Archive for 04/01/2011 - 05/01/2011

The church in the Wombourne village

The church in the Wombourne village in the West Midlands could have been a nice surprise venue for the Royal wedding. Wombourne has links with gun powder plot and saving of the british monarchy.


Prince William and his newly titled bride, the Duchess of Cambridge

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The couple kiss
Balcony kisses seal royal wedding
Prince William and his newly titled bride, the Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, watched by thousands of cheering well-wishers."

Prince William and Kate Middleton have kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding service in Westminster Abbey.

They were cheered by 500,000 well-wishers who gathered outside the palace, as RAF planes flew past in honour of the new royal couple.

Police estimate a million people lined the procession route from the abbey to the palace.

The bride will now be known as the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen is hosting a buffet reception at the palace for 650 guests.

  • According to a lip-reading expert, Prince William told his bride she looked "beautiful" as she joined him at the altar. Tina Lannin, of O'Malley Communications, also said he joked to his father-in-law Michael: "We're supposed to have just a small family affair"
  • The fly-past involved Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • The busy schedule began when guests start arriving at the Abbey from 0815 BST. Many had been queuing before the Great North Door opened
  • A Rolls-Royce picked up Miss Middleton at the Goring Hotel, where the Middleton family were staying, at 1050 BST, and the ceremony got under way just after 1100 BST. Prince William travelled to the Abbey with his brother and best man in a Bentley
  • Out of the 1,900 guests at the Abbey, 1,000 were friends and family, who had been given some of the best seats in the house. The others included overseas royals, politicians from home and abroad, military personnel and representatives from various faiths and charities
  • After the service, the newly-weds travelled in an open-topped carriage for the 15-minute journey from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace, past some of London's most famous landmarks, including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Horse Guards Parade
  • More than 1,000 military personnel and musicians lined the procession route
  • Thousands of street parties are being held around the UK, and big screens have been put up in many towns and cities. The BBC has been bringing viewers and listeners comprehensive coverage across TV, radio and online, both in the UK and around the world
  • 5,000 officers were on duty, with more than 900 along the wedding route
  • Police have made 43 arrests in and outside the security zone and questioned masked protesters in central London.
  • About two square miles of central London have been closed to traffic.
  • Royal officials said the couple were involved in planning their wedding day, from the music at the ceremony to the flowers and the cake.
  • Inside Westminster Abbey, an avenue of trees lined the red carpet leading up to the altar.
  • The bride walked up the aisle to coronation anthem I Was Glad, by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, from Psalm 122. Her brother James Middleton gave the Lesson, reading Romans 12: 1-2, 9-18.

Royal wedding trippers head to London – with flags and bunting

Royal wedding trippers Marjorie Williams and Margaret Thompson on a special coach to London
Royal wedding trippers head to London – with flags and bunting by the busloads.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

Explore the church where Kate and William will wed

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Abbey 360 - 360 degree panoramic view of the Westminster Abbey at London.
CKICK and explore the church where Kate and William will wed like his mother Princess Diana and father Prince Charles and several others of the British Monarchy.
  • Inside Westminster Abbey

    • Explore the church where Kate and William will
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai
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Kathakali Charecter as a visual artwork of the make up artist (Chutty)

There are no terms or expressions, at least in in English language to describe the ancient art form of Kathakali from Kerala, India. At best it can be described as a fantasy in music, dance and expressions of human body attired in exotic costumes and made up of exquisite art work painstakingly  done by hands for each performance.  The artist who render the costume (Vesham) and make up (Chutty) to each character also becomes a performer by rendering his work like in this example.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

BBC News - Rio still flying high at North American box office

BBC News - Rio still flying high at North American box office

Rio tells the tale of a stolen macaw
Animated film Rio has beaten Tyler Perry's new film and a circus romance starring Robert Pattinson to stay top of the North American box office.

Rio, featuring the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, took $26.8m (£16.2m) on it second weekend, according to studio estimates.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

BBC News - Tuluba the elephant cools off during unseasonable heat-wave

BBC News - Tuluba the elephant cools off during unseasonable heat-wave

Sunday, April 24, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

Jeremy Lee's Easter feast | Life and style | The Observer

Jeremy Lee's Easter feast | Life and style | The Observer

Jeremy Lee's almond tart with caramelised apples
Sweet and sour: almond tart served with cream and caramelised apples. Photograph: Romas Foord for the Observer

Queing up for UGADI day lunch at TIVIDALE BALAJI TEMPLE,UK

The Tividale  Balaji Temple in the UK is in fact much more than a seat of God it was intented to be. It has become a place to visit for thousands of asians living in the United Kingdom and the part of their itinerary for those visiting as tourists.

The temple and its serene and vast surroundings covered by lawn adds to its attraction as a place to spend some time with family and children. On important Hindu festival days the place come alive with thousands of people, all leaving their day to day working western garb for wonderful coloured and embroidered sarees and all kinds of Indian dress, adding a lot of colour and variety to the scenery.

The temple though based on south Indian system of worship is rather generous in celebrations, missing almost none irrespective of the region of India. Consequently there are plenty of occasions and very frequently. On a nice sunny day, the celebration tend to be more colourful and prolonged like the UGADI day. All celebrations and weekends are especially looked forward to for the simple but very Indian meal as 'Prasadam'  to the worshippers. On UGADI celebration, the meal take a special Telugu flavour , with a few more Telugu preparations added to the usual meal.



Listen in to the magical GRAMOPHONE of SHALU FAISAL

Hello Shalu,

I have a surprise for you today!
I heard you say that we can never listen to the same GRAMOPHONE show again! I wanted to prove you wrong. You can do that here.

I keep listening to the messages of your passionate listeners around the world, which you read out even more passionately, adoring your GRAMOPHONE as if it is something they love more than anything else in their life.

To many of your listeners, the two hours magic spell they fall in to with GRAMOPHONE, through your sweet voice and soothing words and endearing songs of yore you play on their requests, taking them through memory lanes, is like the precious moments they get to spend with their sweet heart, on secret rendezvous!

For each of them, the first encounter with GRAMOPHONE brings nearly the same sweet surprise when one gets that first glance, quite unexpectedly and unwittingly, when something tells you that you are made for each other, that this is where your heart will rest in passion, peace and joy!

Then there is the frantic search to find each other again, eagerly and anxiously searching all over the place to find that lovely radio station, hiding that sweet heart who has got in under your skin. At last you feel lucky you found a lost love and heave a big sigh of relief when you hear that sweet strains of GRAMAPHONE.s music agin on the air!  After a couple of listening sessions, the desire to meet and be with each other again like two people in love grows in to an obsession. Days and weekends are spent restlessly and impatiently just for the brief two hour rendezvous, where you blissfully forget the rest of the world.

Day after day, you wait in sweet anticipation for GRAMOPHONE to arrive, wondering what will be the colour of the dress, the hair style and the mood. At last you behold the arrival with immense joy and relief that it is here and real, eagerly devouring each beating of the eye lashes, movements and expressions on the face and the occasional Jingle of the bangles with the gentle movements of hands.

As you settle down, you wonder who you are going to talk about, what sorrows and joys will be shared, which corner of the world your mind will be taken to wander about, what music your ears will be feasted up on.

Then slowly but surely, as the dusk slips in to a silent nightfall, you are taken in to a most wonderful and romantic experience, gently fondling hitherto untouched corners of your heart and psyche, like an unwritten classic you never read, like the colours splashed and pasted on a canvass by a master before your eyes.

Beats of a guitar and notes of a piano come in from somewhere a like a passing breeze, gently moving the silk and spreading the sweet smell of perfume, reminding the presence of someone by your side. Even the jingles and pronouncements pass through the ears, without offending, like little intrusions of a woman selling jasmine flowers or like the little boy pedalling warm peanuts on a beach. You even welcome the breather, to wonder what little piece of joy or sorrow will be shared with you next.

You forget everything, you don’t even dare to get up or move lest you miss a word, a note or melody, like a child looking out of the window of a train moving through a wonderful landscape.  Slowly, you start to feel the elation, the fulfilment with joy of a lazy wanderer who has no desire to stop but must rest somewhere!

Then, sadly but surely, you are reminded  that it is time to part, however much you  wish it didn’t end, only to be consoled by an assurance to meet again soon.

Thomas Edison wouldn’t have in the wildest of his dreams, imagined that the wonderful GRAMOPHONE he invented will one day come to represent tender feelings of love and romance of the entire world in this way!

You can listen to GRAMOPHONE at between 10 and 12 PM Dubai time, in which SHALU FAISAL magically gets in to the deepest corners of human minds with her soothing words and elicit the most secretly guarded talents from her listeners, to open up and bloom in expressions of pain, love, affection, pangs of separation and loneliness, in most wonderful snippets of poetry and words!

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

Cholliyattom, Singapore. 20 Feb 2011

You are invited to view Ettumanoor P.Kannan's photo album: Cholliyattom, Singapore. 20 Feb 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

It will be difficult to imagine how the "vanambadi" can ever sing again.

At times it might seem that God refrain from being perfect
about his creations, like witholding that last bit from his nearly
perfect creations, as if saying to himself, that will be too much!

He has his reasons and we can only accept with all humility
however painful that may be.

The loss of a child for which the Malayalam play back singer Chitra and 
family waited 15 years in prayers, in a tragic accident, right at home, 
is very very saddening.

The tragedy to Chithra and her family and the entire music lovers
in India and everywhere in the world who join in their grief can be
taken only like that.

It will be difficult to imagine how the "vanambadi" can ever sing again.
All we can do is to pray that God almighty give her at least something
to hold on by giving her the strength to sing again for all of us,
for the entire world.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted by Sreedhar Pillai

GRAMOPHONE - A magical Radio Show by Shalu Faisal on HitFM Dubai.

GRAMOPHONE is a wonderful and UNIQUE radio program everyone must listen at least once in their life!

You can listen to GRAMOPHONE at between 10 and 12 PM Dubai time, in which SHALU FAISAL magicallly gets in to deepest corners of minds of her listeners with her soothing words and elicit the most secretly guarded talents to open up and bloom in wonderful snippets of poetry and words of expressions of pain, love, affection, and pangs of separation and loneliness.

I think (I am sure a lot of people must have told this before) GRAMOPHONE is a UNIQUE programme as far as I know in any language anywhere in the world, (please correct me if I am wrong) because what is broad cast is actually a collection of wonderful feelings, thoughts and expression of emotions of human beings revealed to a very trusting friend.

As far as I know there is no other show which do that so touchingly and beautifully.

GRAMOPHONE episodes must be saved for the posterity to listen so that, in a very very far future, if the humanity for some reason will be dehumanized and lose tender emotions, GRAMOPHONE will remain to remind what humans could really be like.

In fact you don't have to look in the future, the world we live in is already in need of the soft touch of GRAMOPHONE to soothe the horrendous wounds it inflicts on itself.

Read more about the magical GRAMOPHONE of SHALU FAISAL

Listen in to the magical GRAMOPHONE of SHALU FAISAL  NOW

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