Monday, February 29, 2016

12 Hungry men

"guys..we are going to have a movie session tomorrow..make sure you attend it"

The moment he saw the mail content he felt happy yet was confused looking at the sender. It was from the quality team.

"Movie session? guess another mokka presentation time..should give credit to these guys..they invent newer ways of putting blade" wondered Anil

"oru vela nejamavay nalla movieya iruntha?" queried Ram

"Not possible Ram..tell me one reason why would they"

"To spend "quality" time?"

"Ivanelaam edhala adikarathu?" nu Anil started searching while Ram escaped from that place.

Next day the entire team assembled at the conf hall.

"Machi..did you check that table? its full of chips and popcorn.."

"So? soru poatu mokka poda poraanga solla varia"

"Ilada nejamavay oru movie watching atmosphere they are creating"

"Folks..settle down quickly please..thank you all for making it to this meeting"

"Ennathu meetingaaaaa" whispered Ram heavily

"I can hear that sigh...its not your regular meeting...we are going to show you a movie and after that will have a short discussion session about it..more like moral of the story type"

"Which movie"

"Good..i am happy to sense the eagerness on the question. Its "12 Angry men"..anyone heard of this movie before?"

"I've seen them in person during appraisal meetings.."

"Was that Ram..."

He slipped down on his seat hoping not to get spotted in the darkened auditorium.

"Well...sounded like him i thought..actually his analogy was more or less linked to the theme..this is a classic movie that showcases negotiation skills like nothing else. Now without any delay lets watch the movie"

At cafteria:

The entire gang manages to locate a table for four which soon gets more chairs added and looks like a centipede in arrangement.

The lady who cleans the table in cafteria muttered to her colleague"wonder how each of them manage to eat from their own plate"

Suddenly there was a small commotion.

"Hey...thiruttu pasangala..where is my vadai" cried Priya

"haioaio..vada pochey"

"dei Ram..mariyathaiya thirudinatha return pannu..aprum unakku vairu valikanumnu saabam vitruven"

"hey..how can u be so sure naan thaan vadaiya thirudinennu"

"simple..you are munching one while there is one on your plate..elementary"

"mannangatti..this was given by Anil..he is avoiding oily foods..so avan vadaiye enaku donate panitaan"

"uhumm..i dont trust you..nee thaan sutrukka"

"again..wrong complaint...vadaiya suttathu caterer..naanilla"

"maganay vada ponathu kooda paravalla..un mokkaikagavay unna kollanum"

"hey..peace peace...ipo naama paathutu vantha padam situation pola illa ithu?" asked Anil

"Adhu oru padam..antha mokkaiya paathutu ipo relate vera panria..pity u dont like vadai..ilati ennodatha would've given to you" said Uma

"ilapa..antha padathula..there is a kid who is accused of murder and jury decides the verdict..inga ram is accused of stealing the vadai by Priya and we are how many..hmm...12 people in this table..so naama en jury form panni verdict kuduka kudathu"

"eppa saami...enakku vadaiye venaam..aala vidu" said Priya

"ada..epdiyum unakku vadai kedayathu...why dont we let the jury decide" said Anil

"uhumm..sellathu sellathu..inga oru paya enaku vote poda mataan..elaam Priyaku support panvenga.." protested Ram

"sounds..fun..lets do it..so who would be Henry Fonda" asked Uma

"paakrathuku pudusa poricha bonda mathiriye irukarathala neeye antha role play pannikka...ammaa...en killara saniyene..seri...bonda aan paal nu feel panena..bondi ok?..aammaa...nee killi killi ratham kattiye en color karupadichi" complaind Ram

"Appovum nee adangara mathiri therilaye...seri..rest of the cast apdiye set aagikunga..so whats the verdict"

"Ram thaan abes pannan..undoubtedly" declared Sid and the verdict was 11-0 in Priya's favor.

"Itha thaan naan apovey sonen...sellathu sellathu...ei Bonda...chee..Fonda..enakaga argue pannu..un negotiation skills paapom"

"enakku enna kedaikum"

"enakaga negotiate panna sonna en koodavay va...hmm..paathi vadai tharen"

"un oosi pona vadaiye neeye vachuka..dei Anil...did you see ram taking the vadai"

"he is like Lawrence in irumbukoattai murattu singam..when it comes to flicking vadai he is faster than his shadow..cctv camerala rewind panni chk panalama?"

