TALE OF A BLOGGER-35 “AMIDST THE MEXICAN POETS!”

Mexican poets with Mr. VA.Mu. Sethuraman, President of the Meet and others.

This TALE 35 will focus on a great event that took place on Wednesday, the ninth October this month in a fantastic and unique higher educational institution on the outskirts of the great city of Chennai .

The SOKA IKEDA COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE FOR WOMEN, Chennai (an ISO certified Institution and the proud recipient of “THE INSTITUTION OF EXCELLENCE AWARD” conferred  by the Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi) founded by

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Dr. Sethu Kumanan, one of the greatest educationists of Tamilnadu.

He is Dr. Sethu Kumanan hailing from the rural hamlet Kandaramanickam, Sivagangai District is the son of a very great and humane teacher Mr KR Sethu, who is a legend on his own. Mr Kumanan graduated from Raja Duraisingam Memorial College affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University and pursued higher studies in Annamalai University.

He has a passion for teaching and he is a true educationist.

He has received innumerable awards including MUDIYARASAN AWARD on 7th inst. At Karaikudi.

He is a passionate writer. Our former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdulkalamji has appreciated him personally for his collection of poems written in Tamil.

He has written many books including Malaysia Manimakudam, Idayathul Israel, Masakthi Ikeda, Mexicovil Tamil Kavidaigal and Petra – A travelogue of the trip to Jordan – A compilation of photographs.

He has infinite talents in the film media and he had produced many short films like “Veeramangai Velunachiar”, a film on the brave historical women, “Ellaiyilla Paarvai” – Vision beyond boundaries. These films had the vision to create values in the younger generation. The short film titled “Kadavulai Kandaen “– Saw the Almighty – a real story of Sethu Bhaskara School student, “Bimbam” -to highlight the value of parents and the need to take care of them in their old age and the film titled “Kalviyin Kaimaru”-to inculcate the humane quality of compassion in the mind of everyone are some of his exemplary works and masterpieces.

He is the Correspondent & Managing Trustee of the Sethu Valliammal Educational Trust which renders yeomen service to the society by running many educational institutions of repute, which include:

Sethu Bhaskara Matric. Higher Secondary School (Recognised by Govt. of Tamilnadu), Pudur, Ambattur.

Dr. Ikeda Karunayagam, Anna Nagar West, Chennai.

Sethu Bhaskara Technical Institute, (Recognised by Govt. of India and Govt. of Tamil Nadu)Kandramanickam, Sivaganga Dist.

Soka Ikeda College of Arts & Science for Women (Affiliated to Madras University) , Madhanangkuppam, Chennai 600 099.

Sethu Irani Matriculation School, Kandramanickam.

Sethu Bhasakara Agricultural College and Research Foundation, Visalayankottai, Karaikudi.

Dr Sethu Kumanan holds the prestigious post of the Honorary Senate Member, Middle East University, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. He is the Editor & Publisher Iniya Ikeda ( An International Magazine) and the Managing Trustee, Village Community Hall – Sri Manickanachi Amman Marriage Hall, Kandramanickam, Sivagangai Dist.

He has visited many countries and participated in several International Poets Conferences. They are  Meets held in Turkey, Israel, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Finland, Slovakia, S. Korea, Mexico, Greece, Romania, U.S.A, Switzerland, Australia, Mongolia and Hungary. He has visited more than 60 countries encompassing all the continents and far-flung areas like Arctic and Antarctic regions of the world.

Dr. Sethu Kumanan aspired to achieve something significant in the field of education. With the moral and financial support of his maternal uncle and father-in-law Mr Sethu Bhaskaran, he started a school in 1988 under the banner “Sethu Bhaskara Matriculation Higher Secondary School” at Pudur, Ambattur, Chennai 600 053 with just eight students. The school has now grown up with the guidance and support of numerous well-wishers to the extent of producing state ranks. The school strength is now nearly 8000.

