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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

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Yashasvi Jaiswal second double ton !!

How much of Cricket do you follow ! – those days a few hundreds of wise people would come to watch Palayampatti Shield matches, Hindu trophy and games of every kind !!  .. .. not many present day followers would know or remember CB Selvakumar, who played for RBI, was a popular Six hitter and who made a double century in the Hindu trophy format !!!   

Back in Oct 2019, a 17 year old made ripples hitting a List A double century finishing at 203 in 154 balls against Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare trophy, today the whole World is talking about him !!   

His achievement is all the more laudable given the face of adversity ! ~ media reports suggest that back in 2012, an innocent 11-year-old boy arrived in Mumbai with a dream of playing cricket for the country. He lived in a tent with no toilet facilities, sold panipuri to sustain himself and would go to sleep without eating for days on. He rose to play U19 and is a famous six hitter now  

Cricket records are meant to broken.  In olden days, a tour to Caribbean islands was the toughest one.  In 1971 India had glory.   In Feb 1971, India played their 1st test at Sabina Park.    After the first day was washed out India, thanks mainly to Dileep Sardesai's double-hundred, amassed 387, and then the Indian spinners skittled the West Indies for 217, a deficit of 170. They were asked to follow-on, but comfortably batted out time for a draw. Sardesai amassed  642 runs, with two single hundreds and a double, yet was outsmarted !  .. Abid Ali & Jayanti lal were the openers, while Abid Ali opened the bowling with Eknath Solkar.  Prasanna and Venkatraghaven – the two offies played together.  In the next match, a legend debuted opening alongside Ashok Mankad !!   

The Indian touring party was announced by the BCCI on 13 January 1971. The selectors named Ajit Wadekar the Captain, dropping Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and Chandu Borde, the latter due to lack of form and fitness. S. Venkataraghavan was the vice-captain. Notable exclusions were  spinner BS Chandrasekhar, flamboyant  Farokh Engineer and Rusi Surti, the latter two owing to a ruling that they must have played during the season's Ranji Trophy competition. Keki Tarapore was the tour manager and Subhash Gupte, the liaison officer.  

That Series was all about little Master Sunil Manohar Gavaskar.  He missed the 1st Test due to an injured finger. In the 2nd, the 21-year-old announced himself with scores of 65 and 67 not out as India won by 7 wickets to lead the series 1-0 with 3 games to go.  In the next game, he made his 1st Test 100; finishing with 116 and 64 not out to help India draw the game.   In the next match, he fell for 1 in the 1st innings, his only score below 50 in the entire series. He  made up for it with 117 not out to make sure India saved the game and with one match left, India were still 1-0 up.  In the final test, he made 124 in the 1st innings and followed it up with 220 in the 2nd innings and West Indies barely managed to draw the game and India won the series 1-0, their 1st Test series victory over West Indies and that too in their own den. Gavaskar became the 2nd Indian to hit a 100 in each innings of a Test, something he would do on 2 more occasions.   

The legendary Indian batter Sunil Gavaskar achieved plenty of milestones during his 16 years long Test career.  We thought that it was the pinnacle of glory .. .. but players keep coming up, we have seen the likes of Virender SEhwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli to name a few .. .. and is Yashasvi Jaiswal right up there is the Q !?!  

Today at Rajkot, phenomenal Yashasvi Jaiswal beat England bowlers to submission as the India opener notched up his second successive double century on Day 4 of the third Test in Rajkot on Sunday. Going hammer and tongs against the England bowlers, dazzling Jaiswal hammered his second double ton of the series – following  209 in Visakhapatnam in the second Test.  

Remember that he made his century yesterday -  when in   90s it  seemed to be a battle between his intent and execution. Mark Wood went with a bumper barrage and Jaiswal first tried to sell him a dummy by acting as if he was moving to leg but sliding back to position. Wood kept his poise and fired it at his throat and Jaiswal hopped to keep it down. Two more bouncers were kept out before he backed away for real outside leg and weakly cut to point.  On 103, his back began to seize up and he slowly sank at the non-striker’s end after calling for medical attention. As he lay on his tummy, the physio worked vigorously on the lower back and stretched his left leg. Next over, he walked off the field.  

