Monday, November 30, 2015

Tribute to Writer Director A.L.Vijay 379.

Today i remembered another interesting film personality from Tamil film industry is none other than Writer Director A.L.Vijay.Started his professin  in Advertisement film making later joined with Popular Director Priya Darshan as assistant director.Later he has become an Independent Director and the first film was Keeridam.In his short  span of 8Years film career he has worked with all top class actors Viz,Ajith Kumar, Vijay,Vikram,Arya,Vikram Prabhu,Vivek,Anushika and many others.Even though he has few handfu lof films all are remarkable.Good Screen play,Dialoques and Beautiful Cinematography will be more visible in his films.Thiru,Nirav Shah and Arvind Krishna ,are done    Cinematography  for his movies.I have seen few films of this Director.Those movies are Keeridam,

MadarasaPattinam,Thalaiva,Thaandavam,Saivam,Ithu Enna Maa yam and Deiva ThiruMagal.He was bestowed few awards  for his earlier advertisement film,and film Deiva ThiruMagal is worth to be mentioned here.Madarasapattinam he brought back the old City Chennai  with tram and other areas which  i  can not for get.Today i am happy to tribute this talented Up coming Director.
See You Next Week,

Friday, November 27, 2015

Article 431

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 28 Nov 15(My Article 431)

New language

Learning a new language is an important part of settling into a new city. A few years back I moved from my city to another, and I was not well versed in the local language. While staying at a lodge, I realised its importance. On the day I arrived at the lodge after resting for some time I needed a dose of tea to refresh myself.

I looked for someone around and found the staff there, but alas I tried hard to explain to him my request. I ended up going to the manager and expressed my request for a delicious cup of tea. 

In that moment I realised if I needed to thrive in that city, I needed to learn the local language. I began on a journey to understand, learn and speak the language. I saw movies based purely in the language, talking with as many people to pratise it. 

I believe that as you learn a local language, you learn more about the city and also its culture. I still think of my encounter with the hotel staff wherein I tried to explain in English and he kept replying in the local language.
K. Ragavan

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE ON 26 Nov 15The ultimate sufferers
The Mali hotel attack was sad and painful to read about. After the recent Paris, France attacks, this brutal attack in the hotel is highly condemned. Whatever be the group that claimed this attack, it is uncivilised and barbaric one. Despite so many recent attacks, the international community has not woken up. The ultimate sufferers are innocent civilians.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Life is Beautiful 295.

Friday after noon Ram was waiting in his house expecting a call a call from Kathambari.Exactly 12.0PM He received a call from her
Ram i will be there in 10mts.
Ram.I will  come down in  
Kathambari.O.K.I asked Prasanna to join with us.He told he will come straight to Ravi's house for the Pooja.
Kathambari.Me and Mum will be there  shortly
Ram was very happy  when Kathambari told her mum also  coming 
After  few  minutes Ram came down by that time Kathambari enteredin her Sunny car.
Kathambari.Good after noon Ram.Come front.
Ram.How are you.
Vasanthy.I am fine.
While going  Kathambari was telling
RamPrasanna has sent the Visas to India.Mum arranged for the accomodation and Venusfor Catering.
Vasanthy.I am praying god every thing should  go smoothly.
Ram.Why you are worrying
Vasanthy.After seeing the rains in Chennai i am worried.Yesterday Fujairah had good rains which was not expected now.
Ram.Do n't worry.Every thing will go peace fully.
Kathambari.I spoke to Shankar Maha devan this morning about his arrival and he confirmed Sunday morning he will come
Kathambari.We have purchased some sarees in Nalli  and Suits for Prasanna from Raymonds.
Vasanthy.Giftsalso i purchased for guests.
Ram.Before marriage we are attending the Satyanarayana Pooja is a good sign.
Vasanthy.Yes,i never expected  today i will attend.We should thanks to your friend Ravi.
Ram.No thanks.It has already written
By that time Vasanthy received a call
Hello,who is speaking.
Hello Vasanthy i am your friend Preethi speaking from Chennai
Vasanthy.Preethi,when yo went to Chennai
Preethi.Vasanthy,i came yesterday  to attend my husband's cousin's marriage and caught in the heavy rains.
Vasanthy.You will come to Kathambari 'smarriage on 8th
Preethi.Another three days is there.I will certainly come.Take care.Bye now
By that time they reached Ravi's house.
(to be continued)
See YouNext Week,

Monday, November 23, 2015


Letter  Published  in The New Indian Express India on 24Nov 15
Country's Interest First
Prabhu Chawla's Power &Politics(TNIE Nov 22)was meaningful and thought- provoking.The  author has well explained how national interest must trump personality  clashes,and how the ruling and opposition parties should put the country's interest before personal interest.

Tribute to Cinematographers Rajan Kinagi ,Harish Joshi 378.

Today i remembered another interesting film personalities from  Bollywood film industry who has worked together for more than three decades as cinematographers  is none other than Rajan Kinagi and Harish Joshi.They worked with all top class actors of Yesteryears  viz  Shashi Kapoor,Tanuja and many others. Popular directors like David Dhawan ,Ravi Tandon and others. They have  given few remarkable films in their career.Good frame work of Indoor and out door shots will be  very visible .
I have seen few of their movies and those movies are, Ek Main Aur EkTu,Khatharnaak,Raja Babu,Mohabbat,Mela,Deewana Mastana,few i could n't remember.Their Combination was very nice and yielded good results..Today i am happy to tribute this Cinematographers who worked to gether
and gave us memorable movies with their out standing work.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 23 Nov 15,Praying for the departed
The demise of Saeed Jaffrey, the 86-year-old Indian-born British actor, is a great loss to the film world (“Saeed Jaffrey: An acting legend remembered”, Gulf News, November 17). He was one of the most versatile and sophisticated actors who established his name in many movies and was popular in theatre, too. I pray for the departed legend and the grieving family members.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Friday, November 20, 2015

Article 430.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 21Nov15  My(Article 430)

Unforgettable Jaffrey

I was watching the news on television about the demise of Indian-born British actor Saeed Jaffrey. Incidentally, that same evening one of my friends had arranged to watch the film Gandhi with other acquaintances at his home. When I informed him about the actor’s demise, he was shocked. 

As per the plan we all assembled at my friend’s residence and discussed the actor’s fruitful career both in theatre and films. The versatile actor had performed a brilliant role as Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the film Gandhi. His performances were super in films like Shatranj ke Khiladi and Khudgarz.

We could hardly watch the film as most of our discussion was focused on the unforgettable Jaffrey. 
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lifeis Beautiful 294.

Mysore was raining heavily.Raj was busy with talking to his friend over phone.Another few days the rain will continue was the  announcement from met department.Raj's wife Aarthi brought tea for him.Raj finished his phone conversation and took the tea.
Aarthi.Today morning Prasanna's mom called ,but you are not there.She  asked to call herin the evening
Raj was about to call her ,by that time Some car came.He saw Prasanna's mother and her relative and friend of Ram Anandarao coming in side.
Anandarao.How are you Raj
Raj.I am fine,Please come .How are you Madam
Prasanna's Mother.I am fine
Aarthi.Aunty ,come..Your son 's marriage is coming .\we are all very happy.
Mother.For that i have come to invite you all.You all have to come to  Dubai for the wedding
Aarthi.Thank you aunty.My daughter has some exam in the college.Other wise i wanted to come attend and see Dubai
Raj.Yes madam,because of that she could n't come.Today i received all our visas from Prasanna.
Mother.I see,
Raj.For you,me,Murthy ,his MD,   i received .Ananda rao has got his visa one month back from his son.He is also coming with us on   7Nov.
Mother.How will be Dubai.Any temple is there
Raj.Yes Madam.Krishna temple is there.North indian people is running that.
 nice one.
Mother.Good,This is the Invitation Prasanna sent.I received today.
Raj.Thank you.This is Our house Marriage.We all willenjoy
Mother.I want that  with all your blessings to my son
Aanandarao.Always there madam.Ram  is the main person brought him to this extent and Prasanna will have bright future.
Aarthi.Aunty take this Sweet Kesari
Mother.You have taken trouble aarthi
Aarthi.No aunty,Kesari and Vadai i prepared for our tiffin
Mother.Very nice .Thank you
Aarthi.Coffee or tea i can bring aunty.
Mother.Tea only.
After spending half an hour with Raj,Prasanna's mother and Ananda rao left.
After that Raj was preparing for  his next day interview with a local company in My sore.
(to be continued)
See You Next week

Monday, November 16, 2015

Tribute to Actor Saeed Jaffrey 377.