The school imparts value-based education to children, who are mostly first-generation school-goers. Hailing from an economically backward family, Dr Sethu Kumanan could appreciate how financial difficulties could hinder the academic progress of an individual. Sethu Bhaskara MHS school offers concessions within its means and occasionally beyond, to the needy, so as not to deprive a child of knowledge just for want of money.

In Sethu Bhaskara, apart from offering free education and fee concessions to the wards of their staff, the school tries to extend the facility to other students also – parentless, fatherless, financially backward and on medical grounds. Around 248 students enjoy free education. These students and the visually- challenged will come under the banner Dr. Ikeda School Students. The meritorious students – proficient in academics as well in sports are given free education to encourage them and to motivate other students.

Sethu Bhaskara School enjoys the pride of being the first English Medium School in India to launch Integrated Education for the visually-challenged children. The School Management willingly and happily bears the responsibility of providing free education, transport, uniform etc. to the twenty-two visually-challenged students who are covered by this scheme.

The most striking part of this scheme is the mingling of these students with the students in the general stream, by which they attend classes along with the normal children in the regular classrooms. As these children are able to mingle with other students, they gain the confidence that they can cope up with the peers who have normal vision.

Dr. Sethu Kumanan strongly believes that it is not enough just to sympathise with the visually-challenged. Instead, we should see what best can be done for them. That is the reason why all efforts have been taken to initiate to help the visually-challenged enjoy their rights to live happily as others do, by giving them education, which is like eyes to every human being.

Dr. Sethu Kumanan started an Industrial Training Center in his native village Kandramanickam in the year 1997 “ Sethu Bhaskara I.T.C.” with an aim to make them capable bread-winners. The students are trained in different fields – Fitter, Wireman and Electrician etc. Around 300 students have successfully completed the course and are now comfortably placed locally and abroad. He has also started Sethu Irani Matric.Hr.Sec.School in the year 1998 to impart education to students in his native village. More than 500 students are studying.

Taken up by the viewpoint of the great Japanese philosopher Dr.Daisaku Ikeda, an enthusiastic educationist and ardent follower of Gandhian principles, Dr. Sethu Kumanan decided to follow his path. Dr.Ikeda, his mentor, fervently believes in educating the people of the rural area and in the empowerment of women. His adoration for this noble personality lead to the founding of a college exclusively for women, an institution to cater to the educational needs of the rural women in the name of the renowned educationist “ Soka Ikeda College of Arts and Science for Women, Chennai 600 099 in the year 2000. Rightly as the banner specifies, the college imparts value-based education.

It is a matter of pride that the college has been identified as the “Institution of Excellence” by the National Advisory Committee of Indian Council of Gandhian Studies, New Delhi for the services in the field of women’s education and empowerment.

The Father of our Nation has said, Agriculture is the backbone of our nation. However, it is disheartening to see that agriculture is being denied prominence and fields are being transformed to plots for construction. With a vision to revive the interest of the younger generation in farming, he has started Sethu Bhaskara Agricultural College and Research Foundation at Visalayankottai, Karaikudi Taluk, very close to his native place, Kandramanickam, Sivagangai District

Dr. Sethu Kumanan’s dreams are thus coming true by the Grace of God and the good wishes of countless well-wishers. There are yet many dreams of his to take shape, in the words of Robert Frost.

“And miles to go before I sleep And miles to go before I sleep”.

His service in the field of Education is tremendous. Pudur and Madhanangkuppam have found their place in the Indian map of education on account of Dr.Sethu Kumanan. Here is a great man who strives for women empowerment. Thanks to his noble vision, many girls of the rural area of Madhanangkuppam have become graduates and have been placed well in reputed organizations.

The best feature of his character is his humility. It is this humbleness that makes him all the more a great personality.

A helping hand to the needy “hands that help are better than the lips that pray.

Dr. Sethu Kumanan is a benevolent giver who is ready to help the needy. He has helped so many financially backward students in their education.

