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Jojo Rabbit (2019) is a historic comedy fiction about a young boy living in Germany during World War II. He is torn between his loyalty to the führer and saving the life of a young Jewish girl who is secretly living in their house. The 10-year-old Johannes Betzler aka Jojo is fascinated by Adolf Hitler, and, imagines the führer to be his friend. During a weekend training at the Hitler Youth camp, Jojo gets hurt badly when a hand grenade blows near him, disqualifying him from joining the Nazi armed forces, instead, he is assigned civilian propaganda jobs in the…

Today evening, a fascinating book introduction event took place at Roja Muthiah Research Library (RMRL), Taramani, Chennai. Titled “Sojourners to Settlers”, the two-volume book documents the lesser-known history and stories of the Tamil community in Southeast Asia and Singapore, which researchers now believe dates back over 2000 years. Slide-Deck: You can see the slides of the talk, thanks to Mr Arun Mahizhnan who readily shared me a copy.  ‘சஞ்சரிப்பவர்கள் முதல் குடியேறிவர்கள் வரை – தென்கிழக்கு ஆசியா மற்றும் சிங்கப்பூரில் தமிழர்கள்’ Edited by my well-wisher and friend Mr Arun Mahizhnan, Deputy Director of Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and Ms Nalini Gopal of…

Unbelievable! A Government project to build a dam that cost 15% less than the budget estimate. It happened in British India in 1862 for the construction of Pooniar Annicut on the Pennar river in (1973) South Arcot District. I am not able to identify this dam in modern-day Tamil Nadu, which one is it now? PS: I found this page in one of the old Lifco Publishers Private Limited stotra (religious hymns) books.

During every visit to Fort St. George Museum, I learn something new about the British era. It may be because I keep forgetting most of what I saw the next day of the visit! It was 2010 when I had last visited the Fort St.George Museum which is in the same compound as that of the Tamil Nadu State Government’s Secretariat. Today after my meeting at the secretariat, I had some time to spare, so I visited the museum. There is an entry fee of Rs.25 per person (Indian Citizens) collected by Archaeological Society of India (ASI) who own and…