Friday, August 31, 2012

Article 266.

Bagging happiness Article Published in The Gulf Today Uae on 1Sep 12 (266 th Article).

A few days ago, I was beside myself with joy on receiving a message from my bank informing me that my credit card number had been selected for a prize. Lucky me!

A few days later, the keenly-awaited bonanza arrived by courier. Since it was a beautiful branded sports bag from a reputed firm, I decided to give it to my grandson, who I was sure — because of his youth — would be simply thrilled to own such a “prized possession.”

When I told him over the phone, he couldn’t conceal his happiness, which made me smile. When you see the happiness of your grandchildren, you end up being happier. And, it’s that happiness than money can never buy.
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Remembering a great astronaut

Your editorial Exploration of space is a basic human drive (August 28) was interesting. Letter Published in The National ,Uae on 29,Aug 12

The death at 82 of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong was a great loss to the world in the field of space exploration.

He was the first man to land on the Moon, and that created a revolution five decades ago. I salute the departed astronaut; the world will remember him forever.

K Ragavan, India

Life is Beautiful 127.

After the Staff left Kathambari came to Ram's room.
Ram, shall we make a move for the dinner.
Ram.I am ready ,We will go.
They took a Cab .While going Kathambari was asking Ram
Hope you are enjoying your stay in Cyprus.
Ram.Of course.I am fully enjoying this beautiful city. Meeting was nice.
Kathambari. What mummy told you over the phone.
Ram.She was complimenting me for my participation.
Kathambari. i too was very happy about your participation.The way in which you are answering the questions.
Ram.Thank you .
By that time they reached the Venue hall.About two hundred delegates were already arrived..Some people wishing Ram .Few have come for his autograph. Ram simply refused
Sorry, i am not that big to give my autograph.
One delegate was telling,Certainly you are a big personality.Please sign for our rememberence.
Kathambari also compelled Ram.Ram forced to sign for twelve people.
Dinner was delicious and Ram enjoyed all the sweets served.
After the Dinner they spent few minitues with the delegates then left to their place.
While going Ram was telling,Kathambari today is a Memorable day for me.
KathambarI never expected that i will be visiting Cyprusand this beautiful meeting
B that time they reached their Hotel.
(tobe continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Tribute to actor A.K.Hangal.209.

Today i am going to pen another film personality from the Bolly wood film industry is none other than Late actor A.K.Hangal.Started his film career at his 50th year created a big impact in the past four and half decades is worth to be mentioned here.Acted in more then 225 films in different rolls with all leading actors.I have seen few films of this Doyen.Those films are ,Avtaar,Shaukeen,Anndhi,Arjun,Tapasya,Aaina,Namak haram and wonderful Sholay.I am unable to remember some more films of this stalwart. His action and dialoque delivery was applauded by the film fans.Respected by all actorsand the film fraternity.He was honured Padma shree award.Started his fim career late and acted in more then 200 films is highly applaudable.Even though he is not with us his smiling face and his memorable films in front of us.Today i am happy to tribute this Stalwart.
See You Next Week,

Friday, August 24, 2012

Article 265.

Reliving golden bonds Article Published in The Gulf Today,UAE on 25 Aug 12 (265)

Friendships stand the test of time — and distance.

One fine evening last week, while I was at home in my native place, I received a couple of phone calls from old friends who had arrived from the UAE on vacation to India.

Since they too were holidaying at my native place, and wished to visit me and my family, they wanted to know whether I would be in my hometown or away in Bangalore, where I make frequent visits to see my children, who are settled there.

I told them I would be very much in my hometown and that I would be happy to host them at my home any time.

Both are residing in Sharjah which was my second home for many years. It warmed the cockles of my heart that even after my departure from the cultural haven that Sharjah was and is, they remember me so fondly. I was ever so happy to relive the old memories.

I have made numerous friends during my long years in Sharjah, all of whom make me proud of the UAE connection established in various sectors - in journalism, and so many other walks of life.
K. Ragavan

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Time for Indian PM to step aside Letter Published in The National ,Uae On 23Aug 12

Regarding Indian PM hauled over the Coals (August 22), allegations of scams and corruption among the Indian government are coming up too often.

