Jul 29, 2008

மெகா சீரியல்

வாய் நிறைய சிரிப்போடும், முகம் நிறைய பொட்டோடும், சீவி பின்னிய சடையோடும் அலுவலகம் முடிந்து அலுப்பாக வரும் கணவனை மனைவி மார்கள் வரவேற்ற காலமெல்லாம் இதிகாசங்களிலும், புராணங்களிலும் தான் இனி பார்க்க முடியும். இபொழுது இருக்கும் நிலைமையே வேறு, அழுத கண்களோடும், சிந்தி சிந்தி சிவந்த மூக்கோடும், வீங்கிய முகத்தோடும் தான் இக்கால மனைவிமார்கள் கணவனை வரவேர்க்கின்றனர்...

ஒரு முறை இப்படித்தான் ஒரு மாலை வேளையில், நானும் அலுவலகம் முடித்து களைப்புடன் வீடு திரும்பியபோது, விக்கி விக்கி அழுதுகொண்டே என் தோள்களில் சாய்ந்த என் மனைவியை பார்த்து பதறிப்போனேன், "என்னடா செல்லம் ஆச்சு உனக்கு, மாமன் நா இருக்கேன், என் கிட்ட சொல்லுடா உன் கஷ்டத்த" என்று ஆறுதல் கூரும்வண்ணம் வினவினேன், "கமலா சித்தி ஆக்சிடென்ட் ல செத்து போய்டாங்க" என்று கூறி, மேலும் எதுவும் பேச இயலாதவளாக அந்த ஒழுகும் பிசிபிசுப்பு மூக்கு சளியை என் புது சட்டையில் தேயத்தவளாய், அதன் மீதே முகம் புதைத்து அழுகையை தொடர்ந்தாள்.

அவள் குடும்பத்து நபர்களை நான் மனதில் கொள்வதில்லை என்ற எண்ணம் அவளுக்கு எப்பொழுதும் உண்டு, அதை போலவே எனக்கு அவள் குடும்பத்தில் கமலா என்று யாரையும் தெரிந்தது போல் நினைவில் தோன்றவில்லை, மிகவும் முயற்சி செய்து பார்த்தும் பலனின்றி, அவளிடமே மெல்ல வினவினேன், "யாரு அந்த எட்டு கல் பேசரி வைர தோடு போட்டுக்கிட்டு, நெத்தி முழுசா போட்டு வெச்சுகிட்டு, ஒரு மணி நேரத்துக்கு ஒரு பட்டு புடவை மாத்தி மாத்தி கட்டிகிட்டான்களே அந்த சித்தி யா" என்று வினவிய என்னை, சற்றே புரியாதவளாய் பார்த்துவிட்டு, "அட என்னங்க, "பத்தினி" சீரியல் ல பவாநியோட சித்தி தான் கமலா" என்று கூறிவிட்டு, விளம்பர இடைவேளை முடிந்த குஷியில் மீண்டும் அந்த பாழாய்ப்போன டி வீ முன் விக்கி விக்கி அழ தொடங்கினாள்.

இந்த கொடுமையை கூட தாங்கிக்கொள்ளலாம், இப்பொழுது இருக்கும் தாய்மார்கள் தங்கள் குழந்தைகளுக்கு பாடம் சொல்லிக்கொடுக்கும் அழகை பார்த்து அதிர்ந்தே போனேன் நான். ஒரு முறை என் குழந்தையை பள்ளிக்கூடத்திலிருந்து அழைத்து வருகையில், ஒரு தாய் தன் குழந்தைக்கு இப்படித்தான் பாடம் சொல்லி சொல்லிக்கொடுக்கிறாள், A பார் - "அரசி", B பார் "பந்தம்", C பார் "சித்தி", D பார் "தர்மம்", E பார் "எங்கிருந்தோ வந்தாள்", K பார் "கோலங்கள்", M பார் "மெட்டி ஒலி", "என்ன கொடுமை சரவணன் இது" என்று முணுமுணுத்த படியே எனது சைக்கிளை வேகமாக மிதிக்க துவங்கினேன்.

முன்பெல்லாம் குழந்தைகள் வீட்டு பாடங்களை விரைவாக முடித்துவிட்டு விளையாட செல்வதற்கு ஆர்வமாக இருப்பார்கள், இப்பொழுதும், அதே விறுவிறுப்புடன் தான் வீட்டு பாடங்களை முடித்து விடுகிறார்கள், ஆனால் விளையாட போவதற்காக அல்ல, மெகா சீரியல் பார்பதற்காக. பாரதி மட்டும் இப்பொழுது உயிருடன் இருந்திருந்தால் "ஓடி விளையாடு பாப்பா" என்ற பாட்டு இப்படித்தான் இருந்திருக்கக்கூடும்.

"ஓடி வா இங்கே பாப்பா, உனக்கு புடிச்ச சீரியல் ஆரம்பிச்சாச்சு வாப்பா, விளம்பர இடைவேளைக்குள் சாபிட்டுவிடு பாப்பா, "அண்ணாமலை சீரியல் போகுது ரொம்ப டாப்பா, ஓடி வா இங்கே பாப்பா..."

இந்த பாழாய்ப்போன மெகா சீரியல்களால் எத்தனை இளைஞர்களின் வாழ்கை பாதிக்க படுகிறது என்று தெரியுமா ? என் உடன் பிறந்த சகோதரனின் நிலைமையே அதற்க்கு சான்று. 30 வயதை எட்டியும், திருமணம் ஆகாமல் அவன் தவிர்ப்பதற்கு காரணம் மெகா சீரியல்களே. அவனுக்காக பெண் பார்க்க போகும் இடங்களில், என் தாயின் எதிர்பார்ப்புகள் எப்படி இருக்கிறது தெரியுமா ? அதை கேட்டால் அதிர்ந்தே போவீர்கள். பெண் பார்பதற்கு அழகில் "கோலங்கள்" தேவயானி போலவும், தைரியத்தில் "அண்ணாமலை" ராதிகா போலவும், பணிவிலும் பண்பிலும் "சக்தி" பானுப்ப்ரியா போலவும், உடல் வாகில் "அகல்யா" வில் வரும் குஷ்பூ போலவும் இருக்க வேண்டும் என்று எதிர் பார்த்தல், இந்த ஜென்மத்தில் என் சகோதிரனுக்கு திருமணம் நடக்கும் வாய்ப்பு மிகக்குறைவே.

