Warrier's Collage 29082020 : Millennials

Warrier's Collage 29082020 : Millennials Swami Chinmayananda on the last Verse of Bhagavad-Gita https://youtu.be/5vQw0mmcU64 Get a feel as if he's talking about today! Chinmayananda (1916-1993) gave this discourse some 3 decades ago. World has not changed! Today's subject courtesy : Anthony Johnson, Student. See the link to his article on Technology and Human Behaviour at D 1 and my online comments. The story behind McDonald's at D 2. Please note : There will be no "Collage" on Sunday, August 30, 2020. M G Warrier A Interaction 1) Komal Khatri, Mumbai "Would appreciate if you could forward this to those who follow Indian Classical Music: Dear Friends, SPIC MACAY is hosting an online memorial concert for the Sangeet Martand Pt. Jasraj on 30th August 2020 from 6.30 pm IST onwards on the official YouTube channel of SPIC MACAY. Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Pt. Birju Maharaj, Dr. L Subramaniam, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Begum Parveen Sultana, Vid. Sonal Mansingh, Vid. Vikku Vinayakram, Pt. Rajan and Pt. Sajan Mishra, Vid. Sudha Raghunathan, Pt. Rattan Mohan Sharma, and Vid. Madhavi Mudgal will offer their homage to Pandit Jasraj ji through their Music, Dance, and/or their words. Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad (Honorable Minister, Gov. of India) and Shri Arun Bharat Ram (Chairman, SRF Ltd.) will also be paying their homage to Pt. Jasraj. Please find attached the link and the poster for Rasraj Smaran. https://www.youtube.com/spicmacayofficial/live Kindly help us spread awareness about this global homage concert and do attend this musical homage to Pt. Jasraj by SPIC MACAY." 2) P K K Nair Nair adds to his earlier response to the YouTube Link for introduction to Sanskrit Language heritage : " The Video is an eye opener for me and my wife! It is fantastic and we learned very many things which we were not aware of . You have done a great service by posting the same. Thank you once again . PKKNair" 3) R Jayakumar " Forced Positive Feeling could be Toxic.. The article on the negative effect of forced positive feelings by Narayani G is thought provoking. (TOI Speaking Tree). Most of the speakers, religious or otherwise, advise us to be positive in all circumstances. But is it possible and practicable for all? They say tomorrow is another day, but what we see around us is that everything is routine. Waiting for a change is always too long and what we get after a positive wait becomes irrelevant for that time. Being too positive (expectation) of anything will result in disappointment and the negativism coming out of it will be unbearable and end in fatalism. Always better to be prepared for two options. What can be the best that will happen? What can be the worst that is going to happen? That helps one to be prepared for any eventuality. Can be ready with plan B and plan C. The argument that a child grows from the mother's womb to all the way to life is because of its Positive Feeling is not convincing. I feel that the basic animal instinct to survive is the cause of progression in life for all. The best positive feelings one should have are, be kind to others, be fair in judgement, be honest in dealings, be truthful in what you speak. Rest, what will happen will happen. A month back there was a news in social groups that one Mr. XYZ expired. We shared our condolences and peace to the soul without involving the family. Today morning I met a friend and shared with him my feelings about Mr XYZ. He told me that the XYZ whom I was talking about is alive and happy. What happened is that there are more than three men with the name XYZ. Thank god no one knows about my misunderstanding except the morning friend. I am confused whether my judgement was positive or negetive in this case. R Jayakumar" B Millennials and GenZ 1) Basics https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/01/17/where-millennials-end-and-generation-z-begins/ Worth understanding. 2) Generations X Y Z and Alpha https://blog.depositphotos.com/generations-explained-baby-boomers-generations-x-y-z-and-alpha.html In the US context. 3) Millennials in India https://www.livemint.com/news/india/why-millennials-will-define-2020s/amp-11577815507953.html Present status. C Readers Write 1) V Babusenan R K Laxman & Bertrand Russell "R K Laxman, the great cartoonist, could write as well as his equally or more famous elder brother R K Narayan. In his younger days he visited England to interview certain celebrated personalities including the poet T S Eliot. Interviewing Eliot turned out to be a despair as the poet was asleep most of the time. Then he thought of meeting Bertrand Russell. Bertrand Russell, besides being a very busy person, was a Lord and one could meet him only through his secretary. With some hesitation, he dialled. When the other end responded, he said : "Sir, I am Laxman, a young journalist from India. Kindly fix up an appointment for me to meet the famous philosopher, Lord Russell." The person at the other end responded : "Young man, I am the 'famous philosopher' himself speaking. No appointment is needed. Come at any time you want. If you are free, come right now. Do you have my address?" Then he told him which bus to take, how much time it would take, where to get down etc and put him at ease. When Laxman reached the house, Russell was waiting for him at the gate. They had a very nice time together. Russell was fully aware of what was going on in India. He had great sympathy for the Indian struggle for independence. He was the first President of the India League of which Krishna Menon was the Secretary. They talked for an hour on various topics. Russell accompanied Laxman to the gate. Then he suddenly said : "Laxman, you Indians have discovered nothing." Laxman was taken aback. He was nonplussed. Seeing his confusion, Russell smiled and said : "Young man, I was trying to say that Indians have discovered the concept of zero, thereby doing a great service to Mathematics." Russell patted him on the shoulders and said goodbye. About this incident Laxman wrote an article in the Illustrated Weekly of India. I remembered this article on reading Shri Ramasubramanian's comments on Indian Mathematics." (Nothing comparable. But this brought back live in my mind the memory of a visit to S S Tarapore, Ex-DG, RBI after his retirement. That afternoon, Tarapore Saheb gave us a good treat. He himself prepared and served nice tea. That was in his Colaba house. We have enjoyed his hospitality in RBI, while working with him on holidays or late evenings. He never kept us hungry- Warrier) 2) Vathsala Jayaraman Belief systems " The arguments regarding Atheism have been in existence, ever since human beings began to think independently. Such arguments found a place in Vedic period, Trethayuga and Dvapara Yuga also. It is strange to see that the same arguments are put forth by both the sides. It is essentially an attitude. We also observe that being good or bad has nothing to do with atheism. People may change. Attitude also may change. We have been living in this area of Chennai for more than 50 years. In 1968 I found a pillar in a house containing the words "Kadavulai Nambubavan Kaattu Miraandi"-" A person who believes in God is uncivilized" In 1990 the house was renovated by the same owner and another pillar was constructed with the words "Kadavul oru karpanai enum unmaiyai arindhavan thaan nambubavan"-He is the believer who realises the truth that God is a thing of imagination" In 2011, the same owner, now around 80, has replaced the board. Now the pillar inscription reads " Kadavulai nambubavan Kaattu miraandiyum alla.kadavulai nambaadavan arivaaliyum alla"-the person who believes in God cannot be considered uncivilized. A person who does not believe in God can neither be considered wise" As the people grow up, they get matured and there is integration of inherent qualities resulting in total transformation sometimes. As long as there is humanity arguments about Atheism will continue and humanity will thrive because of and notwithstanding such discussions. Vathsala Jayaraman." 3) Life's Lessons* " 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷 These are 5 beautiful stories that should make us all think and perhaps adjust our priorities! 1 - First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady*. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely, " said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant...They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy. (*Remembered Vijay... Open the link https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/coping-with-transitions-13816/ to know more-Warrier) 2. - Second Important Lesson - Pickup in the Rain One night at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along. because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband's' bedside just before he passed away...God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole. 3 - Third Important Lesson - Always remember those who serve. In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked. "Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip. 4 - Fourth Important Lesson.. - The obstacle in Our Path. In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition. 5 - Fifth Important Lesson - Giving When it Counts... Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her." As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away". Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her. I hope that you all will remember to... Live with no regrets, Treat people the way you want to be treated, Work like you don't need the money, Love like you've never been hurt, and Dance like you do when nobody's watching. Consider passing it on. You never know how or when you'll be paid! 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷" *Forward received from Dr T V Surendran D Blogs and Links 1) Technology and Human Behaviour https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/feelmyexperience/impact-of-technology-on-human-behavior-25212/ Posted online comments : "This article was an eye opener for me. I have been writing about people who lived during last century and this century. Here the author of this article (a student) is comparing those born during 1990's and 2000's. We need to take note of the shrinking timespan it takes for ideas and technology to become obsolete. As I was still using the teakwood table I purchased during 1960's (for Rs40 then), when the salesman in a furniture shop last year assured me that the almirah I selected would definitely serve 5 years, I was looking up and down. The idea of "use and throw" takes time to sink in. After reading this article, I've dug out links to read and understand about Generations X Y Z and Alpha!" 2) Leisure McDonald's : Story behind "French" Fries 🍟 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/chikimau/revolutionary-french-fries-25186/ I liked this. The author's efforts to know more is appreciated

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