Two Songs For The Weekend.

Tony Askew, my super boss at BetzDearborn had an acerbic wit. Although he was British, he lived most of his life in America, and I guess, this was the reason, his humour was not the understated kind one normally sees with British people. He spent few years in India and we were fortunate to learn... Continue Reading →

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Priceless Draws – Oval 79 and Sydney 21

There is an eternal charm in test cricket. Even after almost 50 years of ODI Cricket and a decade of T-20, the Test Cricket still remains a delight and not just for purists. Yes, Test Cricket seems boring to the ordinary eye. It looks like windows update most of the times, never seems to end.... Continue Reading →

Guruthatchinai – Indira Parthasarathy.

Guruthatchinai -   குருதட்சிணை - A fee or gift or present to the teacher (Guru).  குருதட்சிணை - இந்திரா பார்தசாரதி  It's Pasupathi's favourite 'Pair of Trousers.' What do you call Trousers/Pant in Tamil? Manimegalai, one of the five ancient classic literature says, ikantha vatudai (இகந்த வட்டுடை) roughly translates to loose fitting garment for legs. May be a... Continue Reading →

Chennai Rains and My Raincoat

It is said Samson derived all his strength from his mane. For that matter, all great superheroes derive their power through something. Samson had his hair and when he cut his locks, he lost his superhuman strength. Spiderman and Superman, though do not exactly derive their strength from the suit they wear, the suits help... Continue Reading →

Tora Tora Tora – 1970.

Few years ago, I sat down to find out the best of World War II movies and collect them. This was much before Netflix had come to India so the idea was to buy Blu-ray disc. Couple of movies I had seen, had figured in the list and many did not. I was thinking that... Continue Reading →

Bridge – Ki Rajanarayanan

I just read this short story. Two things struck immediately. I had written about people going on pilgrimage from south to Varanasi (Kasi, the holiest of Indian cities by foot). My grandma's grandma did this The Family Autocrat – Tribute To My Grandma. Google maps tells me the distance is about 1910 Kilo Meters about... Continue Reading →

That Man Dhoni..

The challenge for writing a blog about modern cricketers is, you will not have any nostalgia to share. One, their sagas are still fresh in everyone's memory and two, every moment of their life is captured in 24X7 video coverage, you may not have anything left to write about. Let me explain. On a cold... Continue Reading →

Chittappa, My Hero, Is Turning Eighty.

One year into an undergraduate program, in the early eighties, JK decided that he had enough of college, and,  he would be better off working full time and continue education through a distant learning program. He was in Bombay spending his summer vacation when this lightening wisdom struck him. He spoke to my aunt, (The... Continue Reading →

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