Saithan Cycle la Varuthu Ft. Me

I’ve been in Chennai all my life. There are lots of things to point out to Chennai for its glory and specialty. But, there are tons of directors that talk about it. Why am I here now? To talk about traffic- the one thing no one seems to want to write about… or have I missed it? My travel through the city can be divided into three major modes: Walking, Bus and Cycle. Riding in a/a Bike or a car is unbelievably rare for me, because I’ve got a mediocre knowledge of both. There is a very little to discuss about Nada-raja service because, to get caught in traffic when you’re walking is a skill. Either you must be “yo momma so fat” fat or you must be well, have lost your screws up there.
Coming to Bus travel I have already written about it in my previous posts and blogs about all the jannal seat conundrums and ticket kashtams. People who know me, must’ve read it. Here I’d like to tell about my general adventures of Chennai traffic and with my cycle too. Before I start off, I don’t know if bikers and other two wheelers face the similar or even more difficulties, if so, let the Road-u madha bless you with all the chilra you’re gonna vaarify.
Going on Chennai roads is an art. Oru vela athan namma aalungaluku varaliyo? Probably this is the only place in Tamil nadu where the “left la indicator potu right la porathu makes sense”, and might become legal soon. Enna? people want to ban momos, why not ban logic? My cycle has two blinkers, one in the front and one in the rear. I almost always never forget the blinkers when there is no sunlight since I met with a small accident. But I’m not sure, if all these people can see the blinking light. There will be this uncle in a Fuel economy bike whom I think might have asked his wife to make murungakka sambar, murungakka poriyal, murungakka kootu and all, oh and aththi pazham juice too. He will be in ulaga-maga rush to his home, when? When sun is out kolthing. Dei it’s 11.30 da, enga mela otitu nee veetuku poi o… seri okay avarukum vazhi vittuta there will be this couple on R15. She will be sitting in 1st floor and he in basement. I often think that this setup is a sly technique by boys to make the girl hug them during brakes since oru front brake will lead to angry bird action of launching the girl into the air.
Okay da, neengalum ponga, then there will come this share auto driver who must’ve been this kid who didn’t get to ride a cycle. He will take all the inch gap and centimeter gaps and will do his best to do the “Cycle gap la Sindhu paaduvan” thingy, with his share auto. Seri share autovum pogatum nu vitta then, his younger cousin, Auto will come. He will be blessing everyone with all the cuss words and profanities known to mankind and dinosaurkind. I even feel his skills in kazhuvi oothing your family is better than his driving skills. Though these auto annas are better maps than google but they give off more heat than a Redmi phone. Beside this auto there will be one guy in lungi on a RX-100 who will have a 90’s bgm as his horn and will scare all the pazhaya aunties and thathas. Sometimes there will be a girl in his pillion seat who’s face will be mummified in the dhupatta. He will give her heart attack instead of orgasms by driving through all the sandhu bonthu. Dei that is not the gap you must… okay.
Somehow coming past all this, we come to a Major signal in that direction of the city. And past that signal will be your college, home, hostel, bathroom ellam. That signal is the ultimate barrier for all the things in life and I’m pretty sure everyone knows what signal I’m talking about. This signal is designed such a way that, all the following things will happen.
  1. You’ll reach your college for 3rd sem arrear exam if you start for 11th half yearly.
  2. You’ll reach for your child’s 3rd birthday if you’re going to meet your 1st ex-girlfriend.
  3. You start for an interview and reach for your Junior’s promotion. Wait, that won’t happen! Avanukum vela kedachirukathu.
  4. You start during Sherlock Season 5 and reach when Sherlock season 6 promo comes out.
  5. You start for Saravanan Meenatchi… uh… you’ll still end up there.
Then there are these roadu janthus, the maadu-Ola, aadu-Uber, Chinna yaanai-Tata ace, The Karadi government bus who will be ruling the roads and they might even have a will stating, “This is my Grandfather road”. You somehow pass that “ootla soltu vantiya” scooty guy who scolds us for going by rules, and the “kanna enga vechitu vara” XL aunty, aiyyo I meant TVS XL. Barry Allen eh confuse aagura alavuku timeline changes nadanthu eppadiyo green signal vizhum.
When the Signal turns green there will be these idiots who will start honking 0.0001 seconds after green goes off, why da ivlo avasaram? In a nutshell, the only possibility where you reach your destination in time is when your destination is The Signal itself.
Once you’ve time travelled through this signal you’ll then face the bigger demons of the road, oh not the direct contractors of Mr.Yeman – The elemental combo – the Mannu Lorry and the Thanni Lorry – But the all cosmetic imperfections of the road which the cosmic entity in itself would not know why. First there will be a speedbreaker, but it will be taken because it would be too bumpy for vehicles, so they will remove it half-heartedly, apparam when sky goes chucha, the bad digging will lead to potholes which will lead to plot holes in our life. The hole will develop and they will announce it as metrotrain works soon. Escaping all the holes you’ll definitely be bound to find yourself to the surprise pan missiles from bus and lorry windows. Even Kaaka does kakka on you. Onnyum panna mudiyathu.
If you have somehow crossed all this to reach your destination, then the gods bless you with a splash of mud from the rain, and the rain itself to wash it off. Ivvalavum mudichi antha edathula poi sentha, oruthan kepan, “Dei nee innuma cycle otitu iruka?”.
Tyre oda senthu namma heart layum kaathu pogum.


