Oct 23, 2013

A Date to Remember.. :))

Hello blog doston (friends)!!!, it’s been long time indeed that I've been away from blogging. Somehow couldn't really resist myself from posting this one for you all. Well, all these days “dating” for me was just a fairy tale. Never even dreamt about going out on a date someday in my thirties, barely any clue on how to act  or impress someone... :)

Working on the night shifts for nearly a year was really getting to my nerves and that I had decided to put down my papers. One afternoon while checking my mails, suddenly a young guy (Ranvir) pings me. While checking  my mailbox casually started chatting  with him and he introduces himself. (Do not wonder where he bumped into chat ... we met online... ;)) least bothered as just casually replied him saying that  I got to rush to my cousin's place for some family function. He insisted to take my few minutes to talk to me. Since i was in a hurry and thinking that just talking over phone is fine and so that I could wind up my work much faster to leave to my cousin's place.

The moment I shared my number with him, my phone rings with the beautiful ringtone i had set with. A gentle and sober voice comes from the other end saying sorry to insist me so much to talk to him. The conversation goes on and on. This went on for about half an hour. I was supposed to wind up fast but this guy keeping me engaged with his interesting talks about how well he gels with people of my zodiac sign! Which he admits is purely accidental. Suddenly it flashes me that i have to be somewhere and takes his leave, which he was not keen on doing it. After that we would just coincidentally find each other online and  chat casually. It went on for couple of weeks like this.

One Monday evening there was a meeting with my Managers at office. Having knowledge of  my situation, Ranvir pings me at around 12 midnight to find out about the meeting. Sad like hell, replied I had resigned from my job. Had he not taken off from his work that day probably, we wouldn't have met at that point of time. Sensing me feeling low and sad, he says that is just sounding like a small girl crying for dropping her ice cream on the ground. He was persistent in convincing me to agree upon meeting him in spite of my strong denials. It was the world coming to an end for me. Finally, i had to give up and said yes to him. As it had rained like cats and dogs, it was ice cold outside and was wondering how he is going to make it at that time? With a smile he asked me shall i come by bike or car? He assured me that he would drive me home safely. Soon I handed over my phone to one of my colleagues to guide him the route to my office. Everything happened so quickly that i hardly had any time to think over again about agreeing to meet this very little known stranger! I was going through such a bad time that barely wanted to think about anything. All excited to meet this interesting stranger, who wants to be with me during my not so good times.

All my team mates back at office started to pull my leg for going out with my boyfriend at midnight. Very little did they know about my situation? I hadn't spill a bean about my meeting with managers. Finishing my shift I was just waiting for him to give me a ring.

After an hour or so, my mobile phone rings and of-course it has to be him saying that he is already waiting for me downstairs. Now my heart came to my mouth. I wasn't this nervous even in my meeting. Just taking a deep breath took the lift to the ground floor and walked outside the building. Not finding him around gave him a call back and he asked me to walk still further near the gate.

There he was in a small red car. The watchman was getting all inquisitive with him.  I Walked towards him, shook his hand, just took a glimpse of him. He looked at me with a cute big smile and he almost looked the same as his profile picture on chat, quite a cutie. I sat next to him with all mixed feelings. Sad because of my bad day at work, at the same time excited that i was going out for the first time with a stranger. It was thrilling a bit and yes, without a dime of fear in me started out from office.

The moment we left our office premises he started to check on his friends if they were spying on him, whom he just said bye. Least bothering about them he just drove and our first pit stop was to fuel the car. He passed some 500 bucks to give away to the petrol guy. His hand gently touched with mine while passing the money and it was an amazing feeling for me and i was sure for him too.

With great curiosity asked him where were we heading to and why was it so important to pick me at that time? "Is it necessary to have a reason for whatever we do always?", he replied. He decided to take me to outskirts of the city where there we can eat and drink on the way in McDonald and Coffee Day was pretty sure that they going to be open during that time. He seemed to be good at driving, was scared to death as the road was pretty clear without any traffic. I requested him to slow down and drive me safe. Smiling at my fear for speed, he kept on saying that we may reach the place bit late. I was all silent and down, without a pinch of fear and hesitation. He was doing all the talking most of the time and i was just responding him. He cheered me up all the while and made me feel comfortable. We hardly saw each other’s face as he has to concentrate on his driving.