"thoo...so nee pakala..so un vote sellathu...Sid..nee sollu"

"ithu Karunas comedy mathiri aaidum polarukkay...nee kelen nee kelen nu ellariyum poatu en paduthara...Priya..unakena vada thana venum...vaangarom..naalu vadai vangarom...ipothan citibanklenthu sms vanthuchu...personal loan only 29% with conditions applynu...loan podrom..vadaiya thookarom"

"aiiioo..raamaa...enaku vadaiye venaam saami...aala vidunga...oru video poatalum potaanga..ipidi kola veri pudichi alairingada saami..." runs Priya from that place.

"happada...enga naan thaan vadaiye saaptengara unmai avaluku terinjidumonu bayanthay poitten.." sollitu Ram starts to nibble the vadai.

Suddenly realizes that everyone on the table is watching him...

"lets give him few more minutes" says Sid..casually eating..

"oooh..Priya kochindu poitalla...sethenda inniki" saying which Ram rushes from his place to catch her.

"There it is...now that the love birds are away..lets finish our lunch in peace.."

P.S: ithuku than trainingku movielam podapdaathu solrathu..

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The illusive green grass

The strange SMS from his friend few days back set him thinking.

Strange for two reasons. It being the first ever SMS in several years for he always picks the phone and talk secondly the formal tone of the message.

Sensing something he decided to call his friend.

"Ennada ivlo scena message vitruka..enachu"

"Nothingda..want to discuss about career change..yar kitayachum idea kekalam thonithu..since you change company like t shirts thought will check with you first"

"Bangam. Intha avamanam unakku thevaya kaippulla...call poattu kalaai vaangikarathay velaya poachu unakku..bye"

"Dei...scene podama solla varatha kelu..."

"Koorum..koori tholayum"

"I've been with this company for over 8 years now"

"Adhaan oorukkay theriyumay..vaasalla unakku small size selai vaikka erpaadu nadakuthaamay"

"Solratha thavira ellam kelu..saniyane"

"Sollu sollu"

"I'vent got any promotion since past 4 years. Jump adikalamanu thinking"

"Hmm...what role you are playing?"

"PM for past 6 years..senior PM keten..thara maatengranga"

"Funny..i had applied for the same post in your company"

"Ada pavingala..internala select panama external option vitrukangala..idhunala thaan nalla resourcelam vitutu poranga"

"true...god only knows what basis they decide these things"

"per protocol..they should've kept the ijp open for sometime..internala qualify agalaina velila thedanum..enakku intha opening irkunnay theriathu"

"nee intha job id vachutu poi HR question panena..mokkaiya reason solvanga..you should've got top rating for past 100 years and there should've been a need  at that time and above all span of control athu ithunu technicala pesi kozhappi anupiduvanga...avlo pesariye velilenthu varavan oc laya varuvan..enna vida avanuku 30% neria kaasu tharanumayda na..adhuku badil sola mataanga"

"intha ulkuthu puriama thana ithana company jump adika vendiruku"

"But machi remember one thing..even if you get a decent hike..you would be starting afresh in your new org. and the immediate appraisal aapuraisal thaan..recenta vaangina hikea kanaku kaatiye emathiruvanga..you would end up with more or less same salary for two years. And palla kadichikitu pazhaya kambenilaye irunthenna..you would almost reach those numbers there itself. More over you have already invested so many years of your time there. Terinja environment..job satisfaction..ithelam have some implicit value that adds to your CTC la"

"True..for the sake of few thousands more..ithelam vitutu ponumanu thaan thonuthu..ivlo pesariye why you shift so many jobs"

"Ennoda reasoning konjam different..its not always for money and position..oru stageku mela vela pakra edathula oray mathiri velai bore adichiruthu..and antha velaya nammala vida kammi salaryku panna aal kedakum poathu it increases threat for your job as well..before someone dumps an inevitable change on you, forcing you to opt for something...naamalay namakku pudichatha thedikalamaynu thaan i jump jobs..this obviously is not the reason for all the jumps. Sila samayam personal life also dictates terms"

"Aama..santhadi saakula en companyku try panren sonna...ipo irukara velai enna prachana"

"mokkaiya iruku..nothing interesting..chumma ukkarathuku edacchum velai panlaamnu thaan"

"Avlo nallavana nee...seri..lets cut a deal..enaku neria velai iruku..i want to take a lighter load...unakku suthama velai ila so u want to engage in something..so naama en namma velaya swap panika koodathu..enna nee refer pannu..unna naan refer panren"

"done deal..aana machi...inga vanthutu ithu sarila adhu sarila..ithelam terinjum enda refer pannanulam thittapdaathu...its an ok place to work"

"ditto for me too...athennamo oruthanum avan vela paakra edatha pathi urupadia onnum sola matengaran..everyone thinks the other company is better!!!"

