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When i was in Kabini last weekend, there are teams working on the Census of Tigers in the Nilgiri Biosphere. The jungles of Nagarhole, is supposed to have one of the thick presence of Tigers in South India, as said by the naturist at the park.

Here is the final count from the whole of India.
1411.

What a small number? I’m sure Niranj, a fellow photographer friend, Bangalore, can give so many reasons for the less number of tigers, apart from poaching(dude u listening?).

Anyways, lemme do my bit.
You do can make a difference. Speak out. Share. Blog.

Listen to our heroes as well.


You also have Dhoni and Baichung Roaring. Check them at www.saveourtigers.com.

Lets hope for the best. Tigers are a part of our ecosystem. We need them. Lets Save them, at any cost.

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quit smoking

Smoking Kills.
Smoking is Injurious to Health.
Smoking Causes Cancer.
Tobacco Smoke can Kill Babies.
Smoking Harms Your Family.
These are few anti tobacco messages, i came across.

We all know, it kills, be it active or passive, but, not ready to quit or not ready even to think of quitting.

Instead of banning the products, government talk about Human Rights and allocated 40% space on the box. Instead of quitting, smokers generally talk about kicks and experiences and thrills of smoking.

What can you expect from a non-smoker? Is there any non-smoker?
In fact, i feel there is no NON-SMOKER, as all the men, women and kids on earth are smoking one or the other smokers smoke, passive, with the source of the smoke varying from industries, motorised vehicles and the smoking human.

I have tens of friends who smoke day in and out, especially few cute little friends-girls, who are adamant to quit smoking.
DEAR, YOU HAVE FEW MORE REASONS TO QUIT SMOKING NOW.
Studies show that the “Tobacco consumption reduced birth weight of the foetus, decreased their gestational age leading to premature babies, increased the risk of still births and heightened chances of anaemia among adult pregnant women”

The latest report from the Tobacco Atlas says, Indian women are among the worst in the world when it comes to smoking. According to the latest Tobacco Atlas, the country ranks third in the top 20 female smoking populations across the globe. Only the US with 2.3 crore female smokers and China with 1.3 crore women smokers are worse off than India in this chart. However, as far as percentage of women smoking is concerned, it is below 20% for India. Among India’s immediate neighbours, only Pakistan figures in this infamous list, but right at the bottom at 20th with around 30 lakh female smokers.

The Atlas said tobacco killed some six million people each year — more than a third of whom will die from cancer — and drained $500 billion annually from global economies. As 25% of smokers die and many more become ill during their most productive years, income loss devastates families and communities. In 2010, 72% of those who die from tobacco related illnesses would be in low- and middle-income countries.

Anyways… Its Just UP TO YOU. Have FUN QUIT-SMOKING.
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NOTE:
The above image was shot in a slum in Ulsoor area. Shown here only for representative purpose.

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A 20-point quicklist… as given by NDTV.com.
Please check my comments below every point.

1. Agatha Sangma is the youngest minister at 28, SM Krishna the oldest at 77.
PV: Yes. She will go to Sangma College now to learn how to cheat and make money. Former CM of Karnataka, SM Krishna can also give her lessons from his vast experience.

2. The average age of the council of ministers is now a little over 62 years.
PV: Retired Candidates for the Youngest Country on Earth.

3. One out of every four UPA MPs is a minister.
PV: In an years span, it may become two out of Four MPs.

4. The southern states have a higher MP:Minister ratio than the North.
PV: At least now. There is a saying VADAKKU VALARGIRATHU. THERKU THEIGIRATHU in Tamil, Meaning North Grows and South dies.

5. Karnataka, with four ministers with 11 UPA MPs.
PV: Ha Ha… They Lost more seats to BJP. So they got More Ministers. Lesson for Other states.

6. Kerala is close with six out of 19.
PV: Enda Chettan… Sopper Coolaaanum.

7. Of 35 UPA MPs, Tamil Nadu has nine ministers – most of them from the DMK.
PV: Kalaignar, the TAMIL LEADER(?), in spite of being unwell, he achieved what he wanted for his family. But, will this help TN Grow?

