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Random Jottings on Facebook – 4

July 22, 2014

Some of my friends talk only about EMIRATES, and some about E.M.I. RATES!

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Vimal Pan Masala has this front full page long strip ad today in TOI. At the bottom, there is this line: CHEWING OF PAN MASALA IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH. NOT FOR MINORS.

That last line really makes you feel “For minors, it is not injurious!” 

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Yesterday,
Grandma wanted Aastha,
Grandkids wanted Pasta,
Mom made onion-less Naasta
and
Dad drove on a jam-free Raasta

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pun-inda aago olle panchaythi
punch aadmelu punch-e nad-daithi !

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Most of the time, people tell me: Ram, sing!

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Yesterday, my son taught me the spelling of HOPELESS: HO+

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Don’t be surprised to hear unnecessary honking today. Remember, yesterday was NO HONKING MONDAY.

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ಗುಂಡನ ಲೇಟೆಸ್ಟ್ ಡೌಟು: ‘Gourmet’ಗೂ ಗೋಮೇ-ಗೂ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಉಂಟಾ?

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ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೋಗೋರನ್ನ ಏನಂತ ಕರೀತಾರೆ?
ದಿ ಗುಡಿ-ಗುಡಿ ಟೈಪ್ಸ್!

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In school, our seniors advised us thus: NEVER agree for an OPEN BOOK TEST (especially by Iyer Sir). If you think that the answer is in the book and the test is all about how fast you can find the answer, and copy it to the answer sheet, you are completely wrong!

I am thankful to god that I am done with school. At least once a fortnight, I get exam nightmares where I enter the class and the exam is about to begin, and I find out that I have prepared for a completely different subject.

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ಈ ನಡುವೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅನರ್ಥಗಳು ನಡೀತಿರೋದು ಏಕೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾ?
ಪ್ರಪಂಚದಲ್ಲೆಡೆ ಎಂದೋ ಒಂದು ಘಂಟೆ ಅರ್ಥ್ ಅವರ್. ಉಳಿದ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ಮೂರು ಘಂಟೆ ಅನರ್ಥವಾದ ಅವರ್.

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ನಿಮ್ಗಿಲ್ಲ… ನಮ್ಗಿದೆ ಮೀಟ್ರು!
ಅಂತ ತೋರಿಸ್ಕೊಳಕ್ಕೋಸ್ಕ್ರ ಆಟೋ ಡ್ರೈವರ್ಸು ಮೀಟರ್ ಮೇಲ್ ಹತ್ತೋ-ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೋ ಕೇಳೋದು.

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ಸ್ಕೂಲ್-ಕಾಲೇಜ್ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಳಾ ಲೇಡಿ ಟೀಚರ್ಸ್ ಎಷ್ಟೇ ಬರದ್ರೂ, ಮತ್ತ್ ಬರಸ್ತಾರೆ.

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WOW! I told you so!
Truly, Shikar is The One!!!

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ಅಂದು: ಶೆಟ್ಟ್ರೆ , ಪ್ಯಾಕ್ ಕೊಡಿ.
ಇಂದು: ಟೆಟ್ರಾ ಪ್ಯಾಕ್ ಕೊಡಿ.

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ಆಡು ಮುಟ್ಟದ ಸೊಪ್ಪಿಲ್ಲ. ಬ್ಯಾನರ್ ಕಟ್ಟದ ಕಂಬವಿಲ್ಲ.

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ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಪಾಂಡವನಾದ ಅರ್ಜುನನು ರತಿಯನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದನು.

ಮೇಲಿನ ವಾಕ್ಯದ ಅರ್ಥ ಬರುವಂತೆ ಒಂದು ಪದದಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ತರ ನೀಡಿ.

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Traffic has become so horrible that we can’t even look towards the temple while driving. Earlier, you could stop in front of a temple and say the stotra of that particular god/dess. Kaligaala!

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On the way to office, I saw Upendra’s ‘Topiwala’ posters in reverse but title in the same order. Another gimmick! And the tagline is catchy: Thale Illadavrigalla!
‘A’ is still talked about for its creative tagline: Buddhivantarige maatra!

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ಬರ್ತಾ ಬರ್ತಾ ಭರ್ತನ್ ಕಥೆ ಮರೀತಾ ಬರ್ತಿದೀವಿ.

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Instant coffee I despise. Constant coffee I admire.

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ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ದೋಸೆ ಮಾಡೋಂದು: ಬೆಣ್ಣೆ ಹಚ್ಚೋ ಕೆಲ್ಸ
ಬಕೆಟ್ ಮಾರೋಂದು: ಬಕೆಟ್ ಹಿಡ್ಯೋ ಕೆಲ್ಸ
ಸೈಕಲ್ ಬ್ಲೋ ಹೊಡ್ಯೋಂದು: ಪಂಪೊಡ್ಯೋ ಕೆಲ್ಸ
ಪಾಲಿಷ್ ಮಾಡೋಂದು: ಉಜ್ಜಾಡೋ ಕೆಲ್ಸ

ನಿಮ್ದ್ಯಾವ್ ಕೆಲ್ಸ?

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I don’t know what happens after we die. But of one thing I’m sure: The dead have an access to Facebook and Newspapers. Because those who pay tributes, write it in direct speech (directly to the person who has expired).

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A popular quirk during primary school days: GREEN TOUCH !!

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Grandson and Paati went to a Mall.
Grandson entered Armani shop.
Paati followed without noticing the board.

Grandson: Paati, wait here. Will visit the next store and be back here in Armani.
After waiting for 45 minutes, Paati called her grandson on his mobile: Yennada, you told you will be back in Ar-mani!

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Most of the Law and CA firms have the same name twice: Eg.: Keshav & Keshav. Sharma & Sharma. Mohan & Mohan, Kumar and Kumar etc. etc..!

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What is the difference between me and Vani Murthy ?
I love posters. She, Composters.

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Simple Interest: People with simple interests in life – like Coffee, newspaper, good food…

Compound Interest: People who are only wanting to buy property and build a compound around it.

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By 1985, PB Srinivas was 55 years old, and sang rarely. But this number that he sang for ‘Bettada Hoovu’ is a gem. His voice suits perfectly to that of the teacher’s expression. The line when he sings “Olle maathugalaadisu, Olle kelasava maadisu, Olle daariyalemma nadesu, vidyeya kalisu“, brings tears in my eyes.

One of my all time favourites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4u3baXkJAc

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ವೋಟ್ ಹಾಕಿದ್ರೆ ಸತ್ಪ್ರಜೆ. ಇಲ್ದಿದ್ರೆ ಸತ್ತ ಪ್ರಜೆ.

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First under 40 in my booth to cast my vote. Third overall! Immediately, had a heavenly Chutney along with Uppit at Surya with Srividhya CB.

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Kids are thrilled to see those white thick lines on every other road. They’re using it as Crease, Badminton net, Boundary line…

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Yesterday. I remembered HW Longfellow after a long time.
Courtesy: Kannada News channels showing guys with LONGS walking in Kolar.

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A leaflet dropped out of the newspaper today. It was about a place called Spell Genie. I found 2 spelling and 4 grammatical errors.

If you visit their page, you can find several more errors.

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According to a survey conducted by N-Obo-DY, starting today, 63.57% voters will see their ring fingers every 2 hours a day for the next 1 month and think when the MARK will vanish.

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Back from AVM Studios, Chennai. Won 3 lakh 20 Thousand in Kannadada Kotyadhipati ! The episodes will be aired betw. May 20-24th. Thanks toSrividhya CB who stood rock solid behind me in PROJECT KK!

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ಓಲ್ಡ್: ಶಿವ್ಪೂಜೇಲ್ ಕರ್ಡಿ.
ನ್ಯೂ: ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಕ್ಷರದ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ರೆಕ್ಟ್ಯಾಂಗಲ್.

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ಯಾವ ಕನ್ನಡದೋರ್ ಮನೇಗ್ ಮಹೇಶ್ ಭೂಪತಿ ಹೋದ್ರೂ, ಅವನಿಗೆ ಫಸ್ಟ್ ಕೇಳ್ಸೋ ಮಾತು : ಬಂದ ಭೂಪತಿ!

