A lovely, lively sunday morning

the corner bookstore at t.nagar a mug of filter coffee at barista

Always sunday mornings are either spent with a Hindu and filter coffee or they are shared along with sunday morning television. Today was a little different. A friend’s marriage in the early hours at Porur and a meet with Prabhu later at Barista. Prabhu had come down from Bangalore and suggested we would meet. For the first time. All along we have been talking through gmails and blog comments and now we did meet.

While we initally planned to meet in my fav joint of Woodlands Drive in, we feared the rain/traffic and thought we could make it to G.N.Chetty road Cafe Coffee day. At GN Chetty Road, I was surprised to see Barista replacing Cafe Coffee day, at the same place. So we barged in and I suspected that we would be the bonee [first business of the day] there. Already there was a kadalai kutchery there and we placed ourselves at a corner, ordering smoothies(don’t go by the name. it was a cold drink. hee hee).

We had a lively chat on tamil film music, cinema, blogs, doordarshan and finally about the paani-ka-panga at chennai. Prabhu has tons of neat ideas for blogs and will start a blog soon. A music/sports/mobile phone freak, he did amaze me saying that he visits my site from his ultra-pompus handheld Nokia darling. Was amazed by what that tiny little thing can do. It can take videos, pics(those pics above are from his Nokia), GPRS and what not. I am thinking hard of changing my stone aged mobile to this one and start clicking with that mobile camera.

After a while, Prabhu suggested we would checkout the bookshop located at the corner of Barista. A corner means a real corner. The store was as named as The Corner Book Store. With just 4 feet on the diagonals, this book store has an attitude. It had some of the best books of all time including Ayn Rand, Betrand Russell and Dilbert Omnibus to Alchemist, Da Vinci fiction which were best sellers.

Interestingly, the guy who was taking care of the shop did show us a book which was looking like a Anti-Da Vinci Code. He told that the book was released well before Da Vinci Code and was it was now making hay out of the Da Vinci popularity. Not just that but also he did started telling us about other books and it’s authors. I was completely taken back by his knowledge on books and authors. Asked him if he has any more book in shop that was left without being read by him. He said so politely that there are many and he is unable to keep in pace with them. Probably the first time, I did see a book store guy being such a passionate book-lover. We did take a pic of that guy as a respect for the fellow book lover. He is the one in the pic above. Later, I learnt even Prabhu shared a similar thought like me about the guy.

The Corner Book Store seems to be promising especially if they can hook on to such book worms. A true haunt for a book lover. Not forgetting the full mug of south indian flavored Cafe Latte at Barista. Not the usual coffee-bar music that plays noisy this thing that thing music. They only play the children channel POGO on the television with a mute. And on a sunday it was Barney and the kids on POGO. What a peace, it was !!

27 responses to “A lovely, lively sunday morning”

  1. Tilo Avatar

    Reminds me of Mr.Kamanth of the Strand Bookstore in Bombay. he of course owned the store. Unbelivably nice person!

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  2. Tilo Avatar

    Reminds me of Mr.Kamanth of the Strand Bookstore in Bombay. he of course owned the store. Unbelivably nice person!

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  3. prabhu Avatar
    prabhu

    I was expecting lazy to be a hep guy. Atleast looking at his blogs and his general knowledge.

    Whereas I came across a very simple down to earth guy. Hats off to his simplicity!

    We talked about so many things from jhonson’s buds(he he) to honda city car(There was a guy mandhandling the brand new Honda City car. Andha car kku vaai irundha kandippa azhudhu irukkum). It was a great great morning. Had fun.

    And key takeaways from meeting lazy(you can learn so much from him)

    1. Why to maintain blog?
    2. How to strike a proper balance on the movie reviews and not outright ridicule/reject the hard work put in by the film crew.
    3. Have less expectations in life and hence less disappointments.
    4. The way he relishes minute things in movies which any normal person will miss out.( Some scenes from hey ram. I was awed!)

    and much more!!!

    Lazy,

    enna naina..ennoda mobile pathi onnume sollama vuttutiye.

    And folks,

    Whoever can make it to chennai during diwali please do so. We are planning for a get together during diwali.

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  4. prabhu Avatar
    prabhu

    I was expecting lazy to be a hep guy. Atleast looking at his blogs and his general knowledge.

    Whereas I came across a very simple down to earth guy. Hats off to his simplicity!

    We talked about so many things from jhonson’s buds(he he) to honda city car(There was a guy mandhandling the brand new Honda City car. Andha car kku vaai irundha kandippa azhudhu irukkum). It was a great great morning. Had fun.

    And key takeaways from meeting lazy(you can learn so much from him)

    1. Why to maintain blog?
    2. How to strike a proper balance on the movie reviews and not outright ridicule/reject the hard work put in by the film crew.
    3. Have less expectations in life and hence less disappointments.
    4. The way he relishes minute things in movies which any normal person will miss out.( Some scenes from hey ram. I was awed!)

    and much more!!!

    Lazy,

    enna naina..ennoda mobile pathi onnume sollama vuttutiye.

    And folks,

    Whoever can make it to chennai during diwali please do so. We are planning for a get together during diwali.

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  5. Lazy Geek Avatar

    Oh !! yeah. I did forget. vayasaachu illa, athaan. Amnesia/dimnesia/esia. I did update it now. Check out again. You did made me feel like a neanderthal jerk who had the oldest mobile in the world.

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  6. Anonymous Coward Avatar
    Anonymous Coward

    hey is the ‘Alchemist’ u referring to the book by Paulo Coelho?

    lol~ i just bought that book last sunday.. I have to say, its one of those life-changing books.. absolutely inspiring..

    cheers

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  7. Ravi Avatar
    Ravi

    I have been out of india (in US) for about four years. Nice to hear the changes. book shops, cafe latte, all that. looking forward to be back.

