Usually we hear people talk about addiction and what comes to our mind? Alcohol, smoking etc. But I’m not addicted to any of these. But snacks. Can’t stop snacking. I’m not used to having breakfast, lunch or dinner. Anytime I feel like hungry I grab something at any time of the day and that keeps me going. I don’t crave for food like normal people and I’m fine with anything to munch which satisfy my hunger. Sometimes I go out with my colleagues during their normal breakfast or lunch hours just to give company or to discuss something related to work. Even if I have lunch with them I crave for something to snack. Only then my craving stops. I’m trying to control my craving for snacks but it just grows within me. I need to figure some other way to stop snacking.
I don’t know why, but I get this creepy cravings to change my car every 3 years. I sold my Renault Duster which was just 3 years and 2 months old (done 31000 kms) and bought a brand new SUV (Mahindra XUV 5OO W10 MT). This is the 1st time I am using an Indian brand, ecstatic about all the bells and whistles that come along with the car. I hope the car performs at par with other foreign brands I used till date.
I wish I could change the world. The world we live in now is filled with poverty, vengeance, bad politics and anything and everything done for the sake of earning more money.
Today the world has become perilous to live in. And even worse the media and Internet exaggerates small mess to an extent that it negatively effects people’s lives. These technologies are good as long as it doesn’t change the way we think. The news media has become an integral part of our life that we start thinking the way the news is projected. See the debates that’s on all the news channel. They literally fight on the screen just to make their point and don’t even have the courtesy to listen to their peers. The host doesn’t allow anyone to complete their point. He is more concerned on the TRP ratings their channel gets making it more interesting (in a negetive way) than something that would have been more useful to the society. These news channels are again linked to some or the other political parties and so they try to criticise others even if they talk good for the benifit of the society. People like us are forced to believe what’s shown in these channels.
I live in India and it’s such a menace here. The government, the corrupt politicians and the blind faith towards some religious good for nothing babas who mint money making their followers believe whatever they do. We have so many languages and we should be proud of it. But here the people are fighting over the languages and authorities decide who should talk which language. It’s sad people are losing their government jobs just because they have migrated or transferred to the city and don’t know the local language. This has happened in the city of Bangalore. Either they have to learn the local language or they are gonna lose their job.
Are Indians intolerant? Yes, the way things are happening in India, we definitely are intolerant. What can be done to sort these out? Are these things happening only in India? Things I mentioned here are mostly specific to India but all across the world some or the other vandalism is going on. I started with how I wish to change the world. No, it’s not happening. Humans have become animals and it’s time for the nature to wipe all of them out.
Let’s start a new beginning!
Today I was roaming around aimlessly in Commercial Street and Brigade, but was enjoying the photography.
I experienced a strange behavior in Bangalore. People, mostly ladies, asked me why I was taking photographs though I was not targeting them, but was focusing on the busy commercial street. Some were curious if the photographs will come in tomorrows newspaper.
There are millions who take with cell phones and nobody questions them, but when you have a DSLR, people are curious. Strange!!!
Never had this experience abroad though. Nobody cared and I was happy. I was a bit taken aback with all these questions in my own country.
Tonight is the last night I am in Tokyo. Tomorrow morning I’ll be flying to Bangalore via Malaysia. I am gonna miss Tokyo. Tokyo is full of life with create culture and people are so good and polite. I can go on and on about Japan.
I am glad I got a chance to visit Kyoto, the old capital of Japan and Osaka and enjoy their traditional food.
Met lot of managers in Tokyo and Osaka office and overall the trip was very productive.
Later the evening, we walked from Shibuya to Harajuku and shopped at the Takeshita street. It was crazy shopping and was real fun.
Little about Harajuku:
Harajuku (原宿) refers to the area around Tokyo’s Harajuku Station, which is between Shinjuku and Shibuya on the Yamanote Line. It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sights.
The focal point of Harajuku’s teenage culture is Takeshita Dori (Takeshita Street) and its side streets, which are lined by many trendy shops, fashion boutiques, used clothes stores, crepe stands and fast food outlets geared towards the fashion and trend conscious teens.
In the pre Edo period, the area that came to be known as Harajuku was a small post town on the Kamakura Highway. It was said that in the Gosannen War, Minamoto no Yoshiie mustered his soldiers in this area and the hill here is called Seizoroi-saka (current Jingūmae 2 chōme). It is said that as the Igagoe reward for delivering Ieyasu Tokugawa safely from Sakai to Mikawa in the 1582 Honno-ji Incident, Onden-mura (隠田村) together with Harajuku-mura (原宿村) were given to the Iga ninja in 1590.
In the Edo period, an Iga clan residence was put in Harajuku to defend Edo, due to its strategic location south of the Koshu Road. Other than the mansion of the Hiroshima Domain feudal lord Asano (current Jingūmae 4 and 5 chōme), there were many mansions of shogunate retainers. The livelihood of the farmers consisted mainly of rice cleaning and flour milling with the watermill at the Shibuya River. However, due to the poor quality of the land, production never succeeded and the villages never prospered. It is said that local farmers often performed rain-making invocations at local shrines in an attempt to improve their fortunes. There are also the tales Oyama-Afuri Shrine of Tanzawa and Worship on the day trip to Mt Haruna remaining.
This is one place you gotta see when you’re in Yokohama. The Chinatown is so vibrant and colorful and Yokohama Chinatown is the largest one in Japan. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in the narrow and colorful streets of Chinatown. Various events and festivals such as Chinese New Year around the beginning of February are also held at Chinatown.
Yokohama Chinatown quickly developed, after the port of Yokohama had been one of the first Japanese ports to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. It became the residence of the many Chinese traders who settled down in the city. Today, there are more businesses than actual residents living in the area.
Four colorful gates stand at the entrances to Chinatown, and five more gates can be found within. The Kanteibyo is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity.
The main attraction of the Yokohama Chinatown, however, is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands. Popular favorites include steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.
Today, I went to the Japan Data center. So secure and once you get in after all the security checks, you are inside a maze. They will give you a map and that’s the only way you can reach the main office where a lady will help you out showing around the data center. You open a door and there are multiple doors on the left, right, front and then you get through one, and you are in for another series of doors. She explained about the racks, cables etc and how they organize everything so neatly. The lady loves to talk in English so she can improve her English and she was going non-stop 🙂
Yesterday evening was the farewell party for Mincho Kwon-san, Devadas and I. It was all Korean food and was so yummy. I loved. Had different kinds of Korean alchohol (Soju was the main one), cow’s tongue, pork, chicken in yakiniku style (grilled roasted style).
We enjoyed a lot sharing and discussing Indian, Japanese and Korean culture.
It was fun.
Every time I come to Japan, I learn new things which is there in their culture for a reason. There are many shrines, temples etc, but they don’t believe in religion. They follow the “do / tō” which means the path. That’s what I understood. So, almost all schools in Japan has either Judo or Kento and it’s mandatory to join. In India Karate is well known and that’s basically a Japan martial arts. The real name is Karatedo, just like Judo and Kento. So, you see it all ends with “do” or “tō” which means you are strengthening your path not just physically, but mentally as well and you follow your “do / tō” and not some “religion”.