EJJI THE CONGENITAL SYBARITE
Last updated 20:15 hrs. IST on 18 April, 2016. Welcome to ejji.4t.com . There are no strangers in this world for me, only friends I haven't yet met. My photo gallery: https://get.google.com/albumarchive/101850974532416984179 . My blog: ejji6t.wordpress.com.
PERSONAL WEBSITE OF EJJI K. UMAMAHESH, "Outlier & Congenital Sybarite"
Where is Ejji today? In Chennai after more than a month and a half. The INDIA MYANMAR THAILAND MOTOR RALLY & THE RETURN DRIVE ended in Guwahati on the 18th of December 2016. It has been a great 5722 + 3304 km drive for me. Delhi to Bangkok via Myanmar. And again Bangkok to Guwahati via Myanmar. Now back home catching up on sleep, removing the alcohol from my blood stream and producing the official film of the rally.
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If I am asked to name the best things that happened to me in my life, I can easily list them. They are not priority-wise. All of them have contributed in equal measure. 1. PK and Jani, my parents, who had modern views of life and inculcated the values of openness, honesty, working to make a living, and treated me as a friend. 2. V.P. Raman, my friend, mentor, and guide, who taught me to be straight in life and actions and never bend my head to anyone. The person who introduced me to the cream of society. The person who taught me to work without compromising on principles to make a name and a living. The person who taught me that good friends stay with you, while fair-weather friends come for the whisky and bank balance. The person who made me a Free Mason and who treated me as his "unborn son". The person who taught me the nuances of good English. The person who inculcated the love for reading in me. The person whose very name opened doors for me in society and business. 3. My business "Ejji Domestic Services" that was far ahead of its times when I started it, and the big success it became. 4. Shyamala my wife and her entire family, especially her uncle Manian Natesan, who understood me and accepted me as I was, allowing us to mutually treat each other as friends and not relatives. 5. The School, KFI, Madras, where my daughters Rasika and Sarika learnt the art of living, enjoyed their childhood and schooling, not burdened by "the system" most education institutions follow, and made a success of their own decisions about their lives and careers. (Incidentally, I have been pretty vocal that children are ill treated and mistreated only by parents and teachers. By the way, it does not apply to The School teachers!) 6. Sivaji Ganesan, Kamalamma Ganesan and Ramkumar Ganesan who gave me a home to live in, when I was just coming up in business and life. Their gesture made me lead a lifestyle I am used to, but at that time I could not have afforded but for their generosity and love. I shall always be indebted to them. 7. Ravichandran and his wife Radha who have managed my finances and made sure I am solvent and sane today, though such a state is an oxymoron, and my sanity is a debatable subject of interest to many. Right from when Ravi completed his education and became a full fledged Chartered Accountant, he has been taking care of the accounts of my family. And I am not going to leave him even after I am dead and gone! He will have the added responsibilities I have entrusted him to be done for my family even after I am not around, which he has so kindly accepted. I have divided my site into specific pages just to highlight some important aspects. What you see on this site is but a drop in the ocean of my life's experiences. There is nothing for you to learn, as there is nothing I can teach. There is nothing for you to follow, as there is nothing I wish you to follow. There is nothing I consider special or unique, because all that happened came about naturally. Do take your time to see all pages. It would be great if you could mail me your comments. Bouquets, brick bats, rotten tomatoes and addled eggs welcome. My signature tune has always been and will ever be, "LIVE. DON'T EXIST".
"I don't want to be remembered. I want to be missed"- Chetan Bhagat in Half Girlfriend.
EJJI'S BIO-DEGRADABLE DATA
Ejji K. Umamahesh is 20 years "young" with an added 47 years of experience. He is proud to have lived every minute of his life on his own terms.
Ejji had his early education in the streets of Madras, with compulsory attendance at The Woodlands Drive-In Restaurant on all working days between 1 and 2 pm (since Stella Maris and other women’s' colleges had a lunch break at the same time!), and at the Madras Marina on all weekends from 6 to 9pm, (where bird watching was free in an age without discotheques and pubs). He went for higher education to Brigade Road, Bangalore, where he learnt the near impossible art of opening beer bottles with motorbike keys. His poor father, who kept paying fees in The Good Shepherd Convent, Madras Christian College High School and Loyola College, Madras, made all this "education" possible.
Ejji, as he is popularly known, started life as a toilet-cleaning supervisor in Safire Theatre, Madras. Along with this, his part time job was cleaning the roads in the Boat Club Area every day, and pulling a handcart to collect and dispose off the garbage from all the houses. In 1970, he went on to form Ejji Maintenance Contracts, the first building cleaning service company in India. In 1971, he founded Ejji Domestic Services, a company, which employed electricians, plumbers, carpenters, motor, pump, and bore well mechanics offering services on call, again the first of its kind in India. He quit business life at the peak of his career in 1991 because he wanted to earn his living only for 20 working years.
Since 1991 Ejji lives his life doing exactly what he wants and when he wants. After that, his calling listed his occupation as "Rat Race Runner (Retd.)". Now since 2011, having enjoyed retired life for many years, his calling card lists his occupation as “Congenital Sybarite”.
Ejji is an “omnivore”. He eats and drinks anything under the sun. Exotic food is his specialty.
