Vol.12, Issue 6 | November, 2020 | `20/-
Dr Supriya Hegde
IT’S NOT RIGHT TO
DEATHS IN FRONT OF
Dr Surfraz J Hashim
IT’S TIME TO MAKE
MENTAL HEALTH A
MINISTER IN NEW
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US - Now a
Even as I am writing
this editorial, Donald
Trump has just conceded
defeat and accepted Joe Biden
as the President of the United
States of America, however his
presidency may not be easy, as the
Republicans will have the control
of the Senate through a majority.
For those who were looking
towards US democratic virtue,
President Donald Trump has
failed everyone in the past four
years by thrashing and packing
the democratic machinery one by
one, thus pushing the democratic
values to its brink. His autocratic
rule defied all protest from across
the world so much so to believe
that ‘Trump himself is the world.’
In spite of four years of disastrous
economic policy and
the catastrophic handling of the
Covid-19 crisis, it is surprising that
Trump has received substantially
more votes in 2020 than he did in
2016. His blustering in the name
of America was seen as standing
up for the country. For countries
around the world that believe in
democracy, this means they will
have to build a new international
order, one that does not rely on
US leadership alone. In this crucial
moment, Europe’s full-throated
support for democracy and human
rights is vital.
The recent elections have
brought the democratic process
on to the tracks, but with a rider.
Today, America is divided between
democrats and republicans.
I am afraid; more likely, there will
be gridlock, pitched political battles,
protests, which will be roadblock
in providing global leadership
which proved so vital in the
past 80 years. Over the period of
time, US today has isolated itself
from other countries in the world.
It reminds me of what Abraham
Lincoln once said - “A house
divided against itself cannot
stand.” This saying echoes in a
country which has just got out
of a most embarrassing election
process. Now that Trump has approached
the top court for justice,
he has in the bargain thrown all
democratic values to the wind.
What a shame to a nation that
boasted of its democratic process
and had been advising the world
to follow suit. Just imagine, if this
kind of international embarrassment
had taken place elsewhere,
the US State Department would
have condemned it vehemently.
Trump, however, will linger
on with the hope of coming back
again in 2024 elections unless he
is put in jail by then, but what
worries me is that he has already
blown his unpopular trumpet of
‘Trumpism’ which is going to remain
a potent and toxic force in
American politics. Let us not forget
he managed to get 50% of the
votes polled in spite of a dictatorial
In that sense, US must learn
many lessons from India’s experiments
as a sustainable democracy
right from the filing of nominations
to the holding of elections
until results are declared and then
the defeated side conceding the
Are money and lust for power
makes one so insane and shameless
that one goes to any extent to
Whatever may be the outcome
of Trump’s legal course of
action, its side effects may hamper
the day to day functioning of
the new government. It may also
divide the people across the nation
and will make them argue on
things for ages together. It might
impact the day to day life of a million.
But the challenges ahead for
the United States remain real and
the difficult work is only just beginning.
In that sense lets pray for both
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris that
they sail through the conflicts
and are able to perform their roles
as true healers of hearts and disturbed
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By Prof D K Vidyadhar
Senior journalist based in Mumbai.
In a passionate victory speech immediately
after the initial stage of vote counting, the
President-elect Joe Biden vowed to usher
in “a time to heal” in America, claiming a
moral mandate as well as a political one as
he vowed to comfort a bruised and angry
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nation is shaped
by the constant battle
between our better
angels and our darkest impulses,”
he said, echoing themes he articulated
in his convention speech.
“It is time for our better angels to
Biden thanked the coalition
that elected him — “the broadest
and most diverse in history,” he
said — and gave a special mention
to the African-American community,
who stuck by him throughout
a primary where it once appeared
all was lost for his third
run at the White House. “And especially
for those moments when
this campaign was at its lowest —
the African American community
stood up again for me,” he said.
“They always have my back, and
I’ll have yours.”
But he promised to be a President
to all Americans, not just
those that supported him. “To
those who voted for President
Trump, I understand your disappointment
tonight. I’ve lost a couple
of elections myself,” he said.
“But now, let’s give each other a
“I ran as a proud Democrat. I
will now be an American President.
I will work as hard for
those who didn’t vote for me as
those who did,” he continued. “Let
this grim era of demonization in
America begin to end — here and
He also vowed to reach across
the aisle, to work with Republicans
to get things done. “If we can
decide not to cooperate, then we
can decide to cooperate,” he said.
“And I believe that this is part of
the mandate from the American
people. They want us to cooperate.”
Biden largely avoided talking
about specific policy goals or the
nuts and bolts of governing, and
instead focused on his promise
to restore a sense of honor and
decency to the office of the President.
The speech defined Biden’s
vision of the Presidency as the
healer-in-chief, especially after
four years of Trump’s divisiveness
and chaos, and several months of
a global pandemic that has killed
more than 230,000 Americans.
His Presidency would be about restoring
faith in a nation that had
nearly lost faith in itself.
At one point, he recited a
hymn that had been a favorite of
his late son Beau Biden, who died
of brain cancer in 2015:
“And He will raise you
up on eagle’s wings, Bear
you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His
-These were the words that
offered Beau comfort when he
needed it, and they were the
words Biden offered Americans
in this time of need. “And now,
together — on eagle’s wings — we
embark on the work that God
and history have called upon us
to do,” he concluded. “With full
hearts and steady hands, with
faith in America and in each other,
with a love of country — and
a thirst for justice — let us be the
nation that we know we can be.”
More than a health care plan
or a climate proposal, or a biting
condemnation of his predecessor,
Biden used his victory
speech to offer the nation the one
thing it truly needed: comfort.
“Now that the campaign is over —
what is the people’s will? What is
our mandate?” he said. “Americans
have called on us to marshal the
forces of decency and the forces of
fairness. To marshal the forces of
science and the forces of hope in
the great battles of our time, ” – he
was what Biden’s campaign was
always about: not a particular
policy or specific ideology, but
the promise to restore the moral
authority to the Presidency that
had been degraded under President
Donald Trump. When he
first announced his candidacy in
early 2019, he vowed to “restore
the soul of America.” Now, nineteen
months and one Presidential
victory later, he doubled down on
WHAT WILL CHANGE
DURING JOE BIDEN’S PRESI-
The new president has the opportunity
to reverse four years of
anti-science policies — but he has
a hard road ahead as he inherits a
nation divided. This includes actions
on climate change, immigration
and the COVID-19 pandemic,
which could claim more than a
quarter of a million lives in the
United States before Trump leaves
office in January.
Researchers are hopeful that
much of the damage can be re-
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paired. With Trump out of the
picture, according to some prominent
political analysts, “instead
of dog-eat-dog, maybe we will
have a modicum of international
cooperation, greater adherence to
laws and treaties, more civility in
politics across the globe, less ‘fake
news’, more smiles and less anger”.
Biden, during his campaign had
rightly promised to ramp up US
test-and-trace programs to help
bring the coronavirus under control,
to rejoin the Paris climate
agreement to fight global warming,
and to reverse travel bans and
visa restrictions that have made
the United States a less desirable
destination for foreign researchers.
Biden’s vice-president elect,
Kamala Harris, an attorney and
US senator from California, will
be the first woman to achieve
one of the top two offices in the
country. She is also the first Black
woman and the first Asian-American
to be elected vice-president,
in a country that has been driven
by racial tensions.
One of Biden’s first orders
of business will be to put a more
aggressive pandemic response
plan in place. On November 6,
the United States saw more than
130,000 new coronavirus infections
recorded in a single day —
the highest number reported anywhere
across the globe since the
team has also promised to “listen
Trump administration has repeatedly
scientists at public health agen-
Biden-Kamala Indian connection
While the whole world spoke overwhelmingly about
Vice-President elect Kamala Harris’ India connection and
how a small time girl from the then Madras (now Chennai) in South
India could make it to the White House, many people had no idea if
President-elect Joe Biden also had some kind of India connection.
But according to Biden himself, he was a distant descendent of
a Ship Captain based in India. He was referring to his “great, great,
great, great, great grandfather,” Captain George Biden, who was a
captain in the East India Company, retired in India and married an
Biden had disclosed this fact while addressing the Bombay
Stock Exchange back in July 2013. He told the audience that when
he was first elected a senator in 1972, he had received a letter from
a gentleman named Biden… from Mumbai asserting that they are
A few years later, in another speech, Biden expanded on this,
saying the “Biden from Mumbai” claimed descent from a “British
captain in the East India Tea Company. He said a journalist had given
him a list of five Bidens lived in Mumbai.
The King’s College historian and ex-diplomat Tim Wilsey had
found out records of two Biden brothers who captained ships for
John Company. They started out as third and fourth mates on ships
running from Britain to India. William Henry Biden went on to captain
a few ships before dying of stroke in Rangoon in 1843.
His brother, Christopher Biden, captained his first ship in 1821
and made five return journeys between Britain and Calcutta. In
1830, at the age of 41, he retired and settled near London and wrote
a book about naval discipline.
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cies such as the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the Food and
Drug Administration throughout the
pandemic. With Biden in charge, one
can expect wide range of government
agencies that now are going to finally
get a chance to do their jobs properly.
Biden’s administration will also re-open
lines of communication with other
countries and international organizations
in its fight against the coronavirus.
Trump pulled the United States out of
the WHO earlier this year, criticizing
the international agency for supporting
China, where the outbreak began.
Another top priority for Biden will be
to reverse many of the policies impacting
climate, the environment and public
health put into place under Trump.
At the top of the docket is the 2015 Paris
climate agreement. The United States
formally withdrew from this accord on
November 4, but Biden has said he will
rejoin the pact after taking office in January.
Biden and Harris also campaigned
on a US$2-trillion plan to boost clean energy,
modernize infrastructure and curb
greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden has already announced his bipartisan
coronavirus taskforce headed
by three physicians: Vivek Murthy, the
former US surgeon general; David Kessler,
the former commissioner of the Food
and Drug Administration; and Marcella
Nunez-Smith, who is recognised for her
work on promoting health and healthcare
equity for marginalised populations.
All are well known in public health, science
and political circles.
The pandemic in the US is now described
as out of control. Hospitals in
many states are overwhelmed, the economy
is disrupted, and unemployment
rates are double what they were in February
On the other hand, when Joe Biden handpicked Kamala
Harris as his running mate, the press sparked a frenzy to track
down her connections to Chennai, the southern Indian city
where Kamala’s mother was born. Soon the journalists located
her grandparents’ home in the Besant Nagar neighbourhood,
from where her mother Shyamala Gopalan set off as a teenager
to pursue a doctoral degree at the University of California
Undated photos surfaced of Kamala and younger sibling
Maya in saris, smilingly posing with their grandparents
during a visit. Many saw Harris a step away from the White
House, and the de facto Democratic Party front-runner in four
or eight years.
Senator Harris is the first person of Indian descent and the
first Black woman on a major ticket in a U.S. presidential election.
The Varasiddhi Vinayagar Temple at Besant Nagar in
Chennai has a special place in California senator Kamala Harris’
heart. Not just because her mother, Shyamala Gopalan,
was in the committee when the temple was constructed, but
because nine years ago, when she contested California’s Attorney
General election, she called her maternal aunt Sarala
Gopalan with a request - “Chithi (aunt), please pray for me and
break coconuts at the temple.”
A gynecologist and obstetrician by profession, Sarala attributed
Harris’ growth to her elder sister Shyamala’s support
and upbringing. According to her, her sister Shyamala went
to the US at a very young age. She never stopped her daughter
from pursuing her interests.
Harris, was fond of her grandfather PV Gopalan, a career
civil servant, who build in her social consciousness at a tender
age. Her mother, of course, was a major influence in her life.
She has repeatedly called her mother, ‘a proud woman’ with
the ability to dream and then work to make it come true.
When Shyamala died in 2009, Harris flew down to Chennai
to immerse her ashes in the Bay of Bengal according to her
mother’s wish. She had remained in touch with her mother’s
When the news of Harris’ selection as Biden’s running
mate came, Sarala was reminded of what her barrier-breaking
niece told when she was running for the Senate. “Chithi,
(aunty) I am not going to stop here and I will keep going.”
(Selected from different sources)
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Joe Biden was born on November
20, 1942 in the city of
Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania.
His father, Joseph Biden Sr.,
worked cleaning furnaces and as
a used car salesman. His mother
was Catherine Eugenia “Jean”
Early years and schooling
He attended St. Paul’s Elementary
School in Scranton. In 1955, when
he was 13 years old, the family
moved to Mayfield, Delaware—a
rapidly growing middle-class
community sustained primarily
by the nearby DuPont chemical
Biden attended the St. Helena
School until he gained acceptance
into the prestigious Archmere
Academy. He was a solid student
graduated from Archmere in 1961.
COLLEGE, MARRIAGE AND
Biden attended the nearby
University of Delaware, where he
studied history and political science
and played football. He also
developed a sharp interest in politics
during these years, spurred in
part by the inspiring inauguration
of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
On a trip to the Bahamas
during his junior year, Biden met
a University student named Neilia
Hunter and fell in love with her
at first sight. Biden and Hunter
married the next year, in 1966.
EARLY POLITICAL CAREER:
After graduating from law
school in 1968, Biden moved to
Wilmington, Delaware, to begin
practicing at a law firm. He also
became an active member of the
Democratic Party, and in 1970
he was elected to the New Castle
County Council. While serving as
councilman, in 1971, Biden started
his own law firm.
Biden had three children:
Joseph Biden III (born in 1969),
Hunter Biden (born in 1970) and
Naomi Biden (born in 1971).
In 1972, the Delaware Democratic
Party encouraged a 29-yearold
Biden to run against the popular
Republican incumbent J.
Caleb Boggs for the United States
Senate. That year, in a tight race
with a large turnout, Biden won
an upset victory to become the
fifth-youngest U.S. senator elected
in the nation’s history.
Just as all of Biden’s wildest
dreams seemed to be coming true,
he was struck by devastating tragedy.
A week before Christmas in
1972, Biden’s wife and three children
were involved in a terrible
car accident while out shopping
for a Christmas tree. The accident
killed his wife and daughter and
severely injured both of his sons,
Beau and Hunter. Biden was inconsolable
and even considered
From 1973 to 2009, as a distinguished
Senator, Biden won
respect as one of the body’s leading
foreign policy experts, serving
as chairman of the Committee
on Foreign Relations for several
years. He spoke against President
George W. Bush and his handling
of the Gulf War.
The transition team features
many people who previously
worked for the Obama administration.
This bodes well for
strengthening and rebuilding
Obamacare into Bidencare. Ensuring
people have affordable access
to health care has never been
None of this will be successful
unless, and until, Biden can bring
Congress together to act and simultaneously
begin healing the
divisions in the nation. He must
restore trust in government and
science, ensure transparency and
accountability, and build a common
purpose so people will act for
the common good. u
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Joe Biden Profile
In 1987, Biden decided to
run for the U.S. presidency. He
dropped out of the Democratic
primary, however, after reports
surfaced that he had plagiarized
part of a speech.
U.S. VICE PRESIDENT
In 2007, 20 years after his
first unsuccessful presidential bid,
Biden once again decided to run
for the U.S. presidency. Despite his
years of experience in the Senate,
however, Biden’s campaign failed
to generate much momentum in
a field dominated by Hillary Clinton
and Barack Obama. Biden
dropped out after receiving less
than one percent of the vote in
the crucial Iowa caucuses.
Several months later, Barack
Obama selected Biden as his running
mate. With his working-class
roots, Biden helped the Obama
campaign communicate its message
of economic recovery to the
blue-collar voters crucial to swing
states like Ohio and Pennsylvania.
On January 20, 2009, Obama
was sworn in as the 44th U.S.
president and Biden became the
47th vice president. While Biden
mostly served in the role of behind-the-scenes
adviser to the
president, he took particularly
active roles in formulating federal
policies relating to Iraq and Afghanistan.
RE-ELECTION AND SECOND
Running for re-election in
2012, the Obama-Biden team
earned a second term as president
and Biden another term as vice
PERSONAL LIFE AND POST-
Biden married for second
time, Jill Biden, in 1977. The couple’s
daughter, Ashley, was born
in 1981. On May 30, 2015, Biden
suffered another personal loss
when his son Beau died at the age
of 46, after battling brain cancer.
2020 PRESIDENTIAL CAM-
On April 25, 2019, Biden delivered
the expected news that he
was running for president in 2020.
On August 11, 2020, Biden announced
Kamala Harris as his
vice presidential running mate. In
August, Biden officially became
the 2020 Democratic presidential
2020 ELECTION WIN
With several states counting
mail-in ballots well past the close
of polling places on November 3,
2020, the race remained too tight
to call into the next day. However,
the tide began shifting in Biden’s
favor with the announcements
of his victories in Wisconsin and
Michigan, along with reports of
his leads in Arizona, Nevada and
On November 7, 2020, four
days after Election Day, Biden
was declared as the 46th president-elect
after winning Pennsylvania.
With a record 74 million+
votes, the 78-year-old was set to
become the oldest president in the
nation’s history. u
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How a normal
US election looks like and
what might change in 2020
Americans are used to a certain
routine with presidential
elections – but this year might
THE FIRST VOTES CAST
Before Election Day, November
3, 2020, some states started
early voting and mail-in voting at
the request of Joe Biden.
ON ELECTION DAY, EVERY-
ONE ELSE VOTES
Tuesday, November 3, Americans
went to polling places to cast
their vote. This is also when mailin
ballots were counted in most
THE LOSING CANDIDATE
This usually happens in the
early hours of the next morning.
A public concession makes it clear
to the American people who have
won. It can make everything after
this feel like a formality.
THE RESULTS ARE FINALIZED
The local officials finish counting
ballots in the days after the
election and send their results to
state officials. They approve the
results and send them to federal
ELECTION DISPUTES TO BE
SETTLED BEFORE DECEM-
States need to settle any election
disputes and have a winner
by this date, known as the “safe
harbor deadline.” Otherwise, federal
law says Congress can refuse
to accept the electoral votes from
THEN STATES PICK ‘ELEC-
TORS’ TO REPRESENT THEM
When Americans vote they
don’t directly vote for president
and vice president. Rather, they
vote for their state “electors” who
represent their choice.
THE WINNING CANDIDATE IS
SWORN INTO OFFICE
On January 20 or 21 in the
succeeding year, according to the
constitution the presidential term
is over and the new president is
However, things might be different
THE WEEKS BEFORE ELEC-
By early October, 6.6 million
Americans had already voted,
largely because of a surge in mailin
voting. Trump has said mail-in
voting is rigged against him, and
his allies have helped sow doubt
in the election.
TRUMP REFUSES TO CON-
Even if the media projects Joe
Biden to be the winner, Trump
has to date refused to concede.
REPUBLICANS MAY DISPUTE
THE VALIDITY OF MANY
Each state has rules on when
mail-in ballots need to be postmarked
or received. In addition,
ballots need to meet certain criteria
– for example, the signatures
need to match the one on file with
election officials. Republicans plan
to challenge the rules and individual
COULD LAUNCH INVESTIGA-
Republican state and federal
officials could sow more doubt in
the results by launching investigations
into “voting irregularities”.
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Nitish Kumar Back As CM,
For One Last Time?
By Prof D.K. Vidyadhar
Senior journalist based in Mumbai.
NDA with its strong ally,
JDU managed to win
an absolute majority by
winning 125 seats, as against the
predictions of exit-polls, which
sounded a clear mandate for RJD,
so also against the arguments of
incumbency and flow of young
blood in terms of youth leaders
Tejaswi and Tej Pratap Yadav.
While both the young politicians
had their fair share of 110 seats
along-with their valued allies
including the Congress and the Left
parties. However, the voters did not
completely ignore the contribution
of Nitin Kumar government that
provided good governance and
people friendly schemes and
Without doubt, the biggest hero
of NDA victory was Prime Minister
Narendra Modi although the
impact of his rallies was written off
just before the elections. But as the
results were announced ‘Modi Magic’
was present for everyone around
the world to watch. He not only deprived
the Yadav’s from CM’s and
deputy CMs gaddi but also ensured
that the BJP wins 74 seats, three
seats more than the half way mark
needed for a victory, while JDU won
43 seats. RJD finally could grab only
75 seats while the Congress was reduced
to 19 seats. The opposition
Mahagathbandan, which began the
day with a lead to take back seat by
the counting settling for 110 seats in
the election that saw counting going
continuously over 20 hours and
wrapping up only in the wee hours
of the next day morning.
The BJP put up a stellar performance
leading the National Democratic
Alliance (NDA) to obtain majority
even though Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal – United
(JDU) posted a fall in total votes
gained in a tightly fought race.
While Nitish Kumar was in the
government in Bihar for 15 consecutive
years, a fact which has not
gone well with the people, his announcement
that it will be his last
election and the BJPs tall promises
as always turned the wind in their
Prime Minister Narendra Modi,
immediately after the announcement
of results thanked the people
of Bihar for the overwhelming support
given to the NDA in the assembly
Tweeting in Hindi the PM said,
“Bihar has taught the world the first
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lesson of democracy. Today Bihar
has told the world again how democracy
is strengthened. A record
number of poor, deprived and
women of Bihar also voted and today
have also given their decisive
decision for development.”
Bihar election results 2020
again proved that the biggest
brand ambassador of trust politics
in India is PM Narendra Modi. Although
BJP fought elections under
Nitish’s leadership, PM Modi
was leading the entire election.
The BJP’s victory in Bihar election
is a seal on the work of the Modi
government at the time of corona
virus crisis, so also his people
friendly schemes from which the
Bihar people benefited to a great
However, there are a few reasons
why Tejashwi Yadav could
not seal the mandate against
‘Brand Modi’ and five reasons in
particular why the people decided
to go with the NDA -
1. A TOTAL OF 12 MAMMOTH
RALLIES BY THE BJP
As against the rallies of Tejashwi
Yadav which were well attended,
in which one could hear the
peoples rhetoric the BJP held 12
rallies with PM Modi presenting
some of his best oratory skills. He
strongly projected the plank of development
and good performance
of the Nitish Kumar government.
2. REMINDING OF THE DAYS
OF JUNGLE RAJ
Narendra Modi allowed no
stone unturned during a spirited
campaign wherein he reminded
the people of Bihar the Gundagiri
and lawless rule of the RJD and
its 15 years of oppression in partnership
with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s
wife Rabri Devi, who ruled the
state at the dictates of her husband.
He also ridiculed the dynastic
rule by calling Tejashwi as the
crown prince of Jungle Raj.
3. PLANK OF DEVELOPMENT
AND GOOD GOVERNANCE
Narendra Modi connected Bihar
with developmentalism. He
gave the slogan of the double engine
as compared to the double
prince and increased trust in corruption-free
good governance. He
Tejashwi Yadav replies to PM
Modi’s ‘Yuvraj of Jungle Raj’ jibe
gave the slogan of the defeat of arrogance
and victory of hard work
4. EMPLOYMENT PROMISES
Narendra Modi neutralised
the anti-Nitish government wave
in Bihar and assured Bihar of employment
opportunities with calling
out the opposition on why it
is afraid of Bharat Mata ki Jai and
Jai Shri Ram’s slogans.
5. DOUBLE ENGINE FORMU-
PM Modi convinced the people
that with NDA government in
power both at the centre and the
state it is easier to translate the
policies into projects in favour of
the state as compared to a regional
dynastic rule. This explanation
made a great dent in translating
votes in NDA’s favour. In fact that
is the only reason according to the
observers in the present election
BJP scored more votes than the
regional JDU party led by Nitish
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
Suspend driving license of those not wearing helmet
Earlier, the traffic police were imposing penalty of Rs
500, if the two-wheeler rider was found not wearing the
helmet while driving. But as of late, the Government of
Karnataka has passed an order to suspend the driving
license for over three months if a rider is caught riding
without wearing a helmet. No doubt this is a good order
but what is expected is action on the road by the police.
We yet observe many riders going around without
wearing helmets and police turning a blind eye. That is
the reason why many accidents and deaths taking place
every day. It is not enough to pass orders but ensuring
their implementation is more paramount.
Again, what is the guarantee that the person whose offenders/ violators like over speeding, drink and drive,
license has been suspended for the offence would not use of mobile phones while driving and carrying more
ride and get back on the road again? There are cases of than two persons.
many under aged teenagers riding both the two/four I wish the awareness on wearing helmets is
wheelers without a valid license. Then what’s the use considered by our riders as good and important as it
of passing the new order instead they could have seized saves our lives. We should be following traffic rules not
the vehicle outright and then released it after 3 months only because of police regulations but for our own safety
to avoid double offences.
and for the safety of those who are traveling with us. It
I suggest in public interest to the traffic police to carry is the duty of the Traffic Police to educate the public on
out daily beats around the interior and cross roads apart safe driving habits and precautions to be followed. Mere
from main roads, as many of them ride without helmets penalty or passing orders which are not un-practical/
that too carrying over more than one pillion rider mainly un-feasible are of no use.
for jolly rides. Further this act must be extended to other
- J.F.D Souza, Attavar, Mangaluru.
HEALTH & WELFARE
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Can We Help Rebuild
Currently we are into this
pandemic since over eight
long months, but has this
thought ever crossed your mind,
as to an extent this pandemic has
affected the lives of our children,
wherein overnight their lives took
a turn and their whole childhood
came to a standstill, being
completely disconnected from
their routine lives. From having
being completely socially isolated,
restricted to staying within the
four walls of their houses to
adapting to a whole new mode of
learning with the help of online
classes, they’ve had to experience
it all, with almost a whole year of
their precious childhood, being
unduly taken away from them.
Definitely many may raise
questions saying, “What is one
year in the life of a child?”. Well, it
is the same as it would be to anyone
else, be it an adult or a child.
As most adults had to deal with
issues like salary cuts, loss of jobs,
striking a balance between working
from home and family time,
household chores and much more,
the children too had their fair
share of problems, at their level of
By Sanchia Rebello
Freelance Journalist and Corporate Psychologist
from Mangalore, who is currently in the Teaching
From constantly listening to
questions like “Mama, when will
school be reopening?” to sad statements
like “Why did it have to be
our batch, to be the ones never
getting to enjoy our final year in
school!”, I myself have heard it all
and sometimes feel at a loss for
words and can finally only sym-
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pathize with them, in turn leaving
me with the thought of how very
hard it is to even imagine what
must be going on in these young
minds and how much it has adversely
affected their physical
growth, emotional well-being and
mental health. Indeed some children
may be more resilient than
the others, but what about those
who aren’t so? Quite questionable,
facing physical problems due to
long term inactivity, in addition
to all the side effects of sitting in
front of the screen for hours on
Well, let us adults ponder over
this thought and contribute by
helping them rebuild their future,
by providing them with the support
they need. More so, from the
most important people in a child’s
life, the parents and thereafter,
While many parents too are
going through a tough phase,
spare some time off and monitor
your child at all times, because
many children are going astray using
the pretext of “online classes”,
but are up to other things behind
closed doors without the knowledge
of their parents. Just as children
have routines and schedules
to be followed during school days,
see to it that your child follows
those routines during this time as
Many children at this juncture
are likely to be going through an
array of emotions ranging from
uncertainty, confusion and anxiety,
not knowing what this whole
situation is about, for the younger
ones, or not knowing what tomorrow
holds for them in terms of following
their dreams and fulfilling
their academic ambitions, for the
older ones; to frustration arising
from the inability of leading their
normal lives; to fear from witnessing
or hearing about the hundreds
of deaths every single day and
worry for their lives and those of
their families. Children are also
teachers, relatives, neighbours
and seniors. Let us be sensitive to
the fact that every child is different
and has different levels of coping.
While some become clingy
and overly emotional, some others
may become agitated, destructive,
anxious or even withdrawn.
