Guindy National Park, Chennai: Reserve Forest in the City!

Guindy National Park is a protected Reserve Forest right in the heart of Chennai. The main gate of this park is in a small lane next to the popular tourist destination: Guindy Snake park and Zoo, after IIT-M and Cancer Institute campus gates (from Adyar). Since this is a protected forest, and our group decided to go for a trek (better word is walk), I thought why not join? After all it will be an excellent change from the concrete urban jungle around us! Continue reading Guindy National Park, Chennai: Reserve Forest in the City!

#Song of the Week: Isai meeti… (Isai)

Isai meeti… is a song from the Tamil movie Isai. Imagine director SJ Suryah directing a movie called ‘Isai’ and composing the music himself. That’s exactly what has happened, and look what a gem of a song we’ve got! Chinmayi’s voice is too good, but the composition of the song is also too good – don’t you think? Super song :) SJ Suryah has a bright future as a music director ;)

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My Autobiography: My Most Memorable Day #together

As far as I remember, the day I got my Tenth Standard board exam results has been the most memorable day in my life, until now. Not that I value it as much as I remember it in the frenzy of those youthful days, but if I have to pick one memorable day in my life it will be that day.

In most middle class families, especially in Chennai, there is no achievement bigger than academic achievement. At that age, although it feels strange now, I too believed in that *all encompassing* mantra – Academic Excellence. Continue reading My Autobiography: My Most Memorable Day #together

Auroville in Chennai Seminar: Towards a Sustainable Future

If you are in Chennai tomorrow (Wednesday, 11th March, 2015) please consider attending the Auroville in Chennai seminar on to topic, “Towards a Sustainable Future for Our Cities” at The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. I am sure it will be very informative, and is free to attend for everyone.

Here’s the invite:

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Tsunamika Doll: Hope & Help for Victims of Tsunami

Tsunamika doll is a cute little doll made of discarded textile material, conceptualized by Upasana (Auroville). It is being made mostly by the victims of the 2004 Tsunami, near Pondicherry. The doll cannot be bought or sold by anyone, it can only be gifted to others.

I attended a presentation by Uma Prajapati of Upasana who conceptualized this idea, and has been executing it successfully. It seems Tsunamika doll has traveled to 120 countries and touched more than 5,00,000 lives. Continue reading Tsunamika Doll: Hope & Help for Victims of Tsunami

#Song of the Week: Sooraj Dooba Hain Yaaron (Roy)

Sooraj Dooba Hain Yaaron is a Hindi song from the Bollywood movie Roy. This song has been sung by Arjit Singh and Aditi Singh Sharma. The music has been composed by Amaal Mallik. This is a relatively faster/peppy song that didn’t allow me to go to the next song when I listened to it for the first time – sure shot indicator that it’s good! I love the beats and the tempo set by this song.

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An Artist’s Love for her Creation (Short Story)

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Kayal was six when she built a sand castle for the first time on the beach. She dug into the mug around a small circular area and accumulated the soft mud towards the center with her hands. She stopped when the heap was one-and-a-half feet high and stepped back to admire her creation. Tarun, eight, her cousin brother, who was observing her activity suddenly jumped on the sand castle and destroyed it within a few seconds. Continue reading An Artist’s Love for her Creation (Short Story)