Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy இன்று முதல் மூன்று நாள் Happy!

Yay!! Finally, my first long weekend after I joined work has arrived. In great style. Having a Syrian Christian for a boss can sometimes be a nice thing. For one, when we shifted office, we had a prayer and a breakfast that followed (appam, stew and cake) and for Christmas, we got wine and plum cake. I have a big question - why does wine...or say, for that matter, any kind of alcohol taste like...well..varnish?! and how do people actually drink something that smells so ick?! Isn't aroma one of the important stimulants for you to like what you eat/drink?! But...ahem...nevertheless, I did have some wine(don't tell mum!), and everybody at work kept joking that I looked drunk, and I moved around in circles, and I was out of focus...blah blah...they like their little joke, all the old men. Period.

So...long weekend. I have to get a lot of work done during these three days, hopefully.
Here goes a list(more like a check-list for myself)

1. Clean shelves
2. Get Bhuvana's birthday gift
3. Try and read as much 'Kanyakumari'(Author: Jayamohan) as possible
4. Watch all those movies that are wasting space in the computer
5. Beat my personal best at PathWords(addiction, I tell you! For those who are ignorant, it's a game on Facebook)
6. Wash hair!
7. Try and get as much sleep as possible
annnnnnnnd... update blog regularly :P

I'm back with a bang!!!! muahahahha

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

என்ன எழுதுவது?

நீண்ட நாட்களுக்கு பிறகு தோழியையோ நண்பனையோ சந்திக்கும் போது, பேசுவதற்கு ஆயிரம் விஷயங்கள் பீறிட்டு பிச்சிக்கிட்டு வெளிய வர பாக்கும்...ஆனா in a rush, எதுவுமே சொல்ல வராது. ரொம்ப நாளைக்கு அப்பறம் என் blog எ திறந்து பார்க்கும்போது எனக்கும் அப்படி தான் இருக்கு. ஒரு தனி உலகம்... என் வாழ்கையையும் நான் கண்டதையும் கேட்டதையும் தெரிந்து கொள்ள ஆவல்(?!) உடைய...எனக்கென்று உள்ள ஒரு ரசிகர் பட்டாளம் (கொஞ்சம் over ஒ?)...என் உணர்வுகளுக்கு ஒரு வடிக்கால்.... என்று இருந்த..எனதருமை blog ஐ ஏன் தவிக்க விட்டு சென்றேன் என்று என்னை நானே திட்டி கொண்டேன்...தலையில் குட்டி கொண்டேன்...காரணம் தேடினேன்...கிடைக்கவில்லை(சோம்பேறித்தனம் எல்லாம் ஒரு காரணமா என்று நீங்கள் துப்ப கூடாது பாருங்க...அதனால தான் கிடைக்கல னு decent a maintain பண்றது) anyway, after the initial reminiscence and soul comes the toughest task....என்ன எழுதுவது? எதை பற்றி எழுதுவது? யாரை பற்றி எழுதுவது? சென்னை குளிர் தாங்க முடியல னு மின்விசிறிய அணைச்சுட்டு, அய்யயோ..கொசு கடிக்குதே னு side effects ல கடுப்பாகி, உக்காந்து நானும் எவ்வளவோ யோசிச்சு பாத்தேன்...என்ன எழுதறதுனு தெரியல...எதையாவது எழுதி வெக்கறேன்... நாளைக்கு.

PS(for ppl who can't read Tamil): now u r irritated with me, cuz after so long i write, and i write in tamil...and u have no clue whats written! well....lets just say, tomorrow is not far.

Sunday, October 4, 2009


I was watching Kamal Haasan's interview in Vijay TV today, and something he said reminded of this one quote, and hence the post.
Somebody asked him why he sported a beard in the movie Unnaipol Oruvan. He mentioned about how people are typecast under a certain category by very simple things like a beard, and how he wanted to break generalizations like that one. How. very. true!!

"All generalizations are false, including this one" - Mark Twain


Also, there is another quote that has been on my mind for quite sometime now...

"When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.”

Would I be the Pope or Picasso? What do you think?

Ramayan - கத்துக்குட்டியின் கேள்விகள்

Before I get into details, I have a website recommendation to make- (Thanks to Supri). The website has got a lot of factual details trying to prove the Ramayana is not a myth. For the record, I just browsed that site and the question I'm going to raise here has still been unanswered in that website as well.

When I was extremely bored at work one day(don't even ask me why!), I was going through an article in Wiki on Hindu Cosmology and I came across this:
  1. Satya Yuga (Krita Yuga):- 1,728,000 Human years
  2. Treta Yuga:- 1,296,000 Human years
  3. Dwapara Yuga:- 864,000 Human years
  4. Kali Yuga:- 432,000 Human years (5,111 years have passed; 426,889 years remain). Kaliyuga started in 3102 B.C.; CE 2009 corresponds to Kaliyuga year 5,111
According to Hindu mythology and Vedic cosmology the universe is cyclically created and destroyed. The life span of Lord Brahma, the creator, is 100 'Brahma-Years'. One day in the life of Brahma is called a Kalpa or 4.32 billion years (the approximate life span of the earth). Every Kalpa (one day in the life of Brahma), Brahma creates 14 Manus one after the other, who in turn manifest and regulate this world. Thus, there are fourteen generations of Manu in each Kalpa (one day of Brahma). Each Manu’s life (Manvantara) consists of 71 Chaturyugas (quartets of Yugas or eras). Each Chaturyuga is composed of four eras or Yugas: Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali.

(Courtesy: Wikipedia)

If this is the case, then we SHOULDN'T be knowing about The Ramayan which happened in the Treta Yuga, or for that matter, even the Krishnavatar, which happened in Dwapara Yuga. Because according to Hindu cosmology, the world in which Rama walked and lived(?!) is not the world that we live in, right now. It was destroyed. It was a different yuga. Then, how do you explain the authenticity of the Ramayan?

(For all the people who are going to abuse me, because I'm contradicting God... well... muahahhaha. You are welcome to do so.)

One of the many comedies at work...

Below are excerpts from e-mails received from a higher up!

"....was a great exposure and experience .Police commissioner of police and participant companies had"

"The government of Tamil nadu declared government holiday for tomorrow, 4th September-09 under Shop & establishment act to observe mourn for the sudden demise of Andra pradesh chief minister Mr.YSR Reddy.

This leave will be commentated on the subsequent two Saturdays of this month, ie 12th and 19th of September-2009 as full day working. "

"I enclosed the new format for executive summery on Prospects and RFP.
This will help us to summarize and priorities the leads generated out of the daily report you generate on the daily basis.
If you have any clarity or doubts feel free to call on for discussion."

என்ன கொடுமை இது!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. ~Anatole France

How bleedy damn true!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I hereby declare I'm mental

I've lost it. I've honestly lost it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

All American Girl- Ready or Not

This is one book I've been wanting to read for a long time. But...well...what a disappointment! The entire book revolves around one thing- Doing It. She thinks her boyfriend wants to Do It and she doesn't know whether she wants to, but is a spoiler(or is it?!), at the end, they Do It. End of story. All American Girl could've done without this sequel. Cabot is running out of ideas...

PS: Lucy falling for a nerd was the best part!

BallyFabs- The Jute Shop!

The Sunday before the last was extremely eventful. Because it was Triplet Meet day! We triplets had great fun, and yeah...when I mentioned there is this shop where you get cool jute bags for a nice price, Bumboo was mentioning this other jute bag shop with Bengali owners where you get a handsome discount if you knew Bengali. That made me really happy, because we had a ready made Bangla woman(almost) in Blabby. But Bumboo didn't know where that shop was, just knew it was called baali something, so we decided to go to the shop that I mentioned- The Jute shop! But... both the shops were the same.. ta da ta da taaan... "BallyFabs- the Jute Shop". You can find this shop in Spencer Plaza...somewhere in the 1st floor...near'll find this shop name boards... next to that is a pathway, go straight and you'll hit there(Right, twins?). You get great deals on bags, and if you know Bengali, you have this extra added advantage. I got two bags, one for 60 bucks and one for 50 bucks, and I swear you won't believe I paid only that much for those bags when you see it!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday - Flower names/ பூ peyargal

I'm back!!
After a week's lull(or laziness or irritation or frustration or annoyance or all of these put togehter), I'm back finally. And this week, the Tamil songs list comes up with the theme - Flower names.

