Warrier's Collage October 7, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday October 7, 2021 Robert Frost* reads "Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening..." https://youtu.be/rebVUgCgSAU *Know more : "Robert Frost | Poetry Foundation" https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-frost Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Select Messages 1) Dr Charan Singh charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 31 Meditating, you will be transformed, like touching philosopher's stone, glass becomes gold, sandalwood tree spreads fragrance to others Nall, 1399 नल् कवि पारस परस कच कंचना हुइ चंदना सुबासु जासु सिमरत अन तर नल, 1399, गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1445500178073456643?s=20 2) C V Subbaraman Mysuru I I AM FINE, HOW ARE YOU?! Look back and a bit chew Upon each of of those Feelings, Joys and pains and dealings Of one's own Life and living And you will see your being But nothing less than a reflection of that beautiful narration of Oneself : I too am fine No different from thine! Subbaraman II Many More Happy Returns of the Day to you, PPR! We already know about your characteristics which you have reminded readers about. You are a bibliophile par excellence. And you are a Reviewer of Books, which have earned for you encomiums. You declare that you are keeping religion at arms length : maybe, but all religious festivals keep your arm between delicious dishes prepared by your beloved wife Lakshmi and your mouth regularly and constantly! Your pen has been mightier than the sword or arrows of "Bhishmapitaamaha" and "Arjuna" whom you discovered and introduced in our groups!! We wish you much longer ever-active life from here, from this milestone of 86 to reach hundred and beyond in good health, wealth and cheer, with the Blessings of Pallassena Bhagavathi. "Jeeveth Sharadah Shatam" is the traditional Indian way of conveying good wishes, not putting out burning candles or cutting a cake!. God bless you and your family. With regards Subbaraman and family. 3) Jayaram Krishnaswami Kochi Please convey my "Many Many Happy Returns of the Day" to Shri P P Ramachandran. I used to see his book reviews in the Free Press Journal when I used to be in Mumbai. I think he is also an author* ( Shri K N S Unni ex-RBI told me this some years ago). Regards Jayaram K *Yes. Check out at : https://www.amazon.in/dp/9332703116/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_MJ7P4NSWB4KE8ZN2CR4D?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 4) R Jayakumar Happy Birthday and my good wishes to Vihaan (Vihaan asked me to convey his thanks to 'all uncles and auntys' his thanks. A reader asked 'who, Vihaan?' and a relative asked 'who, PPR?'. Vihaan (DOB : October 6, 2004) is my daughter Reshmy's son. About PPR, see 2 & 3 above. Many Thanks 🙏-Warrier) 5) Sitendra Kumar Lyrics of the song shared yesterday* तुम जियो हज़ारों साल साल के दिन हों पचास हज़ार May you live for thousand of years A year may contain fifty thousand days सूरज रोज़ आता रहे, रोज़ गाता रहे ले के किरणों के मेले पल-छिन, कलियाँ गिन-गिन, तेरा हर दिन तब तक रंगों से खेलें रंग जब तक बाकी है बहारों में तुम जियो हज़ारों साल... The sun may keep on coming daily, singing every day With the fairy buds of rays Your every day enlivens with the count of buds of lost moments Play the sun with your colours every day till then Till the colours are left in the springs May you live for thousand of years यहाँ-वहाँ, शाम हो चाहे जहाँ यूँ ही झूमे शमा, सुन के तुम्हारी बातें प्यार लिए, चाँद का टीका लिए यूँ ही जुगनू लिए, चमके तुम्हारी रातें नूर जब तक बाकी है सितारों में तुम जियो हज़ारों साल... Here and there, in the evenings wherever there is a wax is swooning, listen to your words With love and symbol of moon Just like a firefly, your nights may sparkle Till flame is left in the stars May you live for thousand of years *Received via Group mail B Collage Profile : Helen Keller "Helen Keller | Biography, Education, & Facts | Britannica" https://www.britannica.com/biography/Helen-Keller She wrote of her life in several books, including The Story of My Life(1903), Optimism (1903), The World I Live In (1908), Light in My Darkness and My Religion (1927), Helen Keller’s Journal (1938), and The Open Door (1957). In 1913 she began lecturing (with the aid of an interpreter), primarily on behalf of the American Foundation for the Blind, for which she later established a $2 million endowment fund, and her lecture tours took her several times around the world. She cofounded the American Civil Liberties Union with American civil rights activist Roger Nash Baldwin and others in 1920. Her efforts to improve treatment of the deaf and the blind were influential in removing the disabled from asylums. She also promoted the organization of commissions for the blind in 30 states by 1937. C Nostalgia : Vathsala Jayaraman Work-Life Balancing, Memories (From 1965 to 2002)- Now 56 long years have passed since I entered RBI. I joined Reserve Bank of India on September 1, 1965 and was directed to Zonal Training Centre for a 5 weeks training and joined PDO as Clerk Grade II (Temporary) in the first week of October 1965. 37 years in a central banking institution-without moving an inch in the official position-A remarkable achievement! ( but for a small period of one year in Central Agricultural Credit Department as Junior Officer). But absolutely no regrets. The experience we gained is vast.There are no photographs or images, but fond memories are there for ever to cherish. There have been instances of dis satisfaction- a few thorns here and there; but the path was royal strewn with roses. I know that striving for excellence is surely motivating and rewarding. But when we have to strike a balance, striving for perfection will become demoralizing. We were travelling generally on a path, levelled smooth by the untiring services of the Association. There will be grudges all through. No human being is perfect; applies to institutions too. There is a crack in everything; That is why light gets into. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends and in most of the needles there is a hole. The imperfections of any institution, its frailties, weaknesses etc cannot be separated from its virtues and they are wedded together. Had we joined some other institution, we would have had some other problems., though we may be drawing a handsome pension. This great institution of ours, no doubt provided a knowledge base that allowed us to track, understand and to have proper conceptions. Nobody could deny, that if we enter the bank premises with a heavy heart on any day with multivarious problems pressing us, there were warm hearts to console, to give constructive suggestions to solve the problems that vary from education, medical, matrimony, legal or child upbringing. There were experts and experienced people on all the fields. On most of the occasions the solutions were apt. I don't think, in any other branch of any other bank this would have been possible. That great sense of belonging is rare to find anywhere. There might have been instances where one would have been insulted or not considered for promotions or differences of opinion in deciding official matters. That is natural for any institution. If we stir stored water, the settled dust from the bottom comes to the surface and the entire water seems polluted. By criticizing and fault-finding, one will be accumulating only negative vibrations. As Mother Theresa said, "If you start judging people, we will have no time to love them". There is so much of good in the worst of us and so much of bad in the best of us too. Leave alone the monetary aspect; the journey through Reserve Bank of India was a fulfilling one, leading to understanding of oneself and people around. Personally for me, coming from a rural background, it was a shift from passive listening to active participation- a wonderful experience consisting of a beautiful admixture of emotional, ethical and intellectual components at the right measures. Dear RBI, Thou hast given so much to me. Give me a grateful heart thankful to you for ever. Thank you for the good times, Thank you for the days you filled with pleasure, Thank you for fond memories, which I will always treasure. Vathsala Jayaraman a) S R Badrinarayanan Cheñnai Every reader would instantly second what madam Vathsala Jayaraman has reflected on her RBI days. Her abdication of the throne when she opted to be back at Madras for her private reasons is not unknown to those who knew her! The Institution has a built-in shock absorber to assimilate such happenings. To borrow the oft-quoted motto of LIC which Nallasivan Sir used to mention, "during life and after life", the RBI has its indelible imprint in every one of us both during service and after retirement. For the pensioners, the Bank lends life to its staff's family beyond the pensioner's life too! b) R Parthasarathi's response : "No human being is perfect; applies to institutions too. There is a crack in everything; That is why light gets into. Even the best needles are not sharp at both ends and in most of the needles there is a hole. There is so much of good in the worst of us and so much of bad in the best of us too." -- Vathsala Madam turns the pages of a lengthy chapter of her autobiography so poetically and I am bewitched again and again by many figurative phrases so found above. Really a moving note from a pensive mind. R Parthasarathy c) V T Panchapagesan Chennai My association as a technical staff member with RBI from 1960 to 1988 was varying in degree as my job was totally different from that of others. However my work as a whole was something rejuvenating. My spirit all the time made my life worth living. Deputy Governor Janakiraman, at the farewell ceremony in Bombay asked me to work on a contract basis after retirement which offer I had to politely decline as my attitude was something different. After retirement... Thinking only of one's own needs can make petty and small minded. Thinking of others, praying for them, giving to them, and helping them in all possible ways was what I opted. I learnt it from RBI which I always say to others: Realistic Broad-outlook Institution. V T Panchapagesan D Readers' Contributions 1) Auto Experience : Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai Living in Chennai for the past 60 years has taught me enough. In 1950s there were more rickshaws pulled by men. We were pained to see human beings pulling people with luggages for petty amount of 6 Annas. Then came cycle rickshaws, soon replaced by Autos. You have to be street smart to bargain with automen in Chennai. Metre?-where is it? It is no longer relevant. For a short distance of three Km, he would start from Rs 100/ and sometimes he would never come down. Depending on urgency, we paid whatever demanded. My sambandhi mama has never travelled in auto without quarrelling with the driver. Sometimes he has landed in police stations. I have read about stealing, chain snatching raping etc by auto drivers. But fortunately I didn't have any bad experience of any sort. An auto driver was kind enough to hand over the bag with laptop left by my son in the back seat at my home and refused to accept any money. In 1968, one hot afternoon, after finishing shopping I got an auto from T Nagar. A small girl aged 4 was sleeping inside. The auto man told that "Namma Papa thaan. Erunga.' Since it was child I didn't raise any objection. After 5 mts the child got up. On coming home, I gave the charges to auto man. He asked the child to get down and helped me take my things out. As the child was standing out, the driver simply drove off the vehicle. I shouted and shouted, in vain. In those days there were only two houses in the street. All the plots were vacant. My husband had already returned home from office. My MIL had gone to Tiruchy. I had a generous dosage of abuses from my husband. He said I should not have opted to engage an auto with a third unknown person, ( even if it were a child). He felt that the auto driver would have stolen chain or anklet from the baby. Phoneless days. The child had no uniform. Somehow she was able to name the school in some indistinct Telugu. We went to 4 or 5 kindergarten schools in T Nagar. The child pointed out one school as hers. There was no responsible person to answer. One of the senior girls in the playground said that the child was living in her street. But we were not convinced. The principal residing in Saidapet was called and we narrated everything. She too was unable to identify the child. The senior girl was asked to fetch the parents who turned up at 6 30. It seems that the automan would pick up the child and leave her at the door steps in the after noon.The child would wait at the stair case landing, take snacks kept by her parents thereat around 6 P M. One of the parents would return to take the baby in. On the particular day, regular automan was absent and has entrusted the job to some other automan. This child has entered some auto and started sleeping. The principal without believing the parents asked them to bring the identity badge of the child and thereafter handed over the child in our presence, with a strict warning to the parents who profusely thanked us. On our return, my husband warned me again," Had I not got into the auto with the baby, we would not have got so much tensed. All the doubts we had now, should have risen in my mind before getting into the vehicle. It was a great lesson in life*. I do not know whether the parents would have traced the child at all, had we not taken steps to go to school. Handing over the child in police station might have resulted in a great nuisance. One early morning some time in 2014, on reaching Madras Central Station, I engaged an Auto to go home. The Auto driver (forgot the name) appeared to be a well-informed person. I struck a conversation with him enquiring about competition that he faced from call taxis. He admitted that it was tough but was confident that autos would survive. While he pointed out the short life of call taxi companies like Bharathi, NTL, Friends etc. he was confident that Autos would survive. Suddenly he asked me whether I knew the meaning of "Auto". I said "No". I was under the impression that it was some name associated with automobiles. He surprised me with his explanation. " During the British Rule, medicines were transported to hospitals from the Central Medical Depots initially by hand pulled rickshaws, then by peddaled tricycle rickshaws. At that time an enterprising Sardar from Jallandar fixed a motor to the cycle rickshaw which was used to draw water. After making innovative alterations to the vehicle, it was faster & could carry heavier loads. So, the British Government invested in more such motorised vehicles to transport urgent life saving medicines to hospitals. These were called "An Urgent Transport Option". The AUTO became very popular and slowly they were used for various other purposes including transporting passengers. Over the period, this was modified technically and in appearance." I realised that to gain knowledge, one has to keep one's eyes and ears open always because we never know from where it comes to us. Interesting expansion. Many taxi/auto drivers, once they find their clients receptive, share information and even news which we would not come across in the normal course. Mobile is affecting such interaction also. We find many samaritans among Auto Drivers. Sometimes they go out of the way to help. During Fire accident in Kumbakonam Elementary school in 2004, 94 children died. A mother( widow) who lost two out of her four children died of shock leaving two young kids of 4 and 2. An auto man who had also lost one of his children in the tragedy, is voluntarily bringing up the two children as his own with full cooperation from his wife. As the mother died soon after, no one could claim compensation also. We happened to travel by the auto from Kumbakonam to Thiruvisainallur and the driver was narrating his experiences during the Fire tragedy and he was able to save four children by transporting them to the hospital in his auto. He shed tears on the destiny of other innocent children who lost their lives. On the way he stopped his vehicle in his house and showed the two children to us. The girl had grown tall and was doing 10 th standard and the boy was in 8th. Giving money and donating is different. But to bring up the children as his own is totally remarkable. My sambandhi mama, a native of Thiruvisainallur, who has a general aversion to all autowallas in Chennai, has special consideration to this autodriver and extends generous help when needed. Vathsala Jayaraman E Healthcare When to drink water : Vathsala Jayaraman When to Drink Water How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!! Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. Correct time to drink water... Very Important message from a Cardiac Specialist : Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body : 2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs, 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion, 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure, 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack. My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A M and noon. Having one during the night, when the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happenes. 1 If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The reason : Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if a heart attack happens in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and ... DO NOT LIE DOWN! Vathsala Jayaraman F Blogs & Links Open this link with caution : "Deception Proverbs" https://proverbicals.com/deception/amp/ Because it's about deception! G Quotes about Self-Development "Great Quotes on Personal Development" https://sourcesofinsight.com/personal-development-quotes/ Like : “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller (Helen Adams Keller was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months.)

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