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!

INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION DAY-30th September.

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Answering a question during an interview in a leading English online journal INDIAN PERIODICAL I answered a question as follows:

Different Indian languages have literary works of great cultural and artistic value but regionalism often comes in the way of connecting people with great literary works. What is the way to bridge this gap in your opinion?
Yes, India is a vast and diverse country with its rich heritage, culture, religions, languages, literature, scholars, writers, poets and so on. They are indeed great treasures beyond values for the present and posterity.
In a multilingual society and the states on linguistic basis, regionalism of course takes its own toll on many aspects and one important impact is on the literary works of great cultural and artistic value. Due to political and other reasons there is a vast gap in connecting the people. Rightly you have diagnosed the cause for the gap and that is narrow regionalism leading to parochialism. It should therefore, be the foremost duty of the broad and nationalistic minded patriots to create opportunities for the people of religions and regions, languages and cultures to move freely and absorb the greatness from others.
Translation of the rich literary works of each language into other languages of India and English is a sure way of bridging the gap.
Emphasizing on the importance of TRANSLATION in bridging the gap, great National Poet Subramanya Bharathiyar says:
தேமதுரத் தமிழோசை உலகமெலாம்
பரவும்வகை செய்தல் வேண்டும்.
பிறநாட்டு நல்லறிஞர் சாத்திரங்கள்
தமிழ்மொழியிற் பெயர்த்தல் வேண்டும்
திறமான புலமையெனில் வெளிநாட்டோர்
அதைவணக்கம் செய்தல் வேண்டும்.
TRANSLITERATION
Thaemadhurath thamizoasai ulagamelaam
Paravum vagai seythal vaeNdum
Piranaattu nallaringar saaththirangkaL
Thamizmoziyir peyarththal vaeNdum
Thiramaana pulamaiyenil veLinaattoar
Atdhai vaNakkam seythal vaeNtum.
Translation In English
Tami’sl mellifluous sounds
Must reach the world’s utmost bounds.
Translation too we must produce
From foreign classics for our use.
Our genuine greatness and skills and wisdom
The world will recognize and salute hands down.
But then translation is a fine art and science; competent persons for translation from one language to other language/s are to be spotted, sufficient recognition given and motivated to pursue the art of translation. Translation is not simply finding the equivalent words. It is indeed trans- creation; the translator must get into the heart and soul of the original creator and come out with his version presenting the mind of the creator.
It has to be done through print and electronic media. From that angle, I cannot but commend the efforts of Indian Periodical. Educational Institutions should make it a point and policy to prescribe the translated literature in the curriculum at all levels. As extracurricular studies, parents, social service organizations and schools must popularize translated arts and literature. It may not be too much to suggest literary competitions may be floated at many levels on translated literary pieces for all ages, educational standards, rural, urban groups and so on as the competitions have the motivating ability.
Thinking on this line, this INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION DAY is quite heart warming.
International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. The celebrations have been promoted by International Federation of Translators ever since it was set up in 1953. In 1991 FIT launched the idea of an officially recognised International Translation Day to show solidarity of the worldwide translation community in an effort to promote the translation profession in different countries (not necessarily only in Christian ones). This is an opportunity to display pride in a profession that is becoming increasingly essential in the era of progressing globalization
The United Nations General Assembly has passed on May 24, 2017, a resolution declaring September 30 as International Translation Day, an act to recognise the role of professional translation in connecting nations.Eleven countries – Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Paraguay, Qatar, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Vietnam – are the signatories of Draft Resolution A/71/L.68. In addition to the International Federation of Translators, several other organisations have been advocating for this resolution to be adopted: International Association of Conference Interpreters, Critical Link International, International Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters, Red T, World Association of Sign Language Interpreters
On this happy occasion of International Translation Day, I pleasantly look back on my passion for translation and what little that I could achieve, gives me an enormous sense of satisfaction.
Yes, I started my translation journey with the English to Tamil through MTS Academy- a wing of Mylai Thiruvalluvar Tamil Sangam- founded by Dr. Cheyon, former Director of All India Radio, Chennai.
1 “Thiruvalluvar Aththichoodi” in 2001 which also included Avvyar’s, Barathiyar’s and Barathidhasan’s – Translated work from Tamil to English
2. “Voice of Valluvar” ELIXIR OF LIFE” 10 Research Articles on Thiruvalluvar thoughts –Translated work from Tamil to English- l.
3. “CRR at the Peak – Translated work from Tamil to English – a biographical work on the former Chairman of L & T Sri C R Ramakrishnan..
4.”ThirukkuraL” translated from Tamil to English in Haiku format.
Others:
1. “Voice of Ramana” Bagwan Ramana Maharishi’s “AKSHARA MANA MAALAI” in Tamil translated into English in Haiku format.in 2010
2. “Cukkos Song” – Bharathiyar’s epic poem“KUYIL PATTU” in Tamil translated to English. Quite a good number of immortal poetry of Bharathiyar has been translated into Tamil and they were published for more than a year in the Indian Periodical- an accredited online magazine.
3. Translated the English poems under the caption “COSMIC ACCIDENT” of Dr. A Padmanabhan, former Governor of Mizoram and Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu into Tamil “விண்வெளி விபத்து”.
4. Translated the poems of Japanese poet Daisaku Ikeda from English to Tamil “தண்ணீர் ஓசை” and published in 2013.
5. “REIKI in Human Welfare”- A book on REIKI translated from Tamil to English.
6. Translation of Tagore’s Gitanjali into Tamil with explanation in 2014 by UMI Publications.(UNIQUE MEDIA INTEGRATORS
7. “Chithra Guptha” – History of Lord Chithra Guptha in Tamil by Sri A K Selvadurai–Translated from Tamil to English in 2015.
8. Tamil epic poem of Poet Narana. Manivannan titled “பிரபஞ்சம் ஒரு தேரோட்டம்” translated into English captioned “UNIVERSE- A CHARIOT ON THE MOVE”**
TELUGU TO TAMIL
Thiruvaiyaru Thyagaraja’s PANCHARATNA KEERTHANAS were translated from Telugu to Tamil and the same was rendered by a music troupe from Madurai and was brought out s a CD with a printed Booklet.
Yes,when I started my translation journey from the MTS Academy, I never imagined that I will go this far! Translation of a prose to prose my not be that difficult;but translation of a verse in any form to a verse of the same form indeed poses a formidable challenge to the translator.
All my translations are Verse in English to Tamil and vice versa! I was pleasantly surprised that a literary Organization called “SOUTH INDIA SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ACADEMY” based at Chennai honored me with their ADMIRABLE ACHIEVER AWARD for my trans-creational (TRANSLATION) work in 2015!
My fancy for Translation Literature attracted a literary organization- “The South Indian Social and Cultural Academy”, Chennai and they in an impressive function held here in Chennai Hotel Palmgrove on 26/12/2015, honored me with the title “மொழியாக்கச் செம்மல்” (An accomplished Translator). Retd. Madras High Court Judge Hon’ble Pon. Bhaskaran handed over the trophy.
Again taking into account all my literary pursuits including TRANSLATION, United Writers Association of India from Chennai and Simhapuri Fine Arts Academy of Nellore honored me with their respective ADMIRABLE ACHIEVERS AWARD 2018! NTR MEMORIAL ALL INDIA AWARD 2018! The former was handed over by the Hon. Union Minister Ganesh Prabhu and the later by two of the Hon. AP Ministers.
I vividly recall my presentation of a paper on TRANSLATION LITERATURE in the 10th International Writers Festival and Indian Ruminations Literary Festival held in Thiruvananthapuram in December 2014.
I concluded my paper in the following words:
CONCLUSION
I know the futility of bringing out a great topic such as “TRANSLATION LITERATURE” within a frame of 3500 to 4000 words. Yet I have made an honest attempt to present a paper based purely on my personal experience as a translator to this august audience drawn from different parts of the globe. I hope you will find something worthwhile out of this. I thank you all for your patience and the organizers for having given such a wonderful opportunity to present this to you.
Wishing you and your family members a very happy and healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year 2015!
Thank you!
Those who are interested for more details, may please read the Blog post titled IN THE WONDERLAND OF TRANSLATION LITERATURE from the archives -posted on 3rd January 2016.
With this we end this Sunday story rededicating on this auspicious dy of INTERNATIONAL TRANSLATION DAY to pursue my passion of TRANSLATION!

 

Presenting the paper on Translation Literature in the THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Conference in 2014,

 

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BHANU JAYANTHI-July 13th.

