Warrier's Collage December 30, 2021
Here Again We Have a New Beginningby Nicholas Gordon
Here again we have a new beginning,
An old refrain to start a brand-new verse.
Perhaps the belly droops, the hair is thinning;
Perhaps each year the memory gets worse.
Yet new beginnings always start with hope,
Needing hope to nurture innocence,
Endeavoring to find a way to cope
When nothing deeply thought about makes sense.
Years come and go; Eden doesn't change.
Each new year we toddle forth again,
Afoot into a world that's ever strange,
Restored by some great turning tide within!
The Hindu Calendar is of two types:
- the solar calendar or the saura maana, and
- the lunisolar calendar or the chaandra maana.
We will describe both in detail in this article.
The structure of the Hindu Calendar is of course composed of days making months making years. The system of describing days is the same in both the solar and lunisolar calendars. The system of describing months and hence years is what distinguishes the solar and lunisolar calendars from each other. We shall first describe the day, then the months and year of the solar calendar, and then the months and year of the lunisolar calendar. Then we shall speak about year numbering and the 60 names of the years.
The elders today live in a bewildering world of loneliness. Nuclear families are here to stay. In the olden days, in a joint family, support to the young and old was given without question. Having been protected through their lives, the elders find the props removed and they are forced to fend for themselves today. As an attempt to fill this lacuna to some degree, A Handbook for Silvers offers useful suggestions to seniors as to how to overcome or cope with some of their disabilities.
Divided into chapters for easy referral and with a font easy to read, it is a bedside book for every elder. The cold facts of ageing explores the different aspects of the inconvenience of age, it assures the reader that ageing is a normal occurrence and that one can cope with positivity and a will to enjoy life.
It offers tools to cope with loneliness, which can dramatically affect the health of an elderly person. Bonding with family and tips on how to accomplish this, making your home older people friendly to avoid accidents and falls and making travel less stressful are some of the topics covered.
There are little pointers factored in for dealing with emergencies, eating right and exercising to improve the quality of life, and socialising and nurturing talents and hobbies.
The author has dipped into her own life experiences and her work with the older people through her life and has expressed it in many ways through the handbook.