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    Munnar hills you get the blessed presence of Maneesh Jayachandran , a visitor from plain lands. It is me At Rivulet resort, Pallivasal in last week of May. Photo taken on my mobile phone.Apologise for the terrible quality.The background shows river flowing near Rivulet resort.....

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saying YES to learning Sanskrit

Dream of learning samskritham
I have different dreams which i wish to materialize in this life.One such dream was to learn sanskrit to read ancient texts such as vedas,upanishads, puranas in their original form.This idea was lying dormant in me for years.In April 2013 i heard from Mr. Madhu , a psychology counsellor about a ten day sankrit speaking camp at Vettikode about 5 kms from my village.Immediately i said yes.........

The ten day camp went well and it ended on 26.04.2013. It was very difficult for me to attend considering my time constraints running Orangis Online.However i had a resolve to do it. The program was conducted by Vishwa Samskritha Prathistan or Samskrithabharathi which is a non profit organisation working to spread sanskrit. There is no FEE for 10 day [20 hour] Samskritha Sambhashana Shibiram (Sanskrit Conversational Workshop).The teacher is taking the class free of cost. Only the organisers need to arrange interested students and a place for the class to happen.After the class i felt so happy and content to have participated it.

Sanskrit was the language spoken in Asia from Kanyakumari to Afghanistan in the ancient times.However after British invasion of India, the british took a decision to shut down all sanskrit schools. Indians are still in that hangover even after the british has left India. So we are seeing sanskrit as a DEAD language in India spoken only by a minority and at remote locations like Mattur village of Karnataka, Jhiri of Madhya Pradesh etc.I did not become a sanskrit scholar after the 20 hour class.But i learned the basics like an LKG level kid at kindergarten.I decided to study the six month correspondance course of SamskritaBharathi called Praveshah which is a basic course to learn sanskrit.The examination will be in December 2013.

How to Learn Sanskrit Language?
Are you interested to learn Sanskrit?
You might not get any government job.There may not be any speakers around you. Westernised indian people around might view you as a relic. You would have to teach your family and friends to use the language.You will require lesser words to express your feelings.Sanskrit is that kind of a language.Samskrita Bharathi will help you in your endeavour.They will arrange a ten day 20 hours sambhashana shibiram near you.They will teach only in sanskrit. So you will learn the language by talking.There are different teaching methodologies available. You can choose any of the different methods.

Visit http://samskritabharati.in/ for more details if you want to learn sanskrit language in India.

If you are in kerala , contact the following address of Samskritabharathi.

Viswasamskritha Prathistan (samskrithabharathi),
Kottappuram P.O, Kodungalloor, Thrissur - 680667
Tel: 0480-2811985

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Honda's Diesel Car Amaze Offers 25 km mileage

honda amaze sedan india
When the sales of diesel cars is thriving in India due to the difference in price between petrol and diesel, Honda is amazing people by introducing their first diesel car in India. Honda is promising that Amaze will run 25.8 km for one litre of diesel.It is positioned to be a small sedan with necessary space, features and decent finish.Honda is giving maruti dzire and toyota etios a run for their money with the launch of amaze in the same segment.

Amaze is the sedan version of Honda Brio.Brio and Amaze were both born and brought up in Thailand and Japan.Engineers from around the world teamed up at honda R&D centre at Bangkok to bring out this product.Amaze comes under the category of compact sedan where the length of the cars would be less than four metres to avail lesser excise duty (manufacturer tax benefits).Amaze does not look like it has been chopped off or a tail being added to the hatchback version.The wheelbase has been increased by 60 mm.This resulted in big roof and larger doors.The interiors are similiar to that of Brio.If you are comparing the interiors with Etios, you have to admit that the interior is of better quality.The interior is a combination of biege, chocolate and black finishes.Driver seat is adjustable.There is legroom in rear seats  and lot of storage space also.400 litre boot space is amazing considering the small size.The knee room of 930 mm is the same as that of honda city, the bigger sedan of honda.

side view honda amaze

Honda has been developing diesel engines since 2003.2.2 Litre i-DTEC was developed in 2008.1.5 Litre diesel engine used in amaze is from this series.This is the smallest diesel engine manufactured by honda.The main features of the all aluminium engine which the honda calls 'Earth dream technology" are aluminium block, thin crank shaft, short & light weight pistons, improved cooling system, performance enhancing engine oil. etc. The machine produces 100 Bhp power and 200 Nm torque.Aluminium does not have the noise absorbing capabilities of cast iron or other denser metals. So you get a noisier engine to deal with.
honda amaze brown

The petrol amaze also has got a 1.2 litre responsive engine.There is an automatic transmission variant for the petrol version.

honda amaze rear view

Digital Tyke Opinion

Diesel version is economical and powerful and 25.8 kmpl is not a figure that should be neglected.It is noisier than Dzire or Etios, verita, manza.Petrol Amaze fetches you a mileage of 18 kmpl & the automatic version returns a slightly lower figure of 15.5 kmpl.I would be surprised if Amaze does not capture the market.Hope honda does not mess up in marketing similiar to what they did with Jazz.


Friday, April 5, 2013

My Sivarathri Festival 2013

Sivarathri Festival is a prominent festival of hindus.In nooranad village, the villagers celebrate the festival relating it to the annual festival in Padanilam Parabrahma Temple. There is no idol at Padanilam Parabrahma Temple, but a stone.The diety in the temple is nondual Brahman or Parabrahmam.It is a cultural thing to make models of Ox structures [Nandi] and push it as a procession to the temple on the festival day.For years this custom is going on.This year's Sivarathri festival was on 10th March 2013.
kettukala of padanilam temple
Kettukala consists of couple of oxen structure made of haystacks, rope & wood

sivarathri ulsavam small kettukala
This is a new type of small kettukala consisting of multiple oxen in smaller sizes

kettukala seen in night
I went to watch the festival in the night of March 10 2013

The big temple ground was filled with a sea of humanity. The traffic block to the village was the worst.

padanilam shivarathri 2013
Padanilam Shivaratri is an excellent opportunity to meet all the NRI Villagers.Most of them will take leave to take part in the festival.You can keep in touch with the people during these days.


This makeshift Ox structure [representation of vehicle of Lord Shiva - Nandi] made of wood and hay will be dismantled in the next day morning.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Join KSEB Power Conservation Program Labhaprabha

kseb
Running out of options to provide enough power to kerala, KSEB is asking for it's consumers to reduce power consumption.They are providing incentives to those who reduce electricity consumption and provide some gifts to lucky ones.Here is how to join labhaprabha

1. Find the latest electricity bill.

2. Find Section Code and Consumer Number in the bill

3. Send an sms "KSEB SECTIONCODE CONSUMERNUMBER" to 9287088808.


For eg. in my case if consumer number is 112622 and section code is 5529 for nooranad.So i will be sending the sms "KSEB 5529 112622' to 9287088808.You will get confirmation sms regarding your average daily consumption and the recommended units you should save to quality for the lottery.

To view your latest LT bill Online click here.You just have to enter the consumer number to view the latest bill.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Cutting Rubber Trees Using Chainsaw for Firewood

cutting rubber trees
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked every villager to use firewood instead of LPG cylinders for cooking food.He vowed to remove subsidy given to 6 gas cylinders per year to a household.So i obliged him by obeying his advice and uprooted 5 rubber trees near my house. I hired a contractor to do it for Rs 4000.The guys were experienced folks. Four of the trees were standing between two walls.I did not wanted the walls to be destroyed.

However the activity took so much time because of the risk in the four trees to the walls. One of the wall was a two feet high wall to seperate the pathway to the house. Other side was the boundary wall.Still the small wall got damaged. But they repaired it by putting the broken part back to the wall and applying cement grout as glue.

Wonderland

a fool's futile attempt to make a poem.

Wonderland do you exist?
If you do exist, get me out to there
because i want to know how it feels
Passengers have went.
But no one is back.
Are you a dead space or a feeling i get when i peel my skin off.
It is a legend that you ride on a horse
that is dark coloured and with red eyes.
Are you a villian or just a daredevil?
Are you a she or an ET?
Questions?Questions?Questions?More Questions?
Somebody told wonderland is a lie
to make men & women focus....
another neverland!