The First Online Tamil Lifestyle Magazine
  • The South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

    You’ve likely heard of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), but understanding them is a different matter all together. ASD refers to lifelong disorders that impact the way people communicate, learn, and relate to one another—Autism is one of them.

    December 30, 2011  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts


    The Elephant in the Room: Promoting Sexual Health in South Asian Communities

    While working as the HIV Prevention Education Coordinator at ASAAP (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention), I’ve received my fair share of criticism for promoting sexual health and safe sex to South Asian people. At an event in late October, I was handing out condoms while speaking to people about HIV when a South Asian lady looked at me with disgust and said, “You should be ashamed.”

    December 1, 2011  |  Author:   |  1 Comment

  • Busy woman practicing yoga

    My name is Meenakumari. I am Tamil and I am Stressed

    It seems obvious that the traditional Tamil upbringing does not exactly promote the carefree lifestyle we often witness from our non-Tamil friends. There are apparently many of us who share this notion of a dual-culture: those who have been raised in a Tamil household while residing in a Western society such as Canada, England, Australia, etc. Did you know, however, that some of the values taught to us from our strict cultural upbringing may be in fact considered as contributors to our stress in our Western lifestyle?

    November 29, 2011  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

  • Quarterlife-Crisis

    Growing Pains: Your Quarterlife Crisis

    When Shifana Khan graduated from university a year ago, she felt pressured to enter the working world right away and to find a suitable boy to marry (to appease the parents, of course). At 22, she wasn’t ready. Instead, she requested to take a year off, picked up a part time job, saved some money and flew off to Tamil Nadu, India, for five months.

    October 19, 2011  |  Author:   |  3 Comments

  • 1 Tequila, 2 Tequila, 3 Tequila, Floor!

    Not only is alcohol a source of social enjoyment that has been used for thousands of years, but studies have demonstrated its benefit to heart health as well. Yet there seem to be so many varying opinions and perceptions about alcohol use-particularly among the older generation.

    October 11, 2011  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

  • Voice of Reason

    It was a bright spring morning when restauranteur Kumar Thamotharan woke to prepare his daily “breakfast of champions”: two slices of toast, bacon, four mini pork sausages and two scrambled eggs - with butter, of course. This had become the daily routine since he had immigrated to Canada 15 years ago and was his celebration of being “Canadian.”

    August 23, 2011  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

  • I’ll Start my Diet Again Tomorrow

    I state this every weekday around 6pm right before indulging in that deep-fried fast food meal while out with friends. Weekends are a write-off from the start. I diet to keep up with the healthy lifestyle trend and began my attempt to tone approximately five years ago. Since then I have lost a whopping five pounds and two percent body fat. Yes that was sarcasm.

    August 23, 2011  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts