Warrier's Collage December 17, 2021

Warrier's COLLAGE On Friday December 17, 2021 Babies smiling/laughing https://youtu.be/8RZfZ3qpAMk (Just watch and Njoy) Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier Leisure Cheque Mate* Norma and Polly were talking about their grandchildren after the holidays. Norma said, "My daughter-in-law stopped making my grandchildren send their 'thank you' notes. Each year I send the grandchildren a card with a generous cheque inside. I always received a lovely `thank you' note. However, since my daughter-in-law stopped making the grandkids send thank you notes, I never hear from them." Polly said, "My daughter-in-law never made the grandchildren send `thank you' notes. I too send them a very generous cheque. However, for the past several years, I hear from them within a week after they receive it. In fact, they each pay me a personal visit." "Wow," remarked Norma, "I wish mine would do that." "You can, Norma, you can." "How?" Norma asked. "Simple. Do what I do. Don't sign the cheque." *Received from R Jayakumar via Group mail A Responses 1) V T Panchapagesan "Nice. Share your happiness with others. And it will be multiplied .. God's Love is the answer to all the world's problems......" 2) R Jayakumar Miss Chillar's brilliant answer which made the judges of the beauty pageant cry with emotion (Thought for the Day) is worth reflecting for a while. Though the presentation is imaginary the problems of doctor's profession is not a bed of roses any more. There is tough competition. A couple of years back allopathy doctors were looked upon with respect and were in demand. But in the last two years shops with boards of homeopathic and ayurvedic treatment are mushrooming everywhere, almost one at the right side and one at the left side of every allopathic doctor. In addition even grocery shopkeepers, dairy owners and saloon owners are shifting their profession to detoxing centres, weight loss, diet consultants, diabetis controllers and to anything other than surgery. They are becoming popular as people can consult them without any patho tests. It is the beauty of the interior and exterior decorations of their premises that attracts the people and not the brain of the person sitting inside. So my vote is for beauty and not for the brains. B Life Reshmy Warrier shared a story : When he was 40, the renowned Bohemian novelist and short story writer Franz Kafka (1883–1924), who never married and had no children, was strolling through Steglitz Park in Berlin, when he chanced upon a young girl crying her eyes out because she had lost her favorite doll. She and Kafka looked for the doll without success. Kafka told her to meet him there the next day and they would look again. The next day, when they still had not found the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter "written" by the doll that said, “Please do not cry. I have gone on a trip to see the world. I'm going to write to you about my adventures." Thus began a story that continued to the end of Kafka's life. When they would meet, Kafka read aloud his carefully composed letters of adventures and conversations about the beloved doll, which the girl found enchanting. Finally, Kafka read her a letter of the story that brought the doll back to Berlin, and he then gave her a doll he had purchased.“This does not look at all like my doll," she said. Kafka handed her another letter that explained, “My trips, they have changed me." The girl hugged the new doll and took it home with her. A year later, Kafka died. Many years later, the now grown-up girl found a letter tucked into an unnoticed crevice in the doll. The tiny letter, signed by Kafka, said, “Everything you love is very likely to be lost, but in the end, love will return in a different way." (Thanks, Reshmy. If I had responded before reading the last line, I thought the painting which was part of the write-up was yours. Nothing wrong. But in retrospect we have to continue to believe in "Maya"👍🙏-Warrier) C Current Affairs Media Response To The Editor The Hindu Business Line Letters December 16, 2021 Social security issues This refers to the report "25% of workers in unorganised sector registered on e-shram portal"(December 16). The initiative is commendable, but one is not sure whether the basic issue of social security it is supposed to address is getting the priority it deserves. Collection of data is essential, but there's no indication about the seriousness with which the nation proposes to handle the situation arising from absence of a prices, income and living wage policy at the ground level. The above observation is also in the context of abrupt withdrawal of the existing pension scheme for government employees from 2004 and unhappy interference in the implementation of existing pension schemes by statutory bodies and PSUs. Obviously, central government has reasons for their action which are based on rising budgetary demands. Transfer of government expenditure to non-budget sources should be welcomed. However allowing starvation wages to continue and ignoring refusal by employers both in public and private sectors to include retirement benefits as an essential ingredient in the wage bill will be detrimental to the health of Indian Economy in the long run. M G Warrier Thiruvananthapuram D Readers Write Music Response from Vathsala Jayaraman I read with great interest the article by Shri Babusenan about the help rendered by another musician when the violin of the performing violinist got some problem during mid concert. This brings to my mind the constant epidemy in Chennai for the past 70 years. For the past two years every one in the world is talking about the pandemic season of Corona. There are hundreds of articles about precautions, symptoms and treatment. But do you know that in Chennai there is a seasonal serious infection that is grossly under-diagnosed. It is caused by a resistant bacterium, Musicobacter. It is probably the only bacterium that spreads through ears. The affected individuals show the following symptoms and signs : Selective amnesia : The person forgets exactly the name of the raga in which the singer sings and recollects a list of related albeit wrong ragas. Sometimes, long-term memory will be hyper-active. He may say“I heard GNB singing this in 1948 at Academy on a Sunday evening when it was raining heavily.” Violent epileptic-fits like movements: These include shaky movements of the head associated with uttering of words like“Sabash! Besh Besh!" even though the concert has not yet started. Sometimes violent, jerky, highly irregular movements of hands collide with each other. These movements are erroneously called talams. (Continued at H1) E Blogs & Links Franz Kafka* https://www.britannica.com/biography/Franz-Kafka Excerpts : In fact, generally speaking, Kafka was a charming, intelligent, and humorous individual, but he found his routine office job and the exhausting double life into which it forced him (for his nights were frequently consumed in writing) to be excruciating torture, and his deeper personal relationships were neurotically disturbed. The conflicting inclinations of his complex and ambivalent personality found expression in his sexual relationships. Inhibition painfully disturbed his relations with Felice Bauer, to whom he was twice engaged before their final rupture in 1917. Later his love for Milena Jesenská Pollak was also thwarted. His health was poor and office work exhausted him. In 1917 he was diagnosed as having tuberculosis, and from then onward he spent frequent periods in sanatoriums. In 1923 Kafka went to Berlin to devote himself to writing. During a vacation on the Baltic coast later that year, he met Dora Dymant (Diamant), a young Jewish socialist. The couple lived in Berlin until Kafka’s health significantly worsened during the spring of 1924. After a brief final stay in Prague, where Dymant joined him, he died of tuberculosis in a clinic near Vienna. F Spirituality/Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 102 जौ राजु देहि त कवन बडाई जौ भीख मंगावहि त किआ घटि जाई तूं हरि भजु मन मेरे पदु निरबानु बहुरि न होइ तेरा आवन जान Emperor or beggar, does not matter O Mind, mediate to get Nirvana, to break out of cycle of birth/death Namdev, 525, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1471176783345061888?s=20 G Quotes on music therapy https://samsfans.org/music-therapy-quotes-10/ Like : Barbara Crowe “(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort — between demoralization and dignity.” Barbara J Crowe is the Director of Music Therapy at Arizona State University. She was also President of the National Association for Music Therapy and served as Chair of the Transition Task Force on Educational and Clinical Training. Additionally, Professor Crowe's research interests include the historical antecedents of modern music therapy and the theoretical foundations of music therapy practice. H 1) Continued from D Acalculia (difficulty in calculating) : The above-said movements are sometimes associated with chaotic counting of fingers or even toes! It may occur even during an Aalapana. The people sitting in the 1st row may even confuse the singer. Voracious appetite: The affected individuals have voracious appetite. They visit the canteens soon after a varnam (usual opening number) is sung. Not visiting the canteen during the thani avarthanam (solo percussion) is considered a sin. Hypersomnia (Increased sleep) : They are found sleeping with a snore that perfectly synchronises with the shruthi box's‘SA Pa SA'. This is commonly seen in morning lecture demonstrations. Ornamentitis: Specially affecting women. Particular in knowing about the colour and shade of the artist's saree and about her jewellery. The brillianace MS's diamond nose rings attracted many a critic. Some critics write more about the zari angavastram and necklesses more than about music. Praecox performances : The individuals develop intense belief that their offspring is a prodigy. On hearing them sing‘Ba ba black sheep', '' johny johny, Yes, papa" they immediately identify an M S lying dormant inside. Podio philia: This denotes the intense craving for occupying the podium. This is common among the chief guest who invariably talks at length or even exhibits his singing talents. Treatment : As the disease is self-limiting it settles by mid January only to recur next year. Since the severity is related to music knowledge improving good music appreciation is the best prevention. One disorder Shri Babusenan has pointed out is 'jealousitis', found commonly in singers when accompanying artists or contemporaries or juniors receive better appreciation from the audience /critics or get some awards. Unlike other symptoms which vanish soon after the music season, this symptom stays for ever. Vathsala Jayaraman

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