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Royal Reception this evening at Mysore Palace Durbar Hall

Caption:The newly-wed Royal couple Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar and Trishikha Kumari Singh seen with Pramoda Devi Wadiyar and Yaduveer’s in-laws Harshwardhan Singh and Maheshree Kumari of Dungarpur Royal Family.

Mysuru, June 27- In what is billed as the grandest event organised at the Mysore Palace in the last 40 years, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, the 27th scion of the Mysore Royal Family tied the nuptial knot with Trishikha Kumari of Dungarpur Royal Family, Rajasthan, at 10.24 am in the auspicious Karkataka Lagnam at the ornate Kalyana Mantap inside the Palace amidst chanting of vedic hymns by a select group of priests and playing of ‘ghatti mela’ here this morning.

Heralding the beginning of the wedding ceremony, Trishikha Kumari was brought to the Kalyana Mantap at 7.08 am following which she sought the blessings of Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, Tripurasun...more

     Special Coverage   
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   Tight security around Palace
   Yeddy holds meeting with BJP Pramukhs in Mysuru
   Futile bid to snatch chain at K.C. Layout
   Biker’s death triggers protest near KRS
   Mysuru Bishop consecrates Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church in city
   Now, ‘Muttu Bhagya’ for CM Siddharamaiah
   Theft at Lalitha Jewellers: Miscreants in the guise of customers decamp with gold earrings worth Rs. 3 lakh
   DFRL Director exchanges ‘ToT’ with Kerala Foods Co.


A few days back, an old Star of Mysore addict from N.R. Mohalla, Mysuru, Noorana landed in my office with his usual broad smile exposing his gleaming molars. He was in Delhi for long in the Central Government job but now in Bengaluru as Chief Manager of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., (IOC) in its Marketing Division.

Ha... Ha... blah... blah... over, we got into worldly conversation from shoe laces to kings and cabbages. As we started sipping tea, our conversation veered towards the young people with their own ideas of family-bonding, acquiring property, the rat-race for earning money leaving behind family values etc. It was then Noorana recalled a WhatsApp sent to him by a friend in Delhi. I thought I would share it with my readers who may not have read it. Those who have, please bear with me.

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art. When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son. About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly... He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eye...more

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Caption: Prof. M. Shadakshara Swamy, 12.10.1917 - 12.1.2016

By Dr. S. N. Bhagirath

He is known to everyone popularly as Prof. Swamy. He was born on 12th October, 1917, to Mallappa and Subbamma at Ukkalagere in Tiramakoodalu hobli, Narasipura taluk of Mysuru district. He hailed from a poor Lingayat family and had the misfortune of losing his father at the age of six. His early primary school education took place at Ukkalagere. Later he came to Mysuru for his higher education at Sarada Vilas Primary school and he joined Marimallapa High School and passed his SSLC in 1931. Then he joined University Intermediate College (present Yuvaraja College) to pursue a Science course. Sri Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar was his contemporary in college, where he was pursuing an Arts course. Some selected students were introduced formally to the Prince and Swamy was one of them.

After scoring good grades in Intermediate, he did not opt for Engineering or Medical course, but chose to study Chemistry at Central College, Bengaluru. For this, credit must be given to Prof. S. Hanumanthachar, an inspiring Chemistry teacher at the Intermediate College who used to make Chemistry come alive. He secured a first class in B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in 1939 and he had selected Biochemistry as his special subject in the final year. He wanted to join a course in Industrial Chemistry at Manchester University, UK, but the Second World War came as an obstacle to his ambition. He joined Central College, Bengaluru, as a tutor in Chemistry. He could finally get his M.Sc. degree in 1941 by submitting a research thesis on chemical analysis of medicinal plants and fruits.

He was awarded a Fellowship of Government of India to do research at University of Edinburgh in the field of Fermentation. He delayed his departure to England by a few days with the sole intention of savouring India’s Independence on 15th August, 1947, a historic occasion.

He obt...more

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