School of Thoughts

January 1, 2007

The year that went by…

Filed under: General — Sanju Rajan @ 10:11 am

First post in the new year…

New year is the time when most of the people go through a retrospection about the previous year . Things that went wrong or could have been better avoided, something that could be done better and some of the opportunities that were missed, lost friends/relatives. When I look back at the year that went by, I feel it was pretty much a good one both on the personal and professional front barring some of the bad incidents.. After all whats life without ups and downs. The ups gives you a sense of achievement and the downs give you a reason to get motivated and work harder.

Again New year is the time when people make new resolutions. Check out some of the top 10 commonly made new year resolutions. I’m sure you’ll find some of your resolutions as well in the list.

Looking forward to the new year with lot of dreams and expectations and Wishing all of you a happy and prosperous new year (2007).

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December 30, 2006

The Saddam era is over…

Filed under: News — Sanju Rajan @ 9:32 am

Saddam Hussein

Today morning I woke up to the news of the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein been executed after finding him guilty for his atrocities towards humanity.Hussein’s half-brother and former intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim, and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, head of the former Revolutionary Court, were also hanged.They were charged with the killings of 148 Shiite civilians in 1982.This has happened just hours before our Muslim brothers are celebrating Bakrid.

And the whole world seems to be divided upon the execution of the former Iraqi leader.Some saying that the trial was unfair which was brokered by US and others that he deserved it for his cruelty.

I’m a bit disturbed and confused by the whole issue ,eventhough I know that Saddam Hussein has done some cruel deeds.  Again the much emotional and controversial debate comes to fore. Should a criminal be hanged, no matter how serious a crime s/he does ?

December 27, 2006

Mysore Trip

Filed under: Travel — Sanju Rajan @ 5:46 pm

Mysore Palace St.Philomena’s church Mahishasura Chamundi Hills Brindavan Gardens- Fountain Mayura Hotel

As per my plans for the Xmas shutdown, I had been to Mysore yesterday with mom. This was my second visit to the heritage city a.k.a palace city or silk city of India – Mysore. We tried out the KSTDC’s 1 day tour package and the whole experience was pretty much satisfactory. But the only downside is that they rush between places to cover as many places as possible in a day. So for people who would like to go to places and relax for sometime, the kstdc trip would be a letdown. The places covered were Tipu Sultan’s summer palace, Shrirangapatna, Ranganathaswamy temple,St.Philomena church,Silk emporium (the most boring of all), the royal Mysore Palace,Chamundi Hills, KRS dam and Brindavan Garden. All this covered in a day’s time for Rs.560/head excluding the food and entry passes. Pretty good deal..thats what I felt. We started at sharp 7:30 am from bangalore and were back by 10:30pm same day.

Mysore Palace was a real treat for the eyes. Its blends the Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic style of architectures. Some history I came to know from the guide – the palace was initially built during the Wodeyar dynasty in the 14th century, but this was partially damaged by a lightning strike which was repaired. But later it was completely damaged in a fire. A british architect, Henry Irwin was commissioned to design a new palace in its place and was the marvelous structure you get to see now was completed by 1912.

Every autumn, the Palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which the entire palace is lit up with thousands of bulbs, and leading artistes perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and other floats originate from the palace grounds.

December 25, 2006

Merry Xmas

Filed under: General — Sanju Rajan @ 2:39 pm

The 10 days Xmas  shutdown has started for me and I’m enjoying it to my best. Planning to go to Mysore with my mom tomorrow.  Have booked the  1-day tour package from  kstdc (http://kstdc.nic.in/) . This  is my  2nd trip to  the heritage city…Lets see how it goes…

Wish  you all a merry Xmas and Happy New Year

December 14, 2006

Impact of Tata’s Rs.1Lakh car

Filed under: Opinions — Sanju Rajan @ 6:54 pm

As hinted in my previous post, I have a strong disapproval for the 3-wheeler autos mainly because of their huge contribution to the worse pollution levels in our country. And for the same reason I hate Bajaj 😀 for making these 3-legged monsters in such huge numbers , eventhough they have in the recent past come up with some exciting bikes like Pulsar,Discover,etc. Another matter  that is really frustrating is the people with literally no road manners. I agree that autos are THE inevitable means of commutation in India especially where the public transportation is not upto the mark. Additionally it is directly or indirectly, the bread and butter for some many million people in India.

In the same lines ,I feel that Tata’s Rs.1Lakh car is also going to create a bad impact on the state of affairs here in India. I was reading an article on the same in rediff. As the author narrates, the margin between the 1Lakh car and a bike would reduce, thereby encouraging the youth with so much of disposable cash to stretch a bit and buy the 1Lakh car in place of a bike. This will in-turn congest our roads which are already in a bad state and worsen the pollution as well. Morover the same number of passengers who travelled in the bike would be traveling in a car.More number of cars implies that more amount of fuel is required which will in-turn create pressure on the hydrocarbon sectors thereby leading to increase in fuel cost. And these cars are not going to be anywhere near the bike in terms of fuel-efficiency.So the need of the hour are not just low cost cars, but fuel efficient cars which are value for money.

I feel the only solution for this is to improve the public transportation which will encourage more people to give up their private vehicles and utilize the public transportation.In addition it will reduce the congestion in our roads and help in bringing down the pollution levels.

December 8, 2006

Contaminated World

Filed under: Opinions — Sanju Rajan @ 7:53 pm

The road ahead was invisible.Not due to the winter fog that’s set in Bengalooru these days in the mornings.But due the thick black smoke emitted by the 3 wheeler – yup u guessed it right, Autorickshaw that was waiting in front of me for the green signal. You might be surprised because they dont normally wait for signals,right? It took me some seconds to gain back my consciousness before moving forward. The terrible thought of a contaminated world was well brooding over me as I zoomed past the 3 leg monster to save myself from the torture.Afterall what’s not contaminated in this world.The water we drink is contaminated, adulterate milk, pesticide wrapped vegetables, Pesti-colas 🙂 and what not. God save us..

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