This summer, my brother and I interviewed Kausalya Thirupuvanum just before her 90th birthday. She and her family set up the Thirupuvanum foundation which sponsors a local government school in Bangalore, and was set up in response to this question:
“How can children deprived of even basic necessities like food, clothing, shelter and even parental care survive in this world… much less learn their abc’s? What future do such children have and how can this situation be alleviated?”
Kausalya Patti, as we call her, has always been full of wisdom and a proponent of education. Her advice to us about the key to a good life, was “good books and good associations.” As a literary animal, I couldn’t help but agree. She also talked about Jiva Karuynam–Life Compassion–and the importance of trying to live what we learn.
Here is a video that came out of that interview: