Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winding up 2012

The year began with lot of uncertainties. Being not a big fan of wholesome changes, i was nervous to say the least and had lot of doubts. While the conscious me always looks for ways to settle and sleep, the mischievous unconscious one, has its own ways to look out for trouble. Its the one that never allows me to settle down and is always in contradiction with myself.

Ides of March, marched in and moved me from one side of the earth to other. Nine months have lulled by and I am still not sure if i really wanted this one. I keep arguing with myself on the reason why i am here. After coming here, i had tonnes of time to reflect on myself. The setup here was a lot different from the places i had been to. The major change being, there were very few single people around and majority were family crowd. Took a while to adjust to that at first, for i had never been in such an environment before with so many "grown-up"s. I felt the same when i visited NJ to my friends house.

The other major major change that i embraced was cooking. I had promised myself that, unless the push comes to shove, i will never enter any kitchen voluntarily. I had spent 7 years away from home, within India, without cooking for a day. But this place, within the 3rd month of my stay, made me buckle. But i am kind of happy that, i overcame that mental block. The way i cook reminds me more of a chemistry lab, minus the burret and pipette, and chemistry being the least of my favorite subjects, needless to say about my cooking. And i've been brought up by an amazingly good cooks, right from my mom and sis to some of my roomies and my spoiled brat of taste buds were treated to the best of cuisine. But, surprisingly, i find my cooking eatable :)) That i guess would be my major major accomplishment for not just this year, but in a long long while :)

Visiting NYC was another major event i cherished. It was a dream come true. After having seen all those places in zillions of pics with various other people in, it was a happy moment to see myself in picture at those very places i dreamt of being. An interesting addition to this would the driving license. Just like how i ended up here, it was unplanned and something i ended up with just out of peer pressure rather than interest. I had my first brush up with road accident too. I always had this weird feeling of being left out, whenever my friends used to narrate tales like  this . I always wished i had something to tell for myself too. But never imagined how dreadful it was to be in such situations until it hit me. And visiting Disney world was something i never ever thought possible in this lifetime!! That one was a HUGE tick mark on the bucket list. Planning a series of posts on the trip :) possibly next year.

There were lot of minor "accomplishments" too like the gun range, water bike rides, waterfall bath, trekking (mountains and forests make me feel at ease..wish i can stay there for some more time) and the numerous drama series that i saw (latest addi(c)tion -That 70's show, the reason i started watching it actually requires a post of its beware :D), getting driver licence, watching presi election LIVE ..well, they might sound childish and simple to be bracketed as something major :) but..i guess these kutti kutti aasais and things is what totals to being gils :) One more kutti milestone - 150000 hits n counting for this blog :))) vithi valiyathu :))

As i look back at the year went by, it was a reminder of how my life has shaped over the past decades. A life without any control or interest. A life without an iota of any responsibility. A life that was never driven towards any aim, but more of a lucky drift, which caught the right draft of wind at the right time. A life spoilt for change with a lifetime of spoilt chances. A life, that which would've been much better lived and cherished by anyone else but me!! Feels like i have always wasted one opportunity after other, going after the proverbial bird in the bush forgetting the dozens on hand. What i see as an unwanted, undesired chance for doing things that i dont like, others envy and crave for it. But i still end up doing the same crap over and over again, without ever wanting to forever in wait, wondering for a chance to do what i like. I am yet to find my passion that really moves me and i wonder if i will be really up to it when i actually realise it.

I might sound overtly critical, but on a honest to self note, this is what i feel. The strange part is, i dont find anyone who is not much different from what i've mentioned above, around me. May be some of their choices were their own. But majority of the crowd move from one thing to another not one purpose, but merely adjusting to the flow. They 'look' happy and contented with their life, being busy in their own world. Maybe when i find something to occupy myself super busy round the clock, i may not have time to ponder over these things!!! Atleast for once i wish, i know what i want and get it too. The contradicting inner self reminds of an Oscar wilde quote - There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it  :)) is how it goes.  I continue to live my merry making life, deviating at the least possible resistance. Considering that i've 3 decades of practice in it, i dont see much change happening in the coming year too :) Oru mystery story post pannanumnu romba naala planning..the gist is based on an semma impressive episode from the detective story MONK. Adutha varushamaachum hope it sees the light of the day from drafts :D

Latest bulbu for 2012. Went shopping with roomie and my eyes landed on a mini binocular set :)) i am crazy about skywatching and stargazing. Telescopes are way too costly and are out of the league. So atleast binocularaachum vaangalamay nu decide panni went back to the display case and !!! the piece was missing. My friend also wanted one and at the booking counter we requested the billing lady to check for any available pieces. After a long delibration her assistant came up with one piece. We pestered for another piece as it was amazing. That guy seemed to search the entire store and came up with another saying that was the only other piece available. We were literally beaming with joy and pride of our new priced posession. That lady, while billing, asked, "let me this gift for your nephews?"

ok makkalay...i guess this is it for this year...unless vera ethachum mokka podra topic maatinaalaye ozhia...its me signing off for 2012. Catch you in 2013 :) Happy new year Friends. Wishing you all joy and prosperity and peace above all.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Jillunu oru kaathal kathai :) - final episode

If you are reading this post, probably the world survived Dec21 or atleast the blogspot server :)) have scheduled this a week in advance. Just for the kicks of seeing this post survive the doomsday :))

P.S: Intha final episodenu titlea podaati innum izhuthuruvenonu enakkay bayam pullayaar suzhi maathiri starting with it. :D:D

Flashback mudinji ipo present day situationku story comes back :D

Anil calls Ram and Priya picks the phone.

