Today is the day for cricket. Posting an old blog post of mine, which I feel remain valid.
Mind Speaks – Be there with a word at the RIGHT time. Will you?
I haven’t come to the Mind Speaks section of my English blogs for some time. It is not that my mind was not speaking or stopped speaking. It is due to the fact that it was speaking too much elsewhere that it didn’t get an opportunity to pass by this side. It was wearing different language and tone caps and expressing it thoughts and moods without any holds as it arrived.
But since few days I have been thinking over about this particular topic which I am writing here today. It was after one of my Face Book friends Sri Ramachandran Vettikkat wrote on his wall about the death of a fellow blogger named Jonavan (Naveen George) from Kuwait. It was a tragic and untimely demise. But, what happened after that is “his story world-wide”. Suddenly his blog became a sensation for media and readers around. Commenting on this sad plight, Sri Ramachandran wrote about his unhappy feelings on actions of fellow human beings around. I am sure this particularly emphasise appreciation towards creativity. The state is such that, either he/she has to die in an accident or commit suicide. This is what he expressed. Either of them is tragic and deplorable for the development of arts, fields and culture. I agreed with him totally in my reply. Although it is a cruel remark, it is the actual case now. In fact, it is true for every budding artist or talent – people tend to ignore when creativity is submitted and do not even raise a thumbs up or down, or a sentence of criticism or appreciation. I hope this attitude will change, and sincerely wish to see it changed.
We have seen it several times, over and over. The other day, when I posted a photo of Kapil Dev in the photo sections, I got a query from one reader, whether I know him or not? Who do not know him? No, that is not the right answer. I was lucky enough to be with him at the VVIP Stand of Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium some months ago during the SAARC UAE Exchange Cricket Tournament. When thoroughly convinced that he was at ease without any crowd hanging around and in a relaxed mood to speak, I joined him for a cup of tea. We were watching the match as it progressed. Conversation progressed and somehow it came to the topic of that beautiful stadium which remained empty even during the finals. I slowly directed him to the topic of IPL and ICL and asked him why ICL did not get the much required boost where as IPL managed a huge success. His answer to me was an eye opener. He expressed to me that it was lack of interest from the sponsors and also attitude by a certain section of people in authority.
“Attitude” – even a man of Kapil Dev’s stature is subdued by this giant killer of creative harmony. It is a serious concern.
We all come from different walks of life, and walk past different routes and directions of it each day. During the same course, we come across several people and some remains within our mind for a longer time and some are easily forgotten. Certain actions by certain individuals will easily capture our admiration and then we follow them and certain others, they might have a slow start and we tend to ignore them totally.
It is time we think about how we could transform ourselves to a society that responds at the right time.
Each day brings out a joy of learning a thing new, irrespective of which side I get up, who double parks in front of my car, and who speeds and misses hitting my car while travelling between work and home. The world is growing in pace and volume and along with it the diverse culture and style.
Even during the holy month of Ramadan, I witnessed women dressing scantly, people smoking discreetly, which a few years down the lane I could have never even imagined or seen. Several times I did ask myself, why public has a tendency to violate rules and values when they clearly know that these are not to be violated during this period to give respect to the religion and numerous people who follow it. May be I will be labelled crazy, if I discuss such things frequently. But, how can I resist expressing myself. No, never, I will never keep my thoughts within.
In my own personal experience to promote creativity without any commercial gains bearing solely the flag of TALENT SHARE, I have received support from several unknown sources. Faces whom I have never met, or even never personally communicated and have come forward and expressed their share of experience related with it.
The idea behind this came to me as a spark. It happened on one evening, when a small child of 7 years old was brought to my home for assistance to develop an attitude for mathematics. A casual talk with the child and his parent made me realize the brilliance of this little boy who is being really put into test by his parents. Children these days are being forced upon to learn several talents at a younger age whether or not they are interested or have an affinity for them. Because, parents, or a relative or a friends child, or someone else is learning them and doing well, it becomes a necessity for many children to follow suite. Talks with several parents on the way across this program I realised that many are not aware of what their child has naturally in him. Where is the time? Or, I have not seen him doing this or that? These were the answers about children from some of the parents. However, this was not the case with everyone. There are some who did find time to makes sure to sit with them, observe them, identify their liking and nurture them accordingly. I am with this group.
The influx of financial gains for participation in several talent shows have made it almost statutory for parents to teach their children with dance, music, or cricket. It is now almost a reality that you do not get to see anyone saying that oh, my child is good at painting or good at writing stories. Everything is in short from the childhood days. At the very young age which the child starts going to his play school and the tuition classes following it, he is given a mobile and there starts his membership in SMS (Short Minded Society) life style. Everything he sees and express is short. If this is the state now, I really wonder what it will be in a short time, when we will cease to see any stories, novels or poems? The electronic gaming devices have totally ruled out children from sharing their thought process to be expressed through their coloring or sketching medium.
It was all these thoughts and fears and also the liking for non-performing arts that made me work on such an initiative to identify and nurture those little ones who has it in them to take us to an entirely different world. It doesn’t mean that I don’t like performing arts and games. These days, I am excited like an expectant parent with a big belly in the good old days. I do not know whether there will be one healthy child, or many from this. As the traditional doctor with his experience carefully examines and declares that the patient has been well taken care during the various stages and child inside is showing a healthy movement, and declares to the parent, be confident, it is going to be a safe and successful delivery. I am sure you all will be keen to see the result too.
Birth obviously brings me to the topic of death. Recent times, I have gone through emotional stress due to the loss of a few close friends. Sometimes, we think, an accidental death is much easier than to have a painful and slow death. It is not the fear of dying, but the agony of seeing them suffering with pain and trauma. Aspects related to these deaths surfaced harsh realities in life. In both the cases, the people around them ignored them with timely assistance and support to their family. As the person on death bed was fighting with the pain, he was also suffering from added mental trauma of what will happen to his immediate family once the inevitable happens. No assistance from any side and the poor souls departed leaving several tasks incomplete. At this point arrives our social crusaders. Let me be positive here too. At least after the death, their eyes opened! May be they will see it from the heaven, if one such thing exists.
Heaven reminded me of speeding and hell. Due to several requirements, I have to travel between Abu Dhabi and Dubai several times during each week. Each drive through Abu Dhabi Dubai highway is becoming a come back to life and normalcy. Drivers are too erratic and every time, I miss an opportunity from being hit from the back or the side, I feel, these drivers do not love to live for self. I am extremely sure they do not love public to live safe too. This is definitely a dangerous world and too short, if people carry an attitude towards his fellow human being.
Let this remark by my friend be an eye opener to all of us. Let us all act with courage, conviction and courteousness to appreciate and criticise a right or wrong at the RIGHT time.
This world is unpredictable, our friends or even ourselves will not be there to cherish our applause if we don’t do it at the right time. It is time we think about how we could transform ourselves to a society that responds at the right time. Pass a smile; say a word of thanks whenever you have an opportunity. Show your presence and be there with a word at the RIGHT time. Will you?
Have a great day ahead,
Originally posted on 14-10-2009….reposting on 18-06-2017
ഒരു ടോർച്ചു കിട്ടിയിരുന്നെങ്കിൽ….
ഈ സ്ഥലം പലർക്കും പെട്ടെന്ന് മനസ്സിലാവും എന്ന് വിചാരിക്കുന്നു. ഈയിടെ നമ്മൾ ഇവിടെ ഒരു സമരം ഒക്കെ നടത്തിയിരുന്നു. അത് പകൽ. പക്ഷെ രാത്രി നമ്മുടെ ഷൊർണുർ പാസ്സന്ജറില് ഒന്ന് വന്നു നോക്കൂ. അപ്പോൾ അറിയാം നമ്മുടെ ഇരിങ്ങാലക്കുട റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷൻ എന്താണ് എന്ന്. തനിച്ചു ആ സമയത്തു വരുന്ന സ്ത്രീകളുടെയും വയസ്സായവരുടെയും കാര്യം കഷ്ടം തന്നെ. നമ്മുടെ നാട്ടിൽ എന്തൊക്കെ കാര്യങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടാവണം എന്ന് നമ്മൾ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്നു. സമയം എവിടെ. വേറെ പല പ്രശ്നങ്ങൾ ഗുരുതരമായിട്ടുള്ളത് കൊണ്ട്.. ഇതൊക്കെ ഇങ്ങനെ തന്നെ പോകും. ഇത്രയും കാലമായി മാറ്റം ഒന്നും ഇല്ലാതെ ഈ വണ്ടികളൊക്കെ ഇവിടെ നിർത്തുകയോ, നിർത്താതെയോ ഈ റെയിലിൽ കൂടി ഓടി… പിന്നെ ഇനി ഇപ്പോൾ ഒരു ലൈറ്റ്. ഹേയ്. വേണ്ടേ വേണ്ട..
