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The other day I had visited my elder aunt’s house, there below the stairs, I found this old metal (tin) box. I was saddened to see the box being used for storing old keys, nails and screws – nearly sixty years ago, in its glory days, the box held inside it a treasure trove of language wisdom – one of the two magnum-opus publication by my grandfather Sri Krishnaswamy Sarma (Sarmaji). It had inside it a hefty book of over 1500 pages celebrating, teaching and sharing the joy of the art that is almost lost nowadays, the art of letter…

Venkatarangan in downtown Seattle in 2000

Over the years, I have attended many of the premium events of Microsoft like TechEd in the USA and I have myself spoken in quite a few of Microsoft Tech Ed’s that happened in India and Sri Lanka. The first…

After like decades I saw this old rotary dial phone in an office here in Chennai, India. The one in the picture here is an updated (latter-day) version compared to the earlier ones which were black in colour and made from bakelite. Dialling – we commonly use this word, but we may not realise its origin – it came from these phones as they have a rotary dial – using these phones had a charm, making us feel a bit snobbish in a nice way. I miss it! But then the number of wrong calls with these phones were painful…

சில தினங்களுக்கு முன் முகநூலில் நண்பர் ஒருவர், நாம் பார்த்து ரசித்த பழைய படங்களைப் பற்றிப் பதிவு செய்யுமாறு கேட்டிருந்தார், அதில் எனக்குத் இன்று தோன்றிய ஒரு படம் ரஜினி (Rajnikanth) இரட்டை வேடத்தில் நடித்த தில்லு முல்லு (1981). மீண்டும் அந்தப் படத்தை இன்று பார்த்தேன். நான் பலமுறை பார்த்து மகிழ்ந்து சிரித்த படம்…