"companiesum apdithaana yosikaranga..velilenthu vanthu oru one hour interview clear panravan adhi budhi saali and he can be paid handsome ransom..aana koodavay irunthu kann munnadi velai pakravanuku kudukka kasakkum..its all in the game"


Saturday, February 20, 2016

The never ending quest

What is the upper limit for growth?
Take any start up for example. From being the brain child of a really passionate individual, it takes form as a small entity and struggles to catch the fancy of investors. Once its value is realized, soon its swarmed with funds. The idea slowly becomes an organization with increasing head counts. It becomes the mother hen that has to feed many a hungry mouth that is not restricted to its chicks alone. One hardly realizes that, end of the day, its a solitary idea of an individual that lives up to its potential. Like all celebrities who invariably are considered to be master of every subject under the sun and are expected to have an opinion on anything and everything, the idea very soon undergoes the 4 cycle stage of success- Birth of the idea, Rise of nay sayers,  Attack of cheaper clones and Merger/acquisition by a bigger player. Irony being, the bigger player usually have promoting innovation/value adds as the best part of their company culture.
Similarly, consider an individual who starts as a rookie in an organization, cuts his teeth across technologies, grows on to be a lead and moves into managerial domain, with appropriate salary increases. Once he cuts across the mid level management segment, the career progress is akin to travelling on an ocean in a kayak, with one eye ahead looking out for opportunities, cropping up like islands of recluse and refuge and other eye behind to watch out for competition from a "less expensive" version of his own self, updating his life jacket of knowledge at all possible venues and avoiding any swirls of re-orgs and layoffs. Those with gumption decide to float their own entity and go through what is described on the previous paragraph.
Same is the cycle for any major organization as well. The more honest or realistic their revenue forecasts harder would be their fall from investor grace. They are expected to churn in more and more profit and are almost given a free reign as to how its achieved as long its within justifiably moral and legal limits. Does any one even pause to reflect that no company can forever go on churning ever increasing profit figures and at some point its going to flatten out? What happens when the realization strikes in? Those who discover the symptom the earliest, starts pulling their money out. Slowly the exodus begins, with top talent leaving the company and the logo dies a slow death. The cycle more or less overlaps what is described on the first paragraph.
Each of us, start our quest for knowledge along side the pursuit of getting rewarded, right from our school days. Be it rank, mark, money or designation its always the same. Similar to how one can't stay on the same class to learn the subject more in detail, one cannot and does not have the option to settle in this quest. You either move ahead or get mowed. When does this cycle end? how does one get out of this maze of illusory success that promises to be never ending? When is it enough to say enough? And once you decide to stop, what next? Is this the reason why the ancestors decided to have vana prastha as the final stage of life? Die in peace?
Time to start planting.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Generalizing the specifics

Off late this has been the theme favoured by all and sundry in media and politics. Any issue, whether its worth getting tabbed as one or not is a totally different story, is picked scrutinized and debated..sorry..argued in detail and is used as a weapon to derail any legislative/parliamentary proceeding. It could be as simple as a comment by a lady to leave the country in fear or as comical as the current JNU "crisis". Is the government over reacting in pressing sedition charges? Are the opposition fools to sit in protest supporting those shouting anti India slogans and chanting praises of the very guy who attacked our parliament? Take each of those questions individually and try answering them and put them in context to verify your response. I am dead sure the results would be oxymoronic.

By repeatedly calling a lie in different forms and tones, the mainstream media has really established in making the nation intolerant. Everyone is jumping at shadows and wants their individual issues to be given limelight. The most shameful of the lot being, even deaths are not exempt from this madness. The media houses probably are watching the caste column on the obit sections with an eagle's eye for any death due to mishap. The moment minority, mishap and death synch its all bedlam and mayhem. Guess even vaasthu plays a role here. You've to be born or living or dead in some place in and around the AP region, which is the "media border" for hindi and non hindi states. The three girls whose deaths have sparked wide spread condemnation and call for investigation on the sham of our higher educational system in TN has been put to silent death and wasn't even mentioned in many channels, while the suicide of Vemula got the craziest of publicity. The atrocious part of the sad incident was that the focus moved from the reason for death towards validating the credibility of his caste status. Wonder how those people sleep at night in peace. Again, if you go by the baseline of investigating student deaths, why an obviously suspicious death of so many students, with recorded evidence of malpractice by the management goes unquestioned, while the other being overblown out of proportion. The same actor who blasted the mainstream media on twitter and on TV for ignoring the chennai floods is awarded with citizen bravery crap of award by the very same channels. Irony dies many a  death everyday in this great country. The megalomanic who gobbles thousands of crores in loans, who blatantly refuses money for his employees, wags his finger at the banks claiming bankruptcy goes on to publish the costliest calendars the country has ever seen and rubs the noses of those very agencies in mud by splashing money on buying sports clubs. No government, past or present, has the galls to seize his assets and put him behind bars. There is hardly any news about these as well. Every state runs up lakhs of crores of debts while the ruling and opposition parties assets show exponential increase. No one raises a finger against these. People gets killed by speeding cars for sleeping on footpaths. The beauty being neither the driver nor the passenger was driving the car, yet it ran over those people. This is a verdict delivered after decade of deliberation and there are people who celebrate such a result.

