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Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 90 minute Independence Day [15-8-2016] address to the nation spoke about Baluchistan for 3 minutes towards the end of his speech. Yet the next day all print media, TV debates, and commentators had nothing else but this story as a topic for discussion and front page news. So what did the prime minister say that was so provocative? For this let us examine the story of Balochistan – its origin, its people, and its history. The history of Balochistan goes back to pre-Indus valley Civilization dated at 7000 BC; it was the western most limit of the Indus valley civilization. The Baloch people, the largest ethnic group in the region, are of Kurdish descent that has absorbed Dravidian genes. Therefore the Baloch people, like the Bangladeshis, are ethnically quite different from the Punjabis, the Sindis, and the Pathans that are the ruling elite of Pakistan.
How would you feel if you were a Mother who loses her only son at his prime age of 21, and then be unable to be present for his last rites and never be able to visit her son’s grave for a lifetime? Some pains can be forgotten, some forgiven, but for Mrs. Thressiamma Joseph from Kerala, this one riled her for over 25 years.
Unknown to this pain, a course of Army Officers get together to celebrate their 25 years of passing out from the Indian Military Academy. Their plans to meet up in Dehradun are being worked out. Will it be possible to gather all the mates after a gap of 25 years? How many will turn up finally?
Jun 1992, somewhere in the North East. 2nd Lt ET Joseph is looking forward to catch the train in a day to go back to his hometown on leave cum posting. His posting order had come few weeks ago from the Gorkha Battalion that was his home for over a year. Though commissioned to Army Intelligence Corps a year back, he felt at home in the paltan that he was serving now. He was dined out from the Unit the previous day and had been stuck off strength.
The officers are relaxing in the Mess, suddenly they receive reports of some terrorist movement. The unit is tasked to neutralize them. The CO gets his Quick Reaction Team together. 2Lt ET Joseph knew the terrain well. He volunteers to go with the team for the operation at night so that he could be back by early morning to catch the first convoy out. The others asked him to chill. But ET feels that he should join the boys in the operation. He has time till the morning to get back. Unknown to many, God had other plans…..2Lt E Thomas Joseph lays down his life for the nation in the firefight that night.
Far away in Shillong, the next day, another serving soldier, Sub Maj AT Joseph, is preparing for his dining out in the JCO’s Mess. He is looking forward to reaching Bangalore, his next posting station. As he reaches the JCO Mess, he receives the news. Heartbroken and devastated Sub Maj Joseph leaves for Nagaland accompanied by two of his colleagues. They reach the temporary camp location on the 3rd day after the death of his only son. The mortal remains of brave heart 2Lt ET Joseph are laid to rest in his father’s presence. Due to poor connectivity those days, it is not possible to transport the body to the soldier’s hometown. ET’s father leaves the place within two hours of burial at the Army cemetery. He is terribly broken due to the unimaginable grief of losing his son. He is in a state of shock.
When the news of the loss reaches Mrs. Thressiamma Joseph, she and her two daughters are inconsolable. Sub Maj AT Josephis unable to come to terms with the biggest loss in his life and on his request, gets his retirement sanctioned from Indian Army. He comes back to his family in Kerala the same year. He does his best to educate his two daughters, ensure the family lives decently, over the years he gets his daughters married. The husband and wife then look towards the twilight in their lives.
Deep down, both Joseph and his wife Thressiamma try their best to overcome their grief. But a sadness that had no closure couldn’t be overcome. The mother in Thressiamma, longs to visit the burial place. But they are unable to afford the long journey. Where would they gather that kind of money? How would they travel thousands of miles? Who would know the place? Who would help them? With old age catching up, the hope just fades away. They hope to meet their son at God’s abode one day.
New Delhi: Feb 2016 – Jun 2016: The plans for a big bash for the 88th Regular and 71st Technical Course to celebrate 25th year of service to the nation gets underway. The core team gather information of all the officers who had stepped out from Indian Military Academy on 08 Jun 1991. Slowly the number of officers and families who agree to travel to Dehradun increase. The show is getting bigger and better each passing day, as news of some buddy who had lost touch trickles in. Amidst all the plans to make the reunion memorable, one evening Vikram Gill one of the leading organizers of the event, calls up Sajan and says “We have to remember and honour those who have fallen amongst us. We have to make their families proud”. They decide to design an apt memento for each next of kin (NOK) of the Martyrs, invite and felicitate them.
Vikram then sets out to find out the addresses of the NOK of Martyrs, who had laid down their lives at various points. His tireless efforts, reveal to him, a list of 19 brave hearts. 2Lt E Thomas Joseph is first in that list. A memento is made for each NOK of the Martyr. Their families are contacted and invited to join the celebrations at Dehradun. However Sub Maj AT Joseph and Thressiamma could not be contacted as they had shifted from their address.
Eight Veer Naaris, Brothers and Sisters of Martyrs, travel from far and wide including Australia and take part in the three day celebrations in the last week of June 2016, where over 140 officers, nearly 100 ladies and over 100 children attend with full gusto.
The events aptly commence with felicitation of the Veer Naris and NOK of the Martyrs. A film painstakingly made by Anirban & Jacob is screened which brings memories of yesteryear’s spent with these brave hearts. The course together has won 1 Ashok Chakra, 2 Kirti Chakras, 6 Shaurya Chakras, 2 Yudh Seva Medal, 32 Sena Medal Gallantry, 8 Sena Medal Distinguished, 7 Vishisht Seva Medal, 5 Mention in Dispatches. Truly they are among the bravest ones. The celebrations are great, well planned and heart touching. Bonding is amazing meeting up with buddies who are reuniting after a gap of 25 years. The Veer Naris who attend feel honoured and thankful to the course for the great gesture. