As the first blog entry got exhausted. My second book
|Evolution of Love Part 2|
|He looked at his watch and it showed 7:30AM, probably he would be late but then who cared. His master piece was ready. It had taken him the entire night to complete it and he had finally managed to make the perfect flawless creation. Crimson Red he thought and smiled as the first drops of rain began to fall.
The soft feel of those first drops of rain as they touched his face was so nice and comforting. Rains he thought...the giver of life, a birth of a new hope and a new beginning as the past gets washed away.
The past always lurked in the background like ghosts haunting him every minute. Everyday had been a struggle to survive. Night after night he slept hungry on an empty stomach with salty silent tears of shame, pain flowing silently down his cheeks.
Biru, was that his name or was it not ? He could not remember. It was so long ago since someone called him that especially after he dropped off from school in what seemed an eternity. Since then he had got used to being addressed as Ai, Oi, Hotobhaga, Kamchor, Opdartho .. may be one of this was actually his name. But who cared? He stopped caring the day his father, a daily labourer died leaving him, a seven year old boy with no money, no shelter and no family. Since then it was a struggle for survival every passing minute, living off wastes from the kitchen discards of the well to do house holds. Clothes he wore were those which were thrown by the affluent after using them as dusting cloth. Even the remotest thought of school disappeared from his dreams like his father. Life was a bitter struggle.
Life in the one tiny room cramped up in the ‘bosti bari’ had not been easy. It was a struggle from dusk to dawn to survive. The entire locality was full of anti social elements who did not hesitate to pull our their folding knives or country made pistols amidst narcotic blankets of thick swirling smoke. But he resisted with all his might. He was not going to be one of them, no matter what. He had struggled every minute of growing up against these hoodlums. So many times he was assaulted, beaten up and left bleeding by the dirty locality sewer just because he refuse to join them. He was determined to be a good, honest and a responsible citizen. He was not going to bow down because he was ‘Ajit’.
Getting a job was not easy especially with his background but luck had been kind to him and the local grocer had taken him as an assistant and delivery boy to deliver groceries to the house holds in the neighbourhood. The grocer thanked the Gods for providing him with such a honest, dedicated and hardworking boy. The boy was indeed an assest thought the grocer and smiled.
He smiled too. It had been a tough week with back breaking effort. He had hardly slept at night except maybe an occasional doze off. But finally it was ready and he lovingly held it in his hand. The colour was an exact match to the colour of his skin he thought. From a distance the camera would not be able to even detect that almost negligible shade difference. He was destined to be the perfect make up artist. His destiny would be created when the ‘hero’ would get hit by the car and the little skin coloured rubber blood mould would burst open spilling red liquid all over the hero as he would lie motionless in the Crimson Red as the cameras would keep panning. It had taken him lot of lot of effort to create the Crimson Red. It was not one of those cheap ketchup or coloured liquid. Instead it was a creation of an artists hand. It had the right thickness, viscosity and colour.. it was the perfect Crimson Red. Crimson Red Take 1 End Scene... ‘Action !!’ shouted the director.
He smiled and started to cross the road. The rain had turned into a drizzle. He felt nice. Life was beautiful. His eyes bright and full of new dreams. Then it happened like a bolt of lightening from the blue. He did not see it coming. Maybe it was the speed or the rain but the impact was earth shattering and it threw him clean into the air almost 10 feet away like a broken rag doll. He violently started gasping for breath as wound after after wound in his head started splitting open and turning Red while rivulets of Crimson Red flowed like a gushing rivers in spate.
‘Cut !!’ yelled the director. ‘Excellent shot’ said the beaming director ‘absolutely natural’ ... my God, Ajit, that blood looks so damn real, he said. Ajit could not suppress his smile as he saw the effect of his handiwork... ‘Crimson Red’.
His breathing got heavier with every convulsion, every breath was a struggle for an extra moment of life which was slipping away at unbelievable speed every single second. Slowly the bright skies started turning dark. Shrieking and yelling like a cacophony of noise pierced his ears. Darkness surrounded him. The sounds kept getting quieter and Biru simply drifted into oblivion as his lifeless body lay on the street , shattered by a speeding car and now he lay there totally covered in Crimson Red.
He held up the small vial he had carried just incase it was required... He smiled as he lovingly looked at his creation... Ajit’s creation...
|For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
One day I had lunch with some friends.
Don, a short, balding golfer type about 80 years old, came along with them---all in all, a pleasant bunch.
When the menus were presented, we ordered salads, sandwiches, and soups, except for Don who said, "Ice Cream, please. Two scoops, chocolate.
I wasn't sure my ears heard right, and the others were aghast. "Along with heated apple pie," Don added, completely unabashed.
We tried to act quite nonchalant, as if people did this all the time.. But when our orders were brought out, I didn't enjoy mine.
I couldn't take my eyes off Don as his pie a-la-mode went down. The other guys couldn't believe it. They ate their lunches silently and grinned.
The next time I went out to eat, I called and invited Don . I lunched on white meat tuna. He ordered a parfait.
I smiled. He asked if he amused me
I answered, "Yes, you do, but also you confuse me.
How come you order rich desserts, while I feel I must be sensible? He laughed and said "I'm tasting all that is Possible.
I try to eat the food I need, and do the things I should. But life's so short, my friend, I hate missing out on something good.
This year I realized how old I was. (He grinned) I haven't been this old before."
"So, before I die, I've got to try those things that for years I had ignored.
I haven't smelled all the flowers yet. There are too many fish streams I haven't fished. There's more fudge sundaes to wolf down.
There are too many golf courses I haven't played. I've not laughed at all the jokes. I've missed a lot of sporting events and potato chips and cokes.
I want to wade again in water and feel ocean spray on my face. I want to sit in a country church once more and thank God for His grace.
I want peanut butter every day spread on my morning toast. I want un-timed long distance calls to the folks I love the most.
I haven't cried at all the movies yet, or walked in the morning rain. I need to feel wind on my face. I want to be in love again.
So, if I choose to have dessert, instead of having dinner, then should I die before night fall, I'd say I died a winner, because I missed out on nothing. I filled my heart's desire. I had that final chocolate mousse before my life expired."
With that, I called the waitress over.. "I've changed my mind, " I said. "I want what he is having, only add some more whipped cream!"
Live well, love much & laugh often - Be happy.
Be mindful that happiness isn't based on possessions, power, or prestige, but on relationships with people we like and respect.
Remember that while money talks, CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM SINGS!
|Japan has decided to coexist with the new coronavirus!
Announced the "new life model", calling the people to be prepared to follow this model for an extended period of time and learn to live and work with the virus lurking around the corner.
Looking closely at these new life models, it can be seen that the Japanese government established these very practical set of SOPs using principles of rationality, science, and risk assessment.
Maybe it is related to the Japanese understanding that "bad" things can't be forsaken for all times. Using risk assessment models in principle, humans can continue to live well.
One by one
*There are three basic points:*
1. Keep a distance between people
2. Wear a mask
3. Wash hands frequently
1. People keep a distance of 2 meters
2. Play as much as possible outdoors
3. Try to avoid being face to face direct facing when speaking to other people
4. Go home and wash your face and clothes immediately
5. Wash as soon as you touch someone's hand
6. Try online shopping and electronic settlement
7. Supermarket shopping is best for 1 person, to choose time there are less people
8. Try not to touch commodity samples
9. Don't talk on public transportation
10. Go to work by 4 wheeler, 2 wheeler or on foot
11. It is best to use electronic business cards
12. Try to use video conference when meeting
13. To control the number of people in meetings, wear masks and open windows for ventilation.
14. Work at home or commute at off peak time
15. Do not go to countries or places where the virus is endemic
16. Try not to return home to visit relatives and travel, and control business trips.
17. When you have symptoms, remember where you went and who you met.
18. Eat meals with others not face to face, preferably side by side
19. Do not use large bowls and large pots to share food, implement a divided individual portion system
20. Chat less at meal, eat more vegetables
21. Try not to have too many people gathering at meal together as possible
22. Avoid "closed spaces, dense crowd flow, intimate contact"
23. Self-test body temperature / symptoms every morning to strengthen health management
24. Cover the lid when flushing the toilet
25. Don't stay too long in a narrow space
26. When walking and running, the number of people should be small, when meeting each other, stagger the distance.
Shigeru Oo, chairman of the Japanese government committee, said that it takes at least one and a half years for the vaccine to be fully developed and officially put into use.
