First snap!!!

Today my cell phone completes one year, one month, one day:) Bought it on 25th November 2005.
Shihab's was the first photo which I captured in my phone while he was anchoring(Clicked this photo an year ago:)

Shihab

Cute!!! Isn't he? :D

Jingle Bells

I was on the way to my building on Friday morning, was amused to see the decorations going on for Christmas at one of the food courts in the company campus. My attention was caught by fir tree and captured this it in my phone:)

As I walked further, the silver bells and golden bells were hanging high in air. I wished to capture many more but my phone was running out of memory space:( Never mind, I've captured them in my memory:D

Christmas tree
Christmas Tree

Bells
Bells

Christmas Celebrations
Clicked when it was just a few
feet above the floor:)

Christmas Celebrations
And the food court decorated

I remember my school days, one of my good old friend who was my neighbour too, always invited me for Christmas every year. We celebrated with joy at her home. Those delicious mouth watering dishes. She sung carols. She shifted her home long time ago. Since then, lost contact. Today, I'm home writing this blog with few refreshed thoughts missing my friend, chocolates, almost all varieties of cakes and cookies ofcourse:(
At school, we were taught in the English classes that Santa Claus in Red came to little kids and presented them the gifts which they were always in need of. I wish Santa comes with loads of chocolates and cakes:)


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Books for you!

Have you ever made online friends? If so, have you ever met him/her? If yes, where? Why? These questions go on.

I always wished I could be a member of the best library, namely The British Library, which has its branches all over India in the eleven metros - …

The answers to the above questions are here. Yes, I have several online friends. Met a few, reason being common interests and resonating to others frequency and most are book lovers. Last but not the least: both good and bad are co-existent. Be careful to choose the right ones. Good friends are rare, so treat them with care J

One of my online friends expressed her interest that she also wanted to obtain the membership since she is an avid reader of books and a member of many libraries in the nearby locality and she didn’t find wide range of authors. One fine day, we decided to meet finally – a weekend. British Library is open only 6 days a week and closed on Sundays. On the way to BL, she said that she had a collection of around 5000 books which included both fiction and non-fiction. I would rather say, she owned a library J
Finally, we became proud members of the prestigious library. I showed the membership card to all my friends, initially. They would say, “Wow! If you got there next time, do tell me. I want to see, never been there.”

In spite of being a member of libraries and downloading several e-books from the internet for free; I wish I have my own huge collection of rare books. I already have 25 books apart from the technical books – a mini library. Don’t ask me to lend it – good books are never returned ;-) And I don’t want to lose them :D

Investing on books is not a waste of money, as others say nor it occupies that much space in your shelf as you assume. Some books can be downloaded and some can be borrowed from friends and some rare books bought. Sometimes, when are down, lonely. Some sentences mean a lot. We tend to read them again and again. Believe me, books can be your friends for life J

Some e-books can be downloaded from:

If you love physics, you will love this:
http://safari.oreilly.com
http://flazx.com

Links to libraries in Bangalore:
http://www.trandel.com/onlinelibraries.html
http://www.ultindia.org/culture.htm

Book stores
Blossom
Higginbothams
Strand
Crossword
Publications
Mc milan
Penguin
Bantham
harper collins

If you find any good book or link to download them, do leave a comment ;)

25th on 25th

On November 25, Bangalore DC took Silver Stage in style, celebrating Infy’s successful 25-year journey. A 15,000-strong crowd, comprising Infoscions and their families, joined in the dazzling celebrations. The Silver Stage celebrations kicked off at 2.30 pm with a vibrant carnival and several games. Enthusiastic Infoscions, with their little ones in tow, were seen participating in a game of dart, throwing a few hoops, trying their hand at pottery, getting their caricatures done and even taking pictures of men on stilts!



sa re ga ma





Amphitheatre: Sa Re Ga Ma

The amphitheatre, meanwhile, saw a packed audience cheering for the little champs at the musical performance. They displayed their remarkable musical talent with a lot more than Sa Re Ga Ma.



salsa... too good:)
Salsa by lvds

dance





fusion
Fusion dance
This was soon followed by a stunning performance by the dancers from Dance Studio.

