Posts Tagged ‘Doordarshan’

Random Jottings on Facebook – 6

July 15, 2016

ಬ್ರಿಟನ್ ಇಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಎಕ್ಸಿಟ್ ಆದ್ರು.
ಬ್ರಿಟನ್ EUಇಂದ ಎಕ್ಸಿಟ್ ಆದ್ರು.
ಬ್ರೆಕ್ಸಿಟ್ಟೋ ಗಿಕ್ಸಿಟ್ಟೋ, ನಮ್ದಂತೂ ಲಂಡನ್-ಗೆ ಡೈಲಿ ಎಂಟ್ರಿ ಎಕ್ಸಿಟ್ ಇದ್ದೇ ಇರತ್ತೆ.

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“Do not lose your friends.
When with friends, do not go near water.”
I’m sure you’ll agree with the above words.
There is a famous Mantra too, which says what is said above.
Shun ‘No’ Mitrah
Shun Varunah!

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ಇಪ್ಪತ್ ಮೂವತ್ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ, ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋದ್ರೂ ಅಂದ್ರೆ, ವಾಪಸ್ ಬರೋ ಚಾನ್ಸಸ್ ಕಮ್ಮಿ ಇತ್ತು. ಈಗೆಲ್ಲ ಹಾಗಲ್ಲ. ಯಾಕೆ ಗೊತ್ತಾ?
“ಮೆಡಿಕಲ್ ಸೈನ್ಸ್ advanced ಆಗಿದೆ, improve ಆಗಿದೆ” ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿದ್ರಾ? ಅದಲ್ಲ ಗುಟ್ಟು.
ಈಗೆಲ್ಲ ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ ಕಾಂಪೌಂಡಲ್ಲಿ ದೇವಸ್ತಾನ ಇರತ್ತೆ. ಅದು secret.

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ಯೇನೋ ಕೋದಂಡ, ಫಾರಿನ್ ಹೆಂಗಿತ್ತು?
ಸಕತಾಗಿತ್ತು ಮಗಾ!
ಅಲ್ಲಿರೋರ್ಗೆ ನಿನ್ ಹೆಸ್ರ್ ಹೇಳಕ್ಕ್ ಯೇನ್ ಪ್ರಾಬ್ಲಮ್ ಆಗ್ಲಿಲ್ಲಾ ತಾನೇ?
ಇಲ್ಲ ಮಗಾ. ಅವ್ರು ’ವಾಟೀಸ್ಯುವರ್ನೇಮ್’ ಅಂದ್ರೆ Rambo ಅಂತಿದ್ದೆ.

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ಪೇರೆಂಟ್ ಟೀಚರ್ ಮೀಟಿಂಗಲ್ಲಿ ಟೀಚರ್ಸ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳ್ಬೇಕು: ಮೇಡಂ, ಕಾಲ ಬದ್ಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇನ್ಮೇಲೆ ನೀವು ಕರೆಕ್ಷನ್ ಮಾಡ್ದಾಗ ಎರ್ಡ್ ಎರ್ಡ್ ಟಿಕ್ ಹಾಕ್ದ್ರೇನೆ ನಮಗ್ಗೊತ್ತಾಗೋದು, ನೀವ್ ನೋಡಿದೀರಾಂತ!

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ಗುಂಡ ಹುಡುಗೀನ್ ಒಪ್ಕೊಂಡ. ಹುಡ್ಗಿ ಓದಿರೋದು B.Sc. (Organic Chemistry). ಗುಂಡನ್ ಅಮ್ಮ ಹುಡ್ಗೀನ್ ಕೇಳದ್ರು: ಯೇನೇನ್ಮಾಡಕ್ ಬರತ್ತಮ್ಮಾ?
“Acid Mixture, Cyclohexanol, Phenol. Butyl chloride, Ester…ಇಷ್ಟ್ ಬರತ್ ಆಂಟಿ ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ.”

