It was sometime in May 2015. I got a call from “Crazy Mohan”, the famous Theater artiste.
(His Wikipedia entry says – “Crazy Mohan (born 16 October 1949 as Mohan Rangachari) is a Tamil comedy actor, script writer and playwright. An engineer by profession, Mohan started writing plays and dramas for stage and established his own drama troupe called Crazy Creations in 1979. In addition to dramas and tele-serials, he has worked as a dialogue writer on a number of comedy films. He has written over 30 plays, worked on over 40 films and played cameo roles in each of these films, and written 100 short stories.”
That’s not the whole story. Mohan is a ‘drawing’/’painting’ artist. He is a terrific Tamil poet.
At heart, he is a simple, down-to-earth, foodie.
And he is a devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Mohan has written a four hundred verse Tamizh biographical treatise titled ‘Ramanayanam’, which was serialized by Tamizh magazine ‘Amuda Surabhi’.)
I have had the joyous opportunity to work with him for some years now, on a column for ‘Ramana Way’ – the monthly journal of Ramana Maharshi Centre for Learning, Bengaluru. Working with the Editorial part of the journal, I had approached Mohan in 2012 to seek a column for one issue. We met and spoke, and that blossomed into many conversations, that were carried as a regular column since that time – “Crazy About Ramana” By Crazy Mohan, As told to ‘yours truly’.
In May 2012, he called me and asked me “Why not bring out ‘Crazy About Ramana'” as a book. He was to stage 777th show of his superhit comedy drama ‘Chocolate Krishna’, on July 11th, for which he was inviting superstar Kamalahasan as Chief Guest. And could we release the book on that date?
Mohan knew that the iron was hot. And Mohan is known for his Super-hits!
It happened as planned. On July 11th, 2015, at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai, Kamalahasan released both, ‘Ramanyanam’ (in e-book form) and ‘Crazy About Ramana’.
And here is a video clip of the books release…
So, ‘Who’s Crazy?’. What has humor to do with spirituality? Get a glimpse of the spiritual odyssey of Crazy Mohan… Read the book….
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