Saturday, October 29, 2005

Mamma mia.....IIMK is on a roll!

They came, they saw, they lapped us up. And soon there were none left!

That’s how fast summer placements happened this year for the batch of 2007.

IIM Kozhikode set new benchmarks across the premier B-school recruitment scenario in India by placing an increased batch of 160 students (up from 133 last year) within the first 4 days of the summer placements………


Read more here and here.

Friday, October 28, 2005

And nothing else matters...........

It's been 15 days and I’ve been feeling a little guilty about not spending more time with you, my dear blog. Had been real busy enjoying life……….

Strange are the ways of Internet search. You search for a pin in a haystack and lo! you might just end up getting a huge slice of black forrest cake! No kidding! I was searching frantically for some insurance related topics yesterday just before the midterm, and I came across this comic strip. Something I had almost forgotten about. Something that once had been the number one reason for me to open the newspaper first thing in the morning. Something which I used to collect religiously years ago, but sadly lost it all to the fire-god.

I am extolling so much about nothing other than Kim Casali’s strips on the big small things on love. And the best part about this comic series is that, it had its birth from the drawings and love-notes Kim had written to her husband Roberto.

Some of my favourites…..



















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Simple, yet it gives you such a good feeling to know that finally all that matters in life is not a huge salary or a high powered network of people in you pocket – but these small things. Be it your lover, friend, sibling, parents……………there is absolutely nothing like it!

And every time I see these nangu pangu comic strips it always touches a chord somewhere deep inside.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Wishes....

....especially mine, remain as just wishes most of the time and I used to complain about it all the time. I just realised that I was not doing it right. I was making all the wrong wishes!

I wished for long hair overnight....wasn't granted.

I wished for God to undo the earthquake that hit Pak this week...didn't happen.

I wished for more classes this week....didn't happen. I have on an average half an hour of lecture in a day!

I wished that the count down wouldn't take too long......didn't happen. Feels like the longest countdown ever! :(

I wished for a secret miracle..........didn't happen.

I wished for a nice juicy chocolatey doughnut.....was granted!!!! Not just once...three times over :)

Lesson learnt - You just need to wish for things that have a good chance of happening and bingo! they have a good chance of actually happening :)

My all-time favourite Calvin strip

But then doughnuts in Kunnamangalam?....even that was a little far-fetched!
And I'm doughnutty happy today :)

Talking about wishes, find out what these NR-mallus are wishing or! Absolut-hilarious!
(What's a rice-n-curry girl anyways!!?)

And if you have a lot of time to check arbit links, check out this cool dance party hosted by mother nature.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Meaning of Tingo....

…is a book, published in the UK last month. The Independent says that it "is destined to be the Eats, Shoots and Leaves of the autumn" and I say that it definitely sounds interesting!

It's an odd little volume, which brings together hundreds of words from 140 languages, "extraordinary words from around the world" and words those do not have a direct counterpart in English.

One of subtitles in the book is "Atishoo!" and it begins by noting that in Japan, one sneeze signifies praise, two sneezes, criticism, and three, disparagement.

The author, Adam Jacot de Boinod, claims to have become entranced by language when he discovered 27 words for "moustache" in an Albanian dictionary, and another 27 for "eyebrows". This book is his “celebration of the joy of foreign words”.
Some of the words are really hilarious, like......

Persian "nakhur", which means "a camel that won't give milk until her nostrils have been tickled".

Indonesian "didis" - "to search and pick up lice from one's own hair, usually when in bed at night".

The Cook Islands Maori word "papakata", meaning to have one leg shorter than the other.

Or there's “die beleidigte Leberwurst spielen” - to stick one's lower lip out in a sulk (literally, to play the insulted liver sausage)
Haven't done that in a looooong time!

The meaning of "tingo"? It's from the Pascuense language of Easter Island, meaning "to borrow objects from a friend's house, one by one, until there's nothing left".

The Japanese have more than their share of terms in the book, such as the wonderful "bakkushan", for a girl who looks as though she might be pretty when seen from behind, but isn't from the front.

Hmmm I wonder whether there’s any term for “a man who have a beautiful mane of long hair and looks like a woman from behind but is drop dead macho-gorgeous from the front”.

I did run into someone like this some days back.

:P

Friday, October 07, 2005

Flavours of the season……

........are many, but one of them definitely is KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) – the lottery quizzing TV show of India!

Couple of months back my junior here at K, Debanjan won 6 lakhs in KBC and threw us a very generous party and made magnanimous contributions to the institute and to charity. Kudos to his good heart.