மெகா சீரியல்களில் வரும் பெண்களுக்கும், நம் வீட்டில் இருக்கும் பெண்களுக்கும் ஒரே வித்யாசம் தான், சீரியல் பெண்கள் அழுது அழுது பணம் சம்பாதிக்கிறார்கள், நம் வீட்டு பெண்கள் அழுது அழுது பணம் செலவழிக்கிறார்கள் (மின்சார கட்டணம்). புரிந்தும் புரியாமலும், அறிந்தும் அறியாமலும் உள்ள வயதில் இருக்கும் ஒரு குழந்தை, பள்ளிக்கூடம் விட்டு வீடு திரும்பி வருகையில், தன் வீட்டில் முகம் மூடி அழுது கொண்டிருந்த தன் அம்மாவிடம் கூறினான் "அம்மா, அப்பா செத்துட்டார் நீ அழுவாத மா, கடைசி வரைக்கும் நா உன்ன காப்பாத்தறேன்" என்று, அவனை பொருத்த மட்டிலும், வீட்டில் எழவு விழுந்தால் மட்டும் தான் அழுவார்கள் என்று எண்ணியிருந்தான், பாவம், அவனை சொல்லியும் குற்றம் இல்லை.

மெகா சீரியல்கள் என்றாலே அது சமூகத்துக்கு விரோதமான ஒரு பொழுதுபோக்கு என்பது போல பேசுகிறாயே நீ, என்று சீரும் தாய்மார்களின் குரல் என் காதில் விழுகிறது, பொறுங்கள், நான் இன்னும் என் உரையை முடிக்கவில்லையே. மெகா சீரியல்களால் சில நன்மைகளும் உண்டு.

இப்படித்தான், சென்ற வாரம் எங்கள் வீட்டிற்கு திருட வந்த திருடன், அனைத்து பொருட்களையும் எடுத்துக்கொண்டு, கடைசியாக TV ஐ, திருடி செல்லலாம் என்று எண்ணி, காத்திருந்து காத்திருந்து தூங்கியே போனான், காரணம் இரவு நெடு நேரம் ஆனா பிறகும் மெகா சீரியல்கள் முடிவதாக இல்லை. இது இப்படியாக இருக்க, இன்னொரு வீட்டிலும் இதே திருடன் கதை தான், ஆனால் முடிவு தான் வேறு, அவன் எங்கள் வீட்டிற்கு வந்த திருடன் போல முட்டாள் அல்ல, அவன் TV ஐ மட்டும் விட்டுவிட்டு மீதம் இருந்த அனைத்து பொருட்களையும் எடுத்து சென்று விட்டான், அது தெரியாமல், சீரியலில் வரும் ஒரு காட்சியில், வீட்டிற்க்குள் ஒளிந்திருக்கும் திருடனை பார்த்து விடுமாறு, இங்கிருந்தே கதாநாயகிக்கு துப்பு கொடுத்து கொண்டிருந்தார்கள் அந்த வீட்டின் அங்கத்தினர்கள்.

இதே நிலைமை தொடருமே ஆனால், வருங்காலங்களில், மெகா சீரியல்களுக்கு நடுவில் விளம்பரங்களுக்கு பதிலாக இவை தான் ஒளிபரப்பாகும் "அண்ணா நகரில் இருக்கும் வசந்தா, அவர்களின் கணவன் மாரடைப்பால் அவதிப்படுவதால், அவரை உடனடியாக ஹாலுக்கு வரும்படி அவர் கணவர் திக்கி திக்கி அழைக்கிறார்". "மயிலாப்பூரில் வசிக்கும் மங்களத்திடம், ரசம் ஊசி விட்டதாக அவர் கணவர் தாழ்மையுடன் தெரிவித்து கொள்கிறார்". "மாம்பலத்தில் வசிக்கும் விசாலத்திடம், தான் அலுவலகத்திலிருந்து வருவர்தருக்கு தாமதம் ஆகும் என்று அவர் மகன் முகுந்தன் வருத்தத்துடன் தெரிவித்து கொள்கிறார்". இந்த நிலைமை வரும் அளவிற்கு இந்த தேசம் போகக்கூடாது என்பதே நம் வேண்டுகோள்.

ஆகவே மெகா சீரியல்கள் பார்க்கும் தாய்மார்களே, பெரியோர்களே, சிறியோர்களே, அதை உங்கள் வாழ்வின் ஒரு பொழுதுபோக்கு அம்சமாகவே பாவியுங்கள், அது மட்டும் தான் உங்கள் வாழ்கை என்று பாவித்தால், குடும்பம் "மெகா சீரியஸ்" ஆகிவிடும்.

ஒ கே, "கோலங்கள்" தொடரின் விளம்பர இடைவேளை முடிந்து விட்டது என்று நினைக்கிறேன், அந்த தொடர் மிக முக்கியமான ஒரு கட்டத்தில் இருக்கிறது, ஆகவே இத்துடன் என் உரையை முடித்து கொள்கிறேன்.


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Umpire "Deferral" System ...

The new "Referral" system that is being introduced in the India - Srilanka Test Series is something which I seriously don't like. Its not for the fact that almost all the decisions that INDIA referred have gone against them, I somewhat feel we are slowly removing the importance of the on field umpires, and if this situation continues, there will be a stage where there wont be an on field umpire, seriously you don’t need one. I don’t believe in using technology for such things, all certain done, on field umpires are the best person to adjudge LBW decisions, using technology for that is not acceptable ...

