My Power Quote !

A good book on a rainy day is happiness for me - Ruskin Bond

Saturday, December 28, 2013

PLIGHT OF VRINDAVAN WIDOWS

The Hindu on dated 7th October, 2013 (Monday) carried an article " Vrindavan widows back in City of Joy to inaugurate
auspicious puja'.

When I read the article, my eyes welled-up with the emotion  the aged women are subjected to.  It is deplorable that the country’s highest court – Supreme Court – had to intervene  for the welfare of widowed women of Vrindavan.

What the Sulabh International (SI) did is really commendable by sponsoring the 50 –odd widows of Vrindavan (Mathura's shelter homes) to Kolkata for Durga Puja celebrations. It would definitely help to remove the stigma attached to their status in the society. These aged women desperately need more love and affection to forget their past trauma and lead happy lives in their autumn of life. The efforts of SI should be supplemented by more NGOs so that India’s credo of ‘ Athidhi Devo Bhava’ (Treat the Guest as God) remains untarnished.

PUBLIC INCONVENIENCE !


Delhi is desperately in need of public conveniences in adequate numbers. The walled city has deplorably very less number of toilets in public places. The plight of general public is alarming especially in bustling market places like Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar.

People have to wait in serpentine ques even for nature’s call in places like Sarojini Nagar Market etc. The situation is indescribable especially on holidays when the crowd is in full swing. The civic amenities in that sense are far below the standard. The government should immediately swing into action to expand the number of public conveniences in Delhi. In partnership with NGOs who want to contribute in civic amenities, the government should moot the idea of placing low-cost pre-fabricated structures for public conveniences especially at BRT points, bustling markets so that the hardships of people are mitigated to a large extent.

BURNT NOTES FROM ATM ?

My experience with ATM on 22nd November, 2013 left me shattered and scary.

When I was dispensed with two partially burnt one thousand notes, I was dumb found when the bank authorities flatly refused to exchange my burnt notes and asked me to go to custodian branch of ATM  which is tucked away 10 kms.

Without much waiting, I reached there amidst cluttered traffic of afternoon Delhi where the bank authorities initially tried to shift the responsibility by saying that it is in fact not their branch which filled the ATM but another branch. By the time when the people of same plight flooded with the same complaints, the situation fast turned into ugly and the authorities sensing the danger, finally conceded with our demands and offered new notes.

Though the authorities assured us that they would conduct an internal enquiry, the larger question remains is why the burnt notes were kept in the ATM deliberately. The plea taken by bank authorities that the contract vendor is responsible for filling the ATMs does not cut much ice. When the incidents of such nature happen, the reputation of bank will be at stake. In fact the nearest branch to the ATM must have attended the grievances immediately which they miserably failed to do so. It is beyond my comprehension to ask the customers to go to such distant branch with their own transport which only multiply the woes. In the era of technology, creating this kind of hardship  is totally uncalled for and this incident must be an eye opener for the authorities to fix responsibility on errant persons.

TAKE A WALK !

Trapped in the rhythms of daily life, we often ignore the many physical and psychological benefits of walking

Health, as the saying goes, is wealth. If health takes a back seat in your life and you thrust all your energies towards amassing wealth indiscriminately, you may not be in a healthy condition to enjoy your hard-earned wealth. This is the harsh reality of life and the sooner you realise it, the better it will be.

In the first place, the myth that the body is a ‘structure’ should be taken out of mind. It is in fact a set of processes. In order to ensure the organic processes happen as they should, you need to be in tune with nature and exercise should be treated as a non-negotiable activity of your daily life.

The simplest form of exercise is walking; it has a multitude of benefits both physical and psychological. A simple walk on a daily basis puts you on sound health. The testimony comes from

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

PROUD OF BEING ANDHRAITE !

When I was looking for a topic to write for my 100th article, a piece of news came handy that my own State Andhra Pradesh was adjudged as Number One State for best governance  for 2013 by a reputed Indian English News Magazine - India Today.

The journey to Number One is not instantaneous.  In 2011, the State stood at almost at the bottom of the rung at 17th.  By 2012, it fared well by clinching 7th place.   What made miracles in 2013  in terms of governance is Andhra Pradesh Government's relentless efforts in improving the law &  order situation.   A drastic reduction in  rape and kidnapping incidents in 2013 put the State in the top-notch.  Equally charming news is its exemplary  way  of dealing with Naxalism.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

BEWARE OF DEHYDRATION

The familiar scene in majority of Indian homes is that water is served only on demand. So it becomes increasingly the individual’s lookout to gauge his/her daily water needs. Neglecting this important fuel crams the body processes.

Water is, in fact, the most important nutrient in our body. It is the primary transporter of nutrients in the body. About 70% of human body is water. Health experts say that we could survive without food upto 5 weeks but not more than 5 days without water.

O MOTHER, YOU ARE NEXT TO GOD !

My younger daughter V. S. Sravani who is studying class 7 at Kendriya Vidhyalay, Andrews Ganj, New Delhi, wrote this small verse on Mother which needs a big applaud !

M-Million of wonders
O-Ocean of love
T-Tears she sheds for me
H-Happiness she gives
E-her compassionate Eyes
R-she does Right for me !




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

INTERNET LOWERS YOUR MEMORY

A recent cartoon in a prominent Telugu Daily turned me witty. The person who turns up for interview is posed a question : what is your name ? In response,  the man falls back on internet to search his forgotten name.

Needless to say that our memory has drastically been reduced with the advent of internet which facilitated the free-flow of information.  Internet on mobile platform further deteriorated the situation and remembering even a phone number is not required as phonebook of mobile phone would take care of that.  

Over-dependence on technology sharply declines our mental abilities , a recent study found.

If we take human computer Shakuntala Devi's advice into our veins, our computational abilities and memory retention powers remain largely in tact with age.

Shakuntala Devi advises that no child should be given access to computers till he/she reaches the university and has developed enough 'human mental skills' In fact the advice of Shakuntala Devi is a bit difficult to implement in the same breath as children at present want to embrace new technology which we can't ignore at any cost. The possible solution lies in taking a middle- path.

DON'T SKIP THE BREAKFAST !


The myth that body is a structure should be removed from the mind before we ritualize any fitness advice.

Health experts say that it is not what we eat, but when and how that matters a lot in any weight-loss programme.  It looks a difficult task to control our cravings on what to eat rather than what we should eat.  It is also the timing that plays a crucial role as digestion rhythms are in symphony with nature's cycles.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

A BOOK REVIEW : LIGHT FROM MANY LAMPS

Great lives give great inspiration.

If wisdom of ages is properly archived, it would definitely help to succeeding generations.

The book 'Light from many Lamps, edited by Lillian Eichler Watson' is a perfect blend of wisdom of East and West. It is a storehouse of inspiring quotes with caricature of world’s renowned personalities.

This book is a result of long labour by Watson in culling out the wisdom of past centuries. As the cover flap truly suggests, it is a book of infinite richness and abiding values.

This book is not meant for casual reading. It is a book which you have to come back and forth from time to time, sometimes to endure your sufferings and some other times to lift your spirits.

Reading this prose will change the trajectory of your thoughts. The starting page itself is a minefield of timeless wisdom for an interrogative mind.  "Who is a wise man ? In reply, Talmud says that ' He who learns of all men'. The contents of this book broadly divided into interesting chapters like 'Happiness and Enjoyment of living'  and "Faith and inner calm etc. The labour involved in writing a book is better explained in this fitting quote of Samuel Johnson ' A man will turn over half a library to make one book'.

GITANJALI - POETRY AT ITS BEST

It is exactly over a century ago in November, 1913, a man with flowing beard and sweeping robes of India brought the first Nobel prize for his masterly work called Gitanjali (Song offerings) which is nothing but loose translations of his Bengali poems.

Rabindranath Tagore is a multi-facet personality of 20th century. He is a poet, novelist, playwright, painter, essayist and music composer. He is the first non-European to get the award in literature. His poetry stands apart from mainstream poets of English world of his times. His open minded reasoning is a celebration of human freedom. Humanism and universalism are the underlying threads of all his literary works.

FORGOTTEN CLASSIC

Folk wisdom demands to offer a book review only for new books being published. But sometimes an exception needs to be drawn to some timeless classics.

Dr. Alexis Carrel's book "Man the Unknown' falls under this category. It is a book that delves deep into understanding complex human system. This book is one of the three favorite books of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India who mentioned this  in his latest book 'My Journey - Transforming Dreams into Actions (published in 2013).   In Dr.Kalam's own words, the book is a description of the human body - how it is an intelligent, integrated system - is explained clearly and brilliantly. He recommends the book for everyone, especially for those whose aim is to study the medical sciences.

Dr. Alexis Carrel is a Nobel laureate in Physiology/ Medicine in 1912. He spent his life promoting spiritualism. When this book was published in 1935, it became best seller instantly because he

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ETIQUETTE - DEAR COMMODITY IN CITIES

The other day when I was heading back to my home by Delhi Metro, one man in his late twentys approached me with a dry request to use my mobile phone. The manner he asked just swirled my  anger and I made a head gesture implying "NO". Afterwards, a middle-aged man who appeared to be educated asked me where is Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium ? He did not mind to make an eye contact with the person he is requesting. It is pathetic that half of city crowds fall into this category.

I felt that these types people desperately need a crash course on communication skills simply not to win over interviewers but to

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

GROWTH OF SCIENCE

 
The development of science in the last 150 years is much more than what we achieved in the earlier centuries put together.

 On the technology front, wireless is new buzzword in any platform which not only cut costs but give seamless connectivity in areas like internet, telephony, signalling systems etc. Though the private sector is fetching a lot more benefits with the development of these technologies, but their contribution in the research is a lot be desired. This fallacy needs to be changed especially in India where science is not getting adequate contribution from the industry.

Saturday, December 07, 2013

EMBODIMENT OF HAPPINESS

People highly regard  a person if he/she sticks to selfless life style and becomes messenger of peace even in the midst of turmoil in personal life.

The 14th Dalai Lama is known for his signature smile all over the world for the last half a century. Driven by the teachings of Buddha, Dalai Lama silently endured all the sufferings in his personal life. Showing a bountiful of compassion on fellow beings, no doubt that he stands before us as Messiah of Peace.  Generally the  man of his age - 78  confines to one place to count the last days. But, his punishing schedules wonder anybody as he is a globetrotter through out the year without any iota of tiredness.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES - YOUR FACE TO THE WORLD !


Sharing is basic human instinct.

Whether you  are in happiness or in sorrow, you want to share your feelings with your peers, loved ones or more appropriately with like-minded people. Those genuine emotions should come succinctly through appropriate medium to go the message straight into their minds.

All the social networking sites offer today is the dire need of this emotion.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

MORAL VALUES IN MONSTER METROPOLIS

You can’t blame the City which has a glorious past and historical significance since the days of Mahabharata.

But the gangrape incident of 16th December, 2012 in Delhi certainly gives a glimpse of underbelly of a rising metropolis. It is simply not a law and order issue but debilitating moral values especially in the younger class and the blame partly goes to technology.

When it comes to daily grind, Delhi is no different from other cities of world where everybody rush to their work from long distances and reach back  only at night irrespective of gender. The parents may not have time to monitor the activities of their children, especially at a cutting edge age group - teenage, an age where the teens want to experiment with everything they encounter in life. In fact, they do have enormous curiosity and inquisitive mind to grow not only  bodily but intellectually at a faster pace. Under these circumstances, if enough parental care is not taken , simply they fall into wrong hands and collapse their lives. By the time  parents realize this, considerable damage already happens.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

LIVE THE LIFE YOU WANT RIGHT NOW !

 
A lyric in my vernacular Telugu goes like this: "No use to have heaven in front of you, if you don't have liberty " It further says that ' there could be no merriment in doing things in your 60's which you were supposed to do in your 20's'

The highest goal of human existence is perpetual bliss which Hindus fondly call  'moksha'. Why we call it as a supreme goal is, because of our entanglement with daily affairs which leaves no space to think other than material comforts of life. Only few are blessed enough to have zeal and think beyond petty survival.

Friday, April 19, 2013

BUSINESS NOT AS USUAL !

                         
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little  he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.

                           – Henry Ford

There is a Chinese proverb that if you can't smile, don't open a shop !

The whole secret of business centers on this precept, but few take this lesson too seriously.

Honestly, if this gesture is brought in, it will have a profound impact on the business we do. So the eternal mantra for businessman is to treat customers with warmth. Those who earn this quality will see a sea of difference.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

BUFFETT's BEST ADVICE



Money is a handmaiden, if thou knowest how to use it ; a mistress, if thou knowest not.

                       - Horace (Roman Poet)

People generally give a lending ear to listen a word of advice from a prominent person of society.   If that advice comes from one of the richest persons on planet, it would attract more crowds.

Warren Buffett, one of the wealthiest men on this planet is undisputedly the fountain of advice both on financial and personal arena.

Monday, March 18, 2013

CREAM OF WISDOM

In the river of mind, thoughts are like never-ending ripples. In fact, they are the seed form of our actions. That's why it is quite essential to segregate the productive ones from that laundry list.

The Search company giant Google’s Marketing czar Gopi Kallayil’s (Indian origin) foremost strategy to mange his life efficiently is: Focus on Essential.

To focus on essentials, we have to strike a balance between left and right brain activities. The how of it is best described by German philosopher Goethe who suggests that ‘one should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it is possible, speak a few reasonable words. If we allow the creative activities to play their part, we know the priorities of life in a much better way which would help to bring out the best in us.

In fact the Creator is not biased and each one of us are endowed with some unique qualities which the other person has not. Therefore we should not allow our talents die inside of us. Norman Cousins says that the tragedy of life is not death but what we let die inside of us while we still live. So it is time to prevail on the wisdom instead of drifting away with impulse which only cause  much more distraction and agony.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

LESSONS TO BE LEARNT FROM DELHI GANG-RAPE INCIDENT

The Delhi gang rape incident brought so many chilling facts to limelight. It is simply not an isolated heinous crime occurred in a  city.

The manner in which the girl was mercilessly thrown out naked after rape from a moving bus in the heart of city roads on that shivering winter night - 16th December, 2012 - sent jitters across the country .

The incident mirrors our distressing times where everybody is trying to stress more of governmental action.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTHFUL ENERGY

12th January every year marks the 'National Youth Day'. Coincided with it, India celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda on 12th January, 2013.

Vivekananda is synonymous with rousing enthusiasm and youthful energy. Though the soil of Bengal has given birth to so many spiritual masters like Ramakrishna, Lahiri Mahasaya, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Arabindo Ghosh, no other had huge public outreach like Swami Vivekananda. This darling child of Mother India propagated the message of Indian Spirituality beyond national boundaries.

Whoever remembers Vivekananda,  they are engraved with his famous Chicago Speech in the Parliament of Religions on 11th September, 1893. It had an electrifying effect on American minds of that time and literally created waves in their society.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

BOOK BUYING TIPS


Recently I had my fingers burnt when I bought a book from local store whose price was shockingly high when I compared the price with the online bookstores.

It spin my head and alerted my future course of action on book purchases.

I realized that ordering books online is not only hassle free, but cost effective. Further more, it reaches my doorstep instantly, saving money on transport and valuable time, thanks to the boon of technology.

However, the moot point is, could we completely ignore a visit to local book store ? The answer is  big No.  There is no dispute in saying that purchasing a book needs a cursory glance of its contents to gauge our requirement, instead of being deceived by its title, especially in self-help category.
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