Warrier's Collage September 27, 2021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday September 27, 2021 Bharatanatyam https://youtu.be/JWhA3ldZcyY (Viewed by millions) Good Morning A reader mentioned that "a kind of unpredictability is creeping into Collage content." I can only wish, we'll get used to it, over time. Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages 1) V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram Catching the beat* Tiny Nair is, in fact, very tall as a cardiologist and equally tall as a writer in English. I have read his write-up in today's Hindu and, as usual, enjoyed it. It is from this write-up that I came to know that 29th September is World Heart Day. In the Gita the Lord says : "Easwara sarvabhoothanam Hrid dese Arjuna thishtathi "* Because of this and also on account of the fact that a healthy heart is the seat of happiness, the appropriate motto for the day seems to be 'Lokaa Samasthaa Sukhino Bhavanthu' Yesterday, Dr Tiny Nair kindly shared his article "Catching the beat" published in The Hindu Open Page (September 26, 2021). *Know more : https://www.holy-bhagavad-gita.org/chapter/18/verse/61 2) Dr Charan Singh charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 21 साधो रचना राम राम बनाई इकि बिनसै इक असथिर मानै अचरजु लखिउ न जाई गुरु तेग बहादुर, राग गौढी God has created wonderous world One dies still another one believes that life is permanent here: this surprise cannot be understood 219, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1441848699743727622?s=20 3) C V Subbaraman Mysuru What happens when the birds flew away? Alas! What happens when birds have all fled, Leaving the Nests empty: Where intruding snakes go back Disappointed not to find some eggs to prey upon. But some humans come to find some reason As to why the birds did fly Leaving no departing Note – But to coin many an odd reason In his fertile imagination To keep alive the memory of the nests Till the human curiosity rests. But the birds that flew away Enjoy every moment of their day! subbaraman 4) A P Ramadurai Cheñnai "Tongue twisters" from Smt.Vatsala Jayaraman is very interesting. I feel" Good blood-bad blood" and "Truly rural ruler" are the toughest tongue twisters. Try repeating these very fast 5 times 5) C V Subbaraman Mysuru If Warrier agrees with the Professor, are you going to kick me out of your Collage, Sir? And for a reaction from your innumerable readers? Subbaraman (I agreed with the spirit of the following observations : "Can you say I have committed an injustice? - Yes! “Then why didn't anyone do anything about it? Why do we want laws and rules if we don't have the will to apply them? Each of you has a duty to speak when you witness injustice. Everybody. Everybody. Everybody. Everybody. Don't ever be silent again.” “Go get Nelson. You know, when we don't stand up for our rights, dignity disappears, and dignity cannot be negotiated."" Incidentally, Collage has no compound wall, gate or doors 🙏-Warrier) 6) Vishnu Kelkar B paraprosdokians Thanks to Shri Panchapagesan Sir for sharing examples of paraprodokians. A few more examples : 'I have not slept for ten days because that would be too long.' Mitch Herbert 'If I could say a few words, I would be a better public speaker.' Homer Simpson 'If someone close to you dies, move seats'. Jimmy Car 'Mark my words. No, Mark, I really need my words' Stephen Colbert 'If you are going through hell, keep going ' Winston Churchill 'I have had a perfectly wonderful evening but this was not it.' Grouchy Marx In the above examples unexpected ending reflects upon opening half of a phrase acting as a punchline of sorts. VNKelkar B East India Company : Vathsala Jayaraman Today's (September 26, 2021) Collage revealed lot of important facts about EIC , (the note received from Dr T V Surendran). There is a fine reference to EIC quotes . We still think about the British conquering India. But that phrase disguises a more sinister reality. It was not the British Government that began seizing great chunks of India, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London and managed in India by a violent, ruthless corporate predator-Clive. Actually it was corporate looting that opened British rule in India. Within 47 years it had directly seized an entire sub continent. Historians propose many reasons for the astonishing success of the company. But it is a fact that behind the Govt, lay the Balance Sheets of the company and the company's fluctuating share prices. India's transition to colonialism took place through the mechanism of a 'for-profit-organisation' which existed entirely for the purpose of enriching its investors. The company's conquest of India almost certainly remains the supreme act of 'Corporate Violence' in World History. But today no contemporary corporation could get away with duplicating the violence of EIC. The subprime bubble and bank collapses of 2007-2009 have demonstrated that the corporations not only could positively enrich the nations but also drag down their economies. Even today East India Company remains as History's most ominous warning for the abuse of Corporate Power. Today there is a transformation into multinational Finance Systems and global markets and data harvesting that is becoming more popular. Now when a Western Prime Minister visits India, he no longer comes as Clive did, to dictate terms. He comes with a request for contracts and business. He is of course accompanied by CEOs of his country's biggest Corporations. What a Change!! ( Facts culled out from the book 'ANARCHY" written by the acclaimed Historian WILLIAM DALRYMPLE) Vathsala Jayaraman C Collage Profile : Vandana Gopakumar & Vaishnavi Jayakumar https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/book-extract/stories-of-girls-who-chased-their-dreams-like-a-girl-aparna-jain Excerpts : "Vandana was crying. She and her family were visiting the Guruvayur temple in Kerala for the early morning darshan. She was ravenous, but her parents had told her that she could eat only after the darshan. When they approached the tiny inner sanctum of the temple, a priest quietly handed Vandana a banana. She immediately stopped crying. Her parents had taught Vandana to believe in the power of magic, that if she wanted something badly enough, she would get it. They taught her that she could will things to happen." (Continued at H1) D Art forms of India : Bharatanatyam https://www.culturalindia.net/indian-dance/classical/bharatnatyam.html Excerpts : Bharatanatyam, a pre-eminent Indian classical dance form presumably the oldest classical dance heritage of India is regarded as mother of many other Indian classical dance forms. Conventionally a solo dance performed only by women, it initiated in the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. Theoretical base of this form traces back to ‘Natya Shastra’, the ancient Sanskrit Hindu text on the performing arts. A form of illustrative anecdote of Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas emoted by dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya. Accompanists include a singer, music and particularly the guru who directs and conducts the performance. It also continues to inspire several art forms including paintings and sculptures starting from the spectacular 6th to 9th century CE temple sculptures. E Literary Review : Poetry https://www.theliteraryreview.org/ And here we are— sewing secrets we have wanted in some form to keep, sewing them into the sky, sewing them into the lining of a lake in the sky as if there is no birth, no beach, no violence the cloud cannot hold there, where rain comes from remembering to fall again and again saying, Hoi Polloi, I am one of you. Susceptible to rust and moths, I may even be taken in the night by thieves, like so many seed spores lost. F Leisure 1) God created woman*! Woman. . . . . . . . . When God created the woman He worked late on Friday ....... An angel came and asked. "Why spend so much time on it?" Replied the lord. "Did you see all the specifications I had to meet in order to design it?" ● She must function in all kinds of situations. ● She must be able to adopt several children at once. ● Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart. ● She must do it all with just two hands. ● She heals herself when she is sick and can work 18 hours a day. The angel was impressed "Only two hands ..... impossible! And this is the standard model? " The angel approached and touched the woman. "But you made her so soft, Lord." "She's soft," God said. "But I made her strong. You can not imagine what she can endure and overcome" "Can she think?" Asked the angel ... Replied the lord. "Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate." The angel touched her cheek .... "God, this piece seems to be leaking! You've put too much of a burden on it." "She's not leaking ... it's a tear." The Lord corrected the angel ... (Continued at H2) *Received from Shivaram Shetty Ex-RBI Mumbai 2) Hiranyaksha : Vathsala Jayaraman The teacher while narrating the story of Hiranyaksha was telling the students that the demon rolled the earth as a mat. Immediately a boy stood up and asked "If you spread a cloth on the table, we can stand on the floor and roll the cloth. But while rolling the entire earth, where did Hiranyaksha stand? Did he roll himself along with the earth? That is my doubt." The teacher got scared. He didn't know the answer. He wanted to divert the student and asked, "I asked you to memorise five Thirukkurals today. Did you do it?" The student blinked. The teacher angrily told : "You didn't do what I asked you to do. But you are simply asking questions. Stand up on the bench." The student immediately retorted saying "Dear friends, see our fate. If we do not know answer to any question we have to stand on the bench. Even when the teacher does not know any answer, we only have to stand on the bench." The entire class burst into laughter. Vathsala Jayaraman- G Quotes about future https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/future-quotes "Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine." Nikola Tesla (Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.) H 1) Continued from C Vandana's father was in the Air Force and they moved homes often. This meant that each time, she had to leave behind her friends and the roadside dogs that she considered family. Her parents never told her in so many words to share things or to treat everyone as an equal. They demonstrated these concepts to her through their own behaviour. Her mother had a strong sense of justice and fairness. She made friends with beggar women and their children and they would all go and eat ice cream together. The children of their house staff had all the privileges Vandana had. She grew up believing that everyone was part of one big community. Meanwhile, fifteen-year-old Vaishnavi had just moved from Calcutta to Chennai. She wasn’t happy—she had moved from a really friendly city to an entirely new place where she knew no one. Often, feeling lonely, she would climb up to the terrace and sit there for hours. Then she would come back and smile and pretend to be happy. She could never tell her parents how she felt. But as she got busy at school, she began to feel better. Vandana met Vaishnavi in college, and it was the start of a remarkable relationship. One day, at the Institute of Mental Health, where Vandana was training, she met a young woman who said to her, ‘Look at the bag you are carrying, and your fancy clothes. Look at the power and privilege you have. Because of my mental health issues, my husband has abandoned me. I don’t have the freedom or opportunity to be you. But remember, at any time you can become me!’ This outburst had a huge impact on Vandana. She told Vaishnavi about it, and they went to meet the woman together. Another time, Vandana and Vaishnavi saw a woman outside their college. She was running up and down the road, half naked and with matted hair. They could tell from her behaviour that she was mentally ill. They also noticed that most people around them were uncomfortable. Some were scared, some looked worried―and some just didn't care. 2) Continued from F1 "What is it for?" Asked the angel ...... Said the lord. "Tears are her way of expressing her sorrow, her doubts, Her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride." ... It made a great impression on the angel, "God, you're a genius. You thought of everything. A truly wonderful woman " Said the Lord. "Indeed she is. ■ She has the power to amaze a man. ■ She can handle troubles and carry heavy loads. ■ She holds happiness, love and opinions. ■ She smiles when she feels like screaming. ■ She sings when she feels like crying, cries when she's happy and laughs when she's scared. ■ She fights for what she believes in. ■ Her love is unconditional. "Her heart breaks when a relative or friend dies, But she finds the strength to continue living." The angel asked: So she is a perfect being? The Lord replied: No. It has only one drawback. "She often forgets what she's worth."