Coffee, a way of life

There are two types of people, those who love coffee and the rest who don’t. Cliched though it sounds, coffee is one such drink that either creates loyalists or enemies. There are hardly in-betweens. Because coffee is not just a drink for people like me, it is an emotion. (A cliche again, but please bare…

Are we regressing in the name of culture and heritage?

What is Indian culture? I feel compelled to ask this question after I read range of news reports that emphasised ‘pure’ way living and doing things like abstaining from desire, lust, eating meat and basically everything that a human needs. It all started with reports on how you should copulate only on auspicious days to…

Remnants of our Colonial past in North Madras

I had in fact forgotten how beautiful North Madras could be. It is so easy to forget that it was where the British had their headquarters during the time they ruled, before the commercial hub T.Nagar and orthodox Mylapore became the ‘cultured part’ of the city, tourists usually frequent. But the only part of Chennai…

Rediscovering Nagercoil through a journalist’s eyes

Going to your hometown or remotely near it is always a pleasure. The lush green fields, misty mountains and wind farms that dots the landscape welcomes you as you peer out of the window of the bus. When the bus stops and your feet touches the land, clean moist air caresses your cheek and whispers ‘Welcome…

For Indians, travelling is still a luxury

Travelling around the world and seeing the wonders the world has to offer. Isn’t that something everybody wants? We Indians are no different, at least people like you and me want to see more of what the world has to offer. So, we make a list of countries we want to visit. We browse through…

Ponniyin Selvan, Kalki’s epic novel that eluded film-makers for decades

Ponniyin Selvan, the masterpiece of genius Tamil writer Kalki, has charmed thousands in Tamil Nadu and across the world. The book that follows the story of the Chola king Raja Raja Cholan and his friend Vandhiyadevan transpires in Chola’s capital Thanjavur, yesteryear Thanjai. Spanning five volumes, it pulls the audience into the web of political…

India that charms foreigners

We have read so many articles and seen enough documentaries that describe foreigners love for India,  its rich heritage, diversity and culture. They tell you that, these foreign nationals love our temples for the story behind them and its architecture. That is probably most of them see India through the coloured lens of what is…

Growing Korean pop culture in India

Korean pop-culture, a growing subculture in India, now has substantial fan-base. Despite the fact the it is one of the toughest languages to learn and understand, there are thousands that follow Korean music, movies and television series. The Korean Wave, referred to as Hallyu, probably started from the Northeast who adapted them back in 2000s…

Milind Soman, a fantasy. Period.

I was not going to write about Milind Soman. Ex-supermodel, actor, swimmer and now a marathoner.  He is probably still single and as hot as he was in his debut music video ‘Made in India’ by Alisha Chinnai. After reading an interview of Soman in the Hindu Metro Plus today and Facebook reminder about a…

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…

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,…

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…