|Monday, October 08, 2007|
This is my last post on this blog. Radio Userland has served me well since I started blogging in 2003. I will post more details on the transition, at my new blog - for now I just wanted to make this announcement, and provide the new url and feeds.
My old blog will be archived at its old url (http://radio.weblogs.com/0121664/) and I will keep the archives going. Stuart, who has worked out the platform for Conversations with Dina on Wordpress has done some neato hacks - one that I love a lot is that the search function will not just search the new blog archives, but also my old Radio blog archives. And he has managed to transfer some of my posts over too. That's so cool!!! Lots more needs doing there ... and that will emerge I'm sure.
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|Friday, June 01, 2007|
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within."
We often do what we think is expected because of who we think we are. Which is again perhaps in line with Cooley's Looking - Glass Self phenomenon which suggests that "a person views himself or herself through others' perceptions in society and in turn gains identity. Identity, or self, is the result of the concept in which we learn to see ourselves as others do (Yeung, et al. 2003)"
And when we let ourselves 'be', it really can be so easy and is fun too. I want to learn to feel this difference and not just view myself through reflections in others' mirrors. Really listen, understand the balance between the two, and learn to navigate the streams that let us flow from one to the other.
[Image sent to me last year by a friend - its titled 'Thought']
[Afterthought - I think I need a holiday :):):)]
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|Wednesday, March 28, 2007|
Just as I am dealing with the final stages of buying an apartment - all the paperwork just drives me nuts, my Skype buddy, Morris Rolland, who I haven't chatted with for ages, sends me this thought in the form of verse today:
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|Tuesday, March 06, 2007|
.... on April 21, 2039. According to this! Gotta work on living longer :)
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|Monday, November 27, 2006|
...... isn't so bad. Not when you get a brand new
cell phone - the Nokia N73! :):):) (apologies Jabberwock, but I can't
help feeling like a smiley person).
Here's a detailed review by Ken Camp, with some drawbacks highlighted.
And I love the tagline in the N73 ad - "the future of photography is connected" - it clearly re-positions cell phones... ooops digicams. Smart!
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|Wednesday, November 08, 2006|
Was passing by one of the busiest 'walls' in Bombay today .. and couldn't resist this picture. Any guesses on the product? No pink prizes ange :)
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|Saturday, October 14, 2006|
I couldn't help laughing when I read this post Public or Pubic at Amit Varma's blog. It reminded me of a really good friend back in college, who, one day, in all innocence,
asked us in a girly 'hush-hush' whisper: "Why do people call such a private
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|Thursday, October 12, 2006|
"A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at
such a speed. It feels an impulsion...... this is the place to go
now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds,
and you will know too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond
horizons"........Richard Bach [quote found at Life 2.0 in a great post called Who Are You?] [Picture credit]
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|Saturday, October 07, 2006|
What is held ..
and what is released ...
.... beautiful imagery in words and pictures from two bloggers who I read regularly for inspiration.
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|Wednesday, September 20, 2006|
Thinking of some new relationships I have found such joy in over the last few years ...
"For years, copying other people,
I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn't decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside."
[discovered at Aparna's blog, when she spent an evening with Rumi]
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|Sunday, August 27, 2006|
I don't usually blog about movies, but this article in the Hindustan Times that shares reader responses to Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK) (detailed story) roused my researcher instincts. The movie is the lives of Dev and Maya, who are both
married to different people, who both yearn for something deeper and more meaningful,
and for passion. They find each other, and as a result, it changes lives of all involved forever.
"...A surfer named Deepak from Dubai wrote in to say: "KANK is a movie which not only undermines, but also insults Indian culture and values."
".....30-year-old Sabrina from Panaji sent us a very telling comment. She said: "I don't care for movies like KANK, especially if they come from a director like Karan Johar. But I can say this for sure: I would not hestitate for a second to walk out if my marriage is not working out. I am an individual with a life to lead, why should I waste it on a loveless relationship?"
"27-year-old Sangita, who wrote in from Arlington, Virginia, provided another interesting angle to this issue. She said: "This is a very complex issue. In the US for instance, women are a lot more empowered. They think of themselves as individuals and so don't hesitate to leave a marriage where there is no love or commitment. In India however, women don't think of themselves as an identity different from their husbands. So they suffer all marital discords and continue to be slaves to their negligent and uncaring husbands."Art imitating life?
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|Wednesday, August 16, 2006|
My dad, Dr. Homi Dastur, is 80 today ... and you'd never know it if you met him. He's a neurosurgeon and still operates at Jaslok Hospital, where he has been since 1974, and will until he is 83. One of the pioneering neurosurgeons in India, he set up the neurosurgery department at the KEM hospital way back in 1957. I was telling Stuart about him the other day, who placed a bet that he must be among the oldest practicing neurosurgeons in the world ... I wonder if this is true!
I found this link on the web - here's what a colleague says about him ... "I was also privileged to see such teachers as Drs RN Cooper, AV Baliga, SJ Mehta, RG Ginde, Homi Dastur and PK Sen examine candidates. Most of these giants possessed competence, vast experience, a deep understanding of the art and science of medicine and, at least as important, unchallengeable honesty. I have seen Dr Homi Dastur walk out of the examination hall for a brief spell after explaining to his fellow examiner that the candidate facing them was his student. He desired the other examiner to conduct his assessment without any hindrance or interference."
