Don't let the presidential elections become a slanging match
This refers to the report Pranab vs who? (June 16). Though the UPA on Friday declared finance minister Pranab Mukherjee as its presidential candidate, the political mess that took place over the issue saw the election to the highest office in the country reduced to a slanging match. The attempt at armtwisting by the UPA allies doesn't augur well for the government. The Congress must take steps to prevent this unseemly public fight.
NS Venkataraman, Chennai
Song sung true by him
This refers to the report Ghazal king Mehdi Hassan dies at 84 (June 14). Hailed as the 'shahenshah' of the ghazal, Mehdi mirrored human emotions in their depths and mesmerised millions across the subcontinent, transcending linguistic barriers and national boundaries. His voice has enriched our lives. However, with Jagjit Singh passing away and now Hassan, ghazal gayaki (singing) will never be the same.
G David Milton, Maruthancode
Keep ego out of the game
This refers to the report 'Zero Chemistry', but India banks on Lee-Hesh (June 16). It is appalling that top professional tennis players like Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, undoubtedly two of the best doubles players in the world, are letting egos come in the way of national pride, jeopardising the country's chances of winning an Olympic medal. Moreover, if Bhupathi had problems with Paes, he should have sorted it out instead of bringing it up on television. Bhupathi's behaviour is unbecoming of a sportsperson of his stature. I think the two players must rise above their differences and represent the country at the Olympics once again. Last time round, we could not win a tennis medal, this time we should try to win the top slot, at least in doubles.
Bal Govind, Noida