Thursday, February 27, 2014

620. Amzath Khan - Achievers are Risk Takers

This blog post is about a friend of mine. His name is Amzath Khan. This post will definitely be useful for those who are scared to take risks in life

Year 2003.

I had just completed my BE and I had moved to Chennai to prepare for my CAT exams. I enrolled myself in IMS coaching classes for CAT preparation. I was a small town guy who was in a cosmopolitan city. The IMS coaching centre was at Egmore and I stayed near Guindy. So I used the electric train to commute to the coaching classes. It was a six month course.

In the coaching centre I became friends with three other guys.

  1. Ingersol was a Chennai guy and he had a yamaha RX100. He was the dude of the gang as he was from Chennai. 
  2. The second guy was from Erode. His name was Sirpi. Chennai was a BIG city for Sirpi too.
  3. The third guy was Amzath. Amzath hails from Salem. He was another small town guy who was finding Chennai a very modernised city.
We soon became friends. All of us joined IMS coaching classes with one aim -"To do MBA in any one of the IIMs". Within one week 3 of us understood that IIM was not our cup of coffee. Ingersol was the only guy who never lost courage. Some time friends are your biggest teasers. In our case too, we used to rag each other big time.

Ingersol : Machi! I'll do an MBA only in IIM Ahmedabad.

We will laugh at that because Ingersol even had problems in solving table number 3.

Chriz (Me) : I will publish a book one day guys

They will immediately laugh at me and tease me saying "First try to understand the difference between active voice and passive voice and then dream about publishing a book"

Sirpi : I will become a world famous dancer da.

After saying this, Sirpi will do the moonwalk and do some MJ grabs. We would not make fun of him because he was good in dancing

Amzath: Macha! I will become a film actor da

We will immediately pounce on him saying " Dai! You can't act for bananas man. All your facial reactions are one and the same"

We all wrote our CAT exams. None of us got a seat in any of the IIMs (as expected). We settled for decent B schools.

Amzath did his MBA in ISBM Pune.
Sirpi - Suryadutta- Pune
Me - Rajagiri - Cochin
Ingersol - He disappeared from the scene.


Days rolled by. We all lost touch with each other. 

Year 2008
Location : Chennai.

I came back to Chennai and through Orkut, I touched base with Amzath again. He was not the same Amzath any more. 4 years ago, the same Amzath was scared to even climb the escalator in Spencer Plaza. But in 2008, he looked so different. He was a completely new guy and I could not recognize him at first. Four years ago, his style of dressing was a tailor stitched shirt and a pleated pants. He would not even care to tuck his pants. Some sandals would adorn his feet back then. But in 2008, he looked like a hunk.

He told me that he was acting in a movie with Priya Anand. I was shocked. Just 4 years ago, I had made fun of him telling him that he could not act at all. He started acting in many short films. Though he was in a very good position - heading the marketing division of an FM channel in Chennai, Amzath decided to follow his passion. I was working in Chennai at that time. We became room mates. 

Being his room mate, I discovered that he had become more organised- a regular at the gym, balanced diet, and proper sleep time. He struggled hard to get chances in acting cos he did not have any family member to support him in the film fraternity. His first film Pugaipadam was not a great commercial success; but it did made many realise that a new actor was slowly making his presence felt in the Tamil film circuit.

After Pugaipadam, Amzath did lot of theatre shows and started acting in many short films. TV viewers would have seen him in the CSK whistle podu campaign video and in many other ads. His second big break has come in the form of Vallinam, where Amzath is playing a pivotal role in the movie. Vallinam is Director Arivalagan's second directorial venture (His first movie Eeram graced many awards)

This movie is gonna be pitched along with the likes of Sports thrillers like Lagaan and Chak De India. This movie is about the sport - basket ball. I know the story plot and I am not gonna reveal anything more in this post.

Trivia : Amzath is the only actor in the country with 8 packs. He always tells me not to write about this. The more he tells me not to write about it, the more I write about it.

