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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 5:36 am

People in India can no longer view our "pazhaiya kadai" - looks like there's some blockage Embarassed

Since I want some twitter people to read my personal story in the IR-SPB thread, I'm hosting here only those posts that correspond to "vaishAka sandhyE" story....

Posts on the vaLaiyOsai song and those of the aboorva sagOdharargaL songs will be re-posted here, for the benefit of Indian readers....

Please note that these were part of my series of IR-SPB TFM hits, a series that ran for more than a year - documenting 100's of songs combined with my nostalgia!

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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 5:40 am

It started with the vaLaiyOsai post:
http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=812801&viewfull=1#post812801

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#283 வளையோசை கலகலகலவென கவிதைகள் படிக்குது
குளுகுளு தென்றல் காற்றும் வீசுது
(சத்யா, 1988 , லதா மங்கேஷ்கருடன்)

vaLaiyOsai from sathyA!

-one of the best TFM picturizations ever
-one of the best TFM songs of last century
-one of the best TFM songs of last millennium
-one of the best TFM songs of IR's career
-one of the best TFM songs ever
-If someone has problems with any of the above statements, I'll be willing to have a oththaikku oththai physical fight Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile

Much had been posted about this in the forum and I need not dwell on the greatness of this song over and over again. Palakkad started getting ChennaiththolaikkAtchi around the time of the release of this movie - thanks to the relay station located at Kodai hills - and the small portable B&W TV in the house of co-workers showed this song in 'oliyum oLiyum'. At the end of the program we rushed to catch the bus and watched the movie, as reported before in some thread. While the movie was another 'kalaichchelvam' from Mumbai, this song was a "leftover" from the NBW album per Kamal. The first TF song I loved in LM's voice and continue to listen on repeat often until now! SPB at his konjal best! This is another 'heard-best-in-minivan' kind of song.

I told in a post yesterday that a new story will start with this song. This tale is somewhat romantic but not due to romance. Sorry for the confusing start, can't help it as the whole "relationship" (i.e. if one can call it that way) was a confusing one. I'll get into the details starting from next song (that will be from the mega hit of 1989, AS) and only give some background in this post.

enna dhAn kattuppetti, self-control, women-covered-with-long-overcoats, strict factory discipline etc irundhAlum at the age of early 20's and being away from home / relatives, surrounded by beautiful Kerala vanithakaL for >8 hours, 6 days a week has to have some effect Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile Though the initial thrill days of 1986 (immediate shift from dry thuvAkkudi to green Kerala) cannot be compared with what it was after 2 years, the silirppoos / chemical reactions were bound to be present. 

Actually, not all were only thrills in 1986 even. When I first started in the workplace, the head of that department's women actually looked like the 'thAi dEvadhai' of Pinochchio (with me feeling like the marappAvai). The Thamizh book in which I read the story during school days had the picture of the fairy that got so strongly embedded in mind and this lady exactly resembled her. Add to that her monolisa smile & the oRRaikkal mookkuththi - one could keep looking at her face all the 8 hours Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile 

However, that she was married / cold / extremely beautiful etc made sure there was no "feelings". And so, it was more of bramippu than silirppu. Then came some fleeting glances with others here and there (like the bus-stop thingy mentioned in the 'vA veNNilA' song's post) but those were none long-lasting and nothing that had any real effect that could keep playing when the person was not present. So, I thought I was doing well - very responsble, not getting into any unnecessary trouble etc.

Until this girl started the trouble....(To be continued)



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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 5:45 am

First post on the AS song - rAjA kaiya vachchA

http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=813351&viewfull=1#post813351

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#284 ராஜா கைய வச்சா அது ராங்காப் போனதில்லே
(அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள், 1989 )

Let's start the year 1989 with a bang (cymbal crash / drum roll / trumpets) - the Kamalahasan wonder called 'apoorva sagOdhararkaL' that featured all five songs by SPB. (Ofcourse, there is this 'thukkiriththanamA' version of today's song by KH that got played on-screen ; but my personal recording had the SPB version ; same is in the thiraippAdal link above). The songs were huge hits then and continue to be popular even now.

