Monday, May 15, 2017

World's first robot chess coach in Mysuru

In what may be the first time in the history of the Chess, a virtual robot chess coach named BEAM has been introduced by Mysore Chess Center to teach beginners about the Chess game.   

Chess grandmasters across the globe sitting in their drawing rooms can now guide students with the help of BEAM Virtual Robot. One major advantage of BEAM is that it can be moved in any direction, as a result the coach can pay individual attention to every student in the classroom and hold face to face conversations through the monitor mounted on BEAM.

The coach can teach them all the fine nuances of the game like different types of moves, strategies for winning end games and also clear all the students doubts. Earlier, when training was provided through Skype, students had to sit together and follow the instructions. Whereas, with introduce of BEAM the grandmasters who will be on live can address individual student and can have a close look of the movements of the chess pieces on his board.

Upcoming chess players Eshanvi said 'the new initiative is very good. With introduce of Beam we got an opportunity to interact with grandmasters and learn new things.' Skanada, another learner said: "We feel the coach is next to us. We can have face to face interactions and get our doubts cleared instantly. The technology will help us to learn various techniques practiced by grandmasters.”  
"The BEAM will be moving around us, and if we go wrong the coach will correct us immediately. The device is very excellent and we are enjoying learning," added another player Hemadhri.

Aravind Shastry, a national level Champion and Secretary of UKCA, who was teaching children through BEAM said: 'The technology has come like boon. It cuts our travel time. We can communicate with children, navigate in any direction and monitor each students activities, similar to being present physically. A very good initiative has been adopted by the center. This can be used for other sports too.'

Coach S Suresh who has produced more than 15 state champions during his chess coaching career, said: 'BEAM has helped a lot to provide good training for students from grandmasters. There are several techniques, and providing coaching from achievers will give deeper understanding for children to play game in different dimensions.

Nagendra Muralidhar, Center's Proprietor and  Vice President of United Karnataka Chess Association said that with adoption of advanced technology they want to provide good training to students, and thereby make children develop the ability to compete with national and international level players. The BEAM has been introduced just three days ago and this is the first center in world to introduce first, he claimed.

“The advantage of this moving BEAM robot are several as it helps the coach to attend each student. We are planning to link with international chess grandmasters, so they need not come here physically to the center, whereas teach them online virtually. By linking with different grandmasters on different days the students can get to understand better the different strategies adopted by them," he added.

Harsha Kikkeri who heads the Global R&D team Suitable Tech, the company working on Beam Telepresence Robot said that it is very much similar to human eye. The technology can be even be used in remote villages to improve the quality of teaching. It can also used by heath professionals, medical device manufacturers, overseas manufacturers and others.

How it works

Using BEAm Virual robot is very simple. The coach installs a related software in his laptop, through which he can move the robot in required direction. A high speed internet connection is required. Two wide angle cameras, and a customised microphone array, provides a remote environment.
The person who will be giving virtual training can move the device all around 360 degrees and reach any student he wishes.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This ZP member engages villagers to make seed balls, nurture trees

Watching a television programme on seed ball innovation, this gram panchyat member got motivated to experiment the same in her panchayat and has made her dream fulfill. Bannikuppe Village Gram Panchayat Member Pushpa Amarnath has took an initiative to increase the green cover in Hunsur Taluk and has engaged villagers to make seed balls.  

44 gram panchayats in Hunsur taluk have been selected under go green initiative and each gram panchayat will be distributed with 10,000 seed balls. Self help groups, NGOs, students have been roped in to make seed balls. The same will be distributed to interested farmers, and initiative has been taken to nurture the seed balls at vacant government lands, lake bunds, burial grounds, dry lands, hill areas.

The programme has been taken under Social Forestry and Department of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj. Making use of the provision under NREGA, she has brought the women under the programme and they will be paid dailywage for making seed balls and planting trees.

With cows urine and cow dung needed to prepare the seed ball, she has asked all the households rearing cows to collect cow urine by placing a drum and dung. Such collected cow dung, urine for nearly 10 days, was used to make 12,000 seed balls on Saturday.  

NSS, Scouts and Guides cadets, education institution eco club students have also been roped in to the programme, to make youngsters aware of environment conservations. Pushpa who has aims to make five lakh seed balls, with the help of other gram panchayat members is involving women in making seed balls daily for two hours. Villagers to collect cow urine, cow dung, whereas the red soil and seeds will be provided by forest department. 

