Author Archives: Venkatesh Govindarajan

Goodness Exemplified

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN The Foundation of Goodness was set up by Kushil Gunasekera in 1999. It provides essential services to his ancestral village of Seenigama, Sri Lanka, and beyond. Gunasekera is ably supported by a dedicated Board of Trustees and a committed team, based in Seenigama and Colombo — all working together with villagers and donors to […]

The Web Dilemma

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN Summertime in Trondheim, Norway, where I lived for a few years, is as lively as winter is dreary. The trees, in winter, are bare, the birds migrate to the south, and insects retire somewhere sub-terra to live out the cold. Come April-May, and life returns — from the lowest forms to the highest; quite like […]

Beyond Wisdom

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN While preparing my presentation slides for lectures I had to give in a thermodynamics class at the University in Sweden, where I currently work, I tended to get lost [or, rather find myself] in the realm of metaphysics and philosophy. This was a subject, which, to me, as a budding engineering student in India, in the […]

The Tomcat Connection

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN It was a cold winter morning in Glasgow. I had flown in from Oslo, with Varshita, my wife, for a conference. The alluring appeal of Scotland was compelling enough to coerce us to extend our sojourn by two days. We gave up the luxurious hotel room at the end of the conference, and […]

Just ‘Can’ Be Without the Other

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN The ‘one’ is religion and the ‘other’ is science. These two have been at loggerheads for many years. The church — or, for that matter, any religious institution — is deemed to be retrogressive by forward-thinking philosophers and scientists; while the latter have been branded as heretics by the former. This tussle continues, […]

The Varsity Of Divine Law

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN Nothing surprises me anymore. Anything seems possible. The Good, the Bad or the Ugly. Any time. Anywhere. Any place. Justifications abound for everything that happens and for everything that does not. If man cannot find one, one just passes the buck to god. I could shoot and kill and say that it was […]

Freedom Redefined

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN I heard someone say the other day in a lecture — all of us will have cars someday. Not one, but perhaps two for a family of four. This is because we all crave for freedom. I was a bit shocked to hear this at the outset. It seemed to fly in the […]

Gift Of The Tyagi

VENKATESH GOVINDARAJAN The difference between the Lake of Galilee and the Dead Sea is that the blessing [River Jordan] flows in and out of the former, while in the latter, it flows in and stays there. The Dead Sea is absolutely dead — no fish can survive in it. The Lake of Galilee is full […]