Friday, July 31, 2009

Article Published in Gulf today on 1.August.09.Uae.

Unwanted

stunts

A few days ago, I was watching news from a famous Indian channel.

I was enjoying the debates and arguments, but suddenly witnessed an unpleasant scene. That was in one Indian school from tamil Nadu state. Students were performing stunt games and an innocent girl died. I was shocked. The school authorities insisted that they conducting the event after taking the consent of the parents.

I received a call from my friend at that moment asking me whether I was aware of the incident. Incidentally, he was also watching the same programme.

I asked him what he felt about it. "I will simply sue the school if they had treated my son like this."

I remember in films they flash a statutory warning during stunt scenes, "Do not imitate this, only experts can perform this." Was that school's physical training teacher really capable of handling stunts? I felt depressed that day after watching the idiot box.

K. Ragavan

Corruption is Spreding very fast.

The Recent arrest of Former Indian Union Minister Buta singh's son Sar bjot against corruption charges by CBI,Was a shocking one. For the Past Four Decades Ihave been seeing in Indian Politics only corruption and not any Good work for the People.Only 10%of Politicians are not corrupt.Corruption has gone like carcinoma,which spreds very fast.To Eradicate corruption only remedy,is consiousness.Will this will come to our Politicians mind is the question Mark.?
Regards.
K.Ragavan.

Tribute column correction.

In my recent article on 27,July.09Tribute to Shyam Benegal ,Instead of Mrs.Amitabachan,i mentioned Amitabachan by mistakeError is regretted.
K.Ragavan

Web Site comment in The National,Abudhabi on 31.July.09.Uae..

Your articlePolice round up gang using Credit cards was interesting to read.In the recent Credit cards Episode is Expanding in UAE. Iapplaud the Police of Rasal khaimah,for rounding up the 13.Member gang.This type of Stealing the creditcard from variouspeople and using make Innocent People's life miserable.Banks should be more vigilent.People using creditcards should be morecareful.
K.Ragavan.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 30.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 29 Jul 2009 08:20 pm

The Demise of Veteran malayalam actor RajanP.Dev Is a great loss to Film industry.He has not only established his identity as a villian but also character and humorus rolls in Tamil,Malayalam,Telugu and Kannada films is important.May his soul rest in Peace.
K.Ragavan.

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 29July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 29 Jul 2009 12:24 pm

Your article,Veteran Actors Dharmendra and Asha Parekwill be honoured Life time Achivement award in the Nasik InternationalFilm Festival on 30,July was a Good news for film fans.Both the Actors have contributed to Indian cinema for morethen threedecades.Dharmendra acted in all rolls and his Memorable Performancein Phool Aur Pathar,Anupama ,MeragaonMeradesh,and Many.Both are deserving to Bag this award. K.Ragavan.

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 29.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 29 Jul 2009 12:30 pm

As per the Child law this incident is a great crime.Tamilnadu Education Ministry should act fastly,take action against the School and the man conducted the stunt.I was surpraised how the school is conducting this type of events?.Iwish this type of incident should not be repeated in the future.Children are the Nation’s Future assets.Parents should not comply this type of requests.The funniest Part it was witnessed by a Minister’s wife. Child activists are strongly condonming this incident.
K.Ragavan.

Students used for Dangerous stunts.

Re cently i read in a Leading Indian News paper Doing Stunts with school children, was painful and sad to read. Indian state Tamil nadu,near Villupuram a school student was used for Performing stunts that killed was a shocking and alarming one.As per the Child law this incident is a great crime.Tamilnadu Education Ministry should act fastly,take action against the School and the man conducted the stunt.I was surpraised how the school is conducting this type of events?.Iwish this type of incident should not be repeated in the future.Children are the Nation’s Future assets.Parents should not comply this type of requests.The funniest Part it was witnessed by a Minister’s wife.
Child activists are strongly condonming this incident.

K.Ragavan.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 29.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 28 Jul 2009 09:52 pm

The Demise of the Former MissIndia actress Leela naidu was a Loss to Film industry.She acted with Directors Hrishikesh mukerjee,R.K.Nayyar and Shyam Benegal is important.She was selected by Vogue as one of the Beautiful womenamong Ten.May her soul rest in Peace.
K.Ragavan.

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 28.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 28 Jul 2009 12:19 pm

Four Indian Students Baged Silver medalsat International Chemistry Olympoid was a Very Good News.Among 29000,Students Four were selected is very muchApplaudable.Indian Students proved their Metal in all education areas.Kudos to the Four students.
K.Ragavan.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Regarding Bill on Judges Assets.

The Recent Bill on Judges assets Proposal wasreally a welcoming one.Iapplaud the Indian Law Minister Veerappa moiley’s initiative for this bill.I Have been reading and watching the recent corruption charges of Judges , particularly in Punjab court.Accountability of the Judges ,and their relatives isneeded..InIndia any walks of life corruption is very visible is a Pity.Law makers should behave with consciousness and respect for the Law..Judges should remember they are doing justice for the Society.
Good move by the Indian Govt.
K.Ragavan

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tribute toDirector Shyam Benegal.

I have been writing this column for the past 51,weeks giving Tribute to Tamil film Directors . Now I have Come to film Directors of Bolly Wood. In Indian Cinema Bolly Wood has Established World Wide Acceptance and Revenue is not a Exagerated one.To day I am Going to Pen a Wonderful ,Versatile,and Acclaimed Director of Bolly wood is none other then Shyam Benegal. Started his career with Lintas Advertising as a Copy writer,and Later Directed Many Advertising films and Movies..He has many Awards of Both National and International is very important.He has worked as a Chairmen of Films and Television institute of Pune.This Institute has Produced Many talented actors like Nasruddinshah,,Shabana azmi,Amitabachan,and Shartugunsinha.Ihave seen only few unorgettale movie s of this Direcor..Those are Ankur,Nishant and Wel come to Sajjan pur.Stalwarts Om Puri ,Kulbhushan Khar banda, Late Smita Patel and Amrish puri acted in this Doyen’s films. Famous Kannada actor Anant nag also acted in his film..He had a Team of Talented Technicians including Cinemotographer Govind Nihlani.Apart from Screen play writer,Director Shyam Benegal is a Good Author.He has written couple of Books. His films give Message to the society.Today I am happy to Pen this Versatile,and Creative Director.

Regards.

K.Ragavan.

See you Next week.

July 27.09..

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 26.July .09.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 26 Jul 2009 11:58 am

The Tragic incident that killed 3 innocent lives In Mysore was painful and un acceptable.Many communual clashes innocent civilians are the victims.The world Famous Tourist Destination was lost its revenue during the Riots was sad.The Govt shouldtake Precautionary measures in the future to avoid this type of untowered incidents.
K.Ragavan.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Article Published in Gulf today on 25.July.09.Uae.

Tough times
never Iast
During holidays Igenerally prefer to stay at home.The reason Every day I travel to either Ajman or Dubai or my official routine.But a few days ago, a friend requested me to go along withhim to a famous mall inDubai.Iwent.The mall was beautifuland well known for gift items.Iwas astonished to see the tariff of different products. i told my friend that when i had visited the same place a couple fmonths ago,Ihad seen huge crowds.
This time ,ostensibly thanks to global recession.Isaw a much reduced crowd.
With job losses and recession,the joy has gone ith the wind lamented my friend.
Do not worry.The wind will return in the form of a wonderful breeze. I consoled him.
After all,it 's the flame of hope that should shine bright when adversity strikes.
K.Ragavan

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Web Site comment in Deccan Herald,India on 23,July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 22 Jul 2009 09:40 pm

This is another tragic incident in the recent days.Due to steel beam snapp the death of 22,Year old vicky singh in the Delhi Metro site was painful to read.Whoever be responsible for this untowered incident should brought for justice.Govt should speed up this enquiry.With all this Chief Architect Sreedharan promise to complete this project as per the Peoples expectations Is appreciable.
K.Ragavan

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 22.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 22 Jul 2009 01:10 am

India sitting in Diabetes ,Time Bomb,was meaning ful and informative.WorldHealth Organisation ,and the International Diabetes foundation warned India the Diabetes2 ismore common is a alarming situation.Diabetes 2,may leads to Coranory diseasea and Obesity problems.Eating in Home,walking,and other exercises mayreduce to a certain extent.Govt and other voluntry organisations should educate the People periodically. K.Ragavan.

Letter Published inThe National,Abudhabi on 22.July.09.Uae.

Parking fees not welcome by all

Last Updated: July 21. 2009 10:50PM UAE / July 21. 2009 6:50PM GMT
A number of readers protest against the new paid-parking scheme at the Mall of the Emirates, proposing that customers will be dissuaded from shopping there and better measures were available. Randi Sokoloff / The National
In reference to the issue raised in Mall puts paid to free parking (July 21), there have been many such sudden developments in Dubai. But, as the Metro will not be up and running for another 45 days, the introduction of paid parking now is not ideal for those who shop regularly.

If one mall introduces this new procedure, others will follow. While the Metro stations will be closely linked with the major malls, they are not yet open.

Until they do, many residents in the affected areas will hesitate to visit because of these parking fees. Whatever the reason attributed to this abrupt change, the fact that the malls charge for parking on an hourly basis adds an additional burden.

K Ragavan, Dubai

Monday, July 20, 2009

Web Site comment inDeccanHerald,India on 21.July.09.

By: K.Ragavan.Dubai.
On: 20 Jul 2009 09:58 pm

The Land Mark Education Bill Passedfrom the Rajyasabha was a good news.Now Children between6-14,Years Education compulsory.This introduction may Eradicate Illitracy ,to a certain extent in the future.Govt.also Should monitor wheather all are utilaising the Benefit.Good bill. K.Ragavan

LetterPublished in THe Natinal,Abudhabi on 20.July.09.Uae.

Less traffic is better for all
Your article Relief nears for fed up Ajman-Dubai commuters (July19) was great news to residents of Ajman.

For commuters this will not only save time, but will also alleviate traffic. Ajman is a rapidly developing emirate and moments away from Dubai via Emirates Road. I have witnessed tremendous growth in the tiny emirate in the past 16 years.

