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Sunday, June 14, 2015

OBITUARY: Sri. MelapaaLayam Jagannatha VIJAYARAGHAVAN, Coimbatore, TN

It is with deep remorse and impalpable grief that India Pundit mourns the sudden demise of our beloved patron Sri. MelapaaLayam Jagannatha Vijayaraghavan, Senior Partner of M/s Jagannathan and Vishwanathan, Chartered Accountants in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. He was 84. He is survived by his wife Smt. Vijayalakshmi, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter in Coimbatore and his daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Chennai.

He was previously ailing from multiple organ failure and had a close brush with death five years back. But the brave warrior that he was, he came back to life like a phoenix and lived to recount that experience.

A benevolent, cheerful, humorous, kind and endearing father figure within our family, and a direct uncle to me, he lived a "larger than life" life. As a religious couple, my aunt and uncle were the patrons to many a charities and highly regarded by the Coimbatore denizens. He was also the Rotary Club President for a while. He hails from the illustrious MelapaaLayam family and his father Sri Jagannatha Iyengar was himself a community leader.

As another banyan tree falls within our family, we are still attempting to absorb the shock of that event. Even as we continue to experience the vacuum he has left in us, we are fervently hoping his fond memories will temporarily fill that void till, by God's grace, a reunion does happen to the rejoicing of one and all that know Sriman MJV intimately, and are his family, friends and admirers.

An article on his association with Bapu, from The Hindu newspaper: Gandhiji's Letter

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

EXPOSE: The Kiss of Death

I meant to veer into more productive and interesting posts, but somehow this series had to be finished first. With due insincere apologies, therefore, I continue witch-hunting the subversiveness that is eating at the very vitals of India.

It is already a sorry spectacle that we have begun to live in morally perilous times. Mumbai, notorious for its youthful callousness to Indian culture right from the days of the streaking Protima Bedi, feministic Femina/Shobha De, and magazines like Star Dust, Cinema and Debonair to boot, has always whet the vagrant appetites of the spoiled rich and wannabe social elites. Now, the flagstaff to this trendsetter city is the advent of loud mouth propagandists who are stand-up comedians of the new doom generation. Even considering their ill-informed irreverence be met with a stoic smile because of the comedic license, their supporting view point is nothing to smile about, given the variety of video vignettes below, showcasing a society careening headlong without a brake (or even a break!) into a precipice of no return.

Someday if this post were to be read, if at all by any of those loose cannons, I believe they would either scoff and dismiss it as a sheer waste of time or make further spoofs to sell their wares to an ever increasing debased fan-base. But that's understandable in a changing milieu where the defiant stand of the youth is underlined strongly in the terms "live in relationship" and "sexual freedom". Looks like the 60s baby boomer generation effect of USA is making a comeback in India for all the wrong reasons. And even if, is bound to have similar repercussions.

I would like to believe that you may be an illustrious example of a sizable readership who are still entrenched in the vibrant values of yore and nurture a secret longing to see it take roots in today's India. I sincerely wish to prod your conscience and garner your sympathetic vote, by presenting uncouth facets of our ailing Indian society. I also like to aver that I am not the new moral police on the block, nor have any intentions to infringe on genuine individual freedom. But responsible freedom, that is a totally different ballgame. Sadly, a far cry for the lost among the Indian youth.