Friday, July 23, 2010

Costly Affair

Was talking with my niece over the phone. Though she utters few words over the phone, this is the first time she was telling me some rhymes, that too completely, with a lot of enthusiasm. The reason behind the change is she has been going to school for few days, her first step towards interaction with a lot of kids around her. Since she had spent most part of her first two years inside the house, with minimal interaction with children, the idea of meeting a lot of children kept her excited i guess.

Good that they had the play school concept, which allows kids to get accustomed to the school environment, with interest. But the cost at which it comes, exceeds the cost that we might have spent during the entire engineering course. 45K for just two hours of class everyday. Looks like it is the same in Bangalore too, could be a little higher also. That is more than the total money i spent in a yyear doing my B.E. From what i heard from few of my seniors, they completed four years of Engineering in half the amount now collected in Play School.

Few Parents seemed a lot worried it seems, about the performance of the child. Worries about performance at two years is very early i guess. Education and Medicine are two things, where people wont take a chance. Which also gives the businessmen a chance to reap rich which they are doing without fail. Cant say whether the parent's views are wrong, but what is clearly wrong is the schools using the opportunity to smuggle in the name of education. The situation is not likely to change, i might end up doing the same mistake in future, but still could not stop thinking at present.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Chithira Pavai

After a long time, i completed reading a book. Thanks to the power cut at home which gave me no other option other than reading the book. I had the choice of reading a subject book and a story book and the obvious choice as usual was the story book. So completed the rest of Akilan's Chithira Pavai. Thanks to my seniors for suggesting the book and lending the book too.

Its a novel that has won Gnanapit Award, book was released before 35 years, hence wont talk much about the story line. What Akilan has told before 35 years in the book is still valid and will be applicable to the present middle class families. In the middle of the story, Akilan mentions about the desire that slowly arises in the middle class families, which slowly transform into greed, and causes havoc at the end. Can this be ignored now ? No way, i guess. Since this trend can still be seen in most of the middle class families. Is it true with respect to the budding software engineers ? I leave it for you to decide. Also depicted in the book is the struggled of an artist who finds it difficult to make a living, the life of a calm and good natured girl, a gal of exactly opposite character and a character who keeps running behind money.

The final few pages were really interesting and read it at a rapid pace. The end though can be predicted, sounds good. I had aversion towards the social novels like this, due to the misunderstanding that there is nothing new in the social novels. But "Chithira Pavai" proved to be an entertainer with a lot of anecdotes and advice, that can still be applied to the life, which we are leading right now.

Had read a lot of English novels and books and was under the impression that Tamil doesn't have much, but the view changed after i read Kalki books and it still continues as i continue to explore the rich treasures of Tamil literature.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


What had happened to me. Should remember 2009-2010 for the fact that it is during this time, i might have seen the maximum number of movies. Saw Madrasapattinam yesterday, a movie that i am seeing on the first day after a long time. Instigated by my friends at HP, decided to dump the CR that was creating a panic and reached the theatre 5 minutes before the movie at 6.10PM. For the third time in a row, watched the movie at Pushpanjali.

Owing to the fact that there was not much expectations for the movie, there was not much crowd in the theatre. Found the movie to be really good. Director Vijay has done a great job, supported by good acting by Arya. Highlight of the movie is the heroine, AmyJackson, who looked cute and adorable. No wonder she was awareded Miss Teen World beauty pageant. Her intro scene was applauded more than that of Arya's, surprisingly. Her screen presence was enough to mesmerize and crystal clear expressions did justice to the role. Lip synchronization was not all that great, but owing to the fact the even heroines born and brought up in TamilNadu do it worse, it can be neglected. Good selection of costume too for her.

Just to give a hint about the story without revealing much, the movie starts with Old English woman about to die, with the desire to visit India, in search of a guy whom she had met before 60 years in Madrasapattinam (Chennai). The story moves on interwined with her search at present and her memories explaining the reason behind the search.

Vijay should have worked hard, to bring Chennai as it was 60 years before in the screen. Though he might have tasted 100% success in this arduous task, it is a commendable effort. Arya as usual does his job easily. Climax is a bit sentimental and good. Overall a simple story well told.

Coming to -ves, GV Prakash as usual was a BIG disaapointment. BGM was good at few places, but it remebled a bit tweaked 7G's BGM and at few places it was irritating too. Few scenes resemble Titanic, which could have been avoided. First half was a lot interesting, second half fails to move at the same pace, but not a matter of concern actually. Scenes were a bit predictable. But all these can be ignored as the +ves overcome the -ves easily and at the it is a very good movie, worth watching.

After all this movie might break the myth that all the movies i see in the first day will become a flop :) :) Think it will do that with ease.