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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Conch dollar in neck !

It was triggered by a photo of a cow taken by me at Triplicane this evening – you may read something on Sachaa Jhutha /  a MGR movie / health tip / a farm in Puerto Rico  .. . and more .. wonder what ?? –  please read on !!


Sachaa Jhutha ("Honest and Liar")  has Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz and Vinod Khanna and revolved  around a simple villager (Bhola), who has a look-alike, a crook (Ranjeet Kumar), who takes advantage of the former's simplicity and mirror-image. 

நான் பார்த்த படங்கள் மிக குறைவு - சிறு வயதில் சென்ற ஊர்களோ இன்னமும் குறைவு !  .. .. 1975ல் ஹோகேனேக்கல் சென்று குளித்து, தர்மபுரியில் தங்கி - ஏதோ திரையரங்கில் பார்த்த படம் : நினைத்தை முடிப்பவன்" - MGR படம்.  கதாநாயகன் ஒரு சாதாரணன் ! - திருமண ஊர்வலத்தில் இசைக்கருவி வாசிப்பது மட்டுமே தெரிந்தவன்.  அவன் லட்சியமே, தங்கையின் திருமணச் செலவுகளுக்காகப் பணம் சேர்ப்பது - தன சொந்த ஊரை விட்டு,  பட்டணத்திற்கு வந்து நாட்கள் பலவாகியும் வேலை கிடைக்காமல் சுற்றியலைகிறான்.  

திரு எம்.எஸ். விஸ்வநாதன் இசையில் - திரு  TM சௌந்தர்ராஜன் இசையில் பட்டி தொட்டியெல்லாம் ஒலித்த பாடல் :  

பூ மழைத் தூவி வசந்தங்கள் வாழ்த்த - ஊர்வலம் நடக்கின்றது

எழில் பொங்கிடும் அன்பு தங்கையின் - நெற்றியில் குங்குமம் சிரிக்கின்றது

மங்கள குங்குமம் சிரிக்கின்றது 

ஜவ்வரிசியைப் பொடித்து, முல்தானிமிட்டியுடன் கலந்து, அந்தக் கலவை இறுக்கமாவதற்குள் கழுத்தில் அப்ளை செய்யுங்கள். அப்படிச் செய்யும்போது, கீழிருந்து மேல் நோக்கிச் செய்துவிட்டு, கழுத்தைச் சற்று தூக்கியபடி வைத்துக்கொண்டு நாற்காலியில் உட்கார்ந்துகொள்ளுங்கள்.  எங்கோ படித்த அழகு குறிப்பு !!  .. ..  இந்த பேக் தடவிக்கொண்ட பிறகு, பேசவோ, சிரிக்கவே, நடக்கவோ கூடாது. அப்படிச் செய்தால், கழுத்துச் சுருக்கம் அதிகமாகிவிடும். பேக் போட்டதும் அமைதியாக உட்கார்ந்துகொள்ளவும். ஜவ்வரிசி பேக் காய்ந்து இறுக்கமானதும், குளிர்ந்த நீரால் கழுத்தை கழுவுங்கள். இந்த பேக், கழுத்தின் தோல் மற்றும் தசையை இறுக்கமாக்கும்.  பெண்களின் வயதைக் காட்டிக்கொடுக்கும், பல சமயங்களில் வயதை அதிகப்படுத்திக் காட்டும் ஒரு பாகம், கழுத்து.

 நான் முன்பு கூறிய நினைத்ததை முடிப்பவன் படத்து பாடலில் காதில் ரீங்காரமிடும் புலமைப்பித்தன்  வரிகள் :

வெண்சங்கு கழுத்தோடு பொன்மாலை அசைந்தாட - நான் கண்ட பொருள் கூறவா!

அது என்ன வெண்சங்கு கழுத்து .. .. பளீர் என்ற நிறம் !  - சங்கின் வளைவு போன்ற அமைப்புள்ளதாலும்,  மிருதுவான தொடுஉணர்வைக் கைகளுக்கு அளிப்பதாலும், சங்கைப் போன்றே மங்கலச் சின்னமான தாலி, தழையப்பெற்றிருப்பதாலும்,  பெண்களின் கழுத்திற்கு சங்கு உவமையாகக் கூறப்படுகிறது. !!! 