It all steps back to the way issues are slotted. No source is trust worthy. Everyone has paid and hidden motive and the greed to get maximum exposure and benefit out of viral sensationalism has killed the concept of breaking news. Nothing is an incident or an accident any more. Every news article is a potentially new conspiracy in making. In past 2 years, in the name of throwing mud on the government by the opposition and in pretext of claiming higher moral ground as messiah of the nation, both the ruling and opposition have created such a vicious environment. All this at a time when the nation is poised for exponential growth with virtually no competition. If at all there is a tipping point, i guess its very much on the sights. Whether its going to be belly up or otherwise is left only to the maker to decide.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Weekend Movie Watch

Aranmanai 2 -  I wish i had written something about the first part so that it can be copy pasted here as review. If they can do to the movie, why not the review!! If you ever have this pathological compulsion to waste few hours of your life with no other better option, watch the movie. Else suffer in silence for wasting precious data pack on this muck of a movie. Trisha looks older than kovai Sarala. Her high maintenance makeup fails big time. Every one in the cast has a blink and miss role right from lead pair to the supposedly comic relief except for Sundar C who does all the fights, thrills and even becomes ghost and does the mandatory ghost dance with relish. Enpa..producer/director na enna venumna paniklamna apo micha peruku edhuthuku wastea kaasu kuduhtu padathula podanum!! Poor Sid. His looks reflects his wretched feelings of having delivered flops of what are really good stories. He simply is not lucky. Aga motha padam.. dhanda karumanthram.

Kathakali - Oru comedy scenala Singamuthu will ask vadivelu "Karuppa surutta mudiyoda kullama oru aal paathirukia"nu. He will be describing himself to vadivelu and will beat him when he says he has never met such a person. Translate that into a serious scene with murder as background you got this movie plot. From start to finish hero keeps crying that he didnt kill the villain only to convince everyone and in the end he is the killer eventually!! Ithu thaan twist. Idhuku nadula oru romantic track. The heroine from "Madras" movie reacts so slow that you can count the seconds taken between the dialog prompting and her delivery. So out of synch. Could've been a much decent attempt with a different cast and minus the unnecessary stunt scenes. Aga motham kathakali - kathai gaali.

Rajini Murugan - The reviews were unanimous in claiming that this was the better of the 4 movies that were launched on the same day and was declared a hit. Some even claimed that the hit combo of Siva and Suri rocked big time. Ithelaam nambi naanum padam paathennu thaan solla varen. Rajini Murugan padam pathavangalam varuthapadum vadikaiyalar sangam nu onnu start panna poratha kelvi. VVS padathula vittu pona micha socha scenes and story discussionla reject aanathu elathiyum korthu poatu padam panirukanga. Like Aranmanai 2 this is again a rubbish in guise of a new movie. If VVS clicked it was because of a perfect mix of multiple factors. Hero heroine chemistry, decent comedy in some scenes, moderately good songs and the fantasy factor over siva. Of the lot, keerthi reddy siva combo is the only one that passes muster. She seems to have taken over the title of dream doll of tamil cinema on her own and in chat shows behaves as if she has own miss world title. Konjam sumara iruntha podhum namma makkal kovil katiruvanga. Mathabadi moviela sollikaramathiri onnumila. Heroines father character is the only one that is interesting. Endingla vara double act ucha katta kodumai. Aga motham - Rajini murugan is a mokka piece of a movie. Tvla poatta pathukalam.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Tales from past

Suyama oru post poda idea varalaina enna pannanum ...sila pala saga bloggers post padichi.."inspire" aagi, antha idlya kothu barottava potra vendiyathay aaga vazhigalil saala siranthathu nu Aristotle sollirukaru. Eppo sonnaru epdi sonarunu kelvilam kekapdaathu.

