Month: August 2011

Speeding traffic at Kuthiran Sastha Temple Trichur Palghat highway

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Speeding traffic at Kuthiran Sastha Temple Trichur Palghat highway

The stretch of road in front of the Kuthiran Sastha Temple is the only place where there is no potholes and a bit wider than those leading to this point. Thus this stretch makes it extremely dangerous as Limited Stop buses plying between Trichur and Palghat speed each other to overtake at this point. However, stopping vehicles of devotees, slowing vehicles to throw coins hinder their progress and on two instances I saw near misses. As humps are not allowed on NH roads, for the safety of public, the residents or the panchayat of Kuthiran dig some bigger holes in this particular point so that these buses are forced to slow down. Hope, Police and road transport authorities make a note of this danger, if already not known. As usual, it is better to take a preventive measure rather than to do any after an incident happens. Honourable Ministers of Kerala – Shri Oommen Chandy Adv. V. S. Sivakumar, Shri V.K. Ebrahimkunju Kindly Note and take necessary actions.

തൃശ്ശൂര് പാലക്കാട് ഹൈവെയില് കുതിരാന് കയറ്റത്തില്ധര് ശാസ്ത ക്ഷേത്രത്തിനു മുന്നില് മാത്രമാണ് റോഡില് കുണ്ടും കുഴിയും ഇല്ലാത്ത ഏക ഇടം.. ഇവിടെ റോഡിനു വീതി കൂടുതലും ആണ്. ആയതു കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ റൂട്ടില് ഒട്ടുന്ന ലിമിറ്റഡ് സ്റ്റോപ്പ് പ്രൈവറ്റ് ബസ്സുകള് ഇവിടെ എത്തുമ്പോള്, മത്സരിച്ചു കടന്നു പോകാന് ശ്രമിക്കുന്നത് കാണാന് ഇടയുണ്ടായി. ഇവിടെ നിര്ത്തി അമ്പലത്തില് തൊഴാന് പോകുന്ന വാഹനങ്ങളും, ഇവിടെ സ്ലോ ചെയ്തു പൈസ ഇടാന് വേണ്ടി വേഗത കുറയ്ക്കുന്ന വാഹനങ്ങളും മത്സര ഓട്ടത്തിന് ഇവര്ക്ക് തടസ്സമാകുന്നു. ഒരു അപകടം ആയതിനാല് ഏതു സമയത്തും ഇവിടെ സംഭവിക്കാം. ഒന്നിലോ നാട്ടുകാര്. നാഷണല് ഹൈവെയില് ഹമ്പുകള് സാധാരണയായി പാടില്ലാത്തത് കൊണ്ട് വളവില് ഒന്നോ രണ്ടോ വലിയ കുഴികള് വെട്ടി വേഗത കുറക്കാന് ഉള്ള നടപടികള് നാട്ടുകാര് ചെയ്താല് നന്നായിരിക്കും. പോലീസും അധികാരികളും മത്സര ഓട്ടത്തെ നിയന്ത്രിക്കാന് ഉള്ള നടപടികള് എടുക്കുന്നത് വരെ ഇത് മാത്രമേ ഒരു സുരക്ഷാ പോംവഴി കാണുന്നുള്ളൂ.
ബഹുമാനപ്പെട്ട കേരള മുഖ്യമന്ത്രി, പൊതുമരാമത്ത് മന്ത്രി, ഗതാഗത വകുപ്പ് മന്ത്രി, എന്നിവര് ശ്രദ്ധിച്ചു വേണ്ട നടപടികള് എടുക്കുവാന് അഭ്യര്ത്ഥിക്കുന്നു ഭാഗത്തെ ഗതാഗതത്തിന്റെ ഒരു വീഡിയോ താഴെ കാണുന്ന ലിങ്കില് ഇട്ടിട്ടുണ്ട്. മത്സര ഓട്ടം നേരില് കണ്ട ദൃശ്യങ്ങള് പകര്ത്താന് സ്വയം സുരക്ഷ ഉദ്ദേശിച്ചു വിടെഒയില് പകര്ത്താന് ഉള്ള ശ്രമം ഉപേക്ഷിച്ചു.
മത്സര ഓട്ടം പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും കാലത്ത് ഏഴു എട്ടു മണിക്കാണ് കൂടുതല് അപകടകരമായി കണ്ടത്. കാരണം, ചില ബസുകളിലെ കണ്ടക്ടര് ഇവിടെ നാളികേരം ഉടക്കാന് നിര്ത്തുകയും (ഏതാനും മിനിട്ടിനുള്ളില് ഇത് നടക്കുംബസ് സ്പീഡ് കുറയ്ക്കുന്നതും അവര് ഓടി ഇറങ്ങി നാളികേരം ഉടച്ചു തിരിച്ചു കയറും) അവസ്സരം മുതലെടുത്ത് പുറകിലെ ബസ് ഇവരെ മാറി കടക്കും. യാത്രക്കാര് പൈസ ബസ്സില് ഇരുന്നു കൊണ്ട് എറിയുന്നതും അപകടം തന്നെ. കാരണം അതെടുക്കാന് ഒരാള് ഇവിടെ കാന്തം വച്ച വടിയും കൊണ്ട് റോഡില് നടക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. അയാളും ജീവന് പണയം വച്ചുള്ള കളി തന്നെ ആണ് കളിക്കുന്നത്.

Sharanam sharanam bhagavane ayyappa devotional song by Nandakumar Perumpilavil

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Sharanam sharanam bhagavane ayyappa devotional song by Nandakumar Perumpilavil

Padmashri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar perforIming at ISCC Abu Dhabi for Keraleeyam 2011

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Padmashri Peruvanam Kuttan Marar perforIming at ISCC Abu Dhabi for Keraleeyam 2011

Asianet TV Munch Star Singer Junior Winner 2011 – who is the real winner?

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Asianet TV Munch Star Singer Junior Winner 2011 –  who is the real winner?

I consider myself as very lucky to have watched the final of Asianet TV Munch Star Singer Junior Winner 2011 yesterday, 14th August 2011, which turned out to be a REALity show in REAL.
What made the final interesting to me and blessed is the speech by Mr. Jagathy Srikumar. He was opportunistic and at his witty and pointed best to hit at several facts and factors involved in the reality show scenario happening these days.
The way he talked may be found unacceptable to many, but facts are facts. Even, the person he attacked on stage openly, the talented Ranjini Haridas, acknowledged herself, “yes I asked for it” at the end of his speech.
But, what made more real in this reality show of its kind making it extremely special was the appeal by the winner Adarsh, to have his father united with his mother, who both living separate currently. The union of both of them were more important for this boy than the 50 lakhs worth of flat he just received!.  Children are precious and those who are involved in such painful parting only will realize the pain involved. His appeal was made such in a way that it left several questions towards children of his status and those who were involved and tried or not to create a similar situation.
It also proved that we should never judge people by appearance as well as never judge or humiliate any contestant by mocking him / her.
Jagathi Srikumar was opportunistic and open to say the real truth. Congratulations to you sir and for talking the facts boldly and openly. Oru aana madham pottan thayyarayittulla oru avastha thankalil avide akshamanaayi irikkumbol kandirunnu. athu ingane aanu pottuka ennu maathram arinjilla. Actually, Jagathy Sirkumar should have been the one to give the winners prize. Jayaram and Jagathi were sitting next to next as if they were not known to each other.
May god bless all the talented artists who participated in the show, who aim for such prizes in the future. Who is the winner here? – Adarsh, other contestants, Jagathy (who took opportunity to vent his feelings), Ranjini Haridas (who took it in a sportive way and carried over – hope she innovate her style and come out with more better presentation techniques)?
Hope Ranjini Haridas now learn it in the right sense and Nazrin do not get carried away learning from her. Whether the speech was required or not required is not the question here? End of the day it was an eye opener to many. It became a real REALITY SHOW, with the appeal from Adarsh to his father to unite. The pain of a child of 16 years even after winning a 50 lakhs worth flat – he is longing for his parental union and love. Blessings and regards to all those contestants – You all are winners.

Ramesh Menon

Independence day thoughts and wishes of a non-resident indian

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Dear Friends,
A sincere wish to all of you on this happy day.
While we celebrate Independence Day festivities in our own small way at our community, how much more we can contribute as a community to the society around is the question in my mind.
In my own small way, I have been pursuing two items with interest with various government authorities and append them below here for your reading, information and further support:

Pedestrian overbridge at Kadugodi Railway / Bus Station area
This is an item for all those who use the railway and bus stations. I had noticed it during my visits and Bala Sirs email prompted me to post it with relevance in and highlight it to the authorities concerned, including the Councillor and Railway authorities. They are now aware of the situation, but as you may know it is a bigger problems, and several hands have to be united to take it further. South Western Railway have come back saying that crossing the railway track is a trespassing activity, however, including their own staff have to use this option for easy access. Otherwise, they have to take the road bridge and a longer route of almost 2-3 kms to reach the station or the medical / shopping /educational facilities around in our side.
If anyone of you concur the need for an over bridge in that area, please do post your comments and words of support, as I have highlighted the above post and link to various authorities, social activists and press, who will take it up further in the coming days. Need your support and helping hands in this.
A Star on the Road Programme
We have been seeing numerous auto stations coming up in our area recently.
In April 2011, during my visit, I developed a medical emergency on the way to KR Puram in an auto and was helped, supported and assisted throughout by the driver, whom I hired from in front of our gate. I met him previous day, and finding his driving and conduct good, I had taken down his number and contact and had called him that morning to go to KR Puram. He was there throughout the time till I became OK, with me and my wife, and till the time other friends came with emergency support. I was impressed with his responsible act and conduct during the time of an emergency.
I took this up with Bangalore City Traffic Police, with whom I had been communicating on various traffic related issues. The thought of identifying and honouring him and similar public servants came up and I suggested to have a programme named “A Star On The Road”. 
In the process we had several communications, verifications going back and forth, considering the main scenario that in Bangalore, an auto can be driven by several persons and if an auto was driven by a good driver and it is given a honour, that same night, it could be driven by someone who is dangerous and can indulge in a dangerous activity. So, discussions on pros and cons of this citation were taking place till this time.

I am happy to inform you all that Bangalore City Police have come back today that they will consider this suggestion and programme further and will consider him and other such drivers, acts for this rewarding programme, which will be launched shortly.  It is also intended to cover several road safety aspects and values. I hope this programme will bring positive vibes into driving habits happening in our city.

The first one to benefit will be the auto guy from our area, whose conduct has been checked and verified by them already.

I believe, I am never away from my community at any point of time.

Due regards to all of you and do spare a few minutes for our community for collective benefits for all of us as individuals and as a society.

Jai Hind.
Ramesh Menon