Tuesday, October 22, 2013

inspirED

Ever since I registered for the Teach for India’s inspirED 2013 at Pune, I was thrilled to meet so many education innovators. To learn from them and share space at a conference was really a gift. I have been travelling continuously almost every weekend since August, so hardly finding time to sit and reflect upon things. I purposefully haven’t planned any travel in the following weeks after inspired. I wanted to reflect upon the takeaways from the conference.

After arriving at the venue at 7.20 sharp, I found a lot of TFI fellows in their inspired t-shirts running around, organizing stuffs to kick-start the conference. I picked up my schedule, beautifully designed ID card which was quite unique in it and wandered around the stalls which were set up by the children. They all had varieties of things to offer from displaying their street play skills to photography. Some had science experiment models to demonstrate while the others had financial and business plans to share.  While the clock kept ticking, the crowd went increasing. Within no time, we all were inside the auditorium and a board read “Sense of Possibility”. That is the theme of the conference. Children made an up roaring entry with drum beat on to the stage to announce the conference open. 

Shaheen gave the inaugural address with a friend of her who was a sweet little boy who said that he wasn’t nervous as Shaheen. I admire Shaheen for her sheer passion on bringing a big difference on education. I can write a separate post on her and her deeds!. She has been always an inspiration. I’ve never got an opportunity to interact with her. Hope will soon get a chance to. Shaheen also shared a video of Nimo on Being Kind which was inspirational. Below is the video link.


Children then demonstrated a Model United Nation Session which they had participated. The debate was on Israel-Palestine issue and they had prepared position papers of different countries on the issue and had to state their country’s stand on this. Impressive!. Mr. Kailash rightly started his keynote speech saying that he was speechless after seeing the children performance.  Jo Chopra from Latika Roy Foundation was the other key note speaker. After the welcome address by Siddharth, the city coordinator of TFI, we moved on to our sessions.

There were 43 speakers and it was hard to choose which session to attend. I had a hard time in picking up sessions:-P. The first session I attended was under the category of Transforming Policies. I attended a session on Assessments in India. It was good to know that people are focusing on learning outcomes and several states are taking steps to measure the same.  An interesting learning was about the Gujarat initiative Gunotsav where the CM himself visits the schools to assess children. I’ve also compiled minutes from all the sessions I attended which I can share individually if anyone needs.

After quickly grabbing the lunch, I happened to interact with a few attendees and then moved on to the next session on transforming school. The session was about community learning in schools. It was more of an interactive session. The session had discussion based on improvising of schools on learning. It would have definitely added more values to teacher’s and principal’s of schools who attended. The final session was on transforming school where I had opted for Brain Rules. This again was a session focused on what to look while teaching, children’s mindset in class etc.,

Overall at the end of day 1, I had listened and heard so many people discussing the importance of every single aspect on education. It was indeed a pleasure to be in a group of 500 people who feel that education is the most important thing and is making efforts to bring the change.

The sessions on Sunday morning started a little late. I opted to attend the session by Rajashree Doshi of The Akanksha Foundation in the morning. This was also under the category of transforming classroom. As I always wanted to learn from teachers of Akanksha I had opted for this one. This was the best session; I had attended in this conference. The way Rajashree presented was exceptional and I would say that everyone who attended this session would agree with me.  She just shared 2 sensational stories from her class to convey the message over the session. Inspirational work by her and her team of volunteers!.

Finally, I attended a session on Technology in Classrooms by a TFI fellow who is using tablets to teach in his schools.  I was keen in attending this as I’ve got some tablets to use in some of the centers we run in Chennai. It was good to learn about the practicalities involved in implementing technology based learning for the children. Interestingly, I also happened to know that people from Akanksha Foundation have started to develop curriculum to teach language using tablets. At the end of the session, I happened to interact with a few of the attendees and panelists who agreed to help me out with contents and software’s for my centers.

Couldn’t believe that the conference had come to end so soon while I was having the lunch on 2nd day. One more thing which amazed me was that everything happened on time!. I sat alone for sometime reflecting upon the sessions!. One addition which I feel that the conference should have is to focus more on rural schools as well.  

Truly inspirED!

P.S: Thanks to Charu didi for editing this post!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Government of India legalizes Rape!

