May is Mother’s month and close on its heels follows Father’s month and incidentally June also happens to be the month my father was born and this year is his 100th Birth Anniversary. I was glad to have released my Coffee Table book to commemorate the occasion. Happy also to say I had another opportunity before the month was out to pay tribute to my dear father through a pp presentation of selected photographs from my book to members of IAA and some guests.
After Ms. Belgamvala introduced me, I presented a copy of the book to the President of IAA, Mr.P. Murari, IAS (retd.). I began the programme by quizzing the audience about the picture on the cover page and none of their guesses were right. I said it was not a picture of Ireland or New Zealand as they thought but the Loch Ard Gorge on Great Ocean Road in Melbourne. I added that it’s a picture to be preserved for posterity because the gorge is said to be crumbling and losing its shape. It was heartening to notice the audience were able to identify most of the photographs displayed from the foreign and Indian section the book comprised. It was a pleasant evening with no mobiles ringing, the only sound heard was mild laughter now and then which showed the active participation of the small group present.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao