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greatest trick for better communication between wife and husband, men and women.

I finally figured it out and its my responsibility to share this secret recipe with the rest of the world. Whenever a husband communicates with his wife, he must remember these 3 rules: 1) Say it with love; 2) Say it softly; 3) Say it again… I bet you will never have a communication problem again.. for all the marital bliss for eternity.. All the best to you.
greatest trick for better communication between wife and husband, men and women.

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I support Uber

Yes, I didn’t like the exaggeration deleting this wonderful app when Uber actually helped travelers by taking the surge price off.  Will you do the same and delete your medical app just because the hospitals are open during a certain political period? #foff you and your thinking. Sorry protestors! I am with you, but ain’t it all about a freedom of expression?

What can Uber do if all its drivers are voluntarily in the protest and parked their cars for good?

And why weren’t you asking to close the airports too, why only car transport?

So, try to understand the many Uber drivers who were also with you on that day and for God’s sake, shun these attention craving celebrities and people.  (Yes, celebrities and people are two different biological segments for most of the times). And the Uber drivers belong to the latter and are with you, I am sure.

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What is so wrong with “conveniences”?

I didn’t see a better example for something that was running in my mind for many months, what can be so wrong with a cuttable kitchen-ready coconut? 

cuttable kitchen-ready coconutNo, there is nothing wrong with the coconut or the business model that made it ready for the kitchen. You don’t have to worry about breaking it, no hassle with the safety of your fingers, right?

But the problem is its too much of a convenience.  At the cost of what? They cut the coconut in two halves and then drained the actual tasty water that was inside (probably there was another business around bottled coconut water).  Then they sealed the two halves with a hard ‘wax’ after filling the space with distilled water and some air. That water is labelled ‘undrinkable’ and you have to drain it after “cutting your coconut” into two nice pieces with a normal kitchen knife.

So far, so good. If you want a coconut along with its natural refreshing water, then buy a normal coconut and break it yourself.  Or if you want the convenience and pleasure of cutting it with a normal knife, then buy this.

I thought a ‘convenience’ is something that makes my life easy. The ‘cost’ I am paying in return, often goes into fine print and I was made to conveniently miss it.

There are tons of such conveniences in our every day life and we are silently paying a price. Our lives were just good without any of these conveniences but we chose them, we pay a price and we miss something in the process, something natural, something good.

Don’t jump into any conclusions yet, but lemme give you few more examples:

  1. We were walking, cycling or taking a public transport to go to a workplace or a museum etc, but now with the transport ‘conveniences’, we go there by a car. Lets not talk about congestion, pollution and global warming now, NOT YET.
  2. We were buying fresh vegetables, or grow them in backyard, or store them for a short period of time, but with all the storage ‘conveniences’, you hardly eat fresh vegetables but just keep them in refrigerator for a very long time, I have seen people frequently throwing away rotten veggies and spoiled meats, almost every week. Lets not talk about the cost of growing and the cumulative loss now, NOT YET.
  3. Many of the families have even given up cooking as a daily activity, with the advent of all cuisine ‘conveniences’, that they just eat out every day.. almost every day. I can’t even imagine myself in their shoes but lets not talk about MSDs, health hazards, carcinogenic preservatives used in restaurants and their lethal impact now, NOT YET.
  4. We were playing outdoor games on a daily basis or spending lot of time outdoors otherwise, but with all the living room ‘conveniences’, we are stuck to TV, I mean your every day entertainment whatever it is.  Tell me what is used more frequently? Your TV or your treadmill? Be frank.
  5. We used to remember by heart, at least 20 phone numbers, another 20 full postal addresses, at least 200 names of people in every day life, people at the vegetable market, grocery store, bus conductors, autowallahs and who not? And the thousands of interactions it triggered, hudreds of relationships and tens of friends. But with all the electronic ‘conveniences’, we hardly remember 2 phone numbers. We don’t go out for shopping groceries, clothes, books at all. The e-commerce is slowly taking it away and yes, there is a ‘one-click’ ordering convenience too. Lets not talk about how many businesses are shutting down in your local area now and the wonderful personal moments you missed just like that, NOT YET. 
  6. We used to go out with different kinds of people and when a true difference came up, we fought, we patched up and then we moved on. We lived a 100 years together in spite of all our differences. But with the advent of friendship ‘conveniences’, you go out with like-minded people. you cut down your risk of getting into a difference. Lets not talk about how you just screwed your mind into a comfy-zone and forever denied it an opportunity to evolve, and thereby run into relationship issues later, NOT YET.

