Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Diwali


Its so beautiful to see this from my home!!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mudhar Kanave!!

Visit my new podcast and have this lyrics open!!

Lyrics of Mudhar kanave:
If you watch this movie, you will know how apt is this song at this place..Unfortunately people dont ponder onto the lyrics.
To say this situation in brief, the girl has met the hero once, before she sees him currently. She had a mild crush on him and never thought she will meet this person again..totally forgot about this person. Now, when she meets him, she thinks the following!! arumaiyaana lyrics!!

Muthar kanave… mudhar kanave.. marubadi yean vandhai?Nee marubadi yean vandhai? ….Music…
Muthar kanave… mudhar kanave.. marubadi yean vandhai?Nee marubadi yean vandhai?Vizhithezhundhadhum marupadi kanavugal varumaa varumaa? Vizhithirukkayil kanavennai thurathudhu nijamaa nijamaa?

Mudhar kanavu.. muthar kanavu… moochullavaraiyil varumallavaa !!Kanavugal theernthuponaal vaalvillai allavaa? Kanavallave.. kanavallave.. kanmani naanum nijam allavaa Saththiyathill mulaiththa kaadhal saaghaadhu allavaaa !!

(Muthar Kanave)

Enge.. enge.. nee enge endru.. kaadu medu thaedi odi
Iru vizhi iru vizhi tholaiththu vitten!
Inge.. inge.. nee varuvaai endru Chinna kangal sindhugindra
Thuligalil thulighalil uyil valarpaen!!
Tholaindha en kangalai paarthadhum koduththuvittaai
Kangalai kkoduththu idhayaththai eduththu vittaaai
Ithayathai parithadharkaa yen jeevan edukkirai??
(Muthar Kanave)

Oodal vendaam…odalgal vendaam
Osaiyodu naadham pola uyirile uyirile kalandhuvidu !
Kanneeer vendaam.. kaayangal vendaam
Aarumaadha pillai pole madiyile madiyile urangi vidu !!
Nilaaa varum neram.. natchaththiram thaevayillai
Nee vandha neram.. nenjil oru oodal illai
Vanna pookal vaerkkum munne varachchollu thendralai !!!

Thaamaraiye.. thaamaraiye neeril oliyaadhe.. nee neeril oliyaadhe
Thinam thinam pudhu sooriyan pola varuven varuven
Anudhinam unnai aayiram kayyaal thoduven thoduven
Sooriyane… sooriyane thaamarai mugavari thevayillai
Vinnil neeyum irundhu konde viral neeti thirakiraai
Marankoththiye Marankoththiye manadhai kothi thulaiyiduvaai
Ullathukkul vilakkadiththu thoongum kaadhal ezhupuvaai !!

Thoongum kaadhal ezhuppuvaai
Thoongum kaadhal ezhuppuvaai
Nee thoongum kaadhal ezhuppuvaai!!!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

புது பேஸ்டு..புது வாழ்வு!!

வாழ்க்கை வாழ்வதற்கே
வெற்றி நிச்சயம் எனக்கே

பெற்றேனே சுவாச புத்துணர்ச்சி
நித்தம் கிடைக்குதே மனக்கிளர்ச்சி!!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Naka Muka

Makkale..
By now, you guys must have heard about the awesome kuthu song with comic lyrics, Naka Muka !! Well, if you have heard "Paal Ice Cup Ice" song in sukran, you can relate this to that. Still this is good :)-

I could not get the actual video link yet!! Below is the youtube link (both male and female versions appended..there is no video on this link. Other made-up video versions on you tube do not do justice to the song )!!





Sun tv- Making of the song Naka Muka on Vinayaka Chaturthi !! -Caution: Horribly irritating compering..So, scroll to see whereever the dance clipping comes!!

Here is my podcast on Naka Muka !!

பேராசை !!

பாலும் தெளி தேனும் நானே செய்த கொண்டை சுண்டலும், குல்பியும் ஹல்திராம்ஸ் சோன்பப்படியும்
இவை ஐந்தும் கலந்துனக்கு நான் இன்று தந்தேன்!!
காலம் உணர்ந்து கண்கண்ட தெய்வமாய் வந்துதவும் கணபதியே
நீ எனக்கு சங்கத் தமிழ் இயல்இசை நாடகம் மூன்றும் என்றும் தா!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Animal Research or Kosu(ru) Research?

Listen to the podcast here!!

Ennaa dhaan ne kastapattu theeni vaangi potaalum kozhi mutta (0) dhaan podume thavira 100/100 podaadhu :)-

- Oru aahaa fm kadi

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kasappu

Ooruku nizhal! Ulagukko uvagai !
Uyar marundhai ulavi varuven !
Aanaal,
Ullukul dhaan ethanai kasappu!!

Ilayaai (valarukaiyil) kasandhen..
Poovaai kasandhen..
Kaayaai kasakiren..
Kaniyaaiyum kasappeno!!

Vaembaai kaniya virumbaamal vedhumbukiren!!

-kaalaiyil koondhal seevum bodhu vandha kavidhai !! Makkale...idhu epdi !!!(veppa marathukku equalla ellam sollikitta over dhaan..summa azhaga varudhennu..avlo dhaan) :)-

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Thathuvam

Wanna listen Thathuvam!! Click here

Friday, August 22, 2008

மிகவும் ரசித்த வரிகள்

"ஆச்சர்யக்குறிக்கு மட்டும்
பஞ்சேமயில்லை,
அர்த்தமற்ற என் வாழ்வில்! "

- மேலேயுள்ளது.. நான் மிகவும் ரசித்த என் சிநேகிதருடைய கவிதை..இது எனக்கும் பொருந்தும் :)-


இன்னும் என் மனதைக் கவர்ந்த வேறு சில:


ஆதலினால்
என் காதலை நான்
மனதினுள் மறைத்து விட்டேன்...
வேண்டுதலை வெளியில் சொன்னால் - அது
பலிக்காதாம்(?!)

காதலி(யி)னால்...
நான்
பைத்தியக்காரன் தான்.
இதய அறைகள் நான்கையும்
நிரப்பிவிட்டு
அடுத்தவளுக்கு அகம் தேடும்
முற்று கலிகாலத்தில்
இருந்த ஒரு இதயத்தையும்
உன்னிடம் தொலைத்துவிட்டு நிற்கும் நான்
உண்மையிலேயே பைத்தியக்காரன் தான்!

இதுவும் சூப்பர்:)-

நிழல்
வெய்யிலில் நின்று
எதைத் தேடுகிறாய்?
என்னைத்தான்
விலகிப்போகச் சொல்லிவிட்டாயே...

Monday, August 11, 2008

First Gold Ever in Olympics- Abhinav Bindra

Times of India Video

Times of India Article

Photos

Award Ceremony video - Indian National Anthem in a world event-Abhinav with Humble looks- Tears from eyes- Goosebumps on body !!

Abhinav is also a blogger!! Here is his blogspot!!

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Virtual Barber Shop!

Headphones/ EarPhones (wear to the correct ears) is a MUST!!



To listen to Podcast Trauma, Click here

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

post paaka podcast ponga

Oru vazhiyaa..aanmeegham sitela post poda kai vandhadhu!!

Makkale.. Of late, I am lazy to write!!.. So, podcast paarunga.. Neenga kavalapadadheenga :)- I will definitely come back to write!!

Visa vaanga juarez ponga

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Punch dialogue

In the past few posts, punch dialogues were given as comments anonymously !!

Badhilukku (aaha fm lerundhu suttadhu):

"Night kosu kadicha "goodnight" vekkalaam
Morning kosu kadicha " goodmorning" vekka mudiyumaa !! "

idhu epdi:)-

My Pod cast

Aarva Kolarin Uchakattamaa..I started a podcast!!

Makkale..En kurala kekanuma, please visit my podcast !!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Naan shock agiten

Well, I was not a fan of vadivelu. But after seeing this, naan shock agiten :)-
I enjoyed vadivelu's comedy in marudhamalai !!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Palli and Panni - ?



















