Wednesday, December 12, 2007

"C"-Mukhi

Hi all, Any one of u remember "C"-Mukhi, the spoof on Chandramukhi, something I had started writing longggggggg ago???... :)... It is entirely a dedication to my office folks who encouraged and cheered me a lot when I published it in our office bulletin board... I started posting "C"-Mukhi series way back in August 2005, started writing having something in mind, lost my way in the middle and was going nowhere beyond a certain point and left it unfinished... I gave it a new blog also at http://cmukhi.blogspot.com.. :) I tried to resume again in May 2006 with the hope of finishing it, but with no success... This time I am determined to finish it at last..:D, I am done with until the penultimate chapter...only the last chapter remains to be finished... What more apt time to resume it than on Rajini's birthday himself.. Happy Birthday to Rajini sir... :)

P.S : I have edited, made it crispier, trimmed certain scenes... So even if you had read it earlier, give another read :D

"C" - MUKHI



FOREWORD : Buoyed by the success of Chandramukhi, distributors and producers decides to remake this film in some other languages to cash in on this success. But since already Chandramukhi and other Rajini films had been remade in almost all languages, the producers are now left only with cyber languages like "C", "Java" etc., Since our Superstar is popular across all languages , they decide to try in computer languages too. Hence Chandramukhi is remade as C-Mukhi with certain scenes from Rajini's earlier films also lifted here and there.




(i) PART I - INTRO OF SUPER STAR

(ii) PART II - HISTORY OF CHANDRAMUKHI

(iii) PART III - RAJINI vs NEELA

(iv) PART IV - LAUNCH OF VTPR S/W COMPANY

(v) PART V - RAJINI'S ADVICE TO S/W ENGINEERS

(vi) PART VI - NAYANTARA FIGHTS AND FALLS LOVE WITH RAJINI

(vii) PART VII - RAJINI Vs ANTONY

(viii) PART - VIII - ENTRY OF CHANDRAMUKHI AND PROBLEMS APLENTY FOR VTPRSOFT

(ix) PART -IX- RAJINI TAKES ON CHANDRAMUKHI



PART - I - INTRO OF SUPERSTAR



S U P E R S T A R
R A J I N I



As per the practice the above words flash with the usual Theme music. (Whistles puhleeeeeeeeese)

Scene - 1

IT village,Siruseri, Chennai.

The camera flashes at the sign board of the company which read "VTPR Web Technologies". The company wore a deserted look. The doors of this World Wide Web technologies company were locked and upon the ceiling one could see a company wide web, woven by some spiders. It had been 2 months since the company's top management decided to close the operations temporarily and sell the shares of the company . But why would anyone think of selling a profit making company? Thatz a secret...shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........Come on, let's go inside the room. The door opens (Graphic Effects) and the camera takes us into each of the rooms. Inside one dark room, suddenly a PC switches on automatically and shows up some fearful screensavers with terrorizing musical effects. (Scene ends)

Scene-2 opens with a light music

Prabhu was driving a car. His mobile ringed and he attended the call. At the other end was his P.A, Mr. Thyagu. "Sir, as u desired, I had successfully completed the dealing. VTPR Software Company would be merging with us soon. We had got 75% stake in the company". Prabhu smiled. "Wow, That was a real good news Thyagu. My Jyo would be very happy to hear this news. She was the one who advised me to take over this software company". A delightful Prabhu switched off the call and the scene ends.

3rd Scene opens

"ABCD" Software company in Ekkaduthangal, Guindy. All employees were busy working on a Friday morning. Jyothika a.k.a Joe was one among them. You could hear typing sound everywhere which should imply people were busy working. The company’s Senior Project Manager Neelambari was also busy with her daily work, i.e playing NFS IV in her system. Things were going smoothly, when suddenly a group of testing people, Ravi, Ramu and Suresh, came running into Neelambari’s cabin. As Neela did not expect this, she lost control over the car she was driving and was pushed to second place in the game. She got irritated and shouted at them. "Don’t you folks have any manners? Is this the way to come to a PM's cabin?..... Tell me, what is the fuss all about?" One of them replied, "Sorry Madam, we just found a major bug in the Banking project that threw a javascript error. Thatz why we rushed to inform you...." Ravi promptly reproduced the bug at Neela's machine. Neela's face grew red in anger upon seeing the bug. "O.K, so track down the bug immediately and fix it at once." Jyotika, whose cubicle was next to Neelambari's, came running to her place, and hold Neela's hands, pleading to her "Maa'm… How would the testing team know about the error or where to fix… Please dont ask them to tamper with the code, I had written. The bug they refer might have caused due to other reasons and not because of the code… Allow me to debug the code, Please..". Before she could stop, Neela slapped jyotika. "Afterall you are a software engineer working under me and you dare to advice me", she shouted and turned to the Testers and said, "What are you waiting for?. Go and do necessary code changes to fix the bug".

So the testers sat down at Neela's system and debugged the application to find out why the bug was occurring. After some time, Ravi says, "Madam, the bug is likely due to this particular function in the security module. If I comment the line that calls the function, the bug does not recur"… Neelambari thought for a while and then responded "Go ahead, either delete the function or delete the line that calls the function… I just want the application to work without errors and give an impression to client that all is well with our product". The testers hesitate, "Maa'm this is legacy code. It had been part of previous releases also and worked without errors.. If we break this, it might lead to other problems also." Neelambari shouts, "I don’t care about all that... Just go ahead and do what i say".

So suresh proceeded to delete a piece of code which he thought would have caused the bug. Jyothika who was witnessing all these incidents happening was sincerely praying that the code change should not happen. Afterall, it was she who coded that module, slogging in the nights, weekends to complete it. As Suresh was about to press the DEL button, a hand grabbed Suresh's hand and pushed it away. An Intro music with heavy beats started playing. The hand took the network cable that was lying in the floor and fixed it in the server machine that was hosting the database. Apparently it was unplugged while Neelambari was busy playing NFS. The bug did not recur when it was rerun. As the camera moves from his hand to the face we find it was none other than our Superstar Rajini. He flashed a smile into the webcam at the audiences (whistles and claps) and bang, started the intro song.

[ Tune : Padaiyappa starting tune...]


"Work hard and go to onsite..........
Already onsite? (then) work for ur sight*...."

*sight - one's boy friend or girl friend (in Tanglish)

A brief pause and there was silence everywhere. Superstar waited for somebody to ask "who are you man?" so that he could continue the song. But everybody seemed to know our superstar and hence nobody asked anything. At that moment in some other room an interview was taking place and interviewer was asking the candidate. "Tell the simplest form of datastructure in C"

[ Rajini leaves Padaiyappa tune in the middle and picked Devuda Devuda tune]



"Array...Array....Array...Array" [Tune : Devuda Devuda tune]
"Chicago, Florida,
Software means India..
Java or .NET
we are the king yaar....
English is stronger
We can work longer..
You please continue outsourcing..
(chorus -- REPEAAAATU)

knowledge - vast (u)
less is our cost (u)
We are the IT super power
(chorus -- Sabashuuu)
Intro song ended thus and Rajini went to meet Jyothika .

A visibly peeved Neela who was waiting for the song to finish, started to shout at Jyothika now, realizing Rajini had come to meet Jyotika......... "How many mails do u need me to send reminding the guidelines regarding Personal visitors. Dont u know that Visitors should not be allowed to enter office premises at all...Where is that security", she called out for security "Security....Security.." . Rajini stopped her, "Relax Relax...Neela, why are u getting so angry.. I am not a visitor, I am the Network security expert coming at the behest of ur company chairman for consulting on ur company’s network issues. Here is my visiting card". Neela glanced at the visiting card and realized what Rajini said was indeed true.

Rajini continued, "Why were u getting too much irritated, For a Project Manager, commitment can be there, but not commotion , pressure can be there, not panic, should know to talk soft, not shout like this........ On a whole a manager should be a manager and not a damager. You know one thing? A Faulty Design document is the root cause for all Bugs. One should know how to control it. Otherwise the project would be a big failure. Good Bye!!!..Rajini started to leave the place but turns once again (Whiskkk..... special effect)



LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST!! ... A Highly tensioned Project Manager or a lengthy coding Programmer can never be able to complete a project successfully". Whissshkkkk, Rajini salutes in his own style and leaves the place amidst a roaring BGM. Jyothika also used this opportunity to escape the place and they both met at the Food Court.

(At the food court)
Jyothika : Hey Rajini, it was a surprise to see u here today. We tried to reach your mobile yesterday but could not get you.. How you came here at the right time?

Rajini : hahaha... (laughs and turns to the monitor and tells), When I come, how I come, nobody can guess, but whenever needed I would be right there".

Jyothika : OK OK, I know, Prabhu would have sms-ed you about the new venture we are upto.

Rajini : yeah yeah, i got his message.I have come to help you to set up the new office. I have a small work to be completed here, let's go to Siruseri today evening. Prabhu too would be there at that time

Jyothika : Anyway, Thank god u saved my code, otherwise they would have spoiled my entire work


PART - II - HISTORY OF CHANDRAMUKHI



Evening time..Prabhu, Jyothika and Rajini arrived in a car to inspect their newly acquired office, VTPR Software company. Since the doors were locked, Rajini went to the security cabin and asked for the key from the Chief Security, Vijayakumar. Vijayakumar inquired why he needed the key. Rajini informed him that Prabhu had acquired the company and soon he would resume the operations at VTPR Software Company. Vijayakumar was shocked. "VTPR Company???.......... you mean you had bought that one". Rajini "Yea yea..u are right...Whatz the matter?". Vijayakumar replied "Sir, that company is haunted. ".

All of them were surprised. "What do you mean" asked a puzzled Prabhu. Vijayakumar continued "yes sir, that company is haunted by some bio virus. Dont you see that company remaining locked for months. There is a story behind it. ". Vijayakumar started narrating the story of the mystery behind the VTPR software company.