‘To dig pit, plant a tree lot of energy, time and money is spent. Whereas, the cost for making every seed ball is just meager Rs 1. Also this innovative idea is very easy and economically viable. Am hopeful atleast 70 per cent saplings grow and  maintained for three years it will create a big difference in the nature. With decline in rainfall and deforestation we are encountering several problems and planting tress will be the solution for all the environmental imbalance. Thus, increasing green cover is need of the hour to fight against increasing temperature, drought and other environmental issues,’ she added. 

“Seed ball is a novel method of planting trees. We had heard about it, but am very happy, am experiencing. With Hunsur is dry land and declared drought hit, hope planting trees will change the scenario in next five years. If the same things adopted in another taluk panchayats it could bring a big change in increasing gree cover over the years,” added Prakash, who is planning to place 50 seed balls in his agriculture field.

Pushapa is planning to document the process and upload them in social media, so that interested gram panchayats can adopt this simple method and improve the green cover. About 13 varieties of trees, including fruit trees seeds will be made. The seeds include, Neem, Nerale, Honge, Tamarind Tree, Rain Tree, Jackfruit, Agase seed, jatropha, bamboo two varities, Castor seeds, etc.

Multilingual Bhagavad gita to enter Guinness World Records

All the 700 shlokas of Bhagavad Gita has been translated to 18 different languages. Of which nine are Indians and rest are European languages.

For first of its kind, Bhagavad gita is being published in multilingual languages in a single book. Sri Avadhoota Datta Peetham to release the Bhagavad Gita, of 700 chapters in 18 languages on May 26, to mark the 75th birthday celebrations of Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji.   

The procession of this 750 page Bhagvad Gita Granth will be taken on May 26.
People from Guinness World Record, London to visit Ashram, and confer the award to Swamiji on the day for publishing the Granth in a single book in 18 major languages.

Out of 18 languages, nine are Indian languages that is Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Bengali, Oriya, Gurumukhi (Punjabi), Gujarathi, Malayalam, and Tamil. While the foreign languages include Greek, Russian, Armenian (Armenia country), Georgian, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew (Jews).  17 translators have worked since July 2016, and have translated the Bhagavad Gita.

Ashram volunteer Pramodh said the book will be seven feet height and five feet width. Pages used for the Granth are non tolerable water proof sheets. All the 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita has been translated and each chapters have been published in 18 major languages.  

Ashram volunteer HV Prasad said: ‘Bhagavad Gita has a Universal message for citizens across globe. It holds a lot of reverence and respect among foreigners. When we visited foreign countries we felt need to bring Bhavad Gita in multilanguages. By publishing the content in the different languages, it helps to spread the message of peace to the world.’

With American children learnt 700 shlokas in six months, inspired this, Seer Sachchidananda Swamiji decided to bring out the Bhagavadigta in several other languages, he added.

Philips who had visited Ashram from German country said: 'Its a great news. We had heard about the richess and contents in the Bhagav Gita. By translating the granth to different language, people across globe will be benefited and can understand the chapters in the Bhagavadgita better.'  

Two more records to be conferred

Two more Guinness World Records will be conferred on the occasion to Seer.
One of the records to be awarded for Shuka Vana, rehabilitation center for housing 2000 birds of 468 exotic species birds in the Ashram premises.
Longest parrots like Machaws, Hyacinth Macaw, longest flying parrot; cockatoos; Lories and Lorikeets; Conures, True Parrots, Small Parrots which are millet eaters, etc are some of the exotic collections of the Ashram. 30 people daily work in Shuka Vana, and take care of bird health, hygiene, providing clean water and food, conducting exercise activities, studying mood of birds, etc.
Shuka Vana Resident doctor Dasari Srilakshmi said that no where in the country, so much birds are been rehabilitated and its a matter of proud being receiving the Guinness World Record.
The aviary ‘Shuka Vana’, has been named in honour of Saint Shukha Maharshi, and it has been further sub divided into seven swaras of music that is ‘Sa Ri Ga Ma Pa Da Ni’.
SA stands for Sari Vana, where talking parrots has been housed; Ri- Rida Vana, where canary birds housed (male birds sing to attract female); Ga - Gari Vana (regrouping of old and new birds); Ma - Mari Vana, where exclusive Australian birds are housed;  Da - Dari Vana, where millet eaters birds have been housed; Pa-Pari Vana is an Avian Care Unit; and Niri Vana is a rehabilitation Unit, where birds are treated and shifted to Shuka Vana.  

