TREMENDOUS TREAT!

METVERSE MUSE IV cover-June 2019 issue.

Here is  a very interesting Sunday story this week for our esteemed viewers- which deals with one of the leading poetry journals  in the world being regularly published from Visakhapatnam-Andhra Pradesh.

To edit and publish FABULOUS FIFTY SIX English Poetry Journals over a period of considerable time is indeed a Himalayan achievement   and rightly HIMALAYAN ACHIEVEMENT has been made by an EIGHTY TWO YEAR OLD LADY poet from Vishakhapatnam! Yes the journal is METVERSE MUSE and the Poet Editor is DR. H. TULSI who has taken us TOWARDS THE SUMMIT through her JUNE 2019 issue!

This issue presents more than three hundred and fifty poems from around 45 countries! I am a long time enjoyer of this treat and a life member too, contributing my poems regularly. Recent addition is one S. Nivetha a III year BCA student from one of the leading women’s colleges in Chennai- National Book of Records for Children holder for having been a poet delegate in an International Multi Lingual Poets Meet -held in Vijayawada  in 2016 at the age of 18- my granddaughter. Her acrostic poem METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET and my translation of 10 couplets of Tamil magnum opus TIRUKKURAL written more than two thousand years ago  find a place in this issue.

Only those who have experience of an Editor-Publisher can appreciate such a venture in the literary world! There was a poet who edited and published a monthly poetic journal for more than fifty years continuously without break and on his death at ninety two, others could not continue and the journal is gone. Journal was named POET and its Editor-Publisher was Dr. Krishna Srinivas from Chennai.

Since not much of recognition was extended to youngsters, inspired by Dr. Krishna Srinivas I started a quarterly journal by name YOUNG POET – by definition only the poems of those less than 25 years of age were published in Young Poet. It was started in 2000 and came to an end by 2011!

Such being the conditions prevailing in the poetry journal world, one has to appreciate the tenacity of purpose of 82 year old Poetess Dr. H Tulsi!  We the poets all over the world only pray God Almighty to give health and strength of mind to continue this great literary service for the present up to her age 100 and thereafter beyond!

Madam Tulsi is very particular about Metrical Verse if the poems are strictly not, they will not find  a place in the journal!

MUSE is one of the nine Goddesses inspiring learning and arts.

Muse also means ‘be lost in thoughts’ –a ‘state of musing’.

Yes METVERSE MUSE inspires the readers to learn the art and science of poetry writing! As we read issue after issue we are sent to MUSE and we are lost in thoughts in a state of musing!!!!

Coming to the current issue June 2019, it is 54th to 56th Triple issue! Taking the readers TOWARDS THE SUMMIT! ( A Roundel in Hexameter)   

On receipt of the journal, I rush to see whether my photo has come under any head!!!!Photos of the individuals a special feature of every issue-very logical and very systematic!

Lot of important and significant notifications another regular feature that gives awareness of many happenings.

Readers psychology is unique. Some are vocal and some are silent. Those who are local they express themselves in so many words  definitely pleasant to the Editor and team.

When they are published as READERS RESPONSE, they feel elated to see their names in print!!! In that way about HUNDRED readers responses in different categories adorn this issue!

Mr. Bernard M. Jackson, U. K. has aligned himself so much inextricably with METVERSE MUSE that every issue carries his highly intellectual articles and Book Reviews.

82 year old Editor Dr. Thulasi’s  history is something really inspiring:

To my esteemed viewers Dr. Thulasi’s background will  be quite inspiring.  Her name is in circulation as the Editor-Publisher of the admirably acclaimed poetry journal Metverse  Muse. She herself has authored more than ten poetry collections.

The academic aspect of Dr. Tulsi’s life had to ply a path strewn not with roses! Due to several reasons, her formal education ceased with the sixth standard  in school at Hyderabad. Thereafter playing dual role of the teacher and taught, she completed her Matriculation, Intermediate and degree B A English Lit.

Harmony University of California based on her first three poetry collections conferred Doctorate on her. Over a score of Awards, Honors and Medals adorn her for her contribution to Literature.

Several of her po0ems have been translated into a dozen other languages including five of India.

She had rich experience as Andhra Pradesh State Secretariat and Lok Sabha Secretariat.  She had the honor og being the First lady reporter in the Indian Parliament.

Besides her literary talents, Fabric painting, Oragami,  Veena  playing  were her forte. She was an Doordarshan artist also.

It is a great gesture on the part of Ms. Sandhya V. Kode  (Editor’s brother’s daughter ) to have sponsored this issue!

On the whole here is a great treasure of English poetry for those who love – indeed a great and sumptuous treat!

On 10th- yesterday a gala function was organized by the IPC-INDIA POETRY CIRCLE -in connection with the release of CONFLUENCE III an anthology of collabarative poems by Shri Jayaram Seshadri. There was a challenge for the young ones-from class V to Class XII students from Chennai city -a competition for writing a poetry in one hour. A warm reference was made to METVERSE MUSE in the course of the deliberations.

I am sure  the Sunday story should have been of great interest for the connoisseurs of the poetry loving! We shall  meet tomorrow -Monday morning with our normal feature on yet another interesting post.Till then GOOD BYE!

METVERSE MUSE carries the following poems of the Blogger and S.Nivetha:

N V Subbaraman, India
Chapter Fourteen
ON GOOD CHARACTER
1.
Character exalts
Sure to be nursed more than life
Decorum promotes!                                          (Kural 131)
2.
Good conduct the best
Among all virtues observed
It’ indeed a test!                                                (Kural 132)
3.
Conduct takes him high
Sans worse than the sinners low
To be nurtured tight!                                         (Kural 133)
4.
Lost the learnt, recall
The learned lose character
Never to regain!                                               (Kural134)
5.
The jealous loses
All that he amassed – he sans
Good conduct, faces!                                         (Kural 135)
6.
Those who know it great
Strays not from good character
Tigers eat not grass!                                           (Kural 136)
7.
Character abound
He prospers now and later
Lest, he falls aground!                                       (Kural 137)
8.
Men with right conduct
Sow the seeds for life noble
Bad ones breed evils!                                         (Kural 138)
9.
Men with decorum
Even by slip, speak not bad
In any forum!                                                      (Kural 139)
10.
Learning, no avail
When the learned learns not how
With the world to prevail!                                (Kural 140)

The above are English translation of ten couplets in the Tamil magnum opus THIRUKKURAL written by  Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar 2000 years ago. Translations are strictly in HAIKU format (5-7-5 syllables with first and third lines rhyming.

Bio data in brief:
79 year old bilingual poet, writer, communicator, trainer Dr. N V Subbaraman is a well-known person from 12/1045, Jeevan Bima Nagar, Chennai,Tamilnadu in thev literary world.. He has 44 awards for his literary contributions and 38 books authored and published. He is Asia Pacific Book of Records holder for his Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com which has been viewed by more than  1, 92, 000 from more than 210 countries. World Records Univer5sity in UK has offered hon. Ph.d .  He is a retired Deputy Zonal Manager, Life Insurance Corporation of India. Contact numbers 044 26544950/9840477552

  1. S.NIvetha, Chennai, India

METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET!

Metverse Muse my poetry pet more than three years
Effectively  it  improves my poetic skills nice
Thanks to Madam Doctor Tulsi at age Eighty Two,
Very much learned and experienced in this field
Encourages young budding poets like me –a shield
Respected and regarded by poets young and old
Surely an inspiration for poetry lovers
Ever loving Poet madam to all like  showers!

Matters dealt in the poems are very interesting
Understandable for youngsters like me -inspiring
Surely makes the poetry journal quite unique
Expecting always for the next issue enlighten!

Meaning full, thoughtful poetic forms very grand
Youngsters like me feel it is our Poetry teacher great!

Poets are made by Madam Editor for long
Opportunities provided for all very strong
Engaging youngsters like me in useful work
Thank you very much Madam Editor for great work!
Regular writing poems increases my skill
You are my Master and the pet is my dear friend.

Poetry work needs a lot of patient thinking
Ever I will now and in future to improve writing
Thank you readers and bless me for my success!

