Thursday, February 19, 2009

who am I ?


Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Came across an interesting article on SLOW FOOD. Glad to share...
I saw a press report McDonald plans to open many more outlets, a proof no impact of the current crisis ! That is actually great news. My son loves the brand too, just like so many other kids. People continue to eat 'fast & junk' food.
Yesterday, Oprah show had few overweight, obese teenagers sharing the platform with a doctor and sharing their sorrows. An entire generation will suffer from the adverse impact of this junk food culture.
So, need for organic food, slow food, etc type of movents to sensitise all. Especially, our children.
  • Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food...This movement was in response to Mac's plan to open a new outlet near historic Spanish Steps at Rome
  • Fortunately Slow Food has picked up lot of mementum and more people are joining the movement. Of course, it is not just about food, but also educates people about biodiversity, the food production chain, taste... etc.
  • "if developing countries start consuming meat at the same rate the industrialised world has done, we will destroy the planet quicker! Same with fishing. You can't have good ecology without good gastronomy and vice versa. Land, water, and a food community must work together", acknowledges Petrini.
  • Slow Food philosophy has spawned an entire movement devoted to 'SLOW'... cities, schools, books, tourism and living ! Everything slow may not be appropriate surely, but then the essence of slow living is different, 'by enjoying life by accepting faster is not better and more is never enough'.
  • ' take time to look around, it is too short a day to be selfish', said someone. (read long back, love it). It is to stop and smell flowers, listen to music around, be aware, be minidul.... happy living !

Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.Today, we have over 85,000 members in 132 countries

Thursday, February 12, 2009

India win T20 match at SL

What a match ! what a win !!
The match had all the usual masala of a T20 match indeed. The big names failed to fire. It was left to the Pathan brothers to raise their game to a new level and ensure the win. Hats off to the Yusuf and Irfan!

Earlier, SL pulled off a win in the last ODI. India lost the toss and failed to win the match !!! Was the toss crucial throughout the series ? Why was Sachin 'rested' in both the last two ODI? We have been unable to get to view the master play ? The team management is guilty of this. Not fair. Wonder what would be Sachin's state of mind as he takes guard in NZ! Let Dhoni and team management remember, NZ will be a different ball game altogether.

Sachin has volunteered to stay out of T20 team. We, the common cricket fan, would like to see more of him. But respect his decision. To quote Sachin, Tendulkar also said that the good show of the Indian team, in a way, acts as a balm for the countrymen in these difficult economic times. I fully agree...lacs of other cricket fans too...

Indian cricket is on track. Let these small glitches be avoided in true sportsman spirit.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Layoff Tracker

Number of layoffs since Nov. 1, 2008, at America's 500 largest public companies:

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India No.2 in ICC ODI Ranking

I watched IPL 2 story unfolding this afternoon with mixed feelings . . .But this is a real news to cheer about...
India has moved up to the second slot in ICC ODI ranking. This is great news indeed.

A good example of fine captaincy (MSD), team effort, team-management(esp, manager/ Robin Singh/Venkatesh Prasad), selection committee ( Kris Srikanth & Team) and may be, less interference by BCCI ( :) ! )

Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Meditation

"Meditation should be performed enthusiastically, withfull faith and care, and strictly according to the disciplineslaid down. If this is done, it will bestow not only allhappiness and all victory but even the vision of the Lord.Therefore, begin meditation, each one ofyou, from today —even from this moment!"-Dhyana Vahini ch.1 p.8

Krishna told Arjuna that....while meditating the body should not touch the earthor another body. This is because contact with the earthmakes the individual lose the divine current generatedin him during meditation.
Meditation will be more meaningful if desires arecurtailed. Less luggage, more comfort make travel apleasure; fewer desires make the journey of life easierand happier."-- Summer Showers in Brindhavan 1979 p.117
"Everyone has the right to achieve this high degree ofsuccess (in meditation). I do not say this in just a quiet tone; I declare thisloud enough for all quarters to hear. Knowing this, meditateand advance! Do meditation and progress! Realise the Atma!"Dhyana Vahini -Ch.2

IPL auction 2

It is again auction time... yet again.
  • 'Auction' of sportmen is still not palatable, as I posted last year ( American elections, Lincoln... all top of mind and hence more linkage to 'slavery' ??)
  • More celebrities enter.. with Shilpa Shetty, etc. and the glamour quotient :)
  • Mortoza going for 12 times the initial level indeed is the proof of celebrity ego, I feel.
  • Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen goes for top two bids, ahead of last year's topper, MSD
  • King of good Times, owner of Bangalore team, has to put up with KP and another player, whose alcoholic affinity would make it interesting. Mallya might see the value of a professional like Rahul Dravid, when he has to handle these players now!

The sportsmen suddenly see their future more secured and I am happy for them. . .But I still have the nagging feeling, the 'sport' is moving away from its core values! Lalit Modi, BCCI, former cricketers....are you listeing ?

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Neo Sports' dANUBE Lizards ad

I love wordspace for its continuous music, no commercial or gyaan-baazi. We do not have such luxury with cricket telecasts, these days.
But this hit a new low when Neo Sports started telecasting some sub standard ads.
While Western Money Union is a good commercial, all their other commercials have been quite 'painful'! The ads on tissue paper, masala from Adil, etc...
The new Danube ad featuring lizards is UNBEARABLE. My family insists on changing channel, not even 'mute-ing', whenever the ad is telecast.
The joy of a wonderful match is robbed by these below par commercial.
Is it not the responsibility of a channel to ensure the total telecast/product/package is worthy of a VIEWER-DELIGHT !