Sunday, January 31, 2016


Letter Published in The National UAE on 1Feb 16, No help for Afghanistan
The long read: how America failed Afghanistan (January 30) was informative.
It shows that the US has done nothing to ease the nightmare of day-to-day life in Afghanistan. K Ragavan, India

Friday, January 29, 2016

Article 440.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 30 Jan 16, (My Article 440.)

Intelligent kids

After finishing his studies at night, my grandson would often ask me to tell some story. He is fond of stories on investigations and I generally narrate that subject. After finishing the story last night, I asked him what was the moral of the story! 

He replied the moral was “robbery, investigation and, above all, your imagination.” While we laughed, I also realised that the modern kids are sharp in their observations. 
K. Ragavan

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 28Jan 16,Improving futures
The initiative of the famous search engine, Google’s, free internet and WiFi access on Mumbai, India trains is laudable (‘Mumbai train users log on as Google WiFi kicks in’, Gulf News, January 23). Google also intends to extend many stations and villages for internet facilities. This was implemented as per the promise of its CEO, Sundar Pichai in his recent visit to India. Already, Indians are acknowledged globally on their IT expertise. Now with the new internet access to all places, Indians will have better global accessibility in the future.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India


Letter Published in The National UAE on 27Jan 16,Mockery could help curb dowry
For decades, various efforts to abolish dowry have proven futile (Mockery might correct some social ills in India, January 27). So why not try this method? It’s a blot on the face of India, which claims itself to be modern and progressive.
K Ragavan, India

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Life is Beautiful 304.

While going Prasanna's mother was telling Ram
I  am enjoying my stay in   Dubai and i am thanking you  for the wonderful arrangements you made for all of us and the lavish marriage i can not for get.
Vasanthy.Not at all Madam,It is  my pleasure to take care of my guests.
Prasanna's Mother.The Sweets which you have kept for us was nice.Particularly Mysore pak and Badhusha.
Vasanthy.Thank you.The Cook has done it nicely.
Mother.Very tasty .
By the time they reached their hotel.
Mother.Thank you. Tomorrow what time  our flight.
Vasanthy.5P.M.You have to leave the hotel at 2-45P.M.
Raj.We will be ready at 2-45.
Vasanthy.The bus will come and pick you.Who is having all the tickets.
Raj.I am having with me.
Vasanthy.If you want to buy any thing you can go in the morning.
Raj.Thank you.I do n't have any thing to buy.Only madam wanted to buy some bangles.
Vasanthy.Madam you want to buy
Mother.Yes,i wanted to   present  it to my Beautiful daughter in law
Vasanthy.Oh i see.
Mother.Tomorrow morning what time Gold souk opens.
Vasanthy.8-30.A.M. It is very close by.I will see you all in the airport.Bye now.
After she left all are settled in  their respective rooms.
While going Vasanthy ,Ram we will drop you in your flat.
Prasanna.Yes sir,we will drop you
Ram.Thank you .Kathambari your mum has done the marriage very nicely and attractively.
Vasanthy.Thank you Ram,
By the time Kathambari reached Ram's house.
Vasanthy.See you tomorrow in the airport.Bye
Ram.Bye,Take care
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, January 25, 2016

Tribute to Writer V.Annamala i (Imayam).387.

Today i am going to pen another interesting personality in Tamil literary world is none other than Annamalai ,Popularly known as Writer Imayam.Even though he has contributed few novels and short stories all are remarkable.His Koveru Kazuthaigal,master piece one was translated to english is worth to be here.This novel was complimented by many and  writer Sundara Ramaswamy's special  mention that no novel has equal to this in last 100 years was Commandable.Imayam has bestowed with many awards including Sahitya Akademi in tamil is important.I read Koveru Kazuthaigal and Arumugam.One more i have forgotten the name.He has been respected  by the Tamil writers. Like a mountain his novels are highly  liked by readers.Incidently his pen name was also Imayam (Mountain).Today i am happy to tribute this great writer.
See You Next Week,


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 26Jan 16,Another attack on the innocent in Pakistan!
Readers share their grief over the shooting at the univeristy in Pakistan
Facebook comment

Will Pakistan act?

