Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tribute 314.

Tribute  to  Cinematographer Ravi Yadav 314.
Today  I remembered another interesting film personality from the South Indian  film industry is none other than Cinematographer Ravi Yadav.He has worked  in all the  four languages films viz,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu and Malayalam  is important.Worked with all the top class actors and Directors is worth to be mentioned here.He started his career with popular Director R.K.Selvamani later he had his own identity.In his two and half decades film career he has contributed plenty of movies  .Good  shots both in Indoor and out door will be more visible in his frame work.I have seen couple of films of this stalwart.Those movies are,Puthiya Vanam,Pulan Visaranai,Kutrapathirikai,Kanmani, in tamil,Humraaz,Aitraaz,Race,Race 2,Hum shakals,36China townand Players  and Taarzan in Hindi.He is one of the few talented Cinematographers who  got a good name and respect from the film industry.Today I am very happy to tribute this talented Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,


Letter Published in The National UAE on 1 Sep 14Helping bilateral understanding
Your story Modi eyes trade, defence and nuclear deals on Japan (August 31) was interesting to read. Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan is a welcome one, let’s hope it brings good bilateral understanding and hopefully Mr Modi will also bring more stability to that relationship.
K Ragavan, US

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 31August 14

Syria’s deepening crisis requires urgent attentionYour editorial, The Gulf must not forget Assad’s brutality in Syria (August 29), was thought-provoking. That Syria remains in a parlous state is both sad and painful. That it does so is mainly due to Bashar Al Assad’s arrogance and the brutality he shows towards the Syrian people. He is also indirectly responsible for the crisis in Iraq. When is this region going to achieve peace and stability?

K Ragavan, US

Friday, August 29, 2014

Article 366.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 30 August 14(366)

Dream destination

A friend wrote to me saying he would be visiting Abu Dhabi for his relative’s marriage. I got nostalgic as I miss the UAE every moment after I retired and left in 2009. I told my friend that he was lucky to be visiting such a dream destination. When I mentioned about this to my neighbour in Denver, he stated that he too wanted to visit Dubai.  The UAE undoubtedly holds tremendous attraction for tourists. 
K. Ragavan, Denver

Letter From Writer P.S.Ranganathan. (Kadugu,Agashthian).

பிரபல எழுத்தாளர் கடுகு அவர்களை பற்றி ,முகநூளிலும்  மற்றும் என்  ப்ளோகில் பதவு பன்னயத்தை படித்து  எனக்கு எழுதிய இந்த கடிதத்தை பெரிய பாக்கியமாக கருதி முக நூல் நண்பர்களுடன் பகிர்ந்து கொள்ளுகிரியன்.கடுகுAugust 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM
”சின்ன அறிவிப்பு”
என்னை பற்றி திரு. ராகவன் என்னும் அன்பர் தன் பிளாக்கில் ஒரு நீண்ட பாராட்டுப் பதிவைப் போட்டிருக்கிறார். அதை எனக்குப் பின்னூட்டமாகவும்
அனுப்பியுள்ளார். அந்தப் புகழ்ச்சியைப் என் ப்ளாக்கில் போட்டு மார்தட்டிக்கொள்ள மனசாட்சி இடம் தரவில்லை. அவர் ப்ளாக்கில் போய்ப் பார்ர்ப்பவர்களை நான் தடுக்க முடியாது.
திரு ராகவனுக்கு என் நன்றியை தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 28 August 14
Director pursued his great dreamThe death of the 90-year-old Oscar-winning British actor, producer and director Richard Attenborough was a very great loss to the film industry.
Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley, was a remarkable film that came about because Lord Attenborough pursued his dream. May his soul rest in peace.
K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Life is Beautiful 230.