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ವೆಜ್ಜು, ನಾನ್-ವೆಜ್ಜು, ನಾರ್ತಿಂಡ್ಯನ್, ಸೌತಿಂಡ್ಯನ್, ಸ್ವೀಟು-ಖಾರ, ಚಾಟು, ಚೈನೀಸು… ಅಬ್ಬಬ್ಬಾ ಎಷ್ಟು ವೆರೈಟಿ ತಿನ್ನಕ್ಕ್ ಇದ್ರೂ, ಕೆಲವ್ರಿಗೆ ತಲೆ ತಿನ್ನಕ್ಕೇ ಇಷ್ಟ.

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ಅಪ್ಪ (ಸೋಫಾ ಮೆಲ್ ಮಲ್ಗಿರೋ ಮಗನ್ಗೆ): ಎದ್ರುಮನೆ ಅಂಕಲ್ ಮಗನ್ನೋಡೋ. ನೀನೂ ಇದ್ಯಾ.
ಮಗ: ಯೇನಪ್ಪಾ, ಯಾವಗ್ಲೂ ಅವ್ರ್ ಮಗನ್ನೋಡು ಅಂತಾನೇ ಹೇಳ್ತ್ಯಾ. ಅವ್ರಿಗ್ ಮಗಳೂ ಇದಾಳೆ.
*ಓಸಿಡಿ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಅಬ್ಸೆಸಿವ್ಲಿ ಕಂಪೇರಿಂಗ್ ಡಿಸೀಸ್

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ಪ್ರಪಂಚ ಎಷ್ಟ್ ಮುಂದ್ವರ್ದಿದೆ ಅಂದ್ರೆ – ಸಿಂಪಲ್ಲಾಗ್ ‘ಸೇ’ ಇಲ್ಲ ‘ಟೂ’ ಅಂತಿದ್ವಿ. ಈಗದನ್ನೇ block ಇಲ್ಲ unblock ಅಂತಾರೆ.

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(ಒಂದೇ ಉಸಿರಿಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿ)
ಭಾರತ-ಶ್ರೀ ಲಂಕಾ-ಸಿಂಗಾಪೂರ್-ಮಲೇಷಿಯಾ ಮುಂತಾದ ದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಮಾರಾಟವಾಗುವ ಹಲ್ಲು-ಪುಡಿ, ಗೋಪಾಲ್ ಹಲ್ಲು ಪುಡಿ.
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ಯೇನ್ ರಾಮಣ್ಣ, ಅಷ್ಟೊಂದ್ ಆಳವಾಗಿ ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀ?
ಮನೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ದನಗಳ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆಗೆ ಯಾವ್ ಶೀಟ್ ಹಾಕಬೇಕು ಅಂತಾ ಯೋಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆ.
ಅದಕ್ಕ್ ಯಾಕ್ ಯೋಚಿಸ್ಬೇಕು? ಒಳ್ಳೆ ಚಾರ್ಮಿನಾರ್ ಶೀಟ್ಗಳನ್ನ ಕೊಂಡ್ರಾಯ್ತು. ನಮ್ ತಾತನ್ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಂಡದ್ದು, ಈಗಲೂ ಗಟ್ಟಿಮುಟ್ಟಾಗಿವೆ ನೋಡು.
ಹೌದಾ? ಸರಿ. ಚಾರ್ಮಿನಾರ್ ಶೀಟ್ಗಳನ್ನೇ ಕೊಳ್ತೀನಿ.
ಮನೆಗೆ, ಶಾಲೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಗೋದಾಮುಗಳಿಗೆ ಚಾರ್ಮಿನಾರ್ ಶೀಟ್ಗಳನ್ನೇ ಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಪ್ರತಿ ನಗರದಲ್ಲೂ ಚಾರ್ಮಿನಾರ್ ದಾಸ್ತಾನುಗಾರರಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
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ವಿವಿಧಭಾರತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಂದನ-ಬೃಂದಾವನ ಶುರು ಆಗಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂಚೆ, ಮುಗಿದ ಮೇಲೆ ಪ್ರಸಾರ ಆಗ್ತಿತ್ತು ಈ ads.
ನೆನೆಪಿದೆಯೇ?

