Friday, November 27, 2015

To Yoda or not to Yoda

Few days ago there was a question on how should we recommend new viewers to watch the Star Wars saga.

you can go yoda on it - 4,5,6,1,2,3
or in sequence - 1,2,3,4,5,6

But let me tell you why you need to go Yoda on it.

You need to love and marvel at Darth Vader, the faceless awesomest villain the world has ever seen
You need to watch him force choke people and hear him say - I find your lack of faith disturbing.
You need to learn the Yoda lingo - talk you must backwards me like.
You need to watch the beautiful friendship between Han Solo and Chewbacca - wordless yet the thickest friends.
You need to hear - the force is strong in this one from the original series. its more significant there.
You shouldn't know that there are two siblings in the characters - the revelation is a significant part of the story.
You need to know that there was a strong female character who fought her own battles right up from the first movie.
You need to learn why we love the awesome team of R2-D2 and C3P0.
That in the non CGI era, these movies were able to thrill audience with an alien world so different from ours.
You need to learn about how not to underestimate the cute walking teddybears we call Ewoks. Those fellas can fight.
You need to go urghh at Jabba and the rest of the awesome evil alien monsters.
You need to hear the first time we heard that iconic sound of the lightsaber when it was first revealed and why we all want one.
You need to hear the amazing soundtracks of the movie that are an integral part of why we love Star Wars

You know I could go on and on.
So go the Yoda way, love it like how we did. Or maybe not but that's okay.

May the force be with you as you attempt to watch the previous movies.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015


My very bizarre morning.

Yesterday I went to temple to pray. And then I saw his caravan driving in. So I hung around hoping to see him. 

So at one point the caravan changed location. So I walked towards the direction and was standing at the side when a car stops next to me and the door opens and behold thalaiva is sitting inside and about to get dowñ.

Yes he was just there right in front of me. I blinked for a second and then I remembered I had a gift for him

The thing is its a photo of Batu Caves Murugan. Nambeh ooru nyavagarthama, nambu oooru murugan kuduhkanumnu nenechen. 

I wanted to give him Our Murugan in memory of Malaysia.
I never expected to give it to him in Batu Caves itself!

I quickly gave it to him and everything else is a blur. He took it said thank you. After that I froze for a bit and then I said can I get a photo he said, illahpa crowd vandhrum and the security came and took him. And only then I remembered to take out the camera and took some photos and a video. And then I just froze. again.

His car stopped right in front of me!!! Omg!!
This was the gift I gave Rajni sar. I still can't believe I gave it to him at Batu Caves itself. I've been taking it with me everywhere since 30th in case I met him.

Our Murugan is ever playful. Look what games he plays! I was supposed to go on Friday but couldn't. I went on Saturday to Melaka and couldn't find him. I found the crew in Brickfields but not him. 430 kms later I find him at the temple whose photo I wanted to gift to him.
Nee engeh vehnalum suthu but kadhisiyah ehn kovilku than varuhnumnu Murugan sohnar maari iruhku!

No matter where you go, you're only going to see him at my temple!

What games he plays. 
Nee naduthu pa Muruga. 

Murugaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa thank you. I love you Muruga. 

Here's a recap of the day - its still such a blur 

Dont ask me why we were thanking each other. We were just standing and staring while some of us remembered to take pictures and videos. it was so so calm and we were awestruck. Ive seen countless videos of his stay here, but this is one of the few calm moments we've had with him. it was so so surreal, calm yet we were all awestruck. 

He tried his best to wave at everyone and was ever smiling. But security has been tightened and they do have a movie to shoot. 

At this point he was telling us like a father, ingeh than pa shoot, nah ingeh than pa iruhpehn. The shoot is here only, I'm here only. So we finally let him go into the caravan and waited. 

At one point the crew told us if we wanted to hang around we can sit or walk around but must make sure we didnt look at him. So I might even be in the far background of the movie - lol. But look at Rajni sir, in between shoots, he would sit outside in the hot sun and refused umbrellas. Seriously even more amazed with the man. I was sitting quite far from him at this point but we moved closer at one point. At that point the director called for him and he rushed towards him. That man walks so fast and I went sir again and waved and he smiled back and waved again. We could learn the value of time from him. No airs whatsoever. And ever obliging to us fans.

By the last shoot session, throngs of people started heading to the temple. 

