Sunday, December 26, 2010

Re-wind to future..

As the first decade of the new millennium ticks towards closure, took a minute to turn back at the time traveled. Luckily 50% of those moments are captured right here in blogs ville itself.

I weigh the same weight i was in 2001 :) Feels worthwhile to mention it here since there was a 15 Kg drop in weight few years back.

I am back in the city where i started my career. Being NRC (non residential Chennaiite) for most part of my career this again felt noteworthy.

The people i befriended 10 years back, i still hang around with them. Feels nice to have a familiar bunch around and thankful for those poor souls for still bearing with me :) semma stamina i should say :)

I am back to 15hrs a day work schedule. Feels nice to have the deadlines whooshing over head and the pressure hours are well and truly back :)

I still go to the same saloon for haircut. Though the rates have tripled in ten years, happy that i still have enough hair to retain my grisly look :)

I am still unpunctual and lack the basic sense of time and prejudiced against formal dress wear as i was ten years back. Nothing to be proud of, still proves one proverb on dog's tail :)

This year has been a more fulfilling one and at times wish it had more days than 365. I read all the books i wanted to read. Saw all the movies i wished to see. Went to those places i wanted to visit and moved to jobs which i wanted to do. I was never content and the year was kind enough to satisfy my wants, however silly they were :)
I usually put my year end post 4 5 weeks in advance :) This time was still contemplating on jotting down the year ending post wishing to prolong it a bit more.

If i had to pick some best moments of this year, i would pick that Sunday, when my friends kids, sitting on my lap, had their ears pierced. I was a proud uncle that day and as long as they have ears they would curse me for the pain :)

Next best moment came in today morning when my neighbour's kid came to me to get my details added in her scrapbook :) In a span of 2 weeks, i've improved from uncle to anna to "vaadaa podaa" friend for those twins who are in their 5th standard :)

As per my permanent new year resolution, made few interesting friends this year too and some of them turned out to be bit more special than i wud've imagined :) When i was talking to a senior manager in my office, he asked me what i want to be in 5 or ten years time. I usually dont plan that far ahead and even if i do set some targets, i never fix any timeline with it, considering my penchant for punctuality :) This year has given me confidence to set slightly bigger targets. It has reaffirmed my faith in the fact that, happiness or sadness are never individual prone. If there is a sad event in family, no one can celebrate their success and the converser is true too. Our lives are interconnected and it always will be.
So, here are THE best wishes for a more happy, more eventful, more prosperous and more friendly new year. Special cheers to G3, Erudhu ,Rice, Ram, Subbanna, cassatta and all those bloggies who would be celebrating their Thala new year in 2011. May all our dreams come true :)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Praise the lord :)

"I know you are tense. But you are never gonna be this tense ever again. So enjoy the moment."

These lines could've been right on top of the best one liners in hollywood movies. Sure as tomorrow's sunrise, the listener knew that he had heard the best advice he can ever get on a battlefield. The words did their magic and today the listener answers to the call of Virendar Sehwag. And the little big man who uttered those pearls, has just completed his 50th test ton. Of all the praises and paeans showered on him..this one by one of his several million fans, i feel, is the best.

"Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting.They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching"

When he arched back and raised his bat to the heavens for the 50th time in 20 years of test cricket..it was almost as if in a silent plea to God..."when are you going to send in the showers". And God duly obliged..a tad late by which time Dhoni and Bhajji are already gone :(

Memo to GOD: If it rains tomorrow in SA and if the match gets drawn..i promise i wont eat ice cream for the next hmmm...till this year end. Please dont make this effort go in vain. Tragedies may suit the Greek. I am Indian and i want a happy ending.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Solladi sivagaami

"Ivar jaadagha padi...ipo time OOHOOO nu iruku. Adutha konja kaalathuku sooper time. Athukaprum thaan time konjam nalla ila. Athuku sila pala parigaaram panni palagaaram panna saria poidum"

Idhu namakkay teriaatha...itha oruthan solli kekarathukaga oruthan kita poganuma!!

Been hearing this standard dialog for the past umpteen years that i can recite them by heart and even put on a better modulation and who knows might sound convincing too for a bakra or two :)

The fact that mine is a horrorscope is well established. Everytime when i see or hear news of a new planet discovery i would feel like "Duh. They should've checked for it in my horrorscope". I believe people got a good chance of discovering newer planets just by putting my doc under microscope rather than craning their neck upwards to the sky. It got all the constellations and galaxies lurking in it and somehow all is not hunky dory amidst them. At times its lord Rahu or Kethu but all credit to lord Saturn. He is so fond of the boxes in my sheet that he keeps changing the box every once in a while. I was always the invisible student in the class who hardly made any noise. So classroomlayum sari..kattathulayum sari...Guru kandukkarathay illa. Marsla i am not sure if they've found conditions for live forms to survive but in my doc all are hale and healthy. Maybe if the NASA guys can decrypt it they mite even unearth clues about aliens from it.

And my horrorscope has so many doshams that agila ulaga josiyars have decided to honor one dosham with my name. Gils dosham. Idhu irukara makkal overa mokka poduvangalaam. Characterisation kooda ready panitaanga. Ithuku parigarama..gilsku chocolate maalai poatu..every friday pizaa vaangi kudutha saria poidumnu solla solliruken.

A typical conversation between the aye sayers and nay sayers would go like this i guess.

"How come the same horoscope for a person gets differnt opinions and predictions from different josiyars? isnt it proof enough to say its all a farce?"

"Dude..same teacher..same syllabus..same teaching. Aana examla not every one passes or gives same answer. You go to docs to get treatment. Why only a few docs are called kai raasi while others arent? Each one has his/her own flavour. ovvoru manushanukum oru feeling machi"

(on a totally different note..i believe there are no choice questions in MBBS course. Ilaati yosichi parunga.. thalai vali pathina kostin tuffa iruku solitu choicela vittu pass aana doctor kita treatmentku pona...Sorry baas..antha kostin naan padikala..athuku badila fever treatment thaan padichen..venumna antha tablets tharattanu keta...ennathuku aagarathu?!!! sila pala doctors intha kostina kekama aana treatment athey mathiri tharangarathu vera matter)

Nothing against the kattams or those believe in that. Still.. as long as i dont understand the logic behind it, it all looks and sounds so ...hmm...is there a decent word for scam?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Akkadaanu naanga udai poatta..

Than muyarchiyil satrum manam maaratha Vikramaathithan mathiri Gils enters office sharp at 10.30 for 9.30 shift. Damager looks at Gils and sighs (the exhaust air includes wildest of swear words which cant even be represented by all the wild characters in keyboard and finally ends with "ivan ethana thadava sonalum timeku varamaataan so tholayuthu").

"Gils..inniki enna day?"

"Today aapicer"

"Ketrukavay koodathu..adaii daii daii...inniki enna daaayyyy"

Damagera kaalangaathala azha uda venaam solitu "Monday aapicer"

"Monday anniki potukitu vara dressa ithu? Saaku mootaiya pirichi vitta mathiri oru pant. Chessboardla rangoli veladina mathiri oru sattai. Unnalaam roadla naai thoratharathaalaa thaan nee intha timekaachum office vara nenakren"

"Aapicer..intha dressku enna kurachal aapicer"

"Ellaamay jasthi..arent u aware of dress code?"

"Kodu poata dress neria iruku aapicer..atha solreengala"

"Adi vaanga pora maganay"

"No kovams aapicer. Less tensun more work. More work less tensun"

"HR kannula sikkara anniki irukudi unaku"

"Aapicer nangalaam Yoooooth aapicer. Iskooloda intha uniform podra kodumailaam over nu nenacha..inum ipdi dress codunu penal code poata epdi aapicer"

"Client vantha enna nenapaan"

"Dress nallarukay Indian traditional costumenu neanpaan"

"Velayadatha gils. Be serious. Naalilenthu ozhunga formalsla varalainaaa..."

"Veetuku anupiduveengala aaapicer..haiaaa"

"Waitees...Loss of pay poatu veetuku anupiduven"

"Aiayago..enna kodumai...seri..try panren"

Nextday @ opice:

Damager gives that same villain look seein gils entering opice at 10.45.

"Saaree aapicer. Neenga sonna mathiri costume theda konjam time aidichi"

"Ithu thaan unga oorla formalsa?"

"Enna aapicer.."neer thaan jackson duraia" rangeku kekareenga. Ithu formals ilama ennathu?"

"Nike la epo formals poda arambichaanga"

"Neenga sattai pantku thana soneenga..shoeku solalaye nethu..."

"Karumam..poi tholai.."

Nextday:

"GIiiiiiiillllllllsssssss"

"Y tension aapicer"

"Enna kolam ithu"

"Opicer..neenga sollamaye naan oru vela panitu vanthiruken. Tie poatukitu vanthiruken parunga. Paaratuveenga paatha..thitreengalay"

"Tie ya thupatta mathiri poatu why maanatha vangara"

"Katta therilaye opicer..athaan differenta try panen"

"Kitta vaa..naan oradiya iruki thallidren..epovum vara mathiriye vanthu thola..maanam poguthu unnala"

"Thank you opicer"

Gils goes away humming "Vetri meethu vetri vanthu ennai serummmm"

I hate this concept of dress code. Somehow being punctual and coming in formals are two things which can never be programmed into me. And more the insistance on dress code more creative my dressing sense becomes :D Finala things are back to normal now :D

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wall street 2

It was a typical english movie watch for me. "Dhool" padathula vivek solra mathiri vaaaya polanthutu paathuturnthen, without understanding half the dialogs. This movie would be best reviewed by Thalai ramesh i believe :)

I've seen "Wall Street - 1" with equal enthusiasm as preparing for my physics exams. All i could remember was "Greed is good" and Michael Douglas. This movie has its share of punch lines too..best being "Greed is not just good..its legal now". Years after, i am proud to say, i retain the same sense of (mis)understanding for share market and capitalism. This may be one of those movies i've ever seen without understanding more than half the dialogs. I would like to believe that the Americans at least would be able to relate to the lingo used in it much better than me.

The movie has interesting set of characters. None of them are totally good or totally bad. You simply can't love or hate anyone in the movie. It has got an interesting storyline where in the nice guy from scene one becomes bad in scene ten and the victor in one scene becomes vanquished in another. The story has the recent wall street meltdown as the backdrop and the story writer has tried to cleverly put in some human elements in it. But they stand out like sore thumb and never look more out of place when compared to the backdrop. But bereft of these the story would've been as dry as chennai water pumps in summer. The ending couldnt have been more cinematic.