The title score (theme BGM) too is as much popular. Sometime back veteran DF-er Shankar had a special post on that in dhool.com! What a sweet, hair-raising piece and how nicely it contributed to the dynamics of the story telling! The movie had one of the finest screenplays ever in TF, with the right mix of all kinds of emotions / masAlA elements supported by excellent acting and technical crew! No wonder it was a success in both south & north (i.e. as the Hindi dubbed 'appu rAjA').

I've watched this movie a few times in a theater that was relatively new in the town (adjacent to the private bus stand of Palakkad) but non-a/c and without much standards. Slightly better sound equipment than the old "New-Devidurga" theater but the loudness levels were bayamuRuththals in general (enjoyable for a movie like A-S, however). The title score, when the boat sails and flute rules, was absolute mayirkoochcheridhal / kaN kalangaL and emotional drain!

Kamal dancing with the "now-obsolete-Standard-2000-cars-and-possibly-extinct-factory" is great fun to watch! Obviously, it brings to one the memories of one's own "factory" days - though the electronics assembly line / testing kind of factory had very few things in common with a huge engg / car mfg kind of setup. One thing common with Kamal's song and our running theme is ofcourse makaLir and let me get into the continuation from last post Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile

After a few changes, I landed in a department with no young ladies but many young boys who always kept complaining about "akkarai pachchai" (i.e. every other dept having beauties). Their pulambals were perhaps heard by the personnel dept who decided to send half a dozen newbies to the shopfloor, by the end of my first year. Absolutely disappointing set - all averaging below 5 feet & say 40 kg's Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Ymlol On top of it, pAvam nAdan faces - so, the boys decided to nickname them as 'soldering iron', 'money purse' 'elikkutti' etc to tide over their disappointment. (All were pre-degree i.e. +2 pass/fail levels, struggled to learn the work and created much trouble that way as well).

Well, as time went on, these females acquired some weight / make-up / fashions / manners etc and some even managed to attract a couple of guys (one colleague had an accident with his new 100cc suzuki, near the factrory gate, when joLLufying the poonaikkaNNu 'soldering iron' and had to spend a lot of money on repair Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_lol). There was no status change for me for many months but trouble started during lunchtime one day. 

Workers had a fixed time lunch (45 min starting either 12 or 12.30 as scheduled) while engineers had some flexibility (anytime between 12 & 2) and mine was typically at 1 with other boys...this particular day, others left at 12 but I had some troubleshooting and was engrossed around 12:45 when this "arai-dozen" returned after lunch with much laughter (needed only 15 min for lunch and the remaining 30 minute arattai was a usual thingy for them).

Cutting the long story short, I was shocked to learn that the least-lookable-of-the-arai-dozen (dark, illikkaNNu, ollippoNNu etc) was staring at me non-stop and wasn't taking part in their conversation. A little embarassed, I moved around a bit among the expensive imported equipments ( andhakkAlaththu lakhs worth stuff, see the $ rate here ) but her stair followed. I even managed to go beyond a point where she had to shift the position and she did Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_eek Confirmed that she was looking at me but I wasn't sure whether there was anything odd with me...same time, there was this minor kuRukuRuppu too, but my usual stiffness remained and pushed me to leave for lunch without solving the technical problem...

(thodarum)

(Many years later, when accidentally watching "haridas" on TV, I found that the actress T R Rajakumari has close resemblances to this girl...let me post a pic of that actress here...Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India 200px-Trrajakumari)


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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 5:57 am

Second one on AS song 'aNNAththa AduRAr oththikkO' - the Palakkad story also developing...:

http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=813761&viewfull=1#post813761

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#285 அண்ணாத்த ஆடுறார் ஒத்திக்கோ ஒத்திக்கோ
(அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள், 1989)

aNNAththa AduRAr...

Everyone on top form in this song - rAsA, SPB, Kamal, Singeetham (yes, I always give him due credit and I think KH learnt a thing or two from him...remember Singeetham won NA in 1973 for 'thikkARRa pArvathi', much before directing KH) and even Achchi, with SPB being first among the equals - ennA oru enthu and thuLLal in this song! 

From the morphing moments to the arrest, this song is quite arresting on screen. Ofcourse, a delight to listen on audio as well! It was really hilarious to watch the police station scene that follows - Kamal, Janagaraj & Sivaji in extreme form there. I doubt if any average youngster of that time failed to use the 'dheivamE' exclamation on a day-to-day basis. Because the Appu character had the uniqueness of being dwarf and thus stole all the limelight, the brilliant Raja character didn't get noticed enough, IMHO. It was a terrific portrayal by Kamal and thoroughly enjoyable on every revisit!

