Tenali Raman

ACK enchants children always. Here is the one on Tenali Rama.

கடைசி பெஞ்ச்

tenali ramanHi friends,

This story (Tenali Raman) is a Tamil book starring:-

Tenali Raman – Tenali Raman who is also known as Vikatavi (poet) was a Telugu poet was from a village called Tenali. He is also known as Raman. He was a funny and a intelligent man. He always make Krishnadevraya over joy .

Krishnadevraya– Krishnadevraya was an emperor of the Vijayanagar. He always laugh for Tenali Raman’s joke.

The Sage– Sage is a man who is devoted to gods. One of the old (from past) gave Tenali a secret Kali mantra. After this incident Tenali’s life changed.

Kali– Kali is a Hindu god. Kali changed Tenali’s life by giving him a sweet milk and a butter milk as one of the minister in the court.

Raj Guru– Raj Guru is also a minister in Krishnadvaraya’s court. Raj Guru was an enemy of Tenali Raman. Tenali…

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Dumbo – The only flying elephant

Kannan wrote something about the movie Disney’s Jumbo.

கடைசி பெஞ்ச்

After my school, on 29 Mar 2019 my family and I wanted to go for a movie. Yes, it happens like that always when I score good marks in my exams. My family and I washed our faces and got up ready to go to theater.

I have a choice of going for a Marvel movie starring Captain America (Cartoon character) or the movie Dumbo starring Colin Farrell. I had already seen a marvel movie in the past. That was the one of my mistake that I did. Waste of time! It was disaster! So, my family and I got tickets for the movie Dumbo, which will start 30 minutes later.

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The story line goes like this (as given in wiki page) – In 1919, equestrian performer and World War I veteran Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) returns after the war (in which he lost his…

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Writer Ashokamithran – A documentary screening

As part of Singapore South Asian International Film Festival, a documentary on eminent writer of Tamil/Indian English literary world  – Ashokamithran.

As I couldn’t reach on time, I missed the first part. It was a neat portrait of the writer. It is good to know that it has been completed and screened for the writer, before he died.

It has given space for other writers to criticize him, which adds value to the movie. If you want me to point out, I may recall Prapanchan, Na Muthusamy. But I regret to hear Actress Rohini’s criticism – without grasping the content of the story. Surprisingly Actor Nassar scores well! I raised my eyebrows ^^!

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The dissimulating discussions after the screening, are not noteworthy, as it cares very much for the Indian society and it vowed to write against current Indian issues. As per fluid theory, if there is a low pressure, it would be filled up. if not, nothing would happen!

By the time you hear the term Ashokamithran, something may come across your mind. For me, it is his way of expressing something, in a polite but mighty language. This stylish film tries to follow him in this aspect.

Hope the film would be made available for public viewing asap!

Good work!

கவுனி அரிசி பொங்கல் | bubur hitam

This is a sweet blog post, which explains the cooking process of a popular Chettinad sweet dish – ‘kavuni arisi pongal’ (black rice pongal). Similar kind of sweet is called as Bubur Hitam in Indonesia/Malaysia/Singapore.

Things you need:

  1. Black rice (கவுனி அரிசி/kavuni rice) – 1 tumbler
  2. Jaggery powder (சர்க்கரை) – 3/4 of a tumbler
  3. Coconut scamble (தேங்காய் கால் மூடி துருவியது) – 1/4 tumbler
  4. Ghee – 2 spoons
  5. Salt – a pinch (Only to add taste. Do not add more)
  • Soak black rice for 4 hours. Because black rice is so hard. So do not cook like normal rice.
  • After soaking the rice, clean it. add 3 tumblers of water. Cook it in Indian rice cooker. Wait for 5 whistles. Wait until steam is released.
  • Reduce the flame.
  • Open the cooker. Release unnecessary water. Add jaggery powder and stir it well. Make sure the cooker content has sufficient water.
  • After jaggery is mixed with rice, add ghee, coconut scramble and pinch of salt and stir it well until it comes to colloidal state.
  • Switch off the stove. Serve the dish to your kids.

It would be a perfect evening time snacks or a perfect dessert for lunch.

Jurassic World: Fallen kingdom

Pictures: Universal Studio

After having a ‘blunch’ at a Kannada (Indian) restaurant in Farrer park, I wanted to go for a movie. Yes, it happens like that always when I stay alone. I washed my cloths, ironed twice. So, It is not good to waste this brisky weekend.

