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February 1, 2012 Jack of all trades SOMA BASU The Hindu YOUTHFUL ENERGY: Selvaraj Suthagar. Photo: S.James Selvaraj Suthagar on how Abdul Kalam fired his imagination His visiting card does not carry his name. It simply says: ‘F@YS – What service demands’ and lists two numbers. The moment he flashes the small black visiting card with fluorescent blue prints on it, something tells me he is the typical restless youth wanting to do too many things in one go. He confirms it: “My head is bursting with ideas, but I don’t have the matching time, money or resources.” Thirty-one-year-old Selvaraj Suthagar compels you to wonder how after failing Class X Board exams, he has become a multi-tasker racing against time. F@YS stands for “Friend at Your Service” and he means and stands by these words. “You just have to tell us what you want and we will be at your doorstep, ” he asserts. And his work can mean anything – from de-silting a clogged drain to painting your home, from arranging eco-treks into forests and hills to growing organic crops in your backyard, from painting vehicles to repairing electrical gadgets, from plumbing to rolling steel sheets at construction sites, from coaching youngsters in different games to setting up cricket bowling machines in malls, from teaching traffic rules and signals to reading road maps to students, from helping tribal people with basic amenities to adding to his collection of old bikes, gramophone and other antique items. It is this veritable assortment of odd jobs that he chooses, gets to do and also delivers, that take away some sadness from his life. It keeps him excited and happy as he looks forward to his next mission, which could be either in the adjacent lane in his neighbourhood or in the picturesque hill range of Theni or Sirumalai. “Born into poverty and having suffered all along, I am a self-motivated man today. I have understood that to achieve something in life is nothing but to have the interest and the drive to accomplish it, ” he says. For him, the journey began when he flunked Class X exam. “From Class V, I have been helping my mother to boost family income. She would do odd jobs in the Church and get Rs.150 a month and I would do things like fetching water for residents in apartment buildings or running some errands for them and earning few extra bucks. As a result, I could never focus on studies.” At 15, he shifted to Chennai and did a short course in operating cranes. But he joined as a cleaner boy in a Cottage Industries Emporium showroom. With a penchant for languages, he soon picked up a smattering of French, German and Spanish while interacting with tourists. Impressed with his determination and flair, the Branch manager posted him as caretaker of a showroom in a star hotel. From there, he moved on to IDBI Bank as a document verifier. “On my weekly off, I would go to the beach and play with the children around. Many days I would make some models with all thrown away cigarette boxes and other waste.” He was spotted by an employee of Satyam Computers and taken in as a Floor Supervisor for the office. Three months into joining, the then President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came to inaugurate a new building for the R& D wing. “It remains one of my most memorable days as he ignited our minds and told the young employees to keep firing their imagination with new ideas and innovative thoughts.” Suthagar’s appointment letter was due to come when the Satyam fiasco happened. A colleague, who used to accompany him on some occasional treks during holidays, introduced him to Eco-Login, an initiative of some students of IIT-Madras, that incorporates social dimension to trekkers’ schedule. Their work matched his passion and he is now back in Madurai as the marketing manager of Eco-login tying up customized and theme-based experience trips with 40 exotic locations to choose from that range from adventure, wildlife, nature hotspots, rural and city circuits. “Travel is an uncompromising part of anybody’s learning. But I don’t find many enthusiastic people in Madurai, ” rues Suthagar, who is now busy visiting schools and colleges to help them plan their field trips and excursions. Last time he undertook a trip with 63 members of a family who were re-uniting from all over the world. “It was one week trekking and staying with tribal families in the forest areas of Periyakulam. This experience will remain with me, ” he says. Suthagar has now identified 30 tribal locations and formed a core team with each of the groups to coordinate such treks. “It is a fantastic opportunity to learn and also help them, ” he says. Right now, he is working with Paliyar tribe in a small village called Malaiyur, 18 kms off Madurai, helping them with medicines, clothes and coaching the tribal children. “I collect old and new clothes from people who want to donate. My mother and I wash and iron them before distributing them among the tribals, ” Suthagar shares. He has dabbled in so many things that it becomes difficult to keep track. In between, he also finished a diploma course in film technology from University of Madras and few other polytechnic courses. “I have a burning desire to keep on learning something new. You can trust me with any job, ” he smiles.
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : Cochin – Munnar (140 KMS – 04 Hours drive) On arrival at the Airport/Railway Station in Cochin, you will be met and driven on a fascinating journey to Munnar enjoying the stunning panoramic view of the Cardamom hills & green carpets of tea plantation enroute. On arrival, check in at Hotel/ Resort. Spend the rest of the day at leisure trekking around the estate. Overnight stay at Munnar. Day 02 : Munnar A morning sightseeing trip of Munnar; visiting the Eravikulam National Park where you can see the very rare mountain goats locally called the Nilgiri Tahr, the Mattupetty Dam, Echo Point, Shooting Point, the town market etc… Rest of the day at leisure and enjoy another overnight stay at your hotel. Day 03 : Munnar – Alleppey – Houseboat (190 KMS – 05 Hours drive) After breakfast proceed to Alleppey. Check-in at the houseboat which will take you to enjoy the magic of Alleppey by going on a Houseboat (Kettuvallam) cruise across the backwaters. Spend the next 24 hours in your floating villa. Enjoy the backwaters of Kerala by getting a glimpse of the village life at close quarters; a unique and unforgettable experience. (check in time 12.30 PM – A/C will be operating from 9.00 PM to 6.00 AM) Enjoy the sunset & stay overnight on the house boat. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Day 04 : Alleppey – Kovalam (180 Km-4 hrs) Check out of the Houseboat (check out time 9.30AM) and proceed to Kovalam. Evening enjoy at Kovalam Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam. Day 05 : Kovalam Today proceed for a sightseeing Thiruvanthapuram covering Museum complex, Sri. Padmanabha Swamy Temple, Science & Technology museum, Veli tourist village, Aakulam boat club, Shangmugham Beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam. Day 06 : Departure Kovalam – Trivandrum (15 KMS – 01 Hour drive) Depart as per schedule to Trivandrum Airport / Railway station for your onward journey. Bookings call 7604837477, 9500137477
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : Cochin – Kumarakom/Alleppey (75 Kms. – 2 Hrs.) Arrival at Cochin Airport/Railway station. Our representative will receive You and directly transfer to Kumarakom/Alleppey boat jetty. Check-in to the houseboat on arrival. Proceed for the backwater cruising. Lazy cruising through the backwaters takes you through canals, lakes, Fish farms, duck farms, paddy fields along a waterway bordered by swaying coconut palms. The day is free for cruising in Houseboat in the Kumarakom backwater. You can explore the beauty of the Kumarakom backwater. You will be served Lunch in Local Cuisine on board the Houseboat, Evening Tea/Coffee with snacks and Dinner is served on board too. Overnight stay in the Houseboat. Day 02 : Kumarakom/Alleppey – Munnar (175 Kms. – 4 Hrs.) This Morning after breakfast, you will cruise again through the backwaters for an hour to reach the check out dock. check-out from the houseboat and transfer to Munnar. On the way to Munnar will visit Cheeyappara waterfalls and the Blossom Garden. Check-in to the hotel on arrival. The day is free for leisure inMunnar. Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort in Munnar. Day 03 : Munnar After breakfast proceed for the sight seeing in Munnar, which includes the Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam, View Point, Echo Point, Tea Factoryand Tea Estates. Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort in Munnar. Day 04 : Munnar – Kodaiakanal (160 Kms. 04 Hrs) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Kodaikanal. Upon arrival at Kodaikanal, Check in and relax at the Hotel. Day is at Leisure. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in Kodaikanal. Day 05 : Kodaikanal After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing trip of Kodaikanal which includes theKodai Lake, Coaker’s Walk, Bryant Park, Green Valley View, Pillar Rocks andKurinji Andavar Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort in Kodaiakanal. Day 06 : Kodaiakanal – Ooty (260 KMS – 06 Hours drive) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer toOoty. Check-in to the hotel on arrival and relax for a while. Then proceed for the evening sight seeing in Ooty which includes the Botanical Garden or the Ooty Lake is optional as per the time.. Overnight stay at the Hotel/Resort in Ooty. Day 07 : Ooty After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing trip of Ooty, which includes theBotanical Gardens, the Dodabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, The Rose Garden, Lamb’s Rocketc are covered in this trip. Overnight Stay at the Hotel/Resort in Ooty. Day 08 : Ooty – Coimbatore (100 Kms – 02 Hours drive) After the breakfast, pack your baggage with a promise of coming back again to this memorable holiday package. Check-out from the hotel and proceed to Coimbatore Airport/Railway station on time to board your flight/train with a lot of sweet memories of your holidays….
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : TRIVANDRUM – KANYAKUMARI (110 Kms – 02 ½ Hrs) Warm welcome to the “Gods Own Country”. On arrival our representative will greet from the TRIVANDRUM Airport/Railway Station. Directly transfer to the important pilgrim centre of India, the KANYAKUMARI. Check-in to the hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and proceed for the KANYAKUMARI sight seeing includes the famous VIVEKANANDA Rock, MAHATMA GANDHI Memorial Resembling centre and the ThIRUVALLUVAR Statue. In the evening you can watch the beautiful sunset of the KANYAKUMARI. Overnight stay at hotel/resort in KANYAKUMARI. Day 02 : KANYAKUMARI – KOVALAM (100 Kms – 02 ½ Hrs) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceeds to the “Paradise of the South” the KOVALAM. Reach and check-in to the hotel on arrival. The day is free for you to enjoy in the KOVALAM beach. Overnight stay at hotel/resort in KOVALAM. Day 03 : KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – KOVALAM After the breakfast proceeds the tour to TRIVANDRUM. Trivandrum sight seeing includes the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Kuthiramalika Palace Museum, Veli Tourist Village, Trivandrum Zoo and the Shangumugham Beach. Later proceed back to KOVALAM. Overnight stay at hotel/resort in KOVALAM. Day 04 : KOVALAM – ALLEPPEY HOUSEBOAT (176 Kms. 05 Hrs.) After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to the ALLEPPEY boat jetty and check-in to the HOUSEBOAT. The rest of the day is in the Houseboat. Overnight stay at houseboat in ALLEPPEY. Day 05 : HOUSEBOAT – COCHIN (158 Kms – 04 Hrs) After breakfast, pack your baggage with a promise of coming back again to this sweet holiday package. Check-out from the houseboat and transfer to COCHIN Airport/Railway station on time to board your flight/train for your onward journey with a lot of sweet memories of your holidays.
EDUCATION TOURISM , FAMILY & CORPORATE PACKAGE TOURISM South indian Tour Packages, South Indian Backwater Tours, South Indian Hillstation Tour Packages, South indian Temple Tours, South Indian Beach Tour, South Indian Wildlife Tours, Houseboat Tours in Kerala, Honeymoon Tours in South India, LTC Tour Packages, Weekend Tours in South India, Cruises, Green Kerala Tours, Hillstation Tours and much more…Call +91-7604837477. God Bless everyone who travel with us and the visitors of this website. www.maduraiecotourism.com Tour Itinerary: Day 01 : Cochin – Munnar (170 Kms – 031/2 Hrs) Upon Arrival at Cochin Airport, You will be received by our Tours representative and Transferred to Munnar, the gateway of hills in South India. Enroute visits the Cheeyappara Waterfalls and can watch the beautiful and colorful flowers in Blossom Garden. Check-in to the hotel on arrival. Relax for a while and rest of the day you can explore the beauty of the nature. Overnight stay at the hotel/resort in Munnar. Day 02 : Munnar After breakfast proceed for a morning sight seeing trip of Munnar which includes, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Dam, Echo Point, View Point and the Tea Gardens. Overnight stay at the hotel/resort in Munnar. Day 03: Munnar –Thekkady (90 Kms – 02 Hrs) After Breakfast today, check out from the Hotel and proceed to Thekkady. Upon arrival, check in to the Hotel. Later in the day, set out on a sightseeing trip of Thekkady.by evening go on the famous cruise by the Periyar lake to see wildlife from close quarters. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Thekkady Day 04: Thekkady – Madurai – (145 Kms-03 Hrs) After Breakfast today, check out from the Hotel and proceed to Madurai. Upon arrival, check in to the Hotel. Later in the day, set out on a sightseeing trip of Madurai. Visit the Madurai Meenakshi Temple, The Tirumalai Naikkar Palace, Alakar Koil etc.. Overnight Stay at Hotel in Madurai. Day 05: Departure from Madurai After Breakfast and sightseeing of Madurai, Proceed to the airport/Railway Station in time for onward journey. End of Trip/Services. Bookings call 7604837477, 9500137477
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