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The other day, my mom showed me this old plastic container with the familiar yellow colour and the words “DALDA” made on Aug/1982, which she had preserved for decades as her emergency piggybank. For decades whenever we brought to the house any product made outside, she will take a bite and say this tastes like DALDA, it is not good for health, so eat little. Looking back, I think she used the term as a bogeyman to keep our eating in check – as kids we didn’t know to tell the difference between products cooked in Desi Ghee or DALDA…

My father (Late) Sri T.N.C.Varadan had headed our (then) family publishing business for over five decades from the 1960s to 2013. Founded by Grandfather (Late) Sri V. Krishnaswamy Sarma, The Little Flower Co (1929) aka LIFCO and later managed by…

சில வாரங்கள் முன்பு, நண்பர் திரு சுஜாதா தேசிகன் (Desikan Narayanan) அவர்களுடன் பேசிக் கொண்டிருந்தப் போது, ராயல்டி என்று பேச்சு வந்தது. என் தாத்தா லிப்கோ (LIFCO Publishers Pvt. Ltd.) நிறுவனர் திரு கிருஷ்ணசாமி சர்மா (LIFCO Sarmaji) அவர்களுக்கு திரு ராஜாஜி அவர்களோடு இந்த விசயத்தில் நடந்த ஒரு சம்பவம் நினைவுக்கு…

Going through my photo albums, I found old pictures of a trip I went in 1995, during my college days with classmates. It was a 4-day trip to Ooty and Bangalore, we went by train from Chennai to Mettupalayam and from there we took the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which in 2005 was awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On return, we went to Coonor, then went by a private bus to Bangalore from where we caught another train to Chennai. Going through the 1995 photos, I recollected my trips to Ooty after the 1995 trip. In the last…

It was 1992, I had written my senior secondary school (12th Standard) exams and was interested to do Engineering for my under-graduation. I was an average student, so the IITs and Government colleges were out of reach for me. Anyways,…