Why TN is forbidden land! — 4: History-cheaters!

Folklore becomes fact, in the modern mind, only with the emergence of hard evidence. As new findings enabled by cutting-edge science and curious seekers confirm ‘beliefs’, the façade of fiction falls off to be firmed up as history. Continue Reading

Why TN is forbidden land! — 3:  Tell-tale twists in the tongue tales

I was pretty much certain many holy feathers would be ruffled. Why drag sacred Sanskrit into an unseemly fracas? What is the connection? It is my firm opinion that the contents of the last column, that harp on how Tamil scores over Sanskrit on several counts, are most relevant, if only to highlight the perverse ironies on parade in the present. Continue Reading

Why TN is forbidden land! — 2: A conflict of civilisations

Let’s begin at the beginning … ‘Thamizh predates sand and stone’ This core dictum is embedded deep in the psyche of the Tamil-speaking population world over. Continue Reading

Why TN is forbidden land – 1

‘What’s wrong with you people in TN?’: I have been bombarded with this condescending query ever since this State bucked the national trend in the recently-concluded LS polls. 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

A wave of waves

Poll pundits predicting poll prospects seem pretty sure there is no wave this time. How off the mark! If only these ‘experts’ were to see with their eyes instead of perceiving with their intellect, they will realise there are only waves all over the pollscape. And seeing is believing, mind you. Continue Reading

Count-‘less’ days

It was all over in a flash, the polls. And more than a fortnight has passed, since. The results are another three weeks away. I am not really bothered about the candidates who are on RAC nor their party leaders with their fingers crossed. Continue Reading