"This is a MNC company which had its corporate head office at US. Some years ago, Mr.Raja was appointed Divisional Manager for Chennai office. Raja was a good administrator and an excellent manager. The company's profit increased multi fold under him and the company was getting some plum projects from major US companies.. While looking for a C resource, Raja came to know of one talented girl called Chandramukhi…who came first place in the World level conference of Programmers held two years ago. She was just brilliant when it comes to 'C' and PERL programming. If she started coding in C, one can watch it the entire day, (the complexity of the code, very hard to understand for any others). Raja wanted to employ Chandramukhi in our company, who he thought would be the best resource for a high risk project we got. But she was already working for GSKRN software company though at a lower pay. Raja tried all his tricks to get Chandramukhi in our company but Chandramukhi was steadfast in her decision.

Finally Raja pressurized the consultancy through which Chandramukhi got into her company and made her join VTPR software company. Chandramukhi was unhappy, but unable to do much about that, she started working here. At nights she would stay in the company, secretly doing coding for her old company and send it through internet to them. Raja found it one day when he was analyzing why there were so many Night Taxi requisitions from Chandramukhi. He called the old Project Manager of Chandramukhi, Mr.Sekaran to his company, and in front of Chandramukhi he made the MD of GSKRN company dismiss Sekaran. Chandramukhi was also fired from VTPR Company and both of their names were blacklisted so that they would not be able to join in any other software company. The project that Chandramukhi was involved in here was dropped and her computer, in which the entire code she had written was locked and shifted to the godown. Soon after this incident Raja went onsite, But those who were working here began to get affected by many problems, frequent virus attack, hacking attack etc., It was rumored that Chandramukhi, as a measure of revenge, had employed some black magic here and the employees working in that company or the computers there would be get affected. It was beginning to show, as almost everyone encountered some or other serious problems in their official and personal life. Gradually, the employees shifted to other companies, and hence the head office was forced to shut down its operations in Chennai. The black magic of Chandramukhi was still haunting the company. It could cause problems to anybody who enters this office".
Vijayakumar finished this lengthyyyy flashback as Rajini and Prabhu completed another yawn. But Jyothika was keenly listening to this story.........

Jyothika patted on Prabhu’s shoulder… "Hey Prabhu…. wake up. The flashback is over. Come lets go inside. See him (Rajini), how nicely he is pretending to listen to the story, yet day dreaming. Wake him up also..." She turned to vijayakumar, Sir your story was very nice, but now please give the keys, we need to go inside"

Vijayakumar shrugged his shoulders. "O.K it is up to you to believe or not. Whatever I said were true to the best of my knowledge... " Rajini interrupted, "Ok ok Vijay, cool down, Now don’t start writing resumes with declaration statement. letz go inside dude" Vijayakumar accompanied them with the keys, as they went inside the company. There were dusts all around the place. All the systems wore a dirty look. It seemed as if the place was abandoned for years. Rajini went through all the rooms including the room where Chandramukhi’s condemned system was kept.

Prabhu : The company interior is fine except for the dusts and dirt all around. I think once we clean this place would look great. (turns to Vijayakumar) Sir , can you please arrange for people to clean this place, We would be occupying this by the end of this Aadi** month

[Aadi * - Tamil month, considered generally inauspicious for any new events, occasions such as marriage, house warming etc.,]

[Vijayakumar looks unhappy]
Vijayakumar : Sir, so you have decided to occupy this place. Isn’t it? I think you would have got this company at Aadi special discount price. Havent u read papers regarding the frauds related to Aadi purchase?

Rajini : ok ok vijay. Cool down. Do what Prabhu says. Come on Prabhu let’s go. I think Joe has to slog today in office. Is it not Joe? So let’s hurry

Prabhu : Hey jyo, have u put urur papers at your office?

Jyo : Not yet, I would do that on Monday pa.

And so they leave the place..But none of them noticed Vijayakumar's eyes as it turned devilish for a moment and then returned to normal…


PART - III - RAJINI vs NEELA




Let us take a break from the story and get to know something about Prabhu – Jyothika ‘s flash back for a moment.

Both Prabhu and Jyothika were software engineers working in different companies. Jyothika as u know was working for ABCD company while Prabhu was working in XYZ company. XYZ company was a client to ABCD Company and had been outsourcing some of its works to ABCD. Once when Jyothika was on a visit to XYZ company for deploying their application, she also deployed her heart into Prabhu’s. Inspite of both working in Software companies for a number of years, without proper planning, they decided to get married as soon as they fell in love. Only after marriage they came to realize the problems that could be faced by a software couple, especially when they were working in different companies. In order to solve some of those problems, Jyothika proposed an idea to start their own firm for a better future.... Prabhu accepted that idea and hence with the help of his influential father, he bought stakes in VTPR Software Company and owned it. Rajini was their family friend and a leading network specialist graduated from Massachusettes Institute of Technology (MIT) in America. He was an Independent Network security consultant for many leading companies including ABCD Software Company. His job was to give consultation and ideas regarding network setup, educate network administrators of the company for a stable and secure network and help them related to network issues. Neela , the other character we had seen, was a Sr. Manager in ABCD Software company. Being the daughter of the company’s CEO , her position , was definitely not a hard earned one.

Location : ABCD Software company, Monday Evening



Rajini, scheduled to work in night shift, walked in to office at 6 pm, just as Neela was coming out for the day.

Neela : Hey Rajini, I would like to have few words with you

Rajini : Oh sure, what is the matter

Neela : Rajini, you are very lucky.

Rajini : (confused) : Why?

Neela : I myself am admiring u la, thatz why....

Rajini: (Smilingly.) Oh!!!..

Neela : Looking at our company’s market value, salary figures, many ppl, more talented and experienced than you, have applied for the prestigious Sr.Network Admin position. Not only from Chennai but also from US and UK. But I don’t want to take any one of them. Our company needs a Network Admin like you. I went through your career profile and was very much impressed. People told me, somewhere in our earlier part of our career when we were juniors, without knowing each other, we had worked together in a project. I don’t remember all that. In the rapidly changing IT field, only back up admins would be storing the old data.
(Rajini smiled as Neela continued)

Neela : I don’t know why…When you swiftly found out the problem the other day, when everyone of us were thinking it is a software bug, I liked your ability to think quickly.. When you stepped into help for Jyo, I liked ur team spirit, When you took the responsibility in your hand and argued on behalf of other employees, I liked your leadership skills, When u dared to talk straightly to me and even advised me, I liked your communication skills. Above all I liked the enthu with which you fix the problems. Five characters.. These five characters had impressed me a lot. (Pauses and then continues)
I want everything best for our company. From the security we employ at the gate to the software to secure the network I want everything as best. You are one and the best. Having a productive guy like you in our company, we can proudly show to our clients abroad about what we can do. I would like to have you as Sr.Network Administrator working full time for our company. Now tell , aren’t u lucky. Even I am appreciating you. Come and collect your offer letter from my dad tomorrow. Probably you would feel shy. I would get the offer letter for you and get it to you tomorrow. O.k? Good boy..

Neela started to leave, saying this. Rajini waited for a moment, then clapped his hand and called "Maa’m.". Neela stopped and waited.

"Just a minute.", Rajini said and walked stylishly towards her.

Neela : What?

Rajini: (softly but firmly) You had told about your wish. Havent asked me yet? (pause) I don’t want to join your company as Network Admin…

Neela was shocked as she dropped her company ID down which swiped her out. Just as her card swiped off, a smiling Rajini take out his employee ID and swipes in (BGM and this action is done in a slight slow motion)

Rajini: (smiled and continued) You want a productive employee for your company….. I want a productive company as my employer (in terms of salary). Your company….is not one such.

Neela gets angry and frustrated.

Neela : you don’t know about our company. If we plan to employ one we will go to any levels to hire them.

Rajini : (laughs) Babe.., you had listed my 5 characters. I have another character too. Sixth character. This Rajini’s sixth character. Don’t try to see that. You would feel sorry for that.

Neela : Rajiniiiii...

Rajini : You don’t know about me. My Network........... Isolated Network........ Never try to breach it.

Neela : Can I ask you if you are planning to join any other company for full time

Rajini went near her, and said Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. and walked into the office.

An upset neela grumbled "Having rejected my offer, let’s see how you or the company you are gonna join survive".


PART - IV - LAUNCH OF VTPR S/W COMPANY






[ A month later.... At the launch of VTPR Software Company rechristened as VTPRSoft. Only close associates were invited to this simple celebration of the launch.. Jyo’s PM Neela and her father, the MD, were called as special invitees. Jyo and Prabhu welcomed them with glee. ]

Jyo : Welcome madam, it is a real pleasure to have you here with us. Please make urself comfortable inside.

[ Neela and her father went inside]

Prabhu ( to jyo) : Hey, Why did u ask them to make themselves comfortable. What would you do if they go and take a nap at the Duroflex cot in the guest room.

Jyo : Oh c'mon prabhu, Don’t be stupid!! Go and serve them drinks….

Prabhu: O.K leave it. Have u collected all the documents pertaining to your work in her company? Hope that doesn’t become a problem

Jyo : oh never prabhu.... All formalities has been completed, Neela had assured she would get me the papers latest by the End of this week.

[Just then Rajini arrived in his own style]

Jyo : Hello Rajini, We had been expecting you for so long. And you come so late (shows false anger)

Rajini (turns towards the monitor) : I may be a late fix, but I am always a hot fix.

Prabhu : you just keep delivering dialogues. Those who were lesser talented and popular than you, had planned in advance and had started their own organization. But you are still lagging behind.

Rajini : Ha ha ha. Some ppl code by example (searching from Google etc.,)…. But I always lead by example…. I don’t follow others…… OK that much for the punch…now shall we go inside?

[ Everyone went inside the company, The Formal inauguration got underway]

M.D (of Jyo’s company) : Hey Jyo. You and your hubby can make this new venture a grand success. Good Luck (shakes hands with Jyo)

Jyo : Thanks a lot sir.

[ Neela and MD were about to leave just as Jyo calls Neela ]

Jyo : Maa’m ....

Neela : Yes, Jyo, tell me whatz the matter?

Jyo : Regarding my relieving order and other documents...

