Mar 17, 2017

867. Three life lessons from Kaipulla

Vadivelu (Kaipulla) in the film Winner gives us a life lesson. Kaipulla is the working President of "CarefreeYouth Association". His main enemy in the film is Mr. Kattadurai who also happens to be a bodybuilder.

Kaipulla is always surrounded by his trusted aides. 
  1. Mr Blue shirt maama is the driver of his chariot. 
  2. Mr. Aruva is the Lieutenant General of his army and 
  3. Mr. Orange Banian is his right hand. 
Once during an altercation with Mr. Kattadurai, Kaipulla decides to teach him a lesson. So he goes to Kattadurai's fort and bravely enters into an argument which is still now etched in Tamil film history as the greatest Don- conversations ever. This epic scene is the greatest ever don conversation scene in movie history followed closely by the Godfather opening scene. What makes this scene better than God father are the three life principles that Don Kaipulla showcases in this scene.

Life Principle 1: Always draw the line

This one principle is not even covered in the 13 chapters of "The Art of  War" by Sun Tzu. The simple lesson is that when Kaipulla begins his conversation with Kattadurai, he clearly defines the rules of the war. Mr Aruva uses his veecharuva to draw a twisted line (part of the plan) on the ground. Once the line is drawn, Kaipulla makes his epic speech

Indha line-a thaandi naanum vara maatein; Neeyum Vara koodaadhu. Pechu Pechaa dhaan irukannum.

In English, it translates to "Do not cross this line". This shows that Kaipulla is a follower of Ahimsa and is a true  Gandhian by heart. It also teaches us to always draw a line in relationships and in our conversations. When we cross our limit and boundaries with people, we tend to hurt them and get hurt. To avoid all these, we should always draw the line. No one has ever conveyed this message so beautifully in any art form in human history.

Life Principle 2: Never take revenge

When Kattadurai ignores the first statement made by Kaipulla and when he crosses the line to attack him, Kaipulla just receives all beatings without attacking back. He shows the same calmness that  Manick Basha showed when Anandraj tied him to a post and beat him with a uruttukattai to derive thakkali chutney from his mouth. Kattadurai plays foul game by attacking Kaipulla from behind with coconuts. He surrounds Kaipulla with his goons and punches him with boxing gloves and with uruttukattais (The same uruttu kattai used by Anandraj in Basha) and still Kaipulla just forgives them and never hits them back.

Kaipulla receives all his beatings because he has a noble principle not to beat anyone or attack anyone because revenge is not a part of his dictionary. Even though when his trusted aides tell him that they will take revenge by attacking Kattadurai by bringing goons from near by villages in Lorries, Kaipulla stops them. This principle teaches us not to store anger; because when we store anger, we are just storing poison which actually harms us and kills us slowly.

Life Principle 3: Always have the Trust of your well-wishers

Even though Kaipulla is beaten to pulp, he is always held with high regards by the people in his village and by his well-wishers. They always trust him and treat him with respect.

The testimony from his fellow villagers, and the support showed by his trusted aides tell us that we should be a people's champion just like Rock. It is tough to win the trust of everyone around us. But Kaipulla won that with his principles. If we also follow the principles he adopted in his life, oorey onnu koodi nammala paarthu sirikkum. But who cares? Let us at-least be the reason for someone to smile.

Let us take a decision today to follow Kaipulla's three principles in our life too. Just keep your hand on the laptop/desktop/mobile screen and take a oath now. Let us make this world a better place to live in.

Jai Ho


Mar 15, 2017

866. A very important reason why you should save trees

You would have heard people saying that Trees give us oxygen and rain. I totally get that and agree with them. But there is one more important reason why you should save trees. Check this 30 second video to know the reason. The video may change your outlook towards life. 

Let us plant trees and make this world a better place to live in.


Mar 9, 2017

865. Guangzhou diaries

It happened 10 years ago. But the incident is still fresh in my mind. I was working as a Business Analyst at IBS Software services. I used to travel to South Asian countries because my work demanded me to travel for requirement gathering and product demos. As our clients were "airlines" around the globe, I had one of the best globe trotting experience during my IBS days.

