Losing my religion

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Losing my religion – The classic hit by one of my favourite bands REM kind of sums up the way a lot of us feel nowadays. Where do you turn to in times of necessity, desperation, loneliness….the list is unending.

So do you try to smoke your problems away ? Or drink it down real hot ? Or try something suicidal such as driving like a maniac ?

Or do you try to find refuge in the Almighty ? 

Or confide in your family and friends ? 
Nowadays is there someone that you could really lean your shoulders on and take the burden off ?

Think again, every single individual is busy nowadays living his/her own life and sticking to the age old mantra “I, Me and Myself”.

These are times when we need to dig deep within and discover our inner strengths and gifts that help us achieve what we want in life. Always go by your instinct and do something that you always love.

Criticism is right round the corner but that shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goals. Over time you will begin loving yourself, respecting who you are and finally realizing your strengths and weaknesses. This is the beauty of life.

There are good days and bad days but every day cannot be good or bad throughout right ? Wait for your time…for Someone has planned out each second of your life, never get depressed, try to shrug off failures and always stay positive.

We need to find PEACE within. Only then can we spread positivity around. Only then can we be happy. Nobody can buy peace, it’s a commodity which each one of us needs to produce, embrace, spread…

Religions can be different but we all know that there is an Almighty aura looking down on us and that’s the reason why we look up every single day searching, praying, singing, meditating… 

Religion – it’s something that we can never lose, ever.

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Mr. Tony Cozier – commentator personified

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The much respected cricket commentator Mr. Tony Cozier from the West Indies is no more. He was the voice of West Indies cricket and was always a delight to hear, crisp and to the point. Cricket tours to the West Indies were much looked forward to – for the scenery, music and celebrations at the grounds and for some of us just to to listen to Tony’s commentary.

Cricket commentary is nowadays like any commercial business with every retired national or international cricketer making a beeline to be on the air. But none will have the flair and indepth knowledge as the commentators of yesteryears like Tony Greig and Tony Cozier.

Rest in peace Mr. Tony Cozier, cricket will miss you 🙏🏏

#Po Mone Modi

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PM Modi compared Kerala to Somalia during his visit to the state yesterday. This has raised a hue and cry across the state and outside and Malayalees feel let down by this statement made by our very own PM.

Two ways to look at it.

PM Modi has been travelling around the world every month and has lost track of how states in his country look like. Any state north of Gujarat looks like his favourite destination USA while any state south of Gujarat looks like Somalia ! Wish he would spend more time in India learning a bit about Indian geography and culture rather than jetset around the world.

Malayalis have themselves to blame for the current state of affairs. Both the times PM Modi visited the state in the last couple of months there were two big issues relating to Kerala grabbing headlines in the country – The temple fire in Kollam which killed more than a hundred people and more recently the guesome rape and murder of a law student. When a person comes with these two things burning at the back of his mind, he’s sure to lash out – no wonder the Somalia statement.

Turn on any Malayalam news channel nowadays and its the same crap doing the rounds day in and day out – Politics (Left, Right & Centre), Rapes and Alcohol ban. Feel like thrashing the guy/s who coined the slogan “God’s Own Country”. Its a shame how the state is projected at every damn travel fair but the true ground reality is so different. Probably just like Modi thought Kerala was similar to Somalia, the guy who coined the slogan must have thought Kerala = Heaven.

No point blaming the PM. Unless the mindset changes, Kerala will always be “God’s own Somalia” !

Travel News

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  • Qatar Airways changes equipment on Guangzhou, China route to A380
  • Qatar Airways opens new route to Adelaide, Australia using A350 aircraft 
  • Air Canada will start Vancouver – Delhi flights
  • Indigo increases domestic sectors in India
  • Emirates to launch 3rd daily flight to Cape Town
  • Emirates changes equipment on Taipei, Taiwan & Prague, Czech Republic to A380
  • TUI sells Hotelbeds B2B bedbank for $ 1.3 billion 
  • Australia to offer 3 years multiple entry visit visas for Indian nationals
  • Dubai reaches a milestone of offering 100,000 rooms at hotels and hotel apartments

IAS ? So what ?

