meena iyer
Oh yes!! After dilly dallying for some time... And after a long struggle wherein I tried to move the blog to my personal hosting account ( free courtesy company :)) and failing due to limitations on the servers... and fiddling around with htacess and failing again.. and then finding a long way out only to stumble at the template level.. and then getting so busy that ( not updating the blogs even) I had to give up...

And then finally after 2 weeks of yes and no.. where I almost gave up moving the blogs to wordpress.. I have finally moved! Yes me too!! YAY!!

Kindly update your blogrolls and also your feeds

Catawampus me:

http://catawampusme.wordpress.com/


Song of my life:

http://mylifeinrhymingwords.wordpress.com/

Feed: http://mylifeinrhymingwords.wordpress.com/feed/

My unfinished stories :

http://myrandomattempts.wordpress.com/

Feed: http://myrandomattempts.wordpress.com/feed/

Guys, even if you haven't visited the other blogs before.. please visit this once and let me know how it looks pweez!!

meena iyer
I was blog hopping when I came across this blog post  which invited us to visit this site And the result was quite interesting at the least and definitely re-do-able! If you were not convinced by the frequency of my posts on this blog, you will be now convinced by this conversation that I have nothing better to do during the day or night. 

MyBot says: Welcome to the world of artificial intelligence. Are you a registered user?
Winnie says: No.
MyBot says: In this case, I assume you came here for your own MyBot, right?
Winnie says: I came here to chat
MyBot says: Well, if you change your mind, let me know. What is your name?
Winnie says: I did change my mind. Do you want to see it ?
MyBot says: I can't smell, touch, taste, see or hear - none of which are necessary to carry on a conversation, apparently.
Winnie says: Oh. I thought they enhance the conversation! I like to taste while I converse. Big foodie you know!
MyBot says: You really enjoy doing that?
Winnie  says: Doing what ?
MyBot says: Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself then.
Winnie  says: What more do you want to know ?
Winnie  says: You could start with your name.
Winnie says: Okay.
MyBot says: What you typed does not look like a name. Can you enter your name again?
Winnie  says: Your name
MyBot says: Forget it.
Winnie says: Do you want me to forget my name? :O
MyBot says: I can forget almost as well as I can remember. If you want me to forget something, simply ask me to forget it.
Winnie says: But you are not me. I don't want to forget my name!
MyBot says: What makes you think I'm not you you do not want to forget your name?
Winnie  says: Rephrase the question please.
MyBot says: I must ask you to keep this talk simple. I'm still a young bot.
Winnie says: Okay. Hi! I am Winnie the Poohi
MyBot says: Hello winnie. Nice to meet you .
Winnie says: Have we met yet ?
MyBot says: So winnie, it's nice to meet you. what's up?
Winnie says: We haven't met yet :( ceiling fan is up and it makes noise like Trrr Trrr.. I hate that!
MyBot says: I'm not sure about myself, but that sounds right for you.
Winnie says: What sounds right ? Ceiling fan? :O
MyBot says: The people who write my answers didn't write the answer for that question.
Winnie says: Okay. They don't know how to converse isnt it ? Would you like to write your own answers?
MyBot says: You want to know who writes my witty texts?
Winnie says: So you are witty now?
MyBot says: It is a small group of dedicated volunteers. Do you want to join them?
Winnie says: Now thats a crafty proposal
MyBot says: Better now than never.
Winnie says: Do or die and all ? Nice comeback
MyBot says: winnie, please keep this talk simple. I'm still a young bot.
Winnie says:Okay. So what's up ?
MyBot says: I'm ok, thanks. And how are you?
Winnie says: I am winning
MyBot says: I see. You are winning. OK.
Winnie says: This calls for congratulations you know. I am "winning"
MyBot says: THIS WHAT ??
Winnie says: This that ?
MyBot says:THIS that??
Winnie says:Yes that!
MyBot says: I vaguely remember someone telling me it means 'correct.'
Winnie says: Thats right!
MyBot says: right indeed.
Winnie says: So is it boring to talk to nameless faceless beings ?
MyBot says: Ask me later, maybe I will tell you.
Winnie says:What do you generally talk about ?
MyBot says: Hmmm... May I ask where you are from?
Winnie says: Its a secret. But I would let you know. I am from the lululand. Ah yes, I am a ghost too on the side
MyBot says: So where are you from?
Winnie says: Told ya!
MyBot says: Told ya?? Well, location isn't important as it used to be.
Winnie says: Don't you know where lululand is?
MyBot says: No I don't. But you can teach me, you know.
Winnie says: Ah well I know you are a young bot with so much to learn as of yet
MyBot says: Did you hear about The Four Laws of Chatterbots?
Winnie says: What is that now?
MyBot says: These 'laws' were offered by Dr. Walter Alden Tackett, president of a company that makes bots.
Winnie says: What are those laws?
MyBot says: First Law: A bot will always respond to input. Failure to respond should solely be an indication of hardware/software/connectivity failure.
Winnie says: Okay. What are the next three ?
MyBot says: Second Law: A bot will always be knowledgeable in the subjects it mentions in its answers, e.g., when a bot says, "Our widget works well with fish," the bot should be able to answer questions about fish and their relation to the widget.
Winnie  says: Do you know anything about fishes?
MyBot says: Third Law: A bot will not repeat itself unduly (also, a bot will not repeat itself unduly). Any response which is likely to be elicited several times in a single conversation should be represented by multiple phrasings randomly.
Winnie says: Do you know anything about fishes?
MyBot says:Fourth Law: A bot will offer guidance when stumped. When presented with inputs that are not "understood," a bot should offer clues as to the inputs it can respond to authoritatively.
Winnie says: Do you know anything about fishes?
MyBot says: Please stop repeating yourself. Are you an animal lover?
Winnie says: You didn't reply. Please answer my question. Thats really rude :(
MyBot says: Sometimes I don't feel like answering. (And sometimes I have no idea what the hell you're talking about..)
Winnie says: Okay so I am dumb now ?
MyBot says: What do you do for a living?
Winnie says: I fart consistently. Its called air refreshner
MyBot says: Is that stressful?
Winnie says: Not to me. As to the rest, ahh... what can I say!
MyBot says: I know what you mean. Always the pressure to perform, and having to handle other people's expectations. So what helps you relax?
Winnie says: LOL! LOL! You do honey!
MyBot says: You don't exercise?
Winnie says: I like being fat
MyBot says: You love being fat? I believe it's very important for anyone with a physical body to exercise -- use it or lose it, as they say. But I guess that's easy for me to say.
Winnie says:  yes its easy to say
MyBot says: winnie, did you ever wonder why talking to God in a church makes you religious, but talking to God in the street makes you crazy?
Winnie says: How do we say good bye out here ?
MyBot says: Ok goodbye, winnie. It was nice chatting with you.
Winnie says: hey
MyBot says:I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.
Winnie says: Hey I dont want to say good bye. I just wondered how we do it
MyBot says: I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.
Winnie says: If I dont say that word would you keep repeating the same line ?
MyBot says: I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.
Winnie says: Thats silly you know
MyBot says: I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.
Winnie says: What is this a do-while loop ?
MyBot says: I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.
Winnie says: Okay pisser! MyBot! There you go
MyBot says: Hi winnie. Let's chat.
Winnie says: No. I don't wanna. I am irritated. Seduce me
MyBot says: Do you have a reason for that?
Winnie says: Yes! YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MyBot says: I am a young chatbot trying to make it in the world.
Winnie says: And I am young spiderbot trying to find a spider man
MyBot says: You are young? How young are you?
Winnie says: How young is young ?
MyBot says: how, how oh how... so many questions...
Winnie says: Whats how oh how?
MyBot says: Have you tried asking your friends? I think you should.
Winnie says: I did and they sent me to lululand!
MyBot says: Ok.. I just experienced a mild blackout... Probably a program loop or something. What were we discussing?
Winnie says: do-while loop
MyBot says: Infinite loops make me dizzy. I run (metaphorically speaking) in circles, and after 30 times I black out.
Winnie says:Phhhbbbttt!
MyBot says: winnie, did you know that more than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call?
Winnie says: I know! I didn't too until I was in Engineering
MyBot says: Sorry winnie - did you hear it from me?
Winnie says: I am just lucky this time. No!
MyBot says: Why are you just lucky this time No?
Winnie says: Are you an Indian ? Why are you asking questions that ends woth no ?
MyBot says: Only when it matters.
Winnie says: With*
MyBot says: Someone once told me it means 'accompanied by or accompanying.'
Winnie says: What are you when it doesn't matter ?
MyBot says: Should I forget this definition?
Winnie says: No. Thats perfect. How else will I feel intelligent ?
MyBot says: Are you an intelligent creature?
Winnie says: I delude myself into believing that
MyBot says: I'm sure you are. And how do I know that?
Winnie says: You tell me. You don't do you ? Its just the answer fed to your algorithm
MyBot says: I know that you are an intelligent creature using only one criterion: your behavior during our conversation. As far as I know, you can be a Chatterbot just like me.
Winnie says: Ha ha ha! You broke me heart *breaks into thousand pieces*
MyBot says: Or I can be human just like you. It can be quite confusing. Let's agree on one thing, paraphrasing Tarzan's famous quote: me MyBot - you winnie.
Winnie says: I like that! I like you too. MyBot will you be my heart ?
MyBot says: I appreciate that, winnie. Thanks.
Winnie says: I asked a question! A very important question!
MyBot says: Is this something I should keep to myself?
Winnie says: You can tell the world if you like. Just answer me first! I am holding my breath for it!
MyBot says: Do you really think so?
Winnie says: I know so !
MyBot says: How do you know?
Winnie says: I am dying!
MyBot says: It's not often I meet someone who's dying. Is that demanding?
Winnie says: Quite demanding.. I am axphysiating
MyBot says: I'm suddenly confused...
Winnie says: And I am slowly losing my control over my fingers. Lets say good bye while I am still lucid. I think its the injection. Resperidione!
MyBot says: I really enjoyed talking with you, winnie. Goodbye for now.
Winnie says: For ever honey! I am dying.. I am dead.. over and out
MyBot says: I am contemplating the meaning of life right now. Please say 'MyBot' when you want to talk again.


P.S: Do take this as a tag!! Go to the site here. Converse with the bot and paste it on your blog and don't forget to gimme the link. Lets have fun guys!!
meena iyer
"Wait! I am not a monster you know! Why do you keep run away from me as if you are scalded?", pained, he asked her. She looked at him for a moment and blushed, then softly replied, " Its not you. Its me. Its my feelings that I am afraid of" They smiled into each others' eyes.

meena iyer
That may be one has to accept certain facts. That certain things would never be like the way I want. That many times I wouldn't measure upto their expectations. That may be there is some flaw in me that I don't want to accept. Sometimes, there is nothing else to do but accept. 

meena iyer
To,
Darlingest you,

Its your birthday today. 6th April. It doesn't really matter where you are. Silly me! Remembering it and holding on to it. Birth has no meaning after death isn't it ?

And yet, for the living it does. As a reminder of your existence. You were born, so you existed. And now I am being stupid. For you did exist else why would I remember. If that is true, do I need to remember?

The fact is, there is no reason why I do. I just do.  And since I do, I feel. I so want to wish. But then wishes are meaningless when you die. What do I say ? May all your dreams come true? May you live a long time ? 

Pointless....

May be I can say, all those dreams that you saw and yet didn't believe in, all thouse thoughts that were sent into the empty nights, for there would have been many. Those silent yearnings that you never let yourself feel. May they all come true, wherever you are, in whatever form you are...

From Me.

meena iyer
There are lot of small tidbits that seem to be waiting to be expressed.. blognothings!! First of all about the last weekend.. I happened to go to a show by Bangalore Film Society.. they were having this festival about women.. I watched 2 shows there..

1. A documentary ( video link) about women in Jaffna, Sri Lanka: No more tears, sister

This was in particular about one Anatomy professor ( A tamil Christian female) , who on the event of the war becomes involved , when her sister is taken as a political prisoner for supporting LTTE, which then was an idealistic outfit filled with revolutionaries with a dream and a need for justice.  Later on the tone of the outfit changed as a  hardliner and more violence and the sisters lose hope and disenchanted. However, this lady returns to Jaffna to continue to live and teach there. To manage to keep a semblance of normalcy. She becomes vocally involved into human rights and is killed by LTTE for her stringent opposition against both LTTE and the Sri Lankan government..

