Tambram, foreign-(not-yet)-returned, (dubacore) management consultant, (currently) unemployed with 20 Moleskine cachets filled with start-up ideas wondering where the last 20 years of my life went.....bwwahaaa, I want my mommmmy.
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Irrational or superstitious belief usually in miracles, luck (good or bad) by perceiving causation where none exists
A variant of Sinhalese Baila, Tamil Pop isai (music) songs are characterized by poor production values, amateurish lyrics and score but surprisingly catchy tunes made some of these songs mega hits.
There are many imitations but the original genre was single handedly created in mid-70's/early-80's by A E Manoharan and brought to India from Sri Lanka by Tamil immigrants and asylum seekers. Almost every one in south India would recognize surangani song which is an example of this style of music.
Mani: Why not.
Rajini-istyle refers to mannerisms and swagger unique to him as seen in several movies. Typical examples are - flicking a dum from several inches away and catching it with his mouth (his signature move), reverse-back flip-with-180-turn of his sunglasses as he puts them on, crossing, uncrossing and crossing his legs, 180-turn and furious stare at the camera (usually at a villain), comedy routines such as - kadvu-le, kadvu-le, kadvu-le... etc.
Ham acting by most standards these "istyles" have led to lot of thambis copying his moves and unadulterated adulation, including but not restricted to - huge (professionally organized) fan bases bussed in to watch first-day, first-show, showing aarthi to the screen, throwing ticker-tape equivalent inside the movie theater usually during the opening song, introduction-scene, punch-dialogue or item-number.
Apparently a simple, honest and down-to-earth man in real life, the cult status he has achieved in India (particularly in Tamil Nadu, South India) is incredible and has to be been seen to be believed.
(Thali-var - Head, often used sobriquet for Rajini)
(Amam - Yes)
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Typically performed only during religious ceremonies, many in India, now show aarthi (sic) to almost anything that they believe is sacred, at the start of any endeavour to brings them luck or joy, specific days of the year, helps them earn a living or when public display of affected venerance is expected or demanded. This is also done to take nazar or drishti away from you, to get rid of any bad-luck that someone jealous has kannu-potu-(fied) on you.
Many Indians show aarthi (sic) to;
- Vehicles (esp) when they have recently purchased it or annually on Ayudha Pooja day, presumably because these help them to travel to earn a living
- Plant and machinery (as in any industrial, farming or factory implement)
- Computers and accounts books
- Movie Cameras (during muhurat)
- Houses, buildings etc (when breaking ground) and during annual (designated) auspicious days
- Various gods and goddesses
Purohit (Priest): Lo Beta, Bhagvan ka aishirwad lo.
Beta (Son): No thanks, I'm an atheist...what bhakvas.
(Bhak-vas - nonsense)
It's not that, you are wrong.
Prakasham: Aiyo, OK nu seriga cheppu.
OK, tell me (what's) correct
Egg tokens are typically sold in booklets of several perforated stamp-sized tokens ususally in pale-yellow, -blue, -green colour with red or black stamped numbers/dates and some other identifier (to prevent forgery).
(The cleverer ones simply bribe or blackmail mess-boys to serve them eggs for free or have these secreted and served late or direct to their rooms, for free)
Egg-tokens are seen as signs of affluence when they are freely given away to close-friends. Others connive to sit next to someone who would share when asked nicely.
Mani: Fuk off da, you still owe me from last time.
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Each year is typically divided into 2 semesters and for degrees in Engineering, students take mandatoriarly prescribed courses for the first three years (although now-a-days, some flexiablity is possible). There is some choice in the final year and typically also needs a thesies (or dessertation) for completing credits required to graduate.
Arrears are exams in subjects (or papers) that you have flunked in any semester, that you need to re-take in the following term. The worst kind are when you flunk or have arrears past 8th semester, which requires you to make humilating trips back to college to re-sit exams with your juniors.
(Rajni's step-cut in this poster looks nice, no?)
Mani: Amam da.
It is, isn't it.
Also, the style of clothes inflicted on all members of the family by cheap parents who by 'cloth-by-the-meter' and 'get-it-stiched' resulting in cringe-inducing family photographs (many in black-and-white).
Note bespoke tailoring is not expensive in India and was preferred until the 90's when branded clothes became more popular.
Remember 'Only Vimal'?
Even now, mothers fondly ask foreign-returned sons buying Peter England shirts, "matching trouser?"
Note: As far as I am aware, there is no international brand called 'Peter England' but that does not seem to deter sales!
Also used by mothers to ask their daughters or daughter-in-law, "Saree-ke matching blouse?" (although in some instances, it may sometimes mean contrasting colour, rather then same colour)
Shop Assistant 1: Indhu pakkam Madam.
Shop Assistant 2: yenna-range?