Several travel agencies were surprised and began to panic at the rapid cancellation of tickets for buses plying to holy, religious towns like Tirupati and Madurai. Instead, the same agencies were pleasantly surprised at the sudden surge in ticket sales on all buses plying to the hill station of Kodaikanal.
A deeper look into the matter revealed that the passengers who had cancelled and re-booked the tickets were all failed students. A couple of these students told UnrealTimes they were on their way to Kodaikanal to seek the blessings of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and Chennai Super Kings franchise owner N. Srinivasan, who was currently in Kodai. The students were seeking immunity from failing.
BE Bhaskaran, an engineering student from Coimbatore, who has failed for four years in a row, said: “I already have BE in my name, saar. Why should I do degree to get it?” Saar, every year my paati tells me I should pray to Lord Balaji. I prayed to Lakshmipathy Balaji, nothing happened saar. Then my paati scolded me and told me to go to Tirupati and pray over there. But still I failed wonly saar. After seeing today’s IPL match, I decided that I have to pray to Lord Srinivasan, saar. That’s why I’m going to Kodai now.”
Santhanam Sivakarthikeyan, another student from the Mylapore area of Chennai, said, “I have been failing for three years now. Every time I go to Kabaleeswarar koil and pray, but no avail… sorry, no avail. But now, I’m 200% confident I’ll pass because I’m going to Srinivasar koil. Forget thalaivar. Srinivasar Vaazhga! I’m sure even if I leave my answer paper blank, some fire will miraculously happen out of nowhere and burn it completely. So I will get benefit of doubt and pass. With Srinivasar’s blessings, nothing can go wrong. Om Srinivasaya Namaha!”
Meanwhile, Aamir Khan’s and “Ilaya Thalapathi” Vijay’s famous tagline of hope and reassurance, “Aal is well“, from their movies “3 Idiots” and “Nanban” respectively, is well on its way to becoming obsolete, as more and more youth across South India have gone on to chant “Well, of course!”, as they believe it to be more effective and luckier.
(Ashwin Kumar is an untrained musician, singer, writer/blogger, satirist, T Rajendar (pseudo)-fanatic, mimic, passionate about stopping female foeticide)
(Reproduced with permission from http://www.theunrealtimes.com/. The UnReal Times is one of the top websites for satire, spoof, parody and humour in India.)