Warrier's COLLAGE June 29, 2021 : Collage in Classroom

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE ON Tuesday June 29, 2021 Dhyana Shloka : https://youtu.be/iTKZtNhQL_s Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier Satsangam Direct Knowledge : Sarvapriyananda https://youtu.be/N03esE8tawE A Select Response "Collage in Classroom" : R Jayakumar Mumbai The children are the most affected by the long stay of the Corona Virus with us. Most of them are beginning to forget the concept of classrooms and teachers. I have a first hand experience of how the On-line Classes is damaging the children. Recently I was with my three granddaughters for ten days at Pune. The youngest is in fourth standard and her class begins at 8.30 am. Uniform means only wearing the school's red colour coat and the rest any clothe even without shoes or socks. Each one take their own laptops and sit in one corner of the room where WiFi works. The teacher's voice says pick up this book, open this page, read this line and so on and if confused no face of the teacher in the front of them to seek help. The teacher's on-line personal contact with a particular student on screen is rare. I sat by her side and read newspapers and on the other side her granny sat and cut vegetables and often questioned if she understood anything.. Between the end of one period and the start the next there is time to play with the pets (the canine and the lovebirds) and peep into the TV which is on in another room or to gaze out on the street through the windows. The first and the second granddaughters had their on-line interviews for admissions for their college courses, after clearing X th and XII th Standards without attending the school or writing any exam throughout the academic year. On the day of the interview the one seeking admission for XI class, computer course, sat before the laptop with parents sitting on either side on the sofa. The parents were questioned most of the time and at the end were told to pay the fee and come and collect the books from the junior college. The elder one was seeking admission for a course in Symbiosis college for a course, something like products and graphic designing. She is a good artist and paints pictures as a hobby. Her on-line interview was on the same day when we had planned to return to Mumbai. She requested us to stay till her interview got over. Though the interview was at three pm all were busy from the morning for selection of dress, hair style etc for her. Her father ironed his best black colour bush shirt and told her to wear it over her black pant. She asked me for guidance to answer the question about family background. I told her to say, my mother is homemaker, father in business and I have two younger sisters and my grandparents are retired bankers. She had to face the interview all alone. She sat with her laptop in one side of the room, half an hour before the interview to begin. We all sat on different chairs on the opposite side. There was a phone call to the father to confirm that the interview was to begin. We all sat quite and eagerly watched how my granddaughter handled the interview. She was flawless in her answers in the interview which went for twenty minutes. She was asked to draw on the spot a sketch of an open gate and show them, which she did. When asked what languages she spoke she said Hindi, English and Tamil. One person asked her why can't she speak Marathi when she is in Maharashtra. She replied that she has learned to read and write Marathi, but not much opportunity to speak. When each question was asked everyone sitting in front of her made signs to tell her to answer this way or that way but she was not perturbed by any one's gesture and sat calmly. When the interview was over she asked for my comments and I said she did excellent and when she asked whether she would be selected I said, don't worry they will call you because it is not they but you who are going to pay some lakhs every year as tution fee. Her result is on first July. Back home in Mumbai my other two grandchildren who have enrolled for preschool and sr kg classes have their online classes side by side sitting on their beds and enjoy their yoga and dance classes. I wish and hope that the Collage Classroom will be of some help for our children and grandchildren to cope with the uncertainty over resuming their regular schools and colleges. R Jayakumar (Thanks Jayakumar. As readers might have observed, Collage has evolved into an informal collection of diverse content from a variety of subjects/areas. Quality depends ultimately on the original contributors. Last week I picked up a web link about a Residential Colony (Jawahar Nagar Thiruvananthapuram). There were several factual errors in the presentation. Like, reference to V K Krishna Menon and EMS Namboodiripad owning properties in the Colony which they never did. Only one reader (R Narayanan Thiruvananthapuram) informed me about the mess up. Though desirable, due to other constraints, Collage doesn't verify facts and figures while doing copy-paste. Food for thought shared here could be raw and uncooked in some cases. Interaction could be helpful. Like in this case we can also share common concerns -Warrier) AA Current Affairs Govt. unveils ₹6.28 lakh cr stimulus post second COVID wave: https://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/nirmala-sitharaman-unveils-new-covid-recovery-package-expands-credit-relief/article35020572.ece B Collage in Classroom Human Brain https://www.britannica.com/science/brain Brain, the mass of nerve tissue in the anterior end of an organism. The brain integrates sensory information and directs motor responses; in higher vertebrates it is also the centre of learning. The human brain weighs approximately 1.4 kg (3 pounds) and is made up of billions of cells called neurons. Junctions between neurons, known as synapses, enable electrical and chemical messages to be transmitted from one neuron to the next in the brain, a process that underlies basic sensory functions and that is critical to learning, memory and thought formation, and other cognitive activities. C Readers' Contribution V N Kelkar ATM and Indian connection* ATM is an indispensable part of our lives. Inspiration came to John Shepherd-Barron while he was sitting in the bath, cursing his own tardiness. He'd gone to his bank to withdraw cash but arrived a minute after closing time one day in the mid-1960s, leaving him with no funds for the weekend. “Wouldn't it be a good idea if there was some way of obtaining money outside regular working hours?” he mused. Vending machines, which allowed him to buy chocolate at any time of day or night, sprang to his mind. Thus, Shepherd-Barron who worked for a printing company, devised a system for automatically dispensing cash. Later that year, he bumped into the chief general manager of Barclays Bank who was about to have lunch. Over a pink gin, Shepherd-Barron asked him for 90 seconds to pitch his idea for a cash machine. "I told him I had an idea that if you put your standard Barclays cheque through a slot in the side of the bank, it will deliver standard amounts of money around the clock. "He said, 'Come and see me on Monday morning'." Barclays commissioned Shepherd-Barron to build six cash dispensers, the first of which was installed at a branch in the north London suburb of Enfield on June 27 , 1967 Shepherd -Barron was born in Shillong, India in 1925 & later served in the Indian Army in Second Airborne division where he taught Gurkhas to parachute He also invented the PIN by recalling his Indian Army number, he had originally intended to make personal identification numbers (PINs) six digit long, but reduced the number to four when his wife, Caroline, complained that six was too many. “Over the kitchen table, she said she could only remember four figures, so because of her, four figures became the world standard," he recalled. And this was possible due to the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan -mathematical genius of India. Unconventional Genius mathematician Srinivasa Ramunujam had no formal training in mathematics and would not get further education in Madras university and his English boss at Madras Port trust encouraged him to write to Prof Hardy of Trinity College Cambridge. He wrote a big letter with his equations which held Hardy's interest and he secured him an admission without necessary prerequisites or hard Tripos Exam. He would have not made it to Cambridge and world fame if rules were not broken for him and at Trinity college he came up with partition theory When you put your debit or credit card in the machine and order the machine to dispense the amount you desire - the machine divides and arranges your money before dispensing it, using Ramanujan’s partition theory, which is as: In number theory, a partition of a positive integer n, also called an integer partition, is a way of writing n as a sum of positive integers. Two sums that differ only in the order of their summands are considered the same partition. For example, 4 can be partitioned in five distinct ways: 4 3 + 1 2 + 2 2 + 1 + 1 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 The ATM machine arranges the correct money to be dispensed according to Ramanujan's Partition theory. That’s the genius of two fine Gentlemen who never met and never bothered to patent their ideas is at play when you get cash in an ATM. Now, when you visit an ATM, just think of these two geniuses- one who got the idea and the other who gave how to work it before the idea of ATM sprang. *Incredible, isn't it !!* VNKelkar (Courtsey : Shri Anant Narayanan, Exrbite) D Story Time with Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Prabhupäda said with a smile that eating onion and garlic is as bad as eating cow's flesh. And he told them a story about a Muslim king, a cow and a brähmana. For the Muslims, cow slaughter is a regular affair. This particular king however before having the cow slaughtered would call a brähmana and the brähmana would offer prayers to the effect that "In this life these people are slaughtering you, but in the next life you will get the chance to slaughter them." So one time a brähmana came there but he felt lusty and he wanted to eat the cow's flesh also. However, the system was that he was not allowed to see the slaughter going on, he was supposed to offer his prayers and then leave. So he hid in a corner and witnessed the butchering. After the Muslims had all taken their share of the dead cow and departed, the brähmana came to that spot and he found an ankle of the cow. Because he was not supposed to eat any meat, he took the cow's ankle into the forest and buried it with the plan that he would return in the night, cook it and eat it. When he came back he dug out the cow's ankle and found to his great surprise that it had turned into onion and garlic. Haridäsa said that Prabhupäda told the Malhotras that the cow's hoof transformed to garlic and the ankle became onion; garlic looks like a cow's hoof, and just as the cow's ankle has several layers of flesh similarly the onion has several layers and is the color of flesh. He finished the narration by telling them that when you eat garlic it makes a bad smell come in your mouth and when you cut onion it makes tears come out of your eyes. The tears come because the cow was crying that in Kali yuga even the brähmana wants to eat onion. This story is quoted by those who discourage taking garlic and onion. But as per Ayurveda onion and garlic are categorized as Rajasic food. E Book Review 13 Things... : Amy Morin https://thebadbread.com/2020/03/20/book-review-13-things-mentally-strong-people-dont-do-by-amy-morin/ Now, for copyright reasons, I’m not going to go through the entire list of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. If you want the full list, you can view it on the author’s website. But as a backgrounder for the review, Amy Morin’s list does include the following items: They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves; They Don’t Shy Away from Change; They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone; They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success; and They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything. F Leisure 1) Am I Rich? How do you know you are rich?* Amazing answer by Mr Awadhesh Singh, an ex student of IT-BHU (now IIT-BHU) When I was doing my B Tech, there was a Professor Das Talukedar who used to teach us ‘Mechanics'. His lectures used to be very interesting since he had an interesting way to teach and explain the concepts. One day, in the class, he asked the following questions, 1. What is ZERO? 2.What is INFINITY? 3. Can ZERO and INFINITY be same? We all thought that we knew the answers and we replied as following : ZERO means nothing INFINITY means a number greater than any countable number ZERO and INFINITY are opposite and they can never be same He countered us by first talking about infinity and asked, ‘How can there be any number which is greater than any countable number?’ We had no answers. He then explained the concept of infinity in a very interesting way, which I remember even after more than 35 years. He said that imagine that there is an illiterate shepherd who can count only upto 20. Now, if the number of sheep he has less than 20 and you ask him how many sheep he has, he can tell you the precise number (like 3, 5 14 etc.). However, if the number is more than 20, he is likely to say “TOO MANY”. He then explained that in science infinity means ‘too many’ (and not uncountable) and in the same way zero means ‘too few’ (and not nothing) As an example, he said that if we take the diameter of the Earth as compared to distance between Earth and Sun, the diameter of earth can be said to zero since it is too small. However, when we compare the same diameter of earth with the size of a grain, diameter of earth can be said to be infinite. Hence, he concluded that the same thing can be ZERO and INFINITE at the same time, depending on the context, or your matrix of comparison. The relationship between richness and poverty is similar to the relationship between infinity and zero. It all depends on the scale of comparison with your wants. If your income is more than your wants, you are rich. If your wants are more than your income, you are poor. I consider myself rich because my wants are far less than my income. I have become rich not so much by acquiring lots of money, but by progressively reducing my wants and having friends like you. If you can reduce your wants, you too can become rich at this very moment. *Forward received from P V Mohan Krishnan Thiruvananthapuram 2) E-Thoughts* Very nice Message Received after Long Long Time..... This is such a Beautiful message Please do read it The ...E... life !!!!! In this world of E-mails, E-ticket, E-paper, E-recharge, E-transfer and the latest E-Governance... Never Forget "E-shwar ( God )" who makes e-verything e-asy e-very day for e-veryone .. "E" is the most Eminent letter of the English alphabet. Men or Women don't exist without "E". House or Home can't be made without "E". Bread or Butter can't be found without "E". "E" is the beginning of "existence" and the end of "trouble." It's not at all in 'war' but twice in 'peace'. It's once in 'hell' but twice in 'heaven'. "E" represented in 'Emotions' Hence, all emotional relations like Father, Mother, Brother, Sister, wife and friend have 'e' in them. "E" also represents 'Effort' & 'Energy' Hence to be 'Better' from good both "e" 's are added. Without "e", we would have no love, life, or hope and peace. & 'see', 'hear', 'smell', or 'taste' as 'eye' 'ear', 'nose' & 'tongue' are incomplete without "e". Finally no 'Life' & 'Death' without "e". Hence GO with "E" but without E-GO. *Forward received from R Jayakumar Mumbai G Quotes about Brain https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/brain-quotes Like : Everyone has the ability to increase resilience to stress. It requires hard work and dedication, but over time, you can equip yourself to handle whatever life throws your way without adverse effects to your health. Training your brain to manage stress won't just affect the quality of your life, but perhaps even the length of it. Amy Morin (Amy Morin is a psychotherapist, mental strength trainer, and international bestselling author. She's a highly sought after keynote speaker who gave one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time)

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