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Thoughtless

Thoughtless, goalless and aimless people sorround you like nitrogen fills the atmosphere. Their mindless gibberish penetrates our heart like cold ice dagger. They always try to generalise a single happening they witnessed. Given below are few examples.

A guy who witnesses one mugging in Newyork will paint a picture that the entire Newyork state is filled with psychos and serial killers.

A guy whose cousin got selected into an MNC without even having 10th certificate will paint a rosy picture to all unfortunate souls who couldnt clear 10th.

A guy who tasted beer only once in his entire life will keep talking about that episode like a Vietnam veteran who witnessed the war closely.

These people are extremely dangerous souls who can paralyse a healthy man with just few harmless statements within no time. They are potently dangerous than White Phosphorus.

Recent Happening
Looks like India lost yet another match. There is nothing else we can complaint on. So better leave this topic.

Petrol prices…

கிறுக்கு

இந்த பிளாக்லே வேற என்ன கிறுக்குத்தனம் பன்னலாம்னு யோசிச்சப்போ வந்தது தான் இந்த movie of the week and song of the week nu இடது பக்கத்துல (அதாவது right hand side) நீங்க பார்க்கிற links.

எவ்ளோ நாள் அத தொடருவேன்னு எனக்கே தெரியல. இந்த பிளாக்க பாக்க வர ஆயிரக்கணக்கான மக்களோட விருப்பமே என்னோட விருப்பம்.

சின்ன வயசுலே விளையாட்டுலே உபயோகப்படுத்தின சில வார்த்தைகளை சிந்திச்சப்போ வந்தது கீழே உள்ள வார்த்தைகள்.

கிரிகோல், அல்ட்டீஸ், அப்பீட், மாஞ்ஜா, சூத்திரம் (காத்தாடி measurement), தடுத்தா தூர், ரைட்டா (நொண்டி).

நீங்க சொல்றது புரியுது என்ன சொல்ல வரேன்னு கேக்கறீங்க. எனக்கும் தெரியலே.

Sanjay Dutt has been acquitted on terrorism charges but has been convicted on the charges of pocessing arms. Well if we start discussing the judgement detail, only confusion will prevail.

Regarding Indian cricket I have seen people blaming the 11 players, the captain, the coach, the selection team, the BCCI, the pitch, the toss, the wind, the dew, the pressure and whatever else you can think of. We have blamed everything but sti…

Ramblings

Two new tamil movies were released last week. Given below are the review comments given by rediff for these movies

Rendu - Madhavan's Rendu is too dumb to watch
Sivapathigaram - Sivappathigaaram is super-stupid

Click on the links to read the full review from rediff.

Another much hyped Hindi movie was released last week. Dhoom 2. Western people always had the tendency to write stories which will span across continents whether it be a novel or movie. Now our guys especially Bollywood people use that thought thoughtlessly.

There used to be a time when the songs and movie stills would be easily attributable to a movie but nowadays in all posters we see the same kind of look and feel.

Salman Khan with 2 rupees balloon karan kannadi, Amitabh (oops sorry Big B) with same grim face and Sunil shetty with an equally grim face. If not the above combination you will see Saif with a miami holiday dress and John Abraham with a rugged Jean. Yes these posters will also contain skimpily clad Bips, Aish,…

Shawshank Redemption

If there is one movie which talks about hope it is Shawshank Redemption. After hearing a lot about this movie I finally watched it on Saturday. Based on the novel by Stephen King, I expected something sinister but what I saw was a completely different movie. It was a revelation that King could write something other than Horror. The movie is all about what hope can do to a man and people around him. It is about what relationships are and how relationships should be.
The movie starts off with a man being convicted for killing his wife and her lover. He is given double life sentence and is brought to Shawshank Prison. The man who is a banker in real world how he copes inside the prison forms the crux of the movie. The movie is about how he impacts the life of other prisoners.
Tim Robbins acts as the convicted murderer and Morgan Freeman acts as his close friend inside the prison.
There are few movies which will bring a big happy smile in your face (i am not talking about the comedy genre). …

Python

ஓரு பக்கம் அடர்ந்த மரங்கள் மறுபக்கம் நேற்று பெய்த மழையில் ஆக்ரோஷமாக ஓடும் தேம்ஸ். நல்ல இருட்டு வெகு தூரத்தில் ஸ்டெயின்ஸ் நகரின் மின்விளக்குகள் கண் சிமிட்டிக்கொண்டிருந்தன.

என்னுடைய நடையில் வேகம் கூடியது . நண்பன் கூறின பாம்பு பற்றிய எண்ணம் மனதுக்குள் வந்துக்கொண்டே இருந்தது.

பாம்புகள் மேல் எனக்கு எப்பொழுதுமே ஒரு ஈடுபாடு உண்டு. அவைகளை சூழ்ந்துள்ள மர்மமே இதற்கு காரணம். இருந்தாலும் பாம்பும் மனிதனும் சேர்ந்த பிராணி என்றால் சிறிது ம்ம்ம் இல்லை பெரிய பயமே உள்ளது.

திடீரென்று பின்னால் மிதிவண்டி வரும் சத்தம் கேட்டு ஒரமாக ஒதுங்கினேன். கால் தவறி அந்த ஆக்ரோஷ்மான நதியில் விழுந்தேன்.

(நாளை தொடரும்)

Here is an old new about a Python which tried to eat an Alligator and had its guts split. If you have the stomach to see such pictures click here

If you are in Chennai and interested in taking PMP certification here is an article in todays Hindu on that.

Suddenly in Tamilnadu the Mullaiperiyar Dam issue has become the hottest topic. We dont know what happened to the cauvery issue.

There is lot of build up for th…

பரமானந்தம்

திடீர்னு என்னோட செல் போன் ட்ரிங்கியது பார்த்தால் நண்பன் ராமு விடமிருந்து கால்

"ஹலோ சொல்டா"

"எங்கேடா இருக்கே"

"நான் நிதேஷ் வீட்டுக்கு போய்க்கிட்டு இருக்கேன் டா"

"ஓ, போகும் போது பாத்து போடா அந்த தேம்ஸ் ரூட் லே போகாதே"

"ஏண்டா?"

"ஆறு மணிக்கு மேல பாம்பு மனுஷன் வருவானாம்"

"என்னடா உளறறே"

"உண்மை தாண்டா போய்ட்டு சீக்ரம் வந்து சேர்"

போன் கட் செய்து விட்டான்

பாம்பாவது மனுஷனாவது னு மனசுகுள்ளே நினைச்சுக்கிட்டு

"தீப்பிடிக்க தீப்பிடிக்க " என்ற பாடலை முனுமுனுத்துக்கொண்டே முன்னேறினேன்..

(நாளை தொடரும்)

Now General Knowledge Inland Taipan is the most venomous snake in the world. To make it less dangerous GOD created it quite shy. To learn more about them click here

Now to Entertainment, Rajini's grandson has been named Yathra yes we all knew Rajini would give some different name.

பாம்பு மனிதன்

ஆமாம் நீங்க நினைக்கறது சரி தான். நேத்து நான் பாம்பு மனிதனை பார்த்தேன். பல பேர் சொல்லியிருக்காங்க பாம்பு மனிதனை பாக்க முடியாதுன்னு ஆனா நேற்று எதிர் பார்க்காத நேரத்தில பாம்பு மனிதனை பார்த்தேன். நேற்று சுமார் ஒரு ஆறு மணி இருக்கும் நான் தேம்ஸ் நதி (அட ஆமாங்க தேம்ஸ் நதி தான்) ஓரமா நடந்து வந்து கிட்டு இறுந்தேன். நல்ல இருட்டு, சரியான குளிர் வேற. குல்லா ஒன்ன போட்டுகிட்டு விரு விரு னு போய்க்கிட்டு இருந்தேன்....
(நாளை தொடரும்)

Those who cant read Tamil dont worry, the above paragraph just talks about my encounter with the Snake Man in the shores of River Thames.

22nd Nov 2006 Hindu has a news about a MTC which ran without control and killed 2 people. One of them a software engineer was in an auto when the auto driver stopped the auto to enquire about an address. Another person is a coolie who had stopped to take rest.

We dont know when disaster strikes. Very pathetic. The way our government values human life is very pathetic. It takes absolutely zero effort to ensure safety in road. Hats off. Rats.

நாளை

நாளைக்கு என்ன செய்ய போறோம்னு யோசிக்காத நாள் சமீபத்தில வந்ததா ஞாபகம் இல்ல. எப்போ பாத்தாலும் நாளைக்கு என்ன செய்ய பொறோம் என்ன செய்ய பொறோம் இதே யோசனை தான். இப்பிடி யோசிச்சே ஒவ்வொரு நாளையும் கடத்தி கொண்டு இருக்கிறோம். இதனால் நிகழ் காலத்தை இழ்ந்து போகிறோம்.

நாளைக்கு வங்கிக்கு போகனும், நாளைக்கு பில் கட்டனும், நாளைக்கு அது வாங்கனும், நாளைக்கு அவங்க வீட்டுக்கு போகனும் இதே சிந்தனை. இந்த சிந்தனையில் இருந்து வெளியே வாந்தால் தான் நாம் வாழ்க்கையை வாழ முடியும் நிகழ் காலத்தை அனுபவிக்க முடியும்.

சரி நேரமாச்சு, நாளைக்கு எனக்கு நிறைய வேலை இருக்கு பாக்கலாம் .

பிறகு சந்திப்போம்.

To chew

Do you want something to chew? If your mouth is empty and you do want something to chew check out the last comment for my Casino Royale review.

It is great to see there are still people around the world who care for strangers. The anonymous person was so concerned that I shouldnt get carried away by my urge to write and leave my job for writing. He feels I might be better off by not reviewing.

Its heartening to see there exists people with such good will even in these days where it is difficult to get a simple smile from your neighbhour.

Now enjoy chewing.

Menace

People asking silly questions are a menace to the society. Especially those who try to ask this silly question and try to bask in the warmth of it are a total menace. This tactic is used by the weak to impress the strong. The strong may be called a strong because of his/her position in organisation or his/her technical speciality. The weak finds a potential strong target and comes up with few silly questions for which the weak already know the answer.

Then the weak will approach the strong with a good samaritan look and will ask the question as if it is a doubt which is lingering in his/her mind and only the strong could help out. The strong without knowing the intention will start clarifying. The weak who asked the silly question will get boldened by the strongs answer will put forth few more silly questions. Then the weak will start thinking that he/she spent the day usefully as he/she was able to have a chat with the senior and go back to its desk with an answer which he/she knew fi…

Philmi Post

This weekend watched two movies Thillu Mullu and Agni Natchathiram. I bought Thillu Mullu with lot of expectations but for some reason the movie didnt evoke much laughter this time. May be I have watched it umpteen number of times that I found it less funny this time.

The last scene where Kamal appears its such an insipid role I kept wondering how Kamal accepted the role. Also was expecting at any minute Kamal is going to walk out of the movie saying the whole idea is crap.

Another observation is the movie was taken in 1981 and in the song 'Annangale Thambigale' Rajini acts like Sivaji, MGR, M.R Radha, Kamal and himself. So at that time itself they have compares Rajini-Kamal as MGR-Sivaji. Considering Rajini's first movie was released in 1975 it is a significant achievement in 6 years.

In Agni Natchathram one thing I observed this time which I didnt observe previously was that all songs are taken indoor except for the 'Va Va Anbe Anbe'. Almost all the songs had length…

Casino Royale

Casino Royale was released here and I managed to watch it on the first day. Though I am not an avid fan of Bond, I do watch his movies when I get a chance. They will never bore. Now after his latest flick receiving rave reviews I did have some expectations.

First something on the latest Bond Daniel Craig. He has fit in perfectly atleast as per my view into Bond's shoes. Though he looks different from Pierce Brosnan he looks good in a different way. Brosnan had a stylish look. Craig looks stylish as well as muscular. He wears a tough guy look. To watch Casino Royale he alone can be one reason.

Now coming to the movie let me tell you before hand that I didnt understand the story. It was like me watching english movie when I was young. I just used to watch for the action scenes without understanding the movie. It was the same experience.

The movie starts in Czech Republic there is some bloody action in a toilet and I didnt understand what was happening and then the title comes in Bond s…

Software Guy

Nowadays software release (application release or product release) have become as important as an operation performed on a human being. Software team has become as important as a team of doctors.

During an operation if a doctor does a mistake it could cost a life. Its visble as clear as the prints on our hands. But, the problem is any software release is also treated with the same importance as that of an live saving operation. Any mistake in a software application is treated as if it is a life threatening issue. People become worried as relatives of a person undergoing two heart by pass surgeries. They start to panic.

The guy who has done that mistake is treated like a person who has commited planned murder. They make sure the guy suffers for his mistake. Top guys just pass on instructions but the person who suffers is the one at the bottom. They say 'We want this system up and running at any cost'.

I have searched through many forums when I myself was looking for answers to the…

Certain things..

From the day I was able to understand news there have been few things that always occupied the headlines.

1) Punjab Violence
2) Russia Vs America
3) Kashmir Violence
4) Srilankan Violence
5) Middle-East Violence (includes Afghanistan)

During the doordharshan days there was not a single day passed without talking about some killing in Punjab. Slowly the violence there stopped and it doesnt figure in the news anymore. Same way Russia Vs America cold war also stopped without much damage(atleast to American side, Russia was split into many countries). One out of the remaining three occupy the headlines without fail till today.

Kashmir and Srilankan fight remain static meaning the groups that fight against each other remains the same. The middle east fights inlcuded Iran-Iraq war, Gulf war, the perenial Israel Vs Arab world war, Russia-Afghan-American war etc. There are no signs of these problems getting solved.

US is now like a man who is holding a tigers tail. It is neither able to leave Iraq n…

Linking Rivers

I heard through some websites that Rajini is going to mention about linking rivers in his much awaited Sivaji. Media is going ga-ga over it. Is linking rivers across India really a possiblity? With the kind of relations we see between states and the speed with which we execute projects and the willingness of politicians to genuinely think about improving India, I dont think it is possible. Above all that just by the sheer magnitude of the process I dont think what we talk is really possible.

I have heard that in China they did something like that. They turned the coarse of a river in different direction and they were successful in that but there were some people who were against that because of ecological reasons. Going by the success of it, it does look possible atleast on paper but with some ecological impact.

Coming back to politicians on doing something for improving the country the first thing that comes to my mind is Delhi Metro and the golden quadra route linking the four metros.…

Weekend Post

This weekend watched two movies The Three Kings and Bhama Vijayam.

The Three Kings is set at the time when the Gulf war was over (the kuwait issue early 90's) . The war is over and the American soldiers are planning to go home. That's when Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube come across a map which shows the location where Saddam has hidden the gold he stole from Kuwait. Now George Clooney enters the scene and says they have to steal the gold without US military knowing. The three along with one more soldier go in search of the gold.

This takes them to a village where the villagers are held hostage by Iraqi soldiers. The three only concentrates to steal the gold and neglect the pleas of the villagers to save them from the Iraqi soldiers. At one point the three come in support of the villagers but they are out numbered by the Iraqi soldiers and they try to escape with the villagers and gold.

Mark Wahlberg is taken a captive by Iraqi soldiers while Ice cube and George clooney along with the…

Drinking

There are lot of debates going on in lot of forums on the actions of the Tamilnadu police when they raided a pub in Chennai and took few women there to the police station.

Refer to the news here

The facts I gathered from these forums are

1) Police raided these bars at 11:10 PM (Mandatory closing time is 11:00 PM)
2) There were woman cops who interrogated the women in the bar and they were taken to women police station
3) Police advised the women that drinking is not good habit
4) Police called the parents of the women and advised them to raise their daughters well

Now many of them oppose one or more of the above mentioned points. The points put forth by those who oppose the above raid are

1) 11.10 PM is just too early as in 10 minutes it is difficult to close bar
2) Who are police to give advice to the girls
3) How can they call the parents and advise them
last but not the least
4) All this happens only to women, how can the society be partial it allows men to drink if women drinks is it wrong? …

New Look

Whoever has been following this blog would have noticed the new look. This is something which I wanted to do for a long time but didnt do it due to lack of time. Finally here we have the new look.

The reason for having a simple white background is to enable everyone to read from office. I myself have struggled hard to read others blog from office which are very colorful because it attracts lot of attention. The simple the design of the blog the easier it is for us to read. For example Prabhus blog is perfect. Coweys blog is little difficult to access from office with its current colorful look and feel. Another perfect example is our own Hindu the moment we move to any news item it becomes a harmless site.
*** After a long time I completed reading a novel. The Last Juror by John Grisham. I took this book for Grisham's name and it was a big let down have never read such a boring novel by him. Not a single interesting courtroom scene He has given pages and pages for a character but whic…

Stanley Kubrick

My friend Kowsik has written an article on Kubrick and his films.
I was introduced to Kubrick by Amazon when I was searching for DVDs. Since I was also a reader of King the connection was complete with 'The Shining'. Before I could watch 'The Shining' I had the oppurtunity to watch 'Amytiville Horror' and I could see a close resemblence to the book 'The Shining' by King. So I postponed watching 'The Shining'.
Amazon led me through the other works by Kubrick. The first work by him I watched was 'Full Metal Jacket', being an avid fan of movies which had themes of Military training I was easily impressed by the work. The movie was great. Then I was lured to 'Eyes wide shut'. This movie had an very eerie atmosphere through out. All the characters will look suspicious of something. Lot of weird stuffs happening. The only disappointment with this movie was it ended abruptly. Though I liked the movie I was not satisfied.
Then through som…

DVD Piracy

Yesterday I went to a Car Boot sale. As I roamed around the place I noticed a person of oriental origin having a DVD shop spread out before him. I could see almost all recent movies spread out before him. He had a copy of 'Lady in the water' too. (i checked in amazon and found the official version is to be out only in jan, 2007). Then I realised that what I was witnessing is something akin to burma bazzar.

For lunch I went to Burger King. As I was about to finish my lunch there came another oriental person and he askd me something. I couldn't understand the first time so I asked him "what's it?" he replied "do you want dvds?". He was holding two huge bags in his hands. I replied "no thanks". Then he scanned the whole place for other potential customers and left. I saw him disappearing in the crowd with those two heavy bags in his hand.

Here in UK they advertise a lot against DVD piracy but I could see there the pirated DVDs spread out in pub…

Barber Shop

முடி திருத்தகம் இதற்கும் ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமைக்கும் ஒரு பெரிய தொடர்பு உள்ளது. ஆனால் நான் இப்பொழுது பேச இருக்கும் காரியம் வெறும் முடி திருத்துதலை பற்றியது. இது வரை ஒரு முறை கூட முடி வெட்டிய பிறகு முழு திருப்த்தியோடு வீடு திரும்பியதாக சரித்திரமே இல்லை. நாம் ஒரு வகையாக வெட்ட சொன்னால் அவர்கள் எப்பொழுதுமே வேறு வகையாக தான் வெட்டுவார்கள். எப்பொழுதுமே கட்டையாக வெட்ட சொன்னால் வெட்ட மாட்டார்கள். முடி வெட்டினோமா இல்லையா என்று நமக்கே குழப்பமாக இறுக்கும். இன்னும் கொஞ்சம் வெட்டுங்கள் என்று சொன்னால் "உங்கள் முடி படியாது ஸார்" என்று அறிவுறை கூறுவார்கள். "பராவாயில்லை நீங்கள் வெட்டுங்கள்" என்று சொன்னால் வெட்டுவதை போல சிறிது நேரம் பாவ்லா காட்டி விட்டு "இப்பொழுது ஓ.கே வா ஸார்" என்பார்கள். நானும் வேறு வழி இல்லாமல் "சூப்பர் ஸார்" என்று விட்டு ஏமாற்றப்பட்ட உணர்வோடு வீடு திரும்புவேன்.

இது சென்னையில் மட்டுமல்ல நான் எங்கெல்லாம் சென்றிருக்கிறேனோ அங்கெல்லாம் இதே கதை தான். வெகு சில நேரங்களில் மிகவும் கட்டையாக வெட்டி விடுவார்கள். இதற்கு வீட்டில் "என்னடா முடி வெட்டினா மாதிரியே…

Road to Manchester

Yesterday for project reasons we had to travel to Manchester. It was decided we will go by car from London to Manchester. I dont drive it will be my English colleague who has to take the wheel. It was a long drive indeed. 3 hrs and bits.

The only thing that prompted me to write this post is the way they are maintaining the roads and the quality of the roads.

The first important thing about these roads are we can drive without worrying if someone or something will cross the road suddenly.
There are huge electronic signboards every 3 or 4 miles announcing if we should foresee any delays in that route for the next few weeks (like any major events happening or road works planned)
Wherever road works are happening there are clear indications of diverted traffic and route the diverted traffic should take.
Very advanced speed monitors

The important thing above all this is people respecting all traffic rules.

Can this become a reality in our country? :-(

Sankar - Anniyan

அந்நியன் திரைப்படத்தை மறுபடியும் பார்த்தேன். சங்கரின் கதாபாத்திர தேர்வு மிகவும் துல்லியமாக இருந்தததை உணற முடிந்தது. அது மட்டும் அல்லாது அந்த பாத்திரங்களின் வசன உச்சரிப்பும் பலே.

குறிப்பாக ஆரம்பத்தில் சார்லி, பிறகு மஞ்சள் கோட்டை தாண்டி செல்லும் மனிதர்கள், அதன் பிரகு விக்ரமை திட்டும் ஆட்டோ ஓட்டூனர். பிரேக் ஓயர் கடை சேட் முதலாளி. பேருந்தில் தொங்கி கொண்டு வரும் கல்லூரி இளைஞன், பேருந்தில் சதாவிடம் தகராறு செய்யும் மனிதன். விக்ரம் வீட்டு வாடகைக்கு வாதாடும் போது வரும் நீதிபதி, வாடகை கொடுக்க முடியாத அந்த பெண்மணி, வீட்டு உரிமையாளராக வருபவர். இன்னும் கூறிக்கொண்டே போகலாம்.

The way the college student hanging on foot board saying 'பழக்கமில்லே' when vikram calls him inside, the way the thugs communicate when they beat Vikram, the way the thug slaps Vikram in the bus when confronted for misbehaviour, the way the car guy talks when asked to take a victim to hospital. Each acting nuances dialogue delivery has been well etched out.

The way the brake wire shop guy talks to Vikram 'வேலே கெடுக்கா…

Another Day

For some reason I feel Kevin Spacey gives the same kind of expressions in all the movies he acts. He always plays a very calm guy who keeps talking pages and pages of dialogues. I have seen in him K-Pax, American Beauty, Se7en and the highly hyped The usual suspects. The one movie which I would like to see but havent seen yet is LA Confidential but from the posters I could see he is having same dull look.

He keeps talking in the same monotonous tone rambling on something. One has to agree for some reason we do like the dull look, the smirk on his face and the monotonous tone.
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Temperature here in London has dropped considerably and we can feel the pinch of winter here. Time to switch over from thin jackets to thick ones.
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I heard from back home that they caught a snake during the rainy days and they claim it was a Cobra and a snake catcher had to be called to catch it. Snakes are my favorite topic but for the time being enjoy this link