Friday, December 29, 2006
நினைத்தாலே இனிக்கும் - நினைத்தாலே இனிக்கும்
நினைத்து நினைத்து பார்த்தால் - 7G ரெயின்போ காலனி
நினைக்க தெரிந்த மனமே - ஆனந்த ஜோதி
நினைத்ததை நடத்தியே முடிப்பவன் - நம் நாடு
நினைப்பதெல்லாம் - நெஞ்சில் ஓர் ஆலயம்
Thursday, December 28, 2006
the one and only habitable planet (until Corot proves otherwise!) that we know of is nearing its yet another 'venduthal' around Su(rya)n! Time again for new resolutions, hopes, plans, subscription renewals, account recharges...
Wishing everyone a good New Year!
Friday, December 22, 2006
Monday, December 18, 2006
A friend of mine was getting married. I asked her what she wanted as a wedding gift and she said she wanted a handbag. The day of the wedding, I was at a store, overwhelmed by the different colours, varieties of handbags that hung all around. Ultimately I got one, presented it to her, chatted with friends, enjoyed the grand meal and forgot about it. A few weeks later I went to see her at her(mother's) house when she had come to visit. Her mother asked me to wait saying that she would be back soon from handbag shopping with her husband! I was totally shocked and hurt, excused myself and spent a few weeks brooding about it!
Another time, there was this neighbour whose sister was getting married and she only invited a select few from the neighbourhood. My grandfather who was this proud அந்தகாலத்து person took offense to his omission. Since I was the only one with a vehicle(bicycle, hee.. hee..) at that time, the lady needed my help to move some things for the function. In the process, she kept saying things like how costly weddings are, how she hates to burden people with gift buying by inviting them etc.
Now if you think cash is the best gift, how much is not too much(or too little)! Years back, I attended a birthday party of one of my (phoren!) cousin. After candle blowing, cake cutting/eating, games etc., they announced the 'gift opening ceremony'. All of us had 'what?' look on our faces as gift opening was never done public! Like in movies, she ripped open the lovely gift wraps(what a waste!), opening the gifts one by one and announcing who got her what! Among the gifts was an envelope with a 10 rupee note inside. Even though this was probably more useful than the umpteen gifts she got and even adequate for a girl her age, the display of his humble 10 Re. note made the giver's face go pale!
Gift giving and receiving are joy only among close friends/relatives. I cannot seem to agree with the honour tag associated with invitation/மொய் etc. Even though I want to and try to be a selfless giver, when things go wrong in a relationship, I cannot but help thinking about all that I'd done for them! But I'm slowly trying to accept the idea that once you gift someone, the item belongs to them. Whether they use it, return it, exchange it or give it away to someone is their choice!
Friday, December 15, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
One labour day weekend we landed at the mall having missed the train to Boston! I stumbled on a handbag with a $30 price tag, 50% off for labour day! From then on, every long weekend, I began insisting on going to the mall to going on trips!! It felt sinful to buy anything on regular price! My 'only on sale' policy was getting so (in)famous back home with my mother telling everyone "என் பொண்ணு கீரை கூட sale தான் வாங்குவா(My daughter even buys Spinach when they are on sale)!"!
On our first thanksgiving here, I was overwhelmed by all the 'black friday' sale ads. With each store in one-one corner, we dropped the idea of running from store to store and decided on going to the nearest store, Walmart. Since the flier said, 6AM-11AM, we went 'சாவகாசமா' at 9 AM(proudly thinking we so made it in the time frame!) and was shocked to see the ransacked state of the store! Only in the evening news, did we see the mad rush that happens on these BFs!!! Subsequent year my husband wanted to go to Nashua in New Hampshire(no sales tax state!) for BF purchase and our friends in Nashua discouraged him saying they themselves were going to the next city, Manchester, NH as Nashua desi crowds were getting unbeatable!!
And then came Christmas sale, then Valentine Sale, then Easter Sale, then Memorial day Sale... Almost every month there was a sale! Every year the same items went on sale during the appropriate times! The most eye-opening was my purchase of a clock radio(I wanted one ever since I watched "Ground Hog Day") for $9.99 on sale at a high-end store and finding the same brand clock at Walmart for $9.97!!!!
"Where else do you find counselling for shopping stress?" comments Varun(Nagesh Kukunoor) about US shoppers in the movie, "Hyderabad Blues". Now with online shopping and price comparisons and product review websites, things are getting even worse! I am so skeptical to buy anything without reading about it that even to buy a tooth brush, I'm on the web searching for reviews(and wondering if the reviewers are genuine!)!!!!!
Friday, December 01, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The following from the latest Reader's Digest got me wondering.
Christmas Card Cramp
Writer's cramp is a bona fide ailment. But in our computerised world, we're more familier with carpal tunnel syndrome, which is caused by repetitive motions such as typing. So even though you barely pick up a pen all year, you spend hours writing notes to everyone you know - and then more time nursing your aching hands.
Stay safe secrets Don't do more than a half-hour of repetitive muscle work without getting up for a five minute break" says Dr. Schiller. Even better, get your kids to help out.
அட பாவிகளா!!! IMO, The சொகுசு life style of our time seems to mean except "sitting on the couch and watching the box(and munching something!)", everything else is stress!!
Further, the article mentions about this website, www.fontifier.com to scan your handwriting and print "hand written" notes, pain free!!! Wow-o-wow!!!
Friday, November 17, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
Around 10 years of age, I had a christian friend who used to tell me a lot of scary stories like the end of the world day, ghost stories etc. I so much wanted a 'cross' at that time as she said nothing would dare to come near a cross! Anyway, it was at her place that I saw my first scary movie. The movie was "Alligator"! Toilets, water, window everything scared me for days after I watched the movie. One of my Uncle had a VCP in the early 80s and my cousins used to have great fun teasing me, "hey, வாடா, நம்ம போய் 'பேய் வீடு' எடுத்து வந்து பாக்கலாம்"!
I have always kept my distance from the horror genre. Hypothetically speaking, I think I can even handle the horror stories shown in jungles, cemetries etc.(அங்கெல்லாம் போக மாட்டேங்கற தைரியம்! Although Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video is one nice thriller!). There are those scenes that is shown happening in common locations that really creeps me out! When I fell in love with old B/W movies, I watched Hitchcock's "Psycho". Even today if I get reminded of that shower scene from that movie while I am in the shower, I shudder! OMG!! Another horrifying scene that still haunts me is from the movie, 'Poltergiest'. Thank Goodness, the idiot box has gone 24/7 i.e. there are no grainy screens now. What demented imagination to have kids, dolls in such horror stories!
