Month: August 2009

My Daily Ramdan Thoughts – 10/2009

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My Daily Ramdan Thoughts – 10/2009

A blessed and graceful welcome to all my readers to the 10th day of holy month of Ramadan. I have deliberately missed to post the thoughts for the past few days. It was due to the turbulence created in my mind due to the untimely demise of a friend and also due to some personal happenings which were not conducive to writing these divine thoughts. Chirayinkeezhu Ansar – a good friend to all who know him and interacted with is no more with us. May his soul rest in peace. Very seldom we get to see human beings like him who go out of the way and help those in need. When I told about his untimely demise to a friend, I was told about his experience of interactions with late Sri. Ansar. Once at the Indian Embassy for a complicated work, he was running around from one counter to another to get things sorted out. It was at this time that late Sri Ansar passed by and seeing his tension, he enquired and intervened to assist him to clear the matter. Very rarely we get to see such act of kindness from those with responsibilities in public and corporate field. In all his areas of interactions with public and the community around he set examples to follow.

May god bless each one of us to develop good thoughts and deeds to the benefit of the society around us.

Ramesh Menon
31082009

റമദാന്‍ ചിന്തകള്‍ 10/2009

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എന്റെ എല്ലാ പ്രിയ വായനക്കാര്‍ക്കും പുണ്യ മാസ്സമായ റമദാനിലെ പത്താം നാളിലേക്ക് സ്വാഗതം. രണ്ടു മൂന്ന് ദിവസം എന്റെ ചിന്തകളുമായി നിങ്ങളുടെ അടുത്ത് വരാന്‍ സാധിച്ചില്ല. ഒരു സുഹൃത്തിന്റെ അകാലത്തിലുള്ള വിയോഗവും മറ്റു ചില മാനസ്സിക സംഘര്‍ഷങ്ങളും കാരണം എഴുത്തില്‍ ശ്രദ്ധ ചെലുത്താന്‍ പറ്റിയില്ല. ചിറയിന്‍കീഴ്‌ അന്‍സാര്‍ എന്ന ആ സുഹൃത്തിന്റെ ആത്മാവിന് നിത്യശാന്തി നേര്‍ന്നു കൊണ്ട് ഇന്നത്തെ ചിന്തകളിലേക്ക് കടക്കട്ടെ. അറിയാത്തവര്‍ക്ക് പോലും ഉപകാരം ചെയ്യാന്‍ ഒരു മടിയും ഇല്ലാതെ സമയം കണ്ടെത്തിയിരുന്ന ഒരു നല്ല മനുഷ്യന്‍. അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ മരണ വിവരം അറിഞ്ഞ ഒരു സാധാരണക്കാരനായ സുഹൃത്ത്‌ എന്നോട് പറഞ്ഞത് – ഒരിക്കല്‍ അബു ദാബിയിലെ എംബസ്സിയില്‍ എന്തോ കാര്യത്തിനു പോയ സമയത്ത് ശ്രീ അന്‍സാര്‍ കാണുകയും സഹായിക്കുകയും ചെയ്ത കഥയാണ്. ഓരോരോ ഉത്തരവാധിത്വങ്ങളില്‍ ഇരിക്കുന്നവര്‍ അവരുടെ മേഘലയിലും അതില്‍ നിന്ന് പുറത്തു തന്നാല്‍ ആവുന്ന മറ്റു മേഘലകളിലും തങ്ങളുടെ കഴിവുകളും സഹായഹസ്തങ്ങളും പരോപകാരപ്രദമായി വിനിയോഗിക്കുന്നതിന്റെ ഉദാത്തമായ ഉദാഹരണം.

ഈശ്വരന്‍ എല്ലാ മനുഷ്യരിലും നല്ല മനസ്സുകളും നല്ല ചിന്തകളും വളര്‍ത്തുവാന്‍ ഇടവരുത്തട്ടെ എന്ന് പ്രാര്‍ത്ഥിച്ചു കൊണ്ട് ഇന്നത്തെ ചിന്തകള്‍ ഇവിടെ ചുരുക്കുന്നു.

സസ്നേഹം
രമേശ്‌ മേനോന്‍
31082009

Kadugodi Kobra Cup – A Cricket tournament to nurture unity and friendship

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During my recent visit to Bangalore, I was lucky enough to see the finals of a club Cricket tournament. Kadugodi Kobra Cup – named after the small village which occupies Whitefield and surrounding areas of Bangalore. The initial stages of the tournament had matches played between various local teams and on the day I was there, it was the Finals. The composition of the two teams attracted me very much. One team was filled with members of the building community of Golden Blossom who owned properties there and the opposition team formed workers and management staff of Golden Gate Properties. A thrilling final, typical with moments of heated arguments, run chases, run outs and of course the winning moments. To relive the Lagaan experience, the Workers/Management team won the cup. It gave me another opportunity to share the harmony and joy of winning and losing.

