Saturday, July 31, 2010

Short Take - Gulf Today Dt. 31.07.2010 - Quest for knowledge

Short Take - Gulf Today Dt. 31.07.2010 - Quest for knowledge

Our knowledge and experience are the only things that, if passed on, will remain with the generations. All the other things, money, property, etc, will have a natural, timely or untimely death.

Knowledge passed on, by any means, will become immortal. It will be all the more, if it is through a creative medium. I was surprised recently to learn this when I happened to notice a painting, which I had created in 1999 and posted on a webpage created that time, now being used in a German site, where they explain in detail the thoughts and principles underlying that drawing. I was amazed and swept off.

I am writing this to all those who hold their reservations, either due to shortage of time or other reasons for not utilising a wonderful opportunity thrown in front.

This is not the old age situation that happened to Ekalavya, who learned the secrets of archery techniques from the legendary guru Dronacharya, by hiding behind the bushes. When he came to know that Ekalavya had learned more than what he had taught to his favourite student Arjuna, Dronacharya, asked for his thumb finger as the Guru Dakshina (fees) from Ekalavya.

Don’t worry, our science and technology is far and well advanced now. Give your thumb finger out to your gurus or mentors if they are asking for it, and share your knowledge, as we have many a new technology already ready to replace it better than the original one. Have no fear, and have no holds.

This is also a tribute to all those who work hard and do continuous education through various Distant Learning Programmes. They deserve a special applause for hard work and dedication put in to continue their quest for gaining knowledge, without forgetting commitments towards profession and family.

Thanks to all those professors and support staff who work hard to present and create a classroom atmosphere and provide quality materials at par with other universities worldwide for these knowledge seekers, who in normal case could not have done it without their efforts.

Ramesh Menon

To read this in orginal, please visit GULF TODAY online.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 24.07.2010 - Keep Communicating

Keep communicating

The heat is on. CVs are coming in volume from job hunters. Thanks to the global recession, many companies still reduce staff.

The banking sector is also in greater caution and this is another major area for many of us who have an attitude to be there when in need.

In the coming days/months we may get to hear many sad stories/tragedies of job loss/life etc directly or indirectly due to the economic scenario.

It is, therefore, important to be in touch with your regular friends/loved ones/contacts. Make sure you get to create a communication and feel their pulse. I am sure you will definitely be able to get the feelings across, even if it is a silence or pause in the communication. But to be there at the time in need is the most important gift you can give to a friend or a well-wisher of yours.

The reason for writing this here is an interview of Indian actor Dileep shown on TV some time ago about a movie where he did a stunt scene by jumping into the sea. In it, he explained what was his feeling before jumping and once in motion down.

No control, and life and death were seconds away.

Luckily for him there were people to rescue him, who were on standby. But a repeat shot had to be taken and he continued, there were no one around and it was really touch and go.

Two years ago, a friend committed suicide due to a financial fraud by one of his customers. Almost similar time, another friend’s wife committed suicide due to prolonged arthritis ailment. Both took the same aerial route of jumping from the balcony and the narration by Dileep was really touchy and brought back memories several times.

If, someone was there to hold them/restrain them back from that decision, life would have been an altogether different thing for their children.

Let the party continue, enjoy life as it happens, let the rejoicing progress if you are on the lucky side. But keep an eye and ear open for that precious silence somewhere around.

You never know, a chance hello or a short email will make you realise the reason for that precious silence and may give you an opportunity to be the important person for someone whom you care.

Ramesh Menon

To read it in original, please visit GULF TODAY online.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Community report - Gulf News Dt. 23.07.2010 - Three-wheelers add to traffic woes

Three-wheelers add to traffic  - They pose great danger to the rider and other motorists
By Ramesh Menon, Gulf News Reader

Currently, the inspectors of Mawaqif use the ‘Trikke', or three-wheeled scooter, to inspect and report parking violations within the city of Abu Dhabi.

They are in uniform and remain on the pavements. However, I have been witnessing common folk using the same type of vehicles on the road, through the busy city streets of Abu Dhabi.

They are not uniformed, and do not wear luminous jackets so that they are not clearly visible at night to fellow road users. These vehicles do not have a rearview mirror or brake lights.

Those who use the Trikke do not wear helmets either. Hence, having such vehicles on busy streets without the necessary safety gear poses grave danger to the person riding it as well as other people around him or her. It raises serious safety concerns regarding the rider as well as fellow road users. The authorities should therefore restrict such vehicles from being used [by people] on the road and these vehicles should be made available for use in private areas only.

— The reader is a technical officer, based in Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS online.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pedestrians’ lives hang in balance - My Letters : THE NATIONAL Dt. 19.07.2010

Pedestrians’ lives hang in balance

In reference to Abu Dhabi’s pedestrian-friendly scheme (July 15), I have been witnessing ongoing illegal crossings by pedestrians, in particular on Electra Street in Abu Dhabi in front of the New Medical Centre hospital. Scores of pedestrians cross the road, ignoring designated crossing areas.

Even when police are in the area, you can see people crossing 100 metres away. This raises the point that current traffic control will not work in the long term.

Municipality authorities should close the open avenues in the central reservations, restricting access in places other than zebra crossings and pedestrian tunnels. In addition, road signs in multiple languages should create more awareness about dangerous crossings.

Campaigns, with the assistance of radio and television media, should also be conducted to educate people who do not read newspapers. In fact, the electronic media should lead the drive for safety awareness.

The current exercise by authorities is not preventing dangerous pedestrian crossings.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 17.07.2010 - Stick to values

Short Take - GULF TODAY - Dt. 17.07.2010 - Stick to values

We all come from different walks of life, and walk past different routes and directions of it each day. During the same course, we come across several people and some remains within our mind for a longer time and some are easily forgotten. Certain actions by certain individuals will easily capture our admiration and then we follow them and certain others, they might have a slow start and we tend to ignore them totally.

It is time we think about how we could transform ourselves to a society that responds at the right time.