அவளின் சுவையை வர்ணிக்க ஆசைபட்டது தவறோ?
பூண்டு பரல்களில் கடுகு நட்டத்தை போல இரு கண்கள்,
குடைமிளகாயை குடைந்தது போல் ஒரு வள்ளிய மூக்கு,
அதிலே கிராம்பு மினுக்கும் அவள் தும்முகையில்,
வெட்கப்படும் அழகை காட்டிகொடுக்கும் வெட்டிய தக்காளி காது,
வாழைப்பூ வர்ணமும் தாழம்பூ வாசமும் கொண்ட கன்னம்,
வெண்டை பிஞ்சின் தோலை போல் முளைத்த மீசை பிரமாதம்,
சிதற விட்ட கடுகை போல் நீ பேசாதிருக்கையில் நான் பொறிந்தேன்,
நீண்ட கடு மிளகாயை ஒத்த உன் உதடுகள்,
அதை தோட்ட என் இதழ்களில் காரம், காமம் எல்லாம் சுவைத்தேன்,
பால் கொதிகலன் விசில் அடிப்பதை போல் நீ சிரிப்பது அழகு,
உன் வாய் மலர்கையில் அந்த ஜவ்வரிசி பற்கள் பேரழகு,
கொத்தமல்லியை நீரில் தோய்த்தெடுத்ததை போல நீள் கூந்தல்,
நெல்லியை கடித்தது போல் இருக்கிறது உன்னோடு வாழ்வது,
தள்ளி நின்று பானையில் நீ எரியும் இஞ்சி என் காயத்திற்கு பஞ்சு,
பொங்கும் சோறும், காலின் கொலுசும் “ஜல்” எனும் ஓசை எழுப்பும்,
கரண்டியின் நடனகானம் அந்த கை வளையல்,
விரித்த பச்சை வாழிலையில் அடுக்கிய பட்சணம் உன் லட்சணம்,
வில்லுடைத்து ஜானகியின் மனம் வெல்வான் அந்த ராமன்,
நெல் புடைத்து உன்னை காத்து கொள்வான் இந்த சாப்பாட்டு ராமன்.

Starry sky

Sky is a Star studded drape to the cosmic window,
To look at it is a marvel, to look beyond is ecstasy,
But decision depends directly on thyself,
To be outside the window or inside the room,
Inviting, may be the pleasures, exciting are the treasures
Of life that we ignore as infinitesimal, do you see?
Do you see the construction of the creation by the creator?
It is none, but a simple fact, the joy of living, joy of loving,
Indulge in banalities, you may, divulge in the beauty of aesthetics,
Decades later where do you stand? Beneath a tree sipping water?,
Or making art like hands of a potter?, or reduced to yearning for a quarter?,
Fall down in the mud, stepping up each time is a bud that will bloom,
Never fret, Never fear, Never give in to the gloom,
Let the wheels of coincidence decide your motion,
There isn’t a need to fuss or cause a Commotion,
Illuminate your canvass with stains and paints,
Be gratuitous, care for a soul, dare life and never play foul.

போடு தகிட தகிட – ராஜமுழக்கம்


கூட்டம் அலை மோதும், கடலின் அலைகள் இசை ஓதும்,
அனல் பறக்கும் வெயிலில் மேடைமேல் ஒரு ராஜபார்ட்,
முகத்தில் சாயம், அகத்தில் சோகம் தோய்ந்த வேகம்,
இது கூத்து அல்ல, ஆட்டம் அல்ல,
கண்கள் ரெண்டும் நெருப்பு பிளிற,
நாசியிலிருந்து வீசும் வேகத்தில் காற்று குளிர,
கால்கள் ரெண்டும் தெறிச்சு ஆட,
பூமி சிதற வருகிறார், வருகிறார் ராஜா!
போடு தகிட தகிட, நம் கோடி பறக்க பறக்க.

இந்த அரங்கம் அதிரும் ஆட்டம் கண்டாயோ,
மையிட்ட அந்த விழிகளில், கலைஞனின் திமிரு வழியும்,
சூறை சினத்தின் வெளிப்பாடு இந்த நாட்டியம்,
அந்த களம் உதிரும் உத்திரம் பூசி,
காயங்கள் ஆறும், ஆட்சிகள் மாறும்,
தேர் குதிரையின் மார் கூட்டில் துடிக்கும் இதயம்,
எதிரிகளின் கூட்டில் பூட்டு தொங்கும்,
பொங்கும் சூரியனை தோளில் கொண்டு, வருகிறார் ராஜா,
போடு தகிட தகிட, மன்னன் வருகிறான் திசை தெறிக்க!

Cliché Kadhali

நட்ட நடு நிசியில் நீ, நான்,
என்னென்ன எண்ணங்கள் என்னோடு என் எதிரில்,
உனக்குள் உன்னோடு உலகத்தின் உண்மையை உணர்ந்தேன்,
சத்தமின்றி சச்சரவின்றி, சில்லறை சிதறும் சிரிப்பு,
கார்மேகம் கடலில் கரைய, காத்திருந்தேன் கரையில்,
நிமிர்ந்து எழுந்தேன் உன்னருகில், சிலிர்க்கும் கனவு,
நின்னுடன் எங்கும் உலாவினேன், சிற்பமாகும் கண்ணெதிரே
நங்கைகளின் எழுச்சி உருவாக்கமே, சூறை கனலே,
நடுங்கினேன், எரித்திடும் உன் சிரத்தையை கண்டு ,
நிலவே, எந்நேரமும் உதவுகின்றாய், சிதைந்த கண்களோடு.

The Approach

These days there is no deficit for news, isn’t it?
Now, for the past week and more the buzz has been about Jallikattu and banning of Peta and other related organizations who helped in banning Jallikattu. The whole of Tamil Nadu is uprising, with youngsters leading the front of all these silent protests. Chennai, especially Marina is seeing at least 50k people, made up mostly of youngsters protesting against Peta and other bodies who had a hand in banning Jallikattu. I’m very happy and surprised to see such a protest in Tamil Nadu. This protest has so far been peaceful and calm except for a few here and theres. A few noble channels are covering the ongoing events and most national media are ignoring this issue as they’d ignore the boogers from their nose, because a Khan was acquitted or a Pakodane was in a Xxx rated movie. Because we’re just Madrasis. Well, never mind about that.
Now getting straight to the point. Are we going in the right direction and is our method of protesting against Peta the right process? Are we asking the right questions?
I’m gonna say it is 90% right approach and 10% a misdirected approach. Mind you, I’m not saying that the approach is wrong but it is misguided. Let me tell you what I learnt in 2 days from a little googling, bear me when I talk about this 10%.

: I’m also gonna be asking questions all the way through this write-up, people who know the proper answer, let me know.

The 90%

Basics: Jallikattu comes from Salli + Kattu.

Salli = gold and silver coins (sillarai)
Kattu = Tying it to the bull’s horns
Peta = People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
AWBI = Animal Welfare Board of India
CUPA = Compassion Unlimited Plus Action
Jallikattu or Sallikattu is a sport that involves taming of a bulls that can be later used as the alpha for mating with females. These selected bulls are considered to be the virile and have better characteristics than other bulls. When these bulls are allowed to mate, they produce a strong offspring, be it male or female. They will produce offsprings when let to mate themselves, but them being a semi-domestic animal, especially farmer’s, they need to be tamed to find the best bull. If you’re gonna tell me to let go of domestication of animals, kindly look at your cats, dogs you own, and the Chicken and mutton you eat.

