J S Raghavan
Devotees have myriad ways of worship. Some do puja as a marathon from sunup to sundown without even sipping water, busy chanting mantras or slokas.
14 Apr 2020
The sprawling backyard of the house in our native town had a big banyan tree. It housed a colony of creatures, ranging from squirrels to sparrows.
03 Apr 2020
My personal stenographer that day came with a blanched face, proffering a duff envelope. To her, it was a letter bomb, a summons to me from a magistrate court in a dusty Andhra town.
18 Mar 2020
The year: 1964. Place: Cochin Marine Drive. My heart was going pit-a-pat as I was about to take my maiden boat ride in the Kerala backwaters.
12 Feb 2020
Due to reasons attributable to physical infirmity, I could not visit the recent Chennai Book Fair. Sadanand, who dropped in one night recently, looked woebegone.
24 Jan 2020
During the early sixties, the private Madras buses in which I commuted from Poonamallee to Guindy, where I boarded the electric train to my college opposite the Madras aerodrome, were on the dot.
11 Jan 2020
The husband and wife combo can be spotted in any wedding in our family, even if the groom or bride is a distant relative or a cousin twice or several times removed.
28 Dec 2019
Like many of his ilk, my grandfather used to wash his clothes himself, drawing water laboriously from the cavernous well in the backyard.
10 Dec 2019
Modesty forbids, but when my friends in Calcutta wanted some help to be arranged in Madras when they visited, they chose only me, for they found in me a person who will bend backwards to help.
16 Nov 2019
Malars are a clever blend of reading matter and advertisements, the latter sought so that the till in the newspaper/magazine office will ring, bringing music to the ears of the proprietors.
26 Oct 2019
In the higher secondary school where I studied way back in the fifties, its headmaster, a confirmed bachelor, taught us science.
17 Oct 2019
Indeed, coffee had been the driving force of most adults as toffee is that of children.
20 Sep 2019
This generation may not have seen a punkha, since electric fans, and more luxurious items like air conditioners are widely available.
30 Aug 2019
The same person also preached that one must love his enemy. However, there are times in our lives when the neighbour turns out to be the enemy.
17 Aug 2019
Crazy’ Mohan, a jokesmith par excellence and a protégé of P G Wodehouse and Devan, could effortlessly keep his audience tied to their seats.
11 Jul 2019
The principal one carried a pot with curls of smoke spiralling out.
20 Jun 2019
Some have wanderlust, with wheels under their feet or wings on their backs. Varyingly, some have blunder lust, ones who specialise in making blunders, though without conscious volition.
25 May 2019
13 May 2019
Serendip, the old name of Sri Lanka, before Ceylon, was the word that gave the English language ‘serendipity’.
23 Apr 2019
There was a time when you had to set aside three days to attend a Tamil Brahmin wedding. On day one, you reach the venue in time for lunch and meet lots of new people.
06 Apr 2019