February 2, 2013
November 20, 2010
Welcome you all for a travel to my past…
First day… It was a great day of my life. I was so excited. Wearing new white shirt and trousers, I got ready to go to Carmel. My father advised me: “Son, You know how difficult it was to get a seat in Carmel. Now you should study well and try to be in Carmel till 12 th student. If you are not studying well, you will be thrown out of Carmel at any time. “My cousins said, “In Carmel, all staffs will have long sticks and they neat like hell.” Their made me to think about Carmel as some kind of military school. So I went to Carmel, with some excitement and with much fear.
It was different from other schools. When other schools give much importance for studies, Carmel gave more importance for character building. And in education, sports and other extra-curricular activities, we never stood second.
I can’t forget my school friends, my teachers, my headmasters, scout movement, classrooms, playground, plants days, sports days, cultural weeks, school days, prayers in church, exams, school days, Platinum jubilee celebration, Jesuits missions jubilee and my drama, my first poem and the applause I got etc... I will tell about them in detail my next posts…
Lot more to tell about White shirt and blue trousers dayzzz… Keep reading…
(Thanks to Nishanth for sharing these photos)
October 24, 2010
I'm very much fascinated by the beauty hidden in every simple thing around us which we see in our day to day life. I wanted to capture this beauty. So I got interested in photography and bought my own camera and started learning to capture the reality with the lens. When seeing those pictures, I completely fall in love with the colours. We are completely surrounded by colours which make our lives beautiful and interesting. But whether the colours which we see around are real? Whether the red is really red; blue is really blue; green is really green?
I came across this doubt when I heard a speech in TED. In that presentation, speaker was telling that plants which we think that are immobile are really moving. We calculate the movement of an object relative to a point. We think that if an object moves from one point to another point at x distance it is called movement. So we believe that as the trunk of a tree is at the same place, the trees can't move. But we should notice that though it comes back to its position, the barks are moving. It has been calculated that an average plant moves with is parts in a year, a distance equivalent to travelling around the world thrice. So everything is based upon our perception. When our perception changes, the ideas we believe will change.
Same thing I felt about colours. We believe our eyes. We think what colour our eyes sense is the same colour of the object we see. But there are organisms for which the eyes show the images in different colour contrasting to what we see.
The radiations from the objects fall on our cornea and lead to some reactions on the colour sensing cells. Based upon those reactions, the colours are interpreted. But what if, these interpretations are contrasting to the reality? Just think how the real world might be if the red is really blue, blue is really green and green is really red. What if what we consider as dark is not really dark, and we consider as bright is not really bright? So everything is based upon our how we perceive.
Even we try to understand God based upon our perceptions. We think that He is someone out of our vision. What if He is someone who is living just in front of you and along with you? We think that He is someone who will save you from your sufferings. What if He is someone who is suffering along with you?
When I think these things, I just remember the great lines the poem by the great poet Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyaar. “ Nirpathuve nadapathuve parapathuve , neengalenlaam artha mayaigalo? Ummul aallndha porull illaiyo”. The poet asks to everything he sees around whether they are real and have meaning or meaningless and unreal like a mirage.
June 18, 2009
May 16, 2009
Pudhiyadhor… Urapakkam which has become a part of my life, celebrates its fifth birthday on 19th May, 2009. In the past four years it has come across lot of challenges and success. Before talking about one of our dreams which is fulfilled now, I shall give a brief description about Pudhiyadhor.. Urapakkam.
Pudhiyadhor… Urapakkam is an organization started by the young bloods of
Another major problem we face in that community is girls dropping out from school after 8th standard. But a change has occurred and a girl named as Anbarasi has completed 12th standard. She is the first girl to complete 12th standard in that community. We consider it as a great success of pudhiyadhor..
Still lots of things have to be changed to make them a developed and cultured community. Some of them are,
- Preventing the drug addiction of men and reducing the deaths because of it.
- Preventing marriage of girls at a very young age.
- To make the parents to understand the importance of their participation in the development of their kids.
- To make them understand the health problems they face genetically, because of marriages within the community. (Most of the people over here have cataract problem even from the age of 1. The average life time of women here is 45.)
We are entering into the fifth year with the confidence that we can bring the change in the upcoming days. Please pray for those people to come up in life leaving the superstitious and backward principles.
May 13, 2009
Recently I came to know about an incident which hurt me a lot. I thought to share it with you all. In order to prepare for the Pudhiyadhor.. Urappakkam summer camp, I and Sengadhir madam went to Tambaram Market to buy the required items. When the shop keeper was packing the items which we asked for, I and Shengadhir were discussing about the things happening in Urapakkam. The shop owner was listening to our conversation. He understood that we are from a social service organization. When we were about to leave after getting the items, he told something which shocked us.
Two months before, around 22 children have been left on the road in midnight in a village which is few kilometers away from Tambaram. Those children have been brought in a van to that place from an orphanage. It seems that the organizers of that orphanage didn’t have enough money to take care of those children. So they have left them on the road. My opinion is: they should have asked for help from the government if they couldn’t take care of those children or should have sent to any orphanage which is ready to take care of those children. It is inhuman to throw them on the road. If those children had got into the hands of any social enemies, the life of those children might have lost.
But fortunately, they are now in the hands some good people. The people around that place have taken those kids to a church near by and taking care of them. Though they very generous to help those kids, they are so poor that they are fining difficult to spend for them. People who are interested to help those kids can contact me. Though I am not directly in touch with them, through that shop owner I can take you there and make sure your help reaches them.
(N.B. : The image above is not the real image of those kids.)
March 8, 2009
November 20, 2008
நாம் பல வேளைகளில் எதேனும் தவறு செய்துவிட்டாலோ, தோல்வியைக் கண்டுவிட்டால் அதற்கான காரணத்தைப் பிறர் மீது சுமத்துவோம். நம் தவறுகளை ஏற்றுக் கொள்ளும் துணிவு நம்மிடம் இருப்பதில்லை. இது சரியா?
அது போல், நம்முள் பலர் தங்கள் மகிழ்ச்சியை பிறரிடம் தேடுகிறோம். அவர்கள் இல்லையென்றால் வாழ்வையே இழந்ததாக எண்ணுகிறோம். நமது மகிழ்ச்சியின் திரவுகோலை பிறரிடம் கொடுத்து தொலைத்து விட்டு சோகக் கடலில் ஆழ்கிறோம். இது சரியா?
மேலும் சிலர் பணத்திலும், செல்வாக்கிலும், புகழ்ச்சியிலும் மகிழ்ச்சியை தேடி தங்கள் வாழ்வையும் நிம்மதியையும் இழக்கின்றனர். இது சரியா?
மனித வாழ்க்கை உறவுகளால் கட்டியமைக்கப்பட்டது தான். குடும்பத்தையும் சமுகத்தையும் உதரித் தள்ளிவிட்டு, உலகில் ஒருவன் தனி மனிதனாக வாழ்ந்திட இயலாது. எனினும் மகிழ்ச்சியும் சோகமும் ஒரு மனிதனின் வாழ்க்கையில் வ்ருவதற்கு பிறரை காரணம் காட்டுவது சரியாகுமா?
November 16, 2008
ஒவ்வொரு மனிதனும் தனக்குத் துன்பம் வரும் வேளையில், தன்னுடைய துன்பத்தைப் பகிர்ந்திடவும் தமக்கு ஆறுதல் கூறிடவும் யாரையேனும் தேடுவது வழக்கம். அப்படித் தேடும் பொழுது யாரெனும் அவனுக்கு தோள் கொடுத்தால் அவன் மிகவும் பாக்கியம் செய்தவன் என்றே கருதவேண்டும். அத்தகைய நிலையில் அவனோடு நின்று அவனைத் தாங்குபவர்களே, அவனுடைய உண்மையான நண்பர்கள் என்று உணர்ந்துகொள்ளலாம். எனினும் பல வேளைகளில், நமது பிரச்சனை என்ன? நமது கவலை என்ன? என்றே புரிந்துகொள்ள முடியாமல் நமது நண்பர்களை, அவர்களுடைய வாழ்க்கைச் சூழலும் காலமும் தடுக்கலாம். அதற்காக அவர்கள் நம்முடைய நல்ல நண்பர்களாக இல்லை என்று எண்ணிவிட்டால், எந்த ஒரு அன்பையும் சந்தேகிக்கும் சூழலுக்குத் தள்ளப்படுவொம். அதனால் தான் யாரிடமும் எதையும் எதிர்பார்க்காம்ல் நம் அன்பை தர வேண்டும் என என்னுடைய முந்தைய பதிவுகளில் குறிப்பிட்டிருந்தேன். நம் அன்புக்கு பதிலாக அன்பை எதிர்பார்த்தால், சில நேரங்களில் ஏமாற்றத்திற்க்கு உள்ளாகி வாழ்வினை வெறுக்க நேரிடும்.
எனவே, கூடிய மட்டும் எனக்கு நானே அறுதலாய் இருந்திட முயல்வேன். எனினும் என் மனதிற்கள் மரைத்து வைத்திடும் சோகங்களை நான் சொல்லாமலே உணர்ந்து, அறுதல் தரும் என் நண்பர்களை எண்ணும் பொழுது அளவில்லா பெருமையும் மகிழ்வும் அடைகிறேன்.
என்னை நானே அறுதல் படுத்திக் கொள்ள எனக்கு உதவுபவர், மகாகவி சுப்ரமணிய பாரதியார். அவர் எப்படி எனக்கு உதவினார் என உங்களுக்கு தோன்றலாம். அவரது இறவா புகழ்நிறை கவிதைகள் மூலமே என்னை அவர் தேற்றுகிறார். நீங்களும் பயனடைய அந்த கவிதையினை உங்களுக்கு வழங்குகிறேன்.
“ எப்போதுஞ் சென்றதையே சிந்தை செய்து
கொன்றழிக்கும் கவலை யெனும் குழியில் வீழ்ந்து
குமையாதீர்! சென்றதனைக் குறித்தல் வேண்டா
இன்று புதிதாய்ப் பிறந்தோமென்று நீவிர்
எண்ணமதைத் திண்ணமுற இசைத்துக் கொண்டு
தின்று விளையாடி இன்புற்றிருந்து வாழ்வீர்
தீமையெல்லாம் அழிந்துபோம் திரும்பி வாரா... “
என் மனம் வருந்தும் வேளையில், இந்த கவிதையினை எண்ணுவேன். அடுத்த நிமிடம், என் உள்ளத்தில் துன்பம் மறைந்து புதுப்பிறப்பாய் நான் மாறிடுவேன். நீங்களும் இந்த கவிதையினை, அதன் கருத்தினை அறிந்து படியுங்கள். உங்கள் கவலையும் காற்றாய் பறந்திடும்.
குறிப்பு: இந்த பதிவில் எதேனும் எழுத்துப் பிளைகள் இருப்பின், அதனை உடனே எனக்குத் தெரியப்படுத்தவும்.
November 12, 2008
October 10, 2008
Recently I heard about an interesting incident which happened before
There is a natural port at Colachel, in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu , India. It is one of the places which suffered a lot during tsunami recently. When Dutch soldiers tried to capture this port, the people around here, cut palm trees and placed on the carts. They parked all these carts with a palm tree laid on it on the shores. On seeing this from a distance, the Dutch soldiers thought that tanks have been parked to shoot against them. So immediately they ran out of that place. It is really amazing to know about the brave act of the people of Colachel.
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August 1, 2008
Veemaraja Jagaveera Pandiya Subramania Kattabomman:
Katta Bomman was an 18th century Indian Pallaiyakarar chieftain from Panchalakurichi and who was one of the earliest to oppose the British rule. He waged a war with the British six decades before Indian war of Independence which occurred in 1857 in Northern parts of India.
After a bloody war with the British he was captured by British and hanged in 1799 CE. His fort was destroyed and his wealth looted by the British army. Today Panchalankurichi is a historically important place in the present day Thoothukudi district of Tamilnadu state, India.
Whenever we think about him, our heart fills with courage and patriotism. Thanks to the great actor Sivaji Ganesan, who brought this great leader to our eyes through his believable acting(sorryy.. It cannot be said as acting.. He lived as Veerapandiya Kattabomman) in the film
Mother Theresa, the name which comes to mind when we think about sacrifice, care and service. Everyone know about her. So no need to tell about her. But I like to tell about my experience with a nun of Mother Theresa's missionaries of charity.
During the summer holidays of 2004, I got a chance of visiting Kolkatha. Myself, my dad and my cousin were in a train to return to Nagercoil. There were many nuns in that compartment. For the first day, I didn't get any oppurtunity to talk with them. But I was watching them. I haven't seen such an affection, care and love in my life, that were showing upon each other. I thought that they might be living together in the missionary, that's why they are so affectionate to each other. Each one of them were talking gracefully with unconditional care and love. I couldn't believe myself. I was just seeing Mother Theresa in those ever smiling nuns. I became very eager to talk with them and to know about thier life. Next day, by God's grace I got an oppurtunity to talk with an elderly nun. She was from Kerela. She have been doing her service in Philipines. She told that all the nuns in that train are in holidays for 10 days and they were going to thier respective native places. She told they will get holidays only once in 10 years. That too 10 days. On hearing this, i was astonished by their sacrifice of themselves for the call of God to the people in need. Couldn't resist my eagerness, I asked whether all those nun in the compartment are living together in the same place. But to my surprize, she told that everyone are living in different countries and different places. They have met each other only before 10 years on the similar travel holidays. I asked to myself whether can I be so affectionate to a person whom i have met only once before 10 years. Can I even recognize him? I saw there is bond of care and love shown by Mother Theresa which have made these nuns to be affectionate to each other though they don't know them for years. Then she was talking about her family. She was from Enakulam in Kerala state. She have 2 sisters and a brother. One of her sister is also a nun but belong to another missionary of Ernakulam itself and her brother is also a priest in Ernakulam. Only one of her sister is married to whose house now she was travelling. She proudly told that once when Mother Theresa came to Kerela, she resided in her house. None of the nuns have got such a blessing. I thanked God for giving his blessing to chat with a nun of missionaries of charity, in whose family most of them have been blessed to serve God and his children, and in whose house Mother Theresa stayed for few days.
While we were chatting, she was making some paper flowers for a garland to Infant Jesus. She taught us to make flowers and asked to help her in doing it. My cousin and I helped her during the travel. When she was leaving, she gave me a photo of Mother Theresa on the back of which one of the thousand pieces of Mother Theresa's Saree have been attached. It was my happiest moment in my life. Nothing is precious to me other than that photograph.
The words of Mother Theresa written on that photograph, is as follows:
- "Love begins at home."
- "Before you speak,it is necessary for you to listen, for God speaks in the silence of the heart."
- "How can we love God whom We do not see, if we do not love Our neighbours whom we see, Whom we touch, with whom we live"
- "We can do no great things; only small things with great love."
- "If you are humble, nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are."
- "Do not allow yourself to be disheartened by any failure as long as you have done your best."
- "It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do."
- "Works of love are always works of peace."
- "Give until it hurts - with a smile."
- Intense love does not measure, it just gives."
- "If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive."
- "If we pray, we will believe; if we believe, we will love; if we love, we will serve."
- "The Child is God's gift to the family."
- "If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell people not to kill one another?"
- "The world today is hungry not only for bread but hungry for love; hungry to be wanted, to be loved."
- "The poor are very great people, they can teach us many beautiful things."
- "I am so used to seeing the smile on our people, even the dying ones smile."
- "Instead of death and sorrow, let us bring peace and joy to the world."
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