Cartoon avatars of AJ Styles, Luke Harper & Brock Lesnar created in Inkscape

I have started drawing people (on paper) as they are playing on TV. If they look good, I draw them in Inkscape. This way the amount of time on the computer becomes less.

In this effort, AJ styles came out best. Shades in Brock Lesnar’s face blended indistinguishably when it was downsized.

Surprisingly, there are very few good images of WWE stars on the Net, particularly from the past. All were recent pictures.

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Subhash Browser & Feed Reader v2017.07.02 goes full screen

Subhash Browser could go fullscreen earlier too but only without the title bar. Not so anymore. All the screens can go fullscreen now.

The custom text boxes had an inactive ”Done” button when the onscreen keyboard was displayed. This has been fixed.

When the title bar was hidden, there was no way to access the hamburger menu. Now, the About toolbar button will be replaced with a Menu button for the same.

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Another feature update was in the Downloads screen. Different colors for different stages in the download wasn’t enough. Now, it tells explicitly if the download had oinked.

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On CodeProject.com: How to create a font samples document for your system

My latest article will be useful for web designers and graphic artists.

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Subhash Browser for Android v2016.06.01 adds new context menu options in feed reader

New context menu options for images loaded by web feeds preview have been added. These options make it easier to save images and copy their addresses.
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A bug affecting the browser in fullscreen mode (switching tabs causes a crash) has been fixed.

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Javadhu powder – a healthy non-toxic non-alcoholic perfume

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Muslims use attar because it is not based on alcohol. Similarly, Javadhu powder is a traditional cosmetic used in South India for millennia. Today, it is made by village self-help groups and others on a cottage industry scale.

Last year, my father gave me a bottle. I had read about it in literature but never used it before. The bottle ran out recently and I got a new one from a shop selling pooja articles. It costs less than 20 ruppees.

In the previous bottle, the powder had become dry. It still was very fragrant. The powder is slightly moist and the bottle needs to be tightly capped. Instructions in the bottle suggest taking a pinch in the palm and adding a drop of water before applying to the body. I simply rub the powder in the chest hair and arm pits. The fragrance does not go away even after a day!

Javadhu is an economical and safer alternative to sprays and deodorants. Currently, this is the only cosmetic I use apart from coconut oil & shikakai (soap nut powder).

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Cartoons of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin & Hillary Clinton

Outlined in Inkscape & colored in Gimp

Donald Trump
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Vladimir Putin
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Hillary Clinton
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Bike trip to Palani from Palakkad

If you want to avoid the crowds, choose a weekday and start early. By early, I mean that you want to get there by 8-9 o’ clock. Around noon, the nada will be closed for an hour. So, try to get the hilltop much ahead of it.

From Palakkad, Pazhani is over a 100 kilometers. You take the Palakkad-Pollachi road and go via Pollachi & Udumalapettai to Pazhani.

Once there, you go to the right of the main entrance for the free parking area. I don’t know if there is a separate parking space for two-wheelers but if you want to park it there chain your vehicle to a post. Otherwise, some nuts will box your vehicle in. I found that my vehicle had been moved behind a post & the nuts had parked two SUVs on either-side with no space to reverse. I have good upper-body strength and lifted the bike by its wheels one-by-one in about two minutes. Initially, it looked like I was stuck there for good. So, beware!

On the left of the main entrance is a free storage for footwear. Remember to get the numbered token.

Also on the left is a shed for tonsuring the head. You need to buy a ticket from the guard before sitting before the barber. Nearby, there is a bathing area (Rs.20). You should have brought a towel and a spare set of clothing. Also maybe a cup, Dettol and plastic bag for wet clothes.

In summer, it is better to climb the hill after a meal. I thought I would take my lunch after darshan and to my dismay found myself feeling woozy midway. On previous trips, I went up with no breaks. This time, my vision grew dark around three-fourth of the way and I decided to take breaks, even as female casual labour around me were transporting heavy headloads.

At the hilltop, I bought a prasadam ladoo and became re-energized. I also bought prasadam puliyokarai, which I ate after darshan. It was as good as perumal-koil puliyokarai.

My darshan was delayed by the closing of the nada. The crowd was heavy and grew heavier by the hour. Finally, after several hours in the serpentine queue I had a good darshan of Dandayudhapani in all his glory.

The stone-paved area around the temple and the steps going down becomes very very hot at noon. I decided to take the rope car on the way down but queue area was way too crowded. I took my lunch at the hilltop restaurant and went downhill by foot.

On the way back, I stopped for some palm fruit, near Karumapuram, about 10 kilometers before Kerala border. The guy asked me if I wanted neera and I said, “Fine, one glass”. But, there was no glass! He made a palm leaf bowl instead and disemboweled a palm fruit into it. Then, he poured some neera into the bowl.

Neera is the clear sap harvested from a cut made in the palm flower. It is non-alcoholic. (It becomes fermented (alcoholic) naturally to form toddy.) I have had neera before from a Khadi store and it was only mildly sweet. It also had a raw aftertaste. This was different. The water from inside the palm fruit (analogous to coconut water) seems to have overwhelmed everything and oversweetens the serving. Both TN & Kerala governments are n
now promoting the sales of neera.

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