Friday, October 21, 2005

The Grudge

He saw her in a coffee shop and was shocked. It had been 10 years since he had met her and only then he remembered how he too had aged since these 10 years. Seems nature had a graceful way of making people look old. She too saw him, but didnt react as he thought she would. They had resided in the same city for these 10 years and still avoided seeing each other.

After checking out that she had come alone he went to her table and sat without asking her permission.

He :"How are you?"
She:"Yeah fine..and you?"
He :"Yeah..How is your husband? How many kids do u have?"
She:"He is fine. One boy and a girl.How is your wife?"
He :"Yeah fine."

There was an awkward silence in between them and both knew that it was out of guilt. They parted with a Good bye like old friends.

Walking out of the coffee shop he realised that even after these 10 years he could not forgive his only sister for marrying against his wishes.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The king rocks Chennai....

Ilayaraja. If some stranger were to look at him, he could mistake him for an ascetic with respect to his serene face and attire. But Raja is one single force which has changed Tamil music industry and perhaps india's as well. This show was a small tribute to the man who rose from a small village to reach the heights of the philharmonic orchestra.

The evening began with "Janani Janani" by Raja and hearing it u feel jealous of this man whose voice has not aged for ages. SPB followed suit with "Mandram vanda tendralukku" and the crowd went wild. But Raja requested the crowd to be silent when the songs were rendered which is quite the opposite of what the rest of any musician might have wanted on his show. Shreya Goshal picked up "Kaatril endhan geetham" from Johny. She wrongly pronounced the word "Thedude" as "Thodude" and when she did pronounce it rightly the crown applauded.Chennai kusumbu!!!

Raja sang "Naan thedum Sevanthi poo" and the crowd went beserk. Everyone asked for Once more and the king responded suitably. Some of the best songs of the evening which the crowd really loved were "Sundari Kannal oru seidhi" by SPB and Chitra from Thalapathi, "Shenbagamae" by Mano and Sadhana. Vaali and Raja shared their malarum ninaivugal of the same. Chitra was as usual at her best in "Paadariayen padipariyaen" and as a bonus also sang Mari mari and delighted the crowd. Personally i felt that we all missed the versatile S. Janaki. Her absence was felt when other singers rendered her timeless classics as "Kaatril ethan geetham", "Senthoora poovae", "Aasaya Kaathula" and still felt short of her standards.

Raja sang "Thendral Vandu theendumbodhu" from Avadharam and really if u were to close ur eyes and listen to that mellifluous voice i promise u could feel as if on heaven. In between Bharathiraja, kamalHaasan ,Suhasini, Vaali made entry and paid homage to the king. We expected Kamal to render "Unnai vida" from Virumaandi but he dissapointed and it was even more dissapointing to here Tippu render the same. Sadhana Sargam gave her best in "Paatu Solli" from Azhagi and she is perhaps the only breed of the North singer who sings with minimal mistakes. Parthiban kept the crowd in splits with his gundaka mandaka dialogues.

Infact the crowd enjoyed the 80s song much more than the ones which were recently recorded. "Maanguyiale" from Karagaatakaaran ruled the crowd more than one from Oru naal oru kanavu released recently. Still there were songs which we thought could have been rendered as "Ilaya Nila","Poomalayae","Raakamma","Amma endrazhikkahda","Paartha vizhi", "Sangeetha megham"...the list is endless. Whats ur list of Raja's best?

The last 15 minutes belonged to the versatile Siva Mani and he showed why he is the best drummer around. He had Drums and sticks in all imaginable sizes and played them effortlessly. Raja also sang a 3 swaram song comprising of just sa ri ga and leaving out rest 4 swaras ma pa dha ni.

Some of the yuppie gen felt bored as there were no hip shakers..but then people....this was one of the few occassions where the body took backseat and the soul took precedence. For those who miss it too much....the idiot box is always there.

Friday, October 07, 2005

To do or not to do...

He was afraid. His felt a knot in his stomach at the very thought of it. The letter in his hands which might have weighed just a few grams felt like a ton. His first reaction on seeing Gauri was to run away from the scene with the letter. He had heard of people before who given letter to Gauri and how she had shred them to pieces along with their aspirations. But he had to do it and do it NOW.

After praying all his deities he handed over his leave letter to his project Manager and hoped that she would spare him a day’s leave.

P.S : I am going to my hometown. 5 days ensooooiiiiiii.

Monday, October 03, 2005


This is my friend VENKATRAMANAN's take on Grahanam in an average indian Iyer household.
Jus check this out