BTW, does Halloween celebrations help kids get rid of their fear of darkness, ghost and the like?
Friday, November 10, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Appy Birthday to the One(of the few people) who maintains his superlative status, அன்றும் இன்றும் and என்றும்!
P.S. - Ravan Kanth, huh?! Interesting!!
Friday, November 03, 2006
"அழகிய கண்ணே" - உதிரி பூக்கள்
"அழகு ஆயிரம்" - உல்லாச பறவைகள்
"அழகோ அழகு" - ராஜபார்வை
"அழகு மயிலாட" - வைதேகி காத்திருந்தாள்
"அழகான ராட்சசியே" - முதல்வன்
அழகு தமிழில் எழுத தூண்டிய/உதவிய திரு. ஜிங்குசக்கா & திரு. சியாம் அவர்களுக்கு நன்றி!!
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Several years ago, during an usual Deebavali visit to my Aunt's, I was surprised to learn that my cousin had decided not to light crackers, a silent protest against the use of child labour by the fireworks industry. I don't know how well these protests affected the industry but certainly at that point I felt so proud of my cousin! As always when something seems right, there comes a counter-arguement. In this case, the issue of the children who are supposedly freed from the fireworks industry forced to go into other jobs to support themselves and their family. So every Deebavali I used to debate, to burst or not to burst crackers?
Same in the case of beggars. On one side, I know that our charity might make them lazy and on the other hand when Parthiban or some other rowdy hero in a movie says, "if only you had fed me then, I wouldn't have become like this"! Now, to give or not to give alms?
When doctors here advice me to check/limit the sugar/salt/fat content in my baby's diet and when in India, the elders think I am going overboard putting a kid on diet!! To be strict or not to be strict about diets?
By my upbringing, I know I shouldn't talk back to elders. But when elders take wrong sides, to point out or not?
Dylaamo, dylaamo...... Dylaa dylaa dylaamo.....
Friday, October 27, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I religiously follow a routine. Very much like the check-out clerk at the grocery store, one little hitch in the sequence and I become a fish out of water! I count when I do monotonous jobs like stirring sugar in milk!
Women and observation go hand in hand, isn't it? I am hopeless in that. During my school/college days, when my friends would be discussing about the ear-ring/nose ring/bindi the compere wore in a TV Program or the white shirt/blue shirt guy they saw at the bus-stop, I would be lost! For, if I had looked at the compere/bus-stop guy, their attire/jewelery wouldn't have been noticed and vice versa!
It bugs me when the door knobs(namma ooru thazhpaal) are not fully pulled down. If it is left half way up/down, I would be uncomfortable until I straighten it out! Similarly, in the 60s-70s' movies, the heroines used to have a few locks of hair hanging from the sides/front which highly irritates me!
I absolutely hate anybody loading my dishwasher/folding clothes(I would redo it if someone tried to help!). My friends even suspect I have an obsessive compulsive disorder!
I can return empty handed from a shopping trip if I didn't find what I went looking for! When buttoning up a shirt, I do the odd(1,3,5) ones first and then the even(2,4,6)!
I dislike some of the most popular figures(like Steffi Graf, Sachin..) for no reason at all!
Friday, October 20, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
BTW, did you hear about the new Pocket Sarees?
Friday, October 13, 2006
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
This is not an isolated incident. Lately my mind and mouth seem to be like me and my daughter(the latter in both cases are developing a mind of their own!)! Another time, some of us were waiting impatiently for my brother who had gone on an errand, taking with him the tickets to 'Vettaiyadu Velaiyadu' . One of my relative was catching a train that evening but so wanted to join us for the movie. As it is she was feeling bad for not being able to join us and I commented, 'neenga saabam-keebam koduthuteengala? Ticket aala kaanume!', with my mind blaring, 'don't say that! It is not funny!'! She is one of the softest, sweetest person I know and 'Che, what a thing to have said!'
I am generally a person of few words(comparitively!) and admonish others to weigh their words before uttering that I'm appalled that such out of control things are happening to me! Idhu ippadinna, there are times when my mind would command, 'say something!' and Mr. Big Mouth-le verum kaathu dhaan varum!! Ennamo po!!
On an unrelated note, as it is, it is difficult to make people eat healthy food and now with the Spinach/E-Coli scare, 'romba nalladha pochu". Spinach - Why you? Why now? Why?? :(
Friday, October 06, 2006
Chinna poo chinna poo - Jappanil Kalyanaraman
Chinna mani kuyile - Amman Koyil Kizhakale
Chinna poove - Chinna Poove Mella Pesu
And my last 'chinna treat',
on popular demand,
Kalakkapovadhu Yaaru - Kamal
(All credits to my dear 'ennavar' who on my 'eLLu' request came up with this 'eNNai'!!)
UPDATE : Sorry that the 'KY-K' link doesn't work any longer. Google Annachi says 'Your video "Kamal.wmv" was rejected because it didn't comply with ourProgram Policies.' :(
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
First, Mr. Balamurali Krishna came on video conference and as Kamal's guru, asked him to sing a song taught by him. Kamal, the sishyan obliged.
Then came 'Padum nila' Balu!!! As they reminiscenced their good old days, pulling each other's legs whenever possible and rendering songs like "unakkenna mele nindraai", "thakida thadhimi", "neela vaana oodaiyil", "tere mere beech mein", "unna nenachen", "saandhu pottu", ... Kannukkum, sevikkum enne virundhu!!!!!!
Ms. S. Janaki, the female playback singer to have sung the most no. of duets with Kamal, came on stage and delighted the audience by singing "sundari neeyum", "inji idupazhaga" with him. Kamal recalled how his singing "one is the loneliest number" for a filmfare awards function fetched him the chance to sing "ninaivo oru paravai"' (along with 'pa..ba..pa'). 'Inji idupazhaga' was born when Kamal wanted a song like 'eh dil deewaana hai'!!!
'Chinna kuyil' Chitra came to sing "Injirango" with Annathey.
A group of young singers(there were three, one of them was Karthik, another one I heard them mention as Naresh and who was the third?) sang some lovely songs of Kamal like "adhisaya raagam", "pachai kiligal tholodu", "manaivi amaivadhellaam", "paartha vizhi" with the songs forming the answers to the questions quizzed by Ramesh Arvind. Then, they sang a series of fast songs, "varudhu varudhu", "Annathey aaduraar", "maarugo", " en jodi" etc. with infectious enthu'!
