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Melange: Hidden Histories

An Anglican treasure

In just five days from now, St. George’s Cathedral, on Cathedral Road, will complete 200, for it first opened its doors to worshippers on April 30, 1815. By 1800, Madras had become a haven o... »
Melange: Social State

The gaze of a million eyes upon them

A few years ago, television news channels across languages were discussing a criminal case of what was considered much import. It was the Aarushi Talwar-Hemraj murder case. What was at best a city-... »
With the internet’s success in fostering innovation, access to knowledge and
freedom of speech are the main demands of internet users

Switch off for net neutrality

With net neutrality becoming the hottest debate across the country, netizens are pledging to turn off data services to send a message to TRAI »
Self-compassion means facing up to your fears and anxieties, and not
putting yourself down

Compassion is the key

Treat yourself kindly so that others will do the same »
April 26, 2015
Down Memory Lane

Who rests under that dome?

World Heritage Day last week was a reminder that Delhi is the repository of a large number of monuments, many of which are memorials to unknown people or have names inconsistent with their nomencla... »
April 24, 2015
Melange: Tech Away

Productivity in your pocket

Since most of us are almost surgically attached to our smartphones, it follows logically that we use the aforementioned little box of good stuff to help us accomplish more from our day whilst makin... »
April 24, 2015
Melange: Writer's Block

That line between a journalist and a fan

During my late teens I was a huge fan of the actor Jackie Shroff. I would cut out pictures of him from magazines and paste them on doors and switchboards — apart from reading every word about him... »
April 24, 2015
Melange: Joan of Snark

Show us the money, no really

If you are an active Internet user, chances are that the name Rob Kuznia will be familiar to you. When the Pulitzer Prizes were announced, and journalists like me were left feeling insignificant li... »
April 24, 2015
Pet Pals

Beginning of a Pawsome journey!

The journey of raising a puppy is filled with fun and laughter as well as hard work. A lot of experienced pet parents will tell you that raising a pup is similar to raising a human child. Just like... »
Jawans of the Gurkha unit of the Indian army give a display with their
April 24, 2015

Unfailing spirit of the indispensable Gorkhas

‘Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous,never had a country more faithful friends than you’On April 24, 2015, the Third Gorkha Rifles (3 GR) celebrated the... »
Sudha Dheep pinning the badge on Latha Abiruben, the new president of Soroptimist International Madurai Chapter. Photo: G. Moorthy
MADURAI, April 23, 2015

'Connecting Hearts in Service'

With renewed enthusiasm and energy a new team of Soroptimist International (SI) Madurai-Chapter was installed at a simple ceremony last weekend. The outgoing president Dr.Sudha Dheep pinned the ba... »
Students from the Millennium batch of Govt. Fine Arts College get together for Harmony, an exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademy, in Chennai on Tuesday. Photo: R. Ravindran
April 22, 2015

Once upon a classroom

It was the most awaited college trip of the year. The students were to spend over two weeks travelling across South India together. As they piled into the bus to Kumbakonam, they hooted, sang and d... »
MADURAI, April 22, 2015

Holidays spent fruitfully

A group of 25 boys and girls from the Mahatma CBSE School in the city chose not to sit idle after writing their class X exam. Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat campaign, the... »
Learning to care: at the Siruthuli Summer Camp. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
COIMBATORE, April 22, 2015

One for the planet

Fourteen-year-old Praneeta’s notebook is filled with names of birds, she spotted at a bird watching session at the Siruthuli’s Nature Nurture Camp. This is her first time at a nature camp and she... »

I am…Jaicy Ramesh

When an idea clicks

The road to Cannes

Mohammed Siraj

Child's play

When Madras froze over

A cut above the rest

His world of words

Is how Puja describes the red nose. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K
April 26, 2015

It is serious business

Puja Sarup is so good looking that clowning is the last thing you associate her with. Yes, she’s a professional clown. “Who says that a clown has to be ugly or unattractive? Sad, the whole world h... »
April 24, 2015

Go offline

When Durex launched their ‘Connect’ video last month, the message was loud and clear — turn off to turn on. It said a lot about how we have become addicts to our smartphones. Even the latest McDon... »
April 24, 2015
Melange: Confessions of an Anonymous Woman

Fighting the demons every day

I am 45 years old, menopausal, and a patient of mental illness.I wasn’t always this way, though. Thinking back to 20 years ago, I was full of life, cheerful, determined. My mother used to de... »
April 24, 2015

Tch, tch, tch these Indian men…

My best friend has picked up a new hobby. She stalks a mutual friend of ours on Instagram. He’s Italian, and incredibly hunky with the body of a superhero. He’s also developed a selfie habit... »
Myriam Megha, BCom student
Thiruvananthapuram, April 24, 2015

Of watches, omnipotence, family and travel

MYRIAM MEGHABCom student, 19What is your most prized possession?My grandparents.If you were granted a wish what would it be?I wish... »

Commentary in the local language is back with a bang in the last couple of months.
April 23, 2015

Talking cricket the Tamil way

There’s excitement in the air as the batting team needs a six off the last ball to win. The batsman, drenched in sweat, takes his time to take guard and slogs at the ball. It bounces just a few met... »
Sandhya Kumar
April 23, 2015

A hockey story from coffee-country

Over 3,000 players — men, women, and children — of the Kodava community from Coorg gather annually for the family hockey tournament in the midst of coffee plantations, summer vacations and the wedd... »
Krish Kumar with his partially restored Formula India car
April 22, 2015
Man and Machine

Return to Sholavaram

No human being can escape the diasporal experience. At some point, he will begin to feel he has been uprooted from ‘his happy land’. The happy land is defined by him. It could be his childhood. It... »
Ladles of love: Members of Barathi Chellammal home-makers group. Photo: R. Ashok
MADURAI, April 22, 2015
Making a difference

Recipe for goodness

These homemakers have been cooking for their families for years. And now they have stepped out of their own kitchens to feed people without families. Barely four months ago, the idea str... »
Abhinaya Theatre group members singing folk songs at Manaveeyam Veedhi, in Thiruvananthapuam. Photo: S. Mahinsha
Thiruvananthapuram, April 22, 2015

The Cultural Corridor

Shylaja P. Ambu breaks into a folk song and soon the small crowd on the stretch of road are swaying to the beat of drums. A few metres away three caricature artistes are busy at work. Meanwhile, a... »

Of colours and fragrance

The nagging cycle

A hitchhiker’s guide to music

The blue and the boxing ring

Being two worlds apart

Ensuring our (online) safety in numbers

A ‘Tyre’-ing Job

Net neutrality: A free & open net for all