The Fellowship

Friday, October 31, 2008

Let's Tee off...

... on a long overdue tag game. Here's what one's got to do.

"Comment and I'll give you a letter, list ten things you LOVE which begin with that letter, then post this in your journal and give out some letters of your own."
A Reader from India assigned the letter 'T' and here's my spin on it.
1. T for Trevor - I've always had a thing for names beginning with 'T'. ;-) Hence the pen(n) name, Trevor.
2. T for Talisman - I love the engraved kind. I'm not a believer of the occult; I just happen to like the idea.
3. T for Table Tennis - Well... let's just say YMCA thought pretty highly of me and i liked how they thought. ;-) I love Tennis too.
4. T for Technology - I love gadgets. Ma wondered if i'd grow up to be a mechanic because as a kid i liked to open up cars rather than play with them. I keep track of the new and obsolete, especially so when it comes to cameras and lenses. I can write an essay on LCD vs Plasma and store it on my wrist watch with a built in USB drive.

5. T for Trivia - Big fan of general trivia (not of the quizzing kind). Great ice-breaker.

6. T for Trekking - It's great fun for nature enthusiasts. The longest and the most memorable trek of my life has been the Bright Angel Trail. A steep 17 mile round-trip down (to the Colorado river) and up the Grand Canyons (South Rim).

7. T for Travel - Travel, nature and photography go hand in hand. Travel lets you explore biodiversity. It adds to your wealth of experience. FWIW, Tasmania is high on my must visit list.

8. T for Toblerone - Chocolate, honey and almond nougat - what's not to like? On one of my flights from Frankfurt to Hyd... i'd rather not say.

9. T for Triumph - Oh, it's heady and intoxicating. I love the head rush.
10. T for Towel - Reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was like an epiphany. I quote...
"A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitch hiker can have. Partly it has great practical value - you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindboggingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you - daft as a brush, but very very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitch hiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc, etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have "lost". What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is is clearly a man to be reckoned with."

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Heinrich's Dream

"What if you slept? And what if, in your sleep, you dreamed? And what if, in your dream, you went to heaven and there plucked a strange and beautiful flower? And what if, when you awoke, you had the flower in your hand? Ah, what then?"

"...the world becomes a dream, and the dream becomes reality."

Dedicated to those in the transports of artistic rapture; to those whose perception cannot tell a dream from reality.

Update: For the uninitiated who'd like to know more about Heinrich's dream, please click through the title. If you don't want to read through everything, just search for Heinrich. :-)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

"breast is best"

I was (still am???) a Rajya Puraskar scout. I was listed for President Scout but I couldn’t attend the camp. That’s got nothing to do with breasts. Patience. Now, to be an RP scout, you’ve got to collect various “merit” badges along the way, attend multiple training/scouting camps and clear your pratham, dwitiya and tritiya sopan testing camps to be eligible for the RP testing camp. That still doesn’t tell you why the breast is best. Behave.

One of the “merit” badges and my favorite one at that was the “Friend to Animals” badge which adorned the prize centre position of my shirt sleeve - patched with various other badges as well. I might also throw in for equal measure that I’m a big time dog lover. Yet, for all these years, I’ve failed to identify with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Or the Blue Cross for that matter but that’s another story. To me, PETA’s been the fringe group of people comparing commercial animal facilities to Auschwitz. Anyway, to unravel the "breast is best" mystery, one has to read the following letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Ice Creams.

September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.

Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,

On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.

Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.

Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.

Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.

And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.

The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.


Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President

Ben and Jerry’s response was classic:

“We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child.”

I’m certain PETA’s done some good work but how can one take PETA seriously when their very mention is a reminder of naked women photos on billboards, magazine covers, centre page spreads and articles like these? I’d have posted their campaign posters here if not for the moral police in me which rates this blog universally readable.

So long.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008


I think i've shot myself in the foot. I was trying to add a new widget and the computer chose to crash at the exact same time. Talk about coincidence!

The old "moon" template which i'd constructed so painstakingly has been reduced to cyber dust. I've also lost my famous footer message, and some links i'd accumulated over 3 years. Bad day, today. :-(

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


... is the mother of invention.

Stupidity is the step mother.

Somebody please tell the invisible glass spray manufacturer that he'll never see a returning customer even if the spray does turn the glass invisible like he claims it does. His time is better spent looking for his missing invisible glasses (spectacles).

That reminds me of another incident. A tech company high on robotics, innovation and gadgetry spent a rich mans limb and a half to devise a Mail and Document Courier (MDC). The MDC had an integrated local positioning system which it used to deliver the documents to the person concerned. The MDC's track/path was determined by spraying a transparent paint on the carpeted floor. The spray took a day to dry and evaporated with time. So, every quarter, the employees were subjected to "Do Not Step On The Invisible Line" warning messages and sign boards.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008


There, their, they're. It's not that hard. As in...

They're conducting their session there.

They're trying their utmost to do the gig there.

They're such numb skulls, they can't tell their they're, there and their apart.