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KAILASH WET GRINDER
ಸುಲಭದಿ ಉಪಯೋಗ
KAILASH WET GRINDER
ಸಮಯದ ಉಳಿತಾಯ
ವಿಶ್ವಾಸನೀಯ ಕೈಲಾಷ್.
KAILASH WET GRINDER
ಸುಲಭದಿ ಉಪಯೋಗ
KAILASH WET GRINDER
ಸಮಯದ ಉಳಿತಾಯ
ವಿಶ್ವಾಸನೀಯ ಕೈಲಾಷ್.
The ‘Kailash Wet Grinder’ 10 second TVC must have been the first Kannada ad that was consecutively played twice.
They sponsored the serial “CRAZY COLONEL” on Doordarshan in the mid-80s.
ನೆನೆಪಿದೆಯೇ?

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Universal Law of Change:
Since ages, ಮನೇಲಿ ದಿನಸಿ-ತಿಂಡಿ ತರಕ್ಕೆ ಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನ ಕಳ್ಸದ್ರೆ, ಚಿಲ್ಲರೆ ಅವ್ರದ್ದೆ.

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Feels ‘wow’ when this kid calls me “Magician Uncle”! Say “Thanks” to her, SK!
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Lord Krishna Bank was a private sector bank headquartered at Kodungallur, in Thrissur District of Kerala state in India. Lord Krishna Bank became a scheduled commercial bank in 1971. In 2007, Lord Krishna Bank was merged with Centurion Bank of Punjab. In the ’90s, the bus stopped right in front of Lord Krishna Bank branch near Sivananda Circle. By the time I got to know about LKB, LKB was gone.

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ಪ್ಯಂಟ್ ಜೇಬಲ್ಲಿ ಐವತ್ತೋ-ನೂರೋ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದಾಗ ಆಗೋ ಖುಷಿ, ಸಂಬಳ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದಾಗ್ಲೂ ಆಗಲ್ಲ.

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ಗುರುಪೌರ್ಣಮಿಯಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ಗುರುಗಳ ಚರಣಾರವಿಂದಗಳಿಗೆ ಶಿರಸಾ ನಮಾಮಿ, ಮನಸಾ ಸ್ಮರಾಮಿ! ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರೇ ನಮ್ ಗುರು! ಅಣ್ಣಾವ್ರಿಗಿಂತ ಗುರು ಬೇಕಾ?!

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ಈ ನಡ್ವೆ ladies…bag ಹಿಡ್ಕೊಂಡ್ ಹೊರಟ್ರೆ – ಕಾಲೇಜೋ, ಆಫಿಸ್ಸೋ, ತರ್ಕಾರೀಗೋ – ಎಲ್ಲೀಗ್ ಹೋಗ್ತಿದಾರೆ ಅಂತ್ಲೇ ಹೇಳಕ್ಕಾಗಲ್ಲಾ.

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Me: Maga, which momo do you like?
Son: Egg Momo. And you?
Me: ನಗು momo.

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ಎಲ್ಲ ಪಾತ್ರೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಲಾಯಿ ಹಿಡಿಸಿದ್ರೆ, it becomes alkali.

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For a Mass hero, weight matters.

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When I saw my vehicle mechanic replace the bike tyres, I got to know that he will progress spiritually well and quickly because he knows chakra alignment.

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Kids are in their elements when you take them out of the compound.

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What do you call a part-time bus conductor?
Semi-conductor.

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To become a doctor, you got to write NEET. Later, you will anyway not write NEETLY.

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A liquor shop near a temple?
Heavenly D-Wine.

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Dumbiryani is a smart choice.

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Superconductor: Rajinikanth before he became a superstar

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ಅವನ ಹೆಂಡತಿ ಅವನನ್ನ ಎಕ್ಕಸ್ದಾಗೆಲ್ಲ ಅವನು ಮನಸಲ್ಲೇ ಹೇಳ್ಕೋತಿದ್ದ: ಎಕ್ಸು ಎಕ್ಸು…ಎಷ್ಟೇ ಆದ್ರೂ ನಿನ್ನೊಳಗಿರೋದು ಎರಡು ಎಕ್ಸು*.

