Under the sun

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

nAdi jOsiyam

A few years back, i visited a nAdi jOsiyar in chinna kAnchIpuram. All i had to do was give my thumb print and wait while he started the process of shortlisting my Olaichuvadi from a set of bundles through elimination, based on my answers to a few "basic" questions. He was very accurate in giving out my personal/family details and almost every significant fact about my life till then. About the future, it is/was a mixed bag. While some of the predictions were/are true, a few were "generic"/open-ended enough to be interpreted in any wishful manner (one important prediction turned out to have factual inaccuracies, actually) and the veracity of a few will have to found out in the future. How in the world can one explain this whole "thing"?

P.S: Arguments like "It's all guesswork", "he just gets the facts from your answers", "he already knows about you when you go there" are meaningless.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


A Vijay fan commented thus in an internet forum after watching ATM and seeing the lukewarm response:

Hopefully, Vijay doesn't take ATM as a blow to his experimentation phase

Doomsday is near, i'm afraid!

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Aandavar Jayanthi

மறுமுறை வருவதாய் சொல்லி
மாய்ந்தவர் வந்ததே இல்லை
எங்கள் குல தெய்வம் நீ வாழும் காலத்தில் நாங்கள் வாழ்கிறோமே
இதை விட பெரிய வரம் ஒன்று உண்டோ?

சதா ஒரு அவதாரம் எடுக்கும் தசாவதாரக்கடவுள் நீ
ஜீவிக்கும் ஒவ்வொரு நாளுமே கலை "பிறந்த நாள்" தான்
ராஜலக்ஷ்மியீன்றெடுத்த ராஜாவே!
உன்னை போற்றுகிறோம்!
நீ விஸ்வரூபம் எடுக்கும் தசாவதாரத்திருநாள் தான்
எங்களுக்கு தீபாவளி

மாதா பிதா கமல் தெய்வம்
உயிர் கமலுக்கு உடல்

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Sabai, Sarakku, Samaadhaanam


It is easy to get nostalgic about old customs. But socialising with opponents was often the best way for young players, especially bowlers, to learn the secrets of the trade. Alcohol loosens tongues, and more useful information has been disseminated over a drink with an opponent than in a dozen sober net sessions with the coach. How else do you think the closely guarded secrets of reverse swing entered the mainstream?

Drinking with your opponent can also be a tactical weapon, as Ian Botham regularly proved. Being "Beefied" was a term familiar to most sides heading down to Taunton in the 1980s, as Botham would try to neutralise as many of the visiting team as possible with a whirlwind pub-crawl that would culminate with a lock-in at the infamous Four Alls. When Surrey visited, he allegedly did such a good job on their fearsome fast bowler Sylvester Clarke that Clarke spent three days sleeping off the hangover on the physio's bench as Somerset took the points

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Keeping more desire

What's with this indescribable feeling one gets when listening to "Asai adhigam vechu" from Marupadiyum?
Is it the Sindhu Bhairvai, is it Janaki amma, the interludes or is it the master with yet another master trick?
On another note, is it influenced by Balu Mahendra's narration to mottai?

P.S: The corny picturization is deliberate, just to make things clear!