Saturday, September 20, 2014

Ai - song review

Very rarely does a song does full justice to its tune. Songs are like rasam. It has to be a perfect blend of all ingredients. Don't ask me for recipe. I neither know it from the music side nor from culinary section. But being an ardent foodie, I can vouch for those that enthral my taste buds. This particular song from Ai - Pookalay satru oivedungal, fit right into all the right sections. A typical ARR song after a really long time.

Tunewise its a mix of "Kaathal anukkal" from Enthiran and "Khamoshi raath" from Thakshak, both credited to ARR who has done a Harris jeyaraj with this song ala rehashing his own hits. Since both songs are some of his best compositions, it doesn't hurt to hear the same again with different lyrics this time. After listening to "Mersalaaitten" in Ai movie, I really did became "Mersal"!!(??). Now that one think of it, almost all of ARR's songs have been of excellent language quality when it comes to lyrics. Be it Vairamuthu, who polishes of school poetry as lyrics or Vaali, the awesome man who can bend words and syllables to suit the tune, the duo have adorned some of the most mellifluous tunes of Rahman with awesome lyrics. But with Mersalaitten Rahman hits a low. The absence of Vaali is more felt in this song, who could've taken it to a whole new level even within the constraint of local lingo. Wonder how come Shankar allowed it!! All depends on the picturisation, where Shankar is a past master. The much hyped "Ennodau nee irunthaal" survives by power of repetition. The same lines are repeated like a dozen times over and over again in a matter of seconds and it kinds of grows on you. Obviously the picturisation is the talk of the town and probably one of the key highlights of the movie itself. The lesser said about "Aila Aila" and "Ladio" the better. Both sounds like mash up version from the play list of Kohl's or Shoppers Stop. Hardly a meaningful word and even the pronunciation is so confusing, they make it difficult to even hum.

Coming to the crowning glory or possibly the (only) best song in the list. "Pookkalay Satru oivedungal". The lyrics by Kabilan are so gentle and smooth that they ride along the crests and troughs of the tune like a solitary leaf floating on water, forever at the risk of drowning, with the hope that there wouldn't be an unruly ripple and with the vocal quality of Haricharan and Shreya Ghoshal to navigate. The section

"Haiyo ena thigaikum
Ai ena viyakkum
Ai galukellam vidumuraiyai aval thanthuvital..
Aval vanthuvittal..
"

resembles a sharp hairpin bend of a steep gradient on a high mountain ridge with two way traffic where you've to turn without slowing down from original pace and smoothen it down to normal. Haricharan does an awesome job of holding steady the steering. And not just that. He has excellent sense of pronunciation. The "la" "La" uchharippu makes it a delight to hear. Tamizh may be rightfully called the pioneer of all object oriented language for introducing the OOPS concept of reusability and inheritance. It may look so simple with its character set but it deserves to be handled with care. The richness of the language is more felt and enjoyed when one pronounces it properly. You've to hum the song mentally to realise how tough a manoeuvre it is and I am sure this is one song that is a tough one to crack on any competition. The song describes and clears any question on the meaning of the movie's title - Ai. It oozes with teasingly tasteful lyrics on the lines of Vaali and matches Vairamuthu's calibre in chastity of wording.

I've only one thing to say about this song to sum it up - Listen to it :)

Pookkale sattru oyivedungal
Aval vanThuvittaal
Aval vanthuvittaal
Pookkale satru oyivedungal
Aval vandhuvittal
Aval vandhuvittal

Hey ai endraal athu azhagu endral
Antha ai galin ai aval thaana
Hey ai endraal athu kadavul endral
Antha kadavulin thugal aval thaana
Haiyo ena thigaikum
Ai ena viyakkum
Ai galukellam vidumuraiyai aval thanthuvital..
Aval vanthuvittal..

Pukkale sattru oyivedungal
Aval vandhuvittaal..aval vandhuvittaal..

