Saturday, August 20, 2016

Round Table Discussion on: “The Recent Amendment of Maternity Act – Benefits and Challenges”

Round Table Discussion on:

The Recent Amendment of Maternity Act – Benefits and Challenges”

5pm to 7pm, on Tuesday, 30th August 2016, Chennai

Organised by Empowering Women in IT (eWIT)
Seminar Hall,
Computer Society of India
CIT Campus, 4th Cross Road, Taramani, Chennai - 600 113
(Situated in the opposite lane to Indira Nagar MRTS Railway Station,
about 100 meters away from Dr Dharmambal Government Women’s Polytechnic (WPT)
& Opposite to Film Institute & Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology)


The union government is set to increase the maternity leave for women employed in private firms from the existing 12 weeks to 26 weeks.. Following the Cabinet approving the amendment made to the Maternity Benefit Act, which aims to raise maternity leave for women from 12 to 26 weeks, the Rajya Sabha has passed the amendment on Thursday.

Come and listen from experts!
5:00pm – 5:30pm – Tea & Networking

5:30pm – 5:50pm – Welcome & Introduction

5:40pm – 6:40pm – Discussion

6:40pm – 6:50pm – Q&A

6:50pm – 7:00pm – Summation

We request you to take advantage of this workshop by attending and/or nominating officials from your organization for this program.  You are requested to kindly confirm your participation and the nomination(s) from your organization through email to  Pre Registration is a must.
*It is a Free session for eWIT members and partner organizations. 
*Registration fee of Rs.500/- will be charged for non-members. Non-member women can also become individual member by paying Rs.500/- (annual membership fee) to attend the sesson.
For any queries, please contact Tel: 044 – 42120706.
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We look forward to your confirmation. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Moment of Marriage...Shyness Unfurled! #TinyTales

Experimenting with the creation of tiny tales.....the first one talks about 'First meeting of the Bride and the Bridgegroom'-  Pellichoopulu.

Tiny Tale2 - talks about a boyish woman entering into a marriage and unfolding the feminine character of shyness as she experiences the first touch of her man after marriage.

@Written by Umasree Raghunath

@Written by Umasree Raghunath

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Stage Creations drama : Neeya Naana by Kathadi Ramamurthy and S L Naanu & team

Chennai beautifully presents in its fold, a variety of talents and entertainment to its people.  As long as you know how you can keep yourself enjoying taking the best of both worlds…the traditional, conservative and cultural flavor or the modern, contemporary and fashionable fiesta.    In this pursuit of happiness, we love watching theatre and encouraging the art and talent.  We strongly believe that the stage is the lap of Goddess Sarawathi, Mother of Knowledge.  
We were very happy to watch Stage Creations recent play,  Neeya Naana, story written and scripted by S L Naanu.   We were happy to see the hall filled with rasikas at Tag Dakshinamurthy hall on 7 Aug 2016, Sunday.   The day coincided with the inaugural event of Stage Creations 50th Anniversary celebrations and unveiling of the logo and the website by none other than another veteran Crazy Mohan sir.  

The play by the group of theatre Jambavan (Veteran Artist) Sri Kathadi Ramamurthy Sir.   Neeya Naana had a touching theme that dominates the social fabric of today …especially touching the ordinary middle class families and the live wires of joint family system with on and off the same today.   The play takes you through ordinary regular day to day circumstances, and tickles you with simple charms of a family that is dominated by insecurities, anxieties and disappointment on expectations.   Humour takes it realm without even trying to work hard and we can see the roars of laughter and claps from the happy audience.  

The ease with which the cast has performed shows the efforts that went into the recital sessions.  It is not easy to do a family comedy genre and its success is highly attributed to the fact that Ramamurty sir plays with his ease and glory even at this age of 80 years.   The play has a strong family story line and the much deeper comedy sense makes it successful.  

The story starts with the marriage of Sivaraman’s second son’s wedding and post which he keeps insisting that his son and daughter-in-law to go and live separately fearing the separation at the later stage in life.  Given the experience with his eldest son Vignesh and daughter in law and the way they were pulled to court for the property creates a havoc in the mind of the elder Sivaraman.   The story goes around how the new daughter-in-law proves not only to be smart, but also very caring and understanding and fills in the vacuum in their lives.  The bet between them for an year and how the things unfold during this period is rest of the story.  

