Warrier's Collage on Sunday June 11, 2023
Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Sunday June 11, 2023 Isavasyopanishad : Recitation https://youtu.be/mzczDkOtk0k Know more : https://shlokam.org/isha/ Nehru's first TV Interview https://youtu.be/iEtmVYYedbM Thought of the day : "I admire people who could have turned cold after everything they've been through but still choose love anyway. There's strength in that." – Keneilwe Dr. Mhlanga Good Morning Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Saturday June 17, 2023. Ayurarogyasaukhyam 🙏 and Best Wishes for all. The short holiday for Collage from Mid-March 2023 helped me to know my real audience. I had to commit resumption of Collage in some form soon. Hence this Sunday edition. What is in your mind gets expressed in different ways. The caption "A sigh of relief" to my comments on RBI's June 8, 2023 Monetary Policy announcement is an example. The expression had more to do with my mindset on June 9, than the financial sector! Nice Day M G Warrier A Messages & Responses 1 Sitendra Kumar Responding to F1 Dear Shri Warrier, Kudos to your hopes. Hope they fructify. Hopefully, the temporary comfortable situation around monetary policy initiatives will allow RBI to pay more attention on reorganizing credit flow and also concentrate on supervision and regulation of the banking system. RBI has done the right thing in not reducing the Repo rate. Maintaining the status quo is the best thing. We can't predict with precision about monsoon. Suppose it fails. Quite possible. El Nino impact? Undue high quantum of seasonal rains in May? At the moment I wish your hopes materialise and RBI pays more attention to supervision and regulation of the banking system. After the lateral entry of Joint Secretary Banking in MoF takes the final shape may be in three/six months, I think the scheme of lateral entry in Department of Regulation/Supervision may not be far off. It's the need of the hour. Regards, Sitendra Kumar 2 C V Subbaraman Responding to F1 I agree with your assessment. Hopefully, within another three months, Rs.2k notes will have been substantially withdrawn. The hoarders will have to bring them back to the banking field. Will there be a corresponding increase in Rs.500 notes? Possibly, unless RBI will most unlikely bring any other higher denomination notes. With marked digitisation of financial transactions amongst the public, the need for currency notes may become irrelevant except for hoarders of unaccounted cash. I find today people paying for transactions involving even Rs.10 or Rs.5 through googlepay or paytm etc. Tea vendors, vegetable vendors, small time xerox/printout service operators accept widely such payments even in towns and villages. Subbaraman 3 V R Chittanandam Shared a thought Appended is the concluding paragraph of an article by Shri Arvind Datar, Senior Advocate published recently in the Indian Express. It is the strong wish of every Indian citizen that members of Parliament make this Institution great by contributing significantly to the debates and upholding the great traditions set by our elders. Chittanandam "Every member of the Parliament has to take an oath under the Third Schedule of the constitution which requires them to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India. The greatness of an Institution like Parliament is determined by the manner in which their occupants discharge their constitutional obligations. Metaphorically, the new Parliament is just an expensive hardware; the software lies in its functioning and the observance of the rules and conventions. In the end what use is a splendid auditorium with the best acoustics, if those who matter do not care about the quality of the music that is played inside?" 4 V Babusenan Shared a snippet : This happened many years ago. The clever Namboodiri saw a poor man in tears in front of a Magistrate's Court. The poor fellow came with a complaint, but the Magistrate refused to entertain it without giving any reason. The Namboodiri did not like it. He straightaway went to the Magistrate's chamber and the following conversation ensued : Namboodiri : "Mr Magistrate, Sir. I understand that you have refused to entertain a complaint from a poor fellow. I saw him weeping at the gate. Why did you do that?" Magistrate : "Because his name was not there in the Amarakosa. I won't entertain any complaint from anybody whose name is not in the Amarakosa. That is my policy." Namboodiri : "Strange, very strange! How can you take such a view? Is it not ridiculous? Suppose, I bring this to the notice of the Maharaja. I have access to the Palace. " Magistrate : "Go ahead. I am his uncle and I have been given a free hand." Namboodiri : "Okay. Now tell me what is that fellow's name?" Magistrate : "KOMU. That is his name and, it is not in the Amarakosa." Namboodiri : "Are you thorough with the Amarakosa?" Magistrate : (opening his right palm) "Yes. Like this." Namboodiri : "Then, tell me what it says about Balarama, Lord Krishna's brother." Magistrate : "Thaalaanko musalee halee" Namboodiri : "Is the fellow's name not