Indha ulagil unai vella oruvan illai
Undhan asaivugalil yaavilum i
Veli azhagai kadanthu un idhayam nuzhainthu
En ainpuzhan unarnthidum i
Evan bayathai anaikka
Aval evanlai anaikka
Aval seigaiyil peivathu ai
Aval vizhiyin kanivil
Enda ulagam paniyum
Siru noiyalavu iyam illai
En kaigalai korthidu i viralai
Ini thaithu nee vaithidu nam nizhalai
Aval idazhgalai nugarnthuvida
Paadai neduga thavam puriyum

Pookkale sattru oyivedungal
Aval vandhuvittaal
Aval vandhuvittaal
Hey ai endraal athu azhagu endral
Antha ai galin ai aval thaana
Hey ai endraal athu kadavul endral
Antha kadavulin thugal aval thaana
Haiyo ena thigaikum
Ai ena viyakkum
Ai galukellam vidumuraiyai aval thanthuvital..
Aval vanthuvittal..

Neer veelichi pole ninravan
Naan neentha oru oodai aanai
Van moodum malaiyai ponravan
Naan aada oru medai aanai
Ennulle ennai kandaval
Aarendru enai kaana seithaal
Kelamal nenjai koithaval
Sirpam seithu kaiyil thanthal
Yugam yugam kaana,
Mugam ithu pothum
Pugazhidam enre undhan..
Nenjum mattum pothum
Maru uyir thanthaal..
Nimirnthida seithaal
Nagarnthidum paadhai engum
vaasam veesa vandhaale

Pookkale satru oyivedungal
Aval vandhuvittaal
Aval vandhuvittaal
Hey ai endraal athu azhagu endral
Antha ai galin ai aval thaana
Hey ai endraal athu kadavul endral
Antha kadavulin thugal aval thaana
Haiyo ena thigaikum
Ai ena viyakkum
Ai galukellam vidumuraiyai aval thanthuvital..
Aval vanthuvittal..

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Should noble necessarily mean no bill??

Again, Neeya Naana takes credit for the theme of this post. Few weeks back, the team didn't just open the Pandora's box, but set it on fire when they raised the question of unnecessary master health check ups amidst a group of doctors with the antagonists in victimised public. Hell hath no fury than a bunch of doctors scorned. They took to every form of media available to pour their ire on the show, host and its director. I happened to watch that episode, which actually had a poignant moment, when a poor couple had brought their blind kid, blinded by negligence shown by the very doctors. The premise of the show, to examine the real reason and motive behind the numerous health check-ups ordained by doctors got lost in due course when people started preaching about the goodness of the medical profession and how holier than thou they are as compared against their colleagues from other work streams. They kept quoting Hippocratic oath in various versions of it, than spelling out their motive and reason behind the check ups. No one...I mean..not a single person in the doctor side, was able to justify the reason for those enormous bills behind the master check ups nor where they able to justify the tests that they include in them. It was a very valid question posted by the audience which no one was able to answer. The chief guest who came in the end, he openly admitted that government has set norms to regulate these check ups and how fallible they are in real sense. One guy even went to the extent of saying that for making sure the machines which are being imported by the hospital give good ROI, they need to have such tests being conducted.

I cant say whether medical profession should be seen as noble, as it was originally meant to be or be more practical in this cynical world and stick to the fact that even doctors need money to survive. I've no issues against them making money. Nor do I question colleges and schools charging so much money in form of fees. But when it goes to the extent of fooling the ignorant consumer, its then one feels flustered. To run their institution, if one dumps unnecessary tests on poor patients, its a criminal offence. If there is a real need of a building fund and if a school demands donation towards it, its worth it, to some extent. But just to promote and encash their brand value, when they begin to charge more money, its then it borders on being criminal. Same goes for government too. No issues with them charging toll for the roads they lay and for the maintenance work. But when those toll booths outlive the very roads and still charge exorbitant amount of money, its that when one feels like demolishing them.

