Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Silent Indian National Anthem

The Indian National Anthem sung by deaf and dumb school children. I don't know which school it is but I do know that it is touching and I wish a lot of others had the same patriotism that these children have.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

The NeoCube 01

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Pigeon

A pigeon in a concrete jungle seen through a window.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wedding

The boy living in the house opposite to mine is getting married the day after tomorrow at Raichur in the State of Karnataka. They are leaving for Raichur tomorrow and before that they went to a Jain temple nearby today. The boy rides a horse up to the temple. Here are some pictures taken before the boy left for the temple taken in front of his home.
The Horse The Boy Is Going To Ride


Some Small Boys Who Had Come To Watch

The Band Playing Music

The Horse Decked Out In Fineries

The Bridegroom Coming Out Of His Home

The Bridegroom Mounted On The Horse

A Tray Of Kukumum (A Red Powder) Etc. That Will Be Put As A Spot On The Bridegrooms Forehead By His Women Relatives As A Blessing

The Horse Being Fed With Corn Cobs Provided By The Bridegroom's Family

After the blessing ritual is over the bridegroom will ride over to the temple and then return to his home. Tomorrow they will leave for Raichur where the wedding will take place. Later on on the 25th. there will be a reception for the bride and the bridegroom at Chennai in the State of Tamil Nadu, the birth place of the bridegroom. And that will be the end of the celebrations.

NASA Proves The Bible

Thought this was pretty amazing and interesting!! You can find this on the Internet but I thought I might as well put it here.

For all the scientists out there, and for all the students who have a hard time convincing these people regarding the truth of the Bible, here's something that shows God's awesome creation, and that He is still in control.

Did you know that the space program is busy proving that what has been called "myth" in the Bible is true? Mr. Harold Hill, President of the Curtis Engine Company in Baltimore, Maryland, and a consultant in the space program, relates the following development. "I think one of the most amazing things that God has  one for us today happened recently to our Astronauts and space scientists at Green Belt, Maryland. They were checking out where the positions of the sun,moon,and planets would be 100 years and 1,000 years from now. We have to know this so we won't send up a satellite and have it bump into something later on in its orbits. We have to lay out the orbits in terms of the life of the satellite and where the planets will be so the whole thing will not bog down.

They ran the computer measurement back and forth over the centuries, and it came to a halt. The computer stopped and put up a red signal, which meant that there was something wrong with either the information fed into it or with the results as compared to the standards. They called in the service department to check it out, and they said, 'What's wrong?' Well, they found there is a day missing in space in elapsed time. They scratched their heads and tore their hair out. There was no answer.

Finally a Christian man on the team said,'You know, one time I was in Sunday School, and they talked about the sun standing still.' While they didn't believe him, they didn't have an answer either, so they said, 'Show us, 'He got a Bible and went to the book of Joshua where they found a pretty ridiculous statement for any one with 'common sense. There they found the Lord saying to Joshua, 'Fear them not, I have delivered them into thy hand; there shall not a man of them stand before Thee. Joshua was concerned because he was surrounded by the enemy! And if darkness fell, they would overpower them. So Joshua asked the Lord to make the sun stand still! That's right... 'The sun stood still and the moon stayed and lasted not to go down about a whole day!' (Joshua 10:12-13). The astronauts and scientists said, There is the missing day! They checked the computers going back into The time it was written and found it was close but not close enough. The elapsed time that was missing back in Joshua's day was 23 hours and 20 minutes; not a whole day. They read the Bible, and there it was about [approximately] a day.

These little words in the Bible are important, but they were still in trouble because if you cannot account for 40 minutes, you'll still be in trouble 1000 years from now. Forty minutes had to be found because it can be multiplied many times over in orbits. As the Christian employee thought about it, he remembered somewhere in the Bible where it said the sun went BACKWARDS.The scientists told him he was out of his mind, but they got out the Book and read these words in 2 Kings that told of the following story: Hezekiah, on his death bed, was visited by the prophet Isaiah who told him that he was not going to die. Hezekiah asked for a sign as proof. Isaiah said 'Do you want the sun to go ahead 10 degrees?' Hezekiah said, 'It is nothing for the sun to go ahead 10 degrees, but let the shadow return backward 10 degrees.' Isaiah spoke to the Lord, and the Lord brought the shadow ten degrees BACKWARD! Ten degrees is exactly 40 minutes!"