Dr. Sethu Kumanan hosted SIXTEEN Mexican Poets in the MEXICAN POETRY CENTER in his college referred to above in which several Indian poets including this blogger were invited. College was the venue of the Meet.

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The following Mexican Poets and Indian Poets participated in the Meet. With a well-laid agenda, there was an Exhibition and Presentation-Literature and Poetry, India, Japan and MEXICO.

After a pleasing invocation praying Lord Ganesha, Dr R. SandhyaChairman Dr.Sethukumanan addressed.  Madam Lakshmi welcomed the guests. All the Guests were honoured in our traditional manner.  After some discussions, poems were presented by all the participating poets.

HEARTY WELCOME SPANISH POETS!

India that is Bharat- my sacred holy Motherland great
Taught us “ATITHI DEVO BHAVA”-treat guests as Gods sure a treat!
Hearty welcome, learned Spanish poets-with a culture holy
You are welcome with your rich heritage and tradition jolly! (4)

Spanish literature- poetry, prose, and drama in thy language

In the Kingdom of Spain  development coincided with Catalan Literature, Galician gels well with Latin, Jewish, and Arabic traditions.  Literature of Spanish America important branch of Spanish literature, With its own particular characteristics from the earliest years of Spain’s Conquest of the Americas quite impressive worthy of gains!   (10)

In Medieval Spanish literature, vernacular Romance-based literature, Mix Muslim, Jewish, and Christian culture.  Great is the epic matured Poem Cantar de Mio Cid, written in eleven hundred and forty. Lyric Poetry in the Middle Ages has popular poems and the courtly poetry
Of the nobles. In the Renaissance important topic was art of poetry.  (15)
In romanticism era the beginning of the nineteenth century nice
Topics are: the poetry of Espronceda”>José de Espronceda and other poets-wise.
In modernism several currents appear: Parnasianism. Symbolism, And Creationism.  Around nineteen twenty younger group of poets
Began publishing works that revealed the extent to which younger
Artists were absorbing the literary experimentation of the earlier writers. Poets were closely tied to formal academia- wonderful creators!   (22)

The Spanish Civil War had an adverse impact on Spanish writing. Among the handful of civil war poets and writers, Miguel Hernández stands out. You are from such a glorious tradition!

We in Chennai extend warm welcome with admiration! (26)

Post Lunch there was a very nice cultural program by the students-dance and singing. The cultural program was well received by the visiting dignitaries.

 

On the whole the occasion was great and hard to get back ! Green memories will remain so for years to come!

Mexican poets  around the Rangoli greatly appreciated and enjoyed by them

(Photos sent by Prof. Kanmani of the college)

October 7th-MAHA NAVAMI

 

Maha Navami

Maha Navami  is today the Seventh October-a holy day
For all who practice Hinduism! Gift of  our Motherland!
MAHA NAVAMI means GREAT NINEH DAY! During the Dussehra Festival
Festival of Nine Nights-dedicated to Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati
Goddesses of Valour, Wealth and Wisdom- three most essential for all!
The society to be at peace and plenty, noble and harmonious!

Maha Navami festival dedicated to Maa Durga and her nine avatars.
People worship the different avatars of Durga in different parts
On this day, the Mahisasurmardini, who killed the buffalo demon,
Form of Durga is worshipped. on this auspicious Maha Navami,
Goddess killed the evil Mahisasur. Navami is the day to laud
The victory of good over evil.Devotees worship for the protection
Of their family from all the obstacles and difficulties in life.
Goddess Durga empowers her devotees to fulfill all their ambitions
attain success. Maha Navami is an auspicious day to start something new. Let us invoke their grace and blessings today!

VALLALAR BIRTH DAY IS*37

IS*37-Indian Saints 37

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Proud Indians we are blessed with the great Saints and Seers all over
Gifted by the great Bharata Mata ! East or West, North or South
To make Indian society noble, harmonious with peace and poise
One from Tamilnadu is the great Poet Saint Ramalinga Vallalar!

Arutprakasa Vallalār Chidambaram Ramalingam born on this day
In Eighteen Twenty Three lived upto thirtieth January Eighteen Seventy Four,
Ramalingam as his name, but known as Vallalār- Ramalinga Swamigal-Ramalinga Adigal,
Most famous Tamil Saints-one of greatest Tamil poets belonging “gnana siddhars”.

Samarasa Suddha Sanmarga Sathya Sangam passed on by him in theory and practice
By his personal way of living- an inspiration for all.Suddha Sanmarga Sangam,
Succeeded in eliminating caste system. prime aspects of human life- love with
Charity and divine practice leading to achievement of pure knowledge.

He worshipped the flame of a lighted lamp as a symbol of eternal Power
He could make the lamp glow with water- with his divine power
Musician and poet, composed nearly six thousand poems teaching
Universal love and peace, ‘Six Thiru Muraigal’, Thiruvarutpa holy book of grace.
Manumurai Kanda Vāsagam describing the life of Manu Needhi Cholan yet another work.

GRAND GUNTUR IPF 2019 -Part I

 

Poet delegates of the 12th Guntur International Poetry Festival including me and Nivetha were honoured with the above.-1 Angavastram with Gipf logo printed.2 Shawl. 3 Certificate. 4 Memento 5.Badge 6 Peace flag. 7 Peace card. 8 Anthology The Vase. 9.Ready made headgear -turban. It is my pleasure to share with you my good friends.
The statement : Art and literature of the highest order cannot flourish in a world which is increasingly becoming mechanical and the society a rocket has been falsified in the grand TWELFTH GUNTUR INTERNATIONAL POETRY FESTIVAL 2019 organized by Shri Dr. Prof. Gopichand , Madam Dr. Prof. Nagasuseela of JKC college Guntur on two days 19th and 20th this month in a manner none can dream of organizing-so meticulously , so devotedly, so fondly, so loyally………………..They were lovingly assisted by their daughter Sow.Pushyami and Doctor to be son Saichand Paruchuri, PROFESSORS OF ENGLISH THY NAME IS HOSPITALITY INCARNATION!
About 300 poets all over from different countries participated with great enthusiasm travelling long distances in miles by air, by train, by cars, bu bus etc.
It is said that this POetry Festival is something UNIQUE in the Poetry World!
This is our -N V Subbaraman and S.Nivetha – SECOND participation-11th and 12th Festivals in 2018 and 2019!


I presented the following poems:
A Writers Prayer- in English and its Telugu version and a Tamil poetry on Bharathiyar-the greatest National, patriotic poet from Tamilnadu who passed away in 1917 yet his name and fame as a poet remain in tact!
A WRITER’S PRAYER

Oh! Goddess of knowledge and wisdom
Blessed I am to be gifted with the art of writing
Thousands of lines of prose and verse giving
Message of peace and love, unity and compassion
Millions I know read me with veneration
Whom I should not misguide and drive
To wrong ways of life but to noble path to strive!

I know I am not a teacher or preacher
But I have a duty to my readers
Help me think with vision and mission
Present to the society in language of cushion!

Let me serve through my mighty pen
And join the band of noble men
Sure pen is mightier than the sword
Guide me take this world high above board!

BIODATA :
Bilingual Poet Dr. N V Subbaraman, retired Deputy Zonal Manager, LIC of India is settled in Chennai Tamilnadu. He has authored 40 books in English and Tamil and the recipient of 46 rewards. Has attended a number of Literary Meets and presented poems and papers. Member of India Poetry Circle. Holder of Asia Pacific Book of Records. World Records University has conferred Doctorate on him. His Blog Envius Thoughts in https://nvsr.wordpress.com hasd been viewed by more than 2,03,000 persons from 219 countries.

தீங்கிழைக்கும் தீயவரை!

