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PRECIOUS TIME: A talk worth the while.
PRECIOUS TIME: A talk worth the while.

SUBHA J. RAO

Be it the Thirukkural or the route to her native place, Madhurandhagi is never lost for an answer.

How many kids would get a chance to have President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam teach them the Thirukkural? M. Madhurandhagi, aged five, got the opportunity but not without reason. A precocious child with an amazing memory power, she has so far learnt more than 600 kurals. When the President came to Coimbatore in December last, he gave her a 15-minute appointment. He sat spellbound as the kid recited kural after kural. He then taught her a new one ("Vellath thanaiya malarneetam mandhartham ulath thanayadu uyarvu") after plonking her on his lap. He was thrilled when she recited it by rote during their interaction. Madhu, as her parents call her, is now studying UKG at Perks Matric H.S. School. Madhu can answer about 1,000 general knowledge questions, identify the flags of countries, and name leaders.. Impressed by her abilities, Rama Ranganathan, Correspondent, Perks Matric H.S. School, has gifted her free education till Std. XII.Madhu is also a votary of afforestation. She has so far planted 500 saplings in her native place in Thalavaipattinam near Dharapuram. Ask her where her village is and she recites the route "Palladam, Kundadam, Dharapuram, Thalavaipattinam... "

Chess too

Madhu also loves chess. She proved it in front of Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand, when he visited Pollachi some years ago. Her first public performance took place when she was two years old. Sitting on her mother's lap, she answered all the questions shot at her. Since then, she has taken part in 70 TV shows. Now, Madhu's mother is trying to teach her the meaning of the kurals too. The parents hope she would learn all the 1330 kurals before she completes UKG.


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