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Crime rates have come down in Kerala!

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It is good to read. Fight against the unknownenemy Covid2019 Keep vigil. StaySafe @TheKeralaPolice We are proud of you.EU7morxUYAE_3yR

Kerala Police on Twitter. 

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Photo Speaks – A Clean Environment

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DSCN6630-1_InPixio#NoChoice but to #StayAtHome. Many things done passionately every day are put on hold. Among them is photography. Finding objects near and far within the comfort zone  to photograph safely has become my new passion now. During a #WorkFromHome break, I looked through the window outside. Streets are quiet except for a few vehicles. I Started looking more deep and close to the farthest objects. I was surprised!. I could see #SheikhZayedMosque  which is about 16 kilometers from my home very clearly. Didn’t want to miss taking a photo of it!

#AbuDhabi is of course a clean city. It has become more beautiful now.

#Covid2019 – is bringing out a lot of changes to our personal self and also to the environment we live. Of course, less pollution is one positive thing that is happening now.

Do not miss out on observing these small things happening around us during these difficult times.

Some immediate take away actions that we could easily adopt, when the situation normalises:

  1. Working from home at least 1 or 2 days per week.
  2. Increased Car pooling and Less Vehicles on Road Day

Give it a thought and share it with me with photos and ideas.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

@rameshmenonauh

#StaySafe #StayAtHome

 

Mind Speaks: Speed of the Boss Is The Speed Of The Team

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Speed of the Boss is the Speed of the Team

This photo dates back to 2002! Since some times, I was searching for this photo in my archives. Finally, I managed to find it!.

It sums up the trust, motivation and team work of a great team that was there during the period he was in Abu Dhabi.

The photo also show Vincent SAUBESTRE‘s (CEO & President – Total EP Research & Technology USA at Total)  another passionate hobby (Kayaking).

Ice Hockey, Cycling, Kayaking….. All full stops now for several of us.

I am sure, many of you will be really chanting now, Go Corona, Go!

Mind Speaks : COVID Times

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Mind Speaks. Truly speaks. Photography is something I am always passionate about. Staying at home, I am now exploring what can I do differently to come out with some interesting subjects to click.

This morning, when I looked outside through my windows, I found my subject for the day. I am always fascinated by palm trees and looking at them on the side of the road, I noticed the shadows for each one of them. Why not observe them closely today?

Here is the result. A dedicated effort to do an hourly click of the shadows. Presenting them to you.

From tomorrow onwards, you don’t need a clock, You have mother nature around.

 

#MindSpeaks : Gooseberry Goosebumps

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unnamed_InPixio2What a nice thought and title that came out in mind today to keep my blogging activity alive!.

True. I open my heart and mind through different media and medium. One is my blogging activity, other is photography and third is my quest for music.

In all the three, I am just a basic student. There are experts and there are critics as well as fans. I do give them due regards.

Now, coming to today’s topic. True. I am getting goosebumps! A different kind, out of fear or anxiety or excitement. I do not know which one is right and correct!

Trying to be a vegetarian, it has been my routine to have rice porridge in the morning before I start to office. Along with it, some dhal and an added marinated mango or gooseberry or spicy pickle of either of them is my routine. It gives me enough strength to take me through my day and be back home.

Rice porridge is traditional and staple food of many Keralites. The porridge made out of boiled rice give lot of strength and stamina. Intake of gooseberry daily gives lot of strength and stamina.

Being able to travel several times to my home town, I replenish the stock of gooseberry pickle each time I return. That means, there is always an abundance of stock and I have the liberty to have two, three or 4 pieces daily.

But, when I looked at the bottle, I found only a few, may be less than 10!….

I realized, I was in a dream world!. I never realize ahead about a tough day that was ahead.

What do I do? I long for having more than one piece today? Only option was to place the gooseberry in a plate and look at its reflection and believe and convince myself, there is not one, but two for you!

Life at times is like that. We are thrown into some harsh realities suddenly without any anticipation or expectation.

The ongoing Covid 2019 situation is also like that. We will survive. We will fight it out.

#StaySafe  #StayAtHome – that is the mantra now. Follow the government rules and guidelines.

We will have opportunities to smile and think over these tough days.

Sushma Swaraj was a great ambassador for our country

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Swaraj’s death is a huge loss to all of us. She was the best external affairs minister we could ever dream for.

She was also an approachable person. During her visit to address the Indian community in the UAE at an event held in the Indian Social and Cultural Centre in Abu Dhabi, she let each and every attendee who wanted to take a photograph with her do so without so much as a murmur.

Her death has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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Had stopped writing my opinion in The Letters section of newspaper for sometime. This was an instance, I couldn’t resist. Because @SushmaSwaraj was one twitter account that we all could tweet and be sure to get a response with solutions to any problems addressed. Once again, may her soul rest in peace.
(My note in The Letters to the Editor of The National newspaper of tomorrow – Back to letter writing days and columns!).

2018 പ്രളയത്തിന്റെ ഓർമകളിലൂടെ

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– കേരളത്തിൽ അങ്ങിങ്ങായി ഈ വർഷത്തെ കാലവർഷം കനത്തു വരുമ്പോൾ, ഒരു തിരിഞ്ഞു നോട്ടത്തിനു സമയമായി  തോന്നുന്നു.. 2018 ഓഗസ്റ്റ് 16 മുതൽ ഈ വര്ഷം ഈ സമയം വരെ, അന്ന് ആ പ്രളയകാലത്തു സഞ്ചരിച്ച വഴികളിലൂടെ ഒരു യാത്രക്കായി ശ്രമിക്കുന്നു. മാറ്റങ്ങൾ – നല്ലതും -ചീത്തയും – എന്തൊക്കെയാണ് എന്ന് വരും ദിവസ്സങ്ങളിൽ ഇവിടെ പങ്കു വക്കാം…

Mind Speaks: Finally, a few thoughts in Malayalam

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It was not easy to write using fountain pen after a long, but tried and managed. Thought, I first start writing in Malayalam itself. Found, both old and new formats are getting mixed. Somehow managed. Will continue to try, till I regain my flow.65609312_10156320590101088_4082789958752927744_o.jpg

Photo Speaks – Getting back to Write it Right

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65368996_10156315724556088_8433570973239738368_o.jpgPhoto Speaks: It is time to restart my weekly blog post titled “Mind Speaks”. This time, it will be handwritten. Not finding it easy, as I have not used a pen, or to be frank, a fountain pen for a very long time. These days, writing has become short, may be one or two sentences! I will try and make it legible and interesting. A challenge, as I do not have the option to delete and re-write when I write with a pen. Thoughts, words and writings have to be very clear!!!.

Mind Speaks: Trust and Friendship is Forever

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62506000_10156304988136088_267775633059217408_oI have written about him before too. In this photo, I am with Sandeep Dubey… He drives a taxi in Mumbai, India

My love for photography was the reason I met him. Monsoon in Mumbai is always a fascination for me. It was about 17 years ago, when I was waiting in front of my hotel, looking for a suitable taxi – a Maruti High Roof Van those days, that will give me a good view and options to click the Mumbai city on a rainy day that I met him. He was young and knew very little English that time, and with my Hindi and English we managed.

One full day, we drove around through various lanes and highways of Mumbai. Just like we try and run our fingers through the veins on our hands. In a short time, he knew what I was looking for and I knew, he was one person I can trust. Since then, each time when I touch base in Mumbai, he is my man. It has been a long friendship that remained from that rainy day.

Mumbai has that magic. People come from various places, different religion, different languages, but once you bond with each other, the friendship remains.

My repeated visits to Mumbai is also one like that. It is because my father’s close and only soulmate, roommate, friend for life (many derivatives for him) lives there. During their bachelor days in Mumbai in the 1960s they lived and worked together. Their friendship remained forever and passed on to me by both. I try and find reason to go and meet him and his wife, WHENEVER I CAN. With all the roadworks, changes and progress, Sandeep has been my “go to man”. I can tell you, I entrust him with all my luggage and valuables and go everywhere in Mumbai and he will make sure, they are safe, as well as me too. Over the period of time, his Maruti Omni Van was discontinued and he now drives a small car without air-conditioning. But, that’s never an issue for me as his humble and ever-smiling service is of great value than the comfort of driving around in a luxurious or modern taxi.

This time, in fact, after repeated requests for a long time, I visited his home….

It was another opportunity for me to visit the narrowest bylanes of Mumbai city and see and understand how people live happily within their modest means.

Hospitality at its best, by his mother, wife and 2 sons. I had known them since several years, as we always talked continuously during our drives. However, only this time I met them. He had told them about me, his daily life struggles, children, family in Mumbai and back home, the same way I introduced him to my family.

It was one wish that I fulfilled before my father passed away 2 years ago, to bring him back to Mumbai and drive around with his close friend and see all the places where he and his friend lived and worked. With Sandeep, I was able to do that and also an opportunity to introduce him.

As we entered his tiny little home, I could feel an extra special parental relationship. His little son came running and hugged him closely by his feet calling him Papa, aah aap jaldi vaapas aya kaam se? (meaning, Dad, today, you came early from work?). Hospitality was at its best, from his elderly mother and wife and children in whatever little way they could. As I left his home, touching his mother’s feet, it was a special feeling, beyond I could explain and ever imagine!

We returned after a short while and when I walked back to my hotel room, I re-affirmed myself one thing, Trust and Friendship, has no barriers. It will remain forever.

{Read my blog post about him done earlier Mind Speaks: Some connections happens just like that And stays forever }. You can find his phone number in it and in case you are in Mumbai and wish to have a ride with him, you can call him.

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