Talking about an enforcer, the first name that comes to my mind is that of J Jayalalithaa or fondly known as AMMA. As a kid, I knew her only as a famous actress and then a successful leader. But on her demise, when I read about her in the newspapers and magazines, I got to know many amazing qualities about her that seldom any lady leader could possess. In fact, I was totally intrigued to know about her strong personality.
- She spoke many languages including Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada fluently.
- She was trained in classical dance forms like Bharatnatyam, Kathak, MohiniAttam and Manipuri and performed all over India.
- She started learning Carnatic music at the age of 4 and sang several songs in her own films.
- She was a voracious reader and read practically everything. Her favourite authors were Jane Austin, Charles Dickens among others.
- She learnt her politics from a man known to have been one of Tamil Nadu’s shrewdest politicos.
- In 1972, she was honoured by the Tamil Nadu government with the award Kalaimamani, given for excellence in the field of art and literature.
- In the end, it was her connect with the poor and the masses of Tamil Nadu that is her legacy.
It is true that many times, your persona comes into light only when you are not alive anymore.
Writing this for @ruchis28 and @romspeaks