Rating My Life


Rating my life one post at a time….

Periyavanga Sona Perumal Sona Madhiri

Okie for all those non tamizh speaking folks out there, this post would be like watching a Spanish movie with subtitles. So what does the title say ? “When elders advice you on something it as if god is guiding you.” (Alright mom, I know the translation is pathetic ) .

Here is a list of things my dhadhi , mom , patti and others told us when I were kid ( and they continue to do the same for the younger generation).

1) When someone sneezes when you are about to leave your house, you have to sit down and drink a glass of water
(Don’t ask me why)

2) When you see a cat cross the road , you are supposed to stop right in the middle of the road for a second and then start walking again.

3) You are not supposed to cut your nails after 6 in the evening.

4) You are not supposed to whistle during the night. I remember my granny’s reason for this. She says when you whistle during the night, you invite thieves.
(Right !!)

5) You are not supposed to lie down or sleep from 5:45 till 6:45 in the evening

6) You are not supposed to sit on a pillow. Enga patti Choluva, thalagani mella ookanda kandan verum.
(Now you know the reason behind the recession in America)

The list is endless. Though we knew all these stuff made no sense, we still did that because we were scared of the consequences. We followed every rule because Periyavanga Sona Perumal Sona Madhiri.


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Manual Labor – Booking through Thursday

Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?

Being an English teacher’s son, writing guides, grammar books , and Punctuation how-tos are an integral part of my life or rather was an integral part of my life. Then the stage where I moved out and went for college. I still read these grammar books once a while. Later when I started working that’s when Grammar books moved out of my life. Although for a brief period I did study them(Remember my Gmat encounter ??).

At the moment I do not have any of these books , because

A) My work does not depend on them
B) My mom is not my teacher anymore.
C) I am not attempting to write GMAT anymore…

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Picture Perfect

   One picture says it all. I was going through Deviant Art earlier today(which is like my daily routine) when I saw this beautiful piece of work. You don’t need 3 pages or 1000 pages to convey a message. One picture, that’s more than enough. 

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Raja Sir again …..

I remember listening to this song about 3 years back. I loved this song that time. I turned the tv on today and viola…It felt sooo good listening to this track again. Raja sir at this best(though I have my favorites), this song brings in good memories.

Prabhu’s acting is really good. SPB , you have no words for his talent and Raja Sir I am not worthy of talking about him. Anyways enjoy the video.

Film Name : Senthamizh paattu
Song Name : Chinna chinna thooral minna
Male singer : S.P.Balasubramaniyam
Music Director : Ilayaraja


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Is it going to be safe ?

   First things first, I am scared of them. The last time I watched one, they were about to throw us out of the theater. I am talking about Horror movies(No Chari, it is not funny). Anyways here are some of the facts about Horror movies.

 1. When it seems that you’ve killed the monster, never check to see if it’s really dead.

2. If you find that your house is built upon or near a cemetery, was once a church used for black masses, had previous inhabitants who went mad or committed suicide or died in some horrible fashion or who performed necrophilia or satanic practices, move away immediately.

3. Do not search the basement, especially when the power has just gone out.

4. If your children speak to you in Latin or any other language which they do not know, or if they speak using a voice other than their own, shoot them at once. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. Note: it’s unlikely they’ll die easy, so be prepared.

5. When you have the benefit of numbers, never go alone.

6. If you’re searching for something which caused a noise and find out that it’s just the cat, leave the room immediately if you value your life.

7. If you’re running from the monster, you will most likely trip or fall. If you are female you will.

8. Stay away from certain geographical locations, some of which are listed here: Amityville, Elm Street, Transylvania, Nilbog (God help you if you recognize this one), the Bermuda Triangle, or any small town in Maine, especially if it is called Derry.

9. If your car runs out of gas at night, do not go to the nearby deserted-looking house to phone for help.

10. When something bad is chasing you, bear in mind that when you try to start your car, no matter how reliable the vehicle is normally, you’ll have to crank the engine over many times before it will fire up.

11. People arriving to rescue you generally get ambushed by the monster, so don’t rely on them as your only means of escape. In fact, expect to be surprised and delayed by encountering their flayed corpse at some point.

12. Do not call the police as they are either evil and will turn you in or will not believe you and laugh at you. Either way, you must handle the problem yourself.

13. If you are using a gun to combat the all-comsuming evil, it is a good idea to quickly find a new means of defense, because no matter how much ammo you have, you’ll run out just before you kill the monster (unless your name is Ash, in which case, you’ll never have to reload).

14. If you have defeated the monster, pay close attention to the camera, if it pans away for no apparent reason at all, get the heck out of there.

15. Skeptics are always proved wrong in some horrible, nasty, painful way. Be a believer.

16. If you are a child, don’t panic! Monsters only attack overly horny teenagers. Children can NOT be killed in a movie, only possessed or absorbed. So cheer up!

17. If you’ve beaten the monster into a bloody pulp and you’re sure he must be dead, take the opportunity to dismember, burn, eat, blow up or otherwise utterly destroy him.


P.S : Oh ! Yeah I forgot. Created this online signature thingy ….It looks good doesnt it ??

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Leaving on a Jet Plane..

After 3 months of All work and No play, I am going home for vacation. Things I am looking forward to this time around…

  • The new international Airport , Hyderabad
  • The family get together..
  • Meeting my college friends after about 4 years
  • Pillow fight with my sister :)
  • Mom’s sambhar and potato fry….
  • Thatha’s advice about not talking to strangers…(8th year running)
  • Patti’s rasam….
  • Dhadhi’s coffee early in the morning….
  • The fact that I dont have to worry about work for the next one week…

Coimbatore……here I come….


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Games Men Play…

Weekends were always boring after I came to Hyderabad. Not that Hyderabad is a bad place, its just that it is not as active as Bangalore. After about two years of Weekend Boredom , we decided we would do something different that weekend.

That’s when Jaggy came up with this silly yet brilliant idea. You see Jaggy never gets these ideas and fortunately his mind worked that weekend. So he comes to my place with this Box and he is like “Dude, lets play Monopoly” . Ah ! Yes, Monopoly or the business for some of us was and is a wonderful board game developed by Parker Bros.

“Players compete to acquire wealth through stylized economic activity involving the buying, rental and trading of properties using play money, as players take turns moving around the board according to the roll of the dice. The game is named after the economic concept of monopoly, the domination of a market by a single provider.”

Coming back to our first day of Monopoly , we(Sumit, Chari, Jaggy and Myself) were all really excited about this idea. Chari(the self proclaimed geek) was our banker.After a quick session on how to play the game, we started with it. After about 4 hours of pathetic plans, Jaggy went bankrupt(which was obvious). I know you guys might be thinking how interesting my life is !! :)

After a series of Monopoly sessions, we got bored of it….we ventured out and got another board game called “Scotland Yard”. We still haven’t got the fever of Scotland Yard….But once we start playing that…I am sure we are gonna get bored of it as well….I wonder what’s next on our list.


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