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Face to Face with Kirunda Kivejinja

Mr.Kirunda Kivejinja is a veteran Ugandan politician and current Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs of the central government of the Republic of Uganda. On January 25th 2010, he has visited his alma mater, Madras Christian College (MCC) after a gap of more than three decades. He visited the room no: 213 at Bishop Heber Hall in which he had stayed during his sojourn (1957-58) in MCC. Surprisingly, the room today belongs to Kiran Tom Sajan, one of my close friends and classmate. Excerpts from a candid talk with him...
How do you feel after reaching Chennai?
I feel like I have reconnected to the place of my intellectual birth. Chennai has gifted lot of memorable events in my life. The unique feature of Chennaites   is that they give much importance to inter personal relationships. Today, as I can see Chennai has evolved a lot.
How was your life at MCC? How it shaped your intellect, career and life?
MCC life has stirred up my intellectual pulsation. It also offered me inte…

Running: A Pure Personal Affair…

I got initiated into the world of running at the age of 11 by partaking in the 100 meter dash at the school sports meet. Wearing low priced sports-shoes and without any formal training, I finished first in the race. My dad, a sports enthusiast, was very happy as the good news-his son became the fastest sub-junior athlete at school- broke into the house. He took me out to an expensive restaurant in town that day and bought me lot of goodies such as branded sports-wears including a classy pair of spikes, which even the senior athletes in my school didn’t possessed.
Maurice Green was my hero. I never missed his races in ESPN and Star Sports. On ground, dad remained as my sole inspiration. He always buoyed up my appetite for running and backed me up both financially and emotionally. Trained in Judo, he used to provide me with workout tips. He also plays the role as my PRO whenever his friends visit our house. He takes time to mention even my petty sports achievements and ask me to show my…

It’s High Time to be a Garbage-Man!

Millions of tons of plastic wastes are generated in this world each day. Dump yards have becoming a common sight near the highways, suburbs and neighborhoods. The suffocating odor it emits, mosquitoes it breeds and diseases it spreads have become an order of the day for most of us. People curse garbage. Activists cry for banning plastic. Some raises ‘No Plastic’ placards-made up of plastic!–at the meeting places of legislators. Some distribute ‘Save Trees’ pamphlets without knowing how many trees have been cut to make those pamphlets. All these seem like a gimmick or appear paradoxical. For the nearest future, we may not do anything about plastic and it cannot be thrown out the world overnight. But we can contribute a lot in proper segregation and disposal of plastic waste. Here, I just want to shed some light on the same.
All of us know there are two kinds of wastes: bio-degradable and non bio-degradable. Both types of wastes need proper care in disposing it. Some of us think it is u…

A Filmy Talk…

Venkatesh Chakravarthy,the Dean of Direction and Screenplay Writing in Ramanaidu Film School at Hyderabad is a noted film maker, playwright and an author. On January 13th 2010 he was invited as a chief guest for the seminar titled ‘mise en scène’ organized by Reelty Bites, a film club in Madras Christian College, Tambaram. Excerpts from an interview with him…

Who was your motivation behind film making?
My father, Srinivasa Chakravarthy is a great inspiration for me. He had produced around seven movies in Tamil. Travelling along with him to the film sets and locations inculcated a desire and a passion towards film making in me.
How the academic life in Madras Christian College molded you?
MCC always have a special place in my heart because it is where I did most of my higher studies. I gained a lot of knowledge, experience and built lasting friendships from this prestigious institution. Blessed with great lecturers, there was great amount of interaction among students those days.
You were …

A Boy and His Dreams…

This article of mine got published in Times of India on January 3rd 2010. After the publication of this report, several vernacular dailies have carried this story. Consequently, due to the publicity given by the media, an institution came forward offering financial assistance to Harish’s education which gave a sigh of relief to him and his toiling parents. I’m very happy in hearing this news. All the best, Harish!


N.K. Harish Raj, a 6 year old boy from the outskirts of Sembakkam in Tambaram is not an ordinary one at his age.  Recently on 13th December 2009, in the Abacus Mental Arithmetic International Competition held at Penang, Malaysia he was handpicked into Group A of 4 bright children from other parts of the world. This Standard Two student from Zion Matriculation School was conferred the Yuvasri Kala Bharathi Award by Bharathi Yuvakendra Association for his excellence in studies.  A lover of movies, music and chocolate, Harish, is also a Karate Green Belt holder.
“I’m giving my c…

Remembering the Memory Master

Today is a happy day for me: I passed in all nine semester exams by clearing the entire backlog which was haunting me for the past one year. Unlike my friends, I was not nervous while checking the results online. I was already expected a failure because it has become a norm for me to flunk in one or two papers during the Graduation and Post Graduation courses. Anyway, I hit the bull’s eye today. After personally achieving something, first person to congratulate me is me myself. But today, firstly, I need to convey my gratitude to another person who indirectly involved in this small success. His name is Harry Lorayne, a legendary magician and a memory training expert.

It was two years ago I read a book of Harry Lorayne called The Secrets of Mind Power. A great book, though, it couldn’t influence me much at that time. After joining the master’s degree, it was my friend Arun Mathew who gave me the book, How to Develop a Super Power Memory authored by Harry Lorayne. It was his informal, c…

Women and I

I did my schooling in a convent school run by Catholic priests and nuns. Strict rules and regulations, heavy home-works and harsh punishments were the trademarks of my school.  During those days, classrooms were divided into two columns, one for boys and other for girls. It was looked upon as a sin if a boy or girl talks to each other. Girls and boys were made to sit in different rows during movie screening and even had separate performances in cultural programs. Both girls and boys were taught to be friendly with same sex and opportunities were nil to mingle with the opposite sex. The word-‘Co-ed’ remained only in the banners of the school. In short, they failed utterly to cultivate a community feeling among pupils.

Since I was a very naughty, irritating and restless boy, teachers were suffering to move the class forward with me. Most of the harsh punishments went fruitless on me. As a result, mom and dad became regular visitors of the headmistress. Finally, my beloved teachers decide…