Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The South American countries, Mexico , Gautemala, Panama etc will be the extended west ..
This classification makes sense as the classification will now be truly based on geographic location than the economic status ... But if the real intention is to segregate developed and less developed or developing countries, we should instead use the words developed and less developed or developing etc..
Monday, August 27, 2012
I have finally got a decent Home Theatre system at home a Sony 600 W (RMS) TZ 215, Home Theatre System .. I got the HTS from www.flipkart.com
|The Sony TZ 215, Home Theatre System ..|
This is the best link on speaker placement from Dolby systems.
|Speaker placement for the 5.1 HTS ..|
The distance from the TV screen to the "sweet spot" is
app 6-8 ft, from ears to TV screen. The speakers height need
to be arranged at listening height, the rear surround L and R,
2 ft above the height of ears.. The sub woofer O/P which catches all
low freq sound at < 80 hz is non-directional and hence sub-woofer
placement is by moving it around the room for proper bass.
I already have a 32" Toshiba LCD, HD ready to get best viewing quality. More than buying the most expensive audio systems around, it is very important how well we arrange the speakers to get a theatre like surround system in our homes, how simple be it .. Given that this system has both Dolby and DTS sound, and a perfect A/V amplifier built in, this is true value for money !!
How to set the speakers from audioholics .. (another link ..)
If I had some more money, as my b-i-law was cajoling me, could have gone for a slightly advanced set. ( He has a 7.1 fully home built system, Onkyo circuitry, with Bose speakers system ..) But then technology changes and one would not like to get checkmated with obsolete equipments if one spends a fortune on a sound system.
With covered floor and thick curtains covering the windows, with enough wall hangings, one can be assured of getting the best acoustic effect in the front room which ensures that there is no unnecessary reflection of sound waves in the room.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Maybe because my father was working in the bank, SBI, the exposure it has given me to the different places and culture of kerala at a very young age, is tremendous .. The only regret I have is not staying to the north of Kerala, ie. Calicut , Kannur, area, though I have passed through this area for many years during my stint in Goa.
It was just divine providence to be born into one of the top and noblest Christian family of Kerala. When I say this, I am sure to invite lot of criticisms and comments, but I should stress here that point again. At a time when the Travancore Maharajah was looking at communal classification of the population in Kerala for political eligibility for self rule and freedom from the British, to be at the forefront of the struggle for independence is indeed a great sacrifice. When I was studying Kerala history while in 6 th or 7 th standard in Kerala, we came across the term Thrimoorthikal of Kerala, meaning the three great leaders, Pattom Thanu Pillai, C Kesavan and T M Varghese. My mother at that tender age told me how my grand uncle T M Varghese, quit a very successful legal profession and jumped into the Indian independence movement. Though he held top positions in the cabinet as Home minister and so on, it was service of the state and the people foremost for him.
I should bow my head to all my Professors, colleagues and relatives who preferred to stay back in India and contribute to her, despite its highly competitive academic and job environment. Despite the temptations of Akkara pacha and resistance to the lure to make some quick oil money, or for that matter heavily "debted" US dollars ( which is nothing but Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen or Gulf oil, loaned out by these countries to US), the experience in God's own land has been very pleasant all the time. Indeed I get pained when I see the incidences of corruption, political murders, high handed militant trade unionism and irresponsible politics by our present day illiterate and less educated politicians cutting across ideologies and leanings, which if eliminated could take our country to the forefront of the world ..
( though silently I should clearly mention the patriotic stand taken by my father Mathai Easaw and mother, as I finishhed my Engg studies at Trivandrum, to motivate me to continue my studies and job in India, despite a highly competitive academic and job environment. Most of my cousins and uncles having migrated to US, it was a tough decision then, but looking in hindsight, that was one of the best decisions I had ever taken in my life. My father did not even allow my elder sisters to be married amd sent out of the country. A highly competitive and exacting environment at home of accomplishments and the competitiveness it builds in oneself is also something that matters .. A loving, supportive wife, kids and relatives to share in the ups and downs of life counts maximum in life ..)
But the understanding that anyone who indulges in corruption, will not go out of this world, without themselves or their generations suffering for it, and that whatever you make here has to be left behind, not taken to the other world once you die, gives you total peace of mind. And though the Indian legal system is slow and lengthy, giving the guilty many opportunities to defend themselves, it is sad, that this magnanimity of the State is misused by the corrupt and mighty to escape the long arm of law !! But it does catch up with the corrupt, ten in hundred ...
