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A versatile legend moves on A multi-faceted leader rests in peace Missile Man takes flight He took space science to such great heights! Sivaraman, 100 He contributed so much to the telecom revolution MSV – the King of Light Music He took Kone to great heights… Tribute - R K Baratan He breathed transport development Samskrt loses a passionate exponent... The ‘Q’ factor cost him Cabinet Secretary’s post The scientist-engineer who lucidly explained economics Tribute – Baldev Raj A versatile, humane and efficient administrator/litterateur The motor sportsman is no more ‘Hero’ rides into the sunset Tribute – Ja Ra Su Big ideas, not big words, are important... Master of strokes A genius civil servant fades Fighter-pilot turned monk... Transport S Narayanan If only he had fastened the seat-belt... A multi faceted prince is no more... How to build a nation VV Goes... Remembering I K Gujral… ‘Mandolin’ stops playing... Centurion ‘Leo’ rests in peace Justice Iyer, 100 He was the greatest. Remembering Chariji The Rajha of Rajapalayam... Deora – the best networked politician.... A statue for RV, at last! Question on Operation X M Subramaniam Cement, calcium carbide, shipping… TSN turned these and more into gold Brilliant Saeed saab A welcome biography on a towering CA Colour-Chem's colorful personality A honest bank executive... He elevated B&C to its best... Bal Thackeray When SPIC spawned star managers... This trendsetter is no more Endearing Aachi... Honest civil servant Scientist and leader of educational reforms The honest Sardarji Flute falls silent India’s Master Builder… Father of German unification no more... KB Sir for all... A Gandhian breathes his last on Gandhi Jayanthi Music loses a maestro The Hero of bicycles rests in peace ‘Sai’ Srinivasan no more KP is no more Another Leo of real estate and education is no more Saeed Jaffrey Dr M G K Menon Jeppiar calls it a day Music Samrat!!! - TMS Tribute: Dr. Krishnamoorthy Srinivas R Desikan – the crusader of consumer interests is gone New team at the helm at TANSTIA Dada of drip irrigation...
 
Tribute – Ja Ra Su

It was the 1950s. In a crowded cluster of apartments in Purasawakkam, a  young man was dreaming to become a writer. In my school days, I used to listen to his dreams. Writing for Tamil journals and newspapers were then not for livelihood. This young man J R Sundaresan (JRS or Ja ra su in Tamil) persisted with looking for a career as a journalist. The Tamil magazine Kumudam was launched earlier on 15 August 1947 by two young post-graduates in law. SAP Annamalai and P V Parthasarathy were struggling to find their feet, facing formidable competition from the well - established Ananda Vikatan and Kalki. Kumudam quickly made waves and built a vast readership of the youth. 

With another brilliant writer, R K Rangarajan and JRS mentored by SAP and fortified by the sharp business acumen of Parthasarathy, Kumudam raced to the top. For quite a few years this magazine was the best selling news magazine in India.

JRS wrote with different pen names. The one that stuck was Bakkiyam Ramaswamy. He created the immortal couple Seetha paatti- Appuswami Thatha - the former, the dominant, sophisticated, socially upward mobile and intelligent housewife and the latter a hen-pecked simpleton regularly landing himself in ridiculous situations. JRS wrote dozens of short stories around these.

Tamil magazines, led by Vikatan, flourished on humour. JRS belonged to this genre.  In his demise at the age of 87, the Tamil literary world has lost a multi-faceted writer.


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