பூ பெயர்கள் முதல் வரியில் உள்ள பாடல்கள்.

  • roja roja
  • roja poo aadi vandhadhu
  • roja malare raaja kumari
  • madura marikozhundhu vaasam
  • malligai poove
  • malligai malligai pandhale
  • malligaye malligaye
  • sevvandhi poo mudicha chinnakka hoi!
  • kaadhal rojaave
  • mullai malar mele moikum vandu pole
  • alli alli anaarkali
  • poovarasam poo poothaachu

  • ரோஜா ரோஜா
  • ரோஜா பூ ஆடி வந்தது
  • ரோஜா மலரே ராஜ குமரி
  • மதுர மரிகொழுந்து வாசம்
  • மல்லிகை பூவே
  • மல்லிகை மல்லிகை பந்தலே
  • மல்லிகையே மல்லிகையே
  • செவ்வந்தி பூ முடிச்ச சின்னக்கா ஹோய்!
  • காதல் ரோஜாவே
  • முல்லை மலர் மேலே மொய்க்கும் வண்டு போலே
  • அல்லி அல்லி அனார்கலி
  • பூவரசம் பூ பூத்தாச்சு

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hee hee

Due to foreseen circumstances(aka Laziness), my blog is on leave this week.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday - Krishnar, Kisu Kisu and Kenathanams! :P

This week was a pot pourri. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that.

I ALWAYS wonder why Iyengars have their festivals after a week/month after all other people. Well...nobody really knows. Anyway, since this Saturday was a full day at work, I decided to spend Friday at Supri's place. And Saturday, the day I was getting back, was Gokulashtami at Supri's house. Her paati made yumm 'batchanams' that included thattai, seedai, ravaa laddu etc etc. Aah... It is actually a GOOD thing Iyengars have their 'pandigai' on a separate day!

My office is FILLED with gossip. Ranging from whether one person in the office is gay or not, to the latest scandal involving the house keeper lavutifying metal scraps for 'yedaiku pottu'fying... phew...eet ees a masala movie I say!!

(Talking about I say...has anybody watched Quick Gun Murugun yet? I so wanted to watch it, but haven't as yet)

Today, we had a Triplet meet!!! (For people who don't know, Billi(me), Blabber(Supri) and Bumboo(Deepti) are the triplets. Three crazy people on a busy shopping Sunday in Spencer Plaza. Fun fun!! We were being our usual crazy selves after so so long.

(Did I tell you we got really cool bags for 50 bucks and 60 bucks? And Blab like a nice girl got me the sling bag I was suposed to get :-D)

I also got an anniversary gift for Nandhini and Burfi. Hope they like it. Oh, I really hope they like it. They will, right?

Saturday - A Movie promo

I saw this movie poster in the newspaper. I really really liked it and was telling a friend about it too. And, the next day I saw it on Facebook. You have to see this!

Friday- Talent!

The walk from the Ashok pillar bus stop to my office is an eventful one. I am almost always on the phone during the 10-15 minute walk, but there is one thing that is always striking - the stench. There is a slum establishment on the way, and people exrete on the roads, and human excreta of all shapes and sizes and stench occupies the pavement. There is a similar establishment on my way back home, closer to home actually, that I cross in the bus everyday. Everytime I cross the place, almost half the people in the bus close their noses. Some wonder aloud. "How do these people live amidst this?!" I reply, "You get used to it". My reaction is always awe. I try and peep in to see what they have at home. There is always a TV. You can see women cooking. The interiors of the houses always look clean. And, everybody seems to know everybody else!! Now, these are real human beings with real lives. I think of all the apartments wherein a dead person was found only three days after the death because the stench from the decomposing body became overwhelming. People living among all the stench would have never let that happen.

Anyway, now, this place near my office was very colorful that day- some amman temple carnival(thiruvizhaa). That was when I saw them!! Kolams in all varieties- poo kolams, butterfly kolam, deepam kolams and what not! That was when I understood why they say everybody has some talent in them!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Thursday - Why I'm in a GRR mood

1. I don't know

2. I really don't know

3. I really really don't know

4. Maybe because someone reminded me of someone

5. Maybe because I don't want to go to office on Saturday

6. Maybe because I misssssssss so many people!!

7. Maybe this is just PMS!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday- Thrusting thoughts

You feel strongly about something. You want to express it all out. But if you express it openly, you'll probably be jailed. So what do you do? Insert all your peelings subtly inside the serial that you are directing, and amidst the usual heroine-villain-revenge-anger-sogam scenes, create a character to exhibit all your peelings. BAD IDEA!

I understand it is difficult when you're feeling really sorry for your brotherhood in the neighbourhood and you are anxious that you are not able to do something about it. But, do you really think passing on the message in a primetime soap that has been running on for over SIX frigging years is going to actually help spreading the message? Isn't that degrading your belief? Is this an issue someone would want to discuss during a SOAP?!?! Are you trying to turn the issue into something that nobody would take seriously?! Or is this the way of showing your solidarity?!

PS: If you can't understand head or tail of what I'm talking about, you should check this link:
Watch out for the 'Thozhar' character (Identity: White jippa, white veshti, thick glasses, 120 decibel voice)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Tuesday- Nandy's cooking

Aah... This is something I definitely have to recommend. The potato curry Ms. Ezhil Nandhini makes is the best!! (And I've eaten my mum's, Bhuvana's mum's and so many professional cook mamis cooking!!) You have to eat it to believe it. Trust me!!

Also, I think, இவ்வளவு அழகா யாரும் சமையல் பண்ண முடியாது... The way she sings and cooks(almost half-bachelor style), and makes sure she finds company to sit with her in the moda while cooking(நான் என்ன உங்க வேலைக்காரியா?), and the final product itself... wah! eet ees an experience. You have to try it some day!!!

Picture courtesy: Mr. Bharath Ram :P

(Should have been Monday ) Dreams - Kanavu

There are movies named after Paarthiban Kanavu, Minsara Kanavu, Oru naal oru kanavu. பாட்டுக்கு கேட்கவா வேண்டும்!!
  • கண்ணுக்குள் நூறு நிலவா இது ஒரு கனவா
  • ஒரு நாள் ஒரு கனவு
  • கனா காணும் காலங்கள்
  • கனா காணும் காலங்கள் (female version :P)
  • கனவே கலையாதே
  • கனவா இல்லை காற்றா
  • முதல் கனவே
  • கனா கண்டேனடி
  • கனவுகள் பூக்கும் ஆண்டுகள் தொடங்கும்
  • kannukul noora nilavaa idhu oru kanava
  • oru naal oru kanavu
  • kanaa kaanum kaalangal
  • kanaa kaanum kaalangal (female version :P)
  • kanave kalayaadhe
  • kanavaa illai kaatra
  • mudhal kanave
  • kanaa kandenadi
  • kanavugal pookum aandugal thodangum

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday - Helicopters, CAP(?!) and Corruption

Three things caught my eye in the news this week.

One of course being CM YSR Reddy missing and found dead. Tragic story. But now the rat race for the next CM is going to make people forget to mourn for him and move on to watch the proceedings as usual.

Anna University, Coimbatore Vice chancellor got arrested. This created quite a ruffle in office, because it was a bittersweet news for us. But, yeah... when someone at the top of an university is corrupt, it questions the fundamentals of our education system. If the vice chancellor has no morals, what are we going to teach the students?!

