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Why did Bharati hide in Puducherry for 10 yrs?

Born in Puducherry, historian Dr J B Prashant More developed an interest in the life of iconic Tamil poet Subramania Bharati, who stayed incognito in Puducherry from 1908 to 1918. More has written books on the life history of the poet in French, English and Tamil. More speaks to Dr Badri...

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Bharati
Culture

More public holidays, more problems for the public

One of the ills plaguing government offices across the country is an unrestrained number of public holidays, causing inconvenience to the public. The list of public holidays for 2023 released by the Tamil Nadu government recently has even led to an unnecessary conundrum. The list has September...

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Public Holidays
Culture

Purge school fests of lewd film songs and dances

It’s a given that cinema has penetrated into the core of the society. No wonder, schools are no exceptions. That explains why no eyebrows were raised when a little girl at a recent school function swung and swayed to the glamorous song-and-dance number Arabic Kuthu from the Vijay-starrer Beast...

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film songs
Culture

From My Attic — Sakthi, an old popular Tamil magazine

The other day rummaging through my attic for something, I caught sight of a trunk that aroused my curiosity. For a moment, I held myself back, fearing it might be a Pandora’s box. Yet, undaunted, I went on to open the box to find a book bathed in dust. Dusting off the book, I noticed that it...

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Sakthi
Culture

From My attic: Once popular Tamil writer Thi Ja Ra

This week I made yet another discovery in my attic. An old book of articles written by Tamil writer Thi Ja Ra (Thingalur Jagathratchaka Ranganathan). Most of these articles were published in Hanuman, an important Tamil literary magazine of the 1940s. The book titled Pozhuthupokku (Pastime)...

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Tamil Writer
Culture

From the attic: A 1957 book shows Periyar in new light

This time around, from my attic tumbled out an old book which, re-read out of curiosity, took me to the world of political slugfests and rows of decades ago. The 52-page book Naan Kanda Periyar (The Periyar I saw) was published by Tamilagam way back in 1957. My attic (paran) is home to old...

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Periyar