Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bye Bye 2009!!!

Another year comes to an end. When the days were full of fun and frolic, time would have run so fast that seldom we get to notice it. But when they were with tears, how hard we try to push it forward, it goes with a dead slow pace. So it all depends on our view to make time vanish faster or slower. Nevertheless it does fade away. At this juncture, I would like to remind myself by blogging some of the interesting and memorable things happened in 2009. If I try to recall and tell which would be the best days in this year, it would be

* Those lazy weekends during which I was sleeping till my tummy growled for food and then waking up to drink nearly 250ml of Bournvita with Sunday Magazine in hand.
* The long 2-wheeler drives done alone in the Necklace Road.
* The happiness I felt, when I got my first Promotion at my workplace.
* The moment when the treadmill showed that I lost 300 calories in a single day :)
* The month when I completed reading 6 books.. That was really an accomplishment as far as my reading speed is compared to that of my mom's and sister's.
* Watching songs in tv till 3 am on a saturday. Only songs, nothing else.
* Mindblowing shopping did for attending 3 of my friend's marriage. I would have shopped more than the brides[hehehe]
* Cheering with full energy at the Hyderabad Stadium on the day of India Vs Australia 5th ODI.
* Bunking Office and went to watch 3 Idiots movie[feel good movie it was]

Apart from these best moments I also had some good moments of meeting my school mates after nearly 6 years, getting new friends online, watching a tamil movie alone in Prasads theatre and blogging.

I direly wanted to(just wanted to and not exactly had) have a total hang over once in life which was not so good moment as far as my values are concerned. It was heights of stupidity on the day when I missed my mobile in a auto along with my bag. I regret so much till today for that. And my dad's visit to my home made me realise how cold my relationship with him has gone. There were also days when I cried endlessly in 2009 and got loads of advices which I detest to recall. I can never go back to those days and rewrite them but its so true that happiness is not full unless a sad day is faced. Looking back at those days now make me feel little more experienced in life and urge me to think on future seriously. But hold on, can I do that? Finding out tomorrow's secret in advance is not the rule of my Life's game. It would be best neither to over-plan nor over-react on how 2010 will be. So, I am ready to welcome with open hands whatever awaits me after thanking all that 2009 has given. I wish all my blog-readers too strength and energy to accept all that comes in life. And Finally, wishing a very happy and exciting fun-filled NEW YEAR.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stress Management

This is not a posting explaining/advicing how to overcome stress in life. But its my experience in a training session I attended on Stress Management. First of all, I am very clear that I am not that totally stressed out to attend this session. I had to complete some mandatory hours of training in my office and this was the one left with vacant seats and suited my timing. I was very sure that I shall doze off in the first half hour of the session, but no there was something else for me in that. The trainer was a lady who captivated the audience with her brilliant speech and tactics. She started the session asking us some simple but thought provoking questions like --

What is the first thing u do once u get up?

Do all of us spend some time atleast half an hour daily only/specially for ourselves?

How many of us do exactly end up in our current profession out of our own interest?

What makes us smile and happy at the end of day?

Have everyone of us identified the priorities in our life?

Are we ready to face the toughest of toughest situations?

How much are we satisfied with what we have got so far on a scale of 1 - 5?

The one best thing was that everyone attended the session was not asked to answer to all these questions. We just need to answer to ourselves which was most important. The trainer pointed out to us the difference between the stress and worry. Life cannot be without worries but it can be made stress-free for sure. Worries should never be built upon. Identifying the stress and accepting the fact that the situation is a PROBLEM needs guts. When the problem is spotted, then there is the choice of solutions. Picking the right choice is another crucial decision. When we are clear of these facts, every day will be crystal clear - either black or white without multiple shades of grey.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Enchanted ----- wow I thoroughly enjoyed it..

Anyone gets happy reading fairy tales and hearing to all that phrases "once upon a time", "lived happily ever after", "forever and ever", "cruel witch", "beautiful princess", "brave prince" etc etc..And I am among that anyone. When me and my sister started reading books, the first book we hunted for is all fairy tales. At that time, I used to think that fairy tale is just one story written by some author. My sister used to say that it is a very good book and I believe her blindly regarding these books. Because till today I strongly have the notion that if my sis suggests a book, it can never go wrong. It so happened last thursday also when she said that Enchanted is a good movie.

