Monthly Archives: January 2010

Follow The White Rabbit

The movie Matrix was a revolution at the time of its release. The concept, it explained was far too much beyond the thinking horizon of a common man. The movie buff like me, took around 3-4 rounds of the movie to fully understand the story. And once I understood the story perfectly, I realized the inlying thought that the movie tried to convey. Something quite different from the spoken story.

Matrix – A perfect world created for the humans by the machines. Intercepting the human thoughts and hacking it with electric impulses, machines planted the human minds in a perfect cage. A world with order and balance. Machines planted the humans in the dream world, virtually satisfying the humans with all the needs and necessities to contain them for their needs.

Now, lets come back to the real world. Wake up Neo. The world isn’t the same anymore. If we remember the past, a long forgotten past trails behind us. The earth was not created for humans. Nature was evolved with the existence of trees and fauna. Long after the evolution of aqua, and land beasts, followed the great Jurassic age, Monkeys evolved to survive and the humans were developed, not created.

But this is scientific part of the story. If we refer Holy Book, we can see that God made  all his creations in six long days and just a day for the man. So, the entire creativity was spend in beautifying and balancing the ecology. But the man was created so fast in a day. As I believe, man was guaranteed to survive in the beauty and marvelous work of God for certain.

So, as you see, the nature was evolved and man was borne to survive in that. But as time passed, man was not surviving, but tailored the nature for the comfort of his own mind signals. The electric signals from the nerves demanded more comfort and a different perspective to make things faster and accurate. With this, the resources of nature was used not for existence, but in a parasitic way. This is a viral behaviour as Mr Smith says in Matrix.

It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You’re a plague and we are the cure.

we are so lost in the wonderland made by us that we almost lost track of the nature on which we have built upon the dreams. We hate to wake up. We love this harmony of life, this celebration. But, we forget that this melancholy could have a vibration. A vibration so strong that the nature may find a path to its very existence. After all, it’s all about the survival. What if the dying nature make the last attempt to survive? Will that be the end of the humanly infection upon the nature?



Malabar Diaries – II Fort St.Angelo

Fort St Angelo is one of the most important seashore forts of kerala. It is situated by the side of Mapila Bay on a cliff protruding into the Arabian Sea about three kilometres from the town of Kannur. This fort is one of the earliest Portuguese establishments on the Malabar Coast.
For establishing commercial relation with the Portuguese, the king of Kolathunad offered a site to construct a factory at Kannur. The Portuguese navigator, Vasco da Gama first came to Malabar Coast in 1498 A.D and he strengthened more cordial relation with the Kolathiri Raja. The Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500 A.D made adjacent installations in the factory (ware house). Subsequently, in 1501 A.D Joan D’ Nova established a small factory at Kannur(Cannanore) and he returned back to Portugal. During the second visit Vasco da Gama in 1502 A.D, he built a palisade with the permission of Kolathiri Raja and two hundred of Portuguese soldiers were stationed at the factory.
In 1505 A.D, Dom Francisco d’ Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy to India obtained permission from the Kolathiri Raja to construct a fort and it was completed in 1507 A.D. The fort was named as St.Angelo. Later on it became an important military station for the purpose of defence in the west coast.
As part of Colonial imperialism, Dutch were also competent to establish their supremacy on trade in peninsular India particularly in Kerala along with other European powers like Portuguese, English and the French. In 1663, the Dutch captured St.Angelo from the Portuguese and made fortifications in the fort. Then, it was sold to the Ali Rajas of Kannur in 1772 A.D. later the British seized the Fort in 1790 A.D. and enlarged to become the most important military station in the Malabar Coast.
The fort St.Angelo is a composite feature of the Portuguese, Dutch and the English architecture(colonial architecture) right from the early 16th century A.D. It is massive built of the laterite roughly triangular on plan with high ramparts on a rocky promontory, surrounded by sea all other sides, while a dry moat runs from the land side of the fortress on one side. During the period of Portuguese, in order to isolate the fort from the mainlands water moat(running east west). connecting Arabian Sea to the Mapila Bay was constructed. most of the buildings like chapels, house of mercy prison, offices and other amenities in this fort were built by the Portuguese. The Dutch people built the horse stable and the ammunition house inside the fort. The main gate is towards the land and is protected by bastions.
The epitaph of Susanna Weyerman, First wife of Dutch Governor Godfried Weyerman died on 28th March 1745 A.D. at the age of 17 years 7 months 16 days recalls teh possession and position of the Dutch on the fort. The cannons that are used by the Portuguese and the British were kept inside the fort. Presently, the cannons are fixed in the merlons and bastions of the fort well pointing towards the sea.

Climatic Shifts

The climate in Trivandrum is getting hotter day by day. The days are hotter and humidity is high at night. I have never experienced such drastic climate in this part of India.

Kerala, the state that constitutes Trivandrum popular for its maritime climate and monsoons. But with the global climate shifts, the monsoon rains are diminishing and the rains that used to occur during the months of September and October have also lost its effect in keeping the ground cool till the next monsoon.

The climate in the city is gradually taking a major shift. The shift is so slow that we could hardly notice that in a 2-3 years span.I still remember my childhood days. Sun wasn’t so intolerable then. I used to run and play at school in hot noons and afternoons.  But now, it is almost impossible to go outdoors during daytime. The climatic change in Trivandrum over the last 15 years has shaken me with wonder.

The big picture is even more alarming. The sea level is rising at an alarming rate. The climate is shifting to the extreme ends in almost all parts of the world.

The reasons are all old copy books. We all have learnt that right from schools. Still, the cause persists. Pollution, CO2 emissions etc are unavoidable in today’s world. But it is not impossible to cut it at least by 1% if all of us consider to cut usage of carbon products in day-to-day life.

Life Is Crazy

I always knew and believed that life is a natural changer. Whether we want to, or know it or not, life has its own changes imprinted upon us.

6 years : not a short-term maddy. We had been together for 6 long years. The school life in St Marys wouldn’t be complete without a few names, who are entitled as ‘My School Friends’. I never had such an attachment to any people who walked in and out of my life. But these guys are special.

I am talking about the time, life and transformation and the school guys, all at the same time. How all fit into a perfect portrait? and Life is Crazy?Where in the name of holy ghost did that come from?

I was watching the movie,”Wake Up Sid’, and was enjoying the song “Life is Crazy”. At the same moment, I got the call from one of my school friends. He informed me of a get together at museum grounds. I was so delighted to see old friends.

There were four of us, cracking on the past and present events. It was a great intimate moments for us. I haven’t seen most of them for more than a year or so.. Right from their talks, I realized : the life changes. The cool guys has grown more understanding and has learnt a lot from the life. The irony is that we all hail from the IT industry, though, we all have a different perspective towards the future. That is the transformation that life has brought up on us. We have grown from the careless guys to responsible thinkers. Those light moments and the memories blew a cool wave on me. We talked about having your passion as profession, which many of us couldn’t work out yet.

On my way back home, I was thinking of all those guys and girls who made my school life. And from where we stand now, at different paths of life, we are still brought together by the very memories that paved the base of our existence. Do I sound crazy? nah