And more recently a super senior, Piyush Swain, won (supposedly) the highest amount ever in KBC!!!
Congrats Piyush. We are all waiting here at K….. : )

Yesterday saw the birth of another club in IIM K. Da dance club! Moi is a student of salsa classes now!
: )

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

On mallus....

For an outsider, it appears that, though the people of Kerala have become richer with money from Gulf, their thought processes have not kept pace with their increasing wealth; they still think poor. They invest their surplus more in ostentatious non-productive assets than in productive enterprises. Gulf money has not brought entrepreneurship but a culture of dependence on those who toil elsewhere. By conventional economics, the large amounts of foreign exchange Kerala has been earning should have translated into rapid economic growth. It has not; so the problem is not money.....


........According to a well-known anecdote, Dr Varghese Kurien did not set up his path-breaking dairy project in Kerala because there are too many Malayalees there. Apparently, one or few Malayalees are better than many more of any other breed, but in large numbers they become less able. They are like the nucleus of an atom: they are stable in small sizes; when the size becomes large, they become, like uranium, dangerously explosive.


So says Mr. P. V. Indiresan, in Hindu Business Line.

True?

I would say yes to the first part, but not sure about the second part though...

Monday, October 03, 2005

Day out in Kasargod

Term 5 is moving along at a snail’s pace here. 3 weeks into the term and classes are still sporadic. That's exactly what paved the way for the next explore-Kerala trip!

Kasargod and Kannur (formerly known as Cannannore) are not very well known in the tourist map of Kerala. Even so, we decided to explore the place, all thanks to Mr. Mani Ratnam who chose the Bekal fort to shoot one of the songs in Bombay.

Kannur St. Angelo’s fort

Cannons at Kannur Fort
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It’s a 500 year old fort preserved by the Archaeological survey of India. The fort by itself was not very impressive. But the setting of the fort – Arabian sea crashing on a good part of the fort was quite an eyeful. It looked pristine at 7AM. Though can’t say the same about the barracks (which was quite disappointing – pity the people who had to hole in there days on end), the magazine (for the uninitiated, it’s a storehouse where weapons and ammunition are stored), the chapel (currently being used as a garbage dump) and the information boards which are nothing but ‘boards’ now. The cannons, the well maintained lawns and so many varieties of twisted trees were quite impressive.

Had a fleeting glimpse of A. K. Gopalan’s statue while travelling through Kannur town area. Was surprised that I could recollect who he was!

Ananthapura Lake Temple, Kasargod

Where is the lake?
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This was supposed to be a filler and ended up being just that. The drive through the rocky terrain (signal that we were on the northern border of Kerala) in the afternoon heat made the experience less pleasant. From the pictures I had seen before embarking on the trip, I expected this temple to be in the middle of a huge lake, basking in the lost glory of a historic splendour of the 9th century. But all we could see was a small tattered temple in the middle of a very filthy pond.

But there were some takeaways from this place too…
A great story (?) about a crocodile who lived in that ‘lake’. It’s a magical crocodile which is scared of humans and eats rice and who mysteriously replaces itself every 50 years or so. So much for evolution…..

A cave with a small pond inside it, which unfortunately was not open to us. The cave looked very inviting and I would have loved to look around inside it.

Skeletons of Gods. I didn’t know that Gods had skeletons. (By Gods, I mean the deities in the temple). The overseer of the temple showed us some pictures of these skeletons made out of wood – they looked like toys and were a little scary too. It seems the deities were made layer by layer by coating these skeletons with different exotic materials. And this process takes nothing less than 5 years to complete! phew...some project!

The tree who knew only to give…..

The mahaan tree at Ananthapura Lake Temple
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This huge peepal tree, the tree of enlightenment, was covered with so many parasites that it was difficult to see even one of its own leaves. It looked so humble and majestic standing there, a host to countless sap sucking mouths…..

Bekal Fort, Kasargod

Uyireeeeeeeeee :)
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Bekal fort was the high point of the entire trip. Not just the Uyireee.....… (Tu hi re…) effect, but for its sheer size and surroundings. The small openings on the walls that made them a perfect place to enjoy the ocean view and the cool breeze, observation towers of different models, the sea bastion, the green moss covered fort covering close to 50 acres, the underground passageways, huge trenches now covered with a think layer of vegetation.......


View from the fort
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..........the shallow idyllic beach with colourful fishing boats completing the picture, the railway line so close to the beach – it was trancing watching the blue train move side by side the beach - making its way slowly like a blue centipede, the unlittered unpopulated beach with coconut grooves on one side.........I miss that place!

While we were leaving the place, couldn’t help but thinking Thank God, we don’t need these forts for what they were intended for once upon a time.

For the insatiable, here are more pics.