Monthly News Letter from
Probus Club of Chennai
(Sponsored by Rotary Club of Madras )
Registered under T N Registration of Societies Act 1975 (148 of 2004)
An Association of Retired Professionals, Businessmen, Govt Servants and Others.
In servicsince K46, Anna Nagar East Chennai-102. Ph:26216767
1992 Vol 20 No 2 June 2009
1.0 The First Column of men and matters and particularly in the field of
dramatic art etc. and the said meeting was attended
From the President
by large number of Probians including your
Dear Probians, President who honoured Dr. G. V. Rao with a shawl
and a bouquet and wished him many more laurels in
My hearty Greetings to one and all. his public life; particularly when he is going to
The month of April 2009 was a great event celebrate shortly his 80th Birthday in the month of
for the Probians when the Master Health August 2009 and he has already invited all probians
Check up Camp was organized by our Club to grace the occasion.
between 15th of April to 30th April 2009 Our Donor Member, Shri Bhaskar Shah has donated
when more than 300 Senior citizens got the to our club substantial amount for our projects
benefit under health care programme and amounting to more than Rs. 70,000/- so far and we
the valedictory function was organized on have been promised by him all support whenever
the 11th of May 2009 at the General necessary and we are thankful to him for his
Hospital, Conference Hall, Chennai generous gesture. His large donation to Sankara
and on the said occasion, the Chief Nethrayala has won him the title ―Friends of Sankara
Secretary of Tamil Nadu, Thiru K. S. Nethrayala‖ which is a prestigious award given to
Sripathy complimented us for having him by Dr. Badrinath of Sankara Nethralaya.
organized such a programme in providing
relief to the senior citizens in the realm of We are happy that more and more members from
health care and the said function was widely different walks of life are coming in our fold and this
reported in the press. The same was will give the necessary fillip to our club for embarking
attended by many of our members. upon new service projects.
There was yet another programme The Annual General Body Meeting which was to be
organized by our energetic Secretary in held in 27th June 2009 has been postponed to 25th
arranging a trip to the Golden Temple at July 2009 as the Audit Report is yet to be completed
Sripuram, Vellore on the 29th of May 2009 for presentation before the General Body along with
and the Tamil Nadu Transport Corporation an Annual Report.
gave us all the help in giving us the said tour Finally, I expect all the members to give the same
package at a concessional rate and more amount of co-operation in all our ongoing and future
than 33 members availed the opportunity in projects.
visiting the famous shrine.
Our Vice-President Dr. G. V. Rao, invited our
S. Krishnaram Davey
members on the 6th of June 2009 for a book release
function authored by him tilted ―Successful
Management Technique‖ and the said book was22-6-2009
released by Shri N. Murali, Managing Director of The
Hindu and on the said occasion he felicitated our Hail our Hefty Helping Hands !
Vice-President for having brought out a book onProbus Scholarship Scheme :
management technique which will be a great help toDonors of Rs. 10,000 and more:
all members of the business community and besides
he also gave encomiums for his profound knowledge
1. PF C. R. Vaitheeswaran … Rs. 20,000 2.0 Editor’s space
(His total contribution as on
date is Rs. 50,000 MULTI-HOODED AGGRESSION AND ITS
VICTIMS OF TORTURE
2. Probn S. Arumugam … Rs. 10,000
Life Member (ID L 094) ―If society is in danger, it is not because of
3. Probn S. Srinivasan … Rs. 10,000 man‘s aggression, but because of
(ID A 132) repression of personal aggressivenes in
Total … Rs. 40,000 individuals‖. — Dr. Wnnicott, Psychoanalyst.
Note : Thank you for the handsome donations. Once you In no other age was there such a large
donate Rs. 10,000/- (and above), its interest will go to number of vctims of aggression than we see
educate a deserving poor child from Std. VI to Plus two. now. There is hardly any subject, in he field
Your name will be associated with the scholarship. You will of psychology, more important than
be provided with full details of the child you are aggression. Unfortunately, aggression is the
least understood; though it is all pervasive
OLD AGE ECONOMICS
Needless to add that aggression, of several
If a man lives a good healthy life of values, he
would live for 100 years, divided into four modes, is responsible for many grave
stages: Brahma-charya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha issues, facing the mankind today. It raises
and Sanyasa; each of 25 years. its vicious multi-fanged hood a wars
between nations, crimes of violence against
Prathame narjitham vidhya – Dvithiye narjitham race, sex, crimes creed etc.; more with tell-
Dhanam – Trthiye narjitham Punyam –
Chathurthe kim Karishyasi? ―If a man has not
tale signs of prejudice and irrational
gained educa-tion in the first stage, not earned mindset. Thus, the world is more
wealth in the second and not done meritorious concerned about its dangerous
acts in the third – What can he achieve in the consequences. To sensitise the populance
fourth?‖ of the world, two days are observed every
A man enters the third stage on his
year in June; known as INTERNATIONAL
retirement. It is not the time to just amass DAY OF VICTIMS OF AGGRESSION (4th
money, but to pursue some noble work. If he June) and INTERNATIONAL
does not do so, he cannot find fulfillment here or DAY OF IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF
better future hereafter. TORTURE (26th June).
Reference : By the way, while CRIMINOLOGY is an old
―An introduction to Gerontology‖ by Swami science of study of crimes and criminals
Shankarananda; published by Central Chinmaya there is a relatively new science known as
Mission Trust, Pitamaha Sadan, Mandhana, VICTIMOLOGY, to study the victims of
Kanpur-209 217. the crimes and the psychological impact
of crimes on them of late, many courts,
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT while convicting the criminals; concurrently
AGM postponed due to unforeseen reasons, the compensate he victims of the crimes
Annual General Body meeting proposed on 27-6- perpetrated against them for mental
2009, stands postponed to 25th July 2009 anguish etc; though not fully.
(Fourth Saturday). Secretary‘s Notifi-cation would
follow separately. Please see para 22.0 of this According to Dr. Winnicott, an eminent
issue. – Ed. British Psychoanalyst, ―aggression‖, is a
perfectly natural and in-born tendency —
not a word synonymous with hate or
SPECIAL EC MEETING: evil‖. According to Freudian theory, ―Origin
Date & Time:30-6-2009 –10-30 a.m. of aggression is almost synonymous
Venue: AASI with ACTIVITY‖. That means, it is neither
an instinct nor a ‗specific desire‘; but only
Please see Secretary’s circular a natural tendency to overcome
sent by him to EC members – Ed. obstacles to the attainment one‘s goals.
