Warrier's Collage January 22-23, 2022

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE Weekend Edition January 22-23, 2022 Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending January 29, 2022 Nice Day Next issue of Collage, hopefully, will be on January 26, 2022. M G Warrier A Messages Not included. But thanks for all responses and personal messages. 🙏-Warrier B Current Affairs RBI Bulletin January 2022 https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=53113 Excerpts from Press Release : The Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Consumer Confidence in India Most countries witnessed a gradual uptick in consumer confidence after the major slump encountered when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit their shores, though it is yet to return to pre-pandemic levels in most countries. This article analyses the impact of the pandemic on consumer confidence in India, as gauged by the Reserve Bank’s Consumer Confidence Survey (CCS). Highlights: The pandemic severely dented consumer confidence in India, with sentiments of households across strata influenced by the spread of infections and fatalities. Sentiments of consumers in severely impacted cities were more affected as compared to that for respondents in other cities. While consumers remain concerned about the current situation, their expectations for the year ahead may portend confidence in economic recovery after subsidence of the pandemic. C Book Review : Mainstream Weekly http://mainstreamweekly.net/article11971.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email Excerpts : Aubrey Menen is delightful when he describes how his grandmother in Kerala received people formally, "that is to say, with her breasts completely bare. In her view, a wife who dressed herself above her waist could only be aiming at adultery." Menen put it bluntly when he said: "The simple idea that first led monks to turn their backs on civilisation was Heaven. Heaven was a place much better than Rome." Mehrotra has included quite a galaxy of irresistibles in his anthology. Mukul Kesavan on The Ugliness of the Indian Male, Dom Moraes on God, M. Krishnan on the Jallikattu, Francis Newton Souza on Nirvana of a Maggot. In all, 440 pages of pure delight. Will Mehrotra come out with another volume? Material, quite rich, is waiting. D Spirituality/Faith 1) Satsangam with V T Panchapagesan SUNDAY COLLAGE RELAX, PRAY WITH SILENCE & WITHOUT STRESS AND STRAIN. We live in a noisy world, a noisome world.. There is too much noise in our lives and not enough Silence. There is also too much disturbance and not enough Prayer... There is too much of the world and not enough of God.. As a result, people have become so much accustomed to sound, Noise, Disturbance, and Distractions that Silence, Quietness, Tranquility , And God have little place in the lives of many, perhaps, of most people. Silence has become deadly, quiet, unbearable, tranquility abnormal, And God a Stranger.. People want to go to places and do things, They are not content to remain within themselves and think or meditate or pray.. And yet we need the very things we fear and reject. We need Silence at times in order to hear God’s voice, we quiet To exercise the rational part of our Nature, we need Tranquility... It is silence which can still the mind, so that the mind is calm and clear As the surface of the lake on a windless day.. In Silence, the mind will become a source of indescribable joy and peace —-and tension and stress will vanish, as dew before The Rising Sun.. Sitting in silence, we can pray. We can meditate upon The Lord.. We can engage ourselves in a loving and intimate conversation with God.. God is not from us afar. He is wherever we are. He is here. He is now. Anchor our hopes and aspirations in His safe harbor. Where He is——there is absolute Peace...... Always Pray to have the eyes that see the best, A heart that forgives the worst, A mind that forgets the bad, And a Soul that never loses FAITH.. V T Panchapagesan 2) Dr Charan Singh charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 139 हरि गुन कहते कहनु न जाई जैसे गूंगे की मिठिआई भगत भीखन, सोरठ, ६५९, गुरु ग्रंथ साहिब Divine virtues/Joy of meditating cannot be described as taste of eating sweets cannot be narrated by a dumb (speechless) person Bhikhan, Sorath, 659, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1484626841583648768?s=20 E Fire at Kamala Building (Tardeo, Mumbai) https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/mumbai-fire-breaks-out-in-20-storey-kamala-building-in-tardeo/amp_articleshow/89051980.cms F Leisure Shared by R Jayakumar via Group Email Come on, let us learn some interesting facts relatedness to "Books". 1 Dog's Ear ...while reading a book when we get up we fold the corner of the page we were reading. That is known as Dog's Ear. Corner Fold 2 Librocubicularist... the person who reads book lying on the bed. Idle Reader 3 Epeolatry...a person who worships words. Tries to string out the sweetness from every word. This is found mainly with Linguists. Honey Tounge 4 Logophile... a person who is fascinated with words. Words Fan 5 Bibliosmia...The smell of old books. Record Room Smell 6 Book bosomed ... A person who cannot stay a moment without books. Book Holder 7 Omnilegent...A person who reads all types of books without judging the subject. Book Lover 8 BallyCumber... Books which are half read. These books are called BallyCumber. Unfinished Books 9 Tsundoku ... it is a Japanese word. There is no English word for it. This means that after purchase the book was not opened even once. Warrier's Book 10 Princep. ...The first printed copy of any book is called Princep. First Copy 11 Sesquipedalian... A word which has many Syllable such as ses/qui/pe/da/li/an. Confusing Word 12 Colophon... the spine of the book or where the publishers logo is seen. 13 Bibliclasm.. To spoil a book knowingly. Book Review 14 Fascine.. Part. 1st part, 2nd part etc. A book which is published in many parts such Encyclopedia Britannica, Oxford Dictionary etc. 15 Afflicted. ... After reading a book if a person feels like crying at the end but is unable to do so. This feeling is called afflicted. Pain in the neck 16 Bookklempt... when you have finished reading the last episode and you know that there is no other episode to read but you are unable to digest this truth, this feeling is known as Bookklempt. Unfinished 17 Chaptigue...the tired feeling which you get in the morning after reading a book for the whole night is known as Chaptigue Fatigue 18 Delitrium..the good feeling which you get from the smell of a newly purchased book. 19 Madgedy ... repeatedly reading a sad story and hoping that the end will be different. 20 Mehnertia ...after reading a book for sometime and than reading it from the start all over again because you forgot what you were reading. 21 Rageammed..when you advocate your friends to read a book which you liked and they inform you that they have already read the book and they did not like it. The feeling which have at that moment is known as Rageammend 22 Swapshame..when after reading a book for sometime you think that there was another book which you liked and you are in a dilemma which one to read first, this condition of yours is known as Swapshame. You can now understand that even if you acquire knowledge by reading books but these were unknown to us. 2) You want to be remembered for*.. "I want to remember your face so that when I meet you in heaven, I will be able to recognise you and thank you once again." When Nigerian billionaire Femi Otedola in a telephone interview, was asked by the radio presenter, "Sir what can you remember made you a happiest man in life?" Femi said: "_I have gone through four stages of happiness in life and finally I understood the meaning of true happiness_." The first stage was to accumulate wealth and means. But at this stage I did not get the happiness I wanted. Then came the second stage of collecting valuables and items. But I realised that the effect of this thing is also temporary and the lustre of valuable things does not last long. Then came the third stage of getting big projects. That was when I was holding 95% of diesel supply in Nigeria and Africa. I was also the largest vessel owner in Africa and Asia. But even here I did not get the happiness I had imagined. The fourth stage was the time a friend of mine asked me to buy wheelchair for some disabled children. Just about 200 kids. At the friend's request, I immediately bought the wheelchairs. But the friend insisted that I go with him and hand over the wheelchairs to the children. I got ready and went with him. There I gave these wheel chairs to these children with my own hands. I saw the strange glow of happiness on the faces of these children. I saw them all sitting on the wheelchairs, moving around and having fun. It was as if they had arrived at a picnic spot where they are sharing a jackpot winning. I felt REAL joy inside me. When I decided to leave one of the kids grabbed my legs. I tried to free my legs gently but the child stared at my face and held my legs tightly. I bent down and asked the child: _Do you need something else_? The answer this child gave me not only made me happy but also changed my attitude to life completely. This child said: "_I want to remember your face so that when I meet you in heaven, I will be able to recognise you and thank you once again._" What would you be remembered for after you leave that office or place? Will anyone desire to see your face again where it all matters? This is a must read piece. It got me thinking. I am sending it to all my friends. I pray it does same to everyone. Try to touch lives. *Received from Shaji Kurup (If you feel this is a repeat, thank your memory 🙏-Warrier) G Reader's Contribution : Vathsala Jayaraman Expectations Vs Appreciation It is quite a different feeling, expecting something, as compared to appreciating something. In one case, you feel owed, and in the other you feel awed. Human mind longs for appreciation and all cannot be true followers of 'Karmanyeva Adhikarasthe, Ma phaleshu kadaachana". Even a person doing pravachan on this subject expects appreciation as to how he dealt with the subject. It is just like a sage longing to leave all the desires, which in itself is a desire. Well-meant appreciation given adds to building relationship and is the numerator adding value to life. When we perform actions, we make an attempt to excel and it unfortunately, creates a residue of expecting appreciation hidden behind ego. If it comes, when accepted gracefully into the heart, causes no damage. If it goes into the head as a great sense of pride, it creates negative impact in our lives. It changes our thinking from "I can do it well (self-confidence)" to "No one can do better than me (over-confidence)". When we have an expectation, we are placing a demand on the other person or persons. Mahakavi Kalidasa,Dandin, Bharavi and Maagha - all were great poets and were appreciated a lot. But Maagha somehow was not very popular. To give more credentials to Maagha and to give him what he deserved, the following poem was circulated. Upamaa Kalidasasya Bharaverartha gauravam,1 Dandina; Padha laalityam, maaghe santhi trayo gunaa;11 ( Kalidasa is known for his similies;Bharavi is famous for course content;Dandin is noted for his beautiful exuberant style and In Maagaha we find all the qualities combined.) Thus they started analysing and doing research works on upamas of kalidasa, the noted significance of Bharavi's verses, the literary style of Dandin compared to the All-in One Maagha. All became famous. Even among forum members there are many brilliant scholars who convey great ideas and lengthy concepts which you can't find even in respective texts. It is the essence of so much research.Some write interesting narrations of their past experiences with some spicy masalas added. Some thrill us with humour and give entertainment and relaxation. There are people who participate with beautiful responses which sometimes excel the original writings. There are thousands of others who are silent readers. Each one has his/her own role to play in the team work. By appreciating the things others do or what they write, it does not mean that one must be a door mat and simply accept whatever they tell. There are still standards which must be met. We can take a few minutes to assess ourselves. where in our life we tend to demand or expect things from others without expressing our appreciation at least as often. How often do we expect and how often do we appreciate? Definitely we can trace a design or pattern in our behaviour. If our expectations are high,it means that we have a tendency to have mastery over others. We can do really something to tone down the expectations and demands, and work a little more appreciation into our lives. A simple expression like "I look forward to your writing"or "I wish I could write like you.'may work wonders. Definitely it is a win-win situation. To be able to appreciate genuinely, one has to be humble without a bloated ego or low self-confidence. Expectation is natural. But as Geeta said it is important to keep expectations tempered. I like to think of it this way -- if praise gives me pleasure then it means that I am submitting to someone else's judgement of my worth. Over expectation and too generous appreciations may result in unfavourable consequences. Many people don't have a mind to appreciate though there are many things to be appreciated. Mothers-in-law of the previous generation belonged to this category. When we heartily appreciate someone, even in not so much deserving cases, an air of pleasantness permeates and it gives room to free thoughts and actions. However much we read Gita, expectation can't be totally removed as it is the root that mobilises ambition and achievements. In other words another name for expectation may be success born of efforts. From the first day, the baby invites the attention of mothers by cry-an expression of expectation. This slowly develops into many traits inclusive of telling lies.The innate human nature of becoming somebody makes him expect certain things and look for appreciations. Even God is never an exception. He is known as stotra priya. Krishna would not help unless Draupathi sincerely prayed. He would remain a witness however much we suffer. Agamas, yagnas, and poojas and the entire building science follows this concept of appreciation or prayer in other words. The milky ocean churned for ambrosia and God himself motivated both Asuras and devas with churning keeping the mountain stable to facilitate the ongoing churning with great expectation of amruth. So expectation is in the genesis. But much against their expectation, the poison followed by other precious things came out before the expected Ambrosia. It means in expectation one might anticipate bit poison too and Neelakantan might arrive to swallow it depending upon expectant devotion to him or the cosmic force! In the absence of expectation, civilisation probably would not have come this far. It encourages the recipient to excel, revise his or her bench mark upwards in his or her performance resulting in enhanced productivity. Desire for praise is primitive human nature. It is useful, exciting and positive. However if lack of it makes you unhappy and angry, it's time to take stock of yourself. Praise is administered in lot of flavours. Often with good intentions, people want to praise but blow up such resolve with foam and froth, also known as flatter. I think the drawback with many good-natured people is that they tend to use hyperboles to show their appreciation which the other person though happy on lavish praise will reasonably grow tired of and may become uncomfortable. Praise as such is a cheap commodity these days but sincere-sounding praise is still of caret quality. Though praise is a great motivator, sincere praise works miracles. I think it is important that we instill sincerity in our praise and one must be mindful of this while appreciating the other person rather than ornamenting it with frilled phrases. Vathsala Jayaraman


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