#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:
- Working from home at least 1 or 2 days per week.
- 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
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 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. 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.
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We are in a different world these days, that was never expected a week or two ago. The case is the same for each and everyone of us here. A majority of people are now working from home and an important percentage of people are still onsite in various roles, keeping guard to make sure everything continues as is.
It is not an easy task. With huge stress on IT infrastructure and personnel to make sure that things happen, the only option for all of us is to form smaller teams and continue to be in touch through whatever means possible.
I was in a Teams meeting the other day with our headquarters where most of my peers and counterparts participated. What was all the more interesting was that people were expressing systematically, how they came together and acted upon their day to day activities and planning for the days ahead. The way they expressed, inspired each and every speaker who followed, to present clearly their version. None of them wanted to stop!
The highlights of this meeting was the way the meeting organizer carefully listened to each one of them and ended it with the question to them: Anything you need from us? Do not hesitate.
What more you need to instill confidence among team members? Thank you Kevin Hannaford and team for your assuring words. We are super-charged.
The sessions re-affirmed that the management above you and those below you are more determined now, to stay e-connected and be together in mind and deeds and continue to focus on our goals. We Will Win this. I am confident.
#Total #MakeThingsBetter #WorkingTogetherWorks
“When the Fingers Speak” – daily practice session in progress… playing randomly as it comes to my mind. A deliberate attempt to move out from the plus and minus in the real terms of mathematics involved.
What 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.
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
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!).
– 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…
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.