CBC the CNBC of bloggers world, has/had come/came out with this topic of posting love letters on condition of anonymity. Kalyanam aanaprum intha anony binami perlalaam post poata Anjaan pada Lingu mathiri kathukitta motha viththaiyum mela irakkpadumnu sila pala symptoms terinjathala will try to stick to as close to the theme as possible bordering on risk.

For the regulars of this blog, if at all you've read any of those content labelled "stories" you would know that "Ram","Uma" and "Priya" are the lead characters in all my stories. There is a reason why i chose those names for they are simply the easiest to type. Had been posting mega serial posts stretching over 10 plus episodes when i started writing stories and having a character named Thiripurasundari or BalaSivaramakrishan is sheer strain on typing those names each time. Basically me a somberi u see. Have been asked/confirmed/confused/proved/disproved many a time that Ram is my alter ego. Charcterisations are something which are way too complex and way beyond my meager limits of writing. So invariably there would be some cross over between my real self and Ram, be it on the punctuality or bumbling nature border lining on confusion or putting mokkais, beyond which there is hardly anything to define that character. Whereas Uma and Priya are never ever a single person. There is a never a perfect person is my best belief. Everyone excel in some aspects and are a work in progress in many. Uma and Priya are like assembled PC's in that aspect, for they form the best of what i've seen around. Whatever characteristics impressed me in a girl and whichever i managed to remember, i tried to incorporate the same on those characters. Might sound cynical, but i was into diary writing big time and wanted to record those interesting people i met, yet not reveal their true identity. What started as a cryptic clue for myself to read and figure in future, took the form of stories as the situation panned out.

For re kindifying some upma post for the competition i read through some of those stories. To be honest, even myself cannot recollect many of those incidents that have been captured in those stories. But they are fun to guess, who could've been the person behind those stories. Past is such a comfortable period of time, where we can rub off everything and write afresh a new version every time. Not sure whether i would be able to manage an entry for the contest or not, but it felt nice revisiting those stories. So many memories :)


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Work from Home

"Its 8.30 already..not going to office today" Uma asked Ram.
"No..today working from home..client holiday..so no calls" said Ram.
"Great..then handle the kid while we take care of cooking"
Before he could say anything, junior was sitting on his lap in all smiles and lifted both his arms ala Shahrukh Khan. He always smile when left with Ram because, he had already figured out that Ram was a sucker for his smile and would lift him to his shoulders.
Amma came from kitchen and was surprised to see him with Junior.
"Why are u still not ready? if you play with him now you will be late again to office and would be jumping on me as if my five minutes of cooking delayed you"
"No ma..working from home today..not going to office"
"Hmpf...if you had known it early couldnt you've told before. Atleast i would have done things slowly" Grumbling over the loss of a possible rest she went to kitchen.
"Do you know that he was not going to office today?"
"No ma..he told just now. Had he told yesterday itself would've been better right" sighed Uma.
"Yes. Now we've to change the menu again. Lets prepare a bit of rasam as well..all because of him working from home..." grumbling continues as mumbling.

The power goes off all of a sudden.

"What the...did that transformer burst again?"
"No ma..looks like its a scheduled power cut?" replied Ram innocently
"Scheduled!!?? you knew this already and didnt tell!!?? how do you think cooking happens..magic? how will we use the mixie now!!?? "
"Huh...if the EB guy cuts the power for maintenance..what will i do"
"i dont understand what do you guys read the whole time in news paper when you can't remember power shut down details"
Probably the EB god heard the silent prayer of Ram and power came back in few minutes.
"Whew..that was a close one!!" thought Ram.
"Uma...before the power goes again..finish all your work with mixie and grinder...thank god that power came back"
"Grrrroooooaaaaannnnmmmmm...groooan...buzzzzz"
When asked how a motor runs in "3 Idiots" movie, sharmaan joshi does a similar imitation of the sound that emanated from kitchen. This one is apparently how the motor in a mixie dies.
"Ammaa..mixie repair"
Junior decides to join the party and started crying at the same time.
"Uma..he is crying"
"I am not deaf..can't you handle him for few minutes..all because of you only"
"you mean the junior" asked Ram (Remember "rangagalathulayum kuthugalam" adhey adhey) in mischief
"who asked you to take work from home option...because of that only all these happened. go to office..."
Mixie repair aanathukum current cutukkum WFH optionukum enna relationnu Ram Was still wondering, when he reached office the next day. The chillness of a/c welcomed him. The moment he opened his mailbox, there were a flood of mails asking for updates and reminders. His colleague asked
"enna machi..nethu wfh poatutu enjoya veetla"

WFH is a name..working from office is an emotion.