Cows (Bobos)

Why they’re special?

• Their big eyes probably speak volumes (which the bobo’s boyfriend / mother / father will understand.).

• Street dogs can create a racket. Not cows. They serenely chew grass, weeds and god knows what, standing in a corner (poor things, given the dustbin cuisine that Chennai offers… .…on second thought, I should put hay in the dustbins for cows). (About them quietly minding their business… I was wrong… they can also block vehicles, and trying to move them is obviously a risky proposition… nobody wants to feel the power of their hooves and heads designed for butting.)

Their fav hangout

Their favourite place in Chennai is probably ECR Road… in some stretches of the road rows of bobos serve as medians.

Cow joke

Here’s a joke actor Ramarajan might have created:

“Eru otravan ilicha vaayana irundha maadu machan nu koopidumam.”


Beautiful eyes, cute nose, velvety skin, intelligence (yes)… what more do you need in a pet?

Chew on this…


Donkeys make great, lovable pets, and they're easy keepers! They are extremely intelligent animals and are easily trained to pack, drive, or ride. They willingly attempt to do anything you ask them to. They may be a bit cautious about anything new, hence their undeserved reputation for stubbornness. But this is really just another sign of their intelligence. Donkeys love human contact and have gentle, sweet dispositions. They quickly become attached to their owners, and will greet you loudly with their wonderful hee-haw bray when they have missed you, or if they just want some attention. Donkeys also form strong bonds with other animals and for this reason are being used for predator control to protect newborn animals, and as companions for other equines. They have a well-developed sense of humor and love to play - if they don't have "toys", they will make their own out of anything they can find ... buckets, tubs, branches, etc. Most people who acquire a donkey find that they are so endearing and entertaining that they are absolutely hooked on these gentle, long-eared friends. They quickly learn that one donkey is simply not enough!

“When we got our donkey I didn't think there'd be a whole lot of difference beyond longer ears and braying. I thought the claims of donkey intelligence were probably a tad exaggerated and the result of owner bias. I was very wrong. Nino has a lot more on the ball than any horse or pony I've ever seen. The first real difference I noted was the difference between his reaction and the reaction of our horses and pony to strange objects. Where they would always "spook", Nino slowly approaches and sizes up the questionable object from all sides, convincing himself that it's no threat. That takes reasoning. Maybe I've just had stupid horses but their reaction was always to freak first and analyze later. We had a bad rainstorm last week and I took an open umbrella out to Nino's barn. The sight of an open umbrella for the first time would have sent our horses through the back wall, but Nino was interested in it and took pains to inspect it - even putting it to the "taste test". I loved my horses and I adored our pony, but after having a donkey on our place I don't think I'll ever be without one. People who snub them just don't know what they're missing." Victoria Rouch
What is a Malayalee's favourite place in Chennai?

T Nagar!

What is Kalaripayattu?

The Malayalee style of cooking paya.
What's a cow's favourite Sidney Sheldon novel?

The Udder Side of Midnight
I let my mind go crazy today (in the process of trying to write something humorous in my blog). And I was thinking about Mandaveli. Here’s the result…

Mandaveli, Vinveli, Pulveli

Washermanpet, Watchmanpet, Supermanpet, Spidermanpet

Velachery, Kutchery, Butchery (an alternative MS Word gave me for Kutchery)

Vadapalani, Idlipalani, Dosapalani (correcta namma city-kkum cuisinekkum etha madhri Vadapalaninnu per illa?)

Taramani, Subramani, Armani

Triplicane, Sugarcane, Candy cane

Adambakkam, Evepakkam

Pursawakkam, Walletwakkam, Bagwakkam

Adyar, Paalar, Konar, Ponaar, Vandhaar...

Saidapet, Pearlpet, Shripet

Parrys, Cadbury’s, Bisleris (I’m feeling thirsty)

Anna Nagar, Akka Nagar, Appa Nagar, Paatti Nagar, Thatha Nagar

I can see you coming with an aruvaal. Spare me!!!!!!

Me and My Amma Naana

The other day I saw a tabloid lying in my office. The masthead said “Amma Naana Times”. I blinked and looked disbelievingly, then roused myself. It was Anna Nagar Times.

I had a good laugh at myself, and told this to my colleague. She said “You and your Amma Naana!” (Obviously “neeyum un Amma Naana vum” translated into English word for word. That explains the heading of this article, which isn’t in good English.)

Amma Naana is a shop near my office. It has loads of imported biscuits and chocolates. Stuff I can keep gazing at forever. Because I love the packaging… the abundance… I don’t eat biscuits often, but I like to gaze at packages.

The habit of going to Amma Naana often started when I had to do some research for food products we worked on. The rows of biscuits, chocolates and snacks seemed to go on and on. I was mesmerized by the sight. Many books I read in my childhood had vivid descriptions of food and pantries (think Enid Blyton books). Amma Naana seemed like paradise, and I lost myself in it, diving in headfirst into an endless pool of visual treats.

Amma Naana also has its own line of bakery products. I like their chocolate bread.

The abrupt ending to my article

I don’t have anything else to say. I could probably write more. But Amma Naana didn’t inspire me today. I want something exciting to happen, and inspire me. Then you can surely expect something better. But, meanwhile, drop into Amma Naana – if you don’t go, you’re missing something interesting!
Why you should have a health check up at Apollo Kotturpuram

- They push the needle into your vein almost painlessly. (Downside: They draw blood like they’re trying to make you anaemic. They say it is necessary to take that much blood.)
- The doctors are friendly and put you at ease. (And support your mother when she complains that you shout at home.)
- The idli in the canteen is good. (You’ll probably get it free if you go for a health package.) And the canteen has a huge glass window that offers a great view of treetops. (Hope you like watching treetops.) I want a window like that in my house. No… I want it on my bedroom ceiling so that I can look at treetops or the open sky when I daydream, and imagine me and my prince charming flying on a magic carpet.