Logan, one last time

Sense of loss overwhelms me as I saw Logan, the last movie where Hugh Jackman will appear as Wolverine in Marvel’s X-men series, today. I will no more see Jackman donning the role of the mysterious and hotheaded Logan. It is hard to let go of the character I have been seeing for over a decade…

Love in the time of Austen and Bronte sisters

I reread Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen for the third time last week. As always, could not help but fall in love with Mr Darcy for the third time. He is not perfect; handsome and rich yes, but not perfect. Yet, when he confesses to Elizabeth Bennet: “In vain I have struggled. It will…

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 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…

The Iron Lady’s final journey

It was surreal to watch the funeral procession of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from the terrace of my office building in Anna Salai. The fact that she is no more was just beginning to sink in and there she was in a glass coffin surrounded by flowers, followed by police and her ardent…

A tribute to our very own Iron lady, J Jayalalithaa

J Jayalalithaa – the most courageous, strongest and resilient Chief Minister Tamil Nadu ever had. She passed away on December 5, 2016 at the age of 68 in Apollo hospitals, Chennai. I knew it was coming, signs were there. Yet when the news stares at you on the white sheet of paper, it hits you…