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ధర్మవరపు సుబ్రహ్మణ్యం గారితో

ధర్మవరపు గారితో నా పరిచయం, స్నేహం సుమారు రెండు దశాబ్దాల నాటివి. అంతటి స్నేహశీలి, సంస్కారవంతుడు నాకు మిత్రుడవడం నా భాగ్యం. జీవితాన్ని అమితం గా ప్రేమించిఇన వ్యక్తి. మంచి భోజనం, చక్కటి సంభాషణ, దూర ప్రాంతాలకు ప్రయాణాలు, సంగీతం, సాహిత్యం, ఇవన్నీ ఎంతగానో రసించి ఆస్వాదించిన వ్యక్తి. ఎన్ని పద్యాలు నోటికి వచ్చో ఆయనకు. మృదువైన హాస్యం అందించగలరు, ఎదుటి వారి నుంచి అందుకోగలరు. నేను ఎన్నికల్లో పోటీ చేసినప్పుడు నాకోసం ప్రచారం చేయడానికి వచ్చి […]

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Graceful & Pleasant

I met the former Chief Justice of India Sri Venkatachalaiah in a Conference, yesterday. He is a remarkable person. He is unassuming, graceful, and pleasant. He spoke with utmost clarity. The speech was well structured. He didn’t ramble at all. It seemed he read out from a prepared text. But he didn’t. He felt that […]

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Amma in the portico

Your browser does not support the video tag This is Amma reading her morning paper sitting in the portico before she fell I’ll and her movements got limited.

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Kapu Rajaiah. The Artist and His Drawings

He recently died. But Kapu Rajaiah’s simple style, his delicate lines and the native themes are here to stay with us. A great artist. Very connected to the soil.  

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Gorakh Pandey’s Lines

 I am posting a poem written by Gorakh Pandey. Pandeyji and I lived in the same hostel in Jawaharlal Nehru University. On the same floor, I remember. I too was a late riser like him. We often ran into each other while brushing at the washrooms when the entire hostel was quiet and everyone had […]

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Hyderabad, Not At Ease

The city of pearls, of palaces, the fort city that was once home to the world famous Koh-i-Noor and nearly two hundred lakes, is still called Hyderabad Deccan by the Indian Railways. This is to distinguish our Hyderabad from another Hyderabad on the planet, Hyderabad Sind. Remembering that Hyderabad sits on the harsh Deccan plateau […]

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Zoo in the Public Gardens

Whenever I came to Hyderabad during vacation, I used to spend a lot of time in the State Central Library in Afzalgunj. From Andnda Nilayam in Begumpet to Afzalgunj the ride in that small Hyderabadi rickshaw cost just one rupee. Imagine the joy of a long ride on the roads of Hyderabad squatting in a […]

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Sorry. I Got It Wrong About Telangana March

About the Telangana March, I got it wrong. I went wrong with the numbers. I said that their best effort was unimpressive. Sorry. I was wrong. I uncritically accepted the estimates of the news papers and the television channels and also gave credence, more than I ought to have, to the estimates the organizers of […]

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EPW and the Mumbo-Jumbo on Telangana

EPW has in the past published several pieces on the Telangana issue. They were badly researched; their assertions were unsupported by data, unfaithful to history; they labored under an inability to differentiate between cultural contradictions and cultural diversity, failed to appreciate a people’s urge for unity on the basis of language; and were crude in […]

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Power and Glory

One was an influential person of the town. The other one was a modest, but respectable individual. The former held an important public office. The latter retired as a teacher. The person holding public office was my father. For some specific purpose they were at that time meeting regularly. I watched their interaction with each […]

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