Sunday, April 16, 2023



The above is study certificate for my PUC Course obtained from the Institute. PCMB stands for Physics,Chemistry,Mathematics and Biology. The other subjects studied are English and Sanskrit.

I must thank Shri Rajiv at the office of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and the Director of the institute Shri. N.Siva Kumar for having made this possible.

Monday, April 10, 2023



The name Manantavady rings bells in my mind.In October 1983 or so S V Giri and myself reached at around 8pm  the old Calicut bus stand to board the 9pm bus to Bangalore but the bus was full and I still remember the blunt way in which the bus conductor shut the door of the bus and the bus took-off almost instantaneously...we waited upto 2:30 am in the Calicut bus stand under difficult conditions to board the early morning Karnataka SRTC super delux bus that would reach Calicut from Ernakulam around this time. Eventually we did board this bus reaching Bangalore at around 11 am.

The irony of the situation is that at  9 pm  there were several buses parked in the Calicut bus stand bound for Manantavady. For all Practical purposes we did not know where this place Manantavady was. Many people who visit Calicut for the first time would be in such quandary and must not make the oversight that we did.

Manantavady is a town in the Wayanad district of Kerala up the Western Ghat mountains.(Kalpetta is another town close to this place). It is a town on the same axis as Virajpet or even Madikeri. The principal fact of the matter is that Manantavady is relatively very close to the city of Mysore. Manantavady has a small befitting Kerala SRTC bus station. There are two routes from Manantavady to Mysore. One through Nagarahole forests through H D Kote (HeggadaDevana Kote) which should take three hours and another route through Gonikoppal which should take some four hours. Manantavdy also has a link road to Tellicherry.

Any one stranded in Calicut bus stand can try this route too to come to Bangalore. Calicut to Mananthavady to Mysore and to Bangalore.

Sunday, April 9, 2023




The photo above is that of  Mr. Virginijus Kundrotas a distinguished world-wide professor in the area of Management. More than five years ago on a visit to the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore happened to meet him in the side-walks of a conference that was underway at IIM and there after were linked through face book.He is from the Balkans and lectures at premier institutes around the World including the Harvard Business School.He wished me Happy Birthday and I was happy he remembers me in some way.

Saturday, April 8, 2023



The above is a photograph  of the SOMS  (SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES NIT CALICUT).It is a very impressive and large complex built with architectural accuracy and splendour and is a cut above many such campuses supposed to be inaguarated by Shri. Krishnadas Nair former CMD of HAL and was the Chairman of the Board of Governors of NIT Calicut for some time. It is built on some newly acquired land on the faculty quarters side of NIT  few kilometres from the main road amidst sylvan surroundings.

It is an excellent and well planned outfit with all attributes embedded with each other in a professional fashion with a very spacious courtyard.

People who were involved in the design of this campus deserve praise and with such an infrastructure SOMS would someday become an even more premier institute.

Budget hotel in Calicut (Kozhikode) Hotel Ambadi Comfort Inn,Near Palayam Bus-stand, Phone numbers Land line 0495-2702112,Mobile Phone number -8086340380.

Monday, April 3, 2023



BMRCL has formally launched the K R PURAM Railway station to WHITEFIELD Railway station metro service during the last week of March this year. Hon Prime Minister of India Shri Narender Modi  with Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Seetharaman and Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri Basavaraj Bommai  inaugurated  this   stretch. The PM and the FM arriving in a Helicopter and landing at a specially made helipad within the Sathya Sai campus.

Eventuallly the K R Puram metro station will be linked to the Byappanahalli Metro Station few months from now as the construction of a link bridge is in progress and once this work is complete this metro line will link Kengeri to Whitefield a long corridor of the city. Iam told this line will gradually be extended to Hoskote.

It is important to note that K R Puram metro station is adjacent to K R Puram railway station and so is the last stop presently christened Whitefeild(Kadugodi) is adjacent to Whitefeild Railway Station.The only error or oversight is that the logical places and the names of the Metro stations do not match in toto for some reason or the other  creating some trade-off.

For example Channasandra(Hope Farm) station is mid way between Hope Farm bus stand and Kadugodi bus stand.A station called Kadugodi Tree Park is few yards before the Hope Farm bus stop.Pattandur Agrahara station is ITPL.Such logical confusions exist and even I have requested the Metro brass to look into such confusions.

The basic design of this stretch is interesting. Two staight corridors linked by a semi-circular arc. From KR Puram metro station to Singayyanpalya to Garudachar palya..thereupon it takes a arc towards the right into Sathya Sai Hospital and rejoining the main road at Pattandur Agrahara (ITPL)..As of now there is a feeder bus system that links Byappanahalli Metro Station  with K R Puram metro stations.

Not to forget the K R Puram  metro station stands on the dining hall and foot ball ground of Lowry Memorial High School.As tiny tots we used to play Foot Ball in this ground and march-past during Independence day used to be held on this ground.