A fine gesture

The eyes of city's five veteran performing artistes turned moist when Mohammad Khaza of Mayur Orchestra honoured them with a purse (Rs.5,000) and a shawl as part of the silver jubilee of the orchestra at Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram on Sunday. The artistes - Sunanda, Sanjeeva Rao, Babu Rao, Hussain Bhai (all singers) made music lovers sway to their tunes during their heydays, while Raju, a drummer, is known to be a mentor for many drummers in the city.

"He recognised our contribution to music. More than what he has given us, what matters is that he still remembered his association with us when he was a rookie in the field," recollected Sanjeeva Rao with a choked voice.

Whose sacrifice it is?

`Sacrifice' seems to be the favourite word of many political leaders. Congress leaders, especially, leave no opportunity to eulogise the `sacrifices' of Gandhi and Nehru family. But Minister Gollapalli Surya Rao, who addressed a press conference in the city recently when he was holding the portfolio of animal husbandry, has given an altogether different twist to the word. Elaborating the steps taken by the Government to improve milk production, he said: "As a result of several sacrifices, there is an increase in artificial insemination and milk produce as well!" Reporters were left wondering what were the sacrifices that the Minister was talking about and who made them.

Ways of using RTI

Officials, of late, seems to have realised the `use' of Right to Information (RTI) Act. When some of them, especially those at the lower rungs of bureaucracy, understand the gravity of a problem, they wish to share all the information relating to it with the scribes. But, often, they fear incurring the wrath of their higher ups for talking to the press. Such officials are now suggesting to the reporters who approach them for information to seek the same under the RTI Act. But there is also a lurking doubt among some reporters whether the officials have chosen the RTI Act to buy some more time to hush up the matter before it hits headlines.

People's leader!

Mayor Mallika Begum, on quite a few occasions, has alighted from the high pedestal of being the first citizen of the city to mingle with people on street. Once she stopped to talk to a street corner vendor and demonstrate her dexterity at making dosas, while on another occasion she exhibited her prowess at sewing. While this was covered extensively in the media and appreciated by many, Ms. Begum's predecessor, Tadi Sakuntala, thought otherwise. She took a few sarcastic digs at Ms. Begum in the midst of a heated debate in the general body meeting of the municipal corporation. "You have to do more than making dosas and sewing to understand the problems of those eking out a livelihood from them," Ms. Sakuntala remarked. Ms. Begum, however, brushed off the snide remarks with a smile. "Professional rivalry can manifest itself in the most unexpected ways," said a corporator.

J.R. Shridharan, K.N. Murali Sankar, G.V.R. Subba Rao and G.V.Ramana Rao