Saturday, April 29, 2006

Amusing Myself?....Could Be.

Long long long time ago ME and Shirin ,two wonderful people I got to know (and hope to meet someday) tagged me to write about "My Ideal Partner".It was so long ago probably the tag has expired but since I am still alive and have some time to kill, posting this as a tribute to The Tag albeit a slightly different version.

Random thoughts....

I don't need a man

To survive
To cook for me
To take care of me
To show me what affection is
To change the electirc bulb for me (?)
To tell me how to dream
To globe trek with me
To help me find my way(literally and metaphorically speaking)

I need one

To fall in love
To take me on bike rides
To shop with me for electronic stuff
To accompany me to the village bar (in mallu land its called “kallu shaapu”.I am soo curious to check out the scene there but lack the courage to go there alone)
To enjoy sports with( that would be cricket and football(soccer)..no WWE or Sumo Wrestling please!)
To tell me I am awesome (*grin*)
To have babies with.(*ahem*)
To tell me why they trip over beer so much (I mean seriously…).

They are both incomplete as well as editable lists.Down the lane possibility of either one winning and getting edited .Until then I need one as much as I dont need one.

Deeper thoughts...

My "ideal partner" would be..keeping it really simple..or maybe not.

If I find him inspirational then he is an ideal guy for me.
If I fall in love with him then he becomes my ideal mate.
If he falls in love with me as well.
Then probably u will find me on the top level of Maslow's pyramid or attained the bloody Nirvana or something. hehe...

And Janis Joplin is singing ....

Tryin’ to find a lover who’s never, never, never been born.
Standing on a hill in my mountain of dreams,
Telling myself it’s not as hard as it seems.
(Going to California-Janis Joplin vers)
I am kinda of amused now.:)Anyway I'm going to listen to the song again.Her voice simply ROCKS!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Save Planet Earth!

You may see it simply as an appropriate title for my post or see it as a message that needs to be internalized and spread.Ask your conscience and take your pick.

First of all......................

Happy International Earth Day !
(we celebrated it today at the campus)

We have in our campus what is called the sustainability courtyard. Its an open ,breezy courtyard with lovely ,huge trees providing awesome shade , round tables and chairs made out of recycled material -looks like wood ,but is not with a couple of food joints—like Ono Pono and Govindas (yep Indian!!) serving organic ,vegetarian food .Afternoons is a nice time to be there ,when all the hippes (not the yuppies) of the campus hang out. Some with bare feet( have one in my department and we call him Big-Foot Bob) and long swaying crinkly outfits and hairs colored, not colored ,in dreds not in dreds , munching Indian food and discussing love and music(perhaps?).On second thoughts its not fair to stereotype them. They could be talking about science and technology or philosophy or politics and what not!!! Anyway in case nobody is clear, the place is supposed to represent the whole concept of sustainability and hence the name-sustainability courtyard. We have a very active environmental activist group comprising of students and professors in the University and this idea of a sustainability courtyard was conceived by them.
SO today being Earth Day they had organised an awesome celebration in the campus.Usually its at the sustainability courtyard ..but today it was moved slightly further to accomodate more people. I had completely forgotten about it so didn’t take my camera which I regret terribly(Big Loss!!).It felt like being in a hippie festival and I ABSOLUTELY loved it. Some of my classmates got their t -shirts and bags screen printed with cool logos and catch phrases. Since I had not signed up for it I couldn’t get anything personalized (Big Loss again!).And since there cannot be any festivities without music ,The Organics enhanced the hippie feel with their cool music.There was a girl playing the violin, a guy from Africa playing the African drums, a guy with the longest hair I have seen on a guy! playing the regular drums(is there a specific name for it? ) and a Japanese guy on the electric guitar. I also heard the sounds of the sitar in the background (pre-recorded ofcourse) although not quite sure if I was simply hearing it in my head. Oh yea!..with the finals right around the corner my state of paranoia has intensified.
No campus gathering is complete without the student political activists demonstrating something or passing out flyers.Today's group was wearing black ,with painted faces wich looked like the globe(for obvious reasons) distributing flyers and holding placards..demanding that Bush Step down, say no to war & yes to peace, no nuclear weapons and Save the Planet!
I also checked out a couple of alternative energy stalls ,tried out a quiz got two answers out of 10 wrong, but won a paper fan, a pen and a giant paper clip! And last but not the least—a lady came up and talked about “this guy from India” spreading the message that the “world is one family” and how inner healing is necessary to fix things external to you or something in those lines .He is visiting US and will be in town for a couple of days and she emphasized how important it is to go and meditate with him. The “guy from India” happens to be Shri Shri RaviShankar.lol!
So to sum it all up—hung out with the hippies, munched on organic samosa’s , listened to the Organics , thought about a couple of sweet hippie souls I know and celebrated…all in the name of Planet Earth!
Gee..do I sound stoned?Naaaah..
Peace and Love

