Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jillunu oru kaathal kathai :) - 8


Ram,Anil and Priya chatting in a coffee shop.

"So you're REALLY serious about this time ?" asked Priya
"Not serious but veering around to it....I must be the first guy who said YES on grounds of sheer boredom" said Anil.
"Naasamaa poachu..bore adikuthunu ponnu paaka povangala!! enna koduma ithu" said Ram.
"seri..Anil evlo readya irukkanu oru test vachu paakalamaa?" asked Priya
"Q&A ?? you gotta be kidding !!" said Anil
"Take it like a game..."
"Priya..avan ponnu paaka porathaiye velayatta thaan eduthukaran..ithulaam onumay ila avanuku"

Scene 1 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: So..hmmm..love pannirukkia?
Anil: Yeah..once...
Priya (shocking tone): Ipdia reply pannuva?????
Anil: Complete honesty is the foundation of every relationship.
(A long silence from Priya with Ram laughing in background)

Scene 1 Take 2

Priya posing as prospective bride: So..love pannirukkia?
Anil: HAHAHAHAHAHA.. What about you ?
Priya (even more shocking tone): Ivlo sathama sirikara alavuku apdi enna joke solliten ? And couldn't you think of anything worse to say??..Use your brains for once atleast.
Anil: Ram..overa sirichitrukalla..intha situationla neeya irunthiruntha enna solluva..paapom

Scene 1 Take 3

Priya posing as prospective bride: So..ever been in love ?
Ram: Of course..the usual...Trisha..Jo..Simranlenthu..Deepika..Anushka..Anjalinu paarapatchamay paakarathilla..
Priya (pleased tone): Nice one. Ipdithaan sense of humoura casuala display pananum..aana ivlo movie stars per sonna cinema paithiyamnu nenachuka pora
Anil: Hullooooooo... cinema paakama yaar iruka poranga
Priya: Cinemaa mattumay paakra mathiri kaatikatha solren..maramandai

Scene 2 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: Any hobbies ?
Anil: (face lighting up at once) Movies and Books
Priya: (yaaaawn)
Anil: ??
Priya: 98% makkal solra answer ithaan..boring options
Anil: Appo philately and Steganography okva?
Priya: mokka...Raam..help

Scene 2 Take 2

Priya posing as prospective bride: What are your hobbies ?
Ram: Oooh.. default question.. Books fascinate me - fictiono non fictiono ..contemporaryo classicso... Forsyth, Dickens, Wodehouse...infact un namea paperla print adichi kudutha kooda padippen...avlo pudikkum. Movies are my way of life - weekend aana i cudnt resist a movie outing. ..I've a confession to
make..romantic comedies are my favorites (he added with a shy smile)
Priya: Super. hey..nee sonna elaarum ennoda favorite authors..And ennathaan ponnunga macho rough and tough pasangala prefer panrennu solitrunthaalum ...thannoda secretsa share pannra paiyan is always irresistable. Bulls eye.
Anil: Hello...enna test edukaren sollitu inga enna thani kathai oduthu
Priya: (hurriedly trying to change the topic) ok..next question..

Scene 3 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: unnoda life partner kitenthu nee enna expect panra?
Anil: Raam..ithuku nee enna badil solluva?
Ram: Friend, philosopher and guide.
Priya: (Stunned)..woooaahh..
Anil: hehee..ipdilaam mokka badil sonnathaan nallaruku solluva..athaan..
Ram: Hmm...kaala kodumai

Scene 4 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: kalyaanthuku aprum naan velaiku poganuma?
Anil: enkitta en kekkara? ohh...ok ok...hmm..ivlo padichiruka..en vettia veetla ukkaanthikittu irukanum...velaikku pogalam
Priya: Oversell.

Scene 4 Take 2

Priya posing as prospective bride: kalyaanthuku aprum naan velaiku poganuma?
Anil: kandippa..ivlo chinnnnnaa vayasula evlo growth in career..you should definitely not waste it..
Priya: Sounds like you need her money.
Anil: Damn you..Raam
Ram: hmmm..enna kaetta..i would say..its a personal choice..but still..konja naaliku velai continue pannitu apruma best case ennanau decide panikalaamnu thonuthu
Priya: super..
Anil: enna nadakuthu inga..enna vachu kaamedi keemadi panreengala rendu perum
Priya: dei..unaku kalyaanam nadakanuma venama?