    I enjoy reading your blog.

    thanks.

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  8. Latha Avatar
    Latha

    Hey Lazy, 🙂 that was a nice read…., wow, i wud definitely like to meet this corner store book guy… its so nice to speak to a book store guy who loves reading & has an opinion… I heard u made it to 7GRC, how come no review? Is it Kadhal Kondien part II or Guna part III or Darr Unlimited? I suppose u cudnt make it to Landmark for Sir Naipual’s Visit. His Bangalore visit was defnintely memorable…

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  9. INDICA Avatar

    Holy Smokes!! I had no idea you had added me to your list. Thanks 🙂

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  10. Suman Avatar

    Guru, Check out the movie Flavors playing in Satyam complex. It is a product of my friend DK’s labors. Let me know how you liked it. More info on my site http://sumankumar.com

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  11. maran Avatar

    Is it me or did you tweaked your css. The colors look different?

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  12. Lazy Geek Avatar

    Latha, were you there during Naipaul’s visit ?

    Indica, I did blogroll you a week back.

    Suman, I read about this before in your site. Am planning to check it out this weekend.

    Maran, It was me. I did change the colors and tweaked the CSS last week.

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  13. CrazyGeek Avatar
    CrazyGeek

    Ennapa

    Thalaivar newse sollla mattenra?

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  14. Nirenjan Avatar

    Nice post Guru. By the way, just what mobile did Prabhu have? Kinda curious coz a friend of mine is drooling at the 6600 and I’m wondering if Prabhu has the same model.

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  15. prabhu Avatar
    prabhu

    Nirenjen,

    I had a nokia 6230 😀

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  16. Latha Avatar
    Latha

    yeah lazy, i was there. i even have notes of what happned. generally just dotted down stuff & quotes ;)… u know for future refernce, yaarakavadhu quote panni asathalam ille…;) and by the way, how come u havent mentioned anything about this movie called “Vishwa Thulasi”… ?? Checked out the songs & the trailier in all the channels & sort of curious about the movie…

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  17. Prabhu Avatar
    Prabhu

    Latha,

    Vshwatulasi is a movie for which Ilayaraja and MSV have composed the music. Heard the songs are good. Movie has mamooty and nandita das. It is a musical movie based on he period 1942-1962. Kind of art movie.

    I think this movie will be released in bangalore some time after 2 weeks.

    Even I wanted to be there when Naipaul came. But work pressure. Hmmm!!

    Lazy,

    7GRC review please

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  18. curses Avatar
    curses

    …while i sat breakin my head over an exam the next day!
    neways, glad u guys had fun. 🙂

    btw, LG, u thru w/ “Are u afraid of the dark?”

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  19. dumbs Avatar

    I have always been an avid reader but the only problem was my selection of books. I used to go by authors and finish all of their books. But the biggest problem was chosing the first book of the authors. Because of this I have skipped many of the good novels. I used to go by the no. of times the book had been borrowed. If only there was a person in the library who could tell me how good a book was (like the chap u mention) I guess I would have read the better ones.

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  20. Ajay Avatar
    Ajay

    Is 7GRC a different variation of “Thulluvatho ilamai”….and this time a lesson for the young chaps out there…?

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  21. Krithika Avatar
    Krithika

    Ah, a post I’d been thinking of putting up ever since I first visited Barista, about a month and a half before. And I instantly loved the idea of a corner book store (more like a treasure chest!) and the-absolutely-no-noise factor to disturb a nice chat session between two school friends meeting after a real long time. They do play other channels but I think those guys have a thing or two for animated stuff. (The last time I went, they were playing a sneak preview of Shrek 2)

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  22. Mick Avatar
    Mick

    I miss Chennai so much 😦 Thanks for the pics- they made me feel that little bit closer to home! As for the Corner Book Store- shall definitely check it out when I come over next!

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  23. Kumaraguru Avatar

    * offtopic comment *
    Lazy I can’t believe you still haven’t put up your 7GRC review..You’re human after all 😉

    I saw the movie today.. Selvaragavan has shown a great improvement over his previous two movies. Even firstime actor RaviKrisha has done well. The scene were this chap hands the appointment letter to his dad and the ensuing conversation between dad and mom is quite touching. The camera and lighting are brilliant! (The 360-degree panning shot of Sonia Agarwal with the blue sky in the background.. for example). The climax could have been better..nevertheless understandable.

    Selvaragavan said(in Vijay TV) something like 90% of the movie’s story is his own life story..Guess why the final scene shows the hero wearing the same thick framed glasses as the director?

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  24. Ramya Avatar

    hey geek,

    been ages since i;ve been to a coffee pub. now, i’m determined to, asap. 🙂

    cheers!
    ramya
    btw, how does one check if one is behind a firewall?

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  25. Lazy Geek Avatar

    Prabhu, Was on a trip hence the delay.

    Curses, Sidney Sheldon failed this time badly to impress. Not the usual stuff. But timepass. especially if you travel from madras to madurai.

    Mick/Ravi, Thanks a ton for the note.

    Kirthika, I have similarly missed a couple of posts. There are times I forget a post. sometimes, i am lazy about them and someone makes a good post out of the same news. It’s all in blogging.

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  26. Lazy Geek Avatar

    Kumara Guru, Went off to Madurai. I agree with you about Selvaraghavan’s improvement. this was much better.

    Latha, did see vishwathulai’s trailer and songs. very artistic. not the masala types. should find time to check it out.

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  27. Maverick Avatar
    Maverick

    ‘Are you afraid of the Dark’ is an absolute crap and whatever being sold is for SS’s selling power and nothing else. Not worth a read and definitely not worth a buy.

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