Namaskaram and Swagatham to Sundarakandam, my blog site
I am pleased to present to you a collection of articles that I have written over the course of time on a diverse range of topics from Telugu literature to Veda Mantras, significance of Hindu festivals and rituals, to my travel experiences. The launch of this blog site is one more step forward in a very interesting literary and spiritual journey.
It all started through our Alumni group of Engineering College, Kakinada, (now JNTU) 1962 batch. As a group we continue to
be in touch with each other, this has been possible partly because we managed to get almost everyone on email, we have been meeting periodically and organize group tours. During one such get-together, I mentioned that I had participated and won 2nd prize in a ‘Bhakti TV’ show ‘Tarataraala Telugu Padyam’ conducted by famous Telugu scholar and poet Sri Garikipati Narasimha Rao garu. I recited the poems that I had presented in the competition. At around the same time I was also refreshing my Sanskrit skills through part time classes at Hyderabad.
My interest in literary activities during college days and my contributions to the college magazine are known to many of these friends so one of them, Sri Raghavaiah requested me to present some Telugu literary, cultural and spiritual articles to our members through e-mail so as to have an ‘on line satsang’. After consulting other members, I hesitatingly started and named it ‘Satsang series.’ My son helped me discover the Google software for Telugu script and I started to experiment with that by incorporating Telugu script into my articles.
As I scripted articles the distribution list increased and I started to get very good response and interaction from the members.
What started as a small group gradually expanded and the articles started to find their way to others that I do not directly know. For example one of our classmates Sri Bhima Reddy who is now the President of Sri Rama temple at Chicago has told me that he keeps distributing fliers of my articles to the devotees who immensely like the topics as well as my presentation. Many members informed me that they are recirculating the articles to their friends and relatives. All this is very heartwarming and encouraging
I commenced with Ganesa vandanamu (SS1) on 15th April 2012 and completed 108 articles of Satsang series on 8-2-2013. I covered many topics from Potana Bhagavatamu, Manu Charitra, Maha Bharatamu, Bhagavad Gita, Valmiki Ramayanamu, Vishnu,Lalita Sahasranamam,Chaatuvulu, Satakaalu, Subhaashitaalu, Stotraalu and other classical poetry. I also presented Bhava Kavitwamu and Geyaalu of recent poets Jandhyala Papayya Sastry, Gurajada, SriSri and others. I am now continuing with new series which includes Sanskrit Slokas and Mantras from Upanishads.
I have aimed at providing detailed meaning in Telugu, English and sometimes even in Hindi of Padyams, Slokas and mantras which are normally not given in the books available in the market. As my writing evolved I have also attempted to give commentary in Telugu and English maintaining the story line. My friends and other readers often make this more interesting by sharing their own perspectives, comments, and often questions which I try to answer as well.
This blog site Sundarakandam…reflects a beautiful episode in my life, one in which I continue to explore the beauty of Telugu literature, the Vedas, Upanishads and a variety of other writings and more importantly the immense joy in sharing it with people young and old.
I invite you to explore the site and as your read the articles if you have any thoughts or comments please take a moment to share through the “Comments” feature at the end of each article.