Twenty-three hours and 20 minutes in Joshua, plus 40 minutes in Second Kings make the missing day in the universe! Isn't it amazing?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Animal Oddities Etc.

Go to the site (http://www.animal.discovery.com/), type "creature countdowns" without the quotes in the search slot and then click on "Creature Countdowns : The A-List : Animal Planet" (this is usually the first in the list of pages that appears) and read and view some rare information and pictures of top ten features.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Don't Kill Our Children

There was a news report in the  Hindu (India) where, during the course of a hearing regarding police encounter deaths, the learned judges were reported to have asked that the children of India should not be killed. But we are already, not literally but practically, killing our children. There is pollution everywhere - pollution of the atmosphere, the water and noise pollution etc. At least that is what the children of the major cities are being subjected to. And that is what is harming them. The forests are being denuded and no re-afforestation is being carried out resulting in climate changes causing floods and droughts, extreme heat and chill weather. We are not exactly killing our children but we are slowly but surely destroying their legacy.

The kind of earth that future generations are going to inherit, the way things are going on, makes one shudder - and a majority of us are not bothered about it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Puzzle

Two Grandmothers with their two granddaughters;
Two Husbands with their two wives;
Two Fathers with their two sons;
Two Mothers with their two daughters;
Two Maidens with their two mothers;
Two sisters with their two brothers;
            Yet only six in all lie buried here;
            All legitimate born, from incest clear.
                        How can this be?

The answer to this is given in the next blog.

Answer To A Puzzle

Answer: There are two women each having a son. One woman marries the other woman’s son and so also the other woman. Both the couples have a daughter each. All the above relationships can be derived.

Italy

Do you know what "ITALY" means. It means "I Trust And Love You".

Anagrams

Here are some anagrams that I'd collected over the years.

A Decimal Point = A'm A Dot In Place
A Domesticated Animal = Docile, As A Man Tamed it
A Gentleman = Elegant Man
A Shoplifter = Has To Pilfer
A Telescope = To See Place
Achievements = Nice, Save Them
Action Man = Cannot Aim
Actor Sylvester Stallone = Very Cool Talentless Star
Animosity = Is No Amity
Apple Products = Support Placed
Apple, Inc = Epic Plan
Astronomer = Moon Starer
Astronomers = No More Stars
Austin Powers = Power Us Satin
Barbie Doll = Liberal Bod
Baseball = Babes All
Beavis and Butthead = Thus, Be A Bad Deviant
Belgium = Big Mule
Breasts = Bra Sets
Bruce Springsteen = Creep Brings Tunes
Chemistry = Shit, Me Cry
Christina Aguilera = Ugly Satanic Hair
Christine = Nice Shirt
Christmas = Trims Cash
Clint Eastwood = Old West Action
Clothespins = So Let's Pinch
Comfort Is = Microsoft
Confessional = On Scale Of Sin
Conversation = Voices Rant On
Dancing With The Stars = Winners Had Tight Acts
Darling I Love You = Avoiding Our Yell
David Letterman = Nerd Amid Late TV
Debit Card = Bad Credit
Debit Card = Bad Credit
Desperation = A Rope Ends It
Dick Cheney = Needy Chick
Dormitory = Dirty Room
Election Results = Lies - Let's Recount
Eleven Plus Two = Twelve Plus One
Elvis = Lives
Evangelist = Evil's Agent
Flamethrower =  Oh! Felt Warmer
Frito Lay = Oily Fart
Funeral = Real Fun
Garbage Man = Bag Manager
Gene Simmons = Immense Song
George Bush = He Bugs Gore
George W Bush = He Grew Bogus
Goodbye = Obey God
Graduation = Out In A Drag
Guinness Draught = Naughtiness Drug
Hot water = Worth Tea
Howard Stern = Retard Shown
I Hate School = Oh! So Ethical
Ipod Lover = Poor Devil
Jennifer Aniston = Fine In Torn Jeans
John Mayer = Enjoy Harm
Justin Timberlake = I'm A Jerk But Listen
Ladybug = Bald Guy
Laxative = Exit Lava
Listen = Silent
Madonna Louise Ciccone = One Cool Dance Musician
Margaret Thatcher = That Great Charmer
Mel Gibson = Big Melons
Microsoft Windows = Sown In Discomfort
Microwave = Warm Voice
Mother-in-Law = Woman Hitler
Narcissism = Man's Crisis
No Admittance = Contaminated
Pre Calculus = Call Up Curse
Presbyterian = Best In prayer
President Bush = Burnished Pest
President W = Newest Drip
Princess Diana = End Is A Car Spin
Ronald Wilson Reagan = Insane Anglo Warlord
Saddam Hussain = Humans Sad Side
San Francisco Giants - Fascinating, No Scars
Santa Monica = Satanic Moan
Schoolmaster = The Classroom
Sherlock Holmes = He'll mesh crooks
Sheryl Crow = Her Slow Cry
Shower Time = Where Moist
Slot Machines = Cash Lost In Me
Snooze Alarms = Alas! No More Zs
Spice Girls = Pig Slices
Statue of Liberty = Built To Stay Free
Stupid Girl = Drips Guilt
T.S. Eliot = Toilets
Television Programming = Permeating Living Rooms
The Apple Macintosh = Machines Apt To Help
The Cincinnati Reds = Indecent Christian
The Country Side = No City Dust Here
The Earthquakes = That Queer Shake
The Eyes = They See
The Meaning of Life = The Fine Game Of Nil
The Morse Code = Here Come Dots
The Simpson's = Men's Hot Piss
The Titanic Disaster = Death, It Starts In Ice
The United States Of America = Attaineth Its Cause, Freedom
Tom Cruise = So I'm Cuter
Vegetarian = Ate In Grave
Waitress = A Stew, Sir?
Western Union = No Wire Unsent
Year Two Thousand = A Year To Shut Down

