Dec 31, 2010

Thank You 2010...

Well, what an amazing roller-coaster year 2010 has been to me, it did a very good job in bringing out all the emotions out of me, it's like how Rajinikanth brings in all the emotions into CHITTI the robot. This year should be marked and highlighted in my life just for the fact that I too got married, though it was a sweet surprise to me, I did manage to handle that surprise very well. Life has changed a lot for me since V moved into my life.



This year started with my marriage and the sequence of events that followed it was nothing less than thrilling and challenging. I know married life is always challenging, it is not less than a higher education one has to undergo without a choice, you got to be a listener at times, you got to be the teacher at times, you got to be the deciding authority at times, likewise one has to play multiple roles and be successful in life.

One important lesson this 2010 taught me is, never give up and withdraw from a problem without even attempting to solve it, it does not matter whether you are solving that problem or not, but leaving it to fail without even giving a try is something suicidal. I learnt the art of listening and keeping calm and cool when situations around you were really hot, I developed a lot more patience and of course the feeing of being loved by someone is simply cool and awesome, in that sense I am really fortunate to have V in my life, at times I wonder if I am really reciprocating all the love and affection V showers on me, but she knows that I am one hell of a person who is not expressive.

This year, especially after my marriage, I was forced to distance myself from some of my very close friends and that was really unfortunate, it is not that easy to bid adieu to a 20 year friendship, but yes, you cannot change fate and we agreed to move on, so deleting contacts from mobile, disconnecting them from all social sites, thought it was just few button clicks, still it hurts a lot. There were a equal ratio of both good and bad moments this year, I want to forget the bad and carry forward the good, I am seriously hoping for a much better 2011.

This year also marks two very important events which brought in immense pleasure in to my life, both the events are marriages, one of my very close buddy and blog mate Chandru's wedding and that too with my fellow blog mate Manisha, I cursed me to death for not attending their wedding, but unfortunately I had a personal function to attend which I could not skip. The next wedding is of my other friend G. This year also happen to be the year where few of my friends marriages turned sour and that was so pinching, but I wish and pray that they should have a much better 2011.

So to wrap it all, I would say that 2010 was a fantabulous year, where it taught me great lessons of life, a marriage, a broken friendship, some betrayal, few backstabbing, but still it gave me the guts to move on, GOD always keeps me special and this year too he had taken care of me very well. He is making me love this life more and more and at the same time he is asking me to keep my environment and surrounding happy, with V on to my left, I think that should not be a problem.

Good Bye 2010 and Welcome 2011.

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Dec 7, 2010

A Girl with a Yellow Bag ...

The morning sun focused right on her face and that generated enough heat to wake her up. Every soul and every life on this planet starts the day with some struggle, and I don’t think we will have exceptions to this statement and she is no exception to that as well. She rolled-over to her right and grabbed the yellow bag which she kept last night and placed a void stare at it, as we all know, real life does not bring in a swivel wave in front of us for flashbacks, so without that she slips in to her good old days

My mom is one of the greatest human being I have ever come across in her life, never ever in my life I have starved even for one meal till she was with me, morning breakfast would be ready even before I scratch my eyes and try to open it to see the first glimpse of the sun. A quick shower, a quick make-up and a yummy breakfast would trigger her day and it goes on till the last hour in the school gets over. Mom sleeps all through the day and works all through the night and that has been her "work" culture since the time her dad died, and the reason for that kind of work timing is not to be understood by her at that tender age.

That yellow bag is used by her mom to store all the money she earned and that used to be her bed side all the time, mom was very calculative in her expenditure but never said a no to anything I asked for, let it be a red ribbon or a hair clip, or a lolly-pop, it was always approved, I love my mom for this. I have not seen her buying new clothes for her, I have not seen her eating healthy food, but I remember she taking a tablet every night before she goes to work, and comes back home the next day morning very tired, but she never failed to prepare breakfast or lunch for me, in spite of she being tired and weak.

Mom never allows me to come to her work place, she used to tell me, her boss is not a nice person, though I have not seen him in person, I started to hate him. Mom always complains of some pain, but I don't know what pain it is, she used to catch her stomach and then roll on the floor for hours, but I was too young to understand that pain and would stand still without knowing what to do, all I used to do is to go near her and then keep my little hand on her tummy and felt as if that is easing out the pain she develops. That is the only time, I have seen mom smiling and I too would reciprocate with a smile from my end.

Sun was up above and a screeching car and its horn threw me out of my flashback and the uncle who used to offer me biscuits and chocolates got down form the car and he took me with him to his house, he is a nice man, he takes care of me so well, I like him so much. He used to put some money into that yellow bag which I used to carry with me all the time, but I think I have to stich that bag, it got torn one day when one of that uncle's friend tried to grab it from my hand, but I somehow managed to pull it back from them, that uncle gave me some extra money that day to stich that bag, I told you right, he is a nice person.

I was wondering why that uncle took me to his house in the morning, usually he used to take me in the night and drop me back in the morning, today he gave me a very good meal to eat and after that I slept and did not know what happened, it was a very good sleep. I think I have to go to a doctor today, I am also getting a pain on my stomach and it is very bad today, and my yellow bag is full of something like blood, it is hurting badly. All I remember is that uncle sleeping next to me when I got up, poor uncle, he even forgot to wear his dress, and maybe he was very tired. I am very hungry now, and it is paining like hell, if my mom would have been here with me, she would have cured this for me, but uncle told me that mom has gone to meet GOD.

She started to count the little money she had in that blood stained yellow bag, and without she realizing what was happening a stream of blood just started to flow out of her and with few currency notes sticking in between her little fingers, her eyes went still and within hours a mob gathered near that platform where she lived, with that yellow bag hugged close to her semi-nude chest, a brutally tortured soul departs this cruel world, after all it is not her fault to be born as a girl child to a prostitute mom or believing an uncle who was kind enough to give her goodies.

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Nov 21, 2010

A Marriage. A Lesson ...

Marriage brings in new relations and relatives, though my family can easily fit in to a 13 seater tempo traveller, my wife's side needs 4 to 5 busses to fit in, and it is obvious that there will be functions which fall almost every week. This week it happened to be a wedding of my wife's cousin brother and there I went to Bhavani, a place near Erode to attend that function, it is the next biggest gathering for my wife's side after our wedding. Life always teaches you lessons and only few lessons reach your heart, in that way, I learnt another important lesson in my life at this wedding.

She was short, thin built, slightly bent, greyish-black curly hair, striking sindoor at her forehead, turmeric coated face, lots of nerves running on her wrinkled hand and always with a smile sticking on to her face. She was acting as the primary consultant in that marriage when it comes to "how-to-do-this-ritual", let it be on how to tie this knot or how to wear this saree or what should we keep on the dais for a particular ritual, she was there all around and she was the most seeked person in that marriage hall. She is an energetic and enthusiastic person at the age of 77. That every lasting smile on her face had a story to tell to this world, and a lesson to teach for my life.
This girl should be in her mid-twenties, thin built (extremely thin), very tall, malnutritioned physic, also weak, both physically and mentally, she always has this "what-am-i-searching-for" looks, and a constant smile on her lips, she mingles with all, does not care if she knows them or not, but every 15 minutes she searches for that 77 year old lady, makes sure that she is around, wanders within the marriage hall, goes to the kitchen occasionally, and does not talk to anyone other than that 77 year old lady. Anyone can easily make-up and conclude that she is mentally disabled and that 77 year old lady is her mom.
That old lady manages this mentally disabled girl all by her own, she takes care of her needs, she showers love and affection on her, never ever she show her anger or frustration on her, she always makes sure that she attends to this girl in spite of her busy and hectic schedule at the marriage. She hand holds that girl to the dining hall and she sits next to that girl and then feeds her the food, occasionally that girl throws tantrums by spitting the food on the floor, not turning to her mom's side to take a feed, but all you get back as a reaction from that old lady is a wide smile, she does not even attempt to show any signs of dis-pleasure to that girl.
One morning, this old lady got up only by 5 as supposed to have got up at 4, and the reason she had for that 1 hour delay is, this girl developed serious fits during the night and she had vomited on herself, this old lady has to clean up the mess, change her new dress and then make sure that her daughter went back to sleep and then she has to go to sleep, this is not something new to that 77 year old lady, she has been doing this ever since her daughter was diagnosed with such mental illness. That morning she continued to be smiling, happy to help others, took part in most of the wedding procedures, at the same time kept an eye on her daughter.
The reception dais was crowded with my wife's family and we were all posing happily for a family snap, and that's when this girl took on to the dais, and without knowing what she is doing, she just came and stood along with us, though she is not directly related to us, but we did not want to shy her away and hence we took her to our side and then she was happily laughing and smiling at all of us, that 77 year old lady stood outside the dais and was constantly instructing her daughter to look at the camera to give a pose, the happiness she got on seeing her daughter on the dais was pretty evident on her face, she sat at the corner of the dais and was admiring her daughter posing for a snap.
Throughout the marriage if there would be one person who stole most of my attention, it would be this 77 year old lady, I just could not take my eyes off her; she inspired me the most and at the same time made me feel ashamed of myself. I told my wife that she is the super hero of my life and I should learn a lot from that old gem. The kind of heaviness she has inside her heart is very hard for me to put it in words, but still she had the guts to smile and that too smile from her heart and not through her lips. She too would have had a dream of her daughter getting married rite? She too would have wanted to see her on that bridal costume rite? But the reality is that, it is not going to happen ever in her life.
I happened to sit next to her one morning and I volunteered to introduce myself to her, and I came to know that she is also from the same town Bhavani and she managed to attend this wedding just because it is happening in her hometown, if not she would never come to attend a wedding, and the reason is, her daughter. She told me that it is not fair to take her everywhere and then give problems to others, she is not mentally fit, and she develops fits quite often, so it will not be nice if I go and bother others, they called me to do these help so I came, otherwise I do not attend any marriages. Then she murmured something to herself and I overheard that "paavam en kozhandhaiku thaan idhelaam pannika kuduthu vekala" (Unfortunately, my daughter could not get married like this)
What hit me so hard is, in spite of such mental pressure, she is still managing a smile on her face and happy to help others, and never cribs about life. She is so considerate and also sensible in what she is doing, she never gives a chance for others to complain about her daughter and does not expect any kind of sympathy from others, and she maintains her dignity. If I have to put myself in her shoes, I don’t think I will even get out of the bed; I will bury myself in this worry and will never gather strength to move on in my life. She taught me this big lesson - "Worries are nothing but the way you see things in life, if you think it is light, it flies like a dust, if you think it is heavy, it stays like a stone"
I just could not get over thinking about this super woman, and I was admiring every move of hers. When the marriage party winded up from the hall, I volunteered myself to give her a drop at her residence, as I did not want her and her daughter to walk in that hot sun. I dropped her at her home, she invited me and my wife to her house, gave my wife the traditional send-off by giving a pinch of "Kum-Kum", with a very heavy feeling of "What that girl will do after this lady dies" pierced my heart and I walked out of her house like a zombie. I have already adder her to my prayers and I pray to GOD to give her more strength and longevity, so that she can take care of her daughter.
Life is so bloody struggling to so many folks, in that sense, I should say, I have been given a blessed life by GOD, but still I crib about things and trouble myself, with this lesson, I would want to live a different life, I don’t think, my worries can ever match the intensity of this super women. Hats-off to you lady, you will always remain as one of the most inspiring characters I have come across in my life.

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Oct 25, 2010

ENDHIRAN ...



I am back after a prolonged period of Hibernation and the man who woke me up from this hibernation is none other than our one and only super star Rajnikanth. I may be very late in posting this review, but what to do, I watched ENDHIRAN only this Saturday. I just cannot wait to blog about this and express my outburst of happiness and awe after watching this movie.


This movie had got every ingredient to make it a grand success, Rajnikanth, Shankar, and A R Rehman, what else you need? This is the combination which is assured of entertainment and failure is a term which never exists in the dictionary of this trio, and this in itself is a huge pressure to start with. These are the folks who constantly raise the bar for their own success and make sure they cross the new benchmark that they have set every time they perform and yes, this time too, the trio has spelt magic on the screen. Shankar has once again lived up to the expectation of robbing the producer whenever he directs a movie, the sets and graphics in this movie is beyond the imagination of any producer and this would be the high-water mark for graphics in Tamil cinema for a long long time.

Aishwarya Rai has maintained the theory that she can NEVER act and she is just a beauty doll, well if I have to be a bit more honest here, she is losing the sheen as beauty queen and the natural phenomenon of aging has kicked in, if not for the advancement in the field of make-up, Aish would have been out of the race 5 years back. I should admit that she really has worked a lot to keep up her shape and figure, which is absolutely top-notch. One more movie added to her list of "i-have-no-role-to-play", she just comes as a doll and goes as a doll. The comedy track in this movie would be ranked as one of the WORST comedy track, Rajnikanth movie has ever had, Santhanam and Karunas have tried their level best to screw the movie and thank god it’s a Rajini movie and hence their attempted failed mercilessly. ARR has done a good job in re-recording and background scores, but the songs were not that appealing except "Arivaa Arivaa" song.

Rajnikanth has grown mountains when it comes to his acting skills, he was always known to be a crowd puller and never a great performer unlike Kamal Hassan, but since Baasha, he has worked a lot on his acting skills and his performances in "Shivaji" and "Endhiran" has taken him to a very different class, still he is one row behind the jhambavaans "Shivaji Ganesan" and "Kamal Hassan". The man is seriously a crowd puller and that is one thing which "Shivaji Ganesan" and "Kamal Hassan" can never catch up. This movie is more than a treat for all Rajini fans like me, we get pumped up just by seeing ONE Rajnikanth in the movie, but seeing 1000s of Rajinkanth's in one screen is just more than bliss, thanks to graphics and Shankar for making this happen.

I personally feel sorry for the Tamil film industry that, they have lost one of the BEST VILLAINS the movie industry can ever produce, this man has been terribly wasted as a HERO, though he has done justice in every movie he has acted, but if he would have been a VILLAIN, he would have won more accolades than what he has got till now in his career. We have been grown-up watching Rajnikanth as a VILLAIN, right from "Moondru Mudichu" to "Padhinaaru Vayadhinile" to "Netrikan", where this genius have made millions and millions of folks to have cursed him with his sheer performance as a VILLIAN in those movies, he would have been one of the most likable VILLAIN and one VILLAIN the audience always wanted to win against the hero, yes that is the power of Rajnikanth.

The scene which really floored me was the scene where he finds the real human amidst of other robots, when he found the real human, the way he says "mmmaaaaaaa" like a sheep was just fantabulous and it am not sure how long I would have whistled for that, man, I love the VILLAIN Rajini than the HERO. He modulates his voice so very well when he acts as a villain and still he makes us love him, he is certainly not a villain the audience wanted to hate. The story on the whole may be lacking "sense", but it is wishful thinking for the future and a very good entertainment for the present. As always, every Rajini movie can only be done by Rajini and no actor can even dream of playing that role, and this movie is not exception to that theory.

At the age of 61, I am stunned to see the energy and enthusiasm this man has and the way in which he has maintained his physic and health is something all youngsters should learn and follow. Rajnikanth is an enigma and he has proved it once again, and every movie he releases is taking him few thousand miles ahead of his so called competitors who wanted to sit on that "SUPER STAR" throne, one thing we all know is, that throne is going to be empty forever, and no one can sit on that throne and we will not accept anyone other than Rajnikanth to occupy that.

Rajnikanth is one person who does not need a story or a banner to entertain the audience, his sheer screen presence would make the land of billions to scream out of joy. People cry, laugh, pray, kiss, dance, jump when this man is on the screen, and once again it leaves all of us with that million dollar question, what magnetism does this man have, which attracts us towards him? He is one soul who is beyond caste and creed, he is one man who actually unites this nation, he is one man who gets straight into the heart and stays there forever. So for the folks who have not seen the movie yet, all I wanted to say is "Endhiri .... RUN ... and watch ENDHIRAN"

I would give a straight 10 out of 10 for this magical movie. Thanks Shankar, ARR and SUPER STAR for this wonderful treat.

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Sep 6, 2010

A Game that needs Oxygen ...

Being a die-hard cricket fan, the recent scandals are really hard to digest and that too I believe that a team like Pakistan has involved in this. To me Pakistan is one team who has this "Never say Die" attitude, they are one unit who I thought plays for the nation and not for anything else. This expose has shocked me and has put up a tough question for myself saying - "Do you still want to be a fanatic of this game?". I am not a person who watches only INDIA matches, I do watch that game played by any country, I appreciate that sport and the kind of talent that game has. When we hear such shocking stories, it pains so much that I have wasted good quality time watching that match, whereas I could have done something better.

PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) were already in a pool of scandals, starting from doping to captaincy issues to attack by terrorists on a visiting cricket team and now with this "Match Fixing" scandal the curtains are almost down for them and I doubt if there would be any match that will be conducted in Pakistan for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup which is being hosted by the Asian giants India, Srilanka and Pakistan. PCB is trying to cover up its ass with the little bit of available clothing and already the shit is drying and drying fast. Every day the British tabloids are printing new evidence and PCB who was once saying that all these are mere "Allegations" are now coming out and saying that "This is unfortunate". I am sure these "Match Fixing" and "Spot Fixing" stuffs wouldn’t have happened without PCB's notice, they are hand-in-glove and I am sure some player is gonna expose that as well.

I once read an interview of a "Bookie", he was asked how and when they will "fix" a match where INDIA is playing and that "Bookie" said, they will never try to "fix" a match until "Sachin" is out, that is the kind of credibility a player should earn for his nation right ? Why doing such shameful act and tarnishing the name of the nation ? I am actually surprised that the Pakistani fans reacted in a very mild way, because I know how they reacted when their team lost to IRELAND in 2007 world cup. With all these hungama happening, what pains the most is, this cricketing world is losing one of the greatest talents of all times in "pace bowling" and that is "Mohammed Aamir", my man what a talent waste he is, the man who rediscovered swing bowling, and the man who is set to conquer the world may never return to the cricket pitch. Salman Butt is such a talented and a stylish left hander and for sure a FAN like me will miss them. Not to miss Mohammed Asif, who is too good to be played on his day.

I hope ICC acts fast on such issues and try to pump in some more oxygen to this already dying game where it is getting choked by this T20's and IPL's. Its time ICC takes a closer look and bring back to us the much loved "TEST CRICKET" that's where the word "TALENT" and "SKILL" is exhibited. ICC if you are reading this post, I want my "TEST CRICKET" back and please stop chocking the GAME and its players. If I have a SON, I would for sure encourage him to play this game and I am sure, we will not let lose this wonderful sport go slip away and lose viewership. I don't want to see the day where CRICKET is played only by two teams and the complete stadium looking absolutely empty. BTW - I am getting sick of IPL and I have no interest in watching IPL 4, as I feel it is becoming to be a BATSMEN oriented game and I don't find a reason why we need a HUMAN to bowl the ball, we can as well keep a "Ball Throw Machine" naa ? GOD SAVE CRICKET and fan's like me as well.

I would like to end this post with a funny tweet – This is Pakistani Radio Sports News, lets first look at tomorrow’s match results – England beat Pakistan by 6 wickets …

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Aug 25, 2010

Job Sucks ??

Why no one in this world is happy about their own job ? Does it mean that everyone in this world is caught at a wrong job ? I have been asking this question to many of my friends and relatives and also friends of friends of friends and relatives of relatives of relatives, the answer I get is unanimous, everyone says their job "sucks", so at the end of the day we all are doing work which we don't like and hence we tend to be less productive than our potential but we aspire to grow in that field and get high salaries, there seem to be a total disconnect in all these isn't it ? If I want to conduct a poll and ask all my readers of "What kind of profession you would want to be in, so that you enjoy every minute of it and be productive and proactive till the time you retire in that particular profession" I am sure all of us will find it very difficult to choose such a profession. We all are genetically designed to crib in whatever we do and the search for a fully satisfied life, never ends.

Why did I even though of penning this piece ? Yes, I am also not happy in what I am currently doing. To be honest, GOD has given me everything in life and I for no reason should even think of cribbing, but yes I am cribbing, that "something" is missing in my life and I don't know what that "something" is, funny naa ? I hate being in this IT industry for more than 13 yrs now, I don't like to drive to work, I don't like to sit in front of my laptop and keep doing the same thing again and again, at the end of the day it is all technical issues that I have to solve and GOOGLE is always there to save me if I am in deep shit, so effectively I am not doing anything which would give me some sense of satisfaction or pride in what I am doing or the kind of money I am drawing, but still I continue to do the same thing again and again, it cannot be even called as "Old wine in a new bottle", it can be called as "old wine in a cracked old bottle"

So what kind of job or profession that would enthuse me (at this point in time) ? I have now developed extreme jealous and fancy to this profession and I should admit that "Discovery Travel & Living" channel is the one which fuelled fire for this "aspiration" I would say. I want to be "Travel Journalist" who just does globetrotting on someone's money, visits all exotic locations of this globe, meet people of varied culture, color, caste and breed, mingle with them, understand their life style, enjoy their food and appreciate their routine. Well, I am sure this kind of a job will be on anyone's wish list, but no job comes without any hazards, even this job has its own share of killers which would screw your happiness, you will be always on the road, your biological clock will be at its confused best, your eating / dieting habits will go for a toss, waiting at airports for hours together and staring at void will drive you crazy, and one day you will call "I Quit"

Doing what we enjoy is boon, but enjoying what we do is life. Today I may aspire to be a travel journalist, but tomorrow I may completely hate that job, but it does not mean that today I hate my IT job and tomorrow I may completely fall in love with it, that is not going to happen, all I can do is to minimize the amount of dislikes I have in this job and start appreciating the bigger picture of it, this profession has brought me more money, respectable social status, a fearless attitude to face future, I am on the mode of "self realization" and you folks have to bear with me for a while by reading such "good-for-nothing" posts from me. I am hoping to come back with a bang with all my stories and other funny encounters of mine ... so stay tuned and please don't run away :)

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Aug 24, 2010

A Pattern Called LIFE ...

Please don't think that I have gone extremely philosophical after marriage and this post has nothing to do with the change in my marital status, this just struck me today morning when I was at loo and yes that is the time where I do some real quality thinking, that is the time when I have solved so many technical issues at work, that is the time I try to understand and analyze a problem better and yes that is the time I really dedicate to myself. I was wandering in my usual territory of "thinking-in-void" and suddenly I felt that everyone's life is nothing but a pattern, there is nothing that continues for long, or there is nothing one can do to understand or change that pattern. We tend to do something meticulously for a long long time, thinking that we will be doing only that till we hit doom, but unknowingly we change from that and keep doing some other thing and still feel as if we are going to do that till the end, life is funny isn't it ?



Once I used to collect a lot of pebbles, where ever I go, which ever place I visit, I used to pick a pebble of a stone or something from the ground and take it along with me, and I make sure that I wrap them in a paper and write where and when I picked that piece, including date and time. I did this for say some donkey years. If you take friends, every friend you acquire, you always think that he or she is gonna be with you forever and you make sure that you don’t miss them, but time being much powerful than your will and thoughts, it literally drags you away from that person and you start attaching yourself with someone else and still have the same feeling of having them forever, yes, we never learn the lessons life teaches us, we always make the same mistake again and again and hope different result every time. Food habits too follow the same suit, you may be crazy on a food item for ages, and one fine day without your conscience knowing it, you would have forgotten about that and you may not feel like having it again. I was a mad eater of Samosa and I once asked the waiter at TACOBELL if they have SAMOSA in their menu, just to get a nasty stare from him and ended up in teaching him how to make SAMOSA. Now the item I hate the most is also the same SAMOSA

Our habits, our mannerisms, our character, and our status anything you classify falls under a specific pattern right? So what is that one factor which is driving such patterns of life? I know the obvious answer would be "Change", but "Change" is not something which happens on its own, "Change" in turn is derived and driven by us and our sub-conscious mind conveniently ignores to identify the "Change", it in turn mimics and makes us realize that nothing has changed much and it is business as usual. So what made me to scribble this piece of post? I am no more in touch with most of the folks who I once thought are gonna walk with me into the pyre, I no longer play the sport which I thought is gonna be my breadwinner, I no longer have the same food habit, I no longer blog the way I used to, I no longer chat with the folks who I used to chat daily, I am no longer the same ME who I know 20 years back and yes I have crossed so many patters of my life and still think that I have not changed much. This cannot be treated much more than a "Random Ramblings" of my soul, but I will soon come up with few short stories which I have been waiting to complete.

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Aug 13, 2010

Hibernate to Standby

Ah, it’s quite refreshing to see that I myself worked out a way to come out of this hibernation and then take this step forward to post something on this blog after nearly 2 months. Yeah, blame it on the marriage and the other supporting activities that follow it. I used to be a person who will be online close to 18 hours a day, but nowadays I am not available once I get back from work and my time is purely managed by my wife, she being a home maker she literally waits for me to come and we try to spend some quality time together. We are living in a clubbed accommodation, I mean "joint-family" and there are surprises which are waiting to happen every now and then, and yes, it is happening. Some day you feel as if this life is bliss, someday you fell WTF ...



Marriage is a very big decision in anyone's life, and whatever your horoscope may say and how much ever compatibility the horoscopes have with each other, there are going to be surprises and let’s first make that very clear. Arranged marriage is a different ball game altogether, you would have to be very patient and more than that you should be a good observer and a listener. Married life is more like dealing with a set of fresher’s, but of different age groups, everyone will have their own views and perceptions and will think that their view and perception is always right, and that’s when you have to darn the hat of a project manager and then keep them under control. I bet you guys, managing people of different interests and views is not an easy joke. Ok, long story in short is, I too have been weathering few storms here and there, but situation is well under control now and I don't hope this to continue forever, what is life without worries

I have been quite busy over the fact that I don't have anything great to do, but still I was busy. I have stopped tweeting or blogging or writing stuffs which I used to do before marriage and blame it on me for being so lethargic and partly on my wife who never allows me to sit in front of my lippie once I get home, and yes this post I am doing it from office. I am trying hard to keep up the practice of blogging and this is the first step towards that. I am now close to 60 days into my married life and I have the right to say this - "Life will never be the same after marriage, you will be subjected to enormous pressure and will be thrown into situations you have never seen or faced before in your life", well, I am not saying this as statement to scare aspiring bachelors who want to get into a wed lock, I am saying this as a matter of fact and everyone should keep this in mind. Not every day will be rosy, and not every day will be thorny, it will be a mixture of both and the success lies over the fact of how frequent you are inviting thorns and how frequent you are seeing roses.

Ok enough of giving gyaan, and let me tell you all the things that went by post marriage. I moved back to Bangalore along with my family, I bought a brand new refrigerator which was purely V's choice. I went to Coorg along with V to spend my birthday all alone with her and we both had a nice time. We stayed at Orange County resorts at Coorg, and fantabulous would be an underrated statement if I have to say about Orange County; to me they are the one and only top notch resort in INDIA. I watched this INDIA - SRILANKA test series and enjoyed Sachin's double ton and the thing that pissed me off to the core was these CWG scandals and I felt really ashamed to say that I am an INDIAN, we are witnessing one of INDIA's biggest exhibition of corruption and fantastic blame game, and all our hard earned money which we paid in taxes is being wasted in front of our eyes and as usually we all were mute spectators and we could not do much about this.

It is too early for me to judge how my married life has been going so far, and hence I am not going to comment anything on that, all I wish and hope is, let life be less taxing and more relaxing.

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Jul 13, 2010

We are calling from ...

Off late I have developed this habit of talking to the agents who call on my cell phone w.r.t Credit Cards, Personal Loans, Movie Rentals etc etc without disconnecting the line immediately. I am using this as a great opportunity to improve my sense of humor skills and giving a nice entertainment to my colleagues who sit around me, I thought of sharing some of the conversations I have with few agents of this sort and I hope you guys would enjoy reading this ...

Movie Rental Company (BIGFlix)

Ringing .... Ringing .... Ringing ....

Me: Hello, Satish here


Agent: Sir, we are calling from BigFlix Movie rental, is this a right time to talk to you sir ?


Me: Ok, you just said "We" are calling from BigFlix, so how many people we have in the call ? Is this some kind of a conference call ?


Agent: No sir, this is not a conference call, we may just record this call for audit purpose


Me: So, it is just only you and I in this call and it would be better if you would have said - "I am calling from BigFlix", ok carry on

Agent: Sir, thank you for your time in talking to BigFlix and willing to be our customer

Me: Wait, wait, I never called you, you only called me to discuss something, and how can you say that I am willing to be your customer or I am killing all your customer and all ?

Agent: Sorry sir, I wanted to thank you for considering BigFlix

Me: Again I am saying, I am not considering anything here, so what business you guys do ?

Agent: Sir, we are a movie rental company and we rent you DVDs. We have close to 5000 movies in our library and you can choose any movie you want, you can even order it online and we will deliver it right at your door step

Me: So you will send customers DVD's ahn ??

Agent: Yes sir.

Me: So what about this DVD Player ?? What will I do with just a DVD that you send ? I cannot see through a DVD and watch a movie right ? So will you send me DVD player as well ?

Agent: Sorry sir, we don't provide DVD player, we provide only DVD sir

Me: This is nonsense right ? What kind of customer service you guys are doing then ? Sending just a DVD is not going to be of any use naa ?

Agent: Silent .....

Me: Ok, leave that, let’s go to the basics, will you guys at least send a TV ? That is a mandate right ?

Agent: Sorry sir, we don't send TVs.

Me: Come on guys, you are running a business which is of no use to the end customer, you guys don't have an end-to-end solution here

Agent: Sir, we only give movie DVD's and the customer should have TV and DVD player

Me: This crazy right ? So tomorrow if BigFlix decides to start a HOTEL, you would expect your customers to bring Table, Chair, Plates, and Spoons etc etc ?? Won't you provide all those ??

Agent: Silent .....

Me: Ok assume that I will go ahead and get a DVD player and TV, what are the other services you guys provide other than sending DVD's

Agent: Sir, we have more than 5000 movies sir and you can order any movie you want online and we will deliver at your door step free of cost.

Me: So I can order any movie online is it ?? What if the movie I wanted to see is not with you guys ?

Agent: Sir we have close to 5000 movies sir, if your movie is not available online you will have to select another movie to rent

Me: Again that is not good right ? I pay money to watch the movies I like and not the movies you have.

Agent: So what kind of movies you would watch sir ?

Me: I watch all the latest movies which got released in the year 1920. Btw - Do you have to excellent movie called "Shantha Sakku Bhaai"

Agent: Sir, we only have movies which have released recently and not old movies

Me: This is terrible to hear yaar, then what kind of company you are ?? You don't provide me a DVD player to play, you don't provide me a TV, you don't have the movies your customer asks for, and then what the hell is good with BigFlix ?

Agent: Sir we have all latest English, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam movies sir

Me: See, I am a "thulu" speaking person, do you have "Thulu" language movies ?

Agent: No sir.

Me: Ok at least Konkini ?

Agent: No sir

Me: Forget it yaar, at least Urudu ?

Agent: No sir.

Me: Ok madam, let me ask you a frank question, if you were me, and if I say NO to all your questions, will you really be interested in doing business with me ?

Agent: No sir.

Me: ROTFL

Agent: Sir, I can actually send my person to your place to discuss this further, he will come directly to your address, can you please let me know your address ?

Me: Currently I am in Japan, Wednesday I will be in Singapore, Friday I will be in Korea, do one thing, ask your guy to come and meet me in "Philippines" next Monday

Agent: Sir, we cannot come to Philippines sir

Me: You just said that your person can come directly to the address I provide and now you are changing your statement that he cannot come ?? Are you kidding ?

Agent: Sir, if it is only within Bangalore, he can come sir

Me: But you did not tell me this before naa, so you are trying to cheat your customers ?? Is it ?

Agent: No sir, we will do business only within INDIA sir

Me: So for customers like me who are globe trotters, you guys will not provide any service is it ? This is pathetic yaar.

Agent: Sorry sir

Me: Ok I am not interested to do business with such a useless company.

Agent: Thank you for talking to us sir, and you have a great day.

Me: ROTFL

Agent: ................................................................ line disconnected.

Next post ... Insurance Policy Company (Stan Chartered)

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Jul 6, 2010

Married ...

After a short two week vacation for my marriage, I am back to work and as well to blogging. I got an answer to why folks have restricted to just one marriage (officially) in our society, it is so bloody taxing and it drains out every bit of energy an individual has. The oldies in the family actually bear the brunt of all these hungama, though they are mentally charged up to do things and participate in the proceedings; their physical stamina is not cooperating with them. I myself got physically and mentally exhausted in those three days and was waiting to get to home and vacate the marriage hall. Hindu tam-Brahms marriage rituals are pretty lengthy and elaborate and it would for sure test your stamina to the extent possible, starting from making you not to eat anything till you tie the knot to drying your tear glands in that hot, irritating smoke that comes out of the "homam" (fire), it is very very challenging.


I now have the rights to disagree with every astrologer and every soothsayer who asked me and my family to do humpty number of things just for me to get married, I was hell bent in not doing any of those prescribed "parihaarams" (not sure what is the equivalent term for this in english) and proved everyone wrong that even without doing all these when the "right time" comes, no one can stop the inevitable, I am not suspecting the skill or the caliber of those astrologers here, all I am trying to say is, there is nothing superior in this world than GOD and let’s not try to please him by doing all those silly things. I would recommend my readers who are single, not to get carried away by the predictions of astrologers and lose hope or blindly follow all the "parihaarams" he or she says, no one in this world can predict anything, I am not a believer of astrology, to me, folks who believe in astrology are folks who don't believe themselves. I hate horoscopes as well, but unfortunately our previous generation is too obsessed with that and I cannot change their mindset in a day, but for sure, my kid will not have a horoscope written, I am pretty firm in doing that.

Marriage went on really fine and I am simply moved by the presence of my near and dear ones at this memorable moment of my life, I thank all my friends who could make it for the show and also the folks who wished me their wishes via voice and text. I am never a person who likes to be in the limelight, but on this particular occasion there is no choice but to be in the limelight, the still photographer at one stage got on to my nerves when he asked me and my wife to give all funny poses and we both strongly refused to that. The general tam-brahm rituals for a marriage are very funny in the first place and I have to painfully sit through all those, to top the chart of the most silly and stupid ritual is the "nalangu" where the bride and the bridegroom would be asked to roll the coconut, break pappads on the head, drop a ring in a bucket of water and taking it out, etc etc, I was embarrassed to the core and to add to my embarrassment, they all forced me to sing a song :(. Another embarrassing moment came when the entire family asked me to feed my wify a sweet, though we both resisted to the extent possible, finally the families won.

Marriage is a whale of a change to a girl than to a guy, though I am not saying something the world does not know but it gives me a different feel to see that happen in front of my eyes. My wife has left all her near and dear ones just for me and to live a life with me, if I have to put myself in her shoes; I am not sure how I would react to such a situation. It also means that I should be a highly balance person and keep in mind the likes and dislikes of my partner and not to take one-sided decisions and expect my partner to agree. I am so glued to my family and they in turn are glued to me, so I should strike a fine balance in a way, I make sure that my family does not feel that I have "changed" after marriage, as well as my wife does not feel that I am too "centered" towards my family and give her a damn, I know this is going to be a challenge and I will have to be very sensitive about this.

Anyways, all the hungama is over and now I am back to my routine self, my wify is getting settled in this new place and hope she like this new environment. Life is full of compromises and adjustments and I hope we both would be able to do that with ease, but I am not too greedy to pray for a peaceful life, I know issues and fights are bound to happen, but how fast we both get out of that and come back to normalcy matters the most. With lots of hope and faith on GOD, I am starting this new life, so please wish me and my family good luck


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Jun 9, 2010

Fate or Curse ?

I always thought that GOD does not do any harm to people who does not do or think any harm to others and I strongly believe in that. In fact the way in which I gain strength in my life is by thinking that way, but one incident which happened recently did shatter all my belief in that statement, though I may pacify myself saying that it may be a one off case, my heart refuses to accept that. I am puzzled to know why GOD gives so much of a trouble to a family who has done only good things in her life and who thinks only good for others. This is the story of a family who is now in a terrible state and this is the same family who we look upon when our family was in a terrible shape.

We know this family for donkey years now, they lived in the same street where we lived and they are also from the same caste as like us. They are so rich and at the same time down to earth people. My father's family (when yours truly was not yet designed) is a very poor family, my granddad is a "musician" who goes to every house and teaches carnatic music and gets a meager income and of course that was not sufficient to run a family of seven (5 kids + he and his wife (my grand mom)) and somehow they managed 1 meal a day and skipped the rest, in this situation the only bread winning person died, and hence my dad and his brothers and sisters were literally pushed on to the roads, and I wanted to thank this unseen gentle man who was the house owner of our current house, waived off the house rent of Rs 7 for the next 2 years till my dad got a job, who on earth will have such a big heart ? Apparently he sold that house to my dad and then made sure that he only buys that, even though he got lucrative offers, he was determined to sell that house to my dad for a much lower price, and for sure we cannot find such a person in this modern world.

When the situation was so grim and when our family suffered to even get 1 meal a day, this family volunteered themselves to help us out, they gave us everything, right from paying school fees to my uncle and aunt, giving rice for the entire month, and if needed inviting all 6 members in the family for lunch and dinner, though they had the money to do all these, but the heart to do that matters here. My grand mom used to sell some of the house utensils to run the show, but they will get back that vessel for us and still will give us some money to run the family. Today they are our living GOD's, if not for their help and support when that really mattered, our family would have been destroyed. If my understanding about GOD is correct, I would have expected them to be leading a wonderful carefree and worry free life by now, but unfortunately that is not the case. Recently they lost their only earning son in a tragic death, and on hearing that news the dad collapsed and he passed away, and now the remaining members in the family are that old man's wife who is 90 yrs now (she is the lady who has helped us the most) and the wife of her son who recently died.

That daughter-in-law is now giving extreme torture to that 90 year old lady, she is not taking care of her, she is not feeding her properly, she is raising serious allegations on that old lady saying that she has done some witchcraft on that family and that is the cause for all these mess. When my dad went there to invite them for my wedding, that 90 year old lady had narrated all the horrific tortures she has been receiving after her husband's death and how her daughter-in-law is treating her so badly. It looks like she gets her first meal of the day only at 3 PM. My dad was moved to tears when he came to know this, because she is the one who has fed him most of the days when he was hungry. We should look at the heart of that old lady even now, when my dad was about to leave the house, she went all the way to the kitchen on her own and then she made him "buttermilk" and requested him to drink that. Her daughter-in-law now thinks that she is a burden and she wants her to die, and she has told this to my dad. What will a 90 year old lady do? She lost her husband and son and she is solely dependent on this female, can't people give respect and have courtesy at least for her age?

Why is GOD so cruel on a woman who has done no sin in her life? Why does he have to torture her at this age? I am not able to understand his plans, so there is no guarantee in one's life that he or she will not suffer even if they do all good in their life ahn ? What should I call this ? Fate ? or Curse ?. I pray to GOD to take her with him as soon as possible and relieve her from all these tortures, and also give us the power of judging the people around us, we never know when anybody would change and put our life into trouble. I somewhat felt so heavy and hence wanted to post this.

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May 24, 2010

Oh My Grand Mom ...

This question has been haunting me for a long long time and hence I thought I can pen it down here, I know I may be kicking a storm by penning this, but I am open for debates. This article does not intend to hurt or harm anyone's ego and as we all know there is something called truth which is always bitter to digest. Ok without giving any more gyaan, let me dive into the topic. I am a person who has been brought up by my grandma who is now 87 years old, one thing that immediately strikes anyone's brain when we talk about grand mom’s is, their cooking, of course they are seasoned veterans who have tried their hands on cooking from the good old days where the mixies, gas stoves, grinders, cookers and other sophisticated equipments barged into our kitchen and obviously their cooking style is old fashioned, but the kind of taste they add to the items they make is something beyond words to explain here, so the question that I have been asking myself is, will this modern age women be able to step into the shoes of those grand ladies of the past ? Will there be a next generation who can take pride of their grannies and their culinary skills? I know, already few women readers are grinding their teeth now and I am not done yet...

I could hear screams which says - "You need an educated women, you want her to work, you want her to earn money, you want her to bring up you children in a well mannered way, you want her to take care of your parents, you want her to be totally isolated from her family and friends and you want her to cook three meals a day and up and above all these you want her to satisfy your sexual needs" ok ok ok, agreed, but think for a moment, other than going to work and earning money, our good old grand ladies too have done all the above listed tasks with ease and they never cribbed. Today the scenario is like this, most of the couple live alone and they just visit their parents once in a while, and what has happened now is, even an additional one r two people to the house, we treat that as burden, we feel irritated to cook additional stuffs for them, we fear that there would be more vessels to wash after that, so even a slightest amount of extra work would seem to be a humongous task, but remember our grand old ladies were living in a "joint" family culture where there will be a minimum of 20 people in a house, of course the quality of sperms were much higher than what it is today and hence they had more siblings, even then our grandma's prepared more food, washed more vessels and of course gave birth to more babies. So what is that which makes today's women more different than them?

I know girls who have hardly seen kitchen in their own house, if mom goes out for a function they just order a pizza and take cautious efforts to increase the flab’s around their hips to increase by an inch and never forgets to drink a diet coke after that. If they happen to get old and if they have grand children, what is that they have to pass on to them other than the phone number of the near by pizza corner? Today my granny makes so much of delicious stuffs which not many working women of this time knows that they even exist. How many of the modern girls know how to put karuvadaam, maavadu, maagaali, kothavarangaa vathal, more molagaa, manathakaali and all, I am sure most of today's generation would be searching for a dictionary to even know the meaning of those. I am not saying that girls should always be owning the kitchen and they are only useful to cook, no don't read me wrong and don't stamp me or this post as a male chauvinistic one, I am so happy and proud to see that today's women have come up so well and they even out smart guys in many different fields, all I am trying to ask is, what will happen to those undocumented secrets of cooking which our grandma's have today and will that be lost and forgotten forever in the coming generations ?

Ok here is a questionnaire for those who want to take up this challenge

1. What is the best method to check if a jaggery is melted to its utmost consistency? It is neither too hard nor too soft?
2. What should one do to take away the smell of "over heating" from a particular food or a vessel?
3. What would be the easiest way to take off the extra salt that you have added in a curry or a sambar or rasam etc ? Don' tell me I will add sugar ... ;)
4. What should one do to keep raw banana's to remain white even after it’s been cut and kept outside ?
5. What should one do to keep their hands safe from itching when cutting yam ?

I know what you guys are asking me ? What if we don't know all these ? Is the earth gonna crash ? Well, for sure it is not going to crash, but at the same time these are just handy tips which would be of great use if we know them. In today's world where vegetables are neatly cut, packed and refrigerated, all you need is just MONEY and you need not have any skill, I agree to that, and as we all know "necessity is the mother of invention". Forget grandmas, will your child be proud enough to say that "My mom is a best cook ?", are the girls of this era even care about that phase of their life ? They are fortunate enough to have mom's / grand mom’s who can make delicious stuffs and serve it on the plate to them, but it is a worrying factor that they cannot do that to their kids, and eating a plate of bajji served by your mom or granny is very tasty and different from eating it at a nearby hotel where it is served by a server. Money cannot buy everything in this world. I was shocked to hear from one of my friends sister that she just knows how to boil water, again nothing wrong in it, but what kind of life she is gonna have after the period of her parents are over ? What kind of food she can provide to her kids and keep them healthy ? Forget the super instant remedies our granny's have in their hand for any vomiting, or stomach pain or fever or gastric irritation, first let’s learn the basics from those living universities.

Today the economy is in such a bad shape that it needs two horses to pull the family cart and hence today's women are forced to work, and nothing wrong in it, but at the same time, we all know that husband's can no more be the only commanding officer in his house and get things done at their finger tips, they should be an integral part in the family like a clock wheel, so that being said, doesn't he have the responsibility to share the kitchen chores ? Doesn’t he be knowledgeable enough to keep rice or sambar ? The answer would be a straight YES and I don't deny it. But as you all know, this society has always termed a man as the "bread winner" of his family and the women a "meal maker" and this is not something to defame women, it is actually a pride, cooking is an art and it cannot be mastered by all, and the reason why GOD has given that special skill to a women is, they are the ones who can execute that art with ease, as they are genetically more patient than a man. I know we are losing so many good things in life unknowingly, but let's make an attempt to revive the art of cooking which is slowly and steadily getting erased from many homes, with the amount of growing fast foods, eateries, ready to eat stuffs and frozen foods, culinary skill may soon be seen as a very rare skill set and an profitable one too.

So let me make it clear one more time, I am not against women getting out of the kitchen or they achieving so many great things in life, I was just asking a question of what our grand sons and grand daughters will have to say or talk about us, the way we keep talking with pride about our granny's and grandpa's. Will this new Information Technology savy grand mom's and grand dad's will have anything for their credibility / worth to be proud off in future ? Think ...

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May 23, 2010

லைலா ...

இந்த கவிதைகளுக்கு விதை ... தற்போது வீசி அடங்கிய லைலா எனும் புயல் ...

1. விடை பெற மறுக்கும் அலுவலக அலுவல்கள்
சற்றே களைப்படைந்த கண்களின் ஈரம்
நாற்காலின் சக்கரங்கள் பின்தள்ளி எழுகையில்
கண்ணாடியில் தெரித்துள்ள மழை துளிகள் ஈர்த்தது
சிறு குழந்தையின் பூரிப்போடு துள்ளியது மனது
ஓடிச்சென்று மழையின் சாரலை ஏந்தியது முகம்
வாழ்க்கையில் தொலைத்த சந்தோஷங்களில் ஒன்றை
நினைக்கையில் மழையோடு கரைந்தது கண்ணீர்
யாரோ ஒருவரின் அழைப்பில், மனதை மட்டும் மழையில் நனையவிட்டு
உடல் மட்டும் திரும்பிச்சென்று நாற்காலியில் அமர்ந்தது ...
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2. பிஞ்சு உடல் முழுவதும் அனலின் தாக்கம் ...
மகளை ஓங்கி அடித்த வலியில் எனக்கும் ஏக்கம் ...
வெளியில் நிற்காமல் கொட்டியது நான் நனைய விரும்பும் மழை ...
கொட்டும் மழையில் காகித படகு விட்டதா ஒரு பிழை ?
மனதிற்குள் வெதும்பி புழுங்கி அழுகையில், மெலிதாக கேட்டது குரல் ...
"இனிமே நா மழை ல நனையமாட்டேன், என்ன அடிக்காத ..."
அடைத்து வைத்த கண்ணீர் குடம் வெடித்து அடங்குகையில் ...
என் மேல் பொழிந்து வழிந்தது .... என் ஆசை மகளின் முத்த மழை
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3. ஒவேனப்பெய்யும் மழையின் சப்த்தத்தில் சிணுங்கியது வீடு
என்றோ வாங்கிய உருளைக்கிழங்கை தேடியது மனம்
சுடச்சுட தயாரானது நொடிநேரத்தில் உருளைக்கிழங்கு பஜ்ஜி
கேட்காமலே கோப்பையில் நிரம்பியது டிகிரி காபி
இவை இரண்டையும் சுவைத்துக்கொண்டு வெளியே பார்கையில்
உடல் நடுங்கி, மேனி சுருங்கி, தலையில் பிளாஸ்டிக் தொப்பியுடன்
கண்கள் சிமிட்டி கை அசைத்தாள் நடைபாதையில் உறங்கும் சிறுமி
நெஞ்சில் நஞ்சாக இறங்கியது காபி, பாறாங்கல்லாய் தெரிந்தது பஜ்ஜி

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They do exist ...

Before even I start, let me tell you guys that I am not an atheist, I am a strong believer of GOD and I know there is nothing great in this world than GOD. That being said, I would like to tell you all that there are something called GHOSTS, DEMONS, DIABOLICAL, AND THE DARK, oh yaa these are the various forms of afterlife and how I got to know about all these ? Yes, I watched this series called "A Haunting" which was originally broadcasted on "Discovery" channel and now available as a complete archive on the web. Human mind does not believe most of the things unless or until it encounters it, and that is very much true when it comes to believing the existence of these paranormal powers and for folks who thought "Evil Dead" and "Exorcist" were mere cooked up horror stories, just hold on, those are real and there are evil spirits who actually show up with those gory looks. It is not that the director of those movies has cooked up such horrible faces out of his imagination ...

I too was reluctant to believe the existence of such things when I started to watch this series, but the amount of information and the kind of videos and interviews they show to us, would make anyone believe that those evil forces do exist. That program interviews the actually people who lived in that house and who faced the wrath of those evil forces and how did they manage to get rid of them and return to peace. There are episodes where the family was forcibly driven out of the house by those dark forces and they never allowed anyone to come and live in that house, so some evil forces really do pose a challenge to the ultimate super power GOD, and one thing which we all have to accept is, like GOD, DEMON's are equally powerful, they do possess all the power to destroy anything. First let us understand how such forces do live with us in this society, and it does not need any rocket science brain to understand that, it is simple psychology, people who have had un-natural death, people who have un-full filled dreams, people who die with vengeance all come back to earth as dark forces.

GHOSTS are the primary and the low category sprits they are mostly humans who come to haunt the living as they have some un-finished business left, and the most worrying thing is, they do not know that they are dead and when we try to occupy a house of invade their land, they tend to get angry and become wild and that is quite natural. They do possess un imaginable power than what they used to have when they were alive, they travel faster than light and they walk through walls etc etc. Ghosts are of two types, they are physical and energy driven, physical ghosts have human characteristics, they will be like us, and they are humans who have died, the energy driven ghosts do not have a physical appearance but they are in the form of light. I saw one episode in "A Haunting" where a family constantly hears the cry of a new born baby all thru the night  though they don't have a baby at home, so that baby ghost was not a physical, it came as a light. A psychic healer came to that place and she helped that innocent baby ghost to go past this earthly life and take the space which is there for the afterlife. GHOSTS can be harmful as well as harmless to a family. Good ghosts are called the "Guiding Sprits" and the bad ones are called "Evil Spirits" they do torture others.

DEMONS - They are the next powerful level of the paranormal world, they are more like masters who in turn control many angry ghosts under them. Demons are usually believed to have been lived few 100 years ago, they are the ones who always wanted to create havoc into anyone's life that comes in their way. Here comes a very important proven information about DEMONS which for many non-believers it may be hard to digest, but it is true, Demons have the ability to follow, in the sense, by mistake if you happen to step into a house which is guarded by a demon, you are caught in a trap and that trap is not that easy to get yourself off. Demons generally control all the angry ghosts and literally create havoc in a family. In one of the episode, a Demon took control of an entire family and all the ghosts which came under his belt tormented the family to the most and as a result they have to lose one of their loved ones. A demon literally smothered an old lady on her bed, with no one around, a pillow covered her face and she was dead, and this was caught in a camera. You cannot run away from a DEMON, if you change your house, they just follow you and there is no end to that chain. It is very difficult to get rid of a demon, but I will not say it is impossible.

DIABOLICAL - They are far far powerful than a DEMON, they control many DEMONS under them, if a house is haunted by a DIABOLICAL, it is NOT at all possible by any GOD force to kick them out. These diabolical have those ugly and scary faces, and yes they do look horrifying. A DIABOLICAL has all powers to rip a human apart, and the beauty of a DIABOLICAL is, they don't harm your physically, they harm you mentally, they create rifts between husband and wife, daughter and mother, father and son, it basically rips the family apart by injecting mental torture, they do things which agitate people mentally. In one of the episode where they interviewed a family which was haunted by a DIABOLICAL, it was hair-raising to even see that episode. The DIABOLICAL used to change food to poison, it changes noodles to a pack of lizards and the beauty is, only the person eating that would see lizards and no one else can see that. They literally make a man go mad. Diabolical love kids, they never allow kids to sleep, they make them play with them all thru the night and they make them forget what happened to them the next morning. If it is fate that we have to step into the space of a DIABOLICAL we are more like dead.

DARK - As the name suggest they are the DARKEST evil forces that exists in this real world. They do not have any form or shape or size, they can take any form or shape or size they wanted to. Even the leading churches across the world have given up driving the DARK out of a house, they harm even the priests so badly. In one of the episodes where a priest walks into a house to bless that place where a DARK resides, he was given a nice hammering on his head with an axe, and there goes the priest running out of the house with excess bleeding. DARK forces are very difficult to fathom, you could literally see a DARK smoke going around your house and that means you are dead. They emits constant stench of blood and rotten flesh all thru the house. In an episode which I saw yesterday, that family was constantly getting a stench of a dead body, foul rotten smell all thru the house, and nothing could get rid of that smell, the beauty is, only the folks who live in that house got that stench and not to anyone who comes from outside. DARK forces kill people and they are the real bad evil.

Ok, now let us look at this from a psychology angle, these paranormal powers are also once humans who were so loving and caring for their dear ones, some baby ghosts just haunt a house just because that house has a kid and a mother, so that they can play with them, those ghosts throng for love and affection which they did not get when they lived. In one of the episodes the room where a baby sleeps will always be cold, and they used to witness some abnormal incidents like all the toys in that baby room scattered all over the place, an automatic battery operated toy setting it on, on its own, the cradle of the baby is constantly been swinging all the time, all these are indications of a thronging ghost who needs your attention. In that episode what happened was, the family consulted a psychic healer, they called her home, they bought variety of toys and goodies for that child ghost to play, they recited prayers to help that baby ghost to go to the next world and the spine chilling truth is, that baby ghost took all the toys and eatables along with him when he left that place. I know it’s hard to believe such incidents unless you face it, but there are certain things in life which we need to just digest and not research too much.

We all believe in GOD rite ? Have we seen GOD ? Then how do we believe him that he exists ? Similarly we have to believe the existence of those paranormal powers, with the help of GOD we can overcome their torture and can help them pass this world. There are so many known psychic healers and paranormal investigators around the world, and we have to trust them, they are some people who can sense those paranormal powers and they actually act as medium to get them over to their space where they should have gone after death. There are various books on witchcraft and never ever attempt to try those on your own curiosity, they are dangerous. One episode covered a story like this where a man goes to a library and picks up a book and witchcraft and started reciting the names of some holy sprits and actually he invited a demon to his house and the aftermath he and his family has to undergo after doing that was something which I cannot explain here. I am not saying that GHOSTS do exist everywhere, I am saying that, we humans at times step into their space and then try to disturb them and that's when the fury begins.

I leave it to my readers to judge whether they really do exist or not, but I strongly believe that there is something called "after life" and we just have to accept it and make sure that we don't step on that. In INDIA there are many such incidents but our Vedas and mantras are so damn strong that they destroy any evil existence and it is not a question of belief whether they exist or not, the answer is a straight YES to it. I personally do NOT recommend any of my readers to go and watch those episodes online and I don't stand responsibility of any mental or physical trauma that you may undergo after seeing that. For folks who really wanted to have a sneak peak of what I am talking here, please visit the following link at your own discretion.

A Haunting

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May 12, 2010

Fan or Fanatic ?

Come-on guys, let's give a break. We all would have spoken about this, debated about this, argued about this, left it as it is about this for ages now but again and again we choose to pick the same topic and keep continuing to dig the same hole again and again. I am talking about the reactions of the citizens, media and the ex-cricketers of this country whenever INDIA performs badly at a big stage. I strongly support the Men in Blue and I will not accept anything that is going to tarnish their image. Guys see this as a game, I know every INDIAN is emotionally attached to this sport and so do I. There is a subtle difference between a "Fanatic" and a "Fan" of this sport. Fanatic is one who always believes that his team is the best and would not agree anything other than a victory for his team, but a Fan is someone who appreciates the sport for the way it is being played, irrespective of how the team he supports performs. Let’s all be a Fan and not a Fanatic...

What made me to write this post is, I was watching a debate program on one of the news channels, and we all know and understand that Indian news media is more like a prostitute, they just need flesh and they don't worry where that flesh comes from. News channels in INDIA are the most shameless parasites this country has ever seen, they feed on anything and everything. When the INDIAN cricket team does well, they boast as if the motivation messages sent thru their channel alone helped in the success of team's performance, and the same fucking news channel will rip them apart (like what they do today) if they perform bad. So coming back to the topic, the debate had a panel of ex-cricketers of INDIA like Kapil Dev, Bhishan Singh Bedi and Azharuddin, I do not mean any offence of those legendary cricketers, they were truly the best in the sport during their times, but what hurts me is, they should not come out in public and slam the INDIAN team, just because they did not perform well in the T20 WC.

These people are the ones who were there in that business for a long time, they know very well that a single day can change prospects for any top performing team, one over, one wicket, one six, one drop catch can change the course of the game, so it is totally unfair to suspect the commitment of the boys to this country. No individual walks into the pavilion to lose and I am sure everyone understands that, they are giving their 100%, at times it clicks, at times it fails. Blaming IPL for this debacle is also unfair, IPL has certainly helped to discover new talents and it is up to the selectors to pick them up into the squad. Cricket as a sport is so damn simple to talk and stunningly difficult to play, you and I can argue saying that they are "International" players, they should know the trick of the game, it is easier said than done, every ground is different, every opponent is different, every bowler is different in every over of his own, with so much variance, one cannot blame the players if they failed to perform in a tournament.

The same Kapil Dev, Azhar and Bedi too have been on the losing side million times, they too have grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory so many times, we were screaming then as well, and they were ignoring their seniors who were slamming them. I still remember a remark of Sunil Gavaskar for the comment passed by Pataudi on INDIAN team after their miserable loss against the mighty windies at the Caribbean, Sunny quoted - "It may be very easy to face Joel and Malcom in front of your TV sets with a popcorn on hand, but it’s a different ball game in when you see them in person", so even players like Sunny Gavaskar had up's and down's in their career, but we are not ready to mould a Raina or a Rohit Sharma or a Ojha to make mistakes and learn from that, we always wanted them to perform from the word go and is that not too much for an asking ? Just put yourself in their shoes, how will you feel when your company asks you to complete a project within one week from the day you joined ?? How smart you may be, it is still pressure and it is still difficult.

Lets back-up the boys, and support them with some encouraging words, lets motivate them, they are a bunch of highly talented folks, let’s not de-motivate them with our comments, after all they are our boys who play for our country. Remember guys, this is the same team which has given so many numerous happy occasions, this is the same team which has performed beyond the expectations of every citizen of this county. I know I am also an emotional idiot and lose my cool when I watch them losing (My Tweets are the evidence), but I forget it the next moment, and still back the boys, I am sure they will bounce back, let us first give them enough break, let them take some good rest before they fly to Zimbabwe. Take this as a sport and behave like a FAN and not like a FANATIC. Go INDIA Go, you have the support of this billion fans whenever you step on to the field.

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May 11, 2010

ஐயோ சுறா ...

என் உயிரினும் மேலான தமிழ் நெஞ்சங்களே உங்கள் அனைவருக்கும் ஓர் எச்சரிக்கை, தற்பொழுது வெளி வந்துள்ள சுறா எனும் திரைப்படத்தை தவறியும் கூட (சுவரொட்டிகளிலும் கூட) பார்க்க வேண்டாம் என்று கேட்டுக்கொள்கிறேன். தமிழ் நெஞ்சங்களின் சார்பாக நான் அந்த கொடிய விஷத்தை நேற்று இரவு பருகினேன், அந்த கொடிய விஷம் பற்றிய சில குறிப்புகளை தங்கள் முன் சமர்ப்பிக்கிறேன்.

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டேய் விஜய், நீ என்ன லூசா? உனக்கெல்லாம் கதை கேட்டு படம் செலக்ட் பண்ண தெரியாதா? டேய் நார மண்டையா, நீ போடற பிட்டு ரெம்ப ஓவரு, உன் மூஞ்சிக்கெல்லாம் இவளோ பிட்டு ஆகாது. டேய் சுனாமி என்ன வேகத்துல வரும், சுனாமி யோட பவர் என்ன, இதெல்லாம் உனக்கு தெரியாதாடா? நீ நடந்து வரும்போது காத்துல காஞ்ச இலை பறக்கறது, மண்ணு தெரிச்சு போறது, சூறாவளி அடிக்கறது இதெல்லாம் கூட பொறுத்துகிட்டேன் டா, ஆனா மகனே, நீ நடந்து வரும் போது உன் பின்னாடி சுனாமி வரா மாதிரி காட்டின பாரு, கையாலே அத மட்டும் என்னால சகிச்சுக்க முடியல டா, சேரி கழுத அத கூட நா மன்னிச்சு விட்டுடுவேன், ஆனா நீ ஒரு மொற மொறைச்சா, சுனாமி பின்னாடி கடலுக்குள்ள போறா மாதிரி காட்டினியே, அங்கேயே தூக்கு மாட்டிகிட்டு சாவலாம் போல இருந்துச்சு, ஆனா நா சாகல, ஏன் சொல்லு? உன்ன மாதிரி பண்ணி எல்லாம் வாழும் போது, நா ஏன் சாகனும்? அதான் சாகல.


டேய் நாயிங்களா, ஒரு பொண்ண மடக்கறது எவளோ கஷ்டம் நு தெரியுமாடா உங்களுக்கு? அதுவும் தமன்னா மாதிரி பிகர கரெக்ட் பண்ணனும் நா எவளோ செலவாகும் தெரியுமா? கொக்கா மக்கா, சும்மா ஒரு கருத்து சொன்னதுக்கே தமன்னா மாதிரி பொண்ணு பிக்-அப் ஆகும் நா, நாட்டுல நாங்கலாம் எவளோ தமன்னா வ பிக்-அப் பண்ணிருக்கணும் தெரியுமா? டேய், உன்ன தமன்னா லவ் பண்ணினது கூட எனக்கு வருத்தம் இல்ல டா, அது ஏதோ காசுக்கு ஆசை பட்டு அந்த தப்ப பண்ணிடுச்சு, ஆனா அவ உன்ன பார்த்து பேசற டயலாக் தான் டா என்னால தாங்கிக்க முடியல, டேய் உனக்கு மனசாட்சியே கிடையாதா? அது சரி, உன் மூஞ்சிய லவ் பண்ணனும் நா அந்த பொண்ணு லூசா தான் இருக்கனும், தமன்னா எப்போ மேக்-அப் போட்டுக்கிட்டு அடிக்கடி தற்கொலை பண்ணிக்க வருதோ அப்பவே ஜனங்க முடிவு பண்ணிடாங்க அது லூசு நு. இனிமே மவனே நீ ஒரு படம் நடி, அப்புரம் இருக்கு உனக்கு சங்கு.

இந்த படத்தை பற்றி பல விமர்சனங்களும், எச்சரிக்கைகளும் வந்த வண்ணம் இருந்தது, இவை எவற்றையும் மனதில் வாங்கிக்கொள்ளாமல் நானும் அந்த திரைப்படத்தை பார்க்க அமர்ந்தேன். இந்த படத்தை நான் திருட்டு டிவீ டி இல் பார்த்தேன் என்று பெருமை போங்க சொல்கிறேன், ஒரு திறை அரங்கிற்கு சென்று பார்க்குமளவிற்கு இந்த படம் தகுதி அடையவில்லை என்று தான் கூறுவேன். படத்தின் துவக்கத்திலிருந்தே அதன் திரைக்கதை "மந்திரித்து விட்ட கோழி" போல், எங்கெங்கோ செல்கிறது, சம்பந்தமே இல்லாமல் விஜய் பேசும் பயனில்லாத கருத்துக்கள் சலிப்பை ஏற்படுத்துகிறது. கந்து வட்டிக்காரனிடம் அடகு வைத்த ரேஷன் கார்டை மீட்க போகும் விஜய், அது பற்றி ஒன்றும் பேசாமல் தேவை இல்லாத நாட்டு விஷயங்களை பேசியது ஏன் என்று இப்பொழுதும் புரியவில்லை. என்ன தான் விஜய் தன்னை மாஸ் ஹீரோ என்று நினைத்துக் கொண்டிருந்தாலும், அவர் பேசும் பல வசனங்கள் அவரின் வயதிற்கும், தகுதிக்கும் பொருந்தவில்லை.

வடிவேலு என்கிற ஒரு மாபெரும் நகைச்சுவை கலைஞன் இந்த திரைப்படத்தில் கொலை செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளார், அவரின் நகைச்சுவை தாமரை இலை மேல் நீர் போல ஒட்டாமல் இருந்தது படம் முழுவதும், தவிர, நகைச்சுவை என்கிற பெயரில், மிகவும் சிரமப்பட்டு பல புத்தகங்களைப் படித்து, அதில் வந்த துணுக்குகளை ஆங்காங்கே ஒட்ட வைத்து தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட நகைச்சுவை சற்றே குமட்ட செய்கிறது. ஆகவே வடிவேல் இருந்தும் இந்த திரைப்படம் பார்க்க சகிக்கவில்லை. "தமன்னா", பாவம் அவர்களுக்கு என்ன பணப்பற்றாக்குறையோ, முற்றிலும் இந்த படத்தில் தேவை இல்லாத ஒரு நபர் என்றால் அது அவர் தான். பார்பதற்கு மெழுகு சிலை போல் உள்ளாரே தவிர, நடிப்பு மட்டும் துளியும் வரவில்லை. அவர் விஜய் மீது காதல் வயப்பட்டது எப்படி என்று இயக்குனருக்கும் புரியாத ஒரு புதிர் தான். வில்லன் விஜய்யின் மண்டையில் ஓங்கி அடித்து ஒரு கூரை வீட்டிற்குள் அவரை அடைத்து தீ வைக்கிறார், ஒட்டுமொத்த குடிசைப்பகுதியும் தீயில் கருகிய நிலையில், "சுறா" மட்டும், எங்கோ அமைந்துள்ள அம்மன் சிலைக்குப் பின்னால் மீண்டும் தோன்றுவது அப்பட்டமான திரைக்கதை சரிவு.

பிச்சைக்காரனாக நேற்றுவரை இருந்த சுறா, திடீரென்று மும்பை சென்று, பல கணிப்பொறிகளை விற்கிறார், இதில் பெரிய கொடுமை என்ன தெரியுமா வாசகர்களே? விஜய் மும்பையில் உள்ள ஒரு சேட்டிடம், லேப்டாப்களை விற்கும் பொழுது, வந்துள்ளது உண்மையான சுறா தான் என்று கண்டுபிடிக்க, அந்த சேட்டு லேப்டாப்பில் ஒரு பொத்தானை அழுத்துகிறார், அது வெப்-காமின்  மூலம் விஜய்யின் கண்களை ஸ்கேன் செய்கிறது, பின்னர் அந்த ஆடிடோரியத்தில் வைக்கப்பட்டுள அனைத்து லேப்டாப்புகளிலும் விஜய்யின் கொடூரமான சுறா முகம் பளிச்சிடுகிறது, சத்தியமாக சொல்லப் போனால், மைக்ரோசாப்ட் கூட இப்படி ஒரு விஞ்ஞான பூர்வமான ஒரு மென் பொருளை தயாரிக்க முடியுமா என்பது சந்தேகம் தான். எப்படி "ரமணா" திரைப்படத்தில் விஜயகாந்த் "MS-WORD" மென்பொருளில் சரமாரியாக கணக்குகளை போட்டுக்கொண்டிருந்தாரோ, அதையும் மிஞ்சி விட்டது இந்த கூத்து. சம்பந்தமே இல்லாமல், திடீரென்று AUDI காரில் விஜய்யும், தமன்னாவும் அந்த குப்பத்திற்கு வருவது யாருக்காவது புரிந்திருந்தால் எனக்கு சொல்லுங்கள். கஷ்டப்படும் ஏழைகளுக்கு உதவ நினைக்கும் ஒரு மனிதன், கணிப்பொறி விற்று வந்த காசில், அவர்களுக்கு உதவி செய்யாமல், ஏன் பல லக்ஷங்கள் கொடுத்து AUDI கார் வாங்க வேண்டும்? ஏன் டா பண்ணி ... ஒரு மாருதி 800 போறாது உனக்கு?

விஜய் மீனவர்களுக்காக கட்டிக்கொடுத்த காலனியை வில்லன் அழிக்க முற்ப்பட்டு, ராக்கெட் போல உருவம் உள்ள, கணிப்பொறி மூலம் வெடிக்கச்செய்யும்  ஒரு பெரிய குண்டை, சாக்கடை உள்ளே வைத்து விடுகிறான், அதை விஜய் தடுக்க முடியா வண்ணம், அவரை பெரிய கயிறு கொண்டு கட்டிப்போட்டு விடுகிறான், அதுவும் போதாது என்று விஜய்யின் முட்டிக்கு முட்டி தட்டி பிண்ணி பெடலும் எடுக்கிறான், சாதரணமாக, சற்றே இடித்துக்கொண்டாலும் கூட வலி உயிர் போய்விடும் அளவிற்கு வலிக்கும் முட்டியில், ஒரு நல்ல உருட்டுக் கட்டை கொண்டு மாங்கு மாங்கு என்று அடிக்கும் வேளையில், விஜய் ஆக்ரோஷமாக சிரிக்கிறார், ஆனால் அப்பொழுதோ, படம் பார்க்க வந்த அனைவரின் கண்களிலோ கண்ணீர் பெருக்கெடுத்து ஓடுகின்றது - "டேய், இவளோ நேரம் படம் பார்த்தும் என்ன கதை நு சத்தியமா புரியலையே டா, எப்போ டா கதைக்கு வருவீங்க" என்பது போல. உலகில் எவரும் இது போல சப்பையான கிளைமாக்ஸ் காட்சி எடுத்திருப்பார்களா என்ற மிரட்சி நம்முள் தோன்றி மறைகிறது, வில்லனின் மனைவியும், குழந்தைகளும் அந்த காலனியின் திறப்பு விழாவிற்கு "சிறப்பு விருந்தினர்கள்", இதை கேட்ட உடனே வில்லன் நெஞ்சு கொதிக்கிறது, காசு வாங்கிக்கொண்டு நடித்த வில்லனுக்கே நெஞ்சு கொதிக்கிறது என்றால், காசு கொடுத்து டிக்கெட் வாங்கிய ரசிகர்களுக்கு என்னவெல்லாம் கொதிக்கும்?? உடனே அந்த குண்டை செயலிழக்கச் செய்கிறார், கணிப்பொறி பற்றி ஒன்றும் தெரியாத சுறா, அதுவரை திரை அரங்கில் வெறும் விசும்பலாக கேட்டுக்கொண்டிருந்த மக்களின் அழுகை, இப்பொழுது ஒரு மரண ஓலம் போல கேட்கத் துவங்கியதாக கேள்வி.

ஆகவே நண்பர்களே, வாழ்வில் விரக்தியா? வாழ்கை கசக்கிறதா? செத்துவிடலாம் போல தோன்றுகிறதா? ஒரு நிமிடம் சிந்தியுங்கள், சுறா திரைப்படத்தை பாருங்கள், உங்களுக்குள் ஒரு வேகம் பிறக்கும், உங்களாலும் சாதிக்க முடியும் என்கிற எண்ணம் பிறக்கும். இது போன்ற கேடு கெட்ட மனிதர்கள் எல்லாம் வாழும் பொழுது, நாம் ஏன் வாழக்கூடாது என்கிற வலிமை பிறக்கும். இது போன்ற ஒரு தரம் கெட்ட படத்தில் விஜய் நடித்ததற்காக, அவருக்கு எங்களின் நெஞ்சார்ந்த அனுதாபங்கள். திரை அரங்குகளில் விஜய்யின் ரசிகர்கள் காரி உமிழ்ந்ததாக செய்திகள் வெளியானது, தமிழ் மக்கள் அவருக்கு கொடுத்த சரியான தண்டனை.

சன் குடும்பத்தினருக்கு கருப்பு பணம் அதிகமாக இருக்கிறது என்பது இந்த படத்தை பார்த்த பின் தெளிவாக தெரிகிறது. இப்படி ஒரு தரம் கெட்ட திரைப்படத்தை எப்படி ஒருவரால் தயாரிக்க முடியும்? உழைத்து சம்பாதித்த காசு என்றால் அதன் வலி புரிந்திருக்கும். எத்தனை குடும்பங்கள் பசியாலும், நோயாலும் வாடுகின்றன? இவ்வளவு பணத்தைக் கொட்டி இப்படி ஒரு கேவலமான படம் எடுப்பதைத் தவிர்த்து, அந்த பணத்தைத் தவிக்கும் ஏழைகளுக்கு தந்து உதவி இருந்தால் நாங்கள் வாழ்த்தி வணங்கியிருப்போம். விஜய்யின் அரசியல் எண்ணங்களை மக்களுக்கு தெரிவிக்க ஆசைப்பட்டால் அதை பல நல்ல காரியங்கள் செய்து செயலில் காட்டச் சொல்லுங்கள், இப்படி அபத்தமான கருத்துக்களைத் தன் படங்களில் பேசினால் மட்டும் அவர் அரசியல்வாதி ஆகிவிட முடியாது. உங்களின் ஆசைகளுக்கு எங்களை பலி ஆக்கக் கூடாது விஜய்.

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May 7, 2010

Death for Kasab ?? ...

I am not a supporter of a terrorist so please do not interpret this post in that sense. So at last Kasab has been given the "death" sentence and the entire nation celebrated as if "Khamsa" was killed by "Krishna", as I always used to say, INDIA is a very emotionally sensitive country, we always have the tendency to over react and that over reaction wud just be like a fizz out of the opened soda bottle, be it 26/11 attack, Arushi murder case, Nithaari killings, Stamp paper scam, now the latest 3G spectrum tamaasha, we always react proactively, this Kasab case is no different from an emotionally uproar by a nation. I am not saying that what Kasab did is absolutely right, of course I too have a heart and I too wanted to see him hanging on the rope with his eyes and tongue popping out, but I really do not understand the whole point in executing Kasab ? He has done all the damage, he has achieved what he intended to do, and he is mentally prepared that he is going to die and he does not want to plead guilty, so what are we achieving out of this verdict ? Are we gonna get those lost lives back ? Do we have the guts to say that after Kasab is killed there won’t be any terrorist attacks ? Do we feel a sense of security if this trial is over ? What is the end result of this case ? What is that we have learnt out of this case ? The answers for these questions are a "Big Blank Stare" ...

Let’s forget that Kasab is a terrorist who killed so many innocent lives for a minute. You and I are sitting inside an air-conditioned chamber, earning a handsome ransom every month, have 3 course meals a day, have very good shelter and clothing to protect ourselves, in short you and I are not the ones who are at the mercy of our government, do you guys agree that ? Have you ever been made to wait under a hot sun for hours together in a ration queue just to get your monthly provision ? Have you ever been to a government hospital to wait in the mortuary section to get the body of your loved ones ? Have you ever been applied for a job via this government employment exchange office ? Have you ever been to a police station to file a complaint for a missing individual of a family ? Have you ever been to a panchaayat office in your village to get the top quality grains for your fields ? Have you ever been to a collector office to get your petition submitted ? I am sure we "white-collared" professionals wouldn’t have had the opportunity to see those ugliest institutions of this country. A terrorist is a person who creates havoc and kills people in one single day, but our government officers and politicians kill so many innocent people daily, they curb their basic amenities and needs, they exploit their situation and demand the unexpected from them, are they not equal to 1000s of Kasab's ?? What are we going to do about them ?

I can hear what you are thinking about me now, you always write things which are against our politicians, what are you doing to stop all these ?? you are no different from an "arm-chair cribber", you are no different from a street dog who gets beaten in one street and runs to the other street and bark, what the hell you do to bring in a change to this corrupted society, I COMPLETELY AGREE with your allegations, I without any shame accept the fact that I am also a mute spectator of all the atrocities that happen around me in this wonderful nation. I may not create a major impact with my deeds or actions, but I am doing a bit possible from my side which at least gives me some satisfaction that I don’t add up to the list of spineless people who merely bark, but at the same time, I know this is not enough to bring the glitter back to my wonderful country. Coming back to the topic, when we are so obsessed to get Kasab the death sentence, we should also feel the reality that killing Kasab is not even going to give the families who were affected by his killings. These knee-jerk reactions will only feed the hungry media who is waiting to capture anything and everything on their channels, and nothing effective will happen for this country.

Punishments should be instant, but that is not the case in INDIA, I read a report today morning on the newspaper that Kasab is the 51st person waiting in the queue to be hanged and that queue cannot be altered as per the judicial system, the first guy in that queue has been convicted in 1988 for murdering 6 people in the same family, so it has been 21 years now and still he has not been hanged, the government is feeding him nutritious food every day, they have now recently started to give non-veg food one day in a week, they have allowed to put 1 fan per cell, so the government is taking extreme care of the criminals who are not paying a penny of tax and they treat all the other citizens like a piece of shit where he has to pay 12 rupees extra for every 100 rupees he spends, up and above he pays income tax. I am very sure that Kasab will not be hanged for another 5 years, I am saying this if his lawyer is not appealing the case to high court and supreme court, I am sure delays will always be there every stage, moreover our criminal minded politicians may even pardon Kasab saying that will strengthen the Indo-Pak relationship and in turn they will get Sarobjith back to India who has been awaiting the axe for almost 8 years now, and his mercy petition is sitting on Zardari's table for a long time now.

I recently read an article in "Junior Vikatan" where they have covered an article of how a government employee who words at the PWD in Ramanathapuram district and he stood by the laws and denied getting bribe from a local MLA who forced him to change a plot plan so that his ground area can be widened, he in fact went to the extent where he asked that guy to forge certain government documents and grab the land of the surrounding plots. This employee showed resistance and paid heavy price for that. That local, MLA who has all money power and rowdy's power, barged into that guys house in the night, gang raped his wife in front of him, took video of that rape, and went off. Just imagine the trauma he and his wife have to undergo just because he wanted to do his duty. To me that MLA is more dangerous than Kasab, what are we going to do with him ?? The local police station refused to take complaint on that rape, they have advised the couple to keep quiet and not give a complaint as that may prove dangerous for their lives. Where is democracy in this country ? Everywhere there is a loophole, every fucking MLA to MP is corrupt, do you all still feel happy that KASAB got death sentence ?? We have more dangerous people in our country who have the power (given by us) to ruin our life more badly than what 100 Kasab's can do. Think INDIA Think ...

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May 4, 2010

Mansion ...

Mani decided to take a walk out of the house as these frequent power cuts and non-stop opera by the mosquitoes pushes him off the bed and adding to that the summer heat makes sleeping next to impossible. He may forget to take his house keys while he steps out but not a pack of cigar and a lighter. He put on a torn t-shirt which had an inlet for air, just below his arm-pits and 2 of the three buttons were missing, he adjusted his hair and made sure that it does not look ugly as though he is gonna be photographed by the paparazzi at the middle of that night. It has been 6 years since he moved into this mansion at triplicane, and nothing has changed in his life since then, it’s the same warden, same room mates, same shabby restrooms, same food, and same job less life. Mani sucked hard and managed to bring down that full cigar to half in that one sucking and there goes circles of smoke in the air and Mani managed to put a straight line of smoke inside one of the circle and smiled to himself ...

Mani is a BE graduate who passed out of the famous Anna University and had dreams to be an aspiring civil architect. When these flyovers were built across Chennai, Mani used to imagine as if he is the lead supervisor, standing in the middle of the construction site with a while shirt and a black pant with a yellow color helmet on his head and spreading his arms wide open with a big chart on his hand and till date that has remained only in his imaginations and never became a reality. He works in a local fancy store as a sales boy and gets a meager 2500 rupees per month and in that he has to pay his mansion rent, buy cigars, if possible eat and send some money to his parents, yeah, it was not an easy task, but still he has to do it. At this crucial financial situation Mani was introduced to drugs and liquor which he promised to his mom that he will not touch in his life, and of course we have to accept the fact that he mind and body looked relaxed when he administers himself with either of those two, all of a sudden Rs 2500 seem to be like a sliced peanut to Mani, first thing he did to compensate his new expense is, he cut sending money to his family sighting the ever growing inflation in Chennai and any parent would not want their son to suffer so they too designed to live a life without expecting his money for survival, yes, whatever may come, life will move on.

His roommates who know his family situation advised him a lot to get rid of those evil habits and it all went like playing a melodious flute into deaf man's ears. Mani upgraded himself from being called as a "drunkard" to a "thief" and once he was caught red-handed when he forged the money order which came for one of his roommate, since his roommates knew his weakness they just warned him but once a thief is always a thief, soon he started trying his hand at the shop where he was working and that costed him his job and more than Mani his roommates were so worried that they cannot keep any cash in their room as this guy may flick them all and spend for his bad habits. On humanitarian grounds his roommates supported him from few months and later they too felt that it’s too much of a pinch of their pocket and one fine day they asked Mani to leave the mansion, but Mani pleaded guilty and agreed to be normal once again, again on humanitarian grounds Mani was accepted back to the same room. He went to his old employer and begged for a job and somehow managed to convince him and regained the same sales boy profile. Life seem to be limping back to normalcy for Mani and that took a different turn when he happened to meet Sumitra the local prostitute in his area.

Mani worked overtime to get additional money, he will head straight to Sumitra's house spend the night with her and come into his mansion at dawn, sleep for few hours and again head to work for long hours so that he can spend the whole night with Sumitra. Mani has lighted his 4th cigar by now and he is still in the process of rewinding his life for us and the power cut and the opera of mosquitoes still continuous to haunt him. It was one day where he found his knees getting swollen and he could barely walk, that in turn triggered a series of other complications like groin getting swollen, his spinal cord paining like hell and his bone joints refusing to move and at the end of all these chaos he was announced that he had caught HIV and is one the verge of starting his countdown. His roommates took pity on him and Mani too decided to behave well with them as he is physically and mentally so weak, he took himself indoors and one thing he cannot stop is his smoking habit and owing to the fact that he is counting his days his roommates sponsored for his cigar as well and none of them have the habit of smoking. Mani would always be surrounded by a smoke balloon and he thanked his roommates for giving him the pleasure. It was getting close to dawn and Mani had already finished one pack of cigar and the last one was half burnt.

Senthil got up to the shock of his life, he was left speechless, he shook his other roommate Thyagu and that attempt went in vain, he could not say a word, he threw his pillow on the other roommate Kalidas and he got up as if he was hit by a tsunami. Senthil looked visibly shocked and he showed few things on the floor and instantly Kalidas felt a chillness riding thru his spine, Thyagu too got up after a while and went speechless. With words failing to form a sentence Senthil said - I was telling you guys that Mani visits our room, but none of you guys believed me in this, see those cigar buds at least now believe me, Mani's ghost is staying with us

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