March 20th-International EARTH DAY!

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March Twentieth today is International Earth Day
The day’s purpose and objective quite noble and great-hey
WE listen to Mother Earth’s pleadings to keep it quite safe
Since we are indiscriminate in taking care of Mother!

We love this MOTHER EARTH for reasons several not far to seek
The Day is observed to remember that the great Mother Earth sleek
Its ecosystems provide us with life and sustenance.- God’s grace
We have to promote harmony with nature-its beauty with grace!

To ensure the Earth to achieve a just balance among all needs
The economic, social and environmental- with our deeds
For the present and future generations of humanity.
Lest we are bound to lose the grace of Mother Earth for eternity!

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March 3rd- NATIONAL “I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY”

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“National I Want You to be Happy Day” is  on March Third
America observes on first Sunday of each year great
A day to encourage all to do something to make others happy.
Put a smile on someone’s face makes to put one on ours, too.

How to has an infinite answers.  A flower here,
A simple knock-knock joke there.  Buy the person’s coffee
Standing in line behind us  Remind our kids how much they love others.
Leave a sticky note for a co-worker telling them to have a joyful day!

Let us draw a happy face in the sand or wall for a stranger
To come across later. Let us give children and friends a hug.
“I Want You To Be Happy Day” post on social media to others also follow
Dozens of ways are there -to make all happy at least on this day!.

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28th February-Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti

 

Our HOLY MOTHERLAND India that is Bharath is a blessed land
Whose many children are Saints and Seers, Scientists and writers grand
Politicians of the noblest order like Mahatma Gandhi
Spiritual leaders par excellent guiding the world all over!

Twenty Eighth February a significant day in Indian history
Observing Saraswati’s Arya Samaj- honorable society advances esteems
And practices in view of the faultlessness of the Vedas. Dayanand Saraswati
Composed numerous books with a specific end goal to make his work and thoughts godlike.

One of his is Satyarth Prakashk adding Indian freedom development also.
The Arya Samaj is principled under Satyarth Prakash which is  ‘Light of Truth’.
Most critical piece of his writings.Today we recall Swamiji’s great deeds.
The goal of the day enables all the more great . Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati
Or Swami Dayanand Saraswati Jayanti praises the birth commemoration
Of the organizer of Arya Samaj-Dayanand Saraswati. Let us seek his grace!

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February 28-National Science Day

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Science and Technology have become a part of our life for our development
Humans were alive when there was no development of Science sans improvement.
Benefits of improved knowledge in any field are indeed to be availed
Twenty Eighth February is National Science Day to be celebrated!

On this National Science Day we pay Respect to SirChandra Shekara Venkatraman
Physicist Scientist born in Tamilnadu Author of the Raman effect
Who got many awards and honored with Nobel Prize in Physics in
Nineteen Hundred and Thirty- year of achievement for the Nation!.

National Science Day is to make the people develop every activity
With great dedication and idea to perform well for our better future
This day marks the discovery of the Raman effect ninety one years ago
For this discovery, he got the Nobel Prize in Physics in Nineteen Thirty!

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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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LITERARY DOYEN IN GOD’S COMPANY.

 

Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director IICCA, delivering Welcome address.

DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigarh

India that is Bharath my motherland indeed is a holy land that has produced men of great literary caliber and one such was DEV BHARADWAJ of Chandigar .

Shri  DEv Bharadwaj-Editor of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL who organized 10th International Festival of Poets, Writers, and Scholars in Trivandrum on 27th and 28th December 2014 at Gandhi Bhavan Thiruvananthapuram which I attended and presented my poem on International Peace and my 3 and a half page report on the Festival was published in the KICSummer Issue 2015. He at the age of 70 passed away on 10th and funeral is taking place today at Chandigarh. May his soul rest in peace.
My books GIFT OF LIFE and my translation of Daisaku Ikeda’s poems to Tamil were released and I presented my paper on TRANSLATION LITERATUR.

On return I prepared a Report on the Festival and the same was published in his prestigious magazine which is  reproduced here for the benefit of rereading of thye same on tis sad occasion.

It was indeed a great delight to receive the letter dated 19th October 2014 from Shri Dev Bhardwaj, Director, India Inter –continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh, inviting me to participate in the 10th International Writers Festival, India (an International conference of poets, writers and scholars) scheduled for 27-28, December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It was all the more fascinating to me as I do not consider myself fit to be called as a poet, writer and/or scholar! Venue was announced as GANDHI BHAVAN, Thiruvananthapuram –the God’s own land, and the theme of the conference was to be Literature and World Peace with special focus on VASUDHAIVA KUTUMBAKAM- all very dear to my heart. Hence I decided to attend the Festival.

