Friday, September 30, 2016

Article .

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 1Oct 16, (My Article 485)

Network trouble

Life has become too interlinked with mobile phones. A day without the phone can leave one restless.

Unfortunately, a technical defect in my phone has left it in such a condition that while I can make calls, I am unable to receive them. 

I have been using a popular brand network for the past seven years. I have been told that the network disturbance is due to Metro work near my place. 

I joked with a friend that if “receiving” is not possible, life is too tough. He understood what I meant (both money and communication) and had a hearty laugh.

K. Ragavan

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 1 Oct 16,No change in gun culture
The recent Washington Mall shooting that killed five people in the US would have been traumatic for residents (‘US mall shooting suspect in custody’, Gulf News, September 26). Although the shooting was not organised by known terror groups, the motive behind it was not clear. Police arrested one 20-year-old, of Turkish origin. This incident must be condemned and I hope the authorities come out with more information on this. Despite many shooting incidents in malls and schools in the US, they are not keen to eradicate their gun culture, which is sad. I pray for the victims and the grieving family members.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE On 30 ,16, Strikes and their implications
If a community’s normal routine is disturbed, people will be affected both locally and globally was true (‘Boycotting all-party meet on Cauvery row: Karnataka BJP’, Gulf News, September 22). This happens mainly due to strikes by workers, unions and other parties who will stop their work and not allow for the necessary daily functions to happen. Of course, this is allowed legally in many countries. On one hand, I applaud people protesting for their rights to get their things done peacefully, but on the other hand if the people turn to violence, this is not acceptable.
Recently in my city, Bengaluru, India, a peaceful strike turned into violent one with looting and the destruction of public property. This protest is due to water sharing between two states. If you look into the total damage of this protest, you can make arrangements for solving the water crisis. Mobs with illiteracy and anger is one of the main causes for this.
The government should implement a law if public property is damaged, that those criminals will be taken to task on the spot. When a government allows for strike, they should be prepared for the eventualities without hesitation to punish any criminals. That will reduce the huge loss on damages and casualties. Will the government look into this valid point whenever strikes are allowed? As an Indian citizen, I strongly condemn the damage of public property. I hope in the future protests will be peaceful.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 29Sep 16  Safety at risk
The recent rains that lashed the Indian state of Telangana made life very difficult for people going out (‘Rain fury turns life upside down in Hyderabad’, Gulf News, September 24). Schools, colleges and other establishments weren’t functioning because of Nature’s fury. Some casualties were also reported. The government should speed up the relief work and people should be evacuated from the low level areas. Still, infrastructure is a question mark on roads in this IT hub.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Life is Beautiful 339.

Next day Morning Ram  started his routine.Seen the papers took bath and had his breakfast.
Exactly at 8-30A.M  Driver Ali came.Ram came down entered in to the car.Ali
Good Morning Sir,
Ram.Good morning Ali.How are you.When you came from India.
Ali.Yesterday sir
Ram.How is your Mother.Is she improving
Ali.Much better sir.Another good news i met my  friend's son who is a good friend of the recent Gold Medal winner Mariappan in the Rio Olympics in my native place.Really Mariappan made proud to Tamil nadu.
Ram.I am also extremely happy about his achievement.You know he is a BBA Graduate yet to get employment.Government should provide him and now they may give
Ali.This is the good news i brought this time from India Sir
By that time Ram 's Mobile was ringing.Vasanthy was in the other line
Good Morning Ram,hope we will meet in the evening
Ram. Yes,We will meet in the evening.What time
Vasanthy.Six thirty P.M.
rAM.o.k
Vasanthy.For that only i called.See you in the evening.
After few minutesRam reached his office
When he entered his cabin Atkinson's Secretary was waiting
Good Morning Sir,Today  we have our this month's review meeting.
Ram.What time.
Secretary.Evening 4P.M.
Ram.O.K.
Then Ram was busy with his work.
After two hours work Ram had his Tea .By that time  he received a call from Sullai man
Good morning Ram.Any development regarding Indian Correspondent
Ram.Yes,you may get the details from me in a day or two
Sulaiman.Nice.For this only i called.Bye
After that Ram  was preparing for the reviewmeeting
( to be continued)
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week
27-9-16

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tribute to Writer T.K.Siva Sankaran 422

Today i remembered another interesting personalityin the Tamil Literary World is none other than 
T.K.Sivsankaran popularly known as Thi .Ka.Si.In his earlier days he was associated with Communist Partyand was the influential person for the Journal Thamarai. He was the friends of ValliKannan,and T.M.Chidambara Raghunathan..He was also introduced writers 
,Viz,Prabanchan,.Poomani and SelvaRaj.He was Bestowed Sahitya Academi Award in 2000 for his 
wonderful work VimarisanangalMathipurai Pettigal.Later in 2008 a documentry film on him was released by Tamil Koodam Chennai. A Charitable trust formed by Tanjore Tamil University under his name  shows his Popularity and Creations.He has Won many other awardsincluding Government of Tamil nadu literry award .Incidendly he hails from Tirunelveli where many talented Writers was born
and father of Writer Vannadhasan.Known for his writing talents,language and involvement.I have read his Pettigal creation Even though he is not with us his creations are infront of us. .Today i am happy to tribute this Legend in the Tamil Literary World..
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week,
26-9-16

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Deccan Herald India,People's Problems Column on 26 Sep 16

Bescom should notify power cuts

Recently, in our locality, the power supply was cut for more than six hours for three consecutive days. We were told that Bescom had resorted to power cuts owing to the repair of electrical cables. We request Bescom to inform us about power cuts in advance so that we can plan accordingly.
K Ragavan, KVR Vasanthy GF003, Gubbalala main road, Near Mantri Tranquil


Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 25Sep 16,Facebook debate: Health matters in politics
Is it a citizen’s responsibility to consider a presidential candidate’s health before voting? Do you care about this issue?It depends
Health condition is important for a president before a citizen is opting him/her for the chair. If the conditions are common and can be cured without major actions like you would with cancer and any cardiovascular disorders, then I think it’s okay. Major ailments will affect his/her administrative delivery during the tenure of four years. Otherwise, normal ailments aren’t going to disturb his/her delivery.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Friday, September 23, 2016

Article.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on  24Sep (My Article 484)

Promises to keep

My grandson informed that he would spend his holidays with me on one condition: I should narrate to him investigative stories and buy his favourite chocolate. In turn, I told him he should play “tabla” and dance, which he is good at. Now that we have reached an agreement, I am eagerly awaiting his visit from his place.

Using one’s time productively and prudent spending of money are two aspects I feel are very important for everyone. I am happy that the little boy has promised to keep this in mind. 

For a retired person, spending time with grandchildren is a great blessing, indeed. 

K. Ragavan

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 23Sep 16,Protect students!
A first year student has hung himself and this is the latest dramatic development from the Hyderabad University campus (‘Hyderabad university rocked by another suicide’, Gulf News, September 19). This is the second incident within a year on this campus. Students go to university to study and form a bright career. These types of incidents are unacceptable. The authorities at the university must find out the real reason for this and the Indian government should order a probe to investigate. Students should be protected, as they are the next generation of leaders.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 22 Sep 16,Uplifting citizens
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated his 66th birthday with tribes and this was good to read (‘Modi celebrates birthday with tribals’, Gulf News, September 18). Ever since Modi became Prime Minister, he has spent his birthdays and other important festival holidays with people, showing he is different from others. His main focus was to uplift certain communities like the Dalits, tribals and others. Kudos to Modi.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 21 Sep 16,Tackling issues
Modi and the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani met to end state-sponsored terrorism. Already, India and Afghanistan have a good relationship, regarding trade and bilateral issues. This recent meeting will further enhance their relationship in all areas, and their agreement on how terrorism should be fought was a good development. Afghanistan is already facing a nightmare every day with terror attacks and innocent civilians becoming victims. With the new strategy, both countries can help each other regarding terrorism and other important issues, like education, healthcare, agriculture, skill development and women’s empowerment, which both countries are currently highlighting. I hope this meeting will bring closer ties. Both nations are against terrorism and want to contribute to a peaceful and stable region.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Monday, September 19, 2016

Life is Beautiful 338.


After Raj's conversation Ram  received another call.Vasanthy was in the other line
Ram,How are you.
Ram.I am fine.Sorry that day i have to leave
Vasanthy.No problem.Why i called you  will it be possible to meet tomorrow
Ram.When ,what time.
Vasanthy.We can meet in Bur Dubai krishna temple 5-30.P.M.
Ram.Fine.Ihave not  gone there  for few weeks.I will be there ,unless and untill if there is any urgent work from office
Vasanthy.I know that,you can inform me if there is any work
Ram.Certainly.But i pray i wanted to meet not only the Beautiful Krishna but also my Beautiful Vasanthy
Vasanthy.Thank you.O.K.See you tomorrow.Bye
Ram.Bye
After that Ram   had tea.Mean time again phone was ringing.Prasanna was in the other line
Good evening sir,how are you
Ram.I am fine.What news
Prasanna.My mother is recovering and doing well.Murthy Sir called and told.I came to know that Nirmala will be working for a Leading News Paper in India
Ram.How you know this
Prasanna.Raj  told me yesterday.I am happy that she got a Job through you nd she will have a bright future
Ram.How
Prasanna.I am one example.You introduced me to MurthyToday i am in this position because of you
Ram.You have proved your mettle and came to this position.
Prasanna.You are very humble and Simple sir
Ram.No Prasanna.What little i want to do to the Society i am doing
Prasanna.I called you only for this Sir,Bye now
Ram.Bye
(to be continued)
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week,
20-9-16

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 20 Sep 16,Great achievement
Despite the earlier disappointment, with the lack of men’s gold medals from Indian athletes in the Rio Olympics in August, it has now been somewhat compensated by Devendra Jhajharia at the Paralympics event (‘Devendra Jhajharia adds another chapter to India’s success story’, Gulf News, September 15). He had already won in 2004 and this is his second gold medal! Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was complimenting his great achievement. Kudos to Jhajharia!
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tribute 421.

Tribute to Cinematographer B.S.Lokanath 421.
Today i remembered another interesting film personality from South Indian Film Industry is none other than Late Cinematographer B.S.Lokanath.He was associated with late Director K.Balachander for many years and given many remarkable films in his career.He has worked with all top class  actors  viz, Gemini Ganesan,  KamalHasan,Rajnikanth Late SriVidya,jaya Pradha, Late S.V.Subbiah and many others.known for his brilliant frame work both indoor and out door.He was one of the  best Cinematographers in those  days with out much advancement in Equipments and facilities.More than fifty films he has given  in three languages Tamil,Hindi, and Telugu if i am right.His Combination with Late Director K.BalaChander was very famous and liked by one and all.I have seen few films of this Doyen.Those films are,Arangetram,NaanAvanillai,Apoorva Ragangal,Manmatha Leelai,Nool Veli,Ninai thalay inikum,Maro Charitra (Telugu)Aaina (Hindi)and Thannir Thannir, (Tamil)Even though this  stalwart is not with us his memorable movies infront of us.Today i  tribute this talented  versatile Cinematographer.
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week,
19-9-16
www.ragavan-creativity.blogspot.com

Friday, September 16, 2016

Article .

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 17Sep 16, (My Article 483

Friendly move

A close friend has just returned to our hometown for good after three decades in the splendid country of the UAE.

The best thing I learnt from him when I was also there was humour. 

We had attended many events in Sharjah together and I cannot forget the fact that he introduced me to the Toastmasters International Club there. 

Initially very shy to speak in public, I picked up a lot after attending those sessions. 

This jovial person helped instil positive thoughts in my mind and hence I am happy that he is back in action among our group.

It is true that happy people spread happiness wherever they go. 

K. Ragavan
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Life is Beautiful 337.

For the past few days Dubai was very hot and people particularly children going to schoolare finding  little bit difficult.Despite AC is available the weather was very hot. Ram accustomed with this weather conditions .That  day Ram reached office little early.When he opened the  mail box he saw Raj's letter about Murthy's daughter for the job for Sulai man's paper.Ram replied his letter  that he will send to Sulaiman for further talks.Ram was happy that Raj was  very past of finding a suitable candidate.Then he attended his routine.By that time he received  a call from Atkinson.
Good Morning Atkinson.
Atkinson.Good morning Ram,Today i am having a meeting with a leading Consumer companyat 12P.M. I Want you to come with me.
Ram.O.K.I Will be ready at 11.30.
Atkinson.See you
Ram then concentrated his work.By that time he received a call from  Raj.
Raj.How are you Ram. My friend's son working in Bengaluru ws hit by yesterday's violence in Bengaluru luckily escaped.Why i am telling this to you is he is coming to Dubai next week joining a leading Consumar Company.You have to guide him when he comes to Dubai.
Ram.Certainly.I am wondering why public is attacking the public properties ,buses private factories.
Raj.You are right.Emotions with  past angry actions will make complications.Now the Bengaluru city has come to the normalcy,but Government is very carefuland they are keen on protecting the people.
Ram.Hope the water problem should be solved shortly with out hurting the people of both states Karnataka and Tamil nadu.
Raj.Yes Ram why .I called  you was   for my friend's arrival to Dubai next week.He will be contacting you.By now
Ram.Bye.Tcare.
After that Ram was busy with his work.
(to be continued0
K.Ragavan.
See You Next Week,
13-9-16.

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 14 Sep 16,Will they bring peace?
Syrians are already facing tough times due to their administration and terror attacks, and to top it off, the US and Russia delayed their talks to help the Syrian people (‘Russia and US ought to agree at the earliest’, Gulf News, September 7). Will Russia hesitate to help Syrians because their trading relationship may cause conflict? Will both the US and Russia put an end to the Syrian crisis and make the region peaceful and stable? We will have to wait and see.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tribute to Writer,Producer,Director Mehul Kumar 420.

Today i am going to pen another interesting film personality from Bolly Wood Film Industry is none other than Director MehulKumar.In his four decades film career he has produced and Directed many remarkable films with  leading actors and Directors both in Hindi and Gujarati languages.His films are fast ,action oriented with powerful dialoques.Pleasing Cinematography ,both indoor and out door will be more visible in his movies.Russi Billimoria,was the Cinematographer for many of his films. I have seen fewfilms of this Director.Those films areMarte Dam Tak,Jung Baaz,Paap Ki Aandhi,Tirangaa,KrantiVeer,Lahu Ke Do Rang,Kohram,and Mritudatta.Lahu Ke Do Rang was  with top class actors Nasruddin Shah,Akshay Kumar,Suresh Oberoiand others made a good name for this Director.Today i am happy to Tribute this Stalwart.
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week,
12-9-16
www.ragavan-creativity.blogspot.com

Letter.

Letter Published in The New Indian Express India on 13Sep 16,
Protect  Innocent civilians
The violence that has erupted in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the Cauvery issue is very unfortunate.Both chief Ministers should protect innocent civilians from violent mobs.
K.Ragavan, Bengaluru

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 12 Sep 16,Eid is a time for family and friends
Readers tell Gulf News what Eid Al Adha means to them and share their fond memoriesHeart and mind in UAE
Even though I left the UAE in 2009, I still remember the fond memories of Eid Al Adha. On this day, I used to greet my colleagues and some friends, and in turn, they would greet me. I still remember everything even though I am far away, because my heart is still in the UAE.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 12Sep 16,Facebook debate: Smartphones in the classroomBound to be distracted

Mobile phones will certainly distract students in school. Even though access to useful information has its benefits, the fact is that the temptation of spending more time with mobile phones is inevitable. In my opinion, until a child reaches a certain age, he/she shouldn’t own a phone. No doubt, smartphones are very useful in today’s age, for communicating and other important aspects, but schoolchildren should only be allowed to have them after a certain age.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Bengaluru, India

Friday, September 9, 2016

Article

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 10Sep 16(,My Article 482)

Double joy

I recently met an old friend at a function in my city. He was very happy to see me after 12 years. We discussed our UAE days where he had spent ten years.

Once he lost his purse at a mall in Dubai after paying the bill through his credit card. When we reached a nearby restaurant, he realised that his wallet was missing. I immediately suggested that we rush back to that mall. 

