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The Song of the Wolf

 

Original art from Venmurasu by Artist Shanmughavel

There are several moments in Jeyamohan’s VenMurasu that do not occur in the original Mahabharatha. These additions elevate the story, chisel out defining moments, and provide more insight into the psyche of characters, helping us see their internal evolution. This prose-poem is inspired by one such moment – a seminal moment in the tale. Read the rest of this entry

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My 10 Movies

So there was this tag on Facebook that I did sometime last year. Since I don’t want it to get lost in the abyss that is the FB timeline, I decided to put it up in my blog. Here goes, a 10-day movie tag where I had to post 10 images of films I liked or which had an impact on me. It wasn’t easy to come up with just 10, but I tried. I wasn’t required to post the name of the movie there, but I am doing it here.

Day 1/10 – Apoorva Ragangal Read the rest of this entry

Feeling Blue

I am an emotional reader. When a book or a character appeals to me, it takes me a while to say goodbye to them. Sometimes never. But no book has ever done what B Jeyamohan’s Neelam did to me. Read the rest of this entry

Bharathiyar’s Oozhikoothu – The Dance of Kali

When, Composer Rajan Somasundaram told me his next project (after the brillianlty done Sangham poetry album Santham), was a song by Subramania Bharathiyar, I was already looking forward to it. And when he told me which poem he had chosen for his project,  I looked forward to it even more. Then he dropped the bombshell. Read the rest of this entry

Jayalalitha Jayaram – And Why I Choose to be Tamil Today

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I don’t think anyone from outside the state of Tamil Nadu would fully comprehend the magnitude of this loss. That unabashed outpouring of grief, that unfettered display of emotion, that heartfelt cry of, “Amma!’ from a swirling sea of people… it might look weird, theatrical or downright ridiculous to an outsider. But believe me, there isn’t much fake about those scenes on your TV screen. That’s the Tamil for you – genuine, spontaneous, and unafraid to express his feelings. Read the rest of this entry