RANDOM THOUGHTS JAN, 2020

The month of January is always remarkable being the beginning of the New Year. This year, this month has been marked by protests in the country on various issues. Leaving that aside, it is more to be remebered as we lost two great men this month earlier-Homi Bhabha-Father of India’s atomic program on 24th Jan 1966 and Mahatma Gandhi-Father of India on 30th Jan, 1948. tributes to the Mahatma from Nehru, Einstein, etc are well known. Find below a few lesser known tributes from other great men.

STUDENT PROTESTS OF TODAY & YESTERDAY:

Took me back to the days when we too had taken to the streets-Mandal Commission and Emergency.
Retrieved from my archives of film camera days are some pics of our Anti Mandal Protests at India Gate

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WHO IS SMARTER?

Bob, an industrial engineer, gave a lecture on ergonomics to a group of factory workers. After covering all the finer points of maximizing efficiency in repetitive tasks, he concluded his lecture with a note of caution. “Don’t try these techniques at home.”
“Why not?” asked somebody from the audience.
“I watched my wife’s routine at breakfast for years,” the engineer explained. “She made lots of trips between the fridge, stove, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, “You’re wasting too much time. Why don’t you try carrying several things at once?”
“Did it save time?” the guy in the audience asked.
“Actually, yes,” replied the expert. “It used to take her 20 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in ten.”
Prompted by the news below:

WHO’s SMARTER

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A WINTER SCENE-

ADDED AS COVER PHOTO

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IN TODAY’s WORLD TORN APART BY STRIFE

The song below from yester-years has a poignant message towards its end. Listen to it right up to the last.

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AN X-RAY

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A SMOKING GUN?

Lightening arrester in the close up reveals it IS a sort of gun killing in a different manner:
A brick kiln chimney shooting carbon into rural blue skies.
(photographed in Kajra, Rajasthan)

A KILLER
A CLOSE UP

A PLAY OF SEASONS:

Mustard (sarson) blooms at the peak of north Indian winter,
swaying and dancing with the wind;
While leafless Sangri/Khejri trees await spring and provide a sombre background.
Games which nature plays.
(Photographed in Suraj Garh, Rajasthan)

MUSTARD FLOWERS

REMEMBERING HOMI BHABHA

Dr HOMI BHABHA
India lost him in a plane crash in the Alps on 24-01-1966

Dr HOMI BHABHA

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WUHAN VIRUS

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/24/virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-chines/?fbclid=IwAR3M9QXQQM2GAdemQ6eW7HsOLb0G79v-qgkN44X7k4ysBUzxvkkCvS6T-Pk

There are reports that the mysterious virus ravaging Wuhan province might be linked to Chinese bio warfare labs located there.

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REMEMBERING MAHATMA GANDHI

“OH, INDIA, DARE TO BE WORTHY OF YOUR GANDHI”
So said Nobel Laureate PEARL S BUCK: Her full tribute-
“He was right, he knew he was right, we all knew he was right. The man who killed him knew he was right. However long the follies of the violent continue, they but prove that Gandhi was right. ‘Resist to the very end’, he said, ‘but without violence’. Of violence the world is sick. Oh, India, dare to be worthy of your Gandhi.”

A man of War: GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, C-in-C, Allied forces in Japan, had this to say:
“Nothing more revolting has occurred in history of modern world than the senseless assassination of this venerable man. That he should die by violence is one of those bitter anachronisms that seems to refute all logic.
In the evolution of civilization, if it is to survive, all men can not fail eventually to adopt his belief that the process of mass application of force to resolve contentious issues is fundamentally not only wrong but contains within itself the germs of self-destruction.
Gandhiji, however, was one of those prophets who lived far ahead of the times.”

LORD RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH said- “When asked what attribute he most admired in human nature, Mahatma Gandhi replied, simply and immediately, ‘Courage’. ‘Nonviolence’, he said, ‘is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.”

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW was brief::
“It shows how dangerous it is to be too good.”

(Posted in Remembrance on 72nd DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF MAHATMA GANDHI)

CLOCK WISE
PERL S BUCK, GEN. DOUGLAS MacArthur, ATTENBOROUGH and G B SHAW

LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING

The picture below is a scanned copy of a photograph from the era of film cameras-wonderfully preserved and absolutely refreshing.
A couple of months and these beauties will enliven many a Delhi road sides. We do need to mentally filter out the dents caused by electric power lines, though.

ORANGE SEMUL TREE

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