WORLD MOSQUITO DAY August 20th

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On a lighter vein I tell MOSQUITOS are omnipresent and omnipotent!
These words have some depth and meaning lest there needs no WORLD MOSQUITO DAY!
Today Twentieth August World is observing MOSQUITO DAY all over
Sure the mosquitos are causing pain and panic in the people sure!

World Mosquito Day is a commemoration of British doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s
Who discovered in eighteen ninety seven that female mosquitoes transmit
Malaria among humans. Ross is responsible for the annual observance,
As he declared after his discovery that the day be known as World Mosquito!
Let us listen to the MUSIC of MOSQUITOS!

Among the beautiful creations of the Lord Almighty
There are big and small, tall and short, fat and lean,all types pretty
Wonderful indeed is HIS art of making living beings
Of course to bring in peace and harmony nice in all doings!

Lions roar, dogs bark, cuckoos sing, waves roar, nightingale sings sweet
Lord Krishna plays the flute so melodious, cows return neat
People yearn to listen to the children’s blabbering on time
World looks forward for the voices kind and sweet all around nice!

HIS creation the tiny mosquito rings, sings as night falls
To some it is music who have the ears to enjoy music
To many it is nuisance plain and simple spoiling sleep
It is all in the ears of the beholders and listeners!

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Dr. Ronald Ross.

BAD POETRY DAY August 18th

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This week’s Sunday Story in Envius Thoughts (1694th post) is something out of the ordinary! On 10th and 11th of this month we had the pleasure of attending two book launches in Chennai organized by INDIA POETRY CIRCLE-both are poetry anthologies which carried the poems by me and S.Nivetha! In as much as POETRY is nothing but an expression of one’s emotions, it varies from person to person. There cannot be unity and consistency among the world poets! As such I honestly believe there can be a bad poetry and a good poetry!!!! I recollect a poem that I made out on this theme some time back and here it is:

“Poetry is the language of the soul” they say, very nice
Language of the soul cannot be called bad- not a spice
It is all in the ears of the listener and may be,
In the eyes of the reader – his taste may see!

Content or form what can make the poetry bad
A day devoted for “Bad Poetry Day”, today sad
Let us face- not everyone is the writer best
Lyricist or poet good or bad all put to test!

Keats is Keats, Keats poems are Keats poems
Shelley is Shelley, Shelley’s poems are Shelly’s poems
Shakespeare’s sonnets are Shakespearean sonnets
Kamala doss is kamala doss, Ezekiel is Ezekiel!

Be yourself as a poet, pen your thoughts- nice and noble
Read for yourself- “poetry is the language of the soul”- stable!
Others feel like reading, give them a read and enjoy
Message through poetry more than the form – greater joy!

Any poetry is sweet and great! It is in the mind of the viewer and listener! Young or old matter not! In fact S. Nivetha got into the National Book of Records for Children having been invited as a Poet Delegate at age 18 in 2016 for the International Multi Lingual Poets Meet held in Vijayawada organized as Chief Advisor Poet Madam Padmaja Iyengar known as PADDY and presented her poem in English!

Coming to Chennai, on 10th and 11th a fine Poetry competition for youngsters from Class 5 to Class 12 In all 21 boys and girls participated and exhibited their poetic talents. All the poems were meticulously judged by a panel of senior poets of IPC –Pankajam, Rajeev, Usha, Anju Sarala and Ravi- and the young budding poets were given awards and certificates by the Regional Manager of New India Assurance Company Chennai Madam Mrs. Saraswathy. They also recited their creations to the elite audience of senior poets, parents of the competitors. All poems were GOOD and not at all BAD!!!!

In the evening, an anthology of collaborative poems contributed by 29 poets –CONFLUENCE III – compiled by the senior poet and Founder of India Poetry Circle- and his team consisting of renowned  poets Sadhana Subramaniam, Anju Kishore, Saranya Francis, Selvin Vedamanickam and Vidya Shankar . CONFLUENCE I was released in International 10th Guntur Poetry Festival in 2017 followed by Confluence II in Madras in 2018 and the third  this year.

Collaborative poem: “Collaborative or collective poetry is an alternative and creative technique for writing poetry by more than one person. The principal aim of collaborative poetry is to create poems with multiple collaborations from various authors. In a common example of collaborative poetry, there may be numerous authors working in conjunction with one another to try to form a unified voice that can still maintain their individual voices.”

