Satire of White Elephants

Even though Marimayam of Mazhavil Manorama is the better known satire on Malayalam television channels, there is another program which is aired at 10:30 PM every Saturday and Sunday, keeping a high standard for itself too. Vellanakalude Nadu, the satire shown on Asianet has its name inspired from the 1988 drama satire directed by Priyadarshan, scripted by Sreenivasan and produced by Maniyanpilla Raju. It had Mohanlal and Shobhana in the leading roles supported by a fine group of popular names of that time.

With its memorable comic scenes and its work as a political satire on the system as well as the people who were around it, the movie is often considered as a classic even though its Hindi remake Khatta Meeta with Akshay Kumar and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles didn’t do that much. Translated as “The Land of White Elephants” with its title, this television series deals with the random situations that a common household come against, and it usually has someone from outside trying to interfere with their lives.

The last week’s episode had the protagonists, Sivadasan and Kunjumol being fooled in the name of providing visa to work in the Middle East. It is a commonly used idea, and the episode actually added an addition layer to it along with creating some more funny situations with the neighbours and the relatives. Cheating related to visa has been quite common with agents making fools of the people who are in need of an urgent job. Such characters are also common, making an appearance also in the recently released realistic flick, Pathemari.

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All the stories revolve around the two protagonists, and the rest of the cast actually changes their personalities. Susu is the neighbour and friend of Kunjumol, but both friends are jealous of each other. Susu’s husband is played by two actors, one playing the character called Vinod and another Jimmy. Both characters are part of the television series in one role or the other, with one who doesn’t play the husband role plays another person in the locality. Another character is Manjulan who comes up with something new every episode.

The rest of the characters include the sister and brother-in-law of Sivadasan along with two other characters from the locality. The need for them arises according to the story of the episode. There are times when the story is almost fully shot inside one house only. Sometimes there will be more focus on the different offices. The episode usually starts with Sivadasan and Kunjumol, ending it also with them, with other characters dropping in between. There have been a few exceptions about it though.

There have been a good number of interesting episodes in Vellanakalude Nadu, and almost all of them have left some nice and valuable messages on the society. There was one episode which dealt with the mobile tower related issue and another one with the phenomenon of fake certificates. The issue of companies making false promises towards its customers, was one of the best taken episodes. They could even take the common problem of alcoholism and bring the message in a very interesting way.

The advantage of this program is that the cast is not just very good, but they are also a lot suitable for the characters which they play here. The earlier episodes were different though, set more in the offices than anywhere else in the Marimayam style, and the characters were also somewhat different, even with the core remaining the same. The change of the focus to houses instead of the offices has helped the program to bring an identity of its own, different from Marimayam, and it has been a good positive thing which will make sure that the program does better!

***The image used in this blog post is a screenshot of the first screen of a video shared by Asianet.

TeNy

Question of a Million

There is one question which has been commonly asked during talks – What if you had a million dollars? Before converting into rupees, that didn’t provide me that shock which was needed. Well, one million dollars was equal to 65,369,500 rupees when I last looked, and that is an amount which I am sure that I will never earn by myself in my whole life. It is not just the money that I won’t have, it is also more than all the money that I will need. So, this weekend’s WOW topic had me in some doubt. Well, the solution comes in many ways for the extra money that you will have.

Well, whoever you ask if there is the need for money, I am sure that the answer will be yes, even in the case of the top level millionaires. There is a little bit of a journey which has to be done around the world, and that is all for which the money needs to be spent. It has to cover Eastern Europe, especially Romania, as I had mentioned in my earlier post. There are also those historical cities like Rome, Venice, Barcelona, Milan, Berlin, Florence, Lisbon and Paris with all those amazing architecture. The other continents actually don’t have that much for me to travel through, except for a few places and that too the cheaper ones to wander around.

And then there was the Lighthouse Beach at Kovalam.

You need the beacon of light on this one; after all it will be the season of doubts.

This actually means that I will be left with something to talk about after finishing the journeys. The number of places to visit will only get lesser in number if things get repetitive, leaving me with more in the bank. Back home, the need for another house, four-wheeler and two-wheeler are not there as I am satisfied with what all is there already. What I have as of now is good. Trying to get more and more will only make me not liking myself that much. Too much luxury will only make me not the person that I have been. Most of us already have more than what we really need.

I am also not a person who believes in changing according to new fashion, and so the already existing clothes will be there for an eternity; I never judged people by their clothes much and never really cared what people thought about they way I dressed. It just needs to fair and decent; nothing more. A person is to be judged by good he or she is, and not by the grand clothing, and so there is no expense coming up there for me. My journey to different parts of the world is to be quick and will have almost no shopping with minimum food, and so there will be more left in the bank.

A few years ago, we used to have a Halloween program, and we collected what we could from the homes around our place and donated the same to a number of charity homes. The youth had decided to turn the night which was looked upon in a negative way into something positive. The response was nice, and one of the recipients we considered was a boys’ home called Snehakkoodu at Aluva. Unlike the other places which had the support of a lot of patrons, this at that time seemed to be a place which could use a lot of help.

Is there a sign of relief among the dark clouds?

Be the light in the darkness; be the colour among the black and white!

The place would be my first home to provide a donation, and I am sure that it will be a very useful act for them. It is all about helping the people in need rather than anything else, and they were in need at that time. Sadly, after we moved from Aluva, I haven’t been there much, and I would like to leave quite something from the amount for them. There is also the Home for the Aged and the Infirm, a few kilometres from Aluva, and I also wish to leave an amount for the old and sick people there.

As we help people in need, there are many around us who are not in that much of good situations as we are. There are our own friends, relatives and neighbours who live around us, and they will also be in need at times, for which some of the money could be kept in reserve to provide for them. We also owe something to them, irrespective of religion, caste and status. It is our duty as an Indian not to discriminate by divisions, and to help our fellow countrymen, the people whom we see each and every day and are in need.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

Destination: Impossible

My list of places to travel in this life has been a very long one. I have often thought about buying a new shelf to keep that list. The cities like Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Vienna, Florence, Lisbon, Venice and many others have been part of that list, along with a good number of Latin American nations. There have also been nations on the Eastern side of Asia and the South of Africa which have been in my list. But there is something about Eastern Europe and one nation in particular, which I wished to visit right from my childhood, even before I knew more about the nations, their geographical locations, capitals and the distance to be traveled from here.

I know my friends who wish to travel and settle down in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, along with those who are already there. I am the first one to make this wish here, and I made it when I was in school, and nobody knew the name of even one Eastern European nation other than Russia. I wanted to travel to Romania. Some friends thought that I wanted to travel to Rome with its Colosseum and Vatican, but that was not my priority. I wanted to see the legend, the hero and the prince of darkness, or at least what remained of the myth and history.

I have loved almost everything I have known about Romania, the most recent love related to Simona Halep, the World No.2 in Women Singles Tennis; that even lead to our cat being named after her. Coming back to the love for Dracula, the first non-Malayalam horror novel which I have ever read, Carpathians had become a grand part of my perpetual endearment towards the unexplored side, something which was to be kept away – the kid who read horror is never the lovable kid, right? It was the time when I had to read the children’s books, and there I was, reading the horror novels.

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“That kid who read horror novels” – not that much of a popular tag to have at the Municipal Library of a town; it was a fair title though. Then there were people who had the shocked expression seeing me with the horror novels. I was often called Dracula in the class and I loved it so much; as I soon asked to be called that name, my classmates realized that they couldn’t make fun of me by calling me Dracula and they decided to stop addressing me so. The horror always existed with me, and the genre grew, with horror movies and then reaching my final MA English and Literature project about Vampire as a Cultural Construct.

The Carpathian Mountains should be my place to begin. I should be there alone and be the Jonathon Harker of the time, and it is something which I owe that kid who read horror novels. The Bran Castle should be the big destination as the Dracula Castle, along with Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle making sure that the legend is truthfully followed. I have always loved the castles even outside the horror stories, and with the myth connected here, you know which is the castle which I wish to visit long before any other. The Dracula Castle is like a holy site of myths for us!

Bucharest, the capital and largest city of Romania also needs to be visited. I have found a number of interesting buildings on the pages, most significant ones being Saint Spyridon the New Church, and the architectural beauty in right there with modernity as well as those with antiquity. Another city on the list is Iasi for the Metropolitan Cathedral there. Constanța, the port city where Simona Halep is from, also makes it to my list. The other cities include Timisoara, Ploiesti, Sibiu, Craiova, Brasov, Galați and Cluj-Napoca – you search for details about a city, and you end up wishing to visit them!

Well, it is clear that I have no job as I have been learning the names of cities. I wish that my MA thesis would come to its real end during a trip to Romania, or may be I could do a Ph.D thesis there on the same topic; the journey is a wish that is never to come true, and Romania is a dream destination which is never to be added to the “visited” list. This is one destination which seems necessary for my salvation, but it is also something which I have put on another list of many impossible things. Do I need to say those six impossible things before tea? May be I do.

***The image used in this blog post was taken by me on Samsung Galaxy A5.

TeNy

Actors and Birthdays

I have not cared much about birthdays, and as I am not specifically inclined towards any actor or actress except for liking a few people, I have never found the need to post on the birthdays of celebrities. Birthdays were never really the days which interested me, as they have always been the dates which started counting towards the end of our lives. But I was randomly going through a number of Malayalam movie industry related pages and found that it was Dileep’s birthday yesterday. Then I thought that I would just provide something for the day, a list of the most popular movies which he has acted in, and those which I have liked more than the others.

Well, Dileep has always been the favourite of the crowds. He did have three smooth movies this year with Life of Josutty, Love 24×7 and Chandrettan Evideya, all three of them deserving better reception at the box-office than they got, because Dileep was very good in them and they were of fine quality as well as working for people from all walks of life and generations. But the movies below are the ones for which I remember him for; the same is the case with a lot of Malayalis. The true fact is that even before he became the leading star, he had started becoming a favourite with his comedies.

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1. CID Moosa: There are movies which have many memorable comedy scenes from Dileep, but CID Moosa is a movie which is full of them. The story of the jobless youth who wanted to be a police officer, but ended up being a private detective is one of those movies which is full fun. The memorable moments include the protagonist trying to learn Hindi from cinema posters, situations related to his pet dog and the adventures of the private detective himself. The support is amazingly grand here with a long list of awesome comedy actors who bring awesomeness, but Dileep is once again the man to look out for.

2. My Boss and Darling Darling: The former has Dileep paired with Mamta Mohandas who plays his boss, and this movie was the funniest movie of the year, and the best comedy entertainer from Jeethu Joseph, the maker of Drishyam and Memories. The latter is a movie from a much earlier stage, as Dileep played a funny character with negative shades which came as a surprise to many – he plays a man who tries to marry the girl whom his best friend is supposed to marry; what follows is the comedy which remains classic; most memorable one is the “pennu kaanal” scene, which might be the best ever in Malayalam cinema after the same in Sandhesam.

3. Meesa Madhavan: Establishing Dileep as the big star in the industry, Meesa Madhavan provided Dileep as well as the viewers with the magic of comedy as well as feel-good, as it also brought Indrajith Sukumaran as the grand villain. The process had started with Kuberan, but that was not of such grand scope as Meesa Madhavan which was heroic with him playing the role of the good thief. With movies like Two Countries and King Liar coming up, what the viewers expect would be something that reminds them of this glory. Beginning from Father Abel’s Kalabhavanat Cochin, Dileep has come a long way, and this movie was the right deviation.

4. Punjabi House and Kalyanaraman: The speciality of these movies is that they were combined efforts, and they had Dileep in a team play. While the former had Cochin Haneefa, Harisree Asokan and Indrans doing the big support, the latter got Innocent, Salim Kumar and the other serious actors contributing to the comedy. The former was remade by Priyadarshan in Hindi as Chup Chup Ke with Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor, but could never be the same, and it is more of a credit to Dileep and his team rather than anyone else. Both movies were huge hits of the times!

5. Marykkundoru Kunjaadu: I haven’t forgotten Romeoo, Pandippada, Thilakkam, Chanthupottu and Ee Parakkum Thalika, but I would finish the list with Marykkundoru Kunjaadu because it came at a time when we were looking for such nice comedy from Dileep and it was missing before that. With a sequel already announced, this movie had great fun in store, with Biju Menon nicely contributing and supporting Dileep in such a way that we just loved each and every moment of their presence. The title translated as “Mary had a little lamb”, this movie became what Kaaryasthan had partially become.

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***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies Love 24×7 and Life of Josutty.

TeNy

Warriors of Facebook

Do you know enough about the warriors of Facebook? They are still there. More than an year ago, they were busy abusing Maria Sharapova and she went on to win the Grand Slam; they were abusing Mitchell Johnson and he played a major role in the defeat Indian cricket team faced in the hands of Australia. Prithviraj Sukumaran whom they abused is now writing a nice success story which started with Celluloid and Memories which goes on through Ennu Ninte Moideen and Amar Akbar Anthony, and the one whom they hated so much, Sreesanth is back.

There was another person whom the Facebook trolls didn’t like; it was Aashiq Abu when he had a negative opinion about Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam during its release. The same situation is faced by Jude Anthany Joseph, the director of Om Shanti Oshana when he gave the idea that he didn’t like Aashiq Abu’s Rani Padmini. It is surprising how the situations change. It seems that nothing matters in the end for the Facebook warriors of abuse, because they just want to shower everything bad on someone all the time, and people at the receiving end changes.

Om Shanthi Oshana: A movie depicting true love.

The problem started when Jude Anthany Joseph won a State Award, and a few people who were fans of a few actors, actresses and directors started losing their mind. They started using fake Facebook profiles to abuse the man. Well, those who come up with fake profiles and nonsense don’t deserve a nice reply. Those who can’t be decent to others shouldn’t expect a good reply from anyone. These people who are completely against people having opinions don’t even deserve to comment. It is all about mutual respect and only when you talk in a decent way that you will get respect in return.

This is a world when pages take money and keep saying that a movie is so good, and there are actors, actresses and directors who keep saying that other movies are good. Meanwhile, Jude Anthany Joseph came up and told that he didn’t like a movie. He just told what he felt after watching a movie. He became one of those few people who spoke his mind rather than simply saying that all movies are so good. Aashiq Abu also told that earlier, and when these people have their opinions, it means that they are directors who can think differently, and it is a positive sign for Malayalam movie industry.

But the fans will only take these negatively. They think that it is against a person, or rather their favourite celebrities. It is time that these people understand that a movie is a work of art which is open to criticism, and there are no actors in a movie, but characters. We compare the performances, but we never judge them by the people whom they are in real life. Some people will like a few movies and some people don’t. If you go on abusing people who don’t like your favourite movie and bring the spam everywhere about this movie being the greatest movie in history, do you think that it is good? Do you fans think that it is a better thing to do?

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About Jude Anthany Joseph, mine is not that same as his opinion about Rani Padmini, and it is the exact opposite of what he said. At the same time, I don’t even agree to his Facebook status that Amar Akbar Anthony was a great entertainer. I also don’t find the exact same reasons to like Ennu Ninte Moideen as he talked about on his Facebook status. I have agreed to his opinion on Kunjiramayanam, and also on Loham – the list goes on and on. But does that matter much as long as he is a person and it is just another opinion as it is mine? People from the industry who keep talking about the movies as great, awesome, fantastic and all, just need some favour from the rest of the people from industry!

But what they have to understand is that while watching a movie, they should be people with opinions, and they need to speak their opinion and not something which they prepared to say before watching a movie. It is our right to show that we have individuality and the ability to be ourselves. Remember the idea of Mili? It is our decision to post what we like on our pages, and the blind fans who are yet to discover the freedom of opinions can make the choice not to visit and read! If you have the ability to think, accept the fact that people have opinions on a work of art, and don’t take it personally.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies, Om Shanti Oshana.

TeNy

Why Watch Rani Padmini?

