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Ilakkiya Peedam Vizha – RaayarKaapiKlub

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'இலக்கியப்பீடம்' மாத இதழ் வரும் ஞாயிறு (9 ஏப்ரல்.2006) அன்று காலை 9-30 மணிக்கு (கவனிக்க,காலை நேர நிகழ்ச்சி!) 2005 ஆம் ஆண்டுக்கான சிறுகதைப் போட்டி பரிசளிப்பு விழாவை நடத்துகிறது.

இடம்: தேவநேயப் பாவாணர் நூலகக் கருத்தரங்குக் கூடம் (எல்.எல்.ஏ பில்டிங்க்ஸ், டி.வி.எஸ் அலுவலகம் எதிர்) அண்ணா சாலை, சென்னை .

தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட பன்னிரண்டு சிறுகதைகளைப் பற்றி ஆறு விமர்சகர்கள் பேசுகிறார்கள். எம்.ஆர். ரெங்கராஜனின் சிறுகதை 'முரண்' முதல் பரிசு பெறுகிறது.

Dans le Noir – Manian

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'சொக்கா சொக்கா சோறுண்டா' என்னும் பாட்டி காலத்துக் கதையில் மின்சாரம் இல்லாத அந்தக்காலத்தில் இருட்டில் உணவு உண்பதைத் தவிர்க்குமாறு அறிவுறுத்துவார்கள். இவங்க இருட்டிலேயே சோறு போடறாங்களே…

Ki Veeramani Interview with Haajaa Kani & Anees

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ஜெயலலிதா சீரமைத்ததாகக் கூறப்படும் பிற்படுத்தப்பட்டோர் ஆணையத்தினால் முஸ்லிம்களின் வாழ்வு ஒளிரப் போகிறது என சிலர் கூறிக் கொண்டிருக்கும் வேளையில், இந்த ஆணையம் என்ன சொல்கிறது என்பது குறித்தத் தன்னுடைய கருத்துக்களை திராவிடர் கழகத் தலைவர் கி. வீரமணி பேட்டியில் விவரிக்கிறார்.

Chennai Right To Information (CRTI) initiative

April 6, 2006 2 comments

ஒரு உருப்படியான வேலை. any volunteers?

வருகிறது நானோடெக்னாலஜி – அப்புடீன்னா?

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இன்று அதிகாலை பிரகாஷிடமிருந்து இந்தச் சுட்டி வந்தது.

வெளிகண்ட நாதர் நானோடெக்னாலஜியால் என்னென்னவெல்லாம் நடக்கும் என்று பிரமிப்பூட்டுகிறார்.  ரத்தக்குழாயடைப்பைச் சுரண்டுவது,  கச்சாவிலிருந்து பெட்ரோலைப் பிரிப்பது முதல் சிம்ரனையும் ஜோதிகாவையும் இன்னும் பளிச் சென்று திரையில் பார்ப்பதுவரை இதில் சாத்தியம் என்று சோதிடம் சொல்கிறார்.

ஒரு சின்ன வேண்டுகோள்;  இப்படி வெற்றாக ஆரூடங்களை அடுக்கிக்கொண்டு போவதும் கூகிளில் இருந்து படம் சுட்டுப்போடுவதும் அறிவியலும் நுட்பமும் இல்லை.   இதெல்லாம் எப்படிச் சாத்தியமாகியிருக்கிறது (அல்லது அதற்கான துவக்கங்கள் எப்படி நடக்கின்றன) என்பதைப் பற்றியும் கொஞ்சம் எழுதவேண்டும்.  போகிற போக்கில் name-dropping சொல்லி படிப்பவர்களை மிரட்டுவது அந்தக் காலத்து ஆசாமிகள் பாணி் – sooo outdated.  அப்படி மிரண்டவர்கள் ஒருக்காலத்திலும் நானோடெக்கை புரிந்துகொள்ள முயற்சிக்க மாட்டார்கள்.     இந்தமாதிரி ஜக்கம்மா குறிசொல்பவற்களையும் பசித்த புலிகள் தின்னத் தொடங்கியிருக்கின்றன.   இன்றைக்குத் தேவை புரியவைப்பது அல்லது ஆர்வமூட்டுவது.  ரத்தக்குழாயில் அடைப்பு நீங்கப்போகிறது என்று சொல்லும்பொழுது கொஞ்சம் கொழுப்பு, அதைக் கரைக்கும் விதங்கள் போன்ற சமாச்சாரங்களையும் விரிவாகச் சொன்னால்தான் புண்ணியமாக இருக்கும்.

