Friday, June 6, 2014

Read: Proof of heaven - worth a read

For no particular reason the second book of heaven in a month. (They both were in the NY times best seller list). This book was racy and readable. If you have read other books on NDEs (Near Death Experiences) this will be a doctors / scientists view of the same - reassuringly consistent!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Read: Heaven is for real

The book started of well and was quite gripping. Though seemingly a real account of a 7 year old boys near death experience, the book is peppered with stories from the bible and visualization. Fails to capture interest of people who do not know those stories before hand. Can breeze through once...... (new york times best seller for a year!!)
BTW now its a movie too !!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Read: Quiet by Susan Cain

The book Quiet is amazing especially if you are or have been with introverts . The world has made being an introvert akin to being a loser. This book explores the reason for introversion, popular myths and misconceptions, dealing with them and their power

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Kumbakonam restraunt: Mangalambika Coffee Hotel

This is a small joint inside the famous Kumbeswarar temple. Its an ok place to eat - had breakfast. Decently priced. Cleanliness is an issue though

You can easily miss the joint so here is a pic of the entrance.
Here is a Business Standard article on this restaurant too


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Gangai Konda Cholapuram: An architectural marvel

Most people have seen the Brihadeeswara Thanjavur Temple. This temple about 60 kms off Kumbakonam near Jayamkondam is a very similar, well maintained and huge! The shadow never falls on the ground. Here are a few pics. It was built by Rajendra Cholan (son of Rajaraja Chholan)

It is maintained by Archeological survey of India and hence this is very well kept. It is also a UNESCO monument.

Being outside the towns it is not much visited , but if you have a day in Kumbakonam, please do make it a point to visit


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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Some photos from the Oooty Conoor Wellington trip

The mountain railway engine pic

 Some pics of flowers taken with my (new ahem....)Nexus 5

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