Cho Ramaswamy, a comedian who made me love political satire

December in Tamil Nadu will probably never be the same. If it was flood in 2015, the State witnessed twin tragedies and cyclone in 2016. First it was the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on December 5, who was laid to rest near her mentor and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran’s memorial on December 6…

Jallikattu: A novel protest that left a bad taste

Ordinance passed. Jallikattu was conducted successfully. Bill to replace jallikattu ordinance tabled in Tamil Nadu legislative assembly on January 23. By the end of the day the bill was passed unanimously in the assembly, making jallikattu legal. Peaceful protest that started on January 17 against the Supreme Court ban of bull-taming sport jallikattu across Tamil…

Wagashi and Dagashi, sweets and snacks of Japan

Flowers with pale pink and white petals, lavenders and lilacs are arranged beautifully on a black plate. Their texture is soft, almost squishy. And when you put them in your mouth, they are heavenly. Oh Wait! Eating squishy lavenders and lilacs, which world is this you wonder?

Jallikattu that bought Tamil Nadu to a standstill

For Tamils, the harvest festival pongal is not complete without jallikattu, a bull-taming sport practiced widely in villages in Tamil Nadu. Every year, on the second day of Pongal festival, termed maatu pongal, thousands from across Tamil Nadu gather to watch the fight between man and beast. This event is more prominent in Alanganallur in Madurai,…

At 100, MGR is a phenomenon that still sells

‘Acham enbathu madamaiyada, anjamai dravidar udamaiyada’ is the title song of the 1960 MGR movie Mannadhi mannan. It translates to ‘Cowardice is foolishness. Be like Dravidians, who are defined by their courageous acts.’ The song penned by Kannadasan is quite special, for it defines the characteristics of Dravidian men and in turn personified the iconic…

My French encounter in Chennai

When I started for work today afternoon, I left with the feeling that it was going to be another working Sunday – dull and boring. I booked UberPool as usual and started chatting with a lively driver about politics and current events. You would think that media know more about what is happening in your…

Charm of Japanese bad boys, the yakuza

Tokyo crazy paradise written by Yoshiki Nakamura, who is now known by her popular series Skip Beat!, is one of my favourites. It follows the story of a gokuto or yakuza group called the Kuruyugumi and its boss Ryuji. The story is set in 2030 where Tokyo is full of mobs and ruled my advanced…