Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Gravity - An Experience

Gravity – A spectacular movie and one Hell of a ride.

Unlike other space adventure movies, this one is a very realistic space movie. With no extra ordinary sound effects (we cant hear in space), the whole movie was thrilling and made me literally float in space along with the other characters. Till now I was under the impression that walking in space is a jolly good feel and astronauts do enjoy it. They did enjoy until the accident happened. When the satellite debris hit the Explorer, Sandra Bullock was pulled out and revolving in high speed along with a bar. It reminded me of the scary rides in the theme parks. This one is million times bigger than the scary rides. I could not even imagine the degree of fear. There is no purpose of a watch in space. Amazing and deadly scary at the same time. Sandra has a timer to set up time in minutes for calculating the re hitting time of the satellite debris. The space travel and the typical problems they face have been well depicted. The psychological turmoil she undergoes when she finds herself as the sole survivor amidst the space has been well brought out by Sandra Bullock. I sincerely hope she gets the best actress award in Oscars. It creates a great sympathy on sandra’s character when she goes from one stray satellite to other in order to find a way to survive. There are so many things to learn. No atmosphere in space so no sound and the pressure is abnormal. She didn’t notice the fire inside the satellite and fire spread because of the oxygen inside the satellite but there is no huge explosion due to absence of oxygen in atmosphere. Absence of gravity is making her to spin uncontrollably. Too much of psychological stress leads to hallucinations. I thought George Clooney is alive for one moment though it hit hard in my brain that it is not logical for him to be alive. But I thought he gave up too early. I secretly wished that he too found a stray satellite and landed beside her but no he didn’t. This is what made the film so realistic. The title of the film is so apt and it is proved in the last scene when Sandra finally lands successfully and holds the mud as if holding a mother’s hand after being lost. It explains a lot – Gravity is one almighty force holding every life on earth and it is a unique force which is the sole reason for the survival. Humans realize the importance of something only in its absence.

Ennama padam eduthirukanga. Neraya padam eanda ticket uku ivlo kasu koduthu waste panni timeum waste panni parthomnu irukum. Sila time intha padatha tv la “indiya tholaikatchigaliley muthal murayaga” la podumbothu parkalamnu thonum. Innum sila padangal tv leye naalavathu thadavaya podumbothu parthukalamnu wait pannuvom. Ana romba sila padam than innoru thadava theatre la poi kandippa parkanumeynu thonum. Intha padam kandippa thiruppi thiruppi theatre la poi parkanumnu thonum. Innaiku than urupadiya rendu manneram olunga oru padam entha disturbance um illam parthen. First scene la kallakitanga….Ippadiyellam eppadi imagine panni graphics panirupanga. Ippadiyellam kooda camera angle vaika mudyumanu. Oru 360 degress rotation…. Appadiye boomiyoda alagana neela vannam innoru angle a azhamaana anda sarasaram. Boomi than kuppaya irukumna….vinvezhi layum kuppa kotrangappa.. Ithey concept a romba azhaga “Wall –e” padathula katirupanga. Antha padam super comedy…Ana ithu bayangaramana tragedy. Sandra Bullock oru valiya uyiroda boomiku vanthu erangunappa than namakum uyir varum.

There was a trailer of "The Hobbit" screened before the start of the movie.
While watching the trailer, a man with long hair appeared in the trailer. He might be one of the important characters.
Senthil: Ivana engayo partha mathiri irukey. Ivan yetho oru important actor. Unaku theryutha?
Me: (mind voice: Who cares.... I don't like Lord of the rings series at all because of the "Gollum" character which is very scary to watch with its eerie voice. Antha padathoda back ground history than "The Hobbit". Athula evan nadicha enaku enna. Since Senthil was asking i try concentrating on his face but couldnt, since my eyes automatically went to his long hair and with a long sigh I said...) Enaku theriyaleye....
Almost one hour of the movie over and in the middle of the movie,
Senthil(in a "Eureka!" tone): Nan kandupidichiten. Avan "Prison Break" la nadichaney...avanoda annana oruthan vanthaney..Avan thana ivan... Hey nan kandupidichiten.
Me: What????? (Mind voice: I was watching the movie with full thrill. Athula Sandra Bullock romba parithabama, break down ana bus la irunthu erangi adutha busuku pora mathiri...udanchu pona ava satellite vitutu inoru nalla russian satellite thedi apram athuvum udanchathum innoru chinese satellite thedi kashtapatutu irukka....Senthil ennadana....Intha car a vachirunthu soppana sundariya ippo yaru vachirukka nu kandupichiten rangeuku oru reaction. Iyyo kadavuley!!! Pala Oscar award vanga pora movie key intha nelamaya???)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

