More Stupidity

Heartwearming isn’t it to find out more and more about the ignorance( or is it stupidity that roots off of arrogance?) of some people who live here.

She is a ‘country’ singer, Kelly Pickler. A recent contestant on American Idol, she didn’t win but came 6th or 7th(not sure!). She is doing quite well for herself with her career in singing and being a celebrity taking off quite well.

I have to mention that she first caught people’s eye even during the American Idol competition not because of anything else but her absolutely jawdropping ignorance. Every word that came out of her mouth ever since has made every one go “WHAT? Did she just say that?”……..definitely not in a smart, articulate or remotely coherent way. She apparently just moved from the midwest to LA? Does being in the midwest warrant you being ignorant to the rest of the country and the world? I guess in America it does! She’s not the first one you know.

You all might have heard and seen Miss. South Carolina messing up her speech? Hey that’s nothing. That atleast was a one time thing.

You shoud watch this one talk and converse. It’s a hoot. There are many ‘kelly’isms. She is ONE person who sure makes George Dubya seem like Einstein.

Read these posts of mine and this will make more sense. Post 1 , Post 2

Apocalypto

It is the most violent, savage, cruel yet fascinating and passionate movie which will surely affect you in more than one way. It is a film that stays with you forever all attributed to it’s story telling that is just absolute perfection. There’s a savage magnificence to Apocalypto, with a kind of relentless excitement that only a few filmmakers can deliver.

Filming in the state of Veracruz and on the Yucatan Peninsula, Gibson and his production team transport viewers six centuries back in time to create an amazing ‘you are there’ effect. From the minute the movie starts till it ends you feel you are transported there. This movie is a visual communication between you and the Mayans. It almost creates an effect as though these Mayans actually existed and thrived today and they just made a movie out of them.

Apocalypto has all unknown, no-named actors. The movie itself is not over filled with dialogs or an other intrusions. It is to the point of being transparent, letting the actors and the scenery tell the story. The use of the Mayan language, with subtitles adds authenticity.

Here’s the gist : During the Mayan civilization, a peaceful tribe is brutally attacked by warriors seeking slaves and human beings for sacrifice for their gods. Jaguar Paw( the lead charector played brilliantly by Rudy Youngblood) hides his pregnant wife and his son in a deep hole nearby their tribe and is captured while fighting with his people. He then realized he is going to be sacrificed to Kulkakan, the Mayan serpent god, their hearts cut out of their bodies, their heads chopped off. An eclipse spares his life from the sacrifice and later how Jaguar Paw escapes from this fate, and his breakneck journey back to the ruins of his village is one of the most exciting sequences ever put to film.

I have no words to describe the grandiosity and magnitude of this film. For all the flak Mel Gibson has been getting in the last year, he is one genial filmmaker and he proves that over and over again. Be sure to watch the extras and bonus features in the DVD you rent. It is astounding what level of sophistication this movie deals at.

Apocalypto, like Mel Gibson’s previous films is very violent throughout. It isn’t merely fascinating, it is nothing less than one of the very best movies I’ve seen so far, and it contains some of the best foot chases in cinematic history. The whole movie will keep you hooked for the entire two hours. Ever scene will churn and twist your gut and your brain.

This movie about a civilization that is so ancient so ironically has so much relevance to times today where we desperately seek balance between violence and peace, war and life. This civilization that is said to be the most sophisticated, as depicted in this movie teaches us resilience, pride, patriotism, courage and just sheer will power. Read more about the fascinating Mayans.

Needless to say this movie gets a 10 out of 10.

Greener Grass

There’s only one perfect child in the world and every mother has it.
There’s only one perfect wife in the world and every neighbour has it.

Disability?

You will want to remove the word disability from the dictionary after seeing this video. What is disability? Why are called disabled when they are able to do just about do anything? Infact sometimes more than the so called ‘able’ humans.

Just another form of judgement and seggregation we humans came up with as usual. See this video and all that is shattered.

“A guy who lost his leg dances with a girl who lost her arm in a car accident.
the dance won forst prize in annual dance competetion on CCTV9 international, beijing”

Words to think about

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou

Beautiful words aren’t they?

This is one of the reasons why I love to cook and eat. The reason I love animals and being around them. The reason I like to spread around humanity, courtesy, open mindedness, warmth and genuinity. The reason I detest judgement and hypocrisy. It’s all about the feelings I give and recieve.

Cooking according to me spreads the love. The idea of feeding other human beings is something inexpressable. It’s a basic need everyone has and everyone loves. Rich or Poor you will never turn good food down! It’s creates satisfaction, happiness and fulfillment in me.

We try and do whatever is possible to make a fellow human being feel good, even if it’s for only a second or inconequential in the big picture. It makes their day. I’m sure it has happened to you. It could be just keeping the elevator door open for someone who’s running to get it, or just help someone get on or off a bus, helping someone cross the road or giving someone a quarter for parking! I know that when I am running to get into a train and someone holds the door open for me for that extra second in time for me to get in, it makes my day. I might not remember the person, but I remember the act for a very long time. As much as it made my day, I am sure it made theirs too.

It’s that simple. Immense happniess sometimes lie in these small often disregarded everyday actions. The feeling involved (good or bad) in the experience is something inexpressable and imcomprehendable unless you are in it.

In the Maya Angelou saying, there is one thing I don’t quite agree with or rather it’s never worked for me. I don’t believe that I forget what people said or did to me, irrespective of whether it’s good or bad.