Monday, April 17, 2006

From the Heart...

Sometimes its just a beautiful song you enjoy…..and sometimes its more than that..it hits you close to home.

Never opened myself this way
Life is ours, we live it our way
All these words I don't just say
and nothing else matters.
Trust I seek and I find in you
Every day for us something new
Open mind for a different view
and nothing else matters.
(Metallica :Nothing Else Matters)
To talk about less profound things or maybe not...
Here are two pictures I took. It was getting dark so the colors of the ocean did not come out as well.
Its a beautiful ,protected bay and I live about 45 mins from here. Went there with a couple of friends. The good thing about this place is that it is State owned and open access is denied and there are timings and restrictions which are strictly followed. So its never crowded and appears more pristine and ofcourse less interference , better protected is the environment.
I was just reading that close to 4 billion(total world population 6 billion) of the world’s population inhabit land areas 60kms from the coast and that critical coastal resources ,such as mangroves and coral reefs which are among the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on earth are being plundered in the name of development particularly in the Asian and Pacific developing countries.
The consequence– they have suffered more than 50% of the world’s natural disasters.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Just Told Myself..

.....Life isnt too bad and it might even get better.


The Romantics has arrived and I am in love!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Hey You....

.... would you help me to carry the stone?
Open your heart, I’m coming home.
But it was only fantasy.
The wall was too high,As you can see.
No matter how he (she)tried,
He (She)could not break free.
And the worms ate into his (her)brain.
Hey you, standing in the road
Always doing what you’re told,
Can you help me?
Hey you, out there beyond the wall,
Breaking bottles in the hall,
Can you help me?
Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all

(State of Mind (pathetic)stolen from Pink Floyd's(Hey You!))

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Brief Pause-Resume Play.

Brief Pause..Resume Play!
That's how spring break was and now its back to business as usual.Accomplished a couple of things in my spring list.
Watched the movies(Bluffmaster was a huge disappointment except for AB jr)
Kannathil Muthamittal was wonderful as always.
Went for the short trip with my profs.Wasnt too bad .Besides work,hogged on some good food ,large helpings that too(yep look like a puffed up puffer fish now),squeezed in a movie with my friend ( V for Vendata) and bought a t-shirt and cap dyed with red dirt(oh yea!).Pretty cool except that it comes with a long list of instructions of does and donts.Hung out with friend's sisters,went shopping with them , blew up some money(*gulp*)and got the eye make over.I looked like cleopatra in the end and almost broke into the "walk like an egyptian"dance routine.
Still havent received the darn book from Amazon.Happens when u order the cheapest one available.
Treated K , jr and couple of friends to some (ahem...awesome) food...and the dessert was fantabulous!Ofcourse I cooked.
So..on the whole.. spring break was ok..except that it was more like a monsoon break.Got rained down and there was flood alerts everyday.But I was fine with it..

Back to school...
Tons of work to do -so much that its overwhelming.Projects,paper submission and more paper submission and projects(*can I just die*).As my friend V asked me yest-" besides all these stupid things(he believes formal education is a waste of time) you want to tell me if anything nice is happening at school?"and I told him-no,I lead a very stupid life.Anyways.. my friend M is visiting home(india).She will be meeting with some of our other friends in bangalore.I need a bloody magic wand right now!
This post is getting more and more depressing so to stop on a happy note..
It's my friend R's birthday.Sooo....Happy Birthday to U R!