I love train travel and in fact when I visited TRIVANDRUM (as called in those days) couple of decades ago, I travelled by train-around sixteen hour travel from Chennai and I wrote a 64 line poem in English titled “DELIGHT INDEED IS TRAIN TRAVEL” which was greatly appreciated by the readers. But then my affectionate sons felt that sixteen hour train journey will be taxing their 74 year old father and organized my air travel-to and fro hardly taking 75 minutes by flight!

Since it was a couple of years, I visited air port- last was my air travel to Goa to attend the annual convention of the Authors’ Guild Of India” where I submitted a paper on “READING CULTURE IN INDIA” and presented a poem on “WORLD PEACE”-of course both were well received by the scholarly delegates, I agreed with their suggestion of air travel to the festival. Indigo flight took off at Chennai on Friday the 26th December at 16.10 hours and reached Trivandrum at 17.20 hours. Aircraft was full –all the 180 seats occupied. Seated along with me on the right of 18th row were Shri K P Radhakrishnan, a former MLA , Tamilnadu and a Tamil Scholar to attend the Festival and Smt. Ranjani Ranganathan- a student of journalism in Orissa, married in Delhi and hailing from Kerala! In seventy minutes, discussion on varied topics took place! Frills free flight-pay for water or snacks if you need! My sons paid two hundred and fifty rupees in addition to the ticket fares and that fetched me four slices of bread sandwich-tomato, cucumber, lettuce and cheese along with 250 ml of coke! Extra five hundred for both ways!!

Though the organizers arranged accommodation who have opted for the same in JAS Hotel and Hotel B G PLaza , nearer to the Festival venue, viz Gandhi Bhavan , Thycaud, Trivandrum, I chose to stay in the Guest House of Life Insurance Corporation of India whose employee was I for a little more than four decades! That beautiful and comfortable Guest House was six kilometers away in Pattom.

On that day to nourish, Saturday the December 27th, first day of the Festival, I reached the venue around eight in the morning (though the Conference was scheduled to commence only at 10.30 hrs.) in an auto driven by an honest driver who did not claim a rupee more than the meter rate, rare to come across in my place in these days!

“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
“Gandhi Bhavan” Thycaud, venue of the Festival
Festival poster at the venue.
Festival poster at the venue.

The venue “Gandhi Smarak Nidhi”, Gandhi Bhavan, in Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram was located in calm and serene location. Though I was there two and a half hours ahead of the schedule, a nice Gandhi an, clad in saffron khadhi dhoti and pyjama, brightly bearded Secretary of the Bhavan Shri K G Jagadeesan received with love and respect. The building was sanctified by great personalities as Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, former President of India and Shri Lalbahadur Shastri, former Prime Minister in connection with foundation stone laying ceremony or inauguration of the building. A beautiful burst size statue of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our Nation blesses us as we enter the main building.

The 10th International Writers’ Festival was organized by India Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Chandigarh. Co-organisers were Indian Ruminations, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and Shruti-the School of Music, Guwahati (Assam) and supported by Writers Club, Chandigarh and International Poets Society, Nellore (Andhra Pradesh). This was the 10th Festival organized by Kafla International- the first nine were held in Chandigarh (2004), Kurukshetra(2006), Agra(2007), Ambala Cantonment(2008), Jaipur(2009), Chennai((2010), Wardha(2011), Bhubaneswar((2012) and Nellore(2013).

This conference was attended by about thirty delegates from the countries like Bangladesh ((9), Croatia ((1), Kazakhstan (1), South Africa (1), Sudan (2), UK (1), USA (1), Uzbekistan (13), Brunei Darussalam(1) and Iran(1).

About 96 Indian delegates attended. Andhra Pradesh(3), Assam(1), Bihar(1), Chandigarh(10), Chhattisgarh(3), Gujarat(6), Haryana(2), Jharkhand(2), Karnataka(6), Kerala(15), Madhya Pradesh(3), Maharashtra(4), Meghalaya(1), Mizoram(1), Odisha(2), Puduchery(2), Punjab(6), Rajasthan(1), Tamilnadu((14), Telengana(7), Tripura(1), Uttar Pradesh(2) and West Bengal(3).

A beautifully designed booklet was brought out by the organizers providing all the details of the Festival along with the extracts of the papers to be submitted and poems to be presented-indeed a great guide to the delegates.

First session of the Festival on 27th was opening Ceremony and Welcome Speeches and release of Books as is usual with such conferences.
Shri Dev Bharadwaj, Director, IICCA welcomed the gathering.

The New Sunday Express, Thiruvananthapuram dated 28th December reported thus:

LITERARY FETE BEGINS
T.Puram: The two day 10th International Literary Meet and the Indian ruminations literary Festival began here on Saturday. Thomas Isaac MLA, who presided over the inaugural function, called for a radical shift in attitudes so as to facilitate the expansion of cultural activities in the country. “This is very much needed if the future generations are not to abandon art and culture and blindly follow the culture of consumerism,” he added. He said that capitalism would “force to convert” leisure time for promoting production. “Here we have a system that breeds greed. One should strive for a society that promotes sustainable development”, he said.

Poet Pudussery Ramachandran inaugurated the meet. He said that Mahatma Gandhi keenly worked for unity of people belonging to different groups. Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi Chairman N. Radhakrishnan, who spoke at the programme, said that the writers have become “change agents” of the society. Writers have the responsibility in molding the future generations, he said. Asror allayarov, a writer and journalist from Uzbekistan, poet Jacob Issac, and Laltluanglina khiangte, who received Padma Shree Award for literature and education in 2006, were also present at the inaugural function of the meet.

The meet held at Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi premises is being jointly organized by Indian Inter-Continental Cultural Association, Indian Ruminations, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and Shruthi School of Music.”

Dr. N Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Indian Council for Gandhian Studies(New Delhi) Working Chairman Kerala Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, and Secretary General: Writers Forum for Harmony(New Delhi) addressed and his presidential address of KAFLA INTERCONTINENTAL”S 10th International writers Festival on the theme “THE IDEAL OF VASUDEIVA KUTUMBAKAM in RAJA RAO’S KANTHAPURA and the GREAT INDIAN WAY, distributed to all delegates proves a wonderful reading.

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After the addresses, a number of new books were released including this writer’s (N V Subbaramana’s) two books- his book of English poems titled “GIFT OF LIFE” translated into Telugu by the poet SRIRAGI, titled “BRATHUKU VARM” was received by PERUGU RAMAKRISHNAN, noted Telugu poet and writer, “THANNIR ALAI” in Tamil translated work of English poems of Japanese poet and the founder of Soka Gokai International, Japan, Daisaku Ikeda by N V Subbaraman was received by Pudussery Ramachandran.

In the two days of conference in all 36 papers by the Indian delegates and five papers of delegates from abroad were presented on different subjects keeping the focus on the main theme of the Conferences including my paper on “TRANSLATION LITERATURE”. Most of the papers were in English and a few in Hindi. All the scholarly papers were well received.

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In all 68 poems in English, Hindi, Malayalam were presented including my 30 line poem in English – “WORLD PEACE- THE NECTAR” and needless to say all were well received.

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Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.
Mr. Thomas Isaac MLA, and former Finance Minister, Kerala delivering address.

In the evenings, songs were rendered in various languages – Hindi, Guajarati, Assamese, Punjabi and Malayalam proving that some of the poets can be great singers too!
On the whole several sessions of Paper submission, poems presentation and singing of songs in the evenings/nights were all well received.
On 27th night there was a candle light procession by the delegates for world peace and harmony and the candles were kept at the feet of Mahatma invoking his blessings and guidance. It was indeed a grand sight to witness!
Hospitality in the form of lunch and dinner was excellent. Typical Kerala food-raw rice, boiled rice, chapathi/roti, dhal, poriyal, sambar, rasam, curd, pappad, payasam , aviyal, raitha and so on- served with love and affection, regard and respect- a great experience indeed!
Timely tea and biscuits served as a great booster to the ‘at- times- tired- minds.’
Certificates were presented, merit awards were given, and mementos were presented to the organizers by the Kerala delegates.
Profuse vote of thanks was proposed by Sandhya and Parinita Goswami.

Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami
Pair behind the show!-Madam Sandhya and Parinita Goswami

It was announced by Prof. Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh that they will be hosting the eleventh International Literary Festival at Dhaka in Bangladesh sometime in September / October 2015.

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Quite a number of delegates went on a picnic tour to Kanyakumari, Southern most point of India that is Bharath on Monday the 29th December 2014.

Organizing such a conference successfully is not an ordinary achievement. Lot of efforts has gone in for days and weeks together to make this festival a memorable one in life time.

Patron Mr. Jacob Isaac, a poet of international eminence and author of several books living in Kerala and South Africa and Mr. Perugu Ramakrishna, a poet and convener, International Poets Society, Nellore (AP) made significant contribution for the success of the conference.

It is no doubt a team work; yet particular compliments should have to be offered to sarva Shri Dev Bharadwaj Director IICCA, Chandigarh, Sandhya, Managing Editor and the Chief Programme Coordinator, Thiruvananthapuram, KG jagadeesan, Secretary, Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi, Thiruvananthapuram, Prof. J T jayasingh, Chief Editor, Indian Ruminations, and coordinator, and Associates Dr. Babitha Marine Justine, Philipose Thathampally, P L Sreedharan Parokode, Sham Singh and Sathi Balwinder Singh.

Yes; with a little more cooperation from the delegates, time could have been better managed. Planting of a sampling in the Gandhi Bhavan in commemoration would have been ideal.

With happy memories of the tenth international writers’ Festival, delegates returned to their headquarters with a firm resolve to pursue world peace and harmony, treating the entire world as one family through literary activities. I, N V Subbaraman, am not an exception!

Yes; those are the “DAYS TO NOURISH AND THOUGHTS TO CHERISH”!

Jai jegath!