Terrorist attacks are always unacceptable, but the fact that it happened at a university is highly condemned. Universities haven’t been the target of terrorists before, but now this is also happening. Pakistan should act on this as well as implement more strict control on terror activities. Will Pakistan act immediately?

From Mr Ragavan Krishnamachary

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE On 24,Jan 16   Facebook debate: Vaccines being used today
Are you for or against vaccines? Readers debate whether they agree with vaccinating Side effects are low risk

Vaccines are important and should be used for children. The very common vaccines are polio, measles, mumps and rubella. Vaccines are safe and the side effects are low risk. Occasionally, anaphylactic reactions or allergic reactions have been reported. Today, many countries are administering polio vaccines to children as a preventive measure. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is monitoring the polio ratio on the global map. Any medicine will have side effects, but vaccines’ side effects are not reported as much. My opinion is that vaccines will help for a healthy environment, particularly in paediatrics.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India

Friday, January 22, 2016

Article 439.

Article Published in The GulfToday UAE on 23Jan 16, (My Article 439).

New sector

I receivedrticle 439/. a call from a friend who had come on holiday from the UAE. He was the one who encouraged me to change my profession from pharmaceutical to risk management while I was in the UAE.

I was happy to hear his friendly voice after five years. I remembered many occasions when we went to famous hotels in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman. Initially, I was reluctant to change my pharma profession to risk management. 

My friend jovially told me, “You are not going to carry heavy bags with medicine samples. Now you can just carry papers only and avoid waiting for long hours.” 

Though meant as a joke, I thought it had deep meaning and agreed to take up the job in a new sector. 
K. Ragavan


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 23Jan 16, Traffic delays threaten lives
Today, in the global scenario, traffic has become a big question mark, and this issue should be answered by the international community. The traffic increase is mainly due to migrating populations and everyone wanting to travel by car. Because of too much traffic, no one has the patience to get to their destination, so we see speeding, reckless driving and accidents. So many commuters are travelling with one person per vehicle and it’s taking up more space on the roads, creating a bigger traffic menace.
To avoid this, people should join their friends and begin carpooling systems to reduce traffic. Offices and schools should be flexible in their timings, because this would also contribute to traffic reduction. Better road infrastructure would also increase the traffic flow. If traffic is maintained with these precautions and rational drivers, we would decrease the likelihood of accidents and casualties.
Companies should provide transportation for carrying groups of employees to the same areas. Ultimately, people need to cooperate in all possible ways to reduce traffic and make travel more comfortable. In my home country, only a few states have good infrastructure. The Indian government should develop this important issue. My home city is not developed with good roads, even though it is a world famous IT destination. Traffic delays your work, patience and, above all, it threatens your life.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Article 438.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 16Jan 16,9My Article 438).

Family togetherness

There is no pleasure better than spending time with our own children after retirement. My daughter’s visit from the US  has changed the look of my home. My loneliness is gone and each one of us is realising the value of family bonding. Films, eating out and games are part of the activities. The Net age has altered the meaning of the joint family system. There is nothing to replace the fun of family togetherness. 
K. Ragavan

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Life is Beautiful 303.

Next day all the guests  arrived at Sharjah cricket Stadium.Murthy and Raj was thrilled to see the stadium which  was created a big  impact in One day international matches and the stadium was  compact and elegant.
Raj.I never expected that i will be visiting this great stadium.
Srivatsava.Yes,i too
Ram.This stadium was popular for One day matches  and particularly India and Pakistan  .People will come all over the Globe for seeing the matches.
Murthy.This belongs to whom.
Ram. This  was constructed in 1980 if i am right   by  AbdulRahman Bhukatir who is a leading industrialist in Sharjah  having many  Companies .He is a great fan of Cricket.The man who has created a revolution by constructing this beautiful stadium in the desert.
Murthy.Yes,An arab interested in Cricket is great.
Ram.In his establishment most of the Indians are having good position.
After finishing the stadium they came to Saravana Bhavan restaurant in King Faisal street ,Sharjah.
Prasanna's mother was happy to see the ground which she has seen in T.V .with Prasanna when he was studying in the Collage.
Vasanthy.I am also seeing the Stadium first time.
Raj.I see,who arranged for this.
Kathambari.Ram suggested this.
Raj.Thank you Ram.
Ram.Not for me.Prasanna told me the other day but i was also thinking how far you people like to see.
Raj.We all liked the stadium.
Then Food came to their table.All enjoyed the beautiful South indian thali.
When they came out   Vasanthy received a call from the CBD Bank Manager.
Madam,Today your FD is maturing.Can i renew it
Vasanthy.No,I will come tomorrow.
Then they took their respective seats in the bus.
(tobe continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, January 18, 2016

Tribute to Cinematographer George C.Williams 386.

Today i remembered another interesting film personality from Tamil film industry is none other than Cinematographer George C.Williams.In his school days he was more admired by the Stalwarts Cinematographers P.C.Sriram,Santhosh Sivan and Jeeva.He dis his Visual communication  from the famous Christian college.Later he joined with famous Cinematographer Nirav Shah as an assistant and learned the art of cinematography.Then he become an independent Cinematographer for the Popular Director A.R.Murugadoss movies.He worked with Vijay,Nayan tara and many others in his short film career of Four years is laudable.Kaththi has created a good name for his beautiful work.I have seen RajaRani,Kathithi,and Naanum Rowdythan.The latest movie Theri i have not seen.He is one of the   talented Upcoming Cinematographer.I have been repeatedly mentioning in this Column Cinematography is an art that will mesmarise.Today i am very happy to tribute this Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 17Jan 16,Facebook debate: The end of rock?
Is the era of rock over and does that mean that real music creativity is over as well?Legends will rise

Bowie has made a very big impact on us through his talented singing, music composing and many other musical talents. His departure was, no doubt, a great loss to rock music. My opinion is that the era of rock music has not ended because we have seen in all other fields new artists coming and becoming established. In rock music, somebody will always appear and continue music history. As long as the world exists, every era will continue.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India


Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 16Jan 16,9My Article 438).

Family togetherness

There is no pleasure better than spending time with our own children after retirement. My daughter’s visit from the US  has changed the look of my home. My loneliness is gone and each one of us is realising the value of family bonding. Films, eating out and games are part of the activities. The Net age has altered the meaning of the joint family system. There is nothing to replace the fun of family togetherness. 
K. Ragavan

Thursday, January 14, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 14Jan 16,US gun laws need to be reformed!
The article about US President Barack Obama saying he will not campaign for gun law opponents was an interesting read (‘No vote for tighter gun law opposers’. Gulf News, January 9). The US has witnessed a lot of shooting incidents, mostly in schools in many different states. No reform on gun culture has been framed by the administration so far. On one hand, people want to safeguard their rights and on the other hand, this freedom has been misused by bad elements of the communities. Even before Obama’s departure, he may not succeed in bringing about any miracles on this issue, but the new administration should make a law for the safety of the people. The US is fighting terrorism in the country and this issue should not be delayed further. Will the new administration in 2016 take this call?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 13Jan 16 Facebook comment
We must help
The Syrian crisis is far from being over. The international community should intervene and help the Syrian people.
From Mr Ragavan Krishnamachary

Life is Beautiful 302.

Prasanna's mother was thrilled to see the buildings and the beautiful cars passing.She was telling to Vasanthy.Nice buildings and  lovely people. i am not feeling any change here.
Vasanthy.Yes,this country is liked by  every one.All the  foods are available here.
Mother.Earlier Prasanna has told me about Dubai and today i am seeing on my own eyes.Great City
Vasanthy.Your Mysore also beautiful .
Mother.Yes,Mysore is beautiful and the people also nice.
Vasanthy.I left Bengaluru twenty years back.Now it might have developed nicely
Raj.Yes,lot of new buildings have come .Real estate is booming.But the traffic is too much today and roads are bad.
Vasanthy.I read in papers roads are bad and   lots of potholes.
Raj.  State government  can develop the city but no political will from the government  to serve the people
Vasanthy. Sad.Here even though this is managed by rulers they take care of the people.
Raj.Correct. Today Dubai  is World famous city.
Vasanthy.I am seeing the development over the years.
By the time they reached the hotel where they were staying.
Vasanthy.Good night to all.See you tomorrow in the Cricket stadium.
They have fixed the programme to visit the Cricket stadium   in Sharjah next day.
Then Kathambari took her car from the hotel ,Ram i will drop you to your home while going to my house.
Then they left the hotel.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tribute to Cinematographer M.S.Prabhu 385.

Toda i  remembered another interesting film personality from the Tamil film industry is none other than Cinematographer M.S.Prabhu.Started his career with ace Cinematographer P.C.Sreeram and later become independent Cinematographer.He has worked in Tamil,Telugu and Hindi films with top class actors Viz,Rajinikanth, KamalHassan,VijayKanth,Prabhu,Vijay,Cheran, Sneha, ,Hindi actors Anil Kapoor,Rekha,Raveena tandon,and many others.In his Twenty  two year film career he  has given many remarkable movies.Beautiful indoor and out door shots will be more visible in his movies.I have seen few movies of this Cinematographer.Those films are,Mahanadi,Thavamai Thavamirunthu,
Pirivom Santhippom,Ramana,Ayan,Sura,and Neethane En Pon Vasantham.He is one of the talented Cinematographers from  Tamil film industry established his name .Today i am very happy to tribute this talented Cinematographer.
See You Next Week,

Saturday, January 9, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE  ON 10jAN 16,Facebook debate: Emotional labour at work
Is it time to consider emotional labour as a skill, and to demand remuneration for it in the workplace?

Requires compensation

I find that most of the jobs handled by women are associated with intelligence and brain work. Professionals like doctors, bank managers, journalists, teachers and so many other entrepreneurs are bound to get emotional at times because of the nature of their work. These categories can be considered for compensation, in my opinion.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India

Friday, January 8, 2016

Article 437.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 9Jan 16, (My Article 437)

Fresh air

It is the pleasant weather that has pulled me to Bengaluru where I have been staying for quite some time. The city is even called as a “pensioner’s paradise” by some people, as elderly people prefer the cool ambience.  But things are changing. Like many other urban cities, pollution is posing a big challenge. I was mentioning to a friend how I enjoyed fresh air in the clean city of Sharjah when I worked there for several years and he was amazed. No wonder, the entire world loves the UAE.
K. Ragavan


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 9 Jan 16  ,Promoting peaceful relations
The attack on the Indian airbase has happened after the recent visit of Modi to Pakistan to greet Sharif. I feel that whenever some discussions happen, and this time, it has occurred after Modi’s personal visit, an attack occurs. Especially this time, it is a highly condemned one. Pakistan should demonstrate its good intentions to have a peaceful relationship with India and take action against the terror groups that are creating a bad name for the country. Will Pakistan act on this?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

My Letter Published in Thendral USA in Jan 16 ,Issue(5-1-16.)

டிசம்பர் இதழில் தென்றல் பேசுகிறது அருமை.நுறு ஆண்டுகளுக்கு ப்பிறகு இயற்கையின் சீற்றம் சென்னை மக்களுக்கு அதிக இழப்பையும் பொருள் சேதத்தையும் கொடுத்துள்ளது.ஜாதி, ,மதம் , மொழி  பேதம் பாராமல் அனைத்து மக்களும்  ஒன்று திரண்டு நிவாரண பணிகளை மேற்கொண்டது தமிழனின் ஒற்றுமையை பறைசாற்றுகிறது. மழை நின்று விட்டாலும்  நோய்களை தடுக்க தனியாரும் , அரசும் முகாம் அமைத்து  மக்களை  கவனிக்க  தொடங்கிவிட்டனர். கூடிய விரைவிலேயே இயல்பு வாழ்கைக்கு வருவதற்கு எல்லாம் வல்ல இறைவனை மனமார வேண்டுகிரியன். என் .சொக்கன் நேர் காணல்,சாதனையாளர் கோகுல் சிரில்ithara பகுதிகளும் நன்றாக இருந்தன.தென்றல் 16 வது அடி எடுத்து வைக்கும் இந்த தருணத்தில் 
ஆசிரியர் குழு மற்றும் வாசகர்களை வாழ்த்துகிறேன் 
பெங்களுரு, இந்தியா

