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Ponniyin Selvan should be made as a series!

No offense, I love some of Mani Ratnam’s films, he is one of a great directors of Indian Film Industry, but that doesn’t qualify him to make movie based on Ponniyin Selvan novel.

Let’s take Queen series as an example. Don’t jump into conclusion, I’m not comparing Mani & GVM! Yes, Queen, Gautham Vasudev Menon’s MX Player series. Though this series was said to be based on a Novel by Anitha Sivakumaran, at least the first season was based on just an hour of interview by Simi Garewal & Jayalalithaa. Ok, now why did I take this as an example? It was just one hour interview that was made into 11 episodes of just season 1. It is said that there will be two more seasons just based on this one book 280 pages novel.

Do you really think a 2600 pages 5 part novel book can be made just in a 3 or 4 hour movie? (4 hours is no way possible nor a two part 3 hour movie). Kalki sculpted every character, every chapter and every page of the Novel with his infinite and extreme imagination which goes with the real fact & story. Just the explanation of the flood scene in part 4/5 where the calf struggles in the flood water is one drop of his imagination in this book.

Readers mind will literally imagine what’s being explained in the page and face will automatically react to what they’re reading, “manathirai” will play the movie, you do not need a cinema theater when this Novel is made as a movie. No exaggeration.

This is a novel that should be read, those who didn’t read it should start reading it now. I know many families where the pregnant women use to read Ponniyin Selvan multiple times till the delivery time (Not a bit exaggeration!), reading this novel gives the readers such a courage, braveness, smile, laugh, exclamation and every expression when author explains respective scenes.

Every character holds importance and weightage till last chapter. A movie can only convey something, not everything. This is a novel where nothing should be missed, if anything., any single character or single chapter is missed while making it as a movie, it’s a huge disrespect to this Novel. It’s not a fictional story, but a factual history conveyed with dramatic imagination, an imagination which will make you awe!

When people who didn’t read the book watches it as a movie, their knowledge will be restricted to only 3 hours but in real, there is so much to gain and enjoy when you read it.

Also, a majority of this novel embraces Saivam and Vaishvanam & Buddhism which itself is given in arguable, debating and interesting way, since it’s going to be a movie and there are many half cracks in Tamilnadu and other places who went mad when Titan watches released a limited edition of “Namma Tamilnadu” watch last month (Dec/Jan 2019–2020) as their TV commercial showed Temples; Mani Rathnam these days talking politics and trying to show him as more secular and so many other political stuffs, I’m more concerned as an avid reader and an Ardant fan of this book that none of this recent time politics and secularism stuffs should impact the content of this Novel.


Credits: Mani Gunasekaran

Those who have read one time or multiple times can never think “Jayam Ravi” as Arulmozhi Varman. Are you serious Mani Ratnam??? Is this what you can really think of? Even if the cast changes, it’s merely about any “faces” when it comes to this Novel.

Aishwarya Rai Bachan as Nandhini & Oomai Raani?? Are you out of your mind? Just because she is beautiful, don’t you have any Tamil actress at all who is beauty to justify Nandhini & Oomai Rani’s characters?? These are just a mere thought that came out when I saw the cast of this movie.


For such a great Tamil novel to be made as movie, there is not even an official Tamil poster yet!!! What an Irony!

Yes, it’s not the first time a movie is made based on a novel, agree. But other novels are not Ponniyin Selvan. If this is made as a visual story, every details in the book, every page should be visually made, only then complete story can be enjoyed. Which is why a few hours movie cannot convey the full story.

Aazhvarkadiyaan, Vandhiyathevan, Oomai Rani, Poonkuzhali, Nandhini, Periya Pazhuvetarayar, Ravidasan, Por Kalanjiyam scenes alone require a separate movie and time. Reducing any of these characters or scenes will highly do injustify to the story, including jail scenes.

Making this Novel as a series alone can justify the imagination and hard work of the exceptionally talented Author Kalki. There are many streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and several other that has entered our Indian market which has a giant footprint in rest of the world with Tamil audience, this is the very best time to take advantage of that, it’ll also yield them thousands of subscribers (They know very well about however the way they need to make money, dub it in other languages etc!)

Instead of making it as a movie Mani Ratnam should make this as a Series, that is how a justification can be done. He should make his debut in directing a series out of this, making a series is no less than making an award winning movie. Martin Scorsese made Boardwalk Empire when he was already a top director in Hollywood & now made The Irishman for Netflix. Indian directors should change their perspectives about big & small screens, it’s the same people who watches in any medium.

When we Tamilans & other Indian languages speaking people watch so many Korean, English (UK, Australian & US), Hebrew/Arabic (Israel) series with or without subtitles & get crazy about those series, WHY NOT make our pride novel a Series & set an example from our country & our state?

As Thanjai Periya Kovil celebrated 1000th year anniversary few years back which was built by the main character of this Novel Arulmozhi Varman, wouldn’t this be a time to showcase it to rest of the world instead of talking the same known pride among ourselves?

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5 Most irritating text messages!

Do you recall when there was a time when all relatives use to live together people use to wish each other in person, be it someones birthday or a festival or any occasion? 

When people moved to different places this culture changed to letter & when telephone was an affordable accessory at home, we use to call our relatives and friends at their neighbor house telephone even when they didn’t had phone at home?

Then came the pager & then cellphone era with 100 messages per day, we reserved 10 messages to most important person and used remaining messages to send forward messages or normal chat conversation.

And then came this age with WhatsApp! And thats it.

The already disconnected world further disconnected.

Messages changed from personally typing to forward messages only to image forwards to stickers.

Did you notice during the recent occasions like New Year or Pongal that even image forward message was not that trending but the WhatsApp stickers?

Let’s see what this communication evolution has for us in future,

Until then here is the most irritating text messages. 

1. K

Have you ever typed so many words in this small screen, correcting so many typos and looked up for special timing emojis for the text and curiously waited for other persons response and got a K as response?

I really wonder if they have a flight to catch or in so urge to run or fly to wash room or what else could be the super urgent matter that they couldn’t type anything from the alphabets but just K. Its the most easy work with just two letters, why the hell can people not type it fully if not a proper response to messages?

2. 🙂

There is another set of people that I’m not sure if they really understand how a smiley works or what it represents. Out of all smilies they pick the most irritating emoji, a slightly smile face emoji. How in the world do they go around and look for a half smile face when there is clearly a smiley that even makes you smile when you look at it? I assume people do really smile when they send a smiley.

3. 👍 

Yeah. I really feel like breaking that thumb when someone sends it to me as a reply. Just imagine talking to someone in person and as a reply they show you a thumbs up to your face. Come on, really… just imagine it. How did you feel? You being talking to someone in person, face to face and when you expect a reply they show you a thumbs up to your face. I’ll definitely try my best to break that thumb when it dances in front of my face!

Just type some god damn words, you idiots!

4. rofl

I have seen people replying to texts or commenting on posts with a grim face but as rofl, lmao or lol. Why?? if there was no short abbreviations, do you really think people will type laughing my ass off or roll on floor laugh? 

Emojis are meant to show our expressions in texts when you didn’t get a real laugh why fake it?

5. hmm, Tq, gtg, wc, thmh, refl,

This is like K but not ok! “Once upon a time, long long ago, so long ago” when there was number of messages per day limitations and number of characters in text limitations, people used short words for everything in the text and the msg wl b lk ts almst n al msgs. But why the hell now? Now you can even write a movie story or even a blog post in messages & these ancient messengers still didn’t adapt to new world. 

Have you felt any of these as irritating texts anytime? Or do you think there are other most commonly irritating texts other than this? Do let me know in comments. 

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Grace-Ful ICE – Sea Life

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We all have been hearing “Winter is here” from Season 1 and finally in Season 7 winter arrived!!! That’s in series… so is in real! Winter is arrived in 2017! And so are the winter friendly events.

If you’re following my blog you may very well remember the Ice Sculpting event, I’ve been sharing the photos of this event for the past 3 years.

2016 – Grace-ful Ice: Safari
2015 – Dinosaurs – Graceful Ice 2015

2014 – Microcosmos – Ice Sculpture

After the past themes that are Microcosmos, Dinosaurs, Animal Safari… here is the Ice bergs that got the shape of Sea Life by the Okamoto Studio artists. If you are in NYC today, hurry up, you have another few hours to see these sculptures before it melts. If not don’t worry, check out Okamoto Studio in Facebook for their future schedules for this Winter.

