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is not only the greatest of the virtues, but the parent of all of the others - Cicero (106-43bc)
A noble person is mindful and thankful of the favours he receives from others - The Buddha
The seed for Azhagi was sown in 1999 and it was developed against very many odds, under torturous health conditions, to provide the Tamil-speaking diaspora with a software that will benefit them immensely, in an exceedingly
manner. It is only with the Lord Almighty's grace that I have been able to enhance Azhagi slowly and steadily that it now caters to the needs of a larger audience in very many Indian languages. Not only that, Azhagi (Azhagi+ rather) is now extendable to type in ANY World Language (ANY keyboard layout, ANY font). That surprises even me! But all this has been possible only by GOD's grace and by the support of so many wonderful entities.
Apart from my family/friends/relatives, I convey from the bottom of my heart, my "total" indebtedness to the following (not in any specific order) too, without whose tremendous moral support and/or encouragement, in one way or other, at 'different stages and periods' (* see footnote) of Azhagi's evolution, Azhagi would not have reached this level and benefitted users worldwide.
Dr. Azhaganandam, Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai.
Dr. Gopal, Sooriya Hospital, Chennai.
Dr. Arulalan, Katpadi, Tamilnadu.
Director Shri.Visu (Former Convener - Arattai Arangam, SUN TV) and his team, Chennai.
Mr. Koteshwar, Secunderabad.
Always indebted to him. Gave so many ideas for improving Azhagi+ during its initial stages. Azhagi+ is here today in such a sophisticated form because of Sri. Koteswar regularly prodding me for one enhancement after another. I have specifically mentioned about him here -
. He is also the contributor of the 'AzhagiPlus-Devanagari-Unicode-UserDefinedPhonetics1.xml' file about which I have mentioned
Mr. Rathakrishnan Thirunavukkarasu, Thirunelveli.
Lovely man! Feeling lot..... of gratitude towards him. Since Dec 2016, he has been regularly
30-line transliteration text files* for various non-unicode Tamil fonts at Azhagi's Facebook Group. He affording such quality time for providing such "direct" contributions to Azhagi+ does make me extremely happy. He was/is the first one (and the only one so far) to contribute towards this 'any tamil font' feature though I wrote about this feature in Azhagi's Facebook Group many a times in the past and requested very much, many a times, for someone to contribute.
(*) based on the unique feature of Azhagi+ explained at
whereby one can transliterate in ANY Tamil font by creating a simple 30-line text file.
I have written about him
. After his office hours, he even attends support calls over phone for Azhagi!! Speaks volumes of his love and kindness!!! My humble thanks and salutes to him.
Very happy to see a current-day 'software professional' showing such genuine appreciation towards Azhagi+. He has been giving his valuable time to
the uniqueness and usefulness of Azhagi+ in various places over the net, thus doing what best he can, to
the news of Azhagi+. He also tests out Azhagi+ on various aspects. My profound thanks to him.
Mr. Venkat Mani, Mumbai.
Mr. P.S. Ranganathan (alias 'kadugu'), firstname.lastname@example.org,
, Fontographist, Chennai.
Mr. P.S. Ranganathan (kadugu) is not only a well-known humour writer but also a highly skilled fontographist. All of Azhagi's exquisite Sai fonts (SaiIndira, Sai-Sai and SaiMeera) are his wonderful makings only. I am EVER grateful to him for his great help, right at the time of my pressing need in Jan 2002 and his continued wishes/encouragement thereafter. He might have nicknamed himself as 'kadugu' but his heart is indeed akin to 'Himalayas'. Kadugu sir turned 80 [believe it or not! :) ] in Mar 2012. I stand ever grateful to Mr.Venkat Mani too who created keys.dll (which helps to lock keyboard inputs) which I renamed as venkeys.dll to honour Venkey's monumental help.
Sri. Seshadri Nadathur, Bangalore.
Eventhough not a software professional, he has taken special interest to read and understand all that I have written in
and come out with the file 'AzhagiPlus-Tamil-Unicode-SanTamilPhonetics.xml' as his first 'direct' contribution to Azhagi+ (as mentioned
). Thanks a ton to him for the same.
(Late) Mr. A.K. Rajagopalan, editor,
The Tamil wikipedia article on Azhagi (you can read it
) exists today because of Sri. A K Rajagopalan's initiative only. The
for Azhagi (created in Oct 2013) is also his initiative only. I have written more about Sri. AKR, his invaluable work towards spreading the awareness of Azhagi/Azhagi+ and his immense contribution to this society, esp. children, at
also. Please see.
Mr. V.K. Naageswaran, Chennai.
exists because of him. He was the one who translated so beautifully the
page, from Tamil to English.
Mr. S. Visweswaran, email@example.com, Canada.
Mr. Venkatraman, Delhi.
Mr. Sakthidasan, London.
Mr. Hare Krishna Mani, Canada.
Ms. Aruna, Jaipur.
Mr. Balu, sslindia.org, Chennai.
Mr. Pushpa Raghavan, Chennai.
Mr. Thayumanavan, Chennai.
Mr. N. Suresh, Chennai.
Mr. Natarajan Kalpattu, Chennai.
Mr. Venkatram Shrinivas, Bangalore.
Mr. Halasya Sundaram, Tirunelveli.
Mr. Saurabh Dua, New Delhi.
Mr. Ganesh Chandra,
, New Jersey.
azhagi.com got registered in Sep 2002, thanks to the initiative of Ganesh Chandra, editor of tamiloviam.com. He was persistent that I should register a dot com site in the name 'azhagi' (since my software is named 'azhagi') and one fine day went ahead and registered it all by himself. Ganesh (along with dear 'halwacity' Vijay) later went on to find the best webhost (lunarpages) for azhagi.com and saw azhagi.com up and going in Dec 2002. I did not have to move even a single finger for all this. What a thoughtful and timely help it was at that time! My HEARTY thanks ever!
Mr. Dineshkumar Ponnusamy
The English wikipedia article on Azhagi (you can read it
) exists today because of young software engineer Dinesh's initiative. I remain ever thankful to Dinesh because this wikipedia article would have helped many more to get to know about Azhagi/Azhagi+ and get benefitted by using them. Once Dinesh initiated the article (in April 2012), a few more brothers around the world (incl.
Sri. AK Rajagopalan
- who initiated the Tamil wikipedia
on Azhagi, in 2007 or so) contributed their very best for the article "to stay" and grow. My "immense thanks from the very core of my heart" to ALL of them. I was not knowing Dinesh in any way, prior to him initiating the English wikipedia article on Azhagi. But, since then, I have come to know much about Dinesh's kind heart and his great nature to help others voluntarily, without expecting anything in return. Since April 2012, Dinesh has been enhancing Azhagi's Tamil wikipidea article too. He has created
this wikipedia page
too, on his own will.
Mr. Jishnu Mohan
, to Mr.
(Swathanthra Malayalam Computing) for their 'Indic Keyboard' app because 'Azhagi' app is based on
OPEN SOURCE Android app. Frankly speaking, my heart is overflowing with gratitude to Shri. Jishnu Mohan. And, for ever. Really. Any number of thanks is not enough to him because but for his 'Indic Keyboard' initiative, it would have been near-to-impossible for me to have released Azhagi app in the play store. Thanks to the Lord Almighty, ultimately.
Mr. Viswalinga Surya
, to Mr. Viswalinga Surya (Sri
) for his timely help in providing his brand new (and quite costly) mobile phone (Nexus 5X) for me to test out my Azhagi app with it (from 4th to 9th Aug, 2016). He had bought it only on 2nd Aug or so and yet he was ready to part with it. Mr Viswalinga Surya wrote for the first time in Azhagi's Facebook group just a month ago only (July 2016) and that was the first time I was coming to know about him too. Azhagi's 2 earlier beta releases - made in June/July 2016 - did not get installed in a few random mobiles (of 5 to 6 users). Since I could not replicate that issue in any of the mobiles of mine or of my immediate near/dear, I was wondering how to go about fixing that issue. In August first week, I was really getting very very desperate and it was at that time that Mr Viswalinga Surya
in our Azhagi facebook group that he would volunteer to give his mobile to me. Thereafter, he talked to me (for the very first time) over phone on 4th August and came on his own (from keezhkattalai, which is quite far off from my place) and handed over his brand new mobile to me. It was only after he came to my home, I enquired the mobile's cost. I was not knowing until then that it was quite a costly mobile. I became hesitant somewhat but Mr Viswalinga Surya was very encouraging and it all seemed an easy thing for him to do! :) He was so cool. :) What a himalayan heart this young man (just 25) has!
My humblest namaskarams
to him. My SALUTES to him, from the very bottom of my heart! Well, it was because of his timely help that I could fix the issue and release Azhagi app's very first published version in Google play store on 10th Aug. And even on 8th August, Mr Viswalinga Surya came on his own and collected his mobile, always ensuring that he collected it at 'my convenient' time, rather than his. I can never ever forget this FANTASTIC gesture from Mr Viswalinga Surya and his largeheartedness in general. Thanks ever to the Lord Almighty who always takes care of His children's needs in the best ways He alone knows!
Well, the Mahans say that positive thoughts, words and deeds have a ripple effect and travel all over the universe. That way I have to primarily thank Shri. Raguveeradayal Sir (more than a decade-long well-wisher of me and Azhagi),
. Because, actually, on 23rd July 2016,
Sri Thiruppullani Raguveeradayal Sir
'volunteered' to come home with his Kult mobile and sit with me while I checked out my code step-by-step. It was an extremely kind and immensely helpful gesture from him, with all the health problems he is facing at his age (over 65). With his help, I could find out the point at which my app was meeting it's obstacle. That much I could find out during the time (around 2 hours) Sir could afford to spend at my home. I was very happy that with Sir's help I was able to reach at least to that extent. Thereafter, Dr Amudhan Sundararaju
lovingly and a few days later, seeing my state of desperation continuing even after 10 days (since 23rd July), Shri. Raguveeradayal Sir
in Azhagi's facebook group, coming forward to leave his Kult mobile with me for a week itself. I felt glad all over, reading it. But soon thereafter, Sri Sarva PraharaNayuthan wrote to me and what happened afterwards, you all know already. :)
Mr. B. Sivakumar, Larsen & Toubro LTM Business Unit, Chennai.
Mr. S.P. Ramamurthy, Larsen & Toubro LTM Business Unit, Chennai.
Mr. Vijay Jawaharlal, USA.
(Late) Mr. Cisro, Kanyakumari.
Mr. Albert Fernando, USA.
Mr. Pollachi Nasan, thamizham.net
Ms. Gayathri, Chennai.
Mr. Vijayaraghavan, USA.
Ms. Vathsala Shivakumar, Cairo.
Mr. Prabhu Anand, Singapore.
Mr. Rajavel, Chennai.
Mr. Santosh, CTS, Chennai.
Mr. V.Chandrasekaran, Nokia, USA.
Mr. Khalil Ahamed, Malaysia.
Mr. N. Subramanian, Manager(Systems), Kalki Weekly, Chennai.
Mr. N.S. Kumar, Qatar.
Mr. P. Srivatsan, L&T (LTM Business Unit), Chennai.
Mr. R. Suresh, Salem
Mr. Loganathan, Thirunelveli.
Mr. Muzafar Ghani, Paediatrician, Kuwait.
Mr. Ramakrishnan Thanimalai, Technologist, Malaysia.
Mr. Arivan, Malaysia.
Mr. Ram, Corporate Communication, Orchid Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals, Chennai.
Mr. Shankar, Management Consultant, Bangalore.
Mr. M. Vedha Manikandan, Chennai.
Mr. Sathyam, Editor, tamilnation.org
Mr. Ramachandran, Special Correspondent, 'The Hindu', Chennai.
Mr. Chandramouli, Freelance Reporter, Chennai.
Mr. Prince Frederick, Reporter, 'The Hindu', Chennai.
Mr. Senthil Kumar, Program Manager (Namma Oor Vignani), SUN TV, Chennai.
Mr. Shivalkar, Program Manager (Kaalai Malar), Jaya TV, Chennai.
Mr. Siddhiq, Mr.Ashraf and Mr.Nisar of 'thamizhootru' magazine, Chennai.
Thanks to all the azhagi users worldwide who have been a pillar of support. Thanks to those loving wishes and prayers from Tamil brothers and sisters across the globe, over email and/or phone, which keeps me enhancing Azhagi amidst my daily
(*) This means that some of the persons mentioned above might have even forgotten me, having offered their help or moral support at some distant point of time in the past. But, their help at that point of time was invaluable to me and it is remembered with deep gratitude.
Note: As regards the roles of the noble souls I have mentioned above, it was their roles at the point of time when they offered their help. So, the roles of many of them would have definitely changed by now.
Special thanks to
Jordan Russell - for his excellent and free Innosetup (
) s/w with which only all of Azhagi's Setup.exe files have been generated so far.
Sheshadrivasu (the author of the well-known Indian languages word processor
) - for his clear-cut help topics on all major Indian languages.
Vizacc dot com - for their excellent and most wonderful HTML Helpmaker using which I created my help files for Azhagi for very many years. So much thankful to them. 'Vizacc dot com' site does not exist now.
- Creating help files, that too in various formats in one go, had never been so easy and 100% free. Will always remain thankful to helpndoc.com for their wonderful software.
Microsoft - for their operating systems, various kinds of software applications - some of which are free (partly or fully), Unicode fonts, Unicode processing engines, etc., etc., etc. Thanks,
Google - for their search engine, browser, various tools for computing in world languages, innovations,
(Android open source project), etc., etc., etc. Thanks,
, ever. Please note that
is based on 'Indic Keyboard' app which is based on the LatinIME keyboard of Google's AOSP.
- Hearty THANKS in tons to the people behind the MATERIALIZE project. It was based on their wonderful project (under
), I redesigned and hosted a fresh, responsive, mobile-friendly and attractive azhagi.com website on 23rd November 2016. And, thanks a TON to Sri
for informing me about materializecss.com, sometime around July 2016.
- for Unicode
, etc., etc., etc., - the prime basis for the various languages in which Azhagi+ is able to provide transliteration/typing now and the prime basis for Azhagi+ being in a position where it is extendable to ANY World Language now. So, ever ever ever indebted to Unicode.org
The developers of various other
without whose efforts I may not be effecting certain routine tasks of the Windows OS in such an easier and faster manner.
If anybody feels that I have still missed out to mention certain entities, then it is purely unintentional and I shall feel sorry for my forgetfulness. You may feel free to contact me in this regard.