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The world of mallu Ks

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The K serials have become so obnoxiously omnipresent across all the family TV channels. This makes me feel, the thread of unity in diversity is going very strong in the country. Be it Malayalam, Tamil or any other language channel-K (or other letters that sound similar) is the order of the day.

Malayalam Mega serials that are spread across the biggies like Asianet,Surya are abominable to say the least. I remember days when serials were short and would end in 13 episodes flat…those were the good old DD days, and they were weekly episodes. Not that serials were great, but we knew for sure that they are going to end. Later came the era of daily episodes, and that was the beginning of the rotten era!

The guy who discovered the demand for Ks(even before the Ks came) has to be a demi god. It has revolutionised (read made richer) so many , on screen and off the screen.

A typical Mallu mega serial viewer knows that what is being shown is crap,but he/she takes the story to heart, invests some part of his mental acumen to analyse/predict/connect to the run of the mill tear jerker stories.

Every viewer feels that , he/she is sensible enough not to accept the unending drab, but would sit through every second of the soap.Why Why? Won’t these people have anything better to do?
Mallu soaps have too many specialities. One being its cast that keeps changing, mostly ‘coz the actors move onto other channels or get into better (a)vocations. These changes just bring in a knee jerk reaction among the producer director script writer one in all guy….he will bring in another actor/chuck the character, launch a campaign announcing a sudden twist , the death of the character or even the stupid idea of the character going in for a plastic surgery for the face!!!
Seriously dumb right???

The talk is that joining a Mega Serial cast is like getting a government job(plus no VRS), with even pension from some association like Amma or Accha or Macta, whatever they are called. You are going to be there with(in) the same serial as long as you want. The idiotic audience will be glued to the TV software that is being produced(ya, some TV serial production houses call themselves TV software houses)and the story will drag on and on, as long as TRPs get them advertisers.
The cast is happy,the advertisers are happy….the average malayalee is the happiest!
Mega Serials, one from the original K company, (Kavyanjali produced by Ekta Kapoor) has been running for almost 2 years on Surya TV!

It usually happens that when someone leaves home for a serial shoot, friends and relatives see him off, ‘coz they never know when he is going to be back!!!!
(the fact remains that mega serials are not short in one go)

About the twists and turns in the thread, the people behind the serial is clueless on what has to be done to the character…so they drag on and on, according to popular demand include newer twists,characters, and even the plot changes if at all there exists one.The script is tailor made to suit market demands, I am sure there is no industry that is so customer centric!

Just praying for better TV programmes…….


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July 28, 2006   16 Comments

Picardo Picked me

When Mr Dicardo picks me, how can I say no….

I am thinking about • Why Daniel loves “young Mallu men!”
I said • “Finance is easy but needs lot of focus and perseverence” to a couple of juniors
I want •fish fry and rice!

I wish • I could have fish fry and boiled rice now!
I hear • Annie laughing away to glory watching YouTube videos

I wonder • if B School rankings really matter!
I regret • for having drunk tea with pepper and salt from NCC (thanks to Saraf,Annie,Jain and Pai)
I cant • live with this irritating nasal congestion(cold to put it in zimble language)
I am • still flaunting my Titan watch that I got as an audience price in Crucible Corporate quiz
I dance • when I speak!
I sing • so that none can listen…
I need • to make money from Google Adsense
I cry • whenever wifi is down
I make • love(jus kidding)
I write • when I am pissed!!!
I confuse • Daniel Picardo and Paniel Dicardo
I miss • mallu movies
I will • attend tommorrow’s 9’o clock class
I should try • chucking Windows and moving onto Ubuntu

Here I go…
I tag

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July 9, 2006   2 Comments

Core Banking….really?

I had the notion that banking has really come of age in India and inter bank/branch transfer of money can happen in a second. I have even had argument with a prof when he said that SBI has not really implemented technology. As usual, I could win that time, but the ground reality was different. Its miles away from what they advertise, what websites say, what newspapers say….when you go there, then only will you understand the stark reality.

The issue:I have a taken a bank loan from SBT, Trivandrum. Somewhere in his wildest dreams, the manager was told by god almighty that I would never utilize the money for what it is meant to be used, so issue the loan cheques/DD in the insti director. Every semester, I have to get the DD from him in the diro’s name for amount that includes the tuition fee and how much ever I ask for as extra for expenses.

Here, I have to give the DD to the office and those guys would issue a cheque in my name after deducting the fee amount. Here starts the issue. The insti bank (lousy Bank of India )that is entangled in a, pathetic service, worst customer service, and …..a bunch of nosy staff.

I hate to credit money to my BOI account for the simple reason that they do not have an ATM, (This time I heard that, they have ATM facility networked with the college extension counter)…but does that matter….how many ATMs would they have across Pune…
I do not want to get 50 bucks from someone for to and fro rick(shaw) charges and withdraw 200 bucks….:)

I thought I will take the cheque to the nearest SBI and credit it to my SBT account….SBT is an associate of SBI……I was futuristic…..I could not credit the cheque to my SBT account from an SBI branch….
So, I thought any SBT branch should be okay….networked, core banking..such words just moved through my grey cells(ha ha ha)……

SBT Pune told me that I can not credit cheques to a non Pune SBT account only cash….pleeeez!!!!
So had to credit the cheque to my Bank of India account…and they were lucky enough to have my money for a day. I hate BOI for one more reason, coz they look at me with eyes simmering with suspicion when I withdraw a couple of Ks…as if I am a drug peddler or going to pay a celebrity to spend a night with….BOI, grow up!!!

Now, back to SBT, Pune with the cash….little did I know that government had made enough rules to check hawala transfer and there was a ceiling of 20k! And here they made me spend 150 bucks as service charges/commission, damn it!!! My mistake, the amount I was remitting was more that 20k :(

How can RBI regulate money transfer by way of charges/commission….a hawala transfer would happen even if these banks would charge hefty commissions.
Never will the bank know that I had to pay 150 bucks commission for an amount that I borrowed from another SBT branch….the rules in this country are indeed archaic ……..poor me just ended poorer…

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July 8, 2006   5 Comments