He is an Emden – அவன் ஒரு எம்டன்.

Emden: The first word for which I learnt etymology is Emden. I did not know the word etymology meant then. My father used this expression, ‘He is an Emden.’ We could understand what he meant by that remark in a particular conversation. It could be, he was praising some colleague’s capability or someone who pulled... Continue Reading →

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Just an Air-Filled Bag – வெறும் காற்றடைத்த பையடா.

Siddhas- சித்தர்கள் - were intellectual people, born in present day Tamil Nadu and known to who have attained mukti or nirvana. Not just philosophers, they also wrote about science, medicine, arts, literature and many other subjects. Some of their ideologies are considered to have originated during first Sangam period (4400 BCE). Sample a gem: காயமே இது பொய்யடா- வெறும் காற்றடைத்த... Continue Reading →

Madras Musings: A Tribute to Vajpayee

Avinashi is a small town in Tamil Nadu and lies in National Highway 544 (NH 47 previously) which connects Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Actually the highway is part of the North - South Corridor in the country. If you are planning to go to the Nilgiri Mountains  (Ooty for example) from Bangalore you will branch... Continue Reading →

Independence Day – Some Thoughts

The first Independence Day I remember is, the 25th ID celebration in 1972. I was in Class V and as a part of the celebrations,  the elementary school where I studied, conducted a debate competition for school students from nearby villages and I won the first prize (thanks to my teachers who wrote the script).... Continue Reading →

Jet Airways and the Joy of Flying.

East West Airlines, ModiLuft, Span Air, Sahara, Air Deccan, Damania, NEPC; the list is probably much longer than this - (VIF Airways - does anyone remember this airline?) but suffice to say these are some of private airlines that went bust in India in the last two and half decades. My brother Mohan, sent me... Continue Reading →

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