Our own ” Purple Monster ” turns 27 today . A few minutes past 2.30 PM on this day in 1983 , Raghu was born at the Army hospital , Delhi Cantonment . By evening , he had developed rashes all over his body and the doctor applied junction violet . Revathi , an intern called him the ” Purple Monster ” jokingly and Jaya , his elder sister liked the name .
I clearly remember the night before when Malathi started her labor pain and we had arranged an Army Vehicle stand by to take her to the hospital . Raghu refused to come out till next afternoon and Mrs Kochhar , the Gynaecologist waited patiently to facilitate a natural delivery . Malathi’s elder sister Suku was around to support us .
Raghu – Ragzz to his friends is an associate with Google now . We fondly remember the Rolly Polly youngster who refused to go to school at Bangalore , was afraid of the Sea Harrier aircraft during the ” Beating the Retreat ” function at New Delhi , the young devil who could beat an insect to pulp and now afraid to confront a spider , the student at Army Public School and Bhavan’s College at Secunderabad who started his own rock band along with friends , his vulnerability with mathematics but good grasp of the English language , my assistant in a Team Building outbound training program at ICRISAT for NVIDIA and above all a worldly wise young professional who has traveled extensively to Europe , China , Australia and Korea .
When he was four years old , Raghu wanted to drive a Coles Crane when he grows up , as from our room , he used to watch his Menon Bhaiyya lift engines effortlessly with his crane in the Army’s Station Workshop at Bangalore where I was the Commander. After his college , he wanted to learn music and now he wants to learn boxing as a hobby besides his job with Google .
We wish our son great innings in the days to come and be what he wishes to be in Life.