He has started to act in another movie too which will hit the screens soon.

 I always ask him " Macha! Isn't it a risky profession? It ain't a stable job da?". His reply would be " I love this job and I do this with all my heart da... I would not have had this satisfaction if I had been in any desk job; cos this has always been my dream".Those who are reading this! I do not know how many great talents you might possess; but because of fear of taking risks, you might have buried your talent somewhere. If you gotta achieve, you gotta take that risk. Jordan Belfort's quote is a strong reminder for all of us. “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.- JB” . There will be lot to pull you down when you pursue your goals. They might be your family members, your friends, your colleagues. No one will know what you actually want in life. Only you know what your dream is and what your goal in life is. It is always better to follow your dreams and achieve it. Many dreams have ended up as mere dreams because the dreamers never pursued it. Sometimes procrastination also kills your dreams. If you are a lazy bum who is forever planning and not putting things into action, it is time you took that first step. The remaining steps will follow. If you are a person who is the reason for killing someone else's dreams, then my sincere advice to you is "Stop doing that! If you can't do something, at least let the other person do what he wants to do". Achievers are risk takers. I know a risk taker and I am proud to say that he is a great friend of mine. You will get used to watching him on TV from now on.

Note : Romba Advice maadhiri irundhucho? Freeya vidu. Next postla paathukalaam


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

619. How to have a fun bath?

These days when I take a shower, I enter into a world of my own. Some time I just stand under the shower in deep thoughts. At such time, I feel like a philosopher. I would fold my hands and stand under the shower to add meaning to the philosophical look. My mind would be blank at such times. But the posture is something that is worth 1000 pictures. Now don't you dare imagine me in that posture.

Sometimes I become a musician in the bathroom. I would sit on the plastic stool and would play some rhythm on the plastic bucket. Depending on the water, pressure, the genre of the music would vary.

At times I have become a Vocalist too. The shampoo bottle will become the cordless microphone. I can move around the bathroom and sing songs at will. The bathroom floor becomes my stage. The wall facing me  becomes my imaginary audience. Sometimes it is an indoor audience. Some times it is Woodstock.

There are times when the house maid leaves the mop stick inside the bathroom. During such days the mop stick becomes a stand microphone and I would be doing a Freddie Mercury act or an Axl Rose act. When the performance level goes high, someone would bang the door and ask me to shut up.

Then sometimes I play the ceiling splash game. It is a simple game to play. Stand under the shower and open your mouth so that water is collected inside your mouth. Do not drink the water. Just fill your mouth with water. Now close the shower knob and then blow the water on to the ceiling. 

You can do modern art on the ceiling or draw some numerical values on the ceiling. If the light bulb is on, do not play this game. There was a time , when I played this game and the light bulb burst.

Now I love taking bath like never before. When I was a kid, I hated taking bath. During the summer holidays, I would not take bath for days at a stretch. My mom would force me to take bath. I don't know why children hate taking a bath. It is fun.

The first instant when the water touches your body is the thrilling moment. When you take a mug of water and pour on your dry skin, you will experience a gyration. After that things will become normal. This gyrating feeling was what that makes kids to hate taking bath.

If taking a shower was this much fun, then taking a bubble bath inside a tub is funner and some times funnest. Grammar nazis will be now angry with me for using the words funner and funnest; but I care a damn. 

My bath Companions :
1) Shower gel - Fiama Di wills -Men's aqua
2) Shampoo - Dove
3) Conditioner - Dove
4) Face cleanser - Biotique Almond Soap

I just had my bath now. Go have your bath- you dirty people.

Moral of the story : Stay Clean.

Picture : Jithin and Andy are magicians who do lot of magic tricks using the red towel.. Yours Truly is behind the red towel.


Friday, February 14, 2014

618. How did CSK buy Nehra for 2 Crores

Nehra - the man who single handedly crushed England in the 2003 world cup has gone into a hiding in the last one decade. He has sent his alter ego to play for the last ten years. He is a master bowler when he bowls those last overs.

He has a predictable slower ball that would be swapped for a six by a tail end batsman.
He has a perfect slower ball which he never disguises and that ball automatically ends outside the stadium when the batsman make contact with the ball.
He also has a deadly yorker which often ends up as a juicy full toss for batsman to clear the boundary with ease.
He also bowls the fast wide, beamer and wide bouncer that automatically will make the opposition to win matches with ease.
Nehra has been there in every nail biting finish in all the matches he has played for the country or for the IPL team he has been a part of.

This year (2014) Chennai Super King did the unthinkable act by buying him for Rs 2 Crores. CSK would call this move as a top secret move from their part. This article shows us what exactly happened inside the IPL acution room when Nehra's name came for auction

Next one up is Nehra for a Base price of Rs 1 Crore

Note : For those who are making fun of Nehra , remember that he will be the game changer at this year's IPL.

Additional Note : Will CSK be allowed to play at this year's IPL?


Thursday, February 13, 2014

617. I don't have a valentine

This post is dedicated to all those who are single this valentines day. Being single is not your fault. You might hate those who have a someone special in their life. The ones who have a special person in their life will also act weird on valentines day and they give a huge complex to all those single human beings. 

I have been single for 29 long years in my life and I know how it feels to be on the other side of the river. The grass is always green on the other side buddies. So take a chill pill and stay cool. When you are no more single, you will realise that the grass is greener on the other side, because the other side is full of bull shit.

The worst thing a single person can do is to go to a club on valentines day. I did that grave mistake in the year 2004. I went for a party in EC41 in Chennai on 14th February 2004. The next day I wrote my CAT exam ( The only year there was a re-CAT exam because of paper leak). 

I don't wanna reveal my CAT scores. If I reveal the score, I would give a complex to Murali Vijay's average while playing in overseas conditions. But I would proudly flaunt my MAT score which was exactly Don Bradman's average in test cricket.

If you are single, the only valentine you will have this year might be the bottle of beers you are gonna gulp down your throat on Friday night. You will have a bad hang over on Saturday and if you wanna spoil your weekend; go ahead and have fun with alcohol.

If you had watched the opening ceremony of the Sochi winter Olympics this year, you would have realised that there was a blunder when one of the rings in the olympic logo failed to open. Just remember that you ain't the one who does not have a ring this year. That is Sochi's way of telling you that being single is cool.

Now you would have realised that I am writing this article to pep up  the single ones who crib that they don't have a valentine this valentines day. How ever some might even think that I am writing this article to add salt to the injury. For such people, the following conversation will inspire you.

Me: If you feel sad that you stay alone during Valentine‘s day, just remember that        nobody loves you on any of those other 354 days of the year.
You: It is not 354. It should be 364.
Me: Kanakku theriyudhu. Kanakku panna theriyalaiyae pa unakku.
Now you might think that it was rude of me to say that.Yes it is indeed rude when you doubt my intentions. When I actually wanted to be there for you and lend my small shoulder for you, you doubted me and hence I I snubbed you with that joke. If you are really mad at me now, you need to cool down or else I would shove another one liner down that doubting brain of yours.

Even calender has date on valentines day. 

As I type this article,I suddenly feel like scratching my legs. Is it because I did not take a bath today? or Is it because of my dirty socks? Talking about socks, most of my socks are single too. They never crib that the don't have partners. Now don't you dare crib about being single or don't you dare attacking all those who ain't single any more. You will be there too buddy.

If you are still think that being single is a curse, let me give you an idea to make people think that you have a valentine. Dress well and go to work with a bouquet of roses to work and tell your colleagues that your valentine gave that to you. Keep telling them that you have a hot date planned for the evening. Make sure to leave work early so that others will think that you have a valentine.