Monthly Archives: October 2017

Dedicated to all girl children.
International Day of The Girl Child.
Our hearts swell with pride,

At the thought of a girl child.

Not just today,every day

She is special.
Considered auspicious in traditional

Households,supposed to bring

Wealth and prosperity.

No doubt shunned in some parts

And killed on birth or treated shabbily.

Forgive them for what they do.

They know not what they lose.
Your daughter remains with you

Come what may,not “paraya dhan”,

To be gifted away to somebody else

After marriage,As was the concept

In olden day’s.Consider she is going 

There to light up some other family.

Nothing can disassociate the bonding.
Light up a girl’s life,educate her to the

Maximum.Encourage her in her aspirations.

A girl child nowhere inferior

To be used as a doormat.

Glass ceilings breaking now.

Sky is the limit.
Let her not face social limitations

Or humiliations,or physical abuses

Teach her to fight back,when abused.

If you have a son,inculcate the correct 

Values and teach to respect women.
Stop child labour where girls meet

With more abuses.If necessary

Take recourse to law,with the hope

something would change for the better.

Do not employ them at home.

Treat them as your own.

Educate them and empower them.
Cherish all girl children,not just your own.

Those not just blessed with daughters,

Treat all girl children as daughters

You never had.Those who have them

Remember they are with you for ever

Caring,devoted and affectionate.

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Today is World Smile Day.A poem by Shiv K Kumar in Tamil gave me the idea to write these lines.Thank you.
World Smile Day.
This day celebrated as world smile day,

The word bringing a smile to our lips.

A smile is infectious and spreads cheer 

Many smiles have won the hearts

Of many all over the world.

They were old but had love

For everyone,irrespective of who they were.

Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa

Are two names that come to my mind.

Now mired in controversies 

their names may be,but undeniably

Charming at their times.
Look at a child and look at his smile

Or her smile as the case may be.

Can anything be compared to that?

Innocent with not a care in the world.

A smile of a newly wed,with expectations

In the hearts and love in the eyes.

Old and wrinkled faces,yearning for

Love and attention and the face lit up

When given unconditional love.

Smiles of various types,of a teacher,

Of a parent or a grandparent.

All signifies happiness and cheer.
Why do some keep a wry face?

Smile to your heart’s content.

After all it doesn’t cost you anything.

Neither all your riches or wealth

Can buy you a smile.

Abundant love and care for the fellow 

Human can bring a smile to a face.

If you can do it,your life is worth living.
Shiv K Kumar.

MITU. (Multiple Initiatives towards Upliftment.)
People living in Malleshwaram and surrounding areas must be more familiar with this organisation and its founder,Kala Charlu But is equally well known in Bangalore social service circles.They won the Inner Wheel Bravery Award.I was fortunate enough to come into contact with her through Facebook.I came to know of their multiple activities through their posts.

One of their most appreciated activities is spreading awareness about menstrual hygiene amongst the rural and underprivileged.To raise funds for their organisation,they sell their products,some manufactured by them and some outsourced and displayed.Apart from sanitary pads,they also manufacture eco friendly products for our every day use.It includes newspaper bags,saree bags,Handbags of different types,clutches,mobile

bags and coin bags.These make excellent gifts.Last year I happened to buy some of their products.This year I intend doing the same.I have the satisfaction that the proceeds are going for a good cause.I request my friends to spread news about this organisation and help their cause.
To know more details,visit their Facebook page.

Mahatma GandhiFather of the Nation.
Rightly called so.Lives in our hearts.

Affectionately called “Bapu”.

A darling of the nation,Nehru’s words

When “Bapu” passed away.

“light has gone out of our lives”. 

Eloquent expression of a tragedy.
We,at least some of us,remember

Him with sadness and fondness too.

Not awarded the prestigious 

Nobel prize,He adorned the “Time”

Magazine.One man who impressed 

Upon the world and taught

Them “Ahimsa” and led the country

To freedom with novel methods like

“Satyagraha” and non cooperation.

Gandhiji’s life cannot be summarised

In a few words.His struggle,peaceful

And non violent.Fell a victim to

An assassin’s bullet.A tragic irony.
An example and a guide to many abroad

to Martin Luther King and Mandela alike

And many more.An inspiration.

At home is remembered on his birthday

Leaders lay wreaths at his samadhi

His name stand as statues and roads

Almost in all cities and his picture

Adorn our currency notes and coins.

There it ends.

His principles long forgotten

The path he walked,trampled upon.

He remains in our hearts.
History is rewritten.who knows what

It would be tomorrow?his name 

tarnished and vilified ,

Assassins glorified.He sure

Would hate to be born in today’s India.

A friend’s poem says he would 

Rather wish to be born in Britain.
P.S.I have taken some ideas from my friends’ posts.

Sampath Kumar,Shiv K Kumar and Shyamala Raghavendra.