Wondering what is common between palli (lizard) and panni (pig)?

Well, the yuck factor - Aruveruppu.. Wait.. I don't intend to kadichufy you makkale!! Okay..okay.. there is another common thing.. Guess what?...

Diabetic patients have to thank both palli and panni!

Previously, insulin was obtained from bovine source. Now, due to prevalence of mad-cow disease, human recombinant insulin is only used and is genetically manufactured in pigs

Recently, it is also found that the saliva venom of lizard (gila monster) is an antidiabetic agent and is currently used. Also, synthetic lizard saliva anti-D molecule is being manufactured (but is not yet in market)

Well, wondering why am I telling you all this..

Makkale..last minutela examukku padikarennu kaata illa:)- thookam thookamaa varudhu..adha kalaika dhaan:)-

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tamil Kalyanam

One of my american friends Ms. R is planning to visit India around the time when my ex-roomie is getting married. My ex-roomie is a telugu girl and is getting married to a tamil iyengar boy..adhaan lovesunga.. enaku oru raasi.. idhu naal varai enaku roommate aanaa loves varum..ella problemum solve aagum..aprom jolly dum dum dum dhaan..adhoda continuation idhvum :)-

Matter ennannaa.. I wanted to show R how an Indian wedding would look like. She has watched north indian dances in hindi movies like DDLJ, HAHK etc - enga kooda ukkaaravechu paaka vechirukomla:)- Now, when R goes to India, I dont want her to expect anything like that! Well, I am not even sure whether it will be a telugu wedding or a tamil wedding!! Hopefully, it is tamil, as paiyan veedu nalla traditional veedu !!

So, I thought of showing some tamil kalyanam song!! The first one that came on to my mind was "Thirumangalya.." All of us would have seen this nala dhamayanthi movie song- not a real kalyanam song..just a nalangu song!!




Well, this is not a representation of all tamil kalayanam and that made me search tamil kalyanam of many different castes. I found this wonderful song..iruvizhiyo sirakadikum song

All these days, Cheran was like olden day-Mani osai movie Kalyankumar (to me) who makes you feel the emotion by crying..andha "appa super" padam..forgot its name.. I cried in the first half only and could not watch any further :)- Of course, rombave overaave nalla nadipaar..nadika veppar :)-

But this song was almost perfect enough to explain many aspects of wedding !! I really like the reaction give by sneha when he tries to look at her. Believe me, I have seen that reaction in real weddings !! Dont know which caste wedding is exactly like this..



Well, idha paarunga - Not a tamil wedding song !

First shock..preety zinta as malaiyaali..he he
Second shock..shah rukh khan sattai illaama.. ho hoo..Mallu pasanga colora dhan sonnen :)-
Malaiyala song...couple-sexy dance oru kuppai ..yaenga?? malayaleesa asinga paduthareenga!! paavam!!
plus ellatha vida..vayasaana janaki voica (ofcourse enaku janaki voice pudikum) preety zintakku naan imagine pannanuma ?!!
adhuvum tamizla:)-

enna kodumai saravanan idhu!!

"oru manushan evlo dhaan imagine pannuvaan"ga!!

Hope you know which song I mean..I tolerate everything just for the beats and lyrics !!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Excitement !!

I was walking towards the university library. There are some trees around the building. The wind blew and suddenly, lots and lots of light white-colored feathery things started falling out in large numbers (like flowers)..

"hey... thaathaa poochi...thaathaa poochi" Immediately I said this to myself and wondered!!

Wait a minute..am I using this word after...probably 15 years ? Yeh.. thats right!! And, I am noticing these cotton pieces after so many years !!

Well, what a nice word chosen by our(indian-tamil) children..It's like a poochi and it's like thaatha's hair strings !!

phuu...idhukellam oru postaa!! Some of you might think that way..
Anyways..excitement, admiration and malarum ninavugal man...adhaan!!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

ஆண்டவன் சிரிப்பான்

வெளியே வேகாத வெய்யில் – பல்கலைக்கழகத்தின்
உள்ளே கடுமையான குளிர் !
பொருக்க முடியாமல் நான் – கொணர்ந்தேன்
அறைவெந்திப் பெட்டியெனும் சாதனம்! (room heater)

நான்:

“என்னடா இது! விந்தையான உலகம்”- இப்படித்தானே
ஆண்டவன் நினைப்பான்! சிரிப்பான்!!

வெட்கக்கேட்டில் நான்!!

மனம் சொல்லியது:

"பொறு பிரியா"

(மனம் ஆறுதலைத் தொடங்க, சிந்தை ஒத்துழைக்க
பிறந்ததே பின் வருபவை!! )

உன்னைப்போல் பலரும் உண்டு! சொல்கிறேன் கேள்!!

"வெளியே கடுங்குளிர்! – கட்டுமரவீட்டின்
உள்ளே மிதமான சூடு
பொருக்க முடியாமல் நாம் - அருந்துவோம்
குளிர்ப் பெட்டியிலிருந்து பானங்கள் !

(வெட்ட)வெளியில் மூலிகை மண்டி! ஆய்வுக்கூடத்தின்
உள்ளே செயற்கை அணுக்கூட்டம் (synthetic molecules)
பொருக்க முடியாமல் (side effectsai) நாம் தருவிப்போம்
மூலிகை”யொத்த” செயற்கை மருந்துகள் !

வெளியே வேண்டுமிந்த சுதந்திரம் ! அகத்தின்
உள்ளே ‘அவனு’க்கு அடிமை சாசனம்
பொருக்க முடியாமல் அவனை அதட்டுவோம்
‘மணந்தால் சரிபாதி உரிமை வேண்டும்’ என்று !


(அவன்) உள்ளே அத்தனையும் அழகு - அகத்தின்
வெளியே அழகு பெண்ணையே அணுகுவான்!
அவள்அகத்தில் அழகுதேடி அலுத்து சலித்து
பொருக்க முடியாமல் காலம் தள்ளுவான் ! "

நான்:
ஆஹா ஹா..கேட்டாயா பிரியா!!

“இவை அனைத்திற்கும் சிரித்து விட்டுதானே இங்கு வந்தாய் இறைவா!!”

வெட்கக்கேட்டில் ஒரு ஒப்புமை வேறு! சரி
முடிவில் என்ன தான் சொல்கிறாய் மனமே !

மனம் சொல்லியது:

வெளியே ஜுன் 28ஆம் தேதி தேர்வு – அகத்தின்
உள்ளே ஆழ்ந்த தத்துவ சிந்தனை
பொருக்க முடியாமல் நீ (கொட்டிவிட்டாய்) – போதும்
“போய் படிக்க வேண்டியதை கவனி” என்று !

என்ன சிரிப்புச் சத்தம்? அருகில் நண்பர்கள்!!

நான் படிக்கும் அழகைப் பார்த்து
ஆண்டவன் சிரித்தானோ - என எண்ணினேன்

நானும் அவர்களுடன் சிரித்தேன் !!

நீங்கள் எப்படி?


(Actually title veliye ullennu vekkalaamnnu nenachen.. aprom, vevakaarama ninaipaangalonnu bayandhuten :)-)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

If you were born in 80's or earlier and used to watch TV..

This will bring a smile in your face!!

Right click and watch in another window :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Jokeaamla.. joku!!...Yaen!! Naan mattum!!!

I got a tamil book from my friend long ago. Book title "Vaay vittu sirika 100 kadhaigal"

Idha padichadhe illaye..Sangeetha aasayaa kuduthaalennu 'Romba aarvamaa' padika ukkandhen!!

Story 1: A tenant said to the owner "There are a lot of snakes around the home. Either you do something for it or reduce the rent!!". The owner thought for a while and left!!