The play is directed and written by S L Naanu.   Produced by Bobby and Jhonny, who are physically no more in this world, but glad they remain ever alive in the stage as they get their placeholder in the cast and crew list of the drama.  Kudos to the team for this sense of gratitude and humility.

Probably one of the best comedy plays this year and undoubtedly will fetch few awards for their cast.   The comedic timing about Kathadi sir shows his experience with ease.  Lavanya Venugopal and Geetha as daughter in law and wife of Sivaraman did an amazing job.  I am only proud that Lavanya happens to be my friend in Inner Wheel as well.   SBI Murali as Dr Mani and Srinivasan as Google Search Giri and Naanu himself as Madhu did a fabulous job.  

Being in the theater arena, the sets by Saidai kumar comes as no surprise.  Simple and elegant and make up of artists are also to the point.   Lights, music and back stage coordination were at its best.   Subbu’s music added a beautiful flavor to the comedy nature of the play and kept it as required without being too jarring or inconsistent.  

The jokes especially when Sivaraman completes his cataract surgery makes you laugh out loud.  The moments where Google search gets into play are really funny.  Overall it was a friendship day treat.    It was worth the 2 hours spent to watch and real stress buster.  Anyone who enjoys theater and especially comedy and wanting a 100% entertainment should go to watch this play on stage.

I would give this show 4/5 rating …Truly entertaining.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

An Ode to my true love!

If the end of ecstasy is pain,
why do I need it?
If the end of awesome togetherness 
is going afar, 
why that togetherness?
If there is pain, 
at the end of happiness,
which is immense,
there is no need of such happiness!
When I don't have you when I need,
there is no need of me for you true!
so much of thoughts!
so many issues!
so many priorities!!
so many pressures!!!
so many people!!!!
But.....It's one YOU who matters!

An ode to my true love!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Book Review: 'A Sip of Love and A Sip of Coffee' by Ganga Bharani Vasudevan

I was there at the book launch of Ganga Bharani's ' A sip of Love and A Sip of Coffee' and also grabbed a copy of the author signed book.   However, several other priorities did not give a chance to read this book till this week. 

I know this book focuses on the puppy love.  The teenage urge for attention, the phone calls, the exam tension, group studies, cycling to school, the craving for marks and the academic results and the regular parental care and pressures.  This book covered it all.   

It takes you through a simple realistic story of Avanthika (Ave) and Gautham, how they fall in love, in-fact a first crush for her, an infatuation and longing for the first kiss, makes you laugh at times remembering the puppy love that you would have come across in life.   The intermediary conversations with the author and the characters of the book is refreshing and a good attempt by Ganga.  I am sure she succeeded in the portrayal of the characters.   

For a not so young reader like me, I felt the story was bit more circling around the fever of exams for longer than it wanted.  The  concept of 'best friend forever' between a boy and a girl portrayed with the character of 'Srinivas' in Ave's life made it realistic.   

As the turn of events, and as the story moves from the school stage, to college and professional lives of the protagonist Avantika and her first love Gautham, the script moves on at a faster pace.   It quickly takes you through the sudden changes and shift in their thinking and thorough understanding of love and relationships.  

The final chapter shows you that real love is not in always ending up with marriage, but in understanding to the extent where you can actually give it up, for the benefit of the people involved in it.  Being practical and actually understanding the essence of wanting a relationship or letting it go.  

This story ends with a twist that is welcoming.   Not every first love ends up in life long companionship, but the warmth, the aura of puppy love, the feeling of first crush, the sweet nothing conversations and the attention seeking watching over each other, the phone calls and pretending with parents, the kisses that fly across the telephone lines, reminds of a teenage that is normal and charismatic.   

Accepting of reality and understanding of love in its purest form makes this book readable.   Kudos to the attempt of Ganga Bharani.   I am sure the younger people will love this book alot and we middle age folks will smile with happiness remembering our teenage and its own tantrums....Ofcourse it does remind you of the first love :-)

Bottonline :  Please grab your copy and enjoy the book with a cup of hot coffee...if possible made by your spouse with love!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Two Cents for Kabali - Why this movie is different and classic of Rajnikanth - A Review on 'Kabali' da!

maya nadhi indru maarbil vazhiyudhe
thuya naraiyilum kaadhal malaruthe

Best shot of Kabali
Keeping aside the fact that I am a die-hard fan of Rajinikanth like millions of people in Tamil Nadu and world all over,  I have my insights into the movie that had mixed reviews from the public.  

