Letters to the Editor – April 2023

In the obit feature on Vani Jairam: An ageless voice tragically stilled, I notice there are no pictures of her with South Indian music composers. Those could have been included.

Kandasamy Saroja

The article Nagpur Rotarians work for tribal welfare is wonderful and the credit must go to RC Nagpur Vision president Dr Shivani Sule for getting the idea of serving the tribal people of Melghat, a hilly area, some 300km from Nagpur.

It is commendable that the club hosted a medical camp even though the village was six hours drive from Pune, with the help of doctors from Mahan Trust. Kudos to Dr Shivani and her team for arranging 52 surgeries, out of which 32 were major surgeries, in a makeshift operation theatre.

N Jagatheesan, RC Eluru — D 3020

Soaring high

Members of Rotary Club of Chennai ­Meraki, an all-women’s club, have proved that they are different and can do wonders.

The team comprising its ­charter president Sivabala Rajendran, president Shrikala Gopi, secretary Preetha Mahesh, and coordinator Kothangi Suchitra has travelled 5,500km with grit. They have ­campaigned about Rotary themes such as End Polio Now, ­women’s welfare, DEI policy and Go green etc.

Also, their getting a rousing reception from 150 clubs across five RI districts bears testimony to their efforts to showcase Rotary’s public image. What a way to promote Rotary. This quartet has soared to Himalayan heights with their Project Virium Siragugal (spreading wings) for which we, Rotarians of Tamil Nadu, feel proud. Hearty congratulations to them.

V R T Dorairaja, RC Tiruchirappalli — D 3000

I really appreciate our magazine, Rotary News, for apart from various aspects of Rotary, we get to read inspirational articles as well as different club projects.

Geeta Dubey, RC Jamshedpur Femina — D 3250

The Feb editorial on Joshimath, an environmental disaster waiting to happen, is timely as it warns readers of the consequences of disregarding nature. The article Making Rotary irresistible is worth reading.

All the articles and features on the Visakha Vista zone institute are very exhaustive and interesting to read for those who could not make it to the event.

S N Shanmugam, RC Panruti — D 2981

Rotary Plus a good initiative

This is really a wonderful effort. Many of the noble projects do not get the exposure in our print ­magazine due to various constraints. Rotary News Plus is a good platform to showcase the missed-out projects.

Ganesh Pattanshetti, RC Nipani — D 3170

Proud to be a Rotarian. My club in the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu has taken up a number of ­projects that are useful to the communities. Thank you Rotary.

Jawahar Ambalavanan, RC Veeranam Lake City — D 2981

A well-compiled March issue


I was happy to see the cover ­photo of slum children in Chennai being taught by ­Rotaractors near a bridge and learn that Ken Hutt of RC ­Berry, Australia, has collected $200,000 by ­paragliding for a noble cause.

RI President Jennifer Jones’ write-up on tea master Genshitu Sen is motivating as it focuses on peace-making. The Editor’s note is impressive as it gives a clear picture of unity of Indians in combating hateful remarks against the recently released film Pathaan and its record box office collection of over ₹1,000 crore.

RID Mahesh Kotbagi has written a touching ­message about Turkey/Syria earthquake victims. RID A S Venkatesh stresses the importance of changes to be made in the clubs to keep up membership. TRF trustee chair Ian Risley explains well the necessity of tackling water and sanitation problems. TRF trustee Bharat Pandya gives us a timely reminder of the age-old habit of Indians to give and relates it to TRF giving. ­Delighted to know about the noble work of Rotaract Club of Chennai Central which runs a classroom at a slum near Poonamallee. Other ­articles such as Unfolding the TRF magic, ­Polioplus — ­Jewel in ­Rotary’s crown, the obit on ­Panduranga Setty by PRIP Rajendra Saboo, ­Singapore Rotarians partner with RC Sonkutch, and You asked and Gordon McInally answered, all make enjoyable reading.

The photos, including those giving details of President Jones’ visit to Sri Lanka, are beautiful. Also, glad to read about Vani Jairam with an angel’s voice. Club Hop is beautifully presented. On the whole, the March issue is superb.

Philip Mulappone M T, RC Trivandrum Suburban — D 3211

The March issue is full of rich content on Rotary club activities. The tribute to Vani Jairam recalls some of the interesting anecdotes in her life. Thanks to Rotary News for publishing the article on the late playback singer as this write-up will be read across the world.

K Ganesamoorthy, RC Kutralam — D 3212

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