A Life Moulded by Sea and Ship
Born in Berhampur Orissa, Narasiah, a marine engineer by profession who has spent 14 years at sea sailing, 10 of which were in men-of-war and the rest in merchantmen. He spent some time in Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast while INS Vikrant, the first Aircraft Carrier of India was fitted out. He then took over as its first Flight Deck Chief. While in Port service, his services were requisitioned by the Navy for Bangladesh Liberation.
After sea service he joined the Port of Vizag as a marine Engineer and retired as its Chief Mechanical Engineer. He was a consultant with the World Bank for Cambodian Emergency Rehabilitation work from 1994 to 1996.
The presentation will deal with a naval sailor's life from joining the Navy to rising to satisfactory professional level.
He will talk about a ship's performance and the duties of a sailor. Since it is about Navy, it will deal with various situations of action.
Operations of an Aircraft Carrier, launching and arresting the aircraft on board will be dealt with. Bangladesh liberation and Navy's part in 1972 war and sinking of Pakistan submarine will be highlighted.
Narasiah writes both in Tamil and English. He wrote for the ship newspaper on the Vikrant. His Tamil short stories were not only published by Ananda Vikatan, to popuar acclaim, but the first two also won awards. He has written over a hundred short stories. His book on sea trade Kadal Vazhi Vanigam won the Tamilnadu state award. His autobiography in Tamil, Kadalodi, is so popular that most readers know him as Kadalodi Narasiah. His histories of Madrasapattinam is a best seller in Tamil and quite popular in English as well. He has also written a history of Madurai, title Aalavay. A prolific and popular lecturer, he speaks on several subjects with deep scholarship and dry humor.
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