Tamannah’s cleavage & other festival attractions

* A look at how new ads reach out to people by being totally stupid Chennai, Oct 4: Thanks to the recent India-Australia one-day series, we at Crank’s News watched a lot of cricket. Sorry, correction: We apologise for the incorrect previous sentence. What we did was, we attempted to watch cricket, but what we did was: followed a lot of advertisements. And by boy, some of the advertisements were

5 Things that can happen in TN politics

* Centre appoints permanent care-taker Governor to TN Chennai, Sept 21: Tamil Nadu has been in a state of suspended animation, no, make it, animated suspense, for a year now. Starting on the night of September 22, 2016 the then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was, in acute emergency, admitted to what eventually seemed to be a private prison. Anyway, the next day there was a press release from the State

Newspapers should not pass off letters to the Editor as humour column

* Exasperated reader Panchabootham deplores state of journalism Dear Sir/Madam, Straightaway, I want to ask you whether there are any more journalists left in the newspaper industry or not. Is journalism like clerical work at the AGS Office these days? I have to pose these fundamental questions because I have been seeing a big newspaper palming off one person’s letters to the Editor as a regular weekly column. I could

Computerji, please lock Amitabh Bachchan

Kaun Banega Crorepathi (KBC) is back. This is from what happened in the previous editions. Amitabh Bachchan:  Welcome to the all new episodes of the show where they pay me several crores of rupees every week and still titularly wonder Kaun Banega Crorepati.  Yes, stupidity is the chief hallmark of this programme.  But people generally endure us because otherwise they have to settle for Bigg Boss, a show that you cannot enter unless your

'Impose entertainment tax on TN politics'

TN Guv finally gives his recommendation to the Centre Chennai, Aug 30: After receiving flak for not taking any action over the political situation in Tamil Nadu, the acting Governor of the State, Ch Vidyasagar Rao, has finally sent his recommendation to the Central government over the state of affairs here. And no prizes for guessing what his suggestion to the Centre is: Impose entertainment tax on the political happenings in Tamil Nadu. According to

TN medical colleges to offer law degrees

* NEET confusion leaves students experts in legal matter * Engineering institutes give 6-month ‘compact degrees’ for medicos Chennai, Aug 17: Even as the Law Ministry has offered its consent for the ordinance exempting TN students from NEET (National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test) for this year, and even as, in response. a section of students have filed a plea with the Supreme Court to make NEET valid for TN, there is some good news

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

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

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

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,

History beckons Nadal in his search for a decent pair of shorts

* A curtain-raiser for Wimbledon on which the curtain has already gone up London, July 6: SW19 is no ordinary address in the tennis world. It is the pincode for inviolable traditions, which is another name for insufferable snootiness that is Wimbledon. This year, in a break from the tradition, the Wimbledon tournament has started later than the usual June last-week beginning. In keeping with this new tradition we have also delayed our traditional ‘curtain-raiser’ on