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.

9. Muneeswaran

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….

13 Comments so far

  1. Prabhu (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    And add to that the ‘new economic reforms’ thats happening in India will remove poverty…thats the never-to-happen purali of the century…

  2. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    A sequel to your ‘Top Ten Excuses…’ Dilip? Well done again.

    A common thread to all these puralis is their relation to religion. Only organised religion has the necessary ‘infrastructure’ to spread vested rumours like these. In fact, if you properly ‘understand’ religion, you will find they crawl with similar myths.

    That is probably one reason why these puralis spread more violently among religious fanatics. An ingrained addiction to superstition by the general public does nt help either.

  3. Giridhar (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 11:17 am

    remaining 5 puralis yenga??

  4. Simi (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    The toppest purali is Dilip would blog what’s worth is name!

  5. Simi (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    The toppest purali is Dilip would blog what’s worth its name!

  6. Dilip Muraldiaran (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm

    Guys my apologies, this Top 10 was incomplete and i mistakenly published this from my OneNote slides due to a misconfiguration which i happened to correct. Giridhar, thanks for the heads up. Sorry about the trouble man, apologies again.

    Simi, apologies again. I completed the article and posted it again.

  7. BanDilip (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    Once again Dilip Proves his worth with his wonderful article, a continuation to the Zune and ‘Top Ten Excuses (where he demeans Chennai women). Why can’t anyone stop this guy from showing his road side Romeo cheap tricks in this once beautiful blog. Guys I give up. Check out the Bangalore metro blogging site, it’s awesome. Guys like Dilip should write in a separate blog called Chennai Metroblogs.Road Side Damn Daft Dilip (D.D Dilip)!

  8. Isha (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    Hi Dilip,
    I went through your other posts Dilip. Man u bunked college and school and were raoming with loafers or what. Your posts are so bad. Pls do something else instead of being a pain in everyones neck. Thanks.

  9. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Dilip, now you have to post the remaining 5 here.

    Dont worry about the heckers. Intolerance is not an attribute of Chennaites! If they like the Bangalorean board, for eg, I think thats where they should be.

  10. Vishwa (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Hi ParthaSarathy a.k.a Dilip? What are you blabbering man? He has already posted the 5 other no good things. You want him to post it in the comments as well. Dude you must be kidding me, you slime ball. Dilip sucks and it’s a known fact. If you take the other authors here from inception they have proved their mettle for Chennai unlike Dilip and you. There is nothing wrong in learning from Bangalore metro blog dude. Are you one of those fake Tamil guys fighting against Karnataka for water, you loser Parthasarathy or Dilip in pretense?

  11. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 3:25 am

    Dilip, I must say that this post made me laugh a lot! Initially, with the Zune review and the ‘Top 10 Excuses’ I was annoyed (and wished for your swift removal), but this post (and a few others) has won me over. Good on you!

  12. Parthasarathy (unregistered) on October 26th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    The bigger the lie, the more people believe it.

    Adolf Hitler

  13. Anonymous Coward (unregistered) on October 27th, 2007 @ 4:18 pm

    Prabhu said …. “And add to that the ‘new economic reforms’ thats happening in India will remove poverty…thats the never-to-happen purali of the century…”

    The biggest rumor is that Economic Reforms are happening in India. It happened 15 yrs ago and it stopped right there. We have a long way to go buddy.
    Mind you, Poverty is relative term –
    82% of people below poverty line in America have air-conditioning in their homes, 52% have central air-conditioning.

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