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Your Prayers would be Highly Appreciated [EDITED]

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Hello, Again, my Friends! …This may sound peculiar; But I, who like Friends so much, do not have one with whom I can make contact, within a reasonable distance. My (once) Best Friend, Fr. Alphonse F., is nearly 2,500 Km away! …I have come to Look Upon You All, of the WordPress community, as my Friends now. So this sharing is even by way of Catharsis.

Am Editing my post of the 22nd of Jan this year. My Mom had looked like this, as You at the Bottom, then. On the 31st of Jan, she became Immobile, as in ‘Our Cat Oversees things.’ Day by day She is getting Weaker. …She is on a Catheter and ‘Under-pads,’ but the Instinct to get up and to go to the toilet, so as not to soil the clothes and the bed, is so powerful, that she tries trying to get…

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Here is the POWER OF ONE! A Lone, Brave Girl.

If You or I would stand and speak or sing, We know just How much We would be Ignored, and that We might even be Mocked. It took Courage for her to stand like this and do it. My Salutations to her.

Perspectives on Life, the Universe and Everything

humanity’s finest, bravest girl
changing hearts, souls to sway
stage fright miles away
make aware, removing blame
sapiens, slowly, raising their game
work together, end hostility
bow, oblige, embrace humility
helping, aiding end of the earth
open arms, love in the mirth
tears run away, it is not your day
heart’s power here to stay
will climb mountains, clean fountains
cause is known, seed is sown
make more believe, poverty receives
a hit so great, of human traits
generosity, kindness, selfless devotion,
happiness spreading, free flow emotion
a mere song from the soul
the universe grins, galaxies roll
donate time, wealth, smiles even
show Divine, how hearts being given
stay the course, alive we are
dark skies will clear, redemption is not far
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Dashrath Manjhi – Affable Giant!

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Dashrath Manjhi’s wife Fagunia, died due to lack of medical treatment because the nearest town with a doctor was 70 km away from their village. A not easily climbable hillock was blocking access to the town, which made this long detour necessary. See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dashrath_Manjhi

Now Due to his road, the distance has reduced to a mere 1 Km. Altogether, a 30 feet wide road, (10 metres), involving Single Handed Labour of 22 long years.

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Above, Perhaps one of the earliest photographs of his Road. Evidently he had already worked Long on it.

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Dashrath at his labour of Love. We can clearly see that he was Not a Young man when he was doing this. I hope We can All be Giants like Him.

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The shot above gives a clear view of what the hillock had blocked access to.

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The Road after the administration has given some Finishing touches to it. The gap is said to be, to repeat, 30 feet wide. Imagine the amount of Rock he must have removed!

…To read about Jadav Payeng, who also, Single Handedly, raised up 1,360 acres of Forest, please click here.

…The Taj Mahal, one of the Most Beautiful buildings in the World, was built by countless labourers, and is said to be Shah Jahan’s memorial to his wife. This road is One-Lone-Man, Dashrath Manjhi’s Tribute of Real Labour-of-Love for his wife. No Need to Compare. But there it is. An Affable Giant, and one whose Example We can All eminently follow! And We Thank Manjhi for this Good Road.

Jadav Payeng, One Man Army

While I was going through my Notifications and Responding to them, a brother blogger had referred to the Man who had Single handedly raised up a Whole Forest. He is Jadav Payeng, and it is Right that he has a ‘page’ in Wikipedia, vide:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jadav_Payeng

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Jadav Payeng. Image from Wiki.

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I Salute Payeng’s Courage, Love and Sheer Determination. Planet Earth owes him Thanks! He singlehandedly raised No less than 1,360 acres/550 hectares of Forest, a Veritable Ecosystem, devoting 30 years to this labour of Love, and has started another similar project!

“The forest houses around four tigers, three rhinoceros, over a hundred deer and rabbits besides apes and innumerable varieties of birds, including a large number of vultures. There are several thousand trees among which are valcol, arjun, ejar, goldmohur, koroi, moj and himolu. There are bamboo trees too covering an area of over 300 hectares. A herd of around 100 elephants regularly visits the forest every year and generally stay for around six months. They also gave birth to 10 calves in the forest in recent times.”

Quote and picture below from: http://arownd.net/the-man-who-plant-his-own-forest-jadav-payeng/

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Forest man Jadav rhino

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So he has not raised just trees, but an Ecosystem! The above link informs us that Jadav has begun another Giant Forest Project! What a Giant of a Man!

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While We are talking about Jadav Payeng, this Giant of a Man, this One-Man-Army, We should pay Tribute to Dashrath Manjhi too, another Affable Giant, who also Single handedly made Way, and created a Path. Of Dashrath, in the Next post.

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On Relationships. Just Superb! Kudos to the writer.