Ithu anbal serndha kootam. That's what I was reminded off everytime I saw pictures or videos of fans waiting for him at shoots or the hotel. Its crazy. 

And yet the sweet man stood on his car through the roof so he could wave to us. And he stood a good half a KM along paths filled with people. 

I still can't believe I saw him and all this happened. I saw him at three different times. I had a good 5 minutes just talking and staring at him in the most calmest situation. 

Omg omg I saw thalaivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 

Ps: no stealing the photos and no cropping the trademark out! 

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Urban Rain

Over the weekend I drove 430kms from Melaka to KL and more. 

I love long drives on the highway. Even better if the weather is beautiful. And it was! Blue skies and cotton candy clouds gradually turning into storm clouds.

Then the sky burst into a thousand drops and pelted the earth. Oh what beauty it was.

I drove back the very same night and the roads were clear yet foggy from the mist that forms when chilly drops of rain meets the musty heat of earth.

Oh what joy to drive fast, something I rarely do nowadays. You'd have to love driving to understand the joys of cruising down the highway with the radio blasting your favourite song.

Last night on the other hand I slowed down to a crawl as I drove back to the city from Klang. 

For the lights were dancing on the slightly wet tar road. And all I wanted was to cruise slowly and enjoy the sight of my city drenched in rain.

The urban rain series continues

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2nd attempt, half pass

#kabali 2nd attempt, half pass.
I found the crew! But not Rajni sar :( #huntforrajni #kabaliinmalaysia

They were shooting side actor scenes in #brickfields

The shoot was happening at Nu Sentral and involved a few actors. I shall not share anything else but it was a brief scene. I was talking to the crew for a bit and at one point became unofficial crowd chaser. I demand an opportunity to see Rajni for my selfless act! - lol

You can see director Pa Ranjith here with some of the camera crew.

I'm making a black and white series of my hunt for Rajni around Malaysia. Hopefully I will see him finally.

The only photos in colours will be photos of Rajni himself.

The hunt continues.

ps: no stealing and cropping the photo.

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The King has left the building

#rajnikanth has left Malacca.#huntforrajni #kabali

I missed him by a few hours :( he left for kl from the half day shooting spot. So skip Malacca, he's now in KL.

After we spent a few hours circling the supposed shooting spot, we ended up at #ramadaplaza hotel where we met Keseven.

He told us about the first time he met Rajni. He stood frozen (hey looks like I'm not the only one!), despite knowing he was meeting him. It was Rajni sir that spoke to him and took his hand. And he finally asked back, "sir nalla irukingehla?" (How are you sir?) And Thalaiva said "naan nalla irukhen. Paarungeh" (I'm good, see. ) "Ethavathu sapadhu kadaikumma" "Ehna vehnummnu sohlungeh sar"

#thosaiyum meen kaari?" And that was what he mostly ate at the hotel where Keseven had the privilege to serve him for breakfast and dinner. (So lucky!!) Despite that, the photo of them with him was the only one they got as the security team wouldn't let them spend more than 10 minutes. Even that photo, Rajni sir was the one who asked them to take the photo.
Thalaiva doesn't eat much, and most times his dinner consisted of fruits and ice cream.
How was he, I asked.

He confirmed he was the most humble, lovely man they have met. Watching Keseven gush about Rajni was kinda enough though I failed to meet thalaiva. He was one of us, a fan in love and besotted with our thalaiva.

What did he think of the crowd, I asked again.
He felt sad that he couldn't meet all his fans but for brief moments.

And that is why we love Rajni sar. Coz the humble man loves us back as much. Every photo or moment we've seen of him has been nothing short of magical. He stands on cars, he waves from moving vehicles, he stops for crying fans and forces his driver to slow down so the fans can see him. "Don't worry about not seeing him. You can still feel his positive energy here! He is so radiant with positivity, we all felt it!," he adds.

Indeed despite not seeing him, just hearing about him was enough. Thank you for looking after Thalaiva.

The hunt continues, hopefully I get to meet him soon

Ps: if you're posting an old photo, pls tag as old photo. Thanks.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Rajnikanth mania in Malaysia

If you are a Tamil movie fan there's no way you would have not heard of Rajnikanth. 

Now here's why we Tamil Malaysians are so excited, as far as i can remember the last time he shot a movie here was in 1978! Heck I wasn't even born then. 

