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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Battle Continues.. but different arena

When I initially got it, the immediate thoughts were that the 'Natural instincts seldom die'. They are none other than our parliamentarians. Relaxing a bit, after their tough fights in the recent parliamentary sessions. [here also, it seems people love to pull others legs and chase them for some reasons]

You would have heard about this sports event, thru this (if you are a regular TOI reader, even with bashing).
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Index for postings on General / Personal Topics

These are some of the posts (other than on Movies), which made me to express my other side.

Just because, I am passionate about movies doesn't mean that the following posts won't be interesting...... Just try out few... :-)



The Trip to Denmark & Sweden
Copenhagen I
Copenhagen II,
Malmo Sweden,
An overdose of history


After a long break… - The Trip to Tanjore


Thai Pusam 2006


Can a Cave lure you so much? - A Trip to Ellora & Ajantha
A Trip to Mahabaleshwar & Panchgani


Scanning - Both sides of the coin


After thoughts.. Genuine or not? Can we trust strangers on the road?
An Enchanting Odyssey - Son's School Annual Day Function
Survey time....


My Maiden attempt... on a Stage
Fight or Give up(!!) for a Cause


Enjoy..Laugh... don't miss the moments
Change of Residence, Astrologically.... not Logistically
(Un)forgettable Misdirection
Perfection - Is it the key to the success?

Exam Time....

Re-Living the past - B&W days...

My Own Castle
Lonely Island

Wimbledon Center Court Impact
Had I been Kidnapped then??

Hostel Adventure
Perception differs

Adventure over the top of a Bus



The holy words "Belief - Trust - Hope - Faith..."
Understanding A..B.. concept - about different personalities
Continuity of festive season... - Fire walking Festival in Singapore
Expressions & talks.... differ!!! Just learn, how to differentiate
Following 'Harichandra' rules...



Will you call yourself a Chatterbox?
Observe.. Sense.. Proceed...

Sense of achievement
Beware of those odd creatures!!!
Mars Vs Venus

O..GOD, a message for you, from our client
Visibility Thru Wrong Lens - RJ Suchitra Vs 'Radio Mirchi' listener

Fruits - Are they keeping us fit or otherwise?
Job Transition - Where are you now?
Akshaya Thrithiyai & my wallet...
On the Hoax of 4600 carat Diamond
Quality of TN Pvt Engg. Colleges - permission process - Part-II
Quality of TN Pvt Engg. Colleges - permission process - Part-I
New Job Destination - Will you tell others, as to where you are going?

Index for Film / Tv related posting

These are some of the interesting posts related to the dreamfactory, for which I might have spent some good time researching. Hope you too will enjoy them, if you had not read this earlier.

This is my passionate topic, which inspired me to name this blog as 'Dreamstores'. (Since the tinsel town's trade name 'dreamfactory' - my favourite, was 'blog'ed by somebody else already)

Satyaraj's career graph - Will this new one be another memorable one?

Deepavali Crackers… - Which one will be enjoyable?

Sillunu Oru Kathal - Review

Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu - Review

Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi – Review

Does the tamil film industry expect a revamp?

Age - Not a problem, even if it is Direction...

Will it be a fresh Vijay, after the break?

Musical Count Down.... of the year
Thavamai Thavamirundhu - Review
How long does it take, to mould an artiste? - Say, Bhoomika

Different arena to play around... Novelists/Journalists into Cine field
Majaa - Review

Risky moves by the designers - Directors as Producers
MBA from IBM - Possible thru 'Malargal' serial
Glamoured Relationships of Tinsel town - Handle with care
'Titles' are melting, but does the movies do?
Need a break in the Career, change the look like this....

Ghajini - Review (of a desperate fighter's efforts)
Those Electrifying moments of ARR concert, thru my Digicam
An Electrifying Evening... ARR concert in Singapore
Couldn't find a name for the movie.. Just recycle the Old one
AR.Rahman - Pl. make use of him, properly...
Actors/Actresses in their New Avataar as 'Producers'
Pick the hit song - Let's name it for our Movie

Movies on Tinsel Town itself - Kodambakkam on 'Kodambakkam'
(Ulagam Sutrum) Kodambakkam('s World tour)
Feb - Apr - May - Jun - Dec (Some more months, please!! - To name a tamil movie)
Sirandha 100 padangkaL...... - The Best 100 tamil movies - Concluding part

Sirandha 100 padangkaL... - The best 100 Tamil movies - part I
Kathalaal Kasinthurugi.... (காதலால் கசிந்துருகி...) - my best 10 romantic movies
Laughing riots - My best 10 comedies
Top 10 Tamil movies of mine - so far!!!

Unusual search for a Commercial Director - KS.R
Anniyan - Review
Tamil film music - The Virus which has affected me!!!
Ullam Ketkumae - Review
Let me Direct too!!! - A golden wish of every Cinematographer
Child Artistes entering the Film world Again

Economics of Indian (Tamil) film industry
Singers becoming Actors - Is it a worthwhile wish?
Our DBI report on - Missing Young Directors
Lady leads - turning to Mother roles soon
Our DBI report on - Missing Yesteryear Directors
Report on Vallavan & other films with more than dual roles

Ajith's fate as on date
AR.Rahman's magical wand on Tamil films
Dual role game
Sachein - My Very first review
Basics of Teachings - Naming Conventions

என் தமிழ் படைப்புகள்

பள்ளிப் பருவத்தில், தமிழில் கொஞ்சம் ஆர்வம் அதிகம்... பாதிப்பு இப்பத் தான் தெரியுது...