 Few beautiful things that make this film, a classic and absolutely different including the concepts of love, betrayal, hero worship, gangs and drugs, prostitution and school drop-outs, and above all, first time Rajnikanth acting of his age.   A elderly man who takes with him, both the pride of being a revolutionary of his times and wanting to take this to the future,  holding on an in-depth pain of a man madly in love for his wife and losing her.     The movie like any other does have its own misses and lengthy scenes, however, those can be overlooked, when you look deep into this movie's beauty of love. 

This movie also gives equal opportunity to every small artist who is part of this team work.  From the school drop out Tiger to the hero worshiping Jeeva, to the rebel Kumaran , to the Free Life Foundation Fathima and Meena,  to the normally dressed Jeeva's mother and Kumaran's mother,  every artist gets an equal screen-space.  Instead of a son, it is the daughter who is shown as a strong willed gangster who turns out to be Kabali's own daughter.   Yogi does an amazing job.  The conscious effort to show the feminine character of Yogi, despite her boyish appearance and fights in the scenes where she takes her foster father Velu to the washroom,  where she slips the coffee cup at the ring of the bell, and the tears that she sheds when she sees her mother for the first time.  You should really watch this movie with no first week whistle sounds in the theater, and cherish each expression that has been beautifully expressed by the artists.   They did an amazing job.  

Beautiful Portrayal of Yogi
The antagonists did no less.    Right from Tony Lee, Vaseekaran and his gang, every one did a decent job.   Somehow, I really missed 'Raghuvaran' being alive to having donned the role of the key antogonist in this movie...he would have been the BEST fit.   Probably, the makers could have also thought about Prakash Raj to be partnering with Tony Lee...the presence of the strong villain would any day make Rajini's movies long living.   

Few scenes, that I felt like watching again and again.   The happy Kabali after meeting Tamilarasan, keeping on talking about it to Kumudhavalli and the kind of full face smiles on their faces,   the silent hallucinations of Kabali in search of his wife,  as he goes near the river side bench and sitting and the way Kumudha keeps on asking ' na enga irukeynu vunaku teriyada...evalovv neram unakaga kathirkaradhu....and the way her ear rings moves as she talks....its a moment to cherish.   

Lovely expressions from Radhika and Rajini
The beautiful scene where he stands and watches from the french window, and thinks about what his wife will be doing, thinking and will react when he meets her the next day,  the expression in his eyes shows what an absolute actor Rajinikanth can be.   The way he says to Yogi...'po da,,nee poi thungu...nee poooo' shows his age and maturity as a father.    He had played the role of father before, but this particular movie, shows the vulnerability and emotionally drained father.   The way he holds Velu when he murmurs that he has a daughter, shows the desperate search of an aged man for his long lost family.    

Under the coat of the gangster, lies a heart full of love.   The way he looks at Kumudha when she does the bed, and he keeps on disturbing it, the way he watches her with a glitter in his eyes, and during the party, when a french couple keep kissing, the way he looks at his wife and smiles,  shows a true love beyond ordinary expressions,  expressing togetherness forever.  The blushing and glee on their faces, when he approaches her as she gets draped in the saree...the sharp expressions and acts of quick moves makes Rajini ..our best.

Romance, Love, Happiness....what an expression!
Radhika Apte can just be the apt artist.  PA Ranjith as director has done a wonderful job in selecting his cast for the film.   Though many earlier reviewers felt that there is overdose of his friends from earlier movies of the director,  I felt he gave a fair chance to all in this movie.  Nasser did his role with ease.   The Young Rajini looks like a charming young man from Mullum Malarum..taking us back to 80's easily.   

The mannerism is unique to Rajini..The way he sits in the Le Meridian when he reaches Chennai...the way he laughs when Anbu tells him about 'Saraku'....makes him the super star we all love.    I get goosebumps when I hear the song ' Maya Nadhi'...what a beautiful song from lyrics of   One dialogue that stands out of Kumudha is when Rajini  says "Nee sethutenu neniachen". And she replies "Sethu dhan poirndhen, nee vandhu paakara varaikum" - shows how a woman in love for her husband will wait for years together for him to come back in life....truly touching....
Style Mannan !  Super Star Rajini !

One reason why the movie did not touch the fans in the first few days, is to the fact that the urban crowd probably do not know the pains of the rubber tapper or oil farm workers and their problematic lives in Malaysia.   This is reflection of an on going issue.   The deprived generations of people who migrated to the land in dreams of fortunes and ended up in unfortunate situations.   Malaysia Indians, especially Tamils have made the country their own.   However, they have their share of pain and anguish which is very well reflected in this movie.   The dialogues on Gandhi or Ambedkar shows that despite the country or the community, we still have the struggles across the globe.   The story of the crabs is not only true but thought provoking.   The growing dominance of Chinese and controlling our segments of retail and wholesale industry and this subsequently more in the underworld thus making our vulnerable youngsters easy prey to their activities is well reflected in this movie.  

The visuals of Malaysia and Thailand, Hongkong and Chennai are equally colorful and refreshing.   The background music is kind of not in pace with the movie...and could have been better.   The slowness in few shorts is of-course a minus.   One probable thing that could have been avoided is the overdose of violence.   Especially, I was taken back at the scene where "Jeeva's'' hand is packed and sent to Kabali in a box.   We are not seeing this first time in Tamil movie,  we have seen much dreadful scenes in 'Vettayadu Villayadu' and other movies...but over all our movies can stop showing such violence as it effects the viewers.       Critics have all rights to criticize.   You watch it with no preset assumptions and too much of expectations.  It is definitely worth watching.  If you are fan of Rajini or no, you will still enjoy the movie.

Kudos to the makers of this movie.   For God's sake, don't ever compare with Linga.   This is far better movie with depth of acting and entertainment.     I only wish Thaliavar Rajni is at best of health and happiness to give us few more movies and entertain us in what ever way he wishes it is right.  Stop the stereotypes and breaking the protocols and inhibitions,  we need to take a movie as a movie and enjoy, instead of making this a personal success or failure.    After all, what you pay is for a movie ticket...but what the actors and makers of the movie,  technicians and the crew gives is their precious time, efforts and love for the art.   No one will plan to give a failure..If you don't like it, please ignore, it is no body's loss.   If you like it..go watch it the theater...and no piracy!

Magizhchi !!!    
Love you Rajini!
Nerupu Da!
Good work Team Kabali!

Na Vanthutenu Solu
Thirumbi Vanthutenu,
25 Varshathuku Munadi Epdi Ponano Kabali,
Apdiye Thirumbi Vanthutenu Solu..
‪#‎Kabali‬ Da 😎

Friday, July 15, 2016

My spirituality begins in my bathroom :-) :-) :-) ...

Yes, you heard me right!   My spirituality unusually begins in my bathroom....It is one place in this whole world. where I can just be myself.  I can laugh for nothing,  I can cry my heart out,  I can giggle at myself in the mirror,  sitting on the closet, I dream letting myself relieved.   It is in my bathroom, that I have my life's biggest decisions sparking in my head.   It is here, that I look at the mirror and talk to myself endlessly, seeing and stopping my unwanted frowning...smiling at my silly thoughts of adventures that I cannot take and the fantasies of life that I cannot explore otherwise.  It is my world of peace..It is my place of spirituality.

After every bad day, I get to my mirror on the wall and let it out.  I talk to God there, I find him next to me.  I stop worrying what others would think or if I am pleasing or not pleasing my Gods.   We share a very unique and fervent  relationship in our eternity.  I am not a religious addict, but I have strong beliefs injected into my system ever since I was born.   Religion and Spirituality are two absolutely different things but go hand in hand.  They cannot be discarded as opposites nor taken for granted as synonyms.   Religion teaches us a way of faith, a way of worship and way of living.   Spirituality takes you closer to God, within you and outside you.  

