August 18, 2009
"இர்பான் பதானுக்கும், யூசுப் பதானுக்கும் திருமணம் செய்ய அவரது பெற்றோர்கள் யோசித்து வருகின்றனர். இதற்காக அவர்கள் வசிக்கும் வீடு விரிவுபடுத் தப்பட்டு வருகிறது"
Huh, do their parents accept it really? Have we Indians become that progressive, and broadminded? Does Dinamalar aggressively support the bold part? Do they really "hold this up" in the wedding? (I couldnt avoid the pun - however bad it is...hee hee hee...sorry)
Something the journos write, without understanding the implication....
That's why Kabali Ka Dosth said someday "தமிழ் ரொம்ப நுணுக்கமான மொழி, பார்த்து உபயோகிக்கணும்"
August 17, 2009
August 15, 2009
I would like to recall the famous heart-touching philosophical lyrics that has been a life-changer for me, as an inspiration for this bloggorhea, from Student No:1
"varaamalay poga mudiyuma,
vandhuvitta nirutha mudiyala"
if only had you watched the episode of crossing the 4 boats, you would know what I mean!
Takeshi's Castle on Pogo TV is much better!
He is today a well-known Sitar Player in the Cine Field. He has composed under several great musicians of today. If I remember correctly, he is one of the very few in the South Indian Cine field who can also play a "Sarangi"
Yeah, how do I know him? He was my class mate more than a decade ago in the Loyola College - Statistics Department, "P" batch - if that means something to someone. We were good friends, and managed to maintain our friendship even after so many days, and after being in different fields. Some of the uniting factors for us: mutual respect for our talents, similar tastes in music appreciation, losing dad at an early age, inheriting diabetes from the Father, simple and humble lifehood, being in mylapore, nageswara rao park walks...
The significant part ofour friendship nurturing dates back to college days, when we would go to Kapaleeswarar Temple and spend time chatting up for a long time. (And another routine that nurtured my friendship with yet another great friend Lakshminarasimhan is - long walks in the Marina Beach on sundays, and spending hours of chatting). These are some of my self-awareness growing years, and these two played a significant role at that point of time.
A very unassuming, and highly approachable person he is; and he is extremely talented in his chosen field. May God and wishes from elderly musicians and from his father, take him to good heights in his chosen career. I am so happy to write this post.
August 13, 2009
Covered 6 rounds of walking on 500m trail, and 1 round of walking on the 250m trail
Covered 2 rounds of jogging on 500m trail, and i round of jogging on the 250m trail
In all, covered 4.5 kms today. Yes!!!
Later, i covered about 2kms in walking by going up to Kapali Temple Market, and purchasing few stuffs for the Janmashtami celebrations. The stuffs that would guarantee yummy bakshanams. The main ingredient I got was Butter (oothukuli)...yum yum, so lip smacking...
Of course, in the evening I got yummy snacks - murukku, omam podi, ribbon bakkoda, cheedai and vella cheddai
Good, let me see for Day 5. I doubt if I will be able to do the Day 3 sustenance, given all the lip smacking, fat inducing, oily snacks to be devoured
August 12, 2009
August 10, 2009
SO Began Day 2 Trail:
4 rounds (2kms) only I could do; because it was already 830, and had to get home to help get my daughter ready for school. I did one single jog of the 250m trail, though I wanted to try 2 rounds; stopped with one, as I didnt want to push the endurance limits on Day 2 itself. Also, I was getting late.
So for Day 3, agenda is to cover 5 rounds of walking (for 500m trail) and 1 round of jogging on the same 500m trail. But, make this timebound - 750am to 830am; i will cut short one of them, if I am unable to cover anything in the designated timing.
Goal is to cover 7km as walk first, then as jogging and ultimately start running.
Yesterday was Day 1; walked for 4 rounds on the 500m trail; jogged once in the 250m trail.
Am used to walking distances of 3-4km in one shot,but not run or jog.
Jogging was a different experience altogether. My entire innards were jumping and was also feeling heavy. But since it is just 250m, thankfully I was able to endure it; i was not gasping for breath or anything. However, I wasn't too enthusiastic to try endurance level again.
Thats it for Day one!
For Day 2, I intend trying out road route for 3.5kms walk, so that I know the distance coverage. Sometimes it becomes boring just inside the park to cover 14 rounds (7 kms coverage), so I wanted to hcekc out roadside.
July 20, 2009
Today I clocked 10000km on my odometer, and it was a proud moment for me. Just right, few feet away from Vijayanagar Traffic Junction. Best part of it being the lovely Chevy Spark LS, icy blue metallic, hasn’t let me down once so far. Done 3 long drives – Pondicherry, Bangalore and Tranquebar, apart from various mini-long trips to Siruseri.
Chevy has delivered excellent value for money through my Spark; I was unable to pinpoint any specific problems to fix during any of my service. I just stuck to same old rhetoric “low mileage, gear shift problem” though both didn’t really exist. Spark gives me 12-13 in AC inside city, 16-17 in AC on highways, 13-14 non-AC in city, 18-19 on highways…I would say good mileage, definitely;
Engine doesn’t make noise, I don’t have to really stand on accelerator to get a good speed, AC is good. When I drive the car, the experience is as good as the first day I took the car out. The condition is the same. I didn’t need intermediary trips to garage, except for regular services. When I just finished my second free service, I did “under body rust coat” for being in a coastal city like Chennai, tends to rust the metallic parts easily. Spark being a cheaper metal at that!
