Sunday, November 30, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Chennai India on 1Dec 14
Cricket Mafia
A Propos of Power  &Politics(TNSE Nov 30).Power and sports play a Vital role in India.The Supreme court's recent comments on the BCCI'S functioning were damning.Sport should be played in the right spirit,leaving out  any room for betting.Sport people and administrators can not betray the trust of the people.Politics and sports  are separate and it should be respected.One hopes the SC Verdic twill favour millions ofcricket fans in India.

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAEon 30 Nov 14   Death High lights danger of sport     I was saddened by the news of Phillip Hughes’s death.
Even though professional cricket players receive lucrative salary packages, they do take great risk on the playing field.
K Ragavan, India

Friday, November 28, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Bengaluru  India on 29Nov 14
Rampal's Arrest
Your Power &Politics(TNSEnOV 23)was meaningful and interesting.Rampal's arrest is yet another case how people's misplaced faith in god man  can have dangerous consequences.Unfortunately this also puts genuine swamis under a cloud ofsuspicion.

Article 379.

Article Published in The Gulf  Today  uae On 29 Nov  14, (379)

Age is a mere number

A few days ago, senior members celebrated an event in our club. Many members brought their own dishes. It was a gala occasion with more than 74 members participating. My wife prepared a sweet dish. 

Some members sang the melodious songs of Kishore Kumar and Mohammed Rafi. As I am barred from consuming sweets, I enjoyed the sweet voice of our members. 

I realised singing and being merry have nothing to do with age or voice. A shining example in this is Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan.
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Bengaluru  India on 26Nov 14
Give Generously
Your report on DRDO donating a chariot worth ₹5 crore to Nandi temple in Pune district
made an interesting read (TNIE, Nov 23)This was a good gesture indeed.The DRDO's comments on social responsibilitywas laudable.Other organisations should also give donations for noble  causes.

Life is Beautiful 243.

For the past few days Mysore was very cold.After retiring from C.F.T.R.I Ananda Rao used to go for a long walk. But he could not make it because of the weather.Today he wanted to go out  to see Prasanna's mother.The reason was his Cousin from Shimoga has sent his daughters horoscope to look for a good bridegroom.Since Ananda rao knows Prasanna he wanted to  give the horoscope to  his mother  wheather that will match for  her son.He reached Prasannas house by auto.His Mother welcomed him.
Mother.Namaskara,Please come.
Ananda rao.Namaskara,How are you.Are you getting mails from Prasanna.
Mother.No mails.Weekly once he calls.He is very happy there wanted me to come permanently.But i am not interested because i can not miss Sri Venkatramana swamy  of Vontikoppal.
Ananda rao.True.
Mother. i will get you coffee.
Ananda rao.No Just now i had I  came here to give my cousin daughter's horoscope for Prasanna.If it  matches to Prasanna's horoscope i will be very happy.I want to give our girl to a boy like prasanna.Please take this horoscope.
Mother.Thank you for your interest on Prasanna.I  will ask Prasanna to send by email.I do n't have a copy .Prasanna has stored in his Computer.
Ananda rao.No Problem,let him send.Mean time you can find out the matching.
Mother.I will give it to our family astraloger and find out the matching.
Ananda rao.O.K.I will make a move.Good night.
Mother.Take care,be careful while going it is very dark because to day Amavasai
Ananda rao.That is why i came today to give the horoscope.
Mother I too believeAmavasai is a good day for begining any goodthing.
After he left Mother Was receiving a call from Rajs wife Nirmala
Hello Aunty,how are you
Mother.I am fine,how are you and  How is Raj
Nirmala.Today he spoke to me.He met Prasanna in Dubai and he is fine.
(to be continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tribute to Writer Thiaga Rajan (Ashoka Mitran)326.

Today i am going to pen another interesting personality in the Tamil literary field is none other than writer Thiagarajan popularly Known as Ashoka Mitran.Started his career with the famous Gemini studios for a decade.His personal experience with his book My Years With Boss has be come popular.Later he became a full time writer in the name of Ashoka Mitran.Three decades back his  works were translated in to English and he became popular.He was the Editor of the famouls tamil literary magazine Kanaiyaazhi is worth to be mentioned here.His creations are with Simplicity and clarity of thought.More than 200 Short stories and Novels are his credit.He was bestowed with  many awards from various organisations including NTR Vignan Trust. In 1996 he was awarded Sahitya Academy Award for his work AppavinSnegidhar.Even though he has many stories to his credit i have read few of this Stalwart.Those stories are,Anbin Parisu,Thanneer,and few short stories which i could nt recollect.He is one of the few writers respected  in the Tamil Literary World.Apart from India his works was translated  European Languages . Writing is an art particularly Creating Unforgetable stories and Novels is great.Today i am happy to tribute this Great Writer.
See You Next Week,

Friday, November 21, 2014

Article 378.

