Warrier's Collage April 7, 2022
Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Thursday, April 7, 2022 1) Arts & Crafts Village Kovalam Thiruvananthapuram https://youtu.be/bNrd5R0cUW0 (Know More : https://www.kacvkovalam.org/) 2) Housewarming https://youtu.be/EaG4ixyjCCg Good Morning Next regular issue of Collage will be on Sunday April 10, 2022. Nice Day M G Warrier Spirituality/Faith : Dr Charan Singh https://twitter.com/CharanSingh60/status/1511417150648766465?s=20&t=bkUrv0h7V3MJ6-Eme1feAQ Unity in Diversity - 213 साधो गोबिंद के गुन गावउ मानस जनमु अमोलकु पाइओ बिरथा काहि गवावउ Oh devotees, divine people, sing praises/virtues of God Why are you wasting away the priceless human birth? Guru Tegh Bahadur, Gauri, 219, SGGS A Responses 1) Edassery Madhavan Thrissur Your memories on Shri T Rama Warrier whom destiny linked you as his son in law, was indeed precise and touching sans sentimentality. The lessons you drew from his life are relevant and would lend direction in life especially for youngsters. 2) S Nallasivan* Hyderabad Smt Vathsala Jayaraman in one of her recent write up discussed how one (Parents) would like their offspring perceived them. What better comforting and fulfilling sense of pride it would be for parents when their offspring held their parents in awe and admiration and acknowledged appreciated what they did to them and pronounce loudly that they are the children of such worthy Parents. What more parents want in their life, when they become grandparents, come to know that their grand children too held them in high esteem and emulate them as the best guide, worthy model for a fruitful and meaningful life. I had the privilege to receive a message with a special request that it be treated as purely personal and more so, kept away from "Collage" the contents of which naturally had been heartwarming, as to how a son perceived his erudite father. About Collage, many admirers had attempted to define it, many even called it a College, a platform for learning. We know that it is unique and novel though many would make it too simple, a "Reader's Digest". It has reached lands far and wide and contributions and responses have no Border barriers and not confined to RBI Family too. Reshmy Warrier has a thorough understanding of what the Collage represented and wondered how it happens to be the brainchild of of a lone man, her father who is not any younger and is in his 75+ and striding fast to join the Club of Octogenarians. The Collage has become mobile and gets published from where ever the author has been that day. Shri Warrier, to borrow from his daughter has been a prolific Writer, a columnist, Blogger and an author of Books on Finance, Economy, Banking with focussed attention on Central Banking. Now he has donned the role of an ace Editor that makes a hell of a difference between the Book , a simple Reader's Digest and Warrier's Collage. To quote Reshmy again : "What I like about this Collage is that it's a breath of fresh air from the numerous forwards and extremist opinions that keep circulating. It contains intelligent content, all thanks to dad's editorial instinct and the other equally enthusiastic contributors and readers. The zeal and enthusiasm is highly commendable and inspirational." S Nallasivan (Dear Nallasivan, I've taken the liberty to reproduce here only some edited excerpts from your long response. Hope I have not left out the essence. With this, Collage is concluding the interaction on this subject for now. Many Thanks from me and my family for the encouraging words and blessings from all of you🙏-Warrier) B Current Affairs Irrelevant Comparisons Recently, the expert trollers and Social Media Economists have been drawing comparison between the current Srilanka issues and Kerala's present financial position. To a personal query from a reader on the subject, I responded : "Kerala is not a country and cannot borrow a single rupee from abroad except through GOI. Unlike Srilanka or US, India has enough Domestic Resources more than enough to repay the last rupee/$ of internal/external debt. Ironically, the surface gold stock on which Padmanabha is sleeping is more than adequate for all the development projects Kerala can think of in this Century, besides improving the standard of living of the state's entire population to a decent level. 🙏" Having made such a bold assertion, I remembered that my own 8-year old irrelevant comparison of Cyprus and Kerala is on record : https://www.moneylife.in/article/a-wake-up-call-from-cyprus-for-debt-ridden-states-like-kerala/31894.html Excerpts : "The Cyprus shock gives us an opportunity to trim our ambitions and tailor our projects and programmes in such a way as to harmonise them with resource availability. Taking a lesson, Kerala should also review its half-baked investment ideas that are being pushed through by the neo-rich and non-resident Keralites and stop taking guidance from arm-chair economists" (Open the link to know more. Perceptions can change with your knowledge-base 🙏-Warrier) C Babusenan's Column A Pinch of Salt Our Tamil friends of the Collage are surely familiar with a proverb : 'Adiyolam uthakaa annan thampiyum'(Even the elder brother will not be as useful as a good thrashing) Its English equivalent is'Spare the rod and spoil the child'. In the Victorian England, it is said that the 'rule of the ferrule' was held in high esteem and that in Eton the teacher who thrashed the maximum number of boys was honoured as the best one. In the UP school where I studied, there was a teacher who believed in this proverb with a missionary zeal. It was as if God created him for this purpose. He was bald and a ferocious looking mustache adorned his face. He would not part with his cane and carried it even to the urinal. In the otherwise noisy school, wherever he stood, there was silence- silence of fear. One day he came to our class unexpectedly. He said :"Your mathematics teacher has not come today. I will tell a story. It is about Harischandra, a king who belonged to the Sun dynasty of Sree Rama. At the end of the story, I will ask each one of you to tell me its moral. Now listen carefully."In spite of his strictness, he was a good raconteur. He narrated how Harischandra lost everything including his wife and only son and he, after having been separated from them, was forced to work as a helper in a cremation ground-all because of his strict adherence to truth. Most of us wept bitterly forgetting the person telling the story! When it came to the moral, all of us told him what he wanted to hear : 'Come what may, adhere to truth. 'But Natarajan gave a different moral when his turn came. He said : "The story tells me that one may deviate from truth to the extent necessary to safeguard one's interest." The master did not expect such a response from a boy. He got terribly annoyed and roared : "How dare you? Stretch your hand, You mischievous fellow." All of us sat trembling, But Natarajan did not lose his cool. He said in a steady tone : "Sir, please listen to what I have to say. The king was reduced to the pathetic condition of a cremation ground worker, after losing his wife and only son, simply because of his foolish adherence to what he regarded as truth. He forgot that God had given him brain also to use when needed. Now, sir, you may punish me if you pease." Thus saying, Natarajan stretched his right hand to receive punishment. The master did not know what to do. He was still trembling with rage. He lowered the raised cane and said : "This fellow is a spoiled child. His parents spared the cane. There is no point in punishing him now. "He used another agricultural proverb to the effect that the fellow's is a case of applying manure at the wrong time. Then the gong boomed to inform that the period was over, and, the master left in a huff. Natarajan rose to become a labour leader and a popular minister. O V Vijayan, the famous Malayalam novelist wrote about a country called Dharmapuri. I happened to know that in that country, a noble institution flourished under a very benign person who firmly believed in the proverb : 'What is good for the goose is good for the gander.' By 'goose' he meant those in government and 'gander' was his own people. On the basis of his firm faith in the proverb, he declared a grand welfare scheme for his dear people. The goose did not like it at all and cleverly torpedoed it. Fortunately, he did not live long enough to rue his mistake in not taking his favourite dictum with a pinch of salt. Macbeth, the Scottish king, though an able administrator, believed too much in the prophecies of the Witches as, being the dark age, there were only very few proverbs. The Witches assured him that, until Birnam Woods came walking to Duncinane, no danger could touch his life. The Witches were prone to poetry and he believed them. In spite of his being a first-rate warrior himself, he had no idea about camouflage whereas the Witches knew it. When, at last, the soldiers of his enemy marched to Duncinane concealing themselves behind branches of the Birnam Woods, he realised his folly of not taking the prophecies with a pinch of salt. It was too late and he walked to his death murmering: "Life is a tale told by an idiot Full of sound and fury Signifying nothing." D Nostalgia Pulluvan Pattu https://youtu.be/hr41pSiP77o https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/2012/aug/27/pulluvan-paattu-fading-into-oblivion-due-to-lack-of-patronage-400901.html Pulluvan Paattu’, a traditional folk song rendered by the ‘Pulluva’ clan members to worship snake gods, prevalent in Central Kerala, has slipped into oblivion due to lack of patronage. The ritualistic folk music is sung by the ‘Pulluvas’, a primitive Dravidian group, especially during the Onam festival, as an offering to the Snake Gods. ‘Pulluvan Paattu’ performances were their main source of income, but in recent times many of this community have lost their livelihoods and are forced to take up menial jobs to sustain their lives. However, some of the artists still strive to keep this almost extinct art form from dying, especially in ‘Valluvanadu’ regions of Palakkad and Malappuram districts. E Collage Essay : Vathsala Jayaraman Today's Gala Wedding In olden days all marriages were conducted at homes at pandals extending to four or five houses. Sumptuous food was served on the pyols ( thinnais) of all the houses. Noisy scenes, loads of foods, smoky rituals, nosy relatives eyeing for the tiniest falaw-all are symbolic of middle class Indian weddings. Today bulk budget goes towards wedding halls. There is no half day's rent concept during heavy wedding season. Easily we have to pay around Rs six lakhs for a two day wedding. The marriage expenses amount to life time savings. Apart from hall, jewels, garments and food, one is more concerned about 'Return Gifts'., classified severally between near family members, extended relatives, close friends and mere acquaintances. The issue that starts as a discussion often ends in conflicts. Gifts range from stylish bags, Statues of Gods, jewellery bags, conch shell items etc.All these things occupy the dirtiest corner of the houses of receivers, treated as contemptuous and merge into garbage. Tons and tons of instructions are imparted emphasizing the need for simplicity. But all extravaganzas flourish in air. Are we closely adhering to 'Athithi Devo Bava?' Amidst rich class, wedding has become a great business involving wedding planners and event managers. There is emotional exhortion combined with emotional terrorism too. Marriage has attained the status of an industry that sprouts a host of allied businesses like real estate, jewellery, textiles, beauty parlours ,vedic pundits and gift shops and musicians. Social workers distribute the left over foods among the have-nots. Is it to compensate for around 150 days which are considered inauspicious? After all human life is for Paropakara. Why do we get deprived of Athithi Satkaar?-- either through ego satisfaction or at the cost of sweat and blood of the poor parent. Young brides and grooms, you spend many long hours in planning your mega wedding. Get along. But add one more agenda. Devote a few quality hours in realising your social responsibility of assuring everlasting marital harmony ,not withstanding normal conflicts, a part and parcel of married life.. "Happiness is not a matter of intensity ,but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony"-Thomas Merton. Vathsala Jayaraman F Leisure 1) Banker's Pocket* SMILE The Almost-Perfect Suit A young banker decided to get his first tailor-made suit. So he went to the finest tailor in town and got measured for a suit. A week later he went in for his first fitting. He put on the suit and he looked fabulous, he felt that in this suit he can do business. As he was preening himself in front of the mirror, he reached down to put his hands in the pockets and to his surprise; he noticed that there were no pockets He mentioned this to the tailor, who asked him, "Didn't you tell me you were a banker?" The young man answered, "Yes, I did." "Weird," the tailor said, "who ever heard of a banker with his hands in his own pockets?" *Shared by A P Ramadurai 2) Right response Lockdown dairies!!* My neighbour lady from the opposite building kept waving her hands at me for a few minutes continuously, as I stood in my balcony ✋🏻✋🏻 Thrilled, I waved back at the beautiful woman with all smiles My wife came out to the balcony, hit hard on my head and said "She is cleaning the glass window, come in and start cleaning the kitchen now". *Shared in groups by S Venugopal 3) Press 1 to 9 and wait* The Mental Health Hotline Hello, and welcome to the mental health hotline. If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly. If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you. If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5, and 6. If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want. Stay on the line so we can trace your call. If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be transferred to the mother ship. If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a small voice will tell you which number to press. If you are manic-depressive, it doesn’t matter which number you press, no one will answer. If you are dyslexic, press 969696969696969. If you have a nervous disorder, please fidget with the dash key until a representative comes on the line. If you have amnesia, press 8 and state your name, address, phone number, date of birth, social security number, and your mother’s maiden name. If you have post-traumatic stress disorder, slowly and carefully press 000. If you have bipolar disorder, please leave a message after the beep or before the beep. Or after the beep. Please wait for the beep. If you have low self-esteem, please hang up. All our operators are too busy to talk to you. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9…" *Received from A P Ramadurai Chennai G Quotes on tradition https://quotes.thefamouspeople.com/tradition-1002.php When customs and beliefs are transferred from generation to generation they become tradition. Every family finds tranquillity in their tradition and rituals and these traditions only keep people from being adrift. Every country, society, state or family practices and preserves their traditions and pass them onto the future generation in a hope of keeping the traditions alive. Tradition has also a lot to do with the moral upbringing and superstitions of a society. It is also very essential to break with traditions that serve as shackles to the happiness and freedom of your loved ones. Often elders of the family are considered to be the guardians of traditions and the ones who unite families in this hour where nuclear families have taken over joint ones. Here is a list of famous and popular tradition quotes and sayings that will help you come closer to your near and dear ones. Zoom through the quotes and thoughts on traditions that like a kite string keeps the heart attached to the home.