The stick (kucchi) used during Homam is extremely thin. You have sticks that are probably thinner. 'Eer Kucchi'is thinner. Maybebecause Narasimhan was thin but not that thin, people called him 'omakucchi' Narasimhan. [ Note: It seems he acted in a drama that involved him playing a Japanese wrestler 'Yamakochi' and so he came to be called as Omakuchi]. He unfortunately passed away recently. I love small characters such as Omakucchi. They bring so much joy and are part of some classic movie moment. For example the clip below is one of the funniest moments in thamizh cinema and a seminal moment in the progress of Indian technological era.. Notice from 1:08 minute onwards how the situation moves from a simple conversation to a incredible theory on wireless communication. The way professor 'gounda' mani solves deep psychological problems with practical application of social science is fantastically mixed with 'wireless technology'. The great gounder has said everything. There is nothing that goundamani has not said which has gone on to be a worthy concept in this world. Blue tooth was not even a concept then but professor uses it so gracefully. Every sentence in this clip will be captured for the benefit of future generations "koyambattoorla mukkina kaidhi pannamaatangala" "dakalti" are key terms which cannot be explained in the scope of this blog.
The key thing here is that Omakucchi was there in that scene and says some of the most important dialogs. The reason his dialog is key because it evokes a response from the professor that will be etched in the annals of thamizh history. As important as it is "orrey kushtamappa" (said by ever teenager going through a troubling phase in 90s) is not the one I am talking about. 20 million years from now when aliens discover thamizh history and study about civilization this sentence will be found. If there has been a college student in the 90s who has not said 'arasiyalla idhellam saadharnappa' then the student has not learned anything from the Indian education system. Omakucchi was there. He is now no more. But the 'paint brush thalaiya' helped give us that moment.