Friday, December 31, 2004

Dei adangu da!

Story, Screenplay T.R.Silambarasan. Could not help rolling on the floor and laughing at this after seeing "A Film by Maniratnam" just yesterday at the end of Nayagan.

I had this taken this decision to not watch any Simbhu movie all my life. Unfortunately this had to be broken on the last day of 2004. *sobs*. But I found this a much better option than starting off a New Year with a Simbhu movie! :)

Even when people were all praises for Manmadhan, I had absolutely no urge to watch the movie. Money is the root of all evil, they say, I agree. That's why I had to watch this movie - did not want to waste thirty bucks! Thought a lot before risking it. Then I realised that I had watched movies like Dunston Checks In, King Kong, Durga, Thai Poosam etc etc. Partiality is something I hate. So, I thought I could watch a Simbhu movie too.

It is a watchable movie if you take away all logic and reasoning from your mind. As usual Simbhu thulli irukaan, but its comparitively less. Acted decent in a couple of scenes. "Lollu Sabha" Santhanam was hilarious with his nakkal. But one scene which made me roll on the floor and laugh - a college student teaches his classmates how to put FLAMES!! Some ten minutes of the movie is utilised for this! Man, infact, this is thing which inspired me to post about the movie. Actually that guy puts FLAMES between Ajith Kumar and Shalini and proves that they end up with M - Marriage! :))

Vijay kabbadi aadina Simbhu FLAMES aadanuma?! Next film-la Name Place Animal Things solli tharaadha varaikkum seri :)

I ended up feeling jealous of Simbhu. Mandira Bedi, Yaana Gupta, Sindhu Dhulani...hmm..idhu dhaan machcham!

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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Usefully Unplugged...

Hitting the same road again - ECR - but this time for a useful purpose.

Three kilometres from VGP, a small village called Panaiyur, affected by the Tsunamis. TRUST CHILD - an NGO had camped there to provide relief to the village devastated by these monstrous waves. Seeing an article in The Hindu, my friend had called them up to learn that they were in need of some volunteers. Thought I could join him as well. And so we collected as much clothes, utensil and whatever we could and went to that little village to see if we could be of any help.

Though we did not do anything worth mentioning, I am atleast happy that I could get to the site and see how the people were affected.

Why am I blogging this? Well, I don't do many useful things...So such incidents are meant to be blogged!


Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Idiotic Idioms and Clumsy Clauses

In this dog-eat-dog world, just a B.E. is no good. Initially I had this passion to go abroad, but then only recently did I realise that I was barking up the wrong tree and so I changed horses. Goal Redifined : Get into IIM. Now that I am clear, I want to go the whole hog. So there I was, enrolling myself for CAT classes at IMS. But todays English class just got my goat.


Probably you were all wondering what's happened to me. No, I am perfectly fine. Not been influenced by Animal Planet or Blue Cross in any manner. No, not a fan of Simbhu or Vijaykant for sure. But those were just some of the things I learnt in class today - Idioms.

I just went through my schedule today - Idioms and Clauses. Haven't I heard these terms before? Yup, in school. But hey, I don't even remember what was taught in college! Went to class with full vigour - am gonna learn a lot today. A pretty lady (or was she a girl??) walked in..err..our teacher she said. Flashes in my mind - Aww am I gonna learn a lot today? Just reassured myself. Yeah, I am gonna learn what Idioms and Clauses are.

The class started off just fine. I could feel a sense of satisfaction already. I was wondering what a wonderful language English is and how beautifully one could express his thoughts. (Sighs of disbelief eh? I really had that thought, promise!) But as the class went on, I was wondering if my hair had become like Einstein's! I could sense numerous idioms being pushed into my already clogged brain. I now started wondering why at all do we need idioms! Why don't we just put it as a "competitive world" instead of a "dog-eat-dog world"?? And "forty winks" is a "nap" it seems. My friend asked me what would happen if he had a forty winks? I just told him "ponnu seruppala adippa". Irritated! Cha...what a sad! :(

Being in this wonderful mood, I sure did learn a lot about clauses! I just sat there, irritated, and looking around to see if anything interesting was happening. Suddenly I got back all my concentration when the teacher read out a sentence from my practice material - Do you know the road leading to Pamela's house? I just did not know what we were supposed to do with that sentence. I just said to myself, "I wish I did". The next sentence was not all that interesting. So I got back to my business!

