For all my readers who also happen to know and speak kannada

Kannada language has such a rich heritage that speaking about it will have several blog posts. But, what I want to tell you is about a rare form of music , which has its association with kannada language. The name of the form of music is gamaka, which has become rare now. Pranati, an organisation which is famous for its innovative experiments, is organising a gamaka concert in July 18th at 5  pm at Indian Institute of World culture . The recital is a portion titled  “Shabarigaadanu atithi daasharathi” ( rama coming to shabari’s place ) from “shree ramayana darshanam” written by rashtrakavi kuvempu.

Please do make it to this concert and get a glimpse of how rich our literature and music is !



When suggestions become compulsions



They are two different words. Like everything in this world, they too definitely have a limit.

We need to “take” advice from elders. It is up to us to follow. We can take suggestions from elders and friends. Once again, its upto us. And, it SHOULD be up to us to decide. Elders , I think, after a certain age and after a certain point of time, must stop suggesting and advicing too much.

I have emphasised on too much because, more often than not, elders and friends tend to forget the limits and start to compell and pressurise us, which is detrimental to our future.

Be it our personal life or  career, it is not worthy to decide everything by ourselves and thats where elders and friends come in. But I am afraid, they are not of much help most of the times.

Very recently, I landed up in a position where I got stuck and was not able to decide what I should do next. My parents too were quite confused. My friends suggested many things, but it didnt solve the problem totally. One of my elders kept on compelling me that I should listen to him, take his advice and take his suggestion as an order. I didnt want to do that. When I politely declined, I was rebuked. When suggestions become compulsions,  it hurts ! It definitely hurts !

Where will such compulsions take us ? What will it fetch them ? Often, these suggestions involve selfish motives which surface  later on. We will not be in a position to come back and by the time we realise this, it would have been very late.

It is nice to listen to others and wise to decide on our own.  And, I have done mine. And I know, I am right. People must not mistake my confidence as audacity. If they still do, I dont think I can help it.

Let there be light ?

Light. Physicists don’t know whether it is a particle or a wave and say it is neither, philosophers seem to enjoy the brightness, aura and radiance of it and we normal people  pay for it.

Under the label of development, Bengaluru mahanagara palike has taken some excellently stupid measures. Yes, I mean it. They are excellently stupid.

Bangaloreans have been cribbing that garden city is no more true to its name, so some of the corporators decided to convert playgrounds to parks so that diabetic patients can go round and round in the “diabetic tracks” and go home feeling giddy. What all didn’t they do to”develop” parks ? They brought Mexican grass and created landscapes, installed fountains which work only when Bangalore is hit with a cyclone or a depression and above all, they got lights fitted every 10 meters inside the parks.There starts the problem.

Lights cannot and must not  be fitted the way we  grasses are grown. It needs lots of calculation. Lighting design is a huge field by itself. These people have lighted parks like how they light up the roads for annamma’s festival orchestra !

I  come  from a family which has seen two generations of successful electrical contractors and lighting design consultants. That has naturally given me the credibility and sense ,quite a little bit, but  not enough knowledge (that is because I didn’t bother to know  more about these…I was worried about light and its production,not installation 🙂 ) to talk about lights.

Lighting up parks is a not a very tough thing to do, says my dad. Light should be just enough to light up the pathways and the benches..not the entire park ! Moreover, there is no need of light till the sun sets. And after the sun sets, insects, birds and other creatures naturally seek shelter in the parks. Insects are quite shy and a lot more sensitive, they do not come out when humans are around. Some corporators claim that the walkers should not be troubled by insects when they walk and hence such an arrangement is necessary. If so, have they got rid of, or CAN they get rid them ? Why talk about  insects and reptiles then ?

The next major reason for corporators to install lights in such huge numbers is increasing chain snatchers in cities. Unfortunately, by lighting up parks and the surrounding roads, they help the thieves to target their victims better. I am not condemning the step taken, but the lighting is more than just sufficient for a thief to snatch chains. The best way would have been to light up roads with just necessary lighting and ask cops to patrol .(too ideal an idea isn’t it…with the level of corruption 😀 )

Bangalore is getting hotter every summer and people throng parks in the evenings. They enter the park when sun has set and light soothing greenery of park becomes dark. With every road being filled with vehicles, fresh air at parks is a myth. These heavy lighting arrangement increases the strain on the eyes further, rather than decreasing it. There are loads of tube lights and CFLs  already at home, and park is also lit up so horribly well…where and when can the eyes relax ? People in cities have forgotten sound and satisfying sleep these days, thanks to recession and thefts.