Ya true it is... What a imagination these Walt Disney guys have in them to bring a fairy tale clubbed into the modern life of NewYork. I dont know to narrate a fairy tale, hence the introduction of all characters come like this. There is a beautiful princess(Giselle)in the land of Adalasia. She dreams of her Prince(Edward), whom she meets one day in a forest. Both decide to get married immediately. The Prince's step mother is evil, cruel, selfish and witty queen(Narissa). In order to save her throne, she send the princess to the real world where there is no true Love, so that she can never come back. Hence Giselle lands up in Times Square, New York through a manhole. Knowing this, Edward and Pip(talking squirrel) comes to real world from the fairy land in search of Giselle. Here Giselle meets the cynical divorce lawyer(Robert) who stays with her daughter(Morgan). Nancy is Robert's soon-to-be fiancee, who loves fantasy.

Giselle looked exactly like a Walt Disney's cartoon with charming face, cute eyes and wearing lovely dress everytime. What happens in the rest of the movie is a open-book for any adult who has read so many fairy tales. The climax in which the queen poisons Giselle with a red apple and then the statement "Only a true love kiss can save her" all that are so fantastic(read as fantasy oriented). In those 2 hours, I felt I stepped into a disney world and enjoyed it for some time and came back. There was a scene in which Giselle leaves her shoe back and get a sword to kill the queen in order to save Robert. And that same shoe fits Nancy's legs and Edward take Nancy to Adalasia. Can I imagine such a thing? Absolutely not. Hats off to those creative minds.

I donot know about all, but many of whom I know wish that there is a fantasy land somewhere in which all wishes come true and we live peacefully day after day. Of course such a world should exist and is existing in each of our minds. That thought keep us moving and give us energy to face this tough life with a smiling face daily. Movies like Enchanted brings a day of thorough happiness. Its true that Walt Disney corporation's Value & Principle is to MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Memories to Cherish.......Part 1

Learning to dance is one of my long cherished dream. I learnt Bharathanatyam - the classical dance of my state when I was a kid for 3 and half years. I remember the evening classes which I used to attend on mon, wed and fridays. I had 4 uncles who used to take turns in dropping me in the class and picking me up. Somedays I will be lucky to grab a cone-icecream on my way home, when MY DAD comes to pick me up. I used to wear pink color salwar and maroon colour dupatta. My guru was a old man who used to call me as "araikapadi" (the smallest measuring cup), as I was the only one short in my gang of 5 dancers. It brings a broad smile at my face, imagining myself so short in that dance salwar. Gone are the days when me and my dance friends used to hunt for that vaadam(the Indian Almond) fruits in the garden near my dance class. Those moments were really wonderful and will stay in my memory for life long.

But I was so unfortunate that I had to forego dancing after my first stage programme. I didnot feel much till I was 21 that I missed something very important in life. But then I thought why shouldn't I start learning dance again? Inspite of so much fun and mockery made at me, I did not quit searching for some dance institute in this Telugu Country. At first I was ready to learn even Kuchipudi and found a guru. To my dismay, she was constantly busy and couldnot help me out.

Last weekend again due to my boredom, I sought the help of Google Uncle. I was lucky to find a Art Institute where they teach Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Yoga, Western Dance, Vocals etc etc. And there I became again fortunate to start learning this wonderful art. Yes I started my weekend Bharatanatyam classes again :)

I sincerely wish that I should be hale and healthy not to miss a single class from now on. I also wish that my Guru takes me heights. And most importantly, I also wish that I should be financially stable to continue to dance, especialy in this recession time.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Mobile Dependency

Joel Engel and Richard Frenkiel --- if I get chance to meet these 2 guys, I shall definitely fall on their feet and thank them profusely for making my life depend so much on this communication channel. Now, Can I imagine a day without my mobile? A big NO without any second thoughts. My day starts chking out the time in my mobile if I get up before my alarm rings. And of course finding out if any missed calls or messages which I had got in my sleep. I hate being disturbed during sleep through messages and calls. In spite of that why dont I switch off my cell phone at night. Because somewhere deep in my heart i dont want to feel isolated from the world. Yes I dont want to be lonely and cell phone has become my companion these days so much that I feel its part of my family.