There is a voice over scene which wonders on what is insanity and compares it with share market and people who invest on trust. I feel its legalised banking at its best and is a breeding ground for greed. People dont believe in god but put their faith on peice of paper which they believe will increase in its worth and will make them rich. They throw good money after bad and for them its all a game. Pity its these guys who decide the fate of the zillion others who are content in watching these guys play around with their money. At times i feel compelled to join the game. But sanity has prevailed till now. But bereft of options for an alternate source of income, who knows..in twenty years time..there might be a movie called "Dalal street" with a character called Gilsu :) Padam odutho ilayo..adi vangarathuku minna i the apeet :)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Two songs to cheer you up..

Two songs are set to rule the radio waves in coming times. Two totally contrasting genres but the result is same - an awestruck feeling which transports you to your happy place right from the first chord.

I usually avoid new songs and would bother to give them a try only after reading the review. But fell for this one hook line and sinker right from line one. Infact after the first stanza was having a worrying feeling about how the song is going to continue and whether will it match the expectation set at the first para, when i was hearing it for the first time. I feel this song has a strong impression of "Kurai ondum illai kanna" song. Here are the lyrics for u. Song ketutu solunga how u felt nu :) Have made the para's which were most impressive in BOLD. Its from the movie "Mandhira punnagai" by Karu palaniappan. Even the movie review sounds offbeat. Should give it a try.

enna kurayo enna nirayo
edherkum naan undenbaan kannan
enna thavaro enna sariyo
edherkum naan undenbaan kannan

enna vinayo enna vidayo
adherkum naan undenbaan kannan
adherkum naan undenbaan kannan
enna kurayo enna nirayo
edherkum naan undenbaan kannan

nandrum varalam theedhum varalam
nanban poley kannan varuvaan
valiyum varalaam vaattam varalaam
varudum viralaai kannan varuvaan

ner kodu vattam aagalam
nizhal kooda vittu pogalaam
thaaladha thunbam nergayil
thaayaga kannan maaruvaan


avan varuvaan kannil mazhai thudaippan
irul vazhhigalile pudhu oli vidhaippan
andha kannanai
azhagu mannanai
dhinam paadi vaa
varudhey

undu enalaam illai enalaam
iradum kettu kannan sirippan
inaindhu varalaam pirindhum tharalaam
uravai poley kannan iruppaan


pani moottam malayai moodalaam
vazhi kettu paravai paadalaam
pudhiraana kelvi yaadhilum
vidayaga kannan maaruvaan

olinthiruppan
engum nirainthiruppan
avan isai mazhaiyaai
ennai udan inaippaan

andha kannanai
kanivu mannanai
dhinam paadi vaa
malarey


Second one was another lucky listen like the previous one. "Whos the hero" from Manmadan Ambu. Andrea (aairathil oruvan, pachai kili muthu charam heroine) has the best strike rate for hit songs in recent times. Whatever she sings are becoming chart busters and this is one song where she has really let loose her wild self. I can bet, you can't sit in one place and listen to this song. Semma energy and so contagious :) highly mood uplifting song. Chk this one also and let me know how you feel.


P.s: thalaiye ketutaaru..so here is the link Mandhira Punnagai

Literala translate pannala..irunthalum theme convey agara(??) maathiri oru attempt..
For those who can't follow tamil.

I am in loss
I am in gain
I am in Joy and
I am in Pain

I am in problem
I am in solution
I am in dormant and
all things in motion

I am the sadness
in times of pain
I am the gladness
which mind attain

I am the confusion
in times of chaos
I am the clarity
amidst all pathos

I am the straightness
in all the curves
I am in the lifeblood
through your nerves

I am the shadow
in the dark
I am the grass blades
all in the park

I am the beginning
in the end
I am the straightness
in the bend

I am in the single
grain of sand
I am the rocks in
the mountain land

I am the rain drop
in the ocean
I am the plenty in
all the ration

I am in life
I am in death
I am the experience
all life bequeath.

Think i am odd
You people call me God.

P.S.S: pakkathu veetu paapa...abcd ongappan thaadi nu paaditrunthichi...athoda inspiration thaan intha rhymes :D

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thonthiran - part 2

Pasigaran and CHITHAPPA robot goes to the robotic meet. Pasi asks robot to introduce itself.

"Hi I'm CHITHAPPA. Breakfastuku 10 idly. Lunchku full Andhra meals"

All the other scientists in the meet complain to Pasi even before he could begin the demo.

"Mr.Pasigaran..mariyathaiya itha ingenthu thookitu poidunga..ilaati akku vera aani veraya naangalay itha udaichiduvom"

"Enga..ennachu?"

"Unga kooda irukkara antha janthu..enga lunch box elaam gaali pannidichi. Ozhungu mariaathaia engellaarukum lunch vaangi thaanga"

"Dei CHITHAPPA..enda ipidi maanatha vaaangara"

"Avanga thaan doctor sonaanga. Avangalala saaptu seiyara oru vishyam ennala mudiathu nu. Athaan naan irukara ellar lunchaiyum saaptutu try panni paathen. Evlo try panalum varala doctor"

"aiaiaao...ennatha try panna"

"Yeppam vida thaan..neenga enna nenacheenga. Am i missing any other skill"

"Mada robo..Yeppam vidarathelam skillada"

Jury members from the conference reject CHITHAPPA because he doesnt know how to Burp.

Kadupula veetuku vara Pasigaran decides to teach the robot all aspects of gastric problems.

Blackboardla Poondu, mochakoattai lenthu Jelucil syrup varaikum ellathaiyum power point slidesa poatu solli tharar Pasigaran. Apdiyum CHITHAPPA ku purinja mathiri therila. In comes Sadha.

"Enna Pasi panreenga?"

"Intha mada Robo va paru Sadha..enna sonanlum ithu mandaila era maatenguthu"

"Unga slideslam paatha mandaila erara matter pathi mathiri terilaiye" apdinu Sadha solitrukum boathu oru differentaana sound varuthu.

Pasi gets anxious and searches everywhere for the source of the noise. Suddenly Sadha exclaims. "Pasi intha sound CHITHAPPA kitenthu thaan varuthu"

"Wooohoo...CHITHAPPA eppam vitutaru. Itha vachu conferencela naan jeiyichiruven" nu Pasi jumps with joy.

Sadha takes CHITHAPPA to her home. Anga micham meethi vaikamaa samaichi vachiruntha ella itemsaiyum the robot finishes off in one sitting. Sadha's amma gets wild and shouts that "Un oruthiku samaichi podrathay mudila..ithula ithu veraya..kootitu po mudhulla"

Chithappa and Sadha goes to a park.

"Sadha..unkita onnu sollata..neeyum theeni pandaraam..so am i. Intha ulagathulaye thandathuku irukara renday peru thaan. Onnu nee..inonnu naan. Why shouldnt we get married i say?"

"Chithappa..amma saapadu unaku othukala nenakren. Jelucil saptia?" saying this she abruptly rejects Chithappa's proposal.

Chithappa feels heart broken and decides to teach everyone a lesson. He stealthily goes into Pasigaran's lab and clones himself.

Suddenly the Saravana Bhavan's, A2B's, Annapoorna's finds themselves under attack. Pasi seeing the kalebaram on tv rushes to the lab.

"Chithappa...enna ithu...engenthu ithana Chithappa vanthaanga??!!"

"Ivangalaama...ithu thaan naan first clone panna robot. So nomenclature padi onnu vitta Chithappa..athu rendu vitta chithappa...ipdi neria pera create panniruken"

"En chithappa en...un oruthan imsaiye thaangala...en idpi senja. Diwali athuvuma...oru hotel vidama ella shopsaium ivanga gaali panitrukaanga. Udanay stop pannu ivangala"

"Mudiaathu. Enakku Sadhava katti vai..naan stop panren"

"Ithuku un memory corrupt aakara computer virusa katti vaikka sollirukalam nee. Ennamo po..ekkedu ketu ozhinga. Mudhalla intha galattavelaam stop pannu"

"Dei...Ram...ennada olaritruka...enamo..chithappa periappa nu polambitruka...ethachum kanavu kandia??" Hearing his mom's voice Ram wakes up.

"Amma...en robot engamma"

"Robo va....unna solli kuthammilada...anju seconduku oru thadava ad poatu kolraanga paaru...Sun tv karana sollanum...poda po...mudhalla kulichitu va. Diwali athuvuma...ethana neram thoongitrupa"

:D SUBAM :D

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thonthiran - part 1

Dr.Pasigaran is seen working on his robot. He barks out commands one by one.
"Idly..Dosai..Poori..Jaangiri"
For each command the robot goes correctly to the dish, picks them
"Sooper..kalakita" nu solli kittu irukum boathay the robot begins to eat the dishes "heyyy..heyy...unna identify panna mattum thaana sonen"
"Doctor..pasikuthu"
"Mada robo..unaku mandaiku keezha thonthi thaana?"
"Neenga thaana design paneenga doctor"

"Gara...dei...garaaaa...inumm ennada antha ithu pona lavatorila pannikitu iruka. Seekaram velila vaada..vayitha kalakuthu"

"Yo mom...how many times i've told u..enna "gara" "gara" nu koopdaathanu"

"Pasigarana surukki...Pasi pasi nu koopta veetla samaikaama kathi kitu irukomnu pakkathu veetu karangalaam nenachukarangalay..athaan gara gara nu calling...Enda unnoda robo va test panna edamay kedaikalaia? irukarathay oru toilet. Antha oosi pona robo ku saapaadu podra edamada athu... kandatha thinnutu paathi neram angaye settle aagidreenga rendu perum"

"Mother..enna pathi enna venumnaalum sollu..en kandupudippa pathi pesatha"

"Aaaama peria kandupudipu.. nethu olichu vachatha epdio thedi kandupudichitu ennamo ulaga maga discovery mathiri alatikara..antha karumatha enda toiletla vachiruka?"

"Naan panra experimentoda side effectsku antha edam thaan saria varum. Athaan. Amma...ithana naala soru vacha robo ku inum peru vaikala..nalla pera onnu sollen"

"Antha karumatha paathalay..oorla irukara unga chithappa thaan nyabgam varaaru..pesama atheye pera vachiru"

"Sooper..innilenthu..robo un peru "CHITHAPPA"..epdiruku?"

"Doctor..saria soru poda mateengareenga paatha peru vaikrathilayum sothapiteenga. Neenga enaku per vaikalanu naan azhuthena unga kita. Seri..tholaiyuthu..adjust pannikaren"

"dei gara...nee lavatoryla irunthapo unna thedi Sadha vanthaa. Romba neram wait panna. Nee velila vara mathiri terila..so kadupaaitu samachu vachirunthathaalam thinnutu poita. Athennada peru Satha sotha nu"

"Athuvamma..antha ponnu poranthathilenthu sadha ethayachum thinnukitay irukumaam. Athaan Sadhaa nu peru vachirukaanga avanga veetla"

Pasi calls Sadha.

