Native Religious Practises: Keda Vettu

(A word of caution: this blog post, adopted from an old blog post of mine, is about animal sacrifice as practiced in the villages of Tamil Nadu, India. If it is not your thing, give it a miss.) What do you think they do in villages if their cattle fell sick one after the other…

Madras Moment

Chennai is a city, Madras is an emotion. Or so goes the popular refrain. But what does it mean? How does a significant geographical area of 8 million diverse people goes from a city to an emotion? It is not for me—an outsider—to define what Madras is (if at all that is possible), but by…

Leave It To Professionals

(This was written two days ago on Ayudha Poojai.) Today is Ayudha Poojai. In our enterprising small town of forty thousand—full of SMEs giving employment to diverse set of professionals like turners, welders, plumbers, electricians, automobile mechanics, auto/taxi drivers, doctors, nurses, load men, civil engineers, masons, charted accountants etc., not to mention a whole lot…

Kongu Chronicles: Mathorubhagan by Perumal Murugan

“It is the family name that lives on. It’s all that lives on.” – Tywin Lannister Acutely conscious of the fleeting nature of human existence, man has always striven towards immortality. From envisioning and building the Brihadeeswarar Temple in Kaveri Delta to busting the backside off in a remote research facility among snowy mountains 200m…

Joe Root

We were the fans of ‘the 281 generation’, as Rahul Bhattacharya called them. For genius, we had Sachin Tendulkar. For correctness and classicism, we had Rahul Dravid. For style, we had Laxman, and for madness, Sehwag. For occasional brilliance and eternal frustration, we had Ganguly. That they all retired en masse and Indian cricket hardly…

India at 70

As part of his ‘India at 70’ series, writer Arnab Ray has a very good post up on his blog on mob violence. He nonchalantly clears the various cobwebs gathered, nay spun, around the issue (one with immense TRP/Page Views potential, it has to be said), and presents mob violence for what it essentially is….