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September 09, 2012

Jim Corbett - Tribute To A Master Story Teller - 4

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his engaging series of articles on Jim Corbett, a leading personality in the days of the Indian Raj.

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August 26, 2012

Jim Corbett - Tribute To A Master Story Teller - 3


Hariharan ...The meandering Ramganga, with its rippling water coursing through boulders hurtling down the Shivalik mountain range through ages, is a recurring musical companion throughout. I had a smile on my face when I slept that night...

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his series of articles which pay tribute to the late Jim Corbett, the famous hunter and author.

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August 19, 2012

Jim Corbett - Tribute To A Master Story Teller - 2

...Corbett Park is one huge complex of wild life, woods and water . Originally created by Jim Corbett and his friends as “Hailey National Park”, this 201 sq. mile sanctuary was renamed in his honour within a year of his death...

Poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his series of articles on Jim Corbett, a remarkable man in the history of India during British rule.

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August 12, 2012

Jim Corbett: Tribute To A Master Story Teller - 1

"For those who grew up in newly independent India, the name Jim Corbett brings a smile on the face, or instant awe in recalling this remarkable man of British India. His stories like Man-eaters of Kumaon, Jungle Lore, Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag and My India, read in yesteryears, are the stuff of legend. For others to whom his name means nothing, a few words about his life and times are but fair fare,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, doffing his hat to the master as he recounts his experiences in Corbett country.

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August 05, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - Postscript

Hariharan Balakrishnan writes a postcript to his evocative series of articles titled Blue House Bonhomie. The series, along with more of Bala's engaging words, can be read at http://www.openwriting.com/archives/facets_of_india/

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July 29, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - 6

Poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan concludes his series of articles featuring the man who was his Guru, friend, philosopher and guide at an age when he was in need of such a person.

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July 22, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - 5

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his fascinating series of articles in which he recalls events and conversations in the Blue House.

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July 15, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - 4

Continuing his fascinating recollections of visiting the Blue House, Hariharan Balakrishnan reveals some of the secrets of palm reading.

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July 08, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - 3

...Most evenings, after prayer, father used to tell stories from Indian mythology and lore that brought spontaneous bursts of laughter and tears to our eyes...

Hariharan Balakrishnan shares further treasured memories of his boyhood days.

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June 24, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie - 2

...Jaggayya, the old retainer, was instructed to teach us how to swim. This old man with ebony skin and rock-like muscles, was a veritable source of strength and courage ...

Poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan delves again into his well-stockeed storehouse of memories.

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June 17, 2012

Blue House Bonhomie

...Many were the occasions when we sat on wicker chairs around the concrete flag-post base in front of that single-storey house with a vast frontage extending to the Baptist Church Road in Berhampur. The road was later re-christened “Giri Road” when his wife’s elder brother became President of India...

Writer, poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan recalls glorious days of fun and frolic.

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June 03, 2012

Coimbatore Courtesy

...A couple of years ago, when I visited Coimbatore again, I was told by my engineer friend about a hotel where anyone can walk in, eat his fill of pure vegetarian food and walk out after paying whatever he thinks fit. No bill is proffered- only an empty folder...

Poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan brings news of a wonderful town where courtesy and respect are habitual.

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May 14, 2012

R K Laxman - King Of Cartoons

"Seven years ago, ten days before the Republic Day honours list was announced, I spent one full hour with Laxman, the creator of the “Common Man” of India. I recorded that interview and have it even today in my computer,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, recalling his meeting with the legendary cartoonist R K Laxman.

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April 29, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta

"Fish, football and politics define the ethos of Bengal. The mightiest and the meekest feel at home with these subjects,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, concluding a series of articles on one of India's greatest cities.

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April 22, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta

"When you walk down the street in any part of Calcutta, the place resonates with sights and names that evoke its imperial past,'' writes poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan.

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April 15, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta

Hariharan Balakrishnan has to go through a security check to meet the editor of a Calcutta newspaper.

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April 08, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta

Poet and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan visits the Calcutta Club.

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April 01, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta - 3

Hariharan Balakrishnan visits the firm in Calcutta where he was employed four decades ago and finds the place and the people are essentially the same.

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February 26, 2012

Kolkata Is Calcutta - 2

...The flavour of the season is Tagore. Today is his 150th birth anniversary. For weeks, every single day, Tagore events resound all over the state - poetry, music, song and dance...

Writer and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan attends an event celbrating the work of India's great poet.

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February 19, 2012

Kolkata IS Calcutta

Columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan brings a word portrait of present-day Kolkata.

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February 05, 2012

A Bull In My Hat

Writer and columnist Hariharan Balakrishnan tells the colourful and astonishing story of a bull in a hat.

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January 29, 2012

A Quaint Indian "Englishman'' - Part 5

Hariharan Balakrishnan concludes his word portrait of Nirad Chaudhuri, a very special Indian writer and thinker who deserves to be read and re-read down the long decades.

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January 22, 2012

A Quaint Indian "Englishman'' - Part 4

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his series of articles on Nirad Chaudhury, the thinker and writer, at one time one of the most widely read columnists in India and author of The Autobiography Of An Unknown Indian.

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January 15, 2012

A Quant Indian "Englishman'' - Part 3

"There was always historical perspective with an incisive analytical approach in most of Nirad Chaudhury’s work. Many may disagree with his views, but none can question his intellectual integrity,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, continues his series of articles about Nirad Chaudhury, at one time one of the most widely read columnists and writers in India.

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January 08, 2012

A Quaint Indian" Englishman'' - Part Two

...It would not be hyperbole to say that Nirad Chaudhuri was an anglophile. In fact, he was an unabashed admirer of the English way of life, and tried to emulate what he considered the best of taste and culture in English life...

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his endearing portrait of Nirad C. Chaudhuri, a scholar extraordinaire and author of "The Autobiography of an Unkown Indian''.

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January 01, 2012

A Quaint Indian Englishman

Hariharan Balakrishnan pays tribute to Nirad C. Chaudhuri, a scholar extraordinaire and author of the celebrated book "The Autobiography of an Unkown Indian''.

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December 26, 2011

A Remarkable And Extraordinary Scientist

...Haldane’s wife Helen Spurway later told Smith that at the time he died in Bhubaneswar, Haldane had in his hand a stone which he had picked up from Israel, in the stream where David picked up the stone that killed Goliath. When he dropped that stone, Helen knew that he had died....

Hariharan Balakrishnan concludes his series of articles on the remarkable and extraordinary scientist, J B S Haldane.

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December 18, 2011

J B S Haldane - Part 3

...In essence, J B S Haldane was the quintessential experimenter - a scientist to the core, who repeatedly made his own body the laboratory for his very original experiments...

Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his fascinating series on the iconoclastic Scottish scientist who made India his home after the UK Government's decision to sieze the Suez canal in the 1950s.

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December 04, 2011

A Man Who Could Laugh At Himself

"J B S Haldane was an incorrigible optimist who could laugh at himself and the world,'' writes Hariharan Balakrishnan, continuing his series of articles about the British scientist who chose to live in India after the UK Government sanctioned an invasion of the Suez Canal area in the 1950s.

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November 27, 2011

Haldane In India

Author Hariharan Balakrishnan continues his absorbing account of Scotsman J B S Haldane's time in India. The famous scientist had departed from his native land in 1957 on a point of principle after Britain seized the Suex Canal with armed forces.

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November 20, 2011

One Of A Kind - Alive Or Dead

After leaving his native land on a point of principle, Scotsman J B S Haldane made India his home from 1957 until his death in December, 1964.

Hariharan Balakrishnan here pays trobute to a great man.

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