The next day, the owner was out near the entrance of his home. When the tenant looked out to see, he found that his owner was giving out tickets to people to visit around the home. And he said to the tenant "Look!! you don't have to worry anymore. Lots of people will be around you to look at snakes. I have taken care and now, you give 100 rupees more every month"

Okay.. first story..adhaan ivlo kadi.. let us move on to the next one.. Manasa urchagapaduthitu next story padichen!!

Story 2: Man: I found that may 20th is the best day!
Woman: Did pandit find the muhurtam that day to be very auspicious?
Man: oh yeh!
Woman : Will it bring prosperity?
Man: Certainly, it seems.
Woman: What time?
Man 9.30 am- 11.00am
Woman: Okay.. Let us fix that day
Man: Okay..you come with your stuff sharp at 9.30 am and we will elope!!

Okay, I will try one more at random!! palla kadichindu ponen :)-

Story 3: Man 1: Initially I was a person who was employed to reply for questions to readers in a magazine
Man 2: Then..
Man 1: Then, I started writing jokes
Man 2: Oho..
Man 1: Later, I wrote short stories
Man 2: Better..
Man 1: After a while, I started writing novel
Man 2: Man.. awesome..
Man 1:Now I am writing script for mega-serials
Man 2: Well, now you have grown up to a stage of having your own waste paper shop!!

:)-

One more..ipdiye.. I read 6-7 more..Finally, my patience threshold put me a full stop!! No More Priya...'Idhuku mela padichu ne siripa'nnu nenachaa nee muttaal :)-

Enn yaa.. "Vaay vittu sirikka"nnu appattamaa pulukareenga!! Oru smile kooda varleye :)

En.. Naan Mattum !!!

Well, indha posta paathu oru smileaavadhu udunga.. atleast, idha kaasu kuduthu vaanginavanga (paavam sangeetha) vayatherichalukkellam oru cooling factoraa irukum..I am not mad at her for giving this book to me.. Paavam ava..yaarukaavadhu sirupu varaadhaannu nenachu dhaan kuduthirupaa :)-

Saturday, June 07, 2008

8 facts about me !!

1. "Aarva kolaru"/ "Hyper enthu"/ "Passionate" alias Priya. Paatu keka pudikum..dance kathuka pudikum, cook panna pudikum, drama nadika pudikum, research panna pudikum, teaching pudikum, tamizh padika pudikum, ayur vedam pudikum, slokam kathuka pudikum, handicraft panna pudikum, oor sutha pudikum..the list goes on..One is no less than the other!!

But of late, I am in control holding my wings. Romba serious phase of my lifeaa theriyardhu !!

2. I have a deceptive look. Worries are inherent in me.. "Ippo edhukku kavalai padalaamnnu yosichu yosichu kavalai paduven"nnu close friends pesikaraanga. But as such, my looks would be as though I have no worries. "Hi-bye" friends always ask "how come you are always smiling" :)-

3. I am a tamil paithiyam..I will go crazy if I don't listen to tamil atleast for 1/2 hr a day.. Initially I had friends around to talk in tamil. At el paso, just 2 people know tamil. So, TV serial, radio idhellaam atleast 1 hraavadhu paapen, kepen.

4. I will die if I cannot eat southindian food for a week. Even before a big deadline, I will cook and eat. Otherwise, I feel useless, energyless, enthuless and passionless.

5. I can talk non-stop.. not just bland..with tone modulation etc. and I am one among the few who can feel something called jaw-pain due to excess talking. El pasola it happens less frequently..probably once in 2 months or so :)- But, believe me !! I am extremely hesitant and shy to talk with anybody new for the first time. I hate the first-time meet with anybody..extremely embarrasing.

6. I dont hold grudges. Not that I am too good but I am very forgetful. Again, I have a deceptive smart look (makkal solraanga!!) that I dont project it that way and very few people can notice that I am very forgetful.

7. I have reasonably good perseverance than a lot of people. Well, I like to initiate a lot of things with a group of people- a side effect of aarva kolaru. Even when things are not moving the way it should be, I have lots of perseverance to wait for the right time to execute and not close anything down without results !! I always want to handover the initiated thing to the most passionate person in that group- for me to venture into other stuff. In other words, I always want to be a kind-maker and not the king !!

8. I am such a slow reader that no body can ever imagine. English or tamil, It takes me forever to read anything. Naan padichu neenga kettaa nondhuduveenga..I would like to rather listen and not read!!

9. I have fear of height, fear of water, fear of climbing steps down (part of fear of height), fear of losing things -money, flight ticket etc., fear of getting lost in a crowd and I constantly get many other fears in the form of nightmares. Of course, I get weird and vivid dreams and I talk during sleep.

Appaada 9 facts vandhuduchu!! Well, one is extra.. Adha padikum bodhu choicela
uttudunga!!

Okay now I tag sendhil, pk, arun, aravind and Indian angel

Mnemonics in your life !!

Well, all of us would have used mnemonics to remember important things during education or job or elsewhere !! You know..when you accidentally recollect some of them, it's so much fun!! Orae Malarum Ninaivugal!!

Well, why not initiate a tag and pass on the pleasure !!

Okay..recollect what mnemonic or abbreviations that you created or used to remember important things in your life. Try giving out 3 of them !!

Let me give mine!!

1. OILRIG: I am in a biochemical toxicology lab and I am supposed to know what is oxidation and what is reduction in terms of electrons. I can never remember how many ever times I learn, until I started used OILRIG- Oxidation Is Loss of electrons and Reduction Is Gain of electrons

2. During my bachelors in pharmacy,when you prepare medicines, using 2 phases, in class, they are in different forms such as emulsion, aerosol etc.

When 2 different phases (dispersed phase or continuous phase) are mixed together, the resulting product has a different outcome. For eg: when a liquid is mixed with a liquid, its an "emulsion". When a solid is mixed with solid it is called "solid sol" whereas when a solid is mixed with gas, it forms aerosol..

It was tough to remember. I created a tune to remember this. It goes like this

solid + solid = solid sol (laala laala laala laa)
solid liquid sol (laala laala laa)
solid gas aerosol (laala la laaalaa)
liquid solid gel (laala laala laa)
liquid liquid emulsion (laala laala laalaalaa)
liquid gas liquidaerosol (..)
gas solid solid foam (..)
gas liquid foam (..)
gas gas n/a (..)

3. Do you remember how electrons fill in the orbital s, p,d, f.
Somehow, I had to use that in every stage of life though I do not belong to that field at all. So, I memorized that like a song !!
1s-2s-2p-3s-3d-4p-5s-3s-4d-5p-6s.

Well, such mnemonics were not unusual even in olden days. I remember my paati singing thiruvaaimozhi (4000 divyaprabhandham) and end with the first syllable of every stanza .."the author"thiruvadigale charanam (say like thirumangaiaazwar thiruvadigale charanam)
And that is how I remember the few songs that I picked up from her !!

Well, I tag Subha, Prabu Karthik, Arun, Badhri

Okay.. neenga sollunga..I will try to understand your mnemonics of your field :)-

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Award for Girlie Girlie Konjals ?

Well, I am not a fan of girlie-girlie konjals..whether it is with friends or in movies!!

Sometimes..rather most of the times, men like such konjals!! It looks like there is some attraction factor in that. It grabs their attention by giving "ayoo paavam" or "so cute" feeling. Whatever!!

Well, it gets worser for people like me when the guy also does it along. Sagika mudiyaadha feeling..Kadavule, enna kaapathu feeling creeps in when you watch the movie !! Kushi for example got on my nerves like anything, although I loved the songs very much. Infact, Jothika was bearable and it was vijay who irriated me too much. And, its the same with Sachin. Inspite of excellent camera, I could not withstand Vijay and Genelia.

Adhellam pazhaya kadhai..ippo ennanreengala??!!


Recently I watched 'Santhosh Subramaniam', a remake of 'Bommerilu'. Though Jayam Ravi could not at all act, it was a decent movie. The surprising thing was I was not at all mad at genelia's girlie konjals..Somehow it went so well with the character. I enjoyed it without much complaints except for the first few scenes of her.

Is it me? What happened to me? I was perplexed!! Then I watched it again to notice why I liked it? Mann.. this girl really acted well than many others !! Plus, the dubbing artist saritha has done her job so well that it became a perfect fit for Genelia!!

If Asin does not perform well in Dasavatharam, I am sure Genelia will get this year's award.. filmfare or whatever!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Just a thought!!

My recent weird thought !!

Visit here !!!

Don't know why I think too too much!!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Akshaya Thritiyai

Akshaya Thiritiyai – Day of Prosperity (Nothing diminishes)

Today is Akshaya thritiyai. Due to mass media and marketing, now it’s a day to buy gold and articles. But there are other important facts about this day that we all should know:
  • Third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Vaikasi
  • Sun and moon are extremely bright today-esp in westcoast of india
  • Lord Parasurama’s Birthday
  • Day when Threta Yugam started
  • Day when river ganges flew from heaven to earth

I read in a book that today is good to
1. Start a buisness
2. Apply for job
3. Look for a bride/groom
4. Buy articles

And above all,
5. It’s a good day to donate something and it fetches punyam in multifold.
Back in olden days (when no media propagation was there), this day was just glorified by mamis to shop. When mamis at our homes go to buy jewels, my thatha used to get a lot of coins and go to temple. And on this day, there used be many many beggers (atleast 20) sitting in a row near temple Gopuram. My thatha used to go to each person and put a coin. I can appreciate it now though not earlier. Also it’s really good to do annadhanam this day it seems.

Donate if you can !!!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Heard Recently!!

Pant pottu, mutti podamudiyum
Mutti pottu, pant poda muduyumaa!!! Mudiyaadhe :)-

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Frown to a Smile

Few days ago, I was getting into the bus and as usual, I was about to put in 50 cents in the box near the bus driver.

The bus driver stopped me and asked "How old are you?"

I was taken aback!! Assuming that he thought me to be a non-student and expecting me to put in a dollar, I said " I am a student" in a defensive manner.

Bus driver: I know..Thats why I am asking how old are you?

Me: With a frowing face I said "I am 28"

Bus driver: "Oh..I am sorry Ma'm. Today is xyz day for mexicans. So it's free (to ride in bus) for people under 18. I thought you were. That's why I asked"

My frown turned into a wide smile and I said " That's okay"

Bus Driver: You look so young !

"ore pullarippu dhan ponga..." I was thinking to myself " indha oorla makkal valarthiyaa irukardhaala namma younga theriyarom" Yaanai kitta poi nee poonainnu sonnaalum yaanai sandhosham dhan padum pola :)-

Well, on the other hand, yaarume madhikardhulla.. 16 vayadhinile stylela sonnaa.." naan dhaan akkannu koopdu..ma'm nu koopdunnu solren..yaaru kekraanga" :)-

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Visit LOL

Guys,

Feel free to visit LOL - a group blogspot to make others laugh ... or atleast smile!!

Priya

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Overlooked songs

Malai Katru vandhu
I have heard this song earlier though not till the end. Now that, there is too much wind and sandstrom in El Paso and my home is surrounded by mountains 320 degrees, I was humming this song...Went to lab and listened to this song in full..Good lyrics and good music !!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MrbdLmGo_0


Nee dhan en desiya geetham
Surprisingly, I have not heard this song at all until recent !! Nice lyrics as well !! Cute Madhavan and beautiful Sneha!! Different lyrics

"மரியாதக்குரியவளே !! மனதிற்கு இனியவளே!!"

"என் பிறவா மழலைகளை உன் விழியில் பார்க்கிறேன்
நான் எழுதா கவிதைகளை உன் மொழியில் கேட்கிறேன்"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djX5FJ0EOSQ


Uppu Kallu
I have heard this a number of times..Like the verses:

"தேதிதாள போல வீணே நானும் கிழியிறேன்
தேரிவு தாள கண்ணீரால ஏனோ எழுதிறேன்

இது கனவா
இல்ல நிஜமா

தற்செயலா
தாய்செயலா"

"கத்தியின்றி ரத்தமின்றி காயப்பட்டவள்
உன் கண்கள் செய்த வைத்தியத்தால் நன்மையடைகிறேன்

மிச்சமின்றி மீதமின்றி சேதபட்டவள்
உன் நிழல் கொடுத்த தைரியத்தால் உண்மையறிகிறேன்"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu_zz3ncmgg

Monday, April 21, 2008

Condolence over phone- talk smart !!

Death- Irreparable loss to anybody. While we are one of those close ones to the dead person, it's a terrible pain. While we are not one of those really close persons, we have to console the close ones. Guys…Have you noticed that talking smart over phone is (not a choice) almost a necessity while conveying condolence?

How do we do this? Death does not happen frequently:)- I understand that we can’t prepare speeches/practice to deliver proper consolation during the 10th day or 12th day events. And if you are a girl, you have to talk to console !!

However, some people talk really smart and sensible while consoling!! My mom is one among them. She is so articulate that I admire her talent. After attending condolences or after I called up the deadone's family, we have discussed “ Who said what and what they could have said instead..etc.” It might sound odd to some of you..Namakku koncham analytical mind..in everything.. "Unaku epdi ellam topic kedaikkudhu, veetuku india call pesum bodhu"- apdinnu yosikaadheenga!! It's true!! Just thought of sharing my thoughts on some specific situations... It’s really funny but thought provoking.. Thought it would really help others in communicating better.

STOP AFTER READING A QUESTION AND THINK WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE!!

1. When somebody (who is older than the dead one) cries “Kadavule! Avana kondu poyitiye!!. Enna kondu poyiruka koodaadha….Naan poyirukalaam (கடவுளே..அவன கொண்டு போயிட்டியே..என்ன கொண்டு போயிருக்கக் கூடாதா!!)", how will you react as a third person??

You can’t say “aaamaam”(I have heard some people telling this by mistake to console:)- ) By saying aaamaam, you mean that 'You old lady!! you are in queue and you could have died before your son'..ha ha ha...

Ofcourse..you cannot say “illa..avan ponadhu right”

But you can say this.. "Apdi ellam solladheengo/nenakadheenga….yaaruku minaadi yaaru povaangradhu namma kaiyila enna irukku! Aprom (don’t say neenga poyita), yaaru indha kuzhandhaigala paathupaa!!/அப்படியெல்லாம் சொல்லாதீங்க..யாருக்கு மின்னாடி யாரு போகணும்ன்றது நம்ம கையிலயா இருக்கு..அப்புறம், யாரு இந்த குழந்தைகள பாத்துக்குவா!!"

2. Many a times, I can neither call up the close one nor cry when somebody is crying on the other side (though I am sad). How do you start the conversation and convey your empathy?

Well, I learnt this the hard way.. by trial and error..Well, if the close one is young, you can definitely start the conversation by saying ‘I am sorry about this’ and asking ‘how this did happen’. They will be more than willing to share the event and not cry that much. That way you don’t have to cry to them. If the close one is old, listen to what they say. They will do the talking and all you have to do is reply according to what they say..
Let us see some of those situations:

3. When the old one (periamma or paati) says “namma ellarayum vittutu poyitaan daa!/ நம்ம எல்லாரையும் விட்டுடு போயிட்டா டா or bagavan nammala ipdi sothikaraane/ பகவான் நம்மள இப்படி சோதிக்கறானே", how to reply over phone?

Most of the times, I blink!!
If you say “aamaam perimma/chithi”, you should be careful to say the appropriate phrase next!
What to say next??
Generally, we youngsters don’t say a. “Ipdi poyitaare ” though it’s okay – kindaa odd
b. “kavalapadaadheengo paati.. dhairyamaa irunga” sounds rude - it's like 'summa keda kezhvi!!'
c. You can’t say “naan edhir paakave illai"- I have said this foolishly..as though some body can even expect the other one to die. Even if so, you can't say it right!!

Say something like “aamaam paati.. aana neenga dhaan dhariyamaa irundhu mathavangalukku dhairyam sollanum /ஆமாம் பாட்டி..ஆனா நீங்க தான் தைரியமா இருந்து மத்தவங்களுக்கும் தைரியம் சொல்லணும்”
You can say "ipdi nadakumo.. pona dhadava paarkum podhu kooda avlo nalla pesinaare/ இப்படி நடக்குமோ…போன தடவ பார்க்கும் போது கூட அவ்ளோ நல்லா பேசினாரே"

4. When it’s the death of their parents, you can’t say (even if your parents are not alive)
”I know exactly how much pain you will be in". It will not be consoling at all..
Rather you could say "I cannot really understand how much pain you would have that you cannot express? But I will pray for their soul to rest in peace and May God give you lots of energy to get going”.

5. If the person dies out of health problem and you are calling up to convey condolence..

If mildly sick and dead,
you can say “yaarukum kashtam kodukaama irundhaa.. apdiye poyitaa..யாருக்கும் கஷடம் குடுக்காம இருந்தா..அப்ப்டியே போயிட்டா”

If severely sick,
“Paavam romba kashtapatutaar irukum podhu..bagavam romba sodhichutaar/ பாவம் ரொம்ப கஷ்டபட்டார் இருக்கும் போது..பகவான் ரொம்ப சோதிச்சிட்டார்”

6. It’s highly embarrassing to call the dead one’s family. I hate doing this..My tip is this:
Before calling up the close one, recollect the most interesting conversation you had previously with the dead person.. Feel free to glorify more than how they were…
I could never do that. When I want to say he is good in that/this..I will not remember 20 good times. But I will remember one bad incident and so, I can’t say this generalized statement “he was always good”. By keeping our conscience away, I think, we can exaggerate or lie at this instance which will help the close one feel better.


Feel free to add in comments section and I will add to my list here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Brands of 10 things that I currently can't live without!

Answering to Badhri's tag...

Well, I don't see that I have any attachment to just one brand in most things I use. I always try different brands.

But I can give what I like the most..Here are they:

Toothpaste: Colgate/Pepsodent
Soap: Mysore Sandal Soap
Phone Service: Cingular
Phone: Sony Ericcson (Not just because it withstands all my trials to break; What I always want in a phone is, each dialpad no. should project out.. if I press a no, other numbers should not be accidently pressed !! Sony Ericsson has highly protruding key pad no's)
Hand Gloves (In lab): Microflex :)-
Chocolate-While frustrated: Hersheys Almond (to get back to normalcy) Good Mood: Lindt's
Shoes: Nike
Favourite shopping place (regular or window shopping): Michaels (handicraft store)
Quick Drink: Vanila Latte in Library
Music: iPOD shuffle/ Zune

Now, I tag Arun, Subha, Compassion Unlimited, Yathrigan and PK. Choose 10 things that you use!!

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mad at your own self

Can you get extremely mad at your own self ??



Picturize this..Your internet does not work. You know nothing about s/w or computers. But you learned a lot of stuff and troubleshooted. Still it doesn't work. You decide to call cable company and they put you on hold.. Remember.. it's a big size-cordless phone!!

10 min.. okay

20 min.. hmnn.. it's natural to wait for 20 min

30 min.. uff... this is getting longer. (Washing utensils in sink)

40 min.. Man..I don't want to hang up losing patience..Who knows..in a couple of mins, they may come on !! Wait Priya ! ( I started wiping the kitchen counter.. Scratching heavy stain)

45 mins..

Suddenly, a man with unsually heavy/manly voice (like a Poochaandi voice who scares children) scared me from the other side "Hi this is XXXXX. (I did not hear the rest)"

Oh my God!! I got shocked..suddenly... scared to death!! (Thooki vaari pottudhu) My heart stopped beating for a moment. I dropped everything on hand including the phone. The phone started falling right near my foot. Not realizing that it is my phone that is falling near my foot, I brought my foot towards me quickly (reflex) and by mistake, I stepped exactly on the talk button on the phone.. The call got cut!! All this happened within 5 seconds


How should I feel now?? My foot is aching and the call for which I waited this long is cut :)-

Above all, I can see that it's so funny but I could not even laugh.

I was mad at my own self and I just felt like complaining the cable company not to hire men with scary voice..I dialed again and waited for 40 min to reach them! At the end of 40 min, I was anxious to describe my internet problem and forgot the whole thing (didn't tell anything) !!

My Goodness!!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Lesson learned !

Never let coffee cool down to room temperature and drink!

Never knead the chappathi dough while watching 'Friends' on TV with your coffee and water side by side!

'Baa'nnu TV pathaa.. you may knead your chappathi with your coffee instead of water!!

But even if you do that, your chappathi does not taste bad!! Hee..hee.. I tried that also..

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Shiva Rathri special- My favourites Part 2

Makkale..
Sorry again.. as usual.. busy with studies..Let me complete listing my fav. songs on Lord Shiva

4. Ka pa li..karunai nilavu:
I don't hear many people singing this. But I have heard in instruments (esp. veenai) in family functions. Wonderful song..Thamizh is slightly tough to follow but it flows beautifully. As my thatha used to sing this clearly and beautifully with a strong masculine voice, I am somehow attached to hearing this through male voice. Madhuramani iyer has sung this. The quality of the audio is not so good. If you would like to understand the lyrics, you should listen to Lakshmi Rangarajan. She has sung it nice and clear.

Song: Ka pa li
Composer: Papanasam Sivan
Song: Lakshmi or Madurai mani iyer (Right click and open in new window)

Lyrics:
P: kApAli karuNai nilavu pozhi vadanamadiyan oru.. Ka pA li..
A: A bAla gOpAlam Azhi shUzh talattavarum bhUpAlarum aSTadik pAlarum pOTrum adbhuta
KapAli..

C: matipunal aravu konrai tumbai arugum mattaipunai mAshaDaiyAn
vidhi talai mAlai mArban uritta kariyin vempuliyin tOluDaiyAn
adhira muzhangum uDukkaiyum tirishUlamum ankiyum kurangamum ilangiDum kaiyAn
dyuti mighu tirumEni muzhudum shAmbal tulanga edir mangaiyar manam kavar jagan mOhana
(KapAli)

In tamil,

க.பா.லி.. க.பா.லி.. க.பா.லி.. க.பா.லி..!!!
கருணை நிலவு பொழி வதன மதியன் ஒரு..கபாலி

அ பால கோபாலம் ஆழி சூழ் தாலாட்டவரும் பூபாலரலும் அஷ்ட திக்பாலரும் போற்றும் அற்புத கபாலி (கருணை நிலவு)

மதி புனல் அரவு கொன்றை தும்பை அருக மத்தை புனை மாசடையான்
விதி தலை மாலை மார்பை உரித்த கரியின் வெம்புலியின் தோலுடையான்
அதிர முழங்கும் உடுக்கையும் திரிசூலமும் அங்கியும் குரங்கமும் இலங்கிடும் கையான்
த்யுதி மிகு திருமேனி முழுதும் சாம்பல் துலங்க, எதிர் மங்கையர் மனம் கவர் ஜகன் மோகன கபாலி (கருணை நிலவு)

5. Thiruvadi charanam:
This a very popular song sung by Musiri Subramanya Iyer (as told by my thatha) Unfortunately I have not heard. The lyrics is evidently emotional and I like the anupallavi so much. "Marupadiyum karuvadaiyum kuzhiyil thalli ennai varutha...padutha.. vendaam ponnambalavaa" Infact, Nithyasree starts with anupallavi and sings in DKP's style focussing on lyrics. When my thatha sings, I feel "God.. Thatha romba paavam..please fulfill his wish"- avlo urugi paaduvaar.