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Kalanilayam Udayan Namboodiri and Kombath Anil Kumar at Koodalmanikyam Temple festival 2017
See the trust and confidence shown here. A mahout taking the elephant back after a temple festival. Attitude and Respectforeachother is also another element. Thought of adding my safety campaign to it too. #StartEarlyDriveCarefullyReachSafely.
Talent Share, www.team1talentshare.blogspot.com a blog initiative, started on 6th October 2008, to promote creative activities is slowly moving towards its 10th Year of virtual presence.
The objective of Talent Share is to promote performing and non-performing talent of all type. The motto explains itself clearly “A Talent or Knowledge within you has to be SHARED”. Otherwise, it will die along with you.
Initial focus was young children and encourage them to draw, paint, write poems, short stories etc. and share them to me through email and then polish them and post them online, giving each individual participant a dedicated web page link.
As silent or as aloud, through Team 1 blogs, various initiatives were made all these years and I am proud to say that till this date, we have witnessed creative contributions from 57 talented artists of different age. It is also a very happy moment to inform you that 18 schools from various parts of the world including UAE and reaching as far as Doha, Kuwait, and various parts of India participated with interest in showcasing their creativity through www.team1alentshare.blogspot.com. All these activities flourished when the usage of web was just beginning, especially Facebook as a connecting social media. Now things have changed with FB, WhatsApp and other social media group active and online interaction opportunities.
It was not the case during those days and not easy too. In order to create interest and sustain the participation, periodically all the participating children were complemented with gifts and certificates. I would like to say a special word of thanks to Ms. Seema Shetty of NMC group for gifts offered and Charu and team of 89.1 Radio 4 FM for their support of free publicity during the first online competition ever held during 2008. It was sheer guts by them to support a totally unknown concept by an unknown personality venturing with the motto “A talent or knowledge within you is to be shared”.
Yes, I believe in what I say, and www.team1talentshare.blogspot.com is an example of it. True. What is the benefit of knowledge or a talent if it remains within us? Imagine how it spread from one person to another to many, if it is shared. The beauty, the enjoyment and the thrill of sharing, it has to be enjoyed. Like a child who keeps the chocolate in his pocket without sharing it with his friends on a hot sunny day, your knowledge or talent, hidden and kept aside for your own enjoyment will melt down finally without benefiting you even.
This is a serious and sincere effort and so far being undertaken solely and I take this opportunity to invite more participation from arts and crafts teachers and those who are interested to volunteer in sharing their valuable talent to come forward and be a part of Talent Share activities. All those who are interested to promote creative talent of children to the forefront through Talent Share blog and social media group and its activities to undertake the following responsible roles are welcome to contact me:
– To promote its activities
– Encourage the participants
– Give guidance and communicate with the participants
– Participate in admin roles.
God bless all those creative talents who contributed silently and please pray for their continued interest in participating and promoting creativity which has no special forms in this world of excellence.
You are welcome to add members to this group. Look forward to your support. Share this initiative with those interested. Ask them to join and participate.
I humbly dedicate this initiative to #YearOfGiving.
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I feel it is advisable to have regulations for seat belts continue to be applied for all seats in the school buses that are on our roads (‘New drivers to get two-year licence, starting from July 1’, Gulf News, April 17). The advantage factors I find behind such an enforcement of safety regulation are many. First and foremost, at any given point in time, the student is safeguarded from impacts due to sudden braking.
Secondly, when it is normally enforced on a daily basis it will become an automatic habit, which will be carried on to their private travel with friends and family. They will be leading the way as ambassadors of road safety.
It may also reduce the driver distractions that happen often in the school buses where children run around or jump on the seats, ignoring the request of the supervisors and drivers. It may thus reduce the bullying that might be happening in some cases.
Safety education is something children should be reminded of every moment. It is because we tend to take some small points lightly, thinking that we know it or “it will not happen to me” that many accidents occur. So, why do we miss out on the opportunity of a road safety education opportunity for children? Teach them young and travel with them safely throughout!
From Mr Ramesh Menon
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