Tuesday, September 27, 2005

EVERYDAY NOISANCES

Poor me in a few years' time
I can never forget my days as a call center employee, coming home at 4 a.m., and trying to sleep, only to hear a bloodcurdling "Ammaaaa...Thaayaeee..." at 10,000 decibels! And you knew it was an Amman festival!

And I would be left at the mercy of "Neeeli.....soooli.....moooooooolie" for the rest of the morning. The darn songs would actually be played from a temple five kilometres away! If I were an Army General, I will definitely use the "uluvuluvuluvulu" (chorus noise made by female Amman devotees with their tongues) in place of the existing methods of torture for war criminals!

I thought things would get better in this new city. Grossly mistaken! My nerves have been SO punished that even little noises have begun to annoy me now!

Note to my music-loving neighbours: If you want the whole world to know that you like the "Woh Lamhe" song from 'Zeher', just call a dial-a-song programme on TV, don't DRUM it into my bleeding ear everyday!

Note to my colleagues: After probably years of Windows usage, I'm surprised that you are still stimulated by the default Windows sounds scheme. And it is very kind of you to let me know each time you receive an instant message, or when someone in your friends list enters or leaves messenger. Thank you.

Note to ALL mobile users: AR Rahman's Airtel ringtone is a masterpiece, but it's TIME you stopped using it! Especially when I'm standing in a crowded bus, and my hands are not free to strangle you.

Note to stupid baby next door: I know that Old MacDonald had pigs, cows, cats, dogs, and dinosaurs in his farm. But did you know that I have a licensed rifle to use against stupid babies that scream E..I..E..I..O from 5:00 to 6:00 every single morning?

Aargghhhh!!!

65 comments:

WA said...

My sympathies! I totally agree with you sound pollution leading to lack of sleep is a killer. You have my support to strangle or kill these people in anyway you think fit, go for it

Vinesh said...

@Wicked Angel: Thanks for the support Wicked Angel :-)

Filtered Sambhar said...

Hey vinesh,

first time dude, damn good blog, will come back again...

i have come across some occassions like that so i can relate..

Filtered by sambhar...

viji said...

hey vinesh...i sometimes wrk tht late despite being a software enggr...
the raapicchakaaris & kudu-kuduppai kaarans & the "woh lamhe" song tht blares...i think we share similar dislikes!

யாத்திரீகன் said...

hey vinesh,
Ivlo solra.. koodiya seekiram paaru..

when you are back to home, you are going to come back to this city, Record these noices & play it back to get some sleep :-))))))

namma pesumpadam kamal madhiri :-))))

btw.. nee un gf-kooda night ellam phone-la kadalai podumbodhu.. un neighbour unnai thituradhu unaku kaetuirukaadhunu nenaikurae :-D hehehehehe!!!!!

Viewer said...

Although I understand how torturous the issue is, u should have spared the the baby next door ....... poor thing !!! ;-)

Danesh said...

"Note to stupid baby next door" -
Yes, babies can be as irritating as much as they are cute and lovable. Suddenly, they just go Waaah.

Anoop Sundaram said...

hey the pic is cuuute ;-) ur true, i get so pissed off hearing this songs from the temple.. and to top it all nowadays they are putting even "appadi podu podu" at midnight in blaring sound.......

Radio said...

hi,
viney u left that "corporation water tanker" fight at the end of the street at wee hours as well as the metro trains " kooooo" in our ears...kadula kacheri nadakura feeling...chumma thoonga mudiyalapa..iam too a callcenter guy....can feel that...
just feel i was deaf while sleeping. :-( grrrrrrrrrrr
Radio

Ravi said...
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Ravi said...

Vinesh, all this torture inspite of the Pollution Control Boards banning the cone speakers!!

Adi maasam, Ayyapan season, I dread more for the 'imsais' of the blaring noise!! and not to forget the 'collections'.

Me too said...

Oh, I didn't realise how tortured our neighbours have been feeling having to hear us both(my child and myself) screaming 'eeya eeya yo' everyday!!!

