Warrier's Collage October 17, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday October 17, 2021 Kathopanishad : Sarvapriyananda https://youtu.be/T9LqW5m0K4U (Uploaded 2 weeks ago) Sunday Special : Chamundi Theyyam : Kerala https://youtu.be/M-9lNM62ysQ Thought for the Day* : "There are three solutions to every problem : accept it, change it or leave it. If you can't accept it, change it. If you can't change it, leave it" -Buddha. *Received from V Rangarajan Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday, October 23, 2021. Best Wishes & Prayers. Nice Day M G Warrier A Select Messages 1) Madan Gauria Mumbai How come my name is missing in the list who wished you Happy Birthday? I am the one who informed the Group about your Birthday first of all, and even sent an advance copy to you direct. Anyway, wishing you Happy Birthday, once again. madan gauria (Many Thanks. Also for giving an opportunity to clarify. Warrier's Collage is primarily a personal message from me to Exrbitesplus Group of which you are the Moderator. I thought, it would be odd to reproduce your message to Exrbitesplus Group, in Collage. It's another matter that I am taking the liberty to share Collage with all my contacts (Age group 16-90 plus) many of whom are outside RBI Retirees Groups. As I'm not in competition with anyone else in counting my blessings or, responses to my messages, only select responses are further shared. I treasure all responses. In efforts like this, as you are well aware, some misunderstandings are part of the "package" 🙏-Warrier) 2) C V Subbaraman Mysuru Belated Greetings. Many happy returns of the day to you. May God shower on you and your family His choicest Heavenly Blessings for long, healthy, peaceful and active life ahead. Jeevet Sharadah Shatam! Subbaraman (🙏-Warrier) 3) Chandramauleeswaran Let me wish you a happy birthday with continued good health and happiness. I do not know the exact date but it must be 15th* or 16th October. As Shri Babusenan has wished another quarter century for you, I presume that you have completed 75 years of age! Regards, Chandramouliswaran. *It's October 15. Many Thanks 4) Dr Charan Singh charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 41 Hair whiter than Jasmine flower Voice feeble Eyes watering, intellect & Strength gone Still sexual desire drives Beni, 93 पुंडर केस कुसम ते धौले सपत पाताल की बाणी लोचन स्रमहि बुधि बल नाठी ता कामु पवसि माधाणी बेनी 993 गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1449122379326652416?s=20 B Mythology Krishna's Life & Times : V T Panchapagesan Chennai Sunday COLLAGE Excellent information about Bhagwan Shri Krishna...... Man minus DESIRES is Krishna 1) Krishna was born 5252 years ago 2) Date of Birth : 18th July, 3228 B C 3) Month : Shravan 4) Day : Ashtami 5) Nakshatra : Rohini 6) Day : Wednesday 7) Time : 00:00 A M 8) Shri Krishna lived 125 years, 08 months & 07 days. Continued at H3 C Current Affairs Corruption 1) From the Archives : M G Warrier "Eradicating corruption: Power to the people"* https://www.moneylife.in/article/eradicating-corruption-power-to-the-people/28742.html Excerpts : "Unless the people do not come together to oppose corrupt practices across government, public and private sector organisations, the present situation will get perpetuated. This is not an ill that can be cured by another institution like Lokpal or by debates in parliament" *** "Two years back, a national newspaper had, side by side, printed views for and views against corruption. One view was that corruption is the oil that lubricates the wheels of progress. Many seem to agree with this view. Very recently, I read in a magazine an observation attributed to Kaushik Basu, which said: “The rationale for corruption is economic; the best way to handle it is to legalize it”. Perhaps, this advice from the one-time economic advisor to the prime minister has been taken literally seriously by powers that be. Sometime back, the Supreme Court, while hearing a corruption-related case, though sarcastically, had suggested legalizing corruption and fixing specific amounts for every case. Perhaps, our private sector has implemented this suggestion long back. Service charges levied by the banks are one example that comes to mind. Now there are banks which charge separately for opening of accounts, issue of cheque books, certifying that an account holder is maintaining an account with the bank, for not maintaining minimum balances in deposit accounts and so on. The government is following suit and introducing levies/charges for every transaction in government offices. It was Zail Singh (when he was president) who said that if an individual’s assets multiplies manifold in a short span of time, keep an eye to see how the growth happens. Obviously, he had corrupt means used by people to become rich and it was inconvenient for the rich and the powerful to take notice of the observation. If Zail Singh had been taken seriously, even the doubling of value of assets reported by Dr Manmohan Singh this year would have attracted scrutiny!" *This was a chapter in my 2014 book "Banking, Reforms & Corruption" (Republished as eBook in 2018 : oks/about/Chasing_Inclusive_Growth_Reforms_for_Fin.html?id=Do5ODwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&hl=en&newbks=1&newbks_redir=1&redir_esc=y ) and finds a place at "Prologue as Epilogue in "India's Decade of Reforms" (2018, Notion Press : India's Decade of Reforms: Reserve Bank of India at Central Stage https://www.amazon.in/dp/1644299623/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_BP5CJ3Q94DATR2X7W5TE) 2) Monumental corruption To The Editor The Hindu Letters October 16, 2021 Monumental corruption This refers to M P Praveen's report "How the law caught up with an artful dodger" (October 16). The excellent report covers in one place essential details of the multi-dimensional fraud deftly enacted by the "Who's Who" of the rich and the powerful across the world. Monson Mavunkal is just a link or a symbol in the story that is unfolding. In 2012, writing about corruption in Moneylife, I wrote : "Until the people come together to oppose corrupt practices across government, public and private sector organisations, the present situation will get perpetuated. This is not an ill that can be cured by another institution like Lokpal or by debates in parliament" In the same article (Eradicating Corruption), I observed : "It was Zail Singh (when he was president) who said that if an individual’s assets multiplies manifold in a short span of time, keep an eye to see how the growth happens. Obviously, he had corrupt means used by people to become rich and it was inconvenient for the rich and the powerful to take notice of the observation. If Zail Singh had been taken seriously, even the doubling of value of assets reported by Dr Manmohan Singh this year would have attracted scrutiny!" It's never too late to think about mainstreaming nation's wealth for public good and becoming financially responsible and independent. In today's world mutual dependence economically, industrially and in scientific pursuits are unavoidable, though! M G Warrier Mumbai D Nation 1) Freedom Fighters http://mainstreamweekly.net/article11647.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MainstreamWeekly+%28Mainstream+Weekly%29 Excerpts : A new life began for Nambiar in London. He hired a flat and was joined by his wife Suhasini who had come to England a few months earlier for higher studies at Oxford. But this cosy domestic arrangement was soon disturbed. The firm where Nambiar was working suffered financial loss and wound up operations in London and he lost his job. Nambiar again found himself in financial difficulty and was looking around for a job, when he found it expedient to move to Germany where Suhasini’s elder brother Virendranath Chattopadhyaya was living. He along with his wife moved to Berlin in 1924. In Berlin Nambiar launched on a new career as a journalist. His past experience as a correspondent of Hindu and association with its editor came to his rescue. He got an assignment as its foreign correspondent and started writing a weekly column. He also started writing columns for several Indian newspapers, such as Amrita Bazar Patrika, besides contributing to the local press. His modest income was supplemented by Suhasini, who took up job as an English teacher. In Germany Nambiar came in close contact with a group of Indian revolutionaries who found the country most hospitable for work relating to India’s freedom and himself became an intimate part of the group. Suhasini's eldest brother Virendranath Chattopadhyaya had come to London in 1902 for higher studies to qualify as a barrister and take up ICS examination. He was soon drawn into anti-British movement launched by Indian nationalists under the umbrella of Home Rule Society and found the atmosphere in England very hostile and moved out, first to Paris and thereafter to Germany. 2) Books Books : Dr Bimal Jalan Future of India The Future of India: Politics, Economics and Governance https://www.amazon.in/dp/0143062123/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_S4Z2PTXQEBGKX2YEHYHT Description As recently as a decade ago, the prospect of India becoming a developed country any time soon seemed a distant possibility. Since then, however, there has been a sea change in our own and the world’s perception about our future. What explains this rising tide of optimism? And how far is it justified? In The Future of India, Bimal Jalan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, takes up the formidable challenge of examining the nuts and bolts of this proposition. In his thought-provoking, clear-sighted analysis, he argues that it is the interface between politics, economics and governance, and their combined effect on the functioning of our democracy, which will largely determine India’s future. An understanding of this interface will help explain the swings in India’s political and economic fortunes over the past decades, and why the promise has been belied. In the light of experience, argues Jalan, there is no certainty that the present euphoria will last unless there is the political will to seize the new opportunities that are available. He proceeds to suggest steps that can be taken to smoothen our path to progress: ways to strengthen Parliament and the judiciary; a series of political reforms that would, among other things, see greater accountability among ministers; and effective ways to curb corruption and enhance fiscal viability. In all these there is an emphasis on the pragmatic, born of Jalan’s experience as an administrator, economist and Member of Parliament. Contemporary and topical, The Future of India: Politics, Economics and Governance, perhaps more than any other book on the subject, shows just how a future close enough to be seen need not forever remain elusive to the grasp. E Readers' Contribution 1) Who Am I? : V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram I was fortunate to be taught Malayalam, at the middle school level, by my father. He was a good story teller. One of the stories he told was about the greatness of Kalidasa and it is still fresh in my mind. The other person in the story is the famous poet Dandin who is depicted as another participant in King Vikramaditya's court although, historically, they lived centuries apart. But that does not anyway affect the relevance of the story. Here is the story : (If it happens to be a repeat, please bear with me.) Jealousy is an offspring of fame and groupism goes hand in hand with jealousy. King Vikramaditya's court was no exception. Kalidasa's fame as a poet and his intimacy with the King begot both jealousy and groupism. While many acknowledged Kalidasa's greatness, the rest held that he was not as great as Dandin. Eventually, the feud came to the notice of the King. He called a meeting of the group leaders and said : "I understand that there exists a feud among you regarding the excellence of Dandin and Kalidasa as poets. I am deeply pained by this awareness. If such disputes unfortunately arise, the president of this court, that is me, is expected to settle the matter amicably. But I must admit that I am not upto the task of deciding who is the better poet. Even if I am, I will not do it for the reason that, in case the decision is in favour of Kalidasa, my impartiality will be doubted because of my closeness with him. What can we do now?" One of the participants stood up and said respectfully : "Your majesty, may I most humbly suggest the invocation of goddess Saraswathi in this matter? Her decision will surely be acceptable to all." The king was pleased and arrangements were made to invoke the goddess. In due course, Goddess Saraswathi appeared with divine splendour over the homakunda, amidst chanting of mantras. The king requested the goddess to give a solution to the vexing problem. She declared : "Kavi Dandee, kavi Dandee Kavi Dandee, Nahsamsayam" There was stunning silence. Some persons applauded. Among those taken aback was Kalidasa himself. Forgetting the impropriety of it, he stood up and asked : "Who am I then?" The Goddess smiled and said : "Kalidasa, don't get upset. They wanted to know who was the better poet. I gave them the answer. Now, regarding your question as to who you are, my answer is : "You are me; I am you." 2) The Unsung Hero Shri Babusenan's article on father reminds me of my article titled 'Unsung Hero' of mine published in Open Page of the Hindu on 19th June 2011. Here is the article. The Unsung Hero of the House Why June 19 th, 3rd Sunday in June alone? Every day deserves to be celebrated as Father's Day. Father is a special‘icon' of the family .Fatherhood is just as essential to the healthy development of the family as motherhood. Sometimes influence of father’s love is even greater than that of the mother. (Continued at H1) 3) Celebrations Significance of celebrations : M G Warrier "Significance of celebrations" https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/significance-of-celebrations-38034/ F "18 Jokes That Will Slay at Recess | Explore | Awesome Activities & Fun Facts | CBC Kids" https://www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/19-jokes-that-will-slay-at-recess Like : What did one eye say to the other eye? A : Something between us smells. 2) Talk more* Most sensible message. As received -- Prabha Ramadurai Why do older people need to talk more? A well wisher once told me, that I must talk more when I am old, because there is currently no way to prevent Alzheimer's disease. Talking more, may be the only way. There are at least three advantages for the elderly to talk more. (Continued at H2) *People won't listen? Start a Blog... They'll start reading and talking to you. That's my experience. 🙏-Warrier G Quotes about Personal Finance "12 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Your Personal Finances | The Motley Fool" https://www.fool.com/amp/retirement/2019/12/28/12-quotes-that-will-make-you-rethink-your-personal.aspx Like : "The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money." - Unknown Finally, while money is important, and most of us do need to accumulate a lot of it for our retirement, it's not everything. And it certainly shouldn't be taken as any kind of measure of your worth. Even Warren Buffett would agree, as he has said : "Basically, when you get to my age, you'll really measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you." Bonus Read : Where there is a Will... "Will Preparation in India - How to Make Will | WillJini" https://www.willjini.com/services/how-to-prepare-will-india H 1) Continued from E2 While mothers provide warm nurturing care,dads’ rough housing is significant in itself.Fathers matter just because they don’t mother. How much does the child enjoy being tickled,wrestled and being thrown into air and hugged later by his father! Father is more brief,directive and to the point and does not shout like mother. It is this under play and non interference that attract children more towards their father.The father has the knack of keeping extreme calm amidst tuff conflicts and this ‘sleeping over the problem’ attitude mostly results in automatic resolve of the situation. Though mother’s role is apparent, father is the unsung hero of the house.It can never be denied that father,though not over enthusiastic like his wife,has wise practical approach to problems .His silent stress on justice,his tendency to observe and enforce systematic discipline create an analytical approach in children. While mother gets agitated over the teen age problems of children,father is more composed on this front.A single affectionate glance of father is an expressible comfort for the children. No need to measure thoughts ,or weigh the words.The children pour out everything all chaff and grain together. Father knows to keep what is worth and blow the rest. The patient listening by the affectionate father itself yields positive results, relieves the children of their tension and makes them more comfortable leading them towards self assessmemt. I know a father who lost his beloved wife at the age of 30. With the eldest child of 3 years and new born twins, the father stood the crisis with determination, remained single and with the only assistance received from a baby care center have brought the children up with a high degree of discipline. How many sleepless nights he has spent? We have no words to describe the mental agony he has gone through and the magnitude of sacrifice he has made for nearly 15 years to see his children develop physically, intellectually, with unblemished character. Hats off to such fathers! On the other hand, fathers who by force of circumstances become victims to vices repent at a later date. They stand as embodiments of negative parenting and the evil effects thereof imparting a valuable lesson to the society. Today there is so much of talk about spending quality time with children, mostly one or two in number. In those days there were minimum of five children at every home and with a joint family setup, the number would far exceed ten. Our father who was a teacher commanded great respect in the society. He seldom talked to us. We had admiration for whatever he did, the value he attached to each job, from the simple washing to careful mega planning, methodical execution with impeccable discipline. Above all what a simplicity! He never hesitated to carry a gunny load of cattle feed on his shoulders and walk carefree down the streets. He never advised us but let us watch. Our father and Jawaharlal Nehru were born on the same day, 14th Nov 1889. But our father was inimitably great in his own way. “ Do your best, hope for the best, prepare for the worst” “That which can't be cured must be endured” The above two oft repeated sayings of our father still linger in our ears, guiding us for ever. Father is one who catches us before we fall, pierces with his glance when we transgress rules and shines with pride when we succeed. He stands tall with his 'silence’ speaking volumes. Vathsala Jayaraman 2) Continued from F2 First, speaking will activate the brain & keep the thinking agile, because language & thinking communicate with each other, especially speaking quickly, which naturally exercises the rapid reflection of thinking & also enhances memory. An elderly person who is not talkative, is more likely to have Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, some people who have retired, are prone to Alzheimer's disease, because they no longer speak. Second, speaking can release a lot of psychological will, expel mental illness & reduce stress. We often say nothing, but bury it in our hearts & suffocate it. This is the truth. So, it is a good thing to be able to make parents nag more. Third, speaking can exercise the active facial muscles & at the same time, exercise the throat organs & even the lung capacity, so that it can reduce the decline of eyes & ears & reduce hidden dangers, such as dizziness & deafness. To summarize, when one is old, talking as much as possible, being able to interact with people, is the only way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, because this disease is currently the most terrifying of all diseases for the elderly. There is no way of treatment, as yet. Not only is all memory gone, there are no thoughts & even knowing family members is difficult; one becomes a burden to others & is more like a living dead. It is hoped that medical development, will solve/treat, this problem soon. So, friends, let your parents talk as much as possible & don't dislike the old people nagging; this is also a kind of filial piety._ Let them talk more. You may be in the race, becz many have crossed 60+ 3) Continued from B 9) Date of Death : 18th February 3102BC. 10) When Krishna was 89 years old ; the mega war (Kurukshetra war) took place. 11) He died 36 years after the Kurukshetra war. 12) Kurukshetra War was started on Mrigashira Shukla Ekadashi, BC 3139. i.e "8th December 3139BC" and ended on "25th December, 3139BC". 12) There was a Solar eclipse between "3 p.m to 5 p.m on 21st December, 3139BC" ; cause of Jayadrath's death. 13) Bhishma died on 2nd February,(First Ekadasi of the Uttarayana), in 3138 B.C. 14) Krishna is worshipped as : (a)Krishna Kanhaiyya : Mathura (b) Jagannath : - In Odisha (c) Vithoba :- In Maharashtra (d) Srinath : In Rajasthan (e) Dwarakadheesh : In Gujarat (f) Ranchhod : In Gujarat (g) Krishna : Udupi in Karnataka (h) Guruvayurappan in Kerala 15) Biological Father : Vasudeva 16) Biological Mother : Devaki 17) Adopted Father :- Nanda 18) Adopted Mother : Yashoda 19) Elder Brother : Balaram 20) Sister : Subhadra 21) Birth Place : Mathura 22) Wives : Rukmini, Satyabhama, Jambavati, Kalindi, Mitravinda, Nagnajiti, Bhadra, Lakshmana 23) Krishna is reported to have *Killed only 4 people in his life time. (i) Chanoora; the Wrestler (ii) Kansa ; his maternal uncle (iii) & (iv) Shishupaala and Dantavakra; his cousins. 24) Life was not fair to him at all. His mother was from Ugra clan, and Father from Yadava clan, inter-racial marriage. 25) He was born dark skinned. He was not named at all throughout his life. The whole village of Gokul started calling him the black one ; Kanha. He was ridiculed and teased for being black, short and adopted too. His childhood was wrought with life threatening situations. 26) 'Drought' and "threat of wild wolves" made them shift from 'Gokul' to 'Vrindavan' at the age 9. 27) He stayed in Vrindavan till 10 years and 8 months. He killed his own uncle at the age of 10 years and 8 months at Mathura.He then released his biological mother and father. 28) He never returned to Vrindavan ever again. 29) He had to migrate to Dwaraka from Mathura due to threat of a Sindhu King ; Kala Yaavana. 30) He defeated 'Jarasandha' with the help of 'Vainatheya' Tribes on Gomantaka hill (now Goa). 31) He rebuilt Dwaraka. 32) He then left to Sandipani's Ashram in Ujjain to start his schooling at age 16~18. 33) He had to fight the pirates from Afrika and rescue his teachers son ; Punardatta; who was kidnapped near Prabhasa ; a sea port in Gujarat. 34) After his education, he came to know about his cousins fate of Vanvas. He came to their rescue in ''Wax house'' and later his cousins got married to Draupadi. His role was immense in this saga. 35) Then, he helped his cousins establish Indraprastha and their Kingdom. 36) He saved Draupadi from embarrassment. 37) He stood by his cousins during their exile. 38) He stood by them and made them win the Kurushetra war. 39) He saw his cherished city, Dwaraka washed away. 40) He was killed by a hunter (Jara by name) in nearby forest. 41) He never did any miracles. His life was not a successful one. There was not a single moment when he was at peace throughout his life. At every turn, he had challenges and even more bigger challenges. 42) He faced everything and everyone with a sense of responsibility and yet remained unattached. 43) He is the only person, who knew the past and future ; yet he lived at that present moment always. 44) He and his life is truly an example for every human being Jai Shri Krishna V T Panchapagesan

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