Aug 31st

Incredible

By Jairathore

They say it's incredible

How he can be so calm

Indifferent and unmoved

In all situations...

 

They have no clue

That he too like

Any other normal person

Has feelings and sentiments...

 

The only difference is -

The loss and experiences in life

Made him to be so strong

That he can camouflage feelings

Even in most trying situations.

Aug 31st

O roles

By Supratik
We're all fixed in our roles
Well trained, for years
For generations, through nexus
We don't open the door for our servant
For our neighbors, we've learned to be indifferent
With our children, parents,
Bosses, colleagues, landlords, tenants and friends
It's the role that lives and plays
Inside it, we're inert with unhappiness.
 
Children who don't know of this
Live their lives, with innocence and bliss
They through the days, learn their roles
Become adults, like us, losing their soles.
 
If we played our roles on the stage detached
Our world in peace and prosperity would be unmatched.
Aug 31st

Word and action

By Supratik

 

 

Trapped in history, word and action;

Commonwealth is confined in their inaction.

Speak the truth, however much we say

Our actions take a different ruthless way.

 

Be honest, rests in words and pages

Dishonesty works in action, in all stages

Stop the war, bring peace the world speaks

Everyone markets weapons, the killing everyone seeks

Pay your taxes is there in the books

Thanks to Law, dishonesty prevails by hook or by crook

For this in the hands of disbelief and deceit

Our inside weeps in shame and defeat.

 

This belief system is flowing in us through ages

Word and action are strangers in their own cages

Children who learn now about the sanctity of words

Silently emulate conceit through actions in their worlds.

 

From this word-action conflict the world needs liberty

If education could intervene and deliver their unity

With peace and freedom, will emerge relief from treachery  

The world would be in bliss through this meaningful inquiry.

 

The version in Bengali is availalbe in the following link please:

http://supratiksen.blogspot.in/2016/08/blog-post_0.html

Aug 31st

Why is sexual harassment?

By shanmugam

 

Man pursues and woman eludes in love.

Man advances and woman slips in love.

If she resents him, he must stop with that,

Failing which, she can run away from him,

And put such nuisance under the carpet,

Fearing disgrace to her and her family,

Or can shame him by exposing his acts.

Man is hungry yet to follow woman.

 

Stalking woman comes from perversion.

Perversion comes from starvation.

Starvation comes from deprivation.

Deprivation comes from stigmatization.

Stigmatization comes from sexual taboos.

 Sexual taboos come from patriarchy.

Consensual sex must gain acceptance.

Woman must not be stigmatized for sex.

 

16.08.2016

Aug 31st

In the name of God

By shanmugam

 

 

Kings declared war;

Soldiers fought and died.

The old declare war;

Youngsters fight and die.

Elders order war;

Youths lay down lives.

Massacres occur.

All in the name of God!

 

10.08.2016

Aug 31st

THIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 34 - COUPLETS 7,8,9, & 10

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 34 – நிலையாமை

CHAPTER 34 –  INSTABILITY

***

34/07. ஒருபொழுதும் வாழ்வது அறியார்; கருதுப

கோடியும் அல்ல பல.

 

34/07. Orupozhudhum vazhvadhu arriyaar; karudhuba

Kodium alla pala.

 

34/07. He may not know he will be alive only for a day,

But he will be thinking of more than one crore thoughts.

***

Vinod: A healthy, happy, wealthy young man, fit to live for 100 years,

But was knocked down by a lorry and he died on the spot at 30 years.

 

Kishore: Wise men call it his fate

When the exact reason for that

Is not well known to anyone,

Saying it’s prewritten one.

 

But mind doesn’t take rest,

As thought after thought

Disturb it in succession,

Like waves in the ocean.

 

How to control the mind?

A way our elders did find,

By doing meditation regularly

One can control it slowly.

***

34/08. குடம்பை தனித்தொழியப்  புள்பறந் தற்றே

உடம்போடு உயிரிடை நட்பு.

 

34/08. Kudambai thaniththozhiyap pullparrandh dhatrre

Udambodu uyiridai natpu.

 

34/08. Life inside the body is just like

A bird that flew away from its cage.

***

Vinod: How long life will remain inside body

Can anyone predict?

 

Kishore: Death is a secret,

None can predict it.

If it’s known in advance

One will be a walking corpse.

 

In Mahabharata this was asked,

“What is the wonder in this world?”

Dharma replied, “It is one’s blind faith

That he’ll live next day on this earth.”

