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  • The history behind Ponniyin Selvan
    Kalki had kindled the spirit of Tamil pride and the interest in Tamil history among the readers through his mega novel
    The history behind Ponniyin Selvan
    After being sacked from Ananda Vikadan, nationalist R. Krishnamurthy started a magazine named after one of his ten pseudonyms. Kalki proved to be a forum that lit the literary flairs of its editor. Living in Gandhi Nagar on the banks of the Adyar River, he visualised a mega novel based on river Cauvery — Ponniyin Selvan (The Son of Cauvery) based on early years of Rajaraja Chola.Kalki’ previous novel Sivagamiyin Sabatham during Pallava times was depressing and more suited to the violent years of the freedom struggle and had scenes with mountains of dismembered corpses. British had just left and Kalki blossomed the idea of a feel-good novel to reflect the newfound positivity.Ponniyin Selvan was serialised in Kalki and no novel had as much reception while being written. For a period of three and a half years, starting May 16, 1954, fans...
  • When streets, heritage places become a canvas for artists When streets, heritage places become a canvas for artists

    Like-minded people from various walks of life come together for on-location drawing thus inspiring each other.

  • Merging of Indian spices with Chinese flavours saw the rise of a global cuisine Merging of Indian spices with Chinese flavours saw the rise of a global cuisine

    Since the Chinese had been visiting India for many years in search of Buddhist teachings, by the early 20th century, a mini ‘Chinatown’ had developed in Kolkata and it thrived with a busy lifestyle...

  • Work on Kilambakkam bus terminus likely to start in November Work on Kilambakkam bus terminus likely to start in November

    The proposed bus terminus in Kilambakkam, envisaged to reduce congestion at the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) in Koyambedu, will soon be a reality as the Chennai Metropolitan Development...

  • Writing gives clarity of thought to Savi Writing gives clarity of thought to Savi

    Everyone has a story. But does a story end with a ‘happily ever after’? Not always, not even very often.

  • Behold city’s first ever creamery school Behold city’s first ever creamery school

    Updated: Sep, 23, 201807:18 AM

    Under the tutelage of seasoned chef Boopesh Pichaimani, students can learn the art of making ice creams and confectionaries with access to the best of ingredients and equipment

  • Restaurant review: ‘Neo-stalgic’ journey through Kerala’s culinary landscape Restaurant review: ‘Neo-stalgic’ journey through Kerala’s culinary landscape

    On a rainy evening, entrepreneurs John Paul and Augustine Kurian along with Chef Regi Mathew were craving the food made by their mothers but couldn’t quite find it in Chennai. So what did they do?...

  • Amateur cook nearly set the kitchen ablaze Amateur cook nearly set the kitchen ablaze

    During the second year of my UG degree, I was sharing an apartment with a couple of my classmates.

  • Yamaha to rollout keyboards, guitars from TN factory soon Yamaha to rollout keyboards, guitars from TN factory soon

    Musical instrument maker Yamaha will commence production of acoustic guitars and portable keyboards early next year from its factory near Chennai. The company is expected to export 20-30 per cent from...

  • Shelved for seven years, NHAI to resume Chennai Ennore Port Road Shelved for seven years, NHAI to resume Chennai Ennore Port Road

    After the Chennai Port – Maduravoyal elevated expressway, now it is the turn of another crucial link road to Chennai Port to receive a new lease of life. Sources said the National Highways Authority...