A very special Christmas!

Got up very late on this chilled December 25th morning as I am alone in Delhi for Xmas this time. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sent me text with wishes on the occasion of ‘Good Governance Day’ when, being a Christian, I was expecting my government to wish me (and ensure) peace and joy on the occasion of Xmas.

However, my neighbours, a Bengali-Hindu family, offered me a cup of coffee and a piece of cake knowing that I am alone this time and that has made my day. This kind of gestures strengthen my trust in the inherent goodness of human beings regardless of their caste, colour, creed or religion. And, I also realise that the forces of evil will never be able to damage the secular fabric of this great nation.

Those who rule us may realise that the so called ‘Development’ and ‘Good Governance’ is possible only when the rights and freedom of each individual is respected and honoured!

Wishing you all the Peace that this season brings when there is total restlessness around!

Wishing you all happiness when there is nothing much to be happy about!

Merry Christmas!

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Early reading experiences

balarama

Grabbed a copy of Balarama, the largest selling children’s magazine in India, from Sulthan Bathery KSRTC Bus Station last night. In our school days, we used to spend around 3 rupees for this magazine. Now it costs 13 rupees. Our early childhood days were filled with the wait and fight for Balarama and similar magazines like Balamangalam and Poompatta. Of these, Balarama is the only one still being published. I still remember a 51-rupee prize money received for parody writing competition from Balarama during my upper primary school days.

Now, something for the readers of my generation. Kuttusan and team have still not succeeded in trapping Mayavi. There is a slight change in the costume of Luttappi. He started wearing a lengthy sleeveless T-shirt over the black jetty he used to wear (could be because of the moral police). Shikkari Shambhu has been renamed as ‘Shikkari Shanku’. The missing folks are Kapeesh, Kaliya, Jampan & Thumpan etc. I dont know whether ‘Manthriyude Thanthrangal’ which was one of my favourites is still there or not.

Next issue onwards, Balarama is going to have animations. It will have moving pictures. Waiting for my son to start reading so that I can be a regular subscriber of the magazine once again!!!!!