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A Separate Wind (Viento aparte) is a familiar plot, of what should’ve been a simple trip gone wrong. Just like movies of this genre, this one too takes us through several places and its people, the difference being the protagonists who take the trip are children. Omar (15) and his young sister Karina (12) find themselves stuck in a beach resort in the south of Mexico’s Pacific coast, with their father leaving urgently along with their mother who has suffered a stroke. The kids are instructed to travel by bus to Mexico City, a long but routine trip of 2500+ kilometres -…

ஹார்வர்டு பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் தமிழ் மொழிக்கு இருக்கை அமைக்க உலகத்தமிழர்கள் பலரின் முயற்சியால் நன்கொடைகள் வந்து கொண்டேயிருக்கிறது. என்னைப் பொருத்தவரை கல்விக்கழகங்களில் ஆராய்ச்சிகளை நாம் எப்போதும் வரவேற்க வேண்டும். தமிழகத்தைத் தவிர்த்து அமெரிக்காவிலும் அதைச் செய்ய நாம் உதவினால் முடியும் என்றால், அது நல்ல விசயம் தான். இந்த முயற்சிக்குத் தமிழக அரசு, சமீபத்தில் ரூ.10 கோடி வழங்க உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது. மிக்க மகிழ்ச்சி. சில மாதங்கள் முன்பே, என் சிறிய பங்காக $50ஐ (₹3200) நன்கொடையாக அவர்களின் இணையத்தளத்தில் அனுப்பிவிட்டேன். தமிழுக்கு ஹார்வர்டு பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில் இருக்கை அமைவது எல்லா தமிழர்களுக்கும் பெருமை. தலைமுறை தாண்டி அன்னைத் தமிழுக்கு நாம் செய்யும் நன்மை இது.

“Carmen Herrera is very possibly the oldest contemporary artist working today. What is extraordinary about Herrera is that ‘commercial success’ did not come until the early 2000s — after seven decades as an artist…” — Christie’s, 2014 The 100 years show is a truly inspirational story that shows – success may take time but it will come. Carmen Herrera is a contemporary artist hailing from Cuba, the recognition for her work came only in the 2000s when she was nearly 90 years old – a whole seven decades after she started painting. At 102, she still paints every single day.…

Monetary & Banking systems worldwide are primarily based on “trust”. As ordinary people and even businesses implicitly trust the banks and expect our governments to be monitoring them for upholding this trust at all times. When that “trust” is shaken even a bit then the entire system comes crashing down. The US-led financial meltdown in 2007/2008 had a ripple effect worldwide to cause untold misery to millions. It is well known that it all started with a crisis of payments on the subprime loans. Sub Prime are loans made to people who have no/low credit score and are believed to…

I have been a customer of Amazon for decades. My loyalty to them started in the late 1990s. I used to buy books on software from Amazon USA and having it shipped to India as the latest editions were not available in India for months. The books were expensive, each book would cost US$40 or $50, a princely sum for a budding entrepreneur. I will opt for Postal Service, a delivery channel Amazon didn’t guarantee or offer tracking status, I took the risk as the international courier option would be costing me $80 or more for shipping. Normally the delivery takes about 4 weeks. With one…