பாலக்கரை பாலகனின் ஆர்வத்திற்குப் பாராட்டு, ஆனால் அடுத்த அடி எடுத்து வைக்க வேண்டியது முக்கியம்.

அதெல்லாம் கிடக்கட்டும்; அறிவியல் சமாச்சாரத்தை எழுதும்பொழுது கிளுகிளுப்பு வேண்டுமென்றால் அதற்கு இப்பொழுது சிம்ரனையும் ஜோதிகாவையும் நம்பிப் பிரயோசனமில்லை;   இது அஸின் காலம்.

Politics this week: 1st – 7th April 2006

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Politics this week

Apr 6th 2006
From The Economist print edition

AP
AP

Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister, handsomely won a general election. But the main opposition parties boycotted the poll, and Mr Thaksin’s result was worse than at an election a year ago, so he announced that he would stand down. See articleE+

China will close all of its small coal mines by the end of next year in an attempt to improve the industry’s dismal safety record.

Pakistani security forces killed at least 16 Taliban militants in a clash near the Afghan border, in war-racked North Waziristan.

The Nepalese government rejected an offer by Maoist militants for an indefinite ceasefire in the area around the capital, Kathmandu. The opposition began a four-day strike.

Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, said he was resigning from Congress. Affectionately known as “the Hammer” in his heyday, Mr DeLay gave up the leadership post to fight charges of campaign-finance wrongdoing. See articleE+

The Massachusetts legislature overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive health-insurance programme that will eventually cover around 95% of uninsured people in the state. The bill’s supporters are pushing it as a model for the federal government. See article

Two federal air marshals pleaded guilty of planning to smuggle cocaine on a flight from Houston to Las Vegas. The pair, arrested in a sting operation in February, were hired after the expansion in airline security following the September 11th attacks.

Saddam Hussein is to be tried on new charges of genocide against Iraq’s Kurds in the 1980s. On some estimates more than 100,000 were killed, some of them by poisonous gas in the infamous Anfal campaign in 1988. Under cross-examination for the first time in his current trial, the former Iraqi dictator admitted signing an order for the execution of 148 Shias.

Condoleezza Rice, America’s secretary of state, and Jack Straw, her British counterpart, made a surprise visit to Iraq to hurry along the formation of a new government. Ibrahim al-Jaffari reiterated that he would not resign as prime minister, despite calls for him to go. See articleE+

The UN rushed aid to Iran‘s western Lorestan province where a series of earthquakes killed 70, injured at least 1,300 and left thousands without homes.

EPA
EPA

In Kuwait, women voted for the first time after being granted equal political rights last year. They participated in a council by-election in a district south of Kuwait City.

Sudan banned Jan Egeland, head of the UN‘s emergency relief operations, from entering the conflict-torn region of Darfur, but then relented under international pressure. Separately, the African Union announced an investigation into claims that its peacekeepers in the region committed sexual abuse.

Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, was charged with crimes against humanity in the international war-crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone. To avoid risk of destabilising the region, his trial may be transferred to The Hague. Sweden said it might be prepared to take him as a prisoner, if he is convicted. See articleE+

As registration for candidates in Congo‘s first multi-party elections in 40 years closed, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, led by a veteran opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, announced it would boycott the poll. More than 70 people have signed up for the presidential contest, including the incumbent, Joseph Kabila.

Uganda‘s opposition leader, Kizza Besigye denied treason charges at the start of his trial in Kampala. The Supreme Court rejected his challenge to presidential elections, won in February by Yoweri Museveni for a third term.

In an unusually brief “throne speech” at the start of a parliamentary session, Canada’s new Conservative minority government promised measures to fulfil campaign promises, such as an accountable-government bill and a cut in sales tax, but otherwise gave little away. See article

Ralph Klein, the long-serving Conservative premier of oil-rich Alberta, Canada’s fastest-growing province, received an unexpected snub when only 55% of delegates at a party convention endorsed his leadership. As a result, Mr Klein said he would step down at the end of this year, rather than in 2008. See articleE+

Venezuela’s government took control of two oilfields, one operated by France’s Total and the other by Eni of Italy, after the companies refused to sign up to new arrangements converting their operating contracts into joint ventures in which Petróleos de Venezuela, the state oil firm, will have a majority stake. Exxon Mobil earlier sold a stake in a small field to Spain’s Repsol to avoid the change. See articleE+

There were further protests in France, even after President Jacques Chirac promised to water down the new job-contract for young people. The protesters are insisting on its withdrawal. Mr Chirac gave the task of reshaping the law to parliament, not to the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, severely weakening the latter’s authority. See article

Getty Images
Getty Images

Italy staged its second TV debate between the two main candidates for prime minister in next week’s election. Silvio Berlusconi, the incumbent, surprised his centre-left opponent, Romano Prodi, by offering some new tax cuts. Most pundits judged the debate a draw, but still expect Mr Prodi to win the election narrowly. See articleE+

Denis Donaldson, a one-time senior man in Sinn Fein who admitted to having been a British agent for 20 years, was shot dead in a cottage in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Sinn Fein’s paramilitary wing, the IRA, denied responsibility. See articleE+

Serbia has assured the International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia in The Hague that it will hand over Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian-Serb general accused of genocide, by the end of April.

Gazprom, Russia’s state-run gas giant, said it was planning to raise sharply the prices it charges to Belarus, whose economy depends on cheap Russian gas. The move was seen as part of Gazprom’s bid to take control of Belarus’s pipelines.

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Politics this week: 1st – 7th April 2006

April 6, 2006 Leave a comment

Politics this week

Apr 6th 2006
From The Economist print edition

AP
AP

Thaksin Shinawatra, the Thai prime minister, handsomely won a general election. But the main opposition parties boycotted the poll, and Mr Thaksin’s result was worse than at an election a year ago, so he announced that he would stand down. See articleE+

China will close all of its small coal mines by the end of next year in an attempt to improve the industry’s dismal safety record.

Pakistani security forces killed at least 16 Taliban militants in a clash near the Afghan border, in war-racked North Waziristan.

The Nepalese government rejected an offer by Maoist militants for an indefinite ceasefire in the area around the capital, Kathmandu. The opposition began a four-day strike.

Tom DeLay, the former House majority leader, said he was resigning from Congress. Affectionately known as “the Hammer” in his heyday, Mr DeLay gave up the leadership post to fight charges of campaign-finance wrongdoing. See articleE+

The Massachusetts legislature overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive health-insurance programme that will eventually cover around 95% of uninsured people in the state. The bill’s supporters are pushing it as a model for the federal government. See article

Two federal air marshals pleaded guilty of planning to smuggle cocaine on a flight from Houston to Las Vegas. The pair, arrested in a sting operation in February, were hired after the expansion in airline security following the September 11th attacks.

Saddam Hussein is to be tried on new charges of genocide against Iraq’s Kurds in the 1980s. On some estimates more than 100,000 were killed, some of them by poisonous gas in the infamous Anfal campaign in 1988. Under cross-examination for the first time in his current trial, the former Iraqi dictator admitted signing an order for the execution of 148 Shias.

Condoleezza Rice, America’s secretary of state, and Jack Straw, her British counterpart, made a surprise visit to Iraq to hurry along the formation of a new government. Ibrahim al-Jaffari reiterated that he would not resign as prime minister, despite calls for him to go. See articleE+

The UN rushed aid to Iran‘s western Lorestan province where a series of earthquakes killed 70, injured at least 1,300 and left thousands without homes.