YAP and GAP (Yamuna Action Plan and Ganga Action Plan) were total failures despite shedding over 1000 crores. They failed because we modelled it with the Thames system. Now , YET another attempt to clear up the Cooum. (Maybe they're calling it CAP?!) Yet again, modelled on foreign river systems at the cost of over 99 crores. Well, let us be optimistic and hope my grandchildren will go boating in Cooum....

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Saturday- Winning and competing

Everybody says participation is the most important thing, and not winning. But how can you participate when you very well know your efforts aren't going to be rewarded? Good question. But you HAVE to participate because your efforts will be APPRECIATED, by people who matter. After all...pithalai cup vetri illa! paaraatu dhaana vetri?

"What we think or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do."

PS: Jhankar BCA points at the closing today: 70
Special mentions in various other events!!

Girls you made me feel GREAT about wearing Lavender today!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday - Today was a holiday!

Aah...My state is mourning for the loss of the neighbouring state chief minister. I am mourning because my company is compensating this holiday with two full working Saturdays. Sigh. This is when I miss school and college. All those rainy day holidays... the freedom to just take leave and stay home when you're bored or sleepy... the famous 3 week holiday that we got due to the Sri Lankan issue... omg. I never dreamt I'll say I miss MOP. But I do now. I'm going to see Jhankar an outsider. Feels so weird.

Thursday - Why having penpals is one of the best things in my life

1. They somehow always know the right things to say

2. The mere fact that two people can be friends even when they are 1000s of miles apart just goes to show love is the universal language...and it is so beautiful.

3. Those letters in envelopes of all shapes and sizes, designs and colours, were the MOST looked forward to things in my teens! (oh my...I can't believe 'my teens' is past tense now :-(

4. I still have all the letters and cards received through the years and whenever I'm lonely, upset(or plain bored :P), the handwriting of every friend winks at me...a warm hug, a happy smile, a funny incident.... I'll be back in my elements :-)

5. The little showing off I can do when I'm using all those birthday gifts that came over air/sea from the other side of the world ;-) I so want to go visit all these crazy people

PS: Sarah is wearing the birthday gift I got her this year :-) [Sarah is the first top left picture with the green curtain behind] Nurse-amma from Albany Hospital, NY

Graduate girl: Ann Chailertvanitkul (Now Ann Anderson!!!)
Curlers on the head :P : Alaina Andzelewski - the theatre artiste from Michigan/Chicago!
Glasses: Jori author to be!
The one with the drink: Chihiro Kamata...Japanese studying German in Germany now

Thursday, September 3, 2009

ஆந்திர முதல்வரை காணோம்!

YSR Reddy is missing. Tribals and Jawans, ISRO, US Defence satellites...whoah! Everybody is looking for him(and the people who went missing with him!). So, while this topic is hot, I'd like to put down two of my theories as to what might've happened to him.

1. ACF Ramana (Remember that Vijayakanth movie?) அவரை கடத்திட்டு போயிட்டாரு!!

2. ET!! Extra-terrestrials were about to land in Nallamala forest but the chopper was proving to be an hindrance so they took YSR and the others for a case study!!

PS: When I said these theories to someone, they said I sounded like an intellectual, creative psychopath. What do you have to say now?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Tuesday - Come to Jhankar!

This weekend is Jhankar (MOP Vaishnav Culturals) and I definitely want to see a lot of familiar faces!!!!

Here is the event list :

Kudos to Bumboo for patiently sitting out and working her ass of to come up with a cool list. I hope our department does justice to it!! I'll be there to cheer! And so will you! (You better be!)

Monday - La la la la....

I'm in a crazy mood I'm trying to line up songs with a lot of la la la.... chorus! :P Lol. Here are the typical la la la and one-song-la-periyaal aagara songs!

  • ரோசா பூ சின்ன ரோசா பூ (Dedicated to Blab!!!)
  • நட்சத்திர ஜன்னலில் வானம் எட்டி பாக்குது
  • எங்கள் வீட்டுக்குள்ளே உண்டு பாட்டு சத்தம்
  • வானம்பாடி என் வாழ்விலே சூர்யோதயம்
  • வெற்றி நிச்சயம் இது வேத சத்தியம்
  • பாட்டு ஒண்ணு நான் பாடட்டுமா
  • அடடா அடடா இது தானே ஆனந்தம்!
  • ஏதோ ஒரு பாட்டு என் காதில் கேட்கும்... ( லாஆஆ)
  • வெற்றி கோடி கட்டு மலைகளை முட்டும் வரை முட்டு

  • Rosa pooo chinna rosa pooo (Dedicated to Blab!!!)
  • Natchathira jannalil vaanam etti paakudhu
  • Engal veetukulle undu paatu satham
  • Vaanampaadi en vaazhvile sooryodayam
  • Vetri nichayam idhu vedha sathiyam
  • Paatu onnu naan paadatuma
  • Adada Adada idhu thaane aanandham!
  • Edho oru paatu en kaadhil ketkum... (la la la la la la la la la la laaaaaa)
  • Vetri kodi kattu malaigalai muttum varai muttu

I'm sure there are 'n' more number of songs out there!!! Comment away!!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sunday - Regrets and Free Food

I haven't been to paatu class in two weeks. That's my biggest regret of this week. One day, Bhuvana came with me in the bus. We ate paani poori and got off home. One day, I wasted time going to check out that play thing. One day, I was just plain lazy me. The other day, I got home late. Excuses and more excuses!!

Met friends on saturday...And Today, I went to Sai Nivas to listen to Pancha Ratna Keerthanais being sung and on a day when I'm home alone, it was really lucky that they provided lunch there :-) செவிக்கும் உணவு! வயிற்றுக்கும் உணவு!

Saturday- Relationships

Relationships amaze me. Really!

Incident 1:

A couple fight for a trivial reason. It becomes a big issue. The girl cries for half an hour. The guy breaks his helmet. The girl looks so pale that she's almost like a ghost. But after like an hour, they're are teasing each other. When the guy is going out, the girl asks him to wear the helmet(without a vicer- it was broken, remember?) just so she'll feel ok that he is safe.

Incident 2:

Two people are really good friends. They realize they are in love. The girl(who is a loner btw) thinks it just doesn't seem right about them getting "together"(if you know what I mean). The guy agrees she is right(as always?!). Now that is their one and only problem. Both of them are not happy.

Phew!!! Amazing. Amusing. Confusing.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Friday- Horoscopes

I have this habit of looking at Horoscope predictions. I don't know how I became interested in it...maybe it is in my genes, because dad can give decent predictions reading a 'Jadagam' and his knowledge was got from books. So, anyway, I somehow tend to look at the horoscope in newspapers and online whenever I can. I don't tend to go by it though. But sometimes I can relate to the horoscope for my sign.(especially The New Indian Express horoscope is scarily accurate at times!) And I know the sun signs by heart :P

I've read Scorpio is compatible with Capricorn, and I find a lot of my good friends and people who actually understand me too much are Capricorns (Eg: Bhuvana, Supri, Yushi, Dinesh)


"The most magnetic, the most mystifying and the most misunderstood sign of the zodiac"

"Possessiveness and jealousy are the characteristics traits of the Scorpion and a Scorpio cannot tolerate sharing something or someone they considers theirs. Whenever they become involved in a relationship, they become emotionally much attached, though it may take some time for their partner to realize this." (Sometimes, this gets too much. We aren't extra jealous or possessive, are we?)

I somehow like my sun sign. Maybe because my sign represents whatever I am, or because I'm that way because of my sign. But I never met a fellow Scorpio friend up until college(with the exception of our Philosopher Subha), and in college it sort of became an overdose. I found Sukanya. I found Bumboo. I also happened to find Deepika. *Shrugs*

I somehow always find sun sign predictions and personality matches...I've seen living proof of this, and also people who are totally opposite to their signs. Whatever. Horoscopes are fun, and as long as they remain just for fun, eet ees acceptable I guess. now you are wondering what is the WHOLE POINT of this post?! Well, it is completely pointless :-) Got the point?