Manmohan Singh, once known for his integrity, knowledge and, above all, his economic talents, should step aside while these claims are investigated. K Ragavan, India

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Life is Beautiful 126.

Ram.Kathambari,this is your mummy,congratulating me for today's meeting.
Kathambari.I see, i told Mum about our today's Beautiful meeting.
Ram.Thank you.Ever since i met you in My sore J.C.Eng College my life is going very beautifully I should thank you for that.
Kathambari.For me also the same feelings.Ram
Evening we are going for the dinner arranged by our host.At 8P.M.I will come.Now i have to meet a friend .Take care,See you later.
After she left Ram wanted to check his Mails in his Lap top.
Couple of Letters from Murthy, Raj and Prasanna asking when he is expected to India.
Ram too miss them.Since this is the first Occasion he was away For more then 30 days from his place.Murthy was mentioning Tomy was very helpful in guarding his house Ram left Tomy to Murthy's custody. Murthy has mentioned in the mail .Tomy too miss his boss.
Ram replied the mails that shortly he will be coming to India.
By that time the room staff came with his Coat.
Sir,This is your coat apart from the morning mistake another mistake happened.
Ram.What is that .
Staff. Idid n't see the pockets.In one pocket one Envelop was drinched when i put it in the water.The cover was completely spoiled.If you tell this to our Hotel i will loose my job.I am from North India. i have my old mother and sister to take care.Kindly pardon me sir.and started crying.
Ram.Do n't cry.I wo n't tell to the Hotel.Where is the envelop.
Staff.Sir ,in the water that has complety spoiled.Here is the envelop.
Ram saw the cover.No pages are visible.He could not read a single word.
O.K. In future be careful in checking the personal belongings of the visitors.
Thank you sir.This help i wo n't for get.
By virtue of his Character and soft ness Ram never gets upset and angry.In this case also he was calm.But one thing he was anxious to know the content of Vasanthy's Letter.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, August 20, 2012


India must act on Assam violence Letter Published in The National,Uae on 21 Aug 12.

Given the recent attacks and violence in the state of Assam (Thousands flee south Indian cities in fear, August 17), I believe the Indian government should protect these people.

K Ragavan, India

Tribute to Cinematographer Ashok Mehta 208.

To day i remembered another interesting film personality from the Bolly wood film industry is none other than the late Cinematographer Ashok Mehta.He has created a very big impact for three decades in Bolly wood was not a exagerated one.Known for his excellent frame work both in indoor as well out door is important.He has worked with today's top class actors as well Directors.He has many films to his credit.I have seen few of his remarkable films.Those filmsare,36 Chowringhee lane,Mandi,IJJAZat,RamLakan,
Saudagar,Khalnayak,Bandit queen,Trimurti,Gupt,Aankhen,Chalte chalte,and No Entry.One of the Best Versatile Cinematographers respected by the film fraternity and friends.Even though he is not with us today his Memorable films are with us.He has also contributed few English movies.Bolly wood owes a lot to this Veteran.He has also acted and produced
few films.Today i am happy to tribute this VeteranCinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, August 19, 2012


Article 19 Letter Published in The New Indian Express ,India on 20 Aug 12
Shankar Aiyar'sThird Eye piece was nice and meaningful.Inspite of six and half decades of free domthe commonman is yet to get his freedom.This is sad and painful.Lack of political willand self interest are the real causes.Government should change its strategy and take care of the people as per article 19.

Friday, August 17, 2012


Passion’s ever present Article Published in The Gulf Today ,UAE on 18 Aug 12(264).

Meetings with friends are usually taken up by discussions on a whole host of topics under the sun. During one such meeting that took place a few days ago, a certain friend was keen to know about the hobbies of each of his friends gathered that day.

When my turn came, I spoke of my passion for writing.

My friends didn’t quite understand the meaning of the word “passion.”

I explained that there existed a clear difference between “hobby” and “passion”.