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Match-fixing is not new to Indians. Elderly women have been known to fixing matches in India for ages.

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Lost PBS last month. Now TMS. Both had lent their voices to Dr.Rajkumar in the early part of his career. The song ‘Raajara Mahalinali’ is a famous TM Soundararajan number sung for Annavru for the film ‘Simha Swapna’ (1968). TMS first sang for Raj in ‘Premamayi’ (1966).

TMS sang mostly for MGR and Sivaji Ganesan apart from NTR, Gemini Ganesan, Rajkumar, ANR, Rajanikanth, Kamal Haasan among other actors from 1946 till 2007.

RIP, TMS.

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Am sure all of you have seen Google’s ‘Petri Dish’ tribute today to the German microbiologist, Julius Richard Petri.

Q: If he knew Hindi, which song would Julius Richard Petri sing?

A: ‘Agar’ tum na hote!

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ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನವರ್ಗೂ, ಘಂಟೆ ಬಾರ್ಸಿದ್ರೆ, ಪೂಜೆ ನಡೀತಿದೆ ಅಂದ್ಕೊಬೋದಿತ್ತು.

ಈಗೀಗ, ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರಿಗಳು, ಕಸ ಎತ್ತೋರು, ಗಾಡಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಐಸ್ ಕ್ರೀಮ್ ಮತ್ತು ಜೋಳ ಮಾರೋರು, ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಘಂಟೆ ಬಾರ್ಸೋರೆ!

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Bramhaaaanda Narendra Babu Sharma admires English more than anybody. His favourite 3 English words: Put, Go, See!

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Most of us have seen at the end of any emailer:
• Sent from Samsung Galaxy Note
• Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel
• Sent from Samsung Mobile
• Sent from my Nokia phone
and so on

Imagine these in the ancient times:
• Sent from Carrier Pigeon
• Sent from Racing Homer
• Sent from American Show Racer
• Sent from Homing Pigeon
• Sent from Pigeon Racing
• Sent from Release Dove
• Sent from English Carrier
• Sent from Passenger Pigeon
• Sent from Cloud Messenger
• Sent from Cloud Meghadooth®
• Sent from Megha Sandesha®
• Sent from Smoke Signal Yamana
• Sent from Long Distance Smoke Signal®

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When my parents got married, out-of-towners who couldn’t attend sent telegrams. When father passed away, people sent faxes. When mother expired, email messages. For my marriage, friends sent SMSes. When my son was born, people wished us using instant messaging on social media.

What will be the next generation of messaging?

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Hotels, Temples and Beauty Saloons: 3 things that you’ll find on most roads in Malleswaram today!

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Two foreigners visited the temple at Kashi where they heard the ‘Annapoorna Stotra’. As the stotra came to an end, one told the other: Didn’t I tell you, there are lots of curries in India?

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Markandeya challenging Yama… we all know. But after hearing to his composition “Chandrashekara Ashtakam”, I got to know Markandeya did not like YAMAHA too… coz after every stanza, he asks: “Why Yamaha?”

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ATMAVALOKANA was organised and invites were distributed. People were surprised that the organiser and venue was a Bank. Only after the function started, most of the audience got to know it was ATM Avalokana!

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Under RICE ITEMS of Adiga’s Sampige menu, one item stands out: VEG HANDI PULAO!

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ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಮಳೆ ಬಂದು ಹಲವಾರು ಜನ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಕೊಚ್ಚ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೋಗ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಸ್ನೇಹಿತನಿಗೆ ಬಿಸಿ ಪಕೋಡ ಕೊಡಿಸಿದೆ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ಇಲ್ಲಿಬ್ಬರು ಕೊಚ್ಚ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೋಗ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

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I will always remember Williams saying to Han in ‘Enter the Dragon’ -
Bullshit mister han man… you come right out of comic…

RIP Jim Kelly.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23125488

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5th Standard was when Ink Pens ‘officially’ came into our life! You had to earn a ‘Hero’ pen, which was never bought. Until you earned one, it was some local pen, which invariably leaked. Hence a blotting paper or a piece of cotton cloth).

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One family from Mysore has the pride of writing and printing Panchanga continuously for the past 126 years. The Vontikoppal Panchanga was started by Siddanthi Tammaiah Shastry in 1887-88. Presently, the fifth generation of the family is carrying on the work. Vontikoppal Panchanga is the first in the world to bring out a Panchanga exclusively for America.

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Rewind back to the ’80s: There was a mad man called Manikya near my cousin’s place. He was not totally mad. He used to do jobs like cleaning the garden etc. But the interesting part was that after doing the job, he used to ask for a brand and crisp 5 rupee note. It HAD to be crisp, just like you get in RBI. A soiled note would irritate him completely. He often used to tell us kids (then) that his wife ran off with MGR.

Why did I remember this? My son is learning for his Kannada test tomorrow. And he has a sentence. “Maatu Maanikya”!

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ಮಕ್ಕಳಾದಾಗ, ಬಿ.ಸಿ.ಜಿ.
ವಯಸ್ಸಾದ್ಮೇಲೆ, ಈ.ಸಿ.ಜಿ.
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ಹುಟ್ಟಿದಾಗ ಬಾಲ ಭಾಷೆ. ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಆಟ ಕಲಿತ ಮೇಲೆ ’ಬಾಲ್’ ಭಾಷೆ. ವಯಸ್ಸಿಗೆ ಬಂದಮೇಲೆ, ಎಲ್.ಕೆ.ಬಾಲ್ ಭಾಷೆ!

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Right from childhood, Bengluru born Shaiju Kutty is very fond of his mother and the Tea she prepares, so much so that he becomes an expert Tea maker. Seeing her son’s interest in Tea making, she helps Shaju to set up a Tea shop in a layout where Mallu kutties are in majority.

Q: What name does Shaiju keep for the tea shop?

A: ‘Mathru Chaaya”

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Grandson: Thatha, you have Windows 8?
Thatha: Wait, let me remember: 4, plus 2… plus 2, PLUS TWO. Windows 10, not 8.
Grandson: ?!?!

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Different Eras, Different Notebooks!

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Pran fan: Ab no more Pran yaar.
Sea-food lover: OMG! No more Prawn?!

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ಸಿವಾ, ಯಂಗಾಬಿಟವ್ನೆ ನಮ್ ಶಿವಣ್ಣ!
ಸಿವಾ, YOUNG ಆಗ್ಬಿಟವ್ನೆ ನಮ್ ಶಿವಣ್ಣ!

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ಇದೀಗ ಬಂದ ಸುದ್ದಿ
ರಚನೆ: ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ

ಆಶ್ರಯ ಸ್ಕೀಂನಿಂದ ಸಿಗ್ತು ಮನೆ
ಅಕ್ಕಿ ಸ್ಕೀಂನಿಂದ ಆಯ್ತು ಅಡಿಗೆ ಘಮ್ಮನೆ
ಊರೆಲ್ಲಾ ವೈನ್ ಅಂಗಡಿ ಬಾ ಎಂದು ಕರೀತು ನನ್ನನ್ನೆ
ಇನ್ಯಾಕೆ ಬೇಕು ಅಂತ ಟಾಟಾ ಮಾಡಿ ಕೆಲ್ಸಕ್ಕೆ ಮಲಗ್ದೆ ಸುಮ್ಮನೆ

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raw hullu ≠ con grassu

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Yours truly with The Sportstar, 1983 issue (World Cup special)

Aside: Was about to share this picture on June 25th, last month, to commemorate India’s first WC triumph. Right then, got a call from my son’s school that he had a fall and has a dislocated bone. The cast will be removed tomorrow. He thus ‘single- handedly’ completed his first Unit test in flying colours!

