Archive for May 2011

Paalayathamman and the Pompom girls

May 18, 2011

Tamils and Tamil Nadu have contributed to the culture of the world more than one can imagine.

For example, a few English words that have their origin in Tamil are

Mulligatawny Soup – Melagu Thanni Rasam

Catamaran – Kattumaram

Rice – Arisi

Cash – Kaasu

Mango – Maanga

But quite possibly the best influence on the world from Tamil Nadu has to be cheerleading.

The so called “moral police” in India have so much of moral leaking from their head and blinding their eyes that they oppose cheerleading, forgetting the fact that their ancestors were the ones that invented cheerleading and interestingly, pompoms.

For over 2000 years the Tamils have been worshipping 1008 ammans in all sorts of villages and towns. And if you look closely, amman worship is always accompanied by village ladies in yellow sarees dancing with neem leaves pompoms. Take a look all you moral police.

Mondays, Mother and The Matrix..A story with a moral!

May 15, 2011

“…and there stood Agent Smith(s) armed till their teeth with firearms, about to shoot me. The lead Smith said “sri’NEO’vasan…The best thing about being me… There are so many “me’s. Your end is near…”  he laughed with the satisfaction of delivering a perfect punch line.

The best thing about being me... There are so many "me's.

The best thing about being me... There are so many "me's.

I thought to myself, I’m not going down without a punch phrase to top that, coming from the land of Rajinikanth, Vijaykanth, Ajith, Vijay, Simbu and a couple hundred of punch line speaking Kollywood heroes. I felt the pressure of the whole of Tamil Nadu weighing on my shoulders. A light flashed in my mind..Gotcha..nothing can top this punch line…I started “Smith kannungala…naan..”

Smith Kannungala...

Smith Kannungala....

Suddenly I started hearing “Endrendrum Punnagai…….” song from somewhere in the distance. I was confused and angry. The music just interrupted my punch phrase. Could it be one of Agent Smith’s nefarious designs to confuse me??. No it isn’t. I can also hear an angry voice somewhere in a distance. A very familiar voice. And the music just started to get louder and louder.

Is that an earth quake? Why is everyone/everything shaking violently?

“Dei Anna…wake up. Shut your stupid annoying alarm!!”

I woke up with a jerk…That’s my sister’s voice…What???Was this all just a dream??

“You always do this..” my mom was shouting at someone over the phone. Oh…thats the familiar voice I was hearing.

Trying to comprehend that it was all just a dream, I looked at my cell phone alarm thats been singing the “Endrendrum Punnagai” song and shut it off. Man…that was such a relaistic dream….By the way, whats that punch phrase that I came up with??Gosh i couldn’t remember that. Man that was golden. How could I not remember that?

“This is not the first time you know!!” My mom…still at the phone.

I checked the time and it was 7.03 on a Monday morning. I just did a fast forward and compared the day at work vs. watching Matrix Trilogy in my new home theater system. It was a pretty easy decision to make and I decided to go with the Matrix series. I still have a lot of leaves left and there is no meeting set up today. So why not take a day off and chill. I don’t know about you but if I’m taking a leave, I’d rather take it on a Monday. Coz that way when everyone else goes to work cursing their fate, I can still be in my jammies and go down to the street and take a stroll, making the office go’ers jealous. But hey, that’s just me.

“That’s a silly reason. Why couldn’t you tell it beforehand?”. Man, my Mom is really angry. I’m happy I’m not at the other end of the line.

I thought I’d apply for a personal day and started to compose an email to my boss and my team.

“Hi..

Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah  Blah..blah blah

I’m taking the day off.

Thank You

Srini”

Now that should take care. Just when I was about to hit the send button, mom entered the room.

“Could you believe this? The maid just called and said she is taking the day off. And you should listen to her silly reasons. She has been taking offs quite frequently and without informing me prior. And she always takes off on Mondays. I can’t understand how people can stand not to be working on a Monday! I think she’s got the case of Mondays. I’m going to fire her and start looking for another one.

Why are you still in bed? Aren’t you getting ready for office?”

I swalllowed and said “Yeah. I’m just going to.” and I aborted my email without sending.


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