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Shah Rukh Khan on the moon…

Following news item attracted my attention :
 
Star on Moon: Crater named after Shah Rukh Khan

TIMES OF INDIA

Srinivas Laxman, 25 January 2010

MUMBAI: Bollywood has finally made it to the moon. It is making its presence felt 4 lakh km away on the lunar surface in an area close to where the first men on the men, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, landed on July 20, 1969.

The International Lunar Geographic Society, a New York-based organization devoted to the study of the moon, has declared that a lunar crater in the moon’s Sea of Tranquillity has been christened after Shah Rukh Khan. This has been approved by the International Astronomical Union, which has a final say with regard to the naming of craters on the moon. The crater has been given the honorary designation as the Crater S R Khan on the occasion of Mr Khan’s 44th birthday” on November 2, 2009, the society said.

According to the society, the crater was named following a deluge of petitions from Shah Rukh’s admirers from India and around the world. Incidentally, one of his dedicated admirers has already presented him with a piece of the moon by buying him land there.

With a crater named after him, Shah Rukh now joins the ranks of eminent personalities like Nobel laureate C V Raman, father of the Indian space programme Vikram Sarabhai, father of the Indian nuclear programme Homi Bhabha and other luminaries like Meghnad Saha after whom craters have been named.

The decision has triggered a mixed response within the scientific community, with the father of the Indian moon mission Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan supporting it, but president of the National Space Society, Suresh Naik, describing it as “shocking”. In another vein, a young schoolgirl commented, “I think another crater on the moon should be named after Amitabh Bachchan, since he is also a great actor.”

Secretary of the Indian chapter of the Moon Society, Pradeep Mohandas, shared Kasturirangan’s view. “I think it is not a bad idea since it reflects the thinking of the new generation of young Indians,” he said.

Kasturirangan told TOI on Sunday from New Delhi that Shah Rukh is extremely popular and a symbol of national pride.

“I do see a rationale behind this decision. He is a kind of ambassador for India and this reflects the way India views him,” he said.

Shah Rukh’s link with the space programme goes back to May 2001, when the last man who stood on the surface of the moon, Eugene A Cernan, during a visit to Mumbai invited the actor to Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. The actor sat in a model of the lunar vehicle which was brought over by Cernan. Shah Rukh acted in `Swades’, the bulk of which was shot in Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

The S R Khan Crater is part of the Arago crater group, named for Francois Jean Dominique Arago, a Catalan-French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and politician who lived from 1786 to 1853. It is the largest of the main Arago crater’s four satellite craters and rests in the Sea of Tranquillity, directly south of the main crater.

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There was another similar news item too :
 
My next film is ‘My Name is Chand’: SRK

25 Jan, 2010 TIMES OF INDIA

Actor Shah Rukh Khan isn’t only reigning the Earth. He seems to have made a place for himself on the moon as well, what with a Lunar crater being named after him. The International Lunar Geographic Society recently announced that a crater in the ‘Sea of Tranquility’ will be named after Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan.

“It’s absolutely thrilling and humbling at the same time,” said an elated Shah Rukh Khan about the honour.

The actor, who has reigned Bollywood since the last twenty years, says that this honour is more for India, and that he is glad that India makes its presence on the global map once again! “I am in a small way doing good service for my country. The fact that my name is chosen is because the world is looking at India and I happen to be a part of this wonderful land of opportunity,” he said.

It was decided and the society and the International Astronomical Union that the crater on the moon will be called Crater S R Khan, and the same was decided upon on SRK’s 44th birthday. While both SRK and his fans are thrilled by this decision, some experts and scientists haven’t taken too kindly to his honour being bestowed upon an actor. Some feel that the honour should in fact have been bestowed upon a scientist, or an expert in the field.

However, unperturbed by negative responses, SRK is on top of the world, literally speaking. “I came to Mumbai with stars in my eyes and Allah has granted me all and more. I am so happy that through the opportunity given to me by my fans, audience and the media platforms that I work with… So thanks to all those who suggested my name and to everyone who has made films with me. My kids are very excited and I know my parents would have been very proud. I’m already telling Karan to launch the next film called My Name Is Chand.”