 

It’s that blind faith only

That keeps one to live happily

Or else, he’ll live sorrowfully

Awaiting his death keenly.

***

34/09. உறங்குவது போலும் சாக்காடு உறங்கி

விழிப்பது போலும் பிறப்பு.

 

34/09. Urranguvadhu polum saakaadu urranghi

Vizhippadhu polum pirrappu.

 

34/09. One’s death is like sleep.

His birth is like waking up from his sleep.

***

Vinod: Everyday one is sleeping and waking

Just like death and birth.

 

Kishore: One sees daily birth on one side

And death on another side,

Yet, with high hopes on his existence,

He builds up high level of confidence.

 

Come what may, life should go on

Not keeping one in constant tension,

Like, when and where he’ll die?

He lives what for and why?

 

Death is throwing away old body

And taking afresh a new body

Like throwing away an old shirt

And wearing a new shirt.

This is how scriptures explain,

But any reason for young men

Dying in war fields or on roads,

With their strong bodies?

***

34/10. புக்கில் அமைந்தின்று கொல்லோ உடம்பினுள்

துச்சில் இருந்த உயிக்கு.

 

34/10. Pukkil amaindhindru kollo udambinull

Thuchchil irundha uyirkku.

 

34/10. It seems as though life has no place in the body,

Where gas, bile, phlegm all have found a place therein.

***

Vinod: Does this show life is struggling everyday

With gas, bile and phlegm?

 

Kiahore: Diseases attack bodies.

Life struggles with diseases.

Still life goes on in its course,

Till death takes over its place.

 

One should live naturally,

But now life goes on artificially,

Attracted by new facilities,

Against nature’s rejections.

 

Align yourself with nature.

Don’t follow anti-nature.

You’ll then live healthily,

And also more happily.

***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 31st

THIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 34 - COUPLETS 4,5,6

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 34 – நிலையாமை

CHAPTER 34 –  INSTABILITY

***

34/04. நாள்என ஒன்றுபோல் காட்டி உயிர்ஈரும்

வாளது உணர்வார்ப் பெறின்.

 

34/04. Naallena ondrupol kaatti uyireerum

Valladhu unnarvaarp perin.

 

34/04. It appears that each day moves happily,

But the time cuts shorts one’s life with its sword bit by bit.

***

Vinod: Time and tide wait for no man.

Both are unstable, moving on and on.

 

Kiahore: To say time is unstable,

Life also in not stable,

Time is shortening it

Miniute by minute.

 

If one is time conscious,

Life is unstable, he knows.

Also he’s aware of his happiness,

That remains with him for a few days.

 

So, every day is a lesson

For him to learn

What’s stable?

What’s unstable?

***

34/05. நாச்செற்று விக்குள்மேல் வாராமுன் நல்வினை

மேற்சென்று செய்யப் படும்.

 

34/05. Naachchetru vikkullmel vaaraamun nalvinai

Merrchendru seiyap padum.

 

34/05. Before the tongue paralyzes and hiccup starts,

One should go forward to do virtuous deeds.

***

Vinod: What is the use of saying ‘Sankara Sankara,’

Just before dying?

 

Kishore: You can see a notice

Hanging in some shops,

“Cash today, credit tomorrow”

That means no credit sales.

 

Like this “Today no good deed,

But tomorrow good deed,”

Like this, if one declares,

Will there be good deeds?

 

If you want to do it tomorrow,

Do it today.

If you want to do it today

Do it now.

(This what elders say!)

***

34/06. நெருநல் உளன்ஒருவன் இன்றில்லை என்னும்

பெருமை உடைத்திவ் வுலகு.

 

34/06. Nerunal ullanoruvan inrrillai ennum

Perumai udaiththiv vulagu.

 

34/06. Yesterday he was alive. Today he is no more.

The world says so of the unstable life.

***

Vinod: This shows life is unstable

Any moment it can disappear.

 

Kishore: There is one song, “Oh you body!

You’re false, just a bag of air inside.”

“காயமே இது பொய்யடா

காற்றைடைத்த பையடா.” (In Tamil)

 

Some will say, “It’s a bag of bones,

Life is just a spark that moves

Into action the whole body

Till the date of its expiry.”

 

We feel sun and moon are moving.

We think earth is not moving.

But, in reality, it is not so

Earth only moves, we all know.

 

When we see in the horizon,

The sun and moon come down

And dive deep into the ocean

But, we know, it’s an illusion.

***

 

 

Aug 31st

THIRUKKURAL - CHAPTER 34 - COUPLETS 1,2,3

By Raja

திருக்குறள் -TIRUKKURAL

அதிகாரம் 34 – நிலையாமை

CHAPTER 34 –  INSTABILITY

***

34/01. நில்லாத வற்றை நிலையின என்றுணரும்

புல்லறி வாண்மை கடை.

 

34/01. Nillaadha vatrrai nilaiena endrunnarum

Pullarri vaannmai kadai.

 

34/01. To take unstable things as stable

 Shows low knowledge and foolishness.

***
Vinod: How can one take unstable things as stable?

 

Kishore: Mind is unstable always

With some wavering thoughts.

Like a pendulum it oscillates.

Occasionally agitated in remains.

 

Sometime we mistake

A rope for a snake

A lamp post for ghost

Water for mirage in desert.

 

These illusions are in mind.

They’re stable so we find.

But they’re just unstable

Cheating our eyes as stable.

***

34/02. கூத்தாட்டு அவைக்குழாத்து அற்றே பெருஞ்செல்வம்

போக்கும் அதுவிளிந் தற்று.

 

34/02. Kooththaattu avaikkuzhaaththu atrre purunselvam

Pokkum adhuvillindh thatrru.

 

34/02. A man gets more wealth means it’ll slowly fade away,

Like in a drama people gather slowly and all go away at the end.

***

Vinod: It’s true Kishore, money comes, but suddenly it vanishes.

 

Kishore: Yes Vinod, In between a man

Thinks his wealth is stable one

But when time comes

In one lot it disappears.

 

A good example the poet gives,

In a drama when it starts

People gather one by one.

At the end no one remains.

 

When he was born,

He brought no money

Or when he was gone,

He didn’t carry money.

***

34/03. அற்கா இயல்பிற்றுச் செல்வம்; அதுபெற்றால்

அற்குப ஆங்கே செயல்.

 

34/03. Arrkaa iyalbitrruch selvam; adhupetrraal

Arrkuba aangey seyal.

 

34/03. Wealth is not stable. If it comes

Do virtuous deeds which are stable.

***

Vinod: Money comes and goes.

Also poverty comes and goes.

 

Kiahore: Wealth and poverty both are

Unstable as they move here and there,

Making a poor, a rich man,

And a rich, a poor man.

 

Where there is money

Problems will be many,

But a rich man should be able

To face both, as they’re unstable.

 

Virtuous deeds will help him,

To solve his every problem,

What the money creates

When its due turn comes.

***

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 30th

A Tribute to our Athletes

By Ush

Olympics held once in four years

From all over come the world players.

They could be beginners or superstars

Novice or the regulars.

Race, religion, region, there is no bar

As the players must pass the qualifiers.

 

India sent a large contingent

To take part in the biggest event.

Many hurdles they had to circumvent

After all the final outcome is so potent

The winner of the moment

Is hailed for his/her excellence.

 

Our Indian athletes did us proud

So what if many medals they couldn’t wrest

They could compete with the rest

And hold their own amongst the best.

They competed fiercely

By their perseverance.

 

For many, this Olympics was their first

Bruised they may be but not for the worst

All is not lost, be back they must

Soon, into the arena they will burst

To stand against their opponents till the last

By their performance, robust

To make us proud- most.

 

Woman power it has been throughout

On their ability they have managed to strikeout

In their matches there has been a turnaround

By their display they stood out

Even though for a few it was just their debut.

 

Dipa Karmakar – we applaud you sincerely

You have captured our hearts

By your dynamic performance.

You have chosen Produnova vault to compete

The most difficult event in gymnastics

And emerged as a champion

By your sheer zeal and resilience.

 

Sakshi Malik – our woman wrestler

Got us our first medal, thriller.

Her bouts were a killer

She turned out to be the better tackler.

Snatched victory from the jaws of defeat

Her opponent had no choice but to retreat

As Sakshi came from behind to complete

The game. Leaving no doubt about

Who was the better player for the moment.

 

Sindhu’s long years of training

Under the watchful eyes of her coach, absorbing

With his advice on the game, advancing

As a talented badminton player, in the country.

Her achievement in Olympics was incredible

A silver medal she did cobble

By her nimble presence and her ability to dribble.

Her opponents had to scramble

As she proved to be really formidable.

She appeared unbeatable

Her winning was found creditable.

 

In a moment she won a billion hearts

The country rallied to support her acts

Cheering her while she went through her sets.

