“HAPPY” Diwali

Thousands of years back when Lord Krishna killed the fiendish Narakaasura and Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after a 14 year exile, possibly they had a vision that with the onset of the 21st century they would set in motion a myriad of industries.

Welcome to another “DIWALI”. The Solomon Pappaiyahs and Vijays are back to ‘merselize’ you. Then you also have a feast of movies for this ‘movie starved nation’ which give you messages right from how to be a rowdy to becoming a TV anchorman ala Arnab. This day gives you the licence to consume to your heart’s content. Don’t worry the diabetologists and the cardiologists have stretched out their arms and are willing to embrace you.

I was concerned that demonetisation, GST and Global Warming would take their toll on the fireworks industry but Trichiites did not let me down. We are the 370th most polluted city in the world, 53 ranks below Chennai and 2nd most polluted city in Tamil Nadu. Hence, our hunger to be at the top kept us going and our folks went hammer and tongs to achieve this unique distinction. Ultimately we don’t want the pulmonologists to be out of business. After all, wouldn’t it be wonderful to fill our lungs with PM 2.5 and PM 10 , Sulphur di oxide, NOx and Carbon mono oxide. WOW! What a feeling. After all, sadly, we get this experience only once a year.

Aren’t we being taxed for Swachch Bharath? How do we make the government accountable? We are true Keynesians at heart and understand the real heart of employment ‘Dig holes and close them’. But for all this litter due to our diligent effort, how do we keep the corporation workers employed?

In the evening my family and i resolved to pay homage to mother CAUVERY, who decided to make a fleeting visit to Trichy. Little did she realise that she was creating undue pain for the construction industry. People thronged to see her and showered their love on her by gently throwing ‘Sundal’ wrappers and ‘Soft’ plastic covers.

Hence, Diwali has come in and gone out as a gentle breeze with all its freshness, vivacity and pristineness.

So Diwalis may come and Diwalis may go, but can Mother Earth carry on like this forever?

By Sivakumar

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Who will save our “Little Bosses”?

“The elephant is out in the room” and nobody is noticing. Two young lives have been snuffed out in quick succession; one to the “Blue Whale” and one to the “NEET Fiasco”. As the blame game goes on, two culprits have been away from centre stage – we (the parents) and our own “Education System”.

Let me gather my arsenal and point out to the latter, “Endearing Education System”. What killed the 17 year old medical aspirant from Ariyalur? Why did this child, who studied diligently to score 1176 / 1200 in State Board succumb to a paltry 86 in the NEET Exam?  Would you go by the logic that the CBSE Questions are 180 degrees apart from the State Board? How could one reach Chennai from Trichy if one were to travel from Trichy to Coimbatore? How could one crack the NEET when grappling with the ‘archaic’ State Board System?

Early this year, i had organised a seminar at a suburban school. One of the speakers was a most coveted Biology teacher who gave his formula for success in the Biology exam. He mentioned that just studying chapter 3, 4 and 5 would fetch 190 marks out of 200. Byhearting chapters 3 and 4 would fetch 150 marks out of 200 and by just studying chapter 3, one could attain 80. If this is how we are going to churn out doctors, then God save the patients.

I have been teaching for 19 years and struggle to make Engineers understand decimals and fractions. Geometry and Algebra is beyond their comprehension. Reading and writing, their pet aversion and History and Geography, a mandatory burden to be endeared to clear the TNPSC and Bank exams. When are we going to address this fundamental flaw and stop churning out armies of students bereft of concepts and applications? Why do these 1180s consistently get arrears in their Engineering? Isn’t it high time somebody figured it out? Would just window dressing the syllabus be a long term remedy? Don’t we need a systemic shift in mindset and ask the obvious question – what is the need for these myriad of exorbitantly priced Coaching Institutes? Why our BEd and TET trained erudite teachers are woefully inadequate in transforming 1176 into high NEET scores?

Let’s now turn our attention to the former “the Blue Whale episode”. Whereas the most innocuous of professions mandates a certification, the most responsible profession in this planet; Parenting is turned a blind eye towards. A child, who is not allowed to touch Nicotine or Alcohol even with a barge pole, has the most addictive tool in the planet 24 x 7. The ubiquitous ‘Cellphone’, an instrument which demands constant attention and who’s ‘friending or unfriending’ status can determine the course of one’s life and build or destroy ones self-esteem. Isn’t it time, the torch bearers of the family stopped analyzing characters living under one roof in reality shows and started noticing the “Little Boss” under their roof? Isn’t it time, the “Little Bosses” realized that ‘friending’ is a physical reality – hugs still exist in this world, they are entities who would be heard, dinner times are meant to be together and Engineering and Medicine are not the be all and end all of life. Childhood is meant to be lived and not an examination to be passed.

