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Saturday, April 03, 2004

Rahul Dravid ko gussa kyun aata hai?

Check out this pals: Dravid confronts Ganguly on a report, u might get an idea or even ideas!

Now, this is what Ganguly told to ESPN: Dravid was wrong to declare: Ganguly

Why is our Dada soooo confused and make us too?

Friday, February 06, 2004

India regains its losing ways?

I was excited. Wanted to catch a good one hour of the match on TV before leaving for office. By 8:30, I finished my morning chores and placed myself comfortably on a couch.

The toss was won and naturally I was expecrting a run-feast from Sehwag & Co as the pitch was hailed as a 'cracking' one by Ravi shastri. Atleast I couldn't expect anything less, going by the terrific form Indian batsmen were in!

After about an hr, I found myself stepping out of my home disappointed, hoping another miracle from Laxman and Dravid. But the miracle came from a player who is hailed as the No.1 Duck-breeder in international cricket and then another one who got into the playing eleven by virtue of somebody's injured shoulder.

But they fell short of creating a real miracle, still managing to save India from the blushes of losing a match so tamely.

So, the great Indian cricket blockbuster continues...

Thursday, February 05, 2004

The hot search

I read that Janet Jackson exposing her breast in the MTV show has rewritten all records in the history of internet search also! The key words, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake created a record of sorts being the most searched words during the past few days!

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Wanted: Beggars

I used to waste my food. Nowadays, I try my best to avoid doing so. So, in such situations, I try to give that balance food to the needy.

Today morning, I had some of the last night's food left. By evening it would cross its expiry date, and so I decided to carry it with me while going to office so that I can give it to a beggar.

I didn't want to carry it all the way to my office and so I started searching for the 'client' as soon as I stepped out of my house. But, alas! A street, where every second person you would bump into turns out to to be a beggar, looked shockingly abandoned!

I was getting late and so turning very very impatient. As these cricket commentators put it, my timing or rather my 'time' was just not right. My despartation started getting worse and I started enquiring to the footpath vendors about those regular beggars functioning from there. They got really bewildered and started doubting my sanity.

Then an uncle-figure approached me and shot : "Son, you seems to be begging for beggars!"

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Welcome 2004

How did you spend your January 1? My friend says whatever u 've done
on the New Year day, you would be doing it throughout the year!

If that is gonna be true, then the year will be bringing mixed
results for me, i guess:-) I might lose some money this year as I
chose the New Year day to give some advance money to my 'would-be'
landlord! Then I might be watching lotsa movies this year as I saw
two on that single day:-)

The second one I saw was something special. It was the private
screening of the directorial debut of my friend who is a Pune Film
Institute churn-out. The film is made in English and is starring Atul
Kulkarni and Neha Dubey (The Monsoon Wedding fame). I don't want to
reveal more details of the film here, as my friend is yet to expose
it to the media.

And folks, I watched the movie sitting next to the hero Atul
Kulkarni:-) The experience of watching a movie sitting next to its
hero was overwhelming. He has given a commendable performance and I
hope the movie would get a market and the work would get appreciated
in the coming days.

Yeah, I reached back home late night around 1 am and with a seething
headache. So I ended by New Year day restlessly, waiting for some
sleep to engulf me. Ye headaches bhi kya headache hai yar?

Monday, December 29, 2003

Munnabhai MBBS, the healing touch!

I had this rare fortune of watching a wholesome Bollywood entertainer
in the form of "Munnabhai MBBS" this week. I found the movie
profusely hillarious, packed with endearing performances and it made
some sense too. It was after a long time, after Heerapheri I would
say, I got to watch a movie that was quite rib tickling.

The story line might sound bit 'impossible', but the makers of the
movie have succeeded in making it 'believable' by coming up with real
life situations and weaving an engaging thread throughout. Making a
pass at the growing corruption taking place in MBBS-admissions and
the treatment given to the patients in hospitals, Munnabhai MBBS
thrive on a near-perfect narration and engaging performance from the
lead stars. And got enchanted by the laughter-mantra, we tend to
suppress the tendency to do reality-checks during the show!

Munnabhai MBBS might please the masses and the classes alike.
Though, externally, it would look like a treat for frontbenchers, the
sleek manner it is made is definitely appealing to the classes as
well. There is no single scene that would bore you. The budding
romance between Munnabhai and his love interest played by Gracy Singh
is told without much fanfare, but very sensitively. That comes as a
fresh breath in a film industry that needs its lead stars to scout in
the greener countrysides of Switzerland or Sweden to voice their

On the performance level, Sanjay Dutt is outstanding in a role tailor-
made for his less probed persona as a light-hearted man. But the
surprise packet of the movie is Bomman Irani. I watched him first in
the movie "Let's Talk" and he was quite amazing in it. Then catching
the audience unawares in "Darna Mana Hai" and now giving Sanju Baba a
run for his money in a negative character with comic shades
in "Munnabhai", this theatre personality from Mumbai is definitely a
threat to Paresh Rawal in Bollywood's comedy realm.