Song : Thiruvadi charanam
Composer: Gopalakrishna Bharathiyar
Song: NithyaSree or Musiri Subramania Iyer (the second link was not working.. hope they fixed it) (Right click and open in new window)
Lyrics:
P: tiruvaDi sharaNam enringu nAn nambi vandEn-dEvAdi dEva nin(tiruvaDi)
A:marupaDiyum karuvaDaiyum kuzhiyil taLLi varuttappaDutta vENDAm ponnambalavA nin (tiruvaDi)


C: eDutta jananm kaNakkezhuda tolaiyAdu- irangi magizhndu dEvarIr vENumenru
koDutta mAniDa janmam vINAgi pOgudu-en-kurai tIrtta pADumillaiyE!!
aDuttu vanda ennai taLLalAgAdu ara-harAvenru shonnAlum pOdAdO !!
taDuttu vandaruLa samayam gOpAlakriSnan santatam paNindu pugazh pOTrum (tiruvaDi)

திருவடி சரணம் என்றிங்கு நான் நம்பி வந்தேன் தேவாதி தேவா நின் (திருவடி)
மறுபடியும் கருவடையும் குழியில் தள்ளி வருத்தப்படுத்த வேண்டாம் பொன்னம்பலவா நின் (திருவடி)

எடுத்த ஜனனம் கணக்கெடுக்கத் தொலையாது-
இரங்கி மகிழ்ந்து தேவரீர் வேணுமென்றுகொடுத்த மானிட ஜன்மம் வீணாகி போகுதென் குறை தீர்த்த பாடுமில்லையே!!
அடுத்து வந்த என்னை தள்ளலாகாது அர-ஹராவென்று சொன்னாலும் போதாதோ!!
தடுத்து வந்தருள சமயம் கோபாலக்ருஷ்ணன் சந்ததம் பணிந்து புகழ்ந்து போற்றும் (திருவடி)

6. Sabapathiku Veru dheivam:
There is a story behind this song. Gopaalakrishna Bhaarati was visiting Tyaagaraaja when Tyaagaraaja asked him if he had ever composed in aabhogi. In response to that query, Gopalakrishna Bharathi while bathing in the river composed this song and came back to Tyaagaraajar and sung in front of him. Tyaagarajar was stunned at his composition and said that he would not compose anymore in Abhogi raagam. This song has made me think that I should visit Chidambaram.

Song: Sabapathiku
Composer: Gopaalakrishna Bhaaratiyar
Song: Priya sisters or Bombay sisters (Right click and open in new window)
Lyrics:
P: sabhaa pathikku vEru-daivamsamAnama guumA tillai (sabhaa)
A: krupaanidhi ivarai pOla kiDaikumO inda -taarani tanilE (sabhaa)


C: oru dharam siva -chidambaram enDru uraithaal podumE
paragadiku vEru puNiyam paNNa vEN -Dumaa ?!!
ariya pulayar moovar pAdam aDaindaarE-enD -rE (puraaNam)
arindu solla kETTOm gOpaalakrishNan paniyum tillai (sabhaa)


சபாபதிக்கு வேறு தெய்வம் சமானமாகுமா

தில்லை சபாபதிக்கு வேறு தெய்வம் சமானமாகுமா( சபாபதிக்கு)

கிருபாநிதி இவரைப்போல கிடைக்குமோஇந்த தரணி தன்னில் (சபாபதிக்கு..)

ஒருதரம் சிவசிதம்பரம் என்றால் சொன்னால் போதுமே

பரகதிக்குயடைய வேறே புண்ணியம் செய்யவேண்டுமா

அரிய புலையர் மூவர் பதம் அடைந்தார்என்றே புராணம்

சொல்லக்கேட்டோம் கோபாலகிருஷ்ணன் பாடும் (சபாபதிக்கு)


Hope you guys enjoyed all my favourite songs of Lord Shiva!!

Friday, March 07, 2008

Shiva Rathri special- my favorites Part 1

Makkale..I searched for some of the fav. songs for so long on internet..could not find lyrics.. Finally, I decided to write them in tamil here so that people can get benefited in future! Forgive me if there are any mistakes in lyrics. Also, please correct me !

I really enjoy these songs so much.. deep from my heart.. Hope you guys listen to it !!

1. Aadik Kondar Andha Vedikai

My cousin brinda used to sing this when we go to houses during 'Kolu'. You feel like dancing while you are listening only. Sudha Ragunathan's will have extreme dynamism and you can't sit simply. Unnikrishnan's has awesome aalaapanai.
Muthuthandavar says beautifully how Lord Shiva dances in Chithambaram and what all moves when Lord Shiva dances. Listen while reading in parallel.

Sung by: Sudha Ragunathan/Unnikrishnan (Right click and open here)

Lyrics: Muthutthandavar (not available online till date)

Song in English:
Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!
Naadith thudhippavar, Pangil uraibavar,
Nambar thiruchempon, ambalavaanar,
Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!

Aara navamani maalaigal aada, aadum aravamum padam pidithaada,
saerani konrai malarthodai aada, chithambara ther aada
paerani vedhiyar thillai mooayiram perkalum poojithu kondaada
karani kali ethirthu ninraadha

Aadi kondaar andha vedikkai kaanak kan aayiram vendaamo!!

Tamil:
ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!
நாடித் துதிப்பவர், பங்கில் உறைபவர்
நம்ப திருச் செம்பொன் அம்பலவாணர்
ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!

ஆர நவமணி மாலைகளாட, ஆடும் அரவமும் படம் பிடித்தாட,
சீரணி கொன்றை மலர்த்தொடையாட, சிதம்பரத் தேராட
பேரணி வேதியர் தில்லை மூவாயிரம் பேர்களும் பூசித்து கொண்டாட
காரணி காளி எதிர்த்து நின்றாட, கனக சபை தனிலே!!

ஆடிக் கொண்டார் அந்த வேடிக்கை காணக் கண் ஆயிரம் வேண்டாமோ!!

2. Kanaka Sabapathiku Namaskaram (Right click and open here)

The song is composed in a way that somebody dances towards Lord Shiva and prays. Some sort of mettu like that. Its a small song ! Also sung by seerkazhi. The qualiy in music india online is not so good. I have heard this in Bombay sisters cassette. Listen while reading in parallel.

Sung by: Bombay Sisters Lyrics : Gopalakrishna Bharathiyar (available online)

I liked the stanza so much..You can really visualize where the girl goes:

"vIthi valam vanthu, mElai gOpura vAsal nuzainthu,kAthaludan sivakAmi kalikkum maNdapam vanthu,mAthavan gOpAlakirushNan vaNangkum ambalam adainthu,nAthanE unathadaikkalam ena nadai makiznthu, thalai kuninthu"


"வீதி வலம் வந்து, மேலே கோபுர வாசல் நுழைந்து, காதலுடன் சிவகாமி களிக்கும் மண்டபம் வந்து, மாதவன் கோபால கிருஷ்ணன் வணங்கும் அம்பலம் அடைந்து, நாதனே உனது அடைக்கலம் என நடை மகிழ்ந்து, தலை குனிந்து"

3. Pithan Enralum Avan Peyan Enralum (Right click and open here)

Wonderful song. The whole credit goes to Sudha Ragunathan. Her expressivesness plus clear pronounciation has made the song so lively. The meaning is clear!! It's also like a song for dance.

Sung by Sudha Ragunathan (and no body till date). Lyrics: Dont know who wrote this. (Not available online)

Song in english:
Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

Thaththimithom enre siru nadanam puriyum
thaandavanai, thillai sithambara naadhanai,

Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

Andangal nadungida, aninthavar avamaalai
Arithamum, muthumani udhira nadanamaadum,
Neelakandanai, mangai sivakaami manaalanai,
Kaamanaik kannaal eriththa maheswaranai,

Pithan Endralum, avan peyan enralum,
Sitham ellam avan paal selluthamma!!

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!

தத்திமிதோம் என்றே சிறு நடனம் புரியும்,
தாண்டவனை, தில்லை சிதம்பர நாதனை,

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்,
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!

அண்டங்கள் நடுங்கிட அணிந்தவர் அவமாலை
அரிதமும் முத்துமணி உதிர நடனமாடும்
நீலகண்டனை, மங்கை சிவகாமி மணாளனை,
காமனை கண்ணால் எரித்த மகேஸ்வரனை,

பித்தன் என்றாலும் அவன் பேயன் என்றாலும்
சித்தம் எல்லாம் அவன்பால் செல்லுதம்மா!!


To be continued!!

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Idli Burger..Idli Sandwich…Grrrrr…. finally, Rim Idli.

Makkale,
Since childhood, I am not somebody who is fond of idlies but I can eat few. After coming to U.S, occasionally, I longed for it. Two months ago, I got this feeling..”Why is this idli not ever modified? wait... there is a modification..Oh yeh.. kancheepuram idli.. Still, what else?? How come nothing more?” ..“What can I do about it?“ Then I gave it a thought “okay..if idlies will have something over it disturbing the white color, I won’t like it (I would never liked to have it when it was totally immersed in milagai podi during travel time(as how it was traditionally eaten)..Apart from mixing something and trying like kancheepuram idli, what else can be tried?”
“If I identify something, I will spread this around the indian-restaurants and make a difference among the not- so-fond idli eaters” – with this nenaps, I thought for a while. Then I came with this “Rim Idli. An idli whose rim alone will have some color and will taste different
Okay.. what can make the idli rim get a color..corriander chutney? tomato chutney? onion chutney?..

Try corriander chutney. I have the tradionally idli vessel where you pour the idli on a cloth wrapped plate(and not the cooker)

Trial 1 : Poured some idli maavu and get it half cooked. Over the half-idli, add a layer of C. chutney and fill the maavu over it.
Result: Ooops… it turned out like a burger… Idli Burger. The layer of chutney was like a patti in burger!! The taste was not any better. Rather horrible..

Idli Burger

Lessons learned: With the addition of small amount of idli maavu in the beginning, I expected to see a flat half idli to hold the chutney that I will add after. Arivu jeevi!! Of course, it formed a small convex-idli (full kutti idli) on both sides which made it look like a fat burger. And the corriander(which is dry in nature) has less taken all the water from idli and the whole idli was dry within. Next time, I will try with tomato (which contains water already) chutney. I will try to add less amount of maavu at the bottom.

Two weeks later…

Trial 2: Poured less amount of maavu at the bottom layer. Let it cook to an extent. Added the tomato chutney and layered maavu over it.
Result: Wow.. it looked much better than before!! But it was like a sandwich :) Idli sandwich. The bottom or top layer was thin than the other and the rim was not formed well with chutney. Taste was really good. If you make your chutney with some tamarind, it tastes awesome. But , why was it like a sandwich. Why not a rim?
Idli Sandwich

Lesson learned: The chutney should be thin enough to make a single layer. But mine was a regular chutney. So, next time, I will crush the tomato in a blender first and then make chutney and again, I will blend it. Also, I will try to use a spoon and press the half-cooked bottom layer to make it flat and then add the chutney.

4 weeks later..

Trial 3: Incorporated all the above-mentioned things
Result: Wow.. Rim Idli. It tasted awesome and looked fine. Look at the rim formed. (I started eating from other side of the plate before taking this pic..That's why you see chutney-spill over the plate..he hee)

Makkale.. try it out!!



Rim Idli

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Malarum ninaivugal tag

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Arun, tagged me with this tag, to pull together five (read some) of my posts to sort of fit into five Categories - Family, Friends, Your Love, Things You like and Yourself… So I’ve been thinking and thinking and I have finally haplessly put together a few of my posts to roughly fall into the said categories.
The rules of the tag are: Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given (family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like). Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

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Basically apdiye cut-paste from arun's blog he hee...!! But, I won’t tag anybody and trouble makkal. If anybody tags themselves out of enthusiasm, let me know:)

1. Family: Mothal onna padinga.. kadiya irundha free!! familyla onnume ezhuthala paa!!!

Amma appa 1 http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2006/02/amma-appa-1.html#links
Amma appa 2 http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2006/02/amma-appa-2.html#links
Amma appa 3 http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2006/02/amma-appa-3.html#links
Amma appa final http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2006/03/amma-appa-final.html#links

2. Friend: idhulayum onnum illa.. so, kanavule friendsa kodumai paduthuvadha pathi dhaan post..http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2006/01/kanavugal-pudhiya-kanavugal.html#links

3. Myself : My name is Priya Venkatakrishnan http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2007/06/my-name-is.html#links

4. My love: Indha kelvikku eppayume more than 3 answers irukku..generallaa sonna Food; Kavithai; Arts & Science
Kavithai sample http://kuttipriya.blogspot.com/2007/01/guna-stylela-kavithai-kavithai-padi.html#links

5. My like: Ditto as before.. lovekkum likekkum onnume periya difference illa enaku.. Ellathulayume overaa aarvam undu.. Passionnnu onne onnu ennikume kedaiyaadhu lifela..

Look at any of the posts on labels such as Food, Kavithai, Arts and Science...ada Pongayya..kadiya poduthu.. Arun..enaku varra kovathukku...!! idhellam oru tagu..kadavule!!

Friday, February 08, 2008

Manuscript -Panchamritham

Makkale..

How are you guys? Well, this is probably the first official post of the year. Well, makkale..to me, this year has taken off like a rocket in everything. On jan 2nd, I got a news that I am selected for a research contest and as a result, I had to put my results in the form of manuscript and before before feb 1st. From hardly working to working hard. Also, I had to write atleast 7 tamil posts for thamizhmanam- tamizh grammar..en aarva kolarukku alave illa:)- Plus deadlines, booking tickets and hotels for the meetings during this semester. Plus UT El Paso formality documents filing (I can really write a post on that..I will definitely dump all my frustration on blogspot about this one day)

My backache shooted up during last week of Jan. Very severe..Like a paati, I was holding my hip and walking all around..On feb 2nd, I felt like december 2nd week...All tired. Need a vacation!! Then took 3 days off from lab, did yoga twice a day and I am back to work now. Ippovum onnum vela pannala Okay..

Makkale..I want you to see the effect of my manuscript writing. Its still in me… When you write an article, you will learn a new language (within a language). say for example, if you want to say ' avan enna thalli vittaan..padupaavi', you have to say 'mariyadhaikuriya avar, kaiyaal vegaamaaga thoda, naan tharaiyai thotten..idhu paavam tharakoodiya seyal'

Enna makkale..punnagaiyaa?? I will try to show how much I am influenced by this by writing a mini manuscript. I am choosing Palani Panchamritham that I made few months ago so that it is hilarious..hopefully:) (Read with References along)

A novel and authentic way of preparing Palani Panchamritam

Priya Venkatakrishnan
Department of Cooking and Catering, University of South Indian Arts and Science, El Paso, TX- 799xy

Address correspondence to Priya V, www.kuttipriya.blogspot.com

Introduction
Panchamritam is a sweet dish that is prepared in many different parts of India by Yogis. Originally Panchamritam contains 5 ingredients that are considered to be amritham, the elixir of life. The ingredients include Milk, Ghee, Butter, Honey, Kalkandu. Though Panchamritam is made all over India, Palani Panchamritam differs from Panchamritam. Palani Panchamritam is prepared in the Murugan temple at Palani (Sithar et al.,Kaliyugam) and hence called so. Palani Panchamritam has been relished not only by millions of people in Tamilnadu (Om Tat sat) in earth but also by Lord Muruga and his family in heaven (Murugan et al).

