R Chitra

Flowery trail

I follow my nose to tell the climate. In summer, I smell jasmine (malli) flowers and Rangoon creeper (which blooms in white and turns a deep pink by morning). In the rainy season, it is the Indian cork (maramalli) that I sniff at, and in winter (what passes for the season in Chennai), it is pavazhamalli (parijatham). And throughout the year, it is the champa (frangipani). We have a few

A journey of discovery for a writer

Chennai: “I wanted to rediscover my identity as a Sri Vaishnava,” says M K Sudarshan, who has been doing this through blogs and online writings for more than 20 years now. He has gone one step ahead and compiled them in book form – Unusual Essays of an Unknown Sri Vaishnava. The book, which was recently launched in Chennai at a function, is a tome of 705 pages covering many

Bowling powers Punjab to 14-run win over Kolkata

Mohali: Chris Lynn’s brilliant 84 went in vain as Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical bowling show under pressure to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in a tense IPL match and keep themselves afloat in the T20 tournament here last night. Needing a win to keep their play-off hopes alive, KXIP could put up just 167 for 6 after being put in to bat but they defended the total, courtesy

Karnataka multiplexes raided for overcharging water

  Bengaluru: Raids were conducted at malls and multiplexes at various locations in Karnataka by State officials in a crackdown against overcharging of mineral water, Food and Civil Supplies Minister U T Khader has said. The raids were conducted following a spate of complaints from consumers about overpricing of mineral water. He said action would also be taken against excess pricing of eatables. “Our legal metrology officials raided malls and

Hindu temple vandalised in Pakistan, case registered

Karachi: A Hindu temple in Pakistan has been vandalised in the southern Sindh province and a case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered against three unidentified persons, the police said today. The police said idols of deities were damaged and some of the broken parts were found in a nearby sewerage line. The incident occurred yesterday in Thatta district’s Gharo town. A case of blasphemy and terrorism has been registered. The

Just beat it

Everybody is talking about it. Switch on the TV, there is somebody advising you on how to face the hot summer months; switch on the radio and there is yet another person telling you how to stay cool in the torrid heat. Open the newspaper and there are columns written on how to beat the heat. WhatsApp also offers tips to maintain body temperature. And mark, these are not experts