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A Bigg task

Whatever the 100 days of Bigg Boss has done or not done for the people of Tamilnadu, it has made one immense contribution: It has added a word to the Tamil vocabulary. And the word is TASK. Yes. The word is being bandied about by everyone who has watched the show even once. Even my maid complains that I am giving her a difficult ‘task’ when I ask her to

Flowery trail

I follow my nose to tell the climate. In summer, I smell jasmine (malli) flowers and Rangoon creeper (which blooms in white and turns a deep pink by morning). In the rainy season, it is the Indian cork (maramalli) that I sniff at, and in winter (what passes for the season in Chennai), it is pavazhamalli (parijatham). And throughout the year, it is the champa (frangipani). We have a few

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

Water Wars

A nasty fallout of the summer is bound to be the water shortage. It also seems to bring out the worst in human beings. Every time Chennai goes through water scarcity, something snaps in the public mind. It is not uncommon to witness ‘kozha sandai’ – fighting for the hand pump – in the street corner among people who share a common pump. If water is supplied by tanker, the

People rising

What is with the Tamils? They seem to be seizing every opportunity to launch protests. It is a strange reaction given that we do not care to intercede when we see two people wrestling on the road over some petty issue or if a big fight breaks out in our neighbourhood. But, recently, people have been taking up cudgels on behalf of people they do not know from Adam or