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CONTENTSIMPACT OF MEDIA ON YOUNGER GENERATIONDON’T DESERT DRYLANDSTHE KILLER TSUNAMIHUMILITY IS THE GREATEST VIRTUEROLE OF STUDENTS IN ROAD SAFETYGOPAL’S FRIENDSHONESTY IS THE BEST POLICYWILL AND DETERMINATIONHELEN KELLERIMPORTANCE OF READING NEWSPAPERSWAR IS DESTRUCTIVEHARRY POTTER BOOKSMOTHER TERESADINNER IN A FORESTTHE FISHERMANDINOSAURSLONG POEMSQUADRUPLETS
IMPACT OF MEDIA ON YOUNGER GENERATION
There are myriad factors that influence the younger generation’s perception and character and thereby decide and constitute the destiny and future of the next generation. Media is one of the most important factors that influence character and attitudes to which willy-nilly current younger generation is over exposed. Reigning media these days include television, Internet, movies, hoardings, newspapers, books and magazines and audio, visual and print advertisements and publicity materials.
Different forms of media do have different impacts on young minds. The kind of media which were available to older generation half a century back are now replaced with newer and technologically advanced media tools such as televisions, Internet and even more advanced media tools as the days go by.
All these diverse forms of media have their own advantages and disadvantages as far as their impact on younger generation at their most impressionable time of their life is concerned. These various tools provide entertainment as well as information inter alia. Television has become the leader of the entertainment as well as the information world and provides entertainment and information to the masses for around fifty years now. It looks as if it will remain so for a very long time ahead though Internet has started increasingly claiming a considerable chunk of its share among the elite. Television Channels like Discovery and History are scholarly in their content and depth. Sports channels develop interest in sports activities. News channels develop interest in the world around us. The Cyber world now increasingly meets those objectives through the Internet. Old media worlds like movies, newspapers, magazines, books and advertisements however firmly hold to their age-old appeals even in this technological age and provide entertainment and information to the younger generation and considerably influence their mind and attitudes even now.
There cannot be advantages sans disadvantages. That is the cosmic law. More the advantages, more disadvantages. Media is an explosive power, and an extremely explosive power in that as far as younger generation is concerned in its most formative and most impressionable period of life. Not only do media like television and computer damage eyes by over exposures, they by over-exposures to entertainments and low-content programmes distract younger generation from growth-oriented habits and focus on reading, thoughts and studies.
However, the credit of chief disadvantage of the powerful media on younger generation must go to the negative impacts they have by their increased perverted emphases and exposures to anti-human and anti-social values like crime, violence, lewd contents and other unwholesome exercises and practices. The consequence of over-exposures to such contents is that the impressionable younger generation imbibe them as legitimate parts of life at the cost of healthy growth, personal character, decent life, cultured conduct and right future. Easy and glamorous showpieces easily appeal to the younger generation and they embrace easy life to the detriment of their own life and the future of the humanity.
The solution to this problem lies in guiding and cultivating the younger generation to right contents available in media and educating them on right selections. Thereby, the unlimited power of the media can be utilised to improve the quality of life of the future generation.
DON’T DESERT DRYLANDS
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) encompasses arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid zones of the world in its definition of the drylands. Drylands occupy 41% of the earth's land area and are inhabited by over 2 billion people worldwide and 40% of the people of the emaciated continental-trios of the world namely Africa, South America and Asia live in drylands of harsh environments with little productive potential. About 44% of all cultivated land area in the world are drylands. A serious bane of the drylands all over the world is its desertification.
Desertification is the process of degradation of the drylands and involves loss of biological and economic productivity. Ex nilo nil fit. Desertification often arises from the demands of increased populations that settle on the land in order to grow crops and graze animals. These days, people around the world are leaving drylands due to climate variability and unsustainable human activities. However, drylands can be used to do various beneficial activities like dryland farming, water harvesting and many more live-activities of hi-tech and other origins. Ergo, don’t desert drylands.
Dryland farming is an agricultural technique for cultivating land in the ambience of little rainfall as in Great Plains of Argentina in North America and in the steppes of Eurasia like Ukraine and southern Russia. Successful dryland farming is possible with as little as 15 inches of rainfall a year. Though occasional crop failures for years running is a serious handicap here, drylands can be put to use by this technique in the milieu of emaciating resources of the mother Earth en face accrescent population.
Drylands are spread over a very large area and the only continent that does not have a dryland is Antarctica. Under-utilisation of drylands is a serious threat to the resources-security of the world. Aux grands maux, les grands remedes. Most of the land in drylands presently are used for agriculture in various parts of the world while the rest is deserted to its own fate. Drylands can be cultivated by harvesting by the water saved from the rainfalls. Also, building canals and diverting the excess water from the places that have too much water to the places that have too less water like drylands help in rendering those regions fertile for human habitation and cultivation.
Drylands can be explored for other uses and purposes like mining. The desert and dry regions of the West Asia owe their wealth to huge resources of oilfields. Also, there are flora and fauna specific to drylands and deserts. Fruits like dates grow well in drylands. Animals like camels are useful companions to the man in dry and desert regions. These factors can be intelligently employed to make best use of the drylands. Fortuna favet fortibus. Drylands will also help to solve housing problems. Ergo, man will desert drylands at his own peril in the growing crunch of resources and space on the face of the Earth.
THE KILLER TSUNAMI
December 26, 2004 turned out to be one of the most tragic single days in the living memory of the human history. The killer tsunami that triggered on that day in Asia recorded the death of more than 150 thousand innocent children, women and men and devastation of millions in South and South-east Asia in the course of just three hours. This tsunami turned out to be the fourth worst natural disaster since the end of the nineteenth century after the quakes in China in 1976, 1927 and 1920, which claimed 255, 200 and 200 thousand lives respectively.Devastation
The countries worst hit by the Killer Tsunami of Asia are Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand in that order. Other countries which saw the fury of the tsunami include Malaysia, Burma, Bangladesh and far away East African countries like Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Seychelles. Indonesia, which was closest to the epicentre of the earthquake that caused the tsunami accounted for about one-lakh deaths while India’s toll exceeded ten thousand. The Aceh province of Indonesia was the first and worst affected region.
The worst affected regions in India were the state of Tamil Nadu and the islands of Andaman and Nicobar. The Indian naval base in Andaman and Nicobar was washed away by the killer waves. The southern tips of India and the Indian mainland namely Indira Point in Andaman and Nicobar islands and Kanyakumari in the mainland were badly hit by the Tsunami. Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa were also hit by the Tsunami.What is a Tsunami?
Tsunami in Japanese means ‘harbour wave’. It is triggered by a vertical disturbance in the oceans caused by an earthquake, landslide or volcanic eruption. The result is mammoth waves several meters high crashing into coastal areas.
