Artificial Intelligence in HR

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Artificial Intelligence in HR (Interview) by Jansons School of Business, Coimbatore and the same has been published in “DOMAIN – Journal of Management & Research” published by them.

I am addressing these questions :

  1. Can you kindly tell us about how AI technologies will impact Human Resource functions in the corporate world?
  2. We would like to know your take on how AI-integrated systems help in teaching and training employees?
  3. How quick is the adoption of HR-related AI technologies in the Indian business arena?
  4. What is your opinion on the future of interaction between AI and HR areas?

Read it here


The future of HR has arrived, and it is now

The Global Economy is experiencing a period of uncertainty not seen before. Factors like Brexit, US Economic / Immigration Policy, Tariff war between US & other countries like China and India, rising Nationalism in many countries, climate change, disruptive business models, disruptive technologies and digital disruption, is creating an evolving landscape that is increasingly complicated and unpredictable for business to operate.

The rate of change is faster than ever before.

What’s worrisome is that as the paradigm shift we are in continually accelerates the pace of change, one or two years in this digital age might compare to a decade or two in the analog era. You can fall perilously behind before you realize what’s happening,”

says Robert Bolton, Head of People and Change Center of Excellence, Partner, KPMG

Many businesses are facing uncertainty and inertia. Uncertainty in this era,  is today’s new normal. As the world of business and work evolves, the HR organization will need to evolve and rethink, adapt & shape itself to meet the changing demands of the stakeholders.

There appears to be a noticeable gap between those HR leaders confidently riding the wave of change engulfing businesses and those trailing behind. CEOs & CXO’s are casting an eye on the ‘people agenda’ — until now the unchallenged turf of the HR professionals.

A latest report by KPMG reveals two sides to this story. Out of the surveyed 1200 global HR executives from 64 countries, 39% of forward looking and confident HR leaders are harnessing the resources and insights to redefine obsolete models, and implement technologies such as analytics, digital labor and AI. However, most of the HR leaders remain confused and overwhelmed by so many new additions, thus facing a risk of extinction. They are either struggling to adapt to this digital era or ignoring.

Time is of the essence and today’s HR leaders need to be initiating and sustaining “the right conversations” with business leaders.

HR needs to take on the mantle of  leading this change and help business to understand what makes people engaged, what cultures drive the most productive workplaces and what equations enable a true merging of human capability with technology.

HR is undergoing change. Not just small-scale change, but a fundamental seismic shift. A change that will see traditional HR falling behind and be replaced by a new set of skilled HR enabled by Technology, Social Media, Freelancers, Digital Labour which will alter the way we attract, hire, train, reward, retain & exit the workforce of the future and seen as adding value to Business.

The future of HR has arrived, and it is now

and as Dr Peter Drucker exhorts

The best way to predict the future is to create it.


Can we be Human Engineers

Hey you
There are people out there working 9-5
Working like a machine
So very mechanical
No fun, no life, so boring
What are we waiting for
Its about time,
we brought some LIFE,         to work
Bring the HUMAN,          back to work
Can we be more HUMAN than ENGINEERS  
All those, out at work
Life is not all, about money
Its about, living with people
Its about, caring for each other
What are we waiting for
Its about time,
we brought some LIFE,         to work
Bring the HUMAN,          back to work
Can we be more HUMAN than ENGINEERS  
Money is only, a means to an end
And not an end, by itself
We need, to control money &
Not let, money control us
What are we waiting for
Its about time,
we brought some LIFE,         to work
Bring the HUMAN,          back to work
Can we be more HUMAN than ENGINEERS  
Is only a means to an end
And not an end, by itself
We need, to realise that
There is more to life than WORK
What are we waiting for
Its about time,
we brought some LIFE,         to work
Bring the HUMAN,          back to work
Can we be more HUMAN than ENGINEERS  
Can we beeeeeeeeeee……..Humannnnnnnnnnn     Engineerssssssssssss
Written by Ramesh Ranjan


An Ode to Pankaja Ram Bhat

Mrs. Pankaja Ram Bhat is a Retired Assistant Post Master and wife of Mr. Ram Bhat from Mudipu. She is born into a very respectable & a large family in Mudipu. 

