Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Veyyil

Growing up in Chennai, 'ஸ்ஸ்.... என்ன வெயில்!' ('sss... enna veyyil!') was pretty much the only dialogue/monologue one can hear on weather. So, it felt odd when I was actually looking forward to some warm 'வெயில்'('veyyil') on my first summer in the North-east! Also, the obsession with weather reports was a totally new phenomenon!

Is it only me or does anyone else feel that even the high 80s and low 90s degree F (25-35 C) feels a lot more hot than it does in our hot Chennai? Is it because of the low humidity? Or is there any truth to theory that in US unlike India(which is near the tropics) the radiation is more because of its geographical location? Another thing is, a couple of days of 90+ degrees F and there usually comes those really noisy thunderstorms cooling the place down. The weather reporters(Todd Gross of Seven News was my favourite!) on TV have numerous times explained why it happens but I never understood it(*sighing* Whatever! Why doesn't this happen in India!). Another weather phenomenon which I awe at and wish happened in India is how rain clouds have enough punch to sustain from Texas coast to the North-east Coast whereas in India, the storm force loses power going from AP coast to TN coast! Ofcourse, Atlantic & Pacific oceans are giants compared to Bay of Bengal & Indian ocean.

Anyway, all this veyyil/weather puranam is because this is my first summer in the south. Only this time, there hasn't been any April showers to bring May flowers and we are in official drought('Namma enge ponaalum namma specialty-um koodave varum poley'!). Ofcourse, the 'drought' here is different('don't water the plants or face court!) from our drought(alternate days water supply, thanni kodam, Metro water lorry...).

Lastly, வசந்த பாலனின் 'வெயில்' மனதை சுட்டது! Who is to be blamed, the father or the son? Even though the punishment given to the boy was harsh, I could relate to the father's anger! On one side, there are children toiling in match box/fireworks/loom industries yearning to go to school and on the other side, there are children whose parents toil to educate them and they bunk schools, smoke or run away to chase colourful dreams! Like I wrote before, it is tough being a parent especially, a father! Pasupathi(Annathey's find!!), asusual is brilliant! And kutti paiya, GVPrakash, urukittiye, pa!! Producer Shankar seems to do the prayachitham for all the sins of Director Shankar!!

15 comments:

kuttichuvaru said...

naanum north-lernthu south pakkam thaan varen.... innum oru 3 weeks-la.... veyyil romba jaasthiyo??

Raju said...

Isnt this ur second summer in the south?

Aana enna irundhalum namma Madras veyyilai adichukka mudiyadhu.. Evening kulichittu bathroom-ai vittu veliye vandha vudaneye viyarthu kotta arambichurumey..

I liked ur last line on producer-dir Shankar..

Munimma said...

we used to live in orlando, where summer is similar to madras summer. after we moved up a couple of zones, we visited our previous hometown. It was unbearably hot :-) It is probably due to the fact that we got used to a slightly milder climate.

drought yes, but looks like the texas rains are coming our way.

thetalkativeman said...

Clean and green ATL is hot?!? I remember the first time I moved frm Atl to dry and treeless Texas - Used to sweat at 86F! :( :(

Me too said...

kc, ada, appadiya? varuga, varuga!! I won't say jasti but just that we haven't had a break from the 90+s for a couple of weeks now.

raju, technically, second summer, yes but last year I was in the Summer capital, Chennai, remember?

munimma, it's been raining cats and dogs in Texas for quite sometime now, isn't it? Inge verum satham(thunder) dhaan varudhu!!

ttm, isn't Atlanta called hotlanta? Ofcourse no comparing with Texas summer!

Me said...

Yaarda adhu enga Thalaivar pathiyum ...Texas pathiyum thappa pesaradhu...ootungada autova atlantavaku...

Dushti said...

LOL @ your comment on Shankar!

Me too said...

me, idhu enna vamba irukku? Enna aachu indha chinna pasangalukku? Edho sonnaa edhukko sandaikku varaanga!

dushti, :)

Deepa said...

I agree. Veyil here is as bad as if not worse than Chennai's. But the temperature is not that high. Beats me.

kuttichuvaru said...

ennanga ivvlo easy-aa 90s-nnu sollitteenga.... tats almost chennai temp!! damn it!!

Me said...

kavala padadha da kutti....kamal maari irundha rajini maari aazhuduva....rajini maari irundhana summa vijayakanth maari aazhuduva paaren....

Me too said...

deepa, atlast someone who agrees with me!

kc, think about 'no shoveling snow'! Summer is only 2-3 months! Neenga enna tar road-a poda vareenga! AC caru, AC cabinu, AC apartmentu apparam enna!

me, 'Bush'(x)an neenga eppadi, Rkanth-a, Vkanth-a, ippo? Ille current style 'vellai thamizhan-a'? ;)

kuttichuvaru said...

yeah.... tats true..... no snow!! yaay for tat!!

I said...

Compliance is not easy.

Me too said...

kc, yaay!!

i, true!