An ode to vote

For me, NOTA is not an option howsoever ugly the credentials of the candidates. Yet, I welcome NOTA because it was introduced with the honourable motive of bringing a disillusioned voter to the booth. Continue Reading

Four Tamil movies that spoke about contemporary politics

The political situation, too, has been fluid in Tamilnadu ever since the demise of two powerful leaders – Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi. Cashing in on the opportunity, a few movies, based on contemporary politics, hit the screens recently. Also, a few are in the making. Continue Reading

Game on: Love all!

St Valentine’s much caricatured bearded face can’t be even remotely related to romance. The legend, fact or fiction, however, has stuck. He has inspired alike vigilantes, voyeurs and the virtuous. Continue Reading

An electoral multiplex

There is probably a good reason why the Election Commission chose Thursday 24 April instead of Friday the 25th for polling in TN. As a tradition barring occasional deviations new movies get released on Fridays nationally, but the EC probably wanted to be extra cautious in this Tinsel Nadu. It doesn’t need a Columbus to discover that here cinema runs in the Jeans, pardon, genes and a Friday poll would mean an utter flop at the ballot box office. Continue Reading

It’s voters’ theatre

81.5 crores, or 815 million. What’s the big deal? Indeed, for those jaded by scam numbers like Rs 1.76 lakh crores of spectrum, incalculable lakhs of crores of coal to the latest  Rs 850 crore Rolls Royce kickback, the figure mentioned in line 1 would seem like small change. But we are for a change talking about people. And of course, about the momentous, massive change that those people can usher in. Continue Reading