Diya Snaps with Surya-Jo  

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Here are few snaps of DIYA, the cute little angel of the Star Couple Surya and Jyothika





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My First Award!!!!!  

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

There are plenty of moments in life which makes us happy. In that Friends play a very important role. Here is an Friendship award shared that made me feel so happy. 

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to
you when you have forgotten the words."
Donna Roberts

This is the first award I have received and many thanks to almacafe
I would like to share this award to Mark , Zeb , Funny humour , Adsense Success , Ask Ms Recipe , and Aramkool 

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Shoppers Paradise - T Nagar  

I was born and brought up in a small village and whenever I get a chance to visit chennai, I used fancy the posh look that covers the metro. My maami used to take me to Tnagar on each visit, for some or the other purchase. I will always enjoy watching all those shops there. It will always been a busy place at anytime, anyday..

T Nagar - a place where you can buy things starting from 1 rupee to crores, starting from tooth picker to diamond jewellery. You can see all sorts of people here from beggars to celebrities. It will be a total fun filled entertainment to shop here, if at all you are a shopping freak. If not you will end up finding you in a messy place full of crowd, unable to proceed further.

After we switched to chennai, it has become regular routine for me visit this place often. I have shopped here even in odd hours, when all the shops are almost closed. You can buy a dressmaterial, give it for stitching, meanwhile shop around nad get back the stitched dress on your way back home. It will be wonderful. You will find it difficult to place step in the crowd during festive season. Your weight will surely be reduced during these times.

To browse around here are few landmarks in T Nagar.


You find a hell of lot of petty shops who sell equivalent to a brandstore. I have shopped in Bangalore, Cochin and Trivandrum. But nowhere you can find a worth investing material. The same material which costs 500 here will be sold at a rate of 1500 at the other places like bangalore. I am exaggerating, but thats the fact.

Pothys, Chennai Silks, RMKV, Nalli, Kumaran Stores, Kalanjiyam...these are few places where in you can check in for better clothes.


We have as many jewellers also here. I am listing you a few. GRT, Joy Alukkas, Lalitha Jewellery LKS, Khazana, Prince Jewellery, Jewellery Mahal, OKJ, KFG, Tanishq.

Fashion Jewellery:

Near by to this place is Pondy Bazaar. Here you can find all sorts of fashion jewellery on the platform shops. Its all worth invest kinda pieces. But you must have hell a lot energy, patience and bargaining skills, to get the best one. You can find the same in Ranganathan street also, but I personally prefer Pondy Bazaar Street wala.

Food Joints:

Here we do have good eat outs in all ranges. Few them below.
Saravana Bhavan, Archana, Adyar Ananda Bhavan, Geetanjali, Anjappar, Murugan Idly.

Hope You enjoyed shopping around here.....Keep visiting

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My Favourite Temples in Tamilnadu  

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Here are some of the must see temples in Tamilnadu which I have visited or I do visit, often.

1. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
This everyone would have heard of it, as it was nominated for the new seven wonders of the world.  This is a very big temple with four very big gopurams in all four different directions. This is the landmark for the city Madurai. I used visit this every weekend when I did my schooling. The most attractive part as far me concerned is the Vibuthi Vinayagar at the entrance. I believe a lot in that GOD.

2. Malaikottai Vinayagar Temple, Thiruchirapalli
This is more special temple, which I visit for the sake of marks. After each semester exam got over, I have never failed to visit this temple, before going home for semester holidays. One should never miss to see this Vinayagar, with all "Alangaram" (Makeup). There is a saying in tamil called "Kaana kan kodi vendum" which means "You should have a crore eyes to admire this".  Here it fits well to the context.

3. Big Temple, Thanjavur
This one is so close to my heart, as it is build by my evergreen hero "Raja Raja Chola I". Whenever I step into this temple, even today, I am awestruck by its magnificiant appearance. It appears to be a portrait for Stupendous Victory. As you enter the temple you will find a very big 'Nandhi' (PA for lord Shiva), which you can never find in any other place, of this size. I used to go to this temple early in the morning at 4.30 or very late in night, at the time of closing the temple. I used to accompany my cousin Nallasivam, who has a thunderous voice, with which he sings all devotional songs of lord Shiva. It will be so divine to go with him and enjoy the peacefulness and harmony around.
I should really tell about Ponniyin Selvan, a great novel by Late Kalki R Krishnamoorthy. It portrays the life of Raja Raja I. He is the one who established the Chola empire very vast in India. This novel has a lot of twists and turns in politics which happened around in that period, which is not less than what is happening around now.

4. Thirukadaiyur Abirami Temple
This temple I have visited only a few times. I love this temple because of its history. This was told as a bedtime   story in my childhood by my maternal grandma. I used search for the evidences for that story in this temple, even now when I go there. I couldn't stop inspecting that. The speciality of this temple is the Soul and Divinity that appears in the Abirami statue, that will make one to feel the presence of Almighty.
5. Kapaleeshwara Temple, Chennai
This has become the favourite in recent times of mine. I have visited this with my husband alone, till now. Hence it is becoming so close to my heart nowadays. My husband loves this temple a lot and hence I do. But still the temple is maintained so clean and the Amman here is so divine.
Hope You enjoyed all the temple views!!!!!!!

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Buffoons of Indian Politic  

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

1. The CM of Kerala, V S Achuthanandan, said in press yesterday, "had it not been for Major Unnikrishnan, not even a dog would have come to his dad's home." – I would say, Mr. CM, if you were not CM of Kerala, and tried to go to his home, many dogs would have bitten you on your way. 

2. BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said yesterday, "women wearing lipstick and powder" have taken to streets in Mumbai, "leading marches against the political class". He said further and again "Some women wearing lipstick and powder have taken to streets in Mumbai and are abusing politicians, thus spreading dissatisfaction against democracy. This is what terrorists are doing in Jammu and Kashmir." He further said "A few persons with lipstick and powder on their faces gather to shout slogans against politicians. This is not the nation's voice," – I would say, what is his problem? Is it that women are wearing lipstick and powder (probably he likes women who do not wear makeup), or is it that political class is being challenged? I think it is both.

3. Mahrashtra CM, Vilasrao Deshmukh took his son and movie producer/director Ram Gopal Verma to the Taj Hotel during his visit there. I think RGV may have promised him a role of comedian in his forthcoming movie which he is probably planning on Mumbai attacks. "He laughed through his press conference and through a written speech without a trace of emotion or involvement." Deshmukh was in Kerala, reportedly on a personal trip, perhaps a leisure trip when the city he is supposed to guard was attacked by terrorists. It took several phone calls for him to finally realise the gravity of the situation. Even when he came to the city the next day, there was no panic on his face and often he beamed a shameless grin on his face. On several occasions, when he was briefing the media, he said that nearly 25 to 30 terrorists landed in the city and when corrected he said he would ask for details from the Police Commissioner.

4. RR Patil, Deputy CM of Maharashtra, refused to resign after attacks. He snubbed Mumbai attacks as such minor incidents do happen in big cities. He said "The terrorists had ammunition and planned to kill 5,000 people. But the brave police security forces crushed their designs and reduced the damage to a much lesser degree." Probably he meant to say that due to his and his party's efforts, lives of 5780 people has been saved. Thanks a lot sir. This was comically followed with another statement, which he issues after tendering his resignation. He said "I pondered over the issue the whole night yesterday. I have submitted my resignation letter to chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. I have gone by my conscience and decided to take this step." These people have dead conscience. When people shout from outside, they think its their conscience that is speaking.

5. Not far behind is Hindutva flag bearer Mr. LK Advani. When asked why did he not accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Mumbai as planned and said by him in the morning, he said, "he (PM) was getting late and it seemed that he would come only tomorrow. I have my election programmes planned for tomorrow and hence had to rush because I wanted to take a feel of the situation here."

6. Raj Thackrey was no where to be seen in this whole episode. I am still so surprised that Mahrashtra Navnirman Sena did not stop NSG commandos from entering Maharashtra, or even Mumbai. Very astonishing.

7. Narendra Modi came to gain mileage out of ATS chief Hemant Karkare's death by announcing a reward of Rs. 1 crore – for the very man he had abused over the Malegaon blast arrests. Modi was snubbed by Karkare's wife who would neither meet him nor accept his compensation offer.

8. Yesterday an sms that I received said: "Let us pray that Chidambaram succeeds in bringing down terrorism the way he has brought down share prices."

It's a shame that Indian politics has fallen to its Nadir. A friend of mine just said that real character of an individual comes forth through how he/she behaves in a difficult time. It's a shame that these filthy politicians have started giving foolish statements.

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Smiley on Moon  

Last Tuesday, I was totally surprised to view the smiley on the sky (in Bangalore, India). A combination of three day old Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Venus. If you have missed it, that day you can search it on net to get the pictures. Coz you have to wait for five more years to view this same on the sky.

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My Son Turns ONE  

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Day after tomorrow, my sweet little angel turns ONE. He is the one who made our life so busy, engaged always, happy and so responsible too. As a gift of our love marriage, God has sent us a guardian angel, who takes care of both of our families too. He was born after the great loss of our Grandpa, who is the backbone for all our families. Hence my kid is believed as our grandpa returned home to bring back his loss.

 He is the first grandchild of both our parents, hence he is the apple of everyone's eye. He is the best entertainer for my sister and brother in laws, and they are the ones who can get him anything in this world. In this 25 years, I can surely say the most unforgettable and treasured moment in my life would be, the time when I saw my kid for the first time, after the painful surgery to give birth. Obviously it would be the treasured moment for every Mom. The only thing which flashed my mind at that moment was, "GOD is always so generous over me".

We have been enjoying all his milestones, when he turned around, when he crawled, his toddling, his magnificiant walk, his first tooth, his first word...oooh everything. Its all remained a celebration for us. I felt so proud of myself when called me 'Amma', even I was so jealous over my Mama and dad, as his word was 'Thatha'. He is so gifted that his grandparents are becoming young and playing with him like kids, even when they are gasping for breath. He is pricelss for my Sister, on the otherside my brother inlwas will roam around the world to make him happy.

I wish everyone of your blessing will be there for him always. I have no powers to predict the future but I am sure that we have a bunch of happy days ahead with our Adhityan...

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LEELAI - A Software Romance @ HCL Technologies  

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Leelai - A trendy movie being shot almost in a software company, HCL Technologies, Chennai.
The director, Andrew Louis is not so novice, but served as an assitant to the well known director cum actor S J Suryah. The team S J Suryah and A R Rahman worked out well in many films. Yet another combination blooming, the assitant of S J Suryah and Assitant of A R Rahman are teaming up in this venture.
The film being produced by Aascar Films V Ravichandran. The main story is about the romance that blossoms between two software engineers working at HCL. It will sure to turn out to be a high tech love story.

The main lead roles are been played by Shiv Pandit and Mansi. Shiv Pandit is already a well known as IPL compere and Mansi though HDFC and Sony Ericcson brand model.

“The entire movie was shot in popular software company HCL. Even the employees of the company were prevented from carrying cameras and mobile phones to their company. But we managed to get the permission of senior officials from the company and shot the movie for over 100 days inside the company,” preens the director.

Lollu Sabha fame Santhanam plays the comedy part to provide the humour quotient for the movie. Editing is by V T Vijayan, art by Edward and lyrics by Vaali.

Lets wait and watch this IT romance in silver screen and its box office results.