Whenever a person is in the right mood, he or she engages in his or her chosen hobby/hobbies, viz., writing, drawing, painting, etc. But passion manifests itself regardless of the mood. Shedding light on my passion brought smiles to my friends’ faces.
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Guru's campaign has great support Letter Published in The National ,Uae on 15,Aug

As you reported in TV guru arrested in protest march (August 14), yoga guru Baba Ramdev's arrest was in connection with his anti-corruption campaign.

His main slogan is "bring back the black money" in order to get the economy on track, and it is a good initiative.

Even though the Congress party called his move a political stunt, his cause is backed by his many supporters and other political parties.

K Ragavan, India

Life is Beautiful 125.

After reaching the hotel Kathambari wants to take rest for an hour to refresh herself.Ram had his wash came to his room hall.By that time his phone was ringing.
Ram took the phone.Hello ,
Vasanthy.How are you Ram.
Ram.I am fine.How are you.
Vasanthy.I am missing you.Have you gone through my letter ,which i have given you in a Cover.Now you know the whole story.Congratulations for your remarkable speech today.Kathambari told me how you have interacted the audience.I am really proud of you.Now you will understand your Vasanthy.
Ram.Yes.He did n't tell that he has not gone through the letter.
Vasanthy.Ilove you Ram.Even if we meet after Fifty years also you are my Ram.I am having full confidence on you.Our love is different from the normal one.It is Divine with Under standing and maturity.
Ram could not answer immediately.But one thing he understood Vasanthy has written the real truth.With out reading her letter he was afraid to comment.
Vasanthy.Ram what happened.No joy from you even i explained the Five pages letter
Ram.No vasanthy.I am unable to speak because of Joy as well emotion.
Vasanthy.That is enough for me .My Ram is always for me.
By that time Kathambari entered in his room.
Ram.Phone from India .Your friend Murthy or Raj.
Ram.No.It is from Your Mummy.
Kathambari.Mummy,her eyes was full of surprise.
(tobe continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tribute to Director A.Venkatesh. 207.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the tamil film industry is none other than Director A.Venkatesh.More then one and half decades he has
given memorable movies.Today's top class actors SarathKumar, Arjun, Vijay, Sunder c,Vadivel, Prakash raj and many acted in his films.Known for his action packed fast movies in short span of time are his Speciality.Good story,Dialoques ,Music andCinematography will be visible in his movies.I have seen couple of Movies of this Director.Those movies are,Selva,Nilave vaa,Chocolate,Dhum,Bhagavathi,Kuthu,Aai,Vaathiyaar,Durai,Vaada and Vallakottai.Today he is one of the talented Up coming Directors in tamil film industry.He hails from Tuticorin the famous place of the freedom fighter V.O.C.Pillai.In spite of tough competition in the film industry he has his own identity and respect from the film fraternity.Today i am happy to tribute this talented versatile Director.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Thoughts are with victims of floods Letter Published in The National ,Uae on 12,Aug 12.

Your story about the tragic floods in the Philippines ( UAE Filipinos to aid floor victims, August 9) was sad and painful to read.
I applaud the help being given to the victims by UAE residents.
This is one of the major disasters of recent times, and I hope the Philippines can return to normality soon. K Ragavan, India

Friday, August 10, 2012

Aricle 263.

Honour your parents Article Published in The Gulf Today,Uae on 11.Aug 12(263).

A few days ago, a friend of mine called me to find out my reason for not joining him for the regular morning walk. After explaining the cause for my absence, he commented: What you are doing is indeed anyday better than walking.

The reason I could not indulge in the daily morning exercise for the past few days was my aged mother was indisposed and I had to care for her.

The same evening I received the call from this friend, who came to see my mother. While leaving my home, he nodded in appreciation. “Serving parents is the most beautiful thing in the world.”
K. Ragavan

Monday, August 6, 2012

Life is Beautiful 124.

