Thursday, July 31, 2008

ரஜினி -- என் கேள்விக்கென்ன பதில

Recently Adhavan(KPY4 fame) mentioned about a possible opportunity to interview Rajinikanth(on the eve of Kuselan release) and they(his Radio Mirchi colleagues) were asked to submit a few interesting questions that they would like to ask Rajini. It need not be in a linear interview format, jut some questions that would trigger interests. The interview did not happen finally as Rajini called it off in the last minute. Still I thought I would share the questions with others in my blog and readers can also post queries they would want to ask Rajini. The only conditions were that the questions suppoed to be non-controversial(no Hogenekal type queries..).

1. இப்ப குசேலன் release. ஊடகங்கள் வாயிலாக நாங்க கேள்வி படுவது இந்த படத்தில் ரஜினிக்கு ஒரு popular super star மாதிரியான role என்று.

ரஜினிக்கு ரஜினியா நடிக்கற அந்த அனுபவம் எப்படி இருந்தது?.

2. ரஜினிக்கு எங்களை போன்ற வெறித்தனமான பல ரசிகர்கள் உண்டு, பொதுவாக நடிகர்கள் ஒரளவுக்கு narcisistஆக இருப்பார்கள் என்று ஒரு எண்ணம் உண்டு,

ரஜினி எந்த அளவுக்கு ஒரு ரஜினியின் ரசிகன்?.

3. ரஜினி படம் announce பண்ணின நாள் முதல் எல்லார் மனதிலும் இருக்கும் ஒரு கேள்வி, ரஜினி இந்த படத்து "punch dialogue" என்ன என்பது.

மற்ற நடிகர்கள் பேசினதுல அய்யோ நாம இத சொல்லாம விட்டோமே என்று ரஜினியையே அசர வைத்த " punch dialogue" எது?

4. நேற்று ஒரு bus conductor, பின்பு ஒரு கலாச்சார மொழி தொடர்பில்லாத ஒரு ஊரில் ஒரு struggling aspiring actor, ஒரு established fan following உள்ள நடிகர், ஒரு நாட்டின் தலை எழுத்தையே திருப்பி போட கூடிய செல்வாக்குள்ள ஒரு மனிதன் அப்படிங்கற இந்த வாழ்க்கை பயணத்தை(trajectory of life) ஒரு பார்வையாளனாக(distancing yourself as an observerஆக) பார்க்கும் பொழுது ரஜினிக்கு என்ன மாதிரியான உணர்வு ஏற்படும்?

Kusela -- எப்படி இருந்த நான் இப்படி ஆயிட்டேன்

எப்படி இருந்த நான் இப்படி ஆயிட்டேன்

Speaking to Kannada channels, Rajinikant said, “This incident has taught me a lesson. I shall never commit such a mistake again. Please allow the release of Kuselan in Karnataka."

"The people who are opposing me are also children of Karnataka. They are doing it for their state. Please, please forget the past and whatever I have said. Allow me to release my film. I am ready to help Kannadigas also,” the actor added.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Abivathaye.. Kashyaba Gothraha..Magesh sharmanam

The people will never get to know the truth — whether the BJP MPs were actually bribed or not. But the public display of money in Parliament and its impact will further erode the people’s faith in the elected representatives, and add to their indifference.

Ramadoss Magesh,



BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s allegation that the bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad were a conspiracy to divert attention from the cash-for-votes scam is unfortunate. Politics has touched a new low in India.

Ramadoss Magesh,



Rather than burdening the common man, who is struggling to deal with the rise in prices of food and various basic commodities, the government should explore the option of taxing the “windfall profits” of oil companies (as the Communist parties suggest). This is an option being considered in various countries.

Ramadoss Magesh,


Letter 3

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Randy Pausch (1960-2008)

Give a hypothetical "final talk," i.e., "what wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?"

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Links to a few engaging news stories related to Cancer

Things learned after a diagnosis of lung cancerChicago Tribune - United StatesWhen a loved one is diagnosed with lung cancer, you suddenly see smokers everywhere. They are husbands and fathers, sisters and mothers. ...See all stories on this topic
Survive Cancer, Have BabyNewsweek - USAThree years later, Dauer, now cancer-free, and her husband, Greg, have a 2-year-old daughter, Sienna, and a second baby on the way. ...See all stories on this topic
My experience as the wife of a cancer patient - Guest post by AirBy Raul My husband was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic colorectal cancer 19 months ago. Since then he has spent over a month in the hospital, had several operations, and endured months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. ...Random Thoughts of a Student... -
Cancer story. Nursing story about cancer fatality to a young ...By portalshops She was visiting cancer specialists often and all scans and blood test showed she had no cancer. She was in cancer remissions for over 3 years and never took anything for granted. Here is the story. ...My Nursing Notes -

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where will IIT' get their faculties from?

Link to a blog post. I find the numbers talked about in Jalote's article a bit difficult to understand?. Some basic information I know of faculty recruitements for IIT's is a pre-requiite of 3 yrs of post-doc experience and such, so where comes the question of Phd's passing out in the next 2-3yrs put in the supply category. Also would the new emerging IIT' be comprised of totally entry level faculties. And what about the huge resource pool of Phd's who have passed out in the last 5-10yr, still moving from one post-doc to other and would very much like to be considered for a position in IIT's. I hope this strange looking numbers and arguments is not just yet another instance of reluctance on the part of IIT's to scale up. Am forwarding this blog post to a few people, who might want to respond.

Adhavan Kalakiyachu

Monday, July 21, 2008

A mother blogs about cancer

Link to a story on blogs that focus on fight against cancer. Also a direct link to the blog mentioned in the story.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Suhasini-- Haasini Pesum Padam

சுஹாசினி-- ஹாசினி பேசும் படம்.

எனக்கு தெரிந்து திரை விமர்சனங்களுக்கு தமிழகத்தில் பல காலங்களாகவே ஒரு முக்கியத்துவம் இருந்தது உண்டு. "விகடன்ல நல்ல மார்க்கு குடுத்திருகான்பா படம் நல்லா இருக்கும் போல இருக்கு" என் கின்ற வகையில் ஒரு திரைபடத்தை பார்க்க தீர்மானிப்பதற்கும் அந்த படத்தை பற்றிய கருத்து ஏற்படுத்தி கொள்வதற்கும் அதற்கு ஒரு முக்கிய பங்கு இருந்துள்ளது. தமிழில் almost எல்லா பத்திரிக்கைகளிலும் திரை விமர்சனங்கள் பகுதி இருக்கும் என்ற போதிலும் விகடன் மற்றும் குமுதம் இரண்டுக்கும் ஒரு தனி முக்கியதுவம் உண்டு. 80களில் பாக்கியராஜின் சின்ன வீடு படத்திற்கு விகடன் விமர்சனம் சாதகமாக இல்லை என்றவுடன் அடுத்த வாரம் படத்துக்கான விளம்பரம் " கட்டெறும்பு ஊரி கல்லு தேஞ்சிடாது விகடன் விமர்சனம் படத்தை பாதிக்காது" . இன்றைய காலத்தில் பத்திரிக்கை விமர்சனங்கள் மக்களை சென்றடைவதற்க்கு முன்பே internet blogs, online movie portals இவை எல்லாவற்றிலும் அக்கு வேறு ஆணி வேறாக பேத்து எடுத்து விடுகிறார்கள் ஒரு படத்தை.

90களில் மற்றும் early 2000ல் சன் டீவியில் ஒருவர் கால் மேல் கால் போட்டு கொண்டு எந்த அளவுக்கு ஒரு படத்தை எள்ளி நகையாடுகிறோமோ அந்த அளவுக்கு இந்த நிகழ்ச்சியின் பெருமை உயரும் என்ற குறிக்கோளில் ஒரு திரை விமர்சனம் நிகழ்ச்சி வருவது உண்டு. புது படங்களின் clipping பார்கலாம் என்பதாலோ இல்லை மக்க்ளும் அவர் எள்ளி நகையாடுவதை ரசிப்பதாலோ இந்த நிகழ்ச்சியும் popular.

இந்த contextல் பார்க்கும் பொழுது சுஹாசினியின்-- ஹாசினி பேசும் படம் நிகழ்ச்சி really comes as a breath of fresh air. சினிமாவை வெறும் ஒரு போகப் பொருளாக அணுகாமல் அது ஒரு கலை வடிவம் அதை விமர்சனம் செய்வதற்கு முதலில் அதை appreciate பண்ண தெரியணும் அந்த appreciationகு ஒரு பயிற்சி தேவை என் கின்ற அணுகுமுறையில் படங்களை அணுகும் ஒரு நிகழ்ச்சி. பொதுவாக கொடுத்த காசுக்கு சிரிச்சோமா, ஏதோ மசால் வடை போல சாப்பிட்டோம் பிடிச்சுதா பிடிக்கலையா எங்கின்ற அளவிலேயே இருக்கிறது சினிமா குறித்த அணுகுமுறை . இது எனக்கு ஒரு விதத்தில் ஆச்சிரியதையும் வருத்தத்தையும் தருவதற்கு காரணம் சினிமா அளவுக்கு மக்களை engage பண்ற இன்னொரு விஷயமான cricketகு அந்த அளவுக்கு ஒரு ரசிக்கற ஒரு உணர்வு இருக்கிறது. Ofcourse, it is a irrelevant comparison, but still i hope some people can relate to my ஏக்கம் and understand what i mean here.

She basically starts the program by presenting a short overview of the genre in which the movie belongs to. Then she refers 1-2 main films in this genre and says the good and bad things of those. This puts the film and how one should evaluate the film by giving us a context. She typically takes up 1 or 2 films for review in one episode. She follows up a simple intro to the film with a interview of the people involved in the film. She tries to get their perspective on some of the pivotals items of the film. Infact, she also goes further and tries to talk a bit about background of the director and how the trajectory of the directors life has impacted the film and such things. என்னை பொருத்த வரை இது ஒரு ரொம்ப ஆக்கபூர்வமான நிகழ்ச்சி. She also tries to give a lot of importance and visibility to small and medium buget films and their creators.

குறைகள் அப்படினு சொல்லனும்னா நிரைய்யா she repeats herself in the show. It is so blatant, almost பாதி programme சொன்னதையே திருப்பி சொல்லிண்டிருகற உணர்வு ஏற்படறது. And Suhasini often tells the answer to her questions to the interview and puts it like..this is my question and this is your answer right kinda conversation. She is not a good interviewer. Probably she can watch her cousin Anu Haasan program to better herself on that front.

Another thing is her costumes for the show. Ofcourse this is a very personal thing. எனக்கு பிடிச்ச Suhasini அப்படின்னா ஒரு conventional Saree, or a Churidhar, where the care for her dressing does not appear very transparent. For people who had their growing years in 90's major impact of Suhasini was like Sindhu Bhairavi(I identify that character a lot with Raji of இரும்புக் குதிரைகள்..) and thats the Suhasini one wants to see.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Euthanasia pleader hugs life

I hope the great proponents of respecting individual choices on end of life decisions get to read this story

Media coverage on Aarushi Talwar murder trial

The Aarushi Talwar murder trial has been ripped apart by the media so badly that there is any new story that comes out of it, is not a perspective/angle that was not thought of or discussed by the media already.

Given the larger public interest in this story, it is understandable that the news media has gathered to get their "first byte" and report as breaking news when Dr. Talwar was released on Saturday. But when the Talwar family is begging the media to just let them have some moment of private time to grieve,and that they would address the media at a later time, it is extremely outrageous that some section of the media is chasing them till they get into the house.

In such stories with great viewer interest(for multi-various reasons) it is difficult to blame the media alone on sensationalism, utter disregard to individual human emotions and such. Because there are various instances when even the involved people have made use of the media to convey a message of theirs, gather public support and for other reasons. But in spite of all this it is sad that the media persons gathered around on Saturday does not respect such a basic request of the family.

The media might in turn point the fingers at the viewers for their interest and blame that as reason for their actions. So I feel as a responsible viewer, we can register our protest in a small way to such actions by the media by either switching off the television to register our refusal to watch it on such instances or change to another channel. I think this is the barest minimum thing that we should do.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Earth quake tamasha

The earthquake had struck chennai again after quite a long time. People were stricken with fear and were wondering the cause of this mild tremor.

I was watching some movie and had a power cut around 5.00 pm. I didnt know about this tremor as i had become thick skinned. Some time back i had commented to a friend of mine that people here had exceeded thier bad karmas some fury of nature would strike its hands on them to remind them of the merits of good karma. I felt that my words were becoming truer.

As i walked by the streets people were huddled together and whispering among themselves about this tremor.I got the information from them that a tremor had struck chennai.Some people attributed this as fury of GOD as people's relegious beliefs had dwindled down.While the non belivers who felt that its was thier supreme right to not believe in GOD relying in the scientists reasoning. Among the non-believers were those who inwardly believed in GOD but put up a face that they didnt believe in GOD. Among those who believed in GOD , they poured ghee,milk , burned incense sticks and chanted vedas hoping that a major quake could be averted.
The political parties workers felt that the opposition party had planted a huge device underground which could cause this tremor so as to de-stabilise the ruling regime. While the opposition party raised thier voices saying that unplanned draining of ground water could have resulted in this. Among the believers in GOD in opposition they felt that the leader of opposition was not given her right place so this could have resulted in the tremor.
The common man who by this time had got used to the common ramblings of the various groups felt his life at stake and a fear crept inside him. The next quake and he will faint.
For those who felt that brahmins were weak kneed, this tremor had shown that indeed all were weak kneed people. The papers potrayed how people with fears in thier faces looked at each other in thier faces., This indeed makes true the statement "kettle calling the pot black".
I felt before we make allegations at other group of people whether we are really morally right.

One more major earthquake in chennai and the true bravery of people will come to the streets.Its ironic that people pride in thier false bravery.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Paediatric academy recommends Cholestral drugs for eight year olds

This post is about the news item on the recommendation of cholesterol drugs for children as young as 8yrs old to treat obesity and risks associated with it.

It is disturbing to read about the advocacy of medication to deal with childhood obesity and the associated risks. This needs to be exercised as an option only in very specific cases after a very careful evaluation. On most other instances one should seriously try life style modification options to get the desired health benefit in such young age groups.

Childhood obesity is rising at alarming levels in India and strong efforts needs be done to address this issue without causing long term health hazards to the children. Schools should consider having something like the health card(aligned to the progress report card) and can offer reward points for adopting to healthy lifestyle choices. A child can be rewarded with a few good points if it brings vegetables for lunch and avoids/limits junk food for the snack box that the children bring to school.

I came across an online competition from the Hopelab which uses innovative interactive game techniques to improve health and quality of life to children Ruckus on getting innovative ideas to get the kids moving and driving them to active lifestyle. We could also evolve ideas that would work in our context and try its effectiveness.