The Best From Philly

(Not another travelogue or extracts from city tour-guides – pls read till the end)

It was an enjoyable 2-day trip to the historic city of Philadelphia.

On the way back, between songs played from a phone, Ne (8 years old) threw a question: What was it one liked the best among the various sites visited during the trip?

She kicked off with The US Mint – that’s what I liked the most.” Though on a Sunday the machines were switched off and no shining piles of coins to be seen.

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(Pic: This diminutive press packs the wallop of an elephant herd!)

Her jaws dropped reading the titbit on the enormous pressure required to punch  blanks out of sheet-rolls. For instance, to stamp a penny blank, weight of 16 elephants or the force of 3 speeding trains are required!!

Others too came up with (edited for readability):

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The sight of the huge suspension bridge over the Delaware river, luxury apartments on the waterfront, the leisurely walk on the crowds-free pier sticking out into the river, gazing at the waters… Adding spice to the scene was a just-married joyous couple made to pose like this, like that, by a photographer throwing himself in unusual postures like going down on all fours, stepping up on a tree-trunk… Also, the Liberty Bell with its rich history.


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Walking through a huge model of a human heart…brought back memories of the days 25+ years ago when we dissected a goat’s heart in the lab…Also the comparative display of heart sizes of small to big animals and birds.This was at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

A demo of Virtual Reality at the Museum – had never seen one before, though read and heard a lot… companies like Google, Facebook freaking on it.

The 3D-printing demo, also at the Museum…unbelievable…printing such intricate parts!!! An interesting chat ensued with staff in attendance, a mechanical engineer, on the relative strengths of parts forged, machined and printed,

The last to respond was Sh (11 years old): The best for me was the time I could spend out here with you all…such fun!!





Source: images from, yelp



Take Heart, If You Ever Feel Like…

going down a rathole and shutting the door behind you over something you said or did. It could be worse like…

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Source: Fun Mag




Job Satisfaction!

It was a Monday morning.

Ravi entered his manager’s cabin with a paper in his hand.

Wishing to be left alone, the Manager looked up, offering little encouragement for a commencing conversation.

Ravi announced softly: ‘Sir, I am resigning,’ placing the paper unfolded on the table.

He could have said ‘there was no cream for the coffee-maker’ or even ‘the office printer had run out of ink’.

Manager: ‘What is it?’

Ravi repeated himself, raising his voice a wee bit: ‘Sir, I’m leaving.’

Words going home this time, Manager yelped like a puppy hurt in an encounter with an unyielding object: ‘What happened?’

Ravi stood his ground: ‘Nothing sudden, Sir, have been thinking for a while. Got a job in Bajaj Allianz!’

Manager let out a long breath: ‘I know you have talked to me sometime ago about a rise. I had meant to do something about it. Is that the issue? If it is, we can fix it – of course, within reasonable limits.’

Ravi disabused him of his reading of the situation: ‘No, Sir. Believe me, that’s not it – their offer is 25,000/-, no subsidized lunch…’

Manager: ‘Then, why in the world, would you even…you are taking home 35000/- here without counting the perks.’

Ravi: ‘Money is not everything, Sir!!! You agree?’

Manager, facing a question he had not resolved entirely to his satisfaction in his life: ‘Well…?’

Ravi: ‘It’s all about job satisfaction, Sir.’

Manager had not heard it in a long time: ‘Eh?’


Well, the exchange didn’t end well…for the manager.

The poor man till date had not figured out why he lost Ravi – he put it down to the ‘sar-phira’ (inscrutably crazy) ways of youngsters of today.

Well, he wronged Ravi in his judgement. Ravi was a fine young man, sound of mind, perfectly rational in his choices. Little did the manager know Ravi had visited his friend at Bajaj Allianz on Saturday last when the latter was conducting a routine weekly review meeting in his office. And, seen this:






Source: Adapted from Elango Velur Thiruturaipoondi Tiruvarur‎ in “சிரிக்க, சிந்திக்க”



A Child’s Play…

with colors:

Drawings by kids are always interesting for the splash of colors, the juxtaposed objects, their shapes…Here  are some, selected from a large collection:

Phoenix (by Sh, 11 yrs)


A ‘The Sun And The Moon’ theme (by Ne, 8 yrs)


A Deer In The Forest (by An, 8 yrs)


Love Birds (by Ne) 

When asked, the ugly on the left is the boy and the pretty on the right is the girl, the artist clarified!

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Love Birds (by Sh)


A Lion and Its Cub (by Ni)

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The cub is demanding attention and the father won’t be bothered, explained Ni.

A Stingray And A Coral (by Sh)


A Stingray And Corals (by Ni)

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When Monsoon Tickles…

God’s Own Country – Kerala – laughs and like how!!

A clip on Palakkad:

Packing your bags?





Source: Thru Ajit Kumar in FB.


Do You Know What Goes On When You’re Not Around?

This was captured on a home CCTV:





Bird Brain


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Source: Pinterest

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