Apr 19, 2020

997. Is lockdown the new normal?

Things are not the same anymore. I have worked from home many a days in my work life. But the WFH that happens these days during the lockdown is entirely different. All of us are staying indoors.

The board games that were popular when I was little are resurfacing in my life. Chess, Chinese Checkers, ludo, snakes and ladders, deck of cards, aadu puli aatam are some games that have come back into our life.

Doordarshan is literally taking us back to the 80s and 90s by telecasting serials that were once popular.

This picture that you see here is the classic WFH setup for me. We all work from the same room. My daughter will be busying painting or reading something. The little man who is sleeping here leaves the room in peace as long as he sleeps. Once he wakes up, everything goes for a toss. I have to literally run away and find a secluded place in the house so that I can handle the conference calls in peace.

But again, I am not alone, This is the same case with many households. So during our conference calls, we also get a glimpse of how my colleagues behave with their better halves, children and with their parents. Corona has opened our eyes to tiny things. Things that we overlooked in the past are now becoming important for us.

I seriously have no clue on how long this lockdown will continue, nor do I have any idea on how long it will take till normalcy returns. Or this whole new lifestyle might be the new normal and we might have to be ready to live with it too.

-Chronicwriter

Jan 26, 2020

996. How to have the perfect beard look


If you are a Dhaadi vecha KD who like to experiment with the beard, the Abraham Lincoln Dhaadi is the right getup for you. It just takes 10 minutes to get an Abraham Lincoln face.

You would need 

1) A face with a beard. If you don't have beard, try Ervamatin on your cheeks for one whole month. When I say cheeks, I mean the cheeks on your face.

2) Shaving foam / Shaving cream ;  Shaving brush / Tooth Brush / Toilet brush - depending on the type of dhaadi you have

3) A shaving blade ( Can be a single blade/ twin blade/ triple blade/ four blade too. 

4) Harpic ( I will tell the usage later)

5) After shave lotion 

Steps

1) Wash your face with water. Apply shaving foam on your face. 

2) Mallaakka paduthufy on the floor and vittatha paarthufy by placing both legs on the door. Make sure that the door is latched properly.

3) After 5 minutes, get up and go and stand in front of the mirror. You have to face the mirror and when you look at the mirror you should be able to see your face.

4) Now take the shaving blade in your left hand and put kolam on your face. Even if you are a right hander, you should only use the left hand. That is the trick of this special dhaadi.



5) Now smile a little. To differentiate yourself from Abraham Lincoln, you should show your teeth.

6) If you have not brushed your teeth, your pallu will be in manjal colour. This is where you should gargle  with harpic. If you don't have Harpic in your house, you can call Abbas. He has a big stock of Harpic bottles in his house.

7) Apply After shave lotion on your chest.

You can also morachu paarthufy and give a terror look like the one in the picture below. In such a scenario, you will have slight resemblance to Osama Bin Laden.

The final output will be like this


With such a look, you can even give an autograph Cheran look by giving a sogamaana effect.


Details

Model : Chriz #SelfThoo
Camera : Nokia 2 MP camera
Editing : Print Screen + Cropping in Powerpoint + Save as picture
Editor : Chriz
Camera Men : Padhinoru per adangiya oru Kuzhu.

Note : In the beginning I said, it just takes 10 minutes to get this get up. If it takes more than 10 minutes, you have to reduce the mallaka paduthufying moment.


- Chronicwriter

Aug 9, 2019

995. How did I end up looking like a peacock

Those who know me know very well that I always get my hair cut at my favorite barber shop. A hair cut would just cost Rs 70 for me because I am a loyal customer. I would get another 30 bucks and ask him to massage my hair too.

Today I felt like trimming my hair. Instead of troubling my regular barber, I decided to try a high end salon. After checking through the ratings and customer reviews I zeroed to a stylish salon.

As soon as I entered the salon, I told the hair dresser (Note the tone change from barber to hair dresser) to trim my hair. He took me to a hair stylist who looked at my face for a few seconds and told some technical stuff to the hair dresser. The hair dresser winked at him and took me to the chair. 

I did not know that I would be constrained to the chair for the next 4 hours. It all started well. He sprayed some water on my face and wiped it with a tissue paper. And started cutting my hair. While cutting my hair, he started a conversation with me. I should have kept quiet. He told me about his life, his music interest and his career ambition and I told him I was into marketing. He took that one word as a cue and started showing his sales side.

The first temptation was, 'Sir, you should also go in for a clean shave". He showed a new imported shaving gel and told that they have the latest 6 blade shaver. I fell for it. So after the hair trimming was done, the shaving had already commenced. While shaving, he pointed a couple of blackheads on my nose and started talking about the bad weather. I joined with him and contributed my understanding on how we have put a hole in the ozone layer. This is where he showcased his sales skills by telling me that I should try a de-tan pack on my face which will make my face shine and glow like Vijay Devarkonda. Angadhaan I slipped a little. I said okay.

The next one hour was spent on de-tanning my face and before I realized my face was undergoing golden facial treatment. Fork, iron needle and and tweezers  were used on my face. I was undergoing pain and when the facial was done, he asked me if I would like to color my hair.

I had not learnt my lesson yet. I was already feeling like a zombie after spending 3 hours on the chair. Another one hour was spent on coloring my hair. Finally when everything was over, I looked at myself in the mirror only to realize that I looked like Naai Sekar with short hair. Now don't ask me to upload my picture. I don't want to show "saavu bayam" to you. Let this pain die with me.

Don't ask me how much I spent for all this. I could have bought an electric guitar with that money. When I was leaving the salon, the guy told me " Come next month sir, We will try keratin treatment for you". Naaan dhaan avanukku vaaitha adimainu mudivey pannitaan. I smiled at him and said "Podhu sir. Valikudhu' and I walked slowly out of the salon. 

While going back home, I had to cross my regular barber shop. He was there. I smiled at him and he did not recognize me. With tears I reached home and started typing this blog post. I have tears as I type this post.

-Chronicwriter

Jul 17, 2019

994.IGLOO | 2019 Zee5 Movie review


I don't write movie reviews in my page. This is supposed to be a humour page. But sometimes I break free from the humor tag when I feel the need to write a review like this. The movie Igloo has made me take this detour. Watch this 2 minute trailer before reading my views on this flick



The movie opens in a hill station where Shiva (Amzath Khan) a single parent lives with his twin daughters, Aishu and Vaishu. When Vaishu meets with an accident and slips into coma, he talks to her about his emotional journey with his wife, Ramya (Anju Kurien) who battled for her life during her pregnancy. 

Who should watch this movie?

If you love your better-half watch this movie. If you hate your better-half you should definitely watch this movie.

Why should we watch this movie?

This movie showcases the importance of life in a poignant manner. Keep tissue rolls ready while watching.

Okay! A little bit about the storytelling

Music thaarumaaru. Arrol corelli is one name you will be hearing often from now on. Story telling is detailed. So do not watch this movie in multitasking mode. You need to spend time to get into the movie. The detailing is pretty good. 

The Hero Amzath has excelled in his role as a husband and as a father. He would surely be responsible for you saying "Who is cutting onions now" at least on three instances in this movie. 

Those who have lost a loved one to terminal illness might relive some of their deepest agony moments. The kids Vaishu and Aishu are cute. Bugs (Bagavathi Perumal) has a small role to play in this movie as Amzath's friend. Anju Kurien has done a decent job. Bharath Mohan, the movie director has chiseled an emotional kaaviyam in a neat manner. 

Movie lovers who watch films in theatres might miss this movie as it is streaming on Zee5. But you can still watch it.


How to watch this movie?

You can watch this movie in Zee5 App. It is as cheap as Rs 49 for one month viewing.


-Chronicwriter







Jul 14, 2019

993. A love triangle incident from my life

She was crying bitterly. She was surrounded by three guys who were cursing her, mocking her, pulling her hair and  laughing at her. Well, I was angry because she was the love of my life and I could not bear to see Renu crying. 



She was not in love with me and she had already rejected my proposal three times in the past 15 minutes. But that did not make me hate her at all. We were just 8 years old then studying in third standard. I was under the impression that Shabir was in love with her. He was my classmate too. So I decided to knock him off the equation. Yes my brain plotted an evil plan.

I used my pocket money ( Rs 6) to hire three henchmen ( The 5th standard last bench rowdies) to warn Shabir not to come between me and Renu. But those last bench rowdies had other ideas.

Instead of threatening Shabir, they decided to eve tease Renu. One of those guys (Rahul) skewed his lips and blew air when Renu walked past him. In fact he tried to whistle at her. But as he did not know how to whistle, only air came out of his stinky mouth. Renu noticed this and giggled at him. 

He was infuriated and he along with his two allakai friends cornered my love and cursed her in the choicest of bad words. Tears welled up in her eyes and they did not show any mercy. Rahul had the audacity to pull her hair and there was no one to save her. This is when I decided to move in and stop them from crossing their line.

"STOP IT YOU IDIOTS"

That was me in my shrill high pitched tone. They paused for a second, looked at me and continued to tease her with more cuss words. I could not tolerate it anymore. I clenched my fists and flexed my gooseberry muscles. Renu looked at me realizing that her savior has finally arrived to free her from the wolves. 

One allakai walked towards my direction and pulled my trousers down. I was standing there in my red underwear. Everyone saw the Mickeymouse picture printed strategically on the underwear. That was the worst moment of my life until that moment. Now Renu had company. Yes, I was crying too. That allakai was about to slap me when Shabir jumped into the scene like Jackie Chan and kicked all the other three fellows.

Within seconds Shabir had become the hero. He asked me to wear my trousers. And then he walked up to Renu, wiped her tears and told in a husky voice " Do not worry. I will be there for you always". Her tears disappeared and she responded to his words with a sweet smile.

Things did not end there. Rahul got up from the ground and screamed "HEY CHRIZ! SORRY BRO! WE COULD NOT BEAT HIM LIKE WE PROMISED YOU". My heart started beating faster. Renu gave me a look of disdain and asked Rahul " So what you guys did was a drama?"

"Yes! Chriz paid us Rs 6 to do this"

Renu turned towards me and with a kaaar thooo sound said "Chriz! I never knew you would be so cheap" and she gave me a wicked sornakka look, turned and walked away holding Shabir's hands. After taking a few steps, Shabir whispered something into her ears and she giggled at his joke. I had no clue what he told her. 

He then asked her to stand there and walked towards me. When he was near me, he said "Chriz Rs 10 is always bigger than Rs 6." With that he and Rahul winked at each other. And Shabir ran back to Renu. I sat on the ground and continued to cry.

Moral: He who digs a pit will fall into it

-Chronicwriter

Jun 14, 2019

992. The Dhonnai Biriyani, Okkiyampet, OMR, Chennai.



The place is a little crowded. You have to wait to get a seat. It is better to reach this place by 12 noon - 12:30 PM.

The Biriyani is served in Dhonnai. (Seeraka Samba). It almost has the authentic Dindukkal Venu Biriyani taste. If you like it with Mutton gravy, you can always try it. 

Gravy, rasam, buttermilk and Raitha are unlimited. So you can use the empty dhonnai in a wise manner.

Seer Fish fry is on the costlier side (Rs 300 per piece). This price could be reduced. The mutton kola urundai and mutton chukka are dishes you are not supposed to miss here. If you like a sweet and sour version of prawn gravy, you can also order a plate of prawns along with the biriyani.

Once you are done with the biriyani, you get to finish it off with white rice and rasam. I missed the Wayanad style lemon pickle at the end. Before you tighten your belts, make sure to drink butter milk. Or you can go for the pulp juices on the menu.

Service: Quick

Value for money: Biriyani, Mutton chukka - A resounding yes. The sea food can be priced a little cheaper.

Satisfaction: Guaranteed

If someone opens a fulljar soda counter outside the shop, you can become a millionaire like Suryavamsam Sarathkumar in no time
- Chronicwriter

May 9, 2019

991. The Thirsty Crow

6 years ago, our cousins pattaalam decided to honour our kindergarten teachers. And that is how the thirsty crow song came into existence. As soon as I penned it, we gathered around and decided to record the song. Each one of us decided to be in the best costume.



  • Jyotin David went to the kitchen and emptied the blue onion plastic container and used it as a helmet. He then covered his face with a hand kerchief.
  • Jerush Justin just took a cowboy hat that was purchased from Marina beach ( after heavy bargaining) and used it as a face mask
  • I took my guitar and decided to play
  • Jeremy, my nephew ( son of Preetha and Johnny) decided to wear my helmet. I still do not know how we survived that smell
  • Nesan David took two bowls - One yellow bowl which he used as a thoppi and a plastic ice cream bowl which he used as a ear ring.
  • Jeetu David took a towel that was not washed in years and covered his face with it.
  • Jenin Devadass just pulled his shirt over his face and covered it

And then we started singing the song. The video was shot by Jenin's wife Angela. She was controlling her laughter throughout the song. But still managed to capture the message. So after 6 years, I present to you once more - The Thirsty Crow.


- Chronicwriter

990. The guy who wrote the Uppuma song

5-5-2019 was a special day. When my mom told me that she was gonna make uppuma the next day morning, I wrote the Uppuma song. In fact I asked her to record the song with me. She asked me to sing alone. 

Now in a few days time, that song has become a rage and I have been getting calls from TV channels for interviews. Some friends also called me up on the phone posing themselves as media representatives to troll me. Usharaayitein.

Two days ago I was shopping in a supermarket in Tambaram, Chennai. A young couple stood behind me in the counter. This was their conversation

The guy:  I think this is the uppuma guy ( They were talking in Malayalam)
The girl:  No I don't think so. That guy had a french beard but this guy does not have.

I was literally screaming from within trying to tell them that I was the same guy. Just because I shaved my beard off does not mean that it was not me. Then I got an idea. I did not want to cut into their conversation. In that uppuma video, my left pinky finger would be visible. What stands out is the fact that I wear my ring in the pinky finger and not in the ring finger. So I stretched out my hand and yawned and tried to show my finger to them. They did not seem to notice. So I even used my other hand to play with my ring finger. But still they did not notice.



They finally concluded that I was a look alike and not the uppuma guy. I bought the stuff from the supermarket and walked away with a heavy heart. 

From now onward I will only walk around with a french beard, coolers and a hooded shirt

-Chronicwriter

May 8, 2019

989. The Uppuma song

I really don't hate uppuma for breakfast. But I have become numb to it because I was literally forced to eat a dry patty cake papad version of it during my college hostel days. In a survey conducted by the UNEASCO (numerologically altered), it was found that more than 99% of the Indian population dread the very thought of having Uppuma for breakfast.

Recently I wrote this song on Uppuma and it has become a rage where people are sending this very song to me saying "Hey Chriz! This guy looks like you". When I tell them that it is me, they are not willing to believe me. I will write about an interesting conversation surrounding this song in my next post. Mean while if you have not listened to this song, here you go



- Chronicwriter

Mar 20, 2019

988. Strict parents become lenient grandparents



Parents have different yardsticks for their children and grandchildren. This is what I do not like in parents. Suddenly they change the rule of the game.

When a referee who is  known for issuing red cards at will, suddenly starts distributing boxes of laddoos to players when ever they committed a foul, wouldn't you be confused? Won't you feel that something is wrong with the referee?

I go through the same feeling when I see my parents deal with my daughter. I can go on quoting many examples for the same.

1) Giving chocolates and snacks


Once in three months, my dad would buy a bar of dairy-milk. A strip of dairy-milk chocolate bar will have 8 small square chocolate pieces in it. My sister and I would get one piece each from this bar on Friday night after dinner. The remaining 6 pieces would be neatly wrapped in the golden foil and the bar will be kept inside the fridge. We would eat like this for 4 weeks. And after that we have to wait for three months.

But now, Anya eats bars and bars of chocolates and I don't even have to mention who the main culprits are. You know them.

2) Choice of breakfast


What ever was there on my plate, I was supposed to eat. I hated idlis and chutney. But if my mom told me that I need to finish all 4 idlis, I had no other choice. I used to throw them out of the window when she was not watching me. But one day she found that too and made me eat the sand laden idli.

Now Anya gets a choice for her breakfast. If she feels that the chutney is spicy, she gets to eat idlis with sugar or honey or even jam. If she does not feel like eating all three, she gets her corn flakes bowl. She is lucky indeed.

3) Play time


I used to come back from school at 4 pm. And I could play outside between 5 and 6 pm. If I come even a minute after 6 pm, I would have to kneel down for half an hour. My daughter gets to cycle around even at 10 pm. She gets to throw the ball and play at 9 pm

Wish I could become a child again and tell my parents to treat me the way they treat my daughter Anya. For that to happen, I should go to Kalyan Jewellers where an amma becomes a child and a child becomes an amma.

Jokes apart, grand parents are usually never strict with grandchildren because it is the job of the parents to raise their children right. This gives lot of room for grand parents to spoil grandchildren.

-Chronicwriter