Saturday, May 13, 2006

Special Veshti Award conferred on Local Blogger


Staff Reporter
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Tirupati: The acclaimed "Veshti Assembly & Maintenance Award" was conferred upon veteran blogger(If i say so myself! :D) T.S.Gowrishankar late on Tuesday(9th May,2006).Mr. T.S.Gowrishankar successfully completed the gruelling examination which is not just merely securing the veshti in a failsafe manner but also involves an arduous obstacle course. He was asked to begin his veshti quest at the foot steps of the Tirupati temple, attend a special seva* and then make his way by standing in a 2hour long queue to pray in front of Lord Venkateswara and return safely. The queue which starts out as a number of people decently stacking up behind each other usually transforms into a mini-stampede as we get closer to the deity.This is then followed by collection of prasadam** which is also a relatively long queue.Such conditions can be disastrous when one is wearing a loose flowing piece of garment which can be stepped on/tugged at easily. Such tugging leads to myriad counts of embarrassments which often leave long lasting mental scars on the individual.

Several attempts were made by Gowrishankar himself to avert this test but constant support,words of encouragement and a very strict order from his parents succeeded in finally changing his mind. The media was kept away at a safe distance and in spite of speculation that a photo shoot would be held later in the evening, the photographers(primarily his relatives) were grossly dissappointed. Even though we couldn’t get a photo of Mr. Gowrishankar with the veshti we managed to get a file photo of a similar veshti (shown above).He wasn't available for comment, but reliable sources say he was both relieved and excited on receiving this award.

Veshti, also known as Dhothi in North India is the original and timeless garment of men's wear in India. A rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, it is wrapped in a complex manner about the waist and legs. It is usually white or cream in color, although colourful hues are often used to create more vivid ensembles. There are more than 60 different ways of draping this garment, that is more than 60 ways of it untangling at the most inappropriate moment to embarrass you.

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*Seva-Special darshan carried out at an auspicious time.
**Prasadam-Small offerings of food which is first offered to the Gods and then to you, believed to be blessed by the Gods.

While researching for this article(*Cough) I was shocked to find this small snippet of information. I heard that Tirumala temple is one of the richest temples in the world but this definitely was news to me.
Tirumala temple is the richest temple in the world after Vatican City. The popularity of the temple can be judged by the annual income which is around six billion rupees.(12Million Dollars).I have just decided to quit my engineering studies and pursue a job at Tirupati.
Trivia courtesy of Wikipedia

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This article has been edited due to the persistence of my friend Arjun Rajkumar(R$Y) who kept insisting that it is "Veshti" and not "Vaishti".After some serious threats from him over the phone/orkut messages , I found it in my best interests that I remove "Vaishti" and replace it with "Veshti".Sorry for the inconvenience.Any anger,hatred, long suppressed ill-feelings towards me maybe vented out on Arjun.Please message me privately to get his residence address.

20 comments:

stuffedgoofie! said...

amazingly hilarious !! was jus jumpin from blog ta blog n bang, i came across this !! cheers n keep rockin wid more of deze! :)

Emperor said...

hey great one da...yes the vaishti award goes only to the most deserving. I am glad you have sincerely worked for it! The award is a lifetime achievement - how many men can say that they can keep in mind all 23 ways of enabling a long piece of unstitched cloth to defy the laws of gravity! Good job

Formal request of this post for the Guindy Times, (college newsmag da) pls consider

Gowri Shankar said...
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Gowri Shankar said...

Are u serious?
lol
i seriously dont mind!With pleasure actually!
Any form of publicity is most welcome :P!
Are u in the editoriam board of guindy times?

Anonymous said...

u shud considering quiting engineering n doing full time blogging.. nice one dude!!!

Gowri Shankar said...

hmm
guys..wen i pester you to come and post on my blog doesnt mean you go to the lengths as above.Anyone can make out that is just a tad bit too much appreciation :P
Still normal comments are always welcome

stuffedgoofie! said...

not sure if ya would visit mah page 'gain..so here it goes: well, 'bout the comment on kaavya whch u had made, not long before, u were bang..its the wave of sympathy now.. actually the whole issue coulda been avoided.. media can be a bitch sometimes..the unneccessary hype and then the final let down! yea, the sympathy which v might tend to extend might be bcoz shez of Indian origin too, as u said, but afterall, she had it in her to make it to harvard, atleast she wasnt this nitwitted bimbo.to meet those suspicious-glares from every nook is gonna be hell difficult, however steely she mite be!

n bout the theisis u hav done on the art of writin an xam! one hell of a piece,grippin despite its length, thanx to the copious humor! :)

1:47 PM

Paurna said...

dude u are getting increasingly popular in "blogland".please be more regular.and btw u rock at comical posts.can u give me advise on such posts.i really need it.

Gowri Shankar said...

aah!
Paurna and u rock at the serious ones that make me sit up and want to reply!
All the best!

guile said...

nice, comfy place you got here :)..

Anonymous said...

Dhoti Assembly and Maintainance award lol good1 keep it up and dont spam in Insomniacsthread for this :P we know u can achieve anything :P

Trinity said...

Hilarious! I am a great fan and a lot of my writing is inspired by you. Cheers!

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