People who show us the way
Duggirala Gopalakrishnayya was one of the famous leaders in the non-violent Indian Freedom Movement. He attracted millions of Andhra people to the movement through his poetry and speeches.
He was born in Penuganchiprolu village in Krishna district on June 2, 1889 into a Brahmin family. His father was Kodandaraamaiah and mother was Seethamma. He studied in high schools in Guntur and Bapatla cities. While at school, even at that young age, he founded “Jaateeya Naatyamandali (National Dance Group)” to help develop arts such as drama and music.
He went to England for higher studies. After graduating with MA degree from Edinburgh University, he worked with Ananda Kumara swamy for some time and translated Nandikeswara’s Abhinaya darpanamu from Sanskrit into English entitled, “The Mirror of Gesture,” published by Cambridge-Harvard University Press in 1917.
After a brief tenure as a lecturer at Rajamandry Training College and Bandaru National College, he jumped headlong into freedom struggle. In 1919, the British government unified Cheerala and Perala municipalities into one municipality. Gopalakrishnayya called for a non-cooperation movement against this action. This movement became one of the most important milestones in the Andhra freedom struggle. He traveled extensively in Andhra, after the Nagpur Congress Convention in 1920, to propagate the More >
Gurajada Venkata Appa Rao panthulu garu [1862-1915] is perhaps the most celebrated modern Telugu writer. There may be controversies and strong sectarian feelings surrounding other great writers like Sree Sree and Viswanatha. But Gurajada is universally respected for heralding the modern era. His epochal writings had far reaching influence and encompassed many aspects of modern Telugu Literature. Sree Sree and several other major figures had almost idolized him. His works have retained their freshness even a century after they were originally written. His Kanyasulkam is billed as one of the greatest works in world literature. Many a literary critic said repeatedly that if one were to collect a list of one hundred indispensable books from all the languages of the world combined, Kanyasulkam would figure prominently in that list. Gurajada was a scholar of classical works as well as European literature. He was one of the earliest to part ways with classical traditions in poetry, drama, and prose. His close associates such as Gidugu Rama Murthy and his own initiatives were primarily responsible for what is now known as “Vyavaharika Bhasha Vadam” In more ways than one, his 1910 work Mutyala Saralu (along with Kattamanchi Ramalinga Reddi’s musalamma maraNam, 1898 More >
We have wept long enough; no more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is a man-making religion that we want. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want. And here is the test of truth-anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, Truth is all knowledge. Truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating. We speak of many things parrot-like, but never do them; speaking and not doing has become a habit with us. What is the cause of that? Physical weakness. This sort of weak brain is not able to do anything. We must strengthen it. First of all our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterward. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through a study of the Gita. You will understand Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger. You will understand the mighty genius and the mighty strength of Krishna better with a little of strong blood in you. You will understand the Upanishads better and More >
I have three visions for India. In 3000 years of our history people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Turks, the Moghuls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other Nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. Why? Because we respect the freedom of others. That is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe thatIndiagot its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us.
My second vision forIndiais DEVELOPMENT. For fifty years we have been a developing Nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed Nation. We are among top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are More >
The youth of India have great creative energy with the positive potential to take them to spiritual heights. If human creativity is a special quality, then the “Never say die!” spirit is its apex. Demographically, today’s India is at its youngest best and has the power to meet any challenge with the collective consciousness and effort of all people, especially young people.
This is the perfect time when youth is alert and aware and provoked by the environment and lack of values. India is a nation facing incredible challenges. This is evident from the utter lack of safety and security for the girl child and women anywhere in the country and the impunity with which monstrous elements like rapists heap violence on girl children and women.
On the one hand, people can see such huge wealth and on the other, more than one-third of the people go without a second meal every day. We have examples of the very affluent as well as the extremely poor. And millions of our children have no access to education, even at the primary level. And we are still grappling with the issue of child labour.
Swami Vivekananda delivered a lecture on the issue of difficulties More >
India is country that has harbored many cultures, religions and empires. From the early Aryan civilization to the British, India has gone through a lot of changes, good and bad. Good I say because of the variety of knowledge we have gained, the insight we have procured and religions and cultures that stay in harmony and peace. And bad because of the borders we set up around countries, around certain sections of people and the destruction that our own brothers and sisters cause to our country. From all the problems, there has always been a group of people who has been protecting our motherland from problems outside and within our country. Yes, they are the brave soldiers of the Indian army.
I have a great repect to the soldiers as my grand father served in Indian Army. I felt that we should learn about the lives of these brave young men and women who have dedicated themselves to serve our country. The life of an army officer is not an easy one. They have to undergo rigorous training, maintain their physique and mental prowess and at the same time be ready for any emergency, anytime. For an officer, he might not have More >
Now the day is over and night is drawing nigh shadows of evening steal across the sky.Now the darkness gathers and stars begin to peep, Birds, beasts and flowers will soon be asleep…
But not for the twinkling stars of cinema… how they are always adored twinkle by twinkle until a time comes when they wrinkle …and we look back upon them with nostalgia and reflect upon them now as Living Legends.
She is just one such star known for her twinkling toes. Yes! It’s none other than the Diamond Jubilee star – Vyjayanthimala – actress, Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, a reluctant Carnatic singer, Golfer, Table Tennis player, ex-Parliamentarian. etc.
Last spotted at Esha Deol’s wedding – 70+, ramrod straight and elegant as always, her kohl-lined eyes, elaborate bindi and slender hands speaking a language of their own; reminding us about the fact that when she was acting in films, she was not married & when she got married, she stopped acting in films. She started off as ‘paapukutty’ (fondly called) or the ‘idly-face’(as she was mercilessly teased) in the Tamil film “Vazhkai”, which opened up a new vazhkai (life) for her.
There was no looking back after this film. Coming from a conservative More >
Corruption means dishonesty by those in power, typically involving bribery. When an elected representative misuses his powers or changes his decision due to certain unfair circumstances it is referred to as corruption. A person who receives or gives bribe is said to be a corrupt person. For example, if a police officer accepts money, he is said to be corrupt. Although we say that India is a democratic country which got freedom 64 years ago, but we are still not free from the hands of corruption. The only difference is that the British have been replaced by the corrupt rulers. Now days, corruption rules us. Corruption is damaging the economy of India badly.
The major problem in India for its present state is corruption. We often blame the government when we see unhygienic circumstances but that is not true. The government is sanctioning financial aids to improve our country but it is not reaching the people because some corrupt officers are swindling it. Every day, in the newspaper we see different scandals and scams.
The government has passed several laws but none of them are being executed because of some corrupt officials who have been appointed by the government to ensure that More >
The sanyasi who declared “The national ideals of India are renunciation and service” is arguably the most popular youth icon in the country. Born on 12th Jan 1863, he is 150 years young and still going strong !
What makes Swami Vivekananda tick among the youth and what makes him the most sought after guiding force for crores of youngsters ? What makes his views on holistic personality development relevant even today ?
In his best-seller ” Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, world renowned management guru Stephen Covey writes about “The Personality Ethic” and “The Character Ethic”. He writes that the Western world has been emphasizing on the personality ethic which focuses on how to dress, how to smile, how to stand, how to talk, how to sit and so on. This is characterized by the thousands of books that have been published around this subject by authors like Dale Carnegie, Allan Pease, Napolean Hill and many more modern-age personality development writers. However, he emphasizes that “The Character Ethic” is more crucial. It is what one is on the inside that makes the long term impact. The development of the personality is not external but internal. This is the oriental way, he More >