Saturday, December 22

Were the Indians and the Mayans brothers???

There are striking similarities between the South Indian Mayan culture and the Maayan culture of Mexico, according to eminent Historian, S. Padmanabhan, General Secretary of Kanyakumari Historical and Cultural Centre.


The influence of Dravidian culture, particularly Keralite culture, is abundantly manifest in architecture, social and religious practices as well as domestic equipment and even personal style of the native people of Mexico known as Maayan, Dr. Padmanabhan said, delivering the G. Venkatasubramaniam Memorial endowment lecture at the Department of History, National College.
‘Padala loga’
The ‘padala loga’ ruled by Mahabali as described in the Puranas is today’s Mexico. The worship of Siva, Naga, Panchaboothas and Nadukal (a stone dedicated to a warrior) is common in Mexico. Sivalingams are found in the Museum as well as many places in the city of Mexico. A heal of Sivalingams is found near the Mexical Pyramid, one of the seven wonders of the World, Dr. Padmanabhan said, citing these finds as credible evidence to support his averment based on his extensive field explorations in Mexico.
Producing pictures of pyramids erected by Mayan in Thikkodi in Kerala and Kanyakumari district, he said they closely resemble the pictures of Mayaan pyramids dedicated to Sun and Panchaboothas in Mexico. The striking similarity is captivating and convincing.
The ruins of a thousand pillar mandapam stand testimony to the influence of Dravidian architecture, he said. The image in Kerala depicting the story of Mahabali has a perfect match in Mexico. Except the style of drawing, every thing was the same.
The portrayal of Vamana and Mahabali is apparent. Other Mexican images that are quite similar to the Dravidian images include the depiction of Lord Vishnu with the conch and chakra, the hand mudras of Indian dances, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Siva, Lord Anjaneya and a folk deity. The ananda sayanam of Vishnu is a fascinating piece of stunning similarity which will surely convince even sceptics, Dr. Padmanabhan said.
Personal styles
He said he had also found similarities in a few personal styles of Indian and Mexical women such as plait hair style, elongated earlobes caused by the wearing of ear rings, and decoration of the plait with flowers.
The physical features of Mexicans also closely resemble the Keralites.
Further, the word ‘chackla’ in Maayan language refers to the force centres of the body similar to the chakras in Indian tradition. ‘Kultanlini’ in Maayan language that refers to the power of God within man which is controlled by breaths is similar to ‘Kundalini.’
In the light of the very obvious connection between the South Indian and Mexican cultures clearly brought out by the formidable evidence, there is an imminent need to pursue historical research more vigorously from a different angle, to assess the contribution of Mayan and unravel the mysteries of the submerged Kumari continent
references: hindu,google,wiki

Tuesday, December 18

Tagged Award ;)



Its always a pleasure to receive awards and if its from your fellow blogger friends the happiness is more..:)and when u receive two awards double happiness ;)
 thank u Gitanjali for these wonderful awards..:)



So here are the rules:
1.If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
2.Then you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you & make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
3. Tag 11 more Bloggers.
4. No tagging back.
5. Person you tag must have < 200 follower

And here we go:
11 facts about me:

1.I love history, archaeology, and paleontology.... U speak to me about stuffs in these topics i can speak for hours together..:)
2.Well ppl think science and religion are inversely proportional...But i would strongly say they are directly proportional.
3.I am an adventurous person.
4.Love to explore and experiment new stuffs 
5.Hate smokers
6.I m a think tank. I think thhink and thhink
7.Creative. love shading ,paper arts.
8. Love surprises..:) :)
9.a little short tempered 
10.i still have my own personal dairy, my best friend i would say and even have a name to my personal dairy;)
11. Last but not the least... i love myself.. :D

this took me nearly half an hour.. LOL

Now the questions: (from Getanjali)

1.Blogging to me is_.

Thoughts from your brain and rhythms from your heart unite in the form of words and creativeness which you
put down as your views or opinions.

2.I recommend the following  blogs for you to read when you are free:


3. five songs on my play list:
1.sonnalum ketpadillai 
2.netru illada maatram
3.hey crazy penne
4.nazre milana
5.aiyeve aiyve

4.The last 5 books that I read were

Chanakya chants
Blink
A biographhy of adolf hitler -(on progress)
well these were the recent books that i read .

5.The one movie that made me cry - 
NONE..:D

6.Some day, I will
 - be known to many in the world...so get my autograph now ..;) will be use in the future..:D

7.Ten places i want to visit before- 
Egypt,greece,Kailash,machu pichu,khyber pass,North east India,vegas

8.The one person who made a HUGE impact on my life would be? -
 well i learn something or the other from everyone. So no single person. It would be all those i meet.. :)

9.The last time I goofed something up:- 
hmmmm .... secret.. ;)

10.New year resolutions for 2013?
well i have never taken any resoulution on any new year .. so taking a resolution would be my resolution

11.One secret that nobody knows :
i have a wand and a life size post of harry potter and the deathly hallows.. ( for harry potter fans ;) )

Here I tag:
10.Bhavia

Now the Questions to be asked:

1.Who did you have a crush on during high school? Did you express your feelings for that person?
2.Have you had any crazy dream? What was it about?
3.If you think no one is looking what is the one thing you would do?
4.If you were stuck on a deserted island which one book, movie and person would you want to take along?
5.If you could marry a cartoon character who would it be? Why?
6.Which movie title would best depict your life story? Why?
7.What do you love and hate the most about the human race?
8.If you were an alcoholic drink what would it be and why?
9.If you could be a politician who would it be? Why?
10.If you could spend a night with a celebrity who would it be? 
11.If feathers tickle people, do they tickle birds? ;)

tdaaaa.. now i am done.. pass this on.. :D :D



























Thursday, December 13

My sweet Earth

There certainly is a lot of speculation regarding the end of the world in 2012. The plethora of opinions comes from people ranging from world renowned scientists and theologians to “lesser known” bloggers and crackpots. But regardless of where the opinions and theories are coming from, they are fascinating. They are based mostly on the ancient Mayan calender.
photo:google
Now what is interesting is that not only is this the solstice, but it is also approaching (2 weeks later) the point of Perihelion. This is the point in the Earth’s orbit where it gets the closest to the sun. Could the additional gravitational pull cause something to occur? Not likely, but combined with other forces, who knows. This closer distance to the sun could make a difference, however, in the event of a solar burst (flare). And I have to mention in this update that recent solar activity has increased dramatically, which could be a problem. So beware of this.
Also, there is the possibility that the coming event could be similar to a pretty big event about 14,000 years ago that froze mammoths in their tracks with food still in their mouths.
Well leave the Mayans .. our very own mythology says that this is the last of the four yugas. (Well for those who do not know the yugas and the scientific link to it) i will write a new post on it :) :) )
You have to consider how likely it is that the end that they are referring to is just the beginning of a new age. I also believe that it is extremely important to know how to to survive the coming chaos, not just “The End Of The World 2012″ but any disaster and the social panic and violent mobs that quickly follow.
Now i do not want the world to end like this….i have hardly lived my life. Well a study states that more than 50 % of the american believe that there are super heros present among-st us..!!!(LOLL thought) who knows if there is a disaster that happens as predicted i will hope that a super hero comes and saves me and the people whom i want.. ;) . A little bit of adventure to tackle with the destroying world would be fun!.!!
OK now i definitely need to think this ” what if i am saved in the disaster of the destroying world?? what would i do for the food and cloths?? ” so a little bit of shopping and travelling and eating exotic food should not be a problem.. ;)
This is not the do or die situation. “Its the die or die one.” This is like the last wish that is asked before a person is hanged  just that the duration is longer ;) . I would definitely try fulfilling all my secret wishes :)
And finally a letter to my sweet world:
Dear earth,
  You have got abundant wealth, Which we have been exploring. But u never told us u would become this week becouse of loosing all Ur energy ,that u will not even have the courage and the braveness to fight against the disaster and save ur own adopted kids from the mars and the Venus  U showed us Ur anger by splashing the waters on us in the name of tsunami,getting furious in the name of volcano,asking us to go back and to leave Ur land in the name of earth quacks. But still we did not stop exploiting and looting Ur treasures.But now u have decided to teach us the final lesson but dying???? No… please we promise we will use Ur resources properly and will not trouble u any more and will not pollute Ur nature..We have lived in harmony for millions of years, Please don't force us to go to mars and Venus  We know u like to GO GREEN. We assure u we would do what u like.Show courage to save us all!!
Yours loving,
homo-sapiens.