The Government of India today announced rape as a legal activity in order to reduce crime, thus protecting law and order of the country. This came with effect since protesters started to make hungama for the photo journalist who was gang raped in Mumbai hours ago. The Prime Minister fortunately took this opportunity to open his mouth to announce that “The Government of India proposes to acknowledge that rape in India will be legalized. With no severe punishment for it and also less fear among the public or whatsoever, the rape rate in India is going up and is a sector which is growing healthy. We do not have a system to check and keep rape in control. Since it is also illegal, it becomes easy for the party of opposition and also for the general public who in spite of their busy facebook, twitter work to raise voices against the government.  Why should the government take blame for the rapes where none of us were physically involved? It’s not even an event which can fetch us money.  The Government will also soon consider having a special reservation quota for the “rapists” in the government job sector.

Welcoming the PM’s announcement, the Delhi Chief Minister quickly responded with a sigh of relief as her government was under major pressure as most of the rapes had happened in the capital. Now, we will top the chart baby, said her press release.  In addition, she announced monthly emoluments to be provided for those who have committed 5 or more rape attempts in Delhi.

Digvijay Singh tweeted that "this will open up new avenues for our MP’s and MLA’s with a LOL! :-) #Randontweet" , whereas parties led by female leaders across the country jointly “Condom”ned the decision. However, It is also said that keeping in mind of the upcoming 2014 elections all parties jointly welcome the move as many of their MP’s and MLA’s will now have an added privilege approved by the government.

“Ab desh mein koi illegal rape hi nahi hoga tho desh ki ijjat badhegi, agar desh ki ijjat badhti tho Dollar ke against Indian Rupee ki value bhi jaldi hi badhegi”, said the Finance Minister Chidambaram lauding the proposal of the PM. Unofficial sources also says that “Rapist” has been recommended to be listed in profession category of leading social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. However when it comes to job, gang rape will have more value and preferred as it involves team work commented a CEO of a top IT firm who didn’t want to reveal his identity. 

News from Indian Embassy confirms that many men who are working in Middle East countries are planning to relocate to India as soon as possible.  A faking news suspects that there are no possible links between this news and the recent statement from the PM.

Already a petition campaign “STOP legalizing RAPE, let it be illegal” started by Online activists. They believe that by collecting million signatures online they can stop this bill being passed in the parliament and also by collecting another billion signatures they can eventually stop rape. Brilliant!.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Lootera!


Few movies offer content today, let alone generating a heart-shattering impact. One can count them on fingers literally. Lootera adds to the dwindling list. A forewarning to readers, this is not a review but my opinion about the movie. Some time back, my dear friend Arun wrote a blog post titled 'True love is taken by hard work'And I promised him a fitting reply .So the long due reply is as follows. Also,had I written this earlier,I would have written about something which i didn't experience first hand. However, my thoughts on love still remain the same over the course of time.

Lootera offers so much to take back, as in the concept of love. Pakhi and Varun portray the emotions just near perfect and realize the feel of it. It doesn't tell you a reason for why Pakhi and Varun like each other. I too find that love never asks for a reason. It just happens around you, at times without your knowledge but by the time you realize it, you are so much drawn into it just like when you fall in to the roaring and ferocious rapids of the river while you raft.  As I observe and find that love is never something which is used to fill in the blank of emotional need like what Arun mentions, it’s always something which overflows. Pakhi , even after knowing Varun’s identity as someone who has come to steal the ancient sculpture, couldn't hate him.




It’s all written during the time when one spends with the other with the affection and the feel. There is no name for this phase and no expression can describe it to near perfect. For everyone else or the normal people, there are 3 phases in life. The past, the present and the future but once someone falls in love then they have only one phase. The phase of his / her memories. Some are blessed to live the phase together and some apart. Pakhi and Varun are blessed to live just with the memories. The phase after one parts from the other, is again tough to describe with words. I observe that silence plays an important role and helps one to maintain a harmony during this. The movie has fewer words spoken during this period. This period is actually magical. Sonakshi did exceptionally well as a writer who carried the feel absolutely with east. It’s tough to carry something of that within you and also to live a normal life for the outside world.

I have a lot of respect for the Tamil music director Illayaraja. He recently gave an interview to a radio in which he had beautifully explained about the concept of love. He said that “Love is not when one says that I love you, you love me and because of that we both should live together etc., It’s about I love you, you may do whatever you want, chose to live wherever you want and with whomever you want, but I still love you, isn’t that the purest form of Love?”. So true. That it is!.

