Come October and Chennai springs to life with a feast to all the five senses and you find yourself juggling between literary meetings, religious congregations and festive celebrations.
The past week began with a very interesting meeting of the Madras Book club where Janaki Lenin gave an audio visual presentation of her fascinating (or is it dangerous) life’s journey with her ‘Husband and other Animals.’ Visitors who chose to become permanent residents in the farm house of the couple included all kinds of animals normally found in a zoo. In a lighter vein she said when she complained to her husband about the unwelcome intrusion, his refrain was ‘adjust’ and she is still adjusting, she reiterated.
The religious Head of Sringeri Sharada Peetham has been in Chennai for Chatru masa and will be leaving for Andhra month end. The performance of puja to Siva Lingam late evening which we watched on the giant screen was a real religious feast which was followed by vedic chanting by pundits and Durbar when the Swamiji was seated on a Golden throne. You feel you are far from the madding crowd of the city once you step into the sylvan surroundings of the venue which bustles with religious activity from morning to night. What is commendable is the discipline that is maintained through out with no mobiles ringing or people jumping queues be it for Swamij’s darshan or meals served in the most hygienic manner.
The Thematic Kolu conceived by Ms.Latha at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan is unique representing unity in diversity India stands for. We can see apart from dolls both antique and modern, replicas of important temples in different parts of the country. The artist who has so beautifully made them with papier-mâché should be congratulated for their true depiction.
n.meera raghavendra rao