  • XX Chromosome

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Duet or Diet, U and I can make a difference.

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Unexpected holiday ‘showers’! Really happy for these kids. Remembering our schooldays where we got loads of holidays ‘Sud-Suddenly’ due to Kavery Galaate, Gulf war, Babri Masjid demolition etc.!
Every time they are extending the holiday by another day, the kids in our street are celebrating as if India won the world cup! 🙂

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ಊಟ ಮಾಡಿಸ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದಾಗ ಮಗು ಓಡಿ ಹೋದ್ರೆ: ತುತ್ತು ನಿರ್ಗಮನ

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ಶಾಲಾ-ಕಾಲೇಜುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹುಡುಗ ಹುಡುಗಿ ಒಬ್ಬರನ್ನೊಬ್ಬರು ಮೊದಲು ನೋಡಿದಾಗ, ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಹೊತ್ತು ನಾಚಿಕೆ-ಸಂಕೋಚ ಇರತ್ತೆ. Because it is ಶೈ ಕ್ಷಣಿಕ.

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ಮನೆ ಹೊರಗೆ ಹೊಗೆ ಇದೆ ಅಂದ್ರೆ, ಒಳಗೆ ಯಾರೋ ಹೊಗೆ ಹಾಕ್ಕೊಂಡ್ರು ಅಂತ್ ಅರ್ಥ.

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English Ma’m: Raju, tell me the future tense of “I slapped you.”
Raju: Ma’m, your scooty will be punctured by lunch time.

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Supernova: Lot of pain

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Dynamo: A person who is desperate to see Na.Mo.

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What are negative numbers?
Numbers <35
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Q. What are Roman Numbers?
Imagine making Iyengar puliogare using chinese ingredients!
Same way, Numbers written without using any numbers but English alphabet.
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Q. What are Whole numbers?
A. 4, 6, 8, 9, 0
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Cinders: ಮುಖ ಸಿಂಡರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಕಾಣುವ ಗೆರೆಗಳು
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Imagine a foreigner joining a class here which has 118 kids. Suppose 82 of these kids are named: Kallesha, Mallesha, Lakshmisha, Rakesha, Rajesha, Somesha, Harisha, Nagesha, Gowrisha, Madesha, Ganesha, Veeresha, Neelesha, Pranesha, Gyanesha, Anisha, Abhilasha, Manjusha, Amisha, Anusha, Shrisha, Usha, Nirosha, Manisha, Paresha, Ramesha, Paramesha, Natesha, Shailesha, Umesha, Mahesha, Kaatesha, Lokesha and so on.
That is like almost 70% of the 118 kids names are rhyming.
Imagine the foreigner trying to remember his classmates’ names! I think that is how kids feel when they read the names of the elements in the Periodic Table, with so many names ending with IUM.
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Escalator: Transition ಮೆಟ್ಟಲ್
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Allow: Used as a greeting while answering the telephone
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ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ, ನನ್ನ ಸುಪುತ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ನಮ್ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟರ್ಸ್ ಇಬ್ಬರದ್ದು ಒಂದೇ ಕಥೆ: ಟೆಸ್ಟು-ಟೆಸ್ಟು-ಟೆಸ್ಟು
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ಹೆಂಗಾಗ್ಬಿಟೀದೀವಿ ಅಂದ್ರೆ… ಶೆಲ್ಫಿಂದ ಹಳೇ ಫೋಟೋ ಆಲ್ಬಂ ನೋಡಕ್ಕೇ ಅಂತಾ ತೆಗೆದ್ರೆ, ಯಾಕ್ ಯಾವ್ ಫೋಟೋನೂ ಪ್ಲೇ ಆಗ್ತಿಲ್ವಲ್ಲಾಂತನ್ಸತ್ತೆ!
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Bheemana Amavasye: Chota Bheem’s birthday
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One of my Tamilian friend’s father was leaving to the US wearing a US Polo shirt. I told him it was a good choice to wear that shirt. Because ‘US Polo’ in Tamil means “Let’s go to US”.
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Radioactivity: RJ @ work
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ಇನ್ನೂ ಹುಟ್ಟಕ್ಕಿಲ್ಲ ಪೋಲಿ ಆಗೋದು ಯಾರು: ಪೋಲಿಷ್.
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Which is an atheist’s favourite movie?
GODZ ILLA.
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ಅಮ್ಮ (ಮಗನ್ನ ಕ್ರಿಕೆಟ್ ಆಡಕ್ಕೆ ಫ್ರೆಂಡ್ಸ್ ಬಂದ್ ಕರ್ದಾಗ): ರಾಜು, ಮಳೆ ಬರ್ತಿದೆ. ಹೊರ್ಗ್ ಹೋದ್ರೆ ನೆಗಡಿ-ಜ್ವರ ಬಂದ್ರೆ? ಹುಷಾರ್ ತಪ್ಪಿದ್ರೆ? ಹೋಗ್ಬೇಡಾ ಆಡಕ್ಕೆ.
ಅಮ್ಮ (ಮಾರ್ನೇ ದಿವಸ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ): ರಾಜು, ಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಗೆ ಲೇಟ್ ಆಯ್ತು. ಎದ್ದೇಳೋ.
ರಾಜು: ಅಮ್ಮ, ಮಳೆ ಬರ್ತಿದೆ. ಸ್ಕೂಲ್ ಗೆ ಹೋಗಲ್ಲ. ಹೊರ್ಗ್ ಹೋದ್ರೆ ನೆಗಡಿ-ಜ್ವರ ಬಂದ್ರೆ? ಹುಷಾರ್ ತಪ್ಪಿದ್ರೆ?!
*ತಲ್ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠೆ
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BCC : ಕಸದ್ ತೊಟ್ಟಿ or email related… depends which model you are.
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Milky way: ಹಾಲು ಚೆಲ್ಲಿಹೋದಾಗ, ಹರಿದು ಹೋಗುವ ದಾರಿ
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Odometer: A meter that runs… ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಓಡೋ ಮೀಟರ್, ಇನ್ನೇನು?!
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ಕೆಲವೊಮ್ಮೆ, ಎಷ್ಟು ತಲೆ ಕೆರ್ಕೊಂಡ್ರೂ ಸರಿಯಾದ idea ಬರಲ್ಲ. ಆಗೇನು ಮಾಡ್ಬೇಕು? start from scratch, once again.
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ಕೂಟು, ಗೊಜ್ಜು, ಮಜ್ಜಿಗೆ ಹುಳಿ ಇವೆಲ್ಲಕ್ಕಿಂಥ ಸಿಂಪಲ್ ಆಗಿರೋ ಸಾರು ಪವರ್ ಫುಲ್ಲು. ಯಾಕೆ ಅಂತೀರಾ? ಸಾರು ಒಂದಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು department ಇರೋದು. ಅದೇ ‘ಸಾರಿಗೆ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ’.
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Same-sects marriage has been prevalent in India for ages.
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ಬಯ್ಯೋದ್ರಿಂದ ಆಗುವ stress is ABIOTIC STRESS.
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ಥಟ್ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ

October 27, 2014

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ವ್ಯಂಗ್ಯ ಚಿತ್ರ: ಬೆಳ್ಳೂರು ಆರ್.ಕೆ.

ಥಟ್ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ

ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಿಗಳು ತಪ್ಪು ಉತ್ತರ ಕೊಟ್ಟರೆ ಪುಸ್ತಕ ನಾ.ಸೋಮೇಶ್ವರರ ಬಳಿಯಲ್ಲೆ ಉಳಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೆ. ಸುಮಾರು ಎಷ್ಟು ಪುಸ್ತಕ ಇರಬಹುದು ಇವರ ಬಳಿ…ಥಟ್ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿ?

Doordarshan Howlers!

September 27, 2014

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Another Doordarshan howler: Manmohan’s visuals on Modi’s US visit coverage

Nostalgic Cycle

June 22, 2013

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Design: RK Bellur / RwB  [Click on the image to enlarge]

NOSTALGIA on RwB:

Who said I am nostalgic?

Remember the Rasna kid?

Remember some of those ’80s ads?

Remember the old Liril ad?

’60s & ’70s: Those were the days

Lunch time @ School!

CRICKET LINGO – Our Days!

The Art of Reusing

Saturday First Two Periods: Mass PT

Summer Holidays – A Flashback!

Red-oxide flooring

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Archive for the ‘Nostalgia’ Category on RwB

40 Songs that make me cry – Part 2

December 17, 2011

21. Hoton se chulo tum [Prem Geet]  Not one line or a stanza, this is one song which makes me cry from beginning till the end. The starting, the way it picks up and the legend Jagjith Singh’s voice, wah! Indeewar’s lyrics are top class,… I specially love these lines:
Jag ne Chhinaa Mujhse
Mujhe Jo Bhi Lagaa Pyaaraa
Sab Jitaa Kiye Mujhse
Main Har Dam Hi Haaraa
Tum Haar Ke Dil Apnaa
Meri Jit Amar Kar Do

22. Matilda – I consider the best thing my uncle in the US ever did was to bring this ‘Belafonte At Carnegie Hall’ full-length gramophone LP and play it to us on the Grundig Record Player. I remember hearing this song when I probably was a two year old. I used to keep my ears next to the speakers (one song left speaker, the other right speaker) and used to think there are people sitting inside the record player and playing the songs.

Belafonte, in between the Matilda number, says these lines (which is what makes the song special):

All the big spenders… Matilda
People in the tears there… Matilda
Those people on Scholarship… Matilda
Women over Forty (I know they’re out there)… Matilda
Evvvrybawdy Hu One Two Three Four… Matilda

Even today, when I hear Belafonte sing these lines in between the song, it brings tears in my eyes.

23. Yeh Zindagi usi ki hai [Anarkali]– Associate this and the next song with Doordarshan. I saw these songs at my neighbour’s house on a Black and White Dyanora (with shutter doors). Haunting tune, simple beats, lovely voice.

24. Aapki Nazron ne samjha [Anpadh]– The tune is so mesmerizing. The minimal orchestration is such a pleasure to hear.

25. Aa Karnananthe [Karna]– This is a song from the movie ‘Karna’, where Vishnuvardhan’s family is short of money and he is on his way to donate his kidney. Being criticized throughout the film, it is he who helps the family at the critical hour. Very touching lyrics and tune.

26. Vidhi Vipareetha [Satya Harishchandra]– Admire Ghantasaala for the variety he has brought in this song! From the sounds of ghosts and grandeur of the palace (using sitar), to the raagamalike to match Hunsur Krishnamurthy’s superb lyrics. These are the lines (describing Harishchandra’s plight) which brings tears:

Chathurambhodhipareetha sarvabhuviyam taam staapisal
Rathnaraajita saddhandadharaadharesha
Karadol taanaantha kolondadim chiteyam talluta
Rudrabhumilihanaiyyo entha vaichitryavo

27. O Saathi Re [Muqaddar Ka Sikandar]–Pyaar ye toote na, Tu mujhse roote na, saans ye choote kabhi na” and the seriousness that Kishore brings to the song at the beginning with the humming makes this song dear to me.

28. Olume Poojegende [Anupama]– One of the best SPB-S Janaki numbers. An unforgettable Ashwath-Vaidy compositions. The slow pace and the Hindustani touch in the tune takes you to a different time zone.

29. Neene Sakida Gini [Maanasa Sarovara]– A middle aged psychiatrist finds a young insane woman wandering aimlessly along the streets. He takes her to his abode for treatment. Slowly the woman recovers from her trauma. The doctor promptly falls in love with her and decides to marry her. In the meantime, the doctor’s nephew arrives and falls head over heels to her. The doctor cannot tolerate this intimacy and goes insane.

It is at this juncture this song is shown. Puttanna Kanagal, Vijayanarasimha, Vijayabhaskar – what a trio!

[Also, can’t stop putting Puttanna and Arathi in place of Srinath and Padmavasanthi when I hear this song.]

30. Kannada nadina Rasikara manava [Ranganayaki]– SPB has rendered this number in a very sober way, that too for Ambareesh, coz Ambi was not yet a rebel star. Different moods are conveyed effortlessly. When SPB sings “Hogi baa”, tears appear!

