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Snaps of Rudrabhishekam on 27th March 2011

I am glad to share the snaps of Rudrabhishekam conducted on my new Shivalingam and my new nandhi today (27th March 2011). Though I could not make all the ingredients for the abhishekam, I feel blissful to have at least the following to be part of the abhishekam:  OilMilkCurd/YoghurtHoneyGheeEven after the spring started today early morning that had been a light snow all around, something very rare. Perhaps was it a blissful blessing of Maansaarovar@Virginia for our Rudrabhishekam!!!!

Welcoming the new Shivalingam into our home ...

A few days back I ordered a small Shivalingam and a rudraksha mala for my Pooja room. The same came in today, duly delivered by USPS. After inviting Him with a quick and small aarathi, I have placed the same in my pooja room near the Nandhi. A few snaps of the same has been illustrated in the enclosed video. As the video navigates through the snap you should also  be hearing Goswami Tulsidas' Rudrastakam in the melodius enchanting voice of Uma and her team.

Welcome Spring!!!!

After months of chill weather, hiding in warm enclosures and loaded with layers of protective warm garments, a little pleasant sweet charming spring starts to bloom. "A poet can not but be gay in such a jocund company. (--William Wordsworth in The Daffodils)"
Here is a quick little snap of a tiny tree smiling slowly with tender leaves.

You can listen to a pleasant MP3 related to this calm and rewarding mind over here.

A staircase proposition by Ubuntu ...

Today morning when I switched on my computer and logged on to it, the desktop had a very interesting appearance. I normally don't prefer too many icons on the desktop unless the most frequently used ones.  The four icons had got assembled like a staircase.  Todolist was showing up like the first step indicating that you need to plan your activities and execute it systematically.  Once you plan the activities then comes a streamlined navigation.(Nautilus is a file manager in Ubuntu (like Windows Explorer)). Once you are navigating through your deliverables systematically God would bless you with miracles.With the blessings of the Lord you can connect and progress to great steps with ease and spiritual bliss.Thanks for the bright Sunday morning!!!!

Eve-teasing spearheading in Chennai City and cops in deep slumber ...

It is said that during election time the law and order reaches the heightened levels of deterioration in the state of Tamil Nadu particularly to a greater extent. The reasons are known to everyone. Here are a few points to recap.

The excess workload of the party and/other cadre makes them to crave for petty pleasures like drink and flesh.Since the cops are busy handling the chores of their supervisors and the so-called election duties, they don't have any time and resource for the upkeep of law and order in the state in perfect status. We have already discussed about cops' contribution to this social stigma in much detail over here. Since the cops are in deep slumber the miscreants would feel that extra pinch of over-bubbling enthusiasm and joyI have a recent incident of my friend being victimized by a eve-teaser brushing rudely against her tits leaving her aghast very near the residence and in other ways the so-called peaceful area. We aren't yet sure whether this ranges f…

Is VIT getting as 'Place of Wonder'?

I see more films now getting shot at my alma mater. The majestic campus does not fail to attract the major investors towards itself. A few of the latest movies I see epicentered in the campus are:

EnthiranKaavalanInidhu Inidhu


Bhavani IPS -- Soft and Tender Sneha's Action-Packed Movie

Being a friday whilst driving through the city had an opportunity to view 'Bhavani IPS' in a neighborhood theater. After a long time a movie with social thought. And thanks to Kicha for bringing out this film exactly on the verge of elections. A few thoughts on the movie and the aptness of it for the current day highlights:
Similarity with 'Saami' movie: (Compare And Contrast)
Both the films are epicentered in Tinnevelly townWhilst Aarichamy (Vikram) was DCP -- Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bhavani (Sneha) was ACP -- Assistant Commissioner of PoliceKota Sreenivasa Rao bags the same villain role in the city. 'Perumalpichai' in Saami and now as 'Sivalingam'Vikram reminded the cops that he had to be a rogue 'porukki' and not a professional cop to take the goons to the tasks which is repeated in this movie by one of the Sneha's collegue cops.Perumalpichai is aided by a MLA and a MP whereas Sivalingam is aided by a criminal lawyer and a cop to pro…

The Sweet Divine Weekend (March 19 2011)

March 19 2011 assumes paramount significance in more ways than one. It has extreme important and greatest spiritual significance on account of Pankuni Uthiram.
Pankuni Uthiram is considered a very sacred day amongst the hindus worldwide. You can get the basic info about the same from the wiki page here.