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Pictured is IAS officer Jagdish Sonkar visiting a hospital in Chhattisgarh. It speaks volumes of how much our bureaucrats respect the common man ! Is this the message that needs to be conveyed to the family he’s visiting ? Also notice the scared child looking at his shoe.

Gone are the days when IAS officials were humble and were looked upon. They were respected for the hard work they had put in to reach that post. Very few of today’s bureaucrats are sincere and work for the common man. More important are ways and means to fill their pockets.

Jagdish Sonkar may have issued an apology on Facebook to cover up the incident. But I’m sure he’s one among hundreds of such officials misusing their high posts to display their power and scare away people. Does anyone care about the downtrodden nowadays anyway ? 

Millennium Resort Mussanah

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Millennium Resort Mussanah is located less than 100 kms from Muscat International Airport. It provides a perfect getaway for tourists as well as locals and residents alike.
With ample facilities for rest and recreation which includes swimming pools, health club, spa, mini golf course and tennis courts this is truly a one of a kind resort.

Millennium Resort also boasts of multiple dining options. A kids activity centre keeps the little ones occupied. A private marina offers parking for yachts and smaller craft.

A sailing and diving centre offers trips for adventure seeking guests. As the summer sets in, Millennium Resort has unveiled special offers which include accommodation and meals.

More details can be found at the Millennium Resort website.

Android devices at risk

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Millions of devices running the Android operating system are at risk from hackers due to a security flaw in the Qualcomm chipset present in them. The chipset basically forms the heart of these devices.

Greater are the risks for devices which run the Jelly Bean, KitKat and Lollipop versions of Android. Even mobile antivirus programs are not able to detect these vulnerabilities. Call records and messages on these devices can be accessed by hackers by making use of these loopholes.

Updates to plug the security gaps in the Qualcomm chipsets were released by the company recently but it’s upto individual device manufacturers to pass these onto their customers.

#JusticeforJisha or Kangana Ranaut ?

justiceforjishaThe brutal rape and murder of Jisha, a law student in Kerala a couple of days ago has seen protests erupting all across Kerala. The killer/s are still at large and the authorities are still clueless on the gruesome murder. The media coverage has been quite substantial in Kerala as it is an issue which affects all of us in some way or the other. 

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At the same time the national media has been rather muted on the incident and have been focussing all their energy on reporting a love/hate relationship in Bollywood going on between actors Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan !

Is this called news ? The news reporting standards in India have gone to the dumps. I’m sure if this rape/murder had happened in Delhi, this wouldn’t have  been the case. The Nirbhaya case a couple of years ago proves this point. Who cares a hoot for Kangana’s relationships or periods when they’re are people suffering in agony ?

I wish Barkha Dutt at NDTV and others at reputed news organizations devote more time to real women’s issues rather than to some actors love story gone wrong. People nowadays respect authentic reporting rather than cheap publicity stunts !

Red Flag

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The Indian Air Force is in Alaska ! Thousands of miles away from their home base in India. But they are there for a reason – Red Flag.

Organized by the United States Air Force, Red Flag is a high tech exercise in near realistic conditions and is attended only by invitation. Apart from IAF other participating air forces include from NATO and other friendly countries.

 This year the Red Flag exercise is being held in Alaska and all aircraft and crew are based at Eielson Air Force Base. The IAF contingent consists of 4 x SU-30MKI fighter/bombers, 4 x Jaguar deep penetration ground attack aircraft, 2 x IL-78 midair refuellers and 2 x Globemaster III strategic airlift aircraft. 

These aircraft will face off against USAF’s F-16, F-18 & F-22 aircraft. Exercises like Red Flag are crucial as they improve inter-operability with friendly forces and ensure that pilots can hone their skills in near realistic combat operations.