I can vividly recollect my mother singing the tamil verses of Thirupaavai of Andal, Thiruvachakam of Manickavachakar, Thirupugazh of Arungirinathar, Abhirami Andadi and Abhirami Padigam of Abhirama Bhattar, My mother too had a tremendous influence upon my spiritual and religious awareness right from the days of my boyhood between the ages of 11 and 15. She made me aware of the resplendent beauty of Tamil hymns of yore.