I wanted to for Kaala, recently released Tamil movie starring Rajini Kanth. The theater for not even half full. But ticket costs me 20 SGD. I had paid 18 SGD for Linga in the past. That was one of the mistakes I did. It was a disaster. My next choice was ‘Veere Di Wedding’. Not fully convinced with it, I got tickets Jurassic World, which was started 5 minutes. Ago.

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The story line goes like this – After a fall of Jurassic world, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) wish to save the remaining dinosaurs to a safer sanctuary from a volcanoic island near Costa Rica. A group of people, want to save the species. Another group of people wanted to use them commercially. Meanwhile, these group of people met with deadly dinosaurs, which makes their job much difficult. So this movie is a war between ethics and business.

Pictures: Universal Studio

Pictures: Universal Studio

The visuals were fantastic. I didn’t regret for missing Kaala. The way the volcanic eruptions are visualized is something I have never seen. The ashes and fire being effused like shells, is something very good.

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Pictures: Universal Studio

Similar to previous Jurassic movies we can see the mass dinosaurs running, howling inside the forests! Can watch!

Final day events of Singapore Writers Festival

swf 2017Today is the last day of SWF. We couldn’t attend any family sessions as we had other appointments. Later we had a panel discussion ‘Challenging conventions in Tamil Literature‘ with S. Ramakrishnan and two other Singaporean writers Shanawaz and Jeyanti Sankar. Shanawas is good in story telling. This is the first time I had a chance to listen to Jeyanti Sankar.

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From my perspective, S.Ra participated and ran the show. I was so specific about one of the questions raised, which tried to portray as Thirukural has expired backward ane expired concepts. I thought when a Tamilian can come to this kind of conclusion. We have been discussed in the past, about the damages of explanations given to Thirukural, political agenda of Thirukural without knowing its background. This question justifies as it is asked from feminism context. I like the reply from Jeyanti (I think so), Thirukural has to be explained in latest context. Kannan raised his hand for mic. I stopped him as usual.

We had 2 hours of break. We had a late but tasty lunch with 4 chat items!

Later, we joined in our final session for Tamil ‘Literary Ethics: The Writer vs the Work‘, which is the exclusive speech by S. Ra moderated by Sidharthan Maunaguru. It was spontaneous delivery with a fine blend of wits and quotes.

SWF Aram - Literary Ethics

SWF Aram – Literary Ethics

One of the point made by him was, Tamil is the one & only language, which has provided two females who implemented Aram – Kannaki and Manimegalai. Whats so important  about females talking about Aram? He justifies that, Aram is always dictated (Is it the right word?) by males. But females are the ones on the ground who implement it, by introducing virtue to their kids. But they were never appreciated for this.

Moving males and females aside, why not government capture the implementing power of aram?

Can time’s sickle influence Aram?

Is there any Aram that can not be changed?

The speech touched upon these concepts before audience took part in the discussion.

During this debate, Kannan wanted to sit in the front (or, he wanted to sit away from me). he requested for the mic and started questioning about Aram. I was terribly worried, as he may embarrass the gathering, which was luckily tolerated and managed by the author. He gave the boy a use-case. When someone has two pencils, lending one to others is Aram. What will happen when you have only one pencil? That is how complexity of Aram (அறச் சிக்கல்) arises.

While SWF chooses Aram as its theme this year, it wraps up itself leaving the question to us.

The end

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A fine evening with author S Ramakrishnan

swf 2017I couldn’t attend any further SWF sessions after City of ghosts – screening , as I had other official commitments. Today is important, as the festival would be over by tomorrow. I went with my family as my wife was interested in ‘Surviving Parenthood‘ scheduled at 11:30.

Kannan and I went first to attend ‘Shape a Story with your Body‘ by R Chandran and Amy J Cheng. It included a bit of stretching and dancing. Later kids morphed themselves as seed, plant and trees. I took part in these activities as well – why not, I’m also a kid for my mom!