Thanks to these high end mobiles I listen to my favourite songs for nearly 4 hours in a day without which my day never ends peacefully. And then the never ending calls with my mom and my friends. I love talking and keep on talking. There was never a day in these last two years that I have missed talking in the mobile. Be it my mom, my family, my friends, my colleagues, some wrong calls, my helpers like plumber, electrician, internet providers, airtel, icici customer care and those promotional calls etc etc... I feel I miss one finger when I miss my mobile or when my mobile is out of charge. Many a times it so happened that way. Those days were really night mare to me. But what to do, I am not Ms.Perfect always though I wish to be one. I think many of us feel like so closely attached to cell phone. Cheers to all of those and happy weekend.!!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cloud Nine Minus One by Sangeeta Mall------ Book review

I had to travel nearly 24 hours from Hyderabad to reach my hometown. I usually read a book during the journey and I succeed to complete this book in the weekend trip. The postmortem of the book follows here in my blog.

On Cloud Nine --- a state of blissful happiness, thats the meaning. After a small search with Google Uncle, I got to know the origin of this term. As always, there are controversies for the origin of this phrase too. One reasonable explanation is that the US Weather Bureau divided clouds into classes and each class has nine types. The ninth in the list refers to cumulo-nimbous cloud which is likely to cause good amount of rainfall. So when a person is "On Cloud Nine", he is all set for extreme happiness just like the cumulo-nimbuos clouds pouring out rain. But Sangeeta Mall choose not to be extremely happy. She wants to come one step down from Cloud Nine and experience the Minus One Stage herself and also the readers of course.

Shruti Malhotra turned Shruti Narayan live in Philadelphia with her husband, Kailash who is a theatre play-writer and their two kids - Isha and Rohan. She is happily settled as an NRI, looking after a Writer's Colony and not allowing her past clinche her present life. She has a dear friend Xenia at her workplace with whom she does not hesitate to share even the darkest secret of her life. Kailash handles and calms down the super excited Shruti every time with his mere looks. They do share a perfect Chemistry which helps in holding their marriage life just like a fresh bloom even after 15 years. The family is all set to enjoy their summer vacation in Spain this year. But time has planned something else for them in India. Kailash receives a invite to Delhi to attend a conference on theatre plays. So they change their holiday plan and land in India in the hottest month of the year. At the same time, Shruti also receives an Email inviting her for the 20th anniversary college reunion in IIM Bangalore, which she has deleted without a second thought. Its because she is not ready to face her dear friend Priya and her ex-boyfriend again both of whom she has ditched 20 years back. Her guilt, her strongly veiled heart says strictly no and could not accept or expect such a reunion.

The face is really the index of the mind and its so obvious that Kailash gets to know about the reunion and commands Shruti to reply to the email. With so much butterflies in her stomach and with so many doubts, questions and flashbacks, Shruti reaches the IIMB campus. Its really difficult to return to past life and look back the old memories if they are not good. What happens in a reunion? The families of the good-old friends meet together, have a diplomatic intro and a few lectures and nice lunch, boring dinner and little enthusiastic games for the kids. Apart from these out-shown activities, within each there runs a whole flashback which they wish
never to come across.

The gold medalist in Accountancy from the Delhi University cracked the CAT and made up to be one among the 5 girls in IIMB 86-88 batch. She slowly made good friends in the India's Prestigious B-School and her identity turned from Shruti to Shruts and finally to Ruts. Even before 20 years, the college didnot escape from the clutches of drugs, booze and smoke. One of Ruts friends was Priya Pathak, the ultra modern girl who turned out to be a nymphomaniac. Ruts never tried to change her but has always accepted Priya for what she was. Jaggu and Ruts fell in love at some point of time, for which Priya never gives a damn. Jaggu, Ruts, Rats(Ravi Saluja) and few others enjoyed college life as any other IIMBian did. The usual lectures, assignments, night studies, treats, terrace talks, rainy days, hot pakodas, tasteless mess food, road-side coffees, exams, rude and cool professors, campus tree shades, new buildings, city's climate all become the discussion topics in the 2 yrs.