Aatchi Manorama and Annathey sang "jaambajaa jaggu, naan aalwarpetta makku"(that's how Kamal's elder sister used to sing that song to Kamal as a kid, it seems!) and "muthu kulikka vaarigala".
Some young female singers(didn't recognise anyone!) sang "unna vida", "maarugo"(sathi leelavathi), "Muthe muthamma" with Annathey.
One of the segment of the show was a chat with Director K. S. Ravikumar, Music director Bharathwaj and Prof. Gnanasambandham.
Jayam Ravi danced for 'Raja kaiya vecha'.
A guy resembling one of the 'Boys' did Kamal's andha kaalathu "ilamai idho idho" kind of songs.
The programme ended with "yaar yaar sivam". The concept, the orchestra, the group singers/dancers and above all, a fit and fantastic looking Annathey made it an enjoyable show!
Friday, September 29, 2006
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Impressive online train ticket booking system. Order online (with a Rs. 40 service charge) and the tickets arrive by courier in 2 days!!
The 'Anju Maadi Kattadams' of Usman road can clothe the entire mankind!! "Oru naal podhuma..." and aadi thallupadi or aaLa thallupadi?? Yemma!!
I know, I said this but watching 2 even 3 at a time isn't a bit too much?!!
NRIs are next only to 'theeviravaadeess' and 'arasiyalvaadhees' in getting bashed. Onga oora, enga oora, namma oora??
Last but not least, a very sad revelation that my system doesn't handle kalyana saapadu anymore!! :(
Friday, September 22, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
The beautiful garden view from atop the dam
Another view of the garden but this picture taken from the rope-car ride
River Malampuzha with a lakshman joola type bridge across.
A nice 20 mins ride on the rope car is a complete paisa vasool[Rs. 20 (or was it Rs. 30?)]
Kaalinga nardhana Krishnaa!
Many more fountains through out the park
Mountain view from the dam
The bridge to Malampuzha dam!!!
Friday, September 15, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
When my father got qualified to take family on plane for vacation, we excitedly planned a trip to Delhi from Bombay. With me and my brother fighting about who was going to get the window seat even before arriving at the Airport, my parents were relieved to find all our seats at the middle row!!! It was such a short flight that even before we could meddle with anything, our destination had arrived!
Probably because of the short first flight, I still had the fascination for flight journeys till my first trip abroad, little knowing how I would come to hate it! "ALavukku meerinaal...."!!! Like in those maayajaala kadhai(s), one has to endure the 7 malai thaandi, 6 nadhi thaandi kind-of torture to reach the destination!
The last couple of times I have been flying Lufthansa and it's been terrible. At Frankfurt, after 4+ hours of waiting(to my utter dismay, the flight always gets there earlier than expected making our wait time at the Airport longer!!!), with an already jet-lagged, starved kid wailing in the stroller, the Lufthansa personnel gets us to stand in a queue with the whole waiting area cleared. As most people who travel to Chennai in Lufthansa would know how many people generally are at the waiting area and how most are senior citizens and passengers with kids. Has anybody else experienced this situation in any other Airliner? Both times when I expressed displeasure at their treatment of passengers, all I got in return was a special "Passengers with kids first" entry into the Air craft. This time the lady at the counter went even so far as to tell me that that is Lufthansa policy and if I wanted I could complain!!
All said and done, I would again be flying out to India in the future, probably in the same Air liner cursing the long journey, the policy!
Friday, September 08, 2006
Atlast(and atleast) one of my favourite filmy jodi is soon to be real life jodi. So, this second innings of FM starts with Suttum vizhi chudare Mama & Ra-ra Aunty special!!
Churidar - Poovellam Kettupaar
Ennai konjam maatri - Kaaka Kaaka
Munbe vaa - Sillendru oru Kaadhal
Sept 11 also marks Mahakavi Bharathi's 85th death anniversary. In his memory,
Suttum vizhi chudardhaan / suttum vizhi chudardhaan
Monday, June 12, 2006
'Aadha-Yennangal' is a few weeks shy of its first birthday! The blowing of trumpet about this giant leap is advanced as me too will be vacationing in SenTamizhnaadu at that time!
Last year this time, I was just a peeper and I am so glad that I took that bold little baby step! The number of (blogger) friends I've made this past year is amazing! People otherwise I wouldn't have met, let alone chat, pulled legs, shared, supported!! Follow up to my inspired to read post, I have made head start there too(I have so far read 'Namesake', 'Kite Runner' and 'Da Vinci Code'!). Thanks a ton to all of you! In the past, the back to grind after India trips used to be so hard. Guess, I can look forward to some interesting catching up here in the blog world this time! ;) See ya!!
Friday, June 09, 2006
En kanmani - ChittuKuruvi
Uchchi - Rosapoo Ravikaikaari
Raagangal - Thillu Mullu
Idhu kuzhandhai - Oru Thalai Ragam
Paruvame - Nenjathai Killadhey
Nee dhaane - Ninaivellam Nithya
Thamarai Kodi - Anandha Kummi
Kaadhalin - Thambikku Endha Ooru
Enna saththam - Punnagai Mannan
Manram vandha - Mouna Ragam
Mannil indha - Keladi Kanmani
Muthu mani - Chinna Kounder
Semboove - Siralchaalai
Mettu podu - Duet
Omkara - Shankarabharanam
Belated 60th birthday wishes to the multi-talented and the ever humble, Mr. SPB!
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Sweet - My favourite! Anytime!!
Smile - From Monalisa's sikkana smile to kutti papas' generous pokkai vaai smile, a charmer!
Serenity - Tranquility, peace! Especially like the abbreviated version of this Prayer
Serendipity - The pleasant surprise the 'discovery by accident'(most of our Actresses are so, they say!)brings!!
Silence - It's golden!
A true aadha, I stop here. Hope snehidi, has to be me, wouldn't mind it!!
Friday, June 02, 2006
Raja kaiya vecha - Aboorva Sahodarargal
Raja raja chozhan - Rettai Vaal Kuruvi
Raja magal - Pillai Nila
Raja enbar - Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri
Raja rajadhi - Agni natchathiram
(And birthday wishes to Manirathnam)
Saw B(K)'s post and hurriedly changed my Friday Melody!! Sorry KC!
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
More Beef for us"
said an Ad in a magazine. Surrrr.... climbed anger on top of my nose but then gotta agree with the Ad. guy's kurumbu!!
A few years back a friend and her husband visited us. My friend's husband's work involves a lot travelling abroad, entertaining clients etc. He told us about the many awkward situations he had faced being a Vegetarian. He even seemed to be upset with his parents for having brought him up a Vegetarian!!! As if they would've known he would be living abroad, entertaining foreign guests!!
During my school days, most of my friends were NVs though they hardly brought it to school lunch(not sure if it was not allowed). But I was never the fussy(nose-shutting!), complaining(aiyo!) Vegetarian like some others. Even used to go so far as to boast that I was not afraid to eat it if I got a chance. Even argued with everyone about how plants have life and how we, vegetarians are killing life too!!
Once during our Sports day function which was held outside of the school campus, a friend brought some NV food and said, 'I got it especially for you. You always wanted to try it, isn't it?'. It sure was a great chance but I just couldn't bring myself to eat it! Was it fear of going against my parents? my religion? or Mohandas Gandhi's lesson? I don't know!
As a child, many a statistics had taken me by surprise. Like Christianity, the largest followed religion in the world(I used to think, only 'MV' is a Christian in my class then how come??') or Chinese the most spoken language in the world. Similarly, the statistics about Vegetarians.
Setting foot outside of mother-land, began a whole new challenge. Reading the miniscule sized ingredients list in every can/container, missing parties b'cos they have to order 'special' food for our sake, amusing others etc. As always, I don't have a problem with NVs as long as they respect mine. Many a times I have wondered how if not for those people who can survive on anything and everything that I am able to sit comfortably & read, learn about the many things that I wouldn't dare to travel to/experiment.
As it is, flight journeys are tiresome and a nerve-wreck for me. Once while flying BA, we were stranded in London due to bad weather and had loitered in the Airport nearly 10 hours. My husband, the ever calm and super-understanding personality that he is, had been 'sorry for interrupting' to find seats for us the whole time. Suddenly, just 20 mins before the flight departure, they called us to board the flight. In all the confusion, we forgot to mention about our Vegetarian preferance at the time of the check-in. In flight, when we asked for Vegetarian meals, the way they created a fuss about us not informing at the time of check-in!! OMG!
Anyway, the idea to this post was born when I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the many Vegetarian restaurants(not just Indian cuisine) in the Atlanta area. I like to try new cuisines, new dishes and if it is fully Vegetarian, I can experiment without fear and drag my husband along too!!
Friday, May 26, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Anyway, coming to the topic, for quite some years now, I have not had to face the daunting task of dealing with 'karapps'. In the NE, the only uninvited guests during summer were ants or some tiny wriggleys! The ahimsawadhi I am, especially after I became a big fan of Kratt brothers and their lemur-friend, 'zooboomafoo' and to not reveal the scare-d-cat that I am to my daughter, I dare enough to guide them outside shivering & holding them in a long sheets. But now, am having to go against my virundhombal traditions (Valluvare mannichidunga!), having to show faces (and brooms!) to my uninvited guests who crawl from outside.
One evening last week, I was 'dheme-nnu' checking mails, when my husband commented, 'oh, so you've got company!' and that was when I saw Mr. Brown coat big moustache-walla after many years!! With my daughter sleeping in the other room, couldn't let out a scream too. That's when I realised along with good weather comes these free bonus too.
As far as I can remember, I don't have many memories of roach encounters in Chennai(Guess, it is Lizz(ard)y amma pettai!). But boy, did my Mumbai life compensate for it!! The nice big wardrobes in our Mumbai flat was a big attraction to us bare-shelf Madrasis. But soon I realised how it housed numerous Brown-coat-wallas too.
There used to be regular Pest control exercise in our Apartment community involving huge efforts almost equalling a mini-move! Almost the whole day we would spend at neighbours and return home only in the evening to see a battle-ground scene with hundreds of dead roaches. For the next few weeks, the house would be free of bugs but then those smart ones which moved to the floors down/up to other apartments during the extermination would start to return when the effect starts waning!
During close encounters, my mother used to be my only saviour! The Maha-ahimsawaadhi my father is, would just walk past it and at the most announce it to my mother if she was not aware of my 'cornered mouse' status! To my brother, it used to be the perfect situation. He would get all 'vaakurudhis'/ promises from me before the rescue mission! Ofcourse, these days, it is my 'Ennavar-Knight' who comes to save this damsel in distress!
Meesai aaNNmaiyin chinnamenbadhu
***************Warning - not for delicate hearted souls*****************
Nobody needs reason for the gross feeling for roaches but I have a horrible story. During the late eighties, one of my neighbour, an avid Junior Vikatan reader, used to scare us with the stories she read on 'Ju Vi'. One such was about how kids were kidnapped and made invalid to make them beggars.
Please, last warning to those you who think they can handle #$$#%# things to not read further. I have not been able to erase it from my mind.
Anyway, what I heard was that the kidnappers blind-folded the children's eyes with roaches in them to make them blind!!! I am not sure how true this was but rips my heart everytime it comes to mind.
Friday, May 19, 2006
The opening song and sequence were so impressive that the movie, the hero, the director and the music director entered my favourites list(note: this was a movie I saw after almost a 2 year hibernation!) in a click!
Uyire - Bombay
When a friend declared how boring a song this was when it was the rage at the time of its release, I was shocked beyond belief and thought she was the most unromantic person in the whole world!
Uyire en uyire - Thotti Jaya
Haven't seen the movie or the song. Nice melody from HJ. Quite impressed with singer Karthik after 'oru maalai' from Gajini.
Uyire uyire urugadhey - Oruvar Vaazhum Aalayam
Could not find a link to this song anywhere on the net. The movie had some nice songs.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Anybody not yet watched Titanic, Jurassic Park (what else? fill in the blanks) etc.? Catch this 3 hour 'all in one' movie and save time & energy!
IMO, no other movie has the title character with this late an entry(Malayalam Superstar thothaar!). I even doubted if I was watching the right DVD!
Naomi Watts, the heroine reminded me of our yester year bollywood actress Tina Munim(remember her?).
Indha compooter graphics vandaalum vandhudhu, summa buy 1 get 100 free maadhiri, yekka chakka creatures and fights! Thangale da, saami!
People who complain about the length of 'Lagaan' and 'Thavamaai thavamirundhu', should watch this. No songs to fast forward also!!
The big plus watching this has been that 'King Kong' has come to my rescue when I had exhausted almost all creatures to scare & get things done from my daughter. Vaazhga King Kong!
Somehow I had an impression that this was a tragic melodrama. The movie was like watching a 70s era Hindi movie in non-geva(what is 'geva', btw?) colour. Guess, Bollywood is bitten by the remake bug. Where can I catch the Bimal Roy original now?
Shekar and Lolitha made me kind-of forget Saif Ali and Vidya Balan, only nagging thought was the news I read about Vidhu Vinod Chopra not thinking Aamir suitable for the role(of Shekhar, I had presumed)! But since it was Sanjay's role, I forgive VVC!
VVC sure is improving(from 1942 - a love story to 1962 - Parineeta. So which 1982 story next?)
Like I commented in another blog, some years back learning of an Indian movie as a copy from some foreign language movie used to bring a shocked response. These days it has become a game as to who guesses the original first!!! :) So, after watching an English movie, the only thought that comes to my mind is, will it be remade by our Bolly/Kolly wooders?
So, in a language near you... soon....
Pay Check - In the line of Memento-Gajini, this has great potential too to enter 'namma pettai'. Any suggestion as to who can act in the role of Ben Affleck, Uma Thurman?
Just like Heaven - A sure winner, bolly/kolly wooders! Romance, mystery, emotional drama, you name it. I cannot wait to see who is going to replace bubbly Reese Witherspoon!
Red Eye - An interesting thriller! Who is the Vijay Shanti of the 2000s? Cos' this is a heroine oriented film. Can try getting the Blue eyed guy himself to do it in Hindi/Tamil/Telugu and can try to convince big eyed Jothika to do the Hotel Receptionist role!!
Friday, May 12, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
I think we should have job reservations in all the fields. I completely support the PM and all the politicians for promoting this. Let's start the reservation with our cricket team. We should have 10 percent reservation for Muslims. 30 percent for OBC , SC /ST like that. Cricket rules should be modified accordingly. The boundary circle should be reduced for an SC/ST player. The four hit by an OBC player should be considered as a six and a six hit by a OBC player should becounted as 8 runs. An OBC player scoring 60 runs should be declared as a century. We should influence ICC and make rules so that the pace bowlers like Shoaib akhtar should not bowl fast balls to our OBC player. Bowlers should bowl maximum speed of 80 kilometer per hour to an OBC player. Any delivery above this speed should be made illegal. Also we should have reservation in Olympics. In the 100 meters race, an OBC player should be given a gold medal if he runs 80 meters.
There can be reservation in Government jobs also. Let's recruit SC/ST and OBC pilots for aircrafts which are carrying the ministers and politicians (that can really help the country.. )Ensure that only SC/ST and OBC doctors do the operations for the ministers and other politicians. (Another way of saving thecountry..) Let's be creative and think of ways and means to guide INDIA forward... Let's show the world that INDIA is a GREAT country. Let's be proud of being an INDIAN..May the good breed of politicans like ARJUN SINGH long live...
Monday, May 08, 2006
A couple of movies that I watched recently, "Arindhum Ariyamalum" and "Sanda Kozhi", had a nice twist about the Villains. Our ooru 'dishoom dishooms' are getting too gory(How enjoyable were the MGR era 'dishoom, dishooms'!)! Thankfully, I only get to see movies on the small screen with the 'FF' button of the remote on hand!
What is with (silly) Villis & Rajni movies? (Starting from?) 'Mapillai', 'Mannan', 'Padayappa' & even 'Chandramukhi'(that Villi invented to make up for the real life defeat, eh? The original doesn't have that (silly) villi character!). No more Villis, huh, 'Sivaji' Sarr(Villain-kku semma hunt-a?)!!
Friday, May 05, 2006
Kannale kaadhal kavidhai - Aatma
Kannai katti kolladhey - Iruvar
Kannai vittu - Pattiyal
Kanne unnaal - Ambigapathy
(listen to this classic eve-teasing song by NSK!)
There are scores of other songs starting with 'kaNN', so recollect, hum, sing out loud, comment & ensoy!
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
1. Kaalaiyil dhinamum kann vizhithaal Amma-vin filter kaapi kudikka aasai.
2. Eppavum temperature 70s F(20s C) irukka aasai.
3. Thappu panravangala kandukama irukkum kadavula naalu vartha narukkunu kekka aasai.
4. Oru pushpaka vimanam/parakkum kambalam kedaichu India-kku takknu parakka aasai!
5. Vaanga pona item sale-laiyum irundhu coupon-um kuduthu vaanga aasai!
6. (Eppavum) Paduthadhum posukkunu thoonga aasai.
7. Alattal aatkalukku nalla nose cut kudukka aasai.
8. Chennai-le maadhiri inge lane-less roads-le 2 wheeler otti signal-le 4 & more wheelers-ai criss-cross panni mundhiadikka aasai.
9. Astronaut dhaan aaga mudhiyale(!), space tourist-aavadhu aaga aasai!
10. Ella blog post-laiyum super comment adikka aasai!
Friday, April 28, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Pills was something one used, or so I thought, as a last resort after all 'kai vaidhyams'/ home treatments fail. Also, the art of swallowing pills is really something! Filling the mouth with water and dropping the pill straight into the throat without touching the tongue is a feat! But many a time, the water would rush through my throat and the pill would be left dangling!! And if there are multiple pills to be swallowed, then 'muzhi pidhungify dhaan'!!
Like many things that we have got used to here, I realised that pain balms were a non-entity in this country only when our folks complained of it during their visit here('Ennama, oru Amruthanjanam maadhiri onnum kedayadha inge?'). Sometime back, there was news about a lady never having cleaned her medcine cabinet in years with medicines' expiry dating almost decades back! I kind-of sympathised with her for like all other things sold in the US, these medicines too come in big packs! In our country, 'vitta, maathiraiyai padhiya odichu vaaile pottu vittu, 1/2 price vaangipaanga'!! These people can learn a thing or two from us!
Friday, April 21, 2006
My 'piriyamana thozhan'(philospher and _Guide!) celebrates and shares his birthday with his idol, Sachin Tendulkar on Monday. So, here comes a Friday melody specially for him of his other idol, SRK(In your name, I'm listing some of my favourites even though I belong to the rival group!).
Yuhi chala - Swades
Kal ho na ho - Kal Ho Na Ho
Ey ajnabi - Dil Se
Chaand taare - Yes Boss
Ay kaash ke hum - Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
Boomiku - Dishyum
for tomorrow is Earth day! This song is one of my favourites among the new releases. I've been wondering how to list this song as there aren't many boomi songs and thanks to my hubby for reminding about Earth day tomorrow!!!
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Managing without electricity in India was not a big deal but here, it is a nightmare! I was thinking of those numerous days when our family have had candle light or torch light dinners, the times when I would have waited an eternity for my favourite show on TV and the electicity dept. 'punyawaan' would choose the very same day/time to get his evil satisfaction by cutting the power supply or the numerous days when a little swaying of the leaves along with a drizzle would make the TNEB go 'munn jagradhai muthanna' or those times when I would have planned to burn the mid-night oil for my mid-term exams and 'poof' gone the power supply or the many midnights in hot summer when out go the power and in come the mosquito population to have their December season equivalent with 'arusuvai unavu'!!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Minnale - May Maadham
One of my all time favourite song/album. I so wanted to watch the movie that I saw it on a 'nasa-nasa' rainy day in Kamadhenu theatre with my father!!
Minnal oru kodi - VIP
Don't remember much about the song/movie except that it is Simran's tamil debut movie. One of my friend who is such a Kamal fan that she wouldn't even look at the other artistes when Kamal is on screen, recently told me that when Simran dances with Kamal, 'naan Simran-e paakiren, di'!
Minnalai pidithu - Shahjahan
Just an entry for the 'Minnal' namesake. Nice melody by Unni Menon.
P.S. - This is my 100th Post! Like the batsman in test match cricket, naanum lottu-lottu thatti-kotti 100-rai thottuten!! Yay!!
Sunday, April 02, 2006
"Early to bed and early to rise
makes Jack healthy, wealthy & wise"
My father's favourite chant during the weekends! My father and their generation are incapable of lying down in the bed after 5-5.30 AM (and cannot tolerate people who can, I used to fume!). Any of you remember the drama, 'Aiyo, Amma, Ammamma'? We often used to advice Appa, 'Kathadi Ramamurthy' style, 'muzhippu varum, aana ezhundhirukka koodadhu. Thalai thalaganiye kaalukkum, kaal thalaganiye thalaikkum maathi thirumbi thongidanam'!!
I do love the ealy morning time, if and when I'm forced to wake up! The chirping of the birds, the clean and fresh air, the slight chilliness (even in hot Chennai).... The morning commute in crowd less buses used to be an added advantage. My mother tells me I was an early riser as a baby. I faintly remember how as a kid, I couldn't keep my eyes open after 8-8.30 PM(there used to be a muppet show called 'Arabian nights' at around 8.30PM in the early 80s which I remember trying to watch straining my droopy eyes!). I don't know, when I drifted away from that good habit! Should be after 'desiya nigazhchigal' started making sense!
In this country, most of my friends and relatives' life styles were kind-of shocking to me in the beginning. Even school/college going kids, work or party till late night/early morning and don't get up till noon or even 2 PM!! For the fear of getting cursed for waking them, I have given up calling them all together! It is recently that I met a family here who all are early risers and the inspiration behind this post(One of my husband's ex-colleague back in MA used to be at work before 6 AM everyday but he suffered from Insomnia!). That when they boasted that they are always on-time, rather first arrivers, everywhere unlike the others('kuttramulla nenjam'!) it really hit me!
I thought, 'better late than never', let me try & follow Appa's advice atleast now and set a good example to my daughter! Instead of being a night owl, let me prowl, I mean, browse in the wee hours, enjoying the same quiet time. But old habits die hard! However early I went to bed, sleep came knocking only at midnight and as a result eyes were refusing to open at dawn! But on Saturday, weary after an outing in the warm weather, sleep did seem to hug me early and I got up all refreshed early on Sunday morning, only to find 'day light savings time kicking in' and the clocks had all sprung ahead!! Ada Che!!
Friday, March 31, 2006
Poongatre - Kunguma Chimizh
Poongatru - Mudhal Mariyadhai
Poongatre - Friends
P.S. - Like getting a clove at the last bite of a laddoo, recently I was listening to some lovely songs in thendral when the last song was this 'Azhage brahmanidham' from 'Devadhaiyai Kanden' which refused to leave in my head ruining my day!
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
1. hate to be a spoil-sport...
2. hate to hate kind hearted souls
3. hate to hate little wonders
4. hate to hate nature's beauty
5. And hate to tag others...
Monday, March 27, 2006
People file lawsuits for any to every thing these days. To see human beings like Sunita Narain and Bhure Lal are doing it for a cause, win the case and bring change is truly commendable.
'Adopt a lake' in IT city
Very often we are hearing about urban development destroying the natural habitat of a place. Hats off to Mr. Mishra and the Palm Meadows Residents Association for setting an example to the rest of us.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Spring has sprung (officially since Monday!). Back in Chennai, I had never understood why the English poets used to go ga-ga over spring(I didn't even know how a daffodil looked like when learning William Wordsworth's poem)! But now to see the leaves appearing on the 'mottai' trees and little flowers popping up to see the winter gone is such a beautiful sight! Anyway, enjoy some of our 'vasantha kaala' songs.
Vasantha kaala nadhigale - Moondru Mudichu
Vasantha kaalangal - Rayil payanangal
Vasantha kaala kolangal - Thyagam
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
the careless whispers of a good friend"
(full lyrics of Careless whispers - A mesmerising number of George Michael)
These lines are going thro' my head a lot lately. I am going thro' a situation where my renewing friendship with an old friend looks bleak. I have gotten all the signals from this friend that there is nothing to be revived of our friendship except may be a 'Hi/Bye' for the sake of acquaintance. I know that I am the one at fault even though it was not done intentionally. And btw, all these are my assumptions that such and such thing should have hurt her and hence this situation.
Talking about it, clearing the matter is a way most would suggest. But in this case(if it is that reason!)I am pretty sure that talking about it would only hurt her more. Have you gone through the feeling "if only it hadn't happened that way", "If only I could've reacted differently"? That one small act, however unintentional it was then, has ruined a good friendship! Ironically, I am the 'not forgiving/forgetting' kind and guess, I'm getting to know how it feels to be on the receiving end.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Friday, March 17, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
This, following a match on the internet, reminded me of those by-gone days when people in India used to bury their ears into a transistor to listen to cricket commentary! It's been a long time since I followed Cricket. I have religiously watched even test matches with my Grandfather(the only thing he would watch on TV, cursing every time an Indian player bungled!) during the DD only days! It slowly came down to watching only 'one dayers'(with critisism from some friends about me wasting a day of my life watching those!) and then only 'highlights'(when tensions become too much to handle!)!
