My Dear nEstaM
Rao Vemuri, Pleasanton,
I cannot really remember when and where I first met
Dr. Kidambi Raghunath; I always felt that I knew him all the time. I do
remember very vividly when and where I met him the very last time. I was having
a meeting with Prof. G. V. Subrahmanyam, Vice Chancellor, Telugu University
when Kidambi breezed in with his characteristic presence. This was about 16
months ago. In that meeting, Raghunath garu laid out an elaborate plan on how
to improve the interaction between Telugu University and Telugu children in the
U. S. That is vintage Kidambi. His love for Telugu as a language and Telugu as
a culture is immense. When most of us talk about it, he did something about it.
Kidambi Raghunath garu is best
remembered for his lifetime contribution to Telugu Jyothi. He actively sought
life memberships from people far and near. He actively sought articles and
stories. What he published were always of good quality. More interesting than
the articles are his succinct column-length editorials with his characteristic
sign-off - "mI nEstaM, ki. ra." In these editorials, he always upheld
Telugu values and traditions and deplored the abuse of these values.
dear nEstaM, we miss you.