Sunday, March 24

Braiding is more than just a hairstyle.

School was the time when we religiously braided our long hair. Besides, there were times when we used to experiment with our hair style and I used to think how cool it would be if every hairstyle was linked to symbolize the status, religious ceremony or even the marital status of a person as it was done in Native America. 

Just imagine, how it would be if a French braid with feathers is related to war, a Swiss braid to religious ceremonies and African knots related to wealth in the century that we live in? Braiding is more than just a hairstyle.
Did you know braiding also helps increase our creativity and math skills as some braiding styles like African braiding reveals a variety of complex geometrical designs? 

Jet black, oiled long hair, braided with ribbons has become a thing of past not because we do not like braiding, but considering the condition our hair is in; weak, thin and most important with split ends it really looks bad.
"Mom not like this, I want you to braid my hair taking five partitions not three "I used to shout before going to school. But when she wanted to braid my hair a few years later when I had joined college, things were different. "Mom please don't braid my hair, no one braids in college"

Beautiful women have always been associated with long, silky, strong hair. Hair is definitely a "look-again" factor. A pretty face with a very bad hair is a big turn off.
Let's see a short story here. 

 “Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair”, The phone started ringing and Nita came running and picked up the call.
Anu: “Hey funny ring tone. Isn’t it the poem by William Morris that we learnt in our second class? 
Nita: "Yeah, I just love the line. I always think about her hair; Long, strong and beautiful with no split ends. 
How I wish I had such a beautiful hair."

Anu: Hey don’t worry, I am sure you will find a magic product that works really well on your hair. 
Nita: I can only hope for it
  At home when Nita was going through a magazine she happened to see an advertisement.
“Dove brings you the new Dove Split Ends Rescue System that leaves your hair with 4 X lesser split-ends, so you can make beautiful braids with beautiful ends once again. Nita thought  “another new ad which will never show any effect in my hair” . 
Next day in college.
Anu: hey Nita did you try the new Dove Split Ends Rescue System shampoo and the conditioner? I must say it is amazing.
It has been specially formulated to help bring split-ends together. It has fiber active that work on the deepest level of your hair, to give you up to 4x lesser split-ends Now take this
Anu handed the bottles of Dove  Split Ends Rescue System shampoo and conditioner and forced Nita to try it.
After few months,
There was visible difference in the hair texture of Nita and it was much smoother with less split ends.It definitely was a magic product for Nita!. 

Dove  Split Ends Rescue System-->Less split ends -->less haircuts = hair like Rapunzel (Secret formula)
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 Different types of braids, and different hairstyles, can done only when the hair is healthy. So maintenance of hair is very important, and for split ends this WORKS!!!    

This is my first attempt  to write for the Beautiful Ends to your Beautiful Braids Contest! on Indiblogger Sponsored by Dove Split Ends Rescue System :)

Thursday, March 14

Aloha!!!

The writeup is a part of Chennai Bloggers club, where a person begins with a Love story and the one who receives the Baton carries it forward. This is the 19th Chapter which brings out the Story writer in me. My first attempt at writing a story. The previous chapter can be found here .
 Here is the link for all the scenes in this  CBC valentine’s day contest.

"I am smitten," she said under her breath careful enough for Guru not to hear. She brushed against him and walked along... "I am smitten, totally", she added softly and kissed him on his cheeks.
Millions of thoughts were running through her mind, from her first encounter to the last. She couldn't get him out of her mind.

"Now can we leave"? Said guru, smiling. The thought that he is finally married, and is on his way to the magical destination of Hawaii,with his Ahalya who is his Soul Mate, best friend, lover and companion really excited him.

"Did you notice Varun and Geeta?" I blurted out as soon as the check-in was done.
"No, why"? Varun asked casually.
"I saw Geeta looking into his eyes like they were pools of melted Belgian chocolates!" I said.
Guru laughed. "They are just friends, and I know about Geeta,she will not fall for Varun"
Ahalya"What do you mean by, you know about Geeta, i think they like each other! "
Guru "Can we please discuss about this later sweets".
Ahalya "Fine!" she spat and took the seat on the plan.

It took everything she had to hold still in her seat on the plane and not seem like a bumpkin by telling everyone that they were going to Hawaii! Of course, everyone else on the plane was going as well! But, did they know  it was her own special holiday.Suddenly the air-hostess handed Ahalya a bunch of roses with a card in it and a gift pack.
The card had a beautiful poem written and the gift was a coupon to the adventure sports centre in Hawaii, Which Ahalya had always wanted to go.Guru had secretly asked the air-hostess to surprise her.This was turning out to be a perfect honeymoon.

Guru held her hand and she saw him watching her every moment as she smiled continuously.
Can you be in love with a place as well as with a person? I believe you can be. The aloha spirit is real and alive in Hawaii.

