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Achamillai Achamillai!

August 4, 2010

1902 AD:

 The city behind me has witnessed the evolution of my faith for so many centuries. It will also witness one such event today as well”, he thought to himself.

He was a mere lad of 20 years; sitting on the banks of the mighty river. Lost in his thoughts, his frame almost immobile, he presented a contrasting picture to the surging water. Even though, he was of medium build, there was something remarkable about him that distinguished him from the crowd. His head held high, his back straight; he was totally at ease with himself. He knew that he would do what he had set out to achieve and he had to do it before the Surya Bhagawan completed his journey for the day. The cool pristine water of the Ganges looked inviting and all he could hear were the Mantras.

Even though my faith has essentially remained sublime in essence, some of the practices are just so outdated”, he thought looking all around him.

The place was steeped in tradition and he felt its weight on his shoulders, but he was firm in his resolve. All around him, people went about their daily rituals; many were in the river taking their customary dip in it; which was supposed to purify their souls. On seeing them, he was reminded of a verse from the Thirukural, “Outward purity the water will bestow; Inward purity from truth alone will flow.

The past few years that he had spent in Benaras had changed him completely. From a devout Hindu, he had turned into a devout patriot who did not mind taking up arms against the enemy. All around him, he saw the decadence of a faith which was supposed to be the “Sanatana Dharma”. (Eternal truth)

And finally, he knew that it was time!

With a deep breath, the lad removed the sacred thread which had adorned his trunk for as long as he could remember.  With one last look at it, he flung it as far as he could into the water. There was no going back for him now and he had set into motion, the wheels which would change the very course of his destiny!!!!

From today, I pay allegiance to only my country”, he said out loudly.

As he stepped into the cold water, just a single thought kept ringing in his head, “Achamillai achamillai acham enbadhillaiye”. (There is no fear)

Little did he realize that day, that this line of his would resound in the hearts of Tamilians till posterity!!!

After his bath, when he stepped out, he truly felt reborn…………………..

PS: This is another humble attempt to portray one lesser known story of one of my heroes: Subramanya Bharathiar. On one such day, he decided to shed his caste identity and become a true patriot. His poems inspired so many people to fight for independence. This is my tribute to him.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2010 1:27 am

    Ah, I wish more people would shed their sacred (???) threads and see each other as human beings…The stuff people do in the name of caste and religion – yikes!
    OG: haha 😛 so true bones 😛

    • Anon123 permalink
      August 4, 2010 3:33 am

      @sraboneyghose, rightly said.. i wish to genalize the statement and not pin point at any community/religion..
      OG: I am pretty sure she meant it the general way…………… 😛 every community has got something which is “sacred” for em

    • August 4, 2010 11:30 am

      I think there’s nothing wrong in calling it a sacred thread actually. What ppl do in its name is what qualifies as good/bad. Some hv other identities. One caste may hv this thread.
      OG: interesting 😛

  2. Anon123 permalink
    August 4, 2010 3:32 am

    a very nice post … u r making it immpossible for me to remain just a silent reader 🙂
    OG: haha!! Thanks anon!!! hope to make it interesting in the future as well 😛 😛
    i wish people see each other as fellow human beings rather than hindu, muslim or christian..
    OG: utopia!

  3. August 4, 2010 4:45 am

    Goosebumps on me, while he threw the thread into the river…WOW, I am a great fan of Subramanya Bharathiyar and you’ve done this very well. 🙂
    OG: hey Thanks ums!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love his songs – was part of the school choir where we were taught many of his songs – I still remember them and sing to myself, when I feel low. They are sure to wake me up and make me feel good. 🙂
    OG: I dont know much of his writings…………. need to read them in the original………. 😛
    BTW, whats that thirukkural ???? tell me which one is that ????
    OG: I actually found it online…………………….dont know if it is exact
    Puraldhooimai Neeraan Amaiyum Akandhooimai
    Vaaimaiyaal Kaanap Patum

    Great post OG !!! 🙂

    • August 4, 2010 12:16 pm

      hey thanks…thats perfect… 🙂
      OG: yo 😛
      do u know to read tamil ??? if yes, just read through his songs…they tell you all about him, his ideas and everything.
      OG: I read tamil but not very fluent……… I take ages to read an article as I’m outta practice

  4. August 4, 2010 7:59 am

    Sho, bayankaran thanne ! 😀
    OG: athu sheri 😛

    • August 4, 2010 10:42 am

      LOL!!! 😀 😀 😀 veronnum parayan kittiyilla adu kondu ingane odukki!! :mrgreen:
      OG: hahaha

      • August 5, 2010 8:28 am

        Thats a dialogue to sum it all !!! 😛 😛

        I got those three words from Vellaanagalude Naadu, check this video where Maniyampilla Raju tells those three words ‘ Ho, bayankaran thanne’ 😀 😀

  5. August 4, 2010 10:43 am

    U are seriously dabbling in fiction and mystery now eh?? 🙂 Nice work…
    Why the sudden interest in history though? Or were you always a fan of it?
    OG: yeah, I have kinda taken an interest in it now 😛 no sudden interest in History, I have always loved it

    • August 4, 2010 10:44 am

      pandaram…the last 2 times my email address was spelt differently hence my profile pic didnt show 😡
      pah! 🙄 😛

  6. August 4, 2010 11:31 am

    Very well written OG! I have heard a lot about him but now I feel like reading more 🙂
    OG: you should swar!

  7. August 4, 2010 7:05 pm

    *after failed attempts of pulling ezhuthukaran’s leg over this post, crafty settles for confessions*

    This was definitely a beautiful rendition… particularly the second para 😀
    OG: danku danku!
    I read up the link on him… hoo boy, he was a pioneer in a lot of things…!!!
    OG: He was a great man!
    How do u manage to make stories out of what have been so far portrayed as dry historical events…. i cud have done with knowing u when i had history as a subject 😀 😀 😀

    If Ezhuthukaran is entertaining requests, then Crafty would like to request longer stories… :mrgreen:
    OG: You want more of this torture???? :mrgreen:

  8. August 4, 2010 7:35 pm

    Thats a wonderful portrayal machi.. just loved reading it 🙂

    BEautifully written… 🙂

    HE was a hero in his own right.. Little I know about his poems.. have to check… 🙂
    OG: thanks machi!!!!!!!!

  9. August 4, 2010 10:54 pm

    Awesome, OG. Chilling, inspiring… memorable post. I love your historical/fictional posts. They’re a class apart.
    Btw, some typos I could not help nitpicking…
    devote Hindu -> devout ?
    decadency -> decadence ?
    OG: Thanks a lot Pal and for the typos as well 😛 but I suspect that decadency is a correct word 😛 maybe be mistaken……….. but thanks anyways 😛

  10. October 12, 2010 10:10 pm

    I had to read twice, i got it now. Thanks for sharing!

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