Neela : (smiles...) hmm...yes Jyo, I had forgotten to tell that. To honor your commitment and long standing service to our company, we had arranged a grand farewell at our office tomorrow. You must attend that. Rajini, you are welcome too there… I would get your documents at the end of the function, Jyo.

Jyo : oh thanks a lot maa’m. But why all these fanfare?

Neela : [with a cunning smile] oh you deserve it Jyo. I wanted to hold a function for you. You are a marvel. You are a treasure…

[ Neela continued as Rajini stopped her ]

Rajini : Wait maa’m wait. Why are u praising unnecessarily… Tell our good things during Appraisal meeting, tell our problems in a personal meeting…

[ A visibly annoyed Neela walks away ]

Prabhu : Why did you stop her Rajini?

Rajini : Kanna, always understand . If somebody praises someone at their face, it means they are planning a ditch for them.

Prabhu : So do you think she is planning something against us tomorrow?

Rajini : Ha ha ha . Let us wait and see.



PART - V - RAJINI'S ADVICE TO S/W ENGINEERS



[ Next day evening at Neela's office ]



A grand farewell was arranged at the Office. Keeping in with the office custom, the party started with a song sequence

(Tune : Ra..Ra. ramaiyah)


As Computer first sang in Java language, a singer translated it in plain English

[computer] Public final ContentMarkupLanguage HTML;
[singer]Only one HTML - All around the Web
[computer] Public final float SalaryHike;
[singer]Only one Salary Hike - Around the year
[computer]Public final SuperStar Rajini;
[singer]Only One Super star for the entire world........
Only....... One....... Super star for the entire world........
After some drum beats, Rajini enters the scene singing
E..E... E.... Engineer.......
Four phases in your software career.
Listen here, E..E....E.... Engineer
Four phases in your software Career...
Four phases in software career,
Which phase you are in now, think Dear,

[ E..E..Eee Engineer....]
In the First phase, you will be put into training,
Boring lectures will leave ur mind draining,

Second phase , you will start to test or fixing,
Slogging for a dumb work, will be taxing,

Third phase , you will take up management and team leading,
Slowly you would realize, that ur IT skills are fading,

Fourth phase will be when u realize, this life is boring,
But u wud never dare to escape it, with money pouring.

Four phases in software career,
Which phase you are in now, think dear.......
Listen here E..E..E.... Engineer
Four phases in software career.


As the song ends, they hear a huge explosion. System Engineer Naren came running

Neela : naren, What happened?

Naren : Nothing maa’m. Jyothika’s system crashed.

Neela : oh, but it sounded like the World Trade Center crashing.?

Naren : Since jyo has not switched off her system for decades , the motherboard got overheated and the harddisk got burnt. Luckily for us, except for the hard disk and the data in it, other parts of the PC are not much damaged…

Neela : Oh, I see (turning to Jyo) What jyo, All the tasks assigned to you was in that system only rite? You are yet to finish some tasks and I noted that you have not checked in the code to the server machine too.

Jyo (worried) : Yes maa’m. But a system crash is not my fault

Neela : We had sent so many mails requesting you ppl to switch off the systems atleast once in a week. You had never listened… and since you always kept it on, even the auto update and system back up could not happen correctly…. Now you see the result of all those negligence….a system crash…

Jyo : But..but….

Neela : (with a wicked smile) Never mind, take your own time, complete the pending tasks assigned to you and then collect your documents

Jyo : Maa’m pleaseeee. I need to start the work in our company tomorrow.

Neela : (smilingly) I can do nothing about that dear. This is company rules…….

Jyo starts crying. To redo all the pending tasks that went with the crash would definitely take another 2 months. Every employee in the gathering felt sorry for jyo. They knew this was Neela’s handwork. Rajini pacified Jyo…

Rajini : Hey jyo, cool, why do u cry. Just wait and see

Smilingly Rajini walked towards Jyothika’s system, Build up music started



Come on, Come on
Yeah Come on,
Hey Come on, Come on…… , Yo!!!!!
I am back to explore, Give the comp, give a few minutes now,

S.A (System admin) thatz what they say
C to the C to the N to the A
S.A thatz what they say…

Yo, I am about to service,
Here I come, I work without any fees


[Rajini reaches near the system. Switches on the system after replacing the hard disk in his system with that of the one in Jyothika’s system ]

Yo ! I am about to login,
For the justice I will win,

Can you stop me you cannot
I’m the admin and you are not

Do you expect me to be here?
Lemme tell u that none has to fear,

I am a magical man,oh yeah
I am a man on the machine with a mission as I have clear vision,
Well, they try to make the system work

The name is S.A , yeah thatz me
The name is S.A , yeaaaaaah thatz me...............


To everyone’s surprise, the hard disk Rajini replaced actually contained all of Jyothika’s data in perfect condition. Jyo could not believe her eyes. Tears were rolling from eyes and she could not utter a word. Neela on the other hand was shocked.

Rajini : (victorious smile) Ha ha ha, This is the actual hard disk of Jyothika’s machine and the one that got crashed was the duplicate hard disk I replaced yesterday in this machine

Neela turned towards the junior programmer Madhu with anger

Rajini : ha ha Neela, why are you looking at Madhu. I will narrate, whatever that happened yesterday

[ FLASH BACK ] Time : Yesterday night

Madhu was returning from Neela’s room all smiles. She straightly went to Jyothika’s system and logged into it, with Jyo’s user id and password. Madhavi her fellow colleague came up there..

Madhavi : Hey madhu, what are u doing yaar, in Jyo’s system? Are u gonna take over this system after Jyo leaves?

Madhu : haha no no, I am going to install this Trojan in Jyo’s machine that would screw up her machine leading to a system crash.

Madhavi (shocked) But why?

Madhu : Mhmm.. Neela madam wants to hold Jyo’s resignation so as to distrupt their new company’s operations. This is the only way by which we can hold her back legally.

Madhavi : But but Jyo is our good friend, she had helped us a lot during critical times and guided us when we entered as freshers.

Madhu : haha, But you know in a Corporate life, ppl will accept you as a professional only when you are selfish and think only about ur growth..... And I am a true Professional. Madam assured me that I would get an onsite opportunity and a good hike during the next quarter..

Madhu inserted the CD containing the malicious software in Jyo’s PC and told Madhavi, Come on Let us crash Jyo’s system now.

[ At the moment, they both hear a clap sound. Rajini was coming down the stairs]
Rajini : Lets crash..yea Let’s crash [smiles]
System ah crash panratha kashtam??, athai recover panrathu than kashtam…
Code la bug kandupidikkaratha kashtam?? Athai fix panrathu than kashtam…
PC la virus podaratha kashtam?? Antha virus ah remove panrathu than kashtam…
Hacker irukkara idathu la laam, oru System admin um iruppan ma [ Saying this, Rajini dives in air and lands near Madhu]
[Both were shocked]

Madhavi : Sorry Rajini, I am very sorry. Only Madhu was trying to do something silly.

Rajini [gets angry] : To get an Onsite opportunity or a salary hike, there are 1000 ways, 1000 places, Please don’t do it at the expense of your colleague.

[Madhu immediately changes heart]

Madhu : I am very very sorry for my behavior. I will never repeat this. Kindly forgive me

Rajini : O.K, get Jyo’s hard disk to me and replace it with this faulty one…. (hands over a hard disk to Madhu) Now go ahead installing the software that Neela gave u.

Madhu : Yes pa

[ END FLASH BACK ]

Rajini : (victorious smile) Ha ha ha I hope, now there is no problem in getting Jyo’s documents rite?
[ A heavy BGM is played in the back as an apparently fuming Neela handed over the documents and papers to Jyothika. They both left the Office]



PART - VI - NAYANTARA FIGHTS AND THEN LOVES RAJINI



(Few months later)
[Location : VTPRSoft Office]



Business at VTPRSoft had been smooth and steady. With the expertise of Rajini and the management skills of Prabhu combined with diligence of Jyothika, the company was doing enormously well. Also the recruitment had yielded some best talents for the company. Within few months after resuming its operations, VTPRSoft earned a good reputation as service oriented company. Owing to Rajini’s efforts, the US Software giant MilliSoft certified VTPRSoft as its most valuable partner and made VTPRSoft as the official Testing center for all of their software products that were outsourced to the Indian vendors.

Watchman Vijayakumar’s daughter Nayantara was made the receptionist for the company. Even though she did not like them, as they occupied this building much against her father’s wishes, she took the job, since she had no other job.

Vijayakumar once arranged for a special lunch for Rajini, Prabhu and Jyo at his home. Nayantara was assigned the task of getting the menu for the same.. When she inquired them about their food preferences, Jyothika and Rajini chose vegetarian, while Prabhu who had a liking for variety in foods replied

"Nirpathuve, Nadappathuve, Parappathuve neengalellam thinner thaane, en veetin dinner thaane, "

,implying he would eat any kind of living being. Nayantara realized that Prabhu could turn out to be a threat to animal kingdom in Siruseri, and so immediately chased away all the birds and animals that were roaming in the nearby vicinity,

" Kokku para para
Kozhi para para
Mynah para para
Mayilae Para.."


Her hatred for them increased but nevertheless she decided to maintain silence and was doing her work sincerely.

One day Morning, Rajini was going through the company’s Bulletin Board hosted on their Intranet for a technical doubt. Since he could not find any help in any of the forums, he was browsing through other forums. He was surprised to see all the forums except the Sports forum, inactive. There was a huge discussion going on in the Sports forum as to whether Sachin or Lara was the best ever player. Most of the postings were from Nayantara and she was posting all technical, statistical and personal failures of Sachin in comparison with Lara. Rajini got very much irritated over whatever that was going on, and he asked the moderator to delete all the posts immediately in the Sports forum and disallow any further activity there.
After some time, a visibly angered Nayantara came to Rajini’s room.
Rajini ( coolly) : Hey ten thara

Nayan (angrily) : Nayanthara....

Rajini : yeah yeah nayanthara... watz the matter

Nayan : Why did you block access to Sports forum

Rajini : Ha ha ha, you are supposed to be a receptionist and not a sports columnist.

