Airtel 4G: Day II and III

I had already made the post about the Day One of my Airtel 4G usage time, and I am adding my experience of high-speed internet from the next two days here. I hope to continue this usage, but as my journeys to Cochin are rather limited, I can’t be sure about the same and I am not certain about when there will be the details about a possible Day Four. All the photos used in this blog post were taken by me on my Asus Zenfone 5 and on the side of the road while checking the speed of #Airtel4G šŸ˜€

4G Day II: The second day takes the #Airtel4G first to Aluva which has been my home for most of my life. We stopped at the Mahnami Restaurant to have food and check the internet, and it gave very good speed there. This happens just a few months after we shifted from Aluva – a lot of things happened at the town after our shifting; Premam, Mumbai Taxi and now the availability of #Airtel4G, soon to be followed by the Kochi Metro which ends there. Aluva surely has the high-speed now, even though we didn’t check the insides of the town.

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place :D

I always like to start by loading my Movie Review place! Hail Movies of the Soul šŸ˜€

After Aluva, the next stop was at Kalamassery, a little distance from the HMT distance where we could park the car in peace. There was the highest speed attained with the speed test, and we checked the Wynk Music and Youtube there; there was absolutely no lag at all. This is quite a lot for me as I have never really had high-speed internet in my dreams (It was mostly about just having internet all the time). Here is a reason to study at Saint Paul’s College – the Airtel 4G speed available around.

We stopped at Tripunithura and found a speed almost the same as Kalamassery. Later, I had a detailed check on the same at my cousin’s place and realized that once again it is not available inside the house as it became 2G again. The speed at the terrace was good, but returning inside home meant the loss of that speed – the location was on one of the pocket roads near SN Junction. I would guess that Tripunithura is the end of 4G at this side, and the entrance to Airtel 4G from the South. It is another thing that needed to be tested and known.

Watching the Phantom trailer here with speed!

Watching the new Phantom trailer here with the high speed @Kalamassery!

4G Day III: The third day was actually the official movie day. It could have been the second day with the movies, but I had to wait for all of the Onam weekend movies to release. I had to test this one inside a multiplex and so I decided to go for the movie Double Barrel for the first show of its release at Cinemax, Oberon Mall. It was also to add Edappally to the list of places where I had tried this. The mall has been my most visited place right from its beginning, and so I felt that this was the best place to give it a try.

So, that made sure that my local theatre wandering program took a break for the multiplex. I couldn’t get a ticket for the movie as they had cancelled the show (happens with me a lot) and so I decided to choose Phantom instead later to be followed by Jamna Pyari only. Well, people say that you have to watch a Malayalam movie for Onam, but this one was the next available best choice at that time. So, after seeing the higherĀ speed in the mall, I waited for this movie to start. When it did, I immediately checked if 4G was there on the handset.

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too!

Checked the Airtel Wynk Music App; this was fast too @Kalamassery!

Well, it was there at one second and then it switched out of it – the process continued and most of the time, it was just 2G. So, posting from inside is not going to be easy. May be PVR and Q Cinemas will have slightly different situations being closer to the Edappally Junction and the Vyttila Junction, but at the core, I believe that the things are going to be the same. I could get the speed back right after the movie, and I would love to have a get-together at the mall and see how fast the photos get uploaded.

TeNy

Secrets of Life and Death

He had always struggled in his life, and had absolutely no say in his life until he had gone past his teenage and even after that, there was trouble. The whole thing was always a struggle because the relatives always made sure that they knew what he wanted to study and where he wanted to go to school or college, and they made sure that he never got them. The relatives always tried to bring him and his ideas down. The result was that he never really got anywhere, and the relatives wanted to make fun of him and at the same time praise their own children.

There was going to be a marriage function on the very next day. Another one his cousins was going to get married, and he knew that he was going to be ridiculed there because of one of the cousins marrying a rich girl and having a lot of property while another person had got a new job with high salary. He decided to write something about it for some peace. He took his old diary and checked if there was something there which he could add. There, he noticed a letter lying between the books.

Darkness spreads. But how fast can that happen?

Darkness spreads. But how fast can that happen in the life of a common person?

It was about a book. It told him to look for a book which was to answer his question about what life was. He had thought that there was nothing much about it other than to dance to the tunes of some people. He checked under the huge collection of books to find a huge book which seemed to be very old. He noticed what was written on the cover page – “The Secret of Life and Death”. He found that each page of the book was of a different colour and he decided to start reading.

The first page said “Do you think that those who show that they are really happy got any kind of joy in their life? They just pretend. They show off to make you look depressed. With your hopeless behaviour, you are making them happy, and that is their only way of happiness. They actually do this to many people and you are just one of them. They tell you that their huge collection of money is the secret of all kinds of happiness, but it is not. If you keep looking at their faces, you will understand that they can’t always pretend”.

He turned the page to read further “They think that they can hold on to money forever, and can make a fool out of you. But they can’t. There is a certain truth about all rich men, women and empires, and as proven by history, they do fall. This will happen now, later or a long time from now, but it is sure to happen. In the cases of these people, they are not even loved by others. All the appreciation that they get is from the people who are just like them, and they will abandon each other whenever the right time comes. It is the way of their life, and it is how they thrive”.

He moved on to the next page “With the desire to be with their sons and daughters which never happens, these people just pretend to be the great parents of the successful off-spring, but it is just an act of vanity which is powered by their need to show the world that they are not failures. History had such parents who made their own empires fall into nothingness, and the world is only going to know a lot more of them. The darkness is in their blood and it will only get stronger. It won’t matter how you respond, because they have a lot of such dark matter in store”.

Is there a sign of relief among the dark clouds?

Is there a sign of relief among the dark clouds, or is it just vain hope?

The next page turned out to be the last page with clear letters “Therefore my dear, do not fall into the fake paths to victory. There is no need to fall into the abyss of those judgments. There is no mystery here, but you. Only you can find it. Do not listen to others because the only place where you need to look is right inside you. Never let the people around you weaken your cause, as they have absolutely no role in your life just like they have nothing to do with the lives of their own children. We have always known that this day will come for one generation or the other, and make sure that you use this advice well”. He closed the book andĀ decided to make a point.

I am participating in this creative activity organised by makers ofĀ The Path of Zarathustra in association with BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post were taken on my Asus Zenfone 5.

TeNy

The Undead Book of Life

It was a beautiful evening with Uncle Dracula having gone for a movie with most of the vampire minions. Vampire Owl came out of the castle with a huge book in his hands. It was written as a mixture of Old English and Latin, and he put the book in front of the Vampire Bat who was having a cup of tea in the garden.

“This is the book I was talking about. It is called The Undead Book of Life and has been passed on from our ancestors. It has the secrets to a better life. There is also a letter on the first page which explains things in detail. I found it at the darkest corner of the Great Vampire Library” said the Vampire Owl.

“It is a work which is often considered as the nemesis of The Book of the Dead. Do you trust something which was found at the darkest corners? Don’t you feel that such works will have a certain amount of darkness in themselves ready to be unleashed, taking control of our dark side?” wondered the Vampire Bat.

“We are the creatures of the dark, even though we rarely exhibit those characters in light. But humans do, and their darkness is in their souls. The book talks about it, about how easier it is to be evil compared to being good. You search for goodness, and you end up finding darkness most of the time” added the Vampire Owl.

“It is a well-known thing. Evil is too easy for the humans. These humans do things that we could never imagine. What they don’t understand is that it takes a lot to be a real human. It is actually easier to be a vampire, even though it is tough to be a responsible one”.

“There is a lot of detail about the same in this movie. It talks about the universal brotherhood, and how humans have perverted the idea of equality to provide the same for only a few people. I can say that this book goes back to those times when the elder vampires lived with the humans, and had so much to teach each other” said the Vampire Owl.

“This idea of equality has its origins in the vampire community itself, as we have always supported each other throughout the history because it was necessary for our own survival. It is clearly depicted in a good number of vampire history books. It was the humans who took so much time to understand and then twist it” added the Vampire Bat.

“It is surprising that humans need to be taught morality and love for their fellow creatures. We developed it ourselves. We have tried to teach them the same through centuries, but have failed. Even the religions couldn’t teach them that”.

“Well, I see it here. Life is all about loving and having mutual-respect for your fellow beings. It has always been the idea, right? But why these humans are fighting each other for no true reason is really beyond me” added the Vampire Bat.

“The true essence of life is known to everyone already – it is love. There is a long detail about it in this book, but it exists in true forms. Still people find it too difficult to get the thing enabled. The selfish needs take over. There is envy, vanity and hate which erases all things related to love” said the Vampire Owl.

“So, are we giving a copy of the same to the humans?” asked the Vampire Bat.

“I don’t believe that we should do that. They should be allowed to make their own choices because love is not something which has been unknown to them. It is how it was always supposed to be. You still write a lot, don’t you? Such an interference in the lives of the characters won’t do that good to the story of life. Don’t you think so? the Vampire Owl wondered.

“Yes, lets give them an opportunity to find what they have always known. I doubt if they will still find it though” said the Vampire Bat.

“What is life, but an opportunity to love your fellow beings? What is a better truth?” the Vampire Owl wondered.

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The Path Of Zarathustra is an Indian Magic Realism film releasing on September 4th.

I am participating in this creative activity organised by makers ofĀ The Path of Zarathustra in association with BlogAdda.

***The image used in this blog post is from the page mentioned above.

TeNy

Tea in a Coffee Shop

Vampire Owl: Just order anything from the list. This is my favourite coffee shop, and today it is my treat.

Vampire Bat: This is a very nice menu with interesting pictures. But I will just have a cup of tea. If I need anything else, I will ask for another cup of tea. Thank you.

Vampire Owl: A cup of tea again! Do you know that it is intellectually weird to have tea in a coffee shop?

Vampire Bat: I have never seen anything weird in having tea anywhere. I will have it in the cemetery, library, almirah, underground or at the world’s end. I have never had coffee at Indian Coffee House either. I have always had tea. So why bother?

Vampire Owl: Wait till I get the Great Vampire Guide Book from our library. I will find something related to this in that book. There has to be a provision to ban this.

Vampire Bat: I am writing my own guide book. You can keepĀ that old and outdated bookĀ for yourself. Even Uncle DraculaĀ and the elder vampires don’tĀ read that!

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Vampire Owl: So, you are not just the part-time writer; instead, you are officially a writer.

Vampire Bat: I was actually talking about writing the remaining pages of my life.

Vampire Owl: But why do you keep a broken pencil with you? I am sure that you can’t write with that.

Vampire Bat: It is part of my childhood collection. I used this pencil to play pencil fights with my friends.

Vampire Owl: I do not believe that. I know that there were only pen fights in school. I had a very heavy pen with me which I used to my advantage to win those fights. And I have a feeling that this is a magic pencil. It helps you to become a writer.

Vampire Bat: This is really a coffee shop, isn’t it? You make me feel that this is a bar.

Vampire Owl: Bars are banned. This could have been a beer and wine parlour, but this is a coffee shop.

Vampire Bat: You are still acting too strange. Do you have a problem that I got a broken pencil?

Vampire Owl: No! Not at all. You are the writer. But it reminds me of my childhood. One day, one of my classmates had a broken pencil. I had two pencils and still didn’t help him as I was a bad kid. This is a very emotional memory for me.

Vampire Bat: And then what happened?

Vampire Owl: Well, he still came first in the class without the pencil and I came second.

Vampire Bat: No wonder that it is very emotional moment for you.

Vampire Owl:Ā Yes, and so I hate broken pencils, or all those pencils.

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Vampire Bat: Do you know why I actually keep looking at this broken pencil? It is more than just something from my long lost past.

Vampire Owl: Because it is broken and of no use, and then you realize that you don’t need a pencil which makes you extremely happy?

Vampire Bat: Absolutely not. I place it on the table as the symbol of my broken life. When my life gets better, the broken pencil will also be no longer broken.

Vampire Owl: Oh! That should be a writer thing.

Vampire Bat: Well, not exactly. I had this one with me for a very long time. I never really posted anything at that time.

Vampire Owl: So, it is just a Vampire Bat thing.

Vampire Bat: May be you can say that. But the fact remains that if you are even somewhat a writer, the broken pencil can easily be used as a symbol and a reflection of your life.

Vampire Owl: Just like I use my fangs. They are so bright and broken!

Vampire Bat: Lets not talk about the failed appointments with the dentists. Instead, we should finish the drinks.

Vampire Owl: Yes, it is time for the coffee shop to close. There is nothing to be done in life, but the shop has to close.

Vampire Bat: Death comes to us all, and life itself is a pencil waiting to be broken. But I hope not to leave this pencil broken for long. I am rather more concerned about this pencil than related to myself.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy

First Day of Airtel 4G

Most of you do know about #Airtel4G. Well, I have seen a lotĀ of my friends talk about it on Facebook, Twitter and the blogs. Airtel has launched its 4G services at Cochin on August 25th and at Calicut on August 26th. Airtel has chosen Onam as the right moment here, and I couldn’t agree more about this choice. It is also available at the same price as 3G, and home delivery of SIMs is also known to be there. Airtel leads the way here, and being the first one here, holds the advantage. I was given a chance to preview #Airtel4G and I am going to give an account of what happened after that.

The 4G enabled phone - a Samsung Galaxy A5 [16GB]

The sample 4G enabled phone – a Samsung Galaxy A5 [16GB]

Even though it was made perfectly clear that this was for the city of Cochin only, I took my chances and tried this at Perumbavoor, and I am sure that the situation is the same at the other towns which are around the place – Kothamangalam, Muvattupuzha and Angamaly. At these towns the 4G device as well as the 4G mobile works only on 2G. There will be no shifting to 3G here as the switching is done directly to 2G. The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device had some difficulties with my laptop, but worked perfectly with my mobile without 4G – on my Asus Zenfone 5.

So, I decided to return to the city on the first day and make sure that this 2G became 4G again. I made the decision to travel on the same route which I took on the day on which I attended the preview at Kaloor – the speed test had been a dream success at that time. Kaloor did seem to the place where the 4G was stronger than ever – it was so quick. But on this day, I decided to choose Thrikkakkara instead. It used to be one of my most visited places during the time I spent at Bharata Matha College. So, I thought that I would start the 4G adventure from the home of one my friends there.

Vampire Owl: So, what is the plan, soldier?

Vampire Bat: We attack the City of Cochin for #Airtel4G from all flanks. We desire and deserve high speed internet. See the map below for further information.

A simplified map of the attack plan to get the high speed :P

A simplified map of the very complicated attack plan to get the high speed internet šŸ˜›

The place was aroung Vazhakkala at Thrikkakkara, just about two or three minutes walk from the main road near Biriyani Hut. The 4G was not easy to find inside home, even though it was available outside home; and so we decided to go to the terrace to see if it could do more. The scene was a lot better there on the top, and the 4G was strong there. I had problems in connecting my laptop to the device there too (even though I realized later that I could do it with the USB cable when the Wi-Fi failed me). I apologize for my lack of knowledge related to technology – I am just not into it much.

I checked the speed on the mobile with the 4G SIM and also on my 3G phone connecting it to the 4G Wi-Fi device. It was excellent – I am not a person who has had a great experience with speed throughout my life, and I have tolerated the lower speeds with great patience – the only change to that was when I was in the UK (I don’t remember much from then though). Here with the Airtel 4G, I got 40-50 MB Android apps downloaded in around 30 seconds. Well, I am not used to such speed; never with any of the internet connections which I have used. This is surely my fastest internet experience so far, and the rest of my life has just got slower.

