Srividya and Sriram’s little prodigy is here !!

Hey Little man

You are the third kid to join this tradition of mine I started last year to jolt down the important events that happened around the time of baby’s time of birth. If I am right, you are the only baby for the year 2014. First things first, congrats and welcome. I hope you have a very long and happy stay on the planet earth. I am going to leave out the personal stuff, which I am sure that Srividya and Sriram is planning to fill you up with.

Lets get started.

One vital info about your parents is that your mom can leave everything out and gossip for hours together  and your dad has a very good taste in female tennis players :).

Indian scientists launched Mangalyaan into Mars in their first attempt which I believe was also a very cheap project. This was a great success and a proud moment for the whole of India.

The main thing that is trending right now is “Kathukita motha vithayayum erakitan” concept. This is spreading around like wildfire making a lot of people laugh at an expense of a good director, who is currently going through a bad phase right now.

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You came in just two days after the Chennai Super Kings clinched the Champions League T20 for the second time. They are winning a big competition after 4 years. The 50 over Cricket World Cup is in 5 months and I hope you would find time between your schedule of sleep, eat and poop to follow all the action.  Seahawks are the Superbowl champs and KKR are the IPL champs.

Although your passport is going to say Banglore is the place of birth, I hope you would support Chennai Super Kings as well.

Our current Prime Minister Modi has invited some famous personalities like Kamal Haasan, Priyanka Chopra and Sachin Tendulkar to join his campaign to clean India. Hopefully it clicks and you have a clean environment growing up.

Trisha and Tamannah are single :D

How I met your mother ended this year. Sons of Anarchy and Mad Men are the other two TV shows with a big following that are in their last seasons. Homeland season 4 starts today. The latest blockbuster tamil movie was Jigarthanda which was directed by Karthik Subburaj who attended the same college as your mother. The movie that is been expected by the whole world is Interstellar, a Christopher Nolan movie. Hopefully we can catch this together one day once you start making a sense of things around you.

Kaththi is hitting the theatres on Diwali, which I believe would be your first traditional Indian festival. Mary Kom won gold at the Asian Games so did the Indian hockey teams. Kevin Pietersen released his autobiography a couple of days back and Mark Waugh was inducted into Cricket Australia’s Hall of Fame.

Most of my post’s content has either cricket or movies news which usually dominates the news in our country. I hope this post brings some talking points  for you, when you want to know in detail about what was going when you were born.

Your parents are some of the coolest and sweetest people I know and you are very lucky in getting super fun parents.

I would like to finish off by putting down the three life philosophies which brings meaning to life. (something that I try to follow)

1.) Help others. Nothing is more satisfying.                                                                                       2.) Be a good friend.                                                                                                                                 3.) Eat chicken biriyani. (Call me when you go through with this :) )

If you like this post, open an account on twitter and follow @steeraam to experience more of my  awesomeness. (This goes for everyone who reads this post and liked it. Not just the baby)

Have a great day macha !!

This track is for you \m/

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All Hail Godzilla

Disclaimer: This post will contain some words in tamil.

Its has been so long since I wrote a review and I am in no mood to write another. This is just a few notes of what impressed me in the new monster movie, Godzilla. It was a remake and has no connection to the original version. This is not a typical, monster wrecks havoc and a hero with the military take it down.

Plot: (Sunday 9 30 am Sun tv’s thirai vimarsanam style)

There are two big bee like monsters (I searched the internet for its name, but couldn’t find it.) who feed on radioactive materials and try to re-unite after they become big and plan to create a family. Nadula USA government Godzilla vechi anda bee-creatures ah thaduthangala, illa bun vanganala nu solrathu than Godzilla voda story.

If you are a Breaking Bad fan and go to see this movie for Bryan Cranston, dont. Watch the trailer and you should be fine because the maximum screen time he gets. There was a “Naa apdiye shock aaitan” moment in the theater when we got to see him in a body bag. The cast also has Elizabeth Olsen who was once a little cute girl, now all grown up and has a kid too. Phew time flies.

Back to the story, Two bee like creatures send signal between each other to locate the other one and start a new family. But the twist comes when Godzilla intercepts the signal and starts hunting them. Along the way, the bee creatures, thanks to their size destroy a lot of Japan, Hawaii and San Franscisco.

Cranston’s son is played by a new guy who I dont recognize. He is a marine and he volunteers in everything. Right from the first scene where he goes to Japan to get his dad out on bail to the final bomb diffusing climax. Ethukeduthaalum he will come. There is a scene, where he tries to fix a wash basin and director comes out and says, “Dai thambi pothum da”. Plus he gets his ass saved by Godzilla more than once. He develops a unspoken friendship with the beast and I thought they would walk into the sunset drinking a long island tea at the end of the movie.

The biggest plus (atleast according to me) is the special effects and the fight sequence between the animals. Initially Godzilla gets dharma adi from the bees. The kind of beating that Maxwell gave CSK bowlers in the first IPL match they met this year. Sema adi. There was a point where all the audience went “Aiyo pavaaaam” like Mumtaj in Kushi. Then typicall of any movie from Rocky to all Vijayakanth movies, Godzilla comes back and gives death blows to both the bees. Like Dhoni hitting Pathan in IPL 4-5 years back.

The creative minds in Hollywood have used up the permutation and calculation and came up with,

Monster vs Monster : Godzilla (2014)

Monster vs Machines: Pacific Rim

Machines vs Machines : Transformers

It is going to be fun to see, what they come up with next.

At the end, Godzilla gets up dusts off some sand on it, roars like Aslan from Narnia but louder and swims into the ocean. All the people in the movie and in the theater scream and shout and clap. He makes a statement by taking down the bees and not harming the humans.

Message: Naa nallavanu nallavan, kettavanuku Godzilla da.

On a completely different subject, I did get to see Edge of Tomorrow too. It ll definitely be one of the best sci fi movies of all time. Tom Cruise is great like he was in Tropic Thunder, Collateral, Minority Report and Vanilla Sky. Must watch.

 

 

 

 

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University of Maryland

My relationship with the University of Maryland has been complex to be blunt. There were good times, there were bad times and there were times when I wanted to do the Gangnam on the top of the M-circle. Now that I am not longer an active student of this wonderful place, I leave with a good number of friends, a surprisingly large number of free t-shirts and some technical knowledge. I shall cherish my stint here at UMD, home of terps.

Highlights from 08/29/2012 – 05/23/2014

.) First da of class

.) First job on campus

.) Netflix

.) Finding out I can rent DVDs from Hornbake library

.) Quiting the first job

.) Parties hosted by the Indian Students Association

.) Working at the TLC

.) Kevin, Kumar, Mo, Jay, Charles, Ramon, Ertan, Kartik, Mayur, Nikhil, Matt, Captain Jestin, Abi and Kelsie

.) Maryland day

.) Holi at the Mckeldin Mall

.) The paid psychology experiments

.) 9334 Cherry Hill Road, #1 and 4333 Rowalt Drive, #302

.) Volley ball at the ERC

.) Krish’s rasam

.) Dussera parties

.) That girl in the library who looked like Nazriya Nazim

.) Compliments for my spectacles

.) Movie nights

.) Group dinners

.) Saaral and Manas Abhinay Nikhil

.) Finishing too many tv series to list here

.) Sachin’s departure

.) 13 hours binge watching The West Wing

.) Patching up with some old friends

.) Making some new friends

.) Mastering Aarti akka’s Masala coke

.) New York and Philadephia

.) 2 India trips

.) Insanely large number of bags from Patels/Shoppers

.) Football games at the university

.) Redskins game at the Fedex field

.) Nive’s Home-made cupcakes, funnel cakes and condensed milk cakes

.) Kicking ass at the Dumb charades

.) The birthday parties at the Mck Mall

.) The mutton biriyani at Upendra’s

.) Jujju and Sajju in Counterstrike

.) The all night UNO marathon

.) Not knowing if some of my batchmates are speaking hindi or marathi, but just smiling and nodding my head

.) That creepy looking dude who always borrows a PC and a android phone charger

.) Finally finding out the meaning for “Terp”

.) Selfie with the President of the university

.) A very brief blogging venture for a sports website

.) Poker with Sri mama

.) Biriyani Pointe

.) The scary ducks that almost killed me

.) That little dog that almost attacked me (Lucky)

.) Gayathri’s bisibela bath

.) Secretly plotting to murder Jothi everytime he starts singing in a high pitch (He is singing even now as I am typing this)

.) Hoping to kill Hari in Counterstrike atleast once

.) Hanging out with Bharathi akka when she was pregnant

.) That 70s show with Akshay

.) Kishan’s love story

.) Morristown

.) Seeing Arun anna and Pappu akka as parents for the first time

.) Re-uniting with Jansi periamma’s sambar

.) The store at stamp

.) The man of San

.) The view from Mayur’s apartment

.) Yashu and her commitment to over-act 24/7

.) Arvind and Chelsea

.) Dancing ihe webcam not knowing there are people on the other side

.) Pocono

.) The long walk to home after work from the library

I am pretty sure I have missed some of the events that had an effect on me during the past two years. But i ll never forget them. It has been a great ride. I will miss you UMD.

I will always be a terp.

 

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Masala Coke Seivathu Eppadi?

In this post, I am going to explain how to make the most coveted, intelligent and extra ordinary drink of the year.

The Masala Coke.

Ingredients:

Coke – New coke preferred. Old coke also preferred.

Chat Masala – Please do not divert to make Paani poori after buying this. Stick to the script.

Black salt – Different from the usual salt. Will not be black in color. Don’t make the same mistake as me.

Mint leaves – Not just for the aesthetic appeal. Adds a new dimension to the drink. That dimension cannot be seen even using 3D glasses.

Lemon or lime syrup.

Procedure:

Take the coke bottle and open it. Gas will make the coke come out zoooooing nu. So be careful. (This will not happen in old coke). Pour the coke into a big vessel depending on the number of people to be served. Add black salt. Again, this will make the coke form a volcano due to some complex chemical reaction. Next, add chat masala. Only a amateur will add the chat masala first and then the salt. I will leave this choice to you and you can choose if you want to be a amateur or a chef. The next part is to crush the mint leaves and add them. It adds flavor and a aroma that can be explained by only three people in the whole world. In order to make it look pleasant, please do not put something in green. It doesn’t work. Trust me I know, Using curry leaves as a substitute will back fire. Then squeeze the lemon and add the juice. Add a couple of ice cubes and serve it cold. Please do not DM me and inquire about how much each ingredient should be added. Understand that everything should be added based on the most tried method – Mana Kanaku.

Cheers !!

This post is inspired by Mrs Aarti Ramanathan. (The original chef behind masala coke.)

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Saaral is here !!

Dear Miss Saaral Srinivas

You are hardly 12 hours old and I would like to welcome you to this world on behalf of all the cool people. The Last 10 months just flew past (i am not sure your mother would agree with me) and you are here finally. You will go down in history as the first girl baby to join this tradition of mine. Everyone is so excited to meet you and there are many tiny kids in that list that might interest you.

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This picture will be the one, you will often be exposed to. So I would suggest you to get it memorized as soon as you start talking. Your dad is a very good poker player and your mom is very good at getting your dad’s money after he wins :). We will love if you could join us in Sunday Night Poker games as soon as possible.

Your parents hail from Chennai (dad) and Madurai (mom), two of the most wonderful cities in the world and you are going to have so much fun in both of these places. Gowthaman, your mom’s younger brother is trying to get into cartoon making industry (seriously, how cool is that !!) for a career and could very well become your best friend. Uma, your aunt will always be ready to smuggle you out of your home and hit the nearest theaters. Sangeet Malhi, a friend of your parents makes kick ass cakes, so make a puppy face and ask for a cake from her and trust me, you will not regret it.

So you were born on the October 27th 2013, 9 55 am and the following are the main things you want to know about, in your birth year.

Dexter and Breaking Bad are over. You are right in time to see the final two test matches to be played by Sachin Tendulkar. I would suggest you to get your cereal and fix your seat in front of the Television set to see the Maestro for the first/last time. Yuvan Shankar Raja just crossed the 100 mark in the number of movies he performed music for.

The closest hit movie to your birthday is Gravity, a sci-fi flick. Aarambam, a Ajith-Vishnuvardhan movie is getting released in 4 days and I fear it is a remake of the hit English movie – Swordfish (after seeing the trailer). Rahul Dravid retired from all forms of competitive cricket.

Tennis is not the same without Andy Roddick. Washington Redskins are having a horrible season at the NFL. Endrendrum Punnagai songs are being played in my laptop, as I write this post. Nazriya Nazim and Vijay Sethupathi are the two latest sensations in the tamil film industry.

The Mumbai Indians won both the IPL and the Champions Trophy this year. I think Raji is continuing to being stupid in Office and Shark Tank is getting better with every episode. The electricity problem in Tamil Nadu is better now but not completely solved. You have to try Jigarthanda and Amma mess biriyani, when you land in Madurai.

Chennai has Zaitoon and Marina beach. Ranbir Kapoor is currently dating Katrina Kaif, I thought you should know, because you are a girl and he is a good-looking guy :D. I would highly encourage you to ask your parents to take you to 9711 Sky Hill Way, your previous home and it is such a lovely home. Biriyani Pointe is the other word for Heaven and get me a Chicken Biriyani, mild spicy level whenever you go there.

There was a point in your life when you, your mom and your dad had to eat my sambar and I hope you liked it. I make a mean Masala Coke and I cant wait to have you taste it and let me know if you like it. I had super fun taking care of you and your mom for a very little phase and it will always be a part of my all time fondest memories. Gowthaman makes awesome Methi Chicken. Your Parameswari grandma makes so many fantastic dishes and you are going to grow into a chubby girl :). Your Ilango grandpa is the best. He will take you to Germanus and all the star hotels around Madurai.

Your aunt (dad’s sister) just gave birth to a baby girl, a month back and it will be kickass for you to have a friend of your age in the family. There is a couch in your dad’s home at Chennai and you will be astonished at how perfectly it fits into the house.

*The following is a chocolate with a customized picture wrapped around it, for people who came to visit you*

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You belong to a very exclusive club to have two baby shower functions and there is a personalized cradle on the way from Tamil Nadu. A book, a joint venture from me, Gowthaman and Uma is getting ready for you that describes what your mother went through, for the past ten months when she was taking care of you in her tummy.

Disclaimer: I was not coerced or bribed to write the following.

No kid is given the chance to choose his/her parents and if, by some miracle God gives you a chance in the future, turn it down. Because I can promise you that, you got the best deal that is there, in the parents category.

Finally, if you are wondering who is writing this,  I am a close friend of your parents and Gowthaman. If for some reason, life gets to you and you need a timeout, I am the best person for you to blow off some steam with. We could go out and create a riot. I will finish this post by dedicating a song to you.

Its a pleasure to have met you Saaral, we will have some wonderful times !

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Summer of 13

.) India !!

.) IPL finals with Appa

.) Soodhu Kavvum

.) Neram

.) Finding Aparna’s phone at INOX

.) Fast and the Furious 6

.) Hangover 3

.) VISA interview for Surya

.) Now you see me

.) Thillu Mullu 2

.) Rajkumar (Chin) yoga

.) Conference calls for tour planning

.) Booking flight tickets

.) A hotel with view in EA

.) Epic

.) Dandeli

.) Bloody Leeches

.) Aarti Akka’s “Thaai Manney Vanakam”

.) Abhinaya’s hits and Aparna’s slap

.) Natural Jacuzzi

.) Canoeing

.) Goa

.) Driving

.) Going to beach in raincoat

.) Driving a Royal Enfield

.) Bharathi akka’s baby shower

.) Prince – the Godfather of series collection

.) House MD

.) Six Feet Under

.) Pacific Rim

.) Despicable me 2

.) Mariyaan with Bharath Bala

.) Mithun smuggling Pepsi into Satyam

.) Pattathu Yaanai

.) Sonna Puriyathu

.) Ashes

.) Champions Trophy

.) Gully cricket

.) Thalaiva. Twice

.) Varuthapadaatha Valibar Sangam

.) Don sudden pack up

.) Conjuring

.) Madras Market

.) 555

.) First Face to Face with Manas Abhinay Nikhil

.) Wolverine

.) VaniyamBadi Chicken Biriyani

.) Abinaya and Muniyandi Vilas Chicken Biriyani

.) Saravana Bhavan Sambhar

.) Driving a break illada bike with kilinja chappal in Chennai

.) New house supervising duty

.) Sending off Rajeshwaran to Delhi

.) Marina beach

.) Phoenix mall

.) Indian Terrain Sokkas

.) 3 hours standing on a train

.) Stupid decisions (of course)

.) Dumb Charades

India has just been wonderful and I could not have hoped for a better summer. These three months have been excellent.

