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...

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Roz
Oct31

Roz

Hello Everyone, Have you ever eaten spam? It is leading the way in creating a new food form called ‘fossil’ food. Spam is a tinned precooked meat first introduced in 1937 in the US. It gained popularity during World War II and is unique for its incredibly long shelf life. The expiry date on the tin is usually two years but this is only to keep the product turning over rather than a true reflection of its use-by date....

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Someday, somewhere….
Jun13

Someday, somewhere….

This article is written in the first person of a girl; a daughter who goes to visit her father in the Bastille during the French Revolution. Read on to find out more. Today I finally had my greatest wish come true.  It should be the happiest day of my life.  However, the question arises as to how I can be happy when the man I owe my existence to, languishes in prison. The waft of wickedness that one can slightly sniff from the outside...

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Roz Musings – Happiness and Kindness
May15

Roz Musings – Happiness and Kindness

Hello Everyone Some interesting research in Australia makes one think about the causes of happiness. The Di Marzio Research group asked participants to rate seven things that made them happy or fulfilled.  Of all the items listed the highest ranking on 36% was “an act of kindness to benefit another”.  This was followed by having a cuddle and third was walking in nature – 12%. The other things that make people happy but not to the same...

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Roz’s Musings – Drinking and thinking
May15

Roz’s Musings – Drinking and thinking

Hello Everyone There used to be a funny phrase from the controversial English comedy TV show Monty Python’s Flying Circus. It was I drink therefore I am! It was a send up of Descartes’ famous I think therefore I am. It was in part a comment on the amount of alcohol people drank and its impact on their lives. But drink and the types of beverages we consume have played an exceptionally important role in the history of humanity. Richard...

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Roz’s Musings
May15

Roz’s Musings

Hello and welcome book club members to my little corner of the world. I will be writing to you regularly and my goal is to give you food for thought. My writing style is deliberately non-academic. You might even find it a little casual. But my goal is to reach as wide an audience as possible and demystify the written word. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a published author of several books in India. I have visited India and...

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