The movie Priya, is a classic among Indian Malaysians as it was shot here and the songs even had Malay and a Malay actress in a heroine role - Aznah Hamid.

Its taken him 37 years to come back to Malaysia to shoot and that's why theres such a frenzy everywhere. Although he was here to launch Endhiran, he hasn't (as far as I can recall) shot a movie here. 

At some point I hope to be able to see his shoot and this time may i not freeze as i did when he passed me as he was leaving Endhiran launch in 2010. 

Rajni in Malaysia 

Now we know why they used a Hello Kitty Limo - that is one plush limo

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Monday, October 12, 2015

A culture of violence

Tomorrow is the first day of Navarathri where Hindus celebrate the goddess for 10 days.
In a religion that celebrates its female goddess in equal to the male divinity, it is quite sad to see how we treat women.

Last week a woman was brutally beaten up by her husband and his friend in Port Dickson and it was caught on video. She was in critical condition from the severity of her wounds. The police were quick to apprehend the suspects on the very day itself.

I spent the last week monitoring infamous Indian facebook pages that thrive on regularly putting down woman. Some didn’t even bother sharing the video, though these same pages have a habit of sharing videos of school kids swearing or fighting.

In less than 24 hours another video surfaced with a voiceover accusing the victim of cheating on her husband and hence why he acted as such. Now these pages sprang at sharing this video, even though there was no proof or evidence or even a face behind the voice that made the allegations. 

And the moment this 2nd video came to surface, a sizeable number of people started hero workshipping the husband, making statements such as – “she deserves it”, “no man will beat up if no reason”, “let this be a lesson to all the cheating women” and so forth. There were even vile comments suggesting she should be raped or gang raped with volunteers coming forward to join in the act. Yes such vile creatures exist.

On the grounds of her cheating allegations, do we know how long she has been separated from the husband? Do we know why she is separated from him? Do we know people can choose to separate from each other? Yes people can choose to have a divorce. Don’t men cheat? So should women too whack them up?

Let’s for a second just say those allegations of cheating are true. My question is – STILL what right or justification do you have to physically harm someone?

If someone cheated on you (male or female) – leave them, file for divorce on the grounds of cheating. The courts will easily give it to you. You don’t need to resort to violence or end up in jail for it.

When has violence against women been okay? When has it been okay to utter phrases like “she wants to be gangraped and that’s why looking for another man”???

685 domestic abuse cases were reported by Indians last year. This doesn’t count the women who do not report abuse due to no proof, family objections or mostly fear of shaming the family.

Where did we learn a culture of violence? When did it become okay to hit someone?

Pages are sprouting around Facebook to demean indian women. Who are the admins of these pages? Why are you posting such things? Women can’t take selfies? Women can’t dress up as they wish? If a women wears western clothes, you judge and put her down in posts and a gang of people from god knows where turn up to comment equally vile comments on these posts.

Women can’t complain about sexual harassment either. Coz the moment they do they are told its because of the way you dress, coz the selfies you take are too sexy. If you are okay with 1000 likes then you should be okay if men stare at you. What kind of response is that?

Pray tell me where in the vedas has it stated that this is how a woman should dress? Have you seen the sculptures of women in temples in india? Most do not have their upper torso covered because until the 10th century, the saree blouse hadn’t been created. Those sculptures are of devis and the everyday life of people in that era.

Did you know the culture of clothing and traditions we practice today is very much influenced by the invasion and restrictions imposed by Muslim and British invaders?

So what is it are you trying to uphold in a religion that has Shiva Shakti to equate that men and women are equal?

These pages are creating a breeding ground for contempt towards women. A means to justify violence against women, coz its okay shes a ‘bad’ girl.

Do you know what Hinduism’s core message is?

“Do good and have good thoughts always”
 “Do not hurt others, practise ahimsa (non-violense)”

What good do you get by putting down women?
What good do you do by judging someone by their clothes?
What ahimsa are you practicing by hero worshiping an abuser?
What ahimsa are you practising by justifying violence on a woman?

What use is it for you to go to the temple tomorrow and pray to the goddess when you justify violence against women? Ask yourself that.

Think, your actions, your words, reflects not only on you but the whole community and your comments are nothing short of barbarism.

Ps: this is not a male bashing post, this is for the sites and people that justify abuse or the demeaning of woman who do not fit their narrow minds.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Trains - the heartbeat of Mumbai

"Trains are the heartbeat of Mumbai."

