Gaining valuable insights into the history and culture of Krishna district during his three-year-long stint as district Collector, Navin Mittal is said to be toying with the idea of writing a book to give a comprehensive understanding of the district. Well, what’s the provocation? Mr. Mittal believes that after Goron McKenzie’s seminal Krishna District Manual published in 1883, no single book has profiled the district well. The transfer is, no doubt, a dampener for him, as he would now have to struggle much harder to access information about the district sitting in Hyderabad. Still, he seems to be unwavering in his determination. Best of luck, Mr. Mittal.

Not a high point!

The organisers of Tiranga Run threw a party to all those who made the event a success, especially the media fraternity for the excellent coverage they gave to the mega event. It was in a star hotel in the city. Some of the scribes who expected prizes in the tradition of the run were disappointed, but the organisers tried to compensate for it by throwing a ‘wet’ party, putting Gandhian principles in the cupboard for a while. There were some who fell for it, while a good number weren’t. Long live Gandhigiri.

‘Trained’ demonstrators!

Tiny-tots of Gurukul English Medium School at Labbipet impressed visitors at a science exhibition conducted on the school campus the other day. Showcasing their talent, the little ones memorised definitions and the working principles of the objects they displayed at the exhibition. The mere sight of a visitor was enough for them to blurt out the memorised lines in a singsong way. Interrupting a kindergartener, a visitor sought to know of what material the model was made of. The student promptly replied and began to explain the definition afresh, right from the lines… “Good morning, I am so and so of class…” The visitor cut him short and asked him to continue from where he had left. “But I have not been trained so. I can only tell the whole sentence in one go,” said the child naively to the visitor’s amusement, who stroked his hair lovingly and left.

Rough ride all the way

It is always a nightmarish experience for journalists to travel by the vehicle of the Information & Public Relations Department. A few journalists, who boarded the vehicle in Vijayawada to go to Machilipatnam to report the assumption of office of District Collector by Shailaja Ramaiyer, had to hold their breath until they reached the district headquarters, as the officials told them that the vehicle’s break oil was leaking, and, hence, it would be difficult to reach in time along with the Collector’s vehicle. The journalists’ fear only shot up every time the vehicle had a jerk or a jolt. The Collector’s convoy that left Vijayawada much later overtook them in no time and reached the district headquarters in less than an hour, while the journalists had to grin and bear for two hours.

(K. Srimali, G.V. Ramana Rao, P. Sujatha Varma and G.V.R. Subba Rao)