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-MKT!

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-MKT

‘ஏன்டா, கர்நாடகா கூத்து எப்படி முடியும்ன்னு பயமாயிருக்கு?’

நீ தப்பு பண்றே!
Detached ஆக
இருக்க கத்துக்கனும்!
Especially in a Contaminated Country like India!
யாரு வந்தாலும்
செல்வபுரம் Sewage
அப்படியேதான் இருக்கப்போறது!
இதுக்குப்போய் உயிரை
Detached ஆக
DeVelliers’ காட்ச்சையோ,
‘ஞான தில்லை’ என்ற,
சிவன் பாட்டையோ
எவ்வளவு அழகாக
பாகவதர் பாடியிருக்கார்ன்னு
Analyse செய்!
Classmate போல
வாழ கற்றுக்கொள்!
Arnab Goawami ம்
Rajdeep Sardesai ம்
ஆயுளை குறைக்கும்

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-ஈதல்

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி -ஈதல்

‘ஏன்டா, இந்த South African Supreme Court Judge அழற video வை பாத்தையா?’

என் உண்மை நண்பன்்Karmegam


இதே நிலமைதான்!

மேலே என் Blog யை படித்துப்பார்!
எல்லா பௌர்ணமிக்கும்
SMS வரும்!
“சூரி Praying for
You and Your family!”

10 வது திருமறையில்:
நடமாடும் கோயில் நம்பர்க்கொன்று ஈந்தால் அது படமாடும் கோயில் பரமற்கு் போய்ச் சேரும்‘ என்கிறார் .

சப்-போஸ்ட் ஆபீஸ்,

கடவுள் ஹெட் போஸ்ட் ஆபீஸ்.

ஏழைக்குக் கொடுத்தால் கடவுளுக்குப் போகும்.

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ஏலே பி த்துக்குளி-பட்டினத்தார்


ஏலே பி த்துக்குளி-புத்தாண்டு!

Truncated Ganesha by Ghazini@ Belur

‘ஏன்டா,விளம்பியாண்டு எப்படி?’

“எல்லோரும் விரும்பி,
சுபிட்சமுடன் வாழ்க!”

‘அது சரி!வருஷம் எப்படியோ?’

“மக்கள் மாறிவிட்டனர்!
நதியை விற்று,
சதியை வைத்து
சாதியின் பேரில்,
ஓட்டுக்காக நாட்டையே உடைத்து,
நயவஞ்சகர்களாக நடமாடுகின்றனர்!
கடவுள் ஒருவன் உண்டென்றால்,

விளம்பரமின்றி வருவான்!
‘மாயமே இது பொய்யடா!
நீரில்லா நதியடா!
பணமில்லா பாங்க்கடா!
பலகோடி சேமித்த,
கேட்க்க Time
இல்லா போலிடா!
“பிறக்கும் பொழுது கொடு வந்ததில்லை!
பிறந்து மண்மேல்
இறக்கும் பொழுது கொடுபோவதில்லை!
குறிக்குமிச்செல்வஞ் சிவன்தந்ததென்று,
இறக்குங்குலாமருக்கென் சொல்வேன்!

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Good Old Good Friday Memories…!


I was one of the Members of the very active Indian Association,Ijebuode 83-84 to celeberate our Association Day during Easter Holidays 1984! We planned the event well in advance and I was taking Responsibility to print this Sovenir with sponsorships and I got the whole Souvenir done in my Phonodisk (Nigeria)Ltd..

I cannot express in mere words the enthusiasm of my printing staff headed by Abiola..their enthusiasm was so Great that they printed Afthab,President of our assn picture smaller in size comapred to mine..Aftab my good friend didn’t mind it at all.Such was the togetherness of nearly 500 Indians..mostly Teachers from Kerala!


ICA Ijebuode Committee 1983-84

A.C.Kurian,more known as Audi Kurian,a Dynamic fellow was the Jt Secretary and his wife and my wife  started preparing Two pieces from Sound of Music...”Its a Small World After All and So Long Farewell”  for the Function!My wife was doing such a great job it was shaping to be a Masterpiece with friends peeping into our house everyday and my elder daughter Charu was playing the Keyboard “Its a Small World and narrating the Story of that Orphan Boy…One Varma,a great friend of mine from Patna,his 5 yr old son was acting as the Orphan Boy in that play!”

Its a Small World After All by Charu and co.,

HC Sinivasan appreciating Charu..Sharma’s son looks on!Prof.Balakrishnan busy with Prizes!

Kurian was asking me to accompany him to go to Lagos to invite the Indian High Commissioner ,Mr.Srinivasan for the function.When we called on him he said he was not Free on anyother day other than that Good Friday!Kurian said OK without understanding that Good Friday is a Mourning Day for most of our Christian Friends..He too was one..but he probably didn’t think too much at that Time!When we returned and informed that Srnivasan had accepted the invite,Kurian particularly was bombarded by all Christian Friends including his wife, Left and Right for accepting that date…I decided to  bail him out by talking to the HC and requesting for  a change in that date..Luckily he accepted my request to have the function on the Easter Sunday!