Shah Rukh Khan now joins the league of Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Sir Isaac Newton, Julius Caesar and Jules Verne…. And is literally over the moon!

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Another hilarious news item attracted attention too :

Jealous husbands oppose naming of lunar crater after SRK

Mumbai. Various married men, apart from Aamir Khan fans, have been hurt by the news of a crater on moon being named as “Shah Rukh Khan”. These men, under the aegis of Jealous Husbands Association (JHA), have written a letter to The International Astronomical Union to overturn the decision. JHA members fear that their wives will stop thinking about them on Karwa Chauth if the moon had SRK on its surface.
  
“This SRK bloke is making things difficult for me with each passing day. Each day my wife would like me to do some silly stuff he does on the screen and make me feel like a second man in her life. Karwa Chauth was one day when I felt so great. But now, she’d actually be looking at SRK first (in the moon) even on that day. This sucks!” Rahul Raj, a disturbed husband said.
  
Karwa Chauth makes husbands feel good and important Many husbands fear that their wives might keep on looking at the moon if a crater was named Shahrukh Khan over there. 

Rahul was asked by his wife Anushka to take dance classes last year after they went to watch Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, and his hatred for SRK had been growing ever since. He joined various online hate groups against SRK, but was disappointed to find them spammed with Aamir Khan’s supporters. Rahul finally discovered JHA and applied for its membership.
  
“I came to know that I was not alone. There were thousands of men, married and unmarried, who were simply pissed off with this guy’s ways. Our girlfriends and wives swooned on the antics that irritated us to the core.” said Rahul, who still can’t understand why his wife Anushka smiles even today while watching Kuchh Kuchh Hota Hai.
  
While JHA is appealing on emotional grounds, Aamir Khan fans have pointed out that the naming of an astronomical body after a human being was not a great deal, and media was reporting the development without checking the facts.
 
“I checked the website of International Astronomical Union. They clearly mention that people can buy names of stars and other bodies in the solar system. Clearly some SRK fan spent some money and bought the name, and now it’s being made as if it was a matter of pride and recognition for India. Bullshit! This has made us look like a nation of idiots instead.” Roshan, a die-hard Aamir Khan fan, revealed.
Roshan has appealed to the crazy wealthy fans of Aamir Khan to buy a star in his name and get even with SRK.
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This whole issue tickled me pink. Here is my view point in verse form :
 
Shah Rukh Khan on the moon
 
Shah Rukh Khan,Shah Rukh Khan
You now have a boon.
A crater in your own name,
On our pretty moon ! 
 
Shah Rukh Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
Now make your life,
Get another crater named
After your dear wife !
 
Shah Rukh Khan, Shah Rukh Khan
A suggestion here to consider-
After 25 years auction them
To the very highest bidder !
 
Make hay while the sun shines
It is very often said,
Make your bucks dear
Till your moon doesn’t set !
 
The world is full of people
Of every crazy kind
Shelling out mega bucks
They wouldn’t ever mind.
 
So till your figure and face
Are really fit and fine,
Make your fortune dear,
For the period of decline !
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I am reminded of pot-holes on roads in Bihar. It was jokingly said that there one couldn’t judge whether there were pot-holes on the road or there was a road on the pot-holes.Lallu Yadav,the then CM had grandly announced : ” We will soon make all our roads as smooth as Hema Malini’s cheeks !” Alas ! That never happened !
 
We should feel proud if our city fathers even name a few pot-holes on our city roads after me or you ! There were quite a few cartoons on this subject in the media.Here is one selected at random :
 

A crater on the Moon is named after Bollywood King Shah Rukh Khan, which turned out to be a big scam!
Satish Acharya.  

Hymns of Sheikh Farid-Part II

Hymns of Sheikh Farid-Part II
 
Further to my posting dated 26th Jan 2010, I now most humbly post a few more beautiful hymns of Sheikh Farid ji,which have been included in Shri Guru Granth Sahibji (SGGS), along with my efforts at translation. I have also hinted the central idea of each hymn alongside,in brackets :
 
Hymn 1  ( Judge your self before judging others )
 
Farida,jey toon akal lateef,kaaley likh naa lekh,
Apanadey girewaan meh,sirr neevan kar dekh !
 
