Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Another year has passed…

What a year it was, phew… I had enough of it. I would say the best and worst year of my entire life. Thinking about it, it started with a big disappointment for me (like every other year) and as usual I was taking it light and easy. But in the same week I got the post of the First President of Moot Court Association, so my disappointment was diverted into a force - a thirst to prove myself - to achieve something and achieved it as well by organizing the First National Moot in Tamil Nadu.

Our dear god is always like that, he gives you happiness and sadness at the same time, reminding us life is like that, ups and downs just like our Indian roads, yeah and if you can drive in this road you can drive in any part of the world. I am thankful to you dear God for not getting me too high and implanting any extra weight in my head. I owe you one, hope you can join me at Penny’s Black for a Somabaanam(divinely alcohol) session.

So with your kind permission I would like to tell everyone how you had treated me this year, how well you gave me the ups and downs in the same year:

1) January- gave the biggest disappointment of my life, by rejecting an application of mine which I badly sought after, but gave me the post of First President of SOEL-MCA in the same week;

2) February- gave me the first valentine’s day gift of my life, got me seats in all the UK universities I applied for, gave me the approval to conduct the first pro bono enviro moot in my college, but gave a massive set back leaving us with just 50K and no sponsors for the moot;

3) March- gave me the funds we were seeking for by an unexpected source, but also gave us a big setback in the form of Strike in the college and made the strikers to oppose the only student body (MCA) in the university;

4) April- made me to overcome all the hurdles and conduct the moot successfully, to thank my God Father righteously and made him proud, but didn’t allow me to enjoy the victory by making me to meet with an accident on the final day of the competition. Same month you showed me what is right for me and showed me what I deserved - the best girl I will ever find in my life and you even made her to fall for me, but in the same week you gave a big blow to me by causing too much trouble to my beloved sister making me to cry - I cried like this only once before and you know when – it was when I lost my grandma; (for this I hate you so much God);

5) May- the troublesome college life got over, made me to do all my papers well;

6) June- made my mom turn against me, suspect me - the biggest blow of my life, good thing I left the shores of India then;

7) July- unnecessarily delayed my results and made me forego my masters; but because of that you gave me a job;

8) August- gave a first class honors result to me, made my mom to realize her mistake and take me back;

9) September- made me cry again for leaving my sister, god father and mom back home; but gave me an amazing boss who reminded me of my god father;

10) October- made me to feel that I am not worth being a shipping lawyer made me to screw up so many things, made me to feel that I am not fit to be in the job, and gave me a stress by exploding a bomb in the university where my beloved is studying but protected her from it;

11) November- made me to feel worse by putting my motherland to shy by the Bombay terror attacks;

12) December- to compensate all that, made my life very happy by making my boss praise about my work to all the clients and fellow lawyers, made me spend some quality time with my beloveds, made me to achieve what I dreamt to of doing from the last Christmas. But again started your usual game of making me depressed over the past few days, and made me to jump with happiness yesterday morning by making the most awaited booking and made me go back to depression this morning by revoking the booking made yesterday.

Phew today the year 2008 is ending- What an amazing year? Huh … But thank you God, because I have learnt the following this year:

1) Whatever you achieve is not enough;

2) How many ever hurdles come in your way, you’ve got to fight them hard to achieve what you wanted to achieve;

3) Disappointments are part and parcel of life;

4) Not to expect much out of life, rather follow the Ishkamakarma as said in Bhagavat Gita (Passionless Action). To put it simple, do your duty without any expectation;

5) Everything happens for a reason;

6) Showed my pluses, Showed my minuses;

7) Made me to self analyze and reform myself;

8) That if J K Ritheesh is having a life why can’t I (he he..)

With that he he ends my boring ragas…

Now I would like to list out the best in everything:

CATEGORY

TAMIL NADU

WORLD WIDE (INCLUDING BOLLY)

Best Movie

Saroja & Dasaavatharam

Dark Knight & Taare zameen par

Best Song

Kangal Irandal

Pass

Best Actor

Kamal Haasan

Heath Ledger

Best Actress

Trisha (Abiyum Naanum)

Anushka Sharma (RBDJ)

Best Stunt

Subramaniapuram

Quantum of Solace

Best Music(BGM)

Saroja

Dark Knight

Best Cinematography

Dasaavatharam

RBDJ

Best Choreography

Anjala song (VA)

RBDJ- Phir Milenge song

Best Editing

Dasaavatharam

RBDJ

Best Mokkai Movie

Kuselan, Kuruvi, Sakkarakatti, Thenavattu

Quantum of Solace (created too much hype and become a busssss)

