J S Raghavan

What should one see first in the New Year?

Thambiah calls on me whenever he feels like it.

09 Jan 2019

A man who comes to sabhas for snacks

Thiruvalluvar counselled that one should give a little to the stomach, when there is no food for the ear.

27 Dec 2018

Jumping the queue in a post office

You have to stand facing the back of the one in front.

12 Dec 2018

A ‘five-star’ roadside eatery in Andhra

A frequent visitor to Andhra Pradesh during the dog days, I used to keep a piece of banana leaf under my deerstalker cap while travelling to project sites.

21 Nov 2018

The bumpy journey to BITS Pilani

Nothing disheartens a student more than being denied a medical seat, despite assiduous preparation. Yet, when a window is closed, God opens a door.

10 Nov 2018

Behind the scenes of an office Ayudha puja

Almost all organisations choose to celebrate Ayudha puja, also known as Vijayadasami, on the tenth day of Dussehra.

16 Oct 2018

Moo magic and my shoulder pain

Not sure when it began, but I started experiencing pain in the right shoulder, around the ball and socket connect, early in the mornings.

08 Oct 2018

He went in after Yama checked in

I ran into Paramu, a bespoke specimen, when a nonagenarian called it a day.

18 Sep 2018

Injecting confidence in my granddaughter

Shreya, my four-year-old granddaughter, was running a temperature which the thermometer recorded at 101 Fahrenheit.

27 Aug 2018

Signature lost in the sands of time

Few things are more difficult than drawing the deposit on its maturity from a Post Office Senior Citizen Savings Scheme.

13 Aug 2018

Fans who snorted like enraged bulls

Few things were more challengingly juxtaposed than the struggle for supremacy between the cultists of cricket and football in Poonamallee, (in Chennai).

25 Jun 2018

Ice apples and the Bhagalpur blindings

Come summer, the sellers of ice apple (nungu in Tamil), the fruits plucked from palmyrah trees, sit in Ashok Nagar, Chennai.

09 Jun 2018

Vanchinathan’s gun and a railway station

The Kanyakumari Express reached Tamil Nadu’s Maniyachi junction. Bursts of chilly winds from Courtallam falls had air conditioned the station.

28 May 2018

A marriage made in the wedding hall

Thambiah who may be likened to an Indian version of Mulliner, a Wodehousian creation always had a chronicle under his belt.

11 May 2018

Some give bitter pills, some sugarcoat them

My father, a lawyer in Poonamallee, commanded respect from his clients, fellow lawyers and even strangers. The reasons could be his height, broad forehead and shoulders and benevolent aura.

27 Apr 2018