Author Archives: padmum

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!


“I wish parents asked their kids what they would like to be called?” she said and took a sip of her black coffee. I was sitting opposite her, admiring the way she was spiffily dressed, her tinted, straightened hair tamed … Continue reading

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Rhadha—Keeping the Dance Tradition Alive

This article was written a few years ago as a cover story for Eves Touch!! Her disciples are celebrating her 75th birthday. Celebrations of Rhadha A dancer who is finally getting due recognition The clear and melodious voice of Rhadha … Continue reading

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Armchair Logues: Mani the vegetable seller

Mani was a vegetable seller who came rolling his cart full of fresh vegetables. He had this reputation for bringing good quality veggies at a slightly premium price.  He was able to sell all his produce by noon and happily … Continue reading

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Country of conflicts – The latest spat Prof N Natarajan

Intra-company board level wars have broken out in two of the largest, bluest of blue chip companies, the Tatas and Infosys. Continue reading

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An Experiment in Living

It was not a romance of a conventional relationship between a man and a woman. It was not an arranged marriage either. It was not love at first sight or blind date that established an understanding. It just happened. Sara … Continue reading

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Life – Living

Life The clock is ticking away The seconds of living We have only one life A life to live, love, be, die How many deaths In a life do we live How many heart stopping Stomach curdling Blood freezing moments … Continue reading

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Demonetisation..Suggestions for improving ease of doing business

Demonetisation: Suggestions for improving ease of doing business Prof N Natarajan It is a fact that there are long queues in front of banks and ATMs. Thousands of ATMs are still being configured to dispense new 2000 rupee notes. This … Continue reading

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