India’s Godmen culture

Godmen. Demigods for whom people are ready to die for. Godmen. A term so loosely used in India, where there are thousands of Godmen with crores of followers. Godmen. A topic I had always wanted to write about but never had the confidence that I could do justice. But I’m still going to give it…

NEET and all that is wrong with Tamil Nadu

S Anitha, who had scored 1176 out of 1200 in Class 12 State board exams, committed suicide. She was a daughter of a poor daily daily wage labourer in a small village in Ariyalur district in Tamil Nadu. She wanted to be a doctor. She couldn’t. She could get only 86 in the National Eligibility…

True story: A tale of greed, murder and a haunted house

(Since it is a true story, all names and places were changed or intentionally not mentioned to protect the identity of the family involved.) It is not everyday you find a story that draws you and compels you to write it down. It was one such moment for me when I visited my home town…

Sleepless in Tamil Nadu

There is no room for peace and quiet in one of the oldest civilisations, Dravidian state Tamil Nadu. Most of us, especially television journalists, have forgotten what an uneventful day without breaking news feel like. From the time former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted in Apollo hospitals on September 22, 2016 to political instability…

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…

The flavor of North Madras

If I ever wondered where the trucks carrying garbage go, it is to a residential area called Kodungaiyur in North Chennai where families and kids like my family dwell. Only that they had to pay for everyone’s shit instead of just theirs, as long they lived there. The payment for lodging are skin diseases, air…