In fact, this list is endless. I don’t want to sound ridiculous or unwelcoming of the modern day changes or the techy pleasantries we enjoy having accustomed to live with.

But I want you to consciously look out and understand the price you are paying for the convenience you are claiming. I am sure it will change your life and lifestyle. 

Thanks for reading.

B

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Experiment :: 30 days of my “Social absence”

It may sound crazy or silly, but yes it happened to me.

I was “connected” too much and it started suffocating me with overwhelming flow of incoming messages.

In the age of facebook, whatsapp, hipchat, snapchat, slack, linkedin and google+, its easy to grow your online circles , start liking groups of your interest, subscribe to the endless RSS feeds of choice and bury yourself with tons of data.  I never thought social networking can be so suffocating.  And you know what? I am not a “power user” of these networks. Just a normal guy with usual circles and casual interactions.. And if I experienced such a flood of data, I can image what happens to people with thousands of friends and hundreds of groups.. My phone was vibrating almost all the time 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

So I thought I should take a break.

I deleted all my social network accounts and went into online-oblivion.. for 30 days.

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And not surprisingly, not many noticed my absence.  As I said, I am not a power user. Few might have frowned at seeing me go, but you know people dropping out accidentally is so common so they just ignored.  One friend has gone to an extent to drag me into one group so badly that he added another ‘balu’ in his contacts ( I don’t blame him, no one remembers phone numbers any more).

Thats all. Nothing much. That PROVED one thing very clearly.

My absence doesn’t really matter much.

All that constant flow of incoming messages that gave me an immense sense of belonging, all the phone vibrations that demanded my attention and gave me a false feeling of importance, all that hype around an illusory possessiveness that cared so much to notify me of so many happenings… all that everything washed off… in 30 days.

Now, I came back and activated all my accounts silently. I now know the core circles where I actually belong. I will see how many people will actually read this and care to add me back to the groups because my number is now active.  Lets just wait and see :):p

And hey, what happened in these 30 days? what did I do productively in the absence of a constant stream of connectivity? Thats suspense for now .. and thats the concept of my next post 🙂

Thanks for reading. I encourage you to do the same experiment and realize your true connections and also use that time to realize and prove your true potential, because you won’t have as many distractions.

Happy experimenting.

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Travel Log: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Dead Sea

310 miles of my recent road-trip in the heart of Israel is a definite experience of charm, antiquity and excitement.

  • Tel Aviv’s traffic, skyscrapers and sandy beaches reminded me of Mumbai but the Jaffa old city stood out uniquely.
  • Floating like a cork ball in the Dead Sea gave me an unbelievable experience of buoyancy apart from burning my eyes and nose.
  • Jerusalem and its ancient remains inside the walls of the old city
  • the surreal religious fervor at the Stone of Anointment in the church of Holy Sepulcher
  • the Semitic orthodox doctrines and rituals, the Mezuzahs and the Golden Menorah
  • the hummus, khuskhus, polanta and other typical vegetarian food  & the kosher restrictions in the kitchens
  • the Ferrari museum
  • the Dead-Sea scrolls in the Israel Museum
  • the Nano-Bible
  • Masada ruins and Qumran caves (I couldn’t locate them by road and didn’t get a chance to go back again)
  • and more than all, the warm welcome and cordiality of colleagues and citizens alike

… Its a long list 🙂

A rainy morning in Tel Aviv

A rainy morning in Tel Aviv

“Talent, Warmth and Success” personified

the Nano Bible -- its the small dot in the middle of the white panel

the Nano Bible — its the small dot in the middle of the white panel

Tel Aviv from the Jaffa beach

Tel Aviv from the Jaffa beach

Tel Aviv night lights

Tel Aviv night lights

still unknown why these copper 'tools?' were made a thousand years ago

still unknown why these copper ‘tools?’ were made a thousand years ago

Jerusalem in the first temple period 1000-586 BC

Jerusalem in the first temple period 1000-586 BC

the closest I can go to the Temple Dome

the closest I can go to the Temple Dome

Al-Aqsa glowing in the night

Al-Aqsa glowing in the night

the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall

the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall

the Golden Menorah

the Golden Menorah

mezuzah on every door

mezuzah on every door

the Stone of Anointment -- a definite place of intense religious fervor

the Stone of Anointment — a definite place of intense religious fervor

ancients streets of the Jaffa old city

ancients streets of the Jaffa old city

Everything vegetarian on the table :) at the famous 'The Old man & the Sea'

Everything vegetarian on the table 🙂 at the famous ‘The Old man & the Sea’ (thats just at the beginning) 😉

Guess what? This is an F1 steering wheel :) yes.

Guess what? This is an F1 steering wheel 🙂 yes.

car wheel with spokes? yes they already thought of it and made it too :)

car wheel with spokes? yes they already thought of it and made it too 🙂

Dead Sea is 34% saline that it leaves these salts on your skin once you are out of water

Dead Sea is 34% saline that it leaves these salts on your skin once you are out of water

Dead Sea and its the Jordan visible on the other side

Dead Sea and its the Jordan visible on the other side

Dead Sea beach filled with salts, of course :)

Dead Sea beach filled with salts, of course 🙂

Jerusalem old city miniature

Jerusalem old city miniature

vegetarian noodles and french fries ordered with vodka

vegetarian noodles and french fries ordered with vodka in the Sheraton Tel-Aviv

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small talk

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నువ్వు – నీ నీడ

నువ్వు - నీ నీడ

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I detest YellowStone killing the bear

My heart goes out for the hiker (ranger?) ‘Lance Crosby’ who was killed by a bear in the middle of a forest.
And my heart goes out for the female grizzly who was killed by men in the middle of a civilized, most advanced, world’s best, noble democracy called the USA.

This is ridiculous, stupid and plain bull shit, YELLOWSTONE.. YOU CAN”T KILL THE BEAR..

1. Why kill?

Their official response:

We have limited options for relocating bears. Relocation can shift a management issue from one area to another, and there is nowhere to relocate a bear that it won’t eventually encounter people. Bears also have a strong fidelity to their home range and will usually return to it. Adult bears typically don’t do well in zoos or similar facilities because of the drastic change in lifestyle and habitat.

Thats not a reason enough to kill the grizzly. So killing her is convenient for you, less of a hassle and management, least of the cost? If this bear tasted human blood and may kill more, then you can send her too to the zoo as well as her cubs.

2. Did you give her a fair trial?

Did you see if the hiker provoked her intentionally or accidentally? What did the bear say when we asked her why she killed the man? How would the hiker be penalized for hiking alone and without carrying the bear spray/repellents? <disbelief>Ah! and was he a ranger himself? </disbelief> Did you take the witness of the cubs into the proceedings? Did we kill EVERY murderer who has ever killed another man? Same argument sounds so reasonable, no?

3. How many more will you kill?

When the human race is invading into the animals’ territories everywhere, how many more of them will you kill? And just because you could capture her? Because its convenient for you? Who framed this law? Why aren’t anyone talking against it?  And what is the difference between a bear killing man, and a man killing bear? oh God! Where do we stand as a civilization?

4. F*u*c*k you. I ban this national park.

Yellowstone spokeswoman Julena Campbell said the cubs, if captured, would be killed or adopted by a zoo or rehabilitation center.

wow! great… I pity the cubs. I had many plans to visit this beautiful national park  but I am cancelling all, until you get rid of this stupid law.  I may just be one visitor for you, but yes I will not visit this foolishly beautiful place. I didn’t observe till today that your name resounds #stone #age

I Pledge.  And I would pray for the man who was killed by the bear.. and the bear who was killed by the man.

5. Counter arguments/philosophies:

  1. If a man intentionally jumps into a bear ring in a zoo and gets killed, will you kill that bear too? because you should, with the reasons you have given above.
  2. Did you ask the family members of Lance Crosby if they would give mercy to the mother bear?
  3. When was this law framed? What was the basis and the input data? How relevant is it today? Do we have similar laws in all other national parks? For all other animals? huh! I see bear on the flag of California after all and we kill them officially.
  4. What could you have done if a group of bears ate him? Kill them all, A**oles?
  5. Did you submit an alternative theory? Did the Judiciary oversaw the euthanization? What if he was killed in a fight, assault, mistaken animal behaviour or by other means and the bear only just ate him? How do we know if some other man didn’t intentionally kill him and put him with the bear?
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why probably many people never succeed

why probably many people never succeed

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Respect the small

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where are all the good men?

