Archive for March, 2016

India – where cricket is an obsession!

March 30, 2016 Leave a comment

Cricket is a national obsession in India so much so that it could be called a religion. You can see children and adults alike play cricket inside the home, in the compound, on the street and anywhere where they can find some place.
Cricketers are treated like superstars, they have a huge fan following and they are
even worshipped or treated on par with God.

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Revisiting Malacca – a heritage city

March 27, 2016 1 comment

During the long weekend, my friend and I decided to rent a car and drive to Malacca but it being a busy time we could not get a car.  So we took a bus instead. The ride to Malacca takes about 3 hours from Johor.

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Malacca is the third smallest Malaysian state, after Perlis and Penang. It is located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, on the Straits of Malacca. It borders Negeri Sembilan to the north and the state of Johor to the south. The capital is Malacca City, which is 148 km south east of Malaysia’s capital city Kuala Lumpur, 235 km north west to Johor’s largest city Johor Bahru.   The monarchy was abolished in Malacca when the Portuguese conquered it in 1511. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri or Governor, rather than a Sultan, acts as the head of state now.

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Reading Challenge

March 23, 2016 Leave a comment

My man jeeves  eat pray love

one-hundred-years-of-solitude  pilgrims  bombay tiger

One of my goals this year is to read at least 25 books. The first 5 books that
I have read so far are:
Bombay Tiger – Kamala Markandeya
My Man Jeeves – P G Wodehouse
Pilgrims – Elizabeth Gilbert
One hundred years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

These are books from different genres and all of them were very interesting. I am trying
to pick up new authors.

What are the 10 best books that you would recommend to read?

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March 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt: “Friend”.

I would rather know a friend
then anyone in the world
A friend is one who cares
And a symbol of trust

There are many who know you
But few understand you
A friend is the only one
Who sees beauty in your quirks

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Bukit Kutu – A weekend trek

March 13, 2016 Leave a comment

My second trek this year was a memorable trek up Bukit Kutu hill (Treacher’s Hill) in Selangor.   This hike is not an easy one and is not meant for beginners.  The 7 – 8 hour trek takes about 4 hrs uphill and 3 hours downhill.  Bukit Kutu is 1080m and the trail is covered with thick bamboo vegetation.


We started out from Rawang after stopping for breakfast after a briefing with our leader.  On this trek you come across 2 big rocks, a chimney  and a sanatorium.  There are different versions of stories on the sanatorium/hospital here.  Some say there it may be meant for recuperation of the injured rather than a hospital for treating the hill.

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Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt: “Screen”.

Everywhere I turn to
I can only see
People transfixed
To screens

Videos and candy crush
Whatsapp and facebook
Two year olds glaring
At nursery rhymes

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March 3, 2016 1 comment

Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt : “Divide”

The word ‘Divide’ evokes negative emotions. Our mind pictures images of walls, strife, partition and borders. Society has created these divisions based on colour, caste, race, creed, language and religion.

Today is there a world where one does not belittle another? A world where we do not want to clone everyone into stereotypes but rather celebrate our uniqueness, imperfections and variety?

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