Oct 2, 2022
Sep 30, 2022
Prof Haris was the Director at the School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) which I had joined in 1998 for my Masters (M.Arch).
Prof Haris was a strong support for me in my first few weeks, as I was facing a crisis in the admission process. Madurai Kamaraj university (MKU) where I did my under graduation (B.Arch) was recklessly delaying to issue the provisional certificate required for admission and I faced the threat of losing my Masters seat at SAP. Prof Haris took personal responsibility to ensure that I did not lose my seat and also wrote to the controller of Exams at MKU in this regard.
Also during my Masters thesis program at SAP, Prof Haris was vocally supportive of my work . During my final viva with Ar.CN Rao, Prof Haris was all praise for my hard work, something he rarely does during a viva! I always cherished his special fondness towards me on few rare occasions I met him later in life.
Prof Haris had a charisma and an impeccable style that could charm anyone. He was well respected and admired by the fraternity as well as by the students. May he Rest in peace.
Sep 11, 2022
Aug 15, 2022
Iam glad to buy few flags if it helps the poor on the street...but not to prove my patriotism!
Jul 30, 2022
As someone who was born and had grownup in Madurai, Good food (especially non-vegetarian dishes) is something I terribly miss after coming to Bangalore. Madurai for me is a foodies' paradise - both at home and outside. This post is just a nostalgic journey, looking back on some of my favorite food that bring back flavorful memories... (the list is in no particular order).
|My wife's prepration!|
|my try at Chukka|
|My wife continues the tradition...|
|The first Kumar mess at Chinna chokkikulam|
|home made Nethili fry|
Jun 13, 2022
The last 2 years, Covid fear and lockdowns had forced us to shift to OTT platforms for movies and we had almost forgotten the joy of watching movies on the big screen. So it was time to revive the big screen joy and we thought no better movie to do it than "Vikram" the Tamil block buster starring Kamal Haasan! The Inox cinemas at RMZ Gallerial mall was the nearest choice . My wife still had some apprehension as the news of a 4th covid wave outbreak was doing the rounds...but finally we took the risk and booked it for the Sunday. Vikram is a larger than life action thriller that was creating quite a buzz ever since its release last week...and we had to see it on the large screen!
Coming to the movie...
The Film shares the name "Vikram" with the 1986 spy movie of Kamal Haasan. There was a bit of nostalgia for me there but apart from the title theme , there was hardly any referencing with the older version. For the records, I still love the old Vikram title track composed by Ilayaraja!
After the decent success of Vikram in 1986, it was expected that Kamal and Sujatha(the writer) will make few more sequels in the lines of a 'James Bond' series...but that did not happen.... But after 36 years, we finally see the new Vikram!
Fahad Fasil - I was already a big fan of Fahad's performances in Malayalam movies....having watched so many of them on OTT in the last 2 years. It was refreshing to watch Fahad on the big screen finally and he did not disappoint. The first half belongs to him!
Vijay Sethupathy - has done a quirky badass villain and has given his best to make the character interesting and colorful all by himself. But there is not enough support to his character arc from the director. A tad disappointed the way this character weakens and ends... Its confusing whether to believe he is a ruthless don (by the hype of his introduction and comparison to Pablo Escobar) or a weak paan working under another bigger don.
Jun 11, 2022
My own recipe of Mutton sukka -
Ingredients : Boneless Mutton, bread crumbs, finely chopped garlic ,green chilli, shallots ,curry leaves and broken cashew. Of course the right doses of pepper powder& turmeric powder and a final throw of tomato sauce.
Jun 6, 2022
|My first victory certificate 1988|
|Mr.Kalaimani proudly shows off his student's work to his Aussi colleagues, 2022|
|Mr.Kalaimani's daughter holding 'Ashokism 75' ...a gift on her birthday from her dad!|
|Receiving 1st prize from Mr.Karunaidasan as Mr.Kalaimani reads out my name...1988|