We reached McD had burger and coke... i preferred mango ice-cream and he chose chocolate one. He asked me if i want to taste the one he had, with little hesitation i said no. Then i thought i should ask him too, the moment i asked if he wanted to taste mango flavor he soon took a spoon out of it.... :)).

Then you know the regular conversation went on, about his childhood and i shared about mine... we were feeling good with each other.  It was freezing cold out there at night, but he was enjoying the weather. It was quite romantic. Then we moved from there, he was humming while driving, so i requested him to sing a song for me. He parked the car on the roadside and slowly with a low voice sang a romantic melody song "Aaap ki ankhon mein kuch mehke hue se raaz hain"; he was really good with that melodious romantic song. That was something special that anyone did for me and it felt so special. I hummed a gazal as well, which he loved and complimented. He was quite open minded and shared the moments of his life and experiences. By this time a beautiful dawn break for us, it was a wonderful memorable morning for me. As we approaching my home, i was feeling sad to depart and wishing so much to spend more time with Ranvir. Well, good times end fast, and we reached my side of city and shook his hand for the last time and thanked him for that wonderful time we spent together.

After i reached home, i get a message from him for the feedback. I replied saying that i liked him and it was my best date ever and thanked him endlessly for giving me his time. Ranvir says i missed out something with him. I was wondering and checked my bag, was wondering what he was talking about? He said i missed out to hug him. I was kind of taken back! He said that was mean of me for not even giving him a hug..... :)))) I apologized to him and he went on infatuating about me.... we never met after that huh!

Life gives many beautiful surprises to us; we should be open to change and embrace every moment as long as we live here. Should go out and do which we have not done before, that fun cannot be articulated. He got me out of my stress and worries when I most needed someone at that moment. He appeared as an angel before me at the right time. How can i ever forget him, who made me feel special and important?

 That was  an amazing day out with a wonderful stranger, who gave me a memory of lifetime.

Aug 15, 2012

Colours of Talk

When your status show 'Green'
You are 'available' to talk, talk and talk
you still don't

When I  pester, then you go 'Red' with anger
showing me 'Busy',
you still talk

You remain mum for long time, turning 'Orange'
But showing me 'Idle'
you still reply to me

After sometime you go 'invisible'
drowning out the crowd just to talk to me in anticipation,
or is there someone else you would like to talk to?

The entire day goes by
talking, laughing, crying, giggling, kissing and hugging
with all the possible symbols using.

May 4, 2012

"ಕಾಲ", Why this Kolaveri Di... ?

ನಮ್ಮ  ಮುತ್ತುರಾಜ್  ಅಂದ್ರೆ  Dr. ರಾಜ್ಕುಮಾರ್ರವರ  ಹಾಡು  "ಮುತ್ತಿನಂಥ  ಮಾತೊಂದು ಗೊತ್ತೇನ್ ಅಮ್ಮ , ನಾವು ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ  ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಕುಣಿಯಬೇಕು " ಯಮ್ಬಂತೆ ದಿನದ 24 ಗಂಟೆಗಳು, ವರ್ಷದ 12 ತಿಂಗಳೂ  ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ಮ ಕೈ ಬೆರಳುಗಳು ಸಮನಾಗಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲವೆಂದು  ಹೇಳುತ್ತವೆ. "ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ನಿಯಮವೆಂಬ ಸತ್ತ್ಯದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಮನಸ್ಸು ಹರಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ಆದರೆ ಬದಲಾವಣೆ ವಳ್ಳೆಯದಕ್ಕಾದರೆ ತೊಂದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು track ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಕೆಳಗಿಳಿಸಿದರೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವುದು ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ. ಈಗ ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಮಕ್ಕಳಾಗಿಲ್ಲ, ಹಿರಿಯರು ಹಿರಿಯರಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಮತ್ತು ವಯೋವ್ರುದ್ಧರಲ್ಲಿ ಗಾಂಭೀರ್ಯತೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಆದಹಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮುಗ್ಧತೆ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, video games, computer gamesಗಳ ಕಾರ್ಮೋಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಮರೆಮಾಚಿದೆ. ಯುವಕರ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಳಕಳಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯಪರತೆ weekend pubs, disco-techs, drugs, ಧೂಮಪಾನ, ಮಧ್ಯಪಾನ ಹಾಗು ಇನ್ನೇತರ ಸೋಪಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿದೆ. ಇನ್ನು ವಯೋವ್ರುಧ್ಹರನ್ನು ಕೆಳುವವವರೇ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಅಥವಾ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳುವ-ಕೇಳುವ ವ್ಯವಧಾನ ಇಲ್ಲವಾಗಿದೆ. ಇಷ್ಟು ಅಸಹಾಕ ಹಾಗು ನಿರ್ಬಲವಾಗಿ ಭಾರತ ಇನ್ನವಾಗಲೂ ಇಲ್ಲವಾಗಿರಬೇಕು ಬಹುಶಃ .

ವಂದು ಕಡೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶ ವಿಶ್ವದಲ್ಲೇ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಯುವ ಜನಸಂಖೆಯುಳ್ಳ  ದೇಶವೆಂದು ಕೊಂಡಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇನ್ನೊದು ಕಡೆ ಗುರಿ ಇಲ್ಲದ ದೇಶವಾಗಿಯು  ಪರಿಣಮಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ ಅಲ್ಲವೇ? ಪಟ್ಟಣ ಬಿಡಿ ಸಣ್ಣ ಊರು, ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಪಾಶ್ಚ್ಯಾತ್ಯವು ಅಷ್ಟ ದಿಕ್ಕಿನಲ್ಲೂ ಅಟ್ಟಹಾಸದಿಂದ ಮೆರೆಯುವದನ್ನು ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಇದು Law of Osmosis ಆಗಿದೆ. ಅಂದರೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಶೆಹರುಗಳಿಂದ ಪಾಶ್ಚ್ಯಾತಿಕರಣ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳವರೆಗೆ ಹರಿದು ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ.

"ವೈದ್ಯೋ ನಾರಾಯಣೋ ಹರಿಹಿ" ಅಂತ ಅಂತಿದ್ರು ಆದ್ರೆ ಈಗ ವೈದ್ಯ ನರನನ್ನು ಹರಿದು ಇರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾನೆ. ಶಾಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗುರು ಗುರುವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ ಶಿಷ್ಯ ಶಿಷ್ಯನಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ನಮ್ಮ ಭವ್ಯ ಭಾರತದ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಗುರು-ಶಿಷ್ಯ ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಚಿವುಟಿ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಸಂಬಂಧಗಳು ಚಿಲ್ಲಾ-ಪಿಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗಿವೆ. ಅನೇಕ ಅಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾರತಾಂಬೆಗೆ Cancer  ಹುಣ್ಣುಗಳಾಗಿ ಪರಿಣಮಿಸಿವೆ. ಎಷ್ಟೇ Radiotherapy ಹಾಗು Chemotherapyಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರಯೋಜನವಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ.

ತಮಾಷೆಯ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳು ನನ್ನೊಂದಿಗೆ ನಡಿತಾನೆ ಇರುತ್ತವೆ, ಮೊನ್ನೆ ವಂದಿನ ನಾನು BMTC  ಬಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ. Driver  ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಬುಸ್ಸುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ  FM  Radio  ಹಾಕುವುದು ಸಹಜ. ಅವನು Radio ಹಾಕಿದ್ದೆ ತಡ, "ಥೂ ನನ್ ಮಕ್ಳ ಗಂಡಸರ ನೀವು ಮೀಸೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ ? ಯೆಪತ್ರಲ್ಲೂ ಎದ್ದು ಬಂದ್ರಲ್ಲ ಅಣ್ಣ ಹಜಾರೆ..." ಅಂತ ಹಾಡು ಬಂದಬಿಡೋದಾ...? ನಾನು ಅದೇ ಮೊದಲ ಸಾರಿ ಆ ಹಾಡು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದು,  ಆ ಹಾಡಿಗಾಗಿ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ಲಿಕ್ಕ್ಕಿಸಿ. ಆ ಸಾಲು ಕೇಳಿದ್ದೆ ತಡ driver , channel  change  ಮಾಡಿಯೇಬಿಟ್ಟ.   ಅವನಿಗಾದ  ಮುಜುಗರ ಅವನ ಮುಖ ದರ್ಶಿಸುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಅದನ್ನು ಮುಚ್ಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಈ ಸಿನೆಮದವ್ರು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾನ ಮರ್ವಾದೆ ಕಳಿತಾರೆ ಮಗ ಅಂತ ತನ್ನ ಹತ್ತಿರ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತನಲ್ಲಿ ಗುನುಗಿದ.  ನನಗೆ ನಗು ತಡೆಯಲು ಕಷ್ಟವಾಗುತಿತ್ತು. ಹೇಗೋ ನಗು ತಡ್ಕೊಂಡೆ... ಸತ್ಯದಿಂದ ಮನುಷ್ಯ ಹೇಗೆ ಓಡ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದಾನೆ ಅನ್ಸ್ತು.

