Lawyer or Advocate, Solicitor or Barrister, and Attorney

It is quite obvious that most of us might not have a clear idea about the legal profession. Especially, how to understand the difference between the Lawyer, and Advocate. Similarly, to categorise between solicitor and barrister.

Also it is a fact that, even the legal professionals themselves often get confronted with this specific question from the general public. What is mean by a Lawyer, an Advocate,  Solicitor,  Barrister, and   Attorney.

In Indian context,  according to the Oxford Dictionary  definition of lawyer is  “a person who is trained and qualified to advise people about the law and to represent them in court, and to write legal documents”. Whereas definition of Advocate describes that “A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy” or “A person who pleads on someone else’s behalf” or “A pleader in a court of law; a lawyer”

The basic difference between these definitions reiterate that both the Lawyer and the Advocate practices law, but there is a sea of difference  with relation to the word “Advocacy” and “plead” in the court before judge or the bench. The lawyers too could represent  their clients in the court, but they may only support the advocacy from the client prospective, but it might not have an objective of  “public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy”.

In my opinion,  one another but a logical explanation could be the advocacy by the advocates in terms of pleading for the constitutional remedy. Advocates plead for the constitutional remedies in the higher courts. Whereas the lawyers contest the cases within the existing legal framework, which  might be the only scope of the lawyering, provided they call them lawyer but are enrolled with the bar!

As well as a lawyer  could be an expert in any specific given field of law. But with regard  to the contesting, pleading, or arguing before the judges requires a special argument skill, which could be the role of an Advocate.

Legally, a lawyer could be a person who has completed the law graduation and well versed with law, he could be a counsel to a company, client, and be an advisor. He could acquire clients and provide advise, but cannot appear in the court unless he becomes an advocate by formally registering and enrolling  with the bar,  with the bar council of the jurisdiction in which he intends to practice. This explanation may match similar to the UK terms such as the Solicitor and the Barrister.

Though, Lawyer  role is similar as Solicitor, and Advocate role is similar as Barrister, in the UK, the legal education and basic foundation courses to become a solicitor or a  barrister is completely different then the Indian way of acquiring the legal profession.

In  UK and  US context, the title and the course of  legal professionals completely differ. For example in the US, an attorney-at-law is a member of the legal profession who represents a client in court when pleading or defending a case.The title of attorney applies to any lawyer. But, In the UK, the legal professionals are divided into two. Solicitor and the Barrister .

Barristers represent clients in open court and may appear at the bar. The barristers would not have any communication with the case respondents and petitioners. But only through solicitors.  The solicitors represent the clients for case litigation,  but cannot  plead cases in open court.

In the UK, after the Law degree, to become a barrister, one must do a BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) for one year full time, and further must do a pupillage course of one year. Whereas, the Solicitor goes into different direction. After the Law degree, he must do a LPC (Legal Practice Course) one year full time, and further must do a training contract for 2 years as final stage to become a solicitor.

Barrister or Solicitor, it is a long process to become a certified legal professional. But, UK has flexibility for non-law graduates to become a solicitor or barrister by doing conversion course called the “GDL” Graduate Diploma in Law ( One year). However must follow the same procedures as the law graduate.

It is also important to know that, like the Chartered Accountants Institute, to become a Patent Attorney in the UK, legal professional must get certified through the chartered institute of patent attorneys.

To summarise, though title word lawyer can be a common to any qualified legal professional, further foundation courses, certifications, enrolment with the bar, skills to argue in the court,  advocacy skills, and  specialisation in specific law differentiates the titles like the lawyer,   advocate,  solicitor   barrister, or  attorney at law. Further, based on the title and the individual capacity, skill to convert the client’s legal needs, turns into legal fees!. Happy Lawyering!




I like dogs, but hate street dogs! – Epidemic of Indian street dogs


I am sorry, street dog population should come down or should end in India. It is a complete responsibility of village panchayat and the city corporations. One cannot be sure, how many rabies death are occurring in India every year. How many rabies vaccines are sold by the pharma giants in India. On the other hand, you are not sure, how many street dogs are killed on the roads and left to eat human wastes. It may not also surprise you, to hear about the news that dozen of dogs, dragged and killed a few months old baby in Bangalore, who was sleeping in the hut.

In the western or the developed countries it is completely controlled. Only house/pet dogs are allowed, that too with too many restrictions, fined heavily if not followed dog rules.

Many would argue that it is matter of life of an animal. Yes, its true.  Life of every insect or animal must be respected. There is no second opinion. But then, why do we kill mosquitoes by hands, by chemical weapons, we kill ants using force. But why not dangerous street dogs.

We should accept that street dogs are not fed properly, they eat anything they get, have all kind of diseases. Otherwise, there should not be any objections to own a pet dog at home, which live inside gates or within house compounds. It should not be a problem. But street dogs should be eliminated. It is in the interest of human beings.

In fact, I have always doubted, why the non-profit organisation like Blue Cross, in India have  never raised their flags in the western/developed countries. May be rabies vaccine producers are using Blue cross like non-profit organisations to sustain the revenue. If Blue Cross concerns about life, they should be held accountable for human deaths, which are due to rabies.

On the other hand, many dog enthusiast would raise hands in support of street dogs. I am afraid, people who raise hands here  could adopt a street dog and take it to their home today!

More importantly, there are many other safety and social problems due to the dogs, and to the dogs themselves.

Are we safe on the roads?
Are the dogs on the roads are safe?
Are the street dogs living in hygienic conditions?
If  every street dog is not fed? could you imagine, what is their daily food? What they eat?

It is a fact that, most two wheeler accidents and deaths are happening because of street dogs. Similarly, most dogs are killed because of cars and other four wheelers.

Wake up in the morning and watch on the state highways, district highways.. We could  see dozen’s of dogs are killed on each road.

Is this the way we should treat an animal. Is what the Blue Cross wants, how dogs are to be treated.

Personally, everyone like dogs, many have a dog on their street as well! Because, they extend love when they see us. Many feed them. But that is not the point.  We should see overall phenomena/epidemic of street dogs specially in sub-urban, and metro cities. How children are frightened, and bitten.

Many supporters of street dogs are talking on sympathy, rather than the facts! just count the deaths of dogs, rabies, human deaths. Street dog is a mess. Even if India can establish a ministry for Dog, Still, we wont be able to make a systematic living for street dogs life. Good friends of dogs should never let them to be street dogs, with no carer.


Note:  In India, about 15 million people are bitten by animals, mostly dogs, every year and need post exposure prophylaxis. Since 1985, India has reported an estimated 25 000–30 000 human deaths from rabies annually (the lower estimate is based on projected statistics from isolation hospitals in 1985).2 The majority of people who die of rabies are people of poor or low-income socio economic status.3 The incidence of death from rabies in Asia is given in Figure 2.5 Because rabies is not a notifiable disease in India and there is no organized surveillance system of human or animal cases, the actual number of deaths may be much higher. The latest figure projected from the National Multi centric Rabies Survey, conducted in 2004 by the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India in collaboration with the World Health Organization,1 is 20 565 deaths from rabies per year.

Figure 2: Incidence of human deaths from rabies in Asia, 2004.5 Reproduced with permission from the World Health Organization.

Most animal bites in India (91.5%) are by dogs, of which about 60% are strays and 40% pets. The incidence of animal bites is 17.4 per 1000 population. A person is bitten every 2 seconds, and someone dies from rabies every 30 minutes. The annual number of person-days lost because of animal bites is 38 million, and the cost of post-bite treatment is about $25 million.2

The steady increase in the number of cases involving dog bites and an ever-increasing demand for postexposure vaccination poses the question of whether India is in the midst of an epidemic of rabies in dogs or whether these increases merely reflect uncontrolled growth in the dog population and greater number of humans exposed to them.

Source :

Rabies is fully preventable. About 563 million United States dollars are spent annually in the world on measures to prevent rabies,

1 yet in countries of south-eastern Asia the disease is still an important public health problem. An estimated 45% of all deaths from rabies occur in that part of the world.

2 The situation is especially pronounced in India, which reports about 18 000 to 20 000 cases of rabies a year and about 36% of the world’s deaths from the disease.

3 Rabies incidence in India has been constant for a decade, without any obvious declining trend, and reported incidence is probably an underestimation of true incidence because in India rabies is still not a notifiable disease.

4 This situation is rooted in a general lack of awareness of preventive measures, which translates into insufficient dog vaccination, an uncontrolled canine population, poor knowledge of proper post-exposure prophylaxis on the part of many medical professionals, and an irregular supply of anti-rabies vaccine and immunoglobulin, particularly in primary-health-care facilities.

In India, rabies affects mainly people of lower socio-economic status and children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.

5 Indian children often play near stray dogs, which are many and roam freely, and are used to sharing their food with them, which results in frequent bites. In one study, most children attacked by dogs were unaware of having been bitten and their parents often ignored the attacks or simply treated the wounds by applying indigenous products such as hot peppers or turmeric. Only a few parents sought medical advice, usually with delay.1

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லட்சியம் ஊக்கத்தை உருவாக்கும், ஊக்கத்தால் உயரிய எண்ணங்கள் மலரும்!

Having impressed with these lines from APJ, I thought of composing and sharing it.

லட்சியம் ஊக்கத்தை உருவாக்கும்,
ஊக்கத்தால் உயரிய எண்ணங்கள் மலரும்!

உயரிய எண்ணத்தால் உழைப்பு திறன் பெருகும்,
உழைப்பு நற்செயல்களுக்கு ஆதாரம் ஆகும்!

மனதிலே நல்லொழுக்கம் இருந்தால்,
நடத்தையில் அழகு மிளிரும்!

நடத்தையில் அழகு இருந்தால்
குடும்பத்தில் சாந்தி நிலவும்!,

குடும்பத்தில் சாந்தி இருந்தால்
நாட்டில் சீர்முறை வளரும்

நாட்டில் சீர்முறை இருந்தால்
உலகில் அமைதி நிலைக்கும்! – Deeds from APJ

English Translation:

Ambition would give motivation,
Motivation would flourish good thoughts!

Good thoughts lead to hard work,
Hard work lead to good deeds!

Discipline in thoughts,
Conduct would shine!

Shining Conduct,
Boost harmony at home!

Harmony at home,
Country would rationalise!

Rationalised Country,
sustain peace in the World!

The Plight of Children in Immigrant and a Nuclear Family, India, UK

For Immigrants

Immigrants here in UK or any other country, must take some resolutions to live peaceful immigrant life. In 6 months of my experience here in UK, I witnessed few logical differences in the living system, which is totally contradicts our living style back in India.

1) Both parents engage in work, leading to lot of work pressure.Due to different shifts.
2) Working hours in UK is long hours, though you are given a break, you are tend to get more stress than normal 8 hours work which is international guidance.
3) Children born here, are living in the contemporary culture, they are tend to be different than parents used to be back in India.
4) Parents may try hard to teach or preach what they used to be. But it is not logical to give them comparison.
5) There are no relatives or elders to discuss with you and help you.
6) After working so hard, failing to take annual leave break back in home country.
7) Tendency to save too much for next generation.

To have peaceful life, practice to have a mutual understanding, don’t pressure children and expect too much from children, avoid comparison of past life, take long break to home, and attitude to have moderate saving.

I might end up writing a research paper on this. please free to share typical issues you are facing as an immigrant. Feel free to message. Also, if you feel that Police or the Social Workers try to ruin too much into the family, stand up for the right and join hands.     “Live for present”.
Parents Vs Children

Basically, cause for punishing children could be happening for two reasons.

1) Punishment for the reason of correcting the child
2) The mental pressure of parents leading to mishandle the child, again this is named as correcting the child.

The second reason quoted above is dangerous, particularly in nuclear family living system. Such parents should learn special skills to handle the children. Whereas in the first case, punishment without harm to the children, making negotiation, convincing them to understand, is good a practice to be followed.

The family living system of east and west becoming similar, specially noticed that parents manhandling the children and the plight of children in the scenarios. But, In general, there is a huge difference in behavior of the children between these two different cultures.

In my opinion, Children who make mistakes if not punished, there are high chances that children might go out of regular living system, and might want to experience too much of freedom and liberty, against the basic ethics as a human being or they might fail to extend the courtesy to the other human being.

Well, I do think that the percentage of children being beaten in Asia/India is less compared to west, because in countries where joint family system exists, there the children have access to the grand parents and most of the time grand parents control such behaviors of parents, whereas in a nuclear family, the mental, social, married life, and economical pressure of parents reflected on children with manhandling, without any moral support of elders/grandparents. Even in India, such incidents have become regular now in the nuclear family.

Coming back to the punishment, In my personal experience, First, I am proud that, I have never hit my 10 years old daughter not even once, secondly during my childhood, my mother punished me for serious mistakes ( Ha ha, I would be happy to share that, but not in public). Third, my school headmaster used to punish me like to knee down, stand outside the classroom with hand risen for hours, beaten with roll pipe in the palm, and pinched around the ears. Always he punished for discipline and for not doing duty as a student.

Hmm, what I want to sum up is that, freedom is a fundamental right, but parents should try all negotiations and techniques to convince and bring in responsibility in the child, it is highly possible they get convinced. But, should never touch the children at any circumstances, before that. take a minute to check whether as a parent/you are incapable of handling the personal stress, pressure, and incapableness of you, which I guess is the core cause for punishing children smacks and slaps.

Ha, Cultural differences, parents work hours, and parents living style can fuel and test your nerves. But Remember .

Keep Calm! Earth is just circling!

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Chennai Corporation 2020 plans suggestion from Oxford

View the complete presentation here.   Plan Chennai, Corporation plan

மக்கள் நல திட்ட பரிந்துரை  – நகராட்சிகளுக்கு,  கோ. தேவராஜன் M.A. LL.M.(U.K.)

மூன்று முக  திட்டங்கள் 

1) இருபது- முப்பது – வேக எச்சரிக்கை பலகைகள்! 

