Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mhd Shah Rukh Khan, Kadeeja, Mahdavia!

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Housekeeping:-
1) Today is the 13th death Anniversary of my Grandmother. Baani ( Banumathy) as she was called, lived an amazing life close to 90 years, calling shots to any one and every one! I cant recollect any one dare contradict her. I grew up listening to all the bed time stories and mythology. She would ask me, If I would cry at her corpse!! As luck would have it, the day she passed away out of nowhere in 2005, I was in Lahore, Pakistan and could not make it to funeral and fulfil her wish! hmmmm! The very reason, I moved to South India soon after Grandfather passed away in 1995 not to miss funerals! Something called destiny! 

Grandmom with Great Grandson -1994!!!
2) While Indigo does good job many times, I am getting frustrated at the service at HYD-BLR sector. The Flight 6E 357 is often inordinately delayed, yesterday it was 80 min late, adding insult to injury is it is Small Planet flight and I always pick up quarrel with Indigo staff at boarding gate over piece of baggage carried. They say only one piece allowed?? Seriously? Business traveller?? I am contemplating change of carrier from March travel plans!

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Udaipur travel was a fabulous trip. While it was business trip with 9 to 6pm squeeze, I got some free time to go around the city. This was thanks to great Chauffeur, Mohammed ShahRukh Khan. Great driver and knows the city inside out. So If you are planning travel there Give him a call, I am sure you would not regret it.  You can contact him at  +91 80786 20347 or 7014815626. 

Mhd Shah Rukh Khan Chaffeur at Udaipur!! A fabulous driver and guide!
What more is needed to show India is continent of contrast then the recent Wink Song! Forget the movie part, the song which has gone ruptures with global review as well as causing some conterversy as it reflects the love Kadeeja had for prophet Mhd. This song is more than 45 years old and is a traditional song amongst Muslims in Northern Kerala sung during wedding. A hardcore Muslim from other parts of India may take offence, but not so in Kerala, TN which has its own sets of rules!

Here is old version which is 3 years Old. Mappila is term to Muslims in North Kerala (near Mangalore where I lived 1997-2000)

Manikya malaraya poovi,
(A girl like a pearl flower)
Mahathiyam ka khadeeja Beevi,
[Here highness khadeeja Beevi(RA)]
Makkayenna punya naatil,
Vilasidum Naari,
Vilasidum Naari,
(The woman who lived like a queen in the holy city of Mecca
Haathimunnabeye vilichu,
[She called khathim an Nabbiyyin Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)]
Kacha vadatheen ayachu,
(Sent as in charge of her trade expedition)
Kanda neram khalbinullil,
Mohamoudichu..Mohamoudichu..
First sight of him ,Her Qalb (heart) desired him,
Kachavaradum Kayinj,
Muthrasoolulla vann,
(Blessed Rasoolullah (PBUH) came back after expedition)
Kaliyana aaalojanaikyaay
Beevi Thunij.. Beevi Thunij..
(To marry the Prophet was the Beevi desire)
Another Muslim driver, Another fabulos story, to hear from Syed Burhan my driver at Hyderabad. Actually "Syed" originates from branch of Islam which practices, Mahdavia. He actually said, very different from Shia and Sunni form Islam and practiced mostly in Hyderabad, Amdavad, Lucknow! His views very different and interesting discussions over two days! 
Take it easy, take care God bless
Karthik
24/2/18




Sunday, February 18, 2018

Good Job #INDIGO!!


I am back home from Udaipur, I was away on business travel.

When I landed this morning at Bombay airport at 1030am via 6E 748, ( 20 min early) I casually walked to Indigo counter to check if there are earlier connection to Bangalore. (1240 pm there is one) to my surprise the Indigo staff were in animated conversation. When I asked what happened? They replied that my flight 6E 3177 scheduled for 1545 Hrs had been cancelled ( as were three more BLR flights for the day) due to congestion, Fog early morning at Bangalore and Dumb ass Idiot திருட்டு பய  Modi bugger visiting Bombay, thus causing air traffic congestion.

Being a global traveller, I calmly told them take me to Bangalore via any route!! Which was delight to them, so they tried Trivandrum, Cochin, Madras and then connecting to Bangalore. After few minutes I was given boarding pass for Bombay -Madras-Bangalore with me reaching home around 2200 hrs instead of 1800 Hrs. All flights were going full as were other airlines to which these guys tried reaching out for direct travel. 

The story didn't end there, after I finished sec check at at 130pm, I got a call from Indigo staff who helped me with the above arrangement, that the flight 3177 was restored and they have reissued my boarding pass and baggage tag !( I checked bag when I know it was a long haul to home) The female staff who helped me came to security gate and handed the new boarding pass which was above and beyond their call of duty.

The flight was delayed by an hour. I reached home now. ( 2 hrs earlier than 2200 hrs scheduled via Madras)

The Indigo staff did a super job. Yes they also acknowledged my coolness and suggestion to take me home somehow rather than hell bent on going direct.....

Few good people exist, yes as I told Indigo staff, everything in India including few Indigo staff are inconsistent. But Bombay team has always helped me when I reached out to them!! 
Good Job once again. 
Karthik.
18/2/18 2000 Hrs. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

RIP- Bevan Congdon!!!


News came at 4pm in ESPN on the passing away of  former cricket captain of New Zealand, Bevan Congdon, today, a day short of his 80th Birthday.

Bev, is most remembered for his fighting knock of 176 in the 4th Innings chasing 475 to win vs England at Trent Bridge, with Victor Pollard, he almost took them to heroic victory falling short by 38 runs or so. That was my first BBC test match special Audio commentary back in 1973. The next innings at Lords, he made 175 and took NZ for  a 300 run first innings lead only for England to escape with a draw.

His ultimate leadership moment came next year, when NZ beat Australia in ChristChurch in 1974 for their first test win over Australia. 

Congdon, Glen Turner, Victor Pollard with Richard Collinge formed the bed rock of New Zealand cricket which went to produce legends like Hadlee, Crowe, Coney!! His leadership made New Zealand to be a team to be respected and lot of individuals combine to deliver the results a hallmark of Team sport.


Rest in peace. 

Karthik. 

45 Year wait over! When, Company Man,Miss you Karen!

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Housekeeping:- 
1) I am back from Karaikudi last night (Late night Indigo; very unusual, 1 hr delay). Lalitha and I had been there to perform the 6th month rituals of Dad. Time just flies. Dad's first anniversary ritual dates are scheduled for 4,5,6 and 7th AUG 2018, it would arrive in a blink of an eye!!! 

2) On way back during stop over at Madurai last evening, this picture triggered memories. The painting is good 60 years old. Still maintained intact at my cousin's home. There used to be a 0 watt bulb ( mini) that would serve as night lamp during 1960s attached to this portrait and I as 6 year kid used to fall asleep staring at it......


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1) As I am now totally away from Twitter, Facebook, as well as other Web interactions, I get plenty of time to read books as well as catch up on movies. So It was awesome moment this week. In 1973-75 Window, great movies like 1) Fear over the City, 2) Cold Sweat got released. The movie tickets would cost 1 Re. (Then US 15 cents), but it would be a dream to get that much pocket money,so the great movies were given a miss! So the joy was no bound when I got Youtube link to these movies this week. Thanks to Technology, I wont go to grave having missed such a class action movies and more so I have decided never to go to theatres and waste time, it is now my terms and I pull movie rather than entertainment being shoved down my throat.  



2) Finished reading DAN Pink's latest book "WHEN" an awesome read. How timing matters a lot! Also you can check your profile as to you are an owl or a lark. Awesome aspects of Premortem as opposed to post mortem. A must read guide to work timing! 

3) Want to know everything that is FUCKED UP with corporate life! Read Joseph Finder's "COMPANY MAN" a CEO struggle to steer the company! It is fiction, but you can bet your last cent that it is mix of all real incidents that happen at C suite. Finder is a master in exposing the ugly side of corporates. Paranoia was class act. The book gave me awesome company for the 8hr train ride to Karaikudi, Wednesday night!! hahahhah!!!! 
4) This week (4th Feb) marks the 35th Death Anniversary of Karen!! boy time flies!!!! I just can't beleive she is gone for so long!!

Take it easy, take care, God Bless
Karthik
10/2/18; 1330 Hrs.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Fucked up Education! Awesome Rasgola,மாமி , BJP & Modi Pigs!!!

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Housekeeping:-
1) I was back home late night from Hyderabad, to tick in for the 28th Wedding day! I had only missed one year when I was away for a business critical meeting 2003! Family First always!! Nice shirt as gift from Lalitha! Out for Dinner tonight! (Hahhahha! Dad's favourite quote"பர்ஸ் மறந்து போய்ட்டேண்டா" to use tonight !!)!!! 
Nice flowers too from children with an awesome message! 

2) Hyderabad airport becoming one of lousiest, took me 25 min last evening to clear security check and adding to it is the rude CISF folks I have seen ever in Indian airports! It takes 25 seconds every time I check in at Bangalore Airport week after week. May be guys from other Airports should take lessons from BIAL.

3) I am glad India got ass whipped by South Africa. If few things are better than SEX, it is India got hammered in cricket. Over hyped bastards!! (If I hate anything more than ISIS / MODI, it is Indian Cricket hehhehheh) My Wager of India never winning in my life time in Australia and South Africa stands!! 85 years on holds good, not for another 85 years! By then, I would have long fucking gone!!! hehehehheheh!!! Indian cricketer asks a girl out; Girl - Your place or mine?
Indian cricketer - My place, if you want better performance! 
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I keep reading articles that Indian education system is fucked up. Plenty of articles in International journals about poor quality students that India dishes out! 90% graduates who are unemployable. I have also experienced when done interviews. If this is a kind of environment in class then there is no hope. 


Rasogla 270 varities!! ahhahah! I should work a plan to make a visit to this shop!! 
Wonder is Lalitha different to South Indian Maami ???? hahahahhahh!!! Read on! 

Why South Indian Husbands remain  disciples of their wives. 

By Dr Perfect Iyer, MD

I will tell you my personal story as to why I remain a disciple to my wife. It is just for survival.

Her multitasking always amazed me, especially when it came to chemistry. It was 8 in the morning.

In the kitchen, my wife was checking the viscosity of the sambar, the solubility of chutney and the permeability of coffee, all at the same time.

The huge number of multisized, multilabel bottles and cans on the shelf in front of her, looked like a 17 th century alchemist lab with containers of different shapes and sizes labeled in Hebrew and Arabic. Hebrew and Arabic you can learn, but here it was a different challenge.

The ‘Horlicks’ bottle contained chili powder, 
The ‘Bournvita’ tin, salt, while the oats tin had turmeric. 
I won’t be surprised if the rat poison cover had pickles in it. But even without the blink of an eye she confidently opens a container labeled Britannia biscuit , puts a little masala powder in one of the cookers, and put it off. No watches to time, no weighing scale to go by.

But then suddenly, there was this call from the department of physics. 
The milkman has come with the milk. Even without a lactometer she predicted that the milk did not meet the required specific gravity to be deemed fit for human consumption, adult, pediatric and our pet cat included.

The simultaneous arrival of the old newspaperwalla needed supervision in weights and measures department, which she did with accuracy eligible to earn an ISO certification.

Within the next 20 minutes she noted that the particulate matter in the tap water was alarmingly high (to me it seemed usual) and made sure that no one used it for drinking.

By noon she discovered an unusual biologic phenomena of slowing of the movement of our goldfish in our jerry can sized aquarium and predicted that the prognosis and outcome was poor. With my postgraduate degree in medicine, I did not find the fish too abnormal but uttered an “yes yes”, more to avoid an argument than anything else. By evening 6 the goldfish died. She followed the exact norms of environmental safety in disposal of the mortal remains with necessary prayers; identifying that the cause for the mortality was the new brand of fish food, without an autopsy.

The arrival of the gardeners made her take critical decisions in the area of agriculture deciding on which manure would suit the mango tree better.

And the financial wizard happily manages to run the home with a fiscal deficit starting by the end of third week of every month.

It is said that management skills go beyond what you are taught in the B schools., However top grade they are, you need some special senses. I agree. Even if my salary check lies deep in my hospital coat pocket she smells it out by the time I park the car.

Phenomenal I say. Isn’t it. Surprising that with all these qualifications, a working day from 6 am till 11 pm, and on call 24 hours a day, Indian housewives are still considered unemployed and have no organized Trade Union.

Administering the department of Home, with two terrorizing kids is another matter I don’t want to discuss here, because, at least one of them is a young ‘Activist’.

Today is the era of re-designation, where the department heads have become Directors, Managers rechristened as Chairman and owners as CEOs.

Without call for a strike, we have decided to elevate and promote the good old, young at heart, all knowing housewife to a "Homemaker."

She is happy with it!

I have very little knowledge of chemistry, nature science, food and beverage or commerce or arts.

I remain faithful to my wife, and I cling to her just for survival.

Salute to all lovely women.

ahhahahhah! This is how BJP government headed by Modi governs!! heheheh!!! 
People are fools! 
Take it easy, take care, Stay safe, god bless
Karthik.
19/1/18. 12Noon. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The POST !!!

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Lalitha,Radhu, Shravan and I are back from watching "The POST"! An awesome movie!! My annual quota of movie for the year 2018 is done a fortnight in to the year. I think it is worth the 115 Minutes. As usual my son and daughter took us out. ( I don't know which one paid!! hahah! Who cares? Not from my wallet! I cant spend for Movie and Jeans,no way!) 


Combined, award-winning actors Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have appeared in more than 100 films. But "The Post" marks the first time they are on screen together. In the movie, Streep plays Katharine Graham, the publisher of the Washington Post, and Hanks portrays legendary editor Ben Bradlee. The plot centres on the paper's famous and difficult decision to publish top secret government information from the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Streep and Hanks join "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the film resonates today.

The US Supreme Court gave the verdict 6-3 in NYT/Post favour!! The role played by Ben Bagdikian is no less!
Katharine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post, and Bradlee 

Of course, John Williams music score makes it icing on cake as usual!!
I expect Dunkirk, The Post to sweep some academy award nominations.

Also, pertinent is the chaotic state of free press across world as well as quality, integrity of press themselves that has fallen over the years.Fake news triumphs and Government of today are peice of shit making folks like Nixon, Mrs Gandhi angels, when now goons and thugs,govern the world.


Karthik
14/1/18
8pm.

Fire and Fury! What nation needs, Liam Neeson, Indian Shit.

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Housekeeping:- 1) I am back to my rural Hyderabad business travel, I have vastly cut down the days! Even 3 days, I feel now,I am back from Mars! (It is madness; I tell you! I cant even comprehend how the heck I did all the global travel for 2  decades) Ever since 9/11,travel has become nightmare, globally! Even Hotels,facilities while have sprang up like mushroom,the quality leaves a lot to be desired.

2) It was awesome to see my Nephew at Hyderabad taking to cricket seriously. He has joined academy run by VVS Laxman. Wishing him the very best. Kids are so determined in pursuing what they see best!! 


I finished reading "Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolf, an amazing insight in to the mess at Trump's White house. I am sure some of it could have been made up by author, but not all. Knowing Trump, I am not surprised that the way things are going out of orbit. But seeing from his perspective, Trump is one faced personality who speaks his mind without caring for any repercussions unlike fucker Modi or for that matter the master of gimmick the late MGR. All said and done,Trump is delivering on his electoral promises on tax reforms, blocking undesired migrants from Asia, Africa!made mends with people who can sink him like Mitch McConnell,Paul Ryan.(or they kissed and made up, whatever) So I see one term presidency like Jimmy Carter,George H easily.
hahhahahhah! No surprise, this is reason I see no Female POTUS next 30 years, not in my life time!! hehehehh!!

This was an awesome video that came last night! This is what the nation needs! Yes, as usual with Stupid Indians, we know a lot, but we do a very few! We must be one top nation on knowing-doing gap!

The more, I see the Harvey Weinstein scandal @Hollywood and other places, and all the hoopla going around, more I agree with Liam Neeson! Every rich and powerful man is now targeted by stupid women in the name of feminism,(Dumb Oprah,leads the pack! I havent bothered watching it!! )who want their minute of fame in the name of sexual harassment! How the hell a man can invade in to woman's private domain without her consent !! just doesn't make sense to me! Women like having the cake and eat it too! Want to be rich and famous and indulge in every thing including spreading legs with consent and then cry baby to get fame / get pound of flesh!! போங்கடி வெண்ணை! கூழ்கும் ஆசை, மீசைக்கும் ஆசை! 

Economist has very well covered the Missing middle class in India in their cover story this week. The middle class in India is a myth! I totally agree, the rich and poor "GINI" Coefficient has hit the roof from Indian standpoint.I expect worst in coming days! This is precise reason, the Hindu fundamentalism should not be allowed to raise its ugly head and hijack people's thought!This happened in Pakistan during Gen ZIA regime and Pakistan is now paying its price 40 years later! 

I leave with this funny video, that Lalitha shared!! ahhahahhahh!!
Take it easy, take care, god bless
Karthik
14/1/18
9am. 

Mhd Shah Rukh Khan, Kadeeja, Mahdavia!

#306 Housekeeping:- 1) Today is the 13th death Anniversary of my Grandmother. Baani ( Banumathy) as she was called, lived an amazing life...