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Bhanu bhakta Acharya Nepalese poet and writer
Born this day thirteenth July in Eighteen Fourteen translated
Great epic Ramayana from Sanskrit to “Khas language” !
Born in Chundi Ramgha, Tanahun, Nepal.First to translate the epic!

Though many contemporary great poets in the country
He is honored as Adikavi -First poet of Nepal. bounty
He received education at home from his grandfather-scholar.
His birthday is celebrated as Bhanu Jayanti! holy day with flavor!

Various literary festivals organized to honor him
Programs of recitations, art, academic and poetic!
Ramayana in original Sanskrit- now in languages
Several! Indeed a  great wealth of India that is Bharat!

 

 

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“MAHATMA’S PEACE MARCH DAY” IS TODAY

After riots broke out in Nowkali, East Bengal.

Lord Almighty-my great God created the universe
Gives wisdom enough to keep peace and poise in entire course
Sans hatred and enmity, disharmony and distrust
Alas! Man in his own thoughts and views spoil that trust!

In our onward journey to freedom, hardles several
We had to cross- through his methods unique overall
Father of our Nation guided with his non violent means
When partition was announced he opposed with all his strength!

Opposed to unity, people created ruckus- the society
Went into flames- violence erupted between the two
communities major and in his style began the peace march
On this day in ninety forty seven on hand a peace torch!

DR. KALAM – A DIFFERENT DELIGHT! (27th July)

On Facebook, President APJ Abdul Kalam's Aide Recalls His Last Day

Dr. Abdul kalam with his aide Srijan Pal Sing on the last day of his life-27/7/2015.

 

Strange coincidence though it was two great leaders  died
Twenty Seventh day of a month- May Nehruji entered
And July Doctor Kalam reached heavenly abodes
Two of the tallest leaders served the holy land!

A lover of Karnatic music Kalam was loved
My Tamil translation of Thyagayya’s gems five proud
Listened personally sung by great artists at night
Ten at Madurai at the artists’ humble homes- a delight!

A noble first citizen of Bharath – our homeland
Moved so freely with all in simple style- made wonderland
Lives ever in the minds of all- on this sad day
We pay our respects to him in all humility.

 

In this regard kindly read the  connected posts to Dr. Abdul Kalam viz
1. A great day with Dr. Abdul Kalam -on 15/3/2015
2. A great Day with Dr. Abdul Kalam on 27/7/2015.
3. A strange paradox on 2/8/2015.
4. Thyagaraja Aradhana Is Today. on 17/1/2017.

all available in the archives of this blog.

 

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POETRY AND POETS- UNIVERSAL!

I very strongly hold with several thousand that Poets are the Ambassadors of Peace and beyond region and religion, language and sex! Poetry of any genre preaches peace and harmony, joy and happiness, friendship and camaraderie to all those who have an innate love for this world of literature. Poetry gives birth to music which is Divine. Even the trees and plants enjoy music as birds and animals and grow as scientifically proved!
Poets of all ages and nations all over the world have the same frame of mind, views and style, expression and experiences!
Here is a small account that triggered this Sunday Story in ENVIUS THOUGHTS in https://nvsr.wordpress.com.
My esteemed viewers are well aware of one of the tallest Tamil Poet- a great nationalist, a tireless patriot who galvanized the society through his poetry – patriotic, religious, social, revolutionary, literary and so on.I have given quite a few of his in the Blog with the original in Tamil, Transliteration and Translation in English and comments in English for the benefit of my great viewers from more than 210 countries of the globe.
Since July 2016 a very popular and nice online Magazine “INDIAN PERIODICAL” has been publishing my articles every week regularly and every article has hundreds of viewers’ and views.

On 8th July the following article was published and it was sent by me to all my poet friends across the globe.
Mahakavi Bharathiyar-“Address to the Lord Yama”
July 8, 2017 5:09 pm•2 comments Views: 182
By N.V. Subbaraman from Chennai, India
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
பல்லவி
காலா! உனைநான் சிறு புல்லென மதிக்கிறேன்; என்றன்
காலருகே வாடா! சற்றே உனை மிதிக்கிறேன் – அட (காலா)
சரணங்கள்
1. வேலாயுத விருதினைமனதிற் பதிக்கிறேன் – நல்ல
வேதாந்த முரைத்த ஞானியர் தமை யெண்ணித் துதிக்கிறேன்-ஆதி
மூலா வென்று யானையைக் காக்கவே – நின்றன்
முதலைக்கு நேர்ந்ததை மறந்தாயோ கெட்ட மூடனே?-அட(காலா)
2. ஆலாலமுண்டவனடி காணென்ற மார்க்கண்டன் – தன
தாவி கவரப்போய் நீ பட்டபாட்டினை அறிகுவன் – இங்கு
நாலாயிரம் காதம் விட்டகல்! உனைவிதிக்கிறேன் –ஹரி
நாராயண னாகநின் முன்னே உதிக்கிறேன் – அட (காலா)
Transliteration
KALANUKKU URAITHTHAL
Pallavi
Kaalaa! Unainaan sirupullena mathikkiraen-endran
Kaalarugae vaadaa! Satrae unai mithikkiraen-ada(kaalaa)
SaraNangaL
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)
2. Aalaala mundavanadi saraNenra maarkaNdan – thana
Dhaavi kavarappoay nee patta paattinai ariguvaen – ingu
Naalaayiram kaadham viitagal! Unai vidhikkiraen – hari
NaaraayaNa naaganin munnae udhikkiraen – ada (kaalaa)

TRANSLATION
Yamaa! I treat you as a trivial grass-
Come near my feet! I shall simply stamp you ! Yah (Yamaa)
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)

MarkaNda- who surrendered to the Lord Shiva who gulped Poi
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)
Comment:
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!
On seeing this,
One of the distinguished Israeli Poets Dr.Hayim Abramson (Ph.D and M A) living in Bet EI, Israel responded as below. He teaches at the Israeli Center, Jerusalem and in other settings too. He writes poetry in Hebrew, English and Spanish. He can be reached by Phone 02 9975 433 and Email: hayimphd@netvision.net.il

Hayim Abramson
Dear Honorable M. Subbaraman NV:
I read the poem. It is interesting how from different cultures we can have such common themes.
In this case defying death.
I have one comfort which is this:

Our God is infinite.
He extends across and beyond time.
He knows all.
Therefore he knows we existed
and what we did.
Long after we have been forgotten.

Subbaraman NV
to Hayim
Thanks for your scholarly response.
N v Subbaraman

Hayim Abramson
to me

The system would not let me post this revised poem.
Perhaps you want to post it instead of the previous one…
Hayim

[6567] DEFYING DEATH
In different cultures
We have common themes
Such as how to defy death!.
Take heed and know that
God is infinite,
Across and beyond time!
He knows all things
Including that we ever existed
And that we did what we did
After we have been forgotten!.
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http://indianperiodical.com/2016/09/list-of-contents/
Mahakavi Bharathiyar- on “Address to the Lord Yama”
Monday, July 10, 2017 in an article with commentary
and translations by N V Subbaraman,

Subbaraman NV
to Hayim
Sure Dr. In an appropriate manner. Thanks.
N V Subbaraman
Dear and Honored M. Subbaraman,
Thank you for following things through. I appreciate knowing
that you are very busy indeed!
May Hashem God keep you well. The main thing is to take one
little problem at a time, but do not take the glitches to heart,
these are the mechanics of getting something done.
Have a lovely day, full of light, joy and good things for you and family.
Hayim

CHALLENGES
Life’s little problems
do not take too hard to heart
they’re just challenges.

Since I thought this is a very unique response and has to be shared in the form of a Sunday Story in ENVIUS THOUGHTS/ Thanks for all your support.
Meet you as usual on Monday. Thanks.

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Mahakavi Bharathiyar,( 1882-1921) one of the greatest national poets from Tamilnadu is a multi faceted personality. Through his inspiring poems raised the people of Tamilnadu against the British which ultimately resulted in Indian Independence. He has to his credit a number of epics and “cuckoos song” is one such. The readers especially English knowing devotees of Bharathi will enjoy every bit of this epic poem translated into English.

 

 

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Bhagawan Ramana, the Saint of Thiruvannamalai, world renowned philosopher saint is the repository of all wisdom and has many works to his credit. One is his Akshara Mana Mala which has been acclaimed as one of the best. Here is the work translated into English in Haiku/ Tanka format for Ramana’s devotees to read and enjoy.

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