Thursday, August 28

Terry Fox- Pencil shading

Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox CC OD (July 28, 1958 – June 28, 1981) was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres (3,339 mi), and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world's largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$600 million has been raised in his name
Source: wiki

Friday, August 22


I know you are not perfect,
But we are definitely connected!

You are a major cultural, economic and educational centre
That makes us awe you with splendour!

You are the Gateway to South India,
which is as colourful as Zinnia!

Thousands of people gathered on the beautiful Marina beach
Some came to listen while others came to preach

One of Chennai's biggest assets is its people,
infectiously enthusiastic about their home town.

They won't hit you with a lot of hustle and hassle,
and they will mostly treat you as a guest rather than a Puzzle!!.

Happy Bday Madras!!! :)

My small contribution on this Madras Day!!!
Image: google

Thursday, August 14

K-Karna, The unsung Hero

     Born to the sun god and a princess, he was destined to rule the world. But as luck would have, his life was marred with inhuman struggle and tests. Throughout his life time he was humiliated as he was known to be the son of a chariot driver. He was second to none in all the qualities associated with royal princes

    In the Battle of mahabharatha,  Karna and Arjuna came face to face and the battle began in earnest!!!!!!Each was Master of his craft and all those around stopped to watch---so over-awed were they by the ferocity and the prowess of both the Warriors.While Krishna's dexterity as a charioteer saved Arjuna many a time,Karna lost his charioteer to an arrow struck by Arjuna.The thick muddy slush of the Battlefield created by the ferocious destruction of Man and Animal held Karna's chariot captive.Karna jumped out to free his chariot ,but it was badly stuck and was sinking deeper and deeper in the muddy slush it was then Krishna asked Arjuna to continue the battle. Karna remembered the curse of the Brahmana ,he like the dying Cow was rooted in the muddy slush!

Krishna immediately stopped the chariot and jumped out and cradled Karna's head on his lap.He asked about Karna's dying wishes there was only one.Karna asked that his last rites be performed on barren land so that all his unfulfilled wishes and dreams should not come back to haunt any future generations and that his cursed soul should attain "Moksha"(Salvation)

Karna remains a tragic figure for millions of Hindus and Indians to this day. He remains a brave hero, a courageous spirit who braved impossible odds in his whole life, and died with terrific courage, valor and honor, to rise to immortality in fame. He is especially famous for his generosity. He is also an example of misjudgment and how that renders all the fine qualities of an individual futile.


Saturday, August 9


Jarasandha was the king of Magadha . He was the son of a Vedic king named BrihadrathaBut he is generally held in negative light owing to his enmity with the Yadava clan in the Mahābhārata..Jarasandh decided to get his two daughters 'Asti and Prapti' married to the heir apparent of MathuraKansa.

When Krishna killed Kansa in Mathura, Jarasandha become enraged because of Krishna and the entire Yadavas clan on seeing his two daughters being widowed. So, Jarasandha attacked Mathura and the Yadavs 17 times. Once his army included the Panchalas and the Kurus among other kings of India. While Krishna and the Yadavs's survived the attacks, sensing danger Krishna relocated his capital city to Dwaraka. 

Dwaraka was an island and it was not possible for anyone to attack it at all. Krishna began a campaign to diminish the power of Jarasandha, one by one eliminating his powerful allies like Kalyavana, Narakshura, Hansha, Dimbaka. . In an another incident when Jarasandha arrests Sakuni and Dhuryodhana, Karna comes to the rescue. Karna fought Jarasandha to a standstill. Jarasandha gifted Malini town to Karna as a prize for his skills.

The eldest Pandava, Yudishtra wanted to perform the Rajasuya Yagya. In order to perform the Rajasuya Yagya, a king had to be declared emperor and all the surrounding kingdoms had to recognize the emperor as their overlord. In order for this to happen, Yudishtra would have to defeat Jarasandha and obtain the title of emperor

Upon reaching Magadha, Krishna, Arjuna and Bheema challenged Jarasandha to a wrestling match. Bheema and Jarasandha fought for days, both equally matched and neither succumbed to the other's blows. Bheema realizing that Jarasandha was an equal match looked to Krishna for help. Now Krishna who knew the story of Jarasandha's birth, picked up a twig from the floor, broke it in two halves and threw the two halves far away from each other.

Bheema now knew what he must do. He threw Jarasandha to the ground, held his legs and split his body in two. He then threw the two halves of Jarasandhafar away from each other so that they might not join. Bheema had defeated Jarasandha and Krishna installed Jarasandha's son as the king of Magadha. In return, Jarasandha's son agreed to be a vassal to the Pandavas


Sunday, August 3

One aspect of Chennai that I would like to change

      This post is a part of the Tablog titled CBC TABLOG-2. CBC is the Chennai Blogging Club which is the most happening Bloggers community. We the members of CBC bring out the Voice of chennai .This Tablog  is a relay of post about "One aspect of Chennai that I would like to change" where 30 members from the group shell out that aspect which we would want to change and make this beautiful city even gorgeous .

       The previous Post in this series is by Kaushik who blogs at Words and Lines. He claims himself to be an introvert. A very talented and a creative young man who is great with his sketches and and his blog posts.

So here's my post for the CBC tablog - 2 titled, 'What Aspect of Chennai that I Would Like to Change.'

சென்னைவாசியின் தாகம்- தமிழ் அன்னையிடம் !

மாற்றம் வேண்டும் அன்னையே !
மாற வேண்டும் சென்னையே!

ஆற்றுமணலை அள்ளும்  கொடுமை
அற்றுப் போக வேண்டுமே!
வறண்டு கிடக்கும் நதியிலெல்லாம் 
நீரோட வேண்டுமே!

மாரி கொண்டுவந்து சேர்த்த 
நீரினாலே சென்னையிலே! 
ஏரி, குளம் ,குட்டையெல்லாம் 
நிரம்பி வழிய வேண்டுமே! 

லாரி நீரை கொண்டு புழங்கும்
அவலம் ஒழிய வேண்டுமே!
குடிநீரை காசுகொடுத்து 
குடித்தல் மாற வேண்டுமே !

கருவிலிருக்கும் குழந்தை போல,
கண்ணை காக்கும் இமையைப்போல  
கட்டிடங்கள் களை எடுத்து  
கண்மாயை காக்க வேண்டுமே !

கனவாக இல்லாமல் - இது 
நினைவாகி போகுமோ !
மனம்நிறைய  மகிழ்ச்சியாக தமிழ்

மக்கள்  நிலை மாறுமோ ?? 

For those who do not read Tamil, Here is the exact translation in English!

Chennai vaasiyin daagam- Tamizh annaiyidam

Maatram vendum annaiye!
maara vendum chennaiye!

aatrumanalai allum kodumai
attrupoga vendume!
varandu kidaikkum nadhiyellam
neeroda vendume!

maarikondu vandhu sertha
neerinale chennaiyile!
yeri, kulam, kuttaiilellam
nirambi vazhiya vendume!

lory neerai kondu pugazhum
avalam ozhiya vendume!
kudi neerai kaasu koduttu
kudittal maara vendume!

karuvilirukkum kuzhandaipola
kannai kaakum imaiyayi pola,
kattidangal kalaiyeduttu
kanmaayai kakka vendume!

kanavaaga illamal- idhu
ninaivaagi pogumo!
manam niraiya magizhchiyaga - tamil
makkal nilai maarumo!?

I would really like to thank my mom for encouraging me to write in tamil and also for proof reading and helping me to place the correct tamil words in the sentences!!

I pass on the batton to Lakshmi Venkatraman blogs at LATENT INQUEST. She  write great poems which are very simple and yet has deep meanings!. all the very best!