Thursday, February 9, 2012

Drinking Pong, Law suit and Vennilla Kabbadi Kuzhu


I enjoyed seeing this comedy – you can also visulalise this.  As you would know, on roadsides of villages there would be small eateries and parotta is an item relished by people.  This particular hotelier will hang a bet :

If some one eats 50 parottas at a stretch, he will be given an award of Rs.100/- and the cost of whatever is eaten will not be collected.  If anyone could not complete and withdraws in between, they will have to pay the bet amount of Rs.100/-  as also the value of parottas eaten’

Simple it looks but it is very difficult devouring so many.  For those outside, parotta  (not to be confused with North Indian paratha) is made of maida with oil and eaten with a liquid vegetable kuruma with more than fair sprinkling of onions.  A lean boy would come forward to accept the challenge – server would start serving – boy would eat voraciously.  The counting is by a simple process of lines drawn with charcoal on the wall of the hotel.  As the competition hots up, the hotelier would start preparing bigger sized ones. Still the boy would eat  50; server would correct the calculation and say that he has to eat 5 more – and arguments would follow. 

The frail looking boy frustrated would get up and say ‘it is not fair game and you are cheating’.  Then  in an unexpected twist, he would challenge those around saying ‘let us start afresh’ – start serving another 50 parotas !!!!!  - that was a hilarious comedy from Venilla Kabadi Kuzhu, glorifying the game of Kabbadi.  The film made ripples in Telegu also remade as ‘bheemli kabaddi jattu’.

There are reports of a lawsuit made by a man from New Jersey against a Village Pub over injuries the person suffered following a beer pong game.  Drinking games are games which involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. These games vary widely in scope and complexity,  although the purpose of most is to become intoxicated as quickly as possible. The rapid consumption of alcohol and drunken brawls often cause chaos and  drinking games are banned in many places.   Beer pong, also known as Beirut, is a drinking game in which players throw a ping pong ball across a table with the intent of landing the ball in a cup of beer on the other end. There reportedly  are no official rules and rules may vary widely.  If a ball lands in a cup, then the contents of that cup are consumed by the other team, and the cup is either placed aside or reinserted into the triangle. If the cup is reinserted and the other team knocks the cup over, it is removed. If the opposing team throws the ball into an empty cup, they must consume the contents of one of their cups. The first side to eliminate all of the opponent's cups is the winner.  More of a drinking reveller making a tall claim.

It is stated that the Judge found the person pursuing the suit to have voluntarily entering the beer drinking game and did not find any negligence on the part of the bar.  The plaintiff reportedly played the game for 3 and half hours and was later struck by a car while trying to cross the highway.  He had a broken hip and claimed that the Bar should have been monitoring the game to ensure that players were not drunk beyond a point.

Strange are the ways of people !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.  

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