ஆதலால், எனக்குப் பிடித்த என் தமிழ் படைப்புகளை இங்கு தந்திருக்கிறேன்... (அடுத்த வீட்டு படைப்புக்களும் சில சமயம் வரலாம்.. உங்களுடன் பகிர நினைக்கையில்)

உங்களுக்கும் பிடிக்கும் என நினைக்கிறேன். ரசித்து அனுபவியுங்கள்.

தன் முயற்சி

'அவதாரம்' - ஒரு காலணியின் கதை
தொலையா நினைவுகள்...

அழகே ஒரு பிழையோ?
ஈடற்ற மனமே..

கீதை நிலை
மும்பைச் சீற்றம்

பண்ட மாற்றம்

கணினிக் காதலிக்கு மடல்

'மதி'யின் தாக்கம்
மனப்பான்மை இல்லா மோகினி
இரட்டைக் கிளவிகள்
கோடையும், மீசையும்

நேரக்குடுவையும் அமைச்சரும்
என் இல்லாளும் பாண்டிபஜாரும்
அந்த உயிரோவியம்
மழையும் வலைப்பதிவும்
பொலிவின் சூட்சமம்
தூக்கம் கெட்ட இரவுகள்
ஒரு துளி சிந்தனை

ஒரு இந்தியனின் எதிர்பார்ப்பு
வாழ்நாளில் முதல் கவிதை

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

All-In-One Alaguraj...

I can still recollect Sujatha's 'En Iniya Iyanthira' and 'Meendum Geno' which took us to the Modern Chennai of 21st Century. He had given code numbers to several characters of those novels, instead of names. Certain main characters had nice names like 'Nila'. It looked odd at that time for me, to understand the centralised database of info about those characters. However, if it turns out to be a reality, will the future activities of all of us be determined by such a database - with a code name? How far will it be secured?

Eventhough, it may take a long time to reach those situations realistically, several developments are going on to assimilate various data on us. Many Governments are working on it and recent efforts of UK government on issuing ID Cards had created so much of fuss. (Read it out here)

Still, many people are really worried about the electronizing their personal data. They knew that their data will flow outside, to countries offering offshore services. They may be at the risk of losing data sometimes, since 100% of the offshore employees may not be honest and may be vulnerable for cash offerings in exchange of a huge database. You might have read this report as well, in this regard.

So, how far it is safe to hold our data in a centralised database or a network of database? Will it be exposed too much? It is a big question, still looking for an answer today.

Anyhow, it is a long way to go for our Indian residents, since just recently the Government had put some real efforts in issuing Identity cards. The level which I am talking about will take 'n' of years.. may be by the end of our generation, we may see it there. I believe by that time, the security measures would have improved a lot (along with the growth of bad elements thru hackers!!).

To end this in a humorous way.. let us enjoy the following scene..

Under those situations, will the normal dialogues for a PizzaHut order turn out to be like this... (assume that the customer is our Goundamani as 'Alaguraj')

Operator: "Thank you for calling Pizza Hut . May I have your..."
Alaguraj: "Hello, can I order.."
Operator: "Can I have your multi purpose card number first, Sir?"
Alaguraj: "It's eh..., hold..........on......889861356102049998-45-54610"
Operator: "OK... you're... Mr Alaguraj and you're calling from 17 Jeyammal Road, Korukkupet. Your home number is 660 4094 2366, your office number is 760 7645 2302 and your mobile is 234 01426 62566".
Alaguraj: "How did you get all my phone numbers?"
Operator: "We are connected to the system Sir"
Alaguraj: "May I order your Seafood Pizza..."
Operator: "That's not a good idea Sir"
Alaguraj: "How come?"
Operator: "According to your medical records, you have high blood pressure and even higher cholesterol level Sir"
Alaguraj: "What?... What do you recommend then?"
Operator: "Try our Low Fat Hokkien Mee Pizza. You'll like it"
Alaguraj: "How do you know for sure?"
Operator: "You borrowed a book entitled 'Popular Hokkien Dishes' from the Central Library last week Sir"
Alaguraj: "OK I give up... Give me three family size ones then, how much will that cost?"
Operator: "That should be enough for your family of 10, Sir. The total is Rs.3450/-"
Alaguraj: "Can I pay by credit card?"
Operator: "I'm afraid you have to pay us cash, Sir. Your credit card is over the limit and you owe your bank Rs.25,600.90/- since May-05. That's not including the late payment charges on your housing loan, Sir."
Alaguraj: "I guess I have to run to the neighbourhood ATM and withdraw some cash before your guy arrives"
Operator: "You can't Sir. Based on the records, you've reached your daily limit on machine withdrawal today"
Alaguraj: "Never mind just send the pizzas, I'll have the cash ready. How long is it gonna take anyway?"
Operator: "About 45 minutes Sir, but if you can't wait you can always come and collect it on your Honda Civic, sir..."
Alaguraj: " What!"
Operator: "According to the details in system ,you own a Honda Civic, ...Regn no.ABC 1123-4XY..."
Alaguraj: " ????"
Operator: "Is there anything else Sir?"
Alaguraj: "Nothing... by the way... aren't you giving me that 3 free bottles of cola as advertised?"
Operator: "We normally would Sir, but based on your records you're also diabetic....... "
Alaguraj: #$$^%&$@$%^ (namma Goundamani style scoldings.. like 'naaye.. panni...')
Operator: "Better watch your language Sir. Remember on 15th July 20__ you were convicted of using abusive language on a policeman...?"
Alaguraj: [Faints]
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Monday, August 29, 2005

The other side of the Coin

Can it be rusted so much?

