Friday, July 31, 2015

Article 414.

Article  Published in The Gulf Today UAE  on 1August 15,(Article 414)

An inspirational figure

A few days back I was watching on TV former Indian President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam’s funeral. More than half a million people from different parts of India had come to pay their last respects to this great Leader, Scientist and above  all a wonderful human being. I was remembering one incident when I was in the UAE.

The former president was addressing a meeting in Abu Dhabi, if I am correct. During his address, he identified a driver whom he knew. He called him and discussed with him his job and family. This made me admire his simple and down-to-earth nature. He is a teacher, scientist, politician and above all a good visionary for his country’s future. He was respected by people from all walks of life, particularly students. One of the  few rare leaders who command respect. I salute this great personality.


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE  On August 1 ,15,Former Indian President created ripples in our minds   Wise and knowledgeable

The death of Abdul Kalam was sad and painful to read about. The demise of the 84-year-old former Indian head of state is a great loss to the world. He was liked by one and all, particularly from the student community. He was known for his simplicity, administrative talents, vast knowledge in his field and, above all, for being a wonderful human being. May he rest in peace.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 30 July 15,Unfortunate boating accident
The Nile party boat that was hit by a cargo ship, and resulted in the death of 21 people, was a sad issue to read about. This tragic incident took place in Egypt’s Nile river when a cargo ship crashed into the engagement celebrations. This is condemned as recklessness on the part of the captain that was steering the ship. In nine years, this is the second such tragic accident. Will the Egyptian government look into it and take precautionary measures in the future?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 29July 15,

Regarding deregulation of oil prices  .Will companies increase pay?

The deregulation will certainly cause people to take a hit. Those who are not getting the support of petrol allowances from their workplaces, will think twice before filling their fuel tanks. Public transportation and carpooling with friends may become preferred options by many. It’s also possible that many companies will not increase salaries due to this, since they have their own policies. This increase will affect salaried people, but may also help with the traffic congestion.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India 

Life is Beautiful 278.

Next day evening Ram was starting for the Lintas Group party.Suddenly he received a call from Mr Atkinson. He was surprised why by this time he is calling
Hello Mr Atkinson, I am just starting for the party
Atkinson.For that only i am calling.I received a call from Lintas Group PRO they have canceled their party today
Ram.Is it,May i know the reason
Atkinson. Half an hour  back they saw the demise  news of former Indian President Abdul Kalam
Ram.Yes ,i saw in the Times Now .Great leader with simplicity
Atkinson.I admire his qualities ,his devotion  and above all his vision and dream
Ram.Lintas has done a good thing post poned the party.
Atkinson.That is the reason i called you.
Ram.Thank you .Take care ,Bye now.
Atkinson.Bye .
After few minitues Ram received a call from Raj.
Hello Ram,You  know the news
Ram.Yes,I saw it in the T.V.
Raj.I am sending the details of the Great Leader to cover.
Ram.It is a pleasure to cover in our Channel.
Raj.For that reason only i called.Bye now.
After that Ram received few more calls from his Clients and Prasanna.Kathambari was feeling for the Leader's departure.She loves Kalam for his Simplicity and Knowledge.
Ram was also feeling for this great man. He also understood  departure is inevitable.
That evening was a sad evening for Ram.Not only for Ram for his Channel also.
Birth and death is a continuousprocess no one can deny.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 27, 2015

Tribute to Cinematographer A.Sabapathy 361.

Today i remembered another interesting film personality from the Tamil film industry is none other than Cinematographer  A.Sabapathy. Three decades back he has given good remarkable movies with top class actors and Directors is worth to be mentioned here.Good shots will be more  visible from his indoor and out door frame work.Even though he has given many movies few remarkable movies i have seen.Those films are,GopurangalSaivathillai,Karagattakaran,Nooravathu Naal,Chinnavar,Aruva velu,Vaathiyar Veetupillai,Jallikattu and Muthal vasantham.Few films i could n't remember.I  always remember  old movies and technicians.Today i remember this talented Cinematographer who has created a big impact three and half decades back.
See You Next week,

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News Uae on 26July 15 Facebook debate: License to kill?
Is it sending the wrong message to youth if they are allowed to learn how to shoot guns?Results in murders

This gun culture is more predominant in the US. Young people should not be given licences and should be allowed to use a gun only in the shooting range with proper instructors. Because of this culture, many shooting incidents have resulted in the murder of innocent people. Gun culture aggravates vengeful attitudes. In my opinion, this should not be allowed.

From Mr Ragavan Krishnamachary

Friday, July 24, 2015

Article 413.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 25July 15 (413).
Slap in the wrist
I met an old colleague of mine after a long time at a shopping complex in Bengaluru (India). This guy was working with me in my company for a decade. He is a jolly good fellow and an excellent humorist.
He used to do mimicry like our boss.
And on one such occasion, he was caught in our cycle meeting room while imitating our immediate boss. We thought he would get expelled for his act. At that time the boss only said, “I will see you soon.” We knew something was coming. As he was called to see the boss, we were praying he should be let off with a warning or a slap in the wrist.
You will be surprised at the punishment he got from the boss.
The boss handed him a small memento for his brilliant imitation act. We were surprised to see the memento.
I am yet to come cross a person like my old boss who was sportive and take things in the right spirit.
We exchanged pleasantries after a cup of tea and departed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Life is Beautiful 277.

Next day Morning Ram received a call from Vasanthy.
Good morning Ram,How are you.
Ram.I am fine Some how rather i am unable to meet you.
Ram.I know.I am also feeling the same.Tell me what  for you called me early morning.
Vasanthy.I want to discuss with you  of Kathambari's marriage.
Ram.Tell me,when i can  come for the discussions.
Vasanthy.Coming friday .You can bring Prasanna along with you.
Ram.Sure,what time
Vasanthy.You can come for lunch.
Ram.Certainly.Howis Kathambari.
Vasanthy.She is in the bath room.Take care.Eager to  see you
Ram.Bye,you too take care.
After that Ram was busy in the morning routine ready for Ali to go to office.
While going  he saw lot of decorations for the EID  Festival..
Ali,this year decorations are more comparing to last year
Ali.Yes sir,this year the decorations are more and government is going to do more charity on EID.
Ram.You are right.
By that time Ali reached the office.
Ram entered his cabin.Atkinson was calling
Good morning Ram,How are you.Today you are going to attend  the Eid party
Atkinson.I got the Invitation from Lintas Group.
Ram.Fine, Why do n'tyou
Atkinson.This year i want you should go.I will see you later.Bye now.
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tribute to Music Director M.S.Viswanathan 360.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from South Indian film industry is none other than Late Music Director Mellisai Mannar M.S.Viswanathan.  After his father's demise he struggled and came up was laudable.Listening the famous NeelaKanta Bhagavathar's class room  out side and learned harmonium.Later Neela Kanta Bhagavathar arranged for his three hour Concert is worth to be mentioned here. He started his career with the famous music director S.M.Subbaiah naidu  and later become an independent music director.He has composed more than 1000 Tamil  films  and other  languages  also.Worked with all top class actors and Directors created a very big impact in his six and half decades film career.He has also acted in  few  films in memorable rolls.With out much advancement in music instruments in those days  his music was very melodious and till today fans are humming is remarkable.He has  Won many awards,and Life time achievement award from different organisations. Even though i have seen plenty of his movies few memorable films i still remember.Those films are,Ithayakani,Rickshakaran,Moondru deivangal,Kannan en kathalan,Ulagam Sutrum Valiban,Urimaikural,Servar Sundaram,Roja vanam,Kathal Mannan,Thedivantha Mapilai,The Combination of Singer T.M.Soundarrajan and M.S.Viswanathan has createda big hit in those days is not a exaggerated one.Uyarntha Manithan was another good movie he has given. I have  mentioned this tribute to this late Legend to my little knowledge and if there is any error  should be ignored.His demise is a great loss to the music world particulary tamil film industry.Known for his Simplicity, liked by one and all from the film fraternity.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, July 18, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 19,July 15 Facebook debate: Evolving cinema technology
Readers debate whether new cinema technology is improving or demeaning the film industry
PUBLISHED: 14:15 JULY 18, 2015 Gulf News
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Trust the experts
The new digital technology is to a certain extent threatening the old production houses, as established companies are now changing to this concept. Despite new technology and innovations, the term “old is gold” is often used by experts as they are well experienced in filmmaking, and they are the ones who were ruling the industry for decades. Digital may not take a shape.
From Mr K. Ragavan Krishnamachary
Bengaluru, India

Friday, July 17, 2015


Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 18July 15, (Article 412)

Tribute to Omar Sharif

The other day I was watching the news of the demise of the great actor, Omar Sharif, and was shocked. A few days back I was discussing Hollywood actors with my friend and Omar Sharif figured in our conversation. 

We were discussing his  remarkable movies. The Egyptian actor created a big impact in Hollywood movies particularly Doctor Zhivago, MacKenna’s Gold, Genghis Khan, wonderful Lawrence of Arabia and many more. 

He was a versatile, stylish actor whom I admired. 

His departure is a great loss to the film industry as well as the Egyptian people. 

Men may come and men may go but a few people will be remembered for ever.

Omar Sharif occupies pride of place in the pantheon of great actors for his memorable roles.


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 18July 15,

Readers write about the international influence of Nelson Mandela on International Nelson Mandela DayChanging South Africa
There is no doubt that Mandela created a revolution, forever marking his name in South Africa’s history, and it is laudable. Even though he was described as part of a terrorist organisation in 1987 by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, after a three-hour long discussion in 1990, he changed the image of South Africa. Even though Mandela has departed, millions of people pay tribute to this great leader who believed in peace. I salute this leader on this occasion. He played a major role in South African people’s welfare and prosperity.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 17July 15Sad departure of a legend
The Gulf News story about the legendary actor Omar Sharif dying at age 83, came as sad news (‘Omar Sharif to be buried in Egypt’, Gulf News, July 13). The Egyptian-born actor’s demise is a great loss for the film world. He is known for his performances in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Genghis Khan and many others. Doctor Zhivago brought him fame and some of his movies subsequently went for Oscar nominations. His role as one of the stylish villains in Mackenna’s Gold, no one can forget. I pray for the departed legendary actor.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Letter Published in The New Indian Express India On 16July 15,
Stampede,Govt's Failure
Regarding the Pushkaram stampede,despite earlier experiences,the government has failed to deploy adequate number of guards for devotees protection.What ever the compensationdeclared,precious lives lost can not be returned.


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 15July,15Party integrity is damaged
I read Gulf News’ story about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) planning 100,000 meetings in the next 100 days to counter the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (‘BJP targets 100,000 meetings in 100 days’, Gulf News, July 10). On the one hand, I applaud the BJP’s strategy to hold 100,000 meetings, but on the other hand, they should realise that getting a majority is not going to secure a permanent position — neither in the centre, nor in the state. Only delivering with a non-corrupt government can remain forever. The recent scams have damaged the party’s integrity and reputation. Will they overcome this and enter into the much-talked about state of Bihar? We have to wait and see.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Life is Beautiful 276.

Ram entered his Cabin.After seeing the mails in the in box he received a call from Raj
Gd morning Ram.How are you.Today i will be sending detailed mail on the recent verdict by SCPanel on the IPL Scam.
Ram.Yesterday i saw the news in the Indian Channels.Shameful .
Raj.I will be sending to you  for   good coverage in your channel.
Raj.BY now,take care.Regards to all our friends.
Ram.Same to you.
After that Ram was completely busy with his work.
In the Lunch Kathambari came to see Ram.
Ram,do you know my favorite team was banned for two years. are talking about Chennai Super king.
Ram.Cricket is one of the Sophisticated and talented game should go for gambling.The judgement has rightly given.
Kathambari.I agree with you.I felt bad for Chennai Super king.How about your lunch
Ram.I am thinking of ordering
Kathambari.No need.I brought  more chapathis and   Curd rice.
Ram.Why  today
Kathambari.Just like that.I want to share with you today
Ram.As you wish.
After finishing the lunch Ram received another call
Ram.Hello,who is that
Prasanna.SirIt 's me.My phone i have for gotten  to take. This is from our office
Ram.Tell me what is the matter ,How is Murthy
Prasanna.He is fine.Only i am little upset
Ram.What happen
Prsanna.My favorite team Rajasthan Royals was banned for two years.
Ram.Yes,i know.We should not have the liking for a  Particular team or persons.We should like the gameand game should be played sportively
Prasanna.Quite true Sir.This is only my feeling.Take care sir,bye
(To be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 13, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 14July 15,The common man suffers most
Gulf News recently reported on the high court decision in India to defer a hearing on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) (‘Vyapam deaths: Court defers hearing’, Gulf News, July 9). The probe into the Vyapam scam has become more sensitive because of the deaths. Whatever be the explanation from the Chief Minister, this scam is a really big one from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government. All parties are corrupt and the degree only varies. One scam goes; another scam is waiting for the Opposition parties to agitate over. The Chief Minister should speed up this burning issue and bring out the real truth so that the guilty can be punished. Education is an area that should not be interfered with as it will affect the quality of education. It’s a sad state of affairs going on and the common man is the one who suffers most because of the economy being affected with corruption and inflation.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tribute to Cinematographer V.Manikandan 359.