Along with the feeling, I remember the action or the words that caused the feeling. Incase it’s a good feeling, it doesn’t seem like a bad deal to remember forever the nice words that made you feel good or the nice actions that made you happy. But incase it’s a bitter or hurtful feeling, I still always seem to remember the sucky feeling along with the words and/or actions.

I might’ve forgiven them for acting a certain way or saying certain hurtful things, but I don’t think I ever forget. Forgiving helps me move on, but forgetting seems almost impossible.

Is this the case for everyone? Can you really forgive and forget or do you just forgive?

Road Trip Day 2 : Washington DC & Wytheville

I last left off blogging about Day 1 of our trip with a great few hours in Philly and our drive to DC. Now on to Day 2 of our trip :

This day was all about seeing DC. I have been there a few times before but never spent this much time on foot! We walked around for almost 7 hours and covered quite a bit. DC was gorgeous with the fall colors still intact. Flaming red and orange leaves with the bright green lawns and gardens, crisp and cold 40 degree weather made the walking more pleasurable.

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We  started at the Washington monument, went over to the Smithsonian, then the white house all in the morning part of the day before it gets too crowded. Otherwise finding parking is a nightmare beyond 11 AM.

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The grand Union Station :

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And of-course the white-house:

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Here’s something interesting happening right in front of the white house. You should most probably understand what these posters say wherever you are in the world, they seem to have covered most languages!

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Here what it says in my native language of Tamil; Translation – Stop the War.

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We then moved on to see all the memorials, Lincoln memorial, Jefferson memorial and the Roosevelt memorial. I found them all so fascinating. An interesting though crossed my mind, irrespective of the country, all the founding fathers and the early contributors to the beginning of the country have always been such idealists.

The words inscribed on each of these past president’s memorial proves their idealism, when you try applying it to today there isn’t a shred of reality in there. Just all rosy idealistic words.

I wonder how we digressed from a world where such idealistic leaders wrote down and made rules and constitution so perfectly to create a perfect world and somewhere down the last couple of 100 years we took a MAJOR detour. It’s definitely something to think about.

It’s also quite freaky at how some of their words have relevance even today. You’d think they said things during the great depression or the world war, but today it’s all oddly very relevant.

Here what I mean. These are Jefferson’s words from the Jefferson memorial. See how freakishly relevant it is amidst all the crap happening in this world recently?

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I found more really ironic and fantastic words in the Roosevelt memorial :

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This reads : ” More than an End to war, We want an end to the beginnings of all wars”
See, yet again, so much relevance to today. I only wish the words of the great forefathers and their idealistic statements had more value today. Our world would be a much better place.

Keep reading ……..

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Does the current white-house resident think this way ?

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Once again, how ironic is that ? This especially strikes a chord if you’re American or if you live here in America.

Here’s some from the Lincoln memorial

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and George Mason

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Just a beautiful English mastiff we came across while walkin around. He was so friendly and just adorable. I had to get a picture.

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Who does that look like to you? Just some random sculpture I found while walking around.

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After an exhausting 7 hours on foot, we landed for late lunch at a great Italian place called Maggiano’s. Of-course you can find out more about that on my food blog.

We headed out of DC around 3 PM and drove to Wytheville, Virginia (Pronounced Withville)

Why Wytheville? Well that town is mid point between DC and Nashville, TN.

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We couldn’t drive directly to Nashville because that’s a 13 hour drive, hence the break in Wytheville.

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The stopover there started as basically just a pit stop but it turned into so much more. We researched a bit on this town and came across a true jewel in a bed & breakfast inn called the ‘Trinkle Mansion’.

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It truly was an experience of a lifetime staying in this place. It goes to prove that some of the best things are found in the most unlikely places! This place was of-course a mansion. It was literaly a palace fit for a king, which made us feel like royalty! It had very thoughtfully done interiors with a lot of attention to the intricate details.

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The lovely Patti Pizinger who owns and runs the place made it a very personable experience, something you can never find in any hotel. She was hospitable, warm which truly made our experience better. Her passion and love for what she does resonates a lot in that mansion and in her food. That is what we loved about our stay there more than anything else. It is always endearing to meet such genuine people. And this is the lovely Patti.

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They have a fantastic story behind how they came about to become owners of this place.  Patti and Bernie Pizinger the owners of the house stumbled upon the house when they pulled over into this town to fill up on gas ! They have always had a retirement dream of moving down south and opening a bed & breakfast and planning to do so probably after at-least 5 years of research on how-to. They drove around quite a bit in the south with Virginia not even remotely in they list of places to start this. But that’s how life always plays out things doesn’t it? Read more of their fascinating story :

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The rooms were impeccable. The furniture, the linens, the bed, the amenities and everything else like the whole experience was just perfection. At the end of a long drive it was the perfect place to get refreshed and energized.

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Forgive our luggage kinda spoiling the picture but our room was gorgeous nevertheless.

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After all this, we couldn’t wait for her breakfast the next day and start Day 3 of our road-trip. Keep reading for more………

Home Sweet Home

We are finally back home from our whirlwind trip! I am totally spent, exhausted and awfully glad to be back home. Although, quite sad the week has come to an end. I’ve had the most exciting, exhilarating, eye-opening, insightful and fabulous time this past week.
It was worth every extra hour of sleep lost and all the exhaustion! I would do it again in a heartbeat ; meeting new people, seeing new places, experiencing southern culture and its cuisine, it was the MOST interesting week I’ve had this year.

I did write about it in a couple of posts before but I really couldn’t write more. Very spotty internet connections and ofcourse extreme fatigue by the end of every day!

I have many pictures and lots of stories to share. Now that I’m back home and back to schedule I will be quite regular with it and for the next few days you will be reading all about everything I did this past week.

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