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Every year, around this time, top companies in consumer electronics goods come together for the dazzling CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas and unveil some of the most spectacular goods — this is why science and technology is great — that the world has basically no need for. As this column’s well-known USP is uselessness, the CES event is always followed with keen interest by this columnist. And this

An afternoon with Rajini

“I am media shy.” You can’t tell this to the over 100 media personnel that you yourself had invited for a chat. You can get away after saying this only if you were Rajinikanth. Well, as it happened, it was indeed Rajinikanth who said this as he began his brief interaction with media people at a hotel in the city a few days back. The meeting was supposed to be

Year of: #covfefe-2

* A look back on the events and people who shaped 2017 (This is the second part of the series) MAY Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have summit-level talks at the VIP lounge of De Gaulle airport in Paris. Trudeau is in Paris as — he is so unassuming you see — a tourist guide to a group of Canadians on a budget trip to France. Modi, for his part, is returning

Year of: #covfefe

* A look back on the events and people who shaped 2017 When 2016 ended, we thought it was the pits. But we now know it wasn’t. Because we have a new  contender in 2017. 2017 turned out to be the year when practically all men in Hollywood have been outed to be as sexual predators of some kind. Harvey Weinstein has emerged to be the Adolf Hitler of sexual crimes. It was a Festival of Sleaze

R K Nagar poll: DMDK in the driver’s seat

And so it is time for the voters of R K Nagar — as the old journalism cliche would have it — to speak loud and clear, and then just shut up because frankly we are getting tired. You can’t blame us, as this is the third election in three years at the R K Nagar constituency, when there are African banana republics that haven’t seen these many elections in

Corporate life and Ajith movie

(Last week, my daughter set out to another city for internship with a leading company as part of her college course. This marks her first real exposure to corporate culture. On the occasion, I wanted to write a letter to her with responsible parental advice on career and life. But quickly realised 1) she was, like any daughter/ son, not going to listen to anything what parents say 2) I

The Sung Parivar

Chennai was recently included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich tradition in sending WhatsApp forwards (bogusly) quoting UNESCO. Just kidding. But you know it. Chennai has actually been honoured for its rich tradition in music, and this is specifically taken to be for the city’s celebration of Carnatic music, which of course forms an important part of the city’s cultural scene as it enjoys enormous popularity among,

The Joke State

These days, whenever my friends from other States or countries call me on my phone, the conversation usually reaches the point where they ask, ‘what the hell is happening in Tamil Nadu?’ The tone is always mocking. This is even from friends who happen to live in Kolkata. I mean Kolkata is in West Bengal, right? Having been ruled by the Commies for several colourless decades, strange that they feel

Madurakaran Jigaruthandam!

Rosogolla has, literally literally, become very difficult on the mouth. We mean it is no longer rosogolla but officially ‘Banglar Rasogolla’. It’s all because of the GI tag that has been conferred on it. Some of you may wonder why this new name for rosogalla, what is this GI tag, why is there a government department to handle such stuff and, most importantly, did they submit rosogollas in triplicate to

When confusing Kamal was left confused

After Kamal Haasan announced his political plans on his birthday earlier this week, you’d have thought that we in media would be debating whether someone, who so far has been solely focused on his film career, can make the cut in politics. Ha. Ha. Ha. Allow us to laugh in your face. We in the media have no longer the time for such reasonable stuff. Before the ink on the

WetsApp!

In the last two years, Chennai has become the undisputed world leader in slipping into panic mode in a jiffy. The moment the clouds so much as turn black, Chennai people, thanks to the experience of 2015 floods, become stiff with tension, and people elsewhere, thanks to the seamless connectivity that modern-day technology provides, pick up the ball and add to the tumult, as all manner of conjectures and fears are passed