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Friday, February 23, 2024

Tearful homage to friend - Shankar Ramakrishna Iyer

There are days that make you very sad !!  ~  Triplicane would ever miss this tall lovable person always seen in pure white shirt and a neat white dhoti !! 


Remember seeing him from School days, he lived in TP Koil lane and later moved to Venkatrangam Street, son of a freedom fighter, he had a husky voice, good sense of humour, very good heart, smiling face and an impressive moustache ! 

“If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life” 

.. ..   death also travels through the world dressed up as a sweeping broom,

It licks the ground as it looks for bodies,

Death is in the broom,

It is the tongue of death looking for the dead,

It is the needle of death looking for the thread.  -  Pablo Neruda


போட்டோ பிடிக்கறதுன்னா - காமெராவை கையில் தூக்கி தோராயமாக க்ளிக் பண்ணறதுன்னு நினைத்தீர்களா !!  ~  is  what I wrote posting a photo of him when he made a comeback recently but alas 59, he is gone.  He was ailing but we all hoped and prayed that he would recover, make a comeback, telling more jokes and keeping everyone happy.  Alas, did not happen. 

There is so much of Science, technology added with concentration and passion behind this. Lighting, angle, clarity and many more matters and some photographers literally are down to earth in trying to capture in the way they need..  For decade + we have stood shoulder to shoulder vying to capture Emperuman.  He for sure took tens of thousands of photos.  Remember him taking photos with Nokia 48MP phone, then moved to Canon DSLR – standing tall. 

Shankar would stand  tall above most persons -  clad in white and white., will lift and keep the Camera eyelid closer, then right arm will go up in circular motion – imagine an archer holding the Bow, pulling the strings and  releasing an arrow.  That was Shankar Ramakrishnan style of photographing ! 

Gone today ! – young – in his late 50s – gone is that smile and the heart that mingled with us all.  In late 1980s he worked in Madras Stock Exchange, got married at Thirumala, was one of the very early Computer literates – expert in photo processing had the large heart to take out beautiful prints of his Perumal photos and distribute them to many friends.  There have been calendars carrying his (out of) focus, as he would name some of his photos.  He had a stint in Middle East and Ceylon too – nothing of them are of relevance as he left for heavenly abode young leaving behind his beloved wife  Mrs Vidhya Shankar.


People coming to Sri Parthasarathi Thirukkovil will miss him,  his beautiful photos with tagline ‘Vishnumayam’ and videos  (photo above taken by TV Venkatesh in2014) 

Very sorry Shankar – Sad, we pay tearful homage to you this evening. Obsequies at his flat New no. 159/old 75, Flat no. 19, Vivekananda Apartments, Venkatrangam Street, near MOP Vaishnav School, opp to Chennai dental clinic / erstwhile Vasantha bungalow, Triplicane Chennai 600 005 

With deep sorrow – your friend
S. Sampathkumar

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Black & White King Fisher

This morning spent sometime watching birds in a waterbody near Foreshore Estate. This one was different – it was a King Fisher but have seen them mostly having plumage of exotic cyan, blue, orange tinge ! – this had black & white predominantly.  It was chased by a Crow, it was able to fly at the same place like a Hummingbird and literally nose-dive straight from a height. 

Google search reveals it to be “Pied Kingfisher -  (Ceryle rudis)’,  a species of water kingfisher widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758, it has five recognised subspecies. Its black and white plumage and crest, as well as its habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish, make it distinctive. Males have a double band across the breast, while females have a single broken breast band. They are usually found in pairs or small family groups. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail.  

The pied kingfisher was one of the many bird species originally described by Linnaeus in the landmark 1758 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, who noted that it lived in Persia and Egypt. He named it Alcedo rudis. The German naturalist Friedrich Boie erected the genus Ceryle in 1828.  The name is from classical Greek kērulos, an unidentified and probably mythical bird mentioned by Aristotle and other authors. The specific epithet rudis is Latin for "wild" or "rude".  

In 1996, Kingfisher sponsored The West Indies Cricket team which gave birth to the iconic jingle “Ooh La Lala Le O” which was identified  with the King of Good Times. The association with cricket deepened with iconic cricketers such as Sourav Ganguly, Ajay Jadeja, Andrew Flintoff and Michael  Vaughan bringing further star value to the brand as the official ambassadors. Kingfisher was also the official Good Times Partner of seven out of the eight IPL teams.  .. 


There was an airline too ! – yet some of you may think of only its calendars.
With regards – S. Sampathkumar

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

குரங்கு கையில் பூமாலை

Monkeys are Omnivores – they eat small prey as also plant roots, fruits and .. .. flowers too – here is a monkey holding Samanthi (Marigold) and eating too !!


குரங்கு கையில் பூமாலை தெரியும் !  குரங்கு சாமந்தி பூவை வைத்துக்கொண்டு என்ன செய்யும் !  

மாதவா, கருத்து சொன்னா திட்டறாங்க !  வாயை மூடிக்கொண்டு இருப்போம் என முயற்சிக்கிறதோ !! 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Zebra ! - வரி என்றவுடன் !?!?

In Euclidean geometry, the intersection of a line and a line can be the empty set, a point, or another line. Distinguishing these cases and finding the intersection have uses, for example, in computer graphics, motion planning, and collision detection. 

வரி என்றவுடன் - இந்த மாதம் கட்ட வேண்டிய வருமான வரி பற்றி நினைத்தால், நீங்கள் பணக்காரர் !; வரி, கிஸ்தி - யாரிடம் கேட்கிறாய் என சிவாஜி கணேசன் (கட்டபொம்மன்) மனதில் தோன்றினால் - நீங்கள் நேற்று இரவு பார்த்த சினிமா ! - கோடுகள் ஞாபகம் வந்தால், நீங்கள் படிப்பாளி அல்லது படைப்பாளி !  இவை தவிர உங்களுக்கு வரிக்குதிரையும் ஞாபகம் வரலாம் !  

வரி (tax) என்பது, அரசோ அதுபோன்ற அமைப்புக்களோ, தனி நபர் அல்லது நிறுவணங்களிடமிருந்து பெறும் நிதி அளவீடு   குழந்தைப் பருவத்தில்,  முதல் சவால் - பென்சிலினால் ஒரு நேர் கோடு வரைதல் !    சீரற்ற கோடுகளை வரைவதில் தொடங்கி சிறந்தவர்கள் மட்டுமே முழுமையான வட்டத்தை வரைய வல்லர்.    

Data management expert Zebra Technologies (NASDAQ: ZBRA) reported robust fourth-quarter results, inspiring several bullish analyst reports. Among them, Baird analyst Richard Eastman raised his price target for Zebra from $292 to $312 per share, based on a compelling analysis.  Eastman explained his reiterated "outperform" rating on Zebra's stock with an insightful analysis of its most important target market. The retail sector was the first to head into the economic downturn of 2021 and 2022, and the same industry appears headed for a robust recovery.  

With stripes across the body, they look like having a barcode and at a glance all in the herd might look alike – they say that their stripe patterns are as distinctive as fingerprints are in man. Scientists can identify individual zebras by comparing patterns, stripe widths, colour and scars but to us they would look alike apart from their size – big and small.  In some ways more majestic than  the Horse, Zebra is a specie of African equids, live in the wild and have never been domesticated.  There are three living species: Grévy's zebra (Equus grevyi), the plains zebra (E. quagga), and the mountain zebra (E. zebra). Zebras share the genus Equus with horses and asses, the three groups being the only living members of the family Equidae.  

அசப்பில்குதிரை போல இருந்தாலும் வரிக்குதிரையின் வரிகள் பிரசித்தம். குதிரை, வரிக்குதிரை, கழுதை முதலியவை ஒரே குடும்பத்தைச் சார்ந்த விலங்குகள்தான்.  பல வகை வரிக்குதிரைகளின் அடிவயிற்றுப்பகுதியில் வரிகள் இல்லாமல் கொஞ்சமாய் வெள்ளைப் பகுதி காணப்படுகிறது. அதனால், வெள்ளைத் தோலில் கறுப்பு வரிகள் உள்ளன என்றுதான் பல காலமாய் புரிந்து வைத்திருந்தனர். ஆனால், கருவளர்ச்சியியல் (embryology) ஆய்வுகளைச் செய்துபார்த்தபோது, உள்ளபடியே கறுப்புத் தோலில் ஏற்படும் வெள்ளை நிறங்கள் தாம் வரிகள் என்பது தெளிவாகியுள்ளது.  

As a zebra grazes, it uses its sharper front teeth to bite the grass, and then uses its duller back teeth to crush and grind. A zebra's teeth keep growing for its entire life, because constant grazing and chewing wears them down.  Zebras are constantly on the move to find fresh grass and water. In Africa,  they gather in huge herds of thousands as they migrate to better feeding grounds. They often travel in mixed herds with other grazers and browsers, such as wildebeest.  

Zebras groom one another. If you see two zebras standing close to each other and it looks like they're biting each other, don't worry. They're pulling loose hairs off each other as they groom. Grooming also feels good to a zebra—it's like having an itch scratched.


International Zebra Day is observed every year on January 31  .. this Zebra was photographed by me at Bannerghatta zoo, Bengaluru.

With regards – S Sampathkumar