PS: Ok. The truth is I've been trying to see if there is the remoteset chance if Scorpio and Taurus can be good friends. As far as I can see, it seems quite impossible. (Sandy is an exception).

Thursday- Top 5 reasons why I'm not doing a list this week

1. I'm thoroughly just lazy right now.

2. This guy keeps annoying me. He sure has MPD.

3. I'm depressed tomorrow is a Saturday and the fact still remains that my office works half a day on a Saturday

4. I'm sleepy. Because I don't get enough sleep everyday :-( I hate getting up early to office.

5. I don't know what list to make!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday- Twilight

I was going to review Twilight...and tell you all how unfairly it is over-hyped, but Bhuvana says maybe I should read the entire series before giving out opinions. So if anybody has New moon and the third book in the series(forgot the name :P), please send it through. I have the 4th one :-)


I saw an article today morning in Yahoo! about companies wanting to hire more "Green Techies". My colleague in the next cabin and I were simultaneously googling "Green Techies" in our respective machines for more information(because Yahoo! News is blocked in office. Don't even get me started on that!). But again, simply put, green techies are people who know how to save energy. "anyone doing innovative things with computers and electronics to reduce energy use, reuse, and recycle."

And coincidentally, today Dinesh had commented today that I should change my blog's background colour. My dear anna/thambi...there is a reason why the background is black - energy saving!
And at this juncture... :-) *ta ra ta raaan* introducing to you(ok...if you already know it, feel free to wander away) BLACKLE- the energy saving search engine. For more information, go HERE beecaaz eet weeell bee plaigiarism if I cut and paste that here :P

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesday - Window seat Bus ride

I think everybody should at least experience this once. A busy day... lot of traffic... light drizzle outside...people running for cover... people braving the rains... FM music sounding sour because the rain drops sound better... an open window through which some rain drops dare to touch your elbow resting on the window railings... :-) Feel it to believe it.

Monday - மனசு

Here is a list of songs that have 'manasu' (heart) in its beginning line.
  • மனசுக்குள் ஒரு புயல் மையம் கொண்டதே
  • மனசு ரெண்டும் பார்க்க
  • மனசே மனசே மனசில் பாரம்
  • மனசுக்குள்ளே தாகம் வந்துச்சா
  • மனசுக்குள் உட்கார்ந்து மணி அடித்தாய்
  • மனசுக்குள் மனசுக்குள் புது மழை
  • லேசா பறக்குது மனசு மனசு
  • Manasukul oru puyal maiyam kondadhe
  • Manasu rendum paarka
  • Manase manase manasil baaram
  • Manasukkule dhaagam vandhuchaa
  • Manasukkul utkaarndhu mani adithaai
  • Manasukul manasukul pudhu mazhai
  • Lesaa parakudhu manasu manasu

Monday, August 24, 2009

Sunday- Of Trucks and Taunts and Twilight

I had a great week. On Monday, I met idiot Mru and Vasanth Anna. That triggered a series of fights...but I'm glad we were able to pull it off at the end, with an happily-ever-after(?!) ending. Haran came home, from London, and so did Meenakshi Akka(Anni), and athai and athimber. It was good to have them around, especially Haran, whose vocabulary consists entirely of trains, buses, trucks, lorries and the like. He loves Bhuvana(wow! that woman is really good with kids) and told her all the stories of the adventures of his 3-year-old self. I also got to meet Supri, and it was fun picking up toys for Haran. He especially liked the Blue Engine and Edward, one of the Thomas the engine toys. Saturday(Madras Day!!) was my niece's Priya's and Lawanya's birthday. I got to meet both of them, and did a lot of catching up with my cousin and Lawanya. The best part about the visit to my cousin's house was - Twilight! I've beeeen wanting to get my hands on that book for so long, it was unbelievable when Priya just shoved that book onto my lap...her 12 year old self didn't really understand vampire romance I guess. (Did you know Twilight was actually rejected by 14 agents before it got published?! What's with rejection and popularity?!?! Remember Harry Potter?)

Sundays are the laziest of days, and this sunday was no different. I woke up at 11 30, ate and went back to sleep at 2, woke up at 5, washed my hair, ate dosa, watched dum dum dum...and twilight! Bliss I say...Bliss.
I'm ready for another week :-)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday- Late realization

You knew it was going to happen. A big meeting of one political party condemning its own country's government and that of the neighbourhood's. You saw all those people coming in huge buses hanging out of the bus windows, sitting on the bus's roof and all that. You heard them yell that the President of a neighbouring country is a pimp. You heard them shouting slogans praisign the dead leader of an organization that has been categorized as 'Terrorist' and promising to follow him.

You let all that happen. It happened. Next day, you publish an announcement in the newspaper saying, people supporting a banned organization, using their emblem, photos of their leaders blah blah blah will be penalized. Chief secretary Sir, this is what you call late realization and non-chalance. You either stop it before it happens, or at least don't pretend you're trying to.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday - Noodles!

I had noodles for tiffin today :-) The yumminess inspired this post!

Instant noodles were a rage when I was a kid. I guess that's when they started getting popular and we were all addicted to Maggeee at some point of time! For almost everyone, instant noodles was the first thing we learned to cook, even before we learnt to make coffee(Remember Shriya Sharma in Sillunu oru kaadhal, making noodles for the other kid with glasses?) and the greediness with which we ate/shared the noodles is very significant :-)

And, like everything that is popular, noodles also has its share of controversies. The glue/wax that is getting mixed to the water, and that making you sick... pre-cooked food items being unhealthy etc. Once, I read in a magazine that we have to boil the noodles in water, then drain that water...(which will be cream in color by then, after a few things dissolving into it..wax?!), add water again, add the masala and cook it., healthy food is ready. But believe me, I tried it once and the once superb noodles tasted very bland, even with the masala thingy. Maybe it is wax, maybe it is something else...but that sure adds to the taste. And, as I am from "Live to eat" and not 'eat to live' category..."I | don't | care"(like that pimple ad!)

Thursday- Men and Women

I received this long time ago in an e-mail. Find my comments in brackets :-)


If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara.

If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.

(Lol! Heard of Billi, Bum and Blaby?)


When the bill arrives, Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom will each throw in a $20 , even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

When the women get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

(Er...sometimes yeah...they actually do.)


A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs

A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.

(Heck no! Not me at least!)


A man has five items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Marriott.

The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.
A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

( 337?! )


A woman has the last word in any argument.

Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

( :-) )


Women love cats.

Men say they love cats, but when women aren't looking, men kick cats.

(If this is true, I'm kicking that guy back!)


A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.

A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

(Yeah...he worries about the future cuz it also concerns her. It's a nice thing that man does, come on!)


A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.

A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

(money money)


A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.

A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change and she does.

(Oh no...I sure hope this doesn't hold good for me!)


A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail

A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

(lol...I sure know the other way round kinda people on both sides!)


Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.

Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

(no way....)


Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dream

A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

(Finally....something nice about us!)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday- Uncyclopedia!

"Uncyclopedia- the 'content' free encyclopedia anyone can edit."

Does it sound insanely familiar, but you're thinking there's something wrong?

Yup...I did write that right(write-right... wah wah wah)

Uncyclopedia is a parody of Wikipedia, and it's got complete nonsense and like it says, it is "content" free, but it will definitely make a lot of sense for people who make sense out of non-sense. Makes sense?
The logo of Uncyclopedia is a potato(as opposed to the globe that's the logo of Wiki)

Anyway, in my office(and in most offices), almost all entertainment sites are blocked. So, what do you do when you are completely bugged? Go to!

Trust me! You'll be laughing insanely.

Look out for comments of "Oscar Wilde" in almost all the articles.