Today he returned fresh with renewed vigour and played a splendid innings. With an easy single off a Joe Root delivery, Jaiswal got to his double ton and leapt in joy as the Indian dressing room and the fans in the stands applauded his stupendous knock.  Jaiswal is now also the sixth Indian after MAK Pataudi (203*), Dilip Sardesai (200*), Sunil Gavaskar (220 and 221), VVS Laxman (281) and Wasim Jaffer (212) to score a double hundred in second innings for India in the traditional format. Jaiswal finished on an unbeaten 214 as India declared their second innings at 430 for 4, setting England a target of 557 in the second session on the penultimate day.  

It was not only the double ton but the manner of crazy hitting – it looked like IPL.  Already 48 sixers have been hit in this Series -   28 sixes in this match breaking  the record for most sixes in a match, going past their 27 sixes in the Vizag Test in the same series in 2018-19.  

Three decades ago, a young man from Mumbai Vinod Kambli  took Test cricket by storm with two double-centuries in a row. Yashasvi Jaiswal, another young man from Mumbai, has now scored two double-centuries.  He is also the third-youngest man to two double-centuries in Tests, behind Vinod Kambli and Don Bradman.  Three Indians have scored two double tons in a Series – Vinod Kambli, Virat Kohli and Jaiswal.  

In this innings Jaiswal hit 12 sixers.    Immediately after reaching the double-century, he celebrated it back-to-back sixes off Joe Root. With that he leveled Wasim Akram's 12 sixes in his 257 against Zimbabwe back in 1996 

While you would read Statistics, personal milestones and acclaims today all over, here are some moot points to ponder too,

·        Without  belittling the innings,  this attack perhaps was weak – James Anderson bowled 13, Mark Wood 10, Hartley 23 and Rehan 25 !  - the max (27) were bowled by Joe Root. !!

·        Yesterday many went gaga over the run out blaming Jadeja stating Sarfraz missed out a certain 100 – gentlemen, still there were 38 to be made ! and run outs do happen in Cricket.  Every batsman would play for individual landmarks though one would keep saying that Team interest is above individual.  Today with Jaiswal within a scoring shot to his double, Sarfraz cut Rehan and ran one – Jaiswal turned back was not intent on second,  there was ugly animated gestures from the debutant at a Senior colleague for not running the second ! – was he intent to make his 50 before the declaration ?    Rohit Sharma waited till Jaiswal made 200 and delayed it by a couple of overs thereafter.

·        People call him cool nice guy – when he was at the helm with Greg Chappell as coach he too chopped some, picked some !  and in Multan Test when the result was not in jeopardy, he declared the innings with a Star batsman stranded at 194 ! – he could have declared when the batsman was around 175 or sent him a note to reach landmark in couple of overs.  He had the mind to deny double ton !!   

Yashasvi Jaiswal is playing his seventh match and 12th innings in a career that began last year with a debut knock of 171 in the West Indies.  His attitude and stroke play have been exceptional.  Best wishes to him to become a dependent consistent player and score 10000 runs in Test Cricket

With regards – S Sampathkumar

SYMA Growth Pooja 2024

Today – Sunday, 19th Feb 2024 is a day of significance for SYMA.   Education is the only thing that can change the lives of children coming from lower echelons of society.  We firmly believe that only quality education can improve them and ensure their moving to a higher echelon. 

கேடில் விழுச்செல்வம் கல்வி யொருவற்கு

மாடல்ல மற்றை யவை.  

ஒருவனுக்கு இழிவு இல்லாத சீரிய செல்வமாவது கல்வி, அஃது ஒழிந்த மணியும் பொன்னும் முதலாயின செல்வமல்ல. மற்றப் பொருட் செல்வங்களெல்லாம் இயற்கையாலுஞ் செயற்கையாலும் அழிந்துபோந்தன்மையனவாதலின் சிறந்த செல்வங்களாகா. கல்வியின் கேடின்மையை, "வெள்ளத்தாற் போகாது வெந்தழலால் வேகாது வேந்தராலும் கொள்ளத்தான் முடியாது கொடுத்தாலும் நிறைவொழியக் குறைபடாது கள்ளர்க்கோ மிகவரிது காவலோ மிகவெளிது கல்வியெனும் உள்ளத்தே பொருளிருக்க உலகெல்லாம் பொருள்தேடி உழல்வதேனோ" என்னும் பழந்தனியனால் அறிக. 


