తనువు బరువు లెక్కించని పాదములకి కీళ్ళ నొప్పులు కలిగించెను పరువు బరువులు
ప్రేమాభిమానాలు వెదజల్లే హృదయములకు గుండెపోట్లు కలిగించెను పౌరుషప్రతీకారాలు
ప్రకృతి హంగులు ఆస్వాదించే నయనములకి కలకలు కలిగించెను మనిషిలోని రంగులు
మేధ సంపదలు కొలువుండే మెదడులకి మధు మేహం కలిగించెను అహంభావములు
తెల్లకాగితములు పోలిఉండే మనసులకు వ్యధల చెదలు కలిగించెను పచ్చకాగితములు
గణిత సూక్తులకు అతీతమైన బంధములకు ముసలితనం కలిగించెను వయో వ్యాకరణములు

 

My first sky dive

On October 2, 2010, in Uncategorized, by sailesh

I did my first sky dive today and am very excited to share this with you all. It was an amazing experience and very good. It should be. Don’t you think so, if you jumped off of a plane from 14500 feet (= 2.74621212 miles = 4.4196 kilometers) above the ground and traveled at a speed of 120 miles/hr (193.12128 km/hr) in free fall? Watch the video attached to share my experience.
Video:

Photos:

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Words:
During summer 2008, the idea of the jump strike me and stuck in my mind till today. After a long series of unsuccessful planning attempts and research for a good sky dive club to make the jump over the two years, I finally decided to do it at Skydive Milwaukee/Sky Knights adventure club and paid the non-refundable fee yesterday. My friend and I have decided to do it.

We reached the club in East Troy, WI. There is a small airport there nearby and this diving club uses the same airstrip for its plane. We checked in, paid the money. They started off by showing us a video in which a long bearded guy started making statements about how they are not responsible for any of our general mis-expectations of jumping from a plane coming true. It scared us like any thing particularly the bearded (really long) guy. Apparently he invented and his company in Florida manufactures the landing gear (parachute opening kit) that we used for the jump. We had to make a billion initials and a million signatures agreeing to what the video has just explained. My friend told me that if we read the documents, the chances of going to the fall will decrease drastically because it scares. So I just kept the video in mind and signed without going into details. This is the end of the not so fun part.

Going to the fun part, now they took us into a room and our Tandem instructors met us and helped us dressed up. We put a suit and a belt each that actually surrounds the whole body. I assumed this helps the instructors tie us to them. The belt had a danger sign on the back, a big one. A video-grapher came into the room and started shooting some questions and I answered them on the video. They called us out. I think we were all set and ready to go to the plane.

We headed to the plane which is actually parked on a lawn near the airstrip. The plane had a opening to the rear end which had a shutter (just like the one the shops in malls uses). We got onto the plane through this slit. There were two parallel benches and I sat on the left one with my two legs one to the each side of the bench. My instructor sat behind me and the video-grapher in front of me, all facing the tail and the slit of the plane. The plane took off and while we were watching, we left the ground, then the clouds above us, and up. My friend and I were looking at each other and laughing at our craziness. My instructor tied me to himself using the belts while we were sitting and I put my goggles on.

In just 10-15 minutes we reached the altitude of 14500 feet and the shutter flew open. There were some other jumpers in front of us and they jumped. Our instructors asked us who wants to go first and I chose to go first. My video-grapher went out first and she was hanging to the plane waiting for me to jump. It all happened in a split second and there I was at the slit ready to jump.

I could feel the forceful wind blowing outside. It was very chilly. My ears halted functioning for a moment due to sudden air and altitude. I can see the clouds and ground beneath me and they looked very far. I almost forgot how my instructor asked me to hold the hands. I made 2 mix and match combinations and found the right one. Now I felt my ears, held my hands, left my legs free. I left the plane, my feet were outside the plane, and I was still hanging as my instructor didn’t make the jump yet.

The last moment for calling off the jump has also gone now. I was looking downwards and left my mind blank. By the time I realized, I was out in my own wide open craziness and I was flying. For a second I couldn’t settle facing completely down and almost made a half 3-axis turn in the air. Then got into control and started facing downwards. It was so beautiful down there. Clouds, from between them, I could see the ground, a little fall colors, lakes, a freeway, some houses. I was laughing and laughing to the last joule of my energy.

My cheeks also got wings and started fluttering whilst my smiles. My hair was on high. Water trickled down my eyes, courtesy of the cold air pinching me everywhere on my face. To stay settled down, I had to make an arch out of my body. I was going down at a speed limit for which we will go to a jail if it was on a road. My video-grapher was circling around me taking pictures and video. My instructed said to me, “Guess what?! You jumped off a plane”. Now I was nearing the clouds, falling down freely, yet flying smoothly.

We reached the clouds, my instructor pulled the cord, the parachute is up, I came into a standing position with my legs facing downwards. It was like a sudden break for a rocket, the speed reduced drastically, I could see my video-grapher leaving me as she still didn’t open her chute. My instructor checked on me as if I can hear him. I replied “loud and clear”. Actually he was instructing all along and he was asking after half of the journey. I could see a lake right beneath me and it was as if we were headed towards it. Suddenly I spotted some chutes opening and flying down. They were the video-graphers. They went down fast to cover our landing. My instructor steered the chute round and I could see all 360 degrees. He was steering and now we were on top of the freeway. I can see the vehicles down. And we were very near to the ground.

We headed towards our landing zone. My instructor asked me to keep my knees bent so that I can see my foot and to be ready to land. There were several guys and my video-grapher waiting for me. I landed. The guys over there helped my instructor take control of the chute. We headed back to the club. I got a First Jump Certificate and loads of thrill. “I did it”.

 

అభి “మాన” ధనులమైన మనం….
నమ్మకమైన మాటలే శ్వాసగా బ్రతుకుతాం, మాట మీద నిలపడతాం
డబ్బు జబ్బునైనా ఎదిరించి ఉరుకుతాం, మాట మీద నిలపడతాం
సొంత కాళ్ళ మీద నిలబడటమైనా మరుస్తాం, మాట మీద నిలపడతాం

కానీ కాల “మాన” మార్పును పాటించే మనం….
తలకెక్కనంత వరకూ మన-పర భేద భావం, మాట మీద నిలపడతాం
స్వలాభం ఉన్నంతవరకూ ప్రాణాలైనా పెడతాం, మాట మీద నిలపడతాం
మాటలెన్ని జవదాటినా చెప్తూనే ఉంటాం, “మాట మీద నిలపడతాం”

 

My Experience with GM Diet

On September 27, 2010, in Uncategorized, by sailesh

Last Sunday I decided to follow GM Diet and started right away from Monday. My roommate helped me follow it as he has experience with it.

1st day: Fruits day (particularly melons): I had 90% of a big water melon and a cantaloupe for the whole day. My roommate restricted me to have only these fruits. He told me to stuff in another watermelon and another cantaloupe but couldn’t find any space in my stomach. Believe me it is a lot of fruit for a day. I had good amount of water. I was fine till lunch. But thought of having a little salt after that as I got bored of stuffing myself with only 2 fruits. But didn’t.

2nd day: Vegetables day: Hurray, I survived the first day. As per instructions I had a boiled potato for breakfast. My roommate gave me permission for a pinch of salt with that which saved me. For lunch I had 2 medium sized boxes of garden salad. For dinner, I had a whole cauliflower (steamed) and a cucumber for dinner. Other than those, through out the day, I had 3 carrots, box of steamed green beans, 3 tomatoes and of course, lots of water.

3rd day: Fruits and vegetables day: I got confidence for the 3rd day due to successful completion of 2nd day. I had 2 apples and an apricot for breakfast. Through out the day, I had more than half a box of strawberries, 2 big carrots, 1 of those garden salads, 2 oranges, 1 cucumber, a steamed mix of broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and lots and lots of water.  Looking forward for fourth day as I think it is the tough one for me as I am not a big fan of milk and I have to drink at least 3 big glasses of milk. “I can see in your face that you are losing some fat”, my roommate exclaimed.

4th day: Bananas and milk: As per instructions, I ate 8 bananas, 3 big glasses of milk and a bowl of GM wonder soup with only salt as the seasoning, over the course of the full day. And lots and lots of water. In the evening my stomach started grumbling and I had to use restroom quite a few times.  On the whole leaving the evening everything went well and I survived the toughest day as per my view.

5th day: Dal and tomatoes: 6 tomatoes, a bowl of tomato dal (to substitute 20 ounce beef as per instructions) and 2 bowls of wonder soup was my diet for the whole day. I had a lot of water as usual. I promised my self a good burger at Red Robin after the week. I heard that people follow this diet do promise themselves some of their high calorie favorite foods like biryani after the week. Funny, its not even a week by now and I started missing my old fatty foods.

6th day: Vegetables and Dal: Again I declared war on vegetables as I was not stuffing myself a lot from the last two days. I had good amount of spring mix salad (no dressing) for lunch along with a carrot. For dinner I had a small bowl of Ridge Gourd Dal. Other than that, I had a tomato, another carrot, half of a cucumber in between meals. Water too of course.

7th day: Vegetables, fruit juices, and Dal: War continued on to the last day on vegetables and to show my dominance I added fruits to the list of enemies. Among vegetables, I defeated 2 carrots, bunch of that spring salad (no dressing), a cucumber, good amount of steamed broccoli, and few salad tomatoes. Coming to fruits, I crushed 3 apples, a water melon into juices and drank them. Had a pomegranate too. For dinner I had some spinach dal. Lots of water helped me during the war.

Final result: After a long time I had victory on my uneven diet and weight as I lot 8 pounds (~3.5 kg )over the week. This is a big victory for me in recent times. So, to celebrate it I decided to replace one of my meals in a day with fresh stuff, decrease the intake of oily foods, potatoes and rice as much as possible. To commemorate this victory, I decided to follow this diet once in every 2 months. Lets hope I keep on dominating my weight. Lets hope I don’t go to Red Robin.

 

GM diet

On September 27, 2010, in Uncategorized, by sailesh

Lifted from here:

The following diet and health program was developed for employees and dependents of General Motors, Inc. and is intended for their exclusive use. This program was developed in conjunction with a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. It was field tested at the Johns Hopkins Research Centre and was approved for distribution by the Board of Directors, General Motors Corp. at a general meeting on August 15, 1985. General Motors Corp. wholly endorses this program and is making it available to all employees and families. This program will be available at all General Motors Food Service Facilities. It is management’s intention to facilitate a wellness and fitness program for everyone.

This program is designed for a target weight loss of 10-17 lbs per week. It will also improve your attitudes and emotions because of its cleansing systematic effects.

The effectiveness of this seven day plan is that the food eaten burn more calories than they give to the body in caloric value.

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

For instructions to follow GM diet, click here.
In the next post, I will tell you my experience with it.

 

మనుమల మనమలకై ముందు చూపుతో కూడు కూడబెట్టే చీమలు
పక్క ఇంటి వాసాల లెక్కలు కట్టి ఆక్రమించాలని చూసే సర్ప రాజములు
చీకటిని వంటికి పులుముకుని మధుర రాగసుధలాలాపించే కోయిలలు
తమ కొమ్ముల వాడి చూసుకోక కయ్యాలకు కాలు దువ్వే పోట్ల గిత్తలు
పరులని తోయాలని గుంటలు తవ్వుతూ పొంచి ఉండే తెలివైన తోడేళ్ళు
వెలగ డొల్లలు పంచుతూ ప్రపంచాన్ని భుజాలపై లాగుతున్న దిగ్గజాలు

 

