Mahakavi Barathiyar’s Death Day-11th September

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Ninety Seven years ago this day fell an Institution
Great movement he was-the patriotic poet of the Nation
A poet par excellent, writer and speaker fell a victim
To a temple elephant whom he used to feed while in Madras!

From politics to religion, freedom to womens liberation
He wrote poetry and prose in thousands including education
Multi linguist he was, handled all languages with felicity
Poverty struck poet and politician of the days of yore!

After a near century, on all national occasions
His songs are sung- vibrant and young they are all
May be on the nation, Gods and religions, nature tall
His writings inspire the young and old, read and unread!

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India that is Bharath with its hoary culture
Intellectual and spiritual literature
Add greatness and earn place of pride among the nations
One great work was Thirukkural- winning admiration!

Tamil saint Poet Thiruvalluvar was born this day
More than two thousand years ago- a sacred day
Authored the great work of couplets thousand three hundred
And thirty-covering virtues, wealth and love- a wonder.

Greatness of a country depends on the quality
Of its people- culture, knowledge and nobility.
Culture and literature it has produced for long
Greatly valued and recognized by the world along!

-N V Subbaraman



Since the launch of the Blog on 28/2/2015, day’s overall views at 11.30 hrs-less than the first 12 hours the day registered 536 views.

Some of the highlights:

  1. Highest view score in less than 12 hours of the day: 536
  2. ‘Achieved on the 1053rd day and 1101st post.
  3. Over all score crosses 1,25,000 -ONE LAKH AND TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND- mark
  4. Shortest time taken for 1000 views-just less than FOUR DAYS

I thank Tamil Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar- today is his day- post is titled  “TIRUVALLUVAR DAY IS TODAY”. I am grateful to the Goddess of Learning, WordPress, MY ESTEEMED VIEWERS from more than 210 countries of the world.


Mahakavi Subramaniya Bharathi one of the three of my mentors from his heavenly abode was born on this day in 1882. Here is a tribute paid by Barathi’s ardent admirer BARATHI DHASAN under the title BARATHI ULLAM – Barathi’s Heart!

His original in Tamil and my translation in English form today’s Envius Thoughts.

பாரதி உள்ளம்

சாதி ஒழித்திடல் நன்று –நல்ல
தமிழ் வளர்த்தல்மற் றொன்று
பாரதியை நாடு மறந்தால்-மற்றப்
பாதி துலங்குவதில்லை.

சாதிப் பிணிப்பற்ற தோளே –நல்ல
தண்டமிழ் வாளினைத் தூக்கும்!

பன்னும் நம் பாரதியாரின் –நல்ல
பச்சை அன் புள்ளத்தி னின்று
நன்று பிறந்த இப் பேச்சு – நம்
நற்றமிழர்க் கெழில் மூச்சு!
செந்தமிழ் நாட்டினிற் பற்றும் – அதன்
சீருக்கு நல்ல தோர் தொண்டும்
நிந்தை இலாதவை அன்றோ! –எந்த
நேரமும் பாரதி நெஞ்சம்
கந்தையை எண்ணுவதில்லை – கையிற்
காசை நினைப்பதும் இல்லை.
செந்தமிழ் வாழிய! வாழி – நல்ல
செந்தமிழ் நாடென்று வாழ்ந்தார்.

IN English:
Barathi’s Heart
Good to get rid of castes –Good
To develop Tamil is the next.
If Barathi is forgotten –remaining
Half cannot prosper!

Shoulder sans the bondage of castes – heavy
Armoury can shoulder!
Caring our Barathi’s – sweet
Speech was born from his loving heart- our
Sound breathes of dear Tamils!

Love for our dear Tamil Land- for
Its prosperity our service
Blemishless indeed are they!- At
No time Barathi’s heart
Thought of his rags –nor
Cared about his hands empty of money.
“Long live great Tamil!! Live – great
Tamil land” –so he lived his life!


Poetry indeed is the index of the greatness of a language
Poets of all hues are the invaluable wealth of the language
There are many known and unknown in all languages and countries
MANA KAVI cannot be many and rarest among the poetsi

In Tamilnadu MAHAKAVI refers to the great national
Patriotic Poet who inspired and instilled patriotism
In all the people through his immortal poems-in journey to freedom
Subramaniya Bharathiyar entered HEAVEN on that holy day!

Scholar in languages several, learned and the one who loved
The country more than his Mother-injecting love in all who lived!
We salute the one who died almost a century ago whose songs
Are sung even today on all occasions-songs immortal! Man throngs!





Just the other day I translated a nice poem of Mahakavi Bharathiyar who challenged the God of DEATH, as called in Hindu pantheon as LORD YAMA-‘YAMA DHARMARAJA’ and translated the same into English which I reproduce below in original Tamil, its transliteration and translation with my comment:The great patriotic, national poet Mahakavi Subrahmanya Bharathiyar had unbounded patriotism, abundant love for freedom political and more, love for the languages-he was a master of eighteen languages which is not an exaggeration- love for the people and their tradition and culture, infectious ‘optimism’ and fearlessness.

In this issue, we see his beautiful poem on –“Address to the Lord Yama”.

In the Hindu pantheon Lord Yama is the God of Death. He knows when to take away the life of a person born on earth and he does his duty meticulously!

Original in Tamil:

காலனுக்கு உரைத்தல்


காலா! உனைநான் சிறு புல்லென மதிக்கிறேன்; என்றன்

காலருகே வாடா! சற்றே உனை மிதிக்கிறேன் – அட      (காலா)


  1. வேலாயுத விருதினைமனதிற் பதிக்கிறேன் – நல்ல

வேதாந்த முரைத்த ஞானியர் தமை யெண்ணித் துதிக்கிறேன்-ஆதி

மூலா வென்று யானையைக் காக்கவே – நின்றன்

முதலைக்கு நேர்ந்ததை மறந்தாயோ கெட்ட மூடனே?-அட(காலா)

  1. ஆலாலமுண்டவனடி காணென்ற மார்க்கண்டன் – தன

தாவி கவரப்போய் நீ பட்டபாட்டினை அறிகுவன் – இங்கு

நாலாயிரம் காதம் விட்டகல்! உனைவிதிக்கிறேன் –ஹரி

நாராயண னாகநின்  முன்னே உதிக்கிறேன் – அட   (காலா)




Kaalaa! Unainaan sirupullena mathikkiraen-endran

Kaalarugae vaadaa! Satrae unai mithikkiraen-ada(kaalaa)




  1. Vaelaayudha virudhinai manadhir padhikkiraen-nalla

Vaedhaantha muraiththa njaaniyar thamai yeNNIth thudhikkiraen – adhi

Moolaa venru kadhariya yaanaiyaik kaakkavae –ninran

Mudhalaikku naerndhadhai marandhaayoa letta moodanae?

Ada – (kaalaa)


  1. Aalaala mundavanadi saraNenra maarkaNdan – thana

Dhaavi kavarappoay nee patta paattinai ariguvaen – ingu

Naalaayiram kaadham viitagal! Unai vidhikkiraen – hari

NaaraayaNa naaganin munnae udhikkiraen – ada (kaalaa)




Yamaa! I treat you as a trivial grass-

Come near my feet! I shall simply stamp you ! Yah (Yamaa)


  1. Taken I to my heart the award of the Lord

Pray to the saints of yore who gave me sermons –

To save the elephant that cried “oh, my great God”

Do you forget fool Yamaa what happened to your crocodile-                                                                                                         -yah, (Yamaa)

  1. MarkaNda- who surrendered to the Lord Shiva who gulped


Whose life you wanted to take- your suffering and humiliation

I am aware of- here

Get away four thousand miles! I order you-

I appear before you as Hari Narayana- yah (Yamaa)


This is one of the most beautiful poems of Mahakavi Bharathiyar who chose to challenge the God of Death- YAMA in Hindu pantheon. It is believed by the people that Lord Yama is very powerful. Bharathiyar in this poem describes two mythological beliefs and says that all powerful Yamaa could not succeed on the basis of which the poet challenges Yamaa to come near him and he will simply stamp him under his feet! He also orders Yamaa to go four thousand miles away!!