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Varanam Aayiram Movie Review  

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

After a greatest delay, finally the movie has hit the silver screen, creating a lot of hype among the audience. Thats why the tickets for the entire weekend was sold out once it is released. But I am not sure of the box office status on the forthcoming days. Ok lets look into the story line.

The movie opens with death of an old man(Surya) at his residence. This news has been passed on to an army officer(surya2) who is on his way to a mission. His flashback on his life, from childhood till date, with his most adored and disciplinarian father. After schooling, the son surya enters into his college life at tiruchi, but ends up watching movies than attending classes. After his last semester exams, on the way back to Chennai he meets the beautiful Meghana (Sameera Reddy) on train and it is love at first sight. Being a guy who has never looked at a girl, he pulls out his guitar and sings En iniyia pon nilaave!

He comes back to his home and settle the debts of his dad and excels in his new business. Meanwhile Meghna gone to do her MS at Berkley University, California. With his parents permission, goes to America and win over his lady love. But by the plot of fate, Meghna dies in a bomb blast. Returning home india, surya suffers for this loss and indulges into drugs. To bring him back, the dad surya and mom simran tries all possible ways, and sends him kashmir to change his mindset. There he meets his co passenger menon in trouble(his son being kidnapped). Surya saves the life of Aditya, son of menon. This flashes his mind to persue a career in Army. And becomes an army officer immediately. Here suddenly Divya enters the plot, carrying her total love towards surya. Her love will soon be accepted and ends up in a successful marriage and kid too. 

Gautham simply wrings you dry with his overplay of emotions in the father-son bonding. The climax is heart wrenching and heartwarming as Surya’s breakdown and tears roll down his cheek which looks real. The best part of the film is the first half, especially the wispy romance between Surya and Sameera Reddy, with the scene where Surya falls for her in the train is 
hilarious and romantic. And when Sameera says finally – “I’m in love”, with Surya playing around with a toy helicopter at Fort Point, which offers the best view of the Golden Bridge in San Francisco, the romance tugs at your heart. Only Gautham, a romantic can make such scenes work.

Ratnavel’s camera is eye-catching as it pans California, Dehradun, Delhi, Rameswaram and other locations and gives the film richness. Surya’s make-up, his six pack look and old man get-up is very good.

The music of Harris Jayaraj is first rate and tangy, with meaningful lyrics of Thamarai. This is Harris- Gautham’s last film together and the combo is simply terrific. Four of the songs before interval are shot beautifully like a music video, with Adiye Kolluthe… and Nenjukkul Peidhidum.. being the pick of lot, while two songs post interval mars the tempo. 

The power-packed performer award belongs to Surya, who is outstanding in a dual role as father and son. Shorn off any artifice, his anguish, pains and joy look real. The female star cast is simply too good, whether it is Simran playing Surya’s mother, Sameera Reddy pure eye candy and brings an uninhibited joie to her role as Meghana. Divya is outstanding, investing her character with sensitivity a far cry from her Kuthu days. 

On the downside, the film is excruciatingly slow, and in the second half plods as the director has no story to say. All of a sudden why did he make his hero larger than life? The Delhi kidnapping and the hero solving it has been done to bring out his heroism, which sticks out like a sore thumb. Is there not a cut-off age to join the army? Surya’s character is far too simplistic. The thing about a father backing his son to go to America and win over his lady love just doesn’t wash. An ordinary middle class, Tamil family speaking so fluently in English does not gel with viewers.

On the whole its a modernised version of cheran's "Thavamai thavamirundhu" in which Rajkiran is a poor village father, whereas here Surya(Dad) is a father of modern times working in central govt. But the former had so many realisitic feelings clustered together, but the latter ends up in a messy mixed over reactions. 

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Citigroup Cuts down 52,000 of its workforce  

Citigroup Inc revealed plans to cut 52,000 jobs by early next year in a dramatic move to restore the No. 2 US bank to health as it combats mounting debt losses and sagging economies worldwide.