Vinesh said...

@Filtered Sambhar: Welcome to Orange Juice, buddy! And hey, cool name you have there! :-)

@Viji: Haha, welcome to the club Viji. Raapichakars-oda sendhuttom naamaLum :-)

@Senthil: Adhennamo therile, enna maayamo therile, gf-kooda pesumbodhu mattum normal-vida voice romba kammi aayidudhu! :-) Hehe!

@Viewer: Yea the baby is a poor thing, and soon it will be a thing of the past! *evil grin*

Vinesh said...

@Danesh: Adhunga tholla konja nanjam ille...yappaaaa!!

@Anoop: Very true buddy! Film songs, that too selected dappanguthus are being played in temples nowadays!!

@Radio: Hahaha, kaadhula kacheri nadakkra effect! Nice way of putting it :-D I pity those living near railway stations and airports. But maybe they get used to it!

Vinesh said...

@Ravi: Have they banned those speakers?? Endha effect-um theriyaliye :-(

@Me Too: Aa-haa! So you're one of THEM!!!! *grunt*

still_figuring_out said...

aw poor baby. but i guess screaming e i e i o at 5am is not so cute...

Sneha Acharya said...

HA HA ... nalal experience .. know wht my house was at Mambalam and u know tht place is very famous for temples .. I have 2 Ganesha Temples and 1 Amman temple .... kekkave venaam .... for every inch u wud have a loud speaker ... and i got used to them so much tht by the i reached by PG i cannot study my lessons without the TV switched on :-))) ... and now while am wrking at office head fones are a must for me :-)

mysorean said...

My neighbours would by now have learnt the lyrics of the songs of "Anbe Aaruyire" perfectly. If they haven't, then they must either be deaf or "dumb"!!

Since my neighbour is a former classmate of mine I know she ain't deaf! ;)

Be glad, you are not my neighbour! :))

Random Access said...

Reminds me of pesum padam..If you cant kill them all, join them! I blast music 24 hrs, so I guess I aint to be spared too...I wudnt raise a note against kids, so grrrr for tht one :P

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

tony said...

Do what, wear an ear phone and listen to soothing music. Thats the best thing you do. My neighbour is an obnoxious Bastard who thinks he has the voice of Puff Diddy and sings RAP of all songs everyday.. I didn't want to bash him up so i listen to Beethoven and sleep.. Try it.. Choose some soothing melody and try to kill the other NOISE

Vinesh said...

@Still_Figuring_Out: Everyone's feeling sad for the baby, not me! Waaaah! :-(

@Sneha: Oh my God Sneha, I hope I don't become like that too!! :-)

@Adi: Buddy, though I like the songs in Anbe Aaruyire, this loud music concept-na konjam allergy enakku :-)

Vinesh said...

@Random Access: No words for you buddy :-(

@Tony: Buddy, to think of your neighbour singing Rap was somehow very funny, sorry about that. But trust me, I know how it feels!

But you know what they say, if you can't kill the noise, kill the noise maker! :-)

Somu said...

I can understand your frustration when it comes to neighbors, colleagues, and mobile users. But poor baby, it does not even know that it's troubling you with it's wails.

I used to work in night shifts for 2 years and luckily I come home only around 6.00 by which time I am too damn tired to notice any noise around me.

Here's something I can recommend. Try it out sometime. If you are still leaving work at 4.00 AM, just try not sleeping at work for once. Am sure you wud get a sound sleep the rest of the day.

Ramo said...

Good post!! I think Sethil is right...

Iam missing all those noises staying abroad...Its our trademark...

Noises are always around us...we cannot do anything about it...just use earplugs when you sleep!

G3 said...

loud music at 4 am, my god! 8 am or even 11 am ;) ... no way. someone dares to spoil my sleep ... sandaikku poiyiduvean.

Jeevan said...

You can also hear that sound on Ganesh Charturthi. we can also hear some radio sounds from near tea shop at 5.00am.

divyasurendiran said...

LOL Vinesh.
Super post.You seem to be in full form.

Vinesh said...

@Somu: Baby baby-nnu pesareengale... enna pathi oru jeevanaavadhu kavala padudha? :-(
Had it been crying, manichi vidalaam. It sings nursery rhymes... not even "rhyme" but the SAME OLD RHYME over and over and over again :-(

@Ramo: Nice profile pic buddy! :-) You are right, we cannot stop anyone! :-(

KARY said...

Vinesh - this is all very common in our society. What u say is very true I sometimes get pissed off with all that you have mentioned at the same time I have also got used to few things:
- (Amman festival songs) I stay very close to an amman temple so its now part of my life. Aadi aachuna adi thaan ears ku but pazhaki pochu.

- (Mobile users with Airtel ringtone) this is because even I have got this in my mobile :) but again in my office I always make it a point to keep it in silent mode.

Good one Vinesh! Just njoyed this post.

Vinesh said...

@Gayathri: Appaada, unconditional support kedachaachu :-)

@Jeevan: I forgot to mention teashop radio sound, thanks for bringing that up buddy! :-)

@Divya: Veri. Vera onnum ille :-)

Vinesh said...

@Kary: You stay close to an amman temple? National bravery award kudukkalaam ungalukku :-) Nowadays they've even started using this as a caller tune for Airtel phones :-(

DaldaDappa and Proud said...

lol... i can see the steam coming out of ur ears... why don't u turn it into ur own masterpiece in ur head and somehow make it all sound peaceful??? lol... come on i'm sure ur creative enuf... ;)

lakshmi said...

Oh my god,totally agree with you.I was laughing at your post,the way you have described your frustration.
Nice cartoon picture.

Vinesh said...

@Preethi: You may have been joking, but you have truly given me an idea...i'll definitely work on this :-)

@Lakshmi: The tortures I undergo...boo hoo!! :-(

Kroopa Shah (Kr00pz) said...

LOL, you sound annoyed!!
Anyways, I totally understand what you are going through. I had a neighbour who wouldn't stop playing Guyanese music at the loudest volume possible until 3am every day. Our requests to 'turn it down' were ignored so I had to complain to the cops!! Stopped her after that!!

Srinivasan said...

There r 3 possiblilities that may happen in future:

1) U make ur own family with a kid and a "ever listening to music" wife and a blogger in ur neighbourhood repeating these comments that time :D

2) U move to a silent place away from all polutions, start feeling nostalgic abt all these and posting a blog asking for more sound in ur life.:P

3) All the noise pollution in this world suddenly disappear one day and all of us live happily everafter.:)

Which one wud u like to happen?? :)

Filtered Sambhar said...

hey it's a pleasure to be here dude, ur blog rocks!!

and thanks abt the name....i thought it would be hot though...just jokin..

Filtered by sambhar....

Saravana Kumar said...

Dude you have my unconditional support too ... people are not bothered about others ... btw where you working da now

Ram.C said...

aiyyo.. what can the baby do? other distrubances I agree..

Vinesh said...

@Kr00pz: I wish I could complain to the cops :-(

@Srinivasan: Possibility 3 is what I want, anyday!!!!! :-) Even if I get a all-day-music-listening wife, I'll buy her headphones :-)

Vinesh said...

@Filtered Sambhar: Your name is indeed hot, buddy, LOL :-D

@Saravana Kumar: Thanks for the support buddy, and not joining the baby bandwagon :-)

@Ram C:
The baby can:
a) Be taught not to scream
b) Be taught different nursery rhymes
c) Be locked up in a dungeon

Hehe :-)

Nandhini said...

nice one vinesh,
the ringtones and the messenger alets in office.... u got it right on the mark!
these are things that annoys us all,
we just grumble and mumble and move on telling "hell...is it only me who is bothered?!?!"

u got one regular visitor to ur blog buddy!!

visithra said...

theres a primary school and a very busy hall in front of my house

there's a mosque behind my house

you have no idea how loud it can get but i think i got used to it ;p

anthony said...

Actually I am seriously planning to kill my neighbour noisemaker..or maybe moveout. Is it worth going to jail for him,that that he deserves to live eh...

Paavai said...

I fully empathize, personally I need at least two hours of total silence in a day

Vinesh said...

@Nandhini: I will create a device that will amplify the sound created by a million times and play it back only to the noisemaker!

Hope to see you around often, Nandhini! :-)

@Visithra: Same blood?? SAme blood :-)

Vinesh said...

@Tony: Buddy, keep me informed of your final decision :-)

@Paavai: It's always when you need that silence that its noisiest, have you noticed?? :-)

vee-jay said...

agree with some others - paavam paappa, what does it know?

priya said...

i had this noisy household near my house.. ppl jus kept screaming here.. yelling at each other.. calling out to one another.. i only know their names.. never got a chance to see their faces .. :)

Kaushik Ramajayam said...

Ha... I've lived most of my life right next to the railway station - some drivers, especially those of express trains feel the necessity to announce their arrival, passing and departure with separate minute-long, 100+ decibel eardrum-shredding toots.

I totally empathize!

Narayanan Venkitu said...

Time to get out of the city my friend. Get yourself a nice property in Kerala, by the beach among the coconut groves and I am sure all these noise won't bother you.!!!

I hate noise pollution. Used to scream at the Margazhi maasa Loud speakers.!!

cRaY3 said...

this happens only in india...thank god, i left south india...life is much better here..

Vinesh said...

@vee-jay: :-( :-(

@Priya: Ivanga mele bomb drop panna nuclear treaty edhaavadhu sign pannanumaa?

@Kaushik: I admire you da :-)

Vinesh said...

@Narayanan Venkitu: Enakkum aasa dhaan Venkitu saar, hmmmmm *long deep sigh* :-(

@cRaY3: Which noiseless city is this, that you live in buddy??? Let me know, I'll look for a job there :-)

Ayshu said...

Hey,,,,try to be little insensitive...but naanum romba sensitive,konjam satham vandhaalum thookam varadhu.But try to overcome it n sleep well,otherwise next day work ozhunga pana mudiyaathu
:-)
Good luck

Dreamvendor said...

God bless you! You aren't going thro' much. Construction work has just started bang opp. my apartment. Bless those 'thumping', 'banging', 'hitting' noises. *damn*

Silpa said...

You seem very frustrated...not all children wake up and sing Mcdonald from 5 to 6. once you have children, prolly you'll understand....don't "abandama palipodadha" on children...please that's just too degrading. If you're mad, be mad at their parents for allowing the noise to emit from their houses. But don't blame children, what do they know? Huh? I also feeling like blaming you for all the atrocity you've written but I know better, you're probably in bad mood whenever you write a blog, so I understand. Like that you also understand abt children instead of blaming them so stupidly.

You're an adult and saying ur living in a city in India..so deal with the damn noise! Noise is everywhere...it all depends how u see it. To me ARR's music might be crap and a crow singing might be music...I can't expect you also to have same taste right?

Silpa said...

cray3 whoever you are, but you're thinking so NARROWLY...noise happens everywhere...simply because construction happens in EVERY DAMN place on this earth. And construction leads to noise...DUH! You must be really a dunce to think noise happens only in India!

Vinesh said...

@Silpa: Laughing at your comments Silpa, not for its contents, but because you are calling me a frustrated person! :-)

You must be in a bad mood whenever you write comments in a blog, LOL! Deja vu?

I also understand what is shit to the man is biriyani for the pig. But wouldn't you complain if someone forced you to eat shit?

Silpa said...

Precisely, it's not like you own the street or rent the street. If you don't like the street, MOVE! Nobody's forcing you to stay there right?

Silpa said...

Or easier thing would be to adjust and GET OVER IT...anyway you aren't at home half the time!

Vinesh said...

@Silpa: You have opened my eyes to the importance of being insensitive to noise. Thank you.

Sandhya Ramachandran said...

Very funny post! And irate too.. I want ID COD as my WINDOWS login music! I've even burnt it in a CD, u know! :D

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