Kaka Kronicles, episode #8

It’s been a long while, but this inspired me to resurrect these noble, quintessentially Chennai birds.

ps: Kashmiri Pulao – a very fancy pulao from Kashmir whose recipe includes a huge assortment of dry fruits and nuts. It is a dish that every one loves to see in a restaurant menu, but nobody actually orders it, and even if they do, people rarely finish eating it.

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  1. You got it !.

    Was looking for excuses to not get an iPhone. Looks like my Samsung Blackjack II has more of practical features. Most of which I really use and it is free with the same contract with AT&T.

    This reminds me of one of the very first marketing lessons I had in college. ‘Aspirational’ needs are powerful and can sell a product better than practical needs.

    iPhone is about aspiration. Showing off. The ‘cool’ factor.

  2. lol…curd rice is definitely better than Kashmiri Pulav…I am happy with my Razr…no plans on wasting money on the Iphone…thanks for the info though…

  3. Ashok,
    You missed one point πŸ˜›
    Its iPhone 3G and we don’t have 3G here in India. So, practically we are buying something like Masala Dosa without masala in it.

    For folks who want more practical cool phones,
    Spend more and get a HTC touch diamond or wait more for something on Android.

  4. I have the iPhone ( I will proudly put vetti scene here and say that it was one of the first America-lerndhu-sutta iPhones to hit India) and I swear, after the initial hype and ‘ADENGOPPA iPhone a?’s, adhukkum nokia 1100kkum romba difference illa.

    Wifi irukaam, Advanced zoom-in zoom out technology irukaam, accelometer irukaam aana bluetooth/video illiyaam! Enna koduma sir idhu!

    And all this internet matter, wifi illana no use. Namma oorla signal tower kadaikardhe periya vishiyam adhula unglukku wifi vera kekudho?

    I have a few gripes here and there (Managed to enable custom ringtones thanks to software updates) But apart from that, its a shit awesome piece of technology. Ana avlodhaan. Vetti bandhakku dhaan layku. :S

  5. iPhone’s browser is the best of all the other phones because iPhone’s Safari browser shows you the exact page from the internet, not some crippled “mobile phoned” page. iPhone’s selling points completely over shadows everything that you have mentioned. Heard about “Reality Distortion field” ?
    That said I don’t own an iPhone because of the stupid 2 year contract system that they have, not sure how it is going to be in India.

  6. haha.. holy saint of samayapuram indeed! i was actually considering buying the iphone but u just convinced me against it.

    and i might have avoided the kashmiri pulav had you warned me a little earlier. i paid 350 rs for the kashmir pulav. for exactly the reason u suggested. i have seen it so often on the menu. but never considered eating it. but i am adventurous and decided to give it a shot. it sucked. but i finished. i have a resilience to bad food built up on years of eating stone hard tasteless idlis.

  7. I recently discovered your blog. Your posts are simply brilliant. Thanks for the superbly entertaining posts.

    Mamatha

  8. @dinesh: Try operamini or minimo. They also give you realtime webapges. So safari is not a selling point.

    @krish: sorry pa, nothing interesting to add other than doing vaishyal like a fan. However its nice to see an apple fan give a thumbs down to the iphone.

    @all: got get a HTC phone, you won’t regret it!

  9. iLa! iThink iTs iGot iTo iDo iWith iPeople’s iFascination iWith iEverything iPrefixed iWith “i”

    P.S: In Telugu, crow is ‘Kaki’. Is it ‘Kaka’ in Tamil?

  10. One clarification here: I am a major Apple fanboy. I love anything Apple, except the fruit itself. And what’s more, I’ve even pre-registered with both Vodafone and Airtel (just to be sure) for the iPhone when it comes out. So this seemingly critical post on the iPhone is actually an endorsement of the product itself. I like curd rice, not kashmiri pulao.

  11. Hilarious as usual… reminded me of the commentary in “indietits.com” by Jeph Jeques. That site is abandoned now, but he still uses the ‘talking turkey’ thing in his comic (Questionable Content) at times…

  12. I wanted an IPhone so bad when it was first launched ( when I could not get it in India, and I would not crack that code jazz, or whatever). Now, am here, nad its cheaper (?) and I just do not want it!

  13. So, Krish Ashok’s admission to the iPhone’s potentially being an apple of his eye equivalent to virtually eating humble crow after criticising it? πŸ™‚

  14. Aiyoo…I hope this post my husband does not read….he doesn’t want me to get the iphone….but I want….what do u think???

    And I like the curd rice too….Kashmiri pulav too much pa….