Kevin Carter – Jouranlist

On September 17, 2010, in Liked, Photos, by sailesh

There are people who changed the world around them with their ideas and ideals. But Kevin is special. He changed the fate of many starving people in Africa with his photojournalism. Many of you might have seen the adjacent picture. The New York Times published it for the first time on March 26, 1993. Practically overnight hundreds of people contacted the newspaper to ask whether the child had survived, leading the newspaper to run a special editor’s note saying the girl had enough strength to walk away from the vulture, but that her ultimate fate was unknown. Kevin also was the first person to photograph a public execution by “necklacing” in South Africa in the mid-1980s (picture on right). Carter was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on May 23, 1994 at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

Following the event, two months after that, Kevin committed suicide on 27 July 1994. His suicide letter read:

“I am depressed … without phone … money for rent … money for child support … money for debts … money!!! … I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain … of starving or wounded children, of trigger-happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners…I have gone to join Ken [recently deceased colleague Ken Oosterbroek] if I am that lucky.”

References:

  1. For wiki, click here
  2. For Rick’s blog post, click here
 

ఒంటరిగా వచ్చి దాహం తీర్చలేని చినుకు, వర్షంగా నేలరాలి పంటలు సైతం పండించగలదు
ఒంటరిగా సూర్యరశ్మికి అడ్డుపడలేని మేఘం, గుంపుగా కూడి ప్రళయం సైతం సృష్టించగలదు
ఒంటరిగా బాట చూపలేని దీపపు కాంతి, వందలుగా వెలిగి చిమ్మ చీకటిని సైతం పారద్రోలగలదు
ఒంటరిగా కుట్టడం కూడా చేతకాని చలి చీమ, దండుగా దాడి చేసి సర్పాన్ని సైతం చంపగలదు
ఒంటరిగా చిక్కి పారిపోలేని పావురం, జట్టుగా కూడి బోయవాడి వలని సైతం ఎగరేసుకుపోగలదు
ఏకునిగా స్వసమస్యల నెదిరించలేని వాడు, సంఘంగా పోరాడి ఏకంగా స్వరాజ్యం సాధించగలడు

 

తెలివికి తాళం వేసి దాహం తీర్చే నీటి కోసం ఎండమావుల వైపు పరుగెడుతుంటాం
కర్షక కష్టం ఖాతరు చేయని వరుణుడి కోసం కరుణించమని నింగికేసి మొరపెడుతుంటాం
పాపమంటని పద్మం వంటి స్వచ్చమైన నాయకుడి కోసం పంకిలమంతా గాలిస్తుంటాం
ఎవరో వస్తారని ఏదో చేస్తారని రేపటి సూర్యుడి కోసం ప్రతి రోజూ కలలతో గడుపుతుంటాం
ఎన్నేళ్ళైనా ఎప్పుడొస్తుందో తెలియని రామరాజ్యం కోసం జీవితమంతా నిరీక్షిస్తుంటాం
వృధా ప్రయాసలని తెలిసీ ఆశలోనే ఆనందం కోసం వెతుకుతూ తృప్తి పడుతుంటాం

 

మేడం మేడం మేడం మేడం!, కొద్దిగా లేటుగా వచ్చాను, క్లాసులోకి రానివ్వండి ప్లీజ్!!
రేయ్ రేయ్ రేయ్ రేయ్!, ప్రోజెక్ట్ చేయడం రాదు, నువ్వు చేసిపెట్టరా ప్లీజ్!!
బాబ్బాబ్బాబ్బాబు!, ఫీజు టైముకి కట్టలేదు, ఎగ్జాం రాయనివ్వండి ప్లీజ్!!
ఉస్ ఉస్ ఇస్ ఇస్!, నాకా ఆన్సర్ తెలీదు, కాస్త జరిగి చూపించరా ప్లీజ్!!
సర్ సర్ సర్ సర్!, రెండే మార్కులు తక్కువ, ఈసారికి పాస్ చెయ్యండి ప్లీజ్!!
బుజ్జీ! కన్నా! చిన్నా! నాన్నా!, విద్యని అర్ధించరా…, విద్య కోసం కాదురా… ప్లీజ్!!!