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Book Review – Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a psychological novel. It is written by Charlotte Bronte. The novel was first published in 1847, under Charlotte Bronte’s pseudonym, Currer Bell. Jane Eyre is the story of a girl who is orphaned at a very young age she is adopted by an aunt Mrs. Reed. Jane Eyre is faced so many problem in that house she was ill treated by Mrs. Reed family. Later she joined in the missionary school with the help of Mr. Lylod. She was employed and she worked as a Governess. The writer portraits the life of Jane Eyre in the novel. Jane Eyre,...

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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 hours. By the line ‘Her hardest hue to hold’, frost refers to the inability or the difficulty with which that he...

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Book Review – The Kiss of Life-Emraan Hashmi

Cancer is something which brings horror in someone’s life. It is the biggest cause of death after heart disease. When cancer spread its roots in someone’s body, his/her entire family gets affected by it. Cancer comes with physical as well as psychological consequences. As parents when one gets to know that his/her little one, who doesn’t even know the meaning of the disease is suffering from cancer, their trauma cannot be described in words. Renowned actor Emraan Hashmi’s 4 year old son suffered from cancer and he wrote this book to spread...

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Book Review – Room – Emma Donoghue

The novel is about the 5 year old boy named Jack who permits to live in a physical world, the room which is just 11/11 foot where he lives with his mother. Jack visions the real world from the teachings of his mother. But he is more used to the physical world, a room where he finds his mother all the time infront of his eyes. The reader can learn the synonyms taught in the novel faster than jack. In this way, Donoghue is trying to build up a bond between Jack and the readers. The mother, who loves his son unconditionally thinks that she can...

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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 failure may lead to destructive war like Trojan War with gods taking sides. Percy is the prime suspect. The...

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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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