Effects of Semester #5

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The pre-final year started with all excitement but had its adverse effects on me in a couple of days! I was wondering if I was the only one to experience such aberrations but later found my friends to be in the same state as that of mine, which nearly made me syllabify ‘Nan-baen-da!’ every time.

Sadly, most of our college days are spent on exams. I can clearly see that fifth semester had its own take of assault on every student of my college, via their Facebook updates. (Exams, I don’t wanna talk about it anymore here! God, we’ve gone through a lot after all!).

Let me now list out a few effects that I discovered during the classroom days of this semester.

1. Zombie effect:

Soon as you enter a fifth semester classroom, you could see a hyperactive person using all their energy to take the ‘already-hyperpassive’ students to a zombified stage. Lol :D. Interestingly, a few zombies possess a special power of texting without even moving their heads an inch. 😛

2. Red-eye effect:

After being zombified, the students enter the sleep mode in a few minutes. This brings up a red-eye effect in their eyes. In this case, it is not the pupil, but the sclera becomes red. Surprisingly, this red-eye effect is contagious. If you are red-eyed and a person near you annoys you by interrogating, give them a brief look! Done, the person will become red-eyed soon. 😉

3. Silverscreen effect:

If the hyperactive person uses a projector to get their work simplified, the student’s brain starts working in a ridiculously different way! The student views the projection screen as silverscreen to get rid of sleep. For one person, it might play the highlights of previous day’s match and for the other it might play the favourite scenes of last night’s movie. 😛

4. Mute-button effect:

The hyperactive person normally orders the students to put their mobile phones in silent mode. But the students are overly obedient that they themselves go to silent mode ;). When a question is thrown at the students, graveyard-like-silence prevails in the classroom. Nevertheless, in this situation, you can find atleast one person opening their mouth to……………YAWN :P. Never think the other way. 😉

Painfully, the sixth semester starts tomorrow without proper break :(. And I guess this is gonna continue further.

Share your valuable views if you felt the same!!

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You’re Beautiful – Review

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You're Beautiful

Lately, I found people in my classroom earnestly conversing about a Korean TV series named “You’re Beautiful” which almost piqued my curiosity to watch it. As I started watching , it drove me crazy and even now I couldn’t get my mind out of it!! If you’re looking for a pleasant romantic tale, this is definitely for you!!

The story revolves around a music band named A.N.Jell which wishes to introduce a new member to the team. Unexpectedly, Go Mi Nam, the new member is supposed to leave for United States for a surgery. In such a state, Manager Ma Hoon Yi approaches Go Mi Nyu, the twin sister of Go Mi Nam, to play his role till he returns.

Having in mind her brother’s dream of becoming a noted singer in order to find their mother, she consents and enters the band as Go Mi Nam where she meets the other members Hwang Tae Kyung, Shin Woo and Jeremy. Leader Tae Kyung, stubborn by attitude, initially dislikes the arrival of Minam but later on discovers that she’s a girl and falls in love. On the other hand, Shin Woo falls in love with Minam as well and this is where the love triangle comes into picture. Yoo He Yi, the antagonist, poses problems to Tae Kyung and Go Mi Nam but the team undergoes a few escapades to cover up Go Mi Nam from being exposed as a girl.

Speaking about the cast, Go Mi Nam has played a wonderful role with her innocent expressions. Shin Woo, the charismatic and tender-hearted guy was my favourite in the beginning, but later on I was seriously perplexed on deciding my favourite. At first, Tae Kyung seems to be rude and cold-hearted but finds his place in our hearts as the story progresses. It is rightly said that ‘Love melts even the coldest hearts’ :). Jeremy has given his best shot at humour. Considering Jeremy’s and Shin Woo’s one-sided love for Go Mi Nam, I pitied more for Jeremy as I always believed that unexpressed feelings have a greater impression.

Pig-RabbitI must definitely mention the Pig-Rabbit (that is how Tae Kyung calls Go Mi Nam) – my favourite part in the story :).  Tae Kyung picks up two dolls- a pig and a rabbit and performs a keen surgery ;). He fits the pig nose on the rabbit doll and presents it to Go Mi Nam. Go Mi Nam’s joy knows no bounds when she sees the Pig-Rabbit and the lost hairpin.

The series has also got wonderful soundtracks and I love ’em 🙂 I was really saddened when I reached the last episode as I’m gonna miss it thereafter. For those who haven’t watched this yet, just give it a shot. I’m sure you’ll definitely love it !!

