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From: Venkataraghavan Raman (vraman_at_osuunx.ucc.okstate.edu)
Date: Fri Sep 22 1995 - 21:35:00 PDT
Hi I'm Venkataraghavan Raman. I was browsing thro' the SriVashnavism homepage and thus got in touch with Mani about 10 days back. I was scared to become a part of this group for the simple reason that I'm only a student as far as 'Sri Vaishnavism' is concerned. I explained this to Mani and then joined the group. To be frank, I was really impressed to know that Mani, brought up here in the US, is so much interested in our cultural background unlike most Indians brought up outside India. After seeing the intro from the rest of the members, I've started to become comfortable. Here goes my intro. I was born in 1973 into a family with strong Srivaishnavism faith. My dad hails from 'Theruzhundur'-one of the 108 Divyadesams, a small temple town close to 'Mayavaram'. The speciality of this place is that, it is the native place of 'Kambar'. I like it for the simple reason that it was where my dad grew up as a kid. I've been following most of our traditions without questioning them. I just believe that there is some reason to do so about which I'm not aware. I'm an ardent devotee of Lord Rama and Lord Hanuman. To this date, I continue to wear the 'Chintur-orange coloured powder like the kumkum' on my forehead. I was born and brought up in Madras, did my schooling at Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan( better known PSBB) between '76 and '90, got my B Tech from IITM in Chemical Engg('90-'94) and currently doing my MS in Chemical at Oklahoma State Univ. I look forward to learning more about Srivaishnavism and also making more friends from this net in the process. RV ps: I'm used to being referred to as RV and signing as RV.