She has captured the nation’s imagination

Her rise has become an inspiration

Many youngsters now want to aspire

To become another Sindhu, that’s their desire.

More power for the woman, pure!!

 

Aug 30th

Assertiveness Vs Playing Safe

By Rajeev

As children life can be carefree. Even if incidents occur that are seemingly harsh, a child does not recognize it as such and goes about life, accepting it as it comes. It is much later as he or she moves in to adulthood that the problems of taking decisions are encountered. The choice is often between taking unpleasant decisions and closing your eyes to a problem and pretending it does not exist.

 The acid test is bound to come your way when you start working in a corporate or for that matter, in any organization. I started my career as a management trainee in the oldest steel plant in the country located at Bhadravati, a small town 250 Kms from Bangalore. After about six months of general shop floor exposure, we were posted for 'on the job' training. I was posted to labour welfare department to take care of accident compensation and rehabilitation of employees meeting with accidents. The big umbrella of Labour welfare was huge with canteen, company run schools, sports etc. also coming under the department.

 One of the employees attached to the department was Ramesha (not his real name) whose designated job was "Messenger". The job requirement was supposedly distribution of mail from the department to other departments spread over a few acres and bringing back the correspondence addressed to our department. However, in real terms he hardly did any work in the public sector scenario, having acquired for himself a reputation of being a 'Dada' or goon. He was in to politics and was active in the youth Congress.

 Few days in to my joining the department, Ramesha came and told me that the 'Yuvaka Sangha', an association of youngsters in the township was organizing Ganesha celebrations in a big way and sought my contribution to the collection fund. He said I should give at least Rs 500/ (Converted to today's rates) and after some hesitation I agreed. Later when we were having lunch in the canteen I casually mentioned to friends about the Ganesha celebrations. They asked me how much I had given and when I told them the amount committed by me, they laughed and said that I had been taken for a ride. "A contribution of Rs 50/ would have been more than enough. Anyway, he is a toughie and has talked you in to this. Now you have no other go" they said.

 I had agreed to give the money and it was my own decision. But listening to the comments of friends, I began to feel uneasy - "What if this person demanded similar amounts on many occasions in the future and see me as a 'soft target' ?". I decided that at the time of giving the money to Ramesha, I would tell him that this was a one off case and that I would not be able to give such sums in future." Although my friends warned me that by doing so, I would be playing with fire, I decided to go ahead with my decision to talk to him.

 However, when I spoke to Ramesha, I realized that I had taken on more than I had bargained for. He threw the currency note at me "Who do you think you are? You think we are beggars? You are living in the executive hostel, isn't it? Let us see... ". For the next two to three weeks, life was kind of a hell as Ramesha would abuse me in the open office in the local language (I was not conversant in Kannada at that point of time). He would say loudly not to me directly but as if to others in general "You know this 'fatty', hardly few months old in the company, had the insolence to talk to me insultingly. He .........  " I thanked God that I did not understand most of his rant but one thing that was loud and clear was that I was being abused.

 When it was about three days to go before the Ganesha evening function, I took courage and approached Ramesha. I told him that that I had no intention of hurting his feelings and that since I had on my own decided to give him the money, I wanted him to have it. He grudgingly accepted the contribution and a day later gave me an invitation to the Ganesh Utsav function.On the card, the name 'Abid Hussain' was written which was struck out and my name written. I took the card and told him that I would certainly participate.

 On the evening of the D day, I visited the township to see the stage and surroundings lit up magnificently with very good sound systems. It was impressive considering that this was the year 1982 and we were in a small town of Bhadravati. When Ramesha saw me there was surprise on his face. He clearly had not expected me to come. The programs of the evening were very entertaining and satisfying. The next day when I met Ramesha, I told him that I was impressed with the arrangements and the quality of the program. He was very happy to hear that and his face lit up. After that I did not have any problem with Ramesha throughout my career in the company. It is another matter that a few years later he overreached himself, physically assaulted a manager in the township and had to pay for it with loss of his job. 

 There are other instances; but in view of the need to keep the blog crisp, I am restricting the sharing to this experience. Every day, as professionals we face many situations where we have to take decisions and exhibit assertiveness if necessary. But often we are content to compromise, make peace with bullies (who could be bosses, subordinates, peers, external contacts) and allow them to take advantage. Those who see us as weak, come back again and again to persuade us to break rules, make compromises or please them against our interests or interests of the organization. Hence the importance of choosing wisely between assertiveness and playing safe each time, every time…

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