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Back to….the country !!!

December 6, 2010

Thankyou Blogadda

 

And by country, my friends, I mean Kerala. Not kidding, its time they declared Kerala as a separate country. We are different from the rest of the Indians and we accept it. Now, is it good-different or bad-different, I really don’t know. We are so thick skinned that our men don’t find it embarrassing to wear lungis at public places and our women consider maxi/nightie as their traditional wear; you can find them wearing it to get vegetables and also to drop their children at the bus stop. We contribute a lot of revenue to the government with our alcohol consumption but at the same time we are so concerned about our environment that we conduct hartals and bandhs to shut down Cola factories. And we celebrate these bandhs and hartals like national holidays!! Somebody, long long ago, called Kerala a heaven or something, but if you want to actually see heaven and hell together, you just have to sit in the front seat of our buses. We are spread across the universe, so much so that when Neil Armstrong first landed on moon, it seems he was greeted by a malayali.

((I received this pic as an email forward and don’t know whom to pass on the credit. But whoever created this, is a genius.))

Sometimes I wonder, if we are responsible for half of Indias population! And, I am sure that one day, if all the Non Resident Keralites come back, the whole state would incline to one side like an over-crowded public bus. For all you know, some of them might even fall into the Arabian Sea!

And if at all, they declare Kerala as another country, Trivandrum, should still be the capital. It’s a beautiful city with vast well connected roads, medieval architecture and greenery all over. But however vast the road is, the traffic during the peak hours is horrible and according to me, worse than Chennai. People here have absolutely no road sense and treat the roads as if they own it. I know that’s how everybody in India is; but here, they are very very serious about their ownership!   To be honest, I had never felt scared to take my bike out before. These days, I think twice and then sigh twice before sitting on my bike. But then, I don’t take it out much too. There aren’t any exciting places or hang outs to go around and explore. Guess what, the biggest and only ‘shopping mall’ in Tivandrum is the Big Bazaar!!!  and on weekends, half of Trivandrum is inside that!

So what if Trivandrum doesn’t have a shopping mall, it has something unique, something which I haven’t seen in any other city — A full fledged condom shop!!! That’s right, an outlet, unimaginatively named ‘The Condom Shop’, sponsored by Moods in the middle of the city, just opposite the Secretariat building! There’s another interesting fact about this city, which might be of use in any of the quiz competitions. ‘Name a city in India that doesn’t have garbage bins’. No prizes for guessing guys, it IS Trivandrum. I am not joking guys, they don’t have such a ‘system’ here. People from the municipality collect the garbage directly from the house. You might think it is convenient; well, it is not! We have to separate the plastic from the leftovers and while the leftovers are collected daily, the plastic is collected only on specific days. The worst part is that they don’t or they will never take glass pieces. Once in a lavender moon, a truck comes it seems and only then can we get rid of all the broken glasses!

I am telling you folks, the Trivandrum folks ARE a little strange. The junta here have forgotten how to smile; I doubt if they even know how to smile. I thought it was just me but when I asked a few locals on this, they agreed wholeheartedly with me. They also mentioned that it would require a few meetings for them to really open up and for a smile to appear on their faces, they have to be fully convinced that they are not going to get cheated. Their unusual dialect spoken with a straight and stern face will definitely make you feel that they are rude, which actually isn’t the case. The poor fellas here know how to speak like that wonly!!

Here’s one more example why I feel Trivandrum is strange.

For crying out loud, why Priyadarshan of all the people? What on earth did they see in him to make him a model ???

I have not stayed in Kerala much and that could be the reason why I gulped big time when I heard ‘Trivandrum’ during the interview. But I desperately wanted to move out of the old office in Chennai and so I took the new offer without second thoughts. The only relief was that two of my friends stay in Trivandrum- my childhood buddy Shammy, also in the same office and my best buddy Srijith. But bad luck follows me just like that stupid Hutch dog! Two days before joining the new office, when I was at Palakkad (that’s where I belong), I got an sms from Shammy, at 6 in the morning – “Dude, I put down my papers yesterday. I am going abroad.” I called him up to check if it was a prank; but it wasn’t. He said he would have to serve a months’ notice in the office and will be there in Trivandrum for just that month. Great ! But I would’ve been happy if my plight ended there.

It was my first day in Trivandrum. Srijith had come to pick me up at the station. After helping me with the luggage, and before even getting into the car, he said, “Daaa, theres a bad news, I am moving out of Trivandrum in 15 days. I got a good offer in Cochin” !!! The weather was already so damn gloomy and it was like a perfect movie situation; I could actually feel a cool breeze of air caressing my skin and touching my scalp. In a few hours, it started raining cats and dogs which continued for days, flooding certain areas of Trivandrum for the first time. Nobody realized that those were my tears. Sob! Sob!

Both of them kept their word; Shammy was with me in the school for exactly a month and Srijith and I met daily for those 15 days.

Aaaah, now I am all by myself in this new city. This is my third month in Trivandrum and I still miss Chennai like crazy.

I miss the :

The innocence; the authenticity; the composure,

The history; the promises,

The roads; the lanes; the rush,

The weather; the warmth,

The malls; the theatres; the hang outs,

The ‘sunndals’; the ‘bhavans’,

The outlook; the humility; the people,

The ‘annaaa’; the ‘saaar’,

The fun; the happiness; the life,

The ‘vimal’; the ‘vimmuuu’

 

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  1. Count bratula permalink
    December 6, 2010 11:58 pm

    *poof* Firstttt!! :mrgreen: Be right back! *poof*

    • December 7, 2010 2:03 pm

      Stupid fella bRattu, u dnt hv time only for my blog no! U r banished from my friend’s list and I know u will say u r happy abt it :grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 👿

      • Count Bratula permalink
        December 7, 2010 11:54 pm

        Naa its just tht i got terrified seeing those ‘scarecrows’ tht u have put up in ur tea estate blog 😉
        Will visit ur blog once u remove tht scarecrow! 😛

        • December 8, 2010 9:44 pm

          He doesnt come here too Swarr ! He comes does a poof and then leaves! But he ‘likes’ my post and thats the only thing he does ! 😀 😀

          • Count Bratula permalink
            December 8, 2010 10:24 pm

            A “LIKE” is worth a thousand words Bro! 😥

            • December 8, 2010 10:34 pm

              LOL, a sulking vampire ! now I have seen everything ! 😀 😀 😀

  2. December 7, 2010 12:11 am

    2nd 😦

  3. December 7, 2010 12:12 am

    we will have to book you for sedition talks here!!!!! separate country eh?

    pity u did not like TVM so far, but I enjoyed living there!

    • December 8, 2010 9:45 pm

      not that I didnt like TVM…when did I mention that ?? 😀 😀 😀 Its just that people are strange here ! 😀 😀

  4. December 7, 2010 12:17 am

    I luuuuvvvv the “I miss the(s)’ .. esp “The history; the promises’ .. shows how much the land stands to speak to u and mean to u albeit as a foster parent! 😀

    this is to your love for Chennai …. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 😉 😉

    Psssstttt .. do they still gift elephants and banyan orchards in Kerela as gifts to SIL(s) during marriage ❓ ❓ ❓

    • December 8, 2010 9:47 pm

      oh, you awwwww-ed ! thats the first time !! 😀 😀 😀

      elephants and banyan orchards as gifts??? hearing that for the first time!!! which era did all this happen ??? temme, how old ARE you ?? 😀 😀 😀

      • December 9, 2010 1:50 pm

        Hello .. i attended a wedding 10 yrs back where all this was given and more!!! 😐

        • December 9, 2010 11:14 pm

          elephants ????? 😯

          • December 10, 2010 10:58 am

            Yes there was an elephant (his gift) to receive him at the cochin airport and as a token he got a banana orchard 😉 😉

  5. Count bratula permalink
    December 7, 2010 12:35 am

    Hey guess wht ..its snowing on the moon! 😀
    And wht was priyadarsan modelling for? err school uniform?

    Yeah man trivandrum sucks!
    Ppl who stay there also become mean ppl!
    So beware man!

    • December 8, 2010 9:49 pm

      heyyy, you commented???

      Brats commenting here, sags awwing !! whats happening to the world ? 😯

      people become mean, eh? the missus has already turned a trivandr-ite then ! 😀 😀

  6. December 7, 2010 1:07 am

    Oh dear! Make sure no one from TVM reads this 🙂 I don’t recall it being so gloomy – I was there for 3 months, long long ago – our initial training was in Trivandrum. But then, those days were before the ‘mall age’ so there were no malls anywhere to be missed in Trivandrum 🙂

    As for roads – I agree! All over Kerala, it is the same situation, and the roads are so narrow, in most places!

    The one thing I do remember about Trivandrum is the number of liquor shops! Every second shop was a liquor!

    So you miss everything about Chennai? Poor you! I am sure you will start singing praises of Trivandrum 🙂

    • December 8, 2010 9:54 pm

      before the mall age??? you mean the 80’s ?? 😀 😀 😀 😀

      did you notice another thing about the roads? all ups and downs everywhere !! 😛

      ya, so many of them still ! and you should see the queue; a very obedient queue ! 😀 😀

      Chennai is the best ! 😦

  7. ajay permalink
    December 7, 2010 2:42 am

    Oh this was one hell of a post, Vimmuuu. But you made Trivandrum sound like not so nice a place to be at. One of my friends lives there and I wish to visit Kerala sometime. This was a complete post – fun, nostalgia, rant, humor – it had everything. Nice work man. 😀 😀 And what’s wrong in naming a condom shop a condom shop! It’s like calling a spade a spade. 😀 😀

    • ajay permalink
      December 7, 2010 11:04 pm

      Congrats Vimmuuu for the Blog Adda pic! 😀 😀

    • December 8, 2010 9:57 pm

      oh please visit ! you got one more reason now – me ! 😀 😀 😀

      Theres nothing wrong buddy, but you know its not creative at all; they could have easily named it the Passion store or something similar ! 😀 😀 😀

      and thanks for all the words man ! 🙂

  8. December 7, 2010 8:04 am

    Whoopsy! The taste of Kerala! U shud be listening to some Kerala Fornica, err, I mean Fornia over some good naadan kallu and pollicha meen! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Vimmuuu boi – enjoiiii! 🙂

    • December 8, 2010 9:59 pm

      LOL !!! Keralafonia ! thats where I got my pink lungi from ! 😀 😀 😀

  9. December 7, 2010 8:32 am

    Oh my God, you have given such a hilarious account of the place, specially for a person who has never visited the place 🙂
    and the Neil amstrong pic was just awesome !!
    And that thing about the condom shop.. please tell me you made it up
    Now, as Smitha pointed out, just wish noone from TVM reads this 🙂
    Chill !! you’ll start finding people and places and things that’ll eventually make you start liking the place eventually !!

    • December 8, 2010 10:01 pm

      no, people should visit this place; theres a lot to learn ! 😀 😀 😀

      ya, how I wish I can meet the creator of that pic ! 😀 😀

      serious; maa kasam; there is a condom shop here ! Do you want me to take pics ?? 😀 😀 😀

      yeah, I should; I need to survive na? 😀 😀

  10. December 7, 2010 9:11 am

    LOL 🙂 This is not your hatred for Trivandrum but your love for Chennai that shows through. You are seriously home-sick. When is your next Chennai trip??

    • December 8, 2010 10:02 pm

      you got it right Ashwathy ! Its not that I hate TVM; I miss my chennai so much ! 😦

  11. December 7, 2010 10:16 am

    lol.. 😀 Even I had received that pic once (the Neil Armstrong one) 🙂
    To tell you the truth, I have been to Kerala once and I felt it was boring. It is scenic, beautiful, close to nature but probably not for a person born and brought up in a big city (like me). And a condom shop is too much?! I have not even seen one in US 😛 You are seriously missing Chennai for sure.. but you will get adjusted to this place soon.. it happens but once you get adjusted, you will write a post praising Trivandrum 🙂

    • December 7, 2010 2:18 pm

      Go to Singapore. U will find relative toy shops too on the main roads 😛 😛

    • December 8, 2010 10:07 pm

      I find it boring here, but when I go to my place, palakkad, im all charged up ! 😀 😀 😀

      LOL, I havnt seen it anywhere too; yes, like swarr mentioned, toy shops yes, but not one like this ! 😀 😀 😀

      I guess I would have to stay here for atleast 3 years and then shift to some other place for writing a post on TVM. 😀 😀

  12. December 7, 2010 10:26 am

    ‘Name a city in India that doesn’t have garbage bins’ There are many contenders for this one. TVM has got competition.

    I support the ‘Maxi’ as the most weather appropriate outfit for women in most parts of India. Easy to maintain, easy to work in, available in price ranges to suit all pockets.

    Loved this post Vimmuuu.

    • Count Bratula permalink
      December 7, 2010 11:57 pm

      How abt Karate uniform? Thts also cool right! 😀
      Even capes r cool these days..Did u like my Purple cape? 😎

      • December 8, 2010 10:15 pm

        Seriously??? I have never across a city, a capital, that doesnt have garbage bins!!! 😀 😀 😀 Incredible India indeed ! 😀 😀

        LOL, it should be declared as a national dress ! 😀 😀

        Thanks IHM for recommending it to Blogadda !

        @ Brat : How dare you mess with The IHM ! 😀 😀 😀

  13. December 7, 2010 11:57 am

    When I started reading your post, I thought you have started talking like our Karuna, who was talking about ‘thanith thamilnadu’ often! Thought you were thinking of joining politics!

    I remember my husband saying when we were in Hosur that TVS and some other companies were not taking Malayalees in their companies, because of the nature of leading ‘strikes’ for small small reasons.

    Neil Armstrong…good imagination. But feel sad because Malayalees are hard workers and have got the guts to survive anywhere in the world.

    When we visited Kerala long back (we went by car), every street had ‘kallu kada’ and I was able to read it in Malayalam after some time and was able to recognise the letters later on in other boards too, thanks to the word ‘kallu kada’!

    You will get used to Trivandrum in time, Vimmuuu! It can’t be this bad! All the best!

    What is Laxmi’s opinion?

    • December 8, 2010 10:21 pm

      Me and politics ??? I need to take corruption classes to join politics ! 😀 😀

      oh thats true ! We are famous for creating unions and then stop working; thats why we form unions in the first place 😀 😀 😀

      lol, toddy shops you mean ! 😀 😀 yup, you are right; its everywhere ! more than grocery stores ! 😀 😀

      ya, its not bad at all; Im missing my chennai, thats the issue ! 😀

      for a person whos born and brought up here, its a surprise that even she wants to get back to chennai ! 😀 😀

  14. December 7, 2010 12:17 pm

    Really sad that you’re liking TVM much. Its been a while since I’ve been to trivandrum but whenever I’ve been there I’ve liked it. Maybe its because I’ve only visited the place and not lived there.

    Oh yes I’m totally with you on the traffic aspect. Its scary!

