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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

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

Why Sri Lanka crisis is an opportunity for Tamils there

Why Sri Lanka crisis is an opportunity for Tamils there

As the Sri Lanka crisis intensifies, the agitation against the Rajapaksas has started yielding results. The Rajapaksas are unable to digest that the people who backed them have lost faith in them. Dictators and those who don’t go by democratic norms use violence to...

Whither Dalit political leadership?

Whither Dalit political leadership?

Noted film director Pa Ranjith has been talked about a bit in the Tamil social media – context, his hosting a conference in Madurai recently to celebrate the Dalit identity. A few claimed that he was cutting across sectarian identities and hence could indeed provide a...

‘State loses as DMK ideology makes TN invisible in Delhi’

‘State loses as DMK ideology makes TN invisible in Delhi’

The DMK has sought to project its ideology in Delhi. The DMK has sought a national profile and opened its Delhi office recently. But the practical side is that the DMK has little heft in the Delhi establishment. Some DMK leaders have personal equations in Delhi but...

Mathi Memes

Editor’s Pick

Editor's Pick

Cauvery in spate: Is just Mettur dam enough?

A bountiful monsoon resulting in with brimming rivers has underscored Tamil Nadu’s inadequate storage on the Cauvery. Following copious rains in Karnataka, the Stanley reservoir at Mettur dam is releasing 25,500 cusecs into the river course. It would have been a happy situation for Tamil Nadu...

Politics

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...

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...

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 came together in...

Aragalaya

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...

Archaeologists uncover grave of clan chief in Adhichanallur

Archaeologists are coming up with exciting finds at the Adhichanallur excavation almost on a daily basis. On Tuesday (August 9), they found a bronze deer figurine while just before that they found a gold diadem. The current excavation at the...

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...

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...

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

In TN groundwater are arsenic, chromium, uranium . . .

A recent unstarred question in the Rajya Sabha on pollution of groundwater by arsenic and heavy metals has brought renewed attention to an unseen public health enemy. The Jal Shakti Ministry’s answer to the House made headlines, as it showed toxic chemicals in...

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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