We are slowly, steadily and with increasing speed, head towards a society where nothing is sacred. And what was once sacred, that which were not money spinner professions then, like for example doctors, teachers, barbers are now neither sacred and they are sure shot big time paycheck winners. Its like glaciers melting away into water only to sink everything around them. At times I feel, the very concept of human system and society, demands certain sections to remain as down trodden. It requires certain set of people to suffer. It survives and feeds on the misery of certain sections to thrive. Without which, it fails to make sense. Even if one sticks to rule to the letter, beyond a point, it refuses to retain its meaning and becomes more dictatorial. Neither is democracy the answer for one and all. My bet is, within the next decade, the world would witness a new form of society. One that would be driven by the ultra rich. There would be just two sections that would survive into the next half of this century and that would rich and poor. There wouldn't be any religion or caste or creed. But just money, that which would run the show. And then the world would begin to cleanse itself - off humans.

P.S: 1984 and animal farm padicha epect..Orwellian nightmare :)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Who is the white sheep?

Neeyaa Naana is my favourite hunting haunt for blog topics. Usually me a big fan of debates, especially the tamil ones like pattimanram. Neeya Naana is a modernised version of pattimanram except that its biased to the core by its anchor Gopinath. He wouldn't allow any thought process against his own view and perception and makes sure the show is always unidirectional. But at times, it raises above its mediocrity, courtesy some really good speakers, who manage to sneak in their point, right under his nose. Recent one on "How to identify Nallavan" was one such topic that caught fancy.

It was a dumb show by any standards considering that the speakers were competing with the anchor in bringing the script down to the extent possible. It was a callously handled attempt to such a wonderful topic. The very first question posed to one section of the audience was an interesting one that failed to live up to its potential - "define nallavan". Every single one of the speakers were hell bent on defining who is not a nallavan and what would they consider as bad habits. Surprisingly not  a single soul identified themselves as nallavan!!! Romba nallavangappa neengallam. Despite prompting by Gopi, for the right sense this time for a change, they kept dwelling on describing the bad guys. How difficult it is to define a good person??!!! Well, if you attempt honestly, its pretty difficult. In fact the most difficult question across ages, a definition for which has been so difficult to comprehend and follow and has undergone so many changes!! If you recollect Vikram Betal stories, most of the judgements would be to decide who was good and who wasn't. And that's just the tip of the big berg. It was so sad to see, no one was prepared enough for the topic and totally screwed it up.

How do you really define goodness when one man's nectar is others poison and when even god is no rule light (vidhi velakku you see) to this!! Rama killed Ravana is the quintessential favourite sentence for active voice passive voice question. But Rama killed Vaali will raise a lot more voices on whether it was a good thing or bad!! Goodness cannot be defined by taking a few constraints or rules or qualities. Even if you involve the Lord, its something which is as measurable as infinite. Thirukkural, the one book that has answers for everything, tries to define goodness by categorising it in so many different titles. Even the good old valluvar has tough time to fit the qualities of the inner self in his usual tenner self. So, is it that difficult to define goodness?? Reminds of a discussion thread in a forward I read about light and dark. You can define brightness but not darkness was the theme. How can  you make dark more darker for its mere absence of light. How can you increase darkness?? Likewise, does one need to realise bad things more to appreciate goodness? is that the reason why people find it so difficult to absorb and believe goodness?

Ivlo pesariye...nee sollungareengala...tho vanten. First of all, if you ask me am I good or bad, I would say, it changes with the instant. When I am having good thoughts, clean habits, devoid of jealousy towards other, with helping mindset, performing my essential duties and keeping away from doing and supporting evil, I consider that I could qualify for being good. When I slip on any or all of these points I undoubtedly become bad is my gut feeling. Idhuku melayum pesalaamnu thaan thonuthu...appalika innoru topical link aagikaren...ippothaiku apeetu..appalikka repeetu..varta :)