Sunday, March 06, 2011

Remembrance of things past

Takes me back quite a few years ... and into a cultural setting that perhaps doesn't exist anymore even in Tamil Nadu.  I was kid when this movie came out, and the song was often sung at many a "nalangu" at weddings

I suppose it is also a reflection of the times--two decades post-independence when India was rapidly industrializing.  Owning modern gadgets and clothes was then a mark of having arrived, and the corresponding "keeping up with the Joneses" problems, which is what this song is pretty much about.

Now, almost four decades after this movie, I doubt if girls are even named "Ambujam" :)

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