The present tsunami was triggered by an earthquake of the magnitude of nine in the Richter scale near Sumatra of Indonesia. The earthquake was caused while about 1,200 km of the edge of the Burma plate of the Earth’s crust suddenly slid fifteen meters high above the Indian plate on the fateful day morning around 6.29IST near Sumatra. This was the result of the pressure built up by the two giant tectonic plates while grind against each other causing the India plate slip six centimetres northeast a year below the Burma Plate. Such geological phenomena causing earthquakes and such major earthquakes on the ocean floor causing tsunami are natural processes. However, India was caught by surprise by this tsunami, as it was the first of its kind to hit India in its living memory.Relief Efforts
The relief efforts India saw for the tsunami victims has been as never before. TV telecast and media coverage helped sensitize people to the disaster. Both Indian government and private agencies provided mammoth relief efforts. India refused USA offer of help and showed that it can handle such disasters by its own resources. India even helped Sri Lanka in its relief operations. Newspapers, film actors, cricketers, all contributed to the relief efforts.
India’s response to the tsunami was slow in the beginning. However, as time passed, it picked up life. The Indian government has decided to build a Tsunami Warning System on the ocean basin and has kept aside twenty seven million US dollars to build it. A Disaster Management Authority has also been set up to deal with natural disasters like tsunamis in future. These are the positive outcomes of the horrific tragedy India underwent in the last week of the year 2004.
HUMILITY IS THE GREATEST VIRTUE
Humility, which is the greatest among all virtues known to mankind. Humility in Latin is humilis, means low. Humility is being low outside while high inside. It is self-effacing and the denial of self-importance. Humility is the antithesis of arrogance and false pride. It is the law of the nature that people who are strong and virtuous inside always remain low outside. We have examples of Jesus Christ, Gauthama Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, and Basaveshwara nearer in our own state. They are all called as great souls because of their humility.
Humility is the antithesis of arrogance and false pride. Arrogance and false pride are the worst evils of the mankind and sure ways of destruction. Ravana in the Ramayana saw his end because of his arrogance. Duryodhana in the Mahabharatha carved out his destruction due to his false pride. Nearer in time, unlimited arrogance destroyed both Hitler and Saddam Hussain.
Humility is a rare and the greatest virtue mankind has ever known. People with this great virtue in abundance stand out and shine like the Sun. They are liked by all. Everybody hates arrogance and the arrogant people. Mythology and History are full of stories that show how the forces of humility triumphed over the forces of arrogance.
Only a pure soul can have humility. And the humility brings about all other virtues including simplicity, honesty, patience, love, kindness and above all self-confidence. Humility sprouts from the heart. It is never practised for effect or benefit. Therefore, everybody trusts people who are filled with humility. Humility saves the world from all evils like deception, greed, hatred, anger, competition, suspicion and discontentment. It spreads simplicity, peace, harmony and contentment in humankind.
Jesus Christ spread the doctrine of showing the right cheek as well, when somebody slaps you on the left cheek. He also said that if anybody sues you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. He died on the cross for the sins of the humanity at large. Ramayana is the story of the clash between the forces of humility represented by Rama and the forces of arrogance represented by Ravana, and the ultimate triumph of humility over arrogance. Mahabharatha is the story of the clash between the forces of humility represented by the Pandavas and the forces of arrogance represented by the Kauravas, and the ultimate triumph of humility over arrogance. Mahatma Gandhi vowed not to wear a shirt or travel first class in train until all the people in India could afford it. He discarded all the luxuries of the life and willingly lived the poorest of the poor life. This is humility. Basaveshwara, the Prime Minister of the king of Bijjala of Kalyana called himself a servant of the servants of the noble people. It is humility.
Humility is not easy to come. It needs cleansing of the soul from the evils of arrogance and false pride. And the Satan of the arrogance and false pride has strong hold on our life and cannot be shed easily. Only great souls with extra-ordinary strength inside can reach the higher levels. They are called as great souls. We can only try towards that end. If we succeed to any degree, we can be called as great. Humility is the true path towards peace, harmony and advancement to the divine end.
Humility is civility. Humility is utility. Humility is humanity. Humility is divinity.The best are those who live in humility,
That brings to life greatness, easy felicity;
Those who have this aplenty are blessed,
And always stand out as the very best.
ROLE OF STUDENTS IN ROAD SAFETY
Roads are the arteries of a country; they are the networks of the lifelines that keep the country healthy and intact. Stoppages in the arteries damage the heart and lead to the death of the body. It is the same with the country. Unsafe roads lead to the damage of the nation. Safe roads are as important to the national life as are safe arteries to a healthy body.
Roads are a public utility network. The Government builds and maintains roads for the public good. Safe roads are its responsibility. It meets the responsibility through its Engineering, Transport and Traffic Police wings. But, this does not prevent the public from its responsibility towards safe roads. Actually, the role of the public in the matter as the ultimate beneficiary of the road-network is the key of safe roads in any country.
Students are the future of a country. Some day, they are going to be in the helm. Safe roads are their responsibility also. They are the builders of the future of the country and their ideas constitute its direction. As citizens and the hopes of the future, they have their own responsibilities towards the country that strives to better the future for their benefit. Their responsibilities towards safe roads are one of them. They must try to raise road safety awareness in the public and help the traffic police in controlling the traffic during the rush hours. They can also be the model road users. What they need is a determination to try and provide safety in roads.
Rudyard Kipling in “Diversity Of creatures” says, “Transportation is civilization”. This is a very profound truth. Without transport and the movement of goods and people, there can be no civilization and culture. The increase in the standard of living in many countries in the world in recent years has been almost entirely due to the strides made in transport especially by the introduction of the motor vehicle with its flexibility and ability to get into places otherwise inaccessible even by railways. Danger is unavoidable in the world of transportation. There has never been a time when travel was not dangerous. L. G. Norman in his Public Health Paper for the World Health Organisation in 1962 says, “The problem of road traffic accidents on a large scale has arisen for the first time in the present century. All other epidemics throughout history have been due to the onslaught of agencies external to man, principally the protozoa, bacteria and viruses; but road accidents are due to man himself. A terrible penalty of mortality has already been paid as the cost of integrating the motor vehicle into modern life.”
The three E’s, Engineering, Education and Enforcement that are the heart of the accident problem constitutes the answer to the traffic safety problem while three P’s namely Pressure, Prejudice and Politics cause the road safety measures go haywire. A good approach to the problem of the road safety must take all these three positive E’s and negative P’s into account for a solution. While Engineering is the job of the engineering department and Enforcement of the police and the transport departments, Education certainly can be helped by the students as a segment of the general public. Students can also partake in rendering the negative influences of the three P’s on the road safety ineffective.
The role of the students in the road safety measures is limited to three functions namely model road-users, road safety educators and pressure groups for safe roads. They act as model road users in the first while as educators of the same measures to the larger public, especially the unenlightened and the uneducated in the second, and pressure groups for the same measures through powerful parents and self-efforts in the third. They can be a great source of advantage in stopping the normal pressures of life, prejudices and self-interested political manoeuvres that work against the needs of safe roads. Students as the interest groups of the safe roads certainly turnout to be great assets of the future of the country by virtue of their knowledge, experience and passion for safe road efforts. This is why introduction of safe road measures as a subject in the secondary education system of the country will prove a great advantage for the advancement of the country.
Safe roads of the modern world involve road dividers, zebra crossings, speed limits, parking slots, one-way traffics, road signboards, traffic signals, traffic booths, road safety literature, and above all safe road educational and awareness programmes. Violation of traffic rules like wrong parking, joy riding, over-speeding, crossing the roads at wrong spots are the major causes of traffic snarl-ups. Students can be of immense help in traffic management in preventing these road nuisances that can lead to serious consequences by being model road users, educators to the unenlightened public and pressure groups towards the end.
Pressures of money and power and political influences always played adverse role against the interests of the safe road by stalling the process of the enforcement of traffic rules. Students as a model group can play an important role in creating healthy public opinion against such holes in the due process of the law-enforcement and make roads safe for all.
Safe roads assure safe return home and ensure a happy and more confident life back home. This means happier life and less tense outside activities. Safe roads certainly enhance the quality of life. Students who constitute the future of the country and for whose benefits all efforts of the present world are streamlined must actively partake in performing their role towards the maintenance of the safe roads and improving the quality of the life.
Gopal was a young man in king Krishnadevaraya’s court. He was a friend of a minister in the king’s court. He was a poor and foolish man. As he was foolish, he was practically a servant of the minister. The minister was very rich and owned lots of land.
One day, the minister asked him to cut weeds of one of his fields. Gopal went to the field and attempted to pull off the weeds. While he was doing so, he was so busy that he did not see where he was going and slipped on a banana peel and fell down. When he his trying to get up, he again stepped on another banana peel and again fell down. Gopal was convinced that the banana peel was angry with him. So he went crawling forward for some distance and got up. He walked a few more steps and tripped on a grapevine; but this time, he fell on a patch of leaves and due to his weight, it gave way. When he got up, his jaw sagged open in astonishment.
It was gold, lots and lots of gold! Gopal took a few gold pieces and went home. When he was going home, he bumped straight to the minister. The gold pieces fell out of his hand. The minister asked Gopal from where he got the gold. Gopal blabbered on about how he had got the gold. The minister was very happy, as all the gold in the field was his as the field belonged to him.
He, as happy as he was, gave Gopal lots of money and also some land. Gopal was very happy. When the king heard of this, he honoured both Gopal as well as the minister and gave to Gopal all the gold Gopal had found in the field. The minister became red with anger; but his anger soon cooled down. Gopal became one of the richest men in the kingdom with all the gifts of the minister and the gold he had found.
Soon, however, Gopal made worthless friends. These useless friends introduced him to a kind of alcoholic drink called as madhupana. They also introduced Gopal to gambling and other vices. Gopal, now used to go early in the morning to the city’s market place, and go to a pub and drink and gamble. He started losing the wealth he had gained by luck. His wife and mother tried to dissuade him from going to the pub; but habits do not wear off easily. Soon, like many other rich people fallen to bad ways, Gopal became a poor person. His friend, the minister, tried to help the family; but all the money he gave them finally came to Gopal’s hands and he inevitably used it on gambling and alcoholic beverages. The family’s condition was deteriorating. However, it was soon to change.
Only, felicitas multos habet amicos. Gopal had lost almost all of his friends. Only one friend remained with him. He was a man called Raj. Raj had been a soldier in the army of king Krishnadevaraya; but he had lost his hands in one of the numerous battles fought by king Krishnadevaraya. He had retired from the army after being awarded a huge booty as reward. However, he too had squandered his money like Gopal on vices. He understood the position Gopal was in, as he too had been in the same state. He advised Gopal to give up drinking; but it fell on deaf ears.
Gopal even though lost a lot of wealth, he had not shed his stupidity. He was a very stupid person and everyone he met took advantage of this fact. His mother tried to grind some sense to Gopal’s head, but always failed. Soon their condition was as it was before Gopal got the gold. They became very poor. His mother and wife soon started begging on the roadside. But, all the money they got was spent by Gopal on madhupana. Soon, Gopal’s mother died. Gopal had loved his mother a lot and the loss of his mother struck him hard. He resolved to give up his vices and start to work to earn some money. However, old habits die hard. He got a job of cutting wood. The job earned him an amount of ten bronze coins every day. However, he spent the coins on alcohol as soon as he got it.
He tried his level best to try and stop drinking. He started using different route for going home, so that he could not smell alcohol from the roadside pub. Soon, he stopped going to pub daily. He then started going to pub only weekly and then succeeded not go to the pub at all. His wife, who was a sensible woman, had taken over the charge of the finance of the house and had done her work superbly. Gopal also had got a new job in the king’s army with a little help from Raj and had risen to a high rank because of his hard work. Even though Gopal was a brave and foregoing warrior, he was only foolishly so. His wife, who was the daughter of a rich man, had some education while young and started teaching Gopal some of the things she had learnt. There was also an adult literacy programme and Gopal became a student there. So, Gopal became a learned man. He, soon, with the help of his wife, became a rich man. Gopal had learnt his lesson. He learnt not to entertain worthless friends who squandered his many.
Gopal soon became known in his society as a man who was scholarly, generous and good to people. However, Gopal had one thing to tell all the people he met and that was to be wary of one’s friends and that one should study people for a long time before making friends, who if good, can become blessings whereas wrong people as friends are always curses and ruin one’s life.Friendship is the beginning of many a relationships,
That never fails in the turbulence of jerks and slips;
Friendship is a sweet commitment, a true fairyland,
Where people meet and play with sweet magic wand.
HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
Honesty is the best policy; so it was, is and will be. Dishonesty always leads to the doom of the person who practises it. On the other hand, honesty leads to greatness. Many great people were honest. People who are notorious are usually dishonest. We must be honest if we want to prosper. So, friends, we must be honest.
What is honesty? Honesty is truthfulness, honesty is integrity, and honesty is fairness. Honesty basically is openness. It is being truthful to oneself. Honesty is honour. The word honesty is derived from the French root “honeste” and the Latin root “honestus”, meaning honour.
Honesty makes people great. Gandhiji is called Mahatma or Great Soul because he was an honest person. Gandhiji fought for truth and became an apostle of honesty and peace. He refused to copy the spelling of the word “kettle” even on the suggestion of his teacher during an inspection of his class and this shows that Gandhiji was honest from his childhood.
Dishonesty may bring temporary relief. But, it certainly harms in the long run. It darkens our soul and breeds fear in our hearts. It shakes our confidence and hurts our self-respect. On the other hand, honesty breeds confidence and nourishes self-respect. It makes us upright and honorable. Honesty brings its own glory and joy.
Honesty begets honesty. Others trust honest people. Even cruel animals behave differently with honest people. Honesty implies pure and simple heart and a great soul. Honest people are nearer to the nature and to the God.
Some may wonder when it is said that honesty sometimes may involve lies also. But it is true. A lie said with a good intention like saving an innocent life from a gang of thieves as in a story of Mahabharata epic amounts to honesty. The test of honesty is doing good to others. Such acts endear us to all. Simplicity and kindness are the life-blood of honesty. Only honesty with its simplicity and kindness makes us true human beings.
WILL AND DETERMINATION
Will and determination is the spice of life. Without this quality, none can become great. Will and determination is the power behind talent and intelligence. Without will and determination, the talent and intelligence just wither.
There are umpteen examples of will and determination pushing a person to greatness. Helen Keller Sudhachandran and Louis Braille are just a few instances of such persons. Helen Keller who was born in America was blind, deaf and dumb. But, she learnt to talk and write in a very short time. She also wrote books.
Sudhachandran is a dancer who lost her legs in an accident. She used artificial legs and continued with her dance career.
Louis Braille was not born blind. He became blind because of an owl he was playing with in his father’s workshop when he was just four years old. Later, he devised Braille system of language for the benefit of blind people.
There are many such examples as these wherein sheer will and determination took far ahead in life for great accomplishments. Will and determination do raise a person to greater heights. Humans in themselves must develop such a quality.Will and determination, truly crowning passion,
Built and pulled down crowns and nations;
The inward strength, truly unparallel’d wealth,
Hoisted zealots to life’s to unsurpass’d zenith.
Helen Keller was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia in America. Severe brain fever rendered her blind, dumb and deaf before she was even two years old. But, the handicap did not take away her determination to lead a successful life. Actually, it added to her inner strength and resolve to reach higher and accomplish great things. She learnt to talk and write by herself and mastered Braille language meant for blind.
A lady by name Anmam Field Salivan who was dedicated to the service of blind found Helen Keller and helped her to read and write. She used to keep a doll in Helen’s hand and lead Helen’s fingers to write the word doll on a sheet of paper. Thus, the first word learnt by Helen was doll.
Later, Helen learnt to talk in a school for the deaf. Soon, she developed a sense for recognizing everything. She also wrote many books and became very famous.
Helen Keller lived for 88 years and died in 1968.
IMPORTANCE OF READING NEWSPAPERS
“Nulla nuova, buona nuova” meaning no news is good news is a famous Italian usage. It may be true in the ambience of too much news of disturbing nature pouring in from all directions all the time nolens volens. But, news is sine qua non for active life. None can ignore the milieu in which he lives. Only news keeps us in touch with the milieu in which we live. It gives us the insight to the dynamics that form the environment around us, it be in local or regional or national or international level. Keeping doors shut from news renders us deadwood and leads to isolation from the world around us and ultimately to atrophy.
The main conveyor of news is newspaper. Though there are many other sources of news like magazines and books in print media, radio and television channels and Internet connections in electronic media, words of mouth and telephone and wireless communications etc, no other source ever could come near the newspaper in importance. It is true of the past and the present and it is true of the future also. Neither the advent of the television nor that of the Internet could affect the importance of the newspaper. The reason for this is the width, breadth and the depth of the news provided by the newspaper, its low cost and the ease of providing the news at our leisure and comfort as many times as we desire.
Newspapers are very important in many ways. They give us lots of information about various matters at various levels that are not available anywhere. Though magazines and books also give lots of information, the scope of the news there is limited to a few selected topics. Televisions and internet connections while provide news faster than the newspapers, it cannot have the width, breadth and depth of the newspapers and do not provide the comfort of the repeated references at our leisure and comfort apart from harming our eyes because of the glare and being the source of health hazards because of radiations.
People of all profession need newspapers. Engineers, doctors, scientists, professors and other professionals need them to know the day-to-day developments in their respective fields. Businessmen need newspapers to keep in touch with the economic and commercial trends in the country and see current share prices. Politicians need them to read recent political events in the country. Others read newspapers to know how changes around them affect their life. Students read newspapers to broaden their knowledge and keep abreast of the recent developments in various fields, be it in politics, economics, science, sports or art and culture. Newspaper is an important tool of the learning process for students.
Advertisements in newspapers are also very informative and give lots of information about the world around us and recent trends apart from being very entertaining. The editorials and the articles in the editorial page of the newspapers are always very analytical and give insight to the news and their background. Reading newspapers is incomplete sans a glance to the editorials and the articles.
Reading newspapers everyday is must for both students and adults for growth and enlightenment irrespective of the class or field of their life. For, reading newspaper everyday is highly educational, and an important informal education in that. One can ignore this important function of the life at own peril.
WAR IS DESTRUCTIVE“War is a dreadful thing,
Death and destruction, it does bring;
Be it for land or riches, war is wrong,
A swell of wastes, war is a devil’s song.”
War with its lieutenants, disease and death, tries to destroy human kind when there is disagreement between countries. War has proven its strength in the first and second World Wars. In these World Wars, altogether seventy million people died. Forty-five percent of them were soldiers and the remaining fifty-five percent were civilians. In that century, altogether one hundred million people died in wars and seventy percent of them in World Wars alone. Another interesting fact is that 150 wars were fought since 1945. So it is important to stop another World War as, if another World War is fought, all the people on the face of the Earth will be wiped out due to the advanced technology.
If peace gets a chance, all nations and all countries prosper. But, if war befalls on the world, I foresee that by the next century, there may be almost no one living on the watery planet, the Earth.
During the Kargil war, Afghanistan war and Iraq wars, people in thousands died due to the advanced technology. We must take these examples to our mind and ask ourselves whether we want people to die.
Nobody understood the evils of war and the blessings of peace more than the Mauryan Emperor, Asoka, the Great. How Kalinga war transformed him to an apostle of peace is a legend now.“Peace builds bridges and trust
And leads there, where all is right."
HARRY POTTER BOOKS
There are many famous children’s books like ‘Secret Seven’ and ‘Famous Five’ are around. They are read and greatly admired by children. One of such books widely read and liked by children all over the world is the Harry Potter series of four books that include ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. Its author is J.K.Rowling. The series is about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends Ron and Hermione in Hogwarts, which is a wizarding school. I consider the fourth book of the series namely ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, which runs to voluminous 636 pages in the popular paperback edition as the magnum opus of the author among the lot.
The series is about a young wizard called Harry Potter who lost his parents during Halloween when he was one year old and brought up by his aunt and uncle and sent to Hogwarts, a wizarding school. The four books concern about his adventures in Hogwarts. The books are full of funny and awful incidents that make the books interesting to children and capture their imagination.