"Hello..Priya??" asks Anil
"Dai Anil..evlo nakkal unakku...intha numberla ivlo sweetaana lady voicela vera yaaruda pick pannuva" mocks Priya
"Illa...Ram thelivaagitu vera ponna ushaar panitaano nenachen"
"Adi pinnida maaten...aama ivlo naal kazhichi ippo thaan phone number nyabgam vanthucha"
"Apdilaam onnumilla...i am in touch with Ram..unna thaan pudikka mudiala"
"Aaama pasangalukenna..kalyanam aanalum kuzhanthai kuttinu settle aanalum..friendsoda arattai koothu kummaalamnu irupeenga...ponnugalalaa mudiyuma"
"Ennamo kalyanathuku munnadi kashtapattu vela panna mathiri solra..enakku terinju 5 yearsaa notice periodla iruntha oray aal nee thaan" said Anil.
"hahahhaaa..adapavi neeye poatu kuduthuruva polarukkay" laughed Priya.
"manasaatchiya thottu sollu..un desktopla..Dravid and Maddy screensaver thavira vera ethaachum ennikaachum odirukkuma? card board daballa color adichi computer sollitu oora emaathina aalu thaana nee"
"hahaha...nee thirunthiruppa nenachen..uhumm.."
"its hard to improve on see"
"shabba..thaangala..enna pannitruka? innum ponnu thedren sollitu site sitea sight adichitrukia?"
"echuseme..naangalaam dhanush mathiri..paatha pudikaathu.."before he could complete the punch line
"paaka paaka kolaveri aaiduvaanga solla vara..rightu"
"kalaaichiteengalaakum..seri..pozhachu po..."
"unna ivlo relaxa paakrathu evlo happy airuku theriyuma...hows the case coming up"
"atha pathi vidu...un ponnu epdirukka"
"haioo..avala pathi kekkaatha..sutha vidra..ava pinnadi odiye naan elaichiruven nenakren"
"aama..illaati mattum apdiye karnam malleswari kanakka iruppeengalaakum..erkanavay kaathadiku nool katti vitta mathiri thaana suthitrupa"
"hello..athuku per slim...unna mathiri shapeless janthu's atha pathilaam pesapdaathu"
"Yaar sonna..round is also a shape..infact the basic of all shapes"
"Seri..podhum blade podaatha..ethaavathu oru topic edutha athula seminar edukara alavuku mokka poda unnaala thaan mudiyum..epdithaan veetla katti meikaraangalo. hey..en ponnu un kitta pesanumaam..iru speakerla podren"
There was some static followed by wails of wanting to hold the phone on her own accompanied with mirattals of consequences if the phone gets dropped and finally a sweet voice came in "Enna panra"
Anil started laughing.
"Amma..ivan en sirikaraaa"
"hey..avan ivan nu solla koodathu...uncle eduthu hello sollanum thaana solliruken..ozhunga pesu...hey enn ponnu kooda unna mathikka maatengara paaru..ithuku thaan seekrama kalyanam panniko solrathu"
"hello" chimed in another voice
"Jaaannnnu kutty.....enna panra chellam"
"naan phone pesaren..nee ena panra?"
"naanum phone pesaren." not knowing what to ask next.."hmm..enna saapta"
She didnt answer and her mom started prompting her from behind "hey..intha uncle neria katha solluvaru..unakku enna kathai kekanum"
"hmm...uncle..unakku moon katha solli" she asked
"kathai solli illa..sollu" Anil corrected her..
"moon kathai solli"
He realised the grammatical misktake sounded sweeter than the original and asked her "ennaku theriaathay..nee kathai sollu"
There was a deep pause followed by a "hmmmmm" ing sound.
"Moon entha pakkam rise aagum"
He was stumped for a minute. "huh..moon risea!!" In the background he could hear her Priya's laughter.."maatinia..intha mathiri thaan edaa koodamaa kelvi keppa..calvin and dennis combo la kozhandha porakanumnu neengalaam thaana bless panneenga..ipo badil sollu"
"Hey..evlo age aaguthu ithuku..ipdilaam kelvi kekkara!!"
"mazhupaatha..chellam..dont leave uncle without answer..hahaha"
"Sun rise aagi set aagum..aana moon...eppovumay set aagathu..sun lightla maranjirukum..sun set aanaprum...suthi irukara iruttula thaan athoda brightness velila varum..." Anil replied back with all possible scientific explanation.
There was no sound from the other end for a while. After which she came out with her verdict "haioo..ithu kooda terialayaa....eveningsla moon rise aagum"
So simple!!
There was a sound round of applause, with Ram joining in.
"Ennada en ponnu kekara kelviku thenari poitu silent aaitia" said Ram
"pinna unga rendu per combinationla vanthathaachay..ithu kooda illaina hospitalla kozhantha maari poirukkunu artham"
"seri..unga dosthu vanthaachu..neenga rendu perum mokka potukunga...enakkum en ponnukum egapatta velai irukku" nu sollikittay Priya picks her daughter and while leaving the room "hey Anil..veetuku saapda vaa oru naal...unna punish panni romba naalaachu"
"Sureeeee" shouts Anil
"Dai..ava thaan speaker fonela kekanumnu kathitu pora..nee enda kathara" says Ram
"Sorry machi..epdirukka"
"Enakkenada..jollya poguthu life..nee sollu.."
"Nothing specialda..divorce matter settle aagara mathiri irukku. Legal matter related to that konjam pending..athaiyum mudichita me back to bachelor" said Anil
"hmmm...formala solanumna..kekka kashtama iruku..but machaan kuduthu vachavandaa nee....thirumbavum enjoyy thaana"
"hahahaa...adapaavi...i am officially sad..still..oru vitha reliefa thaan irukungarathu nejam...after all those quarrels and fights and meaningless issues and ramblings..ithelaam thaandi ippo bayangara peacefulla irukku. veetula athukulla vera ponna paakar aarambichitanga..thania vitta depress aaiduvenaam..ivanga imsailenthu escape aagarathukaga planning on a long trip to celebrate"
"super maama..serida...weekend veetukkuva...Priya unna kodumai padathaama vidaratha illainu sabatham kandippa vanthiru..illati athey itemsa fridgela vachu oru vaarathuku tholla pannuva...kaapaathidu machi....kavuthudaatha..aan paavam pollaathu"
"hahaha..sure...kutti kekkara kelviyelaam nenachaa thaan lighta terror aandavar mela baaratha poatutu varen"
"hahahs..sure machi..take care..bye"


"Heyyyy Priyaaa..athisyama sonnabadi vanthutta" chirped in Mathi "Evlo naalaachu unna velilalaam paathu"
"Aaama...Jaanu poranthaprum ennoda timengarathu suthama kuranji poachu..after a really really long time having a time out...kadisia outingnu ponathu etho oru hindi padam...Ram was site adichifying Katrina and i was route vitting for Hrithik" said Priya
"Good family good university...Raam enna pannitrukaan...avan kitta kozhandhaiya pathukka solla vendi thaana"
"You wouldnt believe how poruppu he has become. Jaanu na avlo uiru. He wouldnt even let her crawl on floor. At times konjam overavay protectiva irukaanonu bayamavay irukkum. Nadakka kooda vida maatengaran"
"hahaha..ella appakum ponnu na apdithaanay...seekarama oru paiyanuku ready panni nee un shareku paasatha pozhi"
"hahaha..haioyaio..innoru ten months of pregnancya...aala vidu saami...enga paatilaam epdi thaan avlo babies pethukitaangalo...inga onnuthukkay nora much as love and cherish motherhood, its scary to even think of going back to those nostalgic days of nausea"
" know i've told you many times before..Ram and you...unga rendu pera paakrapolam evlo poraamaiya irukum the same time..oru therapy mathiri iruku unga rendu peroda life...that life na ipdi thaan irukanumnu..typical moviela vara lifestyle"
"hahaha..kannu vaikaatha naaye"
"hahahaa...chacha...illapa...kandippa sandaigal problems ithu ungalukullayum irukkum...but the way you guys handle each other..chaancela..semma cute"
"seri seri...overa mokka podaatha...actualla..oru matter iruku..still unaddressed"
"Between you two??!!"
" know that officela meet panrathuku munnadiye Ram enakku theriyum, right?"
"Yeah..ponnu paaka vanthaan..aprum alliance cancelaaanthu atha thaana solra"
"yes..aana innoru matter iruku..that wasnt the first time i knew him"
"what?? athukku munnadiye meet pannirukeengala? eppo..enga? ithenna puthu kathai?"
"actuala nerla meet pannathilla..but chat roomla...ennoda chat id was Uma...enna veetla koopdra name...epdi meet pannomnu exacta therila..but we became good friends on te virtual world. Oru stagela enakku bayangara crush Ram mela...without even seeing i started loving him. But onlinela..athuvum mugam paakatha oruthana love panra alavukku polaamnu first logicala oru mental block..athukumm mela naan first propose panni avan antha mathirilaam idea illanu sollitaannga..atha vida asingama irukka mudiathungara the same time enga veetla egapatta pressure to get emotionala decide panratha vida logicala yosichi paathen..anyways that was not a committed relation..and Ram also didnt raise that i disabled that id and logged off...locking away my thoughts. And when i met Ram in person ..i was so impressed with him..aana appo i was still in a confused state of mind and though i felt..antha chat person ivana irukaa heart didnt had the guts to break free"
"oh...appo yeppo...yepdi terinjuthu unakku Ram thaan antha aal nu?"
"oru naal veeta clean panrachay Ramoda pazhaya box onnu kedachuthu..avanoda pokkishamla apdi enna thaan irukunu paakarachay i found a prinout. Athula oru poem mathiri onnu irunthichi...ennada namma aalukulla ipdi kooda oru matter irukaanu padikarapo thaan realised it was a mail in draft mode..and guess had been addressed to my chat id..antha contents padikka padikka i realised how much he was in love with me and you wouldnt believe how happy i was that finally know who was that mystery man and that i had infact married my first love...i guess...solla konjam vekkamaa irukku...we might've conceived Jaana that day"
"wowww...aama ithula enna unaddressed matter irukku? athaan mail kooda email address irunthirukkay :D atha vachu thaana neeye kandupudichiruka"
"mokka mathi nu prove panra paaru...intha matter enakku than theriyum..Ram still doesnt know that i am his Uma.."
"adi krathagi..en solala"
"ada..anniki antha letter paathutu aiyaa moonji pona poakka paakanumay...naan yaarnu theriyaama innum evalaio nenachi avlo urugitrukaan....oru samayam paavama thonum...aana...i love him so much...i feel so possesive about him that...avanoda dreamla vara entha ponna irunthaalum athuvum naana thaan irukanum..athaan"
"ennnaaaa oru villlithanam....kekka romantica irunthaalum...Raam nenacha paavama thaan iruku...sariaana arakkidi nee"
"hahahaa...i will tell him one day...for sure...but athu varaikkum...let me enjoy his dreams as Uma and real life as Priya"

                                                              Mutrum....Subam...The End..

P.S: shabbbbaaaa..........oru vazhia mudichiten :D itha thaana solla poreenga if at all anyone reads this :D enakkay apdi thaanga iruku :D the longest series i had ever written..more than 3 years in making :D:D neria neram enakkay flow maranthirum..will read the previous posts to figure out and oru some of u had was mirroring my real life..but unlike me writing whatever happening, it was the ulta..whatever i was posting began to happen!! Oru stagela i got scared and stopped the story..took a 18 month break and it is :) olagam azhiyarathuku munnadi kathaiya mudichiten :D

Friday, December 21, 2012

Meet you on the other side :)

Roomie: Planning to go for haircut today itself
Me: Why man? Wait till tomorrow..why waste 15$ if world ends tomorrow?
Roomie: I want to look decent in hell..hehehe
Me: !!!! Oh yeah...if you get a crew cut they will fry you in special double refined oil !!!

Some parts of the world have already chimed in 21st december while rest are waiting with bated breath :) THE day of all days has finally arrived. This one is unlike Dec 31 1999, where in the new millenium made "anti-christ" and satan the heroes for the day and which pushed "End of world" scenarios into prominance, for the dawn of the new millenium had quite some positive vibes about it. My engineering friends took pride in the fact that they would be the first batch of Engineers into the new millenia. The babies born on that day hogged the limelights as millenium babies. The cyber world had beendone with its digital nail biting getting over the fear of the Y2K bug, which was a major windfall for Cobol and AS400 programmers at that time. The joke that time being, even if you know anyone by the name Gopal you can be shipped to US!! Mokka one..still.. :)

I had a project deliverable scheduled for tomorrow. It was having so many irritating last minute changes that I was secretly rooting for the doomsday. But now its been postponed to 31st midnight. Not sure if i had to applaud on their "optimism" or anger over working on new year's eve. All these talks of doomsday had gone too much into my head i guess. Today morning had a super dream..err..nightmare. I was talking with my mom, in our house's terrace on a late afternoon chennai, with the sun blazing away in its glory. I was asking her "So..whats the deal about doomsday..onnum kaanum??" and suddenly the sky is filled with moons!!! All shapes and sizes. Some where  square..some like hourglass...some rectangle..and like a meteor shower they were streaking across the sky..coming down and down. And more than the sunlight, the glare from their light was so bright that it was speading across the sky, masking the sun. I was so scared that i woke up like an uncoiled spring. Took a while to get oriented and the fact that it was 9AM in the morning and sunlight was pouring through the window didnt help either.

Some of my friends are posting what they would do incase if its confirmed that the world is gone tomorrow. Almost all of them had mentioned that they would propose to the girl(s) :d they were scared to before. For them to propose their love, it takes the world to end :D Still another way to look at it is, if love is the last thing on anyone's mind, even with the terrifying thought of impending doom, well, thats what makes being human special, isnt it :) I for one is optimistic that, this too shall pass, for i've already scheduled another post. So just for that sake i hope the blogspot server survives. Varta :))

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Review time again :)

This time the review is full of all mokkai movies and books. So veridict ippovay sollidren..onnumay therala.

Naduvula konjam pakkatha kaanum -

A movie, that caught fancy right from its title. And songs were pretty neat too. The video of "Hey crazy minnal" sung by Andrea would've had more hits than the movie itself i guess. And she keeps getting prettier with each song and movie!! And with an equally chirpy voice to kill for. Many people who saw the movie, hyped it up about the humour content in it. More than the review, i usually go by the word of mouth review and it was almost unanimous that every one liked it and cheered the comedy. But somehow, i found it to be otherwise. The first half was dragging but considering the second half it felt breezy fast. There were too many repeat scenes and dialogues and more than being funny, the entire first half carried a serious tone to it. May be the director meant it as a spoof?? not sure. The really funny moments began bit late into the second half, from the reception scenes onwards. They were really original and ticklish. Especially the way the hero looks at the heroine and comments on her makeup, repeatedly. And how his friends try to manage it differently each time. While the hero is almost passive in expression, doesnt require any over the top emotion for that matter, the friends compensate for it. Especially the specs guy who is seen throughout in all seriousness. There are some situational comic moments between the other two friends when the senior of them is repeatedly proven wrong each time. But again, too many repetitions. It seems they took the entire story on film and never edited it. Considering that 3 songs from the movie never made it to the screen the length of  the movie is perplexing!!! But one thing is sure. Iniamay "Ennachu" nu yaaravathu keta the response is going to be howlarious :D

Nee thaane En Pon Vasantham -

Contrary to the public opinion again, found this movie to be interesting. Have seen only the first half, that too after skipping too many segments. Still, it does strike a chord in some scenes. Especially the school scenes. That set up was way too natural and familiar. One word to describe the movie - Samantha. She looks yummier than in Naan E and entire first hour breezes by just because of her. Have become padutheevira fan of hers :) Special mention to the costumer and hairstylist. Her school getup is perfect and she looks a million bucks :)) Almost reminds me of someone from my own school. Aana chellam..never ever dub in your own voice. Jeeva ku thonda kattikita mathiri iruku voice. All the songs were awesome and though Yuvan's voice is at its irritating best, "Saainthu Saainthu" song rocks. Comedy is so so only. Having been warned by everyone who saw the movie that it was a mokkai, actually had the ulta effect. Though I dint see the full movie, i think i will like this in bits and portions. Strictly for Samantha fans i guess :D

Next one is a book review, which again turned out to be a dud. A maste dud at that.

Cure by Robin Cook -

Had always been a big fan of Robin cook. Used to be amazed by the way he entwines medical terms and diseases with mysteries, usually the mafia. But soon the themese became repetitive and lost sting. When i saw this book, hardbound at that, was immediately tempted to buy. It turned out to be the worst of the lot. Its around 400 pages in size and the story never takes off till the 350th page. Within next 50 pages, there is a kidnapping, recovery , link between the first 300 pages and the investigation, arrests and a SUBAM ending as well. Marana mokka. Ithuku ivlo buildupa nu veruthu poachu. Cook turned up half baked this time.

Currently reading - Story of Nagas, which is turning up to be a spoiler compared to first part , Immortals of Meluha. Got some more books to read, that are in pipeline. Mothama serthu will post another review :))
Innum 4 daysla world azhiyutha illaya therila, but i've planned my longest ever travel trip. Hope it works out :))

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Beyond madness

Every once in a while there comes a news that makes your blood boil and every nerve in your body tense enough to pop out. The Connecticut massacre would be one such news that would've shocked the very essence of humanity out of everyone. Such a mindless mayhem!! Butchering 1st grade kids with bullets..cha. Even to think of the incident to type is nauseating. Cruel, Maniac, cold blooded...all swear words of all the earthly languages put together can still not describe what happened. Schools are temples of knowledge and wisdom and above all discipline and this definition applies all throughout the world and supposed to be even a safe haven in case of natural disasters. Its beyond my little mind to even think of any plausible or implausible reason as to why a guy would vent his ire out on school kids. Its an impossible impossible thing for me to digest and accept. He had not just killed the 30 odd lives but destroyed those families and also the fellow students who witnessed it. It would've left an indelible mark on their psyches and god forbid if any of them take up the path shown by this guy down the line!! As the more and more information on the incident gets released, the latest one doing rounds is about the teacher, Victoria, who hid all her students in cupboards and saved every single one of them. Unfortunately, the madman took her life. He shot her to death. Just to think of the sacrifice she had done, the enormity of which is so daunting.. these people need to be worshiped. They bring respect to their professions. Because of her an entire class of students survived. If atleast one of them turns out to be a ground breaking inventor or best of all a teacher, following her footsteps, i think, no one would've ever lived a more meaningful life than her. Finally, what can you say about that madman, who not only killed the innocent kids, but also his mother and brother and in the end committed suicide!!!! I wish i could feel sorry for him, how much ever graver and whatever be the issues that might've been ailing him, what he had done is unpardonable. Him taking his own life was the least of all the punishments. Heart goes out for the parents of those poor kids. Wonder if any of them would ever be able to come out of this grief.

