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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Peaks and valleys - a book review


A great book !

'Who moved my cheese ?' was the first book I read written by Dr Spencer Johnson. What an awesome book ! Enjoyed it so many times over all these years. Now another gem...'Peaks and valleys' !

The story revolves around a wise old man and a young chap about tackling successfully the low downsides in life and to make use of it too work for our own good both in work and life. It also details how we can enjoy more while at the peak, prolong this phase as well as to prepare ourselves to deal with the inevitable valley life in a better way.

Simply written, sure you all will enjoy this motivational book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spencer_Johnson_(writer)

  • While at the peak, at the pinnacle of career, basking in the glory of limelight we may not think how lonely it can become when crisis hits. Books like these give hope, restore confidence and provide great help when nothing seems working. 
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Wind catcher, an amazing traditional indoor temperature maintenance system !


Those who have traveled middle eastern countries might have noticed such tall cylindrical structures on top of buildings especially old ones. These are actually 'wind catchers', they as the name suggests, literally 'catch' wind to direct the flow of it towards the interior of house creating a uniform airflow throughout, thus maintaining the temperature inside at a very cool level even in the hottest summer times when the temperature in the desert can go well above 50 degree Celsius. A marvelous traditional architectural innovation by the old generation that effectively worked well and is still relevant. Now-a-days you will find many firms worldwide provide similar systems based on this unique concept to make our homes 'green'.

This system is very much environment friendly.

Modern technology modified the traditional concept by adding solar powered fans to direct the flow in a much more efficient manner. There are many technical things involved about the design of such wind driven air management systems.

Well, I am not going into the technical details of this awesome innovation. Those who would like to know more please check http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windcatcher

I googled to collect more info about wind catchers before posting this, wow...there are effective methods to remain 'cool' inside our homes during summer. In Kerala, day by day atmospheric temperature is going up, humidity levels are rising and rains becoming less. It is high time to conduct more and more research to find out 'greener methods' to make our life better.

Be cool !
  • Our ancestors, with limited resources were able to invent many things that made their life simpler. Wonder, how they could come out with such great innovations with very primitive technology at their disposal. Hats off to such creative minds !

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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Dubai creek, some snap shots


'Abras', traditional boats that ply Dubai creek.


An exhibit at Dubai creek during the Dubai shopping festival 2011 - 12. Interesting attractions from many countries will be show cased like this during festival time.


'Dhow', a sailing vessel, gliding through the waters !


Entrance to Burdubai souq from creek. Curios, replicas, shawls, spices...you name it, it is all available here.


The famous Dubai dhow cruise. All illuminated dhows will be cruising here at night most of the days. Music, delicious food, dance, on board magic shows etc. it is all fun ! A must enjoy thing while in Dubai !


Dubai creek at night during DSF.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYDfpv7lGjo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp_koY8-o1k

  • Recreational activities like music, dance and good food are good stress busters. The important thing is to enjoy the moment, thoroughly.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Peringalkuthu reservoir, amazing natural beauty of Kerala !


Thank you guys for the beautiful comments about the posts of Athirappilly and Vazhachal waterfalls.

This post is about Peringalkuthu dam reservoir along the Chalakkudy river, a short distance from the Peringalkuthu dam and hydro electric project. This dam is situated deep in forest; it is not open for visitors.


You will reach this reservoir spot within half an hour drive from the forest check post at Vazhachal waterfalls on the way to Sholayar and Valparai. This road is right through the middle of forest !


We spent a lot of time here clicking pictures. Beautiful :)




What a cool spot !
  • Feeling stressed out? Just browse through such pictures of natural beauty to cool your mind, body and soul.  
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Athirappilly waterfalls, beauty of Kerala


Athirappilly - what a beautiful place !
Awesome waterfalls, full of greenery all around, a wonderful trekking, some wild life...it was amazing !


Athirappilly is in the district of Thrissur (Trichur), near Chalakkudy about an hour's drive from Kochi International Airport in South India.


Chalakkudy river originates from Anamudi in the western ghats, a mountain range in the western border of South India. This river runs through the Vazhachal forest division and at Athirappilly it runs through massive rocks resulting in spectacular waterfalls.


After plunging down from a height of nearly eighty feet it runs a turbulent course for some more distance before acquiring a smooth flow until Thumburmuzhi dam. An interesting fact is that we can view this falls from two locations, upper part from where it falls through a massive row of rocks and lower down - the spot where it plunges. We have to trek through forest to reach this spot. This spot gives us the opportunity to view it from the front. A perfect place to get a close-up view !


Trekking from the entrance to the falls was real fun. Plenty of monkeys all over the place :)
This is the only place where the unique, rare species of birds like Great Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill are found. Great Hornbill is the state bird of Kerala. Such an ecologically important spot !


We visited here during summer time. This place attracts lot of tourists during monsoon when the waterfalls spread the whole of the rock bed instead of the three plumes we see in summer.


Be prepared for trekking right from the entrance to waterfalls. It is little bit tiresome but you will surely enjoy it :)


An unforgettable weekend !

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1dHR9unE04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KOeLckloDg
  • Nature...lush greenery, the lullaby of the flowing river, sound of music of the forest, waterfalls, nothing else will recharge tired mind, body and soul in a better way !
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