Wednesday, April 26, 2006

22 Signs that Kerala has finally been recognised in the world ..

22 Signs that Kerala has finally been recognised in the world ..

1. Pepsi starts selling Nazhi and Idangazhi bottles ....Way side ad, ‘New Pepsi pepper flavor...Now available in "Idangazhi" Bottle’

2. Lufthansa , Breakfast menu on Flight LF203 from Frankfurt to New York
Chicken/Veg Stew
Ethapazam/Robasta pazam
Kadala Kari
Puzhungiya Mutta
Njaval Poovan/Rasakadali Pazham

3. No 3 in Discovery Travel channel's favorite food joints in America ,"Kallu Shap" at Sunset Boulevard

4. South Korea declares 1 day bandh in protest against North Korea's Arms policy

5. Manchester United won the FA cup ...The fans paraded the streets with their Chendas ....

6. Kochu Pakkaran Wins 3 Grammys , best male vocal ,best Album , best sound edititing , for his latest album "pulluvan pattum Njanum"

7. New York and London renames most of its localities attaching a "Nagar" to it. Marin Luther King Nagar,Maryland
Nagar,Lincholn Nagar,Takazhi Nagar etc
A typical date on the banks of Thames will have these soud bites
...Hi honey ......etc etc
Girl :- Where're you put up ...
Guy :- 2nd Street K Kelappaji Nagar, City of WestMinister ...And you ...
Girl :- We just moved to Saghavu Sreedharan Street , Harrow ....

8. Wallstreet fast tracker-investment-banker's resume reads , B-Com Sri Muruga Parallel College Ottapalam , MBA Universal Tutorial Udumbumchola.

9. IMF is carrying out an image make over ..First thing first , the logo is changed to an uruli and two crossed Ulakkas from its traditional boring logo.

10. Official holiday list of Luxemburg, New Year,....Independence day ...Onam ......Christmas

11. BBC News "Queen Elizebeth MCXII met visiting Chinese premier in the Newly renovated Nalukettu in Buckingham Palace.."

12. CNN News "Thykattu Moose wins this year's Nobel prize for Medicine, for his advanced research in Human Cryptico Mayola Syntrome" (better known as "Vattu")

13. La Opala brings out its latest range of "Chiratta" ....

14. At Las vegas , Venicia offers a honeymoon package , Changadam ride for 2 .....

15. Harvard university MBA admission website reads ..Last date of application Chingam 10 ...Selection and Notification Midhunam 20th. The Classes will commence on Karkidakam 6 th...

16. Mc Graw Hill Panchangam sells 38 million copies, world over

17. In a posh pub in Tokyo , David Beckham was found sipping on to his Nannari Sarbath .....

18. Los Angels Tom Bradley International Terminal Shopping Map ....
To your left ,Dinesh Beedi , Kerafed, Mahilaratnam , Veeramani Textiles,Kaithari Vyavasaya Samithi,
To your right Sheematti Textiles , Parthas , Kottaikkal Arya Vidya Shala ,Sudkaran's Kuda Repair

19. Jefrey Archer's new novel , back cover quotes
"An amazingly entertaining narration - Deepika" ,
"A must read for those who're bored - Mathrubhoomi"
"Very interesting plot ....Jeffrey archer is a magician of words - Manorama"

20. Time Square , Trafalgar Square neon light hoardings read ....
"Mayura Wet grinder ........."
"GRK Pump Set ..............."
"Pankajam Pickles............"
"Alakkad Jwellery ..........."
"Kolakkod Jewellerry ........" etc etc etc and more Jewellery's

21. Visiting American president to Afghanistan , John Bush XI, took a State Salute ,accompanied by Pancha Vadyam of Kalamandalam Hamid Khali Marar

22. Ravi and Taylor , "Otta Mundu"....Bond with the Best ...........

I got this through a mail ...and this one is a modfied version :)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

"Navarasam" by Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair

Below is "Navarasam" acted by Padmasree Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair..
Sringaram (Amour)

Veeram (Valour)

Shantham (Tranquility)

Rowdram (Wrath)

Karunam (Pathos)

Hasyam (Ridicule)

Bhayanakam (Fear)

Beebalsam (Disgust)

Athbhutham (Wonder)

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Way of the Cross

Stations of the Cross, is used to signify either a series of pictures or tableaux representing certain scenes in the Passion of Christ, each corresponding to a particular incident, or the special form of devotion connected with such representations.

Stations may be of stone, wood, or metal, sculptured or carved, or they may be merely paintings or engravings. They are usually arranged at intervals around the walls of a church, though sometimes they are to be found in the open air.

There are 14 stations,
1. Christ condemned to death;
2. the cross is laid upon him;
3. His first fall;
4. He meets His Blessed Mother;
5. Simon of Cyrene is made to bear the cross;
6. Christ's face is wiped by Veronica;
7. His second fall;
8. He meets the women of Jerusalem;
9. His third fall;
10. He is stripped of His garments;
11. His crucifixion;
12. His death on the cross;
13. His body is taken down from the cross; and
14. laid in the tomb.

The object of the Stations is to help the faithful to make in spirit, as it were, a pilgrimage to the main scenes of Christ's sufferings and death.

Talking about passion of christ, something which comes to my mind is Pietà by Michelangelo. This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. Its a marble sculpture in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Below is the photo of that sculpture.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son

Lenten Reflection

God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”. (John 3:16)


It was a Sunday evening; two teenagers were hurrying to get to the church on time.

After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's priest introduced a guest minister who was in the service that evening.

In the introduction, the priest told the congregation that the guest minister as one of his very nearest elders and friends since his childhood and that he wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt could be appropriate for the service. An elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and after watching the congregation a while, he started his speech by narrating a small incident.

"A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the pacific coast. They are there to enjoying the weekend. Suddenly the sea changed, big storms and waves begin to show the brutal power of nature and a fast approaching storm blocked all the attempt to get back to the shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he couldn't keep the boat upright. Suddenly the boat capsized and the three were swept into the wild roaring Ocean.

That elderly man hesitated for a moment, then after taking a deep breath he looked the congregation. Then he continued, "Grabbing a rescue line, the father looked here and there to find his son and his son's friend. He saw both were struggling to escape from the wild hands of Ocean on the different sides of the capsized boat and the ocean waves are trying to taking them to the deeper Ocean.

With a great agony he realized that, only he can help one of them either his son or his son's friend. He had to make the most excruciating decision of his life; to which boy would he throw the other end of the life line. He only left a very little time to make his decision.

The father didn't take much time to make a decision, he knew that his son was a Christian and he also knew that his son's friend was not. Even though the agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves, he yelled out, 'I LOVE YOU MY SON!' then he threw out the life line to his son's friend.

By the time the father had pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered."

He continued; do you know why that father took that painful decision to sacrifice his only son for someone? Because the father knows that even though his son will die but certainly would step into eternity with Jesus, and he could not bear the thought of his son's friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. So he took a hard and painful decision to sacrifice his son for saving the son's friend.

Look, how great is the love of the god that he should do the same for us. Look our heavenly father sacrificed his only begotten son for us, that we could be saved.

Dear friends, I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take a hold of the life line he is throwing out to you in this service."

With that he concluded his speech and that old man turned and sat back down in his chair.

As, silence filled the room the priest again walked to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon.

Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man's side. They told him that it was a nice story, but we don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his only son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian Well, you've got a point there, the old man replied and glancing down at his worn bible a big smile broadened his narrow face. He once again looked up at the teenagers and said, it sure isn't very realistic, is it? But I am standing here today to tell you that story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for god to give up his son for me.

You see - I was that father and your priest is my son's friend!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

If Architects had to work like Web Designers

If Architects had to work like Web Designers

Dear Mr. Architect:

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Keep in mind that the house I ultimately choose must cost less than the one I am currently living in. Make sure, however, that you correct all the deficiencies that exist in my current house (the floor of my kitchen vibrates when I walk across it, and the walls don't have nearly enough insulation in them).