    LOL@ chandran’s thattukada image. Malayalis are spread far and wide on this planet earth, isnt it and very soon they will be gracing other plantes too 😀

    • December 8, 2010 10:32 pm

      I guess you missed a ‘not’ in the first line ! 😀 😀 😀

      Hmm….probably ; its not a difficult place, I find it a lill strange, thats all ! 😀 😀

      Im sure they are already busy with their gracing ! 😀 😀 😀

      • December 15, 2010 11:55 pm

        Oooopsss, I sure did miss the ‘not’! Enda cheyya vayassayi kuttiye! 😀 😀

  15. December 7, 2010 12:43 pm

    hehehehe love the honesty & freshness of the post!!! *I am hating myself for writing good things for you bu what to do can’t lie na*

    Priyadarshan’s poster? Are there no heroes in your Kerela?? 😀

    Wonly Big Bazaar?? hahahaha..see the flipside no malls = less shopping = money saved 😀

    Stop fussing, crying & sulking u bugger. Be happy wherever you are because it was you who decided to move there, no body forced you.

    And you might say that it was your bad luck following you that your frenz moved out as soon as u reached there but the truth it was their good luck 😉

    • December 7, 2010 2:16 pm

      LOL I sort of agree with the gud luck part but still agree to try my bad luck by offering to move there for u 😛 😛

    • December 8, 2010 10:37 pm

      Im telling you na; that child birth has changed you completely !!! you are nice now ! 😀 😀 😀 May you give keep giving births every year ! 😀 😀

      seriously; donno who thought of making him a model !!! John abraham is a half malayali , you know ?? 😀 😀 😀

      hmm…thats true ! but the crave for good stuffs increases and you know what happens when the crave goes beyond a point, na? 😀 😀 😀

      Thankyou granny for the advise 😛

  16. Indy permalink
    December 7, 2010 12:45 pm

    Entha mone Vimmuu…ok dont kill me…tht was my lame attempt at some basic mallu!!!

    hehe…grass seems greener kathai alle?
    But think atleast you get to hear ur mother tongue everywhere !!!! Which is the only reason I cud stand Chenai!
    Anyways , relax you will get used to the lungi and nightie dress code and in fact feel pride in this “national” dress in time! LOL!

    And hey why did u leave in the first place? Tch! But, I quite like TRV although my escapades have mainly been around Velli and Chalai where relatives shops are lined up and need formal visits!! Hehe!

    Chumma iri pa…it will be ok! But keep us updated about how it is all going!!!!

    Enjoyed this post totally!!!!!!!

    • Indy permalink
      December 7, 2010 12:47 pm

      But I am completely stunned by the Priyadarshan ad…I mean WHAT????? What is the world coming to? Allah!!!!!

      • December 7, 2010 1:34 pm

        Exactly, my thot too Indy…..We really need some good models in Kerala….

        Why dont those ppl have not spotted out famous Devil, yet ???? 😉

        • Indy permalink
          December 7, 2010 2:36 pm

          See no, Uma!!! Ithu enna kodumai pah! With our Vimmuu around wht match is priyuu!!!

          • December 8, 2010 10:40 pm

            ok enough enough girls ! stop making fun of my looks ! 😀 😀 😀

            We have good models; but that priyan pic was a blunder ! 😀 😀 😀

            I get to listen to my mother tongue, true, but you wont believe, after staying for almost 10 years in chennai, im feeling suffocated when i listen to malayalam ! 😀 😀 😀

  17. December 7, 2010 1:43 pm

    ROFL post !!! 🙂 But those lines abt missing Chennai are so sweet. 🙂 🙂

    That pic of a Malayali tea stall in the moon – I think I got it too by email. But its so true, right ???

    Come back to Chennai Vimmuuu…this city is crying that u are not there – did u hear abt the damn rains ???? 😉 😉 🙂

    • December 8, 2010 10:42 pm

      ya, so true. I think its for real and not morphed at all ! 😀 😀 😀

      I heard about the rains; now thats one thing I dont like ! Chennai sinks when it rains ! 😀 😀 😀

  18. December 7, 2010 1:57 pm

    ROFLMAO!!! mone! im sorry for you! but just cant help ROFL! U shudnt sit and think 2wice on your bike and think everyday – you shouldve thought for 2 days when you got the offer!
    You miss the CHENNAI CLIMATE?? :O im sure if i trace back ur old posts u have cribbed abt tht or atleast chennai roads! ithelladatheyum prashna! think like tht and console urself!
    – Good they created the ‘condom’ outlet before u reached! Or it wouldve been a “bathroom fittings mall” – Lido Mall pole – Loo Mall – By Vimmuuu or shud it be Vimm ‘a’ Loo? – u knw, jst tried since u dnt like it to be “unimaginative”!
    ROFL @Priyadarshans poster! lol – they dint see u yet na – isliye 😉
    paranjille – ‘paapi chellunidam paathalam” 😀

    • December 8, 2010 11:12 pm

      ya, when have you ever felt bad for me in the first place ! quite normal of you to ROFL everytime I write about my plights ! 😀 😀 😀

      but you are right, I shouldve thought twice about the offer 😀 😀 😀 But then, I never thought TVM is this !!! 😀 😀

      LOL, I have always liked chennai weather. I guess you are referring to the post I wrote about the change in my shift timings ! 😀 😀 😀 I was supposed to reach office at 1 pm before; how good can the sun be to me at that time ! 😛 😛

      ayyada….theres already a talk about changing my blog name from V-lokam to V-lookam ! 😀 😀 😀

      But I would go for priyadarshan any day than that six fingered psychopath who acts these days only to make use of the heroines ! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  19. December 7, 2010 2:06 pm

    Ayyo paavam. Hugsu to u 😛 I know u want a gud friend like me there rt nw 😛 ahem 😉
    Find me a nice job 😉

    Wow! Isn’t it gud that they ask u to sort out the garbage and then collect it? Thatz an awesome idea rt. Change begins at home 😛 😛 😛

    • December 7, 2010 2:12 pm

      God! But seriously, y Priyadarshan 😛 😛 It will start making u feel important na 😛 Nt long before u claim u cn make it there too 😉

    • December 8, 2010 11:15 pm

      if you are coming, then, thats the end ! I would rather fly to the Andamans ! 😀 D: 😀 😀

      Its a good idea ! But I wish they had garbage bins on the roads. What if we eat a chocolate on the way, we have to carry the wrapper all the way to home to dispose it !! Is that an awesome idea ?? 😀 😀 😀

      ROFL !! Loved the second comment ! 😀 😀 😀 yeah true; now you know why all mallus think great about themselves ! 😀 😀

  20. December 7, 2010 3:33 pm

    I bet you have been through the cliched- the other side is greener- already;) To add a bit more to your woes, Chennai has been its ‘pleasantest’ the last few days and looks like some nice home-sick keralite has been in perennial tears flooding parts of Chennai, like what you’ve done to Kerala:) Nice post!

    • December 8, 2010 11:18 pm

      I heard its raining like crazy there ! 😀 I hate rains; I love when chennai is all shining ! 😀 😀 😀

      LOL. lovved that comparison ! poor keralite chap; I hope he is fine ! ya, he will be fine; hes in chennai no? waaaahh, I miss chennai 😦

      is this your first time??? oh then, welcome to V-Lokam ! 😀

  21. December 7, 2010 4:30 pm

    A complete post! Hehehe…humour, satire, nostalgia, rants, everything.

