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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Sugar, Sweet Sugar ! - கரும்பாக இனித்தாயே

இரும்பாக நினைத்தேனே, கரும்பாக இனித்தாயே  !! 

Balu is a lavish spendthrift with a cavalier attitude towards life. Born rich, he runs  into confrontations wherever he perceives injustice. Worried about Balu's behaviour,  his father sends  him to his friend and ex-militaryman Gangadharan's village – Uthama Palayam, to work for him for one year with a condition that Balu will not reveal that he is the son of Chandrasekhar. 

Balu slowly gets accustomed to the village life and learns to work hard and develops a good relation with Gangadharan and his family. During his stay, he spars with an arrogant rich girl, Sumathi. Assuming Balu to be a poor villager, she tries to humiliate him. Eventually they both fall in love. Gangadharan's daughter (Sulakshana) also loves with Balu, but learns he is in love with Sumathi.  ~  can you name this movie ?!? 

For most South Indians, day starts with a tumbler of ‘coffee’ – the concoction of coffee beans decoction, milk and …… sugar‘the sweet thing’.  The English word "sugar" originates from the Arabic and Persian word shakkar, and has its equivalent ‘sharkara’ in Sanskrit ~ it is ‘sakkarai’ in Tamil.  

Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Simple sugars, also called monosaccharides, include glucose, fructose, and galactose. Compound sugars, also called disaccharides or double sugars, are molecules made of two bonded monosaccharides. In the body, compound sugars are hydrolysed into simple sugars.  

Sugar is consumed in so many forms as Sugar has become a readily accepted and at times almost unnoticed part of many everyday diets. Sugars occur in other plants and foodstuffs too - for example lactose in milk and fructose in fruit. The body can call on these compounds as quick-release fuel. If the energy isn't needed, it gets stored for later and is sometimes converted into fat. Over the centuries, sugar has been added to an increasing number of foods - from bread to salad dressings.   

Sugar mills were mostly seasonal industries with crushing starting from October onwards and peaking in January, generally ending in March or April – and depending upon the availability of supply could run longer also. The Govt. Used to fix the price at which cane can be purchased from the farmers – known as minimum procurement price. Some States also provide transport subsidy for every tonne of excess sugarcane sent for crushing.  A few years ago, in a major shift, the Centre unshackled the then  Rs. 80,000-crore sugar industry by abolishing the monthly release mechanism and doing away with the mills’ obligation to supply levy sugar for subsidised distribution under the Public Distribution System, thus allowing market forces to come into play.


Couple of photos of activity in a sugar mill,  taken from a moving vehicle – the movie at the queried at the start is ‘Thambikku entha ooru’- for sure would have heard this song multiple times !!


என் வாழ்விலே வரும் அன்பே வா

கண்ணே வா நிலா முகம் கண்டேன் வா  ….     … 

இரும்பாக நினைத்தேனே, கரும்பாக இனித்தாயே

என்னென்ன எண்ணங்கள் உன் நெஞ்சிலே

காணாத சொர்க்கம் உந்தன் காதல் அல்லவா  !!   


படம் :  1984ல் வெளிவந்த "தம்பிக்கு எந்த ஊரு" - ராஜசேகர்  இயக்கத்தில்  ரஜினிகாந்த், மாதவி,   மற்றும் பலரும் நடித்து இருந்தனர்.  இசைஞானி இளையராஜா இசையில், பஞ்சு அருணாசலம் வரிகளில்,  எஸ். பி. பாலசுப்ரமண்யம் பாடிய இந்த பாடல் மிக பிரபலமானது.

Interesting ! 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar