Balakumar K

The day before

‘Long years ago we made a tryst with destiny’ thus dramatically begins Jawaharlal Nehru’s first Independence Day speech, which to this day nobody knows how it ends. Because, let us face it, howsoever historic the moment may have been, it was still an Independence Day speech, hence boring. Nobody really pays much attention to it. For instance, Indira Gandhi, when she was the Prime Minister in 1982, in her Independence

Poor driving force behind poverty in nation: Think Tank

“They must try their best to inherit massive wealth or co-found Flipkart”  Chennai, Aug 10:  A new study on the economic development of the nation in the 70 years since its independence has put down the growing problem of (economic) inequality on the “inability of country’s poor to get rich adequately”. The in-depth study, undertaken by the well known think tank on economics (well known to its 5 members), TTE

I am Henry Cavendish

What with one thing and another, I had completely forgotten that I was once an award-winning physicist, one who had possibly invented/discovered many things. Luckily, I was reminded of what I was in my previous birth by a website that analyses people’s past life based on their “sub-conscious memories”. I am not giving out the link for this website because one of your friends will already have put a link to it on your Facebook

Dhanush & Madhavan to enter politics

* For a change, TN media set to speculate on this duo now * T T V Dhinakaran to score music for Simbu film * Kamal keeps silent, triggering an even bigger debate Chennai, Aug 2: After boring the heck out of the readers & viewers with pointless analysis and discussions for the better part of this year over whether Rajinikanth and Kamal  Haasan will take the political plunge, TN media now

Kandy Floss!

The ongoing India-Sri Lanka cricket series is a good occasion for me to bring my two decades of journalistic experience to basically showoff about my trips there. I will also reveal, space permitting, how I sneaked into Muthiah Muralitharan’s house in Kandy to meet his wife when he was not there. Sri Lanka has two of the most scenic cricket stadiums in the world, at Galle and Kandy, and to watch cricket there

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