A dangerous game is about to begin.
He didn’t know back then how crucial those 30 minutes were…
Tick, tick, tick, tick…
In India, there is a ‘Girl-seeing’ ritual before marriage – generally a formality – as the marriage should have been fixed based on $family$ compatibility, by then. Still, it’s crucial for parents to get their kids’ consent, who (in rare cases) might have the right to reject. So, the couple is given a maximum of 30 minutes to ‘understand’ each other.
For the uninitiated, look at the two states in the southern most part of the map of India (above) – The state on the right (rose) is Tamil Nadu, where Tamil language is spoken; the state on the left (blue) is Kerala, where Malayalam language is spoken.
There are a few common words between most of the Indian languages which might suggest, i. these languages might have had a common ancestor and/or, ii. they might have borrowed some words from each other.
Tamil & Malayalam, being spoken people living in neighboring states obviously have some commonalities. But, Tamil and Malayalam are two different languages, with their own scripts and words. PERIOD. Continue reading
This Englishman-Australian joke was doing the rounds when I was young. Not sure how many are aware of this -
In the 19th Century, an Englishman was traveling in Australia and requested an Australian to come along with him to show some places.
He first sees the Australian Parliament building and says, ‘Is this your parliament building? You should see our Houses of Parliament buildings in London. They are majestic’ Continue reading
A few years back when I met the founder of IndiBlogger, Renie Ravin, at Chennai (in an IndiBlogger meet), he gave me his visiting card. His designation in that card was mentioned as ‘Visionary’. I was MIGHTY Impressed!! From that time, I wanted to print my own visiting cards with DREAM DESIGNATIONS like that. Since printing costs money and no one will take it from me… No. Actually, since it is environmentally unfriendly, I have created a few virtual visiting cards for myself with some wishful designations. Have a look –
Che Guevara? Continue reading
All these years of blogging have not gone totally waste. By following and commenting on blogs written by women (also), I have gained new skills. Sample this -
For a few years (now), there used to be a routine of arguments and disagreements between me and my bike-mechanic. I will give him a budget for bike-servicing and he always overshoots this saying this part had to be changed, that needed some tweaking, etc. I just couldn’t win these arguments, especially since I was trying to find fault with the technicalities of automobiles – which was his strong-hold (obviously!). Continue reading
If JK Rowling can write using a pen-name Robert Galbraith and release her novel anonymously, why shouldn’t I publish a book using a pen-name called JK Rowling??? Fair enough, right?
Except that I will be SUED left, right and center by JK Rowling’s publishers!! And even if a few (minuscule number of) readers happen to read it, by the end of the first story/chapter, even a 10-year old kid will discover that the book has not been written by JK!! So, I guess I will not be able to sustain the suspense beyond a couple of days, if at all Continue reading
*Puncturist = A person who gets his tyre punctured. My voluntary contribution to English
Since I visit various tourist spots on my two-wheeler/bike, I am always worried about what to do, if my bike tyre gets punctured in some remote area, where there is no tyre shop?? You know what – It never happens!!!
Before a few years, when I was driving through the Sathyam theater road in Chennai, my tyre suddenly got punctured. Just as I was about to exclaim, ‘Oh no, what do I do?’, I saw 2-3 persons who were calling me to their (respective!!) puncture shops! I thought, ‘Wow, this is my lucky day – there are so many puncture shops right next to the spot!’ Continue reading
Photo: Martin Addison. Published under this creative commons license.
After creating (and publishing) a master-piece of a blog-post, I went to relax in my favorite cafe in the town. Though it was quite far away from my house, I loved the ambiance, quietness and the friendly staff. I was looking at the menu card, when a couple entered the venue. On noticing me, they discussed something among themselves and approached me.
I have got another award – ‘The Liebster Blog’ award from Y Not? Enjoying Life in My Own Way. Yaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy . Here are the rules -
- Tell 10 random facts about yourself
- Answer my questions please
- Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
- Write 11 questions for them to answer
I prefer blog conversations over real-world conversations because, in our blogs we can proof-read the post/comments throughly before hitting the ‘publish’ button. There is a lot of time to think/contemplate on what we write. Of course, there might still be a few glitches (as comments cannot be deleted on other blogs), but in our own blogs we can delete anything, anytime. We just need to hope that people have not already taken a screen-shot of whatever we want to delete! Continue reading