One incident is Yamaa’s decision to take away the life of an elephant by making a crocodile to drag the elephant into deep water and kill. When the elephant called Lord Vishnu, Yamaa through the crocodile could do no harm to the devoted elephant and had to quit his attempt!

Again when Lord Yamaa wanted to take away the life of a strong devotee of Shiva much against his own father’s advice to pray only Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva protected Markandeya and Yamaa could do nothing!

Quoting these two mythological happenings, Bharathiyar challenges Yamaa to come near him and he will simply make him to pulp by the poet’s feet! What a lovely theme, content and presentation!

With all these assertions from the Poet, God of Death goes on with HIS duties as one of the trinities –Creator-protector and Destroyer- as Bharathi himself fell a victim to the Yama –in Chennai through the temple elephant!

I recollect and reproduce one or two of my thoughts in verses on the theme of DEATH:

Oh! God of Death! Lord Yama- thee alone permanent
In this world and earth- eternally impermanent!
Health is lost but sure one day with medicines retrieved
Wealth is lost but sure one day with efforts is retrieved
Name is lost but sure one day with honesty retrieved
Fame is lost but sure one day with good conduct retrieved
House is lost but sure one day with a new one retrieved
Job is lost but sure one day with someone else retrieved!
Alas! When the God of death takes one away from earth
Permanently gone not to be retrieved till next birth!
Sure not in the same form and name, house and roof
Oh! God of Death! Lord Yama-thee alone permanent
In this world and earth- eternally impermanent
Mourn not death, may be the dead had relief permanent!


What is this DREADED DEATH
Knows no distinction
Young or old, poor or rich
Either sex, healthy or sick
Virtuous or vicious, dunce or diligent
Unlettered or highly literate
Dedicated Mahatma or despicable bandit
Social worker or menace to the society
All are same in the grip of death!

Death at times brings relief
Most of the times nothing but grief!

In one’s life time
That he lives is not a matter
How he lives is all that matters!

Man’s greatness is not in being
Sure one agrees that in doing!

Death can remove the physical self
Sure not his words and deeds
That indeed make him live for age!

Birth is alike getting out of sleep
Death is akin to getting into sleep
Fear not death, but boldly face!

Alive are dead; Dead are alive
All in the manner we live
And how we serve the society with love
To live in peace and amity, joy and cheers!

My esteemed viewers may be wondering why all on a sudden a Sunday story on DEATH!

Yes three deaths of my great decades old friends   all in the course of a week resulted in this write up.

First was one of Mr.M  Srinivasamurthy of Hyderabad a crusader in the cause of retired officers of Life Insurance Corporation of India who relentlessly fought for some of their rights taking matters to the highest court of the land.

Second is a great Tamil Poet by name ILAKKIYACH CHAKKARAVARTHI, KAVIYARASAR ILANDHEVAN., a poet of great repute and well connected .A king of poetry well known personally for years. A great loss indeed to the Tamil literary world!.

Third is yet another literary figure named Kalpattu Natarajan, a bird lover and photographer from Chennai.

As already referred to DEATH knows no age or sex, status or position, the rich or poor, literate or illiterate, when destined lives taken to HIS lap!


What cannot be cured must be endured!



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A great landmark in Chennai the capital of Tamilnad
The memorial put up for the great Tamil Saint Poet grand
Valluvar Kottam –inaugurated forty one years ago
On this day –a grateful Tamil soil paid its respect

Saint Poet Thiruvallvar of Tamilnadu gave
His magnum opus called Thirukkural’ sure to pave
Way and guide the humanity on the art of life and living
Sure to promote peace and harmony, joyful being!

