|Kerala, the Southern state of India needs your help.
What you see below is a photo taken by me during the floods of Kerala in the year 2013 from the top of the apartments where I lived. But when we consider the situation right now, this doesn’t even come close to being called a flood – this time, water got into most of the areas near Periyar and other water bodies close to Aluva. During those times, Aluva suffered. But these times are different, because it was not restricted to any place. The riverside was no longer the problem. The beautiful town of Aluva suffered the most, with so many parts of Kerala, with no place really considered safe. It became the case of a state sufferin...
|The last few months, we have been reading about the Thailand Cave Rescue – Tham Luang cave rescue which was a large-scale rescue operation to find and rescue twelve boys from a local junior football team named the Wild Boars and their coach. The same has been on the news for long, and that brought me back to those memories at the nation which was wonderful. I had recently written about Pattaya, the city which we first visited, and for writing about Bangkok, the following pictures and their captions will tell the tale better than anything else. Well, there is no wonder about the fact that so many people are visiting Thailand with a Bangkok and Pattaya package – you will know why.
|A long time had passed since we wanted to go on a trip outside India, and my last foreign trip was the one to United Kingdom eight years ago in the same year in which the trip to Sri Lanka had happened. Here, the obvious choice of nation for a quick visit was Thailand, as most Keralites do prefer the country these days, and the other options like Singapore, Malaysia and Sri Lanka were already covered by me. Pattaya, Bangkok and Phuket have been becoming dream destinations for our people, especially Pattaya with its water sports, islands and beaches bringing quite the reputation.
Coral Islands of Pattaya, where you desire to go!
Even though the holiday packages have both Pattaya and Bangkok o...
|The first grand thing, the celebration of 365 days of love had passed for us. But that doesn’t really mean anything when we look deep into it. It takes more than a year to fall in love with the same person whom you had married, again and again. The honeymoon that happens right after marriage doesn’t really mean much, because in the case of each arranged marriage, there is always more to know about your partner, and more reasons to find in order to fall in love. That first journey, the honeymoon trip might have had less number of selfies and photos in total. But things change with the trip that you make, an year later.
That was the trip to Thailand, among those shorter trips which...
|When you are choosing a college for higher studies, the options might be many, but there might be those choices which you could have gone for, but failed to do do because you never really knew about the institution. Rajagiri Viswajyothi College is a relatively new educational institution from the Rajagiri Group of institution, run by CMI fathers – the same management maintains control here too. There might not be that many people in Kerala who haven’t heard about the name; one can even say that the reputation is rather international. The strength of that name is reflected even in regular conversations.
CMI missions have a vast network that includes nearly 500 institutions includi...
|It has never really been out of fashion to go abroad to find a job, or to continue studies, and Kerala has had a glorious past related to it. We have such a huge number of friends and relatives abroad, and most of them have settled down there, or are planning to do the same. I have many of them who are living mostly in United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. The difference is that those who are in Americas or Europe have not much of a plan to return to India, developing new roots in a new world.
Rootlessness might be the be the one problem that a lot of people might face during their new adventures abr...
|Throughout our lives, we have the opportunity to see many things that will change our prespective about the world. It is by traveling to different places that we are able to achieve this. It is our privilege to be Indians, being part of a nation which has so many cultures, giving us a different experience in different states, or even while traveling through different districts within a state. As we keep traveling, there are those places in the world which makes us feel safe as well as happy, and there are those which we hesitate to visit. Well, if we don’t visit, we never know.
The Ceylon Ramayana trip was one such journey which brought new experiences to shape my thoughts and life. It...
|Water has made sure that life thrived in the least expected places, and it has contributed to the growth of civilizations in the past. The greatest civilizations and empires began on the banks of one river or the other. Water has been the one thing which made sure that life became better. We have learned about how significant the rivers of Indus, Nile, Tiber, Huang He, Tigris and Euphrates have been in the history of civilizations and empires. Even those towns and cities on the banks of rivers developed quicker while the others could only follow as fast as they could. There is the tale of Hagar who found water in the desert, and there was hope against despair in wilderness, after which a gre...
|2017 had its own interesting flicks to make things better, and among them, here are those which I found to be the best Malayalam movies of the year. Even though there might not have been a movie which would break all records, or would be considered as one of the greatest of them all, we surely had some excellent works. We all need more movies to be released so that the choices increase, but it is up to us to make sure that most of them will be watched, and will not get the negative result that they don’t deserve. These six are surely the kind of flicks that you can choose to watch without second thoughts.
