Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Payanangal Thodargirathu - Londonil vaangia laddu :(

Kadisia oru vazhia flight vanthu senthuchi..Seri munnaidye poitu seata pudichiralaamnu paatha..final round security check onnu iruku solitu again shoe..socks..belt..bucklenu athanaiyum checked. Enaku minna pona aal was talking to the security person in hindi. Atha ketutu antha security maama..avan hindikaaranaannu asked. Athuku antha beku "..illa naan intha oor thaan aana hindi nalla theriyumnu" perumaiya mandaiya aatichi. That security maama then said "chaaval khaane log..hindi bolte hain..waah.." Antha dialog ketutu enkulla iruntha pacchai manjal sevappu tamizhan somersaulted. Badiluku hindila.."yenga.. arisi saapta hindi pesa varaathunu evan sonaan"nu keten. Oru veera aavesathula vaaya vitutenenaalum..saptha naadiyum enakku adangi poidichi. "Maatina mavanay..unnai POTA sattathula ulla thalli muttia pekka poranga paaru"nu derror aaidichi. To the contrary the security maama felt very sheepish and said.."apdi ileenga..intha oorla generala yarum hindi pesarathillaye..athaan sonen". Appo i didnt realise, that i would feel the same like him soon nu.

International flightskum Physicskum semma relation irukunga. Rendu start pannalum naan automatica thoongiruven. And eppo ezhunthu paathalum enna nadakuthunnay puriathu. Shame blood this time also. Pilot part timea auto otitruparu pola. Auto pilotnu yetho solvangalla..athunalayo ennavo therila..start aana udanay oray aatammo aatam. Ullara irukara pakki paathi perukku mela vellakaaranungala..paavam avangaluku Govinda Govinda kooda solla therila. Naama yerina meenambakkamla flight kelambi Nungambakkathula land aagara matter paavam avanga didnt know. Namma raasi apdi. Oru vazhia mabbu erangi flight steadya poga aarambichithu. British airwaysla namma Air Indiala reject panna aayaas recruit pannirukanga pola. Athana airhostessum thondu kezhams :((

Pakkathula ukkanthiruntha paiyan romba aarvama neenga enga poreenga vareengannu immigrationla kaetta athana kostinayum thirumba keattan. I repeated everything verbatim. Suddenly he asked "Aaama ..neenga pora ooru semma kuliraachay winter wearlaam vachirukeengalla?" he asked. Appo thaan realised. (Quick flashback to Chennai airport..extra weight..plastic cover thooki poattathu) Antha plastic coverla vera onnumilla..Saakshaath..athana winter wearum thaan :( Sethaanda sekarnu sogathula..slept again.

Woke up after sometime and felt semma bored. Enna panalaamnu paathapo..saw that pakkathu seat paiyan was watching HOUSE on TV. I was super thrilled. Aaana paarunga..nammaku thaan eppovum sukkirai thasai uchhamaachay. Avlo peria Boeing flightla correcta en seat TV mattum work aagala. Naanum touch screena punch screena use panni paathen..uhumm. Flight map thavira oru mannum display aagala. Oru vazhia flight landed at Heathrow.

I've read before that its a huge airport. But ivvvvvvvlooooo perusunu couldnt even imagine. The shuttle took solid 10 minutes to reach my gate and it was travelling quite fast!! Needless to say..international ponaalum..local  kodumai was awaiting me. Except for my flight, all the other connecting flight info was on the display. I was asked to go to the main terminal to check on the main display for all flight connections. It took another half an hour to reach that place only to find that my flight info was missing there too!! There was one  lady aapeecer (pineappleo pomograneto etho oru name..so guess had to be either Italian or Spanish) who saw me muzhichifying and told me that i am way too early for my flight and it would come in display only after 2 hours. Athu varaikkum venumna shopping poyennu she guided me towards the shop floor. Velaiyelaam paatha thalai suthirichi. Thought will call home. Before starting i had triple confirmed with my service provider that my phone had international roaming activated. It was not a big surprised when it carried no signal. Pay phones use pannaalam paatha local currency or cardnu potrunthichi. Erkanavay Water bottlela vaangina laddu nyabgam vara..i stayed away.

There was one Asian family sitting next to me all this while and they were chatting in a language i couldnt quite decipher. Thought they must be Sinhalese and was busy meddling with my phone to see if it picked any network. Suddenly i heard a voice asking "unga phonela signal irukka". Absently i started replying "Ileenga.." and then realised the feeling of "Inba Thaen earla paanjings".