Faridji says,if you are really a very intelligent person,
then,do not talk or write about evil deeds of others.
Just look inside yourself (introspect) first, to judge
as to how good or bad your own deeds are !
 
Hymn 2  ( Living within one’s means )
 
Farida roti meri kaath ki,lahwan meri bhukh,
Jinna khaadi chopdi,ghanney sehngey dukh !
 
Faridji says,a simple unbuttered chapati earned
from my own hardwork,is sufficient to satisfy my hunger.
Those who eat a chapati buttered lavishly (accompanied with other dishes) are bound to suffer a lot !
 
Hymn 3 ( Doing good deeds )
 
Farida jinni kammi naahen gunn,tey kamm dey vissar,
Matt sharminda thheevai,sayeen dey darbaar !
 
Faridji says,do not do any work which has no good intentions.
Or else,after death,you will feel ashamed in the Lord’s Court !
( where your accounts of good and bad deeds will be checked )
 
Hymn 4 ( Importance of prayer )
 
Uthth Farida, ujj saaj,subah nimaaz gujaar,
Jo sirr saayeen naah nivey, so sirr kapp uttaar !
 
Faridji tells his disciples to get up early in the morning,
wash their hands and faces and offer the morning prayers (namaaz) to Allah. The head that doesn’t bow before the Supreme Being,  
deseves to be cut off from the body !
 
Hymn 5  ( Every one has his quota of sufferings)
 
Farida main jaaniyan dukh mujh ko,dukh sabahey jagg,
Uchchey chadh ke dekhiya,gharr gharr eha agg !
 
Faridji says, I thought that only I am suffering in this world.
But when I climbed up on the roof of my house and saw what is happening all around, I realized  that there was a similar fire in every home ! ( every body is unhappy/suffering )
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May Sheikh Faridji bless us all !!

I am luvin it …..

I am luvin it …..  

I love those McDonald ads where they show snacks at affordable rates from the times of our fathers.  

There are some other things as well from mere pitaji ka zamana. I remember a good sher which my late father often recited and I have loved it for ever……  

Deeye nein sarr par aag rakh karr kasam khaee hai Bakhuda,maine nahin jalaya iss parwaaney ko.

Fannah honney ke baad,parwaaney ki mayyiat bhi nahi uththtee.

Gunehgaar-ey-muhabbat ka yahi anjaam hota hai. Karrey koi,bharrey koi,nigaahein zulm karti hain

Aur dill badnaam hota hai !    

A rough translation of above for those who are not so proficient in Urdu and Hindi:( By Shernaz Wadia )  

The earthen lamp has just confessed

With a burning flame atop its head:

“Oh God, I would like to clearly state

I am not responsible for the charred moth’s fate!”

There’s none at all, to cremate the one such doom awarded ~

Prisoners of passionate love always, are so rewarded.

Someone else often pays for the faults of another,

The eyes are guilty – the heart with blame they smother!

   

mukesh ambani

Business Today in its issue dated 24th Jan 2010, had published the following item :
Mukesh Ambani ranked 5th best CEO in the world

Mukesh Ambani, who heads India’s most valuable company Reliance Industries the world by the prestigious Harvard Business Review.Ambani, the only Indian to feature among top 50 CEOs, is in the same league as Steve Jobs of Apple, Yun Jong-Yong of SamsLimited (RIL), has been ranked among top five best-performing CEOs in ung Electronics, Russian energy firm Gazprom’s Alexey Miller and John Chambers of Cisco Systems.He is also ranked number two among the top 10 emerging market CEOs with Miller at the top.K.V. Kamath of ICICI Bank is the other Indian in the list of Top 10 Emerging Market CEOs. He is ranked at number 9.HBR said it ranked CEOs of large public traded companies in a study conducted over 2000 CEOs worldwide. The entire group represented 48 nationalities and companies based in 33 countries.It put Ambani in the list of “up-through-the-ranks leaders” along with the Samsung boss.”Among the up-through-the-ranks leaders on our list are Yun Jong-Yong, who joined Samsung straight out of college and worked there 30 years before becoming CEO, and Mukesh Ambani, who joined RIL in 1981, when it was still a textile company run by his father. “These CEOs may not all be household names, but here’s an objective look at who delivered the top results over the long term,” HBR said, ranking Steve Jobs as the top CEO in the world.Jobs, it said, delivered a whopping 3,188 per cent industry-adjusted return (34 per cent compounded annually) after he rejoined Apple as CEO in 1997, when the company was in dire strait.From that time until the end of September 2009, Apple’s market value increased by USD 150 billion.He was followed by Yun Jong-Yong, who ran South Korea’s Samsung Electronics from 1996 to 2008. “Yun is an example of a leader who has stayed out of the limelight. During his tenure he capably transformed Samsung from a maker of memory chips and me-too products into an innovator selling digital products such as leading-edge cell phones.”Miller was number 3 followed by Chambers.HBR said none of the top three CEOs had an MBA. Ambani and Chambers were the only two on the top five to hold degrees in business administration.”CEOs who were promoted from inside the company tended to have stronger performance than those brought in from the outside,” said HBR.Several CEOs that were “most respected” according to other reviews were nowhere in HBR’s top 50. These include Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Satoru Iwata of Nintendo, Sam Palmisano of IBM and Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil.Many other celebrity CEOs also failed to make the cut.They include Carlos Ghosn of Renault-Nissan, Sergio Marchionne of Fiat, John March of Morgan Stanley, Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric, Daniel Vasella of Novartis and Robert Iger of Walt Disney.”Some of these well-known CEOs have not necessarily done poorly; they are just not among the top performers in the world according to the total shareholder return they have delivered so far,” HBR said.The likes of Jack Welch, Warren Buffett, Larry Ellison and Bill Gates do not find mention in the list as HBR considered CEOs who assumed the job no earlier than January 1995 and no later than December 2007.“On an average the top 50 CEOs increased the wealth of their shareholders by USD 48.2 billion,” it said. They delivered a total shareholder return of 997 per cent during their time in office. That translates into a spectacular annual return of 32 per cent.

On reading about Mukesh Ambani, I had sent my views through a letter to BT,as under : 
CEO Number 2 !! 
Dear Sir, 
This refers to the list of  “The Best Performing CEOs” of HBR ( Ref : FOCUS in BT dated 24th Jan 2010). It is indeed a proud moment for India as Mukesh Ambani emerges as Number 2 on this elite list.  
I believe that one of the reasons why best CEOs out perform others, is their willingness to keep an open mind and learn from situations and experiences from real life. Mukesh Ambani, I recall, has said somewhere :” I am a Mumbai boy.On its streets,I learnt to stand up for my self.On its road side stalls,I learnt to bargain. In its commercial centres,I learnt business.In its cinemas,I learnt to dream….” 
Isn’t that a primer for our next-gen CEOs in the making ?  
J S Broca
New Delhi 

 
In its recent issue dated 7th Feb 2010 ( released on 25th Jan),BT has published an edited version of my above letter on page 6 under “Readers’ Forum”as under :
 
Top CEO Mukesh Ambani 
It is a proud moment for India Inc.that one of its own has been ranked among top five best performing CEOs in the world by Harvard Business Review.One of the reasons why the best CEOs outperform others is their willingness to keep an open mind and learn from real life experience.I recall what Mukesh Ambani said about the lessons he picked while spending his formative years in Mumbai.”I am a Mumbai boy.On its streets,I learnt to stand up for myself.On its road-side stalls I learnt to bargain.In its commercial centres,I learnt business.In its cinemas,I learnt to dream,” he said.
J.S.Broca,
Delhi.                                                                                                                                                                                     

Hymns of Sheikh Farid…

Hymns of Sheikh Farid…
  
Sometime ago, I had posted a few hymns of Kabirji from our holy book Shri Guru Granth Sahib ji (SGGS).The response of the readers had been very encouraging. Hence, I now most humbly, endevour to post some hymns of Sheikh Farid from SGGS alongwith the translations. Before I go further,I feel some background information of this Saint would be useful : 
  
Baba Sheikh Farid — ( 1173 -1266) was a Muslim Saint from Punjab and 134 hymns composed by him, have been included in SGGS.His shlokas are included on pages 1377 to 1384 of SGGS.
 
