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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Shoot the Messenger.

I always used to wonder how the mighty USA allowed all fringe voices to thrive (1st Amendment) and how we in India are not able to do that. One of the well known satirist, playwright and journalist, Mr. Cho Ramasamy said many times that, we in India can't afford to do that as ours is... 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 →

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