1. Take Off :: Quoting from my own earlier post here: “This one is Malayala...
|Whenever there is a talk about waterfalls in Kerala, it is all about Athirappilly Falls – Yes, there is no match for that wonderful waterfalls which should be the largest and the most talked about fall of water in Kerala. It is Thommankuthu Waterfalls which managed to gain some attention with its multiple group of falls which come one after the other, at a location which is easily accessible. Then there is Thusharagiri Waterfalls in the north, in the district of Kozhikode, which has become more popular than ever, these days, located about fifty one kilometres from the big city of northern Kerala. I leave you with some of the photos taken during our last visit through this beautiful pla...
|Life changes, and it was always expected to happen. Even after a change, that particular changed situation is also going to change. It is not something that I wasn’t expecting, but it did come all of a sudden, and it is actually a good thing. One more year without change and I might have been rather too hesitant to change – I would have detested it and might have tried to prevent it in all ways possible. But not now, as this change is something that I wanted long ago, even before I started this blog.
People still say that if you take a degree in MA English Language and Literature, you have to write NET and even try for JRF, and it is the natural path right ahead of you. They say ...
|Even though television has managed to become the big star of entertainment overtaking its predecessors like radio, the internet hasn’t really become the substitute of television – not completely, and not yet. Even though some channels come up with the most pathetic programmes, television continues to survive, as it has become part of life. But this television, which is more of an idiot box, will need better programmes to survive, and I am coming up with such an idea here to save it.
During this season of terrible serials showing pathetic humans who hate each other, what people need is a regular dose of goodness and kindness. In each and every popular television serial, there is t...
|Vampire Owl: I have never heard of such a lord. Does he really exist or is he part of an illusion?
Vampire Bat: He is from the lands of humans, as a representative of all people there who celebrate this evil festival called harthal.
Vampire Owl: So, which is the religion that celebrates this? Or is it limited to some communities or castes?
Vampire Bat: The religion of politics; and it is a weapon to hate and make problems for the common man. Along with the same, they cause loss to the government and people by destroying property.
Vampire Owl: Oh yes, I remember that now. I was there once for such an event. It is just something made of pure evil; even the demons can’t stand that.
|1. Create hell and play with fire: There are some nice and interesting things to do on Valentine’s Day in order to celebrate it, and I would like to start with the creation of hell and maintaining its charming fire. There are a few people whom you can consult on this, and I will mention the name of one such person in the next few paragraph – his name starts with “M” and ends with “S”; that will be all related to the clue. Please don’t be late to create hellfire because not that much of the same will be available on Earth – there will be other lovers in need for the same, and so get it soon – don’t let it go!
2. Watch My Bloody Valen...
|Vampire Owl: Are you sure that we are at the right place? This seems to be something like an enchanted forest; but too dark a place for even my taste. This is not just dark, but magical dark as if some kind of curse exists here. There should be more than one supernatural force around here. Don’t they call this place the darkest of woods?
Vampire Bat: Yes, it says here and so it is the right place; you can see the map, and you can also see the tree which has been shown on the map. The branches are exactly the same, and the roots are also drawn in the same way. There is also the destroyed space in the middle.
Vampire Owl: Have you ever seen what all the official Vampire Artist draws? No...
|Vampire Bat: And we are here. The destination has been reached. Somehow, the teleportation device worked fine this time. Even my fangs are okay.
Vampire Owl: Yes, we are at the right place at the right time. But there are too many people here, don’t you think?
Vampire Bat: This seems like a grand programme. I hope that there is tea in the end. I wonder which is the leading cookie maker here.
Vampire Owl: Are you sure that we were expected to be here? Did you read the invitation completely?
Vampire Bat: Yes, our people also had to send the representatives! This is the biggest death in their undead world and we had to send our team too.
Vampire Owl: But we are the undead. Even the Great ...
|I hereby present another list on the Fantastico entertainer movies from the last century which connects to the nostalgia. The titles here are not arranged in any particular order.
Director: Rajiv Anchal
Cast: Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Sithara, Kaveri
Well, this movie was India’s official entry to the Oscars to the Best Foreign Film category, and the first Malayalam movie to have that achievement; the next one came fourteen years later in the form of Adaminte Makan Abu. Among the movies of its time, Guru manages to stay ahead, and it even has its relevance even now. With the story set during communal riots, Mohanlal plays Raghuraman who has a special experience in another wor...
|Here is another list on the Fantastico entertainer movies from the last century which had to be shared. The titles are not arranged in any particular order.