கவிஞர் என். வி சுப்பராமன்,
12/1045, ஜீவன் பீமா நகர், சென்னை
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பாரதிரப் பாடிய பாரதியை
பாடிடவே நாட்டம் வைத்தேன்
வானதிரக் குரல்கொடுத்த புலவனவன்
பெருமைதனைப் போற்றிடவே ஆவல் கொண்டேன்!
பக்திவெள்ளம் பாய்ந்திடவே
பாமாலை தொடுத்திட்ட பேரறிஞன் பாரதியைப்
புகழ்ந்திடவே உவகை கொண்டேன்!
சுதந்திரத் தீயினையே நாட்டினிலே எரியவிட்ட
உயர்ந்த தமிழ்க் கவிஞனுக்குப் புகழாரம்
சூட்டிடவே திட்டம் வைத்தேன்!
பாஞ்சாலி சபதம் தந்த பாவாணன்
பெருமைதனைக் கூறிடவே ஆசைகொண்டேன்!

நூறாண்டு நம்மனதில் வாழ்ந்துவிட்ட
பேராண்மைப் பெரியவன்தன் கொள்கைதனை
நாடெங்கும் பரப்பிடவே சூளுரைப்போம்!
ஒன்றுபட்டால் உண்டு வாழ்வென்று
நன்று சொன்ன பாரதியின் வாக்கதனை
ஊரெங்கும் உணர்த்திடவே சபதம் செய்வோம்!

மதந்தனிலும் சாதியிலும் பெருமையில்லை
மனிதனாய் வாழ்வதில்தான் பெருமையுண்டு
என எண்ணத்தால், செயலால் வாழ்ந்த
ஒற்றுமைக் கவிஞன் வாழ்ந்த நாட்டில்
மதத்தின் பெயரினிலே சாதியின் வெறியினிலே
குழப்பம் செயும் சழக்கர்
குழுவினர்தம் சதிதனையே முறியடிப்போம்!
பாரதி கண்ட ஒருமைப்பாட்டை
பாரதத்தில் நிலைபெறச் செய்திடுவோம்
இந்நாட்டின் ஒற்றுமைக்குத்
தீங்கிழைக்கும் தீயவரைத்
தீயில் இடுவோம்!
எந்நாளும் பாரதத்தின் புகழ் மணக்கப்
பாடுபடும் நல்லோரின் அடிச்சுவட்டில் நடந்திடுவோம்!

 

Here is the poem presented by S.Nivetha
HIDDEN TREASURE…!

    1.     Nivetha

12/2045, Jeevan Bima Nagar
Chennai 600101

When we started thinking of finding a correct path;
It automatically shifts and pulls us to the wrath;
We usually met many people while we travel;
We come up with many struggles and battle;
Everyone does not get the same treasure;
Every people’s treasures have different measures;
Focusing on your goals is treasure;
So, take it as positive pleasure;
Imagination and expectation towards finding things are worst;
Execute what you think to fulfill your thirst;
The treasure was nothing but the people’s mind;
But the words spoken out from their mind made me blind.

BIO DATA:
S.Nivetha, National Book of Records for Children for having attended as a Poet Delegate in International Multi Lingual Poets Meet held in 2016 at Vijayawada. She is a student of III B CA in a leading women’s college in Chennai.  She recollects her participation and presentation of her English poem in Guntur International Poetry Festival in 2018 with great pride and pleasure.

Banner displaying the photos of a section of Indian poets kept in the venue.3rd row 7th S.Nivetha and 4th row 8th N V Subbaraman

So this much is for Part I as a Sunday story this week .Part II will appear in the next week’s Sunday story on 29th September.

We shall continue to view the Blog tomorrow and till then GOOD BYE!

 

 

 

Avvaiyar IS*36

IS* Indian Saint

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Avvaiyar (c. 1st and 2nd century AD), Tamil literature

ஔவைக் கிழவி நம் கிழவி
 அமுதின் இனிய சொற்கிழவி
 செவ்வை நெறிகள் பற்பலவும்
 தெரியக் காட்டும் தமிழ்க்கிழவி

 கூழுக்காகக் கவி பாடும்
 கூனற் கிழவி அவர் உரையை
 வாழும் வாழ்வில் ஒரு நாளும்
 மறவோம் மறவோம் மறவோமே

TRANSLITERATION
Avvai kizavi nam kizavi
Amudhin iniya sorkizavi
Sevvai nerikaL parpalavum
Theriyak kaattum thamizk kizavi.

Koozukkaaka kavi paadum
Koonar kizavi avar uraiyai
vaazum vaazvil oru naaLum
maravom, maravom, maravomae!

TRANSLATION
Avvai old lady is our old lady
Giving words  sweeter than nectar
Many many noble principles
Showing old lady Tamil old lady!

Singing poems for food
Hunchbaked lady her words of wisdom
Not a day in our living life
Will not forget, will not forget, will not forget!

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Picture depicts Lord Muruga outwitting Avvayar with ”சுட்டபழம் வேணுமா, சுடாத பழம் வேணுமா” episode!

Bharathiyar Memory Day 11th September

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One of the three of my mentors from their heavenly aboard
Is mahakavi Bharathiyar- greatest National Patriotic
Tamil poet who takes me by his hands once I step out of my home
And brings me back my home safe and sound! yesterday was his death day.

His Dhasa’ -disciple -Bharathi Dasan paid glowing tributes:
In TAMIL
”உய்வகை காட்டும் உயர் தமிழுக்குப்
புது நெறி காட்டிய புலவன் பாரதி”

”பைந்தமிழ்த் தேர்ப்பாகன், அவனொரு
செந்தமிழ்த் தேனீ, சிந்துக்குத் தந்தை!
குவிக்கும் கவிதைக் குயில்! இந்நாட்டினைக்
கவிழ்க்கும் பகையைக் கவிழ்க்கும் கவிமுரசு
நீடுதுயில் நீக்கப் பாடி வந்த நிலா;
காடு கமழும் கற் பூரச் சொர்கோ!
கற்பனை ஊற்றாம் கதையின் புதையல்
திறம் பாட வந்த மறவன். புதிய
அறம் பாட வந்த அறிஞன், நாட்டிற்
படரும் சாதிப் படைக்கு மருந்து!
மண்டும் மதங்கள் அண்டா நெருப்பவன்;
அயலார் எதிர்ப்புக் கணையா விளக்கவன்”

TRANSLITERATION:
“Uyvagai kaattum uyar thamizukku
Pudhu neri kaattiya pulavan Bhaarathi”

“Painthamizth thaerppaagan, avanoru
senthamizththaenii,sindhukkuth thandhai!
kuvikkum kavithaik kuyil!In naattinaik
kavizkkum paghaiyaik kavizkkum kavimurasu
Needu thuyil neekkap paativandha nilaa;
kaadu kamazum kar pooras chorko!
karpanai ootraam, kadhaiyin pudhaiyal
Thiram paada vandha maravan. pudhiya
Aram paada vandha arignan, naattir
Padarum saadhip padaikku marundhu!
MaNdum madhangkaL aNdaa neruppavan;
Ayalaar ethir5pppuk kaNaiyaa viLakkavan.”

TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH
For great Tamil that lifts the man
New dimension was added by Poet Bharathi

A chareeteer for beautiful Tamil
He is a honey bee of Tamil, father of Sindhu!
He is a sweet voiced cuckoo!A great Poetic Drum
to defeat the enemies of the Nation.
He is a poetic Moon who came to rid of long sleep!
The scented camphor in the garden of poetry.
He is the treasure of writings with the stream of imagination
A great captain of Poets
A poet who came ti sing of nobility
A medicine for the ills of castes
Religions cannot divide and put out
The light among the poets!

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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.

June 2019 METVERSE MUSE FIRST COVER.