Shashi Tharoor's heartwarming ritual with 2-year-old Kerala boy goes viral
PTC News Desk: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, known for sharing glimpses of his personal life on Twitter, recently shared a special ritual he performed with a two-and-a-half-year-old boy. The young boy, who is the son of Tharoor's Thiruvananthapuram colleague, participated in the traditional 'Vidyarambham' ceremony, which marks the initiation of children into the world of letters.
The ritual typically takes place on the final day of Navaratri in states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. During this ceremony, the parent or guru guides the child to write the words 'Om Shri' on a platter of rice.
First thing today: my Thiruvananthapuram based colleague Prakash brought his two and a half year old son AnanthaPadmanabhan to be initiated into writing, something that normally happens at the annual Vidyarambham day. Since learning should happen every day, I gladly traced “Om… pic.twitter.com/up1xEbUpNx — Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) May 21, 2023
Tharoor expressed his joy in a Twitter post, saying, "First thing today: my Thiruvananthapuram-based colleague Prakash brought his two-and-a-half-year-old son Anantha Padmanabhan to be initiated into writing, something that normally happens at the annual Vidyarambham day. Since learning should happen every day, I gladly traced 'Om Hari Shri' with his finger in three scripts (Malayalam, Sanskrit, and English) on a platter of rice grains. He seemed to enjoy it."
Accompanying his words were heartwarming pictures of Tharoor sitting with little Anantha Padmanabhan, gently guiding him through the ritual.
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The Twitter community responded with immense love for the touching moment, considering the young boy fortunate to have such an experience guided by Shashi Tharoor. Users expressed their blessings and appreciation for the tradition being upheld. One user commented, "He and his family must be feeling very blessed."
Another user remarked, "What a lucky boy Anantha Padmanabhan is, to be initiated into writing by you!! Bless Bless. Beautiful moment captured." Many admired the significance of the ceremony and the appropriate way to introduce a child to education.
While the pictures garnered widespread admiration, some users also emphasised the importance of a carefree childhood, suggesting that the child should enjoy a few more years before diving into the academic grind. Tharoor's involvement in this traditional ritual showcased the beauty of cultural practices and the significance of imparting knowledge to the next generation.
In sharing this heartwarming moment, Shashi Tharoor not only offered a glimpse into his personal life but also celebrated the cultural heritage and the joy of learning, creating a memorable experience for both himself and young Anantha Padmanabhan.
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- With inputs from agencies