Karmakerala is moving to a spacious and trendy office premises on the 5th floor of Nucleus mall tomorrow (20th December). All are excited about being in the beehive of activities and in the centre spot of the Cochin city.
Apart from an irresistible range of cafes, eateries and shopping outlets, the fact that Nucleus is all set to get a multiplex adds on to the excitement of everyone in office. There are ample options to unwind and relax after a long day at the work stations. From a relaxing fish pedicure to an interesting 6D movie experience to a shop till you drop option at the many outlets- the options are truly ours once we are there.
As we move on aiming for bigger and greater opportunities, Karma Kerala wishes all their patrons and well wishers both in the real and virtual world a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year ahead.
With the power black outs throwing the lives of the hapless citizens of Kerala haywire, the government and the planning gurus have come up with a few innovative measures. Now the focus has clearly shifted to the promotion of non conventional energy sources in Kerala, which depends exclusively on the monsoons for power generation.
As the power crisis is looming high, Kerala has taken the much appreciated initiatives to exploit the potential of solar energy. Within a time frame of four years the government plans to set up two lakh roof top solar panels in house holds. Thirty percent subsidy will be provided by the centre to the consumers while a subsidy of 39000 will be borne by the state government. KSEB has also come up with many innovative ideas like coining catchy slogans on the significance of saving power by going for a ‘ringback advertising’ to send its message across to the 1.03 crore KSEB consumers every time they dial their neighbourhood KSEB section office.
The ringback tone initiative is one of the measures being implemented as part of the ‘Demand Side Management’ (DSM) measures of the KSEB to curb power consumption ahead of the peak summer days ahead. The government is also mooting a series of steps to reduce transmission loss including laying underground power cables.
Being responsible citizens , we too can pitch in our mite to make Kerala self sufficient in power by installing solar panels and by exercising self restraint in using power.Hopefully these innovative measures might bring relief to the millions of Keralites who are forced to adjust their sleeping patterns and social life as per the KSEB load shedding hours, in the coming days!
Come December 16th, Kochi the emerging financial capital of Kerala will be hosting the much acclaimed International Film Festival at five different venues in the city. The first edition of this film festival will stand out for many reasons. Apart from featuring a panorama of world class films from all over the world, the organisers have roped in a young German film researcher, Alexandra Schott to curate and organise the panel discussions for the festival.
Alexandra is well experienced in organising panel discussions and has been associated with a majority of Indian International Film Festivals held overseas. The team will be engaged in curating discussions on contemporary films and potential solution on socio-political and environmental issues with an underlying theme of ‘Discover India through films.’
The session will be paying tribute to the centenary year of Indian cinema with special focus on Malayalam, which will be represented by some of the stalwarts of Malayalam film industry. The interactive sessions will make the film aspirants aware of the latest film making technologies and the changing trends in world cinema and the evolution of universally accepted themes and treatments.
Alexandra opined that even today there are many independent film makers who are still not aware of the international film festivals where they can showcase their films. Film festivals like the one to be held in Kochi not only will help to bring good cinema to the audience but will also provide the much needed platform for the aspiring film makers to screen their creations to a creative audience.
With more than 100 movies to be screened including the well rated movies like Holy Motors, Love, Me and You, Sister , the film festival will be a unique event to the movie lovers of the State. Organized by Cochin Gateway Entertainment and Management Society. This film fest will bring some of the best movies from world cinema before the curtains are drawn on 23rd December .
The Kochi Muzris Biennale, the first-of-its-kind in India, will have a colorful start at the Parade Grounds at Fort Kochi in Kerala on Wednesday. The cultural extravaganza that extends to over three months will feature 80 artists from all over the world. Kerala will be represented by 22 artists and there will be an equal number of arts and crafts persons from the other parts of India. One of the star attractions of the Muzris Biennale will be the sand creations of The Kerala-born artist Paris Viswanathan,who will be making his comeback to his homeland memorable by recreating a nearly four-decade-old masterpiece.
Some of the artists who will be gracing the occasion include Ariel Hassan (Argentina), Amanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan), Rigo23 (Portugal) and Ernesto Neto (Brazil) and Jonas Staal (the Netherlands among others. The well known Indian artists Subodh Gupta and Vivan Sundaram will enhance the mood of the event by creating themes on Kerala including country boat, which is closely associated with Kerala village life. While Sundaram plans to bring back memories of the lost Muziris port of Kerala through his creations.
The biennale will also have various other cultural events including film screenings and performing arts. The organizers and patrons of Kochi Biennale are upbeat and confident that this event will will stand out in the golden pages of 117 years of the biennale’s history.
Gone are the days when autos used to be a budget travel option in the cities of Kerala. The spiraling fuel prices have pushed up the autofares beyond the reach of the ordinary commuters that most people think twice before flagging down this popular transport option.
Fondly called Tuk, tuk, this sprightly three wheelers can navigate crowded streets of cities like Kochi where traffic snarls are the order of the day. There are many city dwellers who depend on autos to travel to and for their workplaces and homes and to go about their daily errands. However the charm of these handy transport options are being overly marred by the growing complaints of auto drivers fleecing the hapless commuters.
It is interesting to note that the commuters too have come up with some smart tips to make sure that they do not fall victims to the nefarious ploys of the auto drivers. Some people do a bit of analysis on the body language and the general appearance of the drivers before hiring an auto. Nonetheless, this may not work out at all times as there are auto drivers who fleece the commuters with a smiling face and a friendly demeanor.
However, group travelers are at a distinct advantage because if they think that the driver has an unfriendly look, the person who has to travel the shortest distance gets in so the other persons can choose from the rest of the autos in the line. This would ensure that the the person who has to travel the farthest gets the best choice. As the going gets hard, the hapless passengers are forced to indulge in a bit of mind reading and character mapping of the drivers before hiring an auto!
Kerala will be focusing on ayurveda and the biodiversity hot spot of Western Ghats in its ongoing tourism campaign. The basic aim would be to generate a world wide interest in the ancient Indian medical system. Kerala is regarded as the birth place of Ayurveda and the rich biodiversity in the Western Ghats has been the biggest advantage for this tiny state of Kerala.
Home to over 900 species of Ayurvedic herbs, the chain of mountains that comprise the Western Ghats runs through its eastern sector from hills of Wayanad in North Kerala to the southern Sahyadri peak. A treasure trove of rare medicinal herbs, the Western Ghats have always evoked interest among botanists . The ‘Agasthyakoodam’ peak near Trivandrum believed to be the abode of Sage Agasthya of Indian mythology, is home to some of the rarest medicinal herbs.
One of the eight biodiversity hot spots in the world, the Western Ghats has become a happening theme in Kerala Tourism’s campaign. This tourism season, Kerala will be banking heavily on ayurveda and has come up with many an innovative plans to provide world-class Ayurveda facilities and services for visitors factoring in the biodiversity hot spot Western Ghats.
The Tourism Department has classified ayurvedic institutions as ‘Green Leaf’ and ‘Olive Leaf’ and these ‘Kerala Tourism approved Ayurvedic Centres will ensure authentic ayurvedic rejuvenation programmes. Kerala received 94 lakh domestic visitors last year, while number of foreign tourists stood at eight lakh. A majority of tourists from Germany, the Middle East and Australia cited Ayurveda as one of the most compelling reasons for them to make a trip to Kerala.
Ayurveda of Kerala is typically wellness oriented and many people opt for it for rejuvenation and relaxation and not just for curing physical ailments and it is this wellness element in ayurveda that Kerala will be aiming to exploit in drawing more tourists to this beautiful southern State of India.