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Sunday, June 14, 2015

OBITUARY: Sri. MelapaaLayam Jagannatha VIJAYARAGHAVAN, Coimbatore, TN

It is with deep remorse and impalpable grief that India Pundit mourns the sudden demise of our beloved patron Sri. MelapaaLayam Jagannatha Vijayaraghavan, Senior Partner of M/s Jagannathan and Vishwanathan, Chartered Accountants in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu. He was 84. He is survived by his wife Smt. Vijayalakshmi, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter in Coimbatore and his daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Chennai.

He was previously ailing from multiple organ failure and had a close brush with death five years back. But the brave warrior that he was, he came back to life like a phoenix and lived to recount that experience.

A benevolent, cheerful, humorous, kind and endearing father figure within our family, and a direct uncle to me, he lived a "larger than life" life. As a religious couple, my aunt and uncle were the patrons to many a charities and highly regarded by the Coimbatore denizens. He was also the Rotary Club President for a while. He hails from the illustrious MelapaaLayam family and his father Sri Jagannatha Iyengar was himself a community leader.

As another banyan tree falls within our family, we are still attempting to absorb the shock of that event. Even as we continue to experience the vacuum he has left in us, we are fervently hoping his fond memories will temporarily fill that void till, by God's grace, a reunion does happen to the rejoicing of one and all that know Sriman MJV intimately, and are his family, friends and admirers.

An article on his association with Bapu, from The Hindu newspaper: Gandhiji's Letter

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

EXPOSE: The Kiss of Death

I meant to veer into more productive and interesting posts, but somehow this series had to be finished first. With due insincere apologies, therefore, I continue witch-hunting the subversiveness that is eating at the very vitals of India.

It is already a sorry spectacle that we have begun to live in morally perilous times. Mumbai, notorious for its youthful callousness to Indian culture right from the days of the streaking Protima Bedi, feministic Femina/Shobha De, and magazines like Star Dust, Cinema and Debonair to boot, has always whet the vagrant appetites of the spoiled rich and wannabe social elites. Now, the flagstaff to this trendsetter city is the advent of loud mouth propagandists who are stand-up comedians of the new doom generation. Even considering their ill-informed irreverence be met with a stoic smile because of the comedic license, their supporting view point is nothing to smile about, given the variety of video vignettes below, showcasing a society careening headlong without a brake (or even a break!) into a precipice of no return.

Someday if this post were to be read, if at all by any of those loose cannons, I believe they would either scoff and dismiss it as a sheer waste of time or make further spoofs to sell their wares to an ever increasing debased fan-base. But that's understandable in a changing milieu where the defiant stand of the youth is underlined strongly in the terms "live in relationship" and "sexual freedom". Looks like the 60s baby boomer generation effect of USA is making a comeback in India for all the wrong reasons. And even if, is bound to have similar repercussions.

I would like to believe that you may be an illustrious example of a sizable readership who are still entrenched in the vibrant values of yore and nurture a secret longing to see it take roots in today's India. I sincerely wish to prod your conscience and garner your sympathetic vote, by presenting uncouth facets of our ailing Indian society. I also like to aver that I am not the new moral police on the block, nor have any intentions to infringe on genuine individual freedom. But responsible freedom, that is a totally different ballgame. Sadly, a far cry for the lost among the Indian youth.

Monday, May 25, 2015

EXPOSE: Debasing Tamil Culture

I meant to add (if any left) to the post's title, but that would have made it long, and redundant too.

It is said in almost every meaningful scripture across the cultures of the world that when depravity takes over most of humanity, the end will come about quite suddenly.

It is indeed pathetic to see that the once glorious Tamil culture is now slowly being debased through a steady decline in moral values and eclectic pursuits like gentle performing arts, valorous martial arts, uplifting music and outstanding literature. It is being replaced with the most ugly facet of rottenness that every culture dreads would lead to its ultimate demise. Tamil Nadu is no exception!

I used to quip lightheartedly that "DK started all of this decay" by turning an intellectually superior, morally strong culture into a mere paper tiger. But then came the films, and the societal breakdown took an even deeper nose-dive. All of the videos you will see below are stellar examples of that demeaning influence of Tamil films. Some of the actions that you see in these performances are small exaggerations of what you get to see on the silver screen.

I am not sure if we will ever regain the glory that was once the Tamil that spread across continents, or get to see the brave men and women who would bend a coin with their hands and drive a tiger away with a mere muram.  All of this will continue to remain in the distant past!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

EXPOSE: Whitherto Ye Moral Beacon?

What can you tell a patient who is in grave danger of certain death because of rotting from the inside? Especially if it is your own mother-land?

I am sure there would be pointers and evidences to the contrary, but the scar left by the Delhi Rape incident will stay forever in India's psyche as a grim reminder that we have lost our way and meandered from being the once moral beacon-light of this world.

I will not indulge in a boring cycle of "upadesha"s to what is now merely a "upa-desha". Enough to state that this once mighty and noble "desha" is dying from a cancerous wasting disease far worse than it had faced during its subjugation by the Mughals and then by the British. I will let the remaining god-fearing and righteous hearts of India decide how we wish to go about cleansing India and making her whole once again:
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Monday, February 16, 2015

A badly translated shlokam in SINGHAM

What ticks me off also forces me to post an article on it.

This time it is the bad, and I mean really bad, translation of the "Mukharavosya Mrugendra" shlokam from the movie Singham. All over the web where the lyrics to the title song are splattered, the translation seems to be copied and awfully woeful.

The actual lyrics carefully noted from the film song with my translation, after researching the Sankrit-English dictionary for the correct meaning of the words:
Mukharavosya (Mukha Ravasya) Mrugendra Sugharjana
The breath from the mouth of the animal king lion is his great roar
Sabala Matta Gajendraabhi Mardanah
A killer he is, of a mighty and mad elephant
(remember Gajakesari Yoga of Vedic Astrology?)
Vipinaraaj Sadrusho Balavaanayam
He is seen to be strong in the thicket (of a forest)
Samanujo Hi Nrusingha Balas Tatha
Amongst humans, the man-lion is mighty thus!

And the horrible errors in sanskrit words and poor translation effort as seen on several websites:
Mukharavosya Mrugendra Sugharjana
The roar of the lion (His roar) defeats
Sabala Patra Gajendraabhi Mardanah
A crazy wild elephant
Vipinaraa Sadrusho Balavaanayam
His strength is comparable that of a powerful wind
Samarjo Hi Nrusingha Balas Tatha
That is how strong Lord Narsimha is

My humble request to the enthused and well-meaning hindi film fans who post such lyrics is to give due consideration to our ancient language Sanskrit, which is a treasure-house  and source of our national pride. Remember please, no word (shabdha) in Sanskrit was ever coined meaningless.