a writing by Rajaram Ramachandran

To All my Poetry Friends,

This poem has been selected by the Publishers Macmillan Publishers India Pvt Ltd
for the workbook 5 after taking my consent for the benefit of school children.
Thanks to my friend Jeff who brought a name for me in the educational field
for school children.
MEMBER: Rajaram Ramachandran (Raja)
Srirangam, Trichy District, South India,
Dt. 28-06-2018


Tastes differ, Views differ,
Voices differ, Features differ,
Persons differ, Thumb prints differ,
Races differ, Castes differ,

Creeds differ, Customs differ,
Manners differ, Dresses differ,
Looks differ, Language differ,
Songs differ, Speeches differ,

Trees differ, Plants differ,
Creepers differ, Creatures differ,
Birds differ, Animals differ,
Worms differ, Insects differ,

The food of one man
Is another man’s poison
For a well known reason.

In the world of creations,
Sans matching relations,
Why numerous manifestations?

The patterns are symmetrical,
While the shapes are geometrical,
But why differences are astronomical?

How there’s a unity?
In such a diversity
Of forms live in conformity?

To these questions the answers,
The Almighty, God only knows!
What a wonder, are His plays!
--------------Raja Ramachandran

Congratulations to Raja Ramachandran! His poem ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ has been published in Work Book 5 for school children by Prema Balasubramanian, New Bridges Plus, through the famous Publishers Macmillan Publishers India Pvt Ltd.

Glad and congratulations Rajaram ji. Regards.
V Ramabrahmam, Bhimavaram, Jun 25, 2018
Oh! how nice to see you after such a long time. How are you, Rajaram sir. The children, for sure shall remember your poem and recite at different places. God knows all the answers, but I know you have a tender heart!!
Kumarendra Mallick, Hyderabad, Jun 25, 2018
Congratulations Uncle RR for this feather in your Poetry cap. Recognition comes much late to some in this world. But better late than never. Feel proud that India is recognizing the great work of Indians at last.
Dr John Celes, Coimbatore, Jun 25, 2018
I was surprised to see my poem “UNITY IN DIVERSITY” from the Workbook 5 sent to Suryaji by me is posted in YOUR SPACE. I thank Suryaji and the Team Members for their kindness in posting it with the photos for the information of all the Members. In fact, I didn’t send my poem to the Macmillan Publishers India Pvt Ltd., but they must have picked it up from the website in which site this poem stands as the topmost one read by more than 30,000 members of that site. The Publishers approached me for my permission to print this poem in their workbook 5 and I gave it immediately in the interest of the school children. Two days back they sent two specimen copies of this workbook for my record.

Similarly In the year 2006, Mrs. Hemalatha Nagarajan, English Professor, requested my permission to include my poem “The Haunted House” in the book “Mosaic” prescribed for the first year Intermediate students of Andhra Pradesh. She sent me a copy of this book containing my poem for my record.
The blessings of the Almighty as well as the goodwill of all poetry lovers gave me tons of support and encouragement in taking up several challenging topics, including epic story poems like Ramayana, Mahabharata, Krishna Leela, Holy Bible etc.,(23 poetry books to count till now) to their best satisfaction. Though I will complete 87 years on 13/07/2018, I am still keen on writing some more poetry books. I, therefore, request all the Members for their continuous support to me for writing more on classic subjects in the remaining days of mine to come.
Rajaram Ramachandran, Tiruchirappalli, Jun 25, 2018
CONGRATS, Raja Ram ji. And TFS, YST.
Leonard Dabydeen, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Jun 26, 2018
Today (26/06/2018) I checked up the position of this poem "Unity in Diversity" in the website (USA) and the following are the results what I found.
(1) Poem: Unity in Diversity (2) Posted in the website on: 08/09/2008 (short of 10 years)
(3) Poem Viewed by: 40,178 Readers on 24/06/2018 (4) Total Poems posted: 1635 as on 24/06/2018 (5) Total Poems viewed: By 6,46,797 Readers. (6) Hall of my Fame: 15th Rank
While writing this poem I never thought that it will reach this much height to reach everyone and get into the workbook through famous Publishers: M/s Macmillan Publishers India Pvt Ltd.
Rajaram Ramachandran, Tiruchirappalli, Jun 26, 2018
A lifetime achievement for you, rightfully so! I have had the good fortune of reading your verses at Muse India, Voices Net and a host of other websites, not forgetting to mention the personal meetings at the Amaravati Poetic Prism, Vijayawada. Your vast repertoire and simple style of writing is so endearing that it is not surprising that Macmillan has taken notice of this. May more of your verses find a niche in the school books, inculcate moral values in children.Heartiest congratulations, Sir.
hema ravi, chennai, Jun 26, 2018
Dear Rajaram ji, I salute you for your astounding achievement. That you posted well over 1600 poems in in the last ten years, and that close to 6.5 lakh readers have seen/read it is incredible! Leaves me in awe that your poems have had such widespread reach and impact. That your poems have been chosen for inclusion, earlier in an Intermediate text book and now in Workbook of children, is a recognition of the caliber of your poems and the message they carry. You were kind enough to have given me copies of many of your books on mythological themes and great personalities, a few years ago, when we met. May Almighty bless you with a long life and continued service to society, particularly to children, through your remarkable poetry.
GSP Rao, Hyderabad, Jun 26, 2018
So glad to know about this much deserved honour Rajaram sir. Pray the Almighty to give you and your pen much more vigour and many more laurels to come your way. Warm regards to you.
K Pankajam, Chennai Jun 27, 2018

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