My question: All the bulls that win are chosen to mate. Is there a way of choosing Females, and what of bulls that don’t get selected?

Basics: 90,000 cows to 20,000 in two decades

About 130 cattle breeds were in India 100 years ago, now only 37 remain. My guess it that the other breeds that became extinct were due to similar reasons that is happening right now. But we need to know what exactly wiped out so many breeds in India. This can be used for preserving the current breeds.
Tamil Nadu has six Native cattle breeds; Alambadi, Kangayam, Pulikulam, Umbalachery, Barugur and Malai Maadu. Now Alambadi is extinct. There are other minor breeds which haven’t been documented and are also on the verge of extinction.

are known for their Endurance. Alambadi cattle is a very hardy animal, and is very useful in ploughing and can withstand all climatic conditions. They were also known to give good amount of milk.
Kangayams are fed on grasses in the calcium rich soil are the sturdiest animals and can pull up to 2.5 times their body weight with ease. Their Milk has one of the highest nutritious value with no bad fat.
Umbalacherys have shorter legs which make it easy for them to walk around in the water filled fields of the delta region. Best suited for the Kaveri delta alluvium. This breed is suitable for ploughing, carting, threshing and levelling in marshy paddy fields because of its medium size
Bargur is a draught cattle breed found around Bargur hills of Erode district of Tamil Nadu. They’re mainly used in hilly terrain agriculture; this breed is also well known for its trotting ability.
Malai Maadus in Theni district are grazed in reserve forests and are adept at walking around in hilly terrain.
Pulikulam, are herded in several hundreds and walk all day grazing before being penned for the night. The breed is not meant for milk production and only a few animals are milked in a large herd for consumption by herdsman. The animals are also reared for manure purpose.
The count of cows has been steadily going down since the 1990s and there has not been a single change or reform since 1991 by any government regarding the downfall of native breeds.

What the ban has done/will do to us: This ban of Jallikattu will be one of the major factors of native Cow breeds going extinct.

This will lead to things like artificial Insemination of cows, introduction of non-native cows, induction of non-native milk products which will affect local farmers and herders. This will become an advantage for foreign associations to often interfere with traditional processes and cultural heritage.
This will lead to production of A1 milk. Our native breeds produce A2 milk which contains beta-casein which helps in reducing chances of multiple disorders like Alzheimer’s, Autism etc. A1 milk produced by foreign breeds will lead to many number of diseases like diabetes, heart diseases .


My questions: What made the Government think that native cows have less value?
Forget Jallikattu, Did anyone explain about the A1 and A2 type milk to the government?
Does the AWBi care only for animals, what about farmers? Isn’t this an human rights offence?
Even so, shouldn’t an alternate solution be offered instead of bringing in foreign cows?

What we’re doing in the protest: Right now at this moment, we’re protesting non-violently raising slogans against the ban of Jallikattu

We have gathered at multiple places in the state, with schools and colleges declared leave. the whole of Tamil nadu has erupted with youngsters leading the protests and not falling under a single leader. We’re acting upon our own thoughts and inhibitions.
The protest slogans are going like this “சின்னம்மா சின்னம்மா OPS எங்கம்மா?”
“செல்வத்துள் செல்வம் செவிச்செல்வம், எங்கம்மா பண்ணிசெல்வம்?”
“OPS= *Tha.PS”
“மோடி மோடி சென்னைக்கு வாடி”
“ஆடிங் *tha
வெளிய போடா peta
வராதே Tata”
We have gathered against a particular body called Peta and raising our voice against people who head that group. We’re currently trending top in facebook with the hastag #Jallikattu. We’re creating revolutionary memes that mock the ban and also send a hard message to people all around the world. This social media has made us join hands and go against people who oppress us.

My Questions: Why doesn’t the government take such a trending topic on the social network as a major issue? What are the laws and regulations regarding a mass uprising of people?
What are laws against a protest? When are the police allowed to charge and touch people? Who governs this?

The Things we’re doing right in the protest: Showing our strength and unity in a very calm manner towards the ban and using non-violent ways to show our support for lifting the ban.

