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My Dear Kuttichathan!! A favourite movie of mine. Watched it with my parents in Ernakulam when it was released in 1984. What a thrilling experience to wear those goggles! Still get nightmares when I see that Mantravaadi!
[Apologies for the video quality - incidentally this is the first ever video to be posted on RwB]
Parody composed and sung by: ramakrishna bellur shivaram
india is one nation full of sensation
where ever you see there is commotion
enter any place there is politics
talk to anyone & you will see gimmicks
currently there is lot of inflation
rise in prices is the cause of frustration
backward classes want lot of reservation
ladies only want woman’s liberation
cricket is our common religion
people following it make a huge legion
people are crazy about filmstars
they sit on the tree to see a superstar
our prime minister is a mute puppet
only if madam says he will read this couplet
people are busy buying property
firstly they must learn to make a proper tea
children daily carry heavy bags to the school
some of them don’t study and think it is very cool
kids feel like watching CN-POGO and everything
but parents are strict and say NO to everything!
where ever you see there is lot of competition
only if you are lucky you will get recognition
passing an exam is just not the only thing
everyday life is where you must achieve something
people are only bothered
about money today
honest people are becoming
we see a lot of jams
we read about only scams
if you see Twenty-20
its simply wham bam
terrorism is becoming a common thing
just like hazare sitting and fasting
be it the house or office or parliament
wherever you see woman is dominant
national security is posing a big threat
rise in the cyber crimes are posing a bigger threat
but the common man is ignorant of all this
because he still believes ignorance is bliss
those who heard this and also read it along
will have a great life from rk now its so long!
We see them everywhere – on the wall, on the shelf, on the desk, all across the city, on hoardings, at the road entrance where people are mourning someone’s death, on the mini screen with a series of visuals of the birthday kid, behind the chairman’s seat in his chamber, hung to a tree inside the temple, leaning against the electric pole, hung on a bare chested man at the traffic signal, inside the wallet, on your boss’ table… not to forget the albums with velvet covers in every home. Today you can expect any PC, laptop and mobile to be brimming with these. The Picasas, Flickrs and Photoblogs were all started to facilitate us to make a better use of this which is equivalent to a ‘k’ words.
Well, imagine a world without photos! In today’s age, we cannot. But long long ago, there was one . Since the last 100 years, photos have transformed from being a status symbol to a necessity.
Any place you go today first asks you 2 passport sized photos and only then, your name! Today, a mobile without a camera is like a girl lacking oomph. You can manage a wedding without a bridegroom (No, I am not talking about LGBT.) Remember so many movies where one of the guests marries the bride. But without a photographer – are you in your senses?
For a long time, humans have been recording history (hmm… Nala or Neela should have blogged about Ram Sethu). Jokes apart, in the puranas, we know that the Śrauta tradition was used very effectively for teaching and recording events. Other methods include cave drawings, etchings and engravings on wood, stories with illustrations, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, wall carvings, books, newspapers, online diaries, blogs, photographs…
I can already see a thousand images when I hear the last word PHOTOGRAPH – so you can imagine the power of an actual photograph! As a kid, I saw my father using Alpha Reflex camera, while my uncle in the US had a Polaroid camera for some time. I still cherish those pictures I took using my Kodak camera (a special gift indeed!) in the mid ’90s.
A world without photos would be impersonal, sad, colourless, lonely and depressing. The joy of holding a picture cannot be matched when one sees it online on the computer screen, mobile phone, digital camera or on the television – we have to agree that we have a soft corner for the hard copy print!
Today, it is not just photo prints, we are able to etch and engrave pictures on different materials to add that special touch. Technology can help us keep memories etched forever! Gone are the days when these were available only in the developed nations. Today, there are firms in India which are capable of catering to any specific demands and requirements when it comes to engraving.
One place I can recommend immediately is Engrave.in – which is your source for photo etching and personalized gifts. Engrave.in utilizes state-of-the-art laser engraving combined with a master craftsman’s eye for detail to produce top quality laser engraved products & gifts, perfect for any occasion.
Whatever your engraving needs, you can trust the quality of Engrave. Their engraving materials are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. With several products in-stock, Engrave offers you a large choice of materials for the Plaques, Crystals and Wall hangings in their product catalogue – Wooden Plaques, LED Illuminated Acrylic Plaques, Brushed Aluminium Foils, 2D Engraved Crystals, 3D Engraving – Religious Idols, 3D Engraved Crystals and Wooden Wall Hangings.
It was strange how I got to know about Engrave – I received a congratulatory mail from them a few days ago. It read:
Was browsing through some art blogs and got your link. Congrats for turning 5! Read the post and could connect with your journey. Keep the posts coming.
A start-up and going to turn 1 pretty soon, Engrave.in sent me a Wooden plaque of my picture.It measures exactly 20cms wide and 14.5 cms high. It is a beautiful solid wooden piece 10mm thick, with a drilled hole at the back to fit the 6cm long brass easel.
Engrave.in handled the complete process in a very professional manner. They asked me to send my picture (their FAQs page is very informative and answers clearly most of your queries), and before processing the artwork, they mailed it to me for a preview.