The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device, or "the Mi-Fi"

The Airtel 4G Mobile Wi-Fi device, or “the Mi-Fi”

I connected my laptop to the Wi-Fi hotspot on the mobile with 4G SIM. My Windows 10 download just began again from where it had stopped at ten percent. I decided to wait for it to complete and the download took about fourty five minutes to finish the rest of the ninety percent of a total 2.7 GB as it was shown on the window. If I was to sit at home and use my usual broadband connection, it was to take a lot more time, and for the 2.5 GB, it would take me around eighteen to twenty hours – I might need to keep the laptop switched on for the whole night to make sure that things go smoothly for me during the day.

We actually stopped on the Seaport-Airport road on our way back, close to Bharata Mata College, and the speed test made it to the highest I had got. Well, I am not sure how that works, but returning home and checking the internet speed of my broadband made me feel that a return to the Stone Age was happening and I needed to resist the same. But unfortunately, 4G is not available at my town yet. I have to wait for it, and until now, I hope to use 4G during my regular visit to the theatres at Cochin – as long as there are multiplexes and movies, I can use this to my advantage.

Soon to follow with Day 2 of #Airtel4G: Hopefully with Aluva-Kalamassery-Kakkanad-Thrippunithura! šŸ™‚ Lets also talk about the devices and how they haveĀ been/will be further helpful for me on the next few days.

TeNy

Old Ceylon Photos

I never really got to share most of the photos I had taken during my visit to Sri Lanka long ago. So, I will share a few of the interesting ones among them right here – they are the pictures which I haven’t shared yet, and are not really the perfectly shot photos of the major tourist attractions. I have shared a few pictures already, but I have been looking forward to sharing more with some variations for a long time. Do you have a favourite picture among these? Well I love them all and hope to visit the island nation again some day! šŸ™‚

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***All the images shared in this blog post were taken by me in Sri Lanka.

TeNy

Simona Times: Edition III

***Kitty Newspaper from the Cat World lead by Simona the little big cat.

Simona calls for cat participation in Badminton.
On one of those joint session among cats, dogs and humans, Simona said that she had enough of this discrimination. Humans play Badminton and dogs get to retreive the shuttle. She demanded that the cats be allowed to keep the shuttle, and it is how they can also participate in this game. She also showed proof that Badminton had its real origins in 2322 BC when a villager saw two cats playing with a dead mouse. “But it was soon forgotten because humans are good at pretending that they don’t remember”, she said. “After all, only what the rich do will get all the attention” she further complained. The dogs have decided to support this under condition that they get the right to fetch everything during all games.

I declare this as my property. Nobody touches this :D

I declare this as my property. Nobody touches this except me šŸ˜€

Local cats file complaint about the black dog.
“What is wrong with that dog?” a lot of cats have asked the same question. The big black dog which chases everything has become a big nuisance not only for the cats, but also for the humans. The cats say that the dog even chases other dogs and needs to be dealt with. They have also asked for installing security cameras on the road side to make sure that they all get to know the right dog and bring it before the law. Secret cat squads have been assigned the task of saving others from this mystery dog about which nobody knows anything. There are already talks about it being a dangerous hellhound coming from the underworld, but the cat intellectuals have denied it completely.

Let the sleeping cats rest, says Simona.
Simona told the press about how annoying some of the humans are, with no concern for the others. When the cats only sleep about twenty hours a day, humans are wandering around everywhere disturbing the highly intellectual sleeping procedure that the cats follow. “What is it with these humans? Why do they put the music in high volume and disturb even the people living at the nearby houses?” she asked. She also told the press that the humans haven’t been getting any better. But cats have always protected the humans from the evil forces from the other dimensions, she asserted. “The protection from the mice is just one of the things that we do” she said.

I like to sleep like I always sleep, because it is the main program :D

I like to sleep like I always sleep, because it is the main program šŸ˜€

Cats go crazy over Catwoman choices.
Uknown sources report a series of fights among the cats over who the better Catwoman is. Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway were the choices, as some of the cats were seen fighting last on the sunshade of an abandoned house. But this report was declared rubbish by Simona who made it clear that cats don’t need a Catwoman to show that they are awesome, even though they appreciated the fact that they also get the equal treatment when little insects like spiders and ants got their own superheroes too. Simona has also said that she is ready to play the role of Catwoman if the situation demanded. She did suggest that Womancat was a better title too.

Cat transport should develop more, adds Simona.
During the press conference about the sleeping cats, Simona also asserted that the necessary steps should be taken to make sure that the feline gets the advantanges of good transportation facilities. Nowadays, cats have developed into a superior species and they will requre a lot of traveling to display their skills. But due to the heavy traffic on the roads, and some hostile humans, it has been too difficult. She has asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to provide the cats with a separate route or free travel in at least few of the cars, buses and trucks on the top. The betterment of the cat citizens meant the development of the nation as a whole, she said.

Start the car, human. Lets go and have some fish for lunch ;)

Start the car, my dear human. Lets go and have some fish for lunch šŸ˜‰

Ban Cats and Dogs; Team Cat Power asks.
The new radical kittenist group, Team Cat Power asks for banning both Cats and Dogs and its sequel Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore because both of them shows cats in a bad light, and hails dogs as heroes. The group has send a message to the humans that they will know the value of cats after being bitten by stray dogs. “The negative reviews for the sequel was just the beginning of the end for such discrimination, and we are thankful to the human reviewers who voted agains that movie” the leader of the group added. But they have not backed away from the protests, and are planning to do strike on the sunshades of random houses.

Is the Cheshire Cat Day a possibility?
26th November was the day on which Alice in Wonderland was published by the English writer Charles Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. But the cats basically know only one person from that novel because they have never cared about the other characters in the work. The big grin has been considered as a classic moment and something of great glory for the cats all around the globe. So, the cats are busy campaigning for this big day to be declared as the official Cheshire Cat Day in honour of the greatest cat character in the history of literature as they see it. They have often compared Cheshire Cat to the status of something similar to Dracula among vampires.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on my Asus Zenfone 5.

TeNy

Onam Special Movies

So, Onam is just a few days away, and as usual, we have a fine line-up of interesting Malayalam movies looking forward to make an impact at box-office during this festival season. There will be the big movies releasing and the older movies including Premam which released in May along with a few others will finally moving out of the theatres to make way for the newer ones. Only one of the Onam releases have already released and it has managed to come up with big collections at the box-office, with the rest all prepared to follow. There will be five Malayalam movies fighting each other for Onam, with four of them yet to arrive.

Loham: This was surely the most expected movie of the Onam season and also the first one to hit the theatres. It had a very big release and had created record with the initial day collections. Some theatres even have the same show at multiple screens. Even thought the opinions were not that positive about this one, I have found this one an interesting thriller with enough entertainment. Yes, there are problems of having too many characters and also having a certain amount of predictability and lack of originality. But Mohanlal once again saves the movie and rises above the whole thing as the legendary actor that he has always been. [Read the Review]

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Utopiayile Rajavu: This Mammootty starrer is set for an August 27th release and the day is Thursday, a week after Loham release, and one day before the Thivuvonam. This is directed by Kamal who comes after five interesting movies in a row, and the last ones being Nadan and Celluloid. So, a lot will be expected od this combination. Jewel Mary, a popular television host is the leading actress in this movie. She will also be seen in Pathemari with the same actor, but it seems that this one will release first. Satirical comedy is a genre that we need a lot, and lets hope that this one will do justice to it, especially with cast from the television satire Marimayam being part of it.