Nayan : What do u know about cricket or any other sports? You know only about coding, networking blah blah. You know I had been a cricket captain in my college women’s team.

Rajini : Haan….

Nayan (Embarassed ) : You can only block acc...acccess to the sports forum...(stutters) but..but..you cant block my spo..spo...sports knowledge.........

Saying this Nayanthara walks away angrily from the room. After moments of silence, Rajini started singing at her ( no no not athinthom song , he is a national hero boss :), so he sang in a hindi tune :) ).



[ Tune : Yeh Tara woh Tara from Swades]
Yeh Tara Woh tara, Nayanthara,
Cricket se, dekho, mein brian lara
Yeh tara woh tara Nayanthara
Cricket se, dekho, mein brian lara

woh young days le,
simply superb i play!!
have to see my batting skills u tara.........
Batting, bowling, all I do, and win too, do u know tharaa tharaa…….


Everybody in the office joined the dance too… Nayantara came to know that Super star had been a good cricketer and also one whom John Wright and Greg Chappell consulted for some technical methods in batting and fielding setup. She felt bad about mistaking Rajini and also realized in Tamil films no one can be and is allowed to be more talented than the hero. Hence as per Tamil cinema Grammar, Nayantara immediately fell in love with Rajini.

Rajini : hahaha, Remember, a bulletin board shud not be used as a bullet board to hurt others’ feelings and thatz precisely why we blocked the access. I hope you would have understood. Go ahead, the access would return.
[A happy Nayantara returned to her cabin]


PART - VII - RAJINI Vs ANTONY






[Few days later]
A tensed Prabhu rushes into Rajini’s cabin.

Rajini : Hey Prabhu, why do u have to look so serious and tensed like V.V.S.Laxman?. I didn’t say you will not be included in the next match, did I?

Prabhu : Oh come on Rajini, we have got a serious problem

Rajini : What is it?

Prabhu : We had been testing the software product by Antony Software Technologies as per our contract with MilliSoft rite? The company chairman Mr.Antony is on the line now. He is warning us to close the bugs that we have logged into Millisoft’s defect tracker for their product… otherwise…

Rajini : otherwise?

Prabhu : Otherwise, he would influence Millisoft’s top management to break our contract with them. Antony Software Technologies is a 10 year old company and had been the partners of Millisoft for more than 5 years now. Antony personally knows most of the top management guys there at MilliSoft. Thatz why I am more worried. What should I reply to him?

Rajini : hahaha, don’t worry. I will take care of the issue. It is lunch time na. You go and have ur lunch..

Prabhu : So soon eh? Just now I had my breakfast. I will have it after an hour or so. Now I am having snakes

Rajini : (terrified) : What?????

Prabhu : snakes you don’t know? the chips, biscuits, cakes stuff…

Rajini : oh snacks ah ? o.k o.k you continue having it. I would take care of this problem.

[Prabhu left the place]

Rajini : Antony…………

[Antony immediately recognizes Rajini’s voice. Rajini had been Antony’s arch rival for years.]

Antony : waare wah Rajini…………. So was it my old friend who logged in so many defects against our name

Rajini : Hey hey hey , don’t see the defect count ah, see the effects on client.

Antony: Don’t teach software management to me. You are a kid in the software business. I had been running a company for 10 years now. If you find defects, do you think you are a big Tester?

[Rajini just smiled]

Antony : (continues) Defects kandupidikkaravan ellam Tester aagida mudiyaathu. Just tell me whether you will close the defects or not.

Rajini : Sure, I will give u 7 days time. You fix all the reported bugs, I would close the defects in the defect tracker.

Antony : [in angry tone] Haaaa, you are setting time to me is it?, OK, I will close… I will close your chapter and your company contracts with Millisoft within the same 7 days time u gave………..

[Saying this, Antony angrily disconnects the phone]

(the next few days)

Scene : Antony and his team hacks into Millisoft Defect tracker and changes the status of the bugs


[Flash] Somebody takes a picture of it

Prabhu comes and tell to Rajini "Antony is hacking into Millisoft’s Defect Tracking system"

Rajini : Let him hack

Scene : Antony bribes a VTPRSoft employee to get the contract documents pertaining to this project.


[Flash] Somebody takes a picture of it

Jyo rushes to tell Rajini, "Antony has got a copy of our official document"

Rajini : Let him have that

[ After a week]

Antony called up Rajini

Rajini : Hello, VTPR Soft

Antony : Antony……… Marc Antony…… You had given me 7 days time to finish off the bugs rite. I have taken enough steps to finish off your company as a whole.

Rajini : Ha ha ha…. Kanna, If there is a PC in front of you, just read the latest E-mail from MilliSoft,.

A shocked Antony logs into his PC, and read the E-mail that he had just received from MilliSoft. MilliSoft’s Vice president for Asian operations have sent a mail that read "We are sorry to inform that our agreement stands cancelled in view of your fraudulent activities’" and attached were photos that showed Antony bribing VTPRSoft’s employee and him hacking into Millisoft’s website.

An angry Antony kicks the monitor infront of him………. Rajiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Rajini : Ha ha ha, Yeah yeah yeah Rajini………….. Super Star Rajini………….. Enna sonne Enna sonne?
Defects kandupidikkaravanga ellam Testers aaga mudiyathu nu you told la . yea, quite true, ... Defects kandupidikkaravanga ellorum Testers aagida mudiyaathu…. Aana ithellam naanga kashtapattu kandupidicha bugs illa…unga defective code nala thana vantha bugs… … This is not a minor bug. High severity bug. We can do nothing about this.

Antony grumbled and moaned as Rajini continued

Rajini : hey hey hey……. GOD will give so many compiler errors to a good programmer... But he will make the code pass UAT successfully with zero defects...For bad programmer’s code might seem to run perfectly in offshore environment. But during UAT, GOD will make the bad code fail miserably. Your code(points at Anthony) will fail in UAT phase…. Try to correct it…..

[ A dejected antony hangs up the phone... But since Rajini was the one who called, the connection is still active, After a few minutes silence, due to rajini's magic, automatically the speaker turns on in Antony’s phone. Rajini delivers a punch line ]

Ennai pathi theriyum la "Intha Rajini oru idathula code change senja............... 100 bugs fix panna maathiri......" (Sshhk sshk sound..)

(BGM followed by Rajini disconnecting the phone)


PART - VIII - ENTRY OF CHANDRAMUKHI AND PROBLEMS FOR VTPRSOFT




On a fine Monday morning, Prabhu calls Rajini at his cabin and informs him about "Hey Rajini, you’ve got a mail from a top US company to solve a technical problem. Seems like you need to go there immediately".

Rajini feels peeved, not because he had to leave to US immediately, but, wat the hell, how could Prabu login into his official email account and check his mails without his knowledge.

Rajini : Prabhu, this is too much, I think you are crossing your limits, how can you peep into my mails?

Prabhu (replies with a smile): well… Monday morning, I didn’t feel like working at all..Yesterday when u logged in my system and checked ur mail, you had set the option for remember password rite, so I was able to check ur mails :D. Hey come on, this is how it happens in the original Chandramukhi also. After all Remakes shud not deviate much from the original

Rajini got irked, but knowing that this guy Prabhu can never be changed, so he left the issue there and started to leave for the immediate Onsite assignment. So he bid good bye to everyone in the office including his love Nayanthara.. "Any problem one SMS, Rajini will be right there", Saying this Rajini signed off in style

Business continued as usual at VTPRSoft with Prabhu and Jyo effectively managing the office. As Rajini and Prabhu had instructed, no one dared to enter the room where Chandramukhi's PC was locked and other than that room, the entire office was kept clean and nice.

But Jyo was rather curious to browse thru Chandramukhi's system. In her earlier office, after lunch time and during relaxed times, she used to spend time playing solitaire, mine sweeper and other PC games which gave her a refreshing break from the mind boggling work. Especially Jyo enjoyed the thrill of playing the games at office without getting noticed by the PM or PL. She missed all those now. In the hush-hush created by Neela while getting the relieving order, Jyo could not get the back up of her personal data from her old office machine. She heard from some old staffs who worked there earlier about Chandramukhi, that she used to play Prince of Persia, Dave, Paratrooper and similar games during office hours..tjhey were telling that the buzzing sounds of such games were still ringing in their ears. Ever since hearing this, Jyo's curiosity to check out Chandramukhi's system grew more.

So Jyo, ignoring her hubby's and Rajini's warnings, on one fine day, unlocked the Chandramukhi room and stepped inside.......The room was covered with dust and Chandramukhi's system was looking dirty and pale with all the dust on it... Jyo cleaned the room in quick time and switched on the monitor, as the system which was on standby mode all these days came back to life as she moved the mouse cursor.

At the same time, Prabhu who was typing google.com in his browser, accidentally missed out one of the letters and was taken to a porn site, while Accounts department aasha while doing online money transfer to one of the company's clients, entered an additional zero to the amount accidentally and pressed enter even before she realized it……

The effect of Chandramukhi had thus started to haunt the VTPRSoft Office as Jyo, unaware of these things proceeded to browse thru Chandramukhi's system. She was amazed at the amount of data in Chandramukhi's system, thousands of DOS and Flash games, the Entire collection of Calvin and Hobbes, Tintin, Asterix and Obelix and so much more. And then there was a huge collection of MP3 songs, English, Tamil, Hindi and even Konkani. This PC was surely a treasure, she thought. Jyo was just wondering, how Chandramukhi's PM even thought of firing such a hardworking, dedicated employee.

Just at that moment, Prabhu called for Jyo. So she quickly switched off the monitor, closed the door and left the room immediately to respond to Prabhu.

Next day... Everyone were busy working on a module that had to be delivered to onsite that day. Prabhu after attending a client call at the conference room was returning back to his cubicle. At that time he noticed Nayantara logging into a different system from that of hers and doing something. So he stopped and inquired Nayantara, "Hey Nayan, wat are u doing here, your job is in the front office..." Nayantara, who did not seem to expect Prabhu at that time, got tensed by his question and replied "yea..yea Prabhu, this is anita's system...she is on leave today and it seems she had forgotten to check in the files that she has modified yesterday. So she called me up today morning and asked me to just check in the files...as these are critical for today's drop. I am doing just the same". "O.K Fine", said Prabhu and proceeded to his cubicle.

