Sanskrit & Objection

The trend currently is not any different from what it was in past. Anything that is from past is associated to religion, community and objected to even look into the positives. Same holds good with Sanskrit.
Most of the vedic literature have been written in Sanskrit. These texts contain lot of information which could be used for development. The problem lies in two things here “vedic” and “sanskrit”.
When the education minister circulates IIT’s to teach Sanskrit little do people understand or want to see through why? Rather we have criticize, comment and ridicule and protest.

What India has missed out in centuries has got translated in the west. We made the mistake in the past and we want to continue to do the same by critical comments.
German Universities are investing big time in Sanskrit. In India the best comment is “we are wasting time learning a dead language”. Read the article here.

Unfortunately the language dies because of people not using it. When related to economy, it could have happened in Sanskrit. Why did adoption of Hindi come in then? We all know the reasons and the influence.

Like quoted in this article by a German professor. Also read the other links. Link1. Link2.

For all those criticizing maybe they should do research before shutting down everything. At other times we would say think positive, be ready to accept different things and all those soft skills terminologies. Probably, read through and prove why vedic literature is wrong. If there are facts why not believe it.
There are facts based on some researchers which are “positive’. Like here and here.

The easier alternative would be to get an effective translator and get the scriptures translated to English and our “engineers” produced from IIT’s could take it forward from there! That way there would be no criticism also!

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Lemon Rasam – Recipe

This is my preparation. More or less how it is prepared at all homes maybe the proportion of ingredients may vary.

Ingredients:

  1. Toor Dal – 4 table spoons
  2. Tomatoes – 2 in number mid-size
  3. Green chillies – 4/5
  4. Rasam powder
  5. Turmeric powder
  6. Asfoetida
  7. Jeera
  8. Salt

Preparation method

Cook the daal and keep it separate.
In a vessel add about 1/10th spoon of rasam powder, 1/4th spoon of turmeric powder, pinch of asfoetida, 1 spoon of salt, slit green chillies and a glass of water. Boil this till the raw smell goes off. Add little water when required.
In the meantime keep the tomatoes cut to pieces. When the raw smell wears off from boiling add the tomatoes. Cook the tomatoes.
Now add daal to this and switch off the flame/heat when the rasam starts to froth. Do not allow it to boil. Check for salt.

Squeeze good amount of lemon to get the taste of lemon. In another pan take little oil. Heat it and add mustard seeds to it. Once it splutters, add jeera and little bit asfoetida. Mix it into the rasam.
Add coriander leaves to the rasam.

Now the rasam is ready to be served with rice. It could also be had like soup.

Music & Safety for runners

I may not be qualified to write long post on this topic.
This is something from what I keep observing and how things are around me.

Music is a great company while running. Lot of runners like to plug in music and keep oneself motivated to run. Some keep the volume low while some keep the volume high. The genre of music also varies.

While the attention is to running and music, lot of them are not aware about what is around them. When we block the ears with music, we are blocking that essential sense from listening to approaching sounds form behind. Theory could be that run against the flow of traffic.
At least in India, the flow of traffic is not restricted to one side. There are lot of road uses who drive/ride their vehicles on the wrong side also. There are in this some elements who would extend their arm on to the runners. Though I have no idea whether extending the arm onto body of runners translates to climax. It is definitely going to take decades to change the mindset of our people. In this time one cannot stop running citing these reasons.

When not listening to music we tend to listen to sounds around us and it is quite probable that we may move away from these elements.

If listening to music is something that cannot be avoided then it is better to run inside parks or around lakes where there are more public. Or to run in a group who also maintain same pace.

Run safe, be safe.

Kung Fu Panda 3 – Movie review

If there are two adjectives that I can use to describe this movie, it would be
1. Awesome
2. Humorous

Without giving out the story or details, do watch this movie if you have not till now. I myself not just delayed in watching the movie but also in writing the review.

The humour is so packed in the story and end of every serious situation, that it lightens the mood so much.
Po not only finds his father or rather other way around, his finds his entire community and saves the world.
How all this happens is what the movie is about.

Feast for eyes, witty, funny, emotions, philosophy! It has got all.
Do watch it. My rating 4.5/5.

Love and hate relationship (2)

Read first part here.

Many years back on a ride with a group of bulleteers is when I met this girl. Few more rides and few more years later we tied the knot. In the duration the bike was completely disoriented and dismantled post an accident. Then another accident.

It did not for a second allow me a thought to abandon the bike. She was assembled back to shape. While there would be a thought to hate after accident it was a love towards the machine of wonder that made me get her back to condition.

Post marriage the usual syndrome set in where the bike too rest. It was more than required rest I should accept here. It was like watching the bike stand through rain and shine without getting moved out. No ride. Priority changed. And running & cycling activity took over. If the bike could speak or show emotion would have definitely kicked me everyday for ignoring.

This is how our conversation would have been:

Bike: Hi, take me out.
Me:    Not today, tomorrow. ok.
Bike: hmmmm
(repeated everyday)

Thankfully I got back to starting the bike again and taking her around. Now it is almost on regular usage. She even cleared the fitness test which is mandatory for a bike which has crossed 15yrs of age! Thereon every 5yrs the bike has to clear the fitness test, which would also happen.

There is definitely an unexplained chemistry between the machine and the man. Atleast for me, there are new varieties in the market, new models; still I do not think I would either upgrade or change! We have bonded quite well over the years!

  1. We were unable to cross Rohtang Pass from Manali!
  2. During monsoon across hill stations across Kerala & TamilNadu, no problem. Not once a problem!
  3. Ride from Delhi to Bangalore, certified by a mechanic in Delhi that the vehicle would not run more than 200kms. More than 2000kms we entered Bangalore sound & fine!
  4. Ride to Kolkatta was funny since the luggage carrier fell off before it was fixed again. Ride where sometimes the India flag saved me! 🙂
  5. Few rides to Pune and through the roads of Goa, ghats of Karnataka.
  6. Ride to Rameshwaram, few rides to Ooty, Wayanad, Coorg.
  7. Uncounted rides to Chennai.

Commonly faced issues:

  1. Headlight going off. Fuse problem or rectifier problem or battery has lost its charge.
  2. Chain gets cut off! The ratio is not correct or chain is too loose or too tight.
  3. Clutch plate wears out. Improper usage! Or wear and tear.
  4. Vehicle stops suddenly!
    1. Air lock
    2. The soldering of the coil has come off. Easy fix is open the clutch case box and use chewing gum to fix.

Whether left unused for long time or whether the bike lets down during a ride, the relationship would continue. A unique bonding.

Always read the manual and keep a copy always, it helps. For the manual, click here.