Article 378.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 22 Nov 14 (378).

After a long time

Recently, I attended a wedding of my cousin’s daughter in Chennai. Seeing me, most of my relatives were surprised. The reason is I could not attend any of my relatives’ marriage for the past 17 Years.

I was away in the beautiful land of the UAE. I was happy to see my cousins. Some had grown tall and some had put on weight. They also spotted a lot of changes in me, particularly my weight, which had reduced.

Apart from good friendship, good relatives are also an important part of life.
K. Ragavan


Letter Published in The National UAE on 17Nov 14

Hostile policy will backfire
With regard to the article Shooting fuels clashes in Israel (November 10), Israel is only multiplying its enemies. The Israeli leadership should realise the dangers of indicriminate killing of Palestininans that will backfire on them.
K Ragavan, India

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Life is Beautiful 242.

Ram and Raj were  returning from the office to Ram's house.While going Raj was asking Ram,
Why dont you tell Kathambari aboutPrasanna.Both will be  a good match.
Ram. Both are Good match .I have to tell her Mother.How to start i am thinking.
Raj.Why not you initate this on  friday.
Ram.Let me try
They reached home.After finishing  their wash Ram asked Raj,
I am taking you a good  hotel for night tiffin.It is close to our house.We will watch T.V.for some time.
Ram switched the T.V.Watching the news Times Now.
Raj.I too like this Channel.Debates are good.Arnab's powerful voice i like.He is Bold
Ram.Yes,at times he wo nt allow the other man to talk. Above all he is very good.
Raj.Yes,Recent Chattisgarh incident was very sad.
Ram. Yes,fake drugs should not be allowed .The drug manufactures should be punished severely.
Raj.I think today night Arnab is having debate on this.
Ram.Let us watch.
Raj.Ram i want to ask you one thing.Hope you wo n't mistake me.
Ram.No Raj
Raj.Why you have not married. Not interested
Ram.Not like that.Time has  not come earlier  which was carried for years.
Raj.I thought any affair was failed
Ram .No .
Raj.Sorry ,i wanted to find out.You are a gem of a man
Ram.You too.
By that time Ram received a call from his office
Ram sir, today 9P.M News we can cover Chattisgarh .i Want your approval
Ram.O.K.You can cover.Regarding the Drug  firms also you can elaborately cover.
Office.O.K.Sir ,Good night.
Ram.Good night.
After watching the news they left for the Hotel to have tiffin.
(To be continued).
See You Next Week,
P.S. As I am away for five days i am preponing this Column.

Tribute to Director Ravi Chopra 325.

Today i remembered another interesting film personality from Bollywood  film industry is none other than Director RaviChopra.Started with his father Late B.R.Chopra gave a memorable T.V.Serial Maha bharat the great Indian Epic.He  has introduced talented young artists who became popular in the big screen.Those are Mukesh Khanna and Punit ishar is worth to be mentioned here.
After a big hit of Maha bharat he entered in to Big  screen.He gave  few remarkable movies  in which stalwarts  Amitabh Bachan,Vinod khanna,Late Vinod Mehra,Dharmendra,Jeetendra ,Hema malini,Paresh Rawal and many others.acted. The Burning train was  nicely taken by him and the Beautiful Cinematography by Dharam Chopra.I have seen few films of this Director.Those movies are ,The Burning Train Zameer,,Bagh Ban and Baabul./ Known for his family dramas with emotion and message to the audience.Baag Ban gave him a big name.Amitabh bachchan, Paresh Rawal ,and Hema Malini  gave a memorable performance..One of the few talented Directors respected  by  the film fraternity.From Maha Bharat serial he came    to a great position.Unfortunately he passed few days back suffering with lung ailment made a great loss to the film industry. Even though he departed from us his remarkable movies in front of us particularly Baag Ban.Today i am happy to tributethis Late Director.
See You Next Week,
P.S.As i am away for five days i am preponing this colum

Friday, November 14, 2014

Article 377

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 15 Nov 14 (377)

Destiny of a Car lift

The other day, I was waiting for a bus. The two buses that arrived were full and I had to skip them. 

The reason is even though special seats are allotted for senior citizens in buses, many young people occupy the seats and do not bother to respect the system. 

My thinking was distracted by a car horn. When I saw the person inside the vehicle, I was pleasantly surprised to see none other than a friend whom I had got acquainted with in the US recently.

