Monthly Archives: October 2009

Slipping into Auto-mode

Here am trying to make some sense of a phenomenon I’ve been experiencing for years together. Am sure each one of you would have gone through it too. I call it ‘Slipping into auto-mode’. It’s amazing how your brain functions involuntarily and the potential to do such things really surprises me. Let me explain through few examples.

Scenario no. 1:

Riding a vehicle.

You want to go from A to B through a ‘familiar’ C route. You think of destination B, visualize the route C and start driving your car/bike. 2-3 minutes into the journey you start thinking about an upcoming meeting, or an incomplete work or that pretty chic in office…but you still drive, stop at signals, chat with co-passenger….and manage to reach destination B after an hour. Then when you think back, you have no clue how you reached B or the route you took or what you saw during the trip. This is what I call ‘slipping into auto-mode’.

Now this seems perfectly fine if it happens once in a while. But with me this happens 99% of the time. It usually is harmless, but sometimes while going from A to B through C route… I wanted to stop at an ATM between…but I never stops, it always gets missed. Thus I’ve to return from B and finish off the work in intermediate stop and then go back. Waste of time, money, effort.

Many friends of mine have confirmed that they also experience the same in limited numbers though. While doing long distance rides, auto mode becomes very long and prominent. I would say, to a great extent I love rides to experience this auto-mode for a continuous period. It definitely is a great stress buster and thought molder.

Scenario no. 2:


A, B, C and D meets after long. A starts talking and she goes on talking. B shows his apparent frustration. C gets into sleepy mode. D looks as if he is listening enthusiastically. But actually D is thinking of the same stuff given in scenario 1. He has slipped into auto-mode already. During the conversations he gives those occasional huh’s, oh-oh’s. At the end A gets a feeling that D is disinterested…she asks, Were you really listening to this whole thing ?…. Now the surprise. D asks A, a very smart question related to the whole conversation. A is satisfied and happy at the same time.

In reality, D never listened to the whole conversation…. he just picked up the most important bits and pieces of the content and asked a context based question which completely took A by surprise.

Auto-mode during conversations are very common. I’ve seen people doing it all the time when ‘chatter’ goes on and on and on gossiping. This particular piece was triggered by a discussion with @nithinkd regarding the same. He seems a master in it :P.

So have you ever experienced such slips ?…why do you think it functions that way ?

Would love to hear your views..

To Mount Abu and back in a day

Was expecting this Diwali to be passed off as just another holiday, and there comes @nithinkd from Delhi who totally changed the whole equation. Result, one of the best weekend + Diwali in my life. Nithin is a long distance rider with many years of biking experience in Hand ( has gone to Leh twice in his Enfield a.k.a Goddess), a mobile encyclopedia of automobiles and a virtual GPS. As Ahmedabad offers very little as a place to explore, Mt. Abu came as a quick option to be considered. I had done the 37115079same route with Arjun (my pulsar 150) 2 months back and was quite familiar with the route. Thus we set off for the trip on sunday morning and reach back same night. Clocked 510 km in 20 hours (10 hours of riding and another 10 hours of breaks)

Nithin has captured the entire trip in a beautiful travelogue and guess, it has left nothing more to add to it. So read on about an eventful journey to Mount Abu in his own words.

It’s my first dating anniversary

Oh, cant believe it’s been already an year since am dating her.

Exactly an year back she came into my life. That day is so vivid in my memory. How I met her and immediately fell for her. What attracted me the most ? I dont know. May be her looks, may be her smartness, may be her intelligence…. however, she stood different from her other smart friends. It was love at first sight, though it sound so cliqued.

I was already in a relation, when I first met her. But that couldn’t resist me from going after her. She was slim, sexy, smart, modern and classy. For past one year, we have been together throughout. I never left her alone anywhere, it was almost unimaginable. We travelled together, rode together, ate together, slept together. When I was bored, she sang for me. When I wanted to talk, she listened to me. When I wanted to listen, she spoke to me. When I was struggling to remember things, she reminded me. She never complained even when I interrupted her in between. She was so good in conversations that I grew my friends network through her. In fact she even introduced her smarter, more beautiful elder sister to me. Though I was definitely infatuated, that didn’t change my loyalty from her.