Great memorial it is- a grand architectural marvel
In the form of a temple chariot beautiful décor
Visitors and locals deeming it as a holy place
Fail not to include in their list –and see its face!

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Valluvar Kottam in Nungampakkam, Chennai.




With the grace of the Goddess of Learning Shri Saraswathi sitting on the white petals of the Lotus with her Veena on HER hands, the grace of Saint Thiruvalluvar, Bharathiyar and Mahatma Gandhi and the support of 57000 viewers from more than 200 countries (views exceeding 83000), the Tale of A Blogger continues and today it is Part 16 heralding the EIGHT HUNDREDTH (800th) post in 737 days.
Esteemed viewers may kindly recollect Part 15 on the 750th post was published on 5th February 2017.
Prasad commented on TALE OF A BLOGGER PART 15.
N V Subbaraman in his ENVIUS THOUGHTS desk after retirement One, two, three Four, Five, Six Seven, eight, nine Ten,
Laurels achieved by you are always a matter of joy.Tale of the blogger 15th part is culmination of a great poetic journey.Awards given, rewards got mentioned like Flamingo poets meet, Kavi nilavu conferred , Efflorescence, Ambassador s of peace are rightful events of ecstasy.
The photographs are nice Congratulations, sir.
Very Informative and interesting read for a new comer like me. Thanks Vasantha Vivekananda.
Muthu Ayyar. Congratulations, Sir. It was very much inspiring to me your article Tale of a Blogger – Part 15. I felt as if I was watching a Documentary Film while I was going through the whole article. Thanks.
My heartfelt Felicitations & Congratulations for your Tale of a Blogger Part 15
T. Ramamurthi
Tale of a blogger is unique it self in presenting the synopsis in a humble and effective way and conclusion as simply enough. Feeling as vop and not as vip and starting with nursery numbers to matured 75 kavinilavu is blossoming impressively. I feel my schedule is incomplete without daily going through the thoughts under envious thoughts. With greetings.
The indomitable will to excel in all fields is still in the forefront, notwithstanding the imprint of age!
Shri OKR Sivanganam
It ‘s nice of you that with seriousness you are following the pattern of posting your series ‘Tale as a Blogger’ as Sunday Story at the end of every 50 Posts you make!
Part 15 appeared on 5/2/17 gives more statistical data supporting your experience gained between the current and the previous one!
You’ve very nicely covered the proceedings of the Annual Seminar on English Poetry, conducted by the prestigious Chennai Poets Circle on 29th Jan, 2017!
You’ve duly lauded Dr. Krishna Srinivas of the ‘ Poet Journal ‘ as the inspiration for the launching of your ‘ Young Poet ‘, intended rightly as a gift and platform to the young poets to bring in their poetic prowess to the lovers of verse as distinct from prose!
You’ve referred to the definition of literary language penned suitably by Dr. T Sriraman, formerly the Professor of English and Foreign Languages University, Hydrabad!
Yes, a distortion from the normal pattern enhances for sure the aesthetic sense in the readers of a literature of this sort!
And careful and judicious introduction of varied styles through extensive exploitation of resources of a language lends fresh angles for enjoyment!
Everything under this great Universe evolves stage by stage, and English Poetry is no exception, as reportedly revealed by Dr. Ganesh!
That the seminar had seen the anthology of 97 poems in the Efflorescence 2016 must have been its highest achievement!
And the poets do not mind going the extra mile to present their poems that are capable of easily reaching the heart of a poetry reader!
And the Chennai Poets Circle is going to be beautified with one more entity through your renewed association!
During the period 5/2/2017 when the Tale 15 was posted and this day, not much of significant events to report, have taken place.
Yet I would like to share with you that a poetic Journal “YOUNG POET” has been in publication as a millennium gift to the young poets(since converted into a e-magazine) edited by this Blogger since the year 2000 where the poems of young poets- by definition less than 25 years of age get a platform for publishing their poems and so far more than 200 poets have come up and many of them have become senior poets! A reference has been made about this “YOUNG POET” in the revciew of Shro OKR Sivanganam in his VIEWER’S VIEW Part 12 quotes earlier above.
Another Management monthly e-magazine edited at my end, by name IMPACT has seen its 16th issue on 15th March this year. IMPACT stands for INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND CREATIVE THINKING.
One of the leading Tamil writers-Sahitya Academy Award winner –Ashokamitran passed away on 23rd March in his residence at Velacheri, Chennai. My journalist son from Bangalore was requested to make a write up on the versatile short story writer and novelist. The same is given below for the pleasant viewing by the ENVIUS THOUGHTS followers.

