Elephants do Swim!

Elephants swim… can you believe that??

Last night, I watched a program called Swimming Elephants on Animal Planet. It was about elephants in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The elephants in the island are used to pull heavy logs in the forests and they swim through the sea to reach the nearby island for work. Incredible isn’t it??

Watch this interesting video…

Ahmedabad Blasts – Terrorism on the Rise!

In less than 48 hours, 25 serial bomb blasts have taken place in two of India’s major cities killing nearly 30 people and injuring hundreds. Yesterday it was in Bangalore and today, it is Ahmedabad. Nearly 16 blasts have taken place in Ahmedabad alone and most of the bombs have been planted in cycles. Four of the 16 blasts took place in hospitals. Though the blasts were of low intensity, it has created a huge amount of fear among the people. All of a sudden, India has become one of the unsafe places to live. All these blasts took place in a span of 70 minutes and it is said that all the blasts took place in communally sensitive areas. The blasts were similar to those that took place in Bangalore yesterday.

Amidst these attacks, the most painful or rather shameful thing is that politicians have started playing their games pointing fingers at each other. News channels are competing each other to get the edge over the other in reporting the news. A group called HuJI has taken responsibility for the blasts. It is always the innocent people who take the brunt of the terrorist attacks. The prime reason for these types of attacks is not because of the lack of security systems or infrastructure but the infiltration of corrupt practices in each and every system of the society that is taking a heavy toll.

Update: Death toll increased to 46; live bombs found in Surat also; 18 live bombs defused in Surat – 29/07/2008

Pothys – The Best!

Pothys, the Aalayam of Silks, has been our favorite dress store for the past four years or so. Earlier, we used to purchase from Jeyachandran’s (only for a very brief period) braving huge crowds in and outside the shop. Then we tried in Pothys, and since then, it has become our family dress store. Pothys offers lot of varieties and it’s worth the money; the ambience is fantastic and it has lot of space that can handle peak seasons comfortably (relatively better to other stores). The main feature is the customer service. The sales people are patient enough and they do not grumble or say “no stock sir” – which we normally hear in Saravana Stores. Even we tried in other stores like Sree Krishna Collection, Kumaran Silks, Nalli Silks, RMKV, Saravana Stores….mhm..nothing can beat Pothys.

Note: For this Aadi sale, they are giving fruits and vegetables as gifts for the purchases you make – creative thought and a nutritious one too