The Prisoner who became Prince!

Which was the last battle in the War of American Independence? If you were American, you might say Yorktown – 1781. If you were British, you would probably say “I couldn’t care less”. But an informed Indian would say Cuddalore – 1783. No, this is not a clever answer to a trick question; it is…

Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-II

Foreword I dreaded Tamil poetry class in school. We mugged up verses in arcane language without knowing the ‘big-picture’. That’s how I missed the genius of KaLamegam; now, I decided to turn back the clock and make a small atonement. I read about his life and times first. [My earlier post Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-I is…

Pun-star KaLamegam – Part-I

Foreword Like most educated Indians of my generation, I am very comfortable expressing myself in English. I had always wanted to write about the maverick Tamil poet KaLamegam, who expressed many shades of ideas in subtle ways. But, Tamil nuances cannot be effectively captured in English (or vice-versa) so I decided to go bilingual with…

Cricket & Chennai’s Last Grand Nawab

I work with a bunch of crazy people, who are interested in history, heritage,  and other worthless things. Now, I am an expert at doing worthless things, and they accepted me with unabated glee.  I wrote a post about Chennai’s own Royalty in their blog and they actually published it!: click here for the story…

My Grand-Uncle & the Great Sea-Bridge

Our first engineer When I was a little boy, my soft-spoken Mama-Thatha # often visited my Grandmother. Yet I hardly knew Sundaram Mama: he belonged to the 19th century, and I to the 20th century, so what could be common between us? Why, I didn’t even know what he used to do for a living!…