Ragavan K, Ajman

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tribute to Modern Theatres Architect Director T.R.Sundaram.

Today i remembered an another Big Banner of Salem Modern Theatres architect .Director T.R.Sundaram who has created big movies with Stalwarts late,M.G.R,Manohar,Asokan,Thangavelu,Jai sankar and many others.He has produced Many Pictures,among that Ican not for get Alibaba Forty thives and Bagdad thief..Late Bhanumathi acted with MGR in Ali Baba vum NarpathuThirudargalumwith memorable songs.Istill remember Alagana Ponnuthan,and Masila unmai kathaley.Bagdad thirudan Vyjayanthimala acted with MGR. After T.R.Sundaram's demise his son R..Sundaram B.E Produced Many memorable action packed films with Late Indian James Bond Jaisankar is worth to mention.Jai sankar acted in Ethirigal jakkirathy,Iru vallavargal,and many others.R.Sundaramhad a wonderful team of technicians.Cinemotographer Lal,Writer Late,A.L.Narayanan and music Director Vedha.Vedha has given many memorable songs,till today people ill be humming.Particularly Athey kangal.Modern Theatres known for their reputation,System with their artists.Mantri kumari and Ayiram thalai vangiya apoorv sinthamanigal is other memorable movies. vallavanukkuvallavan,Late Gemini ganesh, Manohar,and Asokan acted very well.Geminiganesh acted in a Negative roll,and Cinemotographer Lal's photography and Vedha's music made the film very big hit.Ialways tell my frinds in a Jovial way,Salem is famous for two things,one is Mango and other one the unforgettable Modern Theatres and the Architect T.R.Sundaram and R.Sundaram.
Regards.
KRagavan.
Seeyou next week.
July.20.09.

Letter Published in Khaleejtimes on 20,July.09.Uae.

Water Taxis 
are Welcome
20 July 2009

The news of the initiation of water taxis from Ajman to Dubai is good. This will not only save time but will also lead to a reduction in traffic.

Ajman is a fast developing emirate and many prefer to stay there because of the Emirates road.


-K Ragavan, ajman
CAREFREECHILDREN.PUBLISHED IN GULFTODAY ON MAY10.08.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Carefree children
I regularly go for morning walks on the Ajman road. I enjoy the natural and scenic beauty of the place. During my stroll I come across a lot of school children.

These little scholars waiting to board the school bus inspire me for zest to learn something new each day.

So, one sunny morning while I was on my way back from my routine walk, something disturbed me.

It so happened that two girls were waiting for their school bus to arrive. One of the two girls was about to put the heavy school bag on her school mate’s feet.

Luckily, the second girl removed her feet. Had her feet been there she could have hurt herself resulting in an injury. The school bag in question had a heavy metallic frame fit to it in form of a trolley.

But I don’t blame either of the two girls as it is neither’s fault. But it would be nice if parents could educate their children and create an awareness in them.

A little precaution surely goes a long way.

K Ragavan
Letter published in Khaleejtimes.on9.April.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Putin-Bush talks

9 April 2008

WITH reference to the editorial (KT, April 7), ‘Photo Opportunity’, the piece was meaningful and thought-provoking.

Both Putin and Bush have not taken any concrete step to settle differences. It’s a pity. Before their tenure, I don’t think we can expect any solution to the missile defence problem.


- K Ragavan, Ajman







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Letter Published in Gulfnews on 7.May.08.u.a.e.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Shortage of buses

Despite the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) introduction of many new buses, the traffic congestion has not reduced in Rolla Square, in Sharjah. At times people have to wait for more than half an hour for buses to arrive, delayed due to heavy traffic. With the advent of summer, it has become even more difficult for the elderly, women and children to stand in the hot sun without any shelter. Even though the other routes for Bur Dubai, Satwa and Abu Dhabi have been shifted from the Rolla bus stand, the crowd has not reduced.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Sharjah







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Letter published in khaleejtimes on 13.april.08.u.a.e.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Gulf Film Festival

13 April 2008

IT WAS interesting to read that Dubai will be hosting the first Gulf Film Festival (KT April 11) and that among 146 films which will be screened, 40 are international movies. It is another feather in the emirate’s cap — Dubai has many ‘firsts’ to its credit — creating awareness in caring for people, setting up knowledge-based institutions and now making its mark in the entertainment industry.These efforts are to be applauded. Many Indian films are shot in Dubai — a city which has some beautiful locations. Keep it up Dubai !

- K.Ragavan, Ajman






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letter published in Khaleejtimes on 16.April 08.u.a.e.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Kudos to Abulhoul

16 April 2008

THE entry of 11-year-old Emirati girl Abdulla Abulhoul’s animation film in the ongoing Gulf Film Festival (as reported on April 15) is really applaudable. That she finished the work in 11 days is worthy to be mentioned. I am confident the film, Galagolia, will be recognised in the festival. Recently, a 11-year-old Indian boy, Darsheel, bagged the Best Actor Award for his role in Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par. Eleven is a lucky number. Kudos to Abulhoul.
— K. Ragavan, Ajman



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letter published in The national.u.a.e. on 1.may.08.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Education must be world class

» Last Updated: April 30. 2008 10:44PM UAE / April 30. 2008 6:44PM GMT
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Dr Hanif Hassan’s ambitious plans to improve the UAE’s education sector are highly appreciated by the population. It is about time the Government planned a total overhaul of the system. The country already benefits greatly from its well-developed infrastructure. We are one of the world’s major trading centres, we have a top-quality road network and a developing transport system in general.

But a country’s most valuable assets are its educated people, and I am confident that the minister’s vision will improve this situation.

I think he will certainly succeed in making the UAE one of the world’s great centres of learning. Ultimately, knowledge is power.

Congratulations to the Minister for Education.

K Ragavan, Ajman

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letter published in The national.u.a.e.on 28.april.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Boy’s death is not acceptable

» Last Updated: April 27. 2008 10:30PM UAE / April 27. 2008 6:30PM GMT
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The news that a three-year-old kindergarten boy died on a bus in Abu Dhabi is simply not acceptable. It is the duty of the school authorities to instruct bus drivers to check if all the pupils have got off the bus or not.

This is one of many tragic incidents that have occurred recently in this country and the authorities need to find out why it is happening. I pray for the innocent victim and the aggrieved parents.

K Ragavan, Ajman



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letters and articles published in 2007.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Thehindu.( India )2 ..
Gulf news 76..(including E.plus and Friday magazine.)Recognaised as readers club life.member in 2006,june.
Khaleejtimes. 132.. (Including articles in cttimes, andWeek end.)
Gulf today.30..(including articles and opinion).
7days. 5.
Evening post.25.
Emirates today.15.
Deccanherald.( india bangalore .)5.
Toast masters view point .3.
Total 290.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
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china needssafer trains.letter published in The national.u.a.e.on 30.april.08.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
China needs safer trains
» Last Updated: April 29. 2008 9:35PM UAE / April 29. 2008 5:35PM GMT
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The news about the tragic train accident in China was difficult to read. Very sad. The death toll of 70, with 400 injured, is a frightening figure, incomprehensible. This is the worst train accident that China has seen in a long time and I hope they do not have to experience such a tragic accident again. Trains are essential for the people of China, they depend on trains to traverse their vast country. I hope and pray they can implement the correct safety systems to make sure this does not happen again.

K Ragavan, Ajman



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washingtonmustback initiative.letter published in The National .u.a.e. on 28.april.08.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Washington must back initiative
» Last Updated: April 28. 2008 9:09PM UAE / April 28. 2008 5:09PM GMT
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Your editorial, Turkey’s turn to talk peace (Opinion, April 28) was meaningful and thought provoking.

Israel and Syria are opposites and have a long way to go before they can reach an agreement, but at least the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is trying — his peace initiative is appreciated throughout the region. The main problem is Israel’s close friend, Washington, and it is one of the major obstacles that Erdogan will have to overcome if the talks are to be a success.

I cannot understate the importance of what he is doing. The entire Middle East peace process depends on agreement between Israel and Syria. Whether he will succeed in this mission is questionable. There will soon be a new administration in Washington, and which party will gain control is anybody’s guess.

But one thing is for sure: the ball will be in their court.
K Ragavan, Ajman

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MYANMARNEEDSMOREAID.letter published in thenational on 11.may.08.
May 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Myanmar needs more aid
» Last Updated: May 10. 2008 9:01PM UAE / May 10. 2008 5:01PM GMT
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Regarding the ongoing crisis in Myanmar, the support from the United Nations and countries such as the UAE has been laudable.

But the reaction from the government in Myanmar is ridiculous. Blocking the aid workers and journalists is inexcusable. These actions will magnify the already disastrous consequences of cyclone Nargis. The international community should come down on them hard.

In the end it is the innocent people who will suffer from the government’s general inaction and failure to allow the UN planes to land.

Many organisations are now hesitating to send money and aid in the relief effort because they suspect it will not reach the intended recipients.

K Ragavan, Ajman
Article Published in Gulftoday on 1.september.07.U.a.e.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
It’s a pleasure to take a walk every evening near the Rolla museum area as it gives me and a small group of friends a chance to discuss sports, traffic and local happenings.

One of the regulars could not be seen for sometime and I enquired from another friend about him.

“He’s busy as he is running for visa cancellation,” said my friend.

“What? Visa cancellation? Did he quit his present job?’

“Yes, he has been working in the same company for five years with neither monetary benefit nor promotion. He has decided to resign, go back to his native country India and return after some time to look for a new opportunity,” replied my friend.

Just then the friend we were referring to arrived.

“I am fine. After a month’s struggle my company has accepted my resignation,” he declared, but with a gloomy voice.

“But why are you looking sad?”

“Well, I have mentioned in my letter that I am quitting as I have some domestic problem back home. My boss was very upset with my decision. You know what! He had recommended a massive hike in my salary. And the new pay structure was to take effect in two months. I did not know about this and my lie has now put me in an embarrassing situation.”

We parted feeling sad for our friend.

K. Ragavan

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Letter Published in Gulf news on 13.may.08.u.a.e.
May 13, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Allow aid
This is with reference to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar (”Myanmar votes amid devastation”, Gulf News, May 11).

The support extended by the United Nations and countries including the UAE is applaudable.

The reasons for the authorities in Myanmar to not allow aid workers and journalists inside the country remain unclear – something that needs to be amended immediately.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ajman

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Article Published in Gulf today on 29.february.08.U.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Tinsel Tiger
That actor Aamir khan was honoured with the Best director award for the film Taare Zameen Par in the recent 53rd Film Fare Awards in Mumbai was a piece of good news for his fans.

Taare Zameen Par was one of the best movies, which were recently released. Master Darsheel Safary was also given good actor award.

One of the educative movies of the recent time from Bollywood by Stalwart Aamir khan, it has virtually generated a great deal of awareness about extra care of those children who, in fact, need this from the society. Kudos to Aamir khan and Darsheel.

K Ragavan



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Article Published in Gulftoday on2.February.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
No end to desires

A group of relatives had arrived home recently and I took them out to places of interest in Sharjah. They purchased various electronic items and perfumes, but were not content with the purchases. And they literally shopped till they dropped.

In the evening, I took them to a restaurant for dinner. They enjoyed delicious snacks and sweets which are popular in their hometown Bangalore of India.

“Try some more sweets,” I suggested. “No, we are full,” they screamed in a chorus.

“When it comes to electronic and other gift items you could not restrict your desires.

But when it comes to eating, nature has created a system where one could not exceed limits,” I said.

“Yes, we agree material desires never end,” they nodded their head. I felt like a philosopher.

K. Ragavan



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Article published in Gulftoday on22.march.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
So near yet so far

I was recently travelling from Sharjah to Dubai when my mobile phone rang. The call was from a close friend.

“Where are you?” I asked.

“I am travelling. Commuting to Dubai has become too tough. I am unable to keep appointments,” he started grumbling.

“Once the new road projects are completed, the situation may ease,” I consoled him.

“I left Sharjah an hour ago and have just reached Al Taawun mall,” he said.

“What a surprise! I am also near Al Taawun mall. I hope to reach Dubai Cinema area in an hour,” I replied.

“I have some work near Dubai Cinema. Maybe, we can meet,” he suggested.

I agreed.

After an hour my bus reached Dubai Cinema stop.

While getting down, I noticed my friend also getting down from the same bus through the front side.

It was funny that we did not realise we were travelling in the same bus.

K. Ragavan



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Article published in Gulftoday.16.march.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Boy, toy and joy

A couple of days ago, I went for a long drive along with my family on Hatta road. We halted at a roadside restaurant for tea.

Suddenly, my grandson insisted that he wanted a toy.

I saw a boy at a distance selling toys made of clay.

I hesitated to buy the toy as my grandson already had plenty of such items at home.

The sales boy repeatedly requested me to buy. I asked him how much profit he would make if he sold two.

“One dirham.”

“I will give you that one dirham. Keep the toys.”

The boy frowned.

“Sorry, I don’t want to take anything free. I am doing this to meet my school fee expenses.”

I was stunned by his answer.

I bought 20 toys from that dignified boy.

K. Ragavan



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Article publiched in Gulftoday on 26.january.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Valid question
A friend called up to say his parents were arriving for a visit.
“Have you got their visa?” I asked him.
“You remind me of one thing. I asked my travel agent what is visa and whether it is an acronym. He is not able to explain. In fact, I have asked a dozen friends and none seem to know.”
I cut him short. “Visa means Valid International Stay Advice.”
“This is the advantage of old age. You seem to know so many things,” he joked.
K. Ragavan



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Letter published in Khaleejtimes.14.april.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Fujairah road accidents

14 April 2008YOUR issue of April 13 said that the number of accidents in Fujairah last month was 745. This is really alarming and it shows that motorists are not following road rules and regulations. In spite of strict measures taken by the traffic department, that these accidents are still happening is a sad state of affairs. Fujairah is a small emirate and the number of accidents are yet so high in a month.







— K.Ragavan, Ajman







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Letter published in Khaleejtimes on 5.April.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
It’s unfair!

5 April 2008

THIS is with reference to the report on rising air fares in the (KT edition dated March 28). This is simply not fair! People living in the UAE are already undergoing a lot of stress, thanks to the spiralling cost of living. An increase in air fares will add further to all this stress and tension. People who are not getting the air fare benefit from their companies will be greatly affected. I hope the authorities concerned will reconsider the decision.
- K Ragavan, Ajman



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Letter published in Week end,Khaleejtimes onmarch14.08.u.a.e.
May 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Tip with a smile
THE ARTICLE Are You a Tipper by Patrick Michael ( February 22-28) was thought provoking and meaningful. Today tipping has become a prestige issue. In most of the star hotels, service charges get added to the bill. I personally encourage above Dh25 or we can give 10 per cent of the bill as a tip.

Even though waiters are paid a tip is or should be given graciously. -K Ragavan, Ajman
Letter Published in Gulf news on May.19.08.U.a.e.
May 19, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Alarming fires
It is alarming to see several fires breaking out all over the country (”Fire breaks out on skyscraper at Dubai’s Internet City”, Gulf News, May 14).

The loss, in terms of money and causalities, is a sad state of affairs. Despite the Civil Defence’s periodic check ups, the situation remains the same.

Those with insurance must adhere to the rules and keep the necessary equipment at hand.

Precautionary measures against fire are the right way forward.
From K. Ragavan
Ajman
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Letter Published in The National,Abudhabi.on18.May.08.U.a.e.
May 18, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Clamp down on drink driving
» Last Updated: May 17. 2008 9:34PM UAE / May 17. 2008 5:34PM GMT
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Your leading article Time for action against the drink-drivers (Opinion, May 16) was interesting to read. The fact that there has been a 54 per cent increase in the number of accidents that are caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol is sad and painful. Drivers need to cooperate with the authorities and the government needs to educate the public with campaigns to help reduce accidents.

Drunk drivers, who are mostly men, are putting the lives of their wives and children in danger when they accompany them in the car.

This editorial was meaningful, and is helping to make people aware of this problem in society.

K Ragavan, Ajman



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Article Published in Gulftoday.on 17.May.08.U.A.E.
May 17, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Idiot box, pure minds
RECENTLY, I visited a friend’s place merely for a courtesy call. After reaching his place I enquired about the well being of his family. The conversation continued for about an hour and ranged from traffic to inflation.

Suddenly, I realised I had not met or seen his children in the bygone sixty minutes.

I was informed that they were busy watching a famous cartoon series on television and wouldn’t like to be disturbed.

I requested my friend to call them as I had got some sweets for them and would like to hand it personally.

My plea probably felt on deaf ears. The real recipient of sweets didn’t arrive. Instead, I gave it to their parents and headed home.

Obviously, I don’t mind children watching television as there are plenty of benefits they can derive. But if this viewing addictive, then for sure it is a cause of worry. A big worry, infact.

K Ragavan





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Letter Published in The National Abudhabi.U.A.E.On 16.May.08.
May 16, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Safety should come rst
The recent spate of fire accidents all over the UAE is very alarming. The loss in both financial and human terms is sad. This is all happening in spite of the civil defence authorities periodically checking businesses. The companies need to follow the rules of their insurance companies, and keep the necessary safety equipment in good working order. These precautionary measures are our best defence against fire risks. K Ragavan, Ajman

The recent spate of fire accidents all over the UAE is very alarming. The loss in both financial and human terms is sad. This is all happening in spite of the civil defence authorities periodically checking businesses. The companies need to follow the rules of their insurance companies, and keep the necessary safety equipment in good working order. These precautionary measures are our best defence against fire risks. K Ragavan, Ajman

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Article Published in Gulf today on December 15.07.u.a.e.
May 15, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Not easy to say goodbye

A couple of months ago, I received a number of phone calls from my friends congratulating me for a “million dirhams prize” from a reputed bank. I was wondering why I had not received any advice from that bank. Later, I realised that I had not taken any certificate from the bank.

Why were my friends wishing me? Well, the person who had won the prize bore my name. I informed my friends that if I had indeed won the prize, I would have called it a day and gone back to my country.

“Everyone says this, but no one will leave even if they win fantastic prizes,” was the refrain of most of my friends. One said how his acquaintance had actually won a huge prize, but stayed back.

“I am different,” I proclaimed, but deep in my heart, I knew that I too love UAE so much that it would be hard to say goodbye.

K. Ragavan

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Where is Human values.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Dear Friends,

I have Been watching the TremondusGlobal Growth in all fields

VIZ,I.T,Sector,Banking industry,Tourism, New innovations in Pharmaceuticals, Real estate sector’s Booming and many other Fields.Growth is a welcomed one and at the same time Fast growth is not a Healthy Sign.Inspite of Developments and New innovations we can not stop the Nature’s Fury and Anger.We all have seen the Recent tragic Myanmar and china Earth quake and cyclone incidents.Despite of all the above factors we all lackone important factor,is Human values.Where is Human value.

Regards.

K.Ragavan.

Ajman.

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Article Published in Gulf today on 24.November.07.U.a.e.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Never say ‘never’ again

There are occasions when we do not realise our own strengths.

I recently received a call from a friend working in a pharmaceutical company.

“We want to invite you as a judge for a drawing competition to be held in a school,” he said.

Surprised, I replied, “I am a low-profile elderly man. Why me?”

“Well, we attended a function recently where you gave a forceful speech,” the friend went on.

I could not believe myself. I have recently been attending a forum to develop communication and leadership qualities. I am writing this so that youngsters will realise as long as they have self-confidence, opportunities will flow in.

K.Ragavan

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Article published in Gulf today on 10.november. 07.U.A.E.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Values still alive

A friend had purchased property in his hometown and wanted to share the happy news with me.

A couple of years ago he landed in the UAE and I was the first person to meet him at a restaurant in Karama.

I had suggested a good company and he got the job. Since then, he never failed to keep in touch with me. “I am leaving this great country for good as I have got a new assignment back home,” he said. “You were the first person I met when I came here. So I thought you should be the first person whose blessings I should take before taking the new assignment,” he said, choking with emotion.

I felt touched by the fact some people still respect human values in this rough and tough world.

K. Ragavan





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Article published in Gulf today on 20.october.07.u.a.e.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Honestly speaking

A friend called me from a popular mall in Sharjah recently and asked me to meet him. I was happy to call on him as I had not met him for a long time.

After attending a birthday party, we sat down for a chat when his 8-year-old son asked for Dhs5 from his dad to buy some toffee.

The father gave the money and we got deeply engrossed in a conversation. Around half an hour later, the son returned with two toffees and a chocolate box. Surprised, my friend asked him how he managed to get the other box as he had given only Dhs5.

His son explained that he had offered Dhs5 at the cash counter, but the cashier had given back Dhs48 by mistake instead of Dhs3. After the boy returned the excess money and informed the cashier that he had paid only Dhs5, the latter was so happy that he gave a chocolate box as a reward.

The proud father was happy that his lessons to his sons on the value of honesty paid off. Honesty is indeed the best policy.

K. Ragavan

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Article published in Gulf today on13.october.07.U.a.e.
May 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Shophop

After a gap of 45 days, I decided to go with my family for shopping. We came to know that a new Dhs10-20 shop had opened in Rolla. We bargained and purchased some useful items.

After the purchases, my wife wanted to visit an old and famous shop in the same street. It was then that we realised that the new shop had actually come in the same place where the old one existed earlier. “The old shop was prominent, but increasing rent has taken its toll,” said a local resident. I felt sorry but moved on.

K. Ragavan
Letter Published in Gulf today on 1.June.08.U.A.E.
June 1, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Clean environment Dear Madam,

The Gulf Today’s report ‘Smoking ban in Sharjah from June 1′ published on May 29 delighted the non-smokers. This ban will bring about a pleasant change not only for people’s health but also for the environment as it will help keeping public places clean. The fear of hefty fines will discourage careless people who just throw away stubs and even smouldering cigarettes that can cause a serious fire break out anywhere. Being a responsible resident I appreciate this move.

K.Ragavan / Sharjah



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lETTER DATED 1.jUNE.08.pUBLISHED IN tHE nATIONAL aBUDHABI, Fake Drugs are Danger to all.
June 1, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Fake drugs are a danger to all
» Last Updated: May 31. 2008 10:31PM UAE / May 31. 2008 6:31PM GMT
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The proposal by the Government to crack down on drug counterfeiters is good news (The National, Jail threat for fake medicine, May 30).

Faking, counterfeiting and adulterating products are great crimes that affect all of society. The proposed fine of Dh1 million or 10 years prison for those caught doing so may reduce such counterfeiting. According to the European Union, the UAE is the third biggest source of counterfeit drugs confiscated on their way to the EU.

I am confident the trafficking will decline under the new law enforcement measures by the Government.

K Ragavan, Ajman

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Article Published in Gulf today. on 31.May.08.U.A.E.
May 31, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Whom to blame?

Knowingly and unknowingly we keep making mistakes. Recently, I have come across one such mistake committed by a fellow passengers on my way to Ajman. The other day while I boarded up one of the buses plying towards Ajman from Sharjah-Rolla bus stand, I found another passenger entered. He paid Dhs5 to the ticket collector and he returned Dhs2, as the fare till Ajman is such and the passenger took the change back.

The passenger who sat behind me started sleeping in no time.The last stop came and all the passengers board out but I found that person was still sitting, snoring away. I woke him up and asked him to get down since that was the last stop. He was startled and asked me, “How come Bur Dubai reached so fast, it generally takes two hours or more.”

Later he realised he mistook Ajman bus instead of Bur Dubai which was waiting before the same row of Ajman while he board on from Sharjah.

The funniest part is while he received Dhs2 back, at that time also he didnt realise he has taken the wrong bus which will drop him to the wrong destination. Instead he thought RTA must have revised the fare. I was indecisive of the whole situation – Whom to blame for the incident?

K.Ragavan

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Letter Published in The National,Abudhabi,on 30.May.08.U.A.E.
May 30, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan

One toll is better than two
» Last Updated: May 29. 2008 10:02PM UAE / May 29. 2008 6:02PM GMT
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In reference to the article New tolls to ease traffic chaos (May 28), which stated that the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) is going to launch two more Salik toll points at Al Maktoum Bridge and the second interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road. This is not very good news for motorists. Already people face many problems, such as rent and inflation, and this is an additional burden. On the one hand I appreciate the mission of the RTA to ease traffic congestion. On the other, they could introduce one new place instead of two. If wages were higher, people could afford to pay the Salik toll.

K Ragavan, Ajman




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Letter Published in Gulftoday on 27.May.08.U.A.E.
May 27, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Happy commuters

Dear Madam,

The Gulf Today’s May 24 issue that carried news related to the starting of public buses in Sharjah brought about a source of delight for the commuters. Indeed it is relieving to have buses plying between many destinations. Despite many private cabs we see on the roads, passengers faced difficulties as cabbies do not even bother to carry them in an emergency. It all depends on their mood, whether to stop the cab or not.

But we are happy that Sharjah Transport Authority has introduced many buses for different routes. Residents can now frequently and without much hassle roam around not only within the Emirate but also outside it.

K.Ragavan

Sharjah







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LETTERPUBLISHED INTHENATIONAL.ON25.MAY.U.A.E.
May 26, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Updated: May 24. 2008 11:31PM UAE / May 24. 2008 7:31PM GMT

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This is with reference to your story “Fighting taboo to talk about breast cancer” (Friday, May 23). The article was interesting and informative. It is good to hear that some women have got together to meet in Dubai, they will provide support and confidence for those who need it.

Medical technology has developed various methods of treating these illnesses, but despite all the drugs that are available, there is no substitute for hope.

K Ragavan, Ajman

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Article published in Gulf todayon 18.8.07.U.A.E.
May 22, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Fruits of sincerity

Reap as you sow is a universal fact. When we help someone sincerely, I am sure positive rewards come through different ways. At least, that’s what I found in my own case.

A year ago, while on my routine work, I met a creative advertisement consultant in Dubai. I voluntarily suggested some advertisement concepts and he was highly impressed. He asked me what he could do for me in return. I told him that I had merely shared some ideas and it was not meant as business. The gentleman thanked me and bid farewell.

Recently, one of my friends working in Dubai pleaded with me that a close relative of his was looking for a job as copy writer.

He said the man needed a job desperately owing to family reasons. I remembered the consultant and called him up. “You helped me with a successful concept. I will appoint your friend as a copy writer,” he told me on phone. You can imagine my joy.

K. Ragavan

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Article Published in Gulf today on.21.4.07.U.A.E.
May 22, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Pulling a fast one

I WAS sitting in a relaxed mood when suddenly I got a phone call.

Hello,who is this?

“Hey, I am your friend X, I am in a deep trouble.”

“What’s the problem?” I queried.

“Last week I got my driving licence and today I got my bank loan approved for buying a car. I need an initial amount to pay the bank for the loan to be sanctioned.”

I asked how much money was needed. “Dhs4,650,” he replied.

I told him that I did not have that amount but could arrange for the same if he promised to return the money in a stipulated period.

My friend agreed and said he would come and collect the same in the evening.

When my friend came, I hurriedly handed over the money to him but he burst out laughing as he had played the April 1 prank on me.

K. Ragavan

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ArticlePublished in Gulf today.7.04.07.U.A.E.
May 22, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Nightmare in daytime

IT’S better to think twice before walking around Rolla areas on Fridays. Many people lose no time when it comes to criticising the authorities, but when it comes to civic sense, the same people turn their face the other way.

Let me explain. Last Friday evening, I went for shopping in Rolla area. While crossing the Bank Street, I witnessed several people crossing the road and greeting each other. In a jubilant mood, I joined the crowd when a dim-witted person, obviously with the least civic sense, spat on my dress. Adding insult to injury, he glanced at me, did not even utter the word “sorry,” and vanished in the crowd.

On Fridays, several workers meet and greet each other at the historical Rolla maidan. I appreciate their camaraderie, but they should not be allowed to throw civic sense to the winds.

I am not alone to have faced such a bitter experience. I met a person at a shopping mall with whom I had a casual conversation.

“Today the crowd is little more than usual,” I said. “Yes, I have been trying to cross the road twice, but had a tough time because I was forced to go home twice,” he replied.

“You forgot something?” I asked.

“No, Some insensitive person spat on me and I had to change my shirt.”

K. Ragavan

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Letter Published in The National Abudhabi,on 21.May.08.U.A.E.
May 21, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
The world is watching
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This is with reference to your story, “Democrats ponder Clinton’s future” (Monday, May 19), by Sharmila Devi. It was an interesting read. The publicity surrounding US presidential elections always reaches fever pitch, sometimes it gets too much. Of course, the media plays a very important role in American democracy.

Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are liked by the American people, the question is who will fix the mess that has been made by the present administration. The world will be watching the result with great anticipation.

As Devi rightly puts it, it will take the next president an entire term to fix this situation. This election is a crucial one, not just for America, but for the entire globe.

K Ragavan,Ajman.
LetterPublished in The National Abu dhabi on 12.June.08.U.A.E.
June 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Sudan has enough problems
It was so sad to read about the plane that burst into flames after landing at Khartoum airport in Sudan on Tuesday night on The National’s website yesterday. Despite advanced technology in the aviation industry, there have been several air accidents recently.

Poor visibility can lead to tragedies and authorities should take more notice of weather forecasts. I pray for the victims and their families.

K Ragavan, Ajman

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Letter Published in Gulf today on 6.March.08.U.A.E.
June 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Good stories

I have been watching the tremendous growth of the Indian film industry for the past Forty years. Earlier black and white movies used to grab the attention of the audience. Indian films are popular in the world. Millions of rupees are spent on the production of movies. The most important thing in movies is the story. Film maker should rather concentrate on good stories.

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letter Published in Khaleejtimes on June10.08.U.A.E.
June 10, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Visit visa fee hike

THE announcement of four new types of visit visas(Khaleejtimes ,june9,2008) was a shocking news for the expatriates.At present,visit visa for three months,including renewal fees,costs Dh600.which the new rule,one has to pay an additionalDh400,which is toomuch.

