Sunday, October 23, 2005

Education or Money ?

During my trip to kodai, since the blasted bus did not have a CD player.. we had to make do with talking. I can say I had one of the most fruitful discussions in the bus with my cousin. I asked him a question 'Is education more important or money ?' and he said education is. I begged to differ. Education is important. But why is it such that a lot of people with good education do not have enough money ? There are a lot of 'brainy' people with a good knowledge in their subject not even getting the opportunity to showcase their talents. Is education enough ?

Definitely not. Then he told me having a good education is not the prime factor. The skills are also very important. He/She should be able to possess the skill which will drive him towards a better future or in other words build his career to get more money. But thats not the point. 'Education with needed skills' provide money. But education alone does not. Whereas if we have money, we can provide ourselves with a good education. Let us not consider the skills part. Thats a different topic altogether. And then again if we can get a good money-oriented job from the good education then blessed we are !

Getting back to the education part, people who do not have enough education are earning a lot in the Gulf. And they have not even earned a major degree specialising in the field they are working in. Whereas in India, the person will not stand a chance to get a job. Even if he does, the money paid would be crap. I am not saying education is not important. It is. It makes understanding one's field in a better way. But its not the be all and end all of everything. You can still get a good job if you are talented enough. I feel education can never ensure good money, but money can always ensure a good education. I am not a totally money oriented person, but I would be bluffing if I say money is not important at all. Even the basic needs of our life come from money. A tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush.. you get if you pay. So whoever feels money is not an issue are lying !

Saturday, October 22, 2005


Have been a bookworm right from birth. Though, I am not getting to read a lot nowadays, there is still the craving to read more. Recently, I borrowed a book from my cousin when I visited her last week. Her house is stacked with books mostly because her husband is a book freak. He has a shelf full of books. I make a pledge not to look at them next time I go there. But that has never been successful. I still keep looking. And I end up borrowing one of them.

In Bahrain, I used to read a lot more because my dad used to buy me books. But in Kerala its not the same. Mom is always on a money saving spree, so I never feel like telling her to buy me anything. Feeling a bit frustrated I subscribed to Reader's digest online because it cost only about 350 rupees for yearly basis. So mom is satisfied and so am I.

Anyway, let's get back to the book I am reading right now. Its called 'Chances' by Jackie Collins. Its extremely fast paced exactly the way I like it. Even if it tends to lot of perversions ( quite a lot actually ) its still enjoyable and the storyline does not drag like a Danielle Steele's. I dont think I will buy any more books of Danielle Steele's. I wonder why she keeps on dragging all her stories. The last book I read of her's is 'Golden memories'.. Oh God ! Dont even ask how it is.... D - R - A - G !!!! I nearly slept reading through half of the book but continued thinking it would get better. Blah ! Big expectations gone right into the dump. Anyway, love stories have never interested me. I usually like the fast paced, adventurous, horror filled, murder mysteries.

No book discussion is complete without Harry Potter. I have all six parts and they are all priceless. I did not want to borrow and read, just for the pure selfish reason that I myself wanted to own all the harry potter series. If Harry Potter was alive, I would have had a severe crush on him surely. It would be heartbreaking if he was going to die in the last book as rumours go. Its amazing to see how old and young people alike adore harry potter. Even my cousin's husband ( the book fan ) borrowed my 'Harry potter and half -blood prince'. He was so ecstatic when he received it from me ... 'wow ! excellent !' are the exact words he said to me. And his daughter - Anju -who never used to glance towards these english books, has become a harry potter fan and is spending much time reading ( not one of her favourite hobbies). Good to know, Harry Potter is making reading a tempting process for youngsters like Anju..

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Hey Kodai !

Went to Kodaikanal for two days. Was not that cold. But it provided a nice and happy atmosphere for me and my family with all of us enjoying as if there's no tomorrow. Here are some of my most memorable moments :

1.' Guna' cave - Its not exactly a cave as such. Then whats there to enjoy you might ask ? The pure adventure of travelling the jungle side which provided a sense of mystique and intrigue to me. Thats what excited me. Felt like as if I was in a Jungle Book and I was the female Mowgli. Ok, getting back to the cave. I mentioned it did not look like a cave like we see in movies and national geographic. It looked more like a deep deeep ( 1000 feet )pit. And one person ( one Kerala MLA's son )also died in there and his body was recovered 500 feet below the cave after many years. This was mentioned on the entrance of the cave and some danger sign was also there. Pretty horrifying to say the least.

2. A fat monkey stole 'bytes' from my cousins Priya and Anju. That was the most hilarious scene of all. Anju just decided its better to give the monkey what he (or she) wants rather than clutching on to the packet.

3. MY FIRST HORSE RIDING EXPERIENCE ! It was simply awesome. I always dreamt of having a horse. So it was more than satisfying just to ride on one. Felt like Jhansi ki Rani and out to fight for justice.

4. Boating experience - went on a two seater peddle boat. Me and Raku were in one boat. We thought everything was going on normal until the mist came in and we could not see anything or anyone near us !!! That was another adventure, trying not to hit other boats. Looks like the mist came just for us.

Then there was the trip to Palani temple where I climbed 675 steps. Me is so proud of meself because me did not faint. Keep it up dhannu ! Was worried my mom would get tired though. Thankfully she did not.

Next we are planning a tour to Bangalore, Mysore etc next year same time. I strongly feel going out to visit places with ur family is an altogether wonderful experience even though you dont get to act crazy like you do when you are with ur friends. But these kind of tours only make you feel more connected with your entire family and make you feel refreshed and oh-so-happy!

Monday, October 03, 2005

God only knows

You do not know what decision to make, which is the right way to go.. who do you turn to ? God. Whenever more than one solution to a problem arises and when I do not know which solution to take, I think praying is a much more better option. Praying always helps, and it is good to know that someone is out there who has the most supreme power who will guide you and ensure you choose the right path. And you are never let down if you pray hard enough and with all your heart.

When you feel everyone is out there just dying to see you having made the wrong decision, you pray and tell God all your feelings, frustrations and hoping everything turns out alright. I, myself, am a very good person and I have never ever prayed for something wrong to happen to anyone. I hope no one does that. But that is not possible I guess. Even if one does, I know God will not answer his/her prayers but instead shake His head at their foolishness. My vision of God is such. Always listening, responding definitely even if sometimes the solutions come late, and forever guiding us towards the right path. I believe in God.

I know it is foolish, but there are times when I feel I am His favourite child who does no harm to anyone, and someone who He likes to play with sometimes.

But the playing is alright, because ultimately He always answers..