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Everything was normal until……

March 24, 2009
Last Saturday, I was at my laziest best; thanks to the lovely weather of Chennai. LOL. I had too many things to do, and so many places to go during the weekend and was trying to prioritize them. Repairing the DVD player for my folks that I got from my native topped the list. I picked the phone and called the service center guys to check if they were available on a Saturday. Unfortunately they were (sigh!), got their address and stuffed the huge DVD player in my bag and started from home.

I always have my mobile headset on as I find it difficult to travel without listening to songs or talking with someone. I have been advised many a times not to do so, but what to do, habits like heeding to advise is out of my dictionary. Its also a habit for me to sing along with the songs, that too in the same pitch and I believe I am being hunted by Chennai police for public nuisance. Btw, is there an IPC penal code for singing while riding? I hope there isn’t! All along the ride, the bag with the DVD player kept moving itself to the left and I kept pushing it back to the center; just like how you do it in a typewriter!

It was 4 in the evening and my head was fuming inside the helmet because of the heat. I took off my helmet at a signal, placed it conveniently on the rear mirror and put on my goggles. The traffic, the heat, the pollution, the heavy bag on my shoulders, and the pretty girls enjoying the AC inside a zen to my right, everything made me feel so bloody restless. I changed the song from Dev D’s Paayaliya to the title track of Delhi 6 and kept humming all along. The signal turned green, it was like a stampede and everyone panicked as if the world was going to end. I rode a little further and stopped once again as the signal turned red again just when I was about to cross the lakshman rekha drawn by Chennai traffic on the roads.

Scrrreeeeech! A red Toyota qualis suddenly stopped on my left with brakes fully applied a` la Tamil cinema style. After a minute or two, a window of the qualis was pulled down from inside and a hand appeared out of it asking me to come near. I went a little ahead thinking he would need help for directions (and also hoping that it shouldn’t be any political gundas!). The window was pulled down completely and a filthy rich middle aged ‘dude’ sitting inside beamed at me. He had so many magazines spread across his seat and was also wearing a couple of those huge stone rings (that’s all I could notice in those few seconds). I returned his smile, took off my headset (gulping) and :

Me : Ennange ? ( What sir?)
Stranger : Sir, neenga Jaya TV Raagamaalika vile paadneengala? ( Sir, have you sung in Jaya TVs Raagamalika?)
Me (blushing) : Amaa. (Yes) (shouting whooooopie! Inside)
Stranger : Vazhthukkal sir, romba nalla paadneenga ( congrats sir, you sang really well)
Me : Thanks a lot sir ! (literally jumping on my seat)

The signal turned green, both of us took different directions from the roundabout and the song in my mobile changed itself to Jai Ho !! ( Im not making this up, it really happened!)

I was in the middle of the road and didn’t know whom to break the news. I was literally on one of those numbered clouds, that was for sure. It made me forget about the heat, pollution, and everything else that made me feel cranky. I thanked that stranger in the red Qualis from the bottom of my heart for further boosting my confidence. According to me, it is these kind of out-of-the-blue public recognitions that matters anyone a lot.

This wasn’t the first time for me. I was recognized soon after my first episode in Oct. last year by a security guard at Satyam multiplex (theatres) and the second time in Dec (ironically, just after my final episode) by a Marrybrown home delivery guy! But what happened last saturday made a lot of difference, not because the stranger this time was an influential person, but because of the fact that my episodes stopped airing like three months back and someone still recognized me, that too in the traffic, inspite of my beard and the weight that I have put on since then!! LOL !!

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43 Comments leave one →
  1. Archana permalink
    March 24, 2009 1:25 am

    Oyie Celebrity… what happened to the DVD player?
    By the way, are there any women who’ve recognized you yet?
    I must say, it does feel great to be noticed by the junta!
    Congrads!

  2. Reema permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:06 am

    Interestingly, no girls recognized you !! 😛
    As me and Poonam always say
    That you and Vee are ….
    😛
    So much about the DVD player that I thght that guy grabbed it and ran away in qualis when u mentioned ” a red qualis stopped”.

  3. Solilo permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:06 am

    Neenga periya celebrity aayittinge. Vazhthukal!

    Oru autograph sign panveengala? Saaaaaaaaaar.

    Tell me if it is right. :D:D

  4. Ordinary Guy permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:46 am

    yes Solilo… you are right…:)lol

    aliya vimmu, nee star ayaallo aliya……:)
    🙂 it is moments such as this that makes our day…….

  5. Rakesh Vanamali permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:54 am

    Wow! Vimmuuu……you are a celebrity dude….. can I get an autograph please 😉

  6. soneeta permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:05 am

    ohhh! gr8
    i better take ur autograph next time i meet u..who knows whether u will hv time 2moro with ur busy life of singing in movies and stages and receiving awards…

  7. ramya permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:26 am

    The song on your mobile should have changed to “papa kehten hain bada naam karega!!!!!!”
    i think you are sooo making this up…last time we were thendi nadakkifying in chennai oru patti polum thirrinju nokkillallo.

    celebrities shouldnt bother running errands themselves…they always have assistants to do it…

    bwahahahahhaha….

    P.S:I am in a particularly evil mood today!!!

  8. Sakhi permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:46 am

    😀 😀 Recognition, Recogniton!! 😀

    P.S. There is no rule for singing while driving (i guess!) But definitely there is a rule not to put the earphones while driving since it will affect you hearing and in-turn it will affect the safety of others (as if the traffic itself won’t affect safety in India!!)

  9. ramya permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:47 am

    BTW whats with the picture of a cat in the post???err..dont understand the association.

    Well,atleast the “poocha kutti” is photogenic unlike some others….

  10. Aaarti permalink
    March 24, 2009 6:06 am

    now, explain this to me… why the cat picture??????? why not a dog? or why not one of urself? why not put one of u singing in that show?? why the cat??[oh,i asked that before..lolz…]

    phew…

    awesome feeling no.. nice nice!! enjoy…. off late the only people who recognise me and ask how i am are the lady security at Sathyam- the other day she asked me “enna madam rendu moonu naala kanom..” [hahaha… i dint know whether to be embarassed or happpy]

  11. Aaarti permalink
    March 24, 2009 6:07 am

    and for a minute, i thot something happened to the DVD player, someone swipped it or something!!!

  12. oorjas permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:12 am

    Oh Our star.. lights flashing *click* *click* aughtograph please..

    unfortunately i didn’t watch Ragamalika..let me know if there are any reruns..

    it would have really felt great to be recognised.

  13. Chiranjib permalink
    March 24, 2009 8:55 am

    You are a celebrity, dude!
    Enjoy the limelight as it stays on you! 😀
    Btw, what about girls? 😉

  14. Poonam permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:54 am

    So you are a mini celebrity now 🙂 and reiterating Reema, hadnt it nt been for ur much-publicised affair with Vee, you mite have earned urself some fans too. Abhi bhi der nahi hui hai..may be that female fan is still somewhere around..maybe wid a wrong guy 😛 (waiting for you to drop ur wrong guy :P)

    Well, I guess er..er…there is a rule aginst listening while driving

  15. Rakesh permalink
    March 24, 2009 11:21 am

    okaay..thats it???…huh??..so the filthy rich guy just stopped to say hi????
    ………………………………………….
    ……………………………….
    i mean..he didnt even give u his huge stone rings??..i think he was a kanjoose miser!!!! he should have removed n given u his huge ring..man!!
    ..n u didnt even ask him???
    Dude u forgot??!!u still have to pay for the debts u got for getting tht tatoo ,right?

    i think now u know y its dangerous to listen to music n drive…u tend to forget important things!!

    Be prepared for such situations in the future man!!

    😛 !!!

  16. Smitha permalink
    March 24, 2009 11:42 am

    Wow!!!! You are a celebrity!!! Goodness – I finally know somebody famous – is it okay if I do some namedropping??

  17. Vee permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:42 pm

    Oye, World famous in Chennai… 😉 Awesome.

    And do not get bogged down by what few nonsensical creatures here have to say. Wo log kabhi nahi samjhenge.

  18. Reema permalink
    March 24, 2009 1:49 pm

    Yeah!! why the cat??

  19. vimmuuu permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:04 pm

    @ Archana :

    No, no women yet. I guess they are shy to approach me.LOL. The DVD player didnt get repaired because those authentic guys wouldnt repair a imported one ! HUH !

    @ Reema :

    LOL. I would not want to comment on me and Vee!!! Ours is a divine relation! LOL. Im digging my own grave!!!!

    @ Solilo :

    LOL, you are right. But I charge for autograph, is it ok? LOL.

    @ Ajit :

    LOL, thanks machooo!

    @ Rakesh 2 :

    I charge for it, is it ok?? LOL.

    @ Soneeta :

    Yeah, you better. Later, I would have no time !!! I already am flooding with offers to dub for donkeys !

  20. vimmuuu permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:11 pm

    @ Ramya :

    Iam so very happy that I have such a lovely sister like you. Thanks a lot 😀

    Edii, ivide thendi thirinju nadakkumbol, ninne poleyulla kshudrajeevigal ente koodeyundaayirunallo!adukondaavum !!!

    @ Sakhi :

    Ohh !! So I better wear my helmet to hide the headset from now on ! LOL.

    @ Ramya again :

    I was searching for a snap in google with the key word ‘astonished’ and this is the best one that came up !

    @ Aaarti :

    I was searching for a snap in google with the key word ‘astonished’ and this is the best one that came up !

    LOL, so could you arrange a ticket easily for the shoooper star movies?

    @ Oorjas :

    There are no reruns. But Im planning to upload it here some day. Buhahahahaha!!

    @ Chiranjib :

    LOL, thanks man. No girls dude (so far)!

  21. vimmuuu permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:18 pm

    @ Poonam :

    LOL, the right girl dropping the wrong guy and waiting for me to drop the wrong guy. so, that means, vee is wrong, huh ? how dare you ?? LOL. But since you suggested, Im having second thoughts of dumping him! LOL.

    @ Rakesh :

    LOL. Your comment is so damn related to what I wrote!! ROFL !!!!

    @ Smita 2 :

    LOL. Now, stop making fun of me!! LOL !!

    @ Vee :

    World famous in Chennai, LOL !!!
    Yeah Yeah, they are jealous of us !

    @ Reema again :

    I was searching for a snap in google with the key word ‘astonished’ and this is the best one that came up !

  22. kanagu permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:32 pm

    you are a celebrity… and you are kind enough to comment on my posts and reply to my comments.. my god.. 😀

    recognition is the best thing that can happen in our life.. keep it up bro.. great.. 🙂

    I am really happy 🙂

  23. Bedazzled permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:59 pm

    hey even i thot it was gonna b abt the dvd player … aatograaph saar !!

  24. Ashwathy permalink
    March 24, 2009 5:11 pm

    ROFL @ Ramya

    @Vimmuuu
    half the time i m too busy laughing reading the bro-sis interactions rather than paying attention to the post.

    oh yea, now to comment on it. there u go.. ppl usually get only 15 seconds of fame. that was ur 30 seconds and beyond air-time too. so enjoy it! 🙂

  25. Smita permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:08 pm

    wow!!!

    Too good….

    It for sure must have felt great….

    BTW With that DVD player you must be looking like Suriji of RNBJ 😀

  26. Indyeah permalink
    March 24, 2009 8:15 pm

    I had no clue that you are a singer:)
    Its news to me:)
    celebrity!:D

  27. Biju Mathews permalink
    March 24, 2009 9:52 pm

    Aah, you sing, eh? Is the session you did with Raagamaalika in Youtube?

    An “astonished” keyword gets you a cat??? You should have atleast put up a “Red Qualis” or a couple of girls gawking from inside a car 🙂

    Keep Blogging!!

  28. amit permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:10 pm

    Sir, Autograph please!!! 😛
    Celebrity ji, what happened to the rest off the Sunday? OR were you flying in the sky for the whole day? 🙂
    Congratulations!

  29. ramya permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:18 pm

    @ Ashwathy

    I think you are the only one reading it!!!lol
    Actually he told my mom that he likes me commenting on his blogs because it brings in more comments to his posts…what an opportunist i tell you!!!i know i shouldnt even bother but enikki mindaande irikkyaan pattilla…

    @Vimal Chetta

    the “astonished cat” is more soothing to the eyes than other constipated faces you had posted…lol

  30. vimmuuu permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:27 pm

    @ Kanagu :

    LOL. appadiyellaam onnum illeppaa!!! LOL.

