V. Gangadhar – Slice of Life Archive

Posted on December 27, 2006

One of the simple pleasures of a Sunday used to be reading V. Gangadhar’s column “Slice of Life” in The Hindu on Sundays.

I now get to to relive the experience, thanks to Rediff. The archive of Gangadhar’s Slice of Life provides for very interesting reader. He mostly writes about one-off topics related to his life in Ahmedabad, about the India of the past etc.

Here’s an excerpt from his article suggesting we celebrate Manmadan, the Hindu God of Love instead of Valentine’s Day:

Manmadhan was in the habit of shooting arrows made of fragrant flowers at his victims, making them fall in love. Somewhat like Cupid of Greek legend. Unfortunately, Manmadhan once fooled around with Shiva, the Angry Young God, who was not known to be particularly romantic. On being struck by the romantic arrow, Shiva reacted strongly. He opened his third eye, discharged the requisite fire reducing poor Manmadhan to ashes. I do not know when this exactly happened but it would be nice to celebrate the martyrdom of Manmadhan as our version of Valentine’s Day.

I guess that is enough linkage for you to waste a couple of hours. Have fun!

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  1. Rangarajan January 12, 2008 7:28 pm

    Hello,

    May I have the email id of Mr V Gangadhar please. I want to get in touch with him on his work.

    Thanks,

    Rangarajan

  2. NE Appasamy September 5, 2009 1:08 am

    May I know the mail id of Mr VGangadhar as I am one of the millions attracted by his writings in the Hindu under “Slices of life”
    Thank you,
    NE Appasamy

  3. shakuntala g rao October 7, 2009 6:23 am

    Sir,
    Every sunday i hunt for your article in the Hindu. I have bought your book Your writing has inspired me a lot. I pray almighty that i should be able to pen my views in a lucid and interesting and candid manner. Really learnt to think about the development of the simple ideas which we tend to ignore in a more meaningful and humorous manner. Respect your extraordinary skills.You are nonpareil.

  4. Anoop January 30, 2010 2:53 pm

    V Gangadhar’s Slice of Life used to be the best column The Hindu had on their Sunday magazine.it’s like revisiting the good old days and knowing more the ugly world of today.V Gangadhar is one such gifted writer who can even write about a Haystack, hats off!!

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  15. S.Neelakantan January 12, 2016 8:56 am

    May I have the email of Gangadhar.His father was my cousin. Our families were together in early 1950 but lost touch. We also eagerly awaited his Slice of Life. On my mothers death he wrote two columns on slice of life.

    If you can give address or telephone no also fine. A reunion

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