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January 26, 2018 / subramanyam

Padmaavat Controversy : My Take

The word Padmaavat is enough to evoke strong reactions in the country now. Hence please read the disclaimers before you proceed to read the post.
1. I have not seen the movie Padmaavat till now. Hence I really don’t know as to what was shown in the film. So I do not want to speak about that.
2. From whatever I have seen in Jodha Akbar and whatever I have heard from my friends regarding Baji Rao – Mastani, I have my doubts about the adjustments that Bhansali makes for his films. So I am not supporting the film as yet.
3. Please do not come to conclusions reading a part of this post. Please read it entirely and then draw your conclusions.

Why am I writing this post ?

It was disturbing to see the images of the kids taking cover when stones were being hurled at their school bus, that’s was the tipping point that made write the post.

Here are my views on this controversy.

1. Should Rajputs have Reservations on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie?
As long as they have not seen the film, yes. Once they watch it they would have the facts. There were a lot of rumors in the air regarding the film and producers, and the director did precious little to assuage the concerns of the people. Bhansali’s past gives us enough reasons to have doubts.

The Rajputs and Karni Sena are justified in having reservations about the film.  Queen Padmavati is the icon of Rajputs an they have every right to stand up for her honor.

Freedom of art is one thing and hurting sentiments is another, anyone can protest in case they believe their sentiments are hurt.

2. Are the current actions of Karni Sena Justified?

Hell no, how the hell can they attack and burn public property in the name of a protest. The state governments have banned the film, the supreme court overturned the ban and cleared the decks for the release of the movie.

Since the judgement was against you and the movie is getting release will you and your ilk burn public property? Will you attack school kids just because of this? Just because you are angry would you go and burn vehicles and property that belongs to other private individuals?

Those famed Rajputs who gave the greats like Akbar and Aurangzeb a run for their lives and money have fallen to this. Is meaningless violence the only way to indulge in a protest? This meaningless violence is called vandalism not protest. Please, please, dear friends, this is not the way to show the angst and anger. By doing this, you are actually playing into the hands of people who want to bring the reputation of Rajputs down.

Those people who created all these disturbances must be brought to book and the strictest possible action must be taken on them.

Now, that brings us to the question as what the states are doing about this.

Are the states doing enough to control this violence

UP is doing well in this regard, we are not hearing much of violent incidents there.  It would have been great had the other governments too followed the suit.  They did the right thing in anticipating the protests, they should have arranged for the force to the control them too.  I think Yogi ji had the predicted things correctly and acted swiftly.  He really deserves the praise.

To Conclude 

If Karni Sena could have channelized the energy and the anger in bringing to light the original version of  the story of the queen.  The controversy has been around for over 12 months now.  This time could have been used productively, They could have brought a mass movement in the youth using the social media.  They could have told the original story using some wonderful Audio Visuals.  We lost that time now.  Even now, I wish that the Karni sena changes its ways and gives the reply to art with another art form.  Most of the country is with them and is giving them their moral support but the very same supporters are not finding find their acts palatable, it is high time the leaders of Karni Sena realize this.

It is important to fight for our heritage but violence during any protest is simply not acceptable.

December 27, 2017 / subramanyam

Retro of 2017.

The habit persists… and here is the seventh retro in a row.

As ever let me start with the standard disclaimer. This post, another retro of my life, might drive you nuts as it has no important info other than the good bad and ugly of Subbu in 2017. Hence, think twice and act wisely before you continue reading.

2017 will go down as the year where I tried quite some things in my life. I succeeded in a few (very few ones) am doing o.k. in some and am being a laggard in a few others.

Things I tried my hands at
1. I took the role of Area Director, I feel I am still doing o.k with it.
2. Started giving sessions on TM modules. I had a good response here.
3. Started a TM club this year in the organization and am focussed on sustaining it.
4. Started doing some things I love the most, making videos, speaking on spiritual things, etc. I dunno how I am faring here, but am doing those activities as I like them.

Good Habit I started this year:

Not too many good habits in this year, but yeah I am following my passion and giving time to it. While I do not see much of tangible benefits from this, I am liking what I am doing.

I am taking mentoring seriously and am working on improving myself on the front of prioritization and organizing myself. Hope this would work out for me this time.

I am also taking time out to read more non-fiction and this to me is a considerable improvement. Started reading Rajiv Malhotra ji’s books, They are some of the best books I ever laid my hands on. Trust me; they are eye-openers.

I am becoming more health conscious and started some physical exercise. I am doing Yoga; I am doing it on and off. Need to make it a regular habit going forward.

Old habits that persist:

Laziness, procrastination,, and talkativeness. I am improving on them but then again leaps and bounds to cover.

Making progress on Procrastination too, but talkativeness is something I am unable to control.

I start things, but I stop them. I want to improve on this front.

Moment(s) of the Year:
1. That one evening when I had a blissful Darsanam of Anjaneya Swamy in a temple. I just cannot explain the joy in words.

2. Starting the TM club in AMD.

3. Getting a chance to spend some quality time with a CEO. The learnings I received are amazing.

4. Spending time and learning from a champion speaker. I got to spend a great deal of time with a champion speaker and the learning was indeed awesome.

5. Watching your kid grow is one of the biggest joys of life and am experiencing it. It comes with its price and consumes its own good time of yours, but no qualms. One smile from her and the happiness flows. So every moment here is a moment to treasure.

6. Doing a 4+ hour session on public speaking in Nagpur, can never forget the experience.

7. The YLP program,  I signed up for a YLP program and went to Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust to do the sessions.  This was an awesome thing that has ever happened to me.  I donot know as to what those girls learn from me. I did learn a lot.

8. On the last day of the program there were 10+ girls who gave 7 minutes speeches. That’s a moment I would relish for life.

Good things that happened to me:

1. The all benevolent Almighty gave me a chance to visit some of the most important pilgrimage places in India. That was the best thing that happened to me this year.

2. Life is teaching me a lesson or two about family life and the responsibilities. Learning it in my own way and own pace. Sometimes, I was incredibly frustrated due to some issues in the family, but they made me come out wiser.

Reading :
I completed a decent set of books this year, Here they are:
1. Indra’s Net
2. Sri Dakshina Murty, Guru Ishwara Atman
3. The Dark Road.
4. Hindu Human Rights.
5. Chip in the Madrasa
6. NDTV frauds
7. History under your feet
8. The City of Victory
9. Kadambari (Telugu)
10. Hindus Under Siege
11. Open Eyed Meditations
12. Vidyadhara Chakravarthy
13. The flame of Anahata
14. Abhaya (This book is a must Read)
15. Avishi
16. Immortal India
17. The Autobiography of Sex Worker.
18. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
19. 17 Essential qualities of a Team player.
20. Things fall Apart.

Professional life:
Taking up new responsibilities in the organization, having a roller-coaster ride with them for now.

Blogging :
I wrote only 37 posts this year, much less than the usual 100+ posts I write every year. This is a definite improvement from the last year, and this is something I want to improve in the years to come.

Most embarrassing moment:
We had this gaming event in the organization; I was working hard since morning, they provided sumptuous lunch and post lunch I was relaxing (read napping), guess what the senior director caught me . Very Embarrassing.

Things I did not like about myself:
Almost a copy paste from last year,
the only improvements were in the time spent with family and the food discipline.
Poor planning for things, that kept me in a tight spot quite a number of times.

Then, using office time for personal work. I improved the pace at which I work in the office, but I am sure that’s not enough. I am gradually losing touch with friends.
Again no exercise ….. the list simply goes on…. I wish to correct most of them next year; let’s see what 2018 has in store for me.
Wishing one and all a very happy new year 2018.

December 5, 2017 / subramanyam

BJP’s future in A.P.

Here are two very good videos on BJP’s situation in AP.  In one video the anchor speaks about all the support AP is getting from the center and still is not getting the credit.  We are seeing much better roads being laid, toilets being built and many other things.  However, the center is not getting credit for any of these things.

Even for Amaravathi they are have given close to 2500 crores as funds for the roads , we have only 1000 crores pending right now, still the center almost does not get any credit for this.


In 1994 elections BJP did win a decent number of seats on its own in the state of Andhra Pradesh (United State).  In the 1998 general election they won 4 MP seats on their own.  However, they then went for an alliance with TDP, they did get a huge success in 1999 but then faced a huge a debacle when TDP ditched them in 2004.  They were working all alone till 2014 and then came to join forces with TDP.  Now again they are in down slide, who is to blame here ?

Today they are in a situation where all good they do goes to TDP’s kitty while they are blamed for anything that is going bad in the state.  How will they come out of this?  Today we are in a situation where the center is being blamed for not changing a contractor.  Do listen to these details in this video.



December 3, 2017 / subramanyam

Some very good Habits

ఆలస్యం బొక యింత లేదు, శుచి యాహారంబు, నిత్యక్రియా
జాలం బేమఱ, మర్చనీయు లతిథుల్, సత్యంబ పల్కంబడున్,
మేలై శాంతియు బ్రహ్మచర్యమును నెమ్మిం దాల్తు; మట్లౌట నె
క్కాలంబుం బటురోగమృత్యుభయశంకం బొంద మే మెన్నఁడున్. 3-4-190


(ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో మేము కొన్ని నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో ఆచరిస్తాం. ఇక్కడ మేం ఎన్నడును కాలహరణం చేయం, ఆహారం పరిశుభ్రంగా ఉంచుతాం, అతిథులను పూజిస్తాం, సత్యవ్రతాన్ని సదా పాటిస్తాం, శాంతి, బ్రహ్మచర్యం మాకు మేలైన అనుష్ఠానాలు. ఇట్టి నియమాలను నిష్ఠతో పాటించటం చేత, ఇక్కడ మాకు మృత్యుభయమే లేదు. అట్లాగే ఎటువంటి భయాందోళనలకూ ఈ ఆశ్రమంలో తావు లేదు.

This is a very good Shloka from Mahabharatha that speaks about good habits.

Here a sage is saying as to why there nothing called worry in his Ashram.  The Sage says,

“In this Ashram we follow the following rules and hence we never have any fear (including the fear of death) or anxiety

1.  We never waste time

2.  Our food is always clean

3.  We do not swerve from the path of duty (We have the routines which we ought to perform and we never ignore them)

4.  We always respect our guests in fact we feel blessed that they have visited us and ensure that they receive the best of the hospitality

5. We never speak lies

6. We are peace with the world

7. We practice Brahmacharya

Hence we live a life that is free from worry , anxiety etc ..”

December 2, 2017 / subramanyam

Why is Tipu hated by a number of Hindus

This is answer I wrote on Quora, it was having  good number of up votes there,  hence wanted to share it here as well.

As a history enthusiast and as a person who has read about TIPU. Here are a few incidents that come to my mind as to why man Hindus hate him.

Killings of Mandyam Iyengars :

Till date the Iyengars of Mandyam region donot celebrate Deepavali, the reason , TIPU and his troops killed 800 men on the day of Naraka Chaturdashi (the day before Deepavali)some 200 years ago. What was the sin of these people? Were they waging a war against TIPU? No. They were going on with their lives. TIPU had all of them killed as he suspected that one of them Tirumalai Iyengar was trying to resurrect Wodeyars (the original Kings of Mysore before Tipu and Hyder Ali) in Mysore.

Did Tipu have any proof against Tirumalai Iyengar at that time — No. He just received information that this man might be plotting against him and he got 800 people killed.

His hatred for Hindus did not stop here.