Thats what i had heard before I went to Mumbai. So it was one of the things I wanted to check out while travelling there. 

With an estimated city population of 18.4 million, it is the most populated city in India and the 9th most in the world. 

Without an efficient train system, the city could go on standstill just with human traffic. 

We headed to the Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus or CST in Colaba at off peak hours to try to catch a local city train. Peak hours in Mumbai are crazy, people literary hang out of trains and I didn't want to try that.

I had already checked the map and the nearest station i was headed to was in Dader which is 13.5 km away from Colaba. 

They had electronic ticket machines but you needed to buy a card for that. The gruffy ticket officer gave me 4 tickets at rs 5 each (RM0.32). i was shocked, that's super cheap. 

We asked around and got into our train. i asked the lady sitting next to me, if she could point out our destination so we dont miss our stop. i didn't even have to do that, there were electronic displays in the train that would flash the next stations name sometime before we arrived. For the most populated city in the country, the trains were spick, span clean and comfortable to sit in. 

We arrived in Dader in about 30 minutes. the trip would have cost RS350 by taxi and at least 1 hours travel time with traffic and signals.

Later someone told me I could have gotten a direct train to Bandra, where i actually wanted to go. 

it made me think of our own public transportation. 

One, it isnt well connected 
Two - its expensive
Three - it takes longer to travel in than drive. 

Our public transport infrastructure seriously lacks in many ways. The LRT is pretty convenient if you live close to the stations. However for folks living in outskirt towns, we're stuck with the super slow and unreliable KTM. for some there is the option of taking the ERL to KL Sentral but at exorbitant prices of RM9.50 per way! Can someone explain to me why this ride costs so much? The trains are barely filled even at peak hours due to the high cost. 

While i'm hoping the upcoming MRT Projects will make a difference, none of it will matter if it is too expensive. 

While i don't think we should have RM0.30 tickets, we do need cost effective solutions, if the government is sincerely looking into making Malaysians more receptive to public transport. 

If I lived in Mumbai, I wouldn't need a car. I could take a train everywhere and use the auto (tuk tuk) to travel around an area. he cost was just Rs 20 - 30 (RM 1.40 - RM2) for a few kilometres. 

That brings me to the question of taxi's. Some LRT station taxis charge exorbitant amounts for short distances. What would have been an RM5 ride often turns into double the amount. 

So the question is how do you encourage people to take public transport when the cost of travel isn't being accounted for?

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Monday, September 14, 2015

How much are you willing to change?

Anang Malaysia sebaka tebu, manis di pohon, tawal di hujung” - Tun Jugah @ Temenggung Jugah

“Malaysia should not be like the sugar cane, sweet at the head and getting less and less sweet towards the end – Tun Jugah”

Wise words by a very wise man.

Tun Jugah was a very interesting man. Despite being illiterate, he valued education and pushed for it for his community – the Ibans. He was key to Sarawak uniting with Sabah and Malaya to form Malaysia.

To me Malaysia is still sweet despite everything going on now but perhaps hardened from all that’s happening; the sweetness is now getting harder to reach.

We need to remember that we are different. Each state, each culture values something different. We need to remember to take these into account in everything we do and not marginalise people for being different. Our thoughts and needs are different but at the end of the day, we are all Malaysians.

Let’s not forget that.

idup ka nyawa dulu. Udah urat tegap, baru kitai ulih bejaku – Temenggung Jugah
Give life to yourself first. Once your foundation is solid, then you can talk and act.’ – Tun Temenggung Jugah

Indeed how can we expect change when we won’t make changes to ourselves?

Let’s change how we treat others especially those who are lower in status than us. How about you say thank you for a change and make their day? Write as many thank you notes for great service, encourage people to be better.

Let’s change our attitude that someone else will do it. Be that someone who doesn’t litter, doesn’t drive like a maniac, who calls in to report accidents, suspicious characters, faulty roads, broken pipes, malfunctioning street and parking lights. The people in charge can’t be everywhere, but you can make a difference by aiding them with information.  

Let’s change our attitude towards stereotypes. How about we stop judging people just by their race and attire? How about we give people a chance to prove themselves? How about we instil these values into our children and watch how we behave in front of them. Children learn from example, so think carefully what kind of example you are setting for them.

