Monday, August 31, 2009

Contemporary Culture

Our Sumo stops at petrol bunk on the Tirunelvely-Papanasam road. The local driver mentions it as the location of the cellphone-comedy scene starring Vadivelu, from the movie Vel. I recall it : a pretty bland scene - to be polite- from an ordinary movie - to be politer.

I was the youngest is the chock-full Sumo which contained, besides others, an octagenarian former civil servant, a retired professor of English literature and a literary critic. Every single one of them was able to recall the quoted scene without trouble

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From the opening scene of Manhattan:
Isaac Davis (voice-over): To him, it was a metaphor for the decay of contemporary culture

7 comments:

  1. Hmm...I don't remember that scene. What trip was this? And why were you ganged up with the respectable geezers?

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  2. //Hmm...I don't remember that scene.//
    My cultured friend, that is not surprising.

    //What trip was this? And why were you ganged up with the respectable geezers?//
    Traveling with the family for my cousin's wedding in Papanasam a town in Tirunelveli district

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  3. lol I dont remember too. Neither the polite scene or the politer movie :))))))

    I supp it would have been easier for u had it been... u know who :D

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  4. :-)

    Jokes apart, our general film obsession is severely out of proportion considering the fare that we get. Just needed to let some elitism steam out.

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  5. A former civil servant, a retired professor of English literature,a literary critic, and a blogger are traveling in a Sumo. The driver turns to them ...

    Eeerily similar to "A former civil servant, a retired professor of English literature,a literary critic, and a blogger are sitting in bar"

    Except that, there was apparently no humour involved according to your account. No, wait, Vadivelu's character in that movie is named 'Sumo'. Oh, my god, Sumo jokes - the new bar jokes.

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  6. //No, wait, Vadivelu's character in that movie is named 'Sumo'//
    See this is what I mean !
    btw Sumo is his name in Aaru.

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  7. Amam, Amam - don't remember much of Vel. Was it the one with Surya in double act - must have watched it to kill time in BLR. This does bring up the possibility that the gents in the Sumo might have nodded out of a misplaced sense of familiarity. Besides people seem to generally in a nodding mood when in a vehicle or restaurant, not sure why.

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