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

Aadhaar made compulsory for advocates arguing against Aadhaar

* Bar Council of India makes it mandatory for membership enrolment ​​​​​​​New Delhi, June 21: The banks are moving towards making it mandatory. Colleges are going in the same direction. Not to be left behind, the judiciary too is following suit. According to sources, the Bar Council of India (along with its State bodies) has made Aadhaar compulsory for all the members who enrol with it. Registration with the Bar Council is


It is fashionable to be critical of government agencies and departments. But there are occasions when we have to be thankful to them for the kind of services they render. For instance, this week’s column couldn’t have been written but for the help of the local passport office, which employs officers who can, in comparison, make the police team that shot dead dreaded brigand Veerappan look total softies. But some

It's an election that uses 1971 population census data

* Presidential poll process will make Duckworth-Lewis or GST calculation look like kindergarten stuff New Delhi, June 14: If ever you are asked to set a question paper for an examination that no one can clear successfully, all you have to do is pose one simple question, and we guarantee you none will get out of the exam hall with any sort of confidence. The question, of course, is: How is the

Comey naughty!

As a die-hard fan of Indian cricket team, my view on the India-Sri Lanka match in the ongoing Champions Trophy is that James Comey was pretty convincing in his performance. The thing is, as a typical Indian cricket follower, I switched channels the moment it became clear India was losing, and that is how I got myself following the questioning of former FBI director by a US congressional panel, which

All your old confusions will become old when GST is in place

Even the not-so-FAQs answered Chennai, June 10: GST. What is the road ahead? We at Crank’s News are uniquely placed to answer this question — this is why we are experts and you are just lay leaders — because the road ahead of our office is literally GST (Grand Southern Trunk Road). This crowded, confused, complex GST Road, as it is now, could be a good metaphor for the other GST (Goods and Services

T Nagar on tinder

Yet another tragedy has hit Chennai. I am doubtless referring to the huge fire that has brought down the 8-storeyed ‘The Chennai Silks’ building in T Nagar. But Chennaiites once again showed that regardless of where the mishap was and no matter how enormous it was, you could trust them to rise up to the occasion, make a beeline to the spot of trouble and, in a spirit of human

When ICC failed to inform Pak that it was the host

Interesting tidbits from ICC Champions Trophy’s chequered history London, May 31: The ICC Champions Trophy, which kicks off tomorrow in England, is perhaps the most prestigious limited overs tournament, after the ICC World Cup, IPL, Big Bash League, Caribbean T20 League and Buchi Babu Trophy. The ICC Champions Trophy, which was originally named ICC Knock Out Trophy (there was no consensus whether ‘Knockout’ was a single word or two, and

Bond baaja baarat!

The year was 1982, which with my investigative journalism skills, I can confirm to be 35 years ago, when I first watched Moonraker, starring the recently-demised Roger Moore, at Madurai’s Thangam theatre, the largest movie hall in the entirety of Asia. Whether this claim was true or not, Thangam theatre was surely the largest theatre in the world that had rats, the size of a standard football, darting around from

Journo sacked for revealing in headline what the report contains

* Sub-editor pays the penalty for slipping up on basics of click-bait journalism on Rajini report New Delhi, May 24: When young Naveen Tripathi, a New Delhi-based sub-editor with a popular Internet site that is known for hard-hitting investigative news stories like ‘7 reasons why you will not read this story’, found a news report on Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth’s putative entry into politics land on his news desk, he was

Thoughts of Train

If you are a Chennaiite and looking for a quick getaway that is agreeably cool but relatively cheap, where nobody can reach you on your mobile, a location that is mostly quiet but still not too remote, a place that is new and still not fallen prey to the predatory tourism industry, well, I think I have found an ideal spot for you: The Nehru Park Metro Rail station. I