  15. Great post! Glad that Krish is a self-confessed ‘Mac fanboy’. People who trash the iPhone for not having some feature or the other miss the point about it being a great mobile experience overall. No other smartphone matches its browing abilities. I use an iPod Touch and beats the pants off the N Series, E Series and the Diamonds. With the App Store applications, its even more fun. And why do we expect the iPhone to make coffee, scratch back, pick nose and cost 10k? It may score less on some features compared to other phones but overall its a fantastic, addictive piece. And when was the last time a mobile phone created so much adulation, hype and hatred?

  16. Haha!

    “Jobs is the only one who knows that people really prefer thaayir-saadam to kashmiri pulao”

    You’re SO right about that! The iPhone by any other name wouldn’t sell at all!

  17. Even I dropped my plans of buying an iPhone for these rather stupid limitations, will wait for Android πŸ˜€

    Btw, nice humorous blog, keep the fun flowing!

  18. Happy with my T-mobile Dash – I realized its more useful than the iPhone. “African American” was hilarious! Arun american biscuits-a kuduthu kaaka pidikkaran πŸ˜€

  19. β€œJobs is the only one who knows that people really prefer thaayir-saadam to kashmiri pulao.”

    Why are most readers missing the point here? Even after explicit clarification?

  20. Awesome!! Simply awesome. Your imagination as the dialogue between 2 crows and the image is too good. Keep rocking! I know people who have bought it for the heck of it and flaunt it in public places like the cinema halls… your posts are simply too good.
    Cheers
    Ann

  21. Awesome this one is!!!
    I mean, look at it, its outright true, and I still cant understand why people are all over the place about IPhone coming to India… Big deal!
    For me, a Windows Mobile phone is anyday a better deal! I can atleast do all those that IPhone cant do! πŸ™‚

  22. You are complaining about Kashmiri pulav? You should try Kashmiri paratha. It has extra-sweet fruits and dry fruits stuck/placed on the paratha, much like coins on a ludo board. And I wasted 100 bucks on this piece of nonsense :((

  23. iyo, iPhone not good aa? 😦 btw, I just checked out the price of this thing in the US without the contract, looks like it comes close to 550 USD!

    I should just go ahead and buy the Nokia E65i – it’s an amazing phone you know.. it’s got Sudoku πŸ˜€

  24. kaashmir pulav_o illa thayir saadham_o…. pasikku edhuva irundhaalum ok dhan….Somma vetti bandha viduravaallelam dhan over scene poduva

  25. er hope i understood the last line. thayir sadham tastes simple but good.. but kashmiri pulao got bits of everything and that makes it a mess.. nice comparison.. but i really dunno if the analogy holds here..
    for me atleast, there is wifi on campus and it makes sense to go for a cheap but easy to handle internet phone. but video maari adipadai vasadhigal illai nu i dint realise. 2 more such aaf-bake products and apple may not sitting on the same high horse anymore.

  26. As Varali says, many readers miss out the point even after the clarification statement β€œJobs is the only one who knows that people really prefer thaayir-saadam to kashmiri pulao.”

    Some interesting rants and raves about iphone in the web.

    Linda Stone : Nearly everyone who had an iPhone at the TED Conference this year, also had a Blackberry. I had the STRONG feeling that the Blackberry was the wife and iPhone was the mistress…..

    Tim O’Reilly : I’m wondering if this is a trend: devices and services that people love so much that they even love to hate them. We’ve seen this with twitter. People are so passionate about it that they put up with problems that would kill a lesser product.

    Russel Beattie : I don’t think anyone loves to hate the iPhone (except competitors obviously), it’s that *they hate that they love it*. There’s a difference.

  27. I actually tried a hand at the iPhone few months back… hacked one of course…
    typing with the touch pad became a pain soon… including the touch button for taking the pics… it would click just by a light a touch…
    But some stuff were really cool… just wish apple had put a little more into it… ( i agree with kaka number 2 )
    Anyway, its was just a lot of frills and no fun after a while…

    P.S : i dont like curd rice and that pulao gave me a heart burn just by reading about it…

  28. That was really cool. The expressions in the eyes of the birds tell it all!

    But just echoing the thoughts of so many others, the ‘status-symbol’ matters more in India, specially among youngsters like me. I have an N72, use my video cam, transfer via bluoetooth, use copy n paste and all other things which i cant potentially do if I buy an iPhone. But despite all that I’ll buy the iPhone (if my dad lends me the money!) just because it shows your taste among the ignorant midle class population (if I may say so).
    Most of the people I’m going to show it off to, wouldnt probably know or realise about the lack of so many features. They’d just be over-awed by whats IN it rather than whats NOT. Even if they do realise it later, FIRST impression does last for long.
    So I’m for the iPhone even if it’s short of the ‘ideal’ phone which people expect it to be!

  29. IIIeeeePHONEu… endha phone vandhalum enn phone ah adichika chance eh illa!!!

    Your Kronicles are awesome… read them all..

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