Warrier's Collage on Deepavali 2023

Welcome To Warrier's COLLAGE On Saturday, November 11, 2023 Deepavali Edition HAPPY Deepavali 🪔🪔🪔 To You A BBC report on Diwali 2022 https://youtu.be/rjblIGrjon8?feature=shared Friends Happy Birthday to all readers having Birthday during the week ending Friday November 17, 2023. Ayurarogyasaukhyam 🙏 and Best Wishes to all. YSP Thorat's Birthday is today. Happy Birthday and Ayurarogyasaukhyam 🙏 to him. M G Warrier A DEEPAVALI 2023 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/religion/festivals/diwali-2023-date-when-is-deepawali-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-festival/articleshow/104689984.cms B Collage Editorial November 10, 2023 Act on climate change* This refers to the report "Central banks cannot remain silent spectators of climate change: RBI's Patra" (The Hindu Business Line, November 10). The message is loud and clear. Human survival today is dependent on several intertwined global realities including food security, peace, climate and equitable economic development, among others. While top executives, highest judiciaries and corporate leadership world over are speaking sense on the above issues, one is not so sure about a consensus of views among the political leadership who holds the overall control over the world's resources. It's their views that matter in many issues including war and peace and climate change. Can they shift the focus from winning to survival of humanity? M G Warrier *A slightly edited version published in The Hindu Business Line on November 11, 2023 C My Story : Remembering.... Ammuchittamma Sreedevi (my Ammuchittamma) is my mother's youngest sister and maternal grandmother of Sankardas who responded to Vasudevan the day before that he is attending the Puja at Manakkal on November 12, 2023. Sankardas, Thichur(near Erumappetty in Thrissur) is son of Sathy who has been a regular presence (collecting flowers and preparing garlands and associating with all arrangements relating to Puja) after Manakkal Bhagavathy (Our Family Deity) got her position restored (Sathy passed away at a young age in Thichur few years ago. Prayers 🙏). Dasan has two brothers including M V Ramakrishnan who is a known figure in the social circles in Navi Mumbai. Those who were born after 1959 have not seen Ammuchittamma. During my childhood Ammuchittamma had settled in Thichur after her marriage to Ramettan who was in charge of the Experimental Post Office, Thichur (Later on Sathy took over from him) The family used to visit Manakkal during summer. I was amazed to listen to the chaste തൃശൂർ മലയാളം (Thrissur Malayalam) she used to speak. She is the first person who abbreviated my name to ഗോപി (Govinda to Gopi). Ammuchittamma died young after a brief illness in Thichur(1959). Ramettan's brother Easwarettan was sent to convey the sad news to Manakkal. First person to listen to Easwarettan's narration was my mother. Muthassi was inside. Amma was weeping and wondering aloud : "How I can tell this to mother!..." Due to some circumstances 🙏 Ammuchittamma's cremation rituals had not been performed in the traditional way in Thichur. She didn't have a son or male relatives there. So Ramettan came to Manakkal with Sathy and staying there arranged repetition of Samskara (പുനഃസംസ്കാരം) with me in her son's position. Prayers 🙏 D What's Collage reading? : https://m.economictimes.com/opinion/speaking-tree/powerful-faculties/amp_articleshow/105048717.cms Synopsis The five strengths that one has to cultivate and use as powers are faith, diligence, mindfulness, concentration and insight. The five strengths that can transform our lives for the better, are to be found within. This short article on "Powerful Faculties" published in The Times of India and Economic Times on November 8, 2023 is by Narayani Ganesh*. You and I, or many of us have scanned through heaps of self development literature, from "I'm Ok, You're Ok" to Seven x7 Habits of all sorts of people. Then, why I'm focusing on this article today? Simple. Even after writing and publishing a book on "Restoring Trust...", I'm still wondering how one can instil trust and faith in others. This article asks me to first concentrate on myself. If I can cultivate the 5 Powers... *Gemini Ganesan's daughter working with Times of India E Collage Cover Story: M G Warrier Kunjunni Mash https://malayalam.samayam.com/feature/special-stories/kunjunni-mash-profile/articleshow/99007573.cms Kunjunni Mash was born on May 10, 1927 to Neelakandan Moosath and Atiyarathu Narayaniamma of Njayapalli Illam. He started his professional career as a teacher and with that Kunjunni came the name Mash. Mash was a high school teacher in Chelari for most of his life. A native of Kozhikode, he joined Ramakrishna Mission School in Kozhikode as a teacher in 1953 and while working in this school, he passed the 'Vidwan' examination. He retired from teaching in 1982. A native of Valapat, Mash returned there in 1987 and later engaged in socio-cultural activities in Thrissur. Kuttettan of Mathrubhumi Weekly ഒരു വാക്കൊന്ന് മാറ്റിയാൽ, ഒരു വരിയൊന്നു വെട്ടിയാൽ, ഒരു വാചകം കൂട്ടിച്ചേർത്താൽ ഒരു കവിയോ, കഥാകൃത്തോ പിറവിയെടുക്കുമെന്ന് കാണിച്ചുതന്നൊരു കുട്ടേട്ടൻ... (By changing a word while editing, striking off a line, by adding a sentence... Kuttettan showed us that... that could lead to someone transforming to a poet or writer...) Read more at: https://www.mathrubhumi.com/special-pages/mathrubhumi-100-years/articles/story-of-kunjunni-mash-mathrubhumi-100-years-1.7795576 I was, till today, under the impression that when I was a student and had some hit and run relationship with Mathrubhumi Weekly, the കുട്ടേട്ടൻ (Kuttettan) who handled Mathrubhumi Balapankthi was Kunjunni Mash. Now I find he joined Mathrubhumi during 1960's only. Anyway, that doesn't reduce my awe and respect for him. During 1950's, there was no Children's Magazines in Malayalam. Three or 4 pages of prestigious Mathrubhumi were devoted to children. That was Balapankthi. School-going children could take membership in Balapankthi and the names would be published with the enrollment number. Every week the names of 20 to 30 members will be published. I was a member. Just as we had to wait for taking delivery of a new two-wheeler after booking, I had to wait for months after applying to see my name in print! Getting an article published was still more tough. There was no one to guide. Once I translated some short (refers to size only) stories from my Hindi text book into Malayalam and sent to Balapankthi. One of them was published with a byline: Translation: M Govinda Warrier. I managed some coins and purchased a copy of the Mathrubhumi Weekly for a long time. That was my first publication in print. See the difference. Today, one can upload a few pages at the right site and see a book published in a few hours! A special guest at home My wife Sudha's younger brother Sugathan (now Advocate Sugathan, Mananthavady) had a short stint as student in Ramakrishna Mission School where Kunjunni Mash was a teacher. After marriage Sudha and I were staying in a rented house near Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Sastamangalam. One day Kunjunni Mash visited us. I had thus an occasion to experience the spot on wit and wisdom of the person who later came to be known as a poet and social worker of repute. Each individual appearing on this planet has a mission to perform and on completion disappears. Mash left us when he was 79, in 2006. Prayers 🙏 F Nostalgia: M G Warrier Down the memory lane Radhechi Not sure, how many present Manakkalites(members of my family) may remember Radhechi. Let me try to introduce. Radhechi, Vasudevan's Valiyamma was with Vasudevan's cousin Sethumadhavan (Son of Narayanettan of Khadi Board, Payyanur and Indirechi ) and wife Srilata, in Cheruvathur during her last quarter of life and passed away few years back when she was around 90. She was the eldest daughter of my eldest Valiyamma (Lakshmi) and sister of Madhavettan (Kuttyettan for many of us and was in the Air Force from World War 2 days), Echuechi (Lakhmi, Vasudevan's mother) and Indirechi. Radhechi is one of the many Manakkalites who lived several lives in one life. Some glimpses : Radhechi's first marriage was to Shekhara Variar from Iritty (close to Muzhakkunnu where Haridas is now staying). Sekharettan (I have not seen) died very young, of snake bite (My wife Sudha's Sankarammaman, who was later popular for his literary feats like Aksharashlokam, was present in the house where Sekharettan's body was brought after snake-bite). After that Radhechi returned to Manakkal. Long after, when I was studying in KRHS, Purameri, Radhechi married Rama Variar who was a teacher there. He was from Kuttippuram near Kuttyadi and was son of one Iyer. He had half-brothers and half-sisters who belonged to Nambissan community. One of his nephews, Narayanan Nambissan was my classmate. When Variar Mash was staying in Kuttippuram I was entrusted the duty of carrying letters from Radhechi to him and his responses to Radhechi. That was a happy period for them. Radhechi didn't have children, but was a real family person who loved everyone in the family equally and received affection from all. When four or five groups were cooking their food separately in Manakkal Kitchen and make-shift kitchens in side rooms, my mother's group and Radhechi had kitchens in South and North extreme side rooms. Finding me hungry, Radhechi invited me to her kitchen and gave me some breakfast items. I remember having received some retribution from mother for going begging to other kitchens. We once visited Radhechi in Cheruvathur during her old age. She was happy. G Collage Timepass : Speaking Tree https://www.speakingtree.in/blog/is-rebirth-real Bonus : Origin of Dosa* A dosa is a thin circular snack made from fermented batter of ground black lantils (Udud Dal) and rice. Dosas are globally popular today. Dosas originated in South India, but its precise geographical origins are unknown. According to food historians references in the Sangam literature suggest that Dosa was already in use in the ancient Tamil country around the 1st century CE. However, according to historian P Thankappan Nair, Dosa originated in the town of Udupi in the present-day Karnataka. Acharya also states that the earliest written mention of Dosa appears in literature of present-day Tamil Nadu, in the 8th century, while the earliest mention of Dosa in the Kannada literature appears a century later. In popular tradition, the origin of the Dosa is linked to Udupi, probably because of the dish's association with Udupi restaurants. A recipe for Dosa can be found in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka. Dosas, like many other dishes of South Indian cuisine, were introduced in Ceylon by South Indian emigrants during the British rule. *Excerpts from a write-up by Vathsala Jayaraman Bonus : World's longest Dosa, 2019 https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/chennai-restaurant-claims-to-have-made-worlds-longest-dosa/articleshow/67492374.cms


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