Ek sath mein ,main sath sath
(I am 77 in 2017)
Today is my birthday.Seventy seven years back , I started this journey from a hamlet near Parlikkad(near Wadakanchery).Though initially called Durai by my maternal grand parents , soon I became Raja to my Paternal grand mother .Since my father was having a hotel in Bidar(now in Karnataka), I spent my first three years of life there. My father then purchased a hotel in Secunderabad and I moved there with my sister and parents. Due to the Razakkar movement , we were forced to go to Kerala. Intially I went to my maternal grand father’s house in Ayilur and later to Chelakkara.After studing three years in Malayalam medium with Sanskrit as second language , I went to live in Secunderabad with my father. I spent four years there. The next 8 years of my life was spent in hoistels in TRichur, Annamalainagar, Calcutta and Delhi..I then got a job as Gazetted officer(I was only 23) in a village called Vittal in South Kanara district of Karnataka. I spent next 7 years there. Later I shifted to Coimbatore .I got married while in Coimbatore. After spending three years in Coimbatore , we moved to Rajhamundry of Andhra Pradesh.After spending three years there , in 1976 , we shifted to Bangalore. For the past 40 years we were Bangloreans. Collating facts , during this 77 years of life, I have lived in Karnataka for 50 years, Kerala for 7 years , Tamil Nadu for 6 years, Andhra Pradesh for ten years , Bengal for one year and New Delhi for 2 years .AS a result I can read, write and speak Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Sanskrit and English and speak and understand Telugu and Kannada and working knowledge of Bengali ,Besides I have got trained in French and German.
Though when people ask me I say I am a Tamil speaking Brahmin from Kerala, possibly it should be changed to I am a tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada speaking Brahmin from Karnataka. Hope you will agree I had a very interesting life. You may ask me Where to?
Marching ahead with closed eyes in my chosen path,
I have reached another mile stone in my life .
“What have I achieved so far in your journey ?” you may ask,
And I would reply, “Every step I take , takes me nearer to god.”