We met the counter cashier who politely and instantly took the wallet from the counter and gave it to my friend after verifying his ID.

My friend asked me how I was sure my wallet would be in the mall. I told him the UAE people had a very good reputation for honesty.

We recalled the wallet incident and he stated that he kept the wallet safe until today. 

I felt double joy, one over meeting him and the other that we could fondly recollect our days in the UAE, a place I love most. 

K. Ragavan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE on 8 Sep 16,Who’s at fault?
Justice Dhingra Commission’s reports on illegal land dealings in the Indian state of Haryana by the then-Congress government led by Chief Minister Bhupendra Singh Hooda, is a new controversy in Indian politics (‘Dhingra panel report on Gurgaon land deals points out irregularities’, Gulf News September 1). The findings of the dealings that favoured Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son -in-law Robert Vadra has been spun as criticism in a personal vendetta against him by the present National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. Blaming each other is common in politics and with this report, will the Indian government take action against Vadra?
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in The New Indian Express India on 7Sep 16
When Will the Valley find peace?
Even though curfew has been lifted in Srinagar,the fact that the death toll has risen to 72 is worrying..The government should be prepared for any eventuality and ensure the safety of innocent civilians.When will Jammu and Kashmir become peaceful again?When can Kashmiris return to their normal lives?Will the all party meeting have any impact at all?
K.Ragavan,Bengaluru

Life is beautiful 336.

For the past few days Mysore Climate was very nice.Cool breeze in the after noonand evening slight drizzle .Prasanna's mother was feeling better and started going to Vontikopal Venkateswara temple which she  likes very much.When she entered the main entrance Murthy was entering from the other side with his wife.
Murthy.Amma,how are you.
Mother.I am fine,How are you
Murthy.I am fine.Aarti  also come.By the timeAarti wished mother.
Mother.How are you Aarti and daughter
Aarti.She is fine.Now she has finished her studies and looking for job.
Mother.She is a bright girl.She will get a good job.
Aarti.With your blessings she will get soon.
By the time Murthy's mobile was ringing.Raj was on the other side
Hello Murthy,Where are you
Murthy.I am in Vontikopal temple.
Raj.What time you will come  home.
Murthy.I met Prasanna's motherand talking.
Raj.Nice,I will come  to your house tomorrow.
Murthy.Tell me what is  the matter.
Raj.Ram has sent me a mail asking me to suggest a Journalist for this region.Immediately i thought of your daughter Nirmala.She is a bright girl suitable for this post.
Murthy.Thank you.Where is the job.
Raj.She should be based in Karnataka coordinating local newses,and some interviews with a leading Dubai based Paper.
Murthy.Will she can handle this
Raj.Certainly.She can deliver.
Murthy.As you wish.I will ask her and Come back to you.
Raj.By now,expecting your reply tomorrow.
Murthy.O.K.bYE
After this Conversation Aarti was looking at Mother
I told you Amma ,your Blessings she will get soon.Now Nirmala is getting a offer.
Murthy.Amma,i will drop you and go.
Then all left Leaving Mother in her house and Murthy was going to his house.
(to be continued)
K.Ragavan
See You Next Week
6-9-16.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Tribute to Actor,Producer ,Director Dev Anand 419.

Today i am going to pen another interesting  Versatile personality from the Bolly Wood fILm Industry is none other than  Late Actor,Producer,Director Dev Anand.Known for his Stylish  action in many films liked by one and all.He has given many memorable films by his action and Directorial touch should be applauded.He has acted with all popular Heroines of Yester years and top class actors like Late,Pran,Suraiya,Vijay Anand,) Popular  Waheeda Rahman,PremChopra,Zeenat Aman,HemaMalini and many others.He won many awards,life time achievement award,and Padma Bhushan award was bestowed to him in 2011 if i am right.He was also one of the Co founder of Popular Navketan International production house.His two brothers  ChetanAnand,and Vijay Anand were also very popular Directors who has created many remarkable movies.His films will have good entertainment with music,and lovely Cinematography.If i  remember correct V.Ratra,and Fali Mistry have contributed many of his films Under Navketan banner as Cinematographers.He was Compared with Famous Holly Wood  Actor Gregory Peck,and Some Compared with RobertVaugan.What ever be the Comparison DevAnand has got his own Charismatic Stylish Personality no one can deny.I am one of ardant admirer of this Legend.Even though he has acted in Hundreds of films i have seen few remarkable movies of this Doyen.Those films are,Guide,JewelThief,KaalaPani,Hare Rama Hare Krishna,PremPujari,Chupe Rustam,Gambler  and ,Insaniyat,Many films i could n't remember.I am writing this Column  purely with my little knowledge and if there is any error can be regretted. Today i am Very happy to tribute this great legend.
K.Ragavan.
See You Next Week,
5-9-16.
www.ragavan-creativity.blogspot.com

