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Vol. XXXIV No. 5, June 16-30, 2024

Featured Articles

Fragile Jasmine – With a Core of Steel

-- by Ranjitha Ashok

That was the image that flashed through your mind within minutes of meeting Jaya Krishnaswamy, special educator and founder of the Madhuram Narayanan Centre for Exceptional Children (MNC). This was over a decade ago, when MNC was set to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary. You were among those who had been given an opportunity to contribute […]

A poet who can also sing – Isaikavi Ramanan

-- by R.V. Rajan, rvrajan42@gmail.com

A person capable of applying his attention simultaneously to many activities is referred to as an Ashtavadhani. The title would certainly fit T.A. Venkateswaran, popularly known as Isaikkavi Ramanan, who has enriched the world of performing arts with his talents as a thinker, writer, poet, actor, speaker, singer, photographer and performer. I first met Ramanan […]

Reflections in a lost ‘Garden of Paradise’ on a Chennai Sunday morning…

-- by Pushpa Chari

A month or so back, I stumbled upon my own ‘garden of paradise’. At the crack of dawn and literally in my own backyard. So here I am, with a book, of verse, a flask of filter ‘ kapee’, And thou (well, actually my dachshund Planet) beside me, And this (indeed) is paradise now”!! And […]

Nethra, the champion sailor from Chennai

-- by V. Venkataramana

Citius, Altius, Fortius (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) is the motto of the Olympic Games, the sports arena that every ambitious sportsperson aims to compete in. The previous edition – the Tokyo Olympics – saw four young sailors from India winning accolades for their skill, if not medals. It is a mark of pride for Chennai that […]

I had the honour of translating Kalaignar

-- by Dr. P. Raja, Bi-lingual creative writer & translator, Pondicherry

Around six in the evening of August 07, 2018 the authorities of Kaveri Hospital, Chennai announced that Kalaignar Karunanidhi had passed away at the age of 94 years. To the people of Tamil Nadu, he was 20 years their Chief Minister, from 1969 to 2011, and that was for five terms at a stretch. It […]

Out of Print – An occasional column on long-forgotten publications from Madras

-- by Karthik A Bhatt

The Tamil Digital Library, an initiative of the Tamil Virtual Academy is an online repository of books, magazines and journals. It hosts more than 40,000 books and 31,000 magazines and journals primarily in English and Tamil digitised from collections of organisations such as the Saraswathi Mahal library and the Connemara Public Library, besides the government […]

V.S. Srinivasa Sastri down under, 1922

-- by Anantanarayanan Raman, anant@raman.id.au

Most of us would know of the exceptional English-language command of V(alangaimaan) S(ankranarayana) Srinivasa Sastri, customarily prefixed with ‘Right Honourable’ – because of his membership in the Privy Council, a privileged body of advisors to the crown of the United Kingdom – also entitling him to use the letters ‘P.C.’, after his name, in formal […]

Viji, the Turtle Girl from Chennai and other Women in the Wild

-- by Ambika Chandrasekar, ambikachandrasekar@me.com

I discovered the pleasures of birdwatching quite late in life, and through birds I experienced trees, flowers, nature and the outdoors in a rather different way – I learnt to observe, I marvelled at all that I had missed and have new respect for all those who work so hard to protect, preserve and document […]

He quietly transformed ICICI from a development bank to a corporate bank

-- by Sushila Ravindranath

I met Narayanan Vaghul in 1992 when he was chosen by a panel consisting of who’s who of industry as the Business man of the year, an award given by Buiness India magazine. I was to write the cover story on him. It was a wonderful experience to meet this brilliant man

Thank you, Donors

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