( I tried my favorite acrostic style and the above is METVERSE MUSE MY POETRY PET)

Short Bio data:

Nivetha S is a second year BCA student of Ethiraj College for Women, in Chennai, Tamilnadu. She loves writing English poems, articles, drawing cartoons, marathon running, playing co-co. She is  a India Book of Records for children holder for having participated as the youngest poet delegate in International Multi Lingual Poets Meet at Vijayawada I 2016. She was born on 23rd October 1998. She has one published Book to her credit “FLY,FLY, FLY”. She is a member of Chennai Poets’ Circle.

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The LINES THAT HE LIKED!

Venkata Krishna இன் சுயவிவரப் படம், படம் இதைக் கொண்டிருக்கலாம்: 2 பேர், பலர் நின்றுக்கொண்டிருக்கின்றனர் மற்றும் திருமணம்

Mr. K. Venkata Krishna, an Officer of LIC in his traditional dress. His better-half by his side!

One of the regular viewers of ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com, India Poetry Circle member Dr.Padmapriya of Bangalore suggested on the other day that I must trace my Blogging Journey for the benefit of my esteemed viewers.Probably this is a part of my journey!It is a matter of deep satisfaction and sense of achievement that this Blog is today 1642 days old with a post score of 1680!Over all view score is above is 2,05,000 from more than 225 countries!
I have viewers seen and unseen, heard and unheard, near and far, vocal and silent!
Here is a viewer by name Venkata Krishna who was my colleague when I was in Kadapa Division of my Alma Mater -Life Insurance Corporation of India where I learnt the art and Science of life and living He is a good mridhangist, carrom player and an honest worker. He is one of my valued viewrs of the Blog and his responses come to me through “the LINES HE LIKES ” in the POSTS!This week’s Sunday Story is a compilation of the LINES THAT VENKATA KRISHNA LIKED! I am sure you will be interested in reading the same. Thanks.

31/7/2019
Venkata Krishna Good morning sir
Trees the wonderful creation of the Lord Almighty gifted
For the health and benefit of the humanity to take care of
the humans, birds, and animals
30/7/2019
Many more happy and healthy returns of the day sir
Birthday greetings sir👏👏
27/7/2019
Society would have been impoverished spiritually, morally
And ethically but for the guidance and nobility of the Saints
26/7/2019
Harahara Shankar jayajaya shankara🙏
9/7/2019
Hinduism asserts “Atman exists”, Buddhism “no Soul, no Self”.
8/7/2019
LOVE ALL SERVE ALL, HELP EVER HURT NEVER- let us live together
6/7/2019
Congrats sir👏👏
5/7/19
Swami Vivekananda gifted to India and the world by
Holy Mother-Bharathamatha
1/8/19
Saints and Seers all over to guide the people towards nobility and divinity
In all religions
29/6/19
Sing in praise of timeless God and time full life
Lead life with grace to serve all and God sans strife!
Delete or hide this
25/6/19
Saints and Seers are for the whole world as God’s messengers.
19/6/19
Oh! Lord Varuna-Rain God- kindly lend us your ears and bless us with rain
May all living beings humans and animals, trees and plants get their thirst quenched!
15/6/19
Good Association is our Association
Good guidance giving Association
Hail the Nagar hail the Association
Long live all the people
9/6/19
Father is father, Mother is Mother! Both are equally venerable, respectable, loveable and their blessings from here or from their heavenly abode to be solicited daily.
FATHER’S DAY GREETINGS
7/6/19
Matters in millions; subjects are aplenty
Great knowledge and nice language are in my kitty
To be used with sense of responsibility
Goddess of knowledge
6/6/19
We can’t stop breathing, but we can do something about
The quality of air we breathe.
4/6/19
For the sins of elders unfair to put the innocent children to
Untold sufferings
3/6/19
Those who know their strength
Know well the evils of fraud
Indulge not a length!
22/5/19
Music indeed is divine- vocal or instrumental all over the world
Vocal music is direct and flows like honey straight into our mind
14/5/19
Let them dance but not kill and eat -poor creature
Let us allow them to happily roam, wake us up early morn its feature
2/5/19
A sibling relationships reflect the cohesiveness of the family.
27/4/19
Storytelling. Is a wonderful way to pass on family traditions,
Histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational
24/4/19
Learn to respect all- even much younger
Or lower in position at office or outside!
23/4/19
success depends on careful thoughts, planning, programing and doing
17/4/19