Kris, Prakash Padukone and NRN

Prakash Padukone and NRN

The evening’s programme, organized at the Fountain Deck at Bangalore DC, was a star-studded event. Narayana Murthy addressed the audience and reminisced on significant events in the past 25 years. The chief guest for the evening, Prakash Padukone, former international badminton player, while talking of his journey, commended Infosys’ journey of excellence. Few lines of Padukone's speech which I can recollect is that he used a computer only for sending and receiving emails:)
Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam Live in Concert

Sonu: long hair:((
The celebration concluded with Sonu Nigam's concert. I was quite disappointed seeing him with long hair almost covering his face:(

Jigsaw puzzle

I was browing Discovery Channels website today, my attention was caught by Jigsaw puzzle. I always enjoyed solving Jigsaw puzzles.

You will enjoy sovling if you love puzzles. They are:
>> An aerial view of Botswana's Okavango Delta.
>> Piranha before a feeding frenzy.
>> Venezuela's Angels Falls.
>> A baby Emperor penguin.
>> Desert elephants on the hunt for water.
>> The world's highest peaks in Karakoram range.

An Image Preview icon and Auto Rotate are also provided to help us solve it better.
Click here to proceed:)

Name does matter

It had been a week that the Outlook was configured on my desktop. As any other professional, an outgoing signature was needed. I was amused to see few of my friends signature which had some colorful picture/company logo, proverb, phone numbers at the end of email. Attracted by these, I attached phone numbers, unit logo, company logo, proverb at last. Asked one of my good friend if I could make it better.

The whole conversation was in local tongue/language, I wish to publish it as it is. Local readers will enjoy it. The translation provided in brackets. Please bear:)

me: hi.. nanna signature hegide?
(How's my signature?)

He: channagide.. innu indu nalku photos attach maadidre innu channagirothe
(Its good. If you attach more photos(logos) it would look better)

me: okie...Nann signature innu chikkadannagi hege maadli??
(How do I make my signature still smaller???)
Ella info nu irbeku thane signature alli???
(We need all necessary information in a signature.)

He: Phone numbers yella thegedu haaki…
(remove all the phone numbers.)

Me: sari.. mathhe innenu tegibeku innenu irabeku??
(Ok. Done. What else do I need to remove from it?)

He:
Thanks & Regards
Your name
Business Unit
Company

Istu saaku alva…?
(Isn't this enough?)

Me: Haan.. saaku..
Aadre nimm emails nalli enu signature illa…
(Yup. Its enough.But why havn't you added signature in your emails?)

He: Nanage aste saaku..
(Its sufficient for me:)

Me: Eega hegide??
(How is it now?)

He: Font color matte size change maadi
(Reduce the font color and size.)

Me: Eega hegide??
(How it it now?)

He: Font color matte size change maadi
(Change the font color.)

Me: Yaava color haakli??
Nange blue tumba ista
(Which color is better?I like navy blue:))

He: Hogli font size reduce maadi
(Reduce the font size atleast.)

Me:Okie…
Eega??
(now)

He: No need of BOLD fonts.
Bold thegiree…
(Remove BOLD fonts.)

Me: Eega chikkadaagi, cut aagi idiya??
(How is it now?Is it cut?)

He: Cut… or cute…?

Me: Cute… sorry spelling mistake

He: Chennagide…
Nimma hesarina tharane…

(Yup. Its indeed cute.Just as your name:))

Me: Thanks:) You're flattering me.

He: Illa nijvaagalu nimma hesaru nanage thumba ista…
Nimage nimma hesarina artha gotta..?
(Nope. Your name is good.Do you know what your name means?)

Me: Haan.. gottu… manasa andre manassu anta
Nann tande nann hesaru select maadiddu
(Yup. I do know.Manasa means "mind". My dad chose that name)

He: Manassu adu kooda sari…
Nirmalavaadaddu, pavithravadaddu, shanthige kooda ee pada arthakodutte…
Avarige nanna abhinadanegalu…
(Mind is also correct. It also means purity, peace... My regards to him)

Me: Ooh.. istella arthagalu ive anta gotthirallilla.
Thanks.. nimminda nange gottayithu
(ooh. I never knew my name has several meanings. Thanks, I got to know from ya)
Aadre nanna hesarannu bahala jana sariyaagi pronounce maadolla:(
(But many people don't pronounce my name exactly)

He: Actually nimma hesaru baredirodu sari illa… adu maanasa antha irbeku..
(Actually, the spelling must've been maanasa)

Me: Hmmm.. aadre bahala jana maansa antane karitaare.. “a” na nungu bid-tare
(Hmmm.. most people say Maansa with "a" missing)

He: Adu northigalu maatra haage kareyodu yaakandre illina maanasa alli maansi aagirutte alva adakke ..
(That's been called only by Northies cos Maansa is Mansi there)

Me: Haan… aadrunu manelli.. nann friends, cousins, uncles mathhe aunty galu ellru maansa anta ne kariyodu..
(Yup, very true. But still, parents, buddies, cousins, acquaintted call me so..)

He: Adakke enu maadoke aagolla..
Eega beda kaaluru inda Bangalore aada haage

(Can't help it. Consider, Beda kalooru being Bangalore)

Me: Hehe.. aaadre nanna hesarina spelling manasa ne iruttade..
Aadre kariyodu maatra maansa ante ne
(Whatever, spelling remains the same:D)

However, Bangalore is renamed back to its old name. I wonder when most acquaintances pronounce my name properly:)

A pinch of tobacco

The title of the blog highlights what this post is all about. This incident happened a couple of years ago. And yes, its one of the most funniest incident which I can never forget:)

It was around 6:30 in the evening, Shilpa and me while walking on the path talking all the way to home.(Yes, talkitives we are!!! we utilise each nanosecond) Our attention was caught by a good old neighbour who was driving back home on his girlfriends recently bought Honda Activa. How lucky he is!! Isn't he? Such a caring girlfriend(now a caring wife) he has who gave her new Vehicle, get food from house. aaah, how lucky he is... isn't he?? How busy a person could get who had NO time to take vehicle from service center??
As we walked down the path, we noticed him drive zoom on his vehicle, right hand on accelerator and a cigar on the other. My friend and me we surprised when we discovered that he fags. Two kids cycling were just opposite to him. Poor fellow, lost his balance and fell down. The whole incident was a fun to us:)

Next day morning, he smiled with a pale face,"Yesterday was a bad day."
"Why what happened?"
"Met with an accident yesterday."
"ooh, thats sad."
"Two loses for me. The headlight broke, lots of scratches and my new cotton pant tore."
(You deserve it:D) "You drive so well. How did you meet with an accident?"

"I was driving back home. Two kids cycling opposite my way. I was holding something important in the other hand, lost my balance, couldn't apply the breaks."
"If it was so important why didn't you keep it in dikki?" A naughty smile.
He had learnt that I had noticed the whole incident. With no words to speak, he smiled.

It goes without saying, "A pinch of tobacco rolled in a paper with the fire at one end and the fool at the other."

Dreams come true!!!

In this blog post, I wish to share my experiences during the HR round with one of the most reputed company in India.

It was in the month of April, job hunting begun. Lots of people including my cousins and seniors who struggled to get a software job had shared their greiviences stating it was quite tough to find off campus. I got call letter within ten days of applying. Lucky me:) On may 7th, wrote the first round, the written test and successfully cleared it. May 8th was the HR round. I was quite tensed how would I answer. All my seniors, friends guided me as to what to answer, what were the common questions asked, what sort of answers they expect out of us. Thanks to them, without whom I wouldn't have made it.

I left early the next with my dad, reached there in time at 10:15am, 30 min earlier. The entrance gave a hearty welcome. Travelling for 45 min during the scortching summer, I felt the chilled air in the reception where many people were seated. It was my turn to meet the HRs. Advice given by one of my friend echoed in my ears,"If one person questions you, the other notices yor reaction." It exactly happened that way. Even if he/she pretends as not listening don't get tensed just go on. As I entered, I wished them "Good morning" with a broad smile on my face(yeah, I do smile). Was asked to take my seat. Was asked to tell about myself. I told about my background and my hobbies. I answered them specifically to the questions put forth to me. I made sure that I don't answer anything more than required and put myself into trouble.

HR1:Would you prefer to work in a short span or long span.Me: (Oho, what sort of question. That's why they are called HRs, who decide our fate.)

Me:Well, it depends on the scenario. In short span, we can concentrate only on core part. In long span, we can add up the features too.

HR2: Our company plans to open a new branch at Singapore.You're sent to do a feasibility study and report if itsworth opening there? What factors do you consider?

Me: Pardon(I needed time to think, she repeated. I found my answer).

Depends on the various factors such as: how technical singaporeans are, clients.

(I didnt know what else to say?? My head went blank.)

The HR looked puzzled at me.

HR2:Does your feasibility study only so much?

Me: Yup(with confidence)

HR1: Are experienced people better or freshers?

Me: (Duh??) Freshers, Obviously!!! Freshers possess more ideas than experienced. Laterals just concentrate only on platform or language, they cannot grasp new technology.

HR1:(popped her eyes). What do you say?

Me:(Am screwed, gone:(() Yup. Its true. I've come across so many people who stick on to their field without bothering the latest trends in the technology apart from what they
know.(How stupid can I be???A big mistake)

Hr1: (Going through my resume page-2). Tell us something about your project.

I told them what my project was all about.

HR2: Any questions?

Me: No questions(Yet, another mistake!!)

HR1: It was nice talking to you. Have a great day.

Me: (I learnt that it was time for me to leave)Thank you.

The whole thing took around 25 minutes.
After i got out of the company, I kept thinking about the way I answered. I wasn't really satisfied the way I answered. I could've done it much better. I told my friends regarding the HR round. Most told that I had done well and shouldn't have told that freshers are better and could have asked questions.

I waited for five weeks for their response. Finally, got an email on June 14th, stating that i had been offered a job. It was the most joyous day in my life:) My hard work had fetched me reward.

Joined on July 31st, now enjoying my work to the fullest. New people, new environment. Its just like a second home to me:)


My project manager told the very first day I met,"You will never miss your college here." And yeah, I'm not even missing my school:)

"There is no short cut for hard work."




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Art by me

I painted this piece of clay in January.

Johari Window

Arena

(known to self and others)
happy, observant, relaxed, witty

Blind Spot

(known only to others)
able, accepting, adaptable, bold, brave, calm, caring, cheerful, clever, confident, dependable, energetic, extroverted, friendly, giving, helpful, intelligent, kind, knowledgeable, logical, loving, mature, modest, nervous, organised, patient, proud, quiet, religious, responsive, searching, self-assertive, sensible, sentimental, shy, silly, spontaneous, tense, trustworthy, warm, wise

Fa├žade

(known only to self)
independent

Unknown

(known to nobody)
complex, dignified, idealistic, ingenious, introverted, powerful, reflective, self-conscious, sympathetic

