Some are famous. Some are rich. Some are powerful. Some are hardworking. Some are good/evil. But some, who get mentioned in the newspaper, are just plain lucky. Like me
When I went to the Perambur Heritage walk recently, I was casually talking to a reporter from The Hindu. That’s all I did. Guess what – My name has been mentioned in the 3rd page of the Main paper of The Hindu!! Here’s the online edition link, if the above photo of the printed paper is not clear.
Fort St. George, Chennai is the first structure that the British built in Chennai/Madras in 1644 CE, and the city eventually evolved around it. Even though Mylapore, Triplicane, etc. were present for thousands of years, they were separate villages.
I went to a heritage walk around Fort St. George, Chennai, led by Mr. Vincent D’Souza, one of the convener of Madras Day events. In this post, I will present some photos and info gathered from our walk. Continue reading
Kumki is an excellent Tamil movie about Elephants – Forest Elephant coming into village for food, and villagers using Kumki (trained elephant) to fend them off. Even though the love story has been given maximum screen time in this movie, I still liked the way the story has been presented. Must watch. Continue reading
Madras Market is a bi-annual expo in Chennai. I went to the fourth edition of Madras Market held today at YMCA grounds, Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), Chennai. The location is near SRP tools, after TIDEL park and NIFT campuses on OMR. The entry fees for this event is Rs. 50/- and there is ample parking space. Continue reading
I am not saying it’s wrong. Who am I to say that? But I want to understand what motivates movie stars to still act as (mostly young) heroes even after they are 50/60 years old? I am not sure how prevalent this is in Bollywood, but in the South Indian movie industry, this is very common.
Let’s look at some possible reasons below: Continue reading
Perambur is the suburban area of Chennai. I went to a Heritage walk that covered some important regions/ monuments in Perambur, recently. Perambur, is a relatively green area (see above photo for proof) and it’s quiet. I loved the ambiance of the place. Continue reading
Private India is a Thriller written by Ashwin Sanghi & James Patterson. I have read two more books written by Ashwin Sanghi and liked them very much for the depth of historical information presented in them. But this one is more like a regular mystery/thriller.
The story is good, book is unputdownabble, and the serial killer is unguessable. But why every thriller wants to feature a serial killer (that too someone who leaves clues to the cops after every murder) is beyond me. Think of something new guys! Continue reading
Excellent and innovative second-half. But an ordinary first half. In fact, movie goers (within the movie) mock the movie’s average first half themselves, just before the interval! One needs guts to do that and still get the approval of the producer
Kathai Thirikathai Vasanam Iyakkam is Parthiban’s attempt to make a movie without a story, and he almost succeeds in his mission until the interval. The movie tries to hold the audience attention with witty one-liners alone and that’s difficult. There should be some substance (aka story), and that comes during the second half. First half is a drag, but don’t give up on the movie based on that. Continue reading
Recently, I went to a heritage walk in the Queen Mary’s College campus, Chennai. Established in 1914, this is the first Women’s College established by the Government. On the request of Mr. Sivaswamy Iyer, Mr. Pentland approved it and appointed Ms. Dorothy de la Hey as its first principal (who also identified the site near Marina beach for this college). Continue reading
There are a few twin cities in South India.
- Cochin – Trivandrum
- Hyderabad – Secunderabad
- Bangalore – Mysore
- Coimbatore – Palakkad
- Mumbai – Pune, etc.
That’s why I propose that Mogappair (currently a sub-urban area of Chennai where I live) be developed as a twin city of Chennai
I know what you are thinking – Mogappair is such a small area – then how can this area be developed into a twin city, that too for Chennai? Continue reading