Today i am going to pen another Interesting film personality from the south Indian film industry is none other than Cinematographer V.Manikandan.He has worked with top class directors like ManiRatnam,K.Shankar, and SashiKumarHe has contributed his brilliant work in Three languages films,Tamil,Hindi and Malayalam won many awards is worth to be mentioned here.In his Twenty one year film career he has given many remarkable movies.Anniyan movie  gave  him the best cinematography award from Film fare.His  Lovely Cinematography in Anniyan gave him fame along with Director Shankar.Both Indoor and out door his frame work  will be more visible in his films.He has contributed many Hindi films with top class actors like,Shahrukhan,Sushmita SEn,Sunil Shetty and many others.I have seen couple of films of this Stalwart.Those movies are, Sengottai,Mr Romeo,Anniyan,(Tamil).Om Shanti Om,MainHoon Na,and Kuch Na kaho and one or two i could n't recollect.In cidently he hails from Textile City of India Coimbatore and created a big impact in the film industry.Today i am very happy to tribute this  talented Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, July 12, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on July 13,ends never cease to amaze
In today’s trends, actors and politicians are following this selfie trend. The recent velfie trend overshooting the selfie is the latest development in social media. Will this continue or any other new concept? We will have to wait and see. Total craze among people.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India


Letter Publishedin Gulf News UAE on 12 July 15,
Face Book debate'Feeding an addiction
The Craze will fade
It’s quite true! Today’s selfie has gotten more attention than more important issues and problems. The selfie craze may go on for few weeks or months as people are encouraged to keep posting in the initial days, but my feeling is that in due course this will vanish.
From Mr K. Ragavan Krishnamachary
Bengaluru, India

Friday, July 10, 2015

Article 410.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 4July 15,(Article 410)

Amazing Aamir

I am not very regular when it comes to watching motives, but the other day when my friend called me to watch Bollywood hero Aamir Khan’s PK, I readily agreed. Though I had watched the movie already, I went again because of Aamir Khan’s marvellous acting skills and the film’s powerful social message. Movies not only make one happy but also help pass time fruitfully if there is a good message and engaging entertainment. I remembered that so many of my friends in the UAE when I worked there were diehard Aamir Khan fans. 
K. Ragavan

Article 411

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 11July 15,(Article 411).

Medical paradox

Recently, my wife underwent a cataract operation in a super speciality hospital in Bengaluru. I was amazed by the use of latest technology for the surgery. Some years ago, when my grandmother underwent a similar surgery, it took a very long time and also posed lots of risks. 

The advancement of medical science sounds great. But what also surprises me is that many people I come across say they have either blood pressure or diabetes. Sedentary lifestyle has its own drawbacks. 
K. Ragavan

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Letter Published in The New Indian Express India on 10 July 15,
All Political Parties Corrupt
What ever be the explanation from the  Madhya PradeshChief Minister about the Vayapam scam,all political parties are corrupt by nature and only the degree varies.One scam after another tumbles out,enabling a waiting opposition to start another agitation.The Chief minister should speed up the probe.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 9July 15,This action never acceptable
The Gulf News story on India’s Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalitha condemning Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M.K. Stalin for allegedly slapping a metro passenger was indeed one to be condemned (‘Jayalalitha flays Stalin for ‘slap’ on metro’, Gulf News, July 3). Whatever be the reasons, despite misbehaviour by the passenger as per Stalin’s version, he should not have slapped him. Politicians should behave properly in front of the public. They are elected by the people and should show respect always.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Life is Beautiful 275.

Murthy and Prasanna  wished Ram.They entered in to the hall.Prasanna  told Ram
Sir,you have disappointed of not going to Tanu Weds Manu.
Ram.Not at all.We do n't know the picture has already left.This  Picture selection also good.
Murthy.Yes RAm.All the actors are acted nicely in this picture.I read the review earlier.
Ram.I too read.Dharmendra  is also in this picture.Nice Direction by Sri RAm Raghavan and lovely Cinematography by Muraleedharan.All i read in the review.
By the time Prasanna brought the tickets and they entered in to the Picture house.
After finishing  the movie they reached a new restaurant Govinda famous for  North indian dishes.
Prasanna.Just for a change i brought you here Ram sir.
Ram.Thank you.LOng time back i had my lunch here.Good hotel.Your selection is always good.
Murthy.Well said Ram.Including his life partner.
They had South Indian Dinner and left the place to drop Ram.
Ram reached his Flat,
Murthy thank you for the film and dinner.Infact Atkinson wanted to treat you but  you have treated me.
Murthy.It is a pleasure for us to entertain our friend.Hope you enjoyed the movie.
Ram.yes,fast movie with Beautiful Cinematography.Thank you and good night for both.
Prasanna. Thank you and same to you sir.
After that Ram reached his flat  saw  the  Times Now headlines  news and went to bed.
Next day morning as usual Ram reached his office.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, July 6, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 7July 15Lack of facilities, too risky!
The Gulf News story, about 2.4 billion people lacking proper washroom facilities according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Unicef was a shocking revelation (‘Loo and behold: 2.4b people lack sanitation facilities’, Gulf News, July 2). Sanitation facilities are very important and the lack of this may lead to various health related problems and risking child survival rates. This issue should be looked into and the international community should act for better sanitation facilities.
From Mr K. Ragavan

Tribute to Writer A.S.Raghavan 358.

Today i am going to pen another interesting personality from the tamil literary world is none other than writer A.S.Raghavan.In his earlier days he started a magazine  called Vinayaka hand written  is worth to be mentioned here. Apart from this  his personal experience and other circumstances  has instigated  in his later days to became  a versatile writer.H is writings are revolutionary and social  related subjects  welcomed by thousands of readers.His first story Salima Begaum was published in the famous tamil magazine Ananda Vikatan made him to concentrate  more on magazines.His stories was published in famous magazines Viz,Kalki,Kalaimagal,Amuthasurabi and Dinamani kathir.He  was bestowed many awards from various magazines and also cash  awards.Simple language like crystal clear is his writing.Even though he has written more than two hundred stories,hundred radio dramas,and  more than 15novels he was living very simple life which was admired by  thousands of his readers.I have read few  novels  of this stalwart  viz MalarnthaManam,uyirnonbu,and some i could n't recollect. You should love and respect others    was  his principle and he maintained till his last breath.What little i know i have written about this great writer if there is any error found in this column kindly ignore.Even though he has departed from us his remarkable creations are in front of us. Incidently he was born in Karur from tamilnadu known for famous bedsheets like his famous storiesToday i am very happy to tribute this great  writer.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, July 4, 2015


My Letter Published in Thendral Magazine USA In July 15,issueஜூன் இதழ் எழுத்தாளர் பக்கம் சிறப்பாக இருந்தது.மறைந்த முது பெரும் எழுத்தாளர் எ.எஸ் .ராகவன் கதைகள் எளிய நடையில் சமுக மேம்பாட்டுக்கு உதவும் வகையில் விளங்கின.பல பரிசுகளை பெற்று இவ்வளவு திறமைகள் இருந்தும் அடக்கமாக வாழ்ந்தார்.அவரை வாசகர்கள் கவனத்திற்கு கொண்டுவந்த தென்றலுக்கு எனது பாராட்டுகள்.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 2 July 15,Cowardly killing civilians
The Gulf News story on the 146 people killed as Daesh commits massacre in Syria’s city of Kobani is a highly condemned action (‘Kurds oust Daesh from Syria’s Kobani’, Gulf News, June 28). Daesh militants are acting unacceptably. Killing civilians is a cowardly act and this type of attack should not be allowed in the future. The running conflict in the Syrian regime should be put to an end. The international community should join together to eradicate this menace. I pray for the victims of this brutal attack.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India