Inverter.

In my last post “It Pours” I had mentioned getting a console made for our inverter. Some of my readers have expressed their desire to know something about inverters.

The Wikipedia has this to say about inverters which may confuse my readers more!

Simply stated, an inverter that I talk about is an electronic gadget, connected to a storage battery and to the electric supply system of a home; which keeps power supply going on when there is a power outage. In India, such outages are quite common and therefore many homes have such an arrangement so that they do not have to suffer outages too much. The storage battery simply needs its distilled water topped up every two months or so.

Sukam

This photograph shows the inverter sitting on top of a console within which the storage battery is located.

I changed the console from a plastic one like the one above to a sturdier wooden one on stronger castor wheels.

What Exactly Is A Progressive Dinner?

As is to be expected Lin has once again come up with a topic for which I had to do some research. I had never heard this phrase before. Thankfully the research did not take too long and I found exactly what I was looking for in Wikipedia. Since Wikipedia is quite clear in its explanations, I simply copy paste their version and leave my comments to another aspect of entertainment later in this LBC post.

“A progressive dinner (US) or safari supper (UK) is a dinner party with successive courses prepared and eaten at the residences of different hosts. Usually this involves the consumption of one course at each location. Involving travel, it is a variant on a potluck dinner and is sometimes known as a round-robin. An alternative is to have each course at a different dining area within a single large establishment. In a safari supper, the destination of the next course is generally unknown by the participants, and they have to decipher a clue before moving on. In the USA, participants go to each house for the various courses. Often there is a regional theme for each dinner, such as Italian, German, or French. Various wines to suit the courses are often served at each location. A challenge is keeping the food warm and ready at each location. An alternative is to have the courses at different restaurants.
This style of eating has recently become popular as a charity fundraiser in rural Britain and is seen as a good way of meeting different neighbors in the community by virtue of each participant having separate guests.”
~ Wikipedia.

I have never been to a Progressive party and I am in no condition to experiment with one. I can safely leave that for younger people. In my time, something similar to progressive dinner would have been what we called pub crawling which on occasion turned into home bar crawling after the pubs had closed down. We would go from one home with some stock of booze to another till we had had our fill. I haven’t done that either in decades and do not visualize doing that ever again.

Anyway, thanks Lin for introducing me to another very interesting concept in entertainment.

Wazir, The Movie.

Wazir-Movie-Poster

I had to settle a bet by taking two of my friends to lunch out yesterday and was looking forward to some rest and peace today to catch up with my routine. It was not to be as my persistent friend Ramesh decided that we must watch Wazir before it got removed from all theaters tomorrow. So, with much reluctance I accompanied him and am, in retrospect, glad that I did.

It is a pity that it is not doing very well at the box office but how does one measure the taste of our movie going public? At the theater on cross checking, I was told that today would indeed be the last screening of the film as collections have been very disappointing.

The link to the film given in the first paragraph will take you to Wikipedia which gives a detailed review of the film but let me just add my two bits. The entire story revolves around two characters portrayed with remarkable aplomb by Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar. All the other actors are simply cameo roles and the action scenes rather short and effective. But these two actors do a remarkable job of carrying the entire story on their shoulders and the very effective direction and editing has ensured that the film does not run for more than 104 minutes. One of the shortest films that I have recently seen and that alone makes me give it an additional star to the three that I had originally planned for it, to make it a 4/5.

If you can catch it, please do not miss it.

Synesthesia.

synesthesia

I suspect that we will find out from Lin that she has some form of synesthesia about which she would like to write for the Loose Bloggers Consortium weekly posts. Otherwise, for the first time ever since the LBC began I am stumped good and proper with my bat well above the crease and back foot well out of the crease. I did not know that such a word or phenomenon existed and since I do not have any symptoms of it personally or know anyone with it, was blissfully ignorant.

I can of course be facetious and say that I am a perfectly normal male who will respond to all kinds of stimulation, but I somehow feel that such reaction is not quite what Synesthesia is. My attempts at learning about it in the Wikipedia has confused me even more! I think that I will simply leave my readers with the message that I am sorry that I am unable to come up to my usual standards in this post and leave them to find out more about the topic from the other LBC bloggers and Wikipedia but particularly from Lin.

This topic was suggested by Lin, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday.  I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort.  The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order,  AshokgaelikaaLin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin,  Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!

Daydreams.

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Conrad The Old Fossil. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, < Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

Before I start the post on today’s topic, it is my sad duty to bid farewell to a founder member of the Loose Bloggers Consortium, Grannymar who will no longer be participating in the LBC Friday post adventures. She will be remembered for her consistency and very imaginative posts. I wish her well in her new endeavours.
daydream“Daydreaming is a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, during which a person’s contact with reality is blurred and partially substituted by a visionary fantasy, especially one of happy, pleasant thoughts, hopes or ambitions, imagined as coming to pass, and experienced while awake.”
~ Wikipedia.

How beautiful that the definition suggests that it is a short term detachment from reality!

There was a time when I used to daydream a lot. I could detach myself from my immediate surroundings. With advancing age, I find that increasingly difficult. I suppose that it is also a reflection of all the experience that this old body/mind/intellect complex has accumulated that it instinctively stops daydreaming for the very enjoyable exercise being futile.

There are however some new movements like The Law Of Attraction which posit that one can attract what one wants by daydreaming! I use that terminology rather than the fancy words used by the practitioners. I mention that here because just a few days back I met someone who was brainwashed into investing in the books, and a few DVDs made by the movement’s gurus. This person said something that struck me as being worth sharing with my readers. The movements advocates, who sell all kinds of things via web sites, books, training programs etc all seem to make money by attracting a whole lot of losers. No one hears about all the people who do not attract anything into their lives by following the system! In other words, one hears about only those odd cases of successes and the vast majority of failures are not reported.

Daydreaming, while fully aware that it will be just that and that it will not attract what one dreams about due to the power of the universe or whatever, is a luxury that every one must be able to afford. That is my wish for all humanity. I wish that I could.

bandhur ātmātmanas tasya

yenātmaivātmanā jitaḥ

anātmanas tu śatrutve

vartetātmaiva śatru-vat

SYNONYMS

bandhuḥ — friend; ātmā — the mind; ātmanaḥ — of the living entity; tasya — of him; yena — by whom; ātmā — the mind; eva — certainly; ātmanā — by the living entity; jitaḥ — conquered; anātmanaḥ — of one who has failed to control the mind; tu — but; śatrutve — because of enmity; varteta — remains; ātmā eva — the very mind; śatru-vat — as an enemy.

TRANSLATION

For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.

Bhagwat Geeta Ch VI Verse 6.

Democracy II

Ursula in her comment at my earlier post Democracy, had this to ask.

“Seriously: What do you suggest? Unless you are willing to hand me the scepter. Then we’ll have paradise on earth. I will rule the world and we’ll all live happily ever after: Snakes being turned away at the gate. Fancy being consort or at least adviser to Her Ruling Mighty Highness? I myself had worse job offers.”

I can’t resist the temptation to put this cartoon down here.
CalvinII What do I suggest?  I wish that I had an answer to that, that would make sense in today’s world.  There is only one answer and that is to make democracy work as it is supposed to work.  Wikipedia does a reasonably good job of defining that;

Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Democracy allows eligible citizens to participate equally—either directly or through elected representatives—in the proposal, development, and creation of laws. It encompasses social, economic and cultural conditions that enable the free and equal practice of political self-determination.”

A pipe dream dear Ursula.