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In praise of Chennai in 5th century AD

In praise of Chennai in 5th century AD

Several Alvars record references to ancient Chennai in paasurams from 5th century References in Hymns of Alvars to ancient Chennai (Chennai Maadham series) In tracing the antiquity of the Chennai region subsequent to the second century A.D., we have to rely on the...

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How Kollywood owes its name to a flower

How Kollywood owes its name to a flower

The Tamil film industry is known as Kollywood -- a reference to Kodambakkam, the area in Chennai where studios were once located and stars lived. The real name of Kodambakkam, however, is Kodalambakkam (Kodal + pakkam)). Kodal is...

Why the Kangeyam breed needs saving

Why the Kangeyam breed needs saving

My dear friends,  my last week column on an Erode farmer making soap from his Kangayam cow and living profitably has kicked off interest in a section of farmers. Many have asked me if it is necessary that only the dung of Kangayam cows serves the purpose of making...

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