Since I left India in 1977, more districts have been created in Tamil Nadu and so our village now falls in Vellore District and is in Arcot Taluk:-) I just found out from my dad that patti died on 9 January 1959 (I wasn’t even 4 years old then). Cause of her death wasn’t a cow hurting her. She actually moved back when she saw the cow closeby in our home’s backyard and fell. After some weeks of being in a bedridden state, she then died. Mahaperiavaa has even performed chathur maasyam in our place, apart from making many other visits."
In the above picture are Mohan's then young parents in the middle and Patti with Swamigal.
"Patti used to ward off other's evil eyes on Swamigal! Like a Mother she was to Him. Swamigal once asked, "What meals do you give to those who do Kainkaryam here?".
Idlis, said she.
"Oh, so after idlis, will you give Coffee also?! And then in the evening, will you provide Uppuma Kichidi and Tea also for them?!", said Swamigal.
(Of course, Swamigal was sarcastically referring to Coffee and Tea addictions.)