The lighting is not serving the purpose as it  should and is only leading to a waste of power.So, should we let the light be ?

Exam without calculator

One  can’t deny the fact that science students can’t do calculations without a  scientific calculator for a valid reason that values like Sin (56deg) cant be remembered. We were taught the usage of logarithms in PUC, but we forgot them like how  everyone else did.

My entrance exam is scheduled this Sunday, and I have read quite a bit. The news is, it is a very very tough exam and the more you prepare, the difficult it is. You will be considered a genius if you clear the exam in one attempt. I know I am not one, so there is nothing much to worry about.

According to 80 percent of the appeared candidates  we ” cannot “answer descriptive questions. The problem starts here.Descriptive questions consist of problems  and problems invariably involve calculations . The news is , we are not allowed to use calculators of any type. We are supposed to use logarithm tables or the commonly called Clarke’s Tables to solve the problems. I have forgotten the way to use them. I made it a point to read the instructions given on the hall ticket which I don’t always do, and it was worth after all. I got to know of this now itself.  I have to now find a way out to learn the usage of log tables. .

I remembered how much 2+2 is until I PUC. And then…for everything I used a calculator…be it a table calculator, solar calculator or a mobile calculator…all types. But now….

Oh my god !!! I am sooooooo scared and tensed. This will be my first ever examination without a calculator.

Welcome back, Belavadi

Those were the days of my PUC exams but I never missed watching “Garva”. It was a story which I liked the most because it was a blend of everything. It is a story of  a man who was terribly egoistic and his family members were unable to take that. The character of Vinayaka was my favorite. He was a spastic, but cleverer than any intelligent man!

It is not only the story which I like in Prakash Belavadi’s serials but also the way he narrates it. In every scene, it is not only the characters which speak, location, lighting and props also communicate a lot to us. Also, the characters speak less, greater work  is done by their eyes. Godkhindi’s music lilts our soul. I never cry, be it for anything…but the dialogues simply make me cry ! I liked, loved and enjoyed every episode of Garva and really cried because it got over. I missed Belavadi a lot.

But he is back on zee kannada with a new mega serial “Illiruvudu summane” . This story is based on children not looking after their old parents and the plight of distressed parents. I saw the first episode today..It was simply superb. He has also put across to the viewers generation gap problems, enthusiam at the adolescence, helplessness at middle ages and distress in the old age. He has done a wonderful job.  I have decided to follow this serial everyday. I do not watch soap operas, specially hindi ones and kannada ones which have the usual story and horribly prolpnged narration. But Belavadi’s narration is crisp and sensible.

Welcome back Belavadi ji!

Short term and long term memories (STM and LTM)

It seems ( I dont know as I have not verified it with my class 12 biology text book ) memory is of two types,viz., short term and long term memory.

I loved allocating all study related things into long term memory. I remembered all concepts in physics and chemistry very well. They took too much space, so mathematics was forced to go to Short term memory. Now, I have totally forgotten mathematics ! 😦

The Last bit of serious mathematics was done last year and that was it. I had not even bothered to look at that 2000 page book from the day the exam was over.

Now…I have to prepare for my entrance exam, and I have forgotten differentiation and integration. [Strange…But true] It took me ten minutes to identify that a problem had to be solved by applying a rule called L’hospital’s rule  [Please read it as lopita’s rule and not as L hospital’s rule…these were my teacher’s words…I remember this but not the rule 😦   ]

I have to now upgrade my LTM and the unfortunate thing is that, hard disks of my requirement are not available !! 😦


This seven letter word really tests my strength. Its smaller than the word determination,but stronger.

What made me say this is are the following events which took place as recently as yesterday.

  • I am terribly unwell.
  • My phone has stopped working. For no apparent reason, calls get cut after 30 seconds.
  • I am unable to go to Sringeri to celebrate Deepaavali for the 5th consecutive time.
  • I am not able to sit up and read for 10 hours like how I used to do when in college. My determination is shattered by destiny.
  • I am unable to work on my blogs continuously like how I used to do before. Courtesy- Destiny.

This seven letter word mercilessly murdered a four lettered word  hope.

Having lost the battle, I have no option but to surrender.