All Percentages

able (23%) accepting (10%) adaptable (3%) bold (16%) brave (3%) calm (20%) caring (6%) cheerful (23%) clever (6%) complex (0%) confident (20%) dependable (6%) dignified (0%) energetic (20%) extroverted (6%) friendly (50%) giving (3%) happy (30%) helpful (6%) idealistic (0%) independent (0%) ingenious (0%) intelligent (20%) introverted (0%) kind (10%) knowledgeable (20%) logical (6%) loving (16%) mature (13%) modest (16%) nervous (3%) observant (16%) organised (3%) patient (6%) powerful (0%) proud (6%) quiet (10%) reflective (0%) relaxed (6%) religious (3%) responsive (6%) searching (3%) self-assertive (6%) self-conscious (0%) sensible (13%) sentimental (3%) shy (20%) silly (6%) spontaneous (6%) sympathetic (0%) tense (16%) trustworthy (13%) warm (13%) wise (13%) witty (6%)
Created by the Interactive Johari Window on 20.10.2006, using data from 30 respondents.
You can make your own Johari Window, or view manasa's full data.

My true color

Take this test at Tickle




Your true color is Blue!




You're blue — the most soothing shade of the spectrum. The color of a clear summer sky or a deep, reflective ocean, blue has traditionally symbolized trust, solitude, and loyalty. Most likely a thoughtful person who values spending some time on your own, you'd rather connect deeply with a few people than have a bunch of slight acquaintances. Luckily, making close friends isn't that hard, since people are naturally attracted to you — they're soothed by your calming presence. Cool and collected, you rarely overreact. Instead, you think things through before coming to a decision. That level-headed, thoughtful approach to life is patently blue — and patently you!


What's Your True Color?

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School reunion-Alumni meet

Finally, we decided for the school alumni meet. Well, it was possible through a Virtual community. Thanks to my friend Shankar who had planned for the High School alumni meet and it happened on July 16th at Transit, Forum. We had decided that we'll meet at 11.30am but all the guys turned up half an hour late:( and all girls were on time:)

It was after six years we had all met. Only 14 of us could make it up. Each of us asked what they are upto and their future plans. One of our friend, Sandeep, was taking care of his dad's business. He gave us his "Visiting Card" to all of us as soon as we met him. Some had started to work and some on job hunt, some planning for their higher studies. We continued speaking of other friends who did not turn up that day. Shankar captured this memorable moment in his camera. Since it was a sunday, many had other plans for the day and we moved soon.

I was very excited to see many of the old faces with new looks after a span of six years.

Wonder La

Well, you can say I was lazy/busy all these days to post about our class trip to Wonder La , the amusement park situated on the Bangalore-Mysore highway near Bidadi. We fourteen: Bharathi along with three of her cousins, Baby, Bhavya, Deepthi, Kavitha, Kavitha, Prathima, Rashmi, Shwetha, Shilpa and me visited to this wonderful place on June 14th. Well I should have posted this a month. Never mind, better late than never.

First and foremost, Bhavya, Deepthi, Kavitha, Kavitha, Shwetha, Prathima, Rashmi and me met at 8.30AM at a place and travelled to Bapuji Nagar where others were supposed to join us. Bharathi, Baby, Shilpa joined later at 10.30AM. We travelled by bus till Kengeri. From there we boarded the other bus to reach Bidadi. Waited at a stop where we boarded the bus which arrived from Wonder La. It was about 10 min journey from that stop.

At 11.30am, we reached Wonder La, the entrance welcomed us. We took out our wallets to buy the tickets. It was Rs 380 per person will be charged during weekdays (Monday to Thursday), the fee will be Rs. 480 per person from Friday to Sunday.

The park will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays and up to 8 p.m. on weekends.

A 50 per cent discount will be offered to students from third standard to tenth standard, 25 per cent discount for college students and 35 per cent discount for senior citizens.

Hmmm, since we hadn't taken any letter from our college, we didn't get any discount.

Trip to Wonder La was awesome. First thing we played was splash. Ah, everyones mouth wide opened, shouting as it went down. Later on, we continued with the variety of water games. We enjoyed a lot getting into water and as we got down the height, we were shouting at a maximum pitch:) The most exciting one the waves which starts @ 1.45pm.

