October 17, 2015

Professor M.N. Sastri Joins the Divine Cadre

Posted in Men in News at 12:05 pm by వసుంధర

prof mn sastri

All days are good but October 15 in the year 2015 is certainly a bad day for all those who knew Prof. Sastri.

I am a student of Professor M.N. Sastri. Student is a misnomer for any of his students as one could feel a friend, brother, father, guide and what not in him. I lost both of my parents by 1996 but never felt like an orphan till the day before yesterday, when Prof. Sastri decided to leave this world to honour a divine assignment.  I had retired from service in November, 2003 but was leading a very busy and active life drawing inspiration from his life style. People had been paying tributes to him at regular intervals all through his life; paying tributes now is a mere formality.

No doubt, we all continue to draw inspiration from him. Yet we feel sorry that we miss him and miss him so badly.

With these words, i would like to share the following news appeared in the Hindu:

Noted professor of chemistry, researcher, and former administrator of Andhra University M.N. Sastri passed away at his youngest son’s residence in Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday. He was 91, and is survived by his wife and three sons.

Prof. Sastri was associated with Andhra University for more than four decades. He was instrumental in launching the Centre for Nuclear Techniques in Andhra University. He also headed Gayatri Vidya Parishad and PG Colleges for some time.

He worked for his D.Sc. under the guidance of Prof. G. Gopala Rao after receiving Ph.D. from University of Durham, U.K., under the Govt. of India Fellowship after working under Prof. G.R. Martin.

The main areas of his research interests were solvent extraction, ion exchange, reaction kinetics, environmental studies, precipitation from homogenous solution, and catalysis.

He was the visiting professor at La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, and San Jose State University, USA.

He was awarded the Dr. P.C. Ray Medal by Calcutta University in 1980 for his contributions in analytical chemistry and the prestigious Dr. M.V. Ramanaiah memorial prize of the Indian Association for Nuclear and Allied Sciences in 2004 for his work in nuclear science. He was among the earliest to receive the Best Teacher Award of the Government of A. P.

Prof. Sastri’s articles in the Bulletin of Centre for Policy Studies were brought out in book form and the three publications ‘Profligate Civilization’, ‘World Demographic Trends’ and ‘Nuclear Genie’ were appreciated by former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He was intellectually active till the last.

June 12, 2009

Roger Federer: French Connection

Posted in Men in News at 11:11 am by kailash

Winning the Australian, French, Wimbledon and the US titles is the grand slam of tennis. Many aspire to achieve a career grand slam though grand slam in a calendar year could be their dream. With 13 grand slam titles under his belt, Roger Federer impressed one and all as one of the greatest exponents of tennis. Only the French Championship eluded him, which he clinched recently as his 14th grand slam title to complete a career grand slam. He now equals the highest tally of grand slam titles along with Pete Sampras giving rise to the debate whether he is the greatest among the greatest.
It is difficult to brush aside the likes of Rod Laver while looking for the greatest among the greatest. Laver achieved calendar year grand slams twice. He became a professional after the first achievement and was not allowed to participate in grand slam events. When the ban on professionals was lifted after 4 years, he achieved another calendar year grand slam. Setting aside comparisons between eras, Federer undoubtedly is the greatest among the present crop. His exploits point to his all time great status even without the French connection.

Obama: Man of Action

Posted in Men in News at 10:56 am by kailash

Responding to the recent address of President Barrack Obama to the Muslim world in Cairo, Roger Cohen, in his Times of India column (June 9, 2009), observes: Obama is arguably the greatest speech maker without a single memorable line.
Those who mean their words may prefer lines- for actions rather than words.

November 20, 2008

Kartik Rajaram – a victim or a criminal?

Posted in Men in News at 4:53 pm by kailash

Look out for Kartik Rajaram in google search. You may get the following information.

He is an MBA in finance from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and had formerly worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers and Sony Pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

Indian Cricket – phosphorescence to fluorescence

Posted in Men in News, Sports at 1:22 pm by kailash

“Stars twinkle in the night, heroes glow as knights”

One billion people and just one eleven required to excel. That is Indian cricket. Yet Amranaths, Mankads, Gavaskars, Vishwanaths, Kapil Devs, etc., come once in lifetime, glorify it and disappear. The team registers occasional wins and then thrives on the past glory. Scientifically this can be termed as phosphorescence. A phosphorescent substance absorbs sunlight to emit it later in the dark. Once we had the highest run-getter and also the highest wicket-taker playing together for the nation. The best innings of the century was attributed to our V.V.S. Lakshman. Yet we were struggling to make it to the top five at the international level until a few years back. Read the rest of this entry »

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