Mani’s Ponniyin Selvan – the Movie

As a huge fan of the books, I was anticipating that it would be made into a movie someday, right after I finished reading it in the early 1990s. Even back then Maniratnam was trying to do it with Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth (what a treat that would have been). After that whenever the rumour resurfaced, I was always ready for the ensuing disappointment. In 2020, when I heard the news that Mani had started shooting it rekindled the fire only to be put off by Corona news few months later. But Mani was a patient sculptor I guess and …

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Ponniyin Selvan – Books

During one of my annual school holidays (probably 8th or 9th) my father got me the full set of 5 books of Ponniyin Selvan. I have heard him talk about it earlier but I never thought I would read them. I started with the first book, first chapter and Kalki‚Äôs writing took hold of me till I finished the full set within the holidays. I ended up skipping cricket some days to finish an interesting part of the book. Even my parents were amused that I was sitting with the books all day long. There is a kind of simplicity …

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My First Gaming Laptop – Dell G15 5520

I was using the Macbook Air M1 for the past 2 years and loved it for its build, battery, speed and ease of use being almost like an iPad with keyboard. It was amazing value for money but I encountered couple of issues – I was not able to play my favorite game “Age of Empires” which got a definitive edition upgrade and had to borrow my wife’s windows laptop to try it. Also whenever we worked together and shared MS Word files, the alignment would be off. Thankfully my good friends Joe and Sushma showed interest in the Macbook …

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