An old Ambassador car and a watch that ticks MGR’s grave

I recently visited late Chief Minister MG Ramachandran memorial house in Arcot Road, T.Nagar. You would think that memorial house of politician who died 30 years ago would invite hardly any enthusiasm. MGR, as he is fondly called, is obviously an exception. He was an actor-turned-politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu…

South Indian’s obsession with curd rice

One of the perks of being a business journalist is that you get to eat in fancy hotels, where more often than not wonderful array of mouthwatering delicacies from pasta salads to exotic desserts are spread before you. But no matter how much I drool over those refined dishes, my eyes always look for that…

Nagercoil Summer diary: Nungu Sharbat

Summer in Nagercoil is not pleasant. It is hot and humid. Air that blows is so hot that your eyes are burning all day. You sweat all over. But there are rewards though when you go out brazing the blazing sun, like Nungu Sharbat. You could say it is the watermelon and tender coconut equivalent…

Silambattam among the bookshelves

Tiruvannamalai, a town in Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is known for the Hindu deity Shiva’s temple and Indian sage Ramana Maharishi’s ashram in the vicinity of the temple. Thousands throng this temple every year during festivals and the temple gets at least few hundreds of visitors every day. The ashram too is a tourist paradise….

Forgotten superheroes before the dawn of Marvel and DC heroes

The concept of superheroes is not new. We have seen and read enough superhero movies and comics to understand that. Through these mediums we have come to associate superheroes with people with extraordinary powers to save the world we live in from big bad supervillains.  But may be the idea of a superhero might not…

When Superheroes become humans

I remember seeing the movie Batman and Robin starring George Clooney as Batman back in the late 1990s. It was not impressive. Then came Spider-man movie series starring Tobey Maguire from 2002. For a teenager, the series was good enough. But not great enough to make a fan of Marvel or DC universe. There were…

Padmaavat: A confused movie that proves nothing it was set out to

The most controversial Bhansali’s movie Padmaavat was amazing in a lot of ways. For one, it has the honour of putting me to sleep in the first 15 minutes since the start of the movie. A feat not even actor Vijay’s lame movie Puli was able to. Padmaavat, after all the trouble it went through…

Of popular Boys Bands and short-lived Girl Groups in 2000s

It was somewhere in 2000s. I was in early teens, who just started listening to English music. Watching SS Music, MTV and VTV were considered ‘hep’ during those times. If you happen to listen to bands like Backstreet Boys (BSB) and BoyZone, you would be the ‘IT’ girl in your class. Well, if you were…

Aruvi: A movie too real

Aruvi. I’m not sure how to put in words. Movies generally are easy to categorise like good, bad, entertainer and those that suck. Somehow Aruvi was beyond any description. I had a hard time writing a review for this movie. I love movies but I’m not the type to watch one randomly. I read reviews…

Why I cannot stop reading Chick Literature

I will probably never stop reading Chick literature, which is my guilty pleasure. I love to fantasise about living in that ideal world and just be lost in there couple of hours.  For people who don’t know what a Chick Lit is, it is the kind of book guys avoid and the ones that make…