Today, I had an opportunity to meet Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri. Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan, Chennai – I had tagged along with a few dignitaries to invite him for an academic event which he readily agreed. In the few minutes of our interaction, the Hon’ble Governor came out to be courteous and a straight talker.

I had listened to his speech in March 2019 at the inauguration event of “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Save Forest program in Vel’s University. He mentioned a story of how the local Peepal Trees were saved during the formation of the Kota city in Rajasthan. Luckily I remembered the story and recalled it in today’s meeting to the Hon’ble Governor.

The last time I had been to Raj Bhavan in Chennai was in 2015. Compared to the monumental Rashtrapathi Bhavan in Delhi: where I was fortunate to meet the Hon’ble President of India in 2018, Raj Bhavan Chennai is a simpler building, yet regal in its own way. These British era estates seem to have been designed to project power and elegance. Happy to see the buildings being maintained well. These are national treasures.

Unfortunately, photographs were not permitted in Raj Bhavan, Chennai due to security protocol.

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