One of the last few posts of 2011.
The story of the Christmas Plum Cake & the XMas Tree. The Christmas Plum Cake is a.k.a Christmas Rum Cake as I love it overflowing with rum, something on the lines of the liquor filled chocolates.
A Photo Essay on the making of a Christmas Plum Cake and the XMas Tree.
Few sample photographs here – the entire story / photo essay here -
The entire story / photo essay here -
Bangalore government has launched the online registration (subject to verification and approval later) for ration cards, it was launched today (my guess).
If you have a ration card, it will help
Ø To obtain a LPG gas connection from the government vendors.
Ø As a Address proof
1) Go to http://ahara.kar.nic.in/ and click on the ‘Click here to apply for new ration card’
2) A 3-4 page form opens up, try filling it up using IE, even if you choose English some fields are in Kannada, use the translate to English feature in Chrome.
3) Some drop downs in Kannada don’t get translated even after using the Chrome feature, for them use http://translate.google.com/ and finally submit it and you can save the acknowledgement that gets generated at the end.
Let’s get the early mover advantage.
Hope it helps.
ps: Copyright of the pictures belong to the respective owners / websites
Spend a few hours in Jaipur, here is a short photo essay.
Here is the entire link, http://www.wow-wonderworks.blogspot.com/2011/10/pink-city.html
It is October 2nd today -
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Completed my annual pilgrimage tour to Agumbe rainforest, here is the link to the photo essay.
Would love to hear your comments and critique.
Credit to Srikant from my TM Club who compiled this list for one of our TM Sessions.
· If at first you don't succeed, try, try again
Don't beat your head against a brick wall
· Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Out of sight, out of mind
· You're never too old to learn
you can't teach an old dog new trick
· Don't judge a book by its cover
Clothes make the man
· Birds of a feather flock together
· The pen is mightier than the sword
Actions speak louder than words
· The squeaking wheel gets the grease
Silence is golden
· Many hands make light work
Too many cooks spoil the broth
· It's better to be safe than sorry
Nothing ventured, nothing gained
And my mom added to the list :)
Practice makes a man perfect but all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
A forwarded email on the various Indianisms that we use…
"Do one thing ... take this piece of chalk ..."
We are a unique species, aren’t we? Not humans. Indians, I mean. No other race speaks or spells like we do.
Take greetings for example.
A friendly clerk asking me for my name is apt to start a conversation with, “What is your good name?” As if I hold that sort of information close to my heart and only divulge my evil pseudonym. Bizarre.
I call these Indianisms.
Which got me thinking about a compilation, a greatest hits of the most hilarious Indianisms out there. And here they are. The most common ones, and my favorites among them.
When you complete your studies at an educational institution, you graduate from that institution.
You do not "pass out" from that institution.
To "pass out" refers to losing consciousness, like after you get too drunk, though I’m not sure how we managed to connect graduating and intoxication.
Oh wait … of course, poor grades throughout the year could lead to a sudden elation on hearing you’ve passed all of your exams, which could lead to you actually "passing out," but this is rare at best.
One common mistake we make is using the word revert to mean reply or respond.
Revert means "to return to a former state."
I can’t help thinking of a sarcastic answer every time this comes up.
“Please revert at the earliest.”
“Sure, I’ll set my biological clock to regress evolutionarily to my original primitive hydrocarbon state at 1 p.m. today."
If it happened in the past, it happened years ago, not "years back."
Given how common this phrase is, I’m guessing the first person who switched "ago" for "back" probably did it years back. See what I mean?
And speaking of "back," asking someone to use the backside entrance sounds so wrong.
“So when did you buy this car?”
“Oh, years back.”
“Cool, can you open the backside? I’d like to get a load in.”
Try to avoid using the phrase "do the needful." It went out of style decades ago, about the time the British left.
Using it today indicates you are a dinosaur, a dinosaur with bad grammar.
You may use the phrase humorously, to poke fun at such archaic speech, or other dinosaurs.
“Will you do the needful?”
“Of course, and I’ll send you a telegram to let you know it's done too.”
“What shall we discuss about today?”
“Let’s discuss about politics. We need a fault-ridden topic to mirror our bad grammar.”
You don't "discuss about" something; you just discuss things.
The word "discuss" means to "talk about". There is no reason to insert the word "about" after "discuss."
That would be like saying "talk about about." Which "brings about" me to my next peeve.
"Hey, let’s order for a pizza."
"Sure, and why not raid a library while we’re about it.”
When you order something, you "order" it, you do not "order for" it.
Who knows when or why we began placing random prepositions after verbs?
Perhaps somewhere in our history someone lost a little faith in the "doing" word and added "for" to make sure their order would reach them. They must have been pretty hungry.
When someone approaches you with a query, and your reply begins with the phrase "do one thing," you're doing it wrong.
"Do one thing" is a phrase that does not make sense.
It is an Indianism. It is only understood in India. It is not proper English. It is irritating.
There are better ways to begin a reply. And worst of all, any person who starts a sentence with "do one thing" invariably ends up giving you at least five things to do.
“My computer keeps getting hung.”
“Do one thing. Clear your history. Delete your cookies. Defrag your hardrive. Run a virus check. Restart your computer... .”
“Sorry I can’t talk right now, I’m out of station.”
“What a coincidence, Vijay, I’m in a station right now.”
Another blast from the past, this one, and also, extremely outdated.
What's wrong with "out of town" or "not in Mumbai" or my favorite "I'm not here"?
"I’m going to bed now, sleep is coming."
"OK, say hi to it for me."
While a fan of anthropomorphism, I do have my limits. "Sleep is coming" is taking things a bit too far.
Your life isn’t a poem. You don’t have to give body cycles their own personalities.
“Let’s prepone the meeting from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.”
Because the opposite of postpone just has to be prepone, right?
"Prepone" is probably the most famous Indianism of all time; one that I’m proud of, and that I actually support as a new entry to all English dictionaries.
Because it makes sense. Because it fills a gap. Because we need it. We’re Indians, damn it. Students of chaos theory.
We don’t have the time to say silly things like "could you please bring the meeting forward."
Prepone it is.
There are many more pure grammatical "gems" in what we call Indian English. Perhaps in time I’ll list some more. And perhaps in the near future, we’ll get better at English.
Till then, kindly adjust.
Lucky to have Jungle Lodges feature me in their blog and showcase few photographs shot in Bandipur during April this year 2011.
Article - 1
Article - 2
The original article with videos on my blog
Have a look and do share your comments,
Superb sightings and a peaceful trip to BR Hills, read the journal and view the photographs and videos on my blog.
Some samplers of what you can expect :)
Recently had been to a 3 day Herpetology Workshop with Gerry Martin, loved it.
Do visit the link for the trip report and the entire set of photographs – here
Naja Naja / Spectacled Cobra
PS: Watch out for my article on the herpetology workshop by Gerry Martin with pictures of several kinds of Snakes.