Unsung Heroes

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The Messenger

r sreenivasan yenthaWalk into Sri. P Venkatarao's textiles, Kottakkakam, Pazhavangadi, and you will find at the delivery counter a white paper with a few messages written on it. On closer inspection, it looks like a Tamil poem made of 10 lines. People who visit the shop get attracted to this little piece and start jotting down the lines. That is when R Sreenivasan, from behind the counter, calls you and gives you a copy of the message. The message is as follows:

'Anpe Sivam (God is Love)
Anpaaka Peshu (Talk affectionately)
Inimayaka Peshu (Talk sweetly)
Unmaye Peshu (Talk truthfully)
Nanmaye Peshu (Talk about good things)
Methuvaka Peshu (Talk softly)
Chinthithu Peshu (Think and talk)
Samayamarinthu Peshu (Know when to talk)
Sabhayarinthu Peshu (Know your audience and talk)
Peshathirunthu Pazhaku' (Get close without talking)
And at the end - 'Ithu Valluvar Vaakyam'. (This is Valluvar's lines)

"It is a poem written by the poet Valluvar that Sreenivasan has brought and stuck here," explains his co-worker Raveendran Nair. Sreenivasan is reluctant to talk about himself and the good work that he is trying to do. On insisting, he tells how he has been trying to spread this message for the past 26 years, carrying it with him wherever he worked. "It is four years since I started working here. But I tried spreading this message where I worked before too."

Asked why he does this, Sreenivasan says:"To spread the good message. Those are meaningful words."
Raveendran Nair puts in: "He hopes that when 1000 people read it, at least one or two people will take the message seriously. And the words are very catchy. Everyone goes to read that paper he has stuck at the counter."

Sreenivasan always keeps copies of the message with him. He spends his money for it, without anyone asking. The resident of East Fort, who is a Malayali himself, gives the Tamil poem to people, in the hope of doing whatever little he could, to make the world a better place to live in. And yet, he stays and does his job quietly, standing behind the counter, wanting no attention or publicity for himself. He is just doing what he believes is his bit for the world, for its people.

Posted By : Cris, On Jun 07, 2010 02:16:15 PM
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Nice & thought provoking.
Sreekumar, on Jul 20, 2010 02:15:45 PM
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