Splash and Drop zone




I feared a bit when I was getting down the height:D













After the waves, we dried ourselves. Most of all, infact all of us were hungry so left for the lunch. It was around 3pm. Most of us had a North Indian Naan and few has South Indian Rice meals.
After the lunch, we left for the electric games. Since most of them had a heavy lunch, they didn't want to play any more scary games. Few of us, Bharathi, her cousins, Bhavya, Baby and me played them. I was accompanied by my friend Baby most of the times in these games. We are not supposed to keep anything in our pockets and wear dupatta/scraf(it might get stuck up) since it the seats rotate 360 degrees.We got into the seats and after a few seconds, they were automatically locked. First, the seats raised high slowly and swirled which made me shout. Most games were of this sort. We watched a short movie which wasn't that scary. Played many games which kids would:) The one which I loved the most is Drop Zone. It raises slowly high. After reaching certain height, drops down all of a sudden. Well, I think I have written more and now its time for you to visit Wonder La and enjoy.

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Take a break!!!

Bhajji playing "alugulimane"
A break from cricket!!!
Veeru behind Bhajji
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SMS lingo

I've almost forgotten the spellings. This is because of sms, emails that I read frequently 've abrupt. Most emails I read lack proper vocabulary. I smsed my friend. Here goes the conversation:

me: Hey, Where are you?
friend: Already into a movie :)
me: oh!! so started acting in movies too? ;)
friend: I meant that watching a movie :) In sms, everything means the same... gotta?

When I bought a new cell phone, I typed the entire word. As the time passed, found it too painful to type the whole word and got used up to the short forms. In the same way, wrote the emails and replies. After sometime, found myself forgotten almost correct spellings. Decided to stop these short forms. These short forms are indeed a trouble for the readers who are unaware of it. We use short forms to ease us from having to type fully. But this has resulted in bad vocabulary. Most of us are prone to the so called sms lingo. As a result, we're forgetting spelling :(

Gone are the days!!!:(

I was eagerly awating for this day. Yeah, June 12th: the day of the last exams of my engineering ;) Now at home enjoying my vacations until I get a decent job. Stop!!! "enjoying my vacations", nope not really... The whole day at home, reading novels, looking ahead of a call letter, downloading e-books, reading newspaper. Eeeeeeeer, just bugged up!!! My routine has changed drastically. Never underwent such a drastic change. I was awaiting for this long vacation in my 8th semester and now that I've got it, dont know how to spend time.

I miss my friends with whom I had spent 4 long precious years of my life :(... 4 years ago, we were strangers to each other. Not knowing each other we stepped into college and now parting from the dear ones. Hmmm... 4 years went on. Those sweet memories never perish. Missing the way we pulled each others leg, the way we cared, sharing food, bunk the classes, read comics during class hours, birthday blast; the ones who always teased me. Waiting at the bustop for long hours, chit-chatting.

Gone are those days; they'll will never be back.

Colonialism

I was just going through a daily which elucidated the brutality of colonialism in early 20th century and how fellow countrymen were turned into slaves without their knowledge…

Colonialism in Africa





During the 15th and 16th century Europe emerged from the Middle Ages and entered the renaissance a development that encouraged exploration and colonization in many ways.

Through the White Man’s eyes
When the civilized world began to explore beyond its territory, it came across an unexplored mass of a continent called, Africa. Instantly, the Dark Continent presented its people, who seemed rough, uncivilized and uncultured. And there began the white man’s conquest to civilize them.

Before the explorers set foot in Africa, it was how to innumerous tribes which fought each other to hold their territory. Their unknown ways appeared gruesome to the outsider. They played by simple rules. A person would be enslaved if he was a prisoner of war or committed a crime or was unable to pay his debts in time. The black slave owners would then sell these slaves to the Arabs and Persians. Portuguese and Spanish traders soon brought a new gruesome dimension to this trade.

Shortage of workers
By the end of 15th century, Europeans had discovered the New World which they colonized and settled in. The settlers, often, faced opposition from the natives of the land, whom they defeated easily as they had superior weapons. They enslaved the natives and made them work on the plantations. The natives proved to be poor workers and were prone to diseases that the settlers brought with them. The settlers, now faced with a rising need for plantation workers, began to see Africa as a cheap source for slaves.