Priya Pathak hates guys for no reason, but never stops to enjoy sexual relations with them. She ditches nearly 15- 20 guys in the college. To all this non-ending nonsense, Ruts never gave her point of view to Priya. But as far as Ruts life is concerned, there is always Priya's intrusion in Ruts decision. At the same time Ruts never stop lending shoulders to any other's problems. She was always kind and shared emotional bonding with her friends. She succeeded gaining Priya's confidence and learn about her teenage failed marriage. Yes Priya's hatred for guys started in teenage when she fell in love with a guy in her colony and marry him by eloping away. The end is a tragedy where the guy ditches Priya for the sake of family and the colony people end up in curses for Priya's parents. The incident has made Priya to test guys and handle them as puppets in her hands. She does not leave even Professor Sen for that matter. She gets into a sex scandal in the college during which Priya and Ruts friendship broke like a glass. Ruts and Jaggu also have a break up for some reason or the other.

People forget the past, bury their memories and plant a huge tree on top of it as if these memories are not going to shoot up at any time. But it is these memories which remain as good fertilizers for the huge tree. Yes exactly the same happened with all these IIMB students. Rats and Jaggu gets married to two people differently. Priya remains unmarried, but adopts a girl and live her own life as she has always did. And so did Ruts.

Somehow Ruts get courage to confront Priya and Jaggu. Meeting your ex after 20 years that too when you dont want your loving husband to know all about him is a really different feeling. Shruti manages to overcome all these emotions. In her 2 day stay in IIMB, Ruts come across so many incidents. - Jaggu ends up in a smooch with Ruts, Rats asks for a favour from Ruts to stop his divorce, Ruts and Jaggu help their classmate recover from a heart attack, Kailash gets to know of Jaggu and Ruts old affair, Priya gets clear of her misunderstanding with their old Professor, Ruts arranging Priya's marriage and Ruts coming out of her guilt feelings.

Altogether I felt that it was a good novel to pass my time during travel. And I started the habit of underlining few sentences as I read which I always wanted to do. This way I can re-read those lines in future. The novel neither bored me nor did it get slowed down at any point of time. Thanks to Sangeeta Mall for making my trip memorable for days to come.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

'Almost Single' ---- Book Review

Inspite of disturbing so many people in the train by switching on the lights till late night, I found time to finish my 3rd novel of the month --- "Almost Single" by "Advaita Kala". The Novel's title is one of the most discussed topics these days in magazines. The story is from a women's point of view and I like such stories basically. The reason may be because I am a woman plus I feel so close to the characters in the novel when a lady author narrates a novel. With this mind I bought the book from Landmark. Did Advaita Kala steal my heart? To be true, she has done 75% justice to the novel, but she did not sweep me off my feet.

There is no serious and thrilling plot in the story. Its about 3 friends - Aisha, Misha and Anushka who fell as victims of being Single in a society where girls are looked down if they are not married before 25. Precisely the age has come up from 21 to 23 and now to 25 these days. Thanks to few literates in the society for that. All three girls are working in Delhi. The Protagonist - Aisha works as a Public Relation Manager in a 5 - star Hotel who had a recent break up with her boy friend. Anushka is a married woman but she files for a divorce with her husband Anuj, who is a good friend to Aisha too. Misha also had many break ups earlier in life. To get rid of their Single status tag, Misha and Aisha desperately wants to get married to a rich person preferably an NRI(too much expectations for the girls) and uploads their profile in the web community. And Anushka wants to forget her hubby. I envy their friendship because all three gives shoulders to each other at any odd time of the day. Misha is Aisha's early morning advisor and Anushka for the late night advises. Aisha as usual like any other hotelian has a terrible boss. Aisha with her friend's support tries her best to keep her life lively and occupied. I again envy them for their coffee gossips in Barista (Because I am a strict no-no to Caffeine and dont get moments like that) during which their talks keep rounding only about guys and how to get married.