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two to christmas

two dates to guess a man, two dosas to guess a pan
two sips to guess a wine, just a two tries to get it fine..

Donno but Christmas always brought me some nice wines.. and I am restarting my old tradition today with one of the finest local brands 🙂 #merry #christmas #join #me

soul food

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Why our Tahoe-Reno trip was so awesome!

For many, its just another vacation, but for me, its one overwhelming experience, the squaw valley slopes reminding me of what happened on the icy Himalayan glaciers of Sar-Pass,  an helicopter ride over the Emerald Bay sliding me into a nostalgic silence of an armed life I have missed severely, a quick lift in a 1949 studebaker champion starlight coupe car with the 79 year old driver parading his ‘little stinker’ so proudly almost pushing me into a deep thought of my own spectacle of pride… and Yes! the long and royal white car that was driven by the King of Rock’n’Roll – Elvis Presley – which made my heart sink with jealousy and pain..

Nothing less for the time we spent together as a family, here are only a few of those fantasy moments 🙂

At the squaw valley

At the squaw valley

Thats the site of 1960 winter Olympics

Thats the site of 1960 winter Olympics

with Bumble Bee

with Bumble Bee

Emerald Bay helicopter ride

Emerald Bay helicopter ride

Future Pilots? Not sure, but I definitely want them to grow up ‘wholesome’ without any myopic attitudes these rich parents forcing on their children nowadays.

want some 'fire' or 'daddy' please :)

want some ‘fire’ or ‘daddy’ please 🙂

Thats the Emerald Bay if you are a bird flying at 8000 feet above ground :)

Thats the Emerald Bay if you are a bird flying at 8000 feet above ground 🙂

pricey vintage with a priceless apple :)

pricey vintage with a priceless apple 🙂

All the bounty from the Casino (Circus Circus)

All the bounty from the Casino (Circus Circus)

Car of the King of Rock 'n' Roll

Car of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

80-year old Opulance.. Can you believe the 1936 Mercedes-Benz?

80-year old Opulance.. Can you believe the 1936 Mercedes-Benz?

 

Put a 'cent' and press your souvenir at the National Automobile Museum, Reno. Its a must-visit place if you go there.

Put a ‘cent’ and press your souvenir at the National Automobile Museum, Reno. Its a must-visit place if you go there.

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I am a fighter plane

sexy straight lines

I am a fighter plane. I am a bold body and a burning core..

I have taken down the tallest empires.. I had hunted down the fastest birds.. I saw pilots shrieking victory and flying to places.. then I saw some squealing pain and breaking into pieces..

I was alone and in packs when I flew through fire and hurricanes..I burnt my tail quite too often, I nose dived into forests and oceans.. I lost my wings multiple times but never lost my mind even once.

I have scars all over me but they give me peace, pleasure and pride.. I am broken badly but ever ready for a rough ride.. I stand proud and tall, my vision and will never small.. My body can be anywhere but my spirit always looks down at the skies.

I carry cargo now but I am a fighter plane.  And I will be, forever.

// balu

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Elephant and your friends

[transcript]

hello everyone.. i want to tell you all a small story.. I am sure you know this one but I am just making a funny tricky conclusion in the end that might help us all..
It goes like this: Once upon a time, there were 3 blind men who wanted to go check how an elephant looks like.. They took the permission of the mahout and went ahead to touch it..
The first man who was touching the trunk of the elephant said that the elephant looks like a fat rugged water pipe..
the second man was at the legs and he said the elephant looks like a big pillar with rough surface..
the third man was at the tail and he said the elephant looks like snake with a hairy head…
then they all went home happy and yelling at each other about their new victory of knowing what an elephant is..
So how this story relates to our day-to-day life is that we make all assumptions about the other people around us without fully understanding their complete personalities.. We don’t have time to go through our neighbor’s or a colleague’s entire life, his experiences, his burnouts, his failures, his skill set, and his positives, negatives etc.. we just make opinions and we live happily within our own shell.. On top of it all, we have people who help us make opinions about others.. I will talk about them separately..

In the end, I think this is all wrong.. we shouldn’t be doing it.. right? So, lets open our eyes to this beautiful world and stop being a blind man who defines the elephant with his hands..
I hope you liked the story and the message at the end.. Lemme know .. bye bye.

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thanks for listening.

/balu

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