Scene 5 take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: Do you want to settle abroad ?
Ram: No
Priya: Again blunt answer
Ram: Sorry aana..ithula no if-but.
Priya: I like it..semma sure response
Anil: Naan varala intha velayaatuku

Scene 6 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: En kitta ethachum kekanuma?
Anil: ithu yaara kekkara...ennaya Rama?
Priya: mokka..unkitta thaan kekaren
Anil: No
Priya: Not an option...Ithulenthu nee escape aaga mudiathu... You gotta ask something ilaati ponnu pudikalanu nee nenachukara mathiri aaidum

Scene 6 Take 2

Priya posing as prospective bride: Do you have any questions to ask of me ?
Anil: Raam..ithukum neeye answer sollidu..epdiyum naan enna sonalum saria ilanu thaan solla pora Priya
Priya: Raam..ivan overa vekka padraan..nee sollu....
Raam: Firstu antha ponnu roomla ethachum poster painting irukaaanu paathu athulenthu topic aarambikanum..neenga ivlo peria drawera avlo peria painteranu oru bitta potomna surea impress aiduvanga..aprum unga appa nalla pesaraaru..semma supera irukaarunu innoru bitta potenna kandipa flat aaidum entha ponnum..avanga elarukumay avanga appa thaana first hero...
Priya (Clapping): kalakitta
Anil: Anubavam pesuthu..evlo ponnu paathirupaan..
Ram and Priya(chorus): Shut up

Scene 7 Take 1

Priya posing as prospective bride: hmmm...so you plan to marry me?
Anil and Ram (in unison): WHAAT!!!!
Priya: Enpa ivlo shock? Antha ponnu ipdi kaetta enna solluvanu ketaen..amma kitta kettu thaan soluvengalo? hahhaa
Anil and Ram (indignant): No
Priya: ooh...appo pudikalaia?
Ram:Noooooooooooo
Anil: No..dai..ennada ivlo peria No. That question was for me..apdi thaana Priya?
Priya:aahh....hmm..aamam..unakkaga thaan intha interview sessionay oduthu..sollu
Anil: adikadi itha nenavu padutha vendiruku..Raam..ithuku un badil ennava irukumnu naan sollatta?
Ram: Time aaguthu..seri...intha velayaatu porum..kelambalaam
Anil: Paarrra...padhunguraan paaru...aana onnu mattum uruthi Priya...unna mathiri oru ponnu iruntha..ava vaazhkkai poora avvaiyaaravay iruka vendi thaan..
Priya: hahaha...chill chill...naan ethirpaarthatha vida nee evlovo bettera perform panna..confidenta poitu vaa
Anil: enakenna bayam
Ram: aprumenda..kai ipdi udharuthu
Anil: Athuva..AC la romba nerama ukkanthitrukomla..athaan...

"Ok makkalay...timey paakama ukkanthuten..got to go..hey Anil..poitu sothapidatha..enna aachunu msg pannu..Ram...naan unaku apruma ping panren...bye ..bye..bye" Priya rushed out.

"Dei..intha interview yaarukagada?..endaa unga thayir saathathuku naan thaan oorugaaya"
Ram smiled and kept quiet.

~ thodarum

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tricklin thoughts

Ever since the trip got finalised, mind has been playing lot of tricks on me and has been working more than over time to throw up ever so many list of questions. There is always this person inside who is cribbing and questioning and crying foul over everything in life and the other silent one who rarely speaks up when required and is never absent for the "i-told-you-so" moments. Off late the latter guy is talking more and more..trying to justify decisions taken on the fly. Throughout my life, i had never planned for anything and had taken things as they come for one, nothing works if planned for me and secondly, i always like the spontaneity that life offers. Good or bad, we have our life time to figure out.

Memory is a wicked thing. Like a naughty child who suddenly pulls a prank on you, more often than not, memory too acts like that, hitting you with a wave so hard and unexpected that it catches you off balance. The trigger point for which could be anywhere and anything. Its been a long long while since i started reading FUTURE SHOCK (a book that i am not shy to say i still havent completed reading, for i like it so much that, i dont want it to end). There is a wonderful section in that book, which talks of migratory sense in people. It describes in detail about people who never hesitates to make a move and how it helps not just them but also the society in general to grow. Imagine you in such a situation wherein you have to shift your house. Evlo changes!! Right from address proof to ID proof to getting new gas connection..telephone..cable tv..every single  touch point in your life undergoes a change. Officela veetla ella edathulayum evlo updates tharanum. Infact owning a permanent place of residence would be a forced dream for many who dread the thought of moving their house. Saying all this, this is not the ONLY talking point of that book. It talks about change and accepting change as a whole and this migratory exercise is just a point of mention.

