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

A Talk aloud

When there is nothing to write or no inclination to write on anything, best is to write about oneself. Not an autobiography but the prevailing mood placed on auto-pilot. A narcissistic verbal trip is a nice indulgence, if passed off as common musings. Politicos and public personalities routinely do it albeit without exposing themselves. Beneath the ink-deep surface of most news lie a popular ego, waiting to be tickled. You

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

‘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

Water Wars

A nasty fallout of the summer is bound to be the water shortage. It also seems to bring out the worst in human beings. Every time Chennai goes through water scarcity, something snaps in the public mind. It is not uncommon to witness ‘kozha sandai’ – fighting for the hand pump – in the street corner among people who share a common pump. If water is supplied by tanker, the

'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

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'

If there is technology to get technology right, we must use it: Steve Smith BENGALURU, MAR 10: 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