"Sorry Sadha..u know very well tht to me my experiment comes first. Athaan una meet panna mudila"

"Vitrulam Pasi. Ithoda Vitrulam. I dnt think i can marry you."

"En sadha en?"

"Yoishci paru. After marriage en peru "Sadha Pasi" nu maaridum. Ipovay naan adikadi saapdrennu elarum complaining. Sadha pasi nu peru maaridichinna kekkavay venaam"

"Apo naan kuduthathelaam thirupi kudu"

"Etha solra..u mean those 592 kisses?"

"cha..athelam neye vachuka. Enga veetla naan ilathapo round katti thinurikiye..athukaana bill settle pannu"

Sadha kadupaagi thirumba..there she see CHITHAPPA robot sitting and munching Banana.
It goes near Sadha and introduces itself.

"Hi..i'm CHITHAPPA. Breakfastuku 10 idly. Lunchku full Andhra meals"

"Pasi..ithu yaru..un Sistera?"

"che..nalla paru..athu male. Ithu thaan naan pudusa senjirukara robot. Ithu peru CHITHAPPA..u know unna mathiriye eppo paaru thinukitay irukum"

"woww..waatta name..so cute. Itha naan en veetuku kootikitu pogatta? enga veetla nethu samaichathu neria meenthu poachu"

"oh sure. Aana itha velila vitratha..inum government approval vangala"

"Itha vachikitu enna panrathu pasi?"

"Indiala egapatta statesla ekkachakka festivals iruku. Ella customslayum mainana matter ennana varietyana dishes. Oru oru dishayum epdi sapadrathungarathula neria doubts iruku elarukum. Intha robotla entha dish epdi sapdanumnu naan "feed" panni vachiruken"

"Wooww...watta kandupudipu. So sweet"

"And kaaram too" winks Pasigaran.

(to be continued...)

Friday, November 05, 2010

Ninaivo oru paravai...

"dei Ramu...en kannadiya enga vechen paathia?"
"oru naal paatha mathiri ithey pozhapa poachu...engayachum ethayachum vachida vendiathu..aprum theda vendiathu. Ethaiyum edutha edathula vacha thaana"
"Enda..vacha edam ethunu terinja un kita enda keka poren.Maranthu poachu nu thaana kekaren"
"Ellathiyum maranthiru..inum konja naalula paaru veetu addressa maranthutu vazhi theriama suthi kitu iruka pora. Enga ponalum pursela address vachitu po" ena nakkaladithan Ram.
"Nethu nejamavay vara vazhila theru per maranthutenda..Aprum mel veetu maamiya paathu avangaloda pesikitay veetuku vanthuten. Ipolaam marathi adigamaaidichi"
"Epovumay ethayachum poatu manasa kozhapikitay irukalla nee..athaan. Overa stress pannikaatha. Relaxeda manasa vachuko elaam automatica nyabgathula irukum. Seri naan officeku kelamabren. Kathava marakama thaapa potuko and saaptutu marakkaama mathirai potuko"

"Machi..Malar hospital doctor vanthu etho presentation kudukaraaram...polaam va" endru azhaithaan Siva. Iruvarum workshopiruku sendranar.

"Intha ulagathilaye kodumaiyana disease ethu nu sollunga papom"
Aids lenthu Cold varaikum anaithu noi galaiyum pattiyal ittanar workshop participants.
"Neenga sonnathelaam etho oru vithathula kodumaiayana noi thaan. Silathuku permanent cure iruku. Silatha control panna vazhi iruku. Neriathuku curey ila. Aana ithu elathilayum kodumaiyaana disease ethu na...Alzheimer's disease.

"Irandu manam vendum..iraivanidam ketten. Ninaithu vaazha ondru..maranthu vaazha ondru" nu cinema paatu onnu iruku. Intha disease vanthirukara patientsku antha mathiri oru setup iruntha romba vasathi. Intha diseasa en specifica kodumaiyaana diseasenu solrenna...Kashtam vara nerathula nenachu paathu santhosha pada ivangaluku nyabgangal irukaathu. Konjam konjama ellathaiyum maranthu poitu aduthavangala depend panni thaan avanga daily life irukum. Athuvum care taker seria amaiyalaina atha vida naraga vedhanai irukavay mudiathu. En kashtapadromngarathu teriamayae kashta paduvanga.

Usuala vayasangavalaku intha disease varathukkana chances romba jasthi. Intha mathiri daily vishayangala senjika kooda aduthavangala depend panni irukaravanga kitta naama romba porumaiya irukanum."

Antha doctor pesinatha athuku mela ketka mudiathavanai Ram veliye vanthaan. Andru kaalai avanga amma kita avan pesinathu ninaivukku vara.."oru vela ammakum intha mathiri problema irukumo" nu bayanthavaray veetuku sendraaan.

"Nooru aayusuda unaku. Unaku pudicha munthiri paruppu cake paniruken. Chinna vayasulenthu epo paru pudingi edupiye..ithu panalaina diwali celebrate panna maateenu adam pudippa munnalaam. Ippo thaan adhelam yosichikitay adupulenthu erakki vachen. Saapdria? ..Yenda..en azhara?? ennada achu?" endru pathariyavaaray visaarithaal amma.

Santhoshathirkaana kaaranam solla mudiyaamal kangalil kaneerodu sirithaan Ram.

Happy diwali folks :) Adutha postla meetaren.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Endhiran - review

Kanden Enthiranai :) After almost a month since its been released, atlast managed to see the movie. The most awaited movie of the year become the most waited movie for me :) still no regrets. Had i seen it riding the hype wave, maybe i might have felt euphoric (another way of getting over the "iam-conned-lemme-grin-and-bear-it" feeling). Anyways, for the uninitiated (still biding their time to watch it) its not your typical Rajini movie. At the same time, to say that, had any one else, other than the big man, had donned the role, it wouldnt have been as effective, would be the understatement of the decade. I dont remember if Rajini had done a triple role before. Quite a few double acts for sure. But in this one, he really does manages to pull it off with elan. Each role, interstingly, well distinguished from other. Probably, that shows the amount of time Shankar must've had in shaping up the characters. He claims, he had this in cans for almost a decade now. And the effort shows in some places, like the robot while running horizontally stamps on the mouth of a guy who tries to spit from train and the scene where it slashes the corrupt traffic police's hand, which has the typical Shankar stamp on it.

Though i would still proclaim it as a Sujatha movie. The masters stamp is splashed all over it. I am more than reminded of the "Juno" character, created by Sujatha, by Chitti 1.0. Especially the last scene where it/he says "Naan oru joke sollatta" :) Sila dialogslaam Nachunu iruku. Like "Lovenu vanthuta Robotkum nut kazhandirum" and "Enna nakkala?..Illa Nickel. Boltlaam Nickella senjathu". I was literally laughing out loud for the second one. That exam scene where the robo helps aishu to bittu adichify, her reaction on getting caught and the robot's faithfullness in the following scene...to me thats the best scene in the movie :) Loved it. Period or should i say "dot". On the climax portion, touted as India's answer to Hollywood..well..the lesser said the better. Avlo onnum
impressivea ila. Infact, the graphics scores in many other scenes in the movie rather than the climax. Chitti 2.0 character allows Rajini to re visit his bad ass days and man!! he rocks. The body language and facial expression change menacingly. So different from chitti 1.0. Music looks good and sounds less so. Aish, though she comes throughout the movie, hardly registers her presence except for the 2 kissing scenes. Though in that mosquito bite scene, its again Rajini who steals the thunder.

This movie is a typical scifi masala movie. Infact, if scifi movies have to run
successfully, atleast the indian made ones, this movie would be a reference point on
managing the right mix. Shankar, though some touts him as the "James cameron" of India, manages to match him in budget and showmanship. A little bit of Speilberg-ness on the content side will help too :)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sound of Love

A master asked his disciples: ‘Why do we shout in anger? Why do people shout at each other when they are upset?’

the disciples thought for a while, and one of them said ‘Because we lose our calm, we shout for that.’ ‘But, why to shout when the other person is just next to you? ‘Isn’t it possible to speak to him or her with a soft voice? Why do you shout at a person when you’re angry?’ The disciples gave him some other answers but none satisfied the master.

Finally he explained: ‘When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other through that great distance.’

Then the master asked: ‘What happens when two people fall in love? They don’t shout at each other but talk softly, why? Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is very small…’ And he finally said: ‘When they love each other even more, what happens? ‘They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. ‘Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that’s all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.’

P.S: Found this as a note in FB. Loved it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Open up

Ever since i saw the ad for the first time..have been a big fan of this Nescafe song. Its a real peppy one and got nice tune to it too. Here goes the lyrics :)

You can be rich, with no money to spend.
You can do everything, when you understand.
You can be mother, when your are man.
Open up, you know that you can.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up


The key is inside you, to open your mind.
You know what is out there, your heartcan't be blind.
Open your eyes and open your mind.
Open your thoughts, don't stay behind.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up


You raise all the borders, and start in your head.
Open your mind, to thoughts ?
Open your eyes and open your mind.
Open your thoughts and don't stay behind.

Open you eyes,
open your mind,
open your thoughts.
Don't stay behind.

Open up, open up.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Ipidyum irukumo?

It was that time of the year..when all of a sudden Lord Hanuman woke up to find Lord Muruga and his consort Valli next to him.

He was perplexed and asked "Lord..how come you are here?"

"I was waiting for you to wake to up to ask the same question..look there"

What he saw was even more shocking. Lord Vishnu in his Varaha Avatar form was seen talking with one rolly polly person with a bald head. Seeing the shocked look on Hanuman's face, Lord Vishnu smiled at him and said "Why blood..Same blood here too. By the way..meet Mr.Laughing Buddha"

Hearing some commotion near by everyone turned to note something even stranger. Lord Ganesha was seen in a heated argument with another rolly polly guy.

When enquired, that rolly polly guy said, "Aiya..I am a Chettiyaar. I had kept a food stall and had asked my wife to take care of it while i was sleeping. I dont know where she went and when i wake up i saw Lord Ganesha eating all the stuff from my stall. He is not paying for what he ate. Please provide a theerpu for this"

All the while Lord Ganesha was laughing and when Hanuman asked him for the reason he pointed out in a direction which witnessed even more confusing scenes.

There was a T20 match going on between the dasavatharam versions (minus Lord Varaha ofcourse) of Lord Vishnu and some team full of humans and human team was winning!!

To add up to the confusion, suddenly someone yelled "Ketti melam..Ketti melam" and a wedding ceremony, which all the while was silent, came into scene.

