My Paati by Rekha


Blog post by Rekha Sriram Like the Tam Brahm Maamis, kosha podavai clad paatis too are a unique lot. They live in TamBrahm households sometimes dominating, sometimes demure; opining what is right and what is wrong. They uphold our culture and keep worrying that generations after, TamBrahms are going to let the culture, traditions and beliefs (so well protected by them) easily

Ganga Snanam Aacha by Sharmilee


Blog post by Sharmilee Sriram Diwali or “Deepavali” as I have always heard from my childhood is an important and profound memory in my life. I cannot claim myself to be a very chamathu girl and say there should be no pollution, no noise, etc etc. Okay I hear you loud and clear my dear environmentalists.

The Tambrahm Yogi Who Revolutionised Modern Yoga


Blog post by Aditya Jayaram Tambrahms have become noticed as a community on account of their excellence in whichever field they entered – be it music, science and technology or civic service.This was on account of a deep foundation in spiritual practices which increased their focus, concentration and awareness.Whilst most of these practices revolved around the

On a Lively Pitch by Ramakrishnan S


Amma seems nowhere near happy with her second prize, ‘ball- throw’ being her forte.  After all she taught off- spin and orthodox- spin bowling to the legendary first class Club/League cricketer, Kannan Mama from age three, with no less dexterity than did Dennis Lillee to Santhakumaran Jr.  She taught him, in off spin bowling, the

My First Cover by Janani


Blog post by Janani Gopalakrishnan I was 6 years old when my grandfather forcefully dropped me to attend Classical vocal classes. I was terrified by my guru, who’d stop you and make you sing the same thing over and over again, until you get it right. If it is Shadjamam, it must be shadjamam, and MUST

Kerala, God’s Own Country by Gayatri


Blog post by Gayatri Subramanian People tend to have a long bucket list of places to visit, often dreaming of being to exotic foreign locations. In my opinion if we do more of in country back­packing and less of outside the country that bucket list might get marginally smaller. The geographic and social variation in our country is

Thotta Chinungi by Raj


Blog post by Raj Vaidyanathan It used to be a monthly routine, depending on how fast the hair grew or didn’t, for that matter, a visit to the local barbershop or as we called it “saloon”. The event was pretty mundane, no catalogs to browse at or designs to pick from, that is available these days

Trivandrum Iyers by Ramya


Whenever Iyers in Kerala are referred to, they are assumed to be from Palakkad.  I for one, take offense when anyone calls me a Palakkad Iyer, because I have nothing to do with Palakkad.  There are Iyer settlements in different parts of Kerala other than Palakkad.  Calling all Kerala Iyers as Palakkad Iyers is like

Shanti Muhurtam by Rekha


Shanthi Muhurthathilendu Shivaloka prapthivare..….chronicles (which turned out to be debacles) of Tamil terminologies!! “Where am I from?” This question pops in many minds with a confusing alarmity especially for those who have migrated. For example, I am a Tamil Brahmin not from Tamil Nadu but from Kerala…Huh??? Thus the Tamil I speak is much diluted