Here is a sneak peek:

“Chenna I nahi yaar. Chenna Samosa”

~ Sardar on MADRAS

Chennai ( "chen" + "nai" = "red dog" in Tamil), formerly known as "MAD"Ras, short for a city full of Mad Rascals, or Madaraasapattinam, is the 4th "largest" and the 4th "best" city in the glorious nation of India. It is full of men carrying sickles and sticks ( the politicians and the police respectively ).


Iyers have a mad frigging obsession for Thayir Sadam (aka Curd Rice aka Yogurt mixed with rice boiled the previous night). Although the men of the newer generation have adopted this slick (and most times slimy) dish as a hang-over repellant, an Iyer meal typically ends with this delicacy.

A note on naming:- The algorithm for naming a son or daughter goes like this - combine 4 Gods name and follow it up with Iyer. Some samples are Balasubramanian Parthasarathy Iyer, Venkatakrishna Ramachandran Iyer.


The "Duckworth-Lewis" system

An early 19th century cricket scientist invented this controversial rule. When there is a hurricane within a radius of 140 000 kilometers from a game of cricket any player of any team may call upon the Duckworth-Lewis system to stop all ongoing play and ensue in chasing a duck, worth the amount of exactly one Lewis. The first team to catch the duck gets 1 Lewis to do with as they please. Some say the Lewis can hit 3 sixes with one sweep of the bat, some say he eats ball-boxes for breakfast and he reportedly calls players like Shane Warne and Brett Lee insufferable oafs, without as much as a twitch in his eye. The only thing we know is that he's called Lewis (and he was a fabled warrior of Medieval fame).

[Courtesy: Uncyclopedia!!!]

PS: The layout looks exactly like Wiki, so maybe people who peep into your screen off and on from behind, will get fooled :-D

PPS: I'm really hoping to see a Tamil Uncyclopedia up and rocking soon, like the TamilWiki.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday - I DON'T recommend this!!

Please see the pictures below and comment happily!

(I'm expecting lot of 'avamaanams' for me, but this is hilarious, I felt I HAD to share it!!)

I guess clicking it will make it look bigger!

கேனை முண்டம்... உன் password எனக்கு எதுக்குடா ?!?!

50 acres of land?!?! Thank u?! B.E B.Sc?!?! என்ன இழவு இது!

For Heaven's sake, Orkut is different from! யாராவது இவங்க கிட்ட போய் சொல்லுங்கப்பா!

Monday- மழை... Rain!

Yesterday, it poured down like hell and the roads were full of black umbrellas dotted with a few colours here and there. I had to go to office in the muddy sticky stinky roads...but that's okay :-) Rain is good. And, the extremely boring KL Radio also played Rain songs today!!
So the theme for this week is of course, RAIN!
மழையில் நனையற மாதிரி பாட்டு கணக்கில் அடங்காம தமிழ் சினிமாவுல உண்டு. ஆனால் மழையைப் பற்றிய/மழை heroine அழகை காட்டுவதற்காக மட்டும் இல்லாத பாடல்கள் மட்டும் இங்கே!

  • mazhaye oh mazhaye - punnagai dhesam
  • mudhal mazhai - bheema
  • mazhai mazhai - ullam ketkume
  • pinju mazhai chaara - varnajaalam
  • vinnodu mela chatham - mazhai
  • chinna chinna thooral enna
  • sevvanam paneer thoovudhu inneram
  • oho megam vandhadho - mouna raagam
  • vaan megam - punnagai mannan
  • then merku paruva kaatru - karuthamma
  • aalankati mazhai - thenaali
  • andhi mazhai megam - naayagan

  • மழையே ஒ மழையே - புன்னகை தேசம்
  • முதல் மழை - பீமா
  • மழை மழை - உள்ளம் கேட்குமே
  • பிஞ்சு மழை சாரல் - வர்ணஜாலம்
  • விண்ணோடு மேள சத்தம் - மழை
  • சின்ன சின்ன தூறல் என்ன - ??
  • செவ்வானம் பனீர் தூவுது இந்நேரம் - ??
  • ஓஹோ மேகம் வந்ததோ - மௌன ராகம்
  • வான் மேகம் - புன்னகை மன்னன்
  • தென் மேற்கு பருவ காற்று - கருத்தம்மா
  • ஆலங்கட்டி மழை - தெனாலி
  • அந்தி மழை மேகம் - நாயகன்

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday- Friends and family and some rain...

The last week was a fun one. I met a lot of friends through the college alumni meet! and also otherwise. People who are extremely busy that they can't even talk for more than a minute over phone also found time for me :-) which is good. Last week saw some good food as well... Chaat and sweets and more yummy food. Relatives from as near as Bangalore and as far as London are here. My 3 year old nephew Haran can now strike engaging conversations with everyone...the subject of which is always trains or lorries or cars. The weather is good, and the rain God is showering his blessings on us.

Life's good.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday- Swine Flu!

It was said that pigs will fly if America ever gets a Black 100 days of Obama assuming office- Swine Flu!

Dark humour I say.

Anyways, the weird thing I found this week was... people wearing masks on the streets. Okay, I understand your concerns and your caution to wear a mask to protect yourself. But just buying a (fancy) mask is not enough. You need to know how to tie it properly. When mosquitoes can get through your mask, H1N1 definitely can.

Friday - Swine Flu Prevention!

Oops.. sorry this is being posted a day late!
Aaha... you guys should've seen this coming! When there is swine flu everywhere, I got this absolutely hilarious e-mail from Burfi:


Apart from the normal symptoms there are some visual symptoms they had found in recent cases. Do not please come to office if you look like this.


But on a serious note, there is this SMS that is doing the rounds. Here goes:

Scientific prevention of swine flu using household products:

1. Inhale clove oil for a second

2. Chew 1 clove a day

3. Eat raw garlic, onion, ginger

4. Drink hot milk with 2 gm of turmeric

5. Consume plenty of Vitamin C fruits

6. Use Nilgiri oil on Handkerchiefs

பாட்டி சொல்லும்போது கேட்கலை... இப்ப ஒரு பன்னிக்கு பயந்து என்னவெல்லாம் பண்ணறாங்க!!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday- My top ten peeves (in no particular order)

I'm so peeved over a lot of things here goes! They may not necessarily be pet peeves, but yeah...some of them are.

Verb: peeve
Cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful

(Wiki says...)

1. Crowded buses and lot of traffic on roads when I'm hungry/tired

2. Friends hanging up/sounding blithe when I call them to share something happy/exciting.

3. When a friend supports the other party when someone else and I are involved(Oh, if you are saying maybe it is your mistake that's why, cut it. My friend should be my.friend. not 'judge' or 'mediator') [A good friend bails you out of jail. A super friend sits next to you and says, "motham 24 kambi iruku!"]

4. Prejudice

5. Littering/peeing in public

6. Women who keep complaining in buses...and yeah, generally people who keep whining/complaining.

7. Smelly/sweaty.. eww...

8. People who pretend like they don't know Tamil when they actually do/People who think people who talk Tamil are illiterates(Gives meaningful nod to Bum and Blab)

9. Nonchalant/Bored waiters, shopkeepers

10. Artificial, girly-girly buffed up species/People who are too full of themselves.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

100 and counting

My 100th post went past without me even noticing it...Whoah. நாங்க பிசி ஆயிட்டோம் ல!

Anyway, at this juncture, I'd like to thank

  • Nithi
  • Sandy
  • Bumboo
  • Blaby
  • Alvia (?!)
  • Dinesh Anna/Thambi
for being regular readers!

Raj Anna for all the lowes which made me write the first ever post of this blog and for visiting this dumb blog amidst his busy schedule.

Lowe you all!

Also thanks to everyone who make news and become subjects in my post! and thanks to everyone who drops in to my midnight memories for a visit!

