Warrier's Collage March 25, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's Daily COLLAGE Thursday March 25, 2021 Short Stories in Sanskrit: Panchatantra https://youtu.be/aTnJePu_clc (Link Selection: M G Warrier) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier M 134 A Interaction 1) K Balasubramanian Coimbatore Vedic Love Song "To me it is expressing everlasting love to Almighty ,ending in deep meditation...I doubt that caption needs to be different" ( Which of the three words in the caption you find extra? Please suggest another caption 🙏-Warrier) 2) V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram A great thinker, who I don't remember now, said that the third world war is going to be fought in the name of drinking water**. What Shri Subbaraman said is the right thing expected of us which, in the present context, is well-nigh impossible for us to do. But at least we, the great urban dwellers, can desist from doing one thing, a very minor thing, of course, if habit does not stand in the way: Keep the water tap open while brushing the teeth. It is easy to stop this somewhat bad habit. As Mark Twain said about smoking, I have done it several times.* The late Yathi Nithya Chaitanya wrote in an article that we, especially Keralites, waste a lot of water while taking bath under the tap or the shower. Somebody else, I think it was Medha Patkar, said that we sinfully waste water in water closets. Where a couple of mugs of water will do, we flush away large quantities. Let us pay attention to these small matters like the proverbial squirrel and pass on as much of this precious wealth we inherited from our elders as we can. Yet, there is one small ray of hope: The future generations, if they want, will get their water from Moon or Mars. Agreed that it is a very distant hope. (*Remembered: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/warning-signals-and-free-advice-19918/) **There was a media story in The Hindu some time back: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/water-problem-could-lead-toworld-war-iii-says-expert/article30260063.ece 3) R Jayakumar Mumbai Spirituality and Faith.. Referring to Shri Panchapagesan Sir's forward on prayer I may add that Prayer is an acknowledgement that God exists in our life. Though man is capable of finding answers to all mysteries in life it is not possible for him to deny firmly the existence of a super-power, beyond his reason and understanding. Each one's personal life is also full of mysteries and we have nowhere to go to find answers. Our inability is the ability of God to show himself up to us and through our prayer we acknowledge his presence. The message is clear, pray to Him in all circumstances and under all conditions and the life will appear meaningful and less burdensome.. R Jayakumar 4) S M Sendil Cheñnai I agree that the topics discussed in the Collage are intellectually stimulating, but too lengthy sometimes. I therefore welcome the suggestion that such articles must be abridged either by the authors, or by the editor Warrierji for easy, tireless reading. Sendil (SendilJi, please refresh your abridging skills and try sharing with some of the like-minded friends. If they are happy, share selected pieces with Collage. Collage may consider including some of them under Reader's Contribution. Collage has no back office independent of its readers. For now, majority of the readers are happy with the present format of Collage 🙏-Warrier) 5) C V Subbaraman Mysuru Cost and Price: No wonder. Does not a modern management consultant take all the statistical and other data from YOUR files and slap a fat fee on you for his interpretation of your data? And it is rightly said that a consultant is one who borrows your watch and tells you the time! Subbaraman (True. Better avoid consultants. But delay in reaching them may end up in paying more. An unrelated incident comes to mind: In 1983, I was working in the Thiruvanantapuram Regional Office of an organisation which was just one year old. My immediate boss seriously complained to the O-i-C, in my presence: "Sir, you can't get a direct answer/clarification from this Warrier!" Quick repartee from the O-I-C made all the three of us laugh together: "Mr ... Don't disturb Warrier, when you think there's a direct solution. There are many who will give you the right answer. Approach Warrier, only when you don't have any answer elsewhere and you really want to get more confused..."🙏-Warrier) 6) PKK Nair Bengaluru Shashi Tharoor I am simply impressed by Dr. Shashi Thatoor’s speech on ‘makers of modern India’ (Collage of Monday last )when he most eloquently touched upon the policies of Nehru in making India that is Bharat.I respect Nehru not only because he was the first PM but also he was a prolific writer of the last century! I have had the good fortune of possessing 2 of his books, The Discovery of India ,and the Glimpses of World History As the Prime Minister, Nehru was staying in Teen Murthy Bhavan in New Delhi and he was going to his office in an Ambassador car with one escort riding in a motorcycle in front of the car. There was no fanfare and blowing of sirens like these days. As usual, Shri Tharoor was at his best while describing the ideas and ideologies of Nehru who was instrumental in shaping the modern India with vision and noble thoughts. Saying the Flowrence Nightingale is called a lady with a lamp , Nehru calls India is a lady with a past. B Current Affairs*: Brand India https://www.livemint.com/opinion/online-views/how-india-should-be-rebranded-for-post-covid-global-leadership/amp-11616515284151.html Repositioning India: Excerpts: "The covid pandemic is an inflection point for India to introspect on its global leadership potential. Despite the economic devastation caused by the virus, India’s agility in pivoting its resources to respond to the crisis has made the country a global outlier. With 1.3 billion people, we have seen about 12 million infections (less than 1%) and 160,000 deaths (a 1.25% case fatality ratio, or CFR). In comparison, the US and Europe reported infection rates of 8-10% and a CFR of more than 2%. Our hospitals coped, our doctors treated, and our healthcare workers performed admirably. The healthcare industry also delivered, first with diagnostic tests, then with personal protective equipment, masks and ventilators, followed by antipyretics, antimalarials, antivirals, steroids and antibiotics, and finally with vaccines. At the same time, we built a robust information technology backbone to track and trace infections, conduct artificial intelligence-based CT scans to rapidly diagnose disease severity, create databases and real-time dashboards to map the pandemic, and deploy vaccines at scale." *Link Courtesy: Reshmy Warrier Mumbai C Book Review: Breakfast at Tiffany's http://knopfdoubleday.com/guide/9780679745655/breakfast-at-tiffanys/ Excerpts: About This Book During World War II, an aspiring writer moves into a Manhattan brownstone where he befriends his neighbor, a funny, warm, and utterly unique young woman who calls herself Holly Golightly. Holly has a great sense of style, an independent way of thinking, and a constant stream of men—usually older than herself—coming to visit. In fact, she and the narrator become friends when she comes up the fire escape to evade her current drunken guest. Eventually the narrator learns about his friend’s previous life as an orphan and child bride in Texas when her husband visits in an unsuccessful bid to bring her home. When she is caught up in a racketeering case against the mobster she visits each week in jail, Holly disappears rather than testify against him. In this seductive, wistful masterpiece, Truman Capote created a woman whose name has entered the American idiom and whose style is a part of the literary landscape. This volume also includes three of Capote’s best-known stories: “House of Flowers,” “A Diamond Guitar,” and “A Christmas Memory,” which the Saturday Review called “one of the most moving stories in our language.” 2) Novellas https://www.writermag.com/improve-your-writing/fiction/novella/ Excerpts: Definition of a novella As a form, the novella combines the compression of the short story with the sprawl of the short novel, and many writers as well as readers find this attractive. The novella typically runs about a hundred pages, though it can run a bit longer. But usually the novella is designated by word count, not page count. D Readers' Contribution a) Lifestyle/Art of Living : By Panchapagesan Living is not to be for the sake of living ... Just like we plan building up some career with our effort, We have to set up certain ideals before we begin our life.... 1.. Simplicity in living and Simplicity In Enjoyment.. We have to minimize the need for new installments. Right now let us enjoy what there is, the green of the trees, The blue of the skies, Our own whistling, having fun with each other.. Leave out conversation of yearning for what we have not... This is first basic step climbing up the ladder with confidence.. 2. The idea of Family enterprise.. Every member of the family must be taught that the family Is to be wonderful place for everybody in it... This will create boosting up one’s confidence climbing up the second step... 3.An atmosphere of Affection, mutual respect, and regard.... Affection must include everyone equally and must not be partial.. Animosities between the children need never exist if they are nipped In the early bud, and if no animosities ever exist between parents... This will motivate with creativity in thinking climbing up the third step.. 4. Reasonable, firm, yet pleasant discipline.. When discipline is necessary it must be based on the reasonable ground That the way of acting is for our own good.. Disciple plans well for the future climbing up the fourth step.. 5. An atmosphere of enjoyment—— right now.. This means mutual enjoyment to all family members , a pleasant quip Or a jolly phrase when father passes Ram in the hall, or when Srimathi Comes into the kitchen with mother.... The family means mutual enjoyment, the glad word, the bit of fun, The happy smile, right now.. The fifth step finally climbs leading us all in the terrace creating Harmony with Compassion, Kindness, Cooperation, and Love Making us all worth living.. V. T. Panchapagesan. b) Story Time with S Nallasivan Hyderabad The Appointment in Samarra Retold by Roger Hurn Once, many, many years ago, when the world was a very different place, a rich merchant lived in the city of Baghdad. One day, the merchant decided to hold a feast for his friends so he sent for his most trusted servant. “Ahmed,” he said. “I want you to go to the market place and search for food and drink that will astound and delight my guests when they come to dine with me tonight. Buy only the finest produce. My friends will expect nothing less than the best.” “Don”t worry, master,” said Ahmed. “You can rely on me not to let you down.” Ahmed bowed and hurried off but he wasn’t looking forward to his task. The day was hot and he knew the market place would be filled with bustling crowds. He was right. People were pushing and shoving each other to get at the best bargains. Ahmed sighed and plunged into the seething mass of humanity. Suddenly, he felt a hand tug at his sleeve. Ahmed frowned and turned to see who it was. To his horror, a face he had hoped never to see stared at him. Ahmed gasped in fear and took to his heels. He raced back to his master’s house and burst into the room where the merchant was counting his money. The merchant looked up in surprise. “You’re back soon,” he said. “I expected you to be hours yet. I hope you haven’t just bought the first things you saw.” “I haven’t bought anything,” replied Ahmed. The merchant frowned. “Why ever not?” he asked angrily. “You had better have a good reason for disobeying me.” “I do, said Ahmed in a very shaky voice. “Well, tell me what it is,” said the merchant. “And be quick about it.” “I went to the market place as you ordered,” said Ahmed. “But when I was there someone grabbed hold of my sleeve and pulled on it.” “Well, that was a bit rude of them I suppose,” said the merchant. “But surely it was no reason for you to come running home.” “Oh yes it was,” replied Ahmed, “because the creature that grabbed me was Death herself!” “No!” gasped the merchant. “Yes!” said Ahmed. “And Death glared at me in a most horrible way. I was terrified!” “Of course you were,” said the merchant, “you poor man.” “I didn’t know what to do, so I ran away.” “Quite right too,” agreed his master. “Look,” said Ahmed, “I can’t stay here now. Please lend me a horse and I’ll ride to Samarra and hide at my friend’s house. It’s the perfect solution. Death will never find me there.” “That’s a good idea,” said the merchant. “Take the horse and go immediately. You’ll be safe in Samarra, it’s miles from Baghdad.” Ahmed saddled up the merchant’s swiftest horse and galloped off to Samarra without further delay. After he was gone, the merchant decided to go to the market place. He was angry with Death. “Ahmed was my best and most trusted servant,” he said to himself, “Death had no right to scare him.” The merchant strode into the market and sure enough he soon spotted Death standing by herself in a shadowy corner. He marched up to the creature and said in a very firm voice, “Hey, I want a word with you.” Death turned to the merchant and said in a voice as cold as the north wind in winter, “What do you want with me, mortal?” “Well,” said the merchant, “I want to know why you frightened my servant this morning. You had no right to glare at him.” “I didn’t glare at him,” replied Death, “the look I gave him was one of surprise.” The merchant was puzzled. “Why were you surprised to see my servant Ahmed?” “Because,” replied Death, “I didn’t expect to see him here in Baghdad. You see I have an appointment with him tonight at his friend’s house in Samarra!" E "On Time'" with Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Just in Time Only the people who have lost the time are able to appreciate the value of time.You will understand the value of shade only when you are made to walk in the scorching heat. What is the value of a year? Go and ask a person who has been detained in the same class.The value of a month is better realised by a mother who has given birth to an under weight baby by premature delivery. The value of a week is better realised by the editor of a weekly magazine. The value of a day is realised by a person who just postponed his joining duty by a day and consequently missed his promotion. The value of a few hours delay is better felt by the son. He would not have lost his father had he admitted his father two hours earlier. The value of an hour is better known to a student writing the exam and the surgeon struggling to save a patient . Doctors are aware that a patient — one whose heart has short-circuited and has been thrown into a chaotic condition known as ventricular fibrillation — has six minutes to live. A shock with a defibrillator within that time usually will restore the heart's rhythm.The value of mere 6 mts can be known only to the doctor. The value of a minute is better known to persons who have missed the train as well as the interview. The value of a second will be realised by a person when he just dozes off while driving and gets entangled into serious consequences, including loss of life. The value of a microsecond is known to olympic participants or horse race goers. The time cannot be stored.It doesn't speed up for the rich and slow down for the poor. It is time management that results either in fame or failure.How to