Europeans bartered slaves against guns, liquor and products that were produced outside Africa. This exchanged of foreign goods fuelled the ambitious black slave owners to capture and sell more black slaves. Africans were more resistant to European diseases, another factor that propelled steady slave trade across the Atlantic.

Pinnacle of Torture
The Atlantic passage reached its peak in the 17th and 18th centuries, a time when most parts of America were being developed into plantations. Between the mid 15th century and mid 18th century, an estimated 30 million slaves were transported to America.

In an attempt to transport more slaves, their hands and feet were chained giving them no space to move. Slaves were being sent to America in hordes in pitiable conditions. It is estimated that more than half of those who left Africa were fir to work in plantation as the rest either died on the way left crippled.

Ship owners in an effort to capitalize on profits from transportation, divided the hull of the ship into two decks, in order to fit more slaves in the ship. However, while monetary gain were considered the unhygienic conditions led to deaths of slaves during the journey. Often the needs of the slaves were compromised and hundreds were stacked in the ships. Slaves often committed suicide refusing to eat. Slaves who succumbed to diseases or died due to starvation were tossed out in the open sea. Those who survived on the ships lived only to witness more cruelty.

Chattels not humans.
Chattel slavery was a term associated with laborers that were brought from the African continent. They were required in the Southern stated of America as requirement in that region were more. Slaves were often over-worked and left to live in miserable conditions. Poor housing facilities, malnourishment and over-burdening the slaves cut their expectancy short, only a handful lived to be 40. Working long hours in sugar plantations, the under nourished slaves were often masked to prevent them from eating the crop.

Masks prevented slaves working in sugarcane plantations from eating the crop

One-way ticket: Indian Indentured laborers in Trinidad


With the supply of slaves from Africa dwindling and growing pressure to ban slave trade, Europeans supplying slaves to the New World had to look at a new source for laborers. This resulted in what is called the ‘indentured labor’. Poor people from populated colonies like India were promised a new life and taken to work on plantation colonies in Pacific islands, Africa and Caribbean.

Never did these people realize that they would not return to the countries of their birth after they promised five year contract. Little did they understand the contract. The illiterate Indian villagers faced with extreme poverty had little choice when offered what looked like a life line.

On may 30th, 1845, the first batch of laborers from India arrived in Trinidad in the Caribbean islands. Up until 1917, when the practice was banned over 1,40,000 Indians were transported to the island. The journey was long and treacherous, and living conditions were deplorable. The Indians were subjected to abuse, poor food, and dangerous weather conditions.

Though given a face saving term called ‘indentured laborer’, these people were just a few notches above being slaves. These forced immigrants from other countries were enslaved to work rigorously on sugar and coffee plantations. Lakhs of people from India were also taken to other Caribbean inlands, like British Guiana and Jamaica.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the British took from India, laborers to work in Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Caribbean and Fiji. Nowhere but in Fiji does the misery of these indentured laborers continue to this day.

Courtesy: Vijay Times.

Spread happiness

Great note for all to read it will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking:

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon the man by the window described a parade passing by.

Although the other man couldn't hear the band - he could see it. In his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days and weeks passed.

One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.

He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.

It faced a blank wall. The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."

Epilogue:

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

"Today is a gift, that's why it is called the present."

My World View

Your World View

You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

What Sign Am I?

You Should Be A Gemini

What's good about you: witty and energetic, you're simply the most fun to be around

What's bad about you: you're flighty - losing interest in people and projects quickly

In love: you enjoy the "honeymoon phase," but after that it's hard for you to stick around

In friendship, you're: likely to have many groups of friends, with many different interests

Your ideal job: mime, guru, or cartoonist

Your sense of fashion: casual and simple

You like to pig out on: fast food, especially burritos

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