On that Easter Sunday,there was a crowd of more than 1500 with all their families including our close Pakistani friends for that function when there were many variety entertainment programmes,including my close friend Sundaresan’s wife Geetha’s Carnatic Music recital, for which I played Mridangam and spoilt her Moods!For many Teachers their contracts were getting over and Remittances were getting difficult and they were all planning to go away to other states or countries from Ijebuode and hence this was a sort fo last function and fittingly when my 4 yr old daughter,Sharmi sang..”So Long Farewell..”from The Sound of Music..there was such a reception and the HC Srinivasan literally lifted my daughter high above to the Jubiliation of Afthab and all of Us!

Sharmi@4yrs in Ijebuode,awaiting to sing”So Long Farewell!”

“So Long Farewell..” from Sound of Music infront of Indian High Commissioner,Nigeria and 1500 audience..Fearless Thunderous Cheers!My most fav.picture!!

Prof.Balakrishnan lifts Sharmi to HC Srinivasan..Pesident Ahmed and HC Srinivasan admire!

There was so much Happiness all around with Dinner and Drinks..Many felt that we may not have another function or get together like this Ever..At that Moment…

my close friend Chaudhary called me and wanted to say something very Confidentially..We went outside..He said..”Suri..Verma met with an accident on way back from Lagos..Dead on the Spot!(His son was acting as the Orphan Boy!)OMG….

I was shattered to pices..Chaudhary and me with a few like Prof Srikantaiah used to conduct Sathsanghs..So Chaudhary said..”Don’t spoil the mood..We will inform the boy a bit later!”

As a mark of Respect we gave a Great send off to Verma’s body..we collected nearly Rs 2lacs(in1984)and sent officially to the bereaved Family!That became a Regular custom as meeting with accidents in Lagos Express Ways was a way of Life those days!

Now,searching for Kurians,Verma’s son and Daughter,Bhansals,Sharmas,..where ever you may be…We can’t forget your great Spirits on those Days in Ijebuode!

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-சுக துக்கம்!

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி -சுக துக்கம்?


‘ஏன்டா, துக்கம் வரும்போது, சிலர் கடவுளையே திட்றாங்களே?’
‘Sukha Dhukhe Samekirthva ‘ன்னு
என்னதான் பகவான்
நமக்குன்னு வரும்பொழுது,
நம்மால் துக்கத்தை
தாங்ககூடிய சக்தி இருப்பதில்லை!
The Famous Yoga Guru,Krishnamachari,
named his Yoga ashram, with the following moto from Patanjali:
“Heyam duhkham anagatam”
“avoidable is the suffering which has not yet come.”
Patanjali, Yoga Sutras2.16
Yoga is to condition our body and mind for any eventuality !
இது அவ்வளவு
சுலபமல்ல என்பதை,
கவிஞன் கண்ணதாசன்,
அழகாக,கீதையில் விளக்குகிறான்:

‘குருஷேத்திரத்தில் கூடினபடைகள்,
தனஞ்சையன் தேருக்குச் சாரதி கண்ணண்,
படையைப்பார்த்து பல்குநன்மயங்கினான்!
கண்ணண் கீதையைக் கனிவாய் உரைத்தான்!
‘மனதை அடக்கி, மயக்கத்தை நீக்கும்,
கர்மம் முழுதும் கணக்காய் உரைத்தான்!

பொருதினான் அர்ச்சுனன்!
அடுத்த நாள் போரில்
அபிமன்யு மாண்டான்!
அபிமன்யு என்பவன்
அர்ச்சுனன் மைந்தன்!

அர்ச்சுனன் தனது அருமைக் குமரனின்
திருவுடல் எடுத்து தேரில் போட்டு

கண்ணீர்ஆங்கே கடல்போல் விழுந்தது!
அபிமன்யு உடலில்
அர்ச்சுனன் கண்ணீர்
கொட்டிய பொழுது

மழைபோல் விழுந்தன!
மயங்கிய அர்ச்சுனன்
கோவிந்தன் இருந்தான்!
அர்ச்சுனன் கேட்டான்:
‘மகனுக்காக நான் மயங்குவதியற்கை!
நீ ஏன் கண்ணீர்

கண்ணண் அதற்கு
கனிவுடன் சொன்னான்:
‘என்னரும் நண்பா!
இத்தனை நேரம்
கீதை போதித்தான் கிருஷ்ணன்!
யாவும் பொடிப்பொடியாய்
அதற்கே நானின்று

எந்த கீதையும்
மாற்றி விடமுடியாது

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ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-சிதம்பரரகசியம்!

ஏலே பித்துக்குளி-சிதம்பரரகசியம்!


“ஏன்டா, இந்த
சிதம்பர கொள்ளையைப்பற்றி?”
“‘ஜகஜ்ஜால கில்லாடி’ன்னு
போயிண்டே இருக்கும்!
Bill Clintonம்
ஒரே ஜாதி!
வெளிலே நல்லவன்!
ஊழலோ ஊழல்!”