Happened to stumble upon few post by friends mine who had been 'almost' settled in US now (for want of a better term to describe people living there since their under grad days :D ) The content, the expressions, the way in which it was articulated, would have put any native American proud. Avlo oori poitu oru post. An article on Goldman Sachs guy quitting his post in pakka American lingo. They have gelled so well into their chosen land and have accepted their way of life so much that it was reflecting in their language and content. I could see the successful example for the kind of people mentioned in "Future Shock" on them. I look up to these guys who have managed to survive and hold on to their own in a much more tricky and risky environments and at much more unstable times.

I often compare my life to that proverbial ant on flowing river afloat on a leaf. Except that at times to make the journey interesting i jump off the leaf in search of another one to hop on to and many a times life pushes me off my comfy leaf  even though i dont want to leave it :) I have called for a truce between the two conflicting personalities in me to join hands for once, to help me come through this change. Hoping for the best :) Catch you guys soon..

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thottathu thulangum..Vachathu velangum varusham

A continuous loosing streak - it has been the trend ever since this year started. It all began with the table tennis tournament. Athepdi thedi pudichi enakkunu maatuthu therila..i was paired against last year's winner on the very first round itself. The moment he saw me, his reaction was like a wolf slurping at the sight of lamb. He played with utmost leisure and literally walked through me. Seri..etho mudinja varaikum fight panna try pannomnu naanum vituten. Then it was the carrom tourney. First round, first strike. Hands were shaking as if there was an earthquake running inside me. Managed to clear it and in second round was one strike away from winning when my last coin, red and follow, both fell into the pocket along with the striker. And as per the rules the opponent won :( Onnu oru coinum vizhaathu ilaati mothama ipdi athanaiyum uzhuthaynu pheelingsoda came out.  Quizla innum kodumai. I mixed up Pandit Jasraj and Bhim sen joshi and lost in prelims. Toastmastersla had an division level table topics contest. Just like how crowds turning up for an election rally doesnt translate into votes, appreciation and applause didnt materialise into votes here too :( I was nominated to represent our account manager in a vertical level award contest. Needless to say lost the award for him again :(( Of all the things i lost, this one hurt the most. Finala, another award, for which our team had thought it was ours for the taking, for we had prepared such a strong case, we were beaten black and blue and didnt even turn up in the finalists list :((

When we were joking about these series of looses, my friend said "Eventually, everything goes away. We might be smarting on our losses right now. And after a while, we will all forget that it happened. The same will happen with those who won too".  Summa mokka podrathukaana clichevaa irunthaalum how true were those words. Foot steps are temporary resting place and not permanent camping spots. Unless we take the next step we would stay rooted in one place. Ipdilaam solli manasa thethikitu adutha rounduku try pannalum..wish the tide turns at some point. Would love to buck the trend sometime and turn up at the other end of the podium. Naanum ethana naaliku thaan valikaatha mathirye act udrathu. Avvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Konjum Salangai

"Amma..naan schooluku poren" shouted Priya rushing out of the house.

"Ding Dong..Ding Dong"
"Kaalangaathaala yaaru ithu calling bell adichikittu" nu pulambiavaaray came Anu, Priya's mother and opened the door.
"Vanakkam. Naanga "Anbu Illam" orphanagelenthu varom. Unga veetla school pasanga padikkara mathiri used books ethaachum iruntha donate panna mudiyuma. Enga kozhanthaigalukku usefulla irukum"
Anu looked back at her husband who was looking blankly into the newspaper.
"Kudukattuma?"
"mmmm" said Anil.
"Ellathaiyuma?"
She only got a sickening silence for response.

Priya came home back calling out loud  in her sing song voice..."Ammmmaaaaaaa....pasikuthu"

Anu was talking to her maid.."Aiya vantha coffee poattu kuduthuru..naan kovilukku kelambaren"
"Amma..." stood the maid, scratching her head
"Enna"
"onnu ketta thappa nenachukka maateengalay"
"Enna sambalam ethanuma? intha maasam thaana 50 rupees increase pannom"
"athu illama...vanthu...Priya kannu schoolla thaan en ponnum padikara. Avanga uniform ethaacchum pazhasu iruntha kudutheenganna"
Anu stood in silence.
"Thappa nenachukatheegamma..naan ketrukka koodathu..mannichukunga"
"Illa...iru..naaliku vaa tharen" said Anu turning back into the house.
"Ennama aachu..en kann kalangureenga.."
"Cha..athelaam ila...ithana naalaachu...inimay enna....contact lense uruthuthu..athaan..normal glass poattuka poren"

Anil came home some time later and plonked himself onto the sofa.
"Haiyaa..jolly....Appa vanthaachu" Priya was jumping with joy..."Appa...vaappa...naama velaadalaam"

"Aiya..."disturbed the maid..
"..amma ungaluku coffee poattu flaskla vachirukennu solla sonaanga..koviluku poirukaanga..."
He was unmindful of what she was telling and was looking pointedly at the newspaper on the table.
"Aiya.."
"hmmm?"
"Naan kelambaren"
"mmmm"

"Cha..intha veetla naan oruthi irukarathaiye ellarum maranthutaanga..." stomped off Priya in anger.

The newspaper, dated 5 years back, fluttered in the late evening breeze. On the front page carried news of that tragic accident.

"School kid killed in Hit and Run accident"

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Ambuli

This week on 'Weekend Movie Watch'..its Ambuli - the latest tamil 3D movie. Latest is hardly a word to describe the movie. Technically, its been the best ever 3D movie i've ever seen. Much much better than many Hollywood productions. Felt so nice to see such a new genre being tried in tamil and touch wood..it should succeed. Horror cum Thriller variety are a rarity in tamil and them becoming hits are even rare occurances. I dont remember the last successful horror/thriller movie in tamil. "Eeram" might have fitted the bill. But it was more of a murder mystery than horror. This is where Ambuli scores in abundance over its peers.

The very first scene in the movie, where a White man is seen wiping his double barrel gun, with the gun popping just in front of your eye lids..WOW. It was more of a wake up call for what was to follow. There was another scene in which a growling German Sheperd pounces on the screen and i was literally shaking for second. Dogs and me ..uhumm...never tally even on screen!!! The story, even if the entire screenplay comes out in print form, would be a huge hit for sure. It has all the ingredients of a good thriller in it with the suspense element being dragged till the climax without sounding boring. Only sore part of the movie being the songs and over dose of 80's romance!! Sathiayama mudiala. Kudos to the technical team. They've done a brilliant job. Music though boring visually, wasnt that bad to lisen and the BGM was adequately scary too. Lead pair are a couple of new comers and at times, makes one wonder whether its a mega serial or movie. The movie promises a sequel and word is out that the preparations are already underway. Eagerly waiting for it and hope they live up to the expectation.

This time, the movie watch group comprised of the celebrity thinker cum famous author of "Aadham Kaditha Micham - about Steve Jobs" Mr.Zeno and my regular partner in crime rt :) After the movie, the overdose of 3d almost left me with onrai kann. Orientation was imbalanced and we trooped into the nearest Landmark outlet. Rt and Zeno got engaged in a conversation about book publishing while i hunted down Sujatha's Ganesh-Vasanth series. The conversation was so animated that i was curious to join. "Hey Zeno..why dont you check with Rt on book publishing"
"Atha pathi thaanpa pesitrukom..enga vitten?" continued Zeno. Within the first few secs i was into my 7th Std Physics class syndrome and my mind started playing games of its own. I saw a father and daughter walk in clothed all in yellow matching matching and started searching for similar looking colored pairs. Naanum ethana neram thaan puriara mathirye nadikarathu. Konja neram kazhichi Apple Kindle apdinu oru vaartha terinja topica kaathula vizhunthichi. Wondered out loud why Apple named such a seriously interesting product as Kindal!! Zeno gave me a 'rolled-eye' look and continued on the book publishing. My mind started humming "You are a rock star" from Shrek and the conversation moved on to the iPhone which Zeno had bought. Appavithanama athula Angry birds game irukaa keatathuku i am 100% sure rendu perum sernthu ithu urupadaatha peicenu decide panirupaanga :D En pangukku konjama polambittu pottiya kattinen. I would sorely miss these experiences :( atha nenacha thaan azhuvaachi azhuvaachiya varuthu :(