Wednesday- All American Girl

If you are looking for one time-pass in-one-go read, you have to read this book by Meg Cabot! Reading the first chapters, I thought the heroine, Samantha Madison, sounded weird... wearing only black because "she is mourning for her generation", selling celebrity drawings and in love with her sister's boyfriend (or at least that's what she thinks).
Maybe she is weird, but that is what makes her fun. She saves the President from assassination (NOT to be a national hero, mind you!), and suddenly she becomes a celebrity (though she knows she is not!). Everywhere she goes, she is surrounded by reporters (Coke or Pepsi, Samantha? and such nuisance, lol!) and to make things better(?), the President's son might just be in love with her.
This book is really good, and you'll have quite a few laughs - totally fun to read. I would highly recommend it.

( is a confession. This is a review I wrote for TeenFX in 2005. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V to my blog :-) Find the original here)

If anybody has "All American Girl- Ready or not?", can I please borrow it?!?! I shamelessly still read young adult crap! Actually, I don't even think there is anything to be ashamed of that, what say?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Tuesday - MOP Canteen

Sambhar saadham, Man'joo'rians, juices, chilly paratha, cup noodles... WAAAAAAHHHHHHH... I miss MOP canteen!!!! Today we had noodles in office, I got reminded of the canteen. The other day we had sambhar saadham..WAAAAHHH...I missed the MOP Sambhar saadham. Any guest who comes into MOP will have this one good thing to say about the college(apart from other things like, "the girls are rude", "the campus is so small") - good food.

(Testimonials that I know of: All Radio One staff who ate here during College Champions auditions, parents of students coming for admissions etc)

The food is awwwchuum(spelling courtesy: Bumboo). I HIGHLY recommend it!

Picture courtesy: Nithya :-P

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday- Months

Okay, people are complaining I'm writing in too much Tamil. So this week's songs will be bilingual(?!) This week's theme is 'Months' (both the Tamil and the Roman calendar)

Credits: Bhuvana Kannan, the bestest friend ever

  1. ஜனவரி மாதம் - 7G ரெயின்போ காலனி
  2. ஏப்ரல் மழை மேகமே - 123
  3. ஏப்ரல் மாதத்தில் - வாலி
  4. ஜூன் ஜூலை மாதத்தில் - பிரியமானவளே
  5. ஜூலை மலர்களே - பகவதி
  6. ஜூலை மாதம் வந்தால் -புதிய முகம்
  7. சித்திரையில் என்ன வரும் - சிவப்பதிகாரம்
  8. செப்டம்பர் மாதம் - அலைபாயுதே
  9. நவம்பர் மாதம் நாலாம் தேதி - ரெட்
  10. மே மாதம் தொண்ணுத்தெட்டில் மேஜர் ஆனேனே - ஜே ஜே
  11. கனவுகள் பூக்கும் - ஏப்ரல் மாதத்தில்
  12. ஆடியில காத்தடிச்சா - வில்லன்
  13. பூ பூக்கும் மாசம் தை மாசம் - வருஷம் 16
  14. வைகாசி நிலவே - உன்னாலே உன்னாலே
  15. மார்கழி பூவே - மே மாதம்
  16. மாசி மாசம் ஆளான பொண்ணு- தர்மதுரை
  17. மாசி மாசம் தான்- ஊர் காவலன்
  18. மார்கழி திங்கள் அல்லவா- சங்கமம்
  19. தை பொறந்தா வழி பொறக்கும் - ??
  20. ஜூன் போனால் ஜூலை காற்றே - உன்னாலே உன்னாலே
For people who can't read thamizh, here goes:

  1. january madham - 7G Rainbow Colony
  2. april mazhai magame - 123
  3. april maadhathil - Vaali
  4. june july maadathil - Priyamaanavale
  5. july malargale - Bagavathi
  6. july maadham vandhaal - pudhiya mugam
  7. sithiraiyil enna varum - Sivapadhigaaram
  8. september maadham - Alaipayuthey
  9. november maadham naalam thedhi - Red
  10. may maadham thonnuthetil major aanene - Jay Jay
  11. kanavugal pookum - April maadathathil
  12. aadiyila kaathadichaa - Villan
  13. poo pookum maasam thai maasam - Varusham 16
  14. vaigaasi nilave - Unnale unnale
  15. maargazhi poove - May maadham
  16. maasi maasam aalana ponnu- Dharmadurai
  17. maasi maasam dhaan- Oor kavalan
  18. maargazhi thingal allava- Sangamam
  19. Thai porandhaa vazhi porakum -??
  20. June ponaal July kaatre - Unnale Unnale

Sunday- Lousy!

4 people dead from swine flu in India.

And my week was super lousy and the weekend was even more so.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday - Of Dope Tests and Secrets

The Indian players (Sachin Tendulkar, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj) who have been selected by the ICC for dope testing have objected to the whereabouts clause. (The clause requires players to detail their whereabouts for an hour between 6am and 11pm every day for the next three months to allow random out-of-competition testing.)

When the whole world is undergoing the test, (Bindra says it is no big deal, he's been doing it for a long time now...), why not these people? I agree they think it is an invasion of privacy whatever...but heck, you're a celebrity! Of course you don't have privacy! And everybody in the media anyway knows where you are.


PS: A close runner up and something more...hmm..let's say "interesting" is this

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday- Oil Massage

Blame it on the stress, the heat, the roaming or anything else, the fact is - my hair is falling, and how! The thickness of my hair is only half of what it was, say, like a year back. When I asked my beauty parlor woman Nasreen(who is this super cool person), she said, do oil massage. (Goes to flashback...Nandhini: Oil massage ஒரு experience. எல்லாரும் அதை ஒரு தடவையாவது பண்ணனும். சுகமா இருக்கும் டி...) I realized the time had arrived to yield to the temptation. I wanted to do it last Saturday, but after dad yelled, "சனிக்கிழமை பெண்கள் எல்லாம் தலையில என்னை தேய்ச்சு குளிக்க koodaadhu. நாங்க எது சொன்னாலும் நீ கேட்கறது இல்ல...blah blah blee....", I decided against it. And, coincidence, I did it today and here is the post! என்ன ஒரு சுகம்!! அடடடா! செமையா தூக்கம் வந்துடுச்சு! But when I came and narrated, dad said, " அந்த பைசாவ எனக்கு குடுத்திருந்தா நானே பண்ணி விட்டிருப்பேன்" Typical of him.

By the way, when I googled, I found this:

One of the time-tested treatments for hair loss is oil massage. You can use any one of the following oils – almond oil, olive oil, lavender oil, coconut oil, and castor oil – for your hair massage. You can use any of these alone or as a combination. Another time-tested remedy to grow hair is applying freshly squeezed onion juice to the scalp. You can also combine the onion juice with an egg and a tablespoon of olive oil. This will work wonders towards re-growing your hair. You can also make a mixture of one egg, juice extracted from one lime, and one tablespoon of olive oil or coconut oil. Whip this mixture and apply it to your scalp and hair. Leave it on for two hours before you wash it off. Apart from taking care of the hair growth this mixture will also take care of any dandruff that you might have. Apart with working towards growing your hair you also need to stop doing things that make you loss your hair. Hair dryers, curlers, hair irons, coloring, perming are some of the things that make you loss a lot of hair. Avoid all these things as much as possible. Also, avoid taking on any kind of stress and make sure your daily diet includes foods rich in vitamin B and folic acid, as these are know to promote hair growth.

(Courtesy: )

அடுத்த வாரம் வெங்காய ஜூஸ் தான்!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday - Five samples why politics in the state is so dumb

1. TV is Entertainment. Helmet saves lives. TV is free

2. Beautification of Chennai = Build parks in every other street corner. Install statues in every other muttu sandhu. Next to the statues and parks- slums!