Aisha gets to meet a guy in her hotel and after a few meets, the guys falls in love. Not actually proposing takes place but Aisha gets only a hint from him. Aisha even carry her astrologer number in her speed dial to get to know about her lucky marriage stars. Her mom constantly give tips to her about choosing her attire to impress guys. Her aunt always comes with a list of guys marriage profiles. Aisha is too worried that in one year she will be crossing the twenties but still single. How does she ends up removing the single status from her profile? Did she managet to find her own expectations in life? Did her parents and relatives stop pestering her for being alone? Did Misha get a guy? Did Anushka move with her life after the divorce? At the end Advaita Kala, the author answers all this but it was more like a chapter coming to end and not the novel. The story ends so abruptly which was not purely justice to the reader. Also I didnot get the complete feel and lamentations of Aisha being alone. She could not decide what she wants in life. Also may be I didnot personally get hooked to her loneliness. Just because she is not committed, she does not stop enjoying life. She realises it at the end of the novel that she has not wasted her life indeed by not marrying all this time.

Its true that a girl cannot be 'single' in her life without overcoming problems from her relatives and from the society. Will the society stop pitying and gossiping about such girls? Will the relatives and parents stop pestering their kids to get married? Will girls be stopped from betrayal from their husbands/lovers? Finally Will girls get satisfied what they get in life? Answering Positively to all this Will questions will make life indeed really beautiful.

Finally I am not totally against marriage and getting committed. I do love to be the one and only one for a guy. But it shall happen on its own and at the right time. Unless that time, I feel it should be fair on part of the society and the relatives to stop talking about other's lives. When such a thing happened for Aisha, her life really turned happy. I am myself waiting for such moments to make this beautiful life more more happier.

Monday, November 16, 2009

What special on a Weekend???

Weekends are always seen forward most excitingly right from the start of the week. But what so special on these days? For some it could be the days where you need not face your manager and your colleagues. For a few people it will be a single day rest after a 6 day tiring job. They wish to be within the four walls in their couch(of course with the remote in hand). Guys take it a chance to meet their friends, have a drink, watch a movie and chat endlessly. Not to forget about the girls who spend so much time to groom themselves so that they look pretty decent the whole week ahead. But Girls also do roam and have fun together with their friends. And I see a few batsmen and bowlers near my home who forget hunger, books, parents, rain, sunlight and dust. They do make a nice pasttime to viewers like me on a weekend. A few other sincere studs could be giving their exams, attending extra special tuitions and thriving hard to fulfil their parents' as well as their dreams. For a few unlucky guys, weekends could be another working day like the 24X7 available medical practitioners, weekend support group and business people. Some lucky fellows wish to roam in the city on a weekend agenda like shopping, purchasing gifts, trying out a new restaurant, cooking something different, visiting a library, having a dentist appointment, surfing in the net, reading a book, enjoying a rain, having a long drive, talking endlessly to friends/relatives over the phone, swimming, dancing etc etc. Be it anything you do, saturdays and sundays are always entertaining provided you spend it as you like. It may sometimes turn out to be a boring one but the decision is always yours to make every weekend a cherished one or leave it just like another day in this precious life of ours.

Monday, November 9, 2009

2 States - The Story of My Marriage by Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat -- the name looks familiar isn't it. The author favoured by the youths of India. I have read all his earlier novels in a single stretch a year back. They were quite impressive which made me buy this novel immediately a week after its launch. It came out to be one of the most lovable novel I have read so far. I felt so comfortable with the author's narration and went so engrossed into it, that I read a few pages even at my office desk :). And this became the first novel, which whilst I am reading I forgot where am I and literally laughed aloud. Such good is the humour part of it. Hats off to Chetan for that.

The story as the title says is about a Marriage. Its not ordinary wedding but a wedding between two states - TamilNadu and Punjab. The protagonists of the novel - Krish and Ananya meet in IIMA - one of India's prestigious B-School. Ananya - the most beautiful girl in the college and Krish - a stud from IIT. I dont know how come all authors choose only beautiful girls in their story. Why cannot a IITian fell in love with a normal looking girl? I could find only one stupid answer for this question. Every girl is Ms.World in her lover's eyes. Beauty lies in the beholder's eyes. May be that could be the reason Chetan has described Ananya's beauty so much.

Ananya, the intelligent beauty is bit weak in one of her subjects for which Krish comes as a free tutor. After few meetings in college canteen, class room and in Hostel room, Krish discovers that he cannot be a JUST FRIEND with Ananya. Of course who can hide all his emotions and feelings when a girl gives right to a guy to be with her almost most of the time in a day. Why is the guy felling in love and why the girl accepts his proposal --- all this is not part of the story. The main thing is they fell in love with each other soon. And they dont stop there. They will be in a live-in together relationship for the 2 whole years which flew off very soon in some 50 pages. They also get a good(highly paid) job in their placement sessions. Nothing else till now but the scene of Krish's actual proposal to Ananya for marriage is little dramatic but the humour wins my heart.

Actually speaking, the real humour of the novel starts on the day of convocation. Ananya's parents from Chennai meet Krish's mom from punjab. First meet between parents is always a disaster in love stories. The same formula here too. Krish and Ananya could have eloped away for a marriage but for some sentimental and emotional bonding choose to win each other parents' hearts too. Is that possible in this situation where punjabis hate to the core the Madrasis and Tamilians dont trust anybody other than themselves? Yes Chetan made this possible at the end and ofcourse Krish too. Rest of the novel is just how Krish gains the trust of Ananya's Parents and how Krish family starts liking Ananya. It would not be fair enough to reveal everything in the review. I liked a few scenes and frowned a little too at a few places. Pros and cons always go hand in hand. I would like to end this review saying a little more about the protagonists.

Ananya comes from a traditional Brahmin family, where culture, tradition and all those big words mean a lot. If Ananya can expand the list of her traditional rules, she will definitely add to it all these ---- eating chicken, drinking beer, having a live-in relation, wearing shorts in guys hostel. She has a valid reason to do all these things. According to her, she is right. Thats what mattered her a lot and thats what made me like her character a lot.

Krish on the other hand is a easy - going guy to whose character I did not find anything special except for his boldness to HIT his own father. I wish, the author could have impressed me a more by carving Krish's character a little more different. I would have enjoyed the story more if Ananya has narrated the plot instead of Krish doing it.

Friday, November 6, 2009

India Vs Australia 5th ODI --- Rajiv Gandhi Internation Stadium Hyderabad

It would be pretty late to publish this post, but there are lots of reasons why it was postponed.

It was the first time I went to watch a ODI in a stadium and it turned out to be a terrific one to be cherished for a lifetime. I had been to the same stadium to watch a IPL match - Kolkata Vs Deccan. What magic do these camera men have in them to turn a sobre and dull looking stadium look like a lovely International ground in the TV sets at our homes.

Everything started good for me yesterday right from collecting tickets a week before, transportation to the stadium, finding a decent neighbour in the stadium, getting a correct vision to the pitch. Thanks to the perfect planning done by none other than my Mom. The day ended pretty well with no much tensions except for shelling out a few extra bucks to the auto fellow while returning home.
I had a vision earlier that Indians will lose this match. This I say so because Dhoni to whom I am a great fan will always love to end any series with a thrilling end (which I hope will be in Mumbai). My vision turned true to my dismay. Yes like any other Indian in Hyderabad, I also direly wanted the home team to win the match But we lost the toss and bowled so badly and allowed the Aussies set a huge target of 351, which our so called batsmen could not achieve.

The first half of the session was indeed a boring one as there were no wickets falling till nearly 25 overs. But I enjoyed identifying the players in the ground. (Jee Bharke Dekha Sabko)!!!! That was the only entertaining part and a few good fielding done by the Indian Players.

