Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Crossing the Pamba!

Crossing the Pamba!

These days, river pamba is a hot topic of discussion in Kerala. For those from outside Kerala, river pamba is on the foothills of Shabarimala. Should women enter pamba, cross pamba or see pamba at all? Too much time and words are spend over such discussions. So Pinklungy as always shall provide a different perspective to pamba.

There is a usage called 'Pamba kadannu' which literally means 'crossed pamba'.  It is used to indicate something on the lines of 'Elvis has left the building'. So if someone had fever and is feeling better now, one can say 'pani pamba kadannu' which translates to 'fever crossed pamba' which means fever has long left the person. So next time someone says 'pamba kadannu', don't ask them "oh! On a boat or did you swim?" :)

p.s. Now don't start saying it is Pampa! It is not the Kerala English at work. It really is PamBa! :)

2nd p.s. Lord Ayyappa is the one of the most secular and progressive Gods. His best friend Vavar, is a believer of Islam. He doesn't care what religion his devotees belong to. How we wish if we all were so progressive!

Monday, 4 January 2016

Hollywood bows down to Kerala!

Hollywood bows down to Kerala!

                     It is a known fact that Malayalam Cinema is respected across the world. It has national and international recognition be it for the flawless scripts or for the understated yet powerful acting skills of  famed artists who belong to this industry.

                   But not many of you would have realized that Hollywood is also indebted
to Malayalam Cinema. Ask me why? I hope you have seen Avatar. What is the story line? The hero goes in to an unknown territory, becomes friends with the people there and tricks them in to believing what he wants to say. A while later, he has a change of heart and he becomes part of people from this unknown territory leaving his bosses high and dry. Now go and watch the movie ‘Vietnam Colony’. And you tell me that the story line is different! Isn’t Vietnam Colony, Pandora? It is! All that is lacking is the blue beings of Pandora are not singing “Pathiravayi neram..panineerkulirambily…”

                Now you might brush it aside as a coincidence. Then what about the movie Judge? When I saw the trailer itself, I knew it is a rip off of Narasimham! What is the story line of Narasimham? “A judge who is known for his exemplary honesty and pristine career has a high achiever son. Once, the judge has to pass a judgment against his own son. This leads to them drifting apart. Then comes a time when the son has to rescue his dad from a sticky situation which leads to reconciliation” Now go and read the synopsis of Judge and you tell me that it is not inspired from Narasimham!

p.s. We malayalees are well-read and well-travelled enough to know that what is mentioned above is a long stretch of the imagination. But we are among those who like to laugh at ourselves ;)