Sunday, 30 November 2014

Daughter's letter to her mother

Dear mother,

I know that I am pretty wild at times. I know that I sound crazy at times. I know that my dreams scare you. They give you sleepless nights making you worry about my future. I know that you love me from the day I was a zygote in your womb. I know that you secretly swell in pride each time you see me achieve.

Today, I want to tell you something. I know you will flip out and start your drama again tonight. Still, I want to say something. For the sake of our own good. This is an attempt to bridge that unseen void between us that brings up the fight every time.

Ma, please understand that we both are from different times. Most of the things do not work the way it used to. Leaving my hair open or waking up late on a Sunday is perfectly normal. So is talking about taboo subjects. But, love still remains the same. We are old school when it comes to choosing our man. It might look like I am flirting with many jerks and on phone round the clock. But I know where to put the end credits for a boy's episode in my life. Your little daughter has inherited that strong women intuition from you.

You brought me up telling fascinating stories and taught me standing up for myself. You advocated me to be independent and strong headed. I understand your so called fear of what my would-be in-laws would think of my night pants and slang. Whenever you get such a panic attack please remember that you have taught me manners and decorum too. I can woo those aunties and make you proud any day. It's a cake walk, Ma.

Last but not the least, please do not threaten me with marriage as a punishment for my wildness. You can't get me married off because I crossed some arbitrary line. By telling so, you only make me hate the whole idea. Also you know that I am strong headed and won't accept the crap. Ma, I have the options that you didn't have at that age. And you too did not listen to all those that was told to you. You should understand that I have the right to make my mistakes and learn from it. Please stow that overprotective instinct of yours.

P.S: where is that pink Saree of yours? I need that for tonight's party.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Digital Dustbin

Modern day Pandora box it is;
Beholding a whole world within.
Magic box does it look like;
Not more than a few inches thick.
A wonder still it is for many,
Gaping at how it works in a jiffy!

Limits it does have in bits and bytes;
Squeezing and cramping unfeasible.
Yet it has space to hold information,
Beyond the idea of space dimension.
Unity in diversity it believes in;
Accepting all with open arms!

A file stored is like a grain of salt,
Saved securely in the Dead Sea.
Searching for this needle file
Is a conundrum than the hay stack!
Digitized is the collected garbage,
Tucked in the depths of Duat! 

Similar surnames sabotage sanity;
Redundancy reigning retrieval.
Digital dustbin in disguise it is;
Detangling data becoming a dream!
Indigenous intellectual it requires,

To sort and seek through this madness!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

GM Diet challenge experience

This comes as a consolidated blog because of various reasons.

  1. I was held up in work.
  2. I was lazy to write. 
  3. I fell sick on day 5.

Yeah, the above reasons are the factors that you are reading this as a consolidated blog. GM diet has definitely broken certain myths and created a few new ones too. This blog is only a personal experience. But, I should definitely thank the random coincidence in which I got to know about the GM diet.

I wanted an encouraging push in my weight loss regime and GM diet came as a wonder in it. It has helped me lose a few kilos rapidly and give me the moral boost to continue further in the Herculean task of losing 29 kgs totally. Readers can find my diet chart below. Any further queries can be posted in the comment section.

Okay.. Okay! Enough of the prelude..! We are all interested in nothing but the results. GM diet helped me lose 3.5 kgs in a span of 7 days despite falling sick for three days in the end.
What did I eat?

I am a vegetarian and a raw vegan for breakfast and lunch. So, adapting to this diet was comparatively easier. Still, I had to drink milk for breakfast on day 4 and consume brown rice for lunch on day 5, 6 and 7. Below is the detailed chart:

Day 1
Assorted fruit bowl of Pears, Apple
A bowl of water melon
Day 2
1 glass of Ash gourd juice
Bowl of diced Ash gourd and crated beetroot
Two bowls of wonder soup
Crated carrot
Day 3
1 glass of Musk melon juice
Cucumber and Carrot slices
A bowl of watermelon
Pomegranate and pear
Day 4
1 banana and 1 cup of skimmed milk
A cup of wonder soup and 1 banana
1 cup of milk
2 bananas
Day 5
Crated cottage cheese with capsicum, onion and tomato
Half cup brown rice with curd and one tomato
Half cup Brown rice porridge with curd and 4 tomato
Day 6
1 glass of Carrot juice
Half cup Brown rice porridge with curd
Half cup Brown rice porridge with curd
Wonder soup
Day 7
Bowl of watermelon
Half cup Brown rice and curd
Half cup brown rice with curd
Apple juice

There were no dips in the energy level during the diet. I was active as ever and indulged in work-outs and sports. However, by end of day 5 I fell sick. Had high temperature and throat pain. Doctor diagnosed a severe throat infection and was given heavy anti-biotic dosages. She also clearly mentioned that GM DIET WAS NOT THE REASON FOR SICKNESS AND ADVISED TO CONTINUE THE SAME DURING MEDICATION TOO.

The sickness did take a toll on my work-out regime. I couldn’t do any of my regular workouts. I sincerely doubt that, had I done workout for the last three days too, I would have lost a little more. It’s okay!

I am planning to continue this diet intermittently along with my work outs to reach my target weight of 57. I weighed 81.5 when I started the diet and at the end weighed 78.

To maintain this and not gather back the lost weight, my raw vegan diet shall help.  

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

GM diet challenge: Day 2

Last night I successfully ended day one of GM diet with dreams filled of Sambar Rice rich with aroma of ghee and onions and carrot. Yummmm.. Just recalling makes my mouth water. But morning my weight machine shooed away all the demons. Yeah, there was a weight reduction of 1.1 kgs. I know it is just fluid weight loss, still, I felt like kissing my weight machine. Can there be a better start for the day? There I had enough confidence to sail through Day 2 of GM diet.

Here goes my Day 2 Chart:

Today’s Weight: 80.4 kgs

Breakfast: Glass of raw pumpkin juice
Snack: Crated Beetroot half- raw
Lunch: A bowl of raw pumpkins and crated Beetroot
Snack: 2 diced raw carrots
Dinner: Two bowls of Wonder soup
Had 8 glasses of water.

Felt no side effects. In fact, had a very energetic day playing and running around with kids. Beating the temptation was quite difficult. But envisaging loose Kurtas helped overcoming. So did reading the success stories of people who took up the diet. Even as I write this blog, my mind is wandering to the delicacies reminding their lingering tastes. Day 5 has cottage cheese in it (Inside I’m dancing in 
glee for that). So yeah, successful Day 2 ends.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

GM Diet Challenge- Day 1 Experience

Being bubbly (Read Obese) and lively, I had seldom been a believer of dieting. If there are only to categories of people: People who live to eat and People who eat to live, I would definitely fall under the first category. What is the point in exerting your time and effort to earn money if you cannot spend it to have that favorite lasagna? Foodies will know what I am talking about.

When I was first spoken to about Raw Vegan dieting, I didn’t understand the head or tail of it. How can you survive with raw vegetables, fruits and nuts? But, when I saw the results in my friend, I was intrigued to know more. I am not referring to weight loss and getting into shape here. I am referring to glowing skin and youthful look. Who wouldn’t want it? Amazing it looked. Yet, it took me a month to mentally get prepared to follow the diet.

Okay, this blog is not about Raw vegan dieting. This is about GM diet that I have started today. I shall post my experience for the next seven days and the results along with it. Now, now.. This is purely a weight loss crash diet I am following to shed a few extra kilos before my birthday (21 Nov 2014).

The diet looks quite simple given that I am already a partial-Raw Vegan.

Day 1 weight: 81.5 kgs (thanks to the hogging in past 1 week for gaining 1.5 kgs.)
Breakfast: A cup of half papaya
Snack:  one Orange
Lunch: A bowl of diced apple (2 nos.)
Snack:  one Orange
Dinner: A cup of half papaya and slice of Melon

Had almost 10 glasses of water.

Experience: Quite thirsty throughout the day. Evening was badly tempted to take a bite of that cheese puffs from my friend. I thought I will kill for it. Cheese is to be blamed for and not me. But, restrained myself by visualizing the extra weight loss. A 40 minute brisk workout with stretches, jogging and skipping. No fatigue or headache. May be because I am a Raw Vegan and my metabolism is already used to only fruits and vegetables. Felt light throughout the day.

What is life without experimenting and pushing your limits? Yeah, it is quite difficult to beat the temptation and keep up the will power. I have faith and persistence as my supporters to do this. And of course, the concept of delayed gratification of hogging those cheese and Paneer delicacies ( Mouthwatering even now).

Come tomorrow to know how it is progressing!

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Super Ego of a Writer- Kannada

This Kannada version of the poem was written by a  great well-wisher and dear uncle of mine: Ravi Tirumalai. Thank you so much uncle for this wonderful translation :) :) 

ನಾನೊಂದು ಆದಿ
ನಾನೊಂದು ಅಂತ್ಯ
ನಾನೇ ಜಗತ್ತು
ನಾನೇ ಶೂನ್ಯ
ನಾನೊಂದು ಕಡಲ ಜಲದ ಹನಿ
ಆದ್ಯಂತರಹಿತ ಕಡಲೇ ನಾನು
ಏಕಾಂತ ನನ್ನ ಮಿತಿ
ಒಂದು ಕ್ಷಣಕ್ಕೆ ನಾ ಸ್ತಬ್ಧ
ನನಗಾಗಿಯೇ ವ್ಯರ್ಥ ಹುಡುಕಾಟ
ನಾನಿಲ್ಲ ನಾನಿರುವೆಗಳ ನಡುವೆ
ಕಣ್ಣ ಮುಚ್ಚಾಲೆಯಾಟ
ಮೂಲೆಮೂಲೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ನನ್ನನ್ನೇ
ತುಂಬಿಕೊಳ್ಳಳು ಪರದಾಟ
ಅಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ನೀತಿ ನಿಯಮಗಳ ನಡುವೆ
ನನ್ನ ಯೋಚನೆಗಳು ಜೀರ್ಣವಾಗದೆ
ನಿರಂತರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಗಳ ಸುರಿಮಳೆ
ನಿರುತ್ತರದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಲೆಬಾಗುವೆ
ನಾನಾ ಪರವಸ್ತುವಿಗೆ
ಎನ್ನ ಪದಗಳಿಂದ ನಾನಮರ
ಗೋರಿಗಳಿಂದೆದ್ದು ಕೂಗುವ
ಎನ್ನ ಪೂರ್ವಜರ ಕರೆಗಳಿಂದ
ಬರೆಯುವುದೆನ್ನ ಹಕ್ಕು, ಧರ್ಮ
ಅಣಕವಾಡುವವರು, ಅಣಕಿಸಲಿ
ಹೊಗಳುವವರ ಗುಣಗಾನವಿರಲಿ
ವಿದ್ವಜ್ಜನರೊಪ್ಪಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಿ, ಸೂರ್ಯನ
ಕಡೆ ಮುಖಮಾಡಿ ನಾಯಿ ಬೊಗುಳಲಿ

Kannada Readers, please give your feedback on the poem.

Super Ego of a writer

I am the beginning
I am the end
I am the universe
I am the vacuum
I am a drop in the ocean
I am the never-ending ocean

Oblivion is my limit
Arrested not for a minute
Searching for me is futile
‘Cause I exist and extinct
Hide and seek I play
Filling every corner with my presence

Morals are abstract concept
My ideas are hard to digest
I constantly question
Leaving no stone unturned
I bow only within
To the God particle intend

Immortal I am with my words
Haunting generations from grave
Writing is my right and business
Fool’s criticism; flatterer’s praise
Wise’s acceptance; Hater’s howl
Are dogs’ barks at Sun!