Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rascal Vs Rascala

Why do north Indians think thamizhs say rascal as rascalA? The think we pronounce it with a 'A' sound in the end. In my entire lifetime I haven't heard anybody say rascalA. But north indians truly believe that is how we say it. And all Thamizhs are surprised at this.

Since both set of parties are equally biased as well as equally rational set of individuals the consistency of this phenomenon is uncanny. I am wondering if there is accent issue on the part of the speaker that is causing this confusion or if there is a concept of "hearing-accent.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Bala

He is the most overrated director in Thamizh Cinema. Sethu is the only movie I saw of his. I thought it was a bad movie where a stunning last 15 minutes covered up a really bad movie.

Whenever anyone says Bala makes 'realistic' 'hard hitting' movies that bring out 'true reality' - I usually think the person has been consumed by popular narrative. That he/she believes what the media and friends want him to believe. Showing parts of society that deals with prostitution death and other kidnapping related things in exaggerated detail can make up for some documentary but not good entertaining cinema. I am not sure that relying on 'its disgusting' element alone is such a sustainable movie making approach. Bala is an one-trick pony who has over cooked his only angle.

On Missing The Point

While this, this and this is all fine Ms Jayalalitha - there are 2 things you are missing.

1. (won't mention it now as it gets a separate blog post)
2. A minor matter of removing a statue is still incomplete.

Friday, June 10, 2011

8th Year

I start my 8th year of blogging. The next 1 year will be my last year of active blogging. I have a few things that I want to write about and I have been postponing writing about it for a variety of reasons. I hope to get those posts out during the next 12 months.

On Friday evening in 2004 June 11th I was passing time until I had to leave for the railway station (to board a train from Bangalore to Madras). I was doing some general web surfing and on some random impulse created a blogger account. Just feels like yesterday.