Top 10 Purali of Chennais….
I have no clue what happened to these rumors that used to be so darn famous whilst i was in school. Gosh am i indebted to these lie monger miracles that spread around the town that gave us kids so many holidays. I will try and list a few of them here. Exclusively for chennai school holiday tactics, here they come…..
1. Pulla Pudikkaravan
This dude always kidnaps the first born child of the family. That makes me so lucky cuz im one. I used to hear stories of 3 or 4 kids missing from my class when all 34 of us were safe as wood. Anxious parents waiting with teary eyes at the school gate to get us back home, wow. Thats fun man!
2. Nara Bali
Okay, this is some scary stuff. Again first kid of the family kidnapping slaughtering guy who seems to come around that Kolu time so that we get that 10 + 2 more days of holidays. Where is this dude now? Can he spread rumors like this now so that i get off a day at work?
3. Dooms Day
Jesus Christ is coming/Kalki Avatharam is coming. The world is gonna come to an end tomorrow so better save yourselves. This rumor however did not get to be real famous and never got us kids leave at school but hey, that does not prevent us from spreading the rumor and scaring every kid in the school.
4. Pillayar drinks milk
This was an awesome episode until a muslim cobbler made his shoe stand drink the same milk and explain surface tension scientifically, which in turn angered RSS and VHP folks ending up killing him. Sad story but the teachers were involved too so no class at school. Infact my chemistry teacher claimed Pillayars parents Sivan and Parvathi were DEAD so pillayar started drinking milk from people! This was as per the advice of Holy Mary! Now thats what i call religious harmony, she really gets my award for this.
5. The world will end in the year 2000
Again the only people who benefited by this were religious cults who made a lotta money on this. Donations to organizations, prayers, poojas and meetings, man this was fun! Come to think of it i still remember last week when i drove by the Loco Works station it still read “The world ends in 2000, jesus is coming” on the platform of the train station.
6. Tiger on the loose
Very popular amongst villivakkam and loco work areas, damn. These rumour mongers did not care about us perambur school kids. So i will not add fame to them by popularizing this one :-( hmmf!
7. Bomb Threats
Thanks to terrorism and technology, i personally know bomb threats were created by my class mates to get time to study for that stupid math exam that none of us manager to clear anyways!
8. Vaththiyaar Seththu Poyittaaru
This one is very individualistic to the school. Every school has it and some kid starts it. Its all about Killing your fav teacher you hate the most and then spreading the rumour that he is no more. Whats more panicking some teachers run to the absent teachers house only to find him safe and sound. Trouble is the kid who starts this purali will probably be caught and will be in big time shit.
A Guy in vellai vetty and vellai sattai who occasionally shows up, (no not that 5 years once darn politician, dont confuse with him!) with a suruttu in his mouth and is supposed to be a ghost spotted by people going out to buy milk at 4.30 in the morning.
10. Thengayila Bomb
Absolute nightmare of this one. Veettula sattini kooda kedaikkadu. Dosaikku molaga podi thaan mavane! I have not heard of bombs in coconuts exploding in chennai even once, oh well the prices of these did come down big time. Thats probably one good aspect of it.
I have no idea if any of these rumours still give joy as in a holiday to the schools today. I assume not with the coming of cellphones and internet.
One basis was that these rumours usually come around kolu which was also the time manual cloth dying companies dye cloth and for the dye to stick to the cloth they had to spread rumors. This was a superstition, a story as per some oldies in my neighborhood.
Good old days, where are they now? I wonder….