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குஷ்வந்த் எழதிய Truth, Love and a little Maliceசை 2004ல் வாசித்தப் போது வயதாகிப் போனதால் வந்த தைரியமோ என்று நினைக்கத் தோன்றினாலும், அதற்கு இருபது வருடங்களுக்கு முன்பு எழுதிய புத்தகத்தைப் படித்தபோதும் இந்த ஆசாமி கொஞ்சம் எக்குத்தப்பானவர் தான் என்று புரிந்தது. எழுத வருகிறவர்களுக்கு ’தில்’லை கற்றுக்கொடுத்ததற்காக நன்றி குஷ்வந்த்.

September 27th, 2013

கிறுக்கல் 3.0

ஒரு வழியாக சுப்புடு.காமிலிருந்து பழைய டெம்ப்ளேட் உள்பட எல்லாவற்றையும் காலி செய்து கொண்டு மீண்டும் பழைய வீட்டிற்கு ஜாகை மாறியாகி விட்டது. சமூகசேவையாக லேசிகீக்.நெட்டில் எழுதிய குப்பைகள் அத்தனையும் பத்திரமாக இங்கேயே நகர்த்தியாகிவிட்டது. ஆக, மீண்டும் எழுதத் தொடங்க வேண்டியது தான் பாக்கி.

பழைய பதிவு – கிறுக்கல் 2.0

April 8th, 2013

Fan mail, a primer!

It must have started with Shakespeare and then moved over to Dickens, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy but it reached its peak with Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain. While it continues to prosper even in this age, a book on fan mail only happens to very few writers. Read a sample below, and more.

Dear Mark Twain:

Writing this letter is one of the pleasantest duties I have to perform before leaving for “Hell or Hadleyburg” — which the doctor tells me must be soon now.

In fact I’m living beyond my time, — because he said Oct 15 was my last day “on live” — The only reason I didn’t die on that date was that I wanted to read your latest story in Harpers. Some people see Naples and die, — I prefer to read Mark Twain & die. I’ve never seen Naples, — and dont expect to. I’ve read almost everything youve written, — and when I finish your whole output I’ll give up seeing Naples and die happily without that privilege.

But —

I want to thank you for all the pleasure your books have given me during many years of confinement to my room. Life would frequently have been dull indeed had it not been for the companionship of Huck Finn, Col. Sellers, et al.

When I get to Hell the greatest torture that I will have will be the possible knowledge that you shall have written something else I shall not be permitted to read.

Yours gratefully
Benj Ochiltree.

February 2nd, 2013

Kadal – Uncharted

mani ratnam - kadal

Barring one fundamental flaw that equals Minnale’s Abbas/Madhavan flashback, Mani takes his beloved tamil audience to a place that is not only deep but has enough grey areas to ponder. Its understandable that the movie is already widely hated given that it makes one uncomfortable at places, just like any great piece of art.

With it’s cast providing great support, Jeyamohan’s story with rich characters and their back-stories lit up at right places, Kadal is Mani’s masterstroke that will be unfortunately overlooked due to one huge mistake, setting expectations. Kidnapping a literary story to people’s heart while marketing it to be a outright love story is deceiving and Mani will have to pay for that. For a Jeyamohan story, its not all that black given his track record but for Mani Ratnam this blackness is very new. Editor Sreekar Prasad and ARR have missed opportunities at right places to backup Mani with that extra cut or that punchy BGM but after all its the captain’s fault at the end.

As we drove back, my friend and I filled up the remaining holes by discussing and this is exactly what Mani should have done implicitly. Also should have had the heart to cut the Disney graphics at the end and should have stopped at the hospital shot.

Regardless, a work to rejoice for the cinephiles. 5 -8 years from now, this will be regarded as a classic. Come back to read this again.

P.S: My cheap shot sentence – And please stop saying the movie is about a 3 hour religious discourse. Get a life, become inclusive and take it easy, yo’all!

March 25th, 2012

Missing the appetite

hunger games

I’m not a targeted viewer for the Hunger Games movie. Yet I decided to watch it on the opening weekend and it was as expected, not very interesting. Having read a couple of similar game-of-death books and even watched a very comparable movie back in the day, to me, hunger games is a missed opportunity. It is very obvious that the producers decided to reduce a violent hungry movie into a PG 13 to laugh their way to the bank and it seems like ‘the odds are ever in their favor’. In that process they killed the possibility to make it into a spine-chilling thriller.

Here is how the screenwriter’s palette looked like – a dystopian post-apocalyptic world, an emotional family sub-plot, worker class revolution, gothic political rulers, game-of-death, a forest where every inch is monitored through video cameras and ofcouse designed-on-demand AutoCAD wild animals. The movie’s payback does not match the build-up to it. Mel Gibson would have aced through a story like this, just like how he managed to pull-off an apocalypto.

I was actually bought into the movie during the first 20 minutes and then as they delayed and delayed the start of the game, it seemed to me like they were going in for a kill but what do I know, just read the first line of the post again.

March 21st, 2012

Let's do the numbers!

Not a big fan of calling out birthdays and such. But it has been ten years since this and 35 altogether. So much has changed and to that note so much has not changed. As in corporate speak, let’s do some high level numbers -

From and including: Monday, March 21, 1977
To, but not including : Wednesday, March 21, 2012

It is 12,784 days from the start date to the end date, but not including the end date
Or 35 years excluding the end date

Alternative time units -
12,784 days
1,104,537,600 seconds
18,408,960 minutes
306,816 hours
1826 weeks (rounded down)

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