Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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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 !!


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"


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


"கத்தியின்றி ரத்தமின்றி காயப்பட்டவள்
உன் கண்கள் செய்த வைத்தியத்தால் நன்மையடைகிறேன்

மிச்சமின்றி மீதமின்றி சேதபட்டவள்
உன் நிழல் கொடுத்த தைரியத்தால் உண்மையறிகிறேன்"


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.


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

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)

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

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

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)
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)
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!!