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ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು !

December 2, 2013

ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು !
ರಚನೆ: ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಿಕ್ಸೀ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಟೊಮೇಟೋ ಜ್ಯೂಸ್ ಮಾಡೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಕ್ಕರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ವಿಸಿಲ್ ಶಬ್ಧ ಕೇಳೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರೈಂಡರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಅದು ಹಿಟ್ಟು ರುಬ್ಬೋದನ್ನ ನೋಡೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇಬಲ್ ಟಿ.ವಿ. ಬಂದಾಗ
ರಿಮೋಟ್ ಹಿಡಿದು ಚಾನಲ್ ಬದಲಾಯಿಸೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೈಕ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಮೈಲೇಜ್ ಚೆಕ್ ಮಾಡೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಲಾಂಗ್ ಡ್ರೈವ್ ಹೋಗೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಫ್ರಿಡ್ಜ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಲೋಟದಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ನ ಜ್ಯೂಸ್ ಹಾಕಿ ಐಸ್ ಕ್ರೀಮ್ ಮಾಡೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಲೆದರ್ ಬಾಲ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಬ್ಯಾಟ್ ಅದನ್ನು ಹೊಡೆಯುವ ಸದ್ದು ಕೇಳೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿ.ಡಿ. ಪ್ಲೇಯರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಬೇಕಾದ ಹಾಡನ್ನು ಕೇಳೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಪ್ಪು ಬಣ್ಣದ ಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್ ಲೈನ್ ಫೋನ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
೧-೦-೦ ತಿರುಗಿಸೊದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಫ್ಯಾಕ್ಸ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಕರ್ರಾ ಕರ್ರಾ ಸದ್ದು ಕೇಳೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪೇಜರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಮೆಸೇಜ್ ಕಳ್ಸೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಚಾಟ್-ಇಮೇಲ್ ಮಾಡೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ಬಂದಾಗ
ಹಳೇ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರನ್ನ ಕಂಡು ಹಿಡಿಯೋದೇ ಮಜವಾಗಿತ್ತು

ನಮ್ಮ ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಬಂದಾಗ….
(ಲೇಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಇನ್ನು ಬಂದಿಲ್ಲ… ಈ ಸಾಲು ಸಶೇಷ)

Old words with new meanings

November 19, 2012

‘Sim’ was a word that mother knew and used often. I only followed her instruction when she would say from the verandah (while talking to our neighbour) – keep the milk for heating…not HIGH, just SIM. Today, I don’t hear anyone say this. The only SIM that people of today know is the Mobile SIM. Today the word HIGH means one who is HIGH on drugs.

A ‘metro’ was always a metropolitan city, made popular by Doordarshan’s news readers (The temperatures in the four metros are…). Now when we hear someone say Metro, we need to know if it is the Metro cash and carry or Namma Metro, or one of the four metros!

‘Flex’ is another word that you hear so much. Earlier, those who would exercise would flex their muscles. Today, flex more often than not means the material for printing anything and everything – from the traffic rules (with pictures of 3 ants or Sri Veerendra Hegde or Rahul Dravid), to announcing the birthday of Karave Narayana Gowdaru or informing us near Devegowda petrol bunk that the current CM is not Yeddy or his buddy, but it is Jaggi on whom the rivals are waiting to close the shutter…to letting us know that fruit seller Mariyanna or little Selvaganesh or groundnut seller Kempamma are no more.

Every word has a variety of connotations which can be added to, removed or altered over time. Sometimes this occurs to the extent that words from one point in time have very different meanings in relation to another time. A good example of a recent semantic change is of the word mouse; with the advent of computer technology, the word for the animal has been used to refer to the device.

Nowadays, when you say even the most common or innocuous word or phrase, it would have some new definition that was apparently written yesterday because you never heard it before. One example that comes to mind is the word “sick” which apparently now is being used to indicate something “cool” or “exciting” or “awesome.” This usage almost literally makes me sick. Sick means sick, and this “new” definition is just beyond ridiculous.

Apple was just a fruit till a few years ago. Now when a kid asks “do you have an apple at home?” you have to think which apple is this little know-all devil asking and then say the answer. Then, an apple a day kept the doctors away. Now an apple a day keeps the Mac guys happy.

