seriously.. why do we need a whole ministry for Civil aviation? and why is rising domestic air fares such a pressing page 1 national issue?
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Sashi Tharoor came to my neighbourhood in TVPM today; saw him up so close, but could not bring myself to go and talk to him; at least a shake hand... Happy that he could take Malayalam much clearer than he usually did during the beginning of his campaign.
Personally, as I should have told my many friends, I would trust a man who's spent almost all his career in the States and still holds an Indian passport to work on my behalf than some professional politician.
I would never think of voting for the BJP nor for the communists, my only choice always was the Congress. Therefore, I realized today that I knew none of the other candidates contesting at Trivandrum, apart from Tharoor.
I personally don't expect or feel that Tharoor should involve himself in grassroots issues at Trivandrum. Based on his background, everybody predicts that he would be the foreign minister for the next UPA government. I am sure that is the best fit for him. As for grassroots governing, don't we have MLAs, Corporations, Panchayats etc.? Then again, I wish if Tharoor could be like the Tamil Nadu Central ministers who channeled a lot of new programmes and industries to Chennai during the UPA rule. Everybody does so, AK Anthony was the one who initiated the Brahmos assemblies unit in Trivandrum.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
My favourite part of Oberon Mall
No points for guessing which part of Oberon Mall that I like most. Yes, it is Level 4, the food court. But the only food stalls available as of now are Krispy Chicken (a Chic King kinda), BTH vegetarian hotel, a Chinese hotel and Krispy Chicken serves Arabian food also. And none of it is very good. My fondness for the Food Court is not the food, but for the amazingly designed space that it is. Do check out below:
Check out the view of outer Ernakulam from the Food Court below. One more Real estate boom and all this greenery is gone.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Watched Slumdog Millionaire last Sun: It is not the film that we should feel insulted about, it should be about how almost half of our population do not have the opportunity to a decent livelihood; and that if there weren't for people fighting in the name of Allah and Ram, (if not lakhs) tens of thousands of our children would not be orphaned to grow unsupported and vulnerable. A Slumdog's suffering could be understood if he was in Mugabe's Zimbabwe or Hitler's Germany, but in a nuclear age/space age democracy??
Saturday, May 10, 2008
A very well presented video on what Islam is really about. Pray that you watch the whole video, and understand clearly the true message of islam. I get all these weird questions, rather remarks from people, which I just could not properly answer. Mostly because I myself have insufficient knowledge to truly explain what Islam is all about. A good effort by Baba Ali to put up this simple video. Hope it dispels some of the confusion around.
The Ummah Films channel on Youtube is by Baba Ali, who creates videos on Islamic messages, primarily targeted at Muslims. Though 'Why Islam' is a normal video, most of his videos poke fun at unislamic Muslim practices and are humorous in nature.
What I need to give to this person and his videos were that his humorous videos kindled my thirst for Islamic knowledge and inspired me to think and seek further knowledge. Insha Allah, may Allah give him the reward for that and purify his intentions.
My favorite videos in the channel are(in no particular order):
Looking for a Spouse online
Who hijacked Islam?
Muslim characters at Work
The Haram Police
Videos that non-Muslims could also learn from and appreciate:
The Art of Complaining
Racism and Pride
Escaping the Holiday party
Looking for a Spouse online
If you have a question yourself, go ahead and submit it to the Ask Baba Ali series at: http://www.askbabaali.com/.
See the entire Youtube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ummahfilms.
A couple of pple have also come together under the Ummah Films banner to make a film, Tommorrow Never Comes
. Not much, but has a pretty good message to it.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Vanita Ratnam is Back!!
If there is some original idea, that India can boast of, in the reality shows space, it is Vanita Ratnam. Where else do you have a show contesting housewife mothers. Yes, one of the main prerequisites to take part in the contest is that you need to be a mother.
Telecast between 8 to 9 pm on weekdays, the second edition started broadcasting on 31st March 2008. Well, it is a nice opportunity and all that for housewives who otherwise would have only tonight's dinner to think of. There is a whole array of reality shows that are happening in various Malayalam channels. There are a couple of them for Singing and Dance; then there is one for journalism, one for men on cooking and even on e for babies! Yes, u feel so sorry for the babies.
Coming back to Vanita Ratnam, you might wonder how it would have caught my fancy. Well, I am sure that there are thousands, if not lakhs of people like me who are relieved that their mothers arent spending prime time, sobbing away at some stupid serial plot, which has been running for like ten years now. With this craze of reality shows i am happy that there is at least one reality show happening during prime time, which has pretty much weaned mothers away from serials. At least my mother now watches only one serial, which unfortunately shows a little before prime time. And since you cant change channels when mommy is watching the show you at least have something better to watch than see serial villains trying to look really pissed, but even the babies at the reality show for babies wouldnt look more innocent.