Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy Rakshabandhan

Its Rakshabandhan today.
I wish all my brothers a very happy "Rakshabandhan".
This time I tried making these rakhis myself.
Here are a few samples.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


ನಾನು ಓದಿದ ಮೊದಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಇದು ಎಂದರೆ ತಪ್ಪಾಗಲಾರದು. ವಿ.ಮ್. ಇನಾಂದಾರ್ ಅವರ 'ಚಿತ್ರಲೇಖಾ'.
ಓದುವುದಕ್ಕೂ ಒಂದು ಕಾರಣ ಇದೆ. ವರ್ಲ್ಡ್ ಸ್ಪೇಸ್ ನ ಸ್ಪರ್ಶ ದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಮ್ಮೆಕ್ವಿಜ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸರಿ ಉತ್ತರ ಕಳಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ಸುಮಾರು ೫-೬ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳು ಬಹುಮಾನವಾಗಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿವೆ. ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೊಂದು.

ಬಹಳ ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರ ಕನ್ನಡ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಓದುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಒಂದು ಕಡೆಯಾದರೆ, ಮೊದಲ ಕಾದಂಬರಿ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಇನ್ನೊಂದೆಡೆ.
ಹೇಗೋ ಶುರು ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಓದುತ್ತಾ ಹೋದಂತೆಲ್ಲ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತ, ಕೇವಲ ಮೂರು ದಿನದಲ್ಲೇ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯವಾಯಿತು ಪುಸ್ತಕ .

೩ ಭಾಗಗಳು, ಕುಸುಮಾ, ಪ್ರತಿಭಾ, ಮತ್ತು ಚಿತ್ರಲೇಖಾ. ರಮೇಶನ ಪಾತ್ರ ತುಂಬಾ ಹಿಡಿಸಿತು. ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳಿದಂತೆ ಕುಸುಮಾಳು ನಿಜವಾಗಿಯೂ ಪರಮಾತ್ಮಳೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ಒಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಖುಷಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದೆ ಕಥೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಇನ್ನೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಲೇಖನಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುವ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿದೆ ನನ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗ.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Left Handers Day

If you are a Leftie, Then Left Handers Day is just for you!
I am proud to be one among them!

August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by Lefthanders International.

Right handed people operate in the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side. Therefore, only left handed people are in their right mind.

Left Hander's certainly earned the right to have a day dedicated to them. And, August 13th is that day. So take a minute to appreciate your left handed friends and loved ones.

Remember today and every day: "Lefties have rights!"


Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.

There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.

Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).

Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.

Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.

4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.

1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed - 250% more than the normal level.

Left-handers are generally more intelligent, better looking, imaginative and multi-talented than right handers ( based on discussions among members of the Left-Handers Club!

People who are left handed make up about 5-15% of the population.

The genes for left-handedness are so far elusive.

Lefties are relatively numerous among creative men.

Lefties are relatively numerous among children rated as having an IQ higher than 131.

Lefties are relatively numerous among individuals who are good at music and maths.

Almost 40% of the top tennis pros are left-handed.

More men than women are lefties.

Left handed stroke victims recover faster than right handed stroke victims.

Left-handers more likely than right handers to be creative geniuses.

As discrimination was reduced in the 20th century, the number of natural left-handers who stayed left-handed increased.

The rising age of motherhood contributed as, statistically, older mothers are more likely to give birth to left-handed children.

Left-handers are also generally better at 3-dimensional perception and thinking.

Left-handers are also usually pretty good at most ball sports and things involving hand-to-eye co-ordination.(I was the captain of my school's ball badminton team!)

Left-handers’ brains are structured differently in a way that widens their range of abilities.

A study found that left-handed men are 15% richer than right-handed men for those who attended college, and 26% richer if they graduated.

Left-handed persons are thought to process information using a “visual simultaneous” method in which several threads can be processed simultaneously.

Left-handed people have an excellent ability to multi-task.

The hypothesis that left-handed people are predisposed to visual-based thought has been validated by a variety of evidence.

Half of left handed people use a computer mouse with their right hand (I’m one of them)

If both parents are left handed, 50% of their offspring will be left handed. 2 Righties only have 2% chance of having a leftie (both my parents are right-handed)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Alchemist

The Alchemist- A magical fable about following your dream.

It is the story of everyone of us who dream of following our destiny. Hence it inspires one to keep up the dream and follow it. So a must read story i would say.

"When you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true" is the core of the novel.

Monday, August 9, 2010


This Sunday was the most momemorabe, refreshing, for i got to visit Shivaganga with my family.

Shivaganga is only 70 km from the Garden city of Bangalore. Shivaganga in Karnataka is located in the hill top which is about 1368 meters high.

Shivaganga in Karnataka is the home to two main shrines, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Cave Temple and Honnadevi Temple. You will be amazed to see the beautiful natural spring at Patalaganga on your way to the hilltop of Shivaganga.

The temple of Lord Shiva and waters found is said to be from river Ganga which was believed to be from holy waters of Ganga in Kashi.

                                         Beautiful view of the entrance and pushkarini(pond)


                                          We resting in the premises of the Shiva temple


                                                    Carvings on the steps

                                                    Temple at the top

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Kadlebele Vada

Had prepared this yesterday for the first time. Really came out well.
Here is the recipe.


2 cups of channa dal

6-8 green chilies finely chopped (change according to intensity of chilies)

1 tbsp fresh coriander finely chopped

1 tbsp baby dill leaves finely chopped

1/2 tsp jeera/cumin seeds

salt to taste

oil to deep fry

Preparation time : 20 mins

Cooking time : 20 mins

Makes : 20 vadas

Soak channa dal overnight. Filter out the water from the soaked dal and grind it in a food processor or wet grinder. Grind till the batter is finely coarse. Consistency should be thick. Mix the salt, chilies, coriander, baby dill, jeera to the batter. Wet the palm of your left hand with water, put a tbsp of batter, pat it with right hand. Pick it with your right hand and put in into the heated oil. Deep fry until the vadas are golden brown and the inside is well cooked. Serve the hot vadas as a snack anytime.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

If only

Watched this today. A simple, beautiful movie directed by Gil Junger.

Ian(Paul Nicholls) realises that the dream he saw the day before, starts turning out to be true. In an attempt to save his girlfriend Samantha played by Jennifer Love Hewitt, who gets killed in an accident in his dream, he tries hard to avoid it in reality. For the rest of the story, watch out the movie!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

One night @ the call cetre

This is the second book i read after 2 States written by Chetan Bhagat.

Though it was little boring in the middle, overall i enjoyed it.
What is interesting is the fact that in spite of the regular story portraying the lives of six colleagues at the call centre, it is giving some positive message.