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'All is well' for actor Aari

After years of struggle and perseverance, Aari has made his presence felt in Kollywood. After a stellar performance in movies like Unnodu Ka, Nedunchaalai and Maya, Aari has become a busy actor. He is now shooting for the second schedule of Nagesh Thiraiyarangam. In an interview with News Today, the actor speaks about his future projects and interests. How is it coming to the industry without any backup? It had

Chennaiites come together to save Olive Ridleys

Chennai: The unique mass nesting of olive ridley turtles, where over thousands of females come together on the beach to lay eggs is a major attraction. But this year, a lot of them have died due to the massive oil spill and ecological imbalance, say experts. To spread awareness on this issue, a group of people have come together and have been conducting many programmes under the name of ‘‘Save

Hockey veteran lets his stick do the talking

A look into the history of our national sport shows some standout achievements by our hockey players. One such sportsman is Vasudevan Baskaran, who captained the Indian team that won the gold medal in 1980 Summer Olympics. Baskaran, who was conferred the Arjuna award and Padmashree, coached several Indian players and presently, lives with his family in Besant Nagar, Chennai. Excerpts from his interview. Q: What kindled your interest in

Increase in water scarcity worries Chennaiites

Chennai: With summer ahead, several areas in the locality have been facing water shortage already. In the past two weeks, areas like Thiruvanmiyur, Besant Nagar and Adyar have received very little water. Office-bearers of residents associations say that they have been ordering about 9,000 litres of water from private tankers. On a positive note, the desilting work of Adyar river on the 42 kilometre stretch between Adhanur and Pattinappakkam have

Carnatic musician knows basics of all instruments

Chennai: Carnatic music has had a major influence on the culture of Tamilnadu. Traditions were passed down from person to person, along with stories and theory. One such successor of art is 61-year-old Jayalakshmi Sekhar, a resident of Adyar in the city who knows the basics of almost all the classical instruments. “My father is a research scientist who played flute as a hobby. He believed that science enables a

Chennai cartoonist life strokes

Chennai: “We can never imagine newspapers and magazines sans cartoons as they covey messages and express public opinion immaculately. The visual artists behind these comic strips have to be actors themselves and sketch down their feelings, says cartoonist,” Ravishanker. He made his first doodle when he was in school, but drifted to become a financial analyst. The hectic 12 hour schedule demanded introspection after which his hands clenched the drawing

Laughter is best medicine proves Humour Club

Chennai: Our life is a mixture of all feelings, it is just the proportions of each that matter. ‘Humour’ is decidedly one of them that is needed in a higher quotient. Meet Kumar who has been working on this aspect since 2001 by starting Besant Nagar Humour Club in Chennai. ‘”Everybody experiences tension, stress and fatigue for which laughter is the best way to vent out pressure. Back in 2001,