Lords of Harthal: High Impact

Vampire Owl: I have never heard of such a lord. Does he really exist or is he part of an illusion?

Vampire Bat: He is from the lands of humans, as a representative of all people there who celebrate this evil festival called harthal.

Vampire Owl: So, which is the religion that celebrates this? Or is it limited to some communities or castes?

Vampire Bat: The religion of politics; and it is a weapon to hate and make problems for the common man. Along with the same, they cause loss to the government and people by destroying property.

Vampire Owl: Oh yes, I remember that now. I was there once for such an event. It is just something made of pure evil; even the demons can’t stand that.

Vampire Bat: Have you heard of the demon who went to visit humans and got beaten up by the harthal supporters because he rested by sitting on a scooter which was parked on the side of the road?

Vampire Owl: Yes! You mean it was not a werewolf who did that? The news spread like that only.

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Vampire Bat: Absolutely not! It was the members of the party which supported the harthal. That was another meaningless harthal, and even powerful demons are not spared from these hate-filled, violent people.

Vampire Owl: In that case, they should just kill each other rather than destroying property and bothering the common man. So, what are these harthals actually for? Are you able to find a real reason behind it that makes sense?

Vampire Bat: Well, harthal is made to make a big impact, but there is nothing positive that comes out of it. There are good number of reasons. The silliest one is the harthal and its wide variety of reasons created by the political parties themselves, as they march to a police station and gets beaten up.

Vampire Owl: So they didn’t know that such a possibility was there when they started the march? They thought that they were going for some kiss of love program? This generation really wants things to be smooth.

Vampire Bat: Well, these people expect things to be easy. They take politics as the easy way to get attention without working hard for anything. Today, there is the second day of such strikes after shops were closed yesterday – its double trouble, you know.

Vampire Owl: So, they get beaten up by the police and they take revenge on the common man? How is that even close to being logical?

Vampire Bat: Yes, that is what they do. they hate the common man. They try their best to make things horrible for all the people around who work every day for the daily bread. All of them are just lazy people, you know. They are also filled with the highest amount of hate for their fellow beings.

Vampire Owl: I heard that they used to do this whenever the price of petrol or diesel are raised?

Vampire Bat: Yes, but those harthals are not much here these days, but worse reasons have been found out as I told earlier. They even cause problems for silly matters which happen in a college, which they themselves make worse – they hate the common man so much that they declare harthal and bother everyone around.

Vampire Owl: I have heard that they even bother people just because they want a minister to resign. It is as if the minister is in the pockets of people. They should go and sit in front of the minister’s home instead.

Vampire Bat: It is a shame that they take out their problems on the common man. If they get beaten up by asking for it, that is only their problem, and it is just them who want those ministers to resign – the common man know that they are all corrupt including those who are asking for the resignation. Well, people who come up with such a march and create problems for common man getting beaten up is not really a bad thing.

Vampire Owl: So, the common man should just celebrate the same.

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Vampire Bat: Exactly; there is no need for this harthal. People should actually decide not to vote for these people who come up with harthals. They should write down the names and get rid of these evil creatures who bring the harthals into the picture. So many people in need for a day’s salary or earnings lose the same because these part members being criminals and having desire to destroy property.

Vampire Owl: I am really glad that we don’t have this nonsense in our realm. It will only have a terrible impact.

Vampire Bat: Yes, here we have laws against it, and anyone who come up with such nonsense will face immediate exile.

Vampire Owl: Here, death sentence would have been recommended; but such people have no soul which is why they lack empathy – there is no use in the execution either as they are no different from the undead. The impact that they create is the worst among them all. They should just immediately make that decision to avoid these pathetic people who call harthal, especially those who do that for no real reason that concerns the common man.

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

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Charlie: Impact of the Djinn

If you have watched Charlie, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Charlie was one of the last movies to be released in 2015, as it arrived as the Christmas release and stole many hearts with its variety and a fairy-tale kind of adventure and love story. The one thing that everyone was expecting and could manage to be sure about was that it was going to be different, and that particular expectation was fulfilled with ease. But there was surely more to the movie than that.

Charlie tells the story of a girl named Tessa who runs away from home to escape marriage. During her stay at the new place, she finds a few things left behind by the earlier tenant named Charlie and becomes very much interested in him. So, she begins her journey to find this stranger who is often referred to be the others as the wind and the djinn. As a wanderer who is seen at many places, Tessa finds her work to be quite difficult, but decides not to stop searching for him no matter what happens.