3. Please vote for us.(Hands over notice with 500 bucks pinned)

4. "I know how to stop the electricity problem in the state. But I won't say it out because then the opposition will implement it"

5. Minority அரசை கண்டிச்சுக்கிட்டே இருப்போம். ஆனா, தேர்தலை மட்டும் புறக்கணிப்போம்.
"அப்பாவும் waste மகனும் waste"

எங்களை வெச்சு comedy கீமடி எதுவும் பண்ணலையே?!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wednesday - Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter

I still read young adult novels and even novels that are ranged 'Ages 12 and up' :-) Fantasy always fascinates me and such stories take you out of the world. Don't we all want to escape the realities of life and go into a dream/fantasy world? One such fantasy story I read recently (Courtesy: TeenFX) is Faery Rebels- Spell Hunter, a debut by R.J.Anderson.

This is the best fairy story I've ever read. Anderson makes fairies explicitly alive, and these days, every other big tree I see, I wish to see if there are fairies living in there.

Bryony, a.k.a. 'Knife', is a fairy. Fairies have lost their magic and they are know confined to the great Oak, not wanting to have contact with the outside world and especially the dreaded humans. But when Knife goes through the library's restricted section, she is shocked and surprised to find out that fairies have always been closely associated with humans and half of human knowledge comes from them.

Knife is determined to learn more and get the fairies back their magic. She becomes friends with a human without anybody's knowledge. What happens next forms the rest of the story. The usual elements of fantasies- magic, enemies and of course romance are sprinkled in abundance :-P

If you are looking for a happy fantasy that is a light read(or if you are looking for a book to gift your little sister or niece), you should grab this one.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday - ராஜா அண்ணா கடை

Any young girl who lives in Perambur would've definitely been to this shop at least once. Sandwiched between Chandra book stores and a Meat shop right now, Raja stores used to be sandwiched between Chandra stores and an oil shop years ago(Right opposite to its present location. They still use the old shop also). Started as one extremely kutti பொட்டி கடை(mind you, it is still kutti) , ராஜா அண்ணா கடை became very popular in a very short period of time for its cheap and best junk jewelry. Everytime my friends and I went that side, we couldn't resist taking a peek into that shop(It was always crowded) and once we took that peek, we couldn't resist buying something. It was always those 5 rupee ear-rings or bands or clips. At one stage, whenever anybody asked me about my accessory, my answer always was "அஞ்சு ரூபா...ராஜா அண்ணா கடைல வாங்கினது" and thus spread the fame of that store. When I got a ear-ring, Jaya went in to get the same ear-ring. Then Bhuvana did. Then her sisters did. Their friends did. Our schoolmates did. Or we used to buy them for our schoolmates. And so the story goes...
After joining MOP, whenever the girls sold accessories as part of their curriculum, or during the bazaar, I used to take a glance and go, "ராஜா அண்ணா கடைல இதுல பாதி விலைக்கு கிடைக்கும்...தேவையே இல்ல". And when the girls dropped in one day, they realized it was true.

What makes the store click?
  • The way they talk. Do you have this? No, but we have this. This is the best.
  • I go in. are you?
  • அண்ணா, 15 rupees. idhu too much. சரி மா...உனக்காக10ருபாய்க்குதரேன் எடுத்துக்கோ.
  • And the variety and price of course
My sister who comes in from Bangalore does her shopping everytime in here. Perambur's answer to Pondy Bazaar/Parrys/Sowcarpet roadside stores - Raja Stores :-D

You can find this place in Paddy Field Road, just after the turning to Selva Vinayagar Koil Street, and like I said, diagonally opposite to the all-famous-lazy-shopkeepers-owned Chandra stores.

Monday - முதல்

திங்கட்கிழமை எழுத வேண்டியது. ஆனால் இப்பதான் எழுதறேன்... adjust பண்ணிக்கோங்க.

இந்த வார மைய வார்த்தை - முதல். முதல் என்ற சொல் பாடலின் முதல் சொல்லாக இருக்கின்ற பாடல்கள். Feel Free to add to the list!

  1. முதல் நாள் இன்று- உன்னாலே உன்னாலே
  2. முதல் முதலாக - உன்னாலே உன்னாலே
  3. முதல் கனவே - மஜ்னு
  4. முதல் முதலா மூக்கு வேர்க்குதே - வட்டாரம்
  5. முதல் முதல உன்ன பாத்தேன் நான் அசந்து போனேன்டி- ??
  6. முதன் முதலில் பார்த்தேன் காதல் வந்தது- ஆஹா
  7. முதன் முதலாய்- லேசா லேசா
  8. முதல் மழை என்னை நனைத்து- பீமா

Activity Activity Activity

There are 90 posts in my blog so far. Most of which is nonsense. So I've decided it is finally time to make some kinda sense into this nonsense so that the 100th post makes some sense for all the nonesense people who read my no sense blog. Makes sense?

For people who are not well versed in our kind of sensible English, here is a translation: I've decided I'll write things of value in here instead of just randomly rambling. (If it still doesn't make sense, I'm sorry. I'm only good at nonsense).

So I've come up with a theme for every day of the week. Here's what I've planned(And I'm hoping to keep it up! Cross your fingers for me!)

Monday - There is this fun game that we keep playing- Movie songs based on a particular theme. It is so much fun, and it gives you the space to ponder. For the extremely boring and tiring first day of the week, this sounded like the right thing to do.

Tuesday- Recommendations. From the roadside potti kadai that sells awesome stuff to that amazing new website, anything that deserves a mention will be mentioned here.

Wednesday- Well...this had to come at some point of time. Book/Movie reviews (I can never run out of things to write about on this one!)

Thursday- Lists. I love doing these. For a list of lists I've already made, Click HERE. But I promise I'll make lists that that are sane from now on.

Friday- மங்களகரமான நாள். Hence it will contain household stuff. I'll make it generic for now because I still haven't figured out what I'm gonna do then. Maybe I'll make it a guest column :P

Saturday- Weirdest/Most amusing thing that happened this week. Do I need to say more?

Sunday- The week that was (Like Duh!)

So look out for these posts!!!

Friday, July 31, 2009

My Big Never-Told-Before Story

Astrobiology (other terms have been exobiology, exopaleontology, and bioastronomy) is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe

I'm in office and extremely bored. Luckily my boss is on leave ;-) and people in accounts department are on leave as well, the other marketing people are on duty, and so the whole floor is just for me and this one particular HR person. With sad songs in the background(Courtesy: Worldspace KL Radio) and just the computer for company, I was wondering what to do. Almost all the fun websites are blocked in my office but I just typed and yay! it does work here. So here I am! After a long long time...

(Also I should say the reason why I typed Blogger. Nithi has been featured as "Diamond Chef" for her 4thsensesamayal blog in Nice saree there Nithi! Get married soon! You're my inspiration in a lot of things including blogs and sarees :-P) the reason for this post. Today I saw a news in Yahoo! about an UFO sighting in UK. Coincidentally, two days ago, I was asking Burfi if he believed in extra terrestrials, and I was Wiki-ing for Aliens. Maybe you guys are wondering why I have this obsession for aliens. Because we(Bhuvana, her sisters and I) saw a spaceship once from my terrace! (I can hear you saying.."Ha ha! Good joke!") *Ta ra ta ra* Presenting my big story in public after so many years.

Long long ago, it was the day when Mars was coming very close to the earth and it was said it'll be pretty bright and we can see it in the night sky very clearly. So being the star gazers(or gazing at anything attractive :P) that we are, we went to the terrace to see Mars. And what did we see? A spaceship! An UFO! Maybe the picture I'm giving you along with this might sound like I've flicked it from some movie/website and just drew it in Paint, but that was what we saw anyway. A dome like thing on top which blinked different colour lights, a saucer and something below that kept spinning very fast. We first thought it was an airplane or something, but from being just a speck of light, it was clearly big as a spaceship in seconds...and it just zoomed off in zig zag direction before we could realize what it actually was. I remember Bhuvana and I shouting, "UFO! Hey Martian! Come take us!! We need adventure!!" (I don't know why we thought a Martian might know English and not Tamil!) Lol. We were those kids who were always fantasizing about whatever we read in books/saw in movies, and adventures with aliens were right on top of the list. I remember us running down and telling dad what we saw. I even drew diagrams for him, I think he didn't really believe me. We shoved Priya in front(she was a really kutti kid back then...say 2nd or 3rd std or something) and we were like, "kids don't lie. Ask her what she saw". But unfortunately she described the UFO sighting like how Mrs. Figgs explained Dementors(for non Potter fans, sorry. I didn't know how to describe it better). So bang went our big story, and without pictures or anything, we didn't have anything to prove ourselves and be famous :-P :-(

(Special Thanks to Alaina for believing us)

All we could do was sit and watch My Favorite Martian in Star Movies a few days later.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

10 Best Things about having a job

By now, all you guys know I have a temp job with Xturion aka Sankara Software Services till HCL decides to call us(That's the next billion dollar question after "Was Michael Jackson murdered?!"). So here goes!

10 Best Things about having a job

10. When you get back home from your first day of work, your mum gives you Chickoo Milkshake.

9. All your clothes are neatly ironed.

8. When you want your rice to be 'pesanjufied', your mum does it without the usual 10 minute grumble.

7. Office provides a feast every afternoon for lunch.

6. When everybody compains about the heat, you smile inside thanking the AC in office.

5. You get a Rs. 600 bus pass, which enables you to get in and out of ANY bus in the city without buying a ticket. (Such a boon for me, the road roamer)

4. A friend wants to meet you? "Mum, traffic. I'll come back home late"

3. You wanna go meet a friend? Leave office early, but tell home you started late.

2. A job pays you!!

And the No. 1 best thing about having a job is
"You finally get back your appetite and star eating ravenously AND your hair fall reduces!!"

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Necessary Losses and Losing what is necessary

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

How true. During the course of our life, so many things die inside us. And from the grave, weeds sprout up and they rule our life entangling us in their meaningless tangles. But that tangle keeps us protected in a way. So people tend to cling to those tangles, unknowingly blocking the first rays of sun that will probably warm the soul and rejuvenate those dead things.

PS: A post after sooo long and see what I write!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

My interview Story

I was going to post this after I get a job. But that doesn't look like happening very soon, and old stories become stale. So here eet ees. (If you don't have patience, feel free to wander away from here :-)

Nandhini has been trying so hard to find me a job. She kindly told her friend Lavanya, Lavi for short, that I needed a job and sold me so well that Lavi got convinced what a super woman I am :P So, I went for the interview to her company. I was interviewed by FIVE people, for 3 and a half hours. I was applying for a position in their Sales team, so I was separately interviewed by the HR, two Sales managers, Vice President-sales and the COO.


1. I told the Vice President my favorite author is JK Rowling and my character from Harry Potter is Sirius Black :)

2. Q: Why do you think you will fit in here?

A: Heard of Ad zap... they make u sell BIZARRE products there. If I can do that and win prizes, I can of course sell software

3. Q: What are you proud of? (To be written)

I'm proud of the fact that when I die, a lot of people will cry.

4. Q: Ok, so explain data mining with an example.

A: Sheepish grin. Example... er... example... ok, Let us say you want to know who uses washing powder on a daily basis. We have a data of 100 random people. Split into man and woman. Woman, further split to above 20 years and below 20 years. Above 20 years, split into working woman and home-maker. So, the home-maker uses it on a daily basis. (As an afterthought)... this is the classification method.

5. Nature keeps calling me. I'm sitting right before 2 toilets. Both men. Then I ask the HR lady where the ladies room is. She shows me the way. There are two toilets. One on which is written Women. I assume, since the other place had two men's, this should be two women. I open the toilet on the side, and I'm wondering what this fat guy with glasses is doing there. Then with a jolt I close the door and hurriedly enter the Women's room. I hide there till I convince myself the coast is clear to come out.

AND, the same day night at 10pm, the CEO called from the US (their office is in San Jose, CA) and he asked me all sort of techie stuff as well. (Example: Difference between Stored Procedure and SQL Query) Lavi told me in the evening itself that she was getting super feedback from whoever interviewed me. So I was sort of confident already.

And then, the HR person called me with the offer. (Out of the 6 candidates who had come in, out of which 3 candidates were filtered and sent to the sales manager, he picked only me. All the others were MBAs. I was the only under graduate. Felt so cool) Lavi had already asked me to negotiate pay cuz hr adi maatu velai dhaan solluvanga nu she'd already warned. But later... I said yes to the pay they offered after I realized they weren't ready to negotiate. After an hour after I said yes, the HR calls and tells me I’m on hold. Wondering what was going on...I asked Lavi. She thinks it’s because she is this egoistic bitch who wants to prove her authority. She probably thinks me bargaining is a question on her authority. And apparently she doesn't get along with the sales manager AT ALL, and he has marked me pretty high on the interview. So she wants to have the satisfaction of annoying him and not getting him the candidate he wanted on his team. Etc etc.

(The sales manager is a good friend of Lavi. So that's how I came to know about all these inside issues. ) Lavi and this sales manager(thoroughly good looking :P), asked me to talk to this woman once and maybe then things might work. And, I tried calling this woman that day and she just said 'oh...Vedha... listen I have to talk to the CEO and only then decide' and she hung up on me. Talking to the CEO is not even a likely excuse. The VP spoke to her(as told to Lavi) indirectly enquiring about me. She has just told him she has her own apprehensions. But when the sales manager asked her, she put the blame on the VP, saying he thinks I’m not good enough for the position. We knew something was wrong. But we couldn’t figure out what. After two shitty days(where my hair fall got pretty high)… Voila! We understood what the catch is – the HR’s Annan ponnu has come to attend the interview for the same position :-)

Saniyan Sevvailendhu Sarukittu vandhu en vaazhkaila sadugudu aadudhadaa saamy!

நாங்களும் வரைவோம்-ல!

Lol. When I was in 5th standard or something, I used to fill even ruled notebooks with my drawings and water color paintings. (I think I still have them somewhere). Then somewhere down the lane, I lost touch... But yeah, now me being vetti, and Bumboo, Blab and Nithi being the full the inspirations, I sat down to sketch Nandy(ayyo paavam).

Kadasi varaikum, that smile couldn't be duplicated (eppadi ellam samaalika vendiyadhaa iruku?!) Still have to do finishing touches(?!) but yea.. you can see what it looks like.

Idhu Nandhini illa.. Nandhini maadiri :P

Friday, May 29, 2009

Swearing-in ceremony

I was thorougly bored and home-alone yesterday, so I thought it would actually be a good time pass to watch the swearing in ceremony of all the ministers of 'Team Manmohan". And I was right! Watte time pass!

Now I REALLY know why Prathibha Patil is fit to be the President. If being President means just signing a few papers, and saying 'I' or 'Mein' or 'Wait Wait Wait' when somebody forgets to wait for her to say 'I' or 'Mein', then even I could be President and that is saying something!

This one minister Narayanaswamy fumbled with his papers and pleaded for the President to start a bit late. Another minister whose name I forgot, started taking the oath before the President began, and he kept apologising profusely..saying 'Sorry Madam, Sorry Madam'. People started laughing.

Some people took oath in Hindi and some in English. Rahul's young brigade(read Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and Jitin Prasada) took the oath in Hindi. (Did I mention Scindia is my latest crush? :P)
Englipish was punished heavily. A lot of people said 'constitusan' 'affecsan' 'gaat'(got) and the like.

Sangma, 28, came in dressed neatly and was OBVIOUSLY nervous.

MK Stalin sat next to Rahul Gandhi and kept talking animatedly. The Congress president and the Prime minister sat next to each other, serenely looking at the proceedings. Raja was sitting in one end of the row, with Maran in the other row, apparently sitting next to each other. MK Azhagiri was sitting in the row behind Raja. Also spotted were Azhagiri's son, mother and other kith and kin. Sachin Pilot's super head gear was reminiscent of his dad(appa's comment)

All in all, a very interesting show on TV.

For the complete list of ministers and their portfolios, go here