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January 2016

Trivia Questions

As usual Abhinav asked few trivia questions which i was not able to answer rightly.


  • Who born first in the world? How many person born along with them? did they born few peoples per country or continent?

  • Since Fish and snakes are / can be in water, why they did not get cold? who gave them power?



I started teaching “ஆத்திசூடி” to Abhinav once again. Last year i failed.  Infact, now i took printout and pasted on wall to remind myself. It is really one of the god’s gift for children. If anybody intrested, Kindly read it here.

First 13 pasted here for your quick reference. I highlighted two lines and meaning also mentioned. Highlighted points are conflicting each other and Abhinav is very quick to ask me the conflict. Though on exact meaning has conflict, but there are always giver and taker in the world. It has to be balanced.  We need to consider that taker tried all option before accepting help. But it is difficult to teach kid certain high level living stuff, it is too early.
உயிர் வருக்கம்
றம் செய விரும்பு  
றுவது சினம்
யல்வது கரவேல் – முடிந்தவரை மற்றவர்க்கு வேண்டிய நேரத்தில் உதவ தயங்காதே
வது விலக்கேல்
டையது விளம்பேல்
க்கமது கைவிடேல்
ண் எழுத்து இகழேல்
ற்பது இகழ்ச்சி –  எந்த சூழ்நிலையிலும் இரவாது உழைத்துப் பொருள் பெறுவதே நன்று 
யம் இட்டு உண்
ப்புரவு ஒழுகு
துவது ஒழியேல்
வியம் பேசேல்
அஃகஞ் சுருக்கேல்


After Abhinav got International rank and Gold Medal in IMO, Priya’s Father expressed his happiness via Thirukural. It really made her happy. I want to share it to all.
My Father in Law gifted Thirukural book to Abhinav last year. He started with few kural then i could not spend time with Abhinav to teach. I will start this year again for aathichoodi and Thirukural (50).

ஈன்ற  பொழுதின்  பெரிதுவக்கும்  தன்மகனைச் 
சான்றோன்  எனக்கேட்ட  தாய்.

விளக்கம்: தன் மகனைப்பிறர் ‘அறிவொழுக்கங்களில்  சிறந்தவன்‘  என்று  சொல்லக்கேட்ட  தாய்,  அவனைப்  பெற்றபொழுது  அடைந்த  மகிழ்ச்சியை  விட  மிக்க  மகிழ்ச்சி  அடைவாள்.

When I heard that conversation, I thought another Golden kural from Deivapulavar.

மகன்தந்தைக்கு   ஆற்றும்   உதவி   இவன்தந்தை 
என்நோற்றான்  கொல்எனும்   சொல்.

விளக்கம்: தன்னைக்  கல்வியுடையவனாகிய  தந்தைக்கு  மகன்  செய்யும்  பதில்  உதவி  என்னவென்றால், ‘இவனுடைய  தந்தை  இவனைப்  பெறுவதற்கு  என்ன  தவம்  செய்தானோ’ என்று சொல்லும்படி நடத்தலாகும்.

பால்:  அறத்துப்பால்  (Arathuppal) – Virtue 
இயல்: இல்லறவியல் (Illaraviyal)- Domestic Virtue 
அதிகாரம்: மக்கட்பேறு (Makkatperu) – The obtaining of Sons 


Abhinav naturally good with numbers and he surprises us with his smart answers in fraction of time. I always assume that it was inherited from me, Priya and our forefathers. Abhinav tortured Priya for joining IMO ( International Mathematics Olympiad); but Priya was not comfortable for two factors.
1. Abhinav is very poor in accepting defeats / failures
2. Its very short duration to train him for exam and it will be stressful
As usual Abhinav won it. he enrolled his name on october and exam is scheduled on December. School gave IMO book distribution on December second week ( right after Floods). Abhinav and Priya went to Bangalore for 2 weeks vacation due to Chennai Floods. They came back to chennai just a week before exam and Abhinav got real training only for mere 2 days. We were not very seious because he did not like to take that. If he is interested, he draws / swims/ read/ listen for few hours. if not, it is just few minutes.
Here is the IMO result which declared day before yesterday. 
Yeah, Yes. 
Abhinav Won State/Zonal Gold medal for excellence and he is ranked # 20 on International Level.
Priya and Me were happiest person on earth.
To know more about IMO, Please click here.
Class 1 Sample Question paper for IMO.