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The last time I saw her she was distant. She was different. As if she suspected what we all didn’t. We thought she’d be around forever until she wasn’t. Her last breath ended her sadness, and with it brought on our suffering. Suddenly, missing her smothering. Missing her mothering. Her nurturing. Her laughing, her crying, her nagging, her cooking, her loving. Uncovering my selfishness, discovering my carelessness, wondering how I could have been so heartless. How could I of taken her for granted? I wish I could hold her one more time. Look her deep in her eyes and thank her for just being in my life. Thank her for all that she sacrificed. For the times she played with my hair at night. For all her wisdom and all of her light. Apologize for every time she compromised. For the times I fought back and watched her cry. For…

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Mama’s ‘Day and Night’ Care

I had wanted to write some things on ‘MOTHER’S DAY,’ though the day is Past at least for this year. While I was hesitating, Two things came together: A Visit from my Young GRANDDAUGHTER, with her little Son, and a movie I watched, named ‘DADDY DAY CARE.’

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This is my Favourite Granddaughter, Yoha, who is my neighbour’s daughter. In the first picture, We see her as she was just a few years ago, Dancing. In a scant few years, this Young Woman had become a Nurse.

Though She is Smiling in the picture, She had a really bad time in that profession, as do Most Nurses, who are Not employed with the Administration (previously called government). This last named group gets whopping salaries and plenty of benefits, even if they do not turn up for work! Many are the govt run Dispensaries and Medical Aid centres, which are not even open most of the month. But all this is another story.

Now this Beautiful Young Woman is the Mother of a Lively Young Boy, named Pradeesh. Here he is, right on my Bed!

Yoha had arrived at her Mother’s house, right next door, on the 10th of this month. (She lives with her husband near Trichy, and comes to her mother’s house once a month or so). So, though Pradeesh has seen me a number of times, it was Today, (the 16th), that he deigned to ‘Sit’ on my bed for a while. Otherwise, he wants Yoha to carry him All the time. He is at that Age, or something.

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But let us Remember that being a Mother is not ‘posing’ with Your Child, and All Grins and Jolliness. As I had expected, Pradeesh started ‘Acting Up!’

Let me tell You, he is Quite a Handful! Children at this Stage of Life are a combination  of Leaping Deers, Racing Cars/Motorcycles, Rocket gone out of control, and Spiderman! (I had to say that!). Keeping them from Falling off, Injuring themselves, or Breaking things is a Full time job. Of course Indians do not believe in ‘Cribs.’ They call it ‘Too Constraining.’ I do wonder how many Countries use the ‘Crib.’

Anglers would Understand it if We compare a Child’s Twistings and Turnings to that of a hooked fish. But in the case of a fish, You do not have to worry whether he would fall out of Your hands or off the bed and injure himself.

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What I want to show here is this: Children, once they Reach the Age of Crawling, to their School going days, Need Almost MINUTE BY MINUTE ATTENTION.

EVERY MOTHER TAKES CARE OF EACH OF HER CHILDREN IN SUCH CIRCUMSTANCES in this fashion, 24×7, and 60×24. The Mother is with the Child Most of the Time, and Most of that Time She is Taking Care of the Child.

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In DADDY DAY CARE, towards the End, the Cute little son of the hero says to his dad: ‘I would sell all my toys, so that You would not need to make money to buy them for me,’ or some such. He Wants his Dad to Be with him.

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Now, my Dear Reader, my Male Readers, what would happen if You ask Your son: “If You would sell all Your toys, I would be with You all the time.” I do not think He would be ready for that.

How are We to Interpret that? That he does not Care for You? Or that he has not had the Experience of Your Extended Presence with him?

Now suppose You take a Week’s holiday and spend the time with Your Family, and then ask the same question, do You not think the Answer would be Radically different? He can make a Choice Only if he has Experienced Your Closeness.

Almost Each father seems to think that ‘providing’ for the family, loading-up the child with  Toys, even throwing in a supposedly ‘good’ education, etc, is enough. And Most father’s have neither the Idea, nor the thought of asking the Child’s opinion, on the matter.

And Pradeesh’ father, by the way, turned up to be with his family on Saturday, and Pradeesh so dominated his time, so wanted to be with his father, to be carried by him and all that, that he would not even let him have his tea.

…Most Dads would find it difficult Making Time for their Kids, and Here We are talking of Taking Care of the Children.

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The person being manhandled so Ignominiously, and being taken to jail, is one the world’s most dangerous criminals, responsible for about 60 thousand deaths! he is mexican drug baron guzman. Needless to say, he has loads of money.

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And below We see the same guzman with one of his sons. Even Criminals love their children. he too had thought that making money and dandling his son once in a while was enough. But was it?

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guzman’s money-making schemes landed him in a place which would make his spending Any Time with his children an Impossibility.

Of course Most fathers are Not as Radical as guzman in their money making methods. But We are not talking about the Money made, or the Way it is Made. We are Talking about Time Spent with the Family. And in this post, Time spent especially with the Children.

All this goes to Prove that Mama’s Day-and-Night Care is 24×7 Daddy Day Care.

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As I said,  I had wanted to write on Mother’s Day. Below We see a Man, a Taiwanese, en-route to taking his mother to the hospital. A picture that Gladdens our Hearts, and Lifts Up our Spirits. God Bless this Man, And His Mother.

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(This photograph, from the Internet, of course, has become famous, practically Viral.)

And this Teaches Us a Great Lesson: Love of One’s Mother is NOT posting a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ card on the Internet. That is Not Real Love of One’s Mother.

There are Exceptions in Every case, of course.

But on the whole, Loving One’s Mother would mean Loving Her and Taking Care of Her when She has become Old and Dependent. Taking Care of Her when She is Demanding Too much of Our Time and Energy, When Her Forgetfulness makes Us Exasperated.

Taking Care of the Old is Not a ‘Pleasure.’ There is some Joy in taking care of little Children. Not so in the case of the Old!

Only the person who has faced these Challenges and come out Successful in them, or is Really Resolved to do so, can say he is Loving his Mother, and Rightfully wish his Mom a ‘Happy Mother’s Day,’ meaning that he is Thankful to Her for Her Great Services.

Our Mothers have given Us Extraordinary Day and Night Care. As well as Lifetime Support. And, in Most cases, they took Care of their Husbands in their last days! They deserve of Our Very Best Indeed.

Our One-Hour Adventure Today!

For this I did not have to go out anywhere, except out of my Room! And it was an Enforced Adventure too! It happened like this…

Around Noon today, I heard some slight noises behind me, (I had been sitting at the Computer), and went to Investigate. All I could find was that a Bottle had got overturned. I turned it right side up, and then I noticed MR. SNAKE right on that shelf!

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The ‘V’ shows where he is. And he turned out to be a Metre long Cobra! I had taken 3 shots with my ‘Nokia.’ That was before going out for help! Only this photo turned out to be any good!

This was not my first experience with a Snake, nor the first of having Snakes inside my Room. But having this Brother right in the middle of my ‘Tea Things,’ made things Very Uncomfortable. And he seemed to Like his new place too, and did not want to move off.

I went out seeking assistance, and even though the Villagers were at work, they spared Time to come and help me in this. But the Three men who came, once they had a look at the snake, retreated to a Safe distance, and We started removing a lot of ‘things’ from my room, to get some ‘Working Space!’

They had to do this because my room is fairly ‘packed’ with things, what with our place being an Ashram and all! My room, 5 metres by 3, is a Combo of Office, where I work at the computer and Meet People, my Bedroom and ‘Living room,’ if You want to call it that, as the TV is also there, and part Store!

In the meanwhile Mr. Snake had slithered to the Ground. The removal of things was done with the aid of some 5 metre long sticks, from Outside the Room! But they were not successful in Dislodging the creature.

Then they Brought this Lady from the Village, making it a total of 5 Women on the scene, besides the men. Now this lady and her Companion just Walked Coolly Into the Room, all the while Talking to the Snake, calling it ‘Ma,’ (Mother,) and ‘Sami,’ (god/goddess), and what does the Snake do?

It crept into a Box which had been there All that while, right next to it, and this Lady just picked up the Box, snake and all; and released it out in the Open.

And that Ended my Adventure for One Hour today.

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I added this in the Thanks catagory, because, Mr. Snake could have chosen to come into my room, say, when I was asleep, without my having got inkling of it, and We could have been in greater trouble. Also, it might have ‘Nestled’ under the Pillow or something, which they like to do, and that would have been bad too.

“Surely, Only Goodness and Kindness Shall follow me, All the days of my life.” (Psalm 23:6A, my own Translation).

The Good Lord has a Way of Protecting His Children. My Thanks to Him, and to All who came over to help me out.

Happy Mother’s Day!

My Mother is Old and Bedridden now. But here is a picture of my Mother as I will Always Remember her. Picture taken by my Dad years ago, when they were both Young!

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Father’s are great. My Dad was a Truly Great Man. But fathers in general, Count the hours. they Frequently mention, ‘I have done so much,’ and this and that. fathers Never hesitate to say, ‘I am Tired.’

Mothers Never Count the Hours. They do not even Mind if Others Do Not Notice. Mothers are Great.

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Picture from Twitter.

The picture does not really reflect Mother’s day. At least in the ‘Bird World,’ Father Birds work as Hard at feeding their young as the Mother Birds do. I put this picture just because I liked it.

Happy Mother’s Day to All Moms, remembered and unremembered, sung or unsung. Let us Wish Them Every Happiness.