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Hi, going out of station – to Sringeri, to have Sri Sharadamba and Sri Gurugalu’s darshan. Will pray for all of you!

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This morning i was pained beyond verbal expression on reading a news item in Indian Express, print edition, Bangalore. It seems for this Christmas celebration and holidaying, our Prez Prathibha and 10 of her kith and kin decided to holiday at Andaman & Nicobar island and you know what was the repercussion of her decision?! 60 most precious trees in the most environmentally protected park there were mercilessly cut down just to make a helipad for her jolly landing! Can anything be more environmentally dishonourable act?? And the personal secretary of hers has the cheek to say that he was not aware of how many trees were going to be cut and he has passed the buck to the forest officer of that island.  Is this not a blatant environmental abuse? – just to please our president madam and her party for a mere stay of 2-3 days, how could they order cutting of 60 most precious trees which must have been 200 to 300 year old?? When our prez decides to holiday at a place, is it not her foremost duty to see that the environment of the surroundings are not harmed in anyway by her visit? It is the most atrocious assault that every environmental activist and lover should very strongly protest! We citizens can not keep our eyes and ears shut to such a crime on the environment, that too in such a peace loving and peace spreading place like Andamans.

It is not just this. Just to accommodate her entourage, all advance bookings done by the travellers to these 5-star resorts for Christmas and New year vacation were unceremoniously cancelled, telling all of them that they had to give priority to the VVIPs! Did they not understand the hardship and inconveniences that these travellers and tourists are put into and what an image India would create in the minds of the Foreign tourists!

I understand that hundreds and thousands of trees are being cut down everywhere to make way for civilization. But the cutting down of trees is atleast helping thousands of people to build their homes, industries and somewhere adding to the National Income. Here I am not endorsing it. But atleast people are asked to plant a tree elsewhere in lieu of this act. But cutting down such heritage trees to please our prez and her kith and kin’s fancies is UNPARDONABLE!

I am ashamed at the insensitivity of our Prez!

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Sri Venugopala Swamy Temple

The above are the photographs of backwaters of cauvery and sri venugopalaswamy temple at Hosa kannambaadi village, near KRS, Mysore. do you know the temple’s speciality? it is a transplanted temple! let me explain.

the temple was built in 12th century AD. when the KRS dam was built, it got submerged in the backwaters of cauvery. but whenever the water level came down in the dam, the temple used to become visible. people decided to save the temple from eroding due to water currents and hence thought of relocating elsewhere. it seems, Khodays Foundation took up this project of relocating the temple. each stone was numbered carefully, the whole temple was photographed for the intricate designs on those stones, stored in computer so that when it got transplanted, it would not lose its originality. number of architects and sculptors have done a beautiful job of reconstructing the temple. people say it may take two more years for its completion. then they would perhaps do the ‘punar pratishtaana’ of sri venugopalaswamy and then the temple would become functional.

we recently made a trip to srirangapattana and there we came to know about this amazing temple through a friend and made a visit. the backwaters of cauvery and the temple are awe inspiring. i recommend to all of you to make a visit to this place next time when you visit mysore.

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(this was a comment i had made in Song of the waves – Parayil A. Tharakan Blog
Friday, May 18, 2007. the post was “Autobiography of a school”)

Death is always sad. Death of young is sadder. Death of a school that was just 46 is saddest…….A school is always a hub of activity, of friends, of teachers, of head masters. Not only the people. It is also a sentimental collection of class rooms in which so many lessons are taught, so many lunch boxes shared, a collection of benches that are a witness to the blossoming of so many close friendships and breaking up of equal number of friendships! and so many students writing exams to make their future secure, of the play ground where National Flag was hoisted proudly on so many occasions and sweets distributed, so many life skills learnt � of decision making, problem solving, diplomacy, inter personal relationships etc. Behind the school is that founder who dreamt big, who inspired hundreds of students to dream big and together they made their dreams come true……………………And one day, after many many years, perhaps after two-three generations of families have passed out of that school, it has to be closed! Why? – because there are no sufficient number of students wanting to join this school. It has become obsolete. Its walls are crumbling, its colours are fading, it has no English medium of instruction, it can not boast of computer labs, it does not possess “an international school” tag and nobody wants it any more. Very soon labourers come (in the form of “yama dhutas”) to demolish the building and soon a concrete and glass structure is erupted there, giving the village a tag of “progress”!

If this is progress, I would rather be a fossil lying low peacefully :))

latha vidyaranya

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