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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.

Click here to view the video of book launch

madwaha invitation



About Just Li’Es:

Life is not all sugar and spice and all things nice. Life is a bitter-sweet pill enriched by variety and creativity and often swallowed with self pity or piety. It all depends upon the liver (pun intended) whether he/she looks for sympathy or empathy at  unavoidable unpleasant situations life presents.

It is little wonder that features which are also known as “people journalism”  are increasingly becoming popular in today’s tension filled world as people would love to read about experiences of others like them and feel they are not alone to moan and despair or feel helpless.

As a feature writer of long standing and a columnist as well as an optimist looking at the Lighter side of Life, I would like to share my thoughts on a variety of topics through my site “Just Li’ES”(Life’s experiences) which I hope kindles the mind of my readers especially students pursuing journalism courses to give expression to their creativity, be it through prose or poetry. Feedback to this site is more than welcome.

Experiences are classified under categories: Lighter side of Life, Travel, Book Launches/ Reviews and Chennai Potpourri. The categories are sub-classified as sub-pages under each of the categories for easy readability. Enjoy the experiences.  Comments are welcome!

N Meera Raghavendra Rao


18 thoughts on “Just Li’Es

  1. Geeta Santhosh

    Hello Mam

    Nice to read your blog, I am happy to be reconnected to you. I will read all the blogs and give you my specific comments

    Geeta Santhosh

  2. Bimal

    It has been a long time. Thanks for that e-mail. And Congrats! You have crossed a milestone. When is the next book coming? Even though I have not been leaving any comments I have been here on and off.
    Waiting for more posts here, I wish you all the best.

  3. meera rao

    Thanks Bimal for your good wishes .Keep visiting my blog for the new posts.There is a review of the book SENTINEL HOUSE posted recently.

  4. Vijayendra

    Hello Meera Atha,

    Congratulations on completion of 1 year for your blog.

    Continue the good work and many more years of writing.
    Hope you win lots of laurals and rewards ahead.

    All the very best.
    Best Regards,

  5. Kerri Fenton

    I met you two years ago while traveling with Semester at Sea and I am currently teaching a class at East Hartford High School in Connecticut, U.S.A. I vividly recall your beautiful writing and cheeky humor. After returning home I read Madras Mosaic and cannot complement you enough on your ability to take the everyday occurrence and turn it into art. I feel honored to have heard you speak.

    My class will begin reading Nectar in a Sieve on March 14th, and I would love to read them some excerpts of Madras Mosaic. They will be investigating the ideas of “yesterdays and tomorrows,” because they will be graduating and experiencing much change in June. I know that you are extremely busy, but I was wondering if it would be at all possible for my class to contact you in April (through email, video chat, blog, letter, or any communication of your choice) regarding their questions about your writing, Indian culture, and change. If this would be at all possible, please email me.

    If you are busy or my request is too presumptuous, I greatly apologize and completely understand.

    Your writing is lovely.

    With much respect and best wishes,
    Kerri Fenton

  6. V Raghavan

    Some time ago, I was wondering whether you would top 25000 hits on your second birthday! You have missed the bus by a very small margin!! Maybe you should ask for a recount!!!

  7. Good for me, because I can have two separate celebrations, one for Second Birthday and another for silver jubilee. Revaluation or re addition is the privilege of students (IITs included) who hope to pass or secure a higher percentage in their exams. Bloggers don’t seem to enjoy this!

  8. A correction please—it was not over night that my blog reached over 25000hits , but yesterday, the 2nd.May at 9 p.m. Yes, all the regular visitors from Madras (especially those who care to leave their comments as well) do deserve a party .Shall let you know about it.

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