Thursday, 14 June 2018

Twist @ Black Petals Magazine

Twist

 

by Ram Prasath

 

 

Sundar was a familiar name in many of the petty thefts in town.

Things became complicated for him when he tried his luck in the local jewelry shops. The jewelry shop owners secretly appointed two contract killers, Jagan and Kumar, to lift Sundar. A date was fixed.

Sundar was at a tea shop, reading a newspaper in the outskirts of town. Jagan and Kumar waited for him to step away from the tea-shop crowd.

A few moments later, Sundar, after paying for his tea, walked through a one-way lane into the bushes. Jagan and Kumar each retrieved a sharp knife from their trousers.

"Stick that thing in his throat. He can't shout," Kumar said.

"By height and weight, he looks much like you, man. Thick-boned. A hard push should do," Jagan murmured.

Sundar kept walking through the bushes. At some distance, the lane turned a bit. He went out of sight.

Jagan and Kumar approached him. At the turning, in the darkness, a swish of a knife was heard, followed by the chopping of flesh.

"Look at God's extraordinary creativity,” Jagan said. “You and Kumar are so much alike that I can trick everyone into believing you are dead, provided you and I share the gold that you picked." Jagan held the knife, dripping with blood, at Sundar's throat.

Kumar lay on the ground, in a pool of blood.

 

 

Ramprasath is a curious child always wondering about his cosmic placement. When not writing programs for computers, he watches documentaries on Voyager 1 & 2 and Cosmos.


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Anitha and now Pradeepa - Neet Suicides

Anitha and now Pradeepa - Neet Suicides

I scored just a little about 84% in my 12th. I was at that time, aspiring to pursue my UG in medicine. But what I scored, I was well aware, was not sufficient enough to get me a medical seat. I cannot change my marks. So I changed my mind. Jerusalem College of Engineering offered a merit engineering seat and I gladly took it. Now I have my parents with me in US. 

One may argue that I was not as strong as or as committed as Anitha or the other girl Pradeepa, to go to the extent of committing suicide. 

According to me, human life has a grander purpose. Education is just a very tiny part of it. I would say neither Anitha nor Pradeepa didn't think through about their parents or her family's financial status. With the 95% marks that she scored, she could have gone for an engineering course which could have played a vital role in rising up their social status over a period of few years. 

As a daughter, both girls have their share of responsibilities in supporting their poor parents in their old age. Suicides can never justify anyone's irresponsibility. 

Life is not easy. It is tough. We have to continue to fight. We cannot give up. Giving up can never be an option for anyone. As I said, Life has a grander purpose. We always have to think what best we can do the those who depend on us. There is something called "Giving back to the society". 

The more you give, you will be given. That is all.

I heard TN government has offered compensations to the girl's families. I don't know what to say. My humble request to every 11th standard students out there. Your family is supposed to be your everything and education is only a tool to acquire knowledge and wisdom. It is a continuous process that never stops until your last breath. Every human being has a responsibility to give back to the society. 

Your suicide can never hold a noble meaning. It can only give your life, a mean reputation. Be a fighter when it comes to life. Your life is worth that.

If you don't get medical seat, shrug your shoulders and get ready to invite your parents to US. I agree US is not heaven. But it is definitely better than abandoning family when it needs you.

As simple as that

As simple as that

Monday, 4 June 2018

Break In

Break In


A mother of two returns to her demised father's property - a luxury bungalow - in the middle of a bushy forest. Even before they could settle down, a group of 4 men takes custody of the mother and her two children for the money believed to have been in a safe locker in the bungalow. How the mother fights back the four men and saves her children is the rest of the film.

I figure several films that I have seen in the recent days share the same elements in story plots. Gerald's game, Hush and Break-In all share the same elements in the story. In all these films, there is a home in a secluded zone and the protagonist face threats from the 'outside world'. That is not usual. There might be something to it.

I am not sure but the film is captivating. It holds the viewer with regular twists. The film is not very long which is OK but the previews of other movies shown before the movie were too extravagant. At one point, I wanted to go home without even waiting to see the first frame of the movie.

But it is worth watching once. Not worth more than that.

