July 23, 2015

Few minutes with the maestro of music MSV!

A little known person like me too had an occasion to be in the company of M S Viswvanathan, the popular music director, albeit for a short time.

It was when the little known personal likes and dislikes of the music genius came to the fore. The occasion was when we a small group of persons from Thiruvottiyur, Tondiarpet and Manali New Town wanted him to take over the mantle of a community based social group developed out of circumstantial compulsion. Even though this was a couple of decades ago, I could still recall his enthusiasm and the spontaneous support he offered justifying such a move by us. He went ahead of us in thinking and even offering some financial help if the ideas could be taken further forward. Unfortunately it didn't crystallise  as envisaged and that reluctance gave no further chance to meet the blessed music composer and singer. But the joy of that one meeting itself  was everlasting. The news of his demise was painful. The voice of the melody king that enthralled the music lovers all over the world is no more, but his masterpieces in music has no end!

July 19, 2015

A Noble Policeman!

In passing away of former IPS officer, C V Narasimhan on 18 th July 2015 I had lost a very important guide. He was nearly 90. It was in late 1990s when we were looking for help to establish a school of excellence I had the first opportunity to interact with him. I and another friend of mine named Gandhi met him at his Abhiramapuram residence. Spontaneously he welcomed and discussed many issues that were our concern then. He was so simple and we felt very comfortable and free to air the views which resulted in several such meetings on many occasions therafter.
He was then one of the Vice-Presidents of the Vivekananda Educational Society.  The society was well known for its activities associated with education. CVN was also involved in the management of P S Group of schools which is one of the oldest popular one in Chennai that was once Madras.

May his soul rest in peace!

July 03, 2015

Great Loss to Consumer Activism!

The demise of R  Desikan was reported in the Hindu.In his demise I lost a sr. friend and cosumer activist. Our association started way back in 1990 just after the consumer protection rule was at its infancy. The  seminars and activism that he was instrumental has added great fillip to the consumer rights. Once I suggested him to have a seminar on gold. (Gold is one commodity for which no one knows the purity and genuine cost. Still trade flourish. Recently some controls are in place) for which we initiated certain actions . Unfortunately for me enough time and resources were not there to take it to its logical conclusion. I remember how supportive he was and I am thankful to him. When ever Some one brings a consumer issue to me I felt refering to either the late sri.Dalavai ( the Gandhian HC advocate) and in his absence to Desikan.
The feed back was very encouraging and such people are rare now a days. The Hindu report is copied here. Keeping his activities going on will be the best tribute I can think off. RIP