As in any other relationship, there were also days when tension arose between us. I remember how on a rainy day, when she was all drenched and how my efforts to get her warmed-up went awfully wrong. She was so angry that she didn’t speak to me for almost a day. But they were all minor issues compared to the relationship we shared. On our 6 month anniversary I surprised her by gifting a black gown, and you should have seen how beautiful she was in it.

An year passed so quickly and it has been worthwhile having her. Thanks to you sweetheart, You have become an inseparable part of my life. T

Thank you my beloved Nokia E51.

P.S: Girl friends are like mobile phones, just that mobile phones come with a red button.

Vararuchi and life philosophy

A random conversation with #nishkus and esp. @kuttyedathi today reminded me of Vararuchi and Parayi petta panthirukulam. It’s an old mythical story which always fascinated me. I think this is one of those intelligent stories which make you think beyond the superficial story layer.

Outline of story goes like this :

Vararuchi, one of the nine wise men of King Vikramaditya’s court married a girl from Paraya caste which is one of the lowest castes among the society of Kerala. They started a pilgrimage and on the way one-after-another, they had 12 children. Each time upon delivery, Vararuchi asked her if the baby had mouth. If she said ‘yes’, he would say, “If God has given mouth, it will feed his mouth too” and would ask her to leave the child there and then proceed. Grieved by these, when the 12th child was born, she lied and said the baby did not have a mouth, upon which he permitted her to take the child along. But when she was about to breast-feed it, the mouth was actually not there!! Vararuchi then consecrated the child on a hill, which is called “Vaayillaakkunnilappan”

The children left out in the forest were subsequently found, adopted and raised by families belonging to different communities, recognised one another as they grew up, and used to get-together at the illam (residence) of the eldest son, Mezhathol Agnihothri, on their father Vararuchi’s death anniversary (Sraadham) – so goes the story or myth. Each of these 12 tribes / families still exists in Kerala and they used to get-together too.

These twelve children are:

  1. Mezhathol Agnihothri (Brahmanan),
  2. Paakkanaar (Parayan, a very low caste),
  3. Rajakan (Dhobi),
  4. Naaraanathu Bhraanthan (Elayathu, a lower class Brahmanan),
  5. Kaarakkal Maatha (high caste Nair, only girl born to the couple),
  6. Akavoor Chaathan (Vysyan),
  7. Vaduthala Nair (Nair Soldier),
  8. Vallon (Thiruvalluvar of Tamil Nadu),
  9. Uppukottan (Muslim),
  10. Paananaar (Paanan, a very low caste of country musicians),
  11. Perumthachan (carpenter),
  12. Vaayillaakkunnilappan (deity)

Each of these 12 had very intriguing stories and trust me it will enthrall you like anything when you read through. My favorites are Paakkanar, Naaranathu Bhraanthan and Paananar.

It even inspired a very famous poem in malayalam:

" Panthrandu makkale pettoramme
Ninte makkalil njananu bhrandhan
Panthrandu rashiyum neettumamme
Ninte makkalil njanan anaadhan
Ente sirayil nuraykkum puzhukkalilla
Kannil Iravinte pashana thimiramilla "

There’s a very interesting history to Vararuchi’s marriage to the paraya girl and his leaving kids behind is also associated to it. Whether it seems justified or not, his reasons for justification remains sticky. ‘If god has given mouth, it will feed him too’ (Vaa keeriya bhagawan annam kodutholum). To me it doesn’t relate to the god part of it, but more to the confidence a person has on a human.

In this era of spoon feeding children with everything and finally helplessly watching those efforts go in drain…. i guess it is also pertinent to know that humans are capable of growing to their right ability, if at all there were given the freedom to do so.

Read more about Panthirukulam: