Chennai: It was a day to remember for scores of school children in Chennai as Nobel laureate Venkatraman Ramakrishnan came to meet them. He answered questions, signed autographs and even spoke his native tongue Tamil on request.
"I'm sorry I am not fluent in Tamil because I left India very early but I'll still try," said Ramakrishnan in Tamil.
Ramakrishnan was in Chennai to inaugurate a center for basic science development at the Madras University. And most of the questions he had to field were of his Nobel experience.
Ramakrishnan said, "It's a nice recognition for all the people in my lab who have worked hard for many years, but the other point of view is that it's a distraction and I hope this distraction is only temporary because we've still have lots of work to do"
He also had an advice for the Government.
"India needs a substantial investment and needs to build a large community of first rate scientists," said Ramakrishnan.
Ramkrishnan will be spending the rest of the year in Chennai after which he'll head back home.
He also plans to make regular visits to the Margazhi music concerts along with his father.