This song is a "new rhythm / new sounds" delight, even though rAsA gets into some typical shenoy moments here and there. The other techie departments (costume, choreo etc) need to be praised as well as everything about this movie was out of ordinary, a big leap from what TF was prior. Well, Kamal gets triple credits (double act hero, screenplay writer & producer) for this milestone movie! The way in which they paid attention to details (in general) was arresting too - for e.g. the character name of Delhi Ganesh - "Francis Anbarasu" Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_lol The TN-ised version of churchgoers' names was always a fun-topic with the bachelors in my new home (moved in with a few younger boys by the end of 1989) and every such detail got nicely embedded by the team in this movie!

Jumping back into the shopfloor story - like I mentioned in the beginning, the confused "relationship" began. That of each looking at the other's eyes for considerably long time. Why confused? Because there was no romance. Neither there was siblingness. Nor friendship. Nothing professional or "gender-attraction" stuff either, as none other than eyes were involved. Whether people can believe it or not, that was the fact - not even once the "gender-defining-avayavangaL" were paid serious attention (not that they were prominent either).

Then why were those mutual pArvaipparimARRangaL (rather pArvai 'vizhungal'kaL)? To this day I can't explain and my mind was confused then too as to why I was thinking about such exchange even hours after work - say while listening to rAsA songs in the bed later or my favourite vaishAka sandhyE for the nth time (over a period of time, memories related to her have become synonymous with this song)! If I move my eyes away from hers and look at the face or the person, she was still unattractive but once the eyes got locked together, there was no escape - it was like magic Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_lol 

Looking back, I think it was possibly the overpowering of "logical thinking" built-in my brain (commitment to parents, sticking to norms / ozhukkam, not hurting others, no damage to hearts etc) over simple emotions that stalled doing anything further - like talking to each other or getting into more trouble. Either way, the status quo went on for months -with minor surprises here and there (e.g. when I feel someone is watching me in a bus stop and look around, she'll be found in the window seat of a passing bus). 

Occasionally, I crossed the Lakshman-rEkha for some kuRumbu, all the while careful not to cause any damage to her or me. (Like I mentioned before, personnel dept was atrocious there and even a gossip in the workplace would have meant termination for her and it would have been sad with a drunkard dad, sick mom and a couple of younger siblings, as I found out).

So, what were the kuRumbu acts (nothing compared to what people are generally capable of). 

1. I mailed a picture card to her Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_eek Wait a minute, I also mailed cards to everyone in the department Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Rotfl Ofcourse, to the work address. None had the from name, most had "well-wisher" "friend" kind of nicknames and hers had "Guess who". Everyone got a Vidhan soudha or Lal Bagh or Cubban Park kind of picture that I've taken but only she got my special "morning sun" picture Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile

2. While still in lodge, had a kerosene stuff (indulged in cooking for a few months) and prepared gulAb jAmun for the first time in life, with the "ready mix". Due to non-experience, I tried frying the balls in pure ghee that pongified and killed the stove once for all. However, the jAmuns were done by then and were extremely tasty. Ofcourse I distributed it to all the people at work (thru the head of girls) but there was an intended target Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile Interestingly, though there had been no specific targets afterwards, to this day, it has become my practice to make GJ for workplace mates and I lost count how many times I've done it here in US too Some posts from IR-SPB thread in Mayyam hub as that website is not viewable in India Icon_smile

By the end of 1989, I had my motorbike and had to give up the "buscapades" but a different avenue was open now...(thodarum)

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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 6:11 am

Third AS song 'vAzha vaikkum kAdhalukku jAy' and there're more developments in the nostalgia story as well:

http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=814224&viewfull=1#post814224

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#286 வாழ வைக்கும் காதலுக்கு ஜே!
(அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள், 1989 , ஜானகியுடன்)

vAzha vaikkum kAdhalukku jAy ('appappA thappukkuththavichchEn' )

With a terrific prelude (almost like "smooth jazz"), the song gets into a breezy start and progresses to 'sokka vaikkum' levels, thanks to the expert singing by the top duet pair! Things rarely go wrong when IR-SPB-SJ are in the label of a Kamal song. It's only a question of "where does this stand in the overall ranking of songs for this great-4-combo". Well, this is somewhere in the middle - not among top 30% or bottom 30%, orchestration is definitely top class but the mettu is not too melodious IMO. Except the couple of lines that come after 'thappukkuththavichchEn' in the saraNam, it's pretty average.

On-screen too, this comes somewhere in the middle for KH-IR-SPB-SJ duets. Ofcourse there's good physics-chemistry-biology between the boy & girl but the setting is very masAlA, i.e. until the hitchhiking part comes. After that, the driver-cleaner fellows dampen the fun. So, the summary rating is around 5 in a scale of 1-10

There's definite brilliance in the screenplay - with the connection of Raja & the corpse of Francis Anbarasu, however. Single Madras to Pondicherry trip-la ivvaLavu creativity-yA? Great fellows! (However, overall, AS pales in comparison to MMKR in the Crazy-KH combo).

The song was a big "youththu" hit those days. And I don't see a reason why it would not become a similar hit if it arrives in the new millennium too, it has aged well IMO - especially the prelude and interludes. thALakkozhuppu may be quite limited but there's this jazziness that is not timebound. BTW, was this the "carrier-first-duet" for the Kamal-Gautami pair? If so, some historical importance there...

The 'vaishAka sandhyE' kadhai too gets on the road now, with the new motorbike that was strictly needed only for a 2 mile commute in the morning, 2+2 miles for lunch (we bachelors had Mr.Cook now) and another 2m back home in the evening, with petrol below Rs 20, 50-60 kmpl & not too much worries about money. The end-result was total abuse of the vaNdi, with carefree roaming around for hours in the evening - often for what my manager used to call "vAy nOkkAn pOyOdO?"

Well, it was not always fun - actually one evening during the early bike days was a disaster. Coming out of the workplace in the evening on panchayat road, me and the pillion saw the "birds" standing for bus (including 'the girl') and tried a stylish curving entry into the highway without noticing the sand on road, skidding and crashing like stupids! With left indicator broken & "painttu pOyi" on elbow (for both of us), it was a huge embarassment in front of the girls. arakkappaRakka got up and rushed out of the scene with shame, not looking at left or right!

While the shame prevented looking at her the next day for a while, addiction prevailed and I had to give up. The sadness & parivu in her eyes made me feel "friendly" and for the first time she looked beautiful. What followed was worse - every now and then I started trailing the bus until she got down in her stop The first time she saw me in her village bus-stop stunned her (obvious on the face) and it took a few moments before a smile (sneer?) can be exchanged! Since I didn't want the pillion friend to know of my eye-addiction, the rides were termed "trips to dam" (her stop was on the way) until the real reason was opened out to him during a Kingfisher (or Golgonda Ruby) session. His reaction? "What is life without such kiRukkuththanams, man? " So, that's how he became the person to have a great deal of knowledge about the whole thingy

He was such a nice friend though, gave me company in rain and shine during such foolish trips for a smile / sneer (and nothing more)! Well, he had some "fringe benefits" too - like the continuation of the ride to Malampuzha for some pleasant evenings...like that one day thrillingly following a bus full of Kottayam beauties who waved to us. We spent hours walking / sitting / standing around them in the garden (it was thrilling to hear their 'enthu rasam ee paiyyans' remark) and a lot of waving / smiling etc. In the end, they invited us to share their dinner which we politely (shyly) refused but they insisted in at least giving us two packets of food (collected while riding the bike parallel to the running bus, thru window ). Those packets helped us realize the fact that one need not eat tasty - may be should even have awful grub - to be beautiful...

Well, in short, for a while there were lot of comical stuff in life - until the power above decided 'enough is enough'. (thodarum)

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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 6:18 am

Post on one of the all-time-great songs of IR for Kamal, 'pudhu mAppiLLaikku nalla yOgamadA', interspersed with my personal nostalgia Smile

http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=815026&viewfull=1#post815026

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#287 புது மாப்பிள்ளைக்கு நல்ல யோகமடா
(அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள், 1989 , ஷைலஜாவுடன்)

After an unusually warm January, we got a few inches of snow followed by some cold weather at last, during this weekend! Must be the Appu song effect where Kamal dances with Roobini on snow A phenomenal song that supposedly drew some inspiration from MSV-MGR's 'nAn pArthadhilE avaL oruththiyaiththAn' for the sandham construct. SPB in splendid form here and his sis does a nice support (with some slick sound effects as well). The drummer had a field day and the 2nd interlude has some brilliant orchestration too - a nicely packaged number overall!

It was a wonder on-screen, with Kamal excelling in his dwarf avatar! I believe people haven't figured out exactly how all they've achieved those scenes - to this day (well, there had been many guesses - kAlai madichchukkattinAr, kuzhi vetti ninnAr, muttikkAl pOttu pinnAdi mask paNNinAnga etc - but unless KH / SSR or others of the original team reveal, these'll continue to be guesses). Such perfection was demonstrated by Kamal that if someone who isn't familiar with this great actor watches the movie, they may very well conclude him to be not the same person who acts as his rare-twin in the movie! Though KH didn't receive many awards from "committees" for this performance, the general public gave him a big and the movie was a roaring success!

Gemini circus was a school-time favourite and I was extremely happy to see them in the movie! One of my relatives who watched Gemini circus with me once made a remark on their extreme-precision : "there must be some black magic"! She was even pointing to one person or other wearing a black costume for each of the stunts Though I dismissed that claim as stupidity, their perfect execution was such a fantastic thing to watch those days! By contrast, when I watched Bharath circus in the same avenue in town, it had two accidents - one human pyramid collapsed, with the child on top spraining and crying ; then one biker crashed during the cross jump of two motorcycles the same night It was a terrifying, sad day in my life and chillingly reminded of the huge risk these people are taking to entertain us!

One interesting thing about this masAlA movie was that there were 4 villains (instead of the typical 3 ) and it was funny to see Nagesh doing the main villain role While many of us made fun of the fact that such frail/fragile-looking-man was the main villain against a fit-tough-cop in a huge masAlA, that added to the uniqueness of this movie. Its success proved that the primary thing to make a movie attractive to public is to avoid cliche's...

Switching from app_u to app_e, things happened pretty fast in the vaishAka sandhyE chronicle during mid 1990. One thing - my sis finished edu and me arranged her varan (the only "dhaththi" person in our home for whom someone else had to find the marriage mate; whatta progressive parents)...that whole exercise sent me to "back to roots" time period, renewing old friendships, seeing again the girl-seen-in-friend's-marriage-in-Trichy-5-yrs-back, half saree / midi to full saree / churidhAr, getting permission from parents, mAngu mAngunnu letters / phone calls after engagement and finally kAl kattu! So, what happened to the eye-addiction? It was only eye-level you see, with nothing more / nothing serious / no romance / not even friendship (adappAvi!)

She should have been confused at me suddenly becoming nalla paiyyan, no bike trailing, no eye-locking (had I done so, in my books it would have been "flirting", after the commitment)! That I had switched my role in the org helped too - with hardly any time spent in the shopfloor and even during any occasional crossing-of-paths, I quickly smiled and escaped. There was hardly any change of expression in her face when the 'invitation' was given and I was happy that she wasn't serious as well. Peace, I thought!

However, there was still some 'iRukkam'...one after the other of all the girls were giving their 'invitations' but she did not And in one of the weddings that I attended with my wife and our little baby, she came to us (first time meeting my wife) and grabbed the boy and chumbichchu madhiyAkki...didn't leave him until we left the place. I was plain embarassed and was also a little confused when she and other girls spent too much of time with my wife. Though I've taken mun-jAmeen and my better half had accepted me as an "imperfect gift" to her and nicely managed me (well, for the last 21 years), since I didn't mention any names to avoid unnecessary unpleasantness, there was some udhaRal as to what these women were telling her.

My wife, afterwards : 'They seem to really like you, sweet ellAm senju koduppeengaLAmE' (me inside -aiyyO, vEra ennallAm solli tholaichchAngaLO )
Me - hi hi, we should be nice and hospitable to all, illaiyA?

Wife : Yes, yes, they seem to be really fond of you...

