Category Archives: My Notebook

Cricket’s First Grace

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Cricketing contexts are boundless means — not arbitrary constructions. They are, in more ways than one, nestled truths anchored in wide and deep realities, where each of such truths is a part of other wholes. In other words — a myriad artwork that more than highlights, or celebrates, a particular context. This also […]

Emerge From Darkness To Light

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR The philosopher Plato thought that we are all in the same yacht apropos of our vision. This, notwithstanding the fact that all of us aim to be better than others while imbibing and cultivating wisdom, valour, balance, or commitment, and not being absurd, anxious, indisciplined, or prejudiced. The inference is apparent — if […]

The Butterfly Paradigm

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Life, in simple terms, is wholeness of being. In ancient cultures, the butterfly, the exquisite glider beyond compare, symbolised such wholeness. The wise, old Greeks contended that the gorgeous butterfly represented our soul, the symbol of life and its wholeness. They also believed that the multihued insect’s decorative wings represented change. One could […]

Vishy: Virtuosity & Vitality

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR His name conjures up images of pure art, also science, of batting at its best — a canvas that Rembrandt van Rijn would have painted with relish. He integrated aesthetic judgment with truth and justice, no less: a theory of knowledge of what is merely artistic is also simply articulate. Not only that. […]

Happiness Is Walking On Two Feet

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Happiness, as most of us think, isn’t just pleasure, or synthetic satisfaction. “Many persons,” as Helen Keller put it, “have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Human happiness cannot exist in a vacuum, or in isolation, because the […]

The Colour Principle

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Colour is, perhaps, the rainbow synthesis of our lives. There’s also a paradox — although we are incessantly fascinated by different colours, hues and tints, we do not always think of their power. We do not also sometimes notice the colours around us. Yet, as research testifies that — consciously and subconsciously — […]

The Mystical Quartet

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR Balletic, in every sense of the word, great spinners are not typified characters, howsoever mildly they may illuminate the sap-green stage. They are important and often peculiar human beings whose strong realm of individuality is the source of their talents. For a variety of reasons: mental, physical, artistic, or technical, and magical — […]

Tryst With Nehru

RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR It was 26 years ago that I first met Basty Premanand Shenoy — a quick-witted, eager beaver sexagenarian. We took off famously from the word go. What made our conversation especially riveting was our shared native ‘roots,’ not to speak of our common lingo, Kannada. That he had a fabulous memory was one […]