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Launch of Book – Madhwas of Madras – By Meera Raghavendra Rao

Madhwas of Madras

Chennai author writes book in 6 weeks

News Today, Saturday, August 27, 2016

Chennai: “It is a pleasure to relate Odyssey book store with writer Meera Raghavendra Rao’s new book – ‘Madhwas of Madras’. ‘Odyssey’ means ‘travel’ and Meera’s book emphasises the journey of the Madhwas,” said former IAS officer N Vittal.

IMG_20160826_191133753Launching the book at Odyssey Adyar here on Friday, he congratulated the author for the hard work she had put in to write the book.

“Meera was subjective and clear to the point in her writing. She has portrayed the religious as well as the social aspects of the Madhwas in the best possible manner,” he said.

Stressing the role of the Madhwas in the development of society, Vittal, said, “That’s not all, S S Badrinath, founder emeritus of Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, is regarded as one of the prominent persons in society. He has contributed a lot to our society in the field of medical science.”

Later, writer Narayanan Bhatt giving an overview about the book, said, “This book was written in just six weeks and a lot of hard work has gone into it. The writing is vivid and clear.”

“Meera had covered around 50 Madhwas in Madras although there is a sea of information that needs to be shared. Madhwas have immense love for their gurus. I have not seen any other community who show so much love for their gurus,” he pointed out.

“Talking about the Madhwas is incomplete without the inclusion Madhwa Acharya, who was one of the prominent persons in the community,” he added.

“This book portrays the life and history of the Madhwas and their contribution to society,” he said.

Noted Ayurvedic doctor Jamin Narashiman revealed the legacy of Madhwas in the field of medicine. He said, “My great-grandfather, Jamin Venkata Ramanarayanan, was one of the prominent Ayurvedic doctors of the early 20th century. He had the ability to judge a person’s health just by feeling his legs. That was the amount of insight the Madhwas had in the field of medicine. I would like to congratulate Meera for her contribution.”

Meera thanked all the dignitaries, including publisher Chellappan, layout specialist Yokha and various others who helped publish her book.

Writer Mohan Rao was present on the occasion.


Former IAS officer N Vittal speaking at the launch of the book ‘Madhwas of Madras’ at Odyssey Adyar in Chennai on Friday. Writer Mohan Rao and author of the book, Meera Raghavendra Rao, are present.

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