...and that was the end of the conversation and I wasn't sweating anymore

As days went, my life got so busy with child rearing, work pressure, travels etc. However, with no invitation coming from her and also seeing the sadness in her face later on, whenever I thought of the girl I was worried as to what was in her mind...

(aduththa pAttil mudiyum)

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Post  app_engine on Fri May 24, 2019 6:21 am

Post on 'onna nenachchEn' song and the end of the story Smile

http://www.mayyam.com/talk/showthread.php?8541-The-Golden-Era-of-Dr-IR-and-Dr-SPB&p=815163&viewfull=1#post815163

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#288 ஒன்ன நெனச்சேன் பாட்டுப்படிச்சேன்
தங்கமே ஞானத்தங்கமே
(அபூர்வ சகோதரர்கள், 1989 )

onna nenachchEn pAttuppadichchEn...

The scenes leading to this song are perhaps the best in the movie. The registrar office debacle / mom's indiscreet remark about kuLLam etc and the terrific theme music plus beautiful histrionics by Kamal are a big treat to watch! OTOH, the song is a melodrama IMHO Though the melody is extremely good and rAsA / SPB manage to pizhinjify the hearts with their respective capabilities, somehow it wasn't that big a favourite with me. No doubt I liked the fact that it was a big hit and would have heard it umpteen times but the lyricist possibly bring downs the song from gOpurakkalasam to vAsal padikkattu.

May be the repeating 'gnAnaththangam' thingy was the major irritant. Or the comical memory of the "uppu-kazhudhai-panju" story that comes to my mind when the 'uppu vikkappOnEn' line comes It totally takes my mind away from the serious nature of the song

Ofcourse, the scene where the clown laments in the circus (when a handsome man takes away his girl in the trapeze game) is goosebump stuff but the later scenes (where the clown cries in front of the mirror etc) is kind of not-so-palatable to me. Ofcourse, that leads to a turning point in the movie, helps to move the masAlA etc but somehow the song's overall stature had been reduced IMO. (Kamal & Valee may be very proud of this song but the repeated 'thangamE-gnAnaththangamE' phrase throws it back to daNAl Thangavelu era and helps bring yawn).

That being said, the line 'andha vAnam azhudhAl thAn indha bhoomiyE sirikkum' is a terrific, brilliant one and one has to give to Valee! Overall, it's a mixed bag unlike the extremely brilliant numbers pudhu mAppiLLaikku / rAjA kaiya vachchA / aNNAththa AduRAr IMO (both on & off screen)...well, better than vAzha vaikkum kAdhal...again, this comparison is strictly within the album and only my personal order of preference in listening. No question about the total album being one of the finest ever in TFM!

Back to the girl's story of not giving invitation - it was just a question of typical delays involved in the case of a financially weak Kerala girl getting a good varan (with pAvam parents / no strong brother etc). Absolutely nothing to do with the pArvaipparimARRa business In course of time, things turned positive and I was happy to attend her wedding with other colleagues and had the 'nEnthram chips and ada prathaman' on the banana leaf! (I heard her instructing her dad to take special care of us).

Then there were very normal things in life (she had a baby, her sick mom died and I visited her home for condolence, she came to our house warming...). We happily left the past as some "old memories" and could smile at each other without any iRukkam when the paths crossed occasionally within the campus. (Some may say 'ennayyA ivvaLavu chappunnu Akkitta'; however, this is not an imaginative story but a real-life itihAs of a few years, can't be altered) Just a minute, that is not the end...

I decided to leave the town, sold the house - moved to rented place for a few months - got another consultant position and quit the job. There was a send-off by workers (stage'la speech ellAm koduththAnga) and it looked like she wanted to talk to me but there were always people around. Then there was the engineers booze-send-off and another friends' dinner etc for a few days. Finally, the "going-around-to-say-bye" day.

As usual, there were other girls with her but she briskly walked to meet me separately. There was a definite sadness in her eyes. With a voice that only I can hear (Keralite women can speak to a person without being audible to others even 5 ft away, as observed by my old room-mate), she asked :

'ngangaLayokke vittuttu pOkAn thannE theermAnichchO?' (Decided to leave us all? Really?)

There was a brief thoNdai adaikkal for me but exercising great control, I replied :

'ellavarum oru thivasam pOkEndadhallE?' (Don't we all have to go one day?)

(kadhai muRRum)

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