Best Mokkai Song

All Kuselan songs

Pass

Best Mokkai Actor

Vijay (Kuruvi)

Christian Bale(looked like a Joker before the real Joker in Dark Knight)

Best Mokkai Actress

Nayantara (many movies)

Maggie Gyllenhaal (Dark Knight)

Best Politician

Pass

Obama

Best Comedian

All

Sarah Palin

Best Disgraceful Incident

The brutal violence in the name of caste in the Govt Law College

The attack on Mumbai

Best Disgraceful Indian

Shivraj Patel, Aravind Adiga for getting booker prize for White Tiger, BJP politicians who tried to gain political mileage out of the Mumbai terror attacks

Best Flop of Image

Kalaignar by reuniting with Maran brothers again showing his family is far more important than the interest of public

Mathew Hayden by calling India a third world country

Best Advising Movie

Arai en 305il Kadavul

Taare Zameen Par

Best Sports Person

-NA-

Michael Phelps & Usain Bolt

Best Football team

-NA-

Spain

Best Football Club

-NA-

In the first half MU & second half FCB

Best Footballer

-NA-

Fernando Torres & David Villa

Best Flopper in Sports

-NA-

Rahul Dravid

I guess that will do for the year.

Oh and my much awaited resolution for new year- “That I will try to fulfill all the resolutions I took last year as I have filled none” For those who are asking me about my last year’s resolution- it’s the same I have been taking this resolution for the past 7 years so I don’t remember what was my resolution on 1st January 2002.

Please consider the positive things happened last year as a motivation for the year 2009 and the negative things as lesson learnt & additional experience to face the year 2009.

I wish you a very Happy New Year 2009, let your sorrows get retrenched in recession…

With Love,

Lancelot

Monday, December 29, 2008

and the award goes too...

EKSI..again I have been awarded. This time with two awards by Mr. Kartik (irukuda mavaane unnaku).. I am awarded with Bard (English bard and not the tamil word ok) of Blog Award and also Mr Blog King Award. Nandri hein. But you made me to realise that, this is the year end and at the year end you have to speak truth (not necessarily always) and also to appreciate few people who just touched your life and inspired you in the blogging life. Instead of giving the award to them, giving them to the award will be the appropriate thing to do... so lets start this award function right now, 3...2..1.

GLO @ GLORIA:
She is a new member to the blogosphere, to encourage her I am gonna award her with the RISING BLOGGER AWARD (claps). Let your blogs be as famous as Lalu Prasad Yadhavji. Good luck for your future blogs. She also get the Post of the Day Award (as I don't know how to take those lines from that picture he he he..). So GLO you better post something today and do some justice to the award. Others please don't ask me whether I belong to DMK because of the word RISING and the award carrying a Rising Sun's depiction. I am not interested in Politics, thats why didn't contest against Obama.

Ramyah: She is a teacher to be, her blogs are simple and neat no complicated poems, no complicated topics. She keeps it neat and low. I like to read her blog. She is recieving NICE MATTERS AWARD (claps). Let your blogs be the same and don't change for anyone and be a good teacher in the future. In exchange of the award buy me a Kangaroo kid from Australia. He He He... Just kidding, buy me an adult Kangaroo rather ;). One more piece of pearl, don't watch Vasantham TV too much, you will forget your Tamil and also creativity. :P

Viji: She is also a teacher to be. Her blogs are as simple as Ramyah's. Her best ones are her blogs based on the forwards she recieved. I really had tears reading the blog where a young boy buys flower to his sister who is going to die. Very touchy blog in the blogosphere. Keep up the good work Viji Teacher amma, don't forget the Saree, Umbrella and Handbag to school (for Tamils: the hint word is actress Rekha in various films :P). I am awarding with STAR BLOGGER AWARD (claps). Please keep posting such nice emails in your blog.