Friday, 18 May 2018

STORY: DOWRY

STORY: DOWRY

By: Ramprasath
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Maha alias Mahalakshmi was very determined to not entertain dowry in her marriage.
“Maha, we may have to be flexible when good profiles approach us ma” her father Natarajan tried to convince her.
“Dowry is a sin papa. This thing has screwed so many lives of innocent girls. This practice should be abolished. I am not here to support it at any cost.” Maha said firmly.
Maha had to skip so many profiles to stick back to her disinterest on Dowry. In the end she received two recommendations from the agent. Both were appealing by horoscope and other aspects.
That evening agent Sadhasivam visited Maha and Natarajan at their house.
“Guess we may have to loose both profiles” he said to Natarajan while Maha listened.
“Why? Are they expecting dowry?” Natarajan asked.
“If they asked, turn them down uncle” Maha intervened.
“No Maha. These guys are really good. They say no for dowry ever since I got their profiles.” Sadhasivam said.
“Then what is the problem? They like us and we like them. It is mutual now right?” Natarajan asked.
“Since they demand no dowry, there are many brides showing interest on them. So the competition is too heavy and many of those brides are more beautiful than our Maha” Sadhasivam said.
After a considerable long pause,
“If we offer them fifty sovereigns of gold, can we draw their attention to us?” Natarajan asked while Maha helplessly listened.
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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

STORY: COPY-PASTE WORK

STORY: COPY-PASTE WORK

By: Ramprasath
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Madan stood next to the great Indian actor Irfan Khan and this is not a filmfare award function stage but Madan’s personal computer. Madan adjusted brightness and contrast to balance the colors to make his morphed picture look real.
“Ofho Madan! Don’t you have any other work? Will you keep cutting and pasting photographs all day?” Madan’s mother Fathima shouted.
“This is graphics mom. Mark my words. I will become one like P.C.Sriram someday” Madan politely replied.
A year later,
“Ammee.. come na.. see this” Madan shouted from the hall.
Fathima appeared from the kitchen and saw the TV program.
In a star channel show, on a grand stage, Irfan Khan was handing over Filmfare award for best graphics work to Madan.
Fathima responded quickly.
“Dei, I have so much work to do in kitchen da. I don’t have time to see your cut-copy-paste work”
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Monday, 14 May 2018

Inexhaustible in Amazon & FlipKart

Dear All,

My Book "Inexhaustible" is now available on sales online through Amazon and FlipKart.

Find the links below to book your copy.




- Ramprasath

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Inexhaustible - Fiction

Inexhaustible - Fiction

I am glad to inform you all on the release of my yet another novel work in English titled "INEXHAUSTIBLE". There have been several mighty works in the backdrop of a bank robbery but I am confident that this 'idea' of mine is completely fresh. Readers and friends who have read this book say it is perfectly adaptable into a movie.



Let me take time here and tell you what is so different about this book.

You must have seen several movies like for example,

Ghost: This is one movie where two workers of the same bank try to rob a portion of money which was long been unclaimed by any. This movie came out in 1990.
Die Hard With Vengeance: This is where a group of thieves led by a 'Simon' challenge cops to rob a bank. This came out in 1995.
The Vault: This is a 2017 American thriller where paranormal forces interrupt an ongoing robbery attempt by a group of thieves.
Catch me if you can: This one is by playing with cheques of a bank.

You take any bank robbery movie. It is likely to fall under any one of the following Categories.

1. Using weapons, thieves secure entry into a bank and rob the money. This just ends with the money 'local' to the bank branch.
2. Using tools, thieves secure entry into a bank's vault and rob all the gold it has while fighting with the local cops to escape. Most films would come under this format.
3. Taking over unclaimed accounts. This is typically done by the employees of the bank or a person who knows bank operations quite well.
4. "Salami Slicing". This is at the transaction level. A hacker from the outside world or an insider of the bank target bank's transactions and set it in such a way that for every transaction a fractional amount, a very negligible one is taken and deposited in an account. As the number of transactions grow in number, the amount in the account grows.
5. Taking advantage of the turn-around time in validating a cheque. All unlawful scams that happen in Craiglist or Sulekha come under this.

Having said this, INEXHAUSTIBLE is talking about a very unique bank robbery though the synopsis of this fictional work goes like this.

"Meet Vimal, Varsha and Arvind, three young software engineers happened to fall in a love triangle. Arvind - the smartest among the three - formulates a way to find inexhaustible money which tightens their relationship but what intelligence did to them towards the end is a thrilling story to read and cherish."

The book is published by Emerald Publishers.

The book shall be available for purchase online from Amazon. I will share the links soon.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

செளபா

செளபா 


செளபா என்கிற செளந்தரபாண்டியன் பற்றி கேள்வியுற்றது இன்றைய தினத்தை ஆயாசம் கொள்ள வைப்பதாக இருந்தது.

செளபாவின் மன நிலை என்ன, குற்றத்தின் பின்னணி, தந்தை மகன் உறவின் சரித்திர பின்னணி என்ன என்பதெல்லாம் தெரியாமல் ஒருவரை குறை சொல்வதற்கில்லை என்றாலும், இலக்கியம் , தீவிர வாசிப்பு போன்ற எதிலும் பரிச்சயமற்ற எளிமையான பொது ஜனத்திடம் ஒரு மோசமான முன்னுதாரணமாக நிச்சயம் ஆகியிருக்கக்கூடும். அதைத்தான் பொறுக்க முடியவில்லை.

இதுகாறும் எழுத்தின் மூலம் அடைந்த உயரங்கள் எளிமையான பொது ஜனத்திற்கு புரியப்போவதில்லை என்னும் போது, இந்த ஒரு குற்றம் ஒட்டுமொத்த உழைப்பையும் குதறிப்போடக்கூடும். எழுத்தில் தீவிரமாய் இயங்கிய ஒருவன் ஒழுங்கற்ற, பண்படாத, முன்னுதாரணமென கொள்ள முடியாத ஒன்றை செய்து நிற்பதை காண சகியவில்லை. இது மோசமான முன்னுதாரணங்களுள் ஒன்றாகிவிடுமோ என்கிற‌ பதட்டம் காலையிலிருந்து மனதோரம் குறுகுறுத்தபடியே இருக்கிறது.

எழுத்தாளர்கள் இலக்கியவாதிகள் கவிஞர்கள் பிற எல்லோருக்கும் எடுத்துக்காட்டாக, உதாரணமாக திகழ்வதற்கான அத்தனை தகுதிகளும் உள்ளவர்களாக எழுத்தும், வாசிப்பும் அவர்களை மாட்டும் என்பது எனது கணிப்பு. மது, சிகரெட், பெண் சகவாசம் இல்லாத ஒரு Clean Slate ஆக, உதாரண புருஷர்களாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது என் வாதம். (அதற்காக மது அருந்துவதோ, சிகரெட் பிடிப்பதோ தவறென்று சொல்லவில்லை. எழுத்தும், வாசிப்பும் இந்த சிற்றின்பங்களை கடந்து போக வைக்கும் என்பதே என் வாதம்)

"சினிமாக்காரனுக்கும், பத்திரிக்கைக்காரனுக்கும் வீடோ உறவோ தரமாட்டேன்" என்கிற  நிலைப்பாட்டிற்கு பொதுப்புத்தியை தள்ளுவதாக‌ எழுத்து ஒரு சமூகத்தை செலுத்தக்கூடாது என்றால் எல்லா எழுத்திலும் எல்லா திரை ஆக்கத்திலும் ஒரு பொறுப்புணர்ச்சி இருக்க வேண்டும் என்பது என் வாதம். எழுத்தாளன் உருவாக்க வேண்டும். அழிக்கக்கூடாது. பல்கி பெறுக்க வேண்டும். சுருக்கக்கூடாது. உருவாக்குவது கடினம். அழிப்பது மிக மிக எளிது.

குடியிருக்கும் வீட்டின் வாடகை தர முடியாத ஏழ்மை, ஆரோக்கியத்தை கெடுக்கும் பழக்கவழக்கங்கள், குடும்பத்தை காப்பாற்ற முடியாத வக்கற்ற தன்மை, தோல்வி அடையும் வாழ்க்கை போன்றவைகளால் அடையாளப்படும் எழுத்தாளர்களுக்கு, கவிஞர்களுக்கு, நாவலாசிரியர்களுக்கு மத்தியில் சுஜாதா போல் நல்ல முன்னுதாரணங்கள் தேவைப்படுகின்றன‌. செல்வத்தை பெறுக்காத அறிவு எதையும் எழுத லாயக்கற்றது. ஜெயிக்காத எழுத்து எழுதப்பட வேண்டியதில்லை என்பது என் வாதம்.

அறிவு எங்கு குவிகிறதோ, அங்கே பண்படல் நிகழ வேண்டும். முதிர்ச்சி குவிய வேண்டும். இவை கூட்டாக ஒரு ஒழுங்கான வாழ்க்கையை தர வேண்டும். ஒழுக்கத்தை விளைவிக்க வேண்டும். அது வாழ்வை சிறப்பிக்க வேண்டும். அந்த ஒழுக்கம் உடலை மனதை இளமையாய் வைக்க உதவும். "இவையெல்லாம் என் வாதம் மட்டும் தான். தவறாகவும் இருக்கலாம்" என்று நான் பிறரிடம் சொல்லிக்கொண்டாலும், எனக்குள் நான் இதை தீவிரமாக நம்புகிறேன்.

எழுத்தில் இருப்பவன் கெட்ட பெயர் வாங்கக்கூடாது என்பதில் தீவிரமாக இருந்திருக்கிறேன். பெண்களுடன் எப்போதுமே நாங்கைந்து அடி தள்ளி இருப்பதற்கு இதுவும் ஒரு காரணம்.  எல்லோரும் ஒரு கவிஞனிடம் எதிர்பார்ப்பது போல் ஒரு அடர்த்தியான நட்பு வட்டம் எதிர்பாலினத்திடம் எனக்கு எப்போதுமே இருந்ததில்லை.  அதில் வருத்தமில்லை என்பதுதான் உண்மை.

நானும் எழுத்தில் 2009 முதலாக இருக்கிறேன். ஆறு புத்தகங்கள் எழுதியிருக்கிறேன். அதில் இரண்டு ஆங்கில நூல்கள். இந்த எழுத்தால் நான் வளர்ந்திருக்கிறேன். முதிர்ந்திருக்கிறேன். அது பொருண்மை உலகில் பிழைக்க எனக்கு பெரிதும் உதவியிருக்கிறது. இப்போது நினைத்தாலும் கூட என்னால் ஒரு முழு framework ஐ, சில மணி நேரங்களில் கற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியும். இது அனைத்தும் எழுத்தால் கிடைத்த அனுகூலம் என்றால் மிகையில்லை.

செளபா கேஸில் என்ன நடந்தது என்பது தெரியவில்லை. ஆனால் செளபாவை வைத்து எழுத்தாளர்களை எடை போடும் பொது ஜனத்திற்கு

நான் நல்ல முன்னுதாரணங்களை கை காட்ட விரும்புகிறேன். சுஜாதா அமரராகிவிட்டார். அவர் பற்றி பேசலாம்.

வேறு எவரை சொன்னாலும் உடனே "உனக்கு அவன் வேண்டப்பட்டவனா? அவனுக்கு வக்காலத்தா?" என்ற முனுமுனுப்பு நிச்சயமாக வரும். இந்த கால கட்டம் அப்படி. என்னையே முன்னுதாரணமாக காட்டுவதில் இந்த சிக்கல் இல்லை.

ஆதலால் "நல்ல உதாரணத்திற்கு" நான் அதிகபட்சமா குறைந்தபட்சமா சொல்லத்தெரியவில்லை.ஆனால் என் எழுத்து என் அறிவை விருத்தி செய்திருக்கிறது. அது என் தன்னம்பிக்கையை வளர்த்திருக்கிறது. அது என் தொழிலை சிறக்க வைத்திருக்கிறது. ஐடி துறையில் எதையும் உடனுக்குடன் கற்றுக்கொள்ள வேண்டும். அந்த அவசரத்திற்கு புத்தக வாசிப்பும் எழுத்தும் எந்த நிலையிலும், எதையும் உடனுக்குடன் கற்றுத்தேர தொடர்ந்து பயிற்சி அளிக்கின்றன. இதனால் மனமும் உடலும் இளமையாக இருக்கிறது. இந்த‌ என் மன உணர்வுகளை வார்த்தையாக்குவது சிரமம். அதை அனுபவித்தால் மட்டுமே புரியும்.

மொத்தத்தில் I am very much contented with the progress and the multi-facetedness that my writing endeavour brings to me. Its like one complements the other and both together gives me a unique journey.

எழுத்தும் வாசிப்பும் நல்ல விளைவுகளை உருவாக்கும். அவை தவறான விளைவுகளை உருவாக்கினால் அது ஒரு காட்சிப்பிழையாக மட்டுமே இருக்க முடியும். 

 -ராம்பிரசாத்

Saturday, 5 May 2018

The Circle - Movie

The Circle - Movie


I loved this film because it comes in the series of works that were originally written by a writer as a book and later adapted into a movie. Dave Eggers wrote a book in the same name in 2013 which has been adapted into this movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

"Science"

What is it? Fundamental elements? Periodic table? A process that includes logic and rationals to find answers to critical questions that are aimed at narrowing down to how things works?

Mae believes that "secrets are lies" and when everything is open there would nothing called "evil" or "demonic". According to her, the knowledge hidden in every human experience should be shared. Her stance is, when "being watched", people behave.

"The Circle" helps her nurture her belief system and take it to the next level. She tries to bring social reformation with "The Circle". What she loses on the way and whether she finally succeeds in her vision or not is the film.

She ignores to take into account the lack of her emotions with Mercer from others when she, along with others tries to find Mercer through SeeChange, an innovative idea by Bailey. She ignores to take into account, her parent's need for privacy. She ignores to take into account the tendency of people to attach a preconceived idea on someone based on what they saw or heard first. This changes their perception permanently. This change in perception influences them in deriving meanings to every action of that someone which may be unwanted, undesirable and that someone could be undeserving of too.

There may be some benefits here and there in thinking of a camera in places like deep sea and middle of desert and top of a mountain. These may help save people who accidentally and unexpectedly get stranded but what is the cost we are willing to pay for this luxury is the question.

We cannot surrender moral values and non-materialistic benefits to such "crazy" ideas is where the film finally comes to an end.