Ramesh G Jethwani is a prolific "Letters to Editor writer/columnist, who over the decades has written over a thousand "Letters to editor" and few columns, which have been widely published in leading newspapers in India and in GCC(Gulf countries),These letters to editor/ Columns are a testimony to the power of his ideas,his letters and columns short and precious - have served a very useful purpose in drawing the attention of authorities about important issues concerning society and the governmnet. His father always emphasized the importance of public service Read more

Tributes/ Highlighting Distuingshed people

Parting shot.(Leonard Cohen)

Canadian writer(Leonard Cohen)
The Telegraph, 1st Dec,2016-L.E.

Sir - An era in music has come to an end with the death of the Canadian musician, Leonard Cohen. Disappointed by the lack of success as a writer, he pursued a career in music. He achieved fame as one of the foremost songwriters of the 20th... Read More

Parting shot.(Leonard Cohen)
Canadian writer(Leonard Cohen)
The Telegraph, 1st Dec,2016-L.E.

Sir - An era in music has come to an end with the death of the Canadian musician, Leonard Cohen.Disappointed by the lack of success as a writer, he pursued a career in music. He achieved fame as one of the foremost songwriters of the 20th century.

He will be remembered for his self-deprecating humour, which made his songs endearing.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Manto was a master writer

DNA India May 13 2012-L.E.

May 11 marked the birth centenary of Saadat Hassan Manto, a popular short stories, most of them just a few sentences long. His stories were thought-provoking and in just a few sentences he could pack a punch. He wrote his most impactful stories during the time of India-Pakistan partition. They were about the killings... Read More

Manto was a master writer
DNA India May 13 2012-L.E.

May 11 marked the birth centenary of Saadat Hassan Manto, a popular short stories, most of them just a few sentences long. His stories were thought-provoking and in just a few sentences he could pack a punch. He wrote his most impactful stories during the time of India-Pakistan partition. They were about the killings of innocent civilians in the aftermath of the. Partition. He may have died more than half a century ago, but his stories continue to have relevance even today.

He passed away at the age of 42, but even in his short literary career, he produced monumental work, which will always be remembered with awe and admiration.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A formidable literary legacy

Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi
Gulf Times-July 31 2016-L.E

Dear Sir, The death of renowned Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi at the age of 90 marks the end of an era in India’s literary world. She leaves behind a formidable literary legacy. She campaigned tirelessly for empowerment of the tribal people in India. Her death is a great loss for the literary world... Read More

A formidable literary legacy
Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi
Gulf Times-July 31 2016-L.E

Dear Sir, The death of renowned Bengali writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi at the age of 90 marks the end of an era in India’s literary world. She leaves behind a formidable literary legacy. She campaigned tirelessly for empowerment of the tribal people in India. Her death is a great loss for the literary world that will be hard to fill for years to come.

She will be remembered as one of the greatest Indian women writers of our times and also one of the most decorated writers of India. She won Sahitya Academi (1979) Jnanpith (1996) awards for literary excellence. She was also the recipient of Padma Shri (1986), Ramon Magsaysay (1997) and Padma Vibhushan (2006) awards.

She used literature as a means of social change and voice of oppressed. “The reason and inspiration for my writing,” she once said, “are those people who are exploited and used, and yet do not accept defeat”.

In recent years, she raised her voice against forcible land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram. “My India,” she once said, “still lives behind a curtain of darkness”.

Over the years, several of her novels have been turned into films. Award-winning films Hazar Chaurasi ki Ma and Rudali were based on her novels.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

TOWERING PERSONALITY

Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi
THE PIONEER--MONDAY, 01 AUGUST 2016

This refers to the editorial, “Voice of the rebellion” (July 30). Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi has left behind a formidable literary legacy that focused on the lives of the marginalised community. She was a towering personality... Read More

TOWERING PERSONALITY
Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi
THE PIONEER--MONDAY, 01 AUGUST 2016

This refers to the editorial, “Voice of the rebellion” (July 30). Eminent litterateur and social activist Mahasweta Devi has left behind a formidable literary legacy that focused on the lives of the marginalised community.

She was a towering personality and an excellent writer. She will be remembered as one of the greatest Indian women writers of our times. Mahasweta Devi used literature as a means to bring social change. She will be remembered as an out standing writer of her time and one of the foremost voice among her contemporaries.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Goswami a literary icon

DNA 1 December 2011-L.E.

India has recently lost many stalwart from world of performing arts, Indian classical music, ghazals, acting creative class arts and literature, like BhuPen. Hazarika, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Jagjit Singh, Shammi Kapoor, MF Husain and Shrilal Shukla of Rag Darbari fame. Now Indira Goswami has left a great void which will be difficult to fill... Read More

Goswami a literary icon
DNA 1 December 2011-L.E.

India has recently lost many stalwart from world of performing arts, Indian classical music, ghazals, acting creative class arts and literature, like BhuPen. Hazarika, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Jagjit Singh, Shammi Kapoor, MF Husain and Shrilal Shukla of Rag Darbari fame. Now Indira Goswami has left a great void which will be difficult to fill, not only in literary world of Assam but in the entire country.

In the arena of Modern Indian literature, Goswami was an outstanding writer of her time and one of the foremost voices among her contemporaries.

She attempted to use literature as a means of social change and took the initiative to bring the banned militant outfit ULFA to the negotiating table in order to start a political dialogue with the government.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Precious laughter(Cartoonist/Artist)

The Telegraph- 15th Aug 2014-LE

Sir — A memorable era in the history of Indian comics has come to an end with the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain behind Chacha dies”, Aug 7). Sharma, who had .... Read More

Precious laughter(Cartoonist/Artist)
The Telegraph- 15th Aug 2014-LE

Sir — A memorable era in the history of Indian comics has come to an end with the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain the death of Pran Kumar Sharma, the creator of Chacha Chaudhary (“Brain behind Chacha dies”, Aug 7). Sharma, who had been suffering from colon cancer for a while, had created several well-loved characters apart from the witty old man, Chacha Chaudhary, and his Man Friday, Sabu. People will remember the inimitable Chacha, whose “brain was faster than a computer”, for years to come. The humour in the comic strip made it unique.
Pran began his career in 1960 as a cartoonist for a Delhi-based newspaper; his career spanned almost five decades. When Sharma started out, the Indian comics scene was flooded with reprints of foreign titles. Very few Indian artists sketched cartoons.Sharma created characters that people could easily relate to. The series of cartoons about Shrimatiji, Pinki, Billoo and Channi Chachi were regularly published; these characters became household names. Billoo was seen as the boy next door, and Chacha resembled the man one would bump into on the streets. Pran received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indian Institute of Cartoonists in 2001. In 2014, the World Encyclopedia of Comics dubbed him the “Walt Disney of India”.
Artists like Pran will be always be remembered for making readers smile. The popularity of cartoons is waning; something must be done to arrest this decline.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A Poet par excellence passes away

DNA-Feb 17 2012,L.E.

With The demise of noted Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammad khan,aka shahryar Khan, The world of ghazals has lost an eminent literary figure who was often called Ghalib of our times.He was acclaimed academician,who retired as chairman of aligarh Muslim university"s urdu department... Read More

A Poet par excellence passes away
DNA-Feb 17 2012,L.E.

With The demise of noted Urdu poet Akhlaq Mohammad khan,aka shahryar Khan, The world of ghazals has lost an eminent literary figure who was often called Ghalib of our times.He was acclaimed academician,who retired as chairman of Aligarh Muslim university's urdu department.

He was awarded the sahitya kala award in Urdu for his celebrated work Khwab Ka dar band hai. He was honoured with India's literary award Jnanpith Award 2008.He was only the fourth urdu Poet in country to be honoured with this prestigious award.

His gazals were popular not only in India but also in Pakistan and in gulf countries. One could see a common man like taxi driver , playing his famous gazals like Seene mein jalan, aankho mein toofan sa kyun hai, which articulates a sense of wonder and loss of migrants in big cities.he became a house hold name with his lyric in Bollywood ,Umrao jaan(1981),starring Rekha which caught imagination of cine goers ,is a case in point.

His death marks end of an Era in Urdu poetry.The void will be difficult to fill.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

world of Letters is poorer

The Pioneer , 05 April 2013

Just a few days back we lost the iconic Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. Now, the death of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala comes as a further shock to the world of literature. She was the only person from the literary community to win both the Oscar and the Booker awards for her excellent... Read More

world of Letters is poorer
The Pioneer , 05 April 2013

Just a few days back we lost the iconic Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe. Now, the death of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala comes as a further shock to the world of literature. She was the only person from the literary community to win both the Oscar and the Booker awards for her excellent writing.

She was already well-established as an author when she began her screenwriting career with producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory. Her 1975 novel, Heat and Dust, received the Man Booker Prize, Britain's highest literary honour. Her screenplay for the Merchant Ivory production, Howards End and A Room With A View, earned her two Oscars.

Married to an Indian Parsi architect, Cyrus H Jhabvala, she had strong roots in India; she had lived in New Delhi for 25 years. A brilliant storyteller, she leaves behind a rich legacy that will continue to engage aficionados of good literature.Moreover,her effortless and dignified technique of writing will be missed by readers of all ages, in an era where brashness is considered ‘modern literature’.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Remarkable life of Poornachandra Tejaswi

Deccan Herald-April 16,2007-L.E

Sir, The passing away of renowned writer Poornachandra Tejaswi brings to an end a remarkable life and will create a great void in Kannada literature. Tejaswi was a multifaceted personality, eminent thinker,fully committed to his ideology... Read More

Remarkable life of Poornachandra Tejaswi
Deccan Herald-April 16,2007-L.E

Sir, The passing away of renowned writer Poornachandra Tejaswi brings to an end a remarkable life and will create a great void in Kannada literature. Tejaswi was a multifaceted personality, eminent thinker,fully committed to his ideology

He was against division in society based on caste and creed,He was also an keen environmentalist.

Governor of karnataka T.N.Chaturvedi rightly said,that despite being son of an illustrative father Kuvempu,he chose to maintain his individuality and carved a niche for himself through his efforts.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Novelist par-excellence

Khaleej times 3 August 2012-L.E.

With the passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal, it marks the end of an era in the literary world. Along with contemporary writers in America, he was a towering personality and giant among novelists like Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. In fact it will be more appropriate to say... Read More

Novelist par-excellence
Khaleej times 3 August 2012-L.E.

With the passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal, it marks the end of an era in the literary world.

Along with contemporary writers in America, he was a towering personality and giant among novelists like Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. In fact it will be more appropriate to say that he was the last of celebrity figures in the literary world of America.

Gore Vidal was a novelist par-excellence, and a multi-disciplinary personality. An acclaimed novelist, he was also playwright, screenwriter, essayist and commentator. He always remained a critic of American establishment and its militarism, especially in Vietnam and Iraq.

He will always be remembered as an independent thinker who spoke his mind like Mark Twain and H L Mencken.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A playwright par excellence (Edward Albee)

ARAB NEWS,— Tuesday 20 September 2016-L.E

The death of legendary American playwright Edward Albee, at the age of 88, marks the end of an era. His most enduring and deeply analytic work was, "Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf," which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of 20th century American theater and was highly acclaimed... Read More

A playwright par excellence (Edward Albee)
ARAB NEWS,— Tuesday 20 September 2016-L.E

The death of legendary American playwright Edward Albee, at the age of 88, marks the end of an era. His most enduring and deeply analytic work was, "Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf," which is widely regarded as a masterpiece of 20th century American theater and was highly acclaimed.

Albee had a very troubled childhood and was ultimately adopted by a childless couple and there on, he went to become top playwright of his time. A three-time Pulitzer prize winner for his immense contribution to the world of theater, literature and American culture, he was also named the winner of the 2013 Chicago Tribune Literary prize.

Albee will be remembered as an outstanding playwright and one of the foremost among his contemporaries.
His death is a great loss for the world of playwrights.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

VIDAL WILL BE MISSED

Deccan Chronicle 3 August 2102-L.E.

With the passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal, an era in the literary world has ended. He was a towering personality and maybe the last of celebrities in America's literary world. Gore Vidal was a novelist par excellence, multi-faceted personality and an acclaimed novelist. In a career... Read More

VIDAL WILL BE MISSED
Deccan Chronicle 3 August 2102-L.E.

With the passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal, an era in the literary world has ended. He was a towering personality and maybe the last of celebrities in America's literary world. Gore Vidal was a novelist par excellence, multi-faceted personality and an acclaimed novelist. In a career spanning six decades, he wrote 25 novels, essays, screenplays and TV dramas and was acclaimed for his novels like Burr, Lincoln, and Julion.

In the history of the US, he will be admired as an independent thinker critical of US military policies, who always spoke his mild.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

RIP Gore Vidal

DNA INDIA 3 AUGUST 2012-L.E.

The passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal marks the end of an era in the literary world. Vidal was a towering personality and a giant among a generation of American novelists that include Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. Besides being a novelist par excellence, Vidal was also a playwright, screenwriter, essayist, politician and commentator. In a career spanning six... Read More

RIP Gore Vidal
DNA INDIA 3 AUGUST 2012-L.E.

The passing away of iconic American novelist Gore Vidal marks the end of an era in the literary world. Vidal was a towering personality and a giant among a generation of American novelists that include Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. Besides being a novelist par excellence, Vidal was also a playwright, screenwriter, essayist, politician and commentator. In a career spanning six decades, he wrote 25 novels, essays, screenplays and TV dramas. He was acclaimed for his historical novels like 'Burr', `Lincoln' and 'Julian'. Though born at the United Military Academy, he always remained critical of the American establishment and its militarism, especially in Vietnam and Iraq.

He will always remain an admired thinker in American history who always spoke his mind like Mark Twain and HL Mencken.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

A great Loss

Khaleej times--by email / 2 April 2013-L.E.

Iconic Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who passed away recently, was a an internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident.He will always be remembered as a pioneer of modern African Literature and one of the best novelists of the continent. He was a founding... Read More

A great Loss
Khaleej times--by email / 2 April 2013-L.E.

Iconic Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, who passed away recently, was a an internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident. He will always be remembered as a pioneer of modern African Literature and one of the best novelists of the continent.

He was a founding father of African fiction; his novels chronicled Nigerian history since beginning of country’s British colonial rule. He was a writer par excellence who has left a powerful and indelible impression all over the world, especially on the African and African Diaspora.

The five novels and the short stories he published between 1958 and 1987 provide a chronicle of Nigeria’s troubled history since the beginning of British colonial rule. His novel Things fall apart which dealt with impact of colonialism has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages of world.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

NADINE GORDIMER

The Staatesman-18 Jul 2014--LE

SIR, With the passing of Nadine Gordimer, who was South Africa’s first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the genre of novels and short stories has suffered an irreparable loss. She had exposed the degrading apartheid to her readers across the world. During her.... Read More

NADINE GORDIMER
The Staatesman-18 Jul 2014--LE

SIR, With the passing of Nadine Gordimer, who was South Africa’s first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the genre of novels and short stories has suffered an irreparable loss. She had exposed the degrading apartheid to her readers across the world. During her literary career that spanned seven decades, she had chronicled the horrors of the racist regime ~ from the enforced poverty and isolation of blacks to other forms of cruelty, perpetrated by the whites. She had written 15 novels which were published in 40 languages. Her books focused on the tensions the apartheid government had created between lovers, neighbours, employers and their employees.

The regime, which institutionalized racial discrimination, had banned three of her books. Nadine Gordimer had always insisted that she held no political loyalties. Hers’ was one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid, a fearless champion of human rights.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Things fall apart in literature

24th march 2013--LE-DNA-L.E.

This refers to‘Things fall apart in Literature, Achebe is dead’ (March 23). The iconic Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe who passed away yesterday was a an internationally celebrated author, statesman and dissident and will always be remembered as a... Read More

Things fall apart in literature
24th march 2013--LE-DNA-L.E.

This refers to‘Things fall apart in Literature, Achebe is dead’ (March 23). The iconic Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe who passed away yesterday was a an internationally celebrated author, statesman and dissident and will always be remembered as a titan in African literature. His novels chronicled Nigerian history since the beginning of the country’s British colonial rule. He published five novels and short stories between 1958 and 1987 and was a writer par excellence who left a powerful and indelible impression on people all over the world.

Among the tributes he may have valued most was of that of revered African icon Nelson Mandela’s Mandela who wrote, “There was a writer named Chinua Achebe in whose company the prison walls fell down.”

His death is a great loss for the world of literature.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

IRREPARABLE LOSS

Deccan Chronicle-2nd June-2009-L.E.

Sir, Demise of well known writer and poetess Kamala das alias Madhavikutty alias Kamala Suraiya leaves behind a great void not only in Malayalam literature as well (Kamala no more june 1), Prime Minister Dr Manmohan singh has rightly said that Kamala Suraiya was an ... Read More

IRREPARABLE LOSS
Deccan Chronicle-2nd June-2009-L.E.

Sir, Demise of well known writer and poetess Kamala das alias Madhavikutty alias Kamala Suraiya leaves behind a great void not only in Malayalam literature as well (Kamala no more june 1), Prime Minister Dr Manmohan singh has rightly said that Kamala Suraiya was an eminent poetess who focussed on feminism and will be most remembered for her short Malayalam Poems ,A rebellious writer for her daring writings ,she got international recognition for her autobiography My Storey,

May her soul rest in peace.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Azhikode loss to literature

DNA India – 30 January 2012-L.E.

World of literature has suffered irreparable loss with the passing away of renowned Malayalam litterateur and acclaimed orator Sukumar Azhikode. He was a multi faceted personality, a versatile writer and an epitome of literary excellence. Sukumar Azhikode always ... Read More

Azhikode loss to literature
DNA India – 30 January 2012-L.E.

World of literature has suffered irreparable loss with the passing away of renowned Malayalam litterateur and acclaimed orator Sukumar Azhikode. He was a multi faceted personality, a versatile writer and an epitome of literary excellence. Sukumar Azhikode always connected with the masses with his inspiring public speeches. With his death a great void has been created in cultural, literature and political scene not only in Kerala but also in other parts of the nation which will be difficult to fill.

His most famous work was book "Tatvamasi" was highly acclaimed and is a presentation of Indian philosophy on Vedas and Upanishads. He won 12 awards including Sahitya Academy Award, Kerala Academy Award, Vayalar Award and Rajaji Award for the book.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Gazi Al Gazoibi has left a great void not only in Saudi Arabia.

Arab world but in entire Litterateury world.

Sir , Passing away of Late Gazi Al Gazoibi has left a great void not only in Saudi Arabia , Arab world but in entire Litterateury world He was a Multi faceted personality , a prominent and outstanding Saudi oficial who served his country with great distinction ... Read More

Gazi Al Gazoibi has left a great void not only in Saudi Arabia.
Arab world but in entire Litterateury world

Sir , Passing away of Late Gazi Al Gazoibi has left a great void not only in Saudi Arabia , Arab world but in entire Litterateury world He was a Multi faceted personality , a prominent and outstanding Saudi oficial who served his country with great distinction and held very prominent positions and had honour of having served Saudi Arabia as cabinet Minister with several portfolios in Saudi cabinet , Ambassadorial assignments with great dedication and other important positions in saudi Establishment.

No description of late Gazi Al Gazoibi life will be complete without mentioning his valuable contribution on Litteraray world of him as he played Notable role in improving Literacy activities in Arab world.

He was Poet and writer par excellence , all his writing carried eloquent style reflecting indepth involvement on entire Arab world .he wrote several books which were read with great Interest but he will be best remembered for his path breaking Novell.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

OSCAR RAIN

DECCAN CHRONICLE 26 OCTOBER 2008-L.E

Congratulations to the t Slumdog Millionaire (Drained Oscars for India, Feb. 24). The Indian film industry achieved a milestone with the film's success at the Oscars and showed that it is on par with the best in the world. Slumdog Millionaire depicts the real... Read More

OSCAR RAIN
DECCAN CHRONICLE 26 OCTOBER 2008-L.E

Congratulations to the t Slumdog Millionaire (Drained Oscars for India, Feb. 24). The Indian film industry achieved a milestone with the film's success at the Oscars and showed that it is on par with the best in the world. Slumdog Millionaire depicts the real India — with its slums and poverty — but is also a heartening story of hope. Its pacy narrative is compelling and its score is even better. A.R. Rahman, Gulzar and Resul Pookutty have made India proud. While one hopes that the Oscar recognition will inspire the Indian film industry and many more honours follow, Slumdog could also help create awareness of the need to alleviate poverty and human exploitation.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.

Will reel lead to real action.

The new Indian express, 26,02,2009,L,E.

Sir, Congratulations to the team of Shim-d dog Millionaire for winning the prestigious a Oscar award. The film has truthfully portrayed the real India which lives in slums. Hopefully the win will make our politicians do something about the apalling poverty... Read More

Will reel lead to real action.
The new Indian express, 26,02,2009,L,E.

Sir, Congratulations to the team of Shim-d dog Millionaire for winning the prestigious a Oscar award. The film has truthfully portrayed the real India which lives in slums.

Hopefully the win will make our politicians do something about the apalling poverty in India. A R Rahman has made India proud winning two Oscars. Hope ma fly more Oswill follow.

- Ramesh G Jethwani Bangalore.
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