Shape a Story with your Body

Shape a Story with your Body

Later mother and son went to ‘Surviving Parenthood‘. Kannan came out with crabs and Pig. No No. They are craft items. Singapore encourages (in a way compel) its Citizens to marry and have kids. I could see these kind of family sessions in a nice environment as a way to support Government’s interest of family life. I couldn’t attend this session, not because of I’m very good parent already, I had to look after my 2 year old kid. We had a long walk (really long.. we walked for 60+ minutes), to get packed lunch.

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Surviving Parenthood

Later in the afternoon Kannan and I went to ‘எழுதுவதா வேண்டாமா? இளம் தமிழ் எழுத்தாளரின் குழப்பம்’, a panel discussion by young Singapore Writers Elancharan GunasekaranAshwinii SelvarajGayathiri Ilango and Harini V moderated by S. Ramakrishnan. As usual Kannan was so furious at me for not allowing him to question the panel. It was a discussion between young Singaporean writers and a Senior Tamil writer. Whether there is content or not, controversy exist!

எழுதுவதா வேண்டாமா? இளம் தமிழ் எழுத்தாளரின் குழப்பம்

எழுதுவதா வேண்டாமா? இளம் தமிழ் எழுத்தாளரின் குழப்பம்

We attended ‘The Indomitable Irishry: Chronicling Ireland Through The Decades‘ by Rob Doyle, Gerald Dawe and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne (Éilís Ní Dhuibhne). Ireland was the country of focus in SWF, hence it is unfair not to attend any related sessions. I’m not aware of the Irish literature anyway. I could understand least part of the discussion only. Later I met Rob Doyle in the book shop during the Book signing.

The Indomitable Irishry: Chronicling Ireland Through The Decades

The Indomitable Irishry: Chronicling Ireland Through The Decades

We had a long, interactive discussion in offline later with S. Ramakrishnan at Esplanade. Barani coordinated this meeting and came up with this opportunity to Indian expats like me. It was an important session of my own private interest.

A fine evening

A fine evening

I’ve read the following couple of short stories collection by S. Ramakrishnan.

I purchased Desantri, which I forgot to bring when I moved from Chennai to Singapore. I haven’t read him in detail, especially the novels which is my interest. Jeyamohan occupies most of my table space with his Venmurasu. I’d added other works of S. Ra in this SWF. I’d be blogging my reading experiences one by one.

Tomorrow would be the last day of the event.

See you soon.

 

City of ghosts – screening

swf 2017I rushed back to SWF in the evening. I thought I can get a ticket for City of ghosts. After bustling around the ticket corner, I was able to get one, finally. It was a full house show!

This documentary talks about Raqqa, a city in Syria located in the bank of a river. It starts with peoples’ agitation against the ruling government. An opportunistic extremists group takes advantage of the fall of the Government, which later transforms itself as the Islamic State.

This movie talks in the perspective of anti-ISIS citizens of Syria from Raqqa. How they launched an online campaign to expose the atrocities to the world. Their efforts, losses are portrayed as a pinch of salt.

When they exposed ISIS to the world in its early days, world did not pay attention. Later they realize the risk of this group. As I hear this dialog in this movie, I recalled about India’s global effort to expose Pakistan. Even now, I could see global media, including Straits times, mention them as militants not terrorists!

Still, ‘the nation wants to know’ how an extremism is nourished by global Muslims, though it is clear that ISIS is not fighting or Islam, but for their own benefit. Countries like India, Indonesia, Malaysia lost their citizens (men & women) to this group. What makes them to nod their head?

Preview:

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A radio play on stage

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

swf 2017I had a chance to attend a panel discussion and a drama performance here in SWF today.

Panel discussion is about speculative fiction (of Singapore), featuring Victor Fernando R Ocampo, Jon Gresham and Christina Sng. Though English novels are above my reading capacity, I do find important works here in Tamil as well. I wish I may write about it later, if I don’t forget.

Speculative Fiction Panel. Picture (c) Instagram @sgwritersfest

Speculative Fiction Panel. Picture (c) Instagram @sgwritersfest

Secondly, I had attended an interesting ‘drama reading’ and stage performance of a radio play, Singapore Mappillai, by Singapore Indian Theatre and Film Explorers. A typical 1980 styled plot was well presented by the group. The pronunciation with stress and pause was so good such that I could recall about All India Radio’s drama in my childhood. I enjoyed it so much. Good work, guys!

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

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Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017

Singapore Mappillai, SWF 2017