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So, this impact created by the stranger becomes more like an attachment towards the unknown person who lives a free life and remains as mysterious as the djinn. Tessa finds out that a lot of people know him, but she ends up missing him all the time. Each and every time, she comes very close to finding him, but still remains not close enough. It is this search which never seems to end, that is depicted in Charlie. But as you would expect, there is the happy ending which brings the feel-good factor back.

Charlie, both as the character and the movie becomes the example of something that leaves a big impact on us. The protagonist whom we see in this movie is nothing less than a man who tries to make things better. He lives on his own terms and tries to do something good for the people around him just to see them smile. It is the kind of impact that he attempts to make while traveling around the world. A man of multiple skills, he is often nothing more than a fairy-tale character, so difficult to have an existence in reality.

Along with that attempt to do something good all the time, Charlie also makes enough impact on us to think about being different. At no point is Charlie is a man who lives according to the demands of the society. He is not the usual good man whom people are always praising; instead, most of the people consider him rather mental for being rather too much of a divergent identity. But despite his lifestyle being so strange to the common people, he is good, and the goodness is pure, not asking for anything in return.

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Lets hope that Charlie‘s impact will stay on the society, and it won’t judge people on how they are leading their personal lives and the choices which they make with their life. There has never been a protagonist as free and divergent as Charlie, and I hope that the society understands that despite what people do with their own lives, they can be good people – it is not about money, assets and job, but about having the will to help others in need along with living life their way. It is a quality worth falling in love with, and it is worth calling for the djinn.

I would also like to dedicate this post to Kalpana, the actress who left us for the better world due to a heart attack. She plays a small, but memorable role in Charlie which has her character leaping into the sea to her death. She was one of the best known actresses who handled comedy, and she was an expert, a veteran in that field. There are so many movies of her which we will remember, and her combination with Jagathy Sreekumar has been simply among the best in comedy. The Malayalam movie industry will miss her, and there is nobody who can substitute her.

***I will leave you with my favourite song from the movie featuring Dulquer and Parvathy as Charlie and Tessa respectively. The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Page of Charlie.

So, what I am telling you is that if the djinn is good, accept the creature; nowadays they should surely be using the free-will in a positive and more helpful manner than the humans. I think that vampires, zombies, ghosts – they are all doing it better than humans. So, do you like the video song?

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TeNy

Count Fantastic-o-Dracul-a

Vampire Owl: Greetings, my dear vampire apprentices. I have just come back from the dead. Well, it is one of the advantages of being immortal; you never really die even when you forget the conditions of the immortality pact. As I am back again, we are going to have one of those special classes right now, and today’s subject is “Count Fantastic-o-Dracul-a”, and it is from a work which I have written along with the Vampire Bat who happens to be my co-author for many tales of vampirism. There will be the need to remember this for two papers, and so be careful because the class will determine how much you will score for the examinations. By the end of this class, you will surely get to understand how great the achievements of Uncle Dracula have been. Any questions?

Vampire Penguin: Sir, when is the break? Is it after half an hour?

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Vampire Owl: There will be no break and no more questions. Lets get back to the work. As you know, it is a great work, as I am the one who wrote it. It has been selected for the Vampire Booker Prize as well as the Vampire Academy Special Prize. It deals with the great vampire saga of Uncle Dracula, or Count Fantastico who skillfully created an illusion of death when stabbed through the heart by those miserable humans, and continued to serve the world.

Vampire Crocodile: They still think that Uncle Dracula is dead? How ridiculous!

Vampire Penguin: I believe that most of them think that he never really existed. Can you believe it?

Vampire Owl: There are rather too many things that the evil humans believe. They have manipulated the story of Dracula trying to buy a small amount of land with a house in a rich, capitalist neighbourhood and depicted him as a demon. In his story with himself as the hero, they have made him the villain. The true villain was always Abraham Van Helsing, and it was Jonathan Harker who is responsible for spreading all those rumours which lead to this villain being termed a hero. The only thing that Dracula tried to do is to save Lucy Westenra and Mina Murray who were controlled by these people. For this, they have destroyed the letters and diary entries written by Dracula which they managed to steal, and created their own versions.

Vampire Crow: This is quite depressing, you know.

