Sunday, 3 September 2017

Interesting experiences while travelling in city buses

Interesting Experience

I travel in city buses to go to work. I face different types of people in buses. Mainly teenagers, college goers, and working people.

The common thing that links them all is the mobile phone. Once people get into the bus, they open their phones. Not all of them, but most. Most people browse/chat on Whatsapp or Facebook. And few were hearing something with the help of headphones even though it is not good for their eardrums.

Few people were speaking on the phone using headphones. Funny thing is, a few put the mic inside their mouth and were even biting the mic while speaking! Headphones do help by maintaining silence in the bus, but its over-usage should be avoided, that too in high volume. It's fine for listening to songs and speaking to others, if done minimally.

There is not much interaction between fellow passengers directly. I noticed one more thing - people pass money to other passengers to buy tickets. This is a good practice in crowded buses as it enables people who can't reach the conductor to buy tickets from where ever they are standing/sitting. It also helps them to keep their purses/handbags safe as they don't have to move through the crowd. 

During a sudden brake, it's difficult for people to sit in buses without jerking forward. It's even more difficult for passengers who are standing, especially the shorter ones who cannot reach the railing on the top.

Sometimes fellow passengers help standing passengers by holding their bags, books, etc. It is good if we can give a seat to people with small kids, if they don't get to sit.If not, at least we can hold the kids for sometime.  

Most of the buses here have separate seating arrangement for ladies and gents. In the ladies side only ladies can sit but in the gents side both tend to sit. If women come with their family, maybe it's OK to sit in the gents seat, but if they come alone it maybe better to sit on the ladies seat. That's because gents also face a lot of pressure at work and they might be tired, so it's better to give them their seats especially in crowded buses. 

Some passengers may not know the exact cost of the ticket. We should try to give exact change. I feel this will be helpful to the conductor and for ourselves too. Just think - a conductor is giving tickets and change to people from the morning to evening. It's not fair to expect them to have change every time. So, by proper planning it is possible to help them by giving the exact change. In shops they tend to give a chocolate for one or two rupee change and we take that. Just imagine what will happen if the conductor also decides to follow the same method in buses :P

I suggest that people in the front beside the driver don't sleep, passengers don't speak loud and not try to get down near the signals and breakers. It maybe better if passengers don't stand on the stairs. If a bus is crowded wait for another bus. 

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Masala flavoured sweetcorn

Sweet corn 


# Sweet corn -1 cup
# Red chilli power - 1/2 tbsp
# Chat masala - 1/2 tbsp 
# Butter -  1/2 tbsp 
# Salt - to taste 
Method :

Boil the water for 15-20  minutes.  After that put the sweet corn  into the boiling water and leave for another 3-5 Minutes.  
Then shift the sweet corn separately to another bowl.  Add Butter, Red chilli power,  chat masala and mix it.  Then add salt to taste. Mix it well and serve hot.  

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

VIP 2 Tamil Movie Review

VIP 2 Movie Review

We went to the first day first show for the movie VIP 2. In that movie most characters are given small roles. The major role was played by Dhanush only.

The introduction of Kajol was awesome. Her acting had good sense of timing and her attitude was mass. She shows why her acting is still rock solid. This movie might prove to be yet another turning point in her already brilliant career. 

Samudhirakani was relatively silent in this movie and I missed his acting very much, especially when compared with movies like Sattai. I feel we were satisfied with VIP(1) movie mainly because Samudrakani plays an important role and delivers a punch with his acting.

The role of the heroine of this movie - Amala Paul, who plays a major role in VIP1, was again very limited in VIP2. Her only characterization was to be a shouting wife!

We enjoyed Vivek's comedy very much, but that too was limited in scope.

Dhanush almost occupies the entire duration of this movie. Apart from him no one else gets any major role to play - except maybe Kajol.

I found the characterization of the boss and his daughter very impressive. Even after missing many orders, they still support Dhanush. Even the VIP engineers support him in spite of having to lose their jobs as engineers in a leading firm.

I also appreciate the characterization of Dhanush's partner in business as he too stands with Dhanush by supporting and encouraging all his works. Despite losses, lack of growth and his investment, he still doesn't change. Really proud of him.

