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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

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

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

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

DIY: Tamil film music

According to a recent report, 200 new music directors have come to the industry in the last five years alone. It is obviously an alarming statistic. Yes, the number 200 is too low when practically anyone can become a music director these days. When we say anyone we mean you. And this is how: Here are the simple steps to compose various types of songs: Fun Song or the song

Aussies bat for formalising 'Pre-DRS'

Bengaluru: While Indian captain Virat Kohli minced no words about what he thought of his Australian counterpart Steve Smith looking in the direction of his team’s dressing room on whether to opt for DRS or not after he was adjudged out in the second innings of the Bengaluru Test, the Australian camp, for their part, found nothing amiss in Smith’s action and have described Smith’s action as: ‘Pre-DRS’. The Australian

Soundu party!

‘Gnnnnnnnnn Hrrrrrrrrrr, Jklfgdhhutor Teqzxvbnm, Gfropss,’ he said. ‘Snnnnnnnn Mgggggggg Kyyyyyy on Bgiofrtsl,’ I replied enthusiastically. The conversation continued in this vein for the better part of two hours last night, where neither of us could hear what the other was saying. Heck, I couldn’t hear what I was saying. Heck, I could not see the person in front of me. The surrounding was not just loud. It was LOUD enough

And the Oscar for overreacting goes to...

By : K Balakumar, E-Mail balakumarkb@gmail.com  I will tell you as to when most parents get into panic mode: 1 Ahead of public exams of their children. 2 Most other occasions. The point is most people as parents are never really normal, or, at any rate, not really allowed to be sane by their wards. But around board exams, parents, like MLAs during trust vote in Assembly, become different beasts.