பொன்னியின் செல்வன்

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பொதுவாக, கதைகளைப் படிக்கும்பொழுது நம் மனதில் பலதரப்பட்ட உணர்வுகள் எழுவதுண்டு. கதையோடு ஒன்றிப்போவதும், காட்சிகளைக் கண்ணெதிரே காண்பதும், கதை மாந்தர்களோடு நம்மை ஒப்பிட்டுக் கொள்வதும், கதை நிகழ்ந்த காலத்துக்கே செல்வது போலத் தோன்றுவதும் அவற்றுள் சில. இவை அனைத்தையும் ஒருங்கே நான் கண்டுணர்ந்த ஒரே புதினம் – அமரர் கல்கி அவர்கள் எழுதிய “பொன்னியின் செல்வன்” !!

கி. பி. தொள்ளாயிறத்து அறுபது-எழுபதுகளில் நிகழ்ந்த வரலாற்று முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்த நிகழ்ச்சிகளைக் கொண்டு அமைந்த புதினம் இது. அக்காலத்தில் சோழ நாட்டை ஆண்ட இராஜராஜ சோழரை (அருள்மொழி வர்மர்) மையமாகக் கொண்டு அமைந்தது. அவரைப் பொன்னி நதியின் மைந்தராக அனைவரும் கருதவே ‘பொன்னியின் செல்வர்’ என்ற பெயர் ஏற்பட்டது.

எனினும், இக்கதையின் முக்கிய கதாபாத்திரமான வந்தியத்தேவனைப் பற்றி நாம் கூறியே ஆக வேண்டும். ஆதி முதல் அந்தம் வரை, இவரைச் சுற்றியே இக்கதை அமைந்துள்ளது. வல்லவரையன் வந்தியத்தேவன், வல்லத்து இளவரசன், வாணர் குலத்து வீரன் என்றெல்லாம் அழைக்கப்படும் இவர் ஆதித்த சோழரிடமிருந்து தஞ்சையில் உள்ள சுந்தர சோழருக்கும், பழையாறையில் வசிக்கும் குந்தவை தேவிக்கும் ஓலை எடுத்து வருவது முதல் நடைபெறும் நிகழ்வுகளைக் கொண்டு கதை நகர்கிறது.

இனி கதாபாத்திரங்களைப் பற்றிக் கூறுவதை விட, கதையை நவரசங்கள் ததும்ப ஆசிரியர் கொண்டு செல்லும் விதத்தைப் பற்றிக் கூற விரும்புகிறேன். ஒவ்வொரு பாகத்திலும் நான் ரசித்த பகுதிகள் பின்வருமாறு:

பாகம் 1- புது வெள்ளம் :

கந்தமாறனுக்கும் வந்தியத்தேவனுக்கும் இடையே உள்ள நட்பைப் பற்றிக் கூறும் பொழுது, யௌவனப் பிராயத்தில் உள்ளம் ஒன்றுபட்ட நண்பன் கிடைப்பதே பரவசம் என்கிறார். காதலில் இன்பம் உள்ளவாறே துன்பமும் உண்டு என்றும், நட்பில் துன்பத்தின் நிழல் கூட விழுவதில்லை என்றும் நட்பை சிறப்பித்துக் கூறும் விதம் அருமை!!

பாகம் 2- சுழற்காற்று :

 “அலை கடலும் ஓய்ந்திருக்க

அகக்கடல் தான் பொங்குவதேன்!!

நிலமகளும் துயிலுகையில்

நெஞ்சகந்தான் பதைப்பதுமேன்!!”

ஓடக்காரப் பெண் பூங்குழலி சோகம் ததும்பப் பாடும் இப்பாடல் என்னை மிகவும் கவர்ந்த ஒன்றாகும். பாடலை அவள் எப்படி பாடியிருப்பாள் என்பதைக் கற்பனையினால் அறிய ஆவல் ஏற்படுகிறது.

பாகம் 3- கொலை வாள் :

கருத்துக்களை எடுத்தியம்புகையில், பழம் பெரும் நூலான ‘திருக்குறளை’ உபயோகிக்க ஆசிரியர் மறந்து விடவில்லை. இந்நூலைப் பற்றி குடந்தை சோதிடர் வந்தியத்தேவனிடம் கேட்கும் பொழுது, அவர் ‘கேள்விப்பட்ட ஞாபகம்’ எனக் கூறுவது என்னை சற்றுத் திகைக்கத் தான் செய்தது!! இரண்டாயிரம் ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்னால் இராஜரீக முறைகளைப் பற்றி எழுதிய அறிவாளி எனத் திருவள்ளுவரைக் குறிப்பிடுவது சிறப்பு!!