There are still 5 more days left for the predicted doomsday. But for the parents  and family members of those victims, it was 2 days back. There is a quote from the doomsday movie 2012. " The moment we stop fighting for each other, that's the moment we lose our humanity". For people like these madmen, it definitely doesnt apply.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Oru padam oru book :)

Silapala postsugaluku munna continuousa review postsa poatutu irunthenaa...intha blog pakkam vara pala kodi makkalla (read 5)  sila kodi per (read all) oru review postukum innoru review postukum pothiya idai veli vidanumnu sollirunthaanga. So..konjam gapku apruma i the review postings :D

Talaash -

Aamir khan padathoda main USP is Aamir khan himselfngarathu ulagarinja vishyam (Thala... Aamir khan yaarunu kekkamaateengannu i the pheeling. I the eagerly awaiting ur post on his Satyameva Jayate series). Review paakaama i rarely go to see movies. Apdi paakama poi bulbu vaangina padams pala. Intha padathoda review paathathu thappa poachu :(( Enna maathirye sila pala cashews, padathoda twista poattu udaichitaanga. In a way it spoiled the fun. But, first time viewing itself, felt like second time viewing for me. I could relate to each scene and how it built up to the climax. Aana, i felt, even without reading the spoiler, one could guess the twist. Oray matter, you would've had to wait till halfway into the second half of the movie. Athu varaikkum the buildup is gradual. Infact, dragging is the right word. Plight of women in Red light area has been told in a breezy casual way. Even their sufferings are depicted in a matter of fact tone with almost no melodrama. Setting the base for a story is important. Aana the entire first half gets bogged down in that. I guess the only reason why Aamir would've accepted the movie is for its ending. The twist is something similar on the lines of Sixth sense movie. Wish they could've tightened the script in first half and edited quite a few scenes in second half. It could've been THE spooky thriller akin to Sixth sense. Dialoguesla Hindi-o-hindi. Even for casual conversations where in usually some english words get thrown in, in general, even there also they had used Hindi words. Not to be faulted, but it somehow sounds hmm..different. Not casual, but forced. Not sure if people would use such shuddh hindi terms in real time conversations. Another standout from the movie is definitely Kareena kapoor. The way she coquettishly smiles and pouts and grins at Aamir, she carries that air of mystery about her role throughout. As it is she has a vampire white complexion that she can fit right into the "Twilight" vampire family. In this movie, the lighting makes her literally glow!! Rani mukerjii doesnt have much of a role, except to appear with Archie Andrew like freckles , sans makeup, which look a bit scary on closeups. The handicapped guy, Nawazuddin Siddique, has done a neat role. His costume, mannerisms and facial expressions everything is picture perfect. Towards the last few minutes into the movie, Aamir is seen crying, sitting on the river bank, where his son drowns in an accident, with the letter from his son. I wish they had ended the movie there. Though it prolongs for a minute more with Rani joining Aamir, i guess it would've been more poignant an end. Read somewhere that Aamir never knew swimming and learnt just for this movie. This man surely has that burning passion for excellence. The title song "Muskaane joothi hai" is haunting and the lyrics kind of outlines the story. Over all, a movie that could've been a lot better, had it been made a bit shorter and for a tighter screenplay.

Gils verdict - Definitely worthy of a one time watch.

Immortals of Meluha -

For almost a year have been wanting to read this book. Truth be told. I never feel secure to pay 100 plus rupees to buy any Indian author's book. Whether he is an accomplished one or newbie. But never felt the same to try out Foreign authors :( It feels sick and sad to even type these. But for Chetan Bagat, who has established himself as the masala author catering to the masses, i've never read any racy thriller kinds from Indian authors. Suitable boy, God of small things...well they all are heavy duty stuff. What i mean is the Jeffrey Archer, Sidney sheldon variety. If you guys are aware of any please let me know. Coming back to the Meluhans. After reading this book, i feel satisfied on that quest mentioned above. The story reads like Amar chitra katha on novel format. The best part about the book is, its a beautiful blend of author's imagination with mythology. Its the story of Lord Shiva, who is depicted as a marijuana smoking Tibetian. To avoid constant attacks from fellow tribes, he decides to accept the offer of Meluhans to migrate his tribe. Meluha is described as a place over and above Punjab and is basically whole lot of JnK plus other parts Akhanda Bharath thrown in. Meluhan's, coming from the clan of Suryavanshis, have a hidden agenda in inviting Shiva to their place. They've a prophecy per which, the Neelkanth, will be their saviour and will help them conquer evil. They accept Shiva as their leader and he helps them to win the war against Chandravanshis of Swadweep. After the battle Shiva realises that even the Chandravanshis have a similar prophecy that has the same prediction. He is left in a dilemma and feels sad that he might have made a big mistake by taking sides with the Meluhans. In the course of the story, there is a romantic interlude between Shiva and Sati, daughter of Daksha, who is the king of Meluhans. There are other characters like Nandi - captain of Meluhan army, Badra - shiva's friend, Ayurvati - chief doctor of Meluha, Krittika - Sati's friend who later marries Bhadra, Parvateswar - Meluhan army chief and Sati's god father and Brahaspathi - chief scientist of Meluha. There are lot of references to Lord Ram and his reign and rules. But never it mentions him as god. The Suryvanshi's strictly adhere to the rules of Lord Ram and feel their way of life is much better and noteworthy compared to Chandravanshi's degraded liberal lifestyle. There are lot of references to caste system and untouchability. And then there are the nagas, the scene changers. They are described as a people with bodily disfigurations, which they hide behind their hoods and are known for their mastery over martial arts. They bring with them an element of surprise and there is always an air of mystery, whenever and wherever they find a mention.

The story is the first of the trilogy, followed by Story of the Nagas, which i am reading now and final part being Oath of the vayuputras (soon to be released this year). The first part ends at such a crucial scene that, wonder how many would've had the patience to wait for the second part :) It ends at such a nail biter scene where a pregnant Sati is attacked by a Naga with Shiva rushing to protect her. I simply rushed to the second book to know what happens next :) will post the review once i am done with it. Coincidentally many of my friends happened to start reading this book at the same time. Hope they all were as thrilled as me :) The theme of the book is a pretty risky one, considering how impatient and intolerant out society has become and any deviation towards criticism would've been considered blasphemous. This is where the author scores brilliantly. He mixes his own ficiton with mythological fiction and the blend is near perfect. Without digging deep on to the social issues, he dwells over them just enough to give a peek of his opinion and manages to even wring out a solution. As i mentioned before, if you are a fan of Amar chitra katha and thriller novels, this is the book for you.