All the gods showered their blessings on the newly wedded couple, who were wondering where to go for honeymoon.

As both Vaikuntam and Devalogam both were nearby they were having a debate as to which place to visit.

Finally the better half won and it was finalised as Devalogam. While they were taking leave of the crowd, suddenly the entire place shook and it was all light and brightness.

A booming voice spoke like asareeri.

"Amma..first pullayaar bommailenthu start panren" and a hand came and took the Ganesha doll and placed him in Golu.

Happy Navarathri folks :)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Poi bus karo :)

If chitraguptan, the auditor in charge of tracking the lies told by every individual, wants an easier way to track the liers he should just listen to the conversations over bus journeys. Enaaamaa pulugaraangapa!!
I guess most of them use the situation provided by bus journey to cover up their shortcomings.
"Itho meenambakkam thaandi vanthutaaaaay iruken" apdinu one guy was kooovifying today..when the bus was no where near even guindy.
"Tambarathula eranga poren sir..neenga soneengalay solitu A/C bus nu kooda paakama 30 rupees ticket eduthutu varen. konjam wait pannugnga"..another one trying to convince his client.

Inniki evening varapo kuda someone was shouting "Naan enna madam panrathu..semma traffic jam. Vandi inch kuda nagarala" while the bus was literally whizzing on an near empty road :)

And one another common factor with all the above buggers is that..they've no bloody sense on how to talk over cellphone, especially while in public place. Each one competing with other as to who yells the loudest. Manushana nimmathia paatu kekka uda maatengarangaba :(

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Is "real" really real??

Just saw the movie "Shutter Island". And you can see the result on the title itself.
No. This post is not a review on the movie. More on the content of it. Its a story about illusions and insane asylum and on (one of) its inmates. Is the hero a nut case would be a question which would linger with me till one of you see the movie and write a review on it :) But the thing is..illusion. A pretty interesting thing.

Oru poiyya pathu thadava sonna athu unmai aaidum. Especially if it involves sanity of a person's mind. Keep calling a person mad, even those who wouldn't believe it at first would slowly begin to fall in line. Even his otherwise routine actions will come under scrutiny. Question on sanity is something which cannot be defended or attacked for that matter. Even if one comes hard saying he is not mad it further slides him into that questionable hole. That, i guess, is the worst punishment or crime which can ever be committed on a fellow human being.

Insane and I'msane just differ by a single letter. Who defines the condition for sanity decides who are within the circle and who are outside it. To quote Joker from the movie "Dark Knight" - "Madness is like gravity. You just need a push". I see people slogging their bottoms off, even during weekends, to meet unrealistic deadlines. And there are people like urs truly :) Some are so touchy that even an extra article in a word would make them see red while some are so thick skinned that even if lightning strike them, it would bounce off. Every individual does have some or other madness in them. Since the other aspects of their personality match majorly with the accepted norms of the society they escape being tagged.

To me madness and creativity has a very minor difference - acceptance. If people admire your work..you are creative else a lunatic. The Rowlings, Tolkeins, Assimovs, Sujathas all their works are way out of the leagues of normal human minds i would say. Any creative person whose thoughts are lateral and unique, often find fame..may not possibly be on their lifetime, as their peers may not understand their works. But definitely over a period of time. Most of those artists are often branded as nut cases by those who can't understand their works.

So is acceptance everything in life? Even if you are a serial killer if the society accepts does it deem it a right action??!!! Eating with hands is a normal thing in India while it might be frowned upon in Western world. So how does this "acceptance" is gets defined? I've no clue. Maybe thats the reason behind formation of unique cultures?? People who found similar likings gelled together and formed their own culture??

Me the readings "Deivathin Kural- part 1", compilation of the speeches and teachings of Kanchi Periyavar. There was one reference to this topic. I would conclude this post with his quote. (Its a shoddy translation..pls bear with me)

"There are are 3 kinds of mental state - Alert, Sleepy and Dreamy. Alert mind, as it states, is alert to the happenings around. Dreamy is the state in which mind conjures up things which are beyond the reach of real worldly affairs while Sleepy is a situation where mind is totally at rest..devoid of any thoughts. But the thing is..in all three situations, its the same mind. Thoughts are many. Situations are many. But mind is one"

Return of Kedi

ok..before moving any further..K..E..D..I is pronounced as "kay dai" as in Jedi (Star wars). Thappa padichitu correcta artham pannikapdaathu..okva :) I may not carry a light sabre..but me heavy and sober. Rombaaaa naala intha pakkam etti paakalaya...oray ottadaiyum thoosiyuma senthudichi...mindla i mean :)

Diwali anniki "Ganga Snaanam aachaa"nu kekara mathiri..."Endhiran ticket book panniyaacha" nu ooray allolagallola patukitu kedaku. "Engengu kaaninum sakthiyada"nu Bharathidasan paadina mathiri..enga paathalum Endhiran. Trailor releasekey oora rendu aakitaanga. Sun pics mite've pumped in 100 plus crores for making the movie. But i think they wud've put in an equal amount on promoting the movie too. Yesterday went to Albert theater with friend, who by the way happens to be a Rajini fan(atic). Thursday night, zeroth day zeroth show, movie ticket rate was 1500 rupees!!! and it was sold out already!!!!! Just to catch a glimpse of that 2 mins trailor, he had seen most of the mokka movies playing. This would be another first in movie advertising i guess. Theater owners are wooing people with ads that, they are showing Enthiran trailors in their theaters!!! Aurora theater in Matunga, Mumbai is getting renovated just for the sake of this movie, which happens to be the last movie to be shown there as its getting demolished to make way for a mall soon. Still the owner is spending so much, for he himself is a rajini fan it seems. When contacted that guy has said, "Anything for thalaivar".

I think, the curious case of Rajinikanth would be something that would make an intriguing research topic, if not already taken. Whether he comes in jeans n tees, or plain dhothi kurta, sports a mush or clean shaven, wears paratta thalai hair style or bald..this is one guy who is loved by one and all irrespective of his looks, even though his USP was his supposedly style quotient. What makes him tick is something, if can be bottled and sold, would rake in zillions. Still there is one remarkable quality of him which is for everyone to see and pursue too - his humility. It borders on being fake!!! How can a person, who with a mere wave of his hand can send thousands into raptures be so humble is again something which might make a good case study :) Either he is too good an actor offscreen atleast or an amazing person worth following. Whatever the case is, Endhiran is all set to become the "Avatar" of Tamil cinema for sure and probably of Indian cinema too, provided it has a decent storyline. Like all gullible movie freaks..me too awaiting the darshan. This time next week will tell, if its Enthi"run" ning or Enthi"ran". Goodluck to the movie, for the sake of the intriguing big man.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Consider this IDEA sarjee :)

Loved the latest IDEA ad. 4 youngsters get job offers in various parts of India..totally alien culture. They wonder how to align themselves to their new location when AB's baby's idea comes to their rescue. Its a cute ad and interestingly picturised. And very apt in current IT scenario.

Few years back..onsite opportunities..working from client locations meant by default either US or some place in Europe (at the worst). People used to get thrilled to hear these terms and would prepare themselves mentally to struggle for decent food and other basic amenities which they wud've taken for granted while growing up in their gullies.

Cut to the present, with more and more Indian companies flexing up their financial muscles and domestic market looking rosy for opportunities, what was once considered as TCS domain, is now under heavy competition from all and sundry. Move over the metros, which have already become as costly as any other world city, has become the mantra. Grab the second tier cities before someone else does, is the watchword nowadays. Places which would've only figured as a blip on your way during some vacation travel are fast becoming daily destinations. And people are forced to migrate within the country left right and center.

A Bihari in Saidapet, Bong in Madipaakam, Mallu in Tambram and a Sardar in chengelpet. I just explained a portion of my team here :) There was a training conducted in our office to learn scottish culture. For interacting with a client, which obviously is the most important thing, with whom we might end up talking for say..half hour a day or probably even lesser for many people, the org is willing to spend lakhs. No issues on that investment as client is the king. Similar sort of orientation program is given to people who travel abroad for long terms. I was wondering why not something similar for people who are relocating to various places within India?? It would definitely be cheaper than any other training i guess and people would be more than interested to learn about their own country too,i suppose, considering the difficulties they undergo in interacting with the localities. I guess it would be a smart investment if the resources are trained to understand and gel with the local culture.

Many people grumble a lot when they've to relocate within India..the main fear being..ADAPTABILITY. I have a team mate who is from Manipur and he claims it would take him 3 days one way to reach his native from chennai!!!! India IS really BIG!!! There are some really good resources from places as far as Himachal and Delhi..who want to relocate back because they find it tough to settle in chennai. The reason they opted to come here in first place was the lucrative job offer. But more than that the challenges in settling to a new place..new culture..drives most of them back. I am not saying that by giving them training about local culture these issues can be plugged. But it might be a good start towards that i guess.

Firstly it might create job opportunities for people who specialise in their local languages and culture.
If found acceptance, BA and MA might become hot shot courses, as lucrative as their Science counterparts.
An additional domain of opportunity which might benefit in shoring up our unique culture.
Employee retention - the very basic reason why i am suggesting it.

There are so many trainings conducted to learn German, spanish, French etc. May be Indian languages are left to be learnt by themselves through trial and error. But if there can be certified courses for learning any Indian languages too on par with the foreign ones..well..hmmm.

Disclaimer: This post is not meant for the Raj thackeray's and Doctor aiya's :)

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

2 phone calls and an amazing week...

Its amazing how much a voice can convey..apart from whats being said. In past 2 weeks i had 2 such conversations over phone which made me feel like...WOW!!

First one was more emotional and sentimental at the same time very positive and heartwarming. The distance of several thousand kilometers was nonexistent for the entire duration of the call and even after that call it still feels the same. I am happy for the day i got introduced to "People Network" through which we made our acquaintance and me the forever greedy would pray for more such days. What began as a call to console soon turned out to be the best motivational talk i ever had. That person recounted incidents from their personal life and how they overcame it to be what they are now. It was touching and a rare gesture that i felt so happy that they were kind enough to share it with me. It immediately shook me out of my gloom and i was soon back to normal. I am indebted to that person for that call and for the support provided and feel honored at the same time for the trust on me to share their most personal feeling.

