• Events,  Homepage

    Listening to Chef Damu

    Listening in person to Chef Damu (Chef Dr K Damodaran) about his life journey was fascinating. Apart from the arduous work and his aspiration, I learned from his autobiography it was his ability to continuously upgrade his skills, reinvent himself that has been the reason for his success. It was a great inspiration. He had started his career as a trainee in Taj Mumbai, working the deep-freeze room, suffering cuts and bleeding, then after years of hard work became a chef; then he made a switch to be a vice-principal in a hotel management college, then promoted as a principal in another college, working hard to get his name in…

  • Movie Review

    The Bit Player (2019)

    The Bit Player (2019) is a documentary film by IEEE that was engaging to watch and shouldn’t be missed. It was a biography of Mr Claude Shannon, called as the father of information theory and credited with most of the fundamental mathematical and theoretical inventions powering the current digital era we are living in. The documentary by Mark Levinson is a collection of interviews with Mr Shannon, historic footages from Bell Labs, recreated enactments of his early years, descriptions of his works by renowned experts & scientists – this style makes the film enjoyable and not having a dull moment. Mr Shannon had worked at The Institute for Advanced Study…

  • Book Review,  Lounge

    Simply Fly by Captain G.R.Gopinath

    What a journey Captain G.R. Gopinath seems to have lived so far! Reading his autobiography “Simply Fly” I am envious of him: Not for his money or the number of businesses he had run, but for the experiences he has had the fortune of living through and his perseverance when the going gets tougher. Nothing can be harder than fighting in a war or living in the inhumane high-altitude terrains of the Himalayas; both of which Captain Gopinath has been through. The two toughest businesses in India to venture will be “Farming” and “Aviation”, the former being a working-class noble profession and the latter a glamorous one with numerous regulations,…

  • Chennai

    Obituary to our Doctor

    Unbelievable that our beloved doctor is no more and he passed away today morning due to Heart Attack – he took good care of all his patient’s heart! I went to consult him last Wednesday (10th June 2020) and he was in his usual wits and we were chatting about Coronavirus. I never imagined that will be our last meeting. Dr R Ravindranath, M.D., F.C.C.P. Cardiologist, (aged 70) was our family doctor for the last three decades. He was a gentle, humorous and kind person. Just a visit to his clinic will do miracles to our wellbeing, giving us the mental strength to handle the illness. We got introduced to…

  • Book Review,  Faith,  Rostrum,  தமிழ்

    Sri Ramanujarudan Oru Naal – A book on Gurus of Sri Vaishnavism

    24 செப்டம்பர் 2020: இன்று முதல் அமேசான் கிண்டிலில் மின்-புத்தகமாகக் கிடைக்கிறது: Amazon Kindle Ebook available from today. சில சமயம், நாம் எதேச்சையாக ஒரு விஷயத்தை ஆரம்பிக்க, அது பகவத் கிருபையால் சற்றே பெரிதாக வெளிவந்து விடுகிறது. அப்படித்தான் இந்த புத்தகமும். சென்ற ஆண்டு எங்கள் குடும்பத்தில் நடந்த ஒரு வைபவத்திற்காக, வந்திருந்த விருந்தாளிகளுக்கு அன்பளிப்பாக எதைக் கொடுப்பது என்று யோசித்தபோது – வழக்கமான பரிசுகளான இனிப்புகள், பிளாஸ்டிக் பொருட்களுள், துணிகள் இவற்றைக் கொடுக்காமல், நம் சம்பிரதாய விஷயங்களை ஒரு புத்தகமாக கொடுக்கலாம் என்று யோசித்தோம். உடனடியாக எங்கள் நினைவுக்கு வந்தது திரு சுஜாதா தேசிகன் அவர்களின் எழுத்துக்கள்தான். அவர் சமீபகாலங்களில் முகநூலில் ஸ்ரீ ராமானுஜர் அவர்களின் ஆயிரமாம் ஆண்டு நினைவாக பல கட்டுரைகளை எழுதியிருந்தார், அதுபோலவே சுவாமி தேசிகர் மற்றும் பிற வைணவ ஆச்சாரியர்கள் பற்றி சுவாரஸ்யமாக, அவர்கள் வாழ்வில் நடந்த சம்பவங்களை சுருக்கமாக எழுதி இருந்தார். திரு தேசிகன் அவர்களை தொடர்புகொண்டு அவரின் கட்டுரைகள் சிலவற்றை தேர்ந்தெடுத்து, தொகுத்து கொடுக்க…