Today i am going to pen another interesting filmpersonality from the Indian film Industry is none other than Late actor Saeed Jaffrey.In his five and half decades filmcareer he has established his name not only in india but also abroad is worth to be mentioned here.Started his career in theatre  and later came to film industry and earned a very good name. He won many awards and achievement .I have seen few remarkable movies of this Legend.Those movies are,Gandhi,Shatranj ke Khilari,Henna,Masoom,Khudgarz,Ram teri Ganga Maili,Chasme Budoor,RamLakhan,Dil,Ajooba,Mandhi,Saagar,Trimurthi,Achank,and some i could n't recollect.Film world lost a Wonderful Versatile,and Sophisticated actor.The 86 year old actor was liked by the film fraternity both from India and UK. Today i tribute this Legend who passed two days ago when i am writing this Column He made a very good name both in theatre and film world..I Pray for this departed Legend and the greived family members.
See You Next Week

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Letter Published in The National UAE on 15Nov 15,
Bihar polls a lesson for ModiI refer to the news report Modi concedes defeat in key election in Bihar (November 9). I think the main factor that contributed to the defeat of prime minister Narendra Modi’s BJP was the party’s divisive politics as well as its overconfidence. The party must analyse the mistakes it has made and quickly rectify them. Not doing so will prove to be fatal, and the leaders know it well. They cannot take the electorate for granted.
K.Ragavan India

Friday, November 13, 2015

Article 429.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 14Nov 15,(Article 429)

Happy moments

I recently received a happy news that my friend had been blessed with a grandson. I was over the moon for my friend on this beautiful milestone in his life.

My own grandson brings immense joy to me and I believe it is one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. 

Incidentally, the news came when I was explaining the joy of being a grandfather to my neighbour. It’s these little moments that make our lives worthwhile. 

Like when a new baby is born into our lives or when we get married or when we get our first salary. 

These tiny moments are the greatest ones that we continue to cherish throughout.
K. Ragavan

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 13 Nov 15,Over confidence in BJP
It was a dramatic outcome during the Bihar results. The BJP should analyse this defeat for the reasons it occurred and they should have a good strategy for the future elections in other states. The main attributing reasons for this was the unwanted comments from their leaders. Recent intolerance debates and, above all, over confidence. Now they should plan and work for the future elections. Over confidence is dangerous. Will Modi and Shah take up this important call?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 12Nov 15,Six hours, six days
The six-hour working day is good in a way. This would help employees manage stress and work pressures. Eight hours of working, as a concept, may put people in stress and cause tension. Instead of working five days a week, maybe working six days a week for six hours each day would ease stress and calm employees. This could be tried on a global level.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Life is Beatiful 293.

Thursday  after noon Ram and ,Prasanna  reached Kathambari's place.Vasanthy was receiving them.
Good after noon,welcome.
Ram.Thank you,   Both entered the hall
There Atkinson was sitting with Kathambari
Atkinson.Good after noon Ram.I also  came  just now.
Kathambari.Let s have lunch first.
All went to Dining table .Vasanthy was serving the items.
After the  delicious lunch all came to the hall.
Vasanthy was started the conversation. I welcome  you all for the marriage discussion.I have fixed the marriage on Nov 8 in Dubai Indian association auditorium.The hall was available only on that date and afterwards two months full.I do n't want to post pone this and booked on 8.Luckily Shankar Mahadevan  was also free on that day for the Music programme..Regarding the Visitors  Prasanna  has already applied  for the visas and expected in a day  or two.Still we have one week left.Regarding the Caterer Vens Restaurant will take care of the entire day's requirements for the guests food and tiffin..I expect minimum 300 people on that day including Prasanna 's Mother and other friends.Any question you would like to ask Prasanna.
Prasanna.Where will they stay.
Vasanthy.i arranged  for four days stay in   Holiday inn close to our Marriage auditorium.
By that time Ram received a call.It was Raj from India
Hello Ram,i have sent detailed report on the latest Bihar election reslts.Kindly go through
Raj.Bye now.I am in a meeting
Then all left from Vasanthy's house.

(To be continued)
See You Next Week,


Monday, November 9, 2015

Tribute to Director K.S.Ravi 376.

