Eyes are wide;
Where's my conscience gone?
mind and sight;
Charting waters known.
Late come retorts.
A long night now beckons.
Imagine the thoughts,
A baby's babbling coos!
The days before
Words come by,
When she frets and boos.
"Don't you get?
My superb wit,
Bumbling forth with glee.
Just you wait,
Till I state,
Every word i mean.
For now I sate
My growing distaste
Running amok unseen."
If I were a ray of light,
Forego, I would, the speed of light;
Oh, wonder what ways to take
What a journey I could make.
Fly along the banks fertile,
Touching every leaf so mild,
Taking in the Viridian shores,
Waking up the flowers from snores.
Cruise above the waters blue,
Pristine sands, Sparkling hues.
Light up every crashing wave,
Recede away when tempests heave.
And then I reach the heavens high;
Parting through the cloudy sky.
Every breath - so calm, so still.
Reining in the tumultuous will.
A shimmering mirage,
Born of heat.
Tempting the heart
Of wishes incomplete.
The thirsty heart,
Parched and dry;
Rushes to the barrier,
Heartened and high.
Blooming hope -
An oasis come true.
Can one cope
While passing through?
Crushed out hope.
Never again to dare,
Forlorn and lost.
Ammu aka my sister cordially invites you to join the Go Green
campaign by paying Rs.2 (Cheque/DD/Coin).
The manifesto is in the process of drafting and will be shared with you upon completion.
Interested members please contact the secretaries (yours truly) with suggestions of a malayalam name for the campaign.
The other day, I saw a huge ad in front of a Mobile office (Lets call it Aircel)
STD at 75 paisa for first 400 minutes... National SMS free!
I hold a Vodafone connection.
STD and SMS at 1 rupee.
I read. I sigh. And I walk on.
My friend tells me about this new offer which he can get me through his company connection... It will give me a 40% reduction in the bill. And free SMS!
I turn down the offer, again.
Why wouldn’t I grab these offers and change my connection to the best one, at once?
Because of the simple reason that I hate to go through that torment of changing my number, Informing my friends, relatives, colleagues, et al.. Wait a minute..! How will I inform my bank n other official services…??
Oh! Forget it!
Well… this will change. Soon.
Mobile number portability(MNP) will soon enter our circles. And the countdown has already started.
What is MNP?
Mobile Number Portability(MNP), simply put, means that even if you change your mobile service provider (Say from Airtel to IDEA or vice versa) your number would remain the same.
It is the newest in the tidal wave of mobile technology. There are other variants for changes like Mobile to Landline. But what we can expect soon, and obviously the most looked forward to, is the MNP.
There are myriad reasons why MNP should be here.
As I said before, you won't ever have to bother about changing your number. You see a new offer; this one better than your current one; buy it; plan changed. Simple. No hassles.
But behind this huge relief there are other significant repercussions which will affect our lives, or rather our Mobile lives. The simple possibility of losing the customers at once will push our Service providers to come up with new ideas, technologies and above all, lower rates.
And then, the mobile penetration rate in India would climb up rapidly. (If rates can go faster than it is now! :-)) Even though we feel every other guy, be it the street urchin or the local fruit vendor, owns a mob, mobiles in India seems to have reached only about a quarter of the population.
MNP is already an old story in countries like Singapore, US, UK, Australia, Pakistan etc. The best part of MNP is that you don't have to wait for days to get your plan changed. The waiting period varies from 5 hours in the US to an awesome 3 minutes in Australia!
MNP needs an intermediate governing body to monitor the porting of service.
There can be two types of Porting. Donor led porting and Recipient led porting.
Suppose you want to change your connection from X to Y. In donor led porting, it is your current provider X, who will initiate the porting and complete the formalities.
This method of porting is used only in UK. But the disadvantage here is that provider X would definitely be vexed at losing their customers. So the process of porting may take a loooooooooong time.
Recipient led porting thus seems to be the better one. Recipient network Y initiates and completes the process.
After porting, the routing of calls can take place based on a number of implementations. But as of now, the most popular and efficient routing is via a Central Data Base(CDB) of ported numbers. Local copies of this CDB will be available to every service provider and they will consult this database to decide which network a number currently uses.
"When shall MNP come to India?" has been a popular question since this technology came into being. The answer came very recently. Precisely, on the 2nd of August 2008. Our Telecom Minister A. Raja has declared that MNP will be rolled out in all the metros within 2 months and then to the whole of India in 6- 12 months.
A decade back, we wouldn't have even imagined "A phone for everyone".
Now we are not satisfied with the present goodies. As a popular mail says ' you have 15 numbers to reach your family of 3.' :-)
Technology simply gets better each day.
So, my dear mobile friends, its time to rejoice! :-)
*****12 May 2009*****
A good news in fact... Hope it does not get delayed further than this.
"Hey I am Parvati. What about you?? I and Merin were together in tuition classes you know. Merin, do you remember that day when Joseph sir was teaching blah blah and we started chatting and sir asked us to keep quiet or get out! I studied in Bhavans. It’s been a long vacation sort of after 12th right? What did you do...?? I got so bored!! And when I went to….Blah blah”
She was the chatterbox. With a big heart and an inversely proportionate stature, she invariably became the life of our class. :)
"Hi… What’s your name?"
"Annie. And yours?"
She was a bit aloof but pleasant. On that first day, I spent most the lunch break with her. All of us were scared of the seniors hovering around; so we confined ourselves to the supposed security of our classroom. Slowly we became friends and then friends, for a lifetime. She was the cautious one of the gang, the caretaker, the disciplinarian; but naughty when times demanded. :) Without her I don’t know what we would have done many a times. :)
"She is Sarah. She was the 12th topper in UAE!!!"
Wow! But I was very surprised by her. She was not at all like an NRI girl, or rather an NRI topper. :) Sarah could easily have passed off as a typical Malayali damsel. Quiet (at first sight), sweetly smiling, with an even sweeter voice. It took me a really long time to get to know her; but now I know I definitely wasted those days.
She was sitting alone on the first bench the next day. Chubby, pretty and smiling, the moment I saw her, I knew I had known her somewhere. It must have been those vibes you get when you meet those people who are going to be your lifelong fellow travellers. And she, thus, became my twin for many days to come in college.
“Hey, you can sit here… I’m Elizabeth“
[All Names are changed due to privacy issues :) ]