I have done my share of mistakes in this world.  I am not perfect and I never tried to be one as well.  It is an absolute delight to be yourself, the way you want and the way you feel comfortable.  My family thinks that I am a nerd not trying to be matching to the corporate world I work for.  It is an additional value to how we present, than a necessity.  I do my job.  So being presentable in a different way makes no sense to me.  I am the same old traditional, non-fashionable girl from a uprising town far away from the modern melodrama of metropolitan city.  I live in midst of the city and I enjoy being a socialite, enjoying parties, long drives, dance (of course crazy for others to watch), attending events all over the city for all kinds and above all, I am allowed to be myself.  To me it is my own spiritual elevation.  To be myself.

Not many would acknowledge the fact that the utmost and absolute privacy begins only in the bathroom....but to  me it is the small space of my own.  I don't spend long time than required there, for I have the fear of over dose of my spiritual calling.   My thoughts get clear, my appreciation for my body is high, my level of admiration for my dreams is elevated and I find some kind of calmness.   One day, I was thinking why the hell I am having this unusual quest of finding my inner self.   I realized that I am in search for something unique and different.   I am honestly contended person with my own share of ups and downs that keep my life easy and enjoyable.  It spices my life.  However, there is sharp contrast to the search of unknown.   

Three things like loan, hatred and unhealthy body collapses a life easily.  If we keep  running behind the quest of making money aimlessly and in the process lose the very life, it is meaningless....The peace is gone when we take the loan....we end up in hatred of the situation, hating people and these two finally destroys our health with worries..  Few simple mantras in life actually change the entire thinking we have in life.   Until we realize that we don't realize the purpose of our life.   Spirituality is not practicing and learning Vedas and scriptures.  It is a simple process of following the goodness of mankind.   It is not easy as said

To me spirituality is not a different process.  It is a way of life.  It is how I identify myself with my inner urges.  My crazy and mind boggling thoughts and deeds.  I did hurt many people in my life and I beg their forgiveness.   I had worst times and I wish to forget them.  I spoke ill of few people and I apologize for the words cannot be taken back.   I repent for the hurt I gave to few.   Amidst all that I also abused my mind and body.   This realization is my spiritual enlightenment.   Emerging out of the self-defined crisis and re-making things around me is the spiritual realization.  I am at peace.  I am at peace with my self.  My small world.   

This post is written as part of the #ChennaiBloggersClub contest on "What spirituality means to me?"  #Spirituality #ChennaiBloggersClub #Songsofthemist
 #TheMonkKey Contest
Link to CBC website and the monk key website.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Suicide Story Calling for Hope and Help

Expression of life with smiles and cheers
The loud laughter’s for such silly jokes
Confidently standing beyond arrogance
False countenance nonchalantly reticence

As I pulled over the mask to show different me
So fake and so conflicting to nonexistent inner glee
Not with intentions to cheat everyone around
But disguising with pretense to one thyself

Murky gorge of reality without an escape
As my skull becomes evil’s warehouse
It is nothing but a curse being titled strong
For the actual struggle hidden all along

Swinging precarious between hope and surrender
Hiding tears and fears battling scary bearers
Consummating the artists within in disguise
Desponding alive in growing stronger 

Unable to eat, sleep, travel or wander
Trying to slip into the little dodging slumber
Absolute frames of absurd thoughts derider

Hugging the lifeless pillow to cry aloud
Of falling into the valley deep into the grounds
Running behind the leaving train
Waking up with a jerk and disdain

Succumbing to the loneliness of the chest
Sweating unusual than on a wilder trek
Where is my inner strength disappear
And the ardent faith ruled over by devils

Cries in cowers laid to rest in corner
The provocation to die chanting over life
Darkness and death looking alluring
Life be uphill struggle and non-fetching

Scared of another day and survival
Everything looked repulse and pointless
Hearing my fore-fathers calling me to the shore
Another life, another time, welcoming to meet

Where is the hope that made life everything?
Heartache, emptiness of the inner soul
Lost merry, life easy, trading my nothing
The curtains are ready to be brought down

The drama of life is ready to sure end
Free from the masks of public appearance
No more delving in pity of others around
Time to put an end to the corrosion of mind

Beyond the layers of wisdom thick to grind
Depression is never seen till it’s too late
Death can seem to be the only solace

Finding the Story of Suicide around,
Look again, think and stop by for a second
Give them a hug, hope and helping hand!
That moment, may bring them back to life again!