It is just amazing how easy to turn the car in such cranky corners and lanes of Chennai. The turning radius is fantastic. Since the car is just wider than an auto, I can almost zigzag around where an auto can. That explains the maneuverability of the vehicle. Interestingly, the car can comfortably seat 5 adults + 2kids with enough leg space for all. Considering the turning radius, easy maneuverability, smooth drive features, I was once able to drive fast with excellent control of the car, so nimble the car drive is, in flat 45 minutes from Triplicane to Ambattur, during the peak 5pm traffic via royapet, anna nagar, mogappair…
By the way, Sundaram Motors does excellent job of servicing and customer handling. KLN Motors, who is the other GM dealer in Chennai, is worst and has got some irresponsible and uncaring sales people. I still wonder why I opted to purchase from KLN instead of Sundaram Motors.
So here is my 10 month 10000KM delivery story of reliable Spark!
June 05, 2009
June 03, 2009
Congrats Ajeesh, you deserved this win...
You were cool, calm and composed, but was having fun always. I listened and liked your renderings a lot from Semis and Beyond. A person with a smile, no pretentious brighas, no false voices, humble in front of the judges.
Though you were not my personal favorites from the Airtel Super Singer - Prasanna was my favorite - I relished your performance.
June 02, 2009
This particular stretch I am talking about in Chennai, actually consists of 3 roads; Starting at Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai starts at Mahatma Gandhi Statue, passes through Cathedral Road and goes all the way under the flyover, into Uttamar Gandhi Salai (better known as Nungambakkam High Road) and bangs into Nungai Amman Koil!
Borrowing Mountroad Mahavishnu’s clichéd lines – this is a stretch, with a taste of almost every cuisine to suit most of the budget ranges, and tickle the taste buds of veggies and non-veggies alike (this particular part of the sentence from the previous comma, till the start of in-note, is dedicated to the reluctant cliché-gourmet Shonali Muthalaly).
Let us start and list down:
Gandhi Beach – Beach eateries and Sagar Resturant
On the Southern Side
Manhattan Square (or something like that) – till sometime back Hotel Palimar had a counter, not sure if it is still there; don’t know about the taste of food here though
Chennai CitiCenter and its
Food Court housing
Hotel Sangeetha (and their lipsmacking sambar vadais),
Pizza Corner (or Hut?)
Good fruit and smoothie shop
Gelato (GOddamnly expensive but heavenly tasting ice cream shop)
Little Italy (and their amazing pastas)
Chinese food shop (sorry forgot their name)
Halal Shop (again forgot their name)
Desi Mane by Sangeetha
Level 4 - A Roof top restaurant
, then further down the road, after next signal,
Beijing Blues (closed shop soon)
Komalas (but not there now I think)
Rasam (Krishna Sweets Kongu Style restaurant inside Sabari’s Nest)
Bombay Talkies (north Indian food items)
Enter Cathedral Road
Palki – north indian specialty
Amravati – Andhra food (full meals is awedome)
Coconut Lagoon - Kerala style restaurant (inside Palki)
Snowfield - AN Icecream parlour (inside Palki compound)
Hotel Chola Sheraton
Shirdi Quick Bites
Woodlands drive-in (boo hoo what a place to lose…)
Under Gemini Flyover and into NH Road…
Hotel Ranjith (and the bar;-)))
Hotel Taj Coromandel
Aiwo - Northern Spicy
Cakes & Bakes
Seetharamas (is it still there?)
Cholayil Sanjeevanam - nature food keralan style
Turning at the Northern Side
Arjun- inside Hotel Gautham Manor
Canton - as the name suggests, chinese one
Little Italy (inside El Dorado complex)
The Dhabba Express [inside El dorado]
Ispahani Center and myriad of outlets including
Café Coffee Day
Sweet Chariot Center
Baskin & Robbins
Noodle House (easily tucked away upstairs near Gangothri)
Copper Chimney - Kebab restaurant
China Town - Chinese restaurant
Zara - The Pub
Music Academy canteen
RK Salai again
Brindavan – Hotel New Woodlands
Ice cream parlour
And then nothing upto citi center signal
Seasons (excellent salads, juices and pastas, at never believe prices – actually tucked inside the Pazhamudhir Nilayam)
I very well know this list is incomplete, and I know I have missed out some more points and got some names wrong; I will update them soon, and perhaps do reviews as well…
Can any other area in Chennai claim their fame like this stretch??? Perhaps Anna Nagar, maybe...
I can call this the Foodies Lane of Chennai!