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Remembered Doordarshan’s Newsreaders:

Gitanjali Aiyar (small bindhi; almost like a model)
Minu (big bindi, bob cut)
Preet Bedi
Sashi Kumar (beard; a slight hunch)
Sarla Maheshwari (gujju style saree; sati savitri look)
Sunit Tandon (like a patient)
Neeti Ravindran (mole on a chubby cheek, bob cut)
Rini Simon (later khanna, boy cut)
Tejeshwar Singh (shekhar kapur style beard; thick, grave voice)
Sangeeta Bedi (hot and beautiful)
Komal GB Singh (ready to smile)
Usha Albuquerque (bony; gingerly expression)
Salma Sultana (‘rose’)
Kaveri Mukherjee (shrill voice)
J.V.raman (combover)
Avinash Kaur Sarin (top knot)
Rajiv Mehrotra (beard)
Shobhana Jagdhish (gujju style saree; sleepy eyes)
Ved Prakash (Tie on shirt)

By the by, does anyone remember hearing this?
This is ‘Ole’ India Radio. The News, read by Lotika Ratnam…

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Treat your son as a friend after a certain age ಅಂತ ಹೇಳೋದನ್ನೇ ನಮ್ಮೋರು ಭಾಳಾ ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಎರಡೇ ಪದದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೇಳ್ಕೊಂಬರ್ತಿದಾರೆ.

ಆ ಎರಡು ಪದಗಳೇ: Buddy ಮಗ!

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| guruvina gulaamanaaguva thanaka doreyadenna mukuthi |
|| annavre namm guru endhodane hecchuvudu namma bhakuti ||

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NARENDRA MODI = Dream And Iron
RAHUL GANDHI = A Darling Huh

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Definitely ‘The Thama Stories’ are not to be missed.

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On CNBC Awaaz, every night you can watch Awaaz @ 9 (in Hindi).
On our roads, every day and night you can watch Awaaz 24/7 (all languages).

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I regret to inform that my uncle Sri B R Chandrashekhara Rao, Retired Teacher and Former Headmaster of National High School, Basavanagudi, Bangalore, passed away this morning at 11.15am at his residence. Fondly known to many of his students as BRC, he was known for his inimitable voice that commanded respect. He was a strict disciplinarian and was a stickler to perfection. Everyday, he wore white bush shirt and a crisp dark trouser, neatly pressed. And it was full navy whites on Saturdays. A man of principles and integrity, BRC represented the values NHS stood for. Students really loved him and felt it a blessing to have him as a teacher and NCC officer.

May the departed soul rest in peace.

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All the MODIs that I have heard, seen and read about (in chronological order)

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A Manipuri will surely appreciate that there is a Mary Kom Ba temple in our city!

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KV Chandrashekar (1920-2014)
May the departed soul rest in peace.

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Our beloved Hindi teacher at KV Malleswaram, Smt.Malathi Prakash passed away yesterday. भगवान उनकी आत्मा को शांति दे।

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ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ, ಲವ್ ಈಸ್ ಪಾಯಿಸನ್.
ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ, ಲವ್ ಈಸ್ ಪಾಯಸಮ್.

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ಸಿಕಾಪಟ್ಟೆ ಲೆಂತೀ ಫಿಲಂ ಮತ್ತು ಬಹುತೇಕ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಫಿಲಂಗಳಲ್ಲಿರೋ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸ? One is much long…the other is ಮಚ್ಚು-ಲಾಂಗು.

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Old School of Thought vs New School of Thought.

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Just imagine!

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yocall issonweight as the person you are trying to reach isonanather call

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Here’s my Facebook movie. Find yours at https://facebook.com/lookback/#FacebookIs10

I liked this 62 second video for the mood-setting instrumental bgm. It was like the Team Facebook telling me ‘Thank you’!

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ಚಿಕ್ಕ ವಯಸ್ಸಲ್ಲಿ ಅಜೈಲ್.
ವಯಸ್ಸಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ಫ್ರಜೈಲ್.

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No one can encourage and shower praises like our beloved TIGER Pran! Dear Sir, a heartfelt thanks for all those words of encouragement, likes, comments, positive words, appreciation, support, thoughtfulness and most importantly, for your time! Thank you very much from all of us at Muktabalaga, and from everyone in the social media network to whom you have had a kind word to say! You deserved this long back. Sorry for the delay. – Regards, Bellur
[Needless to say, we hope to see more and more of your comments, likes and shares]

 — with Praneshachar Kadalabal.

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ಡ ಗುಣಿತ ಹೀಗಿದೆ:
ಡ ಡಾ ಡಿ ಡೀ ಡು ಡೂ ಡೃ ಡೄ ಡೆ ಡೇ ಡೈ ಡೊ ಡೋ ಡೌ ಡಂ ಡಃ
ಗಮನಿಸಿ: ಡೌ comes at #14!

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Pallavi Anupallavi. Moondram Pirai. Olangal. Shankarabharanam. Each one a masterpiece. Each one in a different language. One man. Balu Mahendra. RiP.

Here is one of my favourites from Balu Manhendra’s 1982 directorial, ‘Olangal’ where our Cubbon Park has been captured in all its beauty, along with the evergreen ‘Toy train’.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAl7_PiZV9I

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Flex banners at many traffic signals has a picture of Dravid and a message saying “When on the road, always say Pehle Aap”.

Just wondering if Dravid is an AAP member!

Imagine two very generous drivers – one on a Bolero, and another on a Scorpio, meet near an intersection somewhere in the interiors of N.R. Colony. One says “Pehle aap”…the other says…” no sir, pehle aap”…goes on and on… neither of them moves ahead…because they want to follow the PEHLE AAP rule. Result: Traffic jam because of Jammy!

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weekendಉ ಅಂತ ಹಲವರ ಚಿಂತೆ. Year endಉ ಅಂತ ಕೆಲವರ ಚಿಂತೆ. ಹೊರಗೆ ರೋಡಲ್ಲಿ, ಯಾರದ್ದೋ Life endಉ ಅಂತ ಉಳಿದವರ ಚಿಂತೆ.

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ಇಂದು ಊರಿಗೆ ಬಂದ್ರೆ, ಅವಳಮ್ಮ ನೆಂಟ್ರಿಗೆಲ್ಲ ಮೆಸೇಜ್ ಕಳ್ಸೋದು only in 2 words :
ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂದು.

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ಹುಟ್ಟಿದ ಕ್ಷಣವೇ ಸಾವಿನೊಂದಿಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಶ್ಚಿತಾರ್ಥ ಆಗಿ ಹೋಗಿದೆ. ಅನಿಶ್ಚಿತವಾಗಿರೋದು ಬದುಕು, ಸಾವಲ್ಲ. (ಮಳೆ ಹನಿಗಳು ಬರಿಸಿದ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆ)

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ಡೈಲಿ ನಾವ್ ಯೂಜ಼್ ಮಾಡೋ ಕೆಲವು ಪಾಪ್ಯುಲರ್ ನಂಬರ್ಸ್

ಒಂದ್ ನಿಮಿಷ ಇರಪ್ಪ.
ಇದು ಎರಡನೇ ಸಲ ನಾನ್ ಹೇಳ್ತಿರೋದು.
ಮೂರ್ ಹೊತ್ತೂ ಅದೇ ಗೋಳು.
ನಾಲ್ಕು ಅಂಗಡಿಲಿ ಕೇಳು.
ಐದೈದ್ ನಿಮಿಷಕ್ಕೂ ಫೋನ್ ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಡ.
ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೆಂಟು ಕೆಲಸ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ಇಂದ.
ನೂರು ಸರತಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ರೂ ಅದೇ ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡಿದ್ಯಾ!

ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಂಬರ್ಸ್ ಯಾವುದು?

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ಕೆಲವರು ಪ್ರತಿದಿನ ಹಕ್ಕು ಚಲಾಯಿಸ್ತಾರೆ. ಇನ್ನು ಕೆಲವರು ಐದು ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆ ಚಲಾಯಿಸ್ತಾರೆ.
ಮಾರಲ್ ಆಫ್ ದಿ ಸ್ಟೋರಿ: ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗಿಂತ ಬೇರೇ ಊರಿನವರೇ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹಕ್ಕು ಚಲಾಯಿಸ್ತಾರೆ.

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ಪಕ್ಕದ್ ಮನೆಯೋರು, ಡೈಲಿ ಮನೇಲಿ ಓಟ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಾರೆ. ನಿನ್ನೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮನೆ ಹೊರಗೂ ವೋಟ್ ಮಾಡಿದ್ರು.