Good wishes to all the participants and team members. For individual photos, please email me at team1dubai@gmail.com

Ramesh Menon

Happy Onam 2009

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Happy Onam 2009

Happy and Prosperous Onam to all my friends.

Passionate Photography Thoughts by Ramesh Menon – Archiving

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Dear Passionate Photographers,

A warm welcome to all the new members of Passionate Photographers group on Face Book. As the name denotes, you all have joined this group out of your interest for Photography. For any form of creativity there should be no boundaries or restrictions. Because, what I feel creative may not be the same for someone amongst you. But, it doesn’t mean that what I have done is not creative. So, with the above statement, I relax a mandatory condition kept for photo submission to this group. You can post photographs on any subject you feel interested and comfortable – except children and pornography. This is to keep our forum from any controversies or issues. However, if you are able to find time to post photos pertaining to the selected topics (Best Moments of your Summer holidays, Animals and Birds, Flowers, Smile) provided as Theme for Summer 2009, well and good. The theme is selected keeping in view of a competition planned for children to be conducted by Talent Share blog very soon. Also, please try to post limited numbers of photos each time selecting the best from your collection. This will make reviewing and editing work easy for our expert team.

Please also welcome Mr. J. H. Gaspar and Mr. Sujin Balakumaran to the expert team to guide us through a world of knowledge sharing and team building in the coming days. Mr. Gaspar has immense photography knowledge and a guru who nurtured photography talent to many. Mr. Sujin is a talented photographer, a team person and moreover, a friend for all who love to share knowledge and skills. I am sure we all will gain from both of them and their immense photography experiences.

In my previous communication, I touched the point of Discipline. This time, let me take you to Archiving. As a person who is passionate about photography and who likes to click photos without inhibition, I end up taking many pictures each day. Normally, What I do, is to do a transfer of pictures taken each day at the end of the day to a month-wise folder, systematically designed in my computer. This is done, when I keep my batteries for daily charging, so that main set of batteries and the spare are always fully charged each morning. I always take pictures in high resolution and when the transfer process is done and as I get time, I distribute copies of them to numerous folders, again systematically designed – say birds, animals, city scenes, autos, places, events, faces etc. This makes it easier for me to retrieve photos easily whenever I need a specific photo for a write-up or for presenting to a competition or for press. Normally, before posting on to my blogs or for that matter on any public portal, I resize the picture size to make it convenient for viewers to see them from any type or speed of access point they use, including PDA phones. This way it makes easy for normal readers to view and any time anyone interested in a high resolution of it could revert to me for viewing or any other commercial purpose. In addition, as I keep on clicking, I always keep a stock photo of a particular interesting situation for later use so that it never become a duplicate of what I submitted in the sites. The archiving system I developed is by trial and error and by experience. Currently with the help of bigger storage facilities like 500 GB hard disks and so on, keeping multiple version of our precious photography moments safe have become an easy task. However, for new viruses, there is always an easy access and I try to avoid using USBs and other connectors on common computers.

Wish to hear your comments and see your photography knowledge shared. Please invite any keen photographer who may be interested to share his knowledge and skills for our benefit and let us progress ahead each time we visit Passionate Photographers group.

Always keep your eyes open for a precious moment and have a great journey ahead.

God Bless.

Ramesh Menon
29082009

A journey from one festival to another

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An elephant with its mahout on its way from one festival place to another.

My Daily Ramadan Thoughts – 06/2009

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A municipality worker from Abu Dhabi Municipality harvesting the dates

Welcome to read my Daily Ramadan Thoughts on the 6th day of this holy month of Ramadan. Many times we conduct ourselves in different situations under the influence of various thoughts and moods. It may be deliberate or not but we get do these things as if we are under the influence of a magician. However, the almighty god always wish us to think only good and do the same, keeping aside even slightest of evil thought in all our deeds.

The other day, I was returning home from work nearer to the Iftar time. Taking my car out from the parking, I noticed another car blocking my way. Not seeing anyone inside, I honked the horn a few times. I noticed a well dressed person coming out from the nearby shop and then returning back again. I waited for about 10 minutes and seeing no response, I went in to the shop and enquired whether the owner was inside. Immediately the response came – from the shopper – who tried to convince me saying that it might have been by someone who went upstairs of that building. Seeing his quick response and seeing the embarassed face of the shopkeeper who was familiar to me, I realised who the real owner of the car was. I do not know from where I got the patience, I went back to my car and then reversed about 1 km to find an alternate route outside of that parking and proceeded.

A motorcycle specially made for Abu Dhabi Police on display at one of the malls.


Its important to keep away from doing or saying wrong things while observing the holy rituals. I wish all my friends all whom they love the goodness of this holy month of Ramadan.

Ramesh Menon
27082009