R Chitra

Let's talk, she said, and everybody listened

Chennai: When the Indian Medical Association, Tamilnadu Chapter, conducted a competition to celebrate Doctors Day and selected the topic ‘Depression – Let’s Talk’, Varshini Thiruvadi, a second-year student of Thanjavur Medical College, decided to participate in it. She says opportunities like these were rare once you entered college and she was determined to exercise her writing skills as she had when she was a student of A V Meiyappan Matriculation

Going solo with a crowd

Chennai: Two things stand out about Jagyaseni Chatterjee: her immense dedication to Bharatanatyam and her never-say-die attitude to become a performer. A student of guru Lakshmi Ramaswamy of Kotturpuram, Jagyaseni (Pooja to her friends) has now found a way to support her latest dance recital scheduled for 21 July – crowdfunding. She claims this is the first crowdfunded solo Bharatanatyam recital. Jagyaseni began her dancing career at age 5 under

Here is an accidental IT specialist

What do you do when you set out on a path and life takes you in another trajectory? If you were Dr N Raghavendra Rao, you would become a master in the new field. Raghavendra, who holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Poona in the area of finance, always dreamed of being known as a financial expert but he has made a name for himself as an information

Flowery trail

I follow my nose to tell the climate. In summer, I smell jasmine (malli) flowers and Rangoon creeper (which blooms in white and turns a deep pink by morning). In the rainy season, it is the Indian cork (maramalli) that I sniff at, and in winter (what passes for the season in Chennai), it is pavazhamalli (parijatham). And throughout the year, it is the champa (frangipani). We have a few

A journey of discovery for a writer

Chennai: “I wanted to rediscover my identity as a Sri Vaishnava,” says M K Sudarshan, who has been doing this through blogs and online writings for more than 20 years now. He has gone one step ahead and compiled them in book form – Unusual Essays of an Unknown Sri Vaishnava. The book, which was recently launched in Chennai at a function, is a tome of 705 pages covering many

Bowling powers Punjab to 14-run win over Kolkata

Mohali: Chris Lynn’s brilliant 84 went in vain as Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical bowling show under pressure to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in a tense IPL match and keep themselves afloat in the T20 tournament here last night. Needing a win to keep their play-off hopes alive, KXIP could put up just 167 for 6 after being put in to bat but they defended the total, courtesy