Wednesday, December 17, 2008


The 1980-83 B.Com Batch of Sree Narayana College, Kollam... making their first ever REUNION after 25 Long years, to Celebrate the 25th year of Graduation. Lets wait and see how many will remember each other... My Father is also from this batch. I was so sad that I dont had a good Visualizer to visualize my idea... since This was done in between my semester exams i dint have time to go to my visualizers & i feel sorry for that now!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


It was Diwali and everybody was in a festive mood. But in SAI (Sport Authority of India) it was yet another day of hard work. 13 girls, who are participating for the Forthcoming National meet in the sub-junior category, are seen practicing. Suddenly appears in the frame a white Honda Civic which slowly parked in front of SAI Boxing Federation Office. Comes out with a smile is Mr. D.Chandralal, the Coach of Indian Boxing Team. He starts off with an apology for making me wait for 15 minutes. After having a small chat, he invited me to the coaching room and turned a host- “What should I do for you now?”

Q: Can you just explain how you came into boxing, since I came to know that during your schooldays you were an Interschool athletic champion, a close relative to Olympian Suresh Babu and you performed almost all items performed by him. So normally you should enter athletics’. But why you choose BOXING?

A: Yeah, I did many events in athletics including long jump and high jump. But I was specialized in Pole Vault. Since I found out that the Olympic standard for Pole Vault is very high than my standard, somehow I lost interest and dropped it. During that time our school closes in December after the final exam, results will come in March-April and college starts only in June- July. So there is a six months gap. That’s the time when we see the free world and make a lot of friends. At that time I used to warm up in the roads of Tangasseri and happened to meet Binoy S Paul, a Boxer. A very strong figured guy like Bruce lee. So he also started coming with me for jogging. When we take breaks in between, he used to do shadow boxing and I used to watch that keenly. Some days later he asked me to learn boxing for some self defense. So I along with 2 of my other friends started learning boxing thinking it’s a sports event. After 3 months, a State Championship was held in Kollam district at Tangasseri. At that time my weight was 48kgs. Felix, a degree student, almost 5 years elder to me was the defending champion and had participated in many National meets. He was also 48kgs and there was no opponent for him in that category. So Binoy asked me “Lal, why cant you pair against him”. I was not serious about taking boxing as a profession at that time. It was all fun for me. Since I had nothing to loose, I just thought of simply hitting him, when ever I get a chance. So I defeated him on the very first round itself. I felt as if he is nothing in front of me. So that was my first boxing experience and his last.

Mr.Chandralal receiving Dronacharya Award from Rashtrapathi Prathibha Patel

Q: Then why did you become a coach instead of going forward as a boxer?

A: I was keen to know the depth of this sport. Binoy was just a Senior Boxer and not a coach. Later I participated in many championships including 8 National meets. Once I received a bronze in Nationals and also Silver in Asian meet. Hence I gained a lot of experience. But my base in boxing was improper. What I gained was only through my hard work and practice which was in a crude form, not systematic. So to learn more about it I joined the training programme by National Institute of Sports to become a coach in 1983, when I was just 19 years old. But for joining, one should be minimum 21 years of age. Since my written test and interview impressed the officials they considered me as a special case. So it’s not because I wanted to become a coach I became a coach, but to learn boxing more. Later in 1985 I was posted in Bangalore and I joined there as the coach of NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SPORTS. And on 1986 I was posted as the coach of Indian Sub Junior Boxing team because Karnataka Team was playing well.

Q: Can you explain your experiences as a coach?

A: Well from 1986 onwards till October 2008, I worked in different groups of Indian Boxing Team. Till 2001, I was with Indian Junior Boys. And in 2001 India received her first medal in a World Championship under my coaching. After that I became one of the highly rated coaches in India. It was in 2001 the women’s boxing started in India and Federation appointed me as the second in command of Indian women’s boxing team. And from last year onwards I was given an additional charge of Chief Coach of Under-18 Indian Junior Women’s Team which is targeting 2012 Olympics.

Q: You are an International Coach as well as an International referee right?

A: Yeah, I passed International coaching test in 1999 conducted by International Olympic Committee (IOC) and I can work as a coach in any part of the world. And I am also an international referee and the only person in India holding both positions together.

Q: What’s your opinion about our Sports Administration?

A: Really I am not interested in it but I always fight for the welfare of the students.

Q: Can you define the methods you adopt as a coach?

A: I am a very rough coach while training students because I believe it’s not a game to handle the students softly. During training I handle the students very rudely. I get a satisfaction through proper results. They can acquire a fighting temperament only if handled rudely. And of course their anger against me will be shown to the opponent. I believe it’s a psychological method. Since coaching is a trial and error method we need to use several methods to find out which brings out success. Once you find it out, success will always follow you. So as a coach I am rough but other wise I help my students and of course I have earned their goodwill.

Q: You received Dronacharya Award last year….?

A: Yeah I received Dronacharya award last year. There are 5 criteria’s for receiving the Dronacharya.1st is to win an Olympic medal and second a world Championship. Mine was in the second criteria. K.C.Lekha won Gold in World championship & Ashwathy mol won Bronze in Asian Championship. Both were my personal trainees. Apart from that India also received certain medals during 2006 season.

Q: How do you look forward as a coach?

A: Federation has got a lot of hope on us. To build up an even more active Indian Team is my aim. And personally I am attached to SAI Kollam. It is because 5 of my personal trainees here had done enough and well for the Nation, I received the Dronacharya award. Now I also have a fresh set of sub-junior girls and I am expecting a victory from them 3 yrs from now. Let them click slowly. If we try to burden them quickly there will be problems of injury. Last year we came first in the Asian Championship. This year we were third and so now rated a bit down. The reason is 5 of our major players got married including K.C Lekha and has not yet returned. Since it’s a game where experience matters, substitutions will take time. So that’s another task for me.

Q: During Olympics the whole Nation was looking forward to Athletics. Nobody has expected that India will gain a medal for Boxing in Olympics. But we did….

A: No it was not like that. We had hopes for medal. See India did not and can’t come up in athletics. We have P.T Usha who came up 4th in 400meters. At that time that event was newly introduced and due to Communist block many countries boycotted the Olympics. Another achievement was by Milkha Singh. Things are not so smooth. Olympic standard is very very high. In athletics we can measure where we are. Nobody from India reached the final round in any events and of course there were no good performances. The guy who did Triple Jump for India in Olympics did his training here and he used to jump 17.70meters. But at Beijing he could jump only 15 meters. At least more than 50 school students in Kerala can clear that distance. Anju Bobby George had never crossed more than 6.50 meters in that particular season. I wonder why she was sent for Olympics to cover 7 meters! We should not be fooled. And how she faired? For making 3 foul jumps…..even you can go and do it. Above all we spend a lot of money for her practice and she brought back shame for our country. But boxing is not like that. Boxers need to get qualified in Continental level. Only those boxers, who can win Gold and silver in Asian Qualifying Championship, will be able to participate in the Olympics. So from a Continent only six boxers in a single weight category can participate in the Olympics. Like wise there are 6 weight categories. Two months before this Olympics Vijender defeated Athens Gold medalist from Kazakhstan one sided. So we were all expecting an Olympic medal. A bit of luck should also be there. For example Akhil defeated world #1 to reach the Olympic Quarters but he was then defeated by world# 14. So consistency matters a lot.

Q: What’s the future of Indian Boxing?

A: For the last few years India is consistent in boxing and is also participating in many major meets including European Championships and meets in Canada. The importance of boxing is decreased as per the culture of India. Only 3 coaches are there for boxing in Kerala and 30 in India but for athletics there are more than 40 coaches in Kerala itself. For the next Olympics I don’t think that Vijender may get a medal even though he has the caliber. He is now behind modelling and cinemas and has no time for practice. Akhil will play and also Jithendhar.

Q: Now what we see is even a small boy holds a cricket bat and say he wants to become a Dhoni. May be they don’t know a sport other than Cricket. What’s the response to Boxing from the new Generation?

A: We can’t blame them. That’s because the game cricket is bringing much more fame, money & ads. But we should also think about the possibilities for that. For example Sreesanth….I don’t think he has a bright future. Of course….he has earned a lot. May be in a year or two, he’ll be out from the main stream cricket and once you are out, then you are nothing. Aby Kuruvilla came, Tinu Yohanan came. Now where are they? Half of the effort the young generation puts in cricket, if used wisely in another sport will help them reach some where. The problem is we are not getting enough of good students because they are all behind cricket. But any how the future of Indian Boxing is safe here because the emerging players get good training.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


The stars that had been shining in the Indian cricket team for long will not be seen on the field any more. One is the greatest Indian captain ever and a classic stroke player on the off side- Sourav Ganguly, while the other is a Mechanical Engineer with a Doctorate in leg spin – the Jumbo, Anil Kumble. Ganguly’s decision to retire before the Australian series was indeed surprising, but Kumble’s announcement after the third test, in the middle of the series at Feroz Shah Kotla was as surprising as a Googly.

Any player above the age of 30-32 has now become a burden for the team. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we still have senior players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman seems clinging in the team. And it’s sure that the young players have the talent and caliber in them, but still let us wait and see how many of these players will excel and be a consistent part of the team as our seniors did.

The senior players fell out of favour with the BCCI's recent policy of recruiting young talents. But still the departure of Sourav and Kumble will definitely leave a void that will not be filled soon. Above all, Sourav supported and encouraged young players like Yuvraj, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Zaheer and Dhoni, during his tenure as captain. The senior players registered their names in history through classic strokeplay as well as big hits. Partnerships were built with the help of singles. No one wants to see those singles any more. All like only those batsmen who can hit the maximum number of sixes and boundaries.

As a result, no one wishes to sit back and watch the whole 50-over match, where a batsman and bowler prove their class in the slog overs. The format of the cricket has drastically changed over the years and has given birth to the shortest version- Twenty20. It clicked and turned out to be a lucrative business through the Indian Premier League (even women and housewives were glued to it). As a strategy to attract more people, boundary lines were shortened to 60 meters from 80 and the bowlers’ role was reduced to just bowling. Any player who could make the ball travel 60 meters could hit a boundary. Is this the real class of a batsman?

As the curtains come down on Sourav's illustrious 13-year and Kumble’s 18-year long careers, we should not forget those 20,000 runs Sourav made and more than 1,000 wickets the nation celebrated through the latter. The records owned by Sachin, Kumble’s 10 wicket haul against Pakistan, Ganguly’s all-time match-winning performances, the ‘wall’ created by Dravid in times of emergency and the classic strokes by Laxman... we are forgetting these facts? The new generation may shout at these oldies: “Hit sixes or just sit back in the pavillion and watch the match!”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Greeting card done by me for Matha Amrithanandamayi's
Birth day. Another card of the same kind using a seperate colour tone is also used but I am unable to upload it.... Dont know y!

Saturday, September 6, 2008


Greetings done for AMSET AMBIENCE. Actually I was not able to save this to my personal file because I left the Agency and later that particular system has been formatted.Luckly 2 days back I met my Visualizer in Orkut and told him about this(he too resigned from their along with me and joined another Agency). It was him who send me all this now almost a year later. THANKS TO ORKUT


Greetings done for Thajudeen Associates....
I think this seems to be a cute one.
During its work, I was struggling with exam / resignation tensions. Any way I was able to complete it successfully and also got good comments for it.


Greeting done for the ATE GROUP. Our Company is also a part of the ATE group. As said before, it was done on that time when my Father asked me to resign my job and to continue/ prephare for the PG.

Friday, September 5, 2008


The Greetings done for KIMS HOSPITAL, TVPM. These greetings were some of the last works I did while I was working and almost after this work I resigned from the Agency.


The X'Mas/ New year greeting Card done for Ambrossia Bakers, TVPM. This series of Greeting cards was a combined work by me and my visualizer Renjith ettan. He gave me very beautiful designs for my copies.

Monday, September 1, 2008


Poster done for the promotion of GREEN EARTH as a part of Gaeshotsav08 @ our AMRITA UNIVERSITY. The work done by me, Ananthu & Abhilash @ late night. Actually the posters were assigned to one of the experts(he says). He nicely slipped from us and thus the challenge was successfully completed by us.


Poster done for GANESHOTSAV 08 @ AMRITA VISWA VIDYA PEETHAM. It was a combined work by me along with my seniors Ananthu & Abhilash. The programme is organized by ASCOM & ASB together. The theme is GREEN EARTH.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Simply made this. The creative team were in a meeting to talk about something... suddenly bulb striked my head... that bulb was very well switched on by our MD and it was all over in 3-4 hours.


Ad done for Usha Herbals beauty clinic.

I hope so... that i simply discovered what I was for.

Thanks to my MD who gave me permission to BREAK THE RULES


I think this was a fine Ad and it conveyed all its meanings...
but still I dont know why the client dint accept this and instead choose a very boaring Ad done by me myself.


Happy Lands International Facilitation Centre.

Done in no course of time... may be one of the fastest Ads I indulged in...

thanks to Jay chettan


Happy Land water theme park...

We always love going for its fotoshoot....for some times we ourselves becomes the models... above all that a full day will be spend over there absolutely free of cost.


A wonderful peice of art work done by the visualizer. CARE FOR LIFE their baseline came from my pen point.


The Brouchuere done for Promoting Kerala Quest,a quiz programme for the NRI Students about Kerala. This was Organized by Guild soft Companies.
The prize for the winners was a chance to visit the 7 world wonders. Wonder naa to visit the wonders by just browsing thru' the soul of GODS OWN COUNTRY.


Brouchere done for Sun Groups. SUN ELEGANCE - The space that enhance your elegance.


This was the First assignment I got as a Copy Writer. GIE- the status style of design & shape.
The Great India Estates is a Flagship company under the wings of the ATE group. Our Art Director Chithra Kumar Chettan(CK Chettan-a person started working in this feild even before I was born) helped me to develop myself a lot, gave me instructions for how to handle copies for Ads & Brochueres etc. He also created a faboulous layout for this brouchere.


"The good things we do in our life is for the well being of the Society". Following this strategy we successfully completed our KSACS presentation on one fine Morning at 12:30 am. I am proud for being a part of this huge Awareness Programme. Thanks to Oommen sir, Ck Chettan,two Renjith chettans & Vinod.


This is my own Discovery for those children effected with HIV to mingle and play with other children... Its moreover an awareness programme for children.

Lesson 6:"One flirt guy is enough to spoil the whole Country"(In any way)


Isnt it Hopes that help us move forward...?
Its the same hope that helped our Creative team complete this work ON TIME.
"Oruma undenkil ulakkamelum kidakkam"- Lesson 5


No self Treatments ok...
And thats not Chapter IV.
If unwanted pressures comes we find it difficult to work.(Chapter 4 :)


Every body...



Let that be Chapter 3.


Let every body be aware of AIDS.
Lesson 2: Doing a presentation is also not too easy as most think.


This particular presentation series taught me a lot of things... and playing with Malayalam is not an easy task is the first leson I learnt.
NB: I got 80% above for Malayalam in both 10th & +2.


Work done for KSACS in favour of Public Intersest. The whole work took almost 2 weeks to complete.


Presentation work done for Kerala State Aids Controll Society.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Ethenic Weaves

The fourth option done for the Ethenics.
One of the great works I did...(the greatest is still in que)
Actually it was our Art Director Chithrakumar chettan told me to go 4 a poem rather than doing a play of words....
and sincire thanx to him.

Ethinic Weaves

This was the hit made 4 Ethinic Weaves....
A great work by the Visualizer...
As said before one of my favourites...
Copy onto the subject.

Ethenic Weaves

with a different color combination tried out by Renjith ettan...

Do a close look at the copies.... its one of my best

Ethenic Weaves

Ethenic Weaves - a place where u can get only weaved clothes.... done at the time of X'Mas.

Do have a close look at the Copies

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Rose Opticals

I did this to make myself sure that my brain is alive....(even quiet oftenly my mother says its not!!!).
A new style was actually tried out in doing its copies.

Rose Opticals


Rose Opticals

A new style for copies & designs has been tried over here....comparing with its Ads done before.
I am Happy.... and so the client is.

Rose Opticals

This enchanting style concept was liked mostly by all except me....

Rose Opticals

This was one of the Ads done by me as a beginner.
Half of the things u see in this Ad is artificially created.Thanks to Renjithettan. Done during Vijayadashmi.

AmbrossiA Bakers

Ambrossia literary means FOOD OF THE GODS. I still remember, while doing this Ad Renjith chettan our Visualizer took the pictures of all the sweets displayed in this and explaining me how tasty it was... even days later we used to tease him saying this.
Even while working on the brim of deadlines (since diwali a lot of RO's were to be released)... we enjoyed to the fullest in creating each and every of the ads.

AmbrossiA Bakers

This Ad was actually created when we all were standing on the brim of the deadline. Above all that our Executive was also on leave. So I got the opportunity to work for this Ad right from creating the copies, content, design and even to get approval and do the RO.

Amset Ambience

There will be times when situations redefines our beauty...
This was done in such kind of a period when I was struggling
waiting for my Degree results.
That late announcement of results gave me an opportunity to
play (struggle....?) with Advertisements.