Bhu @ Bhuvana: She is one of my nutty friends. She is a blogger as well. Her blogs speaks about anything and everything though mostly about her everyday life. She has a strong command over the language. She also has the talent to attempted comedy in her blogs. The best thing about her is she is a nut like me (we are nutty friends). This LITTLE NUTTY AWARD (ithukuthaan antha Nutty- Nut lead :P) award goes to her. (claps) Why this award? solla vantha matteraa nut crack panra mathiri pattunu solra talentukaaga intha award (in english: her blogs are just straight forward and upto the point and no beating around the bush). Bhu you have to courier me a full bottle of Old Monk for this award ;)

Raja Selvam:
My good friend and a fellow lawyer (though senior to me). Socially responsible person. His blog is dedicated to bring into light the stains in the society. I will call him the conscience of Chennai. So I give him the COMMUNITY BLOGGER AWARD (claps) for serving for the betterment of the community. Brother take your efforts nation wide, we need people like you and remember someday I will be back to India and we have to flood the HC and SC with PILs. To other bloggers, he runs his own Intellectual Property Law Firm, so if you want to protect your copyrights or to trademark something feel free to approach him, though he will not advise you freely (A lawyer never gives advise for free because we believe in "If you are good at something never do it for free" COURTESY: Late Heath Ledger)

Kirthi: My junior at college. Very brilliant (I can hear you saying, "Howelse she'll be? being Lancelot's junior" :P). Another person with a strong command over the language and her words are very deep and touching. Being a fellow Saggi she can express which not many can do. I give her the CLEVER BLOGGER AWARD (claps). I really love her Slap stick blog. We both have the following things in common, we worry for things which are nowhere related to us, we write about things purely based on imagination, we like motivating people and most importantly we stand for what is right. Its too good to be her senior (so, that I can claim she is following my foot steps, whereas she is not infact). Good luck Kirthi, this is just a small trailer to all the Pulitzer's and Booker's you gonna receive in future. Make me feel more proud.

Preeti: Preeti, what to say about this fellow outcast, we hail from the Chola naadu (she from Trichy and me from Thanjavur). Usually we are forbidden to talk about few topics in our area, but I used to do that and I am surprised to see her doing the same. So I give her the GUILTY BLOGGER AWARD (though we are guilty as charged we are really innocent).(claps) Only recently I came to know that we share our b'day as well. I was born on 9-12-85 and she on 9-12-86. So I can now call her the copy cat :P. I really like her written language, she has a strong command over the language. Keep up the good work girl and don't forget to TT me the 1C ;)

Senorita: I am one of the few who knows her real name. She owes me quite a lumpsome for not revealing that in blogosphere. Her writing is just awesome, she just reflects what she feels and can picturize the scenario before your eyes, I really enjoyed her blog on Carols (I stress not her carol singing but the blog on carol). Being a reflector of what she feels I give her the BLOGGER REFLECTION AWARD(claps). Keep reflecting yourself and the society and don't give heart breaks to your readers by calling the blogging off often please. Keep blogging until I forget my language. And don't forget to pay that lumpsome, failing which I will be forced to reveal your real name in the blogosphere.

Now comes the two most important persons in my blog life both named as Karthick and Kartik (just a C difference) the former is the one who introduced me to blog world and the later is the one who keeps me kicking in the blog world. In short my motivators. When the three of us start our TR style tamil poems, the whole world goes berserk. I wish that we three make a movie or a play together in future. So I award them the following awards.

Kaki @ Karthick: I give him two awards for his versatile blogs, from Short film to count down to email messages to everyday life to interesting info to whatever. I award him AMAZING BLOGGER AWARD and EXTRAORDINARY BLOGGER AWARD (claps X 2). You deserve this award dude. The amazing goes to the Short film you've shot off late and the story style of it in your blog and extra ordinary goes to all the other blogs you have posted in your blogspace. Keep up the good work and very soon you are gonna get some shocking news from Kartik and Me. Keep guessing about it and don't use your usual silencer effect for this award showing your humbleness etc. Just accept it and spread it to others as well. Bring in more bloggers as we need competitors. Don't forget to book me as the hero for your first feature film. (Kartik you will be my KO PAA SE). How is beauty and Meera? :P

Kartik: In the beginning of this award ceremony I have tagged him with his english blog link and here with his tamil blog link. A good but bad fellow. I have the right to comment first in his English blog and my alter ego Salt Kottai Siluvai comments in his Tamil blog. I need not say anything about his blog as his blogs are the talk of the blogosphere. I am sure he will become a great politician in future. I wish him all success in the blog world and personal world. Hope he gets all the girl friends he wanted, in the year 2009 and able to drink more than half a peg of rum. I also take this opportunity to inform all the blog readers and bloggers that very soon both of us are gonna come with something new, so please support us as usual. I award him with the KICK ASS BLOGGER AWARD (claps) to his English blog for two reasons: firstly he got kicked by the amenchikaraai lady head constable in his donkey (I am a decent boy) once and secondly he is an ass :P The second award is to the tamil blog, ADDICTIVE BLOG AWARD (claps) again for two reasons: firstly the monkey in the award looks like him(don't imagine that I called you Andrew Symmonds) and secondly his tamil blog is more addictive for siluvai than the English blog (because Siluvai can't read English).

I hope you all will accept my humble award. Few rules for you along with this award:

1) Put the logo on your blog.

2) Link the person who awarded it to you.

3) Link the bloggers you are about to honor.

Pass this award to as many as possible and motivate them to blog. Cheers and Congrats for the award winners...

Love,

Lancelot.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Are you courteous?

I was travelling in the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit - To Chennaivaasis’: our electric train- flying train kinda matter) with a colleague of mine, a very old lady (like our Avaai Granny) entered into my compartment in the next station, I just got up and gave my seat to her. I received some weird looks from the co-passengers and my friend asked me in Tamil, “Why happened dude? Any girls around, whom you try to impress?” I just smiled and didn’t tell him anything. So many are like that they think courtesy is to impress someone.

While driving, did you ever want to switch lanes, but were prevented from doing so by the heavy traffic? How did you feel when someone recognizing your problem slowed down, waved to you, and let you in? Your mounting frustration was instantly transformed into relief and thankfulness, wasn’t it? Later, when you saw someone else in a similar jam, didn’t you also slow down and let them in? You were sharing and spreading the kindness you received from another. How do you suppose the driver you just helped will act? Most likely, they will do likewise. Look at the power we have to sweeten the lives of others!

Sometimes, the seemingly trivial acts we perform are the most important. Courtesy is an example. We refer to it in different ways, such as civility, good manners, good behaviour, good conduct, politeness, decency, respect for others, thoughtfulness, kindness, and consideration. No matter what we call it, courtesy is NOT trivial.

Unfortunately, TV, movies, the media and merchandisers often portray rudeness and aggressiveness as being "in." Not wanting to be left out and wishing to be "cool," the young blindly follow the examples espoused by their heroes and heroines. Who can blame them? They don’t know any better. They have yet to learn that rudeness is the imitation of strength practiced by the weak. They don’t understand that polite people are enamored with life while those who are rude are bitter. Our manners, then, are the clothes we wear. It reveals what type of person we are. We need to teach the young by our examples that the strong are kind. The strong reach out and connect with others. They unite, uplift, and improve the world. Those who act kindly ennoble life because they imitate God.

So what do you think about being courteous? Ok before hearing to you let me hear what Edmund Burke (1729-1797) has to say, "Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in." (சோக்கா சொன்னாரு பாரு மேட்டரு) So, so far if you are not courteous here are few courtesies which you can follow from now;

BASIC MANNERS:

  • Say “please” and “thank you”, “hello” and “goodbye” – it sounds so basic, but I can’t tell you how many people take this one for granted. Do it!
  • Smile and look interested in others ... and listen.
  • Open doors (regardless of gender).
  • Look at people when you talk to them.
  • Introduce yourself and others.
  • Be helpful.
  • Respect people’s time.
  • Compliment people.
  • Write thank-you notes.
  • Do what you say you will do.

USE TECHNOLOGY APPROPRIATELY:

  • Cell phone: They are private, shouldn’t be used in public areas. Never disrupt the service you are performing to take a call – on cell phone or regular phone.
  • Pagers/beepers: Put on vibrate; don’t check private or confidential information in front of others.
  • E-mail: Not private, check spellings, keep short, use subject line always.
  • Fax: When faxing to hotels with your client’s information, “white out” names and other confidential information.
  • Speaker phone: Don’t use unless it’s a conference call; people who don’t pick up their phones are seen as arrogant.
  • Voice mail: Keep your own message short and change it regularly so people know when to reach you. Say your name slowly at the beginning and end of a message.
  • Telephone: Put a smile on your face and nothing in your mouth – no gum – remember, no one likes to hold. When scheduling an appointment, make sure you are very specific – double check dates and times. Also, verify all appointments at least 48 hours before they are scheduled to occur.

To end (yeah it has to be ended being a blog *sigh*) Courtesies cannot be borrowed like snow shovels; you must have some of your own. So next time, try to give your seat people who are old and needy when you travel next, try to hold the door for people who are behind you when you pass through a door and just smile and thank people when they do something for you, because you can lighten them up for the day. Cheers…

Genius Kamal ! ! !

Trisha : கண்ணோடு கண்ணைக் கலந்தாளென்றால் களங்கம் உள்ளவன் எச்சரிக்கை உடனே கையுடன் கைகோர்த்தானா ? ஒழுக்கங் கெட்டவள் எச்சரிக்கை ஆடை க...