It seems possible, when you look into the extremes of the world HERE.

It is very painful to see the north and south poles like this.
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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Re-Visit to 'Kodambakkam'

[If you are not a keen reader of this post, don't miss the next post. Even if you read thru this and share your views, don't miss the next terrible post].

The post title is not to mislead you that I am visiting my residence ('pettai') soon.

This post is on the upcoming tamil release 'Kodambakkam' which is once again on the issues of the southern tinsel town.

Yes..Director Jagan, who couldn't register his mark in his first venutre 'Puthiya Geethai' inspite of attractive casting of Vijay, Meera Jasmine & Amisha Patel, is back with a storyline on the agonies of an Assistant Director. This time he has entrusted more hopes on his story plus 'Punnagai Poove' Nanda, Diya (surprisingly as a village belle) and TejaShri.

The nearby pic taken at a photo shoot, doesn't really reveal an agonised assistant director's plight. However, I remember seeing some pics in 'Vikatan' few months back, which looked realistic with the hero with a cycle, walking on the streets... (!!). Trust the director really comes out with a nice story package, instead of depending merely on an attractive title. I have also realised that the Director (who was an assistant to Cheran earlier) has roped in several directors like Cheran, P.Vasu for certain director roles in the movie.

There were many movies released earlier on the tinsel town stories. Most of them made a mark in B.O. office, except few. I have listed some of them, from our DBI team's database. If you recollect some more, pl. share with me....

I can start with 'Raman Ethanai Ramanadi' which had Sivaji, KR.Vijaya & Muthuraman in the lead roles. I believe this movie which revolved around a humble village guy becoming big as an actor, along with his personal turmoils, was a big hit. (Pl. correct me, if you observe anything contrarily here..)

'Meendum Kokila' was an instant hit, with its comedy scenes and glamorous Deepa (the actress), Homely Sridevi & Kamal. I can still remember the scenes involving 'tossing of the seedai's at the shooting spot and 'Chinnanj Siru vayadhil...' song. Even now,it is a watchable movie.

Sujatha's novel turned movie 'Priya' based on the kidnapping of a film actress (Sridevi) and her rescue by our hero (Rajini) didn't talk much about the agonies of the film technicians. It just relied on the adventure portion of the story and used the glamour of the industry.

Nobody can forget 'Natchathiram' with Sripriya in the leading role. The movie was all about the struggles of a young lady who comes up in the movie industry as a leading actress, inspite of her personal problems. Being a subject on the glamour industry, many of leading stars did a cameo in this movie.. you can name them.. Sivaji, Rajini, Kamal etc.,

'Kallukkul Eeram' by BharathiRaja focussed on the industry from a different angle with so many new faces like Vijayashanthi, Aruna etc., Eventhough the movie didn't click in the Box office, BharathiRaja registered his face with a role in this movie.

'Manak Kanakku' by R.C.Sakthi, wouldn't have been noticed by many of you guys. As I had mentioned in some of my earlier posts, Ambika and Radha had really performed in this movie, which had a good story line on the personal lives of some film technicians. Rajesh was also in the cast. It had a decent run, eventhough I am not sure about the producer's coffers.

K.Bhagyaraj presented kollywood in a sugar coated story in 'Thaavani Kanavugal', where an unemployed youth becomes a movie hero unexpectedly and succeeds in his life. There were so much of expectations out of this movie, since it had Sivaji Ganesan and it was released just after 'Mundhaanai Mudichu'. But it didn't click that well in the B.O. as expected.

I remember, watching a junk movie named 'Cinema Cinema' as well, in which they ridiculed the actresses who don't know anything. They used to cut and paste the photos of the dance movements of the heroine and used to edit it continuously to show as if she dances. [In the recent days, directors don't bother whether the heroines really dance well or not. They manage to show some extravagant settings or nicely composed songs, to makeup the poor dancing skills of heroines.. like Vindhiya's in 'Sangamam' and Sada's in 'Anniyan']

'Kandukonden KanduKonden' in its glittering package had an aspiring youth, who wants to win the directorial race in the tinsel town. Eventhough, Kodambakkam played only a small part in the movie, Ajith and Pooja Batra played it out very well. It was a hit, not because of the story link to the tinsel town, but becuase of the glittering casting coup -- Aishwarya Rai, Tabu, Mamooty & AR.Rahman.

'Vinnukkum Mannukkum' which had Devayani as an actress, directed by her lover (at that time) husband Rajakumaran, failed miserably in B.O. - inspite of the leading cast Sarathkumar, Vikram & Kushboo. Anyhow, the true love story started in this movie....

The recent flick 'Maha Nadigan' was the height of all the hits, which ridiculed everyone in the industry. Satyaraj's dependence on his funny comedy and glamour girls Namitha & Mumtaz, favoured the movie to click in the B.O. So far, I didn't have a chance to see this yet....

Apart from the above movies, you had 'n' no. of other movies, where the hero or heroine used to play a small part in tinsel town.. like Bama Vijayam (Rajyashri), Payanangkal Mudivathillai (Mohan), Naan Paadum Paadal (Ambika), Raaja paarvai (kamal), Pudhu Pudhu Arthangkal (Rahuman, Janakaraj), Sigaram (SP.B), Mugavari (Ajith), Nilakaalam (Roja as actress in this Sujatha's novel directed by GandhiKrishna) ..... and so on.

Now,going back to the subject movie...
We need to wait and see if 'Kodambakkam' is a sugar coated glossy film or is really talking about the agonies of the film technicians. I doubt whether it will succeed, if it is not a nicely packaged story. Everyone in this movie - Director Jagan, Nandha, Diya, Tejashri - need a big break, since they have not yet made it in a big way so far. Can they do it? Let us watch out....

Sometime back, there was a rumour that Parthipan & Surya may join hands to do a film on another tinsel town story, which succeeded recently in Kerala. It is nothing but 'Udayananu Tharam' with Mohanlal, Srinivasan, Meena in the lead roles. If this remake really happens, it may be another better fare to watch.... Will this rumour become a fact? Any producers to take it? Will Surya consider this inspite of his current line up of 'Ghajini', 'Aaru' and 'Jillendru oru kadhal'?
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Madrid Incident

So far, I had uploaded funny videos..

But this time, I felt very bad when I loaded THIS.. Sometimes, these type of incidents make me to think as to how vulnerable this life is!!

This is nothing but the video clipping of the Madrid incident of 11-March-2004 at Atocha station. Seems to be captured by the Station's monitor camera. [Some of you might have seen this clipping already]

Wikipedia talks about the incidents took place on that day, here.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Wrong Landing

It is unfortunate that some of the web users land at my blog and get disappointed, without getting what they wanted. Most of the landings are film related and for the last one month many people started searching Nayanthara, and landed here. Unfortunae, poor souls... sure, they didn't get what they wanted.

I have listed few of the interesting searches, which made them to land at my blog.

Sada tamil actress wearing jeans - It seems the guy who explored the web, had seen only 'Jayam', eventhough she was a different Sada in all her subsequent movies like 'Edhiri' 'Anniyan' & 'Priyasakhi'

Encounter killings of Sada mama - Was there anything like this happened really?

Did Aishwarya Rai undergo teeth correction? - This guys is so much worried about one of the world's great beauties. Hope his wishes will be heard always.

What is the name of the character Saroja in the serial Metti Oli? - It seems Gayathri also had a big fan club......

Marriage photos of tamil singers Harini and Tippu - Long live the couple.. But, why now? Did he want to prove some point, to someone else?

Best way for ending life - Definitely, I didn't give any solution for this query. Hope the person who searched for this solution, has come out of his / her desperate situation.

If you are not able to see my blog name now, it may be because some other web sites might have given better answers for these strange queries.

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Monday, August 22, 2005

Priorities in Life

When a group of working adults visited their University lecturer, they started complaining about stress in work and life.

After listening to all these things, the Lecturer served them with water in a different assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass and some rather expensive/exquisite ones. After they picked up one for each of them, the Lecturer observed that cheap / plastic cups are left out.

He said: "Your problems and stress are due to your thirst for the best things in the world for yourselves. Eventhough you needed only water, not the cup, you had gone for the better cups unconsciously.

If you consider Life as water, then the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold/maintain Life, but the quality of Life doesn't change. If we only concentrate on the cup, we won't have time to enjoy/taste the water in it."

I agree 100% with the above observation on our life's priorities. Desires have gone sky high and fulfulling them, makes you to lose some nice important moments in the life.

I set some priorities today and replace them with new ones, after achieving them. Not sure about the end point for such desires, eventhough it is upto individual perception. How far will it go in my life? I'm just wondering.... anyhow, that seems to be the rule of the game.

170th post

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Offer some goodies to the GHOST!!

Last weekend, there were so much of noise outside my flat, due to some Chinese stage shows & Auctions following it, for the Hungry Ghost Festival. It just reminded me of my early childhood days of listening to LR.Easwari songs during some nearby temple festivals in Madurai.

Normally, this month-long festival takes place during the months of August-September. (to put it precisely, from 15th day of the 7th lunar month).

The background story was that a devoted son who observed his mother's sufferings in the hell, got disturbed by other hungry ghosts when he tried to feed his mother. So, he started making all kinds of food & offerings to those ghosts, as per Buddha's instructions. From then onwards, those hungry ghosts didn't disturb his mother and the tradition started.

You can find many similarities between this Chinese festival & our Indian traditional festivals. I have listed few, which I observed.... Interesting similarties.

1) Burning of Incense sticks, Offerings of fruits & other items (including alcoholic drinks)

2) Burning of 'Hell money' (paper notes) and similar paper replicas of objects like cars/computers/mobile phones etc., The belief is that the ghosts will enjoy the life after their departure. One of my friend told that the business on these 'hell money' used to cross $10 million, every year here. I thought, it is too small considering the papers they burn during this month.This paper burning, reminds me of our Bogi festival.

3) The stage street shows including chinese opera performances, reminded me of all those drama & music troupes' street performaces at nights.

4) The grand dinner and the auction follows these type of street shows, during which they auction wide range of items to raise funds for more offerings to spirits. On my personal front, I had visited some of our Hindu temples, where they auction sarees / gold after some festivals. It is a pleasure to participate in it and take something on auction.

5) Chinese gambling interests are well known to everybody. So, why to leave it? I had observed the local residents playing Mahjong game, during the leisure hours (mostly during night times). You can find more details of this game, here. Reminded me of the card games, during our marriage sessions / few other festivities.

Much more interesting things to follow - The Superstitions, strictly followed during this Hungry Ghost festival...

- Not to move, renovate or marry during this period. ('aadi' maasam..)
- Stay away from swimming, as it is believed that the water spirits will drag these little ones into the water and drown them.
- Avoid old trees. It is believed that the spirits will hide there. (reminds me of the stories around our 'pulia marams' - tamarind trees!!!!)
- Children are advised to return home early and not to wander around alone at night. This belief is due to the reason that the wandering ghosts might possess children. ('Kaathu Karuppu' adichida pothu, ...)

The world is so small that we could notice the similarities between the emerging giants' traditions (I mean Chinese & Indian). The only difference is the contents & presentation.

Pic Courtesy: the-inncrowd.com

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Sand Fantasy

We have built houses & forts, while playing in the beach. But, we might not have seen people who have converted usage of beach sand into an art.

Check out this, here.

A fabulous art, well presented.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Peaceful rest...

Patience, tensionless face, positive approach, hospitality are the few things which I wanted to adopt from one Person. I was able to adopt few.

I remember only one incident when she was tensed. When I was 1-2 years old, I fell down while playing 'Police-thief' game. With so much of blood oozing out, she got tensed and took me to the nearby clinic..(since my Mom was not there in the pic at that time). The scar on my chin, reminds me of that incident even now. I had never seen her tensed other than that.

The faith & positiveness which she reposed on her grandchildren were enormous. She always used to tell us that 'You will come up well' and she was glad, when we did.

My Maternal Grandma....

She left us yesterday (few hours back) at her hometown, to rest her soul in peace. Got shattered instantly, on the departure of someone close to my heart.

Confident of getting back to myself quickly, as I had recovered earlier on several occasions. This was also one of her quality.
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Monday, August 15, 2005


(thanglish format and approx. English translation in the comments section)

கண நேரத்தில்
என் மதியிழக்க

அவளைச் சொல்லிக்
சமிஞ்ஞை தவறாகப்
புரிந்தது எனக்கு!!!

இன்று, அலைந்து


வாகனக் காப்பீட்டு

166th post

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Happy Independence Day - India!!!

My Wishes to fellow Indians on this memorable day....

I thought it would be apt to reproduce today, the following speech delivered by Lord McCauley on Feb 2, 1835, in British Parliament. There are 'n' no. of sites like this one, which are talking about this speech. Even though, I cannot vouch the authenticity of this, it really has a message!!

"I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such a wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber,that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage. Therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem,their native self-culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation".

We should be proud about an observation of this sort (initial few lines), by a foreigner. It is a pity that today we are lagging behind in several quarters. Hope to get back that glory as soon as possible, atleast before we reach this day in 2035 (2 centuries away from the day of the speech). Trust, we will be able to achieve it.

Note: SUN TV is doing its part for the Independence Day, by telecasting some patriotic songs in the early morning (before most of our young generation wake up!!). After that, the usual cine riots. Enjoy the holiday, friends...

If you missed to read the next post earlier, enjoy the same now.....
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Thursday, August 11, 2005

(Ulagam Sutrum) Kodambakkam('s World tour)

Need to praise some of our prominent directors like Maniratnam, BharathiRaja, BaluMahendra for one thing. They didn't fall into that trap of Overseas shooting like their young counterparts (Correct me guys, if I'm wrong). They seem to be confident of their capabilities & the exotic Indian locations, without overseas glamour.

Why do I appreciate them, on this count?

Recently, I had a chance to watch the song 'Sil sil silalaa ..' from 'Unnai Ninaithu' (Surya / Sneha), picturised in Phuket, eventhough it didn't fit in. Director Vikraman, who had never been on an overseas shoot earlier, fell into the trap in this movie. He is not the only one to blame. Nowadays, it has become a habit of the Kodambakkam crew to pack their bags and go to some foreign locations in the last two / three weeks, before the film's release.

If the producer is comfortable with the finance, every director/hero is packing the bag, inspite of the need. Even if the story revolves around the village pair, they may go to Switzerland or Greece or Newzealand for a dream song and dance in ultra modern outfits. I'm not against this new trend. Definitely I agree that, it adds rich value to the film. But let them execute it nicely.

It doesn't gel well if you see a song in a foreign location with some strange outfits. Just few instances..

- 'Bommalaattam ...' song of 'Bose' shot in Europe, with Srikanth & Sneha in folk costumes.
- 'Thimsukattai ...' song of 'Thirumalai' shot again in Europe, with Vijay & Jothika in folk dresses.
- The Extras (Westerners) in Indian folk costumes in 'Kuuttan choru...' song of 'Aayudham' (Prashanth,Sneha) shot in London.
- Extras (foreigners again) in our Railway porter costumes (lungi) in 'Ennoda laila..' song of 'Badri' (Vijay, Monal..)

May be our directors want to Indianaise their movies even in a foreign land. Vaazhga avarkalathu Indhiya patru... however, they can reconsider this wish and do better in the future.

How did this trend pickup?

Initially, the crew used to go abroad only if story demanded or if it was woven like that. We will be taken around everywhere and allowed to feel the place. If the producer feels that the film is overshooting the budget, they come back to India and settle down with the local story (!!!). Just have a look into few, which went around the world with a story....

- MGR in 'Ulagam Sutrum Vaaliban' on 'Japan Expo' of 1970s along with some adventures in Singapore and neigbhouring asian countries. I remember 'Pacchai killi Muthuch charam...' song shot in these places with a Thai/Philipino actress.