Each day brings out a joy of learning a thing new, irrespective of which side I get up, who double parks in front of my car, and who speeds and misses hitting my car while travelling between work and home. The world is growing in pace and volume and along with it the diverse culture and style. Even during the last holy month of Ramadan, I witnessed women dressing scantly, people smoking discreetly, which a few years before I could have never even imagined or seen. Several times I did ask myself, why public has a tendency to violate rules and values when they clearly know that these are not to be violated during this period to give respect to the religion and numerous people who follow it. May be I will be labelled crazy, if I discuss such things frequently. But, how can I resist expressing myself. No, never, I will never keep my thoughts within.

Friday, July 16, 2010

My Letters - Khaleej Times Dt. 16.07.2010 - Road Signs

Road signs

16 July 2010

I refer to the report, ‘Portable message signs make capital roads safer’ (KT, July 14), and take this opportunity to congratulate the Department of Transportation, Abu Dhabi, once again on this safety-oriented move.

The effectiveness of these signs was noticed immediately after they were installed. The report, ‘Solar-powered warnings’(KT, January 16) gave elaborate details of it. These progressive measures are effective as they make sure the public takes notice of them.

Innovative efforts like these are carried out from time to time with the safety of life and property in mind. The public should take this seriously and abide by the rules so as to reduce accidents. Let patience and good sense prevail.
-Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read the referred post in Khaleej Times, please click here:

Portable message signs make capital roads safer

To read my Community report dated January 16, please click here:

My Letters - Khaleej Times - Dt 16 Jan 2010 - Solar powered warnings

My Letters - Khaleej Times - Dt 16 Jan 2010 - Solar powered warnings

To read my letters to the news, please bookmark and visit Letters to the Editor

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Photo Speaks - Auto Beauty - a car display at a mall

Photo Speaks - Auto Beauty - a car display at a mall

It's a beauty to watch new cars on display. And if they are meant to be won in a raffle draw, it all the more enjoyable. It brings hope and joy for all luck seekers. Here in this picture is a display of a luxury 4x4 at Marina Mall Abu Dhabi.

Photo Speaks - Fresh & Easy products

Photo Speaks - Fresh & Easy products

An attractive display of fresh fruit juice items produced by Barakat Quality Plus.

Photo Speaks - Holiday mood

Photo Speaks - Holiday mood

A 4x4 all set for a holiday travel. Many expat from neighbouring gulf countries travel by road to their home countries. Although traffic department regularly issue warnings to excessive luggage on top, they all carry much more than what they can.

Photo Speaks - Auto Beauty

Photo Speaks - Auto Beauty

Side view of a beautiful car.

Photo Speaks - Mittoo our parrot

Photo Speaks - Mittoo our parrot

A true companion, always caring and loveable.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Photo Speaks - Guru's guidance

It is always good to have a master. And if you are lucky to have one, then have belief in him and follow him with devotion.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Food displays - Birthday treat

Food displays - Birthday treat

Friends and festivities always bring good memories. To top them up, these special mementos make them more memorable.

A photo taken during the birthday of a colleague at office.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Community Report - GULF NEWS Dt. 09.07.2010 - Spilt fuel can have dire consequences

Community Report - GULF NEWS Dt. 09.07.2010 - Spilt fuel can have dire consequences

Community Report - GULF NEWS Dt. 09.07.2010 - Spilt fuel can have dire consequences

Unsafe practices at busy filling stations alarm reader

En route to Dubai from Abu Dhabi, when using the Saadiyat Island road, motorists have limited options to fill up their vehicles' petrol tanks once they leave the city.

Either they have to drive to Shahama — which is 40 kilometres away — or get to the major petrol station near Samha, which is 56 kilometres away from the city.

The rush of motorists in the afternoon is on the higher side, as there are many daily commuters who reside in Dubai and work in Abu Dhabi. This makes refuelling an issue, as there is a long queue at both these petrol stations during the afternoon and later on in the day.

On my frequent trips to Dubai, during different times, I have observed some significant safety-related issues and other matters that pose an inconvenience to the public. I wish to highlight them here.

Firstly, there is no petrol station on this stretch of road for about 40 kilometres — and any motorists leaving the city without enough fuel are bound to get stuck. Incidentally, there is no petrol station in the Mina area, too, which has significant heavy vehicle traffic and thus a petrol station at the exit of Mina or somewhere in the Mina area next to vegetable market or the animal market would be welcomed by all motorists who use this road.

Heavy rush

Secondly, I have noticed several times that due to the heavy rush, motorists often go to the wrong side of the petrol-filling units. The attending staff then have to stretch the hose to fill the tank.

The drivers mostly sit inside their vehicles while the petrol station attendants connect the hose and then rush to the next vehicle. The weather is extremely hot and due to the pressure, fuel is often spilled all over the place until someone points it out and asks the attendant to stop and reconnect the hose.

This is an extremely dangerous situation as the engines of vehicles are usually running and a mere spark from any possible source could definitely lead to a major disaster.

Witnessing one such occasion, I made an effort to talk to the station supervisor of a major petrol station near Samha on the way to Dubai and was told that the arrangements of filling on the wrong side, using extended hoses, has been initiated to reduce the rush.

Also, I did not find an effort to neutralise the fuel spilt using sand or any other precautionary safety measures. Only half a bucket of water was poured and the attendants were of the opinion that in the heat, it would evaporate quickly.

Using Gulf News' community report platform, I request the authorities to set up a petrol station in Mina area for the benefit of motorists and to also provide their staff with the necessary safety training. Safety equipment must be installed and made available at these units, too.

People should be given instructions not to leave their cars unattended if they are being filled at the wrong side of the petrol pump. Drivers also have a major role in ensuring safety as they have to keep an eye on the process and if there is any problem, should alert the staff immediately.

Safety is the responsibility of every individual. Let us not act after an incident has occurred — let us try and prevent it.