பாகம் 4- மணி மகுடம் :

நவரசங்களுள் ஒன்றானது நகை என்னும் சுவை. எத்தகைய எழுத்தாளராயினும் நகைச்சுவை உணர்வின்றி எழுதினால் அவர் வெற்றி பெறார். இதனை உணர்ந்து ஆசிரியர், இக்கதையில் ஆழ்வார்க்கடியான் நம்பி என்னும் கதாபாத்திரத்தை முக்கியப்படுத்தியுள்ளார். இப்பாகத்தில், நகைச்சுவையின் சிறப்பை அவர் மனிதர்களுக்கு தெய்வம் அளித்த வரப்பிரசாதம் என எடுத்துரைக்கிறார்.

பாகம் 5- தியாக சிகரம் :

இப்பாகத்தில், எதிர்பாராத பல்வேறு சம்பவங்கள் நிகழ்கின்றன. கதாபாத்திரங்களின் திடீர் மனமாற்றத்தைப் பற்றிக் கூறும் பொழுது, மனித இயற்கை என்றும் ஒன்று போல் இருப்பதில்லை எனக் கூறுகிறார். மனிதர்கள் சூழ்நிலைக் கைதிகள் ஆகும் பொழுது அவர்கள் நடத்தையும் மாறுகின்றது. இக்கருத்தில் தான் எவ்வளவு உண்மை!!

இப்புதினத்தைப் பற்றி எழுத வேண்டுமென்றால், ஒரு புத்தகமே எழுதி விடலாம். படிக்கப் படிக்க சுவாரஸ்யம் குறையாத அரிய காவியம் எனக் கூறினால் அது மிகையாகாது. எனவே, நான் படித்து இன்புற்ற இக்காவியத்தை அனைவரும் படித்துக் களிக்க விரும்புகிறேன்.

பொன்னியின் செல்வன் – நாவலோ நாவல்!! 🙂

Drifting towards a busy life!!

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     The pitch was only smooth in parts;

              It sank at either crease,

     And motor vans and bakers’ carts

          At times disturbed the peace.

         The scorer, seated by the well,

               Kept up a fire of talk;

                                                            He was both umpires, crowd, and all,

                                                                        And plied a busy chalk.

Above are two selective stanzas from the poem ‘Six and out‘ by G.D. Martineau. You might wonder why all of a sudden i‘m quoting a poem based on street cricket here! Is it because of the recent IPL craze?? Or am I calling back the poem that I studied in my tenth grade?? 😉 Nope, its none of both!! You’ll understand as you read.

Everyone would’ve played street games in their childhood and I’m not an exception. When all my cousins gathered, the amusement had no bounds. The games that we played had rules of our own. A variety of childish games such as hopping, skipping, hide and seek, dumb charades, ludo, snake & ladder added fun and still the list goes on.

Cricket stumps ranged from thick broomsticks to chalk lines on the wall. Hopping game had floor tiles as boundary references. Hide and seek meant hiding at the smallest place we could fit in (Best-fit strategy :P). And we had lotta secret codes for dumb charades. During family functions, elders at home used to conduct games like Tambola, musical chair, guessing games and distributed prizes for the winners!!

Lately, I had a gaming experience with my cousins after a couple of years. This time it was Badminton.

See, I’ll tell you. This is one kind of serve” , said Karthik, who had mastered the game (or atleast pretended to have mastered). And he hit the shuttlecock up in the air.It was my turn then. I raised the racquet above to hit the shuttlecock and it flew away beyond the compound wall on a feathery touch.

This is another kind of serve“, I smiled with sarcasm ;).  He gave me a weird look and went in to take another one. I saw him picking out a nylon cock, but on looking at me he changed his mind and returned back with a ‘old is gold’ kinda cock. The game went on for some more time with everyone taking their turns.

When I returned back home, I felt like missing something. These happy moments have become rare occurrences now, as everyone has started moving towards busy lives for various reasons.

Business or Busyness – I couldn’t differentiate!!