Early in her life at an young age, she lost her hearing faculty after a bout of typhoid. It resulted in her not being able to hear and also difficulty in speaking. She is able to follow people talking through the lip movement. She cant hear what she speaks.

A deafening silence surrounded her life and for most people would have shattered their dreams and jeopardised their lives to a great extent.

But not for Mrs. Pankaja. She went on to complete here Masters Degree in History and work in the Indian Postal Service for 27 years and even worked as a Cashier handling difficult customers and managing cash.

After her daughters (Shwetha) marriage to my son (Anish Ranjan) in 2015, she took an early retirement and began her second innings. She started exploring her hidden talents – gardening, cooking, stitching designer blouses, clothes, craft work, origami and literature.

She started writing Poems and short stories in her native language – Kannada and used to publish them like a production assembly. Every other day she would publish Poems on her Face Book post.

She has written on various topics like relationship, marriage, devotional, social norms, society, education, selfie, live-in relationship, children, nature (Prakrithi), etc. Through her Poems she has shared her life experiences, her views, pains, frustrations, anguish, joy, gratitude and her emotions. It has created a platform for her to express, showcase her creativity and be able to reach out and influence a larger community.

She has helped us to focus our attention on the almost hidden, and the too often unnoticed incarnations of life and helped us appreciate the larger canvas of life. With her creative verses, she would draw her reader in and then do with her words what no magnet could do. With her Poems, she could thread her camel-like thoughts through the eye of a needle.

Her Poems have been published in various magazines, newspapers and local media. She has been invited to speak and also recite her Poems in Literature Festivals, programmes and honoured by many Literary Associations, media houses etc.

Till date she has written/published/posted over 200 poems and has been posted on her blog

She received much encouragement from her family, friends and well wishers including renowned literary greats. 

She shortlisted 100 of her best Poems and has published a book SAVITRI and released it on 7th July 2019. At a grand function organised at her house Shri Ganesha Kripa at Mudipu.

A galaxy of Literary greats attended the program and released the book.

1. Chair person –  Gunaje Ramachandra Bhat  – M.A. retired teacher St Aloysius College, BC Mangalore. He has published many including Munnudi to My Savitry  kavana sankalana   ,kavigalu ankanakaararu etc. He was  honoured as a best teacher and also  the member of D.K District  Chutuku  Sahitya  Parishattu. He is writer of Chutuku Havana. His articles are widely published in local Kannada media.

Other Guests included :

2. Shri Dr.Vasanthakumara Perla  M.A.Phd  retired  Nirdheshakaru Akashavani Mangalore ,kavigalu, sahitigalu  uttama vagmigalu etc. He was a writer of kathe kavana vimarshe vyakti chitra samsodane charana etc  He has written many  books in English, Kannada and Tulu    

3. Shri V.B. Kulamarva .M.A.B Ed. Retired head master  shishana tajnaru  patyapustaka rachanaa samitiya,  adyaksharu  kathe kavana chutuku,  gamaka  kalaavidaru  etc. He was honoured Sahitya Chudaamani  Kavyshri  Karnataka, Horanaada Rathna etc. He has written and published many books and poems including shatpadhi sangatya ragale, tripadi chaupadi etc in Kannada

4. Shri Ganesha  Prasada Pandelu –  Editor  Udayavani Kannada Daily, Manipala Edition. He has written in  kavana   chutuku hanigavana gajal  etc. He has  written and  published  books  in Tulu, Kannada  etc  He was honored  Kalaasadhaka  kurunada chethana etc. He was  a former Chair Person of D.K.District Chutuku Sahitya Parishat 

5. Shri Ganapathi Bhat  Permukha  M.A.B.Ed. He is the  Kannada teacher of Bilinele  High School,  well-known in ghamakist and a good singer . Has passed his gamaka exam in  2nd rank  and  introduced  savitri kavana sankalana  by  singing some poems in his own way 

6. Shri M Subramanya Bhat  Purohita and  retired Sanskrit teacher. He is well known  in jyotishya Shastra and has written  hinnudi to my Havana sankalana savitri and made prastavika Bhashana  

9. Shri K.Narasimha  Bhat a well-known compounder of Puttur 

10. Shri Nemu Poojary IRA D K jilla chutuku sahitya Parishad adyaksharu   kavigalu

Each one of them are great Literary Pandits and are well renowned in the field of Kannada

Literature and Poetry. 

After the release of the Book, a galaxy of Poets presented their Poems and was well received and appreciated by all guests & luminaries that had gathered. 

I had the honour of being present on the occasion and was happy and proud to see the release of the Book SAVITRI by Pankaja Ram Bhat. We were very proud to hear so many literary greats speaking so high and heaping praise on her Poems and on Mrs. Pankaja. It surely is a proud achievement for her and the entire family.

This event was widely covered in the local media, press and in the local News. Abbakka TVcovered the entire event and has published the video of the event on their YouTube Channel 

Mrs. Pankaja Ram Bhat is an inspiration for many of us. Despite her limitations and serious disabilities she has managed to put her creative talent to great use.  She has showed to us that nothing is impossible in life and that with determination, courage and the right attitude we can get over any challenge and surmount even the greatest difficulties.

I guess this is the beginning and the poet has opened her entire treasure-trove of her vast creations for all of us to enjoy, pick and choose from for her creations.

She may not be able to hear but she has ensured through her Poems and her Book that she is HEARD. 

And in this journey her family and especially her husband Ram Bhat have been of tremendous encouragement, support and help.

She is challenging me and at the same time inspiring me to write a Book that I have been contemplating for long…… only time will tell….


I have tried to write a Poem


An Ode to Pankaja


ALVIDHA to one of the finest batch of students…….

To the Students of

XIME, Bangalore, MBA-HR, Batch 23


Dear Students,

I am lucky to have such a fun loving team that made happy surrounding during the course of Teaching. I miss you Students because I know you all are the best ones I have ever met  and am very proud to say that is was one of the best batch of Students that I have taught in the last four years.

Time has gone by so fast… They say time flies when you are having fun. It was true with my experience with you .  This has been an incredible association and journey. We have grown and learned so much …

Bringing the world into our classroom has been really powerful and absolutely inspiring, not just for you, but also for me.

Watching each of you put your heart into your studies, projects and everyday work has been very encouraging and motivating for me as Teacher and has helped me realize how meaningful learning can be when connected with passionate Students. I am definitely not the same Teacher that stepped into our classroom in our first session.  I have changed and grown too. What I liked the most was that we walked through this together.

Each of you has given their best, each of you has worked really hard throughout this year. I can’t find the words to describe how proud I am of you.

I’m so thankful for all your smiles, thank you  for opening your hearts and sharing your warm feedback & kind wishes. I will treasure them for ever.

Our sweet memories will forever remain in our hearts. Days spent with you all have been very memorable. Thank you for your honesty, support, and flexibility. Thank you for being yourselves. Thank you for helping me become a better Teacher. Thank you for making me feel that my job is not a job, but a passion. Thanks to you, I love being a teacher more and more every day. Each of you has made a difference for me. I will never forget you.

There were so many days I came to school stressed about something personal, but spending time with you made me forget about it all. 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

As you leave the college, this is a turning point of your career and you are going to enter into your Careers in the Corporate World. There is a new world waiting for you with new success and goals. Hope, you can scale your new heights without much trouble . Expect that some challenges await you, which of course, I strongly believe going by your antecedents and the manner you have conducted yourselves over the year and the skills and knowledge you have acquired, you will surely overcome them.  With focus, discipline and sustained effort no matter the challenges, you will have what you need in order to becoming great HR Professionals & Leaders.

I hope that you recognize your greatness, that you have deep self love and confidence in yourself, that you know the only person you should compete with is you.
See yourselves as good ambassadors of this college and always act with passion & integrity, live by the discipline and ethics you are learnt here and always listen to your heart before making any decision.

Be kind and good to people you meet on your way up. Think big thoughts and be optimistic in whatever you are doing. Always do right things, thing positive, stand for justice. The words by you should bring happiness to others and actions should bring hopes. 

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Believe that, you can do what you want to do in your life.
Make new friends, but do not forget the old ones who always love you.

Our journey with you may stop here, but for you, it is the beginning of your life. Most of you are already placed in top-notch companies so do well there and share your experience with me and stay in touch. Be dedicated to your work.  

Whenever you need help, guidance or support, just feel free to reach out to me and I will be more than happy to extend my support to you.

Wish you a great journey for the future and a successful joyfull & fulfilling life.

You can reach out to me and also stay connected @
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Missing you all

Regards……Ramesh Ranjan


Sexual Orientation is a matter of Choice

With due respect to the Apex Court, but the Supreme Court’s judgment on Section 377 of IP in 2013 which inter alia penalises homosexual relations was quite unfortunate and regressive. Section 377 of the Indian constitution is a descendant of an archaic law from the colonial British rule, which described homosexual acts as “unnatural”. It was incorporated into the IPC in 1860. The judgment discloses an intolerant mindset and which is also insensitive to the real problems of those with a different sexual orientation for which they are not to be blamed nor branded.
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are equal citizens of this country and thus entitled to all the constitutional protections of equality, liberty, privacy, dignity and health. By setting aside the Delhi High Court ruling , the Supreme Court — the supposed protector of fundamental rights of citizens in this country, particularly the marginalized communities — has snatched away from the LGBT community all these fundamental rights.  It more or less brands them as criminals and is grossly unfair.
The right to choose must be left to an individual and cannot be forced upon. As long as it is a consensual relationship between 2 adults, no one has the right to impose their views on them. It defeats the basic principles of equality, freedom and liberty enshrined in the Constitution. Its absurd to believe that relationships must be only between a man and a women. Its a norm laid down by the society in the past. Times have changed, the world has moved on and become more liberal and tolerant to diversity. In these liberalised times, people are increasingly speaking up for the rights of deviants. Even the current Pope who represents the Catholic and who were once terribly opposed to Homosexuality and same sex marriage has openly expressed that its not a sin, which shows changing mindset by religious leaders.  India once again joins the ranks of countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, where homosexuality is considered a criminal offence and the penalty is life imprisonment or even death.
Its heartening that this judgement has been opened up for review by the Supreme Court after a huge public debate and seen people from all walks of life expressing their disappointment and disagreement to this judgement. The politicians for once are listening to the voice of the public and are talking about taking corrective action through an amendment to the Article 377. It is against the right to life as it includes one’s freedom to choose one’s life partner. It is an inviolable right of an individual to choose his partner for life. One must have a broad outlook to analyse the emerging trends and the transformation that society is going through. 

Decriminalising sex between consenting adults will help protect the LGBTQ community from social harassment and police action. 

The hearing gives hope to the community as the bench includes Justice Chandrachud, who as part of the nine-judge bench deciding the fundamental nature of right to privacy had on January 8 said that LGBTQ community members’ sexual orientation had an inseparable relationship with their fundamental right to privacy and accepted that the SC had erred in denying them that right. 

Homosexuality is a social reality since mythological times, and it has been accepted worldwide. India cannot pretend not to see the reality….

Lets hope that the Supreme Court will heed to the same……..

Dharma – a path to Righteousness

dharma is the religious and moral law governing individual conduct. It’s a way & principle of righteousness

Dharma is the law that maintains the cosmic order as well as the individual and social order. Dharma sustains human life in harmony with nature.

What you desire for yourself, you should desire for others. What you do not like others to do to you, you should not do to others.” (Mahãbhãrata, Shãntiparva, 258)

Bhishma says in his instructions to Yudhishthira that whatever creates conflict is Adharma, and whatever puts an end to conflict and brings about unity and harmony is Dharma. Anything that helps to unite all and develop pure divine love and universal brotherhood, is Dharma. Anything that creates discord, split and disharmony and foments hatred, is Adharma.

In order that we fulfill our role in the divine play we must behave within our Dharma. That is, we ought to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. By this we attain balance.

Dharma is your purpose. 

It’s what you set out to do in life. It’s the end goal, whereas karma is what you do to get to the end goal (or what you do not do). It’s the path of righteousness and living one’s life according to the codes of conduct as described by universal spiritual teachings.

The purpose of dharma is not only to attain a union of the soul with the supreme reality, it also suggests a code of conduct that is intended to secure both worldly joys and supreme happiness.

The 10 Laws of Dharma

The ancient sage Manu prescribed 10 essential rules for observance of dharma:
  1. dhriti (Patience) – Staying secure in your own inner peace.
  2. kshama (forgiveness) – Letting go of things that don’t necessarily serve you.
  3. Dama (self control) – Knowing that the best things come to those that wait.
  4. asteya (honesty) – This is really more about non-stealing; don’t take that which does not belong to you.
  5. shauch (cleanliness/purity) – Cleanliness in mind, body, and soul.
  6. indraiya-nigrah (control of senses) – Meditation and life force control.
  7. dhi  (reason) – Guiding your life with calm reason leads to great success.
  8. vidya (knowledge/learning) – Gaining skills that significantly add to your ability to offer value is a huge step towards well-rounded success.
  9. satya (truth) -Realizing that truthfulness brings about the highest outcome for you and others.
  10. krodha (anger) – Anger poisons our ability to lead our lives in a positive and powerful way.

These are guidelines that will help you ride on the right track, and help you lead a life that is truly fulfilling.

Shape Of Your Navel Tells A Lot About Your Personality

You may be surprised to know that the belly button—the tiny, often ignored part of our bodies is also an indicator of what we may be from within and on the outside. It is also an essential energy point or chakra and point of healing as per many orthodox as well as alternate systems of medicine. Though it has largely been a symbol of body aesthetics with an erotic appeal, it is also a part whose difference or rather uniqueness holds the key to many subtle and obvious differences that we may find between people and their personalities. It holds many interesting dimensions as per scientific and cultural contexts.
So, what do the different navels mean for different people? To find out more on this   Read on…….

A tribute, to a Noble Soul, my Father – Late Dr. K Rajagopal

Today, 12th September, is the Birth Anniversary of my father, Late Dr.K Rajagopal and its about 20 years since he passed away.

Dr K Rajagopal

He was one of the 11 children of Late C R Krishna Rao and the illustrious Coimbatore Krishna Rao clan. 

My grandfather Late CR Krishna Rao, was a very illustrious person. A District Judge, a Philosopher and an Author. His books – Madhva and Brahma Tarka & Madhva, His Life and Doctrine on “Madhwa Philosophy” is even today regarded as an authentic rendering on Madhwacharya and his philosophy.

My father was married to Mrs. Manoranjini Rajagaopal and were popularly known as Raju Dodanna and Manna Vadhani in our family circles.

He studied his MBBS from the Kilpauk Medical College, Madras. He then did his MSc and was a Fellow of the Institute of Chemists. Though he was a doctor by qualification he never really practiced medicine. He was always interested in research. 

He was one of the few early Indians who went on a Rockefeller Scholarship to the Dunn Nutrition Laboratory at Cambridge University in Britain, in 1938. He went there to pursue his Research in Vitamins.

Listed as a Rockefeller Fellow
Here are some links to his papers that have been published

According to my late uncle Dr. CK Prahalad, an illustrious and a famous Management Guru himself,  he said that had my father continued to pursue his Research in Cambridge University, he could have probably won a Nobel Prize for his work, because the person with whom he had partnered with (AJ Martin) at Cambridge University won the Nobel Prize in 1952.

Proud Army Major in World WarII
My grandfather was not too pleased that my father had gone to Britain as he was very patriotic and being a Districts and Session Judge, he requested his son to come back to India.  As an obedient son, he gave up his lucrative work at Cambridge University and returned back to India, when the 2nd World War broke out. My father came back to India to serve the Army in the Indian Medical Core. He served during active war and served for some years in Baghdad. He rose to become a Major in the Indian Army. After the war, he found that it was not very fruitful carrying on in peace time and quit army to pursue his passion – Research and Teaching.
He had opportunities to work for the United Nations and FAO but turned down those opportunities because he felt that serving one’s own Nation was more important than serving other Nations.

He served in the Pasteur’s Institute in Conoor. He took up  Research and Teaching at the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta. He later moved south to take up a teaching position in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. 

I felt that he was never able to live up to his potential in India. The environment, the ecosystem didn’t recognize or encourage the potential in my Father. He had many ideas, wanted to do so much, but being a very straight forward and simple person, he couldn’t survive or navigate through the political environment in the workplace and never was allowed to succeed. Sad that a person who could potentially have been another Noble Laureate from India, had he continued in Cambridge University, couldn’t succeed back in his home country, for which he returned and shunned going abroad again. A sad state of affairs in this country and no wonder there is so much of brain drain.
He finally moved to Chennai to stay next to his parents and set up a private Pathology Laboratory and also some medical practice for the poor needy. He was an epitome of a Doctor being a Noble Profession


  • never used to charge for poor people (free service), 
  • never used to charge a fellow Doctor, 
  • never charge a Relative 
  • never used to charge for a Followup visit. 

If during the course of his investigation he found that some extra tests need to be done to confirm his findings, he never used to charge for the extra tests as he would say that I did it for validating my doubts. Can we ever imagine a Doctor today who lives by these values.

He went on to work till the ripe old age of 82 years and after his cataract operation he finally quit work. He donated his clinic for free to the hospital where he had set it up.

NYAC Award

He went on to live a healthy life till 90 years and passed away in 1997. 

He was recognized and  honored  for his distinguished work in the field of Science by the New York Academy of Sciences posthumously in 1998. The New York Academy of Sciences is among the oldest scientific organisations in the United States and the world and  for 200 years since 1817  brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery. What a tragedy that he wasn’t alive to receive this great honor.

He was truly a great Person, intellectual, a great conversationist – he could talk on any subject. Very well read in literature, science and philosophy. He had read the Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas and could recite them from the back of his head. Though he used to follow some religious rituals, he never imposed them on me. He used to tell me that “Duty is Worship”. He could lead the life of an orthodox and as well as a liberal. In his later years he would spend hours discussing on Philosophy with his cousin Nagaraja Rao and Krishna Rao (Kittu Uncle). 

He had a wide repertoire of interests in life. He had an appetite for reading and had a rich collection of books in the library from Literature, Science, Medicine, Fiction, Philosophy, Cosmic Sciences, etc. We had hundreds of books at home in our library. He loved all forms of entertainment. He would love watching MGR/Sivaji Ganesan movies, watch Ramayana on TV, listen to MS Subbalakshmi, Abba, Michael Jackson and even Deep Purple. He would patiently sit with me to watch the Test Matches and loved watching Wimbledon Tennis matches on Television. He was widely traveled in India, Middle East, Europe, UK , Scotland ,USA and Canada.
The Book Release Program Invite
The Book

Late in their lives, my parents were fortunate to travel to USA in 1988 courtesy my late Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad and other cousins in the USA. They truly enjoyed their trip to the US and treasured the trip memories for the rest of their life. He was particularly happy to have taken his wife to Cambridge University during their visit to United Kingdom and show her the place some 50 years later.

During his trip to the US and UK, my father had maintained a tour diary and jotted down meticulously each day events. I managed to publish a book “Our Journey to the New World” recapturing their memoirs of the wonderful trip. Long after their demise, we organised an Event – Raju Remembre and had my Uncle Dr. CK Prahalad release the book. The event was very well attended and all relatives and friends paid rich tribute to my parents.

He was a connoisseur of life and lived a full life till the end. He would love petting our dogs and cats at home. Spend time in the garden and take a walk. He managed to cure his diabetic without any medication and would eat all kinds of healthy food till the end. He never believed in diet but always used to eat in moderation. He used to advise me that anything in moderation is good in life. He used to be dressed immaculately till the end and was very fashion conscious. When he went to the US he picked up almost 25 ties and a few blazers. As his brother late Dr CK Prahalad has said, he was never sloppy and was always well dressed.

He was a very determined person. Very disciplined and independent. Even in his old age he insisted that he goes to Bank, Post Offices, travel by auto-rickshaw and never once sought for any assistance or help from anyone. He never complained “I am getting Old” even in his late 80’s. He would want to live life to the hilt. He was bold encouraging and a very positive person. He was very shy, humble, forthright and gentle and above all a man of virtues and principles. In a highly materialistic, self centered world, he was a rare gem.

He was the biggest source of strength to me. Much of my life has been molded on his life and values. Whatever I am today, its because of him and my mother and I am and will be indebted for life. They have truly been an inspiration and a guiding light for me in my life and will continue to be so, as long as there is life in me …..


The Noble Couple, My Parents