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ಎಲೆಕ್ಷನ್ ಆದ ಕೆಲವು ದಿವಸ, ಪೊಲಿಂಗ್ ಬೂತ್ ಸುತ್ತ ಮುತ್ತದ ರಸ್ತೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್, ಬ್ಯಾಡ್ಮಿಂಟನ್, ಟೆನ್ನಿಸ್ ಆಟ ಆಡೋ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ, ಬೌಂಡರಿ ಲೈನ್ ಹಾಕೋ ಗೋಳಿರಲ್ಲ.

ಹಳೆ ಟೆಲಿಫೋನ್ ಡೈರೆಕ್ಟರಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಹೊಸದನ್ನ ತಂದು, ಟೆಲಿಫೋನ್ ಎಕ್ಸ್ಚೇಂಜಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಂಡಿರೋ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಕವರ್ ಹಾಕಿ, ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಅಪ್ಪ/ ಅಮ್ಮ, ನೆಂಟರು ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರ ಹೆಸರು ಹುಡುಕಿ ಕಾಲ ಕಳೇಯೋ ಕಾಲ ಒಂದಿತ್ತು.

ಅವರ ಹೆಸರಿಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ, ತಕ್ಷಣ ಫೋನ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಕೇಳೋದು: ಏನ್, ನಿಮ್ಮ್ ಹೆಸರಿಲ್ಲ ಈ ಸರ್ತಿ, ಡೈರೆಕ್ಟ್ರೀಲಿ?
ಅವರು: ಹೌದಾ, ಹಾಗಾದ್ರೆ ಈಗಲೆ ಕಂಪ್ಲೇಂಟ್ ಮಾಡ್ತಿನಿ!
[ಆಗ ನಮಗೇನೋ ಚೀಪ್ ತ್ರಿಲ್ಲು!)

By the by, ಇವತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ್ತ್ ಡೇ ಅಂತ ಟೈಪ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾದ್ರೆ ’ಬ್’ ಮಿಸ್ ಆದ್ರೂ ಅರ್ಥ ಕೊಡತ್ತೆ.
ಹುಟ್ಟು ಹಬ್ಬ ಆಚರಿಸುತ್ತಿರೋರಿಗೆಲ್ಲಾ ಹ್ಯಾಪಿ ಬರ್ತ್ ಡೇ ಆನ್ ಅರ್ತ್ ಡೇ!

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ಟಿಲ್ ರೀಸೆಂಟ್ಲಿ, ವಿಜ಼ಿಲ್ ಶಬ್ಧ ಕೇಳಿದ್ರೆ, ’ಪೋಲೀಸ್’ ಅಂದ್ಕೊಳ್ತಿದ್ವಿ. ಈಗ್ ವಿಜ಼ಿಲ್ ಸದ್ದು ಕೇಳಿದ್ರೆ, ’ಪೋಲೀಸ್’ ಅಲ್ಲ, ’ಕಸದ್ ಡಬ್ಬ’ ಒಂದೇ ತಲೇಗ್ ಬರೋದು.

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ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೈನ್ಸ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ವಿಷಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪರ್ಫೆಕ್ಟಾಗಿ ಗೊತ್ತು: ಗುರುತ್ವಾಕರ್ಷಣೆ.

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Contradicting Proverbs

All good things come to those who wait.
BUT… Time and tide wait for no man.

The pen is mightier than the sword.
BUT… Actions speak louder than words.

Wise men think alike.
BUT… Fools seldom differ.

The best things in life are free.
BUT… There’s no such thing as a free lunch .

Slow and steady wins the race.
BUT… Time waits for no man .

Look before you leap.
BUT… Strike while the iron is hot

Do it well, or not at all.
BUT… Half a loaf is better than none.

Birds of a feather flock together.
BUT… Opposites attract.

Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them.
BUT… Forewarned is forearmed.

Doubt is the beginning of wisdom.
BUT… Faith will move mountains.

Great starts make great finishes.
BUT… It ain’t over ’till it’s over.

Practice makes perfect.
BUT… All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Silence is golden.
BUT… The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

You’re never too old to learn.
BUT… You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
BUT… Out of sight, out of mind.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.
BUT… Many hands make light work.

(Am sure there are more. Please add to the list.)

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‘Master’ Hirannaiah met CM Siddaramaiah and tendered an apology at the latter’s house in “T.K.” Layout!

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ಮಿನಿಶ್ಟ್ರು (ಎಸ್ಸೆಲ್ಸಿಲಿರೋ ಮಗನಿಗೆ): ಯೇನ್ಲಾ, ಇಟ್ಟೇಯಾ?
ಮಗ: ೧೬ನೇ ತಾರೀಕ್ ತನ್ಕ ತಡ್ಕ. ಆಮೇಲ್ ಮಾತಾಡ್ತೀನಿ.

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ಜಯ, ಮಮತ ಇರೋವರೆಗೂ, ಅಮ್ಮನ್ ಅಕ್ಕನ್ ಮಾತೇ ನಡೆಯೋದು.

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Be it history or current updates, MODI has both RSS & RSS Feeds to help him!  

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ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರದ ಟೈಟಲ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ’ಕೇಸರಿ’ ಪದ ಬಳಸಿರೋದು ಎರಡೇ ಬಾರಿ ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತೆ: ೧೯೬೩ರಲ್ಲಿ ’ವೀರ ಕೇಸರಿ’, ೨೦೧೪ರಲ್ಲಿ ’ಗಜಕೇಸರಿ’! ಹೌದಾ?

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Don’t miss the taglines!

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ಬಿ.ಎ. ನೋ ಬಿ.ಕಾಮೋ, ಲೈಫಲ್ ಏನೇ ಬಂದ್ರೂ ಯು ಮಸ್ಟ್ ಬೀ ಕಾಮ್.

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ಎಲ್ಲಾರ್ಗೂ TK ಒಂದ್ ಕಡೆ ಇದ್ದ್ರೆ, ಕಿಂಗ್ಸ್ ಇಲೆವೆನ್ ಪಂಜಾಬೋರ್ಗೆ ಬಲಗಡೆ ತೊಡೆ ಮೇಲಿದೆ!

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ಮಾತೆಯರಲ್ಲಿ, ಮೀರಮ್ಮ ಆದ್ಮೇಲೆ ಸುಮಿತ್ರಮ್ಮನೇ ಎರಡನೇ ಸ್ಪೀಕರ್ ಅಂತೆ. ಮಾತೆಯರಿಗೆ ’ಮಾತೆ’ ಆಡದೆ ಇರಕ್ಕೆ ಅಗತ್ತಾ? ಅಂದಮೇಲೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬ ಮಾತೇನೂ ಸ್ಪೀಕರ್. ಕೆಲವರು ಲೌಡ್ ಸ್ಪೀಕರ್.
{ಡೌಟ್ ಇದ್ದರೆ, ಮನೇಲಿ ಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನ, ಗಂಡನ್ನ ಕೇಳಿ – ಮನೇಲಿ ಸ್ಪೀಕರ್ ಯಾರು ಅಂತ}

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To take ಅನ್ನೊ ಅರ್ಥ ಕೊಡೊ ಎರಡು ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಿವೆ. ಒಬ್ಬರ ಹೆಸರಲ್ಲಿ ಅದು raw ಆಗಿದ್ದರೆ ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬರ ಹೆಸರಲ್ಲಿ ಅದು polished ಅನ್ನಿಸುತ್ತೆ. ಯಾವ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು?

Syska ಮತ್ತು Cisco.
[ಎರಡ್ರಲ್ಲು, ತಿಂಗಳ ಕೊನೇಲಿ ಸಂಬಳ ಇಸ್ಕ / ಇಸ್ಕೊ!]

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ಕೆಲವರಿಗೆ ಪದಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ’ಪ’ ಮತ್ತು ’ಫ’ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಉಚ್ಛಾರಣೆ ತಪ್ಪು ಮಾಡ್ತಾರೆ. ಉದಾ: ಪಫ್ಸ್ ಬಿಕಮ್ಸ್ ಪಪ್ಸ್. ಫಸ್ಟ್ ಬಿಕಮ್ಸ್ ಪಸ್ಟ್, ಪ್ರೊಫೆಶನಲ್ಸ್ ಬಿಕಮ್ಸ್ ಫ್ರಫೆಶನಲ್ಸ್ ಹೀಗೆ. ಅವರು ಹಾಗೆ ಹೇಳ್ದಾಗೆಲ್ಲ
ಮನಸಲ್ಲೇ ಕರೆಕ್ಟ್ ಉಚ್ಛಾರಣೆ ನಾವ್ ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಂಡಿರ್ತೀವಿ.

ಅದೇ ಎಷ್ಟು ಅಭ್ಯಾಸ ಆಗಿ ಹೋಗಿದೆ ಅಂದ್ರೆ, ಯಾರಾದ್ರೂ ಫೀಫಾ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಮೈನ್ಡಲ್ಲಿ ಪೀಪಾ ಅಂತ ಬರತ್ತೆ!

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“ಹಾಲಿನ ಮೊಗದವಳೆ” ಅಂತ ಏನಾದ್ರು ಹುಡುಗಿಯನ್ನ ಹೊಗಳದ್ರೋ, ಓವರ್ನೈಟ್ ಅವರು ’ಹೆಪ್’ ಆಗ್ತಾರೆ. ಜೋಕೆ!

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ಕತ್ತು ಉಳುಕಿ ಒಂದ್ ವಾರ ಆಯ್ತು. ಮಸಾಜು, ಬಿಸಿನೀರ್ ಶಾಖ, ವೋಲಿನಿ ಸ್ಪ್ರೆ, ಅಯೋಡೆಕ್ಸ್ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕೊಡೋ ರಿಲೀಫ್ ಕಮ್ಮಿ. ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಆಫೀಸ್ ವರೆಗೂ ಹಂಪ್ ಮೇಲೆ ಗಾಡಿ ಓಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋದಾಗ ಸಿಗೋ ರಿಲೀಫ್, ಏನ್ ಹಿತವಾಗಿರತ್ತೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾ? ಹಂಪ್ ಗಳ ವ್ಯಾಲ್ಯು ಈಗ ಗೊತ್ತಾಯ್ತು!

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ಸೆಲ್ಫ್ ಗೋಲ್ ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಳೋದು ತಪ್ಪು.
ಸೆಲ್ಫಿನೇ ಗೋಲ್ ಮಾಡ್ಕೊಳೋದೂ ತಪ್ಪು.

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ಕಾಮತ್ ಹೋಟೆಲ್ಗೆ ಹೋಗೋದೇ ಮಜಾ ಆ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ. ಯಾಕಂದ್ರೆ ತಿಂಡಿ ಕಾಫಿ ಆದಮೇಲೆ ಎಂಟ್ರೆನ್ಸ್ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಇಟ್ಟಿದ್ದ ವೇಯಿಂಗ್ ಮೆಶೀನ್ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಂತು ವೇಯ್ಟ್ ಚೆಕ್ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳೋದೇ ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲು! ಮುಖ್ಯವಾಗಿ ನನಗೆ ವೇಯ್ಟ್ ನೋಡ್ಕೊಳ್ಳೋದಲ್ಲ ಉದ್ದೇಶ. ಪುಟ್ಟದೊಂದು ಪಾಪಪ್ ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಬರೋದು. ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದಾದ್ರೋ ನಟ-ನಟಿಯರ ಚಿತ್ರ, ನಮ್ಮ ವೇಯ್ಟು, ಕಾರ್ಡ್ ಹಿಂಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಭವಿಷ್ಯ!
ಫ್ರಸ್ಟ್ರೇಶನ್ ಆಗ್ತಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು: ನನಗೆ ಭಾರತಿನೋ, ಮಂಜುಳನೋ ಬಂದಾಗ. ಒಮ್ಮೊಮ್ಮೆ ಹತ್ತು-ಹತ್ತು ಬಾರಿ ನಿಂತಿದೀನಿ, ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರು ಬರಲಿ ಅಂತ!

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ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲಕ್ಕೂ ಒಂದು ರಿದಂ ಇದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಹಂತ ಹಂತವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತೆ. ಎವೆರಿತಿಂಗ್ ಗೋಸ್ ಇನ್ ಎ ರಿದಮ್. ಸಿಂಪಲ್ಲಾಗ್ ಅದನ್ನ ಆಲ್-ಗೋ-ರಿದಮ್ ಅಂತ ಕರೀತೀವಿ.

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’ಜೈ’!
ನನಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿರೋ ಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ, ಈ ಪದವನ್ನು ನಾವು ಬಹಳ ಫ್ಲೆಕ್ಸಿಬಲ್ ಆಗಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಬಹುದು.
ಉದಾ:
ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ ಜೈ (ಜಯಕಾರ)
ಪಕ್ಕದ ಮನೆ ತಾತಾ? ನಿನ್ನೆ ರಾತ್ರಿ ಜೈ (ಗೊಟಕ್)
ಹಳೇ ಚಪ್ಪಲಿ ಏನಾಯ್ತು? ದೇವಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದೆ. ಜೈ. (ಕಳೆದುಹೋಯಿತು)
ಏನಪ್ಪ, ಹೊಸ ಮೊಬೈಲು? ಹಳೇದು ನೀರಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿದ್ದು ಜೈ. (ಕೆಟ್ಟುಹೋಯಿತು)
ಬೇಜಾನ್ ಸೊಳ್ಳೆ ಕಾಟ. ಗುಡ್ ನೈಟ್ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಜೈ. (ಒಳ್ಳೇದು)

ಇಷ್ಟು ಫ್ಲೆಕ್ಸಿಬಲ್ ಆಗಿರೋ ಬೇರೆ ಪದಗಳು ಗೊತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ, ತಿಳಿಸಿ.

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ಮದುವೆ invite ಕಳಸದ ಭೂಪ candy crush invite ಕಳಸದ್ನಂತೆ!

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ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿದಿನವೂ ಹೋರಾಟವೆ. ಯಾಕೆ?
ಏಳು ದಿನಗಳ ಹೆಸರು ನೋಡಿ:
ಭಾನುwar
ಸೋಮwar
ಮಂಗಳwar
ಬುಧwar
ಗುರುwar
ಶುಕ್ರwar
ಶನಿwar

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This ad brought tears in my eyes! Jealous of the team who made it.
Hats off team O&M!

Credits:
Client: Adani Wilmar
Creative Agency: Ogilvy & Mather
Creative Chairman: Piyush Pandey
COO: Angshu Malik
Group Creative Director: Sukesh Nayak
Production House: Curious Films
Director: Vivek Kakad
Producer: Shahzad Bhagwagar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4O5Q4Z87epo

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ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮನಸ್ಸನ್ನು ಪ್ರಶಾಂತವಾಗಿ ಸಮಾಧಾನ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇಟ್ಟ್ಕೋಬೇಕೇ? ಕಾಟನ್ಪೇಟೆ ರಸ್ತೆಲಿ ಬಲಗೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ದಮ್ಮು ಮತ್ತು ಎಡಗೈಯ್ಯಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾ ಲೋಟ ಹಿಡ್ಕೊಂದು ಬುರ್ರ್ ಅಂತ ಮೈ ಮೇಲೇ ಬರೋ ವೋಲ್ವೋ ಬಸ್ಸು ಒಂದಡಿ ದೂರ ಇದ್ರೂ ಕ್ರಾಸ್ ಮಾಡೋ ಯಾರನ್ನಾದರೂ ಕೇಳಿ…ಆ ಸಮಾಧಿ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಹೇಗೆ ಬಂತೂ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅಂತ…!

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ಜರ್ಮನಿಗೆ ಪಾರ್ಟಿ ಈಗ ಶುರು. ಮುಗಿಸೋ ಅರ್ಜೆಂಟ್-ಇನ್ನ ಏನಿಲ್ಲ!

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TEN!
Number of father-son pairs to play Tests for India, including Stuart Binny today, and his father Roger.
Like father…like son!

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Simp Simply-2 by RK Bellur

June 25, 2014

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Jab We Met ‘Chhota Bheem’!

June 11, 2012


Pics & Design: RK / RwB

Next time we meet Bheem, would love to gift him a box full of Laddoos! It was fun meeting Chhota Bheem at Dholakpur with my son yesterday! Sonny and his cousin had fun seeing Bheem dance to a remixed ‘Bheeeeeeeem song’. The acrobatics by the African team was simply mindblowing, as was the lazer show. The show was such a hit that me and V loved being with the kids, and we were cheering Bheem & his team! :) Thanks to POGO for giving us MAX fun at Koramangala Indoor stadium! Needless to say, V had won two free Passes for this event! ;) We really enjoyed it when the guy on stilts carried N! Height of excitement? Maybe!

It is difficult to exactly say when this fellow entered our lives. He first befriended my sonny, and then my better half…and finally me. Chhota Bheem entered into my son’s life sometime in 2008. N was then going to Kidzee. After coming back, he would be eating fruits while Bheem would be eating laddoos! Hearing V hum the ‘Chhota Bheem song’, I felt I was missing the action. I immediately got hooked.

A quick look at the starcast:

Bheem: Bheem is an adventurous and fun-loving 9-year-old who is gifted with extraordinary strength. Bheem loves food and  has a certain craving for laddoos, which in fact, give him a surge of energy and make him even stronger than he normally is.

Chutki: Chutki is a seven -year-old girl. She is Bheem’s closest friend, and assists Bheem on their adventures.

Raju: Raju is a cute and courageous five-year-old, whose role model is Bheem.

Kalia: Kalia is a 11 year old bully. He is also very greedy and tries to become rich by cheating. Kalia has two silly followers, Dholu and Bholu, who sometimes help him in his plans and at other times completely abandon him.

Jaggu: Jaggu is a talking monkey. Jaggu has his own special way of solving problems, using tricks and his amazing sense of humour.

Dholu and Bholu: Dholu and Bholu are identical twins and followers of Kalia Pahelwan. Though they are not strong themselves, they bask in Kalia’s strength and are arrogant with the other kids.

Kichak: Kichak is a wrestler from Pehelwanpur. He is jealous of Bheem, since Bheem is more popular than he is.

Raja Indraverma: The King of Dholakpur is Raja Indraverma. Though a valiant warrior, he is also hinted to be a coward at times, as he relies on Bheem for every crisis in the kingdom.

Princess Indumati: Raja Indraverma’s daughter is Indumati. She is a nice, caring princess. She also won the trophy along with Chutki in the episode “Girls versus Girls”.

Daku Mangal Singh: Mangal Singh is a daku (dacoit) who used to terrorize Dholakpur when he was free.

Floating Dhooni Baba: Dhooni Baba is a sage who lives in a cave. He has a body smeared with ash and seen meditating floating in the air.

Tun-Tun Mausi: Tun-Tun is the mother of Chutki. She owns a laddoo shop where she sells yummy laddoos that Bheem so much loves to eat all the time.

Professor Dhoom Ke Too: An Inventor. He often ends up getting problems with his Inventions, like getting his inventions stolen or malfunctioning.

Shivani: Bheem’s foster sister is Shivani. She lives in Pehelwanpur and a runs a dhaba there named “Shivani ka Dhaba”.

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Ususally, boys and girls watch separate cartoons… but Chhota Bheem has hooked them all! The way kids followed He-Man a quarter century ago, kids now follow Chhota Bheem! In fact, all three of us love watching Bheem and his team beat up enemies who come to Dholakpur from far and wide.

Aside: I love it when V mimics every character from Chhota Bheem! She’s simply too good at it! 

Puneeth Rajkumar in Kannadada Kotyadhipati on Suvarna channel

May 11, 2012


Design: RK

Necchina hiriyare, kicchina yuvakare,  mecchina gruhalakshmiyare, swaccha manassina put-putani makkale…nimmellarannu preethiyinda barmaadikolta idheeni, naanu nimma PUNEETH…RAJKUMAR! Sambhanda-Santhrupti yeradu iro vedike idu KANNADADA KOTYADHIPATI!

We’ve got this by heart, isnt’ it?

It is exactly two months since Kannadada Kotyadhipati (KK) started on Suvarna channel on March 12. And we were all curious to see how our ‘little’ Puneeth would fare on the small screen. I say ‘little’ because for those who have grown up seeing him as a child actor, he will always be Master Lohith. Having seen Puneeth’s acting, and many an awesome dance steps, amazing fights and having heard him sing some catchy tunes on the silver screen for a decade, people of Karnataka were waiting to see the real Puneeth Rajkumar on this lovely show (having got used to KBC)! And compared to the initial episodes (and even the promos), he looks so relaxed and totally comfortable on the anchor’s seat now.

Right from the entry, till the finish, we can see the josh in him. The way he flashes his hands is enough to see why he is called the Powerstar! You feel the power when he slices the air before reading the question.

He has made the show very interesting by sharing his stories and anectodes to the audience. He looks very natural and responds very well to what the participants say. Of course, the script writer’s hand cannot be forgotten here. And film director Guruprasad is doing a fabulous job at that.

But the point is, to hold the attention of the audience, participants, the viewers for an hour and a half is quite a task…and KK has been successful in bringing the family to sit and watch this show for 90 minutes straight! The show format must be appreciated for the kind of human interest stories it has brought to us. We have seen so many different facets of life through KK. And KK has raised our IQ (at least a wee bit) for sure!

Coming back to Puneeth, he looks so grounded. I mean, he comes across as such a down-to earth human being, in spite of the aura he has because of his acting and the family background He doesn’t fake. The audience/ viewers can easily make out if you’re acting or if you’re yourself on such shows. It is nice to know that he has a good sense of humour too – he cracks a few jokes, imitates some actors or sometimes the participants. Or when he is excited, he reacts in a very natural way – he has shouted ‘yappppppa’ – just like how he might do when he is at home or with his close friends!

For boys of our generation, Dr.Rajkumar was GURU! And for Puneeth the computer is his GURU, and the way he says “Gurugale” is so casual and so much like any of us saying it.

He listens and responds to the participant’s happy / sad stories just like a common man. He gives a tip or two only when required. He encourages and gives a pat on the back if he wants to. He advices only if necessary. The way he talks, we can feel that he has never let success enter his head, just like his legendary father!

He mingles with the audience, talks politely to the companions too. He carries the kids, they sit on his lap and talks so freely. We’ve seen him give gifts like tennis racquet, chocolate, watch and so on to the participants / companions. And if a participant wishes to eat a Gobi Manchuri or drink Apple Juice, or even Coffee, Puneeth gets it for them! If he finds that a participant is tensed after coming to the ‘Hot Seat’, he gets up from his seat and gives him a quick massage. He is so obliging – if somebody wants to hug him, he lets them and if somebody wants to dance with him, he shakes a leg! He has even proposed to a female participant on her request! (Remember, he’s married and a father of two cute girls) Not to forget the way he shakes hands with most people in the audience after the show.

These are the little and instant gestures that the audience will remember of Puneeth, and the show. It is because of these that we find him and the show warm and adorable.

Another quality that Puneeth has shown on the show is that he doesn’t hesitate to admit his shortcomings. Quite a few times, he has said he is just a 10th standard pass. And for most questions, even after the answer is known, he says he didn’t know the right option. All this makes him very close to his audience. A couple of times on this show, he has told that he got to know through KK that it was Sir MV who designed the road from Tirupati to Tirumala!

Knowing Puneeth’s quality to learn something new or become better at what he is doing, there is scope for him to improve on a few pronunciations and pauses while reading the questions right, it will be good for him. He has shown it on the show when he asked a participant to teach him a Karate step, and another to teach him to talk Kannada in reverse, just a couple of instances that come to mind immediately.

Personally, I love when he has called the ‘Jimmy Jib Camera Crane’ a few times on the show. I feel he is calling a small puppy – JIMMY! Yesterday, it was so cute when he asked the Jimmy to go back as he wanted the elderly lady participant to say ” Let’s play Kannadada Kotyadhipati”, and the Jimmy had descended just in time!

And yesterday again, for the first time I heard an anchor say “Let’s take a break, else our advertisers will get angry”. We love Puneeth for these reasons – for being himself and for being a natural.

We have all loved to sit and watch the show for two months now. And we have not got bored of it, thanks to Puneeth. It has been a pleasure to see the personality behind our favourite hero. And isn’t it a boon that we get to see him in the comfort of our homes everyday? God bless Puneeth! God bless Kannadada Kotyadhipati!

And hey i forgot to mention! Doesn’t he look fabulous in those suits! I specially love those shining black suits and the round collared ones!

For many, it is just a walk in the park!

April 7, 2012

I was back home by 6 in the evening this Thursday. No sooner had I stepped in to my room, my wife suggested, “Why don’t we go to Sankey for a walk?” I was not too keen. She said, “I have been inside the house all day. Let’s go.” I said, “I’ve been out all day. Let’s sit in the balcony!” No response. I finally said, “OK let’s go. But no walking in Sankey Park…only sitting and chatting.” She agreed.

It’s not Sankey Park that I’m against (Not long ago, it was just Sankey Tank). It’s the roads leading to it. Horrible traffic on 17th cross and 18th cross roads, main roads included. But once inside, Sankey park is heaven, well almost!

Me and my wife love to walk. But our requirements are different. My wife loves to walk – as they walk inside any park. The serious types. She doesn’t like to walk in crowded areas.

But I can’t walk just for WALKING sake, least of all in a park. I can walk long distances (which I have done several times) – say from Malleswaram to Jayanagar or all around Majestic, looking at shops, hoardings, people fighting on roads, looking at the street dogs, crows sitting on the electric pole, the beggar, the cops hiding behind a tree to catch the erring drivers… you got my point right? I can walk when there are lots of distractions on my way. I suddenly stop near a Lassi or Gulkand store when I see one. Or stand staring at film posters for a few minutes. Some of you might not classify this as ‘walking’. For me, this is better than plain ‘walking’.

On the way to Sankey, I saw a teenager shouting at someone over the phone. I so much wanted to stand and listen to him, but my wife pulled me along.

Once inside Sankey, wife again asked me if I wanted to walk – like the hordes of people inside. I told I would rather sit on a bench and enjoy nature’s beauty, and observe people.

Now finding a vacant bench in Sankey park is as difficult as finding a sparrow in Bangalore. Fortunately, we found a lady getting up, and we sat immediately. Being summer, the bench was quite warm. The bench I found was just under the place where a portion of the title song of ‘Nodi Swamy Naavirodhu Heege’ was shot [between 0:51 to 0:57 seconds with the song duration being 4:28 minutes.]

Quite a few people looked serious walkers. They had no partners, and they were not looking left or right – just straight ahead. It is a pleasure to see some people walk or jog. They have that athletic gait, and look so elegant. They mean business.

Suddenly there comes three MRF ladies. All three are talking at the same time in Hindi. Looks like they are cursing someone.

There are several walkers who are constantly fiddling with the earphone or the mobile. Some elderly men are wearing formal wear that has faded so much that you cannot guess what colour it was originally, chanting and walking with their bodies bent in different angles.

Some young girls in bare minimal clothing are walking and jogging and also pulling the top near the waist as much down as possible. But that poor little top – how much can it come down, when it is stitched to cover only till the navel.

A couple are controlling the naughty fellow from almost touching the duck – which has had enough of ‘Kadlepuri’ for the past 15 minutes. It swims away in spite of lots of ‘puri’ floating around it.

There is suddenly a huge gang of people – grandpa, grandma, Appa, Amma, Uncle and aunty, kids plus cousins plus maids to look after the aged plus maids to look after the kids. In the gang, kids appear first fascinated by the ducks, followed by their parents – who have the ‘I have seen lots of ducks look’ on their faces, uncles and aunts adjusting their dresses, followed by the maids with deadpan expression and finally the grandpa and grandma who look so very happy to have come out of the house…

A few men and women are exaggeratedly walking with their outstretched hands as if there is no tomorrow. Maybe they want to make up  for the lost time over the years.

Amongst all these people, there are some who can be categorised as ‘show-off’ walkers. It seems they are not bothered to lose some weight or get fit, but their aim is to look in disdain at those who are SITTING! They take 8 steps between the benches, turn ‘Left’ and give a disgusting look at those who are sitting, look ahead, 8 steps, face turns ‘Left’ and disgusting look, 8 steps…. after 10 minutes they surface again! But this time they turn ‘Right’ to give the horrible look! Their main aim is to look down (literally) on those who are sitting. Or perhaps, the expression on their face is ‘like that only’ always!

On the way back home, we treated ourselves to a delicious tender coconut on the other side of the footpath. My wife doesn’t know that that was just an excuse to look at Dr.Rajkumar’s poster near the 18th cross Auto stand for a few minutes! ;)

Summer Holidays – A Flashback!

March 30, 2012

During my schooldays, by the time our Summer holidays started, a month of fun and frolic would have been over for my friends studying in other schools with State syllabus. When their exams got over, our school (Kendriya Vidyalaya) would still be completing the last chapters or would have just begun ‘Revisions’!

Now by the time our exams started, there would be complete chaos opposite my house, where the matches would be played or the sittings and discussions would take place – in short, opposite my house was our ADDA.

Mine being an old and small house with a huge empty space in front, which ever place you shifted base to study, it made no difference as I could hear the score after each ball. This was all the more frustrating because only my body would be in the house while my mind was on the street – I would be under ‘house arrest’, made to study forcefully! In this atmosphere, I would be made to spend one whole week. In the morning, while going for the exam, they would be playing. While coming back from the exam, I would see them pouring water over the head and still playing. Until 7 in the evening, they would be cheering and booing each other. Then they would sit till 8pm and only then go home. It was sheer torture to sit and TRY to STUDY while the main action was happening elsewhere. I was not allowed to see my favourite CHITRAMANJARI on Thursday. I prayed god (not for my exams) but for the only reason that no Rajkumar movie should be telecast on Saturday till my exams finished!

By the last day of my exam, I would have been tamed by the four letter word – EXAM. But just as we came out of the school gate, we would enjoy the 10 paise Guava, 25 paise Joy Ice Cream stick, throw stones at the Mango tree in the opposite house and eat one or two and hit each other with the rest, buy pickles from Krishna Stores or GK Stores opposite the bus stand…. Wow! We would act as if we had really achieved something great by studying, attending, writing and coming out of the exam hall intact, in a single piece!

This thought in mind, someone would suggest we ought to treat ourselves with Veg Sandwich at the nearby JB Bakery. That would be 75 paise for a double sandwich. We would have a by-two! The assistant boy whom we all knew quite well, would be more than happy to give us hot sandwiches and Dil Pasand, just out of the oven. I would suddenly feel an urge to have a Masale Dose at Agarwal Bhavan, diagonally opposite our school back gate. But sipping a Torino, I would literally feel ‘fullfilled’ in life!

We would walk near the Sankey bridge after playing some cricket inside the school – the exam pad acting as the bat. After the exams, our mind would remember just two dates – the day of the results (usually May 2nd or 3rd) and the reopening day (usually June 26th or 27th). To complete the final rites, we would bid adieu to our close friends, while tearing the exam sheets into pieces and throwing them on our year-long rivals, who would be chased out of the school front gate, only to be seen hiding near the back gate!

Back home, we would behave like KINGS! “I want Thums Up”. “I want to watch TV from start till the end”. “I want to see Rajkumar’s film in Geethanjali TODAY ITSELF, and again tomorrow!”. “I want to go to Janatha Hotel”…

On the day of the result, we would again see our classmates. Our Princi would tell us to read useful books and do some projects during summer holidays and then announce the reopening date. He would mention a couple of names and everybody would clap till the said persons would come on stage and shake hands with the Princi. Our class teachers would distribute the Report Cards (one year Pink, the other year Yellow, or Light Green or Blue) While some of us would get a stern look while receiving the Report Card, some others got a ‘Keepi tappppp’ or just ‘Gooooooood’!

Mother would start making my favourite Kobri Mithai once the results would be announced at home. She would be able to see the marks card only by late evening, when she would be slightly free after entertaining several visitors while cooking, serving and also making sweets. She would wipe her hands dry and hold it so very delicately and read every letter on the marks sheet. She would give the sweets after telling me to do better the coming year. I would say a quick “Yes, Yes” and would be more bothered to eat the sweet!

