Tuesday, 14 April 2015

                                   OK KANMANI TO PERUMAL MURUGRAN

I was just surfing the net going from one extreme 'o kadhal kanmani' film songs to flipkart to journalism fellowships to articles in the OPEN magazine; meanwhile checking out my official mails! As the songs were flowing through my 'headphone', I got to read the article on forgotten controversy of writer Perumal Murugan.

To me the following part that recorded the version of historian Theodore Baskaran made sense:   

Some of these experiences would be lost to us if they weren’t preserved so well in the amber of literature. “In another 50 years, they will say ‘untouchability’ never existed,” says historian Theodore Baskaran, who is among the intellectuals from the Kongu region to have stood by Murugan. “Denial of history and culture go hand in hand with in- sensitivity to literature.”

I believe writer Perumal Murugan presently living in one of the corners of the Chennai city, should actually give a second thought and get back to writing. We need people like him who are repositories of knowledge and actually report on historical issues that the GEN Y should know.  

LINK to OPEN magazine article: http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/art-culture/delible-ink

As I had finished reading the article, I had already heard the mental manadhil song - Music by ARR and lyrics by Vairamuthu in the film by Maniratnam' four times !! chillax

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Maiyam show on importance on mental health : 


Sunday, 29 March 2015

Maiyam show on successful women in science, sports, health and social causes :

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

WARM  WELCOME - குளிர்ந்த நெஞ்சுடன் வரவேற்றான்

Warm regards , warm welcome, heart-warming story இப்படி பல வார்த்தைகளில் நாம் ஆங்கிலேயர்களின் வார்த்தை பிரயோகத்கை அப்படியே பயன்படுத்துகிறோம். கடந்த வாரம் பூவுலகின் நண்பர்கள் நடத்திய  'பொழுதுகள் 6'' நிகழ்ச்சியில் நண்பர் நக்கீரன் இது எவ்வளவு வேடிக்கையானது என்று விளக்கினார். குளிர் பிரதேசத்தில் இருக்கும் ஆங்கிலேயர்களுக்கு வெய்யில் என்பது விருப்பமான ஒன்று. அவர்கள் வெயிலை வரவேற்பார்கள். அதனால் தான் warm regards , warm welcome, heart-warming என பயன்படுத்துகின்றனர்.  

நாமோ சுட்டெரிக்கும் வெயிலுக்குச் சொந்தகாரர்கள். நமக்கு குளிர்ச்சி தான் தேவை. அதை தான் நம் விரும்புகிறோம்.  அதனால் தான் தமிழில் ''குளிரிந்த பார்வை பார்த்தாள், குளிர்ந்த நெஞ்சுடன் வரவேற்றான்' என்று பயன்  பயன்படுத்துகின்றோம். நான் warm regards என்று இ-மெயிலில் பயன்படுத்துவதில்லை!!. கொஞ்சம் யோசிப்போம்.    

Friday, 27 February 2015

Rafflesia Ornaldii

Rafflesia Ornaldii and Subarakshitha

It was a fantastic morning for me. My cute little friend Subarakshitha prepared breakfast for me. Ofcourse I helped her with cutting the vegetables to make tomato curry and poori. She came with her family to wish me for my birthday and decided to stay back in my house. We went to the beach in the evening. Both of us were playing in the sand for while. She was talking to me about her school, homework and how she dominates in her class as a group leader. I was just wondering and at the same time thanking God for giving those glorious
moments with such a lovely kid in my life. I am blessed. 

Little Suba in my kitchen
This little girl became my friend way back in 2012. A fully drunk millionaire drove a Merc over a pavement at Egmore in the middle of the night while my little Suba was sleeping there with her grandmother and her cousin. She woke up to witness the death of her cousin Muniraj and raised an alarm as the car had run over her right hand completely damaging her wrist. I wrote about the incident and visited her at her house.

She did not talk to me at the first sight. I made frequent visits and became her friend. It took some time for her to accept me as her friend. My news articles in Deccan Chronicle helped Suba for her treatment. I was glad that I was able to bring a smile on the face of the child. I had sent a Barbie doll for her once. Then we spoke to over the phone about her hospital treatment, rejoining for her studies, blah, blah... and the friendship blossomed similar to the world’s biggest flower –Rafflesia Ornaldii...

Her visit yesterday was a great gift to me. God’s gift. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

  Why I hate plastics

Three years ago, I visited the government veterinary hospital to meet experts there who came up with a research paper on plastic being found in cow's milk. The startling fact revealed yet another shocking story to me. While I was leaving the hospital I learnt that plastic that we leave on roads are consumed by cows and buffaloes and that's how plastic has contaminated the fresh milk from cow.

While I was leaving the place feeling great that I had got a damn good story for the day, I stopped infront of the mortuary. When I peeped in I found two big buckets filled with plastic bags. Those bags looked as if they were soaked in blood. Doctors there told me that almost 35kgs of plastic bags were found in the stomach of a cow. With a heavy heart, I left the place. I wrote the story and at the same time, I decided I shouldnt use plastic bags anymore. I avoid it till date as much as possible. I feel like killing a cow everytime I buy a plastic bag.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Brazil taps run dry: Amazon forests on deathbed

I felt very bad when I read a report in The Hindu newspaper on huge water crisis spilling over Brazil.  Just imagine the situation where the children are fed sandwiches only because the school managements are unable to use water to clean the plates on which cooked meal is served. The following is the link for the article: