Many thanks for your kind
letter of the 28th November, acknowledging the packet of booklets which I had sent to you
regarding our Colleges. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to you for your
congratulations which you describe as 'humble', among the 'mighty ones'. It is needless
for me tó point out that there is no question of the quality of the person in the matter
of offering good-will, good-wishes or congratulations. To me, your congratulations mean
quite a lot, knowing you as I do and your affection for me. Incidentally, I may add that,
even considered by certain sophisticate standards you have every right to be included
among the mighty ones.
You will forgive me for
pointing out a little "mistake" in your letter in the matter of your addressing
me. I have ceased to emphasise the "Chettiar" suffix, in my name, and, in fact,
Mr.. Tampi, the Principal has left off "chettiar" and tells our Arts College
just as "Alagappa College" I am rather intrigued to note in your letter that you
are going one step further or perhaps away when you describe me as "Alagappa
Chettiar". I am sure that Is the invention of your typist rather than your goodself!