This movie offers the best convoluted form of purest love with the right emotions. As I always think that however big a lake / pond may be, a smallest of a stone or even a leaf falling on it may create ripples on it. The smallest store or the leaves are always the memories of the person who you loved. They can never stay apart from the lake till it dries up completely. These ripples haunt sometimes, make you smile on them sometime and may even wet up your cheeks sometimes but those are always unavoidable when you had experienced love.

And finally, there is nothing called as true love, there is only love which is always true, if not then it’s not love. Thank you Vikramaditya Motwane, Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh for making us relate to Pakhi and Varun so closely!.  Now, I am waiting to read The Last Leaf by O. Henry!


Monday, June 24, 2013

விவசாயி


உழுதுண்டு வாழ்வாரே வாழ்வார்மற்(று) எல்லாம் 

தொழுதுண்டு பின் செல்பவர்.


எனக்கு தெரிந்து வள்ளுவர் எழுதிய தவறான குறளில் இது தலையாயது... இந்த குறளின் கூற்றுப்படி உழவு செய்யும் விவசாயியின் பணியே தலை சிறந்ததாகும் மற்ற அனைவரும் அவரை தொழுது அவர் பின் செல்வரே. இன்றைய நிலையில் ஒரு விவசாயியின் மகன் தனது தந்தையின் தொழிலை ஏற்க முனைவதில்லை.... நம் அனைவருக்கும் கழனியில் இறங்கி பயிர் செய்யும் விவசாயியின் நிலைமையும், நிலமும் இன்று அவனுக்கு எந்த வகையிலும் உதவியாய் இல்லை என்பதே உண்மை!. 

முப்போககும் விளைத்து, தன கழனியிலே வளர்ந்த நெற்கதிர்களை விற்று, தன் குடும்பத்தை மகிழ்ச்சியுடன் வைத்திருந்த விவசாயி புத்தகங்களிலும் புராண இதிகாசங்களிலும் மட்டுமே காட்சி தருகிறான். தற்போதய இந்தியாவில் கடந்த பத்து ஆண்டுகளில் தற்கொலை செய்து கொண்ட விவசாயிகளின் எண்ணிக்கை மட்டும் பல லட்சங்களை தாண்டும். இந்த ஆண்டு தமிழகத்தில் மட்டுமே 10க்கும் மேற்ப்பட்ட விவசாயிகள் தற்கொலை செய்து கொண்டுள்ளனர்!. இதை அரசும் ஆமோதிக்கிறது. நாம் சாப்பிடும் ஒவ்வொரு பருக்கையும் எவனோ ஒருவன் வியர்வை சிந்தி செதுக்கித்தருகிறான்.. என்றாவது ஒரு நாள் அவனையும் அவன் படும் அவலங்களையும் பற்றி நாம் நினைத்ததுண்டா?

சில நாட்கள் முன் ஒரு கிராமத்திருக்கு செல்ல நேரிட்டேன். அங்குள்ள விவசாயிகளை சந்தித்து அவர்களுடன்இணைந்து  பணிபுரிய வேண்டி. அவர்களிடம் உள்ள பிரச்சனைகளை கூற ஆரமித்த பின் தோன்றியது,  நாம் பணி புரியும் இடத்தில் நமக்கு ஏற்படும் பிரச்சனைகள் எல்லாம் ஒரு பிரச்சனையா?.. அவர்கள் கூறிய வார்த்தைகளில் ஒன்று மட்டும் புலப்பட்டது, நீங்களும் நானும் உண்ண வேண்டி எந்நிலையிலும் இவர்கள் தங்கள் கழனிகளில் நமக்காக பயிரிடுவர். 

