Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
My dear women 👭 out there,
Do people (both men and women) around treat you indifferently? I mean,
Isolation? Ignoring? Backbiting? Irritating? Eating your minds? Creating troubles?
Well, you must be one or more of these (and many more):
- smart looking
- tackling work-life balance well
- have an opinion on various affairs
- (financially) independent
- calm and composed
- refraining from dangerous gossips
- consistently climbing ladder, both personally and professionally
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
- There is a children peace monument in Hiroshima, Japan
- It was initiated by children themselves
- That is the only one of its kind in the world
- There is a girl statue in the monument with raised hands and a crane
- Paper cranes are sent from across the world till date
Friday, June 19, 2020
Shin Chan has become a part of our family now as our daughter is fond of it. Sometimes the whole family imagines a scene like what would happen if Shin Chan comes to our house and the discussion would naturally turn out to be hilarious and sweet. That is the extent of his influence in our family. (Please note that neither the kid nor the family is addicted; and that is the only kids channel we have subscribed for and that is the only show she fondly watches).
Whenever we are dumbstruck with our daughter's reactions and responses in recent times, we unanimously conclude that it is the influence of Shin Chan 😂Being a girl child, let her grow as a talkative, assertive and enthusiastic, independent person. So we are very much fine with it.
Why is the show loved by us as a family and why didn't we find a reason to say a strict NO to watching it? Coz this show is far far far far better that many nuisance and non-sense cartoon shows aired on TV. Let me list out the reasons:
- The whole show is about a kid, his parents, his sister and friends, Shero (the puppy) and all that surrounds him - simply a natural setting for any kid/family to relate to. 👪
- There is no fantasy - such as spider man saving lives or flying kids to save earth kind of stuff. Everything is real 👍 (Shin Chan movies are exceptions; we do not enjoy it )
- The lead character is no "Best Child" as per societal norms. He is good as well as incredibly naughty giving all forms of headache to his parents, teachers and friends. Like any other child.😍
- There is no good vs evil preaching or any kind of preaching for that matter. Thank God! 🙏
- Though mom is a housewife who does all chores all by herself, she is the financial head of the family and has no regrets in leaving children behind with her husband to do her most favorite pastime, "shopping" 😅. Sometimes we even feel that 'SHE' is the lead character of the show.👸
- Shin Chan and his friends never quarrel over who is the best, who is who's competitor, who scores the highest kind of stuff we normally see around. I mean to say that there is no discussion on their marks, scores and ranks; basically no non-sense 😝
- Shin Chan and his father cannot escape from helping Shin Chan's mom on holidays on household activities 😎
- Be it a rainy day or a sunny day, Shin Chan can be independent (sometimes we feel its overboard when he goes out in heavy rains too) and can also be of great help to anyone on earth he comes across, but of course in his own naughty ways 😃😆
- The school set-up is also so informal where the Principal is more or less a friend to these children✌Many a times I feel that the show's director had taken hints from the book "Totto-Chan" 🙌
- One of Shin Chan's friends, Neni (the only girl in the gang) is so dominant and I simply love it 👌
- Absolutely zero temper tantrum 😊
- There is always a portrayal of natural relationship between the lead family and their neighbours, their relatives and friends. No drama.💟
- Event the financial difficulties of his family are well understood by Shin Chan but in a lighter way. Even that would sound and look cute. 😘
- There is no violence except for the trademark hit Shin Chan receives from his mom 😁
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Monday, April 6, 2020
- How to fight fear of this unexpected situation?
- How are the microbiologists and virologists involved in fighting against this pandemic, and many more to come in future?
- Any plans of setting up more laboratories across the country for now and future?
- Are we on par with other countries that do rapid testing to minimise casualties?
- Will the vacant positions of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals be filled every now and then, hereafter?
- Will slowly government hospitals overtake private hospitals in performance and quality?
- What are economists doing? Have they found the way through this maze? or at least in the process of finding one?
