|Happy New Year 2011.|
Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
When we began Axess Legal Corp, we knew the road ahead would not be easy because we had taken a big responsibility and risk at one go. There are some things that I will not compromise on - integrity, honesty and openness. I can not justify to myself if I compromise on any of these three things, not even for the sake of money because it is not always about money. Yes, we need it but not to the point of doing things that we can't justify to ourselves at the end of the day.
At some point of time, each of us has to do what we believe is the right thing for oneself, isn't it? What do you say?
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Someone calls me on my cell. Thinking it could be from parents back in Kochi, I took it and then realized it was a client call. The queries were about filing a case relating to tax in Kerala. Okay, friends, don't think that its an attitude problem because frankly, lawyers can't afford to have attitude with their clients but what do you have clients calling up when you are sleepy? Imagine how difficult it would be to relate to taxes at that point or even make sense.
Well, thankfully, years of tax practice saved me. I managed to address the queries and talked to the client properly, appreciating the fact that he believed in my expertise to sort it out. However, after the call, sleep just seemed impossible. Tossing and turning, tossing and turning, then of course, quite fuming...I didnt sleep for quite sometime.
Has this happened to you? How do you deal with it?
I guess I could have switched off the cell phone but somewhere, some one may just need my help. Knowing that, I just can't.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
I went to the nearest shop, bought a cricket bat and ball. Then I went to the place where the wedding was scheduled, gathered all the enthusiastic youngsters and then whoa! we started playing the game with such team spirit that there was no need for any conversations. There were people with whom we hadn't exchanged words in years perhaps because we didnt know them well or meet them before but it was amazing how a bat and a ball could get everyone so full of passion and unity. I'm not kidding. After the game, the bonding was just fantastic.
Sometimes, making conversations are not as important as we believe them to be.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
As a follower of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, I want to share one of His most profound teachings. You don't have to be a believer to practice this teaching. His teachings are typically relevant to non-believers too irrespective of country, religion or financial background:
"You will find at home pictures of God, kept in a special place for worship. In every home, however, there are living gods, whom the sages ask you to serve and worship. They are your parents. They gave you life. You owe your health and happiness to them. They love you, they serve you, they give as much as they can and even more. Yes, they often take less food, so that you can have your fill. They try to save money through various means so that you can be at school, or live in a hostel, or attend a festival or go on a school tour...Let your mother be your God. Let your father be your God. That is the teaching. How else can you thank them? What else can you give in return other than your love and service? Be kind, be soft and be sweet to them. Do not be rude and raw. Try your best to make them happy, obey them, for they know much more than you, of the world and its dangers. That is the way to worship them."
In the October 2010 edition of Readers Digest, there is an interesting article titled "How to Sound Smarter." Basically, it is the RD version of all confusing words and random rules you missed in English class. In this post, I am going to select some of the chosen RD words.
1. Use of 'Returned back': Very often, we use the term ' I returned back,' without realizing that it is appropriate to say "I returned" or "I am back" but not, "I returned back."
2. How to pronounce the word 'content': Most professionals pronounce 'content' as 'kontent' and there comes a bit of confusion when you hear it said as 'kaantent.' According to the Readers Digest, you can pronounce it as 'kontent' when you are referring to the subject matter of a book, film, project or website, just to mention a few. However, when you are trying to say that you are satisfied or content about something, the word can be pronounced as 'kaantent.'
Hope you found this post useful. If you can think of other words that we tend to use in a mixed up way, do share them. It would be great to discuss.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
With my family, I have been enjoying a brief spell of absolute fun filled days. It's becoming addictive, really. Daily discussions with my father, Justice TV Ramakrishnan about work keep me focused and motivated about my work and goals.
My mom, Veena Ramakrishnan, pampered all of us with delicious spread of food that is nothing less than a feast. The delicacies span varieties of tasty chicken, fish, and vegetarian curries and sabzi too. We just hogged and hogged Mom's delectable food every day. We are still doing that:)
My sister, Nandini and her husband, Mridul, were with us for a few days too. It became more exciting when my nephew, Neel also came over. My four year old son Adi is not used to having a 'big brother' around the house and they became fast friends. Of course, Adi had his spell of temper tantrums but Neel was very caring, protective and understanding. Once while we were having dinner at a restaurant in Kochi called Lokah, a little kid dressed in yellow came rushing just like that, as though to hit Adi and immediately, Neel was there as he felt protective about Adi.