As you design, also keep in mind that I want to keep yearly maintenance costs as low as possible. This should mean the incorporation of extra-cost features like aluminum, vinyl, or composite siding. (If you choose not to specify aluminum, be prepared to explain your decision in detail.)

Please take care that modern design practices and the latest materials are used in construction of the house, as I want it to be a showplace for the most up-to-date ideas and methods. Be alerted, however, that kitchen should be designed to accommodate, among other things, my 1952 Gibson refrigerator.

To insure that you are building the correct house for our entire family, make certain that you contact each of our children, and also our in-laws. My mother-in-law will have very strong feelings about how the house should be designed, since she visits us at least once a year. Make sure that you weigh all of these options carefully and come to the right decision. I, however, retain the right to overrule any choices that you make.

Please don't bother me with small details right now. Your job is to develop the overall plans for the house: get the big picture. At this time, for example, it is not appropriate to be choosing the color of the carpet. However, keep in mind that my wife likes blue.

Also, do not worry at this time about acquiring the resources to build the house itself. Your first priority is to develop detailed plans and specifications. Once I approve these plans, however, I would expect the house to be under roof within 48 hours.

While you are designing this house specifically for me, keep in mind that sooner or later I will have to sell it to someone else. It therefore should have appeal to a wide variety of potential buyers. Please make sure before you finalize the plans that there is a consensus of the population in my area that they like the features this house has. I advise you to run up and look at my neighbor's house he constructed last year. We like it a great deal. It has many features that we would also like in our new home, particularly the 75-foot swimming pool. With careful engineering, I believe that you can design this into our new house without impacting the final cost.

Please prepare a complete set of blueprints. It is not necessary at this time to do the real design, since they will be used only for construction bids. Be advised, however, that you will be held accountable for any increase of construction costs as a result of later design changes.

You must be thrilled to be working on as an interesting project as this! To be able to use the latest techniques and materials and to be given such freedom in your designs is something that can't happen very often. Contact me as soon as possible with your complete ideas and plans.

PS: My wife has just told me that she disagrees with many of the instructions I've given you in this letter. As architect, it is your responsibility to resolve these differences. I have tried in the past and have been unable to accomplish this. If you can't handle this responsibility, I will have to find another architect.

PPS: Perhaps what I need is not a house at all, but a travel trailer. Please advise me as soon as possible if this is the case.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

its lent season .. so some jokes related to Faith (and kids )

Surprise Visit
It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, five-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter.
When the family returned home, they were carrying several palm branches.
The boy asked what they were for.
"People held them over Jesus' head as he walked by," his older brother explained.
"Wouldn't you know it," the boy fumed. "The one Sunday I don't go, He showed up!"

Game Plan
An irritated mother asked her naughty child, "How do you expect to get into heaven?"
The child thought about it and said, "Well I'll just run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, "For heaven's sake, come in or stay out!"

Double Trouble
A couple had two naughty little boys, aged 8 and 10, who were always getting into trouble.
The boys' mother heard that there was a priest in town who was good at correcting children. So, she decided to send her 8-year-old son in the morning and her 10-year-old in the afternoon.
The priest, a huge man with a loud voice, made the younger boy sit down and asked him strictly, "Where is God?"
The boy's mouth dropped open, but he sat there, wide-eyed and said nothing.
So the priest repeated the question in an even louder voice, "Where is God!!?" Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the priest raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's face and yelled, "WHERE IS GOD!?"
The boy screamed and ran from the room, directly home and hid in his cupboard, slamming the door behind him. When his older brother found him, he asked, "What happened?"
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble this time, dude. God is missing - and they think WE did it!"

Happy Birthday
A mother took her three-year-old daughter to church for the first time just before Easter. The church lights were lowered and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles.
All was quiet until the little one started to sing in a loud voice,
"Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you..."
BTW i like this cartoon very much