Presenting Sept 2013 issue of BLISS - voice of SYMA
Bliss Sept 2013 issue - newsletter of SYMA - the social service organisation of Triplicane is here.
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Presenting Sept 2013 issue of BLISS - voice of SYMA
VOICE OF SRINIVAS YOUNGMEN’S ASSOCIATION
From Editor’s Desk . . .
Syma Website : www.syma.in
For internal circulation only
Estd : 1977
SYMA’s long term project aimed at providing quality educational support to poor students, SYMA Growth is pro-
gressing well. We conducted our Educational Aid function in a grand manner providing uniforms, educational aid
and more importantly honour to those students who performed exceeding well – first by appreciating them and by
making others see them as role-models. As we foray on to our 25th year in Medical service, we rededicate ourselves
with renewed commitment and vigour.
The world is full of paradoxes – people crowd fair price shops for bare essentials and elsewhere there is queue when
a new phone model is released. There are basic requirements, essentials, things of utility value and more….. and
there is one thing that people keep buying when they already have some and the newer is one is not required or does
not add any further utility value; the basic model is called essential and improved version is called smart – it is fancy
buying as people tend to continuously upgrade…it is the ubiquitous ‘mobile phone’ and what is claimed to be a
novel safety feature went for a toss within almost 48 hours. Govt is hell-bent on making its Direct Cash transfer
scheme a grand hit. To make it a success, Govt linked it to LPG scheme and subsidy and stated that LPG would be
sold at market price and the subsidy would be credited to the bank accounts thus making the linkage between bank
accounts and Aadhaar number. So, from the days of cycle delivery, it moved that for a refill, one would need - a
Bank Account, Aadhar Unique No.; have link between the two – then pay the high price, later expect the subsidy to
be transferred to their bank account. When we were worried of the deadline, comes the news of Apex Court
ordering the government not to withhold any social benefits from those who are yet to get the Aadhar card and not
to issue the unique identification card to illegal immigrants. There is cash crunch and there is fiscal deficit but that
does not prevent the reformist duo of PM & FM announcing the formation of 7th Pay commission – lure of millions
The insane killings in a Nairobi mall takes the world to dark age of hatred ~ one shudders to think of the security of
common man who could fall easy prey and sitting target for terrorists. Still there are enough things to motivate in our
chosen path of helping the downtrodden and walk in our path of making the society a better place to live.
Extremely sorry for not being in a position to bring out July and August issues of our Bliss. I personally apologise for
the same. - With Regards – S. Sampathkumar.
Volume 12 Issue 3 SEPTEMBER- 2013
Our Friend Mr CR Sredhar of Media
Associates, a regular patron of SYMA
was involved in an unfortunate road
accident and is convalescing now. BLISS
prays for his
and wishes him
to be back in
As SYMA enters its 25th year of service in
Medical Service, we thank Dr K Sridhar,
Kanchi Sankara Medical Trust and other well
wishers who initiated, guided and have
been supporting us in this field.
We rededicate ourselves to do
continued service to humanity
with commitment and
Education is the right to children. Only education and
knowledge will uplift them to higher echelons. Decades
back, the system of Uniform was introduced to ensure
that children do not suffer from any complex and that all
those attending a school will look similar without
disparity. Sadly, still there are many children who could
not afford attending with neat uniforms. We strongly
believe that we can make some difference to the way
these unfortunate children attend their school. For over
two decades now, we have been providing new uniforms
to poor students. Every year more than 1000 students
benefit from our scheme.
This year also we distributed applications, scrutinized
and finalized the recipients based on economic criteria.
It was neatly coordinated and organized by our Vice
President Seshadri @ Durai that issuance, filling up and
processing were all done at one stroke. Every year in our
Function, besides distribution of uniforms we have been
honouring the school toppers of various schools in
Triplicane, extend financial assistance to some students
and honour a good social worker with ‘SYMA Sewa
Award’. That in essence is our Educational Aid
This year our Educational Aid programme was held
on 7th July 2013 and the venue was NKT National Girls
High School, Dr Besant road, Triplicane, Chennai 5. The
Chief Guest was Thiru T.N. Venkatesh I.A.S., Joint
Commissioner (Education), Corporation of Chennai; the
other Guests being Thiru Gururaja Rao, Executive Vice
President, Axis Bank and Mr. B.S. Vasan @ MGR Vasan,
Councillor, 116 Division.
The programme started with prayer. Our Secretary, S
Sampathkumar compered the programme, welcomed the
Guests and introduced those on stage. President TA
Sampathkumar in his Presidential address spoke about
our various activities, tracing the origin, and dwelt at
length on our vision and ideals.
