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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