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From: Cande V Ananth (ananthcv_at_epi.UMDNJ.EDU)
Date: Tue Jan 07 1997 - 06:32:11 PST

Greetings, Member of the 'Prapathi' group:

    I was just inducted as a member to this group, and was requested by
    Sriman Mani Varadarajanto introduce myself.

    My name is Candadai Ananth, and I hail from Madras. Our native is
    Kangeyanellore, a small hamlet in Vellore, South India. The name
    "Candadai" is drawn from the name of a small village in southern
    Andhra Pradesh (near Chitoor), I'm told, although the name is not
    in existence anymore ! (I've always been intrigued by this name -
    does it have any semblance to the Tamil word "Kandal Aadai", and
    hence "Candadai" ?).

    I completed a bachelors degree (Statistics) from Loyola College,
    Madras, and then went on to obtain a masters in biostatistics
    from Christian Medical College, Vellore. I arrived in the United
    States in August 1990, to pursue graduate studies in public health
    with concentration in biostatistics (Masters in Public Health). Upon
    completiong the MPH, I pursued a doctorate in Epidemiology with
    specialization in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics,
    Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Medicine
    and Dentistry of New Jersey.

    I am grateful to Sri Mani Varadarajan for including me to this list.
    Lately, I have been keen in learning more about Sri Ramanujachari's and
    Vedanta Desikar' teachings and my cousin, Rajiv Madabhushi, introduced
    me to this list. This desire to pursue and learn more was further
    escalated when I read a few narrations on this list by Sri Sadagopan,
    Sri Sudarshan (who is also my cousin), Sri Ramaswamy, and others.
    I am truly amazed by the scholarly and enlightening narration of
    several issues by learned people on this list, and am looking forward
    to a very rich learning experience on our Vaishnavism philosophy
    through this list.