Friday, February 20, 2009

Srilankan Tamils

Oh.. My God... Iam as old as the widespread riots and massacres started in Srilanka. Still the People there don't have a solution. All their fate??.
Even though I born and brought up in a corrupted country like India, I live my life and enjoy the freedom, and do what ever I want to. But the People in Vanni or Kilinochi are able to ??, a Big No.

Srilankan Tamils are the bravest Tamilians in the modern times. I have read about Tamil Culture and Wealth of Tamil Land may be 5000 years ago. The Community which has prides struggles now. Oh.. God Please help my brothers and sisters there and Give them the peace.
They will emerge as Jews of West. Tamils are as old as ancient Greek and Chinese and intelligent.What to do ?, nothing helps the Tamilians there.

I would like to Pin point something, which came up in my mind.
Mistakes done by LTTE:
->Killing many Tamil Leaders in Srilanka during 80s and 90s. They wanted to be the only representatives of Tamils in srilanka.
-> Killing the Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi. This was a brutal mistake. Till Rajiv Gandhi's death the whole Tamilnadu encouraged LTTE and even Indian Government trained them. after wards the situation has changed.Wouldn't have done this, the Eelam might have been already created.
-> Even during the ceasefire period between 2002-2008,they failed to reach the Solution.
-> Why are they not OK with Semi Autonomous Federal Framework?, what we have in India? I have No Idea.

My Suggestions:
1. Stop the War Immediatley and treat all the People wounded so far.
2. Constitute a Group with members from LTTE, Srilankan Government, UN, USA and India and Tamil Nadu Government to arrive a solution. Till that time, continue the existing Administration.
3. The solution should grand equal rights to Tamilians in Srilanka, and enough Representation in Parliament and right to live their lifes.
3. Help the Tamilians who fled Srilanka to return back to their mainland.

Tamilians in Tamilnadu:
->Karunanidhi only wants to be in power.He never did any good thing to the People of Tamilnadu.He will do anything to be in power.He always thinks about his sons and grandsons. How do you expect him to help Srilankan Tamilians?
-> Jayalalitha does the same thing. The only thing is she doesn't have 10s of Grandchildren to look after like Karuna.

Many Good real ( yes, they are real)Tamil leaders like Mr Vaiko, Nedumaran, Tha. Pandian and N. Varadarajan don't have political support and Junk Tamilians should stand behind them.But all the Tamilians are not with them,so their voices are unheard in the Media and by those who is in power.

Even people Like Vijayakanth and Ramadoss are busy in organising their own meetings, instead of joining the above mentioned leaders, because of the Political gains they want to make.

All the Tamilnadu Politicians should stand together for the Srilankan Tamilians?. Will that happen in my life time?, I doubt.

Angry about Media:
All over the world, the news media talks about Britney Spears new Video, Paris Hiltons new Sex Video, A dog giving birth to a dog,Laxmi Mittals wealth. But no one gives ebough importance to 100's of Tamilians getting killed everyday in Sri Lanka.
Even The Indian News Channels like NDTV and Timesnow are busy with Some Women's sending panties to Sri Ram Sena, but not worried about what happens in Tamilnadu.
See, what Barkha Dutt of NDTV hosting in NDTV, she is worried about a Foreign girl killed in Goa and Sri Ram sena Issue. She always conducts national level debastes on petty issues. the same applies to Arnab Goswami of Times Now.

No one talks about My Brothers and Sisters?.

Oh God, Please help them.

My views are not complete enough. Still I want to make views through my blog to the outside world, As a Tamilian, my heart cried for them.
I read a Sify Column, which has information about Srilankan Eelam Histroy.
You may go through that at

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Letter to Every Indian by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Today morning I received a mail from my Friend Selvaraj, which I felt a worth posting in my blog. Its none other than the words from our beloved 2nd Father of Our Nation ( This would be more appropriate, what do you say?) Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Iam always very proud that he is a Tamilian.
I don't know the authenticity of the Letter, whether It originally came from APJ himself, but Whoever has written that really deserves a huge respect.

Here you go...

DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 's Speech in Hyderabad:

Why is the media here so negative?
Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?
We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
We are the first in milk production.
We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.
We are the second largest producer of wheat.
We are the second largest producer of rice.
Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign T.Vs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India .. For her, you and I will have to build this developed India . You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.
Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.
Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.
YOU say that our government is inefficient.
YOU say that our laws are too old.
YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.

YOU say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore . Give him a name - 'YOURS'. Give him a face - 'YOURS'. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don! 't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM. YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity… In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai . YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.
YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to, 'see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.'YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, 'Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost.' YOU wouldn't chuck an empty c! oconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Au stralia and New Zealand .
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo ? Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ??? We are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same here in India ?

In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan .
Will the Indian citizen do that here?' He's right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to d! o everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.

When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excu! se? 'It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry.' So who's going to change the system?
What does a system consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely not me and YOU.. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England . When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody think! s of feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too….. I am echoing J. F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..

Lets do what India needs from us.

Dr. Abdul Kalam

The mail ends with a note urging the reader to forward this mail to every Indian.
I did my part, what about you?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Suresh's Marriage

My dear Blog readers,
Yesterday was the day when one of my First close Pal got married. So its a very special day for us also.First, My hearty wishes to the couple Suresh & Sandhya for a happy married life.
In Tamil I should wish them with a Tamil proverb" Pathinarum petru peru valvu Valka" that means live happily with 16 knowledge or wealth. I need to clarify this with some elders at my village. So, this blog is about my trip to Kumbakonam, where the marriage happened.

Our trip started by getting in to Mysore- Mayiladuthurai (No 6232) at cantonment Railway station, Bangalore on Jan 30th. It included Musiri(His real name Satheeshkumar,we call him with his native( a Town in Tamilnadu, as nick name) , Batch ( its jayaganesh, my Labmate in Engineering),Perisu(Periyasamy) , Anitha (My Classmate) ,balaguru(Collegemate) and me( Gundu or blade, I don't know how many funny nick names I have got so far). We missed Mr SUMU ( Sundaramoorthy-a well known and proven expert in pulling our legs, we are still afraid of him) as he had got some urgent work at office. It always happens to him. We are also joined by Suresh's Collegaues from TI.
We had a really special Puliotharai( Tamarind rice)cooked by Perisu for dinner. The night was full of pulling each other's legs, mainly it was mine or Musiri's. Almost the whole compartment was entertained by our chit-chats.we talked about my crush for a girl and Musiri's cruch for his Ex-Colleague. It was a nice journey to Kumbakonam.

We were welcomed by Suresh's Childhood friend Sankar at the Kumbakonam Railway station. Movu( Mohan Raj, Chennai) and Madu(Ganeshamoorthy, Chennai) joined us in the morning.My Another pal Muthumanikam ( PULI- Tiger in Tamil) has flied from Mumbai to Chennai and informed me that he would be in Kumbakonam in the evening. I was expecting him too.
We took bath and had a Tamil Breakfast. We fought with each other in counting Number of the Idlis we had. Then we got in to a CAB and went straight to Tanjore BIG Temple.By this time, We were joined by Musiri's parents from Namakal. Its a Shiva Temple built by the Chola King Raja Raja Cholan (means King of Kings).I was personally enthralled by the Architecture miracle of my fore fathers and was happy to be there first time. ( I will post some pictures very soon), then we went to the Tanjore Palace,which houses the famous Saraswathi Mahal Library, a library has the rare Palm leaf collections of many many Tamil Literature.We couldn't go inside the library as it was closed for lunch. There I bought a nice Tanjore painting and many small handicrafts for my house( I wanted to buy more, but they didn't have Credit card facility and I lost my debit card in the morning). I bought for every Rupee I had and took Madu also with me, If I need more money to pay the bills.

Straight after lunch, we went to Tharasurm, another architectural Marvelous built by second Raja Raja Cholan 2 to 3 centuries later to the Big Temple.It has nice pillars that has thousands of dancing maneuvers , which may take 2 to 3 days to understand everything. We had seen a really nice Sculpture there in which If you hide one part, it would look like a bull and if you hide the another part , it would look like an elephant.Then we went to Swami malai a place which is part of six scared temples of Lord Murugan and then to Uppiliappan Temple ( Lord Vengadeswara Temple) and to Thiru Nageswaram a NavaGraha Temple where Lord Raghu Bagavan has a individual temple. We were back to Kalyana Mahal around 7 PM.

we are still expecting PULI from Chennai.After a small snack some of us went to Lee Garden Inn a decent and nice hotel nearby to the Mahal for Bachelor party. The party was very good, where I irritated all my Pals, which they told me next day morning. I should write another blog about this party,we will see that later.By this time DAS, my another classmate joined us.
Next day( Sunday) morning me and Movu were searching for a Salon for a Shave. you know both the salons we tried were full and some how we got in to the second one and we paid Rs 20 for a Shave. we pay only Rs 10 or 15 in Bangalore. When we tried on Saturday morning, both the salons were crowded like anything.We were thinking, if we are barbers at Kumbakonam, we can make more than we are getting right now.

after bath we reached Kalyana Mahal.Prabhu,My Friend from Pune,and Mohan from Chennai has already arrived and joined us for Breakfast). Many of us wore Dhoti, because we wanted to feel like Tamil Man. Vanitha My classmate also came to the marriage with his father from Tirunalveli. PULI has already arrived and was sporing with nice T-Shirt with Jeans and Mustacheless face. I had four rounds of Pongal for breakfast which I like the most than any other food. the couple got married around 10.10 AM. SUMU reached the Mahal around 10.30 AM. one Foreigner Mr Bill from USA was invited to the marriage by a friend of Suresh, when he was standing at the door steps after listening to the Indian music. I played host to him and explained what ever i know about the Indian Traditional Marriage and the Marriage Food. He presented a greeting note with 10$ note as Gift.

The Lunch was very good and after that those who wanted to go to Chennai took bus at the Bus Terminus. SUMU, Musiri, Perisu,Madu,Batch and me went for a new Tamil Movie "Vennila Kabadi Kushu" a Nice movie which was shooted in Kanakanpaati, a village which very near to my Village Aruvankattuvalasu. I would recommend everyone to watch this movie, I believe this one will become blockbuster of the year.Then we headed to the Railway station, packed our Dinner from the small hotel in the station. Again our Mokkai ( chit- chat) started afresh by SUMU revolving around Musiri,Batch and me some times. Puli joined us to Bangalore and will leave to Mumbai on Tuesday evening.We were surprised to see 2 of Compartment mates while traveling to Kumbakonam also joined us now. One guy was at our compartment this time too and offered home made tasty vadas prepared by his MOM.Around 10.30 after playing 3 rounds of cards, we went to bed. Musiri won twice and Sumu once, I tried hard,but couldn't win.
We woke up when the train reached Byappanahalli and got down at Cantonment, took two auto to Mayo hall for Rs 80 per Auto, and from there we took bus to our house at Bellandur via Marathahalli. We reached Bellandur around 6.10 AM

we gave the cards back to Suresh's colleagues Kalayn, Rajasekar Reddy and Sripal who were very nice during the entire journey.

The last two days has passed ,but the Memories of this wonderful Journey and the Fun I had will remain as a Most memorable days of my life time.