Thursday, November 25, 2004

Tamil Food-London

After a long research I found few hotels for Tamil Food in London, but cant compare with Hotel Saravana Bhavan(Suresh-Make a note)

1)Woodlands in Wembley and Marleybone street, costly though.
There are also Srilankan Tamil restaurants in Wembley and East Ham.

2)Sri Krishna in Tooting, combination of Kerala and Tamilnadu food.

3)Madras Restaurant, High street North , Manor Park.

4)Jaffna House, Tooting Broadway. Fantastic and affordable meals.

5)Taj Samudrah in Alperton, Wembley have got the best Kothu Rotis and Biriyanis

6)Shkoni IN Tooting, near to Mariamman Kovil.

7)Sri Radhika Restaurant in Ilford

8)Finally the best is Chennai Dosa at 353 High Street North, Manor Park, London 020 8586 7729. Another branch in Eastham too.

I heard that there is Mami Mess in Southall, not able to get the exact address

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Virgin Mary in Sandwich

10 years before, in One fineday Indian people found that Ganesh(Pillaiyar) started having milk. People started feeding milk for Ganesh, the whole week Ganesh ji was Busy with Milk, milk more milk. Conclusion, milk shortage, kids are all hungry. Now the turn Goes to Virgin Mary for casting in a Bread(sandwich) piece-USA.

Here is the story
Diana Duyser, 52, of Hollywood, Florida, screamed and almost fainted as she chomped into a grilled cheese sandwich 10 years ago because she saw the face of the Virgin Mary staring back at her.

She put the sandwich up for sale last week on Ebay and now the bid is to reach $1 Crore.

Letsee who is going to win it

Friday, November 12, 2004

Taboo Shanker

உன்னை கேட்டால்
 வெட்கத்தையே தருகிறாயே, 
வெட்கத்தை கேட்டால் 
என்ன தருவாய்?

One of my favorite Tamil poet(?!), Guess he released this about 6 years back "வெட்கத்தை கேட்டால் என்ன தருவாய்". I read a review about this in India-Today. Being in village,  its quiet impossible to get these kind of book in our neighbor towns. Vikatan honored this guy now, gave a separate section/page to write in called " Taboo Shanker Pakkam", since he was not recognized much before.

Guys don't miss his writings, if you do, you will be loosing some pages in your romantic life. Each and every words of his book shells some aroma of love.If you want to gift something to your lover, gift his books. Heard he  is an Asst Movie director. Get his book and fell in Love.

Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Diwali, originally uploaded by ilamurugusp.

Happy Diwali to all my friends and my relatives.

Bush celeberated last Diwali in Iraq and Afganisthan. How abt this year? Cuba? Iran? NorthKorea?..

Friday, November 05, 2004

17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Michael Moore

Michael Moore who heated bush with his great film Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)wrote a mail to his group members today. Though I am not a great fan of Bush I happend to agree with this Mail. Herewe go..

Dear Friends,

Ok, it sucks. Really sucks. But before you go and cash it all in, let's, in the words of Monty Python, 'always look on the bright side of life!' There IS some good news from Tuesday's election.

Here are 17 reasons not to slit your wrists:

1. It is against the law for George W. Bush to run for president again.

2. Bush's victory was the NARROWEST win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson in 1916.

3. The only age group in which the majority voted for Kerry was young adults (Kerry: 54%, Bush: 44%), proving once again that your parents are always wrong and you should never listen to them.

4. In spite of Bush's win, the majority of Americans still think the country is headed in the wrong direction ( 56% ), think the war wasn't worth fighting ( 51% ), and don't approve of the job George W. Bush is doing ( 52% ). (Note to foreigners: Don't try to figure this one out. It's an American thing, like Pop Tarts.)

5. The Republicans will not have a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate. If the Democrats do their job, Bush won't be able to pack the Supreme Court with right-wing ideologues. Did I say "if the Democrats do their job?" Um, maybe better to scratch this one.

6. Michigan voted for Kerry! So did the entire Northeast, the birthplace of our democracy. So did 6 of the 8 Great Lakes States. And the whole West Coast! Plus Hawaii. Ok, that's a start. We've got most of the fresh water, all of Broadway, and Mt. St. Helens. We can dehydrate them or bury them in lava. And no more show tunes!

7. Once again we are reminded that the buckeye is a nut, and not just any old nut -- a poisonous nut. A great nation was felled by a poisonous nut. May Ohio State pay dearly this Saturday when it faces Michigan.

8. 88% of Bush's support came from white voters. In 50 years, America will no longer have a white majority. Hey, 50 years isn't such a long time! If you're ten years old and reading this, your golden years will be truly golden and you will be well cared for in your old age.

9. Gays, thanks to the ballot measures passed on Tuesday, cannot get married in 11 new states. Thank God. Just think of all those wedding gifts we won't have to buy now.

10. Five more African Americans were elected as members of Congress, including the return of Cynthia McKinney of Georgia. It's always good to have more blacks in there fighting for us and doing the job our candidates can't.

11. The CEO of Coors was defeated for Senate in Colorado. Drink up!

12. Admit it: We like the Bush twins and we don't want them to go away.

13. At the state legislative level, Democrats picked up a net of at least 3 chambers in Tuesday's elections. Of the 98 partisan-controlled state legislative chambers (house/assembly and senate), Democrats went into the 2004 elections in control of 44 chambers, Republicans controlled 53 chambers, and 1 chamber was tied. After Tuesday, Democrats now control 47 chambers, Republicans control 49 chambers, 1 chamber is tied and 1 chamber (Montana House) is still undecided.

14. Bush is now a lame duck president. He will have no greater moment than the one he's having this week. It's all downhill for him from here on out -- and, more significantly, he's just not going to want to do all the hard work that will be expected of him. It'll be like everyone's last month in 12th grade -- you've already made it, so it's party time! Perhaps he'll treat the next four years like a permanent Friday, spending even more time at the ranch or in Kennebunkport. And why shouldn't he? He's already proved his point, avenged his father and kicked our ass.

15. Should Bush decide to show up to work and take this country down a very dark road, it is also just as likely that either of the following two scenarios will happen: a) Now that he doesn't ever need to pander to the Christian conservatives again to get elected, someone may whisper in his ear that he should spend these last four years building "a legacy" so that history will render a kinder verdict on him and thus he will not push for too aggressive a right-wing agenda; or b) He will become so cocky and arrogant -- and thus, reckless -- that he will commit a blunder of such major proportions that even his own party will have to remove him from

16. There are nearly 300 million Americans -- 200 million of them of voting age. We only lost by three and a half million! That's not a landslide -- it means we're almost there. Imagine losing by 20 million. If you had 58 yards to go before you reached the goal line and then you barreled down 55 of those yards, would you stop on the three yard line, pick up the ball and go home crying -- especially when you get to start the next down on the three yard line? Of course not! Buck up! Have hope! More sports analogies are coming!!!

17. Finally and most importantly, over 55 million Americans voted for the candidate dubbed "The #1 Liberal in the Senate." That's more than the total number of voters who voted for either Reagan, Bush I, Clinton or Gore. Again, more people voted for Kerry than Reagan. If the media are looking for a trend it should be this -- that so many Americans were, for the first time since Kennedy, willing to vote for an out-and-out liberal. The country has always been filled with evangelicals -- that is not news. What IS news is that so many people have shifted toward a Massachusetts liberal. In fact, that's BIG news. Which means, don't expect the mainstream media, the ones who brought you the Iraq War, to ever report the real truth about November
2, 2004. In fact, it's better that they don't. We'll need the element of
surprise in 2008.

Feeling better? I hope so. As my friend Mort wrote me yesterday, "My Romanian grandfather used to say to me, 'Remember, Morton, this is such a wonderful country -- it doesn't even need a president!'"

But it needs us. Rest up, I'll write you again tomorrow.

Thanks to Srinath for forwarding this great piece.

Thursday, November 04, 2004


I studied Hindi in my schoolings for 4 yrs, so I can read and write Hindi. I worked in North India for 11 months, at least I would have learned Hindi at that time(thanks for Tamil guys who around me to survive there for 11 months), I didn’t learn there too. When I reached London I never think that Hindi will be casually speaking language for all Indians.

An interesting incident happend in Paris for me which really made ashamed that I don’t know Hindi, Punjabi either. Mostly Indians, are selling the Eiffel Tower key chains for 1 euro per piece, if you could bargain with them you can get 4 or 5 for 2 euros. Once I was bargaining with an Afro guy for an Eiffel Tower statue which is made up of Glass with sparkling lights for 12 euros which Afro guy demanding to us to get it for 17 euros. On that one of the India guy came with key chains and shown those chains, said something in Hindi, I got a word 5 (paanch), so I thought he is trying to sell those chains to me. I thought I am over smart and bargained with Indian guy to give 5 chains for 2 euros. He said okay and I bought it still my wife is bargaining with Afro guy, that Indian moved for 2 steps and said with other guy that" samja nahi" yaar. I was confused what he is saying, how long a guy can act that he knows the language. Finally my wife bargained for 12 euros and bought that tower statue, we were amazed that we got it for 12 euros.

Then that Indian guy came and said that statue is worth for 5 euros that is what he tried to convey to me Hindi, by the time he acted to afro guy that he selling the chains to us.

Though I felt ashamed a lot before that I don’t know Hindi, it happend in Paris too. Now I am learning Hindi with my Punjabi Landlord.

I can’t only blame on Dravida parties now for Anti-Hindi strikes during 1970's. I have to learn Hindi as usually spoken among all Indians abroad as well.

Monday, November 01, 2004


When I deputed here I havebeen said that I will stay till Sept-30th-04, after reaching UK, my project extended till Dec24th. So I have planned accordingly for preparing my examinations(even I didnt do this before), today afternoon I got a mail from my Proj. Manager saying that my project got extended to Feb-2005. Already my dad forcing to come back to India, also I miss my family and friends.

If same thing happens to me next time I dont have anyother option other than applying for UK Passport ;)


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