Milaku Kozhambu And Paruppu Thuvaiyal No, Ladies, this is not the cookery section. With my knowledge of recipes limited to preparing hot water, I am not fool enough to risk writing in that area. But then why that title? Oh, no, not another marketing gimmick, Varalotti, I can almost hear ILites shouting at me, with Kamla leading the pack. If we have spicy, festive food for three days at a stretch, then my grandmother would insist preparing milaku kozhambu and paruppu thuvaiyal (for the correct recipe you may go to Chitvish’s Forum) on the fourth day. It would be such a pleasant change for us that we would over-eat the kozhambu and the thuvaiyal, so much so, that a few of us would even end up having stomach trouble. But all said and done, milaku kuzhambu paruppu thuvaiyal (MKPT) is also a delicacy and once in a way we should taste it also. Especially after the hot and spicy SHE 11 our palletes long for MKPT. And here you go. Most Beautiful Moderators, for the first time in the last two weeks, you can now sit back and relax. Believe me this time you wont have the slightest temptation to even go near the mouse to issue infractions. For this will be a clean (not sanitised, but inherently clean) travellogue of an innocent accountant, a typical MKPT. But Milaku Kuzhambu is per se a hot dish. And paruppu thuvaiyal is not as bland as its reputation. So do not expect too bland a fare and then run for ice water later. Now on to the travellogue of a mofussil accountant. About a hundred of us, accountants, gathered in Kodai International Hotel at Kodaikkanal for a three-day professional seminar on 6<sup>th</sup>, 7<sup>th</sup> and 8<sup>th</sup> of July. I would have gone to this hill station, dubbed as the princess of hills (Ooty is the Queen) a few hundred times. But it has never ceased to fascinate me. After a hot day in <st1:city><st1lace>Madurai</st1lace></st1:city> when you start your journey early next morning, and when you start climbing the hills (the climb is 58 kms) less than half way through, suddenly you are surrounded by a cool breeze. It looks as if God has switched on a powerful airconditioner and the sweep of the machine covers the entire remaining stretch. Currently a spicy discussion is going on in SHE 11 dubbing me as Rajnikant with any aspirants for the role of supportive comedian Vivek. I had an insight into these roles on the first technical session of the Seminar which was on Accounting Standards. When I entered the hotel, registered and was allotted a twin-sharing room, one of the organisers came running to me. “Sridhar, you will have to help us out. You need to sit as the Chairman of the First Technical Session on AS 10.” I was both surprised and flattered. The speaker (the person who presented the paper) was from Big Four (meaning one of the Big Four Accounting firms of the world – Earnest and Young, KPMG, Price WaterHouse and Deloitte and Touche). So for an unsuspecting moment I was flattered at the respect my professional brethren had for my standing. As usual the moment lasted precisely for a moment. I asked them with contrived modesty“Why me, of all the persons? I am after a mofussil accountant, and there is no dearth of metro CAs here in our gathering.” It was then the Head of Our Madurai Branch sheepishly admitted, “The session is going to be way too technical. I am afraid some of the ladies who have accompanied their husbands are going to sit through the session as it is raining outside. So I want to provide a comic relief. Who but you can handle that brief?” Now I knew my place and I was clearly put there. Hiding my tail between my legs I started preparing for the job. It was then I learnt that it is even more difficult to play the role of Vivek than that of the Super Star. Within an hour I had to gain workable knowledge of the subject and also think of humorous lines that are relevant to the subject. Well, I can’t blurt out a Sardarji joke which I might have enjoyed in the Forwarded Messages section of this site. Again, the speaker had already prepared his lines, meaning he had full-fledged powerpoint presentation with 35 slides. But I had to build from the scratch and write my own lines. I had to read the paper which was 5 pages long with a lot of references and cross-references.