1960ರಲ್ಲಿ   ನನ್ನ ಚಿಕ್ಕಪ್ಪ scooter  book ಮಾಡಿದ್ರಂತೆ, ಅದು ಅವರ ಕೈಗೆ 1972ರಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತಂತೆ .ಅ scooter  ಗಾಗಿ wait  ಮಾಡಿ ಪಡೆದ ಮಜವೇ ಬೇರೆ ಅಂತ ನೆನ್ಸಕೊಂಡರು. ಅವ್ರ ಬಂಧು-ಬಾಂಧವರು, ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರು, ನೆರೆ-ಹೊರೆಯವರು ಅವರನ್ನು  ಹೆಮ್ಮಯಿಂದ ನೋಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರಂತೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅದೇ ಈಗ car ತೆಗೆದ್ಕೊಂಡ್ರೂ  ಆ ಖುಷಿ ಇಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳ್ತಿತ್ದ್ರು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ವಂದಂಶ ನಾವು ಗಮನಿಸಬೇಕು. ಆಗ ಜನರಿಗೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತನೊಬ್ಬನ  ಏಳಿಗೆ ಆದರೆ ಸಂತೋಷ ಮತ್ತು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆ ಪಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು, ಅದೆಲ್ಲ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಸಂಗತಿ ಆಗಿತ್ತು. ಅದೇ ಈಗ ದ್ವೇಷ, ಮಾತ್ಸರ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿದೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ.

ಈ MNCಗಳು ನಮ್ಮನ್ನಾಳುತ್ತಿವೆ ಎಂದು ಎಷ್ಟು ಜನರು ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ? ಅವು ನೀಡುವ ಭಿಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ಆನಂದದಿಂದಲೇ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.ಅದೇ ಶ್ರೇಷ್ಠ ಎಂದು ಕಲ್ಪನಾ ಲೋಕದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನಮಗೆಲ್ಲರಿಗೂ ಆಳೋದು ತಿಳಿಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಪೂರ್ವದಿಂದ ಬಂದ ಪರಂಪರೆಯನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ವೆ?

ಹಿಂದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ವಬ್ಬ ವಿವೇಕಾನಂದ, ವಬ್ಬ ಸುಭಾಷಚಂದ್ರ ಭೋಸ್, ವಬ್ಬ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿ ಸಾಕಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ ಈಗ ಬರೀ  fancy  dress competitionಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸೀಮೀತವಾಗದೆ ಪ್ರತೀ ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ಇವರುಗಳು ಜನಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.  ಕೊನೆ ಪಕ್ಷ ಉತ್ತಮ ವ್ಯ್ವಕ್ತಿತ್ವ ಉಳ್ಳವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತ-ಮುತ್ತಲಾದರು   Potassium Permanganate ( ಹೇಗೆ ಕಲುಷಿತ ನೀರನ್ನು ತಿಳಿ ಆಗಿಸುತ್ತದೆಯೋ)  ಥರ    ತಮ್ಮ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನಾದರೂ ಸ್ವಚ್ಚಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.

ಹಿರಿಯರಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಚಿಂತನೆ ಮಾಡಿದಾಗ ನಂಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕ ಉತ್ತರ "ಕಾಲಾಯ ತಸ್ಮ್ಯನ್ ನಮಃ " ಎಂದು, ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಾಲದ ಮೇಲೆ ಹೊರೆ ಹೇರಿ ಕುಳಿತರು. ಇದು "ಬೇಲಿನೆ  ಎದ್ದು ಹೊಲ ಮೇಯ್ದಂತೆ" ಆಗ್ಲಿಲ್ವೇ?