What Should I Pray?

 When I came to know the meaning of “Prayer”, I was almost finishing my primary school and entering secondary high school. We did have a small session of prayer and assembly in our school every start of the day in which we actually don’t pray but we chant the every day routine prayer songs pathetically in the name of prayer. On the contrary I have to join my Appa and Thatha (grand father) in an elaborative “clean the diyas and idols -glower it with sandal, kumkum and flowers- paint a nice rangoli - light the agarbathies-show aradhana with doopakal (aarthi) and ring the auspicious bell ding ding ding (my favourite) and chant a long relevant sloka (of course from a hidden paper)” in my house for every authentic festival. I remember those golden days though I crib and whine to clean the diyas which are difficult to clean the oil content but otherwise enjoyed every moment of the pooja during all the festivals. During my school days, when I was young and innocent (???!!!), my daily prayers in my pooja room follow a common protocol,

  • Swami, Please at least one of my teachers should be on leave today.
  • I should get the easiest question in the surprise rapid fire round.
  • The class test should be postponed due to unknown reasons.
  • My Dad should bring box full of yummy cakes when he returns back from office.(This specific prayer was been granted n number of times)
  • Finally, School should be declared leave due to heavy rain. (Oh please rain heavily until they declare). 

When I somehow entered college, the protocol never changed only with minor change in the relevant attributes.

  • Swami, at least two of my faculties should be on leave and we should get one free period.
  • No surprise test at all.
  • I shall bunk the class but still I should be in good books of the faculty.
  • Finally, senior students should plan for a surprise strike demanding for tasty food in hostel mess. ( Fortunately, the Almighty answered this particular prayer one fine day)

Phew……I really had great reasons to pray then. 

I came to know the seriousness and severity of “Prayer” when I was forced to face the battle of Life. 

I prayed each and every minute from the bottom of my heart and top of my brain when I underwent a sequence of strenuous written exams and interview to get placed in a good company. 

I prayed to all the forms of God from all over the world to marry the one whom I loved the most. 

The ultimate prayer happened when I literally begged to the Almighty with all my cells of my body to give me mental and physical strength to face the painful stages of delivery and to carry a healthy baby girl in my hands.

God answered all my heartfelt prayers. I still keep praying daily for all silly and petty things. I am sure my daughter will follow me and her daughter too. It is in our hands to pass on the tradition and rituals to our future generation. Sampoorna Lakshmi Pooja Pack (available online from comes with the sloka CD, pooja ingredients and most importantly instruction booklet. It is an ideal gift for this Diwali which can be given to our younger generations so that they could do the pooja under parental supervision and learn the tradition as well. I am sure my daughter would be excited with this gift and I am damn sure that she would be having her own list of silly and naughty prayers.

Almost everything related to pooja is available in Though I wish there is a “Cleansing pack” which has scrubber, cleansing powder or liquid specifically to clean the silver and bronze idols, diyas. Hope my prayer gets answered!!

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

My First Web Publish

I am so happy that my write up "Born as a second girl child" has been published in a well known website "Women's Web" on my father's birthday.
I got lots of appreciations from all my friends and families. Above all it was a big hit in the website too.
You can find the blog in the below link.

Born As A Second Girl Child