Saturday, June 22, 2013

L for - Lost

When you loose something that has been a part and parcel of you how do you react?


Ipdi adukikittay pogalam. Aprum postku content thetha mudiyama thaan ipdi line by line adikarengara unmai terinjidum.

Matter of the subject is, general tendency of reaction over a personal loss would be some or all of those listed above right? But I the felt overjoyed today over something that I realised lost from me.

6 years back on one fateful day I bought a corduroy jeans from a Live-in factory outlet. At that time itself it was a tight fit for me. I had worn it only a few times and after a while I outgrew the cloth :) (itha vida deejenta weight potutennu solla mudiathu nenakren :D )

Cut to circa yesterday.

After my sis complained to mom that something might have been dead or dying in my clothes bureau, mom raised red flag and I was given two choices - either to clean my bureau or to clean my bureau. Armed with enough ammo to tackle any alien substance that might rustled during operation cupboard clean, I rummaged through my dress shack and what else, but the same old corduroy's were the first one to tumble out. I threw it on to the bunch of clothes to be given away only to find them back on the bureau. Was stunned for a while at my forgetfulness and kept them away for the second time and was shocked to see them again inside my cupboard. This time it was followed by a stern voice, "Don't you dare throw them out". I argued with mom that they were never a comfortable fit even then and I wouldn't fit on them even half my size. She challenged me to try them once and threw them if my case is proved and went away. As you might've guessed already, they were a perfect fit!!
I was sweetly(sweetlessly rather..becoming calorie conscious you see) surprised to fin myself fit on to those very jeans and felt quite comfy too.

Back to the first line.

Loosing anything might definitely cause all those emotions and reactions listed above. But losing weight only brings in cheer. Time to ring in the old and try out those unwearables again. Yayy!! :))

P.S: oru pazhaya pant thirumba fit aanathuku ivlo alapparaiyaanu kekaravangaluku...weight potutu reduce panni parunga..appo thaan you will know what it means to transform from a "football-under- cricket ball" shape to something remotely human :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

K for - Kutti tag

Avvvv....epdilaam title vachu post thetha vendi iruku....intha ABCD post seriesku title vachu maaallaala.

Define yourself in 6 words. Athaan intha tag oda special tea.

This post has been published as a part of ‘CBC’s Six-Word Memoir Tag’. Read previous post by poonai here
Poonai is - Vidhyalakshmi Devanathan by name;
Singer with fame;
Potti thatting for profession;
Painting theevira obsession;
Trekker by passion;
Hair style always in fashion;
Blogger with a purpose;
Photosku tharuvaa pala pose;
Complete entertainment set...and
Enga ellaroda chella pet :D

Now to me in 6 words...ennatha solrathu...epdi paathalum rendu wordku mela thera maatenguthu..hmmm!!

Already sonnathu thaan...repeet telecast.

Atcharam Pisagaathu..Altogether Pisagiya..Agmark Gemini.

Ippo "passing the baton"  section.

Intha seriesla aduthu post poda poravangala pathi solanumna..

Ivanga Bar ku povanga aana thanni adikka ila..
FACEBOOKla  logo thavira like podatha sectionay kedayaathu..
Paakarathuku jothikavayum geneliyaavaiyum mixie la poaatu adicha maathri iruppennu avangalay sollirukaanga
She is our dear vakeelamma who blogs  here

Monday, June 10, 2013

J for - Jawani Deewani

One advantage of suttufying scenes from already superhit movies is that, if done in the right mixture, they rarely fail. For those scenes would've been the very reason the other movies would've become hits.

This weekend, went for Yeh Jawani hai Deewani movie. Deepika, Ranbir, Kalki, Aditya roy kapur, Faroq sheikh and it was a glittering star cast to say the least. The movie had positive reviews from almost all the papers and critics and being Karan johar's production it was hardly surprising. Even the crappiest of movies from Dharma productions gets rave reviews always. What pulled me to the movie was undoubtedly Deeps. She looks so refreshing on each movie and is always a treat to watch. In this movie, she has tried to pull a "Priety" ala Kal ho na ho carrying the same name "Neyna" and even the "chasmish" tag name. Like the zingy Zinta from the movie, she too doesn't smile till almost halfway into the first half. With apparently no reason, other than falling in love with Ranbir, a timid, reserved Deeps, turns into an extrovert in the space of 2 songs and one senti scene. For that matter oru characterkum depthay kedayathu padathula. They are shallow at best. Deepa doesn't do justice to the serious half of her role and is almost always carrying an amused look wondering how to look serious. With those killer dimples its impossible to be so :) She is a hoot in Balam Pichkari song and the chase sequence. And as always, she dances like a dream and once she is back to her torn jean shorts and loose tees and shirts, its back to normal sleepwalking role of a modern girl gone wild and rocks big time. But no clue for her change of heart in second half when she accepts Ranbir's love proposal with hardly any question. And the only condition that she lays down, drags the movie for another half hour which I felt was totally unnecessary. Just to tie the loose end involving Ranbir - step mom equation, the movie loses big time on a decent ending. The romantic proposal in the end hardly has any romance and is more staright forward. Still it works big time due to the sizzling chemistry between the lead pair. Had it been for any other lead pair, wonder if the movie would've worked out this big, already having grossed a billion rupees within week one.

Kalki Koechlin looks as ragged as a rag picker in first half and blossoms into typical karan johar heroine on sec half and looks a million bucks. She is madly in love with Aditya roy kapur in the initial few scenes and seeing his Casanova nature dumps him. Adi kapur does a Faran Akthar and almost looks like him from some angles. Whether he is a gambler lost on his luck or some really bad alcoholic loser...kadaisi varaikum puriala. Faroq sheikh does a neat role as a doting father. Music is awesome. The intro song featuring Madhuri and Ranbir is rocking and Balam pichkari grows on you and the video is a sure plus. But the chartbuster which takes the top honors is Battameez dil. Choreographer deserves a special mention. Dance movements are awesome and amazingly fast. Now to the hero..Ranbir kapoor.

True to his lineage, he is the next big thing from the Kapoor clan. He oozes charm like his dad and his dance moves have a crazy energy like shammi kapoor. In senti scenes as well as comic, he imitates raj kapoor a lot and pulls it off too. To top it all he dances like a dream and carries himself with ease amidst all girls. No wonder all the girls were drooling to their dupattas. Of the current crop, he has definitely established himself as the next superstar and with each movie his stardom is surely growing leaps and bounds. His chemistry with Deeps is pretty neat and their comfort translates easily on screen. His clever choice of movies also helps big time.

There are some witty one liners in the movie. But the person who stole the show was not present on the movie but rather was on the audience. There was a kid who set the floor rolling with laughter with its innocent queries. The timing was such that, even sentiment scenes turned into howlers.

Gils verdict - Though the movie was a mix of so many favourite movies of mine, two dialogues stood out for the movie. In the second half of the movie, Kalki wonders, how fast have they grown up and wishes they were still young. And Deepika advises Ranbir that, how much ever we chase our dreams, we need to realise that, in the end, not all dreams can be achieved and we should take a call on to leave some of them. It was a pretty simple one liner, but was pretty neat and deep I felt. I often rush around wanting to check mark everything I've on my list and more often than not, it turns out to be a mere tick and I loose out on the experience in the rush. May be, its not worth just to've your name etched on the finishers list, without having really gone through the details. For sure it might mean spending more time but, if the experience is worth it, then why not? Interesting thought to wind up the week :) catch you soon on another mokkai :)

Sunday, June 09, 2013

H - for haiiooo haiooo

Baashai teriaatha oorla namma makkal podra scene irukkay :) typicall theriyum..ivan namma oor kaara paya thaannu..
I met my first room mate in Banglore courtesy an incident like this.

It was my first trip to Bengalooru and having trouble navigating within singara Chennai itself, I was kind of wondering how will I kuppai kottify in the jelabi desam. I boarded the bus from Majestic to commence the first of my numerous trips on the same route to Kempfort.
Being my first ever trip outside of Chennai, I was super terrified on the 6 hour train journey to catch a wink of sleep and zombie walked myself to the bus stand after asking for direction from every single person on the station.
"Kodihalli hogithini??"
Asked one abala kural. Till date my kannada hasn't reached a state to understand if that was a question or an answer.
"Kodihalli hogithini?" asked the same voice again. Pencilla kodu poata mathiri oru body. Antha bodyoda framework thaandi rendu sideum extend aagara mathiri oru kannaadi. Oru maasa quotava oray naalula use panni vazhichi vaari kalaichi vitta thalai. Bharathiraja padathula vara hero mathiriye irukaanaynu manasukulla was laughing and looking at his hair style made me realise my own noodle stack was no less stylish. The conductor mean while replies in staccato-ish kannada to that guy.
The look on that guy's face clearly told that avanuku oru atcharam kooda purialanu. Still he didn't give up. Again he asked "Kodihalli hogithini?"
This time the conductor sudhaarichified.
"Aaamanga" and his face lit up like ECE bulb.
"Ethana thadava solrathu...Bussu..Kodihalli pogum pogumnu..pottiya thooki ulla vaiyaa firstu"
Thuli kooda vekkamay padama oru asattu siripoda he boarded the bus. Little did the conductor knew he had just invited the future APAC delivery unit head of Oracle corporation.

Atleast, after a decade of being in Banglore he would've picked up titbits of kannada is what one would be hoping. Oyr recent meet proved it wrong. We met for a lunch meet and he wanted to order hot water.
"Basss...bisi neeru?"
The waiter replied back again in chaste kannada that he will bring hot water.
Our hero didn't give up. With all the patience in the world, he asked again "Bass...bisi neeru?"
Immediately the waiter asked.."ennapa..tamizha?"

Athepdithaan kandupudikaraangalo theriala :D

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

G for- Gilosophically speaking

Ennada "F" kaprum "I" post vanthutu Ippo "G" varuthay paakreengala.. ABCD la kolaaru illa...Inferno review post munnadiye schedule panniten...aana "G" and "H" topicla post podrathukulla.."I" release aaidichi :D:D

Certain times and days in life makes one wonder what did they do to deserve such a day. Most of the time people realise this on the worst day of their life. Have ever one wondered on the happiest day of their life??