It is essential that each child’s behavioral
change or coping mechanism
is identified individually and
paid attention to with immediate
effect and not left to be neglected,
thereafter causing further
hindrance to the child’s all round
growth and development.
well, while also providing them
ample time to relax and indulge in
their own forms of healthy recreational
It is important that your child
is kept informed about the situational
happenings on a regular
basis, by explaining to them at
their level of understanding and
providing them a sense of reassurance
and safety. Let your child
be heard and not dismissed. Teach
them to look forward to and live in
hope for the brighter days which
are yet to come, even though not
immediately, but eventually. u
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Awareness on Human
in India is
regulated by the
Human Organs and
Tissues Act 1994.
By Deepa M. Pais
Holistic Psychological Counselor
Life is a precious gift which is
meant to be respected, ends in
death and all of us hope to be
reincarnated or lifted up to heaven
according to our belief. However
does it occur to our citizens that we
can live in another body through
organ donation, thus bridging the
gap between science and religion?
On October 10, 2020 Dr. Sunil
Shroff urologist and managing trustee
of Mohan Foundation and actor
Riteish Deshmukh raised awareness
on organ donation on the platform
of ‘Kaun Banega Corepati’ hosted by
Amitabh Bachchan. The need for organ
donation has always been there
but for those unaware of this, it’s
time to realize that better late than
Organ donation in India is regulated
by the Transplantation of Human
Organs and Tissues Act 1994.
The law allows both deceased and
living donors to donate their organs.
It also identifies brain death as a
form of death. The National Organ
and Tissue Transplant Organisation
(NOTTO) functions as the apex body
for activities of relating to allotment
and distribution of organs in the
The Government of India enacted
Transplantation of Human
organs Act in 1994 to curb organ
trading and promote deceased organ
After facing a multi billion rupee
kidney scandal in 2008, an amendment
was proposed in 2009 (and
passed in 2011) to get rid of loopholes
which previously made illegal organ
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
trading possible. According to this
law organ donors can be living or
dead. The type of organ donations
is as follows -
LIVING DONORS ARE PER-
MITTED TO DONATE THE
1. One of their kidney
2. Portion of pancreas
3. Part of the liver
Living donors must be over 18
years of age and are limited to donating
only their immediate blood
relatives or in some special cases
out of affection and attachment
towards the recipient.
Deceased donors may donate
six life saving organs like kidney,
liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and
intestine. Uterus transplantation
is also performed but not regarded
as a life saving organ. Organs and
tissues from a person declared legally
dead can be donated after
consent from the family. After a
natural cardiac death, organs that
can be donated are cornea, bone,
skin and blood vessels.
Successful transplantation of
organs can be done only by reducing
the time delay between
harvest and transplant of the organ.
Therefore transportations of
the organ is a critical factor. For
this purpose “green corridors” are
created in many parts of India. A
“green corridor” refers to a route
that is cleared out for an ambulance
carrying the harvested organs
to ensure its delivery at the
destination in the shortest time
possible. The hospitals involved
in transplantation as well as city
traffic authorities and in certain
cases, airport authorities collaborate
to transport an organ from
one hospital to another. The formal
name or “green corridor” was
given in July 2014 when a hospital
and police in Chennai coordinated
to transport a heart from
one hospital to another in half the
In Mangalore July 3, 2015 Late
Mrs. Leena Binoys kidneys, liver,
heart valve and cornea were harvested
after she met with an accident
on July 1, at Valencia circle.
This was made possible after the
family conveyed their wishes to
the Zonal Coordination Committee
of Karnataka. However if serious
conditions persist like HIV,
cancer, diabetes, kidney disease or
heart disease can prevent you for
In conclusion I would like to
recall a poem by Robert N. Test -
“To Remember Me”
Give my heart to a person
whose own heart has caused
nothing but endless days of pain.
Give my blood to a teenager
who was pulled from the wreckage
of his car, so that he might live
to see his grandchildren play.
Give my kidneys to one who
depends on a machine to exist
from week to week.
Take my bones, every muscle,
every fibre and nerve in my body
and find a way to make a crippled
If you can bury something, let
it be my faults, my weakness and
all prejudices against my fellowman.
Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God.
If, by chance, you wish to remember
me, so it be with a kind
deed or word to someone who
needs you. If you do all I have
asked, I will live forever.
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Choose your friends rightly...
Choosing right friends
not only makes us
happy, but, also help us
to grow into a person
that we are actually
born to be.
By Dr. Surfraz J Hasim
Psychologist, Mind Trainer & Success Coach MD,
Sadhana Academy and Director (Academics), P A
Educational Trust Institutions, Mangalore
Every individual needs
good friends to share their
feelings, it could be either
pleasant or unpleasant feelings. The
moment we share our problems
with good friends, instantly we feel
lighter and a huge load stored in our
mind gets vanished.
Just by choosing wise friends
we can predict how our life will be 1
yr from now or 5 yr from now or 20
yr from now, as friends play a vital
role in our life. It is the best friends
who console us when we are emotionally
weak, encourage us when
we are dull and appreciate us when
we do something extraordinary.
The people with whom we associate
will have a major impact and
influence on our behaviour, attitude
& way of life. Actually, Our
friends are the reflection of who
We may have many friends
who come and go in our life at
various stages and some of them
might stay as good friends forever.
The 5 points that I mention
here will help you to choose
friends for the lifetime success.
1. Associate with people
who match your niche and who
have achieved higher level. This
will help you to gain experience in
your field, learn new aspects and
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
take your life or business or career
to the next stage.
2. Choose like-minded people
with similar values so that you
build a network of people having
common goals. This will help you
to encourage each other and stay
3. Choose friends who are in
thirst of knowledge as we know
that life demands consistent
learning. When our close friends
are committed to learn new concepts,
we too automatically develop
interest in it and become more
4. Choose friends who will
celebrate our success instead of
disappointing us. A simple word
such as “congratulations”, “well
done”, “keep it up” will play a major
role in making us to achieve
5. Adopt “Give and Take”
policy in friendship. As we are
aware of the golden rule of treating
others as we would want to
be treated, then we will never be
disappointed. If we expect good
friends, then we must be the one
George Washington said, “Associate
with men of good quality
if you esteem your own reputation;
for it is better to be alone
than in bad company.”
It is very important to choose
friends who have the same likes,
dislikes, goals & interests so that
we will be much happier and
comfortable to share our problems
with, or a shoulder to lean on, or
a perfect hug at a right moment.
We may have many friends who come
and go in our life at various stages
and some of them might stay as
good friends forever...
But, friendship can be easily damaged
if we don’t take proper care
of our friendship and eventually
it might disappear. I have seen in
some cases where friends have
turned into enemies which is disastrous.
A good friend is the one who
reminds us that we are completely
responsible for our lives and that
the power is within us to solve the
issues that we are facing. A true
friend always empower us and
make us aware of our hidden potentialities
to take up challenges
in our life. Choosing right friends
not only makes us happy, but, also
help us to grow into a person that
we are actually born to be.
So, let us choose our friends
rightly and be a successful person.
I wish you all the best.
Thank you u
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
It’s Time to Make Mental
Health a Priority
By Sanchia Rebello
Freelance Journalist and Corporate
Psychologist from Mangalore, who is
currently in the Teaching Profession.
We all talk about
of being healthy,
but how “healthy” are we
actually? As officially defined
by the World Health
Organization, health is a
state of complete physical,
mental, and social wellbeing,
not merely the
absence of disease or
infirmity. Most of us focus
on and prioritize our
physical well-being way
more than we do about
our mental well-being,
but taking care of your
mind is as important as
taking care of your body,
because in my opinion
these two aspects of one’s
well-being should be
considered as inseparable,
for the sole reason being,
them complementing each other.
To put it simply, in the absence of
good mental health, one’s physical
state will eventually deteriorate
The statistics of 2019 by The
Economic Times stated that a
report by the World Health Organization
(WHO) revealed that
7.5 per cent of the Indian population
suffers from some form of
mental disorder and mental illnesses
constitute one-sixth of all
health-related disorders and India
accounted for nearly 15% of the
global mental, neurological and
substance abuse disorder burden
and as per the 2020 statistics by
the World Health Organization,
mental health is one of the most
neglected areas of public health
where close to 1 billion people
are living with a mental disorder.
Well, you readers must be wondering
why I decided to bring up
these statistics. As World Mental
Health Day is observed every year
on the 10th of October, what better
day than this, to raise awareness
about mental health and
these alarming figures, essentially
to realize that it is high time mental
health is prioritized and given
equal importance to, as physical
I would like to quote Michelle
Obama who said, “Whether an illness
affects your heart, your leg
or your brain, it’s still an illness
and there should be no distinction”.
The reason I quoted her, is
to emphasize on the sad
reality of the stigma being
attached to mental
health and the need for
people to be more sensitive
towards this aspect
of one’s well-being that
has been trivialized.
The very pressure of
the stigma being the
reason why so many
people refuse to seek
the help they need, to
get better. We wouldn’t
consider consulting a
doctor, for a physical
ailment, something to
be ashamed of, then
why should one be made to feel
ashamed for consulting a Psychiatrist
or a Psychologist to get treated
for their mental illness?
I once read this saying somewhere,
“Having a mental illness
is not easy and it’s even harder
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
The War Inside Your Head
She sat in silence,
Her body restless and uneasy.
Her mind was like a battlefield,
Her thoughts, the soldiers.
“Stop it”, she screamed and began to weep,
As yet again, she cried herself to sleep.
Her thoughts had once again, left its trail,
How long was her wait?
Without batting an eyelid,
Days on end, she fought and fought.
Her body, exhausted,
Her mind, not.
“What can be more difficult than battling your own
thoughts?”, she wondered,
“How long can I hold on to these unrealistic beliefs?”, she
Day after day, the never ending trauma,
She was drowning in her insecurities.
By Sanchia Rebello .
when people assume you can just
“get over it””. Well, mental illness
is definitely not something you
can “just get over”, but I’d rather
say it is something you can eventually
“get through”, if you have
the right kind of support and help
and you can get help, if you ask for
it or come forward to get it. So for
all of you out there who are struggling
to cope up with a mental illness,
remember you are not alone
in your fight and it is normal and
getting help before you hit rock
bottom, is the best thing you could
do for yourself. Remember it is
okay not to be okay, it is okay not
to feel okay and it is okay to ask
for help to get better.
Here’s a short poem I recently
penned down, as a tribute to all
those warriors (as I’d like to call
them) out there, suffering from a
mental illness – (See Box)
As my poem says it all, I’d like
to describe dealing with or living
with a mental illness, as something
like fighting a battle, but,
with your own mind. A battle
that seems endless and what can
be more difficult than fighting
those irrational thoughts in your
mind, when they seem perfectly
logical to you? And what seems
even worse than struggling with
those thoughts, is the thought
of justifying it with those people
who disregard your thoughts and
think it is “no big deal” or something
“made up”. Well, it is most
definitely a big deal, because it’s
way easier to describe a physical
pain and get treated for it, than
trying to describe that something
in your head, that you yourself
find hard to figure out.
illnesses are challenged
doubly. On one hand, they struggle
with the symptoms, disabilities
and trauma that result from
the illness and on the other hand,
they are challenged by the stereotypes
and prejudice that result
from the misconceptions
people have about mental illness
and most importantly the lack of
support of being able to have an
open-dialogue about their mental
illness or not having the adequate
support to address their mental
health issue/s. In turn, it drains
out their positivity, lowers their
self-esteem and ultimately, their
quality of life. They also tend not
to seek medical help because of
the stigmatization which will ambush
them from the society.
A mental illness can affect
anyone at any time and hence, it
is important that we must stop labelling
and belittling those suffering
from one, but instead support
them in their fight for betterment,
because what trauma they experience
inside their minds will
never be known to anyone else
and how they internalize it and
how insecure they feel about it,
will also never be known to anyone
else and therefore, we have
no right to judge them or their doings.
Let’s stop the stigma and let’s
fight for a cause! u
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First India-born minister in New Zealand
PM Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet
In New Zealand, Priyanca
Radhakrishnan, 41, was
sworn in as Minister for
Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic
Communities; Minister for the
Community and Voluntary
Sector; and Associate Minister
for Social Development and
Employment. She has been a
member of the Labour Party
On November 2, when India-born
was appointed as a Minister
in the New Zealand Cabinet led
by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern,
it was a “proud moment”
not just for India, but also of her
dear father R Radhakrishnan,
an IIT-Kanpur alumnus hailing
from North Paravur in Kerala’s
Ernakulam district. But it was
hardly a surprise for him.
For years now, Radhakrishnan
had been nudging his
daughter towards politics in New
Zealand where she had gone to
pursue her higher studies from
Singapore. In 2017, she went on
to become an MP in Arden’s Labour
“The post of Minister was not
totally unexpected. We believed
that she would get some greater
role in the government, and the
Prime Minister had indicated to
her about it,” said Radhakrishnan,
who is settled in Chennai.
“Today, I spoke to her after
hearing about her new role. She
is thrilled. She is the first Indian
to become a Minister in the New
Zealand Government. But I have
advised her to not forget the family
even while pursuing a career
in politics,” he said.
Priyanca, 41, has been a
member of the Labour Party
since 2006. “Her husband Richardson,
a New Zealand citizen
who works with an IT firm,
joined the party recently. They
met when she was working with
an NGO for women survivors of
domestic violence and migrant
workers. They have decided not
to have children for the sake of
Priyanca’s political career,’’ said
Priyanca had last visited Kerala
in July 2019 to take part in
rituals related to the death of her
mother Usha, who died in February
“When her mother was hospitalised
in Chennai, Priyanca
stayed for several days at her
bedside. But she had to return for
a meeting in London, and could
not be present when her mother
breathed her last,’’ said Radhakrishnan,
adding that his elder
daughter Manavi is settled in
Canada and married to a Canadian
After post-graduation in civil
engineering from IIT-Kanpur,
Radakrishnan worked for three
years with Mumbai Port Trust
before moving to Singapore in
1972 where he worked as a port
engineer. He returned with wife
Usha to settle in Chennai in 1999.
Both their daughters were
born in India, but completed
school in Singapore before Pri-
Continued in page 23
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SPICE OF LIFE
Aggression Has No Ears
By Gerald D’Cunha
Trainer, teacher, blogger based in
am a believer in ambition.
Honestly, to realize any of our
dreams – whether it means
academic excellence, good health,
good relationships, success in
business, or even conquering
the world like Alexander-the-
Great – yes, the way through is
only ambition. Saints and Satans,
both, are driven by the same fuel -
But, but, but… The difference
in our approach lies in the ‘means’
we adopt to achieve our respective
As Mahatma Gandhi said, our
means are as important as our
ends. I would go a step further and
say, our means are more important
than our ends!
As humans, you and I want to
progress in life. None of us looks below
for our inspiration; we all look
above. So, the rich and the famous,
the bold and the beautiful have
always been our weakness. And,
along that route, some of us lose our
Some of us, mercifully, don’t…
Dhirubhai Ambani built the
largest business-empire in a very
short time. But, his means, always,
remained questionable. Well, his
kingdom got divided between his
two young sons – Mukesh and Anil.
And, there they are, right in front
of our eyes… One is hailed as the
richest man in our country… The
In a few years, Mukesh’s kingdom
will be divided among his
three children… And, then?
Tatas, Mafatlals, Raymonds,
Birlas, Hiranandanis – almost
every empire was built by pioneers
and visionaries through the
same old fuel called ‘Ambition’.
Christianity and every other religious
empire could be built only
through ambition… Hospitals,
schools, charity homes, places of
worship – everything has come
up only through ambition.
I did better than my father, at
least financially, only because of
my personal ambition. And, my
son will do better than me, only
because of his own ambition…
So, it’s a fine virtue to be ambitious
in life. But, it becomes a virtue
only when our means are virtuous,
too. When our means are
bad, we are bound to lose our way!
Ambition, often, attracts most
of us because it’s clothed in aggression.
But, history has shown
us, that excessive aggression is not
only self-destructive, it’s shortlived,
too. In a competitive surrounding,
our blind aggression,
also, surrounds us with ample enemies…
I remember Arindam Chaudhury
and his IIPM. He was brash,
flashy and unapologetically ambitious.
He believed in ‘rankings’ by
any means - by hook or by crook.
He challenged the prestigious
IIMs and sold his business school
telling his prospects ‘Look Beyond
the IIM’. People believed when
he sold it through the Bollywood
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Badshah, Shah Rukh Khan… “Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch’
was the book he wrote to sell his ideas. He produced Bollywood movies
and published Business magazines… He flashed the names of the
speakers in his team along with the fee-tag per session – in lakhs and
millions! When people started questioning his claims and credentials,
he threatened and bullied them with defamation suits… Yes, en route,
he surrounded himself with lots of enemies…
The fall was as dramatic as the rise!
Every time I saw Arnab Goswami making his outlandish claims
and demean and destroy all and sundry on his way to the TRP chart,
I knew, that he had unleashed his own ultiginthi. Aggression and bullying
can only take one so far… History has ample evidence, that such
people will be ‘used and thrown’ by their masters… Such bravado is a
false facade… A sure death knell, too!
Two of my old-fashioned well-wishers had warned me, when I
myself was set to ride on the wild-beast ambition. One said, “My friend,
in the bargain, don’t lose your aadi roti which you are able to eat now.”
The other said, “Stretch your legs according to your bed.”
It’s our blind aggression, which makes us challenge the old wisdom
and boast, that we are able to count our chickens before they hatch…
and, we are able to decide the size of our beds according our legs…
I was in my early twenties when I first saw Siddhartha Basu conducting
quiz shows on Doordarshan. Today, in my early sixties, I still
see him create the magic quietly behind the glistering KBC-sets…
And, as Amitabh Bachchan turned 78 in October 2020, my belief in
quiet ambition becomes even more reinforced…
That, you do not have to be flashy and blindly aggressive to achieve
your dreams…That, it’s, always, in your own interest to have fewer enemies
around you… u
Continued from page 21
yanca moved to Massey University
in New Zealand to pursue a
course in Development Studies.
“Priyanca made her debut in
politics when she contested and
got elected as the International
Students’ Officer of the Massey
University Students Association.
She decided to stay back in New
Zealand, when senior leaders of
the Labour Party encouraged her
to join the party,” said Radhakrishnan.
“She is hardworking and has
excellent oratory skills. We encouraged
and supported her decision
to join politics in New Zealand.
We allowed her to move in
the direction she wanted to go,’’ he
In New Zealand, Priyanca
will be Minister for Diversity, Inclusion
and Ethnic Communities;
Minister for the Community and
Voluntary Sector; and Associate
Minister for Social Development
and Employment. The new Cabinet
along with Priayanca was
sworn in on November 6, 2020.
(Courtesy: Indian Express)
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POINT ECONOMY OF VIEW & INFRA
Aspire to Inspire
By Fr Joachim D’Souza
The writer is a Capuchin priest, a graduate
in Law and also a doctorate in Canon Law
• Hailing from a humble background
from a village in Karkala taluk
(Udupi district) Nasira Banu has
succeeded in realizing her goal of becoming
a judicial magistrate June 13,
• Gujarat’s youngest IPS officer
Safin Hasan, who became the
youngest IPS (Indian Police Service)
from Gujarat at the age of 22, shares
his passion for Civil Services, obstacles
and challenges he faced during
the journey and now, he is looking
to improve the current law and order
situation in the country.
The above voiced personalities
who brought aspiration, confidence
and hope by opting standing
out from the crowd, to “stand
alone” is an eye opener to all the
parents who train, track and try
hard their children to be only Doctors
or engineers or gulf returnees.
Is it only the career that our children
should aim at or wants to accomplish
in life? World is broad,
large and vast enough to travel,
tour and transit. There are plenty
and plethora of opportunities
to embrace, variety of faculties
to make a deferent in the society
or dare to be different or to set a
niche in one’s life. If so why monotony,
boredom or tedium? Why
only one uniform, rigid systematic
way of thinking?
Grow up like any other child: we
are natural beings and have to grow
naturally. The bird which is in the
cage looks outside for freedom because
it should be out in the natural
logical or usual world to be free and
fearless and not inside the wall as
moron and mourning. Modern parents
have one child or by mistake two
children but they cannot make them
to live as an artificial unnatural or unreal
entity and individual. Grow as a
normal healthy hearty lively child
and build up one’s personality founded
on essential necessary and vital
Focus on your goal: Youngsters
today are really smart bold and
brainy and very intelligent. Young
mind is so innovative, ingenious
and inventive. Create an ambience,
atmosphere and surroundings of
a possible goal to achieve with full
of self confidence, mood or spirit.
Jumping from one goal to another
or from one company to another
does not serve the purpose to
accomplish, attain or achieving
something solid sturdy in life. The
butterflies float flutter from flower
to flower but bees sit deeply until
Unique and universal: There is
only one “I” in this world and this I
cannot be replaced reinstated, recovered
or imitated. Unique and universal
is the trade mark, motto or maxim
should be our life. I do not live today
for the sake of my friend or parents
or teachers or film stars or celebrities
but I live my life which is unique but
based on universal law build in natural
Social but civil: I am not born to be
myself but larger society or universe.
My relation with other is of animating,
empowering or to say taking others to
reach their ambition, objective or goal.
We need to be social and civil means to
say disciplined, decent, modest, noble
and polite. Today’s youth are full of talents,
generous and genius, proud to call
them as our children but have a role to
lead the citizen to follow the law of the
land. Attempting surely coming out
with flying colors in the competitive
exam is to be the focus in the neo- pandemic
era. As a Bureaucrat one must
get into the main stream of the administration
of the nation.
Conscience compassion contribution:
These are the three jewels or
pearls a youth must adore, admire, delight
and wear honorably and justly.
We have an inner voice that is God’s,
speaks what is right and wrong. Form
the conscience based on the kingdom
values of truth and Justice, thought
lived and died by great youth icon Jesus.
Compassion, humanity and sympathy
are the virtues to be gracefully,
elegantly and graciously to be adored.
Power position prestige is short lived
and lived short but compassionate
heart and the life lived is a pleasant
memory to take one’s cause further
and deeper. Building bridges and not
the walls between the people creed
and caste is should be the primary
motto and goal. Positive thoughts and
deeds always cherished forever, they
play a decisive, key and vital role in
building the humanity. May this is
an aspiration to inspire many youngsters
to go for the main stream of the
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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Message of Collective Consciousness to Humanity
By Prof Dr. B.P.Shelley
The write is professor & head of Dept. of
Neurology at Yenepoya (deemed to be)
University (NAAC accredited Grade ‘A’
Although I am a medical
doctor, the eerie
experiences of COVID-19
lockdown and having recently
suffered from COVID 19, I am
distraught that the tiny SARS
CoV-2 virus has indeed gathered
such momentum as a cataclysmic
global bio security threat,
exposed the global health systems
enveloped the world in a global
health emergency, and vividly
portrayed COVID-19 pandemic
as an insurmountable bio
crisis. What is global COVID-19
bio security threat to mankind
telling humanity, our collective
consciousness and collective
human behaviour, is my cerebral
musing as a global citizen of Planet
Medical Science alone cannot
solve COVID-19, instead it is my
steadfast conviction that the collective
human behaviour, our Humanities
Humanities, and our Collective
consciousness that would resurrect
Planetary health and foster
a harmonious species Co-existentialism.
This personal view is a reflective
and contemplative moment
of my collective consciousness is
to ask questions about the meaning
and purpose of the symbiosis
between the Earth and Humankind.
As echoed by the English
poet John Donne’s 400 year old
poem titled, “No Man is an Island”,
it is evident that the Hubris of
anthropocentrism, human transgression
and the ignorance of Nature’s
Earth-Human systems to be
pristine factors for the genesis of
pandemics. We are on a collision
course between the human species,
our environmental and nature’s
Is the man-made destruction
of nature and its biodiversity responsible
for COVID-19? In my
introspection, there seems to be
a conflict between human nature
and Mother Nature where we
have not heeded to Mother Na-
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
ture’s writings on the wall. This
only reinforces the sentiments of
the Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav
Jung on the self annihilating
tendencies of Man himself and
his Hubris. His quote “The only
danger that exists is man himself.
He is the great danger. We are the
origin of all coming evil. And we
are pitifully unaware of it. We
know nothing of man, too far little.
His psyche should be studied.
We need far more understanding
of the human nature” certainly
has caused ripples in my mind
reiterating the conflict between
Human civilisation and Mother
Nature. Humanity’s destruction
of biodiversity and Global habitat
fragmentation is now seen as
COVID-19, and I would state that
COVID-19 may be just the end of
only the beginning of many more
pandemics to unleash on humanity.
In the midst of the COVID-19
pandemonium, it is quintessential
for mankind, as a part of human
society on planet Earth, to have
the mindfulness and re awakening
of our collective consciousness
and humanity to reflect deeply
upon what COVID-19 crisis is
telling us about our role in these
emerging infectious disorders and
pandemics and about what we
can do to avoid them in the future.
In another words, I reiterate that
the COVID-19 crisis is forcing the
human collective consciousness
to make a choice between either
changing our anthropocentric
views, or face the danger of an unwitting
extermination as a species
from Mother Nature.
As a free thinker, an optimistic
pessimist, an autodidact, and
a realist, I looked through the
eyepiece of environmentalism on
what the COVID-19 health crisis is
telling humanity, and trying to inform
our collective consciousness.
Therefore, I ask a quintessential
question: ‘Is COVID-19 pandemic
Mother Nature’s response to Human
transgression of the delicate
and finite eco-system? This self
reflective thought emanated after
reminiscing the quote by the contemporary
conservationist Rachel Carson
-“Man is a part of nature, and his
war against nature is inevitably a
war against himself.” Should not
humanity need to institute a new
holistic policy of peaceful co-existentialism
with Mother Nature
through discipline of planetary
health, environmental humanities,
and ecocentrism? Despite
the retrospect scope of human
pandemic history, it is evident
from the civilizational epidemiology
of the human race that we
learn nothing from past pandemic
history, and thus the hubris of
anthropocentrism has resulted
in human-induced environmental
issues. Human mistreatment
of the natural environment has
turned out to have distinctly painful
Anthropocentrism posits human
centeredness that refers to a
philosophical world view where
human beings are the dominant
species on the Earth in comparison
to other living and nonliving
things, and justifies the exploitation
of nature for the sake of human
welfare. Are bats the enemy
in the fight against COVID‐19 and
other infectious diseases such as
Ebola and Nipah virus outbreaks?
Although bats provide a reservoir
of zoonoticviruses (including
coronaviruses), it is the loss of bat
habitat, batconservation threat,
and other anthropogenic drivers
that promote the human–wildlife
conflict and altered host–virus
dynamicsto be the major risk
factor for zoonotic disease emergence
byincreasing the risk of
viral spillover from bats. Human
behaviour and activities that increase
exposure to bats will likely
increase the opportunity for infections.
Understandably, bats are
not to be blamed.
The various anthropogenic
factors, especially human transgression
and fragmentation of
wildlife habitats, have undoubtedly
caused environmental degradation,
and biodiversity loss, resulting in
“human–wildlife conflict” as well
as an earth systems crisis. The
global habitat fragmentation, degraded
landscapes, and habitat
loss with the disrupted ecosytem
inevitably drive the wild animals
out of their natural habitats and
bring people into closer contact
with animal species they never
may have been near before. The
human transgression (deforestation,
logging, mining, road building,
wildlife hunting, wild animal
trade, and bush meat trade) reduces
the natural barriers between
virus host animals and humans,
encouraging the transmission of
pathogens from animals to humans.
The bush meat, including
bat bush meat and game meat,
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 31
and wild animal trade certainly
have created increased opportunities
for the transmission of several
zoonotic viruses from animal
hosts to humans, such as Ebola
virus, and various species of coronavirus,
These species of animals may be
natural reservoirs of many unknown
viruses. The resultant disruption
of the human–animal interface
becomes the “time bomb”
for potential zoonotic “spill-over”
emerging infectious diseases’ outbreaks
that could scale up to an epidemic
or pandemic proportions.