It is very significant in Lord Muruga templesLord Shiva temples observe Pankuni Uthiram with great significance. The Arupathimoovar procession at Mylapore is world famous.Lord Vishnu temples have 'Thirukkalyanotsavams' observed with grandeur. You can check out the Medavakkam Sri Srinivasa Perumal temple Pankuni Uthiram Thirukkalyanotsavam announcements over here.It is a very significant celebration in Sabarimala.

A novel 'A for Apple ...'

A-AppleB-BluetoothC-ChatD-DownloadE-EmailF-FacebookG-GoogleH-Hewlett PackardI-iPhoneJ-JavaK-KingstonL-LaptopM-MessengerN-NeroO-OrkutP-PicassaQ-Quick HealR-RAMS-ServerT-TwitterU-USBV-VistaW-WiFiX-XPY-YoutubeZ-Zorpia[Inspired from a Facebook status]

'Airtel' -- A Lucrative Proposition to Bharti for Second Re-Branding

Recently BhartiAirtel went in a mammoth rebranding exercise where in the Airtel logo was changed. Going by the funny gestures of Airtel these days like excessive dropping of calls, choppy call quality, worsened customer care, heightened call charges (including calling those stupid-as-cabbage customer care), unscrupulous port rejections besides the glory that they are earning every moment live on their Facebook brand page, I feel that we would propose another lucrative logo rebranding for them.

This logo would stand precisely on what they are up to these days -- 'make the customers to pull their hair out in despair'. I think we should seriously think of refining this lucrative business proposition to Sunil Mittal. I think he has launched Telecom, bicycle works, insurance. Now is the time for him to start 'Bharti Hair Arts' (a pan-India unisex saloon shop).

My Samsung Gusto's Fake Call Feature

My Samsung Gusto has an unique feature called 'Fake Call' wherein if caught up in a berserk meeting and/or absurd discussion and if you want to escape from it, you can make your phone to pretend as if some one calling you.

Just tap the speaker phone a few times and after the timer has elapsed the phone will ring you. A few of my friends would remember that my earlier Samsung Guru model (E1410) had a similar feature to block off rogue callers from bothering you unnecessarily.

The bottomline of these features is to save you from the hassles of wasting (air) time and energy unnecessarily and focus on things that are oriented towards enhanced productivity. Gusto is a new low-cost phone as a product of Samsung-Verizon alliance that launched around third quarter of 2010. Samsung Gusto is a carrier-locked phone powered by CDMA technology and for Verizon Wireless. It may operate with other telephone operators but you need to check with your individual customer care. Verizon currently …

Springing Fresh on Spring First ...

A new business week to bloom with the official start of spring in this part of the world. Unlike the usual winter days and cold mornings I could hear a few birds chirping early in the morning indicating that the seasons are indeed changing. I am reminded of Thiruppavai's lines


புள்ளும் சிலம்பின கான்! புள்ளரையன் கோயிலில் வெள்ளை விளி சங்கின் பேரரவம் கேட்டிலையோ?  ....
Just switched on Amruthavarsha Vol 4 to wake up the Lord too...


We sprung ahead by an hour at 2 AM today ...

The clocks in the official states observing Daylight in the continent of Americas have sprung ahead 2 AM, in line with Benjamin Franklin's statement "Early to bed and Early to rise".  This would basically increase the time difference between here and Asia Pacific effectively by an hour. For example the current times are as illustrated below:


Now, waking up the Lord with Uma Mohan's Suprabhatham in Amruthavarsha 4 series. Interestingly my Sony clock is yet stuck to DST and I have to figure out switching on the daylight in it. This comes despite being 'Daylight Enabled'.

Whoa! My Community got a shorter username in Facebook

After a long wait now one of my Facebook communities dedicated to Swamiyae Saranam Ayyappa has got its cute and short URL:

The URL of the community is here. Glad that the new shorter URL has been inaugurated on the occasion when the doors of the sanctum sanctorum are open for Pankuni Uthiram celebrations.

Swamiyae Saranam Ayyappa!!!!

Abnormally High BP today...

It has been a weird day today in two aspects.

Hilarious Boisterous Puns in the morning of a few telemarketing junkiesTowards evening after my return from Panda Express, when I was visiting Shoppers Food Pharmacy Section and in the BP machine it was giving the following reports for me:

(a) 127/91 with Pulse Rate 111
(b) 129/92 with Pulse Rate 104
(c) 127/93 with Pulse Rate 108The LD's LD seems to be passionately kicking at its peak today? :)The shoppers pharmacy assistant was surprised too. She checked her pressure to verify if all okay with the machine and it was fine. With such abnormal pressures and pulse rate, there may be visible symptoms of swollen eyes or distortions in walking. She was telling it might be because that I had commute over the foot to the pharmacy and because of the little cold climate may be a reason.

Today's food sponsored by Panda Express

Panda Express had been maganimous through their facebook page to announce a free entree today by furnishing a printout of the coupon that appeared on their facebook page. The coupon would appear after you like the page.

Though Panda Express predominantly serves only food with meat and even this one advertises as shrimp local stores take care of it for the limited vegetarian dishes like 'Vegetable Fried Rice' and/or 'Chowmein' (Noodles).

Please note that if you are a Jain Vegatarian, Panda Express might not be able to cater you fully since there is a likely mix up of onions (as a minimum mandate in the food).

I would also like to recall that Panda Express did give a similar facebook page entree discount during the Chinese New Year (Rabbit) 2011. We love you, Panda Express. More than everything else, the Panda Express is lovely for the name (which stands for a bear) and I recall a similar bear called 'Blue Heart Teddy'

I got a BHT ordered a couple of years back, t…

Whoa! My legacy webmail service provider is now powered by United Internet GMX!

My legacy webmail provider had been Mail.com Media Services which are known to equip us with very custom domains like @programmer.net, @consultant.com, @mail.com, @writeme.com, @email.com etc so on and so forth. You may be aware that around September 2010 the European biggies United Internet took over Mail.com Media Services' email section. The transition was happening with billions of accounts being transferred from Mail.com to GMX.

Mail.com though generous in unlimited storage and POP/IMAP since for sometime is known for a heavily ad-ridden and slow webpages besides lack of customer support. However a few of the domains have been powered by AOL Web Suite and hence this was appearing little comfortable. With GMX taking over the arena of services you get

Unlimited Storage (as against  GMX' 5 GiB and 1 GiB storage) but no separate storage however.POP/SMTPFanatic support through GMX forum and FacebookCleaner UI and InterfaceThank you GMX, AOL and Mail.com for making communication…

Third-party Matrimony/Career Services

This is an off-shoot of the latest telemarketing tremor that was unleashed by a few jerks and which I have narrated here. I have this quick thought. Not sure how many people really have passion and patronage for the following types of services:


Matrimonial websitesCareer websites (commonly known as job sites)In matrimony website you are tying yourself in a all-life relationship with someone you can trust. I am not sure how come an unknown third party could help you out through the use of electronic payments. A good matrimonial relation ought get decided through relatives, friends, trusted and known circles. Similarly recruitments and applications should go through the organization's official website and/or referrals rather than through beguile third party jobsites. 
At least considering the amount of all-pervading security risks these days I don't think it is viable to depend on these type of third party websites. Matrimony websites (be it pan-India fame Bharatmatrimony or the d…

Shivarathri 2011 @Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland

Check out a quick one minute video taken with the help of Android 5 MP camera at Sri Siva Vishnu temple (Maryland) on 2nd March 2011 during the Shivarathri 2011 celebrations. Photography and videos are allowed only in the Vasantha Mandapam of the temple.

The video has been blended with a Tryambakam Yajamahe chanting so that everyone would get the benefit of darshan and blessings of the Lord.



Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya Vishhnave Mrityurme Pahi |
Prananam Granthirasi Rudro Ma Vishantakah |
Tenannenapyayasva || 6||
Om Namo Rudraaya Vishhnave Mrityurme Pahi

'Lavanya' adoring Bilvastakam...

The text in 'English' is:
Lavanyamadhura karam karunarasa varidhim | Bhruvormadhye sahasrarchih Eka Bilvam Sivarppanam || Om Bhargaya Namaha |
This is a follow-up observation of the Shivarathri at Shiva-Vishnu temple. During the second Kala pooja we had to chant the Bilvastakam the full version which runs about 110 couplets. The couplet 65 is as indicated here. Just thought would share this in a divine service to the Lord.

Om Namo Bhagavathe Rudraya: 

Praying God to give me the power on par like Sage Durvasa ...

Sage Durvasa has several unique powers and features. A few are as below:


Sage Durvasa is the form of Lord Shiva, as indicated in the wiki page.For other sages if they curse their saintly powers would reduce but for Durvasa when He curses others His saintly powers would increase.A number of incidents which when happen before me I normally bring to the limelight. You might seen our review platform over here. And the telemarketing shit which eats our prepaid balances is another hellish bully. Just thought I would share a nice video which we should emulate and thus act those organizations as right channels to vent our stress and anger to. 
Just thought I would share the 'Telemarketers Nightmare' video for your viewing pleasure here.

This post would not only apply to telemarketers but a few others like religious intolerance and politics at workplace.

"Raman Abdullah" -- watched a good movie after several days

Today being sunday after relaxing in the forenoon having bore the brunt of acute headache for the past few days, when flipping channels was watching 'Raman Abdullah' in a local cable telecast. I remember having seen this movie during my college days during examination holidays. :) I still remember the days when the songs we used to keep running in low volume in our old tape recorder so that we are equipped to keep up late nights particularly for those dreaded 'Electric Circuits' (BL Theraja) and the other Control Systems.

The movie is excellent family-entertainer and societal message on several aspects:

Upholds the spirit of unity and friendship without being biased by religion and/or status messages.Lust-less love and affectionEvery song in the movie is beautiful -- 'Puthithai pookkum ...', 'En Veetu Jannal Etti ...', 'Muthamizhe ...', 'Sembaruthi ...'. The opening song crowns the movie -- 'Enmathama, Unmathama...'
Perhaps if you …

Happy Birthday to my darling (SitaGita)

Come this March 8 2011 (International Women's Day), my darling celebrates her tenth birthday. My sweet Sigi steps in her eleventh year as my most coveted lovable darling. www.sitagita.com is my first venture into web technologies with a humble step using Microsoft ASP and SQL Server 2000.

Sigi is none other than my friend, my sister, my daughter, my sweet puppy, my loved kitten. Million kisses, Billion hugs and Zillion wishes to my sweet darling. Many many happy returns of the day, Sigi!!!!

Best Communication -- The Ten Commandments

We all need to address an audience or a discussion sometime or the other, be it peers or public or the client. For long discussions, it would be better that we follow some standard guidelines, so that the our discussions, lectures or presentations keep the public lively and they don't get to sleep during your speech.
After searching a while in various websites, I am just trying to present a 'Ten Point Scheme' and perhaps we can christen them as Ten Commandments of Effect Public Addressing.

Perhaps, I adapted these points from http://www.nccinc.com/10steps.htm  (As usual, thanks to Google.) Get to know your audience
Know the occasion, agenda or the main theme of the meeting.
Learn about your environment.
Assemble your topic and jot down the points you are considering for discussion.
Interactive Brainstorming
Research and CaseStudies to substantiate your stand.
A Route Note/Draft of What you are going to actually present to the audience.
Transfer the speech content to handnote…

Happy Shivarathri 2011 to one and all!

LavanyaDeepak wishes everyone a happy and blissful Shivarathri 2011 celebrations. A small token prayer (Rudrastakam) is given below.