Vampire Owl: Yes, but after creating that illusion of his death, Dracula thrived. He traveled all around the world, living most of his time in exile at the villages of different Asian nations, helping people and teaching them how to protect themselves from the evil like Abraham Van Helsing and his dangerous minions. They were the ones to call him Fantastico for the very first time. He taught them that they had to stand for their rights or all that they will have might be a knife or a stake through the heart this day or the other. He recruited his first disciple and the new master of dark arts, Vampire Bat during his visit to the South of India.

Vampire Penguin: So, the rumours were indeed true.

Vampire Owl: Yes, he also attained spiritual enlightenment during his travel through the Himalayas. The truth is that there is no mountain in the world which he hasn’t visited, and there is no river which he hasn’t crossed. He has been a true traveler on Earth, as he has provided the humans with information as well as wisdom during his journeys. He has also indirectly played a huge role in stopping the two world wars, especially the second. But the humans will never know it, and the ones who realize that will try to hide that information because Dracula will always be an outsider to them.

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Vampire Crow: I seriously don’t understand why the humans are so mean.

Vampire Crocodile: They have always done that; often appreciating people only according to the religion, caste, ethnicity and region. There is no universal brotherhood among them, and unlike us, they are not one – so they are surely not going to accept one of us as we are twice the outsiders.

Vampire Penguin: Yes, they only like me because I am white. Otherwise, they would have asked me to return after trying Fair and Lovely.

Vampire Crow: What? Why would you even say that now?

Vampire Owl: You just note these things down and think about how and why Uncle Dracula needs to be known as Count Fantastico, the man who has no match in his greatness. The better you understand his qualities, the more you can score in the examinations. I can provide you with an extra photostat versions so that you can deal with the one word questions better – there will be ten of them from outside the syllabus. The top scorer in this subject will get a special prize from Uncle Dracula himself. It is something called the Golden Medal of Imperial Blood.

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

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Music: Through the Years

The thing about music is that it has been an essential part of my life through the years. Even though I listen to less music these days, it was more essential during those times when there was not much to do otherwise. Both Hindi and Malayalam music have made my life better during those days when nothing much happened. Even while playing computer games, there was some music playing in the background. These are the songs which go back, just to those end times of the last century. 1980s and 1990s have been the best times related to songs as well as the movies as far as Malayalam movie industry is concerned.

“Rajahamsame” (Chamayam: 1993)

Along with another song from the same movie, “Ragadevanum”, this is not just my all-time favourite song, but part of one of the best movies of the time. Set in the background of the sea, fishermen and drama troupes, Chamayam was one movie which had to courage to be different. I haven’t really liked many movies belonging to the drama or romance genre during the early 1990s, but with its willingness to come up with a different story and follow a path with variety, Chamayam was one of them, and this song has a big role to play in making one falling in love with the movie.

“Ambalapuzhe” (Adwaytham: 1991)

Adwaytham was one of the movies long ahead of its time, but it still did work so well at that time; the songs were also very good, and this one is a special thing – I believe that I have mentioned this song before, but it is the kind of song which you can listen to, and also talk about all the time. During those days of cassettes, one had to work hard to find the music and get it recorded into those empty ones. As I see that cassette shop now, it is now a motor-bike service centre – memories fade for sure, but not when we remember songs like these which are more like the nostalgia of those times.

“Malayali Penne” (Bandhukkal Sathrukkal: 1993)

I have found this song to be a lot like those Malayalam poetry works which we had to study at school. Even though I have been reading a lot of Malayalam works during my childhood, a lot more than the English books, this song happened to be one of those which were so difficult to sing except for the first line. Even though I could never come close to learning most of the words mentioned in this song, I believe that this song has efficiently used the beauty and vocabulary of Malayalam language. I can guess how difficult it will be for a non-Keralite to learn Malayalam – even I had decided to choose Hindi instead of Malayalam for my Plus Two due to the depth of my mother tongue.

“Nee En Sargasoundaryame” (Kathodu Kathoram: 1985)

The first time I heard this song, I wasn’t sure where it was from – happens with a good number of movies which have released before our birth. The movie was an emotional drama, and it wasn’t among my favourites; so coming up against the movie name was always going to be tough – but there was the point when the Doordarshan Malayalam helped by bringing those older movies to us, and then I knew the movie. There are two other interesting songs in this movie and one of them might be the more popular thing, but this one is indeed my favourite.

“Thumbippenne” (Dhruvam: 1993)

I would consider this movie as one the best Malayalam thriller of the last century, telling the story of a man named Narasimha Mannadiyar who goes on a long wait to have his revenge on the wanted criminal and terrorist Hyder who killed his brother. With amazing songs like this one as well as others, this movie is a lot like an all-rounder flick. With a cast that included Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram and Vikram in his first Malayalam film, there is no part of this movie which I liked less, and this is one song which you are sure to love. Even the background score was so good!

“Onnaam Raagam” (Thoovanathumbikal: 1987)

There are many more songs to be part of such a list, but I shall end with this – along with “Megham Poothu Thudangi”, this song was always among the big favourites. When we think more about the same, a lot of movies with Mohanlal in the lead had some of the most amazing songs, and they have very well contributed to us liking those flicks even more. If we decide to take the examples, there will be so many of them. As Thoovanathumbikal is one of the most remembered movies of its time and has a certain cult status, the songs have surely played the part here too.

*I would also like to mention “Pon Veene” from Thaalavattam, “Kunu Kune” from Yodha, “Eeran Megham” from Chithram, “Shyaamameghame” from Adhipan, “Athmaavil Muttivilichathu” from Aranyakam, “Pravahame” from Sargam, “Aareyum Bhaavagaayakaraakkum” from Nakhakshathangal, “Ethrayo Janmamayi” from Summer in Bethlehem, “Nilaave Maayumo” from Minnaram and many other songs.

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The Executioner: Deep Impact

He walked all around the hall, dragging his giant hammer on the floor. With his fangs covered in blood, he didn’t say a word and he surely didn’t care about the people around him. He did make a few grunts though. Nobody cared to go near him, as he kept the procedure going as if there was nothing else to do.

Vampire Owl: I think that he has some problems in his stomach after having all the porotta and chicken curry. These people are always having food at the wrong restaurants. What is that sound he is making? I believe that needs treatment.

Vampire Bat: What are you talking about? He is the Great Executioner. You can’t talk like that about him. It is so disrespectful.

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Vampire Owl: I am sure that I can. He has finished all the food here along with the special Blood Shake which he drinks seven times a day. And he is dragging the sharp end of his huge hammer on the marble – it was imported by the gypsies specially for this hall. Surprisingly, nobody is telling him anything.

Vampire Bat: That is not the sharp end; the hammer is a hybrid, a mixture of hammer and axe, one of its kind. He calls it the hammaxe. He is actually going through a state of depression. There is something which made a very deep impact on him, and he is struggling to go through the after-effects.

Vampire Owl: What happened to him? You call him The Great Executioner, but I have never even heard about him.

Vampire Bat: It is a long story which can be traced back through the ages. This man has been the official executioner of the realm a long time before you first joined the Vampire Team. Whenever someone needed to be dead, he was called; not just by us, but also by the other creatures of darkness and twilight. The creatures of the light had it easy because they would just come up with a damnation curse, and we had to deal with the rest of the situation. So, The Great Executioner has been of great help.

Vampire Owl: Such a creature of pure evil! It is like walking inspiration for the citizens of the dark side. I don’t see why he could be depressed or disappointed. I would guess that he missed one of his targets and thus failed to perform his duty?

Vampire Bat: That would be impossible under normal dark circumstances, but he came across something which is not less than a disaster – he was caught up in love.

Vampire Owl: Holy Vampire Elders! Now that is a disaster indeed. This is the worst thing that can happen to someone with such an immortal profession.

Vampire Bat: Yes, and he even fell head first on his hammer. It is quite a tragedy. The Dark Elves were the first to understand his problems, and later the Vampire Elders decided to take the responsibility and send him here after the Werewolves denied even knowing him.

Vampire Owl: The impact should have been that deep. Otherwise, I wouldn’t expect this man to walk around like this.

Vampire Bat: Yes, love makes people dumb, especially when the person whom we are talking about is a witch from north, and she is even allied with the Lich Queen.

Vampire Owl: La Belle Dame sans Merci, right?  One of my favourite humans, Keats knew it. That certainly can bring the deepest impact. I have always hated those magic cauldrons and flying broomsticks. I once read a spellbook and fell down dead, but then I remembered that I was immortal. I had to apologize to myself about the same, because that was the result of drinking human blood poisoned with hate for fellow creatures.

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Vampire Bat: What we should be worried about is related to finding a new executioner. I have heard two names among humans, someone known by the codename Agent 47, and another one called John Wick. They are known to make the deepest impact with their shots.

Vampire Owl: Lets see what my zombie minions can find out then. I shall use my wide network in the graveyards all around the world to find these replacements.

[Leaves the castle].

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

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TeNy