Many more versions of ‘Blue Whales’ and ‘NEETs’ will come and go but the “Elephant in the room” needs to be woken up and addressed. Is anybody listening?

By Sivakumar

sivakumar1814@yahoo.com

FOLLOWING YOUR BLISS 

​🎈 Author Joseph Campbell often talked about ‘following your bliss’. There is this bus driver in Chicago who does just that. He sings while he drives. That’s right… sings! And he doesn’t sing 


softly to himself either. He sings so loudly that the whole bus can hear! All day long he drives and sings.

He was once interviewed on Chicago television. He said that he is not actually a bus driver. “I’m a professional singer,” he asserted. “I only drive the bus to get a captive audience every single day.”

His “bliss” is not driving a bus, though that may be a source of enjoyment for some people. His bliss is singing. And the supervisors at the Chicago Transit Authority are perfectly happy with the whole arrangement.  You see, people queue up to ride his bus. They even let other buses pass by so that they can ride with the “singing bus driver.” They just love it!

Here is a man who believes he knows exactly why he is here on earth. For him, it is to make people happy. And the more he sings, the more people he makes happy! He has found  a  way  to  align   his  purpose  in  living  with  his occupation. By following his bliss, he is actually living the kind of life he believes he was meant to live.

Not everybody can identify a purpose in life. But when you do, and when you pursue it, you will be living the kind of life you feel you were meant to live. And what’s more, you will be happy.

Have a happy day🎈

“USA Unplugged” – story of Ganesh

First of all, I would like to thank my family, which includes all the members of the TRICHY PLUS Institute, for being the main reason in creating who I am right now. Even though, it’s just the beginning and the greatness is yet to come.

A little bit about me: I was born and brought up in one of the “cleanest city” – Trichy. Being the only son to my parents, I was actually surprised that they had let me study abroad, since it is natural for them to be over-protective. I had done my schooling in Seventh-day Adventist Matriculation and that had aided me a good amount of language skills. I finished my under graduation in J.J. Engineering College, and Yes! There exists a college named like that. A place where I only had fun for four years .

I don’t believe in accidents. I’ve always said that. I’d found this life changing institution, TRICHY PLUS, in a way that appears as an accident. I was looking for something else from the call center and had accidentally gotten information about TRICHY PLUS and their results. I don’t know why, but I gave it a shot. I called them up and that had changed the course of my life to a greater degree. I wish there was some supernatural power that I could thank now for the choice I had made then. Joining TRICHY PLUS exposed me to the fact that studying abroad exists for normal people and it is not a big deal, as it is generally made out to be. Seeing people going abroad, getting into a good position, created interest in me to pursue Education Abroad. I am going to be brutally honest with you guys, if I were to tell you that I am pursuing Education Abroad only out of my passion, then it isn’t entirely true and it most definitely won’t be motivating for a lot of us. I am doing this with a ‘bit’ of passion for Mechanical Engineering, more for having a fun filled experience in United States and also with the idea of settling here . Wait…Did I mention fun? Oh yeah..I went there seeking a lot of fun.

There is Yin in Yang & Yang in Yin. There’s duality everywhere. We all are busy focusing on someone else’s fault, pointing the mistakes of the politicians and being busy doing so. We forget to find goodness and inspiration from the regular Joe who is with us. My inspirations are endless as long as I meet everyone who struggles and continues to do so, to be able to reach where they want to go. I changed my behavior to find good qualities in others. So it’s easy for me to find inspiration from everyone around me. I am very finicky about selecting my inspiration, though! Not choosy about a person, but picky in finding the right quality I need from that person.

Right now, at this stage of my life, I am doing research in Electronic Packaging, and it’s related to the field of Mechanical Engineering, at “University of Texas at Arlington”. After this, advertising me to companies to find a job is going to be my challenge. I live in the US (Arlington, Texas) for now, and I find a lot of opportunities around myself, from exposure to people of different ethnic backgrounds and to knowledge of different kinds. The best thing about doing your higher studies in a foreign country is that the practical knowledge is cutting edge. So if you have the ambition of pursuing higher studies abroad, then have no second thought about it.

When we think of our past and try to pick out important moments in our lives, we pick the moments we enjoy the most and the ones that taught us important lessons. As I am living in a priority search to find the best way to enjoy this only life to its fullest, the main thing I learned is to “Live in this moment and FIND the beauty in it”. Trust me; there can always be a beauty even amidst the worse. So live your life to its fullest and “Let the force be with you”.

Ganesh Subramanian – contact at in.wentor@yahoo.com