"Aaha..neenga tamizha..konja neram munthi etho languagela pesitrutheenga"
"Naan Maduraikaaringa...saurashtra..those people were also speaking my mother athaan avangalta pesitrunthen....neenga entha ooru Chennaiya"
"Ada..aamanga..epdi kandupudicheenga"
"Athaan suitcase sizeku posterla address otti vachirukeengalay..athapathu thaan" nu sollitu she smiled.
Airportla iruntha athanai bulbum en mandaikku mela pragaasama erinjitrunthichi. And Kismet Konnection moviela vara mathiri suddenly my cell phone became alive. Strangely only text messages went through and voice didnt. Seri..vantha varaikkum ok nu messaged home.

"You want to message home? En phonela signal irukku ippo"
"Oh..thank you.." She rapidly typed few words and hit send. "You know..I was terrified how to contact my husband...BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP BLEEP"

Antha wordkaprum antha ponnu sonna ethuvumay kaathula vizhala. Sad ringtonela violin sounda started playing. Cinemaala mattumay sila situationslaam possiblenu again realised. We chatted around for a while and soon my flight info sprang up on the screen. Irritatingly enough, i had to travel all the way back to the terminal where i landed to catch the flight and rushed back with a hurried good bye.

~Kodumais Kontinued

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Payanangal Thodargirathu - Bye bye Chennai :(

A long over due post. Ever since i landed in Chennai, i was expecting this day, when the city would shun me away. It lasted a year and half this time. Had a lot more doubts than usual this time and the role of dice chimed in way too many changes. Was dreading the D-day and with each passing day, the waves of change were raging towards my shore of comfort and finally they did cross the line, washing me into its realm. Feeling as comfortable as a solitary log on a stormy sea, i swallowed down the bitterness and embarked on the journey into unknown. In short - Chennai ennai poda vennai endrathu.

Ennada..etho pei pada intro mathiri irukku paakreengala :) kitta thatta apdithaan. Athenna therila..romba naal kazhichi blog adikka vantha oray petera thaan varutu!! Seri...kathaikku varuvom.

Than muyarchiyil satrum manam thalaraatha gils..marched again into Meenambaakkam airport, my favourite haunt spots of kodumais. The last time i visited an aiport for departure, i had enough kodumais to post a book rather a blog. Recollecting all those incidents, i stayed alert anticipating more. My flight was scheduled for early morning 5AM.  Midnight 5AM kelaam naan school padikarapo kooda ezhunthathu kedayathu. Since had to be there 3 hours before..anniki thookam already arohara aaidihci. Boarding pass vaanga enga porathunu teriama..mariyaathaioda paathitrunthen (i mean..thiru thiru you see..).
Went and asked a security guy "ehcuseme respected officer.. as i am suffering from boarding pass..kindly grant me the path".
"kyaa bola?"
"kaayum ila pazhamum ila." nu manasukulla thitikitay "boarding pass..where hai?" i asked
"counter..no come..1 hour..wait karo"
"kounder ilaati enna santhanam comedy kooda ok" solalaam paathen..kaila long size gun paathutu ten steps came back. Erkanavay ara thookathula was roaming..ithula innum one hour wait. Somehow managed to stay awake. Vaikunta Ekadasi sorga vaasa thorappuku kooda naan avlo eagera paathathu illa. Finala...the counter opened. 'Engeyum Kaathal' Hansika mathiri oru lady came and sat at the counter. 'Guna' Kamal mathiri ..paartha vizhi paartha padiye i went near the counter.
"Good morning sir"
"!!nadu rathiri 12.45 ku good morninga!!"
"hhahahaa"
"why are you singing??"
"how are you sir"
"Excellent"
"Wow..nice to hear that from our first customer for today..can we have the bags weighed sir"
That lady waved to me and smilingly said she will wait. Avlothaanga..30 kilo suitcase muttakose kanakka thooki weight machinela vachiten. zzzzzhwwwkkk. Rewind to 30 Kilo. Anga thaan vidhi weight roobathula velayaada started.
Hansika lady said "sorry sir you are over weight"
"Ipdiye nee sirichikitay iruntha pakkathila irukaravangalaam nyayapadi weightless thaana aaganum" (mind voice)
"sir??"
"Ileenga..Amaanga.konjam weight potuten...gym poitruken..already started reducing"
"hahahaa..no sir..your bags..permissible weight is 25kg..you need to remove atleast 4 kilos of it"
Hurriedly removed some clothes in a plastic bag and rechecked the weight. It was still over weight by few kilos..which she graciously allowed.
I stayed there in the pretext of watching the bag moving to the end of the conveyor..and the moment it moved inside the square opening, then only the realisation stuck that, after rechecking the weight i had forgotten to lock the suitcase :(
Athuku adutha half hour epdi avlo fasta odichinu onnum puriala. Muppathu mukkodi devargal plus akkam bakkam religionla kadan vaangi athana saamikum serthu pray pannitu went and asked one "Can i help you" guy. He coolly said.."not problem sir. Unlike other airways..enga airwaysla thiruttu bayam avlo kedayaathu"
"Nalla kudukarraiya pulli vevaram"nu.. kadisila namma kaila onnumilla..literally and figuratively nu God mela weighta poattutu went to the gate. After a while felt very thirsty..kondu vantha water bottle gaali. Inga anga suthi enga paathalum duty free kadaiya irunthuchi aana anga iruntha thanniye vera. Thedi pudichi oru kadaila thanni bottle vaanga pona..appo thaan realised..pursela iruntha rupeeslaam veetlaye vachitu vantennu :( Asked that kadaikaran will they accept dollar for which they promptly said yes. Enaku terinji India todayla dollar kuduthu thanni vaangina oray sonagiri naana thaan irupen. Avlo eagera avan dollar accepted sonnapovay ushaar aagirukanum. 51rs exchange ratena he took it only for 31 rs!! 20 rupees commissionaam!! ennnnaa koduma saar ithu nu nonthukittay took that and came. Had another 2 hours to kill and pasi already started to  vayitha killu. Patni kedakka pazhakka pattuko maganaynu sollikittay was awaiting my flight.

