July 2, 2021

Spelling Bee Contest: A Pointless Exercise

Posted in eMail News at 12:18 pm by వసుంధర

Professor B. R. Sant is an eminent scientist, who is much concerned on excellence for the enthusiasts. our readers knew him through his book on ‘Towards achieving excellence in Teaching and Learning’. Now, in late eighties, his concern for the same is not slackening. His reaction on the results of the recent spelling bee contest is presented here:

Dear All:

A slightly controversial subject, Thought it may interest you, your family, and your friends.  Do try to give a feedback 

 U.S. Spelling Bee Contest  Does it  help NRI children?

The year-after-year U.S. Spelling Bee Contest (The Hans India,  June 30, 2021) reminds me of Agatha Christie late 1950s  film “Witness for the prosecution” with famous Sir Charles Laughton and Marlene Dietrich as main casts. A person, a young man, gets close to a rather old but rich widow and convinces her about some technology-breakthrough research that he is doing for which he needs lot of money.  The widow is much enamoured  and she even writes a major part of her ‘will’ in favour of the young man.  Later, the lady is murdered and the young man is a natural suspect,.  However, the lawyer feels his client is innocent.  As the trial proceeds, the question came about the young man’s  important invention.  It was around  a  unique technology to separate yellow from the white of an egg.  The trial and arguments were going on and on, till the  Judge asked:  Was it  really “necessary”  to separate  yellow and the white of an egg? No answer was forthcoming and the case fell  through.  The question therefore arises:  Is an expertise in knowing  spellings of all the words necessary, especially words of foreign origin, rare words?  We have dictionaries, google searches.   Upto some level of school/college, it is alright.  Beyond that it is “huge” stress on children who many a times are virtually forced to enter spellation contests. Health in any game, sports, or academic exercises is the most important.  Practicing spellation is highly strenuous and it does not help enhancing IQ either. thehansreader@gmail.com Some of the readers may be remembering a detailed news-report  a few years ago  that appeared about a USA-based  young husband-wife  literally forcing their 11 year old son to compete in spellation when  the boy was begging he is not interested’  he would rather like to study and learn many other subjects of his interest.  Parents did not listen.  The child broke down on the test date and was later under psychiatric treatment for 5 years.  We do not know  how many such cases are there in USA among NRI children.  No wonder native Americans dont care for trivial contests.  whereas  we feel proud about our children.  All I am trying to say is parents must not force on  children their likes and dislikes.    

Professor B. R. Sant
Retired CSIR Scientist
Block B,   Flat  No. 111,  Saket Pranaam
Kapra,  Hyderabad   500103
Cell 87901 8233

 [PUBLISHED AS IT IS IN THE HANS INDIA, HYDERABAD,  1ST JULY 2021;  Regret inability to make a scan copy] 

October 27, 2013

Currency is not a writing pad

Posted in eMail News at 9:29 pm by వసుంధర

In India, we have the habit of taking notes on currency notes. If we resort to this, the currency may just have the value of  a writing pad or even less. Please read the following information given by Ms. Shridevi Muralidhar:

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1st JANUARY 2014 ANY BANK WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING WRITTEN ON NOTE

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Please share this message with all your friends & relatives!!!

Guidelines:
Because of writing on Indian  currency notes, Indian Govt loses Rs 2,638 crores every year, so please don’t write anything on currency note as they can’t be used for STD transactions e.g. We can’t find written
Notes in ATM.

When will we learn to value & respect our own currency?

Have you seen a dollar bill or a Pound with anything written on it?

RBI RULE FROM 1st JANUARY 2014 ANY BANK WILL NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING WRITTEN ON NOTE YOU CAN NOT DEPOSIT THAT NOTE IN BANK..

BY ORDER

R…B….I..

SPREAD THIS NEWS ITS IMPORTANT.

Our comment: There are practical difficulties in implementing this just with one stroke of pen. But be prepared for such fate before using a currency note as a writing pad!

June 26, 2012

Patrol the Petrol

Posted in eMail News at 8:31 am by వసుంధర

In a developed country petrol is the need. India is aspiring to be a developed country and petrol is nothing but luxury there. If you want to understand the magnitude of this luxury read the following comments conveyed through an email by Ms. Shridevi Muralidhar.

New Greetings:

May your happiness increase like Petrol Price,

May your sorrow fall like Indian Rupee, and

May your joy fill your heart like corruption in India…!!!

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Congress is fulfilling its promise, when they said: GDP will rise this year.

The only thing we forgot to ask him its full form:

G= Gas & Gold

D= Diesel & Dollar

P= Petrol & Penny

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Pleasure & Pain come at the same price: Rs.80/- for a Beer Bottle OR 1 Litre Petrol.

Decision is yours…झूम लो,या घूम लो.!!!

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All Girls’ Dream come True!

All Girls’ Dream Boys will come on horse!

All thanks to the Petrol Price Hike!

…………..

Dear Father-in-Law,

I deeply regret taking a Car in dowry.

Please take your Daughter or Car back…

I cannot afford both.

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Now Tata Nano’s fuel cost will be more than its EMI per month!

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Soon, Rupee will be SENIOR CITIZEN (above Rs.60 per US Dollar);

Petrol has already become VERY SENIOR CITIZEN in Bangalore (Rs.81 per litre) !!!

……………….

Finally it has happened…

After decades,

Beer is now cheaper than petrol !!!

Now, there will be new slogan: JUST DRINK; DON’T DRIVE !!!

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Expensive petrol will help solve the problem of traffic jams!

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Drink and drive should not be a problem now.

After all, how many will be able to afford alcohol and petrol on the same day?

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We have the world’s cheapest car and the world’s costliest petrol.

Sign board at Petrol pump: Buy Petrol worth Rs. 20,000 and get a TATA nano absolutely free.

(scheme forआम आदमीNow he can get car with petrol! )

……………..

Good News!!!

Please forward this to MAXIMUM people you know,शायद किसी को काम आ जाए:

जिसकोpetrol Rs.17/- per litreचाहिए,

वो इसpetrol pumpसे जा कर ले ले:

Man at Petrol Pump: Full tankकर दो…

Attendant: Sir, PAN Cardकीcopyदो…

Man: What? Why? How?

Attendant: Sir, it’s a HIGH VALUE TRANSACTION !!!

May 17, 2012

Some Fascinating Historical Photos- 1

Posted in eMail News at 9:35 am by వసుంధర

Thanks to Shridevi Muralidhar here are some really fascinating historical photos:

 

 

 

           15th August 1947, First News Paper of INDEPENDENT INDIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Photo of Jhansi Laxmi Bhai taken by German photographer Hoffman 160 years ago

 

 

 

 

 

Look out for some more fascinating ones coming soon……

May 7, 2012

No Arms No Legs No Worries

Posted in eMail News at 8:57 am by వసుంధర

Nick Vujicis has no legs and no arms.  But he never stops moving. And so is his story which is moving. And you all know that inspiration comes only through moves.  Here is an interesting, moving and inspiring story from Mohammed Shiraz Qamar, Director, Golden Inspirations:

Can you imagine yourself having a life without your two precious legs and arms and still be thankful for life?

Can you think of a time when you wanted to hold someone’s hand and you did not have any hands? If you can’t then you must watch this video and see how bravely Nick Vujicis has taken over life with a smile and has decided to be a beacon of strength for everyone.

Do you know you are eternally blessed by being healthy and alive?
Do you know you are very special and you have everything you need to do everything you want?
Go ahead and embrace the life you have …you are indeed blessed and special!
Click here to watch the video
Don’t forget to forward this email to your friends.
Thanks & Regards,

Mohammed Shiraz Qamar
[Director]
Golden Inspirations
http://www.goldeninspiration.com

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