The second call was much more recent and was funny too in a way.) It was more like a (midnight) wakeup call for my conscience :) and made me realize a totally different perspective on my otherwise unidirectional sense of thought. That person read an article from a famous weekly magazine which was tallying with what has been going on in my life for the past few weeks, but in an almost 360 degree different angle :) I was being continuously urged since last wednesday to get a copy of that magzine and since i couldnt get my hands on one, she was kind enough to read out the passage to me. Even if i had managed to read it on my own, i doubt if it would've had that effect on me. In a clear unquavering voice, with crystal clear diction, and in a tone which would've made the author proud, i got to hear the contents. And there were pauses in the middle to explain those portions which were meant for me and her perspective on them. It always feel wonderful when people care for you and its even more special when they go to this length to ensure that message is delivered. I feel humbled by the amount of faith which they have on me and it makes me want to feel more responsible.

I can't think of a way to repay these kind gestures. Just be there for me, like now, always. Can't have enough of you :)

Last week turned out to be the best of this year :) with still more than a dozen to go i can safely say it would continue to top the charts for me. Doting sisters, caring friends, wonderful colleagues, a very special person to add to the list - and i am not done yet :) "Mugavari" is my all time fav Ajith movie. There is one dialog in that, "Nammala suthi irukaravanga ellam naama nalla irukanumnu nenaikaravanala iruntha atha vida vera enna venum lifela". Me at such a phase of my life. Last weekend went to one mokka movie with the gang and more than the movie the kind of pranks which the folks did, made it more worthwhile to watch :) The movie was about college kids and there we were, behaving even more kiddish than the actual kids :) The nine hour outing went in a whiff. Remembered the song "On a day like today...you never wanna see the sun go down" (by Bryan adams?) Thank u guys for all those wonderful time and happy memories.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Menu" needhi

There is a scene in "Azhagan" movie where Mammooty opichufies the menu to Banupriya. He would repeat everything on the menu, category wise. Similar scenes are there in "Server Sundaram","Pudu Pudu Arthangal" and many more movies. (Just realised all three are KB movies. May be KB has a fetish for this type of recital?:D)

The point is, nowadays, there is hardly any communication between the waiter and the guest. The menu card is shown to the guest and he picks and chooses his wants. The art of showcasing the memory might of the waiters, hardly exist. Mylapore boasts of many famous hotels, which are well known for their specific menu items. Be it Sambhar or even coffee, tea for that matter. The name of the hotel would be synonymous with the dish. I've never frequented hotels as a kid as my mom's cooking was way too tasty to even consider going out to try options :D But on those occasions when i did went, i used to be amazed at the speed with which they recite the list of items and also how they managed to memorise the requirements of different tables, without writing them down and how they managed to serve the same, without missing anything. They used to take pride in announcing the daily special and would be more caring and patronising, urging us to try. Whatever be the intention, its always nice to feel pampered and attended upon, right? :)

I went to Karpagambal mess today to get dinner. Though its at a stones throw distance from my house, i've never visited that hotel ever before in my life. It was really a pleasant experience. I often used to wonder, whenever people used to speak so highly of that place, as to whats so special about it. Well. For starters, they still use plantain leaves to serve food. And the head waiter uncle did the recital. I went to order just "Idly" and came back with a bucketful of dishes :D He introduced each dish as if they are hot models on ramp walk :d It was cute and nostalgic. Main matter. The taste didnt disappoint either. So next time when u are anywhere near this area, give this place a try for sure. Its just opposite to Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Happy birthday chennai :)




Kudalai kumattum koovam irunthaalum




Kuppai koolangalil roadu marainthaalum




December maatham vanthidin




aagidum enathu chennai "sing"aaram.

Happy birthday chennai :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Amazonia...

"In 11 out of ten stories, its always the hero who chases the gal..confuses her..convinces her..makes her fall for him. What would be the guys reaction had the same been done by the gal. Imagine a gal, repeatedly running behind a guy..in spite of him rejecting her.. multiple times and managing to win his heart in the end. What would you think about such a gal?"

So began the great coffee day debate :)

"Is she good looking??"
"Who?"
"That girl you were telling about"
"Let's say..Yes. She is"
"Is she hot?"
"Yeess..hot and cute and etc etc"
"Gotcha..is the guy married?"
"No...i know wat u will ask next. a big noooooo to that too"
"Thats a rather "straight" answer..hehehe...then this is a theoretical impossibility. No good looking gal will go after a guy, even after multiple rejections and no sane single guy would accept such an offer"
"What is insane in a gal going after a guy and why would he reject her?"
"Well..for starters..that guy would be scared out of his wits. Have you seen Discovery channel? even in animals..its always he male who trapezes to attract the female. Never the other way round. And moreover..a good looking gal proposing to a guy, without even him trying!! Had i been in his shoes, i would be absolutely careful and watch out for any pranks"
"PRANKS!!! hummppfff...you guys will never be serious.."
"Ok..ok...relax. Lets be practical. The scenario you are describing might sound like every guy's dream. But in reality..thats not the case"
"Thats what i want to know. Why? Lemme ask you direct. Do you guys think..just because the gal herself comes and asks you..she may not be of good character?"
"Hmmm...see..anything which comes easily looses its sheen.. right?"
"How mean. No gal would think like that about a guy who comes and proposes to her"
"Well..because thats what everyone expect."
"So u mean to say...a gal cant fall in love on her own and should always wait for someone to propose to her? how stupid.Even in this modern world..you guys cant accept a women to take lead isnt it? Accept the fact that..it would hurt your male ego's if a gal comes and propose to you and thats the reason why you cant agree to that. All day you dream about your Jessica Alba's and Angelina Jolie's. Even for them..if they come direct and ask you out..you guys would never change"
"Hey u never said the gal looked like Jessica Alba..if Jessica Alba comes and proposes to me..i will surely consider. Anything for.."
Even before he could complete a jug of cold water gets emptied on his head.

"By the way..why this topic all of a sudden? Wait a minute. You want to propose to someone and is testing waters now?"
She sheepishly smiles and says.."Maybe..maybe not"
"Well..you could've told this first. Had you been the gal who is proposing to the guy..this would be his reaction"..he runs away from that place..with her chasing him.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

What you sow..so you reap :)

Last Wednesday turned out be a day of surprises :) Well actually we had planned a surprise bday party for 2 of our team mates. So the day began in right earnest..with cake hunting to card selecting. There was a mini pattimandram as to which one to buy vanilla or chocolate. Vanilla is my favourite flavour..but that chocolate cake was too enticing and the fact that the baker just then poured yummy smelling hot chocolate sauce on top of the cake took my vote. (Just not to annoy my vanilla favouring sense i bought a separate piece the size of the original bday cake... just for my tiny self hehehe). Along with another team mate, I entered office like a foreign spy on an clandestine espionage mission, to hide the goods from the eyes of the bday babies. I just about managed to hide the gifts when i heard my name being called on the PAS. Then only i noticed the unusually big crowd in the middle of the wing. First i had thought it was just another Bhaashan session going on..but looking at the crowd's response it was bit intriguing and more so that my name got dragged into it. It turned out to be one surprise fun event being conducted by some whacko guy who had asked for the name of the naughtiest guy on the floor and these buggers had given my name. "Enna koduma saravana ithu"nu i took part in the mini ragging session. The best surprise of the day was when that whacko guy came and asked me if i remembered him. Namakulaam pagallaye pasu maadu teriaathu..iravula erumaiya theriyum. His face did look familiar though. Ethachum pera solli maatrathuku munna he introduced himself as one of my tuition students. Then all the memories came flooding back. He then told that he has acted as villain in a recently released tamil flick..which was even more of a surprise :) Evening yarukum teriama thirututhanama pantryku cakelaam kondu vanthom. What began as a decent cake cutting ceremony soon turned into free for all with pastries taking the role of face pack :) Another happy addition to the list of memorable days this year :)

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Inconsistent Yuga

At the fag end of the Mahabaratha yuga (Dwabara yuga??) after the great war finally got over and Pandavas claimed the throne of Hasthinapura, soiled with their own kith and kins blood, one fine day 2 farmers were presented in the court of Yudishtra, who obviously had been crowned the king.

Thus spoke the Minister " Dear lord, oh mighty Yudishtra, the noblest and Just person ever, Son of Dharma, here i am faced with a peculiar case. I am not able to give them a proper solution and hence its been presented before you"

"Noble minister, pray tell me what is the issue"

"Well, standing before you to, your right is Bhola, who had sold his land to his cousin Baalu standing to your left. All the settlement has been done in a proper and just manner and the transaction has been completed in the most proper manner possible"

"So..whats the issue here?"

"Yesterday while digging a corner of that land, Baalu had found a pot of gold treasure hidden. He had gone to Bhola to give it to him as he believes the treasure rightfully belongs to Bhola. But Bhola has refused to take it as he had already sold the land to Baalu and whatever treasure had been found should belong to Baalu. I am at a loss to give a Just answer to this issue and hence had to disturb your highness"

Yudishtra, was secretly happy that his subjects were so noble and decent, was perplexed at the same time how to solve the issue. He adjourned the issue for that day and went back to his harem thinking. The ever clever Lord Krishna paid a visit at that very moment. Seeing the clouds of confusion on Yudishtra's face, the lord asks for the reason and when he hears about the case has a hearty laugh.

"Oh dear Yudishtra, dont worry. You did the right thing by postponing the judgement by a day. Wait till tommorow and see what happens" with a wink and smile the lord vanishes as quickly as he came.

The next day dawned and Yudishtra's court proceedings get disturbed again by the same 2 farmers who turn out in a pretty violent mood, each one literally on other's throat.

Even before Yudishtra could enquire, Bhola shouts "oh Just king..the treasure which Baalu found on the land is my ancestral property and should rightfully belong to me. Please get it for me. I would be devoted to you for life"

For which Baalu shouts back saying "Lord..i've paid him full and final and just amount for his land and whatever is available from the land belongs to me now. How can he claim something which belongs to me. Please help in restoring my rightful claim to the treasure"

Yudishtra is perplexed with the sudden turn of events and decides to postpone the proceedings again. He prays to Lord Krishna who appears before him.

"Oh merciful God..i am confused over the sudden turn of events. How come both the people went through a sudden change of heart?? Both were selfless and compassionate towards each other yesterday and overnight both have become selfish and greedy? what happened??"

"Dear Yudishtra..arent you aware? From sunrise today, begins Kaliyuga. The most difficult yuga ever. In Threthaa yuga..there were fewer demons and even them were pious and righteous. In Dwabara yuga..the good and bad were in equal propotion. But in Kaliyuga the good and bad exist in the same form. No one is completely good or completely bad. The case in your court is just a trailor of things to come. Be prepared" and pufff vanishes the lord.

Yudishtra renounces his throne the very same day after appointing his successor and leaves with his brothers to do penance.