– சாலை விதிகளின் படி

-மாநகராட்சி, மக்களின் நலன் கருதி இந்த வேக அளவு எச்சரிக்கை பலகைகளை அமைக்கிறது

-நகரத்தின் அனைத்து சாலையிலும்

-சாலையின் இரு முனைகளிலும்


2) 1 முதல் – 100 வரை  – நடைபாதை 

-விரிவுபடுத்தப்பட்ட பாதசாரிகள் நடைபாதை. (நமது மக்கள் தொகையில், வாகனங்களை விட நடப்பவர்கள் அதிகம்)

-சாலை விபத்துக்கள் தவிர்க்கப்படும்

-குழந்தைகள் முதல் முதியவர்கள் வரை பயமின்றி நடந்து செல்லலாம்.

– பாதசாரிகள் எஸ்காலடோர், முக்கிய சந்திப்புகள்.

முக்கியமாக ரயில், பேருந்து நிலையங்கள்

-சாலை முணைகளில் இறக்கங்கள்


3) சுகாதாரம் – நலம் – பலம்  – குப்பை கொள்முதல் 

-மக்களின் சுகாதாரம், சென்னை மாநகராட்சியின் முதல் குறிக்கோள்.

-பேருந்து நிலையங்களில் குப்பை பெட்டி

-முடிந்தால் ஒவ்வொரு வீட்டிற்கும்  குப்பை மூடிய பெட்டிகள்

-மூடிய தெரு முனை குப்பை பெட்டிகள்

-நகரை சுற்றி  குப்பைகளை எரிப்பது நகரின் தூய்மைக்காக, உடனடியாக நிறுத்துவது.

-குப்பைகள் சிதறாத உங்கள் நகரம்


Think before you buy a plot or flat in India!

Since, I came to Oxford, it surprises me to see about an effective and efficient administrative system here. Oxfordshire County Council. Last month, I have expressed my experience on the topic called “ No Horn Campaign – India”. It attracted good public attention; wish that in near future, attitude to avoid “doing unnecessary horn” will grow up in the Indian roads.

This month, I wanted to write about another interesting topic. A topic on the road planning. In regard to this, I made a recent status update in my facebook and expressed that “Indian Prime Ministers & Chief Ministers are enjoying the buildings built by the British colonial. But, why they fail to follow the effective administrative system from the British”. We see that most of the State Secretariat , parliament, railway stations & University buildings are built by the British rulers and they are enjoying it. But, why do they fail to build a safe and convenient administrative system for the public.?

Further, it also raises a question that is there anything good our Indian elders have contributed to this aspect?. Our elders often say that, they had wonderful culture, system, and they followed a system of living. But, it is a shame to see any strong evidence of having contributed to the development of administrative system in India. Except that “Chalta hai” attitude. They promoted corruption, than demanding any good output from the administrative officials. We all could see that retired officers belonged to the public works department, metro development authorities, administrative officers have made themselves huge wealth by accumulating properties and money for self and family than anything done good to the society. Particularly, contributing to the development of living system in India. Most importantly, well planned infrastructure to the society.?

Comparing, the administrative system here in the UK; which is very much developed. Citizens are enjoying the fruits from those seeds, planted by their elders. Specially, the residential layouts, roads, water & drainage system. They have given importance to the convenience of the public, and implemented everything in an efficient manner. Free accessibility to handicapped, children, elders, cyclist, motorist and shopping etc. It is marvellous to see the houses and the roads here in Oxford. Traffic rules, signs, pedestrian provisions and fearless commuting is marvellous. I want to see my country and my cities like this. Will that be possible? Do you have an answer?

Here, one cannot find the difference between one house to another. The model of each house, frontage area of each house. According to the Council rules, you cannot build as you like, you can change the interior, but the structure against the rule and basic plan. Everything that is connected to the housing system is perfect. It is impossible to see any Electrical panels and wires on the roads, telephone lines, TV cables crossing the roads. Gas supply to each house, water, drainage and sewage system, perfectly undergrounded.

I feel shame when I think about our system in Chennai or any other metro city? I doubt, whether any officer In the corporation or Metro City Development authority exist or not? Do they apply standards, which are ever in interest of the common man? or Convenience to human beings. In India, even  metro cities  doesn’t have complete integrated administrative system to the households.

I would like to ask some fundamental question to the Administrative officers in India.

  • Does our metro development or other development bodies mention/emphasises about compulsory pedestrian path on both sides of the road?
  • Does the Development Authority has any law to enforce minimum 30 Feet roads and at least 5 feet allocated on each side for pedestrian crossing?
  • Does our Development authority has any control or enforcement to allocate ducting/underground provisions for laying telephone cables, water lines, drainage, sewage, rain harvesting lines?
  • Why there is no co-operation between the Water Body, Road Transport, Cable TV & Telephone lines are not controlled by one authority?
  • Is there any study, measures taken against every road accident that is happening because there is no pedestrian lane on the roads and fatal deaths?