When I asked him what drives him today, why he still operates when he could just relax and enjoy his life - he says simply that patients still come to him for advice and he cannot let them down. Also, there is that element of trepidation and anxiety in neurosurgery, which was never in him when he was doing general surgery - which for him is a challenge - and keeps him going! His advice to any young surgeon is "never let frustration overcome you".
My sister tells me of this really funny incident, where Dad and Mum were dropping her off to the airport when she was off to college, and she suddenly had a huge fit of laughter in the car ... Dad had no clue what was going on .. until she pointed out to him he was driving on the wrong side of the road! That's my Dad :)
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|Monday, June 12, 2006|
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"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom". - Anaïs Nin.
Found in a touching post on Evelyn's blog about her artist friend Ruby and her coming out party. I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the soul food at her blog ... its been ages... thanks Evelyn!
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|Wednesday, April 26, 2006|
A very close friend of mine passed away in May 2005. We had been together in school and college - I've known her since we were 5. It was sudden and a real shock. Her mother and sister have been trying to get the post mortem report from the authorities for a whole year, and are yet to receive it. This is the whole story ... as written by her mother ... she wants to make it public in the hope that some action is taken.
Any suggestions on who she might send it to or how she could get closure on this ? She wishes to remain anonymous - as she fears harrassment.
My daughter passed away on the 11th May 2005. It was very sudden and no doctors were available in the middle of the night.As it was in the middle of May vacation, it added to the misfortune.I was told in the morning by one Breachcandy Hospital Doctor to shift her immediately there. She was no more upon arrival and as per the law a post mortem had to be done. The report for this is still pending almost a year after. As she had various illnesses earlier (though nothing on that particular day except extremely high fever), my younger daughter and I are very anxious to know the exact nature of the cause of her demise.
I kept trying to find out from the Gamdevi Police station as to when the report will come as it is more than 11 months since she passed away. They kept telling me it takes time but as I find it difficult to wait on, I contacted a doctor in the pathology department through a doctor friend and was told that it was a norm at the forensic dept. to keep people waiting in case there is a question of insurance recovery. In that case the people who have already lost someone have to part with some of the money. I was told that in my case as there was no insurance money concerned, I should wait for another 6 months and the people at the forensic lab will realise that nothing is forthcoming and they will then release the report.
To add to this I was also told that if they are made happy they will also change the report to help the recovery of the insurance money. I wonder if you would like to ivvestigate this matter, I will wait for a day or two for your reply and approach someone else if you are not interested. I would like my name not to be mentioned as they might harass me further about the report. They may just change it or sit on it longer still.
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|Sunday, March 26, 2006|
Some people go their whole lives
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|Friday, March 17, 2006|
My brother-in-law, Pavan Buragohain is a real genius ... he's made this guitar from scratch and completely on his own - from solid steam-beach
hardwood, a carved top, white-ash neck, and a rosewood fretboard, lacquered
with polyurethane, coloured tobacco sunburst.
Apart from designing lots of the furniture in their home and making guitars, he's an animator and illustrator - check out some of his work here, including a portrait of my younger sister at the bottom of the page I've linked to.
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"Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, thatís creativity" - Charles Mingus
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|Saturday, March 11, 2006|
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people could change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
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|Thursday, February 16, 2006|
(Image credit here)
I've been telling people that 2006 is going to be a year of
change ... I just feel it in my bones. I was chatting with Avi
yesterday and made that statement to him. He asked me for my birth date
and swept me off on a journey exploring numerology, destiny numbers and yearly
cycles. Skeptic I am about all such matters - oooh how I dislike this
trend where so many TV serials and artistes are changing their names for 'good
karma', and dismiss it as a New Age sort of thing - ironic in some ways as its been around forever. So, I kept making 'errors' in my calculations of destiny numbers and life
cycle numbers. Still, Avi pushed his way through and just kept feeding me :). And it was the strangest experience reading through it - it seemed like a real mirror of my life as it has been and is, not an odd shadow in the reflections. And not preachy or judgemental as I had expected either. I got excited by this, was having fun too, and checked out numbers and destinies for some of my family and friends - and it kept getting better.
I guess I won't be dismissing it anymore - I won't let it become a self-fulfilling prophecy either. And nooooo, I'm not about to change the alphabets in my name yet :)
Try it for yourself - its interesting. This is one place that I used to 'figure me out' - look for the links that say Destiny Number and Yearly Life Cycle.
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|Sunday, January 29, 2006|
More puppy fun at Khandala ...
and finally ... a group huggle ...
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|Monday, January 23, 2006|
Nature breathes life ...
ripe peach ...
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|Sunday, January 15, 2006|
I finally got around to doing some
housekeeping on my blog. Have edited the categories and links - am
hoping they will render alright. The nice thing is each of them
acts as a separate blog - so readers can subscribe separately to
specific categories that interest you!
Here they are - links and RSS feeds
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