I spent the summer of 2007 in Guangzhou, China. This place is quite close to HongKong. After a hectic week of client meetings where my boss Gunjan, our sales director Joben and I slogged to demonstrate our product to our client, we finally had some breathing time one night before returning to India. As we did not have time to even shop much in China, we decided to cut loose and paint the city in all colors before taking the flight back to India early next morning.

So around 8 PM that night, we took a local cab and asked the cabbie to take us to a place where they play good music. He did not understand a word. Back then, English was not enough to survive in China. We tried to explain to him in sign language too; but he did not seem to get it. Finally Joben said "Is there a Karaoke place around?" The cab driver understood the word "karaoke" and took us to a club. Once we arrived there, we walked in with some Chinese-trans music inviting us. It is a genre that I have not heard after that in my life. That music made me dizzy and we decided to leave the place.

After roaming around the city, we finally came back to our hotel at midnight. As we had only few hours to catch our flight early in the morning, we decided to go to the Marriott lounge bar and to our pleasant surprise a Filipino band was playing English songs there. There were not many people in the lounge at that time. Seeing us, the Filipino girls  got excited because they finally had three people who were able to understand what they were singing.

One of those girls initiated a conversation with us and when she found that we loved western music, she invited me to join them on stage. I ended up singing a Cliff Richard song (Bachelor Boy) and an Elvis Presley song (Judy). I came back to our table and suddenly they announced " To the three gentlemen from India, we would like to dedicate an Indian song" and dedicated "Made in India" by Alisha Chinai for us. 

How often does an incident like this take place? As in, a Filipino band singing a Hindi song for Indians in China? Of the many things that took place in my Guangzhou visit, this incident is still etched in my memory.

Read my funny experience with a pimp in my Beijing diaries [link]


Mar 8, 2017

864.Happy women's day to all the fake IDs in Facebook

Fake IDs! They make this world a better place to live in. If Facebook had been a country, it would have been the largest country in the world in population. Fake IDs have contributed a lot to this glorious growth. 

There are different kinds of fake IDs and each one of them exist on FB for a reason. I am going to dedicate this post to one particular group of fake IDs; the group that is responsible for spreading love, laughter, lust and glamour. Yes! I am talking about guys disguising themselves as women on FB. I want to greet all these fake IDs with women's day wishes.

If you ask me why I should wish them, I would say "Why Not?". The reasons are many. Here are a few reasons why these guys deserve all the praise on this special day.

Fake ID 1: The girl who does not know how to hide his (her) kondai

This guy does not use his brains while creating a fake ID. He uploads a woman's photo but forgets to change the gender to female in the most important column.More over he uploads a picture of an aunty with jasmine flowers; but has a FB name "Sweety Doll" or "Priya Jillani". The common names Priya Sweety and Angel Priya are popular in this list. There would not be any connection to the name and the photo. Any guy will find out that it is a fake ID. But the good thing about such fake IDs is that they chat with anyone at any point of time. 24/7 chat support is guaranteed from them. They always initiate the conversation and some guys even fall for such fake IDs.

Time till they are caught: Less than 24 hours

Fake ID2: That aniyaayathukku vetka padum Fake ID

The guy behind this fake ID comes with the notion that women are supposed to feel shy all the time. They will show their shyness when you initiate a conversation with them. They will never initiate a conversation with anyone. If you ask them personal questions like "Which college are you in?", they will suddenly get angry and log out. They are capable of fooling guys for a minimum of one month.

Time till they are caught: 24 hours to 1 month

Fake ID 3: The feminists (Read misandry) 

In fact these guys should have been born as men bashers. They attack men for everything. Guys can't carry a normal conversation with these fake IDs. These fake IDs use pretty girls' images and hence inbound chat flow is always high. If Anushka Sharma cries, they will attack Kohli and these fake IDs write long blogs and facebook posts and have 1000s of followers. They seldom entertain private chats with men. They always chat with women as like-minded women feel safe and secure with them. Once they win the trust of the women, these fake IDs introduce their real ID (Men ID) to these women and give good conduct certificates to these men.

Time till they are caught : 1 month to 3 months

Fake ID 4: The glamour queens

90% of fake IDs belong to this category. They exist to spread lust, love and glamour. Pasanga will be crazy about these girls. These fake IDs keep all the rapists and rogues occupied by putting kadalai with them. If only all these fake IDs shut down, the number of crime against women will increase. I know that is a bad thing to say; but that is the reality.

Time till they are caught: More than a year

If you ask me how I know all this stuff, just look at the picture below, meditate on that and just say "I am a victim too bro"


I encourage women to publicly post all the messages they get in their "Other message box" on Facebook. I want to wish all these fake IDs a happy women's day. May your tribe increase and may you all make this world a great place to live in. Jai Ho.

I would have added a few more fake ID lists in this post; but while typing this post, I got reminded of chinnamma Sasikala. As I type this, I have tears in my eyes. Our beloved chinnama should be having a tough time behind bars. I wish her "Happy women's day" too.


Feb 27, 2017

863. Priyanka Chopra sets fire at the Oscars

Priyanka Chopra set fire to the Oscar red carpet with a dress that has caught everyone's attention. With matching bangles and ear rings, she had gone into the minute details of carrying herself well at this year's Oscars.

I was scared that her dress would fall anytime. But I am glad that my fears never came true much to the disappointment of millions of fans around the globe. A mason who was working on bathroom construction made a remark that Priyanka Chopra had made a costume out of bathroom tiles.

How ever, what ever said and done, the whole idea behind her dress is an inspiration from Santhanam's costume from the movie "Siva Manasula Sakthi" (SMS). You might argue with me saying that Santhanam's hands are inside and Priyanka's hands are outside. Yes! That's true, that is a result of women liberation. Priyanka Chopra is a woman and she has every right to keep her hands outside. Do you have a problem with that? [I just scored some extreme browny points from 21st century feminists]

I would have been glad if Priyanka Chopra had given due credit to the makers of SMS. But in an era where copy paste is done shamelessly, we can't expect ethical standards from such artists.

Meanwhile Charlie Theron copied actor Jiiva's costume from the same movie (Compare both pictures). She also did not give credit to the actor.

- Chronicwriter

Feb 23, 2017

862. What are the various career openings after Engineering?

Are you studying Bachelors in Engineering? People around you might even discourage you saying that the job market is pretty bad for Engineers these days. Don't believe them. You have an amazing opportunity to get a job in many fields. Engineering degree gives you the perfect platform to get into multiple roles. You can get one of these jobs after completing your Engineering degree

1) Pani puri guy - I have seen a Bihari Pani puri guy in Chennai with an Engineering degree in EEE
2) Auto driver - There are many auto drivers with engineering degrees
3) Ola cab driver - We can also see many Uber and Ola drivers with ME degrees too
4) Hotel bearer - I don't understand the connection, but I guess they were unhappy with hostel food and became a hotel bearer
5) Call centre executive - When you don't get a job in the core subject, this is the immediate option that many resort too. 9 out of 10 people who join a BPO after engineering grow up in the BPO sector
6) Banker - In the last 5 years, the number of banking people with Engineering degrees have gone up.
7) Photographer - All photographers may not be engineers. But all engineers are photographers.
8) Software Engineer -Even if you had specialized in Civil/ Mechanical and Instrumentation Engineering, you end up writing codes and testing them
9) English teacher - Those guys who participate in literary competitions end up as english teachers.
10) Engineering college lecturer - This is one of the biggest punishment; getting ragged by your own juniors and some take this punishment on themselves.
11) Writer - He He. Oorukulla pala writers these days
12) Blogger - I am also an engineer only
13) Standup comedian - I qualify for this too
14) Terrorist- Laden kitta pesureeyaa? Bin Laden
15) President - APJ Abdul Kalaam is an example.

And the list goes on and on. If you are wondering why I used a model's picture for this blog post, it is just a gentle reminder that the jobs that a person gets after completing their engineering degree is similar to the connection between this post and the picture of the model.


Feb 21, 2017

861. Life is a wonderful teacher

I learnt the basics of Tamil from Jothi Mam (My Kindergarten Tamil teacher) and the grammar behind it from N. Thassiah Sir.

My grand mother taught me Indian History and English. 

My mother taught me to sing.

My father was my mathematics and Physics teacher.

Ashok annan taught me to play the guitar; I hated it when I started to play the guitar as a 7 year old boy; but now it is really useful for me.

I have lost special people in my life because of their wrong doings and also because of my foolish behavior.

I have seen people die.

My maternal grandmother was the first person who encouraged me to write. She was extremely humorous too.

I have never ever got a job through a job site; it has always been through a friend or an acquaintance or my blog.

I have cheated people and I have been cheated too and I have learnt a lesson or two from those experiences too.

I still don't know why I did Bachelors in Engineering. I have no clue about the subjects in Engineering. But I learnt to survive in the big bad world, thanks to those 4 years.

My daughter, wife and my sister have taught me many a lesson too.

We can learn from anyone around us. Children, teens, young adults, married couples, elders, teachers, beggars, crooks and even from murderers. Some times the greatest lessons are learnt from failures in life and relationships. 

Everyone around us have something to teach us in this phenomenon called LIFE.

Be it a happy moment, a sad reality or a betrayal; every single thing gives us valuable life lessons.

The only thing that we constantly do is Learn.

I am still learning.

What about you?


Feb 20, 2017

860. Mother's love is like...

In my locality, I saw a child (A one year old baby) sitting in a garbage pick up tri-cycle in the hot sun. As there were no one around the child and as the child was all alone, I parked my car nearby to see if the child is safe.

In a few minutes, a lady came with a water bottle. The child was giggling and said "Amma". She must have been the mother of the baby. That is when I noticed that she has placed a cardboard behind the baby to protect the baby from the hot sun. There was a small cradle made out of a blue cloth. She must be using that to put the baby to sleep.

The mother, then started her garbage collection journey. All this happened in a matter of few minutes and I realized that my eyes were already filled with tears.

Lot of things ran in my mind. The mother does not have provision to leave the baby in the house. There might be no one to take care of the baby at home. The mother has to earn to take care of the baby. She does not have support at home to take care of the baby. She must be under tremendous pressure to take care of the child in addition to her work.

I respect fathers too. Fathers also love their children and in many homes, the fathers don the role of a mother too, to take care of the child. So this post in no way demeans fathers. But this post is a tribute to all the mothers (be it stay at home mothers or mothers who work). 

I saw a smile in the mother's face and I saw that smile in the baby's face too. The baby would grow up knowing how much the mother struggled everyday. 

Mother's love is like... I really don't know how to express it in words. May be if you look at the above three pictures, you would feel it.


Feb 15, 2017

859. One common thing between my mom and Sasikala

When I was in class 10, my mom made it a rule in our house that I should get up at 5 am to study. I would often not follow this rule and I would be in deep sleep, tucked neatly under the bed sheet.

My mom would switch on the light. 
I would not wake up.
Then she would switch on the fan ( I don't sleep under the fan. So she does that to suffocate me)
I would still not wake up.

She would sprinkle water on my face. I would wipe my face with the bed sheet and still
I would not wake up.
Then she would beat me three times
I would finally scream and get out of bed.

Sasikala took me back to my childhood days by thumping three times at Jaya's burial site. Thank you Chinnamma! for taking me back down memory lane.


858. Will you forgive this girl?

All rights reserved to use this image by Chronicwriter
How many times have we fallen victims for click bait images in the online world? Media channels like Times of India uses images of glamorous women to lure their audience to click a link. In deed sex and sensuality sells big time in the online world. 

I don't know how many of you came here to read this post by clicking the girl's image displayed as a thumbnail in your social media feeds. We all are no different from fish that get caught trying to eat bait worms. The world around us try to control our thoughts and influence our actions. Marketers and advertisers master this trait. The title of this post is a classic example

This image of a girl sitting in a man's lap came in my FB news-feed. It was a sponsored post. Looking at this image, I was clueless for sometime on what those guys were planning to sell.

Were they trying to say that if you buy a girl, you get a second girl at 20% off? 


Were they trying to sell some apparel or technology product or a watch?

I did not have a clue. I even clicked that page trying to find out the list of items that were listed for sale. I was literally stunned to see products that were totally unrelated to the image being displayed in the product catalog. 

All of us get misled by an image. For example the "Flat 50%" off signboard acts like a magnet and it attracts people to shop floors. And if you have been drawn to such a shop and if you had bought a handbag for Rs 3000, do not think that you have saved Rs 3000 ( 50% off). The reality is that you have spent Rs 3000 for a handbag which you might not have needed in the first place because you already have another handbag.

Are you a person who gets misled by pictures?

If the answer is Yes, stall! and think again about the various levels where you get lured. You can take corrective action right now.