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I landed at the Honolulu Int Airport (Honolulu, HI) at 4pm. It's my first visit in the United States(Hawaii being the 50th state in the US). I finished my immigration formalities, collected my baggage and was waiting for Guru's friends to pick me up from the airport.

The airport looked very busy and finding Gurus friends in the airport seemed to be a really tough task.They had asked me to wait near a cafe which was in the east wing of the airport and i kept walking like a lost kid in a candy shop.

I was watching everyone when my eyes suddenly fell on one particular guy. I could easily make out he was an Indian from his looks.  He was tall with wheatish complexion and toned body and olive eyes. His eyes were so attractive and captivating .He had a constant smile on his face. He was busy talking to someone on his mobile. And, he looked very familiar to me.

I was cursing Guru. "He left me all alone in a totally new place and hell, we are here for our honeymoon and what was more important than spending time with me!"
"Ahalya"- My thoughts were interrupted when someone called out my name.
A girl and a guy were standing with a friendly smile on their faces.
"Yes" I said.
"I am Meghna and this is Karthick .We have come to pick you up."
"Hi" - I smiled at them.
"Aloha, Welcome to the Hawaii" - Said Karthick
They helped me with my baggage and we came out of the airport to the parking lot. We pushed two suitcases in the trunk and I had the hand luggage with me at the back seat.
"So, how was the journey Ahalya?"

"It was good Meghna. Just that the connecting flight from Japan was delayed by an hour, and Guru got some call Which he said was very important, and had to stay in the airport for another few hours. So he asked me to take the flight to Hawaii and meet you people here and told that he will be joining in the evening. I wonder what's gotten over him. He was behaving weirdly in the airport."
"Oh! Said Karthick. He seemed to be knowing something about Gurus stay in Japan.
"You know what,I am getting a little tensed, I mean after what happened in Sweden."said Ahalya
"Don't worry Ahalya, we know what happened and Guru is no more involved with the operation Anonymous."
Karthiks words gave me a little confidence, but still I was not satisfied. Who on earth will leave his newly married wife all alone to a new country.??

We spoke for some more time and Meghna got a call.I was asked to stay in their place till Guru got back from Japan.We got into the car and Karthik was driving it. I moved myself towards the window and started looking outside and saw a guy.."I have seen him somewhere" , Tall, Blue jean and white shirt..! It just struck me. Is it not the same guy I met at the airport? He looks like Guru! But what was he doing in Hawaii, when he said he had an important work in Japan??

In about an hour the car entered into the"The Lakes" community in Hawaii. We parked the car in front of the apartment. We moved the luggage in and Meghna showed the room where I was going to stay.
The apartment looked very beautiful with a big hall and two bedrooms, big kitchen . . I could see lots of beautiful trees around and i could hear the sound of of a waterfall nearby. I loved the place!
I had dinner with Meghna and came to my room. I was very tired because of the long journey and slept off soon.

I was standing near a beautiful stream with trees on either side. The leaves in the trees were of different colors from light yellow to bright orange and red. It was Autumn. The water in the stream was reflecting the colors from the trees. Some leaves were falling into stream slowly.It was the stream near the house
Ahalya.. I had been waiting for you for so long. I missed you a lot"...He came near me, looked into my eyes. Hugged me softly and whispered in my ears
"I love you".

The alarm rang!! I woke up with a jerk and looked at the time. It was 6 am! And Guru had not reached Hawaii nor was his mobile reachable.

What has happened to Guru and Why did he leave Ahalya  to go to Hawaii all alone?

The story will be continued by Srikar Venkatesan K <http://kanakkupullai.blogspot.in> who does Not stick to a specific topic but rambles and breezes past many observations in his unique line of thought.

Thursday, March 7

60 sec to think- ROAD SAFETY

       Red, green, amber beautiful colours aren’t they? So what is the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Red, green amber?

I asked the same question to many people including my friends and colleagues. Few said precious gems, few plainly said nothing.Dissatisfied with the answers that I got, i continued to ask the question to all the people i meet. When i asked a 3rd standard kid in my locality what he gets reminded of red, green, yellow

He said "akka traffic signal” and the thing that surprised me the most was when he said "akka traffic light la it is not yellow, it is amber" !!!.. Kids these days are smarter than we think they are!:)

So this simply proves that we tend to forget all the things that we learn, after few years. We forgot not only what these colours stand for but also the rules behind each colours. I think it is high time we borrow a book from a 3rd standard and read what are traffic signals and traffic rules. How many of us really know what these symbols and hand signals stand for??
image source:google
Few years ago when i was about to get my driving license, my dad gave me a sheet of paper that had all the traffic symbols in it and said " there will be an online test where you will be asked to answer questions on the traffic rules, so better prepare". As i badly wanted to get the license i read the whole sheet and went well prepared, but to my dismay when i sat in front of the system to give my test, a person came and said " you don’t answer any questions, i will answer everything, you go " i was shocked to see what was happening. So people don't even bother to know what these rules and symbols are for.