The half an hour break session was like a 2 hour wait :(. Lucky I was that my mom was beside me to chat with. Then started the superb batting by Sachin. I was on top of the world for every 4 and 6 and enjoyed thoroughly with a TIRANGA. Watching Sachin's record break of 17000 runs and 45th ODI hundred live was worth spending nearly 1K and 10 hours of time. I literally cursed 3 batsmen - Gambhir, Yuvaraj and Dhoni. They could have been a little more responsible.

In the Post-Mortem session of the match in office today, my manager gave a comment that "Ravindra Jadeja should be hanged" for a worst run-out. hahaha. I could never imagine such a comment.

After seeing such a crowd of nearly 40000 ardent Indian cricket fans in the stadium and a huge lot from their homes, I had a thought ---- Why is Cricket not our National game??? Be it our National game or not, it will remain my favourite pasttime for years to come.

ஆய கலைகள் 64 --- 64 types of art

Every Tamil person should have heard of this term "ஆய கலைகள் 64". When I googled a little, I found the origin of this word. It seems that the 2 Hindu Mythological Characters -- Krishna and Balarama have learnt all these 64 types of art. They should be really brilliant isn't it? True, that Art is always fascinating - For any act to become an art, it should be done in a proper way. 64 such forms of Art have been classified below:

1. Toilet Make-up, toilet and use of beautifying agents
2. Painting the body, and colouring the nails, hair, etc.
3. Decoration of the forehead.
4. Art of hair dressing.
5. Art of dressing.
6. Proper matching of decorations and jewellery.
Music and Dancing
7. Singing.
8. Playing on musical instruments.
9. Playing on musical glasses filled with water.
10. Acting.
11. Dancing.
General Education
12. Good manners and etiquette.
13. Knowledge of diffenrent langguages and dialects.
14. Knowledge of vocabularies.
15. Knowledge of Rhetoric or Figures of Speech.
16. Reading.
17. Reciting poems.
18. Criticism of poems.
19. Criticism of dramas and analysis of stories.
20. Filling up the missing line of a poem.
21. Composing poems to order.
22. Reply in verse (when one person recites a poem, another gives the reply in verse).
23. The art of speaking by changing the forms of words.
24. Art of knowing the character of a man from his features.
25. Art of attracting others (bewitching).
Domestic Science
26. Art of cooking.
27. Preparation of different beverages, sweet and acid drinks, chutneys, etc.
28. Sewing and needle work.
29. Making of different beds for different purposes and for different seasons. Physical culture
30. Physical culture.
31. Skill in youthful sports.
32. Swimming and water-sports.
33. Games of dice, chess, etc.
34. Games of chance.
35. Puzzles and their solution.
36. Arithmetical games.
Art of Entertaining
37. Magic: art of creating illusions.
38. Trick of hand.
39. Mimicry or imitation (of voice or sounds).
40. Art of disguise.
Fine Arts
41. Painting in colours.
42. Stringing flowers into garlands and other ornaments for decorating the body, such as crowns, clapnets, etc.
43. Floral decorations of carriages.
44. Making of artificial flowers.
45. Preparation of ear-rings of shell, ivory, etc.
46. Making birds, flowers, etc., of thread or yarn.
47. Clay-modelling: making figures and images.
48. The art of changing the appearance of things such as making to appear as silk. Pet Animals
49. Training parrots and other birds to talk.
50. Training rams and cocks and other birds for mock fight. Professional Training
51. Gardening and agriculture.
52. Preparation of perfumery.
53. Making furniture from canes and reeds.
54. Wood-engraving.
55. Carpentry.
56. Knowledge of machinery.
57. Construction of building (Architecture).
58. Floor decoration with coloured stones.
59. Knowledge of metals.(Metallurgy) :)
60. Knowledge of gems and jewels.
61. Colouring precious stones.
62. Art of war.
63. Knowledge of code words.
64. Signals for conveying messages.

I am very sure that there are lots more to learn for Krishna and Balarama in this 21st Century.

P.S: The post is based on google research and not with reference to any Reliable resource and comments are always invited for further improvement.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

சரஸ்வதி அந்தாதி

படிக நிறமும் பவளச்செவ் வாயும்
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