there? "Komusalee halee'. Now accept his case." This episode came to my mind when I read about a learned Judge of the Allahabad High Court seeking Astrologer's help. (Remembered "Padmanabho Maraprabhu" B Cover Story : A chat with Ashwin Real life : M G Warrier https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/warriersviews/a-chat-with-ashwin-54897/ Excerpts : "Ashwin is from a temple village in Uttar Pradesh, famous for different reasons. Ashwin is proud about his birthplace and the ancestral family of Rajputs to which he belongs. Two generations before the family was rich and famous and the residual farms and properties allow the surviving family live a decent life." C Collage Weekly : Mainstream http://mainstreamweekly.net/article13442.html Collage choice : http://mainstreamweekly.net/article13473.html Excerpts : Interpreting the World to Change it: Essays for Prabhat Patnaik is a collection of essays celebrating the life of the stellar Marxist economist Professor Prabhat Patnaik. The contributors include Ashok Mitra, Irfan Habib, Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Akeel Bilgrami, Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury, Aijaz Ahmad, and Teesta Setalvad among others. Overall, the book comprises sixteen chapters on variegated themes ranging from Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian secularism, Economic Planning in the context of India, Neo-liberalism, and Imperialism, making the book a treasure trove for Left enthusiasts in India. On Jawaharlal Nehru and the national movement, Irfan Habib writes that Nehru represented a positive break with Gandhi and Gandhism, despite being declared his political heir. The break occurs in the aftermath of the Khilafat and Non-Cooperation movement when Gandhi did not have a proper constructive program to offer. The controversy over individual non-cooperation versus limited non-cooperation between Swarajists and Gandhians did not attract the young Nehru. In 1926, he traveled to Brussels and in 1927 attended the Congress of the League Against Imperialism after which he went to the Soviet Union. He was greatly impressed by the ‘socialist collectivist ideas.’ It is interesting to note that after independence Nehru had called for ‘collective farming’ for the Indian agricultural sector. However, it was not adopted as a policy, thanks to the bureaucrats, and the right-wing within the Congress. D Collage Psychology : Brain and it's functions https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/between-cultures/202301/your-brain-is-a-massively-connected-ever-dynamic-wonder As our mind-states fluctuate, so do our neural landscapes. Emotion and cognition are multiple sides of the same system. We are who we are because of the way our brains allow us to interact with the world. Bonus : Robert Drake's poem Shared by Ravindra Sangwai Beautiful lines by Robert Drake... Sometimes, I feel I want to go back in time... Not to change things, but to feel a couple of things twice.. Sometimes, I wish I was a Baby for a while... Not to be walked in the pram but to see my Mother's smile Sometimes, I wish I could go back to school... Not to become a child but to spend more time with those friends, I never met after school.. Sometimes, I wish I could be back in college... Not to be a rebel but to really understand what I studied Sometimes, I wish I was a Fresher at my work... Not to do less work but to recall the joy of the first pay cheque. Sometimes, I wish my kids were younger.... Not because they grew fast but to play with them a bit more. Sometimes, I feel I still had some more time to live... Not to have a longer life but to know what I could give to others. Since the times that are gone can never come back, let's enjoy the moments as we live them from now on, to the fullest.. Let's Celebrate our Remaining Life - Every Moment, Every Day. (Sometimes, this could be a repeat...Who cares?-Warrier) E Collage Books : eBook By Reshmy Warrier Love, Sorrow and other knick-knacks: A set of 13 short stories By Reshmy Warrier* https://amzn.eu/d/dj5kE66 Love, Sorrow and other knick-knacks are a set of 13 short stories written over a period of time, part poetry, part story, part emotions. *Reshmy is my daughter. She has published a collection of poems few years ago. F Media Responses 1 A sigh of relief Letters June 9, 2023 A sigh of relief* This refers to the report "RBI maintains pause, keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.5%" (The Hindu Business Line, June 9). Last year when inflation was breaking the upper tolerance level and economic growth figures looked unpleasant, it looked RBI was alone in remaining cool and making optimistic forecasts. Many didn't expect that the scenario will change this fast and though a routine formality, RBI had to give reasons for not being able to keep inflation within the given band of 4 +/- 2 percent. The silver lining is, since the pandemic days, GOI and RBI have been speaking in one voice and the central bank is not being let down by its owner. Hopefully, the temporary comfortable situation around monetary policy initiatives will allow RBI to pay more attention on reorganizing credit flow and also concentrate on supervision and regulation of the banking system. M G Warrier Mumbai *Published on June 10, 2023 2 Right to travel safely June 6, 2023 Right to travel safely This refers to your editorial "Tragic track" read with responses from readers (The Hindu, June 6). The quick responses from authorities to the failure of systems resulting in a tragedy of significant magnitude which many feel "was avoidable" need to be appreciated. Beyond multiple probes and routine "fixing responsibility", this should be an eye opener for all stakeholders for recasting the priorities vis a vis travel safety across modes of transport. With the need for traveling fast increasing, there is an adverse change in priority in making mass transport systems safe. The Railways, for example, are not able to make the train journey less accident-prone by ensuring prompt and adequate renovation of tracks, signal systems and engines and bogies and ensuring adequate skilled manpower in position 24x7. The suburban locals in cities such as Mumbai continue to be death traps, mainly due to overcrowding of compartments. This is happening when speed and comfort are being added to transport systems including Railways incurring heavy expenditure. Travel safety has to become a national priority. There's a shift in focus even while we see off our relatives and friends, from wishing "Happy Journey" to "Safe and Comfortable Journey" in recent times. This is also a sad reminder that people's trust in transport systems is not at a comfortable level today. From pedestrians on the footpath to the executive sitting in the business class seats of international airlines have a right to assured travel safety in normal circumstances. M G Warrier Mumbai 3 Each individual is a specimen This refers to the piece "The simple billionaire" by Veena Venugopal (The Hindu Magazine, June 4). The article sends out a loud and clear message and makes interesting reading. The message is that each individual is unique and all your efforts to standardize their attitude and behaviour will only help to mess up your thoughts. When it comes to "truth; the whole truth and nothing but the truth" affecting oneself, it doesn't go much beyond the oath before the judge. Sudha Murthy is an interesting personality and her attitude to wealth and lifestyle is admirable. To enjoy the writings or anecdotes, one need not do a fact check or biopsy of every word written or spoken. Branding and marketing are not about purity of thoughts and truthfulness in expression alone! M G Warrier Mumbai G Collage Humour Contributed by S Venugopal INTERVIEW HUMOUR A man gently knocked the interview room door. "May I come in Sir" One of the panel members said "Come in" The man tried to speak. But he was asked to sit first. So he sat in a chair facing the panel members. One of them asked "What do you think of this room ?" "Very nicely furnished Sir. A nice carpet, window screens, a board, projector, white screen. Great Sir'" "Did you not notice that small paper bundled and thrown on the floor? Does it not spoil the ambience?" "Sir I noticed it as soon as I entered this room. If I say something about this the man who threw this will feel awkward. It was thrown by the person sitting second from left. You can just see the scribbling pad on his table. The pad still has some bit of paper from that bundle because it was not properly torn along the perforations" "Good observation. Will you just ask the sweeper woman outside to come in and clean this?" "'Yes Sir. Her name Sir?" There was silence. "OK Sir. I think no one here knows her name. Any way I shall get her here Sir" He went out and asked the name of the sweeper from the peon sitting outside. He called her "Bhavani... Please come and clean this interview room" The interview resumed. "You are doing fine. You respect the people whoever they are. Now can you tell me which one of us is the boss?" '"Yes Sir. Two of you are just watching this without intervening. One of the two is the finance man who will step in only while negotiating the salary. The other one is the Director of this whole play and he is the HR man. The man sitting in end is just smiling and talking occasionally to you. He is the boss. Though the person sitting in the centre gets lot of attention from all of you so that I will be confused that he is the boss" "Splendid. You meet all our requirements. Just wait outside for a while so that you can collect your appointment order" "No more questions Sir. Like what is the height of Patel statue, where was President Murmu MLA earlier etc etc ?" "No more questions need to be asked. We only want your name to be confirmed. You are Mr Giridhar from Hyderabad. Is it not?" "Sorry Sir. He is waiting outside" "Then who are you?" "Sir I am Prakash from the canteen. I was asked to ascertain the number cups of tea and coffee to be brought here and if any snacks are required. Instead I was offered a seat and interviewed. It was nice Sir. I enjoyed it. Now will you please tell me the number of cups of Tea and Coffee to be brought here"