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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

டாக்டர் எம்.எஸ்.உதயமூர்த்தி

டாக்டர் எம்.எஸ்.உதயமூர்த்தி




மயிலாடுதுறை சு.உதயமூர்த்தி என்றால் ரொம்ப பேருக்கு தெரியாது; அதே நேரம் டாக்டர் எம்.எஸ்.உதயமூர்த்தி என்றால் எல்லோருக்குமே தெரியும் அவர் இறந்து (21/01/13) ஓராண்டாகிறது. சென்னை திருவான்மியூரில் கடந்த வருடம் அவர் இறந்த போது அவருக்கு வயது 80.

"உன்னால் முடியும் தம்பி" என்ற தாரக மந்திரத்தைச் சொல்லி இளைஞர்களின் இதயத்தில் தன்னம்பிக்கைப் பயிரை விதைத்து வளர்த்தவர். செம்பனார்கோயில் பகுதிகளில் இருக்கும் வற்றிய நீர்நிலைகளில் தொண்டர்களுடன் சேர்ந்து தூர்வாரி நீர்வளத்தைப் பெருக்கிக் காட்டியவர்.
இதன் மூலம் சாமான்ய மக்கள் ஒன்று சேர்ந்தால் எதையும் சாதிக்கமுடியும் என்பதற்கு சான்றாக விளங்கியவர். இவரது இந்த செயலுக்கு பிறகுதான் பல கிராமங்களில் மக்கள் அரசைச எதிர்பார்க்காமல் தாங்களே தங்களது கிராமத்திற்கான பாதையை போட்டுக் கொண்டனர்; ரோட்டை சீரமைத்துக் கொண்டனர்.

கோவையில் வற்றிப்போய் பிளாஸ்டிக் எனும் விஷக்கிடங்காக மாறியிருந்த குளங்களை மக்களே ஒன்று சேர்ந்து தூர் வாரியதெல்லாம் இந்த மக்கள் சக்தி இயக்குனரின் கனவு மெய்ப்படலே.
எண்ணங்கள், பிரச்னைகளுக்கு தீர்வு காண்பது எப்படி, உயர்மனிதனை உருவாக்கும் சிந்தனைகள், உன்னால் முடியும் தம்பி என்பது உள்ளிட்ட எத்தனையோ நூல்கள் எழுதி இளைஞர்களை நல்வழிப்படுத்தியவர்.
25 ஆண்டு கால அமெரிக்க தொழில் அதிபர் வாழ்க்கையை உதறி தள்ளிவிட்டு நாட்டு பற்று காரணமாக தாயகம் திரும்பியவர், நதிகளை இணைப்பதன் மூலம் நாட்டை வளம் கொழிக்க செய்யலாம் என்று விரும்பியவர்.

பல ஆண்டுகளுக்கு முன்பாகவே ஒரு கெஜ்ரிவால் போலவும், அன்னா ஹசாரே போலவும் தூய்மையான அரசியலுக்கு அடிகோலியவர் ஆனால் இங்கு உள்ள அரசியல் வியாதிகளின் நரி தந்திரத்தின் காரணமாகவும், மூளை மழுங்கடிக்கப்பட்ட கட்சி தொண்டர்கள் மற்றும் வாக்காளர்களால் புறக்கணிக்கப்பட்டு விட்டார். இன்று உள்ள இந்த விழிப்புணர்வு அன்று இருந்திருந்தால் இவருக்கு பின்னால் தமிழகம் அணிதிரண்டிருக்கும்.
நாளைய இந்தியா இளைஞர்கள் கையில் என்று நம்பியவர். இளைஞர்களை தவறான திசையில் செல்லாமல் நெறிப்படுத்த எழுத்து மூலமும் பேச்சு மூலமும் அவர் மேற்கொண்ட முயற்சிகள் பாராட்டுக்குரியவை. பல சுய முன்னேற்ற நூலாசிரியர்களுக்கு சந்தேகமே இல்லாமல் இவரே முன்னோடியாவார். "ஐயாவின் நூல்தான் என்னை வழிநடத்தியவை" என்று இன்றைக்கும் பலர் நெஞ்சார கூறுவதை கேட்கமுடியும்.
இயக்குனர் பாலசந்தர் உதயமூர்த்தியின் மேல் உள்ள அபிமானத்தினால் உன்னால் முடியும் தம்பி என்கிற படத்தை எடுத்ததுடன் படத்தின் நாயகனுக்கு உதயமூர்த்தி என்றும் பெயரிட்டார்.
எம்ஜிஆரால் அழைத்து பாராட்டப்பெற்றவர், தமிழக அரசால் விருது வழங்கி கவுரவிக்கப்பட்டவர்.
அன்பானவர், மென்மையானவர், பழகுவதற்கு இனிமையானவர்.

மதுரை மத்திய தொகுதியில் மக்கள் சக்தி இயக்கத்தின் சார்பில் வேட்பாளராக நின்றபோது இவரது தேர்தல் பிரச்சாரத்தை பற்றி செய்தி சேகரிக்க சென்றிருந்தேன், அப்போது அவரது ஜீப்பிலேயே என்னையும் ஏற்றிக் கொண்டு ஒரு நாள் முழுவதும் பயணித்தவர்.
"என்னிடம் நிறைய பணம் இருக்கிறது ஆகவே மக்கள் பணத்தை தொடமாட்டேன், என்னிடம் உள்ள ஆற்றலை, அறிவை உங்களுக்கு செலவிட சட்டமன்ற உறுப்பினர் என்ற அதிகாரம் தேவை. என்னைத் தேர்ந்து எடுப்பதன் மூலம் ஒரு நேர்மையாளனை தேர்ந்து எடுக்கிறீர்கள், என்னை தேர்ந்து எடுப்பதன் மூலம் நதிகளை தேசியமயமாக்கவேண்டும் என்ற குரலை வலுப்படுத்துகிறீர்கள், என்னை தேர்ந்து எடுப்பதன் மூலம் இந்த நாட்டிற்கு நல்ல பல இளைஞர்களை வருவதற்கான பாதையை அமைத்து தருகிறீர்கள்" என்று எதார்த்தமாக பேசினார்.
ஓரு நல்லவர், வல்லவர் அரசியலில் கலந்து கெட்டுப்போய்விடக்கூடாது என்று மக்கள் நினைத்ததாலோ என்னவோ அவரால் அந்த தேர்தலில் ஜெயிக்கமுடியவில்லை.
ஆனாலும் தோற்றபின் முதல் ஆளாக தொகுதியில் வலம்வந்து நன்றி கூறினார்.
இன்று அவர் நம்முடன் இல்லாவிட்டாலும் அவரது சிந்தனைகளும், எழுத்துகளும் நம்மோடுதான் இருக்கிறது, இயக்குகிறது.
டாக்டர் எம்.எஸ். உதயமூர்த்தியின் புகழ் ஓங்கி ஒலிக்கட்டும் இன்றைக்கும், என்றைக்கும்.

- எல்.முருகராஜ்

Sunday, January 19, 2014

India’s Rajendran Mani wins World bodybuilding title



India’s Rajendran Mani has won the men’s 90 kg event at the fifth World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships in Hungary.
Reza Nouri Ara of Iran won the Mr. Universe title on Sunday and Iran also won the overall men’s title while Hungary was placed first among the women. Reza was also the individual winner in the men’s 100 kg event while countryman Alireza Asadollahi clinched the men’s over-100 kg event, as per reports from Xinhua.
The individual champions from each of the nine men’s categories competed for the Mr. Universe title in which Reza Nouri Ara came out on top.
Iran’s Alireza Feyz Ahmad won the men’s athletic physique in the above 180 cm category while Ukraine’s Anna Krukovska and Olga Kulinych won the women’s model physique in the 170 cm and above 170 cm category events respectively.
The next World Championships will be held in India in 2014.









Friday, January 17, 2014

Your Childhood In India



60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India


Comment your scores ? of 60 :)

1. Getting a brand-new geometry box was the only good thing about the end of the summer.

Getting a brand-new geometry box was the only good thing about the end of the summer.

And that’s also when Nataraj suddenly became everyone’s best friend.

2. This is how you decided whether someone deserved your friendship, love, affection, marriage, enmity, or sisterhood.

This is how you decided whether someone deserved your friendship, love, affection, marriage, enmity, or sisterhood.

3. There were a lot of top-notch beverages competing for your attention…

But, after a long day of school, nothing was more refreshing than a chilled glass of this:

4. You didn’t have Halloween, but all the “fancy dress” parties more than made up for it.

You didn't have Halloween, but all the "fancy dress" parties more than made up for it.

5. This was the No. 1 use of doorways in your house:

This was the No. 1 use of doorways in your house:

And you were a pro at climbing up any mango tree, ever, no matter how tall.

And you were a pro at climbing up any mango tree, ever, no matter how tall.

6. Everyone had an ugly, metal Godrej almirah somewhere in their house.

Everyone had an ugly, metal Godrej almirah somewhere in their house.

7. This dude was terrifying, and you genuinely had nightmares about him. Thanks, Onida.

This dude was terrifying, and you genuinely had nightmares about him. Thanks, Onida.

But this girl — so relevant, so witty — was (and is) your role model.

But this girl — so relevant, so witty — was (and is) your role model.

8. Lunch =

Carried inside of:

Carried inside of:

9. You could recognize these smells anywhere, anytime.

And you’ll never forget what the solution to a “kamar dard” is:

And you'll never forget what the solution to a "kamar dard" is:

10. You became a pro at painting and repainting these stylish Batas every few weeks.

You became a pro at painting and repainting these stylish Batas every few weeks.

11. This is what Sundays looked like:

This is what Sundays looked like:

12. You caused your middle finger some serious harm trying to get good at this:

You caused your middle finger some serious harm trying to get good at this:

13. And you knew the first line of every song, from all your bus antakshari sessions.

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

14. When everyone had a badminton phase, the coolest kids had Yonex racquets.

When everyone had a badminton phase, the coolest kids had Yonex racquets.

15. For most of your childhood, you thought this phrase legitimately meant something.

For most of your childhood, you thought this phrase legitimately meant something.

Same with this bizarre approach to population control:

Same with this bizarre approach to population control:

16. This was the secret of your energy.

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

Unless, of course, you were one of these people:

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

Or into one of these:

17. Your birthday = a reason to wear your nicest outfit to school and hand out candy to everyone.

18. This was the most delicious thing that anyone could possibly cook in two minutes:

This was the most delicious thing that anyone could possibly cook in two minutes:

Seriously, every time you saw this happen on TV, you needed it to happen for you in real life.

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

19. “Elemenopee” was the longest letter in the alphabet.

"Elemenopee" was the longest letter in the alphabet.

20. Power cuts were a glorious time when you were exempt from doing homework and had no choice but to go outside and play in the dark.

Power cuts were a glorious time when you were exempt from doing homework and had no choice but to go outside and play in the dark.

21. As difficult as these were to get open, they were always worth it:

As difficult as these were to get open, they were always worth it:

And these > M&M’s.

And these > M&M's.

22. At some point, you were chased around the house by your mother trying to put oil in your hair.

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

23. Thanks to your various school uniforms, you know words like “culottes” and “pinafores.”

Thanks to your various school uniforms, you know words like "culottes" and "pinafores."

Unless you had one of these stiff-dupatta uniforms.

Unless you had one of these stiff-dupatta uniforms.

Either way, “color dress” or “free dress” days were the best days.

Either way, "color dress" or "free dress" days were the best days.

24. You learned patience by waiting for your sparklers to light on Diwali.

You learned patience by waiting for your sparklers to light on Diwali.

(That patience came in handy while reloading this questionable toy.)

(That patience came in handy while reloading this questionable toy.)

25. And you honed your reflexes by dodging water balloons on Holi.

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

26. There was one of these somewhere in the city, and you got to go there when you needed special books.

27. This godsend, masquerading as a digestive pill, was the most delicious thing you would ever eat.

This godsend, masquerading as a digestive pill, was the most delicious thing you would ever eat.

And this more serious, legit digestive cure would keep your breath foul for days.

And this more serious, legit digestive cure would keep your breath foul for days.

28. “Akar bakar Bombay bo…”

"Akar bakar Bombay bo..."

29. These were the most superior “soft drinks.”

30. These men were in your living room more often than most of your family was.

These men were in your living room more often than most of your family was.

31. There was nothing in the world as mouth-meltingly soft as a Marie Biscuit dipped in hot chai.

And getting the biscuit to your mouth before it broke off and fell in the chai was the greatest challenge of your childhood.

32. Amar Chitra Katha’s Birbal was the smartest person you’d ever heard of.

Amar Chitra Katha's Birbal was the smartest person you'd ever heard of.

And this guy was the stupidest:

And this guy was the stupidest:

33. Whenever a relative came back from a trip abroad, you invariably were gifted some of these:

Whenever a relative came back from a trip abroad, you invariably were gifted some of these:

34. You could recognize this kid anywhere:

You could recognize this kid anywhere:

35. Everyone became an expert boat-maker during the monsoon.

Everyone became an expert boat-maker during the monsoon.

36. This.

This.

37. Every Indian girl secretly tried these on from her mom’s stash.

Every Indian girl secretly tried these on from her mom's stash.

38. And every Indian boy regularly “borrowed” some of this from his dad:

And every Indian boy regularly "borrowed" some of this from his dad:

39. One hour of your school week was dedicated to social service or “Socially Useful Productive Work.”

One hour of your school week was dedicated to social service or "Socially Useful Productive Work."

And several hours of the school week were devoted to “book cricket.”

60 Things That Defined Your Childhood In India

40. This was a classic torture device used by moms:

This was a classic torture device used by moms:

41. This cigarette-shaped candy, as problematic as it is in hindsight, made you feel cool as hell:

This cigarette-shaped candy, as problematic as it is in hindsight, made you feel cool as hell:

And the first tattoo you ever got was courtesy of these guys:

And the first tattoo you ever got was courtesy of these guys:

42. Before you knew what the word “ambassador” meant, this is all it was:

Before you knew what the word "ambassador" meant, this is all it was:

And your family’s first car was probably one of these:

43. After school activities = snacks, tuitions, classes, homework, and then finally playing outside with colony friends.

44. You could finish a box of these in one sitting:

You could finish a box of these in one sitting:

And you would regularly beg your parents to buy you these:

45. When some well-meaning relative bought you a laser pointer, you used it to terrorize your neighbors for weeks.

When some well-meaning relative bought you a laser pointer, you used it to terrorize your neighbors for weeks.

46. The first movie you ever saw in 3D:

The first movie you ever saw in 3D:

47. You will never forget the tune of the “washing powder Nirma” song.

You will never forget the tune of the "washing powder Nirma" song.
And “aaya naya ujala, chaar bundhon vaala.”

48. You couldn’t wait to lick your fingers clean after eating these…

You couldn't wait to lick your fingers clean after eating these...

To get to the best part:

To get to the best part:

49. You learned all your business skills by trading cricket cards…

Or, more likely, WWE cards.

Or, more likely, WWE cards.

50. You had these stacks of classic soundtracks somewhere in your house.

You had these stacks of classic soundtracks somewhere in your house.

51. Around sixth grade, everyone’s hands were constantly covered in ink from learning how to use these:

52. And in seventh grade, everyone got Slam Books and found out who their true friends were.

And in seventh grade, everyone got Slam Books and found out who their true friends were.

53. Managing to squeeze a full-sized cricket game into a gully of any width was everyone’s special skill.

Managing to squeeze a full-sized cricket game into a gully of any width was everyone's special skill.

54. Nobody seemed to ever buy these matchboxes, but there were always some lying around.

Nobody seemed to ever buy these matchboxes, but there were always some lying around.

55. This was the most tedious back-to-school activity:

This was the most tedious back-to-school activity:

Although the end result was pretty satisfying.

Although the end result was pretty satisfying.

56. Watching these men’s sagas was a weekly family activity.

Watching these men's sagas was a weekly family activity.

57. Touching your distant relatives’ feet was an investment well worth the returns.

Touching your distant relatives' feet was an investment well worth the returns.

58. You felt like a professional acrobat every time you climbed into these top berths.

You felt like a professional acrobat every time you climbed into these top berths.

59. And if you ever overexerted yourself with any physical activity, there was always a white powdery savior:

And if you ever overexerted yourself with any physical activity, there was always a white powdery savior:

60. Every Independence Day, you proudly pinned the tricolor to your school uniform…

Every Independence Day, you proudly pinned the tricolor to your school uniform...

…proud to have had the most chaotic, most beautiful, and most memorable childhood of all.

...proud to have had the most chaotic, most beautiful, and most memorable childhood of all.
H/t to Mani Karthik’s blogpost and this “Nineties Childhood Memories” Facebook page.

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