Warrier's COLLAGE 196/16092021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday September 16, 2021 Athirapilliy Water Falls https://youtu.be/oNUa2UfTSfA (This is Athirapilly water falls in Chalakudi near Thrissur, Kerala. Rains make this look like Niagara falls. It's called the Niagara Falls of India...) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages 1) K Ramasubramanian Mumbai Responds to Vathsala Jayaraman's note on Autism (September 15) : "Your concern is genuine. My colleague who is having an autistic child is running a school for rehabilitation of autism affected people in Bhubaneswar for the last 20 years. His son has improved considerably to demand all his needs and responds to parents. Further IRDA has now allowed autism to be covered under health insurance to mitigate the financially poor people. As mental illness is not covered under health insurance, autism has been exempted. Society should sincerely help and support those who help rehabilitation." B Readers' Contributions 1) Music & Life Vathsala Jayaraman about Thyagaraja Bhagavathar Nidhi Saala Sukamo... (Does Wealth Bring Happiness?) Thyagaraja began his musical training under Sonti Venkataramanayya, a noted music scholar, at an early age. Sonti Venkataramanayya invited Thyagaraja to perform at his house in Thanjavur. On that occasion, Thyagaraja sang Endaro Mahaanubhavulu, the fifth of the Pancharatna kritis. Pleased with Thyagaraja's composition, Sonti Venkataramanayya informed the King of Thanjavur about Thyagaraja's genius. The king sent an invitation, along with many rich gifts, inviting Thyagaraja to attend the royal court. Thyagaraja, however was not inclined towards a career at the court, and rejected the invitation outright, composing another gem of a kriti, Nidhi Chala Sukhama (English: "Does wealth bring happiness?") ( Continued at H1) 2) Justice & Evidence : V Babusenan I am inviting my esteemed readers of the Collage to a distant land, to a court in one of the towns of the American state of Virginia, where the final trial of a sensational criminal case is taking place. The wealthiest man (let us say, Franklin) in that town suddenly disappeared and his sworn enemy, say Armstrong, was suspected as his killer and was promptly arrested. The available evidences pointed to kidnap and murder and were mostly against the suspect. The prosecution had built up a case against him although the dead body or the instrument with which the crime was supposedly committed could not be traced. The defence lawyer is a very accomplished person and is using all his eloquence to save the accused. The court is jam-packed. During the course of his final argument, the defence lawyer suddenly stops and looks at the entrance with wonder and delight and says aloud : "Look, Mr Franklin is there''. All look at the entrance, but do not find the dead man there. Thereupon, the lawyer says with a triumphant smile on his face : "Gentlemen of the Jury, when I said that Mr Franklin, the so-called victim of the crime, was standing at the entrance of this court room, all of you looked in that direction. Not only you. My able prosecution friend and all those present here looked in that direction. If I am not mistaken, even our learned Judge did the same. What does it show? It shows that nobody in this court is convinced that Mr Franklin is killed. Here is a case where the accused clearly deserves the benefit of doubt and consequent acquittal." The Jury also agreed with him, but the Judge did not. He declared in the court : "I admire the cleverness of the defence counsel, but I don't agree with what he said about me. While others looked at the entrance, I looked at Mr Armstrong, the accused. I found him sitting in his dock unmoved. He was sure that Mr Franklin could never come back. Of course, he deserves benefit of doubt. I am not sending him to the electric chair. Let him be in the prison for twenty years." There are judges and judges. (Remembered the day in Government Law College, Thiruvanantapuram when in a Moot Court, I was asked to defend the accused who was a priest, in a murder case-Mandamaruthi case. The accused was let off-🙏-Warrier) C Music : Nidhi Chala Sukhama... https://youtu.be/X6H873OVcNg (Recitation : M S Subbalakshmi) Know more : http://www.shivkumar.org/music/nidhichala.htm Excerpts : Meaning Courtesy: Thyagaraja Vaibhavam: http://thyagaraja-vaibhavam.blogspot.com/2008/09/thyagaraja-kriti-nidhi-chala-sukhama.html P: O My Mind (manasA)! Tell me (palku) truthfully (nijamuga) whether wealth (nidhi) is very (cAla) comforting (sukhamA) or the service (sEva) in the holy presence (sannidhi) of Lord SrI rAma (rAmuni) comforting (sukhamA)? A: Are curd (dadhi), fresh butter (navanIta) and milk (kshIramu) etc. (kshIramulu) tasty (ruciyO) or the nectarine (sudhA) juice (rasamu) of meditation (dhyAna) and bhajana of Lord rAma - son of King daSaratha (dASarathi) - tasty (ruciyO)? O My Mind! Tell me truthfully whether wealth is very comforting or the service in the holy presence of Lord SrI rAma comforting? C: Is a bath (snAnamu) in the (holy) river ganga called (anu) (practice of) self control (dama) and tranquility (Sama) (Samamanu) comforting (sukhamA) or is a bath (snAnamu) in the water of well (kUpa) called the filthy (kardama) evil natured objects of senses (dur-vishaya) comforting (sukhamA)? is extolling (stuti) humans (nara) bound by (bandhana yuta) (literally with the fetter of) egotism (mamata) comforting (sukhamA) or is singing songs (kIrtana) of the pure minded (su-mati) Lord praised (nuta) (nutuni) by this tyAgarAja comforting (sukhamA)? O My Mind! Tell me truthfully whether wealth is very comforting or the service in the holy presence of Lord Sri rAma comforting?. D Book Review Covid 19 : Crisis and Solutions 2020 Book by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi https://m.timesofindia.com/life-style/books/book-launches/kailash-satyarthi-suggests-solutions-to-covid-19-crisis-in-new-book/amp_articleshow/79812877.cms Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi's new book discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the common way of life while suggesting solutions to the ongoing crisis triggered by the disease. (Continued at H2) E "TRUST DEFICIT"- Handle with Care https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/trust-deficit-handle-with-care-31104/ This article has something to do with B, C and D above. Excerpts : While naming my book on economics and banking as “Restoring TRUST in Governance”*, I never imagined that the idea of trust is worrying so many people in so many ways. Surprisingly, most of the “SOS” calls and messages I get to have little to do with the subjects covered in my book. They are all in the social and family context of trust deficit. I have borrowed time from all of them to answer their questions till the pandemic fades away and the libraries reopen. I have decided to find out some answers to the questions raised by my friends. I’m thrilled by the thought of the new door of professional counselling opening before me, and the possibility of writing another book based on the new experience. I’ll have to learn a lot. In the New Year, either I’ll be giving it, or taking. Yes, you are right. Give or take counselling! Either way, it’s going to be a different experience for me. Life is all about “give and take”, after all. My learning so far has been around economics and banking. So, the word TRUST for me has something to do with money, banking and solid tangible assets including real estate. *Check : https://notionpress.com/author/m_g_warrier F Leisure Medico Legal joke of the day* A recent article in the Times reported that a woman, Anita Patel , has sued a reputed Hospital, saying that after her husband had a surgery there, he lost all interest in her . A hospital spokesman replied in court : "Mr Patel was admitted in our hospital for cataract surgery. All we did was to correct his eyesight." Promise is a Promise https://thewealthtribe.com/funny-financial-jokes/ Like : Lying on his deathbed, the rich, miserly old man calls to his long-suffering wife. “I want to take all my money with me,” he tells her. “So promise me you'll put it in the casket.” After the man dies, his widow attends the memorial service with her best friend. Just before the undertaker closes the coffin, she places a small metal box inside. Her friend looks at her in horror. “Surely,” she says, “you didn't put the money in there.” “I did promise him I would,” the widow answers. “So I got it all together, deposited every penny in my account, and wrote him a check. If he can cash it, he can spend it.” G Quotes about Wealth https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/wealth-quotes Like : "The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people." Kailash Satyarthi H 1) Continued from B O My Mind! Tell me truthfully - whether wealth is very comforting or the service in the holy presence of Lord SrI Rama comforting? Are curd, fresh butter and milk etc. tasty or the nectarine juice of meditation and bhajana of dASarathi tasty? Is a bath in the (holy) river ganga called (practice of) self control and tranquility comforting or a bath in the water of well called the filthy, evil natured objects of senses comforting? Is extolling humans bound by egotism comforting or singing songs of the pure minded Lord praised by this Thyagaraja comforting? In those days musicians were sponsored by many mirasdars.They used to stay with zameendars and enjoyed their patronage. However there were certain cheats among the patrons too. There was a king, a kanjoose to the core. He hated giving charity or sponsorship to poets and vidwans. He had a way of insulting the vidwans. The king had a real ability.He could reproduce the song verbatim once he hears the vidwan sing once. His servant was capable of reciting verbatim if he heard twice. The servant maid will just reproduce if she heard thrice. Whenever any vidwan came, the king would ask him to sing his composition. He would promise to give as much gold as to the weight of palm leaves in which compositions had been inscribed.If the composition was fake, the vidwan would be punished. Soon on hearing the vidwan sing, the king, as per his ability ,would reproduce the song. He would say " I know the song already. Not only me, my servant also knows this." As the servant also was musically talented he could repeat the song on hearing it twice. The lady servant also would repeat the song to the core. Now the king punished the poet and sent him out. A real vidwan understood the tactics. He composed a really difficult song with complicated lyrics and layas that could not be reproduced on hearing once. He went to the king's place in a bullock cart. The king as usual laid his conditions. The composer started singing. The krithi was really complicated. The king could not reproduce. On seeing the king struggle the servant and the maid ran away. The king at once said, " I agree that the composition is really yours. I shall pay as much gold as to the weight of palm leaves. The composer said, "it is in the cart. It is really weighty. It needs ten people to carry the weight. The composer said,"could not get palm leaves when I wanted to compose. So I inscribed the song in a big granite stone that was nearby. I brought the stone in the cart. The king had to pay gold equivalent to the weight of stone. He had to pay back with interest the amt he cheated poets with. Punyas only need subsequent births to yield fruits. Papas yield the fruit immediately in the same birth. This story comes to my mind whenever I listen to Nidhi saala sukamaa in any concert. Vathsala Jayaraman 2) Continued from D He also pointed out the need to focus on children who are the "worst sufferers of economic, social and political violence". "The ongoing crisis is not only a health, economic or social crisis, but also a crisis of morality, justice and the entire civilisation. We must act with urgency and compassion, or we risk losing an entire generation of children. "Around 1.5 billion children across the globe are affected by school closure and almost half of them do not have the access to online education. It is unfortunate that only 0.13 per cent of the USD 8 trillion global COVID response has been allocated to the most vulnerable," the child rights activist underlined.