How will be your 2018

* We, sitting in our office, foretell your (whoever and wherever you are) future Chennai, Dec 28: The only thing that ever gets read with any amount of sincerity in a newspaper is the Zodiac prediction, a column whose contents we completely make up. Here in the newspaper industry we can’t even say with any amount of certainty what tomorrow holds for us and whether newspapers will be around till next winter. And you expect us to

How money makes intercourse and multiplies

* The inside story of what happens to your bank deposits (Pssst: Adults Only) Chennai, Dec 22: How safe are your bank deposits? This question has to be asked in the light of some controversial provisions of the FRDI Bill, which if you believe the WhatsApp forwards, gives the government not only access to your bank deposits but also allows it to change your ATM password without your knowledge. What does this mean? Exactly, your ATM password will no longer be your

Carnatic music in Koyambedu market

* A slew of places where classical concerts can be taken to begins Ranjani-Gayathri sisters recently performed at Vadapalani Metro railway station. A group of well-known musicians are set to give a series of concerts in a Chennai eatery. T M Krishna and his disciples are having singing sessions in a moving bus. But at least you can understand the last-mentioned effort, because it involves T M Krishna. It has

EC declares Vishal elected at RK Nagar

Chennai, Dec 7: After the by-election related events of Tuesday night at RK Nagar, we at Crank’s News called for an emergency editorial meeting and stood in silence for two-minutes. It was to mark the formal death of spoof and satire in these parts. Things that transpired for three-four hours at the RK Nagar Election Commission camp office beggar our belief and, we at Crank’s News, who think up bizarre,

DIY: Election Reporting

* A handy primer on how to cover elections in any place without ever stepping out of your cubicle Chennai, Nov 30:  Elections are always the flavour of India. Some State or the other is always poll-bound. In the event, political reporting in this country is mostly an exercise in giving election gyaan. Luckily, poll-reporting is no different from everyday weather forecast, except that election reporters are under no compulsion

Centre mulls anticipatory ban law

* A forward-thinking, proactive legal measure to help curb the menace of ‘offending films’ even before they are made New Delhi, Nov 23: Finally some good seems to have emerged out of the fracas over Padmavati, a film so odious with offensive content that many people are able to outrage even without having seen it. Padmavati has been banned by a few States (Rajasthan, MP, UP) on the grounds that