Monday, February 25, 2008

Beat the heat to Heat the seat!

A weekend doesn't end with just three movies, does it? I had rented a Volkswagen Rabbit and drove to New york city to meet Amar. And this Rabbit treated me with far more than what I normally expect from rental cars. It had all-electronic controls, intelligent cruise, bose speakers among other features. And one feature that caught my attention was heated seats it had. Yeah, with the winter snow fall and sub-zero winds graciously showering their blessing all over, this heated seats came as a celestial solace. And it does feel awesomely good to be in the cold and get into the car and immediately feel that 'comfort' on a 'Hot seat'. Anybody who has spent winters in the west would know what I'm talking about. After a movie, myself and Amar were walking towards the car and it was frigging cold. I couldn't even feel my ears and every now and then, touched them to check if they are still there. As we approached the car, all I could think of “lets go heat the seat!”

Rewinding a little bit, I was at one of my colleague's wedding at Nagercoil in India a year and half ago. I had gone there with a few of my other colleagues and every one of them had been to foreign countries atleast once - I mean they all have tasted the sweet of the winter(either in Europe or in US). After the wedding, we thought we’ll go out somewhere and we utilized the “Maapilai'oda colleagues” privilege to have a Toyota Innova booked for us. After a visit to a waterfall called “Thiruparappu” falls, we reached another place called “Thotti paalam” (this one supposed to be the tallest bridge in Asia). Needless to say, by the time we reached the bridge, it was beyond noon and it was scorching mercilessly. After a brief walk on the bridge and a few photos later, most of us felt completely drained and tired. And a “thaatha” selling tender-coconut came as a salvage. The tender-coconuts were more like elixir and we all must have gulped down at least 2 or 3 rounds each. That's when one colleague said “what is this if it is not ‘beat the heat’ concept, huh?”. And after that, every time we had tender-coconut, we were referring to the ‘beat the heat’ concept, as if it is a technical jargon worth referring to or something.

And coming back to the present, myself and Amar got into the car and switched the heater ON. And I don’t know why, all of a sudden, it reminded me of the “Beat the Heat” tagline. And I found it insanely self-amusing, when I realized that “Beat the Heat” and “Heat the Seat” rhymes and in their own style gave me so much of soothe. I stupidly smiled to myself as I was driving towards home and told to myself that 'heat the seat' can be the tagline for now. And I heard in a few minutes, Amar shouting, “Alright, I guess we have burnt our ass enough. Lets reduce the heat now!”.

I saw a point and smiled at the human body, which could sustain nothing even slightly outside the radar of normalcy.

10 comments:

Ela said...

This is definetly not an Eco-friendly practice! The 'Beat the Heat' part is ok...u should have kick started ur fat-burning mechanism as to combat the 'Heat the Seat' part! History lae idam pidikira chance-a lost panniteengalae Kabali!!!

Arun Sundar said...

Fat-burning mechanism'a? U mean I should have gotten out of the car and started running?!

Wow! that'd have been cool!

And no thinking abt finding a place in history. Coz, Kabali defines history.

Sab said...

machi...ukkanthu....taniya ethukkuney time spent pani yosipayo??????...."heat t seat"-nu arambichu....athukkuk rhyming-ga"beat t heat"-nu ru kadhai soli.....i guess lot of tamil movie influence in u......IT field Kaikodulkalina....i strongly feel u hav gr8 future in Tamil Cinema...atleast serials da ;-)

Ela said...

No, that would have been warm...run for 10 minutes and see how much heat the body produces...the winter cold is jujupi afterwards...

Arun Sundar said...

Sab,
Sandaalaa! Appreciate panraa maadhiri TV serial edukka sollitiyae da!

Ela,
Yaa. I should start running. I would not feel the cold. And I would not feel anything.

Sab said...

ethu ellam arasiyal-la sadharnam....b/w eppo ellam Serial-ikku than mavusu jasthi.....u can bcome popular among our inniya tamizh makkal in very short period of time :)

Arun Sundar said...

I dont wanna be popular among sick "Madhyaanam TV watching house-wives!"

Anonymous said...

un comment-a paarthutu entha amma-vum unnaku ponnu kuduka porathila paaru......

Arun Sundar said...

Anon,
Ayyeee....yaaru sonnaa?? queue katti nippaanga.

Prash said...

Arun... u know wht Thiruparappu and Thotti paalam have been my favorites ever since i visited them...Thotti paalam was conceptualized by Kamarajar to take water from one side of the village to the other!!! I am searching for heat in this city of Boston w/o much luck.. the sun here seems to be a torch lite!