When few of my classmates got the opportunity to do summer inplant training at BEL, we turned green like leaves for 2 reasons.
First one being the salubrious Bangalore climate[Not anymore] with cool breeze from lalbaugh, cubbobbaugh gardens while we had to sweat it out
at Neyveli "anal min nilayam" or Kalpakkam "ANu min nilayam"
or the foundries at Coimbatore.
Second reason was the proximity they wud have with our "aadharsha hero Sujatha. We might have had only few glimpses of his photographs in "Kumudham" or "Vikatan" .[Remember,those were the days when we did not have satellite media veering up to the bathrooms of neo celebs and forcing their "thathupithuva" uLaralgaL down our throats]
Sujatha was perceived as a flamboyant , mischievous youngish man with a characteristic nonchalance . His personality lay somewhere between Ganesh and Vasanth was what we had thought
His thick mush, stylish straight hair, tall, lean frame , sharp eyes, crooked smile only added to his sex appeal and mystery.
But after the summer hols, my mates had an entirely
different story to tell. He was a terrible task master, soft spoken , geeky professor in the guise of a light ,youthful writer. He never allowed the girls
even few minutes of lax chit chats or gossip or even gawking at the trainee engineers. [EVM pressure or ManiRatnam pressure?]
But our awe and respect grew for him.
He sowed the seeds of dollar dreams among Tamil youth by romanticizing electronics, computers, software .
SGRK, one of his last works is "vaaram oru paasuram" in Kalki where he elucidates one at a time.