As the world knows, Tipu wrote his letters himself. These letters serve as huge testimony to the sort of person Tipu was, Here is one such letter

Tipu writes to Burduz Zamaun Khan on 19 January 1790: “Don’t you know I have achieved a great victory recently in Malabar and over four lakh Hindus were converted to Islam?”, and to Syed Abdul Dulai on 18 January 1790: “With the grace of Prophet Muhammad and Allah, almost all Hindus in Calicut are now converted to Islam. Only a few are still not converted on the borders of Cochin State. I am determined to convert them also very soon. I consider this as Jehad to achieve that object.

Even people who were at loggerheads with British spoke about Tipu’s atrocities.

For example : here is what a Portuguese traveler had to say about the great sultan and his love for his faith.

The world-famous Protuguese traveller, Fr. Barthoelomeo, not a Britisher, writes in his book Voyage to East Indies: “First a corps of 30,000 barbarians who butchered everybody on the way… followed by the field-gun unit under the French Commander, M. Lally… Tipu was riding on an elephant behind which another army of 30,000 soldiers followed. Most of the men and women were hanged in Calicut, first mothers were hanged with their children tied to necks of mothers. That barbarian Tipu Sultan tied the naked Christians and Hindus to the legs of elephants and made the elephants to move around till the bodies of the helpless victims were torn to pieces. Temples and churches were ordered to be burned down, desecrated and destroyed. Christian and Hindu women were forced to marry Mohammadans and similarly their men were forced to marry Mohammadan women. Those Christians who refused to be honoured with Islam, were ordered to be killed by hanging immediately. These atrocities were told to me by the victims of Tipu Sultan who escaped from the clutches of his army and reached Varappuzha, which is the centre of Carmichael Christian Mission. I myself helped many victims to cross the Varappuzha river by boats.”

Here is the account of another Frenchman Francois Fidele Ripaud de Montaudever. This French man fought on the side of Tipu , he in fact gave Tipu a shipload of French Warriors.

In his diary entry of January 14, 1799, he writes: “I’m disturbed by Tipu Sultan’s treatment of these most gentle souls, the Hindus. During the siege of Mangalore, Tipu’s soldiers daily exposed the heads of many innocent Brahmins within sight from the fort for the Zamorin and his Hindu followers to see.”

Another diary entry of Ripaud says: “To show his ardent devotion and steadfast faith in the Mohammedan religion, Tipu Sultan found Kozhikode to be the most suitable place. Kozhikode was then a centre of Brahmins and had over 7,000 Brahmin families living there. Over 2,000 Brahmin families perished as a result of Tipu Sultan’s Islamic cruelties. He did not spare even women and children.”

A disgusted Ripaud left Seringapatnam and went back to France, where he obtained captainship of a fine fighting ship, the Shapho. On February 23, 1814, fighting an English frigate, Ripaud had his arm ripped off by a cannon ball. He died the same evening. Even the British, his arch enemies, gave a 21-cannon salute to this brave adventurer, once Tipu Sultan’s ‘Great White Hope’.

Tipu’s ring was mentioned in one of the answers. Here is what that man had on his sword.

The famous Sword of Tipu Sultan was found in Tipu’s bed-chamber after he was defeated by the British on May 4th, 1799. The Sword was publicly presented by General Harris to General Baird, who had led the assault. On behalf of the British Army, it was presented by Major Allan, Deputy Quarter-Master-General in person, at Madras, to Marquess Wellesly after the conquest of Seringapatam, Karnataka, India. On the handle (hilt) of the Tipu Sultan’s steel Sword was the following inscription (translated to English) in praise of the Almighty (Muhammad of Islam):

“My victorious sabre is lightning for the destruction of the unbelievers. Haidar, the Lord of the Faith, is victorious for my advantage. And moreover, he destroyed the wicked race who were unbelievers. Praise be to him, who is the Lord of the Worlds! Thou art our Lord, support us against the people who are unbelievers. He to whom the Lord giveth victory prevails over all (mankind). Oh Lord, make him victorious, who promoteth the faith of Muhammad. Confound him, who refuseth the faith of Muhammad; and withhold us from those who are so inclined. The Lord is predominant over his own works. Victory and conquest are from the Almighty. Bring happy tidings, Oh Muhammad, to the faithful; for God is the kind protector and is the most merciful of the merciful. If God assists thee, thou wilt prosper. May the Lord God assist thee, Oh Muhammad, with a mighty victory.”

The Sword of Tipu Sultan, which British invaders took it as a battle trophy after they defeated him 1799, it came back into Indian hands in 2003. The legendary sword was bought by Mr. Vijay Mallya of UB Group for Rs. 1.5 crores, when the descendants of General Baird auctioned it in London in September 2003.

These are a few instances that came out, got knows what people of that time had to suffer because of Tipu and his misguided religious zeal. Isn’t it natural that the Hindus of that era hated Tipu.

Sources : Tipu Sultan’s Sword Inscription Exhorting Violence against Unbelievers: Facts

I picked the online version of Tipu’s letters from Mint. This is the link on…

I picked the online version of Fr. Barthoelomeo from here.…

December 1, 2017 / subramanyam

What GST,Aadhaar & Ujwala are doing to India?

We all have many questions regarding the GST , the troubles it is bringing to traders, the benefits it is giving to customers and all  etc…  Then we are all getting multiple reminders from mobile operators, LPG companies, banks, Credit card guys to update our Aadhaar number right.

However, Is all of this good to India. What are all these things doing to the country.  Here is an excellent talk by Mr. Nilesh Shah who is the head of Kotak Mutual Funds.  Please listen to this.

October 11, 2017 / subramanyam

An Autobiography worth reading.

A publicity stunt, this was the first thing that came to my mind when I heard about this book for the first time. Well, that was in 2007. However, almost a decade later my maturity levels did increase, and I picked this book to read and thanked my self for doing so.

Here is the blurb of the book.

Fiery, outspoken and often wickedly funny, this candid account of one woman’s life as a sex Autobiography_of_a_SexWorkerworker in Kerala, India became a bestseller when it was first published in Malayalam. Nalini Jameela, who takes her name from both Hindu and Muslim traditions, worked as a child in the clay mines. She has been a wife, mother successful businesswoman and social activist-as well as a sex worker-at different stages in her life. This is Nalini Jameela’s story, told in her inimitably honest and down-to-earth style, of her search for dignity, empowerment and freedom on her own terms.

Does the society see sex workers as human beings? This was the question I had as I finished the book. I think that’s what happens to most of us when we read about a girl who comes from a good family, has aspirations of her own , stands up for injustice, ends up getting married accidentally, is pushed into sex work due to circumstances, gets cheated a good number of times and still comes back to tell us the story of her life.

Nalini Jameela does not just tell her autobiography; she tries to analyze happenings of her life as she narrates them to us. In this book, we see her journey from being a lady who chose to do sex work to make her ends meet to a person who is fighting for the rights of sex workers.

What did I like in the book?
1. The conviction of the author. She never tries to be apologetic about her trade, she tells us as to why she went into that trade and how her life transformed because of that decision. Her views on sex trade are worth reading.
Nalini jameela2. The way she presents her encounters with men. She did have romantic escapades with her customers, she makes no bones about it and speaks about them clearly. Again she does not play cheap tricks like giving out juicy details of her romance and all; she retraces her encounters and speaks her mind out.
3. Her views on feminism: While it comes only in one or two pages of the book, it is worth reading.
4. Her nature to call a spade a spade: Nalini Jameela is a master at this, she likes something, she speaks about it, she dislikes something she speaks clearly about it. I felt that the author was speaking without any bias.
5. Her views on God : I might not concur with her views on God, however, I did find this part very interesting.

What did I not like?
1. The editing of the book is poor; I had to struggle to read it.
2. Sometimes you don’t see the flow in the writing, that makes reading tough.


To Conclude this is a pretty good book that opens one’s mind to a new world. Do read the book when you find the time, you would definitely pick some useful perspectives.

Happy Reading.

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You can buy the book here.