    Vim : and a complete comment below ! I wished myself an all the best before reading it ! 😀 😀

    “I am sure that one day, if all the Non Resident Keralites come back, the whole state would incline to one side like an over-crowded public bus. For all you know, some of them might even fall into the Arabian Sea!” – funniest thing I read in a long time 😀

    If I were to write about Chennai, I’d copy paste this post and switch tvm to chennai throughout…and edit a few details. 😛 Honestly, I have BAD things to say about Chennai’s traffic, heat, people, buses, roads, ‘aroma’s and all that. But well, these things are subjective and will always be candidates for long debates and arguments. But i really wished you didn’t trash TVM as a place completely — at least, ppl who’ve never been thr shudnt be getting a wrong picture. Hehehe…yea, it’s a Trivandrum lover talking 😀 😀 😀

    Vim : Why dont you write a post about chennai then ! 😀 😀 😀 I would defend my chennai till my last breath! choke choke !! 😀

    I’ve been to most parts of Kerala, and India…and I must say, I LOVE Tvm. Used to hate it when it was the only plce I lived in…but after seeing other places, I think otherwise. I warned you — it’s not a ‘happening’ pls…not fr ppl who LOVE to hang out and mall-out and pub-out, etc. It’s in no way a candidate for comparison with a metro city… and for someone from Chennai, am sure you must feel stifled; but it’s not SUCH a bad place as you’ve portrayed it. You’ve been really mean to Tvm.

    Vim : LOL, donno what to say ! Im sorry if I ‘hurt’ you ! (phew, and I was expecting all this in my previous post)

    Garbage bins — i think the idea of separating the plastic from the biowaste is a splendid idea! It means NOT leaving all the non-biodegradable materials in the soil, to float around and poison it. Was seriously planning to tell tht to the waste collectors in blore too, but alas, realised it was of no use: they come, collect waste daily and go dump it all together in some vacant land. And every vacant plot in the residential areas in Blore are ‘garbage bins’ for the neighbourhood residents. Am sure Tvm is better in that aspect 😛

    Vim : The idea of separating them is good at home ! But like I mentioned it to swarr, what if I buy anything on the way; like a chocolate or a pepsi can. I would have to carry them all the way home to get it disposed, rt? Its not always convenient ! A small place like palakkad has garbage bins ! 😀 😀

    Traffic — which place is “good” in this aspect? Cochin? Trichur? Palakkad? (Say Wayanad, I’ll agree!!) Or, further out, Chennai? Bangalore? Hyderabad? Delhi? Ahmedabad? Calcutta? Bombay? Pune? It’s the same all over the country 😛 If a city/state is smaller than the population it supports, traffic is always a prob, as long as we don’t have 6-lane roads everywhere, and a control over the number of vehicles being sold to the same household 😀 As for being scared to drive, no one purposefully hits you, do they? Have you seen men there spit pan on another driver — all because it’s a she driver, and she’s wearing a sleeveless top? Come to Bangalore, you’ll see it all! 😀

    Vim : LOL, really ?? Im telling you Blore is a disgusting place ! You dont get to see that in chennai. come what may, women are respected a lot in Tamil Nadu. They are ‘amma’ for them; you dont get to hear a lot of rape or assault stories from TN women ! 😀 😀 Palakkad; it doesnt have traffic. I stayed there for 5 years and go there once in a while; no problem riding bike or driving car. People have road sense and considerate about others on the road; and im very sure on this !

    Malls and hangouts — I guess what makes Tvm a peaceful place (in comparison to other places) is the lack of these things. Big Bazaar is always full. Imagine there being a mall in various parts of the city. It would be pandemonium. Traffic would be even worse! People will buy more cars just coz its impossible to go shopping with only a bike to carry it all back – and your traffic problem will boom 😀 😛

    Vim : LOL, what justification !!! Admit atleast in this; its a boring place. Nothing wrong in having atleast one mall ! 😀 😀 😀

    A condom shop called The Condom Shop!? Really!? Hahahahaha…see…a bold step against population inflation. Have your pleasure, but don’t add to the population pressure! Rofl!

    Vim : yeah yeah ! but you know what, I guess its there for the kovalam crowd ! what do you say ! 😀 😀 😀

    About the junta not being friendly — I have nothing to comment on this; guess an outsider will always feel tht in Tvm. It’s a small city where most ppl know each other, and yes, I’ve also heard thrs resistance to trusting someone blindly. Guess I’m the only exception…I trusted you, and look what you’ve done to and said about my house and my city..boohooo!! Tvm junta: pls continue your wariness to strangers! 😀

    Vim : ROFL !!!

    “For crying out loud, why Priyadarshan of all the people? What on earth did they see in him to make him a model ???” — completely with you on this one. Maybe for a Rayban franchisee store owned by Mohanlal???? 😀

    Vim : I laughed like crazy on this one ! 😀 😀

    But really, as Ashwathy commented, this post is more from your love for Chennai than your hatred for Tvm. I used to hate Tvm while I was there, but now I love it. And quite a few of my friends who went abroad/is in other parts of India (who used to hate tvm) now speaks volumes about how nice a place it is. When I go to Tvm from Blore, I do crib about the heat: but I do not miss the crazy Blore traffic, or the crazy stray dog-infested night roads (yes, I DID read about the kovalam issue :P) or the dinghy cluster of a few rooms that become a “house” here. Because, it’s about being ‘home’…

    After reading this post of yours, I miss Tvm like crazy:
    The slow pace; the familiarity; the ppl,
    The temples; the beaches,
    The roads; the lanes; the serenity,
    The predictable weather; the humidity, the night’s coolness
    The 35-rupee movies; the 5-rupee popcorn and the bus rides,
    The ‘saphalyam’, palayam and statue,
    The faces, the houses, the shops,
    The fun; the happiness; the life,
    The friends; the family, the loved ones
    And most of all: the soothing sound of the mother tongue. – no, am not talking about th Raayamaanikyam language here 😀

    Vim : sho sho sho; what attack !!! 😀 😀

    And yes, you guessed right: am jobless after 2 weeks of mind-numbing work! And I feel so good after taking it all out on you 😀 Pls — do not trash Tvm 😦 I agree: kerala is NOT god’s own country, and Tvm is NOT the capital of God’s own country, but it’s a nice place…sob…sniff…

    Vim : Sniff..sniff….ok ok, will write a clarification on this someday, I promise ! 😀 😀 😀

    • December 7, 2010 5:40 pm

      AWESOME COMMENT SCORPIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HI-5!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀
      ( People reading this look at one another and say :roll:…. tsk tsk…two Trivandrum natives! 😛 )

      Vim : you were waiting for somebody to come and attack me so that you can hit me atleast once, eh? 😀 😀

      You know what vimmuuu? I just thought about this… It is unfair comparing Chennai which is a metro city…to Trivandrum which is Tier II city. Trivandrum to Palghat wont be as unfair a comparison…developmental levels will otherwise vary drastically…

      Vim : Where did I compare TVM with chennai ??? traffic is the only area !!

      And wouldnt you agree Trivandrum traffic is better than Chennai traffic anyday? 😛

      Vim : No, chennai traffic is better ! Any time, any day ! and its coming from a person who has tested both the roads ! 😀 😀

      And I cant believe you like Chennai weather as opposed to Trivandrum weather 😯 sheesh! 🙄

      Vim : thats always been like that ! I prefer heat to rains ! 😀 😀

    • December 8, 2010 6:35 pm

      And oh, btw…the nightie/maxi thingie…is ALL OVER THE COUNTRY! 😛 Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore, CHENNAI…everywhere!! 😛

      Congrats on the Blog Adda pick!

      • December 8, 2010 11:32 pm

        Not as much as in Kerala. probably, the other state or cities learned from us ! 😀 😀 😀

        Thanks 🙂

        • December 9, 2010 4:43 pm

          Yea…Malayalis have this pathetic quality of “pallida kuthi nattikkuka”. We’re our biggest critics — and for no good.

    • December 9, 2010 4:48 pm

      Hehe…of course. I always store up everything in the car or in my bag, and throw them all only into the dustbins at home. That habit helps keep a city clean, in each one’s small way — tho in some eyes, i’m just being ‘a crazy person’. 😛

      Vim : I am a crazy person too in that way; I used to do the same in chennai when I dont find a garbage bin. But theres nothing wrong in having bins in the city. Not all are like you, they would throw the waste wherever they want to and that is whats happening. Havnt you noticed the dump here and there ? Now if there is a bin, atleast a few would make use of it ! 😀 😀

      And TVM is NOT boring to someone who likes TVM. I REFUSE to accept it.