Double Barrel: With the big star power which includes Prithviraj Sukumaran, Arya, Indrajith Sukumaran, Asif Ali and Sunny Wayne, Double Barrel comes to us on this Onam. Swathi Reddy, Rachana Narayanankutty, Isha Sharvani and Pearle Maaney are there as the main actresses. The movie is an action comedy thriller, and its trailer gives a feeling about which we can’t be sure – so it is either awesomeness or nothingness for this movie; there is not much chance of being between the two. But it is from Lijo Jose Pellissery, the man who made Amen, and so we can only expect the best right now. All his movies so far has had Indrajith, and this is no exception.

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Jamnapyari: This one is a reflection of the season of celebrations itself, with the action shifting to Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala. With a full fun cast including Kunchako Boban, Aju Varghese, Joy Mathew, Suraj Venjaramoodu and Neeraj Madhav, this is sure to come up and evoke a lot of laughter in the theatres. You can guess that from the name and the trailer itself, and it was only yesterday that Kunchacko Boban made an appearance in Badai Bungalow and explained what the movie and its strange name is all about. Well, this might not be that big Onam movie, but it might be the one that will give the other movies with higher budgets some nice challenge. Remember Madhura Naranga.

Kunjramayanam: I had earlier thought that this will be the movie which will come out of nowhere to trouble every other, but it seems that this one has more promotion at the social media. Coming from Basil Joseph who was the assistant director to Vineeth Sreenivasan for Thira, this movie has Vineeth himself in the lead along with his brother Dhyan Sreenivasan who was also the lead in Thira. This is the first time and that the two brothers are acting together in a movie, and from what it seems, Vineeth is going the way of his father Sreenivasan who have always excelled in these kind of roles. There are also Aju Varghese and Neeraj Madhav here along with Badai Bungalow‘s Arya.

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The other movie languages include The Man from U.N.C.L.E which has more chance of going unnoticed around here because this is Onam, and people are surely not looking for that kind of a movie – The pathetic Kingsman: The Secret Service had most of its shows cancelled around here, and so this movie can keep that in mind. Spy surely had better results, but this is still Onam which won’t have people looking for much of Hollywood! Saif Ali Khan-Katrina Kaif starrer Phantom will surely do better than the Hollywood flick, but people desiring to watch a Malayalam movie for Kerala’s own Onam will be more, and so the success here will be limited. Well, this being the holiday season will still bring the business!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of these movies.

TeNy

Dome: A Special Thing

Whether it is of Taj Mahal, Victoria Memorial or Humayun’s Tomb, I have always loved the domes. Most of the pictures which I took at these places were of those domes. Whenever I passed in front of a building with a dome, I had to take a clear look at it, because I have always considered them the most beautiful element as part of a building – other than those Gothic elements. Simply speaking, we would consider the dome was the half of a sphere. But such an architecture always gives an even more special feeling.

I wish to visit many buildings in the world with the domes, including the Pantheon, Santa Maria del Fiore, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Saint Gereon’s Basilica, Dome of the Rock, The Marble Church, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and along with them all, Hagia Sofia, and the large number of buildings which was inspired by this Eastern Roman or Byzantine structure. The list is rather endless. Also among the buildings in India, I want to have a few names which are to be in a must visit list.

There are a few churches which I have noticed around here with those domes. None of them are that big in scope; these are the simpler ones. I believe that the largest dome I have seen until now is of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. But the cutest dome which I have seen should be of the church on the way to Angamaly from Aluva – Saint Martin de Porres Church. It has been there for a long time, I can remember it back to those times when I first traveled on the NH 47. I first noticed it due to the dome, and it is good to have such a simple spiritual building on the side of a road which is a lot traveled.

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Saint Joseph’s Church on the side of the NH 47 at Karayamparambu should be one of those churches which can catch anybody’s attention. Situated on the way from Angamaly to Chalakudi, closer to the former, it can be seen if you are travelling from Kochi or from the Cochin Airport to Trichur or Northern Kerala. There are figures of the Apostles around the statue of Jesus Christ right in front of the dome. Inside the dome, light gets through the cupola on the sides of the wings of the Holy Spirit in the form of dove, which is a nice arrangement. It is surrounded by photos of the saints.

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Saint George Basilica at Angamaly stays as the symbol of a rich history of the town. It is one of the largest churches in South India, and has a nice cupola on the top too. There are images of the Apostles on the glasses of the dome, and if you look from the inside, you can see that the light also comes through the glasses with the pictues of Apostles painted on the glasses. You can also see the smaller domes at the front. The use of painted glasses can be seen throughout this church, and the light makes some wonderful reflections!

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Saint Joseph’s Cathedral can be seen at Muvattupuzha just before reaching the town while coming from Perumbavoor/Angamaly or returning. You can see the domes from some distance. The Malankara Catholic Cathedral has a total of five domes of which three are visible from a distance – the number five should be representing Jesus Christ and the Four Evangelists. This big onion domes are rather rare in the case of churches here – it is good because I won’t have to travel to Russia or parts of Eastern Europe to see them.

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Saint Thomas Church at Karumalloor on the way from Aluva to Paravoor, has a newer style of domes. It was rebuilt in the last few years, and even though it is not special in its architecture, the domes and the altar are worth having a look at. Having three domes in the front and the rest extending like a hall, there is some modern variety here, for there are domes, but none which reminds one of the antiquity. We do keep looking for some variety everywhere, don’t we? Well, here is one.

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***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on my Sony Cybershot Camera.

TeNy

The Living Dream

Yesterday was an interesting Friday. I was writing something about my favourite domes related to theĀ church buildingsĀ in Kerala when I felt that someone was moving around in the room. I didn’t check until I had finished writing, and then there was somebody standing with my cup of tea. Well, it was not someone whom I had met in person before.

“I know that you always wanted to meet me. It has been your nightmare” the shadowy figure said.

“Who are you? What are you doing in this room, drinking my tea?” I asked.

“You don’t recognize me? This is so unfair. You get to live through your nightmare and it still feels like you never wanted it”.

“Why do you keep talking about living the nightmare? Who are you?” I asked.

“You have been writing about me on your blog and all of your characters have expressed extreme desire to meet me. Yet you don’t recognize me. It is a shame. I have traveled so long, and you just make me guilty of having left my beautiful dark home” the figure said as it looked outside through the window.

“Uncle Dracula? No, he has been omnipresent. There is nobody from the vampire team. It is you. It is you whom each and every one of my characters wanted to see. You are Lady Death” I finally figured something out.

It is to the insides of Earth that we have to return, for we are dust.

Believe in Lady Death, because she knows how to make you believe.

“There you are. You had to figure that out some time. After all, I have been watching you, along with your guardian angels” she said in a relieved tone.

“But shouldn’t that be a dream, and not a nightmare then? Unless you are here to take my soul to the other world. I have been living a useless life on Earth according to a few people. I hope that you haven’t come to please them” I had my doubts.

“No, I have just come here for a friendly chat. It is boring there at the other dimension. There is so much negativity around. Yes, people there are even more negative than you are. Well, they are dead and I am just throwing people into boiling oil. So, you can’t really blame them for being negative”.

“Why do you boil them in oil? Do you eat them?” I asked a doubt which I had for a very long time.

“No! It is just the most common method of eternal torment. A lot of living humans are also given clues about it in their nightmares. I like it more than the others. It is my personal favourite. I leave the others to the minions and my evil twin sister” she added with pride.

“I have heard that there are contributions from insects, wild animals and unknown demonic creatures”.

“Yes, they also ask for a chance to contribute. You know that we have a tough job to do. It just can’t be done by our small team. So we outsource the punishments of the other world to some of the lesser known demons who work for luxurious one night stay inside the hell fire. They love the hell-fire like you people love an air-conditioned room” she said.

“I heard that the Ninth Circle is the worst. It hasn’t changed, right?” I asked her.