உங்களுக்கும் எனக்கும் தெரிந்திராத ஒரு விடயம்.. ஒரு சிறு விவசாயி அரை முதல் ஒரு ஏக்கர் வரை நிலம் வைத்துள்ளாரேயானால், அதில் பயிர் செய்ய அவர் தோராயமாக 30000 ருபாய் வரை செலவு செய்கிறார்... இது, நற்றாங்கல் நட்டு, பயிர் செய்து அதன் விளைச்சலின் பின் அறுவடை செய்து அதை கொள்முதல் செய்பவரிடம் கொண்டு சேர்க்கும் வரையிலான செலவு ஆகும்... இதனிடையே மழை வந்தால் மேலும் 4000 முதல் 5000 செலவு செய்ய நேரிடும் . இவை அனைத்தும் ஒரு விவசாயி 90 முதல் 100 நாட்களில் செய்து முடிக்கிறான்... பண ரீதியாக அவனுக்கு ஆகும் செலவு இதுவெனில், இன்னும் பிற பிரச்சனைகளும் உள்ளன... இன்றைய விவசாய சூழலில் விவசாய நிலத்தில் வேலை செய்ய கிடைக்கும் தொழிலாளர்கள் மிகக்குறைவு... உழுவதற்கான மாடுகள் மிக மிக குறைவு... உழுவதற்கு ட்ராக்டர் வைத்தே ஆக வேண்டும்... தொழிலாளர்கள் கூலி அதிகம் கேட்டால் கொடுத்துதான் ஆக வேண்டும்... அல்லது அவர்களுக்கு அதிக கூலி பெற்றுத்தரும் கட்டிட வேலை பாக்கி உள்ளது... இன்னும் களை எடுத்தல், எலி மற்றும் மற்றவைகளிடம் இருந்து பயிரை பாதுகாத்து நமக்கு எடுத்து வந்து சேர்த்த பின் அவனுக்கு கிடைக்கும் "நெட் ப்ராபிட்" என நாம் சொல்லும் லாபம் 6000 முதல் 8000 வரை... இது அவனது முழு 3 மாத சம்பளம் என கொள்ளலாம்...

இவ்வளவிற்கும் பிறகும் அவன் விவசாயம் விட்டு வேறு தொழில் செல்லாததிற்கு காரணங்கள் உண்டு.. அவனுக்கு மட்டுமே விளங்கும் அதை எழுத்துகளால் கூறலாகாது.. உங்களுக்கும், எனக்கும் ஏன் பல பொழுதுகளில் அவன் பெற்ற பிள்ளைகளுக்குமே அது விளங்குவதில்லை... 

எங்களால் முடிந்த முயற்சியால் மகசூல் என்ற தொண்டு அமைப்பின் மூலம், இவ்வாறு சிறு விவயாசிகளுக்கு அவர்களின் லாபத்தை அதிகரிக்க சில எளிய விவசாய முறைகளை அவர்களிடம் பகிர்ந்தும், செய்தும் தருகிறோம்... ஒரு ஏக்கருக்கு 10 முதல் 20% வரை லாபத்தை அதிகரிக்க செய்தும், மேலும் அவர்களின் முதலீடை குறைக்கவும் செய்வதன் மூலம் வருவாய் இன்னும் சற்றே அதிகரிக்க செய்கிறோம்.

இன்னும் வேதனைக்குரிய விடயம் என்னவென்றால் அரசாங்கம் குறு நில விவசாயிகளுக்கு வழங்கும் மானியங்கள் குறித்த தகவல் பல விவசாயிகளுக்கு தெரிவதில்லை.. மேலும் "க்ராப் இன்சூரன்ஸ்" என்னும் பயிர் பாதுகாப்பு நிதி குறித்த விபரங்களும் அவர்களுக்கு தெரிவதில்லை... இது பற்றி கூறும் பொழுது அவர்கள் இதன் பயனை உணர்கிறார்கள்... இவை அனைத்தும் மேலும் ஒரு நம்பிக்கை மற்றும் உந்துதல் தருகிறது...

ஆனால் இவை மட்டும் போதுமானதா என்றால் இல்லை.... உங்களில் யாரேனும் உழவற்கு உதவும் முனைப்பு இருந்தால் அணுகவும்..... வள்ளுவன் வாக்கு பொய்யாவதை தவிர்க்கவேனும் பாடுபடுவோம்!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Allegiance

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Mythily and Arvind were so thrilled and were running around since morning to get things on place and have been busy in welcoming the guests. They haven’t even had a cup of coffee since morning despite the fact that a freshly brewed cup of authentic filter coffee would stimulate their energies even higher. It was a couple of more hours to go before Priya’s marriage with Anand. Anand is well qualified software professional. It was an arranged marriage where they got to know Anand through a close family friend. Priya was also working in a software firm. She is quite a bold, beautiful and highly confident girl. She liked to be independent and at the time of their engagement she had clearly told Anand that she would like to continue her job even after their marriage. They got engaged 8 months ago and had a good amount of time after their engagement to learn about each other. They enjoyed those moments spent together and cherished their company with each other. They both were looking forward to get married soon and start a fresh phase of togetherness!. Today it happened.

 The photo album which they had shared a couple of weeks later stated how happy the couples were that day and happier was Mythily and Arvind. Anand’s mother and father had passed away a couple of years and he had been living alone since then.  Anand owned a flat where Priya relocated after her marriage. Their work allowed them to spend time together before 7.00 in the morning and after 9.00 in the evening. They never failed to text, call and ping each other during the short breaks in between. In fact they both actually scheduled their breaks in such a way that they could spend that time in texting / by calling each other.  They were spotted in the shopping malls and the movie theatre at the weekend hanging out.  Six month later Anand had to move out of country on a company assignment but he decided against it as he was not willing to leave Priya.  Six months from their marriage they decided to have a child as their planning for the future was well set.

Madhur, their son was 3 years old now and was taken care mostly during the day by Mythily and Arvind as Anand and Priya were busy with their routine. Anand’s role in the company demanded more time from him and he had to travel as well. Priya too had to spend a lot of her time at the office as the number of projects she got in to kept on increasing. As Mythily and Arvind were around them, they really didn’t feel the pressure to take care of Madhur.  10 months down the line, one day Mythily and Arvind after sending Madhur to school were discussing over a cup of coffee. They seriously weren’t happy with the kind of improvements which had happened between Anand and Priya and wanted to talk to Priya regarding that.

That night after talking to Priya, they understood that Anand and she have already filed their divorce papers as they both felt that they are not getting compatible with each other as Anand seriously feels that Priya should quit her job and just take care of Madhur at home which was contradictory with Priya. This contradiction led to a fight where both started to complain about each other on the mistakes which happened between their togetherness. At the end Anand took a call to put an end to it by offering divorce which Priya accepted.
Morality is just a fiction used by the herd of inferior human beings to hold back the few superior men said the German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, but Arvind couldn’t find out who is moral here and what morality is. He had to agree to Priya being a father and take the liability on him. Blame it on the society which always had made people think that daughter’s are liabilities even after they are grown up and got married. Arvind and Mythily were also feeling guilty that it was their call on getting Priya married to Anand. They also had developed a lot of affection and togetherness with Madhur and hence thought of taking Priya back along with them home. Priya wanting to be an independent woman did take up the offer of staying with her parents because she knew that brining up Madhur would be difficult for her to do it alone.

7 years later, when Priya walked out of the school after getting admitted Madhur, she just couldn’t believe her eyes. It was Karthick. He is currently teaching Physics in this school very she had admitted Madhur. They both greeted each other and Karthick offered her a cup of coffee. They both shared the same amount of liberty they had over each other while talking and commenting but never did Karthick asked about Priya’s married life or Priya asked him back. Karthick had proposed Priya to marry him but she refused to. The reasons are yet unknown both to Karthick and to Priya.  Suddenly at one point over the chat Priya did feel like asking Karthick about his marriage but refrained.  Women’s ego always wins them over their emotions.  They spent a good hour together before parting. They both knew that they’ll keep meeting now as Madhur is studying in this school.

That evening Karthick received a call from Mythily. After a brief conversation, Mythily asked him if he would be interested to marry Priya. After a pause Karthick replied a “No” and said “I still love her and that’s possibly the reason why I haven’t married, but that doesn’t mean that I should marry her. Loving a person just doesn’t mean living with the person; it is about living for the person. I am sure you may find a better match than me for Priya and please do not let Priya know that you asked me this”.

This is a short story so, I stop this here :-P

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Re-encumbrance


Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

10th January, 2013 07.00 hours

“Do you really want to do this Priya?” asked Malathi while she handed over the cup of the freshly brewed filter coffee. Priya without a hesitation just nodded her head with a simple smile. Malathi’s face read that she quite didn’t appreciate Priya’s stance for once. It was almost a year since this has been hovering around and Malathi wanted Priya to change her mind but Priya was adamant. Malathi, though unhappy had no other choice than to allow Priya to take the call. She left back to the kitchen to prepare the morning breakfast.

22nd August, 2011 6.30 hours

Malathi, who is 58, was so happy this morning while she was welcoming the guests who were assembling in for the marriage of Priya. Nithya her first daughter got married two years back. Since then Malathi was looking for a groom for Priya but couldn’t find a right one. It took so long for her to search someone who she felt that would deserve to have Priya. Priya had left the pain of hunting her groom to Nithya and Malathi. Nithya delivered a baby girl just before a year and she got busy with the new born and couldn’t pay much attention in the groom hunt. Malathi however managed to find Karthick. He works as a journalist and lives with his mom. His thoughts were entirely fresh and were in mostly contradiction with his mother’s. He loved his mother a lot though he disagreed with many of her views. She was an orthodox lady with so many speculations of her own. Malathi after finding Karthick did manage to make Priya and him meet quite a few times before their marriage and she observed a striking chemistry between them. When Karthick and Priya fell on their knees to take her blessing, her cheeks were drenched with the tears which escaped her eyes. She embraced them in joy.

10th January, 2013 10.40 hours

The judge who was at the hearing was quite old.  After verifying the papers submitted by the prosecutors, the judge had a few words with Priya and Karthick.  After a while the judge read out “The court respects the views of the petitioner Mrs. Priya and Mr. Karthick. As per section 13B of the Hindu Marriage Act, mutual divorce is being granted to the petitioners as they have lived apart for a year and still the couple had jointly mentioned about their inability to continue the marital relationship. Both the parties had voluntarily agreed to dissolve the marriage”.

11th September, 2011 21.30 hours

Priya was leaning her head on Karthick’s chest as they both were discussing their daily routine. Karthick and Priya were perfectly made for each other as they both had an amazing attraction. Priya knew that she couldn’t have asked for better. Priya was telling Karthick about her childhood stories, how she used to miss her father as he had passed while she was 3 and the efforts that were put by Malathi to bring her and her sister up. Getting them both married was no easy task for a single woman. Karthick listened her carefully. While she was keeping on compiling the stories he suddenly interrupted. Without attending to his interruption she went on gupshupping. He put his finger on her lips pulling her a little closer, Karthick said her “Why don’t we bring your mother to stay with us?. She is getting old now and there is no one to take care of her. I think it would be better we if have her with us”. Priya was awestruck; she said “Karthick, I was just about to ask that to you and bingo! You propose the same thing to me. You are magical!”, said Priya before landing her lips on his.

17th September, 2011 18.30 hours

Holding each other’s hands and mesmerized by the beauty of the sea,  Karthick and Priya were sitting at the beach looking at the waves that were trying to extend its horizons. “Priya, my mother is averse to the decision of bring your mother to stay with us” said Karthick. Priya looking at him replied “I know it Karthick, was listening to your conversation with her yesterday”.  Karthick in a very frustrated note said “I just couldn’t understand the logic of my mother’s argument. Doesn’t your mother have the right to stay with you as my mother’s right to stay with her son?”. They both discussed for about an hour and Priya kept Karthick’s anger in cool. She knew to control him.

Suddenly Karthick turned to Priya and said, “Priya, if you appreciate my views then I would like to suggest one thing”. What was the response of Priya’s expression with her eyebrow raised.  She knew what he would be telling her and just prayed that he doesn’t propose what she was guessing.

“Why don’t we apply for a legal divorce so that you can stay with your mother during the days when she most needs you and I can take care of my mother”

“What nonsense Karthick”, yelled Priya.

“Listen Priya, it’s not fair from your part to leave your mother like this and my mother will definitely not allow us to bring her to stay with us.  So why not, you stay with her during her old age?. Also what will happen if we take divorce?, both of our parents will be unhappy. Today they are happy but still they have a feel that they are insecure. My mother is worried more that you will take away me from her and your mother has no one to attend her at this old age. So what if, we both stay with them,  parted from each other till their last days and we can come together and re-marry later. Especially, your mother offered a lifelong encumbrance to you; it’s now time for you to repay that as well. I am sure that I’ll miss you and your love, but it’s not necessary that we need to show love only by staying together. Love will always exist even at one’s absence as well”.

Priya was stunned. She just embraced him. She wept a while before they mutually agreed to part legally. The only agreement between them was that the reason will always remain between them.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Catastrophe

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.



Today 11.30 AM, Somewhere in the premises of a subordinate court, Chennai.

Karthick was sipping a tea at the canteen within the premises. He was nervous and his face read clearly that he already had lost the case, however he still wants to hear the verdict out. He hardly had any emotions left out on him to express it out. The 19th day beard on his face had made him look as if he was in his early 40’s. His phone was switched off to avoid any distractions during the day.

7 years earlier, 20.30 hours on a flight which was about to take off.

Karthick was at his window seat and was having a peck outside and didn’t really bother to notice the adjacent co-passenger by then. “The cabin lights will be dimmed during the take off, should you wish to read you may use the reading lamps above your head” spelt the airhostess while the flight was gaining momentum to set afloat.  Suddenly he felt a beam of light glowing above his head and slowly turned out to realize that Priya seating next to him had wrongly switched on the panel light above his head instead of her’s. Someone incidentally had pressed the button to call the flight attendant at the same time. His first look at Priya had set the tone, a light glowing above the head with a ting tong bell. He had read this in comic stories and even had watched in movies.  Priya just bit her tongue (like :-P)  with her hands on top of her head to  quietly apologized to Karthick for the mistake.

Today 12.15 PM.

Karthick had lost it. He couldn’t believe that she is no more his. While he was walking in the corridor, his memories took him back to where it all started. Everything was fine till a couple of weeks back. He had everything that one would have wanted for. Happiness all through his life. Now he has no one. He felt like screaming, in fact he was screaming within himself.

6 years earlier, 6.30 AM, Karthick’s residence, Chennai.

Karthick and Priya had bonded ever since they met at the flight. It took a little less time for them to realize that they both were tailor made for each other. After spending some quality time together they had decided to get married. In fact life post marriage was even sweeter for them. They just had so much of love for each other.

There were exactly 10 people present in that beautifully decorated hall. One could locate every possible colored flower on the floor and walls of the hall. It was the most beautiful ever wedding ceremony that could have happened. Priya held Karthick’s hand tightly when they both came around the small mounted agni-kund at the center of the house. The rest who were present had ionic bond either with Karthick or Priya. The marriage ceremony was then followed with a quick breakfast. They all set out for a long drive after a couple of minutes. 

Karthick always had a plan to adopt a girl child and when he proposed the same to Priya she was happy to nod on his wish. They got to know that it would need a minimum of 5 years of togetherness before legally adopting a child. They decided that they’ll wait till then and adopt a girl before having their own biological child.

Today 12.30 PM

Karthick picked up his phone to turn it on. He now needed to talk to someone and pour out his agony. He initially thought of not calling anyone and just head back home before doing anything, but he couldn’t overcome his emotions. Just when his phone was taking it’s time to switch on a female’s voice interrupted him

“Mr. Karthick, if you don’t mind may I talk to you for a few minutes?” uttered the old lady.

2 years earlier, at an adoption agency, Chennai

Karthick suddenly stuck a rapport with Maya and so did Priya. Maya was 4 year old. Karthick and Priya decided to bring home Maya and legally applied for adopting her. Malavika, the agency’s secretary was so kind in helping them filling out all the papers and undergo all the formalities needed. It took a good year and eight months before they completed all the formalities and was informed by the agency that they can take her sweet little angel Maya home in another couple of week time.

Today 12.35 PM

Malavika starring at Karthick told, “I know you are broken deep down the heart and might be cursing me for filing this case and not handing over Maya to you. I regret for the same. I also understand that what pain you might be undergoing after losing Priya in the fatal accident a couple of weeks back.  All your hope would have been on Maya and having her with you. Though the law doesn’t allow having a single male parent adopt a female child, I wish Maya was with you and you would have definitely been a great father to her, but for a moment, I thought that it will be a great sin to refrain that little child getting a mother’s love. I am sure that your love for Priya will never allow you to marry again. Maya will always be deprived of mother’s love. Now she fairly stand a chance of getting adopted to a mother. That’s the reason why I had to file the case. I am sincerely sorry for that and would appreciate you should you understand this!”

Karthick’s eyes were moistened. He now didn’t really feel bad about losing the case. He also strongly realized that Maya wouldn’t have been sufficient enough to fill up the void left by Priya.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The journey of Emotional Fool


One not so fine evening, close to two years back, I was sitting in front of my laptop to post yet another blog but little did I knew that it will shape into a book which would lying adjacent to my laptop some months down the line. It happened just like that. Would like to shortly summarize the journey through. I completed writing the book in a little less than 3 days (imaging how vella / vetti I should have been then :-P). Didn't feel like bringing it out in a form of book then but eventually my thoughts were convoluted. Finally I decided to bring this out as a book.