Human history has revealed this
enormous “spill-over” contagious
crisis though the unforgettable
lessons of Ebola, malaria, dengue,
yellow fever, and sleeping sickness
(in North Gabon); Lassa fever
in Nigeria; rabies, plague, and
Nipah Virus from Malaysia; SARS
from China; MERS in the Middle
East; Zika and West Nile virus
from Africa. The Wet Market animal
trade makes a perfect storm
for cross-species transmission of
pathogens and the risk of diseases
spilling over from animals to humans.
The chapters in the history
of pandemics underscore human
transgression, and anthropocentrism
to be the root cause for a
dysfunctional symbiotic interconnectedness
of humans, animals,
and human-earth ecosystems.
If, Homo sapiens is indeed
intelligent and a ‘wise man’ (sapiens),
COVID-19 crisis must inevitably
galvanise a new wave of
collective consciousness to adopt
a different way of thinking beyond
the human in order to resurrect
the collective human behaviour
for the health of mankind
as well as planetary and environmental
health. In my viewpoint,
such perestroika in pluralistic
ideologies will envision the concept
of ‘Healthy people, healthy
planet.’ This would undoubtedly
be pivotal in preventing another
apocalyptic pandemic triggering
‘human annihilation’ from the
Thinking beyond the human
through the paradigm of environmentalism,
and fostering Biospheric
egalitarianism, and Human–Nature
Symbioses is quintessential.
The principle of biospheric altruism
is echoed by the environmentalist
Mark Lynas that I quote
- “Nature no longer runs the
Earth. We do. It is our choice
what happens from here.” There
must be a renewed collective
consciousness of “Vasudhaiva
Kutumbakam” for a Co-Existen-
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
tialism that reignites a culture of
intelligent harmony with other
non human species and symbiotic
integration of human Earth systems.
The COVID 19 pandemic is
the writing on the wall to remind
Man to acknowledge, with humility
and collective consciousness,
our quintessential equality and
The human disconnect from
nature is at the heart of the
COVID 19 crisis. As a medical
doctor, the next facet of my cerebral
musing would centre on
how school and medical education
could play a critical role to
charter out an environmental
humanities, planetary health
and a ‘One health’ philosophy. It
is high time that medical schools
play their part in rethinking
pandemic curriculum in order
to reconnect with Nature and
revitalizing the human-nature
relationship. This is indeed an
area that is inadequately reflected
in medical school traditional
curriculum. Medical schools
should pave the way forward
for burgeoning disciplines of
environmental humanities, environmental
ecosocialism as opposed to anthropocentrism,
and disaster medicine, outbreak
medicine and planetary health
education. I would advocate
for innovative medical curriculum
with seamless integration
of competency-based environmental
humanities and planetary
health education into existing
medical curriculum early
and throughout the continuum
of medical education by medical
educators. This would address
the current lack of eco-health and
eco-socialism content in medical
education. This will enable the
next generation of effective physicians
to mitigate environment
related health issues, emerging
infectious diseases and pandemic
As an epilogue, humanity is
on the brink, and environmental
wisdom in no uncertain terms underscores
that humans are the custodians
of planet earth ecosystems.
A healthy people, healthy planet
advocacy indeed sets the stage for
a more sustainable and resilient
complex dynamic systems at the
Human-Earth Systems level. Thus
it is an undeniable fact that human
health is intricately and inextricably
connected to our planet’s
ecosystem health. Thus, it must be
our collective responsibility, and
moral obligation to promote an environmental
renaissance to learn,
unlearn and re-learn that life on
Planet Earth is actually an entanglement
with a ‘human–nature
connectedness’, that is unified in
a biocentric world concept of human–earth
I would conclude reiterating
that The COVID-19 pandemic
has underscored the fragility of
human existence as humans on
Planet Earth have ignored the
writing on the wall as far as Planetary
Health is concerned. Rather
than merely attempting to mitigate
the COVID 19 crisis, Homo sapiens
need to re awaken the wisdom
and humanities to look beyond the
‘streetlight effect’ to address the
fundamental underlying causes
and act now to mitigate the human–
wildlife conflict and the resultant
emerging infectious disorders waiting
to explode. The time has come to
re-think on eco-(bio) centrism and
the profound interconnectedness
of all life of Planet Earth. Ultimately,
mankind’s survival will depend
on humanity’s collective consciousness,
collective human behaviour,
and moral goodwill to recognise
public health threats at the human-animal-ecosystem
In addition, to think beyond the
human for a deeper understanding
of factors at intersection of human
health, animal health, and environmental
health this is now known as
the concept of ‘One Health’. I would
underscore the absolute need for a
deeper understanding and significance
of compassion for all life and
species egalitarianism on Planet
Earth. Looking beyond Medical science
through pluralistic windows
of environmental humanities,
planetary health, eco-advocacy and
‘One health’ is not only a question
of moral obligation. It is a responsibility
not only to our own generation
but indeed to those of the
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 33
It’s Not Right to Discuss Corona Deaths
In front Of Senior Citizens
My teenage daughter is driving me crazy. She is
always on the phone or the tab. She is a Korean pop
fan. She has started using social media also. I am afraid
she will become poor in studies. She locks herself in
her room for long hours. She gets upset when I tell her
to avoid gadgets. I am finding it difficult to draw a line.
What should I do?
Communication is the key. Physical activity is the
remedy. You should explain to your daughter regarding
hazards of long screen time. You should discuss with
her, workable alternatives to spend time. Incorporate
physical exercise into her day to day routine. Engage
her in household chores. Appreciate her when she does
good work. Show interest in her online classes. These
pandemic times are trying for teenagers. They are
feeling lonely and bored. Help her cheer up.
By Supriya Hegde Aroor
Professor in Psychiatry Dept. Father Mullers Medical
College & Consultant at Arogya Clinic, Mangaluru
My husband is slowly becoming a very negative
person. He is constantly watching news and very
critical of all issues. The corona has become his
obsession. From daily cases to vaccine, he keeps talking
about only this. We stay in a joint family and my in
laws get more scared when he talks about some elderly
persons passing away due to corona. I am sick and tired
of telling him to stop complaining and repetitively
discussing only this issue. Is there any way to make him
Your man is not the only person discussing the
corona. It is a worldwide obsession now. Every person
has become a corona expert. News channels and social
media are totally corona- centric. You will have to
make do with this repetitive conversation for some
more time. Else you bring up other topics of common
interest in discussion. Encourage your husband to be in
touch with his friends and colleagues over phone. Let
him do some work out. Be appreciative of him when he
discusses positive issues. Ignore and don’t react on his
‘Covid Gyan’. It’s not correct to discuss corona deaths in
front of senior citizens especially if they get upset. Tell
your husband clearly that he is making them nervous
and upset and not to do that in clear terms.
I am unable to lose any weight. I can’t seem to resist
food. Nor can I stay on track with my exercise plans. I
have stopped partying due to corona but I order in food
often and over eat. Then I feel very guilty. What should
I do ? Should I go for a surgical option to lose weight ? I
weigh 108 kgs.
I can understand how difficult it is to consistently
keep trying to lose weight. But you know that being
obese puts you in harms way for many lifestyle
diseases such as hypertension , diabetes, heart diseases.
These illnesses not just reduce your life span but also
reduce quality of life. Why don’t you join a fitness
group , start cycling or jogging?Even joining a gym with
adequate social distancing may work for you. You have
to consult a dietitian for a diet plan which you should
adhere to. Maintain a food diary. Write every item
you eat. Also if you have a friend with similar goals,
get him aboard your weight loss plan. Strictly make a
systematic plan for weight loss with weekly goals and
push yourself to achieve practical targets. Observe if
you are bingeing when feeling sad or angry. In that
case consult a psychiatrist or psychologist to learn
behavioural modification techniques. Remember even
if you undergo bariatric surgery or liposuction, post
operatively you will have to be strict with your diet
and fitness regimen. Make a honest attempt again. u
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
POINT OF VIEW
“Give Back, My Fragrance”
By Edwin JF D’Souza
The writer is a celebrated Konkani
novelist and among other awards has won
the prestigious Central Sahitya Akademy
award for his novel ‘Kallen Bangar’ in
2016. He also served as a member on the
consultative council of Sahitya Akademi.
The reader may wonder
what I have to write about
fragrance. Well, there is.
Fragrance is different from smell;
fragrance is different from scent
which we use on our bodies. I
am writing and elaborating on
fragrance, fragrance of nature
which is, sadly, a rarity these days.
The word ‘perfume’ originates
from the Latin word ‘per fume’
which when translated literally
gives the meaning – from smoke.
There is a mention of perfume being
used from time immemorial.
In the second century B.C.E. the
use of perfume is mentioned in
the history of Egypt and Mesopotamia.
The Hebrew word ‘messiah’
means the anointed one and it is
common knowledge that anointing
is done using fragrant oils,
possibly extracted from nature’s
abundance. Again in the Psalm
45:8 it is said. ‘All your garments
are scented with myrrh and aloes
and cassia out of the lovely palaces
by which they have made you
However, I take courage to
say that it would have suited this
write-up, had the word used was
‘fragranced’ instead of scented.
But, nay, I am not competent to alter
the Holy Scriptures!
The fragrance I am referring
to in this write-up refers only to
the fragrance of Nature.
You will certainly ask me –
does such fragrance still exist on
this Earth? There is only the filthy
smell which we call pollution and
the present generation calls it their
atmosphere. It is born in it and it
does not know the difference.
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 35
However, at times I feel that
all is not lost. Crazy I may sound,
there are times when a tree
blooms in the corner of a compound
or on a green patch where
the axe has not reached, skyscraper
has not raised its ugly head nor
has a metro rail not chug-chugged.
Some of these fragrances may
act as catalysts which bring back
some faded memories. In 1955, I
was operated upon by (Late) Dr. M.
D. Adappa for the removal of my
tonsils. The blooming of the wild
champak generates a fragrance
to which many are allergic but to
me it brings back memories of the
morning I lay supine on the operating
table waiting for the chloroform
mask to descend. Doctor’s
clinic was surrounded by these
wild champak trees and they were
in bloom and strong fragrance of
the flowers permeated into the
operating theatre which was not
air-conditioned nor sound-proof.
Now whenever, rarely though, I
smell these champaks, that morning
comes to my mind.
There was a cashew apple tree
at the far end of our compound
which bordered the then famous
Shresta’s Bungalow (present day
Roshni Nilaya). This tree bloomed
in summer, just a month before
our school exams and it was a
sheer ecstasy to sit on the forked
branches of this tree and pretend
to study and ward off Mom on the
pretext of ‘revision studies!’
SENTIMENTAL FOOL, AM I?
PROUD TO BE SO!
It was during one of vacations
from the job I held in the
Middle East, I wanted my young
daughter to know how beautiful
a fruit pomelo (thorenje in Konkani)
is from the inside given the
fragrance and the exquisite pink
color of the sweet-sour segments.
I failed to find a fruit anywhere in
the vicinity. When there are no
trees where will the fruits come
from? At the same count where
are the ‘bindam, rumbad, jambloo’
Cutting down trees and
squashing greenery is now in our
blood. We are geniuses. We have
offered sacrifices of those marvelous
trees to make way to the
metro rails and high-rise buildings,
with an assurance that these
centuries’ old trees will be ‘transplanted’
elsewhere. A feeble attempt
indeed was to push a fetus
back into the womb. How far this
has succeeded is anybody’s guess.
Yes, progress is a continuous
process and it does not stagnate.
It cannot be stopped. It is ruthless
to the extent to make this
Big Blue Marble void of greenery,
natural fragrance and beauty.
Amidst all this annihilation, our
Mother Earth is garroted and it
pleads – Give back, My Fragrance!.
Karnataka Bank posts first half year net profit
of Rs 315.73 crores
MANGALURU: Karnataka Bank has
posted a half yearly Net Profit of Rs 315.73
crores, for the half year ended Sept 2020 as
against Rs 281.33 crores recorded during
the first half year, during the same financial
period last year thus recording a y-o-y
growth of 12.23%. Similarly for the quarter
ended September 2020, the net profit grew by 12.69%,
to Rs 119.35 crores as compared to Sept 2019 quarter net
profit of Rs 105.91 crores.
The Board approved the financial results during the
Board of Directors held in Mangalore through video-conferencing.
The operating profit of the bank during the above period
has also increased from Rs 763.44 crore to Rs 1,177.38
crore showing a y-o-y growth rate of 54.22%. The Net Interest
Income also has increased by 11.75% on y-o-y basis
to Rs 1,109.99 crore from Rs 993.31 crore.
Gross NPAs declined to 3.97%
compared to 4.78% as at 30.09.2019.
Similarly, Net NPAs also declined to
2.21% from 3.48%. The Capital Adequacy
Ratio of the Bank has stood at
13.08% as compared to 12.64% as on
Responding to the resounding results, the MD & CEO,
Mahabaleshwara M. S., said, “I am very satisfied with the
results as we have been able to keep the bottom line intact
with a steady growth of 12.23% in net profit, improve
the asset quality significantly as the GNPA and NNPA
decreased to 3.97% and 2.21%, respectively. Further, the
Provision Coverage Ratio has also reached an all time
high of 75.44% on account of accelerated prudent provisioning.
No doubt the bank has been able to withstand the
COVID19 pandemic impact and turn it in its favour.” u
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
Dear woman, buy yourself a little black dress,
Women in black lead colourful lives.
Dear woman, with a free hand, blend sugar and
May your every dish be a pièce de résistance.
Dear woman, learn to cry without hiding your
Tears aren’t drops of despair, but the waters of
A Poet’s Wit and Wisdom
Dear woman, you are your own best resource;
the hands that help most are those at the ends
of your wrists.
Dear woman, learn to bake a cake,
so that on your birthday no one else need arrive
Dear woman, don’t shy away from wearing red
Remember always: the cheekier, the better.
Dear woman, learn to say ‘no’ without guilt
Instead of a habitual, unthinking, ‘yes’.
Dear woman, do not agonize over your ample
Beauty is a matter of perception; curves have
Dear woman, choose with care the person you
so that you don’t parachute into despair when
sore need arises.
Dear woman, don’t fuss about how low your
Walk with head held high – it lends you inches.
Dear woman, don’t torment yourself with a
Your sagging breasts fed the most precious gifts
of your life.
Dear woman, look at yourself naked in the mirror.
Neither apologies nor abashment - the Lord
made only one of you.
Dear woman, don’t forget to carry with you pepper
spray – real or symbolic;
Not only as defence against molesters, but also
those who judge you.
Dear woman, let your hair loose, cut it short or
colour it bright.
You will never know what suits you - until you
Dear woman, break off from people who fail to
see your worth.
Carry your sweetness off to be cherished elsewhere.
Dear woman, discard your obsession with a
Those blemishes and tan are the real you.
Dear woman, you don’t need permission to
Laughter, once a day, works like a tonic.
Dear woman, care a fig about aging.
Vintage wines are rare and fine.
Dear woman, go on a diet if you want to.
But indulge yourself once in a while.
Dear woman, make plenty of friends;
some who can make you laugh; others who will
smile because of you.
Dear woman, be kind towards the old, your
dear ones, even foes:
your children are watching and they will follow
Dear woman, allow your man to spoil you with
whatever he can.
After all you are a luxury few can afford.
Dear woman, pursue a hobby – sing, dance or
The world belongs to those who dare to dream.
Dear woman, learn to accept compliments from
Sometimes they give hope
that friends fail to convey.
Dear woman, start and end
your day with the Almighty.
It’s towards Him that all our
Edited by Dr Geralyn Pinto.
By Sonal lobo
The poet and writer is
based in Bangalore
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 37
“People say I live in a slum
but I love my life”
A special edition on Children’s Day featuring the journey of
Maleesha Kharwa, a child from the slums of Mumbai.
Every child is special, their rights and freedom need to be protected
to help them grow into happy and healthy adults.
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
By Andrea Miranda
The writer is a freelancer and specialist
in HR.Currently works in an Int’l school in
Amidst the overcrowded and insecure dwelling with
inadequate access to safe water and sanitation, a tent
set-up held together by bamboo sticks and colourful
pieces of cloth by the sea in Bandra, rugs thrown over the rocks
by the beach for a bed and waking up multiple times on account
of insects or the rising tide. This is the life of little Maleesha, a
12-year old with a mesmerizing smile good enough to outshine
While the circumstances may seem painful to many, her
twinkling eyes with an undying spirit for life and an approach
towards confronting situations with perfect easies where her
uniqueness lies. An interaction with Maleesha made me realise
that it’s not only those who are famous who inspire us, models
often emerge from the least likely places.
It was an unexpected encounter and a turn of events
that got an Hollywood actor and Maleesha in sync. Robert
Hoffman, who is known for his role in the 2008 film Step Up
2 The Streets, got stuck in India after it sealed its borders and
banned travel following the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
With plans to shoot his music video, Hoffman was seeking for
an authentic “slum” inhabitantas the story within the music
video takes place in a slum. His search brought him to the slum
where Maleesha lived but, he did not cast her as she was a bit
too stunning for the part. However he recognized that Maleesha
had great potential and with the consent of her family,
Robert decided to manage her. “Never in my life would I have
thought that I would have a compulsion to guide another
talent,” he exclaims. “The day I met her family I told them that,
if they were interested, there was a huge potential for her life
to change,” he says. But before he left back to Los Angeles, he
roped in Alisha (a free willing guardian) in India who now,
according to Maleesha is her biggest comfort and inspiration.
Today Maleesha Kharwa’s Instagram page has over 59,000
followers. so far, is filled with videos of her twirling and posing
for the camera. Having set up various social media accounts
for Maleesha, Hoffman even started a GoFundMe, for her,
which has amounted to $6500 so far. u
What is the meaning of your name?
(Malum nahin) I don’t know but I
like my name and my pet name is
What is your daily routine like?
I wake up, brush my teeth and
eat breakfast. Then I wash the
utensils. After that I study. Then
my father cooks food on a stove
besides our tent and we eat.
How do you like to spend your time?
I like to spend my time by playing
and riding a bicycle
Tell us something about your family?
I live with my father and my
seven-year-old brother Sahil.
My father dresses up as various
cartoon characters like Chhota
Bheem, Motu, Patlu and Mickey
Mouse for events to provide for
our daily needs.
Where do you live?
We live by the sea in Bandra, we
have made a tent with bamboo
sticks and cloth which is our
What are you good at?
I am good at sports, Judo, and
studying. I study in Pali-Chimbai
Municipal School and get A Grade
in all my subjects.
What do you think will be different
about the world when you are an
When I grow up, I will change the
way the world functions. I will
help people who are in need so
that they will not have to sleep
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Who are your best friends and why do you like each
My best friend is Liza and Radhika because they live
by me and play with me.
What is your favorite outfit to wear?
My favorite outfit is a saree.
What are the problems you face on a daily basis?
We do not have clean water to drink because we
are not allowed to get clean water to cook or drink
from the neighboring water source. The worst thing
is when the municipality breaks our house and we
have to make the house again. At night we sleep
on wet rocks with a layer on top of them, we remove the
sharp rocks so that they don’t poke us.We have to get up
many times at night because at times the insects bite us
and now and then the water splashes on us and sometimes
it is very hot andwe need to find a new place to sleep.
What makes you really annoyed?
When someone hits me or teasesme, I get annoyed.
What makes you happy?
Going for a picnic or a party makes me very happy!
What is the best thing that has happened to you lately?
My pictures being clicked and posted in different magazines
which is happening now, and it is very nice! I think
after modeling I will be able to help many people.
How does it feel to be featuring on the cover page of a
I was a little scared but then I was very happy.
Who has been the most important person in your life?
My father, because he works very hard for our
What are the most important lessons you have learned
Try till you succeed!
What do you like most about yourself right now?
I like dancing! Now Alicia Didi (a positive role model for
Maleesha) is helping me to learn how to dance!
How has life been different than you have imagined?
Life is very nice; I like it very much! People often ask me
if living in a slum makes me sad and this question always
confuses me because I love my home so much!
Is there any message you want to give to your followers and
readers of Daiji World?
We live only once, so enjoy your life and be happy!u
Maleesha’s cousin and best friend Lisha
Their little hut on seashore
Maleesha in front of her hut
Maleesha and her friends playing on
pebbles, the smile never fades
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A Brief from Hoffman as he beams with pride when talking
about the advancements made with Maleesha:
“It brings me great joy to have arranged for all those
donations to come her way that could spare the
entire family of such living situations. We are trying
to reserve some donations for food, clean outfits, and money
to travel to castings. We divide all the donations exactly
into parts: one for future education, one for getting the
family housing as soon as possible, one for immediate basic
necessities, and one for a career advancement.We have got
her a phone which also has a nice camera so that she can
take her online classes with ease, be in contact and continue
high-quality vlogging for her fans Although her dream of
becoming a model is being taken care of, one of our biggest
priorities is maintaining her
education and childhood above
all else. The NGO’s who have
given me council are HOPE
B~Lit, Saint Catherine’s, and
The Dharivi Dream project.
Child Line has also Done an
independent visit to Maleesha
to ensure her safety and
vouch for our movement.
Brandon K Shaw of the US
Embassy in Mumbai has also
spent countless hours helping
to advise. Our priority is preserving a happy childhood while
promptly getting her family into a home. From there we plan for
the continuation of her journey to inspire the world. Cheers” says
Hoffman, who has currently returned to Los Angeles, USA.
(Robert Hoffman is an American actor, dancer, and choreographer.He
is best known for playing the lead role in “Step Up 2
The Streets” which won him an MTVMovie Award , winning an
American Choreography Award for his work on “You Got Served”,
his team ups with Ellen Degeneres to make Dance Prank videos,
and his internet video sensation “The Yes Dance”.)
a world where poverty is seen as a major source of grief and most
people live with this false notion, I had the pleasure of interviewing
this little girl, Maleesha Kharwa who stood strong challenging
her conditions with an innocent smile.
Maleesha can be helped with a donation @https://www.gofundme.com/f/helpmaleesha
Maleesha with American actor/producer
View from her hut
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Gujarati Chicken Curry
• 1.5 kg chicken thighs, bone-in
• 3 Tbsp oil
• 6 cloves
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 2 star anise
• 2 black or green cardamom pods, bruised
• 2 stalks of fresh curry leaves
• fresh masala (1 ½ Tbsp ginger, 1 Tbsp
garlic, 1 ½ tsp chilli)
• 2 tsp salt
• 1 Tbsp garam masala
• 2 tsp turmeric powder
• 3 Tbsp tomato paste
• 5 small potatoes, halved
• a handful of fresh coriander, chopped
• 1 to 1.5 cups water
• garam masala to garnish
• Trim, wash and cut the chicken into even
bite-sized pieces, leaving the bones in. Set
aside to drain.
• For the tempering, heat the oil in a large
pan over a medium heat. Add the cloves,
cinnamon sticks, star anise, cardamom
pods and curry leaves, and temper for
about 30 seconds. Immediately add
the chicken, fresh masala, salt, garam
masala, turmeric and tomato paste. Stir
the chicken until it’s well coated in the
• Cook, covered, for 10 minutes or until the
juices run from the chicken.
• Add the potatoes, coriander and enough
water for the amount of liquid you want.
Cook, covered, for 40 minutes or until the
chicken and potatoes are tender. Sprinkle
with extra garam masala.
• Serve this with rice, and your favourite
Indian bread and chutney. u
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POINT OF VIEW
‘Time is precious, make use of it well’
By Sr M Dona Sanctis
To say that everyone desires
to be successful in life
whether one is a bureaucrat,
a business person or a student is
stating the obvious. We need to
consider why several do not attain
‘success’. Some are of the opinion that
intelligence, knowledge, expertise,
determination, single mindedness
are the key factors for anyone to be
successful. In my opinion however,
‘time management’ is the key and
determining factor. You may ask
me ‘why’? The reason is, ‘time’ is the
only resource that is given to all in
an equal and definite quantity: 24
hours a day, nothing more, nothing
less; whereas all other resources
mentioned above vary in quantity
(and quality) from person to person.
How well one manages this limited
resource is left to the person and
on this management depends one’s
In our fast developing world today
we can easily be overwhelmed
with information, people, and tasks
that sometimes tend to get the better
of us. Without sufficient knowledge,
strategies, and tools we experience
how inconsequential things
can be the cause of much stress and
discomfort. ‘Time is precious, make
use of it well’ is the good advice of
our elders. But today we often hear
‘time is money’ ‘I don’t have time’ ‘I
am too busy’. Yes, we are too busy
with many things and we lose control
over our time. We are preoccupied
with unnecessary and unimportant
things and often waste
time. It is important to see what we
are busy with and what the outcome
of our ‘busyness’ is. This short
article would presumably, motivate
one to focus on what we do and the
purpose of our activities. We need
to learn to budget our time and resources
in the best manner possible.
Time management is the act or
process of planning and exercising
conscious control over the amount
of time spent on specific activities,
especially to increase effectiveness,
efficiency or productivity. It is the
ability to use one’s time on priority
basis. It may be institutional planning,
annual programmes, business,
study schedules, celebrations, vacation
or even daily chores.
Time management allows us to
be better prepared to the demands
of our life and to bring out the desired
output within a short time
and perhaps with less energy and
less stress. Though there are various
approaches, the best strategy would
be to set SMART goals, which are:
Specific: our goals must be very
specific in terms of what we would
like to accomplish. It sharpens our
thinking and tells us why we do
what we do.
Measurable: our goals must have a
time measure. It helps us from procrastination.
Achievable: our goals must be
achievable with the resources available
to us in terms of abilities, finance,
and conducive environment.
Relevant: our goals must be relevant
given the time frame and resources
to accomplish them.
Time bound: our goals must be
time bound amidst many activities
we do. It helps us to get the best
within a short time.
Through the above SMART goals
we learn to value time by being flexible
with our time amidst emergencies
as well as inflexible when it comes to
priority activities. “Never leave until
tomorrow which you can do today”
says Benjamin Franklin, who was a
leading American writer and publisher.
Time management helps us
to set ourselves organized, beginning
with our thoughts. It takes for
a little more effort. However, if consistently
implemented it will lead
one to a greater sense of freedom,
satisfaction, and heights. u
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By Stan Agueira, Mulky
The writer is a celebrated multilingual
novelist based in Dubai, UAE
Seema gave a nervous
look. Arun’s eyes
followed the direction.
A box containing gold
ornaments was kept on
the bed. He understood
the complexity of the
problem. Arun lost his
Arun Thapar did not have
much of time. He could not
make out how quickly he
reached to the top of the staircase.
He felt quite weak. The breathing
had gone out of pace. He was
gasping, but did not bother. His feet
trod towards his apartment.
It was the joy of going on vacation.
During the long years of his career,
he had never missed a month
of vacation, any of those years. On
completion of every eleven months
of stressful work, he had always desired
for that much-needed break.
A break where he could relax, have
fun and refurbish his energies. The
motive was clear. The time had
come closer. He was ready for the
He felt alert and active.
Arun Thapar rang the doorbell.
He knew that once the door opens
Seema would grumble long enough
to get him mad. She opened the door,
twisted her lips and gave a familiar
mock. These dramatics are common
among women. After all they are
known to pick on faults and shift
the blame on their husbands. Pressure
tactics, nothing else.
He cleared the sweat on
his forehead and moved in.
“Where did you disappear?” She
did not waste time for the dig.
“You guys are irresponsible.”
“You are not aware of the problems
in my office,” Arun tried to work on
his dialogues. “It is no easy job to
shift the work on to the take-over
person. Some assignments are very
complicated. There are thousands
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of problems. One needs to work
out solutions for both expected
and unexpected problems. If I am
not able to satisfy my boss, he may
even cancel my vacation.”