Since the enemy cannot be completely eliminated, it is necessary to learn to coexist with the virus.
Only by following the new rules of life can we live in peace with the corona virus for a long time.
In fact, most of the above methods have been implemented in China. Many Indians have also changed their behaviour with the changing scenario.
Everyone understands that it is a long-term war, but each item is not listed in detail.
The Japanese are genetically a very disciplined nation and they do things and follow instructions scrupulously.
*It is worth changing our behaviour and lifestyle*.
|WHY ONE SHOULD VISIT TEMPLES REGULARLY...?
Here is the scientific Reason. Must read and share...
There are hundreds of temples all over India
in different size, shape and locations
not all of them are considered to be in the Vedic way.
the temples are located in a place where earth's magnetic waves pass through.
In simple terms, these temples are located strategically at a place where the positive energy is abundantly available from the magnetic wave distribution of north/ south pole thrust.
Because of its location, where high magnetic values are available, the Main Idol is placed in the center,
also because they place a copper plate written with some Vedic scripts,
which is buried, beneath the Main Idol's placement known as "Garbhagriha"
Moolasthan, the copper absorbs the earth’s magnetic waves and radiates to the surroundings.
Thus a person who regularly visits a temple and makes clockwise pradakshina of the Main Idol's placement, automatically receives the beamed magnetic waves which get absorbed by his body.
This is very slow and a regular visit will make him absorb more energy,
known as positive energy.
In addition, the Sanctum Sanctorum is completely enclosed on three sides.
The effect of all energies is very high in here.
The lamp that is lit radiates the heat and light energy.
The ringing of the bells and the chanting of prayers gives sound energy.
The fragrance from the flowers, the burning of camphor give out chemical energy.
The effect of all these energies is activated by the positive energy that comes out of the idol.
This is in addition to the north/south pole magnetic energy that is absorbed by the copper plate and utensils that are kept in the Moolasthan.
The water used for the Pooja is mixed with Cardamom, Benzoin, Holy Basil (Tulsi), Clove, etc is the "Theertham".
This water becomes more energized because it receives the positive-ness of all these energies combined.
When persons go to the temple for Deepaaraadhana, and when the doors open up, the positive energy gushes out onto the persons who are there.
The water that is sprinkled onto the people passes on the energy to all.
That is the reason why, men are not allowed to wear shirts to the temple and ladies have to wear more ornaments because it is through these jewels (metal) that positive energy is absorbed in ladies.
It is proved that Theertham is a very good blood purifier, as it is highly energized.
In addition, temples offer holy water (about three spoons).
This water is mainly a source of magneto therapy as they place the copper water vessel at the Garbhagriha.
It also contains cardamom, clove, saffron, etc to add taste and Tulsi (holy Basil) leaves are put into the water to increase its medicinal value..!
This way one's health too is protected by regularly visiting temples....🌷🌷
|1. “ Many people lose the SMALL JOYS in the hope for the Big Happiness……”
2. “ We NEED much less than We Think we need…….”
3. “DO NOT spoil what you have by desiring what you have not…..…”
SECRET TO A HAPPY LIFE……
4. “ The Secret to a HAPPY LIFE is a Selective Memory. REMEMBER - What You ARE Most Grateful For and Quickly FORGET What you Are Not…….”.
5. “For just one second, look at Your Life and see how PERFECT it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your Real Life. STOP waiting. THIS IS IT : There's nothing else. IT’S HERE and you'd better decide to ENJOY IT or you're going to be miserable wherever you go, for the Rest of your Life, FOREVER….”
