Puriyadha Pudhir

My apologies to the non-Tamil bloggers out there – this post is entirely about a Tamil movie we watched on my birthday.

Somehow, Vidya and I ended up watching Puriyadha Pudhir on KTV on my birthday. To my delight, I enjoyed the movie – right from the start, where K.S. Ravikumar enigmatically says, “Aah, I have escaped” when he is subdued by policemen and locked up in a prison cell, till the end, where the selfsame Ravikumar exhorts us not to share the ending with anyone.

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Bilingual Blogging

Having recently been initiated into the mysteries of non-English blogging, one feels that a bit of explaining is in order.

I, like many of my peers, read and write English much better than any other language. This, in spite of the fact that my first language (or mother tongue, as it is called in this part of the world!) is Tamil. The Indian education system, a not-too-evolved version read more

பட்டாவும் பொரம்போக்கும்

நேற்றிரவு நான் சாப்பிடுவதற்கு ஒரு வண்டிக்கடைக்கு சென்றேன். அந்த சாலிக்ராம சாலையில், ஒரு மிகப்பெரிய சினிமா நிறுவனத்தின் முன், சாலை விளக்கின் வெளிச்சத்தில் நின்று கொண்டிருந்தது பிரியாணி read more

தமிழில் blogging செய்வது

தமிழில் எப்படி blog செய்வது என்று ஒரு திடீர் கேள்வி, மின்னலை போல் என்னை அடித்தது. தேடினேன் தேடினேன் Google, Yahoo இரன்டிலும் தேடினேன். முரசை பார்த்தேன் – புரியவில்லை. அழகியை பார்த்தேன் – ஐநூறு ரூபாய் read more

Return of the Kadi

When we were in school, and later when we were in college, a genre of humour, heavily dependent on puns, homophones, and lateral thinking, flourished. These were the ‘kadi’ (tamil for bite) jokes. A few of us were accomplished masters, while everyone took a stab at it. At its peak, all popular magazines ran ‘kadi’ jokes, with Ananda Vikatan’s Mr. X jokes leading the way. Then slowly, the popularity of kadi jokes waned, and it went into a decline. Of course, die-hard read more

A question on Narasimha

A couple of days ago, I was walking on Arcot Road, and to avoid the water, had to pass perilously near a transformer. I was reminded of Bijoy telling me very matter-of-factly that it was dangerous to walk under a transformer as suddenly one could be spattered with boiling oil – apparently this is a coolant and is one of the things that go wrong very often with a transformer. I couldn’t help but point out to him that it would be even more dangerous if it had Vijayakanth connected to read more

A “Literary” Aside

Jassie Gift (or is it Kay Kay) screaming “IR-ettu pallukkaari” before being drowned out by others shouting “randakka randakka” is definitely not something that you would imagine as continuing a classical Tamil tradition. Yet, strangely, it is.

This is A. K. Ramanujam’s “translation” of Kuruntokai 119, from here.

What He Said

As a little white snake
with lovely stripes on its young body
troubles the jungle elephant
this slip of a girl
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