The chemistry between the Dutts could have brought out more
effectively by creating some engaging scenes that live up to the
comic mood of the movie. Sunil Dutt is kind of wasted in Munnabhai
MBBS. Then, the hype was so much on the coming together of father and
son. Munnabhai MBBS is not devoid of loopholes, but in the end what
matters is the satisfaction of watching a better movie. And that
feeling clears all the negative thoughts away.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Happy X'mas

Wednesday, December 17, 2003


When I laid my hands on today's newspaper, I knew that I was going to keep it forever.

The performance of Rahul Dravid in particular and the Indian team in general in the Adelaide test took the breath out of me.

On that consequential Tuesday, I was awaken from sleep by the alarm ring set at 6 am. I didnt want to miss the action. And I watched, in all the excitement and nervousness, India reaching out to that phenomenal feat. I had to attend an interview and left home when India needed 38 runs to win. The way VVS Laxman hit those three 4s reassured me that India would win.

As I was waiting for my train, I got an SMS from my friend breaking the news of Indian victory. It was simply an euphoric moment.

Keep it up India...(y)

This report tells how Indian media celebrated the victory.

Saturday, December 13, 2003

Save the actor in Mohanlal

Whenever I watch Mohanlal onscreen, I feel an irresistible urge to
write about this actor.

But some of my friends complain that I have been going gaga over
Mohanlal with having written a lot on him in the Mafia, already.

But every time I see him, some idea or the other strikes me. So I am
helpless. Just like any other Malayali, I adore him a lot.

Of late, there are some disturbing thoughts:

These days, Lal looks tired. The make-up is unable to cover-up the
exhaustion in his face. But that was bound to happen once. No

Secondly, I think the actor in Mohanlal is under serious threats.
Before going further, lets take a history class.

Generally, after becoming a superstar, an actor looks around for
meatier roles and recognition from the elite audience. Mohanlal was
not different and he was at his peak with his performance in

But after Vanaprastham, his career graph witnessed a steep decline in
terms of the roles he received and the filmmakers he chose to work

Those were the days of super-human characters and larger-than-life
heroes, with a 'twirled' moustache.

But Mohanlal couldn't be a Rajnikant as the Kerala audience ceased to
appreciate the same after some time. A spate of flops followed and
the parabolic action had begun.

Mohanlal, whose USP was those common-man roles close to normal life,
suddenly found him lost in Malluwood where he really felt the heat of
competition from new entrants like Dileep and Prithviraj.

Even Priyadarsan couldn't save Mohanlal as audience rejected the
rescue-action came in the form of 'Kilichundan Mampazham'.

As the old and trusted comrades stood helpless, a nervous Lal turned
towards new directors like Thulasidas and VM Vinu. That was a real
boon for these youngsters for whom getting Mohanlal to do title roles
in their movies was like a dream came true.

Remember, Lal wouldn't have even considered working with these second-
line directors if he had been still enjoying that top position. But
this is just my assumption.

Mr Brahmachari and Balettan scored in the box-office as the mallu
audience sat in excitement watching their dear Lalettan's much-
awaited retreat to those closer-to-life characters.

But is that enough? Where is that Mohanlal whose marvelous acting
histrionics won him a number of Bharat awards? The circle would be
complete only when Mohanlal get back to that cult position. Nowadays,
every time you switch on your TV, you can see people praising the
actor in him non-stop. But, to tell you the truth, that was

Now we want the history to be repeated. Otherwise, Mohanlal will end
up as another MT Vasudevan Nair. I think MT hasn't written a novel
since a long time. You can correct me if I am wrong. That was a
wild, but painful comparison.

So, undoubtedly, Mohanlal is back and is ruling the Mallu box
office. But, if he is not calculating his moves carefully and going
for roles where he would get an opportunity to ACT, things are going
to backfire and

that would be

the end of Mohanlal, the actor.

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Satyendra Dubey, The whistle-blower

Satyendra Dubey was a 31-year-old IIT Kanpur civil engineering graduate. He used to work with the National Highways Authority of India and was assigned to the prime minister's pet project, the Golden Quadrilateral, to connect the four corners of India.

While working with NHAI, Dubey noticed rampant corruption and poor implementation of work in his department. He reported the matter to the Prime Minister's Office by sending a letter, requesting anonymity. But, instead of keeping his name in confidence, authorities circulated his letter to all the relatd departments. That easily exposed Dubey to the evil eyes.

On November 27, 2003, Satyendra Dubey was murdered in Gaya, Bihar. And that has raised a hell lotta issues now.

Bihar Government has ordered a CBI probe into his gruesome killing.

