28 days in Asuraland

Written in


The month of February was a busy one in Asuraland.

3 days before Valentine’s day

Jilpasura was nervous. Choosing a valentine’s day’s gift for Hidimba Jr. was not an easy task. The musical greeting card he gave her last year didn’t go too well despite the fact that the music* was composed by none other than the Master of the Fender Veenacaster, Ravana, himself. She had asked him if he truly thought that the most profound way of expressing love was to buy a piece of paper made by a large company embedded with music composed by some one else. This year, he was not taking chances, but it was already 4-2-2**, with only 3 days to go for the big day.

He was going to consult his grandmother, Jalsa Rakshasi, who was busy watching TV while snacking on vada pav with extra hot bhut jholokia chilly.

“Why are you watching Human TV, paati?”

“Because it makes me laugh”

“So what nonsense are they up to now?”

“Some joker named Pramod Muthalik is threatening to sue those girls who sent him pink undergarments”

“Whaa? Who? Why?”

“It’s a long story, but tell me why you are here. Shouldn’t you be busy preparing for V-day. I heard Hidimba wasn’t too happy with your creative laziness last year”

Jilpasura’s resulting expression could be described as sheepish, but only if the sheep in question resembled a Tasmanian devil.

“Paati, tell me something. Why do we celebrate Valentine’s day? Isn’t it a Human festival?”

“Ah well. St Valentine, as they refer to him, was actually one of us – Valyasura, who had this crazy notion that Humans would become a better race if they could marry out of love instead of being bartered like goods as part of the arranged marriage system of those times. So he went on this crazy mission and ended up losing his life”

“I see. So what did the humans end up doing this time?”

“Oh. Some guys calling themselves the Army of Rama declared the good saint an evil agent who was out to convert innocent Easterners into Westerners by convincing them to send each other Hallmark greeting cards and flowers while chilling out at pubs wearing tank tops and jeans listening to abaswaram rock music with lyrics that (recursively) promoted the aforementioned.

“The Vedas proscribe greeting cards and flowers?”

No. But what is interesting is that these goons roamed around town armed with mangalsutras and rakhis threatening to conduct spot marriages for offenders of Indian culture. It was rather ironic because St Valentine used to go around town helping lovers get married and that was precisely the reason the authorities of his time felt that his continuing to breathe was not good for Roman society. I ran into Valyasura# at “Mohini’s Bar and Permit Room”## and he found it funny that the Ram Sene does exactly what he died for and yet calls him an evil agent of the west.”

“So what’s with the pink undergarments?”

“A bunch of brave girls decided that the best way to deal with these jokers is to trivialize their message, or lack of one, with a universal symbol of love and tolerance, a pink chaddi”

“Nice. Hey Paati. Give me some ideas on what V-day gift to buy Hidimba?”

“Make her an origami rose, write a poem, set it to song and make her a hand-drawn greeting card”


* The song he had chosen for the musical card was Galle along the Watchtower, part of his seminal “Electric Sitaland” album

** Asuraland uses a metric calendar, with 10 days to a week, 10 weeks to a month and 10 months to a year. So 4-2 was the fourth day of second week of the second month

# Asuras normally live up to 2000 years. After that quota is over, they transfer their image (in .iso format) to a supercomputer before they die. The Asura governing council once in a while resurrects famous asuras when their presence and knowledge is required in Asura land. When St Valentine was martyred in Human land, he was recreated from his image in Asura land.

## The name is an Asura attempt at dark humour. Mohini was the one who deprived the asuras of ambrosia at the Big Churning

Later in February

“Paati. I have an exam coming up. Any tips”

“Ah Tests. There are three kinds of questions in this world

  • Subjective questions like –
    • Is Slumdog an Indian movie?
    • Does Slumdog depict a stereotyped image of poverty in India?
    • Why Slumdog, and not Slumcat, Slumplatypus or Slumboa?
    • Why are dogs associated with slums?
    • Were they consulted?
    • Was this really Rahman’s greatest work?
  • Objective questions like –
    • How many journalists who called Slumdog an imperialist caricature of Indian poverty called it an “Indian victory” when Rahman and Resul picked up 3 “uncles”.
    • How many Twitter, GTalk and Facebook statuses read “Jai Ho” when the results were announced?
  • Tests of Time – In the immortal words of Puppy Manohar, a test of time is where one is given a fixed amount of marks in which to score a maximum amount of time.

Last day of February

“Paati. The school has given me an assignment to watch James Burke’s connections and come up with a similarly styled series of connections starting from Slumdog and ending with Slumdog.”

“Easy. Slumdog millionaire didn’t get very positive reactions from the Indian blogosphere. Blog – an online diary or journal, kinds include video blog, photo blog, microblog and mp3 blog. MP3 compression, that revolutionized music file sharing. File sharing, especially peer 2 peer, which gave the media industry such trouble, as files traversed the social network. Facebook, the social network that is often firewalled at work. The Great Firewall of China, which censors the internet, blocking free speech. The Free and open source software movement, that has produced Linux and Firefox. Browsers, of which Firefox prevents spam better than IE. Spam, that came from a Monty Python skit. Monty Python, who made “Holy Grail”, funded by among others, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. Pink Floyd, whose seminal album was “The Wall”. The Hole in the Wall, a project by Dr Sugata Mitra that showed how slum children can learn to use the computer without any formal training. Vikas Swarup, who was inspired by the hole in the wall project wrote Q&A about a kid from a slum making it big on a TV contest show. Q&A which became Slumdog Millionaire.”

“Paati. The next time you do something like this, please hand me a telescope before you do so”


“You’ve gone where Janakaraaj has gone. Engyoooooo

33 responses to “28 days in Asuraland”

  1. Logik Avatar

    Nice post.. “Jai Ho” to the “Jai ho” status jab.. People actually thought that it was witty and they were the only folks who came up with it…

  2. RukmaniRam Avatar

    ore the lou with the ‘connections’.

    btw, i was nicknamed hidimba at school, yet nothing ever happened on v day. 😛

  3. K.Ramachandran Avatar

    very witty post, nice dig at the Gorilla Brigade,and raised pertinent questions about SM. ( btw , just wrote a blog on SM )

  4. Ranga Avatar

    You are the one, who as always, engiyoooo poyiteenga!!
    one crib is that this post came after some wait though 😦

  5. K.Ramachandran Avatar

    and i forgot to mention above: y did u make St Valentine an Asura ? bcoz of his association with V-day, he is to be considered a kind, benevolent, noble Deva, a close pal of Manmatha.

  6. Adithya Avatar

    Oh, KA, you are back in form. The slumdog essay was brilliant. And seriously, there aren’t many people in this world who know that Spam comes from Monty Python menu card. It used to be my favorite trivia question to anyone!

  7. wordjunkie Avatar

    Great post – nice dig at the ‘Jai Ho’ posts… thankfully, very few came out with with ‘it is written’.

  8. Vadakkoodan Avatar


    //from slumdog to slumdog was funny

  9. Hariharan Avatar

    Thalaiva.. engeyoooo poitunga ..

    “The name is an Asura attempt at dark humour.” Top notch!
    And transfer image in .iso.. yappa!

    And whats with the loss of modesty at the end? lol

  10. vinayvasan Avatar

    Janakaraj comment was total awesome.. Sir Engeyooo Poitunga..

    Awesome post and that too after you made us wait so long for a post 🙂

  11. Dstation TV Avatar

    Nice article .Thank.

  12. scudie Avatar

    saar, the slumdog-> slumdog connections seem to have been written while high on something!

    And yeah.. dont make us loyal readers wait for this long for your posts.. kaanji poiteyn!

  13. naren Avatar

    Brilliant! Electric Sitaland!

    Long live Jilpasura Hendrix!

    And ROFL at Valyasura &“Mohini’s Bar and Permit Room”

    Day is made!

  14. sundaram Avatar

    article is awesome. politicians a kevala paduthi ezluthi irrukara edam kalakal…. over all a pinitinga.. made me ur fan…

  15. Karsub Avatar

    Awesome stuff Krish. Either no one got the “uncles”, or everyone got them, but I was happy I got that one.

    Also your “#” footnote was real helpful. I was wondering how Valysasura came back. God bless iso .. incidentally I use Daemon tools to read ISO .. aptly named don’t you think? 😉

    Ashok: Once in a while, I reassure myself that the collective smarts of my readers far exceeds mine, and I do that by making some vague connection/reference in my post and seeing if someone would get it. And so far, I’ve never been disappointed 🙂 The choice of .iso format was primarily because of Daemon Tools 🙂

  16. Meet Joe BadLuck « Curd Rice Chronicles Avatar

    […] Ashok pulls one back for the Asura’s in his post. Now that you are privy to the story, you can appreciate his great sense of […]

  17. KP Avatar

    Very creative writing Krish.

  18. Arun Avatar

    // “Galle along the Watchtower, part of his seminal “Electric Sitaland” album” !!!
    heh dude thats da bomb !!! 😀
    fab post man !

    speaking of Jimmy,say, has Jim Maarichan made an appearance yet on any of your asura posts?!

  19. Tastemaster Avatar

    Somehow Hidimba seems to echo what Inner Narada told Ashok about a year ago….


  20. Suresh Avatar

    Very nice. Did you write the slumdog “connections” like text while on Ballmer peak(http://xkcd.com/323/)?
    Btw, Connections is one of my favourite documentaries, watchable t0 this day.

  21. nagu Avatar

    krish bak wid a bang!

  22. Suj Avatar

    gr8 post KA……. I really really enjoy reading asura tales………….

    long live asura tales!!!!

  23. Anonymous Avatar

    Love the post. But shouldn’t the title read, 100 Days instead of 28, given your scale?

  24. Dinesh Babu Avatar

    Saar! Engeeyoooo Poiteeenga saar! Unga Blog Footera Kaala Nenachu kumbtukkuren!

  25. maami Avatar

    I so love the new banner and its colours.
    Great job!

  26. Venkatesh G Avatar

    Great Top Banner & temp.
    Hilarious post.

  27. Jayanth Avatar

    the copy of James Burke connections was awesome…just outdid yourself I must say! Keep rocking!

  28. ahumanbean Avatar

    Zimbly enjoyed, even tho I didn’t get the .iso, being a dinosaur era .jpeg er


  29. Venkatesh Avatar

    One of the best LOL posts I’ve come across! I didn’t tweet or FB the ‘Jai Ho’ mania- blogged it! :O

  30. Sushmita Avatar

    Love the “If you can’t differentiate, don’t integrate’ part………Brilliant, really 🙂

  31. Deepika Avatar

    It has been oh-so-long since I had such a good laugh.
    Good dig at Mohini.

  32. Gia Avatar

    Great post tthank you

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: