This is a picture to both salute and to smile. The former first: the man in the middle of the frame, the veteran food scientist T.N. Ramachandra Rao, passed away in Mysore on Friday, after having lived a full life of 96 years and with over 100 research papers and three patents to his name.
What is so special about the picture is that seated to the right of Rao is his nursery classmate, Lokamatha. The two went to school in Tumkur and met at a marriage ceremony in Mysore in December 2008 after a gap of—wait for it—85 years. To Rao’s left is his wife, Kamalamma, who survives him.
Photograph: courtesy Star of Mysore