Without goals, life itself cannot exist. That is
why we use words ‗attacking‘ a problem,
‗mastering‘ a subject, ‗getting one‘s bite‘ into
a topic and the like. This is only one side day, in the past fortnight, learning martial
of the coin and O.K. if the obstacles are arts, at Anna Nagar (West)‖.
‗successfully‘ overcome. The flip side of
Adducing the compelling reason to learn
aggression — But when he goal is
Karate, (in Chennai) a trainee (a sex
‗unachievable‘ or the problem
‗insurmountable‘, a state of frustration
develops; leading to emotions which too ―After training, I can refuse when a man
can be termed ‗aggression‘ with negative orders me to drink, or I can defend myself
traits, suppression of this ‗aggression‘ if he acts funny. There are sadists who
with force by Society/Government pose stub cigarette butts on our bodies. They
grave danger to society ! How? are scared of their wives at home but
when they come to us they gave went to
I recall the days, of late 1940‘s and early
all their pent-up anger! Now we know
1950‘s, when the Communist Party of India
how to stop‖ (emphasis added).
was banned in a few princely states, now in
Kerala, and its members, who had gone Biological Sociologist like Michael Ghighlieri,
‗under ground‘, were hunted by police like is of opinion that testosterone (male
wild animals and ‗tortured‘ in Police lock- hormone) acts as ‗Kick-starter‘ for male
ups. The Communists, then, believed in aggression. The violence is universal from
facing violence with violence. The species to species and Culture to Culture
suppression of the communism by brute as a ―male strategy‖. The news paper
force only led to the spread of its report given above, interestingly, brings to
ideology among the people. Better sense light a new mode of ‗male strategy‘!
prevailed among the diehard but enlightened Incidentally, sex workers are more sinned
comrades. They opted to come to power against than sinning!! This could be traced
through ‗ballot boxes‘ and formed the to the days of Jesus Christ. Jesus saw a
first communist ministry in the world in group of men about to stone an adulteress
1957. Some of the Communist leaders were to death. Deeply moved at this, Jesus
‗innately very gentle‘ in their personal challenged them ―Let him who is without
life, I adore them, with sterling qualities sin among you is the first to throw a
of head and heart, like simplicity, spirit of stone at her‖ (John 8:7). None dared come
sacrifice and uprightness in anywhere near the victim of torture! As an
private/public irony, the apostle of peace and love himself
life. This is a classic example of had to subject himself to intense senseless
channelizing of aggression in a fruitful way. torture; on the cross! His last prayer was
Now on to some of the victims of torture, at ―O Lord, they don‘t know what they are
doing, Forgive them‖ (not verbatim). He
the hands of ‗aggressors‘. Perhaps,
taught us to hate the sin; but love the
religions; due overzealous followers, have
perpetrated a lion‘s share of tortures,
especially, against women and children. It is strange and sad to see that ages after
No doubt, core of all religions is non- Manu wrote MANUSMRITHI, some of us, in
violence and nobility of thoughts. modern India, still defend the Primitive
and barbaric attitude towards to our
I may be raising a few eye brows now.
women and children! To be fair, to Manu,
There was a news item in an English daily
some of the smrithis were amended
(Times of India 28-5-09) under the head line
subsequently for the better; which the blind
―Sex workers learn karate to keep unruly
protagonists of our ancient civilization may
customers at bay‖.
be blissfully ignorant or deliberately
Excerpts of the report are: strain to ignore. Here are a few samples:
―All this while they had to put up with ―A wife, a son, a slave, a pupil, a younger
unreasonable clients, not merely for the brother who has Committed faults, may be
sake of money; but because they were beaten with rope or a split bamboo‖ (Manu
unable to defend themselves. No longer. VIII 299).
Seventy five sex workers in Chennai have As if adding insult to injury, here is one more
been sweating out for nearly five hours a dose of mental torture; by way of negation of
legitimate rights and empowerment. Here Soon after a prayer, Probn S. Krishna-ram
it is: Davey, the president, called the meeting to
―A wife, a son and a slave, these are order and welcomed the members. He
declared to have no property, the wealth thanked Probians who turned up in large
which they earn is acquired for whom number both during the inaugural meeting of
Master Health Check up for Seniors, at
they belong (Manu VET 416) (emphasis
Government Hospital, Chennai-3 on 15th
April and at the Workshop on Seniors‘
The above is an appalling scenario where Health Care, conducted on 26th April, and
ancient societies treated women land and the Health Secretary, Government of Tamil
children as property, where the owner Nadu, Sri V. K. Subburaj, I.A.S., for his
(father or husband) had the absolute participation as its the Chief Guest of the
power over his ‗perceived possessions‘ day. He requested members to participate at
(wife, sons, slaves etc.). This has given the Valedictory Function of the Master
rise to a perception in society that Health Check up scheduled on 11-5-09 at
‗aggression and violence within the the auditorium of Madras Medical College,
family‘ is a private matter. Thus, persons Chennai-3 with family members and friends.
not within this circle either hesitate or are
plain unwilling to provide support to the After his welcome address the subjects in
victims of torture — mental, physical, the agenda were taken us for deliberation.
emotional, financial, sexual so on. • The E.C. confirmed and recorded the
Protection of women from domestic violence minutes of the E.C. meeting held on 11th
Act 2005, by large, addresses to the April 2009 already communicated to the
menace of Domestic violence. There are members.
several other acts, which can give succor to • The following new members were
the victims of torture; if enforced admitted.
effectively by the law enforcers. Mere (a) (i) Probn S. Krishnamoorthy, Annual Member
enactment of laws without its strict ID A 359
enforcement is only a mockery. The need of
the hour is to generate ANGER AGAINST (ii) Probn R. Magghan Lal Jhaver, Annual
VIOLENCE. Why anger? Here is an answer. Member ID A 360
(iii) Probn T. D. Sadasivam, Annual Member ID
―I never work better than when I am
inspired by anger. When I am angry, I can
(b) The following members were deleted from the
write, pray, and preach well, for my whole
roll of membership of the club, for the reasons
temperament are quickended, my
noted against each, with effect from 9-5-2009.
understanding sharpened, and all
mundane vexations and temp-tations (i) Probn V. Subrahmanyam
departing‖. — Martin Luther King. ID A 280. In unavoidable circumstances
Like charity, HEALING OF PAINS OF
TORTURE TOO SHALL BEGIN AT OUR (ii) Probn K. Masilamani
HOMES. Our mindset must change with ID A 175. Indifferent health condition stated.
the change of times. When will we see that (iii) Probn J. W. R. Livingstone
day? ID A 053. Expired on 24-3-09 from the date
YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE. of their demise.
Reference: (iv) Probn G. Ramamoorthy
1. Pears Cyclopedia – 1967-68. ID A 167. Expired on -1-09 from the date of
2. Manorama Year Book – 2009. their demise.
3. Times of India of 28th May 2009. (v) Probn A. R. L. Ramanan
ID A 320. Expired on 28-2-08 from the date
3.0 Events and Activities of their demise.
3.1 E.C. Meeting held on 9th May 2009 at • The E.C. members placed on record their
10.30 a.m. at Automobile Association deep gratitude to the Principal Secretary,
of South India Meeting Hall, Chennai. Health Department, Govt. of Tamil Nadu.
Thiru V. K. Subburaj, I.A.S. and Govt. The function began with an invocation song
General Hospital Doctors for their very sung by Probn T. K. Bala-subramanian, an
valuable contribution made for successful octogenarian senior member. In the fitness
culmination of Master Health Check up of things, compering of the proceedings was
for Seniors and the Eminent Doctors who done by Probn Dr. (Ms.) P. Naga-
contributed for the success of Workshop booshanam, former Vice Chancellor of Tamil
on Seniors‘ Health Care. It placed on Nadu, Dr. Ambedkar Law University.
record its appreciation of the hard work of
Probn R. Subbaraj, Secretary of the Club Probn S. Krishnaram Davey, the President
who liaised with different Government of the club, welcomed the gathering. In his
Departments fully making use of his welcome address he expressed his great
popularity among Government officials. pleasure and gratification in organising a
• The E.C. tentatively fixed 27th June 2009 task which appeared a daunting one first.
to convene the Annual General Body Thanks to the medical staff and their
Meeting as per constitution (byelaw-21). missionary zeal, the medical camp of more
The E.C. members were suggested to than two weeks, especially in an
submit any matter to be transacted in the environment not congenial (what with
General Body Meeting to the Secretary, in election time around and a scorching sun
writing, on or before 30-5-2009. (AGM has above); culminated as a grand success. It
since been postponed to 25-7-2009. was not a mean task to do a ‗Special Health
Please see announcement in the front Check up‘ for three hundred and odd Senior
page of this issue. – Ed.). citizens and filling the elaborate related
• Finally the subject matter related to the medical reports. Full marks go to Thiru V. K.
approval of Receipts and charges Subburaj, I.A.S., Principal Secretary, Health
statement for the month of April 2009 was and Family Planning, at whose suggestion
put off. The E.C. requested the Treasurer the club ventured to take up this arduous
to prepare the annual accounts for the work.
period from 1-4-08 to 31-3-09, in detail
The president welcomed Thiru K. S.
and to submit the same with next E.C.
meeting without fail scheduled on 13-6-09 Sripathi, I.A.S., Chief Secretary,
for commending it to the AGM for Government of Tamil Nadu, who pinched
approval. The Treasurer was requested to about half an hour out of his tight schedule
adopt the guide-lines framed in the to participate in the function (he spent more
preparation of accounts. (A special E.C. than double the time he promised showing
meeting would be convened on 30th June his keen interest in our activities – Ed.).
2009 for this purpose. – Ed.). Appropriate to the occasion, Probn S. P.
Ambrose, I.A.S. (Retd.) honoured the Chief
• With a vote of thanks by the Secretary, the
guest of the day, with a Ponnadai.
meeting was adjourned to 13th June 2009
at 10.30 a.m. at AASI Hall, Chennai. Probn Dr. V. Chockalingam, an eminent
(Report based on the inputs received from Probn cardiologist and former Professor of
R. Subbaraj, Secretary. This does not purport to Cardiology of Madras Medical College,
be the minutes of the meeting. – Ed.). honoured Dr. Geetha Lakshmi, Vice
Principal of M.M.C.; Probn Dr. M.
3.2 Valedictory function of ‗Special Parthasarathi, a well-known Ortho-paedic
Master Health Check up for Seniors‘ surgeon, honoured Dr. Jayaraman, the
held at the Seminar Dean of M.M.C.
Hall, Madras Medical College, at 10 Thiru V. K. Subburaj, I.A.S., in his felicitation
a.m. on 11-5-2009. said the genesis of this scheme was the one
Valedictory function of the ―Special Master designed for the Police force in Tamil Nadu.
Health check up for seniors‖ was organised This was extended for the benefit of Senior
jointly with the Government Hospital, Citizens now, with a concession of Rs. 100/-
Chennai. (i.e. Rs. 150/- only). Similar ‗Master Check
ups‘ could cost a couple of thousand chips Probn Dr. V. Chockalingam, for Professor of
in private sector hospitals. In his view, about cardiology gave a thought-provoking
80% of the deaths in old age could be speech, regaling the audience with his wit
prevented if cardiac diseases and Diabetes and wise-cracks. His cautioned ‗lifts may
could be detected early and periodically lift
monitored. He added that medical expenses you upwards (to heaven) quickly‘ – so
are now quite exorbitant, especially for avoid use of lifts as far as practicable. He
Senior citizens, when they go to private presented a few books to those on the dais.
hospitals, in preference to Government
Probn S. Krishnaram Davey, the President,
hospitals, which very often, lack in facilities
presented a memento to Probn Dr. P.
and staff strength. Now the Government is
Nagabooshanam who compered the
addressing to these lacunae by filling up all
proceeding with a clockwork precision.
vacant posts of doctors and paramedics.
