CRANKS CORNER

Cauvery: Fretting finale

The one thing that unites us Tamilians, irrespective of our caste, creed, colour is that these days we always seem to be in: protest mode. Right now, TN is a playground of multifarious protests. AIADMK is protesting in Parliament over the non-setting up of the Cauvery Management Board. The DMK is protesting against the AIADMK because it (DMK) feels that it (AIADMK) is not protesting enough on the Cauvery issue.

When fake news was the saviour

The biggest news break this week is that the government is planning to levy a special technology cess on all those who have WhatsApp on their mobile phones. As you can see, the biggest news break this week actually is: Fake News. Fake news is getting very rampant and is even sneaking into respectable and dependable news sources like Crank’s Corner (motto: ‘Our news is unique because we just make

April Cool

If and when the Cauvery Management Board is constituted, one of the questions that the Board may have to tackle is: What is the quantum of water that will have to be released for agriculture in Chennai? “Agriculture in Chennai? Surely you intended to say agriculture in Thanjavur, right?” I can hear you exclaim. Just chill, I meant Chennai only, and I know what I am speaking about, it is

Big Brother is matching you

This week’s biggest revelation is: Your pointless Facebook status messages (“Bliss is having Thayir Vadai at A2B.”) may not be exactly that pointless. There are apparently top-notch technology companies that are ready to — to use a very dignified phrase — give plenty of sh** to your tedious posts. We are of course talking about Cambridge Analytica the company that now stands accused of harvesting data from Facebook users. What

Thaana sertha kozhappam!

Statutory warning: No animal was harmed in the making of this report. But there are a couple of tasteless jokes on Simbhu. There is a crisis in Tamil film industry that there has been no new releases for the last two weeks and they have been re-releasing films like Vedhalam and Mersal. This makes it clear that there is a bigger crisis in Tamil society as it comprises people who

TN PoLOLitics

Every week when I sit to write this column, I check what the competition is up to. By competition, I mean: Tamil Nadu politics. For us, humour writers, the task of trying to match TN politicians in eliciting laughter out of public is always daunting because they (politicos) tend to do it so effortlessly. Take the case of T Rajendher. (I am not sure whether this is his chosen spelling