“Ente Pranaya Kathakal” by Elaine:- Book Review

Translated as “My Love Stories”, this Malayalam book of 30 short stories in 125 pages touches the heart in many ways.

I was fascinated reading snippets in Facebook and blog, and decided to buy the book. And enjoyed reading each and every one of the stories.

In many of the stories, one would find himself or someone who is close and I may say it’s something like our stories.

More so, if you are, say 40 or above, you may feel that it’s your story.

Missed or postponed love is beautifully enacted in the stories. Sometimes I felt there could be similarities and it’s a continuous story.

The author describes even small things so beautifully. Be it the ‘kolus’, (anklet, the jingling leg ornament) or manchady / kunnikkuru (red lucky beeds), the author take the readers to the inner rooms of the characters to watch them actually wearing them.

Definitely it’s matured love, cleverly handled by Elaine. I must say, I love the stories.

Imagine him writing his favourite words on her naked belly around the naval with manchadikkuru. The reader can actually see it.

I am not an expert, but these stories merit an award or a prize. If you can read malayalam, make sure to read it. It’s available with Notion Press, the publisher and I believe, even with amazon. The price is just ₹200 for this priceless book.

“Ente Pranaya Kathakal” by Elaine:- Book Review

A Cafe, A Live Kitchen And A Mall. And It’s Vegetarian

The new Namdhari’s which has come up near to where we stay in Jayanagar, Bangalore is good in many ways. It’s well stocked with healthy food, there’s a live kitchen and the cafe in the Lanai (varandha) is European in looks.

The huge brick oven for the live pizza in the centre of the kitchen is imposing and is a treat to the eye. There’s a Thai/ Chinese place, the popular kulcha, aloo poratta, sandwiches, croissants, coffee all are deliciously savoured by the public.

You can have take aways, but better enjoy it hot with friends in the outdoor cafe set up which resembles a restaurant street in Europe.

A fab place to have a quiet breakfast, brunch or dinner time outing with friends.

What if it’s all vegetarian, after all the ‘changing games’ recommends plant based protein for super performance.

A Cafe, A Live Kitchen And A Mall. And It’s Vegetarian

A Cafe, A Live Kitchen And A Mall. And It’s Vegetarian

The new Namdhari’s which has come up near to where we stay in Jayanagar, Bangalore is good in many ways. It’s well stocked with healthy food, there’s a live kitchen and the cafe in the Lanai (varandha) is European in looks.

The huge brick oven for the live pizza in the centre of the kitchen is imposing and is a treat to the eye. There’s a Thai/ Chinese place, the popular kulcha, aloo poratta, sandwiches, croissants, coffee all are deliciously savoured by the public.

You can have take aways, but better enjoy it hot with friends in the outdoor cafe set up which resembles a restaurant street in Europe.

A fab place to have a quiet breakfast, brunch or dinner time outing with friends.

What if it’s all vegetarian, after all the ‘changing games’ recommends plant based protein for super performance.

A Cafe, A Live Kitchen And A Mall. And It’s Vegetarian

We Have a Role to Play

World is in turmoil, mostly due to fear! Fear of the virus that’s spreading. And once in fear mode, more fear comes in, like melting economy, dangerous global warming etc etc.

The real danger is continued spread of the fear. The virus, though very dangerous is not taking lives in a big way. Effective precautions are seen to contain it’s spread. However the ‘hope’ is not seen to be encouraged.

People in the know are working hard on solutions to the problem. Luckily, there’s no significant blaming game. A lot of work is coordinated.

This is the time, we as ordinary people, are to play a role. First and foremost, don’t be instruments in spreading a rumour. There are experts to suggest the does and donts.

Social media is a weapon. It’s a weapon capable of spreading despair and rumours. It’s also an instrument to spread hope and love.

Let’s be instruments for spreading hope and love. People are getting isolated/ quarantined for common good. It’s not easy to lead the isolated life. If we know someone who’s quarantined or isolated for monitoring, why not be in touch with him on social media.

Let’s not discuss despair. Talk about the friendship, of the brave things when we were together in school, work or in groups. Better, chart out plans for a get together, picnic or some such nice things after the turmoil is over.

Greet good mornings, talk through the day. Do it individually rather than in groups. Whatsapp is a powerful tool, and address people individually and personally, taking the whatsapp numbers from group.

An important point to remember is that those who are willing to be in isolation is doing it for others/ us also. They are angels of goodwill.

Nobody should feel alone. We are all together. After all, what are friends for!

(Picture courtesy Pinterest)

We Have a Role to Play

Virtual Friends in Focus. Like Never Before!

There’s no denying the fact that the best way to enjoy and cherish friendship is with direct interaction. In fact virtual connections are being called the bane of this era.

Perhaps it’s now, that the importance of virtual connections and interactions are much in focus in a positive way.

Personally I am a proponent of virtual connections and social media interactions. Perhaps it removes many barriers in physical interactions like logistics, time and availability.

Now, why virtual connections are in focus! We are in one of the most difficult phases of our lives. The Corona virus has made the world to plunge into an atmosphere of fear. People are afraid of each other, afraid of inadvertently contracting the virus or passing it on to loved ones.

Most social interactions are being reviewed! Sports and entertainment cancelled, travel in jeopardy and the world is afraid and lonely.

Here’s where the virtual world has a role. Interact and support our dear ones. Let it be known that nobody is alone. Love and affection can cure anything. The virus, economic downturn all are temporary.

The opportunity comes with huge responsibility. Don’t ever spread rumours. The social media is for sharing love and friendship and not to frighten.

Just talk to friends, let them know that we’re in it together. That we will make a better world.

Communicate and let it be known that we do care.

Virtual Friends in Focus. Like Never Before!

Build Facilities, Will Win.

Jayanagar Sports Complex, Bangalore

The basketball court in Jayanagar now got the board supported by the crane like structure. What it does is that the players can concentrate on scoring without fear of a head injury, hitting the post when it was nearer to the play field like it was before.

In fact I see such facilities coming up or constantly getting improved in Bangalore. The swimming pool complex in Jayanagar is getting upgraded to Olympic standards. There are 50 meters pools and heated pools in many places.

First five of the 25 states in medals tally in Masters National Games in Vadodara

Certainly it’s the facilities and opportunities that put the state of Karnataka, way above in the medals tally.

I do hope that other states would take notice and build sports infrastructure. After all, health wellness are equally important to winning medals.

Some campaigning will be in order.

Build Facilities, Will Win.

Speeding Fine! On New Year

I got filmed for speed on the National Highway during daytime on new year day 2020. The offence was clocking 76 kms per hour and the photo showed no other vehicle nearby.

Well Kerala keeps 70 kms as limit on National Highways passing through the state. And there used to be a 10% margin of error before fines are imposed.

Not anymore. The ₹1500 (over 20 dollar) fine is three times the previous rate but ₹3500 less than what was initially proposed. Apparently the state government expects people to be grateful for such a massive reduction though it’s still a 300% increase.

Everyone knows that we can’t fight it but pay as the rules for recourse are painful. And I paid.

I am not a speed driver and I keep applying the brakes to bring the vehicle speed down. Well we used to press the accelerator for any speed when we were driving old model cars. But now with better roads and new cars, the brake is used to control the speed to the old limits.

That’s not all the story. It’s practically impossible to speed on congested roads on a regular day. Then how will the fine department meet the stiff targets set for them!

Catch all and sundry for violation. No grace or allowance for margin of error. Interestingly on the day I got the fine notice, social and mass media were full of the story of a drama company getting fined some ₹24,000 for carrying drama cutouts of certain height in the vehicle. The conclusion in the media is ‘what else they can do to meet the targets’

Apparently the remuneration for playing the drama was ₹25,000. They still made ₹1000 for the entire troupe.

My regret, is that people don’t still recognise me as a daredevil habitual speed offender.

No high, gutty macho image!

Speeding Fine! On New Year

Cochin Airport, best in many counts, but may not be wheelchair friendly!

Raised design strips crisscrossing airport floors.

Completed well in time, within original budget cost and beautifully designed, Cochin airport is the only one in the world run fully on solar power.

But the beautiful design and these red oxide strips crisscrossing the floor is a hurdle for wheelchair patients.

Wheelchairs use mostly lifts and it’s really hard to escape these hurdles before reaching the lift doors.

I would think that it’s an oversight, but would be a noble thing if it can be rectified so that the wheelchair passengers could be pulled on smooth surface.

Something the Cochin International Airport Authorities would do well to take a look .

Cochin Airport, best in many counts, but may not be wheelchair friendly!

Fitness Consulting

I chose fitness consulting as an activity, as i have something to share from my personal focus on fitness as a tool to age well.

Perhaps the compelling reason is the positive results of intermittent fasting which I have been following for over a year now.

Intermittent Fasting is the wellness program where rich rewards are on offer with perhaps the easier sacrifices. And I am confident in suggesting the routine to my friends with just one caution of consulting the doctor on restricting any prescribed medicine, only during eating window.

Nobel Prize winning studies and researches on both animals and humans are suggesting unimaginable positive benefits of this period fasting and delaying food intake.

Naturally, this attracts a large number of experts on the subject. This is good as long as a commercial interest or powerful lobby do not influence a slight variation for the sake of the product or idea they are paid to promote.

Honest sharing of personal experience is important and that’s what I am aiming to achieve here.

Today’s focus is on fat burning and weight loss with intermittent fasting. 12 hours into fasting, the food based energy released by liver get completely used up. Then starts the fat burning.

If so, exercising vigorously during the fasting hours after 12 hours should accelerate fat being used more as fuel.

I adjusted my schedule accordingly, doing some good yoga and weights during the last few hours of fasting.

But the improved energy levels and concentration seem to be getting affected, with something like a fatigue setting in. Of course the one hour weights have been vigorous with six packs in mind.

Going through some researches and studies, it indicates that the fat burning is almost the same when working out on empty stomach or with food fuel. Worse, vigorous weight training on empty stomach could result in getting muscles used as fuel and resultant muscle loss.

I am shifting schedule again with weights and swimming moving into the eating window with just yoga during fasting hours.

The results and observations will be shared here and in the Intermittent Fasting Group.

Fitness Consulting

Bengaluru! Still Bangalored!

E-Waste Drop Box

So many good things are going for Bangalore. This e-waste drop box, I found on the main entrance to the BBMP (Bangalore Municipal Corporation) head office.

One good thing is the weather. Well almost! You may find nursing some allergy while enjoying the weather. But it’s cool, literally.

The Namma Metro has plans to cover the entire city. The stretches completed are full with users. The progress is slow. But it’s the snail which won the race.

There’s greenery everywhere, justifying the old name of ‘garden city’. Then there’s Lal Bagh, the biggest and the best.

And then there’s traffic. The city just won the number one in the world title for the worst traffic.

But we remember the snail 🐌

Bengaluru! Still Bangalored!