The cuts announced by Chief Executive Vikram Pandit on Monday affect 15 per cent of Citigroup's workforce, and are in addition to 23,000 jobs eliminated between January and September.
Citigroup plans to slash expenses by as much as 20 per cent, and spend a total of $50 billion to $52 billion in 2009. That compares with $61.9 billion over the last four quarters.

The cuts will be global, affecting many regions and business lines, including the retail and investment banks, a person close to the matter said. About one-half will come from layoffs and attrition, and the rest from the sale of units, such as the German retail banking business.

Pandit became Citigroup's chief executive last December, and has faced much criticism from investors and others for failing to implement a workable turnaround plan. The New York-based bank has lost $20.3 billion in the last year, and some analysts do not expect it to make money before 2010.

"As the economy continues to weaken they will have greater credit losses," said Michael Holland, founder of money manager Holland & Co in New York. "Cuts will lessen the losses, but they in no way guarantee profitability."

Pandit told employees in a memo that Citigroup has spent the last year "getting fit," and projects a "difficult" 2009 for clients and customers.

Citigroup's latest cuts are the most by any US company since the global credit crisis began last year. They are also the second most ever, trailing the 60,000 that International Business Machines Corp IBM announced in 1993, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

The latest cuts would leave Citigroup with about 300,000 employees, down 20 per cent from the end of 2007 and about the same number it had at the end of 2005. People at the bank said the cuts should be made by the first couple of months of 2009.


Shares of Citigroup, a component of the Dow Jones industrial average, fell 19 cents, or 2 per cent, to $9.33 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.Last week, Citigroup stock fell into the single digits for the first time since Sanford "Sandy" Weill created the bank in 1998 from the merger of Travelers Group Inc and Citicorp.

Well over 100,000 jobs have been lost at the world's largest banks and brokerages since the global credit crisis began. In the last month, Goldman Sachs Group Inc began cutting 3,200 jobs, and Morgan Stanley said it will cut 10 per cent of jobs in the unit housing its investment bank.

Citigroup said it has a "very strong" capital position, and according to the person close to the matter has no need to further cut its dividend, which has already been reduced twice this year.

Still, many investors remain wary. Through Friday, the bank's stock was down 68 per cent this year, leaving Citigroup with a market value of $51.9 billion.That's barely twice the $25 billion of capital it received from the US Treasury Department's bank bailout plan, and down from more than $270 billion in late 2006.

"We have a bull market in fear," said Henry Asher, president of Northstar Group Inc in New York.

Citigroup also said its board will make decisions on executive compensation after Dec. 31.

That prompted criticism from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who urged the bank to follow Goldman's decision on Sunday not to pay bonuses to top executives this year.

"It seems only fair that top executives should shoulder their fair share of these difficult economic times," Cuomo said. "It would send exactly the wrong message for Citigroup's top brass to collect bonuses while investors, taxpayers and now Citigroup's own employees suffer."


Citigroup was built principally by Weill, who ceded control to Pandit's predecessor, Charles Prince, in 2003. Analysts have said Citigroup never invested enough in technology or to make the bank's various parts work well together.

Its geographic diversity, including operations in more than 100 countries, is now also working against it as customers in such countries as Brazil, India and Mexico find it harder to stay current on payments.
At the same time, Citigroup's ability to grow at home is relatively limited. Last month, Wells Fargo & Co derailed Citigroup's attempt to buy Wachovia Corp and its $418.8 billion in deposits.

The bank has tried to downplay reports of dissension among directors regarding the performance of Pandit and the bank's chairman, Sir Win Bischoff. Last week, lead director Richard Parsons said the board supported management's plans.

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Hats Off to our Indian Team  

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To honour the millions of cricket fans, our Indian team has established itself as the only team in this era to consistently challenge the World Champion Australia both at home and away.In fact, since the turn of the millennium India has transformed itself into an all-round cricketing power capable of winning in varying conditions anywhere.The Indian selectors deserve special praise for being unfailingly objective in their decisions and for getting the balance right. Finally, India was the more resilient and iron-willed of the sides. This became clear during the last three sessions of the final Test, when Ponting lost the plot and India rallied from a vulnerable position to put Australia out of the match.

India got back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy defeating world champion Australia by 172 runs in the fourth Testand won the series 2-0.

Its a farewell match for Ganguly who got the same trophy in 2001 and retained it in 2003 too. 

This stumbling Victory made India to climb up to the No. 2 spot in the Test rankings.

Dhoni and Kumble, who shared the captaincy in the series, received the trophy from Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar amidst scenes of wild cheering from the best crowd of the Test.

There was some consolation for Australia — off-spinner Jason Krejza, who took 12 wickets on debut, was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Finally Ricky Ponting accepted the fact that our cricketing has grown with high quality. 

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Sun Tv vs Vijay Tv  

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Both of them are regional channels in Tamilnadu...the former is still a ruler of regional channel industry all over the world and the latter is an upcoming star catching hold of the young minds. 
Lets first see the history of both of them:

Sun Tv:

This is the first fully privately owned Tv channel in india and emerged in the year 1993. When it was started, it had programs only from 6 pm everyday till 10 pm. Programs like "Varthai Vilayattu" by Anandageethan, "Jodi Porutham" by Chakkravathy and "Pepsi Ungal Choice" by Uma were on the top list and fetched more viewers for them. Now Suntv has become the most viewed tamil channel all around the world. 

Vijay Tv:

When it was started it couldnt compete with the major giant Sun Tv and went in loss till 2003. Later instead of competing with the giant they decided to carve a unique space for them in the market. Instead of investing heavily on the tamil new realeses they got tied up with Star group and dubbed famous english movies into tamil. Slowly now it has started emerging as a must watch channel among the youth. 

Quality comparision on programs:

Sun Tv has been occupied by serials (targeted mainly on housewives) the whole day. Starting from 10.30am  - 2pm and again from 6 pm to 11.30 pm only serials. 
Vijay tv makes the day time full of retelecasting teh previous day show of its hit serials and programs. Again from 6pm onwards they hit with the fresh telecast for the day. 

Comparing the serials Anandham, Kolangal and Arasi are the major attractions as of now. 

In Vijay Tv also there are few serials like Madurai, Khakki and Kana Kaanum Kalangal targeted towards the young generation. 

Standing apart from the glycerinated serials and latest movies, vijay tv has many more innovative programs like Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhudeva,  Super Singer,  Neeya Naana, Kalakka Povathu Yaaru,  Jodi No 1 etc. All these ones except the Neeya Naana, have been copied by all the other channels which have turned out to be a flop or got a moderate rating. 

Even Suntv bought the entire kalakka Povathu Yaaru comedians and lauched the same show in 
a different name Asatha Povathu Yaaru, Thats when the copying mechanism started among the 

Coming to the talk shows, Neena Naana stand out of the crowd and occupy unique space in the intellectual manner.The topics discussed were very clear hot and crisp. 

The other side Arattai Arangam conducted by the Country bear(TR) and the confronting Visu on Makkal Aragam(Jaya Tv) stages the same boring concepts and letting small children talk about worldly issues. 

So on the whole Sun Tv is targetting at the house wives with its terrifying serials and the younger generation with the latest movies. And Vijay Tv targetting the corporate world and young minds with their innovative shows. KEEP WATCHING!!!!!!!!!

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China Milk Poisoning  

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

China milk poisoning incidents make everyone afraid to look at the daily news report. Everyday, the reports are changing. No one can clearly tell us what to eat and not to eat
What really is poisoned milk

It is the milk powder mixed with "MELAMINE"

What is Melamine use for

It is an industrial chemical use in the production of melawares.

It is also used in home decoration. " US resistant board"

Do you understandMelamine is use in industria productionit cannot be eaten

2.Why is Melamine added in milk powder
The most important nutrient in milk is protein. And Melamine has the same protein that contains "NITROGEN"

Adding Melamine in milk reduces milk content and it is cheaper then milk so it lowers capitalization. It can give the business man more profit!

