My World This Week #2

Watched the movie ‘Despicable Me’ on Sunday morning. Kids movie and a good one too, considering that the ticket price was just £1. Had I known that cinemas price their tickets so low for Sunday morning shows for selected kids movies, I would have taken Anirud for lot more movies than we have. Anyway, better late than never.

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Malyasia Vasudevan – what a gifted singer he was. Sang so many high-pitched songs naturally and his voice is definitely unique. Many of the vintage Rajini songs still stay in our mind because of MV’s voice. ‘Podhuvaaga En Manasu thangam’ (Murattu Kaalai), ‘Manidhan Manidhan’ (Manidhan), ‘Aagaya Gangai’ (Dharma Yuddham’, ‘Poongaatru thirumbuma’ (Mudhal Mariyadhai), ‘Aatukutti muttaiyittu’ (16 Vayadhinile) are some of his many evergreen songs. May his soul rest in peace.

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Enjoyed every bit of PM Manmohan Singh’s presser last week. I am so glad that he called for such a press conference. There were quite a few who believed on his so-called ‘Mr Clean’ tag. If not anything, last week took Mr Clean to cleaners and showed him what he is (in)capable of. More than Manmohan Singh, a lot needs to be said about the media. But, less said the better for electronic media sucks big time.

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Almost six years after moving to my current locality, we just discovered a lovely book warehouse – just a mile away from our home. They are open only on the third weekend of every month and have an impressive collection of books. Best part is not their collection, but that they offer 80% discount on all their stocks. Another, better late than never story. Have I been closing my eyes all these years?

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Got £30 worth of Tesco vouchers that need to be used by the end of February. We were planning to use it for a day out since summer, but the weather gods seem to have different ideas. Looks like I may have to get their validity period extended. But, sonny seems very keen on going to ‘Cadbury World’. Lets see.

My World This Week

Attended a Carnatic music concert by Rasikalaya at Ealing recently. Vocal by Sangeetha Swaminathan, Jyotsana Srikanth on Violin and Prakash on Mridangam. No need to confess that I am not even a novice when it comes to Carnatic music, but it was a real pleasant experience indeed even without taking into account the yummy yummy puliyodharai and curd rice that was served after the concert. Can’t believe that I am attending ‘kutcheris’ these days.

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Handled an interesting interpretation assignment recently. It was for watching couple of Tamil films along with the examiners of the agency that classifies the movies. In short, they are the British counterparts of Indian Censor Board. However, unlike the Censor Board in India, these people will only classify the movies in to the right category and will not normally cut any scenes from the film. Although in most cases, the visuals in the movie will form the base for classification, in some – it may be the case of dialogues. Apart from telling the examiners of the story line, my job was to spot bad language, any references to drugs etc based on the guideline given to me. Downside of this assignment is that, you can’t just walk away from movie if it was boring. Loved this assignment, despite the fact that I had to watch ‘Siruthai’. The other one was ‘Aadukalam’, which was good.

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Twitter rocks these days. Especially people behind the handles – DrYumYumSingh and Queen_UK are simply superb.

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Cricket World Cup, IPL, TN Assembly Elections. Amidst all these lined up for the next few months, how is one expected to keep track of the scams that get unearthed every other day?

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Had a lovely weekend by visiting a friend’s place in a town called Basingstoke. Though the journey was an hour long from home, we got to meet another couple apart from the hosts and it was good to have a free-wheeling chat after a superb lunch. The best part is that we got the privilege of attending an exclusive practice session for their light music programme. Lunch, Chat, Live Music. Couldn’t have asked for more.