Let’s change our attitude towards responsibility. Your duty as a citizen doesn’t stop at the voting booth, push your Adun and MP for the changes you want. Don’t idealise them, make them stand up for you when it matters.

Let’s change our attitude towards corruption. Stop giving bribes. Stop buying stolen items. No matter how small it is, you’re aiding corruption and little by little you become a part of the problem and not the solution.

Change begins with the man in the mirror – so how much are you willing to change?

This Malaysia day, ask yourselves that.

Happy Birthday Malaysia and to all Malaysians, Happy Malaysia Day.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jalur Gemilang

In our household, we have always put up the Jalur Gemilang (Malaysian flag) for Merdeka (Independence Day) which will be left to fly proudly till after Malaysia Day before it’s finally kept away for the next year. And we wouldn’t be the only ones. Most of the people in my small town would fly the flag as well.

In my past travels around the country I saw the same thing at other small towns. Houses, whether in brick or wood would have a flag proudly flying in front of their homes. And very rarely will the flag be tattered, old maybe.

The city on the other hand is another story. My house is the only one which has a flag up, it was the same thing last year. Most of the houses I pass by don’t have one either, and I live smack in the middle of the city. Leave the businesses, they put it up because it’s an instruction or a must do thing.

That’s the thing about having lived in a small town. You didn’t need someone to tell you to do something. You didn’t need an incentive to do something. No matter what the political situation was, small town people knew what patriotism was and the difference between government and country.

They also knew no matter who you supported, that doesn’t mean you are a horrible person. They wouldn’t stop talking to you because of who you supported or judge you on your views. Somehow the concept of agree to disagree is better felt in a small town than in the city. Mind you, they’re not unaware of what is going on. No they’re not simpletons, they just choose to prioritise on things they can change around them instead.

Neither will they wait to make changes in their community. I was once visiting a friend for Christmas when there was a commotion outside. Apparently someone saw a person climb into the neighbours house who was away for the holidays. The whole neighbourhood turned up to investigate the matter with sticks and brooms in hand while another called the cops who turned up in a short time.

Try imagining that happening in the city. Heck do you even report faulty roads or any issue that happens around your neighbourhood? Or do you wait for someone else to do it? Seriously ask yourself who are you waiting for?

So when we don’t care about what happens around us? Why do you think others will?
That’s what’s happening to the country. We all think we care but are we really doing what is necessary to bring change? Are we changing as citizens? Are we pushing our MPs and ADUNs to represent us where it matters? Are we equally doing it for both sides of the political divide? No we aren’t.

The silence when the opposition does wrong is sometimes so deafening. Don’t you realise you will create the same monsters on their other side since you never asked for accountability? Since you never walked up to your MP or ADUNs office and questioned them?

How many of you have actually put up the Jalur Gemilang for Merdeka this year?

Not flying it doesn’t mean you aren’t patriotic but make sure you know the difference between country and government. Somehow people get these wrong all the time. Tell me you are embarrassed by our government and I’ll stand with you on that. If you tell me this country is hopeless, then I have issues with it. This country is more than the government that runs it. Governments can be replaced, leaders can be replaced eventually coz WE PLACED them there but the essence and what makes you a Malaysian doesn’t change.

We are more united today then we have ever been. The concept of this was not how my country was before is a fallacy. Our ancestors were kept divided during the British and Japanese occupation. They mixed and tolerated each other because they had to and not coz they wanted to. They did so because of fear not because of love. The older generation said more racists stuff then the current generation today. It’s just most of it happened behind doors amongst their own races.

Yes there are issues but I can bet with you most people will stand up for their fellow Malaysian if they were being racially attacked. The problems we have amongst ourselves will solve itself the day we call ourselves Malaysians first before anything else. Only when we learn how to stop putting our religion or race first, only then will we be truly united.

You don’t need to fly the Jalur Gemilang but let me tell you why you should.

Because you love this country.
Because you value the struggles of the people who helped get independence for this beautiful country. Their struggles were real. No matter the issues we face today, we should always remember and celebrate this.
Because you truly feel you are Malaysian first.
Because you love this nation and its people.

On the same line, stop being embarrassed about celebrating Merdeka nor should you make others feel so. Merdeka is a day to celebrate the struggles of our forefathers to gain independence. It’s a day to remember our fallen heros. People who died for this country, the armed forces who still die for our country. That is what it is. Nothing more.