3.When was it discovered

Year 2007 US cats and dogs died suddenly, they found that pet food from China contains Melamine. Starting 2008, In China , an abnormal increase in infant cases of kidney stones. August 2008 China Sanlu Milk Powder tested with Melamine 

Sept. 2008 New Zealand gov't ask China to check this problem. Sept. 21, 2008 Lots of food products in Taiwan tested with Melamine.

4.What happens when Melamine is digested

Melamine remains inside the kidney. It forms into stones blocking the tubes. Pain will be eminent and person cannot urinate. Kidney will then swell. Although surgery can remove the stones, but it will cause irreversible kidney damage. It can lead to loss of kidney function and will require kidney dialysis or lead to death because ofuremia. What is dialysisIn fact, it should be called "blood washing" it is filtering all of the body's blood into the machine and then go back to the body. The whole process takes 4 hours and it is necessary to dialysis once for every 3 days for the rest of your life

5.What are the foods to be avoided?

Foods that contain dairy products should be avoided. Remember: Foods with creamer or milk should be avoided.

6.Which companies are affected

Hereunder are the companies affected with Melamine.

7.What do we do next

Avoid the above foods for at least six monthsIf you have snack bar, restaurant or coffee shopsStop selling dairy products for the meantime. If you have infants at home, change to mother's milk or find other substitutes. Finally, share this information with friends so they will understand the risk of milk poisoning.

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Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta , USA  

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The newly consecrated murtis of Shri Akshar Purushottam Maharaj at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Atlanta

Intricately carved pillars of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta , Georgia .

Ceiling of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta , Georgia

Some details of BAPS Swaminarayan Temple at Lilburn, Atlanta :

It is one among the top ten largest traditional Hindu Vedic stone temples outside India .
The largest temple of the BAPS Swaminarayan sect in United States .
The temple is located on 30 acres of land.
The total area of the mandir is 22442 sq. ft
The exterior of the Mandir is made of Turkish Limra limestone.
The main floor is made of Italian Carrara marble.
The ground floor and basement is made of Indian Sandstone.
Smallest stone 15 gm to largest stone of 5.2 tones.
Total stone material is 8430 tones.
Total 40,000 stone pieces.
Total stone structure 85,000 cu. Ft
The length of the Mandir is 213 feet
The width of the Mandir is 122 feet
The height from the ground is 78 feet
The width of main dome is 23' 3"
The Mandir has tapered ceiling.
Inside and outside 'parikarama' for devotees to circumambulate around deities.
Number of Shikhars (pinnacles) is 5.
4 Small Pinnacles (Samaram)
Number of small domes is 6 and one large dome.
Number of Torans (arches) is 129.
Number of Zarukhas (balconies) is 4
Number of Sinhasans (throne) is 9.
Number of windows is 14.
Number of Pillars is 151.
75 ceilings with 39 different designs
Apart from this the Mandir has numerous windows and pillars, which are intricately carved, and also marble steps.
Central heating and cooling.
Under floor heating with Gel tubing.
Fiber optic lighting.
Estimated cost of the Swaminarayan temple is $19 million.
Other Interesting Facts:

The pillars of the temple are intricately hand-carved and each pillar depicts a famous incident from Hindu scriptures.
The construction of the Mandir is based on 'Shila Shastras' – ancient Hindu text dealing in building and sculpture techniques.
Some stones like marble and limestone were imported from the respective countries to India .
The stones were hand-carved in India and later imported to United States .
Intricate geometric patterns, rosettes, feathers, leaves and other designs which number to more than 500 were hand-carved in India .
Each section of the temple weighing from 50 grams to five tons after carving in India had a bar code.
Each section thus imported was then assembled in Lilburn – just like playing the jigsaw puzzle.

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