Warrier's Collage October 21, 2021
Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday October 21, 2021 Dubai Miracle Garden* https://youtu.be/OpzAjD39NLw *See G3 for more information. (Link Selection : M G Warrier) Good Morning Today's Collage is Readers' edition. Just an experiment 🙏 Nice Day M G Warrier A Thought* for the day The most easy and the most difficult thing in life is 'mistake'. Easy to judge when others do it and difficult to realise when we do it -Dr Abdul Kalam *Contributed by V Rangarajan (Not just life. In English language also. See the speed with which people correct you. Then, if you leisurely count the mistakes in the "correction note" you received, the story will shift to jokes section🙏-Warrier) B Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 45 काया बहु खंड खोजते नव निधि पाई ना कछु आइबो ना कछु जाइबो राम की दुहाई पीपा, गुरू ग्रंथ साहिब Searching all over the world, finally, found nine treasures in the body God blessed wisdom: Nothing comes nothing goes (immortal) Pipa, 695 https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1450563612901187590?s=20 C Select Responses 1) S M Sendil Humour and wit in the compilation of Dr T V Surendran Mananthavady are sparkling. 2) R Jayakumar Mumbai Why was it called NCOB? The pride of Mint Road was and is always the stoney British era RBI Main Building. When the new building opposite Main Bldg was inaugurated in the early 1980s to house all Central Office departments it was also decided to continue to hold the Central Board Meetings of the Bank in the classic and majestic looking Board Room available in the second floor of Main Building. But during the initial days, it seems that some Directors coming from outstations to attend meetings mistook the 25 storied new building as Main Building (as shown in address for the venue of meeting) and landed in the Reception Counter of the new building causing embarrassment to protocol staff and delay in start of meeting. To avoid future confusion for Central Board Directors the new building was shown as New COB and Main Building as Main Building in the address. However, this was given up later possibly because now all Board meetings, weekly as well as statutory, are held in the Board Room at 17th floor of COB. R Jayakumar D 1) Indian Pension System "Global Pension Systems: India ranks 40th out of 43 global pension systems, as per survey - The Economic Times" https://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/finance/india-ranks-40th-out-of-43-global-pension-systems-as-per-survey/amp_articleshow/87134588.cms "Old age security is a big worry for Indians as income at retirement is far from adequate for most people. Now, a global study done by Mercer Consulting validates this fear as it reveals that the Indian pension system ranks a lowly 40 in a comparative index of 43 systems." 2) Response in the media To The Editor The Hindu Business Line Letters October 20, 2021 Overhaul Indian Wages and Pension System This refers to the report "India fares poorly in global ranking of pension systems"(October 20). Recent reports about India's ranking under certain development indicators are disturbing. Latest being those relating to hunger and pension system. Pension being deferred wages, management of any Pension System is closely related to several human resources management issues including job security, wage structure and unemployment levels. We are yet to muster the will to have a realistic wage policy across sectors. About realistic labour laws, less said, the better. We had a decent pension system in operation in government and some of the public sector organisations during the last Century. With the dismantling of central government pension scheme effective January 1, 2004 through an Executive Order, the Indian Pension System became an orphan. An Expert Study Group report "The Indian Pension System : Facing the Future" didn't get much attention. Consequently, National Pension System didn't get the nurturing it deserved to grow into an all purpose universal retirement plan. If we further delay introduction of a realistic wage policy for all workers across public and private sectors, factoring in the element of post-retirement benefits in every single day's wage paid, the huge price we may have to pay by the turn of this decade will be much higher than what we are paying today for mismanaging the farm sector for decades. Needless to emphasize the pre-condition that the retirement benefits should be insulated by appropriate pension funds. M G Warrier Mumbai 3) From the Archives a) "Indian Pension System: Social security for elders" https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/indian-pension-system-social-security-for-elders-21009/ (Those interested, please read the online comments also 🙏-Warrier) b) "What ails the New Pension Scheme?" https://www.moneylife.in/article/what-ails-the-new-pension-scheme/27305.html "This article was published @www.moneylife.in in 2012. Some changes have been made in the details of NPS since then. Excerpts : "The central government employees covered by the NPS are two-way losers. One, the huge costs savings for the government in pension payout by the switch over to the defined contribution pension system from the defined benefit pension system is a direct charge on the overall remuneration package this category of employees are entitled to. Two, they do not have a window to air their grievances in this respect because the loss is not immediately felt and the full impact of the change will be felt only after 30 years or so when those who joined the service in January 2004 start retiring. It is also true that the anticipated savings in pension expenditure will also start accruing to government only by then. A time tested social security arrangement available to a section of employees has thus disappeared without any alternative system in place. When one refers to social security arrangement, one has in mind all the pension benefits, including family pension. While in the private sector and profit making public sector undertakings employees have an opportunity to bargain and settle remuneration based on their skill and market realities, government employees and those employed in quasi-government and statutory bodies are a helpless lot whose bargaining power is stifled in the name of “public interest”. It is in this context that they deserve a special treatment in respect of social security arrangements. The conscious exclusion of the category of employees covered by the NPS from the Sixth Pay Commission's purview while referring pension benefits for the Commission's review made it unnecessary for the Commission to even examine the impact of the change in the pension eligibility in the overall remuneration package of this category of employees. It is another matter that, because the introduction of NPS was at a time the Indian equities market was performing fairly well, there was a general feeling that pension funds are going to bring attractive returns. The 8% return given by government on pension funds so far, speaks volumes in this regard." E Readers' Contributions Punarapi Jananam*... : Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Every one is going to quit this life one day,leaving all our desires,music, love and laughter. I am very often reminded of autumn, when leaves fall to the ground to form a multicoloured carpet. There is a pain combined with pleasure. Are we having a moral science class during autumn? the leaves falling like our years, the flowers fading like our hours, the clouds fleeting like our illusions, the light diminishing like our intelligence, --all bear secret relations to our destinies. There is a lesson on 'sacrifice'. Yes, here the light gets defeated by darkness; Ancient Scriptures say that those who long for light must face the inner darkness and overpower the same. We can't but be reminded of Bhaja Govindam of Shankaracharya PUNARAPI JANANAM PUNARAPI MARANAM PUNARAPI JANANEE- JATARE SAYANAM IHA SAMSAARE BAHU-DUSTAARE KRIPAYAA(A)PAARE PAAHI MURARE Born again, dying again, sleeping once again in a mother's belly - here in this endless ocean of samsara (the world), which is difficult to cross, protect me by your grace, O Murari. PUNARAPI RAJANI PUNARAPI DIVASAH PUNARAPI PAKSAH PUNARAPI MASAH PUNARAPYAYANAM PUNIRAPI VARSAM TADAPI NA MUNCATYASAMARSAM. Another night, another day, another two weeks, another month, another half a year, and another year (all pass by), yet the passion of desire does not leave you. We need not know either Sanskrit or BhajaGovindam.Nature stands before you and kindles the awakening facts. Mother Nature seems to convey how easy, how healthy, and how beautiful letting go can be that is leaving our own desires. Does it symbolize the end of misery and beginning of hope?Does it convey that the thing which is dead will come back alive again? I read about an imaginary conversation with a falling leaf. "Dear leaf, ,are you frightened because all the leaves are falling and you are also going to fall? The leaf replied “No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked sincerely to store food in me and give total nourishment to the tree. Don't think that by discolouration my purpose of life is limited." " I shall go back to the soil and continue to nourish the tree. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and say Good bye to come back again." The wind blew,the leaf fell down.It floated dancing and dancing and saw above. A green leaf was already there on the branch.The leaf was so happy to see its own form again on the tree. We bow before this little leaf. What a great philosophy the tiny leaf has conveyed! We hear MS singing* : " Punarapi Jananam Punarapi Maranam: Vathsala Jayaraman *YouTube Link : https://youtu.be/Go-mAJpH6_w F Collage pick from group mails Dinner Dessert Joke* This one takes the cake surely... Goa Konkani joke... Our friend from Moira, Juze Bostiaon, appeared on Kaun Banega Crorepati, the Amitabh Bachchan hosted show from Mumbai. Juze had miraculously reached the end of the rounds by saying all his Rosaries and Novenas and had already won Rs 50 lacs. "You've done very well so far," said Amitabh, "but for Rs 1 crore, you've only got one lifeline left - Phone a Friend. Everything's riding on this question... will you go for it?" "Sure," said Juze "Anva ek last chance marta!" "OK..... The QUESTION is..... Which of the following birds does NOT build its own nest? a) Robin, (b) Sparrow, (c) Cuckoo, or (d) Crow"? "He maka goth na... I not knowing dat," said Juze, "so better use my last life line, and phone to my friend, Pedru Pochok from Mumbai. He's a Mangy, but a Bandra boy, and born and brought up in Mumbai, so he's too smart - a real shaana buggar." Juze called up his friend in Mumbai, told him the circumstances and repeated the question to him. "Arree Baba!" cried Pedru, "Simple it is ..it's a cuckoo." "sure mure Pedru?" asked Juze. "Arre Baba, hundred percent sure re! Pakka!" Juze hung up the phone and told Amitabh Bachan, "I tell Cookoo." "Is that your final answer?" asked Amitabh. "Ekdum sure, Sir!" There was a long, long pause, and then Amitabh Bachan screamed, "Cuckoo is the correct answer! Juze, you've won Rs..1 Crore!!" The next night, Juze threw a big party for all the people from Moira, at the Moira Club. Pedru was specially flown in from Mumbai, as the Chief Guest. Time for speeches ... Juze takes the mike & asks Pedru, "Saang maka, Pedru? How you know cuckoo isn't building its own nest? Otherwise you're sarko bondo and you know nothing about birds. Your Fadder or ticher (teacher) taught you, ah-what?" "C'mon yaaar! Bas-kya! What yor saying?" laughed Pedru : "You Goan Pãos are sometimes such daffars. Man.. Everybody knows a cuckoo lives in a clock!" Viva Goa! *Received from S Venugopal via Group mail G Leisure 1) Adding "masala" to Masala Dosa* What terrifies a true Masala Dosa lover? Ask me… the true masala dosa addict. Making and eating masala dosa is an art. It is an acquired trait. The most important rules to follow… 1. The dosa should be big and uniformly crisp till you finish the last piece. 2. It should retain its shape till the last bit gets over 3. It should have a slight fermented taste. 4. The filling should be thick enough not to sog the belly of the dosa. 5. Arey bhai.. Who asked you to add cheese in it? 6. Same goes for tomato sauce/cooked noodles on it…? Fusion dosas are the worst insult to a dosa. 7. Watery chutney or sambar which do not stick to the dosa. There should be a cordial adhesion between them. 8. Soggy or over thick dosas have nothing to do with masalas. They are only for amateurs who eat dosa with lentil powders or sugar. 9. Wash your hands (corona or not) and eat your dosa with your hands… eating with spoon and fork or fork and knife is a joke on our dosa's pride. 10. Dosas without enough oil poured when getting done is a let-down. Please be lavish in pouring oil. 11. Eating dosa with your mind on the smart phone… terrible. Please throw away that phone. 12. Potato masala with too many ginger pieces… no way. 13. Potato masala in a pink colour because of the addition of a few beetroot pieces… no way. 14. Potato masala browned due to the addition of chili powder, for want of green chillies… no way. 15. Do not change the shape into oval, triangular or conical. Make a round one and fold it into halves like the orthodox one. 16. Packed dosas or home delivered dosas which get soft, bent or steam wet are a big spoiler. Dosas should be eaten straight from the stove to the plate… crisp and hot. And most importantly… Eat it in style from the sides moving slowly to the centre where the potato masala is waiting. Do not jump into the centre like Narasimha tearing the belly of Hiranyakashipu. Dosas are to be eaten decently not with two hands or brutally tearing into the middle of the elegant dosa. “Oh my masala dosa…So much for making and eating you right.” *Received via Group mail from K Balasubramanian Coimbatore 2) Mathsmile* Calculated attempt to make you smile Puns for the mathematically inclined : 1. Why was the fraction apprehensive about marrying the decimal? Because he would have to convert. 2. Why do plants hate maths? It gives them square roots. 3. Why did the student get upset when his teacher called him average? It was a mean thing to say! 4. Why was the maths book depressed? It had a lot of problems. 5. Why is the obtuse triangle always so frustrated? Because it is never right. 6. Why can you never trust a maths teacher holding graph paper? He must be plotting something. 7. Why was the equal sign so humble? Because she knew she wasn’t greater than or less than anyone else. 8.Did you hear the one about the statistician? Probably. 9.What do you call students who love maths? Algebros. 10. I’ll do algebra, I’ll do trig. I’ll even do statistics. But graphing is where I draw the line! 11. Why are parallel lines so tragic if they have so much in common? It’s a shame they’ll never meet. 12. How do you stay warm in any room? Just huddle in the corner, where it’s always 90 degrees. 13. Why is six afraid of seven? Because seven eight ( "ate") nine! 14. Why does nobody talk to a circle? Because there is no point. *Received from T J Kurup Thiruvanantapuram 3) More about Dubai Miracle Garden "Dubai Miracle Garden, UAE: How To Reach, Best Time & Tips" https://www.thrillophilia.com/attractions/dubai-miracle-garden Excerpts : Overview Have you ever been to a floral wonderland where there are stunning floral displays that make you fall in love with them? The Miracle Gardens in Dubai would be a great place to visit in your winter break if not. The arrangement is nothing less than a miniature world of floral wonders spread over an area covering about 72,000 sq. ft Adding to the uniqueness of this floral world is the fact that it is home to nearly 50 million flowers blooming all over to embrace the luxuriousness of this beautiful imagination. Some of the most common ones are marigolds, petunias, and geraniums. This exhibition includes a replica of the stunning Burj Khalifa as well as arcs, tombs, huts, and houses decorated with vibrant flowers. You're welcomed by quirky layouts and heart-shaped passageways. There are many attractions here, including Disney Avenue, Emirates A380, Lost Paradise, Cabanas, Floral Clock, Gazebos, 3D floral designs, and lake parks. Dubai Miracle Garden offers more than sightseeing activities, if that's what you think about it. In fact, there are a lot more things to do here. The passageways are perfect for strolling and relaxing at cabanas, or you can dine at the international food restaurants and kiosks. The choice is yours! Additionally, there's a butterfly garden here, wherein butterfly enthusiasts have a tough time tracking and spotting the 15000 free-flying butterflies. As this beautiful piece of land is located in Dubai that is not ideally not suitable for growing flowers, it requires a great deal of maintenance. The floral beauty you see today is maintained by a team of well-trained and experienced horticulturists. Read on to learn more about Dubai Miracle Garden."