The module was completed shortly and was packaged for the System testing. Prabhu thought he would just do a round of Sanity testing before the testers started BVT (BVT - Business value Testing, Testing of key functionalities which must be passed if it needs to be delivered) on it. He ran the application and it looked to run smoothly suddenly, the application crashed and the system hanged. Everyone were shocked. "how could this be" was the question in everyone's mind. Nasser, the Module leader quickly pointed out "the bug should be in the database module only. Anita was handling it, but she ran it in her machine yesterday..showed me also before she left for the day, it was working fine..somebody shud have screwed it afterwards..", he paused and raised his voice "Who worked on Anitha's system today"......... everyone's eyes fell on Nayantara.. She got terrified... "No..no..i did nothing at all. I just checked in whatever code Anita has entered into VSS".. Prabhu was puzzled at this sudden failure of application..But he did not mutter anything rather looked at nayantara with a straight face..."Please go away from here to your cabin....", he turned to the developers "Folks, look at the root cause of this issue and get it solved immediately. "


PART - IX – RAJINI TAKES ON CHANDRAMUKHI



From that day onwards, problems seem to coming in plenty for VTPRSoft. Machines crashed too often, Programs threw memory out of exception error and compiling took unusually longer time than before. Prabhu and Jyo got upset by this and were worried about the business prospects if the problem continues. Hence Prabhu sent an SOS like SMS to Rajini to return to see what is haunting VTPRSoft of late.

Rajini arrived to VTPRSoft office from US, as soon as he got the SMS from Prabhu. Prabhu apprised him of the strange happenings that were happening over the recent few days at office. Staffs were under the impression that these could be the effect of the black magic of Chandramukhi. Prabhu refused to buy this "black magic" logic...he He rather suspected this as Nayantara's handiwork in association with Neelambari to stop the organization's growth. However Rajini rubbished these claims by Prabhu, as he thought Nayan could have never thought of doing such things. Prabhu thought since Love is blind, Rajini did not want to look Nayantara as guilt.

Rajini ran the latest virus scanners, anti-spyware in every system, but none of them showed any problems in the system. Rajini was clueless…. What could be the problem.... During day times the systems ran fine without any issues… but during nights, some weird things were happening from any of the system... The problem occurs only for a few while and there was no log or anything created in the system, for Rajini to analyze the reason behind such a behavior. Another thing Rajini noticed was a strange sound coming from Chandramukhi's room in the nights.. If Rajini knocked the door of that room, the sound will stop..

On a fine day, as Rajini was working in his laptop monitoring the company's network set up, suddenly he found a strange thing happening... A malicious application that bypassed the company's firewall system was transmitting through every systems... Alas!!, Rajini could not stop that application through any of his software... And it was actually going towards the company's Project server... God!! If it gains access to the project server, then it might erase the entire data in that server.... Rajini was quick to react to this danger... He ran to the server room where prabhu was working in the Project server system... Swiftly, he pushed Prabhu from the chair and unplugged the network cable... Every staff arrived at the server room hearing this huge noise that came as a result of Prabhu falling to the ground... A shocked Prabhu got off from the ground... Rajini apologized to him and explained to him why he disconnected the network cable from the server system... Prabhu was surprised... "From which system, this virus has originated, Any idea?", he enquired... Rajini paused for a moment and said... "Hmm... it has come Nayantara's laptop only"

Everyone was surprised... Prabhu was very much angry... "I told u already rite... This girl is the reason for everything....".. Rajini replied... "O.K dont worry, I will take care of her".... Nayantara who was also present there,was shell shocked... "I did not do anything...Please believe me...", she requested everyone, but no one was believing her... Rajini took Nayantara along with her laptop and went inside the conference room... He locked the room from inside, so that people from outside could only hear some whip lash sound.... After a while.... Rajini came outside of the room, a worried Vijayakumar inquired "What happend, what happened to my dear daughter's laptop... Dude..dude.. She loves that laptop... she can't bear losing the laptop... ... I assure u, she had kept it protected from any virus or spyware.. Nothing would have entered it, Kindly dont do anything to her laptop or disconnect the internet connection... She can't live without G-Talk or orkut dude....", Vijayakumar broke into tears... Rajini looked at him with a straight face and replied... "Dont worry... I have just disconnected the network cable from that laptop and put her system in quarantine... Things would be alright now... O.K everyone get back to work", Rajini left that place as a confused Prabhu and Jyo look over..

That night, the staffs in VTPRSoft left home early fearing Chandramukhi effect, and so Rajini was alone in the office. He decided to take another look at the Chandramukhi ‘s room…. The strange sound was coming again from Chandramukhi’s room…. Rajini, this time, rather than trying to go inside or knocking the door, observed the room, the sound carefully…. After a while, he left the place and left for his home with a sense of having achieved something….

[TO BE CONTINUED…]

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Are you the one for me...!!!

P.S : Before you start blasting me after finding this new post is nothing more than the translation of the marathon story i had written "Enakkoru Girl Friend venume", I would confess it myself... It was a long time since I posted anything in our office Bulletin board, and so I thought, I would publish one of the stories there...And so, I translated this story to publish it there...Phew....Translation was a real toughhhhhhh job...... :(, It took me more than 3 days for editing, trimming, (some tamil mokkais sounded more mokkai while translating it into english :D) And so this was that finished product... Some visitors to my blog would have avoided studying the Girl friend story coz of the length of that story, and a mixture of Tamil and English words... For the benefit of those ppl :D, I thought, I would post the translated version also at the blog.... :).. So here you go


Warning: Just because I say this story is in English, if you expect a Prithz level of writing, you would definitely be in for disappointment... This has been written in plain local english with strong tamil flavor :D.. Be aware of the fact you will be encountering so many grammatical errors...Feel free to correct it....:D



Are you the one for me...!!!
[Translated version of Enakkoru Girl friend venume ]


Raju was just staring at the monitor....He looked at the system time once again . The time was only 10 minutes to 12. Uh..Oh.. at least 20 more minutes before he can call his friend Sasi for lunch. Gosh...he never thought bench life would be so boring so soon. No work to do, No friends to chat with, None of his friends were online at that time..Even his onsite friends have gone to sleep after the day's fight with their offshore counterparts...lazy gooses.....no soul is available to talk in mobile even... Suddenly everyone appeared to be so busy with their work, while for Raju, the clock appeared to limp like a boozed old man on its way to the next minute..


Till last week, Raju also was in a project, a critical project as they always say…In IT industry, even a project not worth its salt will be called as a critical project, if the client is demanding…..Raju was not having a even minute to spare, overflowed with so many tasks to complete. Phone bells never stopped ringing in Raju's cubicle, from the onsite coordinator who spit fire even fiercer than a dragon, from the Testing team bugging with bugs always, from his Project manager who pings him too often to know about the current status… Particularly in the previous week, the work was just too much, with so much of his routine works got affected. He was not able to call his loving sister Nivetha also, whom he considers so much closer to heart more than anyone else. Nivetha is studying in IISc Bangalore, staying in a hostel. Raju never failed to call dear nivee at least once a day ever since she went Bangalore two years ago.. Hmm…from being such a busy bee to a zombie now in a space of 5 days … hmmmm…IT life for sure is a pendulum Raju thought.

Feeling restless, Raju looked at the time again. It was 12:09 now. He was convinced that lunch time was up and hence called Sasi at his extension.

Sasi : Yes Sir!!! Wassup?

Raju : Time is up…Come lets go for lunch

Sasi : dude… hardly 2.5 hours since u had your breakfast, you want to go for lunch so soon eh?

Raju: what to do da, if there is nothing else to do, eating is a good pastime at least….

Sasi : haha, mate.. You had been an all-rounder in our college, remember? Now you are looking all round in your shape…. Get trimmed man!!

Raju: now…cut that crap.. lets go

Sasi: Mann…so many tasks to complete before EOD

Raju: haa… you say tasks to do for EOD… am here Eee otting with nothing to do :(

Sasi: (amazed) Wow…how are you coming with such awesome one-liners?

Raju: Shut up..chalo, lets start

Sasi: hehe…Raju…. You know rite, I was following this girl Rupa, who joined our company recently.. Looks like it will work out….. I managed to get her consent for lunch today…So sorry da…… :D

Raju: hey sasi…..

Sasi: one minute man…looks like some onsite call is coming.. I will call u later..bye…

And thus Sasi hangs up the call… Raju got peeved… Oh God… not again!!, he thought… Not so long ago, Raju used to go lunch to the Food court with a big team… But the lunch team shrunk gradually as days passed by, when guys dropped out to go lunch on their own with their girl friends or fiancée. Raju could never understand, why is that a guy always prefers to part with their friends, when they get into Love… Is a love relation, so different, that you have to de-friend all others… What nonsense!!!, Raju never had liked this concept of Love and from all what he had heard, seen, portrayed in the movies he has seen, he hated Love more than anything else.. Raju felt more irritated. He longed to talk with his dear sister Nivetha, who is the only one in his entire world, can make him feel better and lighter. "How much I missed talking with her over the past few days", he thought, , "hope she does not blast me for not calling her…" Raju came out of the wing to the lawn, and calls nivee at her mobile

Nivetha : (all smiles) Helllooo brother…

Raju : Hey nivee…how do u do?

Nivetha: am sooper… how are u doing?

Raju: am fine too dear… Sorry pa, could not call u at all last week….you know, I was daily slogging at the office till midnight 12, 1…and had to come even on weekends..thatz why could not call u at all.. So sorry da… I think Mother would have told u about this

Nivetha: yea yea she told…. Thatz oki anna.. no probs…. I was fine

(Raju was surprised…usually even if Raju missed to call her one day, she would tore him to pieces the next day…. Now she is remaining quiet… strange!!!)

Raju: hey nivee, something odd with you today…hmm…Never mind… I asked you to get some T-Shirts for me rite… were u able to go shopping over the weekend?

Nivetha: oh no anna, I did go shopping last Saturday, but I was able to get only a shirt for you, didn't have enough money to get T-Shirts …. They were so costly…

Raju: oh never mind nivee, I will pour tea over the shirts you have bought for me and convert it into a Tea-Shirt myself…. (chuckles)

Nivetha: aargh…anna..you and your PJ's… wont you ever put a full stop to it?

Raju: hehe, even if I fall in coma, I will only put a comma to the PJ..will not put full stop…. (laughs, as Nivee groans at the other end) hey hey ok, no tension, … I got to tell ya something….

Nivetha: (interrupts) Anna listen, I got an important thing to tell u too….

Raju: foul foul…I only started telling first…

Nivetha: oh anna, Girls are the first… I will tell no, please….

Raju: aargh…. Oki.. go ahead….Tell..Tell…

Nivetha: Wait..wait..Tell me one thing before that, you are my very good brother rite, Whatever that is happy for me is happy for you also rite?

Raju: oh nivee…why this doubt….ur happiness is my happiness. You are my..my…

Nivetha: stop stop… don't start ur la la la music… this is not la la la matter, rather ooh-la-la matter….

Raju: what are u trying to tell?

Nivetha: u are not getting ah? Tubelight u are…Anna…I think I am in love with our Nandhini aunty's son Gokul….

(Raju was shocked…he could not believe his own ears)

Raju: (panicky voice) what……come again...

Nivetha: our Delhi aunty nandhini is there na, her son Gokul………. I love him…. (blushes)..He too loves me a lot (blushes again)

(bangggggg……. Raju felt like million thunders striking him…. Love…Love…the same thing that had distanced his dear friends away from him….you too nivee…. Raju was fuming with anger..but since he does not know how to express his anger to his sister, he remains quiet…)

Nivetha: anna…what happened, why have u gone into mute mode?

Raju: err….Nivee……..

Nivetha: (interrupts) anna anna… Hold on oki.. Looks like Gokul is on call… (blushes)… I will call u later oki… (blushes)… So sorry anna (blushes)…. Hehee… bubye (hangs up the call)


Gone….What a day it had been for Raju… first his best friend Sasi, who ditched him completely and gave company to his new found romance, now his alter ego, his own sister..Nivetha… My God…She too in Romance…huh.. That kid never knew the spelling of Romance so far… This was she used to write like "Romeo and Juliet have fallen in Romans…." for English exams..Now she is in love herself……how ridiculous…. Raju feeling dejected returned back to his cubicle….


[A day later…]

Twilight time, Besant nagar beach….Raju was lying on the beach sands near the shore looking at the waves that wetted his knees and went back. Amazing he thought, that just by looking at the waves could calm the wavering mind. Probably, the turbulence of the mind and the sea go in synch with each other….Depression in the sea bring rains, depression in the mind also bring rains, in the form of tears from eyes….. :( Hmmmm… when youth around him, chatter away with their girl friends sipping a cup of coffee, here he was, thinking philosophy…How sad…

At that instance, someone tapped Raju from behind. Raju turned back…. Surprise…Surprise…It was his childhood friend Magesh alias Magi whom Raju was seeing after a gap of 2 years… According to Raju Magi was the first "traitor", who ditched all of his friends after picking up friendship with a girl. He was now happily married with that girl….. Irrespective of the ill feelings he had with Magi, Raju was more than happy to see his best friend after 2 years, especially in the state of mind he was in…

Magi : Hey man how do u do

Raju: fine da… how are u doing..how is ur lover…sorry sorry..ur wife doing?

Magi: She is great da..am fine too… What are u doing here alone…and you look like you are depressed… whatz the matter.. Any love pain?

Raju: (a dry smile) yea yea… Love pain only… But it was those ppl who were near and dear to me, were on love… but the pain is for me…. :(

Magi: What happened da?

[Raju explains everything up to Nivetha's love story]

Magi: ha ha ha ha

Raju: Idiot, why are u laughing

Magi: sorry..sorry dude (laughs), but I can't help laughing at your childishness. I can very well understand that you feel lonely without those dears near u. But it is not fair on ur part to be expecting them to be always with you la.. Everyone have a life for their own and sooner than later you will also have one on ur own...

Raju : yea yea I understand all that. I agree that marital relation is the most important relation in our life, but isn't there a limit to everything. I hate this very concept of love da…….. It is a stupid thing….It makes a person selfish... You know, there is a proverb about Friends, "when the whole world steps out, your friend steps in"… but with Love… It is like…When a lover steps in, the whole world literally steps out of that person's mind.. how mean!!!

Magi : hahaa… dude….quiet true … But see.. It is human tendency to get all excited about anything new that you would experience. And when that is a love relation, the excitement knows no bounds because the very thought that you have got that person to live with your entire life is just amazing u know….

Raju: I cant accept this da…. Take the case of my sister, how can you say, she is good enough to choose her own relation..She is hardly 22…

Magi: Come on, 22 is age enough to make ur own decisions about life

Raju: hey…how can she dare do such things… without the knowledge of our parents, without telling me…

Magi: dude…Love is not a job offer to discuss with every ppl and then take a decision… It is a feel da…you can never know when that feel strikes you… Infact I would say, she told you first, then your parents, just out of her respect for you…Now what is ur problem… how is that guy Gokul?

Raju: hmm..Gokul is our distant cousin actually…we used to play together during our childhood. Later they moved to Delhi.. Just recently, we met him in a marriage function. He was teasing my sister there itself…He came up to Nivetha and told, hello madame.. how do u do.. Nivee was irritated, she shot back "hello sir, I am not madame… Call me Nivetha…" you know what he replied??? He said… "Oh nivee… I didn't call u madame… I addressed u as mah-dame"

Magi: hehehe, fundoo guy eh?… Ok how about his family?

Raju: hmm, his dad is an IAS officer, his mom, our aunty is a house wife… Good family only…

Magi: Then what is ur problem man… These days, the younger ppl, in the name of love, roam around with some useless fellows. Ur sister is great, she had thought about ur parents, family first… She had chosen, keeping in mind how your father would have chosen a guy for her marriage…You and your parents should take pride in that

Raju: Whatever da.. I cant accept this…

Magi: how can you da…Have you ever been to any places other than your home or office? Come out of ur shell da, look at the world around you… Love is not bad at all, Just understand… Marriage is an inevitable thing in our life…. We will not be able to select our Parents, we will not be able to select our siblings, and in most instances we will not be able to select our friends also… these relations just happen… But marriage, if we have a chance to see the person we love to be with….won't that be great? Just think…. Are we not planning for our studies, our career etc.,???… Isnt our personal life more important than these things? When we get a feel on someone, feel that they are the one for us to share our life with… that is a truly a great feel da

Raju: hmmmm

Magi: After all marital life is all about perfect understanding…. Not often you get a feel about some one in your mind, and they get the same kind of feel on u... it is really rare when that happens.. That is the power of love da, To make the better part of our life sweet, having a sweet heart as our better half would be great..wont it be? Not that I am against arranged marriage…not at all…. It is just that, for people with balanced minds, love marriage offers a higher chances of a happier life…. I am damn sure Nivetha has the perfect mind and perfect thinking… Come on da, are u not having belief on your parents' brought up?

As Magi lectured on the power of love, Raju felt a spark and his face got brighter

Raju: Psst da... I never knew the greatness of love so far.... Actually, I think, I had understood..what i had been missing in my life...ada...What love da... (gets up) Here...I have got up da and started.... I am also going to love!!!

Magi was stunned.. He never expected this.. he was like trying to defend for Nivetha's love, but never expected it would boomerang in this fashion...As he looked with shock, Raju left the place with delight....


Reality slowly dawned on Raju, as he returned back to home. Doubts started pouring in, as he stood in front of the mirror at his room, and pondered about it… It was long time since his entire reflection… a bulged belly, a head that threatened to turn into a helmet soon, Gosh……. wasnt this too much for a 26 year old, Raju was worried…. Nevertheless, somehow he should get a girl friend sooner than later, he thought, before Nivetha informs about her love to our parents. Suddenly an idea struck him as he remembered his colleague and a good friend Vijay. There can be no better person than Vijay to help him…, Raju felt….

Vijay --- Raju's colleague, a savior and like a Godfather to those who were in love. He would give excellent tips, ideas and tricks on how to win over a girl's heart. Whether the ideas get clicked or not, the love would get clicked for the person who came to Vijay. From approaching a girl to proposing to them, Vijay's ideas were just perfect and practical. Raju, inspite of being a good friend to Vijay, never liked Vijay's Love Guide role a.l.a "Shajahan" Vijay, as Raju abhorred love himself earlier. But now, he was going to Vijay for the same thing....... Hmmm...sighed Raju...He used to be very shy to even talk about love...Such was his allergy to the word Love, Romance..... that Raju used to wear only digital watch and avoid watches with Roman numerals in it, since when the dial on such watches ticked, he felt it sounded Romantic (Roman Tick) to him.......Weird it might sound, but he used to be like that earlier......Hmmmm....those were times when there was not a girl in my life... but to Knot a girl into my life, I should shed such kind of mindset, he thought...........

Having made up his mind, Raju approached Vijay at his cubicle the next day

Vijay : Hey Raju, hi..howdy

Raju: Hiiiiiii am fine da, how are u doing

Vijay: am excellent maan... so wassup

Raju: nothing is up da, rather my morale is down........ dude.. I need a help from u da...

Vijay: Oh...tell me buddy....watz the matter?

Raju: Suddenly I developed an interest to love some one da....But having been shy so far in my life, I dont know how to do that, you have to help me man...

Vijay: (Surprised) wowwwww... man is that you talking?.... I couldnt believe myself...Watz happening here?

Raju: Oh come on da, so far I had been of the view that only Kazhudhais (donkey in Tamil) do kaathal (Love in tamil), Singam (Lion in Tamil) would remain single always....

Vijay: Now what happened, that made u think, rather to remain in single, to mingle with some one, and make ur jungle life into full of jingles?

Raju: Hmm..So many people around me are selecting their life partner through love..that had inspired me also... I dont know da, dont know how to put that...but I want to love......thatz all I know

Vijay: hahaa, great da, you show the symptoms of Love... Love is like GOD only... We believe and do so many things related to it, but we will never be able to reason for that....Hmm..anyway I think, this feeling to love had come pretty late in ur life...

Raju: What to do da, During my teenage, I used to stay away from love out of shyness and also I was worried, that if I try to love some girl or tease them even for fun, some day, it might affect my sister later in her life........ Thatz why I had always been a good guy to girls... Also I had been of the view, that to flirt with some one, or to have interest in some girl is an unforgivable sin,

Vijay: Hmm...Whatever...... Now you want to love and is seeking a girl rite?

Raju: yea da, but not some girl....... She should be as gorgeous, as say, Asin... (blushes)

Vijay: Asin eh..... man..have u ever seen ur reflection in ur mirror?

Raju: da...we love and marry only once in life... so we should always aim for the best da...Only if we aim for someone in the range asin, we would at least end up getting some one in the range of our cousin...

Vijay: hahaa.. awesome man.... O.K...Let us try a different route for ur love... Love at first sight wont work out for u, lets try Love at first site...

Raju: what are u telling da?

Vijay: itz the same old formula, but in a different style....What would youngsters do in their college life, go to various women colleges and try their luck there la...

Raju: yea.....

Vijay: same thing, What you need to do here is, log into ur Orkut, visit various women's college communities, and select a girl who interests u....

Raju: how come da, do u think girls would put up their photo and all in a public community like orkut?

Vijay: What do you think man? With so many models of digicams and mobile cameras in the market, girls today never miss a chance to click themselves and put their picture online.. you could find their up to date pictures in their orkut albums… They would never worry about privacy or that their personal pictures exposed in an online community, with chances of so many notorious ppl with dirty thinking can have access to it….

Raju: deiii.. so are u trying to tell that I am a guy with dirty thinking?

Vijay: cool buddy cool, I didn’t mean u, I am telling in general…….. you don’t mind…. For your love to wORKoUT, there can be no better medium than orkut, you visit ladies college communities, select a girl who interests u, note their activities etc., and put a scrap in their scrapbook… Don’t put meaningless scraps, rather observe their scrapbook and their friends’ scrapbook where they reply and write a scrap accordingly

Raju: Do you think they would reply to my scrap?

Vijay: oh definitely, girls always have this sense of curiosity….they would think, oh do u know me, who are u etc., so they would definitely return ur scrap, what u would need to do then is reply politely and honestly… you should make sure that you never give an impression of a trespasser to that girl… maintain decency and dignity and develop the relation. Continue in this vein and after a while, get her G-Talk id and start chatting with her.. By this time, establish yourself well in her good books, impress her with ur skills, if at all you ever have some and then after a stage propose to her.. This is my master plan

Raju : cool da, actually sounds good…… I would do that

Vijay: yo man… Best of luck :)

Raju: Thanks da, bye

Thus Raju set out on his Mission – Girl friend on ORKUT, as his Love mentor Vijay advised. Raju browsed thru various popular Chennai Womens' college communities and went through the girls' (who were the members of those communities) album and profile. After thorough search and analysis, Raju zeroed in on a pretty girl Ms.Sujatha from one of a college community. Raju closely followed Sujatha's profile, scrapbooks and the communities she was part of. Sujatha was also part of the "Law colleges in Tamilnadu" community, Raju followed her to that community and searched if Sujatha had posted any messages in that community. Sujatha had actually started a thread in that community, inquiring for the best law college in Tamilnadu for her younger brother. Raju sensing this as an opportunity to acquaint with her, replied to her message in that thread, "Hi Sujatha, before answering your question, let me ask you another question, Say, if ur brother takes up law as his profession, will your brother become ur brother-in-law?".

That ploy almost backfired on Raju, as Sujatha when saw the reply, got irked over the fact that some stranger was trying to mock her. As soon as she saw this message in the Law colleges community, a fuming Sujatha visited Raju's profile to verbally blast him. But she paused to take a look at Raju's testimonials, most of which had portrayed Raju as a goody goody kind of guy, a guy who loves making fun in general, but very shy talking with girls.... After seeing the testimonials, Sujatha decided to give Raju the benefit of doubt, thinking he might be a genuine guy with no intention of mocking at her, probably he had only tried to crack a joke, never mind that ended as a PJ. So she got cooled and scrapped back at Raju's scrapbook, lol-ing for his attempted joke and asking him, if he really knew about the law colleges in Tamilnadu. This reply scrap, although a big surprise to Raju, boosted him in a big way. Immediatly he phoned to whomever he knew related to Law field and replied Sujatha in detail about what she had asked for. Sujatha promptly sent a thank you mail to Raju who made use of this opportunity to add Sujatha to his Orkut buddies list and also invited her to G-Talk. The master plan charted out by his master Vijay, was well and truly going on the right path for Raju, as a new relation started to dawn in Raju's life in the way he had wished for.

Sujatha was a B.Com graduate, seeking a job after having finished her college studies earlier this year. Both of her parents were working and her brother Kaushik had finished his 12th standard education. No one will be home during the day time and Sujatha had nothing else to do other than be online and keep chatting, orkutting or browsing. This suited Raju perfectly, as he was also in the bench with nothing to do. This paved the way for both of them to keep chatting with each other for the best part of the day. Slowly, but surely, the friendship between both of them grew stronger and closer. It went to the next level with their chat shifting to mobile from the internet medium. Sujatha would give missed call and Raju would promptly call her at her number. Well, most of the girls would only give missed calls, wont they? After all thatz why they are called "Miss"-ed calls.....

Since Raju was rather soft, decent and talked like a no-nonsense guy, Sujatha had great respect and admiration for him. She shared so many things about her, even discussed about her future plans and career with him. Raju liked this relationship with Sujatha a lot.. He got a girl friend for himself .... This good feel made Raju forget whatever his dear friend Sasi or lovable sister Nivetha did to him as well. But he made it a point not to ignore them as they did to him when they were in love. He daily called Nivetha like ever before. Raju wanted to share about this wonderful relationship he has had with his sister. But just when Raju would have overcome his shy feeling to start the matter, Nivetha would stop him and say "Anna...wait wait...looks like Gokul is on call, I would listen to the news later oki..." and would cut the call. Raju would leave the matter there itself.

A month later, Raju got allocated to a new dev project. Having been in bench for more than a month, he never felt like working at all, that too after Sujatha came into his life, he felt too sluggish to complete even a easier task. Neverthless, the sincere guy he was, he somehow managed to work and complete the task. But this affected his daily chat with Sujatha a lot, something he missed very much. At this time, Sujatha informed Raju that she was going to her native place for a family function. She asked him not to call her and she would be back after 3 days. Since Raju respected her words a lot, he did not call Sujatha then, it was one week since she had left, but still there was no sound of her either in G-Talk or orkut or at his SMS. Raju began to worry about Sujatha's well being and so decided to try calling her. But, Much to his surprise, Sujatha's mobile was engaged, Raju tried calling several times in the day but it was always engaged. More worried, Raju called Indhu, Sujatha's best friend, whose number was also with Raju



Indhu: Hello

Raju : Hey Indhu, it is me Raj

Indhu: Hey Raju, how do u do, how is ur work going?

Raju: All fine...hey listen, how is Sujatha, Where is she, had she come back from her native place or not.. I tried calling her... but the lines were always engaged

Indhu : Oh yea Raju, ever since she got engaged, her phone lines also went engaged..


Raju : (Shocked) Whaaaaaaaaat? What are you telling Indhu??


Indhu : hey yes Raju…. Even I was shocked when she ringed me today to tell this news…… You know rite? She told she would be back in 3 days when she left for her native place last week, but went into absconding…… Today morning she called me up and was all blushing when she told “I got engaged di, my aunty’s son is the groom” ….. It seems that they had gone for a family function at a native place… Her aunt who was present at this function, put forward this marriage proposal to her father it seems…. Even though this was totally unexpected, since the guy is a very chamathu guy, smart, handsome and earning hand full of sum in US, everyone in Sujatha’s family immediately accepted


Raju: Sujatha??


Indhu: yea yea, that loosu girl had a secret crush for him it seems, but was so shy to tell it to anyone for fear of being thought as a bad girl……. She was so happy that her aththan himself had initiated the proposal.

This left Raju shell shocked as he did not mutter any reply……. Indhu thought since there was no signal, she could not hear Raju’s reply…after waiting for sometime, she cut the call


Raju……he was shattered to say the least……. His bad luck with telephonic conversations continued…… Why me…why me always he thought… Whoever I have love and affection for, falls in love with some one else… So far it was not a problem, since those were friendly or sister relations… but now even my lover is loving some one only… Atrocious!!!


Sujatha logs into the G-Talk at this very moment and pings Raju


Sujatha : Hey hi Raju…..

Raju remains silent, he felt too upset to type

Sujatha : sorry da raju, so sorry, I know that donkey Indhu would have told you the matter before itself……… I thought I would tell about my marriage news myself

Raju: so it was really true…….hmmmm


Sujatha: yes da…. I felt so bad for not able to tell u, u know that…. Becoz..becoz… u know you had been a very good chat friend, someone who advised me, laughed with me…….. U know, I was feeling so lonely last two months … with no one at home… …. Bfore I got to know u, whenever I felt lonely, esp after finishing with my college, I would be daily writing diary addressing some virtual character….. After started to chat with you, I left that habit.…. Certain matters, I can't tell to anyone else, not even my girl friends, one reason is that all these loosu friends of mine do not have the patience to hear what I say…… you listened patiently to whatever I blabbered, gave me a chance to vent it out………. And another reason is, don't mistake me Raju.., since I don't know u or have never seen u, it gave me that comfort to tell out certain things, which I don't find with any of my real world friends

Raju felt so upset, as Sujatha continued talking, at this moment, Raju's PM called him to get an update about the Project Status, So Raju tells Sujatha

Raju: Hey Sujatha….hold on oki…. I will BRB (Be Right back)

Sujatha: Oki da…


It took a solid 20 mins meeting for Raju with his PM..When he returned back to his system, he found Sujatha had gone offline leaving a message to him.