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAEon 6Sep 16,A night to remember at the opera
I enjoyed reading the Gulf News editorial about the Dubai Opera (‘Dubai Opera raises the bar for cultural unity’, Gulf News, August 31). Dubai has seen many developments over the years in all areas, with proven records and this latest dramatic development of the opera is good news for the region. Above all, the inauguration was done by the Spanish Singer Placido Domingo was the added attraction for this opera. Today Dubai is the talk of the town on the world stage, it’s no wonder the tourist traffic is increasing.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Letter.

Letter  Published in Thendral Magazine USA  in Sep Issue 16,   ஆகஸ்ட் இதழில்    உவே வேலுக்குடிகிருஷ்ணன்  சுவாமிகளின் உரையாடல் அருமை.இந்தியாவில் பெரும்பாலான குடும்பங்களில் ,காலையில் இவர் உபன்யாசத்தை
கேட்டுவிட்டு.  தான் நாளை தொடங்குகிறார்கள்  என்று சொன்னால் மிகையல்ல. அனீஸ் கிருஷ்ணன் ,கரண் மேத்தாவின்  சாதனையும் பிரமாதம்.
கே.ராகவன்
பெங்களூரு ,  இந்தியா 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Letter.

Letter Published in Gulf News UAE On 4Sep 16,Facebook debate: Women’s choice
Does the burkini give women freedom?Doesn’t offer freedom
Wearing a burkini shows a sign of modesty and faith in Islam and it has taken traction with many women. But, I don’t think freedom can be obtained by wearing a burkini. Freedom is individuals’ wishes and desire. The burkini gives modesty and respect.
From Mr K.Ragavan
Bengaluru
India

Friday, September 2, 2016

Article.

Article Published in The Gulf Today UAE on 3Sep 16, (My Article 481)

David Lean’s fan

In my evening meeting with friends, we usually discuss various topics. Last week, we were talking about famous Hollywood directors. When my turn came, I mentioned about English film director, producer, screenwriter and editor, Sir David Lean, who is responsible for epic films such as  The Bridge on the River Kwai,  Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. 

When I talked about this legend, my surprised friends asked whether I consume memory pills, as his super hit films dated decades ago. I replied that when one is passionate about certain things, memory does not fade easily.

Needless to say, Lean made that evening memorable. 
K. Ragavan

Letter.

Letter  Published in Gulf News UAE on 3 Sep 16,Tough life for seniors
In the global scenario, most countries are taking care of their senior citizens with healthcare and pensions. Despite many developments in India, senior citizens are not taken care of. Recent statistics also reveals in the print media that India is lagging in pensions. Today with the mounting inflation and the drastic reduction in the bank deposits interest rates, most senior citizens, like me, who are not getting pensions are most affected. The government has completely neglected senior citizens who have contributed their share for the country’s development when they were young. Recently, the government has revised the pay hikes for the retired government servants and this should be applauded, but at the same time, the government should think about the senior citizens who are not getting a pension, but fully depending on their bank deposit interest for their livelihood.
Cost of living is also growing and the medical expenses, including drugs, are also growing. It makes senior citizens panic. At the retirement age, one should have a peaceful life without much worry. This is the normal expectation. I appeal to my government to rethink the bank interest rate to the old structure, which will help all who are not getting a pension and need to meet their monthly requirements. I hope the Indian government will act on this valid issue.
From Mr K. Ragavan
Bengaluru, India