Saturday, 14 July 2018

இந்தியாவில் தொடரும் கொத்தடிமை அவலம்

இந்தியாவில் கொத்தடிமையாக வேலைசெய்யும் அவலம் இன்றும் தொடர்கிறது. 
சுதந்திரம் என்பது எல்லோருக்கும் கிடைக்கும் பரிசாக எப்போது மாறும்? 
வீடு கட்டுவதற்காக வாங்கிய கடனை அடைக்க கொத்தடிமையாக மாறிய ஒரு இளைஞனின் கதை இது. 

https://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-44795335

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Manuscripts: Past and Present

When I stepped into Tamil Nadu Government Oriental Manuscripts Library housed in Anna Centenary Library at Kotturpuram last month, I was excited to find a treasure trove of manuscripts.

Librarian Mr.Chandramohan was very kind and explained to me in detail about the library even before I introduce myself as a journalist.

I found some youngsters visiting the library to read on traditional medicines, astrology,siddhar padalgal.

One of the founders of this library Colonel McKenzie protected a Tiruvasagam manuscript which is in a form of Siva lingam.

Many of the manuscripts are waiting to be read and published as books.

My friend Praveen Annamalai shot video form of the story with love. We spent three days asking every detail of the library.

TEXT : https://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-44533123
VIDEO: https://www.bbc.com/tamil/arts-and-culture-44620364



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

From Chennai streets to Moscow match


தெருவோரத்தில் வசிக்கும் குழந்தைகள் மாஸ்கோவில் நடக்கும் கால்பந்து போட்டியில் பங்குபெறுகிறார்கள். மகிழ்ச்சி! வாழ்த்துக்கள்

https://www.bbc.com/tamil/sport-4 4097908




Friday, 23 March 2018

Why lingayats are not Hindus? 

After Karnataka government agreed that Lingayats as separate religion and sent recommendation to the Central government to accept its plea, Lingayat religion, became a talking point in the social media and in the real world.  

I spoke to two professors who had deeply researched in religion and culture. Prof M N Mahadevappa  has sent me many notes and spoke to me in detail on rituals of Lingayats.
Prof Sarvanan who heads the Saiva Siddhantha department in the Madras University busted many myths.

Essence of what both of them said:
1)There is no separate religion called Hindu.
2)Saivism, Vaishavism, Gowmaram, Saktham, Ganapathiyam, Sowravam are six different religions which were later clubbed together as hinduism for political reasons and administration. 
2)Lingayats wear lingam in their chains but the linga that is seen in Saiva temple is different one. People often mix this fact
3)Lingayats are represented as sub caste in hinduism now whereas Basavanna who introduced this religion was very much against the caste system and varnasirma dharma.

Story link:
http://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-43489113

Friday, 16 March 2018

Kurangani forest fire #thenifire #Kuranganifire

I was in Theni two days back to cover the aftermath of Kurangani forest fire in which 16 trekkers had died in the accident.  I met families of victims, doctors, nurses, Kurangani tribals, ambulance and taxi drivers, reporters from other media houses. Tears of the families, love and care of doctors, commitment of ambulance drivers, anxiety of reporters are still fresh in my memory. 
Couple of incidents bothered me much. 
I was in the same flight in which the family of one of the fire accident victims also travelled to Madurai. I couldnt find words to talk to the father of the victim. He said his daughter promised to return within day and even spoke to him that she had almost completed the trek. 
While many journalists were waiting outside the mortuary, one journalist entered the hall, where family members were waiting to receive the bodies of their loved ones, kept questioning the distressed persons. Until a young woman shouted at him and asked him to leave, he was asking questions and taking notes. I felt bad about the behavior of the journalist.  
I am sharing couple of links of the stories I had reported on the incident. 

"திங்கட்கிழமை காலையில் வந்துடுறேன் அப்பா!" குரங்கணி காட்டுத் தீ-பிபிசி செய்தியாளரின் அனுபவம்

http://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-43368582


#கள தகவல்: ''அண்ணா, தீ துரத்திட்டு வருது.. காப்பாத்துங்க''- குரங்கணி சோகம்

http://www.bbc.com/tamil/global-43388705


தீயில் சிக்கினாலும் குறையாத மன தைரியம்: மீண்டு வர போராடும் அனுவித்யா #GroundReport

http://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-43396847

Monday, 11 December 2017

Child scientists designed Easy walker for a friend

It was a wonderful meeting with four little ones from Perambalur district who presented their papers in the National level Children Science Congress held in Chennai.
With tender fingers three kids designed a walker for their differently abled friend and presented the same as their invention in the conference.
Kids were happy that they were able to make for the national level conference. They said when they saw their differently abled friend walked along with them, they were confident that they would win the award.
I wished them well.
I found these kids when the programme was about to complete, but managed to film them within 15 minutes. That was thrilling exercise!!
http://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-42299402 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

This part of digital India yet to see a government bus 
Hundreds of children lined up for their evaluation at the National children science congress held in Chennai last week.
Mosquito coils made of nochi leaves, solar powered agri vehicles, cost effective easy walker for differently abled children  and many more.
One group of tribal children from Andhiyur forest caught my attention. They presented a paper on how lack of government bus service has forced each villager to pay Rs.100 a day to private van service.
These kids calculated how much would it cost for an year for villagers to travel the 60 kms distance in a year. They found out that would be around Rs. ONE CRORE.
I hope these kids would be rewarded for their work. They spent a week in counting people who opt for private van and calculating fares.

Story link: http://www.bbc.com/tamil/india-42294005