Adi calls Neel 'my brother' and it was awesome to watch their relationship unfold so naturally. Neel and I played some typically boyish rough games and of course, cricket. Neel taught Adi how to play Chotta Bheem game on the Internet and how to fish using a fishing rod that has magnetic baits to catch fish. All that is required is a bucket of water and the little fishes would catch the magnetic tape and yes, get fished:) Neel spent some time teaching Adi how it works. The boys had so much fun. We took so many pictures and we even had a family photo session at a studio where we took family snaps and all of which I will definitely upload so that you can all see what fun we had.
We did a thousand things and enjoyed a lot but this is just an overview before the pics come to your view. Take care, and do send in your thoughts.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Today, i don't care what parenting rules I am violating, but I am going to let my kid boss me, because I missed him so much and I just don't have the heart to say "no" on this very day. Maybe its too soft an approach but I am just going by my intuitive feeling while dealing with my four year old, than go by rules, regulations and techniques.
Last but not the least, I am glad to be back blogging. Missed u all, too.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Every day, we get set as if we are getting ready for an ambitious Mission Impossible like project. What I enjoy is our anticipation and excitement that makes the whole process of completing homework so much more interesting, growth oriented and yes, lots of fun in discovering more about each other.
So, here goes today's conversation. While Adi is writing his "E" and "H" in the school notebook, he constantly wants me to talk. So, his mom tells him, "Why don't you finish and then talk like in class when Ma'am is teaching?"
Smart guy says, immediately, "But when Ma'am talks in class, I start talking too."
Sunday, September 5, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
My wife recommended a new platform for blogging, which she said is the futuristic platform for dedicated bloggers who want to enjoy blogging and feel totally relaxed and without any hassles while doing so. I checked up on the Internet and found that this blogging platform called Tumblr is supposedly the next big thing. Not convinced, I visited the site and was bowled over and created a blog for myself immediately. As I said before, it takes me ages to get a post done on Blogger but on Tumblr, it was done in minutes. Better still, it gives me a fantastic Reblog option so that if I liked a blog, I can reblog it on my blog with automatic credits to the original one. I can't tell you how easy and convenient I found Tumblr.
I will continue blogging here because I dont want to throw away the hard work and the wonderful friends - YOU - I've found and learned from on this platform. However, I do suggest that when time permits, do check my blog on Tumblr as well.
This is where you can find my tales: http://sanand-axesslegalcorp.tumblr.com/
Thursday, August 26, 2010
So, the excerpt courtesy the British magazine, Resurgence is given below:
"Children doing their first paintings clearly relish the sensuousness of paint and delight in creating seas of chosen color. Their innocence is chipped away at when we ask what the paintings are of. A fear of not knowing what a painting represents is a mask of our safely tethered desire for reading a picture, and for some people, there is the fear of being tricked by that which is not immediately evident and rooted."
What I liked best about the passage is that it gives parents the right set of hints about how to propel a child's creativity in the right way. Before I read this, I used to ask my son when he drew or painted something, "What is this?" I think that it is important to let the painter paint as his imagination guides him. The reasoning can perhaps be dissected later. The actual pleasure lies in painting itself. Purposelessness to any activity is not a terrific idea but beauty cannot be measured, nor can creativity. So, when one asks a child to think in terms of logic, the flight of imagination becomes restricted and a child feels an artificial pressure of trying to measure up to address the question put forth by the parent. Now, after reading this passage, I try to enjoy the drawing or painting and ask, "How did you feel when you were painting this? What did you think about when you did this?"
I must confess the conversation that follows is so spontaneous and educative for me as a parent and for my kid, the little messy artist.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Here are some suggestions that will help your health and your pay packet too:
1. Check label and opt for food containing less than 5-7 g per 100 g.
2. Ditch Fizz
3. Cut down sugar in tea and coffee.
4. Limit soft drinks, sweets, biscuits, cakes, puddings.
5. Eat a small piece of cheese at the end of a meal or after a sugar snack. Cheese is alkali and it neutralizes the harmful effect of sugar. Don't make this a habit to eat lots of sugar and then cheese. This can be done once in a while, it is harmful if one uses it as an excuse to have more desserts and sugary food.
6. Use honey as a substitute as it contains fructose which is absorbed more slowly than ordinary sugar and gives more sustained energy.
7. Eats nuts, as they contain magnesium which helps combat fatigue, bloating and mood swings. Also, they enable energy release in every cell of the body.
8. Remember, a can of cola would have at least 7 teaspoons. A chocolate bar would have 8 teaspoons of sugar.
Try this. If you have other useful tips, please share, as that would help us all.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
In 1941, in an area that we now know as Belarus, Jews are being persecuted mercilessly by the Hiter regime. Tuvia Bielski (starring Daniel Craig) is believed to have saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews by keeping them safe in the woods, which came to be christened as "Jerusalem in the woods." Tuvia's brothers are Asael, (starring Jamie Bell), Aron (starring George Mackay) and Zus (Liev Schreiber).
Monday, July 12, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
And I realize what is meant in the words, "The kingdom of God is within you."
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
In March 2010, on a short visit to Kochi, my home town in Kerala, I visited the Travancore Palace (it's a traditional Kerala hotel). My father-in-law, Dr.C.R.Raghu, took us there as it is on the way to Cherthala and Alapuzha. It's more than an hour's drive from Kochi but definitely worth it. Surrounded by lush greenery, authentic Kerala style paintings, old world charm and the spellbinding architecture of a traditional, Kerala style nallukettu, this is a place to unwind and relax. You won't find marble or granite floors sparkling here. You won't find brilliantly lit chandeliers and sparkling silver cutlery. Natural elements lend this place its best features. You can feel the breeze throughout the day and evening while you relax. The rains are sheer bliss as they fall through the open area of the nallukettu, becoming a visual delight. The light and air make it very airy to the extent that you don't need any other forms of light.
This is a place where you can find simplicity and elegance at one go. Best of all, the food is delicious, whether you are a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian.
We reached there past 11 pm and the photos we took hardly do justice to the grandeur of the place but do check these out. This is the traditional temple lamp that occupies a place of pride in the lush green lawns of the hotel.
This picture shows the entrance that leads into the hotel.
The following picture has three of us - Dr.C.R.Raghu, Adi and yes, that's me. The VIP in the picture is the golden bull. It is beautifully crafted and looks like an artistic masterpiece when you see it for real.
The painting shown below is just one of the many beautiful paintings that decorate the walls of the hotel's dining hall. Each painting comes with a clear title which helps us understand what the painting is trying to portray to the viewer.
Visit the Travancore Palace on a clear day and you will know what I mean when I say this place has old warm charm and lush greenery. You can spend time walking through the property, which is so beautifully maintained. If you are tempted to stay, do that. The rooms are very traditionally furnished and well kept with traditional artefacts. Whatever you decide, give this place a peek, it's worth it.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Despite the long queue of families and the noisy canteen atmosphere, a visit to BTH is worth it if you are visiting Kochi.
Friday, March 19, 2010
What do you say?
Sunday, February 28, 2010
The difficulties are that there are more crimes committed in the name of Holi celebrations which makes it difficult for me to believe in it. Many girls are raped by mobs and women, whether married or not, are not safe traveling or being outdoors in public on the day of Holi. For the police, it is not possible to control huge mobs that are celebrating a festival. That is exactly why many rapists go scot-free on this day because it is not possible to identify them as well. Due to these dismal but perfectly valid reasons, the fun filled, colorful festival fails to inspire me. Forgive my honesty but that's just the way I am. I can't pretend to like something that I don't believe in.
However, my personal thoughts do not prevent me from wishing you all a very happy, joyous and fun filled Holi. Stay safe, avoid mobs, drive carefully and take greater care of the girls and womenfolk in the family while outdoors.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I was tagged by Lazy Pineapple and here we go with some fun questions:
1. What is your current obsession?
2. What are you wearing today?
White shirt, black pants - always the dress code for practising lawyers.
3. What's for dinner today?
Rice, sambhar and thoran.
4. What's the last thing you bought?
Chocolates for my kid.
5. What are you listening to right now?
Shah Rukh in an interview on NDTV with Barkha Dutt. News is now entertainment, isn't it?
6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
I think she is a fantastic blogger.
7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
T-shirts, cargoes, jeans and a bottle of water.
9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
My hometown -
10. Which language do you want to learn?
Not decided yet.
11. What’s your favourite quote?
If you desire for something with all your heart, the whole universe will conspire to make it happen.
12. Who do you want to meet right now?
13. What is your favourite colour?
14. Give us 3 styling tips that work for you.
1. The right scent.
2. The right watch.
3. The right shoes.
15. What is your dream job? To be a cricketer.
16. What’s your favorite magazine?
17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Shoes and belt that don't go well with what you are wearing.
19. Who according to you is the most over-rated style icon?
20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
Short, military style.
21. What are you going to do after this?
22. What are your favorite movies?
23. What inspires you?
Thinking about my father - Justice T.V.Ramakrishnan.
24. What do your friends call you most commonly?
25. Would you prefer coffee or tea?
26. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
27. What makes you go wild?
Backstabbers, liars and pompous know-it-alls.
28. Which other blogs do you love visiting?
Many blogs, can't think of just one.
29. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
30. How many tabs are turned on in
31. Favorite Season?
32. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
33. What is the right way to avoid people who purposefully hurt you?
34. What are you afraid of the most?
My son getting badly hurt.
35. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?
God, I've put on weight!
36. What brings a smile on your face instantly?
37. A word that you say a lot?
Money, money, money!
38. When was the last time you did something nice?
Lawyers? Nice? Are you kidding?
39. What would you do if you were made President of
Reduce the number of holidays in this country and encourage people to work harder.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today, India stands tall and proud while she celebrates the 60th Republic Day. Everywhere, there is a festive air. Playschools and schools in Delhi celebrated the day before with kids dressing up as freedom fighters or leaders who gave India the strength and conviction to fight ahead peacefully for her freedom.
In Delhi, security has been beefed up at every spot.Passengers who plan to travel by air are advised to be reach early at the airport and be ready for several security checks before they can finally board their planes. In Bar Associations across the country, the Chief Justice of the respective High Courts will do the flag hoisting ceremony in the presence of other puisne judges and lawyers.
Let us hope and pray that the year 2010 will be a lucky and happy one for this country, the citizens like you and I and in particular, the young and brave men and women of the Indian defence forces who make it possible for us to sit comfortably in our homes and say this while they brave it out there. God bless them all!
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Today is a Sunday. Sunday mornings are meant for brunch and totally relaxed but today I am excited because my clients called from Mumbai, promising me a very thoughtful yet strange gift. They are bringing fresh fish from Mumbai. And you know what, it's fresh, priceless fish!
They are from the fishing community in Maharashtra, a very traditional and patriotic community. The State government announced a policy to provide subsidized diesel to these fishermen to use in their fishing trawlers, mechanized fishing boats and so on. Each boat requires about 1,500 liters of diesel and they are out in the sea for about a fortnight or sometimes more. Two punps and connecting tanks were given to this community out of the retail outlet initially granted to a big, well known entity called X.
Since these fishermen found it convenient to let the retail outlet person continue the dispensing activities (which requires a little expertise). So, they entered into an agreement appointing the same person as their agent in return for a monthly sum. Now, there is an alleged dispute about the payment of monthly service charge. The retail outlet guy terminated the agreement with the fishing folks.
On behalf of the fishing community, we filed a suit for injunction before the city civil court in Mumbai. It was fully granted (with respect to 2 pumps and 2 connecting tanks). Then, the other side went to the High Court in appeal against the said interim injunction. The High Court modified the original injunction order and confined it to just one pump. Aggrieved by this, the retail outlet has filed a special leave petition before the Supreme Court.
I am not just their lawyer but I am their friend. They tell me their worries and I worry with them because they are good people. They don't speak English with an accent, they don't wear suits or go to cocktails but they deserve justice because they are good, honest people who take great pride in their country and community.
And today, that will be my thought while I go to meet them and collect the gift they have brought for me, all the way from Mumbai.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I am really thankful to God for giving me an encouraging 'pat on the back' through my friends and visitors on this blog. Thank you, SG, for bestowing the Excellent Award. I am not sure if I am the right person for this honor but it means a lot to me that you thought I'm worthy.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
In Asian culture, oral traditions are kept alive by proverbs that throw light on our cultural values and perspectives, along with a dash of history. In Kerala, there are so many interesting proverbs that the elders quote but it also has layers of meanings that one needs to delve into.
I've found it interesting to think about proverbs because they are similar to legal maxims. read this Chinese proverb, "Cackling hens do not lay eggs," I liked it instantly. Another one is "Cats who like to mew can't catch mice." Both mean that boastful people do not really do what they claim or say.
What is the proverb that comes to your mind? What does it mean?