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

MGR’s life was a song

I don’t want to talk about MGR as a CM, a subject that deserves a thorough and ‘critical’ study. Rather, today’s topic is what made MGR the CM: songs. Continue Reading

Jain, Jain go away

Even as Justice Jain has been burning midnight oil to unravel the larger conspiracy behind Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, there seems to be an even larger one afoot to ensure that the final report does not see the light of day. The once bitten Gujral government is not only twice shy now. but even seems to be in a mood to wreak vengeance on the retired judge’s Commission of Enquiry Continue Reading

Forget it

The only crowd that appears somewhat in a mood to cheer the birth of yet another year, is perhaps the Congress. The last three days of this outgoing year have more than compensated for 362 days of endless woes for the party. In a way, the Sonia-mania that has gripped the party and lifted its sagging spirits Continue Reading