It is a nostalgic feeling to go back and back to the home where you lived your childhood days. Yes, this is my ancestral home. It used to be a big family. My great grandfather late Sankaran Nair and grandmother Kallyani Amma (fondly called as Narayanankutty amma) and all their children and family lived harmoniously. I remember my nursery school days when we children all sit together for breakfast and walk all the way to school from this home. Then the festival days, specially Onam, which used to be the only 2nd occasion, where we got a new pair of dress, and then gather together and play football and also enjoy the Onam festivities, specially Kummatti. I also remember the Vishu days, where we all lineup and wait for our turn to get the Vishu Kaineeettam from our maternal uncle Appettan, who used to be the senior most and the amount used to be a maximum of 25 paise to 1 Rupee. If he gives 1 rupee, others younger to him lesser than that… All coins collected, all children together will then rush to buy a football and play along for days on and on with it.
No complaints, no regrets, whatever was cooked in the common kitchen was consumed harmoniously. All played together, fought together, slept together.
And an occasional escapade to watch a movie at night for the second show means, we have to sleep outside…means remembering and fearing about the Yakshi’s or ghost stories that our uncle Aniyettan (Ramachandran) used to narrate to us….. Of course, not to forget the sound of rats and other rodents running around at the top of the roof….
Life was beautiful…. We used to talk to each other… We used to read the newspapers daily and most of all, we used to do our daily routines, get up early in the morning, a bath at the temple pond, then worship the family deity Oorakathammathiruvadi, take the prasadam – thirumadhuram – and then reach home…Do our pending assignments and then the regular breakfast, Iddli and chatni and packed tiffin, rice and dhal or tomato curry….
The day also starts with the only radio playing the traditional All India Radio music of the station opening at 6:00 am or so and then the regular news followed by Sanskrit news and other informative audio sections. I do not remember seeing a TV until my high school days.
Life goes on… for the new generation, it will not be easy to understand the depth of this note. However, I am sure, those in my era will really mean what it means..
The life before the electronic media overpowered us!. We will never get it back.
The date palm trees have flowered. It marks the arrival of a new season. Weather is cold now, but very soon it will change and the summer will begin. You can expect hot and sunny days soon. Then in no time, the holy month of Ramadan starts. By the time Eid Al Fitr comes, the flowers would have developed and fully ripened dates will be ready. I have been following them for the past several years. Each time they flower, it is an opportunity to remember about the past seasons. And also look forward to the future ahead.
If you have kids, take them around for a walk in the evening. Show them the changes to the trees and flowers as the flowers blossom to a fresh green date and then ripen to reddish and juicy ones.
Very few know about the hidden treasure from this part of the world. The actual date tree population in UAE is about 40 millions of which 8.5 in AL-AIN region. The gene pool is large and composes about 120 date varieties. New introductions from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman included Khallas, AbouMaan, Hallawi, Khissab, Khenezi, Nabut Saif, Jabiri, Hillali, Lulu, Chichi, Khadraoui, Sakii, Sultana and Barhi varieties.
UAE produces 533,701 Metric tons of dates on an average
As a Passionate Photographer, I always believe and propagate, a photo clicked is a history. You can never re-create it. However, you try!. There are several factors involved in the beauty and success of its presentation and representation. A keen eye, ready equipment, swiftness, aptitude and attitude, how you position yourself, how the external and natural lighting are, how you adjust our camera settings, and how the object you are photographing behaves while you shoot….. the list goes on endlessly….
During my recent visit to my home away from home, I was on a phone call, but noticed this happy union of a parrot and a squirrel enjoying a feast of their own!. I couldn’t resist. As usual, my camera was ready, I was ready and here it is, for you all to enjoy.
I am on a mission these days. It is for an important cause. Yes, you do not have to guess. For a Safer Road and safe travel and safe return daily to our homes!.
