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Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Tamil Brahmin Iyer's plight as a poem

ஓர் அய்யரின் புலம்பல்

IYER POEM..A time line of Iyer life

Age: 6 Months
All these mamas and maamis have come here...
For a grand welcome of their new born fellow Iyer...
And my parents will feed food to me with a ring...
And give me a name long enough for you to sing...
(Krishnamoorthy Venkataraghava krishna Doraiswamy,
but will simply call me Dorai!)

Age: 10 years
Topping my class is an inborn talent I possess
(We are an exception)
Teachers & relatives, whom I never fail to impress
Daily dosage of idli, dosai, sambar, rice and curd
Who on earth do you think will not turn into a nerd(hehe)

Age: 22 Yrs
(Just after graduation.. . preferably Electronics Engineering)
Yipeee Yipeee Yipeee... I completed my BE in IIT...
Also got a call from Infy...Ya right...Narayana Murthy...
( Proud fellow...Southie ! )
Up & Away to Bangalore by the next morning flight...
And then someday to USA...Yay Yay Yay...Onsite. ..
(You are right... rhyming no?!)

Age: 26 Years
(Single status in USA)
It has been four long years since I have come here...
And not a single girl who is ready to come near...
Here in United States I thought I'd get laid...
Down came crashing, the dreams that I'd made...

Age: 30 Years
(8 yrs Onsite, somewhere in USA)
I miss my sambhar rice and the tasty thair saadam(curd rice)
Will speak to amma to find me a homely madam...
Will leave for Thirunelveli on a 30 day leave...
And come back with a maami right up my sleeve...

Age: 45 Years
(Still onsite, we think)
I have two kids, but there is a gripping fear...
Both of them have no signs of being an Iyer...
Krishnaswamy & Sreemahalakshmi I named them fondly...
But Chris & Sally I call them if I want them to even reply...

Age: 60 Years
(retire hogaya baap)
I am back to Thirunelveli with my ever faithful wife...
But my kids stayed there and think I don't have a life...
Tirupati, Guruvayoor, Shabarimala all we've been to...
Sun TV is our faithful friend which we always turn to...

Age: 75 years
(Now everything seems impossible)
Ayyayyo, what happened to all my dreams?
They have all simply turned into screams.
Children have already married and divorced thrice,
Playing with our grandchildren would've been nice.
Left with us are only aches and pains,
Life is full of only losses, with no gains.
Are we going to be the last of the brilliant Iyer generation?
To our children, tradition and culture are only a botheration!
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Best regards
A Tamil Brahmin Iyer

sent by Raman K to Thatha paati group 
Blogger Harisankar said...
oh no my plans. not fair. har... har... har..
July 14, 2010 7:19 PM
Blogger nAradA said...
Well, damned if you do and damned if you don't when it comes to Tambrahma. In India you get crushed unless you get gold medals at top universities or IITs. If you migrate to US, it is like heaven in the early years but you get corroded in due course and your children get more americanized than the average american. It is a lose/lose proposition for the iyer. Does he deserve it? On the other hand who says you can have it all?
July 30, 2010 7:54 PM

Srirangam few years back

Some of the nice and rare photos of Srirangam of yesteryears. I am sure many like me will become younger by 30 or 40 years

Blogger Harisankar said...

i like the elephant with the namam
July 14, 2010 7:41 PM

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Its a rare & good collection.
April 15, 2011 11:59 AM

Blogger Vinay said...

Its a rare & good collection.
April 15, 2011 12:00 PM

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December 25, 2011 9:28 PM

Lecture demonstration on Voice Culture.

  1. Introduction 
  2. Part 1 
  3. Part 2 
  4. Part 3  
  5. Part 4