Innum 11 dayskulla olagam azhiyaama iruthaa adutha postla paakalam..varta :))

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Of Saappaadu and Songs

BasYaadein Yaadein..Yaadein reh jaa thee hain..
Kuch Choti Choti..Baathain reh jaa thee hain..

I stumbled on this song by Aryans (of Puraani jeans fame) while updating my playlist. True to its theme, it took me on a nostalgic visit on how i ended up with this song :) There used to be a Andhra style restaurant called Madhuri, right near the entrance to Wind Tunnel Road in Murugeshpalaya (Bangalore). It was exactly 800 meteres from our office entrance, atleast thats what the digital meter autorickshaw's showed, consistently !! Me and two of my colleagues will catch an auto during lunch. We used to order full meals. But even if we walked all the way back for digesting the umpteen platefuls that we gobbled, adichi poatta mathiri thookam varum. Will sleep walk through the rest of the day in office. Weekends mean, getting up at around 12 noon, thothify any friend on his bike, round katti adichify food in Madhuri and veetuku vanthu continue sleeping till late in the evening. If too lazy to go till madhuri, there was one kerala bakery nearby our house...Venus bakery i guess. Shucks..i forgot the name :( Anga poitu puff, samosa or enna veg item irukko ellam onnu onnu saaptutu..will take some biscuit packets back home. You wont believe the number of good day bisuits and double treats, had they been arranged one over other, might have turned out taller than Qutub minar!! If we felt any more "energetic" will call a punjabi dhaba called Kitchen, which was strategically positioned right in between the bakery and Madhuri, for every single item on their menu card. That guy developed his one room kitchen plus dining hall into 3 separate stalls and guess our room would've been major contributors hands down. If all of us ordered, one single order would come nothing short 200 rupees. Food was considerably cheap in that dhaba. For 200 bucks, 7 of us used to eat till our heart content and still there will be left overs for round two.

Coming back to the song, Madhuri restaurant, used to play all hindi pop songs and I always used to be fascinated by their collection. The challenge would be to identify the song and locate it on a then famous website called "Cool Toad". I even had an account on that site and would search every day till i get that song. Else will ping my friend who was in Japan then, to find out the song for me and mail it :D Avlo crazy over those songs. Each of them were a gem of their own. Right opposite to Diamond district there was a TGIF, Ashoka(?) and Indi Joe restaurant. When our office shifted there, we shifted our lunch spot to Ashoka. Since the food there was way too costly and not of good quality, we located another Andhra style restaurant at walking distance called Nandini palace (??). Eppo paaru pei gumbal there used to be. Kodumais of Koramangala ennana...vara gumbal paathi familya irukum. Kalayanam pannikitu kudumbathoda vanthu 4 chair tablea occupy pannikarathuku ungalukellam ethukuda marriagenu manasaara thitikkittay will wait in queue. Apdiye develop aagi, month beginningla konjam jollya selavu panna mood iruntha..will go to Southindies. Amazing amazing restaurant. Semmma costly. But kaasuku etha paniyaram na anga thaan. Saatharana paruppu saatham kooda pakkava irukkum. Weekendsla will try out Roomali with a view, pasanga treatna Mainland China/Gateway to India (antha renduthula the veggie one) apdi illati will go to Arasappar. Anga majority Karaikudi style non veg item thaannalum, anga south indian full mealsla thara Vathakuzhambukku sothaiye ezhuthi vaikalam. Vadamlaam poattu ultimatea irukkum. Very rarely had been to Nagarjuna. Aana anga full meals oru round mudikarathukullaye moochu muttidum. Quantity will be too much. Right next to office there was a Cafe coffee day. Anga vara crowdukaagavay avanga ticket poatu kaasu paakalam. Ahem!! But naan porathu anga kedaikkara chocolate fantasy cake saapdrathukaaga mattumay matummay mattumay. Moonu thadava sonna nambiye aaganum. Cake mela suda suda chocolate syrup vittu tharuvan paarunga. Chappu kotti saapdalam. And officeku ethirthaapola Corner house ice cream parlor was there. Oru scoop ice cream 25 rupees nenakren. Each one will order one scoop and kadisila ellar cuplayum ella flavorum irukkum.

Ithu poga office treatna, will go the other way towards Marathahalli. Main reason, thirumbi varathku late aana traffic mela pazhiya potrulam :D and the restaurants on the other side of outer ring road were, Big FM Balaji stylela solanumna awesomatic of the aaromale always. Semma costly. Kai kaasu poatulam saapda mudiathu. So office treat punniyathula, team lunch sollitu will go there. Golconda chimney was my favorite. Anga thara starterslaye vairu rombidum. Avlo varities there used to be. My damager's favorite was Raaga. Guess it was in Indhira nagar. CMH road sidela Adyar Anantha Bavan had opened newly then. Eppo paaru kootamo kootam irukum. We rarely went there. Aana Jeevan bheema nagarla there was a Pongal restaurant. Hotel peray Pongal thaan :) oru 20 varieties of dosai vachirupanga..kothu paratha..athu ithu nu semma kattu. Tiffen mattumay egapatta rounds ulla pogum :D and saaptathu jerikka walkingla return varachay vachla Kolkatta chaatla silapal jilebis and dinner parceluku Grilled panneer sandwich and daaga shanthiku oru date milkshake adichitu varapo irukay...aanantham paramaanantham thaan.