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Happy Friendship day

This post is straight forward:

One Question and almost exact responses that could be expected

Q: What is true friendship?

Chezhian’s response: Na Kandipa solliye aaganuma?

Sri Nivas’ response: Its finding a ilicha vaai to bet in online poker to understand the game better.

Karthik SelvaKumar’s response: Hmm… I don’t think i can explain it explicitly, rather I can surely tell I taught everyone else about what friendship is. (then turns to his friend and smiles. Arun Kumar smiles back)

Vira Suresh’s response: Dai over ah kettina, en dance video pottu kaatiduvan pathuko. Vodidra dai !!

Mithun Ganesh’s response: *Response deleted as it was too hard to understand*

(Follow him in Twitter, so you can get a sense of what I am talking about)

Vinoth Babu’s response: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

(Yes, he knows this is not about the Chicken Question)

Suriya Manivannan’s response: Friendship vidu, you know what is the difference between India and Sri Lanka. Namma bleed blue, avanga bleed dark blue machi.

Bharathi Srinivas’ response: (Gives a death stare) Dai mokka podatha, get me a masala ginger ale. Shoo.

Aarti Ramanathan’s response: Hey Shriram, epde iruku en puthu pants? Orange colour. Super la.

Aparna Ramanathan’s response: *slap*

Abhinaya Ramanthan’s response: *smack on the back*

Sikkandar Fazil’s response: It is saving your friends from the Monkey that is not even in the scene

Ganesh’s response: Shows off his “Variya” dancing step (I am also confused, why)

Rajkumar’s response: Great Gatsby kootitu po enna. Apa than solluvan

Zeeshan’s response: *The subscriber you are calling is not answering your calls. Please get the message and stop bugging*

Gautham Ponnu’s response: Peace da. Chill Maadi. Kool.

Chezhian’s response (part 2): Dai innum poliyaa ne?

Gowthaman Ilango’s response: Ennatha solrathu machi, athan avasara avasarama enna US ku pack up pannitangaley da.

Sivagurunathan’s response: Sorry da, I am currently redefining my lost identity. Can we talk about this later?

Sai Santhosh’s response: Vazha Vazha Kozha Kozha ey sangi.

Jothi Lingam’s response: Aaaaaah Oooooh Yeeee (Continues to sing for the next 3 hours non stop)

Sri Hari’s response: I think its about finding the correct person to go diffuse the bomb when I frag and distract the terrorists in CS.

Kiran’s response: Therlaye machi, Looney’s poitu vandu sollata?

Pooja Ravishankar’s response: Thursday sollata? Please.

Unithra akka’s response: Dai enta kekka vendiya kelvi ya ithu? *blushes*

Sri Nivedita’s response: The sleep that follows the herculean effort of swallowing 3 full meals? Correct thaana?

Sriram Ramachandran’s response: Veetla kettu than da sollanum.

Muthukumaran’s response: Sorry da, wont answer any questions other than those asked in Neeya Naana (walks away and buys a Virat Kohli t-shirt)

Akshay Krishnamachari’s response: *no reply*

Nivas Natrajan’s response: MI IPL jeichidichi yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

Viwaswan Roddick’s response: Machan, enna en office la mathikavey maatingaranga da !!

Rajeshwaran’s response: Indya weekeynd Wolverine Poylaymaa? (ignore the “y” s to read properly)

Gautham Sethuraman’s response: Are we really answering the questions that we were supposed to answer?

Chezhian’s response (final part): Amma, na Vijay padam poitu vandurran. Bye.

Parkavan’s response: Dai there is nothing called friendship, its something that comes out of a need.

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