“Yes, my evil twin sister is in charge there. Yes, she proves that she is my evil twin sister with her work there. I like calling her that. It makes me feel so much filled with goodness”.

“I hope she stays there then. What I don’t understand is that why you are here when you can do many other things to get rid of your boredom”.

“Well, I know that it was your nightmare to see me. You know my special skills” she said.

“No, it was my dream, not a nightmare. It is not even close to being a nightmare”.

“In our world, we call nightmares as dreams and vice versa. You can simply say that this is ‘A Writerā€™s Wildest Dream Come True’ for a change” she said.

The beauty of fire on the sky can't be ignored by any camera.

Lady Death is a figure which arrives to compliment the sunset of your lives.

“I understand. You don’t really have the dreams which are not nightmares, do you? So, will you wait for a few minutes so that we can go for a movie together at a multiplex and also have some expensive tea from a mall? Did you watch Mission: Impossible 5: Rogue Nation? Or Premam which is the kind of movie which you won’t get there? I am ready to watch these movies again – what do you say? Yes or no?” I asked while looking for the movie shows at BookMyShow.

I found the shows of the two movies with the best timings, locations and rates. But when I turned around, she was not there to be found. The empty tea-cup was the only thing left. But I was already expecting her to leave at any moment because the world of the dead is a very busy place; a lot busier than the land of the undead. It is actually a pleasure that she decided to come all this way from a land which is not directly or normally connected this world.

Well, what is a bigger dream come true for a writer or a consistent reader than a character he or she loves coming alive? There can be awards, and I love the appreciation, but nothing like one of my favourite characters entering the world of the living. I am sure that at least some of you will agree to this. This is what ‘A Writerā€™s Wildest Dream Come True’ means.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on my Sony Cybershot digital camera at Wakefield and Kanyakumari.

TeNy

Internet and Speed

I have never really had a good experience with mobile internet, which is why I am not that much of a fan of having internet on my phone. It applies to almost every mobile network as there has been some problem here and there. I usually use my Wi-Fi for my mobile and even when I am going somewhere else, I try to keep my dongle with me with hope to connect it somewhere. The problems with my mobile internet connections were the high costs, slow speed and the lack of interesting plans.

I remember reading about 3G at one point. It was so big at that time, and now the time has come for 4G. I have never really been a consistent follower of a network, and has had my history of changing through them. 4G becomes a good reason to choose Airtel in this world of so many mobile phone networks when nothing really works with the mobile internet. We hope for something and we never really get them as we keep waiting. May be, 4G with its speed, can change this situation.

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We have wasted a lot of time with the lack of speed. With movie, music and video download, it has been quite natural. When something like that happens, we are provided with no option but to wait. There are times when we have trouble in loading some sites and it proves to be eternal – we wait and wait. At the end of the day, the only thing that we get is the opportunity to wait. Do we pay for that opportunity to wait, like paying for a dog which bites us? Is it the right thing to do when better options are available?

Well, vampires are supposed to be immortal and so are the angels. The Devil will also agree. But some network connections are those which test your mortality as a human being. Forget the downloads, because some cases cannot even come close to that – they make me afraid to download because we have to wait so much. Do we want to use that opportunity to wait as if it is what we get and it is what we deserve? Don’t we deserve better in this age of more modern technology?

In a world in which nobody has time to wait, Airtel 4G is going to be interesting. Patience is no longer considered a virtue as things happen so fast. There is a lot of value for time, unless you are jobless as I am; still I don’t have enough time in a day. The available 24 hours in a day never prove to be enough for me and I hope for me! So, I can guess how valuable it is for people who have jobs. So, this never-ending wait is never a good thing. Everything needs to be faster, and it should begin with the internet.

My hope about Airtel 4G is to change my idea about mobile internet in a positive way. It hasn’t been that great related to any mobile operator, as something terrible happens every time. The mobile internet has been my long time enemy with 2G and 3G, and it is something which should change with the new high speed 4G mobile internet from Airtel. I have seen the advertisement about the same already, and I believe that the most of the people have gone through that already.

The new option can get rid of a lot of problems as Airtel is the first telecom operator to come up with the 4G services and it happens across 296 cities across India as this goes nation wide. There is the option of free home delivery of the 4G SIM card and it is to be available at the same rate of 3G SIM too. It is actually just one tweet away – #GetAirtel4G. You can check for the 4G option from Airtel for more details about the same as you get the same data benefits of the existing 3G pack along with enjoying high speed 4G at no extra cost: http://www.airtel.in/4g/

***The image used in this blog post belongs to Airtel.

TeNy

My Room! My Room!

I have always wanted my room to be different and personal. Some people will call it weird, but I wouldn’t mind that. If my room doesn’t have something special compared to the others, it wouldn’t be mine at all. Even when we were staying at the flat, I had taken special care in having some variety with the colours, and now when we are at our house, I have tried to bring a lot of variety there too. My room is partially bed room, study room and kitchen, as you can divide my room into three.

Yes, I would like my room to be a lot different than any other. The current room was chosen by me because it was on the back side of the house, facing the green vegetation which surrounded the abandoned house there. It served as a certain kind of inspiration for me. There is no chance of me changing this room and choosing another. So, I hope to make this room my little dream world. I already got it coloured in three, in red, blue and yellow, and even though I would have preferred a little bigger room, I am hoping to make it more awesome!

The Godrej Interio photo actually inspires me to use another colour for my room, and it is purple. I believe that this colour can bring only positive feeling, and I haven’t yet seen the colour being used in the homes of my friends and relatives. People have always chosen the light colours, but I would choose the darker ones, and while brightening the red colour on one side of the wall, I would choose purple for the rest of the room. That should bring some more of the needed variety to the room.

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I already have facilities for placing a lot of items in my room even as the total size of the room is not that huge. There are enough cupboards here to keep my whole life in it, and what I would require now are open shelves where I can keep things which are needed regularly. For the same, I hope to make good utilization of the walls. I already have some wall shelves, but I hope to get a few bigger ones which can be used to the best advantage. I will need to have those of different sizes.

I would need to change the bed with something which is longer, and surely made of wood. I would need a new almirah to replace the big one which is present now. My favourite material for all these has been mahogany as usual. There is also space for an extra computer table along with the study table. I would have that made of the same material too. I have a hanging light right now, and I would like to use a chandelier instead of it so that I look up while I am on the bed and enjoy its beauty.

My room’s curtains are dark purple now, and with the change of colours of the wall, I would like to change this one to brown or red depending upon the designs which are available. I need a better stand for putting the recently used clothes along with an extra wardrobe on the side. I haven’t been a fan of fashion, but this will surely help in getting things in order. Some art on the wall will only do good. Some creatives pieces of art should also be places on the shelves to give some more of the special feeling.

My room is no awesome room as far as designers are concerned, because they can always use better rooms to create better output. But I have been so addicted to my room that sleeping somewhere else is not that easy. But if you visit the room, you will know that it is different, and there is a certain mixture of things that might seem interesting. With all which has been already set up, it will be easy to create something awesome out of it. There can be more variety than ever before.

I am participating in the Ā Upload and Transform #HomeCanvas activity in association with Godrej Interio and BlogAdda. If you are not blogging, you can still be a part of this activity. Hereā€™s how

***The image used in this blog post is also from the BlogAdda activity page.

TeNy

Overlords of Weddings

There is something about the weddings these days. It used to be a scene of respected union which the society had approved. But that has changed a lot. Nowadays, it has become a place to show one’s vanity and show-off. They used to be moments when friends and relatives genuinely attended the function and wished happiness for the bride and groom. Wedding function used to support marriages at some time, but now it is a place to show how much money you have, and there is also a certain amount of buffoonery associated with it.

