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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 economic, social and...

Plantation Tamils

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

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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

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...

Why getting Ilayaraja on Rajya Sabha is no small feat for BJP

Madurai Rajan was a journalist’s delight. A Dalit rights activist, he knew what reporters wanted and had the knowledge, sources, access and guts to take them to the story when Tamil Nadu was rocked by caste conflict in the mid-1990s. Rajan’s...

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 economic, social and...

Plantation Tamils

Culture

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...

Techie values Parai’s antiquity, popularizes it for peace

Parai, an ancient percussion instrument, was once popular in the social and cultural life of Tamil Nadu. But over the years the instrument lost its importance and faded into oblivion, played only by a few communities. However, Mutamil Bharathy,...

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...

Thandatti

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

Ramsar recognition may help revive devastated Pallikaranai marsh

Earlier this week, three new sites in Tamilnadu were declared wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar convention. The Pallikaranai marshland, Pichavaram mangrove forests and Karikili bird sanctuary near Vedanthangal have been newly listed as protected...

Animal carcass: Dignity in death applies to wildlife too

Animal carcass formed by wildlife that dies in the deep forests of Karnataka due to natural causes or in fights for territory will now rest there. Those that die closer to human habitations in the fringe areas of the forests will get dignified last rites in the...

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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