A nice biographical account of Prof Mangesh V Nadkarni by Ranjan Naik is up at SCIY. The inspiring story of his first visit to Puducherry appeared in a journal some years ago. Especially, the station scene when he is at his wit’s end to board the train without a reservation. And then he happens to be talking to a ‘somewhat ferocious looking’ officer of the Army near the Military Coach, who said:
If you are going to Pondicherry, Youngman, then you can have this whole compartment as yours.
The officer was an admirer of The Life Divine, if memory serves right. The full article should be available online. [TNM]