SYMA has an unsaturated desire for serving the Society. SYMA [Srinivas Youngmen’s Association]  has been in the field of Social service since 1977.  Education is the most important thing in life – it will give Worldly pleasures  and give pleasure to the world too; it will not diminish by giving; it will spread the fame of those possessing it; cannot be destroyed… there is no better medicine  than Education that can cure all ills.   At SYMA, we realize that  Education can refine a person and ensure one’s success in life.   We at SYMA, feel strongly the primary responsibility  of improving the Society and helping the underprivileged.  

6th July 2008 was indeed a very auspicious day ~ for on that day Mr. R Sekar, IPS, Commissioner of Police launched our Tuition Centre ‘Growth’  and a right beginning was made.  Every year since, we have been tasting grand success with very good results.   SYMA Growth – a fullfledged tuition centre, is our  cherished initiative in educating the economically poor children, uplifting their standards and making them responsible citizens, by providing quality educational support throughout the year free.    In this beautiful World, most students are frightened to face the Public examinations.  SYMA’s vision is  to provide good quality education training free of cost  for those students who suffer for want of opportunities.  

The tuition activities for the present Education year 2023-24 concludes today with a special Pooja.  Around 90 students (X Standard and +2 Science & Commerce groups) studied in our Centre this year.  This morning we organized a pooja at our Educational centre functioning at NKT Boys High School.  Sri Parthasarathi Swami Thirukkoyil chinnamurai battar Sri Srinivasan swami conducted the pooja for the welfare of the students and SYMA.  This evening we are organizing some fun-filled activities and give a send-off to our dear students with some gifts, lots of courage and grit to do well in their examinations.  

Wishing all our students – “All the very best” in the upcoming Public examinations and in their career too.  

The success of SYMA Growth in uplifting the students from lower echelons of society is fully because of the untiring efforts of teachers of SYMA Growth. SYMA places on record our profound thanks  to the Management of NK Thirumalachariyar National Boys High School,    our beloved teachers of SYMA Growth,  Principal of Growth, Coordinator  and all of YOU  who had supported SYMA in all its endeavours.  

After the pooja there was a session with the parents.  It was indeed gratifying and happy to hear some of them praising SYMA for the efforts, providing a very positive feedback that the attitude, patience, discipline and knowledge of their wards had changed immensely and they now feel very confident and happy about their wards. Nice encouraging words ensuring that we are walking on the right path on our chosen goals.

With regards – S Sampathkumar
Vice-President SYMA

Saturday, February 17, 2024

ISRO successfully launches - GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS

Another great day for the Nation – this evening,  the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched ‘naughtyboy’ -  Insat-3DS, a third-generation weather satellite that will augment meteorological services and improve the accuracy of weather forecasts in the country.  GSLV-F14 carrying Insat-3DS lifted off from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 5.35pm.


Around 18 minutes after liftoff, the three-stage rocket placed the weather satellite in a 253km geosynchronous transfer orbit. ISRO  chairman S Somanath said the launch vehicle had achieved a very good orbit. “The success of GSLV has given us the confidence to accomplish the NISAR (NASA-ISRO SAR) launch which is our next mission.” Insat-3DS satellite is a follow-on mission of a third generation meteorological satellite from geostationary orbit. The satellite will augment the meteorological services along with the presently operational Insat-3D and Insat-3DR in-orbit satellites. 

The launch of the GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS mission is accomplished today, Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 17:35 Hrs. IST from SDSC-SHAR, Sriharikota. In its 16th mission, the GSLV aims at deploying the INSAT-3DS meteorological satellite into the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO). Subsequent orbit-raising maneuvers will ensure that the satellite is positioned in a Geo-stationary Orbit. 

Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) is a three-stage 51.7 m long launch vehicle having a liftoff mass of 420 tonnes. The first stage (GS1) comprises a solid propellant (S139) motor having 139-ton propellant and four earth-storable propellant stages (L40) strapons which carry 40 tons of liquid propellant in each. The second stage (GS2) is also an earth-storable propellant stage loaded with 40-ton propellant. The third stage (GS3) is a cryogenic stage with a 15-ton propellant loading of liquid oxygen (LOX) and liquid hydrogen (LH2). 

During the atmospheric regime, the Satellite is protected by Ogive payload fairing. GSLV can be used to launch a variety of spacecraft capable of performing communications, navigation, earth resource surveys, and any other proprietary mission. 

INSAT-3DS Satellite is a follow-on mission of Third Generation Meteorological Satellite from Geostationary Orbit. GSLV-F14/INSAT-3DS mission is fully funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). It is designed for enhanced meteorological observations and monitoring of land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and disaster warning. The satellite will augment the Meteorological services along with the presently operational INSAT-3D and INSAT-3DR satellites. Indian Industries have significantly contributed to the making of the Satellite. 

Officials said the payloads would generate major geophysical parameters like sea and land surface temperatures, cloud properties, fog, rainfall, snow cover, snow depth, fire, smoke, aerosol, water vapour wind, upper tropospheric humidity, humidity profile and total ozone to study about atmosphere, land and ocean.  The data from the satellite would be used by various departments of ministry of earth sciences, including India Meteorology Department, National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) and Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), to provide improved weather forecasts and meteorological services. The ministry of earth sciences has funded the launch. 

The Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle (GSLV)  carried the  crucial mission for the rocket nicknamed “naughty boy” for its spotty record.   The mission’s success is  crucial for the GSLV, which is scheduled to carry later this year the Earth observation satellite, NISAR, which is being jointly developed by NASA and ISRO.  At least four of the 15 launches using the GSLV so far have been unsuccessful. In comparison, only three of the 60 missions so far by ISRO’s workhorse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), and none of the seven by its successor LVM-3, have failed

It is a continuing success story for the Nation -    ISRO  has completed more than  50 launches from the Satellite Launching Station in Sriharikota Range.  Situated on an island off Sullurupeta - a small town in Nellore district, of the state Andhra Pradesh the launch centre located at Sriharikota, was named as Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR in September 2002, in memory of Professor Satish Dhawan, who was Chairman of ISRO from 1972 to 1984. 

Salute our Scientists – Jai Hind.


Sriharikota is more than 100 kms away from here and this evening we were able to see the Rocket shining in the sky and moving up from Triplicane. Here are a couple of photos taken with Sony Rx10ii camera.

With regards – S Sampathkumar
17th Feb 2024.
PS :  photos of the GSLV F14 and other technical details – credits ISRO website. 

Statutory of Mynahs - ஒரு மைனா மைனா குருவி மனசார பாடுது

It is a standard template in tinseldom – Hero portrayed as poor, protector of poor but is actually is a rich man !  

In 1990s  Rajnikant was seen as a saviour who would jump into politics  and protect the State – some even say that he had a great chance in 1996 – but his formula has been simple, create hype, act, make money, chase more money.  In this movie, Rajni is a collie in a factory – a hard worker ! – he is masquadered by villains to act in the place of a foreign returned rich peron.  Rajini acts but wants to run away knowing the truth – later he discovers that he is the actual heir to the vast property !! his father had been killed by those 3 brothers – and .. ..  he avenges ! – then he says he is happy living as a coolie and foregoes all wealth !!


Not any post on Cinema but a song from that movie that is the subject matter of this post – the Mynah bird – have never seen so many of them flying together !! 