To add to all this frustration - GIRLS!! Argh..I just do not know why they are so inquisitive! "Doubt ma'm", "Can you explain this ma'm?", "Which is more appropriate here ma'm?", "How did this idiom come into being?", blah blah blah! Is it just that they WANT to think differently?? Show off?? Or do they have this god given (he really should take it away!) quest to learn more?? Whatever it is, it's highly irritating especially when it's getting late. I was watching as though I was in a Tennis Court. All I could say was, "No no no bad words, mummy paavam!"

So happy I was to step out and get a breath of fresh air. The air was fresher since the class is at Stella Maris! :)

Subject, predicate, object, subordinate clause, adjective clause, noun clause, adverb clause, know what, English sucks! Atleast for the time being I hate English..not the teacher though. She could not do much handling such a subject! :)


Monday, December 27, 2004

Tidal waves of terror

Thiruvanmiyur Beach
Originally uploaded by Prav.

December 26th, 2004
Tsunami what?? Why don't you just say tidal waves. Too technical, that word, lets keep it simple words.

December 27th, 2004
Excuse me, they are not just ordinary tidal waves. They are called Tsunamis. Tsunami is a Japaneese word - "tsu" means harbour and "nami" means wave.

What a crude way to improve one's vocab!

My cousin woke me up on Sunday morning. I was feeling so numb that I had no clue she was telling me about tremors which she felt. I convinced people at home that it was nothing serious and got back to sleep! Tidal waves - I've just read about them in my Social Science text book. And as far as I can recollect, they've never been associated with India.

All I heard in the morning news was "kadal kondhalippu" and I did not have a bloody clue that they were talking about tidal waves! My paatti went to the extent of commenting "Idhu ellam Jayendrar-ku senja anyayam dhaan". I couldn't help being my usual self and telling her "Paatti, Jayendrar maela earthquake case podaatha varaikkum sandhoshama iru!". The scenes on TV, I assumed were exaggerated. Day was just normal for me. I was just curious to go to some beach and see what it was . Some may call me nuts, but I spent almost the entire day in coastal areas - Elliots, Thiruvanmiyur and Mahabalipuram. Took a cam along to get a few snaps and people there looked at me as if I was some journo!

After seeing these places, I was pretty much satisfied that everything had been blown out of proportion by the media. The scene was calm and serene at all these places and hundreds of people just sat there watching the waves. I stared at it too - monontonous - have seen it so many times. Was just wondering what these people were doing there instead of watching a Sunday afternoon movie.

Seeing the evening dailies, I was in for a total shock. Death toll past 1000 in TamilNadu. Did not have the slightest idea that the matter was this serious when I visited all these places. This was a totally different picture being painted before me. Was just devastated at the scenes. Thosuands lost their homes. Many villages were deserted. People just moving within their own towns like refugees. Such a pitiable sight. Hope god brings solace to these people.

Knowing the unpredictability of nature, I guess its high time we have warning systems for all such calamities.


Loaded in to the Blog World...

Well, how do I put it. Do I say here with a bang? Or do i say here amidst chaos? On the very day I decided that I am gonna start a blog mother nature was furious! Was she spitting out all her fury? Err...ok, too many questions for a starter :)

Am an infant in this world. The term "Blog" was Greek, Latin, Hebrew...(whatever, I don't know many languages anyways!) to me until last month. Just got the interest from a couple of my friends - Ferrari and Curses. And ofcourse I have been to Lazy Geek a few times. They say its mandatory for a blogger to have checked that out :)

So, I have just taken the Red Pill. Lets see if it changes my life in any way. Here I wish to roam unplugged, forever. Just pour out all my thoughts, no matter how crazy they are. For those who do not know me, my thoughts are invariable insane :)

It would just be apt to say.. Welcome Freaks! :)