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


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

Double trouble!

Reporting on the recent controversy over Mersal movie, one news site mixed up Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi. This was equivalent to mistaking Amit Shah for Bernard Shaw. To be fair, it was a North Indian news site (omnibus editorial policy: “How the hell do you expect us to know anything about South India or Srl Lanka or whatever they call their place?”). So we should at least be happy that they made Vijay Vijay Sethupathi and

Festival on crack

It’s festival time. With the bustle and sparkle of the moment, it may be easy to forget the real tradition of the occasion. We will remind you: It’s about purchasing electronic consumer devices that you mostly have no need for. It is a practice that goes back to Lord Krishna’s time, as we can see in this verbatim exchange between Him and Yashodha: Yashodha: I will tie You to the

Raiders of the last arc

ISuggestThatYouTryReadingThistAloudWithoutAnyPauseAndWithoutLettingYourIntensityDownEvenForASecondAndWhileAtItYouCanAlsoTryTwistingTurningTwirlingKickingAndRunningAroundBecauseItWillGiveYouAGoodIdeaOfWhatItTakesToBeA… Tcha! I lost my breath there. I guess you too would have, unless otherwise you happen to be Ajay Thakur. But if you are Ajay Thakur, you can probably read this entire column in a single breath. Ajay Thakur is capable of this because he has no lungs. Okay, that is an obvious lie. Ajay Thakur is capable of this because he is the star raider for the Chennai

Crazy thieves of Ambattur

The other day a friend cattily suggested that with the nation’s economy tanking many of us may soon need to resort to burglary. And my response as a responsible journalist was, “we better, especially because there is an alarming decline in the quality of existing criminals”. My statement was based on what had happened last week at the residence of my friend Janardanan, who for the sake of protecting his