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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tamil New Year

Happy Tamil New Year to all Tamilians of the world. Sorry Putthaandu Nal Vaazhtthukkal. Resolutions are not just for English New Year right? So I decided to take some reslutions for Tamil New Year. Could think of two. No, its not that I am going to stop doing something or start doing something. I am gonna ask people to stop doing something. Thats always the easiest.;-)
If someone starts a sentence with "Sollareney nu thappa edutthukkadha..." (don't get me wrong but...), its guaranteed that the words that follow would be offensive, annoying or at the least disagreeable to the person who is actually at the receiving end. From tomorrow, I am gonna stop that person mid-sentence and say "Its OK, naan thappa edutthuppen" and I want to see if they actually stop or continue. Too many times people say things like "Sollareney thappa edutthukkadha but you sound stupid" and get away with it. Would their heads explode if you prevent them from stating what they think? I want to check that out.
Have you ever asked the age of someone and got this reply? "I am running 30 but I am actually 29". Who wants to hear their running, sitting, walking age? I am not gonna ask anybody's age anymore. I am only going to ask their year of birth.
If you can think of any more of such "good" resolutions, let me know before tomorrow. (My dear friend Bubby, I am counting on you.)


Blogger Ajay said...

iniya puthaandu vazthukkal...

11:13 AM  
Blogger ashok said...

Deeps,"Sollareney nu thappa edutthukkadhinga" This is not going to work!

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்

11:49 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

TR-style wishes:

Varuga iniya puththaandu
Vaazhga neengaL pallaandu
MuttukattaigaLai thaandu
Vaazhththuvadhu oru vaandu


11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thennavaaa...will u ever grow up ? ~*sigh*~ kashtamdaa

12:29 PM  
Blogger Rhenius Vijayakumar said...

Dear Deepa..

its rite what u hav said.. but the thing is that u cannot always act like this.. restrictions always bind us.. hence, this cannot be removed from the tamil society since they are all a way of expressions.. .I wish to talk to u more...

1:51 PM  
Blogger Rhenius Vijayakumar said...

well dear Deepa..

my new year wishes to u..
Though u hav talked about a page on ur resolutions, i don think it is gonna work.. also this is not a serious issue to be dealt with.. may be u could think of something more creative and constructive...
Anyway.. its good.. i appreciate ur keen observance of words and people.. I wish to talk to you more..

2:10 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Ajay, Nandri.
Ashok, I agree with you even though you started your sentence in the typical fashion.;-)
Mukundan, some anonymous has a gaandu.:-)
Vijaykumar, welcome.

3:57 PM  
Anonymous TTM said...

Those 2 are typical indianisms.
will we ever learn? ;)

4:48 PM  
Blogger Me said...

the way u spell is better so me ctrl c & ctrl v here as well as in my blog...;)

Inniya Putthaandu Nal Vaazhtthukkal Deepa..

5:25 PM  
Blogger Me said...

me also waiting to see bubby's comment..

5:26 PM  
Blogger Anusha Parthasarathy said...

Iniya Puththandu Vazthukkal :)

Some people use "Oru pechchukku solren...","Naan onnu solren ana nee porumaiyaa kettukanum..." etc etc...

5:26 PM  
Blogger NaiKutti said...

deepa, "if u don't mind" lemme tell u that (tami/english/...) new year resolutions don't work at all and it is just for u to make and break :-)... the success depends on how fast u break :-)

3:19 AM  
Blogger Me too said...

Puthandu vaalthukkal!!

9:35 AM  
Blogger I said...

The whole resolution thingy..i think this is how it started.. people got drunk on new year eve. Some probably puked and/or uttered drunken promises. They get up, the don't remember a thing and they keep doing the same thing the next year too.

But the new year resolution as a real thing was cooked up by middle class parents that keep dwelling upon "morals, "good" habits and stuff. so they made a nice occasion for getting drunk into a guilt-ridden excuse for obligatory promises....

does that make sense?

Iniya Puthandu nall vazhthukkal

10:40 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

TTM, relax maadi. We are what we are and would be forever and we are not that bad, right?:-)
Me, migavum nandri (p)ayya.
Anusha and Me Too, Thank you. And "oru pecchukku sollaren" is funny too. I am adding that to my list.;-)
Karthik, "new year resolution" is a myth. We think of how things would be in an ideal world and associate that with a resolution and eventually they are meant to be broken. And I didn't mind.;-)
I, thank you. Putthandu Nal Vaazhtthukkal to you too. And my parents never talked about resolutions and we were quintessential middle-class.:-)

12:25 PM  
Blogger Me said...

TTM, relax maadi

hey deepa what does maadi mean...i see that in lot of blogs & comments

2:54 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Me, maadi = pannu/pannunga (I think)

3:38 PM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள்- Just copied and pasted Ashok's. Since he is from madurai I know his Tamil must be good and will not have any sp. mistakes :-))

3:54 PM  
Blogger Anusha Parthasarathy said...

"maadi" is a kannada word. As Deepa says it means "to do".

The tamil makkal who are settled in Bangalore with software career use a mixed lingo with english and kannada words "stop maadi"(please stop), "straight hogee"(go straight)etc !

The most commonly used one is

"Enjoy Maadi"!!!

4:27 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Deepa & AP: thanks...

4:54 PM  
Blogger ashok said...

Tilo, in fact it has a minor mistake...missed the "க்" between து and க in வாழ்த்துக்கள் :-)

2:54 PM  
Blogger ammani said...

But if you say mel maadi, that's tamizh. Hehehe.

புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துகள் Deepa!

4:45 PM  
Blogger Wild Reeds said...

"Who wants to hear their running, sitting, walking age?"
Ha ha ha! Hilarious. I don't know why people get so insecure about ageing. It just means you got to live longer! Do we feel bad about having more money in the bank? Then why this obsession with being young I say.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Thank you Tilo.
Ashok, I was going to point that out. But I didnt want a reputation of being the dhaadi thatha of Thiruvilayadal fame (Nakkeerar).;-)
Nandri Ammani. "Mel Maadi" May I suggest a resolution for you?;-)
Wild reeds, I agree. Bank balance anology is funny.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Casement said...

"Mukundan, some anonymous has a gaandu.:-)"

Indian languages are funny! You'd know what I mean if you know Hindi!:))

Belated Puthandu vaazhtukkal!

P.s: - If I translate belated to Tamizh, chances are that you wouldnt understand.

11:03 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

Deeps - unrelated : I want which movie is "Paadu shanta Paadu from". I am told you are a pro in old Tamil songs.

8:07 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Deepa, don't worry about the anons. They'll keep coming wherever I go (they love me a lot you see) :-).

Tilo, that song is from "ThillAna MohanAmbAl" (SingAra vElanE dEvA where Gemini GanEsan says that to Savithri and it goes something like "un isai enum inbha veLLaththil nIndha OdOdi vandha ennai yEmAtRAdhE SAnthA", to which SAvithri says "unGaL isaiyin mun en pAttu" to which Gemini says "thEnOdu kalandha thellamudham, kOla nilavOdu kalandha kuLir thendral, indha SingAravelan sannidhiyile, indha inbha mAlai pozhudhinilE" and something like that and after that she breaks into "SingAra vElanE dEvA...". Sorry Deepa didn't mean to hijack your limelight here :-).

9:35 PM  
Blogger ammani said...

Aiyaiyo! Thennavan ularran! Tilo, it's from Konjum Salangai. It comes before Singaravelaney Deva (there's a kadai behind it).

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Anon said...

what's that kadai?

8:40 AM  
Blogger Casement said...

Thennavan, u seem drunk!:)) Sorry, no offense meant.

9:09 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

Thennavan neither Savithri nor Gemini acted in Thillana...........

9:46 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

ammani - even jikku knows better right :-0

10:39 AM  
Blogger ammani said...

Okay anon, since you ask.

The legend behind Singaravelaney is this. This was one of S. Janaki's earliest hits. The MD was searching for a voice that would match the nadaswaram sruthi (pitch) and someone recommended the (hitherto little known) Janamma and that's how she got her break. The two artists - S. Janaki and Karakurichi Arunachalam never met during the recording as their tracks were recorded separately. Until a chance meeting at a public function a while after the song had become a big hit.

There's a far more interesting version of the story here

11:08 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Sorry mea culpa. Thanks ammani :-).

Casement, I was really half-asleep when I wrote that and that can be counted as a drunk state (since this teetotaller cannot distinguish between chardonnay and charpai ;-)).

11:29 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

Konjum Salangai it is. After seeng Thennavan's comment about Thillana Moganambal, I was like "Its a sin to not distinguish between Nadigarrrr thilagam's overacting in TM and Gemini's flirtatious paadu santha fame KS" and Ammani came to the rescue.;-) But Thennavan, the dialogues are correct though, so your faux pas is condoned.;-)

12:37 PM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

sollernnu thappa nenaichukadhey - you are too light on Thennavan :-)

8:24 PM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Tilo, so what do you want her to do? :-) (maybe I should gloat over the fact that I am being held to a higher standard than the others? ;-))

2:47 PM  
Blogger Kaps said...

I didn't know that there was track recording in those days. I was under the impression that the songs were recorded in one go.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Casement said...

Deepa, what kinda friend is Bubby??? When you count on him/her the most, he/she doesnt turn up at all!:))

8:51 AM  
Blogger Deepa said...

lol...tilo. I wish I could say "Indha maanida padharai ennai kopparayil podavum".
Thennavan, adhellam seri, adhenna higher standard? This is what I call "Sandhula santro ottardhu".;-)
Kaps, you are an enlightened soul now.:-)
Casement, Bubby is Down under on a vacation. Thats why no comment (its she)

10:25 AM  
Blogger tilotamma said...

I thought Bubby was God from casment's description!

"When you count on him/her the most, he/she doesnt turn up at all!:))"

11:17 AM  
Blogger thennavan said...

Deepa LOL! Ennai nallapadiyaa purinju vechchurukkeenga :-) (naan Madras-kaaranaachche)

2:24 PM  
Blogger Me said...

Sandhula santro ottardhu....idhu enna neenga vidra dialogaaa... illa madras la kathutu vandheengala?

cycle gap la auto ottradhu kelvi patruken...idhu ippo dhan kekaren...

3:46 PM  
Blogger Deepa said...

haha Tilo, tell that to ammani, she'd be so proud.:-)
Thats true Thennavan and I have that uncanny sense.;-)
Me, neenga sonnadhu original and idhu ennoda modified version of it/

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Bubby said...


unna kai-viduvena?keezh logatilerndu indaa..enoda contribution:-

Ban on thaata-paatis-ungil-aauntees saying
"naa yaar teriyardha..unna chinnnaa vayasula paathadu" when they meet youngsters like us at family functions/get togethers...ban on other kostans like "yevlo sambalam tarra?"
"enna naga(i) poaatta"

konjam hurry-burry la ezhudaren. adutha vaaaram, relaxed a ezhudaren ;-)

Belated Viya varuda vaazhtukkal!

5:22 AM  
Blogger jaya said...

Let this year be very very successful year to everyone in this world!!

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ithu ellam sari.

Belated vaarthaiya eppadi tamila sollrathu???

12:32 AM  
Blogger Kamalakkannan said...

Ithu ellam sari.

Belated vaarthaiya eppadi tamila sollrathu???

12:35 AM  
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