— The reader is a technical officer, based in Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit GULF NEWS Online.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Food for thoughts - display of food at a restaurant

Food for thoughts - display of food at a restaurant

Beautiful presentation at a Five Star hotel. Is it meeting time or eating time?

Food for thoughts - a display at a restaurant

Food for thoughts - a display at a restaurant

Beautiful presentation at a Five Star hotel. Is it meeting time or eating time?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A dog - lost in thoughts - A difficult summer to see through

A dog - lost in thoughts - A difficult summer to see through

I enjoy visiting the birds and animals market in Mina Area. During a recent visit, I found this little dog, in a thoughtful mood. It was extremely hot outside and another dog in a neighbouring cage was looking weak and sleeping. Hope, both were lucky enough to find a master and home soon.

Photo Speaks - Festival of dates

Photo Speaks - Festival of dates

Please visit and enjoy my Passionate clicks posted at Passionate Photographers. group on Face Book.

It is a beauty to watch them grow. There is lot to learn from the date palm trees and dates. Enjoy the pictures now, a lot more will be presented here  about dates in the coming days.

Festival of Dates - getting ready

Festival of Dates - getting ready

It is a beauty to watch them grow. There is lot to learn from the date palm trees and dates. Enjoy the pictures now, a lot more will be presented here about dates in the coming days

Festival with Dates - ready to pluck

Festival with Dates - ready to pluck

It is a beauty to watch them grow. There is lot to learn from the date palm trees and dates. Enjoy the pictures now, a lot more will be presented here about dates in the coming days

Festival with Dates - green and fresh

Festival with Dates - green and fresh


Speeding saves a minute, costs a life - My Letters - THE NATIONAL Dt. 07.07.2010

My Letters - THE NATIONAL Dt. 07.07.2010 - Speeding saves a minute, costs a life

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rain - An ixora flower on a rainy day

Rain - An ixora flower on a rainy day

Rain - A leaf on a rainy day

Rain - A leaf on a rainy day

Short Take - GULF TODAY Dt. 03.07.2010 - Age Of The Web

Short Take - GULF TODAY Dt. 03.07.2010 - Age Of The Web

During my childhood days, we used to have regular sessions at schools and at gatherings to read out poetry and also slokas from ancient Sanskrit literatures. We used to memorize them and then taking turn complete entire series giving a good feeling to the participants as well as the audience. However, these days, I feel, whether our children get to participate in such activities with the same fervor and interest. Even if they learn the scriptures, do they get to read aloud? Imagine, walking into a room, where were a session of poetry reading in English, or other Indian languages or even Arabic happening. You will get to enjoy the seamless flow of poems covering themes such as love, alienation, sensuality and even light-hearted poems. It will generate a creative awareness, will bring out the poets ideas with ease. I feel we should have more poetry reading sessions here in the UAE. It should be a part of our culture. Schools and organizations should arrange regular poetry reading sessions and encourage children as well as adults to take part in it. Television media should also support and initiate poetry reading session as one item in their schedule. We are slowly moving to a generation who are becoming non-expressive and non-reactive towards day-to-day happenings. The over dependence on electronic gadgets and communication systems are dangerously spreading “Short Message Syndromes” in their world. We must alert them about the dangers of it and bring them back to the world we enjoyed. To a small extent, I am trying my own part, by organizing a Young Readers Club through my Talent Share blogging activity. Children and parents are welcome to showcase their oratory/poem reading skills.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lack of pumps on Saadiyat Island - My Letters - THE NATIONAL Dt. 02.07.2010

My Letters - THE NATIONAL Dt. 02.07.2010 - Lack of pumps on Saadiyat Island

Using the new Saadiyat Island road, motorists are left with the limited option to fill their cars with petrol once they leave the city.

The rush of motorists in the afternoon is on the high side as there are many daily commuters who reside in Dubai and work in Abu Dhabi. This makes refuelling an issue as there is a long queue at petrol stations in both emirates.

This is a major inconvenience as there is no petrol filling station on this stretch for about 40km and any motorists leaving the city with short of fuel has no options to refill. In addition, two of the major petrol pumps in the city are under renovation, making it all the more difficult.

Thus, a petrol station at the exit of Mina towards Dubai or somewhere on the new road after the exit from Abu Dhabi city will be welcome by all the motorists.

I humbly request the authorities to initiate necessary measures to ease the refuelling difficulties of motorists.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

To read it in original, please visit THE NATIONAL online

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Shopping Malls - Summer in Abu Dhabi - scene from Abu Dhabi Mall

Shopping Malls - Summer in Abu Dhabi - scene from Abu Dhabi Mall

Shopping Malls - Summer in Abu Dhabi

Shopping Malls - Summer in Abu Dhabi

Dangerous Vehicles in Dubai - My Letters - THE NATIONAL - Dt. 01.07.2010

My Letters - THE NATIONAL - Dt. 01.07.2010 - Dangerous Vehicles in Dubai

About Me

About Me

Trying my best to create a family of Positive and Quality minded people. Bringing Creativity in to life and Never give up are the two wheels of my life cycle (it has been revolving and evolving a lot and it will continue too). You may visit my related blogs to watch my small steps towards the above cause.

I believe that all great achievements and success in life, and all changes for the better, have one powerful characteristic in common: The First Step. Take the first step, and the journey has a way of taking care of itself.” This is the motto behind my Team 1 blogs and associated groups intended to promote TQM and Positive Thinking values.

I am an active participant in various HAVE YOUR SAY Programmes happening within UAE and around. This has resulted in winning a few prestigious achievements over the last few years like:

• Distinguished Contributor for Dubai Municipalities Have Your Say Programmes in 2006

• 2nd amongst the Top 10 Contributors for Dubai Municipalities Have Your Say Programmes in 2007.

• Winner – Malayala Manorama Jeevajalam Photography Competition 2009

• Hit 96.7 FM Hit Hero of the Month of June 2009.

• 1st Prize Winner July 2010 for Community Reporting Competition by GULF NEWS.

The report can be read at:

Gulf News Community reports published in July 2010: Winning entry - Spilt fuel can have dire consequences

A Certificate of Appreciation from Sharjah City for Humanitarian Service (SCHS), a non-profit organization located in the United Arab Emirates under the Director Generalship of Sheikha Jameela bint Mohammad Al Qasimi for my contribution in the recently conducted 4th Used Book Fair.

 Participating artist in the Photography Exhibition "Vantage Point Sharjah" by Sharjah Art Foundation, which was inaugurated on 7th September 2013 and will be till 7th December 2013.

Winner - Gulf News Readers Pictures competition - July 2013.

Participating exhibitor at Venice Architectural Biennale - The National Pavilion of United Arab Emirates. - July 2014

Ministry of Interior Excellence Award for contribution to HSE and Community Issues - January 2015

Please find below a random listing of my creative suggestions which have been accepted/ implemented partially or fully or under discussion by the UAE authorities:

With Dubai RTA/Dubai Municipality

- Introduce speed breakers on public transport vehicles

- Introduce road safety kit in new vehicles

- Introduce Speed Awareness Campaign- by way of training, leaflets etc , on going.

- Initiation of safety training for 15 seater drivers

- Display of contact numbers on 15 seater vans and heavy vehicles

- Digital ID card for school children to monitor arrival and return to school from home using various transport options.

With Abu Dhabi Authorities:

- Abu Dhabi Mall pedestrian signals - Adjust the Pedestrian crossing signal timing in front of Abu Dhabi Mall as it is dangerous for public

- Hygiene hazards - Public trash bins in Hamdan street - create health hazards.

- Close the broken barriers on the prominent street before you fine - accepted by Abu Dhabi Police and the authorities have instructed Municipality to close these broken barriers before they fine the public.

- Introduce a system of giving compulsory training for those who do minor traffic offenses and those who accumulate black points - suggestion partially carried out in Dubai, under study in Abu Dhabi.

- Banning of Heavy vehicles, especially trucks from Salam Street during day time and use alternate road of Sadiyat Island to get in and out of Abu Dhabi town.

- Introduction of Bus Route No. 6 to benefit ISCC Abu Dhabi members and Mina Bird Market users.

- Automatic and moveable LCD Road signs on Abu Dhabi – Dubai high way to give warnings during bad weather conditions and other emergencies.

- Increase the frequency of buses to Ruwais and Al Ain during public holidays and rush hours.

- Introduce Free Wifi spots in all major clubs including ISCC Abu Dhabi

Implemented, Ongoing or under finalisation status:

- Bring back the Volcano Fountain - - most historic monument of Abu Dhabi - got demolished during the recent developments and did not find a place. Suggestion to bring it back and persistent follow up to bring it back in a prominent location on the corniche of Abu Dhabi or its new development has resulted in the formation of a committee to finalise their decision.

- Introduce QUEUE system in bus and taxi stops - ongoing vigorously with all major authorities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

- Ban Smoking Corners from front of shoping malls and public places

- Introduce a U-Turn and Signal at Mina Bird Market area to resolve traffic safety issues.

- Bus stop on Electra street requires complete renovation - city image - refer his report in Gulf news.

- Introduction of a special stop for Bus Routes No. 11 and 12 in front of ISCC Abu Dhabi to benefit members and Mina Bird Market users.

- Introduce warning notice at pubs about dangers of drunken driving

- Suggestions to the Ministry of Labour in conjunction with Ministry of Information and Police to utilise the extended summer break to create a Safety and Health Awareness Campaign benefiting the numerous work force who avail this free time.

- Lady drivers for school buses transporting girl students

- Formation of a mandatory committee at schools comprising of Management, Teachers, and parents to monitor and control bullying by students and teachers and also to initiate regular steps for academic improvement.

- Consider special concession to schools, for daily operating items, such as, Telephone, Electricity, Water, followed by discounts on school bus registration fees, staff immigration and naturalisation costs etc.

- Banning of three wheeled electronic cycles from the streets of Abu Dhabi as it creates danger to the rider as well as fellow road users.

- Request for a petrol station at the exit of Mina towards Dubai or somewhere on the new road after the exit from Abu Dhabi city to ease the refuelling difficulties of motorists.

- Call for added participation of organisations, various regional associations and Embassies through public awareness campaigns.

- Call for voluntary participation by Television and Radio media to reach safety related announcements and warnings to reach more public.

- Request to Education Ministry and School authorities should make it a point to create Health, Safety and Environment as a regular topic in the curriculum of children.

- Request to the Department of Transportation and Police authorities to install speed restriction signs and measures on the road towards Mafraq Hospital and also insist Mafraq Hospital authorities to have a circular to their staff educating them not to speed while coming for work, even if they are late.

- Request for modification to the high-tech waste disposal system newly installed in Abu Dhabi city to accommodate easy disposal keeping hygeine issues.

- Request for initiating "Adopt a Zoo Animal" at the Al Ain and Dubai ZOO.

- Request for strict controls and increased Community Policing in Abu Dhabi and other Emirates to eradicate illegal alcohol sales and public drinking.

- Request to start awareness campaign for using mass transport options in UAE to save fuel.

- Request to Central Bank to initiate progressive reforms to control excessive interest charges by banks from customers in UAE.

- Request to start awareness campaign for initiating reading news from print media at schools in UAE.

- Request to increase the frequency of Abu Dhabi bus within city limits during peak travel hours.

- Request to ETISALAT to provide more staff at business centres like Abu Dhabi Mall and also operate a separate counter for corporate customers so that individual customers need not wait for long.

- Request to Sabarimala authorities to modify and improve the Swami Ayyappan road going towards Sabarimala Sannidhanam.

- Request to Sabarimala authorities to improve pilgrimage facilities for the devotees visiting Sabarimala during Mandala Makaravilakku season.

- Request to PET SENSATION, Banglore to urgently install European closet facilities in their Tower for the ease of patients who visit this famous diagnostic centre for specialised test. Currently, the facility has only traditional Indian style closet, which are extremely difficult for patients with Pelvic, Bone problems to use immediately after the scan is done.

- Request to PET SENSATION, Banglore to initiate a combined effort with Banglore City Traffic Police to see that no cars are parked wrongly in front of the hospital as it creates an extremely dangerous situation for pedestrians as they walk passing these cars through the busy street in front.

- Request Abu Dhabi authorities to fix the  walkway in front of Abu Dhabi Mall keeping necessary instructions and maintaining proper hygiene throughout.

- Request Abu Dhabi authorities to restrict children playing cricket and football at the underpasses meant only for pedestrians.
- Request to Department of Transportation Abu Dhabi to install an additional coin slot for male passengers to conveniently enter the bus through the middle door and deposit the coins, instead of the current practise of getting through the front door, insert the coin and then get inside using the middle door during rush hours.

- Request to introduce effective measures to control Property exhibitors to submit and get necessary authorisations from UAE authorities to approvals pertaining the property/design structure and quality of the exhibit before they campaign in the UAE to avoid UAE NRI residents getting cheated.

- Request to Cochin International Airport Authority to create a passenger lounge and special amenitis for passengers

- Request to Kerala Government to initiate the sale of Kerala Government lotteries through special kiosks at shopping malls, railway stations, bus terminals and airports.

- Request to UAE Police authorities to initiate special safety compliance affirmation from road users through written assures to be distributed through petrol stations within the country.

- Request to Bangalore Traffic Police to initiate various road safety measures programme through intensive online participation.

- Request to intoduce online registration process to control crowd at Sabarimala, implemented by Kerala Police for this Sabarimala season starting in November 2011.

- Request to stop using of ropes to block and control flow of crowd in queue at Sabarimala implemented by Kerala Police for this Sabarimala season starting in November 2011.

- Request to utilise clean up activities at Sabarimala in co-ordination with various voluntary organisations implemented by Devaswom Board and Kerala Government  for this Sabarimala season starting in November 2011.

- Request to Kerala Forest Department and Devaswom Board to take good care of the temple elephant of Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikym Temple accepted and prompt actions taken by Minister for Forests, Kerala Government.


Writing, Driving, Computer graphics, Photography, Painting, Playing Tabala and other percussion instruments, Swimming, Playing & Coaching Cricket and Football, Cooking, Promoting Arts, Culture & Tradition, Positive Thinking and Total Quality Management.

Favorite Movies

A movie which I dream to create.... Working on it. One day very soon.

Favorite Music

I love music and I like diversity. So from hard rock to classical Indian carnatic and classical western I find it interesting. As a self learner I listen to music and learn the beats of the instruments while I find solace in it.

Favorite Books

I love to read and reads whatever comes on my way. However, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carneige is precious. I also read Lalita Sahasra Namam book (with meanings) and Sai Sat Charita daily.

Writing Interest:

My interest in Community Journalism urge me to pick up various subjects with interest and my photography and drawing interest complements it with the right photos to give those reports life, meaning resulting it to reach the public with added value. This has also resulted in achieving a more than 60 % of my suggestions to the various Have Your Say programmes to be listened and acted upon in favour by the authorities concerned.

With the above interest, I regularly write and present photographs of interest in letters section and other columns of relevance in the major newspapers like The National, The Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Gulf Today, Malayala Manorama etc and even have an exclusive page dedicated for NRIs at a website of my home town.

I promote:

Manzil - a destination, a home, a hope. A highly profession care giving and learning environment for individuals with special needs enabling them to explore their potential to the fullest. Visit to know more about the organisation.

Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) - Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services (SCHS) is a local non-profit organization founded in 1979 as a branch of the Arab Family Organization in the Gulf region, aiming to advance the Arab family and develop the social services it needs. SCHS was authorized under decree number 6/1981 issued by the Government of Sharjah on March 11th, 1981. On October 10, 1995, His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al-Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, issued a decree under edict number 4/1995, declaring SCHS as an independent organization in the Emirate of Sharjah aiming at serving people with disabilities in the UAE.

Visit to know more about Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services.

Team 1 Talent Share Fan page and Passionate Photographers group.

Team 1 Talent Share blog and fan page is dedicated to promote non-performing and performing art forms amongst children and adults. A Talent or Knowledge within you is to be shared is the motto of it.

Passionate Photographers group on Face book is created and dedicated to promote those who are passionate in photography to click and exhibit more. Every photo clicked is a history. You will never be able to re-create that precious moment. I consider photography as the best tool to promote positive thinking values because you never click an object with a negative output in mind. You are free to upload photos as you passionately take them in your daily life.

My blogs and groups are listed in this blog page and profile.

I also list below some of my favorite blog posts and links for your easy access and reference:

Shiva Sakthi Collections - a series of art work presentations done by me:

My presentations at Team 1 Talent Share blog:

Navarathri greetings:

My video contributions:

My contacts:

Phone: 00 971 50 81 22 319
My blog:

