Missile Abdul Kalam: A Tribute

A beautiful soul just took off Like the missiles he so popularly made. A newspaper hawker just left behind news That will be hard to erase! Tears flow unabated For a man related to the citizens of the country With the delicate chords of love That he wove around their hearts. His life – an inspiration For the poor, deprived, non-motivated Indian. His emotions – a brilliant story Of patriotism, unconditional love and morality. The only President who connected with the youth, Slashing the prejudiced view of ‘generation gap.’ The only man who was so very ordinary That he made … Continue reading Missile Abdul Kalam: A Tribute

THe Chennai Anthem is here: Celebrating its 375th anniversary.

Today, Chennai is celebrating its 375th anniversary. Just imagine! 375 glorious years of Chennai! Almost 4 wonderful centuries of a city that has grown in leaps and bounds….Not to mention that it has not outgrown its beautiful traditional culture. And therein, lies the charm of the city Madras now, Chennai that attracts people far and wide. Those living in Chennai will vouch for the wonderful flavour of the city – a unique combination of the ancient and the modern, the old and the new and still growing strong despite all challenges that any city faces in today’s fast moving world. … Continue reading THe Chennai Anthem is here: Celebrating its 375th anniversary.

Celebrating the Nightingale of India – Sarojini Naidu

“As long as I have life, as long as blood flows through this arm of mine, I shall not leave the cause of freedom…I am only a woman, only a poet. But as a woman, I give to you the weapons of faith and courage and the shield of fortitude. And as a poet, I fling out the banner of song and sound, the bugle call to battle. How shall I kindle the flame which shall waken you men from slavery…” Today, as we celebrate women everywhere, we need to turn back the pages of our history to celebrate this … Continue reading Celebrating the Nightingale of India – Sarojini Naidu

What We Can Do

When the winds of change threaten to invite anarchy within its midst my tri coloured flag flies high in the sky putting to shame all superficial claims to maintain democracy. When the winds of change entice a generation too chilled out to feel the pangs of democratic labour then, my national flag rustles quietly in the free breeze building up a quiet revolution of self realization and forbearance. Can we allow a mere changing wind to ruffle our age old foundation of love for the soil that enriches our very being, the soul itself? When the nation works relentlessly to … Continue reading What We Can Do

If He Could, We Can!

The bald head, those branded spherical spectacles, the white loin cloth and that lean long stick – we identify so much with all those that symbolized freedom. …… Even today, when all seems lost when law and order is just a line on paper, when conscience is only a fashionable word to decorate self help journals, the brisk steps marching with hope seem the only way out. …… If he could do it without a drop of blood or wounding word so can we, I think. If an entire captive nation’s self-respect can be snatched back without malice and mire … Continue reading If He Could, We Can!

Vande Mataram!

When winds of change threaten to drown you in their callous modes of destruction….. When forgotten values, lost in the mire of corrupt thoughts and emotion strangulate your conscience…… When a country becomes a mere medium to grab greedily transcending all classes of humanity… THEN…. duty beckons beyond selfish satiation and mass misendeavour… THEN… the value of freedom becomes less a page in history, more a functioning moment in one’s present, less a memory, more a committment to compensate malice, hurt and despair. This independence day Let’s wrap our minds and souls in the truth of the tri- colour promising … Continue reading Vande Mataram!