P.S: Eppovo padicha kathai..ipo ethuku postirukengareengala..i think it applies to each and everyone of us. You can never be good, or even bad for that matter, continuously to anyone and everyone. At some point the twine breaks. Nallathu senjatha nenachu paathu..allathu seiayarappo mannichiruvomaga. Happy independence day folks.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Fire in ice

Like few of my fellow Indians, who number in millions, i am also a silent spectator to the happenings on Kashmir. After the masthead in any newspaper, death of a person in Kashmir would've been the most consistent news for the past few decades. Whether that person was a terrorist, or a case of mistaken identity..who cares. Its as if, if there is someone in that cursed place they are either a terrorist or those who are expected to die a violent death sooner or later. Show me a Kashmiri who had died in peace i can bet you it wouldn't be on his native land.

I dont represent any international peace agency. Nor do i have a professional degree or training in broking peace. One fine day i decided to follow, what the heck is actually happening there. The reason for the dawn of that "fine" day being, i saw a picture of one pink salwar clad lady, throwing stones on some security guys, who in turn, where throwing back the stones. For the first time i saw such a raw anger in those otherwise peaceful eyes. There were some more ladies carrying plates and pans and where shouting slogans. Mind that those were not any political party driven brain washed people..but any common person..like you and me. If our government, the so called UNION government, is really doing the right thing, then why the common man is out on the streets, protesting??!!! How come there are more deaths due to security forces firing on civilians than all the militant attacks this year put together?? If the forces are there to protect the people from militants then how come there are more deaths under their custody?

I tried to follow the news channels for the past one week. Everyday they would report some death or other, with their camera person filming the stone throwing or the gun fight, "LIVE", without "caring" for his life and transmitting the incident to the viewers being the single sole purpose of his existence on earth. The newspapers too grew tired of word whacking Omar "the CM" Abdullah and resorted back to the corruption prone Commonwealth games (Even if its private property..our politicians will shamelessly swallow it...with a name "common wealth"..no wonder they misunderstood the meaning (sic)) In comes the land slide in Leh and flash floods in Gujarat..the burning issue goes back to the burner. Cmon...who wants to see the same incident of stone pelting and firing day in and day out. Even action movies have comic relief right?

I've only one question. What exactly do all these people want? Is it independence? Let it be given to them na? Stats show that there are more military persons per men in Kashmir than entire Iraq with all its multinational troops put together and we call ourselves the biggest democrazy (pun intended) in the world. When we can barge in and liberate Bangladesh from Pakistan..how much time does it going to take for a China or America to create a Kashmiristhan? Sooner or later this is bound to happen and i doubt even then if the guns will remain silent. If there is a survey on who wants war with Pakisthan there could be a split result. But if the same survey is rephrased as who wants Peace with Pakisthan, the result, i am sure would be a vehement and unanimous YES from everyone. For a change let it be peoples decision and not power mad politician's one which decide the fate of innocent civilians..who can't even enjoy a cell phone without the fear of it getting tapped. Can't go for an outing in their own lake..without the fear of getting killed or kidnapped. Can't enjoy the god given natural sceneries of their own state..without the fear of tripping on a landmine. Its nothing short of an open cage and where they are hunted and hounded by everyone.

Like every ordinary citizen of this country, i too crave for a cricket team where Asif, Aameer, Gul will compliment the batting lineup comprising of Sachin and Sehwag. A hockey team where Sohail Abbas drag flick will win us a Worldcup or even better.. an Olympic Gold. A tennis duo of Bopanna-Quereshi lifting the Davis cup. If not all this, there would be atleast silence and peace for my fellow human, let him not be an Indian or even a Kashmiri for that matter, which by itself would be the greatest joy possible.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sometimes...

Sometimes i wish i could board the next available time machine slot and travel back in time to my most happiest years. While waiting in the platform i take time to ponder..which phase of my life i actually want to revisit. Schooldays ..that option itself is not there when clubbed under the category "Happy" :) College days..hmmm ..interesting..but to be clubbed Happy..something is missing there too. Post graduation period was a farce. So let me not dwell into it. There was an interim period before i got my job and while i was doing my UG. That was the time when i took tuition classes. For a very long period of time, those were the several continuous days of sheer fun and delight. Every evening i would look forward to those tuition classes as much as the kids..err..friends i should say :) True to my college founders motto (one mr.Viveka :D)..my aim, as far as my class was concerned, was not just to teach them..but to induce the curiosity in them to do things on their own. When they begin to relish the joy of solving their problems..i was hardly required as a tutor..but more of a coach. They were a great boost to my confidence and helped in shaping my personality. Those two years i felt would never be matched..ever in my life. Atleast..thats what i was thinking till few months back.

Consider the following place..situated in the remotest corner from any decent civilised locality with the nearest settlement at half an hour drive away by car (provided there is no upturned lorry or container blocking your way). A place so barren and timing so illtimed coupled with meaningless restrictions in the name of security..and to top it all if that place happens to be your haunt for atleast 5 days a week for which visiting and working fee happens to be your salary..i wonder how many would be willing to take up such "entertaining" vocations for a living. Still..people look forward to go there everyday. Every single person's absence..irrespective of their role and designation is felt and missed. Lunch breaks and tea breaks happen to bring out the creative best in those otherwise irritated souls. If there is an award for adaptability it would be well deserved by this motley bunch of people from different places and backgrounds..who have managed to gel in so well that despite the teething troubles workwise...personally they've all becomes friends for life. I can wager a month's salary that any new person joining or visiting the premise would find it hard to believe that this bunch of jolly gud fellas were total strangers 3 months back. Kudos to my team mates and a special thanks to them for bringing cheers to my otherwise dull life :) I would sorely miss you guys.

Sometimes i wish i could board the next available time machine slot and travel back in time to my most happiest years. While waiting in the platform i take time to ponder..which phase of my life i actually want to revisit. Well..for time being..let the machine not roll :) let me enjoy my moments while it lasts.

Happy friendshipday folks :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

The P Factor

If there is any one letter which dominates I.T industry like anything, to me, that would be the letter "P".

Project,Process,Performance,Product,Portfolio,Position,People,Personality,Profile, Place nu "P"la start aagara pala matterla thaan (P for) pozhappay oduthu. In short..I.T would be in "Pit" without the letter "P".. contrary to the literal word :)

Aana..ithelaam vida mukkiayamaana rendu "P" factor iruku. Athaan..."POATTU KUDUKARATHU" and "PETER UDRATHU". Intha (P for)Post..is dedicated to that :)

Scenario 1:

One songi person (naanay thaan...A,B,C nu enna per poataalum..ithu naan thaanu solla poreenga..so en peraye potruen) pitiying himself over his state of life and bracing himself for the cross country multiple obstacle journey back home from office awaits his daily pickup shuttle in office entrance. He notices one creature in coolers and jerkin with wires jutting out of every possible open space in his body.

"Ithelaam pethaangala illa senjaangala. Enga veetu electricity boardla kuda ivlo wire irukaathay" nu manasukkulla yosichings.

"echuseme...wen will the cab for teynampet land here?"
"Ennnaaathu...cab land pannuma...dei..engenthuda vara nee"
"Actually i am coming directly from onsite. U know.. U S of A"
"Panguni veyil palla kaatikitu ilikuthu..ipo ethukunga jerkin"
"Actualla inga climate enaku set aagala. Oray cold. Jaladosham u see. Cold othukala. Athaan Jerkin potukitu iruken. Ithu kuda anga vanginathu thaan"
"Saravana storesla vaangina sticker kuda innum pikala. Americala vanginathunu alattala..irudi unaku iruku" nu manasukkulla garuvikitten.

Adutha naal client call. Peter mamava clientku introduce panrathukaga thaan meetingay.

"Guys..let me introduce myself. Probably neenga pesara slang US makkaluku puriathu. So you guys can note how i talk and pick it up from me" Peter maama added with a wink.

After dialling in the conference code..everyone logs in. "Hi. This is peter maama here...if i am not here...car odathu..bus odathu...avlo en..watch kooda odathu..naan avlo nallavan vallavan..matter terinjavan...blah blah blah" nu oray petero peter.

Gils looks at A.

"Why blud?"
"...shame blud" says A.

After few minutes silence from client side..client damager speaks. "Excuseme..peter mama. We dont understand local Indian languages. Can you talk in english please"
Peter mama moonjia paathu naanga siricha satham..fone mutela potrunthapo kooda cleintuku ketrukum nenakaren :D


Scenario 2:

A and B are seen staring at one client requirement doc with puzzled look on their face. Peter mama asks them.."What happened dudes..why sogam"

"Intha client requirement onnumay purila athaan"

"Isit...give it me maan..let me explain it to you...hmmmmm...so simple maaan. Client want to maatify one photo. Athuku enga aaani adicha saria irukumnu keturukaan. Ithula enna doubt. Sevuthula thaan aani adikanumnu Functional spec prepare panidunga. Technical team vanthu entha type aani..evlo peria aani..entha type suthi vachu evlo thadava adikanumnulaam avanga details fill paniduvanga. Testingku anupita matter over. Thats all. Ithku yen man ivlo worries"

A and B manasukkulla "adai...ithu engaluku teriatha...perusa vantaan solrathuku"

"Athilla maams...test case prepare pannanum. Anga thaan sikkal. Engalaam aani adichi test panrathunu oray confusiona iruku"

Peter maama looks around. Thoorathula he spots damager approaching. Udanay loud voicela..."ada...ithu kuda teriaatha. Let me take the ownership for formulating a process for this. Once its done..you can document it. Send the soft copy to me. Hard copy to client and filter copy to our damager"

Damager passes by that very instant and on hearing the filter coffee part..stands by for a minute and gives an appreciative glance at peter maama and praises him for his intiative..innovative..informative and innum ennamolaam "tives".

"cmon guys..let me show you engalaam aani adikarathunnu"

"Mudhalla ivan mandaila adikanumnda" nu A porumikittay coming.

Petermama leaves the scene. A and B are very tired after several rounds of testing. Damager comes again that side. Both look at him to get the same appreciative glance pointing to the wall..which now resembles HELLRAISER pei.

"Which fool of the idiot of the fool of the ass asked you to adichify ithana aani...remove pannu man...immediately. Client vara neramaachu"

"Sir..vanthu sir...ithelaam Unit testkaga adicha aani..ithu regression test..anga mothama moonu aani onnu mela onnu irukulla athu thaan integration test...ithula entha aaniya sir pudungarathu"

"Neenga adichathu poooravay theva illatha aani thaan. Poi ellathiyum pudungunga ponga" bellows the damager and leaves the scene.

Ithellaam terinji thaan namma munnor Aani maasamnu oru monthaiye aanikaga dedicate panirukaanga pola nu polambikittay A and B started their magathaana job from the start.

Onnu uruthi. In I.T there can never be a lead who will be "man of the masses"..there will only be "man for the bosses".

P.S: Heyyyy...ipo thaan note panen..supershanki has already crossed 400 posts :D :D avvvvvvvvvvvvv.....en paava kanakku check panna chitragupthan directa intha blogoda hit count check panna porum nenakren..avlo perai kodumai paduthiruken :D :) ithana naala en imsai ellam poruthukitta unga ellarukum oru big thanks :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Butterfly effect?

Morning 9AM:

"Amma..intha chedi pattu poidichi polarukkay. Pora varapolaam keeruthu. Pichidutta?"

"Aaamada..poochi vantha mathiri thaan iruku. Naanum ithu vachathulenthu paakren. onnu rendu thulir thaan vanthiruku. Sunday bazaar porachay vera chedi vaangitu vanthutu itha thooki potrulaam"

Elsewhere in chennai:

"Ennamma..paappaku ipo epdiruku?"
"Innum sari aagala paati...ella doctor kitayum kaatiyaachu. Innum infection kuraira mathiri therila. Enna panrathu puriama muzhichitruken. Paappa paavam. Romba kashtapadra"
"Azhaathamma. Viboothi malli vaangi atha araichi poosu. Seekrama sari aaidum"
"Viboothi malli enga kedaikum?"
"Poo kadaila kettu paaru. T Nagarla illatha kadaiya"

Evening 7PM (outside temple):

"oru mozham poo kudunga"
Another voice "emma..viboothi malli irukka?"
"Athu kadailalaam vikka maatomma. Engayachum thottathula ketu parunga"
"Koyambedulenthu varenma.Enga thediyum kedaikala" that lady starts crying.
"Halo..neenga thappa nenakalina enga veetuku vareengala. Enga veetula viboothi malli chedi irunthuchi. Aana pookavay illa. En paiyan kitta kooda inniki thaan thooki potrulamaanu pesitrunthen. Neenga venumna enga veetuku vaanga. Athula irukara alavu poo ungaluku podhumna eduthukunga"
Both ladies rush home.
On seeing the plant that other lady begins to cry.
"Amma romba nanrima. Antha kadavulay unga uruvula vantha mathiri iruku. Inniki kaalila 7 manilenthu naan chennai poora intha pookaga suthitruken. Engayumay kedaikala. Ennada panrathunu antha kadavul kitta solli azhalaamnu thaan koviluku vanthen. Anga unga moolama antha poo kedaika saami arul purinjitaaru. Romba nanrima"
"Thankslaam ethukunga. Veetuku seekrama poi unga paapava gavininga. Ithu kuda panalaina aprum manushana poranthu enna use"

Thanna pathi perumaiaya pesinathu antha poochediku ketrucha ennanu therila..annilenthu semmaya poo pooka aarambidichi antha chedi. Veedu poora vibuthi vaasam :)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Gilgorithm of a lazy day :D

Step 1: Just open one ear to the tenth shriek of your name call from mom.

Step 2: Spend the next ten minutes contemplating should you open your eyes or not.

Step 3: Open one eyelid to pre-empt any projectile coming your way with anti-projectile shield (aka) pillow. (More applicable incase if you've sibling and if they get up before you in all this ruckus)

Step 4: If answer for step 3 is YES..spend the next half hour contemplating whether you need to go to office today or take off

Step 5: Previous step will continue all the way from bed to bathroom and back and before brushing teeth the all important decision of what reason should be texted to bunk office has to be taken (The all important assumption here being..like any positive person you would decide to take off. If you are the negative kind who give up easily on earthly pleasures you can enjoy on your day off then the pseudo code ends here for you).

Step 6: Promise mom that you would wind up finishing the tasks for next ten years today itself, though she would be bright enough to spot the lie, the usual bribe of a bear hug will see you through.

Step 7: Next step would be to decide the script for the SMS to be texted to office.

Step 8: Once all the above steps are done now comes the part of fulfilling the tasks.

Step 9: Take task 1. Before even you can begin the sweet aroma from kitchen will make you apparate to the dining table even before the dish completes the travel from kitchen to the table.

Step 10: This step goes through multiple iterations and is never quite complete till all the resources are compleeeeteeeely utilised.

Step 11: Contemplate on going back to step 9. Though the thought of revisiting step 10 is enticing its laced with potential risk of getting beaten by mom.

Step 12: One look at the forlorn pillow, the famous axiom of "Do, not what you can do tommorow, today" comes to rescue. Go to step 1.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

If wishes were horses.....

Another world cup final goes into history. Couldnt help but wonder where was i same time last world cup. Pona world cup was a memorable experience. Friend veetla jollya koothadichikitu kummalam potukittu..vidia vidia watched the whole match. Match anniki evening itself assembled in that friends house. Half the time i would be in their house for my friends wife was an excellent cook and naan varenna enakaga potato roast, sambar rice athu ithunu en favourite dishesa poatu thaakiduvanga. That day we all decided to go out to Pizza hut in Bannerghetta road for dinner. Nalla round katti saaptutu went back to their place. Nalla arattai adichitu galatta pannikitu it was amazing fun and all had great time. It was on a sunday i guess and next day office poga manasillama ara thookathoda kelambi half day latea ponom :)Appo yosichi kuda paakala adutha world cupku enga yaru epdi irupomnu :) On 4 years time..one got married and has a kid.. another friend in that gang has settled in SGP and has 2 kids now (semma productivity :D ) and the third one also has a kid now. Demographye totala maaridichi :D so many changes in the span of 4 years. My TL from previous company, who was part of that group, remembered it and sent an SMS yesterday. Felt so good to see that message and also how much things have changed now :) from a group of carfree yuppies to "responsible" kudumbasthans, they've all become. Each one engaged in their own world of activities,hardly having time to meet. But we still keep in touch now over phone or mail. Would be wonderful to meet them all again with their kids in a similar environment :)I Wish that happens soon.

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My granma is going through her last stages :( She is so sick that everyone is now waiting for the news. Whenever our landline phone rings we pick it up with trembling hands preparing for the worst :( Its so goddamn depressing and sad. Logically practically i can brace with facts that she is touching 90 and considering the sufferings she goes through daily..well i dont even want to think beyond this. She is a very stubborn women and has single handedly brought up all her 5 kids. My granpa was into wood business and it was not a very profitable one it seems. She braved through many a financial loss and still has managed to shore up her kids. I used to be amazed by her memory. She never forgets anything and has a probing analytical mind. The kind of questions she would ask would put CBI to shame :) A very strong willed person who took good care of herself when she could. She always consulted her doc and would devotedly follow the medicine course prescribed. Even a month back she used to call every single day and talk for hours with my mom. It feels as if our phone would never ring :( She has already lost most of her memory but somehow remembers my name. I can never forget that she insisted in paying the initial amount for my computer class and when i paid her back after i got my salary she refused to take back the amount. Unlike my cousins who used to pester her to buy them toys and stuff..i never used to trouble her as a kid. She is always very fond of me and my sister and very proud over whatever little things we did. Even when she is sick, if she comes to know that if i am unwell she will call up and enquire and would pray for me. Everytime when i go to meet her she will ask me to come back soon to meet her again. I wish i continue to hear her say that for a lot more time to come.

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Did i tell u guys that my office is in another galaxy compared to my place of stay? Its almost like hundred kilometers one way and takes almost 2 hours daily to commute. If the accident prone, speed breaker infested, gruellingly slow signals dont kill you, sitting in that same position for 2 hours in that bumpy ride will.
One interstig thing about this travel are the drivers. I've met so many interesting characters till the time i joined :) Each one has become so close to me that even though i am not using their cabs whenever we meet there would be a warm exchange of greetings. Most of the cabs had radio but the kind of distance i travel, there would hardly be any signal beyond a certain limit and we would be discussing about everything under the sun to kill time. I am amazed at the resilence of some of those drivers who are the most abused lot in the organised work sector i've ever seen. They take 3 4 shifts a day without rest and if u think thats the worst..well they dont even get paid properly for their services. Some of them get paid only once in 3 months because of company policy..delay in payment and what not crap. At times money is deducted if they dont make us reach office on time. Its not that each of them is well off and are driving for pleasure. Its their only source of income and still they go through all these sufferings silently. Next time when u c a cab driver driving rashly..spare a thought for the poor guy and the kind of mental anguish he must be under. Not that i am trying to justify rash driving. But given the scenarios i get to hear from them..i wonder how they manage to concentrate on the road inspite of all this!! A big plus is the music system :) I get to play the CJ (Car Jockey) and would be belting out all my favourite numbers :) Even if i shout on top of my voice it wouldnt carry over all the noise :D So that way i manage to add to the noise pollution with my little bit of contribution :D I always wished that i should go on a long drive with blaring music and buzzzing around at 100 miles speed :D its getting fullfilled almost on a daily basis except that i am not in driver seat. Wish i've my porsche soon :)

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Gift of God

Alka's moment of glory


I think this would've been the most watched video ever from the stables of Vijay TV. Had anyone else won the title other than Alka that would've been nothing short of sacrilege. WOW. What a voice!!! What a performance. I had a shiver going through me towards the end notes. This gal has an amazing voice for her age and has been consistent throughout the entire schedule of that program. The song which she took to sing in the finals "Singara velane" from Konjum Salangai movie had always been my evergreen favourite. How many ever number of times you hear that song its so refreshing and the movie itself was no dud either. Pretty interesting one. Back to Alka. After seeing her performance i sincerely believe that apart from hardwork..which surely pays..there is something called as God's gift too and this gal has it in abundance. Wishing her all the very best. Hope to hear her soon competing against seniors :)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

My Sins against Gender-Stereotypes

grrrrrrrrrrr....Tenthousand Bloo blistering Barnacles and thundering typhoons to Avada Kedavra for tagging me in this tag where I am supposed to reveal all those things I have done in my life, which as a guy I am not supposed to do. I thought of skipping this one..but she threatened me tht she wud curse me to wear pink pants for the next dozen years!!! Red shirt green pant and now pink pants!!! God save my wardrobe!!

okay..now wat shud i consider as sin against my gender??!!! Rather i wud list down the sins i've done to my gender folks :D

**Shopping :D I can hear a chorus of cries from my friends when i mention this. I get "visions" as to what desing or color combo dress i would want at a given time and would hunt like hell for that particular design. Whichever bakra accompanies me on that quest would benefit loosing oodles of calories :D Will check every single factory outlet/showroom in Marathahalli and after 2 3 hours of search would call it off postponing it to Koramangala or JPNagar the next weekend. I've troubled them no end..this would be my sin numero uno :D

**Late latif :D I hate to be on time. Yes. Thats an open confession i make :) Again its not that i want to make people wait for me. Its a thrill to start late and rush against time to reach the destination :) JIT methodology :D But my roomies bore the brunt of it. Enakaga train ticket book panitu wl be waiting..wondering whether i wud be making it on time. I've troubled them no end on this. Triple g wud vouch that it continues even now :)

**Home Alone :) I can stay at home for days..without even bothering to venture out. Just give me books..some movies to watch and internet. I wont step outside. How it will be a sin against my gender? Well..none of my friends..that includes my parents too :D can never stay at home for more than few hours together. My mom till date will wonder how i manager to stay put at one place :) she would be the one to push me outside to go out and enjoy rather than staying at home :)

**RomComs :D more than action movies..i love romantic comedies. My roomies were die hard action flick crazy folks. Not that i had aversion for them..but given a choice would settle down with rom com anyday :)

**Risk avoider!! This is one point which i think would tally with this tag title. My dad always made sure that he drilled into me to become a confirmist. But me being me :) would always be the rule breaker. Even then i would never go out of my way to try any risks just to show off or anything.

**Fear :D FDR famously said "We've nothing to fear but fear itself" it was ulta for me. I used to fear everything. "Thenali" kamaloda inspiration gils thaan :D no doubt. I am not afraid to say i am afraid, still:) I used approach things tensely. Mind would be always like riot torn Kashmir..always red alert.. for the simple reason that i can never take failure lightly..especially when i knew i could've done it better. Offlate neria maariten. I have managed a bit to detach myself from my result oriented approach and enjoy what i do more.

Ok...time now to korthu uttufy peepals :)

Ramesh thala (i ejpet a laaaaaat from our thala)
rt (now this wud be a biggggggggggggggggggg list for sure :D )
Lost world (maatikiteengala :D :D )
rambam (this wud be surely an intriguing post :D )
uncanny (peruketha mathiri post irukanum soliputen :D)
G3 (LOL)
Rammmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
And whoever else who visits this blog :D compulsoria intha tag postiye aagnum :D Yaam petra imsai peruga ellarum :)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mustafa..Mustafa... :D

VidyaShankar passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Kaalangaathala..newspaperla first news item..front pagela athuvum!!!! This is the third time I think..i am seeing my name..to be more precise..another person carrying same name as mine..in the obituary section..that too on front page!!! Namma per ulla aalungalaam front pagela vara alavuku famous irukangalaynu santhosha padratha..illa intha per vachirukaravangalaam puttukaraangalaynu feel panratha!!! Whatever it is..birthday anniki kuda avlo calls varala..intha newsa paathutu egapatta calls. Appo thaan realised..aaha..naatula namma mela ivlo kolaveri paasathoda makkal irukaangalaynu. En team mates intha newsa paathutu..weekend venaam..weekdayva paathuka..atleast oru naal leave kedaikum engalukunu advice gave. Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv.....

By the way..ever wondered how come FUNERAL anagrams into REALFUN??!!! maybe because of News like this?? :D

My granpa used to check the obituary column religiously. Hindu paperla Last but second page, usually the sports section, athula left hand cornerla the Obituary section will come. Athula he will check and at times will find one or two familiar names. Atha paathu phone number mention pani iruntha he will call them up and talk to the immediate family. I used to tease him.."Avlo peria HINDU paperla..unaku paakarathuku newsay illayaa"nu. He would reply "Well..I've no other option to keep track of my friends.. now that my activities are bit restricted". Considering that he was never bedridden till his last days and was cooking his own food..i could never agree about the "activities" part. (He was touching 90 when he breathed his last by the way). But the concept of keeping track of friends was very impressive though not the mode.

When i moved to Blore to join my second company, i carried with me a not so attractive image for myself. Within the second year of my career i got identified as a loner..reserved..and sensitive person who preferred to be on his own. On my first return trip to chennai after i went to Blore i met my teammate. In that journey of 6 hour journey we would've hardly spoken ten words. When i came back to Blore that monday he asked me one life changing question. "How many friends you've and dont count your team mates or anyone from your previous office. Just tell me...how many new friends you've picked here?" I had no answer for him. He challenged me (rather i took it as a challenge) to make more friends than him or atleast 20 new faces in a month's time. By the way...he was part of a batch of 150 plus people and he was the most recognisable face in that crowd. When he used to go for a walk in that 1.5 KM long street..there would be atleast 20 people greeting him on the way. Such was his popularity. I took his words very seriously and it seems to have helped me a LOT :) He came to my home today to invite me for his son's first birthday and when my mom asked him to help her in finding a bride for me..he said "Sure Aunty. I will also pitch in..but this guy has more friends than me". Pride bequeath fall they say...but couldnt help feeling happy and proud to hear that above statement :) Me the most Happier and proudest to have friends like you people :) Please bear with me and be with me :)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Review timela..Angaadi theru

Roooommmmmbaaaa lateana review. Inum oru masam delay paniruntha Suntvlaye potrupaan :) still couldnt resist it. Its a wonderful movie and it would be a pleasure to write about it.

Its a shame that i needed a movie like this to even think about those people..who despite being present were always invisible to my eyes. Not that i've became a saint overnight watching this movie nor was i a rude brute of a person who went out of the way to create trouble for the downtrodden. But again..what i was doing was even worse. IGNORANCE. It needed a 3 hour movie to wake me up to realise how blessed i am and how much still i keep cribbing..wanting for more. And more than anything..i now have a whole new outlook and respect towards those people who sweat blood in those textile shops. I had always avoided serious movies. I never liked movies or even books for that matter which preach. Especially tear jerkers. YUCK. But this one..have seen it twice already in 2 weeks and each time it was a slap on my conscience. Its shocking to witness millions of people who throng the famous Ranganathan street and how many of them are actually blind as a bat when it comes realising the kind of life lead by the lead characters in the movie. This is not just a movie. But a candid camera which undresses public apathy more publicly than anything else.

I couldnt just believe that the hero of the movie is a fresher!!! Amazing performance. He is so believable in the scene where he begs forgiveness from the heroine after knowing the torture she has to endure because of him. And that lady!!! OMG. Here atlast is one gal who not just looks good but has real talent. She is so goddamn cute and bubbly and cheerful that even in such a dark movie..cudnt help site adichifying her :) The tears she sheds looks so real that it touches your heart. Sivaji once said in an interview that if an actor can look good and believable both while smiling and crying..his job is set. This gal will go places if she chooses her movies with care. A bundle of talent and a sheer joy to watch. I've seen her all 3 movies..be it Katrathu tamizh or rettai suzhi..inspite of the size of her role..she has an amazing screen presence and carries the role of Kani in this movie with panache.

Not just the lead pair..every single character remain etched in memory long after the credits role. The gal who comes as Selvarani and commits suicide..wow..powerful eyes and wonderful dialog delivery and diction. Small cameo but powerful. The villain (actually some movie director..cudnt get his name) i think..would've been the most cursed screen villain in recent times. He is so despicable that felt like getting inside the screen and kick him :) Vijay tv has unearthed another gem of a comedian in Paandi. That guy reminds of Senthil but has his own comic timing and a funny fact to go along with.

The movie has so many heartwarming moments..funny..senti..brutual..sad...watching it is like a kaleidoscope of emotions. I feel bad that i couldnt see it in theaters. I am not sure if its Vijay antony or GV prakash. Whoever it is.. take a bow fellas. The background score rocks. Its like vintage Ilayaraja special where even rerecordings reign as ringtones. "Aval appadi ondrum azhagillai" song lyrics will be the anthem for lovers for some more time atleast i guess. Wonderfully picturised. Vasanthabalan sir.. hats off to you. I loved his VEYIL movie just for the title and title track alone. He does it even better with this one.

Gils verdict: Must watch movie. Send it to the OSCARS :) wooohooo :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Review timela Rajneethi

To me, the greatest story ever told would always be MAHABHARATH. Infact it should be made the Beginners guide for screenplay writing. Astonishing number of characters..each one defined with amazing clarity and holding their space amidst the bigwigs. You can single out any character, its bound to have a background and a story.I cant believe that the entire story could've been written by a single author. And no wonder the script "writer" is the Lord himself. Karan, Arjun, Krishna, Duriyodhan, Bheem, Bheeshmar...WOW...What an array of characters..with each one outshining the other in some aspects.

Definitely RAJNEETHI is not the first attempt to picturise this epic in celluloid. But of all the attempts ever made, including the direct version, this one is surely right on top when it comes to adaptation. Kudos to the screenplay writer.If there is any award for best adapted screenplay, this year's should definitely go to that guy. And if there is an award for best Casting director it should undoubtably go to this movie again. Firebrand Nana Patekar (Bheeshma), my fav Ajay Devagan(Karna), Mercurial Manoj Bajpai(Duriyodhan), Rockstar Arjun Rampal(Yudishtir), Lucky mascot Katrina kaif(loosely based on Draupadi), latest chocolate boy Ranbir kapoor (Arjun) and throw in the ever dependable Naseeruddin shah..you got a crew, people would give their arm and leg to watch out for.

As i was watching the movie, i couldnt help but think about another movie made on the other epic, which openly proclaims itself..rather..bellow over the top..that its the modern version of Ramayan..with even the title carrying the name of one of the lead characters "Raavan". Not that Mani has become a bad director overnight with Raavan and not that its that worse to be cribbed over two posts. But Rajneethi is heads and shoulders over Raavan when it comes to narration, cast and performance.
The only part which could've been modified in the movie is the ending. Had Ranbir also been killed..it would've made poetic justice and made the story more complete. Well..Prakash Jha (director) thinks differently, sparing Arjun and Bheeshma alone, with Draupadi taking the throne. If first half is engrossing..second half is rivetting..with shades of Godfather thrown in.

With such a big star cast and the story being based on the longest poem ever written, its very difficult to give adequate screen space to all the characters. I should say, the director has done a wonderful jugglery with screenplay here, without deviating much from the epic, he picks the portions which will suit to current scenario..cutting short on melodrama too. Infact, there is no hero in the movie. Every single character has negative shades and even Yudishtir (Rampal) character is also not spared. Saying all this..the movie belongs Ranbir. Like Surya, this is one guy, who seems to have the midas touch to pick the best scripts. He has a meaty role in the movie, which requires him to look wooden and not much of emotion. But again, this is not a english movie and even in scenes where he needs to emote, he underplays and irritates in some places. But overall a commedable performance.

I loved the movie from the word GO and it was thrilling to the core. I couldnt help but to think of a similar cast, had the movie been made in tamil. This would be my list:

Surya - Arjun
Vikram - Karan
(a leaner) Prakash Raj - Duriyodhan
Arjun - Yudishtrar
Kamal - Bheeshmar
Draupadiku egapatta choices :D

Yosikkavay evlo supera iruku!!! Any takers?!!