Vor kurzem sind wir über folgendes Bild gestolpert. Eine junge, sehr junge Tamilin, die mit dem Ziel fest im Blick, tief entschlossen auf ihrem Skateboard den Hang herunter skated. Das Bild stammt von dem professionellen Skateboarder und Photographen Jamie Thomas.
Chennai has recorded unprecedented rainfall that has surpassed century-old records. Heavy rains have pounded parts of Tamil Nadu and inundated most areas of Chennai, severely disrupting flights, train and bus services, and forcing postponement of half-yearly school exams as the state braces for more showers in the next four days.
In a state where not eating meat is associated with Brahminism, it is remarkable that the film has not attracted charges of reinforcing casteism. A Tamil film espousing vegetarianism is not only running to packed cinemas across the state, but also winning critical acclaim in the regional press. Titled Saivam, the film was released on June 27 in more than 220 theatres in India and abroad.
After almost ten years of saying good bye to Tamil class at school, I had the opportunity of visiting several Tamil classrooms in Singapore in July 2012 to talk about the World Tamil University Youth Conference. Bright and cheerful kids in school uniforms made me feel nostalgic for a few moments.