The article proves again that where there is a will, there is a way.
Incidentally, I am compelled to write about writing of my novel: “WHAT IF OUR DREAMS COME TRUE! AN UNCOMMON DIALOGUE WITH LORD SIVA”
A few of the initial readers of my novel had commented that the novel was idealistic and a ‘feel-good’ book. Some had said it was
filmatic. However, what
I wrote in the novel was actually my dream too. As a stubborn commoner, a
disciplinarian, an idealist, a perfectionist and generally someone who is in
the wrong place most times, as I believed about myself, I had unique dreams. I detest
many things that go around me, like many of you. I had always felt powerless in
the face of many happenings around me, again like many of you. I had cursed
myself for my helplessness and lack of courage to do something about what I see
around me. All that I could do was to dream and put my dream into words in the
form of a book.
I was inspired to write this book based on my memory about a news item that I read several years ago that a village in Tamil Nadu decided to manage its affairs on its own without looking for any support from the district or central administration.
Here is the broad synopsis of my book: WHAT IF OUR DREAMS COME TRUE! AN UNCOMMON MEETING WITH LORD SIVA
“It must be sometime around 1945.
Poornam, a teenager and orphan, had some
severe stomach pain and was in a local hospital. Medicines hadn’t relieved him
from the pain. Lord Siva appeared before him in his dream and cured him
instantly. HE also ordained Poornam to visit HIM in seven of his places.
Based on the advice of a local, village astrologer, Poornam set out to visit Siva temples along the banks of the river Tamirabarani, to pay obeisance to Lord Siva.
His first destination was Courtallam, a beautiful land of waterfalls along the river Chitharu, a tributary of Tamirabarani
. There he was confronted
by a Sadhu who lured him to his eclectic hideouts in the dark hills. Spending
his initial seven years, chasing the ever- eluding Sadhu, Poornam received his
enlightenment in a dark cave, after several traumatic experiences.
Armed with his enlightenment at a young age, his next destination was Papanasam, a renowned
aboard of Lord Siva, where, in the hills the river
Tamirabarani has its origins and where, as people believed, Lord Siva relieved people
of the karmic effect of their past sins. The places around Papanasam had
witnessed several floods in its history and several villages had been deluded
when the river Tamirabarani was in spate flowing down the rough, sloppy terrains.
Poornam felt that the area needed several check dams to prevent flooding and so
that the water became available for the agriculture. A tumultuous period of
seven years struggle followed before he could begin the construction of three
check dams with money coming from people all over the country and from abroad.
His next destination was Brahmadesam, another aboard of Lord Siva, close-by. Here, Adhi, a great descendent of one of the Brahmins of 15
century who had received a vast piece of land as a grant and endowment for a
public purpose from one of the then Venad kings, awaited Poornam’s arrival.
Over the centuries, the vast land had already been usurped by several people
regardless of caste, creed, and religion. But Adhi had evidence that could
prove beyond any doubt that he was the legal heir to those properties. The final proof was dug under the ground in
the temple of the place. Poornam and Adhi retrieved the proof.
With the help of a Samaritan judge in the court, who relinquished his job to
fight for Adhi, they fought a remarkable, legal battle to retrieve the land for
its original purpose. The seven year legal case became a historic event for
future usurpers of temple land and properties.
When Poornam was past his eighties, an international television channel decided to air his story for the world to know and he died watching himself on the television.”
To read the full story, you may have to buy the book for online reading from www.amazon.com. Please search for books by T
.N .Neelakantan in Amazon and you will get all my books published through it.
My fourth book: “Lonely” is available in the print form through www.pothi.com