While the other award will be given for hosting 'Beyond the Spirit of Bonsai – 2016', an International Bonsai Convention and Exhibition at Ashram premises in December.
Wide variety of exquisite collection of bonsai plants, including miniaturised plants were exhibited at the conference.

With this, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram which has already bagged five Guinness world record, will now bag another three records, totalling eight records. 

The other five records include:
* Largest Music Therapy Session held in Sydney
* Largest Kriya Yoga Session (breathing excersise) in San Francisco
* World longest Hanuman Chalis chanting in Dalas, chanted by 600 people continoulsy for 24 hours
* Mass Gathering Hanuman Chalis chanting by 1.2 lakh people in Thenali
* Largest online video Album of Hanuman Chalis.
After a call given by seer in Trinida West Indies asking followers to send their video recording of chanting the Ashram received more than 1.25 lakh videos from 68 countries, and thus was awarded with Guiness World Record.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Septuagenarian's love to promote Kannada makes to open library

Seated underneath the shades of the Avenue tree (Honge) hundreds of passersby of all age groups can be seen reading newspapers, magazines and books at the shop behind Akkana Balaga School, Agrahara.

Though its not a public library, the place has become a reading spot for a year for the passersby. Thanks to this septuagenarian B Prabhakar (75 yeas) whose love towards popularization of Kannada language has made him to set up this exclusive Kannada open library for the general public and has named it ‘Edu Namma Odina Mane’.

People of all age groups and all walks of life visit the library to read newspapers and books. On an average 120 people visit the library every day. The books are arranged in an orderly manner and a limited seating arrangement has been made for the readers.

The library has more than 1500 books in its collection which includes books written by famous Kannada litterateurs like Ravi Bilegere, SL Bhyrappa, Triveni, UR Ananthamurthy, Radha Devi and several renowned Kannada novelists. He built up his collection of books by purchasing them in installments from a known vendor while some of them have been donated by a couple of well wishers.

To promote Kannada, he requests the visitors to his library to put their signatures in Kannada in their daily correspondence. Interestingly, he also teaches to read and write in Kannada for non-Kannadigas. Being an avid lover of Kannada, he stresses the need of creating curiosity in the young minds to read in their native tongue and the resulting benefits it has in enhancing their knowledge.

“There is a very good response from the public for library as more and more number of people keep visiting the library with the passing years.Due to old age, I am unable to keep the library open full time, but only between 8 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm,’ says Prabhakaran,, who is a founder of Seva Vedike Organisation.

Girija Sampath a senior citizen residing nearby said that she has been visiting the library for the past three years as she enjoys reading books than watching serials. She dedicates daily 4-6 hour for reading, and opines by reading there is lot of benefits for the development of mind while encouraging one to face challenges of life. She reads on an average two books every month. reads two – three books.

Another reader Jawahar Muganwar from Belgavi said: ‘Every day I visit the library and read papers. There is very good response for the library. With the readers are declining, such initiatives helps to popularise Kannada works.'

Journey of four decades

Prabhakar has dedicated his life for the popularisation of Kannada for the past four decades. It was four decades ago he started a circulating library, and a decade ago decided to set up a free public library.

He converted a portion of his house for the library following financial crunch. Just a year ago he rented a shop and housed the books in the library. The costs of rent and maintenance of the library which is around Rs 5000 is managed by around 30 regular readers.

Nearly 200 people have become members by paying Rs 50 yearly and borrow books to the home. Initially, there were few members but as years went by the numbers gradually dwindled and today I have more than 200 members and hundreds of people daily come to library, says Prabhakaran.

Technology comes to the aid of teachers to impart quality education in classrooms

 Here is a classic example of how technology can be put to use to educate not only teachers but also inspire young minds. As a result, over the past five years, a large number of children are inspired to pursue a career in Science in HD Kote, Mysuru, which is considered a backward region in Karnataka.

Thanks for the WhatsApp Group ‘Vijnana Vedike’ (ViVek) comprising of science and maths teachers, who post contents devoted to learning and share about subjects due to which learning and teaching becomes easier.

The group which started with around 20 teachers in 2014, currently has more than 132 teachers from 96 different schools in HD Kote Taluk, including school teachers from tribal areas. The group helps teachers to interact among themselves and learn from each other's experiences, thereby help imporve the quality of the education. By encouraging teachers to clarify their doubts, it has helped to create a cordial atmosphere for the teachers in the group to ask questions on the subjects they are teaching and get replies from other members. This group has helped several teachers who had doubts in the subjects, and to avoid questions were hop-skipping the contents.

The teachers, majority of them from government schools discuss several topics found in their curriculum on a weekly basis. A new topic is taken up every Sunday and participants in the group can post their questions till Thursday. Every week, a member in the group will be selected as ‘Moderator’ who will consolidate all the questions and answers them every Saturday from 9 pm. Discussions ends by late midnight. The moderator answers all the questions in detail and clears the doubts of the teachers. For those who find it difficult to send text messages, they send even audio or video messages.

The discussion focuses on addressing some comprehension gaps of teachers in their subject areas, with the aid of audio clips, sketches, videos, and text messages. All the discussed information is archived and updated on Google drive, so that other teachers who are not members of the group can also access them. Through other social media network the group is reaching over 6,000 teachers across the state.

The children in government schools learn in Kannada medium upto 10th standard. As a result most of these students fear to take up Science as they have to study in English. The teachers are making an effort to teach the technical words both in Kannada and English and infuse confidence among children, so that the students should not develop fear to take up science during their higher education.

The group members say, there are many students who have come forward and expressed their interest to study science. Over the past three years, those teachers from HD Kote who have been transferred to other places in the State have started creating Whatsapp groups in their new postings by roping in teachers in their region.

The brain behind the programme is Praveen Kumar Sayyaparaju, Director of Science Education for Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, and an student of IIT, Chennai.  Praveen who joined SVYM in 2009, came out with a science lab concept, sceince park, and to improve the quality of education he decided to create a WhatsApp group by  bringing in Science and Maths teachers.

Praveen says: ‘Teaching tribals and rural children is immensely satisfying. We started a mobile science lab in 2009, as most of the government schools did not have labs and we promoted science by experimenting. Slowly we started working with teachers and found a lot of lacunae in their teaching. It is when we decided to create a platform for teachers help themselves, to talk to each other and help each other in the group.'

‘With severe shortage of teachers in government schools, resulting in low morale amongst, there was no support group to help teachers in teaching, and thinking of inspiring young minds in science, it was decided to create a group. Now we are planning to expand the group to other taluks and also rope in teachers in Nanjangud,’ he said, adding many children in taluk are showing interested in pursuing carrier in science.

S Harsha, teacher, government High School, Hedthale, Nanjangud said: ‘After being part of group, my confidence level has boosted. As a resource person, teachers used to shoot several questions, and I answered all their questions accurately. The knowledge we gain in the group is remarkable. Complex questions are explained very simple way. We have shifted from marks oriented to a learning oriented. The quality of education we impart in schools has improved, and we are happy we have kindled the students to take up science in carrier.’
“The group has helped to build a strong rapport among the teachers. This has become a big platform to clarify doubts. We are motivating students to ask questions and make classes more interesting, thereby making them to understand the syllabus much better. The classes we conduct are more interactive and is activity based. Earlier we used to skip some of the contents, with fear if the students might raise question, but now we are confident to answer any of their questions. There are instances where students perception towards looking at science subject has changed, and they say its not a difficult subject,” added N Ananth Parmanabha, teacher of Mulluru Government High School, HD Kote

Smart device launched to detect faces hidden behind mask

Some of those involved in criminal activities cover their face with a monkey cap or some piece of cloth in order to conceal their identity from the electronic eyes of CCTV camerasand other security gadgets. When reviewing the CCTV footages at the crime scene, it is a big challenge for the cops to identify the person behind the mask. There are several instances in the past where crimes have not been solved because of the inability to recognise the face behind the mask.

Keeping this in mind, M/s Vihaan Sudhan Technologies have designed a device named ’Smart Robust Night Vision’ with in-built power back up. It is an electronic CCTV camera having a small size Micro-Computer measuring 3 cm *3 cm in size, which backups the video directly onto the customer's email id.
The product is named VS-HAWK EYE (VSHE).
The speciality of the device is it detects the identity of the person even though he has covered his face. The detection will be done in two states that is through retina bio metric analysis and GAIT analysis (studying of walking, running style of person). Even if a person is wearing glasses, the eye scan can be done. 

A 8 mega pixels CCTV camera will be installed, which helps for analysis of the retina. The obtained retina bio metric information will be matched with Aadhar detals. In case if the culprits have not wore gloves the finger prints will be matched similarly with Aadhar and details of person will be obtained using the technology.

While, the second stage of analysis include GAIT. In case if the person refuses to admit the crime, through GAIT analysis (walking style , running style) the person movements will be matched, 

With this automatic bio metric verification VSHE it will be difficult for criminals to escape from law, even though they try to cover their face.

Clients purchasing the product can only watch the video file in his inbox and not the identity of the person. Identity of person will be disclosed only if a crime has occurred. The identification algorithm will be saved in server. Only upon specific request from police the identity of the person will be
linked to AAdhar Server database and cops can get the  name and address of the person and trace his face.

This apart, the device has a motion sensor, (a switch to activate motion sensor mode during night) and detecting the motion sends an alarm warning notification to police and simultaneously a mail to client.  The product also comes with a motion detector, sounding a loud alarm over speakers and also sending an instant message to a server maintained on a Google drive space monitored by the Police in control room.

M/s Vihaansudhan Technologies Directors BS Manusudhan and S Sowmya Sudhan, Product Delivery Team Lead KN Mohan Kumar are the brains behind this project.

The team say: ‘The systems available in the market have many disadvantages like if power supply is cut, CCTV is of no use after the battery back up is used, viewing angle is limited, storage hard disks can be deleted or stolen since it is physical device. Keeping all these disadvantages in mind we have innovated this new device.”

Manusudhan said: Smart VSHE is a complete solution for both Police and individuals. The product comes with automatic detection of  the identity of the person using biometrics and the identification will be done at our server, to avoid stealing of authentication of people, we make the project to execute at our server end for identification
process. It minimises the investigation time and saves money for police, providing no escape for anti social elements. ”

The team have worked on this project for the past 11 months. The project has been set to Prime Minister office, requesting for suggestions and have also applied for patent,
The product is ready to be launched soon and it costs just Rs 7000 a piece. There is no need to install cable wires, Hard disk and DVRs, thereby offering a huge savings on cost of investment. Videos will be uploaded directly on the google drive free of cost, adds Manusudhan.

How it Works

The VSHE gathers video and sends it for preprocessing either to the microcomputer provided within or to the server for IRIS scan detection or for extraction of nodal point body features (called as GAIT) of the suspected individual.  The iris detected will be sent to the database for analysis on his/her biometric values like iris and fingerprint available at the huge data base at our server end. 

The organisation is planning to link this to the database of Aadhaar or Unique Identification Authority of India for extraction of identification information of the person. By analysing the shape of the person, which is unique from person to person,  identification of the individual is possible. 


* Smart VSHE to be a solution for both Police and individuals.
* The project has been set to Prime Minister office seeking suggestion and the team have  applied for patent.
* Existing CCTV provide just a video recording, collecting the video footage and storing  them on a disk, whose storage space is limited.

Specially abled children to go on expedition to the Rumtu Top

  Specially abled children are going on exertion to ascend the Rumtu top which is at a height of 13,000ft in Dauladhar range in Kullu Manali region in Himachal Pradesh
This specially abled children who are speech and hearing impaired want to create a history by climbing the Rumtu top. Fifteen special children are taking part in the expedition and are helped by two dozens of amateur trekkers.   

The Silent Heroes’ is the name given to this specially abled children. The children hail from various districts like Mysore, Mandya, Bellary, Chitradurga, Ramanagara, and Bangalore. While, the amateur trekkers are from Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala States. 

The team will leave Mysore on April 14 at 2 pm from the Sai Ranga Vidya Samasthe (R) Free Residential School for Deaf and dumb, Bannimantappa, Mysore. They will be returning back to Mysore on April 29.  

They will visit historical places like Delhi, Amritsar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Manali, Roerich Art Gallery in Naggar and First Surveyor George Everest mansion in Mussorie, apart from camping at various places like Naggar-Bijliee Mahadev-Kshadra-Mattikochar-Dhora Nala-Chaklani-Rumsu apart from climbing the summit on the Rumtu top, which they are expected to climb on April 22.   

As part of the pre training schedule the children have undergone arduous training at various places like Chamundi Hills, Kunti Hills, Kukarhalli Lake, Gangotri campus, Bal Bhavan, Chamundi hills 360 degree and they have completed Josh Run of 10,000 meter.

Special child Santoshgowda, who is studying 9th standard, native of Malliegere, Mandya, speaking in sign language said he came to know about the expedition recently, expressed enthusiasm to take part in the expedition. “I was looking at the newspapers photographs about expedition, decided to visit once. I got the opportunity, and am eagerly waiting for the commencement of expedition.  

Another child V Palaksha, Chalkere Taluk, Chitradurga: ‘Am very happy and excited, as I got the opporutnity. I have undergone training from last two and half month and am  confident, I complete the expedition successfully.’ 

Parent Veerabhadrappa said: ‘The specially abled children are equally to other normal children. They are very talented. We feel happy that they have got the opportunity to go to expedition and we are thankful for the donors.’  

The expedition assumes significance because 85 people from all over the country and abroad have come forward to sponsor the event by donating Rs 7 lakh for this 15 special children, and one interpreter and two socially deprived youths. 
The project is the brain child of Dr Madhav Deshpande and Dr Akhila and Tiger Adventure Foundation has taken the onus of realising their dreams. The expedition is led by an Ardent Adventure Enthusiast Tiger Solanki of Tiger Adventure Foundation and he is assisted by Devendra Tiwari of Gwalior, anPankaj Mallick of Mysore. 

Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has flagged of the expedition by handing over the National Flag and Expedition flags to the team at Raj Bhavan, Bangalore on April 3. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

This lady doctor by inheritance has prevented women undergoing uterus operations

Recently a racket involving removal of uteruses from healthy women was making headlines, here is a lady Ayurvedic Doctor who has prevented thousands of women from going under the scalpel.   

Gowri Subramanya, a doctor by inheritance, who has dedicated her life to educate people about the benefits of ancient Ayurvedic medicines and also create awareness about the various kinds of medicinal plants, has treated several women ailing from problems of the uterus without asking them to get it removed.

She has successfully treated more than 1300 women with uterus problems preventing them from undergoing needless surgeries. There are several instances where women who wanted to undergo surgery within a week or two, were cured after taking her treatment. Not only people from various parts of country, but those from abroad, from countries such as Australia and USA have been treated by her for uterus problems. 

Citing some of the main reasons for women to have irregular periods, uterus problems are the change in modern day work life which lacks physical exercise, stressful jobs and working for long hours sitting at the same place. All these result in PCOD problems. When women complain of over bleeding they will be informed it might end up in cancer if left untreated and the only solution is to get the uterus removed. Believing their words most women opt to get their uterus removed, says Gowri, who has also given medicines for childless couples seeking conception.

'Removal of uterus is suggested only in the extreme case, while a majority of them who undergoing treatment can be cured of the excessive bleeding, uterus related problems within 3 to 6 months, depending on the individual body's response. She added that the roots, stem and seeds of Peepal Tree (Arali Mara) all have medicinal value and in about 75 per cent of cases women with uterus problems can be cured by the products of Peepal Tree,’ says Gowri, who has formulated many Ayurvedic medicines on her own based on her 25 years research.’

'Most of them who approach me are those who have undergone allopathic treatment and are not satisfied and have failed, while some do want to undergo surgeries. They come just to try and have expressed happiness after treatment is successful. There are instances where women with uterus complaints have approached me a week prior to removal of uterus and have got treated. Have saved hundreds of women undergoing uterus removal operation, and have treated for several issueless couple, who have approached me after failure of IVF. Due to lack of patience most of them lag behind to undergo Ayurveda treatment, whereas once they are benefited they refer others,’ she added.  

‘Women should not ignore any minor changes in health, specially those who are above 40. Self medication and ignorance is very dangerous and leads to other problems, so the best solution is to get it cured at the initial stage. If they come in the initial stage they can be more benefited.’

‘Most of them fail in diagnosing root cause for the disease. If it's done properly treating patients will be easy. The people should first develop faith in the efficacy of the ancient medicines. There are several instances people with several serious health disorders have got cured in Ayurveda,’ added Gowri, who has arranged several medical screening scam spending her personal money.

49-year-old Bhagyashree resident of Thyagaraja Nagar said: ‘Was suffering from polyps, cyst and continuos periods for nearly two months. Doctors asked to undergo laparoscopy surgery. When I took the medicines for four days, I experienced uneasiness, vomiting. Meantime one of my friend referred Gowri, and within one day, the periods stopped, and was surprised. Later, I obtained medicines from her for polyps, cyst and have overcome the problems.’

Roopadevi, resident of Mysore Road who has obtained treatment for uterus cancer said: 'Doctor asked me to get removal of uterus in a week. After I started taking medicines from Gowri, within three days there was improvement in my health, and we postponed undergoing surgery for a month. Just after a month, there was tremendous improvement in my health and for the past eight years, I am leading a happy life, and there is no uterus problem.'  

Serial Artiste Ruthu, resident of Bengaluru said: ‘My uncle was suffering from foot drop. Doctor said nerve damage might also cause foot drop, and said they want to send nerve for testing before doing operation. We approached Gowri, withing two weeks the foot drop came to control. The leha, tablets, oil given by her worked like magic, and today my uncle, who is senior citizen is walking comfortably. He also undertook home remedy for eye problem, and today his vision is very clear. She gives medicines for any ailment and   her medicines work like magic. The medicines are very affordable, and any ailment she treats. What allopathy doctors tell very complication diseases, she has cured in her medicines.’

Renowned Ayurveda Gynecologist Dr Nanda Pai from Karkala said: ‘Removing uterus has become a big money spinner. Only in extreme cases removal of uterus is required. In Ayurveda there is medicine for uterus problems, over bleeding, and even cysts can be melt. One should have a patience. Change in life style, stress full life is contributing immensely for the health issues among women.’ 

Her Roots in Mysore...   

Gowri who has done done research for more than 25 years in Ayruveda, is a native of Mysuru, and currently a resident of Banashankari in Bengaluru. She is the grand daughter of Pandith Narasimha Murthy, who was rendering service as Palace Vaidya of Royal Family of Mysore. He has written several volumes dealing with different ailments. The Ayurveda Pharmacy set up by him in 1942 is functioning even today though under a different management. 

She strongly believes in 'prevention is better than cure' and prescribes medicines for several ailments and diseases, which includes some modern age lifestyle diseases such as stress, diabetes, blood pressure, kidney stones and there are several cases the eye vision problems, skin problem she has been rectified. There are several others who have been benefited by her treatment for various ailments.  

She has spent years studying under various Ayurveda practitioners and Professors of Ayurveda to further enhance her knowledge. She has developed her own formulae for Ayurvedic medicines while successfully treating many. She also teaches people how to cook delicious food using medicinal plants to further improve their health apart from curing their existing ailments. She is planning to publish a book in the near future, which contains complete information about most of the medicinal plants, thereby making people familiar with plants. She is also working as Administrator at Mukthinaga Temple in Bengaluru.

Gowri, who was in Mysuru recently, in a tete-a-tete with Express, sharing her views said: ‘We have to follow our neighbour China and also Kerala State in popularising ancient Indian medicines, which are on par with western medicine. Those who are proven to be experts in this field should be identified and their works should be documented. Some are experts in treating orthopedics while others in treating diseases related to liver and  kidney disorders, diabetes etc. They should be identified and their knowledge should be imparted to youngsters.’

‘Government should promote people to grow medicinal plants by setting up more Ayurveda Vana’s in state. Farmers should be promoted to grow medicinal plants on lines of Kerala by providing them with subsidy. This will help to protect ancient medicine treatment, and handover the same to next generation. Due to increasing deforestation, restriction of entry inside forests, depleting forest cover has become a major problem. Already most of the medicinal plants have become extinct. If same continues, we lose plants forever which have so much medicinal value.’

Talking about role of People, she said: ‘Most of the Indian herbs are exported to foreign countries, who make medicines and supply back to India. Our people should learn to make medicines and make them available for people at affordable cost. There is need of educating our youngsters to identity these medicinal plants. People should develop small gardens in their houses and prepare medicines for cold, cough, and other small ailments, and also to develop immunity and resistance power in the body.

While, further going down the memory lane she said: ‘My grand father used to take me with him and taught me the names of various medicinal plants and their uses. It was from there I developed an interest in herbal plants. My goal is to make people aware about the benefits of the Ayurveda. I am happy that I could cure thousands of people over the past three decades.’