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‘Nna Thaan Case Kodu’ a whiff of fresh air

Every now and then a film that releases that comes as a whiff of fresh air, driving away the heady smells of masala for a few moments. And that film inevitably comes from our western neighbour. Nna Thaan Case Kodu’ (If so, sue me) by Kunchacko Boban takes up an...

Kunchacko Boban

Better Tamil Nadu

Better Tamil Nadu

Honest man in TN police: Retired cop reminisces

Honesty is the best policy, as the cliché goes, but definitely a rare commodity in today’s world, more so, some would say, among the TN police.  Appearance, educational qualifications and occupation or designation hardly help in assessing a person’s honesty. It is rather their attitude and...

TN Police

Opinion

Sri Lankan President: The more things change . . .

Sri Lankan President: The more things change . . .

Amid an on-going economic and social upheaval Ranil Wickremesinghe has made a transition from Premier to President of Sri Lanka. After embattled former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on May 9, and former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country, for...

Savukku Shankar: More sinned against?

Savukku Shankar: More sinned against?

As Savukku Shankar lurches from one tryst with law to another, as a friend of yesteryears, I can wish him well alright, but am also nagged by an uncomfortable feeling that the contempt proceedings against him in the Madras High Court is not going to end well at all,...

Mathi Memes

Editor’s Pick

Editor's Pick

For Methagu director, Prabhakaran is God

Here are some facts: LTTE leader V Prabhakaran was responsible for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. He ordered the assassination of a host of Sinhalese leaders and other Tamils including long standing leaders of repute and men of unquestioned scholarship and wisdom. Prabhakaran killed almost...

Methagu
Editor's Pick

Chinese debt-trap diplomacy is a myth: US expert

The Sri Lanka - China relationship reminds us of the world of Charles Dickens: Oliver Twist asked for more, everyone was shocked, and he was duly punished. But today the crisis-ridden Sri Lanka knocks at the door of China yet again and asks for a lot more - -- “Sri Lanka has asked China to help...

Editor's Pick

Thandatti — forgotten history on earlobes!

The image of my grandmother is strikingly alive and fresh in my mind. Sporting an affable, paan-stained smile and her wavy hair tied in a careless knot, my grandmother was a vivacious village woman, born decades before Independence in the interior Dindigul district of southern Tamil Nadu. The...

Thandatti

Politics

Sri Lanka: Curtains down on the Aragalaya

For the first time in the history of Sri Lanka, the nation experimented with a ‘Peaceful Protest’ to oust a leader they came to hate. And they succeeded! Sri Lankans across the nation, crossing boundaries of ethnicity, religion and social class...

Plantation Tamils of Sri Lanka face a mountain of troubles

The Sri Lanka plantation or ‘hill country’ Tamils, have been living in the island nation for more than one and a half centuries, particularly in the plantations as workers. These are among the most deprived sections in the country in terms of...

How proposed Area Sabha fails on empowerment, transparency

The Tamil Nadu Rules on Ward Committees and Area Sabha, to be set up to empower citizens under the Municipal Corporation Acts for Chennai and other cities, fall severely short on transparency and democratisation norms, reinforcing the criticism...

Opinion: Freebies flout financial logic

For a long time now, no steps were taken to find a long-term solution for the problem of freebies. It was not the top priority of policymakers, constitutional authorities, or statutory and autonomous bodies — neither the executive nor the...

When is a freebie welfare expenditure?

A three-judge bench of The Supreme Court of India, headed by  Chief Justice M.V. Ramana, has been hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition, filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, a member of the BJP, which sought a direction to deregister  parties that promise...

freebie

Culture

Will Arpakkam Buddha statue be retrieved from the U.S.?

It was in late November 2003 when we visited the Adhikesava Perumal Temple at Arpakkam near Uthiramerur in Kanchipuram district. On the left of the temple, were two statues - each showing Buddha in a seated posture - lying abandoned in a dense...

An art-to-art connect between Chennai and Toronto

When Ashwathi Mohan moved from Chennai to Toronto in 2019, the visual arts graduate did not see herself as a virtual bridge across two cultures and artscapes. But three year later, the Stella Maris alumna has brought together her experience as...

Decoding the many layers of meaning in temples

There are a number of videos and blogs on temples. Unfortunately, most of the documentation gets stuck at the academic or spiritual level. To find a solution to this, Chennai-based conservation architect Madhusudhanan Kalaichelvan has launched a...

Salman Rushdie and the story of India

Too often, the magic is the reality in the magical realist novel. The characters can be cartoonish, even stereotypical, yet they are living representatives of human reality. Magic happened only in the books, not in the lives of the Latin American writers who...

Salman Rushdie

Food

Steamed food: Tips to make the trendy ones healthy

Actor M R Radha famously derided Tamil love of traditions by saying Tamils use steam to make steamed food (puttu) whereas in Europe they use steam to drive engines. But today our steamed foods are discovered to be quite modern and healthy....

Nayan wedding trail: Is jackfruit biryani healthier?

Among the newsmakers in the Nayan-Shivan wedding was Jackfruit Biryani that was served to guests. This mock-meat dish may have helped guests eat a biryani with the texture of meat but without actually eating meat. But how healthy is jackfruit...

Organic certification: Much of the produce is uncertified

Organic produce is often marketed as non-toxic in Chennai but without any certification. Sales depends on trust created by word of mouth. Below is the second part of (read first part here) of the interview with Arogyam Organic Foods managing...

Ghost kitchen in Tamil Nadu: To stay or will go soon?

The spread of the ghost kitchen in Tamil Nadu has transformed the dining experience from eating in restaurants to  enjoying cuisines delivered through food aggregators by delivery modes (i.e. outside a restaurant). This has changed eating habits...

The pleasures of home-made pickling

March and April were pickle season at home when we were children and the smell of salted mangoes filled the house. It was to fun to open the piece of muslin cloth that covered the tall porcelain jars of chopped and marinating fruit and pick a piece to taste it...

Pickling

Civic Issues

Are we really ready to tap blue gold in Chennai?

The Akash Ganga Trust banks on a precious commodity that sells in bottles at Rs.20 a litre in your local store. This not-for-profit organisation has been working to promote harvesting of blue gold for years, led by Sekhar Raghavan. It runs the Rain Centre at Gandhi...

Environment

Climate change good for TN wind power, bad for solar

A comprehensive modelling-based forecast of India’s solar and wind power generation potential in medium and high emissions climate change scenarios indicates a fall in overall sun power over the landmass, and altered wind patterns that favour central and...

Thaiman Veedu: an engineer’s promise to Mother Earth

A couple of years ago, when A. Jegadeesan decided to construct a house in Annamangalam in Perambalur district, he set himself two conditions. The house would be constructed only by using unfired mud bricks and no tree would be cut for making doors and windows of...

Sports

With golds and team bronze, juniors shine in chess final

Uzbekistan beat Netherlands at 2 ½ - 1 ½ to come on top in chess final. With three boards entering a tie, Jakhongir Vakhidov winning Max warmerdam, helped the Uzbeks with a decisive gold in the Olympiad scoring 19 match points. Armenia beat Spain at 2 ½ - 1 ½ ....

Round 10: Praggnanandhaa win makes up for Gukesh loss

In Round 10, India A won while B salvaged a draw with Praggnanandhaa winning against Gukesh losing. Uzbekistan with 7 wins, 3 draws and no losses, lead the table with 17 match points and Armenia with 8 wins, a draw and a loss, trail behind. With 7 wins, 2 draws and...

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