Don’t mix that with what you feel for the government. It is two separate things.

If you’ve ever been to the Merdeka day parade you will know that as long as the king is in attendance, no one else holds precedence. There are no speeches only a host occasional trumpeting the governments projects for the year which is usually drowned by the cheers from the crowd as the armed forces march by. Some years even that is not there.

Anyway I hope you understand the difference between country and government.

Raise the flag for your country, never for the government.

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Thursday, August 06, 2015



Thats how long our plane and people went missing.

Without a clue, without any visual sign. all we had were theories. all we had were statistical ideas of what could have happened, where it could have gone.

515 days passed and not a day went without a tiny question wondering what happened.

At least now we know MH370 lies at the bottom of the ocean.

At least now the families and friends will have closure.

At least now, one question is answered.

Yet we're left feeling empty.

God bless the souls that were lost in this tragedy.

May their families finally find peace and closure.

What a sad day for Malaysia.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dream, Dream Dream

APJ Abdul Kalam was a man of many talents.

But to me he will always be the rocket scientist who played the veena for that was what that piqued my interest when i first heard of him.

He was the child born at a seashore village in Tamilnadu who dreamt of the sky. He was the epitome of the man who transformed his dreams into reality. That dreams were not just dreams but could be transformed into reality.

“Dream, Dream Dream
Dreams transform into thoughts
And thoughts result in action.”

Failure simply meant try again or try something else for him.

At 83 he was still dreaming for India.

Alas the the dreamer of dreams is no more as he has slept through his final dream.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Entitled generation - Gen Y

I was thinking about the lowyat incident. How could a thief be so entitled and dumb to attack someone at a place where they had been caught stealing.

Then it was revealed he was 22 and jobless and it made so much sense - ah the entitled generation.

This is the generation that believes that everyone owes them. that the moment they graduate they should be showered with money, should be able to buy expensive smart phones, drive high end cars and shop till they drop.

Didn't we just hear another Gen Y claim the same (Zahra?). Well they're not alone in their expectations. Ask anyone who interviews Gen Y and hires them. They will tell you stories of how much these generation thinks the world owes them, and yet barely deliver on what is expected of them.

They're not jobless coz there are no jobs, they are jobless coz they are unhireable or have been joining and resigning jobs every few months once. Basically unreliable candidates who blame everyone else but themselves. Just take a look at the resumes on Job sites. It is pretty amazing how so many have the same profile.

I've been saying that i have no idea how the world will be in 10 years time, when the job market should be filled with gen ys.

looks like we don't have to wait to find out.

A bunch just started a riot coz they felt entitled enough to lie and stir up other equally entitled and easily manipulated people.

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Goodbye MSV

II didn't grow up at the prime of his music career. I was an 80s child after all. But I loved his music and the brilliant ones he continued to do even in the 80s. He had this amazing ability to play on both the carnatic and western style of music. He brought colour to the black and white movies of his time. He was such a talented man, not only was he a composer he played a few musical instruments and was one of my favourite character artists. Goodbye MSV, your music will live as long as Tamil Cinema exists.

one of my fav MSV songs

Vaan Nila Nila Alla Un Vaalibam Nila
Then Nila Enum Nila En Theviyin Nila
Then Nila Enum Nila En Theviyin Nila
Nee Illatha Naal Ellam Naan Theintha Vennila
Vaan Nila Nila Alla Un Vaalibam Nila

Maan Illatha Oorile Saayal Kannila
Maan Illatha Oorile Saayal Kannila
Poo Illatha Mannile Jaadai Vennila
Vaan Nila Nila Alla Un Vaalibam Nila

Theivam Kallila Oru Thogaiyin Sollila
Theivam Kallila Oru Thogaiyin Sollila
Ponnila Pottila Punnagai Mottila
Aval Kaatum Anbila
Inbam Kattilaa Aval Thaega Kattila
Theethilla Kaathala Oodala Koodala
Aval Meetum Pannilaa
Vaan Nila Nila Alla Un Vaalibam Nila

Vaazhkai Vazhiyila
Oru Mangaiyin Oliyila
Vaazhkai Vazhiyila
Oru Mangaiyin Oliyila
Oørila Naatilaa Aanantham Veetila
Aval Nenjin Aetila
Šøntham Irulilaa Oru Pøøvaiyum Arulilaa
Šøntham Irulilaa Oru Pøøvaiyum Arulilaa
Ènnilaa Aasaigal Ènnila Køndathaen
Athai Šølvaai Vennilaa..