Without further wait, here are the photos that I took during Sea Life – Grace-Ful ICE






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My wife and I took a selfie with Thomas. He is a live performer at Okamoto Studio and they’ve been doing the Ice sculpting since past seven years.

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Islands of Adventures – An amazing experience! – The Beginning

Universal Studios – Islands of Adventures! I’d no idea I’ll ever visit this place. On June 2nd, I’d visited Universal Studio’s Island of Adventure park in Orlando, Florida with Anu and my friends (Prem, Priya). It’s high budget & extremely adventurous Ramoji Film City of USA.

Two days before our trip, My wife and I visited the official Universal’s website to get an idea and pick the rides. We checked the names of ride and watched the videos in Youtube. After watching close to 10 videos, we felt like completing a virtual tour!

Two days later we reached Orlando. On our day 1 we started to the Park in our rental car Dodge Grand Caravan from the villa we stayed with rest of our group. While the other group were getting ready to their Disney park, we started to Islands Of Adventure.


Anu & Bhargav (me! me!)

Since the park opens at 9 AM, we left the villa at 8 AM, since its going to be an all day activity we took food for lunch with us. Before reaching the park, we’d our favorite bagel and hot chocolate drink for breakfast from Wawa. My friends had their wishlist for the day and we’d ours. On the way to the park we four decided from which activity to begin our day. Prem did ground work already by visiting undercover tourist website and took printout of the maps already. It made very easy to plan the activities. Anu made a list of todo rides & not to do (Dragon coaster) list as well 😀


Getting ready to leave villa!

While I checked the parking for Islands of Adventure, its a common parking lot for both the parks Universal Studios and for Islands of Adventures. I read some blog about parking which helped in choosing the parking. Yes, there are two kind of parking, regular & prime parking. Prime parking is close to the park while the regular parking is slightly far. But there are lot of moving walkways to make our walk easy to enter the park.

We took the prime parking ticket for $30 and reached the parking lot. They made it easy to remember the parking lot number by prefixing the number to movies like E.T, Spider Man, Cat in the Hat etc… It took just 5 mins to walk through the walkways, there was a security check in between and it was a moving crowd. We entered the park at 10:15 AM!


Few people were issuing American Express credit cards to by pass the regular queue and get to the Express Pass for free! So here is the thing, there are two lines for every ride, regular line & express line. Just like dharma darisanam and 30 Rupees queue in Thirupathi temple, except that there is no dharma rides in Universal Park!


After scanning our tickets and thumb print (over hype!) we entered the Universal Studios – Islands Of Adventure Park!


Our day just started for the excitement! (To be continued… The rides we experienced, interesting photos & a short video)


Islands of Adventure


Dinosaurs – Graceful Ice 2015

You may very well remember Ice Sculpture – Microcosmos photos that I’ve shared last year. This year the theme was Dinosaurs! Jurassic Park movie is what I could recall when I looked at the notice last week.

The sad part about the Ice carving this year is the weather 😦 Last year the weather was so cold that the ice carvings lasted for two nights! But this year due to warm weather, the ice carvings melted overnight and many people couldn’t see the carvings!

The Okamoto Studio artists did a great job as they did last year! Here are the photos of the Dinosaurs, people were so happy about this event and I could see from the way people showed eagerness to watch this event that age doesn’t have a limit to enjoy watching the Dinosaurs and to get excitement!

These pics were taken using my mobile, so keep the expectations low and enjoy the pics & a short video too 🙂

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Day 2 night! The last one that stood still!

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The Winter Palace

As the Holiday season begins, so are the celebrations!

Places are decorated with all their favorite Xmas Trees, Lights, Santa, Snow man and so on.

Here at Saks Fifth Avenue, their building is decorated with the theme ‘The Winter Palace’ for this year’s Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Here is the short video of the spectacular light & music show that happens at every evening. Don’t miss to witness it if you’re visiting NYC.

First few seconds are the Tallest Xmas tree at Rockefeller center.