Balakumar K

NEET: The pros, the cons, okay make it con

Chennai: When we at Crank’s News (Motto: ha. ha. ha.) decided to do a satirical feature on the NEET examination this year, we checked out what were the recent developments in the issue and immediately found that we were up against a bigger adversary in matters of creating spoof, the government (Motto: Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.). For instance, one of the headlines that we came across while preparing for

Kabaddi with Kamal

There is a new news-beat in Chennai journalism these days, and it is called: Chasing Kamal Haasan. We in the media are covering Kamal 24/7 and the actor cannot step out without clumsily tripping on microphones and camera tripods as an Arupathimuvar utsavam-level crowd of reporters seem to be constantly camped in front of his house every morning. We in the media will willingly hire anyone as reporter if he or she has the requisite journalistic skill of climbing the

A meme version of Indian Constitution

* Plus: Will Rajnikanth enter politics? (Ans: We will discuss Kamal) Chennai, July 20: We don’t know whether magazines in other vernacular languages have the Q and A column, the kind that Tamil magazines are well known for. If those magazines don’t run such a Q and A column, we suggest that they do forthwith. It is pure thigh-slapping fun. For the uninitiated, the Q and A columns in Tamil

Crank's Cornerrr!

What do you think is the biggest problem now facing Tamil Nadu? a) Unstable political situation b) Declining industrial development c) Water and agrarian crisis d) Corruption in high places. Going by the amount of newsprint and airwaves expended in the last few days, the answer to the question is the un-given option e) Bigg Boss. To those who, probably on account of residing in Mars, don’t know what Bigg

Rajini, Kamal to join hands, launch political party

*A simple kit on: ‘How to spot Fake News’ Chennai, July 12: There is outrage everywhere over the seeming proliferation in fake news. But the fact is fake news are as old as the news industry; news reporters have been for ever making up stuff or inventing ‘quotes’ to produce ‘readable copies’. For instance, anyone who had been at Mohammad Azharuddin’s press conferences during his days as the Indian cricket team captain will tell you that no one, this most certainly included Azharuddin,

Canine and ten

Just when you’re starting to lose hope on WhatsApp forwards as most of them turn out to be totally predictable, just when you’re about to give up on them in total despair as many of them are unreliable, some friend in some group, when you least expect it, sends you a forward that makes you sit up and marvel at humanity’s ability for total silliness. It is likely that you

History beckons Nadal in his search for a decent pair of shorts

* A curtain-raiser for Wimbledon on which the curtain has already gone up London, July 6: SW19 is no ordinary address in the tennis world. It is the pincode for inviolable traditions, which is another name for insufferable snootiness that is Wimbledon. This year, in a break from the tradition, the Wimbledon tournament has started later than the usual June last-week beginning. In keeping with this new tradition we have also delayed our traditional ‘curtain-raiser’ on

Rowling trophies

Just get a load on these amazing numbers behind the Harry Potter franchise: Twenty years, 18 billion dollars in value, seven books, eight films, translated into 68 languages, over 500 million copies sold (and still selling) worldwide, the largest selling book series ever and — this has to be the most impressive part of the statistics — none of which has been read or seen by me. When the first Harry Potter book

5 headlines you are bound to see after GST rollout

* Sample: What GST slab to slot beef curry in? Stumped Fin Min babus look for answer New Delhi, June 28: The much-expected GST (Goods and Services Tax) is all set for introduction and the country is poised on the frontiers of major history and confusion. On the one hand, GST is without a doubt a far-reaching reformist move from the Finance Ministry, certainly the biggest one after the decision to move the default

North by Northwest

Scientists this week assured us that an asteroid is headed towards the Earth and it is only a matter of time before it crashes into our planet. And it will land bang straight on Republic TV headquarters. Okay, the second part will happen only if we are any lucky. But as far as the asteroid crash goes, a top astrophysicist has said it is only a question of when rather

Aadhaar made compulsory for advocates arguing against Aadhaar

* Bar Council of India makes it mandatory for membership enrolment ​​​​​​​New Delhi, June 21: The banks are moving towards making it mandatory. Colleges are going in the same direction. Not to be left behind, the judiciary too is following suit. According to sources, the Bar Council of India (along with its State bodies) has made Aadhaar compulsory for all the members who enrol with it. Registration with the Bar Council is