Poetry lovers were in for a treat on the night of November 15 when the acclaimed Australian slam poet, Miles Merrill, performed at The Velveteen Rabbit in Chennai. The event which was organised by the Australian High Commission in collaboration with Stray … Continue reading Performing poetry and enthralling audiences: Miles Merrill, Australian slam poet in Chennai
The barrage of hate that followed veteran journalist Gauri Lankesh’s cold-blooded murder, was vile, venomous and vitriolic. Lankesh was the editor of Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly who was shot dead on Tuesday evening outside her home in Bengaluru by unidentified assailants. There were a number of tweets that celebrated her death and even went to the extent of saying she ‘had it coming.’ That makes one wonder if we have lost our ability to empathise or have basic courtesy. Continue reading Why so venomous, India?
Kaviya Dileep goes the whole hog. The 19-year-old Chennai girl recently scaled Mount Ladakhi, which was closed off for 17 years after two civilians died while trying to climb the mountain in 2003. Continue reading Kaviya Dileep – Scaling heights, one peak at a time
WARNING: This isn’t a review of Jab Harry Met Sejal. It is merely a compilation of a few things I observed from this strange but enlightening film. 1. The ‘Denial-itus’ Epidemic Denialitus is a deadly epidemic that is rampant in … Continue reading Jab I Learnt Some Life Lessons
On the internet, one can learn to make biriyani or even a bomb. While it empowers, it also provides a platform for exploitation of impressionable minds. Among other things, it can teach people with depression or suicidal tendencies the most effective ways to end their lives. Pro-suicide sites are among the most dangerous sites on the internet today and all one needs to do to access them is to type some basic keywords that open up to a deep, dark world where Death is romanticised and Life is ridiculed.
Bruises take time to heal but scars, they fade but rarely disappear. For women who are victims of domestic abuse but also burn victims, it is not just the trauma of physical abuse but the mental agony of dealing with burn scars that takes a heavy toll on them.
Here are the stories of two such women who are not victims as much as they are survivors.
Continue reading A Tale of Two Survivors
Being a Good Samaritan can backfire. Dr Banu Krishnan experienced that when she was allegedly harassed continuously after she took a 64-year-old woman, Rathinamal, who was lying helpless on the road, to the hospital. What followed was an unexpected turn of events, one that would haunt her for quite some time.
The banking sector is going through a churn. The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) looms like a dagger overhead and one that they are looking to get rid off at any cost – even if it means penalising unsuspecting depositors.
Under the GST regime, most medicines are expected to be taxed at 12%, while essential drugs including insulin will be taxed at 5%. However, there is a churn happening at both the wholesale and retail level, that is affecting businesses and customers alike. Continue reading GST gives pharmacists and patients a headache
Tax consultants have been burning the midnight oil to keep up with client queries and government notifications. However, with Goods and Services Tax (GST) being implemented from July 1, they’re gearing up for a turbulent period. The beginning of many more sleepless nights as the questions are only expected to increase and the answers hard to come by. Continue reading Chennai’s tax consultants reaping GST windfall