The Staff took the Coat of Ram and left.By that time Kathambari entered
Ram,let us go for the breakfast .The Meeting starts at 10-30 AM.The Venue is about15
Minitues drive from here.
Ram.Fine,They came to the Dining hall The Dining hall was fully packed.Most of the Visitors from Spain,Greece,Italy and UAE.
Kathambari ordered for Bread toast and Jam.Ram,Here you do n;t get Vegetarian food of our taste. Today and tomorrow we are provided Lunch from the Host.Pure Vegetarian of Chennai.The Catererfrom Chennai.
Ram.Oh,i see.We are lucky.Even Veg is not available i can manage with Bread and fruits.
After finishing the Break fast Kathambari and Ram took a cab reached the Venue place.It was a Beautiful Hall fully furnished.Ram and Kathambari took their seats.
The Meeting started at the prescribed time 10-30.a.m.
Ram gave his speech for more then forty five minitues.The Entire Audience was thrilled of his Language and presentation.How Media plays an Important roll today.
Ram answered many questions of the audience mostly from UK and France.
In the Lunch hour Many came and took autograph from Ram.Ram enjoyed the delicious typical Chennai food.His favourite SweetMysore pak and Kesari was there.
Kathambari was very happy that her purpose of introducing Ram to this Elite Audience .
All were representing Big Multi national Channels as well Media and Communication companies.Evening the meeting was over at 5.p.m.While coming Kathambari
Ram,have you left your coat in the hall.
Ram.No.I did n't wear.The coat i have given it for washing.
Kathambari.Idid 't notice while coming.Ithought you are wearing.My congratulations for your Wonderful speech and inter action with the People.
By the time they reached their hotel.(to be continued).
See You Next Week,

Tribute to Director A.L.Vijay.206.

Today i am going to pen another interesting personality from tamil film industry is none other than Director A.L.Vijay.In his half decade film career he has created a big impact is true.Started his career with Advertisement movies then turned in to film directing.He has few hand ful of films which made a big applause from the cine fans is worth to be mentioned here.Today's top class actors Ajit, Vikram,Arya,and Karthik is worked with him. He was nominated for the Best Director award for Vijay and Film fare is important.Madarasa Patinam was a Beautiful film by him shown the old Madras with Nirav Shah's beautiful Cinematography.I have seen few films of this Director.Those films are Madarasapatinam,Deiva thirumagal,and Kireedom. Still i remember ,Vamma Durai amma song from Madarasapatinam.He is one of the talented ,Creative technician bestowed by Film industry.Vikram got award for best actor from Film fare for Deiva thirumagal of this Director is worth to be mentioned here.To day i am happy to tribute this talented Up coming Director.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Communal Cong Letter Published in The New Indian Express ,India on 6Aug 12.
Prabhu Chawla's ,Will Sonia's New Umbrella Get Congress Home and Dry in 2014? ,was good and meaningful.The
recent strategy by the Congress president and the prime minister in the reshuffling of ministers clearly showsthe communal politicsto retain power in 2014.However,it has to be waited and seen whether this gimmick will work to the party's advantage.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Article 262.

Sad turnaround Article Published in The Gulf Today Uae on 4Aug 12(262).

A friend of mine who got acquainted with my native place through a well-known travel site wanted to pay me a visit. I was happy in anticipation of being able to receive him at my place within the next couple of days. However, a sudden call from him announced that he was postponing his visit — the reason being his city had been rocked by four serial bomb blasts. His family members were not keen on allowing him to travel.

I was disappointed that a sad incident as the one that had hurt many people and had, therefore, instilled fear in many minds had prevented two friends from meeting each other.
K. Ragavan

Thursday, August 2, 2012


Blast brings back bad memories Letter Published in The National ,Uae on Aug 3 012.

It was sad to read Series of blasts rock city centre (August 2), and it made me think back to the 2010 attack on the Germany bakery in Pune, when 17 people were killed.

Whether this attack is due to terrorism is not yet proven, but the fact that the explosions took place on a busy road is important.

At least, only one person was injured.

It is painful to think that, despite the earlier incident, there has been no increase in safety measures from the government.

K Ragavan, India