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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Oh! Kolkata!

Kolkata or Calcutta is the most generous city in the world. Yes! You read it correctly. No typos there. It is the most accommodating city. It packs more human beings per square foot than most of the cities would do per square mile. Yet, it welcomes more people every day from its own state, the... Continue Reading →

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Flag Hoisting – Asokamitran

Subramaniya Bharathi, one of the greatest poets of India wrote this poem which begins; "Let us dance, let us sing a hymn, that we got our freedom." What was so special about this? Well, he wrote the poem some thirty years before we actually got the freedom from the British rule. The very thought of... Continue Reading →

Your Rebels & Our Terrorists.

When I started my blog about three years back, I decided to stay away from writing about politics. The reason for this was simple. The blog would be read mostly by relatives and friends, who read them as a courtesy to me and not because I am a great writer. Their views and my opinion... Continue Reading →

Horse – Sujatha.

Writer Jeyamohan ranks this story of Tamil Novelist Sujatha as one of the best humorous short stories in Tamil. Uncle visit மாமா விஜயம் is my favourite. You can read it here. Horse - குதிரை Some people win lottery. Some people are selected by movie directors while waiting in bus stops and are called for shooting from... Continue Reading →

Sella and Mike..

Last evening, Adarsh, my nephew sent a message asking me if I was watching Federer Vs Nadal match, Wimbledon Semi Final. I wrote back 'what's the point?' We know the result anyway. The biggest anguish for Federer fans are his losses to Nadal. He would have probably won half a dozen more grand-slam championships had... Continue Reading →

Did You Give Us Captaincy?

We all have our favourite who is a better sportsman fights. Gavaskar or Viswanath? Sachin or Dravid? Schumacher or Hamilton? Borg or McEnroe? Sampras or Agassi or for that matter Fedex or Nadal? When we are young, we try to find reasons to justify our favourites in all possible ways. And one such argument put... Continue Reading →

Ads, Airline Food & After Mint..

"In our factory, we make lipstick. In our advertising, we sell hope." -Peter Nivio Zarlenga What is the greatest invention of the industrial era? Mr. Lee Kuan Yew or LKY, the father of Modern Singapore Nation State believed it is the Air Conditioner. The reason for his choice was simple. The comfortable life we live,... Continue Reading →

The day I became a Sorcerer…

Mohan Ram, my friend, co-conspirator in adventures in school Eye Witness – Movie with Mohan Ram and a colleague now, is convinced that yours truly is the sole reason for all the heatwave and water shortage in Chennai. Residents of most of the big cities in India count the days once the summer starts. People, for... Continue Reading →

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