Season Imsais – 2

Some more imsais from last week’s concerts:

  • The mami sitting next to me at a concert talks to some kin of hers back home: “Ennadi .. Anandham poyindirukka …. seri seri … apparam vandhu kadhai kettukkaren. Kolangal ku munnadi vandhuruven … seriya … phone-a vekkaren” (For the uninitiated, Anandham and Kolangal are TV serials running on Sun TV)
  • The mama sitting a row ahead of mine remarks after hearing a beautiful behAg alapanai: “Aahaa … ippo alaipAyudE kaNNA vaasippar paaru
  • This one is not an imsai but it is so good that I couldn’t resist posting it here. Nalli Kuppusami Chettiar recollected this during one of the felicitation functions. It seems Sri Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer used to always come before the scheduled time to all the functions he was invited to. It so happened that once Semmangudi mama came 10 minutes late to a function. Nalli Chettiar couldn’t believe his eyes. Upon enquiry, iyerval told that he had to go to a function in Nanganallur before coming there and it had taken him a long time to locate the venue in Nanganallur. The people it seems still couldn’t believe iyerval had landed late to which iyerval remarked: “Ravanan Seethayai kondu Asoka vanathula vechan. Hanumar odane kandu pidichuttar. Avan Seethaiyai Nanganallur la kondu vandundaan na innikki varaikkum Hanumar thedindu iruppar:-)

Now for some “photo” imsais:

  • The mama in the snap below is wearing a “monkey cap” to protect himself from cold in an auditorium where the AC (enga oorula cold aa irundha thaan AC) was close to non-existant and where all the other people were sweating like crazy:

Season Imsai - Monkey Cap

  • Some sabhas complain that artists don’t finish on time. No wonder, if they have time displayed this way (poor quality of photo is regretted)

Season Imsai - What’s the time?

Bridge of Contention

Here is a humorous forward I received today:

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Lord Ram surveyed the Ram Setu and said “Hanuman, how diligently and strenuously you and your vanar sena had built this bridge several centuries back. It is remarkable that it has withstood the ravages of the climatic and geographical changes over centuries. It is indeed an amazing feat especially considering the fact that a bridge at Hyderabad built by Gammon using latest technology collapsed the other day even before they could stick the posters on its pillars.”

Hanuman with all humility spoke “Jai Sri Ram, it is all because of your grace. We just scribbled your name on the bricks and threw them in the sea and they held. No steel from TISCO or cement from Ambuja or ACC was ever used. But Lord, why rake up the old issue now.”

Ram spoke “Well, Hanuman some people down there want to demolish the bridge and construct a canal. The contract involves lot of money and lot of money will be made. They will make money on demolition and make more money on construction.”

Hanuman humbly bowed down and said, “Why not we go down and present our case”

Ram said, “Times have changed since we were down there. They will ask us to submit age proof and we don’t have either a birth certificate or school-leaving certificate. I studied in a gurukulam and did not bother for certificates, my apprenticeship under the great sages was nice but they didnt give me any experiance certificates either. Even my archery skills did not get me any medals but only a wife. We traveled mainly on foot and some times in bullock carts and so we don’t have a driving license either. As far as the address proof is concerned the fact that I was born at Ayodhya is itself under litigation for over half a century, if I go in a traditional attire with bow and arrow, the ordinary folks may recognize me, and the cops make get me in an encounter or put me behind bars under some anti terrorism act, maybe Arjun Singh may take me to be some tribal and, at the most, offer a seat at IIT under the reserved category. Also, a God cannot walk in dressed in a three-piece suit and announce his arrival. It would make even the devotees suspicious. So it is dilemma so to say.”

“I can vouch for you by saying that I personally built the bridge.”

“My dear, Anjani putra, it will not work. They will ask you to produce the layout plan, the project details, including financial outlay and how the project cost was met and the completion certificate. Nothing is accepted without documentary evidence in India. You and vibishana are two of the eight immortals in this world, how can you prove you are still alive. You may cough but unless a doctor certifies it, you have no cough. A pensioner may present himself personally but the authorities do not take it as proof. He has to produce a life-certificate to prove that he is alive. It is that complicated.”

“Lord, I can’t understand these historians. Over the years you have given darshan once every hundred years to saints like Surdas, Tulsidas, Saint Thyagaraja, Jayadeva, Bhadrachala Ramdas and even Sant Tukaram and still they disbelieve your existence and say Ramayana is a myth. The only option, I see, is to re-enact Ramayana on earth and set the government records straight once for all.”

Lord smiled “It isn’t that easy today. Ravan is apprehensive that he may look like a saint in front of Karunanidhi. I also spoke to his mama Mareecha, who appeared as a golden deer to tempt Sita maiyya when I was in the forest and he said that he won’t take a chance of stepping on earth as long as Salman Khan is around.”

On consultants

This one is for all those who are involved in any kind of consulting work …… got this in mail today and just couldn’t avoid posting .. may be because it is linked to my work (consultant, not a vet, certainly not a cat of the kind described). This is supposed to be from one of the Reader’s Digest issues :

Overheard at the veterinarian’s: I had my cat neutered. He is still out all night with the other cats, but now he is a consultant…

 

Captain Mania Returns – 1

Captain, one of the greatest stars of World Cinema, for your viewing pleasure:

Lights cigarette with his blood; sends villains flying by touching his moustache

Gives some work to his arms and legs too

Gives shock to electricity itself

Types in Windows Media Player !!! Eats, drinks and breathes teamwork !!!!!

Indian Superheroes

Indian superheroes for your viewing pleasure:

Superman & Spiderwoman together. Spiderwoman even flies by herself:

Superman in action:

A Superman-like superhero performing cosmic dance (comes with English subtitles so that one can understand the technicalities ;-) ):