Warrier's COLLAGE July 12, 2021 : India'sDomestic Gold Stock

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday July 12, 2021 Adityahrudayam : Recital By M S Subbalakshmy https://youtu.be/T4CkKYfYhYw (Link Courtesy : A P Ramadurai Cheñnai) Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending July 17, 2021. Nice Day M G Warrier A Select Responses 1) K N Ganapathy US Sanathanasudha* You have brought out in few words the great contribution of Sri Viswanathabn Namboodiri. A lifetime is not enough even for a person of high intellectual level to acquire this much of knowledge and more so to condense it into a book of about 1000 pages. Still Sri Namboodiri was humble enough to say that his contribution was nothing as he did not write a single word for the book! As you are expecting, there are efforts being made, including by my nephew to translate it in English. (Many Thanks for the encouraging words-Warrier) *Readers enquired whom to contact for copies of Sanathanasudha. These are the contact numbers given in the book : Interested readers can contact 89213 89705 or 93495 07932. 2) Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Good Morning.You have taken up a great task. Really admirable. It is not an ordinary matter to receive, select and edit and formulate everyday's programme in an organized fashion. Kudos to you. Really amazing!! 3) A P Ramadurai Cheñnai Costs and Pricing (Collage July 5, 2021) I purchased medicines recently. One particular strip showed price as 560. I was puzzled as the same about a month back it was only 400. Then found that the part of the stirp indicating price had been overlaid by a thin strip. This showed 400. This strip was also peelable. I carefully removed this peel also. Original price was 280!! Is there any end to cheating or is there any mechanism to control medicine prices? A casual calculation tells me a list of medicines which cost 3,000 a year back now costs 5,700 ( all prices indicative only). For all we know, same thing is happening in the pricing of every consumer item. B Current Affairs RBI Guidelines on compulsory leave : https://www.livemint.com/industry/banking/send-bank-staff-in-sensitive-operations-on-surprise-leave-rbi-11625898298776.html Send bank staff in sensitive operations on surprise leave Mandatory leave for staff was first introduced in May 2011 after the RBI saw a sharp increase in frauds in banks following forensic studThe Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to give a 10-day mandatory leave to employees working in sensitive positions like treasury operations and currency chests under modified risk management guidelines. “As a prudent operational risk management measure, the banks shall put in place a ‘mandatory leave’ policy wherein the employees posted in sensitive positions or areas of operation shall be compulsorily sent on leave for a few days (not less than 10 working days) in a single spell every year, without giving any prior intimation to these employees, thereby maintaining an element of surprise," said RBI in a notification on Friday (July 9, 2021) C Collage in Classroom India's gold accumulation* India's Gold Mines https://www.livemint.com/Money/ZlZl9JXc2Kn4gt5XiuJLcL/India-could-be-sitting-on-a-gold-mine-and-not-know-it.html?facet=amp The problem at the moment is that without robust private-sector exploration, it’s hard to be sure what the problem is: A paucity of resources in the ground, or a lack of capital to develop them. Only about 13% of the country’s 575,000 square kilometers of land with geological potential has been explored in detail, according to the Indian Mineral Federation. The country could be sitting on a gold mine, and not even know it. D India's Domestic Gold Stock Media Reports Surface Gold Stock a) Nation's Proud Heritage https://www.businesstoday.in/latest/economy-politics/story/indian-households-have-stocked-up-to-25000-tonnes-of-gold-world-gold-council-202147-2019-05-21 b) God's Own Country' Own Assets in Gold https://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/all-the-worlds-gold/article2395912.ece There's an immediate need to "Restore TRUST in Governance" and mainstream domestic assets for public good irrespective of ownership. *For serious study : NITI Ayog Report (2018) : "Transforming India's Gold Market", 200 Pages- PDF copy available for download-Warrier E Readers' Contribution Person who "wrote" Indian Constitution* We know that Dr. Ambedkar is the father of the Indian Constitution. But how many know that this huge constitution was written by hand. No instrument was used to write the whole constitution. Prem Bihari Narayan Rayzada, a resident of Delhi, wrote this huge book, the entire constitution, in italic style with his own hands. Prem Bihari was a famous calligraphy writer of that time. He was born on 16 December 1901 in the family of a renowned handwriting researcher in Delhi. He lost his parents at a young age. He became a man to his grandfather Ram Prasad Saxena and uncle Chatur Bihari Narayan Saxena. His grandfather Ram Prasad was a calligrapher. He was a scholar of Persian and English. He taught Persian to high-ranking officials of the English government. Dadu used to teach calligraphy art to Prem Bihari from an early age for beautiful handwriting. After graduating from St. Stephen's College, Delhi, Prem Bihari started practicing calligraphy art learned from his grandfather. Gradually his name began to spread side by side for the beautiful handwriting. When the constitution was ready for printing, the then Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru summoned Prem Bihari. Nehru wanted to write the constitution in handwritten calligraphy in italic letters instead of in print. That is why he called Prem Bihari. After Prem Bihari approached him, Nehruji asked him to handwrite the constitution in italic style and asked him what fee he would take. Prem Bihari told Nehruji “Not a single penny. By the grace of God I have all the things and I am quite happy with my life. ” After saying this, he made a request to Nehruji "I have one reservation - that on every page of constitution I will write my name and on the last page I will write my name along with my grandfather's name." Nehruji accepted his request. He was given a house to write this constitution. Sitting there, Premji wrote the manuscript of the entire constitution. Before starting writing, Prem Bihari Narayan came to Santiniketan on 29 November 1949 with the then President of India, Shri Rajendra Prasad, at the behest of Prince Nehruji. They discussed with the famous painter Nandalal Basu and decided how and with what part of the leaf Prem Bihari would write, Nandalal Basu would decorate the rest of the blank part of the leaf. Nandalal Bose and some of his students from Santiniketan filled these gaps with impeccable imagery. Mohenjo-daro seals, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Life of Gautam Buddha, Promotion of Buddhism by Emperor Ashoka, Meeting of Vikramaditya, Emperor Akbar and Mughal Empire, Empress Lakshibai, Tipu Sultan, Gandhiji's Movement, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Rupachitra is all reflected in their drawing ornaments. All in all, it is a pictorial representation of the history and geography of India. They painted the pictures very thoughtfully according to the content and paragraphs of the constitution. Prem Bihari needed 432 pen holders to write the Indian constitution and he used nib number 303. The nibs were brought from England and Czechoslovakia. The nibs will be made there. He wrote the manuscript of the entire constitution for six long months in a room in the Constitution Hall of India. 251 pages of parchment paper had to be used to write the constitution. The weight of the constitution is 3 kg 650 grams. The constitution is 22 inches long and 16 inches wide. Prem Bihari died on February 17, 1986. The original book of the Indian Constitution is now preserved in the library of the Parliament House, Delhi. Later, a few books were published in print under the supervision of the Survey of India in Dehradun. *Received from Dr T V Surendran Mananthavady Related Link : https://www.thebetterindia.com/128712/prem-behari-raizada-india-constitution/ F Leisure* Learning from children : A three year old son of my niece from Canada was on a visit last month. We had a wonderful time with him as he, being from a different culture did so many things which I can only narrate in person. However this was one of the fine moments. Another grandfather like me, a senior professor and principal in a College was with us. This boy had the habit of asking "why" for everything we said a typically American attitude. This professor was so amused that he wanted to tease him a bit. So when the kid said something he asked "Why". The boy looked at him with great disapproval and after about 30 long seconds said with a frown in his face "you are not a kid to ask this question !" We were all so stunned and non-plussed and burst out laughing! - SR This one is out of sheer innocence. The teacher of my my grandson Shivesh (in US) asked "how much 2 plus 2". "four " answered my gr son. "how much 3 plus 2?" "five" he answered. After a few more sums the teacher asked him "how much 2 plus 2?" Pat came the question from my gr son "you forgot!" - SR 7 REASONS NOT TO MESS WITH CHILDREN. A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah". The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?" The little girl replied, "Then you ask him". A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, "I'm drawing God." The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like." Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute." One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white." The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?" The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, he's a doctor.' A small voice at the back of the room rang out, "And there's the teacher, she's dead." A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face." "Yes," the class said. "Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?" A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty." *Received by Group email from V R Chittanandam Cheñnai G Monday Musings : Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai MY ALL-KNOWING FRIEND AND ME Please don't take me wrong. By all-knowing, I do not mean the Almighty. I mean a friend of mine who has a knack for raising questions and seeking answers for them. Yesterday evning he arrived without any notice as usual. Well, friends need not give notice but then there is some etiquette. I fear him as much as I respect him. Fear, because he can drop in any time and respect because as I said he is all-knowing. To cut it short, he knocked at the door and called me by name and I had no option but to open the door. Before I could offer him a seat he shot – do you know what is the space between the eyebrows is called? I said I do not know.He said –what is the metallic or plastic end of the shoelaces is called? I said I do not know.He asked –what is the cry of a newborn is called? I said –cry. He said wrong! He asked what is the dot on ( i ) or a ( j ) is called. I said –dot. He said wrong. He asked many such questions and I had no answers. He castigated me for my lack of knowledge even though I call myself an educated person. I offered him a cup of tea in the meanwhile, anyway. It is entirely a different matter that I knew the answers.For people who do not know,may refer to Google . I think it is not at all necessary to know everything. For example, if we want to know the trains between Kolkata and Delhi we can find out from the Railway Time table or inquiry when we go. No use knowing things that we do not or may not need. It's better to know what is essential. As it is becoming tough to pass the exams, why increase the load? But it was different with this all-knowing friend of mine. Every time he met me he made me feel inferior. There was so much to know and so little I know. I thought enough is enough and I must confront him in one of these days. He turned up one evening and as usual, asked what the oldest language in the world is? For a change it is Tamil but I said Mother's tongue. As expected he said wrong. I countered-no, I am right. The oldest language cannot be other than the mother tongue. The first mother on this planet talked to her firstborn in a language that no one knew but the child understood. It has continued since then. The mother and child speak in a language that is oldest, eternal, and universal. How can any other language claim that position? He has not visited me again since then. Let us know only what we are interested in learning. Why fill our head with every square milimeters of our memories with so much information we never use in our lives? That is why we have dictionaries, encyclopedias, world maps, libraries, etc. You have done nothing wrong and your answer is correct. If your friend shows up again ask the following questions: What is common in the following words: Lock-Piano Ship-Card Tree-Car School-Eye Pillow-Court River-Money Bed-Paper Army-Water Tennis-Noise Smoker-Plumber Answers . LOCK — PIANO > KEY 2. SHIP — CARD > Deck 3. TREE — CAR > Trunk 4. SCHOOL — EYE > Pupil (Exam and Private are also possible) 5. PILLOW — COURT > Case 6. RIVER — MONEY > Bank (Flow is also possible) 7. BED — PAPER > Sheet 8. ARMY — WATER > Tank 9. TENNIS — NOISE > Racket 10. EGYPTIAN — MOTHER > Mummy 11. SMOKER — PLUMBER > Pipe Alternatively,somebody suggested that I should ask my friend to read this poem and tell whether the person quoted in this poem is ugly or not. This is a poem written by Abdullah Shoaib: I’m very ugly So don’t try to convince me that I am a very beautiful person Because at the end of the day I hate myself in every single way And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying There is beauty inside of me that matters So rest assured I will remind myself That I am a worthless, terrible person And nothing you say will make me believe I still deserve love Because no matter what I am not good enough to be loved And I am in no position to believe that Beauty does exist within me Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think Am I as ugly as people say? When he answers the person is very ugly, you ask him to read the poem from the bottom Vathsala Jayaraman

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