Inside school, Galaxy was a system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction – the one which the solar system is a part; the Milky Way. Outside school, it meant the posh theatre on Residency road. Today, Galaxy is neither of the two. It primarily means a mobile.

Ditto with Blackberry. The fruit has been overshadowed by its mobile namesake!

WORD meant a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing. Today it means MS Word (which is a proprietary word processor), a file format. EXCEL, which earlier meant to shine, is today a commercial spreadsheet application, and a file format.

Stumble was when someone walked unsteadily or a misstep.  Now it means the personal recommendation engine StumbleUpon.

In mathematics, FB series (Fourier–Bessel series) is a particular kind of generalized Fourier series (an infinite series expansion on a finite interval) based on Bessel functions. Need I say what FB means today?

Ever since I can remember, the word ‘Majestic’ for me means Cinema halls, Central Bus stand and Bangalore Railway Station! I need to be told it also means royal and regal!

‘Bandwidth’ was a data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information that can be transmitted along a channel. Now it is the capacity of a person to handle tasks or issues, either actual or emotional.

‘Go green’ was earlier meant to convey envy. Today anyone going green is good for the environment, as it means environmentally friendly. As the need for recycling has developed, ‘green’ has become not only a word to describe colour, but to describe a person who is doing their bit for the environment.

Writers in the previous century used the word ‘gay’ in a carefree way to express happiness (as in gay abandon). Now they have abandoned the usage. The meaning of ‘gay’ has changed over the years from happy to homosexual.

Most of us use the word ‘Google’, the internet search technology company and platform, instead of ‘Search’ – to search the internet for information.

Outlook meant viewpoint. Today, it more often than not means either the software product from Microsoft or the weekly english newsmagazine.

Space only meant the outer space. Today, even the Ajji at the temple knows how much space her Galaxy has for storing pictures and music!

The word ‘At’ was used as a function word to indicate presence or occurrence in, on, or near. Now most of us write the symbol @ instead of the whole word. Any e-mail address is incomplete / incorrect without the symbol.

Stream meant a body of water with a current that’s confined within a bed. And now, it is used to mean a constantly flowing body of updates, photos, images, and other content on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Some of the text msgs hv riDQlous sentences with lotsa acronyms. LOL! Some acronyms hv multiple mngs for specific trgt audience. POS is a commonly used acronym. If you are a teenager, it can mean Parents Over Shoulder. For a sales person, it means Point of Sale. For a person into linguistics, it is Part of Speech. For the guy interested in visiting the Carribbean, it is Port of Spain.

A3 is a page size for the designers and printers. For teenagers, it means Anywhere, Any time, Any place.

We knew that PTO meant Page Turn Over or Please Turn Over. It also fitted perfectly into Kannada – Puta thirugisi odhi! Now, those who chat, use it to mean Pass This On!

I feel World Taekwondo Federation, Wikileaks Task Force, Western Task Force, Williamstown Theatre Festival and even the World Trade Fair face a common problem – they must be feeling embarassed to use the abbreviated form (WTF). Even if they use the abbrv. form, the person reading might read it by default as What the….!

ATM for some of us means Automated Teller Machine (only a place where we can get cash). For the SMS generation, it also means At the moment.

VAT today is Value Added Tax. Earlier it meant a bottle of Vat 69 whisky.

For us, Hand means hand. For teens, it is Have a nice day! I knew SMH as Kirmani’s initials. But I got to know it also means Shaking my head! (what you are doing now!)

Coming back to the words,’ Cool’ once only meant something somewhat cold. Now, anyone who doesn’t crib or scold, and agrees to any nonsense happening around him/her, is cool! Or when a teenager understands something as basic a sentence as: Today is Sunday, his/her reaction can be ‘Cool!’ I feel they say it when the situation is in their favour.

At the same time, ‘Hot’ once only meant something somewhat hot. Today you use the word to describe the ladies who dance for the item songs in all woods (holly, bolly, kolly, tolly, molly, sandal…) (someone who is physically attractive). It shows that language is changing because the views on sexuality and expression is becoming more open and as opposed to years ago it is not as sinful to talk about and express.