31. Devasabhathalam [His Highness Abdullah]– Love this beautiful jugalbandhi song by Yesudas, Raveendran and Sujith. The trio sing “anuthathamudhatha swaritha prajayam thandava mukharalaya prabhavam pranavakaaram sangeetham aa nomtha nomtha nomtha aanandam ananthaanandham jagathaanandam sangeetham” in perfect harmony!

32. Hindanagali [Malaya Maarutha]–  Such meaningful words from the saint Akkamahadevi! And what a raaga to sing it in – Sahana. The notes in ascending and descending scale do not follow a strict progression, but are zig-zag. Hence the note phrases contain such vakra phrases, lending a unique beauty to this raga. When Sahana is playing, she makes the whole world stop and listen!

hinDanagali hiDivaDeda kunjara tanna vindhyava nenevante nenevenayyabandhanakke
banda giLi tanna bandhuva nenevante nenevenayya
kandA nInitta bArendu nimmandava tOrayya chenna mallikArjuna

33. Shiva Shiva Endare [Bhakta Siriyala]– Another sober SPB number I love to hear anytime for its unhurried and calm pace. When Siriyala (played to perfection by Lokesh) tells “Kayaka madutha endendu, Aatmanandava saviyutiru”, tears swell!

34. Ganesha Ninna Mahime [Ganesha Mahime] – Yet another SPB number sung in such earnest manner (composed by MSV). When we hear the flute bit in between the lines “Kangalalli swami ninna divya murthy tumbali” and “kivigalalli dinavu ninna keerthi thumbi kareyali”, it makes me emotional.

35. Aadisidaata Besara moodi [Kasturi Nivasa]– A rare time when we get to hear the maestro GK Venkatesh’s voice (before this, we had heard him singing Kannadada makkalella). I remember hearing this song a thousand times when Chi.Udayshanker passed away. The meaning of the song, and Rajkumar’s gait in this song are simply unforgettable! Raj has shown how to convey sadness in just the way he walks!

36. Poojisalende Hoogala Tande [Eradu Kanasu]– Rajan-Nagendra’s signature touch is evident right from the beginning when S Janaki starts the humming. The different ways in which she has rendered ‘Raama’, the line where she hums after ‘maanikyadarathi’ , and the line where she sings for the second time ‘Olidaru channa munidaru channa’ makes me emotional.

37. Shakthi vadivelidum shakthi mayileridum Shanmuga [Thiruvilayadal]– KB Sundarambal’s rendition of the piece [before she starts ‘Pazham Neeyappa’] and the effortless ease with which she shifts to different ragas and octaves, and the alapane, makes my eyes moist thinking what a gifted singer KB was. A favourite of mine.

38. Anbaale Azhagagum Veedu [Pasanga]- James Vasanthan’s  idea of choosing legend Balamurali Krishna is a masterstorke. The lovely chorus of kids and the salient prelude played on violins weaves magic.

39. Kaliveedurangiyallo [Desadanam]– A memorable number from Yesudas. The scene from the film is also what adds to the emotions. The song revolves around the personal turmoil faced by the parents of a child who is to be inducted into priesthood by a monastery. The pain of imminent separation from their only child has been beautifully portrayed by the characters played by Vijayaraghavan and Mini Nair.

40. Jo Achyutananda Jo Jo Mukunda A lullaby to lord sri krishna composed by saint Tallapaka Annamacharya in the melodious and divine voice of MSS.

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40 Songs that make me cry – Part 1

Natasarvabhouma Dr. Rajkumar

April 24, 2009

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Design: RK

As a kid, I loved watching films. Since it was usually the Rajkumar starrers that were telecast on Doordarshan (going to the theatres caused lots of procedural delays), I saw each and every one of them in wonderment, just like how my son today watches those lions, aircrafts, ‘amazing videos’ and rhinos on Discovery Channel. Gradually, I got fascinated by the techniques the film makers used (after hearing elders say words like ‘that’s a dupe’, ‘see the separation between the 2 Rajkumars, ‘look at the lighting’…),  –  specially during a fight, or a scene where an actor is playing double and sometimes a triple role. Nowadays, there is no real thrill in seeing these scenes (unless you are a student of animation) as we all know there is an extensive use of ‘computer graphics’. No wonder the heroes are appearing in multiples of 10 roles!

Going back, I think the first film I saw an actor in a triple role was, of course, Rajkumar in ‘ShankarGuru’. There were a few films that I saw later where there were two Rajkumars on the screen. But nothing could match 3 Rajkumars on a single screen. And the game I played (with myself) was to see that thin differenciating line between the two Rajkumars! And during the shots where the two hug each other, I would be inching closer towards the screen to see the dupe. I would also wait for those fighting scenes where the hero, villain and his chamchas (dark skinned with a fully shaved oily head) would jump from ground floor to first floor, or from the top of a car to the roof of the heroine’s house. Again, the game was to see the face of the hero’s ‘dupe’ who jumped or somersaulted thrice while kicking a dozen of the villain’s chamchas, and vanished. But alas, the dupe always managed to keep his face away from the camera, and I had to wait for another week for another episode of ‘Chitramanjari’ or ‘Chitravali’, or the film to be telecast again on Doordarshan.

So, I think you have now guessed why the above picture sequence! Today (Apr.24) being Annavru’s 80th birth anniversary, I thought of paying homage by posting these pictures where Rajanna has not only sung an amazing classical number in Raaga Kharaharapriya, but also acted superbly as a Singer, Flute, Veena, Mridanga and Ghatam player. I can hardly see that separating line between each of those shots (Masking technique used). And the timing and synchronisation between each of those 5 Rajkumars is simply Sakkath!

To quote from an earlier post of mine:

When I met Rajanna a few months before his death, I had asked him which his favourite role was. He smiled and remained silent for a few seconds. “Kumbara, Kalidasa” he said. He told me that when he watched his movies, he felt very embarrassed seeing his acting. But then he also told me that there were times when he said to himself, “Baddi maga, parvagilla, acting baratthe ivanige.”

The first time I watched this song probably in 1980 (Kapali Theatre [yes, after the procedural delays]), I simply couldn’t wait till I watched it again and again to my heart’s content. Hats off to the actor, and  all the technicians (director, cameraman, editor, light boys, make-up guys, setting team, sound engineer, and all assistants to name a few) who have worked behind the scenes of this wonderful song.

Trivia:

  • When DD started in Bangalore, I vaguely remember seeing a programme where Rajkumar sang ‘Aaradhisuve Madanaari’ with an orchestra in a studio setting. Never seen that video again.
  • Every time I hear this song, I am in awe of Rajkumar’s singing skills. And every time I see this song, the picturisation where the 5 Rajkumars are in a single frame reminds me of  the song ‘Shivashankari’ set to Raaga Darbari Kaanada (*ing NTR, Film: Jagadeka Veeruni Katha, Music: Pendyala Nageswara Rao, Singer: Ghantasaala and Lyrics: Pingali). The lyrics went hand in hand with Ghantasala’s highly talented singing.
  • Since Rajkumar was trained  in music, his acting in this song (as the singer and accompanists), and in Sanaadi Appanna (as a Shehnai player), looks more authentic and natural, than NTR in the song ‘Shivashankari’ (For  eg., the NTR playing Tamburi has not touched all the 4 strings as the song progresses), and Sivaji Ganesan as a Mridanga player in ‘Mirudanga Chakravarthi’ (Unrealistic portrayal).

For quite a few days now, there is news that a Stamp will be released in Rajkumar’s honour. Seeing the delay, I thought of designing and releasing one here at RwB! And feels nice to be doing that on Raj’s b-day 🙂

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Visit Dr. Rajkumar page on RwB.

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Update: Fever 104 ran a contest ‘Duplicate Rajkumar’ this week. I spoke a dialogue and sung a song from the film Babruvaahana. Just now Fever 104 FM called up to say that Puneeth Rajkumar has picked me the winner amongst scores of contestants. Feeling really excited. To win it on Annavru’s B-day, sooper alwa?!