Ilayaraja has changed a lot

Our great music composer Ilayaraja has changed a lot with times that he has lost his usual touch. During his peak period in the 80’s and 90’s all his songs would have a very good dose of violins which adds to the melody. These days he has introduced much of drums into his music that the songs sounds like composed by his son Yuvan Shankar Raja.
The tune is quite good but the choice of music instruments has changed with lot of drum beats rather than the soft touch which he would have rendered 10 years back.
Whats the reason for this??
All Ilayaraja lovers are very much disappointed a lot.
Listen to this song from the movie Oru Naal Oru Kannavu.

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Mobile phones – BEWARE

I got this mail forward some time back but did not post it. I got the same again ysterday so I thought of making others also aware.
Do not answer a call while your mobile is getting charged. Disconnect the mobile from the charger and then talk. Below follows the mail forward.

Don’t answer a cell phone while it is being CHARGED!! A few days ago, a person was recharging his cell phone at home.
Just at that time a call came through and he attended to it; with the instrument still connected to the mains.
After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the person was thrown to the ground with a heavy thud.
His parents rushed into the room only to find him unconscious, with weak heartbeats and burnt
He was rushed to the nearby hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival. A Cell phone is a very useful modern invention.
However, we must be aware that it can also be an instrument of death.
Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the mains!

I am not sure how much this is true but better be aware next time while you are talking with the mobile being charged.

Pleasure of driving

Today morning my bro and myself drove from Chennai to Bangalore in our small car. We started quite early around 5:30am itself. While we were driving towards Kancheepuram the sun was rising behind us and the view on the rearview mirror was just too good and not much words to explain. Unfortunately, we did not have our camera that time to capture it. It was all pinkish with the orange ball glowing on it.
It was quite surprising that we were able to reach Bangalore by 11:30am which means 6hrs of driving. That the small car could do was really nice. A bigger car would mean lesser time of travel!!
The total distance is approximately 360+kms and we travelled 20kms excess than usual to avoid some traffice early on.

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Spam messages in Mobile Phones

Of late every day I was getting atleast 3-4 junk messages on my mobile. I use Hutch network and a pre-paid connection. There would be no number from which these messages are sent but would have a name as “GUESS”, “BRAND QUIZ”, “ASHA BHONSLE”, “KISHORE KUMAR”…..
The content of the message varies and if it comes in a singer/composers name then it for downloading ringtones.
I got so pissed off with so many coming in in a day that I called them up yesterday and said:

ME: this is the problem I have and I dont want to receive such messages.
(The response was very surprising)
HUTCH Customer Care: “Sir, its from our network that we send these messages, if you send a reply SMS and if you are lucky you might win Rs.100/- talktime free for some message content. These messages cannot be blocked, anyway I have noted your mobile number we will try our best.”
ME: If you send SMS worth close to or more than Rs.200/- you might get Rs.100/- free talktime if you are lucky!! And these messages cannot be blocked which means the customers should stay put with the pain.
HCC: “Yes, Sir. There is no other option. But you can ignore the message.”
ME: Even if I want to ignore I need to press two or three buttons, thats still a pain. I want to block them no matter what.
HCC: “Wait Sir, I will check and let you know. Sir, thanks for waiting we cant do anything about it and we have noted the complaint. The concerned department would look into it”
ME: I know your concerned department would look into it, can I talk to those guys directly. Your job is to write down complaints but if I talk to them I can tell how much pain it is for customers
HCC: “Sorry Sir, thats not possible. You can call again tomorrow and check”

The main problem is not many people complain. But believe me its a pain to receive so many messages in a day and all are junk. Hope there are many more who would also complain.

Few things of concern

1) Anna University bans girls from wearing Jeans/T-Shirt isnide campus and also tights. As usual students complain and going to file a case in High Court. But the students are missing one point even though they should be given freedom to wear anything but guys for the age are not as matured as girls. This means not all guys would look at same vein. Is it really necessary for students to be in Jeans or skirts inside classroom. Another point students are missing is, the college is not restricting them from wearing Jeans/skirts outside college.

2) This happens only in Bangalore. Yesterday returning from Goa, we took an auto from Yeshwantpur to Koramangala. Near Adugodi road an ambulance was coming with its siren on and also honking. Everybody makes way for the ambulance except one which is the Call Center vehicle. At that time only it tries to overtake another vehicle and blocks the path for ambulance. How can anybody do this. Are the call center drivers out of their sense. Even the employees inside do not seem to tell anything or complain.

3) I thought auto’s were a problem in Chennai only but it is slowly creeping into Bangalore also. Anytime of the day train arrives at station auto drivers demand one-and-half charge whereever you want to go. Last week while returning from Trivandrum we faced this problem in Cantonment station, luckily there is pre-paid auto stand there. Yesterday while returning from Goa at Yeshwantpur the auto drivers demand same charge and there is no pre-paid stand. All the more is the auto driver says from Koramangala he wont get customer, funny!!

Trip to Goa

3+ yrs after passing out of Regional Engineering College, Trichy (currently National Institute of Technology, Trichy) after doing my Master of Computer Application, I went on trip with my classmate and two sub-juniors for the first time. And the destination turned out to be Goa.
Friday night we boarded the train from Chennai to Vasco-da-gama at Yeshwantpur Station in Bangalore. Since we had a side berth it was painful to sleep in the night with not much space for movement.
But during the day journey since the train was passing through the Ghats with a very good nature’s view the pain was forgotten.

If my counting was right we passed through 13 tunnels and had the view of majestic Dudh Sagar Water Falls. The photo should speak all more than my words.

We got down at Margoa station and enquired with the Goa Tourism for hotel booking on Colva Beach side. Its always safe to get a Goa Tourism hotel rather than check out 4-5 hotels touts would be taking one around. The rate was 500/- per room for a day and we were 15days before the season was to set in.
We rented two bikes, each bike costing Rs.350/- per day, for commuting up and down, of course most of the beaches are on the North rather than in the South.
Saturday 17th September 2005:
Miramar Beach– From Colva we drove down in our bikes to this beach which is about 4kms from Panjim. The crowd looked more of family types than of tourists. Some had come to immerse Ganesh idols after celebrating Ganesh Chathurthi two weeks back. We were just in time for me to catch few sunset photos.

Don Paula – This is named in memory of the person Don Paula. There is no sea shore for people to stand on the waters. But one gets a good view of the sea and far away from here.

Sunday 18th September 2005:
Calangute Beach – I was here last year with different set of people. This about 15kms from Panjim. There was almost no changes in this place and even the same eatouts were there. This time the sea was rough and more to do with monsoons. I wanted to get a tattoo and the remaining three followed. We spent almost the whole day in this beach. Two of us went into the water while the other two remained seated. We were here for almost the whole day. It seems on saturday only two people went missing in the water. By evening 5:00, we moved over to Baga Beach.
Baga Beach – This beach is 4kms from Calangute by road. One can also walk from Calangute beach to Baga Beach. The water was not deep enough here, the soil was also not loose and the sea was not rough. Three of us went into the water and splashed around for some time and it was raining also. After changing our dress, one of guys slippers went missing from there. I managed few sunset snaps in this place also.

Anjuna Beach – Its a 7kms drive from Calangute. We went here well after sunset in the dark but not to take a dip or anything, just to see what it was. Full of rocks just a single path leads you down to the waters. Not much crowd also here neither is there sufficient space for large crowd.
Monday 19th September 2005:
After we checked out of our room to avoid another days rent, we kept our luggage in the hotel reception itself and took our bikes for next destination.
Palalemo Beach – This beach is about 35kms from Colva. When we reached Margoa it started raining. After waiting for some time with no signs of rain stopping we continued our drive. To reach this place we need to go up the hill and again some down. One need to follow the route of Karwar. This is the only stretch were I found the road signs were not clear and there needs to be improvement. When we reached there we found fishermen trying their daily catch, some with success others without.

The cottages here look quite good, mostly give a resemblance of tree houses. The rent is quite cheap, about Rs.200/-. During season it goes to Rs.300/- per day. There are mostly foreigners here as tourists rather than Indians.

Back to Colva by around 4:00pm. Spent some time on the beach and then took our bags to catch the train.

The good thing about Goa is the route from Margoa till Panjim and till Calangute comes under NH17 (National Highway 17). There are sign boards everywhere giving directions for each place and also sign boards indicating the curve, turnings and speed breakers. This makes it easier for driving. But while driving through South of Goa one would not find this.

For more photos and my photo with tattoo click here and check the album ‘Goa-17 to 19th September 2005’

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