The thing that annoys me the most is that, even when the signal shows red, few people don't bother to stop and when a rule abiding person stops he/she will have to bear the scolding from these irresponsible people. The funny thing is that when there is a police in the signal people stop and wait without any patience for 53 sec and when the timer comes to 55th second they start moving not bothering about the people who are crossing the roads. What i wonder is when they can wait for 55 sec why can’t they wait for 5 more seconds? What will they achieve in 5 sec??

The most dangerous of all these "i-will-not-follow-rules" behavior is driving on the wrong side, especially the auto walas. There is no one to stop them including the police person. They have a don't care policy for everything; they go hit a person and say it was that persons fault that he was walking on the service lane. Service lanes seem to have been constructed for the cars and the auto walas and the 2 wheelers and for people who want to move in the wrong side. Again those people who choose to go by cycles or the ones who choose "nadaraja service" are the sufferers. They again have to choose to go either on the dangerous main roads or the "not-so-safe" service lanes. The situation is really doleful.

There are so many warning boards like "drive safe, wear helmets, speed limits,and many other" But we prefer to read the cinema posters on the other side of the wall, than to notice these traffic signals and warning boards. And speed limits, do we know what that means? When we hit the main road a clone of Schumacher gets into us and we think the main road is a F1 race track.

Why don't we follow rules and the traffic signals for just one day and see how much difference it makes to us. Let’s not do this for others safety but for our own!!

P.S: i have written this after seeing an accident on the OMR. Thank god it was not a serious one and there was no loss of life. Let’s follow rules and traffic signals to avoid such incidents. Let’s create awareness and let everyone know about this.

4th to 10th of March every year is considered to be National safety week and this is the 42nd National safety week that we are celebrating. In the company that I work for we were asked to take a Safety pledge and here I am sharing the pledge with everyone here so that we do something on our part to prevent the Road accidents.

“On this day I <> solemnly affirm that
I will rededicate myself to the cause of safety,
Health and protection of environment and will do
My best to observe rules, regulations, guidelines
                                           And habits conducive for achieving these objectives

I fully realize that accidents and diseases are a drain
On the national economy and may lead to
Disablement deaths, harm to health and damage
To property, social suffering and general

Degradation of environment.
I will do everything possible for the prevention of
Accidents and occupational diseases and
Protection of environment in the interest of self,
Family, community, organization and the nation at large".



Wednesday, March 6

Influential women personalities

               8th march,  international womens day when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements... But i do not believe in the concept of the "Day celebration".The spirit of the womanhood has to be celebrated on all the days not on particular day alone...The multi-faced roles that are played by women must be celebrated on all the days!!

    Women's Day is a day to commemorate women's struggle for change, to celebrate the progress, which has been made towards improvement of quality of life of women. It is the day for reaffirming our commitment to the work towards the liberation of women. .

   The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that are still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.



here are few women personalities whom i have always looked up to:.


 an Indian novelist was the first Indian woman to have won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize in 1997. Her writings on various social, environmental and political issues have been a subject of major controversy in India. This unusual woman an inspiration to all those who seek to speak up against the powers in support of the poor and the oppressed.








Kiran Bedi, has been India’s first and highest woman ranking officer who joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. She represented India in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues. She is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize) and has been voted as India's most admired and most trusted woman in India.









Chanda Kochhar, the MD and CEO of ICICI Bank was consistently figured in Fortune's list of "Most Powerful Women in Business" since 2005. Kochhar is honored with Padma Bhushan Award, the third highest civilian honor by the Government of India for the year 2010 for her services to banking sector.







Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is the Chairman and MD of Biocon. Starting with a capital of just Rs.10,000 with her garage as her office, she created her first product in the year 1978 Also known as the ‘Biotech Queen’ of India, Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw is listed in the Forbes magazine as 50 most powerful women in International Business. An active social activist she is a true role model for aspiring entrepreneurs in India.










Indira Nooyi, the CFO and president of PepsiCo. Her ability to make quick decision and tenacity to follow up has enabled her to make PepsiCo one of the biggest brands in the market today. She is listed as the 4th most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine.




They are only few of the many  influential women personalities in India whose success stories are a true source of inspiration for women folks

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding


Credits: 
The second paragraph is copied from source
http://www.dfa.gov.za/docs/speeches/2011/mash0807.html

The third paragraph is copied from
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp#.UTdc8xymjcw

images and the info about the influential women google images.