May 29, 2009
1. Parenting is a collective verb. No fathering, no mothering...parenting! It means whatever we do is collective decision making for the good of kids...and that brings me to second point
2. Oh my gosh! As parents, one needs to be responsible for all the decisions made on the kid sbehalf, until they can start making decisions...so in some way or other, all choices we make as parents, affects the kids...so no snap decisions, no impulsive actions...and no personal feelings as well
3. Parenting is fun! I have every right to act completely silly, in front of full audience and get awat, because I do that act for making my kids feel happy...ooh...i like it
4. Learning is amazing as a parent! The way my kids pick up words, their context, build the language...it is just amazing. The creative thoughts that go through their head, despite them not having experienced or seen it even once, but they do it.
5. A warm hug, a wet kiss, a silly fight - so many things to feel overwhelmed, feel choked; that is interesting too
[i am supposed to write 5 things, but what the heck..., kids dont follow any rules easily, so would a post about them be any different?]
6. Parenting is caring for and being cared for!
7. Parenting is energy-sapping...exhausting too...
8. Seeing the kids having love for each other, caring for each other, while at the same time, fighting with each other too...
It just means a lot for me to be one of the parents...what matters most to me is
My kids chose me as one of their parents, and the other parent - my counterpart - is the person whom I love most in the world!
This is the best part! :-)
PS: Ok, tagging part...am not too known to too many bloggers...so anyone who likes this topic, take it as a tag, and post an entry in your blog. Leave me a comment and a link.
May 28, 2009
Well, ok, the talent is there definitely, so its unfair to name any of them as ASS.
Actually, we are the ASSES, dont we address us as mASSes? We have let ourselves easily be the butt of Vijay TV's joke on us, titled Airtel Super Singer (ASS) 2008 - lingering midway into 2009.
Hopefully, come this sunday we will know who is the Super Singer. Of course, we viewers will get the ASS award.
Cynicism apart, let us see who is the Super Singer from the talented Top 4?
UPDATE: Apparently, it is not sunday, but next wednesday (June 03 2009), when we will know the ASS!
In Chennai, the drivers have not become so rude or so blind, like the Bangaloreans. Chennai drivers still signal to some extent, most of them wait when we signal about crossing or going first. These drivers include govt vehicles and autos as well. In Bangalore, they drive like anything in front of them is non-existent, and they can simply drive through that object - may it be human being or another fellow vehicle on the road.
Buying an over-the-counter medication, like a saridon or a crocin or anacin, is much easy in Chennai - especially on main roads. Even simple shops stock them. In Bangalore, on the bannerghatta road near Arekere gate, believe me or not, I had to go to Wockhardt hospital to buy a simple saridon to ward off the headache given to me by the Bangalore drivers mentioned in the previous paragraph.
Bangalore weather is good enough - mild and pleasant- most of the times. No doubts about that. But what beats me is that an average Bangalorean, who grew up with this type of climate and weather, prefers to wear a jacket or sweater even when the sun is blazing hot. Beats me!
Of course, Bangalore traffic snarls are better not said. With wider roads, wider than in CHennai, and enough number of flyovers, still it is not enough for the Police and for the planners of the city, and for the staying population of Bangalore, they end up in traffic pressure points often. It is indeed surprising. They can easily learn from neighbouring states like Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh as to how to handle road space. Claim space, widen roads - isn't it a simple thing to do?
Ok, ok, I am simply tryig to pick holes for me to justify my irrational hatred for Bangalore, or, is it actually inner desire, which doesnt let me openly accept my unsaid pleasant feelings for Bangalore? I may never know, cos I may not bother to figure it out!!!
May 02, 2009
End 2008 came, we were nowhere closer to closure; in fact, we saw all the eliminated singers come back again in 2009; in fact, I got it clarified at home we were not on to Super Singer 2009. I suppose it was still Airtel Super Singer 2008.
Then, I thought this would end in FY08-09 atleast...no, the end was nowhere to be seen.
We are into May 2009, the Airtel Super Singer 2008 is still going on. With all due accolades to the talented singers of this show, I really dislike this idea of taking us for a ride, even in such reality shows. Virtual reality I suppose.
I had some respect for STAR VIJAY channel among other Tamil Channels, but it is dwindling.
I think I am going to be a happy man not watching the TV these days!
April 29, 2009
AN INDEFINITE FAST, THAT STARTED AT THE BREAKFAST, AND ENDED SO FAST! DEFINITELY FAST...
No more combats, but will comb still... and agitated people say there is no SATYAM, aka, truth, in the fast.
"Idhayam inithathu, kanngal panithathu, vayaru pasithathu"
What to do? Such things do happen when you start "riding the tiger, not knowing how to get off without being eaten"
Wikipedia would define such above incidents as "insider trading"
By the way, this little wisdom, has no connection whatsoever with this or this or this ! And, of course, cynics may say all the above wisdom combined into reality, can qualify for this! Mind you, this is not reality, but only reality TV...heh heh heh
April 28, 2009
Consider this line
"ennodu vaa veedu varaikkum
en veettai paar, ennai pidikkum"
(For the benefit of Tamil-challenged, here is the meaning - come with me to my home; meet people at my home, you will like me)
This is such an honest expression of a decent love, which we havent seen off late.
Then another Balakumaran-type-line in the same song:
"kadhal ennai ketkavaillai
kaettal athu kadhal illai"
A Khaleel-gibranic expression, with profound meaning, in a mere 2 lines.
Then the ghaana song "anjalai" (actually the music is so soulful and is a haunting Ghaana, Deva sir aaseervathamo? But thats another post), where she penned the pain of the lovelorn Surya, who lost her girlfriend to death, in these lines:
"velicham thanthava oruthi
avalai iruttila niruthi
jora payanathai kilappi
thaniya engay ponalo..."
(For the benefit of Tamil-challenged, here is the meaning - She gave the light, but kept herself in the dark; she started our journey and went somewhere alone)
Actually it is indeed surprising that neither the Tamil Film industry or the Tamil Cine Fans havent taken note of this extremely talented lyricist.
The lines that struck me on my face by this lyricist, Thamarai, were in "Kakka Kakka" - two songs with excellent usage of different words, rather than the cliched tamil lyricdom...
In the song "Oru ooril azhagay uruvai", the following lines:
"Viralgalai aatti aatti pesum bothilay
kaatrilum veenai undu endru thondrumay"
(For the benefit of Tamil-challenged, here is the meaning - when she talks she swings her fingers, seeing which it makes one to think that there is this musical instrument in the air)
While earlier songs, by other lyricists, had eulogised a women's beauty by way of her slender fingers being a veenai or the lady herself as a veenai waiting to be played by the Hero or such similar stuffs, here is a thought that presents a woman with all her grace and charm both in her mannerism and her poise, and how she is so MUSICAL...
And in the song "kalaba kadhala", she would have penned what exactly might go through a lady's mind...almost exactly emoting what a modern lady might anticipate on her first night.
First time, I started noticing Thamarai's lyrics, were in "Minnale" in the song "Vaseegara"...very simple lyrics that dreamily expresses how a simple girl mightwant to romance with her boyfriend.
And what a hai-ku she would have penned in "vaseegara"
"Adai mazhai varum, athil nanaivomay
Kulir kaaichalodu, sneham"
(For the benefit of Tamil-challenged, here is the meaning - when it rains, we will get drenched in it together! A friendship/love with cold and flu)
Next line is even a better haiku
"oru porvaikkul, iru thookam"
(For the benefit of Tamil-challenged, here is the meaning - Two sleeps in a single blanket!)
Thamarai, I salute you!
And my humblest salutations, for the lines that amazed me, enthralled me, enticed me, for those honest-in-the-face lyrics, that gel well with the honest love and affection that is the undercurrent of "Vaaranam Aayiram"
"Ennodu vaa veedu varaikkum
En veettai paar, yennai pidikkum"
1. Vaaranam Aayiram: Surya as a school student, he would be beaten up some students; in a few seconds close-up scene, Surya would show "fear in his eyes". Do you ask what is so special in showing fear? try searching for the same expression in the eyes of some actors in the past few years, you will be surprised, theirentire face would have emoted, but not just the eyes alone.
2. Thillana Mohanambal: Padmini showing "navarasam" in her face in split seconds in the song "Marainthirunthu paarkkum"
3. Guna: Kamal's classic "azhukku azhukku" scene, talking round and round in a room...usual genius-thanam of Kamal (Have you noticed, in any Kamal's film, despite the acting nuances, make-up brilliance etc, Kamal would still stand out as Kamal) would have got offloaded for a certain moment, and we get to see a mentally disturbed person.
4. Kill Bill-3: Uma Thurman trying to eat with the chopsticks, when the Japanese master ridicules her. Uma Thurman would have shown both hatredness and eagerness to learn, along with the determination, with ego. (I think it is Part-3)
5. Anjali: When Anjali's brother gets beaten up because he stood up for this little sister, Anjali, he'd come home with wounds...Anjali wouldslowly come near him, touch his wounds and when he cringes, she would weep...oh boy, I was moved to tears, and even to this date, I still get moved to tears, when I watch that scene, and the poignant pain in that little girl.
She is mentally challenged but not emotionally.
6. Punnagai Mannan: This scene involving the crying child, who will whine the moment Chaplin CHellappa stops his painful "thalai-keezha thongarathu" and so CC will perpetually hang while pleading to the child. Then Srividhya will come and give a tight slap to the boy. Chaplin Chellappa expression was pricelessly hilarious to give a hearty laugh
I might want to add a few more, but these are the ones that came to my mind immediately.
PS: Since tagging seems to be a good idea to attract visitors, I am tagging some famous bloggers, who also happen to be known to me which helps me to guilt-trip them, if they dont react to these tags...
My dear wife, mommy blogger, Subhashree
My dear friends -
Like the "Samathuva Makkal Katchi" of Sarathkumar that gives the party posts who pass through their party office, I am tagging this lady, also a famous MommyBlogger, who happened to drop by:
So beware before dropping by!!!! ;-)
April 13, 2009
Say Elections, and the first public election, I remember was that when Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister of India. Next election which is much more clearer is when V.P.Singh was made the Prime Minister. I have had my own associations with the public elections.
When I was studying in Xth standard, during summer vacation, the elections were announced. And so also the summer jobs, connected with the elections. Voter slips used to be given to the respective ward voters, by all the election parties, with their party symbols posted. Along with my street friends, I got this "job" of writing the voter names on these slips. We all worked for the Congress (I) party. I dont even remember the candidate for the congress party. :-o
Election That affected me
Then, another election was when Rajiv Gandhi was violently murdered, which affected me as much, both emotionally and politically. Emotionally, because of the gruesome murder inflicted on a young leader. Politically, I saw realignments and the complete drubbing of DMK. Politically, it was also shocking for me to see Rajiv Gandhi's death was publicised unabashedly by JJ and AIADMK.
My First Election as a Voter
It was a good experience for me to vote for a first time in a public election. It was State Assembly Election. My constituency had candidates from key parties like Congress (in alignment with ADMK), DMK, MDMK, and communist as well. My father asked me to vote for the party that will win, and not waste my vote. I don't know what he meant, but I had the arrogance to think my vote will changeeverything and had the power to get that candiate to win, and I voted for that party. More to do with the outcome of the candidate in the next section. By the way, that was the first election with EVM, and I voted in the EVM
My Luck and Candidates
I have this uncanny luck. To whichever candidate I vote, despite being in a popular party and despite being the party supposedly being the front runner, the candidates have miserbaly failed. in fact, in my first election, the candidate to whom I voted for lost his deposit. But of all the party symbols on the EVM, this one was the cutest!!!
My Friendly Advice to candidates from South Chennai
Don't canvass for my vote, lest my luck (or the lack of it) will hit you...
March 20, 2009
March 18, 2009
Some of the key qualities are: grey hair and/or bald patch, small paunch, specs/glasses. If these can't be managed, atleast you need to have height.
Last, but not the least, you need to have the guts to state the obvious, and say it with a smile, as if you just found it, and others still don't know it.
I lag behind in all those departments, except in the paunch region. This despite me being 33 (not the waist size, but my age...silly!). Taking doc's advise (actually a threat and a warning), I am also reducing the paunch, whatever little I have of.
All my hopes of making to the top at 35, I guess, is still long way to go...
March 13, 2009
kudos and well done...you have persisted, sustained, found new people to meet up with, improved your writing style, found a platform to voice what you feel about several things, got introduced to many new books...excellent. Am so proud and happy for you. Keep the spirit up.
Whenever I travel, your blog has always been an excellent companion, and has both made me miss you lot, while also giving me the sense of being close...
Anyway the post now -
As usual Mr. CareNoNidhi invites wrath of people precisely because of his personal experience narration. For a moment, let us forget he is a public figure, let us forget he went to a private hospital, instead of Govt Hospital etc etc; let us think only about the resillience and the sufferings they undergo,at such an age; it is actually heart rendering...a couple of days back I read about the hip operation performed on a 99 year old; and my grandpa had a leg operation performed on him at the age of 85...cant help but imagine the many risks in the operations for them. I am sure at any other country abroad, mostly they would neither be covered by insurance nor would the doctors take a risk on their professions...that says something about the confidence of our own doctors, and the care they take to do such operations. Having seen the analysis done by the dotors for my grandpa, I can vouch for this. They cannot be under full anesthesia, as it may affect their heart/brain. The sugar levels and protein levels have to be controlled, but not so much with lot of insulin or diabetic medicines because it may adversely affect their sugar levels; etc etc (any medical professional should be able to explain this further...)Another important things about this n-2 generation people - they have been quite mobileand agile by virtue of their lifestyle, that they can withstand such operations...may it be Dr. manmohansingh at 70+, CareNoNidhi at 85+, 99-year, old, er, old man, or for that matter, my grandpa at 85, or Vajpayee at 80+ with knee replacement operation...and can we forget the numerous operations that Writer Sujatha had at his age, and how he survived all of them? kudos to both the old generation, and the efficient team of doctors.And we "waste-bandwidth-increase waistband" generation have some message there, and it is good one of the thatha actually chronicled this.
February 11, 2009
tlk about, being big and bulky, not agile, but make up with expressions, shrug of shoulders, light movements and add a big dose of feminine charm - Saroja Devi
Feminine charm, the agility and robust dancing, another actor who comes to mind is Vyjayanthimala Bali; quite nimble-footed, while exuding the feminine charm to the core; she is "fragility" in front of your eyes; she surprised in strong woman warrior roles, where overcoming the feminine grace and charm was the gambeeram.
Talk about warrior-like woman with gambeeram, you cant help but think about Dr. Banumathy Ramakrishna; even in a romantic role, like in Kulebagavali, she was a towering personality in front of a towering persona like MGR
Another lady who tried to be gambeeram was Sowcar Janaki, but just not there; there was a lurking insecurity that would always show up. Her perfect combination of insecurity and gambeeram was in Thillu Mullu
The one heroine who was nimble, light-footed, vampish, charming, graceful, towering persona, feminine charm was undoubtedly T.R.Rajakumari (was she in anyway related to T.R.Ramachandran?)
February 10, 2009
- A channel and big business for his grand-son - the eldest MORON!
- IT Ministry earlier - first part of "Spectrum" (mis)allocation, now a party post - the youngest MORON (how come he still retains the old website with title as S(M)INISTER of IT, despite being removed out of ministry, while the current KOOJA has not even a website, and even the current MIT website does not even list his name anywhere except in "Who's who", while the State IT Ministers are mentioned - What a pity?)
- One of the sons is "South Zone Organ-Riser" - Harakiri in MADurai
- Another younger son (of age almost 58 - retirement age) - Stalling - is Youth Wing Secretary and Potty Treasurer
- The lady girl is "Pagutharivu Parappalar" and a Rajyasabha MP.
But it is not on par with other praises showered on other power centers in the family; so Thatha creates a new TV Channel named after the son of this daughter - CHANNEL ADITYA..
Nallathoru kudumbam, thalavarin kazhagam!
January 29, 2009
1. Slog your asses off, to meet customer demands; and when customer demands to move the business away, slog the asses again to transition. Both, not being the fault of the ASS-ociate...some sales guy sold something to meet sales targets, and some top guy thought his founded company money is still his money, and siphoned it off to his otherfounded companies, which have to be actually found!
2. Being a ASS-ociate, you also get an up-your-ass-annual, euphemistically anagramed as "Appraisal", thought of by Tamil ASS-ociates as "AAPPU-raise-all"; only to delay the annual revisions by 6 months, to show the accrued savings as "current account" balance. No wonder the current account was shocking!
3. Ultimately, be given an enquiry for that fundoo-Chairman-MD family, who were kept in custody for 1 month, but been questioned by CID for only 16 hours. That's all you get being an ASS-ociate
January 20, 2009
My own BOOKer List and Review
The 3 Mistakes of my life - Written By: Chetan Bhagat
Mistake 1: Carrying on the hangover of the down-to-earth, funny novel "Five Point Someone" to get lured into buying this book
Mistake 2: Despite the casual flipping of the pages at the book store, where the text in the flipped pages failed to hold attention, and despite the fact, I actually endured his second novel "One night@Call Center", still went ahead and bought this book
Mistake 3: Just because I had to kill time, waiting in that book store waiting for my wife to arrive; and it so happened there was less crowd, is no justification for the store manager to suspiciously follow me as if I was a book thief; and as if to prove a point to him, I was not a casual guy just killing time waiting for the wife to arrive, I need not have touched the book kept at the best seller display case, despite having committed the above 2 mistakes in that 90 minutes I waited there!
This is all I have to say about Mr. Chetan Bhagat's blockbuster novel...
Who moved my blackberry? - Written By: Lucy Kellaway
A Dilbertian take on senior management, and how the top moves happen in an organization, and how stupid people make it to the top. Gives us a new nice term - Creovation (TM) - creativity and innovation. Whether the author actually invented it to be a coporate term, or purely as a funny take on the marketing words - yaamariyom paraaparamay!
The story narration is in a novel way. This is a one-person account of his corporate life, through emails on his blackberry. It is also a kind of monologue in that the story is narrated through a series of blackberry emails originating from the protagonists blackberry. No other emails, except for his life coach emails, are presented.
I was attracted the novlety of this narration technique, but with no story inside, the narration novelty wears off, and having read way too many Dilbert books, the funny incidents starts wearing you out.
Definitely worth the buy, considering I bought it at 50% sale at the FountainHead store in Mylapore.
January 19, 2009
- CM's house is in CIT Colony and it leads one side into Oliver Road in Mylapore. It is one way from Alwarpet end, and its parallel road, Luz Church Road, is one way as well from Luz side. However, this one way rule normally does not apply to Auto, arrogant two-wheelers and to Police.
- We hardly have any policing of traffic – except month-ends when non-helmet wearers are caught by traffic police.
- Even if they come on the wrong side, if they wear helmet, no issues.
- The Police posted for CM house duty prefer to id travel on the wrong side without a helmet on the Oliver road , at good speed. This is a very common sight
- There are also no "NO ENTRY" boa rds, or "ONE WAY" only sign boards at Oliver Road entrance from Alwarpet side, opposite to MCTM school, near Kennedy lane entrance, at the Luz Church Road entrance, opposite to Amrutanjan.
- To compound to these woes, private institutions like Green Trends, An University
's open study center have signboards respectively at De Silva road junction and opposite Amrutanjan, with big arrows and the road name, pointing in the wrong direction
On top of this, many a days, street lamps wont glow at the Nageswara rao Park- Luz Church Road-Amrutanjan-Marry Brown areas. The EB office that has to attend to these street light problems is exactly at this juncture!!!
At CM's constituency, Chepauk,
- First big problem is encroachment of platforms
- Regularly used roads like CNK Road, Bells Road, Big Street are full of potholes that are perpetually never fixed
- The road branching off from Pycrofts road, housing KG Hospital (Gosha Hospital), ending at Wallajah Road, has no functioning street light, is a dumpyard and house to most illegal activities in that area.
If this is how things are being treated at CM's backyard and constituency, imagine his influence on the police and administration in the entire state! It is so scary…
So how are CM's son - grand-son bearing Youth (???!@!!) Wing Secretary - Mr Stalling's neighborhood and constituency?
Let us take his constituency – 1000 Lights. (In next post)
January 18, 2009
1. Employees welfare: Though I hear that the "spirit of satyam" campaign is on, and it is trying to instil morale in the minds of the employees, it is still seen as senior management activity. High time the mid and junior level employees actually start something to voice their collective opinions and discuss concerns. Still "Economic Times" is acting as a proxy-HR, and until they get another sensation, it may conctinue. High time, associates pull up their socks, to do something for themselves without relying on HR or Senior Management, until the crisis tides over
2. Overseas employees: Off late, in the recent 3 years span, almost all front running Indian IT Service Providers have started recruiting locally. Though the concerns are being addressed at the Indian level, of whom we see lot of news items, there are hardly any interviews or voices of the overseas employees - like american nationals, brits, french people etc. It is important to address them as well, not just as Satyam employees, but also as confidence building measures in the minds of overseas propsetcs to join other running Indian IT Service providers. This will definitely be a stumbling block, for the industry itself, considering that control is not relinquished to foreign national and board level decisions are never consulted.
3. Infy vs TCS: We get to see at least one opinion or other, in the media, said by some person connected with Infy, but we have not seen a single word, not even a reaction by the TCS. It is worthwhile to note World Bank contracts have already been given to TCS, and SFI may well be on its way. As an onlooker of IT industry, it is interesting for me to watch the stark contrast nature of reaction by these two Indian IT Toppers.
4. Large scale defections: I think this is just waiting to happen, with people at Project Manager levels, moving in with their IT teams to MNCs. Losers might be Indian IT Service Providers
5. Senior Management: has been silent in the media. It is but natural, they have gag orders on themselves. However, what is intriguing is Business Heads of profitable (???)..ok...high-revenue generating divisions like SAP, Testing and Manufacturing verticals have hardly uttered anything.
6. Ex-senior management: There are many senior people and their teams, who held exec level positions until about a year (or two) back, have not uttered a single word in the press or elsewhere. These are the people who headed successful units in the company and held director level
7. Satyam Historical Analysis - by the media and analysts is still flawed. Dig any person been in satyam between 1998-2006, they will have stories to tell. Whether there is anything bad/doubtful is a different story, and it is not the intent here. COncept is Satyam withdrew its stake from Dun & Bradstreet Satyam Software (which eventualy became Cognizant tech) to become Satyam Computers. In 1999-2000 time period, there were 5 Satyam entities in the market - Satyam Computer Services Ltd, Satyam Renaissance, Satyam Enterprise Solutions, Satyam Spark and Visioncompass. The 2, 3 & 4 entities merged into 1st entity to become single strong entity called "Satyam COmputer Services Ltd". They then ventured into ISP business, as Satyam Online, which got rebranded into SifyOnline later. Sify was doing web design etc, along with Internet Service proviing and host of other Infradtructure offerings. Around 2002 and later, Satyam had SCSL, Sify and Visioncompass(VC). For VC, they even had a couple of enteprise clients, but they were loss making anyway. VC, as a tool, was the brainchild of Raju, which was built on the lines of Balanced Scorecard, and had some xcellent aspects about the concept. Except for Raju, no one in sneior management believed in it. The company got eventually closed down. But then, Satyam ventured into BPO space, and established Nipuna. Now they had SCSL, Sify and Nipuna. Of this, Nipuna did not break even for quite sometime - for 2 years I guess, and had no clients. They had SCSL as their only client. (Yes really!!!)
Around 2003, Satyam consolidated the software/web development business into SCSL, and Sify was fully in ISP and Infra business. Thus Satyam ehnaced its portfolio strength-by-strength. It is also possible the operating margins were simply getting eroded into such too many companies, and it was also easier to siphon off money. Apart from these, Satyam also had joint venture with TRW for engg services as SMTI, with the-then tainted Computer Associates as Satyam CA. Guess, it is hard to discern what kind of services were actually being delivered out of these companies, and their account books are how clean. Sify was then divested and sold off by Rajus to another Raju Vegesna. Then Satyam got into some acquisitions to shore up their strength in areas like Datawarehousing, BI etc. Each and every investment was so strategic, it is so hard to believe, Raju dared to risk the running business. Given the nature of such changes year-after-year, it was also not surprising to long-time Satyam followers they wanted to divest into real estate to derisk. It is but a different thing, the evaluations were too much, and thus began the snowball. If any analyst, consultant or media thoroughly track this history through their financial stories as well, it might be easier to see a pattern
8. Naxalites and Land mafia: It is interesting so far, any story about Maytas talks about Raju and his political bribing etc in the land transactions, or their siphoning off of Satyam funds (alleged) to this entity had been touched upon, has not tracked the usual suspects of Land mafia around this. Another angle to Raju's sudden confession is could his life been threatened by land mafia or naxalites, and he saw prison as safe avenue? Many of his lands are in AP and in orissa in naxalite infested areas, and naxalites who always were headache to Naidu regime, because he promoted IT, never reall came in news in getting into lo ggerheads with Rajus. Could there have been specifc angle to this?
9. Meryll Lynch Evaluation and Revelation to SEBI: If Raju was "riding the tiger" and didnt know when to get off, and if Srinivas Vadlamani merely signed statements given to him by accounting team, and if Ram Mynampati questioned Raju about non-existent of cash to pay the salaries, and that is when Raju confessed, why then did they have to appoint a 3rd party like ML to do due diligence, when they would very well knew they were likely to be exposed? Were ML also offered any bribe to overlook? This aspect needs probing too.
10. Employment sureties and other benefits: At Satyam, there is a bond for new joinees , and they are asked to pay a surety of somewhere in lakhs. Are those money safe? And what about stuffs like PF etc? Were they being paid as well? Anyone wanting to withdraw from PF account, can they withdraw or are they frozen?
11. IT Ministry: The much hyped IT Ministry, ministered by the cohort of CareNoNidhi, Mr. Ra(Koo)ja earlier headed by Mr. Dayanidhi MORON, has not uttered a single word. Every other ministry had something to say, except for this ministry. How come? and why no one in the media questioned about this? Spectrum cat will be out, is it?
January 12, 2009
Buy and Hold --> Gujral told CNBC-TV18, "Tata Consultancy Services seems to be the strongest of the lot and in case you are looking at buying, you would look to buy it at ...
Oops...didn't we hear such things in the past, as recent as 2 months back, about a certain "TRUTH" whose truth never existed?
The so-called ANALysts and PUNdits, including research firms, coudln't even read all 3 statements together to make a conclusion or question the TRUTH in their annual meetings...and they recommend - not just retail investors, but their fund houses (mutual funds and ULIP managers) to invest as well...is it their money? Bloody hell, it isn't...
It is not just Mr. Raasukutty who did the "kadai thengaayai eduthu, vazhi pullaiyaarukku udachaanaam" it is also such ANALysts and PUNtits as well...
pongada pokkatha pasangala!
Dinamani and its ridiculous editorial! There are so many factual errors, and it is not clear what is the editorial trying to imply. Sometimes I feel there is nothing wrong in that CareNOnidhi admonishing Dinamani. It also shows how limited is the view and insight of tamil dailies in out-of-tamilnadu affairs, or a national affair.""அவர் வாழ்க்கை முழுவதும் பங்கு வர்த்தகத்தில் ஈடுபட முடியாது'' என செபி விதித்தத் தடை ஒன்றைத் தவிர வேறு தண்டனைகள் ஏதும் இல்லை.But I think HM was in jail. There are also cases of DSQ Software head, Dinesh Dalmia who had fictitious companies and fictitious trades to siphon off money, and being in judicial custody. Also Ketan Parekh was imprisoned as well.
எல்லாமும் தணிக்கை நிறுவனத்துக்குத் தெரியாமல் நடந்திருக்க இயலாது.உலகமயமாதல் காரணமாக பன்னாட்டு வங்கிகளும், பன்னாட்டு தணிக்கை நிறுவனங்களும் வந்து புகுந்ததன் விளைவுதான் இவை யாவும்.What is the connection between the PWC not knowing things and globalisation/liberalisation? Doesnt Dinamani get good newsprint? Dont they have good investment by FIIs? Why such hatredness, if you dont understand a concept? It is like CareNONidhi statements - aboslutely pointless
ஆனால் பெரிய நிறுவனம், பெரிய தணிக்கை நிறுவன உதவியுடன் கோடிக்கணக்கில் பணம் இருப்பில் உள்ளதாக கணக்கு காட்டி, கோடிக்கணக்கில் மோசடியும் வரி ஏய்ப்பும் செய்தால் அதை அரசு சரிபார்ப்பதில்லை. There is no வரி ஏய்ப்பு. Satyam had indeed paid their taxes for the excess profit shown.மோசடியில் வங்கிகள் நஷ்டமடைந்தால், அதை வாராக்கடன் பட்டியலில் தள்ளிவிடுவார்கள். பங்குகள் வாங்கி நஷ்டப்பட்டு நிற்கும் குடிமகனுக்கு நஷ்டஈடு கொடுக்க "செபி' முன்வராதுDoes Dinamani as a national newspaper know the differnce between organizationS called BANKS, and an organization called SEBI.? Does it know the difference between a deposit in bank, and a trading where simply money is traded.? How can one fix a value for the trade and give compensation? Is it "Kuselan" or "Baba"?
திருடுகிறவன் எத்தனைப் பெரிய பூட்டாக இருந்தாலும் உடைத்துத் திருடப் போகிறான். ஏதோ ஒரு மனத்தடுமாற்றத்தில் திருட நினைக்கும் நல்லவனைத் தடுக்கத்தான் பூட்டு உதவும்.அரசின் ஆயிரம் விதிமுறைகளும் சட்டங்களும் கெடுபிடிகளும் நியாயமான குடிமகன்களுக்கு மட்டும்தான் போலும்.So, dont use locks. Let everyone steal. Besh besh...romba nanna irukku...
Is Dinamani for all its intelliegence (or the lack ofit) a national newspaper or notional one?Instead of misleading with its ignorance and inducing a false sense of frustrated desperation, it can actually do a proper analysis, provide a proper writeup, lead people for a renaissance movement and make them take actionable actions.Can Dinamani do that?
Else it will simply be DIN-a-MANY. Simple noise...and we all know noise is polluting