ON LEAVE

I was not able to write a post for two weeks, because of several reasons, like personal illness and the ill health of my son. Yesterday, I sat on comfortably for writing some thing in my blog, but unfortunately, there was some problem for my laptop. All on a sudden, it went wrong, sudden shut down, and could not recover from that unexpected shut down. I tried everything to start it, but all went vein. I could do nothing. Now, I am in an internet cafe to apologize. I won’t be able to be in my blog till my computer works properly, or till I find another option. Sorry…. to all; and am trying to be with my blog as early as possible.

Byeeeeee for a short period.

TYPHOONS

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We are hearing news of cyclones and super cyclones that devastate a particular area or that kill masses. It challenge the country’s existence, destroying the life, property and all. A country that builds up slowly after a natural calamity has to surrender to another one. That is the fate of Philippines, which was recovering after the tsunami is now confronting the super cyclone Haiyan. Mostly the cyclones affect the poor and those who reside near the coastal areas. India has recently experienced the rage of the cyclone Phailin. It also devastated the coastal areas of Odisha and  Andhra Pradesh. Even though, the human loss was minimized by evacuating the coastal areas, the damages caused by the cyclone was not yet restructured. Still, the people are suffering from flood and diseases. They have come back to their native places after the cyclone, because they do not have another option. Though their properties are lost, their life is there. They can’t leave the place where they had lived. They have to rebuild all, for that, they need the help of many, the real challenge is after the cyclone. The government has gained applause that they could minimize the human loss, but they have to find the way to rehabilitate the affected.

Philippines has experienced more powerful cyclone; it was the biggest that the world had ever experienced. The death toll is unknown, the towns are like ghost cities. The city is flooded, bodies are floating, roads are filled with debris from fallen trees and tangled power line. Survivors are struggling to find out their loved ones. All are lost, shelter, wealth and beloveds, it is like becoming mad, what to do and where to search? Helps are offered by many countries, but who can console them!

Each cyclone terrifies us, the science has well developed to warn us about the coming typhoons, they are waiting with names for each typhoon, but we are helpless in front of the cyclones. Just watch, sympathize and pray. Let us help the poor people of Philippines with our money and prayers.

INDIA’S MARS MISSION

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India’s Space Scientists have begun the countdown to launch its first unmanned mission to the orbiter of Mars. India is the fifth country to launch the Mars mission. The ISRO scientists are very proud as they are about to start the experiments on the Mars. The countdown has already started and the PSLV-C25  carrying the Mars orbiter will start its voyage on tomorrow morning. The launch is at Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. It is expected to reach the Red Planet after 300 days voyage on 24 September 2014.  India’s Mars Mission is named as Mangalyaan, whereas the NASA’s mission is MAVEN. The two is planning to work simultaneously. The Indian scientists deserve a wild applause, as they are courageous and determined to launch such a mission from a developing country. The orbiter is supposed to study the atmosphere of Mars. When the India government has given the approval for the project the scientists are working tirelessly only for this project. A developing country like India is proving a lot with this mission, we have the brain power and the man power, if we get opportunity, our scientists can do wonders.

But there is criticism, on spending so much money, around 450 crore for the Mars mission when a large number of people are starving and a lot are living in slums. India is achieving recognition from the world, with it the country can invite the attention of many. Each victory on Space brings world recognition and with that we can boost our poverty eradication projects. India depends mainly on agriculture and it relies on the climate predictions. With our satellites we could predict the climate and it is reliable too. The farmers are getting benefits, when they become more self reliant, they are keen to educate their kids. Education is the basis to eradicate poverty. An educated community is the wealth of the country, with that we are getting awareness about health and sanitary programs and educated girls and women are courageous to speak for themselves.

A community is on the march to success with the help of our scientists. Let us salute them.

JOINT FAMILY

 

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Being the member of a big family, I have to meet many  of my relatives once in a month. The previous week was ‘visitors week’ for us. We had to entertain some of our relatives during this time. I didn’t get the time to be with my blog. We had to make food for them, we had to arrange many things for their comforts and we had to go with them to visit the old acquaintances. Somehow, it is an enjoyable thing. Our visitors were two nuns and they had been with us for almost one week. It was many years back they had a visit to the native place.

It is a pleasure to see some old relatives, we can share many things, we have a lot to talk to them and they have a lot to tell us. We can cook together with them, it is really nice to make special dishes for their happiness. After a short period they will leave us, but we will be remembered with love and affection. We have a lot to learn from such an atmosphere; respect to others, how to share our things and time, how to be patient and tolerant and we are learning to understand and adjust as per the situation.

But there are relatives, who may be intolerable, whom we may like to avoid. Recently, we have another cousin, who likes to involve and interfere in the life of others. Their family life may be full of nuisance, but without rectifying it, they are keen to interfere in other’s life. They may visit regularly with vested interests, they may ask about the bank balance, about our personal family matters etc.

We can have both the types of relatives in a joint family. We must be judicious, and cunning while dealing with them, it is advisable to think twice before plunging into an action. Cheating, favoritism, and hypocrisy all will be there in one family. 