      Vim : I like the city; its beautiful ! But it is boring; theres nothing to do here ! 🙂

      And like i said “If a city/state is smaller than the population it supports, traffic is always a prob”. Palakkad is a small place, and its population is small too! 😛 — and see! you talked of palakkad thr, not any other place…itha njaan paranje…the ‘home’ feeling 😛

      Vim : YOU brought in palakkad, thats why ! 😀 😀

      ROFL! I know…I was ok when you wrote that about the house — but this: unpardonable! 😀

      Vim : Nghaa…sheri sheri ! 😛

      • December 9, 2010 5:01 pm

        Oooh…hahaha!
        To get an understanding of ‘perspective’ and ‘subjectivity’, see this: http://myheadtrip.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/irresponsibility/
        HER perspective about Chennai traffic 😛 (2nd para) 😛 😛 😛

        • December 9, 2010 11:07 pm

          Thats happens everywhere and I would say its worse here! 10 years in chennai and I never saw any major accidents. Im not making this up, but I see accidents daily on my way to office ! Once I saw something really really horrible that I couldnt sleep for a few days !

          • December 9, 2010 11:31 pm

            You’re horrible! No wonder all this is happening to you! 😛 😛 [fighting like kids feels soooo good :D]

  22. December 7, 2010 8:17 pm

    Hey, Congrats on the Tangy Tuesday Pick….certainly a well deserved pick. 🙂 🙂 Finally ur love for Chennai and all the funny things abt Trivandrum, got u this !!! 😉 😉

    • December 8, 2010 11:07 pm

      Thanks Uma ! ya, something good out of all this ! 😀 😀 😀

  23. December 7, 2010 8:54 pm

    Do you need reminders to put a post or is it a mere coincidence….??

    Vim : Now you know ! 😀 😀

    Loved your post… This is something I always wanted to write about the keralites but could not coz I thought may be only my relatives who stay in trv are a little weired but no I was right… After all they are like that wonly…. 😀 They all are super sadu’s who are yet to discover that smiling is Tax-Free in India and that is applicable to Kerela tooo…..

    Vim : No no. Its only in trivandrum ! move to the north of kerala, and you will find people always smiling; now thats also strange ! 😀 😀 😀

    As far as the roads are concerned you need to come down to my city and then you would begin to love the Kerela traffic… Before leaving my home I always bade good-bye to every one and if you sigh their twice before sitting on your bike then I do it thrice here…. 😀

    Vim : LOL, which part of the world is that dangerous ?? 😀 😀

    Can’t agree more on the nightie part…. Every time that my relatives from TRV come here they carry around 10 nighties and just 2 dress…. Thank god they carry those 2 atleast… 😀

    Vim : and some of them here claim that its everywhere in India! and I thought it was our right to wear maxi for all occasions ! 😀 😀

    Bands are celebrated as national holidays in all parts of our country… They are just another festival for us…..

    Vim : LOL, not in chennai. 10 years in chennai and not a single bandh or hartal was observed ! Once, during college days, the bus guys went on strike. Jayalalitha immediately went public and said whoevers going on strike will be replaced with those in the waiting list of the employment exchange. voila, bandh cancelled 🙂

    No malls…. Vimmuuu dances with joy and wify sobs…. No hangouts… Vimmuuu also sobs…. Oh I’m already felling so bad for you…. I think I need to gift you a box of tissue papers too along with that skull which we had decided… 😀 😀

    Vim : Oh please, skull and tissue box will go hand in hand ! 😀 😀 😀

    Gosh don’t they have some handsome faces there… I mean priyadarshan…. Eeeeuuuuuuu….

    Vim : I know; they havnt seen me yet, probably thats y ! 😀 😀

    Loved those last lines about chennai…. 🙂

    PS – I hope my relatives don’t read your blog or else I’m so much dead… Brave girl I must say… 😉

    Vim : LOL !!! they would hunt me down first; so dont worry, you will be warned ! 😀 😀

  24. December 7, 2010 10:26 pm

    Congrats on the blog adda pick 🙂

    Have u seen new ad where a small truck gets struck in the sand and the guys gets down and lays a tile and they talk in Malayalam if i am not wrong,the people from kerala are very intelligent,they can survive any where in the world.

    our women consider maxi/nightie as their traditional wear; you can find them wearing it to get vegetables and also to drop their children at the bus stop—-This is every where……

    Superby post vimmu,loved the first pc a lot 🙂

    • December 8, 2010 10:55 pm

      Thanks sari.

      Havnt seen that ad ! is it there in youtube? whats the product ? we are intelligent alright, but shrewd too ! 😀 😀 😀

      is it ? I thought it was only with our women ! 😀 😀 😀

      Thanks again ! 😀

      • December 13, 2010 3:08 pm

        Check this ad,found the hindi version of the ad i mentioned before.

  25. December 8, 2010 2:13 am

    AWWW Vimal!

    Don’t feel sooo heartbroken. change for everyone is difficult but things will get better as soon as you make new friends and settle down…till then relax!

    • December 8, 2010 10:51 pm

      oh you are back !!! where were you ?? 😀 😀

      Thanks granny for the advise ! 😛 😛 😛

  26. December 8, 2010 3:08 am

    I’ve moved base so many times in the past few years that I could relate to this post very well. Specifically that longing for the city you love. Bombay, for me.

    I laughed for a good time seeing that blown up poster of Priyadarshini.

    Tough luck, about your friends moving out. But in no time you’ll find new ones 😀

    Why don’t you plan a trip to Chennai for now?

    • December 8, 2010 6:33 pm

      Blown up poster of Priyadarshini!? ROFL. PriyadarshAN! 😀

      • ajay permalink
        December 8, 2010 7:15 pm

        Ahahaha! Pepper made a funny error 😀 😀 but it’s no fault of hers. It’s the effect of reading Vimmuuu’s super funny posts! 😀 😀 Vimmuuu-mania is catching up with everyone here 😀 😀

    • December 8, 2010 10:50 pm

      sniff…sniff…I miss chennai waaaahhhhhh !!!

      whos priyadarshini ?? I would love to see her blown up picture too ! 😀 😀

      ya, I would have to find new friends now ! and thats not easy, rt? 😀 😀

      @ Scorpria and Ajay : look @ u both ! 😀 😀 😀 😀

  27. December 8, 2010 9:59 am

    hey how have you been? I missed this trilogy.. 🙂 I dont like trivandrum either. its as hot as chennai minus the people and essence!

    too bad your friends ‘escaped’ within months of your landing..talk about timing! sure it wasn’t planned?

    • December 8, 2010 10:46 pm

      Im doing good ! Been hearing about you from that shrutzzy girl ! 😀 😀 You have been here ??? where??? when ??? no wonder TVM is this way ! 😀 😀 😀

      I have my doubts ! but they dont know each other ! hmmm…I smell a conspiracy ! 😀 😀

      • December 9, 2010 10:56 am

        Heehaaa.. shuddup, I visited TVM twice, both when I was in school 🙂 So I made it a civilised place but ppl like you wrecked havoc there!! 😛

        Oh and yes, Shuthi & I .. what to say 😉

  28. December 8, 2010 10:38 am

    Congratulations on the tangy pick 😀

  29. December 8, 2010 10:51 pm

    Congratulations on the tangy pick, Vimmuuu 🙂

    Any more in the ‘Back to ‘ series? Don’t tel me it’s over?

    • December 8, 2010 10:53 pm

      Thanks !! 🙂

      LOL, smitha, temme whats the meaning of trilogy ?? 😀 😀 😀 😀

  30. December 9, 2010 1:50 pm

    Oooohhhh poor Vimmu… Chennai is seriously the best city in the whole world!! As for the ‘condom shop’ that’s something very new!! And the garbage system, dear Vimmu, is very advanced. In UK, they have a very similar system, where plastic and recyclable stuff are sorted before being dumped, and even there they collect certain types of rubbish only on specific days. The trials of being ‘advanced’ you see!!

    • December 9, 2010 11:04 pm

      yeah, I know. I so miss the place Pal 😦

      I told ya, we are different ! 😀 😀

      I dont have a problem with the garbage system; but is it too difficult to have garbage bins in the city ??

  31. December 10, 2010 1:57 pm

    You are so right about Trivandrum…in my opinion it is the worst city in kerala, and not even fit to be called the capital city. However, since it is located at the end of the state and will have all the ‘samaram’ and hartal and bandhs localised, it is just as well that Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. Atleast, the rest of Kerala will be left in peace by the protesters. And, have you had a chance to visit the everlasting protest are in front of the Vanchiyoor court. They have a full-fledged pandhal setup for the protesters to eat and drink and be erry while protesting 🙂

    • December 19, 2010 3:56 pm

      LOL, I am surprised why people who had attacked me for the post hasnt said a word on your comment ! 😀 😀 😀

      ya, this place doesnt deserve to be the capital, but I guess most of the govt offices are here and therefore, no other way ! 😀

      Btw, welcome to V-Lokam and thanks for subscribing ! 🙂

  32. December 10, 2010 3:34 pm

    there is a lot you miss my friend I hope you get to do what you want to do .. 🙂 All the BESTTTTTTTTTTT

    Loved the pic.. but with the cart it should be a SARDARJI cause they say that Aloo (potatoe) and a Sardar you can find anywhere in the world 🙂

    Bikram

    • December 19, 2010 3:57 pm

      yeah, I hope so man ! Thanks for the wishes ! 🙂

      I dont think so, I was in this place called Ongole here in India and I didnt find a sardarji there! But yes, tons of keralites ! 😀 😀

  33. Soneeta permalink
    December 10, 2010 10:52 pm

    Actually even i was surprised when i came to know that you
    are shifting to Trivendrum. It was like you had made Chennai
    your first home and i thought you would never get out of this
    place. Anyways, seriously speaking, all the 4 years of staying
    in chennai i always planned of getting out of that place but the
    day when i was packing my bags i was in tears. And not only that,
    its been more than two weeks that i am in Delhi and i badly miss
    Chennai.Its a small metro where everything is there at your service.
    I felt that i know that place and the people well and vice versa. But
    here the place is so big and everyone has got an attitude of “i dont care”.
    Even i miss the rush we have for getting the ticket in a movie hall and even
    not missing to book it on time so that we get the preferred seat online.But
    here there are so so many halls and they go half empty on the second day
    of the movie release itself. Worst is when you will always have to wear
    a seat belt when you move in a car even if you are not on the driver seat.
    Though winters are always my favourite, i still miss the rain and sun of chennai.
    I have always cribbed of how there is no winter in Chennai and how it is always burning
    hot but now i feel like who needs this stupid winter. Missing the language which is like a
    tongue twister for any new comer but , my friends, the hostel which we always cribbed about even
    if it was the best, our watchman whom we never cared and always come late, the rain which blocks
    all the roads even if it only pours for half an hour,the same idly,dosa pongal and limited breakfast
    option and those stupid ,dirty beaches also where we had all the fun and those beautiful Ilairaja
    songs which you get to hear early morning….aaahhhh…..missing it all so badly. Want to go back
    again.Seriously, you may not like Chennai first , but you will love it as you start living it….

    • December 19, 2010 4:01 pm

      I got really emotional when I read this. It cant get better than this. No more words and here, take a bow ! 🙂

      Chennai is one of the best cities in the whole wide world !

  34. December 11, 2010 12:27 pm

    Wow, I just read all three posts back to back. Either you’ve become a very good writer or I’m really free today 😛 he he…

    Vim : Hmm…tricky statement to reply to ! 😀 😀 😀

    Ok the true reason is actually, I hate it when I see a sequel of a movie without seeing Part 1 so when you said this is the third part, I had to go back and read Part 1 and 2. Seems like you’re having an interesting time in Kerala 🙂

    Vim : so where were you when Part 1 was published ! 😉 Interesting time?? ok, today is sunday and Im replying to your comments ! Go figure 😀 😀 😀

    But what kind of office did you work earlier where you started work at 1? And when did you finish! Some guys have all the luck… And then they screw themselves by resigning from that job and moving to some other country 😛 to do a real job. 😆

    Vim : ROFL !! one of those best rants I have ever read in recent times ! 😀

    And about that thief, what are your guesses? 😛 That post made a few good scenes for a spoof movie 🙂

    Vim : yeah yeah. Now I know how spoof movies are made ! 😀 😀 I have no idea on the thief. just wish he leaves nothing behind as a trail

    About Kerala, well if I poke fun, it’ll be called racism so you doing it is just fine 😆 You’re right about the NRI bit though that if all of them come home, Kerala will submerge and the Himalayas will go even higher up 🙂 And you remember that Sreesanth joke as well! When he’d taken that catch in the T20 world cup final. That was also damn funny.

    Vim : LOL yeah. You know what, I shouldnt make fun of my own people. Some people here dont seem to like that idea ! 😀 😀 😀

    You enjoy your time back in your country. Maybe in a few posts, we’ll see the effect of Kerala on you 😛

    Vim : Hope not ! 😀

  35. December 11, 2010 11:46 pm

    One thing I can agree that keralites can be seen everywhere but moon is far too much 🙂
    And I miss Chennai too…

    The buses, the gaalis
    The share autos, the bumpy ride
    The sweat, the hour long wait for bus

    Gee 🙂 I miss all those 😀

    • December 19, 2010 4:06 pm

      You never know shilpa, what if we are already there ?? 😀 😀 😀

      LOL, I miss those too ! 😀 😀 😀

  36. December 12, 2010 12:17 am

    ROFL bro!!! 😆 I have been only once to Trivandrum that too 13 years back.. its not happening place then and Chennai also neither then..

    Maybe I will come to Trivandrum some day 🙂 we will meet there…

    And Priyadarshan as model.. the advertising company has a real bad taste for sure 🙂 🙂

    Anyway make a trip to Chennai soon 🙂 🙂

    • December 19, 2010 4:08 pm

      13 years is too long ago. There should be something new here in Trivandrum ever since you left ! 😀 😀 😀 yeah, chennai wasnt that happening 10 years ago too ! 😀 😀 😀

      Pls do and lemme know when you are coming.

      yeah, real bad taste. probably, they are his relatives ! 😀

  37. December 12, 2010 3:44 pm

    Let me begin with “Congrats on being in God’s Own Country!”. No wonder us devils have trouble surviving there :mrgreen:

    Vim : LOL !! ejjaactly my child ! Jeevikkaaan sammadikunnilla nammaley ee devanmaar 😀 😀 😀

    Maxi / nightie as public wear has intrigued me too! It happens in my city too. They also have the saree pavada (underskirt) below the maxi, that shows when they walk, and a dupatta / shawl on top. Maybe they wear sarees and salwar kameezes when they go to bed…

    Vim : ROFL !!! yeah, they even find time to put on makeup in that maxi avatar !

    Now hartals and bandhs should be national holidays, provided you get the day off… In fact Vimmuuu saar, if you see a procession on your way to work, I say, park your bike and join in!! If procession passes by your home, go home and watch TV. Office? Not when the nation needs you… no ways!!!

