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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Asian Koel - காட்டுக்குயிலு மனசுக்குள்ளே

On the day of the Bhogi festival, a very young  Kalyani gives birth to a boy, fearing societal backlash and incapacity, abandons him inside a moving goods train.  The child grows up in tough conditions, intolerant of injustice, especially to the poor, and wonders why his biological mother abandoned him.  No prize for guessing the movie – before you read further, how much do you like BLACK and did you know that it need not be Black !!


This song duet (by legends SP Balasubramaniam & K Jesudoss) – lyrics of Vaali – musical score of Isaignani Illayaraja :  

காட்டுக்குயிலு மனசுக்குள்ளே, பாட்டுக்கென்றும் பஞ்சம் இல்லே பாடத்தான்

தவிலை தட்டு துள்ளிக்கிட்டு கவலை, விட்டு கச்சை கட்டு ஆடத்தான் ..  

போடா எல்லாம் விட்டுத்தள்ளு; பழச எல்லாம் சுட்டு தள்ளு

புதுசா இப்போ பொறந்தோமுன்னு எண்ணிக்கொள்ளடா.. டோய்...


இந்தியக் குயில் (Cuculus micropterus) தென்னாசிய நாடுகளில்   காணப்படும் குயில் இனம். குயில்கள் கூடு கட்டாமல் பிற பறவைகளின் கூடுகளில் முட்டையிடுபவை.   இந்தியக் குயில் 33 சென்டி மீட்டர் வரை வளர்கிறது.   

Kuyil, Koel, Cuckoo – is a songbird – when heard you may not exactly love that !!  .. common perception is the  common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is jet black in colour resembling a Crow with red eyes !  .. .. some Cuckoos have a grey head with a thin, bright yellow ring around their eye, yellow feet and a black beak. They have dark grey plumage on their upper parts and barred plumage below which resembles the markings of the sparrowhawk. Some females are a rusty-brown colour.  

Thalapathi was released on a Deepavali day -  5 November 1991, and was a big commercial hit.  Rajnikanth was so popular that the director Mani Ratnam would not allow his character to die in the movie, though the dialogues would say he would his life for friendship of Mammutty.  Somewhere read that    was the initial choice for the role of Arjun, the younger brother of Suriya but it was Arvindswami who played the role of collector to the hilt


Here is an Asial Koel (probably female kuyil) that visited by feeding yard this morning.
With regards – S Sampathkumar

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

in the melee of IPL - there are other Sports too - Boxing Bout !!

After 70  matches – IPL entered the next phase -  Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma have been shaking all opponents hitting so many sixers ! – yesterday it was different.   They challenge came from the costliest buy – Mitchell Starc and his romance with the white ball, which moved appreciably. The leftie running in beautifully was spotting and hitting the fluorescent stumps and fished out Travis Head for another duck.  KKR had a field day, plunging easily into finals.  When there is IPL, we tend to miss out everything else – in between there was a much hyped Boxing bout !

Sixty  years on from the legendary boxing match in which Muhammad Ali beat Sonny Liston to become heavyweight champion of the world for the first time,  there have been discussions and a decade ago, new documents came to light revealing that the shock result was really a fix. The fight between reigning champion Liston and brash young upstart Ali - then known as Cassius Clay – took place on Feb. 25, 1964, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Ali, just 22, entered the ring as a 7-1 underdog, but pulled off a shock victory which laid the foundations for his glittering career to follow.  When Liston quit after the seventh round and Ali started jumping and waving his hands, yelling'I'm king of the world! I'm king of the world!'.. .. .. Presently it is about the bout between Usyk and Fury. 

This is the story of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. He is one of the most recognized sports figures of the past 100 years, crowned"Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.  Ali revolutionized the sport of boxing by sheer power and magnetism of his personality.  At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali thrived in — and indeed craved — the spotlight, where he was sometimes provocative, frequently outlandish and almost always entertaining.

In boxing, the undisputed champion of a weight class is the boxer who simultaneously holds world titles from all major organizationsrecognized by each other and the International Boxing Hall of Fame. There are currently four major sanctioning bodies: WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF. There were many undisputed champions before the number of major sanctioning bodies recognizing each other increased to four in 2007, but there have been only 20 boxers (10 males and 10 females) to hold all four titles simultaneously. 

Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Usyk, born 1987,  is a Ukrainian professional boxer. He is the undisputed heavyweight champion, holding the WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titles since 2021, the Ring magazine title since 2022, and the WBC title since 2024.   His challenger, Tyson Luke Fury  born 1988,  is a British professional boxer. He has held multiple heavyweight world titles. He also held the International Boxing Organization (IBO) title during his first reign as champion.In 2015, his victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko was named Upset of the Year and earned him Fighter of the Year by The Ring.

Oleksandr Usyk has been shorter, lighter and older than all of his opponents since he moved up to the heavyweight division.Usyk's heart and skill are enormous, and he overcame a major size disadvantage against Tyson Fury to become the world's first undisputed heavyweight boxing champion in 24 years.Usyk defeated Fury by split decision on Sunday, knocking down his hulking opponent in the ninth round and eventually earning a narrow win on two scorecards. The 37-year-old Ukrainian is the first heavyweight to hold every major title belt since Lennox Lewis.

Usyk (22-0) added Fury’s WBC title to his own WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a spectacular late-round rally in a back-and-forth matchup between two previously unbeaten champions from a strong era of heavyweight boxing. Two judges favored Usyk, 115-112 and 114-113, while the third gave it to Fury, 114-113.

“It’s a great time. It’s a great day,” said Usyk, who is 6 inches shorter than Fury and weighed in 30 pounds lighter this week.Usyk started quickly, but then had to survive while the confident, charismatic Fury dominated the middle rounds. Usyk surged in the final rounds, just as the Olympic gold medalist has done so many times in his career, taking control with a dominant eighth and nearly stopping Fury in the ninth.Usyk hurt the 6-foot-9 Fury (34-1-1) with a left hand and eventually sent him sprawling into a corner in the final seconds of the round, getting credit for a knockdown right before Fury was saved by the bell.

Fury kissed Usyk on the head after the final bell, and Usyk hugged Fury several moments after the decision was read. “I believe I won that fight,” Fury said. “I believe he won a few of the rounds, but I won the majority of them, and I believe it was one of those what-can-you-do, one of them ... decisions in boxing. We both put on a good fight, best we can do."You know, his country is at war, so people are siding with a country at war. But make no mistake, I won that fight, in my opinion, and I’ll be back. I’ve got a rematch clause.”- Fury was to say.  Usyk landed 41% of his 407 punches, while Fury landed just 31.7% of his 496 punches, according to CompuBox statistics. Usyk both threw (260 to 210) and landed (122 to 95) more power punches.

The most recent undisputed heavyweight champ was Lewis, who beat Evander Holyfield in late 1999 and enjoyed a five-month reign. He soon lost a title because of the territorial squabbles that have beset boxing for the past quarter-century and routinely prevented the biggest fights from happening.Fury and Usyk both asked for this matchup, and they finally got together in the ring largely because of the involvement of Saudi Arabia, which made the financial rewards simply too great for the fighters’ typically recalcitrant promoters and the sanctioning bodies to reject.

For a commoner, it is difficult to understand the game generally perceived as gory !

With regards – S Sampathkumar

Zinnia !! ~ எந்த பூவிலும் வாசம் உண்டு;


Flowers are beautiful – pictured here is an ornamental flower.  

Zinnia is a genus of plants of the tribe Heliantheae within the family Asteraceae.  They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed 12 petal flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The genus name honours German master botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59) a member of the Berlin Academy. 


முரட்டுக்காளை 1980களில் பட்டை கிளப்பிய படம்.  ரஜினிகாந்த் ஜெய்சங்கர் சண்டை கட்சி பெரிய அளவில் பேசப்பட்டது.  இசைஞானி இளையராஜாவின் இன்னிசையில் பஞ்சு அருணாச்சலம் வரிகள் : 

எந்த பூவிலும் வாசம் உண்டு;  எந்த பாட்டிலும் ராகம் உண்டு

எந்தன் வாழ்விலும் அர்த்தம் உண்டு

பாசமென்னும் கூடு கட்டி; காவல் கொள்ள வேண்டும்

தாய் மனதின் கருணை தந்து  காத்திருக்க வேண்டும்

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

the assassination that shook the Nation - 33 years ago !!


the assassination that shook the Nation ! ~ this day 33 years ago !!


Pratap Singh Kairon [1901 – 1965] was the 3rd Chief Minister of the Punjab province (then comprising Punjab, Haryana and part of Himachal Pradesh), and is widely acknowledged as the architect of post-Independence Punjab Province.  He had participated in Indian Independence movement too -  jailed twice by the British Empire, once for five years for organizing protests against British rule.  

On this day in 1939,  the National War Memorial (titled The Response)  a tall, granite memorial arch with accreted bronze sculptures in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, designed by Vernon March and first dedicated by King George VI in 1939 was opened. Originally built to commemorate the Canadians who died in the First World War, it was in 1982 rededicated to also include those killed in the Second World War and Korean War and again in 2014 to add the dead from the Second Boer War and War in Afghanistan, as well as all Canadians killed in all conflicts past and future. It now serves as the pre-eminent war memorial     ~ 21st May is remembered by Indians for different reasons though ! 

Any killing, murder is bad but assassination of top political leaders, especially President, Prime Minister, King or any such high official   can resonate throughout a country. Sometimes the assassination of a leader is so shocking and profound that it triggers what psychologists call flashbulb memory in a country’s citizens. Many will remember forever where they were and what they were doing at the moment they heard their leader was murdered. As a result of painful experiences in their histories, most Governments now surround their leaders with protection.  INDIA badly remembers assassination of Mrs Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi.  There have been many Internationally “ 

— July 7, 2021: Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by gunmen who also wounded  his wife Martine in an overnight raid on their Port-au-Prince home.  

— April 20, 2021: Chad President Idriss Deby Itno was killed while battling rebels in the north. Hours earlier he had been declared the winner of an election that would have given him another six years in power.

— March 2, 2009: Guinea-Bissau President Joao Bernardo Vieira was killed by renegade soldiers in his palace, hours after a bomb blast killed his rival in the West African nation.

— Dec. 27, 2007: Benazir Bhutto, the first female prime minister in a Muslim-majority country as well as Pakistan’s second nationally elected prime minister, was shot at &  then attacked by a suicide bomber at a political rally in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Literally the heart of Uttar Pradesh, Amethi had been the citadel of the Nehru-Gandhi family. The constituency has voted for the Congress most times  since its formation in 1967,  Amethi’s first tryst with the Nehru-Gandhi family happened in 1980 when Sanjay Gandhi won the seat. In the next three decades, the constituency changed hands across three other members of the family, with Rahul Gandhi representing the seat since 2004.  Though Sanjay Gandhi won, sadly he died in an accident and in the by-elections, (a reluctant) Rajiv Gandhi stood and won the elections.   In the 1981 by-election:  Rajiv Gandhi secured 258884 votes (84.18%) while his nearest rival Sharad Yadav got 21188 (6.89%) – margin was 237696 !

Much before the assassinations of Gandhis’ – on  6 Feb 1965, Pratap Singh Kairon was on his way from Delhi to Chandigarh when he was waylaid near Rasoi village, Sonipat district, and shot dead along with his personal assistant

One may not concur with his political views and ideologies, may not support dynasty, may not support his party, may not like Bofors !  but for sure would be outraged by the way he was eliminated.  Rajiv statue at Andamans.

He was born in  1944, sent to London, joined engineering at Trinity College, Cambridge, but did not obtain a degree. He returned to India in 1966,  became a member of the Flying Club, where he was trained as a pilot. In 1970, he was employed as a pilot by Air India.   On 23 June 1980, Rajiv's younger brother Sanjay Gandhi died unexpectedly in an aeroplane crash. At that time, Rajiv Gandhi was in London as part of his foreign tour. Hearing the news, he returned to Delhi and cremated Sanjay's body.   Rajiv entered politics on 16 February 1981, when he addressed a national farmers' rally in Delhi.    70 members of the Congress party signed a proposal and went to Indira, urging Rajiv to enter politics and he plunged into politics inevitably after the sad assassination in 31.10.1984 of Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi.

Politics continues over the convicts in former PM  Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case. Perhaps his own party too – which once stated that they had forgiven the killers and are silent on the death of League Munusamy and 18 others on that fateful day.  His rule was marred by the politically sensitive Rs 64-crore Bofors pay-off case. The Bofors deal, signed in 1986, was believed to be one of primary reasons for the Rajiv Gandhi-led Congress' defeat in the 1989 Lok Sabha elections. 1991 too was an election year – held in 2 phases – each had a different impact.  Maragatham Chandrasekar was to win by a margin of 180572 and the man lost his life campaigning for her this day. 

Visitors to Chennai would not miss the landmark as they come out Central Railway station – the imposing  Government General Hospital, visited by more than 12000 outpatients everyday. This premier institution dates back to 1664, started  as a small Hospital to treat the sick soldiers of the East India Company. It was the untiring inspired efforts of Sir Edward Winter who was the agent of the company that materialised in the first British Hospital at Madras. In its early days the Hospital was housed at the Fort St. George and in the next 25 years grew into a formal medical facility. Governor Sir. Elihu Yale was instrumental in the development of the Hospital and gave it a new premises with in the Fort in 1690.  In 1842 the Hospital opened its doors to Indians.     In the 19th century, medical college got annexed to it and in 2011, the hospital was renamed after Rajiv Gandhi, sadly because his body was brought here after his assassination in May 1991.

This place (Sriperumpudur) is famous for being the birthplace of our greatest Acharyar – Sri Ramanujar ~ life has changed a lot in the past couple of decades after that fatefulday…..  one may not ardently believe in ‘fate or destiny’…….in the prelude to General elections, there were far too varied predictions …… the National Front was still nursing some hopes, there was a wave predicting return of Rajiv Gandhi.  In that melee, was this person, who had retired from active politics  – not any ordinary person for sure~ a man who had been the CM too…. in 1984 in the aftermath of assassination of Indira Gandhi saw routing of all political parties.  Bharatiya Janata Party could win only 2 seats. One in Mehsana and the other was in South ~ the Hanamkonda constituency where M. Chandupatla Janga Reddy of BJP defeated his nearest Congress rival by 54198 votes.  The man who lost so at a time when Congress swept to power was 70 by the 1991 elections, could not get a ticket and had chosen to retire to peace…….. destiny thought otherwise….. he became the PM in 1991 – Sri PV Narasimha Rao.

The night of 21st  May 1991 changed it all ~ on a campaign trail, he arrived from Vizag, garlanded Nehru at Kathipara, even the Press chose not to travel along for that meeting at Sriperumpudur – and rest is bloody history – the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.  About two hours after arriving in Madras), Rajiv Gandhi was driven by motorcade in a white Ambassador car to Sriperumbudur, stopping along the way at a few other election campaigning venues. When he reached a campaign rally in Sriperumbudur, he got out of his car and began to walk towards the dais where he would deliver a speech. Along the way, he was garlanded by many well-wishers, Congress party workers and school children. The assassin, Dhanu, approached and greeted him. She then bent down to touch his feet and detonated an RDX explosive-laden belt tucked below her dress at exactly 10:10 PM.  Rajiv, his assassin and 14 others were killed in the explosion that followed, along with 43 others who were grievously injured. .. .. a very sad day as the Nation lost its ex-Prime Minister assassinated in his own land and a host of innocent Tamilians who had gathered too died in that blast. 

Nation sadly remembers and pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi and to those innocents who too lost their lives in the same gruesome assassination this day !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

21st May 2024