Posted in Humor - General

Digital Age Dialogue

(This very well can be a real conversation today between 2 people. I am sure most of us understand every word of this, even if it is taken out of context..Isn’t it amazing? We wouldn’t have understood more than 75% of the conversation even 10 years ago. This post is pretty much based of what I heard in NPR morning edition this morning..Not exactly word by word. I have taken the liberty of modifying the sequence here and there. )

Me: You on Youtube?
He: No on Hulu.. You?
Me: Checking my iTunes..Too bad that my mp3 wouldn’t play on it b’cos I lost my USB..
He: MIA? So is my GPS..
Me: Ha..Too bad. BTW, did you get the PDF I sent you on gmail?
He: No. I can’t open it..on my Blackberry..
Me: Is it a Cookie thing..?
He: No. Can’t be – I checked the Wiki..and even googled & binged for it..
Me: Check with your ISP if you are using your home modem..
He: I feel it is a virus on my winzip..
Me: Wait…I have to respond to this SMS..
He: No problem – I can run my anti-spam program while I wait
Me: It was my mom..who poked me on FB and I got a Tweet alert on my PDA
He: Did she ever sell her laptop?
Me: You mean her iMac?
He: yes..she had it on eBay right?
Me: Yes. But she does not like paypal..so she took it off eBay and sold it on Amazon!
Posted in My Music

Pallapatti

This was a song I composed at least 4 years ago..and the tools I used at that time were less sophisticated than what I have now. But I still consider this as one my favorites. May be because of the lyrics..Yes. The song is  based of a few of verses from Kavignar Vairamuthu’s poem titled “India Vivasaaya Naadu” (இந்தியா விவசாய நாடு) which belongs to the collection “Konjam Thaeneer Niraiya Vaanam” (கொஞ்சம் தேநீர் நிறைய வானம்).

Posted in Movies - General

In Defiance of a Revolution

No. This is not a political rant. I recently watched 2 movies and even though they may not deserve a lengthy review, I am destitute of anything intellectual at this moment, but want to rant about something that may prove orificial for anything remotely residual in my cerebral parts that bear any sense of sanity.

Having established the purpose of this blog very crisply, let me start off with “Defiance”. Edward Zwick tries to find a place for himself in the list of A ranked directors who have dealt with WWII and the pertinent Jew theme that goes with it. What makes this movie worth watching in spite of a “have seen it” or “have heard it”  backdrop is the fact that the main blood line of the story is not the acrimonious battle between the Germans and the Jews, nor the spiteful & inhuman acts committed towards the Jews, but the intense survival story of a tribe. I am referring to them as a tribe, because these are a group of stragglers – stranded Jews, who either escaped from the German attacks or were let go and are complete strangers to each other. Their temporary settlement inside the forests of Belarussia happens accidentally, thanks to the helpless nature of four siblings, who inadvertently become the tribal leaders, soon to be followed by power struggle, politics, romance, inclement weather and how survival itself is very difficult as their tribe continues to grow. Daniel Craig and Liev Shreiber have great roles to essay and overall the movie did leave a mark in my mind.

“Revolutionary Road” is a Sam Mendes movie that deals with.. in simple terms, the everyday struggle that a normal married couple face. But in complicated terms, the story can be analyzed in different levels. The movie questions the place of “society” we live in, the expectations & the responsibilities we “supposedly” have for the society and how all of that can affect the love that a genuinely caring couple carry for each other. Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet were brilliant in the movie. I can’t think of any better way to express their portrayal of a couple who goes through such a roller coaster of emotions. Kate can carry that unsaid sorrow in her eyes so well that there were scenes when she was faking a smile for her husband and as soon as he turns around, the sorrow grips her face as the smile gets wiped away.  The couple gets sucked into the environs of their suburbia and the mundaneness of his regular job, which is so boring, yet becomes more favorable when it comes to choosing their future. Overall, a simple story told very powerfully with the help of 2 brilliant performers. Movies like this one are hard to make because the story line does not involve any twist or turn or an action packed stunt or some suspense or thrill.

Thus I spent my weekend in defiance of a revolution.

Posted in Thamizh (தமிழ்)

தமிழில் எழுத முயற்சி (An attempt to blog in Thamizh)

“ப்லாக்” ஆரம்பித்து நான்கு வருடங்கள் ஆன பிறகு தமிழில் எழுதும் முயற்சி இது. முயற்சி திருவினையாகும் என்பார்கள்.  என் முயற்சியோ இது வரை என் கைகளுக்கு கசப்பாகவும், கண்களுக்கு இனிமையகவும் இருந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறது…எனினும், திருவினையாகும் நாள் வெகு தொலைவில் இல்லை என்ற நம்பிக்கையே இந்த முயற்சியை நான் தளற விடாமல் இருக்க உந்துதலாக இருக்கும்.

பெரிதாக எதுவும் தமிழில் எழுதி சாதிக்காவிட்டாலும், சிறிதாக அவ்வப்பொழுதெழுதி, சிற்றின்பம் பெற்றுக்கொள்ளலாம் என சிந்தித்து, இத்தோடு முதல் முயற்சிக்கு முழுமனதோடு முற்றுப்புள்ளி வைக்கிறேன்.

(பிழை ஏதும் இருந்தால் சுட்டிக் காட்டுங்கள் – Typoக்களை சரி செய்ய பயன் படுத்திக் கொள்வேன் உங்கள் கருத்துக்கள் மூலம்…)

** The above loosely translates to the following:

“After almost 4 years of blogging, this is my first attempt to blog in Thamizh. They say that “practice makes perfect”. But my practice so far has given me bitter hands and sweet eyes. But the hope that the day of perfection is not too far away, motivates me to continue. I don’t think I am going to create Thamizh master pieces here but I am ending this post with the thought that at least, I will be able to derive small pleasures out of this”.

**

Posted in Humor - General, Miscellaneous, Obama

An excruciating joke…

First there was sun and then there was light. Once there was light, then there was life..First there was air and then there was fire. Once there was fire, then there was food.  Where am I going with this? If you find that thought excruciating, then the tussle that is still on in the Capitol should have your hair in splits. I find the lack of progress on the current health care reform equally and more excruciating, albeit, the debate itself is increasingly becoming a joke.

Isn’t it ginger awfully painful to see politicians not use their common sense and have politics dictate how many people should have control over their death in this supposedly the  most advanced country in the world?

Firstly, why do Democrats need to worry about getting a single Republican vote? Oh..yeah, because of the blue dogs. But they have become irrelevant now with the Max Baucus plan that is being smothered around across the aisle. And What is President Obama’s strategy? I feel he has got some kind of a very strong inner will to get it done but he is trying to operate in a pragmatic way.

I hope his inner strength helps us escape from this land of barbed fences that is “ticklingly” funny!

Posted in Cartoon, Humor - General, Pictures

The Death of Real News

With more and more Cable/Satellite News channels on TV fighting to stay on top of “news” that is happening around us all the time, so that they can be the first ones to break it to us, the poor viewers, there is an increase in the amount of dissent and disgust that most news channels have managed to earn.

Here is my attempt to portray how an average American News channel works today..!

Death of News
Death of News
Posted in Obama

The Nobel surprise…

The Global Peace price awarded by the Nobel committee has always been controversial in the sense, the winner is not always accepted by the fellow nominees’ supporters. Reason simply told, measuring global peace is not as quantitative and tangible as measuring a Chemistry invention or an Agricultural innovation. “Peace” itself has been interpreted differently across the world and will continue to be so. Given that, there have been several “peace” activists who have done their part in the past and probably never got picked by the Nobel committee. This does and should not make the winners picked by the Nobel committee any less deserving or accomplished.

Even with the above background, which is being put into perspective and being highlighted with a red marker in the last couple of days, it was surprising to see President Obama getting the honor for this year. Of course, like everyone else, my first reaction was “Who?” and “For what?”. I reserved my comments for a couple of days and was sort of trying to understand the rationale. After all, no other Nobel announcement in my recent memory had stirred this much of a surprise. Everyone, including the committee members agree that Obama does not have any quantitative proof of his global peace initiatives that can be compared with some of the past Peace prize winners. So, here is my take on the prize after trying to understand the rationale and after trying to put things in perspective.

There is a way the Americans view the world through their peephole. I live in the US and I sort of understand that view even though I don’t often use the same peephole to view the world. And the rest of the world views America through a different peephole and the world through a different peephole. So, the difference between an American view of the world is very (entirely contrasting to be honest) different from someone else’s from another country. This makes it difficult for someone who is either far left in the US or far right in the US, to sum up global accomplishments of President Obama in an objective manner. Which is why, the committee’s rationale, in spite of it sounding a little strategic and futuristic as opposed to sounding past, may be hard to be understood. I feel the bottom line behind their choice this year is the amount of goodwill one person has been able earn around the world with his message. I don’t think any single individual has been able to generate this kind of goodwill around the globe through his message of Hope and Change. And may be, that summarizes the rationale. This honor certainly is going to bring more burden to Obama than pride. This may be good in its own way. Because, any future action/decision of his presidency will always bear the shadow of this honor.

And that may be more than what the world wants in these hard times we live in across the globe for peace.

Congrats Mr. President! Without trying to figure out whether you deserve it not, we hope that you will try to live up to the expectations that such an award brings on you.