Imported Engines for the Culturally Pure

Imported Engines for the Culturally Pure

These are the people who prided themselves of successfully chasing away the ‘Hindi demon’ out of the Tamil land. They strived to ‘purify’ their mother language by purging it of  ‘foreign’ words, especially the Sanskrit words; for, hailing from the Dravidian homeland they considered Sanskrit as the foreign language. They propagated Tamil ritual practices in […]

No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter

We Indians aren’t new to scams. Especially with today’s central government, we have grown highly accustomed to seeing one skeleton after another tumble out of the closet; so much so that it’s scary that we may soon lose interest. It has already become a joke among the middle classes. One Facebook post had two imaginary […]

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

Greatest Tamil Films 3. Parasakthi

‘The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed!’ – Stanley Kubrick   It is quite unlikely that Karunanidhi would have heard of Mikhail Bakunin. For someone who thought Stalin was a hero, it is difficult to imagine Karunanidhi having heard […]

Thank You DMK

Often, there are unfavourable means that lead to favourable ends. How upset some of us were when DMK won the Lok Sabha elections, how those of us were huffing and puffing in angst wondering where our country was heading. All’s well that ends well. Before I dwell into that, apologies are due to the direct […]

List of Ignominious

Time Magazine’s Top 10 and Top 100 lists have a long tradition. Carefully analysed and collated, they have an international standing today and are eagerly sought by the people of all walks. Weren’t we thrilled when we saw Nayagan on the list of 100 best films? Weren’t we immensely proud when we saw Gandhi topping […]

A Building,.. And Some Nostalgia

A Commons’ Committee, investigating on the delay caused in construction, called British Library’s new building ‘one of the ugliest buildings in the world’. Obviously none of the members had ever been to India or else the library would have met some serious contenders. Worse still, if they had seen the new secretariat complex built under […]

Let there be a winner

Karunanidhi, the present Chief Minister of Tamilnadu is a self-proclaimed atheist. But once in a while, the mask slips and the superstitious, sentimental, god-fearing – as in literally ‘fearing’ – face pops up, only for a brief moment before he notices and adjusts the mask again. In those slippery moments, he prays to god. Since […]

Small Men

Though I have been actively following up domestic politics, I haven’t found much to write about them in the blog. All seemed unabashedly corrupt and uniformly illiterate. However, the recent developments enraged me so much that I thought I will write about the current regime in Tamil Nadu. This government is a minority in the […]