But we can make it a heaven, with love, affection, respect, sincerity and co-operation. While having a self-respect, we should respect others and their feelings and suggestions. Recognition and encouragement, these two can strengthen our relationships. A happy family is a dream, that we can build with these qualities. 

See also : http://astraunic.com/2013/03/12/family/

http://astraunic.com/2013/02/19/family-day/

http://astraunic.com/2013/08/29/telephone-blessing-or-nuisance/

OPCW THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNER

 

 

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“We were aware that our work silently but surely was contributing to peace in the world,”this is the response of Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the OPCW after it was selected for the  2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It is the UN based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. 189 countries have membership in this organization. They all work hand in hand as the watchdogs against the use of chemical weapons. The headquarters is at Hague, Holland, it is in the news for the past one month, as the works of the organization at Syria is observed by the world. They are deputed to Syria to destroy the chemical weapons there. The Syrian Chemical Weapon tragedy forced the world to think of destroying the chemical weapons there, and the active involvement of the OPCW was honored with this Nobel Peace Prize.

It is the second consecutive year that the Nobel Peace Prize was won by an organization, in 2012, it was won by the European Union. OPCW was nowhere  in the news in the chances of winning the Nobel Prize, all expected the Nobel Peace Prize for Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistan educational activist. If she had won it, she would have been the youngest to win the prize.

At the time of the world possessing chemical weapons, the award points to the relevance of such an organization to destroy the destructor of the humanity. The whole world is under the threat of the chemical weapons, almost all countries claim that they have chemical weapons and it has become a threat; as any country may use it against its opponent. We may be destroying our new generation and our kids. What will be the after effect, if it falls in the hands of terrorist. The OPCW members are determinant to find out the chemical weapons are destroy it. This Nobel Peace Prize is the recognition for their works and it will boost their activities. They are observed and they are honored, they need it to go forward with their duties.

“Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons,” the Nobel committee in its citation observed. This award will definitely enhance their efforts to destroy the destructor.

 

Courtesy:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/12/world/chemical-weapons-watchdog-wins-nobel-peace-prize.html?emc=edit_na_20131011&_r=0

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE OLDER PERSONS

 

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Today is the day for our parents and grandparents. We, youths usually do not admire or respect their services, love and care. Do we need such a day to remember our parents, grandparents and our dear ones? We are parents and we have parents, each day goes on as usual, who has the time to remember old people? or who are worried about their needs? All are busy with their own problems and jobs. We have aged people in our homes. We give them food, clothes and medicines regularly. They are looked after, all their needs are fulfilled. But, still we need another day to remember our aged parents. It seems quite ironical? 

On this day for the older people, let us remember all the aged people. They have worked hard for us, to give us proper food, clothes, shelter and education. They have renounced all they had for bringing up us. They were with us, caring us, when we fell ill. We have nothing to give back to them for their love, care and protection. When we became self reliant, we flew away from them. We have love and respect to our parents and grandparents, but our excuse is ‘ we don’t have time’.

We don’t have time to be with them, to talk with them, to spend  a little time with them. Really, they are expecting that. They don’t want any luxury, they need us, their children, to embrace once more. We should express our respect and love, for that,we should find time to be with them. Before going to office, we can meet and ask,” mother or father how are you? I am going, do you need anything special?” Just embrace them, and they need only that. They won’t demand us anything, just one or two minutes!! We can dine with our parents once in a week, share our problems, listen their advises and experiences. We should care them, and we can create a feeling in them that, they are loved and not unwanted. 

Our little kids have a lot to learn from them. They are the encyclopedias of experiences, they may share their life as stories and each story will definitely has a moral; and that gives our kids the confidence and guidance.

A number of aged people are suffering because of loneliness and diseases. Let us remember them on this day and respect and value their services.

HUMAN GODS

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I am not going for a controversy, I am not going to write anything about incarnations either. Recently, I happened to hear some people who consider themselves as super-human, or who assumes themselves of having some super power. They may produce something from the air. They may show some miracles, or they may vanish and appear all on a sudden. We may see lots of devotees with them, we may wonder about the followers that they have.

Some of them are doing charities, some of them have hospitals, schools, or other charitable organizations. They may be preaching about love, kindness, mercy and service. Some are doing philanthropic activities and some do services to the man kind. But are they real gods

I don’t think so. It is true that, they are philanthropists and they are admired and respected. But, I believe in only one God; that is on the unseen power that guides us and protects us. There is the power that revolves our earth. the power that gives us both sorrows and happiness, there is the power that consoles us and shields us from dangers. It is the God; not the super power. A true believer can be a philanthropist, he can serve the community, he can love the world and the society, he can live peacefully without the embrace of the human gods.

My son happened to see a photo of one human being who is worshiped by a lot, that person’s followers, adorn his/ her path with flowers and lighten the lamps under his/ her feet. He asked me, mother, how could a human being bless other human beings like gods do? What is his/ her power? I told him, if we should have firm belief on God, we won’t need such human gods, we should find solace only in God;we don’t want to follow these human gods.

They should be respected for their philanthropy, but not worshiped. They are only human beings like each one of us, they may have more knowledge, for that they should be admired, but not worshiped.