- 'Ninaithale Inikkum' lifted the 70s audience once again to ASEAN countries with 'Engeyum eppodhum ..' plus few more songs.

- Eventhough Sujatha's novel 'Priya' was based in Paris, the movie crew decided to place it in Singapore. People might not have forgotten 'Akkarai Seemai...' 'Sriramanin Srideviye..' shot in Singapore and 'Enn uyir Neethane...' shot in Hongkong of those days.

- 'Ullasa Paravaikal' as well shifted to Europe. Nobody can forget 'Germaniyin sentheen malare..' song of SPB. But I have a doubt here.. I remember seeing Paris Louvre Museum and the nearby arch in the song. Did they asssume that the audience may not find big difference between yesteryear Germany & France(!!!)? Can anyone validate my observation?

- The title itself carried 'Japanil Kalyanaraman' to another 'Japan Expo' of 1980s. Eventhough the film didn't do that well, 'Chinna poo Chinna poo...' song remains in my memory still, with those seasonal white flowers of Japan.

Some more to the above category, are Suresh Menon's 'Puthiya Mugam' (Srilanka), Vikram's 'King' (Hongkong), Prashanth's 'Goodluck' (Malaysia & Star Cruise), Dhanush's 'Pudukkottaiyilirunthu Saravanan' (Singapore-Malaysia-Burma... similar to 'Gopal Palpodi'advt), Madhavan's 'Nala Dhamayanthi' (Sydney), Prashanth's 'London' (with many local studio sets as well), Jayam Ravi's 'MKSOM' (with 'aiyo aiyo' song in KL, Malaysia), Mamooty's 'Junior Senior' (KL, Malaysia) etc., Do you recall any Shivaji movies in this cat.,?

Should the producers spend so much for a movie?

No need!! Nowadays, you have instant foreign songs like instant Bru coffee.. The following movies, captured some exotic places very nicely, eventhough the story didn't demand them. As a matter of fact, this prompted many of our Indians to go on personal travel (Including me). Anybody challenging this fact?

Phuket / Langkawi - Charlie chaplin (Muthalam santhipil..) Chatrapathy (Nee Ragashiyamai..) Parthen Rasithen (Poove Punnagai Kaattu..)

KL,Malaysia - Anniyan (Kannum Kannum ....), Nanda's 'Punnagai Poove'

Australia - Melbourne Great Ocean Road in 'Kaathalar Thinam' (Enna Vilai Alaghe..), Sydney in 'Indian' (Telephone mani..)

Newzealand - My favourite 'Mottu Ondru malarnthida..' from 'Kushi' and 'Swasame Swasame..' from 'Thenali'

Egypt Pyramid - Beautifully shot in 'Kandukonden Kandukonden' (Enna solla Poogiraai..) and in an Unconnected song of 'Thirumalai' (Neeya pesiyathu..)

Canada - 'Pancha Thanthiram' (Unnodu Kaathal...) with some addl scenes happening there.

South Africa - 'Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar' (Forgot the song.. Is it 'Kattana Ponnu' or 'Intha Siripinai...'?), 'Avvai Shanmugi' (kaathala Kaathala..), 'Thirupacchi' (Kannum Kannum thaan...)

Greece - Superbly picturised in that 'Enthan Nenjai Kollai kollum..' song of 'JJ' with the lively Pooja & Madhavan. Loved the colors in that song.

Romania - First film attempt by any international crew, achieved by Charan-Ajith-Pooja team for 'Attagasam's 'Naachonduru Icchondru..' (BTW.. do you remember the terrible flight experience on their return, from Milan airport?)

Amsterdam - The great flower show with great visuals in 'Anniyan'

You have lot more movies filled with songs in foreign locations to add in this category, like - Ragasiya Police, Jodi, Unnai Thedi, Paattali, Samurai, Parthale Paravasam, Tham, Kuthu, Priyamaana Thozhi, Vasool Raja MBBS, Chandramukhi etc., (You can even list some more.. leave it to you, guys)

I would say the height of all these movies, was 'Jeans' (in my perception). I liked the richness in the movie, added to Aish's presence. Filled with so many nicely picturised songs like 'Columbus...' 'Enakee Enakka..' 'Varayo thozhi.. ', the movie opened up the can for the new generation technicians. My favourite in this movie was 'Poovukkul olinthirukkum ...' with all those wonderful places of this world. This song prompted me to resolve that I need to visit as many places as possible covered in it plus a lot more, which I really achieved to some extent.

So.. Directors, pl. come out with nice songs in nice locations.. I would like to add to my list, for my future trips. Eventhough I appreciated some prominent directors in the beginning, I will support you as well if you present it in a better way!!!
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Solving a Mystery

No offence meant...... :-) :-) :-) Ladies, for your wish, you can change.....

You may enjoy the next one as well....... enjoy the day!!!
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Some more award winning ads, in addition to my previos post here.

A human beating a cheetah in the carnivore race!!! Why not?? If you have the will, you can do anything....

Do you normally try DIY tools at home? In that case, do you have this experiene? Better be careful about the unwanted elements coming on your way....

In case you reach this petrol station, pl. be prepared that you need to spend the night out. They seem to be experts in singing lullabies and make you sleep. Chk out that comfortable one here.

Toysrus boasting their efficient Inventory management with HP's help here.
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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

கீதை நிலை

(thanglish format in the comments section)

ஓர் வழக்கு....
வாதி, பிரதிவாதி

இருவருமே 'கீதை'
மீது சத்தியம் செய்ய

இறுதித் தீர்ப்போ,
ஒன்றைப் பொய்யாக்க

தெரிந்தும், 'கீதை'
மீதேன் இப்பயிற்சி?

ஒரு சில வழக்குகளில் மட்டுமே, இரு சாராரும் உண்மை பேசுவர். ஒன்றுக்கு சாதகமாய் முடிவு வரும். கீதை மீது 'சொல்லுவதெல்லாம் உண்மையே' என சத்தியம் செய்வது, அங்கு பொருந்தும்.

ஆனால், பெரும்பாலான வழக்குகளில் பொய்களே நிறைந்திருக்கும். இது தெரிந்தும், கீதையை பயன்படுத்துவதேன்? கீதையன்றி இந்நாடகங்களை அரங்கேற்றினால், கீதைக்கும் மரியாதை கிடைக்கும்... செய்யப்படும் சத்தியமும் ஓர் கேலிக்கூத்தாகாது. இல்லையா?
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Monday, August 08, 2005

The Day, to be remembered always.....

Are we diverted too much by movies and TV programmes on our national Independence Day on Aug-15th?

I feel so.....


Today Aug 9th-2005, is the 40th anniversary of Modern Singapore. The day, when it was delinked from Malaysia. Every year the celebrations used to be grand and no need to tell about this special year, being the completion of 4 decades.

The height of it will be the evening parade - near the Parliament. Everytime, those who view the Parade personally or thru TV, definitely wonder about the extravagance and the co-ordination. The above pic is another piece of a dedicated team. The no. '40' is nothing but made of flags, between two big blocks. You can double click, if you want more clarity.

In between all this extravagance and patriotism, a particular aspect needs a highlight.The Flags which are tied in front of the flats/houses/shops are either being distributed by the local town councils or bought by the residents themselves. When they receive it freely from the councils (like I got this year), some residents tie it very neatly in front of their units and some don't.

Display of national flags everywhere during the last few weeks before the ND, definitely creates the required atmosphere.

I personally feel, that inculcation of patriotism thru this small step has a positive effect on the younger generation who were not part of the intial years of nation building. (Eventhough, some people think otherwise - that it cannot be forced). In today's MTV culture, when the modern youth is fully occupied with so many entertainments, instilling the idea of belonging to a nation is very very important.

I'm afraid that this inculcation is definitely missing back home, where adequate importance of the pains and struggles of our yesteryear leaders are not stressed. If the importance is stressed thru Govt. machinery, other than thru movies, I would be glad.
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Sunday, August 07, 2005

Give & Take Policy

Is this called a generous 'Give & Take' policy??

(double click the pic, if you feel it as unclear)

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International Friendship day

My belated wishes, friends....



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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Feb - Apr - May - Jun - Dec

Don't get confused with the stuttering months in this post title... I want you to fill in some more months to make it as a better series, if you can recollect.

Recollection of what???

Some more Tamil Film names with English months (other than my post title).

Everyone should be aware that, "June R" is in a full swing under the command of debutant Director Mrs.Revathy S.Verma. It is nothing but the next movie of Jyotika, scheduled for release in Sep-05. Saritha & Kushboo have also joined Jyotika in this movie, which seemed to be a female-oriented subject.

The director has justified the reason for naming it with a month's name.. it seems to be for an instant recognition from the audience. Now that Surya has also joined the project, hope the director comes out with some unique subject in a nicely blended package. (You have Usha Utup too in this project, singing a number).

But, just by naming a movie differently with an English month, is the success assured? Past records don't assure that....

February 14 - The recently released movie directed by Hosimin with Bharath & Renuka Menon, got mixed reviews in the media due to its presentation. It is confirmed that Bharath had failed to score a hat-trick after his presence in the hits of last year - Chellamae & Kaathal.

April Mathathil - Directed by SS.Stanley with Srikanth & Sneha as the lead pair, was not a big hit eventhough it evinced some interest in the media due to the gossips surrounding the lead pair at that time. It was watchable, eventhough it was not fast paced & had too many melodramatic scenes (especially, the climax).

May Matham - Do you remember that 'Maargazhi poove..' song of ARR in which Sonali Kulkarni danced amidst the woods? The movie in which she paired with Vineeth didn't click very well in the B.O. in 1994. Eventhough it was produced by GV films and directed by R.Balu (An assistant to Mani and the son of a yesteryear famous film personality), its fate was determined by the audience. [Pl. correct me, if I am wrong with the fact!!]

December Pookkal - I don't think, this Mohan starrer released in 1986 made ripples in the B.O. Rather I would say, I don't remember honestly!!. Google says Revathy & Kamalhaasan also starred in this movie, which has this song 'Azhagaaga Sirithathu andha nilavu...'

(Eventhough I couldn't recollect any other tamil movies with English months, I could remember these Malayalam movies as well, on this line. Mohanlal's 1987 flick 'January Oru Orma' and Mammooty's early 90's 'August-1')

I stumbled upon this news that there is a new tamil movie coming out as 'December 26'. It seems the knot of this romance movie is the Tsunami incident. This is a classic example of capitalising on an incident & a date. I doubt whether they will be able to make it noticeable, eventhough it's on a sensational incident. [To quote, the movie which went along with the Gujarat Earthquake incident -'Ragasiyamai' with 'Fivestar'Prasanna in the lead, didn't click in the B.O. due to its presentation].