Partial Update on: 05/02/2015

കഥകളി - നിരന്തര സാഥനയുടെയും അഭിനിവേശത്തിന്റെയും കല - കലാനിലയം ഗോപി ആശാന്‍

കഥകളി - നിരന്തര സാഥനയുടെയും അഭിനിവേശത്തിന്റെയും കല - കലാനിലയം ഗോപി ആശാന്‍

ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ സ്മാരക കലനിലയത്തിലെ സീനിയര്‍ പ്രൊഫസര്‍ കലാനിലയം ഗോപി ആശാനും സംഘവും കല അബുദാബിയുടെ ആഭിമുഖ്യത്തില്‍ നടത്തിയ കേരളീയം 2010 എന്ന പരിപാടിയില്‍ ലവണാസുരവധം കഥകളി അവതരിപ്പിക്കുയണ്ടായി. ഇത് നാലാം തവണയാണ് കല അബുദാബി കഥകളി യു എ യില്‍ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നത്‌. അബുദാബി ഇന്ത്യ സോഷ്യല്‍ സെന്ററില്‍ വച്ച് നടന്ന പരിപാടിയില്‍ ഒരു വന്‍ ജനാവലി തന്നെ പങ്കെടുത്തിരുന്നു. ഈ വരവിനോടനുബന്ധിച്ചു തിരനോട്ടം ദുബായ് ഒരു കഥകളിപദ കച്ചേരിയും ചര്‍ച്ചയും ദുബായില്‍ നടത്തുകയുണ്ടായി. അബുദാബി മലയാളി സമാജത്തിലും കഥകളി ആസ്വാധന ക്ലാസും ചര്‍ച്ചയും നടന്നു. ഈ മൂന്ന് പരിപാടികളും പങ്കെടുത്ത കാണികളുടെ സംഖ്യാ ബലവും അതില്‍ പങ്കെടുത്തു കലാകരന്മാരോട് അവര്‍ നല്‍കിയ സ്നേഹാധാരങ്ങളും യുറോപ്യന്‍ രാജ്യങ്ങളില്‍ ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ കലാനിലയം ട്രൂപിന്റെ കൂടെ പര്യടനം നടത്തിയിട്ടുള്ള ഗോപി ആശാന്റെ ആദ്യത്തെ ഗള്‍ഫ്‌ സന്ദര്‍ശനം ഒരു വിജയമായി എന്ന് തീര്‍ത്തും സൂചിപ്പിക്കാം.

അബുധാബിയില്‍ നിന്ന് നാട്ടിലേക്ക് മടങ്ങുന്നതിനു മുന്‍പ് ഗോപി ആശാനും അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ ശിഷ്യന്മാരില്‍ പ്രധാനിയും തിരുവനന്തപുരം റിജിയണല്‍ കാന്‍സര്‍ സെന്റര്‍ ഹോസ്പിറ്റലിലെ ഡോക്ടറുമായ രാജീവുമായി ഏതാനും നിമിഷങ്ങളില്‍ ഒതുങ്ങി നിന്ന ഒരു കൂടികാഴ്ചക്കും സൌഹൃദ സംഭാഷണത്തിനും എനിക്ക് അവസ്സരം കിട്ടി. ആ അസുലഭ നിമിഷങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്നും ഏതാനും ഭാഗങ്ങള്‍:

RM: നമസ്കാരം ഗോപി ആശാന്‍, എന്റെ കോളേജ് വിദ്യാഭ്യാസ കാലത്തിനു ശേഷം പ്രവസ്സ ജീവിതം തുടങ്ങിയതിനു പിന്നീട് ആശാനെയും ആശാന്റെ കളിയും കാണാന്‍ കിട്ടുന്ന ആദ്യ അവസ്സരമാണിത്. വളരെ അധികം സന്തോഷം തോന്നുന്നു. ആശാന്റെ സംഘത്തില്‍ ഉള്ളവരെ പറ്റി ഒന്ന് വിവരിക്കാമോ?

KG: സംഗത്തില്‍ പത്തു പേരാണ് ഉള്ളത്. പ്രധാന വേഷം (ഹനുമാന്‍) ഞാന്‍ കെട്ടുന്നു. സീതയായി കലാനിലയം വിനോദ് കുമാര്‍, കുശന്‍ ആയി കാവ്യ പുഷ്പാങ്കതന്‍, ലവനായി ഐശ്വര്യാ ഗോപി, സംഗീതം കലാനിലയം രാജീവന്‍, കലാനിലയം ബാബു, ചെണ്ട കലാമണ്ഡലം ശിവദാസ്‌, മദ്ധളം കലാനിലയം പ്രകാശന്‍, ചുട്ടി ജനാര്‍ദ്ദനന്‍ എന്നിവര്‍ കൈകാര്യം ചെയ്യുന്നു. ഡോക്ടര്‍ രാജീവ്‌ ഞങ്ങളുടെ അവതാരകന്‍ ആയി കൂടെ ഉണ്ട്.

RM: ആശാന്റെ കഥകളി വിദ്യാഭ്യാസ്സത്തെ പറ്റി ഏതാനും വാക്കുകള്‍KG: ഞാന്‍ 1971 മുതല്‍ കഥകളി കലനിലയത്തില്‍ പഠിക്കുകയും തുടര്‍ന്ന് അവിടെ തന്നെ ഡിപ്ലോമയും, ബിരുദാനന്തര പഠനവും നടത്തിയതിനു ശേഷം അവിടെ അധ്യാപകനായി ചേര്‍ന്നു. മുടങ്ങാതെ ഇന്നും തുടര്‍ന്ന് പോകുന്ന അഭ്യാസ്സവും കഥകളി എന്ന കലയോടുള്ള എന്റെ അടങ്ങാത്ത ആധാരവും അഭിനിവേശവും കൊണ്ട് ഞാന്‍ ഇന്ന് ആ കലാലയത്തിലെ ഒരു മുതിര്‍ന്ന അധ്യാപകനായി വേഷം വിഭാഗത്തിന്റെ തലവനായി ജോലി നോക്കുന്നു.

RM: താങ്കളുടെ ഗുരുക്കള്‍?

KG: പള്ളിപ്പുറം ഗോപലന്‍ നായര്‍, സദനം കൃഷ്ണന്‍കുട്ടി, കലാമണ്ഡലം കുട്ടന്‍, കലാനിലയം രാഘവന്‍, കലാനിലയം ഗോപലകൃഷ്ണന്‍ എന്നിവരായിരുന്നു എന്റെ ഗുരുനാഥന്മാര്‍. ചിട്ടയായ അഭ്യാസ്സവും, ഗുരുകുല വാസ സമ്പ്രദായവും കഠിനമായ പരിശീലന ക്രമങ്ങളും എന്നെ ഒരു നല്ല ശിഷ്യനും പിന്നീട് ഒരു നല്ല ഗുരുനാഥനും ആക്കി മാറ്റാന്‍ നിമിത്തമായി. ഉപരി പഠനം പദ്മഭൂഷന്‍ കലാമണ്ഡലം രാമന്‍കുട്ടി നായരുടെ കീഴില്‍ കലാമണ്ഡലം ആസ്ഥാനം ആയിട്ടായിരുന്നു.