This is the age of couples who keep talking to each other through Facebook despite being in the same room, but that is the subject for another blog post in detail. There are the kind of people who we know in real life, and on Facebook, they are like the best couple ever, posting sweet comments about each other and the Facebook community is like grading them with a hundred out of hundred. Well, they are the product of weddings like these. They are good at projecting this fake image of happiness, and we might never even know if they have divorced.

Here, the beginning of this nonsense starts with the pre-marital course. This weird thing had never existed at a time long ago when our parents had decided to stay with each other forever. Well, now this has started for no reason, and will force people to attend, because these common men and women can’t know anything good of their own, and they need guidance about this simple thing. So do the divorces decrease? Absolutely not. This is only the reflection of the thoughts of some people which say that everyone is terrible and are not fit to get married.

Thank God that there are celebrities like these who follow simplicity & show the right path.

Thank God that there are sensible celebrities who follow simplicity in wedding.

Well, as we have already established that people can’t have love for the better half by their own, and only by listening to the talks of some random person can someone be good to their wives/husbands in a class room, the next procedure comes easily. After all, a wedding is the awesome way to waste your money. I wonder why they don’t stop these people from doing this terrible wastage of money during that pre-marital course – the first thing to be taught should be to marry for yourselves, not for the public – are the things not that simple?

The show-off starts with the car itself. Why do you want to rent a big car for wedding when you have a car for yourself? It is a lie in itself, isn’t it? Yes, you can ask for the cars of your friends and relatives, but why is it so significant to arrive inside a big car? Does a Jaguar make someone a better person? Is it a sign of better marriage, and do you live like jaguars during your life time? Is it how the fake fairy tale begins? I remember one of my friends in college; during her marriage, she made the choice to go for her own Maruti Suzuki Ritz – she could have chosen any bigger car; but she chose her own. But it is a rare case.

I do not like the clothing which is too costly, but it is still the case of wedding, and people will need it. Yes, people will want to look good on the day, and this comes with the hope that one doesn’t need to marry again. So, it is okay to look stylish, but then too, do not take those ridiculous photos wearing sunglasses and showing buffoonery, not because you want it and not because some weird photographer is asking you to. Show some dignity with the function. When you are wearing fine clothing, behave with dignity. You are not marrying for the photographers – please note the point. Always know the photographer you choose.

Also stop being a gold showroom. Wedding should never be about gold and money. Then there is the food. If someone wishes to have more food items, let him or her go to a bloody restaurant. This is your wedding function meant to be attended by people who care. If someone doesn’t, they can just leave. I remember reading the news that actress Rima Kallingal and director Aashiq Abu had celebrated their wedding by donating money (photo shared above) – the point here is that wasting money on a wedding is not something that can be related to love. Look for a wedding with goodness, and not extravagance.

***The image used in this blog post is from the following article on which credits are clearly shown (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/celebrating-their-wedding-with-charity/article5301931.ece)

TeNy

One for Every Year

*Sharing one unnoticed movie from each year.

2015: Mumbai Taxi Released on 7th August this year, Mumbai Taxi remains the only movie which you can still watch in the theatres, because some shows are retained. Bringing a new heroine in the form of Mareena Michael Kurisingal and re-introducing the child actor from Pappayude Swantham Appoose as the hero Badhshah Mohammed, Mumbai Taxi is an interesting thriller which has its own twists and turns which work well on the screen. With a mostly Aluvaite cast and crew, this movie had quite a big release at Aluva Zeenath theatre, and is still there. [Click for review]

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2014: Asha Black Just like Mumbai Taxi, Asha Black is another movie which has a lot of debutante performers, and it includes the director John Robinson himself. But they have chosen to take an interesting topic instead of choosing the usual path. Arjun Lal of the Thanmathra fame returns here in a thriller which deals with murders happening in Malaysia, but the roots of the same are in something else. It gives interesting messages about the wrong use of technology and how children should be brought up with care. The movie was also released as Nee Naan Nizhal in Tamil. [Click for review]

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2013: 10:30 am Local Call This should be Nishan’s best movie with him as the one main lead. The movie focuses on the thrills which it has to offer, and there is one big twist on offer as it moves towards the end. The movie has the mystery going throughout it, and there is also a less noticed message in it, as things begin to change when the protagonist receives a call at 10:30 AM. There are some interesting incidents that follows, and all comes together in the end as the truth is revealed through a flashback sequence. Lal plays the character on whom the movie depends and everything revolves around.

2012: Outsider This movie has Sreenivasan in the main role and Indrajith Sukumaran in the supporting role; reminds one a lot about Passenger in which Dileep played the supporting role to the same man. Sreenivasan is the big performer here too, and he has made one feel the troubles of his character without failure at any point. Here, we can see the life of a common man whose life is affected by a criminal who gets out of jail. It also has the power of Pasupathy playing the menacing villain. There is a certain feeling throughout this movie which you can connect in a different emotional way.

2011: Melvilasom Yes, this movie did get a lot of critical acclaim and was appreciated, but is still a movie which almost nobody watched in the theatre (I did though), and same is the case of another movie, Veettilekkulla Vazhi which tells the story of a doctor who doesn’t hesitate to help a terrorist who killed his wife and son. Meanwhile, Melvilasom is a movie which sticks to Aristotelian unities of action, time and place, as it is all about the court martial of a soldier as there is an exploration of the reasons which lead to this situation. This is surely one of the best movies of Suresh Gopi ever, and the level is very high.

2010: Raama Raavanan You know that there is interesting in store from the title itself. The doubts about who and what is right prevails throughout this movie. Based on the novel Manomi by Madhavikutty, the story takes place in India and Sri Lanka and has relations to the riots that took place in Sri Lanka, as a Sinhalese child is taken into the care of a Tamil Indian who returns to Tamil Nadu. Suresh Gopi is excellent as Thiruchelvam, and Mithra Kurian as Manomi gives a strong performance. But it seems that people did have trouble in accepting this theme.

2009: Vairam I am still to find enough people who have watched this people, and I think that my search will continue for a long time even though this movie has come to the television so many times. It is actually surprising because it had quite a big cast including Pasupathy, Suresh Gopi, Jayasurya, Samvrutha Sunil, and Dhanya Mary Varghese. Telling the story of a person who takes law into his hands when everything else fails, this movie might have been a better success if the story-telling was more direct. But I surely thought that this movie was another interesting watch.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Facebook Pages of Mumbai Taxi and Asha Black.

TeNy

No Land for a Darkling

It was the time of darkness. It had spread far and wide in the last few years. During those years, what we had seen more than the rest was the spread of this strange darkness. There were people who resided in them, or rather creatures. They were called the Darklings. The history books will never tell their story because they are not part of it. The only thing which they are part of, is the further spread of darkness. They have always needed this darkness to survive, as it was an integral part of them. They satisfied themselves with the same during night and harvested its energy for the day.

The Darklings didn’t belong anywhere, but they were from everywhere. The creatures had spread all around in no time. They were not called Darklings for their looks, but for the nature of their soul. They have been trying to devour the goodness of people for quite a long time and replace them with decoys taken out of their own dark souls. They knew that a small part of their eternally dark, pure evil souls would be enough to corrupt the humans who never suspected about their existence even in myths.

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These creatures have existed in many forms, sometimes inside people and sometimes taking different forms. They knew no fear because they rarely valued their own existence, but wished to make it big. Their evolution can be traced from the greed of the common man, and also expanded on the pride and envy. They were digging a pit right in the heart of their mother. They knew that it would help them to hold on to their positions and have a significant amount of power which would help them to make more and more money in this world. It did help their kind through centuries, but the process had never been this direct.

This was more of an act of vandalism because they had ceased to care any more and hoped to find even a treasure if possible. They enjoyed this act because they had dreams of the Vault of Plenty being opened to them at the expense of the people of nation as well as their mother herself. They had all the ingredients which were to be put in there including intolerance, hatred, religious fanaticism, terrorism and many others which they had cultivated in a secret cave and brought to their target location on a magical spear which was spawned as the result of a spell called Politics de Heartless.

