Friday, January 30, 2015

701. Chennaiya? Madrasa?

Chennai! A Tradional and Modern Masala city. 
This post has been published as a part of 'The CBC Tablog - 3

What should I write about you - Chennai?
I will start with my personal experience about Chennai

My experience with Chennai can be narrated in three parts

1st part: - My summer holiday visits to Chennai in the month of May to visit my grand parents during my schooling days. It was definitely the worst month to visit Chennai. I grew up in Nagercoil. So visiting Chennai during the month of Chennai would be a year long wait for me. I would come to Chennai and spend one whole month in Tambaram. Those days, I never got a glimpse of Chennai as a whole. All I knew in Chennai was MCC  College, Tambaram house, the Church where we worshipped on Sundays and the Airforce ground where we used to go to meet an uncle. So I never knew much about Chennai back then. The big family will go to the beaches, see the LIC tower and visit vandaloor zoo and Mahabalipuram beach on a weekend. I loved coming to Chennai because it helped me to bond with my cousins. Chennai was one place where I realised and relished the love of family members.

2nd part: - In my final year of Engineering, I came to Chennai to do my summer project. It was the year 2003. After completing the project, I stayed for one more year in Chennai to prepare for the MBA CAT,GMAT,JMET,XAT exams. I stayed in my uncle's house and that was the first time I started using public transport alone. Travelling in the Chennai electric trains is an experience that deserves a separate post. I spent my weekends in Spencer plaza. The escalator in Spencer Plaza would have cried if only it had eyes. I would walk into Music world and would plug in the ear phones to just appear cool. My idea of being cool was taking a process in my mind at that point of time in my life. My dressing style changed during this phase of my life. For one whole year I was left wondering who that Pulli Raja was?

3rd part: - The third part of my tryst with Madras is happening now. It saw the transition of my life from bachelorhood to being a married man. Life has become calm and composed.

What is Chennai famous for?

Every town in Tamilnadu is known for some speciality. 
Nagercoil is known for Plum cakes.
Tirunelveli for halwa.
Tuticorin for Macroons
Sathur for Kaara sevu
Sriviliputhur for Milk Kova.
Kovilpatti for kadalaimuttai
Salem for Mangoes
Dindukal for Biriyani

I was trying to find out what Chennai is famous for? It is not known for one particular thing. Chennai is famous for a lot of reasons. Anyone can google about it and find what Chennai is famous for. 

Chennai is in fact a conglomerate of all the cities and towns in Tamilnadu. You can find anything and every flavour of all the cities of Tamilnadu in Chennai. Chennai is also known for Coovam river. People from all parts of Tamilnadu come to Chennai to make a living. I am one such example. The bachelor mansions in Triplicane speaks volumes for what I just said.

Chennai! Nee evlo asingama, alukka irundhaalum, I still love you; because I live in you, I breathe your air and you have become a part of me.



The previous part of this blog series was written by Sulaiman Sait - The Emarald eyed Prince [link]. He is a bard who weaves magic with his words.

I pass the tag to the beautiful Srilakshmi who is a jack of many trades. One thing that I admire about her is that she followed her passion to shape her career in writing. [link]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

700. Secret of Tamil Movie Directors

12 years of blogging.
700 posts in my humour blog.
More than 50 Individual Blogs on more than 10 different streams and topics. (This blog is just one among the 50 blogs I have)
It has been a long journey in deed.

People who started a blog after me have published books, become national celebrities and have made it big by working towards their goal. I am still sitting here and searching for that goal post in a football field, with a cricket bat, a golf ball and a roller skating blade in my feet. Lack of discipline in one particular field is the reason behind my unsuccessful campaign to make it big in the field of writing. The only discipline I have had all these years is my fervour to update this Blog "Chronicwriter"

This blog post is an analysis of the minds of Tamil film Directors. The techniques used by many Tamil film directors are expressed in pictorial format.

Finally, it is Director Shankar vs Producer Shankar

- Chronicwriter.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

699. Has Pongal lost its favour?


A Tamil festival that was once celebrated to honour farmers

When I was a kid, I related to Pongal as the festival where I get sugar cane to eat. My dad would buy some sugar canes and tie them up in the back of his lamby scooter and ride it home. My sister and I would jump in excitement. The whole day would be spent on chewing the sugar cane and spitting out the sugar cane dry pulp.

Many do not even know the significance of Pongal. Some connect it to a particular religion and do not celebrate it stating that it is a festival of a particular religion. Pongal is a Tamil festival. Period.

Now a days Pongal has been subjected to a debate by Political parties. One party even tried to change the Tamil Newyear date to Pongal. Amidst all these non sense, Pongal still gives hope to the Tamil farmers.

Pongal has lost its meaning in many places. It is now celebrated in colleges and corporate offices by wearing half Sarees and Dhotis. I have no problem in the manner in which people wear Dhotis to the work place. But make sure to wear something underneath your dhoti if the dhoti is transparent.

With Pongal losing its real purpose and meaning among many people, it is high time we at least read some facts about this festival and update ourselves with the real story behind this festival. Chronicwriter wishes everyone a very Happy Pongal. 

Those who really miss pongal are those villagers who are now settled in foreign countries. They can only see the FB posts and share the Pongal pictures. These following photos reveal the real picture of how this festival is tampered and misconstrued by the people around us.

- Chronicwriter

Monday, January 12, 2015

698. Cure for pimples

I got my first pimple on my face when I was 14 years old. I was in class 9. My friends told me that I was not a boy anymore and I had become a man. For a long time I was under the impression that when a boy gets his first pimple, he has attained his puberty. 

My pimple face when I was 19
When I was in my late teens, my face had so many pimples that I looked like a man whose face was pecked by a woodpecker. Hormonal changes and consumption of oily junk foods added fuel to my pimple filled face.

Luckily for me when I was done with my college life, the pimples had disappeared; but they left their mark on my face for a few years. Now I get a pimple once a year. When I get a pimple, others might just see it as a small dot on my face. But I would feel as if a big pumpkin is hanging on my face. 

I get that yearly pimple during the month of may especially when Chennai is fried by the hot sun. The pimple I get on my face rents itself between my nose and my upper lip. It usually disappears in two weeks. But at times, it stays there for a long time without paying any rent.

I have tried many creams on my face to tackle pimples. When I was in my teens my parents used to give me a tablespoon full of neem mix once in three months. They fooled me saying that eating neem leaves will cure the pimple problem. But it just kept my tummy clean. But the face still had pimples.

All the photos of mine during my college days does not give me good memories because of the presence of pimples. In fact if a blind man had touched my face, he would have mistaken it for braille.

An old legend says that those who are stressed have more pimples on their face. So a group of people advocate stress free living as a cure for pimples. But that does not solve the problem either. As long as we have a clean face that resists the growth of pimples, we will have a pimple free face.

The day before I got married, I got a pimple between my nose and my upper lip. I never expected that pimple to sprout out especially a day before the big day. I pierced it, squeezed the puss out and applied base on my face so that it was not evident that I had a pimple. Photoshop also came to my rescue and my wedding photos do not reflect the pimple I had on my wedding day. Now let me come to the crux of this post. I am going to tell you a wonderful solution for your pimple problem.

Solution for pimples

Recently I stumbled across Garnier Pure active neem face wash [ link ] in the supermarket where I shop for my monthly provisions. 

At first I did not think of buying the product; but as I am a loyal customer of garnier shampoos, I decided to check the ingredients of Garnier neem face wash.

The first thing I always check in a face wash is for the presence of comedogenic ingredient in it. If the facewash has comedogenic ingredient I would not buy it. 

Any facewash that is high on comedogenic content will only help in multiplying the pimples on the face. 

Some of the face washes that cause more pimples are 
1) Himalaya Herbal face wash
2) Clean and clear foaming face wash
3) Nivea Men all in one face wash
4) Jovees Tea tree oil control face wash.

These face washes cause more pimples because of high percentage of comedogenic ingredients in it. Not all the face washes that make your face oil free, fight pimples. Garnier Pure active neem face wash has only one comedogenic ingredient -  Sodium Laureth Sulphate. SLES with a chemical formula C12+2nH25+4nNaO4+nS will not cause more pimples  (I am just showing off here to let my readers know that I know what I am talking about in this post). I decided to go ahead and try this face wash.

When I tried this face wash, I realized that it was an entirely different face wash. I do not have pimples these days. Still I use this face wash everyday because I am a sucker for certain fragrances. I use Fiama di wills shower gel for my body and I always dab my body with Davidoff cool water spray. This combination has become the aroma that I spread these days. 

If you are searching for a solution for your pimple filled face, just try Garnier Pure Active neem face wash. I am sure that you will come back to this post and say "Thank You Chriz"

Note: On public demand, I am adding a picture of the pimple that appeared a few months before I got married. I have censored that portion of the nose where the pimple is located. You must be 18 years or more than that to have a glimpse of it. 

If you wish to have a look at the pimple please shoot a mailto along with a donation of USD 1033 (Inclusive of Value Added Taxes). Part of the money would be used to buy clothes for Poonam Pandey.

- Chronicwriter

This post is a part of IndiBlogger's Blog activity [ link ]

697. Harris Jayaraj copies from Christian Keerthanais

(Note: Anyone who has any disagreements to this post of mine,please feel free to post your counter arguments with proofs. Do not blindly support a copy cat)

Harris Jeyaraj! The Copy Cat.

Let me dissect this song "Maya Bazaar" from his upcoming movie "Yennai arindhaal".

My analysis of the song

1) The first 50 seconds of the song is a synthesized version of "Arima Arima from the movie Endhiran" Listen to it to know what I am saying.

2) From the 55th second to 1:14 minutes - he transits to his next copy song.From 1:14 to 2:32 "anbe en aruiyirey lyrics start". Christians would realise which Tamil traditional song song this tune has been ripped away from". The tabla part for this piece adds beauty to the track though).

This is the original song (Salemin Raja) -

3) From 2:33 onwards Harris uses the nadhaswaram part accompanied by the tabla part to synchronise in "Kalyana samayal saadham song".

4) From 2:55 onwards, another christmas song is inserted. It is "Bethalayil pirandhavarai potri thudhi manamey song". Check the original song track here

5) 3:40 onwards Salemin raja song is added again

What Harris Jeyaraj has done is just a medley sequence of 4 songs out of which 2 are Christian songs. Many will support him and say that he has atleast made his original arragements. But the sad part is, he has not even changed the chord progression in his copy cat act.  This is just one of his songs in that movie. I don't know how many crores he demanded for such copy cat work.

When I see the manner in which films, scripts and music are ripped by Tamil film makers, I am worried that talented people with originality and scope for creativity will never be given a chance by these copy cats who are acting as stumbling blocks.

- Chronicwriter

Friday, January 09, 2015

696. India Australia series - Review

Gone are the days when only movies were reviewed. Now a days Trailers, teasers and even movie posters are reviewed by experts. While the cricket experts are busy reviewing the 2014-2015 Test series between India and Australia, Chronicwriter dishes out his view on the series. This picture explains it all

My Non Tamil readers will not understand this picture. If they had seen the movie Kaka Kaka, they will understand this review. This new form of story telling has been adopted by Meme Creators. One can understand this form of humour only if they could relate it with another incident. This has revolutionised humour story telling in a big way


Wednesday, January 07, 2015

695. What should we do with Arnab Gowsami?

Arnab Gowsami is one character you can never ignore. You may hate him, loathe him and feel like throwing up on him; but still end up watching his News Hour monkey antics. That is how he has magnetised all of us with his arrogance.

When Dhoni retired from Test Cricket, he started calling Dhoni as a traitor. Many of us got angry with Arnab for making such a statement. Even Times Now channel knows that many hate Arnab. But still they use him for the Negative publicity and his ability to keep the TRPs high.

Some of us might be thinking of how to handle this tsunami called Arnab. Chronicwriter has some ideas. You can add some of your ideas in the comments section too in addition to the ideas presented here.

1) Give him the cross roads treatment

I pictured Arnab at the crossroads without a helmet or a groin guard. Four of the fastest bowlers at present should be given cork balls to bowl at Arnab from four different directions. What a lovely sight it would be to see Arnab facing these four guys.

If you think that this crossroad treatment is barbaric; believe me that it is nothing compared to what he does to his panellists in the News hour.

2) Ananth vaidhyanathan to give voice training for Arnab

Ananth Ji is India's leading Voice expert according to Vijay TV's super singer 3 month certificate course.

Ananth Ji spends all his life locked up in the Super Singer studio. He has been on a long term jail imprisonment in this studio and he is given a special chair also in the show.

Director Bala bailed him out for a brief period and gave him a decent role in his movie Avan Ivan. Vijay TV again imprisoned Ananth Ji and locked him in the studios.

Arnab should get his voice trained by Ananth Ji. If Arnab could sing some songs in addition to his usual barking, it would attract more viewers to the show. These days every actor in movie is trying to sing a song in their movie. Why shouldn't Arnab try his vocal chords?

If his vocal chords are still not tuned, then Director Lingu could do the final tuning and that would seal his Noise; I mean Voice.

3)The Dream team

If both the above tips does not do wonders, then Arnab should definitely invite the DREAM TEAM to his panel. These 4 geniuses can do more damage to every single cell in Arnab's body.

Imagine Arnab interviewing
1) a guy who has his own talk show and youtube channel
2) captain who has experience in handling Bagisdhan Derrorisds
3) Swami Nithu who has experiences in giving discourses through Hidden cameras
4) Comedian Sadhu who plays marbles with Angels and plucks their feathers.

That would be the best Interview one could ever watch. This panel is better than the Dream panel I have blogged about in a previous post.

- Chronicwriter

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

694. New Year Plans

I would not call these as resolutions. But I would definitely call these as my "Aasaigal". I have always failed to follow NewYear resolutions and hence I stopped making them.

These are my plans for 2015. If everything goes well, I will be happy.

1) First of all, I am planning to hit the gym and work out. As I have a skinny, small body, I do not look my age. People confuse me for a school boy. It is time for me to hit the gym and pile on some weight. Planning to add 10 kg to my body in 5 months time

2) Publish my book (I have three titles in mind) by the end of the year. I have been saying this from 2008 onwards. If only I had published my book in 2008, things would have been different now.

3) Finalise on one of my talents and move forward. I have been a jack of few trades and I have always been doing many things at one time. As a result, I have not made progress in any of the talents bestowed upon me.

4) Publish 3 spiritual books on Christianity by the end of the year. I am working on the first book.

5) Go on a backpack trip to North East India and record my memories as a photo story book.

6) Regain the humour that I lost some years ago.

7) Take a shift in my career path ;)

8) Become more organised and disciplined. Get up early and sleep early.

9) Stay away from FB and my phone for at least 2 hours in a day when I am awake.

10) Take part in keeping my home clean and my neighbourhood clean too. I have joined a group called Chitlapakkam Rising. I am planning to invest my time and effort in this group.

That's my daughter Anya cleaning the house.She is not taking part in any Swachh Bharat acting program. 

- Chronicwriter