If this kind of new systems are being introduced, this will certainly bring down the respect what the players have for umpires. The reason being, let say that all the 3 referrals are going against the umpires favor and if the technology is going to award a decision which is opposite to that of the umpires, then the credibility of the decision making skills of the umpire will be at stake and also this can seriously bring down the morale and the confidence of the umpires. Its obvious that the on field umpire can miss a nick or a bruise from the players pad because he is standing amidst of 40000 people who are screaming like hell, and certainly the TV umpire has the facility to see the ball coming in slow-motion and he can surely make a perfect decision, but that’s not the way the game is enjoyed.

I would accept for the fact that TV umpires can be used for deciding on the run out's, apart from that they should not be referred. Now itself it has become a pure batsmen dominated game and with the inclusion of such new technologies, we are making the game an even more player dominated game and taking of the due respect that we need to give to an umpire. What is the whole point in two old people standing for 100 over’s when knowing the fact that nobody is going to listen to them or obey their decisions, its as equivalent as "caring a damn" for those two individuals, if not for their decision, but at least for their age we need to give them the respect. I would be happy if this trial system is taken off and it’s not being practiced as a process for the future games.


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Jul 28, 2008

"COW" Is ... WOW!!!

Is our world getting funny or is this what we call "one step towards innovation". I saw a very interesting program in Animal Planet this weekend. I wonder how people have so much of time to do such things and it’s actually wonderful to see that they have thought something useful to the society. If a small country like Ireland can do that, why can't we do the same at INDIA? We have ample resources and man power to do that. The investment cost for this whole business is just nothing I would say. Ok ok, let me not make you folks to scratch your head anymore, just continue reading ...


In Ireland do you know what they do to increase the productivity of cooking gas? Well I would say it’s a method which is one step before what we are already practicing at our villages and it’s popularly called as "Bio Gas". What we do there is, we collect the cow dung and then preserve it in a closed enclosure and then leave a small opening to collect the gas which the dung emits, and that is what is mainly used in most of our villages in Tamil nadu. If I say Ireland people are doing the same but one step before, what I meant is, they don't wait for the dung to come out.

They feed the cows with mashed potatoes and while they extract milk from them, the cow generally "farts" for a long time and this farting continues all day long, we know the power of potato and its gas manufacturing capabilities in human, same is the chemical reaction that is happening inside a cow's tummy, so what they do is, they insert a tube into cow's a** and that gas is collected in huge cylinders and what they claim is, a cow is farting as much as 500 kilo grams of gas a month (big animal na!!!), and that is what the people at Ireland are using for cooking, It’s quite innovative but at the same time very effective.

The only concern here is, how would that animal go to "loo" with a tube inserted inside its a**, this is one question which is making me think since I watched that program. If a cow can produce 500 kgms of gas a month, why can't they try with bigger animal's like elephant to increase the productivity?? But who would dare to insert the tube into that huge animal's a** is a different question. Leave out the cow, If at all there would not be a procedure of inserting a tube inside the a**, our good old mylapore "saastrigal maama's" who eats all kinds of food ranging from kalyaanam to thavasam, would produce 500 kgms of gas in just a day (collectively).

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Jul 27, 2008

"Mendis" the Menace

What we witnessed in the recently concluded test match against Srilanka in Colombo does indicate a bitter fact that, the Indian team which has toured Srilanka is going to have a shameful 3 - 0 defeat at the hands of Muralidharan and Ajantha Mendis. It was actually a contest between 11 players in India Vs 2 players in Srilanka. The so called "famous" four, Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman, could only be spectators to that magnificent bowling spell by those two spinners ...

When Srilankan's piled up a mammoth score of 600 runs, I thought that its a batsmen paradise and our Indian top-order batsmen would make merry, but little I knew that they will be made "Curry" by those Srilankan spinners. It was a spineless, toothless, shameless response by this famous Indian batting line-up which failed to resist for even 2 days. The body language was not so optimistic when the Indians came to bat, I think their minds were already pregnant with the worries of how they are going to tackle "Ajantha Mendis" the mystery bowler of Srilanka. He is for sure is a mystery as of now, to any batsmen in the world. His un-orthodox gripping of the leather ball is making even the genius of a batsmen like "Sachin" to scratch his head.

Not to mention the potential of Murali who is the leading wicket taker in game. He is for sure will be "deadly" if you have to face him in his own soil, its never easy to tame a lion in its own cage, but what is worrying is, there is one more pussy cat who sounds like a lion and that is what is making the Indians shiver. I don’t think our players are mentally prepared to face this spin duo and I am confident in we having a 3 - 0 defeat at the hands of Srilanka. I am not at all optimistic in Sachin getting past Brian Lara's world record in this series, as he is not in the best of his form. I wish and hope that Indians do not lose the rest of the two matches with such an embarrassing margin, I am expecting them to at least show minimal resistance.

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"Serious" Bomb Blasts ...

With two consecutive serial blasts rocking the entire nation, some questions which still eludes an answer are "What is the purpose in killing innocent lives ?", What do these so called "Terrorists" want ? Which religion in this world preaches such barbaric acts ?. Its has now become a fashion statement for all those terrorist outfits to claim responsibility for any such incident, I think they are trying to prove a point to their fellow "competitors" that they are the best. I would certainly not blame the administration or the police department for these incidents, poor folks they are also caught unaware by these blasts. It is practically impossible to monitor the movements in a densely populated country like INDIA ...

The blasts that shook Bangalore was actually does not deserve to be called as "Bomb Blasts" when compared to what we witnessed in Ahmadabad. Being a very honest and a straight forward person, I want to pen my real thoughts in this blog without fearing any consequences. I am not so convinced by the fact that these "terror" attacks are carried out by terrorists or for that matter by any outsider. The entire nation knew what happened during the "Vote of Trust" in the parliament between BJP and Congress, and if you see, the two areas where the blasts took place are BJP dominated regions, so there is a very good chance of us suspecting that these blasts may have been triggered by a "dirty-hand" from Congress, why not suspecting them?

We all care a damn about what these political parties or these politicians fight for, all we are requesting them is to leave the country in PEACE. It will be arrogant on their part to play with innocent lives and killing them. If at all we conclude that these would be "terrorist" attacks, then why can't these political parties join together and fight against terror? The reality is, if Congress is ruling and such disturbing incidents happen, BJP, CPM, SP, will be happy to see that the government is getting a black mark, and they will add fuel to the fire and will not do anything to protect the public, but what they fail to realize that those political parties still have to come and fall under our feet for our votes.

This wonderful nation is actually being screwed by our politicians and we are slowly losing the pride and the tag of being called as one of the most "peaceful" nations in the world. Being responsible citizens, let’s not watch our great country falling prey to these terror outfits, lets all get-together and change the fate of our nation, If not for us, at least for our children and great grand children; let’s give them a peaceful place to stay. Let’s take off these irritating and selfish bunch of fools who are ruling us, lets do something to bring in a change. The first step towards that is, lets take the pain of going to the booth and then VOTE for the right candidate, India’s future is in our hands, lets not leave it into the drain.

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Jul 25, 2008

Iyer Marriages ...

I should admit that I drew inspiration for this post by reading a similar blog post, but I thot of putting my view on the same topic in my style and without any interference from the post I have read, though the points discussed here are quite different than what I had read, I wanted to make sure that I don’t copy any lines from it. Well this is one topic which I have wanted to write for a long time and that post which I read just lit the spark. I am here to discuss the funny aspects that are involved in a typical "Iyer" Marriage and I don’t know why people are not ready to change ...

Let me first start with "Jaanavaasam", the differences between a "Dead Body" procession and "Jaanavaasam" are very few, both the processions have the formality of throwing flowers, in both the processions the main person is made to sit (some old dead bodies are only made to sleep), both the processions have a dance performance in front of them, well, in the later the main person eyes are closed and two cotton buds are inserted inside the nose and on the other one, the main person can see what is happening around them. The guy will be accompanied by girls who are below 5 yrs, why can’t they have girls > 18 to sit with the guy ? Don’t they trust him or what ?. There will be some eight to ten 60+ year old "maami's" walking in front of the car with the guarantee that the car won’t go more than a speed of 2 kms / hr and carrying a very heavy brass plate on their hand which normally has variety of fruits and flowers and with two sets of cones inversely placed.

Though those "maami's" would flash a smile on their faces which might give us an impression that they are happy to carry those heavy plates, but the reality is, their 65+ year old husbands will be busy applying "moove" on their hands later that night. "Why the hell you agreed to do that ? Now see, I have to relieve your sprain" will be their comment with irritation. In this entire scene, I admire the driver who shows no sign of jubilation, may be he is driving that car of the umpteenth time and at times he advices some maami's in "what to do next", he is very proficient in "Iyer's" customs. Instantly he gains all the maami's attention and becomes the center of attraction. The pathetic guy who is sitting in the car with no job to do, runs his eyes on all the other girls who follow the procession and then starts comparing with the girl he has chosen, he too knows that its too late, but what's wrong in comparing ?. Have you ever noticed the looks of those curious "on-lookers" ?, people walking on the platform, people riding in car's and bikes, people travelling in bus, every one gives the same look, and it would directly or indirectly imply the message "If this guy can get a girl, why not me ?". Finally after making all those huffs and puffs the car would arrive at the mandapam and that "maapillai" would act as of he is too tired. I strongly oppose this ritual of "Iyer Marriages"

Next comes the second funny ritual "Kan Oonjal", this will happen just before the thaali is tied. The meaning of this ritual is to get rid all the bad omens which may or may not be attacking the couple. The funda is to make the couple sit on the "swing" and they would be surrounded by the same old maami's who would have by now transformed their attire from a conventional 6 yard saree to a non-conventional 9 yards saree, popularly known as "Madisar", most of the time, the extra yards of the saree would be actively involved in social work, I mean cleaning the floor. The ritual starts with the formality of some 60+ year old maami's who volunteer themselves assuming that they still have the "Shreya Gosal" in them, and start singing this very old song "Kan oonjal aadi irrundhaal ... " with their shivering voice, and when they are singing you have to carefully watch their husbands who will give them an "Ora Paarvai" and that is assumed as the "motivation" tonic for those 60+ oldies to sing well. But considering their age and the variation of pitches that song has, I strongly feel that the song has to be removed with immediate effect, coz you may end up in a situation where 10 maami's start singing the song and only 7 would be in a position to finish the song, as the rest of the maami's would be lying on the floor with froth precipitating out of their mouth.

Once that song is done, more maami's would now come with a cup in their hand which contains a mixture of Banana, Honey and Milk. Almost all the maami's would be thronging to feed that to the couple, not that they like to do it, but if they do that, they will be exclusively covered by the video man and before coming in front of the camera, those maami's would adjust their saree, necklace, bangles etc etc and till they adjust every one have to wait. In the mean time some old maama would pass a "humorous" comment thinking that it will make all the spectators laugh, but ultimately nobody would have laughed for that comment except that old maama. Imagine a day when the muhurtham starts as early as 6 in the morning and when people feed the couple with such "Download Accelerators" like banana and milk, do they ever realize that it is going to initiate a biological change inside the tummy ?? and no one on this earth can attend a nature call with a heavy garland on the neck and a dothi which is circled 100 times around the hip, In case of emergency, before the guy trying to un-wind his dothi, It would have been too late and the task would have been finished on the dothi itself, coz that's the power of banana and milk. Please have some empathy on others in this regard and put yourself in their shoes, touch your heart and tell me, Can you tie the knot when your bladder is heavy and paining ?

There is also a continuation to the same "Kan Oonjal" ritual which is more disgusting. What they actually do is, they mix turmeric and kunkum to boiled rice and then make it round shaped to the size of a golf ball and those colored balls will be placed on huge brass plates next to the swing. Already the maami's have underwent a small physiotherapy treatment last night after lifting those heavy brass plates in the "Jaanavaasam" and to aggravate it more, the same maami's would swing their hand around the head of the couple forming a huge circle in the air, they rotate their hand not once, not twice, but thrice, and that will be done in both clock-wise and anti-clock-wise rotation, at the end of the third rotation, those colored boiled rice balls would be flying across the mandapam in all directions and will promptly spoil the attire of those people who would have clad a white shirt or a saree. By the time these maami's finish their rounds all their maama's would be ready with the same "Moove" tube on their hand, to start physiotherapy.

Those colored boiled rice balls would have been scattered in all the places of the mandapam and people would make sure that they step on them and make those boiled rice to get pasty and sticky, if someone happened to walk bare foot, there are more possibilities that he may fall down and hurt himself. Once this ritual is done, that place would actually look like a bomb blast site with all those red colored balls simulating the color of blood and flesh. We have to keep in mind the statistics that almost 40% of the world population is dying out of hunger, in places like Africa people do not have rice to eat, but here we are using them to play ? Think about this. I appreciate this ritual for only one factor and that being, eating so many slices of banana in the morning would really ease the trouble of constipation, so considering the medicinal value this ritual brings in, I would probably agree to participate in this ritual.

Well, the last thing that is supposed to be considered as "Stress Reliever" is actually the more stressful ritual in the entire tamash, and it’s called as "Nalangu". There will be held these so called "games" between the guy and the girl. This time all 60+ years old maami's will join the girls side and all 65+ years old maama's would join the guy's side, before even the start of the event those old maami's and maama's would recollect their "Nalangu" event which would have happened even before you were born, and they will narrate each and every incident from that, till your show sign of "pissing off". This is the arena where people play IPL's and Champions Trophy and Wimbledon's, but these "Nalangu" games don’t seem to have changed. There are many stupid games that are played part of this ritual and the one which I just can't digest is a game which they play with the side dish of "Vatthakuzhambu", I mean "Sutta Appalam", they toast those yummy "Appalams" just to break it on the head of the guy and the girl. Isn't it atrocious ? If they have decided to waste edible products like this, why can’t they play with "Barota", "Cholepoori", "Idly", "Dosa" etc etc?. They can even try pouring sambar, rasam, and curd on their head, let’s leave that poor appalam at peace.

The next idiotic game is the one where they put a ring inside a "Kudam" which is filled with water (Hope so) and ask the guy and the girl to insert their hand into it and whoever takes it first will be the winner, and our guy who was waiting to get a chance to get hold of his girl, would conveniently hold her hand inside that kudam and never takes it out, who is bothered abt the ring ?. While playing this game there will be equal amount of cheering from both the sides screaming "Hey don’t let him take it", "Hey, prove you are the man, don’t let her take it", I think there are better ways to prove our manliness ;-), than taking the ring out. Eventually the ring will be placed on the girl's finger irrespective of who takes it, then what's the whole point behind this game ?. The last and the final game which till date has no meaning is the "Coconut Rolling" game, I have paid enough attention to understand that game, but all went in vain. I really dunno what is the fun in rolling the coconut from one side to another side while that coconut can be effectively used in making yummy "Chutney's" and "Thogayal's".

With all these hungama, what do they expect the couple to do in their "First Night" apart from having a good sound sleep ??

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"Shocking" without Electricity...

The entire nation is facing a severe power crisis and it’s vowed to get worse in the days / months to come. The reason that has been sighted for this crisis is lack of RAIN. All the reservoirs which stage hosts for the hydra plants which generate tons of mega watts power are not able to generate the similar load which is required for all the other states to use. Throughout the nation there are load shedding schedules charted out and as per that schedule there will be a minimum of 4 hours of power cuts every day for the residential population and this duration is expected to increase further. The fate is quite similar for the production industries as well, but owing to the loss they may incur, the duration is reduced to 2 hours a day...

Though the reason for this scarcity have been put on the lack of Rains, I personally feel that we citizens are to be blamed to the greatest degree, we have not used electricity with a caution when we had the supply in abundance. We still don’t have the habit of shutting down our PC's when we get back home and we are so casual in leaving a fan or a light in a room where we hardly occupy and switching on the AC just for the heck of it, when it can be managed with a ceiling fan, so I would not put everything on the rain GOD. So what is the way out of this current situation? Blaming the *poor* politicians is not acceptable, coz they generally don’t do anything for the nation, and it’s our stupidity to expect a solution from them on this issue too.

The government is desperately trying to get rains and with a costly affair of "Cloud Seeding" is being executed in the worst draught hit areas of southern India and northern India, the cost involved for 1 attempt of cloud seeding is close to 40 crores and the chances of getting rain out of that exercise is just 4%. I wish and hope rain GOD's hear this cry loud and clear and have some courtesy on us and shower all of us with a good quota of rain, by which we can escape this crisis. Nature keeps coming hard on us to convey the message that man cannot do anything he wanted to and there is one super power which is just above us and it takes the final call. I don’t want to see any more farmer suicides just because of lack of rain. I wish and hope that this situation improves and our country be blessed with a good spell of heavy rain.


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Jul 23, 2008

Tumblr

Just came across this cool website where you can post your random thoughts and can scribble whatever you want, as usually you can make it view to all internet viewers. For those who always wanted to scribble or to say something and keep your self connected and communicated to the outside world like me, I would recommend this site to all. Just login to http://www.tumblr.com/ and then create your own tumblr site and its damn cool to create one. Try that out and have fun. To know my updates you have to visit http://iyerpaiyan.tumblr.com/

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Jul 22, 2008

Quieek ... Quieek ... Quieek ...


It’s a very old house which is made up of curved bricks. It was one of the old houses in Mylapore, Chennai which still remains strong and posing a brave looks to the society telling "I will not turn into an apartment". It was the time where all independent house owners started to sell their houses to apartment builders and made huge money, but my dad is dead against the concept of "Apartment" and he rejected all tempting offers he got. Our house is one of the very rare independent houses which had three stages and it actually spans across streets, in the sense, our main entrance would be in one street and our back yard will actually end up in a different street...

Our house in Mylapore is popularly known as "Kuruvi Veedu", the reason is, our home served as a shelter to lots of sparrows and my dad is very sentimental about that, he feels happy that those birds are coming into his house without any fear and start building the nests, they even started to breed there. You could see nests just above the TV, corner of the hall, gaps between the ceiling and the pillar which supports the ceiling, just above the fan blades, inside the kitchen shelves, the other vacant areas where there would be no human access. My dad used to do anything that would make those birds comfortable. Once a little sparrow which was practicing flying for the first time, got hurt in our ceiling fan and died on the spot and that incident shook my dad very badly and he removed all the fans from the ceiling and we were forced to spend sweating nights in hot summer.

Those sparrows too started to live with us and in fact developed a certain bonding with my dad and mom. Whenever my mom finishes her cooking, when she is keeping a small rice ball to the crows of mylapore, she used to keep something for these sparrows too, she used to come to the hall and then make this "quieek quieek quieek", and suddenly from nowhere appear few cute little sparrows who seem to be waiting for that "quieek", they would be happy to eat whatever that is served and my mom used to change the dishes for them, to be honest even myself and my sisters did not have that variety of choice. I once tried mimicking my mom and thought of fooling those sparrows, but it was me was got fooled, they did not come as they have registered my mom voice; they are too brilliant I thought...

My dad ordered for a bamboo ladder, just to climb up the nest and then check if those little one have eaten or have they slept, he at times used to talk to them and they too respond to him as if they understand his language by replying "quieek quieek". My dad used to keep a pottery which is half filled with boiled water and also a plate of dry rice, so that those sparrows can eat it whenever they wanted to. Whenever they lay eggs and the mother sparrow goes out for hunting, my dad turns to be the mother sparrow, he climbs up the ladder and then keeps an eye on those eggs. He fears that some cats that come by that way might use them for omelet and hence he will keep vigil on those eggs all the time, till the mother sparrow returns.

We did not have the habit of keeping alarm at our place, those little ones are our lively alarm, exactly at the strike of 5 they start screeching and before we are served with our dose of morning coffee, those sparrows will be promptly fed with their usual breakfast, couple of grains and a plate of water. Our day actually begins with those sparrows and ends with sparrows. As time went on, those little ones got very close and attached to us, they used to come down from their nests and then started to be with us, they used to sit next to us when we eat, when we watch TV, when we read news papers. Dad got even more closer to them and then started to name each and every sparrow in our house, I still remember one of the sparrow's name was "chellamma" and she seem to be the eldest among the lot, big in sized and feathers.

We were not allowed to play any music, we were not supposed to loud our TV volumes, and in short we were not allowed to do anything which would scare those little ones. During diwali times, my dad used to take extreme precaution by covering all those sparrow nests with thermacol, so that they don’t get scared by those crackers. My dad got so obsessed towards sparrows that he took a census on them and every day at night he used to count them and then see if all the sparrows have got back home, even if he sees that one sparrow did not return he gets so worried and then starts praying to GOD for that one little bird to return. Neither the GOD nor those sparrows have disappointed my dad even once. I used to wonder why my dad has developed such affection towards those sparrows and what is so special about them. I used to make fun of him whenever he talks to them by climbing up to their nest.

My thoughts of thinking those sparrows as "dumb" birds got changed completely on the day my dad died. My dad's body was not only surrounded by humans, it was also surrounded by those sparrows, they all maintained pin drop silence, and was still in their positions, not even one turned its head the other way, every bird was looking at my dad's body, they did not dare to step on him, and when I offered all of them their usual plate of rice and bowl of water, not even one bird cared to eat or drink. They were actually mourning for my dad's death literally, even I had my lunch in the evening after cremating my dad's body, but those little birds refused to do that for almost 3 days.

Days rolled on and we were forced to sell that house to an "apartment" builder as we don’t have any other option other than selling it for our financial gains. As if those little ones already knew that, they all started vacating their 40 year old house and one fine day when we checked all the nests, it was all empty. I think they don’t want to be there to see their house being demolished, more than their house; they don’t want their master's house to be destroyed.

Little Ankita was all ears when her grand mom narrated this story and she told her that she has seen that bird in her science book. Yes, our children will not be in a position to see that cute and energetic little bird. While we humans are so greedy to occupy every centimeter of this earth, we fail to understand that it is also a place for those innocent birds to live. Apartment can never be the place for those birds to come in and construct their nests and no one will have the courtesy to feed them amidst of their tight and busy lifestyle. Recent survey and analysis states that heavy usage of cell phones and their radiation have brought this little secies almost to the verge of extinction. Let’s be a bit environment friendly and then reduce the usage of cell phones and give way for such cute little birds to live with us.

I dedicate this story to a little sparrow family which has just occupied the balcony in my "apartment" and I am here to take care of them at any cost.

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Jul 14, 2008

Alliance ...

Sindhu was walking in the park on an evening where the rain has just sprayed its blissful drops and the earth looked freshly wet, like a wet lip after a tight kiss. Sindhu just could not kill her loneliness any more inside that PG, and hence decided to come out for a walk, also the weather outside tempted her to peep out. Sindhu was thinking about her future, she knows that she needs to be a bread winner for her family, and after the loss of her father, she knew how tough was it for her mom to bring her up, and she was equally worried about her mom's future, if she happens to marry and go with her husband, with all these thoughts lingering in her mind, she was tapped on her shoulder by someone, she just got jerked by that unexpected tap, what a surprise...

It was none other than her colleague Vineeth who had been to the US, she was surprised to see him there and after those initial formal enquiries of how his trip was and how was the work etc etc. Sindhu decided to wish him a bye, she really wanted to be alone and felt neither she nor her thoughts to be disturbed by anyone. Vineeth is not just a colleague for her though, she had some amount of closeness with him and she always look upon him as her good friend and well wisher, but still, that moment pressed upon she just being "alone". Vineeth could read her eyes and instantly he asked, "So what's bothering you?", though she did not expect such a question from him, and just not to let her feelings out, she gave him a sleepish smile and said "No, nothing, I am alright".