Familyக்கு பயமாமே!’

“ஆமாம் Rajiv,Sonia, லீலைகளிலிருந்து,
Computerized Criminal Records
படத்திலே வர்ர வில்லன் மாதிரி!
Subramania Swamy 2014 லேயே
But சிதம்பரம்
mole in BJP,
Autistic Idiot
Arun Jaitley, was obstructing!”

‘இந்த கதை
எப்படி முடியும்?’

“ஜெட்லி மோதியை
Swamy ஜெயிக்கனும்!
Italian Mafia Working!”

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Shivaloka Prapti is Truly Moksha!

Shivaloka Prapti!

My Father’s last Photo in a function in Ramnad

It is said by Rishis, dying on certain days like Mahasivarathri or Vaikunda Ekadesi, God has chosen you to be Free for Ever, having attained Moksha, through your Karma Palan!
My father’s sudden demise, on Mahasivarathri Day,in 74 brought me memories,of this Great Man!(Feb21st 1974)
I still can’t get out of that grief stricken day,as he was a guide philosopher not only to my family but to the entire town of Ramnad!And he continues to shower His Blessings on me like this recent incident:
I am fighting a case against some wealthy Industrialists, involving a huge amnt, for nearly 13 yrs now, handled by my ‘so called close adv.friend of mine!’
In the last 2 years I felt my friend was taking me for a Big Ride! Et tu Brute!
Shocked beyond words, I decided after careful study to change the Lawyer!
Though, I know very closely some reputed Lawyers , my instinct compelled me to approach a Highly Reputed one, of Great eminence!
I decided to approach Mr.Parasaran, as his wife, Hema and all her brothers and sisters, were my father’s students!After I wrote to him, exactly within 48 hrs, I got a call from his Secretary!He was so nice to tell me ‘Sir wd like me to come and see him.!’
When I called on him at his Residence,he received me with so much affection,saying to his DIL :”Not only Hema and all our family members but almost every one from Ramnad, today sitting in various parts of the World, owe something to Mr.Rajah Iyer!He was a great Educationist indeed in Tamil nadu, as a whole!”
It brought uncontrollable tears in my eyes, hearing such nice words, from the Legal Legend of the Land. He insisted on me taking coffee with him and gave a basket of fruits, asking his Secretary to take me to his son!
Embodiment of Humility and True words from his heart!Such moments are worth any amount in one’s Life!

Rajah’s HIgh school New Building built in 57

With my daughter @Rajah’s High school infront of a Hall named after my father opened by his student and Minister in MGR cabinet, Sathyamurthy

A few months back one Venugopalan from US called me after seeing my father’s name in my Blogs!I too remembered him as a brilliant student, School first in SSLC,son of a Vedhic scholar, Srinivasachariar!He spoke for an hour ,how,but for my father, he wdnt have become a great Professor in the US… narrating this incident:
‘I had given my name for an eloqution competition but on the day of the competition, I developed cold feet. Went to HM( my father is known by all as HM only)but he not only encouraged me to speak whatever possible but continued the encouragement even afterwards which made me,a confident speaker!Ultimately a Professor in the US!”
He had the unique ability to identify strengths and weaknesses of all his students!He was far ahead of his times in a remote, Ramnad,for nearly 2000 poor students walking all the way from villages like Kavanur to Chathrakudi!
He started a Vivekananda Hostel for poor SC/ST students like Mayalagu and Karmegam, with free food and stay to complete their schooling!There was another hostel for well to do students, mostly Muslims from far away Rameswaram to Keezhakkarai, with Showers too in the 55s!

Alumini of Class of 1971 gathered in Ramnad, in 2012 to pay their Respects to their Beloved HM:-

Rajah of Ramnad unveiling a Photo in May2012

He created an Engg., Section with one, Daniel(I was told later he was the brother of Actor, Muthuraman)who used to teach us electrical engg.,carpentry for those interested!IAnd created an appetite for Engg., at an early age !

Rajah Iyer with Lalbahadur Sastri

Rajah’s High School, was way ahead in Tamil nadu, in xtra curricular activities,with Regular educational films from USIS and other sources !We used to watch many films, thanks to Kayambu, my father’s RH man, not educated but brilliant in handling all movie equipments!HM room was connected to almost all the 70 classrooms with Speakers by Kayambu and everyday between 2 to 215 PM,each class will entertain all others through Dramas,news items,scientific discoveries etc.,.. never a Dull moment in Rajah’s High School!
My father’s contemporaries like S.Narasimhan of MCt Muthiah Chetty School, Madras, and N.Rengasamy Iyengar from NSMVP School, Devakottai often used to visit our school to exchange their ideas!
It is a Great feeling that even today, his dedicated students contact me from Dubai to Detroit to express their Gratitude for this Selfless Simple Man!
Sathyameva Jayathe!

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