I think, no one can be independently blamed for these problem, because our system is corrupted in such way. Both from the Public, Private and Government.

Business companies promoting plots and layouts without prior approvals, basic road and drainage facilities. Public, as investors still buy such unapproved plots, and houses where there are no basic amenities.


1) we should not a buy properties which does not have atleast 5 feet pedestrian (raised) from road on both side.

2) Don’t buy plots which is not having atleast 30 to 40 feet road?

3) Don’t buy any flats unless the government/corporation/panchayat does not provide water, drainage, sewage, telephone & roads are not laid with minimum requirements. Don’t take false commitments of the marketing executives and developers, local politicians. Ensure, it is practically available while booking.


Each individual in the respective field they work, should contribute to the society by writing out a suggestions, plans and proposal; which should include, comfort, convenience and safety to every category of the public. Like, children, elder(senior citizens), pedestrian, cyclist, motorist and public transport.

I searched for documents on urban development plan in UK. You might get surprised to see that why and how western countries, the developed nations have good administrative system? 100 years before, the elders have forecasted and made planning and proposals to the road development of the city.

In 1930’s, Committees have been set up to plan the residential layouts, they respectively documented each and every aspect that is connected with the residential layout and common public.

For example.

  • How many main roads and type of roads a layout should have? And how they are connected with highways?
  • Where and how the high way turnings should be located?
  • The size of the roads?
  • Where and how much park lanes to be provided?
  • How much is compulsory frontage to be given between each house wall and to the road?
  • In a large residence layout? On which corner the commercial shops should be allocated?
  • On which location public facilities shall be located?
  • Where the bus station or the main road is located?
  • How distance and how convenient to every one from all the sides of the layout.?
  • Should there be different lanes for each one? Children, Elders, cyclist, Etc.

Precisely, a committee report and planning proposal submitted 70 years ago is what actually we could see on the UK’s administrative system. Whether it is Oxford or London city.

It is our time that everyone in India, particularly the real estate developers, professional in town planning must promote a standards and rules those equal to the developed nation standards, and public shall not compromise on quality and avail proportionate value for the money we pay!!!

While, I am expecting that, above points will raise some questions here. Personally, I will be addressing to each development authority and emphasis the need; with relevant documents from the UK, which helped them to implement a standard in resident layout and roads.

Note: 5 years of  living experience in Chennai Metro City is  a disaster. Lived in 2 different residential multi storey flats, developed by established developers. One could see the mess up of drainage system. Human waste is loaded into lorries and disposed in the city surroundings? with no proper drinking water connection from the Chennai City Corporation, or the Sewage system connections. But still these flats are called CMDA approved plots? I wonder what CMDA is doing and do they have something to do with Chennai City Corporation or the local administrative body? Do they?


Road Planning IMG_3726 IMG_3740 IMG_3745

How beautiful the Roads and pedestrians lanes are finished. it is same as 70 years before in the committee”s proposal.


Cyclist stop area in signals. They are given 1st preference. Queens Lane Signal, Oxford. IMG_3701
A layout in small town called Abingdon.

Mobile radiation or temperature or friction effect, hair and skin effect

I recently noticed strange difference on my left thigh. This is the place where iPhone is placed via my pant pocket. I could see that to the shape of the phone, the skin was looking quite red, as well no skin hair in the area.

Could this be a radiation effect or the temperature or due to regular usage?

Right thigh seems clear, skin is fresh as well the skin hair.

It is serious cause of keeping phone near to the body and more usage near ear’s.

Please be cautious, if you keep the phone near ear for long hours or keep the phone in pockets either in chest, front or back pockets.

hair fall

skin effect of keeping phone, is ti radiation or heat, or fraction?




Oxford, education system, rules, effective administration. copy and paste to India

Travel to  Oxford.

Just received Visa entry confirmation on 26th, I just booked a ticket through Emerald Airways, Chennai. I got fabulous offer of one way to London, via Mumbai Midnight flight. The flight was full. Plan of purchase on the day of Amma verdict(corruption and enormous wealth case was decided at Bangalore) had created me a tough time. Purasawakkam market was tensed and I had to catch an an auto at high price to reach back home.

I tried my best finalize the accommodation at Oxford, before leaving Chennai.  To gather some known contacts via friends and social sites. Unfortunately was not successful, many advertisements in sparerooms and gumtree did not event respond. As I was making requests from India. My journey began with no accommodation booked. I was confident, finding atleast a hotel room for 3 days and find a room later.

Bus to Oxford Airline (23 Pounds)

I reached Heathrow airport on 30th Morning. The information centre  the airport Terminal 3, service connection to terminal 5 was excellent. Free services between terminals.  Outside Terminal 5, Platform 10,  I boarded the Oxford Bus, The airline, which I felt like an another airplane, because the wifi connectivity, beautiful & smooth roads did not even feel me  the speed. Yup, wearing belt was necessary even in Bus.

The driver made an announcement “ Welcome you on Board, This is xxxxx, we are heading to Oxford, oxford estimated journey time is 1 hours 30 minutes. Please wear your seat belts. There is a toilet in the Bus. Thank you for traveling with Airline. Oxford Bus Company.

I was in different world, the goat and horse farms across the London, Oxford highway was charming to the eyes. Ha ha.. this is called Europe.

University enrollment & certificate verification.

I reached the University bus stop at 10.00 AM, I had to pull the baggage to my School of Law Department. I had made the registration procedures and certificate verification and confirmed that continuing classes from Tomorrow. The department, was so helpful, they agreed me to keep my baggage till I find my room. So a big relax. 40 Kgs, pulling on the roads(good pathways) could be tough.


Later went to search for accommodation with university Accommodation bureau, I was so confident that since it is big university,  I would be able to get a temporary accommodation. Unfortunately, there was no vacancy, and they gave a individual owner contacts of Oxford house owners. By then I walked around Headington Road, Cowley road, met atleast  15 agents. But no use, called many owners, no use only the Matrix SIM balance was getting down. I was virtually frustrated and felt like an alien in  wrong place.

Atlast, I did get one response in Gumtree, who responded, I have explained the desperate situation, he understood the situation and said, hey man, if you can pay 800 pound a month, I can give you a room. If you are ready, I will arrange for a view.

It all happened in 1 hour, I made 100 pounds service charge to the agent.  We spoke sealled the deal. 50 pounds went to 100 pounds, reduction in one month deposit. He was good man, he  then dropped at my college, later we fixed 5′ o clock as another meeting. By 5 PM, I called him again, made request. Tim, would it be possible to pick me again up from university with baggage’s, he did help on that part. He came at 5.15 and we reached the, Iffley Road. By 5.30  PM I paid the one month rent 750 Pounds. Can you imagine (75000 Rupees for one month rent). Ha ha ( like renting an house near Poes Garden. Wowh… So rich I am…. Ha ha.. வேற வழி? There was no other way. ( (

He was also insisting for deposit one month. I said.. no going, he said, 350 deposit, I said nop. I cannot do that. Finally, law helped,  with no deposit , no advance, said I have no other money to pay. Somehow I have convinced him. Great, the 1st day, in just 1 hour, my cook experiments started to  began.

University and Class room
Initial days, I felt like virtually crying, leaving so bonded life at home, family and king like lifestyle. Here, days turned upside down. But, certain things really energized me,  the technology of my Oxford Brookes University, School of Law professors, teaching methods. Professor Dr Math Noortman, Dr. Ilona Cheyne and Dr Sedman. Students from international countries, like Stefano from Italy, Vic Ram from Spain, Olga from Russia, Laura from Britain, Agathy from France, Sad from Iraq, Zahid from Palestine and so on.. Around 25 students comprising Trade law, Human Rights Law and International Law.
Some clicks on UK Teaching system

-Professors are not worried about you concentrate or not.

-You can use laptop and Mobile Phone, (No phone calls inside class room), but walk away to attend. Some professors may not like it, but you have liberty to do.

-System emphasizes the student to do critical analysis.

-What is your idea, concept, answer it from your perspective, not from books. Define your new idea from it. Be clear to the point.

-Module Management is an interesting thing, Module leader manages the modules and module team, the chapters, lectures and seminars.

-Lecture means anyone from other department who has the module will attend. Mostly student strength is combined.

-All module chapters are uploaded before the semester begins, presentations are prepared and uploaded. Mostly teaching is pre-planned. Lectures are really interesting.

-Most current news/subjects comes into the Lecture.

– Seminar means group of 12 people, interactive session, mostly discussed about earlier class chapter and case study discussions, opinions from students.

– In law Advanced Legal Research Methods, keeps you busy in analyzing the Case studies and Legal referencing.( I have done assessment 1, is the Declaration of Independence of Kosovo, is it in accordance with the Law?) Had to read, 500 pages documents to complete the assessment also use OSCOLA, Oxford Standard For Case Law referencing.


Horn, Cars & Roads
The cars and road rules, attitude of giving way to other, (May by, I need to reach what is the real meaning of giving way to another, is it supremacy or fear of blocking the roads, fear of law or the real human values we give to other).  Any case, they are the best and it’s a culture, I will be taking from here, if not preaching atleast for self practice. Can I?

Most importantly, in 3 weeks of  Oxford life, seen atleast 1 lakhs of  cars driving on the read near my house, none of them used their horn.. not even once in 21days. Just the tyre noise keeps buzzing.

This is not easy thing, we Indian’s honk atleast 100 times in single trip. This is not fair…I just have one question in mind..Can this no horn system can be practiced in India, like Clean India. If so how it can be done?


The Wi-fi system called “eduroam” free for every student in the UK. Can access it from any university(Student Central registration required), like when I walk to the City Centre of Oxford, University of Oxford gives free eduroam to Oxford Brookes Students, I think its regular  system here, free wifi on every bus and shop establishments.

University provides 21” computers in the main lobby, any student can login and work for 24 hours. Library Check in Check out system is at best, RFID implemented in real time, real use.

Volunteership System
The business community here in Oxford are using knowledgeable students for their projects using the term”Volunteership”. I am sure, they would be saving 1000 of pounds using the Volunteership system, but eventually, the student community also would benefit by creating network and gain practical  experience.
I made a mistake, why I missed to use the 60 kg baggage allowance given by Jet Airways on student quota. I carried only 40 Kgs. May If had a car hire, additional 20 Kg, could have been a vice to carry some food stuff and utensils we normally to make south Indian food.

I bought  few things from India, the pressure cooker, home made mirchi and masala powders, tea powder & electric plug converters are made my daily routines easier.

I had to visit to London to buy a Ponni Boiled rice at Hounslow area, which actually making my home food not missed. 10 Kg at 12 Pounds.  (BlazeDream technologies, UK partner Mr. Nattu G offered me a nice lunch at his home, a drive in his Benz car & shopping)

Well, when it comes to food…Ha ha.. You know what, cook a curry, store and use it for 4~5 days, this is the mantra. Hot boiled rice everyday, doesn’t make me feel, a miss of home food.

What is next

University activities kept my energy up, Skype kept away the home sickness, the only problem is spending pounds and conversion calculation in mind. To save pounds, an average walking 8~10 kilometers a day, from home to university to and fro.

The mornings walks to the university, watching British children  going to school in cycle, push scooters , their energy and enthusiasm makes me smile, Whenever I see a Britain child  on the road, they touch my heart. I don’t know why, because they look cute, they are fresh. Feel liberty inside. But really good.

There are many other good factors like, effective administrative and corrupt free system, which I feel the Britain are proud about and that would be the strong reason they have rule the world attitude.

For me, it is just third Sunday here, the life here in Oxford can be energetic and youthful, if you have good bank balance in pounds, attitude to spend and you want to enjoy the current moment.

Had an opportunity to visit Oxford Tamilians event organized by Tamils here, just relaxed my brain and heart to a large extent, new Tamil friends,  living here for 10+ years like Raji, Baskar, Abdul, Karthik, Kris, Bhuvana, Arakonam boy Bharani all are really soul hearted. I am confident, I can spend remaining months of education more academically,  meaningfully and livingly.

That’s all for now… every hour here seems to be valuable. (
Note: There are many things to write, finding an home, finding a part time job, spending every penny and pound..will continue… thanks for reading :)

Higher studies plan, a long and tough journey

In the same year 2012, just after my enrollment as an Advocate with Bar Council of Tamilnadu, I started finding the Law universities in US & UK to pursue my LL.M. I always presumed that, teaching methods in west is different and good. While, doing so one university came in the gmail advertisement.

Which, I browsed through their website, found very interesting, ha ha. You know London School Economics was my target.  London School of Economics and other top universities   wanted high grades on the LL.B., English proficiency and fees.

Oxford Brookes, somehow impressed me. I submitted my application in December 2012. So in January, I did join an IELTS coaching with Gateway Abroad, Ayanavaram. Run by Mr.Dennis Vasanth.

Mr.Dennis Vasanth, An abroad education agent; a professional advisor,  who represents many foreign universities, he too suggested some colleges. Some how, I did strict my choice to the Oxford Brookes University, the first one I got impressed with. This university stands on 28th rank  in School of Law in the UK. I think, that matches my brilliance.

English teacher at Gateway Abroad was excellent, she gave good emphasize on the reading, interpretation, listening and writing, within one month of learning, I have scored overall 6.5 score of IELTS. Which was the grade of my university requirement.  Unfortunately, in the year 2013, I could not process the UK Visa, as I was not at able to process the bank education loan.

So I requested the university to renew the conditional offer for the Sept 2014 intake. In 2014, I started the process in early March and started doing loan application.

I shall be very grateful to the Branch Manager Mrs.Anandhi, SBI Ayappakkam, the confidence she gave me about processing, made me to UK. The bank loan process went almost 3 months & atleast 20 visits to bank and processing centre. Initially RACPC Anna Nagar, started the application then it was shifted  to the new  RACPC Ayyappanthal.

My new flat which I occupied in the year 2014 was processed for Mortgage. A flat worth about 25 lacs of market value. However the bank only said they would be 12 lacs. The overall fees and accommodation expenses the university mentioned in the CAS letter was round 19 lacs. It was very difficult to convince the RACPC Chief Manager,  Elengovan  to sanction atleast 16. However, Mr. Somasundaram, AGM, RACPC Ayyappanthal a professional man, confirmed me 15 lacs and issued the Loan Sanction Letter on non letter head. “ Loan sanctioned, but Document process is pending” The interest rate on education loan is very high in India.

Mr.Dennis Vasanth, was very sure, that the letter I got is not acceptable and visa will get rejected. He suggested, even if it is taking time, complete all the formalities and get in color letter head.

Actually, he was right, the Documents related to the bank balance and loan documents should be in original bank pass book and letter head, so that the Visa process does not find any gap on this area, or doesn’t stop, even if it stop, forget the visa, you might miss the deadline of the university. Financial proof is very essential for the visa eligibility.

By the time I attended the visa interview, the course at the university has began, however, the university gave 2 weeks relaxation for international students. I had delayed by 1 week and landed here in Oxford on 30th and started my classes on 1 st of October.

Getting into law profession, job prospective

Law Job:

But, however in terms of job perspective, the law profession in India is very competitive, at the mercy of senior Advocates, you need to swim a lot appear for argument hearing, adjournment hearing from 1st day. But at the same time, if you really focus on specific laws, I think, the law is the best field to work. In my case, the obivious reason was not job, but to work towards society.

The law needs a practice to practice law, so, I started submitting resumes to senior advocates and law companies in Chennai. But, it was really difficult even to get reply from the those lawyers, event  a courtesy reply saying that, we have received your CV and we will get back to you if you are successful. Even then, I never missed a chance of visiting the MHAA library. Fortunately, with contacts from US region. I was regularly handling patent attorney services with Indian Patent Office in Chennai for the US clients, mostly on technical side and also with part legal services.

So my “money for honey” is somewhat secured to continue my further search and research.

Fortunately, One day, when I was reading case journals in the MHAA library, a senior most Lawyer(Mr. V.Sundararajan, Srivilliputtur), whom I got impressed on the 1st visit. Because, many Advocates used to come to him and take drafting.

I imagined,  by his conversant in the legal language, I should join as a Junior with such an Advocate. The mind mapping works great, there is some power to it, which could  connect the synced minds together. “You become what, most of the time what you think”

On that day, he initiated a conversation, while so, I told him that I have done M.A & LL.B. and I am looking for a senior lawyer to join. He was such a person, within no seconds, with no second thought, he took me the 2nd floor Chamber hall where he was practicing. He asked me about asked about self and past, immediately, he paid me 500 Rs as Token salary and did wish me all the best & instantly gave some tasks of his past work and to do revamp.

Since then, it has been almost 8 months, had one of my best mentor and great experience in life. He always introduced me to everyone whom he knows, he always introduced me saying “he is associated with me”, never said he is a junior, indeed he never wanted to say even.

We have done many RTI related requests and replies. Civil and criminal cases appeal filings with the high Court, many Prevention of Corruption cases, mostly of senior IAS & Inspectors. He exchanged all his 10 years of his legal experience which he had from Srivilliputtur as a Government Pleader and 30 years as Senior Advocate at High Court of Madras.

He always used to say “Knowledge has no value in the country” . His straightforward thoughts and corrupt free attitude never allowed him to be a Judge. He used to always regret  for the situation of the legal system, for which he has been writing to the Law Ministers, Chief Ministers & Prime Minister about reform for almost 30 years. He is  a man, I will never forget in my life.  A humble and helping man, whom everyone in the High Court of Madras know.

In the month of July, he became ill and undergoing treatment for his diabetes. I visited his house few times. Interestingly,  when you visit people, the visiting person have to carry something, but in his practice, its him always gives you something in hand, when you leave his house return.

I had a small desire to present him something, so I purchased and presented him a cordless telephone. He was so delighted. My heart also felt happy having done such small acknowledgment for his attitude, knowledge and humbleness.

He used to tell me, whenever we praise him… “You may not even visit me when I am dead”. He might have said that by sensing the fast world, and growth of his junior lawyers, human ventures and changing behaviors.

After I reached Oxford, I had a courtesy to write him a letter and posted it using Royal Mail, hope he enjoyed my handwriting and the words. “It is always the blessing of others, specially the elders which takes you the leaps of your life”.