Balakumar K

Plane truths

It is annual summer vacation time, a period when you set out with your family members to a new place for some fun and frolic, a trip that will enhance your understanding of the world, a voyage than can help you gain more wisdom, one of which is: a family which travels together is the family that keeps fighting each other. Vacation travels provide a lot of tension and lead

Baasha!

The beauty of India is that it may be a country of hundreds of languages, each so varied and unique, but it still is united by people who more or less believe that those speaking a language other than theirs are complete morons. This is why we repeatedly have language controversies. The recent one is over the attempted imposition of Hindi by Central government agencies through various means. This immediately

Eat shoots and leaves

If I have to give you one single dietary advice then it has to be this: Stop eating whatever you eat. I got this insight after extensively going through the various dietary plans that are popular these days. Some seriously say don’t go anywhere near ‘carbs’ (carbohydrates of our days have undergone weight-reduction and become carbs now). They are such a villain that some of you may already want to

Getting run-out off three-hit

A flashback on some fun moments from previous editions of IPL Chennai, Apr 5: The spectacular cricketing extravaganza, the 10th Edition of the IPL, which gets underway tonight, will feature a sum total of 8 teams with around 140 players playing across 10 different venues in 60 matches over 47 days, and after all the excitement and entertainment, most of us will have difficulty recalling 10 days later who the

Mouth ka saudagar!

There comes a time in a middle-aged man’s life when he has to summon all the courage and tell his wife the words that she would rather not hear, and the words are: I need to visit the dentist. For, when a middle-aged man is compelled to see a dentist, what usually follows is weeks of intense pain, agony and much worse because of which he will not let the

Interesting contest to follow till IPL starts

An on-the-spot report from R K Nagar Chennai, Mar 29: The by-election to the R K Nagar Assembly constituency, to be held on 12 April, has brought the focus back on Tamilnadu politics that had gone silent after the drama-filled days of February that were more frenetic than the final overs in an IPL clash and more crowded and confusing than the 8 am Dadar-Virar fast train. As is well known, the R K Nagar seat had fallen vacant due to

Made in China: You

That there has been some confusion around this Aadhaar card thing is like saying that the Arabian desert contains some sand. Right from day one, there has been little clarity in the matter, and among the actual lines that I came across while reading for this piece is: The Aadhaar data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on 12 July, 2016, and

Ashokamitran: He was his own prose

If Ashokamitran were to fictionalise his death, he would probably have conceived it in the manner that he actually passed away last night at Velacheri at his son’s residence. An asthmatic patient for long, he was apparently unwell for a few days. At 85, his health was any way fragile. Unwilling to get admitted to hospital, he complained of breathlessness, and in a matter of two hours, he passed away

‘SPB has moral right to make money out of Raja’s music’

All your queries on Ilaiyaraja and SPB royalty fracas answered Chennai, March 22 : Just when Tamil Nadu was looking to slip into a comatose state what with no real controversies that the people are so used to coming their way, has mercifully arrived the Ilaiyaraja vs. S P Balasubramaniam royalty imbroglio. Now, the State has found the muse for doing what it does best: Creating memes. On a serious

All your money are belong to us

Whenever I find myself a bit low, I generally look to the government (Motto: Entertaining the public since forever) for some easy fun, and they never let me down. This week they gave me good humour in the form of a major announcement on the EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) front. But first, let me explain what EPF actually is: The government takes a portion of your salary, and your employer

'TBF, we got the election dates spot on'

*Poll pundits hit back sharply at critics *Scientists say in a parallel universe Rahul is winning New Delhi, Mar 15: Pollsters and political pundits (journalists) in India, to this day, seem to have got not even one election right. This is a track record that is worse than even, well, Rahul Gandhi’s. At least in the case of Rahul Gandhi there is the very logical and valid excuse that he