Sunday, February 27, 2005
In that village there was a buetiful gaarden.
In that gaarden, there was a, only one mango tree.
In that tree, there was one branch.
In that branch, there was one and only mango.
It was so sweet.
Voice 2 talking: That maanga.. yaarukku da machan?
And that opens the song Ore oru thoppila from Devadhaiyai Kanden. Till just now, I have never managed to listen past this line. Everytime I hear these lines, I fall down laughing so much that someone has to stop the song to make sure I don't hurt myself.But just now, I started listening to it and this time, I fast forwarded the song till these lines were past.
The song is actually a duet with some pretty suggestive lines with the male voice (the recently married Sabesh Murali) singing Pazham ennaku, kottai onnaku for which the female (Srilekha Parthasarathy) replies with Kaai onnaku, thanni enakku. For those of you, who are unfamiliar with colloquial Thamizh, the first mentioned roughly translates as "I will take the fruit, you take the seed". And while refering to the coconut, the words sung by the lady comes roughly across as "I'll take the liquid and you take the flesh".
Yeah, I know.... (*types with raised eyebrows*). I think I will stick to just those first couple of lines and laugh till I drop. I'd rather be tickled by how that first conversation sounds than turn green from hearing such lines, particularly when I know enough Thamizh to figure out what might be suggested by those lyrics! Btw, the lyricist is someone called Velam C. Manohar (source: Mohankumars.com). The music is by none other than one of my favorites for gaana (the Chennai equivalent of hip hop, if I may say so), Deva.
And 5:21 into the song, the last words....
Voice 1: Last-a, andha maanga yaaruku?
Voice 2: ehhhnnn.. goyaa vukku...
(P.S - Another song in this OST is much more suggestive, if the first few lines are any indication. I am too embarassed to mention those lines in this U-rated blog.)
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Monday, February 21, 2005
First she talks about that ill-fated Colombo concert in December last year, where someone threw a hand grenade into the front rows of the crowd, ostensibly in protest against the timing of the concert which coincided with the death anniversary of a noted Sri Lankan Buddhist monk. Then she found herself in Phuket on Christmas Day. On the morning of 26th, she found that she had slept through the two tsunami's that hit there and when she was woken up, she found water all around the villa where she was staying. She talks about staying on in
I read the comments that a lot of readers have left and was appalled. A lot of people have bad mouthed Priety there for "not helping with the relief efforts" and for going "on with their (her) luxuries, not displaying any care for the deceased and injured". But Jagadish actually commends her, which second. Why? While she says she spent 8 more days in
It is as simple as this. Even someone like Rajinikanth has said publicly that while he cannot get out of his house in Chennai without being mobbed, he regularly watches movies in theaters in
Give Priety and these other celebrities some credit guys. For all you know, she must have done just what you said she should have, i.e. helped people. She just opted not to tell us. If she had done a Vivek Oberoi and said "I spent 8 days in
And IMHO, an Indian celebrity would (have) actually hampered relief efforts by personally doing something in Tamilnadu like Vivek Oberoi. I think that Murali’s work in Galle is still a one off case that would not (have) worked in Tamilnadu /
However, a comparable effort in
Not to mention the fact that most of the dignitaries (a.k.a politicians) made the trip solely for the mileage gained in the media.
So if you care for the relief efforts, would you want someone like Sachin Tendulkar in the midst? I wouldn't. Instead I would actually ask him and the other famous people to quietly contribute some money to the effort. Maybe they did. In fact I am sure they did. And even if they did not, who are we to judge what they should do? Why don't we just do our own bit and agree that the same is possible from other people, celebrity or otherwise...
Update: As, Harish indicated, I think I fell into the same trap as the people I was criticising, by judging the intentions of some of the politicians who visited the affected areas. I apologise. I guess I am one of them too, sometimes...
Thursday, February 10, 2005
I know I made myself a resolution to make weekly posts, but an event, not so important to me, but nevertheless important in terms of this blog, beckons me today and I would not be doing justice if I did not make a post today. I hate symbolisms usually, but sometimes I guess its fine. And though I wanted to infuse a bit of razzmatazz into the proceedings today, but I decided that this has already been done by a lot of people. So I am keeping it simple, because I am stupid...
So, to mark two years since my first post here, I take a look back at my first two posts (since I had two posts on the same day). There wasn't any "Hello World" post, but I am not exactly a techie, so that should take away anything from this blog. So here I give you, aNTi, circa February 10, 2003, 13:03......
Then, exactly two hours later, I decided to declare to the whole world, the reasons behind my tag line. Through these two years (and as recently as 10 days ago), I have ranted on and on about how people don’t seem to find any need to pronounce my name properly. My second post was along those lines. A friend of mine, S, asked me spell out my whole name and when he saw my last name, he couldn't help bastardizing it. But I have to admit that, to this day, I have perhaps liked his version the best. He started calling me Anti Superman. Okie, before he could realize that he could have called me Bizarro instead, I started humming the opening bars of the theme song from Scrubs, by the group Lazlo Bane, much to the amusement of everyone around. And when this blog morphed out from my inner self, this theme seemed to be the best tagline I could find to encapsulate what is all me, just another egotist living his ordinary boring life on earth...
And so, at , the same day, I proclaimed I'm No Superman! I also started, with this post, a QOTD (quote of the day) feature that I have since discarded, with what seemed to be quite a fitting quote for a blog. And, of course, this post also featured the proclamation that you could call me "Superman-ian" if you wanted, perhaps the first of the many instances of verbiage that I have passed off as humor in this blog since then....
After that, IMHO, the world was never the same again....
Monday, February 07, 2005
Will this news mean an entry of
During a week when F1 has been in the news in
Yesterday, I read a letter on Time magazine, where this lady for Oregon said that, in exchange for silently listening to a complete account of a bad day at school on the ride back from school, she wanted them to tell her three positive things that had happened that day at school. Some days, the most positive was as trivial as the fact that the packed lunch had been palatable, but the lady said that the three years during which she had this instruction in place till her children graduated from school, she had seen a positive difference. I think I will do something similar here.
Spring is almost here and I am still almost broke. Also, my facial hair is getting to be too scratchy. The 14thof February is just a week away and I won’t, barring a major social miracle, have an exchange of gifts to mark the day. For the first time in the last few years, I have not watched any of the major Oscar nominated movies. Now that you have heard me crib, here are the positives. Spring’s here and days are getting warmer and brighter steadily. My facial hair is making me looking much more distinguished and pity I will have to take it off sometime soon. I have enjoyed watching almost every one of the animated movies nominated for the Oscar this year. And as far as that stupid day is concerned, haven’t I said enough in the first part of this line? Hmmm… sour grapes or not, I feel better already!