Life is Beautiful 301

Next day all the guests went for Desert safari including Prasanna's mother.She enjoyed the drive in the desert.Most of the visitors visiting Dubai will be going  for this adventure .Kathambari and Prasanna also  liked this.While going Murthy was telling.
Ram  i am thanking you  on behalf of all  for bringing us to Dubai
Ram.Not to me.You should thanks to Kathambari and her mother.
Kathambari.No,Because of Ram every body gathered here.I am really very happy.
Vasanthy.I am very happy that all have come and graced this wedding.
Srivatsava.It was a memorable trip for all of us.Seeing the beautiful locations of the Golden city Dubai'stall  buildings and the excellent metro.
Raj.Venus caterer made us very happy with tasty food and sweets.
Prasanna's Mother.I am very happy the marriage went on very well with our samprathayam.
Raj.True.It was a great marriage with melodious sweet songs .
Srivatsava.Lot of dignitaries from all walks of life had attended.
Ram.Because of Kathambari's contacts and Prasanna's Clients and Doctors.
Vasanthy.All because of Ram.
MurthyNo doubt about that.He is the Cementing factor for all.
Ram.Thank you all for the compliment.This is because of My Acharyan's blessings and above all  the  lord Uppiliappan's Anoograham every thing went on well.Vasanthy.True.With out his blessings nothing can be done
While returning on the way Ram showed the two leading news papers Gulf News,and Khaleej time's office.All were thrilled to see the two  beautiful building.
Murthy.Lovely office.
(to be continued)
See You Next Week,

Monday, January 4, 2016

Tribute to Director K.S.Adhiyaman 384.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from the Tamil Film Industry is none other than Writer ,Director K.S.Adhiyaman.Started his earlier career with Late Director K.Vijayan and later become independent Writer ,Director.He has worked with all top class actors  viz,Madhavan,Karthik,Late Raghu varan,Prakash Raj,ParthibDeva yani,and many others.In his three and half decades career  he has  Contributed few remarkable movies with one National award film is worth to be mentioned here.He has also  directed two hindi films also with Leading actors Shahrukhan,Salman khan,Atul Agnihotri,and Aishwarya rai.Pleasing Cinematography,good story dialoques will be visible in his movies.Sriram,Nagendran and Anand Kumar are the Cinematographers contributed his movies.I have seen few remarkable movies of this talented Director.Those movies,Thotta Chinungi,( got National award for him,),Priyasakhi,Thoondil,Swarna mukhi,and Hum Tumhare Sanam (Hindi).Today i am very happy to tribute this talented Writer ,Director.
See You Next Week,

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Letter Published in The National UAE on 4Jan 16  ,Modi faces a tough challenge   The timing of the attack comes at a crucial juncture when both India and Pakistan seem to be keen to reach out to each other. It’s quite strange that militants launch attacks on Indian targets whenever these countries make such overtures.
At this critical time, the two countries must demonstrate their resolve to maintain a peaceful relationship.
However, this aim should not deter Mr Modi  from taking stern action against the perpetrators.
K Ragavan, India

Saturday, January 2, 2016


Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 3 Jan 16,  Facebook debate: Is the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill effective?
Readers debate the effectiveness of India’s new Bill, which allows children above 16 to be tried in adult courts
A welcome step

Whatever mixed opinions are coming through on this issue, the Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill suits India. As per previous incidents, children who are 16 years old seem to be engaging in serious crimes. Rehabilitation is a welcome reaction to this, but at the same time, we should realise the agony that affected parents go through because of some juvenile offenders.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India

Friday, January 1, 2016

Article 436.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 2Jan 16, (My Article 436)

Two-fold plan

The year 2015 posed many domestic and international challenges. A few friends of mine met recently and we discussing about our New Year resolutions. Some said they would quit coffee and opt for tea. 

One wanted to quit smoking. When my turn came, I mentioned two things: One, not to react or argue with others that eventually takes away my peace and the other to continue to raise my voice for the common man’s cause, both in print and social media. 

My friends’ cheerful endorsement of my resolutions inspires me to stick to my word.