Kaalangaathala radio cityla Route 91 kekarathkagavay 7 am ku alarm vachu ezhunthupom. Was crazy over the voice of Sunaina lal. Times of Indiala foto nerla paathapo tension aanathennamo nejam :) Route 91 la vara songs ellamay top classa irukum and most of them would figure in that years top ten. December month poora there would count down. Top 100 songs of that year or decade or some kind of countdown will be there. Ellamay supera irukkum. Somehow i feel the first half of previous decade was hindi music at its peak. Every year they had chart busters after another and though the indi pop sensation  lost steam towards the end, some of the songs still are pleasure to listen. I had a pretty decent collection then and my system used to be the office juke box. Everyone of my friend contributed to the collection and since it was a shared folder on network, many friends from other departments also used to listen to them. When the network admin became strict and removed all shared folder access, I couldnt recollect the number of dvd's we wrote :)) On a 20 GB hard disk we had close to 16 GB of songs :))

Ippo most of that gang is spread across Banglore and Singapore. Aana eppo meet pannalum or message pannikitaalum the discussion topic will always feature the chartbuster at that time :) One unbeliavable matter ennana...ivlo round katti saaptum, i lost around 14 kilos when i was in Banglore :) and was probably at my fittest best my entire life. Nambara maathir irukka? Nambikkai thaan please. Nambidunga. Innum 15 daysla olagam azhiyaama iruntha appalika meetalam..varta.

Monday, December 03, 2012

F.R.I.E.N.D.S - V

Previous episode


"Cough..What the heck happened here...cough cough...why is the fire alarm ringing" rushes in Rachel.
"Well..err..i kept the tea pot and forgot to switch off the stove..its all burnt" mumbles Joey..scratching his head.
"Oh..damn it..somebody throw a wet towel....NOT ON the alarm" cries Chandler at Phoebe, who is even more irritated to find Joey smiling to himself.
"Why are you smiling u moron"
"When you burn becomes burn't' that's the way they should teach grammar in school" beams Joey pleased with his discovery.
Phoebe throws the towel on Joey who ducks and it falls on Monica, who enters the house carrying plateful of pastries. She loses balance and everything falls flat on the floor.
Both Phoebe and Monica cry in unison.
"I cried for dropping the pastries..What are you crying for??"  asks a bewildered Monica
"hmmm...err...scared of what you will say?.." says Phoebe sheepishly.
"oh..cmon...after all those nagging hours of listening to Ross's issues..i thought i will reward myself with a cake..guess it was not on my destiny to have my cake and eat it too"
"Issues!! He always has an yearly subscription of them" quips Chandler
"What happened?..cough..cough" enquires Rachel with a staccato of coughs.
Before Monica could narrate, Ross enters. And to every ones shock he is sporting a crew cut.
"And I repeat myself to the other sibling...What happened"
"Well...coupla decades back someone happened..and now this" Ross referring to Monica.
"Someone happened what?" queried Joey not grasping the point as usual.
Chandler tries to help "someone" pointing with his eyebrows "happened"
"Ok..either we are calling Monica as "someone" from now on or you have a very weird way of expressing" wonders Joey
"oh..come can i be at fault"
"LOOOK AT THIS" cries Ross pointing to his head.
"Yikes..not so close almost blinded me with those...with sinewy thing on your head.." quips Rachel.
"Asking for style tips from Mon is like getting directions from a star fish!!"  says Rachel.
"And it took you so long to reveal that "secret" " cries an annoyed Ross.
"Actually they look like deep fried noodles" says Joey and hurriedly hides behind Monica to avoid Ross's glare.
"When i said how stupid can you be, after your previous escapade..did you took it as a challenge" mocks Chandler
"HA HA...very funny..i knew i lost my mind when i accepted your wife's suggestion and i am pretty sure she took it"
"So much for trying to bring style into your life" says Monica.
"See this is why i never argue with Monica. Its like getting arrested. Anything you say can and will be used against you" says Chandler hearing which Monica punches him. He zips his mouth shut to avoid further damage.
Rachel starts coughing very badly.
" got to do something for that cough"
" are beginning to sound like Morse code..all your words are punctuated with coughs"
"I want to..but it gives my voice a sexy sound..makes me feel hot"
"The last time i looked hot..i was on a sauna..." says Chandler and watching everyone looking at him "i always mean what i say..just i don't mean to say it aloud" does the lip zipping act and sulks.
"You should see Doctor Richard..let me book an appointment for you with him..." offers Monica.
"No..cough.. No No No..cough.. and NO..cough...believe me i can live with this cough...the only thing that i can live within or without..cough... is my SALARY..its not even the first week of the month and i am broke bone dry..cough"
"Sing the "Star spangled banner" without a single cough..i will give you 100 dollars" challenges Ross
"Oh the cough..early light" and Rachel breaks into more coughs.
"Sounded more like Star Strangled've to get this rate..your lungs will pop out of your mouth"
"Rach..its high better visit Dr. Richard..let me take you on my medical can pay me later"
"Oh Joey..thats sweet..cough.. of you...see... you fellas...cough....THIS is friend..cough..ship" beams a proud Rachel..coughing all over Joey in the process.
" know..while we are at may not want to talk..let me go and take a quick shower" rushes out Joey.

At the clinic.
" look i know you" asks the receptionist.
"Well..i am a tv star from DAYS OF OUR LIVES" says Joey proudly.
Unconvinced with the answer..she leaves behind with a quizzical look on her face.
"Hey Rach..let me help you fill the form"
"Oh..Joey..thank you so are a dear"
"" and Joey waits for Rachel and looks at her. Watching the confused reaction on her face he realises quickly and covers up saying "i mean..i know your name.. is Rachel..but asked your middle name"
"Its Karen..cough...its Karen..K as in knife"
Joey writes Naren.
"Joeyy...cough..its Karen...starts with K"
"If it starts with K why you said should work on your words anything else has your address"
"No..i still stay with Phoebe..rememberrrrr"
"your phone number?"
" would've told me if it had right...ok...your date of birth?"
"cough..from what i remembered hasnt changed"
"well you can't be sure.." winks Joey
" are worse than the cough...and by the way..Rachel is not pronounced RAYCHAL"  and grabs the form from him.
"hey...your cough sounds ok now" says Joey
"Yeah..have been practising it all day and night" says an annoyed Rachel and bursts into sporadic coughing.
"oh..cmon Rach..let me do it for you..i promise i would be more we go..any history of heart trouble?" asks Joey
At the very instant Dr. Richard comes out of his clinic and asks his receptionist to send the next patient in.
"Is that Dr. Richard" asks Rachel
"Yeah..Rach..any history of heart trouble" asks Joey
"I guess i would be having one from now" says Rachel dreamily and enters the clinic.
"" looks at her sheet and says " are you doing today" asks Richard
"I am cough..fine..cough" says Rachel with a dreamy smile.
"Unless you are used to using cough as a punctuation mark, i guess that is what you came here for"
" are so funny" laughs Rachel hysterically coughing all the way. Knowing that it was not that big a joke it makes Richard uncomfortable. Noticing which Rachel apologises.
"I am sorry"
" no no ..i am sorry..i am always the shy type you see. You know of all the genes they gene for shyness was the one found last. You know why?"
"It was so shy that it was hiding behind other genes"
Rachel stares at Richard.
"I wouldnt mind you laughing Rachel"
"Oh Thank god..that joke was killing me" and laughs and coughs all over Richard again.
"On a scale of 1 to 10..10 being the bad you would rate your cough"
"oh..sorry..i am never good with maths..are you always this good looking" wonders Rachel with a dreamy look.

