Sunday, August 28, 2005

Have you donated your eyes?

This is the eye donation fortnight. Mom and I donated out eyes three years ago to Rajan Eye Care, headed ably my Dr. Mohan Rajan and Dr. Sujatha Mohan Rajan. One cool couple, whom I met 5 years back at a party at the Race Club. Dr. Mohan has a superb sense of humour, and when I said that I was going to study Psychology, he immediately said he would provide me with a lot of patients, most of them friends, who were also present at the party that day. And when someone introduced him to me, and also added that he is a workaholic, he quickyl added that he is a workaholic by day and an alcoholic by night... of course all this was in jest. That was one evening I wont forget soon. And ever since, Mom and I have been part of all their important activities, and whenever there was any singing involved with inagurating his various facilities at his hospital, I was usually there. Mr. Amitabh Bacchan happened to come to his clinic, as they had to shoot for a forthcoming Hindi Movie. :D I mentioned only Mr. Bacchan because I am so in awe of him.. ! Of course there were so many super people who have been involved right from Mr. Surjit Singh Barnala and many names in the international arena.

And with time our friendship has grown stronger, though we hardly meet, except to check our eyes and mom's. And a few of our friends who have gone there have succesfully given their contact lenses and spectacle a decent burial, after the laser surgery... they are one dynamic couple... :)

And there was also a walk for Dyslexia (A learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to recognize and comprehend written words) which happened at the Marina Beach today, organized by V Excel (headed by Vasudha aunty) and MOP Vaishnav College.

As for me, I am still hunting or the linguists, and mom and I are working on something too. work is great. And I have a few concerts lined up for the first week of september! Looks like its going to be a great month!

Lots more interesting things to come.... thou shalt wait with bated breath !!!

Friday, August 19, 2005

Do you know a Linguist?

If you know anyone who knows any foreign language, (native speakers are great) please let me know.

I am not looking at Indian Languages.

If the person is not a native speaker of the language, he/she must at least have sufficient mastery. If they have experience translating, better still. But thats not a definite criterion.

Do let me know... leave a comment or mail me :)

And I am getting the look and feel of my website changed.. so lots up and coming!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Check out the Indian Express dated 18-08-2005.. City express to be precise.. was interviewed by Liffy Thomas, The New Indian Express. I met her at the Bloggers Meet at the Boat Club organized by Kribs :)

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Vivaha-The Chennai Silks

Well people you can now listen to me in the new Chennai Silks Ad. The Vivaha collection of the Chennai Silks.. And also on the Textile India Ad.
Both ads have been set to music by Mr. Suresh Peters and the ads have been made by WOC (or Winds of Change)

Monday, August 15, 2005

Amma and I are back. And I am happy and joyful. Must say I have missed her, and the time i went to Coimbatore to meet her, three days, out of which I am sure I would slept at least 40 hours. For once, I didnt have any deadlines. Nothing to worry about. And I could sleep without the fear that something was hanging just above my head. Not that I am complaining. I like being busy.Great weather, great just lolling around doing nothing. But I cant do that for long though!!
We went to Shivanjali at Coimbatore, to visit the Samadhi of Swami Shantanand Saraswati. He was our Guru. He passed away on the 27th of June. And I was asked to sing, and I sang one of his Bhajans. He was a divine singer. I guess I will miss him, though the past few years we have not had much contact with him.

Anyway, point is it is great to have amma back and I also missed Aditi for these three days.. :)
I had been camping at Aditi's place when amma was not there.

As long as my laptop is concerned, I have been advised to buy it in India, because a friend of our's has two laptops that have gone waste because she could not find the persons to service it. So me again in a dilemma. And also some questions about why do I need the Powerbook? Why not something else? Since I am not going to be some high end designer. But I am going to working with sound and audio files. So I guess I am back to Square 1.

I also went to Vasudha aunty's school and saw her Independence Day celebrations. Jayam Ravi had come to be the Chief Guest. I was also formally introduced to him today though we have known of each other.

And finally two cents about Independence Day. I think we are God damn lucky to have this freedom. Thanks to all this freedom, we have collectively made India to be known as a a poor country. We are responsible if it is over populated, and if any thing is wrong with the present politics and if the place around is polluted and dirty. Maybe high time we did something about all that. As my friend Manoj wrote in one of his earlier blogs, that if we came together, spent some money to make the street we live in look in cleaner.... and imagine if everyone started doing that, India would be a great place to look at in no time. And of course a lot more has to be cleaned out. Though the foreign influence have supposedly left us 58 years ago, the Generation Now is under a totally different and sometimes alarming way of western thinking and views. Though I agree and admit that the Americans have definitely given a lot of positive things to the world, it is also responsible for more of our elders living in old age homes, marriages breaking, more and more people, youngsters especially indulging in illicit sexual relationships, our core cultures lost, and a lot of our art dying.... a lot more but these are top most on my mind. Right now. We have not learnt their civic sense, while we have eagerly embraced the openness to sexuality. Most westerners are turning extremely strict vegetarians, and we turn the other way round.

Its upto us, to make our country better as much as we can. And over time, I have come to realise, that 1 is a very strong and a powerful number.

And that one person can make a huge difference.
Jai Hind!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

So I am back... reason I have been away... some rigorous classical practise was necessary. And it took all my time along with my usual work.

Have been running like mad, trying to handle my classical music on my own, which is next to impossible when mom is not around. Result = I just cant handle it.

For now I am relatively free for some three four days, after which I have to begin another round of classical practise...

So far so good...

Saturday, August 06, 2005

"Hari said...

I surfed into your blog through an nice post from another blog at
Interestingly, that blog provided a list of celebrities and corporate leaders who blog. Guess what, you mingle there with the likes of Barbara Streisand, Melanie Griffith, Pamela Anderson, Bruce Willis and Anna Kournikova. You are the only Indian celebrity listed there. That was a surprise. I thought there must be more celebrities in India who blog. Any clues?"

Reacting to this comment on the previous post... first reaction .. wah ha ha ha ha ttttt ??

whoaaaah listed with the who is who..! I guess at least I have reached a list with some reallly famous people for something I least expected... Blogging!!!

Hope, from here, that the path is only upwards....... in my life and career that is!

And I must also thank Mr. Joslin for putting some good words about me!

Friday, August 05, 2005

Must Read - Article on Autism

Please read this article on Aditi's blog. A research conducted by Robert F Kennedy Jr. , regarding a particular goverment, that conceals (or rushed to conceal, as quoted) the data conducted by a study, that revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids....
What do you think ???

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

To explain why I have not been writing much... Mom has been very unwell. And she, after years has agreed to pay the hospital a visit. She has never really bothered much and she just took her own sweet time and way of recuperating. She is a chronic slip disc patient, and now it has aggravated. Stress induced, they say. Push came to shove, and verdict that she HAS to be hospitalised, and there are also other health issue which have to be attended to. So I will be inactive in these parts for a few more days.... Until then..... So Long.........