AND FROM A LEARNED MAN…..(Kazuo Ishiguro – Extract from “ When We Were Orphans “)
6. “All I know is that I've wasted all these years looking for something, a sort of trophy I'd get only if I really, really did enough to deserve it. But I don't want it anymore, I Want Something Else now, something WARM and SHELTERING, something I can Turn To, Regardless of what I Do, Regardless of Who I Become. Something that will JUST BE THERE, ALWAYS, like Tomorrow's Sky. That's what I Want NOW, and I think it's what you SHOULD WANT TOO. But it will be too late soon. We'll become TOO SET to change. IF WE DON’T TAKE OUR CHANCE NOW, ANOTHER MAY NEVER COME FOR EITHER OF US………”
|1 - Inspite of so many colours - White is considered Class.
2 - Inspite of so many voices & sounds - Silence is considered ultimate.
3 - Inspite of so much to eat - Fasting is considered healthy.
4 - Inspite of so much to travel & explore - Meditating under trees & on mountains is considered superior.
5 - Inspite of so much to see - Closing your eyes & looking within is Apex.
6 - Inspite of listening to all the outside world - Voice from inside you is eternal.
7 - Inspite of a sweet charming life - A Peaceful Soul is Solace & Divine.
Trust your Senses. Live a Great Life.
🙏 Make a Great Day Ahead💐
|The purpose of practicing Zen meditation is to awaken to the Mind. Such practice does not involve just sitting quietly and trying to calm and pacify the mind. Nor does it entail contemplating the breath.
Instead it involves direct inquiry into a hwadu (Koan). An example of a hwadu would be a question such as "What is this?" or What is this mind?"
What you are searching for can be called by many different names: mind, spirit, soul, true nature, and so forth. But such designations are merely labels. You should put aside all of these names and reflect on the fact that the true master of the body is more than just the label "mind."
The master of the body is not the Buddha, for it is not yet awakened. Nor is it anything material, because it cannot be physically given away or received. Nor is it simply empty space, for empty space cannot pose questions, or have knowledge of good and evil.
Hence there is a master who rules this body who is neither the label "mind," the Buddha, a material thing nor empty space. Having negated these four possibilities, a question will arise as to what this master really is.
If you continue inquiring in this way, the questioning will become more intense. Finally, when the mass of questioning enlarges to a critical point, it will suddenly burst. The entire universe will be shattered and only your original nature will appear before you. In this way you will awaken.
|Its hard to believe that Dipak Sathe, my friend more than my cousin, is no more. He was pilot of Air India Express carrying passengers from Dubai in 'Vande Bharat Mission', which skidded off the runway at Kozhikode International Airport yesterday night.
What is learnt is as follows:
Landing gears didn't work.
Ex IAF pilot made three rounds of airport to empty the fuel which saved plane from catching fire. That’s why there was no smoke seen coming from the crashed aircraft.
He turned off the engine right before the crash.
He belly landed after the 3rd iteration.
The right wing was ruptured.
The Pilot martyred but saved life of 180 co-passengers.
Deepak was an experienced aerial operator with 36 years of flying experience. A passout of NDA, topper in the 58th course and an awardee of 'Sword of Honour', Dipak served Indian Air Force for 21 years before joining as a Commercial Pilot with Air India in 2005.
He called me just a week before and was jovial, as always. When I asked him about the 'Vande Bharat' Mission, he was proud of bringing back our countrymen from Arab countries. I asked him,"Dipak, do you carry empty Aircraft since those countries are not allowing entry of passengers?" He had replied," Oh, No. We carry fruits, vegetables,medicines etc to these countries and never the aircraft flies to these countries empty." That was my last conversation with him.
He survived in air crash in early nineties when he was in Airforce. He was hospitalised for 6 months for multiple skull injuries and nobody thought that he will fly again. But his strong will power and love for flying made him clear the test again. It was a miracle.
He leaves behind his wife and two sons, both pass outs of IIT Mumbai. He is a son of Brigadier Vasant Sathe who stays in Nagpur along with his wife. His brother, Capt Vikas, was also an Armyman who laid his life while serving in Jammu region.
A soldier lays his life to save the lives of his countrymen.
