Chennai inspector recites poetry over walkie-talkie

November 28, 2018 01:13 am | Updated 08:03 am IST - CHENNAI

The police walkie-talkie is used to pass on messages, chide subordinates and, recently, to ask a superior for leave. But one policeman has, for over two decades, been using it to inspire his colleagues by reciting motivational Tamil poetry during night patrol.

On Saturday morning, the usual chatter subsided on walkie-talkies across the city and inspiring poetry resonated for a few minutes. It was the voice of S. Kanagesan, a 49-year-old inspector attached to the Madras High Court police station. The poems he recites are created by him on the spot.

“I have been doing it since 1997 when I joined as a sub-inspector in Harur, Dharmapuri district. I have been writing poems since my school days and have authored three books – Dagam, Kavitha Dagam and Semmozhi Tamile Vazhga ,” he said .

“Many of the personnel are stressed and get demotivated... and during night shifts, some may fall asleep also. So I write poetry, based on the situation, and then recite when I get my turn to alert my team on the mike,” he explained. “Initially, I thought my superiors would pull me up. But I have only been getting appreciation from officers, colleagues and constables,” he said. Recently he was appreciated by an officer of the rank of deputy commissioner over the walkie-talkie. His colleagues too have only nice things to say about him.

Motivating lines

“Sometimes poetry can be bland, but his lines are very motivating. He has composed poems on the ill-effects of alcoholism, importance of education and women’s empowerment among other subjects,” a woman sub-inspector said.

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