I am not exaggerating. Every second day, I am seeing an obituary note on the Facebook or Whatsapp groups I am subscribed to, informing of death due to road accidents. Many of them are young and the accidents have happened due to speeding. That is a self made disaster to self and family. On the other hand, I also get to read about many innocent lives being lost due to rash driving by some other people. Whether it be on bike or car or bus or trucks. There has to be some control, SELF CONTROL to prevail on our roads to reduce these deaths and injuries.
The above are photos of adverts created by me and installed on a busy road where my home is situated. I hope, at least a few understand the value of it and reduce their driving or riding habits and bring back sense and security on our roads.
These adverts alert road users on road safety guidelines like wearing of helmets, seat belts, avoid using mobile phones, and of course no driving under the influence of alcohol or any medication.
More efforts, combined with several groups and individuals to follow to make this happen. Till then, no rest.
If you agree with me and see the need for an increased campaign and alertness along with daily reminders on road safety, welcome to share this post.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
11th February 2019
Every second day there is a death happening on our roads in Kerala. Mostly bike riders. In order to remind, alert daily, I have released the 2nd road safety campaign to be printed and exhibited on a big Flex board in our home at Irinjalakuda, Kerala. The road in front is an extremely busy stretch.
This is my photo of the day. 2 minutes of short nap and my colleague caught me…6 days of non-stop effort. 1 more day to go for WFES 2019. Obviously, the photo is extra special as it is captured by our Remote Sensing Specialist, Damien DHONT!. He is the man behind our latest technology – The Subsea Gliders for Oil & Gas Exploration which is exhibited at our Stand A410 at WFES2019. Tomorrow is the final day of WFES2019. Thank you to all visitors who came to our stand welcome to those who visit us during the final day.
A recent spate of increase in road accidents, mostly due to speeding buses have urged a prominent Facebook Group “Our Irinjalakuda” to conduct a relay fast until the municipality, the police and RTO joint together and come out with measures to control the speedsters who violate road safety rules. This is happening at Irinjalakuda in Thrissur District, Kerala. Today is the second day of the fast and Prof. Dr. Sr. Rose Anto, from St Joseph College is carrying have joined the volunteers and fasting. A kidney donor, she is in the forefront of all community activities beneficial to the society.
The group of volunteers are planning to continue their relay fast until the municipality authorities come out with efficient town planning and better facilities and also safer route structuring and one-way system for bus services to reduce road accidents. In addition, the volunteers are also conducting road safety campaigns by distributing safety guidelines and notices to road users.
In this video message in Malayalam, I share my own experiences and notes as a road safety campaigner. In brief, through this message, I request school authorities to take up road safety education as a routine subject and make students as “Road Safety Ambassadors”. Dedicated Safety information sessions in their morning assembly aided with support from parents and teachers will bring about a positive change in children to consider safety, in particular road safety, an important part of their attitude and culture.
Opening of the exhibition – “Sheikh Zayed and Europe: a Journey” at the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.
Under the patronage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Delegation of the European Union to the UAE, is organising an exhibition titled ‘Sheikh Zayed and Europe: a Journey’ in celebration of the Year of Zayed.
The exhibition will take place at The Founder’s Memorial Abu Dhabi Corniche, on 25th November until 31st December, 2018 and it is now open to the public.
The exhibition aims to commemorate the legacy and leadership of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. It also aims to highlight his local, regional and international accomplishments and his values of tolerance, giving, coexistence, loyalty, patriotism, volunteerism and humanitarian work.
The Founder’s Memorial is a permanent national tribute dedicated to commemorating the life, legacy and values of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.
!!WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT!! Photography Competition – Celebrate Vidhyarambham with TalentShare & Our Irinjalakuda
ഒരു ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫർ എന്ന നിലയിൽ ഞാൻ ഉറച്ചു വിശ്വസിക്കുന്ന ഒരു കാര്യം ഉണ്ട്. നമ്മൾ എടുക്കുന്ന ഓരോ ചിത്രങ്ങളും ഒരു ചരിത്ര സ്മാരകമാണ്. കാരണം, ആ നിമിഷത്തിന്റെ പ്രത്യേകതകൾ പിന്നീട് ഒരിക്കലും പുനര്ജീവിപ്പിക്കാൻ പറ്റില്ല എന്നുള്ളതാണ്. ആ ചിത്രത്തിലെ കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളുടെ ഭാവം, ആ സമയത്തെ വെളിച്ചം, കാറ്റിന്റെ ഗതി, അങ്ങനെ പല സംഗതികൾ അറിഞ്ഞും അറിയാതെയും ആ ഒരു നിമിഷത്തിൽ ആ ചിത്രത്തിൽ പതിഞ്ഞിട്ടുണ്ടാവും.
അങ്ങനെ ഒരു ചിത്രത്തെയും, ചിത്രകാരനെയും, കഥാപാത്രങ്ങളെയും ആണ് ഈ മത്സരത്തിൽ ഞങ്ങൾ വിജയിയായി തിരഞ്ഞെടുത്തിരിക്കുന്നത്.
പക്ഷേ… ആ ചിത്രം പകർത്തിയതാരാണെന്നോ, ആ ചിത്രത്തിൽ ഉള്ളവർ ആരാണെന്നോ, ആ ചിത്രം ഈ വിദ്യാരംഭ ദിവസ്സം നമ്മുക്കായി പങ്കു വച്ച രാജീവേട്ടന് അറിയില്ല… അവർ – ചിത്രത്തിൽ ഉള്ളവർ , ചിത്രം എടുത്ത ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫർ എന്നിവർ ഞങ്ങളുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെടുക..
വിദ്യാധനം സർവ്വധനാൽ പ്രധാനം എന്നാണല്ലോ പറയുക.
അപ്പോൾ വിജയികൾക്കായി ഞങ്ങൾ ഒരു സുവർണ അവസ്സരം കൂടി നൽകുന്നു. അടുത്ത മാസം “നമ്മുടെ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട” കൂട്ടായ്മയുടെ നേതൃത്വത്തിൽ നടക്കുന്ന പുസ്തക വിതരണത്തിന്റെ ഉത്ഘാടന ചടങ്ങിൽ വിശിഷ്ടാധിതികളുമായി ഒത്തു ചേർന്ന്, റോഡ് സുരക്ഷാ നിർദേശങ്ങൾ അടങ്ങിയ കുറിപ്പ് പുസ്തകത്തിന്റെ പ്രഥമ വിതരണം, നമ്മുടെ ഈ മത്സരത്തിലെ ഫോട്ടോയിൽ ഉള്ള കുട്ടികൾ, സ്കൂൾ കുട്ടികൾക്കായി നടത്തുന്നതായിരിക്കും.
റോഡ് സുരക്ഷയുടെ വിദ്യാരംഭം കൂടി അവരുടെ മനസ്സുകളിലും ജീവിതത്തിലും കുറിക്കാൻ ഉള്ള അവസ്സരം ആവട്ടെ ആ ചടങ്ങു്.
ആ ചടങ്ങിനെപറ്റിയുള്ള കൂടുതൽ വിവരങ്ങൾ അടുത്ത് തന്നെ അറിയിക്കുന്നതാണ്.
രണ്ടാം സ്ഥാനം നേടിയ ചിത്രം പങ്കു വച്ചതു: അഭിലാഷ് പുതുക്കാട്, അബു ദാബി.
മൂന്നാം സ്ഥാനം നേടിയ ചിത്രം പങ്കു വച്ചതു: ശരത് പോത്താനി.
ഈ മൂന്ന് പേർക്കും വിജയാശംസകൾ നേർന്നുകൊള്ളുകയും അതോടൊപ്പം തന്നെ സമ്മാനദാനം മേല്പറഞ്ഞ പരിപാടിയോടൊപ്പം നൽകുന്നതായിരിക്കും എന്നറിയിച്ചു കൊള്ളുന്നു.
എല്ലാവർക്കും നന്മ നേർന്നു കൊണ്ട് , “നമ്മുടെ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട” ക്കു വേണ്ടി രമേശ് മേനോൻ