8. But DMK chief Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi is not a minister, but son MK Azhagiri is.
PV: Kanimozhi is just nothing in front of this DADA Plus Azhagiri.. So He got one.. and not her.

9. Andhra Pradesh has the least of the southern states with four ministers.
PV: Ya. AP Should take lessons from Karnataka. AP Congress won more MPs and so Less Ministers.

10. Vilasrao Deshmukh and SM Krishna are not members of any House.
PV: Ex CMs screwed the states, now gonna spoil the Parliament house. Deshmukh is 26/11 fame and SM Krishna, affair with Saroja Devi Controversy. Hope Krishna wont have any EXTERNAL AFFAIRS now.

11. Among dropped ministers from last time: Arjun Singh, Shivraj Patil (who had already been dropped post 26/11), Sis Ram Ola, Saifudin Soz, Mahavir Prasad, TR Baalu, Oscar Fernandes, Ashwini Kumar, Santosh Bagrodia.
PV: What will these guys do now? Now they have to ask questions in the parliament, unlike they were answering all these years.

12. Despite the Congress bounty in Haryana, only Kumari Selja makes it to a ministerial post.
PV: Any Sardar is behind this? Or Vienna Issue are responsible?

13. UP, which gave the Congress 21 seats under Rahul Gandhi’s party revival plan, has only five ministers, but not a single Cabinet post.
PV: Rahul must be unhappy, cos, Sonia and Rahul represent UP and didn’t take a Minister Berth.

14. There are five Muslim ministers.
PV: For 14% of Indian Muslims, the representation was only 6.3%.

15. There are 10 Dalit ministers.
PV: Why should they list, when there is Reservation? To keep Mayavati Happy?
In any case, the representation is good (12.7% of ministers are Dalits)

16. There are nine women ministers.
PV: When will this become 50%? At least 33%?

17. There are nine former chief ministers in the Cabinet.
PV: These 9 guys must have lost Assembly elections in their respective states. Must Be.

18. Ally tally: Trinamool Congress seven (one Cabinet, six MoS), DMK even (three Cabinet, four MoS), NCP three (One Cabinet, one MoS Independent Charge and one MoS), Muslim League and NCP one each.
PV: Karunanithi, a veteran from TN won ministers, but its high time for the portfolios. Sure he is gonna fight for the Rich Portfolios.

19. Four former Indian Youth Congress presidents become ministers – Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik, Gurudas Kamat and Selja.
PV: Youth Congress Presidents? All of them now older than 45 Years.
Anand Sharma – 56 Years, Mukul Wasnik – 50 Years, Gurudas Kamat – 55 Years and Selja Kumari – 46 Years.

20. Most of the younger bunch of ministers are sons and daughters of politicians.
PV: Ya ya.. Getting into their Family Business.

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Happened to watch this nice commercial online for the IPL season 2. I Love it.
Rest for you to enjoy.

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“Indian Cricket team was not attacked, when they toured Sri Lanka.
Sri Lankan team was shot, when they were in Pak.
That’s the difference between FREEDOM STRUGGLE and TERRORISM“.

Though its a funny forward message… This made a lot of sense to me.
So sharing here.. Wat do you feel?

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Recently visited 3 entirely different and contrast cities… across 3 states in the Eastern part of the country, the only connect being the GANGES.

Kolkata (formerly CALCUTTA) is the most populous and most denser city in the country, which lies on the Hoogly river. Kolkata is one of the oldest cities, and was the Capital of British India till 1911. A colorful city, also termed as the cultural and intellectual captital of India, which gave Subash Chandra Bose, Rabindranath Tagore, Mother Teresa, Satyajit Ray and JC Bose among others to the country. The city is famous and noted for Trams, Metro, Howrah, River Ghats and Female Trafficking.
On the Hoogly...

Varanasi, also called as Kaasi and Banaras, is the oldest living city on Earth. The history goes back to 2500 years and is still not changed. One must say, this city as the “HOLIEST” and “DIRTIEST” city on Earth. With Ganges flowing from south to North in this city in the cresent shape, this city has 84 ghats. The notable and famous ghats are Manikarnika/Harishchandra, Dasashwamedha, panchakoot, Assi and Tulsi Ghats. At any point of time, you can see death bodies, washing clothes, brushing and bathing, poojas and final rites on the Ganges.
count me if you can

Dhanbad is the coal capital of India, which contributes to more than 40% of coal to India, from 100s of Collieries there. This dustiest city is one of the top 30 cities in the country and the Dhanbad Railway Region holds the 2nd position on the profitability. This is a city which is almost close to complete is maintained by TATAs. Though the literacy levels of Bihar and Jharkhand is under 50%, Dhanbad produces, so many IAS, IPS officers and Engineers every year. Here is one the Engineers from Dhanbad, getting married.
made for each other

This post is just to give a brief intro… Lemme write my experiences across in the forthcoming posts. Watch this space for MORE.

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I must tell you.. this place Manapad (மணபாடு in Tamil) looked heaven when we were on our trip.

The sky, the clouds and the sea all looked blue and blue everywhere. It was around 4.30pm, when we reached the village, the waves gave us a warm welcome. The men and women were sweet and soft, even when they speak to strangers like us. We started shooting the water and moving boats, then walked up the cliff to check The Holy Cross Church. It was already 6.15 and we had no time to capture the beautiful moments of the zone.

We shot some sunset scenes and the day was gone and it was pitch dark. So we decided to come back the next day evening again, and walked back to Kulasai. Next day was even beautiful. I carried my Manfrotto (damn useful!) and tried capturing the missed ones the previous night. I was very cautious and planned my time to capture the bright evening moments of Sun. Yes.. Its all here for you.. to see… A must visit location.
beautiful mother nature

three is a crowd

extended shadows

crosses

light house

There is so much available with Manapad to offer us…
1. The soft shallow backwaters, which is a km away from the sea.
2. The Holy Cross Church and a cave, which is 500 years old.
3. A light house on the cliff, under the control of Government of India.

Note about Manapad from Wiki:
Manapad is a predominantly Roman Catholic coastal village in India, 70 km from Tirunelveli and 18 km south of Tiruchendur, and one of the first places to be visited by St. Francis Xavier in 1542 when he initiated missionary activity on the Fishery coast.

Francis Xavier is said to have lived and prayed in a cavern on the seaward face of a cliff. There si still something called as St.Xavier Cave. Holy Cross Church close to the sea was built in the year 1581. This church has what is believed to be a fragment of the True Cross of Jerusalem. Thousands congregate during the festival season from 1st to 14th September every year when the cross is publicly displayed. Since there are other small temples, here this place is called as “Chinna Jerusalem” (Small Jerusalem).

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I was out on a short trip to Kulasekaranpattinam a small village with less than 10000 population. I was waiting for this trip for an year now, thanks to photojournalist friend Selvaprakash, who motivated with his awesome set of frames from last year Dasara.

The train journey from Bangalore to Kulasai was tiresome, as the train delayed by 4 hrs, cos of some goods train derailed that night. But, when i reached this village, you guys should believe me, the energy levels are very very high during the festivity. We all really enjoyed the days and nights of shooting across kulasai, manapadu and Tuticorin.

Few frames from the trip…
UdayaRaj… a lil demon..
young demon

Kaali in the making..
kali in the making

Men.. Women.. and others…
on the move

More frames at.. Kulasekaranpattinam

Few BEST things to list here.
1. Making of Kaali and of course the energy levels of Kaali.
2. Shooting of Udayaraj, when he was in Demon get up.. and searched him the next day to shoot with out the costume.
3. Amma, Appa and Food at Adhi’s home.
4. Manapadu Village, Fishermen and the Church.
5. Salt harvesting and the stories behind at Tuticorin.

I really enjoyed the trip and thanks to the TEAM, with special thanks to Adhi.

NOTE:
Kulasekaranpattinam a coastal village in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) district, famous for its 300-year old Muthariamman Koil located on the seashore. During Dusserah more than one million people assemble in the area and fine music resonates with the rhythmic beat of drums.

Folk artistes from all over the State converge here to participate in the 10-day festival. The beach looks like a fair ground and the performances reminds one of the natyotsavs in large temple.Tuticorin, Nellai and Kumari district bustle with preparation for Folk Carnival activities this year.

There is no Royal patronage and the entire festivity veers round the presiding deity Sri Muthariamman of Kulasekaranpattinam. Following an age-old tradition, devotees vow to go from house to house to beg for alms, disguised in various celestial forms such as Kali, Siva, Vishnu and Narada, Animal Forms Such as Tiger, Monkey, Bear, Lion etc. Some devotees transform themselves into mundane figures such as policemen, King, Queen, Justice, narikuravars and beggars during the festival, and roam with begging bowls, to propitiate the Goddess.

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From my recent visit to Dubai, guess i can list out few commons and contrasts between Dubai and India just based on my discussions and observations.

Commons:
IDA: InDiA DubAI

Malayalam and Tamil: Ya.. You have 3 Malayalam FM Radio Channels and a Tamil FM Radio Channel in Dubai.

Rich and Poor: Ya.. Rich is becoming Richer and Poor is becoming poorer in Dubai as well.

Real Estate: Yes.. India is also trying to match with the real estate business of Dubai.

Skyscrapers: The tallest building under construction in Dubai is the “Al Burj”, which may have 200 floors and 1050 metres height. Noida too got a proposal, for a skyscraper, 160 floors and 750 metres building (though the tallest building is “The Imperial” , Mumbai – 60 floors)

Contrasts:
Cleanliness: Hmm.. to a larger extent, dubai is cleaner than India.

Taxi and Taxi Drivers: Camry’s and Corolla’s are premium in India. They are the Taxi Cabs in Dubai. Taxi drivers of Dubai are looking smarter than executives in India.

Driving: Left hand driving, so, keep right rule in Dubai, as against, Right hand driving and keep left rule in India.

Address: No name board contains the address in dubai, unlike in India.

Money Money OIL Money: Yup.. a litre of petrol costs u .95 Dhiram, but a coffee costs 2.5 dhiram.

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited by Law in Dubai, in any inside public location, but can smoke only in thge RED hot sun. In India, NO LAW so far.

Girls and Figures: Dubai is all International. Heard people from 225 nations live there. India… ?

Cycles and Motor Cycles: Hmm.. only the pizza, paper and courier delivery boys, use bikes and cylces in Dudai. India?

Postal Delivery: India post delivers letter to lakhs of villages in india and therz no delivery of posts in Dubai.

Ok.. this is just the gist… and balance will follow soon.

One of my pictures from the trip.
skyscrapers

~ peevee.

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Hmm…
Born in a marathi family in Karnataka, Shivajirao Gaekwad, a bus conductor once, is ruling the South Indian Cinema Industry for more than 2 decades, with more than 1 Crore Fans.

He has received honours such as Raj Kapoor Award (2007) from the Government of Maharastra, Padma Bhushan (2000) from Government of India, Kalaichelvam Award (1995) from the Nadigar Sangam, Oshobismit Award (1995) for Spirituality from Rajinish Ashram, MGR Award (1989) and Kalaimamani Award (1984) from the Government of Tamilnadu.

He won the Best Actor award, given by the Government of Tamil Nadu for his role in the film Chandramukhi(2005). And, has been selected as best movie entertainer in India for the year 2007 by NDTV.

His name is Rajinikanth… and here is the collection of Rajinikanth FUNNY Facts. Nothing is MINE, ALL CTRL+C, CTRL+V. My faves are marked BOLD

1. Rajnikanth makes onions cry
2. Ghosts are actually caused by Rajnikanth killing people faster than Death can process them.
3. Rajnikanth can build a snowman….. out of rain.
4. Rajnikanth can strangle you with a cordless phone.
5. Rajnikanth can drown a fish.
6. When Rajnikanth enters a room, he doesn’t turn the lights on, he turns the dark off.
7. When Rajnikanth looks in a mirror the mirror shatters, because not even glass is stupid enough to get in between Rajnikanth and Rajnikanth.
8. Brett Favre can throw a football over 50 yards. Rajnikanth can throw Brett Favre even further.
9. The last digit of pi is Rajnikanth. He is the end of all things.
10. Rajnikanth does not know where you live, but he knows where you will die.
11. Bullets dodge Rajnikanth.
12. A Handicap parking sign does not signify that this spot is for handicapped people. It is actually in fact a warning, that the spot belongs to Rajnikanth and that you will be handicapped if you park there.
13. Rajnikanth’ calendar goes straight from March 31st to April 2nd, no one fools Rajnikanth.
14. If you spell Rajnikanth wrong on Google it doesn’t say, Did you mean Rajnikanth? It simply replies, “Run while you still have the chance”
15. Rajnikanth can do a wheelie on a unicycle.

16. Once a cobra bit Rajnikanth’ leg. After five days of excruciating pain, the cobra died.
17. When Rajnikanth gives you the finger, he’s telling you how many seconds you have left to live.
18. Rajnikanth can kill two stones with one bird.
19. Rajnikanth was once on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and was the first to spin. The next 29 minutes of the show consisted of everyone standing around awkwardly, waiting for the wheel to stop.
20. Leading hand sanitizers claim they can kill 99.9 percent of germs. Rajnikanth can kill 100 percent of whatever he wants. There is no such thing as global warming. Rajnikanth was cold, so he turned the sun up.
21. Rajnikanth can set ants on fire with a magnifying glass. At night.
22. Rajnikanth has a deep and abiding respect for human life; unless it gets in his way.
23. It takes Rajnikanth 20 minutes to watch 60 Minutes.
24. Rajnikanth once shot down a German fighter plane with his finger, by yelling, “Bang!”
25. In an average living room there are 1,242 objects Rajnikanth could use to kill you, including the room itself.
26. Behind every successful man, there is a woman. Behind every dead man, there is Rajnikanth.
27. Rajnikanth destroyed the periodic table, because Rajnikanth only recognizes the element of surprise.
28. Rajnikanth got his drivers license at the age of 16 Seconds.
29. With the rising cost of gasoline, Rajnikanth is beginning to worry about his drinking habit.
30. The square root of Rajnikanth is pain. Do not try to square Rajnikanthh, the result is death.
31. When you say “no one’s perfect”, Rajnikanth takes this as a personal insult.
32. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of creatures Rajnikanth has allowed to live.
33. Outer space exists because it’s afraid to be on the same planet with Rajnikanth.
34. Rajnikanth counted to infinity – twice.
35. When Rajnikanth does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
36. Rajnikanth is so fast, he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
37. Rajnikanth doesn’t wear a watch; HE decides what time it is.
38. Rajnikanth gave Mona Lisa that smile.
39. Rajnikanth can slam a revolving door.
40. There are no races, only countries of people Rajnikanth has beaten to different shades of black and blue.
41. Rajnikanth’s house has no doors, only walls that he walks through.
42. Rajnikanth can divide by zero.
43. Newton’s Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in reaction to a Rajnikanth turnaround kick.
44. When taking the GRE, write “Rajnikanth” for every answer. You will score over 1600.
45. Rajnikanth has 12 moons. One of those moons is the Earth.
46. Rajnikanth grinds his coffee with his teeth and boils the water with his own rage.
47. Archeologists unearthed an old English dictionary dating back to the year 1236. It defined “victim” as “one who has encountered Rajnikanth”
48. If you Google search “Rajnikanth getting kicked” you will generate zero results. It just doesn’t happen.
49. Rajnikanth can drink an entire gallon of milk in thirty-seven seconds.
50. Rajnikanth doesn’t bowl strikes, he just knocks down one pin and the other nine faint.
51. Bermuda Triangle used to be the Bermuda Square, until Rajnikanth kicked one of the corners off.
52. There are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Rajnikanth lives in Chennai.
53. Rajnikanth once ate an entire bottle of sleeping pills. They made him blink.
54. James Cameron wanted Rajnikanth to play the Terminator. However, upon reflection, he realized that would have turned his movie into a documentary, so he went with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
55. Thousands of years ago Rajnikanth came across a bear. It was so terrified that it fled north into the arctic. It was also so terrified that all of its decedents now have white hair.

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