Vaan Nila Nila Alla Un Vaalibam Nila
Then Nila Ènum Nila Èn Theviyin Nila
Nee Illatha Naal Èllam Naan Theintha Vennila
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

We're living on borrowed cash that doesn't exist

We're living on borrowed cash that doesn't exist - Visithra Manikam

ps: how do i trademark this one liner/ quote - damn proud of it ;p

Update: figured it out - its submitted here

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Man in the mirror

I love MJ. He is probably my earliest memory of watching tv. I think it used to be a saturday ritual to watch him on TV.

He wrote and sang some amazing songs. Some of which is still relevant today.

Every country has problems similar to ours. We need to never stop questioning them but we too need to change. And as Michael has said

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change his Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself And Then Make A Change

Change begins with you. Do as much good as you can no matter how bad someone else treats you. YOU yes you can make a difference even if it is to one or two people.

its been 6 years since he passed on. Still missing you Michael

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Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Dear Canadians - public nudity is an offense in Malaysia

Dear Canadians

If you are looking about the two Canadian siblings Danielle and Lindsey Petersen who are or were, students at the University of Regina, that have been held back from leaving Malaysia for the offense of going naked on the top of mount Kinabalu. Let me explain what’s going on.

 The two are being held and investigated on the grounds that –

Public nudity is an offence in Malaysia. Under Section 294a, a person guilty of committing an obscene act in any public place can be jailed three months, fined or both.

Which apparently is something that is illegal even in Canada – though debatable apparently.

Canada has a tangle of confusing and inconsistently-enforced nudity laws.

Strictly speaking, s. 174 of Canada’s Criminal Code forbids nudity in public places or on private property that is exposed to public view “without a lawful excuse.”

This is a summary conviction offence, meaning it’s a less serious type of crime. It’s punishable by six months in jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.

The local Tribal community in Sabah however believe it has angered the spirits and guardians of the mountain (Kinabalu)  which is revered as a sacred place. Their actions are akin to someone walking into say the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec or Soldier mountain (sacred to Ajumawi indians), Fall River valley, stripping naked and peeing.

Despite numerous pleas from the local guide, the group of tourists stripped and peed on the summit.

So not only have they disrespected local culture and believes, they have broken a law in Malaysia.

Perhaps try reading up on legal laws of a country and local culture before you attempt to visit or ridicule them?

Sincerely a Malaysian.  

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Irresponsible Drivers - yes YOU

I like to drive fast. Driving was one of the things I wanted to do since I was a kid. But I have stopped driving fast in the last decade. Simply because nearly everyday someone tries to kill me on the road. And the worse part is, I rarely drive at peak hours! I go into work late and leave later just to avoid mad Malaysian drivers.
You cut as you wish.
You hit the breaks as you wish.
You're fiddling on your phone while driving.
You try to get into the third lane from the first at breakneck speed.
You stop wherever you wish.
You speed in parking lots.
You speed in residential areas.
You don't use signals.
You run traffic lights.
You speed the car when the light turns yellow.
You complain if you get summoned forgetting you broke the law.
You complain if there's a road block.
You don't wear seat belts.
Your passengers don't wear seat belts.
Your kids don't sit in car seats.
You don't give way and equally speed up to irresponsible drivers.
You go in and out of traffic thinking you're some daredevil driver.

Did you know you can die of accidents even if you're just driving at 20 km/h if you're not wearing a seatbelt?
Did you see how far that poor baby was flung out of the car? There was no way she was inside a car seat. 
Did you see how far the parents were flung out?
If I saw people racing on the road, I would back down and clear myself from their path. There's something called driving slower to avoid maniacs.

That CCTV clearly shows the pajero also speeding. You know why? Its bloody ego! No care for whoever is in the car coz you think it WON'T happen to me! 

YOU have a choice to BACK Down. YOU have a responsibility to your passengers who trusted their lives in your hands.

More Malaysians die on the road everyday because we are bloody irresponsible idiots.
Look in the mirror and ask yourself if you've never done any of this???

No use crying when people are dead.
No use blaming others when we're as irresponsible.
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