Away from the concrete jungles of madness, the spring, the dawn chorus sounds different. In the dark hours before sunrise, little birds  whistles, chips, hoots, and trills with deafening birdsongs.  We know and can identify Vultures, Crows, Pigeons, Parrots, Mynahs, Woodpeckers, Kingfishers, Cranes and the like -  boisterous and energetic than in past years, all singing raucously at the same time, like a poetry slam where everyone’s reading at once. Birds fly, fish swim – the  age at which birds fledge, or begin to fly, varies widely from species to species. Without knowing species, it is impossible to say how long it will take a bird to fly after hatching. Within species, the capability generally develops within a short window common to all young.   

In 1760 the French zoologist Mathurin Jacques Brisson included a description of the common myna in his Ornithology based on a specimen that he mistakenly believed had been collected in the Philippines. He used the French name Le merle des Philippines and the Latin Merula Philippensis.  Although Brisson coined Latin names, these do not conform to the binominal system and are not recognised by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature.  When in 1766 the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus updated his Systema Naturae for the twelfth edition, he added 240 species that had been previously described by Brisson.  One of these was the common mynah.  

The myna  is a bird of the starling family (Sturnidae). This is a group of passerine birds which are native to southern Asia, especially India, Pakistan & Bangladesh. They have been introduced into many countries and in Australia,  the common myna which is  regarded as an invasive species.   An omnivorous open woodland bird with a strong territorial instinct, the myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments. The range of the common myna is increasing at such a rapid rate that in 2000 the IUCN Species Survival Commission declared it one of the world's most invasive species.  

Common mynas are believed to pair for life. They breed through much of the year depending on the location, building their nest in a hole in a tree or wall. They breed from sea-level to 3000 m in the Himalayas.  

ஒரு மைனா மைனா குருவி மனசார பாடுது

மாயங்கள் காட்டுது ஹூய் ஹூய்

அது நைசா நைசா தழுவி நதி போல

ஆடுது ஜோடியை கூடுது ஹூய் ஹூய்

மெல்ல காதலிக்க எங்கெங்கோ சுற்றி தான் வந்த மான்கள்

மன்னன் பூங்குளத்தில் ஒன்றல்ல ரெண்டல்ல வண்ண மீன்கள்  

இசைஞானி இளையராஜாவின் இன்னிசையில் மனோ, சித்ரா குரல்களில் - 1993ல் பி. வாசு இயக்கத்தில் - ரஜனிகாந்த் ரோஜா நடித்த படம் 'உழைப்பாளி'.  விநியோகஸ்தர்கள் சங்கம் ரஜினியின் திரைப்படங்களை வெளியிட தடை விதித்ததால் விநியோகஸ்தர்கள் யாருமே இந்த படத்தை வாங்க முன்வரவில்லை. எனவே படத்தை வெளியிடுவதில் சிக்கல் ஏற்பட்டது.


Read somewhere that the group of mynahs, the collective noun of Myna birds is : Bazaar, fragrane, local and .. .. statutory of Mynahs.
Interesting !
With regards – S Sampathkumar

Friday, February 16, 2024

Nation is proud of Ash magical milestone of 500 Test wickets !!

By looks, we consider, we feel some are very intelligent – our favourite writer Srirangam Rangarajan (Sujatha) was one .. .. Cricketer S Venkatraghavan resembled him not only in looks but in wisdom too.  .. .. and Ashwin stands tall there !


Albert Einstein is a name that is  always considered synonymous with intelligence. Einstein was a Theoretical Physicist who is considered to be the greatest physicist in the world. People at the time were so impressed and obsessed with his mind that after his death, Thomas Harvey made 170 pieces of his brain and sent it to different scientists for research.  Einstein   certainly was  one of the greatest scientists of all time. In terms of mathematical ability, Einstein perhaps would not come close to matching today’s leading physicists like Stephen Hawking.  The depth and range of his achievements are not without precedent, either. Far less well-known scientists such as Carl Gauss and Leonhard Euler made fundamental contributions in many more fields. The person with perhaps the strongest claim to being the smartest person of all time is the Victorian polymath Sir Francis Galton, whose work on everything from statistics and evolution to the ‘wisdom of crowds’ is still used every day by researchers a century after his death. 

