Adi Sankara

Someone asked Sankara :

“I want Happiness!”
Sankara replied :

“Its very Easy :(1) First Remove the ‘I’.. it is Ego! (2)Then Remove the ‘want’.. it is Desire (3)Then what you see is ALL Happiness!”


“Man gets his Ego right on the day he kicks his feet in his mother’s womb itself and he can never get out of it till his last day to the Graveyard “says Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev.

The famous scientist, Albert Einstein, probably aiming at his educated peer group, made an equation for the Ego of a Man :

Einstein on Ego!

” One has to Starve the Ego and Feed the Soul!”
Swami Paramarthananda used to narrate a nice anecdote to nail the Powerful ‘I’ factor like this :
There was a very successful District Collector whose contributions to the entire poor and downtrodden people of the District was very much appreciated by one and all, like the famous Sahayam! His attender was all in admiration of the collector’s help, particularly for his family too in getting his children educated! But the day came when the Collector was transferred to another district,  which many like this attender cdn’t stand at all! The farewell party was over and a Group photo with this famous Collector was also taken. The photographer brought the Group photo when the Attender was also standing near the Collector? Please tell me where the attender’s eyes will get focused on the Photo instantly?  Not on the Famous Collector but to that corner, where he was standing! That’s natural Ego as he can’t even notice with whom he is standing! Everyone of us can’t get out of this ‘I’ but can try to ‘minimize its influence’ , Swamiji used to say!

My Classmate Mouli’s Beautiful Tagore Sketch!

The ‘I’ factor is surely responsible for one’s immeasurable anger too! Because of the big ‘I’ we fail to place ourselves in the other man’s position and understand his problem !
Everyone  knows about the great Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The fact is many such great people have another side to them, Short Temper! One day Tagore had to go for an important function at 7AM. The day before,  he had directed his driver to come on time so that Tagore Cd attend the function on time!
Next day 7AM.. Driver absent.. 8AM.. 9..10… 
Tagore was furious beyond words!
Driver came after 2 days and Tagore burst out for 30 minutes, even asking him to quit, without allowing the Driver to speak, who was silently weeping, beyond words!
When the Volcano subsided, the poor driver said, weeping, “Saab, I lost my 3 year old son and I cdn’t send the message as we were all unable to think of anything else and I was far away in my place..!”
For a minute Tagore was dumbstruck to realize his Stupidity! He hugged the Driver and apologized profusely and felt so ashamed, that he wd  never ever get angry anytime in his life. Tagore writes ‘I failed to place myself in his position because of my position, power and arrogance! “
“It is better to Lose your Ego to Save the one you Love, than to Save Your Ego to Lose your Love!”
Let’s learn to Analyze our’ I’ FACTOR on this Guru POORNIMA!

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For many,A High School Teacher is God Himself!

Karmegam,is a School mate of mine.

On Every Full moonday he never misses to go for Girivalam@Thiruvannamalai.

I come to know that it is a Full Moon Day because of his never Failing SMS..

“Suri..I am doing this Girivalam,praying sincerely for your family’s welfare!”

President's Award 1965

President’s Award 1965

Invariably,tears will blind my eyes,when I see this SMS!

Karmegam means,A  Dark Cloud-literally if translated.

Was it a Dark cloud around this wonderfil fellow in his early days?May be Yes.

My Father's last Photo in a function in Ramnad

My Father’s last Photo in a function in Ramnad

Dry lands of Ramnad produced drier people and their ability to think and do something great was relative to their intake- after all you need food which is hard to get.Karmegam was a young man who desired to excel in studies but poverty prevented him from pursuing what he wished to do.

One day he met his Teacher and explained to him his desire to study and his inabilty to come all the way from his village which was 15 kms away.He was also from a very poor SC Family,adding to his woes.His Teacher,being taken aback by this man’s

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amazing enthusiasm and alertness in General Knowledge Quiz he did for him,said:”You can join VIvekananda Hostel and study well.But with a condition that you must excel every where to become an engineer ultimately to bring glory to this Ramnad!”

Well Karmegam used to live on frugal meals in that Hostel and did well to go to Engineering college as demanded by his Teacher.He excelled in Engineering and he became an authority in Water Management in India.He went to various conferences in UK,USA and presented his papers.One fine morning in 1990 he came to see me at a very early dawn.He greeted me with an young boy of 15 yrs age.

“Suri,I want you to bless my son….”

“Karmegam,come on man,who am I to bless your wonderful Boy?”

“I see my beloved Teacher in you and I want your blessings before he Joins his engg., college?”

“Nice to know he is going to do engg.All the very best and do well like your Dad?”I said

“You know ,Suri.He is a British Citizen!”

“Thats a great news Karmegam.How come?”

“well when I was in England I got married to a Malaysian Lady and we are nicely settled now and as you know I am the Director of Water Management at Anna University!”

“I am so proud that from such a background like Ramnad,you have come thro hard fought life and indeed you deserve everything in life,Karmegam”

“It is definitely my Teacher’s blessings and thats why I chose to take yours for my son too today.”

After a few years again Karmegam gave me a ring.

“Suri I am retiring as Director of Anna University tomorrow.But I want to confide with you that the Correspondent of Rajalakshmi Engg., college was after me for a while and he wants me to be the Dean!”

“Great news.Why dont you join,Karmegam”

“I want to take your blessings before I do that on MOnady -day after tomorrow”

He is now heading that Institution with Honour and Pride!

I sulked a bit ,as ,as a son I haven’t been telling my father many things in life and what great citizens this Teacher has produced.

Tho’ these anecdotes are not for self glorification,it may one day motivate others to emulate them to do more good to the society.

‘vidyadhanam sarva dhanam pradhanam

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Are you a Laughing Stock..?Nothing Wrong!

To day is World Laughter Day!
If anyone doesn’t know how to Laugh,One doesn’t deserve to be a Human…
As we dont know whether Animals laugh at us but every one else will!!

There is also nothing wong if someone laughs at us..
Look at Me..
The people around me try to avoid me as I am supposed to be a Moran..
Sometims my own closest family members wd like to avoid me as they wd like to have some more pleasnter ,laughabale company,as I am not that very Laughable!!

Well dont worry..

If we know how to laugh at our ownself we have achieved the Ultimate..

Upanishads divided the HUman form into 5 Kosas or Shields starting from the Earthly Mass…our Body as the very Basic form as Annamay Kosa….till the ultimate 5th one as Ananda Maya Kosa!
Yes..We,every one of us, are supposed to be the Happiest for ever and ever…

So dont worry if anyone says you are a Laughing Stock..

Every one else is be TRue to Upanishads…

There was a time Times of India sold their dailies ‘Only based on R.K.Laxman’s catoons..People used to buy only just for that momentary tocklish time..”

Look at the Kerosene Lantern!in 1995!!

Look at the Kerosene Lantern!in 1995!!

Because when we laugh,we reach the ultimate eality Ananda Maya Kosa..
Even after today’s Karnataka Elections,
we may again see a Krishna who read a wrong paper in a wrong coutry as External Affairs MInister,as CM of Karnataka,for alll that you know..
In every Election Politicians Promise the Moon!

In every Election Politicians Promise the Moon!

Don’t worry..Just Laugh..
Laughter is the best Medicine..
Especially in India when we see Darkness and Corruption everywhere!
Have faith in your ownself..
That you are the Happiest by Nature..
Thats what Upanishads say!
Look at these catoons for a change & Relax!!

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My Father’s greatest strength..

Feb 21st is a fasting day for me since 1974..

I cdn’t digest the sudden departure of a Great Gandhian & guide in mylife.

It was just impossible to forget Him from then on,I have always been a miserable man!

Receiving President's award in 1965

Receiving President’s award in 1965

My father’s greatest strength was His Truthfulness.He never ever deviated from the Path of Truth and I wd like to recall some incidents as a tribute to His greatness on this day..


He being a simple Headmaster of  Rajah’s High School ,was only a servant to the Rajah of Ramnad,Shamugaraja Sethupathi who commanded so much respect all over Tamil Nadu and in many Princely states..But since my father was such a strict disciplinarian and headed a school of nearly 2000 students with such discipline,none including the Rajah,wd like to interfere with this great Institution..Rajah also had so much respect for my father and probably my father was the only one Rajah of Ramnad used to call “Mr.Rajah Iyer” as all others wdn’t get that special respect..

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In 1967 when the elections were announced,Kamaraj,the great Congress Leader refused to give COngress Ticket to the Rajah,who was earlier a COngress MInister!Rajah wanted to contest the elections as an Independent!

Since my father was also an elected M.L.C representing the TEachers COnstituency,He was well aware the mood of the people.So my father ‘advised’ the Rajah ‘not to contest’ as th mood was against him..Rajah refused to listen to my father.My father went out of the way to tell the Rajah that people around him were after his money only and hence ‘this elections wd be a big drain on his wealth’.He didnt listen to My father…

I was doing my Final year Engg. examn when the elections was in the offing and had come down to Ramnad to prepare for the examns.Normally I used to spend a lot of time with my father and when we were together in an afternoon in our HOuse,there was such a noise outside our house..that nearly 400 to 500 boys shouting slogans..’Vote for DMK..Vote for Thangappan’ was heard.My father was a bit startled when the very crowd suddenly became silent when they reached my house!

A tall 6 footer,with a thick MOustache,Thangappan entered my house with a Huge Garland of Roses..He prostrated before my father seeking His blessings..

My father,being never afraid of anyone,leavealone Thangappan,an Old student of His,told him”How dare you enter my own House and ask for my vote for you?”. The crowd  was watching!Thangappan again prostrated and sought His blessings.My father told him”All the best..”

Thangappan won the elections and Rajah was devastated after losing the elections,that too to a drop out from his own school!Thangappan,after the announcements were made,again came with nearly a 1000 boys with a bigger garland and prostrated to my father..”I need your guidance in the Assembly.”

My father told him”Do everything possible for the poor..all the best.”While Thangappan was going back ,my father called him and asked him “How did you come?”

“By a Horse -Cart!”

“Don’t worry..sooner you will get a car!”

Exactly in 6 months’ time,he was given a car by the DMK and he drove straight to my house to take my father’s blessings…

In the meantime,the Rajah was bedridden after the elections..

He sent word for my father and my father went to the Palace..Rajah hugged my father and wept over His shoulders

“Rajah are the Only One who advised me Truthfully..I have lost a few crores..I am so much upset..”Rajah was uncontrollable..

He passed away in a few months..

My father used to say..”Rajah cd have lived a bit more had he ‘not stood for that elections.”

My father served as an M.L.C., for 12 yrs between 1962-74 when he died as a sitting member(see Govt notification)He was commanding so much respect from all the Chief Ministers,like Kamaraj,Bakthavatsalam,Annadurai and Karunanidhi.

He died a poor man.He never had a car.He always travelled by Bus in Madras as an M.L.C.,Some of His students are holding top positions in Nasa,in UK,Singapore&Middle East and the Crescent Group Chairman was my father’s student..Abdul Kalam used to recall about my father’s greatness,as narrated by Abdul Kalam’s gaurdian in Rameswaram,Manikkam,who was my father’s student.Kalam writes he owes a lot to Manikkam!

Well..He has left behind a wealth of pride for us,thats immeasurable!My tribute@Ramnad function

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A Day with Lions,Leopards &Rhinos!

13 th Jan 2013!

A memorable birthday present for me from my younger daughter!

a day with Lions,Leopards,Rhinos,Wilddogs!

Lion Cub 1

Lion Cub 1

Sarasa with Lion Cubs

Sarasa with Lion Cubs

Set in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve lies roughly 40 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg; a chance to see white rhino, lion, buffalo, hippo and other species of game up close and within half an hour of the major metropolis.

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If you get to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve at feeding time, you’re virtually guaranteed to see predators, as they are hand-fed – a bit like cheating, but a big bonus if you haven’t the time to head off to the Kruger National Park on safari. You can also select to go on a game drive offered by the reserve with a knowledgeable ranger, and with roughly 600 head of game within the reserve, a visit is bound to include almost all of the reserve’s species – endangered species such as cheetah, wild dog and the Cape vulture.
The highlight of any visit to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve, which covers 1200 hectares of land, is without doubt a visit to see the lion cubs, one of the species that forms part of the reserve’s breeding programme. Most of the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve’s focus is on their breeding programme.

Another interesting project of the reserve is the vulture restaurant – literally a way of providing the vultures that live in the surrounding Magaliesberg with carcasses, donated by local farmers. Up to 200 birds feast at a time in the reserve.
If you wish to enjoy a ride in a Nature Reserve,with an experience of touching the cubs like Lions,Tigers,Cheetah..this is the place to be in!
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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – நட்பு

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – நட்பு


‘ஏன்டா இந்த நட்ப்பிற்கு ஓர் உதாரணம்?’
MSV கண்ணதாசன்
அந்தமாதிரி ஓர்
பார்ப்பது அரிது!
சிலர் நண்பர்களாக
ஆனாலும் நல்ல ஒருவன் நடிப்பவர்கட்க்கும்
இருப்பது நல்லது
என்கிறார், வள்ளுவர் !
‘நண்பற்றாராகி நயம்
பண்புஅற்றார் ஆதல் கடை’ என்கிறார்!
அழிப்பதற்கு இருந்த
MSV எதிர்த்து
நின்றார், ஓர் உத்த

MSV கண்ணதாசன்
ஒரு உண்மை
வாரிடாதே! “
‘ போதும் போதும் ரொம்ப பெனாத்தாதே
நல்லா புரிஞ்சது!’


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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – கைபேசி

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – கைபேசி!
‘ஏன்டா ஜியோ கைபேசி free யாமே?’
ஒரு minute க்கு 65 ரூபாயாக இருந்த காலம் போய்,
பேசலாம் என்றாகி,
மொபைல் இல்லையெனில் ஜகத்தினை அழித்திடுவோம் என்றாகி,
ஓர் தொலைபேசியா
கேபிளும் இல்லா
ஜியோ கைபேசி
ஓர் revolution தான்!

பாட்டுக்கொரு புலவன் – பாரதி

தீர்க்க தரிசி,
என் பாரதி
‘Make in India’ வைப்பற்றி
எப்பவோ எழுதிவிட்டான் :
‘காசிநகர்புலவர் பேசும் உரை தான்,
காஞ்சியிலே கேட்பதற்கோர் கருவி செய்வோம்” என்று!
கைபேசி என்றதும்,
நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது!
நெல்லை கண்ணணின்
‘தமிழ்பேச்சு என்மூச்சு’ என்ற விஜய் டிவிலே வந்த துரை சரவணன்
என்ற ஓர் இளைஞனின் அற்புதமான கவிதை கைபேசியைப்பற்றி நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது :
கேட்டு அனுபவியடா
பித்துக்குளி? “



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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – கடவுள்?

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – கடவுள் இருக்கிறாரா?

‘ஏன்டா, கடவுள் ஒருவர் இருக்கின்றாரா?’

“இந்த கேள்விக்கு
என் பதிலைவிட
பசும்பொன் என்று,
எல்லா தமிழர்களாலும்
இதே கேள்வி கேட்டபோது, 
கூறிய பதிலை
தருகிறேன் :

“நட்சத்திரம் இருக்கிறது என்பது எல்லோருக்கும் தெரியும், ஆனால் பகலிலே பார்க்கிற ஓருவருக்கு நட்சத்திரம் தெரியாது.

சூரியன் இருக்கிறது என்பது எல்லோருக்கும் தெரியும், இரவிலே பார்த்தால் சூரியன் தோன்றாது.

இரவிலே சூரியனை பார்த்து தவறாக சூரியன் என்பதே இல்லை என சொல்வது எவ்வளவு அவசர புத்தியோ… அவ்வளவு அவசர புத்திதான் தனக்கு நேரில் தெரியாதது அத்தனையும் இல்லை என வாதிக்க முன்வருவது.

எல்லாம் எல்லாருக்கும் தெரிகிற நிலைமையில் அமைந்தது அல்ல கடவுள் .”

தவக்கோலத்தில் தேவர்

‘ப்ரமாதம்டா . இன்னொரு கதையையும் சொல்லுவையே?’
Paulo Coelho என்ற
ஒரு பிரேசிலின் தத்துவ ஞானி எழுதிய ‘Chicken Soup for Christian Soul’ நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது!
ஒரு நாள்
ஒரு மனிதன்
இறந்து கொண்டிருக்கிறான்!
மிகவும் கடவுள் நம்பிக்கையுள்ள
நர்ஸ், கேட்கிறாள்
‘யாரும் சொந்தம்?’
‘யாருக்கும் எதுவும் சொல்லவேண்டுமா?’
‘பாதிரியாருக்கு சொல்லி அனுப்பட்டுமா?’
அவளால் சும்மா
பக்கத்தில் 15 KM உள்ள பாதிரியாரை
அழைக்கிறாள்’கடைசி வந்தனத்திற்கு’அவனுக்கு தெரியாமல்!
இடியும் மழையும் கூடிய பலத்த புயல்
பாதிரியார் வருகையை சோதிக்கிறது!
சாகும் தருவாயில் கையிலே பைபிளுடன்
பாதிரியார் நடுஇரவில் அவனை
அவன் அவரை
கண்டபடி திட்டுகிறான்!
‘Get Lost! No God! There is No God!’
‘Son, don’t worry. Relax. I won’t harm you! Just let me just read these hymns!’
‘No way! I don’t believe in God!’
‘Son, I understand. There must be a reason for you to have that belief. If you trust me, you can share it with me!’
After passifying the patient, the father succeeds and the patient starts narrating the incident :
‘Years back It happened. I was working as a Linesman in the Railways! One day it was raining heavily and I was drunk! When the train was coming by mistake I opened the Level Crossing Gate! A family of Eight got crushed to Death under my own eyes and I haven’t yet Recovered from that shock till date! ‘
‘ Son Don’t blame God for that Guilty feeling? Did it happen in Iowa at.. the Level Crossing? ‘
“Exactly at that place? How do you know?”
‘ Did it happen…. Year? ‘
“YES Yes!”
‘ Did you immediately surrender to the Police! ‘
“YES YES How do you know?”
‘Son God is there beyond doubt! The family of eight.. All didn’t die!’
“How do you know that Father?”(Note he treated Father  till now with Contempt) 

‘One young boy survived!’
“Are you Sure. I want to see him! I want to say sorry to him! Father please I don’t want anything else in my life Father! ‘
Son I was the one God saved in my family on that day! Now atleast believe in God!’
‘OH GOD! All my Guilt is gone by surrendering to this Soul to whom I have done so much injustice in Life !’ telling this the Patient Dies!”
God is Omnipresent!
பித்துக்குளி? “

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – ஜனாதிபதி


Abdul Kalam

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – ஜனாதிபதி!

‘ஏன்டா, இந்த ஜனாதிபதி தேர்தலுக்கு, தலீத் சமூகத்திலேந்து அறிவிக்கப்பட்ட’ கோவிந்து ‘நல்ல choice தானே?’

“நமது நாட்டை உடைத்து சுவிஸ் பாங்கில் கும்மாளம் போடும் சுயநலவாதிகட்க்குஅவரை பிடிக்காது!

தலீத்தாக இருந்தாலும்
ஒதுக்கப்பட்ட தலீத்தாகிவிடுவார்!
அப்பேர்ப்பட்ட அப்துல்கலாமையே
இரண்டாவது முறையாக ஜனாதிபதியாக்காமல், ஒரு கொள்ளைக்காரி
ப்ரதீபா படேலை ஜனாதிபதியாக்கினார்கள்!

நாம் அறிவை
அடகுவைத்து விட்டோம்!
மறந்து சுயநலத்திற்காகவே
வாழ்நாள் எல்லாம்
கண்ணதாசன் வரிகள் நினைவுக்கு வருகிறது!
மனித வடிவிலே!

“உண்மையைச் சொல்லி நன்மையைச் செய்தால்உலகம் உன்னிடம் மயங்கும் – நிலைஉயரும்போது பணிவு கொண்டால்உயிர்கள் உன்னை வணங்கும்உண்மை என்பது அன்பாகும்- பெரும்பணிவு என்பது பண்பாகும் –

இந்தநான்கு கட்டளை அறிந்த மனதில்எல்லா நன்மையும் உண்டாகும்! (ஆறு)
ஆசை, கோபம், களவு கொள்பவன்பேசத் தெரிந்த மிருகம்அன்பு, நன்றி, கருணை கொண்டவன்மனித வடிவில் தெய்வம் – இதில்மிருகம் என்பது கள்ளமனம் – உயர்தெய்வம் என்பது பிள்ளைமனம் – இந்தஆறு கட்டளை அறிந்த மனதுஆண்டவன் வாழும் வெள்ளைமனம்! (ஆறு)”

பாவம் கக்கன் என்றொருவர் இருந்தார் ! 

மாதமொருமுறை என் தந்தையை பார்க்க மேலூரிலிருந்து பஸ்ஸில் வருவார்! நான் ஜட்க்காவில் பஸ்ஸ்டாண்டில் சென்று மதுரை பஸ்ஸில் ஏற்றிவிடுவேன்! 

உத்தமர்களை உதரித்தள்ளிய 

நாடு இது! 
புரிஞ்சதோடா பித்துக்குளி?”

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி – ஆரூர்தாஸ்

‘ஏன்டா அழறே? ‘

“பாசமலர் பார்த்தேன்?
கண்ணீர் தானாக
சிவாஜி சாவித்திரியின்
நடிப்பும் எவனையும்
ஆரூர்தாஸ் ஓர் யோகி!
20 வயதிலேயே
தேவர் மூலம்
அடக்கமாக உயர்ந்து
சாவித்திரி பீம்சிங், ஜெமினி மூலம்சிவாஜியைசந்திக்கிறார் 1959ல்!

சிவாஜி ஜெமினியை
சின்னப்பையனை கூட்டிண்டு வந்து
கதாசிரியர்ங்கறே? ‘

“மடல் பெரிது தாழைமகிழ் இனிது கந்தம்

உடல்சிறியர் என்று இருக்க வேண்டா – கடல்பெரிது
மண்ணீரும் ஆகா அதனருகே சிற்றூறல்
உண்ணீரும் ஆகி விடும்! “
‘ பாசமலருக்கு ‘
சிவாஜி பீம்சிங் ஆரூர்தாஸ்
கொடிகட்டி பறந்த
மறக்க முடியாத
MGR க்கும்
பல கதைகள்
எழுதி, ஒரு vice ம் இல்லாததால்


ஓர் அற்புதமான
இந்த ஜேசுதாஸ்
அடை மொழியாகக்கொண்ட ஆரூர்தாஸ்?
புரிஞ்சதோடா பித்துக்குளி?”


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When Tajudin wanted to see my father at 12AM!

Tajudin, a Great Soul!

Tajudin is a great friend of mine, classmate in Alagappa Engg College but No More! He is one of the very few God’s creations, with an Ever Smiling Face and Fascinating Eyes! We used to travel together, back to our Native places for holidays,  as he was from Thondi, on my way to Ramnad, changing buses at Devakottai! He used to tease me :’ Why don’t you come to Thondi with me , and enjoy some  fresh Fish from the Seas? “He was also the elected President of the Students Union in our Final Year and I was elected Representative for the Mechanical engineering! He always used to consult me, very affectionately, on any issues concerning our Batchmates!

It so happened there was a very unpleasant incident involving some Final Year classmates of mine with some Juniors which exploded into a War of Unimaginable magnitude between us and the Principal! One fine evening, we were shocked to receive ‘Suspension Notice’ served on our classmates, most of them very brilliant Rank Holders! Since our Final year examns were only a few months away , this Suspension order was indeed a Nightmare !

When the Order was displayed in our Notice Board, it was already 6 PM, and many of us didn’t know what to do? The order stipulated  ‘these students to vacate the Hostel Premises within 24 Hrs!’

Tajudin and Muthuvadivu, who was always a King Maker for our class,  came to me and said :’ We think we should seek your Father’s help to persuade the Principal to withdraw the Suspension orders,  as we don’t know any other way to solve this problem! ‘

I said OK but felt we should go to Ramnad only next day morning. Tajudin said :”Suri we should go Right now as we can’t lose any more time on such a precarious problem!’

I was reluctant to go in the night because (1)my father used to go  to bed early (2)He was wearing Dentures and hence cdn’t communicate properly at that time! Tajudin said :”Suri For my sake You are taking us to Ramnad NOW! “

I had to oblige because most of my very close friends like SKS were also in the suspended List . Tajudin, Muthuvadivu, MSR & myself went by a Taxi by midnight to Ramnad!

My father was shocked to see me at that time but when I explained, he didn’t even put his Dentures but came out and listened to Tajudin, covering his mouth with a Towel! Tajudin and Muthuvadivu wanted my father to come and solve the problem!

Since my father had a meeting in Paramakudi the next day he said ‘he wd come to meet the Principal in the afternoon from there! ‘

Tajudin and Muthuvadivu were very happy, but I was worried as the Tone of the Suspension Order was clearly ‘non negotiable’ !

Next day my father came as promised and met the Principal and the College Committee! Since he was a Respected MLC they gave him a hearing. We were all waiting eagerly in our Hostel when my father drove down, met Tajudin and all of us and explained that ‘after hard bargaining the Principal had agreed to withdraw the Suspension Orders!’ Tajudin was very jubilant! My father then left for Madras by train!

Sooner than he left, and when me, Tajudin, others were celebrating, I was summoned by the Principal! Tajudin and Muthuvadivu were worried as to why ‘I was summoned?’

I went there and Tajudin, Muthuvadivu, and many anxious friends waited outside the Principal’s Room.

The Principal, W. P. Vijaya Raghavan, surrounded by the College Committee,  told me :”See We don’t want any outsiders’ interference in our College Affairs! The Suspension Orders cannot be withdrawn under any circumstances! Better convey this to all your Classmates!”

I cdn’t stand this insult to my father and had the courage to ask the Principal :”Sir, You Cd have very well conveyed the same to my father. Why are you telling this to me,  after accepting to withdraw the Suspension Orders to my father!”

“That’s none of Your Business! You better convey what Principal has told you just now to all your Classmates. You may go now! “said Prof Baliga , in a very Rude Manner !

I cdn’t control my tears and came out weeping when Tajudin, hugged me and asked me ‘what happened?’ When I narrated what happened, Tajudin and Muthuvadivu said ‘How can the Principal go back on his Promise to your Father?’

When a handful of emotionally charged Classmates tried to raise slogans against the Principal, Tajudin,persuaded them ‘not to precipitate the matter any further’ and he urged me to talk to my father again next day morning, as he felt it was an insult to ‘every one of us!’

Next day.. Morning :

I talked to my father at the Legislators Hostel and he was very much surprised, repeating “the Principal categorically assured me that the Suspension Orders will be revoked? Don’t know why he is going back on his promise. Anyway call me after an hour so that I will talk to Muthian, Director of Technical Education on what happened?” 

When we gave a ring again, my father said “Muthian was furious with the Principal for going back on his words and promised to carry out whatever he had promised to be implemented!”

Within an hour the Principal had revoked the Suspension orders as Muthian had talked to him and advised him ‘how well respected Rajah Iyer was by one and all and any insult to him wdn’t be acceptable to him!’

Tajudin and Muthuvadivu and all our Classmates were highly relieved on that day, though, I didn’t know what was coming for me, which, if interested, please see in my Blog :Miracles in Mechanical Lab!

Tajudin, we all Miss You very Much! Keep Smiling on us!




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