Sujatha: What is this Raju, you told Be right back, and u left me back rather… you shud have told Be Left back…. J,O.K…. jokes apart, I won't come online so often hereafter, even if I come online, it would be only for checking mails and not for chatting… It was great knowing u, I will try to keep in touch thru mails…you also mail me okay?… I don't know if I would be able to send u marriage invitation, coz I don't know what would my hubby think, if I say I have chat friends and all….. Sorry da….. I know u won't mind this….Chalo….. Let us part as friends for now….

It was all over… end of a month old relation….. She, who he thought would become part of life, had rather told let us part as friends….Raju could not control his depressed feelings… So he just typed a mail to his PM, telling that he was feeling sick, and left the office….


[Same day, Evening time]

Same Besant nagar beach… Same sea… Same loneliness…. This time, the waves were more turbulent than the previous time, just like his mind, he thought. He was feeling lot sicker than last time, and was just staring at the sea, when someone tapped his shoulders……… He turned back to see, that it was the same guy Magesh alias Magi who was there…


Magi: Hey da Raju…. Nice to see u here again after a month


Raju: (he gets peeved at seeing Magi) dei dog, don't u have any other work? Are u a romeo, to keep roaming in the beach always… Whenever I come to beach, you are disturbing me



Magi: (taken aback) hey dude..cool..cool… What happened…. Are u angry with me?


Raju: (furious) what then da, Just because of ur stupid advice the other day, I am in this condition


Magi: Oh God!!! What did I say… o.k leave all that… What happened now?


(Raju narrated the entire events in the past one month in detail)


Raju: I was living peacefully with no girl in my life…. After listening to ur stupid advise last month, I hurted myself a lot falling in love…Do you know how much love and respect I had for her? At last, she insulted my friendship by telling that I am only a faceless friend…...Am I only for chatting and time pass?

[Magi keeps quiet as Raju continued with emotions running high…]


Raju: Why me da, why only me always… No one is understanding my love and affection… Look around here in the beach..so many pretty girls falling for some cheap guy with all sorts of bad habits… But for a good guy like me, for my genuine love, only such kind of things are happening

[Magi interrupts…]

Magi : Machi machi one minute… don't just go on talking… Do you know what is the basic qualification for love? …you should never be having any pre-notions or carrying any expectations about the person u are loving….But what you had done?… Browsed through various albums and selected one that impressed you… Love is not best of three choice da, it is something that you should feel from within…..


Raju : Come on da, Is it wrong to expect your lover to be a cute and lovely girl?


Magi : Not at all, if you expect your lover to be a cute and lovely girl, it is not wrong at all… But if you expect to love only a cute and lovely girl, then it is a fundamental mistake da….That too how…….Without any self belief you searched for your love in the world of web… The relation you get out of a virtual world would only be virtual da..Can't u understand that?… You are a software engineer…Don't you know the HTTP protocol, that these web pages use are stateless…and do not persist data in them.… And you had been searching for a relation, that need to be persistent throughout ur life in such a place.. how stupid da?

Raju : Whatz wrong about it da, Arent there anyone whose love or friendship had developed through online or chatting?


Magi : Yea, there has been instances for this… but none of them would have gone with the mindset or expectation of searching their love or friendship over net… That would have developed and their pure love would have carried that forward, rather than them pushing for it…. Moreover, all those internet love successes are more like exceptions than a rule for others to follow…

Raju : Hmmmmm…..


Magi : Further ur basic mentality was wrong…. Love is something that you get to feel when you see that someone special among the crowd of people you see daily…But you… you felt like loving someone just becoz ppl around u were loving… This is only childish mentality… how could you expect that to succeed at all?

Raju : Haa…do I need all this da? How good and quiet I had been, only coz my nears and dears ignored me, I strayed into such kind of stupid thinkings…. People around me, whom I thought as best friends and lovable relation, dumped me when they got a love relation for their own…….

Magi : machaan shall I tell one thing…. When we feel upset or disappointed or feel defeated, it would be so tempting to put the blame on others and think that we have done nothing wrong…bcoz it is so easy for one to feel self pity rather than to own the blame on any issue….But just for a moment, if you empty your tea cup and think with a blank mind, about why things are going wrong for us, we can get to understand better…….. Everyone around you has love and respect for u da… it is only you, who don't understand them… rather I would say your love for them is not true at all

Raju: Hey…me…me??

Magi : yeah you only…First and foremost, if the affection is genuine, no one will be advertising about it at all, as you had been doing… O.K…I accept… you have so much affection for some of your friends and towards your sister… But man, you are selfish…… thatz why you expect your friends and sister to give maximum importance only to you….You are possessive of them and feel jealous when they fall in love.. It hurts you and irks you..…. That is wrong da…Just think…. Can the affection you show be a burden for the ones u love?… Can you expect returns for the love you show to your lovable ppl?


Raju: well… ..I…er…

Magi : Think da, Just because your friends do not accompany you during lunch or because your sister does not talk to you as often as she did earlier, does that mean their love for you had diminished? Is that what you think about your lovable ppl after all?

Raju is unable to talk anything…he realized his folly… he felt like all his ego of "Good boy", "loving brother", "loving friend" getting shattered… He started crying

Magi : dude……. Why are u crying

Raju : I realize da… I realize how selfish and stupid I had been….. I really had been a selfish guy even to my friends or parents or my dear sister…. I never knew the real meaning of love or affection, and always carried a thought that others had always been ditching me…. I feel disgusted now …

Magi : Come on da, why shud u feel disgusted….Actually you should feel quite good about having identified about ur problem… Just think… as u had told, you had already been a good guy…. Now that you have acknowledged about this problem and take steps to correct it, won't that make you a more better guy…. Isn't that reason enough to feel cheerful about? To put it in Kamal's style a.l.a Anbe Sivam, He who accepts his mistake and corrects himself is actually a GOD :)


Raju : you are right da..very much…. (not able to talk)

Magi : Had the people around you not romanced, it wouldn't have made you come out of ur comfort zone to try things, to take a shot at love, to understand yourself or to expose the problems in u…. you would have remained like before with some preconceived notions about urself, without trying to improve urself… See… Even when they hurt, they make u improve, those are the real relations da…Come on da, you are a good guy, with OK personality, a talented IT professional… what more… just that you have to slightly change the way you think

Raju : you mean Attitude?


Magi : u r at-it-dude…. absolutely… Even that is not a big issue, u just need to make sure you don't get caught into any kind of mindset and be flexible, free and feel lighter in ur mind and heart… Good luck da !!! I am damn sure, I would see you with a dame next time I meet u :)

Raju : thanks a lot da machi…. You are right, I am indeed blessed to have such good friends around me and even more blessed to have a friend like you… And my dear sister Nivetha…. I had always mistaken her and had actually insulted her love for me .. Now I tell da.. I assure she gets whatever that make her happy…

Magi : Thatz the spirit da.. bubye.. It is getting dark, am leaving…

Next day… A far relaxed Raju arrives at his office… For the first time in many days he felt a lot lighter and better… He felt like talking to his sister, so he called her up

Nivetha: Hellooo annaaa… Good morning

Raju : Good morning, nivetha, how are u doing dear?

Nivetha: Am doing wonderful anna..…how are u doing… u know what? it was so nice hearing u now anna…..

Raju : hahahaa…watz the matter sweetie?

Nivetha : I have my semester exam today, you know rite?..... bad anna u are…. I thought you called me to wish me luck….. u totally forget ah?

Raju : oooh ooh sorry sorry da.. Wish u the very bestttttttt of luck.. u will definitely score much higher than previous sems

Nivetha : hehe thanks a lot anna…. O.K I have to leave for my exam.. Shall I go?

Raju : yea yea…. Bye..take care…. Hey hey nivetha one minute…

Nivetha : yes anna…


Raju : I love u a lot nivii……….so blessed to have u as my little sister

Nivetha : :D, what happened to you anna?

Raju : Just like that..I felt like telling that now..…. O.K Bye,… Good luck!!!

Nivetha : thanks a lot anna (she hangs up the phone)

Raju felt, he had never been so happy before…. He settled down in his place and checked the mails… He was slightly tensed about his PM's response, for he ran away the previous day without doing the work he had given….But alas, there was only 1 new mail and thankfully it was not from his PM…. Rather it was from Roopa….with the subject as Hi

Aaha… This is Sasi's girl friend right… What does she have to write to me… A confused raju opened the mail….. He saw inside just two lines,



Dear Raju…..Miss Roopa…….. misses You,
Will you accept me as…….., Mrs. Of You??

- With Lots of Love,
Roopa



Raju could not understand anything out of it… He wondered if he was dreaming…. Probably Roopa wrongly sent the mail to me instead of Sasi..or what? Sasi arrived at his cubicle exactly at the same moment


Raju : Hey Sasi, watz this man..your friend has sent some mail to me… Is this for u otherwise?

Sasi : haha dude that mail was for you only…. I can understand your confusion… I was behind her to get her love… But she… she was loving you only da… your good nature, smiling face and helping tendency bowled her it seems… But she felt so shy of expressing it to you at all… Thatz why she came to me, your close friend, for help…. The moment I learnt that she only loved you I threw away the love thoughts in my mind and accepted her as a good friend…. It took me more than a month to convince her to express her love to you directly rather than thru me….

Raju : (Excited)… you mean..you mean…

Sasi : yo man… She loves you da……….

Raju was literally flying……… A girl loving me!!!..... Oh God!!! And I was searching for a love all over when my sweet heart was just cubicles away from me…. Hmm…if only she had told this a month earlier, he thought….Oh come on, GOD might have thought that Roopa deserved a truly good natured Raju after all!!!…..Whatever it was, Raju knew that Roopa was the one for him…….!!!!

SUBAM