Admirer of Paul Raj Paintings

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Paul was born in Kodaikanal on 22 September 1914 and died on 2 October 1979. G D Arulraj was born in 1925 and died in June 1972 while visiting India. Arul worked at Laguna Beach in the 60's and 1970's. G D Thyagaraj might have been born in 1922 and I am told that he probably died sometime before 1981. He moved to northern India as a young man. I lived in India as a child and spent a lot of time in Calcutta. My mother purchased several paintings directly from Paul Raj while living in Madras and this got me interested in his works. I then discovered he had two brothers Arul Raj and Thyaga Raj who were both fantastic artists. I could not find much information on the internet so decided to set up my own blog. Subsequently a Facebook tribute site has also been created to the memory of the three brothers. Contact me at:

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

The Company Driver 'Das' and myself in 1967

Today I am adding a photograph taken in 1967 in Calcutta I am aged 10 years.  I am stood next to the company driver who was called Das.  Not sure if that is how you spell his name?
Das had a great influence on me as a young boy as I would often spend time with him while my mother went in a shop or the market.  We would talk and he would try and teach me a little Hindi some of which I can still remember.  In the background is one of the company cars which was called an Ambassador. I remember that it had a large bench seat in the front instead of two single seats as you tend to have today.


  1. Yes, this is the way you spell the name. Ambassadors can still be seen on Indian roads with interiors pretty much the same :) Kolkata (previously Calcutta) has lots of 'Ambis' as taxis.
    Nice to know you still remember some Hindi :)

  2. Nice pic..
    Das is one of the correct spellings for sure. And th Ambassador looks great. Not long back there were many of them around. Now a days they are hardly seen.

  3. You were a lucky boy to be in such good care there. The Ambassador looks like a very good one. I love the whitewall tyres. A few years ago we hired one to for 2 weeks to drive from Kodaikanal to Kerala and it was a most reliable thing and very comfortable. They are disappearing fast now - taxis these days are usually Indicar diesel hatchback Tata or similar - not nearly so strong. Great pic and great memory.