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 Here I am, finally, after a month, got some time to write a post on Palani’s marriage. It got delayed because of the video, which ate almost a week to include special effects.The trip started whn Chennai was flooded with rains. I hope it rained because, our guys have planned the trip well in advance and had booked the train tickets 🙂 (jus kidding) . 

Train

Train

The marriage was on 30th Nov. 2008, Sunday. We started a couple of days earlier. Thanks to all those who sacrificed the AC coach :-). We were surprised to meet a fellow college mate of ours in the train. The travel time eased out as usual with nostalgic memories and sharing jokes. Fellow passengers in the coach smirked at our chat . Some of our friends who started next day, missed out the great train journey.

Day 1

The train reached karaikudi, midnight @ 2:00 am. There weren’t any Autorickshaw. A 2 km walk @ 2:00 am for about 20 mins by the dozen minus 2 people took us to the lodge.

Palani

Palani

 

Palani came up to the lodge to receive us, the next morning. Thanks to Ramamoorthy who arranged us the cab for commutation. Guys prepared themselves for the breakfast @ Laxmi’s house. The Bangalore guys took their own time to reach Karaikudi and finished their brunch. The cabs marched towards Aandichoorani. A great bath @ the pump set chilled out our minds with a great lunch followed it.

 

 I, being  a veggie;  Anbu and Jaffer had to forfeit the non veg treat due to unavoidable circumstances. We thought to re-live our Kkoil experience, took Moorthy’s bike and went to Ashok Bhavan for lunch; on its way, sharing the nostalgic memories of Soosaiyappar pattinam(where Palani,others landed and started their SMCET life:-)) and that of Kalaiyarkoil town. The next place which struck our mind was ‘Guna’ gym where we worked out our squats, bench presses, flyes, etc., early in the morning during the college days. The gym master was kind enough to share his time with us. We missed out our then house owner, Mr. Arulanandam, who went on a trip to Madurai. We could only speak to the PCO sister*, who is married . She enquired about Ravindran, which we didn’t forget to tell “Aandavar”.

The smiling groom

The smiling groom

The bike moved further and stopped @ (the “Viluk” famous :-)) lakshmi mess.  Finally, we got a call from our guys, by then they were ready to visit our college. We joined them @ the great SMCET. We met our chairman’s Memorial, played for a while @ the new basketball court and took some photos in our class and hostel. It was high time when we started and reached Palani’s heritage house (by 7:30 pm). The function was complete by then but we managed to see the Palani’s leg glittering with that small “Metti” . The singapore jogger, who was fit and trim in a silk Dhoti and a striped shirt, welcomed us. Kudos to our guys punctuality to reach in time for dinner 😀 . A great dinner with lots of variety. The contents @ the green leaf vanished in the next 10 mins. We were back to the room and thus the day ended well.

Day 2

The couple

The couple

 

Guys got themselves ready early in the morning. Rest of our guys who missed the 1st day, joined us in the morning.   The whole crew in 2 cabs started to witness the marriage. We saw Thangamayil jewellery on the way and opened their account for the day. We hurried up to the function and were well on time this time.  

It was the first time, I witnessed a Chettinad style marriage. The marriage happened @ the bride’s residence. When we went in, the rituals were in progress. The groom and bride were already under the pandal. The time came, Photos flashed, while Mr.Palani tied the knots. 

The groom on its day

The groom on his day

People were busy blessing the couples; we took a break in the mean time and got ourselves into a photo session. Thetemple nearby and its sacred pond attracted the creative minds. The lotus pond was discovered later, where the camera  button lost its shine; registering lots of clicks. We were back to the pandal and guys took our time to gift, greet and say ‘Cheese’ to the flashes. A fantastic lunch followed by a sound sleep @ the hotel room.

We all vacated the hotel room, baggages packed and got into the van. Palani insisted us to stay for the evening function. Palani was @ the other residence.  Dropping the luggages in the vehicle, we went on to join Palani. I was surprised to see my school mate, Arunachalam and his family @ the function. Bng guys eloped without the dinner and we didn’t want to deny Palani’s dinner request.  Here comes the interesting climax to this memorable trip!!!! 

 

SMCET

SMCET

The van departed karaikudi @ around 8:00 pm to catch the  10:40 train @ Madurai. Time was very much sufficient to reach Madurai but the vehicle was a crap one and there were lots of pot holes on the way. The driver was also creating issues to his part. Guys completely lost hope when the tyre got punctured @ 9:00 pm. We were left stranded without any help . Switching on the mobile lights , we cursing the driver (and vice versa) the tyre was fixed in about half an hour. To add more worries, the driver was driving at a speed of 40kmph.

The vehicle reached the outskirts of outskirts @ 10:40 pm. The road was digged for repairs. The driver was very much confident enought to choose a wrong way and took us to the by pass road. We became too furious but luckily found a route to reach the station. It was 10:50 when we were @ the entrance of the railway station. Holding our nerves, we ran like hell towards the station. It was a bizarre situation for the policemen and the shopkeepers who saw us running towards them ignoring the metal detectors. We saw a train @ the 2nd platform and we literally climbed the stairs. All of us eased out and minutes of joy and happiness occupied us when we heard the announcement that the train was delayed by 20 mins.

