Posts Tagged ‘tamilnadu’

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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I just finished reading this historical Tamil novel, dated back to 1960’s written by Kalki R Krishnamuthy, one of the pioneer novelists in TamilNadu.

This is the first novel of this magnitude, i have ever read, though i had access to small novels by sujatha and other novelists in Tamil. Kalki is just awesome and the way he explains a scene, in fact every scene is just awesome. I wonder anyone had done that in the past or even, any one can do in the future. The way Kalki mixed the hostorical characters in his own style with the learnings he had through books, is just fantastic.

The story line of Parthiban Kanavu is way back to 7th Century AD, when Chola Kings were under the control of Pallava Kings of ancient TamilNadu. Parthiban, a Chola King, dreams to have an Independent Chola kingdom and the story ends when Vikraman, son of Parthiban, makes it happen. Thanks Mercy for lending me a copy.

Now.. its Sivagamiyin Sabadham… in the queue. Happy Reading.

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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


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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Hosur (Tamil: ஓசூர் (pronounced as Ho-soor) is a Town and a municipality in Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu. It is a taluk of Krishnagiri district and is located just about 40 kilometres south-east of Bangalore. This used to be an underdeveloped district once and came into the limelight in the 1980’s when TamilNadu government planned for a SIPCOT (Small Industries Promotion Corporation of TamilNadu) in Hosur.

I know this place from 1996 and happened to watch the positive changes in the growth graph for the last 12 years. I visited Hosur for the first time in August 1996. Thanks to Adhiyamaan Engineering College, which offered Chemical Engineering (which was my dream career, then). I must confess, this town is better than Bangalore for its pleasant weather, unpolluted air and less traffic.

I must say, the 4 years of my stay at Hosur is phenomenal. Though we had issues like Ragging, Problems with local rowdies and college strike sessions, the amount of energy and experience this town gave to me (21 year old boy, then) was amazing. Post engineering, inspite of me moving to Chennai, Pondicherry, Chennai again and now Bangalore, Hosur seems always pleasant to me. I always dreamt to have a home at Hosur and settle in Hosur during the last days of my Life. Hoping…

Will you believe?
This town
1. Accounts for 80% of Rose Exports of India.
2. Accounts for 5% of the total Mango production in TamilNadu, which makes Krishnagiri Dt, #1 district for Mango cultivation.
3. Houses more than 750 industries, including the big names like TVS Motors, Ashok Leyland, Titan Industries, Exide, Godrej Saralee and Gabriel Shocks.
4. Will also house a Special Economic Zone for Software companies soon.
5. For information, Thorapally village near Hosur is the birth place of the first Governer General of Independent India, Rajaji.

Ok.. Now.. Why all of a sudden, HOSUR PURANAM…?
Today’s Mint Paper is responsible for this write up.
The news article said.. “Aircraft repair facility plan in final stages”. If approved, the $40 mn facility in Hosur will be the first in the country to be run by a non-airline company.
Check the complete article. Hosur

One more feather on the Hosur’s Crown. Share your comments.
This picture was shot, when we went on a small trip to Hosur last year.

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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.

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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Can i call myself as a great victim for the fuel hike?
Even if you say NO… Lemme call myself a victim.

It all started in May, when we started planning for a trip to Gujarat and Rajasthan in August 2008. After discussing with fellow photographers of Ahmedabad and few shutterbugs from Bangalore, we decided to explore only Rajasthan in a span of 11 full days (August 14th to August 24th, convincingly planned to combine the Independence day holidays).

Guess, it was 6th June, i got my flight tickets booked for both ways of journey (Rs.8900 per head for a return trip to Jaipur). Thanks to Spicejet and we even called them our Official carrier for the trip then. But, when, the news on fuel hike came in the mid of 2nd week, Spicejet happily canceled their flights and left us in trouble, without even informing us. I called them, when i find no flight in the list, they agreed to pay 100% money back.

We don’t wanna cancel the trip, just becos, Spicejet canceled the flights, and this time, we got Jet lite and Indigo to help us out. Though this exercise of re booking the tickets cost me Rs.3000 extra per head, we went on and booked the tickets. Thanks to Arul for accepting this time too.. to go with a re booking and visit Rajasthan.

On June 24th, there was an another shock, when Jet lite canceled the flight and scheduled for different time, with a price hike of Rs.3000. I seriously don’t know, what to call this now, my fate, my bad luck?

As a last try, I re booked ticket again with an Indigo flight, and advanced my trip by a week (This time, its 7th August to 17th August 2008). Thanks Arul, again, for the support this time too.

Now, with fingers crossed, I’m waiting for something good to happen. If at all, if our INDIGOites Cancel or Reschedule the flights or Increase the price further, I will be GAME for a TEN DAYS TRIP in KARNATAKA or TAMILNADU. And, will call all these Air Travel as HAIR Travel.

Hope you guys are not praying for a cancellation or a price hike. 🙂 If you happen to be a victim, of any of this sort, please let me know. I need a company too.

~ peevee.

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