Wednesday, July 12, 2006


1. Where was MGR born?
2. What was the original name of New York?
3. Which Tamil comedian's original name was Gundu Rao?

The above 3 are questions, from recent segments of Thanga Vettai, for which I did not know the answers before. How about you guys?

I've written before about Thanga Vettai's improvements in several aspects and the episodes screened the last few weeks have convinced me that the improvements were not just temporary aberrations. The quiz show is definitely maintaining its improved standards and has made me look forward to it for reasons other than just seeing Ramya Krishnan :-)

There is nice variety in the format the questions are posed in the different rounds. I especially like the segment where the kids have to answer questions on selected topics and if they don't know the answer, they can ask the elder for a clue (the clues themselves are scrambled and so the elder has to know the answer to figure out the clue that applies to that question). The 'memory round' and the last round, where someone has to compose a question (from pieces hidden in random boxes) in the allotted time before figuring out the answer, is fun too. Now if they could just take out the segment where Ramya describes her saree and her jewellery in great detail, we would have a really nice quiz program on our hands.

There are still some dumbos, like the girl doing her B.E, who said an inch is 2.54 decimeters (keep in mind that this was a multiple choice question with the other choices being 2.54 mm, 2.54cm and 2.54 meters). But on the whole, the program's a lot smarter than before and my general knowledge improves atleast a little bit at the end of it.


At 11:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, actually, I found it wierd too that Ramya spent so much time describing her saree, jewellery etc. Anyways, did you catch the pics from the Jackpot 200th episode celebration. After looking at the way Kushboo has been decked up, it's no surprise that women who watch the show back home in TN(and probably elsewhere too!) lap up any info on the saree and the jewellery.

Sorry to put a damper on your enthusiasm to learn something on Thanga Vettai, but most people watch it only to see Ramya's alangaaram for the weekend. By the way, how wierd.. I caught only the saree description and the puzzle blocks portion of the show...

Only wish that she'd stop saying "neramaachu, seekiram sollunga" throughout the show! It's very annoying.. sulk!

At 11:41 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

Balaji, I agree with your comments. But some kids doen't know the basic things (No. of sides for Rectangle). It is good program to enrich the kids.

At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didnt know the answers to any of those're my "Thagara Vettai" questions:

1. Asin porandhadhu enge?
Kerala: Seriyaana vidai...
2. Asin irukkardhu enge?
Chennai: Thavaraana vidai...en manasu...
3. B.E. endraal ena?
Bachelors of Engineering: Seriyaana vidai
4. E.B. endraal yaaru?
Electricity Boardu...
ille, adhu naan thaan..."E" oatra Bachelor!!

At 12:05 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, i guess thats true. i'm sure they have that segment just to get the womenfolk to drool! my mom and my wife too listen intently to that segment :)

karthik, ya. if they could just keep cinema out of it, it would be great since the kids already seem to know a lot about cinema!

At 1:01 AM, Blogger Shanthi said...

Seri andha moonu question answer enna ?

First one - Srilanka or Kerala ?? (Google search pannala... i think i have heard it somewhere!)
Second one - google search pannaa kidaikkum... aanaa neengaley sollidungalaen : )
Third one - google-la kooda kidaikaadha romba important info ! Adhaiyum sollidunga :D

At 1:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:35-am ku oru nyaanodhayam...ans it nagesh, by any chance?

At 2:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi.. even tho i have not posted anything til now. i m a regular reader of balaji's thots... interesting !

i guess (jus guess) the old name of New York was New Amsterdam.


At 2:52 AM, Blogger Nisha said...

I'm not sure about New York or the comedian but i do believe MGR was born in Kandy in Sri Lanka. His father moved the family to Chennai when he was very young.

At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasnt MGR born in a hospital? :D

At 8:33 AM, Blogger KK said...

Wonder how big my trousers will be if an inch was 2.54 decimeters :D
Boy! am I so fat???

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder how big my trousers will be if an inch was 2.54 decimeters :D

--> nalla velai neenge decent-aa verum trouser vechu comment adicheenge....naan-aa irundhirundhaa..........;)

At 10:27 AM, Blogger capriciously_me said...

mgr not from kerala?

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, and the asin mogam continues, i see :)

guess we have all 3 answers. from different commentors though...

shanthi, 1st guess is right. SL dhaan. nisha has a detailed answer :)

ram, yep :)

zero, right on Q3. and i guess ur answer for Q2 is actually the answer for Q1?? :)

mruthica, glad u decided to speak up atleast now. and that is correct :)

nisha, thanx for dropping by. and yep, correct answer :)

ferrari, aaaaaaaah :)

kk, lol. wonder what will happen if the girl's tailor used that conversion :)

cm, i used to think so too. but he was born in sri lanka...

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah but naan visak paarai-la okaandhundu "mogam enum theeyil en manam vendru vendru urugum"-nu elaam paadala!!

At 3:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, last I heard New York was never called Marudhoor, or Marugoor for that matter.

At 11:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site loved it alot, will come back and visit again.


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