Yathni's Travel to Kailash
Climate change is one of the issues which is engaging the attention of the world today.
The Prelude to my book ‘YATHNI’S TRAVEL TO KAILASH’ starts with a reference to the issue of climate change. It goes like this.
Vaakkundaam, Nalla Manamundaam,
Meni Nudangaadu Pookkondu,
Thuppaar Thirumeni Thumbikkaiyaanpaadam,
Thappaamal Saarvaar Thamakku.
It was Kailash. Indra, Agni, Vayu, Varuna, Surya and Chandra were waiting for the arrival of Shiva, Parvathi, Ganesha and Karthik. They started reciting hymns in praise of Ganesha when he entered first. Shortly, Karthik arrived followed by Shiva and Parvathi.
It was a meeting convened by Lord Shiva to discuss the draught situation in the state of Tamilnadu in India. A large number of people had gathered on the banks of the Cauvery River in Thanjavur District of the State and were conducting a ‘Homam’ to propitiate the gods. The fertile land had become barren due to the absence of timely rain. Famine had struck many parts of the State. Mass prayers were conducted in all the temples. Lord Shiva felt sorry for the sufferings of the people. He summoned all concerned for knowing the remedial measures taken.
Indra reported to Lord Shiva “Your Honour, I have directed the rain bearing clouds to rush to Tamilnadu. Vayu is assisting the clouds in swift movement towards that area. The rains have already started and people are rejoicing its arrival. They are thanking us for our response”.
‘What is the reason for this situation?’ asked Shiva
‘It is due to climate change as a result of global warming’, replied Indra. ‘Global warming is causing lots of damage to the earth and climate change is one of them. Over the past 50 years the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate’.
‘What is it that causes this global warming?’
Indra replied, ‘Your Honour, the earth’s atmosphere is being polluted by the emission of gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. These gases collect in the atmosphere like a thick blanket, trap the sun’s heat and cause the earth to warm up. Coal-burning power plants are the main source of air pollution. Discharge of green house gases from industries, vehicles, and burning forests, are the other major reasons for air pollution resulting in global warming and climate change.’
‘What action have you taken to arrest this?’ asked Shiva.
Indra said, ‘Your Honour, a lot of awareness has been created among the human beings on the evil effects of this phenomenon. They are making efforts to reduce pollution. Mr Al Gore, the former vice president of the United States is one of the foremost politicians who has raised an alarm about the hazards of global warming. He has produced a beautiful documentary movie called “An Inconvenient Truth”. He has given various speeches and has also written a book explaining how the earth is dashing towards an immensely warmer future. He has also suggested various remedial measures.
‘Further, many efforts are being made by various nations to cut down the rate of global warming. One such effort is the Kyoto agreement that has been made between various nations to reduce the emissions of various green house gases. Also many non-profit organizations are working for the cause.’
‘Good. Please keep it up’ said Shiva.
Karthik then said, ‘Father, corruption is one more evil that is bothering mankind and we have to do something about it. If you permit me, I will go down to the earth and see how this can be eradicated.’
'You have my blessings. Go ahead’ said Shiva.
Ganesha then said, ‘Father, I feel that the increasing evils of the human society are due to the decreasing moral values. It is agonizing to see that countries like India which used to follow the paths of Dharma are showing signs of deterioration. We must try to arrest this trend and restore the value systems. I have been thinking about this for quite some time. I find that most of the people earnestly feel that they should follow the highest traditions of Dharma but find themselves at crossroads when they actually try to uphold the traditions. To restore the value systems to its original glory, I think we must introduce certain incentives for those who keep up the values of life.’
‘I agree with you’, said Parvathi.
Ganesha continued, ‘I have a plan. There are a number of young boys and girls who steadfastedly keep up the value systems. Why not arrange an excursion trip to one of them to Kailash? In the first instance, we can select somebody from India.’
‘It is an excellent idea. Just as there are cultural exchange programmes between the nations on earth, this is a cultural exchange programme between Kailash and Earth’, said Karthik. All those present in the meeting also felt that it was a good idea.
‘Okay. Work out the details of your plan and let me know’ said Shiva. Shiva again appreciated Indra for his good work and the meeting concluded.
