Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

In 2008, Rajinikanth acted in a Tamil movie called `Kuselan'. It was the remake of a hugely successful Malayalam film `Kadha Parayumbol', the story of two childhood friends who go on to become a village barber and a big movie star. But the Tamil version did just average business. The reason was that though the … Continue reading Has a realistic Rajinikanth taken a step back from politics?

Decoding the political craft of Edappadi Palaniswami

By A Shankar In the first week of November, ADMK’s Coordinator and Tamil Nadu deputy CM O Panneerselvam and Joint Coordinator and CM Edappadi Palaniswami announced that the General council of the party will be held on 24 November.  Soon after the announcement, OPS left on an official trip to the USA along with his son … Continue reading Decoding the political craft of Edappadi Palaniswami

EPS predicts a Rajini-Kamal flop show

Edappadi Palaniswami has turned an astrologer. The Tamil Nadu chief minister has predicted that Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth would meet the same fate as Sivaji Ganesan. No, he was not referring to the acting prowess that is common to the three but their foray into politics.  “We all know how popular Sivaji Ganesan was as … Continue reading EPS predicts a Rajini-Kamal flop show

Rajinikanth junks efforts to saffronise him, denies plan to join BJP

The last time Rajinikanth had been so emphatic perhaps was on 31 December 2017, when he said his entry into politics is certain. Today, he slammed the door on the BJP, making it clear that he will not get trapped in the attempts to saffronise him. If you hear Rajini's statement along with the bombastic … Continue reading Rajinikanth junks efforts to saffronise him, denies plan to join BJP

Sorry Sujith. We failed you

Sujith's grave at Fatima Pudur cemetery in Trichy wasn't an inch more than 5 feet by 3 feet. The depth far, far less than the 85 feet he had fallen to inside the borewell on 25 October.  Tuesday morning was like a second burial. Because the two-year-old had bid his goodbye to Kala Mary, his … Continue reading Sorry Sujith. We failed you

With two stunning bypoll victories, EPS blows victory bigil

Even as all eyes were on the BJP-Shiv Sena's fairly comfortable victory in Maharashtra and the cliffhanger in Haryana, Tamil Nadu decided to surprise. Both the byelection results went in favour of the AIADMK. A significant comeback after the rout the AIADMK-BJP-PMK combine suffered in the Lok Sabha elections when it won just one seat … Continue reading With two stunning bypoll victories, EPS blows victory bigil

`Thamizhan’ Modi plogs at Mamallapuram beach

Narendra Modi has been trending since Friday evening. In black and white. First for his sartorial embrace of the veshti-sattai-thundu (white dhoti-shirt-towel), the traditional attire of the Tamil Nadu male and then plogging at the Mamallapuram beach on Saturday morning. The country seems divided in its opinion, if social media trends and comments on digital media … Continue reading `Thamizhan’ Modi plogs at Mamallapuram beach

How a lake was restored at Mamallapuram ahead of Modi-Xi summit

The decision to hold the informal India-China summit at Mamallapuram has proved to be a boon for Konneri lake. The name interestingly, comes from Ko (reference to cow) and Neri (lake) because the shape of the once-upon-a-time water body resembles a sitting cow.  The Konneri lake is one of the last freshwater bodies that are … Continue reading How a lake was restored at Mamallapuram ahead of Modi-Xi summit

Telangana RTC strike : KCR does a Jayalalithaa

Let this be said upfront. There is little sympathy for the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) employees who have gone on strike in the middle of the festival season, just when lakhs of people from the state want to travel to visit their family and relatives for Dussehra. This is because the private operators … Continue reading Telangana RTC strike : KCR does a Jayalalithaa

Chennai’s Most Wanted : WIND

By Tenali Rama (Follow @IamTenaliRama) Senior AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan, in a television interview to News7, has said it is the wind that is to blame for forcing the banner to fall on Subasri and causing her death on 12 September in Chennai. When the banner fell on the young techie, she lost balance on … Continue reading Chennai’s Most Wanted : WIND

AIADMK govt wants Modi-Xi banners. BJP, Kamal Haasan oppose move

The top leadership of the Tamil Nadu government wants to leave no stone unturned to make the informal meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram between October 11-13, a success. The heritage site is about 50 km from Chennai. And how does it plan to do it?  By erecting banners … Continue reading AIADMK govt wants Modi-Xi banners. BJP, Kamal Haasan oppose move

Narendra Modi and his love for things Tamizhan

These days, it would seen, Narendra Modi is not leaving an opportunity to show his love for the Tamil language. Last week, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, the Prime minister quoted Tamil poet Kaniyan Pungundranar to say ``yaadum oore, yaavarum kelir'' (For us, all towns are one and all the people are ours). And … Continue reading Narendra Modi and his love for things Tamizhan

Will Neta Rajinikanth have a party in six months?

Is Rajinikanth set to launch his party in the next six months? Yes, says Karate Thiagarajan, a Tamil Nadu Congress leader who was suspended from the party in June for criticising MK Stalin. He was reacting to Chiranjeevi's advice to Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan to stay away from politics.  ``Rajinikanth is the only one who … Continue reading Will Neta Rajinikanth have a party in six months?

AIADMK leader Jayagopal whose wedding banner killed Subasri, arrested

Fifteen days after an illegal banner erected by former AIADMK councillor Jayagopal for his son's wedding in Chennai killed Subasri Ravi, he was arrested by Tamil Nadu police from a resort in Denkanikottai in Krishnagiri. The banner had blown away in the wind and fell on Subasri, throwing her and her bike off balance, resulting … Continue reading AIADMK leader Jayagopal whose wedding banner killed Subasri, arrested