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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010!!!

Its really hard to believe, today is the last day of this year. Though, I missed few targets that I had planned for this year, the year 2009 had really passed so quickly. 2009 had been another wonderful year in my life - completed 5 years in my job, got more responsibilities to lead a team, had saved more money when compared to what I saved when I was a bachelor, almost near to a long time dream of mine (will update soon), many of my friends got married this year and lot more good things had happened in 2009!!!

Hope the spirit continues, and lot more dreams come true in 2010 for all!!!

Wishing you a Happy New Year - 2010

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thattukada @ the Spencer Plaza, Chennai

Yesterday, my wife and I were at the Mount Road (near the Spencer Plaza) for some personal works. When our work was over, it was almost time for lunch. Since I didn't know about any good restaurants in that locality, I decided to have our lunch at food court in the Spencer Plaza.

Being a working day, I thought the food court would be less crowded. I was wrong. Even on a Tuesday after-noon, the place was so crowded as if it was a weekend day. After going around and around, we managed to find two seats at the "Thattukada" - that offered kerale food.

Though they operate in a very small space, somehow "Thattukada" appeared to be more spacious than other stalls in the food court - might be because they had well-organized the furnitures or the shop was less crowded than others

Their menu - though wasn't a big list - did have some good combination of Mallu food in it. First I wanted to try the Pittu with kadalai curry, but since it was lunch time we ordered Rice with fish curry and Poricha Kozhi with Chapatis.

I normally don't like the kerala rice, but with that fish curry (made of coconut milk) it tasted good. Vegetable kootu that was offered with the rice was also tasty.

Then coming to the Poricha kozhi with Chapatis , for the first one or two bites it was nice - very spicy and hot. But after that, I started feeling the coconut oil taste/smell and after that finishing that dish seemed like big challenge. The Chapati was also not so soft. Then we ordered for a parota - which was hot, soft and tasty.

In short, Thattukada was not so bad, but could have been a little better.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

The Ruchika Girhotra Case - another sad face of our Judiciary

The sad incident happened in 1990 in Haryana.

A 14 year old girl, Ruchika Girhotra, who was returning from her tennis practice was molested by Shambhu Pratap Singh Rathore who was then the Director General of Police in Haryana.

Though, the girl's parents were bold enough to file a case against the senior police officer and few lawyers helped them to fight against the injustice, our Indian Judiciary needed more than 19 years, 40+ adjournments, 400+ hearings and the little girl's life (unfortunately, Ruchika committed suicide in 1993) to convict Rathore as guilty. But still sentenced him only a 6 months of imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 1000. Whats more unfortunate is that he was immediately offered a bail from that meager 6 months of imprisonment.

We can be proud about so many good things in our country, but still it is a big shame to know that with power, money and law experts, safety of a girl child can go so cheap in India. Shouldn't such criminals (that too a poloce officer) be punished so severly, so that it can be a lesson for others? With our Judiciary hibernating like this even for a proven crime, this will never happen.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Two movie trailers

Just happened to watch the trailers of two new tamil movies - "Aayirathil Oruvan" and "Tamizh Padam" (yes this is the title of the movie). From what I have seen in the trailer, both these movies appear to be interesting.

Aayirathil Oruvan

Though, thoughts about the "Mummy returns" and few other english movies, kept flashing in my mind when seeing this movie, I hope Selvaraghavan and his team have worked very hard to give a different genre of movie to the tamil audience.

Tamizh Padam

This also seems like a different genre of movie for the tamil audience. This movie produced by Dhayanidhi Alagiri, is said to be spoof movie making fun of the conventional tamil movies. We have seen this made interesting in TVs (Lollu Sabha) - which nomally runs for less than an hour. I hope they ll get the same feeling in a full length movie.

I know, I have seen many crappy movies, that had fantastic trailers. So I am going to keep my hopes low on these movies.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

வேட்டைக்காரன் வந்துட்டான்!!!

பிடிக்குதோ... இல்லையோ... கடந்த ஒரு வாரமாய் நம்ம ஆளுங்க ரொம்ப ஆர்வமாய் இருந்த ஒரு விசயம் - நம்ம இளைய தளபதி விஜயின், இல்லை.. இல்லை.. சன் பிக்ஸ்ட்சர் கலாநிதி மாறனின் "வேட்டைக்காரன்".

புறக்கனிக்கலாமா? வேண்டாமா? என்று தமிழர்களை வலையுலகில் முட்டி மோத வைத்து, சன் தொலைக்காட்சியிலோ நொடிக்கு பத்து தடவை வந்து குழந்தைகளையும் ரசிகர்களையும் கவர்ந்து (சிலரை நிச்சயம் இம்சித்தும்), இதோ இன்று தமிழக வெள்ளித்திரைகளில் தனது ஓட்டத்தை தொடங்கியுள்ளான் இந்த புதிய வேட்டைக்காரன்!!!

இந்த ஓட்டம் வெற்றி விழா வரை போகுமா.. இல்லை கூடிய சீக்கிரம் திரையரங்குகளை விட்டே ஒடுமா.. என்பதை காலம் தான் பதில் சொல்லனும்...

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chennai boy steals Rs. 8 lakhs from his home to buy a luxury car..

This is an interesting incident that had happened in Chennai, which I read in a newspaper yesterday:

A young boy, from Chennai, aged only 16 had stolen Rs. 8 lakhs from his own house to buy a luxury car. The family already had 3 cars, but the parents didn't allow their boy to drive the cars, because of his age.

This boy stole Rs. 8 lakhs from the home and with some help from their house driver, he bought a new car, registered in the drivers name. It seems that every day ,after school, this boy along with his girl friends, used to drive his new car all around the city. Then he will park the car at the driver's place and go back to his home.

Whats more funny in this story is that, only after few months the parents realized about some big amount of money missing from their home and sought the help from police. Chennai police, on their investigation, found that the driver had only recently bought a luxurious car. When the driver was treated in the police way, this entire story had come out.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

சூப்பர் ஸ்டாருக்கு பிறந்தநாள் வாழ்த்துகள்!!!

இன்று டிசம்பர் 12. சூப்பர் ஸ்டார் ரஜினிகாந்தின் 60-வது பிறந்தநாள்.

இவரை ஒரு முறையாது நேரில் பார்க்கவேண்டும் என்பது என்னுடைய நீண்ட நாள் ஆசைகளில் ஒன்று. சிலருக்கு இது அல்பமாக கூட இது தெரியலாம். இது ஏன் எதற்கு என்று, எல்லாம் இதுவரை நான் அராய்ந்தது இல்லை. ஏனோ பார்க்க வேண்டும், பழக வேண்டும் என்று ஒரு ஆசை. இன்னும் நிறைவேராத ஒரு ஆசை.

நான் சிறுவனாக இருக்கும் போது இவர் மீதும், இவரது ஸ்டைல் மீதும் உண்டான அந்த பிரமிப்பு இன்று வரை என்னிடம் குறையவே இல்லை.

அது தான் ரஜினிகாந்த்!!!

இந்த பிறந்த நாளைக்கும் தலைவருக்கு நேரில் வாழ்த்து கூற முடியவில்லை. சரி அதனால் என்ன, இங்கேயே சொல்லிடலாம்னு தான் இப்படி ஒரு பதிவு.

அப்படியே எனக்குப் பிடித்த, தலைவரின் டாப் 5 திரைப்படங்களின் பட்டியல்:
1. பாட்ஷா
2. முள்ளும் மலரும்
3. தில்லு முல்லு
4. நெற்றிக்கண்
5. அண்ணாமலை

உங்களுக்குப் பிடித்த தலைவரின் திரைப்படங்களை பின்னூட்டத்தில் சொல்லுங்கள்.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Telangana and Mr. K.Chandrashekar Rao

For the first time, when I saw an image of this man - Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao - a very thin figure with a funny ping colored shawl, I never thought this man had so much of determination and will power.

I really don't know if he had used this separate Telangana state issue for popularity in politics or for some real valid reasons, but I am really surprised by the way he continued his protest till the Central Government agreed. In my state, I have only seen politicians doing this fasting protest between their break-fast and lunch.

Now, there is an additional new state in our country, a new chief minister post and 25+ minister posts. Lets hope with such governing body and a small state, Telangana will improve in future as they expect.

also I get few questions in my mind, - Will some Andhra Mess rename themselves as Telangana Mess, now??? Somone please help me.

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