My Cat

I've already written about my cat and posted some pictures also. I knew that cats are sociable animals and then I found out something about them that I did not know before. They are also resourceful.
My cat was mewing a lot yesterday and so I got up to see what it wanted. It led me to the kitchen where there was a bucket of water. It went to the bucket for a drink and found that it could not reach the surface of the water to lap it up. But the water was just far away for it to reach with its paws. So it reached down with its paw, touched the surface of the water, wetted it and  then licked it to get the water off the paw. Resourceful, wouldn't you call it?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Trip To Tiruvarur

Went to a place called Tiruvarur in Tamil Nadu to visit a cousin of my wife who is working there as a Chief Educational Officer. Another two cousins of my wife came along. We reached there on 27.12.10 morning and then went to a place called Vailanganni to visit the Shrine of the Virgin Mary. You can get details about the three appearances of the Virgin Mary at this link. Even during the days when the festival is not being held there will be quite a good crowd where Christians, Hindus and Muslims can be seen.
We were there for the whole evening and got home only at night. Here are some pictures that I took on that day. The views of the church are not the original church that was built. This is a new one.

The view of the front and side of the church

Me, My wife (on my right) and my wife's cousins
My Wife (Green Saree) and Her Cousins
Eateries - The Round Ones Are Called Bondas And The Others Are Vadais 
 Dolls, Key Chains and Artificial Flowers On Sale


 Crabs and fish ready for cooking. The crabs can be had dry fried or in a gravy. The fish are cleaned, salted and pasted with spices ready for frying or cooked in the form of a sauce.

Shells, Decorative Item and Decorative Items In The Form Of Cashew Fruits and The Protruding Nuts.


This is a place where hair is given as an offering to the Virgin Mary. The "Hair" is misspelled as "Hire".

The next day we all went to a lagoon near a place called Muthupet, some 60 km. from Tiruvarur for a boating ride on the lagoon. We had to take our food along and we were accompanied by some of the staff of my wife's cousin who, as I said before, is the Chief Educational Officer of the region. A slight drizzle played spoilsport on our outward journey and so we held umbrellas. There are a few outposts on the lagoon where people can have their meals. We went to the third one where we had our meals. The rain become heavier and the boatman and the some others made a make shift tent. We returned drenched but after having a good time.
Here are some pictures that I took.
On The Way To Muthupet Lagoon
Starting out in the rain




The lagoon with a view of the watchtower and rest shed
Sand being quarried from the lagoon bed and loaded on to a bullock cart

The Rest Shed

At the rest shed

The boat

The makeshift tent being set up

The return

Cat


Not exactly a "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" but a "Cat On A Warm Sunshade". Not mine but looks very much like mine. It was basking there, I thought it was mine and when I called out it got up mewed and left. Felt sorry to have disturbed it. This was taken on the 26th. Dec'2010 but I couldn't post it because my hard disk crashed and then I was not well.

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