Olaichuvadi verbally means palm leaf. All the traditional lore of ancient India used to be kept inscribed on chemically processed palm leaves, handled with piety and devoid of impurities. Thus Olaichuvadi began to represent the lore of ancient India passed over from generation to generation, which included codes of ethics, instructions on the observances and practices and the tradition at large, to be followed.
The title used for the book here, is quite relevant, for, it is nothing but an exploration on the worth and value of India's customs, practices and belief systems, which are seasoned by a highly ethical and philosophical approach.
Every entry in this book is in its essence, the legacy of Indian cult presented in subtle, vet simple tongue. Dr. Venganoor Balakrishnan's Olaichuvadi that originally appeared in Malayalam soared high in its massive appeal in a short time. Its translations into other Indian languages also turned out to be best-sellers in no time. Hence we bring out the English version for the benefit of the whole world for the ardent readers as well as the seekers of India's soul in her rich and varied heritage, in the sagacious rishi-dominant past, and highly scientific, yet saintly-looking tradition.
As publishers of a noble and unique work, we feel proud. However, we stand humble and modest before our expectant readers scattered over the world, submitting this great book for their approval and appreciation.
Writing is a sort of meditation. One has to stay tuned to the subject in all its dimensions keeping the mind ob- servant, yet unbiased, analytical yet critical and receptive yet unprejudiced.
The compilation of Olaichuvadi which called for a decade s research work and study of Indian tradition spread over rather a wide canvas, in its every aspect, to the very minute details of practices, observances and beliefs, effected a transformation of my very person. My career as an enthusiastic, aggressive and investigative journalist ceased; a rather serene, philosophical and metaphysically awakened person emerged within.
Compilation of Olaichuvadi that influenced and transformed me, sold out in lakhs, enchanting the readers with its awesome revelations and new realizations regarding the customs and practices they lived on hitherto.
I remain thankful to the Almighty who accorded me the strength to assume my role in this vast world. And I owe much to my publisher and readers as well.
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