G.Olivannan

On paper, TN libraries a book lover’s paradise

Tamil Nadu can boast of an outstanding library system. With a clear cut procurement policy for books, the libraries are an example for the rest of India. The more than 4,000 libraries in the state include state central, district central, branch, village, mobile and part-time libraries. Funds are no impediment either. The state library system receives more than `150 crore from local bodies every year through the library cess that is part of the property tax collected by local bodies. Nearly every library in the state has its own building....

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A history of student unrest over social, language issues

Campus unrest is not new to Tamil Nadu. In the absence of a meaningful civil society , students have often played a pivotal role in the state by expressing their dissent through protests and agitations that have yielded positive results. Though students in Madras Presidency did not respond in a big way to the nationalist movement, they did agitate over language and social issues. In the 1930s, they protested against a government move to make Hindi learning compulsory . It can be said that Periyar’s break from the Congress started with a...

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The Times of India (Chennai) DEEP ROOTS

Recently, there was a lot of buzz in the social media when ‘thavil’ exponent Valayappati Subramaniam refused to take part in a programme in which his name and photograph were printed alongside a ‘parai’ exponent. The organizer of the event, Ravi Karthikeyan, said that Valayappati was angry that he was being honoured along with a parai player. Subramaniam told him that parai is played in funerals and thavil at auspicious functions, so the two cannot go together. But, in reality , both the instruments are played at...

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FOUNDING LEADERS – Justice Party: 100 years of Dravidian movement

Formed On Nov 20, 1916 At The Residence Of Ethiraj In Vepery For a political or social movement to evolve, ex pand, sustain and serve its purpose, not only are strong ideologies and eminent leaders required but, more importantly , a ripe social climate is needed. In simpler words there should exist a necessity for such a movement. In the early 20th century , caste and religion dominated life in Tamil country . In public buses, lower caste people (dalits) were not allowed to travel.On bus tickets, it was printed that untouchables were not...

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Engineering Colleges in Tamil Nadu – where are we heading to?

This happened four years ago. I was walking on the corridor of an engineering college after having delivered a lecture on the topic ‘the joy of being an entrepreneur’ to the final year students. A student came running towards me and asked whether he could have a word with me. In a disturbed voice he said “Sir you could have given this advice when I was in school. I would not have wasted my time and money for the last three years. Concerned by what he said, I comforted him and told that it would be appropriate for him to venture into...

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Tamil Cinema Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India

Tamil Cinema Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India

When my wife and two sons insisted that we should watch the latest Tamil block buster ‘Deivathirumagal’, I could not turn down because watching movies has been one of the quality times that I spend with my family. It was a pleasant experience as the movie was crafted so well. The affection between the altruistic (mentally challenged) father and his little daughter was an exhilarating experience. The final moments of the movie was a real melodrama and brought tears. The movie touched my heart and the impact was there for few days. Even in Face...

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Tamil Film Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India – 2

Tamil Film Deivathirumagal and Copyright violations in India – 2

Copyright violations are not confined only to film industry. Another industry where it is predominant is book industry. Few years back, Shiv Khera, a well known management consultant and bestselling author had a legal battle against Amrit Lal. Shiv Khera was accused of plagiarism. Amrit Lal claimed that Khera had lifted sentences verbatim from his book ‘India: Enough is Enough’ and used them in the book ‘Freedom is not free’. One of our (Emerald Publishers) title, ‘Selected Scenes from Shakespeare’s Plays’, was aimed at introducing...

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ATTENDING A WEDDING RECEPTION…

ATTENDING A WEDDING RECEPTION… Attending a wedding reception is always a fascinating experience to me. It gives an opportunity to meet friends and relatives. It always provides a happy feeling. On the other hand, there are far many intricacies associated with it for someone like me. One evening, as always, just few hours before the reception, we realise that the invitation card is missing, as ususal. Getting ready for such occasions costs more time and energy for my better half due to unusual costumes like wearing silk sari, jewels etc....

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Broiler Chicken and An American Dream

Broiler chicken is a type of chicken raised specially for meat production. Broiler chickens grow in a shed filled with thousands of them and usually get only less than a half a square foot of living space. That’s less than the size of a computer mouse pad. They’re given steroids to grow bigger than their ancestors so they can be slaughtered sooner. Many develop crippling leg disorders because their legs cannot support their abnormally large bodies and die of dehydration in the shed before they are slaughtered. These barren and confining...

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Missing the train…

A dream of missing train means fear of missing opportunities  - Sigmund Freud Since my childhood, I regularly have dreams of missing trains. Either as I approach the platform the train departs or in an intermediate station, I get down to buy something and on turning back, I see the train leaving. At varied situations, different trains were missed in my dreams. Fortunately, never have these happened in reality. This dream always haunts me; hence I am so careful to reach at least an hour before departure time. To my better half, who waits for...

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