Football and filter coffee

December 18, 2014

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Long before Rajinikanth entered the realm of mass cinema, when he was on the path of being the populist persona that he is now there came a comedy called Thillu Mullu (1981). The movie, directed by K Balachandar, was a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Gol Maal that had Amol Palekar in the lead. Every remake, […]

Rajinikanth rambling

December 11, 2014

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Tonight is going to be anxiously long and never-ending, for tomorrow the Superstar is back on screen the way we like him: live action and larger than life. Being a Rajinikanth fan, years of waiting culminate into cascading emotions whenever his movies release. It will be no different as the dawn will give way to […]

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59 hours and counting – Part I

October 26, 2014

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“Your hair is disheveled and you look tired. Have you realized that you have been travelling for 50 hours straight?” said my father as I stepped out of the side entrance of Madras Central, with the evening sun bouncing off the clock tower. “It’s 59 hours and 15 minutes,” I hit back, with a glint […]

Regret

October 1, 2014

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Today was the last day of metre-gauge operations on the scenic Barak valley railway line from Lumding to Silchar in Assam. Among the last of the metre-gauge routes in the country, the line was an engineering marvel. Sadly, i have not been fortunate enough to have travelled on this route. Although, I was supposed to. […]

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A small experiment

August 13, 2014

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As I write this, the Howrah-Madras Central Coromandal Superfast Express, has crossed Nellore, my ancestral city. It means in 173 kilometres, I will be home, Madras, after 10 months. Last year, I decided to put myself through a little experiment, to see how long I can stay from my city. Fighting random bouts of homesickness, […]

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Satish Sivalingam: living his father’s dream

July 29, 2014

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  As dawn arrived on Monday, the Sivalingam household had spent a sleepless night celebrating the exploits of their elder son Satish. The 22-year-old weightlifter, a native of Vellore in Tamil Nadu, had rewritten the Commonwealth Games record en route to winning the Gold medal in the 77 kg category event. When Satish clinched a […]

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Cutlets on Brindavan Express

July 25, 2014

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On July 25, 2014, the Madras-Bangalore-Madras Brindavan Superfast Express departed Madras Central without its famous pantry car. The prestige of this train, which is in its 50th year of service, has now been left to rot. There is nothing golden here, just that sentiment and tradition has been thrown out of the window by Southern […]