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.

Goodbye YSR

Congress has lost yet another promising leader in an accident. Well, another helicopter crash and another name to the list of people who went down crashing. Sad and bad that with all the hi-tech gizmo’s we still cannot avoid an incident like this. The former Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi, Madhavrao Scindia, Aaj Tak Correspondent Ranjan Jha are some of the names that I remember now, people who died in a similar way. Great people whose lives were cut short by a crash.

Sumukhanaya Orthodox Varan

‘Sumukhanaya Orthodox Varan’ (Handsome Orthodox Bridegroom). This was the caption of a Matrimonial Advertisement in today’s Malayala Manorama. And since we were looking for a guy for my cousin, we thought of calling up the number. When we called the given number, it belongs to a Marriage Bureau. They first wanted a detailed bio-data / profile from us before giving any information about the 53 year old guy mentioned in the advt.
The classified was misleading as it gave an impression about a personal ad and not of a bureau. Looks like an easy way to fool people and collect bio-data / profiles of Ladies (Spinsters / Widows / Divorcees).
This is least expected from Manorama Classifieds which has some credibility compared to other dailies. Either Manorama Classifieds should cross check the telephone number before putting the ad or better will be to mention in the ad that it’s a bureau.
Will save lot of time, effort and also curses. Makes me actually wonder if this ‘Sumukhanaya Orthodox Varan’ really exists?

An evening with Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia

The curtain raiser for the National Convention of SPICMACAY was held at KV Pattom today evening with a performance by Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia. The National Convention of Spicmacay will be held in Trivandrum in the last week of May. The last time I heard him live was in 1999 during the Vasant Habba at Hesserghetta (Bangalore).
An evening with Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia
Today’s performance was very interactive with Panditji quizzing the students and explaining the various nuances of the pieces he was playing. I am looking forward to the events at the National Convention. Hope I will be able to attend some performances.

Elephants become horses – Kerala Calling

An article on State Owned PSUs in Kerala. Even during financial meltdown, the State owned Enterprises under the Ministry of Industries and Commerce continue on their remarkable march to profitability. A Cover Story

Kerala Calling, November 2009
Published by I&PRD, Govt. of Kerala