Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Save our tigers


It's the year of the tiger but the majestic tiger population is on the decline. 

Did you know? 
There are probably more tigers on the shelves of pharmacies and medicine stores than in forests as tigers are widely hunted and every single part of their bodies is dissected for use in traditional Asian medicine. Tiger bones, believed to contain high medicinal properties, are popular on the black market in Asia.  

Only an estimated 490 tigers remain in the wild jungles of peninsular Malaysia which accounts to 1/6 of the total tiger population left in the world! In 12 years time the year of the tiger may just be a year celebrating an extinct animal! 

So let's save our tigers! You can participate in this nationwide blog campaign through this site. 

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

Did I?

I was standing at the Ananthapura Temple in Kasaragod, Kerala surrounded by the stark beauty of this interesting temple. When you first encounter the temple all you see is a hut like roof on the ground. Only when you walk down the stairs do you realise the temple is below ground in what appears to be a pond like foundation and the temple itself is surrounded by a moot.

Legend has it you will be able to see a crocodile during the rainy season, alas when we were there it was dried up. Even with all that dull grey mud the temple was stunning and so peaceful.

Since we were the only ones inside the temple, I started singing a few Thyagaraja kritis for Anantha Pathmanathar. As I finished I turned back to find a couple standing right behind us with a young toddler looking at us. They smile back at us and we returned the smile. I was a bit conscious as in Kerala everyone can sing. I had only sung that loud coz the temple was empty.

The priest wanted our address so I started jotting down and the guy peeked at my address and strikes a conversation with me.

Him: You’re Malaysian?
Me: Yes
Him: you sing very well, do you do kutcheris?
me: thanks (blushing) – sometimes but not more than an hour.
Him: that’s nice keep up the good work.
me: thanks

And I quickly left, sometimes I feel uncomfortable with praise ;p

Anyway that was in May 2006. Few months back I was watching one of the Indian Awards Show and I got shocked for a second. The guy I had spoken to was being introduced on stage as Vijay Anthony – the music director.

Just to make sure, I googled his name, photos, and read a few interviews. I’m nearly 90 percent sure it was him. My mom thinks so too.

So did a music director praise my singing? Whoa I so badly want to know coz that would have been an honour. It was already a big thing to get praised in Kerala, a land that amazes me with the depth of its talents. To think it might have been a music director.

So I tried his website to send an email but there’s an error there. Anyone who reads this blog knows him?

Or maybe I should source a backdoor pass to his concert in KL this month? Hummm ;p

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Friday, April 02, 2010


I hate it when I procure service from people and they put it aside because they think they can buy time. The reason people plan early is so they don’t have to waste time and ended up in a problem. I hate it even more when other people think its okay for them to do so.

My car road tax expired on Friday. So I had gotten my mom to call the insurance agent on Monday to get everything done. Now I had been contemplating going with her or with another place which was actually giving me a 10 percent discount but decided on her since I’ve been using her service for a few years now.

Friday arrives and just as I was rushing for a meeting in the afternoon, she gives me a call to say I have an outstanding summon and the bank won’t release it without me settling it.

First reaction, huh you haven’t done everything yet?

She tells me oh the bank just told her, they had been applying since Tuesday. Now this was pure bull, before this she has given me my road tax in just 2 days when I had applied just a day before. But this time she had only called me on Wednesday to confirm the details.

Still I told her just get the summons paid for me and I’ll pass you the money. Then she tells me she can’t as her usual contact is not available. That’s when I got pissed, and she kept insisting it was the banks fault.

So on Saturday morning I had to rush to kl and get the summons cleared. Now the interesting thing is when i check my summons status via sms – there’s nothing under my ic no. So people make sure you go and check if you have such unreliable agents.

Monday morning I call her up to tell her everythings been settled – please get my things cleared. Now Monday was crazy i couldn’t use my moms car, so had to wake up really early to get a lift from the brother to midtown and then take a train to work. But it was a crazy day and i had a regional dinner to attend in the evening.

That evening I call her up to check on the status and she tells me its not ready. Pissed i told her off, why the hell does it take you a week to get the things done? Her first excuse we gave it on Tuesday only. Pure bull since I still have a miss call from her on Monday.

Then she tells me it’s not my fault you have summons. I told her yes but i had no idea i had one either and thats also why i gave it to you a week earlier so you can check and tell me in due time not at the last minute!

I’m the one running around without a car because of your lack of professionalism. The thing is i haven’t even started screaming at her and all this was said as softly as possible since i was at the restaurant waiting for the rest to arrive. Dinner ends at 10.40pm, that too because we slipped out since i had to take the train. There was no way I could have left earlier since it’s an important event. But by the time my colleague dropped me at the nearest train station it was 11.30 and I decided to just take a cab.

Thankfully the cabbie was a nice old man and we had a good chat discussing the ruthless cabbies from my area. Apparently their notoriety is well known among the cabbies.

Why the heck do i have to go through all this hassle coz of one incompetent person? Not enough she doesn’t call me to give me a status on Tuesday, instead i had to get someone at home to call her as I am sure I would have screamed at her by then. Apparently it was ready but the physical copy will only reach me on Wednesday!

Worse part my family thinks I was too rude to her. What the hell? So its okay for her to put me through hassle but not for me to tell her off?

The thing is I have a feeling this problem started because my mom renewed her car with another family friend just to give them business and i think this upset this agent and she’s showing it on me. I relinquished a discount because she used to be so reliable and now i regret doing that. Though my family will not agree, since it took them 3 years to believe that our once family mechanic was giving me the cold shoulders thanks to badmouthing by a relative of ours.  

Just because I know someone, does it mean I have to grit my teeth and allow them to walk over me and be nice? Where’s the apology for the delay they caused me?

Well too bad, she ain’t getting a payment from me till she personally calls me for it and apologises. Otherwise she’s gonna get an earful from me. And I’m definitely not going to use her service anymore.

I’ve said it here before, I hate bad service. I’ll rather pay more or go to a less fancy and even not the best place if their service is better.

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