VSNA CONVENTION 2009 SOUVENIR
EDITORIAL “ “Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver”, said some unknown author. It appears that the author based it on his/her experience on both fronts! Our editorial committee made a promise to deliver two issues of the souvenir – one during and another soon after the convention. The promise to deliver one during the convention worked fine, but we have stalled in delivering the postconvention issue. It is not because we thought you would take this long to read the first one from cover to cover. It is because we did not realize that our promise was based on contingencies! Anyway, I am a firm believer of the popular dictum, “Better late than never!” The feedback to our first issue was mostly pleasing to us. Please do let us have your feedback for this supplement so that we can pass them on to our future editors. We have attempted to highlight the convention proceedings in this issue to show the non-attendees what they missed by not visiting our windy city which was not windy at all during our convention. In perfectly clear weather, the Veerashaivas of Chicago Chapter put up a great show – like they always do – befitting the convention theme, “Aacharave Svarga”. Our kids were fantastic and our youth were ecstatic. Our seniors were not static either! The Game Show put up by our youth was unbelievably superb and very original. The religious committee kept the convention theme alive with activities never seen before. Another first was that a 15 year young kid, Jeevan Topgi, released a book on Kitturu Rani Chennamma. Kudos to all these, and those that worked behind the scenes shying away from the stage. You will read speeches made and wishes conveyed, a few committee reports, and some more scholarly articles to fortify our understanding of Veerashaivism. Hundreds of beautiful photos were captured by our camera addicts. Without a doubt, selecting the ones to appear in this issue was the hardest task in this publication process. In the electronic issue which has more articles, we thought it best to let you see each and every one of the pictures by providing links to view them on line on our website. Be our guests! May be this is something that should start a new trend in our organization. I relished my experience with this assignment and working with my fellow editors. I sincerely thank our chapter members for their confidence in entrusting the souvenir stewardship to me. I would like to thank my partner in life, Anusuya, for her patience and assistance in the preparation of the two volumes of ARIVU. There has been some debate questioning the rationale for releasing the souvenir during the convention as opposed to preparing them for release only after the convention. We, the editors, believe there is more to gain by doing it the way we did it. But that is our view! Let us hear from you. Sharanu Sharanarthi, Annapur Shivakumar, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief - On behalf of the Souvenir Editorial Committee : H.S. Jayaswamy [Managing Editor], Ravi Topgi, Vanitha Satish, B. Indusekar, Chaitra Kishore, Akshay Indusekar, and Manisha Virupannavar.
Supplement to ARIVU Souvenir of 2009 VSNA Chicago Convention.