N R Narayana Murthy, senior statesman of the Indian IT industry, has just been conferred the Kayaka Award. And all his mentees at Infosys are going, “Oh, wow!” They just can’t believe their ears. How could he have camouflaged his love of the outdoors from them, and for so many years? You know, kayaking is that adventure where you manouevre a narrow boat through turbulent waters.
Is this a metaphoric award? They’ve never seen boss sporting life jackets and swinging paddles, but who can deny he has steered Infosys through tough times? And who’s this guy in saffron handing him this award? Doesn’t look even remotely corporate or sporty. Swamiji? But, yaar, what has a swamiji got to do with boating? (Unless you talk about crossing the bhavsagar, or ocean of worldliness, in a boat of spirituality.) And what’s all this faltu talk about Labour Day and all? Duh? Hang on, techie dude. Kayaka is Kannada for honest toil. And Friday happens to be Basavanna’s birthday. Basavanna who? Wikipedia check karo yaar. These locals worship him because he said, way back in the 12th century, that there can be no greater worship than honest toil. Uh oh! Kayak means work? Chalo yaar, TV pe IPL shuru hua kya dekho.
You know B Sriramulu, don’t you? Right hand man of the jailed Janardhana Reddy. A guy called Somanna is after him. Saying he borrowed `2.96 crore. BSR had promised to make him an MP in lieu of the cash, it seems. Now you know why the BJP used to say India Shiney (remember Shiney Ahuja?). Sriramulu, famous for introducing such mysterious words as ‘andargina’ into Kannada, says he knows little about Somanna or the bounced cheque. We believe you, sir. You’d know bouncers, but bounced cheques? Andargina!