IMO Syllabus for First Class:

Prema Vasam

Last year Onwards, Priya decided to celeberate Abhinav Birthday in Orphanage home / Oldage home instead of just donating money via online. We sponsored one day meal to all Kids in the home. Abhinav experienced the difficulties faced by differently abled person. it was very touch moment. all kids are very happy to spend time with.

Abhinav was Right

We went Kundratur Murugan Temple on New years eve for Prosperity and Peace world. We also went next week also as continuation. Hopefully, we can love more than what we are now. Lets reduce Hot head reactions, celebrate each occasion and live the moment. Lord Murugan was decorated with Gold shield on new years eve and Silver shield on next week. 
Few events happened at Temple and  they are mind boggling and awe struck. 

Event 1:

Background: Lord Murugan Temple, Kundratur 

During New years eve, the rush was very high. There were three queues orgaized by temple
department viz General Darshan, Rs 20 paid Darshan and Rs 50 paid Darshan. We went via General darshan and had blessed darshan with in 30 minutes (because i am not favor of paid darshan, still i follow in some temple to avoid extraordinary queues). In after week visit, Queue arrangments was there but Temple department allowed all people in Rs 50 paid darshan queue due to very low footfall. I entered first and Abhinav raised his voice ” Daddy ! without ticket you are entering to paid darshan queue”. Children always follow it. Then i explained him about relaxation of rules.

Event 2:

Lord Siva Parvathy Ganesha

While driving back to house, few cows crossed roads and we waited for few seconds to pass by. it looks like , ” Abhinav assumed that those were Bulls”. and he started asking, that Where is Lord Siva? His vehicle bull is one road, i cant see Lord Siva. Priya replied that Lord Siva’s bull is at his house; not here. Abhinav quickly told her that Lord Siva is ” Paramborul” and he is available all the places. So he should be somewhere else here and i cant see.

Me and Priya was touched by his words and wisdom. Really Spirtual world created lot of answers which no one questioned. when somebody asks to normal living people, they are answerless and clueless to react adn they surrender to Atheist. It is really important to find our roots and traditions. Please read ” Arthamulla Indumadam by Kavingar Kannadasan”.

Event 3:

Usually God faces east in all temples. When Abhinav was playing with direction name at outside
temple, He told one direction as North which is exactly Lord Murugn faces. Without even thinking, I said to Abhinav  ” it is a East direction, thats why Lord Muruga faces like any other god in every temple”. But Abhinav said again that “It is certainly North”.
Priya also backed my statement. But Abhinav reiterated again. 
Then quickly i remembered, Guru Bhagavan always faces South. Based on that Lord Muruga is facing North in Kundratur Temple. Abhinav proved again that ” he is Right”.

Munnar Trip – Part 2

For Part 1, Click here.

Day 3:
Due to Last evening Activity arranged by Sterling resort such as Bon fire, Group play, we were little tired. Today it was planned complete rest day and do only indoor activities. It gave real opportunity for private talk and enjoyable. 
We went for a walk along Tea estate, took food in on road restaurant and photo shoot. Priya tried Spa inside the resort for her rejuvenation. 
We also played Table tennis, Carrom, Chess…etc( only free activities). Sterling arranged Bon fire and unlimited mock tails. 

Day 4:
Abhinav felt sad, because today was last day in resort. We checked out and our Driver was ready for sightseeing cum drop at Munnar. We visited following places.

Munnar Town: Just romaed around for few minutes and searched for ATM to withdraw money. Because SBT ATM was out of cash without any board outside.

On the way to Eravikulam National part, we did pit stop for Palmyra Fruit ( நுங்கு ). Abhinav’s one of the favorite fruit and he enjoys tasting it.

We stopped for a minute to see the very long queue at Eravikulam National park to spot Nilagiri Thar and Kurinju Poo (Strobilanthes kunthiana). After seeing the Queue and limited Shuttle services, we skipped and started for next points.

Lakkam Falls & Karimutty Falls:
Both waterfalls very famous and you can see in most of the movies. Abhinav and Me had shivering bath in chill water. Temperature was less than 8 degree ( i guess).

Sandalwood Forest and Coffee Estate:
We saw restricted and protected Sandal Wood Plantations and Coffee & Pepper Plantations. It was nice and thrilling ride from Munnar. why because Visiblity is almost Zero even with fog lamp. Driver must matured and mastered hill driving to survive this kind of risk.

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary:
The ride inside forest area is thrilling and Forest officer SUV keeps running for supervision. we stopped at Aalampetty for booking the Trekking. Though we were not with Shoes and proper gears, we attempted for Trekking. Abhinav excited for spotting any wild. We were escorted by Two Forest tribals for the safety and guide. we saw Dolmens and Ancient Art on Rocks. It was said very ancient and 3000-4000 years old but no proof from ASI yet.

Tour Concludes Pleasantly.

Few Pictures:

Munnar Trip – Part 1

Recently, We went on vacation. It is necessary because we were highly stressed due to Chennai floods and impact on Normal life. Mother Nature made top up on ground water but at the cost of many lives and livelihood. as per Today’s TOI, Groundwater of Chennai rise to 30ft.
Out of many choices, we selected Munnar as our Holiday Destination. It is really a contra because of going to hill station during winter. 
Munnar is just 90 km away from my hometown and we did pit stop at home town and enjoyed two meals by mom. 
It is really Fantastic, adventurous and adrenaline pumped travel from Theni to Munnar.Mahindra and it is surrounded by Tata Tea Estate.

Lots of Hair pin bend, narrow road and deep valley all together make this journey as highly thrilling one. But it is scenic drive and we can see the natures play.

Since we booked at Sterling Resorts, we got down at Power house and took local car to reach Terrace Green Resort. Resort is just next to Club

Day 1: Checked in around 5PM and took complete rest. evening we had pleasant walk and played with Remote control Helicopter. Due to some light disturbance, chopper fell out of campus at 20 feet deep. With help of Security guard, we got it back. it is really isolated area and snake possibility was there. But security guard was brave enough. Big thanks to him. Had amazing food. Abhinav enjoyed watching over all options.
Day 2: We booked Local Sight seeing via cleartrip – activities. Rs 1400 worth activity at price of Rs 650 ( 50% discount from clear trip and 20% from Paytm). Driver was exactly on time. we saw following spots during first day. since it was peak time, we hit traffic often and we did not give up our fun even at traffic time. 
1. Power House Water Falls – ( on the way to Munnar, Just for Photo shot only. If they allowed to take bath, it would be fun. Since it is meant for Drinking, it is isolated)
2. Lock Heart View Point – Scenic View
3. Rock Cave – it is said to be thief cave (malaikallan kughai)
4. Lockhart Estate of Harrison Malayalam
5. Tea Museum by Kannan Devan of Tata – Must see Museum which has good collection of very old things such as Big Calculators, type writers, Wooden bath tub, telephone exchange….etc, they also showcase the 30 minute video documentary of ” How Munnar Hills wore Tea cloth ?”. they also has Model Tea factory with Process explanation. Discounted tea outlet and Tea sipping.
6. Rose Garden – It has good collection of many flowers and Flora is really great. Must see place. Abhinav and Priya enjoyed this place. it also has washroom and small shop.
7. Photo Point – People can stop here for photo shot. Professional photographers are available and they also provide Tea plucker costume.
8. Honey Bee Tree – It is just on the way stop and we can see many bee hives in a single tree.
9. Mattupatty Dam – It is Indo swiss Project and the ride on the bridge is really great. Speed Boat and Elephant safari is available at this place. Kids can enjoy it.
10. Echo Point – We had Lunch at one hotel. As they displayed , it tastes as Home food only. Boating was closed due to waves on water. it creates a super Echo only when the decibel level is higher. One person shouting will not create echo. But mass shouting, creates echo.
11. Kundala Lake – Must see place. It is artificially created lake and small dam kind of opening. Pedal boating was very much enjoyable and reasonable compares to Speed boat.
12. Top Station – must see place for very scenic views and cloud kissing place.
returned to Resort around 640PM. Had sooper food and great sleep.
(Part 2- click here)
Few  Pictures

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