Learning From Erudite Cousins.

Both the cousins who feature in this post read my posts regularly and comment and so, it is dedicated to them.

I recently mentioned in my post “Learning” that “old dogs can’t learn new tricks.” To this, my cousin Shankar commented:

“Ramana, the Old adage is :

You Can’t “Teach” An Old Dog New Tricks –
Merriam-Websterwww.merriam-webster.com › dictionary › you can’t tea…

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks definition is –
—used to say that a person who is old or is used to doing things in a certain way cannot learn or does not …”

I corrected my post and thanked him.

Yesterday, I was on a phone call with another cousin Papa and in some context mentioned in Tamil that in my old age I am reverting to old traditions. To which he promptly responded with the very apt adage in Tamil that translates to English as “Doing Surya Namaskar after going blind.”

I am in regular touch with many of my cousins thanks to modern telephony and social media and enjoy talking to them. The talks and social media exchanges often revolve around nostalgia and since we are all, over the proverbial three score and ten, nostalgia plays a very important part in our staying sane. The word sane however is to be used with caution as some of us including my siblings are border line cases.

8 thoughts on “Learning From Erudite Cousins.”

  1. I learned from a wise old woman many years ago that we need to change certain habits around to keep our brains agile: Moving the toothbrush to the other side of the sink, sleeping on the other side of the bed, etc.

    I thought it a good tip.

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  2. I have little contact with my few remaining cousins, but I learn a lot from my blogmates!

    I’m sure you can teach an old dog new tricks, as long as the dog is sufficiently motivated to learn them.

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