prioritise is the essence of Time management. With time management, you become more organized and the things you do become more habitual than panic-driven. By making it a habit, you become more productive. . We need not go anywhere to learn the lesson. See the clock. The second hand is always ticking to attain short term goal of making a minute.It is like doing day to day work like going to school, cooking, washing etc which may not require any special thought process.It is just a routine. After reaching the milestone of a minute, it does not take rest or break, but starts another round, another round. The minutes hand moves every minute,It waits for 60 seconds and moves. It moves less while the second hand does most of the running.The hour hand, ,the lucky lot moves very slow but its performance is visible. Between every big task,we can fit in a series of small tasks, the experience of which may lead us to bigger goals. All IT professionals are aware of 'time tracking' in project management. Why to talk of big business jargons?Even a three month old baby needs a 'Tummy Time' to develop the neck, back and shoulder muscles, 'a sleep time' for brain development. We need not come to a wrong conclusion that pucca planning, tight schedules ,strict adherence of time schedules will always land us in victory. Time management includes procrastination also. It may look strange. But taking a step back before you move forward is deemed to be a better course of action.Especially when we intend publishing books or articles it is better to view the topic in multiple angles before finalising. Computer specialists use a nice word'late binding' for procrastination.Making early decisions, if beneficial in a way, delaying decisions especially in dealing with complexities of human behaviour is beneficial in many ways. It provides maximum time to think and determine alternatives. It enhances the flexibility, free thought process and facilitate current changes in the situation.The time pressure gets reduced and allows the mind to be creative and explore new possibilities.Delay will become a blessing in disguise. Honouring the dead line is very important and for simple tasks it can be followed to perfection. For complex tasks a little delay may help a lot. The word procrastination is actually derived from the Latin procrastinatus, from pro meaning “forward” and crastinus meaning “of tomorrow”. The word pro is normally considered as a positive; It therefore follows that procrastinators are looking forward to the future! A perfect story from a purana to match procrastination Sage Gauthama had a son named'Chirkaari'. He was very intelligent.An adept in all the 4 vedas.But he won't do anything in haste.Many considered him a lazy fellow. Once Gauthama became angry with his wife .In a fit of anger he ordered his son to kill her.This was a command from father to a son. Chirkari thought'I am in a dilemma. If I have to be obedient I have to kill my mother.If not I will be guilty of disrespecting my father.I don't have any right to determine whether mother is guilty. Neither do I have the authority to decide whether father's command was right.Thus thinking he just spent his time. Meanwhile Gauthama calmed down and felt for his command. If Chirkari had killed his mother,who was but innocent, I will be a great sinner.He rushed back home.Fortunately his son was still in thought process.Gauthama blessed his son and said'It is great that you have postponed the evil.Any deed resulting out of anger, punishment and sinful deeds should not be done in haste.You are really wise". There are many Birbal stories to strengthen this idea. Do everything 'just in time'-does not necessarily mean as per time table. Vathsala Jayaraman F Leisure 1) Amazingly Laughable**❗ *Height of Fashion Lungi with a zip. *Height of Laziness Asking lift for morning walk. *Height of Craziness Get blank paper xerox. *Height of Honesty Pregnant woman taking 2 tickets. *Height of De-Hydration Cow giving milk powder. *Height of Hope A 99 yr. Old woman going for 295/-recharge to get lifetime incoming. *Height of Stupidity Looking through key hole of a glass door. *Height of Suicide Attempt A dwarf jumps from the footpath on the road. *Height of Friendship It’s when your friend runs away with your wife …. And you are really worried for your friend !! *Height of Attitude A Sleeping Beggar puts a Notice Board in front of Him.. "Please Do not make noise by dropping coins!! Use Currency notes" & THE ULTIMATE ONE *Height Of Work Pressure An Employee Opens His Tiffin Box On The Road Side To See,Whether He Is Going To office, Or Coming Back From office... **Forward received from Sudha Warrier Mumbai G Quotes about Monologues https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/monologue-quotes Like: "A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet." -Truman Capote (Truman Garcia Capote was an American novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. Several of his short stories, novels, and plays have been praised as literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and the true crime novel In Cold Blood, which he labeled a "nonfiction novel". )

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