People who were supposed to get down @ Maatuththavani accompanied us till the railway station because of this dramatic situation. We got down to a shop to get water bottles. The shop keeper identified us and was comparing us (specially Arun) with the likes of Mumbai terrorists :-). We settled the accounts with the driver; waved hands to others who left us  and were contemplating more about the situation and other contemporary issues.

There u have the video down @ http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=rUPrR5oC_8I and pics @ our picasa albums.

Mewk
Mewk

Me 🙂 ——>

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22nd June, vingt secondes juin, zweiundzwanzigster Juni

The day next to the default Summer solstice.

It was on this day Charon was discovered,Konrad Zuse was born, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union and a lot happened (June 22)

What this day has to do with the SMCETians?????

It was a sweet and memorable occasion for all the guys especially for Prince. The unique occasion where he lost his bachelor degree and gained his masters. It was a great GetTo for the SMCETians after a long time. A lot gathered from all over the world to deliver their wishes to our beloved.

2 days dried of very quickly discussing the nostalgic memories of the great college years and created some memories to be discussed in the near future. Ok!! a small flashback to those 2 days.

Appx. a dozen from Chennai and a bit more from Bangalore started our trip to the super cool Coimbatore. I was part of the Chennai team.

Chn guys started from porur and I joined them after staring @ the Tambaram traffic for about an hour. There was a warm welcome by the guys.

Sitting @ the front for a while and was falling down from the seat due to sleep. I felt a bit afraid to see the driver falling down at times. It was also raining that day making things cool. I cudn’t control further and the Mamallan’s CSE HoD, Mr. Anbu took control of it later. The driver took us to Somanur a couple of hours before Noon.

The Bangalore battalion were fresh and ready at Somanur by the time we reached Cbe. The groom, Mr. Prince, came to receive us along with the Gopal Aiya, Singapore Palani and Arun. We cud see the weight lost by Mr. Prince was indirectly proportional to the weight accumulated by most of the bng battalions. We refreshed ourselves and filled our stomach with Idli’s @ Prince’s residence.

Guys wanted to stay at high spirits and proceeded as per the plan. A nice conversation with Amal brought in Vijayakanth,our Ambalathar which discussed the various strategies and the future of DMDK. Vel enjoyed his time getting into serious discussion and Satish kept the crowd laughing & running with his usual ‘Mokkai’. Hours passed on slowly and guys were moved to a hotel @ Cbe.

The time struck 6 and guys were getting ready to witness the engagement function. People did some last minute shopping and were getting gifts which however delayed our entry. The momentum picked up when guys entered the hall.

The prince, Mr.Prince was on a maroon shirt with a Light Brown suit. The function went on smoothly and Prince getting some time here and there to speak to the bride.

All the formalities were completed and the long awaited group photo was taken. Some had their dinner and some had their high spirited plans for the night. Raj, Esak went on to Dasavatharam and Room no 202 got into a festival mood which i failed to witness and felt asleep.

Courtesy – Guys: Anbu was the lord of the ring to steal the show. I was told that it was a marathon Mokkai by Anbu which even our Satish has not done in his life time. Everything ended by 4am, just after a small tussle between Aiya and Anbu. The tussle had stimulated his pot stomach and had expelled the 200ml fermented liquid. Anbu’s ‘abishekam’ scented the whole room, which evacuated everyone from the room and unfortunate Velu cudn’t escape as he cudn’t find a solid place to put his leg down.

The night passed on till day with funny and joyous moments. In the mean, Jayendran, Raj, Ramamoorthy, Ravi & others joined us @ the hotel. The guys were on time to start for the marriage. Some got their last minute gifts. We left to the church directly. Great to see Imman their with his brother.

The groom arrived in a traditional black & black marriage suit. He was soon joined by the bride and the marriage ceremony started. It went for an hour or so and we guys were eagerly waiting for the great moment. The bride and the groom made a vow and sooner he tied the Thali and got a feather in his cap.

We all moved to the marriage hall then. The gifts were given and a group photo was arranged. Guys got into action at the lunch hall and a few went out to raise their spirits. They came back and had some fun with the groom while we marched our way back to our room. We had a small nap and had to see our way back to our places.

A great news awaited the pot bellys. We received an invitation from Jaffer to visit his house @ Pollachi. The tempo travellers headed towards Pollachi and it was a great welcome by his parents. We were served with sweets and snacks. Moorthi was pulling Esak’s leg but he was not disturbed by anything; went on to finish a dozen Vada, Jangiri and a jug of coffee.

We expressed our gratitude to Jaffer’s parents; The bng guys separated from us; we heading to Chennai. It was 12 hour long journey and the guys reached Tambaram by 7:00 am. I and Prem got down @ Tbm and took a train to our home and others continued in van.

A great 2 day college life was experienced by the SMCET guys at this marriage and are eagerly waiting for the next similar event to happen.


Author 🙂

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