Confluence III contains TEN poems- of different sizes- most of the stanzas are of 4 lines- every four lines contributed by the participating poets!!

The following twenty nine are the participating poets:

  1. Dr. AniammaJoseph (Kuriakose)
  2. Beenu Marcus
  3. Geethanjali Dilip
  4. Gulnar Rahim Khan.
  5. Hema Ravi
  6. Kamar Sultana S
  7. Latha Prem Sakhya.
  8. Molly Joseph.
  9. S. Nivetha (aged 20)
  10. Padmapriya Karthik.
  11. S. Padmapriya.
  12. Padmini Janardhanan
  13. Pankajam Kottarath.
  14. Poonam Nigam Sahay.
  15. Rajeev Moothedath.
  16. Rangarajan Gopalakrishnan.
  17. Ravi Ranganathan
  18. Sarala Ram Kamal.
  19. Sauvik Acharjee.
  20. Settaluri Padmavathi.
  21. Shashi Kothari.
  22. Shruti Shivkumar Iyer.
  23. Srikala Ganapathy.
  24. N V Subbaraman
  25. S. Sundar Rajan.
  26. Tara Mani.
  27. THryaksha Ashok Garla (aged 17)
  28. Usha Sridhar.
  29. V. Varsha Shree. ( aged 10).

It is quite interesting to observe the wavelength of each of these twenty nine poets on the theme, style and expression! Unless the reader knows in advance that he is reading a collaborative poem, he can’t sense it as the entire poem is so beautifully woven! There can be no BAD POETRY and all poetry are GOOD only!

Second Anthology was a Theme based one for the specific occasion of MADRAS DAY launched on the afternoon of 11th August! This anthology was compiled by an expert team headed by the founder poet of IPC Jairam Seshadri consisting of eminent poets S. Sundar Rajan, N. Meera Raghavendra Rao,Hema Ravi, Vidya Shankar,Anju Kishore, Madhumathi H, Gita Bharat, Kamar Sultana. S.,  and Sumita Dutta Shoam.

“Helmed by S. Sundar Rajan, – a Chartered Accountant by profession- Madras Hues Myriad Views is IPC’s latest venture – a tribute woven with poetry, prose, illustrations, photographs and a lot of love  towards the city of Madras. From the celebrated seasoned writers to youthful students, the contributors express their deep connections to this city”.

As we turn the pages and string these buds of literary and visual art, as we savor our frothy filter kaapi. This bouquet brings to us the essence of Madras, redolent with the rich fragrance   of jasmine and the aroma of invigorating coffee.   

This 170 page collected work contains 41 poems, 21 Writes up, 93 photos and drawings! Major credit of designing, selection of photos and drawings goes to Shri Shankar, eminent photographer and videographer who has spent days and nights for the successful publication.

My poem that appeared in the Anthology.
                    “MADRAS NALLA MADRAS”
  “Madras Nalla Madras” a popular cine song decade ago
Yes, Madras continues to be Nalla Madras even today
With the difference Madras rechristened as Chennai years fifty ago
Well, people enjoying, suffering happily every day!

People of different languages, culture and tradition
From directions all North and South, East and west live in unison
In all joy and happiness, harmony and trust all through their lives
City has grown very vast and fast nice temples, Churches and Mosques!

No chauvinism, no parochialism, no hatred – great
Among all people! Marina beach one of the best in the world
Indeed surely for all the residents and visitors a treat
Men or women, child or adult, read or unread.

Employment opportunities and potential very good
Heaven for investors-small or big, -for sure never to go bad
Madrasis-great Chennaiites are proud to say they are positive
In the society to put up with bound to be some negatives!

1.NALLA MADRAS=GOOD MADRAS

Poem of S.NIVETHA
MAGNIFICENT MADRAS

Magnificent Madras three hundred eighty years old
Saw me entering the earth twenty one years ago
Chintadripet and Jeevan Bhima Nagar saw me grow
Grow to the age of Bachelor of Computer course!
In Anna Adarsh , SBIOA, Velammal  schools I studied
Of “Excellent Ethiraj College” student I am today!
Friends old and new ever remain in my mind!
A Member of CPC, IPC I walk with my head high!
Efflorescence and Confluence my prized possessions
Along with Poetic Prism and Metverse Muse-great creations!
Trained by CPC-IPC-National Book of Record for Children holder
At  home and college- to the joy of my friends and elder(s)!
Collector Nagar to my College my journey is awful each day
In Crowded buses difficult to stand erect with book bag on back
Autos, share autos and buses vying with each other
Unruly  two and three wheelers care not for signals!
Pedestrians poor finding their platforms to walk with vendors
Full in the space- kindly donated- by the two wheeler parkers
Very interesting is my Madras, my place of birth
Madras turned Chennai – but I continue to love sweet Madras!

Foreigners at first were impressed by  our Madras!
What is not in Madras, Chepauk cricket stadium;
The madness of film industry in Kodambakkam;
Sanity for the people in the Kilpakkam;
Burmese refugees in Burma bazaars;
Cheapest accessories for women’s in Pondy Bazaar;
Vada curry is a special dish in Saidapet;

In sixteen hundred and thirty nine Foreigners started ruling Madras;
Within a year churches, forts and buildings were built;
Black town was built for Madras people making them feel guilt;
Tamil Nadu was formed in 1956 having the capital city Madras;

Vada curry=A favorite at many Chennai restaurants and also cooked at homes on special occasions. It tastes delicious with dosa and is also a favorite with idiyappam. This version is less ‘calorific’ because it uses steamed dumplings.

Both the first and fourth covers are indeed a great treat for our eyes- having coffee and jasmine flowers!

The anthology was released by great cinematographer Sri P C Sreeram and received by Mr.  Keshav Cartoonist of the Hindu, Chennai.

The contributing poets to the anthology presented their poems to the learned audience. Ms.Thirupurasundari Sevvel, basically an Architect,  Hon. Secretary of Madras Literary Society gave her opinion on the poems and presentation in her own inimitable style.

ODYSSEY, Adyar took up all preparations for the two day treat in their premises and we thank them for their enthusiastic hospitality.

Thereafter  a few books by different authors including Mr. Sundar Rajan, Pankajam and others were released. Wide coverage was given by  a number of city newspapers.

Mr Sundar Rajan turned 60 and a lovely EIGHT PAGE art paper tributes- containing verbal and pictorial- was released by madam Padmini Janardhan.

With this we close this Sunday story and we shall meet tomorrow. Till then Good bye!.

 Contributing poets to the Anthology of Poetry and Prose released on 11th August.

8th in the third row-S.Nivetha

9th in the fourth row N V Subbaraman

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY August3rd

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Wonderful indeed is the creation of the Lord Almighty
Fruits and flowers, leaves and trees for the healthy and happy eating
Of the humans and animals-that is God’s compassion for all living being
Nature the manifestation oF God knows timings and seasons!

Among the seasonal fruits watermelon is really nice-
To taste and look at! America is one that enjoys the fruit
Marking a special day for it! August third today is
NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY! On this day people enjoy that
Juicy summer staple, the watermelon in a variety of ways.
One of the most refreshing summer fruits in the world today!

The tasty watermelon gives a lesson or two to humans!
No water melon sans seeds- intriguing indeed is removing,
No life sans sufferings- major or minor every one has to face
Life is beautiful and enjoyable! Water melon is sweet and nice!

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THIRTY FIRST JULY WHAT AND WHO!

 

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“Men may come and men may go- but I go on forever” said some one!
Days come and days go, making days into weeks, weeks into months,
Months into years, years into Decades and decades into centuries-
Goddess of TIME sees and laughs! Unperturbed does HER duty !

Man born on this earth has to do something great and become an
Achiever! What is an achievement? Achieving the unachievable,
Reaching the unreachable? There are a few who are not inspired
By the words of the great! Unfortunate and a heavy weight on earth!

Many many in thousands would have been born on earth on thirty first July Nineteen Forty one! A fellow known to me was born on this day!

  • July 31, 1941 was a Thursday
  • Zodiac Sign for this date is: Leo
  • This date was 28,482 days ago
  • Someone born on this date is 78 years Plus old
  • He has slept for 9,494 days or 26 years!
  • He has been alive for 683,568 hours
  • He was born on a Thursday in late July
  • He is 41,014,080 minutes old

 1941 July 31st!

Amarsinh Chaudhary, Indian politician, 8th Chief Minister of Gujarat was born on this day and also Heather McKay, Australian squash player and coach.  

