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Pallavaram versus Perambur: The great Anglo-Indian divide in Chennai

Anglos in the two localities have woken up to the yawning differences between them. Here's how they drifted apart »
A view of the Landmark store at Nungambakkam. Photo : R Ravindran. melange

Landmark hasn’t ditched me, I ditched Landmark

How a bookstore served as a signpost in a writer’s journey. A tribute »
Participants in sail boats in the waters of Rushikonda. Photo: K.R. Deepak

Sailor’s paradise

Perfect wind and wave action make Rushikonda stand apart as a top water sport destination »
Manee has mastered the art of being a three legged kitty and does things with great aplomb. pet pals

Say yes to black animals too

Why overlook animals because of the colour of their fur? The founder of Cattitude Trust tells us that black is beautiful too »
History amidst greenery: The May Day Park has had a role in shaping the labour history of Madras.
chennai, April 19, 2014
melange: hidden histories

Chennai's park with a past

Summers are best spent away from Chennai and if you are stuck here, it is best to remain indoors with a powerful air conditioner and a tall cooling drink by your elbow. But if you are the outdoors... »
Though Anglo Indians like to sing and dance, they are also adept in sports. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
hyderabad, April 19, 2014

The allure of the Anglos

‘Hey brother, so, I asked the bugger to get me extra helping of ‘daul’ and the chap said he saw a ‘bandigot’ pass by…’ if this doesn’t help you identify the people in question then there is a goo... »
T.T. Raghunathan's shed has been a witness to numerous soirees. Photo: R. Ragu
chennai, April 19, 2014

The garage and the good life

What would you park in your garage?If you were T.T. Raghunathan, it would be a passel of paintings, a pro music system accompanied by a blast of speakers, a sleek bar counter, a tall wine co... »
chennai, April 18, 2014
melange: Confessions of an anonymous woman

Beware of the flashing mob

Ever been flashed? Well, I have and I thought I would share it with you.One lazy Sunday afternoon, walking towards the end of the street to buy some stationery, I spotted a lonely auto drive... »
I hardly get the time to read now, says Rajani Bai T.K. Photo: K. Ragesh
Kozhikode, April 18, 2014

I am... Rajani Bai T.K. - Touring librarian with Aikya Kerala Library

“I started working in 2007, the year the scheme for distributing books to women in the neighbourhood was introduced. I had done odd jobs earlier including the cleaning job at the Aikya Kerala Read... »
Screenshot of DISHA, Government of Kerala's tele-helpline for health
Thiruvananthapuram, April 17, 2014

Over the phone

Help for those suffering from physical and mental trauma is now just a phone call away thanks to technology developed by Technopark-based start-up OrisysIndia Constultancy Services. Tele... »
Cary Edwards says that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu requires very little strength, is designed to be easy, uses natural body movement, leverage instead of strength and is ideally suited for women because build and strength are not prerequisites. Photo: V. Ganesan
chennai, April 16, 2014

Gym Cary is here

“If you and me were walking down the road and if someone wants to pick a fight with either one of us, who would they pick,” he asks as I check out First Contact Mixed Martial Arts, his new gym abov... »
First time women voters in Madurai refuse to be taken in by false promises and empty rhetoric. Photo: R. Ashok
MADURAI, April 16, 2014

Not to be taken lightly

“We face a lot of problems. I find there are not many woman candidates, if there is no sufficient representation for woman in the Parliament, who will speak for them? I don’t believe in party poli... »
Akhil Kodamanchili conducts music workshops for not just amateurs but also for complete novices. Photo: G. Ramakrishna
Hyderabad, April 16, 2014

Move beyond karaoke culture

He believes we need to move beyond the karaoke culture when it comes to music. Little wonder that his workshops encourage complete novices to use any instrument of their choice and not just play b... »
Salil Mehta, Yashoda Kumari and Tarique Afaque.
delhi, April 16, 2014

Riding towards change

In our country, scooters have been associated with the female gender while bikes are regarded as more masculine, meant for young men on the move. This notion persists despite the famous Hamara Baj... »

How birds of a feather found followers

I am... Suppathal - Retired domestic help

Wanted: A candidate for change

‘The first time I saw Hindi films, I thought they were unrealistic’

Pedal pushers want adrenaline rush

And drops formed an ocean…

In a tribe of its own

Staging a difference

April 19, 2014

CityZen: Coimbatore

Ranjana Singhal, 44 Occupation restaurateur 1. What is your most prized possession My family, hard work 2. If you were granted a wish what wou... »
Walking the talk: (From left) G. Abhimanyu Ganesh, Sabari Rathen.M, Hannah Mathews, Maithri Anand play key roles in their family businesses
Photo: Sreejith R. Kumar
Thiruvananthapuram, April 19, 2014

Young Turks in the boardrooms

They were all born with a silver spoon in their mouth and are heirs to some of the city’s established business enterprises. But, instead of resting on the laurels of their fathers and forefathers,... »
The tea culture in China embraced the Li (rites and etiquette) in Confucianism
chennai, April 18, 2014

Calm over a tea cup

In Hong Kong, when my guide Fred Chang offered to take me to a celebrated tea house for a tea appreciation session, I was a bit apprehensive about the endless rounds of tea decoction I would be m... »
Alima Banu Sikkandhar
madurai, April 18, 2014

CityZen: Madurai

Alima Banu Sikkandhar, 28 School Facilitator What is your most prized possession? My most prized possession is my family and health of all because... »
Selvam and Vijaya Nirmala with their children at Gandhi Nagar. Photo: Nahla Nainar
Tiruchirapalli, April 18, 2014

To see and be seen

Sarvesh is being carefully cleaned after a toilet break by his mother Vijaya Nirmala in front of their house with mugs full of water. His elder brother Sadasivam is busy picking up a fight with his... »
The American students says they are keen to integrate themselves with the culture and people of the State. Photos: Achuthsankar S. Nair
Thiruvananthapuram, April 17, 2014

Foreign flavour at Karyavattam

Usually, it’s the other way around – students from India head abroad to pursue their higher education. These days, it seems that the reverse is happening at the University of Kerala. Thanks to the... »
Issues, leaders and the electorate are all on the grid. Photo: K. Murali Kumar
bangalore, April 16, 2014

A major game changer

As Karnataka and India vote for a new parliament, the election is being touted as the one that will challenge a host of conventions. This election campaign has seen many a host of candidates, espe... »
Tailor P. Murali Raj makes jeans for both men and women and for all age groups. Photo: T. Saravanan
madurai, April 16, 2014

I am… P. Murali Raj - Tailor

At a time when people thought jeans could only be bought readymade, I had different ideas. I sourced cotton and denim from Mumbai and Coimbatore and tailored them according to my customers’ tastes... »
Shafeer S. who sells tapioca at Eenchakkal Junction, believes it will never go out of the menu of Malayalis. Photo: Athira M.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 16, 2014

I am… Shafeer S. – Tapioca seller

I was working with a company that exported vegetables to West Asia for nearly 20 years. But when it was wound up, I had to find a new way to earn my living. Selling tapioca was the first option fo... »
Alpna cinema hall. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma
delhi, April 16, 2014
capital check

Curtains down

Almost every day, some of us drive past them. Almost all of us fail to even acknowledge their presence. Such is the march of time. Yet there was a time in the none-too-distant past that these cemen... »

A tribute to the trucking spirit

Spend less, still live well

They want to vote and be counted

A new generation New Year

That face of the ‘Mango Man’

Easteride tragedies

Me, myself

The mystery of a second esplanade

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