Now even Public Health Centres (PHCs) are A vote of thanks was proposed by Probn
well-equipped with more sophisticated (Ms.) V. K. Vanaja. Curtains were down after
equipments, medicines with a full National Anthem.
complement of staff manning them. He gave All those present were presented with a
sufficient hints that similar schemes would copy of a book titled ―Chinthanai Chirakukal‖
be extended to other districts soon. (what we want now is a flight of
imagination matched with innovation and
Thiru K. S. Sripathi, I.A.S., the Chief Guest pragmatism – Ed.).
of the day, as an opening remark, said that
he felt elated at being honoured by a person (Report based partly on the inputs received from
Probn R. Subbaraj, our dynamic Secretary.
like Probn S. P. Ambrose, I.A.S. (Retd.) who Please see the feed back in Para MAIL BOX. –
was very much senior to him, in service. He Ed.).
added that traditionally we are habituated to
respecting our elders. Naturally, we are 3.3 There was no ‗Spiritual and
more concerned about the ‗basic health‘ Philosophical meeting in the month
of our elders. He was very much pleased to of May 2009.
know that more than three hundred elderly
(some of them sponsored by our members 3.4 Monthly breakfast meeting held at 9
for free check ups, paying for them). He a.m. on 23-5-2009 at Gokhale Hall,
considered Geriatrics as the most important Karpagambal Nagar, Mylapore.
among all disciplines of medicine. He Probn S. Krishnaram Davey, the President,
lamented that Cancer is a scourge on the called the meeting to order.
health of all, especially, in elders.
The proceeding began with an invocation
He highlighted a very important fact that it is song by Probn A. K. Viswanathan.
imperative to have confidence in your
doctor and the medicines he prescribes; The President welcomed Rtn. Deva-
besides one‘s self-confidence to tide prakasam, the Guest speaker of the day and
over any situation. This is all the more Sri R. Sekar, Sales Manager, ING-Vysya
important in Geriatrics. It is not the Life Insurance who came for a presentation
number of hospitals that are important of its scheme for falicita-ting earning by
but the quality of the services it affords. elders, as ‗second career‘, remaining at
No doubt, there is lot more to be done at home, in life insurance business.
the Government level and the scheme The President, in his welcome address
‗Special Health Check up‘ is only a highlighted salient features of the on-going
beginning. He complimented the Probus scheme; ―Special Health Check up for
Club of Chennai for taking a right step in this Senior Citizens‘, in association with
direction. He paid rich encomium to the Government General Hospital, Chennai. He
doctors and other medical staff who expressed his indebtness to Thiru V. K.
eminently deserved it too. Subburaj, I.A.S., Principal Secretary (Health
and Family Planning), Government of Tamil the planning and implementation of several
Nadu; for the implementation of the scheme community service projects of the club. The
with a tidy concession in fees of Rs. 100/- Guest was honoured with a shawl by the
(i.e. a nominal fees of Rs. 150/- only). He president.
announced that Thiru K. S. Sripathi, I.A.S.,
In his speech Rtn. Devaprakasam detailed
Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu,
the objectives of the Rotary movement, ―to
had consented to be the Chief Guest at the
encourage and foster the ideal on the basis
valedictory function, despite his
for worthy enterprise‖ among those with a
preoccupation with the on-going
philan-thropic bent. During the course of
explaining various schemes of the Rotary
Probn S. Krishnaram Davey thanked Tamil clubs, he was all praise for the some of the
Nadu Tourism Development Corporation for on-going schemes of the Probus Club of
allowing 35% concession in fare for a one- Chennai. He desired our members to
day trip to Golden Temple and two other associate themselves with the schemes of
temples near Vellore, proposed by the club. Rotary Clubs too; for mutual benefit of
The President requested the new members
present to introduce themselves. The Probn R. Manickam, PP, introduced Shri R.
following spoke briefly giving their personal Sekar, Sales Manager, ING-Vysya Life
details. Insurance and his team of officers. Shri
1. Probn S. Krishnamurthy (ID A 359) Sekar explained the opportunities
available to Senior Citizens to earn
2. Probn Maggan Lal Jhaver (ID A 360)
sufficient extra income to augment their
3. Probn (Mrs.) Prabhavathy R. Dave (ID A 361)
present income. Mementos were presented
4. Probn P. M. Pandian (ID 362) (books and Probus T-Shirts).
5. Probn T. D. Sadasivam (ID A 365)
Probn M. Chidambaram, Joint Secretary,
6. Probn L. S. Jagannathan (ID L 152)
proposed a vote of thanks.
Probn R. Subbaraj, Secretary, announced
All those present were presented with a
that Probn S. Arumugam, Life Member (ID L
book titled ‗Makizhchi Engey?‘ donated by
094) donated Rs. 10,000/- for the Probus
PF C. R. Vaitheeswaran.
Education fund. This was received with
ovation. (Report based the inputs received from Probn R.
Subbaraj, Secretary of the Club. – Ed.).
The Secretary announced a donation of Rs.
250/- by Probn V. Gopala-krishnan (ID A 3.5 One-day tour of visits to Sri-puram
164). Golden Temple and two other
Probn R. Subbaraj, announced that the E.C. temples, near Vellore, from 7 a.m. to 8
had tentatively decided to convene the AGM p.m. on 29-5-2009.
on 27th June 2009 (This was since The Probus Club of Chennai organised a
postponed to 25th July 2009 – Ed.). He one-day-sightseeing cum pilgri-mage in
briefed the audience of the proposed visit to association with Tamil Nadu Tourism
Golden temple, near Vellore. He appealed to Corporation Ltd., availing a concession of
members to participate in the ‗World 35% in A/C coach fare, exclusively for its
Hepatitis Awareness Week‘ celebration at members.
the Government General Hospital, on 25th The party of thirty three elders under the
May 2009 (not more than ten due to space- captaincy of Probn K. Venkatachari, PP, left
restriction at the venue. Chennai at 7 a.m. for the sight-seeing cum
Probn R. Subbaraj introduced Rtn. pilgrimage. Shri Ramanathan, the guide of
Devaprakasam, former President of the TTDC, though young; co-ordinated the
Rotary club of Franston-North (1979-80), itinerary with a clock-work precision,
with more than four decades of experience enabling the party to have good ‗darshanam‘
in Rotary movement. He was instrumental in first at Sri Murugan temple of Ratnagiri and
at Jalakanteswarar temple; before
proceeding to Sripuram, near Vellore. 10. Singaravelu M Dr 12 4208 7875
Breakfast, mineral water and other 11. Ramachandran N 15 2248 3645
essentials were thoughtfully arranged by 12. Sreenivas V 15 4354 6696
Probn R. Subbaraj, Secretary and the fleet
13. Subramanian V (Ch-41) 15 2451 1799
Master. Probns R. Manickam, PP and
Subramaniam entertained the group with 14. Gnanaraj P Dr 16 4218 2465
singing. After 45 minutes the party 15. Kamala Anantram Mrs 16 2823 2448
proceeded to the Golden temple at 16. Maniarasan C S 16 2245 2444
Sripuram. The TTDC had arranged for lunch 17. Arunachalam M 19 2495 2597
at ANNA lAKSHMI, a hotel manned by the
18. Mallikarjunan R C 21 2475 7593
temple autho-rities. Though a tad difficult to
walk soon after a heavy meal at noon, the 19. Sriram N 21 2811 4923
welcome reception at the VIP gate enthused 20. Jayaraman N 22 2461 8223
the party to look forward to the breath-taking 21. Sampath S 22 2449 0227
landscape around and heart, stopping 22. Pasupathy S 24 2434 4740
dashing of the deity of the only Golden
23. Sarada Nambi 24 2464 3068
temple in the south, modeled after the
Arooran Mrs Dr
Sikh Golden temple at Amritsar in the
Punjab. The Golden temple at Sripuram is 24. Krishnan K 29 2815 7995
known as Sri Narayini Peetam. As a 25. Purushothaman K P Er 29 2434 5854
measure of abundant caution, persons who
are in doubt of their ability to walk a long 4.2 Probus spouses having Birth Anniversary in
distance are advised to ask for wheel July 2009
The one-day tour provided a whole-some
experience of spiritual bliss, light recreation 1. Devaki Perumal 3 2855 2229
with good fellowship to cherish for long. 2. Prabhavathy Ramaraju 4 2259 1050
Probn T. R. Jayaraman, Coordinator of our 3. Radha Gopalakrishnan 6 2815 3924
Spiritual meetings suggests more such trips
4. Chandrika Arumugam 8 2377 4650
in future. Probn K. Venkatachari, PP, the
coordinator of the programme thanked all 5. Thilagavathy 9 4208 7875
those who participated in the tour. Singaravelu
6. Lakshmi 10 2248 3645
(The report based on the inputs received
from Probn R. Subbaraj, Secretary. Probns R. Ramachandran
Subbaraj and K. Venkatachari deserve kudos for 7. Padmasini 12 2615 1652
the meticulous planning and implementation of Rajagopalan
a project which was a dream for many of us. – 8. Padma Srinivasan 12 2376 0164
9. Padmavathy Govindan 12 2491 0207
4.0 Felicitations 10. Charumathi 14 2243 2516
4.1 Probians having Birth Anniversary
in July 2009 11. Rathnavathy 14 2491 4270
12. Vijayalakshmi 14 2434 5854
1. Ramachandran K 1 2483 5660 Purushothaman
2. Srinivasan N 1 2491 1647 13. Indira Gopinath 15 2499 3901
3. Madhava Rao A G 2 2491 1639 14. Rajareka 15 2811 6465
4. Perumal M 3 2855 2229 Chidambaram
15. Kalyani Srinivasan 17 2827 7738
5. Krishnamurthy K 5 2461 8100
16. Lakshmi Kumari 17 2825 6104
6. Ranganathan P V 5 2615 3485
7. Viswanathan A K 7 2440 4136
17. Bhanumathi 19 2491 1639
8. James A 9 2231 2141 Madhava Rao
9. Prasad C S Dr 9 2641 1991
18. Hemalatha 25 2498 3033 16. Ramaswamy T S Dr 13 2844 2526
Sundarrajan Probn & Lakshmi
19. Shantha James 30 2231 2141 Ramaswamy Mrs
20. Nalini Rao 31 2493 7388 17. Pranab K Basu 22 2472 4089
4.3 Probus couples having Wedding Sunipa Basu Mrs
Anniversary in July 2009 18. Kishen Bhatia Probn 30 2836 2243
1. Rengarajan J Probn & 1 2499 5840 & Padma Bhatia Mrs
Chitra Rengarajan Mrs
Wish you all many happy returns of the day. May
2. Vedanthachari T & 1 2433 0877
God bless you all with good health, happiness
Mrs and a peaceful life. Probn D. Sugunaraj, will be
sending, Probus greetings to all the above.
3. Arunachalam M & 2 2495 2597
(Thank you, Probn Sugunaraj – Ed). Kindly
Mrs donate to our Sunshine fund generously – Ed.
4. Govindasamy N Probn 5 98845 74834
Govindasamy Mrs 1.0 The First Column:
5. Chitralekha Mrs Probn 7 2836 2703 When members of our parent, Rotary Club,
& Mehta D MMr are aptly called Rotarians, not Rotians why
we call ourselves Probians, instead of
6. Daivasigamani P 7 2615 0552
Probn & Manimekalai
Daivasigamani 2.3.3 Probus Group
7. Pattabiraman P & 7 2620 3201 While every chart is unique, Rahu and Kethu
Hemamalini are always found in every chart seven
Pattabiraman Mrs houses apart counting from either. Why is
8. Muthukumaran S Dr & 8 2491 4270
Rathnavathy 15.0 Feedback
Muthukumaran Presume that the concluding sentence
9. Durai S & Bhami 8 2499 2799 re:netenabled OPC provision for the Editor,
Durai Mrs is receiving attention.
– Probusian N. Dharmeshwaran A 00 19
10. Tamilarasan L Probn 8 2442 0804
& Mangaiyarkkarasi Editor‘s Reply
Tamilarasan Mrs It has been clarified in our earlier PROBUZZ
11. Ramakrishnan V & 10 2432 1121 issues that some of the Probus Clubs in
Brahada Canada use the term PROBIAN. However,
Ramakrishnam Mrs there is nothing wrong in using the term
12. Venkatachari K & 10 2498 1099 PROBUSIAN. In our club it is customary to
Hemavathy use the term PROBIAN. We have no quarrel
Venkatachari Mrs with those who use the term PROBUSIAN.
13. Viswanathan AK Probn 10 2440 4136 Your editor is a computer illiterate.
& Geetha Viswanathan ―Yasya naasthi swayam prachna,
Mrs Darpano kim karishyathi?‖
14. Krishnamoorthy N 11 2446 0442 ―What is the use of a mirror to a blind man?‖
& Meenakshi Kindly bear with your present editor.
Krishnamoorthy Mrs Thank you.
15. Subramanian D V 12 2435 2838
& Vijaya 6.0 Welcome New Members
Life Member :
Jegannathan, L. S. Probn, Project Train passengers who require assis-tance
Officer/Jt. Director, Rural Development, from the police in cases of emergency
Vellore, (Retd.). DOB: 07-03-1940, Spouse: during their journey can now send SMS to
Sabitha Jegannathan Mrs, DOB: 02-03- 99625 00500. This facility will enable the
1947, WD: 14-09-1970, Res.: ―Saraswathi passengers inside the train to post
Illam‖, Old No. 22, New No. 4, II Main Road, complaints about any crime or any other
matter taking place inside the train and seek
Srinivasa-puram, Korattur R S, Chennai-600
076, Ph: 26512249, Cell: 94449 39698,
Membership ID L 152, introduced by Probn The system provides for automatic diversion
R. Subbaraj, Secretary. of the message to the beat constables and
route officers based on the train number and
Annual Members : station name given by the passenger.
These officers would reach the seat or the
1. Krishnamoorthy S Probn, Hr. Grade berth of the complainant and take action.
Assistant, LIC, Coimbatore. (Retd.), DOB:
02-09-1938, Spouse: Jayam All such calls are automatically recorded and
logged for future reference and monitoring.
Krishnamoorthy Mrs, DOB: 10-12-1948,
There is also a website
WD: 24-10-1968, Res.: L 3, 2nd West
Street, Kamaraj Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur,
Chennai-600 041, Membership ID A 359, Source: News today dated 5th Feb. 2009.
introduced by R. Ramakrishnan ID A 190, e-
mail ID: email@example.com, Cell: 99401 8.0 Additions and Omissions
35160. Item 4.2, under new members; PROBUZZ
January 2009 Probn N. Govindasamy (ID
2. Maggan lal Jhaver R Probn, DOB: 04- No. A 350).
11-1939, Business, Spouse: Rajkumari
Jhaver M Mrs, WD: 22-6-1959, Res.: Instead of Lecturer in Medical Ento-mology
Vatsala, 20 (New 6/2) Parsu Pillai Street, read as Lecturer, Madras Medical College
Kilpauk Gardens Road, Chennai-10, Ph: (Retd.). This correction may be incorporated
in all our records, as requested by him in his
389598/99, Cell: 93801 82944, Membership
letter dated 9th June 2009 to The Secretary
ID A 360, introduced by Probn S.
of the Club.
Krishnaram Davey, President.
3. Prabhavathi R. Dave Mrs Probn, 9.0 Directory update
Business, DOB: 12-10-1947, Res.: 23/17, Probn N. Govindasamy (ID A 350), No. 24
Venkatanarayana Rd., T. Nagar, Chennai- A, ‗Narayana Nilayam‘, Jeswant Nagar,
600 017, Ph: 2434 5436, Cell: 98409 34811, Mogappair (West), Chennai-600 037
Membership ID A 362, introduced by Probn Ph: 2653 6556 Cell: 94457 45995
S Krishnaram Davey, President.
10.0 EC Meeting of July 2009 – CHANGE
4. Pandian P. M. Probn, Dy. Director of OF VENUE
Agriculture, Commissionerate of Agriculture,
Chepauk, Chennai-600 005, (Retd.) DOB: E.C. Meeting of the Club will be held on 11-
7-2009 at Kancheepuram.
10-11-1947, Spouse: Radha Pandian Mrs,
DOB: 29-12-1954, WD: 1-12-1976, Res.: F3, The Secretary will inform the E.C. members
Srikrishna Apartments, 45 (Old 17) Muthu and Special invitees regarding the Venue in
Street, Royapettah, Chennai-600 014, e- due course.
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 2835 Necessary transport will be arranged by the
1166, Cell: 94441 71757, Member ID A 362 Club. Please be in touch with Probn R.
introduced by R. Subbaraj Secretary. Subbaraj, Secretary. His Phone No. 2442
2839 Mobile No. 94444 55872.
7.0 SMS helpline for train commuters
11.0 Book Review 2. Mr. X: I think that girl is deaf.
Successful Management Techniques: A Friend: How do you know?
review: Author: Probn Dr. G. V. Rao, Vice- Mr. X: I told I Love her, but she said her
President, Probus Club of Chennai. chappals are new!
The book was released at a function on 6-6-
2009 at Tag Centre.
The book has 27 chapters. Each chapter We are extremely sorry to learn that Probn
deals with a specific topic connected with (Mrs.) K. Jayalakshmi, our life member,
the art of management. The beauty of the passed away on 3rd June 2009, after a brief
book is the simple language in which it is illness. She was aged 63 years. Though she
written so that even a layman can joined the club about two years back only,
understand the various techniques of her contributions to the club are very
management. valuable. She was the correspondent of
The book reflects the four decades of Cambridge Matriculation School,
experience of Dr. Rao. Royapettah. She was a lover of sports &
The book was originally written in Tamil and games and encouraged several promising
has been translated into English by Mrs. boys and girls to excel in sports and games.
Padma Narayanan. One such student of hers was Master
Adhiban Bhaskeran, an Internation Master in
In his foreword Probn N. Vittal, I.A.S. (Retd.)
chess, whom our club honoured last year.
says as follows:
For the past two years, we have been
―When it comes to leadership, Rao offers organising our Caroms and Chess
very valuable insights born out of his rich tournaments for Senior Citizens in
experience. His chapter on diplomacy in Cambridge Matriculation School at
personnel management as royal strategy Royapettah. Probn Jayalakshmi was in the
spans a wide canvas and conveys the
forefront with her encouragement, inclusive
message very effectively‖.
of providing the expertise through her
In his preface Probn Dr. Rao considers it his chosen staff members, to conduct the
duty to tell the youngsters how he has been tournaments. We feel like orphans now.
successfully managing an organization for We would be cherishing her memory. While
over 3 decades. condoling her death ourselves, we join, the
His skills in management have been bereaved family members in their prayers
acquired through practical experience. He for the everlasting peace of the departed
quotes Gandhiji to say that knowledge noble soul.
derived from experience is better than
bookish knowledge. 14.0 Bereavement
Dr. Rao has authored many other books on
Prof. R. Rajagopalan is one of our very
a variety of subjects.
senior members of the Club. He was
We are proud of significant achieve-ment of Professor or Physics in Presidency College.
Probn Dr. Rao. This book has 221 pages His son met with an accident ten years ago
and priced at Rs. 225. and was treated in the Apollo Hospital as an
I recommend the book to all students of inpatient there for many months. He was
management and also to all probus discharged after recovery. He developed
members. fever, a few days back and was rushed to
– Probn K. Venkatachari, PP
Apollo Hospital and after treatment was
12.0 Humour discharged. But he developed sudden high
fever and breathlessness and died on 29-5-
1. Mr. X: My mobile bill how much? 2009.
Call centre girl: Sir, just dial 123 to know
current bill status. Probn Rajagopalan in 80 now. His wife
Mr. X: Stupid, not Current Bill my Mobile passed away long back. His son is also
Bill. gone. His son had no issues.
Probn Rajagopalan‘s grief is inconso-lable. Probn Dr. G. Sundaram.
May God give him strength to bear this cruel
onslaught of fate. 16.0 Mail Box
May his son‘s soul rest in peace. Probn S. Ganesan, E.C. member in his letter
dated 7th May 2009 writes:
Our heart felt condolences to our good
The recently conducted Master Health
friend Probn Prof R. Rajagopalan.
Check up programme with the help of the
His contact No. is 2242 3135. Government General Hospital, was one of
Probn R Rajan met Probn Rajagopalan and the best projects conducted recently by our
conveyed our heartfelt condolences on club. While all members should be thanked
behalf of Probus Club of Chennai for their support and encouragement and the
sponsors for their financial assistance,
15.0 Condolence messages for Prof. R. special mention should be made to the
Rajagopalan outstanding contribution and efforts put in by
P.P. K. V. Chari and Secretary R. Subbaraj.
1. I am shocked to know from your e-mail The programme required lot of coordination,
about the passing away of Prof. Raja- follow up and interaction and these two
gopalan‘s son. Our heartfelt condolences to gentlemen untiringly did all that was
him. necessary to make the programme a
Probn Padmanabhan, Westland Limited success.
# 571, Poonamallee High Rd, Aminjikarai, Every day these two gentlemen used to go
Chennai 600 029, Phone: 4208 0417/18 to the general hospital, in the hot sun, one
Fax: 2664 2794. from Mylapore and another from Adyar to
2. Your message about Prof. Rajagopalan is supervise the arrangements and facilities. At
really touching. My heartfelt condolence to that time most of us would be lolling in the
Professor. I will call him by Phone and easy chair sipping up a hot cup of coffee
personally. Thanks. and reading the newspaper. No amount of
Probn V. N. Subramanian. praise is adequate for the efforts put in by
these two gentlemen and I thought as a
3. I may not know Prof. Rajagopalan matter of recognition on behalf of all the
personally; but the tragedy that has befallen members you may like to publish this letter
him is a thunderbolt of no small dimension. in your forthcoming edition of Probuzz.
Can you send me his email address, so that
I can send him a condolence message? Another task done by these gentlemen was
to sort and distribute all the reports to the
Regards. Probn R. Subramanian. right person. This is not an easy job.
4. Kindly convey our condolence to his May god give these two gentlemen all the
family. best to continue the onerous task lying
Probn Dr. P. Pandian. ahead.
5. It is sad to read the news about the (Indeed, it was a stupendous task done in
demise of Sri Prof. R. Rajagopalan‘ son. an unfavorable condition when mercury was
May the Almighty give him sufficient rising steeply with a frenzy of ‗election fever‘
strength/forbearance to bear the irreparable all around! Kudos to all those who made
loss. I had met him in our monthly meeting their task lighter – the writer contributed
on a few occasions. I remember Prof. Sri Rs. 3,000/- sponsoring 20 poor elderly to
Rajagopalan shared with us on the undergo the Master Check up – Ed.).
International Science Day a humorous 17.0 Donations of Sundry items
episode about Sir C. V. Raman and ―Raman
effect‖. My heartfelt condolence to him. A. Donors
Probn V. Hariharan from Mumbai. Probn S. Ganesan, E.C. Member.
6. Entirely agree with you and share the B. Donees
sorrow. God is cruel on some people. 1. Udhavum Karangal
Heartfelt condolences. 460, NSK Salai, Arumbakkam
2. Sri Matha Trust 19.0 Elders’ representation to Tamil Nadu
‗Guru Kripa‘, No. 3, Sastha Avenue Government
Sundaram Colony, East Tambaram Tamil Nadu Elders Welfare Associa-tion, 24,
Besant Road, Royapettah, Chennai-14, in its
C. Details of Despatch representation, dated 16-6-2009, to Tamil
1. 1 Bundle of Old clothes to B1 on 29-5- Nadu Government, has pointed out certain
2009. anomalies in revision of pay and pension to
2. 1 Bundle of sarees, vests, towels and Rs. Govt. officials for early redressal. Some of
1,000/- (in cash) to B2 on 29-5-2009. those are:
Thank you, Donor, for your munificence – Ed. 1. Tamil Nadu Government adopted Central
Government pay scales and pension/family
pension for its employees in toto. However,
18.0 Helpline for Senior Citizens No. 1253 the monetary benefit is given from 1-1-
2007 while pay fixation is from 1-1-2006.
A helpline for elders will soon be introduced
This is in variance with the policy of the
in Coimbatore and Madurai Districts by
Government of India.