The main characters of the Harry Potter series are Harry Potter himself as the hero of the story, Hagrid who rescued Harry Potter from the Dursleys, the uncle and aunt of Harry Potter, Dumbledore who is the headmaster of Hogwarts, Ron and Hermione as the best friends of Harry, Draco Malfoy as his enemy, Lord Voldemort as his bete noire and the villain of the piece, and Professors of Hogwarts like Snape of Slytherin House, Mcgonagall of Gryffindor House, Sprout of Hufflepuff House and Flitwick of Ravenclaw House. All these characters make interesting reading by their variegated oddities and antic. The characters are well knit to the story.
Some of the incidents in the series make lasting impressions on the readers. A funny incident I fondly recall from ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ relates to Professor Moody transforming Draco Malfoy into a ferret and bouncing him up and down. Another incident from the same book that caught my imagination is the fight between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. The hilarious combat involves Harry Potter after being hit by Cruciatus and Imperius curses of Lord Voldemort, stopping his Avada Kedavra curse and escaping from the latter in a tight moment while he really had no place to go.
A funny incident I recollect is from ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ wherein Hagrid makes a pig’s curly tail come out of Dudley Dursley’s pant for Dursleys being rude to him. ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ portrays the deathday party of a ghost, Nearly Headless Nick, with piles of rotten food to be eaten by ghosts attending from all over the wizarding England. An interesting incident from ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ concerns the unfriendliness of Ron and Hermione. Ron accuses Hermione’s cat of killing his pet rat called Scabbers. Hermione says sorry and both make up their differences. The incident of Hagrid meeting Harry Potter on a rock way out on sea in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ also makes interesting reading.
The incident that touched me most in the extravaganza of the four volumes of more than 1300 pages of J.K.Rowling is from ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ concerns the meeting of Sirius Black and Harry Potter wherein the latter learns that Sirius Black was really his godfather and had nothing to do with the death of Harry’s parents, James and Lily Potter. He found out in the meeting that it was his parents’ another friend, Peter Pettigrew, who was responsible for the tragedy. Both of them meet Peter Pettigrew and find out the truth about what happened in the fateful night. It is really a touching event in the life of Harry Potter.
I hope that J.K.Rowling will continue to write many more books like Harry Potter and continue to enthrall children all over the world by her imaginative and colourful stories. It is interesting to know that J.K.Rowling is presently working on three more books on the Harry Potter series, and children from all over the world are eagerly waiting for them. I hope that the books will be as interesting as the first four of the series.
Very few people show pity for poor, weak and sickly people. Mother Teresa is one of the few people who showed it to the unfortunate lot of the humanity. She even helped and and cared for the people who had dangerous and highly contagious diseases. She really is love and kindness personified in human form.
A Catholic nun named Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu was born in 1910 in Skopje, now in Yugoslavia. She studied in Ireland and went to teach in Kolkatta in India. When she was travelling on a train one night, she heard a soft voice telling her to leave the convent and help the poor people who have no one to help them. This entirely changed her life.
She wore a sari and went barefoot to the poorest slums of Kolkatta to serve the poorest of the poor. In 1948, the Church let her set up a new order of Nuns, called the Missionaries of Charity. Since then, Mother Teresa and her nuns of the Missionaries of Charity have saved babies left on the wastages on the roadsides, looked after lepers and
cared for the old, sick and dying. Her Order had more than 300 branches throughout the world by the time of her death in 1998. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for her great service for the humanity and the greatest Indian award, the Bharata Ratna, in recognition of her service to India. The angel of the
human kind died in 1998 just before she reached the age of eighty-nine.
It is because of her love, kindness and service that many suffering people found hope and light in their life. Her simple love and service for humanity raises her to the level of Godliness. Yes, her death gave a lot of grief to the poor people and the entire humanity, but they still have hope because of her.
DINNER IN A FOREST
There was a dense forest. Singha, a lion was its King. An elephant, Gaja was his best friend. Singha lived in a cave in the middle of the forest.
Gaja lived on the bank of a river in the forest. The
friends met each other every day evening when the lion
went to the river to drink water.
One day, Singha invited Gaja for a dinner at his cave,
It said to his friend, "My dear friend, you must attend
the grand dinner in your honour. Gaja happily accepted
The dinner was on a full-moon night. All the animals
and birds of the forest were invited for the dinner.
Singha beautifully decorated his cave with flowers and
colours. A huge dining table was set in the middle of
the cave. Fresh fruits, deliciously cooked vegetables
and other tasty foods were laid on the dining table. A
huge chair was placed at the head 01 the dining table
for the chief guest. Singha waited outside the cave for
Gaja wore its best suit and set out in time for the
dinner. Singha saw his friend coming. It ran to receive
his friend and said, "Welcome my friend. Everything is
ready. Please, come inside". The elephant was very
pleased by the welcome of its friend. It majestically
walked towards the cave. It followed the lion to enter
the cave. But, alas, the cave was too small for the
giant body of the elephant. Gaja could not enter the
Singha was terribly upset. His grand dinner for
his best iriend had become a waste. All foods were
carried outside from the cave for the elephant. Gaja
ate them. But, it was not like a grand dinner.
Later in the night, the king Singha called an
assembly of its ministers. The assembly constituted a
committee of a jackal and an owl to find out why the
grand dinner of their king went wrong. The committee
submitted a brief report of its finding in a day. The
report stated that the grand dinner went wrong because
the king failed to "think before act".
It is a story from a European folk-lore about a fisherman
whose greed destroyed him.
There was an old fisherman. He was so old and sick that he
could not go to sea for fishing. He caught a few fish in nearby
rivers everyday and sold it in market for a living. He was very
One day he saw a huge divine bird with silvery feathers
called "Kaha" alight near his hut. The bird felt kind to the old
fisherman and said that it would bring a big fish every evening so
that the fisherman need not go to fishing everyday.
True to its words, the bird brought a big fish every evening to
the fisherman. The fisherman sold the fish in market for huge
money and became very rich in a short time with his own cottage
and many servants.
The king of the country lost his eyes and wanted blood of
divine bird "Kaha" to wash his eyes to get his sight back. The king
offered half of his kingdom and treasury for those who help him to
catch the divine bird "Kaha".
The fisherman heard this and decided to become richer. He
told the king about Kaha and asked for soldiers to help him to
catch the bird. The soldiers hid in the cottage of the fisherman.
When Kaha arrived with a big fish next evening, the fisherman caught its one leg, called the hidden soldiers to help him. But Kaha was too smart for the fisherman and it flew to the sky with the ungrateful fisherman clutching to its leg. Nobody knew what happened to the fisherman later.MORAL
: There are two morals in this story.1) Greed breeds greed, and leads to ruinous deeds.
2) Bad company makes life a sad symphony.
Dinosaurs are reptiles that lived millions of years back. Many people think that all dinosaurs were very huge. But, it is wrong. There were dinosaurs, which were several times the height of elephants, and yet, there were some, who were smaller than a domestic cat.
The age of the dinosaurs was from about 140 million years to about 40 million years ago. Then something happened which killed all the dinosaurs. Nobody knows what it was.
There were six families of dinosaurs. They were Sauropods, Theropods, Ornithopods, Ceratopsia, armoured dinosaurs and plated dinosaurs. The Sauropods were the biggest of all the dinosaurs. All of these dinosaurs were giants and had long necks and tails. Theropods were meat-eaters that walked on two feet. The king of dinosaurs, Trynosaurus Rex, was one of those.
Ornithopods were mostly plant eaters that moved on two legs. Most of them were large. The Ceratopsians were the last dinosaurs to appear. They were large plant eaters with a few horns on their face. They moved on all feet. Both the armoured dinosaurs and plated dinosaurs were very much like each other. They had bumpy and bone-covered skin and were plant eaters.
Most of all the dinosaurs walked on four feet but actually their bodies were biped. Biped animals are animals that walk on two legs. All the first dinosaurs were biped. But then, a few animals started walking on all four feet. Thus came quadrupeds came into existence. This is the story of dinosaurs.
3.All are Equal
7.The Sun and the Moon
8. Devastation of War
9. The Birth of the Universe
10. Truth is Wealth
12. Beauty is Truth
18.Truth always prevails
22.Poetry Helps Harmony in Life
Harry Potter is a dream of child,
Whether he is strong or mild;
Harry Potter is his heart and soul,
Whether the wizard does fair or foul.
Harry Potter is love of all and one,
It be he a parent or a son;
For all, Harry Potter is a lot of fun
And nod heads even the Moon and the Sun.
Harry Potter with his magical wand!
Lo, children welcome with musical band;
Millions and millions of people adore and sing
The masterly creation of J.K Rowling.
Nuclear War, the terror of the world,
Enough to destroy all life and world;
While nuclear war breaks, all terribly die,
Even the creatures that crawl to the birds that fly.
Nuclear war is the agent of death;
In its cruel seize, no life ever breathe;
Once it catches, countries do go dead,
As in world war, Hiroshima almost did.
It brings loss and terror ever never told;
To stop it, all people need to be bold,
And love each other, be it win or loss;
For, nuclear war means humanity’s loss.
3.ALL ARE EQUAL
All are equal deep down the core,
He be a baker or broker or a beggar,
A king, a farmer, a soldier or cleaner,
All are equal deep down the core.
Blessed is one who well-treats every one,
Cursed is one who ill-treats some one;
Who scorns the other will suffer in vice,
While treats as himself, he rejoices in peace.
All are equal, all brethrens in essence,
Poor or rich makes no difference,
Nor wise or stupid, nor cruel or kind,
For, man is man, while comes to the world.
Nature, the giver of life and peace,
With shrubs herbs and bountiful trees,
Grace and quiet charm in simplicity’s hold,
Gives riches and pleasures never ever told.
Nature, the true home of all features,
It be big or small never matters,
And nestles life, force, matter in it’s womb,
And homes everything, it be loud or dumb.
Nature, the mother of all that lives;
She fondles her offsprings with love and care;
Trust her and save, she repays in droves,
She is our treasure and hope forever.
India, the land of spice and silk,
Of cattle and battle and rice and milk,
Where jewels like Buddha won hearts of people,
Where enlightment dawns ‘neath trees like peepul.
India, the land of love and truth,
And people who shone in spiritual path,
Where made home sages like Nanak and Gandhi,
Where live in peace Dravids, Aryans, Nagas and Sindhi.
India, the home of greats like Ashoka,
Of bhoga and vairagya that blend in Vedic shloka,
Inspired great souls to be models world over
And cleanse human kind with the spiritual fire.
Birthday Party is memorable in life,
Distinguished like cutting the cake with knife,
With balloons and sweets spread all over the party,
The only time parents smile while carpet becomes dirty.
Birthday Party is the time to rejoice,
And play a lot until tired and drop
On a cot and happily sweating a lot,
All its parts, we all wait day and night.
Birthday Party, how much joy it gives!
Sweet memory of what in heart forever lives;
Friends play without fear and adults do cheer,
It all is Birthday today and here.
7.THE SUN AND THE MOON
The Sun, the majesty of the golden brilliance,
The Moon of the eternal silvery radiance,
Give the Earth the wealth of day and night,
And the joy forever of recurring light.
The Sun and the Moon smile on the Earth,
And bestow the life of birth and death;
They brighten the sky with flaming radiance
Those enwrap the Earth with perseverance.
The Sun and the Moon brighten hills,
And plateaus and cities and deepest vales
Without a favour and without a spite,
That is why they remain forever bright.
8.DEVASTATION OF WAR
War, the greatest enemy of humankind,
And its lieutenant the dark death do find,
Hostilities and factions feast in killing
And millions hapless wounded and dying;
Alas, death and grief attack mostly those,
Who are poor and weak to withstand force.
Innumerable wars devastated the world
With guns, bombs, bows, spears and swords;
World wars did see innocent millions dead,
And millions wounded and wantonly bled;
Why human race suffer all this loss?
Why nations against each other cross?
A pledge to end war we all must take,
And to peace do need all people awake
9.THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE
The birth of the universe, how and why, we know naught;
All indeed began, some say, as a shapeless invisible dot
Of density for tiny humans like us do unimaginably lot,
And made of what and how any anywhere knows not;
Studies in physics, biology, cosmology and chemistry,
Took up to Planck’s barrier and there remained a mystery.
From a timeless naught that is indefinitely vast
Sprouted all outward in a universal blast
And carried the cradle of energy and matter
In the heart of the heat that flared everywhere
And sprang up the universe out of the naught,
Its atoms, suns, life, consciousness and light.
The birth of the universe signals the start
Of the drama of which we all are part.
10.TRUTH IS WEALTH
Truth is power, truth is true wealth,
Truth is unequalled ultimate strength;
Truth makes soul its own king
And makes the angels in heaven sing;
Truth is joy, truth is sunshine,
Truth is heart’s pristine sheen.
Truth is true friend if we side with it,
And the deadliest foe while stand against it;
Truth strikes terror in law-breakers’ heart
And shakes those hearts that go short of it;
For truth is all, truth is tall,
No noble soul ever refrains from its call.
Truth is might, truth is true light,
Truth is the path always is right.
Peace is what mankind must master
To save the future from recurring disasters;
Wise among men light peace in their hearts,
While villainous ones fall far short from it;
Human race survived on the grace of peace,
And again and again gave itself new lease.
Without peace in heart, million deaths come,
All the seven billions sigh in discord’s harm
And say, “O God, let soon the strife be over,
And let peace and harmony hover everywhere”;
Till the prayers go unheard and unmet,
Man moves on the brink of death’s lust.
Let peace rule all over the Earth,
For, survival itself is its true worth.
