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When W G Grace used to scuff the ball with a porcupine in his pocket

* Some of the most well-known ball tampering incidents over the years Chennai, Mar 30:  The ball-tampering issue was a vexatious controversy involving Australian and South African Test teams, but thanks to the quick and smart handling of it by the various stakeholders — this is the beauty of collective working — it has ended up as a full-blown international cricketing crisis. Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft have

Big Brother is matching you

This week’s biggest revelation is: Your pointless Facebook status messages (“Bliss is having Thayir Vadai at A2B.”) may not be exactly that pointless. There are apparently top-notch technology companies that are ready to — to use a very dignified phrase — give plenty of sh** to your tedious posts. We are of course talking about Cambridge Analytica the company that now stands accused of harvesting data from Facebook users. What

Thaana sertha kozhappam!

Statutory warning: No animal was harmed in the making of this report. But there are a couple of tasteless jokes on Simbhu. There is a crisis in Tamil film industry that there has been no new releases for the last two weeks and they have been re-releasing films like Vedhalam and Mersal. This makes it clear that there is a bigger crisis in Tamil society as it comprises people who

The Stephen Hawking Cheat Sheet

* How to sound authoritative on science without knowing anything like varsity VCs Chennai, Mar 15: The death of Stephen Hawking has robbed the world of a scientist who lucidly explained many of the deep truths of this universe, except the one whether he was actually a cosmologist or an astrophysicist. The obituary references to Hawking have him marked as astrophysicist, physicist, cosmologist, scientist, astronomist, mathematics professor. As you can

TN PoLOLitics

Every week when I sit to write this column, I check what the competition is up to. By competition, I mean: Tamil Nadu politics. For us, humour writers, the task of trying to match TN politicians in eliciting laughter out of public is always daunting because they (politicos) tend to do it so effortlessly. Take the case of T Rajendher. (I am not sure whether this is his chosen spelling

15 easy steps, and one actual workable step, to port from Aircel

* Keep an Oxford dictionary nearby * You will be on first-name-basis with IVRS system Chennai, March 9: Thanks to the trouble in Aircel, its customers have been facing huge network problem, unable to make or receive calls — getting to understand what Vodafone customers go through even in normal times. Okay. That was just good natured barb at the hard-working Vodafone guys, who are always busy and attending to