After the session is over Rachel comes out beaming and smiling. "Oh. Joey..this was the best session ever i had with a doctor..right next to the time i used to flu shots when my doctor gave me lollipops after each shot. This time even better..i got his phone number...yaayy"
"oh..nice..we better hurry" urges Joey.
"What happened"
"You see the receptionist there...i just remembered we used to date sometime back"
"oh..dont tell me you dumped her without calling"
"Worse..for a valentine's day...i was here for general check up and she mistook the package i had left on her desk as my gift for her"
"what was in that"
"My urine sample".
By this time, the receptionist realises who Joey is and shouts "Hey..Joey....i know you..."
" for your life Rachel.." runs Joey with Rachel following him.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

From Perth to Perth

I guess being called ugly is something that wouldnt find favour with the vast majority of us. More so if you are a sportsman and the adjective is not towards the appearance but on your character. But ( i like this word "but" it always brings with it a sense of change) there "was" a tribe of fierce band of cricketers, who contrary to the popular opinion, took pride in being called the "ugly aussie". They went around, bullying the world cricket ,giving sleepless nights to cricketers of whichever country they travelled and injury scares (more scares than injury) to the visitors down under. They were the modern day vikings of world cricket, who went around plundering runs and wickets and at a point, having become so disdainful were their attitude, that the cricket watching public, barring those down under began to cheer every Aussie defeat irrespective of their nationality or whether their team is involved in it or not. Pride bequeath fall, they say and the entire world was watching with bated breath as to when the mighty aussies will fall. True. India turned out to be one place that barely escaped their victory blitzkrieg. But the rest of the world succumbed to their brute force and sheer talent, multiple times in the past decade and a half and one of the chief architects of those victory marches was this man who answered to the call - Ricky Ponting, who has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Australianism, means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them. It means they have never lost a match - particularly a Test match - until the last run is scored or their last wicket down. - Arlott

Never have i hated a player more than this guy. Especially when he played against India. More so for his audacious innings in the 2003 final when he cartered Zaheer for sixes as if a school kid was bowling to him. I still could recollect the shock with which we came out of our friend's house after the Aussie innings got over. Though there were brave talks that if sachin and sehwag can go blazing from start we could have a match on our hands but still couldnt quite come out of the shock and impact of that innings. Could very well understand the impact on the Indian players for all of whom it was their first major appearance on a major tournament final. He destroyed our dreams of India lifting the cup that day singlehandedly and we had to wait for almost a decade to see it happen. Till that innings Ponting was just another bully blessed with the best of class calibre cricketers ever to have been assembled in a single team. The "Invincibles" of my time i guess. After that match, he became the indelible tormentor who had to be avenged match after match and yet remained unconquered.

After the "Sydneygate" fiasco i began to hate him even more. His unsportsman like conduct and his constant arguing with batsmen when appeals for wicket got turned down and down right sledging made him a poster boy for dartboards. Though that test match would be more remembered for the monkey sledge by Bajji and Kumble's comment on the Aussie attitude towards that match, it would also be remembered as the first major push from the test cricket summit, that the aussies had ruled for so long. Guess, the post match criticism mellowed Ponting a bit and he became less controversial. Maybe that robbed him off some more years of cricket from him for his scores began to dwindle. As he grew in stature as a person and a leader and a mentor to his mates, his scoreline subsided and bowlers world over began to breath easy. Injury scare at a crucial stage of his career didnt help either. When the call for his ouster grew he answered that with another flurry of centuries and the victims this time again were the visiting Indian team. That became his last major hurrah and after the twin failures in the first two tests against SA in the ongoing series, he has decided to hang his boots.

Many feel that Sachin is a statistician's nightmare, for he churns up record after record every passing year. If at all there ever was a player who could give stiff competition for Sachin in this aspect and in every aspect of the wonderful sport called cricket, that would be this man. He was forever in waiting for Sachin to retire so that he can scale down some of his summits. But our own lil big man has managed to outlive him, though may not be for long i guess. The one legacy of Ponting that no player from current crop can manage to overcome would be the sheer number of victories he had been part of. He has lead his team undefeated, read UNDEFEATED, in two consecutive world cups and has been part of 100 test victories. To even play 100 matches is considered a tremendous achievement, a glorious example of the amazing stamina and patience and perseverance. But to be part of 100 victories, many of them being epics etched on the great hall of fame of cricket is something that would be unrivalled. Yes, he was blessed with the best of the world bowlers and fielders and support staff. But him being at the crux of them all, shouldering the burden of the limelight and brickbats, protecting his fellow mates and yet marshaling them to victory after victory...hmmm..that would be quite a journey i guess. We are all blessed to have witnessed an assembly line of superstar cricketers. Be it our own bunch of Kumble,Dravid,Laxman,Saurav,Sachin or Warne,McGrath, the Wow Waugh's, Lara, Kallis, Murali ..the list is endless but is incomplete without Ponting on it. The name Ponting was, is and would always be synonymous with victory and if he manages to win his final match at Perth, the place where he began his career, he would see his beloved team back at the test summit again. That would be a fitting tribute to his glorious career and for once, just this once alone, i would be rooting for an Aussie victory. Go Aussie Go.