    Vim : But sob sob, you know what crafty kutty, we dont get the day offs here if its a hartal. Our school bus comes even on hartal days ! 😦 I should initiate a protest for this, dont you think? 😀 😀

    Kerala State Buses!!!!!! I cannot have enough stories about those. I can’t decide if sitting is safer or standing. When sitting on the edge, I’ve feared falling off. And when standin, once, the driver took a sharp turn, after which I was found on two ppl’s laps who were seated nearby. Those buses should come with seat belts!!

    Vim : ahem ahem. and you want me to believe that you fell accidentally??? you were, as usual, playing a prank, werent you ? 😀 😀 😀 😀 Btw, you didnt break their legs, rt? 😀 😀 😀

    LOL @ the pic! Yes, have seen this one in emails. There’s a north-indian version too, where it is some sardarji’s dhabbaa! 😆

    Vim : havnt seen that, but I wont agree with that. Malayalis win hands down on being omnipotent ! 😀

    And, I am sure that one day, if all the Non Resident Keralites come back, the whole state would incline to one side like an over-crowded public bus.
    ROFL!!!! Yeah! Reminds me of an old joke – “Why is the female population of Kerala highest in the country?” “Because all men are in Gulf” :mrgreen:

    Vim : 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

    An outlet called “The Condom Shop”? They really wanted to make it idiot-proof!

    Vim : Ahem ahem ! 😀 😀 😀

    Once in Lavender Moon?!!! 😆 😆
    *yet again trying to book tickets, this time for TVM* ROFL!!!!! Hugsssssss on that one! hahahahahah!!!
    By the way, how are you managing to have so much broken glass? See… stop troubling Laxmi with your jokes, and she will stop throwing glass items at you! :mrgreen:

    Vim : and you are still in mumbai !! 😀 😀 😀 shes throwing glass items anyway, jokes or no jokes ! 😀 😀 😀

    You get cheated in TVM if you smile? Vimmuuu Saar!!!!! Then don’t do your “EEEEEEEEEE” smile… you will be robbed in broad daylight!!! TVM dialect… You should ask the biggest fan of TVM slang… our very own EOG!! 😀 😀 😀

    Vim : No eeeee here. its always a grumpy face ! 😀 😀 😀

    Priyadarshan is a model on a hoarding.?!!! At first glance I thought it was Jagathy. In both cases, WHAT IN THE WORLD…..!!! 😯

    Vim : I know !!! 😀 😀 😀

    So both your long-time-setteld-in-TVM friends fled as soon you got a job there? 🙄 Did you sing to them? 😈

    Vim : No, i dint sing ! I showed them my blog. now, is that bad ? 😀 😀

    I could actually feel a cool breeze of air caressing my skin and touching my scalp.
    This is like out of some romantic setting in a book. Did you and your friends run in slow motion for a hug? 😆

    Vim : They fled ! Hmmpphh !

    😦 😦 😦 You miss chennai so much? Sheesh… (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))

    Hope you can settle more joyfully in God’s Own Country. Look on the brighter side… your house has *ahem* interesting *ahem* paintings that can cheer any guy up!! 😀 And the city makes good post material!!

    Vim : Lol, yeah. Who wants internet to have some cheering up, na? 😀 😀 😀

    And let me end by saying, “Congrats on Blogadda Pick!” 😀 😀

    Vim : Thanksssss ! 😀

    Hugs Vimmuuu Saar!

    Vim : Huggss ! 😀 😀 😀

  38. December 12, 2010 6:48 pm

    I can’t really read malayalam, but know a few alphabets here and there, and can guess or make sense of the rest… now tell me… that tea shop in the pic..does it say “Chandran’s Thattukada”???

    If yes… that was a brilliant name for it!! 😆

    • December 19, 2010 4:37 pm

      yup !! your malayalam is bestuu !! it is chandrans thattukada ! 😀 😀 😀 a very common name for a malayali and a perfect name in the moon ! 😀 😀

  39. December 13, 2010 11:47 am

    Nice humour! Enjoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyed!

  40. December 13, 2010 7:21 pm

    LOL. That is one hilarious post. I like the smile part best. Teach them to smile will ya. Make small chits of paper with your blog url and hand it to everyone you meet who doesn’t smile. I am sure they will learn to smile very very soon. I am from Palakkad too. 🙂 There is a new multiplex in Kochi. How long do you thing it will take for the mall culture to hit the capital too?

    • December 19, 2010 4:12 pm

      Welcome to V-Lokam.

      have you ever been to Trivandrum ? you will notice it too since you are from Palakkad where people smile for anything and everything ! 😀 😀 Btw, where in Palakkad are you from ?

      seriously??? are you referring to the multiplex in Oberon mall ?? been there a few times. and to answer the last question, I think another light year ! 😛

  41. Vaishnavi permalink
    December 13, 2010 10:36 pm

    The post is definitely “LIKE LIKE”….i am reading your blog after a long time and this one is really a big time cracker…guess you seem to be enjoy all the misery…

    Y don’t u upload some more pics of your country….esp the “ATTRACTION”… 🙂

    • December 19, 2010 4:13 pm

      Oh, so you finally found some time to read ! 😀 😀 😀

      yeah yeah, Im enjoying everything here ! 😀 😀 😀

      Pics? of what??? theres absolutely nothing here ! 😛

  42. December 14, 2010 2:34 am

    Vimmuu, I am back ! 😀

    Read half of your post… the rest of it would be gobbled up soon! 😛
    Then, time for feedback.. :))

  43. December 15, 2010 12:54 am

    U know what I think U need to seriously give the “legal notice’ a thought .. might get serious u know 🙄

  44. Poornima permalink
    December 15, 2010 1:47 pm

    That was definitely a brilliant post from your end…I do agree to whatever you have told in here coz they are hard core realities. But why are we always trying to sell out the negative err…maybe the pathetic aspects???!! Slumdog millionare…!! Woaa…well i personally think it was seriously a dumb idea to have opened up such a face of our country to the whole world..come on…can some one tell me why on earth can’t we be a bit positive on things yaar? or is it because seeing things with a negative eye is there in our bloodd???!!

    • December 19, 2010 4:21 pm

      Welcome to V-Lokam !

      Its not about being negative; Misery sells my friend ! 😀 😀

      Whatever I mentioned in the post is not to project the ‘pathetic aspects’ of our country, but I dont mind calling a spade, a spade ! 😛

      There are a lot of travelogues that goes on and on about the positives of our country, but somebody somewhere needs to portray the real picture too, right ? 😀 😀 😀

      Btw, a small advise, please install the latest version of sense of humor in your brain! 😀 😀 😀

  45. December 18, 2010 9:09 pm

    “Sometimes I wonder, if we are responsible for half of Indias population! ”
    Thats why I wasnt surprised when Priya and Shail turned out to be relatives 😀 😀 Just kidding!!

    Vim : LOL !! Hope they read this someday ! 😀

    “For all you know, some of them might even fall into the Arabian Sea!”
    But then they will all swim to Dubai 😀 😀

    Vim : No, they swim to the ‘gelf’ ! 😀 😀

    Trivandrum doesnt have malls and hangouts?? :O

    “Once in a lavender moon, a truck comes it seems and only then can we get rid of all the broken glasses!”
    Oh Poor U!! so many glasses and plates must be getting broken after marriage no?? 😛 😛

    Vim : We use only stainless steel ! 😀 😀 Btw, that was a good one 😛

    “I could actually feel a cool breeze of air caressing my skin and touching my scalp.”
    Hairloss started already??? 😛 😛

    Vim : LOL, you are getting wicked ! Influence of D, eh ? 😀 😀

    Humor apart I m sure I would feel the same way if I were to move to Kolkata and among all the typical Bongs!! My sympathies!