HelpAge India, along with the State
Government. ―This will initiate a facility to 2. The Central Government had given some
offer protection and counselling to Senior weightage for age of its pensioners,
Citizens‖, says Ms. Indrani Rajadurai, whereas the Tamil Nadu Government
National Director of HelpAge India. showed its scant respect for the aged
pensioners by totally ignoring the
The 24-hour toll-free number is 1253 was
interest of their aged former employees.
introduced three years ago in cities such as
Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. The following are suggested:
The response to the helpline has been Age of Pensioner and Family Pensioner –
overwhelming, Ms. Rajadurai says. Additional quantum Pension.
In Chennai alone, the helpline receives more From 80 years to less than 85 years:
than 80 calls a day. The calls ranged from
20% of revised basic Pension /
those made by the general public informing
the authorities of aged people lying on the
roadside, railway stations, temples and such From 85 years to less than 90 years:
public places and by elders themselves 30% of revised basic Pension /
seeking medical assistance, legal Family Pensioner
clarification, and counseling. From 90 years to less than 95 years:
―Sometimes, we get calls from aged people 40% of revised basic Pension /
who are ill-treated at their homes and from Family Pensioner
children whose parents are missing‖, From 95years to less than 100 years:
observes Ms. Rajadurai.
50% of revised basic Pension /
The helpline will also serve as an Family Pensioner
information centre for details regarding 100 years or more:
old age homes, legal issues and policies
100% of revised basic Pension /
concerning Senior Citizens. The
Government is planning to start similar help
lines in 15 more Districts in the State. Another factor is that the floor ceiling or the
Through its ‗adopt a gran‘ pro-gramme, minimum basic pension may be raised to
the HelpAge India takes care of aged Rs. 3,500/- PM as has been granted by the
people in slums, remote villages and Central Government.
even in tribal areas. (Hopefully, further upward revision of
Source: The Hindu, dated 26-11-2008. Pension / Family Pension could be expected
Received from Dr. P. Vyasamurthy, in the broad interest of Senior Citizens. –
Secunderabad – SSS Global. Ed.).
20.0 Nationalization of works or Distress Gupta alleged severe irregularities in their
sale of Works? working.
―Works of writer Rajam Krishnan to be In his petition, Gupta pointed out that the
nationalised‖ said the report in an English living condition of Senior Citizen‘s like him
daily (Times of India, dated 31-5-2009). The was pathetic due to negligence on behalf of
report adds ―As the 84 year old writer, who the authorities. He said neither the food
won the Sahithya Award in 1973, is ailing supplied was edible nor was there any
and has no legal heir, the Government security for the aged citizens who lived
decided to nationalise her works, based there.
on her own request for value of Rs. 3 Lakhs, On Friday, 22nd May, 2009 HC asked the
as a special case, an official release said‖. Government to report back to it after
The same report says elsewhere that legal constituting a committee whose job will be
heirs of a few other popular authors were to inspect each oldage home in the
bargaining for higher price for the works capital and then suggest improvements.
of those who are no more now! These, HC directed, will then have to be
Unconfirmed reports were making rounds implemented immediately. ‗Form panel on
that Mrs. Rajam Krishnan was admitted to oldage homes‘ – Delhi Cities.The Times of
one of the well-run Oldage homes in the city India (24 May 2009). Received from Dr. P.
(Chennai). Normally, oldage homes do not Vyasamoorthy,30, Gruhalakshmi Colony
admit sick elderly. It could have been more Secunderabad-500015, Ph: 040-2784 6631 SSS-
appropriate had the Government come Global.
forward to look after all her interests in
her life-time; instead of making a one-time 22.0 Dates to Remember
payment of Rs. 3 Lakhs for her priceless
works. Think of the Government policy of JUNE 2009
alloting of flats in posh areas to our 30-06-2009 (Tuesday) 10.30 a.m. Special E.C.
outstanding sports persons, worth millions Meeting at AASI.
of rupees. What we need is a change in Contact:
policy in the interest of our writers – they are Probn R. Subbaraj, Ph.: 2442 2839
our ―National asset‖, mere nationalisation is
meaningless and verges on a ―patronising JULY 2009
attitude‖ and demeaning to eminent writers. 11-07-2009 (Saturday)
E.C. Meeting at KANCHEEPURAM.Transport
21.0 Oldage Homes Inspec-tion, for will be arranged.
Improvement of Contact:
Standards Probn R. Subbaraj, Ph.: 2442 2839
Alarmed at the status of old age homes in 18-07-2009 (Saturday) 4.00 p.m.
the capital, the Delhi High Court has asked
Probus group–Theosophical Society, Mylapore
the Govt. to get going. HC has given four Lodge (TS)–Spiritual & Philo-sophical Meeting at
weeks time to the Social Welfare Dept., M.P. Anand Matricula-tion School, Mylapore,
Delhi Govt.‘s Secretary to form a committee Chennai-4.
to inspect old age homes and come up with Probn K. Venkatachari, PP, speaks on
suggestions how living conditions of Senior Thirumangai Alwar – his life and works.
Citizens here can be improved. Contact:
HC‘s order came while disposing of a Probn T. R. Jayaraman, Ph.: 2466 1998
petition filed in 1995 by one Prem Chand Probn V. L. Aiyar, Ph.: 2499 2329
Gupta, a Senior Citizen himself who then
lived in an old age home in Kalkaji, South 25-07-2009 (Saturday) 9.00 a.m.
Delhi. Annual General Body meeting at Russian
Making Delhi Government‘s social welfare Centre of Science & Culture, Chennai-18.
department and the President of the old age Notification will be sent by the Secretary
home where he stayed as the respondent, separately.
Probn R. Subbaraj, Ph.: 2442 2839
Note: Programmes are subject to changes
of time, venue, speakers and the like. Kindly contact the
person(s) indicated against each programme, in case of
doubt. – Ed.
23.0 Stop Press
Dr. Krishnan Raghavan, aged 52 years,
son of Probn Dr. B. S. Raghavan, I.A.S.
(Retd.), was killed in an air accident, on
7-6-2009 in USA. He was piloting a
family-owned aircraft with some of his
Indian American friends, when the plane
developed a technical snag and plunged
into river Mohwak.
Our heartfelt condolences to Probn Dr.
B. S. Raghavan and the rest of the
We join them in their prayers for the
ever lasting peace to the departed noble