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A1, A2, fresh, sachet: Which milk is best?

The 2017 jallikattu protests marked a watershed moment in recent history of Tamil Nadu. It brought forth young Tamils’ rootedness and also their anxiety about losing their traditions. Boycott of colas was mooted, for instance. Campaigners for jallikattu alleged that the ban on the bull sport...

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Ajith Kumar is enough; Thala is not needed

Titles bestow special status on Tamil film actors. Having a title is a sign that the star has arrived: Makkal Thilagam MGR, Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan, Super Star Rajinikanth, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan. In 2001, when he was 30 years old, Ultimate Star Ajith Kumar became Thala when his...

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Tamil vs Sanskrit is an absurd conflict: Expert

Ever wondered why so many Latin words are found in English. All the botanical names are in Latin. Ad hoc, Habeas Corpus, Stat; the terminologies we use in official, legal and medical fields are all Latin. Latin acts as the root for many words in European languages. The major European languages...

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A woman Bigg Boss: Remember, Jayalalithaa?

When Kamal Haasan announced he got Corona, Bigg Boss viewers were among the most concerned. Kamal had provided a certain intellectual veneer, even gravitas, to the reality show. They were wondering what would happen to it without him. The show’s main attraction may be the voyeuristic pleasure...

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Vaccine fear: Why TN could breed mutations like Omicron

Experts have noted that Omicron carries 30 mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus genome. They say that current vaccines may not prevent Omicron infection although there is every chance vaccinated individuals would be able to fight the infection better. For this reason, the high levels of vaccine...

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