RM: ആശാന്റെ പ്രധാന വേഷങ്ങള്‍ ഏതൊക്കെയാണ്?KG :ഇതിനോടകം കഥകളിയിലെ ഒട്ടുമിക്ക പ്രധാന വേഷങ്ങള്‍ കെട്ടി ആടാന്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞു എന്നുള്ളത് വളരെ സന്തോഷം ഉള്ള കാര്യമാണ്. എന്റെ അസ്വാധകര്‍ക്ക് വീണ്ടും വീണ്ടും കാണണം എന്നുള്ള വേഷങ്ങള്‍ ഹനുമാന്‍, കീചകന്‍, ദുര്യോധനന്‍ പരശുരാമന്‍, ബ്രാഹ്മണന്‍, ഭീമന്‍, അര്‍ജുനന്‍ എന്നിവയാണ്.

RM: താങ്കള്‍ക്ക് ലഭിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള പുരസ്കാരങ്ങള്‍ ?KG: 2003 ഇല്‍, കേരള കലാമണ്ഡലം വക കഥകളിക്കു ഉള്ള സമഗ്ര സേവനത്തിനുള്ള പ്രത്യേക പുരസ്കാരം ലഭിക്കുകയുണ്ടായി. കൂടാതെ, തനിമ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുടയുടെ വക പുരസ്കാരവും ലഭിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. മറ്റു ഒട്ടനവധി ചെറിയ പുരസ്കാരങ്ങളും ആദരവുകളും വേറെ.

RM: താങ്കള്‍ എന്ന് മുതല്‍ ആണ് കഥകളി അഭ്യസിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ തുടങ്ങിയത്? പ്രധാന ശിഷ്യര്‍?KG: 1980 മുതല്‍ കഥകളി പഠിപ്പിക്കാന്‍ തുടങ്ങി. ആദ്യത്തെ ശിഷ്യന്‍ പ്രഭാകരന്‍ എന്ന ഒരു വിദ്ധ്യാര്‍ത്തി ആയിരുന്നു. ഇതോടകം 200 ഇല്‍ അധികം പ്രതിഭകളെ വളര്‍ത്തിയെടുക്കാന്‍ എനിക്ക് കഴിഞ്ഞതില്‍ വളരെ അധികം ചാരിധാര്‍ത്ഥ്യം ഉണ്ട്. ജയന്തി, Dr. രാജീവ്‌, വിനോദ് വാര്യര്‍ എന്നിവര്‍ അവരില്‍ ചിലര്‍. ചിട്ടയായ അഭ്യാസ രീതികളും ശിഷ്യരോടുള്ള താല്‍പര്യവും അവരെ എന്നും കലയില്‍ മുന്നില്‍ തന്നെ നില്ക്കാന്‍ പര്യപ്തമാക്കുന്ന വിധത്തില്‍ വളര്‍ത്തിയെടുക്കാന്‍ കഴിയുന്നു.
Dr. R: ആശാന്റെ പഠിപ്പിക്കുന്ന രീതിയെ പറ്റി, ഇതിനിടയില്‍ ഞാന്‍ ഒന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു കൊള്ളട്ടെ. പൂര്‍ണ അര്‍പ്പണ മനോഭാവവും, സമര്‍പ്പണവും കൂടി ചിട്ടയും നിഷ്ഠയും കൂടിയ അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ അധ്യായന രീതി എന്നും ശിഷ്യര്‍ക്ക് ആത്മ വിശ്വാസ്സവും ദൈര്യവും ക്രിയാല്‍മകതയും നല്‍കുന്നു. എത്ര കാലം കഴിഞ്ഞാലും ആ പാഠങ്ങള്‍ മനസ്സില്‍ ഉള്ളില്‍ നിറഞ്ഞു നില്‍ക്കും. ഒരു പ്രത്യക്ഷ ഉദാഹരണം ഈ സന്ദര്‍ശന വേളയില്‍ ദുബായില്‍ നടന്ന ശില്പശാലയില്‍ ഗോപി ആശാന്റെ ശിഷ്യനും ഇവിടെ ദുബായില്‍ ജോലി ഉള്ള കൃഷ്ണന്‍ ഉണ്ണി അവതരിപ്പിച്ച ചൊല്ലിയാട്ടം ഏറെ പ്രശംസ പിടിച്ചു പറ്റി. ചുരുങ്ങിയ സമയത്തിനുള്ളില്‍ ആണ് അദ്ദേഹം അതിനു തയ്യാര്‍ എടുത്തതും അവതരിപ്പിച്ചതും എങ്കിലും ആശാന്റെ ശിക്ഷണത്തില്‍ പഠിച്ച പാഠങ്ങള്‍ കാലങ്ങള്‍ കഴിഞ്ഞിട്ടും മറക്കാതെ നില്‍ക്കുന്നുണ്ടായിരുന്നു അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ ഉള്ളില്‍.

