59 AS A TEETOTALER!

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To resolve and to execute something others do not venture
Needs   deep thinking, will power and God’s grace indeed in good measure!!
Not taking coffee, tea is something of this genre and that too at
Twenty one after accustomed for more than a decade sure great!

After listening to an illuminating obiter dicta
Like observation by a great spiritual head KANCHI ACHARYA
On December twenty second of Nineteen Sixty as a final
Year college student of Alagappa College, Karaikudi
Decided to give up my much cherished coffee tea from the following
Sankaranthi day on Fourteenth January Ninety Sixty One!
And today I am FIFTY NINE as a  teetotaler absolute
Though several years spent in cold climate like OOTY and Bikaner!

Managing with milk or butter milk depending on availability
It all depends on one’s will power for a marketing man especially
I was for a major slot of service in Life Insurance Corporation
Much to the delight of colleagues leading to their appreciation!

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HAVE A BAD BAD DAY-November 19th.

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Days are days-Good, Bad or Indifferent- proves to be different for
Different persons-though all wish others a great day or good day!
Wishing someone for a bad day is indeed funny and peculiar
Today November nineteenth is “HAVE A BAD BAD DAY” quite alien to us!

Have a Bad Day Day  created by Ruth and Thomas Roy to encourage people
To wish others to have a bad day. sales people always wish their customers
A nice day when they are finished with their sales pitch- a routine.
To surprise people and throw them off guard, wish them a bad day today.

It is a good chance to be impolite without somebody noticing it.
Whether we are looking for a change or want to be secretly impolite,
Today is the day to try it. Looks funny, yet not without a reason!
Funnier days are there to follow in due course-beware viewers!

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ONION IS NOT OXYGEN!

Onion is not oxygen!

We cannot live without oxygen but we sure can without onion! Prices cannot go up when onions begin to rot!

In the days of spiralling inflation, when the cost of living soars, when the prices of milk to maida, banana to brinjal, carrot to capsicum, mango to melon skyrocket day by day, the middle class people are the worst hit. Governments and the party in power say they make all-out efforts to contain the prices. Economists quote several factors for price raise. The Opposition parties protest government policies for the pathetic conditions of the people but secretly welcome the difficult times so that they can win the next elections.

Maybe, what cannot be cured must be endured! But I use to wonder whether there is anything in the world that cannot be cured. When I was in my teens six decades ago, I was living at Karaikudi, a part of Chettinad in Tamil Nadu, where the dominant community was indeed rich, orthodox, highly philanthropic and well educated. I used to go out with my mother to the weekly shandy and distinctly remember her purchasing the weekly requirements of vegetables for a family of five for less than a rupee. The womenfolk of that dominant community of Chettinad would boycott any shop in the shandy if the cost there was a little higher than in the other shops. The way they treated the shop keeper charging a higher price was unique and the result was that the town was comparatively cheap and life was smooth. All due to the ‘will to resist’ on the part of housewives.

Sixty years since then, when I find myself helpless managing my household expenses, I wonder whether bringing down the cost of things rests with the government alone or, as an individual, can I have any influence on the uncontrolled rising costs?

I remember my walking without footwear to college, a distance of 8 km. one way. Today, my son wants a scooter to go to school, hardly a kilometre away. Do I ever care to go by bus instead of my two/four-wheeler?

Do I resist purchasing onion at Rs. 80 or tomato at Rs. 50 a kg? Onion is not oxygen without which I cannot breathe! Supposing people do not purchase beans at Rs. 70 a kg, how long would the shopkeeper keep the vegetable on his shelves? — right from the wholesale merchant to my street vendor? If office-goers as a class desist using their petrol/diesel vehicles and choose public conveyance, won’t petrol price come down? If we boycott the auto drivers charging an unreasonably high fare, can they continue forever by fleecing the people?

Yes, onion is not oxygen! We cannot live without oxygen but we sure can without onion! Prices cannot go up when it begins to rot!

The writer’s email: nvsubbaraman@gmail.com)

PS: Normally in principle I do not repeat any post for a second time! This ofcourse is not a second post in the Blog ENVIUS THOUGHTS but posting what appeared in the OPEN PAGE of  the leading NEWS PAPER which I am accustomed to read for the past SEVEN DECADES – as a student at 10 th year of age not knowing the significance of any news, views, language used and so on. But I must admit that I could improve my English language by reading this NEWS PAPER right from my boyhood at the instance of my TEACHER – FATHER. Cost of this  Newspaper was TWO ANNAS- of those days! I look with pride my  100 and more LETTERS TO THE EDITOR COLUMN during 1975-1978! On 31st August 2013, when the above artcle was published in the OPEN PAGE, my joy knew no bounds and I felt as if I have secured a NOBEL AWARD! THis is the article I have reproduced as this WEEK”S SUNDAY STORY-1772nd Post  I am sure you – my esteemed viewers – will enjoy and give me your feedback. My mind has green memories of the REVIEW this paper made  of my TRANSLATION OF TELUGU  PANCHARATNA KEERTHANAS of Saint Poet THYAGAYYA into Tamil (available in the form of a CD -produced by the famous Carnatic music team of Madurai- vocal Smt. Ranganayaki Sachidanandam, Violin Sri Sachidanandam, Mridangam Dr. Thyagarajan) which was greatly admired by our former Scientist President of INDIA DR. APJ Abdul Kalam.

PETS ARE PETS-CHILD, GINGER AND BIRDS!

Omnipotent  God created man, man adopted his lovely pet
Pet-what is that pet? pet bottle, pet son, pet daughter- see beyond
Birds and animals -lovely pets for many many on earth
Indeed pet lion, pet dog, pet horse, pet cat, pet parrot so on-great worth!

Pet gives immense happiness and pleasure, joy and comfort, harmless
Dependent on human beings-their proud owners!traditional foes
Cats and dogs play freely in the owners sofas and beds-so friendly
Loving and caring at the hands of owners and each other selves!

Main pets- cats and dogs lift their tail and hug with chin-all with love
Indeed a pleasure great to see and play with the pets at home
Here is Vijayakumar’s pet cat-GINGER with him in his sofa
Our colony former Secretary and present mentor-see here nice!

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The second post is at the instance of my good friend and neighbour in my colony Mr.Suresh M  who loves PETS!

August 10th-LAZY DAY!

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For me I know every day of the week and month is a lazy day
After all I do nothing in any of the days!Lazy and indolent!
To most today the Tenth August is a LAZY DAY -Second Saturday.
Lazy Day  a day to chill out and be lazy for a day –  perfect chance
For a hot summer day. Laziness- indolence- disinclination to
Activity or exertion despite  ability to do so!

In the plugged-in world, we  wish for a day when we don’t do anything.
Nothing at all. Not even the tiniest bit of work. we long
For a lazy day. And yet,  we find it difficult to actually be lazy
As if we’re hardwired to do something, even if we don’t really need to.

August Tenth  is the day to be lazy or not to be lazy
It’s National Lazy Day in America,  and other places
And it’s glorious and busy! Let us see how we observe
I shall be  lazy and indolent-doing nothing and everything!!!

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TAKE A CHANCE DAY-April 23rd.

 

Many a time man fails to succeed in life as he is afraid of taking chances!
No doubt success depends on careful thoughts, planning, programing and doing
But several occasions arise when we are forced to take chances and act with
Diligence. When we do not, we lose and close the doors for possible success!

We have unreached goals and unrealized dreams. why not we take the chance
To make them happen today? Though it is just the first step toward that goal,
It will take us one step closer than before.Let us do it here and now
GLet us invoke God’s blessings and work towards achieving the goal!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things
You didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowline,
Sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover. ~so said Mark Twain! Let us follow!

PANIC DAY!

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Oh! My God why should I panic when I believe  in you!
You are my creator and protector and there is no place
And need to panic! You will get me out sans any damage
Physical or mental! I am your child and it is Thy duty!

Panic – a sudden, extreme, uncontrollable fear or
Anxiety that often causes unreasonable, irrational,
Unthinking behavior! This day is PANIC DAY as a day
To recognize how stressful life has become and see
What can be done to minimize the effects.  a day devoted
To embracing the underlying panic that fills many of us
On a daily basis and to resolve not to fall a victim!
Let us live in faith, hope and confidence=panic never helps!

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