Warrier's Collage April 30, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Friday April 30, 2021 Geetanjali* https://youtu.be/5fEbBW4dZlw ( Link Courtesy: Door Darshan) *Related Link (Introduction): https://youtu.be/P3qaXH0YZM4 H Obituary: 1) S n Bagai Former Executive Director, RBI 2) P K Krishnan Nair Kochi M G Warrier M 134 TABAY ATKINS: Youngest YOGA Teacher https://youtu.be/RH-mCk1kyXw Tabay's Multi-tasking https://youtu.be/xxJKG9cQEaA A GITANJALI* By Tagore https://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/tagore/gitnjali.htm Excerpts: "Leave this chanting and singing and telling of beads! Whom dost thou worship in this lonely dark corner of a temple with doors all shut? Open thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee! He is there where the tiller is tilling the hard ground and where the path-maker is breaking stones. He is with them in sun and in shower, and his garment is covered with dust. Put of thy holy mantle and even like him come down on the dusty soil! Deliverance? Where is this deliverance to be found? Our master himself has joyfully taken upon him the bonds of creation; he is bound with us all for ever. Come out of thy meditations and leave aside thy flowers and incense! What harm is there if thy clothes become tattered and stained? Meet him and stand by him in toil and in sweat of thy brow." (*If the link opens, full text accessible 🙏-Warrier) B Interaction Collage April 29, 2021 1) V R Chittanandam Cheñnai Today's poem by Reshmy teaches us humorously how to look at the acceptable side of our misfortunes. This pandemic has its own beneficial aspects. I enjoyed the poem very much. National Government with proportionate representation. The fault lies not in the Constitution or the System. Our elders gave us a fine Constitution after deliberating on all aspects. It worked well because the leaders of those days had noble thoughts and the interests of the people dominated their thoughts. The present day leaders think of them and their families only. Let's find leaders with broader outlook. Can we do it? Chittanandam 2) K Ramasubramanian Mumbai The right attitude particularly while not facing normalcy 3) V T Panchapagesan Chennai Responding to Poetry "An introvert's ode to the pandemic" (in humour) By Reshmy Warrier Mumbai (Collage 29-04-2021). Response in brackets. I was always one in favour of masks, (Mask unmasks identity) Keep thy trap shut, I say, (Closing the lips make speechless) Anyways you have spoken much, (Creates unwanted trouble) There is little else I want to hear, (Go inwards seeing beating of the heart) Social distancing I crave, (No hurdles ) Calling out all that small talk, (Talk less gives much needed energy) free advice, (Avoid) half hearts, fake laughs, (Illusory in action) your judgemental snide? (Who cares) I have always wanted to avoid hugs, (Hygiene) So I cheer at the loss of proximity, (Meaningful) Imagine pushing, shoving, sweating, (Developing good ethics) Gathering, chomping, speaking.. (what do we gain) I welcome my quarantine, (Think nobly ) No desire to see unwanted people, (Great) Nor to answer pesky invites, (Welcome) Here I am in my home haven, (Peace gives serenity) Little care for the noise and light, (Good) A delight to feel the calm, (Tranquility) Staying safe in my home alright! (Peace with creativity in thinking.. keep it up) 4) Dr T V Surendran Mananthavady Reshmy's humour.... Highlights the positive approach to the pandemic. 5) R Jayakumar Mumbai This is with reference to Reshmy Warrier's poem on her pleasure of being self-isolated during this pandemic. You have said that let each one think differently. Sometime back Mr Frank Misquith had sent us a poem written by him under random musings giving some plaguing issues during this pandemic. He also invited others to come out with their own compositions on issues that plague us. I tried to write a poem to respond to him but did not post it. Today after seeing the poem in the Collage I felt I can send it to the group, which is typed below: Plagued by the Pandemic... What things plague us now and why it is so? Some even said, " Go Corona Go!" But bodies lay in mortuaries, row after row. The life on earth is nothing but slow. Fake news after fake news flood the media, Eat this pill and drink that 'khada' But trust not in all the research and their data. Three deaths came within a month in one family, One died of cancer and another of failed kidney, And the third because of a severe viral allergy. Can it be because the Divine is so angry, To see a world He created to live in peace Is all torn to pieces with hate, crime and menace. Will there be a truce, or Will it be end of human race? G Mohandas Chennai responded: "Dear Jayakumar, I read your poem with great interest! Nobody can have any peace or rest This corona pandemic has done the worst! It is a man made disaster but God will do his best." (First, a clarification. Poetry, or for that matter any writing, need not have been sourced from personal experience. My own personal experience is, when I write, thoughts flow in from different directions and most of the time the end product is different from what I would have planned. Reshmy's case is not different. 