Vineeth is a character who does not pester but he is quite witty, he instantly quipped, "Ya I know there is nothing, even in your brains", and tried his best to get that lightening smile from her, but that wasn't enough to get that out. He too sensed that Sindhu was not in her best and hence decided to leave her alone, so he said "Ok yaar, just saw you and thought of telling you a hii, ok I am leaving, bye and take care". Sindhu gave back that sleepish smile and waved him a "Bye", with her thought still worrying about her mom and her future. There were too many questions that aroused as a wave and hit her cerebrum and went back to the cerebellum inside her brain. Should I get married in the first place? Will my husband allow me to go and visit my mom frequently? Will I have a say to have my mom with me all thru her old age? How will she survive all alone after I get married? Those unanswerable queries almost made her feel dizzy.

Just then she got a SMS from Vineeth, and that read as "Life is too short to be spent worrying, Yesterday is past, Tomorrow is future and Today is present, and that is, God’s "present" to us, so lets stop worrying for tomorrow and relish the present", was that SMS forward a coincidence or did Vineeth read my mind, she quizzed herself? Whatever be it is, that SMS was soothing to her worried heart and she promptly replied to him saying "Thanks, and it was news to me, good discovery ;-) (With a smiley)". She went back to her PG and got immersed inside her english novel, it has started to pour cats and dogs outside, and her mobile shivered and the display flashed "Mom calling", what could be a better medicine in this world for a worried heart, than talking to their mother, she was quick to throw off her i-Pod's ear phone and picked up the call. "Hi Mom", was just thinking about you.

Her mom was excited on the other end and she asked her to come to Chennai the coming weekend, Sindhu was puzzled and was quick to ask "Why? It was not the usual weekend where I visit Chennai, I have not booked my tickets yet", her mom said, "I have already couriered you the tickets and you should be receiving it shortly in a day or two", but as we all know, curiosity kills the cat, Sindhu though was not used to ask counter questions to her mom, just kept quite and agreed to come to Chennai the coming weekend. That worried heart became even heavier, the only reason that came on top of her head for her visit to Chennai was about some probable alliance, Sindhu felt as if she is running out of time and her neurons inside the brain refused to work, with "Sidney Sheldon" sleeping over her chest, Sindhu fell asleep.

It was a usual hectic week for Sindhu at work and she just could not wait for the weekend to come. There came friday and Sindhu rushed to the cantonment station to catch her train to Chennai. As expected it was about an alliance and moment her mom opened that topic, Sindhu was into tears, it turned into a deep throated cry and at one stage it burst into a heavy crying with saliva oozing out of her mouth like a broken dam, she screamed to her mom that she does not want to get married in life and she would not want to leave her all alone and be selfish in her life, and buried her sobbing face onto her mom's lap, though her mom was equally moved by her daughter's affection towards her, she said, "Yes my dear, I know I can't live all alone when you are gone after your marriage and that's why I had decided to get re-married and that is the alliance I wanted to talk to you" and that's why you are here.

Moral of the Story: Life always throws surprises at us :-), so never EXPECT anything. HahahahahA

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Jul 12, 2008

Good Egg Analogy ...

A man eats two eggs each morning for breakfast. When he goes to the grocery store he pays 60 cents a dozen. Since a dozen eggs won't last a week he normally buys two dozen at a time. One day while buying eggs he notices that the price has risen to 72 cents. The next time he buys groceries, eggs are 76 cents a dozen...

When asked to explain the price of eggs the store owner says, "The price has gone up and I have to raise my price accordingly". These store buys 100 dozen eggs a day. He checked around for a better price and all the distributors have raised their prices. The distributors have begun to buy from the huge egg farms. The small egg farms have been driven out of business. The huge egg farms sell 100,000 dozen eggs a day to distributors. With no competition, they can set the price as they see fit. The distributors then have to raise their prices to t he grocery stores. And on and on and on.

As the man kept buying eggs the price kept going up. He saw the big egg trucks delivering 100 dozen eggs each day. Nothing changed there. He checked out the huge egg farms and found they were selling 100,000 dozen eggs to the distributors daily. Nothing had changed but the price of eggs. Then week before Thanksgiving the price of eggs shot up to $1.00 a dozen. Again he asked the grocery owner why and was told, "Cakes and baking for the holiday". The huge egg farmers know there will be a lot of baking going on and more eggs will be used. Hence, the price of eggs goes up. Expect the same thing at Christmas and other times when family cooking, baking, etc. happen.

This pattern continues until the price of eggs is 2.00 a dozen. The man says, "There must be something we can do about the price of eggs". He starts talking to all the people in his town and they decide to stop buying eggs. This didn't work because everyone needed eggs. Finally, the man suggested only buying what you need. He ate 2 eggs a day. On the way home from work he would stop at the grocery and buy two Eggs. Everyone in town started buying 2 or 3 eggs a day. The grocery store owner began complaining that he had too many eggs in his cooler. He told the distributor that he didn't need any eggs. Maybe Wouldn’t need any all week.

The distributor had eggs piling up at his warehouse. He told the huge egg farms that he didn't have any room for eggs would not need any for at least two weeks. At the egg farm, the chickens just kept on laying eggs. To relieve the pressure, the huge egg farm told the distributor that they could buy the eggs at a lower price. The distributor said, " I don't have the room for the %$&^*&% eggs even if they were free". The distributor told the grocery store owner that he would lower the price of the eggs if the store would start buying again. The grocery store owner said, "I don't have room for more eggs. The customers are only buying 2 or 3 eggs at a time. Now if you were to drop the price of eggs back down to the original price, the customers would start buying by the dozen again".

The distributors sent that proposal to the huge egg farmers but the egg farmers liked the price they were getting for their eggs but, those chickens just kept on laying. Fin ally, the egg farmers lowered the price of their eggs. But only a few cents. The customers still bought 2 or 3 eggs at a time. They said, "When the price of eggs gets down to where it was before, we will start buying by the dozen." Slowly the price of eggs started dropping. The distributors had to slash their prices to make room for the eggs coming from the egg farmers. The egg farmers cut their prices because the distributors wouldn't buy at a higher price than they were selling eggs for. Anyway, they had full warehouses and wouldn't need eggs for quite a while. And those chickens kept on laying.

Eventually, the egg farmers cut their prices because they were throwing away eggs they couldn't sell. The distributors started buying again because the eggs were priced to where the stores could afford to sell them at the lower price. And the customers starting buying by the dozen again. Now, transpose this analogy to the gasoline industry. What if everyone only bought $10.00 worth of gas each time they pulled to the pump? The dealer's tanks would stay semi full all the time. The dealers wouldn't have room for the gas coming from the huge tank farms. The tank farms wouldn’t have room for the gas coming from the refining plants. And the refining plants wouldn't have room for the oil being off loaded from the huge tankers coming from the oil fiends.

Just $10.00 each time you buy gas. Don't fill it up. You may have to stop for gas twice a week but, the price should come down. Think about it. As an added note...When I buy $10.00 worth of gas that leaves my tank a little under quarter full. The way prices are jumping around, you can buy gas for $2.65 a gallon and then the next morning it can be $2.15. If you have your tank full of $2.65 gas you don't have room for the $2.15 gas. You might not understand the economics of only buying two eggs at a time but, you can't buy cheaper gas if your tank is full of the high priced stuff. Also, don't buy anything else at the gas station; don't give them any more of your hard earned money than what you spend on gas, until the prices come down..."

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Arushi's Murder - Resolved ?

It’s a big day of relief for Dr. Rajesh Talwar and his family and their worst nightmare of their life is partly over. I still admire the way the family has conducted themselves in this ordeal and the harrowing experience they underwent exposes the dark side of our law and the police department, its pretty evident that a common man when found himself in such a tangle has no way to prove his innocence other than being a mere spectator inside the jail. If at all there would not be such great media attention, I don’t think Rajesh would have got out this sooner...

But who is responsible for the trauma this family underwent?? What anyone can do now to repair the damage the media and the police have done to their character?? I would solely blame the media for all these fuss. I don’t deny the fact that they played a major role in not letting down this investigation die, but they are more responsible for the "character assassination" they have done on the talwar's. The media at times does not realize that they are also humans and they too have feelings and emotions. Today when Dr. Rajesh Talwar was released out of the jail, there stood more than 100 camera persons and news channel reporters, those scenes are always scary for a normal man like you and I, we are not used to this sudden media glare, we are not the rajini's or the kamal's or the bachan's to handle media with a knack.

I would say that media people just because they wanted to increase their channel's TRP ratings, they go to any damn extent. Today morning the media crowed was so much in the sense the police men could not control them, and in that chaos, a reporter's mic hit hard on Dr. Nupur Talwar's head and it was a painful blow. Secondly when Rajesh made an emotional re-union with his family, the term "privacy" was conveniently forgotten by the media persons and they were forced to hug each other amidst of 100s of camera's and mic's. Will they tolerate if we go to their home and capture their entire family affairs in cameras? Media is just an informing medium and they should not cross their line and poke their nose into someone's privacy.

As we all know Arushi's murder case has not reached the climax yet, those narco analysis and polygraph test results are not considered in the court of law, so CBI has to find some material evidence against those male maid's, if those killer weapon and cell phones are not to be trace, there are high chances of those people walking free and will be at large in couple of months time. All said and done, we have lost a young soul and the family has lost their only daughter in such a gruesome manner, its just time, which can heal this hard wound from their hearts. May all of us pray for their family to recover out of this trauma and may GOD give them all the strength and energy to carry forward in their lives.

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Jul 5, 2008

Dasavatharam - Movie Review

Ah, I hope I am not going to get caught in the brilliance of Kamal Hassan's effort and acting while penning this review of "Dasavatharam", I would want to write it in its true sense and do justice to the movie and also to my review. Let me first talk about the story line, to be honest, I would say, Oscar Ravichandran has taken a big risk of investing such a huge amount on this story. There is absolutely no story line involved, right from the first scene to the last scene, you are literally absorbed by one man's brilliance and that is Kamal Hassan ...

I also felt that there has been absolutely no correlation between the scenes and even though you cannot discount the fact that Kamal has taken strenuous efforts to show appreciable variance between the 10 roles, not just by its make-up, but also through body language and voice modulations, I some what feel that he has casted 10 roles just for the heck of it. Certain characters like that old lady, son of a muslim (nagesh), Avatar Singh, Japanese character, Srilankan character are all mere waste. I could not see any valid reasoning behind Kamal casting those characters. Again, we have to appreciate the hard work that he has put in to get those make-ups done. It’s certainly a herculean task which needs to be appreciated.

Asin, once again proved her brilliance in acting, though her role in this movie is just to run behind Kamal Hassan, she has done justice to her character. I would rather say, most of the other characters that have big screen names, have been wasted in this movie, like, Nagesh, K R Vijaya, P Vasu, and Santhana Barathi etc etc. I was actually expecting a bit of humor quotient in this movie which is a normal phenomenon in any Kamal starrer, but that was completely missing in this movie apart from the fact that Balram Naidu character has provided some. If you really ask me whether this movie is worth to be watched, I would say a big YES YES to that, just for the fact to appreciate one man's brilliance, i.e. Kamal Hassan. I won't say that this movie is that entertaining as SHIVAJI, to put it right, in fact this movie cannot be easily understood by a common man, who does not know about this "Chaos Theory", "Bio Weapon" etc etc. Once again a typical Kamal movie for his well educated audience.

I would rate 6 out of 10 for this movie and that too all the 6 marks goes to Kamal's effort in putting those tough make-up's and having Asin as the heroine, if not Asin, the movie would have seen the dent a bit more hard.

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