The Corporation of Chennai is the Oldest Municipal
Institution in India established on the 29th September
1688. It traces its origin to a charter of East Indian
Company. Shri T.N. Venkatesh IAS, is the Joint
Commissioner (Education), Corporation of Chennai. He
joined the IAS in 2001 and served as Joint Commissioner,
Commercial Taxes and as District Collector of Karur.
During his tenure in 2007, Karur was adjudged the Best
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District for working towards the rehabilitation of the
Differently Abled. To him, two things important for
success are hardwork and determination. There is no
recipe for success without these two. It was really apt to
have such a distinguished person on the podium as our
Councillor of Ward 116 Mr BS Vasan [MGR Vasan], a
good friend of SYMA has been doing great service in our
locality. He spoke on the Aadhar scheme and the
arrangements made by the State Government enabling
the public complete the procedure for obtaining the
Unique Identity card. Mr Gururaja Rao, the other Guest
of the day is a person who has achieved many laurels in
his long career. This kind person spoke a few words
encouraging the students to study well and utilize the
facilities available in the modern world. Thiru Venkatesh
in his speech emphasized on the need for pursuing one’s
ambition with zeal and how hardwork coupled with
determination and self-confidence would for sure uplift
every individual. It was really a motivating speech which
was heard with rapt attention.
Triplicane has many educational institutions; some of
them are century old. The toppers of various schools in
Triplicane [in X Std and +2] were honoured on stage.
This has been providing great encouragement and
happiness to achievers. This award has been instituted
by Mr TA Ramachandran in memory of his mother Mrs
Rajalakshmi Padmanabhan. The achievers of SYMA
Growth were honoured too. The Growth Topper every
year receives ‘D Krishnan Memorial award’ instituted by
Ms. Bharathi Baskar. The topper in Maths receives the
award instituted by Sri R. Kannan.
Financial support to select students was also given.
Uniforms were distributed to select schools on stage. This
year the distribution of uniforms on stage was symbolic
and uniforms were distributed at NKT Boys High school
on different dates avoiding congesting and ensuring that
the recipients got them without any hassle.
SYMA as a socially responsible organization has been
respecting and appreciating other organizations and
individuals rendering service to the society. This year
SYMA Sewa Award was conferred on Shri S. Venkateshan,
who has been doing committed service without
interruption at our Medical centre and as we step on our
25th year of medical service, it was apt to honour him.
Our Secretary R. Sanjeevi proposed vote of thanks and
meeting ended with National Anthem. The function went
off very well, largely due to the meticulous planning in
distribution of uniforms by our Vice President R Seshadri.
We express our gratitude and thanks to all those who
have been supporting us. We owe our success in Social
activities to the active participation, blessings, advices
and donations of so many good willed, like minded
persons. The list of large hearted, good minded people is
long. The help is not measured by the amount of
contributions alone but by the spontaniety, willingness
and the kind heartedness. We would like to place on
record, our special thanks to : all our donors, patrons
We place on record our thanks to Thiru T.N.Venkatesh
I.A.S, Joint commissioner(Education) Corporation of
Chennai, Thiru Gururaja Rao Exe Vice President ,Axis
Bank, Mr.B.S.Vasan(Councillor 116 Division). Thanks are
due to Mr AV Kasturirangan for fixing up Thiru Gururaja
Rao and Mr.S.R.Raghunathan for fixing up Jt.
Commissioner of CoC. We heartily thank all our donors
and our members who have contributed / collected with
special mention to TA Sampathkumar / J Venkatesan & S.
Sampathkumar. We thank Mr Balasubramanian of Mangal
Tirth Estate for his continued support. The Staff &
management of NKT Girls higher secondary school, HM,
Principal of NKT training college are thanked for providing
us the premises. Special thanks are due to Mr S Venkatadri,
HM NKT Boys High School and all Teachers who are
helping us at SYMA Growth. We thank Swaraj Graphics
for printing. The neat execution of distribution could be
executed thanks to Mr Durai @ R Seshadri, assisted by a
host of volunteers including Madhavan, Venkatesh, DV
Raghavan, & Varsha. We thank TS. Lakshmanan and C.R.
Sredhar for continued support and Kumaran Dresses for
timely delivery of uniforms.
Generally, most of our collections come at the time of
Educational Aid programme. We request our volunteers
to put in extra efforts for collecting more funds. Together
we will strive to make the Society a better place to live in.
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SYMA Growth has ambled into its 6th year of its operation.
SYMA has been planning meticulously its long term
objectives of making the Society a better place. Education
is the best of the riches that one can possess. With the
primary aim of providing quality education to poor students,
we started our dream project ‘SYMA Growth’ – a full fledged
tuition centre in July 2008. From that day onwards, lots of
SYMA volunteers have strained themselves to ensure success
of the project. This year too we have scrutinized
applications, have selected students on economic criterion
and have been strategizing for providing quality education
to the students. It is not only imparting education, we aim
to make the students better citizens by developing their
various skills, increasing their confidence and motivating
them to do well in all aspects of life.
This year it was decided to provide guide books too and on
26.7.2013 office bearers and members of Canara Bank
Employees Union, Tamilnadu State committee visited our
Growth premises. There was a small meeting when the
office-bearers shared their experience and provided positive
advice to the students. Guides were distributed to students.
Their spokesperson stated that every year they support social
welfare activities by pooling their resources and this year
the recipient is SYMA. We thank the Officebearers of Canara
Bank Employees Union for their support. We also thank Mr
S Viswanathan, Asst. Secy for this. Mr Viswanathan has
been actively associated with SYMA being its former Vice-
president. He has been a regular blood donor too. SYMA
thanks them all.
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At SYMA, we have been celebrating days of National
importance and 15th August is a Great day for the Nation.
Our founding fathers created the first oasis in the desert of a
colonized world nourished by democracy. The concept of
holding their homeland high is present in many ethnic
groups and provides the National identity. While many
groups and Nations hail their native country as ‘fatherland’
or associate it primarily with paternal concepts in their native
language, to us it is Motherland, the Bharat Matha, Mother
India the national personification as ‘Mother Goddess’
usually depicted as a beautiful woman clad in saffron sari
holding a flag and accompanied by a Lion.
The following phrase is a Sanskrit sloka uttered by Sri Rama
Himself… “Janani Janma-bhoomi-scha Swargadapi
Gariyasi” it translates to mean “Mother and Motherland
are superior to Heaven”.
On the great day of our National Independence, SYMA
continues to dedicate itself to the service of the Nation,
remember the patriotic deeds and sacrifices of so many,
because of whom we are breathing free air. At 8.30 am, the
National flag was hoisted by Dr R Parthasarathy, who has
been associated with VHS and Kanchi Kamakoti Sankara
Medical Trust. Dr Parthasarathy, who had the privilege of
attending to the legendary MS Subbulakshmi has been
known and associated with SYMA for many years and it
was indeed a great occasion for us to cherish.
Q: There are so many disputes between
neighbouring Nations on frontier and pieces of
land… do you know of a Port which was owned
by a Nation for centuries but was fought by a Na-
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As a Service Organisation engaged in Social Service for three and half decades, SYMA feel its bounden duty to
recognise those who have been rendering service to the Society without thinking of any recompense. SYMA has
been honouring people who have excelled in the area of service to mankind and society by conferring SYMA
SYMA’s free medical centre is famous in Triplicane and its vicinity and ever since its inception 25 years ago, we
have had this person attending with incomparable regularity and servicing the patients with care and concern. He
is associated with Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Sankara Medical trust and he has been the fulcrum of our day to day
activities at our Medical centre.
It is Shri S. Venkateshan, S/o S Sathyanarayanan, who never misses coming to the Medical centre, pleasantly
organizes and ensures that everything is executed in a methodical manner His commitment, regularity and passion
to serve are very admirable. Persons with such qualities are rare and there are lot of things, which every youngster
should learn from people like him.
We at SYMA have been benefitted by his participation and work, especially our Medical camps held from time
to time. SYMA considers him a good role model and has chosen bestowing him SYMA Seva Award for 2013.
SYMA has been rendering service to the Society from 1977 and this year is significant to us as this marks the 25th
year of our foray into medical service. In some ways, this award is to recognize a host of others who have been so
regularly helping us at our Medical Centre. Sure SYMA will honour them too in due course.
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Ans for Question in Page 3 : Gwadar is a planned free trade port city situated in the strategic Strait of Hormuz,
located at the apex of the Arabian Sea and at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, approximately 460 km (290 mi) west
of Karachi. During the last century Gawadar was under Omani rule ~ Pakistan purchased the Gwadar enclave
from Oman for $3 million in Sept. 1958. In 2011, it was designated the winter capital of Balochistan province.
When it was bought by Prince Karim Aga Khan, Gwadar was a small and underdeveloped fishing village with a
population of a few thousands. It became part of Balochistan province in 1977. After years of conception of plan,
the Govt began construction of Port in 2002 and was inaugurated in 2007.