Thursday, July 29, 2010

Learning to be hungry

Since last 1 month i always have late lunch. Its mostly because of my busy OP and some what wilfully. I am on a crash diet regime. I know its unhealthy but it has always worked for me.

During these long hours of fasting i'v learned the value of food. Now i know how unfortunate people around me feel. How i should start helping those who cant even afford a meal. I will figure some thing out.

Now waiting in a dental clinic to get my tooth fixed. Haven't taken any food till now. Got to lose all the lazy gifts i've earned during these years.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Being an impulsive traveller

07.25 pm, Chalakkudy

Waiting in a good restaurant after having ordered a big meal. I'm awfully hungry now :) Had a very nice trip to Athirappilly falls.

Most of my long bike rides are not planned in advance.Today my work finished early by 12.30 noon. Didn't go to OP today. Had a health check up at a school. By noon i had some what made up my mind to travel a bit. Felt like trying out the panorama photo software i installed in my phone recently. The software takes a wide angle (180 degree) shots.

Will add more details soon. Phone's battery low. My order just arrived too.

10.24 pm, Home

Reached home finally! Uploaded all the images from my phone to PC. So here's the story, after today's work i decided to go somewhere in my bike. Since i didn't have enough time to go to my favourite biking destination Nelliampthi Hills i decided to go to Athirappilly, the place where Raavan was shot. The place is around 80km away from my house. Considering the rain and the winding roads i decided i can reach there in 2 hours and come back by night. (My last trip to Athirappilly was unplanned too. Was sitting in a boring class, felt like going some where. I set forth to Athirappilly with only 75 Rs in my purse! Got stopped by police on the way :) Will explain that story later )

Here are some snaps on the way

The rain gods were on my side till i reached the entrance of the falls by around 4pm. Then it stated pouring heavily so i changed into my rain coat and set forth to meet my favourite holiday destination. I didn't take lunch as i had to reach there soon. So i bought a bottle of sprite and kept it with me. I knew it will come in handy when i climb down to the bottom of the falls. Here's the view from the top

Here's the drop..

Stayed for a while at the top of the falls. This is the place where Aiswarya Rai jumps down in Raavan :) I'm pretty sure it wasn't her who jumped. But it was definitely her who touched down below in the water. Its not a very big drop but lethal as there are lots of rocks below. Took a few sips of sprite and headed to the bottom of the falls. We can go near that! Isn't that great! But better be ready to get wet :) There's a paved road nearby using which you can reach the bottom of the falls. Here's the road

The place was quiet as it was late in the evening, raining and it was a working day. It was just the way i wanted. I don't like to go to crowded tourist posts. But i did feel a bit vulnerable as it was late and there were very few people around. Since muggers and thieves are not much common here i was okay with the feeling. I slowly walked down for a while taking snaps and here's the place near the falls.

This is the place where the fight scene between Ash and Abhishek in Raavan was shot. The place is cool. But do watch out for the leeches if you go into the path between the bamboo trees (not in this photo). It was getting late and i needed to leave. On the way back i had a small chat with the guard who had been standing there warning overzealous tourists with his whistle. The poor guy talked like he hadn't talked to some one in ages. It was a lonely place and its natural. He told me about how the whole place we were standing was filled with water last month. After small chat i checked my shirt (i was wearing jacket which was open near the collar. The whole shirt was drenched with water! :) So i climbed back on to the top of the falls. Dried myself a bit. Then drove back home. Stopped near Dreamworld water theme park and took some snaps.

Had the late lunch from Chalakkudy by 7.30pm. Got caught up in an awful rain on the way. I find it hard to drive in rain at night. Since i use glasses the glare from the headlights is disorienting. I was 15kms away from when my headlight gave in to the rain. The bulb blew i guess and i was driving with out lights! I switched on the left turn indicator and kept it beeping all the way till i reached home.

So it was a great day :) A day to remember..

Monday, July 26, 2010

Good deeds never go unpunished

Today OP ended late by around 3.30 evening. The no of patients had crossed hundred today. I was hungry as usual as i didn't have my lunch yet. I went to my bike to find its left mirror loose at its base, some ****** had twisted it in 180 degrees so that the mirror now faced the front of the bike. Fixed the mirror on the way back home from a workshop. I guess its what i will get for working hard even when there's no need for it. I feel it would be wrong to judge a community based on the actions of a single individual.

Dear God,

I will continue to do my work regardless of the gains i get out of it. I know i will never get any appreciation from authorities and i will never have any financial gains. I will continue to work as per my heart. This is my prayer for you god. I don't go to church or kneel and pray. I am praying through my deeds. I am living by the way you promised and i donate 10% of my monthly income to poor patients. I don't want anything in return. I'm just trying to make my life useful to some one. Thank you god.

p.s: i hope you do read blogs :)

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A different ship :)

Its a church in the shape of a ship colloquially known as Kappal Palli (ship church) situated near Kanjani, Thrissur, Kerala. Here's the google maps location of the church

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Track the location of your own phone

You can now track the location of your phone based on GPS and cell phone tower. This will be very useful in case your phone gets lost. I guess you can also install it into your kids phones and check their location. I don't know it they will like it or not but will definitely help an anxious parent.
But you will need a Nokia S60 V3 or V5 phone. Works also on certain Samsung and Sony phones. Here's the detailed list

Here's what need to do:
1. Open ovistore in your phone
2. Search for a software named "Periodic"
3. Download and install it
(You can also download it directly from the developers website. Use the Ovisuite PC application to install it into your phone)

After the application is installed,
Go to "options" and register your phone.
After registering go to "options" and click "complete registration"

You can use the software to update your location to your online account at periodic.
Here's my trail :)

You can go to settings and select the update frequency. Setting it to 6hours will be ideal for minimum battery usage. You can also set a "buddy number". This number will receive an sms of your current location if the SIM card is changed. Very useful if your phone gets stolen.

Update 28.07.10: The screenshot in this post shows my online account map showing my trip to Athirappilly Falls. The software is working nicely.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Dead Beach

Today i felt like paying a visit to one of my frequent hangouts. I used to go out there often with my best pal. Drove through rain for half an hour and this is what i saw when i reached there!

An entire beach missing! what you see in the pic is not the beach but the area near the road that runs paralell to shore. Here's what the place used too look i.e my location (in google maps) while taking this photo.

I kept snapping photos even though it was drizzling a bit.I looked around, the local residents are some what used to this by now. The land will come back after monsoon but the trees.. it will take years for them to grow back. Global warming is indeed swallowing up the land.
More pictures..


While on my way back i stopped near a river, they too are full but not furious like the sea. Took these snaps


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Certificate error

Tired of seeing this error while trying to install an application in your phone? You can solve this by signing symbian applications before install.You can do this by applying for a certificate from OPDA website. Register there and apply for a new certificate. You will find the essential tools for signing symbian apps in your account.

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Trying out panorama view

Panorama view of my living room i.e a 180 degree shot taken from my mobile. Used a paid software named "Panoman" to take the photo.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

Flooded paddy fields in monsoon

Flooded football ground

Was passing through the paddy fields of Adatt, Thrissur. Took some pictures of a football field :)
click on the pic to see the goal post :)

Here's the place from google maps i.e when it was dry

Once the monsoon passes the ground will rise again from the deep :)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Unfollowed Priyanka Chopra

Felt like unfollowing her profile after seeing this tweet. She's a good celeb but i guess i don't want to be part of the 5 million fan club. I follow them as their tweets are kinda personal & friendly and not like a loyal fanboy following. All the best to her.

