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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

Bond baaja baarat!

The year was 1982, which with my investigative journalism skills, I can confirm to be 35 years ago, when I first watched Moonraker, starring the recently-demised Roger Moore, at Madurai’s Thangam theatre, the largest movie hall in the entirety of Asia. Whether this claim was true or not, Thangam theatre was surely the largest theatre in the world that had rats, the size of a standard football, darting around from

NDA govt's 3 years longer than any other govt's 3 years: Venkaiah

Justice Karnan to hear PIL filed by Karnan against SC Judges Arvind Kejriwal ready to prove election symbols too can be tampered New Delhi, May 10: It has been a happening week on the news front, what with the bizarre happenings involving Justice Karnan, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal being caught in a bribe scandal and he hitting back with claims of EVMs can be tampered, and the NDA government all set to complete 3 years in office

Plane truths

It is annual summer vacation time, a period when you set out with your family members to a new place for some fun and frolic, a trip that will enhance your understanding of the world, a voyage than can help you gain more wisdom, one of which is: a family which travels together is the family that keeps fighting each other. Vacation travels provide a lot of tension and lead

Just beat it

Everybody is talking about it. Switch on the TV, there is somebody advising you on how to face the hot summer months; switch on the radio and there is yet another person telling you how to stay cool in the torrid heat. Open the newspaper and there are columns written on how to beat the heat. WhatsApp also offers tips to maintain body temperature. And mark, these are not experts

Masters of the game

Thirumangalam, in an ironic defiance of its pleasant sounding name, turned out to be most inauspicious for TN’s already fouled poll politics. The by-election, buy-election rather, held there in Jan ‘09 under the auspices, not of EC, but Alagiri, sparked a decisive plunge to the depths in voter bribery. R K Nagar today, in 2017, is the latest, lethal but not the last milestone in TN’s twisted, treacherous highway to

A Talk aloud

When there is nothing to write or no inclination to write on anything, best is to write about oneself. Not an autobiography but the prevailing mood placed on auto-pilot. A narcissistic verbal trip is a nice indulgence, if passed off as common musings. Politicos and public personalities routinely do it albeit without exposing themselves. Beneath the ink-deep surface of most news lie a popular ego, waiting to be tickled. You

Made in China: You

That there has been some confusion around this Aadhaar card thing is like saying that the Arabian desert contains some sand. Right from day one, there has been little clarity in the matter, and among the actual lines that I came across while reading for this piece is: The Aadhaar data is collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a statutory authority established on 12 July, 2016, and

All your money are belong to us

Whenever I find myself a bit low, I generally look to the government (Motto: Entertaining the public since forever) for some easy fun, and they never let me down. This week they gave me good humour in the form of a major announcement on the EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund) front. But first, let me explain what EPF actually is: The government takes a portion of your salary, and your employer

'TBF, we got the election dates spot on'

*Poll pundits hit back sharply at critics *Scientists say in a parallel universe Rahul is winning New Delhi, Mar 15: Pollsters and political pundits (journalists) in India, to this day, seem to have got not even one election right. This is a track record that is worse than even, well, Rahul Gandhi’s. At least in the case of Rahul Gandhi there is the very logical and valid excuse that he