G. Kasturi was a remarkable person in the true sense of the term. On the occasions I had the privilege of meeting him, I learnt many finer points of writing from him. He would urge me to “write with verve” and in a subject like education, his words gave me the freedom to report on events with gusto tempered by objectivity. Whenever I went on a tour to different parts of the country to cover notable developments in education, he encouraged me to write edit page articles.
Of GK, one can say without hesitation “His life was gentle, and the elements So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, ‘This was a man’.”
GK encouraged many people to take to writing. I had the pleasure of calling on him on many occasions. When I told him that I was about to retire from my job in TVS, he suggested that I take up freelance writing. He encouraged me to contribute to the Young World section. His continued encouragement resulted in my writing a number of e-books.
Tamarapu Sampath Kumaran,
I have been a reader of The Hindu since 1960, but I can’t recall seeing Mr. Kasturi’s photograph in the newspaper during his lifetime, except perhaps after he decided to hang his boots. A truly great editor, he never projected himself in the newspaper. The reader never saw him but the kind of man that he was came through the character of the paper — sober, dignified, impartial, inspiring confidence.
True, GK worked in obscurity by choice and his name or picture seldom, if ever, appeared in the news pages. But his stamp was unmistakable on the entire newspaper. A talented and distinguished editor, GK exemplified humanistic ideals and endeared himself to all those who worked with him. It is no wonder that his passing has been mourned as an unfathomable loss by The Hindu staff and readers.
G. David Milton,