Today i remembered another interesting film personality from Tamil film industry is none other than Director K.S.Ravi. Started his career with Ace Director Mani Ratnam and later become independant.He has worked with all Top actors like Vijaya kanth,Prabhu Deva,Arvind Swamy ,Vijay and many others.In his Two and half decades he has given  few remarkable movies.Fast action, and good dialoques will be visible in his movies.I have seen all his films,Honest Raj,En suvasakatrey,Shajahan,andMr Romeo.Ace cinematographers Ravi K.Chandran,V.Mani kantan and Arthur Wilson contributed beautiful frame work  both indoor and out doorto this Director. Tamil film industry has talented Directors from the begining and now it is growing is not a exaggerated one.Today i am happy to tribute this talented Director  for his good directorial touch in all his films.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 8Nov 15,Consequences of many factors
Today fish populations have reduced significantly due to so many factors. Sharks have reduced to a certain extent, and I think this is one of the major causes. This has affected the living conditions of people who are depending on fishing.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, Indi

Article 428.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 6Nov 15, (Article 428)
Coffee for commentary Every evening, I have a chat with my building friends on various topics. The other day a friend asked me whether any of us remembered the name of any cricket commentator five decades ago.
That was an era when television had not been introduced in India. Commentary was a great attraction on radio. Among the famous cricket commentators, I used to admire two for their great narration, tinged with humour - Ananda Rao and Chakrapani.
I imitated their narration much to the amusement of my friends, who were so impressed that they ordered special coffee for me.
K. Ragavan

Friday, November 6, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 7 Nov 15Further investigation needed
It was sad and painful to read about the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt with 224 on board (‘Egypt crash blamed on ‘external’ factors’, Gulf News, November 3). This is the most recent tragic air accident and the causes of this accident haven’t been ruled out. The real truth of this incident should be investigated. I pray for the victims and the grieving family members.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Life is Beautiful 292.

Wednesday Ram was busy in his routine.That day Mr Lizioli came from Italy.Ram Atkinson,Prasanna ,and Lizioli had long discussions on their future strategies.After noon they went for lunch.While taking the lunch Lizioli received a call from his friend.
Friend.I am sorry to pass this message to you ,our friend Mastroni  died in the recent accident of the Russian plane near Egypt.
Lizioli.Oh my god.Young man gone to see the places.Sorry to hear this.Thank you for your call.
After that he was feeling restless.
Ram. ,your friend passed in the recent tragedy.Sorry
Lizioli.He is my relative also.Running an advertising company in Italy.
Ram,Atkinson,Prasanna expressed their feelings to Lizioli.
Lizioli.What  to do.No one escape from the fate.
After finishing the lunch Ram droped him in Dubai Sheraton.
Atkinson and Ram came back to office.
Kathambari came to Ram's cabin.
Ram, i came to know from Prasanna one of Lizioli's friend died in the Russian plane carsh.I felt
Ram.I also felt very bad.He is young and related to him.He was upset ,We droped him in his hcame back.
Kathambari.This was another big tragedy in the recent months.
Ram.Even though authorities say  there is criminal act i have my doubts
Kathambari.You are right.I came to inquire for this.We will meet tomorrow in my house.
Ram.Yes,We will meet.Tcare
Kathambari.You too,bye now.
After that Ram was busy in preparing that accident for the night news.
Ram left office at 5-30.reached his home at 7PM. due to heavy traffic.
(tobe continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, November 2, 2015


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 3Nov 15,Over all popularity untarnished
I found the opinion piece about German Chancellor Angela Merkel to be an interesting read (‘Is it the end of the Merkel era?’, Gulf News, October 28). One has to applaud her three consecutive victories of Merkel and her popularity among the people. The recent refugee crisis that has hit Germany may affect her image among some, but I don’t see her overall popularity being tarnished. The author has nicely analysed her reputation in her party. In politics no one can predict the future of an individual. Let us wait and see whether Merkel’s days are numbered or not. Overall, I think the author has nicely analysed the present German political climate.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tribute to Cinematographer M.Sukumar 375.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the  Tamil film industry is none other than Cinematographer M.Sukumar.Started his career with his brother Jeevan later bcome independent.In his two dedcades career he has given few remarkable films.Good shots both indoor and out door will be visible in his movies.He has worked with Popular Directors like Rajeev Menon,Prabhu Solomon,P.SamuthiraKani and others Today's leading actors Viz,Venkat Prabhu,Siva Karthikeyan,Suri and many others worked with him..Ihave seen few films of this Cinematographer.Those films are,Kumki,NimirnthuNil,Maan Karate,Kaaki Sattai (New),and Mosakutty.He is one of the few upcoming Cinematographers in the tamil film industry.Today i am happy to tribute this talented Up coming Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,