For me, Sivaji Ganesan is the greatest actor the world has seen. Period. Of the 288 films he has acted, more than 80% movies are probably trash. But in the remaining movies, he has left a legacy which cannot be even matched let alone surpassed. First the name. Only people who were contemporary to him,... Continue Reading →
On the eve of US Open Tennis finals, a week ago, a schoolmate settled in USA asked in our WhatsApp group who all are going to watch the finals between Alcaraz and Rudd. Naga in his inimitable style replied immediately, "இந்திய நேரப்படி இரவு 1.30 மணிக்கு ஆரம்பித்தால் பார்ப்பதற்கு பெடெர்ரா ஆடுகிறான்" meaning "the match is starting at... Continue Reading →
Adieu Kenneth Kaunda & The Flying Sikh
Readers will be surprised to see homage to an African leader and an Indian athlete in one blog. Mr. Kaunda died on 17th June and Milkha Singh 'The Flying Sikh' on 18th June. The died in the same week or both were well into their nineties when they died are not the reasons to put... Continue Reading →
Homage to Chittappa – My Hero.
On July 30, last year, I wrote a blog to celebrate the eightieth birthday of my uncle (Mani Chittappa) for us. Little did I realize that I would bid adieu to him in less than a year. He passed away few hours back. Here is the link to blog. Chittappa, My Hero, Is Turning Eighty.... Continue Reading →
King of Karisal Literature – Adieu Ki Ra
An ancient door. A bunch of kids who swing on it playing 'train journeys.' The door is taken away by a debt collector. The girl whose family lost the door sees it in the scrapyard and hugs it. Ki Rajanarayanan popularly knows as Ki Ra wrote one of the best short stories in Tamil based... Continue Reading →
De God of Football – Adieu Diego Maradona.
For most of us in India, Football, the greatest sport invented by mankind, was introduced only in 1982. Except for few states and UTs like West Bengal, Kerala and Goa, it was all about Cricket. 1982 changed that when the football finals were telecast first time on Television. All we knew about the great game... Continue Reading →
A Double Hundred and Two Ninety. Adieu Dean Jones and SPB.
First of all a big thanks to Venkat @ TNHSS who along with Naga encourage me to keep writing. Since past few weeks I have been trying to set up a vintage Amplifier and gave blog a miss. Venkat reminded me yesterday that I have not penned a tribute to SPB. Thanks Venkat The Double... 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 →
Adieu Dr. P. Ramachandran.
Dr. Panchapakesan Ramachandran was the most amazing doctor I have met. Doctors in general speak less (including Dr. Mohan Ram, my close friend) and seniors in the profession speak even less. Dr. Ramachandran was an exception. He made everyone comfortable with his kind words spoken with compassion. Apollo Hospitals Chennai pioneered Heart Surgeries in India... Continue Reading →
Mahatma Gandhi – 150.
One of the quotes I like about Communism goes like this; "If you are not a communist at the age of 20, you haven't got a heart. If you are still a communist at the age of 30, you haven't got a brain. For me, the communist thoughts came at younger age, when I was... Continue Reading →