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Caves and Cavemen

Story:

This poem was penned on the way to work. I originally envisioned it as a blog comment to share the pain of a poet who was censured and asked to apologize in writing by other Indian writers. It can be taken as a jibe on inertia to imagination, insecurities sometimes termed as culture or high-priests faced by the common Indian man on average day. for ex, it can be termed against castes, hierarchy or even own limitations etc. The poem is kept intentionally simple.

Caves and Cavemen

My father and mother brought us up in a cave,
Just like their fathers and mothers before.
The caves were cozy and moist,
and shielded us from angry gods and jealous neighbors

When your windows shake with winds
or kids sneak out through your windows
I sleep in peace, as we never had any windows
indeed my cave is cozy, moist and safe

Our caves have been the envy of men and women
invaders and marauders eye our caves
I don’t blame them
as my cave is cozy, moist and safe.

I travel to unknown lands in my journey
and might not even come back
So I forget not to shove my cave in my suitcase
‘cos my cave is cozy, moist and safe.

by Ronin

Filed under: Asia, Books/Literature, Comedy/Satire

Luckylook, the Star Entertainer of Tamil blogs

[If you don’t like Luckylook and want to skip all the sugar-coating, please go to the last few paragraphs]

If you are a reader of Tamil blogs, you don’t need an introduction to Luckylook.

He Looks better in Photo!

He looks better in Photos!

His blog has recently touched the 1,000,000 hits mark. I felt it more appropriate to write a post appreciating his efforts, rather than just posting a comment. I am not certain if his blog is the first Tamil blog to reach this mark. Even if not, it must be one of the early Tamil blogs to touch the 1 million mark.

I was talking to a writer from chennai, She mentioned in passing (with a little frustration), that the current younger generation’s biggest involvement in TamilNadu is teasing each other (“Kalaithal”). LuckyLook’s writing flourishes in this genre very well. It has many light-hearted, breezy posts that resonate with your inner-heart. But this light heartedness belies an USP he carries. His puns and satire are mind-blowing specifically when he teases himself self-deprecatingly. And you can clearly see he enjoys batting for the underdogs, and has a undeniable affection to his society. His parody, pun and morality in his posts, remind me of the writing of an old master of pun and satire. Please hold your breadth- Mr. Khushwant Singh. This is in no way an attempt to get into the iconoclastic culture or comparison culture. But a familiarity, I felt while reading few of his best posts. Let me introduce one of the posts, I enjoyed very much. I wish it had reached a larger reading sphere, rather than Tamil readers alone:

Revolution is Coming!

Revolution is Coming!

Revolution is coming!

The protagonist talks of his journey as a neo-convert into the Communist party of India, and his struggles meeting the self-righteous expectations of a local communist leader humorously. The post parodies the average communist’s dream of the much awaited revolution, more like a religious judgment day or End of Kaliyuga. There is another similarity to Khushwant’s writing-He weaves his story along with contemporary events or historical real-life events. For ex, the story touches on failed dreams of communists, souring Dravidian politics and Eelam war.

He is at his best when he writes with self-deprecating wit, than while mocking another subject. For ex, the below posts goes into his dilemmas and fears passing from the teens to 20s humorously.

http://www.luckylookonline.com/2006/06/blog-post_115027240193624381.html

He is indeed an opinionated writer, and I see recent attempts to get more bolder with his writing. He is also seen writing surprising commentary on every topic under the sun such as James Bond, Comics etc. He surprises us with his political knowledge sometimes. That brings us to one of his unique points. He is a follower of two leaders(Thalaivars). Non-Tamils, Please don’t be alarmed! Many Tamils typically have 2-5 leaders at any point of time in our lives. One of them is mostly a movie hero. Luckily his leaders are not movie stars but..writer Charu Nivedita and Politician M. Karunanidhi.

He unashamedly and unrelentingly bats for TamilNadu CM M. Karunanidhi, and might even win a faint admiration for it. Recently he is showing signs of questioning his loyalty. Many a times, you do see the pressure of day-to-day blogging and hits in his writing. And when he runs out of topics, he mostly talks about breasts(reminding me of Mr. Singh again) or posts pictures of half-naked women.

He is a writer to watch out for.. Congrats LuckyLook..

by Ronin

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