It was only a few months ago that we had Mili, the story of an introvert girl trying to move forward in life all alone as the society doesn’t find the need to understand her. There have also been movies like How Old Are You with the female protagonist trying to leave her mark in front of her family members. Most of us have watched Queen. But one thing that we can say about Rani Padmini is that it is different, and along with Mili is another movie which supports those who wish to rise above the limitations imposed on them. There are many reasons to watch Rani Padmini.

So, Rani Padmini tells the story of two women, Rani and Padmini who go on an adventure like never before in their lives and meet each other in a bus. It is an adventure which is beautifully portrayed with a nice touch of humour which runs through this light-hearted, lovable movie. Through this journey of the two ladies, there will be the realization of some truths for not only these two, but also for people who are around them. It is sure to change their lives, and at the same time, the movie is certain to bring some nice feel-good effect with beautiful messages for all of us viewers.

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Rani Padmini doesn’t restrict its scope to one type of person, unlike what these kind of movies usually do. It has two protagonists, both ladies from different situations and having different personalities, sharing the same bond, and carrying it towards the end, changing the lives of both of them. Both these characters actually compliment each other rather than working towards making one’s life better. The one from the world of modernity or the traditional world is not considered better than the other, as the significance here for both are the same – a case of sharing the good and the bad.

Rani Padmini is undoubtedly the most beautiful movie shot with a theme like this. There are not only those wonderful visuals of the mountains, the way in which the whole movie is shot has something special. Aashiq Abu could nicely bring the idea and message on the screen through the beauty, which makes sure that the whole thing is more memorable. His previous movie just had the looks and style which went down the drain, but the director has understood how to use his skills in such a way that the experience will stay in our minds forever. Then there is also the beauty of nostalgia which Aashiq Abu never forgets to bring!

Rani Padmini doesn’t take sides, and it is the truth. On the journey towards finding individuality, it is a story of anybody who wishes to be different and stay away from the stereotypes. A significant problem of movies with similar themes is that the taking of sides make people feel that the director and the story-writer could only thing from one perspective. The audience can feel that this movie is inclined towards sides, but it is never limited to one side. Rani Padmini is a fair movie, not only to the female protagonists, but to a lot of characters in the movie. You have Manju Warrier and Rima Kallingal bringing amazing performances to add to that!

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There are factors which Rani Padmini needs to overcome. The most significant one is from the blind fans who are trying to promote the overrated movies Amar Akbar Anthony and Ennu Ninte Moideen at the expense of other movies which are actually better than these two. The former is no Kunjiramayanam and the latter no Premam with the failure to use all which were at hands. It is only a matter of time until more and more of the thinking audience will watch these two movies and let everyone know that former has too much of low class comedy along with a rushed fake ending while the latter fails to use the great material which it had thus not doing enough justice to a wonderful love story. All of them got good moments and watchable stuff, but not that much as Rani Padmini has.

The fans have already dealt with Life of Josutty and Kohinoor by degrading them with negative opinions asking people to watch their favourite movies only, and the variety which Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi brought also struggled. Well, they team up and try to negate each and every different opinions, doing what the fans have been doing to hurt the good movies. It is them that Rani Padmini needs to fear more than any other, because we see the fans of those movie everywhere degrading this one! But Rani Padmini should survive because it is a movie with its heart and soul at the right place.

Read the full review of Rani Padmini here

***The images used on this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Rani Padmini.

TeNy

Of Malayalam Movies

There are moments in some of the Malayalam movies and related fields which needs to be known and remembered a lot more. Among them, I present to you those which needs your attention. Whether you like these or not, there is more chance that you will find them different. Even among the usual dose of movies, the variety that the Malayalam movies have brought in the last few years have been remarkable – experimentation has been there with full strength, and most of them made impact in one way or the other. Here are a few of my favourites among them.

Stylish Character Introduction: Shaji Pappan (Jayasurya) in Aadu

Aadu oru Bheekara Jeeviyaanu, translated as “The Goat is a Dangerous Creature” was a fun movie, even though there was not much there in the story, and even without having that many jokes which could connect to the normal audience. There is a mix of everything here including a satirical take on the news along with what comes from the stupidity of the characters. The people behind this movie still knew how to use the skills of the actors to the best effect. The best example is seeing Jayasurya as Shaji Pappan – see this introduction, but what follows this scene is even more hilarious!

The Awesome Comedy Song: Salsa in Kunjiramayanam

There have been many funny songs in the past, but nothing like this one which has the comic side on full power here. With a cast which has performed so well in the movie related to the comic side, Kunjiramayanam has its awesomeness in comedy displayed with this song. Even though it has remained logic-free throughout its run, the movie should be the funniest movie which has released in the last few years; the essence of which can clearly be seen in this song which shows the sadness of a group of people who can’t fulfill their desire to drink a particular brand of alcohol.

The Smart Title Song: Memories Never Die in Memories

I really wanted to get this one after watching the movie, but managed that only much later. The song set a nice beginning for the story which had the hero, an alcoholic police officer who is out of duty, living in the memories of his sad and depressing past. This title sequence sets in motion, the events which lead to the beginning of the protagonist’s second stage of life. Fully stylized and telling a story of investigation in an entirely different way, this work from Jeethu Joseph which came right before Drishyam arrived with enough in it to be remade in other languages, but it remains untouched as of now.

Beautiful Song on Screen: Karmukilin in Bachelor Party

Bachelor Party is not a movie which provide me with anything positive, but two songs in the same flick are really good, especially this one which is supported by the wonderful visuals. The director also redeemed himself with the movie Iyobinte Pusthakam which also had some songs with great visuals, but as far as the song itself is concerned, this one scores full marks. This song was also one big reason why the movie had managed some nice initial collections; it was such a big hit song. I remember seeing this one on my news feed so many times, and it is a worthy one!

The Interesting Music Video: Anuragam by Manjari

Featuring and sung by the popular Malayalam singer Manjari along with Basil Paulose co-acting and directed by VK Prakash who is known for bringing variety to the big screen, this is one video which caught my attention long after Alphone Puthren’s Yuvvh starring Nivin Pauly and Nazriya Nazim having the superhit “Nenjodu cherthu”. The video came to my attention after the two actors in the video appeared on Onnum Onnum Moonu show hosted by Rimi Tomy on Mazhavil Manorama. I love the lyrics, the music and the visuals of this one along with the leading pair.

The Cute Promo Song: Baalyathil from Philips and the Monkey Pen (Remya Nambeesan)

Sung by the heroine of the movie Remya Nambeesan herself, this is one promo song which has our attention. With the kids around, this makes a cute watch and sets us on the path to watching this movie, Philips and the Monkeypen. This movie which won for Sanoop Santhosh the Kerala State Film Award for Best Child Artist, should be the best movie ever in Malayalam with children as the main characters. The best work under under Friday Film House banner has that charm which makes sure that we are never tired of watching this flick again and again.

TeNy

What Food Brings

We often wonder what it takes to bring a smile on the face of someone, especially with food. There is nothing which is equal to getting our precious loved ones smile. But it makes one wonder what it takes to bring that smile, and that too with food. A smile has to come with a snack on the plate; how difficult would that be? It is surely not among the easiest things around as people have different tastes. The same food item can’t bring the smile for all of them in the same way.

People choose their food, and sometimes, situations make the choice for them. People turn vegetarian or non-vegetarian, choosing to prefer whatever they like depending on the people and society around them. Even among these choices, they have the special interests, and only by knowing about the same, there can be smiles on their faces while getting the opportunity to have the food they like. An ideal situation is when they have the right to make that choice whenever they want, wherever they wish to do so.

Long ago, I asked my little cousin what made her happy, and she had replied ice cream. The next time, she added chocolates, and it was followed by the special interests, including a specific brand of chocolates and the particular flavours of ice cream including Spanish Delight, Butterscotch and Blackcurrant which often shocked her parents so much that they asked me to get the ice cream. I was interested in having a few myself, and never hesitated to bring the new flavours, and there were smiles with food!

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All those flavours were good for me, and all those brands. Later, she and her little brother wanted Milk Bikis, because this product had the smiley faces on them with white cream inside. I was also not out of this Milk Bikis love at that time, and had to get them too, with those Little Hearts biscuits which also made the impact among kids. Such things were successful in catching the attention of the kids all the time. They were indeed the special ones.

