Friday, December 16, 2016

Why Doordardhan's Ramayan is re-invented again and again

Like me, all the ones watching this video might have seen the serial Ramayan once in their childhood. The version of Ramayan that was aired by Doordarshan in our childhood was a bit dramatic but captured the faith of a good section of people… so called “socially religious animals” towards it. It were though targeted to the Hindu’s in India, in those days it were not much socially targeted but was treated a good broadcast available on the ‘not always broadcasting’ “Doordarshan”



I remember that not everyone had televisions those days and to have a television was like ‘I am rich’ and ‘influencer’. The old televisions were like some cupboard where there used to be a door that when opened would enable you to see the screen. I sometimes thought why they called the channel Doordarshan, was it because everyone was sitting far(Door) and watching (darshan)… huh! You think everything possible when you are a kid… “I was a genius” .. oops! atleast better than my friend who once asked “hey! Abhi we all go to the toilets in train and the waste from our body is on the railway track… what would happen if someone wants to go to toilet in a plane… is it on the head of the people standing beneath a flying plane”… ha ha…


People would literally shout “Jai siya ram” along with Hanuman and try to be part of this acting that they thought was real. People in those days were more attached to the actors in the serials and would worship them like gods…




I remember my mother asking me to take a bath in the morning and be available at the ground floor of the house where all the neighbours would be available to see the serial ramayan. Each of the ‘so called bhakths’ would have a basket with flowers and garlands. When the serial starts with the music "Raamayan"


Everyone would individually go to the television box and put garland on it. They will also light an agarbathi… (insence stick) and do the Pooja…. Believe me or not, this was actually happening. It was so immersed that anyone would recognize the music from the serial even if they were walking on the streets.




I even had a bow and arrows as toys. Modern day Ben10 and superman toys are popular among the children. But the weapons and the attire that the old Ramayana guys used were Viral. Every child out there wanted a bow and arrow. God, they were like cupid! Ha ha…




The acting of the modern day Ram seems to be not up to the expectations, May be my feeling because I have watched the old ram and his patient talking. To me the older Ram was matured in his appearance and no one would expect him to say “what the crap”. The music that was selected by Ramanand Sagar was also peculiar and matched the old day standards. Agree with me or not, Ram was old and not from this ERA.



Over these year’s Ram has come before us in different avtars in different channels, with different stories. At times, I think was it all real and why is it different in every other serial. The essence of the serial is not whether the story has changes and are they true but if we can learn something out of it. Debates can be on and off continuous for day and night until there is another cyclone and Noah comes with his ship….

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Athachamayam 2014 in water !



Athachamayam 2014 was in water, all wet and tired. I was not able to capture too many shots but I managed to capture some of them when the rain slowed down.


photos of the Athachamayam 2014
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For those of you who do not know what an Athachamayam is, I have included some notes below:

Athachamayam is the start of the ten day Onam festival in Kerala. On this occasion we get a chance to see most of the folk art forms of Kerala. Athachamayam is celebrated each year on the Malayalam month Chingam. This event is celebrated at town of Tripunithura that is a Royal historical place. As I understand, Athachamayam is organized in the memory of the victory of the King of Kochi.

Onam is a harvest festival of Kerala that is celebrated every year and different cultural and social events are organized across the state. Tripunithura Athachamayam features parade of elephants, tableus, folk art forms like Pulikkali, Theyyam, Mailattam, Kavadiyattam and classical dances like Kathakali and Mohiniyattom. There are different group that showcase their performance in Pandimelam and Panchavadyam.

The flag known as the Atham flag is brought from the Vamanamurthy temple in Thrikkakkara, Kochi. It is believed that the people of Thripunithura who are in different parts of the world come to their hometown on this occasion to celebrate Athachamayam, I am not sure about that.


Water in Athachamayam 14
                                                   Pictures from Athachamayam 2014


Athachamayam 2014 displayed 18 different items during the celebration, however the glow of the 2014 Athachamayam was damaged due to unexpected rain. I saw the procession moving from statue junction in the morning. While I was ready to witness it, rain rain rain...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Time runs quick, going nowhere fast!



I thought I understand people better, "hmm... you are not a psychologist" says the person in the kitchen. It is indeed a good feeling to be married, I agree!
Making a 'stitched mouth' speak is in itself a hard job and she does that well; My wife, she' s trying to study me, trying to cope up with my nature! I appreciate her hard work :-)

It was summer and winter; Autumn, spring and monsoons, huh! I am yet to experience some of them.

If you have a life, get married! that's something you shouldn't miss. Finding a perfect partner isn't practical but understanding each other is practically possible. You get a permanent friend, a companion who stays with you a whole life, shares happiness, sorrow, pain.

I met a saint once when I was a child and he told me "If you fear something, do that first", he believes that one could remove the fear and then you are left with no fear.


Time is running fast and I am trying to maintain my pace. I recently saw a white hair on my forehead, "is that symbol of luck or am I getting old?". I am missing something that I was preserving for long...

'Change', one should practice that to cope up with life.

LIfe at Abhi...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paneer selling on 50% sale, A disaster in the lab while conducting experiment



So it were a hot sunny day and I was travelling on my bike at 50 km/hour (They say it gives a mileage of 90 Km/liter at that speed) which is less than my acceptable speed limits and more than what the vehicle could handle without vibration. The streets were filled with vehicles, small and big, inside of them were the drivers who think these streets were gifted to their grandfather as a dowry. Trainers say that we must be thinking positively when a bike rider or a car approaches us without following the common traffic rules; they say we must think they are in a hurry to rush and we are offering them a help. God knows how a trainer might react in reality when a compromised driver hits their vehicle hard in the rear; "think positively"!


So we were on the streets where this was happening?

Kunjunni Nair's Tattu kada was still having the crowd enough to eat their doshas as they arrive. A wise man, old enough to beat my great grandfather in his age was driving a Maruti Alto without a learners lisence; as it appears from his driving, blocked the "world's smallest road" from SN junction to Vadakke kotta. It took the traffic policeman 5 minutes to regain control over the street and I moved towards the supermarket 15 meters on the left from where I was then.

As always, I took a basket and started picking up the eatables in random without a shopping list. I took a packet of chana dal, Roasted rava, maggie noodles, aata, bhel puri pack and so on until I reached the last section where I normally pick a plastic glass packed with Lassi in Mango and sweetened flavors. I picked a pack named lassi and my eyes saw another packet within a small fridge called Paneer. Fascinated by the Paneer recipes in Sushma's blog (Authentic food delights), I decided to purchase it.

I once bookmarked a recipe from a blog, here's the link http://www.cookingandme.com/2009/10/paneer-butter-masala-restaurant-style.html for Paneer Butter Masala(the Restaurant style) and thought to try this. Read all the ingredients and made rough calculations. I find that I have everything else except the nestle milkmaid bottle in the photograph. I went to a nearby store and purchased the milkmaid.

I followed the instructions of the blogger and started the preparation. I being fond of sauss, used a little more than 1 table spoon. It all went fine and tasted good. At last was the turn of the nestle bottle and I poured milkmaid as instructed. Rather I used a little more so that I could taste the sweetness . Finally the dish was ready and I kept it to cool.

I shared the paneer with my friend along with chapatti. It tasted much different than a restaurant bought paneer butter masala. He ate a few pieces and then commented on it "Abhilash, it appears good when we eat such dishes... good to taste though it has a lot of sugar and spice. I wonder how my stomach reacts to your dish 'the so called paneer butter masala" :-p

I spoke to Priya Sreeram last week and shared this recipe with her. That is when she pointed out it were not a milkmaid that should be used but a nestle cream. I went through the blog again and realized I made a blunder. This experiment end in a disaster, but I should say the dish was quiet sweet and tasty ;)

That's when I understand that, no matter whether you purchase Paneer for 10% higher rate or on a sale of 50%, you have invested some amount and whatever you prepare has to be good; at least for you :)

Did such disasters happen to you?




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