Roddam Narasimha – Great Scholar, Perfect Teacher

Sumangala Mummigatti


Prof. Roddam Narasimha receiving the Padma Vibhushan


IT was sometime in winter of 2015, a bright morning. I had planned to meet Prof. Roddam Narasimha at his residence in Bengaluru. The meet was scheduled for an interview with him for a book I was writing on the life and achievements of his father, Prof Roddam Laxmi Narasimha, a professor of Physics and a renowned science communicator.

I was seated for a while in his living room before Prof. Narasimha arrived. As I glanced around the hall, I saw books all around, on the teapoy, sofa, chairs, side table, and of course in the bookshelves. I was curiously having a look at them, as Prof. Narasimha emerged out of his room with a smile on his face.

After the formal exchange of wishes, he soon meant business and said “I am very happy and delighted that you are writing a book about my father. He was a great scholar. I am more than happy to speak about him.” As he continued to speak, I was happy about his openness, because my experience on a few earlier occasions had made me feel he spoke less and to get to know the information required for the book about his father sounded easy more