It wud have been a  perfect date if it had been a girl other than Beneven Noble (Ben), my colleague @ Qwest, TCS.   😀 😀 . He is my coffee mate and we share similar interests, ranging from food, photography, travel, movies, technology etc.

We had been planning to go to a restaurant for dinner, for the past 3,4 weeks but the right time came today(22nd Sept 2011). Fortunately, both of us came to office very early today  and both of us were not in a mood to work after 8 in the evening . We planned to go to a Mexican restaurant then after initial analysis we finalized Kyung Bok Gong. It’s a Korean restaurant @ Chamiers Road, Nandanam. (Complete Junk )

As soon as we got into the hotel we looked @ each other in dismay, as the ambiance looked very weird. However, we thought of giving it a try as it was the first Korean restaurant visit for both of us. The foods were too costly  and we decided that this is not the right place for us today. We then proceeded to Benjarong @ TTK Road. It was houseful and we were told that it might take another 45 minutes to get a table.

The GPRS @ Ben’s blackberry pointed out various Chinese hotels and we picked our final 2, ‘China Town’ & ‘Mainland of China’. Considering the budget factors, we moved on to China Town at Cath Road.

We chose a fine corner seat at the restaurant and browsed through the menu. We were served a Carrot/Cucumber salad mixed with vinegar which got finished in seconds. Ben gave me the privilege of choosing the soup and he ordered a sea food starter. ஆய புலன்கள் 64 ம் told me to go for my evergreen TOM-YUM soup. It’s a thin clear spicy Thai soup, the recipe for your reference It is an unforgettable soup which I have been attached too much to it since my yesteryear @ Newgen Softwares. The green/red chillies with the lemon grass gives the greatest mix of sour and spiciness which no cocktail in this world can give. I never got satisfied unless and until I get tears in my eyes biting the chillies in the soup..Wowww  wht a soupppp.

By the time the soup got over, the main course came to the table, hot and yummmmmmy. We ordered a single bowl of fried rice with a Schezwan chicken gravy for Ben and a veg gravy made of brocoli, Sweet Corn, asparagus, etc. for me (oooops I forgot the name). I remember only the first 2 munches of the food and later it was all conversations. We did not care about our neighboring tables and were communicating in our normal volumes. We were much into photography, camera, exposure, etc for the past 2 days and the same continued in the restaurant and many more. We returned to the normal world when the fork and spoon sounded ‘ting ting’ hitting the empty plates. Later, we realized that we had finished our food and had nothing more to eat.

A sweet beeda ended the sweet 2 hr show .

Thanks to Ben, China Town and Tom Yum for the great treat.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Last week, I went to my native to attend a function. My wife and my son Anir were already there, enjoying their vacations.

It was a great train journey the previous night; where Ilayaraja, ARR,  Yuvan and a few other stalwarts were pressing their piano buttons and strumming their guitars just for me, via my iPod. “I wonder how,  I wonder why” I do not get the same sounds when I pluck my guitar 😀 :-D.  I was mesmerized by ‘Manmadhamadham’ song from ‘Paarthale Paravasam’. With video I do not get the same ‘feel’ but just the music and the voice of Nithayshree Mahadevan , Shankar Mahadevan , going up, coming down,  makes a roller coaster ride, awwwwhhh goddddd, wat an experience….

Much greater than that was

Ninaithu Ninaithu from 7G Rainbow colony, I could forgive Shreya Goshal for ‘வாள்கிறேன்’, etc. considering Yuvan Shankar Raja. It was an AC coach, but you just feel the heat of the song despite the air conditioning.

Much greater than that was,

I remember the clock showing 2:30 and I didn’t know when I slept. The train was till Tirunelveli. I always had the ‘DONOTCROSSOMANIA’  which woke me up at  around 7:30 in the morning. The train reached Madurai and I entered the house. My cute little son, half-naked in a diaper,waiting for the morning walk, was enjoying the taste of coffee droplets, given by his mother. He saw me, he  blushed, giggled and turned towards his mother. He again saw me, blushed,giggled and turned towards  his mother. He again saw me, blushed, giggled and turned towards his mother  .

I felt very happy to see that.