• Movie Review

    Vinodhaya Sitham (2021)

    What does it take to make an entertaining movie from a simple story with no frills? The answer will be a talented actor, a good director and an uncomplicated screenplay in that order. Vinodhaya Sitham (2021) is an unexpected entertainer, available on Zee5 and scores a ‘Ripe’ easily. The film directed by Samuthirakani and starring Thambi Ramaiah is about how the life of a busy executive change when he gets a second chance to live but with an expiry date of 90 days. I enjoyed the film and I am glad OTT platforms exist to give movies like this a market. Parasuram is a dedicated husband, caring father to his…

  • Movie Review

    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (2021)

    Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (அப்பத்தாவ ஆட்டய போட்டுடாங்க) is a comedy with a difference. An elderly mother Meenakshi unloved by her son and admitted to an old-age home falls in love with another resident, an elderly gentleman Ramasamy – the couple elopes and seeks the help of their friends (octogenarians) to get married. With this one-line story, Director N. Stephen Rangaraj has given an engaging film thanks to a humorous screenplay. Veterans Kathadi Ramamurthy, Delhi Ganesh & Shanmugasundaram delight us with their expert performances. The film is available on Sony Liv, and scores a ‘Ripe’ for its novelty and an apt runtime. Chandrahasan has played the role of Ramasamy well. I liked…

  • Homepage,  Rostrum,  Speeches,  Videos

    New Skills for the 21st Century Students

    Celebrating the 90th Birth anniversary of former President of India, Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the international foundation in his name had organized a virtual event. The topic was “New Skills for the 21st Century Students”, a relevant one for the times. The organizers invited me to deliver a brief address on the topic to the students from around the country who will be participating live and watching the recording in YouTube. It was a honour for me to share the virtual stage with Dr Y S Rajan, Padma Shri awardee, former Distinguished Professor at ISRO and a friend of Dr Kalam. Before the live started, Dr Rajan shared…

  • Faith

    Sri Saraswathi Pooja 2021

    பெருந்தொற்று காரணமாக உலகம் முழுவதும் அவதிப்படும் உழைப்பாளிகளுக்கும், வசதியில்லாத படிக்க முடியாமல் இருக்கும் மாணவ மாணவிகளுக்கும் இந்த ஆயுதப் பூஜை, சரஸ்வதி பூஜை தினத்திலிருந்து விடிவு பிறக்கும், நல்ல காலம் வர வேண்டும் என்ற பிரார்த்தனையோடு எங்கள் வீட்டில் பண்டிகையை எளிமையாக கொண்டாடுகிறோம். In India, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu, everyone celebrates the Hindu festival for Goddess Saraswathi (the God of Education and Learning) as the festival of Tools (in Tamil called as Ayudha Poojai). On this day, in offices and factories around the state, production is stopped by evening, all the main hand-tools used in the place including (select) computers are stacked in front of pictures of Hindu Gods and Goddess – students keep their schoolbooks – this is followed by holy hymns…

  • Microsoft

    WSLg in Windows 11

    Though I had seen demos of this online, using in real a #Linux GUI app (like GIMP) running on Debian on #Windows11 using WSLg feels sublime. Microsoft (with NVIDIA, Linux Community, and partners) have done a phenomenal job in getting all the pieces integrating well. See GIMP running in Windows 11 in the screenshot above. When I posted the above in Facebook, there was a comment on “Why not just run Linux natively and cut out Windows altogether?”. In my case, the answer is simple. I have been using Windows from Windows 3.1 & Windows NT days, and I feel comfortable. I have built muscle memory, acquired deep skills to…