Funny that I used to think the constant 'loda-loda' of the commentators boring! With the undecipherable accented English and my zero knowledge about mid-offs/slip-ons(oh, adhu chappala!), I used to think they were as distracting as the comperes of Sun TV! Like most, I used to like the run chasing games in one dayers. If while (sitting or standing) in one position, our batsman hits a 4/6 or if our bowler gets a wicket, I would continue in that position till the over ends or my luck ends! Even this time, I stood with folded hands the last few overs of the game(Now you know how SA won! ;) )!
Friday, March 10, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Women neither be worshipped nor be stamped at the feet. Just treat her as human!
Blank noise - No to the 'Idi rajakkal', 'street/sexual harrassment'.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Aayiram thirunaal - Pudhu vasantham
Aayiram malargaley - Niram Maaradha Pookkal
Aayiram thamarai - Alaigal oivadhillai
Aayiram Penmai - Vazhkai Padagu
Monday, February 27, 2006
My husband's granny often used to say 'nalla saapadanam, nalla velai seiyanam'(placing a plate full of delicious gulab jamuns in front!)! True, in her days, people did hard labour or walked miles and burnt all the extra calories. Every day life was so woven around different physical activities. Delicacies were prepared on special occasion days.
'Alavukku minjinaal, amirdhamum visham' is a known fact. In a way, the money factor helped limit the things we ate, bought etc. But now with changing life conditions, the money power, I think, self-control is getting pushed aside! One of my friend used to have 'Snickers' or other chocolate bars for lunch and when it started showing in the weight scale, blamed the traditional South Indian Rice staple diet!
Friday, February 24, 2006
Kehte hain - Grahan
A very pleasing song. Music by Karthik Raja and sung by Kavitha Krishnamurthy and Abijeet. I have enjoyed most of Karthik Raja's music so far. Wonder why he didn't make it big like his younger brother!
Bahon ke darmiyan - Khamoshi
Another mesmeriser, Hariharan with Alka Yagnik here. Great songs, wonderful performances by Nana Patekar, Seema Biswas & Manisha Koirala but the movie did not stand up to the expectation.
Chup tum raho - Is Raat ki Subah Nahin
One of my favourite albums of M M Kreem. I am probably among the very few to own this audio cassette!
Dhadkan zaraa - Prahaar
A Rang de basanti type but hard-hitting movie, Nana Patekar style! I have some fond memories associated with this song. One of it is, me seriously writing down the lyrics with my friends sincerely helping during lectures in junior college!! This lovely song is sung by Suresh Wadkar, who I consider the North's Jayachandran!
Dekh ke tumko - Gawahi
A song I unearthed during the 'Udaan' tele-serial days when all of us friends had a huge crush on Shekhar Kapoor!! This song is sung by Pankaj Udhas and Anuradha Poudwal.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
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Monday, February 20, 2006
Recently, a friend reminded me how (greetings)card crazy I used to be! I am not even sure when did my love affair with the card shop start! I think it was my father who sowed the seeds by getting a bunch of greeting cards every festival season to send friends and relatives. Then, when I became old enough to visit stores myself, these card shops became my favourite haunt. As far as I can remember, I don't have memories of buying myself anything to eat or drink but the little money left after buying the monthly bus pass was saved only for buying greeting cards. Also, these card shops were the only place in Chennai where you can spend hours and come out with just 1-2 items or even empty handed.
In a short period, this card shop industry has become a big hit in India, IMO. Many a times I have found myself staring at a card with just the words that I had been looking for or struggling to come out with on my own! The range of occasions, the creativity, the word magic - the people behind it just amaze me!
I have this bad quality of remembering special days(birthdays, anniversaries) of friends and relatives. So, every month I had some reason to visit the card shops. 'Landmark', 'Best wishes', 'Xanadu', 'Fountain Head'.... wow! Those days! Some months were real tight, with too many birthdays(and if they lived abroad, postage will kill me!!). But then to see( or hear) the surprise in their faces(or voices) was all worth it! On the down side, the people whom I wished without fail every year started getting all guilty about not returning the favour(not that I expected it especially when nearing and after hitting the 'big 3', it's become such a fuss!) that they would wish days or even months before/after my spl. days!
After Internet and E-mail started becoming accessible to common Indians, I switched to E-greetings! Definitely, browsing e-cards online cannot come close to browsing in a card shop, but with time constraints and family commitments, I was happy I did not have to give it up altogether. Moving also made me realise the bitter truth that carrying my precious collection of greeting cards, gifts everywhere I went was not always possible. I guessed it would be the same for people on the receiving end too. After all it is the gesture that matters more! So, go on! Surprise someone with a (E)card! Like in the cute caption (by Hallmark?), "They'll remember you remembered"!!
Friday, February 17, 2006
In Kollywood, most of the time, good and commercially successful movies are mutually exclusive. 'Kaadhal' is a rare surprise! I don't have enough words of praise for the director, Balaji Sakthivel(even his Guru can learn a thing or two from him!)! I cannot point to even one area that was average in the movie! Really sad that the music director, Joshua Sridar got into a mess!
Thoda thoda - Indira
A(nother) fantastic number/album of ARR! Lovely picturisation! Wonder why Suhashini did not continue in the movie direction side?
Thottal - Padagotti
Rediscovered the beauty of this original number after the ARR remix became popular!
Monday, February 13, 2006
YESSSSS!! I've seen 'Rang de basanti' too!!! And that too in a theatre after almost 4 years!! Without realising that Indian movie screeing cinema theatres donot follow any seat numbering system, we entered the theatre late to find empty seats only in the first row!! Saw Aamir so close but just like my recent dream didnot/could not get his autograph this time too!!!
During my last trip to India, I found gulab jamoon and vanilla ice-cream served together as a new sweet dish in weddings. Similarly, RDB seems a nice new combo of DCH(youthfulness) and Mangal Pandey/Lagaan(Patriotism)! But like the majority of good attempts in recent times like 'Raam', 'Gajini' etc., a better end could have taken the movie to a greater height. Aamir with his 'just-perfect' performance, Atul Kulkarni & Siddarth with their brilliant performances, ARR's songs just blending in, a nice new concept of using the past and the present and highlighting real issues, this movie needs a good pat on the back.
Ofcourse, it is not a flawless movie. Had I not been the crazy fan of Aamir that I am, I guess, I would fully agree with Bala(Karthik)'s views. All said and done, Come on, People! Just give atleast half the appreciation and response that you give to 'Kuch Kuch hota hai', 'Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham' and the likes. I also hope that the messages does not get lost in the "dinudings". I have some more things on my mind regarding Kavitha Gadgil whose son Flight Lieutenant Abhijit Gadgil is the real Ajay Rathod and also the controversies that cropped up before the movie release. Will try to post on them soon.
P.S. - Was the smoking ban in movies not in effect when this movie was started?
Friday, February 10, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Guess, I will start with Romantic Comedies(february aache!)! The Star who pops to everyone's mind associated with this genre is Cary Grant. With his classy looks and casual acting, he captivated everyone. He along with director Howard Hawks made some of the best Screwball Comedies!
I was a Male War Bride with Ann Sheridan
Bringing up Baby, The Philadelphia Story with Katherine Hepburn
The Talk of the Town, Only Angels have Wings with Jean Arthur
His Girl Friday with Rosalind Russell
Charade(Not a b/w movie but a cute romantic thriller) with the ravishing Audrey Hepburn
And for the Hitchcock fans, Grant did North by North West, To catch a Thief, Notorious and Suspicion.
So, the next time you find an old b/w movie with Cary Grant on TV, don't flip the channel!!!
P.S. - On a related note, I found this - Rare photos of India's Past in the BBC website today.
Friday, February 03, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Recently I had this dream:
I am at a small self-serve kind of eatery. I find Aamir Khan(!!) standing in a corner chatting with some people. By the time I decide on what to order, Aamir seems to have dissappeared! I am so upset that I didn't even attempt to get an autograph from him! I see my order(is that an uthappam?) getting ready but suddenly my husband rushes me(meaning asking me to forget about the uthappam!!) to get into the bus! Though I thought it was a bus, I am sitting like a witch on a broom, zooming past!! I see a big vehicle(an army truck?) coming towards us and I am scared it is going to slam into ours. Instead, it becomes an amphibious vehicle and floats in the near-by water-way!! We zoom past a busy town and then it stops near a big wooden gate which has 'Mandir' written on it. Suddenly the gate opens vertically upwards like in Sci-fi movies. Finding no-one inside, the vehicle again starts... And then I woke up!!
In my crazy dream, I can explain some of them like the eatery - The night before I had been chatting with a friend who has recently moved to Canada and we both were telling each other about eating at Saravana Bhavan! Aamir Khan - Been reading a lot about his latest movie 'Rang De Basanti'. Army truck - Probably the images of our Republic Day parade or Iraq. For others I am still digging my subconscious mind!!!
There are some dreams that I want to know if they mean something. Especially, recurring ones! I used to get this dream where I am in an examination hall but absolutely unprepared. Infact, I would have got to know what subject I am appearing for only then and would be frantically trying to learn something! To my relief, I haven't been getting this dream for a while now. These days it has been replaced by dreams about brilliant celestial/aircraft displays on the sky almost always ending in disaster. Probably its due to the 9/11 memory that has got etched in my mind!
Friday, January 27, 2006
Kalyana then nila - Maunam Sammadham
Kalyana maalai - Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal
Kalyana vaLai oosai - Urimai Kural
Kalyana samayal saadham - Maya Bazaar
Ketti melam kottura kalyanam - Chandrodayam
Though this song does not start with 'kalyanam', I just could not pass it. One Sunday evening my parents had planned to see 'Shaolin Temple' in the theatre leaving me and my brother with our grandparents at home. I was so upset but my mother insisted that the Sunday movie in the TV was even more fun than 'ST' and that movie was Chandrodayam!! I started watching the movie with a frown which changed to a smile and towards the climax, I was jumping up and down with joy!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Happened to watch 'Stepford Wives'(with some high expectations because of the big names) and it barely made it to the time-pass category!! Nicole Kidman, a stressed out career woman, moves with her family to a small town called Stepford where she finds all the men-folk happily enjoying life and their women-folk strangely 'perfect', in all respects! Nicole Kidman gets to find out what is behind the sudden transformation of the women-folk there but for Indian (esp. Bollywood) movie lovers, the transformation of the heroines from howmuchever hippy to absolutely perfect Indian wife will ever be a puzzle!!!!!!
Monday, January 23, 2006
After a long gap, on my first visit to the Indian grocery after our move, I picked up a few packets(3 to be precise and the owner said, 'why only 3? It's 4 /$1!) of Maggi. While eating it for lunch one day, suddenly it seemed to taste good and made me wonder why I had stopped buying it. It also brought a flood of 'Maggi' memories.
When Maggi was introduced in India, after watching those attractive advertisements on TV, I must have pestered my mother to buy it. The first time she made it, I am not sure if she thought the masala would be too spicy for me that she made it with milk and sugar!!! It so happened that I came down with 'Malaria' the next day and in my young mind it registered that Maggi causes Malaria!! LOL! For a long time after that I never even went near a Maggi packet.
The next encounter with Maggi came at a cousin's place when he said he would cook something for us both! He made Maggi and I was in awe that he could cook!! I am not sure if and when I became a Maggi lover but I realised that all my neighbours thought so from this next incident!
One day, my neighbour's daughter came home and generously gave me a plate of Maggi saying that they didn't like it and that since I liked she brought it for me! I happily put one spoon into my mouth and threw up! I am not sure how many of you remember but a sweet(Chocolate or something) Maggi was introduced in between which didn't quite go well. Anyway, that plate had the sweet Maggi with chilli powder added!! 'Love thy neighbour'!!
Recently, a cousin had come to visit us from Europe and all she ever wanted to do here was shop for Maggi at an Indian grocery store!! Poor thing, because of time constraint, she had to return without her dear Maggi. The next time, she comes to visit, I know what to treat her and gift her!!!
Friday, January 20, 2006
Kodi asaindhadhum - Paarthaal pasi theerum
One of MSV-Kannadasan classic combo. "The egg came first or chick came first" kind-of lyrics through out.
Chippi irukkudhu - Varumaiyin niram sivappu
Another of MSV-Kannadasan combo with the addition of KB-Kamal. One of my favourite romantic songs of all time!
'Sindhai irakkudhu sandham irukkudhu kavidhai pada neram illadi rajathi'!!
Manasukkul ukkandhu - Kalyana agadhigal
A very sweet song with most TV programme titles in the lyrics. I still remember the special programme shown on TV about the making of this song. (sorry, no links! Couldn't find the song anywhere on the net!)
"Kanmani poongavinil kaathirundhen, kanne thadangalukku varutham sonnen!"
Nivedha - Nee paadhi naan paadhi
Vasanth inherited that 'special attention to songs' quality from his guru, KB(though he could work on the art of song picturisation a bit more). The camera, the voice of SPB and the music made even Gowthami look pretty!!