12.BEAUTY IS TRUTH
Beauty is truth, beauty is life;
Beauty makes a girl quickly a loved wife;
Though beauty causes oft being loved easily,
Beauty is not all as everyone can see;
For Beauty is skin-deep like grapes sans juice,
Or huge headlines without core news.
Yet, beauty is truth in the truest of true call
While beauty goes deep and enwraps the whole;
It gives its owner the greatest of the pleasure,
So great that the joy goes beyond any measure
In being in the reach of the ultimate cosmic role
Of that peace and harmony that constitute all.
Beauty is that end, it is the cosmic soul,
That created this world and enlivens one and all.
Religion, the path to God
And everlasting peace,
In love and kindness found;
Prayer and devout service
To fellow humankind,
Bring religion inner grace.
It be temple, mosque or church,
God’s blessings from there reach;
For God, all his houses are same,
And bigotry is only man’s shame;
Who seeks Him with devout soul,
He blesses with peace and all.
God needs none, no human helping hand,
He is the only religion of all the human kind.
Holidays, the time to be happy and gay,
And run and jump and swim and play;
Once the hard work is completely done,
Now, it’s time for enjoyment and fun.
Waiting and tiredness
Have been scared away;
The long time of work
Is finally tugged away.
This is also the great time to learn,
How else one broadens his horizon?
Where a batsman tries not to lose his wicket,
What game can it be but one-against-eleven cricket?
When the ball cuts through and swims in the sky,
Where else onlookers in joy dance and cry? .
Lo, on charges the bowler like a bull,
And throws his ball in anger to kill;
The batsman indeed looks utterly meek,
Scared to death, uncertain and very weak.
When the ball goes soaring high in the air,
Fielders watch it and their hair they tear;
On seeing it speedily falling on the ground,
Fielders run to catch and gather around.
Cricket is a game of batting and bowling,
Of joy and delight or anger and growling.
Ramayana, the noble story of Rama,
Of the divine love and the all-out war,
Fought in the name of highest Dharma,
Fought for the lovers separated very far.
Rama, the prince, exiled from Ayodhya
With his young wife and devoted brother,
Willingly gave up his rightful kingship
To honour the words of father and mother.
Wife was kidnapped, he was in shock,
This was the sorry state of noble Rama;
Yet, he fought a war and won her back
In a truly a wonderful cosmic drama.
A story all need to read, heed and lead
And ingrain righteous life of that breed.
The soul of India is its Constitution,
Its light, path, direction and foundation.
A child of the foresight of Ambedkar,
A great edifice raised with love and care,
After truly many great mental wars.
The light of the nation’s life-process,
Its life, strife, subtle shifts under stress;
Indian Constitution guides India forward,
To be the leading nation of the world.
The laws and rules that uplift all people
Sprout from the womb of a good Constitution;
Welfare of all is its primary concern;
Who limits by the Constitution, a good citizen,
Who never ever regrets his faith in the Constitution.
18.TRUTH WILL ALWAYS PREVAIL
Truth will always prevail,
It will never ever fail;
Through good and bad,
It will always stand.
Proved in the epic Ramayana,
And in magnificent Mahabharata,
Cursed are those who fought against truth,
For those good, truth algate bore fruit.
A power that is never surpassed ever,
Truth, that anybody let down never;
This is the power that forever lasts,
Truth serves those who serves it most.
The dispenser of truth rules the world,
Even in a world where Satan has hold.
On goes the haloed beautiful moon,
Walking the night in her heavenly shoon,
Here and there she peers and sees,
And awakens blossoms to restless bees.
The beautiful moon goes slowly by,
“Look over there” loudly people cry;
The majestic moon riding high in the sky
Casts soft spell ‘neath knowing not why.
As she completes her long journey,
In the West in huge heavenly sigh,
Sees the Sun in the East rising by,
And prepares herself to quickly die.
She will come again in heaven no matter what,
And lights the world from white glowing plate.
The much awaited people’s grand selection,
What else can it possibly be but election?
The people who ruled uncertainly do sigh,
And not to lose election, their best they try.
In election truly in charge are people,
Their choice does many elevate or cripple;
The people chosen are the lucky few,
Their years ahead will be exciting and new.
Rulers are changed or again elected;
Those who serve all and really good,
Always come up and march ahead,
Rise in rank and stand in good stead.
Who for people are truly bad and uncaring,
Lose all claims for a lawmaker’s bearing.
Humility, the great virtue known to man,
Developing it everybody surely can;
The attitude of everybody who is great,
Like cream in milk is their divine fate.
The attitude of great Mahatma Gandhi,
What can it be but utter humility?
Developing humility for all is must,
Then only can one gain another’s trust.
People are great only through this,
People are condemned if this they miss;
Those who have this aplenty are blessed,
And they will be remembered as the best.
The best are those who live with humility,
That brings to life greatness, easy felicity.
22.POETRY HELPS HARMONY IN LIFE
Harmony in life, a long sought-after thing,
Having it within will most certainly bring
Peace and tranquility all along one’s life,
And no longer is life disrupted by strife.
Harmony is brought of all by one thing,
By the calls and rhythms of a poetic swing
Of poetry that steadfast to one’s soul cling,
And builds around modesty’s noble ring.
Blessed is one to have harmony in life,
Joyous and peaceful indeed is his life;
A boon, a light, an accomplishment,
That poetry brings life is truly God-sent.
Friends everywhere, everyone for all,
This is where harmony likes to dwell;
No discords anywhere, no notes shrill,
This is the world poetry creates for all.
Peace and friendliness as far as one can see!
What happier a place ever than this can be?
What but poetry dawns this on this Earth?
It’s that alone, that magic of gold’s worth.
Poetry is true sunshine; poetry is divine,
Poetry builds bridges to heart and brain;
Once it starts flowing, it goes on and on,
Breaches strife around; unites world torn.
2. The Lamb
4. The World
13. Mother Teresa
22. Stars in the sky
23. Good Conduct
36.Ashoka, the great
44.War and Peace
49.Birth and Death
Tiger! What a ferocious beast!
On you, he will surely feast;
If he while hungry, catches you alone,
You will be reduced to skin and bone.
2. THE LAMB
The lamb, Oh! What a sweet little thing,
Dumb, yet smart and innocent thing;
When it clings, its soft wool warmth brings,
When it brays, cuckoos join and sing.
Rose, what a beautiful flower,
Even Rapunzel had it in her tower!
It is even a sign for a lover,
Hark, you never see it in a creeper.
The world, a busy nest where all live;
Of heights, people strive, and pools, people dive,
The World is filled with bumps and dents,
With men and women, and satans and saints.
King of all games is indeed tennis,
Played and enjoyed by masters and dames,
That builds stamina and keeps off stress;
Every day who plays it sees health and bliss.
