Tamil Nadu

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

A Case for Drinking, Hic!

During the turn of the millennium, Time magazine drew up a list of top 100s of various things. It compiled a list of 100 remarkable people, 100 greatest novels in English, 100 greatest movies, and son. A little known fact was there was also a list of worst things, 100 worst ideas of the century, and […]

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Food Security Bill, the most important and flagship bill that the current UPA government is expected to table during the winter session has come under severe criticism from all sides of the spectrum. Fearing that it may not be passed, what with the BJP up in arms against the current regime, the government has already […]

Freedom and Hypocrisy

Freedom and Hypocrisy

In many art galleries in London, including the famed Tate Modern, you can see art that intentionally confounds you, even aggravates you. Some are downright silly and some are plain offensive. The notes next to these works encourage the viewer to question the premise of art. What is art? What is the role of art […]

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 […]

The Grand Illusion Called Kamal

A joke from an eighties stage play goes like this: An aspiring scriptwriter meets a film producer with a script and upon asked to narrate the story, he starts thus: ‘Once upon a time, there were five brothers who had 100 cousin brothers. Both the groups go to a casino to play card game against […]

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 […]