Last weekend I got a call from 6t, my google search in Chennai :) She helps me with pinpoint GPS to reach my destination whenever I am lost for route, which is almost always the case. She called me to Odyssey to meet and told me its the one next to Adyar depot. Enakku terinja history geography padi...adyar depot kitta Odyssey lethu..still..Googley sonnaparum no appealnu I went. When I was about to get down, I called her and this time google recalculated the route and pointed me towards Adyar terminus. Seri..serverla sila sayama ipdilam sikkal vararathu undunu went to the shop. Anga we were putting usual mokkai. She got a call from another blog friend who was supposedly waiting for us on Coffee day. Pora vazhila she was in deep thought and suddenly asked if I would want icecream. Namakku thaan ice cream saapda kaalam neramay kedayathay. So we went to Ibaco and as usual I was yakking away. Her phone died and she borrowed mine to check with our mutual friend if she has reached CCD. On the way to CCD suddenly the venue got changed to zha café. Even though I knew she had been to that place a zillion times, she feigned ignorance of the route and we slowly trudged to the venue. Pora vazhila thideernu she pointed at one house and marvelled its appearance. Appavi gils fell for that as well and yakked away about the real estate in all its glory. As we approached the venue, she again drew my attention to some poonal poatta maama doing homam and pogai coming from some window. Intha inbetween gapla I saw some usual suspects from our blogger community ganging up at the café. Ivanga engada Inga vanthaangannu was wondering when I saw her waving to them too. When we entered the café then only realised the entire setup was to kidnap me into a surprise party :) And waateey surprise it turned out to be!!!!

Our entire gang was teamed up inside Zha café with a chocolate cake awaiting me :) The topping on the cake was a guy wearing green tee and blue jean wondering on which direction to take :) Clueless in Chennai nu caption mattum thaan baaki..rather it read "Happy birthday Gils". The gifts that they had bought for me showed the amount of preparation that had gone behind the meet. For the previous one week there had been so much of discussion going back and forth between the junta and when I finally read through those threads it was a laugh riot. Poonai bought me a scrabble board and god knows how much was that telescope that they gifted. But the best of the lot was the video presentation they all had made for me with wishes from all over the world. I played that video till I had it by heart for every single frame it played. It was the best ever gift I had ever got on any day of my life. And considering the number of people who were involved in that video and it would've taken so much time and effort. And all for a person whom they've hardly met a couple of times!!!

The after effects of that kickass meet is still reverberating all over Facebook with awesome photos. Makes me wonder what did I do to deserve such wonderful people in my life. It was a surprise that shocked my consciousness. How can people be so generous and loving and affectionate without expecting anything in return!!! There is a saying - Never count your blessings. But if its in the form of people around you, its hard not to. For all that love they showered on me, I've just one thing to say - Thank you. I may not deserve it, but I really really enjoyed it.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I for -Inferno

Ever since Angels n Demons and Davinci Code, Dan Brown has become a cult of his own. He could undoubtedly lay claim for starting a new genre of fiction - religious symbolism based thrillers. Apart from the Robert Langdon series, his other two novels - Digital fortress and Deception point hardly made the kind of bubble that made "brand Brown". Of the two Digital fortress atleast has a decent first half. Deception point is total crap.

After his last novel, Lost symbol, I was totally disappointed. Padichathu ennamo onlinela thaan..irunthaalum...felt cheated with the ending. It was a 600 plus page thriller with so many twists and turns and was one helluva ride. But felt the ending totally screwed it up. It read more like a prayachitham for Davinci code. But then atleast it felt a good read till climax. But unlike Lost symbol, Inferno is a huge let down right from the start.

The first few pages bear the hallmark of any Dan Brown novel and form the crux of things to follow. As usual someone dies in a weird manner. And more often than not, the dead person's past deeds would come to haunt the whole wide world is the theme of this one too. But the similarities stop right there. Like all Dan Brown stories, this one too has strong tie ups to a classic from the renaissance era - Dante's Inferno. But unlike the previous stories, which were loaded with case studies of interesting research and historical anecdotes, this one reads half cooked. The all powerful villain who is another highlight on the previous novels is a huge let down in this one, for he is actually the saviour, whose ends are noble but means aren't.

*spoiler alert*

Overpopulation is the theme of this novel. Which in itself is more "Robin Cook"ian or "Michael Crichton"ian than "Dan Brown"ish. The way the villain argues for wiping of a third of world population and the alarming figures that the characters quote barely scratch the fear surface. The spook element from his other famous novels is missing in this and almost 75% of the novel serves as a tour guide to few streets in Florence and Venice. The entire premise sounds like, Dan Brown travelled to these two cities and found the tourist inflow irritating and all the famous scenic spots overcrowded and presto...he got his idea for Inferno. Whatever he jotted down as must see places in those two cities, he filled the gap with the standard Robert Langdon running for his life chase sequence with some lady love and thus came Inferno into being. Typical template story.

With James Rollins and Mathew Reilly eating into his realm with more gusto, Brown better reinvent himself with a different genre.

Gils Verdict - Inferno - Dormant.