He was happy to see me and asked to get inside the car. He remarked that he was in India to see his relatives. 

He dropped me at my place, leaving me contemplating about the role of destiny in life. 

I missed two buses and here is a man from far-off America in his car volunteering to drop me. Strange are the ways of destiny. 
K. Ragavan

My Comment in Thendral Magazine USA

My Comment in Thendral Magazine USA.ஏன் இந்த அவல நிலை ?
கடந்த சில மாதங்களாக மனிதன் மிருகத்தை விட கொடியவனாக மாறிவிட்டதை நினைக்கும்போது நெஞ்சம் பதறுகிறது.தினம்தோறும் காலையில் பேப்பர் பார்க்கும்போது நம் கண்களுக்கு தெரிவது கற்பழிப்பு ஒன்று தான். மிககொடுமை சிறு குழந்தைகள் 3 வயது லிருந்து ஆரம்பம் 
ஆகிறகொடுமை .ஏன் மனிதன் இப்படி பேதலித்து குழந்தைகள் என்றும் பாராமல் மிருகங்களை விட கொடியவனாக மாறிவிட்டான்,?அரசாங்கம் இந்த விசயத்தில் மிகவும் மெத்தனமாக செயல் புரிகிறது .நீதி துறை மெதுவாக நீதி வழங்குகிறது.அந்த காலத்திற்குள் மேலும் பல குழந்தைகள் ,பெண்கள் கற்பு பறிபோகிறது. பெற்றோர்கள் குழந்தைகளை பள்ளிக்கு அனுப்ப பயபடுகிரர்கள் . அரசாங்கம் சட்டத்தை திருத்தி அமைத்து கடுமையாக நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.அவர்கள் கொடுக்கும் தண்டனை மீண்டும் இந்த செயல் செய்ய மற்றவர்களை தூண்டாமல் ஒரு பாடமாக இருக்கவேண்டும்.
பாடம் சொல்லிகொடுக்கும் ஆசிரியர்கள் தங்கள் கடமையை மனம் மாறாமல் செய்யவேண்டும்.நல்ல சிந்தனைகளையும் ,எண்ணங்களையும் மாணவர்கள் மேல் செலுத்த வேண்டும்.எல்லா ஆசிரியர்களும் மனம் மாறி நடக்க மாட்டார்கள். இது குழந்தைகளுக்கு ஏற்பட்டிருக்கும் அவல நிலை.
குடும்ப கட்டுப்பாடு என்ற பெயரில் நடந்த பெண்களின் இழப்பு ,மருத்துவர்களின் ,அலட்சிய போக்கு இது சத்தீஸ்கரின் அவல நிலை?
இந்தியா முதல் பிரதமர் நேரு வின் 125 ஆண்டு விழாவிற்கு இன்றைய
பிரதமருக்கு அழைப்பு அனுப்பாதது அரசியல் அவல நிலை .
மறந்த கவிஞர் கண்ணதாசனின் பாடல் எனக்கு நினைவு வருகிறது. மனிதன் மதத்தில் ஏறி விட்டான் அன்று இன்று மனிதன் மிருகமாக மாறிவிட்டான்..இந்த அவல நிலை நீங்க தூய்மையான எண்ணம் வேண்டும் நல்ல சிந்தனை ,இறை வழிபாடு வேண்டும் .மற்றவர்களை
அன்புடன் . வேறு பாடின்றி பார்க்க வேண்டும்.மிருகத்தனமான எண்ணங்கள் இதன் மூலம் மாறலாம் .இது என் கருத்து

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Letter Published in The New Indian Express Bangalore India on 12Nov 14,
Surgery Deaths
This refers to the death of  11 women in Chattisgarhafter undergoing sterili -sation surgery.Medical
camps should be conducted with utmost care.A thorough investigation should be carried out to unearth the lapses in the procedure  and bring justice  to the Victims.

Life is Beautiful 241.