Ram and Prasanna reached Kathambari's house on friday for the Satyanarayana pooja.Vasanthy was very happy to see Ram after few  weeks.
Ram.Good morning,how are you.Meet my friend Prasanna.
Vasanthy.Nice to meet you Prasanna.Kathambari told about you.  I am  happy you have come for this.Where is  Chander
Prasanna.He said ,he will come   direct here.
Kathambari came from the room.Good morning Ram and Prasanna.Wel come .
After that they had Tea  .The Priest came exactly at 9.A.M Started the pooja.
Pooja was over at 12-30 PM.Mean time Chander came and Joined the Pooja.
After the heavy lunch all were sitting and talking.
Kathambari.Prasanna,Hope you have settled in Dubai.
Prasanna.Yes,i am comfortable here.I read one article in The National,mentioning Dubai is the 7City in the World for living and other  areas .The survey has taken by the famous magazine Forbes.
Ram.I also read it.Dubai is going to be the talk of the place in the future.Already  Dubai has established a fine tourist destination in the World map.
Prasanna.A desert has come up to this extent is great.
Ram.Certainly,Mainly because of the leaders Vision,Com mitment and above all implementation.
Prasanna.We are all lucky Indians  to work in a good  atmosphere  here.
Ram.Yes,In our Country also now things  are changing.
Chander.Yes ,i heard from my friends.But it will take some more time.
Vasanthy.You  all can relax for some more time.Then you can have tea .
Ram.I have to go  urgent because my friend is coming next week from india.
Vasanthy.I see, i am happy you have come.Please come and have Prasadam .Ram went in side with her.
Vasanthy.I am happy to see you after long time.I miss you a lot Ram.,love you
Ram.I tooYou are very beautiful in this Orange color saree.
Vasanthy.You too with this cream color shirt.Take care.After noon i call you.
Ram collected the prasadam and departed  from there to his house.
(to be collected)
See You Next Week,

Monday, August 25, 2014

TrIbute to Writer P.S.Ranganathan 313.

Today i am going to pen another interesting personality in Tamil literary field    is none other than  Writer P.S.Ranganathan known as Kadugu,and Agasthiyan.I have read few of his works   in the Blog as well some old.He has interacted with Great Personalities like R.K.Narayan,R.K.Lakshman,Khushwant Singh ,Kalki,S.A.P.,and actor Sivaji Ganesan is worth to be mentioned here.He is one of the few Humorous and Versatile Writers we have  today in the Tamil   story world. Kadugu 's Kamalavum Naanum was a wonderful comedy one.Ienjoyed that very much. He was associated with top class Writers of  those daysand applauded by them.Film Writer Gopu,of Chitralaya and Director Sridhar was applauded by Kaugu for his Writing skill in film field.In his 80 th Birth day he has released  his  book   Naalayira Divya Prabandam was a Gift
 for Tamil literature .Even though  he has done some many works,i am writing this to my little knowledge only with a intention to  tribute this Genius for his Creataions , particularly Nalaira Divya Prabandam.This is not only a gift to literature world but also for SriVaishnavas.I like his simple,realistic way of writings with humour and meaningful.He was respected from all the top class writers like,Savi,Raki Rangarajan,Kalki and many others.Today i am very happy to tribute this stalwart  and pray  he should give  many more  humorous creations in the coming days.Before conclude i admire his busy nature and involvement.I am writing this purely with myl ittle knowledge about him.
See You Next Week,


Letter Published in The National UAE on 26Aug 14
Emirati doctor is fulfilling Sheikh Zayed's visionI applaud your story about Fatima Al Dhaheri, the second Emirati to study at Children’s National, a Washington DC hospital that houses the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Paediatric Surgical Innovation.
By doing so, she will be fulfilling the Sheikh Zayed’s vision to ensure future generations of Emiratis will receive the full benefits offered by medical advances.
K Ragavan, United States

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Comment Regardig the OldChennai.Published in The Hindu Tamil ,23 August 14.

உங்கள் எழுத்தாளர்கள் பார்வையில் , மிகவும் அருமை.பல பெரிய எழுத்தாளர் ஜாம்பவான்கள் தங்கள் கருத்தை மிக அழகாக ,துல்லியமாக , சென்னை பற்றி கூறியிருப்பது ஒன்றும் வியப்பில்லை. 
சென்னை அன்றும் சரி ,இன்றும் சரி வந்தவர்களை ,வாழவைக்கும் ,அற்புதபூமி இங் கே பல அறிஞர்கள்,பேராசிரியர்கள் ,பல்கலை கழகங்கள் ,மற்றும் அரசியல் மேதைகள் ,உதித்த புண்ய பூமி .எல்லாவற்றுக்கும் மேலாக ,பல அரிய ,கலை மேதைகளையும் ,
திரைப்பட இயக்குனர்களையும்,தொழில் வல்லுனர்களையும் ,அறிமுகபடுத்திய பூமி.பல மாநிலங்களில் இருந்து வந்து ,நிரந்தரமாக ,தங்கிவிட்டவர்களை ஊக்குவித்த அறிய மண்

Friday, August 22, 2014

Article 365.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 23 August 14 (365)
Sad happening

I have seen many parents’ mental agony in India when something happens to their kith and kin. Recently a cop mistakenly shot an 18-year-old boy in a neighbouring state here in the US.  I  watched with concern the protest from the people against this unjustifiable act by the cop.

Police are supposed to be very careful before targeting the criminals. Unfortunately this victim was an 18-year-old innocent boy. When his parents appealed for justice for their son’s death I felt very sad and pained.

Whatever be the reason,  one cannot bring back a dead man to life. This week my experience was sad here in Denver. Pray for this innocent victim’s family.
K.Ragavan, Denver

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Chennai India on 22August 14
Great Loss
The Demise of B.KS.Iyengar is a great loss to the World of yoga.In his childhood,he had to over come tuberculosis,typhoid and malaria.But he went on to establish yoga talents before the  Mysore
maharaja and popularised it in the Western world.Many prominent personalities from various walks of life  are his devotees.May his soul rest in peace.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 21 August 14,UAE can achieve education goals
Your editorial UAE Must invest in world-class university faculty (August 18) was thought-provoking. I have seen the dramatic growth of the UAE over the years in all areas, and I am confident that the country will be able to overcome the hurdles to maintaining a high standard of teaching and research in private and federal universities. The authorities are well aware that this area needs more attention.
K Ragavan, US

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Life is Beautiful 229.

After that Ram was busy in his work.He saw Raj's mail about his arrival and the flight arrival time.
Still  one week left for his arrival.By that time Kathambari entered his cabin.
Good morning Ram,How are you.
Ram.I am fineWhat news.
Kathambari.Good news only.Today after noon i am going to meet Ministry for coverage.My appointat 3P.M.
Ram.Good.Coverage regarding
Kathambari. UAE and India will have good tie up in all areas ,particularly trading,labour,and tourism.after the new Indian government they want to have strong relationship with UAE.
Ram.Quite true.The Present government is started doing some thing for the interest of the people.
Over night they can not do miracles ,but there must me some change.
Kathambari Right,I want the Commonman  should have peaceful life with out any day to day problems.
Ram.That is most  important .That should be the top agenda for the new government.Any way all the best for your Coverage.
Kathambari.Thank you Ram.Friday  i am expecting you for the Pooja.
Ram.Certainly,Have a nice day.
Kathambari.Same to you Ram.
After her departure Ram got a call from Atkinson.
Hello Ram,How are you.
Ram.I am fine,Lizioli is coming to Dubai on Saturday.He will be visiting our office on Sunday.I want to inform you this.
Atkinson.Bye now.
By that time he received a call from Prasanna.
Good Morning Sir Our Principle ,Lizioli is coming here on Saturday.Most probably i will come to your office on sunday along with him.
Ram.Fine,I will be here only.
Prasanna.Iwant to keep you informed this.Bye
After his call Ram  was busy in  his work.
(tobe continued)
See You Next Week

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tribute to Cinematographer Mahesh MuthuSwami 312.

Today i remembered another interesting South Indian Film Personality  who has worked in three language films Tamil,Telugu and Hindi is none other than Cinematographer Mahesh MuthuSwami.Started his career with ace Cinematographer P.C.Sriram and  Ramji then started his own career.In his One decade film career he has worked with all  leading Directors Viz Mysskin,PandiRaj and others.Even though he has few handful of films to his credit ,he has established his identity.I have seen few films of this Cinematographer.Those films are ,Risk,(Hindi)
Anjathey,Vamsam,Nandalala,and KuttiPuli.He has bestowed Scholarship when he was studying in 2004 in Pune Film &Television Institute ,best Cinematographer for Nandalala from tamil magazine Aananda Vikatan ans Second Prize award for the Best student for the year 2004 from Pune Institute is worth to be mentioned here.Incidently he hails from the famous Pilgrim place Palani in tamilnadu.He was applauded by  his neat frame work by many.Today i am happy to tribute this talented Up coming Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Letter published in The National UAE on 17Aug 14Erdogan must live up to responsibility
Piotr Zalewski’s opinion article, Elected president, Erdogan to rule Turkey as 21st century sultan (August 10) reflected dramatic developments in Turkish politics.
Mr Erdogan is a controversial politician who has been bestowed with this responsibility.
I hope he is not only able to deliver better standards of administration but is also able to create good bilateral relationships in the region.
K Ragavan, United States

Friday, August 15, 2014

Article 364.

Article Published in The Gulf Today on 16 Aug(Article 364).

Actor nonpareil

The other day when I was watching news on my television, I was shocked to hear the demise of actor Robin Williams.  A few days back only I was watching one of his memorable films One Hour Photo. This film was different from his usual movies. 

The movie was touching and was a sentimental one. I couldn’t believe the actor was only 63, and he passed away. His memorable films like Mrs Doubtfire, Jumanji, and Aladdin are such movies that no one can forget easily. In this regard I remember a famous quote. The quote says, “Men may come and men may go, but people with remarkable achievement will stay forever. It is true about this actor.”

RIP Robin Williams.
K.Ragavan, Denver 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Bangalore India on 14,August 14
Rest in Peace
The demise of actor Robin Williams  is a great loss to theHollywood film industry.His rolls in films like  Mrs Doubt fire,and Jumanji are Unforgettable  and proved his mettle as a world-class actor.May his soul rest in peace.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life is Beautiful 228.

Next day Ram was   waiting for Ali to pick him to office.By that time he received a call from Raj
Good Morning Ram,How are you.
Ram.I am fine.How are you and family.
Raj.Fine .i Sent one mail to you
Ram.What is that regarding
Raj.I am planning to Visit Dubai next week.Kindly write to me a good hotel  where i can stay
Ram.The Best Hotel in Dubai Ram's Hotel
Raj.Is it.Where is the location.
Ram.My dear Raj, that is my house.You write to me your flight details .I will come and pick you.
Raj.I do n't want to disturb you.
Ram.I am your friend.You have to stay with me. know today the famous actor Robin Williams passed.
Ram.Yes,i Saw it in the news.Great actor.Jumanji and ,Mrs Doubt fire,no one can forget.I saw another movie recently  i for got the exact name.Photo One hour  like that.It was a memorable movie.The pity is he was only 63Years.
Raj.Yes,Iwill mail the flight details.
Ram.My regards to Murthy's family .
Raj.  i Will tell him.Hope to see you soon in the Golden city.T Care,Bye
Ram.You too take care.
After finishing the call Ali  rang the bell. Ram closed the door came and sat in the car.
The traffic was less and Ram reached the office five minitues before his normal time.
When he entered the reception he saw the news editor Pradhan.
Good morning Ram.
Ram.Same to you.How are you.
Pradhan.Fine,I was shocked to read the  demise of Robin Williams,one of the great actor.
Ram.Yes,he is a great actor who created a very big impact in the Holly wood.
Pradhan.I felt very sad.
Ram  I too.Have a nice day.
Pradhan.You too .Bye.
(tobe continued)
See You Next Week,


Letter Published in The National UAE on 1 3August 14Robin Williams’s death a great loss
The death of the actor Robin Williams was shocking. He created a big impact through the films such as Mrs Doubtfire and Aladdin. The characters he portrayed in these films are unforgettable. His death is a great loss to the film industry. I pray that his soul rests in peace.
K Ragavan, US

Monday, August 11, 2014

Tribute to Cinematographer Manoj Soni 311.

Today i am going to write another  interesting film personality from Bollywood film industry is none other than Cinematographer ManojSoni.He has worked with all the Leading actors Viz,RishiKapoor, Akshaya Kumar,John Abraham,and Directors Like Sajid Khan  and Others.Good neat shots both  indoor as well out door will be more visible in his movies.Even though he has more than Dozen films to his credit i have seen few films of this Cinematographer.Those films are,Karzz,House ful 2,Fareeb 2005,Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena,Na Tum JaanoNa Hum ,and Janat2008  He was associated with Director SajidKhan for many of his films.Today i am happy to tribute this  talented up  Coming Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Article 363.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 9 August 14  (363)
Bliss of nature

Last week I visited California from Denver. Usually the weather is hot, but to my good luck, the weather was very pleasant. I visited the famous Golden Gate bridge and was thrilled to see one of the greatest constructions of mankind. The Golden Gate bridge is the main and  famous tourist attraction in San Francisco. There is another famous place like the  Muir Woods US National Monument Park. It is an amazing place. The park which caters to pedestrians has superb biodiversity. Trees are preserved, natural habitat is very well maintained. It has some spectacular scenes to watch and beautiful pathways inside the forest like park. Other attractions are Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.

