Okay Shackman, take the message. Don’t shoot the messenger!
“There is good news and there is bad news. The bad news : civilisation as we know it, is about to end. Now, the good news: civilisation, as we know it, is about to end.”
A young friend, wiser much beyond his physical age, and I were discussing modern education in India compared to what prevailed in earlier times and this little exchange came up as a stunning revelation.
Me: “Yes. Standards and values have touched rock bottom levels. Our graduates and diploma holders are unemployable and have to be retrained by employers. The result of rote learning and studying to pass exams.”
Friend: “The problem with our times is not that people can’t follow the grammar of virtuous living. That disappeared long ago. Today we don’t understand even the grammar of adultery, prostitution, corruption, bribery, theft, etc. We don’t know even how to do these in an intelligent way. That’s how low things have become ! And that is a very big problem …”
What do you think?
Who truly knows, who can honestly say where.
This universe came from
And where it will vanish to at the End?
Those godlike wise men who claim they know were born long
After the birth of Creation.
Who then could know where our universe really came from?
And whoever knows or does not know where Creation came from,
Only one gazing at its vastness from the very roof of the final Heaven
“Only such a one could possibly know,
But does even He know? “
~ Rig Veda – 129.6. 7
When I woke up and came to the drawing room this morning, there was a message for me on the dining table. This is a method the children use to communicate with me something important that I should know before they wake up and come downstairs so that I can either be prepared or not do something or both as in this case. This was to tell me not to prepare breakfast for them as well as not have it either.
For the uninitiated, Baba is the term I use to call Ranjan and Baby is the term for Manjiree. These are terms used by help here to identify male and female children, a colonial hand down as it were.
They came down at their usual time and announced that we will go to The Classic Rock Coffee Company, a restaurant that has opened recently in our neighbourhood which specialises in offering, as you guessed it, Classic Rock Music besides drink, food and coffee.
We were among the first to land up at their outdoor sitting arrangement although their indoor facility was already quite full when we reached the venue. By the time we left, the outdoor space was also filling up and despite the heavy rain, more were coming in. It seems to be quite a popular place to spend a holiday in!
So, this father was treated to some wonderful old fashioned music and excellent food in great company. The music sent me down nostalgia trip and one topic led to another and like the good conversationalists they are, the two youngsters led me from one subject to another and I had a grand time reminiscing about the good old times.
A great Father’s Day treat indeed.
I had to wait for quite some time before I could post this article on my blog. You will understand the reasons for the delay as you come to the end of the post.
Cheerful Monk wrote this in her post Life Is Uncertain six weeks ago.
“Rummuser’s recent post reminds me of the T-shirt I wore years ago when our organization was about to downsize. It said,
Life is uncertain so eat dessert first.
Unfortunately Qannik over at The Thundering Herd is on a diet and can’t do that. So he smells the flowers instead.
That works too!
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I responded to this post with the comment: “My inner Guru says, why either or? Use both.”
The Monk responded: “What does your doctor say? ?”
And I responded to that question with: “My doctor, as you probably remember from my older posts is also a dear friend. He says, that I am now living on “Bonus” time and might as well have fun while I can. He is an old fashioned GP who believes that human beings were not engineered to live to suffer and die in old age as they now do.”
And there lies the reason for the delay. In May I had a lot of problems with my health, the most annoying being the pain in the shoulder. I found an Indian remedy for it and it seemed to work a great deal better than just the exercise routine and I happily went off to Delhi on a short vacation. I fell ill there with Delly Belly and cut short my vacation to return to my comfort zone. It has taken all this time since then for me to be able to say that I am now back to my 2013 level of fitness. I have started to take walks every evening and the visits to the park have now reignited old friendships and fun and my doctor friend says that the chances are that I will most likely have a trouble free death unless I get into some unforeseen problem. In any case, since I am on bonus time, I have decided to enjoy the uncertainties as well. So, yes, there is uncertainty but tempered with quite a bit of certainty as well.
I can do both now.
That should resonate with Chutki who has been inactive in her blog. She would be thrilled to read what this blog talks about also as would my readers if they are a little patient.
I was quite puzzled when I read the title suggested by Lin and did some research on the subject. Prior to that, I was quite ignorant about Thurber and his dogs. And boy was I glad that Lin suggested this subject and gave me the opportunity to learn about Thurber, his cartoons and his obsession with dogs. What took the cake however was an article that I read from the archives of The New Yorker which you should read to understand why I call it the cake.
What more can anyone say about James Thurber and his dogs?
This topic was suggested by Lin, for the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where currently nine of us write on the same topic every Friday. I hope that you enjoyed my contribution to that effort. The seven other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Ashok, gaelikaa, Lin, Maxi, Padmum, Pravin, Shackman and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, or not at all this week, do give some allowance for that too!