After reaching the office Ram received a call from Murthy.
How are you Ram,How is Raj.
Ram.Murthy Raj is fine.How is your family.I will give it to Raj.
Raj took the phone from Ram.Hello Murthy i am fine.Ram is taking care of me.Today we had lunch with his M.D.
Murthy.How is Dubai Raj
Raj.Dubai is  very nice.Big buildings ,Malls and Lovely Metro.Shortly Tram  also coming.Lovely Country.Lot of Indians are working here.
Murthy.You can go to our office and meet Prasanna.
Raj.Today  he came for lunch.Good delicious Lunch we had.
Murthy.Good,Give it to  Ram.
Ram took the phone,Murthy tell me.What  news in Mysore.
Murthy.Oh all good news only.The new government is doing a good job.But it takes some time for set right every thing.
Ram.I Know,Over night they can not do any thing.How is your Company.
Murthy.Fine,our Dubai business is improving.Prasanna is doing a good job.
Ram.Yes,How is his mother.
Murthy.She is fine.She wants  to see her Son's marriage.Last week she told my wife over phone.
Ram. i am also thinking on that.
Murthy.If you think that will happen.Take care ,Bye now.
Ram.You too take care.
By that time Kathambari entered Ram's cabin.
Ram i want to invite Raj and you for lunch.Mummy asked me to  inform this.
Ram.Fine When
Kathambari.Coming friday .
Ram.Day after tomorrow.
Kathambari.Yes, i am inviting Prasanna also.
Ram.Did Mummy asked to invite him.
Kathambari.I told he is your friend and he is staying alone.
Kathambari.Ok.Raj we will meet on friday.I will  pick you guys.
Raj.Thank you.
After Kathambari left Raj  asked Ram
Kathambari is a Smart girl.
Ram.Yes,Smart and well behaved girl.
 After that Ram was busy in covering the news  which was sent by Raj's office.
(to be continued).
See You Next Week,

Monday, November 10, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 10Nov 14  We’re indebted to Sheikh Zayed
Sheikh Zayed was a visionary leader and the main architect of modern UAE (How Zayed’s legacy endures, November 2), which is why he will remain in our memory forever. Emiratis and expatriates are all indebted to him.
K Ragavan, India

Tribute to Writer V.Vikraman 324.

Today i remembered another interesting personality from the Tamil Stories,Novels and Historical Novels is none other than  Vembu Vikraman popularly known as Vikraman. From his school days
his interest was writing  school magazine by name Tamil Chudar was acclaimed by famous writers Kalki Krishnamurthe ,Rajaji  and A.K.Gopal chettiar.He has spent more than five decades in the old popular Tamil Magazine Amudasurabi.He was very popular for his historical novelswhich was attracted more of his readers because of his language .He was bestowed Kalaimamani award from Tamil NaduGovernment in 1991 and Many Honurs from Various Organisations.He was also associated with Tamil writers associationon various capacities.He has also traveled Widely most important Countries like Singapore,Paris ,Dubai and far east countries.His stories Collection,Travel books and Historical novels was welcomed by thousands of readers.He was respected in the Writers
forum.I have read few of this Great writer.Those  books are,RatnaHaram,NandipurathuNayagi and Chittaravalli.Some short stories i could n't remember.His father was worked in Railways who has contributed the survey work of Famous Pamban bridge is worth to be mentioned here.His father was also associated with famous Sudesamitran magazine in those days.He was the editor for many popular magazines like Kuruvi,Sundari and many other magazines.One of the few writers who are well versed in Short stories,Novels and Historicals particularly Connected with Chola Dynasty period.Today i am very happy to tribute this Excellent Writer who contributed many creations to millions of readers.
See you Next Week,

Saturday, November 8, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 9 Nov 14Corruption fight will not be easy
I would like to comment on the editorial Cleaning India’s greasy palms (November 5).
The fact that that India ranks 94th out of 177 on a global corruption index is not so bad.
The present government under prime minister Narendra Modi is taking all the measures it can to fight this menace.
Corruption is so widespread across all transactions in India that it will be a tough task for Mr Modi to eradicate it. It may take time.
K Ragavan, India

Friday, November 7, 2014

Article 376.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 8 Nov 14 (376)SPORTIVE SPIRIT
Last week, my grandchildren invited me to watch their final basketball match at a famous stadium. The enthusiasm of the participating kids left me amazed. The rapid speed at which they passed the ball and scored points was inspiring. I felt happy that the technology days have not scuttled the zeal of children when it comes to outdoor activities. My grandchildren’s team gave a tough fight, but lost the match. I was happy they took it in the right spirit. After all, in sports not everyone can win. In fact, I feel the one with the best sportive spirit is the true winner. 
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


My Comment in Thendral Tamil Magazine USA on 3Nov 14
அன்புள்ள ஆசிரியர் அவர்களுக்கும்  மற்றும் இதர ஆசிரியர் குழுவினருக்கும்  எனது இனிய தீபாவளி நல வாழ்த்துக்கள்.உங்கள் அக்டோபர் இதழும் அருமையாக இருந்தது  வழக்கம் போல் வக்கீல்
பணி புரிந்து கொண்டே  மிக அழகாக நகைச்சுவை உணர்வோடு கதைகள்  எழுதி மக்கள்  மனதை கவர்ந்தவர் விஜய   ராகாவச்சரியர்  . ஹிந்து பத்திரிகையில் வெளியான கோவில் யானைக்கு   சாத்துவது வடகலை நாமமா அல்லது தென்கலை நாமமா மக்களிடை  மிகுந்த வரவேற்பு பெற்றது. இவரை அறிமுக படுத்திய பெருமை மறைந்த கல்கி அவர்களை சேரும். பின்பு ராஜாஜி போன்ற அறிஞர்களால்  பாராட்டு பெற்றவர்  விஜய ரகாவச்சரியர் .இவர் கதைகள் ஆங்கிலத்திலும் மொழி பெயர்கபட்டுள்ளது . ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் நீங்கள் அறிமுகபடுத்தும்   எழுத்தாளர்கள்  அருமை. 
டென்வரில்  ஆரம்பித்த   நான் உங்கள் இதழை பங்களூர் வந்தும் 
தொடந்து படிக்கிரியன்.
குமார் காஸ்ட்லஸ்
பெங்களூர் 560061

Life is Beautiful 240.

After the lunch Prasanna to ld Atkinson
Thank you Mr Atkinson for the  delicious lunch.I will take leave.
Atkinson.Not at all Prasanna.We will meet again.Take care ,Bye now.
Prasanna.O.K.i  will make a move.He was searching for Kathambari.She came from the  Wash room.
Kathambari.When we can meet again.
Prasanna.It's left you.Keep in touch with me.
Kathambari.O.K. See you later.Bye now.
Ram ,Raj was coming with Atkinson in his car.
Kathambari left to meet a client.
While driving Atkinson was asking Raj
Raj hope you enjoyed the lunch.
Raj.Very much.It was delicious and clean.
Atkinson.Yes,the restaurant is known for it's cleanliness and taste.
Ram.Yes Raj.Today the preparation was very nice.
Raj was enjoying the big buildings of shaikh Zayed road
Ram all the building construction is nice and strong.
Ram.Here Government is strict and monitor the construction  work periodically wheather genuine  materialsare used or not.Many buildings construction  are more than fifty years.
Raj.Good, Recently in big metropolitan cities in India many buildings collapsed because of poor construction .
Ram.I read in papers.This is mainly due to poor quality materials and lack of supervision from contractors.
Atkinson.Yes,Hope this new administration will take care of this issue.
Raj.We are all hoping the new government will take care.
By that time Raj's mobile phone was ringing
Raj.Hello Raj here. is it  Unbelievable.OK. Send the details to Ram.I will ask them to cover.Bye
Ram.What is that Raj.
Raj.You know  G.K.Vasan from the congress party resigned going to form his own in Tamil nadu.
Atkinson.Is it. Shocking news
Ram.Not for us.For congress party this may be a shocking one.
By that time Atkinson reached the office.
(to be continued0.
SeeYou Next Week,

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Tribute to Writer S.V.V.

Today i remembered another interesting personality who has created a big impact in tamil stories and articles is none other than S.V.Vijaya raghavachariar ,Popularly known as S.V.V.  As a Lawyer he has created a big impact seven decades  back in his  article Elephant's creed in Court  in the popular news daily The Hindu was worth to be mentioned here.This article gave him a good name and fame for his writing later he was writing regularly in The Hindu .All his articles was liked by top personalities  like Rajaji,(Late).Seeing his writings the then famous writer (Late) Kalki (Ra.Krishnamurthy ) wanted him to contribute  his creations in Tamil.Instigated by the great Stalwart Kalki S.V.V'S first  tamil story was published  in the famous Weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan in July 1933.That story was applauded by  Many including famous Rajaji. His writings are comedy with meaningful and related to  life and happenings.He was the  roll model for the famous writers came later.Those writers are Thumilan,Devan and Nadodi is important.He has written many Stories ,articles ,andMany comedy stories.I have read few of his creations.Those are ,Bommi,Puthu Matupen
one or two i could n't remember.  His English and Tamil writings was with authenticity and meaningful. He was working in Thiru vannamalai in his earlier days as Lawyer the famous place for Karthikai Deepam festivel whish is  due in few days. Even though he has departed six decades back
his remarkable creations are in front of us.Till his last days he was Contributing  his famous writings to The Hindu and Ananda Vikatan .Today i am happy to tribute this Lawyer cum Writer.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Letter Published in The National UAE on 2Nov 14Gender gap will harm India
I was saddened by the news that India has slid in gender equality ranking (India slips into 114 in gender gap, October 29). Gender inequality will hurt the country in every way.
One area where it will be felt most is the economy. The Modi government has every reason to address this issue with urgency.
K Ragavan, India