Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Vote Goes to..

My Vote Goes To..

Tamil Nadu is under severe election fever besides the usual heat wave during this time of the year.   This election is also seeing a unique electoral alliances by various parties.  While Amma has decided to go it alone, Kalaignar has aligned with his old ally Congress.  After much dilly dallying, Captain has gone with 5 other parties, who have divergent views on everything.  PMK & BJP, finding no partners, have decided to go it 'almost' alone.  I hear BJP has aligned with some 'letter pad' parties who are inconsequential.

This election season, campaigning has come our living rooms.  Every party worth its salt has a TV channel and have been beaming their biased views 24x7.  We get to see political leaders zooming in their custom fitted luxury vans and their party workers toiling (and in some cases dying) in mid-summer heat.

But, I must admit besides the media noise, no party has made any noise in my neighborhood.  I am yet to witness the much talked about 'money' distribution.

With balloting to start in less than 24 hours, who am I going to vote?  Let me start with who I will not..
My vote will NOT be for AIADMK for a) promoting Sycophancy to the hilt b) making generations addicted to liquor c) institutionalizing corruption.


My vote will NOT be for DMK for a) being synonymous with corruption b) promoting family politics  c) poisoning Tamil minds with brahmin hatred for over half a century.

My vote will NOT be for DMDK alliance for a) hodgepodge alliance with diverse political ideologies b) lack of credible leadership (Vijayakanth is tolerated for his comic relief and not much else) c) not having clear 'common minimum' program.

Now that I have eliminated three major combos, here comes the two parties I would consider voting..
My vote could be for BJP alliance for a) Steering India's economy back to 'decent' growth b) reinvigorating India's foreign policy c) implementing 'direct transfer' of many subsidies and cutting middlemen. 

 My vote could be for PMK for a) consistent & early stance on prohibition b) clear growth manifesto sans freebies c) trying to prove its mettle by standing alone in all 234 constituencies.

ps: It's a different story that I can't vote, though would very much like to.  But, even if I could influence one prospective voter then this blog is worth it.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

நான் பேய் பேசுறேன் - போகாமலே இருந்திருக்கலாம்

நான் பேய் பேசுறேன் - போகாமலே இருந்திருக்கலாம்

Sundar C & Kushboo must be really 'courageous' to produce a movie like this.  I don't know if this venture is 'profitable' for them, but for industry veterans like them to 'invest' in a movie like this beats me..:-)

Not only for the producers, but also for everyone associated with the movie from director to actors, they all must be applauded for being 'courageous'...


Irony is that, this movie got 'U' certificate and Jungle Book was given 'U/A' certificate by the Censor authorities of India.  While the later is a out and out kids movie, நான் பேய் பேசுறேன் has liquor dripping from every scene and dialog.  In fact, the leading characters make fun of 'statutory liquor warning' and start binging.  I wonder what the board officers were 'drinking' when they certified this film (and Jungle Book).

Now for the rest of the movie review..
We couldn't stand the movie beyond a point.  So we decided to cut our losses and get out at interval.

ps: This is the first time I booked tickets using bookmyshow.com and the whole experience was really smooth.  Usually, I book tickets via spicinemas.in, but since tickets were not available per our choice, I decided to try bookmyshow and was pleasantly surprised, not only to have better user experience of booking tickets but also at Luxe theater.  Overall, two thumps up for bookmyshow & Luxe.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Music Mondays - ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் எத்தனை பாடல்..

Music Mondays (3) - Songs I like - ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் எத்தனை பாடல் - கண்ணதாசன்  

I first became familiar with this song, when I was growing up as a kid in T.Nagar.  We used to live very close to Krishnaveni theater and every one living close by will get to 'hear' most of the movie every night whether they like it or not.  That is because, theatre guys used to keep all doors open for ventilation (and save electricity !!!) and most of used to sleep outdoors due to constant power outage.  (If you must wonder, Krishnaveni theater had a generator and they used it sparsely to just project the movie.. !!!).

Every night, on the clock (around 10:00 PM.. I think) this melodious rendering by Vani Jayaram used to fill the air waves.  I started liking it even though I didn't quite understand much of Kannadasan's philosophical lyrics.

But over the years, this song grew on me and I started liking it even more.  Now, this song is in the top of my all time favorites.  One line that is close to my heart is.. "ஏனென்ற கேள்வி ஒன்றே என்றைக்கும் தங்கும் - மனித இன்பதுன்பம் எதிலும் கேள்விதான் மிஞ்சும்"


படம் - அபூர்வராகங்கள்
பாடியவர் - வாணி ஜெயராம்
வரிகள் - கண்ணதாசன்
இசை - எம்.எஸ்.விஸ்வநாதன்

ஏழு ஸ்வரங்களுக்குள் எத்தனை பாடல்
இதயச் சுரங்கத்துள் எத்தனை கேள்வி
காணும் மனிதருக்குள் எத்தனை சலனம் - வெறும்
கற்பனை சந்தோஷத்தில் அவரது கவனம்

காலை எழுந்தவுடன் நாளைய கேள்வி
அது கையில் கிடைத்த பின்னும் துடிக்குது ஆவி
ஏனென்ற கேள்வி ஒன்றே என்றைக்கும் தங்கும் - மனித
இன்பதுன்பம் எதிலும் கேள்விதான் மிஞ்சும்

எனக்காக நீ அழுதால் இயற்கையில் நடக்கும்
நீ எனக்காக உணவு உண்ண எப்படி நடக்கும்
நமக்கென்று பூமியிலே கடமைகள் உண்டு - அதை
நமக்காக நம் கையால் செய்வது நன்று

ஆரம்பத்தில் பிறப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
இதில் அடுத்தடுத்த நடப்பும் உன் கையில் இல்லை
பாதை வகுத்த பின்பு பயந்தென்ன லாபம் - அதில்
பயணம் நடத்திவிடு மறைந்திடும் பாவம்

நாளைப் பொழுது என்றும் நமக்கென வாழ்க
அதை நடத்த ஒருவனுண்டு கோயிலில் காண்க
வேளை பிறக்கும் என்று நம்பிக்கை கொள்க
எந்த வேதனையும் மாறும் மேகத்தைப் போல

#Favorite Songs, Music

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Jungle Book - Run Mowgli Run

Jungle Book - Run Mowgli Run.. and boy he runs fast..

The new avatar of good old Jungle Book got a complete make over by Disney, including amazing CGI and 3D visuals.  It's hard to believe the entire movie was shot in Disney studios, California.

I believe this is the first time a Hollywood movie is being released in India before North America. Kind of makes sense as the movie has India written all over it.  It takes place in India and the sole human character in the movie to all the animals,  all have Indian names.
The new Jungle Book has new treatment.  There is only one human in the movie and that is Mowgli (ignoring the brief appearance of his father) and the theme is revenge.  Disney has given a new treatment to the old story and has spun it around revenge and red flower.  How Sher Khan was injured by Mowli's father with 'red flower' and the reason why Sher Khan is after Mowgli.

Needless to say, movie has stunning visuals and the 3D viewing takes you deep inside thick forests of middle India.  You jump, run, wade thru water with Mowgli but never once in the 106 minutes you feel scared.  I don't know what the censor board of India found 'scary' to give this movie a U/A certificate.  This movie is as benign as it can get as compared all the violence one so casually sees in U rated Indian movies.  It's probably time, Censor board authorities wiped their glasses and see movies 'clearly'.

Verdict - Must watch movie for its amazing CGI & simple yet strong story line.

5 Stars out of 5

ps: I saw this movie at S2 spi movies in Thiruvanmiyur.  I wish I had gone to a theater with better parking and more importantly good sound system.  Parking was a mess and I made mental note to take Uber next time.  But more than parking, what irked me was seating and sound system.  My view was summarily blocked by let us say a 'well built' guy sitting before me and the sound system left lot to be desired.  For some reason it felt 'dull' and below par.