Posted on Jacob's Blog and the Kooler Talk Blog for Delhi Stephanians
A couple of weeks ago I sent the congratulations from all of us of the Stephanian era of 1960s to Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India in the UK, when he was elected to serve as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Today, I had his response:
from Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India, London
to Jacob Matthan
date 11 Dec 2007 17:03
Thank you for your kind message of felicitations and good wishes. This is greatly appreciated. The assignment with the Commonwealth is one of great responsibility and challenge but I look forward to it with anticipation and enthusiasm.
It is strange to see oneself on Kooler Talk, having been associated with its birth. But I appreciate the efforts that has gone into it and the warmth of sentiment.
Very best regards and happy new year.
Kamalesh had better be careful with all these fake Santa's pumping his hand.
There is only one genuine Santa from the Arctic, ME! (As Rudolph, my ELK, will testify!)
Reindeer are too weak to pull my sleigh around the world. Only a set of powerful Elks can do that job!
It is also great to be the one continuing, 47 years on single-handedly, the pioneering work of the original creators of Kooler Talk, which included
Kamalesh, Sarwar Lateef, Peter Philip (Tubby), Prakash Joseph, Sayeed Rizvi, Zaffar Hai, Swaminathan Aiyar, Chinmoy Banerji, Montek Singh Alhuwalia, etc.!
My version of Kooler Talk (Web Version) has out-lasted any other incarnations of this rag!