My Grand-Uncle & the Great Sea-Bridge

Our first engineer When I was a little boy, my soft-spoken Mama-Thatha # often visited my Grandmother. Yet I hardly knew Sundaram Mama: he belonged to the 19th century, and I to the 20th century, so what could be common between us? Why, I didn’t even know what he used to do for a living!…

The Return of Jeevaka Chintamani

Foreword Jeevaka Chintamani 1 was a lost 10th century Tamil classic —- an epic poem in 13 volumes — that was rediscovered and published by Dr. U.Ve.Swaminatha Iyer (fondly called Uvesa) 2 in 1887. Here’s how it happened. Kumbakonam Town, circa 1880 Uvesa’s pride was hurt! Judge Ramaswamy 3 had taunted him with “Professor, what…

I lived in the White-House !

Wonderful White-House Yes, I lived in the White-House with my father. My father was not the President of USA, but a provincial police-chief in India! Oh, this White House is not in Washington DC, but in Cuddalore, South India. As Top-Cop, he lived in the Government Quarters. This was a historic British colonial mansion facing…

My wife foiled a cybercrime !

Statutory Warning Living in the Digital Age is like being Red Riding Hood —-‘Enjoy the lovely forest, but watch out for the big bad wolf!’ Well, Anu was Red Riding Hood last week. Thieves at our doorstep That afternoon, a lady from the “Card Company” phoned Anu. Good news, she had been awarded Bonus Points…

Indian Gods & British Lords

The British ruled India for around 250 years. If folklore was to be believed, they probably had the complete blessings of our Gods to do so! Here is “evidence”, maano ya na maano! Yeri Kaatha Ramar Whenever I pass via Madurantakam, I remember the story my father told me. The town is famous for the…