Sunday, February 26, 2006

Legends Of South India - V. Krishnaswamy Aiyer

"Let us work with brains enlarged and hearts expanded, with character ever more valuable than intellect and with trained capacity greater than knowledge."
- V. Krishnaswamy Aiyer

SINA and Ranade Library celebrated the centenary year in June 2005, The centenary year of Madras Sanskrit College was kicked off this year. Indian Bank will turn hundred, next year. All these institutions had a common beginning - its Founder,

Shri V. Krishnaswamy Aiyer. A young "vakil" rose to prominence, when he fought for the public in the Arbuthnot Bank Case.

You can find a brief summary of the life of a person, who did not even live 50 years, yet who managed to achieve great heights and ended as the Member of the Executive Council of Madras - a top ranking post offered to him by the admiring British- where he made a significant contribution to the Tenancy Legistlation.

He organised the Madras session of the Indian National Congress in 1908 which helped in bridging the gap between the moderates and extremists after the divide that happened in the 1907 Conference.

Here is a piece from The Hindu - A pioneer to remember.

Ps:- His great grand daughter, Mrs. Prabha Sridevan is a Madras High Court judge.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

A lesson for Rahul Gandhi from Dag Hammarskjold

If your father was the Prime Minister of the nation, you might want to become the next Prime Minister. We have seen that desire, in a particular family for generations together. Who would not trade Allahabad for ruling India for four generations or more.? Hehehehe.

His father was a Prime Minister too, but Dag Hammarskjold went on to become the Second UN Secretary-General between 1953 and 1961 arguably the most difficult times in the world political arena. He was unanimously elected by the UN Security council and he held that office till, a plane crash brought about his death.

Dag Hammarskjold had a strong foundation of English, French and German languages from Uppsala University where he gratuated with a degree in Humanities in 1925. He specialized in linguistics, literature and history.

He held offices at various capacities within Sweden and as a foreign delegate on his way up the ladder before becoming the UNSG.

Excerpts from Shri V. Sundaram's article.
Dag Hammarskjold left behind the manuscript of a book in Swedish language to be published after his death. It was published under the title 'Markings' in 1964. He himself described the manuscript -as a sort of White Book concerning my negotiations with myself and with God.' As we read it, the outer image of Dag Hammarskjold as The Secretary General persists and heightens the sense of loneliness he conveys, the severity with which he marked his own spiritual conduct and measured the integrity of his soul. It also poetically brings out his conception of life as a summon, and his premonition of death.

Here are a few beautiful quotations from his 'Markings':

The longest journey is the journey inwards. Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.

For all that has been, thanks. For all that will be, yes.

The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible - not to have run away.

The entries in the Markings in themselves are spiritual truths given in an artistic form. That Book contains many references to death, perhaps none more explicit or significant than this portion from the opening entries, written when he was a young man:

Tomorrow we shall meet,

Death and I

And he shall thrust his sword

Into one who is wide awake.

He travelled to 21 countries in Africa between 18 December 1959 and 31 January 1960 - a trip he described later as "a strictly professional trip for study, for information", in which he said he had gained a "kind of cross-section of every sort of politically responsible opinion in the Africa of today".

He was posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961. Watch this short documentary.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Purusha Sooktham

this is an audio post - click to play

(Uttaranarayanam truncated due to audioblog's 5 minute restriction).

Purusha Sooktham is a gem found in the Rig Veda. This explains the cosmic creation of the UNIVERSE. Please excuse my voice and mistake in accents (if any).
The meaning can be found here.

Here is a beautiful video presentation of "The Hymn of Creation". However, this one is not derived from Purusha sooktham.

this is an audio post - click to play

(Faster version with mistakes at the very end due to lack of breathe control)

Thursday, February 16, 2006


I have an obsession. I try to be humourous during conversations. Not every now and then, but at all times.In the lack of opportunity to be so, I make a fool of myself. I try to make up a joke involving myself. I male up a story to make others laugh. I may have never done that or someone might have narrated it to me. But I always re-tell it in the first person to amuse others. I have never cared for what impression that it would leave of me, on them.

I begin to realize that it is a wrong approach. I explore deep inside. I travel far inside and find the cause. INSECURITY.

But can I ever change?

This I write when I am high on alcohol.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Kannaampoochi @ Alice Boys @ Hide and Seek

Who can forget the counting till 100 before every other player finds a safe hideout for himself? This was one of the most commonly played games during my "growing up" years.

In my neighbourhood, we had so many kids that it was almost impossible for the catcher (seeker) to find everyone before someone claims "All safe" at his base. Therefore we had a rule, if the same person is the catcher for three consecutive games, then he gets the option of relieving himself from the duty. This, he can franchise by licking the wall (his base) three times (roughly 3 inches each lick). Cruel? Yeah but if you think of it, you will find that it was a worthy bargain and almost everyone availed it.

I was a pain for most catchers because I was not easily traceable. Sometimes, I had this habit of going home and forgetting about the game totally. The poor catcher would wait hours in search of me.

Tonight, my customer called me at around 10:00 pm and said that he has "a code promotion that needs to be completed before tomorrow". I believed him and am still waiting (2:00 AM CST now) for his call. Do I have to lick the wall to get out of this situation? Show me the wall.

Atleast I got this post in!!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Naga's Chidambara Rahasiyam.

This wonderful serial has reached its climax. All this while, I was thining that it was GOD (Editor Kumaraguru) who was behind all the killings. Now it looks unlikely, the fact that he has accepted that he was involved but was not the main planner.

My wife suspects Bombay Gnanam who is playing Aakash's paati although there is no clue that would lead to her, thus far. Except that she does not want Aakash to get into Olai Chuvadi's and stuff.

Is it YG. Mahendran (or his wife)? But then why would he put his own daughter through all the torture.

Is it Somu's friend, the photographer?

Is it Thulasi?

It can't be Somu.
Please let me know if you suspect anyone else.
Who is Kaduvul??

List of Dead - how they died

Palani - Lorry Accident

Sankaran - Poison
Ponnambalam - Poison (Oxytoxin)
Natesa Sharma - Poison
Manoharan - Poison
Ismail - Poison
Perumal Reddy - Poison
Priest -Poison
Nandan - Poison
Isakki - Poison
Seethapathy - Poison
Little Somu - Poison

11 out of 12 were killed of poison. Was the first murder unmotivated.

Are there multiple killers, just to add to the mystery.