Yathni's travel to Kailash: Abridged Edition
This book is an abridged edition of the main book titled ‘Yathni’s Travel to Kailash’. This is a story based on Hindu mythology and is a mixture of facts and fiction. Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade and she is a devotee of Lord Ganesha. Ganesha takes her on an excursion to the legendary mountain of Kailash. How was this excursion, what are the things which she saw and how was her meeting with Lord Shiva. These are the things covered in the story.
The main book titled ‘Yathni’s Travel to Kailash’ was published in the year 2012. While giving a number of anecdotes from Hindu mythology, the story takes one to the North Pole, the Moon and the outer space and beyond. In this process matters of educational interest like climate change, bio-diversity, space science etc have been dealt with. These are given with colourful illustrations.
A Little Girl visits Kailash
This book is for young kids. This is a pictorial representation of my book titled ‘Yathni’s Travel to Kailash’.
'Yathni's Travel to Kailash' is a beautiful story. There are two main characters in that story. One of them is Yathni, a little girl studying in Fifth Grade. The other one is Ganesha, the cute little god of Hinduism. Yathni is an ardent devotee of Ganesha. Pleased with her devotion, Ganesha takes Yathni on an excursion to Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva. How was this excursion, what were the things which Yathni saw on the way and what were the things which she learnt? These are dealt with in ‘Yathni’s Travel to Kailash’.
While giving a number of anecdotes from Hindu mythology, the story takes one to the North Pole, the Moon and the outer space and beyond. It tells about the Hindu practices like Pillaiyar kuttoo, Thoppukkaranam etc deftly touching upon the value systems. The book is for all type of readers and especially for youngsters above ten years of age.
This book titled 'A Little Girl visits Kailash' has been prepared with the intention that the message contained in 'Yathni's Travel to Kailash' should also be conveyed to young kids. So, it is given in the form of pictorial representation of the main book. Young kids will definitely enjoy this book.
The Utopian Cricket Team
This book is a fiction based on cricket. As indicated in the title of this book, it is a utopian thought of looking at the game of cricket. The idea is to have a humorous way of looking at the sport from the point of view of other professional fields. A few poems of William Wordsworh have also been given.
Yathni's Travel to Vaikunt:A Story based on Tirupati
This book is an offshoot of an earlier book titled ‘Yathni’s Travel to Kailash’ by the author.
Yathni is a little girl studying in Fifth Grade. Yathni’s paternal grandfather guides her on moral values through the practices of Hindu religion. Impressed by her devotion and conduct, Lord Ganesha took her on an excursion to Kailash.
Subsequently, Sage Narada takes Yathni on an excursion to Vaikunt and Brahmalokam. On the way, there was a halt at the South Pole. Her experiences on this unique journey form the basis of this story.
The book contains some factual information on the world-renowned temple of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati-Tirumala in India, a few other holy places in India, the Antarctica etc. Colourful illustrations have also been provided.
Paradise comes to Mylapore
Viswam is a resident of Mylapore which is a place in the city of Chennai in India. Mylapore is an area famous for temples, churches and other religious and cultural places and is also historically, culturally and traditionally a very ancient one.
It was a time of Dasara, one of the important festival of the Hindus. Immediately prior to the beginning of Dasara, there is a period of fifteen days known as Mahalayam also called as Pitrupaksha. It is a fortnight of ancestors and people having faith in the Vedic religion used to perform certain religious austerities. Viswam is making arrangements for performance of these austerities.
Vishnu Sarma is the father of Viswam who passed away two years before. He comes to Viswam’s place on the earth in a group along with his family and friends from the world of the ancestors to take part in the acceptance of the austerities being performed by his son. These ancestors, who are dead and gone, are coming in their subtle bodies invisible to people on earth. Vishnu Sarma also brings along with him the English poets William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson from their place in the Paradise. Vishnu Sarma takes them along to the various places in Mylapore.
How does Wordsworth and Tennyson enjoy their visit to Mylapore? What is the significance of these austerities? What is the greatness of the temples and other places in Mylapore? It is a story which primarily explains these things.