Although I never attended any Summer camp all my life, Summer would simply fly! Me and my friends would have loads of activity lined up, when we were not wielding the willow. If we got bored with Cricket, we would switch to any of these -Hide and Seek, Lagori, Soor Chand, Kings, Ghost stories, Gate-Gate or Tree-Tree, Tennis (using palms) – lines  drawn using a brick piece on the road… There would be doubles games also while playing Tennis. Some of the smashes would take the ball down to the edge of the road or to the empty site full of parthenium plants. There was also a game where we would shout, “Crocodile Crocodile, which co-lo-r dooo youuuu choose?”

When some friends would go out of station, then our dear Ajji would always pitch in by playing Chowka Bhara or Pagade with us. I have never understood how to play Ali Guli Mane – too complicated! Always had this notion that only girls were better at it.

Mango smell and mango dishes would over power you during summer. Manvinakayi Chitranna, Mavinahannu Gojju, Mavinahannu Seekarne, Mavinakayi Uppinakayi, Mavinakayi Chutney… and apart from these, just eating the raw mangoes with chilli powder or ripe mangoes till the ‘Vaate’ was bald and white was sheer fun with my cousins, who would loyally visit us every summer!

Overnight, our house would become the destination for Carrom or Chess matches. These games were, to begin with, not in my favour, as all elders would say “you are young, we’ll take you in the next match”… and that never happened. Sometimes, I felt like getting rid of the Carrom or Chess board!

Rains would have started, thus bringing end to Summer. And my friends would have already finished a month of schooling, as their classes would have begun by May end itself. I would still be absolutely unaware that it was a week into June!

Suddenly, I would have a desire to buy a new bat. I would wait for months for my father to fulfill this wish. My father would one fine day make a bat himself using some old wooden plank. An old cycle tube would be the ‘grip’! I would play with it only inside my compound, not very happy to take it out for the matches on the street, where branded SG bats would be in demand. [Only once did my father buy me a bat from a shop in Malleswaram. My misfortune that the handle and the blade got separated a week later! It would be back to the old bat.]

Rubber ball – Magenta or Red or Blue, with an ASIAD APPU logo printed on a yellow patch would be bought for two rupees from Popular Stores. Tennis ball was a rarity. Still don’t know how much one costed then (in the early and mid ’80s)! Would ask my uncle in the US to get used tennis balls when he visited. That itself was a luxury.

Having lived in a dream world for over two months, I would one day see my father dusting my old school bag – the military type – yellow color with two pockets at the front and two buckles which had sharp metal edges. I would ask him – “Can I get a new bag this year at least?” He would look at the bag once again and reply, “This bag can last till your college… and if you keep it properly, even your son can use it!”

That was enough to bring you back to this world. And that meant it was time for school!

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Will be fun if you could share your Summer Holidays flashback with me!

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NOSTALGIA on RwB

Power Cut!

March 9, 2012

It is that time of the year when grandparents stop watching serials and parents cease to talk loudly. There is a ‘smashana mouna’ in every house of the street. One particular room will have the light burning longer than usual. ‘Boost / Complan / Bournvita’ is supplied continuously to the victim inside the room. Mother is awake along with the victim. Ok…you might have guessed it by now – the victim is none other than the boy or girl studying for the exams.

My son has his exams from next Monday. He and his mom are academically a very successful team. Both are preparing well for the exams. Power goes. I hear my wife ask me (without raising her head from the textbook) to get the emergency lamp from the shelf and switch it on. My son just then says: Appa, why can’t we get a UPS for our house. Why only for the Comp?

I tell him: Isn’t it a great feeling when power goes when you are studying during exams?

He gives me a weird look. Gen-Y, you see! (They are called so because most of their sentences starts with WHY!)

Cut to the time when I was studying. Exam season. Power cut around 7pm… just when we have started to study “Aadhi Maanav”. And you could hear joyous sounds from many houses! (Some poor souls were cursed to say ‘Two-one-za-Two’ till 20 when there was a powercut!) We all (blessed souls) used to gather on the road, under the electric pole (which acted as wickets), to continue our unfinished game of Cricket. “3 balls 4 to win”, Vijay tells. Gopi disputes. “4 balls 3 to win… the last ball was a wide when we went.” Harish is taking strike when Ravi shouts Harish was run out in the previous over. Power comes. We hear a mom shouting – Ravi, baaro! Each one is blaming one another for the delay… the game is unfinished still.

We go back to our homes shouting loudly that during the next power cut, there will be no more arguments – match will resume at 4 balls 3 to win. Power never goes. And most of us are forced to study that night. Some amongst us were very brilliant – in the sense they hardly came out to play, while some of us were very clever – we hardly went home to study!

Honestly, some of us loved it when power went, and indulged in simple pleasures like playing cricket, antakshari, chatting, hide and seek… The only time we didn’t want a power cut was when we were watching our favourite films / programs / Cricket match on Doordarshan!

Today’s kids hardly know the difference between having power and having no power as most houses have a UPS connection. In most apartments, there is just a flicker when power goes, within no time the lights are on.

During class tests, assignments, we had the audacity to tell the teacher the next morning that due to power cut, we could not study / complete the project, and even managed to get away with the excuse! The UPS has snatched away an important excuse from today’s kids.

I sometimes feel ours is the last generation that enjoyed the power cuts (how much I prayed for one during exams). Ours is the last generation to have seen a host of things: mainly Rukavat ke liye khed hai (Adachanegagi kshamisi), Over to Delhi (Ideega Dehalige) – on Doordarshan; Enne snana on Sunday; standing in a queue in front of Ration shop at 5 in the morning for Rice-Sugar-Kerosene every fortnight; Calling the beggars roaming in the night shouting ‘Kavala Thaayi’ to take the leftover food; seeing Amma-Ajji bargain with the Steel-Paatre Saamaan fellow in the afternoon over an old silk saree and a small steel tumbler; sitting on the lawns of an illuminated Vidhana Soudha on a Sunday evening and enjoying Garma Garam Kadlekai, going to the Bank just to read the various newspapers, pressing the flat toothpaste tube with a metal stick (kept to break a coconut) and trying to squeeze out some toothpaste, taking the transistor (with a thick cover with holes) to the bathroom so that we didn’t miss our favourite song… the list is endless!

We have seen the stingy side in our parents and grandparents who tried to value even a ‘Sabeena Powder Cover’, and we are seeing today’s ‘USE n THROW’ generation. The former overvalued everything, the latter undervalue everything…. perhaps the invaluable insight we can take is that give the value each one deserves – nothing more, nothing less!

Hope I post this before the power goes! The UPS is already beeping!

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FB Toons by RK – 1

December 11, 2010

Cartoon: RK

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Why is it called AYODHYA ISSUE?

September 23, 2010

An event that took place during my schooldays is getting a judgement during my issue’s schooldays. If the judgement is questioned and taken to the Supreme Court, another decision may come only during the schooldays of my issue’s issue. Hence it is called Ayodhya Issue.

ನನ್ ಮಗನ್ಗೆ ಇವತ್ತಿಂದ ಟೆಸ್ಟು. ಆದ್ರೆ ನಾಳೆ ರಜಾ ಅಂತ ಟಿ.ವಿ. ಪೇಪರ್ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ್ತಿದೆ.

ಇವತ್ತು ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ ನನ್ ಮಗ ಕೇಳಿದ: ಅಪ್ಪ ನಾಳೆ ರಜಾ ಅಂತೆ. ಯೇನ್ ಹಬ್ಬಾನಾ?

ನಾನ್ ಹೇಳ್ದೆ: ಹಬ್ಬ ಅಲ್ವೋ. ನಾನ್ ಸ್ಕೋಲಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾಗ ಆದ ಗಲಾಟೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನೀನ್ ಸ್ಕೂಲಲ್ಲಿರೋವಾಗ ನಾಳೆ ಯಾರೋ ಯೇನೋ ಹೇಳ್ತಾರಂತೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ರಜಾ!

Update: Verdict date postponed. But no change in the above story!

Article in ‘Kannada Prabha’

April 19, 2010


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An article on yours truly’s collection of Dr.Rajkumar has been carried out in today’s Kannada Prabha, who are doing a series on Annavru, from April 12th till 24th.

Having read articles over the years on Rajkumar, I must say this series has published many interesting and unknown facets and facts about Rajanna – No, I’m not talking about my collection on the legend ;)

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