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Xenophobic rant by Joel Stein

I recently came to know about Joel Stein via a tweet from Abhishek Bachan who addressed him like this

So i followed the link and found out the article named "My Own Private India" which i felt was a xenophobic rant. I don't know if its racist or not as that word is so unnecessarily used these days. But i did feel the author of the article has some serious issues with Indian immigrants. I was also surprised to see a times article containing insults towards gods of a specific religion. The article attracted wide spread attention from all over the world and i guess its what he needed. He's famous and he'll get more money. May be he should try the same with other religions next time and see what happens to him. What stein doesn't realise is that his nation was found by immigrants. I agree most of the people there aren't racist but i truly feel stomach sick when people say things like "Go back to your own country" or use terms such as "dot heads". Such people are always welcome to come to India especially to my place Kerala and see how we treat guests or immigrants.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010 3:30:52 AM

Spent 4K on fixing two teeth! I should have opted for BDS when i had the chance :) Audit ended at my PHC without much issues. Have a physical fitness checkup for school kids tomorrow as per the request from the local sub inspector. Have a 2 hour class for asha worker at my block phc the day after tomorrow. Gotta sleep. Bye.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Bachan vs Masand

Amitabh Bachan had been seen lately engaging in a bitter war of words with Rajeev Masand, the critic. Here's the story..

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

SMS scams

Receieved this sms asking Rs 525/- as delivery charges for a cheap pearl set! They should be delivering from the moon i think :) Called customer care and activated the 'Do not Disturb' service.

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A Sad Day..

Once again it was proved that god calls back good people early. Today i woke up to the news of the death of one of my nicest teachers; Dr Nandakumar, Professor of Medicine, Govt Medical College Thrissur. He was just fifty three! Fifty three! He was too young to die... too young.. to die.. Its awful to see good people leave this world so early. He was one of the nicest teachers i ever had. He looked so young and handsome. He always had great dress sense. And all the girls in my batch used to admire him for that :) He was never rude to me. I had worked with many other professors who were awfully mean and rude. But he was so different. He died of some kind of fever. He had developed fever two weeks back and his fever had almost subsided a week back. Then the unthinkable... Why god why? You let the bad people prosper and you call back the good early. Its so unfair. So unfair. So mean of you. So sad..

Ironically the same fever that took his life made sure i never saw him for the last time. I had planned to go to his funeral at noon but the rush at the OPD just took away the time. Everyone is having fever. By the time OP was finished it was late. God bless the soul of Nandakumar Sir, he was a good guy god. He was a good guy. Please take care of him.

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Bharath Bandh

Like always politicians were successful in scaring people into their homes by declaring a "Bharat Band" to protest against fuel price hike. What they didn't realise that today due to the bandh India lost a whole day's income which is even more than the annual profit of Indian oil corporation. Is it going to bring down the fuel prices? No. Will it increase their political mileage? Yes.

One of the traffic 'bottle neck' junctions of Thrissur.

Swaraj Round: one of the busiest roads in Thrissur.

Another busy junction in Thrissur

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Even yuvraj didn't know about Dhoni's marriage!

Yuvraaj singh tweeted an hour back that he came know about MSD's wedding then only! With the paparazzi journalism we've got these days, i think it was the right decision.

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Sehwag commenting about Indian cricket fans :)

I guess sehwag means 'Indian cricket fans' by 'world' in his tweet. If they win the fans will push then sky high but if they lose... its a long dive down.

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Friday, July 2, 2010

Friday, July 02, 2010 2:43:27 AM

Been busy lately especially since last week when the monsoon strengthened. Temperatures are down to 28 C and its feeling cool. OP rush has increased with no of patients doubling. I guess it has nothing to do with my talent and its just the increased fever cases or the excessive fever scare by the media. So far i've been able to provide free medicine to all those who've been at my PHC. But soon the medicines will start running out if this rush continues. Thank god for the effective pharmacist we've got. The medicines are still in stock only because of her.

Getting some what used to the late lunches. Feeling some what dizzy when i have to work till 3pm noon without any lunch break. I could finish at exact 1pm if i treat patients mechanically but i like to keep it human. I like being nice to my patients. As for now its the only interesting thing happening in my life. I've been going through some of the official administrative issues lately. But i always get through so not worried about it.

Okay then, will try to write more often from now on. Bye.

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