An open letter to Mr Rajinikanth

Dear Mr Rajinikanth, First, accept my hearty greetings on your being conferred the Icon of the Golden Jubilee award of IFFI by the BJP government at the Centre. Of course, we are not treating this as an effort to paint you in saffron hue. Not that you wish it either. After all, you have made it clear, for now that is, that you will resist any such attempt, as in the case of Thiruvalluvar. Continue Reading

Chidambaram moves HC seeking interim bail

Former Union Minister P Chidambaram moved the Delhi High Court today seeking interim bail in the INX Media money-laundering case on health grounds. Continue Reading

Where losers are winners

I was at once amused, astonished and aghast at a couple of news items that appeared one below the other in a national daily. PayTM, a much touted desi payment app, hogged the headlines for two diametrically opposite reasons. One proudly proclaimed that PayTM’s parent company would be bidding for a sizeable stake in the private sector Yes Bank. And another announced that the same parent has tripled its losses in three years between FY2016-19, from Rs 1,500 crore to Rs 4,217 crore. Continue Reading

‘Bigg Boss’ Saravanan – Riding on a confession

A man in red shirt raised his hand and casually said he has molested and groped women while travelling by bus, back in his college days. Not just that, he confessed this in a TV reality show – Bigg Boss Season 3. He did this in front of crores and crores of people who are said to be glued to the show. Continue Reading

Pen Drive column: Incredible Tamilnadu!

A talk with a friend who had just returned from a concert tour of Europe got me thinking about Tamilnadu’s place in the sun. Renowned violinist sisters M Lalitha and M Nandini said they had become more than ambassadors of Carnatic music: they had even become Tamilnadu tourism ambassadors for their ‘rasikas’ in Europe. Continue Reading

Modi’s DNA

Modi the politician and Modi the Prime Minister are but just minor manifestations of Modi, the mighty man. In these days of celluloid super heroes, India appears to have found an invincible one in flesh and blood. Not just elections and not just politics, India’s present story is the story of Modi, a story that is unfolding as an unbelievable history. Continue Reading

Predicting pollsters

The ban on poll-astrology some years back was heart-breaking news for Media. Predictions, particularly the exit polls, whatever their credibility, released right on the evening of poll-day, constituted much of primetime and contributed hugely to TRP in a highly competitive environ. Continue Reading