So, What’s Your Ache, Mom?

Vide: Usha Narayanan

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‘Self’ Before Service!!

Though a thankless job in our country, caught between obnoxious politicians and increasingly watchful and vociferous public…

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Source: FB

 

Gather The Pieces

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Source: FB (Shanks K Iyer)

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Lose-Talk (Love-Speak)

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On unrequited love:

What I had lost was never mine;

but she had lost what was hers and only hers.

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Figure This Out…

if you’ve a little time!

If you too are where I’m (mentally) a cup of good coffee helps, I assure you.

The question: Of the seven chillies in the pix below, find the one that’s a mere drawing. The rest are real chillies.

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I’ve always been fond of riddles, posers, puzzles and problems. The present state of affairs is this is just about as much as I can handle.   Well, in this instance, may be another couple of chillies more before it gets too complicated!

If the coffee hasn’t done much good, the solution is in the ‘Comments’.

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PS: When my g-daughter (8 yo) came to me one day complaining of boredom – it’s vacation for her – I pulled out this one expecting her to be engaged with it for some time. It was of little comfort to see her blurt out at first glance the principle of the solution. Strangely and luckily (!) she had trouble applying it through to find the solution  – thus the objective of relieving her boredom for sometime was met before we moved onto the next.

Source: Fun Mag

 

How Fate Changed Its Course! (A Children’s Story)

The old man was a jyotish (astrologer), known to be infallible in his predictions. It was like he sneaked a peek at Brahma’s (creator’s) notes when he said what he said. People came from far and near with their horoscopes to consult him.

One day a poor daily-wage earning man came up to him: “Sir, I’m gasping for breath in the firm grip of dire poverty, deeply mired in loans taken from all possible sources. Further, there’re two daughters to be married off. Haven’t a clue how I’m going to see through it all. Could you kindly take a look at my horoscope, Sir, and suggest if there’s a way out for me?”

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The jyotish took the horoscope and gave it a quick look. Rolling his cowries, he became pensive.  Breaking the silence, he said: “My dear fellow, I’ve some important tasks to complete. Your horoscope needs a more closer look. Leave it with me for today and come back at this time tomorrow – I’ll have my reading ready for you.”

Agreeing to the suggestion, the man inquired if he had to pay now any fees in advance. The jyotish said it wasn’t necessary, he would collect upon completing the job.

On the man taking leave, the jyotish’s daughter came up to him: “Appa, why did you fob him off, the poor man?  Only a little while ago, you said you’ve finished the backlog and you’re free to receive new clients for the day.”

The jyotish explained his action: “Dear girl, you’re an astute observer. Actually the horoscope was very clear saying his life would end tonight itself. And there may be no time or means to perform prescribed pariharam (remedial measures). I didn’t have the heart to tell him.”

In the meanwhile the poor man was headed back home picking his way through the paddy fields. On the way, suddenly, dark clouds gathered overhead. Very soon, rain broke out accompanied by thunder and lightning. Hastening his strides to find some shelter, the man came upon an abandoned mandap (a pillared structure). In a corner away from the shower he set his bag down – a long piece of cloth with its edges bunched and tied together to form a kind of pouch, usually slung over the shoulder – containing grains of rice for his wife to cook; and himself rested on a dry slab of stone forming the floor of the mandap at its center.

In an hour, the rain let up somewhat and he was ready to go. When he lifted his bag, it came off light in his hand and…almost empty! It was then he noticed on the floor a huge swarm of ants, countless, had raided his pouch and made away with the grains. There was little he could do. With a wan smile, he poured out whatever was left also for the ants and stepped out. The dinner tonight would be without staple rice.

On the following day, he went at appointed time to meet the jyotish.

Seeing him the jyotish was dumbstruck. His predictions never failed. Did he make a mistake? He took out the horoscope and examined again it diligently. He had not erred in his reading. Then how?? This man of meagre means could have hardly performed in short time the parihaaram needed to counter what the fate had ordained.

What had happened…after their meeting the day before? The jyotish asked him. There wasn’t much eventful that had happened previous evening to account for. The jyotish however persisted until he got it all from the man.

He went back and checked his palm leaves – inscribed on them was the jyotisha shastra (science of astrology). As he read the relevant parts, it took awhile for the full import to sink in…so that was it!!

While it was comforting to know he wasn’t wrong after all, at the same time he was awash with shame over his lapse; for, it was clear to him now he had not advised his client appropriately.  The man had performed the pariharam quite inadvertently, no thanks to the jyotish. The shastra had set out the pariharam in this instance as: he should feed a hundred hungry mouths before the day’s sunset to hold off the certain death fated for him. The swarm of ants feasting on the rice grains had ensured it was done…in excess too. There was no stipulation in the shastra the mouths must be human! Something the jyotish had unfortunately overlooked and considered the pariharam to be undoable given the man’s finances and the time available to comply.

It was a second life for the man, the jyotish explained. In the time to come a big upswing in his fortunes was predicted for him; the jyotish also impressed upon him the need to be always charitable and kind to all in his life.

The jyotish did not collect any fees this time, atoning for his lapse.

 

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More stories here on winning over Fate:

How Fate Was Overcome…

How Fate Was Outwitted… (a 5-part story)

 

 

 

 

Source: Adapted from Palani Mohan’s post in FB and jyotish-research.com

The Brave Patient

‘Thrifty’ is a very small part of the story. Sindhi’s are an amiable, peaceful, fun loving, entrepreneurial, venturesome, hard-working and charitable community, not to forget the number of educational institutions they built. It’s quite possible Nasa may already have a line-up of Sindhi’s wanting to open shops on the moon or even Mars!!

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Relocating from Sindh in Pakistan during partition, they’ve done very well for themselves starting from scratch and enriched our society with their all-round contribution.

For long, their thrift has been a ready fodder for humor, mostly mean. But they’re a good sport (just as Madrasi’s, Malayalee’s, Gujju’s, Panju’s, Bongs…bear theirs). Here’s one in that vein:

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A Sindhi went to a dentist for tooth extraction but first enquired about the cost. Dentist said Rs 1200, the Sindhi thought that was too much.

After some thought, he asked about cheaper methods. The dentist said, “Yes, it can be done without anesthesia and will cost only Rs 300, but it would be very very painful.”

Sindhi said, “OK Doc, let’s do it without anesthesia.”

The dentist removed the tooth without anesthesia. During the entire procedure, the Sindhi sat quietly, even smiling a little.

The dentist was not only surprised but was quite impressed and said, “I have never seen such a brave patient. I don’t even want my fees, here take Rs 500 as a reward instead, you’ve taught me such a powerful lesson today about mastering one’s pain!!!”

In the evening he met his fellow dentists and told everyone about this amazing Sindhi patient.

One doctor jumped up and shouted, “That ×%#@ Sindhi first came to me, I gave him anesthesia and asked him to wait outside for half an hour! After half an hour when I called for him, he had left!!”

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Source: santabanta.com, YouTube and hiveminer.com