When we were in school, I remember studying the famous sonnet, “Death Be Not Proud” by the English poet, John Donne (1572-1631) . I must have been around 13 or 14 then and this poem made a big impact at an impressionable age. The first lines remain etched in my mind though over 50 years have flown by since I first came across them. “Death, be not proud though some have called you Mighty and Dreadful, for thou art not so…” Donne mocks death and says it is not something to be feared as it happens to everyone. He concludes by personifying Death, predicting that one day Death too shall die! ” Death shall be no more. Death, thou shall die.” Continue reading “Death, Be Not Proud!”
I had the pleasure of participating in the Second OL Book Reading Festival held at The Lawrence School, Lovedale recently.
I was delighted to participate in the Second OL ( Old Lawrencians) Book Reading Festival that was organized as part of the 155th Founder’s Celebrations, in my alma mater, The Lawrence School, Lovedale on May 2, 2013. Continue reading “Second OL Book Reading Festival, The Lawrence School, Lovedale”
A friend called excitedly to say she had seen the article in Coimbatore, as did later a cousin from Chennai. We had of course seen it in the Weekend edition of Metroplus in The Hindu of December 14, 2012. I speak of my interview in The Hindu, one of India’s most reputed newspapers, about my new thriller, “Lucky For Some, 13.” Continue reading “Interview in “The Hindu””
We had a wonderful time up at Lovedale earlier this month. As part of the 154th Founder’s Day celebrations at The Lawrence School, Lovedale ( where I studied between 1959 and 1967), a Book Reading Festival was organized for the first time for Old Lawrencians who had published books in recent years.
I was delighted to hear that the 154th Founder’s Day celebrations of my alma mater, The Lawrence School, Lovedale,would have a unique event this year. A Book Reading Festival has been organized in which Old Lawrencians who have written books in recent years would get an opportunity to show case their writing. On May 2 and May 3, five authors , including yours truly, will participate in this event which culminates in our formally presenting our books to the School Library.
Many a saying has inspired people over generations. In the Indian Army, one of the most inspirational has been The Chetwode Motto. “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, comfort and welfare of the men you command comes next. Your own ease, comfort and safety, come last always and every time”.