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Ghilli movie was on kalaignar tv

Did any one see the complete movie on kalaignar tv on sunday after noon, the movie Ghilli was abruptly cut in between, some what around 1:30 PM.

While at Sun TV there was a program on “state award night programme” which was was also abruptly cut.

A friend of mine was watching the sun TV and I was watching the kalaignar tv. We were discussing about the program being disrupted this afternoon while having our lunch.

Why Chennai needs CAS or DTH?

I have been thinking for a long time whether to invest my money on CAS – Conditional access system or DTH Direct to Home television . Been missing some nice cartoon channels for my son.

Very recently I had been to my native place (Thrissur, Kerala) and checked out the number of channels in the Television. Whooping 100 and odd channels, Including the pay channels at a price of about 150 INR (Indian National Rupee) per month. Where as we pay 100 INR with limited channels and excluding the PAY channels. (some channels purposefully blocked due to competition, some times)

Tic Tac: A short note

Tic Tac is on Third Cross Road, Raja Annamalai Puram. I think it’s one of the biggest DVD/VCD rentals in the city. For those with the odd LP players, it also stocks those big laser disks. The Hollywood movies section is the biggest and includes movies dating back to the 1940s. Romantic comedies, thrillers, cartoons, the collection includes films of many genres. For example, the entire Bond collection is available on DVD.

Memories of Madras Week

Took me a while to get my thoughts in order about all the events I had attended/heard about, and give a precis of what exactly happened during Madras Week 2007. Most events were interesting, some were repeats, while a few were outstanding. Be warned, you’re in for a long post.


In the beginning, it was a gathering of a few like-minded friends who cared a great deal about the city. Then, it grew to a series of meetings. More came to know of what transpired during these sessions, and signaled their interest to join. In 2006, it exploded into existence as one of the most happening occasions – and now it is the premier event of Chennai, eclipsing all else in August to the point of exclusion, with more than 60 events happening all over the city, put together by a number of organizations and Chennai-lovers. Le Madras Week, 2007.

Prestige Forum Mall in Chennai

Bangalore’s most happening mall Forum is all set to enter Chennai. The construction for the same has already started and looks like it will take another 18 months to complete. But what scares me the most is the location of the mall. It is located on Arcot Road, Vadapalani right next to Green Park Hotel. As it is, it is a nightmare to drive on that road even today. Is the government taking any notice at all, while sanctioning approval for the malls. Thanks to City Centre RK Salai is now a mess. Forum on Arcot Road will only add fuel to fire. I hope the mall at least has enough parking as I do not know how much the Government can do considering the congestion in the area.

Chennai: From Quill to Keyboard

In honour of the approaching Madras Day, a little something I put together. I’ve long been a fan of certain writers, and thought I’d dig a bit about what they’ve written about our fair city. This is what I came up with.

“Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is India’s fourth largest metropolitan city. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated population of 7.06 million (2007), the 368-year-old city is the 34th largest metropolitan area in the world. Chennai is the third largest commercial and industrial centre in India, and is known for its cultural heritage and temple architecture …”

Thus begins the wikipedia description of Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India: detailing statistics, the population, the languages spoken, the British Raj’s imprint, the IT explosion – trivia and minutiae that will quench the thirst of the most exacting encyclopedias, satisfy geography students and finish homework. The mind of a littérateur functions in a different manner, though …

A Cup of Frappé

An event of great moment and import occurred a few days – so great was the tumult and upheaval caused by this news that several persons had heart attacks; several others swooned, and I have it on very good authority that the chief guest’s apparel was the cause of a considerable amount of heartburn.

I came to hear of it – like any other good Chennaiite – only days after it had all happened. Upon diligent inquiry, news was given to me by several eager persons that the reason for all this tumult was the unveiling of a magazine. By the lovely Trisha, no less. How could anyone not want to know about that? So, I present, will you or nil you, a very brief report.

Indian version of iTunes

Today, I was at a shop in Adayar (near the Ananthapadmanabhaswamy Temple), buying books when I noticed this new state-of-the-art kiosk at a corner. I was clearly surprised. I didn’t expect a kiosk in such a small shop. I went over to it trying to figure out its earthly purpose in that shop. And guess what? It’s our own Indian version of Steve Job’s (read Apple’s) iTunes.

Just for some background on iTunes… It was a innovative business model for selling music introduced in the United States. This is how it works – If you own an iPod and liked a particular song in some album. You can go to the iTunes store and buy that song online. It gets downloaded into your music library and synced with your iPod. You pay for only the song downloaded and needn’t buy the entire album. You can even walk into a iTunes store and buy songs.

Now, the ADD (Anytime Digital Downloads) kiosk is just that! Only difference is that it does more than downloading to an iPod. It writes out a CD with the songs downloaded. So, this is how ADD works – You go to the kiosk. Check out the albums available. Browse through them, Search through them. Listen to the song and if its what you want, add it to your list. Once you have added all the songs, the kiosk will write out a CD of the selected songs in mp3 for you.


The songs are priced at attractive rates. The prices of some songs ranged from Rs 5.00 onwards. I think this is a wonder system. And its instant. You come, you hear, you buy and walk away! I can imagine many of you thinking – “So, whats the big deal? I download mp3 from the internet free of cost!” Well, this is LEGAL. All the songs are priced and copyrighted. You are buying the songs. This is not piracy. Downloading mp3 is. I guess that does make a difference! :) This is taking the music business to the next level.

And the icing on the cake is that the innovators behind such a beatiful idea are from Chennai – Giri Trading Agency Private Limited

Some FAQs from their site – and

Q. What’s ADDKiosk ?
A. is part of GIRI network. As Distributors of various labels in India we are looking forward to distributing Indian Music all over the world and also distributing music from all over the world in India. We have also developed an innovative new concept called ADDKiosk (Anytime Digital Downloads – Kiosk). This Kiosk is installed in our showrooms and various musical cultural centres, and public places such as Airports, Cinema halls, Grocery stores, Shopping Malls etc. The response in India is already overwhelming for the ADDKiosk. You can download music, (videos, wallpapers and ebooks – coming soon) into CDs, Mobiles, USB devices and IPODs. We are in the process of exploring the possibilities of setting it up all over the world.

Q. What’s Giri Network?
A. Giri Trading Agency is a treasure house for Hinduism, Indian culture & tradition. Music Cassettes and CDs on various themes like Sanskrit, Vedic, Mantras, Tantras, Devotional, Carnatic Classical Music, Puja Rituals, Prayers and Religious discourses are released under the banner ‘Gitaa Cassettes’. GIRI has showrooms in various parts of India where you can find the ADDKIOSK too.

Thiruvanmiyur on a Sunday

Where the helmets have gone?

With effect from June 1, 2007, the Government of Tamilnadu implemented the law for mandatory wearing of Helmets by the rider and the pillion rider. Within 2 days of introduction, the Government backtracked by saying that the police are not to implement the rule vigorously. Now the Government says that the person driving the two wheeler has to wear the helmet and the pillion riders, women and children are exempted from wearing the helmet. In Chennai nobody seems to worry about the present regulation on helmet wearing. The two wheeler riders without helmet spotted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 near Thiruvanmiyur Railway Station

Statues and Cross Roads

Today is Kannadasan’s birthday. Nope, this is not a post on Kannadasan. Today, every politician worth his/her salt made a trek to his statue and garlanded it. the statue is located some where in T Nagar (I did not know until today, that such a statue existed). I was left wondering how long before all the cross roads in Chennai has a statue.

Under the current condition, and expected exponential growth in statues over the next 50 years, Marina beach might not be big enough to accommodate all the statues. My provisional list consists of

1) M Karunanidhi
2) J Jayalalitha

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