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My interview on Galatta (with a typically provocative headline :-) )

October 13, 2021


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BR blog-reader Zoom meet

September 29, 2021


Prasanna suggested a Zoom meet with regulars and other readers. Are you guys game for it? (Here’s the image from the last time such a thing happened, all the way back in 2014.) SATURDAY 8PM (I will post the link here) How to use Jitsi Meet, an open source Zoom alternative LINK:

Readers Write In #412: Kaalathai thindra gadigaram

September 24, 2021


(by Raghu Krishnan) கடிகாரங்களில் முதல் இடத்தில் இருப்பது Rolex. அடுத்த இடத்தில் இருப்பவை Tag மற்றும் SWATCH groups-Omega, Longines போன்ற கடிகாரங்கள்.கடை நிலையில் ஜப்பானிய Seiko, Citizen போன்றவை. Quartz கடிகாரங்கள் பாட்டரியால் இயங்கும் தந்திரங்களே. Rolex, Tag, Seiko போன்றவை நூற்றுக்கணக்கான பொருட்களை உள்ளடக்கிய நுண்ணிய இயந்திரங்கள்.இவை தங்கள் திறனால், துல்லியத்தால் (accuracy) தங்கள் இடங்களை அடைகின்றன. Seiko தினம் +/- 30s. மாதத்தில் பல நிமிடங்கள் வேறுபடுத்திக்காட்டும்.Tag தினம் +/- 15s. மாதத்தில் […]

My interview on Scribble Arts Studio

September 23, 2021


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Readers Write In #410: Pillaiyar Suzhi

September 22, 2021


(by  G Waugh) ‘நீங்கள் தமிழில் எழுதினால் நாங்கள் கண்டிப்பாக படிப்போம்’ என்று என்னிடம் சில நண்பர்கள் கூறி இருக்கிறார்கள். ஏன் நான் சிறிதும் எதிர்பார்க்காத ஏன் மாமியார் அவர்களே ஒரு முறை கூறி இருந்தார். என் மேல் அவர்கள் வைத்திருக்கும் நம்பிக்கையையும் என் கருத்துக்களை தெரிந்துகொள்ளவேண்டி அவர்களுக்கு இருக்கும் ஆர்வத்தையுமே அது காட்டுகிறது. தமிழில் நான் எழுதாத முதல் காரணம் நான் ஆங்கிலவழி கல்வி பயின்றது தான். ஆங்கிலம் கற்றால் தான் பெருமை என்று என் […]

My interview on Usha Rajeswari Thiagarajan’s series Reel & Real Characters (unsurprisingly, I picked ‘Nayakan’)

September 6, 2021


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Readers Write In #401: What Reading means to me

August 26, 2021


(by G Waugh) “Yours is a very difficult job. Writing is not something everyone can do. I know there is so much effort behind every sentence you write. It is very hard to put together thoughts, feelings and ideas into sentences and bring them as a coherent whole” My friend was telling me this some […]

My interview on Filmkopath (on Tamil cinema)

August 2, 2021


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My two-part interview by Raunaq Mangottil (on nostalgia, Nayagan, theaters, reading, screenwriting & train journeys)

June 11, 2021


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Readers Write In #368: My VBAC story

May 26, 2021


(by Kay) Warning: VBAC is the acronym for Vaginal Delivery After Caesarean. True to the title, this post  is about my vaginal delivery and is graphic at some places. It’s almost 22 months since I delivered my baby and it still feels surreal.  I had my first baby in 2014. I had gone for a regular […]

Readers Write In #362: Women, a memoir

May 14, 2021


(by G Waugh) “She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see, except standing there, leaning on the balcony railing, holding the universe together”                                                                                                                                     -J.D. Salinger I am a male and I am 32 years old. My earliest memories of my association with women date back to the earliest phases of my boyhood- the […]

10 favourite Carnatic songs

March 31, 2021


Kaa vaa vaa: The pleading in this song kills me every single time, especially after reading Kala Krishnan Ramesh’s extraordinary volumes of Murugan poems. Sujana jeevana: ‘Ramar-ukku alangaram pannra paattu‘ is how someone described this beauty to me. Later, I realised it was not just physical ornaments , like a bangle or a crown. It […]

My interview on Chalchitra Talks (by Vaibhav Munjal)

March 13, 2021


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Readers Write In #344: My dad and Anthony Hopkins

March 10, 2021


(by Macaulay Perapulla) BR shared this wonderful interview with Anthony Hopkins ( and I misted up, reading it. I couldn’t stop thinking about my dad. He is in his “last leaf” years, waiting to leave the world. Despairing everything in his universe, he is unable to break the shell he has sternly made for himself: […]

Berlinale 2021: A lament for a lost festival experience

March 1, 2021

1 Cannes has the Riviera and Venice has the water scooters. But Berlin has the cold that someone from Chennai so desperately craves. Spoilers ahead… A fter that rather dramatic headline, let me clarify that the lament is not about Berlinale 2021 going online. The pandemic has opened up something akin to what social media […]

My interview by Venky Ramachandran – On music

February 24, 2021


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My interview on Christopher Nolan @ Sollu Kaburz (by Najeeb)

February 21, 2021


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Readers Write In #337: A diary of suffering

February 6, 2021


(by G Waugh) Never in my life had I ever imagined a time would come where I would be seeking treatment for something as terrible as– a mental illness. Whenever I used to call teasingly some of my friends “loosu”, “mental” it never waswithout a derogatory connotation that makes me wince today and those words […]

Eighteen years, and counting…

January 30, 2021


Read the full article on Film Companion, here: In which I look back at the time I started out as a film critic, what it’s like now, and a few things in between. On January 30, 2003, my first review was published – that makes it 15 years this week. The film was Dum, […]

300k subscribers

January 10, 2021


250k subscribers for Film Companion South. A big deal for a small team. Thank you SO much. Copyright ©2021 Film Companion.