I-N-D-I-A

From being an Indian to an NRI to now a PIO… Even then…still…

  • I get goosebumps every single time when I hear ‘Vande Mataram’ by A R Rahman…
  • My eyes turn moist every single time I hear the Indian national anthem being played…
  • Every time I see the colours saffron, white and green anywhere, in any order…like an involuntary thought process…the mind rearranges them to make the Indian flag…
  • My heart wrenches at the thought of some atrocities that India goes through…
  • I get angry when I see the most people in power not doing enough for the people…for the masses…
  • I hope and pray I get a chance to use this life to make a positive difference

58th year and there’s still so much work to be done…
I dream…I hope…for a better India every passing day…

Here’s the Vision 2020 that HH APJ Abdul Kalam has written…

Song Of Youth
As a young citizen of India, armed with technology, knowledge and love for my nation, I realize, small aim is a crime.
I will work and sweat for a great vision, the vision of transforming India into a developed nation, powered by economic strength with value system
I am one of the citizens of the billion; Only the vision will ignite the billion souls.
It has entered into me ; The ignited soul compared to any resource is the most powerful resource on the earth, above the earth and under the earth.
I will keep the lamp of knowledge burning to achieve the vision – Developed India
If we work and sweat for the great vision with ignited minds, the transformation leading to the birth of vibrant developed India will happen.
I pray the Almighty: “May the divine peace with beauty enter into our people; Happiness and good health blossom in our bodies, minds and souls”.

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Rise, my beloved Country…RISE!!!

Happy Republic Day!


“Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another…But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood….. Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught; but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist… Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live….” ~Swami Vivekananda

PS: RIP Victims of the Gujarat earthquake.

PPS: Sometimes in a life time…a certain day leaves behind permanent imprints…

Another year gone…

My mornings a few years ago…
The first sounds of dawn were live chants and prayers from the temple near by. Then there was a bicycle ring…the newspaper boy was here…And just when one was to step out on the porch, one was greeted by the chirping of the birds in the bouganvillea veins in the front yard and the sweet scent of jui (a variety of jasmine) flowers whose veins were like veils to the windows of my room.

My mornings now…
The first sound of dawn is the alarm clock of my cell phone. The live chants have now been replaced by a c.d played manually when I wake up. That’s it. The day has begun.

There are so many things I didn’t think I’d ever miss. Be it walking to school or the regular trips to the market to get fresh veggies. I miss that. What I miss the most is my evenings spent sitting on the porch…surrounded by friends…looking out to the main road. Sometimes the nights spent doing the same…in solitude…just simply watching the vehicles and people pass by… There was such a time…

There are a lot of times I wish to go back to those times. Though far from reality, I still sometimes go back to that time in my mind…the memory is still very fresh. It may be out of sight, but it is definitely not out of mind. I can still realize that distinct smell when I deeply think about it. And it gives me a serene feeling which I can’t really explain in words. Sounds freaky, doesn’t it? Maybe it is. But to me, that is my refuge.

Even though, I know that there is a very little chance that I’ll ever have those days back…I know for sure there is nothing that can take away those memories from me. Nor can anything replace my days spent in a time which now seems like utter ecstasy. I also know that the feeling I get around this time of year…will pretty much always remain. I will always miss that time.

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. ~From the television show The Wonder Years

The week that was…

Guru : Got to see Guru last week. It is a nice movie. I am not going to post a detailed review of it. Abhishek was amazing in it. Though I was really disappointed in the way the songs were picturized. I really really dislike it when directors cut ARR’s songs short and put them up in parts through out the movie. Probably it is some sort of movie-making strategy, but honestly, I don’t really care. The songs never really reach the masses like that. It’s only die-hard ARR fans who listen to all the songs…then maybe for people who just listen to new soundtracks. I wish they would stop doing that to his music.

2007 North American International Auto Show : Now we’re talking. This happened this past saturday. Was I thrilled or was I thrilled???! Bluntly put, I am not a car person. As in, I don’t really get the technical details of it. But I love looking at cars. They really do capture my attention. Space shuttles and Airplanes are extremely fascinating but are not exactly accessible, so what comes next?? CARS!!!

So I went with my sibs and a couple of friends. We entered and boy, some ambiance that was!
We started walking around, checking out cars by the brand and man, was it crazy!! I was enjoying every bit. Stopping around to take pictures and what not. There were people with their video cameras. Now that was something I didn’t expect. Anyway, initially I was not too impressed cos there was nothing that I liked at first. Though I must mention that the hottest topic was alternate fuel. What with hybrid cars, cars running on CNG and Hydrogen and what not! Pretty cool, I must admit.

Of all the cars we saw, apart from the obviously hot Ferraris, BMWs and Lamborghinis…the cars that caught my attention were the concept cars by some companies. The Prototypes.
Here are some images of the ones that really did catch my eye…

Kia Kue (I’m a lil biased when it comes to Kia ;))

Mazda Ryuga




Acura Advanced Sports Car


Well, as you can tell from the few pictures, the whole experience was thrilling. I had lots of fun. But by the time we were actually done looking at most cars, I was really really tired. A li’l tip for all the ladies out there who may take such trips in the future : When you know beforehand that there’ll be a lot of walking to do…Do not wear heels!!! Believe me, it will be extremely painful.

Even after spending so many hours there, I realised when I got home that I didn’t get to see the Dodge Viper…bummer, eh? But ah well, there’s always next time. And I know when next time comes, I will be much better prepared.

Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other. ~C.P. Snow, New York Times, 15 March 1971


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