- Don't the economists tell the government ways and means to keep emergency fund ready all the time?
- Are we judiciously using the huge funds received from Philanthropists such as Tata and how?
- Will the government adopt transparency in sharing details of inflow and outflow of money during this emergency?
- How is India going to cut costs on unnecessary stuff and save for emergency situations such as this?
- How will the government keep a check on charges levied by private hospitals that treat such pandemics? Do we have helplines to report on high charges for testing and treatment?
- Why did governments of state not provide facilities for migrant labourers in their place of work to find shelter and food, and instead forced to move in times of such emergencies?
- Is the government prepared to support needy families if this lockdown continues for few more weeks?
- Are the stressed medical professionals, and other frontline workers treated to destress in any possible way?
- Will health (and education) occupy a major place in the following year's budget?
- What do we have to learn from affected and unaffected nations across?
- Is the government working on identifying its flaws?
- What is your biggest realization as the head to focus on during such difficult times?
- Will you show us how to walk with the nation after this lock down for a better and safe tomorrow?
What next?? The pandemic has hinted us on creation of think tanks for a better tomorrow. The first and random thought that came to mind is this:
A think tank comprising "Conservationists, Environmentalists, Policy makers & Economists": As this lock down has has hit the 'refresh' button of nature and other living beings on earth, why not think of such a national lock down every year and help nature refresh itself?
Points to ponder in this direction
- When can the nation be locked down every year? Period and duration
- How can the economic slowdown of this period be addressed?
- What can be the role of government?
'When' needs to be decided in consultation with the
- Department to Tourism: to identify off-season when the revenue generation is normally less in a year
- Environmentalists/conservationists: to identify the period that is conducive/favourable for nature to reset itself on its own; and to identify the minimum and maximum number of days that would make a significant difference
- Department of Health: to identify the right season in a year that is suitable/better for public to stay indoors
- Economists: to analyse and identify the less economically-active period (in relative terms only) in a year in the country, if any
- Election Commission: to ensure that no election related works happen during that time
- Political off-season where no assembly/parliament sessions take place and budget related works happen
As it is natural to have a steep decline in economy graph during a national lock down, the role of economists becomes highly significant. The think tanks of economists need to arrive at decisions/ideas/proposals to tackle it and provide ways and means to get rejuvenated right after the period.
Considering this equation nature⥸economic growth for sustainability or the very existence of earth, compromising with economy is a better option.
- Nature and our fellow living beings would thrive happily
- No chaos/fear among public as they would gradually get used to this format; and therefore they would begin to plan well in advance
- Quality family time
- Children's creativity provoked, adults' too
- Encourage community living
- Possible increase in health consciousness
- No alcohol; therefore no related crimes
- No breaking news to channels to survive on
- To ensure paid/half-paid/minimally paid leave for everyone (organized and unorganized sectors)
- To have child and women helplines (counseling services too) to report abuse of any form
- To revamp government hospitals, schools, ration shops and offices
- To attend to shelter-less and migrant labourers (making use of closed cinema halls, schools, community halls, wedding halls, colleges and get a community kitchen in place to support them)
- To identify the real needy sections that would be in need of emergency fund to run their lives, as many would be prepared in advance as the lock down would be on the decided/announced date.
- To ensure that alcohol is not bought and stocked at homes that might eventually result in domestic violence
P.S.: There are just the preliminary thoughts and portions of the post might undergo changes depending on mind-processing (of course no portion would be deleted😛)
Friday, April 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
- The punchy or attractive titles (mostly the girls' names or their description for Eg. Cinderalla, Snow White and the seven dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast)
- The vibrant colours used in the books
- The expensive fairy-like dresses used to depict the lead character
- Magical/Fantasy side to it.
- The palace, garden and similar environment in which the story is set
- The typical fairy-tale ending, very positive and hopeful
- Most of these stories revolve around BEAUTY and FAIRNESS of the girl lead
- We often come across STEPMOTHERS and STEP SISTERS, those cunning ones and beast-like, that ABUSE the girl
- CURSE occupies a prime position in many fairy tales
- It is mostly a PRINCE that saves the girl at the end, the saviour
- The girl's story is supposedly settled happy once she GETS MARRIED to the prince and steps into the palace
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020
இந்த மாபெரும் தவறை நான் உணர்ந்த போது, என்னிடம் திருத்த இருந்த சிவப்பு மை பேனா தூக்கிவீசி, என்னை திருத்திக்கொண்டேன். அதன் பின் பணியாற்றிய பல்கலைக்கழகத்திலும், கல்லூரிகளிலும் எந்த ஒரு வேலைக்கும், முக்கியமாக விடைத்தாள்கள் திருத்துவதற்கு, சிவப்பு மை பேனாவை பயன்படுத்தியதில்லை. மாறாக நீல மையும், கருப்பு மையும் பயன்படுத்த துவங்கினேன். மாணவர் நீல மையில் எழுதியிருந்தால் நான் கருப்புமையிலும் , மாணவர் கருப்பில் எழுதியிருந்தால் நான் நீலமையிலும் திருத்த துவங்கினேன். விடைத்தாளில் எங்கும் சிவப்பு மை தென்படவில்லை.
இந்த மாறுதலே ஆசிரிய அதிகாரத்தை வேரோடு அறுத்துவிடும் என நான் கூறவில்லை. ஆனால் பெரிய மாற்றத்திற்கு இந்த சிறிய மாறுதல் இன்றியமையாததாகவே தோன்றுகிறது. என்னை போலவே மாணவர்களுக்கும் இது புதியதாகவே (சிலருக்கு வினோதமாகவும்) இருந்தது. பின்னர் பழகிற்று. ஆனால் மாணவர்களால் வரவேற்கப்பட்டது. எனக்கே எனக்கென்று இருந்த சில வகுப்பறை வழங்கங்களுடன் (வேறொரு சந்தர்ப்பத்தில் அவற்றை பற்றி எழுதுகிறேன்) இந்த புது வழக்கம் சேர்ந்தது எங்கள் வகுப்பறையை மேலும் அழகாக்கிற்று.
எனது அனுபவம் வளர்ந்த பிள்ளைகளுக்கிடையில். அதாவது கல்லூரி அல்லது பல்கலைக்கழக மாணவர்களுக்கிடையில். அவர்களே சிவப்பு மையின் கிறுக்கல்களை விரும்பாத போது, அழகிய பட்டாம்பூச்சிகளான பள்ளிக் குழந்தைகள் சிவப்பு மையற்ற விடைத்தாள்களை எவ்வளவு விரும்புவார்கள் என உணர வேண்டிய கட்டாயம் எழுகிறது. "நீ எழுதியதில் இவ்வளவு தவறு உள்ளது" என தெரிவிப்பதை தவிர்த்து "நீ எழுதியதில் இவ்வளவு சரியாக உள்ளது, இதர பகுதிகளும் செம்மைப்படுத்தப்படலாம்" என குறிப்பிடும்போது விடைத்தாள் பயமூட்டும் ஒன்றாக இல்லாமல் உந்து சக்தியாக மாறும் வாய்ப்பு அதிகம். இந்த மாற்றத்தின் குறியீடாகவே சிவப்பு மை பேனாக்கள் குழந்தைகளின் உலகில் இல்லாமல் செய்ய வேண்டும் என தோன்றுகிறது.
அதற்கு பதிலாக குழந்தைகளின் விடைத்தாள்களும், புத்தகங்களும் வெவ்வேறு வண்ணங்களில் திருத்தப்பட்டால் எவ்வளவு அழகு!!! 💙💚💛💜 அதில் என்ன தவறு இருக்க முடியும், இல்லை யார் இதை தடுக்க முடியும்!? வண்ணங்களை விரும்பாத வாண்டு (வளர்ந்தவர்) ஏது?!