Saturday, December 1

HYATT-SPICE MARKET -Review

SPICE MARKET:

    An all-day dining restaurant serving buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a' la carte selections, Spice Market exemplifies a high-energy "live cooking' environment.
The restaurant serves Indian street food mixed with European bistro-style fare. It offers indoor and al fresco seating options overlooking scenic city vistas.

Spread across five live kitchens to justify the extensive reach Indian gastronomy covers, Spice Market encompasses the Tandoor Kitchen (Kebabs, grills, Indian breads), Stove Kitchen (Gravy based recipes, Indian rice delicacies etc.), Chaat Kitchen, Beverage Island and the Dessert Island (hot and cold desserts). Distinctively Indian, the food here promises to capture the flavour and aroma befitting the traditional Indian kitchens spread across the country. Spice Market pays homage to the legendary Indian home and street food.


DECOR:




Spice Market has a vast area and has an open spacious ambiance to it. The décor is charming with sacks of spices sitting on counters, giant wooden whisks and coconut shell ladles. It’s overlooking a lush terrace garden and has a light, airy spacious feel to it.







The ethnic life sized sculptures, reflecting Chennai’s are very kitsch with Jars, jute sacks and pestle and mortars, stainless steel tiffin carriers and so many things from Madras’s everyday life. There are ammis, attulals and even hand painted aruvammaanais, sitting on unpolished granite and wooden counters. The food has infinite variety, the salad bar is just perfect,

It is a perfect mix of the old madras life with the modern and luxury touch to it!
 

The entrance has these huge life size sculptures, then you walk past the chat corner at the entrance down towards the starter sections, turn at the salad counters.Then comes the maincourse section ending the tour with the deser island.





Tucked away in a corner is the bar.The tables are well spread out to make walking around easier and the ambience is definetly family friendly. There is also tables out in the balcony that gives the splendid view of the busy city!.

Entrée :

                     
The Spice Market specializes in unpretentious, simple Indian food. The menu has been well chosen. I felt the chat could have been better(the taste of the road side chat walas cannot be whipped :)) . Stuffed Paneer was soft and mildly flavored .There was limited varieties for the vegetarians. The dessert station is overwhelming from Indian to Continental , the Creme brule, Tiramisu, Lemon Pie, Pecan Pie, Hazlenut Panacota, Strawberry Panacotta and the Lemon Cheesecake! The Sorbets were simply outstanding and do try them!
Buffet Spread :

14 Salads

Cold Cuts / Chaat Station / Variety of Cheese / Breads
2 Variety of soup ( 1 Indian + 1 Western )
5 Non-Veg Dishes / 8 Vegetarian Dishes
3 Variety of Rice
2 Variety of Dal
Tandoor Station - 1 Veg + 1 Non-Veg
Tawa Station - 1 Veg + 1 Non-Veg
On the Grill - 3 Non-Veg + 1 Veg
16 Western Desserts and 7 Indian Desserts
7 Flavours of Ice Cream and 2 Flavour of sorbet / Fresh Fruit selection


Beverages : Will be charged extra.

Depending on the option you choose, you could enjoy fresh fruit juices and soft drinks with your meal . A long, leisurely lunch may be the new fashionable way to spend a Sunday in the city.

Hours : Lunch - 12:30 noon to 3:00pm and Dinner - 6:30 to 11:30pm

Rate of the Buffet Lunch / Dinner : Rs. 999+14.5% Taxes, Inclusive of Taxes Rs. 1144/-






HYATT REGENCY CHENNAI,


365 Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu- 600 018, India

T: +91 44 6100 1234 M: +91 9962000908 F: +91 44 6100 1235

http://www.chennai.regency.hyatt.com/

Monday, November 26

VEEks and THOMAS-review

     

        VEEKS and THOMAS in nungambakkam was the place that we had decided to meet up for the "Chennai BLOGGER Club's first aniv event.I was all exited to meet  my fellow friends,whom i had met at the ITC grand chola INDIBLOGGER MEET.After so much of confusion as to which station is closer to the venue, i got down in nungambakkam and took an auto. It is not really far from nungambakkam station as the auto fellow charged me 45 bucks(could have bargained more).


Veekes and Thomas is a pure Veg restaurant, a chain that has been quite successful in Bangalore,located in a posh yest quite and peaceful spot situated in a dead end lane of Nungambakkam off Haddows Road .


The restaurant is small and cozy with both indoor and outdoor seating areas. A perfect spot for a get-together and also for a simple date!!. the outdoor seating has very few chairs and seemed perfect for dinner, As it was lunch time we preferred to stay indoors.Nothing fancy about the interior, they've kept it simple.The decor adorns chairs and tables and few decorative photos.




we spent nearly an hour catching up, swapping stories, sharing work experiences and of course making new friends.:) :). It was nearly 2pm when we realized we were starving. ;).

chai glass
"Trattare per appassionati italiani"- will be a treat for people who love Italian food.

The first thing that caught our attention was the chai glass in which the water was served. Have never seen a chai glass used for water, and the twig of tulsi in the water jug!


To begin with the food,we ordered for the vegetable tempura with a honey and pepper glaze with a tamarind sauce was nice and crunchy.
For the main dishes, we ordered pasta and  risotto. All the dishes come with garlic bread.the garlic bread was soft and cheesy which was absolutely a delight. The risotto could have been better with more flavors.


vegetable tempura


risotto



The food was simple ,good and moderately priced. For the desert we ordered chikoo ice cream.. which was yummy. bliss.!:)


There is scope for improvement in the area of service. This place is definitely a must try at least once.

We lingered on for another 1 hr yakking and playing games before parting ways. It was one good happy lunch!


The Delirious Chennai bloggers
A great place to hang out with some lovely food at nominal prices.

Address:     #15/4 Haddows Lane

                     Haddows Rd Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600034

                     Ph- 09710026669
                   
Timings:       12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Features:      free wi-fi, Pure vegetarian, Air conditioned.
URL:             http://veekesandthomas.com


Thursday, November 22

A-B(ware)!!!

This was a chain mail that i got recently about an Accident that happened  on 13th May 2012 in Pune.     

A housewife died due to burns sustained in the kitchen. Her husband too was hospitalized for injuries due to burns while trying to rescue his wife.

How did it happened?:- The gas stove was on and cooking under process.

The lady observed some cockroaches near the sink and grabbed a can of insect killer and sprayed it near the gas stove, which was on. There was an explosion and in no time the poor woman was covered in flames, sustaining 65% burns. Her husband rushed in, tried to douse the flames and his clothes too caught fire. The husband is still in hospital, in the burns ward, still unaware that his wife was declared dead on arrival.

Let us understand: - All insect killer sprays such as "Hit", "Mortein"

etc. have highly volatile and inflammable solvents. The atomized nano spray particles spread extremely rapidly and one spark is enough to ignite this explosive mixture with oxygen present in air.

Did the poor lady realize the hazard involved? Apparently not!

Please educate your family & Friends about this and spread the word around....


Wednesday, November 14

Things less Thought!!!

       We see so many people daily but only few people stay in our mind and their actions worth sharing.... This was one such incident that happened with me when i was travelling from Chennai to Rajmundry.


We were 10 of us in the train and the seats were scattered throughout the train so we were wandering here and there in search of our seats and few of us were in search of the TT so that we could all get accommodated at least in the same coupe.

After so much of begging and pleading with the fellow passengers we all got settled not in the same compartment but in two adjacent compartments.

It was early in the morning with the beautiful sun rise and the lush greeneries of the costal Andra... and the amazing Godavari river flowing with pride. When i was crossing the compartment i happened to hear a person asking his friend not to use the lavatory. Wondering why he was stopping the people from usig the lavatory the fellow passengers were asking if the rest room was not clean and if it should  be brought to the notice of the railway officials..

calmly that man replied.. as the train was passing over the Godavari bridge... and the wastes from the rest room  would directly  fall in the water of the mighty river, which would be a pollution to the water. So he was waiting near the rest room to ask people not to use the urinals till the train crossed the mighty river.

The thought of this person was worth applauding. There are still people in this country who care about certain things that most of us don’t care or bother to do ,till a fine or a punishment is imposed on us.

So this was definitely a lesson to be learnt and worth sharing with everyone!!!



    

Friday, November 2

The Hidden World

     The Internet, the ipod,the ipad,mobile phones,Thousands of apps,xbox,bluetooth,FB.,and the list goes on. Gozmo lovers delight.If a techie or a gadget lover is made to sit with all the above said things, its heaven for that person.These gadgets, no doubt has connected us with people who are thousands of miles away,has made us to be in touch with our KG friends with whom we lost touch long ago.:),Made us Listen to music in the most sophesticated way,Made the gesture of touch the most powerful,Has shrunk the world to the size of the small icon that appears at the bottom of Internet Explorer window.These gadgets have become the Lifeline for todays generation and has made us  live in the virtual world.


As the saying goes., the World is a small village.. now it makes me wonder, village??? no only a street!!!

   We are connected with every one in every possible way.I just happened to know about a theory called six degree of separation from a friend of mine, and the curious nature in me made me to do a bit of study on what it is all about.





Sunday, October 28

The ITC Grand Chola Experience

        Here i get a chance to share the experience on my visit to the resplendent,gigantic,ravishing,overblown monument of luxury which is situated in Chennai,the region's cultural capital.It is THE ITC GRAND CHOLA on my first INDIBLOGGER MEET.!!





Drives us to the sangam age

         I was completely impressed with this hotel from the moment we arrived at the fantastic grand entrance.The ITC GRAND embodies the essence of the SouthIndia's most glorious empire,the Cholas.The unequalled artistry expressed during the period in their temples,art and architecture is reflected  in this awe-inspiring hotel. Its a Marble island with lot of intricate detailing.The staff were dressed immaculately, smiling and helping where they could. We walked into a very serene, beautifully scented marble hall and you could feel the luxury already exuding from every direction.For someone like me who loves history it was like going back to the Chola era and entering their grand palace.


Thursday, October 25

Incredible artwork from wood

This was a chain mail that i got recently and was amazed to see the art work. Since i did not know who Mr
Sergei Bobkov was, i looked up the wiki page and also his facebook page and got to know about him.Here i m sharing about this Unknown personality.

"54-year-old Sergei Bobkov has patented a unique technique of creating amazing sculptures out of Siberian cedar wood-chips.
This resident of Kozhany, Russia, has developed his very own technique, that prevents wood-chips from falling apart, in time. After creating about 100-150 chips, from 2-3 inch long cedar stick, he puts them in water for several days. Then, making use of his surgical precision, he carves the chips into any shape he needs.
Sergey has been doing this for some time now, but he has only created 11 wood-chip sculptures. That’s because just one of these incredible artworks takes around six months t complete, at a work rate of 10 to 12 hours a day, with no days off. Sergei Bobkov focuses on wildlife creatures, and he studies their anatomy for months, before starting work on a sculpture.
Even though he was offered $17,000 for his wood-chip eagle.Sergei’s Bobkov declined, saying his rt is not for sale."





Monday, October 15

Monday, October 1

BRAIN WIZZ!!


Sharing with you all the questions that were asked in a quiz competition that was conducted in my company.

1. Love, Corruption, Ambition" is a contemporary novel by which author?

Answer: Chetan Bhagat

2. Raipur is the capital of India's youngest state, formed in 2000. Name the state

Answer: Chhattisgarh

3. This young batsman hails from Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand. He plays for Delhi daredevils in the annual IPL cricket event in India. Recently he made news for an unbeaten century against Australia in the U-19 world cup 2012 win. Whom are we talking about?

Answer: Unmukt Chand

4. Which Bollywood character was initially called “Farooque Khujli” and later “Fuse”? The team finally settled for ________

Answer: Circuit from Munnabhai series of films played by Arshad Warsi on screen

5. In 2012, X became the first non-American recipient of the National Humanities Medal. X rose to fame in 1998 as the first Asian to win noble prize in Economics for his research on Welfare Economics and Social choice theory. Who is this X?

Amartya Sen

6. X was a literary work with a collection of song offerings that was first privately published in 1912 by The India Society in London and dedicated to William Rothenstein. X contained an introduction by a renowned poet W.B. Yeats that was later published by Macmillan in 1913. Identify X

Answer: Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore, which literally means a”Song Offering”

7. Coming next summer, actor Russell Crowe would be portraying the role of Jor-El that was played earlier by Marlon Brando in 1978, while actress Amy Adams would be playing the role of Lois Lane as the protagonist’s love interest. Who is the protagonist in the movie hitting the screens next summer?

Answer: Superman a.k.a Kal-El, Jor-El is his Kryptonian dad

8. Angela Merkel, German Chancellor has been consistently topping the Forbes list of 100 powerful women since 2006 except for 2010, so has been X who is often present in the top ten and currently ranked 6th in the same list for the year 2012. Identify X

Answer: Sonia Gandhi, Current President of the Indian National Congress

9. Which famed structure, inaugurated on January 4th 2010, was into negative publicity in May 2011 after Athiraman Kannan, a 38 year old worker from Tamil Nadu, committed suicide by jumping from its 148th floor raising doubts over its feasibility and environment concerns?

Answer: Burj Khalifa in Dubai, also the tallest man-made structure in the world

10. Which renowned Indian company has been named after Hanuman, the Hindu god from Ramayana?

Answer: Maruti, the indigenous automobile company

Thursday, September 20

TOMATO STORY

i read this story loong back and really wanted to share this: this is so funny but really has a inner meaning to it! :d P.S : This is not the story written by me.

      A Jobless man applied for the position of 'office boy' at Microsoft. The HR manager interviewed him then watched him cleaning the floor as a test.

'You are employed' he said. Give me your e-mail address and I'll send you the application to fill in, as well as date when you may start.

The man replied 'But I don't have a computer, neither an email'.

'I'm sorry', said the HR manager. If you don't have an email, that means you do not exist. And who doesn't exist, cannot have the job.'
The man left with no hope at all. He didn't know what to do, with only $10 in his pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket and buy a 10Kg tomato crate.

He then sold the tomatoes in a door to door round. In less than two hours, he succeeded to double his capital. He repeated the operation three times, and returned home with $60.

The man realized that he can survive by this way, and started to go every day earlier, and return late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled every day.

Shortly, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles.

5 years later, the man is one of the biggest food retailers in the US.

He started to plan his family's future, and decided to have a life insurance.

He called an insurance broker, and chose a protection plan.

When the conversation was concluded the broker asked him his email.

The man replied, 'I don't have an email.'

The broker answered curiously, 'You don't have an email, and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Can you imagine what you could have been if you had an e mail?!!' The man thought for a while and replied, 'Yes, I'd be an office boy at Microsoft!'


Moral of the story

Moral 1

Internet is not the solution to your life.

Moral 2

If you don't have Internet, and work hard, you can be a millionaire.

Moral 3

If you received this message by email,

you are closer to being a office boy/girl, than a millionaire... :P :) :)

Sunday, September 9

Amazing!!

I usually share few interesting chain mails that i get ,here in my blog, and this was truly an amazing one.         

In the first pic, you can see a painting. This was a gift to JRD Tata on his Birthday by a street artist. Nobody was able to understand his art. Unfortunately, only the painting was given to JRD and the artist had promised to reveal the secret shortly. However, JRD was no more when the secret was actually revealed.

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Here's the secret revealed. When you place a steel rod at the circle in the first pic you saw, you will see the image of the JRD Tata as a reflection on the steel rod as seen in the second pic below. Isn't it incredible!!






Makes Me Wonder…


What was the artist doing on the streets of India????

Location: Tata Museum, Jamshedpur.