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And the Credit goes to…

The world has undergone a sea-change and the credit goes to the scientists of the past and present. The changes will go on and on but one would hope that these scientists are just like our fellow travelers with some difference in their approach. We have to repeat the fact that while we, the ordinary chaps, enjoy the beauty of the world, the scientists keep on producing new wonders to make the world less troublesome! But some of the so called troubles are really joys that we should not miss!

In view of the above facts, let us worship the changes and let the older things be as fresh as ever so that we will not miss other wonders produced by the sun, moon and the sea and hundreds of birds and their songs… and other beauties of nature including the man-made beauties!

Dancing to the tune of nature

A couple of months ago, it used to be bright and sunny. The sun took its own time to say, “Bye, bye guys,” rather reluctantly, but you had to wait till 9:30pm to see the glorious sunset!
Anyway, slowly but steadily, the weather was neither too hot nor too cold and one was tempted to go for the usual evening walk, enjoying the gentle breeze and affordable sunny days. Occasionally one was tempted to go through the weather forecast to know what’s in store for us on each and every day. Your friends and relatives gave you a hint on what’s in store on a particular day.
What prompted me to write these lines was the unexpected “snow fall”, which I witnessed after a post lunch cat nap. My goodness! We are still in the grip of the “Snow rain” accompanied by massive dry leaves!
Let us hope for the best.

To be, or not to be?

There are innumerable languages in this wide world. Some are totally local and most of the rest are official languages confined to independent nations. As far as countries like India are concerned, a couple of its widely used languages are given the status of national languages along with English.
Though the country is divided into several states with a view to providing administrative convenience, ‘Regionalism’ seems to have an upper hand as far as languages and other local issues are concerned.
Mother tongue deserves special attention but not at the expense of English which serves as an international language and helps people all over the world to understand each other, be its education or business or literature.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

The other day while I was going through the “introduction” to Rudyard Kipling’s “The Phantom Rickshaw”, I recalled several personal experiences but, the one that ‘knocks’ me off an on is our visit to a beautiful village surrounded by a river which was called ‘Bharatha Puzha’ in those days. It was our first visit when our father was transferred to that village (he was a revenue inspector).
After alighting from a local train, we had to cross the river in a boat, violently shaken off and on by the waves which sprang from the Arabian Sea.
The man who was in charge of the boat would say, “don’t worry… nothing to fear” and our father would smile and say, “the are quite new to such a trip”.
Very soon, we got used to such trips while crossing the river frequently during summer holidays… “A thing of beauty is a joy for ever!”

Heaps of children’s books!

The standard of education at higher levels may vary, depending upon preferences of universities and colleges. As far as Indian universities or the preferences of senior students are concerned, job-oriented course have an upper hand (Doctors, Engineers or Business). It may be a cakewalk for the smart ones!
But, when it comes to LKG or UKG, the kids all over the world get in touch with umpteen varieties of animals, birds and multicolored flies (wild and mild!). On top of it, they get heaps of children’s stories which appear in several story books. Parents don’t have to recall old stories because there are hundreds of such books.
Some children are less interested in subjects taught to them but these stories and poems tempt them to study serious subjects as well.
Anyway, only few students show some interest in serious subjects taught to them but circumstances force them to choose some job-oriented books.
One wonders how most of the students ignore their childhood days!

Beware of war mongers

It is difficult to overcome certain habits. As long as such habits are harmless, we can say rely on those age-old proverbs like, “Habits die hard” or the new ones like, “Victory has become our habit these days” by Veerat Kohli!
When we talk about habits, we cannot ignore certain violent habits which have become part and parcel of certain countries which pay little attention to the welfare of the people or to peace and prosperity of the whole world. On the other hand, they are interested in creating war-like situations at the opportune moment. May be, they want to create an impression that they are among the ‘strongest’ countries in the world.
The only remedy lies wit UNO and all the peace-loving countries to suppress such policies to make them realize, “Enough is enough”.

Thought provoking, though funny!

“The ambition of almost all senior students and the desire of their parents as well, is to become District Collectors. But, if all students succeed, there won’t be any candidate for Peons’ Posts!”
The audience and other participants burst into laughter.
Almost every TV channel has set apart programs dedicated to viewers on every Sunday. Such programs get wide support from viewers mainly because the subjects are supposed to be very useful and funny.
Whatever it may be, people get an opportunity to express their views or to spend an hour or two every Sunday on such thought-provoking programs which enable the students to develop originality.

United, we stand…

Power corrupts; Absolute power corrupts absolutely. There are certain political parties or some top leaders who are bent upon introducing new policies to bring about some major economic or political changes, hoping that they are taking the country to great heights.
Prima facie, it may appear that he is on a new path and under his leadership, the country can hope for great reforms and unprecedented success.
But, before long, the people will realize that the country is heading for a disaster.
In view of this, it will be of great help if some top leaders make it clear that the country won’t withstand such unnecessary changes, Let us hope for the best.

Shopping

There are different kinds of shopping. The purchase of monthly requirements gives supine pleasure to the House keepers because the items purchased are at their will and pleasure, and the amount saved by them could be reserved as their pocket money! As far as their hubbies are concerned, they get a sigh of relief as soon as they settle monthly bills like telephone, electricity, or milk.

But, the joyous occasions comes on the eve of some annual festivals. Their target is invariably textile shops or jewellers (mostly, window shopping). The salesman have to put up with the customers who spend hours to but a few items!

Still in Demand

Though the world is flooded with various sources of information, the print media has its own charm. Of course, even the print media has changed a lot but the basic qualities such as cartoons, “Letters to the Editor” and the sports column are still there.

As far as the good old days are concerned, we used to wait, eagerly every morning for the day’s popular newspapers [English, and Vernacular newspapers] for our favorite topics. The tastes of the elders and the children were not much different, when it touched upon cricket and cartoons. By the way, there were a couple of journals known for funny cartoons! We still remember some of those cartoons.

Habits die hard. Even now, howsoever old we are, we eagerly wait for the day’s newspaper or certain modern journals which publish some funny articles about presidents or prime ministers, accompanied by very interesting cartoons!