“Enough, Not a big deal,”
Seema turned her back and got
into the bedroom, but only after
saying, “You talk as if the
company runs only because
of you. You are too boastful.”
“Do not show the colour of a red
chili,” he said and followed her.
“Let me have a quick shower.”
“Oh my God. Are you going to have
bath now?” She lost her temper.
“Do you have any sense of timing?
It is already one o’clock. We need
to catch a flight at 4 o’clock. Gattu
will be here within the next fifteen
twenty minutes to take us to
Gattu was Seema’s younger
brother. His real name was Gautam
and was very close to them.
He was serving in a courier company.
“Ha...Ha…You mean your Gattu
has enough sense of time and
will come as promised? What a
joke!” Arun made some unwanted
fun. “Let us see how many number
of times you will page him before
he makes an entry.”
“You are ungrateful.” She had
never enjoyed her brother being
ridiculed. “Is there anybody from
your side in this city? At least Gattu
will rush to our help. Moreover
you remember him only when
you want pass on all your petty
“Fine, I am sorry. There is no
one other than Gattu for us in our
life.” He rushed towards the bathroom.
“By the way where are the
“All your three daughters are
dressed up as if they are going for
some fashion show. They must be
chatting in the other bedroom.”
She began comb her hair in front
of the mirror.
Arun moved in and closed
the bathroom door. When he
came out of the bathroom after
a lightning shower, Arun felt astonished
to see his wife’s worried
face. He was sure. Something had
gone wrong. He was familiar with
women’s psychology. It is amazing
how it works. When the husbands
make mistakes, their tongues flash
like a sharp sword. But when they
become a part of human errors,
they expect sympathy from their
His eyebrows went up.
“At least you could have reminded
me,” She thoughtfully
opened her speech.
“Tell me what has happened?”
He felt mystified.
Seema gave a nervous look.
Arun’s eyes followed the direction.
A box containing gold ornaments
was kept on the bed. He
understood the complexity of the
problem. Arun lost his cool.
“Why do you keep the ornaments
here? As far as I remember
every time you leave them in
bank locker. My goodness!” His
eyes popped out. “That is why I always
know that ladies are not as
intelligent as they pretend to be.”
His daughters Shweta, Easha
and Juhi came running in when
they heard their father’s highpitched
“What happened, dad?”
Swetha was curious. “You all
know what has happened?”
Arun rubbed his forehead.
“Looks like your mother has plans
to carry all the gold she has for the
vacation. She wants to throw new
challenges to the robbers of the
place where we plan to travel.”
“That is what I am also saying.
You could have at least reminded
me to keep it in the bank locker,”
Seema made an attempt to make
her husband responsible for the
“That means you are a small
child,” He became furious. “I have
to remind everyone on every
“Please,” Seema folded her
hands. “We cannot sit and wait
like this. Please tell me what to do?
Gattu might come any time.”
Arun did not speak for a minute.
He scratched his head. He had
the ability to deal in critical situations.
Where to hide these expensive
ornaments? There should be
a way. He would not have bothered
if it cost less. But this must be
in the range of minimum 4-5 lac of
“Why are you not talking?”
Seema could not bear the silence.
“Normally you do not have any
shortage for ideas.”
“We cannot go to the bank
now, its already getting later for
“I know that.” – she said.
“We cannot leave it in the cupboard
either. It would be foolish.
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Two robbery cases were reported
in our building within a gap of last
30 days,” Arun did not find any
way out. “I suggest better you carry
them with you.”
Seema did not want to take
such risk. She was scared that may
be she will be robbed or killed
during the vacation. Who can enjoy
a holiday keeping a watch on
“There is a way.” Arun whistled.
“What is it?”
“How about giving it to Gattu?”
He waited for the response.
“Uncle Gattu?” Easha was extremely
“No way,” Seema said suddenly.
“He is such an absent-minded
guy. You think he would take care
of this? Chances of Gattu losing
this will be much higher than
getting robbed if I leave them at
“That is true, dad.” Juhi gave
“I have an idea.” Shweta used
“Hurry up.” Seema shouted.
“How about keeping them in
refrigerator. Let’s wrap it up in
a plastic and then leave it in the
freezer. Imagine a robber gets-in,
he may not go to the fridge. Even
if he opens the fridge, chances of
taking a frozen packet are
“This girl has some brains,”
Seema looked more relaxed. “The
idea is not bad at all”
“There is no other way either,”
Easha supported the idea.
“Let us stop worrying more on
this. It is waste of time. Enough is
enough.” Juhi was not enjoying
“This is all what you ladies
know?” Arun’s reply was sharp.
“Hiding your money, jewelry or
the valuables inside the flush
tank or in the fridge is the most
common thing. This is known not
only to the robbers but also to the
income tax officers. It is like keeping
the food for the hungry dogs.”
“If we keep on worrying we
will miss our flight,” Seema felt the
pain in her head.
“By the way where is Gattu?”
“One minute.” Arun Thapar
picked up the jewelry box.
No one spoke a word. They
just followed him to the kitchen.
He packed box with the sheet of a
daily newspaper. Then further he
wrapped the pack with a masking
tape. Now he looked for a secret
place to conceal the parcel.
Beside the gas cylinder he
saw a bag containing red chilies.
The thought brought a smile on
his face. Just a month back they
had bought this bag of red chilies
from his home town. It was well
dried under the sun for the regular
preparation of Indian curry for
next few months.
A bag of red chilies!
Arun opened the bag and
pushed the jewelry pack deep inside
the bag. He left the bag beside
the gas cylinder. All expressed a
sigh of relief.
“As on date, I have not heard
of any robbery connected with
chilies,” Arun laughed his heart
out. “No worries. “Why do we pay
unnecessary charges for the bank
locker? We can use this trick life
Everybody joined with the
At the same time they heard
the doorbell. Gattu had arrived.
They did not waste time any
further. All conveniently forgot
the jewelry box hidden inside the
bag of red chilies. The spirit of vacation
bounced back. They were
ready to go to the airport.
No one thought it’s necessary
to discuss and disclose the story of
jewelry with Gattu.
“At least once in a week drop
into our house,” Seema profusely
reminded her brother. “You may
pay the water and electricity bills.
Remember to put water to the
Seema continued her list till
they reached the airport.
Gautam did not say ‘no’ to any
of the requests. He wished them
well and waited till the departure.
Then he made a brisk move
out of the airport.
Time flew off pretty quickly.
Gautam suddenly realized that it
was twenty-fifth day of his sister’s
vacation. Seema had called
to inform that they would be back
by next week. Gautam felt severe
He had not made any visits to
Arun Thapar’s flat. Sunday was
his weekly off. He got up late, but
came straight to his sister’s house
by noon. He collected the bills
and mail from the postal box and
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opened the apartment.
He could see the thick layer of
dust all over the place. The plants
had turned brown and dry. When
he imagined the possible reaction
from Seema, he was more worried.
Anyway he watered the
plants. He picked up the broom
from the kitchen and cleaned the
floor. While cleaning the place
something struck to his notice.
Small black and dark insects
were moving around. They looked
like small bugs. He watched carefully.
They were not bed bugs. He
He could not make out the
origin of the insects. He applied
dettol and mopped the floor. By
then Gautam was tired. He felt the
need of some cold beer. He took a
can from the fridge, switched on
the TV on and stretched himself
on the sofa.
While keeping the beer can on
the coffee table, he clearly noticed
the movement of similar insects,
which he had seen earlier on the
floor. He could see them also on
the sofa. They were everywhere.
Oh no! Arun Thapar’s apartment
has been taken over by some
aliens! There should be source of
supply for these dot-sized black
Gautam felt irritated. He
sipped the beer and started moving
around. He did not leave out
any corner. Basically he looked for
But there was no stink. When
he came to the kitchen he saw a
bag, which was kept near the gas
cylinder. That must be weighing
about 2 kilos. He opened the bag.
That was the source for the
insects. The chilies were infected
during the course. Perhaps the
process of drying was not properly
handled. The contents of moisture
must have had spoiled the
product. It had given way for the
He pulled a tight knot and
packed the plastic bag. He smiled
and came back to the sitting room.
The TV was on. While sipping
the beer, he continued watching
some programs. He surfed from
channel to channel. He switched
off the TV and put off the main
He moved slowly out of the
apartment and was about to lock
the door, remembered the bag of
red chilies. He knew that Seema
would not forgive him if he left
the rotten stuff inside the apartment.
His sister was a very affectionate
but given a chance to
complain, would grumble to great
lengths. Even his brother in law,
Arun was no better.
Gautam came back and carried
the bag containing the red
chilies. He closed the door and
checked the lock. He moved down.
He threw the bag into the public
garbage bin and went away. u
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The Wind’s Way to Joy
By Sandhya Vijayan
The writer teaches English at one of the
prestigious colleges in Bengaluru and likes
to write short stories for children.
“ I don’t want to go to school
on camel,” - said Ala throwing tantrums
in the morning.
“There he goes again. I don’t understand
why he doesn’t want to
ride on us! “Said young Jamal, the
“Well....he must have his own
reasons. You shouldn’t judge people
too soon” said Sharif, the old
and wise camel, chewing on dry
“ It’s easy for you to say, I am the
one who has to carry him all the
way to his school. He never stops
crying throughout,” - said Jamal.
“Well....how different are you both?” Said Sharif
and started laughing.
Ala and his family were nomads. They lived in a
tent. They keep moving from one place to another
along with their ten sheep and two camels. That’s
all they owned at the moment. Ala went to a nearby
school. His father took him on camel every morning.
His mother and grandmother made jewellery
out of colourful beads and sometimes Ala’s father
sold them in the market for meagre money. It was a
difficult life in the desert.
Ala’s friends always made fun of him because he
rides the camel to school. Ala told his father about
“Ala, you shouldn’t be focusing on their words.
You are here to study and that’s what you need to
focus on,” said his father every time.
Ala felt sad because he didn’t have any friends.
Neither in the school, nor near his tent. They were
one of the three families living in the desert and
the other two families had grown up children. Ala
couldn’t play with them.
His classmates came from nearby towns. It was
only Ala who belonged to a nomadic family and kept
moving where there were greener pastures.
Today was no different. Ala rode on Jamal’s back
and reached school. There were few of his classmates
standing near the school gate. The moment
they saw Ala, they started calling him names and
teased Jamal. Ala had tears. He looked at his father
and ran into the school.
Today Jamal understood why Ala cried every
day. He felt guilty for gossiping about Ala all these
days. Ala’s father felt sorry too.
That night, there was an unexpected storm. Ala
and his family woke up and tried saving themselves
from the rough sands by covering themselves with
blankets. They held on to whatever they could. Ala
was worried about his grandmother who was quite
old and weak. Jamal and Sharif were grunting too.
When the storm had passed, Ala slowly peeped
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out from his blanket. He was shocked and called out
for his father and mother. Their tent had flown away.
All the little things that they had lay scattered everywhere.
Mom rushed and picked up whatever she
“Abba, where will we live now? How will I study?
All my books are gone. I hate this desert. I hate everything
about it, “ - said Ala, crying.
“Don’t blame the wind. It’s the wind that shows
us the way” said grandma calmly.
She had lived all her life in the desert. She knew
everything about it. But Ala wasn’t ready to listen.
He had so many things in his head. It seemed that he
was the only one who was bothered about their tent
and their things. He got angry and ran to sit next to
old Sharif. Ala loved their camels. He couldn’t bear
to see Jamal being teased by his classmates’ every
day. But he never say it out loud, so nobody knew
how much he loves everyone. He was 9 years old and
so was Jamal. Old Sharif was quiet and understanding.
He slowly tugged Ala with his head.
“Finally, he smiled” said Jamal.
“He is a kid. He will learn the desert’s way of life.
There shall be a day when he will appreciate the
beauty of this desert. Until then we have to be patient,”-
said wise old Sharif.
Ala’s father came near Ala, patted his head and
said that they had decided to move from that place.
He told Ala to pack whatever was left and fill many
water cans, as the journey is going to be a long one.
They left on the journey. Mom and grandma sat
on the camels while Ala and his father decided to
walk beside them. The sheep were diligently following
They walked and walked and decided to stay at a
place for the night as grandma was very tired. They
set up a small tent for her with clothes and let her
sleep. Everyone fell asleep soon.
The next morning they continued the journey.
Even though they had walked for a day and half, Ala’s
father couldn’t find any place to settle. He seemed
worried now and discussed with mom and grandma.
Ala was tired of this journey. They stopped for a
while. He sat between Jamal and Sharif and dozed
off. Their water supply was running out slowly. They
had to find a place sooner.
Father woke Ala up and told him that they can’t
stay there tonight and had to keep walking. So they
began walking again. Sharif suddenly pulled a stop.
He refused to move. Abba pulled him and forced to
“What happened, old Sharif,” asked Jamal.
“There’s a storm coming, we better not go that
way” said Sharif still resisting Abba’s pull.
“Oh...I don’t think he understands that, “ said Jamal.
“There is something wrong that way. Animals can
foresee it. Let’s not go that way,” - suggested grandma.
“Yes...let not put everyone in danger,” - said mom .
Ala was afraid and looked at his father eagerly.
“But we can’t stay here either, we have to keep
moving,” said Abba.
He hadn’t completed his words yet, there came
another storm which beat them to the ground like
toys. Ala and Abba held on to the camels. Mom and
grandma were trying to protect themselves too. The
wind was so strong that they couldn’t stand. They all
were being pushed to a different direction.
Ala slowly opened his eyes. The sunlight was hitting
hard on his eyes. He slowly stood up and suddenly
remembered what had happened at night. He
frantically started looking for his family. Thankfully
they all were nearby. He sighed and ran towards his
grandma. She had hurt her eyes due to the sand. Ala
helped her sit straight. He stood and looked around.
His father had a quizzical look on his face too. He
had never seen this part of the desert before.
Ala walked a bit further and stopped right away.
“Abba....” He called out.
