Fearless Karamyogi

Dr Kurien was a fearless karmyogi and he never asked for anything for himself. I recall when Jagjivan Ram wanted a private dairy to be funded under Operation Flood (OF), Dr Kurien’s blunt reply was that it could not be done. Surely the Minister had wanted him to be sacked but could not because ofContinue reading “Fearless Karamyogi”

Second virtual zoom meet of some former NDDB employees at Vrikshamandir held on 6 September, 2021

I wrote an email to all those who participated in the meeting thanking them for their presence and their contributions.My email message and reactions, suggestions received from many of them are given below. One of the many high points during this emotion filled virtual meeting, like last time, were the songs by Dr Hemendra Joshi.Continue reading “Second virtual zoom meet of some former NDDB employees at Vrikshamandir held on 6 September, 2021”

Carry your ID proof

Related articles Role of Market Intervention Operations and listned to Dr. Anejas’s lecture Dr. Aneja had returned from Delhi after a meeting with Senior Government Officers in various ministries regarding Market Intervention Operations in oil (MIO). MIO proposal was in final stages of discussions and approval. Finally, Govt of India issued an order appointing NDDBContinue reading “Carry your ID proof”

Tribute to Prof. Dr.M.N. Menon

Dr. MPG Kurup writes with substantial inputs from his classmate Prof.Dr. M Krishnan Nair, Dean , Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences about Prof. Dr.M.N. Menon, Former Animal Husbandry Commissioner & Jt.Secretary , Government of India , New Delhi Dr. MN Menon was one of the most outstanding Veterinary Professionals in India : the crowningContinue reading “Tribute to Prof. Dr.M.N. Menon”

No sir, you can not “drink” !

This funny incident also happened in 1982 in Pakistan. The scene- Hilton, Lahore. This was our second week in Pakistan. After first week in Islamabad, which was mostly meetings with policy makers and senior bureaucrats in the government of Pakistan, we were now to undertake field visits to the proposed project areas in the Punjab province.  Dr. Kurien left for IndiaContinue reading “No sir, you can not “drink” !”

Geetha VK, Oorumooppathi (Kadar Tribal Leader) from Vazachal Settlement, near Athirapilly, Trissur

The blog titled ‘Aching Joys’which appeared a few days back in Vrikshamandir contained two photographs of a lady attired in a blue dress,surrounded by three others.Clearly,the lady in blue sort of looked out of place in the midst of three city slickers (an expression which I learned from Prof. Michael Halse!). Soon after it’s publication,aContinue reading “Geetha VK, Oorumooppathi (Kadar Tribal Leader) from Vazachal Settlement, near Athirapilly, Trissur”

Will it survive the fall?

Here I am not talking about a flowering or ornamental plant surviving a harsh winter following the ‘fall’ season. I am talking about a man made device for entertainment. And the device- not one but two under reference here are a Radio and a Harmonium. But why these two poor lifeless things should deserve suchContinue reading “Will it survive the fall?”

Tribute to Dr.KS Nair GBVC (Bombay), MRCVS (UK), DTVM (UK)

Kerala got its first outstanding and highly qualified Veterinary Professional : A Practioner , Educator , Scientist , Manager , Development Specialist and Administrator : all rolled into one , in 1955 : when the then Travancore-Cochin Government Found and Appointed Sri K Sankaran Nair : (Dr.KS Nair) GBVC (Bombay) , MRCVS (UK) , DTVMContinue reading “Tribute to Dr.KS Nair GBVC (Bombay), MRCVS (UK), DTVM (UK)”

Looking for a Cowasji in Karachi

Year 1982. I was in Karachi with Mike (Dr. Michael Halse, my guru). We were members the Pakistan Dairy Sector Review Mission fielded by the World Bank and led by Dr. V. Kurien. The evening we reached Karachi, Mike told me that he had a call from the principal of his high school in LondonContinue reading “Looking for a Cowasji in Karachi”

First virtual zoom meet of former NDDB employees at Vrikshamandir held on 23 August 2021

On 23 August some of us “Former NDDB Employees” had our first meet at “Virtual Vrikshamandir ”. We had two meetings that day first at 0700 am and the second at 0730 pm (India Time). Eighteen of us spent an hour and half during these two meeting each lasting well over ninety minutes. Participation atContinue reading “First virtual zoom meet of former NDDB employees at Vrikshamandir held on 23 August 2021”