Monday, May 30, 2011

speak in full sentences

Other than Memorial Day and national Macaroon day in Uncle Sam’s land today is also speak in full sentences day!





Why speak full sentences? Can you imagine the confusion that could be caused by incomplete ones? We had an entire play that said, “People will interrupt”

How many times have we been told answer in a single word? Yes or No that’s it. Can you imagine sitting through a laborious sentence when a single okay or no would suffice.

I remember this stage that my daughters went through when they used the same word to mean opposite things. Another time my friend was worried that her daughter spoke single syllables and my daughter would say “where’s the ball” when all she wanted to say was ball.

When writing books for children below 6yrs, the rule is not more than six words in a sentence.

Many a times we get stuck mid sentence and panic button goes on this was a suggestion given to me

• Get calm stop struggling

• Slow down the speed of your speech

• Ask for your audience help!

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Tirtha in Sanskrit is something that carries us over.

It is also used in the spiritual sense. So people who tide us to our betterment become Tirtharoop. Indian culture reveres certain places as centres of energies and are called as tirthastan. Some how we never think of that point in our lives when we ponder beyond the mundane and start on our own inner journey. May be that is the real Tirtha and that journey becomes our Tirthyatra.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Escalator

May 29th was the day escalators were patented by Charles Seeberger in 1897. Charles Seeberger and Otis Company made it a commercial only in 1902. Charles called it escalator by merging the words scala that meant inclined in Latin and elevator for the elevator had already been patented.

It however debuted in an amusement park, as a 25o inclined staircase that worked on steam. This was in 1895, and its creator was Jesse Reno Coney.

In 1910 Otis bought of Seeberger's patent and in 1911 Jesse Reno. They combined the two and launched their improved version in 1920.

Friday, May 27, 2011

most difficult decision of the day

Its menu planning time again, the most dilemmatic time of the day.

It starts what to cook, that which vegetable I cook. Then balances the proteins, carbs, by the time that hurdle are overcome the next decision to be made.

What should the dish be—the traditional Indian cooking it with curd in the southie style but my husband can’t do without lentils, cook it with lentils?—is it the northie style or southie style?—Onions to be added well my guest A does not eat onions, if I do not add onions my guest B does not relish it. When this equation is solved then I realize I am bored of cooking the same damn dish 24x7

I over came the breakfast hurdle I have a monthly breakfast menu plan that I make and I stick to it with very minor variation.

I have decided to collect cook books from various cuisines and do the same with the lunch menu. Of course Chinese cooking and Pizza’s will not be cooked in my kitchen this is the only decision that I have made.

ಪ್ಲಿನ್ಕ್ಯ್ ನನಗೆ ಯಾವ ನಿರ್ಣಯ ಮಾಡಲು ಏಳದಾತವಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಯಬಯಸುತ್ತಾಲೆ.

ನಿಸ್ಸಂದೆಷ್ವಾಗಿ ಇಂದೇನು ಅಡುಗೆ? ನನಗೆ ಇದೆ ಯಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ.

ಮೊದಲು ಇದ್ದ ತರಕಾರಿ, ಇಂದು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದು ನಿನ್ನೆ ಮಾಡಿರಬಾರದು,ಸರಿ ತರಕಾರಿ ಆರಿಸಿದ್ದಯಿತು, ಇನ್ನು ಅದನ್ನು ಮಾಡುವ ವಿಧಿ. ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ ಕಾಯಿ ಹುಳಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಾಹೇಬರು ತಿನ್ನುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

ಬೇಳೆ ಹಾಕಿ ಬೋಳು ಹುಳಿ ಮಾಡಿ ನನಗೆ ಬೋರು. ಇನ್ನು ನೀರುಳ್ಳಿ ಹಾಕಿದರೆ ಅತ್ತೆ ತಿನ್ನುವುದಿಲ್ಲ, ಹಾಕದಿದ್ದದರೆ ನಾದಿನಿ ತಿನ್ನುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.

ಗರಂ ಮಸಾಲೆ ಹಾಕಿ ಉತ್ತರಾಧಿ ಮಾಡಲೋ ದಕ್ಷಿನಾಧಿ ಮಾಡಲೋ? ಇದು ಇನ್ನೊದು ಪೇಚಾಟ.

ಬೆಳಗಿನ ತಿಂಡಿಗೆ ಈ ಗಲಾಟೆ ಬೇಡವೆಂದು ವಾರದ ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಮಾಡಿದೆನ್ನೇ ತಿಂಗಳ ಸಾಮಾನು ತರಲು ಸುಲಭ ನಾಳೆಗೆ ನೇನಿ ಹಾಕೂ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಯೂ ಕ್ರಮವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ, ಅಲ್ಲೊಮ್ಮೆ, ಇಲ್ಲಮ್ಮೆ ಸಂಖ ಮುರಿಯುತ್ತದೆ ಆದರೂ ತಲೆಬಿಸಿ ಕಡಿಮೆ.

ಊಟಕ್ಕೂ ಹೀಗೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು ಎಂದೆನಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

power of the ordinary woman

Years of clinical practise I have come across s many women many of them in their wrong side of 35yrs. I have come across women who are on a quest to find meaning in their life; they say there is a vacuum that they are not able to handle. They have done their rounds to various spiritual Gurus’ to fill that vacuum.

Maybe I should introduce them to Kannamma, many Manipalities may remember the wife of the Anatomy Professor Dr.Krishnaswamy. she was very dynamic and maybe slightly bossy too. She had spearheaded the Manipal Mahila samaj through its many activities.

Early in their married life without much ado she adopted her orphan niece.

Now at 89, she lives with her older sister Kuppamma. When both of them were mobile they went everyday to the hospital to help out people who needed simple help like someone to write a letter or someone to relieve their caregiver till she had a bath and lunch, the nurses would keep some of the work aside for them. Since neither sister could drive they had hired an auto.

Now Kuppamma is bed ridden and Kannamma is weaker than before so she goes once a week. She says it makes her humble to see the privileged life that she has lived. And it also gives her immense joy that people look forward to her coming.

escargot day

Escargot day

Escargot is French cuisine where shelled snails are sautéed in garlic butter.

Though archaeological survey shows the use of snails in cookery during the roman empire days documented cookbooks talk of it only since 1892.

Its often assumed to be part of French cuisine but it is served on occasions with champagne as a starter.

Monday, May 23, 2011

sea turtle

May 23rd is the world sea turtle day.

About 40 of these sea turtle species are endangered.

Sea turtles are found all over the world except at the polar region. Flat backed sea turtles are exclusive to the northern Australian coast.

These are amphibious in nature and can divert to anaerobic respiration for a long period. Diet wise they can be herbivorous, carnivorous or Omnivorous, many a time they change with age.

By and large sea turtles are not very social animals though they do congregate off shore during the mating season. Sea turtles take decades to mature. When the female hatches it is in batches of 50-200 and these are hidden in the sand. But the success of hatching is very low about 0.01% as the predators are many. The sex of the hatching depends on the temperature increasing temperature decreases the hatching time resulting in greater number of female hatching's.

Scientific information.

Kingdom animalia

Phylum chordate

Class reptilian

Order testudines

Suborder cryptodira

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

merry go round

May 17th is the merry go round day.

The dictionary defines merry go round a noun that could mean

• A revolving circular platform fitted with seats often in the form of animals ridden for amusement

• A piece of playground equipment consisting of small circular platform that revolves when pushed or pedalled

• A busy round or a whirl.

The earliest picture of Merry-go-round is seen in the 508 AD byzantine bas relief. Where baskets are suspended and people sit in them.

The origin seems to be in the 12th century when the Turks used to train the cavillers for combat. The crusaders brought this back to Europe with them.

1605 the French used this with musical accompaniment for night amusement.

1620 traveller Peter Mundey described a merry go round in the then modern Ottoman empire of Bulgaria. In the early 19th century it was seen in fairs and public places of Europe.

Sandusky county of Ohio has a merry-go-round museum that organizes special shows and events for May 17th.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

phatic conversation

Language is fascinating. So many things taken for granted and so many technical terminologies which are awe inspiring to a science student.

As a science student language was used to communicate an idea or information and it involved an addressee, an addressed and some content. One day for want of better things to do I realized that each communication had a different focus. I also learnt from a language student that they had definite terminology!

The focus of any communication could be referral, emotive, conative, phatic, metalingual or poetic.

It was phobic that caught my attention as it is one of the oft used and least respected.

Phatic is defined in the dictionary as an adjective used to create an atmosphere of shared feeling, goodwill, or sociability rather than share information.

It’s wonderful in its versatility. It can establish, prolong or discontinue communication.

“Good morning” a phatic term used irrespective of its meteorological reality. Opens conversation.

“Well I never” “you don’t say” are more emphatic in exhibiting surprise than a lengthy sentence would.

“Take care” the polite Phatic communication, expresses concern yet terminates conversation.

So think about it

Take care.

the straw hat day

Neil Steinberg’s book Hatless Jack talks about men having murdered in living memory for the crime of war a hat out season!

May 15th herald’s the beginning of the straw hat season. Hence it is honoured as the straw-hat day.

Straw hats are worn traditionally to protect the heat from the heat and keep the glare out. It is lightweight and durable it is very flexible too.

In India it’s not the straw hat but the palm straw that is woven into umbrella by the elite in Kerala though it is now being put away for less expensive alternates.

In my home district the coconut palm is woven into a boat shaped headgear, these make their appearance in mid march to put up with the scorching sun and then stays till the rains stop.