    @ Bhargavi :

    Autograph with Photographs only!! LOL

    @ Ashwathy :

    Adhey le? aa praandi pennu endengilum parayunu ennu vechu. But Im happy that retard is entertaining you. LOL.

    @ Smita :

    Just when I thought you were writing something nice about me! Why Smita? why???

    @ Indyeah :

    LOL. did I scare you now ???

  31. vimmuuu permalink
    March 24, 2009 10:33 pm

    @ Biju :

    Yup, its uploaded in youtube.Im planning to put it up here, just feeling a little scared. Illa perum poyaalo? LOL

    @ Amit :

    Oh god ! How did you know? I was happy like crazy !!!

    @ Ramya :

    Adhey, your mom, adaayadu ente ammaayi interpreted the whole thing wrong. I told her about your fight with that ‘anonymous’ person which increased the number of comments. vallaandey kidannu njeliyalladi pothey !!! LOL.

    But please, dont you dare thinking of not commenting again. Kannu thattaadirikkaan ninte comment venam..hehehhehee…

    Ok, jokes apart, I didnt put any of your snaps. Oh, you are referring to that art of yours which I published long back??? Oh yes, that had a constipated look!!!

  32. Ashwathy permalink
    March 25, 2009 4:27 am

    Just finished reading the above comment. I rest my case… LOL!!

  33. alphabetworld permalink
    March 25, 2009 8:05 am

    Whoopie!!! Celebrity! Saar, enakkoru autograph tharuveengala? (hope the tamil’s ok!)

    So, did that guy look like the cat?? For an instance, I thought poochayaanu kadha kondupoyathennu… 😀

  34. Anonymous permalink
    March 25, 2009 5:40 pm

    You didn’t know whom to break the news? Well, I have an idea… I’m planning to publish your number on this blog 😉 You will not stop ‘literally’ jumping from your seat.

    And by the way, see the ad of Vodafone more often – ‘Break the news’ at just 60 paise 😛

  35. vimmuuu permalink
    March 25, 2009 9:26 pm

    @ Ashwathy :

    LOL. Phew !!!!!

    @ Priya :

    LOL, oru poochayude foto ittadukondu ithrakkum valiya prashnam aavum ennu vichaarichilla!!!

    @ Anonymous:

    yeah, yeah, as if !!!

  36. Anonymous permalink
    March 26, 2009 12:00 pm

    hahaha – you would look like a spring attached to ur butt if i published ur number 😀

  37. Anonymous permalink
    March 26, 2009 12:01 pm

    hahaha – you would look like somebody with a spring attached to ur butt if i published ur number 😀

  38. remabh permalink
    March 26, 2009 7:23 pm

    oh wow… didnt know u were a celeb ;)…

  39. remabh permalink
    March 26, 2009 7:25 pm

    hey vimmu… njan ippo aa “ramya” kkulla comment vayichu… I read it as “remya”… njan vicharikkuvarunnu… njan eppola ithinte idakku keri comment ittathu ennu 😀

  40. vimmuuu permalink
    March 26, 2009 8:07 pm

    @ Anonymous :

    Adangu ente anonymousey !!!

    @ Remya :

    LOL, I dont have a confusion. You are Remya, and thats my sis Ramya.

  41. verbivorehere permalink
    March 31, 2009 4:23 am

    by the way it started i thot ur typewriter…sorry DVD was going to get smashed ;P (evil grin) hmmm so someone is enjoying the limelight :))

  42. Anonymous permalink
    April 3, 2009 2:32 pm

    Hey dude ,,,

    Am happy for you ,,, It really makes you feel great when someone recognises you for what you have done and what you are ,,, hats off to you friend ,,, just a suggestion — We should both join and out out an album and see how it goes ,,, something which we have been planning for a while… lets goet into action.

    Mario

  43. December 17, 2009 7:12 pm

    Hey, now I feel happy! So some plus point is there from this experience. Now, I will look out for the ‘raagamaalika’ episode in ‘you tube’!

    The kitten is cute!

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