C K Ranganathan, Chairman & MD, CavinKare pays homage to S Balasubramanian, veteran journalist and Chairman of Vikatan Group of Publications, calls him a courageous soul. (As told to exchange4media)
Mr. Balasubramanian was a multi-faceted personality at par with excellence. Every time I met him I used to find something different and new in him. Initially I knew him as an editor of the Vikatan Group, a man who pioneered investigative journalism and had a high about him.
I personally came to know him well as for me and for him nurturing birds was a serious hobby. We gelled very well in the first meeting itself and there was no looking back.
He was a voracious reader and possessed in-depth knowledge of almost everything in this world. I used to consider him a ‘mobile library. In those days, he was much more than what Google is today.
He loved cooking and was a good cook. He could make healthy lunch or a dinner without leaving behind the taste and flavour. I always wanted to do a video recording of him cooking, but somehow I have lost that opportunity.
He was my guru on various aspects and because of him I got far more entrenched into bird watching. I am very happy that I had him as my guide and a friend. We were like family.
One of the incidents that I would like to mention was when I was critically ill and he gave vital instructions on what medication to be taken and if he hadn’t done that, I wouldn’t have seen the light of the day. I thank him for giving back my life and am indebted to him. I will miss him and he will be in my heart forever. May his soul rest in peace.