EPA
EPA

In Kuwait, women voted for the first time after being granted equal political rights last year. They participated in a council by-election in a district south of Kuwait City.

Sudan banned Jan Egeland, head of the UN‘s emergency relief operations, from entering the conflict-torn region of Darfur, but then relented under international pressure. Separately, the African Union announced an investigation into claims that its peacekeepers in the region committed sexual abuse.

Charles Taylor, former Liberian president, was charged with crimes against humanity in the international war-crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone. To avoid risk of destabilising the region, his trial may be transferred to The Hague. Sweden said it might be prepared to take him as a prisoner, if he is convicted. See articleE+

As registration for candidates in Congo‘s first multi-party elections in 40 years closed, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, led by a veteran opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, announced it would boycott the poll. More than 70 people have signed up for the presidential contest, including the incumbent, Joseph Kabila.

Uganda‘s opposition leader, Kizza Besigye denied treason charges at the start of his trial in Kampala. The Supreme Court rejected his challenge to presidential elections, won in February by Yoweri Museveni for a third term.

In an unusually brief “throne speech” at the start of a parliamentary session, Canada’s new Conservative minority government promised measures to fulfil campaign promises, such as an accountable-government bill and a cut in sales tax, but otherwise gave little away. See article

Ralph Klein, the long-serving Conservative premier of oil-rich Alberta, Canada’s fastest-growing province, received an unexpected snub when only 55% of delegates at a party convention endorsed his leadership. As a result, Mr Klein said he would step down at the end of this year, rather than in 2008. See articleE+

Venezuela’s government took control of two oilfields, one operated by France’s Total and the other by Eni of Italy, after the companies refused to sign up to new arrangements converting their operating contracts into joint ventures in which Petróleos de Venezuela, the state oil firm, will have a majority stake. Exxon Mobil earlier sold a stake in a small field to Spain’s Repsol to avoid the change. See articleE+

There were further protests in France, even after President Jacques Chirac promised to water down the new job-contract for young people. The protesters are insisting on its withdrawal. Mr Chirac gave the task of reshaping the law to parliament, not to the prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, severely weakening the latter’s authority. See article

Getty Images
Getty Images

Italy staged its second TV debate between the two main candidates for prime minister in next week’s election. Silvio Berlusconi, the incumbent, surprised his centre-left opponent, Romano Prodi, by offering some new tax cuts. Most pundits judged the debate a draw, but still expect Mr Prodi to win the election narrowly. See articleE+

Denis Donaldson, a one-time senior man in Sinn Fein who admitted to having been a British agent for 20 years, was shot dead in a cottage in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Sinn Fein’s paramilitary wing, the IRA, denied responsibility. See articleE+

Serbia has assured the International Criminal Tribunal for ex-Yugoslavia in The Hague that it will hand over Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian-Serb general accused of genocide, by the end of April.

Gazprom, Russia’s state-run gas giant, said it was planning to raise sharply the prices it charges to Belarus, whose economy depends on cheap Russian gas. The move was seen as part of Gazprom’s bid to take control of Belarus’s pipelines.

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Business this week: 1st – 7th April 2006

April 6, 2006 Leave a comment

Business this week

Apr 6th 2006
From The Economist print edition

Five years after walking away from a previous agreement, Alcatel, based in Paris, and Lucent, based in New Jersey, said they will merge to create a network-equipment manufacturer rivalling Cisco Systems in size. To head off political misgivings about the deal, Alcatel is selling its satellite business to Thales, a French defence group; to handle government research projects in the United States, the newly combined company will create a subsidiary overseen by a board of former American security officials. See articleE+

Apple Computer released software that allows its latest Macintosh computers, based on Intel chips, to run Microsoft Windows in addition to Apple’s own operating system, Mac OSX. Its share price surged on the news.

After arduous negotiations, General Motors announced it was selling a 51% stake in GMAC, its mortgage and financial services business (and most profitable division), to a group of private investors for $14 billion. However, the carmaker’s share price fell after sales data showed it was losing yet more market share. See articleE+

Further trouble for GM loomed on the horizon as Delphi, its main parts supplier, filed a restructuring plan that sheds most of its factories, eliminates thousands of jobs and voids the contracts and benefits of its current and retired workers. Unions warned that they were ready for a prolonged strike if the plan is approved; credit-rating agencies said such a strike would only entrench GM‘s “junk” status. See article

Continental, a German tyre and car-parts firm, agreed to buy Motorola’s telematics (car navigation and communications) division for $1 billion. The division supplies electronics to carmakers in North America and is a new venture for Continental, which has also expressed an interest in buying bits of Delphi.

Rolf Breuer announced his resignation as chairman of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board. He is stepping down to spare Germany’s biggest bank embarrassment that might stem from a lawsuit filed by Leo Kirch, in which the tycoon blames Mr Breuer for the fall of his media empire following negative remarks he made in 2002 regarding Mr Kirch’s creditworthiness.

Poland reached an agreement with UniCredit that will allow the Italian bank to complete its takeover of Germany’s HVB, (which involves two Polish banks). Poland’s refusal to allow the deal had drawn sharp criticism from the EU, which accused its prime minister of acting like an economic nationalist.

Australia’s financial regulator accused Citigroup of insider trading during a large takeover last year in which it was an adviser. Separately, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ended a year-long ban on Citigroup from conducting big acquisitions. The punishment was handed down by the Fed after the financial services group became embroiled in a series of regulatory problems. See articleE+

Lloyd’s reported a small pre-tax loss of £103m ($187m) for 2005, its first loss in four years. The world’s oldest insurance market was hit by record claims, mostly stemming from last year’s hurricane season.

Arcelor transferred its recently acquired holdings in Dofasco, a Canadian steelmaker, to a Dutch foundation so as to bolster its defences against Mittal Steel’s hostile takeover plans, which include selling Dofasco. The move angered some of Arcelor’s shareholders (even though the firm also increased its dividend by 54% above that announced in February) who complained about the lack of consultation.

International Paper agreed to sell 5.1m acres of forest, dotted around the United States, to investors for $6.1 billion. That brings the total disposals of the firm to 5.4m acres, believed to be America’s biggest-ever private sale of forest.

Netflix, which pioneered online DVD rentals, launched a lawsuit against Blockbuster, accusing its rival of infringing two patents relating to its business methods in the United States. Blockbuster, responding to Netflix’s growing popularity, launched its own online service 20 months ago.

Coca-Cola overhauled its pay for directors and linked their cashing-in of share grants to the future performance of the company. The move had been championed by Warren Buffett, who leaves Coca-Cola’s board on April 19th.

More data pointed to evidence of Japan’s economic recovery. Its unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in February, the lowest in almost eight years, while the ratio of jobs to applicants reached a 14-year high. The news suggests that interest rates will rise above zero sooner than expected

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Business this week: 1st – 7th April 2006

April 6, 2006 Leave a comment

Business this week

Apr 6th 2006
From The Economist print edition

Five years after walking away from a previous agreement, Alcatel, based in Paris, and Lucent, based in New Jersey, said they will merge to create a network-equipment manufacturer rivalling Cisco Systems in size. To head off political misgivings about the deal, Alcatel is selling its satellite business to Thales, a French defence group; to handle government research projects in the United States, the newly combined company will create a subsidiary overseen by a board of former American security officials. See articleE+

Apple Computer released software that allows its latest Macintosh computers, based on Intel chips, to run Microsoft Windows in addition to Apple’s own operating system, Mac OSX. Its share price surged on the news.

After arduous negotiations, General Motors announced it was selling a 51% stake in GMAC, its mortgage and financial services business (and most profitable division), to a group of private investors for $14 billion. However, the carmaker’s share price fell after sales data showed it was losing yet more market share. See articleE+

Further trouble for GM loomed on the horizon as Delphi, its main parts supplier, filed a restructuring plan that sheds most of its factories, eliminates thousands of jobs and voids the contracts and benefits of its current and retired workers. Unions warned that they were ready for a prolonged strike if the plan is approved; credit-rating agencies said such a strike would only entrench GM‘s “junk” status. See article

Continental, a German tyre and car-parts firm, agreed to buy Motorola’s telematics (car navigation and communications) division for $1 billion. The division supplies electronics to carmakers in North America and is a new venture for Continental, which has also expressed an interest in buying bits of Delphi.

Rolf Breuer announced his resignation as chairman of Deutsche Bank’s supervisory board. He is stepping down to spare Germany’s biggest bank embarrassment that might stem from a lawsuit filed by Leo Kirch, in which the tycoon blames Mr Breuer for the fall of his media empire following negative remarks he made in 2002 regarding Mr Kirch’s creditworthiness.

Poland reached an agreement with UniCredit that will allow the Italian bank to complete its takeover of Germany’s HVB, (which involves two Polish banks). Poland’s refusal to allow the deal had drawn sharp criticism from the EU, which accused its prime minister of acting like an economic nationalist.

Australia’s financial regulator accused Citigroup of insider trading during a large takeover last year in which it was an adviser. Separately, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York ended a year-long ban on Citigroup from conducting big acquisitions. The punishment was handed down by the Fed after the financial services group became embroiled in a series of regulatory problems. See articleE+

Lloyd’s reported a small pre-tax loss of £103m ($187m) for 2005, its first loss in four years. The world’s oldest insurance market was hit by record claims, mostly stemming from last year’s hurricane season.

Arcelor transferred its recently acquired holdings in Dofasco, a Canadian steelmaker, to a Dutch foundation so as to bolster its defences against Mittal Steel’s hostile takeover plans, which include selling Dofasco. The move angered some of Arcelor’s shareholders (even though the firm also increased its dividend by 54% above that announced in February) who complained about the lack of consultation.

International Paper agreed to sell 5.1m acres of forest, dotted around the United States, to investors for $6.1 billion. That brings the total disposals of the firm to 5.4m acres, believed to be America’s biggest-ever private sale of forest.

Netflix, which pioneered online DVD rentals, launched a lawsuit against Blockbuster, accusing its rival of infringing two patents relating to its business methods in the United States. Blockbuster, responding to Netflix’s growing popularity, launched its own online service 20 months ago.

Coca-Cola overhauled its pay for directors and linked their cashing-in of share grants to the future performance of the company. The move had been championed by Warren Buffett, who leaves Coca-Cola’s board on April 19th.

More data pointed to evidence of Japan’s economic recovery. Its unemployment rate fell to 4.1% in February, the lowest in almost eight years, while the ratio of jobs to applicants reached a 14-year high. The news suggests that interest rates will rise above zero sooner than expected

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Four Films – Sam

April 6, 2006 Leave a comment

கல்லூரியில் மூன்றாவது வருடம் படிக்கும் போது குரொசோவா பற்றிய அறிமுகம் கிடைத்தது. ஆனால் அவரது படைப்புகளைப் பார்க்கும் வாய்ப்பு ஐந்து வருடங்களுக்குப் பிறகுதான் கிடைத்தது. அமெரிக்கா வந்த பின் சினிமா பார்க்கும் ப்ழக்கம், தொட்டில் ப்ழக்கம் சுடுகாடு மட்டும் போல தொடர்ந்தது. சர்வதேச அளவில் பேசப்படும் திரைப்படங்களுக்கு என்று சில குணங்கள் இருக்கிறது. நம் கோலிவுட்காரர்கள் சீ சீ இந்தப் பழம் புளிக்கும் என்ற வகையில் இதைப் பேசுகிறார்கள். இது எனக்குப் புரியவில்லை.இந்த முறை எனக்குப் பிடித்த நான்கு சர்வதேசப் படங்களைப் பற்றிப் பேசப் போகிறேன். 

My Mothers Castle, Mrs. Brown , White baloon , Waking Ned Devine ஆகிய நான்கு திரைப்படங்கள் பற்றிய சுருக்கமான, அழகான குறிப்புகள்.