I received the wooden plaque in a week’s time in a well packed carton. It was amazing to see the details in the engraving. I got the smell of fresh wood bringing nostalgic memories. The engraving is very close to the actual picture!
Clockwise from top left: 1. The original photograph. 2. The design before engraving. 3. The wooden plaque arrives. 4. Front view. 5. Side view. 6. Rear view (notice the easel. Engrave logo is at the bottom right.)
The amazing detail of the designs, coupled with beautiful and unusual materials makes these products memorable gifts and eye-catching marketing materials as well as powerful memorials.
It will be a lovely way to surprise your loved ones with a laser engraved personalized photo gift that is designed to last a lifetime. What more – Engrave.in are now offering Cash-on-Delivery at no extra charge!
Thanks to Engrave.in, memories needn’t disappear when they can be etched forever, shared and cherished so easily.
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Video: The engraving process on a wooden plaque
May bevu and jaggery
bury life’s misery
And bring lots of
lovely things extraordinary
May bevu and jaggery
delete life’s erratic vagary
And ward off things fiery
only showing all things flowery
Enjoy a happy Ugadi
with sweet bevu and bitter jaggery
Eating a yummy holige on this day
is equal to winning a lottery
HAPPY UGADI TO ALL OF YOU.
- ‘English Hanigavana’ by yours truly
Bevu-Bella significance: Jaggery increases haemoglobin in blood and provides additional energy for the body. Sugarcane, the raw material for producing jaggery, helps in having strong teeth and health gems. (More)
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When I went to the Bengaluru International Airport this Thursday to pick up my sister and brother-in-law, I saw a cute looking Stumpy just opposite the Subway stall. I saw him for a while and liked the overall feel. I’m sure he will be as famous as his distant relative, Asiad Appu!
The much awaited mega sports event is finally knocking. Scheduled to begin a week from now on February 19, the 2011 cricket world cup is creating waves in all the three countries that are scheduled to host the event. The countries playing host to the mega event are India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The agenda of the tenth world cup includes a total of 49 matches which have been distributed among the three hosting nations.
Since logos and mascots have become an integral part of such events the mascot for the 2011 world cup is an elephant. The mascot is called Stumpy who is supposed to be a ten year old lively and cheerful elephant. (10th world cup and 10 year old!!)
The name of the elephant was decided upon by a lucky draw held by the official cricket board and recently revealed in an event in Colombo in Sri Lanka.
The entire idea behind creating a mascot is to portray in the form of a graphic the feelings and emotions that the game of cricket creates in its fans.
The idea of a mascot also emphasizes the enthusiasm and zest that both young and the old have for the cricket world cup in the subcontinent. Stumpy is colorful, attractive and bold so that he is instantly recognized as the face of the 2011 cricket world cup.
Stumpy is young and energetic and at the same time possesses immense love for cricket. He nurtures a desire to become a big cricketer someday but since he is small he knows he is bound to make mistakes. He looks up to certain cricketing giants and hopes that he can be like them one day.
These cricketers inspire him and tell him to use his elephant strength to reach his goals step by step. But he is a wise elephant and knows that there is one thing that lies above all else and that is the love for cricket.
Mid Day writes:
Simba Toys gave birth to Stumpy, the official mascot of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. It was the brainchild of the BCCI to commemorate the tenth edition of the World Cup and create a face for the tournament that is brought to life in a plush three dimensional mascot. Stumpy, the elephant, embodies a friendly face of a 10-year old child.
Stumpy, the official 2011 World Cup mascot
Pradeep Parmar, marketing and product chief of the company manufacturing the mascot explained the association with the ICC. “We are a German company and one of the biggest dealers of toys in Europe. We however, established our India operations in late 2009 and wanted to know how to connect with the Indian masses,” said Parmar.
“We contacted the ICC and asked them if we could contribute in some way. The planning for the World Cup had just started at that time and it was gave us the right opportunity to enter the market. We are happy to get the global rights for the mascot,” he added.
The unique thing about Stumpy is its sporty look. Parmar said it’s about a naughty kid, who loves to play cricket on the streets and going for a dip when it’s hot. Being young he knows that he can’t get it all right the first time or even the tenth, but the cricketers he looks up to have taught him to use his elephant strength and step-by-step determination to reach his goals. Needless to say, Stumpy has been well received. “The response to the toy has been phenomenal. Not just kids, but even adults are attracted to Stumpy. Most fans have already purchased it,” said Parmar.
“The mascot belongs to the ICC, it was their creation. They gave us a two dimensional image of the mascot. We made a three dimensional design and thus it evolved into a soft toy,” said Parmar.
The company has signed a two-year deal with the ICC. “Stumpy will have a life after the World Cup. If India wins, it is going to be major toy, everyone will want,” Parmar signed off.
Cricket World Cup mascots so far:
Each Cricket World Cup in recent times have had featured its own mascots. The mascot designs show some representing a characteristic feature (costume, flora, fauna, etc.) of the host country(s).
Cricket World Cup logos so far: