Saturday, December 29, 2007

Iced Earth - Framing Armargeddon - The Story of the Setians...


Iced earth's 9th studio album - Framing Armageddon (Something wicked Part 1) was released on September 11th... It took sometime to find its way to my hand.. and it took some more time for me to sit back and listen to it properly.. thus.. the delay in this article..

Either way... I was doing a bit of snooping around on the internet to see what other ppl had to say about the album... well.. they talk about Scheffar's amazing lyrics.. Tim "Ripper's" vocals... the brilliance of music etc etc... all the stuff that you'd hear about an album on a review... but no one seems to be telling what Schaffer is saying.. the story... So instead of talking about the music and lyrics.. I'll tell the story of the Setians... (of coz this is mentioned in Wki)

The story is set twelve thousands of years ago... on Earth....
Setians are Scheffar's fictional group of beings - direct descendants of the Creator (or God) who were full of knowledge, who called Earth home.
Humans... the greed and war hunger driven race... who were capable of space travelling... attacks earth and the Setians to claim their Unlimited knowledge.

This of coz is foreseen by the Elder (Possibly the high priest of Setians)... who conjures the master plan to secure their knowledge and keep it safe from the humans.
The second track.. "Something Wicked Part 1" kick starts the album introducing this... The Vision of the elder and the prophecy of the saviour... and the Master plan... "Framing Armageddon" for the humans... a twelve thousand year plan.... They choose Ten thousand Setians, one for each year... and thirteen including the high priest to council the chosen. They meet in secret and go in to hiding in the mountains...

Then comes the "Invasion" - The human invasion of Earth... If you listen closely the first 30 seconds of the 60 second track possibly represents the peaceful Setian life... and then starts the sounds of the battle... the gun fires the blasts... the invasion on earth by humans...

The "Motivation of man" is clear.... to obtain unlimited power and knowledge and take over the universe and its galaxy's...
They "Massacre Setians".... burning down temples and cities... What the humans didn't know is that the Chosen are hiding in the Eastern mountains... They've lost their loved ones and their land.. but hope remains if the chosen can survive and put the plan in motion... they overcome the lamenting... finding courage and strength.. a view of the current situation from a Setian's point of view is given in "A charge to keep" and the high priests view and in "Reflections"

Setian's grand plan for humans...
they will brainwash the humans... the humans won't know where they come from... and cloud their minds... and divide the humans by filling their minds with differences... Prophets, Saviors and Priests... religions like Christianity, Judaism, Muslims etc... creating dividing among humans...
"Then thousand strong".. (possibly the most powerful track of the album.. of coz we've heard it on the Overture EP...) introduces the master plan... and then comes its "Execution"...
The Setian's ("Order of the Rose") slowly take over the humans.. hiding among them... and "Contriving human decline Instilling those who lead Seizing opportunities" in Schaffer's own words...
"Catacalysm" possibly symbolises the humans falling in to their plan... being brain washed and instilled with new thoughts and ideas...
Setians succeed... "The clouding" is the the brain washed human's point view, Schaffer paints an agonizing picture of pain and empitiness...
Setians carry on with their plot... "Infiltrating and Assimilating" the human mind... creating a "Retribution through ages"... when thousands of years pass by... humans multiply and scattered throughout the world... taken over by their greed, fighting among themselves.. destroying and killing each other...

The next track... "Something wicked part two".. seems like an ironic name to give... coz.. for me it can mean either one of two things... the coming fate of the humans... or the foretold coming of the saviour... Part one - was when the humans came to earth.. hailing the destruction of the Setian's... and its funny how Schaffer decided to name this track Part two - hailing the destruction of humans... ( Its true... wickedness is wickedness no matter who does it or why its done!!!!)

Over years.. Humans go on dividing among thmselves.. just as the Setians planned... Dominated by the Setians... Falling like dominos... "The Domino decree" and "Framing Armageddon" takes us through this...

Continuing with the prophecy... After a millennium..... All the Setians hail the coming of the ONE... Set Abominae.... (from my knowledge he's in the over of Something wicked this way comes, The Overture, and in Framing Armageddon..) hailing the destruction of the man and reinstating the birthrights of the Setians on Earth... ("When stars collide (Born is he)")

This is where the massive 19 track album leaves us... the story will continue with Revelation Abomination (Something Wicked Part 2).

Which I am looking forward to....

In a nutshell... Framing Armageddon is a brilliant album... not only the musical value.. but its a brilliant way of story telling..... Schaffer and the gang has done it yet again...

Long Live IE.....

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Raven's Revenge....


filthy humans... You brought on an apocalypse on the earth... You messed with the powers of the nature and destroyed mother earth.... We despise you... We feast on your flesh... We'll find a way to live... We will survive...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Adobe Illustrator's weired request......

I've been using Adobe Illustration for quite a while now... and been using a few versions too...

Today I got myself Illustrator CS3 and happily set to install it... first of all it wanted me to close firefox and then Yahoo messenger... well.. ok.. I'll do what he wants to... I closed them two... and restarted the set up....
Then another screen... the set up cannot continue because i'm not running at 1024X720 resolution!!! I have a 17" widescreen TFT, and I use 1280X720...

and this is the first time since maybe 1998 when 800X600 was kinda high resolution that I had a set up error because I'm running a higher resolution!!!! How weird is that???

did anyone else have that problem????

Sunday, November 11, 2007

with my ass on a nice comfy chair.... ;-)

I was not in for sometime... was out on some uni work.... i took a bit too long come back.. and kinda ironic time too...

Interesting reply from Mr. Annon for my previous post... Specially the the second comment "(b) ...sitting on your arse in a comfy chair in a place that is not a warzone..."
Yeah probably I'm not in a warzone!!! My father was raised in Kantale... not very far from Trincomalee. We used to own paddy fields in there that provided us with rice that contributed for our financial part in life... we still have some relations over at Kantale... My father was the AGA for Trincomalee in around 85-86 when the terrorist problems. (he was the only man who had the balls to go there and serve the ppl... all other pussy's refused to go!!!!
Once the LTTE came in to his official quarters.. and we had to see them pointing a gun to his chest!!!! well.. we were lucky enough not to loose our father... they only took our vehicle...
of coz he was the provider of the family and if something happens... no one will be there for us.. not the ppl whom he dearly wanted to serve.. not the government who wanted him there.. not the rest the ppl in the country.. it'll be only us who would have suffered... we had countless sleepless nights not knowing whether our father will come back or not.. and when we were in kandy... there were countless times where our house was swarmed with relatives who came in seek of refuge... i have lost cousins to bombs and stuff.. innocent chaps... most of em farmers...

even today he's serving in the east... after retirement he went there coz there were not ppl to work for those areas... if u remember the secretary who was shot in his office in trinco right after the thoppigala attacks.... that was one of our old family friends and my fathers colleagues... my returned to his quarters when his friend was shot... if was my parents who took the responsibility of bringing the body back to kandy... there was no reason to kill him.... they were only trying to scare the government... and you should've heard what some of the Tamils who came to the funeral said.. they were in tears because a man who helped them had been killed for no reason...
I have my bro who serves in the army... we dont' approve of it... but he must have his own reasons.... whom we'll never know if will come back home the next time... he escaped death for about three times now... but...

Anyways.. all that is isolated incidents and ppl...

still... looking at a bigger pic... no one can say that anyone's ass is on a comfortable chair anymore... just take today's incedents... everyday for three years i used to pass through nugegoda junction walking towards kohuwala to work... everyday..... today... 17 school children are dead... for what??? do they call that an attack... no one can say that the person who left home in the morning will return!!! so its not only the people in the "war zone" buddy....
right now... they've turned the whole country in to warzone...!!! so.... **** ***

all this for what????? a land that no one is gonna take when they die??? a land that people used to live for generations... a land that they never owned!!!!!
whatever who says... there is only one thing happening... innocent people and dying and the country is going to hell... its sad...

btw - i read somewhere that they were celebrating Prabhakaran's birthday... well.. if that is the case... we can clear say that they've celebrated it with a "Blast"!!!!!

No one should die like that.... no one.. for any reason....

Friday, November 09, 2007

Channel 4's Unreported World...

I was switching channels and stumbled upon a program on Channel 4 a while ago (probably started at 7.00 or 7.30 PM - 9-9.07)

Initially it looked like a documentary of the current situation in SL... a lady reporter was in some remote area in SL, talking to a father about some killings of some innocent people done by the LTTE. it was quite brief and they showed some photographs... then they turned to the abductions in Colombo. I didn't quite catch the person whom she met next (my jack ass neighbor started bugging me again!!!) but he was saying something like that it was the government who were responsible... according to him... the vehicles that abducts the people aren't being stopped at the check points and stuff.. I don't know about the truth in this... but i'd love to be on one of those coz we all know that its simply not possible to go around colombo without being stopped at least twice... anyways.... then they tried to go to Jaffna... Apparently they've got permission to be in jaffna for four days!!! but as soon as they landed at Palali... they were asked to return within a day due to security reasons... and according to them they were under constant serviellance by the SL military... Later on.. they were taken on a two hour tour around Jaffna the next day... and then were sent back.. apparently they spent about 24hrs there...

now... what they've tried to discuss in the documentary was more or less the disappearances killings and the abductions of "people" in Jaffna and colombo... and they really did point the finger at the government... They directly accuse that the military did stopped them from going around Jaffna to stop them from finding out about the abductions... and the interview with the SL military was also not that good... damn he looked pissed off.. and he gave very vague answeres and he did say something like... when there is a conflict going on there will be incidents like this... or something like that.. i'm not sure what he said.. must be some truth in there too.. but they way they made it all sound like was not that good... it made Sri Lanka and Sinhalese look like some devils or Monsters... its a pity that they never do an unbiased story.... everyone suffers of war... everyone has lost someone or always at risk of loosing someone... due to this wretched war.... and specially from people in a country that has poked their hands in to a war that has nothing to do with them.... i just don't get it... anyways... i love my country and don't wanna see people exploiting it this way.... but media is such... it really sucks!!!! No one really helps.. they just try to put barrels of gasoline to the burning fires..... and try to talk about humanity....

I found this link on a blog.... and its on Tamil net too...

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

you would've been celebrating today.....

only i know how much my life is empty without you..... do you remember what my ex used to say???
"well.. there is someone thing that anyone who is in love with will have to cope with... that'll be you... I've often felt that I'm the second important thing whenever you're in the picture".....
he he.. well later on she understood that the love and specialty that I have for you was different to what I have for her... she equally liked you... I know that...
It was the comfort and the understanding that you gave me... I always felt warm and safe around you...
I remember when appachchi (sinhalese word for father) used to call you up and complain about me.... he knew that you were the one whom could convey anything to me.... in a very constructive way... none knew me like you knew me... i guess it was easier coz we were two of a kind... and we shared alot in common... and you saw through me and inside out... you were THE person akks.... and I miss soo sooo sooooooo much.... there ain't a day nor a special moment that i won't miss you... i always always wish that things were different.... i wish that you didn't have to go... Its your guidance that i'm still following akki... and .... you would've been happy for me today.... I miss being loved and to love someone to such an extent that other people don't even understand....

If things were different... you would've get a bunch of flower, a big card and a ton of love from me.... but its not... its life... you loose people... thats a part of the bitter truth... I'd wish you a happy birthday.... but I know that it won't be make much sense to you now... But wish you all the best where ever you are... you deserve that... and I wish you long life... and may you never come to pass away in such a horrible untimely death.... I love you darling sis.... and I miss you so so sooooooooooooooo much.... may you be happy and peaceful where ever you are....

and here's to you akki.... i know this song ALWAYS brought a smile to your face... and often made your day.....

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Fireworks... YAY!!!!

Its the bonfire night... and yeah... A LOT of fireworks... I always loved fireworks.. they always fascinated me.... even though you don't get a lot of good fireworks in SL, i always watched the stuff of TV and any other source that i can... I love KISS live performances coz they have the most spectacular fireworks...
There is a show put up by the city council along with Goodyear (Goodyear Fireworks Spectacular 2007) happens in two locations in Birmingham, today and tomorrow, and one of the location is quite close to where i live.. ;-) he he he.....
Its fun to watch the bangs in the sky... the small rockets that shatter in to a million lovely pieces... call me a kid... whatever!!!! he he he :-P

Friday, November 02, 2007

Not a day passed me by
When I don’t think about you
and there’s no moving on
cause I know you’re the one
and I can’t be without you.......

Can we bring yesterday
Back around
Cause I know how I feel
About you now
I was dumb I was wrong
I let you down
But I know how I feel
about you now..................

suppose that says what i still feel (but I believe i knew how i felt all along.. ) I wish her another brilliant year in her life..... :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Darkness.....

The dark gloomy skies with no spec of light…

Leaves me wondering…

Has the sun given up on this world???

Leaving it to drench in the unforgiving darkness…


Where is the light that used to accost me every morning??

I clearly remember how it used to shine…

When I looked out side and felt the warmth…

The warmth that brought a smile to my face…


My visions blurred…

The misty veil makes me partly blind…

Nothing but smears and distorted figures…

Where am I???


The screaming silence…

What happened to the melodious sounds that gave life to the mornings???

I want cry out loud…

But no sound comes out…


What has gone wrong?

Has some unholy terror has unleashed its legions in to the world?

Spreading the poisonous gloom and misery??

What is killing the sweet mornings??


I closed my eyes trying to shut myself… Disconnect from the enclosing gloom…

Hoping that I can feel more alive…

Hoping that I can feel how I used to feel every morning…

Then it dawned to me…


Its not the world..... The gloom is inside…

Friday, October 19, 2007

Things that irritates me these days.....

I'm a patient man... well.. I've taught myself to become patient... once upon a time I was not this patient... and I was quite famous for that too.... but in time I've matured and I taught myself to be patient, practiced and put a lot of effort and built my tolerance to bull shit (above normal limits I should add)...

but the truth is that I do get pissed off... just that I don't react like I used to... or the people involved don't see how much I'm pissed off to be more precise...

and there are these other smaller facts that irritates you... You don't get F***ing pissed off... but still annoys and irritates you... I'm constantly getting irritated by a few things these days... here are a few... in a random order..

Kids with loud music on buses...
mostly teenagers with mobile phones... They really are under the impression that everyone wants to listen to their stupid music... I always have my own music with me... I've been carrying my own mobile music player for the passed 6-7 years... from the old Walkmans, to disc man to mp3 (disk) players to my iPod (current) and I listen to kinda hard stuff... here... with Dimmu Borgir beating up my ears i still can hear some idiots music on their mobiles... the audio quality is nil and its an irritation to the ear!!!!

Chewing gum on public places...
Specially in buses... you step on chewing gum... you accidentally touch some bloody hell... its so annoying... why cant they just put it in to a bin or NOT stick it on the bus where ppl will come in to contact...

Teenagers screaming there heads off on the road...
as if someone is committing a massacre on the road!!! (girls) They bloody yell and scream at the top of their voice... just because they saw a friend or something... but its sooo irritating...

Butt heads who leaves bottles and empty cans in buses...
they roll around and I almost broke my neck while climbing down the stairs from the bus... stupid idiots...

Last but definitely not least
the stupid fart head who this this house with me...
its a Sri Lankan who has been here for sometime now.. about 55, single... not seeing anyone also... a stupid lonely miserable man... I rarely complain about people i have to put up with... but this man is pushing it... too far too wide...He makes stupid points and try to boss me around... and thats something that I really don't take very well.. Its not a position that anyone can take, takes a lot to earn that position... and he brings up stupid arguments and makes all sorts of comments; He just knows how to f***ing piss me off in a VERY bad way.... we've had a few head on collisions a few time s already and I really did tell him off... no wonder he's alone and drunk!!!! and I've complained to the land lord too... now things are kinda settled... but if i go missing again... thats because I'm in custody for murder... or I've relocated and need to fix everything from the scratch.... he he he..

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Out and About....

Finally... The headaches are over and things are settled...
Basically BT decided that they should set up the phone line and my ISP decided that its time that they hook up my connection.... now I'm all geared up and back online....

Life was a bit tough during the past.... well month and a bit... now that I have my broadband connection up and running it'll be more peaceful....

Now I really don't have to sleep at 9.00pm coz i hate starring at the TV... actually I didn't have to since I got my PC assembled... still it took some time to get the whole act together...
apart from that life was very much ok....

Uni life is good.... They have some lovely helpful nice people there... I really like the people that I have to work and study with...
course work is interesting and enjoyable, i like the facilities... overall its good....

The city... well... it really doesn't buzz like London... its much more calmer than London or to that matter some parts of Colombo.. he he... maybe I feel because its cold... anyway... they say that the city is re-inventing itself in to a more modern and trendy one... and it seems that... the new shopping malls and everything is very good.... since its related to me... fashion wise the city has a long way to go..... you really cannot say that its a very fashionable city... they have most of the high street shops and brands... but its good... i like it..... and comparatively quite cheaper than London... in that case... every were else must be cheaper than London...
still I like the people... and it is peaceful... not much of a rush... and apparently its supposed to be safe and all that...

bottom line... i like it....

Hope things in SL is good... I do miss SL.. my friends and family mostly..... and the sweet fun packed life that I used to have... he he he...

Friday, October 05, 2007

Back from the Grave.....

Well after an eternity I finally have time to sit nicely and do a bit of scribbling here....

So... I'm finally settling down and started the "normal" life. Once the stupid ISP fix my internet everything will be normal.

Its not easy to come in to a strange land make your self at home... I mean... home is home and it cannot be replaced I suppose... but I like it here... I miss all my friends, my parents, being able to drive around whenever I want and having enough cash to spend whenever I want to on whatever I want... living on a student budjet in a country that has a very strong currency is not easy you know!! anyway.. fuck that.. I'm here and I need to make the most of it...

Uni has started and has been going on for the last few weeks. There was alot of things to be done since I joined in to the second year straight... so that is why I didnt have much time to read or write... Actually even now its the lunch brake... and since I'm not in my usual group today I finished lunch sooner than usual!! and found out that I have about twenty minutes to spare and there are actually a few unoccupied PCs in the IT center... so here I am.. after almost a month... yeah... its a full month for today since I left SL.... gosh i miss the weather... warm sunny weather...
Anyways... hi to all you guys... hopefully you've not forgotten me.... and I should tell you that it feels good to be back... he he he...

Thursday, September 06, 2007

What I'm gonna miss.....

Everything about Sri Lanka.... EVERYTIHING.....

but if i had to make a list....

my mom and dad....
All my friends.....
My PC...
Buying all the new games and movies for 200 rupees.....
The comfort of being at home....
Coffee stop...
Running to Pilawoos at 2.00 AM with a friend....
and many more...

and if you're wondering why i'm gonna miss those.. well I came to Birmingham UK. I'll be staying here for a while....

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

what i was doing lately....... (Jade Empire & CnCTW)

Lets see..... I chased away an alien race and freed the planet from them...... and then I saved the Water Dragon the Sheperd of the dead and the Jade Empire from the evil Emperror Sun Li....

Command and Conquer - Tiberium Wars:

It was quite sometime since this was released.... and got my hands on it recently only....

in sequel to the Tiberium series.... CnCTW continues the story of Tiberium started in 1995.
The story is woven very nicely to make it a continuation of the same story... the small plant like tiberium and changed to a crystal form and kane the bad guy is still at large.. its very interesting how they've connected everything together... and once u finish the 3 campaigns you have 3 sides of the same story..... :-)

The game play and graphics has improved marvelously from Tiberium sun... (Renegade was more RPG than stratergy!) The details of the units and the terrains are good.. you get a 3D view where u can rotate the camera angle.. so u know which unit is where... You will not miss out anyone who is behind tall buildings or uneven terrain... You can "zoom in" to a decent distant to see the units and characters clearly too.... and i like the effects of the shadows of the clouds running across the terrain.

Game play... well.. Its not all that CHALLENGING... I finished the game in medium or the default skill level and the game did not have any nail biting tight spots.... and some of the levels were plainly dumb ones... you can really get ur way around easily to achieve the mission objectives.... The Scrin campaign was slightly challenging than the rest.

I played almost all of the CnC series and all the games of Tiberium series.... and I must admit that i've enjoyed them... I think the Music was better when Westwood studios was handling that game... anyone who played Red Alert will agree with me...

8/10 if ur in to strategy games i know that you've already played this...



Jade Empire:
Remember Grey Matter studios??? yes!! the ppl who developed "Return to Castle Wolfenstine" and Bio Ware developed this amazing RPG game....(The X box version was developed by Microsoft)

Jade empier is the extreme opposite of what i've metioned before... Based on ancient Chinese mythical background and traditional martial arts. You start by selecting a character, either male or female. Who is the best student of a grand martial arts Master.

Splendid graphics as you can see from the screen shots i've taken. Thats how it looks on 1024X768, 4XAA (high quality settings), on a nVidia 7300GT, 1Gb DDRII, Windows Vista. For that kinda look the games runs VERY smoothly. way above 20fps unless it comes to some specific places where you have to fight against four opponents who sends flames and other particles. other than that the game is smooth. If I had to compare.. I'd Settle to Prince of "Persia Sands of Time" graphics. Very nice and runs smoothly.

Game play is awsome... you're on a quest trying to full fill your unknown destiny learning about you and your past. The martial arts fighting styles can be learned, upgraded and any combat with an opponant can be turned in to a Hollywood action movie sequence. You get to chooose how you want to continue the story and the development of your character. Good Guy or the Bad Guy... The path of the Open palm - the good way or... the Closed Fist - the Bad way... Depending on how you choose to develop your character and the descitions you make the game will give you several diffent endings. I tried three different ending. Good, Bad and well... rather Ugly too...
Apart from the main all mighty fighting and seriouse quest; you get to play this "Raptor" style flight missions. its fun... I thouroughly enjoyed each and everyone of them...
Its all there... Action, Betrayal, Conspiracy, Wisdom, Romance.....

There are some little bugs here and there... you have to save every now and then coz some times the camera seems to loose its sense of direction and location. All of a sudden you find yourself staring at a ceiling or a floor or some wall... and there is simply no way of fixing it... Unless of coz you reload the game... but it can be easily forgiven....

Overall.. it is a VERY good experiance... Its one of those that will keep you up till 5.00 AM and you go to work after only an hours sleep... If you're in to RPG... try not to miss this one out...
9.5/10



(Click the image for a larger view)

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Noah: [humming] Bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum,bum.
Allie
: [laughing] You're a terrible singer.
Noah: I know.
Allie: [laying her head on his shoulder] But I like this song.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Becoming Insane....




Infected mushroom - The Israely duo... I enjoy their music....
becoming insane Ep 2007
Quite a video too!!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

The reason why i went brownish.....

Yep... I've switched from black to brown... I don't think I got tired of black... I won't get tired of black... it's a lovely color... or can we call it a color?? Both Black and White... can we call them colors??? Its more like either presence of all the colors or the absense of all the colors...

anyways.. I finished the below painting yesterday... and I liked the colors... probably thats the reason why I've switched to brown.....


Gauche colors on medium grain french water color paper... Click on the image for a larger view...
One thing that I like about this is the movement involved.. Its everywhere... the earth and the sky... and amidst of that wild moving back ground the single tree stays rooted motionless... alone.. lifeless and still against the fading skies....

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Assasin's Creed...

From the developers of Prince of Persia...



I'm waiting for a PC version.....

Hidden Emoticons In Skype.

Most of the people around seems to be unaware of the fact that there are a few emoticons in skype that are hidden... infact there are about 12 of em till now. I don't know if there are newer ones.. if anyone knows pls let me know...

(mooning) (mooning)
(finger) (finger)
(bandit)(bandit)
(toivo)(toivo)
(drunk)(drunk)
(smoking) or (ci) (smoking)
(rock)(rock)
(headbang) or (banghead) (headbang)
(poolparty)
(fubar)
(tmi)
(swear)

Friday, July 06, 2007

Top 10 Torrent sites of 2007

  1. Isohunt.com
    May, 2007: Isohunt has over 400,000 torrents in their database. Also noteworthy: any Isohunt torrent listed as "ISOhunt release" means that it is a file verified by the administrators...a nice feature to help you locate authentic torrents and not fake files. On a sad note: Isohunt is being sued by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) for copyright infringement. If you want to use this tremendous Canadian site, you better use it while you can.
    January 22, 2007: Although Isohunt was suddenly shut down by its original ISP before the weekend, the administrators have relaunched the service on a new ISP with new hardware. There are still problems, but Isohunt does live for the time being. The MPAA lawsuit is slated for a March summary judgment, so make sure you use Isohunt now, while you still can.

  2. Torrentspy.com offers over 420,000 torrents in its database, the largest torrent index that is readily available to the public. Enjoy it while you can.

  3. Torrentscan.com (a "meta-search" engine, which is a search engine that searches other search engines)

  4. Snarf It! (born from previous Suprnova influences)

  5. Torrentmatrix.com

  6. Mininova.org has 190,000 torrents indexed as of April, 2007. Mininova is the successor to Suprnova, one of the original big torrent databases of the Web.

  7. Demonoid (a personal favorite of many About.com readers, Demonoid is also a major tracker database that supports thousands of swarms around the globe. Even better, the Demonoid community polices itself by monitoring how much each member actually shares files. ("Leeches" are not tolerated at Demonoid). Note: because new memberships at Demonoid are scarce, you will need to be patient and committed if you wish to join.)

  8. Torrentreactor.to (Torrentreactor has made a comeback from a hijacking and an uncooperative hosting service. They have moved to a different server setup and a Tonga country domain outside the USA. Read the details on their home page.)

  9. Torrentportal.com

  10. BTjunkie

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Wandering Monk.....

Moving in to light.... Fading in to white.... The wandering monk in a timeless odyssey in to himself....

Monday, June 18, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Nice Guy Eddie: C'mon, throw in a buck!
Mr. Pink: Uh-uh, I don't tip.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't tip?
Mr. Pink: Nah, I don't believe in it.
Nice Guy Eddie: You don't believe in tipping?
Mr. Blue: You know what these chicks make? They make shit.
Mr. Pink: Don't give me that. She don't make enough money that she can quit.
Nice Guy Eddie: I don't even know a fucking Jew who'd have the balls to say that. Let me get this straight: you don't ever tip?
Mr. Pink: I don't tip because society says I have to. All right, if someone deserves a tip, if they really put forth an effort, I'll give them something a little something extra. But this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned, they're just doing their job.
Mr. Blue: Hey, our girl was nice.
Mr. Pink: She was okay. She wasn't anything special.
Mr. Blue: What's special? Take you in the back and suck your dick?
Nice Guy Eddie: I'd go over twelve percent for that.

Monday, June 11, 2007

A VERY rare sight.....

While at one end of the Mag city there was horror and disaster lying.... at the other end there was an amazing piece of history....
Undergoing a restoration process is an Austin Sheerline Luzury Limousine.... Sheerline was in production from 1947 to 1954. It was a luxurious car in the style of the contemporary Rolls-Royce or Bentley but at a much lower price. According to the records only 8000 cars have been manufactured... So its quite rare to see one of these huge machines...
It has a huge 3995CC six cylinder over head valve engine that generates a 125 Bhp, to pull its massive 2 ton, 11 feet long steel monster...
Its historical values shoots up to an unreachable height because it was the car used by late Rt. Hon D.S.S Senanayake... He was the first Prime minister (1947 - 1952) for Sri Lanka .
This is how the Orignal Sheerline used to look like... and probably will look like after the resoration....

Now... I don't wanna be in this car!!!



I saw this at the Mag City service station - Kandy...




Yes.. its a car... to be precise its a Hyundai Accent Gls. Some GE number...




Apparently it seems that the car has rolled down a hill to a small stream some fifty feet below.... Damn... it sure is in a bad shape...




Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Overture of the Wicked - EP


YES!! after the long waiting... It was "Officially" released on the 4th.... even though it was floating around in the internet since April 24th (According to Wiki)

This is ALL what we expect from IE... The power packed pure brutal, heavy slab of technical Power Metal... nothing more... definitely nothing less!!! Of course the fans of ICED EARTH already know that Schaffer and Co. are something special in the world of Heavy Metal and just why some Metal-fans are wholly ignorant of their recorded output is a mystery and disgrace.

"Ten Thousand Strong" is the single track, and it will appear on "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)", albeit a bit different than the single version. - according to the IE website..-
inline with Ten thousand strong comes the "Wicked Triology" from "Something wicked this way comes" (1998) album!!!!

I first got to hear them in 1995; quite by accident I should say..... and it was one of the best accidents ever!!! loved their music... and the next year.... in 1996 - the KNOCKED me out with Dark Saga... man that was good... I'm sure that each and everyone of you who has heard it will agree.... the power... the complex arrangements, orchestrated passages, emotional interludes, huge choruses and just plain good old fashioned Heavy Metal.... How schaffer has breathed life in to a comic book... gave life and emotions to the beast with music.... was truely AWSOME!!!!! and they continued doing that...

The single - is pure evidence that IE will continue to do what they do the best... knock the bearth out of the listeners and kick them around with sound waves....

LONG LIVE IE!!!!!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search
try it

Look what I caught on cam......

This my friends is a 1975 Mitsubish Galanat - It's a third generation Galant (the present is considdered the 9th generation!!)

The stock car is supposed to have a 2ltr GTO Engine, with Mitsubishi's own unique Silent Shaft technology. This technology has been licensed out to several other automobile manufacturers offering V8 smoothness and quietness to engines with smaller configurations. But as you see in this the engine has been replaced to a diesel engine...

The air-intake on the hood is supposed to be a new addition. I don't recall the original version having that!!

At the time, the same model was introduced in US as Dodge Colt, The Plymouth Champ or the Chrysler Sigma.
Its competerion was none other than the Dodge challenger!!!!

The car was in terrible condition, interior is totally ruined!!! ... its a shame... If restored - it can be a very good looking muscle car!!!!


Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight


The loooong awaited album by a bunch of guys who reallly won the hearts of people.... They're a (C)Rap–Rock band who really made a scene... People of all ages, fans of all genres; not only metal or Rock fans.. Hip-Hop and Pop fans equally like them!!!!

I got the album yesterday... Heard it once.. Liked it... but not enough to really write a comment or an opinion about it... I found this track to track review thing somewhere on the internet... thought I'd post it...

(pls try to disregard the word "heavy" that they use in the review once in a while! coz they aren't "Heavy". I listen to Carcass and.... well.....!!!)

1. Wake
To begin their long awaited album, Linkin Park choose to gently set the wheels in motion rather than forcefully kick-starting lively music which fans have come to expect. Instead, they present a slow, short intro track with a synth-heavy melody and a nice building ambiance, which gradually increases in volume. 4/5

2. Given Up
The smoothness is soon thrown out the window however when the scratchy turntable sound of this second track transforms into a gargantuan heavy rock riff. This is possibly the most in-your-face song on the entire record – the punk rock style drumbeats are brash, the guitars thrash and Chester Bennington sings his lungs out. When it reaches the bridge, he goes from singing to screaming the line, “You put me out of my misery” over and over again. It’s heated, emotional and enjoyable, but the track definitely feels like it’s missing a certain something. 3/5

3. Leave Out All The Rest
From one extreme to another, three tracks in and we’re presented with a ballad. It’s very listenable pop rock with tranquil vocals and dominant bass guitar. It seems odd to position such a slow-paced tune so early into the album but it’s radio friendly style is bound to be popular with many. The piece of music does end rather abruptly though and you may be left wanting more. 3/5

4. Bleed It Out
This is much more like the Linkin Park we’re used to hearing. Mike Shinoda starts off with a casual rap before trading off with Chester and some insightful lyrics, “I bring it out, bring it in deeper just to throw it away.” The song’s structure revolves around four simple chords with screaming vocals leading up to the catchy chorus. Piano adds an extra dimension to the track but overall it’s a little repetitive and flat, ending abruptly again. Saying that, we can see this being released as a successful single in the future. 4/5

5. Shadow Of The Day
Possibly the most listener friendly song on ‘Minutes To Midnight,’ the style is very soft yet clear with both vocals and bass taking a poppy turn. Percussion comes across clear and dominant, but overall the song remains average in terms of technicality. It seems to offer nothing more than a break-up in the record, but its dreamy nature is quite certain to be a hit with the fans. 2/5

6. What I’ve Done
Generally a hit from the moment it is played, ‘What I’ve Done’ soars with a catchy chorus and likeable verses, before developing into a brilliant bridge and climatic ending. A gentle guitar solo midway adds depth and versatility before another welcome chorus. The haunting piano and synthetic drums combine to create a fantastic addition to Linkin Park’s third album and a perfect choice for their first single. 5/5

7. Hands Held High
The marching drumbeat and simple melody is an ideal backdrop to Shinoda’s poetic rapping and it has certainly developed in the space of two previous albums and his hip-hip focused side project Fort Minor. Again, Chester’s melodic singing comes in later but the central theme of the song does seem to be soldier’s homecoming in the aftermath of war. Maybe it was written to get those arms flailing lighters around at rock festivals. Either way, it’s still an impressive track. 4/5

8. No More Sorrow
Opening up with a creeping lead guitar, ‘No More Sorrow’ rocks heads with a deep double-bass drumming intro switching over to a simple paradiddle on the snare. Definitely the best chorus of the album so far, with an enigmatic riff and emotional shouting from Bennington. The tune flows naturally with a heavy bridge followed by a modulation and even higher pitched screaming. There’s no DJ elements to this song and it has to be said that some of the vocals and drumming becomes repetitive fast – even more noticeable is the fact that the band don’t seem to be stretching themselves in terms of song writing techniques. 3/5

9. Valentine’s Day
After a somewhat depressive two minutes of ballad-laden lyrics and slow-moving guitars, it finally kicks in with another extremely infective hook and harmonious backing vocals. “On a Valentines day” is passionately sung with interesting vocals spoken over the top, before annoyingly ending abruptly and letting the song down. 2/5

10. In Between
If there’s a point in the album where it’s easy to see that the songs are starting to lose their flair, this is it. Those sweetly spoken vocals are back once again alongside grainy drumbeats, but without any differences in tempo there’s nothing exciting here. It’s peaceful, but there’s no denying this is a weak ballad track amongst Linkin Park’s repertoire of excellence. 1/5

11. In Pieces
Thankfully, faith is restored with quite simply the highlight of the album. This is soft yet rhythmic with synthetic drumming you can’t fail to be taken in by. The stirring piano and powerful bass proves to be a winning combination for the band – with vocals at their best only boosting the song further. Another build up after a few minutes adds more magic to the piece, with sweet sounds and eventually more heavily distorted guitars, minus screaming. The song slows down and ends dramatically with a simple beat and ska-style guitar plucking. 5/5

12. The Little Things You Give Away
Acoustic guitar and Linkin Park in the same sentence? You better believe it. One last ballad, with those great mechanical style drums and melodic vocals from Chester rounds ‘Minutes To Midnight’ off fruitfully. When the bass cuts in, the song hits another dimension before ending a reasonably decent record. There’s not many heavy tracks – instead, Linkin Park have shifted to crafting softer, easier listening songs like this one. Despite it not being a patch on ‘Hybrid Theory, ’it still delivers and the fans will almost surely be lapping this up after its release on 14 May. 4/5

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Colorful treat.....

Supposed to be in parallel to Chathu's blog.. but there was some a registry error in my computer that took sometime to fix and download the pics...

It must've been around midnight or something... and we were too tired to go around looking for other places.... so we ended up at the great Sampath Hotel Rajagiriya!!!

(Click the image for a larger view)
Fluorecent light, Automatic exposure on my Nokia phone... i like the color scheme.. well... I don't you have to have the "eye" for colors or anything else to notice that...

Monday, May 28, 2007

Rock Unplugged!!! slightly plugged!!!

Yep... I did go... and you know that I'd definitely go...

It was awsome... well... it was sometime since I last saw any of the bands playing live... When the Rock Company had "Rock Saturday"s happenning we did see the bands once a month!!

now they say that these will be happennign every sunday at Clancy's... I missed the gig on the previous Sunday... I simply was clueless!!! lets hope they continue!!!

The band listing was good. they had all the bands that were mentioned in the poster!!!!
All of them were good... we have some real talented bunch of guys out there!!! young pups and "experieced" dudes!!!
all of em rocked equally...

it was supposed to start at three - but started way after 4.30PM (I really won't complain about it.. coz i think 3.00 PM is a bit too early.. and it was awkward seeing clancy's in braod daylight!!! he eh he... and since the very first rock company events.. they NEVER started on time... so its kinda ok...) it ended around 8.30 - 9.00 i don't remember exactly... Stigmata gave a brilliant ending... it was heavy - not the real "Acoustic - Unpligged" thingi that u'd expect though!!!

PE - The boys from Kandy
(well yeah.. u can't see shit in the pics!! I'd say its Iron Maiden and Iced Earth playing you'd still wouldn't know the diff!! )
One of the leading bands in the scene these days...

Stigmata
The Aces in Sri Lankan Metal scene!!!
and they're GOOD!!! VERY GOOD!!!
I don't know since when they got that (new) drummer of their's!!
I remember him from long ago.. i think he's from kandy... one of PE's friends or something like that... carrying water bottles and stuff!!! if i remember correctly... he always gave me an impression of a jackass... did a good job doing that too!! he's just a bit too much "wanna be" type!!! He fucking shows off more that Suresh himself!!!
He's ok with the drums though.. but there are better ppl around!!!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

...and now I'm an uncle!! :-)

and its all thanks to this tiny creature... :-)

this my friends is my little nephew, the newest member of our family. He came in to this world at 9.11 PM yesterday and he weighed 2.920 Kilos. A healthy little boy.



Look at him... only 10hrs old!! tiny and pink!!! :-) We've not thought of a name as yet... coz there are alot of "things" involved in naming a new born!! like choosing the first letter according to the astronomical whatever thing!!!! anyways.. I'll let u guys know the moment we decide...

Rock Unplugged!!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Top five things about my ex...

No 5.
Sense of humor: She was funny!! She had a great sense of humor. We could make a funny joke with almost anything. I always laughed when I was around her…

No 4.
Intellect: She was smart. She was smart and she always made sense when she talked. She knew what she was talking about and had an amazing capability of hitting the correct point when she was in conversation or debate. And she was a good listener at the same time. She reads almost anything and she had an open mind. I loved that about her… I was crazy over her for that. I could always have a good meaningful delightful educative conversation about almost anything with her. I miss that.

No 3.
The smile: The best… the best that is… the best there was in the history of the man kind... And the best there will be… Her smile and her laugh… always sent tingles and shivers down my spine. She laughs with her whole body… lips face eyes and all… and can be quite loud too…

No 2.
Her smell: Maybe it’s something to do with the pheromones or chemistry in humans or whatever. She eternally smelled good. Even if its only shampoo… it was like the early spring or a beautiful morning after a rain… It was something that I felt home with…

No 1.
Character: She has an amazing character. She could make an impression on a person… a good one... But she doesn’t care about what other people think of her…. She’s warm, forgiving, kind, and crazy at the same time… and she was my best friend.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Another song...

This is a sinhalese song... by the famous singer Shihan Mihiranga - the guy from Sirasa TV, I should say that i was impressed by this song!!!

07_Pathu_Nethu(1)....

Check out the "Wallpaper of the Day" in my blog!!!

You will notice i've added a small thumbnail the the left middle of the page below the lable cloud....

This is a free wallpaper from Gamewallpapers.com. If you're a cyber games enthusiast you'd find this interesting. The wallpaper is updated every 24hrs and you can download it to a preferable size to fit your desktop.... check it out!!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

New year...

Yay.... a week long holiday!!! The longest that we ever get!!!

From tomorrow till the 18th!!!! :-)

and from my younger days it used to be my fav holiday!!! you know the school term holidays... A time of refreshment and life... It was exciting all around...

Now the spirit is not there anymore... The freshnes is still in the air but its not as fun as it used to be!! Maybe its for the little ones only... not for people of our age!!!!

still its new year.... Wish you all a Happy New Year!!!!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Is it too early to think of it???

In one of the previous posts I told you ppl that both my parents retired by the end of last year!!! and then they both caugth the wretched chickungunya thing!!! That was hell... it is still hell coz it effected both of them VERY badly... they couldn't walk properly coz of of the joint pains!!! me and my bro's actually took turns in going up to kandy to be with them and look after them... it was not easy... with work and all.... but we did what we could... but to be honest i don't feel like i've done anything at all!!! I don't feel like i've done enough!!!

Anyway... when their health went down and leaft them helpless..... if effected their minds VERY badly... imagine working straight on for more than 30years day and night.. having millions of responsibilities... being under pressure... and all of a sudden not doing much work... being at home... three years ago I would've thought "Hell now THAT is life!!!" but... being more or less a work o holic... and being used to having a million of problems and pressure... and liking all that.... I know how diffi it must be!!! I'm sure that they must be feeling like nothings... they must be feeling as if they're not important anymore!! specially with the Sri Lankan ways where no one has any regards for the elderly people in society...
And I can see that they're REALLY missing work!!! They miss being important, they miss doing what they did best in their whole life...

Like I told you before my mom was teacher... She taught in Mahamaya girl's school Kandy... two weeks ago I had to drive her their because she had somethings to do at the school... It was the first time she went back since her retirement.... I needed some help from one of the teachers there for an assignment so I also went in to the staff room with her!!!!
My mom was back where she belonged, with her friends and the children!!! I could see how happy she was just to be there!!!! It was like she had forgotten all her pains and aches and sicknesses!!! She even looked younger!!!

I felt something complicated!!! I automatically started thinking how and where I'd end at!!!! is it too early to think of that?? or is it never too early to think of it???

Thursday, April 05, 2007

When I dream about you.....

1994 - Stevie B.... I love this song..... The lyrics... well.... hmm!!!! Guess it goes to all you people who got their heart broken!!!!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Looooooooooong busy week end...

Friday Night...

Well i started from Kandy on Friday.. came to office at around 2.00PM.

The plans were made during the day time to go out with some of my friends. We got together and went to R&B at around 11.00PM. For me thats one of the cooles night clubs in Colombo... its more matured like... cool crowd and nice music. We had mega fun dancing till about 3.30 a.m.....

Then out we came and some of us were feeling hugry... and yes... you guessed right... where else to go but to pillawoos... We hopped in to Chathu's car... and headed towards Kolpetty....

On our way we were stopped by police for a routine check... and then came the "Oh Shit!!" situ... My friend's sister didn't have her ID with her!!! The scene got ugly when one of my buddies got a biiiit violent and said something that "annoyed" the cops... What happened after that was pretty bad... she immediately turned out to be a pros in the eyes of the cops... they said a few things that they really shouldn't have... but at the perticular moment.... under those circusmstances it was inevitable... I basically had to calm everything down (being the eldest and the sober one out of the bunch!!) and talk my way thorugh in to letting us go... It wasn't hard actually but what that poor girl had to go through because of some loud mouthed idiotic cops was bad... she was upset... we all were upset and it basically killed the mood.....
we had tea... headed back home...

Saturday.

Woke up at 9.00 a.m as I had and exam in the after noon.... so got up... got myself in the "exammination" mood... and then headed to the exam hall by 11.30... finished the exam at around 4.30 pm and from there went straight up to Rajagiriya.... why?? to meet ma good friend chathu and with him to see the "Modified car fest" in battaramulla....

