Warrier's Collage November 21, 2021

Welcome to Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday November 21, 2021 Manasamayine Varu... https://youtu.be/W4FHG5baLOM (Malayalam Movie Chemmeen, Manna Dey*singing...60 Plus years ago) (*Prabodh Chandra Dey, known by his stage name Manna Dey, was an Indian playback singer, music director, and a musician. As a classical vocalist, he belonged to the Bhendibazaar Gharana and was trained under Ustad Aman Ali Khan.) Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday November 27, 2021. Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages 1) S K Gupta Panchkula Narration of M G Warrier's "Exit Interview" in the chamber of the DAG, prior to his successfully managing the mandatory relieving letter for joining the RBI, made interesting reading. However, one really wonders as to what truly necessitated such an inter-personal interaction at that level? Could it be attributed to the usual bureaucratic redtapism or you were enjoying some special reputation in the AG's Office at that time? Please share anything special you got to experience in the RBI too. (That was the kind of revenge the establishment took against inconvenient trade union activists. My crime was, I was a member of the Employees' Association Management Committee at that time. So far, for personal reasons, I have avoided sharing my experiences inside RBI with the exception of one or two anecdotes🙏-M G Warrier) 2) Vathsala Jayaraman Chennai This refers to Collage dated November 18, 2021 in which many details are found about Sabarimala Yatra. A special mention has been made about the restriction on women at the reproductive age of 10-50 from visiting Sabarimala. (Continued at H3) B Spirituality/Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 76 जुगति जानि नही रिदै निवासी जलत जाल जम फंध परे भिखु फल संचि भरे मन ऐसे परम पुरख प्रभ मन बिसरे Not realising remedy - God is residing within, burning in desires Mind occupied in gathering vices; Forgotten God Dhana, Raag Asa, 487, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1461814290105749508?s=20 C Satsangam with V T Panchapagesan SUNDAY COLLAGE Work in any form is WORSHIP Sareeram what we call physical body is meant to do Service to others... This is the basic structure to go to a higher level of understanding SELF. Jigmet is an example for us all who has shown us the way, unknown to many... Someone had been to Ladakh for a week long family trip. Their local driver was a 28-year old chap named Jigmet. Jigmet's family consists of his parents, wife & two small girls! This was the conversation with Jigmet, during their journey in deep Himalayan Ranges! (Continued at H2) D Current Affairs 1) Media Response To The Editor The Hindu Business Line Letters November 20, 2021 A Win-Win compromise This refers to the report "'Unable to convince farmer brothers', PM drops farm laws"(November 20). Attribute it to fear of losing elections or the realisation that more homework was needed before legislative measures having long term economic and social implications at ground level where landlords and the rich still have a stronger hold than political parties of any denomination, this turnaround was a master stroke from a mature political leadership. Once again, PM Modi is in a "Head I win, tail you lose" stance. Jokes apart, the opposition and the strong farmers' lobby will take a longer period than the Modi government took to come down from the adamant position of "No going back on farm laws" to invent anything new which can be sensationalised in the way the three farm laws were ignited into a burning issue taking advantage of the ignorance of common man about the detailed economic and legal implications. The present government at the Centre has no dearth of issues with which the media attention can be diverted from the present embarrassment. Public memory is short and common man's memory is shorter. M G Warrier Mumbai 2) TEN CLEANEST CITIES "10 Cleanest Cities Ranked By Government Survey, 2020 | So Delhi" https://so.city/delhi/article/10-cleanest-cities-in-india-ranked-according-to-the-swachh-bharat-abhiyan-2020 E Readers' Contributions 1) Strange are the ways of adoration : V Babusenan Thiruvananthapuram Years ago, one short story appeared in the popular Malayalam weekly 'Mathrubhoomi'. Who the writer was I don't remember,but its content is etched in my memory.The headmaster of an upper primary school in a village in the Malabar area was selected for one of the highest honour for teachers. He was indeed an excellent teacher deserving it,but ,in the nature of things, would have ended as a mute inglorious Milton. The whole village was elated and arrangements were being made to give their dear headmaster a rousing welcome on his return from the citadel. (Continued at H1) 2) More about Diamonds : Vathsala Jayaraman Today's (November 20) Collage had an interesting take on diamonds. Here is an article where you can know more of diamonds. The word Kohinoor in Persian means "Mountain of Light". The Kohinoor Diamond had its origin in Guntur Of Andhra Pradesh. It was used to adorn the eye of the Goddess by Kakaliya Kings. Delhi Sultanate plundered the diamond from Kakatiyas. (Continued at H2) F Leisure Open Heart Doubt* : Beat this !!! I am a Cardiac surgeon working in a reputed hospital in Hyderabad. Normally after I come out of the operation theatre after performing the procedure many anxious near and dear ones of the patient waiting outside eagerly ,rush to me and ask me many questions about the condtion of the patient ,success of the surgery etc .But recently I was asked a question by the patient's wife for which I had no answer. With both eyes filled with tears ,she held both my gloved hands firmly and asked "Please tell me doctor. ..was there any other lady in his heart ?".... *Stolen from a Face Book Post. Owner can claim credit within 24 hours. G Quotes about diamonds "50 Diamond Quotes About Lasting Forever and Shining Bright (2021)" https://everydaypower.com/diamond-quotes/ Like : “The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect His people.” – Thomas Guthrie 36. “Rough diamonds may sometimes be mistaken for worthless pebbles.” – Thomas Browne 37. “A diamond doesn’t start out polished and shining. It once was nothing special, but with enough pressure and time, becomes spectacular. I’m that diamond.” – Solange Nicole H 1) Continued from E2 The diamond passed thro Moghul rulers upto Aurangazeb . Then Nader Shah took it to Persia. Travelled thro Afghanistan and at last came to the possession of Ranjith Singh who wrote a 'Will' that the diamond should go to Poori Jagannath. However the'will' was not executed and as per Treaty of Lahore 'the Kohinoor Diamond was handed over to Queen Victoria on 3rd July 1850 and continues to remain in London. Originally the diamond was of 186.0625 carets weighing 37.21 gms. Later to enhance the brilliance, the diamond was reduced in size to the present wt of 105.602 carets. It is said that cutting operation was done at a cost of 8000 pounds. As per legend Kohinoor is the same Syamantaka which Lord Krishna was accused of stealing. The Kohinoor Diamond is supposed to carry a curse. All men who were in possession of the Diamond either lost the throne or met with failures. Humayun had very bad luck. Shershah was burnt to death. Shah Jahan was allowed to see Taj only thro the reflection thro Kohinoor Diamond placed near a window. Akbar never used the diamond. Queen Victoria was lucky to have it in her crown. Indian Govt's request to return the diamond met with failure. SOME FACTS ABOUT DIAMONDS : 1.The word Diamond is derived from Greek word 'adamas' meaning unconquerable and indestructible. 2.Diamond is used to promote strength, invincibility and courage. 3.The purest diamond is brilliant and colourless. 4.Diamond is weighed in caret. One caret=0.20 gm. 5.Since it is very light and precious, only 18carets of gold is used to set diamond stones to make the base more flexible. 6. The term caret originated from the seeds of'carob' tree, the seeds of which were extremely uniform in weight. 7. If we dig out 250 tons of earth we can find a single diamond of one caret weight.Of course stones of smaller weights are not rare. 8. Weight and size are two different things. Two diamonds of the same weight may vary in price if the size varies by 0.01 millimeter. Colour Of Diamonds D-F The finest and brightest & colourless G-H White and bright,nearly colourless, less expensive than D-F but when mounted on Gold ,it will be equally shining I-J Not quite bright, some tint will be there, hardly visible to the naked eye. K-L Noticeable tint M Lowest Grade Fluorescence( jolippu) or Brillianace ------------------ This poorippu or jolippu is due to the presence of traces of an element called 'Boron' in the diamond.It is activated by ultraviolet rays causing fluorescence. It is said that some of the best varieties of D-F have negative fluorescence effect and they become hazy in sunlight and glitter only in dark. The second best variety seems to be best costwise & brilliance wise. Some 50 years back much was talked about dosham or tint in diamonds.But now a days all the people buy diamond studs, rings etc on the strength of the oral guarantee or Assay cert from authorities concerned. Since gold price has reached unimaginable levels, people have switched over to diamond, with lesser gold content because of the pride & respect it earns. Vathsala Jayaraman. 2) Continued from C Prashant -: At the end of this week tourist season in Ladakh will end. Are you planning to go to Goa, the way Nepali workers from Hotels do? Jigmet -: No, I am local Ladakhi, so I won't go any where in winter! Prashant -:What work will you do in winter? Jigmet -: Nothing, will sit quietly at home (chuckles & winks!) Prashant -: For six months, up to next April? Jigmet -: I have one option for working. It's to go to Siachen! Prashant: Siachen? What will you do there? Jigmet -: Work as Loader for Indian Army! Prashant -: You mean, you will join Indian Army as Jawan? Jigmet -: No, I have crossed the age limit to join the Army. This is a contract job for Indian Army. With my few friends, also drivers, I will travel 265 kilometers to Siachen Base Camp! My medical examination will be done there to check, if I am fit enough for this job. If I am declared fit, then Army will issue us uniforms, shoes, warm clothing, helmets, etc, We will have to walk up mountains for 15 days to reach Siachen. There is no motorable road to reach Siachen. We will work there for 3 months! Prashant -: What work will you do? Jigmet -: It is of loader. To carry load on our back from one Chowky to other in Siachen. All supplies are airdropped there. We do the job of picking it up & carry it to Chowkies! Prashant -: Why doesn't the Army use Mules or vehicles for shifting of loads? Jigmet -: Siachen is a glacier. Trucks or other vehicles will not work there. Ice scooters make too much sound, which will attract attention from enemy around there. Use of vehicle will result in firing from other side! We go out in the middle of night, generally around 2 am & pick up loads silently & bring back to barracks. We can't even use a torch. Mules or horses cannot be used because at the altitude of 18,875 feet, in winter temperature of minus 50 degrees no animal will survive! Prashant -: How can you lift load on your back where oxygen levels are low? Jigmet -: We carry maximum 15 kgs at a time & we work maximum for 2 hours in a day. Rest of the time is for recouping! Prashant -: That is very risky! Jigmet -: Many of my friends died there. Some of them fell in bottomless crevisses. Some got shot down by enemy bullets. The biggest danger we have in Siachen is of frost bites, but it's rewarding, We are paid Rs 18,000- per month. Since all expenses are taken care of, we can save around Rs 50,000- in these three months. This money is precious for my family for my daughter's education.& finally I have feeling that I am serving the Indian Army, which means my nation! The value of money & the life we have can be better understood after this exchange! Do not forget to share this with your children. Let them realise the value of hard earned money! Totally humbling! A truly great man knows that he did not become GREAT BY HIMSELF, and he Will share the credit with those who had a part in making him what he is. Jigmet is a living example making us feel what we have to do making THE NATION GREAT ..in some way or the other without action / Idling. V T Panchapagesan. 3) Continued from E1 The expectant awardee-let us call him Thanu Iyer-reached the venue in Delhi, with a throbbing heart, for the so-called rehearsal. His mind was full of newspaper reports of his receiving the award from Rashtrapathi. He saw no familiar faces there. Suddenly a tall, well-dressed man came walking towards him smiling and touched his feet. "Don't you recognize me, sir. I am your Pathu. "Recognition suddenly came to Iyer Mash. Yes, Padmanabhan, the brightest boy he ever taught in the school. He knew that Pathu would reach heights. He said : "Pathu,you must be some high official here. I'm very happy my boy." "True, Sir. All because of your blessing. I am one of the senior secretaries in the education wing and in full charges of selecting and honouring distinguished teachers on the Teachers' Day. No one recommended your name. It is me who put your name in the list. My Gurudakshina, sir."Iyer felt that his head was reeling. He grasped the chair lest he should fall. Suffice to say what would have been moments of pride thereafter were to him moments of nightmare. The life of a school teacher or a college lecturer or a professor is a many-splendoured thing, but as Fate decides. Listen to what happened to an eminent professor of economics who, in one of his weak moments, accepted a senior position in a public sector institution as its adviser. It was his misfortune that the Chairman of the big institution, whose egotism had an upper hand over his administrative skill, did not like him. He never bothered to hide his dislike and would not offer him a seat if possible and the latter knew it well. An hour or two before a particular board meeting, the Chairman was discussing some important issue with the Central Government nominee. The adviser was sent for to furnish some clarification. The professor promptly came and found to his joy that the person who represented the GoI in lieu of the regular nominee was a former favourite student of his. The government official was full of reverence for his former professor and refused to sit before him. When the high official was standing,how could the Chairman sit? Even at that juncture, he felt it infra dig to offer a seat to his adviser.He fumed inwardly and made the poor professor's life miserable.... Roughly a century ago,the same thing happened to the great painter Raja Ravi Varma who, in his younger years, was a protege of King Ayilyam Thirunal Rama Varma who ruled the princely state of Travancore between 1860 and1880. When, on his demise, his younger brother Visakham Thirunal Rama Varma ascended the thrown, he despised many things his brother liked. The artist was very much there in his list of persona non grata. The use of the word 'Raja' in the former's name was one of the irritants. The overall control of the princely state of Travancore was from the colonial government 's Madras office. Once a very high official from that office visited the State's capital. When he paid a courtesy call to the King, he expressed a desire to meet with Ravi Varma having come to know that he was in the palace at that time. The artist was summoned and, on seeing him, the visitor stood up in deference as he happened to be a great admirer of arts. The Rule Book did not permit the ruler of a native state to sit before a senior British official as long as the latter was standing. The visitor was not bothered about this and went on talking animatedly about art standing all the while and, as long as he stood, the King also was compelled to stand. Walking straight to his rooms at the end of the discussion, the first thing the artist did was packing. He left the state that very night and never returned so long as the King was alive.Luckily for him Visakham Thirunal's regime was quite short -only five years. This incident, though looks funny, seems to have altered the life of Raja Ravi Varma as an artist. 4) Continued from A2 This issue is in air for long and articles for and against have been written on the Supreme Court judgement in favour of restrictions. We have been advised of the practice as a tradition only. Ms Sinu Joseph, in her maiden effort, in her book Rtu Vidya has dwelt upon the rather complex subject in a very objective way. She has aptly addressed the issue both from the scientific and spiritual angle. The scientific aspect regarding 'oxidative stress' undergone by women during menstruation has been well explained. Due to this oxidative stress, atoms in the female body are slowly relieved of electrons and floating as free radicals. By keeping touch with other human beings, free radicals absorb electrons from those persons, making them devoid of electrons which leads to oxidative stress in them also. She explains that this is the reason for traditional restrictions that were imposed on menstruating women without explaining the science behind it. She could explain the importance of Dharbha mat and flannel shirts to small kids-the items having anti-oxidant properties. Details about the science of free radicals is asubject of study, not in biology, but in Electronics Physics. She has explained in great detail how the visit to certain temples can influence certain chakras in the sookshma shareera . She has dealt with how the reproductive health of women are much affected by visit to temples where tantric worship is done. The book reveals that she has done an in depth study on the impact of visits, particularly of women in the reproductive age to specific temples. She has narrated her own experiences to give credence to her revelations. Hindu women do not as a rule enter the temple or attend any religious functions during their periods of menstruation. It is a taboo indeed. Sinu Joseph has clearly explained why they should abstain from making such visits though specifically prescribed by the elders. Actually many are not aware of the devastating impact it would have particularly on the female body on endocrinal glands like pituitary, closely associated with reproductive health. Our forefathers, after all, have not issued precepts without a valid scientific reason. The book re-establishes this bear fact. Reading the book changes our own perception of Sabarimala temple and the other Sastha temples she has referred to therein. Her experiences in different temples makes interesting reading. It is a wonderful effort by Sinu Joseph marked by innate dedication and thorough research. 1:33:44NOW PLAYING Rtu Vidya : Ancient Science behind Menstrual Practices - Sinu Joseph - #IndicTalks Centre for Indic Studies About : In this talk, the orator, Sinu Joseph shares her views on the cultural practices around menstruation in India. She attempts to ... 1:56:51NOW PLAYING WATCH LATER ADD TO QUEUE Menstrual Restrictions Through The Lens Of Tantra Shastra | Sinu Joseph #SangamTalks Vathsala Jayaraman

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