Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vandu Mama’s Bale Balu in English: Balu the Bully

Hi folks,

Apologies! Apologies ! Apologies and more of that. (is there a free soul kind enough to copy this and paste it for 1, 67, 000 crore times for me to make it up for all the delay and disappearance from the blogosphere? If so, let me know). I was almost non existent in this part of the world and with my designing work blossoming to a new level with lots of “Happening” things actually happening, am kind of allowed to disappear.

now, i was reading my regular dose of blogs and suddenly i read THIS post from Viswa and thought of breaking my ‘vrat’ from blogging. The only problem with that wonderfully written post was that it was in Tamil language instead of the regular English. Why am saying is, these are the posts and research works should be made available to most of the foreigners to Tamil language. I strongly believe that Tamil language has failed to give the due honour to people like VanduMama, Mullai Thangarasan, Charu Nivedita etc

As today is the birthday of the greatest ever story teller for children of all ages, am going to post one of my favourite childhood stories. Now, most of you would have thought that i will be posting something like Charu the smart (Oh, no – not this charu nivedita). However, i liked Bale balu a lot more than Charu the smart. Hence one of my all time favourite episode from that story line. Iam fortunate enough to have this story line in both the languages (Tamil & English) in my collection (Bless my chithra aunt for the collection idea). before it is a tad boring with my blabbering's, Friends, countrymen and bloggers, here i present – Balu the Bully in Tamil.

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Now, this particular story was published in English in the English version of Gokulam from the year 2000 onwards. Let me narrate why this particular incident was more favourite than some of the better written stories of the same series.

I was studying in the 2nd year in my UG and during the summer vocations we travelled to our Aunt’s home in Vellore and there we had my nephew named balasubramanian doing almost the same tricky things that i used to do in my younger days – a la Bale Balu. so, when everyone else was calling him bala, i started to call him balu and he was curious to know why am calling him differently and i explained to him about the Balu character with my stories and also the latest Gokulam was available in the Mani aiyyar shop (next to that big pharmacy, oops i forgot the name of the pharmacy) and this was the story which was published in that particular issue of Gokulam.

Later on, he became almost a bully just like myself. now, let me get rid of those old memories and present Balu for the 1st time in English in the blogosphere. here is the same episode as that of the Tamil version.

Gokulam May 2000 Balu the Bully Part 08 Page 01 Gokulam May 2000 Balu the Bully Part 08 Page 02

Now, here is a BIG thanks to a person who made my childhood sweeter than anybody else. He is my companion, my knight in shining armour, my bed time story teller and my 4 AM friend in all those days when i was growing up. Thank you Mr Vandu Mama, You are my best teacher. In fact, You are the University from which i graduated with flying colours. Thanks for everything.


  1. மீ த ஃபர்ஸ்ட்டு!

    பதிவைப் படித்து விட்டு மீண்டும் வருகிறேன்!


  2. நான் இரண்டாவது
    பதிவை படத்து விட்டு மீண்டும் வருவேன்
    ஹாஜா இஸ்மாயில்

  3. ஆங்கிலத்தில் வந்த பலே பாலுவின் படங்களை காண உதவிய வேதா அவர்களுக்கு நன்றிகள் பல.

    தொடர்ந்து பதிவிடுங்கள், ப்ளீஸ்.

  4. கிங் விஸ்வாவின் வாண்டுமாமா பிறந்தநாள் பதிவிலிருந்து:

    //ஐயா, உங்களை வாழ்த்த வயதில்லை என்பதால் நன்றியுடன் வணங்குகிறேன். நீங்கள் வாழும்காலத்தில் வாழ்வதற்காகவே பெருமைப்படுகிறேன். திரு வாண்டுமாமா அவர்களுக்கு பிறந்தநாள் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள் மற்றும் மரியாதை கலந்த வணக்கங்கள்.//

    மீ ஆல்சோ ரிபீட்டு. இவருக்கு எப்படித்தான் நன்றி சொல்வது? நன்றி என்கிற வார்த்தைக்கு உணமியிலேயே ஒரு அர்த்தம் இருந்தால் அது இவருக்கு சொல்வதின் மூலம் முழுமையாகட்டும்.

  5. திரு. வாண்டு மாமா அவர்களின் பிறந்த நாளை முன்னிட்டு நண்பர் "விஸ்வா" அவர்கள் இட்ட பதிவினால் கவரப்பட்டு மற்ற நண்பர்களும் நீண்ட நாள்களுக்குப்பிறகு "சிறப்பு" பதிவுகள் இட்டுவருவது மனதிற்கு சந்தோசத்தை தருகிறது ...
    கோகுலம் ஆங்கிலத்தில் வெளி வர தொடங்கிப்பின், தமிழில் முன்பு வந்தவைகள் எல்லாம் ஆங்கிலத்திலும் வெளி வந்தன
    அந்த வகையில் "பலே பாலு" வும் ஆங்கிலத்தில் வந்தமைக்கு சந்தோசமே!! அதை பதிவு செய்த தங்களுக்கும் எங்கள் நன்றிகள்
    அடுத்ததாக அந்த "Charu Nivedita " வைபற்றி கொஞ்சம் எழுதுங்களேன்!?
    ஹாஜா இஸ்மாயில்

  6. //அடுத்ததாக அந்த "Charu Nivedita " வைபற்றி கொஞ்சம் எழுதுங்களேன்!?//

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