30 August 2009

Red Hill Ooty


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Originally uploaded by shyamk
Ooty is, without doubt, a fabulous place to be. Especially if you choose your locations wisely. This is the Red Hill Tea estate, Ooty. The house that is see in the center of the picture is where you would be staying.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 12:55 AM 1 comments

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Originally uploaded by shyamk
The nilgiri insect catcher bird. rare. highly endangered. A minute ago there were the male and female brids on the same branch. by the time I adjusted my camera, one was gone.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 12:51 AM 0 comments

29 August 2009

Perceptions

In the flight to Atlanta from Frankfurt, I was rather blessed with some nice company in form of a gentleman in my next seat. Much hilarity and dry throat ensued over the 10 hours as we kept on talking about one issue and another. It would suffice to say that I felt like I was back in REC hostel, talking away till the wee hours of morning, without any real significance. Over the next few days, I shall try to post up on some of the observations that we made.

Perceptions are funny. We tend to make them because it is impossible to analyze the entire sample space. A perfect example is ice-cream. There is Ben-Jerry's, blue bell and what not. In fact there could be more. But the one ice cream that rules them all is Hagen Daaz. If you have not tasted it and yet you claim that Ben&Jerry's is good, I promise to buy you a big tub of Hagen Daaz. I am sure you will never ever claim that Ben&Jerry's or any other two bit ice-cream is worth its sugar.

So, all you American's honking about Ben&Jerry's or Blue bell, please taste Hagen Daaz.

Shyam

PS: This was the first of the points that came up in my conversation with that gentleman. I know he will be reading this blog, but hey, what the blazes.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:53 PM 0 comments

20 August 2009

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Originally uploaded by shyamk
St.Mary's Island, Udupi.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:42 AM 0 comments

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Originally uploaded by shyamk
A view from Greenlands Youth Hostel Kodaikanal.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:41 AM 1 comments

17 August 2009

Shah Rukh Khan detained in Newark Airport

I read with much amusement the news that Shah Rukh Khan was detained at the airport and questioned for over two hours. What gave me my daily dose of humor was the "outrage" expressed by the media, especially CNN-IBN and other two bit, worthless news channels.

Firstly, he is just a citizen of this country. Nothing more, nothing less. He is not a president. In fact, when Abdul Kalam was searched, right here in India, nothing of this sort erupted. Among all this, a saner voice comes from the most unexpected angle; Harbajan Singh.

Get real folks. He has been searched. He is among the thousands of Indians and citizens of other countries, being searched by that brainless and dull headed personnel over at TSA (Transport and Security Administration) and DHS (Department of Homeland Security). It is a different matter that those folks can, at best, provide knee-jerked reactions, causing inconvenience to both Americans and outsiders traveling within and into America.

A few years ago, a star of much higher stature and acting talent was subject to the same hardship. No prizes for guessing, it is indeed Kamal Hassan. He was detained and searched. Where was all this media fury and hype ? Why, even Aamir Khan was questioned.

So, you stupid media personnel, please stop acting like the TSA and DHS folks (flogging dead horses) and try to get something constructive out of this.

A worthless actor does not deserve such brouhaha.

Shyam

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:15 AM 3 comments

13 August 2009

Resolutions

There are resolutions and there are resolutions.

Beginning Independence day weekend, I resolve to be a bit more frequent with my online presence (You know, the twitter, facebook and all that jazz).

I have been maddeningly busy with my professional life (no, that is not an excuse, but an answer to the most obvious question).

So, do expect regular posting on this blog from now.

Shyam

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:11 AM 1 comments

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Originally uploaded by shyamk
Waves bouncing off the rocks at St.Mary's Island, Udupi.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 9:10 AM 1 comments