Tuesday, January 26, 2010


21 blesses 'n' curses


1. What is your current obsession?

A. Aayirathil Oruvan

2. What are you wearing today?

A. 3/4 Shorts and T-shirt

3. What’s for dinner?

A. Chapatti

4. What’s the last thing you bought?

A. 2 kachoris from the nearby chaat shop

5. What are you listening to right now?

A. Thai Thindra Manne- Aayirathil Oruvan

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?

A. I dont know much about Neha. But from reading her blog posts i could understand she hates traditions and bit of a rebel.

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?

A. None other than Chennai. I love my home town

8.One thing you wanna change about yourself ?

A. To be less critical of other and myself.

9. Whose company do you enjoy the most?

A. Me. I like spending time alone and think about something.

10. Which language do you want to learn?

A. Sanskrit

11. What’s your favourite quote?

A.   “Philosophy is like a mother who gave birth to and endowed all the other sciences. Therefore, one should not scorn her in her nakedness and poverty”- Albert Einstein

12.Would u cook for me?

A. Indeed, but i want the lion’s share.

13. What is the right way to avoid people who purposefully hurt you?

A. Think they are talking to someone or think they are lesser mortal as one of my friends would say.

14. What are you afraid of the most?

A. Failure

15. Who do you want to meet right now?

A. Selva Raghavan and congratulate him. 

16. What is your favourite colour?

A. Black and Blue

17. Give us 3 styling tips that work for you.

A. None, i go with what comfortably fits me.

18. What is your dream job?

A. Writer

19. What’s your favorite magazine?

A. Sportstar

20. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?

A. I would take it to the bank and exchange it with rupee Big Grin

21. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?

A. weird color combination and stupid hairstyle

22. Who according to you is the most over-rated writer?

A. I dont know much about this. 

23. What brings a smile on your face instantly?

A. Whenever a new music of A.R. Rahman releases or there is an update to any of the softwares i use.

24. A word that you say a lot?

A. “Adapaavi” (you sinner. It is a swear word dont take that literally)

25. What kind of haircut do you prefer?

A. Unkempt or mohawk

26. What are you going to do after this?

A. Read some blogs.

27. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?

A. watch TV and try to think out of it.

28. What makes you go wild?

A. Dragon Ball Series.

29. What are your favourite movies?

A. Anbe Sivam, Hey Ram, Swades, Rang De Basanti, Vasool Raja, Saroja, Chennai 28, Pasanga, Kaminey, Unnai Pol Oruvan, Aayirathil Oruvan………..

30. What inspires you?

A. Doing something that others have not done.

31. What do your friends call you most commonly?

A. Venky. My full name is Venkatadri

32. Would you prefer coffee or tea?

A. Coffee

33. Which other blogs do you love visiting?

A. All the blogs that I follow...

34. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?

A. I am sweet person but i dont like sweet eatables Winking

35. How many tabs are turned on in your browser right now?

A. 7

36. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

A. My eyes are very red

37. Favorite Season?

A. Winter

38. Last movie you saw?

A. Aayirathil Oruvan

39. What breaks your heart?

A. To know that I am not good enough

40. Which was the last trip you took..??

A. To a book Exhibition

41. Favourite book?
A. All chetan Bhagat books

Rules for those who are tagged :-

1. Respond and rework – answer these questions on your blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own, and add one more question to the list.

2. Then tag a new set of people.[Break the rules if you want but do Answer them all]

I pass on this tag to anyone who wants to take it up : Srini, Meow, Shruthi, Shilpa, Avada Kedavra, Sojo, Ajai and Sandya

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Celebrating Bogus Bhogi and Pongal

12 blesses 'n' curses




On Wednesday Jan 13 Tamil Nadu celebrated Bhogi. A festival celebrated on the last day of the last month of the Tamil year. This is the time of the year when I become that much more heavier. In a way pongal can be said as the New year in Tamil Nadu. People say Bhogi is about burning the old and starting afresh.

Perhaps we were never good at metaphors or we just refuse to dont want to understand. No wonder the Indian constitution is one of the longest, given we find loopholes to exploit.We Indians have the best brains in the world. No one knows better than us about how to misconstrue quotes like the above.


We asked Dubakoor Guru and he came out with this to help them

How to create artificial mist in Chennai and justify it?

1. Burn lots of paper and bed sheets.

2. If people question why? say you are burning new and starting afresh and that is the essence of bhogi

3. If that doesn't convince them, then say they are destroy our culture

4. Burn tyres which give away smoke and irritate the enforcers.

5. Say you did this for supporting the claim “Changing Chennai” and you trying to bring Ooty to Chennai

6. When people wake up in the morning they would think they are in Ooty; flights would be delayed; people cant drive cars easily and Say poor get their revenge on the rich who are exploiting them.

It is really a pain in the ass when i see people doing these kind of stuff. They piss on train tracks, burn wastes, pollute the river. 20 years of my life has been done in and only change i see is the amount of smoke, which is increasing.

You wouldn't believe me. I dont litter on the road. I keep the trash in my pant pockets or throw in the dustbin. Just when i do that, people so casually throw the wastes. This is one time when Gandhi’s “be the change you want to be” wont work

One thing I have observed is that the majority of people committing these acts are people who are old, new to the city, have no idea about technology and still think snake swallows the son when an eclipse occurs. 

At least the coming generation is somewhat better than the oldies. But still the young people from lower strata are absolutely uneducated about the effects of their act of burning things for the sake of it.




Another Insight I would like to share is about the difference  how us and the west celebrate the year.Their new year starts with a hang over; ours with garlands hung around the house; A hell a lot of money is burnt in alcohol and partying by them; we quite literally burn the old things. One thing is that we people wish happy new year on not our new year but their year.

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

To Flunk or To Flunk not- Blog-a-ton 6

38 blesses 'n' curses
This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 6; the sixth edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton.

“30 minutes more. Quick get your act together” the invigilator shouted as our Protagonist was in Trans, thinking. Within 30 minutes, whatever college life has left in him will dry like dew facing the sun.
Let me tell you about our protagonist, Hari. He is a guy with all the bad luck loaded on his side. He was born on 31-12-1987 at 11.59 pm, missing the leap year by a whisker.
“Mr. Madan you have a son” said the nurse.
“I should go to Tirupathi, Thanks nurse”, Madan thanked her and started praying.
The next minute his Mother dies and his dad’s Tirupathi trip was now to mortuary. He was absolutely pathetic when it came to academics; flunked 2 years in school; always a menace to his father. Current Status- 3 arrears to clear and that’s an achievement. Well that’s all you need know about him.

Now Let us turn the clock and go back to a Day before the exam.

“Hey worthless, are you planning to flunk this time too” Madan asked to his son.
“No, dad! Look, I am trying my best”
“I almost went to Tirupathi because you were born, dont make me to go to …….”
“Cut it out dad, I’m leaving”
“Hey where are you going? Let me complete. I want to see you pass before going to my casket” He shouted and mumbled “Lord Balaji! Why me?” and switched on the TV.
It was 3 days to go before the last exam. Madan, Hari’s father, really wanted him to get through this badly. He had flunked almost 2 times in a row. Madan wore his shoes and went straight to the university where his son studied.
He went to the peon “shhh hey Ramu where is the IT (Income Tax) Paper”
“Sir, Rs 2000 give me, question paper home take” said the peon in his broken English
“You question paper give, me money give. Shit! You gimme the question paper first” said Madan as he was immersed in peon’s accent.
Two Notes which read “One thousand Rupees” and with Gandhiji smiling on it exchanged with the IT paper and Madan hurriedly hogged on to his bike and went to his home.
“Yes, what do you want?”
“Here take these are important questions, a friend of mine’s son gave it ”
Hari gazed his father and the paper one after the other and said, “Thanks, dad”
Madan was happy his son didn't know they were the most important questions as it were the questions that would appear the day after

Now let us time travel and enter the present……


That’s it Mr. Hari your done” The invigilator said and snatched the answer paper from and Hari. Hari went out the hall.
Back home Madan was eagerly awaiting his son, only a band and a horse was missing. Hari returned home and seeing his face Madan had creases on his forehead.
“Hari, what happened?”
“Dad that was not the model paper”
“Then. (Ramu you are finished)”
“It was the question paper”
“Oh really (You are saved Ramu)”
“But dad, i didn't write the exam properly because it wouldn’t be fair. Many people would have prepared hard for this exam and I want to do it the right way”
Tears slipped out of Madan’s eyes and he hugged Hari , “For all the time you have lived, this made me proudest, my son” and mumbled “ Oh shit I would have been even prouder if you got more at least time”
“Now Shall we go to Tirupathi and celebrate your coming of age”
“Dad, chuck Lord Balaji lets go to Hotel Balaji Bhavan and have something, I am starving”.
You know what really happened, the sucker Hari lost the papers somewhere and only had a glance if it. What a nice way escape with some emotional crap? As Father, like son. Probability is just a way to make you believe you’ve got a chance. Some people never change and some people  are destined to something, the bright part is; it is written with a pencil as the picture denotes and you can rewrite your destiny if you have the guts.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Review of Paa and Rocket Singh.

13 blesses 'n' curses


   I follow the policy “If you dont have anything to say just do say anything” Now I have something to say. Not long back I saw two good films, Paa and Rocket Singh. Both had  similar weaknesses and strengths, but very different story lines.




Rocket Singh is a film about an undergo who barely gets through his graduation and wants to become a salesman. He ends in a company where gets harassed and then finds company to form a company with his colleagues secretly. What happens to him is for you to see the film and know.

Strengths: The film’s strength is its realism. Jaideep Sahni has once again pulled the rabbit out of the hat. The mannerisms of each and every character is well thought of. All the actors are absolutely brilliant, especially that of the Senior Salesman and the porn addicted employee. Ranbir is awesome with his turban pulling stunt and  beard comb and makes you feel he is a real Sardar.

Weaknesses:  For starters the climax of the film makes you feel good but for the all the realist work done by the director and writer, it is not quite believable. The last half of the film is quite a drag to be honest.

Overall Rating:  *** 1/2 – 3.5 star rating



Paa is about Auro, who is affected by progeria and ages four times  more than average human, meeting his father who had left him and his mother for joining politics and developing the country.

Strengths: What works for the film are the quality of acting that is for show. The cast is really amazing and Amitabh as Auro is sensational and i need not say it vouch it. The make up for Amitabh is amazing and PC Sreeram is the real hero. The camera is a toy in his hands which makes for quality viewing experience. Balki has done a commendable job with the script which could have easily turned melodramatic.

Weaknesses: The Problem with the film it is too predictable. It lacks the twist and turns. There is no suspense as the fact who is the father of Auro is broken even before the movie kicks off  thanks to the flashback and the promos. That was the really disappointing as the film could have been much more better.

Overall Rating: *** – 3 star rating

I felt Rocket Singh was tad better than Paa. To be fair both a really good films and certainly a must watch.

It’s been a while since I most anything on this deserted think tank. Fortunately or unfortunately the freak’s break is over.  2009 has been very kind to me. I did everything i only dreamt of, everything i laid my hand on turned gold. But I am smart enough to understand life wont treat me that way all the time and 2010 ain’t gonna be the same.

I leave with wishing everyone and freaky year ahead and hopefully seeya guys soon.

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