~Kodumais Kontinued..

Sunday, April 01, 2012

3 - Review

First weekend in US. First movie outing. Ipdi neria memorable milestones cross panni paakka pona padam. Was it worthy? Very tough to say yes.

How do you say a movie is good or bad? Expectations that you have about the lead pair or director or storyline or your take on the subject that is being told. This is one movie, which is out to confuse you, even if you go in with zero expectations. The ensemble cast (given their royal background) and crew make it sound a delicious one. You got the pairing of the year for the lead roles with Kamal's daughter and Rajini's SIL donning them with Rajini's daughter manning the ship as director. One thing is sure as eternity. How many ever national awards Dhanush goes on to win and how best ever Shruthi performs on screen or catch a controversy or two off the screen, neither He not She will be able to get over the cloud of their father and in law from hovering over them.

As far the movie, both have given wonderful performances. They have crackling chemisty between them and it translates so wonderfully on screen. Its hard to believe they were not real life pair in some scenes. Especially the way Shruthi sits on his lap each time and the looks that they share during teen love phase and post marriage romantic scenes, all are awesome and a delight to watch. Shiva Karthikeyan has a blink and miss role and has managed to survive on his image built in Television. Prabhu hardly gets as enough screen space to fit his bulk. Rohini and Banupriya are wasted. The kid who comes as Shruthi's sister is so cute. Probably the cutest sister after DDLJ's chutki :) Dhanush looks like he was shuttling between Mayakkam Enna and this movie. Get up looks ditto on both movies and one can relate the scenes which would've over lapped.

Story - apdi onnu iruntha thaana solrathukku!!! Lead pair fall in love as school kids..gets married after chinnatha oru parental confrontation with 3 4 songs in first half..Second halfla..Kolaveri song with the worst ever choreography you can imagine happens. Sathiyama solren. A huge huge let down to the song that gave lifeline to the movie..and more importantly Dhanush falls sick with bipolar disorder and commits suicide in the end. The last 20 minutes which was touted as Oscar level screenplay tortures you to death, literally. No dialogue and just crying, crying and more crying. Everyone cries their heart out till the end, with Dhanush cutting his neck off ( probably in wonderment as to why in the world he agreed to do this movie??!!). After bombarding your mind with such gory visuals, there is a one second advice bit which suggests that Suicide is not a solution for anything.

Gils verdict - Bipolar disorder vantha..extreme reactions varumaam. Either you will feel extremely sad or manically angry. Intha padathula intha rendum oray timela varathaala Dhanush commits suicide. I feel the same after watching the movie, extremely sad for watching it and angry at these buggers for making me watch it...Grrrrrrrr. Padathuku 3 kku badila 7.5 nu per vachirukalam.