Its a co-incidence that I got this news article thru Kaps - which talks about 26th of few other months, on which certain disasters struck our country. Jan-26th (2002) Kutch Earthquake, Feb-26th (2003) Godhra incident, Jun-26th (2005) Gujarat floods, Jul-26th (2005) Mumbai floods.

I hope our Movie creators won't fall on these months/dates as well, since the movie titles alone won't make them successful. The movies need more substance, which I hope they will understand and give.

Pic courtesy: Indiaglitz
Report Courtsey: Our DBI team

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A Naming convention with difference - Teaching Basics

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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Will you call yourself a chatterbox?

Yesterday I tried to call my wife over phone, to pass on a message. Was unable to reach her, continuously for an hour. It seemed to be my friend's wife on the other end. I knew that both of them won't stop quickly, if they start. It happened so. Fortunately, the technology has improved a lot to reduce our telecom bills on a/c of International calls. Nowadays, they have started using webcams, skypes, chat rooms and what not. Otherwise,our wallets would have seen bigger holes ..

There is a general understanding that the female gender can be easily classified as Chatterboxes. Are they the only responsible souls for such a classification?

I believe they were provided with that opportunity, which they capitalised well. In those days, Men used to work a lot outside and women were destined to be housewives. To keep themselves occupied after their regular chores, they might have donned the role of chatterboxes. It may be a genetical order as well, which continues generation after generation. So, why to blame them??? I have decided to take it on my stride [no other go!!!]

The above scribbling doesn't undermine the fact that men are also Chatterboxes, if the profession demands. It is a question of relativity. Those days you had Tenaliramans & Birbals. Now we have our politicians to fulfill this task.

How to leave our younger male generation? Various chat rooms are there to fulfuill what has been expected out of them in their job!!! (provided their employer has not blacklisted any chatrooms). I heard some Software companies in India, are not allowing Yahoo chatting. Who cares? Likes of Hello! chatroom are still available.

So, how do you classify yourself?

To finish this post in a further lighter vein, enjoy the following as well.

A Guide explaining the beauty of Niagara falls to the Tourists:-

"I welcome you all to the Niagara Falls. You are at the world's largest Waterfalls and their sound Intensity is so high, that the sound of even 20 Supersonic planes passing by can't be heard!!! Now, May I request the ladies to keep quiet so that we can hear the Niagara falls???????"

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

மும்பைச் சீற்றம்

[thanglish format in the comments section. No English Translation :-( :-( :-(]

அளவிலாச் சீற்றம்,
காவு கொண்டதோ
ஆயிரத்திற்கும் அருகில்,
யார் மீதிந்தக் கோபம்?

உலகின் விலைவாசி உயர்ந்த
நகர்களில் ஒன்றென
மமதையொடு பணம் பெருக்கும்
அரசியல்வாதிகள் மீதா?

வணிகத் தலைநகரெனப்
பெயரெடுத்தும் மாநகர
வசதிகளை முன்னேற்றாத
அரசு மெத்தனத்தின் மீதா?

இவ்வளவு இருந்தும், அதே
குட்டையிலூறிய மட்டைகளைத்
தேர்ந்தெடுக்கும் பொதுஜனத்தின்
இயலாமை மீதா?


அனைத்தும் மறந்து தணிந்து,
உனையே நம்பி வறுமைக் கோட்டில்
வாழும் மற்ற பலரிடம் (நிலங்கள்)
கொஞ்சமே(??) சீறாயோ?

[இந்திய 'ஷாங்காய்' ஆக 'மும்பை'யை மாற்றத் துடிக்கும் வாய்ச் சொல் வீரர்கள், அதற்கு முன்பு சாக்கடையைத் தூர் வாரி, நகரைச் செம்மைப் படுத்தினால் நன்றாக இருக்கும்.]

இது மும்பை விமான நிலையமென மின்மடல் வந்தது. நான் மும்பை சென்று பல காலம் ஆகி விட்டதால், மறந்துவிட்டது. அதனால், இக்குறிப்பு......

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Monday, August 01, 2005


"Chennai or Coimbatore or any other Indian cities, are better than Singapore in this aspect" - My friend

The above is the usual quote of my friend, whenever he visits a new area in Singapore, with the help of a map. He takes time to register the map in his mind, before venturing out to any new places, and that too in a Car. In India it would be easy to stop a Moped / Bike / Car on the road and ask for further details and go ahead... He finds it difficult here, to stop like that and check out.

Some people do have this problem of road sense. In Indian cities, even if there are cranked roads, they love to find out the place, without difficulty.....

1) with the "First Left, second Right... Second Left, then First Right" direction or
2) with the "Road next to the Tall building, nearer to that Pink Colored short building" ideas.

Here, the townships are filled with identical building blocks / streets / roads, which makes the job difficult for him. (Even if a city is well planned, strange persons have odd problems!!!)

So, to avoid the delays on his routines, he used to go for a trial drive always, before the actual day (if time permits). It happened, day-before-yesterday too!!! I accompanied him during the trial drive to show the route, since he has to visit a place which he rarely visited.

"Road Sense" - I realised the meaning & importance thru him. Till then, I used to think, "What's the big deal in visiting a new place?". Thanks to the likes of him, I gained a good knowledge & experience as a tour guide. Sometimes, I have taken the role of an architect too in drawing out road maps.

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