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As a student, Chemistry was not my favourite subject – I scored 98% in my 12th Standard exam (school leaving exam) but that was thanks to a great teacher I had, and not due to me. Even then, reading the periodic table I was amazed by its elegance and rhythm. It just felt like a divine truth and I had not thought of the history behind its invention. Last week, The Economist had this wonderful…

Dr Upinder Singh,  Professor of History, Ashoka University, Sonepat is known for her scholarly works on Ancient India, including her recent book “Political Violence in Ancient India” (video) in which she talks of the myth of a nonviolent India created in the last century. She is the daughter of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, a fact she hardly publicises about. Today, there was a talk of her organised at the Museum Theatre, Egmore by…

Chennai has many memorial houses where famous personalities had once lived. In the past few weeks, I have been to two of them – Thiru Subramanya Bharathiyar House, Triplicane and Dr MGR Memorial House, T.Nagar. This week I went to Kamarajar Memorial House, T.Nagar (பெருந்தலைவர் காமராஜர் நினைவு இல்லம்). It is one of many two storey bungalows that used be in this part of Madras, built around the early 20th century. This house that Kamarajar had lived…

Sahapedia had organized a heritage walk as part of Madras Week, to the famous Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore. Conducted by a friendly host Mr S Jayakumar, who is a Carnatic musician trained at Kalakshetra and an independent researcher on the cultural history of South India.  The walk started early in the morning around 7 AM from the East Gopuram entrance to the temple. In many of the Hindu Temples, the presiding deity faces the East side, here…

Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi, who was five times Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, Kingmaker, and a well regarded Tamil Writer passed away today at the age of 94. அயராது உழைத்துவிட்டு உறங்குகிறார் கலைஞர். அவரின் உழைப்பிலிருந்து, அவருக்கு இருந்த தமிழ் காதலிருந்து நாம் எடுத்துக் கொள்ள வேண்டிய நல்லவைப் பல. அவரின் ஆத்மா சாந்தியடையட்டும். அவரை இரண்டு முறை நேரில் பார்க்க எனக்கு வாய்ப்புக் கிடைத்தது. ஒன்று 2005இல் தமிழில் மைக்ரோசாப்ட் ஆபிஸ் 2003 வெளியிடல் நிகழ்ச்சியில் அதே மேடையில் பேச (செயல் முறை விளக்கம் அளித்தேன்). இரண்டாவது 2010இல் உலகத்…