I request the authorities to consider retaining the oldfees for visit visas to bring parents and close relatives in to the country.Already,the peopleare reeling under highcost of living which has hit the familybudget hard.

K.Ragavan.Ajman

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Letter Published on 10.June 08.The National.Abu dhabi.in Web mail.u.a.e.
June 10, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Visa fee increase.

Expatriates were shocked by the Government’s decision to increase visitor visa fees.Iappreciate that the Government Must do some thing,but families through outthe countrywill suffer.Perhaps the Government will consider exemptions for immediate familyand in particular ,parents.Many here are already facing economic hard ship,this will only add to their burden.

K.Ragavan.Ajman.

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Letter Published inGulfnews on 10.June.08.U.A.E.
June 10, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Image in jeopardy
I was upset by Gulf News’s report that Pakistani cricketer Mohammad Asif was detained at Dubai Airport for the possession of drugs (”Asif’s career could be over if found guilty by WADA”, Gulf News, June 5). I am an admirer of the fast bowler. Asif is a popular sportsman, but he is jeopardising his career and image through such incidents.

We have watched many sports personalities over the years, who have been arrested for carrying illegal narcotics. There are many other ways to be inspired and stimulated. Why take drugs?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ajman
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Article on 7,June.08.Old is gold.
June 8, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Dear Friends,

Kindly read the above article,When my turn came, Iremembered the memorable Bond Seriesplayed by the charming Sean Connery.

Since this article has not updated in the Paper ,i typed ,and hence this small error .

Regards.

K.Ragavan.

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Article Published in Gulf today on 7.June.08.U.A.E.
June 7, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Old is

Gold

Recently,some of my friends,arranged a get-together along with a debateon oldmovies in various l anguages.

We discussedvarious films.

When my turn came played bythe charming seanconnery.

Four decadesago,the secret agentjames bondcreated a big impact through out the world.

Theimaginationof ian fleming,author of 007 james bond series,produced by Harry saltzmen for Twentith century Fox and the back ground music were remarkable.

Istillremember the excellent films Russiawith love,Thunderball and Gold finger.Besides Bond,there were other memorable films like Where Eagles Dare and K.Asif’s Mugal-e-Azam.andWaqt in Hindi.

No wonder,it is said

Old is gold.

K.Ragavan.



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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes.on 5.June 08.U.A.E.
June 5, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Sharjah toilet facility

5 June 2008

IN SHARJAH, near the Saudi mosque, the toilet is not maintained properly and most of the tourists visiting the mosque cannot use the facility. Since this is a very important place and also given that Sharjah is a key cultural emirate of the UAE, I request the concerned authorities to look into this matter.


— K. Ragavan, Sharjah



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lETTER PUBLISHED IN tHE NATIONAL ABUDHABI .ON 4 JUNE.08.uA.E.
June 4, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Ruler’s response to hotel tragedy commendable
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Your coverage (June 3) of the tragic collapse of the Ajman Laguna Hotel was sad and painful to read.

Civil defence and police are investigating the cause of this incident.The ruler of Ajman rushed to the spot, and his order for an enquiry is appreciated. I pray for the victims.

K Ragavan, Sharjah

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Letter Published in The National,Abudhabi.2,06.08.U.A.E.
June 2, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Traffic lights missing in Sharjah
» Last Updated: June 01. 2008 8:49PM UAE / June 1. 2008 4:49PM GMT
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Traffic on the Al Mina Road in Sharjah has increased, and crossing the road to get to the bus terminal takes five to seven minutes. Motorists drive too fast and no courtesy is shown in giving way.

Therefore, there is a need for traffic lights near the bridge near the Dnata office, which would ease the crossing of pedestrians. Similarly the intersection near the old Al Majerah souk on the way to Ajman Creek Road needs a signal.

Many people walk in the morning to work and they find it difficult to cross the road because of heavy traffic.

I request that the concerned authorities look into the matter.

K. Ragavan, Sharjah
ArticlePublished in Gulf today on 21.june.08.U.A.E.
June 21, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Consumers pay theprice

A few days ago i took some guests tovarious malls and supermarkets.We found a lot ofconsumables,from edible oils tochocolates.At a time of mounting inflation,manymalls and supermarkets are thinking that they aredoing a favour to the consumers byfixingprices of several items 5 fils lesser than a dirham.They presume that they are making consumers psychologically happy by doing this.Iam unable to understand the logic because though they fix the odd figure,manyof them take the full dirhamand keep back the smallchange.The logic behind fixing such prices islost in the process.

K.Ragavan

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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes on june 19.08U.A.E.
June 19, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Ball in Iran court19 June 2008YOUR issue of June 17, ‘Bush wins EU backing on Iran’ was a dramatic developement. Iran is going to face a tough time against the sanctions, as well find it diffcult import fuel. The EU’s main intention is that Iran should not go for uranium enrichment programme. Bush’s stand is firm about Iran’s nuclear programme and the ball is now in Iran’s court.


- K.Ragavan, Ajman






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Kudos toKamalhassan.
June 16, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Dear Friends,
Recently i saw a Memorable film Dasavadaram acted by vetern Kamal hassan in ten different roles.The most important salient featureof this film is about the technical aspects.Cinemotographer Ravi verman’s excellent photography with beautiful visual effects make the audience very happy.Among the ten roles played by kamal,Naidu’srole,fletcher,grandmother,and whitehouse president’s role is superb.with thispicture kamal hassan established world wide actor.He is theonly actor acted in tendifferent roles.The presentation of the film like Holly wood production houses.Himesh reshmayya is the music director and vetern Ravi kumar is the director,produced by Oscar film’s Ravichandran is worth to mention.
Kudos to Kamalhassan.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
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Letter Published in The National,Abudhabi on 15.June 08.in the Web mail.U.A.E
June 15, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Getting by withoutoil in the U.A.E.

Your report will oilparty end in tears?(business,june12)wasan alarmingone.Dubai’soilwealth has been decliningsince 2000 but theemiratehas beenable to sustaineconomic growthwith tradingndtourism.This is highly laudable.Many advanced southasian countries likesingapore and malaysia are thriving on trading andtourism activities.with foresightand visionSheik Mohammes Bin Rashid Al Maktoum,vice president of the U.A.Eand ruler of Dubai has already establihed dubai as a booming non-oil based economy.The otheremirates have started followingin the foot steps of dubai I am confident that in the futureu.a.e.’s productivitywill increasethrough more trade and tourism.In the absence ofoil,newinnovations likethe internet,media,knowledge and health carecities willdelivermore growth opportunities.The standard of life has already gone up,and with more productivity this country will certainly prosper.

K.Ragavan.Ajman.

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My Quotes.
June 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
.Big things can be achived only with mighty obstacles

.1.Big things can be achived only with mighty obstacles.
2.Time is the only factor will solve everything.
3.If situations and circumstancesare against a man he can not do things properly.
4.Hard work is the only weapon for success.
5.One shouldbe impressive not aggressive.
6.Ignorancecan be tolarated,not arrogance.
7.Revolution can happen only by innovations.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
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Article Published in Gulf today on 14.June.08.U.A.E.
June 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Better luck next time

It’s vacation timeand several families are planning to go to their homecountries.But there are some who prefer to visit othercountries for a change. Afriendof minewanted to visit the far east.Hegot a good price offer from a travel agency and wanted to know whether I could join him. I decilined the invitation as I had just returned from a tour. I wished him bon voyage.



After a dfew days, I received a call from my friend saying he had cancelled his trip. I was shocked as he been offered fantastic package.



“Well, I paid a price for dilly dallying. When I decided to book, the special offer time had elapsed”, he remarked in a dull voice. I realised the danger involving in delaying decisions.

K.Ragavan.

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Letter Published in Gulf news on 14,June.08.U.A.E.
June 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Fuel to fire

Gulf News’ report on the newly increased visit visa fees came as an unpleasant surprise for expatriates (”Visit visa to the UAE will cost Dh500 from August”, Gulf News, June 8). Earlier, a three-month visit visa cost Dh600, with the renewal fee. However, the new rule adds Dh400 to the already high charge. I request the authorities to reconsider the visa fee structure, especially for the sake of expatriates who occasionally bring down their parents and relatives to the UAE. The fee increase will affect the budget of families and will add fuel to the fire.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ajman


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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes on 14.June.08.U.A.E.
June 14, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Repentant Bush?14 June 2008

REFERENCE to the editorial, ‘Repentant Bush?’ (KT, Jun 13): The piece was interesting and meaningful. It is true that the person responsible for millions of innocent deaths and untold destruction is finally struggling with a guilty conscience. I believe that a person should stick to his conviction, especially when he stands on a platform as huge as Bush’s. But this late awakening of sorts also goes to show that even for a man who was able to mislead the entire world and cause unprecedented death and destruction, the conscience can cause painful guilt pangs. Very impressive piece I must say.


- K Ragavan, Ajman


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Report published in Gulf today for Famous Play Hayavadana by Actor Girish karnad.
June 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
BY A STAFF REPORTER

RENOWNED playwright Girish Karnad’s popular Kannada play Hayavadana will be staged in Dubai on June 20 by a team of amateur theatre artistes in the UAE.

Directed by Prakash Rao Payyar, who has over two dozen plays to his credit, the play will be staged at Indian Consulate Auditorium, Dubai.

Payyar said that Hayavadana is one of the most performed plays penned by Girish Karnad. The story is based on a tale from Somadeva’s Vetalapnchavimshika, but also draws on Thomas Mann’s reworking of the tale in The Transposed Heads.

Interwoven into the main plot is the story of “Hayavadana”– a horse- headed man whose quest for wholeness underscores the play’s exploration of identity and reality.

“Hayavadana has been translated and staged not only in the Indian languages, it has been staged across the world in different languages during the past four decades,” said Payyar.

An award ceremony will also take place on the occasion to honour noted producer-director and actor Sreenivas Kappanna with “Dhwani Sriranga Ranga Prashati-2008″.

Dr Chandrashekar Kambara, prominent poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in Kannada and the founder vice-chancellor of Kannada University – Hampi, will be the chief guest.

Kambara has been conferred with many prestigious awards including Padma Shri by Government of India, Kabir Samman, Kalidas Samman and Pampa award. He is also nominated as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council.

Noted poet and honorary secretary of Kannada Sahitya Parishat Javagarhalli Shivshankar will be guest of honour.

The play will start at 5.30pm. Entry is open for all the theatre lovers.



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Letter Published in Khaleejtimeson 12,June.08.U.A.E.
June 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Horror clinic deaths12 June 2008THE news item in Khaleej Times ‘Milan doctors held in horror clinic deaths’ was painful to read. Performing illegal operations and misguiding the patients are against a doctor’s practice. They are supposed to alleviate the suffering of humanity irrespective of caste and creed, this core purpose today is defeated. Where is the value of the Hippocratic oath.? The World Health Organisation and other institutes should implement a law for this type of malpractice.


- K.Ragavan, Ajman
Letter published in The National,Abudhabi on 4.July.08.UAE
July 4, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan

The world is watching Turkey
The article on the crisis in Turkey was interesting “Can Turkey’s Erdogan stay in power?” (Tuesday, June 24). Turkey is a world-famous tourist destination, and a link between the West and the East. This political turmoil is a sad state of affairs. Opposition parties are fighting against the ruling party, headed by the prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and other activist groups are also creating big problems. The future of Turkey hangs in the balance, and the world is watching with bated breath to see if Mr Erdogan will continue.

K Ragavan, Ajman




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Letterpublished inThe national,Abudhabi on 2.july.08.uae.
July 2, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Price of rice must be controlled
The article “Retailers struggle to honour price caps” (Friday, June 27) was quite interesting. To learn that the price of rice had doubled in eight months was alarming.

The majority of people in South Asian countries, and most of the UAE’s expatriates, use rice as the primary staple in their diet. I hope the Government continues to monitor grocers and fix a reasonable price cap. We are already faced with heavy inflation, high rents and traffic problems; food needs to be kept affordable.

K Ragavan, Ajman





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Letter published in Gulf news on 2.July.08.U.A.E.
July 2, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Do not litter

While waiting for a friend inside an air-conditioned bus shelter, I was shocked to see used soft drink cans strewn on the floor. I appreciate the efforts made by the authorities in providing bus shelters for passengers. Thereby, I was very upset with the behaviour of certain inconsiderate persons. People should not behave in an uncivil manner and should always help in keeping the city clean.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ajman



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Article published in Gulf today on 28.June.08.U.A.E
June 28, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Perfect ten

For many film heroes,donning a single role it-self proves to be a major challenge.But a south indian actor has now comeout with a hit film,where he appears in ten different roles.Among the different roles played by hero Kamalhassan,the ones as Fletcher,grandmother and george bush turned out to be the best.Iam not much interested in films,but a friendhad dropped in from Dubai and insisted that I should go with him to watch the film,titled Dasavadaram.With much reluctance I joined him,but found myself applauding loudly whenever I liked a scene.So much so that my friend cursed himself for having takenme along.Could you notwatch the film quitely? Was his comment.

Well,good films have this ability to draw cheers.was all that I could reply.

K.Ragavan

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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes on 28.June.08.u.a.e.
June 28, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Salik night relief

28 June 2008

“NO SALIK at new gates at night (KT June 27) was good news for motorists. The proposed introduction of Salik at Al Maktoum Bridge in September and the RTA’s decision of waiving the charges from 10pm to 6am is a welcome one. This will benefit many people.
- K. Raghavan, Ajman.



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Letter published in Khaleejtimes (weekend )on 27.June.08.u.a.e.
June 27, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
WORDS AND DEEDS

EMPTY WORDS by Saleh Al-Shaibany (June 6-12) was interesting. Many people speak without giving their words a thought. They don’t realise that the words they utter may wound the feelings of others. This is due to lack of maturity, exposure and knowledge. Making promises is easy, but implementing them is tough. I have seen many people who never make promises, but they act. Keep it up Weekend! – K Ragavan, Ajman



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Letter published in Gulf news(Fridaymagazine)on June27.08.U.A.E
June 27, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Informative article

The article, Ticktock(june6-12) by shivkumarThekkepatwas very informative.This article should be useful forall,especially students and professionals.Time management is very important for productivity.Over the past four years,I have seeing atremondus impovement in the magazine in termsof the quality of your articles.

K.Ragavan.Ajman

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Letter Published in Gulf news(EPLUS) On 26.June.08.U.a.e
June 26, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Applauding KamalHaasan

In the Film Dasavatharam,Kamal Haasan has created a world record by undertaking10 different roles and deserves praise.Pleasing music byHimesh Reshammiya andexcellent photography by Ravi vermen make thisfilmfor all.

K.Ragavan



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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes on 23,June.08.u.a.e.
June 23, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Environment protection

23 June 2008

YOUR issue of June 22 that over 500 people took part in an eco protection campaign, was interesting to read. Ras Al Khaimah is one of the upcoming emirates and for it to conduct this campaign is widely appreciated. One of the main global initiatives today is protection of the environment. The emirate has also received many comments from nationals as well expatriates on the 500-metre banner on eco protection. I suggest the Government should have periodical campaigns to highlight the importance of protecting the environment. Voluntry organisations should also come forward and contribute to this cause.


-K.Ragavan, Ajman


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Letter published in The national,Abudhabi on 22.June.08.u.a.e.
June 22, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Respect our bus shelters
I appreciate the new air-conditioned bus shelters in Dubai, but wish the public would show more respect towards public property. Cans are strewn about the shelter. I am upset that other bus passengers would leave cans behind; they need to show more civic pride and keep the bus shelters clean.

K Ragavan, Ajman
Letter Published on 30.july,Thenational,Abudhabi.uae.
July 30, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Further killings in Iraq lamentable
Your story “Female suicide bombers end quiet spell in Baghdad” (July 29) was tragic and painful to read.

For more than half a decade the Iraqi people have been facing only horrifying experiences, either from external forces or terrorists.

It is a pity that 25 devotees were killed as they headed for a major ceremony. The attack was perpetrated by three women suicide bombers and that is unacceptable.

Ultimately, the sufferers are civilians including women and children. This attack should be condemned by all.

K. Ragavan, Ajman

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LetterPublished in Thenational.july28.Abudhabi.uae.
July 28, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Attack on hospital unacceptable
The brutal attack in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad is shocking and horrifying. The fact that the attack targeted a major hospital is unacceptable. The textile city is losing its charm because of these deadly attacks. There is no excuse for an attack of this nature; life is more precious than any ideology. It is time the government of India tightened its security measures and cracked down on people who perpetrate acts like this. I pray for the victims and their families.

K Ragavan, Ajman

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Letter published inKhaleejtimes on 27.july.08.uae
July 27, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Bangalore blasts

27 July 2008

THE top story in your newspaper ‘Bangalore rocked’ (KT, July 26) was painful to read. The silicon land of India, Bangalore, which is also famous as the city of gardens, was again targeted by terrorists. But the more painful is that after the repeated terror attacks in every major city of India, the perpetrators remain at large. Our police, though show initial alert and ready for investigation, dampens its spirit after a few days. There must a full-fledged strategy to fight terror and all those pending probes should be completed on time successfully.
- K. Ragavan, Ajman

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Article Published inGulf today on 19.July.08.U.A.E
July 19, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Age less voice

IAdmire marketing professionals,not because Iam alsoone,but because it requires tremondus patience,perseverance,and zeal.Recantly,Ireceivedcalls from various banks totake theircreditcards or personal loan.Ialready possess a creditcard from a reputed bank for nine years.Asales executive called me pseveraltimes seekingto meet me.Idid not wantto discourage a marketing professional and agreed.One day,at our newly openedbranch office in Sharjah,Inoticed a person at therecption looking pensive andhassled.May,I help you? I asked.Icame to see aperson,probablyhe has not come,he replied.When asked who the person he was looking for was,he mentioned my name.It’s me ,Iintoduced myself.But you are a marketing executive?he questioned visiblyshocked and surprised.The guy was the same one who had been pressing me to go for a credit card.Obviously,frommy voice he could not have surmised that my age was 60plus.Voice has nothing to dowith age.Iconsoled him andpromised to introduce my friends who are looking for a credit card.

K.Ragavan

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Letter Published in Khaleejtimes(weekend)on 18.July.08.u.a.e.
July 18, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Flying high

This is with regard to the cover story,survivalof the fittest,byPratibhaUmashakar(July4)It was informative as wellas interesting.AkbarAlBaker’s observations and opinions about the AviationIndustryand his optimism about its growth are correct.To Survive,one should deliver quality and Efficient Service.Ihave been seeing the growth of Qat ar Air ways for some time now, and it has proved this Phylosophy right.Good article

K.Ragavan.Ajman

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Article Published in Gulf to day on 12.july.08.uae.
July 12, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Lion and the mouse story

What ever good deed is done to othersgets rewarded some wayor the other,at least I foundout last week. Iwas waiting near Al mulla plaza forataxi toreach Sharjah for more than an hour.The mercury wasat its peak.Threre was no sign of any cabbie even halting to ask mewhere I was heading.Suddenly,a Land crusier halted in front of me.Ilooked all aroundto checkif it wasfor some one else,but no body was near me.The motorist called out.Get ,in I will drop you at Sharjah.

Iwas taken a back,I did not remember where I had met him.The getlemanexplained.Afew days back you gave me adirham coin when I wasparking my car at bank street.It was then that I recollected he paisd a five dirham note andwas checking out for a coin.When we got acquainted.Hetook my business card at dropped me at Rolla .Irememberedthe Lionand the Mouse story.

K.Ragavan

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Letter PUBLISHED IN kHALEEJTIMES ON 10.JULY.08.UAE.
July 10, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
to UAE

10 July 2008

THE waiver of $7 billion of Iraqi debts by the UAE is to be widely applauded.

It was indeed a noble gesture by the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, towards the long-suffering people of Iraq as they attempt to rebuild their shattered country.

In the future the UAE will certainly have good trading and strong cultural relationship with Iraq. Kudos to the UAE.


- K. Ragavan, Ajman



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Article published in Gulf to day on 12.Jan.08.uae.
July 9, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Film with a message

Ihardly watch films,but the one I saw recently had a socialmessagethat touched my heart.The hindi movie ofactor AamikhanTaareZameenPar left a deep impact on me and my grand children.While watching the filmmy grabnd son asked,Why is this boy(themaincharacter)not able to readletters.Iexplained This boy is suffering from a disorder called Dyslexia.Grandpa,this boy issmart and paints well.Are there lotsof boys who face this problem?Iwas happy about thequestion,because not onlymy grand son ,many parents are unaware of such children’s condition.All children are not same.Some children are sensitive or slow,while others grasp fast.I dislikeparents putting too much pressureon childrento score.Not allchildren who score highest marks are success stories,and not all who score lesser marksare failures in life.The film was so gripping that my grand vchildrenrefused to take popcorn during the interval.

K.Ragavan

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Article Published inGulf to day on 5.July.08.uae.
July 5, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Better half,better luck

Luck plays a crucial part when one decides to purchase electronicitems like T.V,computer or a laptop at a reasonableprice.Afriend enquired from me which lap top was good as wellas in expensive.Leading popular brands cost betweendms.3500-4000,which he felt was on a higherside.

But he wanted a.particular brandthat he knew he could not affordIf you want quality,you have to pay.Iarguedwith him.He dropped the idea.After a few days he calledme again to enquire which brand I was using and theprice.When I mentioned it,he was taken a back.We went to the mall wherei purchased it and was shocked to know that the price had shotup by 35percent.He again droppedthe idea of buying a laptop.It wasmy betterhalf who had boughtthe laptop just to spring a surprise forme.At thattime a special promotion was on.Who called betterhalf bitter half?.

K.Ragavan

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Article published in Gulf today on 24.may.08.uae.
July 4, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Of sight, site and website Article published on 7 june.08.Gulftoday.uae.
It was a sunny morning and I was sipping my hot tea. The only sound that I could hear was chirping of birds when all of a sudden my phone started ringing.

It was a old friend on the line. My happiness knew no bounds to receive a call from him. He congratulated me for buying a site. I told him that I hadn’t made any investment in any property but thanked him for calling me.

No sooner had I hung up than I received another call. One of my clients rang up and greeted me. He added that how it helps in buying real estate when you have a decent saving.

Both these calls had left me wondering when a third call came my way.

It made me think why people are congratulating me for something that I don’t have. The answer came from my little niece who solved the puzzle for me.

She systematically explained that since now I have a website people are confusing it with a building site.

How farsighted, is all I can say for the little child.

K Ragavan
Tribute to.S.S.Vasan.Architectof Gemini.
August 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
To day I am penning another Mighty Bannar in SouthIndian film Was Gemini.S.Srinivasan or S.S.Vasan is the architect of famous Gemini studio has created a revolution in those days. He has erected a beautiful set for his Gigantic film chandraleka is still in front of my eyes..Istill remember most of the Bolly wood movies rerecord and processing theEast men colur Gemini Studio was Prominently situated in the Corner of Famous Mount Road .Late Gemini Ganesh was associated with Gemini bannar for many years. From ordinary Ganesh he has become GeminiGanesh.S.SVasan produced manysuccess ful movies Some are Avvaiyar,Vanjikottaivaliban,Motor sundaram pillai,and irumbuthirai is to be remembered.He has produced in Hindi also.One of the talented producer Director had a good name not only in the Film fraternity but also in political area .Two small kids is his monogram ,liked by millions of people.Top Bolly wood stars acted in his Bannar.It was prestigious to associate with Gemini Bannar in those days.He had talented tehnicians and script writers in his unit,one Was Late KothaMangalam subbu. Even thoughSimple,well behaved and respected Stalwart S.S.vasan is no morewith us ,But his work still alive.
Regards.
See you next week.
K.Ragavan.
August.11.08.
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Rheumatoid Arthritis andDrugs.
August 10, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Rheumatoid arthritis and drugs.Till to day Rheumatoid arthritis was commonly spred. Drugs was used 3 decades back,Phenyl butazone and corticosteroid combination gives immediate relief,but for the side effects this combination was withdrawn and later came Ibuprufen.Again by virtue of its sideeffects and patients resistance this was also slowly forgotten by the medical profession. .Inspite of so many inventions and modern treatment still Rheumatoid arthritis is a Question mark?Main symptoms starts from fingers slowly spred all over the body.Hereditry is one main factor found in most of the case.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.

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Article Publishe in Gulf today.august.9.08.uae.
August 9, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Future

is bright

I was recently watching a programme called Bollywood Ka Boss on a film channel. The episode covered Bollywood movies, songs and other technical aspects. It was amazing to note that the participants answered several questions although they related to matters more than four decades ago.

The competition was tough but the youngsters fielded all the questions posed by noted Indian film personality Bomman Irani.

Who is complaining about the present generation? I personally feel they are on the right track and deserve all the encouragement and support. Today’s youngsters are talented not only IT and such fields, but also are all-rounders. They are positive and dynamic. March on youngsters, people like me may be old, but we are with you. Work hard and your future will undoubtedly be bright.

K. Ragavan




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Tuberculosisand Treatment.
August 9, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Last year 2007, a tuberculosis patient under u.s quarantine admitted in the hospital,was sad and painful .Air lines authorities were worried about this contagious disease , since he was travelling by many routes.This is mainly due to drug resistence , non comply of the drugs from thepatients.Couple of days back i read in the indian news papers tuberculosis resistence in india is a challange for the world health organisation and other organisations. Tuberculosis is a infectious disease caused by myco bacterium tuberculosis will easily spread.This is mainly due to not continuing the therapy for the stipulated period become resistent for drugs.Lack of nutritional food, coughing and sneezing are the main indications for this disease.Four decades back Medical profession was administering first line and second line drugs for short course chemotherapy for treating T.B..

Today the second line drugs like Ethambutol, Rifamfycin and pyrazinamide also become resistence.Leaving the treatment abruptly is the main cause for resistence.Govt. of india now made second line drugs to an affordable price for the commonman, and hence the duty of the patients to comply the regular treatment ,and that is the only solution for drug resistence.Tuber culosis can be cured not a threat disease like carcinoma or cancer.. The u.s patient was put in observation in Atlanta’s Grady memorial hospital in respiratory isolation.World heal th organisation and other organisations is seriously planning to eradicate this infectious disease,once was considered very dangerous.With today’s modern sophisticated drug regime,and with patients cooperation tuberculosiscan be eradicated to certain percentage. .Indian drug manufacturerers are making T.B. products at an affordable price.This disease should be monitered periodicaly,as the bacteria spreads very fast.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.



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Article Published in Gulf today on 26.July.08.U.A.E.
August 8, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Grandpa,I loveyouArticlepublished in Gulftodayon 26.july.08uae
Everyone wantstobe happy.Materialism brings happinesstosome extent.like everybodywants topossess a goodhouse inhis/her home country.But viewscan differ on what brings happiness.On july19,my 11 year old grandson calledfromindia,and said;thankyou for thegift. I loveyou .He hanged the phone.At ,first,I did not realise why hecalled,then rememberd it was his birthday.Since he leftfor india on vacation,I had sent money forhis birthday which he was planning to buya bicycle.Iremember he came as a thremonthold child with my daughterto Sharjah in 1997.took himto all the places in Sharjah,andDubai.Icould not belive he had completed 11 years.He has gown in height andstudies.Irealised for the elderly,affection and love are worthmore than any thing.When I heard,grand pa,I love you’myhappiness knewno bounds.Material satisfacion may be momentary,but happiness borne out ofloveand affection can be everlasting.
Whatsay?
K.Ragavan.

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Informative article.Letter published in Gulfnews (Fridaymagazine)on 8 aug.08.uae.
August 8, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
formative articleLetter Published in Gulfnews (friday magazine)on8 august.08.uae
The article Resplendent raj,by Malavika Kamaraju(July18-24) was interesting toread aswellas informative.The expansion of Oberoi properties is amazing.
KRagavan.Ajman

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Tribute to Marcus Bartley.
August 8, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Dear Friends,Tribute to MarcusBartley.
Today I rememberd an another Interesting Tamil Film created a Good Impact in thosedays with all aspects was Shantinilayam.
Directior G.K.S.Mani handled the subjectvery nicely with Good suspense.Those days this picture was a great hit,with stalwarts GeminiGanesh,Kanchana and Nagreshwas its cast.S.P.Balasubramaniam’S Eiarkaienum song was a superhit.All songs and music was melodious.Above all the Film’s cinemotography was Excellent. With out much advancement in Photography,Cinemotographer Marcus Bartly done a wonderful job ,using Some special lens for the indoor shootingand baged many awards.He is one of the few Cinemotographer has done in Tamil and Hindimovies.He was associted with Vijaya Banner Under Nagireddy was to be Mentioned here.One of the unassumed and talented technician wasMarcusbartley.Today i thought of thiswonderful technician.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
mONDAY .4August.08.

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Tribute toDirectorC.V.Sridhar.
August 4, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Dear Friends,

In any walks of life if a person does a good job He/she should be recognised is my principle.Iwill be creating this column dedicated to Indian film industry.Indian film industry has got hugemarket,particulatrly Bollywoodfilms.Today iremembered a Famous writer,producer and Director c.v.Sridhar ,from south.He had his glorious days in Tamilfilm four decades back.Today/.s popular actors was introduced by this vetern director is nota exageration.Man known for his humorusmovies andtouching subjects.Nenjilorualayam,sumithangi,andNenjammarappathillay was his memorable family drama with directorialtouch.Kathalikkaneramillay has created a revolution in 1962 with young college students and manycouples.Film wasfullcomedy acted by vetern actors ,late,muthuraman, andT.S.Balaiah .Ravichandra nwas introduced by him as hero,later had his innings for couple of years.Vetern nagesh’s comedy one of the main feature of thefilm.Humorus dioloques by Gopuas well sridhar made the audiencelaughing.Sridhar had a good talented techniciansin hisunit,.EditorN,.M.Shankar,Music director M.S.Viswanathan,and Excellent Cinemotographer Vincent was his strength.He has created a newera inHumorusconceptand simplefamily dramas.He gives importancefor the audienceto makelaughing.Amaster piece craftsmanin tamilfilmindustry andfew hindi pictures also tohis credit.Another memorable touching movie Kalyanaparisu baged Late.Geminiganesh and b.sarojadevi many awards.Today also kathalikkaneramillay wel comed byallages.

See you next week.
K.Ragavan.

July.28.08

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Letter Published in The national.Abudhabi.on3august.uae.
August 3, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Signal needed at Al Taawun
The road in front of Al Taawun Mall is always heavy with traffic. Crossing the road on foot takes a minimum of three to five minutes. The authorities should install a traffic signal here to both ease the traffic flow and allow pedestrians to cross more easily. The area is improving fast and a signal is essential to develop the thoroughfare.

K Ragavan, Sharjah

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Articlepublishedin Gulftoday on2August.08.uae.
August 2, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Mango thiefArticle published in Gulftodayon 2august.08.uae
A Friend of mine gone to Indiapromisig toreturn with delicious giftsforacquaintances.After the vacation,he returnedto the UAE,and called from the airportsaying hehad brought deliciousmangoes.The indian state of Andhrapradeshis not only famous for exportingITprofessionals,but also mangoes.Banganapalli,afamous mangovarietyfrom Andhrapradesh,is generallyavailable throughout he Indianstatesfrom maytillaugust.Iwas fond of mangoesfrom childhood and waited eagerlyformy friend.Myfriend called meagain alittlelater and said inasad tonethat hehad lost thecarton of mangoes in a bus.Sincei had only a suitcase and the carton and did not want to travel by taxi,itried to commute by the newly-introduced bus.After collectingthe ticket from the driver,Iwas shockedtosee the carton missing,’’heexplained quite apologetically.The wonderful smellof the mangoesmust have been toostrong a temptationfor somebody,who eventually snatchedit.The luckyman and the unluckyme,Isaid to myself.
K.Ragavan

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August 30, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Comply, please

Gulf News’s report on the villa fire that killed many was sad and painful to read (”Death toll in Naif blaze expected to rise,” Gulf News August 27). In the recent months, a lot of fires have taken place in factories, warehouses and residential areas. This recent incident is simply pathetic. This happens despite the fact that the Civil Defence carries out periodical checks. Another reason could be residents who do not comply with the department’s requirements. Every place should have fire extinguishers installed at various points, for easy access. I pray for the victims and their families.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Ajman

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Letter Published inKhaleejtimes on 28.August.uae.
August 28, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Sad and painfulLetter Published in Khaleejtimes.on 28.August.uae.
28 August 2008

THE news that 10 people died in a fire at a villa was sad and painful to read. In the recent months, several fire accidents took place in factories, warehouses and residential areas. Tuesday’s incident was pathatic. In spite of civil defence’s periodic inspections, these things are happening. This is mainly due to non-compliance of civil defence department’s regulations. I pray for the victims and the aggrieved family members.
- K. Raghavan Ajman.

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Tribute toVetren Director A.Bhim Singh.
August 25, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
To day i am going to Pen the Wonderful Late Director A.Bhim singh.Man known for his Family Subjects and sentiments.Giving high priority for Selecting Film names,starting with pa,.He was Very successful in his Caption.Many films he directed with box office hits.Ican remember some few films fromthis Great Director.Pasamalar,Pathi bhakthi,Palum palamum,Parmagalae par, Padithalmattum pothumaa ,Pachai vilakku andmany more.Gives importance for Screen play,Dialoques and songs.Singer T.M.Sounderrajan,and Suseela contributed Many hit songs for this Doyen.He had a Good Cinemotographer G.Vittal Rao in his unit.Beliver in Screen play ,story and Good Actors who can deliver the Powerful Dialoques.He was Dominating Tamil screen for many years.His Memorable Film was PavaMannippu,Where Late Sivaji Ganesan done a wonderful role.Moral ,simple ,without sex and violence was his concept.Even though he is not with us Still his name is remembered by millions of his fans. The song Penondru kanden sung by T.M.Soundarrajan and P.B.Srinivas in the film Padithal mattum pothuma still ringing in my ears.His sons are entered in to Editing and Cinemotography.B.Kannan is a Good Cinemotographer,proved his metal,and brother also proved as a Good editor.Iam really happy to remember this vetran .
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
Seeyou next week.
August 25.08.
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Article Published in Gulftoday on 23.August 08.U.A.E.
August 23, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Take it easy

policy

Some friends from Dubai recently visited my house and we had a small debate. Among the topics we discussed were inflation and traffic. Most friends felt that it may take a few more months for the traffic scene to improve though the RTA authorities are doing their best to ease the situation.

The topic then turned to accidents which show an upward trend. I listed the reasons as restlessness, tension and insecurity.

Globally, inflation and traffic scenes are not much different and so the UAE is not an exception. Calm attitude, avoiding speeding and better concentration while driving on the part of motorists could save several lives.

“You don’t drive. If you drive and fail to meet an appointment because of a traffic jam, you would also grumble and turn tense like us,” a friend argued.

“That’s why I don’t drive,” I just laughed.

K. Ragavan

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Letter Published inGulfNews(E.Plus on 21.August.08.)U.A.E.
August 21, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Goodshow
Among themany T.V progammeson air,I especiallylike Blwood kA Boss,hosted byBoman irani.The way he hosts the show is impressive.I was happy to see many talented individuals answering questions about old Bollywood films.
K.Ragavan
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Tribute toStalwart K.Balachander.
August 18, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Tribute toK.B..
Today i am Going toPen a talented writer,producer and Director fromSouth.Popularly Known as K.B.K.Balachander . From Govt Department turned in to a Great Film personality.He had a Beautiful Stage Drama RaginiRecreations created wonderful actors like,Late MajorSundarrajan V.S.Raghavan,Late Srividya,Nagesh,JayanthiRajni.Known for his Dedication in the Sets he made revolution in those days ,bringing new concept inTamilCinema.Among them are Apoorva ragangal,SinduBairavi,and Unnalmudium thambi.He has directed many successful films which was popularly applauded by his Audiences.I remember the Memorable Film in front of me was Iru kodugal.Amaster piece from this Crafts man.Power ful Dioloques delivered bySowcar janaki ,i still remember.Can you reconstruct the file,Iam talking about Life.V.S.Ragavan’s action ,Jayanthi,Gemini ganesh andNagesh was worth mention.Bhama vijayam,not only a good comedy but also good message for middle class.Late T.S.Baliah’s superb action i still remember.Apart from story,he gives importance for songs,Cinemotography B.S.Lognath and N.Balakrishnan.Nanal,Ethirnichhal,Major chandrakanth,Sollathan ninaikkiren,Mundru mudichu is still welcome by People.Simple,respected by film fraternity K.B.s now relaxing,giving opportunities to his associates,concentrating more on Small screen.His recent serial Comedy colony is doing very well.Person not only created a revolution in Stage drama but also to theModern Cinema.Neerkumuli was another good film by this Doyen and Photography byNimai ghosh.Film industry always remember this wonderful director.Ihave forgotten Stalwart Kamal hassan was in his camp. i amalso happy to remember this Stalwart.
Regards.
K.Ragavan.
See you Next week.
August.18.08.
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ArticlePublished in Gulf today on 16.August.08.uae.
August 16, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Stranger

at the mall

A few days ago, I was in the food court of a mall waiting to meet a friend.

Suddenly, a stranger appeared and requested if he could take the seat I had reserved for my friend. Since my friend failed to reach in time, I offered the seat to him. He smiled and introduced himself. He had come on a visit looking for a good opening in marketing.

He started asking me about the scope and opportunities in the UAE. I told him that the country was progressing tremendously and the opportunities were bright. I offered him tea and we discussed various topics, including Bollywood films.

Since he was from Mumbai, he was happy. Incidentally, I worked for a Mumbai-based Pharmaceutical company for two decades and that helped me discuss elaborately about that city.

After a few minutes my friend arrived and greeted the stranger. I asked him, “Do you know him?”

My friend replied: This is my old friend for whom I had enquired from you about a job opening.”

Coincidences. They are indeed strange.

K. Ragavan

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Letter Published inKhaleejtimes(Week end)on 15.August.08.uae.
August 15, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan


Use ful article.
The Article Do Ihave Rheumatoid Arthritis?(July 18).Was informative.Being a former pharmaceutical person,Iwas aware of the drugs used three decades ago.Phenyl butazone and corticosteroid combination gives immediate relief.But because of the side effects,this combination was withdrawn from the market.Later came Ibuprufen.Again because of its side effects and patient’s resistance to it,this too went in to the background.In spite of so many advanced methodsof treatment,rheumatoid arthritisstill remains a question mark.The article in your magazine was useful.Keep it up.
K.Ragavan.Ajman
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Letter Published inKhaleejtimes on 15.August.08.uae.
August 15, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Big family+ small flat…
15 August 2008

THE lead story in your newspaper ‘Big family+small room= No residence visa!’ (KT, August 14) makes for a sad reading. On the one hand this is a good move from the DNRD but on the other hand the Government should fix the studio flat, one bedroom flat, 2 and 3 bedroom flats tariff, as per the salary structure of Dubai. A person getting Dh80,000 per annum cannot afford to pay Dh60000 as rent. Even studio flat are also very expensive. And to pay more with limited accommodation for the family size is also not any solution. I request the authorities to look into this major problem that most of the expatriates are facing.
- K. Ragavan, Ajman.

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Letter Published in The Nation al.Abudhabi.on 11.August.08.UAE
August 11, 2008 by krishnamachari ragavan
Hygiene should come first
Making a hygiene course mandatory is a good move, “Compulsory hygiene course for Abu Dhabi’s food workers” (August 10).

If food items are not properly handled, consumers run the risk of getting very sick.

News of increased vigilance is certainly welcome.

After all, food is the basis for creating a healthy society.

K Ragavan. Ajman