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Reunion of colours – They studied together in Class XII at the Srirangam Girls High School in Tiruchi in 1952.

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Girls go back to class after 60 years

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When 17 women from across the country gathered in a house on Warren Road in Mylapore on Wednesday, it seemed like a travel back in time. While reunions are not uncommon, this one was a tad different.

Students from the 1952 batch of Srirangam Girls High School in Tiruchi were thrilled to catch up with their classmates after a gap of nearly 60 years. Age may have caught up with their bodies but has not touched their minds. Squeals of joy and hugs followed whenever the alumni recognised each other.

For some, it was the first meeting after leaving school. Kalyani Raghavan who organised the gathering said, “We studied together from class VII to X. School days were fun and I travelled in a bullock cart to school with my siblings. Friends called me ‘December’ Kalyani as my mother wouldn’t let me step out without flowers in my hair.”

Ms. Raghavan has been hosting reunions since the past few years, but this time, it was on a larger scale. She also persuaded her friends to wear similar saris that she had designed.

As the ladies shared stories of how school ties were renewed, the gathering turned interesting. While a few had bumped into each other at music concerts over the years, some had heard about each other through their children. Many came from outside the State to be a part of the reunion. While Padma Raghavan came down from Bangalore, Shantha flew in from Pune and Lakshmi N. came from Mumbai to spend time with their old buddies.

Recalling their schooling days, V. Lalitha said, “We were only known by our roll numbers… 65, 330, 307. Many girls stopped studying after class VIII. Some of our classmates were married.” Many of them married almost immediately after school but got to travel a great deal before settling down in the city. R. Jambakalakshmi said schooling had made her bold and given her the confidence to travel.

In the days when there were many restrictions on girls’ education, some like Lakshmi N. managed to become graduates. “My father decided to let me pursue a bachelor’s degree in spite of opposition from the family. He wanted me to be independent as my sister had become a widow at a young age,” she said.

Janaki Krishnan said, “The male teachers never directed their gaze at girl students. But they were very strict and threw chalk pieces at those who jabbered in class. But that did not stop us from having fun.”


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Treasure hunting in Trichy’s flea markets

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Trichy Times explores the city's flea markets and the various little treasures found there.

Rummaging through piles of 'rubbish' is what normal people would call it. But here we have a bunch of antique enthusiasts, with an eye for ancient things.

Remember the brouhaha when Vijay Mallya bought Tipu Sultan's sword for a whopping amount of Rs 1.5 crore? Just like that, Trichy too has its fair share of collectors. The city has a few streets which sells and trades such goods like the one near Murugan talkies - which has now reduced to a mere mountain of unused things. But, the crazy art lovers stick to old principles of networking among themselves and trade things belonging to the bygone era.

Some collect it for passion, some for the aesthetic sense, many as an investment, while others as family legacies however, they all are collectors with pride. Dr. Ramachandran Perumal, a plastic surgeon who has been collecting since 1989, says, "It is about appreciating art and carrying the glory of one's own history and lineage - I share a past with all my possessions which are now irreplaceable. Usually, we read about a legend or a myth in books and we believe them. But what happens when you see it right before your eyes? You feel absolutely proud. I try to dig out as much information I can about the product before I buy one. I do not see it as an investment but a legacy that I would like to pass onto my sons."

It is a tricky market, where you can get conned easily. Which is why people are generally advised to check before buying a piece. There are industries which furnish antique goods and give you the look and feel of an old product while they cant also distort a new piece by acid treatments or burying the products in sand. They then look like replicas of products making it very difficult to distinguish it from the original unless you are that educated about the product. Dr Ramachandran goes on to add that, "One should always bear in mind that the seller is always intelligent - they will go to any means to give you the product. It is the golden rule of buying. Buyers beware!" Details are an important factor here if you want to extract information about an original artifact. Books on such subjects can be easily found in stores.