Palani Panchamritam is known to be good for health and during special occasions, Lord Muruga is bathed with palani panchamritam (Bhaktha Jana kodigal et al). Although Panchamritam is made along with other prasadhams at home, the art of making palani panchamritam is not well established over internet. Our lab has already been known to strive for perfection in preparing some of the known-to-be-tough dishes and have succeeded in preparing dishes with mouth-watering taste (Subha, 2005, kuttipriya-samayal, 2005). We, therefore, meticulously performed experiments to prepare palani panchamritam as tasty as the one at Palani, using modern equipments such as electric oven, stainless steel and non-stick utensils and fresh fruits in order to make the preparation easy and safe at home.

(Ipdi dhaan oru sothai topicla research edhuthu projecta project pannuvaanga..araicha maava araipanga ..)

Experimental

Utensils
All stainless and non-stick utensils weighing less than 5 lbs were purchased in Albertsons, El Paso

Materials

Ripe Bananas, Dates, Honey, Curd, Milk, Water and Grapes were purchased from Walmart. Cashews, Cardomom, Almonds were bought from 711 Gas station, El Paso. Jaggery and Ghee were obtained from R V Indian Grocery stores.

Methods and Results (Proving your point section)

One cup of Jaggery was solubilized using water in a stainless steel utensil until it becomes semi-viscous liquid. 4-5 bananas were mashed separately. The jaggery solution was heated mildly during which 1 tablespoon of ghee, a small bunch of grapes, ½ glass of milk, 1 tablespoon curd, ¼ cup of dates and the mashed bananas were added. In the meantime, few gms of cashews, almonds were mildly fried in one tablespoon of ghee separately and added to the jaggery solution. Now, when they become a semi-solid paste, they were removed from the stove. Then, a tablespoon of honey was added to the boiled mixture.
Results from our experiment showed that palani panchamritam tastes authentic as our positive control, the original palani panchamritam bought at Palani temple. The degree of exactness of the taste was 99 ± 0.4% and the sweetness sensitivity to the tongue is optimal 80 ± 0.7% (neither too sweet not too bitter). The consistency of palani panchamritam was semi-solid and matched the positive control (98%).

We also applied a negative control that contained all ingredients such as Ripe Bananas, Dates, Honey, Milk, curd, Water and Grapes minus Jaggery. Our negative control failed to produce palani panchamritam, although it produiced regular panchamritam, indicating that jaggery is essential for palani panchamritam. Also we had an internal control to test our experiment whether voluntary mixing of these gave the exact taste. The internal control contained all the ingredients, placed 2 inches from each other in a large plate and monitored at room temperature for 10 min to see if they move towards each other to form panchamritam. The internal control failed to produce panchamritam. Interestingly, milk and water moved vigorously to mix with Honey and Yogurt to form a thin liquid mixture and the fruits stayed apart.
Side-effect analyses using human beings such as Priya and her friends indicate that there were no symptoms of headache, backache or any problems for the next 24 hours, although Priya had sneezing a couple of times at 6hrs. Thus, we demonstrate that our experiment produce a safe and delicious Palani panchamritam.

Discussion (Most people do Logic rather Pethal )

Palani Panchamritam is a wonderfully tasting kongunaadu dish (Internet). Also it is considered to be an aphrodisiac (Miriam Hospodar). Interestingly sages and great men of different periods have quoted that Palani Panchamritam tastes awesome and it is offered to Lord Muruga (Arunagirinathar et al). As Lord Muruga loved Valli, we speculate that he probably tasted in Valli malai or any kongu regions. Although Avvaiyar (avvaiyaar et al, Ages before) enlightened us that he is THE fruit that we should taste, the fruit Lord Muruga wished to taste and be bathed is palani panachamritam. It is tempting to speculate that Palani Panchamritam is the fruit mix that gives Gyana.

Thus, identifying a novel and authentic way of preparing Palani Panchamritam with high degree of exactness at home is absolutely essential. Our lab produced a palani panchamritam with high degree of exactness and optimal senstivitity with minimal side-effects. We would like address the issue of Priya’s sneezing by quoting that Priya used to get sneezing whenever there is less circulation of air (Maayaa, 2006) Because there were many people at home, it is probable that Priya could not get adequate fresh air as before and that led to sneezing. Further tests are needed to prove that lack of adequate fresh air was the cause of sneezing.

Conclusion
In order to lead a healthy life and be prosperous, it is highly essential to prepare palani panchamritam and eat at home. To save money and to avoid side-effects of canned Panchamritam available outside the Palani temple and elsewhere, it is necessary to prepare them at home. To date, there is no perfect procedure described over internet. Our lab provides a method of producing authentic and novel way of preparing Palani Panchamritam with absolutely no side-effects. Further experiments are on the way to improvise and increase the exactness of the taste.

Acknowledgements: We than Ms. Natchiar.K, Ms. Darsan, and Ms. Nelson for coming over and participating in taste and side-effect analyses. Special thanks go to all friends for encouragement.

References

1. Sithar Sitharappa, Bogar Bogarappa, Kuravar Kuravarappa, kurathi kurathiappa, http://palani.org/, Kaliyugam.
2. Om TatSat, http://www.yogananda.net/messageboard/index.php?showtopic=4721, 2006
3. Murugan Sivaperuman, Valli veduvaappa, Devyani Indran, Sivan No last name, Parvathi Dakshan, Likes and Dislikes of Karthikeyan Family, KaliYugam
4. Bhaktha Jana kodigal, Offerings during Special days of Lord Muruga at Arupadaiveedugal, 20th century.
5. Subhashini Srinivasan, Testimonial to priya, Orkut, 2007
6. Maayaa, Label Samayal, www.kuttipriya.blogspot.com , 2005 onwards
7. Miriam Hospodar, http://caliber.ucpress.net/doi/abs/10.1525/gfc.2004.4.4.82,Gastronomica Vol 4, 82-93
8. Arunagirinadhar, kripanandha variyar. Compilation of Great songs and lectures about Lord Muruga, pages 4-8, 20-24, 78-90.
9. Avvaiyar, Palam Nee appa song, Thiruvilaiyaadal, Ages.

You can also find this article in http://www.pubcook.com/

Hoewwwwzit???
Note: This post is not intended to attack anybody's feelings or beliefs. Its written for fun. No Offense!!

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Makkale.. oru vazhiyaa deadline submission mudichutu vandhuten!!!

Rousaa aarambipoomaa!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Filter??

We call this ' a coffee filter'.

If sold in Amazon or eBay, what would this be called??
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"Manipal's classic stainless steel 4 piece Filterware set"
:-)

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Daily vandhu enna paarunga!!!

Makkale..

Happy New Year!!

Let this New Year bring a lot of happiness in all our lives!!!!

Epdi irukeenga?? ABABABAB-long time no C. hee hee..

Well, I have a news for you.. I am selected as the 'star of the week' by thamzhmanam for the forthcoming week (jan 7th - jan 14th). My blog will be linked here from this saturday - http://www.thamizmanam.com/

1000's of makkal varuvaangalaam..I was not serious about it till this week..Ippo matha star post ellam paathaa vayathula puliya karaikudhu..ovvoru starkkum edho speciality irukku.. Enna Thappa choose pannitaangannu strongaa thonudhu..edho..oru bayam... Innum enna enna tamil post podanumnnu ideave varala..edho oru sama bayam..

Well, I am selected for the http://www.tamilkkalvi.blogspot.com/ (one of my blogspots) and not this one. I will (have to) publish atleast one post per day!!

Makkale...nallavargale..pechaalargale..pengale..tamil pulavargale.. tamil kooti kooti padikravangale..yaathrigargale..lordgale..chandrargale..alavillaa irarakkam udaiyavargalee.. kalaiselvigale..'iraamane raaja'kale....jeevangale..muthukumarargale..agninatchatirangale!!

neenga ellam en katchila irundhu, coming week daily http://www.tamilkkalvi.blogspot.com/ kku vandhu paathu, ennai ookuviyunga:)- aasir vadhangal and good luck needed please!!!