I would say that it was a really smart idea at that time when other biscuits were all simple round, square or rectangular in shape. This one scored better over those usual shapes with ease. Therefore, more packets were to be bought from the shop. There was nothing which matched the smiles of the Milk Bikis, but now we have the much needed replacement in the form of McCain Smiles. This one brings that nostalgia back and along with the same, all those happy faces on the food that we have to eat.

This time, it is the turn of potatoes to make us happy, and the kids are going to love it with these delicious potatoes with smiley faces. It is always nice to have the food smiling at us, inspiring us to provide a smile in return. The question is, if potatoes can remain so happy until being eaten, why can’t we humans heep the smiles going until we are taken to the grave? It is time to have some potato inspired smiles on our faces, as humans rarely inspire the same.

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The happiness can spread from there, with McCain Aloo Tikki, Veggie Burgers, Chilli Garlic Potato Bites, Super Wedges, Veggie Nuggets, French Fries, Veggie Fingers, Cheese and Jalapeno Nuggets, Potato Cheese Shots and more, because there is a little bit of that smile in the rest of the products too, even if not visible from outside. A smile on the face in never a bad thing, isn’t it? Unless it is a very evil smile which is going to bring the end of the world with chaos and destruction.

***All the images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India – see the link for more details: http://www.mccainindia.com/

TeNy

The Storm Unleashed

“Burn it! Burn it! Let no trace of it remain! Total annihilation!” there was a voice from my room, and I returned to check what was going on in there.

There, someone was jumping on the novels, Twilight and New Moon. It was Storm, the mutant from team X-Men. I remember calling for an emergency teleportation from the world of the comics to the human universe. The spirit board for mutants has been proven to be very effective. I actually wanted to call Rogue, but as I didn’t want to end up dead, I had decided to call for Storm, with Wolverine gone somewhere to find another origin story about him. Hugh Jackman was also not going to be happy in that case.

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“Why is this not destroyed yet? The deal between vampires and mutants clearly say that all copies of Twilight and its sequels must be destroyed to bring peace between the two species. Wait! This world doesn’t count as mutant property, right?” she asked.

“Absolutely not” I told her. “You have been summoned here as part of the spirit board contact program which involves teleportation. You had given your name for teleportation through this temporarily created medium”.

“Yes, I did. I wanted to wander around this world which is quite popular in our dimension. I heard that you people got unity in diversity here. There, we are battling against each other. That Magneto is always causing trouble. Maybe you can take him through the portal and keep him here forever. I have also heard about the natural beauty here. We have destroyed most of ours by wars”.

“The exploitation of nature happens here too. It is a common thing. No, we can’t take Magneto unless you take a few of our politicians. The deal won’t make any difference though as the trouble still remains with no change. Unity in diversity still mostly exists” I replied.

“I need to go out and see your world. It is going to be a new experience” she said while walking out.

“Is that a cloud over your head? You are not supposed to cause rain inside the house” I reminded her.

“Oh! I am just very excited to see this new world. No problem, I will make it rain outside with thunder and lightning” she said.

“What? No! We are going out. Why do you want to bring rain now?” I asked.

“Okay, I can bring a twister. Would you like to have that instead? It is a sweet little thing”.

“I should have called for Mystique. What is wrong with you? There is no need for any destruction. The evil mutants are in your world” I assured her.

“Then, I can bring some sweet snow where we can start our journey by building a snowman here”.

“No! It is not supposed to snow here. The climate here is not like that. We only get simple rain here, but even that is not needed now because we are going outside”.

“I thought you needed some climate change when I was called. This is quite boring. I bring my climate everywhere and I keep changing them. This is no fun at all” she said in a disappointing tone.

“Wait a minute. Are those dark clouds on the sky yours?” I asked.

“Yes, they arrive when I am very angry or depressed. Heavy showers and tornado follows” she added.

“Do one favour for me. Go back through the portal”.

“But according to the terms and conditions of the portal which is made clear in the mutant world, I have to stay here for…”.

“Forget everything, just go!” I told her.

“Okay. Call me again when you really need a climate change. Until then, I will be in the television and the comics. Also make sure that you never call Jean Grey” she said while jumping back into the portal.

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The portal closed and the spirit board reverted to its closed form. The dark clouds were still there, beginning the darkness from morning itself. The rain was strong all day and also throughout that night. Thunder and lightning were even stronger, but thankfully, the tornado never came. I guess that there was never really a chance to create one as she left too soon. I can actually look for a few lost characters inside the X-Men animated series and those old comics. May be next time, I shouldn’t look within X-Men at all.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Wikipedia pages of Storm and X-Men 2 and belongs to the owners of the works.

TeNy

Saving the World

Vampire Owl: Greetings, my dear vampire apprentices. I see that you are all prepared to take down notes. Today, I will be sharing a story which is about a great historical incident which happened in our realm of magic. It is that part of history which is often hidden from knowledge by our enemies, but we know it very well and I will use this one hour of class to talk about it. No werewolf, zombie, hobbit, dwarf, elf, goblin, orc or halfling will approve of it, but we vampires know. It is a small part of our syllabus, but I will further expand the whole thing. The story goes a long way back, and it is the tale of Uncle Dracula, our great vampire leader who saved the world from ultimate destruction.

Vampire Alligator: Holy Vampire Cat! This is going to be a horror class!

Vampire Crocodile: You mean to say that the world was really going to end? Do the humans know about this?

Vampire Owl: Absolutely not. They were always looking to go for wars and hate others. It has always been in their nature, and they never really cared about the world as a whole. They only care about a small division of their own species, and will be happy to see the rest of mankind die. They want everything for themselves and enjoy a life of luxuries. But Uncle Dracula was not like that. He was a man with a vision, and saved the world with a plate of Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets.

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Vampire Alligator: What? How is that even close to being possible? It sounds strange.

Vampire Raven: I have only known vampires saving the day with a glass of blood.

Vampire Crow: I believe that the day can also be saved by a set of fangs which are sharp enough.

Vampire Owl: It was a rainy day when the Great Devourer of all Worlds arrived near Earth. He was always looking for new worlds to have for dinner, and his new hop for some good food was here, on Earth and its connected realms. Our realm had the direct soul connection with Earth which meant that the creature eating Earth would indirectly mean the destruction of our world. The other races never really cared because they were always fighting each other. But we had to care; Uncle Dracula had to – it was the one event which established his on the Bloody Throne.

Vampire Hamster: So, did Uncle Dracula threaten to drink his blood?

Vampire Panda: I hope uncle beat him up. Didn’t he?

Vampire Penguin: Or may be he buried the thing alive before that creature even had a chance to start eating our world?

Vampire Owl: Absolutely not. You know, my dear apprentices, Uncle Dracula was never a violent man. It is the work of humans that has depicted him as such an entity. They always needed to show what they didn’t understand as evil. Our uncle always knew how to find a solution in the most peaceful way. It is the plate of Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets that did the trick, as I told you earlier. When the Great Devourer of all Worlds arrived, Uncle Dracula provided him with this plate, after which the creature turned vegetarian and comes every year with a smile to have this plate of food. This year, he will be arriving next month, on the third Saturday.

Vampire Alligator: This is such a huge surprise! I can’t wait to see this creature!

Vampire Owl: Well, take a break then. Have some of McCain Veggie Nuggets and Aloo Tikki and celebrate the great incident of saving our world.

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Vampire Panda: That is something which I find hard to resist.

Vampire Owl: Here are some McCain French Fries to go with the same.

Uncle Dracula [looking into the class from outside]: Well, the Vampire Owl does know how to bring smiles on the faces of our vampire apprentices.

Vampire Bat: I remember that you once told the werewolves, to make food and not war. This tale is real, isn’t it?

Uncle Dracula: Mostly, yes. But surely it is that much exaggerated as many other stories about me and the elder vampires happen to be. Still, the best way to bring smiles on the faces of our vampiric future.

