The Last Time I Write About Ponniyin Selvan
With both parts, I came out with mixed feelings. I sorted them by devouring reviews (the long eloquent kind and the Twitter kind), watching decoding videos, reading parts of the books, and talking to my friends. Then, I watched the movies again, only to like every bit of it.
Ponniyin Selvan 1: Books Vs Movie
While the Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan is a near perfect adaptation, there are some significant deviations from the books.
Framework of life for anxious beings
I decided to set up a framework for my life. A way to always know where I am and where I am going. A quality checking decision tree that would filter my thoughts and only bother me with the ones that matter.
7 Lies TV Perpetuates About Pregnancy and Childbirth
The irresponsible way in which pregnancies and childbirths are portrayed on TV and the naiveté with which I consumed them lead me to discover the hilarious, shocking, and mind-boggling lies TV perpetuated when I became pregnant.
20 Things I Want to Tell My 20-Year Old Self As I Turn 30
Adulthood is going to be equal parts exciting and perplexing. As I turn 30, here are 20 pieces of advice I can give you to make this treacherous decade a tiny bit easier to navigate.
5 Best Dance Routines from B/W Tamil Movies
The choreography is so intense in these songs that you can do a full-body workout by dancing to them everyday. They might be colourless but they’re full of life.
What Are You Outraging About?
Our outrage is not selective. It is contextual. When you feel outraged, sit down, take a deep breath, and analyse why you don’t feel the same level of anger for objectively wrong things like murder, rape, genocide, wars.
Kindle Unlimited Is… Not So Bad!
On paper, the idea of paying Rupees 169/mo for the ability to borrow as many as 10 books at a time, seems awesome. But the reality is that the KU catalog is limited, basic, and has pages and pages of literary drivel. To a regular reader, a KU subscription seems worthless. But is it?
The Peripheries of Travel
I hadn’t started ‘travelling’ in the spiritual sense of the word until about five years ago. I assumed this lack of experience was serving me well during the corona lockdown because I hadn’t caught the travel-withdrawal bug. An encounter with an aggressive bird made me realise that there are parts of travel that I do…
My favourite things from 2019
I am always on the look out for a great story and in 2019, I found them in the form of books and TV shows. These are my favourites among everything I watched and read this year!
My husband calls me Cookie and I call him Boo. Anyone who knows my husband and I in real life would have a hard time believing that we have such ‘cute’ nicknames for each other. We used to be so anti-cute when it came to our relationship that even our close friends didn’t know we…
For someone who had always wanted to be a writer, she was very reluctant about taking up the apprentice job. She had applied along with her friends when they had seen the advertisement. “It’s a great learning opportunity!” they’d said. He was a bestselling author with a broken right hand. He needed someone to type…
The Women of Ponniyin Selvan
All of Kalki’s characters, male and female, are brilliant. I could tell that he was a huge believer in the good of humanity and that he was a romantic. The men are handsome and the women are goddesses walking on earth. They are too good to be true but I liked Ponniyin Selvan in spite…
In Memoriam: MS Viswanathan, as Remembered by a Millennial
MSV composed songs that didn’t just stand the test of time but transcended it. Working closely with the great lyricist Kannadasan, he came up with compositions that captured the very essence of life. Whether you are a doting sister or a dying soldier, MSV has a song for you — a song for every emotion, a song…
Lemon and Lemonade
If life were a person, it’ll be the cruel kid that destroys a line of ants, one ant at a time. Life is unfair and ruthless. Life strips down your best-laid plans. Life strikes you where it hurts the most. Life doesn’t understand relationships. Life hasn’t the vaguest idea about ambition. Life loves hard work…
When Parents Stop Being Heroes
Parents stop being heroes at some point. And the circumstances leading up to it are always ugly. You realize they made the wrong call more times than you can count. You realize that the world didn’t screw them over; their worldview is screwed. You get frustrated when they don’t listen to you telling them to…
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