🙏🙏-Warrier) C Tagore https://www.speakingtree.in/allslides/unknown-facts-about-rabindarnath-tagore/visvabharati-challenging-the-conventional-education Excerpts: The Poet who composed the National Anthems of three Nations Today, three nations have honored Rabindranath Tagore by making his poems their national anthems. The world famed national anthem of India namely “Jana Gana Mana Ati Nayaka” is known to all. In addition, the Bangladesh National Anthem worded as “Amar Sona Banlga” was composed by Tagore. Over and above, the national anthem of Sri Lanka is fully based on a song composed by Tagore in Bengali, which was translated in Sinhalese and adopted as the national anthem in 1951. D 1) Looking at the world differently: Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai We can look at the world through thought; we can look at the world without thoughts, from a 'pure being'. There is a perception that happens through thoughts; There is another perception that can happen from your being. If we learn the art of looking through being,then you have the thoughts,but the thoughts do not have you.Then your thoughts will not be controlled by memory;but memory will guide our thought.That is we will be like hollow bamboo.In that emptiness,we experience fullness. Buddha said,"I am a mirror of consciousness reflecting whatever comes in". Mind management just consists of three things. 1.Understanding that the mind is not a static object,but is a process. 2.Next step is transforming the mind.Is is learning to see gaps between thoughts.We have to learn to live in the gaps, that is in the silence between thoughts. The joy of being without words is a new taste bud that we need to develop. 3.The resultant product is 'transcending the mind' which occurs automatically when the first two are complied with.It is an experience highly liberating,when we are the hosts and thoughts are our guests.. What is the real benefit? When our mind is calm and empty,we have the wisdom to feel it is oK to live with differences and feel at ease to accept differences. When we find beaity in differences,our earlier concept of beauty changes and we see beauty in'what is there in reality'. When we stop churning our thoughts, there is total peace of mind. What else do we want? Vathsala Jayaraman-M 170 Mind Power ...what Socrates says.. (There are eighteen “ities” attaining immortality. Serenity, Regularity, Absence of Vanity Sincerity, Simplicity, Veracity Equanimity, Fixity, Non-irritability Adaptability, Humility, Tenacity Integrity, Nobility, Magnanimity Charity, Generosity, Purity.. Be Well, V. T. Panchapagesan) 2) Media Watch https://theprint.in/opinion/telescope/dd-news-is-covid-positive-it-shows-a-sanitised-version-of-the-pandemic/647920/ Excerpts: "If you watch DD News, you will not feel “the sense of abandonment”, as BBC World termed it, of a people “left to do what the government should have done" What is the difference between DD News and private news channels like a Times Now or a Republic TV? Not much, come to think of it. At least, not this week. If, amid the catastrophic surge in coronavirus cases across the country totalling 55 per cent of all global cases (India Today), DD News decided that the most urgent topic to discuss on Tuesday prime time was Delhi’s five-star Ashoka Hotel’s conversion into a Covid-19 facility for the high court’s judges and staff by the AAP government, so did Times Now, the same night. If DD News constantly urged viewers to remain calm and ‘Mask Up’, Republic TV exhorted us #StayStrongIndia. And when DD News rattled off the names of all the countries that have offered India assistance, Republic TV boasted, ‘World is with India’. This is positive messaging at its best, and not of the Covid-19 kind, either. Like vaccines, it’s being used to boost our immunity system – our psychological and emotional immunity – in these dark and deadly days" E 21st Century Poetry https://interestingliterature.com/2020/02/twenty-first-century-poems-contemporary/amp/ F Let's HELP GOD BLESS THEM* Let's be part of the Solution and not the problem. Had the misfortune of visiting the crematorium earlier today to pay my respects to a very dear elderly Uncle of mine. He was a Covid case. As I moved from the Hospital to the Crematorium I observed that this time, its the common man that's making the difference, a real difference. The nurse who cleans, maintains and takes care of hundreds of patients. She puts her life to risk everytime she steps in a Covid zone. She does it for a living, she gives life. She is making a difference. The Ward boy who cleans the body, packs it, seals it and moves it up and down the corridors. That X Standard failed, that good for nothing boy has stepped up to give mankind some respectability. He is making a difference. The Ambulance driver, who waits patiently for hours at the Hospital or at the Crematorium. That College drop out, has not gone home from over a week. Day and night, he eats, sleeps, drives the ambulance to take patients and dead bodies alike. He is making a difference. That security guard at the Hospital who manages the arrival of all vehicles and guides then to their spot fearlessly. He is a retired Military jawan gives priority to the patients and their worried families. He is making a difference. The Manager of the Crematorium, looks exhausted, over a cup of coffee he tells me, I came in here yesterday at 7am and after 36hrs am still here. He sees hundred of dead bodies and their families crying for their loss. Quietly he did his job for a living. He is making a difference. The body handler at the crematorium treats every body in the same way. He is exhausted, over worked and underpaid. Often we see him as good for nothing drunkard. This time, he is helping, bury & burn 30/50/70 dead every day & night. He is making a difference. The Constable on the road guiding the traffic for a smoother flow is now ensuring that we all wear masks to stop the Pandemic killing more of us. He is risking his life for us everyday. He can barely speak english or use a computer like you or me. He is making a difference. The delivery boys. Youngsters who didn't do well in the Corporate world. They ferry around town in the hot sun or rain from one place to another delivering 20+ packages everyday for you and me. We don't smile or acknowledge his presence when collecting our Parcel. He is making a difference. My local vegetable vendor. He buys fresh vegetables and fruits everyday and brings them to my doorstep. All of us want the freshest, sweetest and nicest stuff from him. We bargain to no real gain with this village bum who everyday wakes up real early and helps my family stay healthy on his veggies. He is making a difference. This time, its the common man that's making the difference, a real difference. He was always there, but we never noticed. Let's be part of the Solution and not the problem. Stay in. Mask up. Eat healthy. Keep distance. An awesome message to all of us who pride ourselves in our Degrees and high profile jobs, let's salute these warriors who are fighting our battle. God bless them. *Forwarded by S Venugopal Chennai via Group mail. G Quotes about character https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/character-quotes Like: "Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself." Walter Anderson (Walter Anderson: 1994, Anderson (Read with Me), the longtime editor of Parade magazine, created a seven-week course for Manhattan's New School for Social Research that taught communication skills for public speaking and for one-on-one interaction. Here, he expertly adapts the course to book form, offering a reference manual for dealing with emotional issues from overcoming shyness to using fear, worry and anger to one's advantage. He encourages readers to work through the material in orderly fashion, performing assigned exercises as if in a classroom. Readers learn to apply many simple techniques as Anderson guides them through activities ranging from storytelling to comforting the bereaved. A listing of ""Seven Steps to Self-Fulfillment"" presents Anderson's overview for a living a happy, self-confident life. Specific ways of realizing the steps are found in 21 ""Challenges,"" which are met through such lessons as ""Two Steps to Worrying Well,"" ""Six Ways to Have a Conversation"" and ""Seven Steps to Taking Risks."" The inspiration for the course and this book comes from Anderson's military days, when a drill instructor renamed an obstacle course a ""confidence course"" in order to teach young recruits that ""obstacles are an opportunity to gain confidence."" Anderson provides his own carefully constructed obstacle course here, one designed to build self-confidence through well-prepared and rehearsed--and therefore effective--communication. (Feb.) H Obituary: S n Bagai Ex-Executive Director RBI Message received by TKE Das forwarded to me: "Sn Bagai is no more...died today morning at New Delhi....Was staying with his daughter." K V Aravindakshan from Kerala reports: "Those who knew him will be sad to learn that Shri S.n.Bagai passed away early this morning at Delhi battling against Covid. His legacy will always shine in our hearts and serve as a beacon. Heartfelt condolences.May his soul rest in eternal peace I have worked with him in DAP when he was Joint Chief Manager. Was always adopting a positive and helpful approach in handling issues relating to personnel dept matters K V Aravindakshan Secretary RBREA Thiruvananthapuram 29 04 2021 My response: "Feeling sad, Sir. April has been unkind. I have been knowing/following Bagai from June 10, 1971. From a young man with youth's strength and weaknesses, he evolved into a "Saintly" person. Commonsense came to his rescue in several situations. May his Soul Rest in Peace Prayers🙏-Warrier" 2) P K Krishnan Nair Kochi Message dated April 29, 2021 received from P N Nandakumar Kochi: " One of our super-senior members PK Krishnan Nair (90 years) breathed his last this afternoon. His wife Narayani Amma predeceased him. He is survived by four sons and a daughter. Their elder son Shri R Girishkumar is our member🙏 Krishnan Nair was undergoing treatment for COVID19 and was convalescing at home. Yesterday he was feeling uneasy and was again hospitalised and finally it was a cardiac arrest, it is reported. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members. RBREA, Kochi Kerala ( P K Krishnan Nair is from my area in Malabar and was with us in RBI, Thiruvananthapuram when I was working there. Heartfelt Condolences to the bereaved family. May his Soul Rest in Peace 🙏-Warrier

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