ಆ ತಾಯಿ ಶಾರದೆಯ ಶುಭ್ರ ವಸ್ತ್ರದಂತೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಮೂಲ್ಯ ಆಧ್ಯಾತ್ಮಿಕ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಮೊದಲಿಂದ ಮೂಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಅದೇ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೂಲ ಬುನಾದಿ ಆಗಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಇದು Kolaveri Di  ಹಾಡಿನಂತೆ ಸಾಂಕ್ರಾಮಿಕವಾಗಿ ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಹರಡಬೇಕು. ಮಕ್ಕಳ ಮುಗ್ಧ ಮಂದಹಾಸ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮೂಡಬೇಕು, ಹಿರಿಯರ ಜ್ಞ್ಯಾನ  ವಾಣಿ ಕೇಳಿ ಬರಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ನನ್ನ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ. ಹಳೆಯ ವಳ್ಳೆ  ಸಂಪ್ರದಾಯದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಹೊಸ ಜ್ಞ್ಯಾನ ವನ್ನು ಅಪ್ಪಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.

ಹಣದ ಆಲಯಗಳಾಗದೆ ಜ್ಞ್ಯಾನ  ದೇಗುಲಗಳಾಗಲಿ  ಹೆಚ್ಚು
ಎಬ್ಬಿಸಲಿ ನಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಾಭಿಮಾನದ ಕಿಚ್ಚ್ಹು 
ಹರಿಸಲಿ ಆದರ್ಶ ಸಾಹಸಗಳ ನೆತ್ತರು 
ಆಗಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾರತ ಸುವರ್ಣ ತೇರು

ಇದು  "ಕಾಲದ " ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನನ್ನ  Kolaveri Di ...ಏನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಅಂಬೋಣ?

Mar 13, 2012

कम्बक्त ए मोहब्बत !

तेरे ख़याल के ख़याल से हैं चाहत ।
मिलकर भी मिलती नहीं राहत ।
तुझसे ज्यादा हैं तेरी याद खूबसूरत ।
कम्बक्त  क्या चीज़ हैं ये मोहोब्बत ||

हो रही हैं अब खुद से नफरत ।
तेरे खयालों में घिर्गई हु हर वक़्त ।
होकर भी तुम अजनबी, लगते हो मेरी अमानत ।
कम्बक्त  क्या चीज़ हैं ये मोहोब्बत ||

हर जवा  दिल की यही  होती हैं हस्रत ।
हो जाये उन पर भी ये इनायत, करके दिल पर हुकूमत । की
बंजाये ज़िन्दगी जीने लायक ।
कम्बक्त  क्या चीज़ हैं ये मोहोब्बत ||

 - पूर्णिमा 

Aug 13, 2011


 ಆಸೆಯ ಮೂಟೆ ಕಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡು ನಿನ್ನ ಹಿಂದೆ,
ಜೊತೆಗೆ ತವರ ಅಕ್ಕರೆಯ ಹಾರೈಕೆ  ಕರೆ ತಂದೆ...
ನಿನಗಾಗಿ ನನ್ನ ಹೆತ್ತವರ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಬಂದೆ.
ಆದರ್ಶ ಬಾಳ ಸಂಗಾತಿ ಬೇಡಿದ್ದೆ ಆ "ಸುರನಲ್ಲಿ",
ನೀನಾಗಿ ಬಂದೆ "ಅಸುರ" ನನ್ನ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ...
  ನನ್ನಾಸೆಯ ಕರುಳ ಬಳ್ಳಿ ಬೆಳೆಸಬೇಕೆಂದಾಗ;
ಅದನಲ್ಲೇ ಚಿವುಟಿ ಹಾಕುತಿದ್ದೆ ನೀನಾಗ...
 ಪದೇ ಪದೇ ತಿದ್ದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ, ತಿಳಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ ನಾನೇ ನನ್ನನ್ನ,
 ಮರಳಿ ಮರಳಿ ಗುದ್ದುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ ನೀನನ್ನ ಅಸ್ತಿತ್ವವನ್ನ...
ವಿಶಾದಿಸದೆ ಸಾಗಿಸಿದೆ ಮಸಣಕ್ಕೆ ನನ್ನ  ದಿಬ್ಬಣವನ್ನ,
 ಅಂದು ಉಟ್ಟ ಬಿಳಿ ಸೀರೆ, ಇಟ್ಟ ಕರಿ ಬೊಟ್ಟು;
  ಇಂದಿಗೂ ಸಂಸ್ಕಾರವಾಗದ ಆ-ಕಾಯ-ಅಲೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ,
 ಅದು ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೋ ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೋ ಎಲ್ಲೆಲ್ಲೋ...
- ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮಾ 
(ನನ್ನ ಮೊದಲ ಕನ್ನಡ ಕವನ )

Aug 11, 2011

Blooming Technology!

