Warrier's Collage March 26, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's Daily COLLAGE Friday March 26, 2021 Morning Prayers: https://youtu.be/qoZ4bG2jxQQ (Link Selection: M G Warrier) Good Morning Every day is a new day Nice Day M G Warrier M 134 A Interaction V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram In some magnificent houses, one might have seen in the drawing room's bookshelves three books sitting side by side: the Gita, the Bible and the Koran.To borrow a word from Kalidasa to describe them, they are' anaaghraathakusumams' (flowers not smelt so far by anyone) and are likely to remain so. But, knowing the person, I am sure that that will not be the fate of the copy of 'The Glimpses of World History' possessed by my friend Shri PKK Nair who, after an illustrious career in NABARD, has settled in Bengaluru. In fact, yesterday, while writing the piece on water, his face was before my mind's eye. Shri Nair narrated one incident to me to illustrate the extraordinary efficacy of water, its magic -wand efficacy. It happened many years ago. While accompanying a World Bank team, his car capsized and he fell unconscious on the road. Someone sprinkled water on his face and gave some water to drink. He said, at that moment, he felt like one in the battlefield brought back to life by Maruthi with his Mrithasanjeevani! Coming back to the subject: Shri Nair would certainly have read the' Glimpses' several times and drawn inspiration from it. Not many people will opt to study history as a subject but, without a broad knowledge of human history, one's education cannot be deemed to be complete. From that point of view, Nehru's 'Glimpses of World History' has no equal. One may differ, even aggressively, on his policies as a Prime Minister, but I think there is hardly anyone who will disagree about the excellence of this book as to its content and the language, both simple and elegant. Undoubtedly, it is a book worth gifting to a friend's children or grandchildren when they pass Standard10. The book is in the form of letters that Nehru wrote to his only daughter from prisons. He started one such letter thus: "Priyadarsini(that was her name-Indira Priyadarsini), dear to the sight, dearer still when sight is denied". How touching! Yet, it is one of the quirks of history that, the very recipient of these beautiful letters, who is believed to have imbibed their spirit, should have imposed Emergency on a democratic people. But this anyway does not at all affect the value of the book. 2) Letter from Hyderabad Final Diagnosis: S Nallasivan Dear Friends We normally rise from our bed to the sweet smelling aroma of Filter Coffee. When Coffee has arrived piping hot we look forward whether the Paper Delivery Boy had arrived. The Satellite News channels cry coarse non stop, still we are happy to peruse news in the print, the sheets still warm and smell printing ink. We many a day wait near the Gate if the Boy had been delayed. Now substitute the News Paper with our own Warrier's Collage. One must be wondering when Shri Warrier ensures to hit your Mailbox with utmost effort before 6-30 AM, his Back Office mus have been busy well before 5.00 AM. Have you ever noticed when the Collage has reached you in the morning? We could make it out that Warrier has set a harsh schedule of releasing his Collage not later than 6-30, though very rarely missed it by the whisker. Do you sincerely wish and feel that it is time that Warrier had recruited a suitable Editorial team to ease the pressure and daily tension....................... Dear friends this is what I had discussed about the strain and trouble of bringing out a daily publication driven by a time schedule. As an author Shri Warrier mus be aware that bringing a book is no big issue in comparison to bringing a "News Daily" especially when it has been enjoying a vast readership. Have you ever been to an Editor's Office of a Newspaper before the final Copy left the Editor's Desk to the Press. It must be an equally tense and anxious moment for Warrier every day morning when he released his '"Collagage" But it is obvious that he enjoys every single moment of it and pressure accompanying and associated with it. Rather he is greedy too. He goes for hunting for interesting and long write up from the "Group Friends Circle" even when his hands are full and some more. It of course difficult to surf in the internet to search the right, relevant and suitable link for articles and videos. But it is a tiresome and boring job to do the sequencing, Copy & Pasting, change the size and colour of Fonts to make the lay out of the Collage bright and colourful making distinction to various sections, Religion, Philosophy, Scriptures, Current Events, Economy and Money matters not to leave a long Story Section even Humour. Our friend S M Sendil is genuinely a concerned man on the burden of the Collage imposed on Warrier and Family. Every one of us is conscious that the Collage, of late, has become unwieldy and too much loaded with subjects one too many. Our Contributors are overly eager to convey, be it an original or even if they they are borrowed forward never like their contribution downsized. The contributors again carry years long learning and experience and opportunity came calling when they are conveniently blessed with ample time in retirement. As Shri Sendil has suggested, it will impossible for Warrier to indulge himself in editing the daily receipts. One can impress upon contributors to sincerely make an attempt to convey the very essence of main theme substance of what they desire to share with friends. Should the Collage recruit some guest editors to make things read comfortably it will sure earn the wrath of our erudite contributors. One should concur with Shri Warrier as the Collage has been earning eulogies and accolade for its variety and many desire to turn contributors . But then every one is conscious that individual readers carry their own selected choices for serious reading and further to take it on for responses and reply. So we take it, why, agree, wholeheartedly, that Warrier knows the best. S.Nallasivan B https://openthemagazine.com/cover-stories/remembering-in-the-rain/ Excerpts: "Back in the 1920s, the farmers of Mulshi Peta had protested against the construction of the dam that was to be built with government support by the industrial house of the Tatas. One of the main leaders of the movement was the socialist and nationalist Pandurang Mahadev (Senapati) Bapat. The electricity from the dam was to be supplied to the railways and textile mills in Bombay. When the Mawalas (residents of the Maval region, of which Mulshi Peta is a part) realised that 48 of their villages were to be submerged by the proposed reservoir, they joined hands with leaders of the Indian National Congress and fought against the dam from 1920 to 1924. At the time it was feared that close to 8,000 people would be displaced by the dam and 10,000 acres from 54 villages of the Mulshi Peta would be acquired." C Contemporary Indian Literature https://theculturetrip.com/asia/india/articles/an-introduction-to-contemporary-indian-literature-in-10-writers/ Introduction "India, with 22 officially recognized languages and a history of over 3,000 years in written literature, has one of the most complex literary histories in the world. To help you navigate this overwhelming literary culture, we have rounded up a list of the 10 best writers from modern India whose work has defined Indian-English literature." D Faith/Philosophy: V T Panchapagesan Chennai Loneliness/Solitude The most painful word in English is Loneliness... All of us, at one time or another, have tasted the bitterness of being lonely.. So many human beings are doomed, not only to know that the world is bitter, but to be co-livers with bitterness.. How often we see them, lonely people in every city, thousands of them trudging the streets in large cities, all alone, tasting the dregs of loneliness. It does not seem right, but it is a fact...... Well, there is only one solution, of course, making friends with our mannerism.. There are some men and women who seem to have a genius for friend-making. They do not put up false barriers, as so many others do, by having ill-feelings toward people of any other race or creed or class..They do not carry silly prejudices in their hearts, like, for instance, fat people, people with long nose, etc..They just look upon the entire human race as the raw material out of which good friendships can be manufactured, and they make the best out of their natural resources. The way to have friends is for us to be one ourself by our intimacy.. Alternatively .. Let us try to cleanse ourselves reducing egoistic concepts finding individuality blending harmoniously with the world. Recognize a perfect oneness between ourselves and the world... The Daffodils*, a poem by William Wordsworth is worth going through in our Solitude...... "I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils , Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing In the breeze. —- For oft, when on my conch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude, And then my heart with pleasure fills And dances with the daffodils....." V. T. Panchapagesan. *Daffodils: https://youtu.be/g4nDN0W7u20 (Link Selection: M G Warrier) E Arts & Awards: 2020 Arts and awards: On 67th National Film Awards: https://thg.page.link/8U5Xhp8UaPmnDQ1u9 Excerpts: The announcement of the 67th National Film Awards on Monday, to recognise films certified in 2019, quite predictably drew its share of controversies. While some attributed a few of the awards to the political alignment of the personalities and films concerned, there were others who thought that deserving candidates were overlooked. However, there was no disputing the fact that the awards acknowledged both well known and less known films from different pockets of the country. Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Bengali films have always had their fair share of recognition, winning a clutch of awards. Thanks to the blurring of regional and language boundaries in cinema in recent years, a Tamil or a Telugu film, for instance, now stands a better chance at enjoying a pan-Indian theatrical release with subtitles, and thereafter reaching wider audiences through digital platforms. Dhanush, Vetri Maran and Vijay Sethupathi are names that are recognised well beyond the boundaries of Tamil cinema, appreciated for projects that have smudged the line between art house and mainstream cinema. Dhanush being declared the Best Actor for Asuram, which was also acknowledged the Best Tamil Film, and Sethupathi winning Best Supporting Actor for Super Deluxe, have been lauded widely. Sharing the Best Actor honours with Dhanush is Manoj Bajpayee for his internalised performance in Bhonsle The Kannada film Avane Srimannarayana was chosen for Best Action Direction. The Malayalam period magnum opus Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea bagged Best Feature Film. F Mythology: Shiva Gita Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai The Srimad Shiva Gita is a dialogue between Lord Shiva and Shri Ram. Lord Shiva narrated it to Sri Rama. Shiva Gita teaches us the path to Salvation. As Sri Ram came before Shri Krishna, so Shiv Gita came much before Bhagwad Gita. Although Shiv Gita didn’t gain popularity as that of Bhagwad Gita, still it is of much interest to know the different aspects of this ancient and sacred Hindu text called Shiva Gita. As far as Shiv Gita is concerned, it is a Vedic text that is derived from the latter portion (Uttara kānda) of the Padma Purāna. The Shiva Gita begins with a specific mention to an episode taken from the Ramayana epic. Sri Rama is shown being despondent over the loss of Sita. At this time, Sri Rama meets Sage Agastya. Sri Rama narrates the incident of the loss of Sita to Sage Agastya. The Sage then advises Sri Ram that he should observe a special kind of vow known as the Pashupata Vrata. By observing this auspicious Vrata, Sri Rama will get to see the vision of Lord Shiva who will bestow the Pashupata Astra (weapon) to Sri Ram without which Ravana cannot be defeated. As advised by sage Agastya, Sri Rama observes the Pashupata Vrata and atthe end of four months period receives a divine vision of Lord Shiva. Shiva then presents Rama with the Pashupata Astra, and Rama then puts a series of questions before Lord Shiva. The dialogue that happens between Lord Shiva and Sri Rama has been narrated and makes the bulk of Shiva Gita. The Shiva Gita has a central theme and a message for the seekers of truth. Moreover, Shiv Gita adopts a unique style of rendering the message. For example, the Lord has exclaimed in the Shiva Gita, “I was the first of all! I am so even at present, and I will be so in the future too. There is nothing other than I in this world.” Lord Shiva says, “I am the Lord of the Vedas and of Brahma.” So, Shiva Gita primarily focuses on the preaching of Lord Shiva who is portrayed as the Parabrahma of Vedas. It reveals the path to salvation. Shiva Gita has not become as famous as Bhagwad Gita since it has been documented in a Purana and not included in the famous epic Mahabharata which has managed to gain much attention of the people. Moreover, people do get acquainted with Epics but fail to read or analyze Puranas. So, Shiv Gita failed to get the attention of the masses. However, both the Geeta have been documented by Veda Vyasa himself. Shiva Gita is associated with the Ramayana era of Treta Yuga while the Bhagwad Gita belongs to the Mahabharata era of Dwapara Yuga. So, Shiva Gita precedes Bhagwad Gita in time. Having said that, there are certain instances in Shiva Gita that are different from the Valmiki Ramayana. However, in both the Valmiki Ramayana as well as Shiv Gita, Sage Agastya has been shown as the preceptor of Rama. Moreover, certain verses in Shiva Gita do exist in Upanishads like Kaivalya, Atharvashirsa, and Svetawsatara, to name a few. Reading the Shiva Gita is equal to reading the Upanishads. In fact, Shiva Gita is of great value to the mankind. Reading Shiv Gita increases our devotion towards Lord Shiva. For every Hindu, Shiva Gita proves a good source of Supreme Wisdom. So, readers should go through the chapters of Shiv Gita and learn the precious teachings imparted by the greatest Guru – Sri Sada Shiva. ( Basic interpretation about Shiv Gita is this: Shiva is Auspicious or Mangalam, while Gita is Give and then Take... RaM is combination of Ramayana and Mahabharatam. We can follow the path of RaMa but not with Krishna.. As He is God in action. Madam vj on Shiv Gita gives more meaning with realistic understanding, if basic concept of the two names are learnt 🙏-V T Panchapagesan Chennai) G Quotes about Rituals https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/rituals-quotes I learned a few years ago that balance is the key to a happy and successful life, and a huge part of achieving that balance is to instill rituals into your everyday life - a nutritious balanced diet, daily exercise, time for yourself through meditation, reading, journaling, yoga, daily reflection, and setting goals. -Gretchen Bleiler ( GRETCHEN BLEILER IS A SNOWBOARDING ICON AND ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED SNOWBOARDERS IN THE WORLD. She is a 2-time Olympian and Olympic Silver medalist, World Superpipe Champion and 4-time X Games gold medalist. Gretchen has been inducted into The Sportswomen of Colorado Hall of Fame and The Action Sports Hall of Fame. She is the winner of the ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete and National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.)

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