Meditate to Enrich Self [ From ET DATED 12.8.19]


Each form of yoga has its own philosophy. Bhakti Yoga is based on devotion, Karma Yoga on work, Jnana Yoga on knowledge and Hatha Yoga on physical exercise.

While the techniques adopted may be different, every form of yoga has the same goal: to get closer to the Divine. In Sahaja Yoga, the kundalini, which is the divine energy present in every living form, is awakened and connection is established with the divine power.

There is cleansing of the system. For those who undertake meditation, life changes completely in the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual spheres. Physically, you become a healthier person.

Your face starts glowing and your skin becomes softer. As you start looking younger and feel more energetic, you rely less on artificial aids to wellness. Emotionally, you become stronger, fearless and confident.

Your conduct improves and your attention shifts from narrow issues to larger ones. The inherent negativities of hatred, greed and jealousy get reduced to a large extent. You begin to experience a positive transformation.

You are free to enjoy all pleasures of life earned through fair means. Happiness is the key to life and laughter is its expression. One need not change the basic nature or feel apologetic about it.

Research shows that a person’s potential is best realised when his intelligence, emotional and spiritual quotients are fully developed. Best managerial practices are based upon trust and altruism rather than on unethical practices. Everyone is a part of the universe. Don’t separate yourself from nature.

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Why we are so noisy people ???????


We are very noisy people. What we can do peacefully, silently, in a personal and dignified way, unnecessarily we do the same with explosive noises. Aged people like us become very uncomfortable. Young people can withstand invasion of noises, while older people has to pay a price for it in terms of health. There are no dearth of well-meaning laws to prevent it, but in practice, hardly there is any control in it, because it is our bane that system we live in, is dysfunctional for common people. Unless you have more nuisance- value , no authority will come to your aid. Net result is that we suffer, just like I am suffering at the moment, along with other local people have been suffering during last three days due to uncontrolled noise in my neighbourhood.

Let me illustrate. I live in a 2nd floor flat in Konnagar, Hooghly. This is an old-chatkal area, where people from UP and Bihari-origin, living for hundred years,  were working as chatkal mazdoor. These people are worshipper of Lord Hanumanji. Local people decided to install an idol of Lord Hanumanji in the temple. For last several days elaborate celebration is undertaken  in connection with the installation of a lord Hanuman idol, microphones are blaring devotional songs on filmi tunes, loud recital of mantras on microphone is continuous , 24 hours HARIRAM recitation is going on in full throttle. It is a continuous process, almost 20 hours in a day of 24 hours. Songs and mantra recitation is so loud that sleeping, resting is impossible for devotees and non-devotees alike. Doors are bolted from inside, every small gap in the window panes and doors, are stuffed with old newspaper.  sounds is so shrill and loud that these enormous effort proved no worth. It is a nightmare for all of us. This memory is dreaded by anybody. Anybody, going out of home for any urgent work, rush back home , to save from the loud noise of blaring microphone.

Actually, this people are devotees of Hanumanjee. I am also a devotee of lord Hanuman. Hanumanjee, is my favourite, I invoke HIS blessings before any important occasions, and my prayers are responded always…….but these raw devotees or misguided ones, worship God in their crude and noisy way, disturbs people—devotees or non-devotees alike. This manner of worshipping God has to be shunned. I pray to God, good sense may prevail over them resulting a peaceful way of worshipping God. MAY GOD HANUMANJI BLESS THESE UNRULY DEVOTEES WITH RIGHT SENSE!!!!!!!!

WHY BADE GULAM ALI KHAN LEFT PAKISTAN FOR KOLKATA/INDIA.


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যারা সংগীত ভালবাসে তারা অন্তত পড়ুক ✍🏻😦😦

৪৭-র তখন প্রায় শেষ। ওস্তাদ বড়ে গোলাম আলি খাঁ সাহেব তখন ওপারে। পাকিস্তানের নাগরিক। ধর্মসূত্রে নয়, জন্মসূত্রে।
রেডিও পাকিস্তানের জন্য গান গাইলেন ওস্তাদ। রেকর্ডিং শেষে ফিকে হয়ে আসা রাত জুড়ে আবার তিনি একের পর এক সঙ্গীত সম্মেলনে। কখনো পেশোয়ার। কখনো করাচি। একদিন ফিরে এসে টেলিগ্রাম পেলেন, রেডিও পাকিস্তানের প্রোগ্রাম ডিরেক্টরের। খাঁ সাহেব যদি একবার অনুগ্রহ করে আসেন রেডিও স্টেশনে। গেলেন ওস্তাদ। সুগন্ধি চা আর একমুখ জর্দাঠাসা পানের পর মুখ খুললেন রেডিও-র কর্ণধার। একটা ছোট্ট অনুরোধ ওস্তাদজি, গানের মুখড়া যদি একটু বাদ দেন..খাঁ সাহেব বুঝলেন না। এবার কারণ ব্যাখ্যা ও রেকর্ডিং থেকে শোনানো হল চরাচর উন্মনা করা ঠুংরির প্রথম কলি ‘ইয়াদ পিয়া কি আয়ে, হায় রাম’! এই দুটো শব্দ বাদ দিন ওস্তাদজি, দুটো শব্দ বাদ দিলে তো আপনার অনন্ত মুধভরা গান ফুরোবে না!
আপনারা রামকে বাদ দিন, আমি আপনাদের বাদ দিচ্ছি। সিংহ গর্জে উঠলো রেডিও স্টেশনে। পরের দিনই চিঠি লিখলেন স্বাধীন ভারতের প্রথম রাষ্ট্রপতি রাজেন্দ্রপ্রসাদকে। হৃদয় নিংড়ানো প্রেম, অপেক্ষা আর যন্ত্রণা দিয়ে যে গান রচিত হয়, তাকে রক্ষা করতে আমি ধর্মনিরপেক্ষ ভারতের নাগরিক হতে চাই। ঠিক এক পক্ষ কাল পর ওস্তাদ বড়ে গোলাম আলি খাঁ সাহেব চিরদিনের জন্য জন্মভূমি পাকিস্তান থেকে এলেন কলকাতায়। হ্যাঁ। কলকাতাতেই। কারণ এই শহরেই সুরের ভুবনে অসুর আর শয়তানের প্রবেশ ছিল নিষেধ।

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BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT


Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare wrote it 400 years back in his HAMLET. It is really so, and this line comes to me again and again— more so, when I see long-winded speakers around. There is no dearth of such people around you and me. They are boring because they make their communication repetitive, and unnecessarily long and winding, sapping all the interest of the listener. When one word is sufficient, they love to use 100 words  at the earliest opportunity, regardless of what is at issue. I have a friend, he is not a mean man, he is perfectly knowledgeable. At the slightest provocation, he will come out with everything he learnt in history in his life. His submission normally becomes so long that often he forgets what he started with. Needless to say one can understand how much boring such persons are generally!!! Master communicator knows that fewer words, and even unsaid words, make more impact. Intelligent people talk less, and are less noisy. Also true is the fact that intelligent people shuns long-winded speakers.

When I am face to face with such boring people, the same quotation of Shakespeare comes to my mind. Brevity is really the soul of wit. People who know much, have control over language, say the whole thing in a few words. This makes a great impact on people around.  It is my experience that people of less wit and intelligence take longer route to convey things, use more words and take long time to express. Do you Remember short expressions like ” TO BE OR NOT TO BE”, ‘ ET TU BRUTE”, ‘ THEY ARE ALL GENTLEMEN’ ???  This expressions are short and crisp, conveys a whole story requiring a few thousand words. My advice to my friends don’t be verbose, if you can, use only a few words, instead of many. It is because, BREVITY IS THE SOUL OF WIT, and honour it.

Slow Global Growth ahead, should be accepted as natural.


This is an economic article, written by Ruchir Sharma, wrote for The Newyork Times, republished in TOI. I am not a trained person in economics, but over the years grew to be fond of Indian and world economics. True, there are economists and economists, but I like a few of them, or better, you can say, whom I can understand a bit. These topics keep me engaging. I like Swaminathan Ankleswaria Ayer, Ruchir Sharma, Raghuram Rajan, Amartya sen. Real economics must be a very hard something, especially, for a person like me who is not trained, but I don’t know why exactly these discussion and topics attracts me. Swaminathan is the best of the lot to me, he writes so vividly!; his control of the language makes the reading more interesting, and engaging. Ruchir sharma, has more width of it, and has depth, often feel matter goes over my head, yet, don’t leave me disappointed.

Here, in this article, Ruchir tells us that the world economic growth, will go slow because it could not be otherwise; it is at the moment, given the environment, has to be so. We must not resent, rather accept it. One reason is that the population growth is slowing, and there is debt problem since the financial crisis of 2008. Before 2008, and after 1980, inflation was slowing, which encouraged the culture of accessing more debt, which went on increasing till it collapsed in 2008. That fear destroyed the confidence in the world financial market. Lack of availability of debt-fund, and negative demographics, is a fertile ground for growth going down. Here I desire to add as a side- point, which is poking me very much to come out . Just having more population with more hands for work, is not enough, unless those are properly educated/ or skilled. Population who are ignorant or ill educated is a liability to the nation, on the contrary, an well-educated is an asset to the nation, When Ruchir Sharma speaks of demographics, he has in his mind only well educated masses, who counts to increase the productivity of the nation. I write this as my observation of a layman, after reading Ruchir Sharma’s article. This will be my fodder for my next adda, in KACS. Read for yourself his article, bodily lifted from TOI, and don’t forget leave your take please—

Last week the US government revised its 2018 growth estimate down below 3% as economists were revising their 2019 forecasts down towards 2%, triggering another wave of disappointed commentary about doggedly “slow” growth in the United States.

But it’s not just an American story, and it’s not just President Trump who won’t deliver on promises of 3, 4 or even 5 per cent growth. Across the world, economists have had to downgrade growth forecasts in most years since the global financial crisis of 2008.

Defying the hopeful projections, Japan has rarely grown faster than 1%. Europe has struggled to sustain growth faster than 1.5%. No one quite knows how fast China is growing, but it’s clear that there, too, the economy is slowing. So why is the dismal science suddenly guilty of issuing overly optimistic forecasts that set the whole world up for disappointment?

Economists keep basing forecasts on trends established during the postwar miracle years, when growth was boosted by expanding populations, rising productivity and exploding debt. But population and productivity growth had stagnated by 2008, and the financial crisis put an end to the debt binge. The miracle is over.

Time to rethink what’s possible. Even during the Industrial Revolution, in the 19th century, the world economy rarely grew faster than 2.5% a year, until the post-World War II baby boom began to rapidly expand the labour force. After 1950, the combination of more workers and more output per worker lifted the pace of global growth to 4%.

Yet by last decade, the baby boom had faded from Europe to Asia. Even in the United States, young for a developed country, growth in the working-age population slowed to a mere 0.2% last year from 1.2% in the early 2000s. Fewer workers impact the economy directly, so that decrease implied a 1-point drop in economic growth.

Roughly, economists should have expected that United States economic growth would slow to 2% from 3% – and it has. Stimulus measures like the Trump tax cuts can lift growth above this path, but temporarily and at the risk of higher deficits and debt.

Political leaders should not be trying to reverse the new age of slow growth, they should be trying to explain to the public why it’s not so bad.

When populations are growing slowly, the economy doesn’t need to grow as fast to keep incomes high. Thus in the United States this decade, growth in per capita GDP has slowed much more gradually than the overall economy, to an average of 1.4%. Despite their laggard reputations, Europe has been growing just as fast – and Japan a bit faster – in per capita terms. In a rich country, that pace is hardly painful: Americans have rarely been more confident about the economy.

Slower growth in the working age population also means less competition for jobs, which helps explain why unemployment is now at record lows not only in the United States but also in Germany and Japan. Not a bad thing.

More than that, attempts to revive the miracle years are ill advised. Growth in the economy is driven by more workers and more output per worker, or productivity. But since the surges of 1950s and 60s, productivity growth has slowed, also defying government efforts to lift it.

For a time, the global economy kept motoring along, fuelled by debt. In the 1980s, central banks began to contain inflation, which allowed them to drop interest rates sharply. As borrowing costs fell, debt surged from 100% of global gross domestic product in the late 1980s to 300% by 2008.

Then the global financial crisis hit, ruining many private borrowers and lenders, many of whom are still wary of taking on new debt. After growing faster than the economy for three decades, debt growth in the United States and many other countries has fallen back in line with economic growth. Even China, the one major country where lending continued to surge after 2008, is wary of the debts that now weigh down its economy.

So the postwar miracle is over, undone by shifting demographics and debt. Yet because economists continue to base forecasts on miracle rates of growth – 4% for the world, 3% for the United States – policy makers keep fighting to hit these targets.

Economists on the right and left are now calling for lower interest rates, or higher government spending, to boost growth even if that risks reigniting inflation. At the Federal Reserve, there is an emerging view that letting inflation rise above 2%, long considered a red line, may not be unwise.

The assumption seems to be that policy makers must take action because 2% GDP growth is intolerably slow. Yet the confidence surveys suggest Americans are content with record-low unemployment, benign inflation and 1.4% growth in GDP per capita. Why then rush to pump more money into the economy, which risks rekindling its debt problems and inflation?

Instead of trying to bring back the miracle years, economists need to adjust their forecasts and politicians need to rethink their policies to the new era of slower growth. Because trying to recreate a bygone golden age is a shaky way to build the future.

HISTORY OF BURRA BAZAR


Our adda discusses everything under the sun. Todays’s topic among many others, was that how BURRA BAZAR of Calcutta, got its name from. Many said their own opinion–those individually, may be true or may not ,  but revived my interest, and made me curious . Coming back home, I searched in the net  the history of Burra Bazar of Kolkata. I stumbled upon the following description or you can say, the history of Burra Bazar. I find it a lively account. This description goads me to visit Burra Bazar again tp look at it with a new eye. When I will be there next, I shall have a feeling that I am transported to those golden days of history. I enjoyed  reading
the history, now yourself may please read it and enjoy it, like me. When I am face to face such accounts [I repent why I did not read history enough by being a student of history. I studied science  which had absolutely no application in my life , which in retrospect looks I spent my time, money and energy for nothing.] Just imagine what a big blessing this digital revolution brought for us!!!!!. Make the most of it, for, we do not have much time left in our present life. Read in the first person from the account of a Historian—


For oriental traffic, oriental tongues and oriental heads, commend me to the Burrabazar, a mart tailed on to the north end of the China bazaar and occupied and visited by traders from all parts of the east. Here may be seen the jewels of Golkanda and Bundelkhand, the shawls of Cashmere, the broad cloths of England, silks of Murshidabad and Benaras, muslins of Dacca, Calicoes, ginghams, Chintzes and beads from Coromandel, fruits and firs of Cabul, silk fabrics and brocades of Persia, spices and myrch from Ceylon, Spice Islands and Arabia, shells from the eastern coast and straits, drugs, dried fruit and sweetmeats from Arabia and Turkey, cow’s tails from Tibet and ivory from Ceylon; a great portion of these and various other articles too numerous to mention are either sold or bought by the natives from the countries where they are obtained who together with visitors, travellers and beggars form diversified group of Persians, Arabs, Jews, Marwarees, Armenians, Madrasees, Sikhs, Turks, Parsees, Chinese, Burmese and Bengalees. –Colesworthy Grant
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Description of Burrabazar in mid-nineteenth century in his book Anglo-India Sketches.[5]”

OUR ADDA ON GENERAL ELECTION 2019!!!!!


Election dates of 2019 general election is upon us, everybody is agog with bursting energy. All are excited. My adda session is full of speakers, everybody claims to be an expert on election, they continuously reel out statistics from history, sprinkled with anecdotes, make their announcement as to who is going to win. Here, you can know of many facts –I wonder where they collect from all these, which in any other  time you would never hear. Often, there occur huge debates to which I listen very attentively. Being encouraged by their fiery participation, I also try sometimes to add a few points, believing that those are important and worth mentioning, but the other members in adda-party blow me away or shut me down. Collecting information, and processing them for delivery at the adda one need a special skill; unless one have skill , one can not deliver those effectively to have a lasting effect on other members. People from various background but mostly retired, join our adda.

Mukherjee da , A chartered Accountant professionally, have a great skill in regard to collecting political information. Whole day he listen to radio watch TV, read newspaper , and being armed with colorful information he can speak very authoritatively. Actually which party he supports , is not clear. Sometimes he finds virtue with TMC, always very disgusted with CPM, has a great praise for Rahul Gandhi. He does not like Modi. Chakraborti da, all his life, was a school teacher, does not have information in depth about politics, he collects all the information he has, from other members in the adda. About me, I know all the information but none in details, my calculation is that I shall a make a note of all information just like news headline but as soon as they catch headline, I shall study those in detail. Tapan Bose is also retired like all of us, he was in Accounts deptt of State Govt, we need specially mention his name as he used to draw various bills of Mamata Bannerjee, the present CM of WB. He is calm, quite and cool , when talks, I fall quite to listen to him. He does not make much ado about anything.

Somebody  made a premonition today that just before voting day  there will be sudden spread of mis-information in social media , causing a mass-hysteria, that will cause vote to flow in opposite direction, belying all previous expectation and calculation as it would appear on the day of election; overnight prospect of one  party will rise just like what happened in last American election defeating a sure shot candidate ie Hilary Clinton. Our friend in the adda also says it might be done by some agencies from outside the country. Balakot attack and Nirov Modi’s arrest will have issues in decision making for the voter.

All of us are excited looking forward to the general enection 2019. Till then we shall be very busy in our adda, if you want to join us, may do, you won’t have to spend a penny.  Thanks.