Oh! METRO!

 

Living in a metropolitan city like Chennai, METRO means many things! Metro water tankers plying to cover nook and corner to provide drinking water, pedestrians and vehiclers(?!) trying to cross with least regard for safety and getting into collision, blaming metro tankers for all the ills something unfortunate!
This week’s Sunday story (1800th post) in ENVIUS THOUGHTS  deals with the pride of the city METRO RAIL and my recent ride just for its sake from Thirumangalam to Airport and back was indeed a nice and pleasant experience -for me who has not even seen since it started three years ago!

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There are two corridors as of now and the details:

Corridor Length
Washermenpet to Airport 23.1 kms
Chennai Central to St.Thomas Mount 22.0 kms
Total 45.1 kms.

The details of the two corridors are given below:

Corridor-1:
Washermenpet–Broadway (Prakasam Road)–Chennai Central Station–Rippon Building–along Cooum River–Government Estate–Tarapore Towers–Spencers–Gemini–Anna Salai–Saidapet–Guindy–Chennai Airport

Corridor-2:
Chennai Central–along EVR Periyar Salai–Vepery–Kilpauk Medical College–Aminjikarai–Shenoy Nagar–Annanagar East-Anna Nagar 2nd avenue–Tirumangalam–Koyambedu-CMBT–along Inner Ring Road–Vadapalani–Ashok Nagar–SIDCO–Alandur–St. Thomas Mount.

The portions of Corridor-1 with a length of 14.3 kms. from Washermanpet to Saidapet, and Corridor-2 with a length of 9.7 kms. from Chennai Central to Anna Nagar 2nd Avenue will be underground and the remainder elevated.

My jolly ride with my two boys, daughters in law and grandson was just for a little more than a couple of hours last week. We enjoyed it thoroughly as there was no rush worth mentioning.

My boys who have seen several Metro rails in the country and abroad opined that Chennai Metro Rail can be rated as the best! Frequency, maintenance of the coaches and the stations, over all cleanliness every aspect was spic and span!

Here are some of the snaps we had:

 

This way I enjoyed my maiden METRO VOYAGE on 28th December.
We end this Sunday Story with this and we shall meet tomorrow as usual and till then BYE!
May GOD be with YOU!

 

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Thirumangalam Metro Station.

November 23rd.-National Adoption Day

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Society owes it to the society not to keep any child as an orphan
No orphanage, no foster care, no child begging-all children in loving care
Natural parents or adopted parents(!?)- an ideal society
To aim at and achieve every where all over the world! positively!

Twenty Third November today is National Adoption Day
The day raises awareness of tens of thousands of children
In foster care. Each year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving,
The day focuses on children waiting for permanent, loving families.

National Adoption Day helps the dreams of many children and families
Come true. many courts and communities came together to finalize
Thousands of adoptions of children from foster care. They celebrate
As dreams become a reality. Though very much  practiced in other countries
We can also think seriously and adopt the children in the orphanages
And new lives to the deserted and the parents help in this noble task.

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TILL WE SEE THE HEAVEN!

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Great country, great people
Noble thoughts, noble deeds
Hallowed Himalayas, reverberating rivers
Fertile fields, magnificent minerals
Fascinating forests, flora and fauna
Lovely languages, lovely people
Seers and saints, philosophers and scientists
Variety of knowledge, variety of culture
Unity in diversity all that we nurture
Love is God, Truth is God
All that we preach sure with nod
Values of life piously pursued!
Ichobad – glory going?

Old order changeth yielding place to new
New order bringeth glory in high view
Along with growth, greed and selfishness in a few
Negative values spread in all its hue!

Older people lamenting loss of values
Younger ones losing faith in moral values
Middle ones mooring neither here nor there
Ship of the Nation inching without care!

What a great people
What a great fall
Violence, betrayal, backstabbing
Jealousy, ingratitude, high cheating
Falsehood, corruption, dishonesty
Deceptions, treachery, infidelity
All that hinders Nation’s progress
All that plunders people’s wealth
All we need is a Mahatma’s lead
All we plead is noble deed
Another form of freedom struggle
To ensure peace and plenty free from peril!
Shall we get another Mahatma
To involve the intellectuals
To galvanize the society
To integrate the fractured nation
To infuse faith and confidence
To inject oneness and brotherhood
To lift us from lethargy and indifference!

Of! my beloved Mother Bharath!
Let me set my vision so high
Let my Bharath soar to sky
Let these winged words fly and fly
Till we see the Heaven so nice!

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BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY 20th May

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Shall I say let me be a MILLIONAIRE? No let me a CROREPATI-
Million has not much of a value today as much as a CRORE!!!!!
It’s Be a Millionaire Day! Today an opportunity to dream big
And imagine what life would be as a millionaire! a crorepati!

A million dollars isn’t what it used to be, seeing a seven-
Figure number in our bank account is still financial milestone.
Rightly Gandhiji said if one has more than what he needs, balance
Be held as a custodian for others-poor and downtrodden!

If not cent per cent a major excess can go to orphanages
And old age homes in plenty in the world! Sevalayas and
Uthavum Karangal are there all over needing funds from the public!
Let us help to the extent possible on this awareness occasion!

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Sevalaya, Pakkam village

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Uthavum karangkal-Children taking food.

March 21st- A DIFFERENT “EARTH” HERE TODAY!

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Robert Browning who wrote GRAMMARIAN’S FUNERAL

 

Robert Browning and his Grammarian’s funeral are indeed great
“On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.”
The line I like most as it has given me the vision for life.
” AIM HIGH, ACHIEVE HIGH” I used this thousands of time to motivate all!

The POET says:

That low man seeks a little thing to do,
Sees it and does it.
This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
Dies ere he knows it.

That low man goes on adding one to one,—
His hundred’s soon hit;
This high man, aiming at a million,
Misses an unit.
That has the world here—should he need the next,
Let the world mind him!
This throws himself on God, and unperplexed
Seeking shall find him.

Let us aim at a million- no matter we miss by an unit
A place in heaven is sure for me as my aim was high
ON THE EARTH THE BROKEN ARCS; IN THE HEAVEN A PERFECT ROUND
‘Aiming high and missing’ better than ‘aiming low and achieving’-joy unbound!

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31st January-BACKWARD DAY!

Backward Day

World in which we live is wonderful-unique and peculiar
Thirty First January is “World Backward Day. The day where world
Gets turned upside down and inside becomes out and madness becomes
Sanity and day becomes night-sounds mad-, at least in concept.

Much seriousness in air, and we bend all the rules and hang out.
Backward Day. In every culture came a time of year when
All societal rules got turned on their head. Rome’s Saturnalia,
A day When all social norms were turned on their head. Gambling was not
Forbidden, masters served their slaves at table. free speech permitted,
Among-st the slaves all manner of insult was allowed-peculiar!

There are cultures over the world that celebrate this changing of guard,
Overcoming of mores and exemplifying of wildness-not a fraud
In the end, it is questioning the way the world is established
and the rules that we have in place to govern our behavior.
Backward Day isn’t just a day of silliness, but of mental revolution!
Let us also taste the day in our own way-in admiration!.

Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

 

13th January- Make Your Dream Come True Day

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Dr. Abdul Kalam-our past Scholar President-credited
With futuristic thought would say again and again noted
Words:”DREAM,DREAM DREAM of DEVELOPED INDIA by Two Thousand
And Twenty” -not far away! Time to think of the result of
The dream he was dreaming over the years! and its impact!
Thirteenth January yesterday was “MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE DAY”!

Day dreaming easier than dreams of night-not in our control
Dreaming is just an initial step- action, quick action
Needed to make the dream come true! Conceptualization
Planning, programming and implementation-With HIS grace
Dream has to come true! Let us act act and act till we reach
The great goal of success! New year and Pongal resolve of each!

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