RM: താങ്കള്‍ ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ കലനിലയത്തില്‍ എന്ത് ചെയ്യുന്നു? കഥകളിയുടെ ഇന്നത്തെ അവസ്ഥയെ പറ്റിയും കഥകളി പഠനത്തെ പറ്റിയും എന്തെകിലും ?KG: ഞാന്‍ ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ കലനിലയത്തില്‍ വേഷം വിഭാഗത്തിന്റെ തലവന്‍ ആയി പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്നു. ഒരു കഥകളി വിദ്ധ്യാര്‍ത്തി ചുരുങ്ങിയത് രണ്ടു വര്ഷം എങ്കിലും നിരന്തരമായി അഭ്യസ്സിച്ചാല്‍ മാത്രമേ കഥകളി അരങ്ങേറ്റം നടത്താന്‍ പറ്റുകയുള്ളു. മറ്റു കലകള്‍ അങ്ങനെ അല്ല. മുന്‍പ് ഒക്കെ കാലത്ത് മൂന്നു മണിക്ക് എണീറ്റ്‌ കണ്ണ് സാധകവും ഉഴിച്ചിലും ഒക്കെ നിര്‍ബന്ധം ആയിരുന്നു. ഇന്ന് പലരും അതൊന്നും ചെയ്യുന്നില്ല. അതെ പോലെ പണ്ട് കളി ഒരു രാത്രി മുഴുവനും ഉള്ള അവതരണ രീതി ആയിരുന്നു. ഇന്ന് പോയി പോയി അത് മൂന്നും നാലും മണിക്കൂറിനുള്ളില്‍ ഒതുങ്ങി ഒരു സംഷിപ്ത രൂപം മാത്രമായി ചുരുങ്ങി ഇരിക്കുന്നു. അത് കൊണ്ട് തന്നെ പദവും മേളവും ആട്ടവും വിസ്താരങ്ങള്‍ എല്ലാം തന്നെ വളരെ അധികം ഇല്ലാതായി കഴിഞ്ഞു. കുട്ടികളും മാതാപിതാക്കളും ഏറ്റവും എളുപ്പം പഠിച്ചു എടുത്തു അവതരിപ്പിക്കാവുന്ന വിദ്യകള്‍ പഠിക്കാന്‍ താല്‍പ്പര്യം കാണിക്കുന്നു.
Dr. R: ഇന്നത്തെ ഗുരുക്കന്മാരില്‍ ചുരുക്കം ചിലര്‍ മാത്രമേ പഴയ സമ്പ്രദായങ്ങള്‍ തുടര്‍ന്ന് വരുന്നുള്ളൂ. അവരില്‍ ഒരാള്‍ ആണ് ഗോപി ആശാന്‍. കണ്ണ് സാധകവും, ഉഴിചില്ലും എല്ലാം അദ്ദേഹത്തിന് നിര്‍ബന്ധം. കൂടാതെ, സമയം നോക്കാതെ ഉള്ള പഠിപ്പിക്കലും. വെറുതെ അല്ല അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ ശിഷ്യര്‍ എല്ലാവരും കളിയില്‍ പുരോഗതി പ്രാപിക്കുന്നത്. ഇതിനോടകം അദ്ധേഹത്തിന്റെ 10 ശിഷ്യര്‍ക്ക് കേന്ദ്ര സ്കോളര്‍ഷിപ്‌ കിട്ടിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. അത് കിട്ടാന്‍ ഉള്ള എല്ലാ മാര്‍ഗ നിര്‍ദേശങ്ങളും തയ്യാറെടുപ്പുകളും എല്ലാം ആശാന്‍ മുന്നിട് വന്നു ഒപ്പം നിന്ന് ചെയ്തു കൊടുത്തത് കൊണ്ട് അവരെല്ലാം ഇന്ന് ആ സൌഭാഗ്യങ്ങള്‍ അനുഭവിക്കുന്നു.

RM: കഥകളിയില്‍ എന്തെകിലും നൂതനമായ ആവിഷ്കാരങ്ങള്‍ താങ്കളുടെ നേതൃത്വത്തില്‍ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ടോ?KG: ഉണ്ണായി വാര്യര്‍ സ്മാരക കലാനിലയത്തിന്റെ നൂതന രീതികളുടെ ഭാഗമായി വന്ദേമാതരം, അഷ്ടപദി എന്നിവ കഥകളി രൂപത്തില്‍ ആക്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. കൂടാതെ, മറ്റു ഭാഷ സാഹിത്യങ്ങളില്‍ നിന്ന് മാക്ബത്ത്, ഹാംലെറ്റ്, മെര്‍ച്ചന്റ് ഓഫ് വെനിസ്സു, എന്നിവയും കഥകളി രൂപത്തിലാക്കി ഇന്ത്യയിലും വിദേശത്തും ഇപ്പോള്‍ അവതരിപ്പിക്കുന്നുണ്ട്. അവയ്ക്ക് എല്ലാം നല്ല സ്വീകരണം ആണ് ലഭിക്കുന്നത്.

RM: താങ്കളുടെ കുടുംബം?

KG: ഭാര്യ ജയശ്രീ, നല്ല ഒരു ഭരതനാട്ട്യം, ഓട്ടംതുള്ളല്‍, കഥകളി നര്‍ത്തകി ആണ്. ഇപ്പോള്‍ ബാങ്കില്‍ ജോലി ചെയ്യുന്നു. ഏക മകള്‍ ഐശ്വര്യാ ഗോപി. ഇപ്പോള്‍ സിവില്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് പഠനത്തിനു ചേര്‍ന്നു. കഥകളിയില്‍ എന്റെ തന്നെ ശിഷ്യ ആണ്. വളര്‍ന്നു വരുന്ന ഒരു കലാകരി എന്ന് പറയാം.

RM: താങ്കളുടെ ആരാധകരോട് എന്തെങ്കിലും പ്രത്യേകിച്ച് പറയാന്‍ ഉണ്ടോ?

കലാനിലയം ഗോപി ആശാനും ഡോക്ടര്‍ രാജീവുമായുള്ള എന്റെ കൂടികാഴ്ച അവിസ്മരണീയം ആയിരുന്നു. വായനക്കാര്‍ക്ക് കലാനിലയം ഗോപി അശാനുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെടണം എന്ന് ആഗ്രഹം ഉണ്ടെങ്കില്‍ താഴെ കാണുന്ന വിലാസ്സത്തില്‍ ബന്ധപ്പെടാം:

Kalanilayam Gopi Sreevalsam
Sangameswara Avenue
West Nada
Thrissur Dist, Kerala, India
Tel: 0944 767 3382 , 0480 2828382

രമേശ്‌ മേനോന്‍
29 June 2010.