***All the images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India – see the link for more details: http://www.mccainindia.com/

TeNy

Discovering Togetherness

The world has been caught in the clutches of technology from which there seems to be no escape. It has only gotten worse in the last few years. The digital world has completely redefined the relationships, and the new meanings for the next generation are not really positive. There is so much of Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter which guide our lives. We are not really having the best future citizens for our nation. It has been some time since humanity has been slave to these machines, and it is time to make the grand return to the real world with some real emotions. It is time to get out of here.

What we need here is to be together, not while looking at our mobiles, and not by staring at the television or playing computer games. This togetherness has to happen outside, with nature, like a few of those moments which we remember from our childhood days. Things were much different at that time. There were trees to provide us with fruits and there were open grounds were we played cricket and football. But those days are clearly gone now with modernity taking over.

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So, the question remains about what we can do together. There was a 2014 Malayalam movie called How Old Are You, had Manju Warrier doing the main role of the lady who does vegetable cultivation on the rooftop and inspires many other women to join her. It was also remade in Tamil as 36 Vayadhinile with Jyothika playing the protagonist. Doing something useful along with being close to nature is something that brings a lot of relief to our daily stressful lives, and doing the same with others give one more satisfaction.

The thing about nature is that inspires us to continue what we have been doing. We have a number of trees planted around our home. There is not that much space around, but with what we have, we did manage to make something. There are also a few vegetables around. When our relatives away from the city arrives, they also join in helping with the same. There is a certain amount of happiness which is shared by doing such work together, that too being close to nature.

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A journey through nature will surely make us feel the same. May be we can visit some of our friends and relatives outside the city and town limits to witness some of the beauty. Nature is something which inspires not only our camera, but a wide variety of thoughts. It gives us reasons to love, and a chance to redeem the greenery which is being lost to us. Nature lets us know that we have the power to do something, and where we need to apply our thoughts. After all, we are part of nature too.

Still there will be people who won’t care, and it will up-to a small number of us. A recently released Malayalam movie Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi talks about the story of a few people who makes a different in saving a forest. It is a movie and they have done a lot more than what can be done in a usual situation. Still, in our current world, we should try and do what we can. It is all about trying, because this is not that much of a struggle as the whole thing is rather interesting!

There is something that we can do about it with ease. We can register at Kissanpur and get some tomato seeds for free. It is a fine interesting concept from Kissan. The advertisement nicely supports the idea too. There are some nice uses for tomato and as we already know, it is good for health in many ways. It always feels good to cultivate the healthy food at home at a time when all the fruits and vegetable comes mixed with the slow poison which will harm us one way or the other.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of Kissan. You can check the website for more information about these: http://www.kissanpur.com/

TeNy

Lord Livingstone Special

I had watched the movie Lord Livingstone 7000 Kandi yesterday, and wanted to share something related to nature after having a certain dose of messages against deforestation and rest of the wrongdoings against nature. Even though the movie won’t appeal to everyone in the same manner, the intentions are very good there. Here I am sharing a few photos of nature which I have taken from outside India, that is in Sri Lanka. I believe that I have shared enough photos from Kerala already with the beauty of nature.

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***All the images used in this blog post were taken by me on Sony Cybershot DSC-W310 and DSC-W180.

TeNy

Of Malls and Movies

There is a duty that I have failed to do as someone who lives and wanders around Kochi. It was something that I should have done a long time ago, but when there was the need, I didn’t have this blog, but I have it now. It was on the week of my birthday two years ago that the largest mall in India opened at Edappally, Kochi. The year 2013 not only saw the opening of Lulu International Shopping Mall, but it also made sure that the PVR Cinemas made my movie experience a lot better. This memory is a tribute to the mall of Kochi.

I remember the first mall we have had as Bay Pride Mall. It was never really a complete mall, and never gave the experience of having the true mall experience. But it had the advantage of the nice surroundings. The location on the side of the Kochi Marine Drive makes sure that there is some nice view and chance for a peaceful walk in the evening. As I remember, there were some nice brands there and a food court inside. It was a small mall, but it was the first one, and the nice little memory.

But what brought the big change was Oberon Mall. It was the first mall to have cinema. The idea of multiplex came with this mall and it used to be the most popular destination for spending some time with friends. I remember that it was so difficult to get a seat at the food court there when it started for the first time. The food court is still among my favourites, especially the vegetarian food there, and I still choose the Cinemax there as it is a nice place to watch movies peacefully – PVR at Lulu has more rush.

A lovely morning at Oberon Mall when you go for an early movie :)

A lovely morning at Oberon Mall when you go for an early movie 🙂

The presence of Lulu has decreased the rush in Oberon, and same is the case with Gold Souke Grande, the mall which followed Oberon as it started and came up with Q Cinemas as the next multiplex. Located closer to Vyttila, I remember the place as where we watched three movies continuously in a day, and the mall where we have some nice tea and puffs. It was also the first mall to have KFC, and it introduced the chain in Kerala. I have not noticed a Subway restaurant in a mall in Kerala before the shop opening here either.

Abad Nucleus Mall was the other one to come to existence. It is located further though, at Maradu, reached after crossing Vyttila from the city. We used to visit the food court there, and now, Pan Cinemas has opened there, increasing the options for watching movies. Still, the number of screens and movie options seem to be less there. I would guess that it would serve the people from the other side of the city better. I hope to make the first visit to that multiplex one day.

The Centre Square Mall is my personal favourite though. It opened after Lulu, and has certain advantages even though it is far away from my place. It is located right at the centre of the city, and has the largest multiplex in Kerala in the form of Cinepolis. There are eleven screens, which is two more than what we got at PVR Cinemas in Lulu. Three of them are actually VIP screens which provide better comfort at higher prices. The food court there also has a lot of variety, and all around the mall, there are local theatres outside too.

Even with other malls under construction, Lulu will always have a special place. Yes, it has too much rush, and sometimes parking is real pain. Along with being the largest and also having the first McDonalds in the state, PVR has served me more than any other theatre since starting my movie review blog. I have visited PVR sixty eight times to watch movies, having been to the mall more than a hundred times. We used to visit the McDonalds and KFC there a lot, and I will keep these strong with the memories of the other malls as none of the friends really remain in Kerala anymore.

A shot on one of the early days of Lulu Mall after the grand opening :)

A shot on one of the early days of Lulu Mall after the grand opening 🙂

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on Samsung Galaxy A5 and Sony Cybershot DSC-W310.

TeNy

What World Provides

It is a terrible world. We are judged by people for many reasons including our choices in what career we pursue, what we watch on the big screen, what we earn, what we browse on the internet, whom we worship, how much money we possess, where we live, what we eat, how we dress and similar things. No matter how much we try to be good, people will just judge us and try to put labels on us. Some of them use our personal opinions and interests against us to declare that we are bad or useless. It is a world which is not suitable for people with their own choices.

All the sadness in the world comes to us in huge baskets of disapproval. It only gets bigger as life goes on and on. We look for a smile and never find it, and then we look for a reason to smile and it is not there. Most of the people find faults and it is quite difficult for them to appreciate others; so it is not easy for us to trust them to bring the smiles. Even the relatives don’t really like us, and nobody tries to understand our situation. They never try to look at things from our perspective too.

It is a very difficult thing to bring smiles to our own face, as there is rarely anything positive that we find in the news that can do that. There is almost nothing that the people say to me that can make another happy. Nobody cares about the other, and the world is nothing but chaos or terror waiting to unleash. There is no freedom and there is no love. So, where can the smiles come from? How can we bring smiles to the face of others? Well, food can do that better than the others; it is a nice option.

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Well, taste has not always been a priority for me; neither has it been so with the choices. I still have my priorities about what I eat. There are two things that I love to have as part of my food, and they are paneer and potatoes. I am a big fan of Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets became my favourite due to the presence of potatoes. The smiles usually arrive when I see that the menu has somethiing like that includes a potato. This smile tries to come at all times, but it is not always there.

So, it is time to put a smile on the face of at least one person. In a world of hate, it is not something easily possible, unless it is about the artificial smiles. Thinking about the same, I had a look at this product called McCain Smiles. The mashed potatoes with happy faces make a nice effect, with smiles coming right from the plate. What we have to do after that is to eat the smiles with a smiles on the faces. With smile being reflected from the plate, the only thing that we can do is to smile back.

It is the smile that we forget and it is the smile that we find difficult to have. Remember those Milk Bikis Milk Cream Cookies which we used to have? Those were the biscuits which smiled at us. Then there were the Little Hearts biscuits which came up with the shape of a heart. They were consistent sources of relief to us at a time when people smiled and cared less. The same is with McCain smiles which brings the smiles on the packets as well as the products. There is a reflection of happiness right there.

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McCain brings extension to the smiles with Aloo Tikki and Vegetable Nuggets. The Chilli Garlic Potato Bites brings more smiles to what already exists. When you look at the Super Wedges from McCain, there is another addition. Potato Cheese Shots takes the same further. With McCain Cheese and Jalapeno Nuggets, the smiles are taken to the next level. Still, there is no smile like what McCain Smiles brings for us.

***The images used in this blog post belongs to McCain India. Check this link for further details: http://www.mccainindia.com/

TeNy

Lights of the Night

“We shouldn’t have decided to start the journey at night. A better option was to start early morning, may be around five thirty or six thirty” she told him.

“It is easier to reach there before midnight. The traffic will be less, and as we usually sleep after midnight, this is not going to be a problem. We will reach the destination before midnight easily. The total distance we have to travel is around one hundred and seventy five kilometres, and according to my plans, we are going to be there as expected” he replied.

“But it is very dark out there. Whatever remains of the street lights are not working and the road has just enough width for two cars. We are traveling towards a mountainous area and there is rain outside. Can you see much in this fog?” she asked.

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Darkness spreads. What lies beyond those which the human eyes can catch?

“I don’t understand why you are so worried. I have traveled through such areas throughout my life, and I have driven so much through the dangerous areas. I have driven even through those places where there remained almost no trace of road. You should just take your mobile and log in to Facebook and check a few status updates instead of being tensed. Or may be you can talk to one of your friends on Whatsapp” he said with confidence.

“The rain is only getting stronger, and so is the wind. I think there is complete power failure in the area. There is no light anywhere. I think that this area doesn’t have houses or shops too. We shouldn’t have taken the shortcut; the direct route had more width, better quality roads and some shops and houses. This is like a deserted world. I think that you have discovered the road less traveled and it has created all the problems” she continued.

“Still, I have saved so much of fuel by traveling through this route. Is it so difficult for you to use Facebook or Whatsapp?” he asked her.

“There is no range here, and you are asking me to check Facebook and Whatsapp. Do you even know if we are going in the right direction? There hasn’t been a signboard for the last one hour. The only vehicles that we have seen are some trucks, most of them carrying timber” she said in a worried tone.

“I believe that we have traveled about a quarter of the total distance. The journey was slower than expected because of the rain and the curves on the road. But as soon as the rain is over and a few more kilometers pass, we can go at a higher speed and once we can continuously travel at the desired pace, the destination will feel closer” he assured her.

“This is the last time I am coming with you on a drive. I am going to remember this big mistake for a long time. Next time, I shall choose one of those AC low floor buses or at least take a taxi” she complained.

Suddenly, an SUV appeared from the corner in high speed with its high intensity lights falling right into his eyes along with all those extra lights which were added to the front side of the vehicle. Blinded by the lights and trying to avoid the SUV from coming too close to the car, he took a left which brought the vehicle to the edge which was slippery due to the rain. The SUV vanished from the sight as it took the next turn while the car found it in the air until the people of a neighbourhood under the hill heard a huge noise. They got out of their houses to find the local vegetarian restaurant without its roof and on fire.

“It is the restaurant. There will be no Special Masala Dosa for a few days” one of the men was heard saying.

The rain had stopped and the dark clouds were slowly moving away. The moon had returned from under the clouds. On the top of the hill, two people were having tea. One of them, a lady was wearing black and the man was was wearing a combination of black and red. They finished the tea and looked down to see the fire.

So, let the dark clouds leave and get to the destination I am talking about.

So there is a lot of beauty there, but death has power over everything else.

“I feel for these common people, but I can’t do anything about it. See, I try to have a certain number of souls to finish the month meeting the requirements, but these just add to them and provide me some extra souls. These road accidents caused by bright and high intensity lights give me those souls who were never supposed to come to me so early. It is disappointing that they die. I think about not taking their souls, but I do some mercy killing because I can’t stand their pain” Lady Death said.

“It is the common problem with these humans. They can’t dim the lights and make it better for the other drivers. They only think about themselves. This is why we vampires don’t drive at night. Vampire Bat always talks about this. About seventy five percent of the people never dim the lights even if we warn them using the horn. Unless there is a camera to catch these people, and a restriction against using the extra high intensity lights, these accidents can’t be prevented. But when the rich people use all the high intensity lights in the world, who can stop them in the human world which is governed by money alone?” Dracula asked.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

TeNy

Fans and Nonsense

There is a coin that we have to deal with as bloggers. On one beautiful side, there are those good people who agree or disagree with us and appreciate our work or give us suggestion. On the other side, there are those people of the nonsense who don’t agree with what we say and and talk to us as if we have not right to opinion. When I write, I come across both, and as the comments are moderated, everyone only see those people commenting in a meaningful, decent, appropriate manner, respecting the opinions of others – the rest are those whose comments don’t get approved here. I am not perfect, none of us are; but we should try to be decent.

As I am a person with my own individuality, I can write only as who I am, and with what I know and what I have experienced. Arrogance is not acceptable to this blog, not only when you talk to me, but also to my consistent readers as reply to their comment. Most of the curse words and degrading talks are banned on my blog, especially when it comes from someone unknown – yes, there are lots of people who arrive with what seems to be fake details, to comment. I usually don’t accept their comments, except for some of the people who have makes sense in a good way.

Darkness spreads. But how fast can that happen?

Vision of some people are like this – they can’t see through it; a typical fan problem.

If it is something that lessens my readership, I am okay with it because mutual respect is something that is needed in a discussion. People without it are not welcome here, especially with fake profiles. This happens mostly with anything written about movies, and I remember someone making free abuse with multiple profiles in the early 2000s when I was trying my luck at writing. At that time, I thought that some local people were too obsessed with their stars, and what surprises me is that the person didn’t read the review at all.

But that was never just the local phenomenon, for the same had extended not just beyond the South, but also beyond the nation. There are people who pounce on us from different parts of world, and it mostly makes no sense at all when they start talking. No nation is free from such people. Some do abuse, and others try to bring a comment about their favourite celebrity being the greatest of all time, that too when most of the people in this part of the world never even heard that name; forget liking the person. May be they need to pay someone to write like they need. There will be people willing for the same, and they can stick to reading those posts.

I understand that some people find some celebrities to be awesome, even though almost none of them contribute to the welfare of their fellow citizens. They list the achievements of the person, but I have no interest in the same. The performance of one person as a character is not based on his or her other performances, what she does at that certain moment to the character and to the work. The truth is that I have never mentioned on my writings that someone is a terrible actor or actress, but some people find it so. They comes under many fake profiles on the same day to prove their points; it is nice to have many e-mail accounts, right?

But then I realize that I have written nothing about that person as these people suggest. The problem with these blind fans is that they read between the lines and find some word which I used and declare it to be against the celebrity when it is the character I am talking about. When I write about the characterization, they feel that the character is the celebrity and it is about that person. When I call something a mistake in the movie, they feel that they are talking about their favourite celebrity. Then they ask “why and how” here and there, but the truth is that I don’t owe them an answer unless the mask is removed. But can it be removed unless they can see things from the viewpoint of the person who writes, according to his location, his experiences? It makes one remember about the message of the movie, Life of Josutty.

There is a special option for travel; to row the boat to the middle of the river and jump.

Isn’t writing about what one feels is the truth that matters even when alone?

There are times when I write an introduction about a work and the blind fan is already on it with “why and how” questions when I clearly say in the end that more posts with explanations are to follow. They only see particular words near the names of their favourite celebrities and they pounce on it without understanding that it is something which has positive sides for the celebrity and can be expanded in favour of the person. I wonder when these blind fans will be respectful to those with opinions when all of us actually respect what the fans say? Is the opinion reserved to them only when they don’t even fully read what we write before jumping into conclusions? None of these people will get more posts about their celebrities because people with no respect for opinions don’t deserve to get the opinions. The cricket fans are doing really well to match up with the actor/actress fans because they think that their favourite player is beyond criticism. Actors, actresses, sportsmen and all become rich celebrities with lots of fans, and not those who contribute to the society with devotion and sacrifice. It is a strange world indeed.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me only.

TeNy

Significance of Death

Vampire Bat: Good morning, my dear vampire apprentices; welcome to the second day of the second stage of this week’s vampire syllabus. I hope you loved the last class about Lies and Hate from the Vampire Owl because he has told me that he enjoyed discussing the topic with you. It will be me in charge of today’s classes. I will be taking four hours continuously and after that you can have the blood lunch. I know that you can take it because it is better than Uncle Dracula taking care of the whole day’s hours. The topic won’t be the typical vampire stuff though. This will be the external elective subject and we have chosen the Death Theories from Lady Death after the voting; the choice just seemed too easy. You will find newer ideas from this class, no matter how much you are interested in it.

Vampire Alligator: This is going to be an advertisement for Lady Death and her Death-care supplies. I feel that Vampire Owl is behind this. He was always obsessed with Lady Death and Vampire Bat with her evil twin sister.

Vampire Crocodile: Inspiration to follow death’s way. That should be interesting. We should take down extra notes.

Vampire Crow: But we are immortals. We can’t follow Lady Death just like that. Death has his limitations in exploring vampire immortality.

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Vampire Bat: We live as immortals. But the Death Theories from Lady Death give us the opportunity to check this from another perspective which has been absent from the usual vampire life. We have to think about how humans find death, and how our giving up of immortality reflects the same. A lot more concentration will be needed, but I am sure that all of us will go through this new perspective in the way it is supposed to go.

Vampire Raven: So, we simulate death right now, with possibilities of giving up the immortality coming up later.

Vampire Bat: Exactly. Lady Death has clearly stated this as part of her Death Theories. The first point in favour of death is that it doesn’t look for one’s religion, caste, race or economic status while taking lives, and with all dead in the same manner, souls are also taken care of according to the good and evil which they have committed in their lives. She has also added that there is a provision to divide between the two. She is the one who provides the best kind of poetic justice while humans are never fair.

Vampire Crow: But we don’t have such divisions. I guess this is for humans only. It is depressing that they don’t have this in their huge lists of syllabus. It is up-to us to do this then.

Vampire Bat: Yes, and we are to look through their eyes. If you read what the humans write these days, there is too much praise about their own religion. They can’t look through the eyes of others, but thankfully, we have that ability. They will continue to justify their actions saying that people from other religions have done that evil, or that they did that like that centuries ago just because they want to justify their actions now. But Lady Death has given instructions not to hate them, because they are either murderers or inspiring murders, thus providing her with more souls. It consistently saves her from the soul scarcity. Without souls, there will be no Lady Death.

Vampire Crocodile: But we are beyond such divisions. We need to activate our special ability to look from the perspective of these humans. Werewolves, zombies, goblins and orcs are less twisted, and it is easier to the see from their viewpoint. They don’t cause divide among themselves.

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Vampire Bat: Yes, we will meditate more in peace related to the same later. Coming to the second point, Lady Death has made it clear that there is the need to escape all these troubles and hatred of this world. Here, good things are not rewarded, and evil only reigns supreme. But she has promised that it will surely be better in her world, and that those with problems should go and embrace her. She says that there is no point in continuing in this world which will end by itself or with your death. So, the question is about why one shouldn’t people embrace it early enough?

Vampire Alligator: That is actually a fair point. Even the absent Vampire Hamster would like this.

Vampire Bat: There is also the promise of happiness and goodness which are absent in this world, especially that of humans. I am sure that it doesn’t exist in this one, but Lady Death has promised them all. Without the haters, abusers, fascists, extremists and the vain people I don’t see how it can’t be better in the other world. She will roast them in the pan and we will live happily ever after. Fair isn’t it?

Vampire Crocodile: I don’t see anything better!

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy

Premam vs Moideen

If you ask about the overrated movies in the history of Malayalam cinema, two of them have released in this year itself, within a short gap, one of them being Premam and the other one being Ennu Ninte Moideen. The pre-release hype and publicity were also heavy in both cases, with Premam‘s songs making it big and Ennu Ninte Moideen being wildly promoted on the social media like the life of some people depended on it. Both films were hits on the social media even before the release happened. Lets do a comparison.

Pace: Premam wins this one clearly because a good portion of the second half of Ennu Ninte Moideen is a drag, while Premam is a full entertainer. There is no moment of boredom in Premam while the recent release struggle in the second half. There is also something about the progress in Premam which moves in a peaceful manner, reaching its destination, and making the point. Ennu Ninte Moideen has its moments of losing the way, and the focus often goes buried. WINNER: PREMAM.

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Love: The focus of both movies is love, and both have its extra dose with Premam having three love stories of the protagonist and Ennu Ninte Moideen having a love triangle. Here, it is the latter which has the advantage because of its reflections of true love and strength of the same which goes on for years without change. Premam is not far behind though, as the protagonist remains serious about it from his side. But the same element is stronger in its newly found rival. WINNER: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN.

Connectivity: Even though a normal person and those with intellect with find it impossible to connect both movies directly, the one which comes closer to life is Premam. It has the advantage of making a connection with at least someone we know, while Ennu Ninte Moideen is no common man’s story, as it takes another route to bring the impossible love for a normal person. Meanwhile, Premam knows what people go through and what they want, which is the reason for its success. A love story which stays closer to life has more charm than any other. WINNER: PREMAM.

Aim: There is nothing much to separate these two here, even though Ennu Ninte Moideen has the special advantage due to the presence of true love which takes a rather traditional stand. Premam has the disadvantage of showing too much of the wrong side of the youth, and also not bringing the possible morality element to the attention of everyone, even though it has all the elements for the same. But Ennu Ninte Moideen scores here, with its aim of portraying true love accomplished, even with the drag and lacking in the ability to use the available material fully. WINNER: ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN.

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Totality: Among these two movies, the one movie which knows what it wants to do is Premam. Everything is clear right from the beginning to the end, and it is a flick which finishes what it started very well. Meanwhile, Ennu Ninte Moideen struggles there, with no idea what it want to do with the political, especially the socialist side. The trailer had given the idea that he was going to be shown as the socialist and the strong political worker, but in the movie, he doesn’t have that side. Even the heroine can raise voice only in the convent hostel; otherwise she is a weakling. WINNER: PREMAM.

Overall, Premam is a better cinematic experience, thanks to the director, Alphonse Puthren. There has been enough overrating of Ennu Ninte Moideen by the mindless fan-boys, even more than Premam and it is time for these people to accept what other say too. As more people with intellect are watching the movie and realizing that it was overrated by the fan-boys, Ennu Ninte Moideen will find its real place. A good movie without doubt there, but it is not something that brings awesomeness. I like it when people have opinions, but seeing “greatest movie” status for every new movie and not allowing different opinions is depressing, and so is people keeping sharing the same thing again and again publicly, and hurling abuse at everyone who doesn’t agree.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook pages of the two movies.

TeNy

Simona Times: Edition IV

***Kitty Newspaper from the Cat World lead by Simona the little big cat.

Why don’t you give it a try? asks Simona.
After the recent talks about banning Tuna in the cat world in favour of Mackerel, Sardine and Herring, Simona has dared the cat community to do that and suffer the consequences. She has also told the press that this ban is because the name of the cat leader’s former girlfriend was Tina, and not because there is a special love to see more Tuna living in water. Simona was also heard saying that nobody has the right to choose what others eat, and all these decisions for saving Tuna from getting eaten in also with political motives to support those who sells the other types of fish. She has also made it clear that she will always find Tuna and eat it.

Simona shows her tongue in defiance of the latest food ban.

Simona valiantly shows her tongue in defiance of the latest food ban.

