Monday, December 06, 2010

dessert haiku

strawberries quiver
fresh cream glides over ripe curves
in luscious embrace

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ayush and Myka

Ain't this the cutest? My nephew Ayush, son of Meera and Manu; with Myka, a friend's Vizsla (Hungarian pointer). Okay, well, yeah: some credit to Manu for the photography too.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

night light

Candleholder from Austin ceramic painting workshop, 1997

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

web 0.0

Click photo above for full display. From a trek to Nagala Hills on Feb 13, 2010, with the Chennai Trekkers.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Jazz is home, too

So, last October I went to Viveks on Royapettah High Road to get myself one of those nifty audiotape/CD-to-mp3 converters. As I waited in line to get my card processed along with the hordes of Deepavali shoppers, I saw that Viveks was running a 'perfect home' slogan contest with a Honda Jazz hatchback as the first prize. The car, a model released in India in mid-2009, reminded me a lot of the mid-90-s Honda Civic hatchback that had been a significant part of my life during the good times in Austin and Portland, the memorable camping trips, and the many drives between Oregon and Washington. Deciding I had nothing to lose, I wrote a slogan and dropped it in the box before my card came back to me with the copy for my signature. And promptly forgot about it.

Fast forward to Jan 2010. I was in the middle of editing a monthly technical report in the office, when I got a call from Viveks cheerily congratulating me on being adjudged the winner after review of entries by a panel of advertising professionals, and giving me contact information of Capital Honda for follow up. It took me - ever the sceptic - several discussions with family members who knew the store and vouched for its credibility, before I accepted that this was a genuine offer and not a scam.

After a few weeks of deliberation (should I wait for a 2010 model in Habanero Red or take the readily available Sapphire Blue 2009 which was in stock?) and consultations with my cousins, friends, aunts and uncles - I finally decided to go with the 2009 blue. Today I was invited to a small gathering at Viveks where Mr. B.A. Kodandaraman, Chairman and Managing Director of Viveks, handed me the keys to the car.

All the folks at Viveks and Capital Honda turned out to be very cordial and professional: a pleasure to interact with.

Now, it's back to editing technical reports. The rounds of treats to colleagues at SAATHII and kith+kin will follow in due course.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

iCandy is home

Thanks to Rohit and his parents...

Monday, January 04, 2010

kara dhRta vINA

fingers traverse frets
pull, caress, glide across strings
goddesses listen

Sunday, January 03, 2010

bhairavi: AryAm abhayAmbAm bhaja rE rE

Here is a recording made by Ramji and Vidya on their visit to Kalpakam teacher's place on November 29, 2009. Thanks to Vidya for this three part video, starting with AlApanA,

followed by tAnam,

and concluding with a rendition of AryAm abhayAmbAm, a kRti from the abhayAmbA vibhakti series of Muttuswami Dikshitar.

I remember this weekend as the one following my return from South Africa with H1N1, an infection that was confirmed by DNA PCR the day after this veena session, and that had me quarantined for over a week. Despite the scare, mostly around the risk of infecting others, I did manage to review and work on my rusty culinary skills during the quarantine period.

Lyrics below courtesy Translation and transliteration here.

आर्यां अभयाम्बाम् - रागं भैरवि - ताळं त्रिपुट

आर्यां अभयाम्बां भजरे रे चित्त सन्ततं
अविद्या कार्य कलनां त्यज रे
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
आदि मध्यान्त रहितां शिव सहिताम्

सूर्याग्नि चन्द्र मण्डल मध्य वासिनीं
सुख-तर प्रवर्तिनीं स्वेतर निवासिनीम्
आचार्य शिष्यानुग्रह करण शक्ति प्रदापार करुणां
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
चर्यादि चतुष्टय वितरण समर्थ-तर चरणां अरुणाम्

नन्दन वनोत्पादन पुष्प मालिका -
वन्दनालयादि प्रस्थापन दिव्य-
चन्दन घर्षण स्थल शुद्धि करण-
वन्दन स्तोत्रादि पठन भक्त सेवानां -
मन्द-धी हरण चर्यायुत मानवानां-
धर्म-मय स्वच्छन्द शिव सालोक्य -
दायक चतुर-तर हर नट भैरवीं
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
मन्द स्मित विलसित मुखारविन्दां गुरु गुहाम्बिकां
मुकुन्द सोदरीं महा त्रिपुर सुन्दरीं आनन्द लहरीम्