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Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Story Of A Rescue Operation

Let me narrate, from memory, one of the adventures of Naduvileppad Bhattathiri (sorry, the hero's name is a tongue twister - for non-Mallus!).

Koppat Aatti (another twister?!) was a woman of great beauty and an influential socialite - she was credited with 27 (!) husbands and many other 'friends', admirers, well-wishers....

Once she accidentally fell into the well in her backyard. The news spread rapidly, a large crowd collected and men began jumping into the well to save her. Naduvileppad Bhattathiri was passing by and asked what the commotion was about. An agitated man told him: "Aatti has fallen into the well!". Bhattathiri approached and looked into the well and it was full and choking with people...

When the rescuers had managed to pull Aatti out safe and sound, they heard a loud cry for help from the adjacent compound. A few ran there and saw Bhattathiri trapped in the well there and calling for help. They found a rope and managed to haul him out as well in one piece. One man asked: "Hey, I saw you among the crowd at Aatti's house. How come you happened to fall into THIS well?" Bhattathiri answered: "Yes. When I heard Aatti was in the well and saw people jumping in, I too was eager to join. But the crowd was too much; no room for me in the well. I found this well was empty so jumped in here instead!"

Note 1: Last weekend, I happened to read a few grisly political allegories by O.V.Vijayan - 'The Wart', 'The Phoetus'... This post is a tribute to the master, against the backdrop of some very recent political 'developments'.

Note 2: Naduvileppad Bhattathiri was an (in)famous practical joker and wit of 18th century Kerala (my dating based on circumstantial evidence), immortalized in Kottarathil Sankunni's magnum opus 'Aitihyamala'.


  • At 6:45 AM, Blogger Myna said…

    A WELL-timed remark!!!

  • At 3:04 AM, Blogger bhattathiri said…

    In the storm of life we struggle through myriads of stimuli of
    stress, and muti-problems that seek for a solution and answer. We are
    suppressed by the routine of this every life style that most of us seem
    helpless. However, if we look closely to ancient techniques we shall
    discover the magnificent way to understand and realize the ones around
    and mostly ourselves. If only we could stop for a moment and allow this

    Let me bow to Indian Maharishi Patanjali with folded hands who helped
    removing the impurities of the mind through his writings on Yoga,
    of speech through his writings on grammar, and impurities of body
    his writings on Ayurveda.

    The American justice Dept. have recently approved the power of yoga and
    meditation vide a recent judgement in the American court.” Man Who
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    house arrest. Now there's yoga. A judge ordered a man convicted of
    his wife to take a yoga class as part of his one-year probation. "It's
    of anger management," County Criminal Court at Law Judge Larry Standley
    of the ancient Hindu philosophy of exercise and well-being. "For people
    are into it, it really calms them down. " Standley, a former
    said the case of James Lee Cross was unique. Cross, a 53-year-old car
    salesman from Tomball, explained that his wife was struggling with a
    substance abuse problem and that he struck her on New Year's Eve during
    argument about her drinking. "He was trying to get a hold of her
    because she
    has a problem," Standley said after the court hearing. "I thought this
    help him realize that he only has control over himself." The sentence
    as a surprise to Cross, who was told to enroll in a class and report
    back to
    Standley on his progress. "I'm not very familiar with it," Cross said
    yoga. "From what I understand, it may help in a couple ways, not only
    as far
    as mentally settling, but maybe a little weight loss." Darla Magee, an
    instructor at Yoga Body Houston in River Oaks, said she would recommend
    Cross take a basic yoga class emphasizing breathing and including a
    of postures -- forward bends, back bends and twists. "Yoga can help us
    get rid of many emotional issues we might have," she said. "It's a
    cleanse." Prosecutor Lincoln Goodwin agreed to a sentence of probation
    without jail time because Cross had no significant criminal history
    Yoga which is one of the greatest Indian contribution to the world has
    vast potential in all fields. In Tihar jail India Yoga is experimented
    the inmates and found successful. Their criminal mentality is changed.
    study aimed at investigating the effect of Vipassana Meditation (VM) on
    Quality of Life (QOL), Subjective Well-Being (SWB), and Criminal


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