THCC Members

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Col (Retd) Deepak Gopinath
18 Dec 1952
BE (Mechanical)
Retired from the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army in Dec 2006.
My wife Gita is a teacher by profession and retired now after teaching for 34 years. In her final appointment she was the KG Co-ordinator at Presidency School, Kasturinagar, Bangalore. I have two sons. Vikram who is an MCA, works as a Functional Consultant for Skill Net Solutions, he is married to Renuka Tadakal who is a Technical Writer, they have a daughter Avni and a son Viaan. They are presently based in Austin, Texas. Gaurav is a Lt Col in the Corps of Engineers, he is married to Monika Upadhyay, they have a daughter Leila.

C. G. Rishikesh
aka Rishi, Chaturvasi, Gridman
17 January 1943
MA (English)
Former lecturer in college; retired journalist, having worked first with the undivided Indian Express and then with Frontline magazine of The Hindu group.
My wife Gita is a homemaker. We have two sons and a daughter, all married. We have three grandchildren.

Suresh Dorbala
8 Feb 1953
B.Com., A.C.A.
Practicing in Visakhapatnam.
Wife, Rama is a homemaker, Daughter Navaneeta is B.Tech (Mech) and pursuing MS in Virginia Tech, USA. Son, Vishnu Sashank, studying in 11th Class in Vizag.
C2, Geetanjali,
10-28-4/5, Siripuram,
Opp. Circuit House,
Ph R 91-891-2704688
Mob 98853 10921
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N. Rengaswamy
DOB: 18 April 1950 P.O.B: Erode
M.Tech. (Chemical) from IIT, Madras
Residing now in Chennai after nearly 30 years at Delhi.
Retired as GM and HOD of Process Dept., Engineers India Limited, New Delhi
Now working as Advisor at EIL, Chennai.
My wife Uma is a homemaker. Son Ramkumar B.Tech.(Elec) from IIT Delhi, MS and Ph.D. from UCLA. He is with Google at San Francisco since 2007.
Daughter-in-law Suchitra is Bar-at-law from UK and is pursuing higher studies now at Yale University.
Daughter Sweta is MBA from IIM Lucknow and is working with SBI Capital Market, Pune.
Son-in-law Santosh, M.S. from USA is now pursuing MBA at IIM, Kolkatta.
Became grandfather on May 29th of 2011 when my daughter gave birth to a baby girl, Ananya at Chennai.

Sudalamani Murugesan
DOB: 28 Apr 1982
Native of Ayiraperi, a village near Thenkasi
B.Tech. from Raja College of Engineering and Technology, Madurai
Currently shuttling around different companies in Bangalore, working as a software engineer.
Bachelor but parents are active in search of a bride (Status as on 28 Jul 11).

M Kishore
11/05/1961 at Madras
B.Com., FCA, Grad CWA, ACS
Living in Bangalore
Just retired after 27 years of practicing as a Chartered Accountant. On the look out for a corporate opening.
My wife Gita is a lecturer in Commerce and Management at Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore after having done her BBM, MBA and M Phil.
My elder son Kaushal is doing his 3rd Sem BBM, while younger son Kuldeep is doing his II PU.
Contact No.: +91-98451 30360

Veer Dhandapani
Six days before Caesar's date to beware, The Eagles mention the year in Hotel California.  Sir M. Venkata Subba Rao gave me the early lessons in life after which Swami Dayanand Saraswati's Anglo-vedic principles took hold - a daily pilgrimage to Lloyds road..A few good (boy, were they good!) years later high tailed out of IIT-M somehow snaring a degree along with some of the best buddies for my life!  After meandering through L & T in Mumbai and TVS in Madras, the highlight of which was a bus trip from Bombay to Bangalore and then another bus from B'lore to Madras when I had had enough of Bombay, I landed in Cincinnati, OH for a good few years.  Did everything in Cincinnati but study - got into theater groups, late night parties, charities, traveling, making more life long friends, running into my future wife who was then a undergrad and (no) thanks to me in part, still is in some ways and so on!  Hoodwinked my committee into giving me a Ph.D. and moved to Texas, where I still am in Austin (the only place in Texas I can possibly live in, the rest is too much of a red state).  Finally married a couple of years later after much back and forth (to put it mildly) with my dad, and have two lovely daughters - one who's a namesake of N. Rengaswamy sir's grand daughter and a younger one, who as the name suggests, is an earthy light that burns bright with good tidings.  My older girl finally got a puppy - a Border collie - Schnotzie mix that is a smart, hyper dog.  She's my daily running buddy now and keeps me from gaining more weight than I should..Enuff said about me..I'm still chugging through life and hope to arrive on the other side with as good a story to tell as some of the others on this page...

2nd May 1985
B Tech (Mechanical) from College of Engineering Trivandrum
Native of Kozhikode, Kerala
Working as a software engineer with Cognizant Technology Solutions
Lives in Chennai.
Bachelor (Status as on 28 Jul 11)
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D.O.B. 18.6.1950
MSc(Chem) 1971 Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai  
Native of Sanankuppam, Ambur, NAADt, Tamilnadu
Now at 146, Valaiyapathi St., Ganesh Nagar,Selaiyur, Chennai - 73
Proffession A few years Asst.Prof. of Chemistry in TN Collegiate Education, 15 years as Educaion Instructor in IAF(entered as Sgt. and discharged as WO, 18 years in Central Excise as Inspector. Retired in 2009 on superannuation.
Family details    Wife Ushadevi - house maker
                        Three daughters. Bhairavi -WIPRO, Pune, SiL - Symantec, Pune with small
                        kids one son and one daughter.
                        Uma Maheshwari  - ICON Clinical, Bangalore, SiL - iGate, Bangaloe
                        Aarabhi - MBA - Unemployed and Unmarried.

Raju Umamaheswar
DOB:5th Aug. Age: Young enough to be away from death, if one counted age backwards.!
Though qualified as a Chemistry graduate , stumbled into insurance (Ugh-- Who said something else was the 'oldest profession?') and 'served' my clients in Bombay and in Kenya, retiring from there as a CEO and Director. A Bombayite still at heart and trying to put in my mark as a Coimbatorean, but not finding my feet digging in still. Spending all my current leisure time solving crosswords collected over a period of two decades- average output 20 -30 per day. Other available time is spent in reading and writing to newspapers, and whatever is left , with my soulmate Sapna. No one else around as two birds have flown the coop, one in Nagoya Japan- a boy, teaching English there and the younger one in Penn State in the US finishing her Phd in Philosophy.
Enjoy living by the moment and praying to the Almighty to give me all the time, healthy and mentally agile enough to do more and more crosswords, an undying passion which has earned me a place in the Limca Book. Trying repeatedly to get into the Guinness but they refuse on grounds of lack of comparable standards to be beaten.!!

David Jonathan Dobson
Originally from "God's own county" of Yorkshire. Famous for cricket, The Brontes and for Yorkshire Pudding!  Now living in the flat lands of Eastern England with it's windmills and dykes, which is quite a change from the hills of my birth.
I also live in Kottayam, Kerala where we have a house, which we intend to retire to in a few years time. I try to spend as much time as possible each year in India and over the last couple of years it has been a 50/50 split.
The Hindu crossword is very much part of the ritual of my days in Kottayam. I like to start the day on the patio, with a coffee and the crossword. A gentle start to often busy days.
I went to school in Bradford, where I much preferred languages and the arts. I went on to Manchester University where I read French and Russian.
I worked for the British Diplomatic Services and have lived in Dubai, Italy, France, China and Argentina. My job took me to many other places and I have been very lucky to have travelled so much.
I have three children:
Maegan is 24 and is now studying Hindi at Delhi university. She got her MA in History from Oxford. Last year she worked for Tara books in Chennai, and is still working for them on a freelance basis.
Jacob is 17 and still at school in Spalding. His passion is physics and next year he will be applying to go to university.  He is hoping to go to Oxford like his sister.
Theo is my baby, but at 15 and having already gained the dizzying heights of 6 foot 2 inches, I am not sure how long I can call him this. He wants to be a doctor, but has got a few years before he needs to make any decisions.
My wife June is also from Yorkshire and we have been together since our teenage years. She is now a supply teacher which gives her the freedom to work when she wants to and to escape to India when the fancy takes her.
A few things people don't know about me:
I have 3 nipples
I was a ballroom dancer (which is how I met my wife - we were dance partners for many years)
I've met the pope (John Paul) and Queen Elizabeth
I hate brussel sprouts.

