POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 27, 2015 AT 22:17 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 27, 2015 22:17 IST

DNA recently carried a piece on the history and diversity of sambar, the South Indian staple. 

The piece is strewn with little bits of information that most people don't know about. 

For instance, did you know that the quintessentially Tamilian sambhar was a Maratha creation?

The piece claims:

A family tradition – of sorts – is believed to have introduced sambar to the world. The story (with many deviations) goes that Shahuji Bhonsle, second Maratha ruler of Thanjavur (who reigned from 1684-1712), was to welcome cousin Sambhaji – son of Shivaji – to his palace. But preparations for a royal feast were hindered as kokum, used for Maharashtrian amti, was unavailable. So were supplies like moong dal, in whose place toor dal was used.

The article also talks about how sambar is not a homogeneous thing. It has many variants found across Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. In fact, 'sambar' is rarely called so in most Tamilian homes.

kuzhambu, an umbrella term meaning 'gravy', is commonly used. Especially when there's rice, rather than idli or dosa, on the plate. "As for varieties, there's paruppu urundai sambar/kuzhambu, in which the dal is balled into kofta-like dumplings and cooked in the masala. And muttai kuzhambu – egg sambar

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jan 13, 2015 AT 19:12 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 13, 2015 19:12 IST

The New Indian Express reports:

The 18-day protests over controversial Tamil novel, Madhorubhagan, on Monday ended with its author Perumal Murugan tendering an unconditional apology for “hurting the sentiments of the people of Tiruchengode”. He also decided to withdraw all his novels, short stories, essays and poems published so far. He said he would compensate the publishers. He told Express that he made the decision fearing protests in the future against his published work.

The Hindu has a report saying that Murugan has decided to give up writing altogether.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 01, 2012 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 01, 2012 23:59 IST

Via Twitter.

As one of the comment puts it:

sanj_ay9 hours agoTwitter
Front page ad in @the_hindu by General Secy, TN Cong Committee. Also owns a News Channel. But that's par for the course.
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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON May 10, 2011 AT 22:37 IST ,  Edited At: May 10, 2011 22:37 IST
  2006 CSDS ORG Nielson C-Voter
  % Seats % Seats % Seats Seats Seats
Tamil Nadu: 234
AIADMK+ 40 69 46 120-132 47 105-120   168-176
DMK+ 45 163 44 102-114 48 115-130   54-62
Others 13 2 7          
West Bengal: 294
Left+ 50 227 40 60-72 38 65-70 60 60-72
TC+Cong+ 41 55 50 222-234 48 210-220 225 227-235
Others 9 12 10     10-15 9  
Kerala: 140
UDF 42 90 45 63-71 53 85-92   83-91
LDF 49 40 46 69-77 46 48-55   49-57
BJP+     6          
Others     3          
Assam:126
Cong 31 53 36 64-72 31 41-47   41-45
AGP+ 23 27 18 16-22 20 31-35   31-35
BJP 12 10 9 7-11   16-18   14-18
AIUDF 9 10 13 11-17   13-15   11-15
Others 25 26 24 12-20       7-11*
Puducherry: 30
Cong + 46.3 19            
AIADMK+ 27.91 7            
Others 25.79 4            

The percentage figures are indicative, rounded off and adjusted broadly for the change in alliances since 2006
* Only for Bodo People's Front

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