An expedition to ‘Summer Heaven’

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Back again with the same spirits!! 🙂

Well, this post is all about a pleasure trip to Kodaikanal- ‘The Summer Heaven’. The 2-day jaunt was planned for 10th and 11th of April. Every time that I’m all set for a joyful trip, waking up at unearthly hours (hope 5 am is unearthly 😉 ) nettles me a little. Yet, the feeling of heading for the hills from the raging sun was the sole comfort.

Climbing up the hills is total fun, provided you don’t get the feeling of nausea. Cool breeze, hazy clouds and curvy roads would take away your breath. The hotel we checked in was quite neat and pleasant. Soon as I placed my foot on the floor, it literally started freezing. Even in the late morning, the grass remained wet as the sun rays didn’t drive the dew drops off. After breakfast, we set out to visit the following spots.

Observatory: 

Run by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), the Kodaikanal Solar Physics Observatory carries out solar surface observations on a regular basis. The museum consists of a rich collection of pictures demonstrating the observations and they depicted us the solar image. It also has the exhibits of traditional pedalling lathe machines. Hmmm, had I visited this place in my school days, it would have fascinated me a bit more!!

Guna caves:

Previously called as ‘The Devil’s Kitchen’, this cave acquired its name after the famed Tamil movie ‘Guna’, a fact that everyone knows. Only after reaching the place I came to know that the caves are closed due to some fatalities that occurred in the past, which almost dashed my hopes 😦 And I could hear voices of guys screaming out the famous dialogues of the movie such as- “Manidhar unarndhu kolla idhu manidha kaadhal alla”!!

Green valley view:


A place that was once a death spot is now a touristic spot!! Yes, I’m talking about the ‘Suicide Point’. I wonder how people had zero percent courage to live but 100 percent courage to jump from such a high altitude!! Deep and dense, covered with fog, the view from behind the grills is enthralling!!

Pillar rock:

Three monolithic rocks standing one after another, wholly referred to as the ‘Pillar rock’ provides a vivid scene. The Guna Cave is sandwiched between the Pillar rock. The garden near the Pillar rock is a good place to relax. A variety of hybrid flowers especially, the Pansy flower caught my eyes.

Kodai Lake:


Kodai Lake is one of the most enchanting places in Kodaikanal, one should never miss to visit. Boating, cycling and horse riding are other aspects of lake visit. We went cycling around the lake blithely for more than half an hour (of course, it takes atleast half an hour to complete cycling the whole lake once!!), which is the best part of my 2-day trip. 🙂

Berijam lake:


I’m not sure if many people visit this place which is situated 21 kms away from Kodaikanal. This is one of the must-visit places, I’d say. After getting permission from the forest office, we started our journey to the Berijam forest. En route to the lake, there stands an observation tower from which one can have a panoramic view of Berijam lake. Wow, that was truly breathtaking!!

That is all about the places I visited in Kodai. But, wait!! Don’t try to escape!! I’ve got a point to convey!!

When we visited the Kodai Lake, my hands naturally pointed to the icecream stall over there 😉 My dad ordered icecreams for everyone. The man simply unwrapped the covers and gave us the icecream bars. He immediately put those wrappers into the biiig trash can that he had. When my dad asked why, the man replied – “Sir, everyone comes here to enjoy.. They never care about preserving the lake. If I don’t do this, in 5 minutes those covers would start flying here and there finally settling on the lake”. I thought he had a valid point. Following that was a short lecture. Not even 2 minutes had passed after this, I saw a person (who was of course listening to him) throwing the icecream stick down. That was awful!! 😦

Some people who read this might think that I’m wasting my time! Let it be.. I’d be happy if the awareness of preserving nature springs up in your nerves atleast for a few seconds!! 🙂

P.S: I realise that this post is too long! Please don’t judge me by this post. I’ll try to make the forthcoming posts shorter. I’ll TRY to! 😉



I’m a blogger now!!

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Finally, here I am..  A neophyte to the world of blogging!!

Having started a blog, I recall those good old days when people used to

draft their thoughts in a diary!! Nowadays, switching over to a paperless world,

blogs are indeed of great help to people in keeping their writing habits up!!

 I asked two questions to myself

when I actually decided that I’m

going to blog..

                                               1. Why do I start blogging now?

                                                    2. What is my blog about?

The answer for the former was just adding an item to my hobbies list.

I couldn’t find an answer for the latter even after hours of thinking..

May be i‘ll discover it soon!! Hope I come up with good stuff frequently and

keep my blog active!! Not sure of the level of that hope though 😉