Archive for February, 2011
Found this rate board at a browsing centre at Guruvayur, Kerala.
Internet surfing for 1 hour: Rs 60
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It’s 11:30 P.M, we are at Neelankarai beach. I am with volunteers of Students Sea Turtle Conservation Network (SSTCN) to go for the Turtle walks. The Chennai sea coast is a breeding ground for the endangered Olive Ridley turtles.The turtle walks are organised by the SSTCN to increase the chances of survival of the Olive Ridley sea turtle. Student volunteers go in search of their nests at night, retrieve the eggs and take them to a hatchery
The Turtle walks route is a 10 km stretch from Neelankarai to Elliot’s beach
The public are taken along for the walk on Fridays and Saturdays. Arun, one of the organisers giving an intro about Olive Ridley turtles, conservation efforts. We are around 50 of us, all set for the big event.
12:15 A.M, we started off from Neelankarai. During nesting season, from January till April, these turtles come ashore in large numbers, lay eggs in nests and go back to the sea and don’t ever come back to look after the nest or the eggs. Adult turtles return to the shore where they were born, for nesting. When the eggs hatch after 55 days, the hatch-lings make for the sea by instinct as the sea is a brighter source of light than the land. But now with big cities coming up along the shore, the land is brighter than the sea at night. And the hatch-lings start moving inland, where their chances of survival become almost nil. This has been the main cause for their declining numbers. So the process is like this. The SSTCN organises walks during the nesting season to collect the eggs from the nests and put them in a hatchery so that when the hatch-lings come out, they can be safely released into the sea.
This is what we see first, a dead Turtle. Hunt is on for the nests
Almost 20 mins after we see the Turtle trail
The volunteers start searching for the exact position of the nest
With the help of steel rod,they check the place and find the nest
1:30 A.M, collected almost 150 Turtle eggs from the first nest, entire gang, especially the kids, are excited
The Turtle nest is in the shape of a pot — a narrow neck and a wider chamber below, almost 2 ft in depth.
Way to find more nests we see dead fish and crabs full of life!
Around 2A.M we come across the second nest. Eggs are carefully taken out, the nest is measured and then cover up. Second nest has around 45 eggs. Once all the eggs are taken to the hatchery, volunteers digs up a nest that is more or less the same in dimensions as the original nest and carefully puts all the eggs inside. The Turtle walk is still on…
Now the time is 3A.M, fishermen are ready to go for the catch, they will be back by 8A.M
The walk concludes at Elliot’s beach, It is now 4:40 A.M. The volunteers collected almost 400 eggs from 5 nests.
So if you are interested in Turtle walk, please contact http://sstcn.org for more details
Passionate collectors, around 25 of them, displayed their collections at Passionate Collectors’ exhibition, organised by Chennai chapter of The Dignity Foundation.
The Dignity Foundation, a non profit organisation is committed to changing the way people look at ageing in India
Cynthia Breazeal’s interesting TED talk on ‘The rise of personal robots’
Found this interesting contest named ” A day in the life of India” in Times Of India Feb 2 issue
The contest is simple, you need to capture A Day in the Life of India in their inimitable style. Shoot a photo or video, draw a cartoon or just tell a joke, on anything you feel makes India, India. details about the contest here
So I have decided to submit my entry under strange sign boards, and here is my entry
India is so fasinating that we have scientific tailors with diploma degree, you can decide whether your cloths need a one day or three day washing. Incredible India Indeed!!!
Here is the link for voting for the post: strange sign boards in India
Live blogging TEDxSSN was very enriching experience. They managed to bring speakers from very diverse fields. These are excerpts from the talks
Krish mantra about humour, mixing the old and new
Good fun in mixing pop and tradition
Monalisa with no thali and no bindi, completely unacceptable for dark vadiyaar, a character created by Krish
Cartoons with vegetables, chillies eve teasing others while preparing bisibela bath
The power of remixing, cultural remixing will help in understanding various cultural
Everything is a remix
Culture is always derivative
We are moving into a Hobby era, age of the right side of the brain
Do not ever give up your hobbies
Quit your job when it is necessary
The joy of creative process is immense
Strike to distinguish with life and livelihood
Respectfully disrespect the elders
Learning is a lifelong process
Rama manavala ramanujam went to US became r.m. r. jam later came back to India. Moral of the story “ heat expands and cold contracts”.
Resist the temptation to get a job, instead play
Don’t work, life’s a mess and when your life is over, you are free
People are not making a living by working, they are dying
Find your niche, ideal situation is when you do what you really passionate about
Stop printing text books, The text books should be like a video game
Worst thing is that government is preparing the text books
last 5 years , touched 2 lakh students
Money and material will not impact unless one spend the time
Goal is to create the awareness of volunteering
No age bar for social service
Volunteer at least One day in a month. 12/365 is the idea worth spreading
Chandrachoodan talked about multidisciplinary man
While in college, Atul wanted to learn guitar, why? any guitarist attract girls
Mathuvanthi Arun is the only person, in last 50 years of padma sheshadri’s history to start another school, Calibre
Removed the concept class rooms, only study stations or labs
Work sheet oriented learning, no text books
We are in the rat race, of developing kids like factory products
Parents are the most difficult people to handle, their mind set have to change
Yodhakaa, the band played post launch takes ancient Sanskrit slogas and tune it
S Ve Shekhar, the comedy king talked about his life story
Completed 5600 shows but he is proud that he has donated blood 53 times
Dr, Pawan Agarwal
One dabbawala carries 40 dabbas, in 120 years not a single complaint and not a single person left the group in the last 120 years.
Error rate is 1 in sixty million transactions
Dabbawala is the only group to get six sigma without applying for
God shows you opportunities, it’s up to you to grab it
Money is not everything; it’s all about building relationships
Never sell India cheap, be proud to be an Indian
After seeing Muthu, Japanese started wearing Indian dresses, eating Masala Dosai and bollywood dance schools mushroomed all over Japan
Academics foundation is must
If you have a dream, meditate on that
Have a time plan and work towards it
Have a plan note and keep entering that
Expect the hurdles
Don’t go overboard
Have role models
Seek support with a genuine heart
Be absolutely honest, you will be paid
Don’t equate success with money
Share the knowledge with society
You can read more on the Twitter #tedxssn
Christopher McDougall’s TEDx talk on the mysteries of the human desire to run
Anna Centenary Library at Kotturpuram is truly a World Class library. Now operation on four floors, the library has great facilities. Here is a Dekho into this wonderful Library
The library is fully air-conditioned, built on 8 acres and Gold certified Green building
Stacking capacity is 12 lakh books, seating capacity for 1250 persons and a parking area that can accomodate 417 cars and 1026 two wheelers
Other facilities include, Braille and talking book section, self use area, cyber cafe, security room, open air amphitheatre, mini conference hall, digital library, residential facilities for research scholars, food court and coffee lounge.
Now am just waiting for the membership process to start, its truly a great place to gain knowledge
Who is your favourite storyteller? your Dad, Mom or your Grandma? award winning writer and playwright Anushka Ravishankar’s latest book on tales from the Arabian Nights, The Storyteller was launched.
Kamini Mahadevan, Consultant Editor, Penguin Books mentioned how The stories of Arabian Nights cut across civilizations and entertained millions over the ages. Anushka Ravishankar read the first story from her book.
The biggest challenge for her was to bring her own version of the Arabian Nights stories. Answering to questions from the people gathered for the book launch, Anushka mentioned that Alibaba was her favourite story.
There was participation from the kids also. Some mentioned that story telling was a dying art, thanks to the proliferation of TV.
Meeting the legendary Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden was worth waiting for. He was at Landmark, on the occasion of launch his Bio, ” Standing My Ground”.
He talked about wonderful times he had while playing in Australian national team and later in Chennai Super Kings at IPL.
Hayden credited his mother for making him extremely competitive and aggressive, two qualities associated with him when ever he was on field.
He talked about the IPL days that broadened his understanding of India and appreciate the so called melting pot of various cultures. IPL also helped in clearing so many past doubts or misconceptions, especially about the infamous “Monkey-gate” episode. IPL in a way helped in bringing various countries culture together
Rated Dhoni as a great individual and Captain
He was overwhelmed when heard that Usain Bolt consider him as a role model. Hayden’s role model quite was not from Cricket but from surfing, Kelly Slater, a 10 times surfing World Champion.
His views on sledging : Sledging is all about body language
According to him the three most favourities in ICC World Cup 2011 will be Australia, India and Sri Lanka
Famous for meditating on the wicket before the match, Matthew Hayden said what he will dearly miss is those peaceful place, that 22 yards, in midst of all chaos.