Now that was one hell of a show... in SL standards... there were some classy shit there... a couple of supra's caught my immediate attention... nice sexy looking Honda civics... some RX8s with sexy curves.. STis that were dying to jump in to the roads and run like mad dogs... Mitsubish's who was ready kick the guts out of anyone who wanted to challege them...
It was awsome... and there we were... in Chathu's custom made Mustang... creating quite a scene there... we never entered the contests... It really didn't interest us.. but we did enjoy walking around listenning to the baby's purr here and there... checking out the neons'... music systems blah blah blah... and yo... not to forget the ONLY other muscle car... i think it was a 7 sri Toyota Corona hatch back... two head lights... nickle trimms etc... looked good... nice to see some muscle spirit spreading.... he he he...

We loafed around in that place till about 9.00 and right before the rain we headed back home... i mean to his place...

And then it started.... and yeah... it was a massive rain... it basically rained cats and dogs and kittens and puppies.... massive rain... and i fell asleep in a cosy couch.... woke up next morning to see aunty holding a cup of tea!!!!

Sunday...

There was a celebration on... Chris's birthday... we stormed his place... gate crashed that buggers house... ate his lunch and knocked ourselves out... by 7.00 P.m we were all set to go to Parliment grounds to pay a little visit to the giant screen....

And it was massive... a sea of crowd... cheering the SL team... the screen gave a little bit of problems in the begining but they managed to fix it... after that it was super... it was good... great sounds better... I really think SLRC deserves a pat in the back for setting that mega screen there... coz it was more like actually being at the ground itself... with hundreds of people shouting and cheering... papara bands playing all over... it was awsome... we had a really nice time wathcing a really nice bit of Cricket...

And we won!!!... as everyone knows by now... I returned to Chatu's place... and then the discussion started... what did the two of us talked about??... alot of things... how long did it last??? till 6.00 am.... sleep... well.. yeah... we were yet to think of it...

Monday.
I returned home by 11.30 am... (my boarding place!!) slept my ass out after cleaning my room... woke up at 7.00 p.m.... had dinner!! played a little bit of computer games.... and decided that I need to sleep...
But it was too warm!!! I was sweating as if was in Sahara or something.... Then again a friend of mine called... well the same guy whom i've been hanging out with.... said he was somewhere near my boarding... so... got dressed... went for a ride.... ended up on some river bank near Pita kotte.... it was a nice serene place... with the moon on top of us... we had time for another very good constructive discussion..... it was very nice.... and headed back home at around 2.00 am...

Now that was a LOOOOOOOONG busy weekend!!!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Up and Down... round and round....

Kandy and Colombo...

I'm travelling up and down almost in a daily basis these days... and its KILLING ME!!!!!
Gosh... 10hrs in a plane in much much more better no matter what anyone says!!!! I'm telling ya... all those who complains about how tiring those long flights can be.... try the Kandy - Colombo intercities!!!! that three hours can almost kill you!!! make you go insane and makes you re think about how pathetic your existence can be!!!!!!

he he he......

well.. i'm so tired due to this travelling....

gosh...

Friday, March 23, 2007

wide awake after a looooong time...

OH yeah.....

I was eternally down since the start of this year... life turned out to be SOOO fucking miserable day by day!!!

but all of a sudden I feel so alive from a couple of days back.... I find new ideas... ways to work em out..

as if i'm high on weed or something!!!!
wonder what the f*** is going on with me!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

What is really important???

It’s truly amazing how life works… How the values that you give to things swing like a pendulum… one day it’s the most important thing that you could ever have and the next it’s THE worse thing that ever happened to you... and how we cannot find the balance in between...

The question rises… are we giving the correct value to things??? What is the most important thing in your life?? Have you ever questioned yourself that?? Life can consist of so many things… your studies; your parents and family; your career; your friends; your relations; your love; your future plans; entertainment… each deserving equal amount of attention!!! But what do we do??? We cling on to only a few of them… forgetting and neglecting the others… not knowing or understanding what we’re missing...

We cling on to a love… as if it’s the only thing in life… we go against our parents breaking their hearts and creating huge problems in their lives.

Sometimes we cling on to a love we lost… neglecting our careers, wasting life, time and our self…. Where as the truth is that we’ve lost only one of the important things in our life… without realizing that we waste our time; neglecting the other factors.

After some time… you stop to think and only to realize that you’ve missed out some of the most important things in life…

I say that its lack of vision and being na├»ve to do that… life is far too much to be focused only one thing… and to loose everything else…

Its easier said... Much harder to go through.... but truth remains as an unchanging fact... it's one of the few things thats important in your life...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Never underestimate old people.....

An old man was sitting on a bench at the mall. A teenager walked up to the bench and sat down. He had spiked hair in all different colors: green, red, orange, blue, and yellow. The old man just stared...

Every time the teenager looked, the old man was staring...

The teenager finally said sarcastically, "What's the matter old timer, never done anything wild in your life?"...

Without batting an eye, the old man replied, "Got drunk once and had sex with a peacock. I was wondering if you were my son"...

Monday, March 12, 2007

A little drug that all of us can use!!!

Well this is somewhat old... I came across it when I was browsging through my old files... After all this time.... I still find it amusing... he he he....


Monday, March 05, 2007

Right Understanding....

What is Right Understanding of the 3 Facts!

The Blessed Buddha once said:
It is impossible, Bhikkhu and Friends, and cannot ever happen,
that one possessed of right understanding should ever regard
any phenomenon as really permanent ... or
any phenomenon as real happiness ... or
any state as a real self...
But it is quite possible that the ordinary worldling may indeed
have, entertain & act out such a naive and distorted belief...

Source:
Numerical Discourses of the Buddha. Anguttara Nikaya AN 15:1-3

This is a verse that i've picked up from an article that i've been through lately... I love Buddhism as a philosophy a way of life... it has taught me alot and i've added alot of things from his teachings to my life... maybe more than I did from anything else... but certain things (alot of things infact) I find EXTREMELY hard to fathom... like these small sentenses... in a very relative world how can anyone say anything???

Not that I don't understnad it... or maybe not see what it really is.... but when I try an go to think of it... its a VAS suject to think and work on...

Friday, March 02, 2007

Tempel Tree Flowers....

I was walking around the tiny garden at my boarding place the otherday and I came across this beauty.......



Thursday, February 15, 2007

A vegetarian issue.....

Gosh I'm so busy these days.... I don't know what to do... its super to think that i'd be having ALOT of breathing time after this week....

but i did have some time to think of a little issue that I came across....

I'm a vegetarian.... I've been that for about 7-8 years now... Now I find that some people really have a problem wiht that... some of the people i work with has even developed some allergy sort of a thing towards the fact that i'm veg.. I really don't know what their problem is but I have to listen to there comments every now and then.... They've even fixed up a motto sort of a thing saying "Never trust a vegetarian" I don't know what there problem is..... or even see where and how I'm irritating them....

I'm wondering what u guys have to say about this?????

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Hi People.... I'm back...

Well... it was a looooooooooooooooooooong pause... again.... why??? as some of you already know.. i was down with that wretched chikungunya fever.... and I was totally knocked out for more than a week.... i was forced to go home and rest....

well I came back to office... and had a huge pile that i had to clear wihtout tiring myself as i was not fully recovered....

i killed time watching all sorts of movies and hogging over the TV... something that I hardly do... thank you cable TV for accompanying me through some of my worst days in my life so far.....

there is a movie that i'd suggest you guys to watch... called "wicker park.." its a romantic thriller sort of a movie... it really kept me right on the edge of the seat all the way to the end of it...

find it and watch it...... and let me know what you think of it.....

Monday, January 22, 2007

Marching on a dead end road.

She slowly opened her eyes… It too a couple of seconds for her eyes to get used to the lighting conditions of the room… even though the curtains were drawn she could feel the evening…

The sun must be almost out… that’s the only explanation for the gloominess of the room… she thought to herself picking up the phone pressed a couple of keys… the LCD illuminated, 6.37PM… the display shone against the dimness of the room… her eyes started hurting disagreeing to the brightness of the mobile phone screen she quickly took her eyes off it and laid it back on the mattress…

“The day has almost passed….”

She slowly turned her head… he was still fast asleep… she could see his bare chest slowly moving up and down… she slowly leaned forward and kissed his shoulder... so gently… afraid to wake him up… he moved… muttered something in sleep… and tightened his grip around her and fell silent again…

She kept staring at him for another few seconds… filling her heart with a lot of love… a smile came over a her… effortlessly… she felt as if she could never be more happier…

She turned her head again to a more comfortable position, bringing the ceiling to her view…

She thought about her past… She remembered the day when the familiar face appeared from the crowd at the train station… She remembered how startled she was to see him walking towards him… How uncomfortable she got when he approached him and introduced himself. Even though she already knew… it was the first time they’ve officially talked to each other… She thought hard about that moment… wondering if she should feel happy or sad; for she still felt the same uncomfortable, complicated feeling that she felt at that moment.

Her thoughts were disturbed when she heard a loud honking sound outside… some stupid bus driver was making unnecessary noise on the road… she quickly looked at him… she didn’t want his sleep to be disturbed by anything… the honking stopped and she heard the bus racing its engine and slowly moving… the engine sound faded away slowly…

She let a sigh… and turned back to her thoughts…

She remembered the day he asked him out… again the same multifaceted feeling… She didn’t know how to react or even if she wanted it or not… she remembered how she simply told him to talk to her parents…

And how fast did things happened…. Soon they were to get married.... even on the wedding day she didn’t know if he’s the one she wanted… He’s good person… A VERY good person… there were no two words about it… but is he the person she wanted?? Is he what she expected in his partner for the rest of the life??? She remembered how she wondered even holding the flower bouquet in her hand…

She shut her eyes… not wanting to remember or think anymore… She wanted everything out of her head… she forced herself to think about the present… but the memories started playing vividly… the compromises she made… all of them… how she sat back and devour the unhappiness… the emptiness she felt all along… the sense of incompletion within her self… how she sacrificed her happiness over something she never understood… how her marriage became the biggest capitulation she made…

She tightened her eyelids... she wanted this to stop… opened her eyes and held him gently… forcing her thoughts to the present… for a second her heart filled with a warm delight… and then a piercing sadness… she felt complicated again….

All she ever wanted was to feel happy, to be loved and to be taken care of… but she never went pursuing it… she always waited… forcing herself to be satisfied with what she got…

She turned her head again and looked at him… thinking how happy he made her… thinking of all the understanding that he gave to her… how he made her feel whole…

She reached to her mobile pressed the key and checked the time… 6.50 PM… she kept the phone aside and looked at him again…

She let out a big sigh….. “It’s getting late… I should get going…” she thought; not noticing how her own fingers were fiddling with her ring…

Friday, January 19, 2007

Aftermath of the Mudslides at Saraa.....

People.... Its official.... After almost working for three years... I'm resigning from the company...

Reason - Utter disappointment over the recent developments....

well... not the specific incident... but the way the senior mnagement handled it.... I was sooooo dissappointed..... So disappointed over the way the approached it... and handled it.... So with utter disgust about the mind set of the people here... I've given my resignation...

It was agonizing to hear those stories about me... and the way they treat me after all this years of faithful service.... some of you guys know how much I've put in to this place....

The upside... I won't be with the back stabbing, spineless hippocrites anymore....

The downside... I will be jobless for a while.... well till I find one that is....

So... wish me all the best guys...

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bye mate... it was nice having you around!!!

Lord Buddha ones said….

Having to be away from the ones you love is poignant.

Through my life I’m leaned it and experienced it in many ways. When people pass away, when your friends and family move; go away from you. Maybe because of their jobs, maybe because of their studies… Maybe they’ll come back or maybe they won’t!!!

And the blessed one had told in the same sutra;

Having to reside or dwell with the people you abhor is also poignant.

This is some of the greatest sufferings that a human can go through….

In one of my previous posts I’ve mentioned an incident at my office… when one of the newly joined Miss Pink was almost mislead by my fellow workers. When young Miss Red wanted to spill some mud on me for some reason that god and she only knows… maybe not even god…

Ironically the whole plan backfired and we became best of friends at office… and she turned out to be one of the best people that I’ve known… She had great many qualities in her that none in the office possessed… She was matured in both life and work… she turned out to be a very faithful individual to the company.

Sadly (for me) she got a better offer and due to a little dissatisfaction at work and some major problems with her people after a reasonable amount of consideration she decided to take it… The new offer is very good for her… She’ll get some cool facilities, better working hours and she’d get to work in a field that she already knows like the back of her hand; Above all she’ll be comfortable with the people there too…

So it’s really good for her…

So I’m gonna experience both “Having to be away from the ones you!!” and “Having to reside or dwell with the people you abhor!!” as I really don’t enjoy the company of anyone here… maybe apart from the chairman of the company whom I work closely with…

I love what I do here… I enjoyed it throughout my working period here… but one thing was always lacking… that is a person that whom you can really interact with… someone who would really tone with me. A good person whom you really can treat and accept as a friend… these people have the tendency to recruit people who are to a different category as to mine… She did fit in to the category… and we made very good friends… She was eternally enthusiastic at her work; loved what she did; wanted the best for the company. She is one of the people who didn’t have the “ah well… the hell I should bother… I’d join somewhere else if it gets any harder here!!” attitude.

It’s a big loss for the company, but good for her… so… I’m happy for her… even if I’m gonna miss my good friend and lunch buddy…

(Obviously we’d still keep in touch and all that…. Not that the friendship will end or something…)

So I bid her farewell and wish her all the best at her new place… good luck my friend I know that you’d do very well wherever you are… It was nice working with you…and having you around!!!

Monday, January 08, 2007

Late night creativity......

I was havign a miserrable time lately.... a little bit of free time but nothing to do with it... I was feeling not all that well and amazingly tired... and no mood to do anything.... my mind was restless.... I tried few things to calm my self down and to get myself in to a good mood... after a million failed attempts one thing worked...

and I present to you.... my Sunday late night creativity....


The White Tree.....


water color on Grainy watercolor paper.... with a mix of pastel..... most probably this represents my restless mind... coz all of this painting came without a plan... from the scratch i didn't know what i was doing right till the end of it......


Dancing to the wind....


The more cheerful me... watercolor with large dry camel hair brush.... on watercolor paper... a million tiny dots to creat the shapes and illusions.....


Forlorn


I personally love this one.... one of the many faces of loneliness... and survival...