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His eternal tryst with art

P. Manickavachagam’s prolific talent straddles many genres and techniques with ease »

Twin treats for Ramzan

Savour the delights of Jaal Parotta and Murtaba »

Classic passion

The Thirukkural Parappu Maiyyam is a labour of love for this man of modest means »

An ode to our amazing home

In India, where more than 50% of the population is below the age of 25, there is an urgent need to inculcate a strong sense of the importanc »

Meet our best friends!

Little or large, a dog’s size has little to do with the relationship it enjoys with its human family. Two people tell us why their canine co »

Ruling the airwaves

In its 75th year, All India Radio Tiruchi continues to mark many milestones »

Kingdom of sound

The archive of All India Radio Tiruchirappalli is a treasure trove of sound clips from 1930s to the present. »

Artistry of yore

Award-winning artist N. Manoharan has built his oeuvre on the Tanjore painting technique »

She’s a cut above the rest

Patricia Mary holds her own as a barber in a field dominated by men »

Catching ’em young

Playschools have become integral to the education scene even in a Tier-II city like Tiruchi »

Bridge the gap

Environmental changes and destruction of forests is common in today’s world. But it is hard for us to visualise the negative impact of th...»

Water, water everywhere ...

Old-school diviners and certified hydro-geologists are busy identifying sub-surface water zones in Tiruchi »

A king among mangoes

As the mango season gets underway this summer, Srirangam-based Thathachariar Gardens showcases its prized Imam Pasand variety »

Earthen and elegant

Janani Ravi shows how making terracotta jewellery can be an interesting hobby or a path to self-employment »

A cradle of historicity

Tiruchi/Trichy/Tiruchirappalli is known for its exquisite temples and monuments. The most important of these are the Rock Fort and Sriran...»

Chain of change in art and adventure

The graceful danceuse was performing a very famous kirthanam on stage with her illustrious teacher wielding the cymbals and spelling out...»

Reporters’ notes

From killer deadlines to celebrity interviews and natural beauty, S.Aishwarya, G. Prasad and K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar recount their experien »

Cycling, samosas, Maaza… Anu Hasan's memories of Tiruchi

My memories of Tiruchi are a stream of pleasantly vague incidents interspersed with events of stark clarity.I remember walking to...»

The Hindu MetroPlus Tiruchi: We’re 10!

The Hindu MetroPlus Tiruchi celebrates its 10th anniversary today. The journey to this milestone has been a memorable and enlight...»

Readers have their say

As the Tiruchi edition of MetroPlus turns 10 today, some of our readers share their views on work so far »

My day in the limelight

I am delighted to know that The Hindu MetroPlus Tiruchi is celebrating its 10th anniversary. I owe much to The Hindu for ha...»

Making a case for law

I.M. Lall, a prominent member of Tiruchi’s legal community, feels that giving good advice to a client is as important as being ethical »

For the love of literature

Rasavellar Shenbaga Tamil Arangu has been meticulous in promoting Tamil and global literary works »

Lessons for life

Hard work and self-belief have led to Leela Smart’s success as a teacher and homemaker »

I am … Kumar - Knife sharpener

I have been sharpening knives, coconut scrapers and the aruvamanai (traditional iron cutting tool with or without a wooden base) f...»

Two’s company

Flautists Rakesh Chaurasia and Dr. B. Vijaygopal hope to thrill Tiruchi listeners with their jugalbandi »

One-a-penny, two-a-penny …

Bite into a bit of food history with the hot cross bun, which is popular throughout the year despite its close links to Easter »

To see and be seen

Living with visual impairment is a harsh reality for many of the families in suburban Tiruchi’s Gandhi Nagar colony. But the hope of a bette »

I am... S. Amjad Ibrahim - Watch and spectacles seller/repairer

On some days, I earn around Rs.150-200. Sometimes, there’s no business at all. Then I just sit here and watch the world go by until it is ti »

Confluence of ragas

Kasim and Babu are the inheritors of nadhaswaram exponent Sheik Chinna Moulana’s musical legacy in more ways than one. Nahla Nainar listens »

Beyond compere

George Evers has been the anchor at hundreds of Anglo-Indian weddings and social events since the 1960s. He tells Nahla Nainar how he became »

Create an eco-haven at home

Tips that will allow you to begin creating a backyard ecosystem »

Bridging the gap

While awareness of interior design and art has grown in Tiruchi, more could be done to preserve our heritage buildings, feels artist and pho »

I am … Dr. G. Krishnaraj, veterinarian

I graduated from Madras Veterinary College in 1973, and worked at the Madras Race Course for two years before taking up my government pos...»

Silence of the looms

Woraiyur’s heritage weaving industry faces a shortage of fresh talent »

When his life was a song

Nagore E.M. Hanifa’s distinctive voice took him from a humble background to the centre stage in no time, but it is his son who narrates the »

Preparing the gruel of plenty

As Ramzan gets underway, neighbourhood mosques serve kanji to both those who break their fast there, and to those who simply ask for it »

A step back in time

Exploring the old and the slightly new in Tiruchirapalli Government Museum »

Keeping track of railway history

Southern Railway hopes to showcase the 150 years of its existence with a museum in Tiruchi. »

Mastering the art of the cookie

Fresh ingredients and pure hard work have been the recipe for this couple’s success »

Towering above the rest

It is entirely justified to think that an unusual charitable venture would run out of steam 15 years after it was launched. The passage...»

All the world’s a stage

But these artistes would like some consideration for the years they have devoted to drama »

The vision to succeed

Equipping the visually challenged with job skills is a lifetime mission for P.R. Pandi, former President of the Organisation for the Rehabil »

The show goes on

Despite the ban on animal acts and the labour crunch, companies like Crown Circus promise to thrill their audience »

Embellished ensembles

Price is no bar for those who love wearing embroidered clothes in Tiruchi »

Nimble fingers

Craftwork has helped to banish the blues for this talented homemaker »

Banking on education

The Rockcity Welfare Association has been helping thousands of needy students in Tiruchi get a head start in higher studies with its book ba »

Life in the twilight zone

Increasingly, Tier II cities like Tiruchi and Madurai are attracting senior citizen service providers. »

Tasty triangles

‘Samosa Mani’ of Tiruchi shares his mantra on making the popular snack food »

Out in the open

M.Elangovan of Gramalaya talks about the challenges the Tiruchi-based NGO faces in eradicating public defecation »

Medicine man

The story of Dr. Ayyathurai Mathuram, one of Tiruchi’s most notable medical practitioners »

The butterfly effect

Though they don’t sting or transmit disease, the insects are an integral part of our food chain »

Saying it with a smile

Tiruchi Humour Club shows people the importance of looking at the lighter side of life »

The quiet achiever

Khan Bahadur P. Khalifullah was instrumental in changing the lives of many people in pre-independence India »

Turning over an e-leaf

St. Joseph’s College’s Arrupe Library has started digitally scanning some of its books to preserve them for posterity and make them availabl »

A life full of music

D. Harry Pandian recounts his nearly five-decade-old journey as organist and choirmaster »

Rooting for ecology

Awareness about our biodiversity should start in home gardens, feels E. Gopalakrishnan »

I am... Sivakumar and Mahendran - Chair seat weavers

The tragedy is that nobody wants to follow us in this trade. We spend around Rs. 50 on the wire, but our labour is getting costlier because »

Sugar rush

Even the uncertainty in the agricultural sector has not hit the demand for jaggery in Tiruchi, especially in the run-up to Pongal »

I am... L. Lakshmanan - Kabadiwala

I am L. Lakshmanan, and I have been doing this work for 20 years with my brothers, father and uncle. We have three shops in Tiruchi. I w...»

His world, the stage

Playwright Muthu Velazhagan mourns the lack of contemporary world class Tamil drama even as he recaptures the excitement of how he began wri »

I am … Ranganathan - Job typist

I’ve been a job typist for the past 30 years. I did my SSLC in 1975 and immediately joined a typing institute after school. There was no...»

All set for take-off?

Karaivetti Bird Sanctuary stands to benefit from the added attention of the authorities »

Portrait of an artist

A. Rajan’s heart was always in art – no matter what the medium »

I am… Subramani, cobbler

I have been sitting under this tree and plying my trade here for the past ten years. Rain or shine, I have to manage the seasons with a p...»

Dedicated to cow care

Trichinopoly Pinjrapole has been sheltering destitute and terminally ill cattle from the 1920s, and is keen to continue the service with the »

Fading out

Tiruchi is dotted with relics of a bygone colonial era, but there’s no official initiative to preserve them for posterity »

Homes away from home

Privately-run hostels for single female professionals are flourishing in Tiruchi though the interpretation of ‘space’ varies from one establ »

The science of clean energy

On International Women’s Day, Dr. M. Premalatha, associate professor at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Science and Technology, NIT- »

I am … M. Irulandi, watchman

I’ve been working in this apartment block for the past year. My day starts at 8 a.m., when I take over charge from my colleague Subraman...»

The new Mercedes C Class sacrifices some of the dynamics of the outgoing model for a longer wheelbase and premium materials »

The evolution of the plum cake from porridge and pudding, to what it is now »

Shweta Bathija launches her online range of high-end foot wear called Baha »



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