Book Review – Beloved-Toni Morrison

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. Her new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is...

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Book Review – Nothing Gold Can Stay

“Nothing Gold Can Stay” is one of the shortest poems by Robert Frost who has written enormous numbers of longer poems like “Mending Wall” and “Birches”. Nothing endures but change Robert Frost delineated the concept of impermanence of life in eight lines of his poetry. Nature’s first green might refer to the spring season or the green leaves that are golden in colour due to the early sunshine, that lasts not too long but only few...

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Book Review – THE LIGHTENING THIEF

Want to taka journey with the Greek gods in the present day world then, “The lightening thief”, is the book you definitely must read. It is the gripping story of twelve year old boy, Percy with the disorder dyslexia. In the course of the novel we find out that Percy is a demigod. His friends are Annabeth, daughter of Athena & Grover, a satyr. Percy is set on an adventurous quest to find the stolen master thunder bolt of Zeus. His...

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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...

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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...

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Politics and deep voices

Hello Everyone Do you want to get into politics? The consider joining the basses and baritones in the choir! Evidently people with deeper voices are more likely to get votes. Voters prefer deeper voices as they seem to convey physical strength, competence and integrity. And these results from Duke University held for women too. Evidently lower pitched voices indicate a higher level of testosterone – important for physical...

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