13 years ago ! – it  was over 32.5 Ashwin in his debut match hit the timber – Darren Bravo the  victim – the 1st Test against West Indies at Kotla, Delhi on Nov 6, 2011   - India won by 5 wickets -  not many would have imagined of the heights the Man of the match would accomplish !!  

In that test debutant Ravichandran Ashwin became only the third Indian  player (after Pravin Amre and RP Singh) to win the Man of the Match award on debut. (Before 1990, this award wasn't declared for all matches.)   Today at Rajkot, Ravichandran Ashwin climbed newer heights setting up   Zak Crawley registered himself into the record books, becoming his 500th victim.    

**  6 –9 -  3 – 1 – 1 – 2 *2* - 2 – 2**  decipher what ?????  

Cricinfo reports that - when asked what had not not changed, he said it was his "desire to excel".  All through his career, Ashwin's critics have tended to view his constant experimentation as a sign of overthinking the game, and he spoke of having had to fight that perception. "I'm really happy where I am in life. Forget it as just being in cricket. [I get told] that you 'intellectualise bowling', or whatever.   

In 147 years of Test cricket only eight bowlers had reached the 500-wicket landmark, but with R Ashwin there was a sense of inevitability that he would get there, long before he actually dismissed Zak Crawley for wicket number 500. The fact that he is the second-fastest to achieve the milestone - in terms of matches and deliveries - demonstrates just how successful a career he has had.  

Today at Rajkot Ravichandran Ashwin became the ninth man, the second Indian, to reach the landmark of 500 Test wickets. He is  the second-fastest bowler to achieve the feat, getting there in his 98th Test.  "I would like to dedicate this to my father, he's responsible for everything I've done in my life. He's lived it through, had heart attacks every time I've played. I think his health has gone for a toss because he's watched games of mine on TV and been a constant support for me," Ashwin said in an interview with the host broadcaster at the end of the day's play. "  

The aspect of Ashwin's career that stands out more than any other is obviously his record at home: 347 wickets in 58 Tests at an average of 21.22. Three more wickets will make him just the fifth bowler to take 350 home wickets, after Muttiah Muralidaran, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Anil Kumble. In terms of averages too, he is bunched together with the very best.  There have been so many series-defining performances by Ashwin in his 12-year career that he has won a staggering 10 Man-of-the-Series awards; only Muralidaran, with 11, has done better.  

Ashwin has opened the bowling 50 times in Test cricket !! - 45 times in Asia, a couple of times each in England and Australia, and once in South Africa. In these 50 innings, he has taken 165 wickets at an average of 19.36, and a strike rate of 41 balls per wicket. The only other spinner with 100-plus wickets when opening the bowling in Test history is Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath.  Another statistics in another Cric web reveals -  25714 - balls taken by Ashwin to complete 500 wickets in Tests, making him the second-fastest to the mark after Glenn McGrath. The former Australia quick had got there of his 25528th ball in the format, dismissing Marcus Trescothick on an action-packed Day 1 of the Ashes 2005 opener at Lord's.  

"The desire to excel hasn't changed, wanting to keep on evolving as a cricketer, that's something that's been organic to me right from my club cricket days in Chennai,"  Ashwin  said. "  Ashwin  sadly who has not been the blue-eyed boy of many Captains and management, identified the period from 2018 to 2019, when he lost his place in the Indian team away from home, as the most challenging phase of his career, describing it as a "bottomless pit" before the Covid-19 pandemic gave him perspective.  

His Career statistics reveal :  6th fastest to 100 wickets; 9th fastest to 150;  3rd fastest to 200 wickets; 1 fastest to 300 wickets; 1st  fastest to 350 (combined);  2nd fastest to 400 ; 2nd fastest to 450 and 2nd fastest to 500   – among all bowlers that would include all time greats like Muthiah Muralitharan, legendary Dennis Lillee, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and all those who played Test Cricket !  

To the Q that wavers in mind of fan that why Ashwin has often got a raw deal- there is Einstein’s famous words :  “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”  

Well done Ashwin … .. 600 is certainly within your reach !!  Nation is proud of YOU !!

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
16th Feb 2024.