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Intolerance was their greatest weapon. It was easier to come along with hatred because it could easily work on a personal level. They knew that it was the strongest of them all because a combined strength of these could make the rest happen with ease. The Darklings continued to dig deeper, and they used the weapon of intolerance to make the sides more beautified. Only by reaching the bottom of the heart could they target the core and plant the evil there with full strength. They had hoped to find the core, the Unity in Diversity, a lot earlier but they just kept going deeper and deeper.

After hours of digging, they had finally reached somewhere. They had planned for this day since a long time ago, and they kept their newfound minions, necromancers and shadows ready with their weapons of hatred and intolerance. But it was not like they had thought. The core was immortal in nature, and there was nothing that could take its unique superpower away – it was love and compassion for the other, which never vanished. The core expanded and threatened to explode, only to bring hope to the Darklings aboutĀ replacing it with pure evil. But in just a second, it returned, and with that return it took them all inside.

Unity in Diversity was the strongest of them all, bigger than anyone had expected. Darklings never knew its true power. They thought that they could take over it, but they were wrong. Along with the Darklings and their minions, the core took with them, and destroyed the secret ingredients of evil. Darkness slowly spread away, and as things seemed to settle, there was a small crack on the ground which was left. A few children came to the open ground with a football and started playing. It rained, but that didn’t affect the game. The crack on the ground thenĀ stood closed.

And then Mother India smiled, free from all worries.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post were capturedĀ by me and the term Darkling is taken and personified from Matthew Arnold’s Dover Beach: “we are here as on a darkling plain”.

TeNy

Some of the Changes

In the last few months, I have made the changes that I thought that I never would. I still don’t know if there are positives or negatives because I still doubt them. Sometimes, I feel that there was no real point in the same and all the decisions were quite wrong. Then I think that change is good and can bring something fair in the variety. Well, life is very confusing as long as you decide to live it; otherwise things are quite easy and right into the grave. May be I should ask at the cemetery. These are the changes.

Buying a domain instead of using the free WordPress.com option: I never really wanted to buy a domain because I am a jobless person and I seem to go on without having a job or income forever; so this buying a domain might never stay forever as far as I am concerned. I still have no hope to continue having this domain because I have no salary, and I expect to lose that domain anytime and return to that WordPress.com site. Movies of the Soul might not stay with me forever as a separate domain.

But I had to buy that for now, because I thought that I needed it. Many of my friends has told me that it was better, and I was afraid that I might not be able to get that domain if I had chosen to delay – so I had to take that. May be it will bring something good for my movie reviews – it hasn’t done much until now, but I hope that it will be good some day. May be something will come up and I will get a job before I have to pay for the next one year. I would otherwise hope that parents won’t mind another year of Movies of the Soul.

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Using Bing instead of Google: This is surely what I never thought that I would do, as I have shifted from Google to Bing, thus permanently changing my Search Engine. I have used Google Search for a long time, but I later found out that even though we won’t really matter in the end, Microsoft’s Bing is rather more caring for the common users. Even though things will always be in favour of the corporate side and we are just those little cockroaches for them, I have found that even my blog links appear better on Bling than Google.

Bing uses a reward policy for searching, and I have found that inspirational in searching; I see no reason why it shouldn’t. It provides separate credits for computer as well as mobile. It took some time to let me into the program after registering for the Windows Live Account, and I haven’t completely figured it out, but everything looks nice as of now. There are also rewards for inviting friends. Well, I would like to keep my search useful rather than do it for no reason.

Using the other browsers consistently at least on the mobile: I still use Google Chrome on the laptop even though I have installed other browsers too. But at least in the mobile, I hope to use the other browsers by default, and I mostly use the UC Browser and Opera. I have been using them consistently and hope to continue doing so. I don’t know why, but Movies of the Soul looks a lot better on UC Browser when looking through the mobile. It also seems to be the faster browser among them all.

Getting a gamepad and speakers from Flipkart: I still have not understood about this – I don’t play computer games or listen to songs these days. The games have left me because I can’t even come close to winning any game of life. The music no longer makes me feel anything too. So, I wonder why I bought these. Still, I hope to play some games and listen to any song. May be, I will get some of my interest back. Things have been going mechanical these days, and I hope for some twist to happen.

TeNy

Before Simona: Rewind

Simona the Kitty who has grown up to be Simona the Little Big Cat has had the longest stay here and has remained the longest non-movie inspiration for this blog. But there was a time before Simona when there were other cats who became short time inspirations. I have mentioned a few of them before, but I will talk about them in detail here. This post is actually supported by Simona, and there is no cat jealousy involved hereĀ – Simona knows none of the deadly sins and she is very much interested in appreciation of other cats.

Simona’s direct predecessor was Zeezee, the local kitten who went missing. She was of almost Simona’s age as of now when she was gone. She wasn’t really that much of a lover of humans, and never allowed anyone to get at the touching distance, while Simona didn’t mind the hand shakes, leg shakes or even head shakes. She was still a fine hunter of spiders, lizards and cockroaches. She loved Tiger biscuits in milk, and sitting on the Honda Dio was a clear priority. [Hometown: Perumbavoor]

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The Badminton Kitty was a well known figure all around the flat. This one was a lover of Badminton and was always there when a game was happening on the court. Whenever the shuttle sailed away from the humans, this one was ready to pounce and check for the quality. The kitty also made sure to pretend to be the official ball boy by running across between the points – may be this one wanted to have a game, but never really managed to the big cat as a car took its life. [Hometown: Aluva/Alwaye]

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The Great Cat of the Ancestral Lands was not that great, even though it was there whenever I visited the place – until some years ago. This one used to have only one priority, which was food, and sometimes even chased hens for no reason. It is not found any more, and the sad thing is that there has been no replacement even after these many years. May be there is no land for cats there? After all, the dogs are the ones who have most of the fun. Simona should complain to her big cat brothers. [Hometown: Kothamangalam]

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This Black Cat is the kind of cat that everybody should have. I have always preferred the black cats because the vampire team got special love for them. Well, this one was very much loved by the kids of the flat, and as they were sad about the demise of the white kitten of the Badminton earlier, they treated this one with a lot of milk every day. But this one suffered the same fate as the Badminton Kitty and jumped in front of a car to end the last of its nine lives. [Hometown: Aluva/Alwaye]

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The Mall Kitty was one of its kind. We haven’t known it for long, but this one was a real entertainer. We did wonder how long it will last considering the traffic around that junction, but the Mall Kitty was wandering around the Lulu Mall finding the food and also jumping around, as if coming right out of circus. This one followed many people, came back to the original place, thought for a few seconds, put its head inside somewhere and returned to its original position. [Hometown: Edappally]

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Among the cats before Simona, there are two who have been there for more time combined. It is the mother and son team which has been the champions of my cat world for a very long time. They belong to the Muvattupuzha area at the home of my aunty. They have been the first case of entertaining cats for me, and you need to check the eyes of the smaller one – he is a big cat now, but his eyes are special; of different colours. The mother cat is no more, but the son is still there, to be the awesome odd-eyed cat. [Hometown: Muvattupuzha]

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***All photos of cats were taken by me only.

Happy Independence Day! šŸ™‚

TeNy

Photos from the Past

On this day which has me looking at the memories again, I will bring a few photos which reminds of a few things which I really miss these days. Some of them are clearly not going to come back, and the rest also might not return, and so I will post these pictures and keep thinking about it. We are planning to include a Vampire Butterfly for creating a Butterfly Effect and do what happened in the movie with the same name, but until then, we will keep this on the list of nostalgia.

