I am Gopalam Karamchedu also known as Vijayagopal. I am a writer communicator. I share my thoughts and the collections here. My interests include, books, management, classical music, culture, languages etc..Thanks to all the friends who make my efforts meaningful. You are welcome to add material here. Write to me if you want to contribute.
Here is the recording of an interesting stage show by none other than Sri S Rajeswara Rao garu!
He needs no introduction to Telugu audience!
Saluri Rajeswara Rao is "Rasaluru" Rajeswara Rao!!
It features many of his masterpieces!
This man Robert Kanigel was asked to write about the mathematical genius, Srinivasa Ramanujan.
At the first instance, it appears, he asked, "Ramanujan who?"
At last he accepted to write about him.
And, when he wrote, it became a best seller.
"The man who knew infinity" is a forceful biography of a forceful human being.
I am thrilled at the detail Kanigel wrote about Brahmin practices.
It is simply astounding that a westerner took trouble to undersatnd the intricacies of the subject.
It only shows the diligence people exercise in doing their jobs!
I want my friends to read the exerpts and also the book whenever possible.
You will thank me when you do so!
వరపైన = when there are no rains
చేను = the field
దున్నకు = don’t till
కరవైనను = even in famine
బంధుజనులకడకు = to the relatives
ఏగకుమీ = don’t go
పరులకు = to the others
మర్మము = secret
సెప్పకు = don’t tell
పిరికికి = to a coward
దళవాయితనము = captaincy
పెట్టకు = don’t give
సుమతీ = Oh! The wise one!
An excellent poem with some simple truths!
Don’t till the land when they are no rains! On the face of it this looks so simple. Who would try to till the land when there are no rains? No one with the head on the shoulders! I see something deeper here. Baddena wants tell that one should know the timing for doing anything. For every act there is a right time. Like tilling the land is meaningful only after enough rains! When the land id dry, it is meaningless to try tilling it! Even eating without hunger is equally meaningless!
Even when famished don’t go to the relatives is the meaning of the second line. Yes, it is meaningless again to seek help from the relatives, more so if they are close! It is a friend who may be approached for help but not a brother or sister. In Telugu there is a saying which asks not to go to a sister when in bad situations. Sister may sympathise. But not her family members! You should know to whom to turn to when in need, is the advice here!
Don’t divulge your secrets to the others! Can there be a better advice? Who is this other person? Who are the people in his or her inner circle? If you tell something to me thinking I am reliable, I would tell it to another person whom I consider equally reliable. But, does this third person fall in the same circle as you? Once the cat is out of the bag, you do not have any control over it! It is better to keep a secret as what it is! A secret!!
(There is an interesting story about this coward captain!)
(We shall share it later!)
Don’t give the responsibility of leading the army to a coward! This does not need any expansion at all! A coward can never be a leader and not the least to an army!!
Here are some excellent paintings from China!
I used to by a Magazine named Chinese Literature during the University days!
I still have a few copies of it with me.
These paintings are from one of the issues!
If you ask what you are doing, you will get an answer "Nothing!" Nothing here, according to me is physical activity. Even if the body is static, there are this mind and heart that work at the speed of a horse after all! If they are also still, that would be an undefinable status. I think there is a method of removing everything from the mind. When some people are struggling to make the mind vacant without ideas, some others are able to say that they are not doing anything, so easily! Would there not be any ideas in the minds of such people? or they are not aware of those ideas? If the work is to the body, thinking is to the mind isn't it?
Are the thoughts meaningful or not is another question! It would be better if the decision about what to think about happens with our awareness. We don't have control on the dreams that occur during sleep. But you get the feeling that the dream is interesting as it keeps happening. That the thoughts that occur during the wakeful times search the corners of the mind in a fleeting moment, is our experience! What is the role of the chemical reactions that happen in our brains, in this kind of activity? When told that the father of DNA research, Francis Crick turned to this subject for his research, I thought it was not at all strange!
I thought that everyone gets ideas. I also thought that perhaps not! I now think that on teh lines of Chaduvulravu, the cartoon strip character, I should create an Alochanlravu! I cannot help! I keep thinking for nothing!!