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Monday, October 4, 2010

Very true and touching - Please read without fail

A Really Moving incident!!

After a simple Temple Darshan we entered "Giri Trading" and started searching for this Book on Thatva Bodha..
We found many people buying various Books and CDs and from their smart walks and accumulation of CDs from Bhajans to Bombay Jaishree,sent a nice feeling in us,that,we have come to the right place indeed...
I was looking for this Book while my wife started collecting Bharathiar's songs and Ms's Music..I searched everywhere for this Book..
There was this Girl Kalaivani,standing next to the Cashier,sincerely watching all our movements..a Black Girl,should be from a nearby Village,might be 17 or 18,should not have crossed 8th Std.,Might be out of POverty she is here..all my Journalist's brain unnecessarily calculated about this Gullible Girl..and tho' she was repeatedly watching me,I ignored her and started searching for"Thathva Bodha"
I saw many books from"Sandhya Vandanam" to Swami VIvekananda's Chicago Speech" but having spent a good 40 minutes..I looked at her..she also looked at me curiously..
I asked her,knowing fully well that such a girl cannot have any idea of anything,leave alone Thathva Bodah..
"Sir,Shall I help you?"(in Tamil)
"Yes I am looking for Thatva Bodha?"
"Sanskrit Text or English /Sanskrit?"
God..she knows..
"Sanskrit& English"
"Do you like to have the PUblication from Chinmaya Mission or Indu Publications or by Ramakrishna Mutt?"
"I dont know..I just want to only Learn you see..I dont really know indeed"
"Do you read Tamil Sir?"
"Yes I am a Tamilian "
(thinking to myself how most of mylife time
I like to act in most otherplaces
that I am not)
"Then Sir,you can take this"..she ran to the Shelf where I had searched for 30 minutes,removed the books in the front side and came out with a Book in Tamil
"This one in Tamil by N.Sivaraman by Indu Publications infact is simple and wonderfullYou have the Sanskrit Text too inside.."

My God..Why did I under estimate such a Genius..Just because of my Arrogance that I am an NRI..

Or Just because I presumed such a Black,gullible girl,
who wd have come for this JOb out of absolute poverty,
wdn't have any idea of"Thatva Bodha"

I decided to change my attitude and realise that I am absolutely an 'Idiot' at this moment in front of this wonderful girl and submitted myself in all humilty..
"Madam,Ireally don't have any idea of even who wrote Thatva BOdha till Yesterday..I just attended a lecture on this subject and was fascinated by the lecture and hence"
"Did you attend Goda Venkateswara Sastri's lecture in BHarathiya Vidya Bhavan?"
"Oh God..How did you know?"
"He regularly takes classes on such subjects..infact he is one of the best Sir,in the city on such subjects"
"You are interested in such subjects?"
"Yes Sir,I read a lot about Swami VIvekananda and Ramakrishna and Thathva Bodha incidentally is my favourite Subject"
"You mean to say you have read Thatva Bodha.?"
"I have read this one by Sivaraman and once you read it you won't feel like keeping that book on the table at all.."
"Why what is so great about this Book?"
"Sir,you must be Joking that you don't know about Thatva Bodha.."
"Really I accept my ignorance.."
my wife was watching from the corner,admiring all her Cd collections..
"Sir,according to me if you read this it gives the entire Vedanthic Saramsam and one wd become a bit more humble in life..

leaving Ahamkaram once for all.."

"Is it a fact that reading this simple book one wd get so humble..
"Ofcourse one shd be involved totally into the text..
Needs lot of conviction and devotion.."

My wife joined the conversation and she felt this girl is indeed a very very talented intelligent she told me
"Why don't you interview her for Washington Post..why at all you shd think of Paris Hilton?"
I also felt that I owe something to I asked her whether she can spare sometime for an interview..
She politely refused saying
"My boss is to give me permission..Besides many people are looking for guidance like you and hence I have to go.."
"What is your name anyway?"
My wife's admiration for her devotion to duty and her total involvement in her work..made her go direct to the Boss.."Sir,that girl Kalaivani.."
"Yes very hard working Girl.."
"This is my husband Viswanath .."
"Nice meeting you Sir"
"He is the Senior Journalist in Washington Post.."
Boss stood up.."Washington Post?"
"Yes Sir..I wd like to interview this girl..I am highly impressed..with her ethics.."
Boss called her..Time was 5:45 Pm...
"Kalaivani,they have come all the way from USA..they wd like to spend sometime with you..can you?"
"Sir,there are so many customers waiting for some guidance..
it is a rush time..if they can come again tomorrow.."
"OK OK I can come again tomorrow.."
I again came next day morning leaving all my appointments with Times of India just to see this girl..It was no rush hour..
My wife and myself found out....

Kalaivani is from a nearby village near Arcot..She has 5 sisters..She is the eldest one..Her father was a drunkard and he died a few years ago caring for none of them..Her mother used to work as a helper in Masonry and passed away two years back..leaving all the 6 on the streets..
This girl who had completed her 9th std decided to search for a job and Giri Trading came forward to help her out..She brought all her 5 sisters with her and with her meagre salary she is taking care of them..all the 5 sisters are going to a nearby corporation school..
"Kalaivani..but when did you get this enthusiasm to learn about Thatva Bodha?"
"Sir after joining here,I decided that the best way to be of help to the customers is to know the subject first..I took small Books on Swami VIvekananda and started reading..I found the subject so fascinating..I decided to read other books in Tamil like Bagavad Gita and Viveka Choodamani..Thats how.."
"What is your salary?"
"Rs 2500..Sir"
"Are you able to manage all your expenses with the 5 sisters..?"
"Not at all Sir but the Boss helps me a lot..?"
"What is your aim in LIfe?"
"I want all my sisters to get education..
then they wd get easily employments is it not?"
"If I give monthly Rs 10000 for meeting all your expenses..wd that suffice..?"
"It is indeed too much but that also I wd accept only thro' my Boss.."

We took her to the Boss and told him that we wd like to send Rs 10000 every month so that all her sisters' education wd be completed..Boss said
"She deserves it Sir..You can trust me I will hand over the amount to her every month or alternately you can open an acct in her name and start transferring.."

My friend John Paul,
who is the Regional Manager of Times of India had also come with me..He said"You have done a good thing.."
My wife said"I pray that Karpagambal helps Kalaivani to become an expert in Vedantha and start giving lectures in USA..
We can arrange for her lectures.."
We left wonderstruck....If we go into the interiors of BIhar and many moreJewels can be found..
I really became humbled

Received from Ms. Hemalatha Krishnamoorthy 

Blogger Viswanathan Villa53 said...
There has/is never been a journalist working for WP. While investigating this we ended up gathering a short list of Indian journalists worked/working for WP. I believe there is some truth in the 'story' that there is a Kalaivani working in Giri Trading V Viswanathan
October 4, 2010 8:15 PM
this was the mail received from Mr. Viswanathan by me personally in addition to this comment.
Dear Mr Hari
Kindly visit
to know how 'true' the 'story' is. No Viswanath No Washington Post! A few weeks ago when we received this story by email, we investigated and discovered that there has never been a Viswanath in WP. Of course for the 'truth' part, I believe there really is a Kalaivani working in Giri Trdg
Best Regards
V Viswanathan

Blogger hvaidya said...
Dear Mr. Viswanath, It clearly shows how gullible we are, and how fast we are carried away sentimentally, when we hear such stories. As a matter of fact when I received this mail, I wanted to go to Giri Trading and take a photo of Kalaivani to post this matter in the blog. But the heart moved faster than my brain, and I posted the matter immediately without verifying the fact. As a matter of fact I wrote back to Ms. Hemalatha that I will go and help my mite to this poor girl. However, if Kalaivani is there and she has five sisters and they deserve some help we can do our mite, since we do not get even such opportunities to help. To be frank, I had an iota of doubt, when I read that Kalaivani is just a sales assistant and she gets Rs.2500/- per month, at Giri Trading (the amount of salary gave me bit of surprise) but the way in which the story was written all these doubts were pushed away. Any how you should appreciate the story and its author for the narration( if it is not true)
October 4, 2010 10:12 PM
Blogger Harisankar said...
October 5, 2010 8:33 AM

Is not India shining?

Enough is said in all the media, how persons like Mr. Kalmadi have placed India into shame, in all possible ways. However, in spite of all their efforts, we came out with flying colours in yesterday's opening ceremony. And here are some echoes to my feelings.

"India has arrived" this summed up the international media comments on the dazzling opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday.
-Commonwealth Games
Newspapers in two major Commonwealth countries, Australia and Great Britain, used terms like 'An ancient land opens its heart to the world', 'India opens doors to the world at opening ceremony' and 'India sweeps aside Games shame' to describe the two-hour cultural extravaganza that unfolded at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium last night.

People across Britain watched the ceremony live on BBC and were all praise for it with NRI Industrialist Lord Swraj Paul summing up the public reaction by stating, "India has done itself proud. It was a great show."

The Guardian newspaper said it was a moment of national pride for India, which had drawn flak for the troubled build-up to the Games.

"'India has arrived': spectacular ceremony opens Commonwealth Games," read the newspaper's headline.

"Concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations," it said.

The little known facts of the CWG Opening Ceremony

About 1,200 moving lights, 25 stacks of speakers and about 2,700 shots of fireworks spread across the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium combined with a stage weighing 500 tonnes to create a spectacular opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games here today. The gigantic main stage, inspired by the ''mandala'', a sanskrit word for the geometric designs symbolic of the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism, which is one of the largest built for an opening and closing ceremony.

The stage was built within seven days by about 500 workers. Weighing an approximately 500 tonnes.
The stage is large enough to hold 500 people under it. The opening ceremony would have never been that spectacular had it not been for the lighting arrangements.

1,200 moving lights, 120 space cannons and 16 follow spots weighing approximately 75 tonnes was what it took to enchant the about 60,000 spectators. The 25 stacks of speakers produced 500,000 Watts of sound.

If one was impressed by the fireworks, it was because of the 2,700 shots spread over 88 locations on the roof of the stadium. The crowd had erupted in joy as the firecrackers went up in air heralding the beginning of the Games.

The entire system was supported by over 50 km of power cables that were used to provide constant power for the opening ceremony.

I am proud of my country and salute to all those who made it possible. 

Blogger Harisankar said...

the answer is no. conducting such games is not a matter of claiming that India is shining. organized and concerted effort can achieve this.
October 5, 2010 8:35 AM