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AuthorBrannavan Gnanalingam

Author Archive: Brannavan Gnanalingam

Brannavan Gnanalingam has come a long way from being born in the teeming metropolis of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He may be known as feature writer for Salient, but is also the only man in history to have simultaneously donated both his kidneys. He is also an amateur rapper going under the moniker Brantank and hopes to win a Grammy.

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July 13, 2009

You know who needs to be smacked? Sue Bradford. I’m sick of people like her. Shouldn’t they be out planting a tree or picking up errant pieces of plastic? I’m sick of being told that my (non-existent) child has rights to their own body, while me as a parent can’t beat and bash my kid […]

October 16, 2006

The Voluntary Extinction Movement have it all wrong. Why should everyone on the planet commit suicide to ensure the continuation of Earth? I’ve always thought wrist-sawing and gas-hose guzzling would be a rather uncomfortable way to save the planet.

October 9, 2006

SALIENT Feature Writer Brannavan Gnanalingam spends some time with the Academic Idol finalists, and talks to their students and colleagues.

October 9, 2006

Yes, this album is quite a few months old. Yes, they’ve already played in Auckland a couple of months ago.

October 2, 2006

Wellington landlords have never had it better. Ample students fight for a limited amount of flats kept in poor condition. SALIENT Feature Writer Brannavan Gnanalingam looks at the trends and their implications in the Wellington housing rental market.

September 25, 2006

It’d be easy to argue that getting the likes of indie heroes Sufjan Stevens and Deerhoof as your backing band is an exercise in indulgence. But the prophet that is Daniel Smith commands enough power around indie-music circles that he’s not only able to bring ‘em together (a total of about twenty musicians), but also […]

September 18, 2006

Branpower doesn’t usually like petty revenge, but if he gets treated badly he will fight back. Ordinarily I would say nothing, but other people have mentioned this to me. Branpower had the worst dining experience at Tulsi with a sleazy waiter who pawned tonnes of food onto the table without us really knowing what was […]

September 18, 2006

The morning paper is teeming with seamy tales of sordid and violent crime each morning. The opposition constantly tries to point out the Government’s failings in making the ordinary citizen safe. But does a packedout newspaper and an angry opposition have any actual implication for New Zealanders? SALIENT Feature Writer Brannavan Gnanalingam reports.

September 11, 2006

You may know him as a comedian, film director, actor, Oscar prankster or one time star of a Moro bar advert. You may know him under two different names. SALIENT Feature Writer Brannavan Gnanalingam talked to Taika Cohen (or Waititi) about following his interests in the Wellington cultural scene, and mysteriously being pretty damn good […]