Simona works part-time to explain dreams.
As a lot of cats have been experiencing interesting dreams in the recent past, Simona has decided to work part-time, explaining them. She addressed the worried local cat community last day and has assured them that this doesn’t mean the end of the world. She also offered them to explain the dream with one chicken leg taken for the interpretation of each dream. She has promised to continue the job until her stomach is full, and then there will be a break. Those who bring fish along with chicken will have the extra interpretation which is related to the dream that is to be seen on the next day, according to her.

Simona asks for votes in the “cool cat competition”.
In one of those competitions held by the Feline Brotherhood of the South-West Canal, Simona starts at number twenty nine out of one hundred and seventy five entrants. She has asked for each human to vote for her by hugging a cat which looks like her, as one hug is equal to one like on Facebook for her as cats are not on Facebook. She has also asked to feed a cat coloured black and white, and the action will also be counted as one share on Facebook. Simona says that she doesn’t really need this label because she is already the coolest cat around, but she wishes to add it to her resume.

The work on The Great Feline Epic begins.
The cat intellectuals have begun the work on what is supposed to be the greatest epic from the cat world, which is called The Great Feline Epic or the Legend of Cats in Black and White. With one hundred cats working together to achieve on grand aim, the representatives of the movement have told the press that the work will finish in less than a year, just before the building of the Great Feline Statue of Freedom finishes. More cat intellectuals are supposed to join the team from different countries. The work is supposed to be honoured as the one true book of cat myths and adventures.

Simona publishes the new “Wanted” list.
Simona the Kitty, with approval from the Universal Cat Sorority Mission, has published an update to the current “Wanted” List which had only four dogs until then. The extention to the list became a need after Simona failed to catch two cockroaches which successfully evaded her. Simona called for support among the cat team, and after bribing with some extra tuna, successfully managed to get the support of more than half of the members, and has declared the two cocroaches as wanted for treachery. She made it clear that cockroaches are not supposed to escape from cats certified with the titles of Spider Slayers. She has also accused the neighbourhood dog of aiding cockroaches.

Simona was shocked to see the last cockroach escape from her.

Simona was shocked to see the last cockroach escape from her.

Simona calls herself the future of cricket.
After practicing every day with the ping-pong ball, Simona has called herself the future of Cat Cricket. She proclaimed herself the captain ultra-cool and has brought the idea to bring a new Cat Cricket Team for India. “We can always do better than the current Indian cricket team” she said. “They waste their talents, but we work hard because we are cats and there is nothing much to do for us. We have survived the deadliest dogs which wander around the streets and the most evil humans. This will be very easy for us. We shall defeat everyone because we know the secret cricket ingredients” Simona was further heard saying.

Simona does a hunger strike in style.
To make sure that all cats get to live under a roof, Simona started a hunger strike. She has claimed that this “nirahara sathyagraha” has worked and did provide home for twelve more cats before she called it off. But the dogs lead by Simona’s neighbourhood dog Jimmy has claimed that this is pure nonsense. “We have seen her hunger strike. It lasted for only four minutes and fifty seven seconds. What kind of impossible result is achieved with that? This makes no sense, and we demand a probe into this claim” Jimmy was heard commenting. Meanwhile, Simona has said that she does the impossible, and it has become natural to her.

***The images used in this blog post were taken by me on Samsung Galaxy A5.

TeNy

Lies and Hate: Origins

Vampire Owl: Greetings, my dear vampire apprentices. I know that you hate to come for the classes on the day after a holiday, but you had to arrive today because we are lagging in studies and this syllabus has to be completed before the Pooja holidays with another set ready to be finished before Christmas holidays. I have absolutely no idea how to do it, but I will explain the longest chapter of the book right now; it is about humans and their hate. It has facts about how, why and when they lie and also about the origins of their terrible attitude towards their fellow human beings which puts even the ultimate evil werewolves to shame.

Vampire Crow: Is this more like an origin story which the superheroes get? I have often heard that “hate” is a superpower that the humans have managed to achieve by centuries of hating each other citing different reasons.

Vampire Owl: Yes, it is true. We can call it The Human Lies and Hate: Origins. May be we can even start a television series on it and then the programme can go on and on for a long time because there is so much material on the same.

Vampire Hamster: Excuse me sir, but were they bitten by a radioactive spider or did they escape from another planet before it was destroyed?

Vampire Owl: Absolutely not. They are from this planet only, which is a case of depression and extreme sadness. Mother Earth often complains to us about the same. Once she said that she will even jump into a black hole to get rid of these humans of hate.

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Vampire Raven: We can’t wait to hear the origin story then!

Vampire Owl: Okay. This story starts long ago in a cave with a few cavemen and women. There was this guy who used to sing so well. One day, a girl told the others that she didn’t like the song. A fat man smashed her on the skull with a club screaming that it is an insult to the person and she died instantly. It is the case of the first fan in the world, and this fat guy is the representation of all the fans who exist these days with no concern for the others, only living to hate for the sake of their favourite celebrity. This is the hate which they carried over to many other aspects of life.

Vampire Alligator: So, the celebrity worship already existed at that time and has been the mother of all hate, long before religion.

Vampire Owl: Yes, of course. Often, religion also degrades itself to some celebrity worship instead of developing a personal relationship with God. The only thing that the fans have always worried about is on how to hate everyone for one person whom they haven’t met in real life. The truth has always been that this celebrity will never really meet these fans and neither will be they ask for their services.

Vampire Crow: But still, shouldn’t these celebrities be held responsible for the actions of these fans because if they were better people in control of their admirers in a sensible manner, their fans could have had more sense?

Vampire Owl: I would consider such a thing a lot necessary, especially when fans resort to so much nonsense in their names. If these celebrities had honour, it would have carried on to the fans. It is the celebrity who is often reflected on his or her fans, and it is clear that they like to have people under them who worships and respects. Celebrities mostly don’t believe in equality; otherwise they would have controlled their fans up-to an extent. They look down upon the normal person.

Vampire Raven: I would say that we should get rid of the celebrities in the human world and establish the state of equality there.

Vampire Owl: We are not authorized to do that. We could still put some light into the brains of blind fans, but unfortunately, they are filled with this pure fan trash. The only thing they can do in reply to a review is to keep saying how awesome their favourite stars are. Unfortunately for them, people with brains don’t care. If a character in a movie or television series is talked about, they will instantly say that the celebrity is the greatest performer of all time and so he or she has done very well in this work too. Otherwise, they will come with the cliche statements that “I think he/she has done better than everyone else because she has acted more and has experience” and “I don’t understand why you didn’t like the amazing performance”. A better question would have been about why people have opinions. Their last weapon is abuse which they use when all the brain cells are dead. These mostly arise from the fact that they know that their favourite actor/actress is not really good, and they have to prove it with lies.

Vampire Alligator: Humans hating humans for some strange celebrity who is known at one part of the world and is unknown somewhere else – it is a strange world. I still don’t get why humans have to become fans of other humans when all humans should be equal. I also don’t get why the fans keep trying to impose their opinion on others. I thought human life was in a free world where there was freedom of opinion. These fans can’t even accept a workas what it is, and the actors as characters. The only thing that matters to them are related to what is written about their celebrities about which no person with common sense cares about.

Vampire Owl: Yes, the truth is that for people with intelligence, for what matters is just what is shown on the screen, and not who these actors and actresses are. The human fans are real curse on the universe, and all the wars in the human world were fought by the fans. These miserable fans have killed because of being fans to their race, religion, language, caste and many others. It is because they are the fans of these things and when someone else comes with an opinion which is not close to this, they go for hate and war. All the human problems were always caused by the blind fans.

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Vampire Crow: It is a surprise that they still exist. The celebrity fans are the worst kind. All other fans mostly got some better cause.

Vampire Owl: Yes. Please be careful when going to the human world. There are too many fans who can’t understand the meaning of opinion. Last time I talked to one, he asked me “What is an opinion? We don’t appreciate it. Don’t you know that she is the greatest actress of all time? She will never get an award. But awards are for dummies. That is all which you need to know”. You can note that down.

***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Page of the movie, Hotel Transylvania.

TeNy