We Express Better Than We Know Why

Recently my close friend told me of some of his observations on what they speak about subjects, at time, in detail to the astonishment of others, including the Speaker.

He added further.

Kannadasan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Couple of years back some one asked me a question on Hinduism, especially about Advaita.

You know that I do not know much about it.

But I spoke for about twenty minutes in detail and every one was surprised.

Funny thing is I was astonished myself.

Even to-day I do not know how I spoke.

Today I can not speak a ew lines about my self.

How and why?

Coming to the present, on some mornings (around 5am), when I do not get sleep , I get a lot of ideas which I am sure are quite novel and I am sure I do not know the subject nor have I read anything on the subject before.

Can you tell me why?”

He is not a very pious a man but has religious orientation like most of us.

I had given a serious thought about this.

I have seen these instances in many people including me.

Many times I have spoken on subjects in detail with authentic references  though I had not prepared on the subject.

I have also noticed , when I lecture on a subject, I normally prepare thoroughly.

But when I reach the Podium, I deviate from the prepared points(which I keep in mind, never in on paper as this distracts me), I speak fluently better than I had prepared.

Come to think of it, great compositions happen this way.

( I am not comparing myself with any of these)

Greatest lines in literature (in my view).

Age can not wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety,

Other women cloy the appetites they feed,

She makes most hungry where she most satisfies’ – Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra.

Or Kalidasa in Kumara Sambhavam.

Vagarthadaiva samprktau vagarthaa pratipattaye
Jagatah pitarau vande Parvati Parameshwehvarau

” In order to achieve the comprehension of word and meaning, I salute
the parents of the universe, Parvati AND Parameshwara, who are
inseperable like word and its meaning.

Or Abhirami Bhattar in Abhirami Andhadi.

அன்றே தடுத்து என்னை ஆண்டுகொண்டாய், கொண்டது அல்ல என்கை
நன்றே உனக்கு? இனி நான் என் செயினும் நடுக்கடலுள்
சென்றே விழினும், கரையேற்றுகை நின் திருவுளமோ.-
ஒன்றே, பல உருவே, அருவே, என் உமையவளே.

Gist of this is that, Abhirami,whatever I do and whatever might happen to me, even if I am stranded in the midst of Ocean, It is your job to save me”

This can be enjoyed only in the original.

Or some of the lines of Kannadasan in Tamil Films.

Kannukku Kulam Ethu,

Kangal Enge,

Ponal Pogattum Poda,

Mayakkama Kalakkama.

I  can go on adding to the list.

I shall post on the Poems I have enjoyed in Tamil and Sanskrit.

When I asked Poet Kannadasan  whether  he can produce some of the great lines he had penned again, he  replied


He said he wrote as the mood set in and he can not even remember how he got around to producing these lines .


Psychologists  try to explain these things in a lot of ways.

I am qualified in Psychology and the explanations and theories are labored and unconvincing.

To me it seems that certain things are expected to be expressed at a certain time by certain people.

And we happen to be the instruments.

My friend agrees.

Do you?

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Talent On Show Chithrakala Parishad

I visited an Art Exhibition at The Chithrakala Parishad,Bangalore.

I generally avoid them because , in most cases, these are shows where people with very minimal talent trying to get exposure on the only qualifications they have ,Money and Influence.

This impression is because of my visit to some Arangetrams of Dance programmes.

I was proved wrong.

What was on display was a Collection of Paintings , belonging to various Genre,Pencil,Charcoal, Water Colors, Oil Painting.

Though not a connoisseur of Arts, I enjoy if some thing looks good.

Another interesting feature of this show is the fact that most of them are Amateurs, women with a Family to take are.

Lalith Kala Parishad,Exhibit
Art on display,Bangalore.
Shiva Painting
Chitrakala Parishad show.
Art Show.
Exhibit Bangalore
Corridor 3D

There was one pencil sketch of a child, which was vibrant with Life.

I shall try to get the image from the owner and post

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Vijay TV Super Singer 4 Finals Winner Final Excerpt

The Finale of Vijay TV Super Singer was conducted  in the usual Stay Vijay style with pomp and show on 1 Feb,2014.

The winner is,


Second and third places went to Syed Subhan and Sarath Santosh respectively.

Sonia and Parvati were the fourth and fifth runners-up.

Diwakar proved that he is an entertainer by choosing songs that connected the audience to a jolly mood, the first song  being ‘Arabic kadaloram.

The second, ever popular, difficult to sing, Neeye Uunakku Endrum Nekaraanavan, from Bale Pandiya and he sang this with gutso with the TMS fluctuations and Bhava, with MR Radha‘ antic Jatis.

Syed sang emotionally but chose some emotional song, the first one Eelm Tamil’s agony, though it was excellent rendering did not connect as the ethos was, to be honest, alien to the audience.

Santosh also made the mistake of choosing such songs, though he sung well, that did not sway emotions to turn into votes.

Excerpts as available now.



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Vijay TV Super Singer Slick Final Live Link

Vijay TV Tamil,Star Vijay, their programmes in general are quite entertaining.whether it it the Lollu Sabha,Comedy Shows, Adhu,Idhu Eduthu , Neeya Naana or Super Singer series, where they select the best singing Talent in Tamil.

Vijay Tv Super singer group
Vijay TV Super Singer 4

Some observations.

As a marketing man what struck me the most is the way the marketing team milks the Programme, whether it is the Talk Show Neeya Naana, or Super Singer.

Normally many channels would be content with ads and sponsorships.

Star Vijay ropes in appropriate people for the shows, whether it be a Sivamani on Drums,Nithyasree ,Chitra,Vairamuthu knowing the poular person at tht particular point of time.

They also do not forget the mass pull of Rajnikanth or Kamal Hassan!

Not to forget the oldies TMS,PBS,

They have their popular songs included  unobtrusively as a Rajnikanth round or Kamal Hassan round.

They had the ingenious idea of getting Guitar signed by Rajnikanth.

The families of the singers on stage are made to interact and sentimental scenes  are never in shortage.

Then to the singers themselves.

They are taken abroad for Live performances and they perform in Chennai Malls Live.

They seem to cover every segment of the consumers.

What is pleasing is the way they are done, unobtrusively.

Vijay TV is clear, it is in for Business and for entertainment as a means of earning.

But this is one subtly.

What is heartening is the fact that a good purpose is served as a byproduct as in bringing in social awareness through Neeya Naaana and good talent is unearthed in Super singer.

Today, February4,2014, Super Singer 4 is Live for selecting the winner of Super Singer 4.

Watch here.






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Seven Ages Of Man And Woman

Those who know English would not have missed  enjoying Shakespeare,.

If ever a Poet/Dramatist were to be found who could mirror emotions in simple powerful words it is the Bard of Avon.

I have some post on him.

Da Vinci Mona Lisa.
Mona Lisa

The most famous of his lines in As You Like It‘ on the Stages of Man is a piece in itself.

I am reproducing this with out comments or explanations for in my view Shakespeare is best enjoyed with out some body disturbing.( excepting some like Bradley)

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

If Shakespeare could do it,Tamil could do it better, in classifying the Chronological Age of man and Woman.

Tamil , a Language of antiquity, alive and kicking well, has made Life into an Art by its literature and its classification of Life in its Grammar.

Tamils have divide Life into two parts, one that deals with external activities expressed outwards, like War,Arguments,Valor,Philanthropy, called Puram(The term means ‘outside’).

Another is Aham(inside) which deals with emotions like Love, Despair.

Under Aham the chronological Age of Man and Woman has been taken to classify Ages.

பெண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:-(Seven Ages of Woman)

* 1 வயது முதல் 8 வயது வரை – பேதை-1-8 Pedha, an age when one does not know to distinguish things.
* 9 வயது முதல் 10 வயது வரை – பெதும்பை-9-10,Pedhubmai, can differentiate but not very clear.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரை – மங்கை-10-14,Mangai, has attained womanhood, but yet to fall in Love.
* 15 வயது முதல் 18 வயது வரை – மடந்தை14-18,Madanthai. has started to develop feelings of Love.
* 19 வயது முதல் 24 வயது வரை – அரிவை-19-24Arivai,has attained an Age where one has gone through the process of Love,separation.
* 25 வயது முதல் 29 வயது வரை – தெரிவை-25-29,Therivai, has loved, successful, or lost but  knows Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேல் – பேரிளம் பெண்-30+,has seen it all, either a Spinster,( mostly), mature.

ஆண்களின் ஏழு பருவங்கள்:(Seven Ages of Man).

* 1 வயது முதல் 7 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – பாலன்-Balan,1-7 as in Woman.
* 8 வயது முதல் முதல் 10 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மீளி, Meeli,8-10 Forgetful yet can recall.
* 11 வயது முதல் 14 வயது வரையிலான பருவம் – மறவோன்11-14,Maravon,Fighter, does not forget.
*15 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – திறவோன்-Thiravon,15 Years,Capable.
*16 வயதிற்குண்டான பருவம் – விடலை, Vidalai 16, Irresponsible in all walks of Life.
*17 வயது முதல் 30 வரையிலான பருவம் – காளை ,Kaalai, 16,Responsible in all affairs, including Life.
* 30 வயதுக்கு மேலான பருவம் – முதுமகன்.Mudhumagan,30+ .Mature.

Note that the stages of Man stops for Man after 14 Years and characteristics change year by year.

But women stay steadfast, relatively, which is a fact.

The names given to each stage expresses the meaning explained,

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