Friday, January 29, 2010

Image of the week

Anna library@Kotturpuram, Chennai

Upcoming Anna centenary library scheduled to be inaugurated on June 3 which will have second largest collection of books in the country, next to the National library in Kolkata

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Daily dosage from the world of books

" Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks but of course if you dig deeper it's really how it works."

Steve Jobs, co-founder Apple

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Sapling Project: A great person's home, some saplings, few good men and a wonderful day

Chennai edition of the Sapling Project was organised at MGR's home and School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired,Ramavaram
Entrance of the MGR's house

Chennai's first dish at MGR's house

The Charismatic "Makkal Thilakom" Bharat Ratna DR.M.G.R

All the participants infront of MGR's statue, before the planting

Met this wonderful person Mr. Sugavanam. His motto is, to make paper we destroy the forest, lets destroy the paper and make the forest, what an idea Sirji!

His business card is a unique one (same as his name) made out of so called waste paper.

The card says " Reuse paper save forest"

Kiruba Shankar, The Sapling project, Chennai chapter coordinator in action

Raja another volunteer for The Sapling project, doing his share of activity

A well measured 1 ft width x 1.5 ft depth pit

NSS Volunteers from nearby college

Thats the one by Kiruba

Here we are with our sapling,planting it proudly

we have branded it also, "The TEDX tree" dedicated to the spirit!

Few hours well spent for sure

Saturday, January 23, 2010

TEDXconversations, Chennai chapter

First edition of TEDX conversations happened on Jan 16, 2010. 4 interesting and inspiring TED videos were shown to highly motivated bunch

Nambiraj is the guy behind this wonderful initiative, here seen Nambi explaining the concept to the group

TED Videos

Hans Rosling's talk on global economic growth

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when | Video on

Mallika Sarabhai on how art can be a change agent

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world | Video on

Malcom Gladwell on spaghetti sauce

Malcolm Gladwell on spaghetti sauce | Video on

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

Benjamin Zander on music and passion | Video on

Apart from seeing the videos, the best part of TEDX conversations is all about the group sharing their experience. Benny sharing his experience with Bharatnatyam shows

Another part of TEDX conversations is the live talks.

First one made by a group named Reclaim our beaches

The team shared their various efforts on saving the beaches of Chennai

Their latest effort is to prevent the Elevated corridor along the beach(s)thats been planned by the Tamil Nadu Govt

Its believed that the proposed elevated road might ruin the beauty of the beach(s)

Another talk was by a guy who was part of the Tata Jagriti Yatra. He shared his wonderful and inspiring yatra experience

Its a great initiative for sure and inspiring too

Friday, January 22, 2010

Daily dosage from the world of books

"Everybody can be enlightened, that is the only thing about which communism is right and strangely that is the only thing communism denies."

Osho, Autobiography of a spiritually incorrect mystic

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Image of the week

Bemused to see this caution sign on the rear side of a scorpio " This vehicle stops at all airports."

So what?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Daily dosage from the world of books

" You draw the near things nearer by making the queer things queerer."

Danish philosophy

Monday, January 18, 2010

First ever Twitter based e paper: twt2day

I would like to share with you about my new venture.

You know how powerful various networking sites are and the role of social media is ever increasing. Twitter being the one which is making the most of noice (no pun intended).

Most of you might be knowing about the twitter, remember Shashi Tharoor and his share of controversies?

Now, along with my friend Nambirajan, I have ventured into a new business," First ever twitter based e paper", twt2day .

Start following and your tweets might feature in the epaper.

Let the World read your tweets,

Friday, January 15, 2010

Solar Eclipse @ Kotturpuram, Chennai

Chennai Birla Planetarium /Tamilnadu Science and Technology Centre (location) was all set for the mega event of the year, Solar Eclipse of Jan 15, 2010

All decorated with lightbulbs

Early morning scenes!

Police force ready for controlling the crowd

Men fixing the telescope and other equipments

The rush started by 10 a.m itself

There was a kilometre long queue to view the eclipse and length of the queue was ever incresing.Its like family outing almost like a mahakumbhmela

and here you see an illegal seller of goggles (you get free goggles inside) later the officials asked him to leave the premises and I found him outside selling the same

People are seeing Eclipse through telescope,

freely distributed goggles, welding glasses and films

There are standees kept explaining about the Solar Eclipse

Eclipse seen through a welding glass, captured in my mobile

Camera man of a local TV channel trying to fix the shot for a live telecast

Eclipse seen on a paper, reflected from a lense

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Happy Pongal

Some beautiful and interesting kolams from my neighbourhood.

A street full of kolams

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Image of the Week

Two-wheeler is now effectively a synonym for the motorbike and you can see so many signs vouching this.

But in this process what some of us tend to forget is that Cycles (bi cycle) have also two wheels

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Soft drinks, Hard truths

From a distance when you see the cart moving you feel thirsty as you are familiar with the brand (read Miranda)

You know the style of writing, the colour and as the thirst reaches new levels and you come closer to the cart you see this

This is Miruna, welcome to the world of Branding
zor ka jhatka dheere se lagaa