TELEPHONE: BLESSING OR NUISANCE

 

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It is almost one week since I have written anything here. Busy with so many other commitments. Today, I am again with a new thought, that is on telephone. 

Telephone is a great invention by Alexander Graham Bell. By the end of 19th century, we had this surprise with which we had talked and we are talking a lot. Earlier, we used land phones and in the first decades of 21st century on we are having mobile phones and now each day comes up with new surprise on mobile phones.

We have both mobiles and land phones in our home, mobile phones for the elders and land phone for the common use. Most people have both phones. On land phone, we are making common calls, ringing up our relatives; and in mobile phones we prefer to talk with our beloveds and friends, to talk with whom we need to have privacy or if we want to hide anything from our family.

Earlier, we were free to travel where we want, we were free to meet anybody and we were free to be late. Really, we were not observed, there was only one phone in home and that too is the land phone. All on a sudden we had the mobile phones, that wonder conquered the market, with a number of service provider; and each one offers a lot for their customers. Now, it has become a status symbol to have the latest mobile phone with us. While it conquered the market, it conquered our freedom too. We are observed, we are not allowed to be late; whenever, we are late, we are supposed to inform because we have the mobile phone.

It is a blessing as it helps to nurture relationships, we can ring up our relatives and they can ring up us too. It is soothing to hear the voices of some while we are in pain.

Sometimes, it may become a nuisance, disturbing our privacy and may become mean when we use it for discussing the mistakes of others. We can expect a call at any time on our mobile phone, there is no concern on time, place or attitude.

In some way, it has a role in making our schedule busy and accelerating our tension. We can’t wait for anybody and for anything, we may take our phone and ring the other one. When we didn’t have a phone, we could wait for long; but now waiting has become impossible. 

SYRIA: USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS

 

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For the past two days, we are hearing the terrific news of the use of chemical weapons in Syria. Syrian rebels claim that, the Syria government led by Bashar al- Assad used the chemical weapons against them to suppress their movements against the authority. Around 1,300 people were reportedly killed. The government accuses the rebels.

The death toll is rising, the real sufferers are women and children. It is really pathetic to see the photos of the dead children,what they  have done, what is the mistakes they have committed? Nothing! they are the innocent victims, they are the little angels who were deprived of their right to live.

The world and the UN have the awareness that Syria possesses chemical weapons and they all feared that they may use it or the rebels may use it. We don’t know, who have used it, we don’t want to know it. The only thing, we know is the innocent faces of the children and poor women. The developed countries and the UN proved their inability to react spontaneously, they are studying the possibilities of who have done this and what is the chemical used and they are scrutinizing the incident. Whatever be the intention, it proved man’s inefficiency, intolerance and greed for acquiring more; while claiming that we are a developed  high-tech world with intelligent citizens.

On 1988, the late ruler of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, used chemical weapons against the Kurdish. We know the cruelty of it, but, we were not able to ban the use of deadly weapons. Most of the countries boast of having nuclear power; it is like a threat to the man kind. Anything can happen at any time. Who is safe, who is calm and who is stress free? We don’t have an answer. Each country desires to show off its power,while they claim at the same time of being the one world because of the high tech facilities.

Let us pray for the poor victims of Syria and it is the time to re-think about possessing nuclear weapons and chemical weapons. Each one has the right to live comfortably, let our kids have the freedom to enjoy the high-tech world as it is.  

WORLD MOSQUITO DAY

 

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Yesterday, 20 August was World Mosquito Day. It is on August 20, 1897, that the British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross made the historic link that the female mosquitoes spread malaria.

Mosquito is one of the challenges that the modern world has to face. Is there anybody who hasn’t experienced a mosquito bite? There may be nobody; it is all there to disturb you as a nuisance and as a threat. Earlier, mosquito bites were ignored simply, but when it was discovered that, they are the transmitters of many deadly diseases, it became a threat. They are the carriers of all the killer viruses of malaria, dengue fever and chicken guinea. Each one is spread by the distinct variety. Some are found in fresh water and some are found in everywhere. Pleasant and sunny climate is good for its breeding. The eggs may remain in the soil or blocked water for long and when it becomes sunny it will turn out as mosquitoes to bite us.

We may be trying every method to keep away the nuisance, mainly because of our fear of these diseases. We have to protect our young kids from the mosquito bites. Some are trying creams, some are closing each hole, window and ventilator and doors  with nets to stop the mosquitoes from entering into our homes. But when we go to the bus stop or railway station or when we want to travel late in the evening, there is the mosquito with its stinging needle. Hygiene, both personal and public, is the only technique to escape from the mosquitoes. It should start from each one of us. We should keep our rooms, houses and the surrounding areas clean. Water should be drained away, bushes should be removed and the waste should be managed properly. The government should conduct awareness programs and the organizations should take initiatives to clean up the slums. It is the only way to rescue the world from the deadly disease spread by mosquitoes. We can do it, we must do it, it is the responsibility of each citizen to keep the surrounding clean and clear.

15 AUGUST: INDIA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

 

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Tomorrow, on 15 August India celebrates its Independence Day. It is India’s 66th year of celebrating its independence from the British rule. It is a national holiday with parades, flag hoisting and so many cultural programs. Each state celebrates the independence day gorgeously. This year also the country is ready to celebrate its independence day on tomorrow. 

India attained many achievements and golden feathers in its crown after the independence. It is the renowned democratic state that values the opinion of each citizen; it strives for the well-being of its citizen. India’s unity in diversity is the one that the world gets wondered. India is a country with 29 states, ( the 29th one is recently proclaimed Telengana, the part of Andhra Pradesh), with people speaking different languages, each state has its own cultural, political, economical and environmental diversity. There are so many caste and creed and each celebrates their festivals at different times. Along with the harvest festivals, it becomes  a land of festivals and entertainments. On each celebration, the unity of the people is seen and respected. India is famous for its scenic diversity, a tourist can witness so many beautiful places like, mountains, rivers, seas, water falls and enthusiastic fields. Tourists can taste many palatable dishes, each one differs from the other. 

But this democracy is misused by corrupted politicians. Though, it boasts on so many amenities and developments, the slums and people living there is suffering a lot, because of poverty, illiteracy and poor sanitation. Women and young girls are not safe to travel alone. Child abuses are growing and the number of missing children are increasing each year. The over crowded cities are facing the challenges of proper wast management. The difference between the haves and the have-nots are widening and this create discomforts and that lead to social issues.

India has a  long way to go for becoming  a  well developed country. India has the privilege of man power; but they need support and better facility from the government and authority. Politics should be kept away and all should work harmoniously for the India dreamed  by the great freedom fighters. LET US HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. 

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY

 

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Today, 12 August is the International youth day. United Nations has designated International youth day to draw attention towards the youth; their responsibilities, their likes and dislikes and their problems and challenges. It was first observed on 2000. As per UN standards, people in the age group of 15 to 24 are considered as youths. Some are in the teens and some are about to be matured.

This is a challenging  period in the life of each individual. They have to take decision on their studies and career;and they are experiencing physical, emotional and intellectual changed during this period. They need the support, consolation and assistance of their parents and loved ones. They may be adamant and arrogant, they may be adventurous and self – centered; all these because of their age. They need support, care and love. They need a silent listener, who can pacify them, a calm support to soothe them and a caring hand to embrace them. If so, they will become confident, courageous and self reliant. They may come to their parents, when they are in trouble. If not, they may find relaxation in drugs and alcohol and they may be ruining their entire life. It is the age, that prompt to do whatever they like, it is the age that tempt them to commit mistakes, if they are directed properly or guided intellectually, they will become assets to the family and society. We have to bring our new generation like that, they are the builders of our new society and new world. They should be courageous, loving and virtuous. If they complete their mid teens , or the early youth period with confidence, they will be successful.

This year’s International Youth Day focuses on the migrations of youths. Youths are migrating in search of better luck, better jobs and better life. Because of this, their native lands may have to face brain drain. In the migrated countries, they may have to face many challenges. These youths are using their brain and energy for the migrant countries, so they should be given proper care and protection. They should be respected and rewarded. Our youths are our treasure, wish them a bright and prosperous future on this International Youth Day.

WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

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BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT : CLOSE TO MOTHERS. This the theme of World Breast Feeding Week in 2013, and we are going through that period now. It is an annual celebration held, during the first week of August. It was formed in 1991 to promote, protect and support breast feeding. It has been organized by WHO,WBW, and UNICEF and it aims to promote exclusive breast feeding for six months. It is intended to aware the mothers about the nutrient benefits of breast feeding, how it resists the deadly diseases like pneumonia and how it helps to build an emotional attachment between the mother and child. 

UNICEF celebrates World Breastfeeding Week on 120 countries, baby friendly hospitals are established to promote breast feeding. Mothers are taught, the necessity of breast feeding and they are taught how to hold the baby while breast feeding and how many times they should feed the baby a day, what they should eat to produce healthy and enough milk.

Most of the mothers are willing to breastfeed; while breastfeeding, a loving bond is formed between the mother and baby. Mother should hold her baby in the arm, resting the child’s head on the arm. Hold the baby very close to the chest and stomach of the mother and feed the baby sitting straight in that posture. The child may look into the eyes of the mother, resting his/ her little hand on the breast of its mother. While feeding look into the eyes of the baby, hold the little hand and give a kiss; he is slowly, getting that, it is the person, who loves him, protects him and cares him. He/ she may soon start to recognize its mother, start to babble. The child is growing fast with the support and milk of its mother. While giving milk, the child is experiencing the warmth of mother’s love and care. While feeding for six months, he/ she may get the nutrient factors that are essential for its all round growth. The mother can introduce little amount of cereals during this period along with the mother’s milk. It is good to breastfeed the baby when he/ she gets two years old. The loving bond will always be there.

It is not easy for working mothers to feed the baby for six months and feed her child holding in the arms. She may be compelled to go for the work entrusting the child with any care taker. Mothers should be given six months maternity leave for breastfeeding the baby. When, it is not possible, nurseries can be build in offices and they can feed their baby whenever they want. Breast feeding mothers usually need support from partners, in-laws and from friends and peers; for they are bringing up our new generation.