This and That.

At last, we get to see some sort of warm weather in DC, don’t get too excited, It is just about 4c or 5c, but believe me this is really tropical when compared to what we had for past 2 weeks. The past weekend was a cold wintery one, Weather man from every little TV and Radio station using very powerful Doppler Radars predicted Ice Rain and wintery mix, but Mother (-In-Law) nature said Hmmmm and dumped 6 inches of snow instead. We had to stay indoors and watch TV! And of course! Shovel snow.

The newly migrated Sun TV show –அசத்தப் போவது யாரு!- Sun TV managed to pull in the Crew from கலக்கப் போவது யாரு! of Vijay TV. I have always felt that standup comedy genre has been missing in Tamil for long, and when I saw this program on Vijay TV, it did look very promising and I want this genre of entrainment to pick up. But Sun TV thinks otherwise, they manage to dilute the genre by mixing up with cine personalities once again, the only program on Sun TV that has very little cinema is the news program, Do you think that we need movie personalities to carry this show?. Based on the hyped cine popularity, poor participants are forced to use superfluous terms to describe the judges and the special guest. In fact I was about to sell my TV after hearing the participants glorify Mr.“Chatty” Babu and Laughing Gas Bob as comedy “ஜாம்பவான்”, I felt it was unnecessary and honestly it a sounded “மச்சி...மச்சி இது tooooo mucheee”. I hope this program is judged by people from different walks of life. The overall teleplay failed to catch my attention 100%.

Last Saturday after first 10 minutes, it was slowly becoming more or less “அசத்து யாரு”, 2 persons were talking like a cat, ok! i agree it is talent!, but How can we take this for more than 10 minutes?, and do you know that S.J.Suriya, the chief guest identified expressions in those catty conversations. And title OSiBiSa tune, why? Can they create an original Hook phrase?I feel Vijay TV had the show better organized. It seems the real show starts next week only, let us hope for the best.

Oscar “திரு நீள்ளளள..கண்ட்டர்” night: The 6 hours of hyped media spectacle, the show was going on and on and on and on.. I think it is still going on some channels. ABC HD coverage was a dull and sound mixing was “clearly” Horrible. Ellen Degeneres sounded boring than the fish character she did in Finding Nemo.

Short Films and documentaries are serious subject matter. People working such genre put forth serious effort and passion, however academy did not think so, they got hold of 2 little kids to give away awards for this category, while Jerry Seinfeld took his liberty and filed “Documentary” under boring category. This was not in good taste. Winning the award is one thing at the same time person presenting award is another big deal. They should appropriate personalities and standard when giving such awards. I don’t know if anyone saw this, Eddie Murphy walked away in the middle. He was disappointed for not getting the award. Honestly the Oscar show was not that interesting. Here I like to quote my friend Udhaya’s golden comment - “it was all Latin America, Jews, Gays and AlGore’s speech, meaning Oscar awards was nothing but a republican night mare.

Finally, “சிவாஜி கனேசன் கலைமன்றம்” ,a popular DC based Drama troupe will premier their next Tamil Drama கல்கியின் அலையோசை [Dramatized and Directed by Sridhar”]on April 14th 2007 at the Murgan temple Auditorium, Washington DC. I am composing background music for the drama, a pre independence era subject, it is always a great pleasure to do background score, being it a live drama, - it is a challenge. There are more than 20 scenes with symphonic and fusion/semi classical based musical scores in the drama. The composing session was over last week and now I am recording the strings and percussion sections. Will be available for download after April 14th 2007.

Good day.


a Load of XXL BULL

Sourav “DADA” Ganguly , Great come back after being written off by the BCCI selection team, and the treasured Mr. Greg “show’em the finger“ Chappell, Ganguly top scores in 3 continuous series and shuts his critics from a position of strength.
Just rewind and read the press coverage when Ganguly was dropped.

Mr Kiran More in his own golden words: Was it a difficult decision to leave out Ganguly?- Not really. It’s always hard to drop a senior player who has played for the country for a number of years but as a selector you have to make tough calls. We decided that we need some fresh legs in the team and build a side for the future. So is that the end, permanently for Sourav?- Yes, as far as this committee is concerned. We have taken a decision and that is the way we feel. Kiran More, the chairman of the five-man committee, told Cricinfo in an interview last evening “Sourav Ganguly will not be recalled into the Indian team as long as the present selection committee is in office” - More’s statements are mere Dead snakes when compared to the next guy in the list.

Mr. Greg “Roll the ball brother” Chappell learnt to use the political nuances found in abundant among Indian cricket administrators. Also perhaps, he was primed by his elder sibling Ian [Chappell], whose is notorious for offering free insights about Indian cricket. I need not explain about his preset animosity and bitterness towards Ganguly. Moreover, Ganguly’s batting form was pathetic and his buddies in BCCI officials were in tough fight with the other faction, certainly the circumstances were moist enough for any kind of conspiracy to take over. Atmosphere was so perfect for Chapel to talk freely and vilify Ganguly’s actions. Why? There can be only Lion in the jungle, Chappell assumed him to the Lion.

Chappell in his own words: India's cricket coach Greg Chappell believes Sourav Ganguly is no longer fit to lead the side and has threatened to quit if the captain is not changed. Chappell, the former Australian captain and batting great who took charge of the Indian team in June, sent an e-mail to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying Ganguly did not deserve a place in the team either, the source said. "Chappell has told the BCCI that he will find it difficult to continue if Ganguly is retained. The coach believes Ganguly is not physically or mentally fit to lead and had lost the respect of the younger players in the team. As if the above not enough Chappell was let go easily when he tainted Ganguly by stating “Ganguly wanted to continue playing for India because he needed the money”. There is reason for calling him prince of Kolkotta, he hails from an aristocratic family where there is no shortage for Vitamin-M. Top publishing companies in the country are owned by his family.

Can I know WHY Mr. Chapel took the coaching job? May be to serve Indian Cricket? Duh! , I am sure he did not come here to work for nothing. After all it is Chapel who traveled 10,000kms to make money. The main purpose for taking up the coach portfolio in India was simply M O N E Y. But Chapel, cheaply branded an Ex-Indian caption who rebuilt the team from scratch after the match fixing allegations, he got away easily.

Today Ganguly is back with power, his batting does the talk and puts an end to his critics, having said that, his critics have also turned the plates- both Kiran “the Ulta” More and Greg “the reverse” Chappell are shamelessly using Ganguly’s come back saga to their benefit., by dropping him it seems they did good to Dada,
damn, are we that naive to take this Bull ?

Australian cricket team is having a nightmare before the world cup, they slipped to number 2, After being beaten by “ENGLAND”, they were whipped by the Kiwis. This loss is much bigger blow, I don’t buy the reason of saying main players have been rested etc , I feel the current side is not very weak . More over Gil Christ has nose cried about the tour. It seems no one in the team wanted this tour; just think for a moment, had Aussies won against Kiwi? It would just be a “come back tour”! When you are at very high altitude, the fall is quite drastic.