KCR, Vijayan chart own course on lockdown, ignore Centre’s guidelines

Two states in South India - Kerala and Telangana - have decided to chart their own course in their bid to control the Corona Virus Pandemic. The methods are different, guided by the data emerging on the ground - but what is common is that both Kerala and Telangana are not entirely in sync with … Continue reading KCR, Vijayan chart own course on lockdown, ignore Centre’s guidelines

Kerala `bandh’ over Corona

This is a bandh with a difference. Kerala has decided to shut down its movie theatres, schools, colleges, tutorial classes till 31 March. With 14 active cases of Covid 19, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has embarked on a `Better Safe Than Sorry' approach. While annual exams for all classes will go on as scheduled, Lord … Continue reading Kerala `bandh’ over Corona

I love being called `Mallu Arjun’, says the Stylish Star

``I love being called Mallu Arjun,'' gushes Allu Arjun, the moment you mention Kerala and the adulation he receives in the southernmost state of India.  ``I think it is the women fans in Kerala who are responsible for this stardom,'' says Allu Arjun. The Stylish star of Telugu cinema is quite a rage and a … Continue reading I love being called `Mallu Arjun’, says the Stylish Star

7-judge SC bench to now hear case on women’s entry into Sabarimala

In a major development, the Supreme Court has taken a step back on its judgment in the Sabarimala case. In September 2018, it had thrown open the gates of the shrine in Kerala to women of all age groups. At this point in time. women of menstruating age between 10 and 50 years old, are … Continue reading 7-judge SC bench to now hear case on women’s entry into Sabarimala

Will Ayodhya verdict impact Sabarimala review?

Thursday will see the Supreme court pass an important verdict on Sabarimala. This is on a review petition challenging the court's earlier decision on allowing the entry of women of all age groups into the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Kerala. The original practise was that menstruating women in the age group of 10 to 50 years … Continue reading Will Ayodhya verdict impact Sabarimala review?

John Abraham’s reply on why Kerala has not been Modi-fied, goes viral

Actor John Abraham has been a right-winger's delight, having done movies like Pokhran, Batla House, Madras Cafe that had a distinct nationalistic flavour. But his response to a question on why his home state of Kerala has not been Modi-fied yet (a reference to why the state has not embraced the BJP yet, it has … Continue reading John Abraham’s reply on why Kerala has not been Modi-fied, goes viral

Telangana : Exit ESL Narasimhan, Enter Tamilisai Soundararajan

A major reshuffle and new gubernatorial appointments has been effected by the Government of India. The lone surviving Governor from the UPA era, ESL Narasimhan makes an exit after a decade at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad. After spending two years as Governor of Chhattisgarh, he was shifted to Hyderabad to succeed ND Tiwari, who … Continue reading Telangana : Exit ESL Narasimhan, Enter Tamilisai Soundararajan

Gopalakrishnan asks Gopalakrishnan to go to the moon

Even before India can send its first manned mission into space, a certain B Gopalakrishnan from Kerala has booked a slot for the first Indian to go to the moon. No, not himself but a certain Gopalakrishnan nevertheless. This gentleman, B Gopalakrishnan is the spokesperson of the BJP in Kerala and he has decided it … Continue reading Gopalakrishnan asks Gopalakrishnan to go to the moon

Nipah virus resurfaces in Kerala

A day after Ernakulam collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla junked social media reports about Nipah virus case in his district, the Kerala government on Monday issued a high alert. This was after the 23-year-old patient who was admitted in an isolation ward in Ernakulam district tested positive for the deadly brain damaging Nipah virus. His … Continue reading Nipah virus resurfaces in Kerala

Dear Rahul Gandhi …

This is a guest video column on UmaSudhir.com by CS Rangarajan, the chief priest of the Chilkur Balaji temple on the outskirts of Hyderabad. It is popularly referred to as the `Visa Balaji temple' because the belief goes that whoever has an issue securing an US visa only has to pray here for the application to … Continue reading Dear Rahul Gandhi …

No, Sreesanth isn’t bowling an inswinger to the Congress

In the season of the migratory birds, also known as the election season in India, it only took a courtesy visit by former India cricketer S Sreesanth to Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor on Friday night, to set the rumour mills spinning in Kerala. The grapevine had it that Sreesanth had joined the Congress. The presence … Continue reading No, Sreesanth isn’t bowling an inswinger to the Congress