Warrier's Collage March 14, 2022

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Monday, March 14, 2022 1) The Naked Truth https://youtu.be/-zWmHVYzkGs (Link Courtesy : Yashodhan Mujumdar Mumbai) 2) Krishnagadha : Malayalam https://youtu.be/b0S5mimBlpQ https://www.vedantu.com/question-answer/wrote-the-krishnagatha-a-cherussery-b-class-11-social-science-cbse-5feae4d717b07160626d2a66 Good Morning Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages/Responses Vathsala Jayaraman Delighted to read about 'wife' written by Shri Babusenan. My memories go back to my father's special class on the word'Wife' in the year 1954 when I was in 8th Standard. he explained how the term was derived from so many languages Wibam or weib in German, Wife in old English, Viv in Danish. It was interesting to have the pronunciation as Hussif for the word House wife meaning 'a Sewing kit' or bundle of varieties of needles. It often suits a nagging wife. Vathsala Jayaraman B Current Affairs RBI Governor says : https://m.economictimes.com/news/economy/policy/need-for-effective-communication-strategy-to-manage-expectations-rbi-governor-shaktikanta-das/articleshow/89989661.cms C Media Responses March 13, 2022 1) Covid end in sight? This refers to the report "WHO weighing what would signal Covid end" (The Hindu Business Line, March 13). Everything that had a beginning has to have an end. When the talk is about scary things like pandemic and war, any mention about end by itself has a soothing impact. One can even expect a bull run in the share markets across the world! Jokes aside, WHO should consider declaring geographical areas where daily average reporting of Covid cases is below a pre-decided benchmark per million as Covid-safe for travel and commodities movement. M G Warrier Thiruvananthapuram 2) Cold storage facilities March 13, 2022 Cold storage facilities Recently more and more reports are coming from various parts of Kerala about rising temperature and problems faced by common man. A channel report focused on the plight of small fruits and vegetables vendors/shop owners because of the reduced shelf life of their stocks during summer. As they procure fruits and vegetables mostly at wholesale prices from weekly markets, the losses in storage for small shops during summer due to green vegetables and fruits losing quality and weight in the heat can be substantial. One possible solution could be to encourage setting up common cold storage facilities in towns where shop owners can keep their bulk stocks and withdraw daily depending on the progress in sales. Government may rope in cooperatives and private individuals to provide this service, if necessary with some need-based subsidy and/or charging cost-effective rates for electricity consumption. M G Warrier Thiruvananthapuram D 1) Madras Courier : Poetry https://madrascourier.com/art-and-poetry/how-a-poem-writes-itself/ 2) Towards zero vacancies https://www.moneylife.in/article/needed-a-zero-vacancy-approach-to-top-level-appointments/46688.html This is a 2016 article. The position is getting worse year after year : https://prsindia.org/theprsblog/understanding-vacancies-in-the-indian-judiciary#:~:text=Between%202010%20and%202020%2C%20vacancies,20%25%20in%20subordinate%20courts).&text=As%20on%20November%201%2C%202021,a%20sanctioned%20strength%20of%2034). E Spirituality/Faith charan singh (@CharanSingh60) Tweeted: Unity in Diversity - 189 हरि भगता हरि धनु रासि है गुर पूछि करहि वापारु हरि नामु सलाहनि सदा सदा वखरु हरि नामु अधारु गुरि पूरै हरि नामु द्रिड़ाइआ हरि भगता अतुटु भंडारु For devotees, God/Naam is wealth, Capital, Support, Treasure to be traded on Guru's advice Amardass, 28, SGGS https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1502726208546832384?s=20&t=A-HQvb44z-3TzhOS9i427w F Leisure Dr Chitra Nashik adds more pun for fun Adding to the punnery quotient 1. My best mates and I played a game of hide and seek. It went on for hours...Well, good friends are hard to find. 2. You’re not completely useless, you can always serve as a bad example. 3. I broke my finger last week.On the other hand, I’m okay. 4. Someone stole my Microsoft Office and they’re gonna pay. You have my Word. 5. Don't spell part backwards. It's a trap. 6. And the Lord said unto John, “Come forth and you will receive eternal life.” But John came fifth, and he got hell. 7. What is the best thing about living in Switzerland? Well, the flag is a big plus. 8. Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of soda? He was lucky it was a soft drink. 9. How did I escape Iraq? Iran. 10. To the mathematician who thought of the idea of zero. Thanks for nothing! 11. Son: "Dad, can you tell me what a solar eclipse is?" Dad : "No sun." 12 My math teacher called me average. How mean! 13 Clinic Receptionist : “Doctor, there's a patient on line that says he's become invisible". Doctor : “Well, tell him I can't see him right now." G Long life: a boon or bane? Rishi Kanna Disintegrated joint family system and lack of governmental and societal support affect the elderly There is something very enticing about the edentulous smile of old people. It is childlike. Whenever I spoke to Lakshmi, her smile and incessant speech would be captivating. She was a breast cancer survivor, and had lived courageously braving the troubles of a major surgery, chemotherapy, periodic scans and innumerable doctor visits for eight years. When I first met her in the clinic a year ago, she had back pain which turned out to be the recurrence of breast cancer with spread to the spine. She went through a major spine surgery and recovered well. But the mandatory post-surgical radiotherapy to the spine resulted in a wound breakdown. She was in her eighth decade now and the coexistent diabetes and cardiac issues were serious challenges to heal her wound. But she never missed sporting her smile whenever I met her. Finally, she was discharged after a month-long stay. Like a ghost movie, when we thought that she had successively come out of our hell, she returned to the hospital six months later, with a clot in her lungs. Now she had lost her smile. The long periods of hospitalisation, multiple tubes likely to be inserted into her, battery of investigations and prospects of another surgery loomed large on her. I was pretty sure that with intensive care and high-end medications, we can prolong her survival but she had lost her will. The life expectancy of an average human being was around 40 in the early 20th century. Due to dramatic improvements in modern medicine and public health initiatives, the life expectancy has soared to 75 now across the globe (the global population aged 60 and above in 1980 has doubled by 2017). In particular, vaccines to reduce the incidence of communicable diseases, early diagnosis and treatment of non-communicable diseases, effective surgical treatment and handling of complex injuries have made humans live longer than their predecessors before. All these have delayed death, but at the risk of disability. Elderly people living with colostomy bags, indwelling urinary catheters, dialysis thrice a week, tracheostomy tubes, multiple surgeries, oxygen cylinders and respiratory supporters have become relatively common, especially in developed societies. This poses philosophical questions of prolonging disability due to ageing. As we age, the incidence of neural diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and musculo-skeletal diseases such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and arthritis are natural accompaniments, making the mobility of elderly people difficult and painful. In developed societies where an adequate social healthcare system is in place, the lives of elderly are reasonably well supported. Social discussion groups, home care nurses, delivery of essential goods and recreation centres help them tide over the disability with reasonable comfort. All governmental and private places are equipped with ramps, easy access to toilets, elevators and comfortable parking places, helping the elderly continue to have a better life. Little support However, in developing countries such as India, the increasing life expectancy among the elderly seems to be a bane for many. The disintegrated joint family system and lack of governmental societal support are a double whammy on the plight of elderly. With many children working abroad or having odd working hours, the old people are left to fend for themselves with their disabilities. Many of them find it difficult to tread along our pothole-ridden roads even to access basic groceries. They are dependent on online delivery agents and good Samaritan neighbours and auto-drivers. The problems are further magnified by the psychological effects of “empty-nest syndrome” adding to the physical impairments. Unlike other animals and plants whose life expectancy has remained the same for millions of years, humans have tricked nature and prolonged their life, albeit with a bad baggage. Modern science is evolving in leaps and bounds every day, finding treatments for many diseases and postponing the inevitable. I am not arguing that science should not evolve and diseases should not be treated. But there should be simultaneous changes in the way how we move into old age and how we are supporting the elderly. Similar to retirement financial plans, physical fitness to reduce future musculo-skeletal disability should be focussed on, at least from mid-life. Sedentary lifestyle, job stress and obesity are fodder for disability in old age. Physical infrastructure of offices, buildings and entertainment zones, and societal system should be improved drastically to engage the senior citizens comfortably instead of caging them indoors. In developed societies, where an adequate social healthcare system is in place, the lives of elderly are reasonably well supported.

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