Ashokamitran, a colossus constrained by a small stage
Ramnath Subbaraman
MARCH 24, 2017 01:06 IST



Universal quality of Ashokamitran’s writing endeared him to his readers


Henry Kissinger once said of Lee Kuan Yew that he was “a big man on a small stage who in other times and other places, might have attained the world stature of a Churchill, Disraeli or a Gladstone”. I think that applies to Ashokamitran too. If he had been writing out of New York or New Jersey and in English, he would have attained the world stature of a Philip Roth or John Updike. But the fact that he mostly wrote in Tamil, and mostly about south Indian cities restricted his audience. However, that constraint didn’t take anything away from the universal quality of his art and vision.
He once said good writing should unite people. His writings — short stories, essays, novels, and even his interviews — did exactly that. By focussing on ordinary people, by capturing their everyday struggle, by celebrating their heroism, he built bridges. I discovered Ashokamitran a bit late in my life, only after my college. I fell totally in love with his writing and with his style. Reading him was like taking a walk around the city with a wise man, looking at the scenes he gently points out, things you would have missed in the normal course. At the end of the walk, you find yourself loving people around you a bit more.
I have had only one close interaction with Ashokamitran. Back in 2002, I had a chance to meet him in the lobby of Taj Connemara after a literary event. He was about to leave. I could have said a hundred things to him, but I asked if I could drop him somewhere. I shouldn’t have. The old, rickety motorcycle I had at that time used to stop every few hundred metres, and wouldn’t start unless I kicked the lever a dozen times. That’s exactly what happened as he sat in the pillion while I took him from the hotel to DMS bus stop, about two kilometres away. Buses and cars dangerously whizzed past us. I was getting tenser by the second. But he was calm, almost as if watching a scene from one of his short stories. It had a calming effect on me too. I can feel it even today.
(Ramnath Subbaraman is a journalist based in Bengaluru and a fan of Ashokamitran)
Now some data on the progress made by ENVIUS THOUGHTS during the last 50 posts.
Part Post No. Date Total Views
Part 11 550 24/7/16. 49983
Part 12 600 11/9/16 57730
Part 13 650 30/10/16 . 65513
Part 14 700 18/12/16. 72400
Part 15 750 05/1/2017 78450
Part 16 800 26/3/2017. 83800
Time taken for every thousand views since the last TALE on 05/01/2017:
72000 crossed on 18/12/16 693rdh view. 8days-
78450 crossed on 05/01/2017 750th
79000 10/02/2017 755th 5 days-
80000 18/02/17. 763rd 8days
81000 28/02/17. 773rd. 10days
82000 09/03/17. 782nd 9days
83000 19/03/17. 792nd 10days.
While on the point of VIEWS, I have to report that to my great delight, 27th January recorded the highest day’s view of 299! I do not know when and whether this figure of 299 becomes obsolete!!!!
Thanks in tons for your continued support to ENVIUS THOUGHTS and looking forward for more in future. Bye till tomorrow!



I am glad to share with you that with the 145th view at 17.30 hours of today viz Sunday the 26th March 2017, total views of ENVIUS THOUGHTS has crossed EIGHTY FOUR  THOUSAND (84000) on the 737th day and 800th post, thanks to your support and encouragement. Kindly continue. Thanks aplenty.