Thevarazhikom family reunion 2014


When all of us are in different parts of the world, it is indeed hard to get everyone together, but I have been fortunate to have my entire family available for my wedding.

Following the wedding and after party, we had a dine out at The Raviz. I hope we can all get together again soon – we still have two more of our siblings yet to get married!

Dr.Haroon’s Healthcare Training Centre


During my pursuit to success for my FRCR part 1 – Physics examination, I was fortunate to stumble upon this wonderful teaching institute formed by Dr. Haroon. I spent three full days of targeted preparations in his centre which is at his very own home in Trivandrum, Kerala.

Dr. Haroon with a good sense of humor and a subjective approach to his students, enables us to come to terms with what many in the field of Radiology consider the biggest hurdle – the basics of physics involved in understanding how different imaging technologies function. With a systematic approach simplifying complex physics using diagrams and graphs, in a short span of time, just the right amount of relevant exam oriented content can be prepared.

A word of mention of the hospitality and ambience at his place, you never feel any discomfort studying under him.

If you are like me, needing some assistance in grasping complex physics, then this is the go to place.

You can visit his facebook page or website to learn more or contact him personally on +91 85890 59190

 

Encounter with Lord Ayyappan in the milestone year of 2014


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I wanted to make a visit to Sabarimala in the holy month of Vrischikam, something I had not managed in my previous 4 visits. Excluding alcohol and non veg food from the diet from the beginning of the holy month, I quietly went about with a routine to reinstate some amount of fitness I used to have. Cycling an average of 45km a week, I was able to build some confidence over 4 weeks to do this journey on my own.

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Having nil experience at the peak time, I decided to utilize the online services offered – Slotted myself on the Virtual Q. and booked Kerala road transport buses for the onward and return journey.

Unusually this time having to make this journey from a place I have only moved in to 6 months ago, I had to find my own Guruswami when incidentally we came across Sree Dharma Shastha Temple at Perumbavoor.

Having done my kettu nira from there, I set out in the evening taking a superfast bus from Angamaly to Ernakulam. Despite it being Christmas Eve, I only encountered the usual city traffic at Kochi. Just 200m before reaching the bus stand, our bus managed to scrape the front and back door of a Chervolet Beat. Since I knew this would consume time, I set off on foot to the bus station.

There was nothing appreciable about the bus made available specially for this season of pilgrimage – just another KSRTC super fast bus. A group of 4-5 young fellows, probably early 20s late teens were on board, passing lewd comments and bringing up the feminine side of the world much to the dislike of the rest of the Swamis. Most of the Swamis nowadays no longer opt for a rigid 41 day fast. This is typically noticeable amongst Keralites.  The night bus ride was uneventful. I despise winding roads going uphill but that is part of the package when it comes to visiting Sabarimala. At least this time I could close my eyes and not care much as I am not driving.

The bus reached on schedule at Pamba – 230am. I went over by the side of the Pamba river, mopped a towel with the water and wiped my body and changed to fresh clothes to start the trek. 4.2km one way from Pamba to Sannidhanam, takes on an average with good pace 45 min. I reached in one hour as I recollect my fitness levels were poorer than my last visit. After having gone barefoot last time around, I no longer wear sandals/chappals. The emotion of pain, masks the crying calf muscles pushing you uphill a bit. The uneven surface under the feet makes sure you have a spring in your feet IF you are not one who usually walks barefoot. (Those who walk barefoot in general were almost nonchalant in their stride uphill).

Since I was alone, I no longer was waiting for anyone after any short spells of swift climbing, so I continued non stop.

My first visit utilizing the virtual Q and to be honest, I literally walked straight beyong the last metal detector just outside the 18 steps straight after a 1 hour climb. I was amazed considering only 48 hrs ago, people had to wait upto 8 hours even in the virtual Q!!

Climbing those 18 steps was the longest time I ever spent on them. With not much rush, the cops were no longer propeling people like rockets up the steps. Darshanam was calm and capacious. I went about the rest of the rites in Mallikappuram and headed over to the Aravana queue.

Just to sum up how my timeline went (and actually how lucky I was to go in and out with this much ease)

Pamba to Sannidhanam: 0230 – 0330

Darshanam: 0345 – 0400

Malikappuram: 0400 – 0445

Aravana counter: 0445 – 0520

Sannidhanam to Pamba: 0600 – 0700

However the day drive by bus was torrid. I walked 1 km to the Pamba KSRTC bus stand and found myself a direct bus to my hometown.

It took me over 5.5 hours to get back home but I am still amazed and happy that I had it my way today. Swami sharanam!!

2011 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Old friends.. what makes them so special?


This weekend was perfect in many ways.. I caught up with a few good ol’ friends in person and on chat. These are the times when I cherish using my Android phone – apps like Whatsapp make communication so convenient among friends who are miles apart.

What is it about old friends that make them so special? Why does the thought of merely meeting them or talking to them brighten up the whole day? I was excited at the prospect and those few moments of rolling back the years are always precious.

Typical that it had to be another friend’s engagement, and am happy for her and her family. Wishing them the very best in life and hopefully I will be able to catch up with them for their wedding.

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