Baghdad Burning !!!

i recently read a blog : Baghdad Burning.
This blog was given some award, I guess Best Middle East Blog (not sure), so must be quite popular by now.

It is really well written, by this I don't mean language or presentation, I mean it's a blog by common girl giving us a peek into day to day life in Iraq, no beurocratic discussions, no gory stuff, no racism, just plain daily life narration. You can actually empathise with Iraqis after reading this.

One particular touching excerpt from a post goes like this:

"... Here we come to the end of 2006 and I am sad. Not simply sad for the state of the country, but for the state of our humanity, as Iraqis. We've all lost some of the compassion and civility that I felt made us special four years ago. I take myself as an example. Nearly four years ago, I cringed every time I heard about the death of an American soldier. They were occupiers, but they were humans also and the knowledge that they were being killed in my country gave me sleepless nights. Never mind they crossed oceans to attack the country, I actually felt for them.

Had I not chronicled those feelings of agitation in this very blog, I wouldn't believe them now. Today, they simply represent numbers. 3000 Americans dead over nearly four years? Really? That's the number of dead Iraqis in less than a month. The Americans had families? Too bad. So do we. So do the corpses in the streets and the ones waiting for identification in the morgue.

Is the American soldier that died today in Anbar more important than a cousin I have who was shot last month on the night of his engagement to a woman he's wanted to marry for the last six years? I don't think so.

Do visit it. Listed also under Do Visit section of my blog [left side]

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My experiments with ???

Hello everyone, well this post is about my new blog at Wordpress.
I wanted to explore wordpress blogging service too (heard, it's better than blogger).
So I created a new bog and dedicated it to my love for photography.
Can't start a new blog on my ramblings, so i thought why not d something interesting.
This blog will have all my photography related posts in future, my experiences, tips, links to interesting pics etc. I have migrated few posts from here too.

But this blog will take time to grow and i will only post good pics on this blog (which i don't doubt will turn into better ones with time).

The header will feature photographs by me and will keep changing.

So without taking a break let me redirect you to my new blog: veni,vedi,vici

I request you to please add this link too on your blogrolls.

Let me see if I can maintain two blogs at a time without risking the hits on each one :-)

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Start Healthy,Wake Up

Yesterday, got to know about a documentary film about ill effects of junk food from my friend Ankur. This was nominated for Academy Awards Best Documentary Film.

See the wikipedia link below:

It's really shocking to see how people can twist things for their own profits.

I have stopped drinking Pepsi and Coca Cola, long time back and urge pple too to stop getting fooled and live a healthy lifestyle.

As my new year resolution, i'm going to gym everyday (as long as I have the opportunity). So I wake up early morning at 5:30 to catch 6:15 a.m. bus to office. Could have done this in the evening but can't let go of my snooker sessions. Its really a pain sometimes to get out from under your cozy blanket and leave the bed, specially when you sometimes sleep at 12:30 at night.
But got to live up to my resolutions, i have heard it improves ur self image :-)

So long live the resolutions

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Mind Blowing

I would die to shoot such pics, how do these guys capture such pics.
Thats why I love photography.

View each and every photo here :-)

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These are some of the pics from Pondicherry, a gr8 experience for all of us

from top in order:

1. Me at sea shore in Pondicherry
2. My frnd, hungry at 6 a.m in the morning
3. Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram en route to Pondicherry
4. Shore Temple and us
5. Pandav Rath in Mahabalipuram (its a monolithic architecture)
6. :-)
7. Elephant at Ganesha Temple in Pondicherry

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Probably Jaya feels the same

I found this on ibn blogs written by Somen Mishra.
First I thought to post the poem here, but then its no better than plagiarism, even if I acknowledge the author. So the link instead.

My friend Jaya is shifting to B'lore and I thought this might capture her current mood. :-)

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My new year eve

How about this - no work on the first day of office this year.

I’m back to Bangalore (it sucks) after spending the New Year in Pondicherry (Pudducherry).
It is a lovely place, nothing extra ordinary but a serene place.

The punch line is apt - Pondicherry : Give time a break.

One thing you start appreciating while living in Bangalore is the scarcity of crowd. You start loving the places which are less crowded (be it anywhere). We stayed there in Ashram’s guest house; you won’t believe it at only twenty rupees per head per day. Thanks to ‘Gullu Uncle’. He is an ashramite and a jolly person. He accompanied us on our sight seeing tour in Pondi.
It was awesome to bath at the beach, and we didn’t go to a popular commercial beach, couldn’t get tickets for the boat which was supposed to carry us to the island. Instead we chose an ordinary beach next to a fisherman colony. There were just us on the beach so gave us the feeling of privacy. First time I tasted the sea water (too salty).
The main beach of Pondi has been converted to a rocky beach post tsunami. So we had a privilege to visit both type of beaches.
But I couldn’t see the sunrise (sunset of course not, as the ocean is on the east). On the last day I got up at five to shoot the moment, only to find it’s too early for the sun rise, and then went to the beach at around six with my friend, only to find clouds on the horizon. I had taken my camera to shoot the moment, but could take snaps only after sun had risen from the sea bed, but it was not bad at all. We sat there for one hour enjoying the waves splashing on the rocks. It was wonderful to acknowledge the vastness of the ocean and seeing the waves forming and splashing. It was beautiful.
Overall our stay in Pondi was awesome, for we saw something new and thanks to our gracious and wonderful hosts (thanks to Piyu and family) we enjoyed the stay to the fullest.
While leaving when I thanked ‘Gullu Uncle’, he said ‘gaali de rahe ho’.

Will post the snaps sometime later.

So my resolutions for the New Year.
Not made any, will decide in the due course of time.
Happy New Year.

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