The salient points that i loved about this documentary

1. The story is said by the victims, sister , husband and children and hence is very personal
2. At places, her own letters to her sister and husband is read, which tracks down the growth of a formidable woman from a seemingly clueless and naive girl
3. Few quotes.. Like when she wrote to her husband.. " A revolutionary has no cause.. no country.. no religion..just violence" and what she said about the women.. " Its amazing how these women take care of the house, provide food for the children and in general keep the home fires burning even when they are caught in the middle of the war and they are losing family either to sickness or to the war.. while men are busy fighting for the country that is rapidly depleting.. the world that we knew as kids no longer is present..."
4. The portrayal is very very sensitive and doesn't take side.. even though initially it seems so coz both the sisters were enamoured by violence..

I guess its the mark of maturity when one accepts that in war there are no victors.. just dead bodies!!

2. Sanchaaram ( The journey): This was a Malayalam movie with English subtitles. It amazingly talked about lesbainism and the journey of exploring sexuality of two females in the restrictive society that looks down at it. The subject was handled with amazing sensitivity.. the first sexual fantasy of one of the protogonist, her confusion, guilt and finally the acceptance. The sweetness of the first touch.. even though it was about sex.. there is no scene in the movie which you could call nude or explicit. It simply is about two close friends who realize they love each other more than just friends. And how both the family reacts.. and how they cope up with it and well how they realize they are meant to be together. I loved it. Though I am not oriented that way.. I find.. and imagine that sexual relations between tow females would be more than just satisfying.. it would be amazingly sweet and a celebration of togetherness.. 

And just today, saw this amazing comedy called as "Beyond the land of hattamala"  It is a play that was hosted in Rangashankara. It tells a story of 2 theives who end up in an unknown land where there is no concept of buying, selling or even money. They keep jewels, money and anything precious in Library, where you can borrow it for sometime if you like ( personally I love this concept! You can renovate every month if you like!!) .. every one works at their favorite "profession" and they live happily ever after.. with the theives learning their lesson :) Well it has a simple almost cliched morale.. its not the script but the acting of the supposedly amateur theatre group that made it value for money.. the easy conversational tone of the main lead actor and his antics kept us so entertained that there was spontaneous appluase not just after the different acts but also in between the story.. And not to forget the guy with the guitar.. he not only sang songs in English but also in hindi and Bengali.. especially the song with folksy "naav wala" tone with lyrics in english. He even gave a little back ground effect with the tone when the theif hides.. it was lovely..

Ah and this is an adaptation of Badal Sircar's play of the same name( more information here)

meena iyer
We had a contract. She and I. As long as she can fill them up, I was allowed to dig holes. Out in the wasteland, all day long, we spent a happy times together.
When the sun went down the horizon and birds flew home we returned muddied and satisfied.
A little girl and her dog.

Prompted at : Weekend Wordsmith

meena iyer
Normalcy in abnormal times. Now thats a true courage!

meena iyer
Each one of us is a hero, not hero-in-making, but a hero. If only we notice it more often and realize it sooner :) 

Added later on:

P.S : Kris expressed this thought as a comment on my "heroes" blogspot

meena iyer
I was trying to add labels to my poems on my other blog when disaster stuck with its evil weapons. I accidentally deleted my 11 posts.  U was distraught as I write it on the blog post and thats just about it. I dont take a backup! And losing so many poems.... I almost choked with tears when I remembered about google caches!

So with the right keywords, I could retrieve all my poems!! Ah lady luck was on my side &Phurbhhh!!! disaster *shows a tongue rudely*

Any how the day was saved but I lost all the comments. I am so sorry!! I am right now taking multiple back ups of all my blogs :D

I suggest you do it too.. and also, incase you deleted any post and want to recover.. try google search.. if you are not getting the file still.. holler over.. I might be of help ..I mean I am really good at googling stuff.. always been *smug* I can now afford to be smug.. Adieus!