The sellers are usually the ones who are tired of their collections and are looking to sell what they have. However, such people are not generally in for the money. They do it out of passion. S Anand Karthik, who owns an art gallery in the city, says he had given away his entire collection of cameras for a meagre sum. "I had a wide collection which I had inherited from my father. Earlier it was not about the money or the investment, it was more about how people appreciated each other for their love to collect. I stopped collecting four years back and parted with my belongings as it was becoming difficult to maintain and I did not want it to rot away. So we gave it away to curio shops and friends. Though it was emotional, I also feel happy as it is now in a safer place."

While many sell or part with their collectibles there are some like Syed Abdul Jalal, a railway employee whose collections date back to different eras and wishes to display them. Ask him about what he proposes to do with his collection and he replies with a nod, "I am planning on a permanent heritage exhibition or a space where students can come in and get to know about the past. I want it to be a place of information where students can come and be entertained through appreciating art. His most prized possession of today's date is the General Rules of Railways - Calcutta Edition published in 1890 which he shows off with pride.

Take Syed Abdul Jalal as an example. Treasure whatever you find may be precious. You never know, 20 years later it may be priceless!

Source : TOI


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மருங்காபுரி அருகே தமிழ் சினிமா சூட்டிங் ஜூன் 7 வரை நடக்கிறது

மணப்பாறை: மருங்காபுரி அருகே தமிழ் சினிமா சூட்டிங் நடந்தது. மக்கள் திர ளாக வேடிக்கை பார்த்தனர்.
மணப்பாறை தாலுகா மருங்காபுரி பகுதி கார்வாடி, கைகாட்டி கிராமங்களில் பெங்களுரை சேர்ந்த சுரேஷ்வேந்த் கதாநாயகனாகவும், ஆந்திராவை சேர்ந்த கிரண் மை கதாநாயகியாகவும் நடிக் கும் நேசம் நெசப்படுது என்ற தமிழ் பட சூட்டிங் நேற்று நடந்தது. கார்வாடி நெல் வயல்களில் பாடல் காட்சிக ளும், கைகாட்டியில் சண்டை காட்சிகளும் படமாக்கப்பட்டன.
திருவிழா கூட்டம் போல் மக்கள் திரண்டு வந்து சூட்டிங்கை வேடிக்கை பார்த்த னர். படத்தின் டைரக்டர் ராஜசூரியன் கூறுகையில், கிராமத்தின் கதை அம்சம் கொண்ட இப்படத்தில் விஜய்மந்த்ரா இசைஅமைக்கிறார்.
திருச்சி பாபு வில்லனாக நடிக்கிறார். அடுத்த மாதம் 7ம் தேதி வரை சூட்டிங் நடக்கி றது என்றார்.


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Microsoft gives wings to students' novel idea

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Till a few months ago, college, for them was just a ‘four-year grind' that would, at the end of it, land them a plush job.

But something changed the day engineering student Subramanian Muthukrishnan and his classmates at Anna University saw their juniors shout at a waiter in the college canteen. “We were upset to see the students shouting at the poor waiter who is hearing and speech impaired,” says Muthukrishnan.

The waiter seemed to have delayed in getting their food resulting in an argument with the students. “The students were angry and told him they were leaving as it was getting late. He, on the other hand, was trying to tell them that the idlis they wanted were over and so, they should order something else,” says Muthukrishnan.

“We intervened and since we were familiar with the waiter, having interacting with him over the years, we were able to explain the situation to both parties.

This incident prompted him and his friends, Srithar Ramadoss, Sivalingam Ramasamy and Vinoth Kumar Aribalan, to develop a translator that would interpret the expressions and gestures of a person with hearing and speech disability.

It was the sheer thrill of doing something that would not just earn them accolades, but also make a positive change to the lives of a few people, that egged them on, the students say.

“When I began college, I was a little lost. But, it made me realise the importance of communication,” says Muthukrishnan, who hails from Tiruchi.

On hearing the idea, their mentors and project guides were excited and told them that no such project had been discussed in the past 20 years of research. But it wasn't easy and days of struggle bore little fruit. They tasted success when their project was selected by Microsoft at Imagine Cup 2012, a student technology competition that focuses on finding solutions to daily problems.

The translator already has a database of over 500 expressions used in sign language. “Since there is no standard and several local languages, we are trying to include as many words as possible,” says Srithar. The ready-to-deploy tool is already being used by five employees who work as helpers in the college campus. “Their feedback determines its usability,” he says.

Handling project like this is not easy as it requires huge investment. High-end tools, like the ones they used at Microsoft, are extremely expensive, says Srithar.

“Unless there is extensive funding, it is difficult to attempt such a project, he says. The challenge now is to work on accurately interpreting facial expressions, Srithar says. “Our aim is to make the tool useful and accurate. If it is not accurate, it will only lead to more misunderstanding,” says Muthukrishnan.


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தினமும் இலவச மோர் வினியோகம்... குளிர வைக்கும் சி.எம்., அலுவலகம்

திருச்சி: தமிழக முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவின் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் எம்.எல்.ஏ., அலுவலகத்தில் தினமும் ஆயிரம் லிட்டர் மோர் பொதுமக்களுக்கு இலவசமாக வழங்கப்படுகிறது.தமிழகத்தில் பங்குனி, சித்திரை மாதங்களில் வெயிலின் தாக்கம் அதிகமாக இருக்கும். தமிழகத்துக்கு வரும் வெளிமாநில பயணிகள் மற்றும் பொதுமக்கள் தாகத்தினால் தவித்து போவார்கள்.அவர்கள் இளைப்பாறி, தாகத்தை தீர்த்து கொள்ளும் வகையில், மக்கள் அதிகமாக கூடும் இடங்களில் இலவச நீர், மோர் வழங்கும் பந்தல்களை அமைக்க முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா உத்தரவிட்டார். அதன்படி தமிழகம் முழுவதும் அ.தி.மு.க.,வினரால் இலவச நீர், மோர் வழங்கப்பட்டு வருகிறது. திருச்சி மற்றும் திருச்சி மாவட்டம் முழுவதும் முக்கிய இடங்களில் பந்தல் அமைத்து நீர், மோரை மக்களுக்கு இலவசமாக கட்சியினர்
வழங்குகின்றனர்.அ.தி.மு.க.,வினருக்கும், தமிழக அமைச்சர்களுக்கும் முன்னுதாரணமாக விளங்கும் தமிழக முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதா, இலவச நீர், மோர் வழங்கும் பணியிலும் முன்னுதாரணமாக விளங்குகிறார். முதல்வரின் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் தொகுதி எம்.எல்.ஏ., அலுவலகம் முன் அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள பந்தலில், அப்பகுதியில் செல்லும் மக்கள், வாகன ஓட்டிகளுக்கு, தினமும் ஆயிரம் லிட்டர் வரை மோர், சுவையாகவும், சுகாதாரமாகவும் வழங்கப்படுகிறது.இதுகுறித்து ஸ்ரீரங்கம் பகுதி அ.தி.மு.க.,வினர் கூறியதாவது:எந்தவொரு காரியத்தையும் தானே முன்னுதாரணமாக இருந்து செய்வது முதல்வர் ஜெயலலிதாவின் சிறப்பம்சம். அதேபோல, இலவச நீர், மோர் வழங்குவதையும் சிறப்பாக செய்யவேண்டும் என்று சில அறிவுரைகளை வழங்கினார்.அதன்படி தரமான டின் தயிரை வாங்கி, நன்றாக கடைவோம். அதில் சரியான அளவு உப்பிட்டு, இஞ்சி, கருவேப்பிலை, கொத்தமல்லி இழை, பச் சை மிளகாய், மாங்காய், வெள்ளிரிக்காய் ஆகியவற்றை அரை த்து சேர்ப்போம். மீண்டும் ஒருமுறை மோரை நன்றாக கடை த்து மக்களுக்கு விநியோகம் செ ய்கிறோம். தூய்மையான பாத்திரங்கள், கைக்கு கிளவுஸ் என மோரை மிகவும் சுகாதாரமான முறையில் வழங்குகிறோம்.மோரில் மிதக்கும் பொருட்களை கீழே துப்புவது மக்களின் வழக்கம். நாங்கள் அரைத்து சேர்ப்பதின் மூலம் அதை கீழே துப்பமுடியாது. அப்பொருட்களின் முழு பலன் மக்களுக்கு மிக எளிதாக கிடைத்துவிடும்.மோர் விநியோகத்துக்காகவே, புதிதாக மோர் கடையும் மிஷின், மிக்ஸி, பாத்திரங்கள் வாங்கி உள்ளோம். காலை 10 மணி முதல் மதியம் இரண்டு மணி வரை மக்களுக்கு மோர் விநியோகம் செய்கிறோம்.வெயில் அதிகமாக இருக்கும்போது, ஒரு சில மணி நேரத்திலேயே மோர் தீர்ந்துவிடும். மோரை குடிக்கும் ஒவ்வொருவரும் எங்களை வாழ்த்தும்போது, அவர்களின் வாழ்த்து முதல்வரையே சேரும் என்பதை எண்ணி பெருமகிழ்ச்சி அடைகிறோம்.இவ்வாறு அவர்கள் கூறினர்.


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I have read this statement many times that too only in TOI, i dont know how much this is true. Can you please give the link for this article, i was actually searching for online version of these articles from TOI.


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I have read this statement many times that too only in TOI, i dont know how much this is true. Can you please give the link for this article, i was actually searching for online version of these articles from TOI.


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I see MGR’s Trichy: Samuthirakani

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Director Samuthirakani was recently in Trichy for the felicitation of director K Balachandar - his mentor. In a candid chat with Trichy Times, he talks about movies, his inspirations and his successful combination with Sasikumar.

"I have been to Trichy many times for choosing shooting locales though I have never shot a movie here. The temples and the vibrant people and how it still remains to be a peaceful town are the reasons I visit repeatedly. I see it as the place that MGR wanted to make the capital of the state. My future project may have some scenes shot around places around the city hopefully."

An ardent cinema lover since childhood he claims to not have seen a single movie till his eight grade and the first movie he saw was Alaigal Oyvathillai after which there has been no turning back.

"After watching Alaigal Oyvathilai I knew deep down that this was what I wanted to do. Initially I was into acting and wanted to make it as an actor but now I love direction. The hard work, sleepless nights and busy schedules fascinate me more than acting - now I am too engrossed in direction that acting has taken a low cut."

Ask him about his mentor K Balachander, he says with pride that he is gifted to have worked under him. "If I were to quantify him, he is my matha, pitha, guru, and deivam. That is how I put it, I would not say he is my guru from whom I have learnt about cinema but he is more than that. I still remember spending sleepless nights when the director called out my name for the first time in the shooting spot. It was memorable and the journey so far has been incredible."

Ask him about his themes around movies based on friendship he replies, "I am a person who has been blessed with good friends and believe that friends are reason for a man's success and failure. I have had experiences, memories and back stabbing by friends but by the end of it all it is them who I turn up to."

Speaking about his director and close friend Sasikumar, he tells "He is truly God sent. We are happy to have this bond and will keep going strong for the trust that people have on us."

To Trichiites he says, "For me Trichy is a place which appreciates cinema and the audiences here are dedicated to it. First day, first shows I have heard there are mad rushes and people throng the theatres to catch seats. To actually find out the result of any movie, Trichy is the right choice as you would get to know the correct result is a well known phrase in the industry. People here love and adore cinema more than anywhere else in the state." he signs off.


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