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    Tirupur ‘Kodi Katha’ Kumaran – The man who held on to/saved the National Flag

    Many heroic incidents happened during the Independence movement against the British. One of them is the ‘Kodi Katha Kumaran’ episode, which I studied as a part of my Tamil language syllabus during school. ‘Kodi Katha’ Kumaran means ‘A man (Kumaran) who saved the National Flag’. Tirupur is a town near Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. It is famous for garment manufacturing/garment export industries. It is also famous for ‘Tirupur Kumaran’, whose statue has been erected in a central point of the town.

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    Siddhartha Gautama’s Early Life – Was it an essential part of the bigger puzzle?

    Siddhartha Gautama is popularly known as Buddha. He is said to have lived in the 5th Century BC. But in this post, we are concerned about his life, prior to achieving enlightenment. Much before he even set out on the path of achieving enlightenment. Much before he became a Buddha. “Suddhodana (Siddhartha’s father) invited eight Brahman scholars to read the future and all of them gave a dual prediction that the baby (Siddhartha Gautama) would either become a great King or a great Holy man”

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    Was Shakuni Mama’s character in Mahabharat a negative character?

    I guess Shakuni Mama’s character in Mahabharat is one of the most complex and highly misunderstood characters in Mahabharat. Agreed, he was deceitful and misleading but on the whole he was the person responsible for initiating the Mahabharata war which enabled Pandavas to get back their kingdom. Shakuni was the brother of Gandhari, the wife of Dhrutharashtra and mother of Kauravas. As per Wikipedia, it seems Gandhari was married to a goat initially (without the knowledge of Dhrutharashtra) before being married to Dhrutharashtra, according to Sooth Sayers advice. Later on, when Dhrutharashtra came to know about this, he got angry and imprisoned all members of Gandhari’s family.

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    Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – The Iron man of India

    “Nobody likes the division of India and my heart is heavy. But the choice is between one division and many divisions. We must face facts. We cannot give way to emotionalism and sentimentality. We have 75 to 80 percent of India, which we can make strong with our own genius. The (Muslim) league can develop the rest of the country” – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Partition. Such a practical, compassionate and down-to-earth opinion on a very sensitive subject like Partition! But what Patel, Gandhi and any other leader did not anticipate is the scale of the riots that eventually took place due to partition. The character and leadership of a…

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    Book Review – It’s not about the bike : My journey back to life (Lance Armstrong)

    Recently, when me and the popular blogger Kanagu went to Trivandrum, we had a lot of time in the train. So, I requested him to bring a non-fiction book and he brought this one – “Its not about the bike : My journey back to life” by Lance Armstrong. Initially I thought it was about cycle racing. No. Its about something else that is far more important – Reclaiming your life from Cancer! And more importantly living through it all! Initially, the author gives us a glimpse of his childhood, how his mother brought him up as a single parent, how he was introduced to racing cycles and encouraged by…

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    My three favorite Countries and Why I like them

    Outside India, that is. I need to mention here that I have never been to any country outside India myself and I don’t even have a passport! So, the countries listed here are based on my perception of the outside world developed over the years. Perception – We all know that the perceptions we have today would be broken tomorrow (if not today itself!), but still we feel the need to form perceptions of people / communities – Don’t we? Maybe perceptions are like a camouflage for hiding our ignorance! This is not a list of Countries with my favorite (wanna go) tourist places. Its based more on my perception…

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    Ekalavya – The epitome of mastery & devotion in Mahabharata

    If you have to put in a lot of efforts to achieve something that you cherish a lot, how would you feel when someone asks you to forfeit that very same thing? Especially if that someone was a person whom you respected a lot and was the inspiration behind your achievement… Add to this – you are never going to get that something which you cherish, back again! Ekalavya, a character in the Hindu Mythology ‘Mahabharata’, was in such a situation and did what no one else would have done…   Short version of his story is given below. Ekalavya was the son of a Tribal chief who wanted to…

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    Coexistence with Leopards

    “In India, the tiger faces a crisis of extinction, and the elephant faces a crisis of attrition. But with the leopard, its a crisis of adaptation and we must deal with it that way” – Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Union Environment & Forests Minister. “The decision to capture the animal should be the last option. If the captured leopard is to be released, it should be in the immediate vicinity of capture, that is, within the animal’s home range” – Union Ministry of Environment and Forest guidelines.

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    Is a bigger testimony required for India Against Corruption movement?

    (The above video is in Hindi) “I believe in Anna Hazare’s desire that we have a Lokpal bill that is much more powerful than what has been suggested makes tremendous sense. In an economy where there is tremendous interaction with the outside world, unless we communicate with a global standard of honesty and propriety in business transactions, we will suffer (due to corruption)” – N R Narayana Murthy (Source: Economic Times) “Like the country has supported the Indian Cricket team in their struggle to win the world cup, I hope and pray that your struggle, which is infinitely more important, and affects each and every one of us, will get…