Saturday, March 28, 2009

The irony in TN politics

Did you know that?
  • Grumbling about lack of walking space does not prevent people from buying stuff from platform vendors in Pondy Bazaar 
  • People don't see anything wrong in continuing to vote based on perceptions of now dead people generated 30 years ago 
  • The deciding factor of elections has been the number of freebies being distributed by political parties 
  • Every election result for almost 20 years has only been anti-establishment, and that no party has ever come back into power 
  • There has never been any clear distinction between 'party policies' in spite of TN election scene almost being a two party system 
  • The home minister is required to make a statement that "Indian elections are more important than IPL" 
  • Educated people actively discuss and Kalakka Povadhu Yaaru on humour message boards 
  • Madan Pop is considered to be among the stalwarts of Thamizh comedy
If this is the way the average thamizhian thinks, then there is no way in which he is going to realize that the irony in,
  1. Jayalalitha making statements against the LTTE, yet having VaiKo who is the biggest LTTE sympathizer in her kootani
  2. Mu Ka, writing poems about LTTE commandos, having Congress whose last good leader was killed by the LTTE in the kootani
  3. Vijayakanth having considered alliances with both Jayalalitha and Mu Ka, in spite of bursting into the political scene through lambasting both of them
  4. An election from a Thamizhians POV has now become a process of rejection of one party

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ayan - Ayanian - Ayanic - Ayanerrific.. some Ayanisis

Ayanian The average Ayangelist
Ayanosphere The diaspora of Ayanians
Ayanic Anything that resembles Ayan in mind, body or spirit
Ayanesque The innate Ayanic quality resident in any artistic creation
Ayangoria The euphoria of watching Ayan for the first time
Ayaniac The person under the influence of Ayangoria
Ayanthem The song on all Ayanian lips
Ayantriotic The fervent affinity towards anything that is Ayan
Ayangolia Country formed by Ayanians
Ayangora Capital city of Ayangolia
Ayancracy The system of government of formed by the Ayanian
Ayan Exchange The stock market in Ayangora
Ayanary The official bird of Ayangolia
Ayaninary The seminary of the Ayanian
Ayanostle The apostle spreading the word of Ayan
Ayanade A drink sponsored by Ayan
Ayanolyte The electrolyte in Ayanade
Ayaneast A biscuit sponsored by Ayan
Ayamania The mania caused by the presence of Ayan
Ayanential Ayan to the power of Ayan
Ayanolation What do Ayanians feel towards Ayan
Ayanobilia What you take home from any Ayan movie screening
Ayangulator A device that helps in finding a movie theatre playing Ayan
Aygan The elemental matrix that points to the direction of the movie theatre
Ayronic "Raaaaaaaiiiiiin on your Ayan watching day"
Ayanasurus The Jurassic version of Ayan
Ayanorreah Condition that afflicts Ayan's adversaries
Ayanesian The key principles involved Ayanian economics
Ayanopedia My encyclopedia on Ayan

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Movie Review - Perumal

Do you guys remember the Telugu movie that was dubbed into Thamizh, with the Telugu comedy track replaced by Vivek's? Vivek spoofed the Parasakthi dialogue... the Odinaal odinaal... dialogue to terrible effect. Many of you would have seen it. 

But how many of you have watched the same movie dubbed in Hindi? It had Vivek reciting that dialogue in Hindi, being voiced over by Telugu actors who knew Hindi. A very heavy Telugu - Hindi lilt. I watched it. Late at night... having nothing else to do. 

Now you would think... whats the point?  Why bring it up when I have titled this about "Perumal". Well.. imagine the pointlessness of a Telugu movie with patched Tamil comedy sequences that spoof a 1950's Tamil movie, being dubbed verbatim into Hindi, and being broadcast at 2 in the morning. 

Perumal is a few million times more pointless than that. 

One more anecdote. When I was a child, we were watching a documentary. Me, my mother and a few of her friends. The documentary was just a few random moving images to me. It showed people working, suddenly a tiger leaping into a lake, and then some cars on the road, and suddenly someone buying a saree, immediately followed by a guy wearing a Ghandhi cap saying something in Hindi. Right. I did not care as long as I had my packet of potato chips. 

There was this lady... who was trying to make sense of the whole thing and explain it to me. She connected the saree buyer with the cars on the road, and the tiger to the colours of the saree. But at one point of time... she gave up, threw her hands in the air.... and said "Perumaaley"... the devout Iyengar that she is. I think that situation inspired the title of the movie. Perumaal... makes even less sense than that documentary, but is spicier than that bag of potato chips.