After retirement hobbies- 2.Kerala Iyers web site
During the same trip to USA 12 years back , Getting to know about Yahoo search for the first time, I tried searching for information on iyers. I could few references which included a few references on PICO iyer, an Indian American writer. But when I tried searching for Palakkad Iyers/Palghat iyers / kerala iyers there was no information available on the web. Without much reference work, being a member of that community , I had in my memory some information about them. So Icreated a small web site in www.homestead.com about them. This attracted lot of attention. Many people contacted me and among them was Sri Krishnamurthy who was son of a little house of a neighboring Mami in my village Chelakkara. He told me that he would build a better web site if information is supplied to him. So as soon as I came back , I started collecting information about my community. I met many people went to various places and started my enquiry. By another one year I had collected lots of information and this was put in the new web site www.keralaiyers.com which was launched ten years back. The paper Mathrubhumi had a news item about its launch on the day it was launched. It was then that Krishnamurthy suggested that we start a yahoo group. I named it “Pattars group” This group has got the largest membership of iyers among the many iyer groups. Many of the members started groups of their own. Iyer123 and 4 Brahmins are two such groups. It was at this time that my younger brother DR.Kasiviswanathan came up with an idea of starting a trust to help the needy Kerala iyers. After much discussion, this was launched and one of our Young friends Sri.Ramprasad ,who was a class mate of my son took up the job of managing the group with untiring support on receiving the money and channelizing it to deserving people by my younger brother and his Wife. By the tremendous cooperation of the Pattar Group members, several volunteers and executive committee members we have been able to disburse several crores of rupees as an aid to the needy Kerala iyers. Another aspect we got interested was to help the needy to find suitable grooms and brides. We initially started a yahoo group Kalyanam, which has lead to the marriage of many and recently a web site called www.ikalyanam.com , which allows free registration for matrimony to all iyers. Sri Krishnamurthy is now doing the job of revision and restructuring the web site www.keralaiyers.com.
I am having great hope that several newly socially relevant activities would be started in the years to come. Ramachander