Vasant Srinivasan.
Worked in various organisations, presently with Aditya Birla Chemicals India Ltd at Renukoot UP (since Jan 2013)
Daughter Srinidhi is in 8th Std. Besides CWs likes reading, listening to old hindi songs & ghazals, sports (cricket, chess, footbal, TT)
DOB:29th May,1969.

Gita Iyer, nee Venkataraman
Undergraduate in English Literature, Graduate in Computer Engineering. Grew up at Hewlett-Packard (15 years, R&D Lab Manager). Got old at Intel (2 years, Operations Manager). Currently barefoot in the kitchen, but looking for a paycheck to pay son’s tuition at UC Berkeley, and daughter’s tuition at UCLA. When I’m not working with the prosaic or prose, I’m a chestsnut, a skeptical vedantist, a crossword maniac, and a fusion cook (Author – American Curry).
Gita Iyer

Gururaj Rao
Bangalore - Born '68
 Work in the Software Industry. Hobbies include Math, Music,
Astrology, Connecting Science to Spirtituality etc. -> personal blog

D.O.B. 31.5.1955
B.Tech. in Chemical Engg. from Coimbatore Institute of Technology (Madras Uty.) & MBA from School of Management Studies (SMS) for Cochin University of Science & Technology

Born: Kariot Village, Perinkulam, Alathur Thaluq, Palakkad District Kerala

Now at: C-4, Palace Orchards Apartments, (Next to C.T.O), Anavathil, Mattanchery.P.O., Kochi, 682 002.

Had my complete schooling at Coimbatore - Suburban High School for first 8 years & Mani High School last 3 years. After PUC at P.S.G Arts ollege, signed up for the Chemical Engg. Course at CIT (1973-78#.

After the course worked for M/s.Atul Products Ltd., Valsad, Gujarat for 6 years in the Production Department of the Caustic Soda Plant. Married in 1982 to the woman I wanted to marry. Wife is from Cochin. First child was born in 1984 (No longer a child now though - works for L&T ECC in Mysore). It was at this time that I got the itch to study further. As wife was from Cochin, signed up with CUSAT for the MBA program. A very productive MBA I should say. My second child, a daughter was born when I was in the last semester. She is a Post Graduate in something as exotic as Marine Biology - works for a Research Department of the Govt. of India and is also working towards her PhD.

After the MBA program in 1986 was involved with the Sea Food Export Industry for 20 years.

In 2006 joined a Broking Company & am currently the CEO of the establishment - which has Membership in all the national Commodity Exchanges as well as Stock Exchanges.

Became addicted to ToI Crossword in the year 1979. After moving down to Cochin, started Hindu Cross Word in the late 90's.

My regret is that neither of my children took to PGW or Crosswords ! may be they will some day.

Nice to be in this group.

Sudhakar Vemuri
2 Dec 1965
L.C.E., B.Tech(Civil)
Working as Assistant Executive Engineer in Panchayat Raj Engineering Department. Presently working at O/O Executive Engineer,PRI,Gudur
Wife, KranthiKiran is a homemaker, Twin Daughters Santwana and Samvidha are studying IIIrd class in Dr.KKR Gowtham School at Nellore,AndhraPradesh
Vemuri Sudhakar,
Putta Street,Balaji Nagar
Mob 9440441513
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R Sowndararajan
B.E(EEE), College of Engineering,Salem,TN
Energy Manager
Executive Engineer/Protection Systems
North Chennai Thermal Power Station

Wife Rama is a homemaker and Son Shyam is a SW engineer at Wipro

Books-Books-Books,CW,Technical lecturing, Music 

Like the different styles of various setters. Sankalak for lucidity, Gridman for daylon quest and now, Arden and Buzzer.

V.D.S. Prasad
Born: July 28, 1949 at Peddapuram, East Godavari Dist., Andhra Pradesh.  Living in Chennai since 1962

Am a graduate in English Literature from the Presidency College, Chennai.  Have worked as a steno/secretary in Pankaj Iron & Steel Works Pvt Ltd., the Travancore Rayons Ltd., and Larsen & Toubro Limited.  Retired in 2007 and have since then been working for International Infrastructure Consultants Pvt Ltd.

Married to Lakshmi for 40 years.  We have three sons (Ramachandra, Madhav and Pratap); the elder two live in the US and the youngest all over India, currently in Delhi.  They are all married.   We have four grandchildren (girl, boy and twin boys - Gayatri, Dev, Aman and Akash) through the elder ones.

I took to crosswords more than 25 years ago.  The Hindu Crossword has been an inseparable part of my daily life since retiring from L&T.

V.D.S. Prasad

Flat 31, Block IV
Maan Sarovar Raaja
11A Arcot Road
Chennai 600 116
Tel: 9444398262/43153343

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R Prasanna
Born: March 8, 1972, at Vridhachalam, Tamilnadu. Native of Cuddalore. At present Living in Bhilai-Chhattisgarh

B.E - Mechanical & Production from Annamalai University
MS - TQM from Sikkim Manipal University
MBA - Brand Management - NYS University
Chartered Engineer-Mech., from Institute of Engineers-Kolkatta

Also, I am a certified Coating Inspector from NACE & Certified Inspector of ASNT-Level-II in UT\RT\PT\MPT & VT

Worked in various organizations and Projects Viz., Mining, Oil & Gas, Fertilizer, Steel Constructions, Infrastructures, etc., Working with Essar Group as a Deputy General Manager-QMS (since Oct 2003). I have written a few Technical Articles about Corrosion which are Published in International Magazine.

My Wife Bhavani- M.A ., B.Ed.,( Eng-Lit)., is a Teacher by profession and worked in JH Ambani School at Surat. My Daughter Shrinidhi is in 7th Shakuntala Vidhyalaya-Bhilai. Besides Crosswords likes reading, listening to  Hindi songs & ghazals, sports (cricket, chess, Carrom).

I took to crosswords more than 20 years ago. The Hindu Crossword has been part of my daily life where I spent my time to explore my Knowledge.

R Prasanna

Plot 70\A, Block-3, George Villa,
Nehru Nagar-West


Dr Ramakrishna Easwaran

I am Dr.Ramakrishna Easwaran, known as RKE, a  neurosurgeon  at Trichy. I am the Promoter Director and Chairman of  Neuro One Hospital, where I work. I am 59 years "young". My favorite haunts for doing the crossword are the breakfast table, the car and the operation theatre! Apart from Hindu, I also do Indian Express, Business line and FT crossword.  I believe that there is scientific evidence that crosswords, puzzles, quizzes can help stave off age related dementia. 

I am also into Carnatic music and have released 2 volumes of songs (as books and CD) I have written and composed (thankfully, sung and played by real pros and not me). These songs are written in Tamil, Kannada, Sanskrit and Manipravalam (a mixture of Tamil and Sanskrit). I also do transcreation of classical Tamil poetry into English free verse.  This is apart from my 13-14 hour work days, 2-3 brain and spine operations daily and neurosurgical academic writing. 

My wife Radha describes herself as a "crossword widow". She was once a de-addiction counsellor but now is content playing the grandma to our grand-daughter. My 2 daughters, both in IT, have settled in Hyderabad.