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(Late) King Marthanda Varma

I feel, starting this Onam, the treasure trove in the vaults of the temple can be used to build hospitals, schools, highways, playgrounds.

(Late) King Marthanda Varma
Illustration by Sandeep Adhwaryu
(Late) King Marthanda Varma
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After 253 years in heaven (I left my earthly abode in 1758), I now find that my family is the talk of the town (up here) after the opening of the vaults of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram. It revealed jewels, gold, diamonds, antiques and what have you worth `1 lakh crore. Naturally, the treasure trove made even the souls of many a monarch sit up and take notice. Queen Victoria, with an angel in tow carrying an easel, palette and brush, ran into me in the garden. She was the first to express surprise, “Martha, I believe your family has stashed away riches in some temple in Kerala.” I said, with all modesty, that in 1750 I had dedicated our kingdom to the Lord and so our wealth went to Him. She nodded understandingly and went off to select a landscape to paint. On my part, I settled down for a chat with Albert Einstein. You see, there were things about his Theory of Relativity that baffled me. Albert (bless his soul!) is very patient and never minds explaining complexities.

So, how is life way, way above...

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