Conch (Sanghu) is a common name of a number of different medium-to-large-sized sea snails. Conch shells typically have a high spire and a noticeable siphonal canal (in other words, the shell comes to a noticeable point at both ends). 

In North America, a conch is often identified as a queen conch, indigenous to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. Queen conches are valued for seafood and are also used as fish bait. A queen conch shell can grow as big as a football. Its handle-like cavity gives it a similarly satisfying grip, though it weighs closer to a brick. That heft makes queen conchs easy to spot and catch—so easy that overharvesting for their meat and shells has collapsed populations throughout their habitat in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. The United States was the first to lose its queens, which once thrived at the southern tip of Florida. They have not rebounded despite Florida’s ban on commercial conch fishing since 1975 and all harvesting since 1986.   

Now there is a lab for conservation of this conch at Puerto Rico.  Half indoor lab, half open-air courtyard, the Naguabo Queen Conch Hatchery burbles in an orderly network of pipes and filters, deep tanks and shallow basins, beakers and carboys swirling with algae. In the lab  under the keen eye of  marine research professor research is on for growing, preserving Queen conch,    to tackle poverty as a means to long-term marine conservation. 

Sachaa Jhutha was directed by Manmohan Desai and produced by Vinod Doshi. The film written by Desai's wife Jeevanprabha, was edited by Kamlakar Kamkhanis. The film starring Rajesh Khanna, Mumtaz and Vinod Khanna revolved around a simple villager (Bhola), who has a look-alike, a crook (Ranjeet Kumar), who takes advantage of the former's simplicity and mirror-image.  The music of the film was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. Ninithathai Mudippavan starring MGR, Latha, MN Nambiar was a remake of this film. 

-      If you are wondering, what this is all about ?  - evening saw a cow in Triplicane wearing a conch-dollar, yes – a real white conch around its neck.

 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
19.5.2022
  

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

the rich world of modelling !

In life, what is easy for some – could be too difficult for somebody else !  - Social media is ripe with people doing domestic work – one of my friends used to put daily household chores like cutting of vegetables.  The advts during IPL of dream X1 showing – Cricketers trying to replace what fans are doing, asking them to go and play dream X1 is a hit, though not exactly proper in promoting gambling in this manner.  Life is all about earning and .. .. some are big earners (for those of us who count in 1000s – the life of modelling is in few crores !) 

Covid 19 – the Corona virus played havoc with some lives – destroyed livelihood of some –  way back in 1939, at the beginning of World War II, a high-profile model  closed her shops, maintaining her apartment situated above the couture house at 31 Rue de Cambon. She said that it was not a time for fashion;  as a result of her action, 4,000 female employees lost their jobs. Her biographer Hal Vaughan suggested that she used the outbreak of war as an opportunity to retaliate against those workers who had struck for higher wages and shorter work hours in the French general labor strike of 1936. In closing her couture house, she made a definitive statement of her political views. Her dislike of Jews, reportedly sharpened by her association with society elites, had solidified her beliefs.  

The internet has proven time and again that celebrities and their bizarre antics will never go unnoticed.  People tend to feel happy and criticize when celebrities fail.  Whether it is a slip-up, a fumble or faux pas or even anything else that celebrities are doing wrong - internet users promptly sit up and take notice. A video of American model Kendall Jenner cutting a cucumber surfaced on social media, and it has left the internet utterly bewildered. Kendal Jenner's video was from the OTT series 'The Kardashians'  surfaced on Twitter on 13 May. In a section of the episode, the American model wanted to make a snack for herself. Her mother Kris Jenner offered to call the chef to help her out with it. However, she refused and said that she would make it herself as it was pretty easy. She then started to cut the cucumber in the most bizarre fashion possible. Clearly struggling with it, Kendall said that she was 'not a professional' and the camera shouldn't zoom in on her. Her mother Kris watched and warned her not to cut herself and offered to call the chef again. But Kendall refused and kept at it.



Twitter users could not fathom how she was unable to complete such a simple and basic task. Several users shared their reactions and responses to the bizarre video. Jenner made her debut at No. 16 on Forbes magazine's 2015 list of top-earning models, with an estimated annual income of US$4 million. In 2017, Jenner was named the world's highest-paid model by Forbes, ousting model Gisele Bündchen, who had been leading the list for more than 14 years since 2002. 

Modelling has been a fancy career for many, as with the right agency, one gets to be the face of high-end fashion brands. The highest paid models started their careers while still teenagers. Some were spotted by modelling scouts, while others participated in local beauty pageants and thus got recognition. Famous models like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks are some of the success stories many young girls who want to venture into modelling look up to.  



Kendall Nicole Jenner is an American model, media personality, and socialite. She rose to fame in the reality television show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner began modelling at the age of 14. After working in commercial print ad campaigns and photoshoots, Jenner has appeared in campaigns, editorials, and cover shoots for LOVE and various international Vogue editions, and is a brand ambassador for Estée Lauder. Jenner made her debut at No. 16 on Forbes magazine's 2015 list of top-earning models, with an estimated annual income of US$4 million. In 2017 Jenner was named the world's highest-paid model by Forbes.

Decades ago, there was Coco Chanel – described in para 2.  Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel [1883 – 1971] was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. This replaced the "corseted silhouette" that was dominant beforehand with a style that was simpler, far less time consuming to put on and remove, more comfortable, and less expensive, all without sacrificing elegance. She is the only fashion designer listed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.  A prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing, realizing her aesthetic design in jewellery, handbags, and fragrance. Her signature scent, Chanel No. 5, has become an iconic product, and Chanel herself designed her famed interlocked-CC monogram, which has been in use since the 1920s.



Her couture house closed in 1939, when the German occupation of France during World War II began; Chanel stayed in France, and was criticized during the war for being too close to the German occupiers to boost her professional career. After the war, Chanel was interrogated about her relationship with von Dincklage, but she was not charged as a collaborator due to intervention by British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.   

Chanel Solitaire is a 1981 British-French-American historical drama film directed by George Kaczender – the film's subject was Coco Chanel at a budget of  around £7 million.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
17th May 2022. 

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Super Blood moon !

 I am sorry for sharing this a bit late – however, if you have the opportunity to look at the sky from your window /balcony / terrace – do it right now !  .. today is Pournami (full moon) – Solar eclipse too ..  and we are seeing a blood coloured Orange moon !! 

This is called ‘super flower blood moon’ -  because the moon appears to have a blood-orange color. 

A total lunar eclipse happens when the whole moon enters Earth's shadow. Some sunlight still reaches the moon, but first it goes through Earth's atmosphere. The atmosphere filters out most of the sun’s blue light, so the moon looks red.  Today, globally  a "blood moon" lunar eclipse will happen.  What is special about this particular eclipse is that it will change the color of the moon to a reddish color. Obviously that is where the term "blood moon" comes from.  

The first of this year’s two lunar eclipses will take place on Sunday and Monday. This light will be blood red, from all Earth's sunrises and sunsets reflected on to the Moon's surface, explains  an  astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.  A total lunar eclipse — when the full moon moves into the shadow of the Earth —will be visible from parts of the Americas, Europe, Africa and the east Pacific. New Zealand, the Middle East, and eastern Europe will witness a penumbral eclipse, which arises when the moon is in the lighter penumbral shadow.  

The lunar eclipse will occur on a day of the full moon. When the Earth’s shadow falls on the moon, it appears red. As sunlight will reflect onto the moon’s surface after filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere, the moon will reflect all other colours, retaining only red due to its wavelength. This makes the moon appear reddish, giving birth to the ‘blood moon’ term. The full lunar eclipse will begin at 07.58 AM (IST) on Monday and be in effect till 11.35 AM, NASA said. The red moon will be at its peak at 9.41 AM.  

A super blood moon is one  of our planet's most stunning !   The moon is going to pass into the Earth's shadow on May 16, turning fully red in some locations as the sun's light is refracted around the moon like a prism and shines its moon's surface. So you won't want to miss the first of only two lunar eclipses in 2022. In areas with total visibility in the Americas, Antarctica, Europe, Africa and the east Pacific, the big event officially starts with a partial eclipse Sunday (May 15) at 10:28 p.m. EDT (0228 GMT on Monday, May 16), according to TimeandDate.com.  

A penumbral eclipse, which happens when the moon passes into the edge of the Earth's shadow, will begin and end roughly an hour after the partial eclipse. You can catch this event in New Zealand, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. In these regions, the moon won't go fully dark or turn red, but you should see the shadow on its surface in the right conditions.  

However, this  eclipse,  will not be visible in India.  Happy moon viewing ! –here are couple of photos taken from my terrace at around 8 pm .. .. and in one of them you can see those plants in moon too !!

 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15.5.2022  @ 10.15 pm.





the big, burly - Andrew Symonds dies in a car accident !!

 In 1999,  Matthew Hayden and fellow Test cricketer _________  and another friend endured another water-based ordeal in Moreton Bay when their fishing boat sunk, with the three battling currents and fatigue to swim more than a kilometre back to shore.   .. .. today at 46, he has died young in a road accident.  Born in Birmingham, he could have played for England but turned down a call-up to the England A team in 1995. His first Australia selection, to the ODI side, came in 1998 but for a long time it appeared he would not make the most of his huge talent. 

With dreadlocks and his face daubed with zinc cream, he always cut a flamboyant figure in the Australian team.  Andrew Symonds, the former Australian allrounder who played in 26 Tests and 198 ODIs in an international career spanning from 1998 through 2009, has died in a car accident in Queensland. Symonds was 46 and was involved in an accident outside Townsville where he lived in retirement. In a statement, Queensland police said: "Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash in Hervey Range, around 50 kilometres from Townsville that's taken the life of a 46-year-old man last night. "Early information indicates, shortly after 11pm the car was being driven on Hervey Range Road, near Alice River Bridge when it left the roadway and rolled. "Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, however, he died of his injuries."

 


He featured in 198 ODIs – scoring six centuries and 30 half-centuries – while also contributing 133 wickets with his more than handy off-spin and medium pace – and was a livewire, a character on field. It was at the 2003 World Cup,  Symonds burst on to the stage with perhaps his greatest innings as he torched Pakistan with an unbeaten 143 in Johannesburg early in the tournament and helped Australia remain unbeaten and defeat India in a one-sided final. The swashbuckling right-hander was also part of the victorious World Cup side at the 2007 World Cup in West Indies as Australia claimed their fourth 50-over World Cup title. 

Alan Border said Symonds “hit the ball a long way and just wanted to entertain”. “He was, in a way, a little bit of an old-fashioned cricketer,” Border told the Nine Network. “He was an adventurer, loved his fishing, he loved hiking, camping. People liked his very laid-back style.” 

In 2008, he missed Australia’s one-day series against Bangladesh after going fishing when he was required to attend a team meeting. He also was disciplined prior to the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup for breaching team rules around alcohol.

He scored a career-best 162 against India at Sydney in 2008 in a match that would also become one of his most controversial moments of his career when he was involved in the lengthy race row with Harbhajan Singh.  In that Second test at Sydney between India and Australia in Jan 2008 there was ugly spar between Symonds and Harbhajan  that went for  adjudication in Court on breach of ICC code of conduct before the  Appeals Commissioner The Hon. Justice John Hansen (of New zealand). 

When they flourished, Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke formed a formidable pair for the Australian cricket team.  Together they won many series as Clarke went on to become the Australia captain. At the same time, Symonds was at the sunset of his career and somehow his equation with Clarke took the wrong turn. It reached a point when then interim captain Clarke sent Symonds back from a one-day series for skipping a team meeting and instead going to fishing.   Later in a podcast,  Symonds said that their friendship went sour after he got a good salary in the Indian Premier League. In the inaugural 2008 IPL, Symonds became the costliest overseas player as he was picked by Deccan Chargers for a sum of INR 5.4 crore.  

He played for Deccan Chargers and later for Mumbai Indians in IPL.  Statistically he scored 1462 runs in 26 tests; 5088 in 198 ODI & 337 in 14 T20I – he also took 24 test wickets, 133 in ODI and 8 in T20. 

Sad such a character is lost young ! in a gory accident
 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15.5.2022