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A Garland of Glimpses and Gleanings (Silent Whispers of a Retired IAS Officer)

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Item Code: NAM160
Author: N. Rajagopalan
Publisher: Carnatic Classicals, Chennai
Language: English
Pages: 254 (50 Color and 2 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5 inch x 7.0 inch
Weight 480 gm
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Book Description
The Author

Author Rajagopalan, popularly hailed ‘Garland Rajagopalan’, born at Aduthurai, hails from nearby Mandhai in Thanjavur district. Even while studying in the VI Standard, he had acted in a drama taking on the role heroine with merit and melody winning the only medal. He had later taken lead role as heroine and a little as hero in dramas enacted at such prime centers as Walltax Theatre, Theatre Museum Theatre and V.P. Hall at Chennai and Vani Mahal at Kumbakonam. Had undergone training in Classical Carnatic Music under Sangita Kalanidhi Sri Papanasam Sivan, Salem Subbarama Bhagavatar and Trichy Sundarrajan. Over 210 articles authored by him have been published in reputed journals like Bhavan’s Journal, Shanmukha, Kalayana Kalapataru, Gunagrahi, Layam, Nadabrhmam, Nandini, etc.

He has spent more than twenty-two years in visits to garner facts and figures in authoring the undermentioned non-profit, dedicative books, which are pioneering publications of vast reach and vital relevance, use and timeless utility hailed and lauded as a treasure house of vital information, a thesaurus, etc, by authorities of acclaimedrenown.



Quite recently, I gathered supreme satisfaction and pleasured of going through the magnificent publication of Sri N. Rajagopalan, I.A.S. [Retired] on arts and culture thoughtfully titled ‘The Eloquent Garland’ and was won over, apart from its mega size, by its exhaustive contents, crisp style, absorbing presentation and high relevance. Undoubtedly, it is a pioneering work of vast parts highly useful to artists, researchers and the public. Now, I have on hand to my joy his lastest work, with its focus on his personal life, bearing the crisp title “A Garland and Gleanings”.

I was always impressed by his cultured approach to men and matters, personal discipline and efficiency. He was a model public servant. His addiction to integrity and absolute efficiency were truly remarkable and had drawn the commendation of all, the public and the services. I have always valued his efficiency, thoroughness and integrity, his exceptional talents in the world of Carnatic Music that has flowered into full bloom. It powered into full bloom. It provides Atma trupti. This is all nothing but the blessings of the Parabrhman, the Supreme Consciousness.

The present book carries juicy sketches of many incidents and facts worthy of notice. Rajagopalan has always been a result-oriented, dedicated worker with productive vision and is fully reflected by his consistent publications and scores of articles published in reputed journals. His massive selfless dedication to arts and culture during the last 23 years is worthy emulation. Actually inspiration embraced him on its own while young through his dramatic excursions and training in music.


1 Dedication 8
2 Forword 9
3 Ideals & Anecdotes that inspired & shaped my humble life 11
4 Each had its inspiring significance and relevancel 16
5 Healthy outlook & approach of VIPs 29
6 Sthala purana & Author 40
7 An Selection 49
8 The Selection 51
9 Historic, Pioneering, Productive Experiment 52
10 Silent Efficiency 59
11 Token Gesture! 61
12 Tamil Nadu IAS Retired Officers' Association 62
13 Strikes 64
14 Violence 66
15 Bureaucratic Retort & the Aftermath: Dogs fight but the stray stranger! 69
16 Non pareil love of aMother! 75
17 Faith & Surrender: 77
18 My personal Communications 82
19 Culture 85
20 Arts 89
21 Histrionics 93
22 Legacy: Service to the downtrodden 97
23 Floods-Miraculous Escape 101
24 Integrity 105
25 Justice & Judicial Approach in brief 115
26 Prohibition 117
27 Cordiality 125
28 Switches 128
29 Let us be worthy of our Ancient Noble Heritage 129
30 Prostrations to Sri Paramacharya 132
31 Rasa Lila 133
32 Legal 134
33 Ramayana Episode-Professor (Dr.) A. Panneer's Remarks inspire Introspection! Psychoanalysis!! 136
34 Music Therapy 145
35 My Failures 146
Chapters on specific themes of high relevance follow
Chapter A: Researcher, Author and Publisher: Specimen Views and Reviews on 'Garlands' 153
Chapter B: Bharatiya Culture-Sidelights 160
Chapter C: Excerpts from the printed handouts distributed at dramas I had acted in… 175
Chapter D: "Pious Wish of a Divine Soul frustrated! Even from the Ashes, the Melodic Voice cries!!" 178
Chapter E: Immortal Hampi [Vijayanagar], the lost but living City of Eloquent Inspiration, smiles amidst ruins! 184
Chapter F: "To cast slur on an Ancient Religion of fabulous glory is pastime to a few" A case study in Rasa Lila 210
Chapter G: "The Epic with Oceainc Music & Dance" Conjuring plots woven around ennobling arts! 216
Chapter H: H.H. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal, Prime crusader-saint of the Century 224
Chapter I: "Truth, nothing but Truth be acknowledged!" 230
Chapter J: Sangita Cikitsa'-"Music Therapy" for Wealth of Health! Urgent need for specialized Research in Bharath 233
Chapter K: The Nation without a name!' Fragrant musical thoughts 237
Chapter L: Public adresses-Speech/Musical 242
Chapter M: Epilogue 250
Chapter N   256


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