Many scenes in the movie were unwanted, I feel. And in the climax Dhanush is shown to be helping flood victims in a scene akin to the real floods that happened in Chennai a couple of years back. I wish this actually happened in reality.

On the climax i loved the sentiments of Kajol who openly shows her emotions about her family. Mother sentiment was really good and Saranya was given a good role in VIP(1). But in this movie, there is not much of that sentiment. Dhanush's brother Karthik's role was impressive in the first movie and he was shown as a handsome man. In this movie, he was dull.

Dhanush's wife's character as a nagging wife was a little bit overdone. As a wife, I couldn't empathize with her character.

Dhanush spoke about the importance of women and how powerful they are - that was really good. And I also liked the comparison between the rich and the poor by Dhanush.

Where is Thangapushpam? And who is Thangapushpam?  We only hear her voice. But we never get to see her. Why?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Home Improvement with Fans


Fan is the one of the home appliances which is used by everyone. The usage of fan is essential everywhere. At least three fans are necessary for a small family, based on their need. There are various types of fans based on our needs. They may vary based on size, clour , variety, application and so on.

Types of Fan:

1. Table fan
2. Pedestal Fan.
3. Ceiling Fan.
4. Decorative fan.
5. Wall mount fan.
6. Box fan.
7. Windows fan.
8. Exhaust fan.
9. Tower fan.
10. Misting fan.
11. Industrial fan.
and so on.

And they may vary with companies , brands and so on. We can choose a fan based on our need and the budget. 

Some of the fans are easily portable and some work with the help of batteries too. Battery enabled fans can run for sometime without electricity - during power cuts.

Even though we get more advanced machines like Air Conditioners which cool us, the need for fans is not reducing. 

Fans are essential not only inside the house, but often outside it too. Where ever people rest, fans are required.

Of late, some companies manufacture fans with low power consumption to save electricity. As the fan keeps a place cooler, many people prefer to sit directly under the fan only. 

Tea trails at Anna Nagar East

Tea Trails

We went to Tea Trails cafe which is located at Anna Nagar East (Old No. 23, New No.93-2nd Main Road-Anna Nagar,Chennai-40. Land Mark: Behind Kandasamy College) to taste the different varieties of teas and chais available with them. Before going to the shop I had no idea that there were so many varieties of tea. When i went there I was amazed just looking at the menu.

They told us that tea and chai are different. It seems Tea should be prepared without milk and Chai, more common in India, is generally prepared with milk. But we tend to use the same word tea to refer to both. They also told us that they recommend certain foods to go along with each of their teas (food pairing) so that the tea tastes even better.

A small device is used to measure the time taken for brewing tea. Each tea comes with its own card where the name, recommended brewing time, ingredients, etc. are mentioned. This ensures that all teas are freshly brewed (by the drinkers) and hence the authentic taste and aroma are maintained. We can also take the help of Tea Trails staff to brew the teas.

This branch will shortly offer rooms/halls for meeting, conferences, party, and so on. Teas, Chais, Coffee, Snacks and Desserts from Tea Trails are delivered to your home through services like Swiggy, etc.

Here are a few teas offered at Tea Trails and their combinations

* Silver needle: A very premium white tea,with a very mild taste. Paired with bun maska.
* Bun Maska: Soft bun with a thick smudge of butter.
* Kashmiri Kahwa: Exotic blend of Green tea, Spices & almonds. Very flavourful.Paired with tea          Salad.
* Burmees Tea Salad: Very interesting salad of lettuce with roasted nuts & dal and infused with 
   fermented green tea. A signature dish of the brand.
* Veg Ham Bruschetta: Mushroom topped with cheese in Brushetta.
* Lapsang Souchong: Black tea from china, with a differentiating smoky flavour, paired with a              Smoky paneer/chicken sandwich.
* Smoked Paneer/Chicken sandwich: Barbequed paneer/chicken pieces with caramelized onions. 
* Lychee Bubble tea: Lychee flavoured iced tea with fruit bubbles which burst in your mouth as you
   sip - makes it a fun & interesting drink. 
* Matcha shake: Thick rich drink made with Japanese green tea (matcha), having a new taste 
* BBQ chicken/paneer pizza-with Smoky Paneer/Chicken, hinted BBQ sauce with caramelized
   onion and Jalapeno.
* Better wife: All that you need in terms of flavour & feel. Sweetened concotion of fruit juice, Herbs 
   & green tea.
* Adrak Chai: The all time favourite of all those who like their tea with a gingery edge.. Wonderfully 
   paired with onion pakoda.
* Onion Pakoda: Authentic Crispy pakoda with a spicy green chutney. Teams up with any chai at any
* Red Zen: You really can't beat the colur & flavour. Mix of herbs, fruits & flowers. Goes very well 
   with fruity dessert.
* Dessert of the day: Sizzling Brownie with Ice Cream- Warm Gooey Brownie.

Here are some pictures from the event -

Tea Cards

Introduction to Interviewdesk by CEO


Let's admit: Interviewing numerous candidates before deciding on the best ones for any position is difficult even for a HR manager, forget business owners. If there could be a platform that will enable top management to just interview the best candidates from all the available resumes, imagine how much time can be saved, and how much easier it will be to select the best candidate!

Welcome InterviewDesk.

Mr. Pichumani, the force behind this web-based platform, had arranged an event to launch their product. It seems, Mr. Pichumani himself has more than 1.5 decades of experience in the HR field. It was then, after having taken many interviews, that he felt the process could be revamped to save time and money. So he came up with this idea of companies outsourcing shortlisting and initial rounds of interviews to on-demand professionals who are experienced and have the requisite domain knowledge.

The event was hosted by Mr. Kiruba Shankar who did a great job. Industry veterans in the HR field, people in charge of staffing for rapidly growing startups, and even a movie director/actor was present. They all spoke about the need for a platform like InterviewDesk and how that could transform their jobs.

Here is the highlights of CEO Mr. Pichumani Durairaj's speech introducing InterviewDesk @ launch event, Hotel Radisson Blu, Chennai -

" The biggest assets that companies have are its people. And that’s why companies spend so much time, effort and money in hiring the best people. Unfortunately, to hire that one perfect person, you need to look through lots of people who are half-good or not good at all. Like it or not, this is the nature of the game. 

The gestation period of hiring is excruciatingly long. Companies will need to wade through hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes to shortlist a few.  This means that there is wastage of precious time. This is where I sensed an opportunity to increase the efficiency of recruiting. What if there is a methodology to remove the drudgery of going through tons of resumes.  What if there is a mechanism where an experienced team can go through the reams of resumes and sieve out the not so good ones, evaluate and weed out the ones that don’t fit the requirement and finally shortlist the ones that really do matter.

Imagine the scenario where companies can look at 10 good shortlisted candidates instead of wading through 500 resumes.  This saves enormous bandwidth. This gives them the time to have an in-depth conversation with the shortlisted candidates and ask incisive questions that truly matter.  This not only vastly quickens the process and it also greatly helps in getting the right people on board.

Thus was born my idea of InterviewDesk, India’s first on-demand interviewer platform with the vision for creating the World’s largest interviewer community. Our goal is to work on a unique concept of outsourced interview model that helps the organizations save more than 50% of time and cost spent on hiring."

Disclaimer: "The post is in collaboration with InterviewDesk.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Gift I wish to give my Husband: Navaratna Ring from Mehta Jewellery

Metha Jewellery

Last weekend I went to Mehta Jewellery to write a blog post in connection with their contest on men's jewellery collection for which they are offering a brand new Royal Enfield as prize!!.As a part of their men's collection, they had chains, zodiac pendents, gold plated watches, bracelets, rings, cufflinks, etc. These ornaments are both for regular daily use or for occasional usage during functions.

Here is a picture clicked by me showing a few golden rings in their collection -

The ring which I am wearing on my hand in the below pic was my favourite - this ring has nine different stones embedded on it. Navaratna modharam :)

I liked the Ring made with gold and pure navaratna stones. It looks pretty. I liked that the most because it had all nine stones which, I feel, brings good luck. 

I trust such sentiments because I feel good time will change everything. Before starting some important work, we should consider starting it in a good time as it will enable success. Similarly, I feel that this navaratna ring will also bring good luck. I would like to give this to my husband because I wish good luck & good time will follow for his various endeavors. 

Besides I also have this fantasy to look at my husband dressed like a Minor in old Tamil films (Silk shirt, Silk Veshti, Thick and long chain - 2 or 3, Large Pendent, Watch, Bracelet, Navarathina ring, and big gold rings for remaining fingers). 

If he rides the Royal Enfield bike in this getup along with me sitting beside him in traditional saree, it would be a visual treat for us and others looking at us, especially in a city like Chennai :)

Speaking about bikes, readers please note that Mehta Jewellery is holding a contest and is offering a Gold touched Royal Enfield as the prize. To will this special edition bullet all you have to do is - Shop for Rs. 25,000 or more in the men's section of Mehta Jewellery, Take a selfie wearing the ornament in front of the bullet outside their showroom. Share it in social networks and get maximum possible likes and shares. That's it!

This blog is written for “Ride the Royal” contest organised by Mehta Jewellery for their exclusive men’s collection.
- Visit and browse their other collections as well.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

My Experience at the Click Art Museum, Chennai

Click Art Museum, Chennai, South India

Recently we went to the Click Art Museum near VGP Golden beach, ECR, Chennai.

It was a different & nice experience. There are many paintings which give the illusion of characters on the canvas interacting with viewers in interesting ways. This is a great venue to visit if you want to take unique photos to share on social networks and gain a million likes ;) Have a look at the above-embedded photo slideshow to sample a few photos we took at the venue.

When we went we saw many people taking photos, selfies and group photos with a lot of enthusiasm.
Some were even sharing their photos instantly on social networks. Since we were two of us, we managed to click photos of each other. But it would have been better if the museum authorities could deploy a couple of personnel to help solo-visitors and even groups who want their photos taken by others.

In this museum there are markings to indicate where to stand to take the perfect photo.

Among the exhibits that we have not included in the above slideshow, we were impressed with one where there is a base far away and half-a-chair nearby. When a person sits on the large base and the photo is clicked from behind the chair, due to illusion, we feel as if a small person is sitting on a large chair!

And there is another place where there is a hole for a person to sit and only their upper body is visible. Right next to them, there is a statue of a person whose lower body is visible. In the photo, it appears as if the person is cut into two! We also liked the boat exhibit with scenery behind.

We got our best pictures by interacting with the paintings on the wall. We got mango directly from God Ganapathy himself, we fought with Bruce Lee, dragon and bull. We even photobombed a monkey taking a selfie :)

We were proud to receive an Oscar award in this museum. Only, we didn't get a chance to give our victory speech :P We went into the Ghost Bungalow without hesitation. At least, we started moving in that direction :) We received a big Burger similar to the Oscar. Our favorite photo was the angelic pose where both of us transformed into angels holding hands.

We tried to follow the instructions near each exhibit to take the right photos, but in some places the photos did not come out perfectly. Although this museum is a good place to take photos, it's not a great place to take selfies. We expected at least a few exhibits to enable group photographs, but that too was missing.

In spite of these small shortcomings, we loved our trip to this museum. If you are a shutterbug, you should track down a similar museum near your location and take as many photos as your heart wishes. Just search for 'Trick Art museum' with the name of your location/country. You might get lucky :) 

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The fourteen hairpin bends of Yelagiri


There are fourteen hairpin bends to reach the hill. 

1. Pavendhar valaivu
2. Bharatiyar valaivu
3. Thiruvalluvar valaivu
4. Elango valaivu
5. Kambar valaivu
6. Kabilar valaivu
7. Ovaiyaar valaivu
8. kaari valaivu
9. Paari valaivu
10. Oori valaivu
11. Aayi valaivu
12. Adhyaman valaivu
13. Nalli valaivu
14. Pegan valaivu

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

படித்ததில் பிடித்தது : நாகாக்க காவாக்கால்