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Sunday, October 24, 2010


Atham procession at Tripunithura took almost two hours to finish. It was a hot day and I wanted to rest for a while. As I walked I came across this beautiful church. This is not the first time I am seeing this church.I have driven in front of this church several times when I was working and traveling from Kochi to Kottayam. But at that time I had no time or patience to stop and see.I was busy with my work, running around to achieve my business targets, training sales executives in the field and there were problems to be solved. I was always in a rush and had no time to spare for such fine things in life.In fact I thought the whole world was spinning on my shoulders.

I saw a vacant chair in the shade of the church. I went in,sat on the chair and looked around.It was a cute little church. The more I looked around the more I appreciated the finer aspects of this church. I understand that the local king in those days gave the land, money and craftsmen to build this church according to local taste, culture and tradition. The result is this lovely church. The modern churches are grand, imposing, spacious and a large amount of money is being spent to build them. But they are not beautiful in the real sense of the word.

The name of this church is ST.MARY’S SYRIAN JACOBITE CHURCH.

Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.

Monday, October 18, 2010


The Commonwealth Games came to an end with a very colorful ceremony, brilliant lighting, laser display, pulsating music, lovely singing and dancing. Mike Fenner, Chairman of the CWG, summed it all up by saying that it was an exceptional experience.

The next day Prime Minister set up a committee to enquire into the issues of the CWG and the report is to be submitted within three months. I am sure the murky affairs of corrupt people will be brought to light and the guilty will be punished

I could not go to Delhi to see the Common Wealth Games. The next best thing I did was to sit in front of my TV and watch the games. The advantage of watching games in the TV is that one can see different disciplines sitting in the comfort one’s house besides one can get close up views. Of course I could not resist the temptation of taking some photos and post them here for those who didn’t see the games. These are only some photos of the closing ceremony.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


The Commonwealth Games at New Delhi is going on successfully and we Indians are proud of the magnificent arrangements and the efficient conduct of the games. It is heart warming to see that till date we are in second position in the medals tally above England and Canada.

Initially there was considerable criticism about the arrangements at the games village and also about the misuse of funds and massive curruption apart from the inefficiency of the government departments and apathy of sports officials to provide proper, clean accommodation to the athletes. This would have gone unnoticed but for the media uproar and massive accusations by sports officials from other participating countries. Finally, the Prime Minister had to intervene, pull up the officials and set right things on a war footing. I am sure there will be an enquiry and the guilty will be given exemplary punishment because the currupt officials were putting the country's honor,prestige and pride at stake.

This reminded me of my own bitter experience with regard to accommodation provided by the sports officials when I took part in Inter District Athletic meet as a 4oo meters hurdler long time ago when I was a student of Loyola College,Chennai. I qualified at the local meet and was selected for the inter district meet at Vellore. At Vellore I was put in a dormitory without any bed or fan but infested with mosquitoes. I could not sleep the whole night and as a result when I ran the race the next day it was impossible to concentrate and tripped over the third hurdle and fell. That was the end of my race and my dream of getting selected for the State level meet became dust.

It looks like the apathy and callousness of the sports officials towards athletes have not changed even after so many years. I hope at least now their attitude will change for the better.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


As I said in one of my earlier posts that Rajasthan Tourism Department held an exhibition in Kochi and trained dancers from Rajhastan performed some dances.Here is another dance performed by them which I watched with fascination.