Man in his wisdom created festivals of all types in all religions
To be emulated and practiced by all in all regions and religions
16/4/19
Faith in God, self and people
Fair to all with love and scruple
Thoughts noble and deeds worthy
Happy hobbies and habits healthy
15/4/19

Patriotism- love for one’s native land and may be symbolism
Of culture,agriculture social bond and the soil in which born
14/4/19
Wishing a happy TAMIL NEW YEAR “VIKARI” to all the Tamils living in different parts of the globe
13/4/19
Sri Rama Navami greetings
The great Avatar to demonstrate how a human must live on earth
Love and obedience for parents; taking care of brothers and friends
9/3/19
Let us live in faith, hope and confidence=panic never helps!
1/3/19
May the world enjoy peace and prosperity sans violence and vendetta!

We shall meet tomorrow and till then GOOD BYE!

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N V Subbaraman in his Kadapa cabin during 1995-98

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On the occasion of this happy friendship day! Mr.Venkat Krishna my good friend !

CHINMAYANANDA SARASWATHY IS 25.

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Chinmayananda Saraswati (8 May 1916 – 3 August 1993)

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven
To be the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Thanjavur was indeed a bliss
At the young age of twenty two-it was all HIS blessings still green memories!
Attended Geeta Gnana Yagnas-great spiritual experience and hence the bliss!

More than Geeta- MY six thirty means six thirty neither six twenty nine
Nor Six thirty one! My eight means neither seven fifty nine nor eight zero one!
Such a punctualist to the core not to come across any longer
My refrain in my training classes used to be a subject of discussion on this
With a quiz “Can you tell me a Barrister turned spiritual head?”
As a clue poorvashrama name started with ‘B sanyashrana name started with ‘C”!

Chinmayananda Saraswati born as  Balakrishna Menon born on Eight May
Ninteen Sixteen- and entered God’s feet on Third August Nineteen Ninety Three
A Barrister at Law turned spiritual leader and a teacher who inspired the
Formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation,
And spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual system of thought
Found in the Upanishads, which epitomise the philosophical teachings of Vedas.

Swami taught Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Scriptures
For four decades and more, led a global Hindu spiritual  Cultural renaissance
And popularised the religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching them in English
All across India and abroad His greatness indeed! Had the pleasure af attending ..

Inspired  formation of Chinmaya Mission program  by his disciples
And led by him, a spiritual, educational, and charitable nonprofit organization
In more than three hundred centres in India and internationally. authored
Ninety five works including commentaries on the major Upanishad and  Gita.
Visiting professor of Indian philosophy at  American and Asian universities-
Conducted university lecture tours in many  countries. India’s greatest son!

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LINES HE LIKED!

N V Subbaraman presenting his Tamil Poem in the Poets Meet at Thirukkovilur on 11/5

 

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Pious and orthodox Mrs. and Mr. Venkata krishna. in Kadapa.

This week’s Sunday Story in Envius Thoughts is the 1593rd post on 1532nd day and naturally to be it gives a sense of achievement and satisfaction. By the end of June or a little earlier the Blog’s overall view score will cross TWO LAKHS and that I will deem it a milestone in my life as a blogger!
So many of my esteemed viewers look for my daily post and many in fact respond in one way or the other.
I have one Mr. Venkata Krishna -a colleague of mine while I was in service in the great Life Insurance Corporation of India, Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh. He is one of the regular viewers and he almost daily will respond by quoting one or two lines that he liked most in the post.Today such lines he liked most form the Sunday Story. I am sure all will enjoy the same. Mr. Venkata Krishna is agood Mridhangam player; he plays good chess and carroms..

Good morning sir
Born to serve, serve and serve the sick- men or women
Young or old- rich or poor- educated or uneducated-equal

May sixth today is National Nurses Day day to honor nurses
For their selfless services-but not rich- with cashless purses
The day “The Lady With the Lamp” Florence Nightingale
Strikes our minds! Nineteenth Century end it was!

Noble Day with a great intent!. Nursing is a service , noble and novel and the services of Florence are unparalleled in History.

A sibling relationships reflect the cohesiveness of the family.

Story telling. Is a wonderful way to pass on family traditions,
Histories, and long told tales and can be entertaining as well as educational

Learn to respect all- even much younger
Or lower in position at office or outside!
Good morning sir
success depends on careful thoughts, planning, programing and doing
Good morning sir
Man in his wisdom created festivals of all types in all religions
To be emulated and practiced by all in all regions and religions
Good morning sir
Faith in God, self and people
Fair to all with love and scruple
Thoughts noble and deeds worthy
Happy hobbies and habits healthy

Sreeramanavami greetings
The great Avatar to demonstrate how a human must live on earth
Love and obedience for parents; taking care of brothers and friends

Let us live in faith, hope and confidence=panic never helps!

Congratulations for having crossed a 1000 views.

Gently looks for food majestically with its eyes
In deep water, takes food like forest hen nice

Every bit of land on earth has its immense value and use
It is for us to make the best use for peace and plenty profuse

Basic responsibility is to elect a responsible
Government by exercising the right to vote in elections!

Let us on this day resolve to eschew all our negative tendencies
And lead a life of goodness and nobility and make the world a heaven!

Knowledge of any language improvement, provided by a Dictionary
I would say a dictionary not for REFERENCE but for regular reading!

SUN -the great giver of light and life- to be revered and thanked
PONGAL GREETINGS to all

Day dreaming easier than dreams of night-not in our control
Dreaming is just an initial step- action, quick action
Needed to make the dream come true!
HAPPY PONGAL SIR

Congratulations…..sir
11/1
Man in his young or old, tired or retired life needs rest and fun
10/1

Peculiar or unique question raised on an individual
Depending on the manner in which one behaves-practical!
31`/12

Great time cannot be controlled- stopped or expedited by any
One has to use it carefully, productively, diligently
To get the best out of time the greatest gift of God called nature
HAPPY NEW YEAR SIR
29/12

The Lord Almighty created the world and living beings in it
To live in peace and harmony, joy and plenty-loving all strict
Serving all, helping ever and hurting never.
14/12
Swamiye saranam ayyappa
Physical, mental and intellectual-God provides to be spent for good of all
To promote peace and poise,, plenty and prosperity, joy and good health in society!
5/11/18

HAPPY DEEPAVALI
A day of victory for the noble forces on evil ones-happy
A day of success for wisdom over ignorance- to enjoy proudly

Thus this Sunday Story comes to an end. We shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then GOOD Bye!

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N V Subbaraman in his Kadapa cabin.

 

N V Subbaraman being honored with a PAYANADAI at Thirukkovilur. on 11/5/19.

 

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY May 3rd.

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Legislature, Judiciary and bureaucracy three pillars strong
Of a vibrant democracy!Fourth is ofcourse PRESS for long
Very important-unfortunate at times it is strangled
By the rulers inimical when not to their likes and taste!

May Third today it is World “PRESS FREEDOM” Day being observed all over.
United Nations General Assembly declared May third to be World Press Freedom Day
Day to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind
Governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression!

Stifling the voice of the press takes many forms and shapes
Newspapers in particular to make the cost cheaper to the subscribers
Depend on advertisements from the people and Governments
Unhappy Governments at the reports stop advertisements
Harass the reporters and the Editors in innumerable means.
Let all give the Press its Freedom to fairly report and publish
Not to be very sensational but frank and fair, honest and humble
To enjoy the freedom in full and be the real fourth estate and pillar!

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UNIQUE NELLORE

STPM GOVERNMENT IASE B Ed COLLEGE NELLORE-Photo Perugu Ramakrishna

My literary bonds are getting stronger of late with great Andhra Pradesh. It was Sulurpeta, Vijayawada, Guntur, three trips to Nellore!This Sunday story carries my happy recollections of my visit to Nellore on 19th instant to address the B.Ed students and staff of STPM Government IASE B Ed. college on “THE CLASSICAL LANGUAGE TAMIL in connection with the International Mother Language Day.

Proverbially it is often said :It is better to do ordinary things in an extraordinary manner than an extraordinary thing be done in an ordinary manner!
UNESCO in its own wisdom announcing certain special days to be observed all over the world and many following nicely with sensitivity and seriousness and some casually with insensitivity!
“UNESCO announced that February 21st will be observed as INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY”
I have personally seen the arrangements being made by several organizations and today was UNIQUE NELLORE Day in this respect.
International Poet Perugu Ramakrishna-Ambassador WORLD UNION OF POETS = a brain behind many literary activities in Nellore- a popular District Head Quarters in Andhra Pradesh took the lead and arranged for great observation of the day with an Invitation shown at the top.

The day started in the B Ed. College in Nellore at 10.30 with an invocation song of VANDHE MATHARAM of Bankim Chandra Chatterji.
Dr. Y. Sailaja was the Master of Ceremony who conducted every aspect with alacrity and involvement. Sri Perugu Ramachandra presiding, a number of B.Ed students of the college expressed their thoughts in a beautiful, lucid and enlightened manner.
Totally during the proceedings 15 students participated and spoke on the significance of the day and greatness of Mother Language. I presented my paper on the topic CLASSICAL LANGUAGE TAMIL. Prominent Smskrit scholar Shri Allu Bhyaskar Reddy of Nellore spoke about the greatness of Samskrit as a language. Chief Guest of the Day Sri Mydavolu Venkata Sesha Sathyanarayana-Internationally Reputed English Classical Poet of Nellore suggested to the students to learn as many languages as possible along with Mother Language as every language has its own beauty and style resplendent with literary works.
Principal Dr. Ramesh explained various steps taken to foster and popularize other languages along with Telugu in the College and the State.
Perugu Ramakrishna-President of the Meeting in his own inimitable chaste Telugu interspersed with English, the significance of UNESCO decision in the larger interest of the development of the languages.
As the Ambassador of WUP, he offered Honorary Membership of the WORLD UNION OF POETS to all the students who did  a
great feat with their own thoughts on the theme of the day.

Thus an extraordinary natter was done in an extraordinary manner during UNIQUE NELLORE day in the B Ed. College.

I started my presentation after reciting the State Anthem on MOTHER TELUGU:

தெலுகு தல்லி!

மா தெலுகு தல்லிகீ மல்லபூதண்ட

மா கன்ன தல்லிகீ மங்களாருதுலு

 

கடுபுலோ பங்காரு கனுசூபுலோ கருண

சிருநவ்வுலோ ஸீருலு தொரலின்சு மாதல்லி

கல கலா கோதாரி கதலி போதுண்டேனு

பிர பிரா க்ருஷ்ணம்ம பருகுலிடுதுண்டேனு

பங்காரு பண்டலே பண்டுதாயி

முரிபால முத்யாலு தொரலுதாயி

அமராவதீ நகர அபுரூப சில்பாலு

த்யாகய்ய கொந்துலோ தாராடு நாதாலு

திக்கய்ய கலமுலோ திய்யந்தனாலு

நித்யமை, நிகிலமை நிலசியுண்டேதாக

ருத்ரம்ம புஜ ஸக்தி, மல்லம்ம பதி பக்தி

திம்மருசு தீயுக்தி, க்ருஷ்ணராயல கீர்த்தி

மா செவுலு ரிங்குமனி மாரும்ரோஜேதாக

நீ ஆடலே ஆடுதாம், நீ பாடலே பாடுதாம்

ஜய் தெலுகு தல்லீ,ஜய் தெலுகு தல்லீ!

Here ios the paper presented by me on the occasion:

INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES-ANCIENT LANGUAGE TAMIL

What is a language?
Language is basically a mode of communication among the members of a society. In the expression of culture, language is a fundamental aspect. It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity. The purpose of this paper is to bring out the evolution of language and the greatness of one of the ancient languages viz TAMIL.
Evolution of Language
For quite a few generations, there was no language at all other than body language! Only we the humans have the benefit of languages!
Evolution of language is the gradual change in human language over time. It involves the origin and divergence of languages and language families, and can be considered similar to biological evolution, although it occurs through different mechanisms.

How many languages are there in the world?
It is said that there are 7,097 spoken languages today in the world.
That number is constantly changing because we’re learning more about the world’s languages every day. And beyond that, the languages themselves do change. They’re living and dynamic, spoken by communities whose lives are shaped by our rapidly changing world. This is a fragile time: Roughly a third of languages are now endangered, often with less than 1,000 speakers remaining. Meanwhile, just 23 languages account for more than half the world’s population of 7.7 billions.
GREATNESS OF LANGUAGES
Any language is deemed to be great based on richness and splendor of its literature and grammar.

ANCIENT LANGUAGES

An ancient language is any language originating in times that may be referred to as ancient. There is no formal criterion for deeming a language ancient, but a convention is to demarcate as “ancient” those languages that existed prior to the 5th century. Linguist Roger Woodward has said that “perhaps, then, what makes an ancient language different is our awareness that it has outlived those for whom it was an intimate element of the psyche”. By this definition, the term includes languages attested from ancient times in the list of languages by first written accounts, and described in historical linguistics, and particularly the languages of classical antiquity, such as Tamil language, Ancient Greek, Hebrew language, Old Persian, Avestan, Middle Persian, Sanskrit language, Chinese language, Latin, Arabic language. The term may also encompass other classical languages and various extinct languages.

HOW ANCIENT IS TAMIL?
தமிழ் Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora, Sri Lankan Moors, Douglas, and Chindians. Tamil is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore and official language of Tamil Nadu. It has official status in Tamilnadu and the Indian Union Territory of Puducherry. It is used as one of the languages of education in Malaysia, along with English, Malay and Mandarin. Tamil is spoken by significant minorities in the four other South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.
Tamil is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world. Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions from 500 BC have been found on Adichanallur and 2,200-year-old Tamil-Brahmi inscriptions have been found on Samanamalai.
A. K. Ramanujan described it as “the only language of contemporary India which is recognizably continuous with a classical past.” The variety and quality of classical Tamil literature has led to it being described as “one of the great classical traditions and literature of the world”.
A recorded Tamil literature has been documented for over 2000 years. The earliest period of Tamil literature, Sangam literature, is dated from ca. 300 BC – AD 300. It has the oldest extant literature among Dravidian languages. The earliest epigraphic records found on rock edicts and ‘hero stones’ date from around the 3rd century BC. More than 55% of the epigraphical inscriptions (about 55,000) found by the Archaeological Survey of India are in the Tamil language. Tamil language inscriptions written in Brahmi script have been discovered in Sri Lanka and on trade goods in Thailand and Egypt. The two earliest manuscripts from India, acknowledged and registered by the UNESCO Memory of the World register in 1997 and 2005, were written in Tamil.
In 1578, Portuguese Christian missionaries published a Tamil prayer book in old Tamil script named Thambiran Vanakkam, thus making Tamil the first Indian language to be printed and published. The Tamil Lexicon, published by the University of Madras, was one of the earliest dictionaries published in the Indian languages. According to a 2001 survey, there were 1,863 newspapers published in Tamil, of which 353 were dailies.

With the creation in October 2004 of a legal status for classical languages by the Government of India and following a political campaign supported by several Tamil associations, Tamil became the first legally recognized Classical language of India. The recognition was announced by the then President of India, Abdul Kalam, in a joint sitting of both houses of the Indian Parliament on 6th June 2004.
The world’s top 20 languages.
Information from Ethnologue, Encarta and Nicholas Ostler’s Empires of the Word: a Language History of the World.
1. Mandarin Chinese. 2. English. 3. Hindi. 4. Spanish. 5. Russian.
6. Portugese. 7. Arabic. 8. French. 9. Bengali 10. German 11. Japanese.
12. Wu Chinese. 13. Korean. 14. Javanese. 15. Telugu. 16. Tamil.
17. Marathi. 18. Cantonese. 19. Vietnamese. 20. Turkish.
BHARATHI ON TAMIL
Tamil patriotic Poet Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathiyar – one of the three of my mentors from his heavenly abode has got this to say about greatness of this ancient language TAMIL:

யாமறிந்த மொழிகளிலே தமிழ்மொழி போல்
இனிதாவது எங்கும் காணோம்;
பாமரராய் விலங்குகளாய் உலகனைத்தும்
இகழ்ச்சி சொலப் பான்மை கெட்டு,
நாமமது தமிழரெனக் கொண்டு இங்கு
வாழ்ந்திடுதல் நன்றோ? சொல்லீர்
தேமதுரத் தமிழோசை உலகமெலாம்
பரவும் வகை செய்தல் வேண்டும். 1

யாமறிந்த புலவரிலே கம்பனைப் போல்
வள்ளுவர்போல் இளங்கோ வைப்போல்,
பூமிதனில் யாங்கணுமே பிறந்ததில்லை;
உண்மை, வெறும் புகழ்ச்சியில்லை;
ஊமையராய்ச் செவிடர்களாய்க் குருடர்களாய்
வாழ்கின்றோம் ஒரு சொற் கேளீர்
சேமமுற வேண்டுமெனில் தெருவெல்லாம்
தமிழ் முழக்கம் செழிக்கச் செய்வீர்! 2

பிறநாட்டு நல்லறிஞர் சாத்திரங்கள்
தமிழ்மொழியிற் பெயர்த்தல் வேண்டும்
இறவாத புகழுடைய புதுநூல்கள்
தமிழ்மொழியில் இயற்றல் வேண்டும்;
மறைவாக நமக்குள்ளே பழங் கதைகள்
சொல்வதிலோர் மகிமை இல்லை;
திறமான புலமையெனில் வெளி நாட்டோர்
அதைவணக்கஞ் செய்தல் வேண்டும். 3

உள்ளத்தில் உண்மையொளி யுண்டாயின்
வாக்கினிலே ஒளி யுண்டாகும்
வெள்ளத்தின் பெருக்கைப்போல் கலைப்பெருக்கும்
கவிப்பெருக்கும் மேவு மாயின்
பள்ளத்தில் வீழ்ந்திருக்கும் குருடரெல்லாம்
விழிபெற்றுப் பதவி கொள்வார்;
தெள்ளுற்ற தமிழமுதின் சுவைகண்டார்
இங்கமரர் சிறப்புக் கண்டார்! 4

Yes, in English
TAMIL
1
Of all the tongues that I have sampled,
For sweetness Tamil’s unexampled:
But now become illiterate mutes
Our lives are worse than those of brutes;
Grown recreant to our ancient trust
Our treasures in a heap have gone to rust.
Tamil’s mellifluous sounds
Must reach the world’s utmost bounds,
If we are to li9ft our heads again,
Instead of wasting our time in vain.
2
Of all the bards I have explored
None in the world are richer-ored
Than Kamban, Valluvar, Ilankovan,-
Immortal trinity – our own
This is the truth unvarnished, plain
Free from all vainglorious strain.
Deaf, dumb and blind wretches we live,
We can’t our greatness e’er revive
So long as our native virile speech
Is not allowed much wider reach.
3
To enrich, refine and modernize
Our tongue, new writers must arise;
Translations too we must produce
From foreign classics for our use.
What boots it if we idly prate
Of our glorious past in our present state?
The world will recognice our worth
If genius amidst us gain takes birth.
4
Unless our hearts by truth are lighted,
Our speech with wings will not be flighted.
Self-purified we then may strive
Our arts and poetry to revive.
Then our renascence in a flood,
Will lead us to a world of good.
The blind long fallen in the ditch
Will be blessed with vision strange and rich,
And rise with the rise of Tamil strains
Chronicling our varied gains.
Like Gods assuming human birth
We’d then live glorious on earth.

Thus by all means Tamil is rightly treated/respected as an ANCIENT LANGUAGE – in legal parlance” CLASSICAL LANGUAGE”!.

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With this we end this Sunday Story on UNIQUE NELLORE and we shall continue tomorrow with our regular Envius Thoughts. Till then GOOD BYE!

February 21: World Mother Language Day

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Mother’s milk and mother language build up the child on the right path
There lies the greatness of God’s creation that builds up the society
Every mother language in the world seven thousand and more
Rich with literary works to be learnt in detail for a great score!

Twenty First of February today a day very significant
UNESCO declared International Mother Language Day
Observed all over the world in a fitting manner+ with great joy
To think of the beauty of one’s mother language and find ways to improve!

In fact every language has its own beauty and splendor great
All languages are important and nice-let all of as learn-sweet
Languages convey new meaning and gives us strength-that is power
Powerful people to help the world and stand like tall tower!

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