the most is the distortion of facts and excessive media hype on each and every aspect. There have been many questions that were raised in the investigation for which there are no answers as of yet.. {LINK HERE}.

One thing that makes me shudder as the anchor has said time and again is if a girl is killed in what is supposedly the most secure place in the world, her very own house, where is one safe???

Few things that this unfortunate incident has mirrored and brought in the fore are

1. interpersonal relationships at home.
2. reliability or the lack thereof the domestic helps.
3. character assisation of the dead and the victim and the family in general.
4. media hype and overkill.
5. police incompetency in handling the issue better, the recovery of the body from the very same house the next day leaves a lot of glaring mistakes as to why have they failed to check the house thoroughly for clues??
6. role of parents and their own issues in the whole thing.
7. the tests and retests of the domestic helps leading nowhere makes me think about the possiblity of "if nothing break those guys up mentally and leave no way but giving up."

and on top of it all "illu kaali okadu edistey chutta nippu kosam okadu edchinattu" it is disgusting to note the way Balaji Telefilms has proposed to use up the story in one of their leading never-ending soap operas {LINK HERE}!! Why not just let the police get done with this and then use it rather than add an element of fiction and confuse the already confused public even more.

Every one wants to make a field day out of the event, all that matters is the circulation of the papers, TRPs of the channels, and no one is actually bothered about the facts and the underlying events that cut a budding life so short in such a terrible manner..

One of my dreams as a child was to go into investigative journalism and now I just wonder if such thing exists at all and even if it does, sadly enough it is only to create sensations and not awareness.

Whatever are the facts, it sure would go down the history as one of the most mysterious sensational stories of India. The girl just about to turn 16 and going to join her 10th after summer holidays just lost her life in the most brutal way and there is so much of a mystery surrounding it. I am at loss of words to express my feelings, I just hope the justice is served.

Vantage Point -- My Review

Saw the movie yesterday and was captivated by the way it was dealt with. I liked the way in which the story is revealed.. revealing bits and peices of story as seen through the characters involved starting just a minute prior to the event and the incidents surrounding it.

Loved Dennis Qaid, a racing thriller, good one in case you are looking for something light yet captivating.

It deals about the assassination attempt on the President of The United States and his rescue..

Jul 9, 2008

Yedava Kaaki Gola!!!!

Vaarnee Banda Bada.. this is the first reaction I get these days when I read about what MKM has done yet again to be in news.. God, this guy has some serious identity crisis, well whoever suggest this guy to do such things or whatever motivates him to do so by himself..sigh!!

Dishti Bomma Issue.. where he lodged a case of SC/ST atrocities on him for burning his effigy.

Ayya babu dishti bommalaki kulalu antinchadam neeke chellindi.. aina nuvvu tagalabettin(chin)a vaati sangati enti.. oka manishini evaraina edaina annaru antey savalaksha kaaranaalundocchu annitini pakkaki vadili, oka agravarnam vaadini annara, so-called baaditavargam vadini annara ani asalu vishayam vadilesi anavasaramaina gola cheyyadam entayya, nuvvu chesina paniki reactionga chesina daaniki inta gola avasarama???


Kantri issue.. where he took offense for rowdies coming from behind Ambedkar statue.


Director elanti uddesamto teesado teliyadu kaani naa lanti vallaki matram ideas teppistunnavayya.. emitanta indulo goppa agouravam??.. Gandhi bomma kinda mandukottey enni scenes levu avi choosinappudu nee kallu kaakulettukellaya, burra beeruvalo pettava??


Gorintaku issue.. where he took offense for some dialogue which seems to suggest that physically-challenged individuals are unfit for marriage.

Samajamlo badugu vargalaki, balaheena vargalaki upayogapadevi dharnalu, porataalu, cinemalaki additional censorlu kaadu, abhivruddi padhakaalu.. enni cinemallo enni matalatoti vikalaangulani kinchaparachaledu.. flop avvaboye cinemalu meeda issues create chesi vaati collections penchadaniki, vaatiki neeku popularity tecchipettatam tappa, nee ee pani valla vikulangulaki emi sahayam jarigindi, dharnalo debbalu tappa.


It will be better for him and the rest of the public too if he thinks before he starts condemning stuff and making statements and dictating whoever comes across his path terrorizing them with "what next from this man??" attitude. I dont have a problem with his social strata, but yes me and a lot of others who get affected have a problem with his publicity stunts in particular.

The one thing he might do if he reads my blog is book another NRI atrocities on his community maybe, stating that I insulted him using the word "kaaki" but actually thinking it is an insult to the crow. I will agree only if the crow files a complaint for defamation and not him!!!

Soul-Search Tag!!


Aalapana has tagged me with this one..

The tag rules: Write about the changes that have happened in your life, at least five, because of your significant other. Then Tag five others. If they don’t have a significant other, then any one person, who has caused the change. Please don’t leave the tag alone in the wild.

Well, how has marriage changed you is one question that brings about so many answers outright but this one somehow has always been leaving me with so much to think, so much to understand. My purely personal view is that if we get married late, our personality, individuality would have been established full-blown and it is difficult to mould ourselves to others or no matter how much I might disagree, there will be pride issues to accept that one could have such an impact on us. For an individual who resists changes or rebels at the very thought that someone might be influencing me, it has been a tough time but yes, I have changed not because he forced me to but because I liked that in him (ante manadi kinda padda naadey pai cheyyi aney type kada ;)).

