Chittappa, My Hero, Is Turning Eighty.

One year into an undergraduate program, in the early eighties, JK decided that he had enough of college, and,  he would be better off working full time and continue education through a distant learning program. He was in Bombay spending his summer vacation when this lightening wisdom struck him. He spoke to my aunt, (The... Continue Reading →

Two Great Teachers

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” ― William Arthur Ward. “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”-  Henry Adams. An old Tamil Proverb says, மாதா, பிதா, குரு, தெய்வம் - Mother, Father, Teacher and God. The proverb puts Teacher ahead of The... Continue Reading →

Margazhi Festival and MLV

JK (my brother) called (video call) in the morning to show the temple he was visiting in Coimbatore. I could listen to Thirupaavai playing in the background. The Thirupavai rendition was from M L Vasathakumari or MLV as she was affectionately called. Thirupaavai is collection of thirty stanzas (பாசுரம் - pasurams) sung by Aandal on Lord Vishnu (or Perumal in Tamil). She had composed it probably in the eighth or ninth century. Aandal was the only female in the twelve azvars and the Thirupaavai is part of Divya Prabandham - an important literature in Tamil. It's sung in the month of Margazhi (the month falls mostly between December 15th and January 14th).

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