The 10%

Now, here is the 10% part where I wanted to talk about.

The Things we’re doing wrong in the protest.

We’re being too emotional. I’d like to state a few things that that I felt were only fuelled only by emotions and not by logical thinking or towards a proper solution.
  • Stop asking only for #BanPeta. Start asking for a Ban on Foreign Boards That interfere with Traditional proceedings. Let an Indian or a Thamizhan manage his own.
  • Use #AmendPCA as slogan instead of bringing in the stupid politicians whom we voted to power. Learn about PCA or THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS ACT. Make people aware of what you’re fighting for and what you actually need from this protest. Simply getting together in a place is not going to get people look at you enough. Raise your voice for the right act.
  • Start asking for names of people who had the power to change and alter this ban but didn’t act upon it, instead of publicly defaming people who support the organizations. Ask for laws that can be Implemented upon this.


Be civil.
  • Stop thinking that you protesting outside your IT offices by boycotting work is going to affect foreign corporations. As ever, you’d be yet another employee that took leave. Your work only will be pending when you return to office. No company will tell its client that their work is pending because of Jallikattu protests. You’re just another employee for them.


Don’t spread rumours.
  • Don’t utter news that you don’t know is true. Don’t pass on information for fun.
  • There is no official news of Mariappan Thangavelu giving up his Gold medal. Don’t expect him to.
  • The jersey bulls that landed in Chennai was not for us. It was for Gujarat. These are the effects of banning native breeds.
  • Don’t share photos you don’t know are true are, or aren’t taken by you
  • Jadeja hasn’t tweeted about Jallikattu.
  • Don’t keep children with you in your protests, in this sun. Don’t let them toil for the mistakes we let happen. Instead teach them our values and our rich heritage. Try to avoid your pregnant wives and very old parents from standing in sensitive areas of the protest.
  • Please do not go to protest just to bunk college or office. It pains to see such kind of crowd.
  • If you want to protest against a foreign company, there is no use in “buying” their products and destroying it later. That’s the dumbest thing. If you’d like protest against the government or some board, try the Japanese way. They produced only left shoe. Try to be intelligent.
  • Try to help your local vendors who use sell goods from within the state. Try to support or adopt cows and farmers and make them aware of modern methods to increase field yields.
  • Do not insult or demean people who don’t take part in the movement.
  • Please do not ask for a separate Tamil nadu. Pure idiocy.
  • Do not give your aadhar card or ration card back. seriously? what are you thinking?
  • Do not dole out abusive slogans. What’ll you do when a kids asks you to explain that?

My questions: What are the rules to follow during a non-violent protest?

What actions can be taken against government bodies who are being quiet when such an issue is going on?

What to ask for
  • Need changes in PCA, 1960
  • Section 11N, Remove jallikattu from Animal Fighting.
  • Section 11/3, Remove the ban on bulls.
  • Special rule No.27, add bulls under special section
  • Ask for Middle ground for conducting Jallikattu and proper rules to prevent foreign firms to interfere.

My questions: What are the other clauses that should be changed in addition to the PCA and above stated sections?
Which body of the government should one approach to make this changes?

Now for the “This is a Culture destruction” part.

I’m sorry to say this, but this is not only a cultural problem. This problem is the least cultural problem we have. If you ask me “who”? I’m gonna tell that the reason is us.
We did not look at culture when we went to all those costly pizza and burger joints. We boycotted our own grains rich in nutrients for one that don’t.
We did not look at our culture when they introduced paste, instead of our neem sticks.
We did not bother when our native breeds of dogs were destroyed by another organization. We’re very much happy to buy posh breeds from other countries.
We’re happy to plan foreign plants instead of our own native trees which are best suited for our land.

We completely forgot our farmers when they were in need of water, no major voice was raised when we didn’t get water.


No one remembered to follow up the government after the flood. Adyar still stays koovam. And yes, we elected the same government again.
We’re happily accepting all kinds of new clothes. No one bothers to look at the kathar or hand loom products produced here.
We’re are the one who give bribe to get our work done. We’re okay to get things done illegally.

This is not only a cultural problem.
This is not a problem of your pride.
This is a problem of the nation.
This is a problem of nature.

Preach properly.
Culture lies in the adopting the Aesthetic value of the traditions that we followed for a long time. Try to adopt the same values and apply into the current situation. There is no use in following old traditions that impede human growth.
Don’t act upon the Nostalgia attack you’re having from the protest. Instead think about how you can tactically handle the issue to remove the jallikattu ban. Worst case, think up an alternative solution for this.

Do not let go of this spirit. Stand up and fight for your rights.

Fight for everything. Show the world that we will not be reduced to people who are okay with being manipulated.
Requesting any possible answer for My questions from anyone who knows its right.
Any valuable point will be added.




Dated 13-01-17
This is a rant of person who is traveling along the scenic ECR route to mahabalipuram in an ultra-deluxe bus whose thoughts, opinions and imaginations are fuelled by his yearning to write something and his wish for a non-hypocritical society. He is also partially high on melancholies from Rahman and Zimmer.

My friends and colleagues tell me that I ask lot of questions, though I object that, I secretly nod to myself. Hell yeah, I ask a lot of questions. I like to look at life lik-, *mind voice* tha wait tomorrow is Pongal.  My office being a generous one has given me off till Monday. Now, I’ve started thinking about what I’ll be doing on Pongal day, now that tradition is the hot topic of town, I couldn’t think anything more than a Pongal-ah-thinnutu-thoongarthu routine. I might also eat a lesser count vadai thisseason, but that is a lie which you all know.  I might also be wearing a veshti which I don’t know how to properly wear over my waist and a jigu jigu shirt whose last button will be chocked to death by our thoppai we’ve been growing out of spite and of those extra vadais I spoke previously of. Now what is so traditional about this? What are the values I learn from this? May be something in the TV will teach me about our Pongal heritage? Seri TV ah pota, All I would see would be a girl wearing a dress completely unrelated to the location she was in and the hero doing movements completely oblivious to the music going on. Now that would be boring, and I would want to switch to DD. But people at my home would like to switch to DD too. Antha DD la voice eh varathu, Intha DD la irunthu noise mattum varum.

Seri Facebook vantha Jallikattu posts ah irukum, well that’s okay, it’s one of those things we can appreciate these days. Young people doing the right thing. But I see many who don’t know whats actually going on behind this thing.  A government judiciary body asked us to tame lions, maybe they thought lions were fiercer than a bull running towards you with 20k pounds of force with almost 8 inch horns. Wait, may be they know we have singam 3!! Seri kazhutha paanaila aachum pongal vekkroma athuvum illa, ishtathuku cook panni paanaiku bathila yaanai aayidrom. The value of pongal lies in the health of a person and people around them. Karumbu ah vechi vadivel master maari pose kudutha mattum pothathu, athu en nu therinjikanum. Hastag #Tradition #Karumbu nu potutu monday poi pizza thaney saapda porom.

Seri atha vidunga. Pongalku than enna panrathunu therlana, pakkinga Diwalikum ithan panrom. Onnu Tradition padi vedi eh namaku kedayathu ozhunga Velaku ethitu poi padunganu solanum, illa vehicles will cause pollution, use public transportnu solanum, atha vittutu, annaiki oru naal naala ulagam azhunjidumu sonna “saami kannula saami kuthings” da dei!  Night nalla saaptu vedipom, appadiye saapta naamalum vedipom.

Ithellam potum. Traditionnu pesrom, apparam why use grinder? Why use tube light instead of agal vilakku?  why use laptop and phone?

I know you feel those questions are highly stupid and senseless. But in reality would you shed all the technology and go 100 years back?


We can’t, because we humans are organisms built for growth and development. It is encoded in us to grow, to be inquisitive and to reach out to the next possible thing.  Traditions aren’t the ones we should be holding onto blindly. But traditions are the ones we hold for a long time because they are morally and humanely correct for us and the people around us. There is no use in wearing ottiko kattiko veshti with jockey jetti inside. Try to wear kathar veshti or a dress that was locally made, atleast during festivals. Try to buy groceries from the local vendor, try to feed animals around your  place. Take up good values and hold on to them so that the world will accept them as traditions in future. Maatu pongal annaiku Happy birthdaynu solrathuku bathila neja maadungaluku soru veinga.

Why I’m talking about all these things? Because my facebook memories tell me I did the same stuff few years back, and I’ve been on the other side of this post.

Ponga, pongal nalla pongum. Kaka ku oru estra vadai veinga.