WHO IS LONDON SWAMINATHAN?-6; WOMEN HAVE MORE POWER OF OBSERVATION(Post 10,349)

London Swaminathan speaking in one of the book launch events in London. I have presided over sevral Book Launching events in London. Sri Lankan author Rajeswari Balasubrahmanyam called me to speak for all her novel/ book launches

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 10,349

Date uploaded in London – –   17 NOVEMBER  2021         

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FIRST LET ME STAT WITH SOME GOOD NEWS.  I wrote yesterday that my London friend is a bit hesitant to write his auto biography. Last night I received a text message informing me that he is ready to write and asked me where to start.

Do I have to write like this? My name is S Swaminathan; I was born in Keezvalur near Nagappattinam on a Skanda shasti day that is 6-11-1948. That is why I am called Swaminathan.

No, no.

I learnt a trick from Soviet science books and used that technique in the BBC World Service and I stood first among the 37 languages.

What is it?

Say something interesting to start with and then go into minute details. Ya .Perelman’s book such as ‘Physics for Entertainment’, ‘Astronomy for Entertainmen’t, ‘Math’s for fu’n, ‘150 things about Chemistry’– all these are very interesting books.

Indian books on Moon will begin…

The moon is XYZ distance from our earth; the orbit takes XYZ days. All stat.s, all boring numbers.

But Russian books will begin with………

HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF AN EARTH WITHOUT A MOON? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THERE IS NO MOON?

Then you start thinking; the answers will follow. They will catch you with interesting details, puzzles, and riddles.

I used the same technique in the BBC Tamilosai for 5 ++ years. I threw a challenge to my listeners: Ask me any question about anything under the sun on the earth. Listeners asked me from A to Z; from astronomy to zoology; I took 20 minutes to answer 3 questions every week.

I start with……

The answer to your question in one line is XYZ.

Then I will say……….

Before I go into the details, I wanted to tell you one interesting thing about XXXX

Even a person with no interest in that subject would listen to you.

In a particular year the Audience Research Bureau of the BBC World Service sent a report to the BBC saying Swaminathan’s Q and A programme received 19000+++ letters from our listeners and I was congratulated by one and all for this achievement. The BBC team came and took my picture and sent it to all Tamil newspapers in India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore. They published my profile in the in- house BBC magazine.

So the answer to any one who wants to say something, please start with some interesting thing which would attract everyone.

I REQUESTED GREAT TAMIL SCHOLAR SEKKIZAR ADIPPODI  T N RAMACHANDRAN TO LAUNCH LONDON SATH SANGAM’S TAMIL SCHOOL IN CANONS HIGH SCHOOL IN LONDON. I AM WELCOMING HIM.
SRI VELUKKUDI KRISHNAN VISITED LNDON TWICE. ONE OF HIS DISCIPLES INVITED HIM. BUT I ARRANGED ALL HIS LECTURES IN JULY 2007.

My nephew Krishna Prakash in California is an avid reader and listener. He listened to hundreds of hours of lectures on Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita. He gave me his book list year wise in one of his e mails. It was an amazing list of fiction and non- fiction. He has put it in his website. That is a good start. Write something—the countries you visited, the famous people you met, the interesting things you watched on TV, the books you read or liked. Even if my nephew writes a few lines on each book, he read it would make a massive literature.

Xxx

NOW TO WIVES OF THE WORLD

Women are keen observers. They watch the movement of both men and women. My wife once asked me , Can you buy me the XYZ necklace, like the one worn by your colleague?  Though I worked with my lady colleague for years, I never noticed the TYPE of necklace she wore. But she didn’t believe me; how come you have never seen it.

We men, see it but with blind eyes!

It is not with women only; they knew all the men’s dress. They talk among themselves, Oh you mean the person who came in blue suit today; oh do you mean the guy who came with loose tie today? etc

God has given this extraordinary talent to them. I do enjoy the beauty of a woman like I enjoy the beauty of nature. But knows not the jewellery or dress they wear.

Famous poet John Keats said, “A thing of beauty is joy for ever”.

I don’t even remember what I wore yesterday or what my wife wore when she came to a wedding reception with me. Observing others is a good skill. People who interview you for a certain job notice how you behave in a tense circumstance like job interview, how you have tied your shoelace etc.

Having said that I would give you some interesting anecdote in my life. I have already written it in Tamil or English in this blog. Sorry for the repetition.

One day I was looking very sad. The Indian Express team entered my house which they do every day to pick up my father to Dinamani office. The manager, circulation manager, accountant, sometimes the Editor of Indian Express all raid our kitchen, check every tin  and bottle there for snacks made by my mum. They had full freedom to take the ‘war booty!’

While going back they looked at me.

Hey, why are you looking sad?

I did not answer their question. My dad told them that I  did not get M.Sc. Botany seat in Madurai University. Then the manager asked me,

Do you know anything about editing?

Now I became vociferous, Yes,Yes, I do open all the news messages that come every morning and I sort them out before dad comes to the office desk.

Then all of them shouted in chorus,

“Come on, come into the car with us”.

I told them sorry I did not wear proper dress.

“Hey, we TOLD you to board the car”.

 I went with my SSLC certificate, PUC Certificate. The Degree certificate will come only after a few months- after the convocation.

In the office, the senior most sub editor gave me some test matter. In the office, I showed my SSLC (School Final) certificate to check my DOB.

I went home in the evening with my dad in the office car. He was by boss, News Editor Madurai, V Santanam.

Next day the manger phoned me……

Please bring your SSLC certificate. We wanted to photocopy the page of your DOB.

I was looking for it at home. It was not there. I turned the house upside down. Everybody joined me in the Great Search. No , It was not there.

Another phone call came from the manger.

Stop searching. You dropped it in the garden of Dinamani office yesterday (It is known as Pankajam Gardens). We are keeping it safe. Don’t forget to take it back when you come to office today. Everyone in my home was laughing except me. They laughed at me.

Men lose many things which a woman never loose.

They are very good observers.

To be continued

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  1. Srinivasan Nambi

     /  November 18, 2021

    Very nice..Best wishes CA N Srinivasan Madurai

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