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Nishkama Karma

I was trying really hard to improve the appearance and usability of my kannada keyboard. I tried using 3 screens instead of 2. Then I tried popup screen for diacritics (aakara, ikara etc). I tried different background. I tried looking into some source code to see if I can change background of special characters.

Yesterday I was in for a shock. I realized many phones like non-samsung phones will not render the language properly. If I type shabda, they will display
ಶಬ್ ದ . And if I type, shale, they display ಶ ಾ ಲ ೆ

Such a disappointment. Here I was dreaming about buying a car by placing this app as paid app. I could hardly buy a jatre car with this situation.

Then something in the upper floor where a brain must reside told me - MOVE ON. Yes, I should just finish this with some features and move on to next app.

So much for nishkama karma

Note : In Bhagawatgita, Lord Krishna told us " Karmanyeva adhikaraste, ma phalesh kadachana". So we are supposed to do our work, without an…

Honesty in people

What is your reaction when you read a newspaper article about an auto driver returning bag full of money left back in his auto to its owner? Yeah, even I thought ' too good to be true'. But I experienced a similar situation yesterday.


I was wearing a gold bracelet with a small dangling pendant. Was soaking the clothes for the maid, dumping all the dirty vessels in a bowl and giving it to maid and so on. I did not realize when that dangling pendant fell and where. Me with long sight and very careless ways would not have realized it missing for months together.

Maid who was washing the clothes called me and showed the pendant, saying it had fallen from the bucket to ground. I was dumb stuck at her honesty. She knows about my carelessness and she could have really pocketed it herself and I would have never guessed it.


We keep saying and thinking that people have become very selfish and money-minded or out right bad.  And we expect the lower income group people to be dishonest a…

Arunima conquers Everest

Arunima Sinha is the first Indian amputee to climb the tallest peak, Mt. Everest. 25 year old Ms. Sinha has a prosthetic left leg.

Arunima lost her left leg 2 years ago, in April 11 2011 when some criminals pushed her out of a moving train. They had tried to snatch her chain, and when she resisted, they pushed her out of the train. She was hit by a passing train and seriously injured. Doctors had to cut her left leg below the knee.

As she did not want the pity of all people, she decided to achieve something. She joined Tata Steel Adventure Foundation Camp and trained herself for climbing the tallest mountain in the world.

Kudos, Ms. Sinha, we salute you!!!


Have you observed something? Most of my blogs are about mundane things about myself or sarcasm about others. And I am not alone in this. Why do we always like to blog about drawbacks of others. Do we never find anything good about anyone blogworthy? And if some one happens to write a post praising X or Y or Z, we call them their agents.


I have blogged many things about marriage ceremonies and of course it is full of sarcasm. But why did I not mention, how much work it takes to arrange such a marriage. And I am not even talking about  bride/groom hunting.  Four, five hundreds will attend the marriage. Breakfast for those who come early, special lunch and tea and snacks for all should be arranged. Marriage also involves 10s of different rituals and most guests must be able to see these. How much planning and organization goes into all this and how much of team work. The groom or brides and their parents can not look after anything. There must be at least a dozen responsible people who…

Har jagah khuda hai

Circumstances are making me more and more convinced that our rulers are not what we think them to be. They do think of ingenious ways to improve our health.

When you are walking or driving on the what is supposed to be road or trying to do either what do you say. No, I don't mean expletives. You say "yahan khuda hai, vahan khuda hai, aage khuda hai, peeche khuda hai. sabhi jagah khuda hai" and by saying it again and again, saying it everyday you will turn into a devout hindu/muslim/christian or whatever other religion you belong to. And that has plus points too. You will get peace of mind. (Never mind the fact that you transfer all your worries big and small to uperwallah. And he cann't take a single chain ki saas.) Our leaders have thought of all these things before deciding the roads to "let be".

Note : Blog inspired by Hindi film "Crazzy 4" though it is a bakwaas film

New shopping address

Do you love shopping? No! Do you at least love window shopping? No!! I do not believe you. All ladies from 8 to 80 love shopping. And they enjoy window shopping.

But of late you find it too stressful to travel to the malls in this maddening traffic. Did you say you are waiting for better roads, since the government has changed in your city? Are you so gullible?

Anyway I was finding it too difficult to maneuver the herculean task of driving in this killing traffic. And I was concluding that  my days of oogling and drooling over the newest dresses and books and furniture was over.

But that was not to be. As usual the God Computer and God Internet came to my rescue. Now I window shop for hours together. Everyday. But I do not travel , I do not even get dressed. I shop on my laptop using jabong, myntra, flipkart etc. And of course I do not buy anything. So miya bhi khush. bibi bhi khush!!

But to tell you the truth, the dresses I see are over rated and not the best either in material or i…

The Memory Artists

Noel Burun has synesthesia. He never forgets anything. He memorizes things with colors and images. He can remember entire books like works of Byron or Arabian Nights. When he meets people his mind is flooded with words and images.

