Issue No. 45 published on 30-06-2007                   JULY - AUGUST 2007


Hello everyone,

Your favourite Family magazine is back but with a few days' delay caused by the perils of technology. On 30th June, I was working furiously on my laptop and had completed nearly 90 % of the opening page (this page) when the laptop died without warning. All my efforts to bring it to life failed. Fortunately all the other files were in my office PC and I'd copied the modified files to my flash memory. After working for 2 days on my office PC, house PC and Hema's laptop, the Newsletter is finally ready only on 3rd July.

I am happy that there are more contributors than the last issue. First my apologies to Radha. While bringing out the last issue, I'd typed her Tamil poem myself and made a mess of it. There were of course valid reasons - I was leaving for Bangalore on the morning of 1st May and had a lot of work to do in bringing out the Newsletter. The poem was actually typed at 4.00 AM. But as they say in Management, 'I'm not bothered about your efforts, What is the result?' My result proved to be inadequate. Anyway the correct version of Radha's Tamil poem as well as an English verse sent by her are in this issue. I have written the first part of a 2-part article. Amritha is back after a long time. Prasad is also back after some time. The ever-reliable Kannan had written an article but it was lost when he was trying to mail it to me. But the delay in bringing out the Newsletter has helped us to get his article as well.

After writing about the beauty of Tirukkural, Kannan has turned his attention to the beauty of Vaishnava literature. His article this time is on The charm and beauty of Kulasekhara azhwar's poetry. Who in this world does not have dreams? Like everyone else, I've dreamt about my career, the adventures that I'd have... even mundane things. Chinna chinna asai-Part I is my aricle on the eight dreams that have haunted me. The remaining eight will appear in the next issue. I'd been requesting Amritha for several months to resume her articles. But when Rahul wrote,' I hope Athai will also resume writing soon, I enjoy her anecdotes'. she has resumed her writing. She is back with her musings. Her piece My musings - Hospitals & Dispensaries is on the many hospitals and dispensaries that she'd visited and has a lot of interesting anecdotes. Prasad, as usual,is scintillating and has written a very interesting account of his journey from Chennai airport to his home titled The Auto-rickshaw Entrepreneur of Chennai. Radha has sent an English poem written by her in 2006 titled Secret of Life. Her corrected Tamil poem is also there. I am reproducing Kausalya's article Colours of life, an article about Ajrakh printing in Kutch published in Sunday Magazine section of THe Hindu dated 14th January 2007.

I first thought Sivaji-mania was restricted to Tamil Nadu. But the National media was also gripped by it. Apparently the international media was also caught in the frenzy. The section 'FROM THE NET' contains BBC on Sivaji . It also contains Lesser known Heroes and heroines of India, Father's Day and Mutham (For Adults Only)', The last one is a humorous piece by Dr.Mathrubootham and I'm publishing it against my wife's advice. The first one will be a regular feature from now on.

All the other usual features, viz. Memories are made of these, Important family events, Crossword Clues, Brain Exercisers and Cryptoquip are there. Joke for the month and Cartoon of the month are at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy the Newsletter, but do write about it.

The first feature, as usual, are the old photos.


Kannan and Kannan (in the 60s)
Amritha, Raghu and Hema in Ahobilam in March 2005


*** The biggest news for the family was the birth of Sriram, son of Shoba and Anand and grandson of Pushpa and Parthasarathy on 29th May 2007. Both mother and child are fine. Some photos of Sriram taken immediately after birth as well as during Punyavachanam (which is the naming ceremony. But in USA,I believe the name has to be decided immediately on birth) are here.


*** RaghuRaghu (Sydney) was briefly hospitalised with a heart condition. Fortunately the blockage in the artery is minimal and he'd become all right with medication. Newsletter offers its best wishes to Raghu for a speedy recovery. When I talked to him,I jokingly welcomed him to the 'heart-afflicted' club of which Kannan (Adyar) and I are senior members.

*** Vidya,Aarthi,Amritha and I returned to Chennai from Bangalore on 8th May. We got down at Perambur from the Air-conditioned 21oC coach to 42oC outside. After spending two days with Aarthi and Radhika (pulling legs and being pulled,shopping and generally enjoying),Vidya left back for Sydney. Aarthi who had planned to spend a month sleeping, watching TV and eating a lot of mangoes and other fruits got a 2-week offer for work from Mumbai and flew off after 4 days in Chennai. So Amritha and I went back to Bangalore for two more weeks to escape the heat. In case you wonder how I can get so much leave, let me make you jealous by saying that I get 30 days' vacation every year - three weeks in summer and a week each during Dasara and Christmas. Unfortunately we've to pay for our travel. Though I get 3 sets of passes as a retired Railway officer,I use them for longer journeys (of Aarthi) or when all the three of us travel. Women may be happy to learn that in Indian Railways, daughters are eligible for passes and medical facilities till they marry while sons are eligible only till 21 or studies whichever is latter. So Harish ceased to be eligible from 1999 when he completed his MCA.

*** Archana is fine, though we feel that it'd be better off if she eats more. We spoke briefly to the other mother-to-be - Prema - who is also fine.

*** After finishing her assignment in Mumbai, Aarthi went to Kolkata and Kalimpong (near Darjeeling) and returned to Chennai on 22nd June with the same intention of sleeping, watching TV and eating a lot of mangoes and other fruits. But she got an assignment at Bangalore and has gone there on 26th June.

*** My nephew Sriram (my brother Raghu's son) has joined Anna University as Asst. Professor in Tiruchi. He, Sowmya and Vaishnavi have since moved to Tiruchi. Vaishnavi has recovered well after her major surgery and has started going to school in Trichy. Newsletter offers its best wishes to Sriram for a grand success in his new assignment and to Vaishnavi for a successful and enjoyable schooling.

*** Radha has taken up a flat for rent in T.Nagar near Urmila's house. Srinidhi (Radha's daughter) has started going to Padma Seshadri School, T.Nagar.

*** Kannan and Santhanam are regularly performing the monthly rites of Jaya akka which have become occasions for family get-together. The last one was on 30th June.

*** Rahul will be joining Edinburgh University as faculty member. Newsletter offers congratulations and best wishes to him.

*** Vidya and Nitya have been giving regular music and dance performances in Australia. In April this year, they had rendered three carnatic music compositions to an elite audience. Vidya brought the CD with her and I'm posting them here. Since each file is about 4 Mb, you can save the files in your computer by right-clicking the mouse on each file and selecting the option Save Target As so that you can listen later.
click for melukovayya in Bauli Ragam
click for enna thavam in Kapi ragam
click for thaye Tripurasundari in Suddhasaveri ragam

*** We saw 'Chennai- 600028',a film directed by Venkat Prabhu,son of Gangai Amaran. It's theme is gully cricket and except the music director (Yuvan Shankar Raja) all are new. But it's running well. The film was OK. We've also been attending 2 or 3 concerts every month. The concert by Sikkil Gurucharan singing Papanasam Sivan's krithis and by Sanjay Subramaniam singing Tyagaraja's krithis were excellent.

Bye till 31st August 2007.

4th July 2007

Chinna Chinna Aasai - Part I

Crossword Clues

Brain Exercisers


The charm and beauty of Kulasekhara azhwar's poetry by Kannan

My Musings - Hospitals and Dispensaries by Amritha

The Auto-rickshaw Entrepreneur of Chennai by Prasad

Secret of Life by Radha

A POEM IN TAMIL    by Radha

Colours of Life by Kausalya

Lesser known Heroes and Heroines of India

Father's Day

BBC on Sivaji

Mutham (For Adults Only)

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During a visit to a mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criteria is that defines if a patient should be institutionalized.

"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub. Then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup, and a bucket to the patient and ask the patient to empty the bathtub."

"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would choose the bucket, as it is larger than the spoon."

"No," answered the Director. "A normal person would pull the plug. And when would you like to join our institution?"

CARTOON FOR THE MONTH (after High Court ordered the demolition of 3 floors of Chennai Silks in T.Nagar)

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