Monday, November 20, 2006

The Sahyadris

Was killing time. Googled Western Ghats hoping to check out some awesome images or read up some interesting stuff and stumbled upon these treasures. A book of images and a documentary film on the Sahyadris.

The Movie:

Doesn’t the title rock?!?
Can check out the trailer here: (should work)

The Book

This book of images can be purchased from ATREE. An AWESOME organization based in Bangalore that I have known since my internship days . I have always wanted to work there. Maybe someday.


At The Gorgas Science Foundation (USA). It costs $50.

The Artist/Author:

"Sandesh Kadur, though based in Brownsville, Texas, makes his home in forests across the globe. Images, Sandesh feels, have the power to move people in a way nothing else can. And it is this power he hopes to harness through his work and inspire his audience to protect and appreciate what remains of our wilderness. True to his name, he brings the message of the richness and beauty of nature far beyond its boundaries ."
The book's co-author is Prof Kamal Bawa.

I want the book and the movie (saw the trailer… I have goose bumps!). It’s past midnight, but I have lost all sleep.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Plane On Sale!Plane On Sale!

Anybody wants to buy a plane? A cute little cessna for a neat little price.

With thanksgiving almost here and Christmas around the corner, everyones mail box is getting flooded with shopping catalogues from different stores. Mostly from places like Wall Mart, Macy's, Sears, Old Navy etc. They normally carry holiday specials and items on sale.Being a barely surviving graduate student anything above $25 is luxury item for me and sometimes these catalogues can be very exciting when I find something that I wanted on a 75% sale price. So,that's when yesterday in my mail box I found a catalogue from Sam's club, a whole sale outlet of Wall Mart. Inside their cover page carried an ad of a cessna business jet on sale for 2.7 million dollars!! It was quite a surprise initially but later I couldn't help but wonder if this was somebody's idea of a joke. I mean a 2.7 million dollar plane on a shopping catalogue mailed to a middle class neighbourhood!!
Anyways..guess what? I just checked online and found out it's already been SOLD!!Howzat?

Happy Thanksgiving YaAll!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Ordinariness To Extraordinariness

Enroute to destination on a nice stormy day

Sometimes it happens that you become one, in some rare moment. Watch the ocean, the tremendous wildness of it--and suddenly you forget your split, your schizophrenia; you relax. listening to beautiful music, you fall together. Whenever, in whatsoever situation, you become one, a peace, a happiness, a bliss, surrounds you, arises in you. You feel fulfilled. There is no need to wait for these moments--these moments can become your natural life. These extraordinary moments can become ordinary moments - that is the whole effort of Zen. You can live an extraordinary life in a very ordinary life: cleaning the floor , cooking, studying, doing your assignments, you can be tremendously at ease with yourself--because the whole question is of you doing your action totally, enjoying, delighting in it...................yep!

That was a quick fix to schizophrenia now I need a quick fix to paranoia.Not just me but majority of the world seems to be paranoid( impending nuclear holocaust, the next ice-age, conspiracy theories and what not) or maybe it's just me being schizophrenic.
Life is not a tragedy, it is a comedy. To be alive means to have a sense of humor- Osho

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Nothing Much Except That

Democrats won big time and have taken control of the House of Reps as well as the Senate(well almost).

My advisor is thrilled to bits over it and we are having a barbeque party tomorrow (Thursday) to celebrate. Actually the party was decided last Friday for no reason. Now, there seems to be a good reason.

Rumsfeld resigned “after a series of thoughtful conversation” with the president .It was decided the country’s defense needs “new leadership”.

I cut my hair short. The length-just below my ears. Nobody cared except for mom. She was furious.

I have also gone back to biting my nails big time. (I have heard it’s a bad habit)

My professor/advisor is in love with Keanu Reeves. I can bet on it.

One of my good friends had a baby boy and he wants me to go shopping with him for baby stuff.

I made him translate each word of the “Naina” song form Omkara.

Kal Pen( and no he ain’t related to Sean Penn) from Harold and Kumar go to Whitecastle fame was in campus for a chat session and it was followed by the screening of the same movie. I missed both.

He is playing Gogol Ganguli in the new movie by Mira Nair “Namesake”(Jhumpa Lahri’s).

I am supposed to be cooking some Indian dish for friday’s get together. Two Indian students are graduating and leaving. I haven’t the faintest idea who they are but I am cooking.

I am trying to give up chai . I have chai addiction . No professional help just the age-old method of self-control.

There is a huge movie poster on the wall in my room. It shows two huge chimneys with the smoke coming out forming a hurricane like image and it says “By far the most terrifying film you will ever see”- aninconvenienttruth :A Global Warning.

For an even more terrifying experience read Rauf's recent posts.(And I am not being funny)

I had a chat with my pal J yesterday and he has decided to stand for elections (presidential race). If I voted for him he would make me the minister for environment. I agreed. I don’t know which country he had in mind.

“High up where the mountains meet the sky, Starbucks journeys to find the best coffee beans in the world”. These words printed on the Starbucks coffee paper cup from which I just had some coffee. I am not addicted to coffee so it’s ok.

Guess it takes time to get used to the fact that your dad is not around anymore.

GAP is so bloody expensive.

Britney Spears has filed for divorce. The rest of the world moves on with its business.

I got a forwarded message from a dear friend of mine. It said make a wish and then if you forward the mail to five people your wish will be realized some day and if you forward it to 10 people your wish will be realized before your next birthday. It also had a note specifying that the wish be a realistic one. What do you think I did? *sitting here with a loser cap*.

I have to go home now.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Heart Mind Heart Mind Heart Mind He...Mi..

My heart says
I love your heart
Not so much your mind
Your mind is too conditioned, programmed, diluted-
and perhaps even corrupt
Unlike your heart, your mind-
knows no freedom, only boundaries.
Perhaps your mind is tricking me, but why?
My heart says
I love your heart
Not so much your mind.