Baba Farid’s great grand father was son of Farrukh Shah, the emperor of Kabul.Baba Farid’s great grand father was killed when Halaku, the grandson of Chengez Khan had invaded Kabul & had killed several princes and learned men, including several of Baba Farid’s ancestors.
 
Baba Farid’s grandfather Shaikh Shaib abandoned their country and took refuge in the Punjab in A.D. 1125.At the last stage of his life, Baba Farid had settled in a city then called Mokhalpur but now it is in Punjab (India) and is called Faridkot .He was a unique saint and scholor of spiritualism. His torch of Sufi thoughts was carried by his successors and  several others such as Sant Kabir and Guru Nanak .Sheikh Farid  can be truly called the founder of Punjabi literature, making Punjabi culture older than Hindi, Urdu and other languages of current times. It was much after Baba Farid that Kabir, Tulsidas, Mira Bai, etc started using common language of the people of India in their compositions. Baba Sheikh Farid can truly be considered a pioneer of the modern Punjabi culture and concept of Punjabi Language. Sant Farid is worshipped because of his spirituality,simplicity and piety.Not only has Farid influenced Hindus but he has been  one of the major inspirations behind Sikhism as well Muslims.

 
Hymn 1 :
 
    Farida galliye chikkad,door ghar, naal pyarey neho,
    Challan taan bhijjey kambli,rahan taan tuttey neho.
    Bhijo sijjou kambli,allah varsey meho,
    Jaaye milla tinna saajna, tuttey nahi neho.      (1379)
 
Translation:
 
    Farid says, the lanes are full of mud, and my destination is
    far away,but my love for my Supreme Lord remains
    unshaken. If I go to meet Him,my cloak will get wet.
    If I don’t go,then my bond of love with Him will be broken.
    Let my cloak get wet and drenched;Let Allah cause a heavy
    down pour of rain.I will definitely go to meet my Lord and
    keep up my promise and ensure that my bond of love
    remains unbroken. 
 
Hymn 2:  
 
    Kaga karang dhadoliya,sagla khaya maas,
    Eh doyey naina matt chchuo, pirr dekhan ki aas !    (1382)
 
Translation :  
 
The crows have pecked at my skeletal body
and have eaten all my flesh.
Dear crows,please do not touch my eyes,
for I still have hope to see (have darshan of) my dear Lord.
                                                                                     
Hymn 3 :
  
Farida khaak naa nindiyey, khaaku jedd naa koyey,
Jeevdiya pairaa talley,muyiya oopar hoyey !              (1378)
 
Translation:
  
Farid says,do not ever speak ill of (slander) dust.
For,when we are alive,it is under our feet,
And when we are dead,it is above us ! (cremation)
 
Hymn 4 : 
 
Farida, mandap maal naa laayey, marag sataani chitt dhar,
Farida itt siraaney, bhuy sawann,keeda ladiyo maas.(1380-81)
 
Translation : 
 
Farid says, do not focus on mansions and wealth;
But centre your consciousness on death,your most powerful
enemy.
When you die, a stone will be your pillow,the earth will be
your bed and the worms will eat into your flesh ! 
 
Hymn 5 :
 
Jey jaana marr jaayiey,ghumm naa aayiey,
Jhoothi duniyaan lagg,aap vanjhaiyey !          (488)
 
Translation :
 
Had I known that I was to die one day and never return,
I would not have ruined myself,by clinging to this world
of falsehood !
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Dear Readers,I hope you will respond to these hymns as
usual.I pray that the Supreme Being above,takes care of
us all !
 
I shall post some more hymns of Sheikh Farid ji as soon as He
gives me the inspiration ! Have a nice day !
          

Sush adopts again

My posting  under an article on Sushmita Sen titled : ” Sushmita Sen can keep her baby” in SCREEN on 14th January 2010.
  
Dear Editor,Sushmita deserves bouquets for sharing and showering her love on two girl children by adopting them.She has a heart of gold with the milk of human kindness flowing for those neglected children out there.I quote Marjorie Hershey a professor in Indiana University USA who says :”Adoption is not a problem.  Adoption is a solution.  There are people all over this country who would like to be parents, and who would be fine parents, but who are not able to grow babies.  There are children all over this world who no longer have parents, or whose parents are unable to care for them.  When these two get together, it is not a trauma. It is not a minefield.  There’s a word for it.  It’s called a family.”
SIMPLY GREAT  SUSH !!
– J S BROCA
  NEW DELHI
  
This is the article :
Sushmita can keep her baby
Jan 14, 2010 
 
 
Sushmita sen
 
Actress Sushmita Sen, 34, officially ushered a new member into her family today as the Bombay High Court accepted her petition to legally adopt baby Alisah, four months old.
Clad in jeans and a white top, Sen was visibly cheerful as she walked out of the court with Alisah in her arms. “After the court’s new ruling, it is now possible to adopt two girl children,” said Sen who had, in 2000, adopted another girl, Renee, now 10.

A High Court ruling in September 2009 made it possible for Hindus to adopt two children of the same sex. This is not allowed under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act (HAMA) but Justice Chandrachud held that the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000, with a more secular approach towards the adoption of children in need of care and protection, prevailed over the 54-year-old HAMA.

Today, after Justice V M Kanade allowed Sen’s adoption petition, Sen said, “Adoption is about reverence, it’s not charity. More and more people should come forward to adopt. We believe in ties of the heart, not just those of blood. I will adopt as many children as I can raise.”

Alisah had been declared free for adoption by the Bal Vikas Shishu Welfare Trust at Malad on November 11. 

This is the full article of Marjorie Hershey:

The Beauty of Adoption

By Marjorie Hershey 

If you were to form an opinion about adoption based on media coverage, you’d probably conclude that it was a mess.  Babies snatched from ambivalent birth mothers.  Crying toddlers ripped from their families by birth parents who changed their minds.  Teenagers searching for their “real” parents and discarding their adoptive families like out-of-style clothes.

Those are the media images.  They have little to do with the reality experienced by most adoptive families.  Nevertheless, the media’s focus on “problems” posed by adoption encourages a very distorted view of a vital and wonderful institution.  If you were part of an adoptive family, this is some of what you might hear:

“Do you have any REAL (or natural, or biological) children?”  News flash:  children who come into their families through adoption are real, natural, AND biological.  As Miss Manners points out, they are not polyester.  Language makes a difference.  What should we call little people who become part of a family because of adoption?  Simple.  We should call them that family’s children.

“Who are their ‘real’ parents?”  Say, what?  We are the people who were sleep-deprived during their infancy.  We are the people who paid for their braces.  We are the people who cry with them when things don’t go well.  We are the people who live through their teenage years.  If that isn’t “real” parenthood, what would you call it?

“You are so kind to have adopted a child.”  You give us too much credit.  Adoption is not charity.  People adopt children because they want to have children, and adoption is one of the ways that children come into a family.  We are not the United Way.  An act of charity, no matter how commendable, normally takes place occasionally and at a distance. Parenting a child is up-close and personal.  Our commitment to our children, like any other parents’, is total.  It does not depend on sympathy, pity, or a desire to feel good.

“I couldn’t love an adopted child as much as one of my own.”  Many people seem to believe that a genetic tie is necessary for a happy family. If that were so, presumably you would love your husband or wife much less than you love your brother or sister.  After all, you have a direct genetic link to your siblings;  you don’t, I hope, to your spouse.

This belief seems to underlie much of the media treatment of particular families.  In reports of child abuse, for example, reporters seem to find it necessary to indicate if the perpetrator or the victim was adopted.  Do they feel they’re helping to explain the tragedy?  Is it that people with direct genetic ties would not ever hurt one another? Carefully-done studies show that adopted children, especially those adopted very young, are just as well-adapted, healthy, and smart as are non-adopted children.  But some children become available for adoption because they were abused or neglected by their birth families, and even years of loving care may not cure the anger that was thus sown.