It’s high time to think about conservation of our amazingly exhaustible resources like water, oil, natural gas, minerals and many more which occur naturally in our environment. It gives me immense pain, when I see these resources being “over-used “and “misused”.  Scaring me to the core about the abundant wealth not being reached to our off springs! Being a layman I feel helpless in salvaging all of them, apart from following my sweet little own ways to save electricity, plastic usage and using recycled and  nature friendly products. News updates say that researches are being undertaken to retrench, reduce and reuse the valuable resources.

One thing that left me open mouthed is this little small wonder box “The Bloom Box”. Technically called as “Bloom Energy Server”, developed by a California based company broadcasted on Feb 24th 2010 CBS News program called 60 Minutes with K.R. Sridhar, CEO of Bloom Energy, an Aeronautic Engineer by profession shown walking the correspondent through the Plant.

What is Bloom Box and how it works?
Basically it is comprised of fuel cells. As per Wikipedia, Fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy from a fuel to Electricity through a chemical reaction. These cells are said to be the building blocks of Bloom Box. Which are made into thin small square tiles as compact as 100 X 100 mm metal alloy plate with the sand and coated with green and black ink on either side.  One tile has the capacity to power a bulb. These fuel cells are stalked on to make a tower plating alloy in-between.  All these are shelved in a cabinet, which is as big as a refrigerator. Then this unit is fed with oxygen on one side and fuel on the other side. Fuel here may be generated from fossil, solar or bio gas.

Sridhar says that this single unit can power four to six houses in Asia which equals to a single home in US. He believes that this box really works simply because he had already invented a similar device for NASA, which could hold oxygen in and be used on Mars from there it just continued his invention.

How does it look like?

How much it costs?
Mr. Sridhar almost spent a decade in shaping up this device to its present state with $400 million investment approximately. According to him it takes nearly 64 stacks of fuel cells to power a small business unit. The corporate boxes cost around $700,000 to $800,000. The plans are under process to bring down the cost to $2,000 per box sooner or later.

Who all are using it?
Mr. Sridhar proudly says that he is already having some 20 renowned customers in the list  who are using it silently. With Google as its first customer adding to the list FedEx, Walmart, Staples, Ebay and  it goes on and on. Walmart is considered to be consuming the most among all with 800 kW.

What are the advantages?
Fundamentally its emission free, thus keeping our environment clean.
Its wireless, hence it’s safe.
Least maintenance.
24/7 and 365 days supply.
Compact and saves  space.
Efficient and affordable.

As mobile phones replaced landlines, laptops with desktops, so it is the turn of large electric grid with a refrigerator sized customized power plant. Mr. Sridhar envisions about bringing this box in every home in US, Africa and Asia in 10 years down the line. Well, Great things come in small packets!

Bloom Box just made me go WOW!


Aug 4, 2011

H - Factor!

Last night in the freezing cold  I was even more trembling with all my  warm velvety blanket and cozy bed. As I drenched in the heavy rain that evening. Slowly, my mind started to drift with the cold breeze steadily propelling in from the corners-of-the-window, piercing into the room. Its all the English alphabets scintillating me to envisage. Wondered how these 26 letters in English are making the world go round. Just imagine world without these amazing alphabets for a minute. Its hard I know. Then went by my lucky number 8 and picked alphabet "H". It "launched me into a whole new world passed "hot" and "high."

Now that might sound a bit speculating. As I started to liberate my imagination unfold from that cozy blanket...

"H," that towering letter, looked like a bastion of hope in the alphabetic sea. Which can whisper like in "how" or lengthen the sound of "A" in "Shah," and it can even be silent in "where" and "why." "S" becomes "Shhh," "T" becomes "The," and "C" becomes "Che."

"H" does everything a letter should. It works hard for its place as the eighth letter in the alphabet. It dramatically affects any letter it comes in contact with".

 Ladder to Sky!
When I thought about its structure, it stands alone on its two strong pillars, symbolizing its endurance to withstand any situation. If you carefully observe the letter and try to fix it one above the other it turns up to a ladder! Isn't that amazing! Ladder signifies a lot. Then sky  is the limit for its purview...

Well, what goes up should also come down eventually, which is the fact and proved on this planet earth. ( Though this rule doesn't hold good in space..;)

um-mm this is my H-Factor for you. Yawn, Yawn!!! Tell me which factor are you! and very soon I was transposed to another dream world...

Inspired by http://www.yourdictionary.com/