Ejji is a collector of vintage cars. He loves fast cars and was a speed car racer in his younger days. He has participated in the 1st. INDIA ASEAN CAR RALLY 2004 from India to Indonesia, driving 8000 plus km. through 9 countries. He was the only Indian Team on the BUDAPEST BAMAKO CAR RALLY 2007, a Trans-Europe and Trans-Africa rally from Hungary, through Austria, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Mali. He has also traveled to Timbuktu so that if anyone tells him "GET LOST TO TIMBUKTU", he can safely reply, "I've already been there!" In 2011 he did an 8000km drive in just 20 days to rarely visited historical,cultural and anthropological sites in India. He has in March 2012 assisted in conducting the first private car rally into Myanmar from India, THE INDIA MYANMAR FRIENDSHIP CAR RALLY 2012. Read more about these rallies in their individual pages on this site. He visits rare and little known places in India and around the world to eat, drive and experience the place. His drives have included the entire Himalayan Region, countries in the southern part of Africa including off road in the Kalahari Desert, among many other interesting places. He is responsible for introducing "The Indian Autorichshaw Challenge" events in India.
OSince March 2011, Ejji has been invited to work as the DEPUTY SECRETARY FORMULA 1 INDIAN GRAND PRIX. He was trained in the management of Formula One Races at various venues and is proud to have been associated with this historic event.
Ejji participated in the INDIA-ASEAN CAR RALLY 2012 from Indonesia (Yogyakarta) to India (Delhi) through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Manipur, Nagaland, Assam. See pictures on blog ejji6t.wordpress.com
Ejji has just finished taking part in the "BANGLADESH CHINA INDIA MYANMAR (BCIM) CAR RALLY" from Kolkata,India, through Bangla Desh and Myanmar to Kunming China. Read more on this epic rally and see the pictures in his blog. Ejji even had the privilege of even driving his car back to India from Kunming, China.
Ejji was one of the privileged few who were on Katchal Islands, (check an atlas to find it out!), at midnight on 31st. December 1999 to witness "THE MILLINIUM SUNRISE". Ejji has a private library with rare books, films and music of every genre.
Ejji did a 51 day, 18183 km drive through 24 states and 1 union territory in India in April and May 2014 called "THE HIGHWAYTOSWADES DRIVE" with 3 friends. It was to feel, understand and document the "real" India at grass root level. A film and a coffee table book are being made.. Do visit www.highwaytoswades.in .
In November 2015, Ejji participated in the BANGLADESH BHUTAN INDIA NEPAL FRIENDSHIP MOTOR RALLY 2015. The car rally with 20 cars drove nearly 4000 km in 20 days. Read more at https://ejji6t.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/bbin-friendship-motor-rally-2015/
It was in October 2016 that Ejji along with The Kalinga Motor Sports Club started on doing the route survey and recce for the INDIA MYANMAR THAINLAND FRIENDSHIP MOTOR RALLY 2016. This required a couple of up and down drives through the entire route- Delhi to Bangkok, through the North Eastern States of India, Myanmar and on to Thailand. Then the rally happened in November and ended in December in Bangkok. Then the cars were driven back to india by Ejji and his team.
Ejji married Shyamala in 1975 at a non-religious function at a total expense of Rs60-00! He is an ardent advocate of such unostentatious weddings. Needless to say Ejji has no religion, is an atheist. They have two daughters Rasika (born 1976) and Sarika (born 1978), who call their parents by first name. They were brought up as atheists and are so even now. Shyamala beleives and practices universal religion, though born a Hindu.
Ejji has made a Living Will that he should not be resuscitated or be put on artificial respirators in case of terminal illness. Ejji has donated all parts of his body that can be transplanted to deserving persons on his death, and the remaining parts of the body will be used for dissection and study in the nearest Medical College. Since harvesting of organs could be legally done only from brain dead persons, Ejji fought this case in various courts of law for 7 years before the judgment was given in his favor, making him the first Indian to have bequeathed his body for transplantation of organs even when alive. Details of case and articles on body donation can be found in page titled "Ejji's Clippings & Cuttings" in this site. Ejji has already written his obituary notice that will be published in newspapers on his death.
Ejji has acted for The Madras Players and other theatre groups, in many English plays. He has done a music video for a European record label, and recently a public service film on “Diabetes”. Ejji did a cameo role in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil movie Aayudha Ezhuthu. He has done a major role in Santosh Sivan’s movie Navarasa (Tamil, sub-titled in English), an off-beat film which won the Indian National Film Award for the “Best Tamil Feature Film - 2005”. Navarasa has been a huge success especially in foreign film festivals. Ejji did a small but important role in a Hollywood English movie directed Santosh Sivan, called "Before the Rains", premiered in the Toronto Film Festival in September 2007. This movie has become a major hit in all foreign markets. He has acted in a couple of other films, details of which or on this site under "Ejji's Films". All these activities were done without any remuneration, but purely for the love of doing it. Ejji has photographed and video graphed very strange incidents, festivals, customs, life and times all over the world. He has also searched for, traced and interviewed the descendants of many erstwhile royal families of the old kingdoms in India, Sri Lanka and Burma. Some of them have become Ejji’s good friends. These were done as a hobby and not for commercial purposes.
Ejji has been a member of Rotary International, Round Table India, 41 Clubs of India, The Free Masons Lodge, Madras Motor Sports Club, and nearly all the elite Social Clubs in Madras and other places. But Ejji has never held an office in any organization, never stood for or voted in elections in any Club, never collected advertisements for souvenirs and donations, never sold tickets for charity or other collection drives.
Most people think Ejji is eccentric. But according to Ejji, he is only different from others, since to him normal is boring. His philosophy in life, “LIVE! DON’T EXIST!”
A RECENT PICTURE OF EJJI
I did everything, everything made;
All my lovely life I played:
Day on day went down with “eve”,
All things I did achieve.
Laughed and loafed in make-believe,
Living thus, I came to know,
All this world’s enchanting show;
Whatever there was to see-
That I saw completely.
Boy! I loved it. Sheer ecstasy.
-By The Celestial Illusionist.
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, I'll say it clear,
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain.
I've lived a life that's full.
I've traveled each and ev'ry highway;
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Regrets, I've had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.
I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.
I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.
To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
"No, oh no not me,
I did it my way".
For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!
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