His mother Stella can not remember where she is or which year it is. She keeps asking when will the train arrive. She is suffering from Alzeimer's disease. She comes to her son's room  with a very bright light in the middle of night and keeps observing him. Noel has to take care of her like a child. He tells her stories and poems to her in the night. He need not read them, as he remembers all.

Noel works in his lab in the basement trying to find a cure to his mother's disease to bring her back to normal condition. His chemistry lab was set up by his father when Noel was still a child. His father though a great scientist working in research organization, could not take the stress of research and started working as a sales representative in a phar…

Next minister

Everyone is talking about the election results. What is your opinion? Who will be next CM?


Congress gets complete majority and Siddaramayya becomes CM.Congress forms the government with the help of KJP and Yediyurappa becomes CM Congress forms govt with the help of JDS and HDK becomes CMCongress forms govt with some other party and RV Deshapande becomes CMThere is so much confusion, in fight and outfight regarding co-aliation and chief minister post that there are many in out  fights hurting 10 candidates severely and injuring scores of others and since nothing can be decided another election is announced.

A prayer on anniversary

A question to my long married - married for what feels like a century, long married women readers.

On your anniversary day do you pray that

    Dear god, give me this man as husband for next birth and next 7 births as well.

or

    Dear god,  forget about next birth, just make my husband buy me a diamond necklace for this anniversary.
ಈಗ ೨೦ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಹೀಗೆ ಇರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ನಾನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಂದ   ನಮ್ಮೂರಿಗೆ ಹೋದರೆ ಬೇರೆಯದೇ ವಿಶ್ವ ಕಾದಿರಿತ್ತಿತ್ತು.

ಗಂಡಸರು ಜಗುಲಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಲೋಡಿಗೆ  ಸಾದಿ ಕೂತು ಬಾಯಿ ತುಂಬಾ ಕವಳ ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡು ಮಾತಾಡುತ್ತ ಅಥವಾ ಇಸ್ಪೀಟ್ ಆಡುತ್ತ ಆಗಾಗ ಹೆಂಡತಿ / ತಾಯಿ/ತಂಗಿ  ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ತಾನೇ ಚೊಕ್ಕ ಮಾಡಿದ ಕಡಬಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಪಿಚಕ್ಕೆಂದು ಕವಳ ತುಪ್ಪಿ ಬರುತ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದರು. ಹೆಂಗಸರು ಅರೆ ಕತ್ತಲೆ ಅಡಿಗೆ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸೌದೆ ಒಲೆಯನ್ನು ಊದಿ ಊದಿ ಸೋತು ೨ ಫೂಟು ಅಗಲದ ಒರಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಯಿ ರುಬ್ಬುತ್ತ , ಹಾಳಾಗಿರುವ ಮಿಕ್ಸರನ್ನು ಬಯ್ಯುತ್ತ, ೮ ಗಂಟೆ ಮಾಯವಾಗುವ ಕರೆಂಟನ್ನು ಬಯ್ಯುತ್ತ ಒಲೆಯ ಮೇಲಿನ ಅನ್ನದ ಚರಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ನೋಡುತ್ತಾ ಇರುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಮಕ್ಕಳು ಜಗುಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಏನೋ ಹೋಳಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಅಪ್ಪನ ಹತ್ರ ಬೈಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಒಳಗೆ ಬಂದು ಹಶವು ಎಂದು ಅಮ್ಮನ ಹತ್ರ ಹೊಡೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಅಂಗಳಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಅದಕ್ಕೂ ಬೈಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಅಳುತ್ತ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಹಿಡಿದು ಕೂರುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು.

ಕಾರ್ಯ (ಮದುವೆ , ಉಪನಯನ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ) ಮನೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣುವ ದ್ರಶ್ಯವೂ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಹೆಂಗಸರು ತುಂಬಾ ಹತ್ತಿರದ ಮದುವೆಯಾದರೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಮದುವೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗಂಡನ ಮನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ರೇಷ್ಮೆ ಸೀರೆ ಉಟ್ಟು, ಇಲ್ಲವಾದರೆ ಇದ್ದದ್ದರಲ್ಲೇ ಹೊಸದಾದ ಸೀರೆ ಉಟ್ಟು, ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಬಿಳಿಯದೋ, ಕರಿಯದ್ದೋ ಬ್ಲೌಸ್  ತೊಟ್ಟು, ಅತ್ತೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟರೆ ವಟಾಣಿ   ಸರ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡು , ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಪೌಡರ್ ಹಚ್ಚಿಕೊಂಡು ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹೆಂಗಸರು ಒಳಗೆ ತ…