Posts Tagged ‘tamil nadu


Dear ministers, you are only our servants.

Courtesy - Deccan Chronicle - 12/09/09

Courtesy - Deccan Chronicle - 12/09/09

Austerity is a term used when a national government reduces its spending, usually to pay back creditors. And austerity seems to be the buzz word in the Parliament of late. The UPA government’s decision to implement austerity measures, though welcome, has already created a storm in the political circles.  It all started when ministers SM Krishna and Shashi Tharoor were asked to check out of the luxury hotels they were staying at. However, this definitely was uncalled for, because as far as my knowledge is, both the ministers were living off on their own hard earned money and not the taxpayers.

The issue kicked in further when Finance minister P Chidambaram ‘requested’ his peers to travel in Economy class while flying domestic and Business while on International flights. Of course, something not easy to digest for the Baabus. Although they agreed to it, their call for 1st class on International flights is very much in the wrong direction. Sharad Pawar even went on to point out the “hazards” of flying economy was the prospect of being intruded upon by other passengers. Perhaps someone should remind dear Mr. Pawar, that he just a servant of the public and not vice versa.

Shashi Tharoor had responded to the situation, saying on Twitter:

I would be ashamed if I was spending the people’s money. But I’m not – I’m spending my own savings.

As long as the ministers pay from their own pockets for special privileges it is okay. Most of them are rich and buying an Executive class ticket as they wish won’t nuke their pockets. Like Mr. Tharoor says the ministers, who are mere representatives of the people, should be ashamed to spend the people’s money for their luxuries.

Moving on, Rahul Gandhi called for the Congress to return to power in Tamil Nadu. He was here in TN to kick of a youth recruitment drive all across the state. I really hope his dream comes true and end the dominance of self-centered regional parties. While an alliance with the DMK may be good at the moment, the Congress will definetely need to rethink about it in the future, especially if it hopes for a revival of the party, like it did in Uttar Pradesh.


What’s in a name? Everything.

You can never get enough of Mallu names. A mallu can easily come up with a 100 names within the space of a minute. Rhyming names that can easily rival Tennysson’s poems., a talent only the mallu who lives next to your house has the knack of. Siju, Riji, Maji, Lini, Aju, Jijo, Bijo, Sijo, Maju, Shine, Fine, Rhine, Shinto, Rinto, the list ‘simbly’ goes on. But of late I have become aware of a particualr community’s talent in rivaling the infamous Mallu names. If the coconut lovers from Kanjirapalli and Thiruvanthuram are experts at names that can puzzle even the world’s best Onomasticians (Thats the study of proper names; just checked on wiki), the Tamil Christian community are known for their legendary names, quite literally. Julius Caesar, King Solomon, Mark Antony; no I’m not trying to impress you with my history. These are some of the Tamil Christian names I’ve come across.

Here are some of the funny and not so funny names that I’ve seen over the years:

Frenchie: A mallu girl name, probably her dad never once removed his VIP Frenchie innerwear.

Crystalline: A guy from my college has this name. I wonder if his dad has obsessive compulsive disorder in the field of chemistry.

Shitty: This is what I meant by not-so-funny. Imagine a situation where someone asks who she is and she replies, “Shitty”. And they go, “Oh I can see that, but what’s your name?”

And here is the list of ‘historical’ figures I’ve known:

  • Mark Antony
  • Julius Caesar
  • King Solomon
  • David Livingstone
  • Joseph Stalin
  • Sam Houston

And although the names may sound so, none of these guys are Anglo. They are all perfectly Tamil I believe. 

Heronimus: A case of blast from the past. Wonder if this guy was a Roman legionnary who time travelled into our era. 

Amazing Comfortson: By far my favorite. Did his parents name him so because they had the most amazing and comfortful ride (pun definitely intended) conceiving him? 

I’m pretty sure you’ve come across a lot of similar names yourself. Even weirder ones at it. I’ll update this post whenever I discover more of these rare names. 


P.S: After writing this, I feel like a hypocrite being a Mallu myself and my Mallu name being one of those generated by the Mallu Random name-generator. So much for a name.


Vaiko’s Psychos and the tamil issue

 Terror politics seem to be the order of the day. Here in Tamil Nadu though, it is not the Bombay terror attacks they’re playing with but the issue of LTTE and Sri Lankan tamils. I was in for a bitter experience as I was returning from college today. I was travelling in a bus and just as I was nearing my destination my bus stopped in front of a road blockade. The driver managed to find out from the cops that a protest was going on in town. After waiting for sometime we decided to walk. And just as we were moving along the road, we saw a couple of white Scorpios whizzing past us with men in white veshtis clinging on the sides. Apparently the cops had let these political parasites through the blockade. Other buses were let through, but only after a considerable amount of time.

I decided to catch another bus and continue the journey. The traffic was moving at snail’s place as the protests neared. Then I began to see a lot of Red and Black flags, posters and hoardings of political nitwits on the roadsides. Unsurprisingly it was Vaiko’s MDMK which was in the protest mood and the CPI and the VCK had also joined in. I do agree that the Sri Lankan tamil issue is serious and action need to be taken. But I don’t se any justification in Vaiko’s or any ‘Dravidian’ politicians calls for the revokal on the ban on LTTE. As far as I’m concerned and anybody else whose got some brains, the LTTE is a terrorist organization involved in anti-humanitarian work and anybody who supports them also should be branded as terrorists. It is the tamils in Sri Lanka who are suffering because of their so called ‘protectors’.  A party like the CPI also involved in this only shows that it is just a vote campaign for the General Elections which are just around the corner. 

I was also perplexed to see pictures of leaders including those of Vaiko and VCK’s Thol. Thirumavalavan in military attire resembling that of the LTTE, though this is nothing new. But what shocked me the most was that there was even a life size poster of a man in camo with an SMG holstered.  This bastard was apparently one of the chief guests and I also managed to catch some of his speech while returning. Action should be taken against these people who are secretely and some openely indulging in support of outlawed organisations. CM doesn’t have a backbone literally, at least he should show that he has one figuratively by doing something. At a time when terror strikes are a common phenomena, cops who should be securing the people are heavily guarding these terrorists themselves. When will these psychos ever learn a lesson. Only last week, the BJP had paid its price for politicizing Bombay terror; drubbed in elections in Delhi and Rajasthan.