Modi mania rocks Toronto
India’s perception for the future will be “skill India” not “scam India”, says Prime Minister Modi
“There’s a new joy in India” Modi says while crowds chant cheers
By Siva Sivapragasam
Thousands gathered outside the Ricoh Coliseum in downtown Toronto to see and hear Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who received a rock-star like treatment as he stepped onto a slowly rotating stage. [MJ]
Happy Sinhala-Tamil New Year [FB]
“Manmatha Year” Greetings – April 15, 2015 – via courtesy-Cartoon by “Sirithiran” S. Sivagnanasundaram (1923-1996) Cartoon probably first published in the 70’s:
Lass to lad: Strut to contest election?
Lad to lass: No…my New Year greetings!
An appropriate concept for the New Year of April 14, 2015 as its the Year denoting the “Love of the Sexes” – “Manmatham” and also an Election Year – Especially in Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and Canada.
“Manmatha” Aandu is the 29th year in the Hindu calender.
“Sirithiran” is a pioneering satiric publication of its kind in the journalism of Sri Lanka. [FB]
Jayakanthan Interviewed by BBC Tamil – A Translation from March 2005
by K. Thirukumaran
Jayakanthan – (April 24, 1934, – April 8, 2015) – Tamil writer, essayist, journalist, pamphleteer, filmmaker and critic
RIP – My Translation of his interview with BBC Thamilosai (Aired in 2005)
“There will be many opinions about my stories. Not everything is right nor everything is wrong.” [TW]
Nagore E.M. Hanifa: A Voice that transcends Tamil as The Language of “Bhakthi”
by K. Thirukumaran
Isaimurasu Nagore E.M. Hanifa, the gifted singer is the uncrowned king of the world of Islamic devotional songs and light music. He bears the name of the town he hails from, Nagore as his virtual first name and making it beheld in the hearts of fans across many lands and faiths and accustoming them to its revered status. He passed away at the age of 90, on April 8, 2015. [TW]