Here is a useless man who was born on this day-THIRTY FIRST JULY NINETEEN FORTY ONE

Officially born on Seventeenth February of the same year

Fit for nothing, but may be good  for something- eating and sleeping sure!

Nothing worthwhile  achieved so far and nothing can be expected in future too!

But he seeks your blessings if you are elder to him and best wishes from the rest!

Could you please GUESS WHO ??????????????????

He is the person who is with you at this moment  N V SUBBARAMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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KARGIL VIJAY DAY July 26th.

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A day to remember,  to recollect, to reflect and  to rejoice
Sure is Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the success of Operation Vijay
On Twenty Sixth  July  Nineteen Ninety Nine, India successfully
Took command of the high outposts lost to Pakistani intruders.
The day is celebrated as Kargil Vijay Diwas in India.

The Kargil war was fought for more than Sixty  days,
Ended on Twenty Sixth July and resulted in loss of life on both  sides.
The war ended with India regaining control of all the previously held territory,
Re establishing the status quo ante .We observe Kargil Vijay Diwas
Every year in honour of the Kargil War’s Heroes. in the Kargil–Dras sector
And our  capital New Delhi, where the Prime Minister of India
Pays homage to the soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
Functions are held over to commemorate contributions of the armed forces.

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NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY JULY 25th.

National Refreshment Day Fourth Thursday in July

National refreshment day 25TH   JULY

For the westerners, making fun day is a joyful event
Tired and hardworking, they need frequent occasions to spend joyfully
One is National Refreshment Day observed in United States and United Kingdom
On the fourth Thursdays of every July!

National Refreshment Day celebrates fun at the hottest time of the year.
The toasts those moments of ice, cold refreshment, a nice cold milk shake.
These are the simple pleasures that they  all love and cherish.
May be at home or they are at the beach of wrapping up a long day of work,
It’s nice to know there’s a glass waiting for them somewhere.

The dog days of summer call for coolers full of ice. Long weekends
And vacations days beckon. They take a day and celebrate.
Turn the fan on high, grab their bathing suit and ice down the beer.
Make the most of the dog days and raise a glass to National Refreshment!
Use National Refreshment Day on social media and enjoy with friends!

CHINMAYANANDA SARASWATHY IS 25.

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Chinmayananda Saraswati (8 May 1916 – 3 August 1993)

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive but to be young was very heaven
To be the Secretary of Chinmaya Mission Thanjavur was indeed a bliss
At the young age of twenty two-it was all HIS blessings still green memories!
Attended Geeta Gnana Yagnas-great spiritual experience and hence the bliss!

More than Geeta- MY six thirty means six thirty neither six twenty nine
Nor Six thirty one! My eight means neither seven fifty nine nor eight zero one!
Such a punctualist to the core not to come across any longer
My refrain in my training classes used to be a subject of discussion on this
With a quiz “Can you tell me a Barrister turned spiritual head?”
As a clue poorvashrama name started with ‘B sanyashrana name started with ‘C”!

Chinmayananda Saraswati born as  Balakrishna Menon born on Eight May
Ninteen Sixteen- and entered God’s feet on Third August Nineteen Ninety Three
A Barrister at Law turned spiritual leader and a teacher who inspired the
Formation of Chinmaya Mission, a worldwide nonprofit organisation,
And spread the knowledge of Advaita Vedanta, the non-dual system of thought
Found in the Upanishads, which epitomise the philosophical teachings of Vedas.

Swami taught Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, and other ancient Scriptures
For four decades and more, led a global Hindu spiritual  Cultural renaissance
And popularised the religion’s esoteric scriptural texts, teaching them in English
All across India and abroad His greatness indeed! Had the pleasure af attending ..

Inspired  formation of Chinmaya Mission program  by his disciples
And led by him, a spiritual, educational, and charitable nonprofit organization
In more than three hundred centres in India and internationally. authored
Ninety five works including commentaries on the major Upanishad and  Gita.
Visiting professor of Indian philosophy at  American and Asian universities-
Conducted university lecture tours in many  countries. India’s greatest son!

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