Rain, oh! What a cool shower,
Pours from heaven, people run for cover;
Rain, oh! How cool you feel,
When it sweeps with thunderous gale!
Mother, an endless spring of love and care,
Who, in her child’s distress, willingly share;
Be it in lion, deer, horse, mouse or hare,
Mother is mother, for her little, she dares death’s lair.
School is the place where people learn,
Where they delve in intellectual sojourn;
Teachers in school are very kind,
They help us to improve our mind.
Up, Up, in the sky,
Birds try to fly,
They chirp and sing,
And beat their wing.
‘Honesty is the best policy’
So, wise and great alike say;
So, if you serve and do speak honestly,
Honesty will save the day.
Many a literary magic spawned there,
In the indefatigable mind of Shakespeare;
He wrote famous plays like King Lear,
Macbeth, Othello, yes, Hamlet, to most, very dear.
India, what a beautiful land!
Filled with spices and lots of sand;
India, what a lovely place!
Where everyone turns his curious face.
Mother Teresa, a jewel in human kind,
Pure love on move, to all, she was kind;
Sufferings all round, stirred her noble mind,
Missionaries of Charity, for them, she nobly found.
Grand old ancestors of all, they swept the world,
Dinosaurs, big and small, like mythical flood;
Everywhere they were, made all others fade,
They rose to treetops or simply hid ‘neath grass blade.
Computers, a true blessing to man,
Of what everyone fast becomes a fan;
Space bar, Enter, mouse and disks,
Computer a pal, everyone likes.
Bright and early, the Sun rises high,
And goes up and up in the sky;
He stirs life, people rise, trees move, birds fly,
While lazy people, still in their bed, lie.
Holiday! Oh! My heart swells with joy!
As if I play with a heavenly;
Holiday! Oh! What relief!
Though the holiday is for a day and brief.
Science for man is a cosmic gift,
It gives the man intellectual lift!
The magic of science is indeed great,
Even though it bound man to its fate.
Life is a road of bumps and humps,
Each bump and hump springs unexpected jump;
Life is beautiful, but full of thorns,
And thorns force life to unexpected turns.
Flowers, Oh! The replica of heaven is here,
Replete with colors, fragrance, radiant texture;
Flowers, Oh! What the bliss of perfection is here,
Complete with the beauty that seizes in leisure.
Friendship is the start of many a relationships,
That never fail or fade in the turbulence of jerks and slips;
Friendship is sweet commitment, a true fairyland,
Where people meet and play with magic wand.
22.STARS IN THE SKY
Stars in the sky twinkle at night,
When the sky is clear and dark for sight;
They dance in the sky in buoyant fun,
But run away when comes the royal Sun.
Good conduct, virtue must for all,
Be he a pauper or a king, or short or tall;
Good conduct is an armour, that leads man aright,
And endears him alike to God and beast.
The kindest hearts of all is Buddha,
Who got enlightenment under the peepul tree;
He preached good conduct to become Siddha,
To shed the wheel of life and become forever free.
Short, stooping, simple man Gandhi was,
In bare loin cloth and thick wire frame glasses;
He spent hours on spinning wheel, toiled,
And did what battles for centuries failed.
My house is filled with joy,
And many and many a toy;
Sweet memories spring there from each wall,
And floors are so smooth that I playfully fall.
Books is my true and favourite friend,
With its astonishing facts enrich mind;
Comfort to me it do always gives,
And insights that from wrongs me always saves.
Father is indeed a very loving person,
And enormous is his love to his son;
Tell your father and the work is done,
Ask for food and he will give you a ton.
Tick-tock, tick-tock, on goes the clock,
Day and night for years without a block;
Some clocks are big and some are small,
But all in time’s hall look equally tall.
War is a dreadful thing,
Death and destruction it does bring;
Be it for land or riches, war is wrong,
A swell of wastes, war is a devil’s song.
Happiness is a great thing,
All seek it, be he a pauper or a king;
True happiness, unstained of jealous or hatred,
Swells while shared with those close and friends.
Blue is the sky on any sunny day,
And dark with clouds on a cool rainy day;
Warmth and depth of the glorious Sun,
Blend the sky with the passion of the moon.
A subtle and tender flame is love,
None knows when it flares, and how;
Love makes hearts and souls bond,
And contentedly dance in joy’s pond.
Beauty, you are the cause of this world,
You dwell on all, on hills, on rain-bearing clouds;
Beauty, you are of differential kinds,
And dwell on face, and deep in minds.
Poems! Oh, the light to the world,
Though oft on face they look absurd;
Poems blend deep sense with rhyme and rhythm,
Fun indeed is writing a poem.
36.ASHOKA, THE GREAT
Ashoka, the prophet king of peace and welfare,
Saw his light amidst Kalinga warfare;
He shed his royal robe, yet ruled his land,
Not with royal decree, but with love for human kind.
Lion! Oh, What a ferocious beast!
Yet how splendid and royal is its gait;
Lion! Oh, What a look of strength,
Its grace and mane, its royal wealth.
Ambedkar in black spectacles,
For India made social justice a grand spectacle;
He, the light of India’s Constitution,
In cause of self-honour roared like a lion.
Friendship, something none ever forget,
That transcends despise and regret;
True friendship of years of hard work,
In souls forever creeps and lurks.
Ramayana, the path of Rama,
A model human drama;
Goodness in suffering’s wilderness lost,
Reemerges like gold, pure and bright.
Anger, the thorny enemy of humankind,
Clouds mind and shatters bond;
By its hard gusts of wind,
It uproots sanity, senses go blind.
Sleep! Freshness and sweet dreams,
Its peace makes soul sing joyful songs;
Sleep! Oh, a wondrous rest and quietude,
While soul dips deep in still solitude.
Patience is wealth, patience is growth,
Have patience and the work is done for you;
With patience you definitely achieve,
Whatever it be, with infinite joy.
44.WAR AND PEACE
War, the destroyer of all,
Of peace, poise and progress, it brings fall;
Peace builds bridges and trust
And leads there, where all is right.
Blue on a beautiful day,
With the patches of clouds in play,
The sky turns cloudy all of sudden
And gales sweep with fierce rain.
A lovely, lithe and dancing bird,
Peacock strides in grace and pride
When clouds gather and rain pours;
Its feather Lord Krishna’s crown adores.
Truth is the essence of existence,
Truth is the length and breadth of life;
Truth is divinity, truth is true grace,
Who parts truth is off-track and unsafe.
Blue, blue, blue everywhere is sea,
Salty and blue wherever we see;
Vast and washed with whales and fishes,
Sea is deep with endless riches.
49.BIRTH AND DEATH
Birth, the melodious spring of life,
A spark that lights new world of self;
Death, the dark chasm of discord,
Makes to leave the wondrous world.
Trees are everywhere wherever we look,
Their green splendour is wondrous to look;
Their long brown branches support life
And make this world lovely and safe.