Vadakkunokkiyantram (1989), Aanaval Mothiram (1991), Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala (1998)
Director: Sreenivasan (1, 3), G. S. Vijayan (2)
Cast: Sreenivasan, Innocent (1, 3), Mamukkoya (1, 3), Nedumudi Venu (1, 3)
Sreenivasan plays three of the most memorable characters in these movies, Thalathil Dineshan who is always doubtful about his wife, James Pallithara who wrongly thinks that he has a fatal disease and the confused Vijayan who is an irresponsible husband. He plays these three roles to perfection, and I will always remember these t...
|There is evil hidden everywhere social media, especially Facebook and Twitter. So navigating through this particular space is never going to be that easy as we are always against the bad guys. So, here I am going to share a few guidelines on how to identify these people at the earliest so that the navigation can be rather smooth. If you have been talking something about Malayalam movies, there is a good chance that you will come across such terrible creatures. I have recently come across one while talking about the movie Charlie and too many people do that in support of Ennu Ninte Moideen.
The guidelines mentioned here are based on my experiences only and this can actually vary for each per...
|Here is another list of more Fantastico entertainer movies from the last century which needed to be shared here. The titles are not brought here in any particular order.
Director: Sathyan Anthikkad
Cast: Jayaram, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Maathu
This movie can be considered as one of the smartest satires of all-time. With Jayaram and Sreenivasan in the lead and being part of two of the major parties of Kerala, this political satire makes use of the available elements really well. Most of the dialogues in this movie are used even now, and in some cases we see the reflection of the same even during these days. Political satire is not the easy genre to deal with, and there haven...
|Here I am going to write about those Malayalam movies from the last century which are my all-time favourites; in no particular order, but they are my most admired entertainers and they are fantastico!
Nadodikkattu (1987), Pattanapravesham (1988) and Akkare Akkare Akkare (1990)
Directors: Sathyan Anthikkad (1, 2) and Priyadarshan (3)
Cast: Mohanlal, Sreenivasan, Thilakan, Innocent
The best comedy trilogy is here in the form of these three movies which compete which each other to tell us which one has the best lines and provides the most fun. It tells the adventures of Dasan and Vjayan, two jobless people who become CIDs and solves the cases by luck. From the “B.Com First Class” ...
|Malayalam movie industry who had a number of directors who have made big impact with their first movies. Talking about this impact, I would like to stick to those directors who haven’t directed another movie as of now, and also to only those who have directed solo. They still remain those who have made those particular movies wonderful, and it is this debutante impact which I am planning to share right now. Here are six of such interesting movies with debutante directors at the helm, not put here in any particular order.
Om Shanti Oshana: Jude Anthany Joseph (2014)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cast: Nivin Pauly, Nazriya Nazim
I haven’t really found someone knowing how to make each mo...
|I have watched many movies which are based on campus life, including Classmates, Niram, Doctor Love, Nammal and more, but never did I thought that my post graduation time will be the best years of my life. Yes, there has been problems here are there, but all of them have only contributed to making me a better person, and there was the chance to go through all the literature, which is why I consider the two years as among the best of life, and remain as my strongest memories; UCC is the fantastico of my education.
This memory is all about UC College or Union Christian College. The history of UC College’s history goes back to 1921, when it came to existence as a result of co-operation b...
|If you have watched Charlie, you will know exactly what I am talking about. Charlie was one of the last movies to be released in 2015, as it arrived as the Christmas release and stole many hearts with its variety and a fairy-tale kind of adventure and love story. The one thing that everyone was expecting and could manage to be sure about was that it was going to be different, and that particular expectation was fulfilled with ease. But there was surely more to the movie than that.
Charlie tells the story of a girl named Tessa who runs away from home to escape marriage. During her stay at the new place, she finds a few things left behind by the earlier tenant named Charlie and becomes very mu...
|We are all different individuals with a large variety of tastes. If we look closer, the similarities become a lot lesser in number and this lack of similarities will assure each one of us that we have our own personalities. There are lots of things that contribute to this individuality, but in my case, I am going to come up with some weird reasons. Different might be nice, but weird is better. It is also special! What is the fun in everyone being the same kind of person?
The first point here would be that I don’t comb my hair. Well, I can’t remember when was the last time I did that. Nowadays, I don’t even have hair style. All the style depends on how my hair manages to be....