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Never before I knew of, a Tamil film not having any “star” value was eagerly awaited by audience like Kaaka Muttai (காக்கா முட்டை) for almost a year after its premiere. The anticipation for the film started when it got world premiered at Toronto film festival in September and gathered steam on the news of National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the two children Ramesh Thilaganathan and J. Vignesh who made their debut in the film. As soon as the projector in the cinema hall starts to flood on the silver screen with it’s light, you realize this is…

Son was asking me to take him to this movie “Penguins of Madagascar” for over a week now. Wife made it clear she was not interested to spend 2 hours in a theatre with penguins doing senseless action. In the morning today, due to…

Shraddha theatre group have done 15 plays in their four years of founding. The 15 plays have been across genres, all staged with the goal of promoting Tamil Theatre and encouraging the habit of watching Live Theatre with the youngsters. This week’s…

Last weekend I saw my son reading with lot of interest this book. It had an image of Hanuman lifting a mountain (Oshadhiparvata) with a small monkey on top of it. The book was titled “Gind”, The Magical Adventures of a Vanara authored by Harini Gopalaswami Srinivasan published in 2009. The back of the book said its for 10+ years, about a story on three vanaras, with one of them a young vanara princess being kidnapped by a rakshasan. Immediately I thought of Sita being kidnapped by Ravana, but Sita was not a vanara. The description continued that it was about a bold…

It has been over five years that I last took my son to Guindy Children’s Park, a part of the vast protected “forest” area right in centre of Chennai. Most of the protected area is inside IIT Madras campus and…