Cell can mean either a biological unit of living organism, or the ‘box’ where a column and a row intersect, in a spreadsheet, or a prison or a cellphone.

‘Link’ always meant a relationship between two things or situations, esp. where one thing affects the other. Today, a link is more often than not an address to a particular website.

Spam in the olden days meant food. Now it means junk email.

‘Plus One’ was what I studied after 10th standard. Now, it is used to mean a new initiative that allows anyone searching Google to publicly endorse web results they like. It’s a kind of digital shorthand for a thumbs-up.

We don’t bother about a person’s ‘memory’. We only want to know the computer’s ‘memory’, made up of chips that temporarily hold data or instructions in a computer.

Mouse was always a famous and important cartoon character in either Tom & Jerry or Mickey & Donald series. Now, we can’t think anything else other than the small input device we work with to operate our computer.

Surf was only a washing powder, which the sensible, value-conscious housewife ‘Lalitaji’ asked us to buy. Today, Surf in the Internet parlance means ‘surf’ or browse the Internet.

A ‘bridge’ was built normally over a water-body to enable traffic across, or it was a game. Interestingly in network terminology, a bridge is a device which connects multiple network segments at the innermost data layers. And for the graphic designers, bridge usually means Adobe Bridge.

Yahoo was what Shammi Kapoor shouted in the song. For the current generation (don’t know if it is the X, Y or Z gen that is running now), Yahoo  is a famous web portal.

A’ tag’ that normally labels instructions or the price of items has also entered the tech-world. It is now used by web-developers to create itemised contents for the web-pages with relevant key-words that help search engines like Google or Bing to bring out the relevant pages when these key-words are searched for.

Server was usually in volleyball / tennis,or in the hotels. Now it is related to technology. Post was part of a fence or what the postman delivered. Today, post needs no explanation.

Thread used to be a piece of string. Again no explanation needed for the current use. Text was simply letters typed out. Now it means a text message.

Biological virus cause illness to living beings, while rogue software ‘virus’ infect and take down even powerful computers that are not adequately protected. Similarly a ‘bug’ is an insect in the real world while it means an error in software programming parlance or a technical flaw in a hardware solution.

Last but not the least, the first 3 letters of my name, RAM, doubles up as ‘Random Access Memory’ in the digital realms. When someone asks me : How much ram is required for windows 7 64 bit? I say: Till I am there, one will do!

As time moves on we come across new terms and old words with new meanings and learn to adapt to their new meaning by repeated use. It only takes a good weather day to sit back relaxed and think retrospectively as to how these common words once meant something so simple in our lives, have been very much complicated by technology. Until we meet again, boot your windows, run your mouse and keep surfing the web.

Now it’s your turn. What others might you add? Feel free to mention your list in the comments section!

Engrave.in: Memories, etched forever

June 11, 2011

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.

ENGRAVE.IN
(Mon-Sat 10am-6pm)

Mail Photos to:
Gratifi Ecommerce
B-236, Popular Center,
Shyamal Cross Road, Satellite,
Ahmedabad – 380015

Tel: +91.8128128223
Email: support [at] engrave [dot] in

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Video: The engraving process on a wooden plaque

Blog Cartoon – 56

October 5, 2008


Cartoon: RK

Also visit the Cartoon page on RwB.

Bangalore Transport Information System: A very useful portal

August 8, 2008

A new portal to get live traffic, directions & auto fares in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi. The traffic police have launched a live traffic portal.

(Transport Information System) where you can find –

• The optimal routes between any two places in the city…
• Auto-fares
• Bus routes and stops, etc.

Bangalore Transport Information System offers the following:

Live Traffic – Get your keys. Check BTIS.
Directions – Find your way around town, avoid jams.
Car pool – Share the road. Save money. Make friends.
Bus – Find routes, stops, and transit points.
Safety – Accident zones, road signs, and more.
Mobile – Get BTIS mobile app on your phone.
Local Search – Find shops and services around town using our map.

Check out the links:

Bangalore: http://www.btis.in/

Chennai: http://www.chennaitraffic.in/

Hyderabad: http://www.htis.in/

Pune: http://www.ptis.in/

Delhi: http://www.dtis.in/

Sure this is going to be really useful for everyone. Hope such portals are created for all the other Indian cities soon.

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