I also visited the famous vineyard of San Francisco. I had many memorable drives along the city. It was one of the best trips I had. The trip was even better when I met one of my old friends and we shared our old business memories back in those days. The trip was so soothing. What more do you need when you have such wonderful places on this planet? And yet we humans fight for little things and pollute the nature.
K.Ragavan, Denver

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Life is Beautiful 227.

Prasanna took the phone.Ram was on the other line.
Prasanna ,how are you.
Prasanna.I am fine sir,How are you.
Ram.I am fine. Today evening are you free.
Ram.I want to see the movie Two States.Kathambari told me it was a good movie in the recent.
Would you like to join with me.
Prasanna.Certainly.Which place.
Ram.Lamcy Plaza.Shall i come and pick you.
Prasanna.No ,sir.I got a direct bus . Which show you want to go.
Ram.Better ,3-30.P.M Will be ideal.Tomorrow we have to go to Kathambari's place for Satyanarayana Pooja.
Prasanna.Right Sir.This is ideal .I will be there at 3.0P.M.
Ram. I will see you there.
Prasanna kept the phone.He was thinking what a Coincidence, i too wanted to see this movie
I am happy i am going with Ram.
Exactly at 3P.M. He reached the  Theater.He bought two tickets .
After five minitues Ram came.
Sorry Prasanna,I was late by  five minitues.
Prasanna.No ,Problem Sir,Come let us go.
Lamzy Plaza Complex theater  was  a beautiful one .Good Sound System.
After the  movie Ram and Prasanna came to Venus Restaurant in Karama for Dinner.
When they entered the hotel Prasanna saw Chander was  sitting inside.
Chander.Hello Prasanna,pleasant surprise.
Prasanna.Yes,How about you
Chander.How are you  Mr Ram.
Ram .I am fine.How is your Job.
Chander.Fine Sir,I am enjoying my job.I got a good boss.
Prasanna.No,Chander.I am trained by this boss He Showed  Ram.
Ram.I am  not Boss.Our big boss is God .
After finishing the Dinner Ram left the place reached home.Prasanna also reached his place.
(to be continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Tribute to Cinematographer M.S.Prabhu 310.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the South Indian film industry is none other than Cinematographer M.S.Prabhu.Known for his remarkable work in Tamil and Hindi films.Started his career with Stalwart P.C.SreeRam  and later became an independent Cinematographer.Even though he has Lot of films to his credit i have seen few of this Cinematographer's movies.Those movies are Bulandi,Ekk Deewana tha (Hindi)Thavamai Thavamirunthu,Ayan,Pirivom Santhipom,Nee thane En POn Vasantham,Sura,Koodal Nagar and Mahanadi (Tamil)..He has worked with all the leading Directors and Popular actors Like KamalHassan,Prabhu,Vijay ,and many others.One  of the talented Cinematographers who  liked by  the film fraternity.Good shots both in Indoor and Out Door are visible in his frame Work.Today i am happy to tribute this  talented Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Letter Published in Thendral USA On August 14

தங்கள் எழுத்தாளர்  வரிசை மிகவும் அருமை. முது பெரும் எழுத்தாளர் ரா.கி  ரங்கராஜன் ஒரு சிறந்த கதாசிரியர் ,பத்திரிகையாளர்,திறமை உள்ளவர்களை  ஊக்குவிப்பதில் வல்லவர். இவர் அறிமுகப்படுத்திய யாரும் சோடை போனதில்லை .இவர் படைத்த மூலக்கதை  சுமைதாங்கி ,மறைந்த இயக்குனர் ஸ்ரீதருக்கு பெருமை தேடித்தந்த படம். குமுதம் பத்திரிகையில் நீண்டகாலம்  பணியாற்றியவர்.எல்லோராலும்  விரும்பப்பட்டவர். எளிய வாழ்க்கை மேற்கொண்டவர். அவருக்கு  அஞ்சலி.
கே.ராகவன்  ,டென்வர் , கொலராடோ 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Article 362.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on  2August 14(362).

Tune bonds

I attended an Indian festival at a downtown area in Denver last week. It was colourful and participants sang popular Bollywood songs. There were attendees from all age groups. It was interesting to watch local people dance along with the music. I realised that Bollywood actors are popular in the US just like they are in the UAE. It is true that music has the ability to break borders and enhance integration among various cultures. 
K. Ragavan, Denver