Budget discussions on Malayalam Channels

Today was the Kerala Budget for the year 2013-14 and this is my take on the Budget discussions: Anyone who could blabber for about five minutes peppered with words like ‘budget estimate’, ‘fiscal deficit’, ‘dhana kami’, ‘sampatika valarcha’, etc, etc, became a financial expert. With a dozen Malayalam channels and an average of six experts doing special discussions on the Budget the whole day on each channel, imagine the number of such experts we have in Kerala! Wish we could do something more productive.

Is the Church equal to all?

Is it ok for a leading left politician to enter the Madbaha (altar area) to meet a Thirumeni (Bishop), that too when he is changing his dress? Is it ok to have scantily dressed bridesmaids and usherers for a high society wedding in an Orthodox church in Kerala?

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Yet another employee’s strike in Kerala

All set for yet another strike in Kerala from midnight, called by several employee organisations. Expect to be stranded at bus stops, airports and railway stations. This is ‘Emerging Kerala’ for you!

Frankly speaking, lost count of the number of bandhs, hartals and strikes in this God forsaken place.

For sea food freaks

The last time I was driving though Kollam on NH47, I decided to check out a place I had heard from a friend to have some good sea food. Just 3 kms off the National Highway, Thirumullawaram has a rustic and serene setting that’s a welcome break for us city dwellers. You can park the car amidst the coconut trees and walk across the rocky beach to Chandran Pillai’s shack. Even though the facilities are the bare minimum, it offers the best sea food you can get in this part of the country.

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DD completes 50 years

Doordarshan has completed 50 years today. It was on this day on the 15th of September, 1959 that Doordarshan first started its transmission.