Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Captivating Lines from here and There- 22

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  • The one you feed  will take over your life.  The choice is between  joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith  and fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self pity, guilt, resentment,inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, ego. 
  • Charity is fruitful when there is joy before giving the gift, it is given gracefully and there is a lingering pleasure afterwards.
  • When you are passing on information about a third person make sure that it passes the triple filter test:-  (1) That it is true - make sure absolutely that it is true (2) Filter of Goodness- It is something good (3) It is going to be useful to the one receiving the information. 
  • Have a mind that is open to everything- thing, place, person. Resist being a pessimist; a closed mind seals off creativity and growth. Opening your mind to limitless possibilities enables participation in miracles- Wayne Dyer, Author 
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony- Mahatma Gandhi
  • Sometimes there are stones thrown at you and you convert them into milestones.It is a great feeling- Sachin Tendulkar, cricketer. 
  • Efficiency is all about how the "Producer" has felt and Effectiveness is all about how the "User" has felt about it. It is not efficiency Vs effectiveness but efficiency and effectiveness.
  • We create recessions, we turn small ripples into a tsunami.Don't get panicky. Use this time to re consolidate your business by spending your time and energies for grooming managers.It is the most opportune time- Moid Siddiqui, Management Guru & Author 
  • Work as though you would live for ever but live as though the world would end today.- Og Mandino, Author
  • Indian scientists must move from "Publish or perish" to Patent, publish and prosper" - R.A. Mashelkar, Former Director General, CSIR.

Sunday, 23 September 2018


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The 11th Edition of the Guntur International Poetry Festival was organised at Guntur, AP from September 20 to September 22, 2018. I recited my poem "Hope" which is included in the anthology "Tranquil Muse" edited by Prof Gopichand and Prof Nagasuseela.

Look into the eyes of our countrymen
Look deep within and you will see hope
hope that survived, over 5000 years
hope that couldn’t be erased
by physical or mental invasions, aplenty!

The essence of our cultural ethos
our great civilization- of inclusion and acceptance
is so powerful,  so strong...
that It remains the bedrock
for our people, who never give up hope
for their hope is not built on one man
on one or other faith, or ideology

It is built on a belief in universal love
and  hope in mankind!

Thursday, 13 September 2018


Has the polarization flu, of all hues,
spread its tentacles, across the globe-
with groups of people, preferring ignorance
not exposed to alternative views, perception
closing their eyes, to create darkness?

Reading only, those newspapers/seeing TV channels
that trumpet one's own views
interacting socially, mostly with
those similar, and shutting out
all contrary opinion,viewpoint...?

No wonder, there is a lot more
hate, suspicion and despair today!

It is easy, to hate someone,
you hardly know...

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Choosing a Motto for Living

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Living within one's means
the old fashioned dictum
replaced today with the
motto of "Living on credit"-
"beg, borrow or steal" but live!
You only live once! 

Old, they say is gold
every old saying had a meaning
a golden reason-
credit card living add up
before you know it, the legitimate means
fall short of illegitimate needs
or rather nonessential needs

The new motto, maxim for living
drives one to a life of waywardness,
away from one of righteousness,
peace and happiness...

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Handling the Seesaw of Life

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The life of the guy next door
the average, simple,ordinary person
may seem riddled with cycles of "Hope" & "Despair"
with one endlessly following the other...

yet, perhaps,we can all shorten
the cycle of despair, by dwelling
more and more on "Hope"
and less and less on "Despair"...

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Silly Memories

Middle aged and grey haired
he went back in time for a moment
to his teen age and its silly thoughts
Smiled recalling the silly stuff
he had written in her book,bidding farewell
on last day of college....

"I live and relive images
of your tender face on my bosom
as I gently cup your delicate shoulders
images that give me strength
to keep going- come rain,come sun...."

Yes, silly, perhaps 'immature' as well
yet, its sweetness lingers
to be recalled once in a while
as respite from an aging, tired life...

Thursday, 23 August 2018

The Worst is not Over- It is only the beginning....

Kerala, in late July 2018 went through a very traumatic and  harrowing experience, facing its worst floods in nearly a century, that  necessitated all  the 14 districts of the state being placed on high alert (Chengannur, Pandanad,Aranmula, Aluva, Chalakudy, Kuttanad and  Pandalam  being the worst hit in terms of people stranded)  More than 373 people died within a fortnight, while at least 2,80,679  persons were evacuated. More than 8.00000 people were housed in  4000 relief camps.

  Thirty-five out of the forty-two dams within the state were opened for the first time in history and all five overflow gates of the Idukki Dam, were opened at the same time after a gap of 26 years. Heavy rains in Wayanad and Idukki have caused severe landslides and left the hilly districts isolated.

373 deaths , loss of property worth crores, not to speak of the psychological trauma of some who lost dear ones; many who have lost everything they owned and have to start from the scratch- people who have lost houses that they had painstakingly built over the years. People who have lost their small business like a tea shop which was their only source of livelihood.  

The calamity brought people together and they helped each other in the hour of need.We have seen how brave fishermen left their own famillies to relentlessly engage in saving people and getting food packets for those marooned, Our defence forces as usual did a great job saving many lives. Emergency food, clothes and other materials came from all over the country and continue to pour in. The rains have now stopped but the worst is not over...   

We have seen people returning from the shelter homes to find their house filled with slush, damaged in many places, electricity and plumbing systems completely damaged. It will take months to get it back into shape. The burden is all the more for those who have now lost their livelihood because of the floods.In Kuttanad, the farmers have lost their agriculture and domestic animals and birds like cattle, goats, hens etc.  The state also has to do a lot for rebuilding the infrastructure severely damaged in the landslides.  

The actual impact of the disaster will be known only in the days to come. Whatever little in whatever way we  can donate will go a long way  to alleviate the suffering caused by the calamity. After all, as they say, little drops of water make the mighty ocean.There are many organizations including newaspapers, TV channels, banks etc who are engaged in collecting donations from their subscribers/ customers so as to give a substanial cheque to the authorities handling relief. One can also contribute directly to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF). Infact, I saw the link attached to a picture posted by a fellow blogger Joshy Daniel on Indiblogger and had used that link to make a contribution.

As many others were urging on FB and other platforms also for donations to the cause, it had not occured to me to write a blog myself  until  Indiblogger made the appeal : Help Rehabilitate Kerala #Blog ForKerala. I salute Indiblogger for the call. Sometimes we stop short of action just for want of that little prodding/ reminding. So dear fellow citizens of our great country, let us together donate whatever we can-  show that "we care" for our brothers and sisters. Let us prove that we, as a nation can surmount any difficulty, win over any setback!

 Here is the link for contributions to CMDRF. The donations are exempt from income tax and FCRA 2010