It reminds me of a poem by a soldier :
If I die in a war zone,
Box me up & send me home
Put my medals on my chest,
Tell my Mom I did the best
Tell my Dad not to bow,
He won't get tension from me now,
Tell my brother to study perfectly,
Keys of my bike will be his permanently
Tell my Sis not to be upset,
Her Bro will not rise after this sunset
And tell my love not to cry,
"Because I am a soldier Born to Die...."
... Nilesh Sathe
Amazing logic indeed.
Japanese save a lot. They do not spend much. Also, Japan exports far more than it imports. Has an annual trade surplus of over 100 billion. Yet Japanese economy is considered weak, even collapsing.
Americans spend, save little. Also US imports more than it exports.
Has an annual trade deficit of over $400 billion. Yet, the American economy is considered strong and trusted to get stronger.
But where from do Americans get money to spend? They borrow from Japan, China and even India.
Virtually others save for the US to spend. Global savings are mostly invested in US, in dollars.
India itself keeps its foreign currency assets of over $50 billion in US securities. China has sunk over $160 billion in US securities.
Japan's stakes in US securities is in trillions.
The US has taken over $5 trillion from the world. So, as the world
saves for the US - It's The Americans who spend freely. Today, to keep the US consumption going, that is for the US economy to work, other
countries have to remit $180 billion every quarter, which is $2
billion a day, to the US!
A Chinese economist asked a neat question. Who has invested more, US in China, or China in US? The US has invested in China less than half of what China has invested in US.
The same is the case with India. We have invested in US over $50
billion. But the US has invested less than $20 billion in India.
Why the world is after US?
The secret lies in the American spending, that they hardly save. In fact they use their credit cards to spend their future income. That the US spends is what makes it attractive to export to the US. So US imports more than what it exports year after year.
The world is dependent on US consumption for its growth. By its deepening culture of consumption, the US has habituated the world to
feed on US consumption. But as the US needs money to finance its consumption, the world provides the money.
It's like a shopkeeper providing the money to a customer so that the customer keeps buying from the shop. If the customer will not buy, the shop won't have business, unless the shopkeeper funds him. The US is like the lucky customer. And the world is like the helpless shopkeeper
Who is America's biggest shopkeeper financier? Japan of course. Yet it's Japan which is regarded as weak. Modern economists complain that
Japanese do not spend, so they do not grow. To force the Japanese to spend, the Japanese government exerted itself, reduced the savings
rates, even charged the savers. Even then the Japanese did not spend (habits don't change, even with taxes, do they?). Their traditional postal savings alone is over $1.2 trillion. Thus, savings, far from being the strength of Japan, has become its pain.
The world is in a economical mess 😅
|Doctor explaining the pandemic to a coma patient who just woke up…
Dr: “They shut down the world because of a worldwide pandemic.”
Patient: “OMG! How many people are infected?”
Dr : “About 11 Million.”
Patient: “OMG! 11 million people died?”
Dr: “No, only 500 thousand… Kind of.”
Patient: “What do you mean ‘kind of’?”
Dr: “Well… they keep halving the number of deaths due to double counting, inaccurate tests and mislabeled death certificates. Also, most of the people that die are elderly and dying of other things. There are also people who died because of incorrect ventilator use and other treatments because no-one really understands the virus.”
Patient: “I don’t get it. So how many died from ONLY the virus… like literally dropped dead in the street?”
Dr: “No-one. Only in hospitals and nursing homes”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I, it’s a very confusing time.”
Patient: “So they cured the other 11 million people then?”
Dr: “No, most didn’t have any symptoms and in fact they didn’t even know they had it.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”
Patient: “It doesn’t sound very deadly. If the other 11 million people didn’t have symptoms then how do they even know they had the virus?”
Dr: “They were tested.”
Patient: “But you just said that the tests are inaccurate.”
Dr: “They are. No-one has isolated the virus so the tests don’t really test for that.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”
Patient: “Ok. So when will this pandemic be over?”
Dr: “When they develop a vaccine to stop the virus.”
Patient: “The virus that nobody gets or dies from.”
Patient: “I don’t get it.”
Dr: “Neither do I.”