For people having Dubey's conscience, this incident sends wrong signals. Next time they might think twice before giving in to their conscience.

That is why whistle-blowers like Satyendra Dubey are endangered species these days.

Dubey Murder: Full Coverage

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

When Men in blue make us red...

"All's well that ends well"

No better line I have got to open this piece on a topic that has always baffled me. The ever-changing impressions Indian cricket team cast on their supporters' minds with their inconsistent rate of winning matches.

Just last week, after that humiliating defeat from the hands of Australia, most of us were screaming for our cricketing heroes' blood. Some suddenly had this revelation that Indians were just paper tigers. Some pledged that they would never ever support the team or watch a match even on TV. Some, like me, thought of writing a blasting piece to yahoo groups like Malayali Mafia.

Then we had this unusual or once-in-a-blue-moon performance from Indian team, in their last match against Kiwis, and suddenly the feelings have taken a U-turn. Now we all are fantasizing about Indian team taking revenge on Australia for the world cup defeat. If it happens, i would be one of the happiest fans of indian cricket.

But this happens often. All our sentiments get a depression-shade after a defeat, and we are forced to believe that our team is a gone case. Then, when we think we have all detached ourselves successfully from the temporal fortunes of Indian cricket, a big win by our team again lure us back to the risks of following their fortunes. And this cycle goes on.

So what's the best policy to avoid these tensions and tribulations involved in tracking the fortunes of Indian cricket team? On this morning of TVS cup final, I want to share my strategy with those who are interested.

It is very simple. Over the years, I have developed a tolerance level to the follies our team make or the victories our team register. Win or loss, just take it as two sides of the coin. When india loses, keep remind yourself that Indian cricket or even the whole world is not gonna end with this one defeat. When india wins, dont get carried away and hope this happens next time too.

Then, without loses, what is the excitement in cricket? You keep winning and chances are that gradually your supporters might get bored with you! To which job our cricket-columnists and game-pundits shift if we keep performing superbly? And just imagine, what would be the future of the hundred thousands of cricketers in our country if just these eleven men keep their positions intact forever?

So what's your wrong-un?

Monday, November 17, 2003

Check out "Karlo Duniya ka Maal apni mutthi mein" Dated November 6th, 2003 @ Tech-updates.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

Ryzer 100 speaking...

I had been a member of this business network called Ryze since Jan this year. First I landed in this network while doing an article on friendship networks. So I signed up, got some feedbacks from members and left ryze thanking:)

Then last month, i had my good friend Vandy tipping me off with the details of a fantastic network called Ryze that saw me making an attempt to join the network. Then, i keyed-in my mail-id while registering and found that the id was in use. That means, I ve already signed up in the network! This often happens to me since I tend to sign up for anything and everything that comes in my way and then just forget about 'em.

Then, digging up my mail account, I got the user id and password i had used earlier to sign up for Ryze and just got back to my earlier page, put my details and added some friends and..., within a short time, i understood what made Vandy telling me abt this network. It goes like this: Ryze never sleeps.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Line Of Control

Call me a movie buff.... buff who don't watch movies so often.

The last flick I 'd seen was Darna Mana Hai. Then I wanted to watch lotsa up-coming movies. But none of them really impressed. I was told that Jhankar Beats was worth for a dekho, but I cudn't.

I ignored Koi Mil Gaya, Mein Madhuri Dixit Bananaaa.., etc because I 'd lost the drive to and whodunits like Samay, Shhhh..etc. because Darna Mana Hai taught me to wait and 'watch' thrillers.

I would like to tell you...if you had been eagerly looking forward to watch a movie, pls watch it as soon as it gets releasd. Once it's been 'polluted' by film reviewers and box office pundits, chances are that you will lose your appetite. At least, in my case that's been happening.

Right now, movies in my 'hit list' are L.O.C., Plan, Khakee, Munnabhai M.B.B.S and Aan. I would like to wait and 'watch' Kal Ho Na Ho:)

Monday, November 10, 2003

I am in the mood!

I am back.

It was not that I was very busy or my net was not working:) I was simply wasting my time away and at times landed in the blogger page too. But whenever I decid to post something, my web browser would take a strong exception and as a result my comp would crash!

And i wrote a long post just 10 mts ago and the same thing happened. Right now am trying my best to re-write whatever i 'd written.

It was about my cable rates and Prince Charles.

Damn, whats the would ask.


But last week I came across this Mid-day article. Those live in Mumbai and pay a hefty monthly amount to their cablewallas will quickly identify themselves with this article. But alas, something that is very crucial an info to a common-man was given a thumps-down by our media in terms of coverage.

And now, just recount the way media has covered Prince Charles' India visit. What difference does it make to our lives? What's that we can expect from this old man? Hold on ..except those juicy stories!

I know, being a journo, tomorrow i will do the same. But these are things that slightly infuriate you when you are in the mood:)

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