He went to Germany (on TWA)

“He went to Germany 14.12.56” – This is what it says behind the small square photograph, given by one of my aunts. Taken in front of 596 Scindia House, Vishveshwarapuram, Dad was being given a fond send off by his mother, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and other well-wishers. At 25, he was the first of the Nagesh Rao Manay children who was travelling abroad, and it must have been a proud time for the family.

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L to R: Nivedita aunty (Pillu), Indirabai aunty (Akka), Bhaskar uncle, Venkoba (Dad), Sujiya aunty, Narasingh Rao (driver),  Grandma Muthubai, Indirabai’s four daughters Rajni (tallest), Pratibha, Kalpana, Kanya (shortest), Geetha aunty, Bhooma uncle, and little boy

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Meeting Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is in the news… on many people’s minds, and twitter feeds, and facebook status updates. And not for a memorable film or an impactful episode of Satyamev Jayate. He said some things that some people are not happy with, and in case you do not know, you can read about it here.

In our India, people are free to say what they want to say as long as it is within the constitution’s Right to Freedom of Speech. Some people get affected and some don’t. Those who get affected are probably those who value the views of the speaker. So one needs to say things with care, and after much thinking. It becomes difficult, especially if the speaker is not far from the truth.

This raging controversy will take some time to subside, or till something else comes up to grab our attention, but the talk of Aamir Khan brought to mind my meeting with him a few months ago. It is posted on my autograph website, Just Autographs here, and reproduced below. Continue reading