I shared this with a very few people who read the first draft and provided their feedback. Based on their inputs I read it again a couple of times and incorporated a few changes. To be honest, my English is poor and poor to an extent where my Hindi is better that English :-D. I ought to make grammar errors and spelling mistakes. I thought the editor would take care off. I wanted one of my friend to do the editing and she was a very busy person. I chose to wait but it took longer than a year and then I asked her if I can go ahead and do the editing with some other professional editor. She gave a nod and agreed to edit my next book.


The editor after reading the manuscript wrote a lot of comments (probably he must have felt like running away while reading my English  and deleted a lot of pages. Initially I thought I would retain many of those as I felt it was relevant to the book but went on to delete them. With those, when I read again, the book did make an appeal. I would also point out that half of the book's credit should be given to my friend Preeta who did the cover design. I could have never imagined such a wonderful one, which adds a lot of value and appeal to the book. I remember when I first discussed with her, I clearly told her that I can only imagine a maple leaf on the cover design  She was clueless of why and from where did maple leaf came in and so was I :-P. She then came out with 3 wonderful designs out of which we zeroed in on this. 

I was a bit reluctant and confused on approaching established publishers and thankfully I decided to work on the lines of getting it self-published. I then ran into Notion press who agreed to publish and brought this book out in a little less than 7 working days!...

I was a little worried on how it would be received, but to my surprise many of my friends who read gave a positive review!.. After them recognizing the book, I might now proudly say that I am an author!. I planned to bring out a sequel to it and now have decided against it. 

Thanks to all for your support and do read, write your feedback, suggest and recommend Emotional Fool to your friends!

The book is available at



Saturday, January 19, 2013

Alex Pandian - A World Class Trend setter


I am blessed to be in an era in which Alex Pandian released!. Bliss. The first appreciation should go to the censor board for giving a clean U certificate for this film. They want children to come to hall and watch such movies to understand so many important and useful messages given by Suraaj not in a preaching manner but in a commercially viable manner.
The opening scene itself is a challenge to Hollywood film makers. When they all think of Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Heman and more such men to rescue and defy science, Suraaj comes out with an innovative concept and say’s that even a Human can do it. Yes, Karthi is the human and that too with a heart of gold. Everyone in their review commented that Karthi ran faster than train but did anyone mention that he took a short cut to reach the train?.
Annan-thangacchi paasam in this movie is the best ever I must admit, how long will we quote pasamalar as example. Look at Santhanam here, he not only protecting his 3 sisters, he also educates the  audience with so many terms which has a sexual meaning directly and indirectly. Suraaj also has a great respect for our culture, which is very well explained in the song sung by Karthi at the ponnu vayasukku vandha function of Santhanam’s younger sister. Also the hero has a great responsibility to make the function a grand success, so that every single prospective groom now knows that the girl is fit for marriage!.. Wow!!!...
So far Maruti’s vehicle have been advertised with the tagline of “Kitni deti hai” [in terms of mileage], now they also can be very sure that their vehicles are bullet proof, and also oh god, the villains should now start to learn science to find out how the bullets travel and our hero is a master of science I say.  He can run between arrays of bullets and that too catching our heroin in one hand.
Only one song for heroin Anushka, tomorrow no reviewers will nakku mela palla pottu say that heroin verum 4 pattukku mattum irukkaanga, and yes love is deaf, dumb, blind and all types of physical and mentally handicapped. He proves it when Anushka gives a look once Karthi saves her from the hill top.
As I said earlier the censor has made it clear that this movie should be watched by children, many children now will now think more and understand Newton was just an idiot to give 3 laws of physics, there will be more children now excited to do new research in disproving Newton and finding out new avenues and concepts in physics. I also assume that they’ll take the “kaai adikkaradhunnu sollakkoodaadhu, koin adikkiradhunnu sollanum” seriously and refine their talks in school.
Take a bow Mr. Suraaj for crafting this masterpiece and I wish many people following your trend!!!...

P.S: And ya, the government should seriously consider waiving of service tax for the actors, actresses and others belonging to cine field as they do a great service to the nation by producing, acting and educating people with such great films!!!