If material riches and pleasures pursuant to the pressures of the Western civilization is what one is slave to or what one desires for, India or Kerala does not give a solution, true !! We are living in a totally different intellectually higher plane of cultural, social amity and common well being, not, personal material pleasures and wealth !!
The other great advantage for which I will ever be indebted is to my parents, grand parents and society is to be born into an educated and forward looking religious family of teachers from my father's side in Mavelikara / Chengannur, for whom education was the corner stone of all activities in life and to a very patriotic, nationalistic family, educated too, who took part in the Indian Freedom struggle from my mother's side .. It is just divine blessing to be born into such a great family, you have many a brother, uncle, brothers-in-law as Industrialists, CEOs, Central Govt Secretaries, State Govt Secretaries, businessmen, social entrepreneurs running Medical colleges in the state, educational entrepreneurs running Engineering colleges, respectable Professors etc etc..
Pen is a very sharp tool, it can expose one's shortcomings and create impressions much deeper and permanent than any other tool known to mankind .. To be able to point a wrong thing and tell it is wrong, requires guts and courage. Education has provided me with that !!
The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict - William Ellery Channing
Friday, August 24, 2012
To be from a land of sporting CONS and FRAUDS ..!! what a disgrace to the sporting world ? How Lance fooled thousands of his fans and supporters over the years !!
If only the sports anti-doping authority were vigilant enough, many such incidents could be avoided. When China gets Olympic medals, the American society raises doubts about their performance, whether it is doctored or chemically engineered. But no one can or should raise doubts about the US performance, because by nature, they are very sincere and hardworking and can never do anything against fairplay. Everything fraudulent there happens with such complexity and completeness, it is very difficult but for the most trained and experienced eye, with the most advanced technology to catch fraudsters. I sincerely hope this is not just the tip of the iceberg in sports frauds in US ..
As a sweet reminder, no one in the world can beat this financial con of the century, Bernie Madoff, for sure .. again from US .. Master swindler ..
Can the frauds please raise their hands ? My son still finds it difficult to believe that Lance, one of his greatest heroes, was indeed a great fraud .. He is stunned and is having a rethink on what for and why values like sincerity, hardwork, compassion, sportsman spirit etc .. should be there in life ?
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Seeing Trichur (Trissur) pooram live and seeing the Nehru trophy boat race on the Punnamada lake near Alleppey live have been the two great events which I still miss in Kerala .....
I stayed at both these places, Trissur and Alleppey for three years each and can't believe that I missed out on both these cultural and sports events of global fame ...
Trissur Pooram is the temple festival and the competition between the two temples Paramekkavu and Vadakkumnathan in the city centre showing off their percussion skills, pachydermal assets and pyrotechnic prowess !!
Click here for wikiwebsite
|Paramekkavu temple elephant procession ..|
|Vadakkumnathan temple elephant procession .. Caparisoned|
elephants are a treat to the eyes ..
|The peak of the enjoyment .. Kudamaattom,|
exchanging the decorated umbrellas ..
View from Vadakkumnathan temple side ...
Punnamada Kayal, in Alleppey is witness to the greatest annual snake boat race in the world where boats of different classes and sizes compete for the coveted Nehru Trophy.
Click for wikipedia site ..
|Nehru donated the trophy in 1952 .. In the excitement |
of the moment, Nehru jumped into the water ..
|A view of the starting point of the race ..|
More info on the boat race from here ..
.“To the winners of the boat race which is a unique feature of community life in Travancore Cochin." the words inscribed on the trophy, which was donated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first PM of India ..
I am looking at the next earliest opportunity to witness these two events live ..
Ge.. (courtesy sulekha.com,keralasmile.com and jentytharian.blogspot.com
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The 4 x 100 m men's relay was the most exciting event at the 2012 London Olympics with Jamaica once again reaffirming their superiority on the tracks, pushing the inimitable Americans to the second place .. ..
|What a performance by the Jamaican quartet ??|
The Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Micheal Frater, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt ran to the thunderous uproar of spectators in the Olympic stadium at London to win the 4 x 100 m relay in record timing of 36.84 sec ....
Watch this video ..
Now I am convinced that Usain Bolt is indeed a LEGEND !!
|The legend thundering his way to the finish line in the |
4 x 100 m relay in record time ..
See the video here ..
ge .. (courtesy faniq.com and Reuters)
Friday, August 10, 2012
The predicament the police is in, is the added proof these leaders shout from the rooftops to the people and the police of their complicity in earlier crimes, (though the leaders are trying hard to disown such murders saying exterminating dissenters and opponents is not Marxist policy, and washing the part's hand off all earlier brutal murders carried out by the party over the years !!). Even to this day the Marxist party has not publicly owned up to the murder of T P chandrasekhar, though ten to twelve top leaders of theirs is behind bars for their complicity in the crime ..
Let the leaders and anikal (followers) in the party realise that the public are not asses, not to understand the gravity of these things ..
The brutal style cross examination, prosecution and killing of 23 year old Abdul Shukkoor in Kannur, Kerala in Feb this year is an example of instant justice meted by the Indian Taliban, Marxist party.
What is the legal system and police in the country for ?? How can a civilized party behave like this ?? Are they a law and country unto themselves ?
This is but a crude indication that the party does not believe in the rule of law and justice under the constitution. The party being led by uneducated school dropouts like P Jayarajan, the party is still solidly behind the Jayarajans, how can one ever expect in a literate state like Kerala this cycle of violence to ever end ?
They are a political entity by themselves, intolerant, dominating, brutal and dictatorial, let us call them CPI-MT, Communist Party of India, Marxist Taliban !!!!! (HQ not in China but Afghanistan).
An example of a rudderless party with no leadership and ideology, it will be an interesting sight to see the leaders themselves taking it to complete decimation !!
They have totally outlived their utility ... The leaders still do not realise this truth at all.. so sad ..
The collapse of this truly selfish and violent political entity in India will ba a good case for academic analysis...
Thursday, August 09, 2012
The Oscar winning Slumdog Millionnaire had it as the theme of a romantic lovestory and continues to entice the whole of the country .. There is a world of life, hope, success and failure around these railway lines.
Mumbai does not belong just to India, it belongs to the whole world !!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Panjim Church in Panjim , Goa, otherwise called Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church, a very important landmark in Panjim and every visitor to Panjim comes here without fail, it is part of any itinerary ..
|Panjim Church on a busy Monday morning ..|
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I am extremely indebted to them for having enriched my life .. You have enriched my life beyond words can explain ..
|A photo of Martian surface - to be preserved for posterity ..|
Sunday, August 05, 2012
To teach at Harvard or MIT still remains my dream .. Till then I strive to, where ever I am, to deliver in the class as best, if not better than either of these places ..
I relive my dream everyday in the class !!
This belief and conviction takes me through every day of my life ..
I am confident, Harvard and MIT like institutions can be built here in India itself, like the Nalanda and Taxila of 800 - 1200 AD time period .. Let us strive towards that ..
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Learning from history is the most gainful thing anyone can do ..!! From history we learn a lot of things and in turn, we become history to posterity, so that the future generations can learn from our experiences and never repeat our mistakes ..!!
First of all, let me pay obeisance to the Travancore royal family as I hail from Central Travancore .. Swami Vivekananda once called it the "mental asylum of the world', but still we can learn a lot from the rich cultural and literary legacy of this place.
This was a real life incident / interaction which happened in our family with the Maharajah, narrated by my maternal grandmother Estheramma Oommen, at Adoor, Kerala, at an age of 95+ years .. maybe she got this from earlier narrations .. I thought it very proper to document this for posterity ...
During this time, around 1700-1715 AD, the royal family in Travancore was under attack by the British to establish their control. The boy King (Prince) Anizham Tirunal Marthanda Varma at that time was fiercely resisting it. Ettuveettil Pillamaar were colluding with the British. The King was put on exile and driven out of the palace. He was roaming in the kingdom to avoid capture. Mostly he used to be dressed differently and used to move from place to place.
It is said that the riches of the Travancore royal family now, parked in the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple at $200 billion, can buy 30 British Royal families !!
See the present state of the coloniser and the colonised !!
Read a related article on the Travancore royal family at this link ..
Friday, August 03, 2012
This motivating thoughtful poem was used by the Chancellor of Alliance Uty, Prof. Madhukar Angur (NITK, IIMA, Ph.D.,Uty of Texas (Austin), Uty of Michigan Flint campus), at the Foundation Day Address on 2 August, 2012. He was motivating the faculty and staff to come out with their best and by doing so, quoting the poet, not being selfish, indeed liberating others from the fear of performing to their best !! The founders including Mr. Sudhir Angur IITB, IIMA and Mrs. Sheila Chebbi were felicitated ..Indeed, a very impressive motivational piece from Marianne Williamson !!"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be?You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.We are all meant to shine, as children do.We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
The clarion call from the Chairman exhorting the faculty to carry out research, basic and application, of the highest degree was indeed the sweetest melody to the ears, for me !! When there is full support and push, let us strive and bring out our best, honing the intellectual acumen of discussions both within the classroom and outside .. The recent International Doctoral student consortium in marketing is an example of this ..
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