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(Bits and pieces from the reporters’ diary that did not make it to the main stories.)

Few things are more embarrassing for a reporter than her pen running dry midway through an interview. Picture the reporter desperately trying to keep her professional front while having to pause the interview every few minutes and shake the pen vigorously in the vain hope that it’ll cough up a few more lines of notes.

Actually, no, one thing is worse — rummaging frantically through your bag at the start only to find you have no pen at all and having to shamefacedly preface the interview with a “Er… sorry, but could you lend me a pen?” The moral of the story? The pen might be mightier than the sword, but at least swords don’t run out of ink. And, they’re harder to misplace too.

The great escape

Heading to interview actor Pooja at AVM Gardens soon after the release of “Naan Kadavul”, one discovered the entire cast of the film there. En route to meet her, you smilingly made your way through the friendly physically and mentally challenged children and adults who played a vital part in the film. And, then, you saw the man who played the cruel Thandavan (Rajendran), the head of the beggar mafia, whose chilling presence in the film left many squirming. He might have been a perfect gentleman to know, but you suddenly found yourself slinking into a corner as if to escape him. Mercifully, there were others who did the same. A clear case of reel influencing real!

Prayers answered

While interviewing legendary singer P.B. Sreenivos for the “Memories of Madras” column, he got talking about the Oscars and A.R. Rahman’s two wins there.

“Last year, I visited the Kodak Theatre where the Oscars are held. The guide was showing us the place where the nominees sit, and I felt sad that no Indian composer had sat there. I sent up a sincere prayer that it should happen soon. I was so happy for Rahman. That’s why I call myself “Prayer (P) Believer (B) Sreenivos.”

(Contributed by Divya Kumar and Subha J Rao)

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