“I want a child who looks like me.”  Look at a newspaper photo of a Little League team.  Without looking at the legend, guess which child is the son or daughter of each coach.  Chances are, you’ll be wrong at least half the time.  “Looking like” is a matter of perception and expectation at least as much as physical reality. I couldn’t count the number of times I’ve been told that my tall, blond, blue-eyed oldest daughter looks like me.  I’m small, brown-eyed, and brunette.  Trust me, we don’t look like twins.  But we are mother and daughter;  people expect us to resemble one another, and so they find the ways in which we do.  Unless one of us grows another nose, they will continue to find the resemblances between us. “I don’t want the possibility of a birth parent taking back the child.”  Fortunately, that possibility is slim, especially when adoptions are handled by licensed agencies.  Granted, it may happen much later. With the Geraldo-ization of American life, we are inundated with romanticized stories of tearful meetings of children with their birth mothers.

Many years ago, it was considered shameful to admit that you were adopted.  Now, given the tendency of the culture to lurch from extreme to extreme, it has become almost expected that adopted children will search for their birth parents.  At some point, we will build up enough experience with birth parents who would rather not be “found” and with adopted children who discover that their birth parents have as many warts as their adoptive parents, that the situation will come into better balance.

“Adoption is expensive.”  Is it ever.  That’s a shame, though I understand why it’s so.  Just as families do not grow their own babies for free — hospitals and doctors do send bills for their services, no matter what — licensed social workers and various other safeguards, to make sure that these precious little lives are protected, cost money.

The legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton to provide tax breaks for adoption was much needed and should be made permanent.  One function of the tax code is to encourage behavior that helps society.  Adoption, like the tax break for homeowners, clearly does that.

It’s not easy to convince some people of the beauty of adoption. There are some who go so far as to object to all adoptions, on the ground that adoption “breaks up families.”  (Don’t ask me;  I don’t understand it either.)  To all of them, let me say:

Adoption is not a problem.  Adoption is a solution.  There are people all over this country who would like to be parents, and who would be fine parents, but who are not able to grow babies.  There are children all over this world who no longer have parents, or whose parents are unable to care for them.  When these two get together, it is not a trauma. It is not a minefield.  There’s a word for it.  It’s called a family.

Copyright Marjorie Hershey

 


Marjorie Hershey is the mom of three daughters, ages 9, 15, and 19. She is a Girl Scout leader and involved in other community activities.  As professor of political science at Indiana University, Marjorie specializes in American politics, political parties and interest groups. She can be reached at <hershey@indiana.edu>. A shortened version of this article was published in Adoptive Families in the March/April 1998 issue. 

Nude Painter……

Nude Painter

Dr Mallick had posted following senryus in Muse on 11th Jan 2009.

nude painter…
falls short of paints
to robe her

nude painter…
sans internal eyes he looks for
skin beauty

nude painter…
he collects sea weeds
gems lie deeper

I had liked them and responded with a few ideas of mine on the same theme as under :

Dear Mallick ji ,a good posting on nude painter. Here are a few of my attempts, subject to your expert scrutiny and corrections, since I am a novice in senryus and nude paintings both :

1. nude painter
shuts windows of studio
to prevent peeping toms

2. nude painter
joins nudist club
to get inspired

3. nude painter
lacks models
paints own nude

4. nude painter
visits art gallery
absent mindedly in buff

As per my request,Mallickji has edited my pieces and the final versions of first three were posted on Muse under responses on 12th Jan 2010 as under :

1. nude painter…
to prevent peeping toms
shuts studio door

2. nude painter…
joins nudist club
for inspiration

3. nude painter..
in absense of models
sketches self-portrait

I thank Dr Mallick for improving my ideas.The last one about the painter visiting the art gallery in buff was censored for obvious reasons though I loved the situation.Each to his/her own !!

     

From a cartoonist’s brush

I was posted in Bank’s office at Chandigarh for some years in early nineties. Our officer’s association had arranged a family get together on 2nd May 92 in which Mr.Sandeep Joshi, a well known cartoonist with The Tribune had been invited as a Chief Guest. An exhibition of some of his cartoons was also arranged in the hall where the function was held. I had the good fortune of interviewing Mr. Joshi and I had asked him some funny questions to which he had replied in a lighter vein. While he was fielding the questions, he had quietly drawn my caricature and had presented it to me at the end of the function, much to my delight. I confess that it bears a close resemblance to my profile, with a dash of his cartoonists license showing me as an enlightened guy (Ahem!!!):

Broca
Broca

I have preserved that valuable gift of Mr. Joshi till date and am sharing now with the readers of this blog. By the way, one of my questions was, “Why are there no lady cartoonists in India?”. I do not recall what his reply was and am searching for the answer till date. If any of you can really enlighten me, I shall be pleased.

Bhagvad Geeta For Bankers……

Bhagvad Geeta For Bankers……
During one of the training programmes of my Bank ( Bank of India,from where I retired on 30th May 2009 after putting in 29 years of service), we were made aware of some of our duties through parallels drawn from the holy Bhagwad Geeta.
Today, on the New Year’s day, I would like to share what I had learnt long back,with my fellow bankers and with the younger generation who is aspiring to join Banking sector. 
Bhagvad Geeta is a compendium of about 700 slokas containing the advice of Lord Krishna to Arjuna during the mighty war of Kurukshetra.
Lord had narrated in his impeccable manner the supreme knowledge of life; how one should not forget one’s duty and how to attain the Lord at the end of one’s life.
Knowledgeable persons from all over the world and all walks of life have tried to explain the Geeta in various ways as they understood it.
No scripture in this universe has so vividly shown the multi-dimensional facets of life.A few slokas have been narrated here in detail and a comparison has been drawn to interpret the same with reference to our day to day life in our industry ie Banking.  
1.Competition from peer Banks: 
Competition from peer banks has never been a cause of worry for us in our Bank . The competition for development of business had existed both in pre and post nationalization era of Banking sector. Only the impact has changed. One should not deter by the competition we face today. The competition,in particular from private and foreign banks now a days, is a heart burn.However, with passage of time, our Bank that has always stood for values, good customer service and the best practices of inter-personal relations, will have sustained growth. Only we should continue our efforts patiently.  
For those who lack resolution, the decisions of life are many-branched and endless.” (Chapter 2 – sloka 41 
We need to take a firm resolution to achieve the budgets, come what may. Firm resolution to achieve something is more important than sitting in a dark room and blaming our fate for the darkness. Try to kindle a small candle, it shows the path.
“You have right to work, but never to the fruit of work. You should never engage in action for the sake of reward, nor should you long for inaction. Perform work in this world, without selfish attachments and alike in success and defeat.” (Chapter 2 -slokas 47 and 48)
It is necessary that we should strive for achieving our targets without expecting success always. Failure and success are always the two sides of a coin. When it is tossed, it will always fall on the unexpected side. Failure need not be a cause of worry. Effort is important. It should be the goal.
“Use all your power to free the senses from attachment and aversion alike, and live in the full wisdom of the Self. Such a person awakes to the light in the night of all creatures. ” (Chapter 2 – sloka 69)  
2.Customer Service :
Customers are a part of the organisation. Never get attached to them personally. Professionalism is very important in dealing with them.When the buzz word is “Profit”, avoid attachments when it comes to banking.However,keep them as business partners.You remain as a lotus flower in a pond of water.A lotus takes birth and blossoms in water but it never gets the attachment to water.It may be necessary to avoid some customers if they do not prove profitable to the Bank. 
3.Responsibility:  “He who shirks action does not attain freedom; no one can gain perfection by abstaining from work. ” (Chapter 3 – sloka 4) .It is necessary that given duty should be performed with utmost honesty and sincerity. Perfection is secondary as long as devotion to duty is at the highest of the mind. We are duty bound to the society. As a banker, we have the responsibility and accountability to the society we serve. By virtue of dealing with money, which is ultimate of all living pleasures, one should abstain from greed while performing duty. Failure to do so will lead to fatal death of one’s moral life of self and his family.“Strive constantly to service the welfare of the world; by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. Do your work with the welfare of others always in mind. (Chapter 3 – slokas 19-20) .We are a Public Sector Bank and have to take care of priority sector advances and the people in villages Once their welfare is taken care of by us by providing them timely credit assistance, the economy of the country blooms. We should be a harbinger of economic growth. It is possible through service to the society.