Showing posts from May, 2011

Unity among Elephants


Received this link via email. It showcases how a group of female Elephants cooperate in order to save a drowning baby. Watching this video is really heart-warming. It’s amazing how the herd of elephants emphasize on the principle 'united we stand, divided we fall'. These mighty creatures are known to move in herds and are always protective about their young ones. They stress on community living and harmony.

A friend of mine had also narrated how a group of elephants had shielded their calf while crossing a track. And another instance where an elephant had got stuck on a railway track. The rest of the herd tried to rescue it and died in vain. :( It was a tragic moment for all of them as they met with their end.

However one can learn such lessons from the fauna kingdom on how to develop unity and cooperation. In today’s busy world, when a fellow human is lying hurt on the pavement, others just stop and stare thinking the other person will …

Netrani: The unexplored paradise

-By Swetha Amit

Experience 'aha' moments of discovery while snorkelling or scuba diving in Netrani's crystal clear waters, says Swetha Amit, who experienced several such moments

Discovering a hidden jewel of a surreal getaway is no doubt a delightful experience. One tends to feel like Christopher Columbus when he stumbled upon a mighty continent during his quest. The only difference was that this was an island, Netrani or Pigeon Island as it is called, tucked away deep inside the Arabian Sea. Its crystal clear waters vied with that of international holiday destinations. The rich marine life beneath the waves at Netrani took our breaths away.

Little did we know that our diving certification course would turn into a fun expedition? When our instructor suggested the idea of finishing our course in a small seaside town in Indian waters, we were thrilled. This was despite the fact that the facilities offered would be very l…

The losing side in Cricket

This season 4 of IPL has been a rather boring one due to an overdose of Cricket post the world cup. One of the reasons why many wanted a MI vs CSK in the finals. These two teams have faced each other only once during the entire tournament where MI won against them. Apart from which the Dhoni-Sachin factor evoked a lot of interest among the viewers. However yesterdays qualifier 2 games dashed the hopes of many as MI was knocked out of the tournament by the Gayle storm,not to mention poor captaincy by the Little Master.

Last night's game reminds one of the India-Australia world cup final in 2003 where India won the toss and elected to bowl first against the mighty and unbeaten Australia with the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Mathew Hayden being in top form. The first over began with a rather nervous Zaheer Khan who gave away 20 plus runs-an over which gave away the match to the Australians. A similar scenario took place with Mumbai Indians yesterday where they won the toss and elected…

Kingfisher Crew BLIND to compassion

-By Swetha Amit

There are days when the morning headlines makes you see red at our system's unfair doings. Today was one such instance where Midday's front page headlines generated shock and horror about a shoddy treatment meted out to a visually challenged woman and her children.

She was travelling from Ahmadabad via Mumbai to Goa to meet her husband. Midway, she was ruthlessly disembarked by the insensitive Kingfisher airlines crew in Mumbai stating there was a VIP booking in the last minute. The poor woman was shamed beyond belief when she was asked to get out of the aircraft without proper reasoning. The faith she had in wanting to lead a 'normal' life had probably been shattered.

It brings to notice a few pertinent questions about the courteousness of the airlin…

Uncertainty of life

Life is mostly like a smooth sailing ride on the friendly ocean waves until the day nature decides to vent her fury against you. One experiences that severe jolt which leaves you shaken enough to take that solemn vow of never taking things for granted again.

Friday afternoon was one such day which left me dumbfounded. As I logged on to a popular networking site, I saw a condolence message written on a friend’s wall. He was usually active with his updates. That statement took me by shock as I learnt of his sudden demise the previous night in a car accident in Delhi. He was recently blessed with a second bundle of joy in his life.

You follow a person's regular updates only to learn one fine day that there will be no more of them. Such is the uncertainty of life.

RIP dear friend. May God bless your soul. Amen.

The Finkler Question: A riveting journey


The Finkler Question, Man Booker Prize winner for the year 2010, is reviewed by Swetha Amit, who finds it an engrossing read that delves deep into the psyche of the characters

Author: Howard JacobsonPublisher: Bloomsbury PublishingPrice: Rs499Classification: FictionCertain events tend to trigger thought processes in an individual that lead him / her to extremes of behaviour. Religious fanaticism, self absorptive behaviour, obsessive interest in worldly affairs, etc, constitute patterns of behaviour that can take root in the cognitive sphere of an individual due to stressful events. The Finkler Question explores this theme in detail.

The story commences with one of the protagonists named Julian Treslove, a former BBC employee, being mugged by a woman and cursed, which shakes him up. This propels him to start obsessing about the particular abuse or curse, something on the lines of ‘you ju’, which leads to his eventual convers…

Moms are the best

She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space .............. not even death! That's your mom for you.

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.

Happy Mother's Day!