I have learned to be more tolerant of the individuals of the families we are born into, forgiving their weaknesses, accepting them totally and completely.

I dont let myself get hurt easily, keep trouble-makers at a convenient distance (need not necessarily be physical and psychological hurt but even those who are a threat to peace of mind with larger-than life egos). Be a little cautious about people in general, not that trusting, not that open because there is always a chance of getting hurt really bad.

Eat well your heart's content and focus on being healthy.

To live life like I want it to and not dictated by others including the OH, retaining my own personal space.

Be a silent observer than bursting out when I find something disturbing.. this I am trying to do gradually, you know old habits die hard ;).

Thanks for tagging me and letting me think about things that I usually brush aside..

Coming to tagging someone, you know the obvious person I would want this to do is Caps..

Then Rads, Ramya, Swathi, Madhu.

Jul 7, 2008

Caste and The Country :(...


One look at today's AP polit(r)ics and we get to understand that caste, religion, and region reign. Why do people use the trump card of caste each and every time they have no other issue to rake up. It is really unfortunate that the leaders jump in to cash on the caste feeling among the masses and use it to their selfish motives. I was brought up to believe that every human being is equal and to treat each and every individual with respect.

The first time I heard about this term "caste" was when some kid in the school asked me what I was. I came back home getting diverse answers, one from dad who gave me the name and began taking me to our community get-togthers that take place every year and the other from my mom who said why the hell do you want to know that and what difference would that make whatever you are to your friend and then told me about the 4 varnas and such stuff but warned me never ever to bring it up in my discussions ever with anyone and never to base any of my views about a person based on which community he belongs to.

It might be easy for me to say why make a big deal of the caste because I belong to the so-called "upper caste" and have never been subjected to any atrocities or differences by any one. Agreed there are a lot of villages still where untouchability is practised and casteism rules, but instead of focusing on bringing about equality, why are the leaders hell bent on dividing the people further based on the very same. Whatever is the mindset of the people, I believe, that it depends on the education a man recieves and it is the duty of the government to eradicate such social differences and bring about social and economic equality but in stead they just watch and fuel the fued :((..

What the hell is wrong with this guy Manda Krishna Madiga, what has he done to the upliftment of the oppressed in the society. There was a time when I was impressed with activities and marches they used to do to fight for their rights and was watching them closely but somehow down the lane, he lost the track. All I see him doing is making absolutely unnecessary issues, responding to anything and everything and being desperate in raking up nonexistent, silliest to the core issues ranging from papers to movies to day to day life. Looks like he has an opinion on anything and everything and when one tends to give him a dose of his own medicine, he plays the oppressed atrocities card. Well, things just dont work this way, sooner or later the very people he says he represents will see through his game.. Baaduga netalu antey kopam vacchindi kaani ee panulanni enti???

Kamma, Reddy, Kapu, Telangana, Andhra, Madiga.. dishti bommalaki, kalaalaki, kurcheelaki kooda kulalalani antagadutunna ee samajamlo nenu Manishini ani gurtinchevaru evaraina unnara mana ee Baaduga Netallo?????

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Comedy of Errors!! :)


"Nenu edi chesina Chirigi, Chaatantai, Chaapanta autundi"... Ento Venu Tottempudi anna ee particular dialogue maatram naaku aptga set autundi :).

I start something on a very small scale in a normal way and the result ends up being something else altogether. Me and the OH have been planning to watch the movie Ready and Sarkar Raj for a long long time and each time something or the other came up. Usually movies stay at the max 2 or 3 weeks in the local theaters in Atlanta and http://atlanta.eknazar.com is the site I usually check out for the movie and event listing. Last Sunday, when the listing showed the movie Ready was playing at Peachtree Cinemas at 7 and 10 p.m., we promptly reached the theater by 9:45 to find out that last Telugu movie show on Sunday is at 8:30, so we return back home and catch a good night's sleep and this Sunday turn up at 8:40 for the very same movie which is listed in the site above as being showed at 8:30 p.m.

So, if you were wondering why all this intro, the drama just begins...

Yours truly rushes to get 3 tickets for Ready and races to the screen showing the movie and settle in the seat just in time to catch the intro of "Brahmanandam" and enjoy the movie fultoos wondering why everything suggests climax and what will the movie be after interval and then at 10 p.m. came the much un-awaited "The End." What actually happened was the site listing as usual was incorrect and the show started at 7 p.m. and I was issued the ticket for 10:20 show which I totally failed to register and since there was no one at the entrance to see the ticket, we just raced in and settled thinking we lost 10-minute show whereas we actually went in way after the interval part :(((((((... So, the aadarsh genious jodi that we are, stayed back in the theater for the actual show we bought the tickets for and watched up to the point where we began seeing it.

Here begins the new trend to watch the movies, 2nd half first and the first half next :)...

Well, it is just not like that I call myself a cartoon ;). (well, I call myself, dont even dare to call me that... err, at least on my face ;).)

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