    Vim : Thanks ! Btw, this is the most hilarious comment of yours I have ever read ! and long too ! Is everything alright ? 😀 😀 😀

    • December 18, 2010 9:10 pm

      And oh congrats for the Blogadda pick.

    • December 19, 2010 10:57 pm

      ohh the post was wonderful and funny so I got into the mood of teasing. long comments once in a “lavender” moon are more valuable than chatter in every post 😀 😛 😛 BTW u moved and didnt even give me ur new number. Sigh! 😦

  46. December 19, 2010 12:00 pm

    i have never been to kerala..and have never even come anywhere close to knowing malyalees.. until recently..
    my boyfriend happens to be from trivandrum 🙂 and the picture that he had painted in my head about kerala was much different 🙂 thanks for introducing me to the real world 😛

    here on ur blog for the first time! insufficient to say, love it!
    🙂

    p.s: enikye malyalam arrilia, pakshe njan padikyuaa 😀 😛

    • December 19, 2010 4:29 pm

      Pls o pls, dont ever show this post or even let him know about such a write up ! 😀 😀 Im not that physically fit to get bashings, you see ! 😀 😀

      Kerala is a beautiful place, but not kidding, the people here a lill weird ! I just had a worst experience few minutes ago ! But you can take a chance ! life is all about taking risks 😀 😀 😀

      Welcome to V-Lokam and thanks for commenting ! and that malayalam is enough for you to survive ! 😀 😀

  47. December 19, 2010 4:26 pm

    LOL! The poor you is missing Chennai so much!

    By this post you have ruined my beuatiful head image of Kerala… seriously. I have always thought Kerala was beautiful and scenic. But when I will think of Condom shops :P. When is your train to Chennai?

    • December 19, 2010 4:35 pm

      yeah, poor me ! 😀 😀

      LOL, Kerala is definitely a good place, beautiful and scenic and what not 😀 😀 😀 but pls be careful with the people here ! 😀 😀 😀

      I have no idea, but would have to go there soon for a personal work. Cant wait to get there ! 😀 😀

      Btw, I have been reading your posts, but not been making my presence felt there. Need to blogroll you first, and I keep forgetting that ! 😀

  48. December 21, 2010 5:33 pm

    I Love the post but the best part of the post is ‘chandran’s thattukada’ for me!! genius whoever created it.

    • December 29, 2010 8:16 am

      Welcome to V-Lokam.

      I know; simply a genius, isnt he ? 🙂

  49. Poornima permalink
    December 24, 2010 2:14 pm

    Lol..thanks for the advice buddy…:D
    What i was trying to tell you was, reading you post I felt like staring at those comments made by some ABCD (American Born Confused Desi…Hope you watch enough movies to udnerstand tat atleast). Come on yaar..don’t tell me you were trying to portray the real pic of our state. I guess we are the only people who does this. Have you ever heard an American or a British (or any other country than India) write/speak something like this. Its not because I havn’t installed a good version of sense humour in my brain, but coz am a proud INDIAN and it hurts to read such things about MY COUNTRY.
    Instead of pointing out what’s wrong with us, why don’t we think what change we as a part of the so called “society” can make.
    We celebrate hartals and bandhs as ‘national holidays’. think back ‘aren’t both of us a part of ‘them’? hello…u think we are responsible for half the population of India? I guess you need to put on your reading glasses and do some more research on it.
    But I am sensible enough to understand that this blog was the result of you being uprootefd out of your familiar environment and planted in a place which is comletely ‘out of your comfort zone’.
    Cheers…happy xmas 😀

    • December 29, 2010 8:23 am

      Oh no, dont blame my readers ! They are my regulars and they are just joining me in my misery !! Please read my page on Comment policy ! 😀 😀 😀

      I believe you dont read enough of the British or other European magazines or dailies. This happens everywhere 😀 😀 😀

      Im not a part of the hartal in anyway. I am forced to be a part of it ! and regarding the population increase, I am yet to get into that stream full fledged ! 😀 😀 😀

      you are wrong. I really wanted to share my experiences here as usual. When you read my other posts, you will understand !! 😀 😀 😀 and FYI, I had sabotaged the image of a few European countries too in my travelogue posts. Read them if you have time ! 😀 😀 😀

  50. Poornima permalink
    December 24, 2010 4:45 pm

    Enikku ‘Vattayo’ ennu chodichittu karyamilla…boss…:D

    • December 29, 2010 8:23 am

      Adu melathey comment kandappo thanne manasilaayi bossiee ! 😀 😀

  51. December 26, 2010 9:59 am

    I make a point to have my say on every noteworthy post about my favourite subject: Trivandrum.

    Vim : All yours buddy ! 😀

    Yes, I agree with Scorpria and Ashwathy. You tend to realize and appreciate the finer attributes of Trivandrum only when you leave its shores for seemingly better pastures. I learned how close and precious the city was to me only when I bid adieu in 2003. Ever since I’ve been having an overwhelming urge to get back home, where my heart is.

    Vim : Hmm…I guess so. But I always felt close to Chennai even while staying there ! 😀 😀

    Like all cities in this country, Trivandrum too has its own share of issues viz a viz traffic, pollution, over-crowding and this curiously chronic dearth of mall-related leisure centres for the neo urban youth. Take my word for it mate, its been slow but surely the graduation isn’t far away.

    http://www.trivandrumbuzz.com/trivandrum-move-mall-ways/

    Vim : Yeah, I hope the graduation is done with soon ! 😀 😀

    And dont get too carried away by people who dont smile at your straight away. I know some cool people from other parts of the state and country who’re very enthusiastic to smile and butter over you very easily but I’ve learned to see through the vacuum behind those smiles. I’d rather have a dozen Trivandrumites who’re straight and abrupt than a truckload of two-faced all-smiling sweetie pies. But again, with people all around the world, you must exercise your caution. 🙂

    Vim : Oh, we should be sensible in recognising such people! The whole world is filled with them! 😀 😀 😀 All I am asking is a lill smile when you go to a grocery, or a workshop, or when I enter an auto !! Is it too much ?? 😀 😀

    So welcome to my place and hope you enjoy your stay. Congrats for the Blogadda pick and hope to see more write-ups on Trivandrum. And let me assure you, I’m not the one who gets offended by criticisms; I’d in fact love to see a perspective of an outsider.

    Vim : LOL, Thanks ! We shall meet again ! 😀 😀 😀

    Cheers and Happy New Year! 🙂

    Vim : Wish you the same too ! 😀

  52. April 30, 2011 7:36 pm

    Hilarious !!

  53. December 22, 2011 12:58 pm

    I saw a comment here that Trivandrum doesn’t deserve to be the capital city and the blogger himself supporting it. Then which city in Kerala deserve to be the capital? The hatred against Travancore and Trivandrum is age old. This has to do with the Zamorin running away from his home to Travancore to escape the persecution of Tipu Sultan and the Kochi’s coward king hiding under British bosom. Helplessness can transform into jealousy and in turn into hatred! God save Kerala!

  54. December 22, 2011 1:02 pm

    I have lived in many cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Abudhabi and Dubai. Among Kerala cities, Trivandrum is the cleanest and greenest. I fled from a Kerala city coz the mosquitoes out numbered the people and garbage heaps overtook the skyscrappers!

    • Sambhavam permalink
      May 8, 2012 4:25 pm

      That is purely your personal opinion. Are there no mosquitoes in Tvm? Is Trivandrum located in outer space? Buy yourself some Netlon if you hate mosquitoes lol. Typical fanatic comment above. Amazing how you fled a city because of mosquitoes! Is your skin so attractive? Even worse, imagine fleeing a city because of fanatics….Runnnnnnnnnn!

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