1. The Random Search: There was always this random search as part ofĀ the continuous journeys. But it has completely disappeared right now. On the following image, you can see where we reached during one of our journeys with navigation using a printed map. It was the time when I had no internet connection on my mobile phone and there was also no Google Maps. Well, there was such a time, and it is good to remember.

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2. The Legend of Kochi Tuskers Kerala: I will always miss Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the IPL. The games at Cochin were so much fun. I watched three matches of the IPL with seven different people. Out of the three, they only won one and that was against Kolkata Knight Riders. But it was good at that time. Nowadays, thinking about IPL itself gives a shock. Well, the past and the present are not even close in this case.

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3. The Kochi Biennale Memories: There was that time when I visited Biennale four times during one season, and then there was the return of the Kochi Biennale two years which had me not visiting at all. I felt strange about it, but still couldn’t visit the program at all. Well, this is not the end, but for some reason, I doubt if I would visit it again. May be I am just doubting for no reason – may be there is a chance.

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4. The Missing Ceylon Tea: During my visit to Sri Lanka, I bought a lot of packets of Ceylon Tea and distributed them among my friends. Well, what weighed more than the most of the other things during my return were those packets of tea. It is that tea world that I miss a lot! Yes, I have been to other places with a lot of tea after that, but nothing matched the tea at Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka.

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5. The Cricket of the Past: I will define my lost love for cricket with just one picture. This was there at the Oberon Mall during the last Cricket World Cup, and despite not caring about cricket much these days, I wanted to think about some cricket. Yes, it was part of nostalgia, and this past will no longer come back. Considering the state of cricket these days, may be it is good to forget them all completely.

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6. The Great Halloween Night: We have always loved those Halloween nights, because it was the time to get those costumes related to horror, get some collection and donate them to the poor. Yes, it was how our youth club used to work – not much during the other festivals or days of significance, but full power for the Halloween. Those were the funnier days, and we are glad that the horror was not contaminated šŸ˜›

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***All photos used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

A Few Weird Wishes

I have had many wishes during my life-time, even though I have not retained many of them right now, not because they have happened, but because the chances are only becoming less as I become older; as I get older, I only become weaker. I haven’t been completely against miracles in my life, but when nothing really happens you have to cease believing in positive things – miracles is just one of them, and goodness can follow the route to extinction as there is a lot of time left for the world to end. At the same time, there will be wishes.

To see the world while falling down from the sky: I have been to a number of very tall towers, and even when I was standing at the top of those tall church towers here, I used to wonder about this. The view was very good from the top. What would happen if I jump from there, and how the image will be during my fall. I have only felt that during the first person shooter games which had quite a lot of buildings, and may be this real fall will help to have a more realistic view of the same.

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To go to sleep and never wake up: This still remains one of my wishes. With life having no real point, this might be the right time to have this wish. I thought about this yesterday, day before yesterday, and the day before, but nothing reall worked. Well, the nights never end, and so lets see what can happen on the days to come. After all, what happens more than the rest of things in my life is sleep. Can I at least go the other dimension like in the Insidious movies? That should also be fair.

To be adopted by aliens: When we are denied too much by the humanity, we have to look for the next species not belonging to this planet. With the basic human nature returning to evil with ease, we have to depend on the others for hope. The undead should be the first option, but as too many humans are in this planet who outnumber the undead, we have to look for the best option, which will be on another planet. So, I have been looking for a spaceship to appear for quite a long time.

To die and return from the dead: Being dead and back; I have always thought about it as a lot of fun. The other world might be something which can provide a lot of valuable experience to make us succeed in life. After all, they should have met a lot of interesting dead people who have passed or still remain in that world. We will just have to make sure that the return is made before our bodies are buried or cremated – otherwise, we will be caught in that world forever with no existence left here.

It is to the insides of Earth that we have to return, for we are dust.

To find a city underwater: I had special love for the underwater cities, a lot more than the cities built in the air, underground or on other planets. No, not under the smaller water bodies, but under the oceans rather than anywhere else, because the chance of being taken over by the saline water is more. The wish developed early, but got further strength after playing the game Bioshock, which had an underwater city of Rapture with enough horror to bring the enjoyment – the graphics remained so good too.

To have a detailed discussion with death: I have kept this on my wishlist for quite some time, and it still remains there. I have been interested with this since I read Emily Dickinson poetry for the first time. The interest had also developed earlier with Pappan Priyappetta Pappan, a Malayalam movie which features Yama and was the first movie of the famous Siddique-Lal team. Death is not the kind of person who has many friends, and so, I think that there will be no problem in having a discussion.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

The Types of People

I have watched too many movies in the theatres, and what I have found out from my time there is that there are many types of people whom we see there, and the variety is actually more than the kind of people whom we meet otherwise. They can be classified into different categories according to their actions there. Most of them are seen only in the local theatres, and looking for them in theĀ multiplexesĀ of the malls rarely work. I am hoping to add theseĀ people to different kinds of magical races some day šŸ˜€

The Screamers: They are everywhere and they exist to disrupt the experiences of others. They scream and occasionally howl. They are so much skilled at it that one has to wonder if they were trained by banshees and werewolves. I hope that no theatre exists near any zoo, because the animals there will feel strange. I am sure that all of you have seen these kind in theatres more than the rest who are to come, because they are not attached to any group – they just scream and howl as if it is their basic right. If it is so, I don’t want to hear about the duties.

All hell will break loose - note the point :D

All hell will break loose because it is their season – please note the point šŸ˜€

People of the Foot: What is the first thing which is shown on the screen before the movie starts? Do not place your legs on the front seat. But it is what these people do from the moment they find the seats. They are the people of the foot, as we always see more of their feet than faces as far as these people are concerned. I have often wondered if they watch movie with their feet and that their eyes are placed there. May be they walk on their heads – you can’t say for sure because it is a twisted world. May be this is a disease which they have inherited after watching Happy Feet.

The Abusers: We think that with them being very active in Facebook, they might be less active otherwise, but that is a wrong conception. They abuse full time on Facebook and part-time in the theatres. The reasons? Well, when there is that anti-smoking advertisement, a delay in closing the doors, not switching off the last light in time, displaying too many advertisements – the list is rather endless. The display of this special culture in the darkness is a lot more convenient because the decent character of these people exists only when the light is there. When it is dark, they let the everyone know that multiplexes are better options for the families.

Multiplexes have something like these - local theatres should have at least tea!

Multiplexes have something like these – local theatres should have at least tea!

The Ignorant Evil: Yes, ignorance is not a crime, but making a terrible mess out there due to the same is a terrible thing. This happens mostly during a Hollywood movie, especially those without subtitles. Some people really can’t get it, and it is okay – but when they keep talking loudly about it, others can’t hear at all. I had this terrible experience while watching Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation; they were keeping on talking about why is it so, and why did that guy do that or talk like that to the other person or why are they not like this or that. The same is somewhat displayed during Hindi and Tamil movies too.

Slaves of Science: This is where the mobile phones take over. They already talk loud, and along with that, they have to talk on the mobiles too. Yes, it should be very important matter, but they keep talking and talking until the interval, sometimes continuing with the same thing in the second half too, and that makes one wonder if they have come to watch the movie or talk on the phone in the darkness. May be the mobile phone usage in the theatre comes as a special offer. Slavery has been abolished; these people should understand that in order to move out of the enslaving technology, and watch a movie as it should be; without making anyone uncomfortable.

Natural Fans: Well, this category needs no introduction. They are in the theatre for only two things, to clap and to howl – the first thing for their favourite actors, and the second for the others. From the beginning to the end, they make such an effect in the theatre that others won’t be enjoying the movie – sometimes, people will end up hearing nothing. Sometimes, we have to wonder what are they clapping for, especially when there is soem pathetic dialogue being delivered on the screen. Well, what can people do when they are programmed to love people who don’t know them, and hate random people?

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy