Sunday, January 10, 2010
Monday, December 14, 2009
Being a happy and positive person is a foremost prerequisite in order to be a good conversationalist.Here are some notes to remember-
# One should remember that his toothache is more important to him than another's famine/fever/headache etc.
# The past is over and finished and no amount of reliving it will make it change; it will only make one fatigued and depressed. Do not travel excess baggage, be light.
# To do something creative or completely unrelated at hand, will make one feel immediately exuberant rather than brooding on one's misfortunes.
# That, its virtually impossible to change another or what he did. What is possible, is however, to decide what you can do and excercise that choice with discretion.
# Moreover, a genuine interest and love for people not bordering on inquisitiveness and an ability to listen.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I had thought that my blogs had had an untimely demise.People asked me why I was not blogging but alas ! everything had dried up.Nothing was flowing.
I was thinking in that vein, when the other day, my daughter who attends Moral Sc classes was asked by her teacher ‘ What is the purpose of education?’ and she, in turn asked me this question. That set the ball rolling and me thinking. I was sifting through all the answers in my mind- to gain knowledge about the self and the world. To distinguish between right and wrong- not quite what I wanted to say .There are many who intuitively know what’s right and wrong but were not educated, eg. Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Moreover,concepts of right and wrong are relative, not perfect.
To acquire skills like analytical, rational, mathematical, linguistic and work skills. But this might not encompass qualities like kindness, humility, non-reactiveness, humaneness and magnanimity.
To impart what we have learnt to others-but that might at best, make us a good teacher.
Suddenly, I thought that a little girl’s question had made me think and look for an answer.In that sense, my daughter was the teacher and I, a student. And I realized that the purpose of education is to understand that in the classroom of life we should always be a student, learn and move on to the next class. With the enthusiasm, discipline and grit of a student , we can learn invaluable lessons from life.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It is a haven where one can relax and unwind with a warm shower to soothe one's frayed nerves after a long hard day's work.
It is a refuge for people, who want to vent out or cry which they are unable to do in front of the general public or a house full of nephews, nieces and folks.
It is a hiding place of sorts, where one can hide things from their wives, mothers etc. Its only during the monthly cleaning that these are retrieved and all hell's loose but at least on other days, peace prevails. Its also a hideout for children on report card day or for husbands when their spouses are screaming at such decibels that are dangerous to eardrums.
It is a stage , where amateur singers can find expression with the hand shower acting as a make believe mike. A wanna be actor can mimic appropriate expressions in front of the mirror and get into his fantasy world without the prying eyes of a critical audience.
Nowadays, it serves as a library too, where many books and periodicals are stocked and many ingenious ideas born.
in fact, for many its akin to a sanctorium and the sole place where they can be themselves.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
With the mall hopping culture and the glut of brands like Guess,Esprit etc being easily available off the shelves, the poor sari has lost its importance and finds no space on the counter shelf. The reactions one invites on wearing it are the puckering of the nose and the raising of an eyebrow. However, there are number of reasons why the sari can be termed an extremely useful garment.
# It accentuates feminity and tradition.
# It is a good camouflage for all the tyres that get accumulated due to lack of exercise and overeating.
# It is airy and quite suitable for tropical climates.
# The folds of the pleats can be used to hide things effectively when your toddler throws a tantrum on seeing a chocolate.
# The pallu can be used as a good substitute for a kitchen cloth to pick up hot pots and pans off the burner ( provided the cloth is cotton and the wearer has years of experience). The above feat should not be tried by amateurs for fear of scalding.
# The pallu can be easily torn and used as a bandage in event of a minor accident. ( filmi style)
# The pallu can also be used to wipe the sweat off one's brow in sudorific temperatures.
And such and many are the advantages of this raiment which doesn't buy many takers in today's world.