His father came running and looked at where Ala
was pointing his finger.
There a km away, in the middle of the sand dunes
was an oasis. Not only an oasis but a whole village
surrounding by it. There were many houses. It looked
beautiful from where Ala and his father stood.
“It’s a mirage,” - said Abba convinced that something
like this can never pop up overnight.
“Let’s go there and look for ourselves” said Ala,
Slowly they pulled themselves together and
walked towards the oasis.
As they kept moving towards the oasis, the houses
seemed increasing in numbers. It wasn’t just a
few people, but there were many palm trees and
grassy areas surrounding the village.
They entered the main gate of the village, bewildered.
The village seemed to be busy and everyone
smiled at them. Abba requested a nearby shop for
some water. The shop keeper not only provided
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 49
them with water but also gave them a place to rest.
“Which is this village, I have never been here before,”
- said Abba looking around.
Ala’s joys knew no bounds. He had a house now.
A real home! He also had made new friends.
“This is Al Rihla, and it’s not easy to find this village,
my friend,” said the man smiling.
“We are travelling from a very far off place and
looking for a place to settle. Is there a place for us to
stay?,” asked Abba.
The man took Abba and Ala to look around the
village while mom and grandma decided to stay back
Ala was in awe of the village. They had everything.
A hot spring and a cold spring which was in
the centre of the village. It was the main source for
the entire village. They saw sheep and camels grazing.
There were palm trees everywhere which kept
the village cool even during the hottest time of the
As Ala walked, he saw many kids playing and enjoying.
A boy smiled at Ala. Ala smiled and waved
back. The adults were talking but Ala ran and joined
them in their games.
When Abba returned, Ala didn’t want to leave his
new friends. Abba dragged him anyways. Ala really
didn’t want to leave this place.
Mom and grandma were waiting.
“I found a house for us,” - said Abba looking at
grandma and mom.
“Thank God. This place can definitely be called a
home. People are kind and friendly,” said mom.
“But...what about my school,” said Ala. He definitely
didn’t want to return to his old school.
“They not only have a school here, but also many
shops and a market, where I can find a job” said Abba.
With the little money they had saved, Abba rented
the house. It was small but beautiful.
Everyone felt settled and were at peace. Jamal
and Sharif joined the other camels for grazing. They
also drank from the cold spring .
Jamal was extremely happy to meet other young
Later that night, Ala and grandma went to the terrace
and lay down.
When Ala looked up, he saw the most beautiful
sight ever. He had heard everyone appreciating the
night sky in the desert but he had never paid attention
to it before.
“Stargazing in the desert is one of the most beautiful
things about the desert,” - he said loudly.
Grandma was happy to hear him.
“Yes, it is. Didn’t I tell you that wind will always
show the way?”
Ala smiled. He was not angry anymore. He was at
“When you are at peace, everything around you
looks beautiful” said grandma.
He couldn’t have agreed more. u
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
Welcome, to Emirates Classic
By Sharlaine Sequeira
Former sub-editor of daijiworld magazine
I will never ever forget these
words that still ring in my ears like
it just happened yesterday! I was
always very professional and well
organized with the work I carried
out in my life whether it was in
college or at office. So this organization
“letting me go” suddenly really
made me feel very miserable. No
doubt there were millions around
the world like me facing the exact
situation but still, I couldn’t help
but wonder, “Why me?” And “Why
now?”I was at such a crossroad and
felt like my entire world was falling
apart, and then came the scariest
question, “What on earth do I
This global novel virus kept us
contained in our homes for months
which changed our relationship
with the government, to the outside
world, even to each other.
Which led to more daunting questions-:
Will the nations stay closed?
Will touch become taboo? What
will become of restaurants?
The next few months I spent
my quarantine days with friends,
we shared all expenses and chores
and what mattered more than
anything else, that we stayed and
connected with as a family. I kept
in touch with my family in Mangalore
constantly and missed them
I think what really changed
during these months was my
mindset, even though I felt all
hope is lost; I was a little positive to
an extent because I started seeing
small little changes in myself with
regards to doing online courses,
cooking and engaging myself with
different things that made me so
The Covid-19 outbreak has had
severe consequences on the way
that we live. Hundreds of thousands
have lost their lives across
the world, governments have imposed
strict lockdown measures
to control the virus spread and
scientists are still searching for the
right vaccine and not talk to a specific
treatment fpr Covid – 19 patients.
As a result of the restrictive
measures, the global economy has
suffered an unprecedented blow.
Some countries have been hit far
more powerfully by Covid-19 than
others, either because of incompetence,
indifference or bad luck.
Some businesses and people have
also been hit far more than others,
because their activities depend on
close physical contact or because of
their age or skills. This has really
been a crisis for all.
I was very lucky to be selected
on a repartition flight back home
where I reunited with my loved
ones after eight months. It was so
good and serene back home with
no responsibilities nor commitments.
It was very relaxing to be
on this vacation just recuperating.
I knew God had a wonderful plan
for me and I just had to be patient.
In the meantime, all I could do was
relax and spend that extra quality
time with my family that we had
lost all those months.
I think what we need to realize
is the fact that the pandemic had
resulted in what is effectively the
largest “work from home” experiment
ever conducted in human
history. People are accessing more
and more educational resources
online for their kids; finding unconventional
ways to connect
with co-workers, friends, and family;
and employers were being more
flexible in how they respond to
employee needs through more dynamic,
cloud-based technology. It
encouraged a lot of people to fulfil
life long passions by becoming
their own boss.
I think overall I would say that
this was really an eye-opener for
me because if I hadn’t gone through
with what I did, then I never would
have changed. I would not have
learnt the significance of prayer,
family bonding, self learning, and
online courses and so on.
I thought instead of staying
low and beating myself down I
needed to lift myself up so I started
being grateful for the little things.
I was so ecstatic for even the smallest
things in my life that I started
to notice a lot of changes happening
around me. Believe me only
you are the creator of your foul
mood and you can choose whether
to be a happy go lucky person or a
I practiced this for a week and
a half and then I would never forget
one Sunday evening when my
friend called me to give me some
exciting news. Well, fast forward
to four weeks later and there I
was travelling again back to Dubai
with my offer letter in my hand
which read-“Congratulations Miss
Sharlaine, Welcome to Emirates
FILMS & ENTERTAINMENT
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 51
Golden Era of ‘Bangaarada Manushya’
By B.N. Bharath
The writer is Asst GM in a
Public Sector Bank
(Man with a golden
heart), the Kannada film
released in the year 1972, based on
the renowned writer T.K. Rama
Rao’s novel of the same name, is
almost reaching to its fifty years of
release and is about to celebrate the
The film was directed by Siddalingaiah
(December 15, 1936 – March
12, 2015) under the banner of Srinidhi
Productions with Rajkumar
and Bharathi in the lead roles. Siddalingaiah
had made his directorial
debut just 3 years ago, with “Mayor
Mutthanna”, starring Rajkumar and
Bharathi, in lead roles. He had fielded
the same hit pair in several other
films, namely “Baalu Belagithu” in
1970, “Namma Samsaara” in 1971
and “Thaayi Devaru” also in the
“Bangaarada Manushya” had the
distinction of running for two years
in a theatre at Kempe Gowda Road
of Bengaluru and for sixty weeks at
Mysuru. It had also completed one
year in many theatres of Karnataka
state and had run for twenty five
weeks in several other theatres.
Such unique records will never be
broken in the present days, where
films are released worldwide in mul-
“Bangaarada Manushya” had the distinction of running
for two years in a theatre at Kempe Gowda Road of
Bengaluru and for sixty weeks at Mysuru. It had also
completed one year in many theatres of Karnataka
state and had run for twenty five weeks in several other
theatres. Such unique records will never be broken in
the present days, where films are released worldwide
in multiple screens simultaneously and hence, films
running for 100 days, 25 weeks etc. are not heard at all.
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020
tiple screens simultaneously
films running for 100
days, 25 weeks etc.
are not heard at all.
The performance of
Rajkumar as Rajeev
in the film is considered
as one of his
too is rated very
award for 1971-72
Karnataka State Film Awards for
this film and it was also adjudged
as the Second Best Film of the
year. (Best film award was bagged
by another great film, ‘Vamsha
Vruksha’, which, incidentally, had
bagged National Award for Best
Kannada Film) Also, Forbes has
included Rajkumar’s performance
in this film, under its ‘25 Greatest
Acting Performances of Indian
Cinema’ in 2013, on the occasion
of centenary of Indian Cinema.
After the huge success of the film,
it was remade in Telugu in 1975
as Devudulanti Manishi, starring
The movie had inspired several
city youth to leave their job in
cities, return to their respective
villages during those days, after
watching the movie and to take up
cultivation in their fields. In fact,
they had realized that it is better
to do hard work in their own
farm land and derive the benefits,
rather than working under a ‘different
and difficult boss’ in some
other city. Then they resorted to
cultivation, similar to the main
theme of this movie. The film also
brought into focus very important
topics like farm development,
arranging water to barren lands,
modern agricultural practices,
co-operative movement, social
unity, honesty, love, family bonding,
dedication, hard work etc.
The film touches upon the hardship
of farmers and their struggle
to earn their livelihood. The main
take away from the movie is that,
one should not waste his time and
money in aping western culture.
This is precisely what the present
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
has called as ‘Atma Nirbharata’.
During the initial days of lockdown
in the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic,
we have seen the plight of
lakhs of workers who returned to
their respective villages as there
were job losses and they had no
money to pay even for house rent
in the cities.
Ace music director, G.K.Venkatesh,
had composed the music
for the film. There were five songs
in the film and all became hits.
Amongst these, “Aagadu Endu
Kailaagadu Endu Kai Katti Kulithare
Saagadu kelasavu mundhe”,
(if you sit idle, with folded hands,
you can’t achieve anything, life
will not move ahead) written
by R.N. Jayagopal and sung by
P. B. Sreenivas, an inspirational
song which is recalled even today.
Likewise, ‘Nagu nagutha
nali nali’ (Always smile and
jump with joy) penned by Hunsur
Krishnamurthy and sung by
P. B. Sreenivas will cheer you up
whenever you are depressed.
Chi Udayashankar wrote the
song, ‘Aaha Mysooru Mallige
dundu mallige (Jasmine flower
of Mysuru), duet song sung by
P. Susheela and P. B. Sreenivas
which too is being aired by All
India Radio, even now. Hunsur
Krishnamurthy also wrote,
‘Baala Bangaara Neenu Haneya
Singara Neenu’ sung by P. Susheela
wrote ‘Hani Hani Goodidre
Halla’, sung by P. Susheela, P.
B.Sreenivas and legendary S.P.
I strongly recommend the
present generation cinema lovers,
watch this movie in whichever
platform you find it. You will never
DAIJIWORLD Magazine | November 2020 53
Karnataka Bank launches RuPay
National Common Mobility Card
Vishwa Konkani Kendra
invites applications for
Basti Vaman Shenoy
MANGALURU: Karnataka Bank, in
line with the vision of the Ministry of
Housing and Urban Affairs launched
a new indigenous Rupay debit card-
National Common Mobility Debit
Card (NCMC). This is an international
Contact-less, debit cum prepaid
and inter-operable transport card, a
“One Nation One Card i.e., a card with
SOME OF THE SALIENT FEATURES OF THE
1. Tap & Go (Contact-less): Make payments
without dipping/inserting the
card at PoS terminals.
2. Effect payments at Toll plazas, Metro
transits, Parking lots, Retail outlets,
Smart cities etc.
New Additional Director at
Bank has appointed
Uma Shankar as Additional
Independent) at its Board
Meeting effective November
Mrs. Uma Shankar is
a former Executive Director
of Reserve Bank of India.
She was with RBI for over 37
years in different capacities. Her core
competence is in the financial sector
supervision but she has also been responsible
for currency management,
3. Wallet- Supports small ticket size
offline payments through the value
stored in the chip of the debit card.
4. Enables domestic and international
transactions through ATM, PoS and
Mahabaleshwara M S, Managing
Director & CEO of the Bank while inaugurating
the pilot launch of the RuPay
NCMC card- ‘One Nation One Card’
said - “this is the bank’s first ever Contact
– less debit card and is expected to
change the banking paradigm to a great
extent, especially in retail payments by
its unique features of ‘Tap & Go’ and
‘Offline wallet’ payments”. He also added
that it is going to transform the digital
payment ecosystem in a big way. u
foreign exchange and the
internal accounting and administration.
She joined RBI as a
Direct Recruit Officer following
her post graduation.
She is also a Certified Associate
of the Indian Institute
of Bankers (CAIIB) and did
her Executive Education at
Columbia Business School,
New York. She was also on the boards
of few Public Sector Banks representing
MANGALURU: Vishwa Konkani
Kendra, Mangalore has announced
TWO Annual Awards in the name of
Sri Basti Vaman Shenoy who completed
80 years recently. The Awards are
constituted to recognize outstanding
contributions by Konkani-speaking
individuals or organisations managed
by Konkanis in the fields such as Education,
Governance, Social Service,
Health Care, Science, Journalism,
Literature (Non Konkani), Performing
Arts, Humanities, Industry, Commerce,
Sports etc. Both awards carry
a purse of Rs.1.00 lakh apart from a
citation. Following are the criteria for
1. The Nominee can be an individual/
2. The mother tongue of the
Nominee should be Konkani
3. Age of the Awardee should be
more than 25 years and above.
4. In case of Institutions, the same
should be managed by Konkani
people and the founders
are to be Konkani’s.
5. In case of an institution it should
be in service for a minimum
period of Ten years at the
time of considering its nomination.
6. Self nominations are allowed by
individuals and institutions
Nominations forms may be downloaded
from www.vishwakonkani.org and
sent to the Chairman, BASTI VAMAN
SHENOY VISHWA KONKANI SEVA
PURASKAR Selection Committee,
Vishwa Konkani Kendra, Lobo Prabhu
Nagara, Konkani Gaon, Shakti Nagar,
Mangaluru - 575016 by 15.11.2020. .u
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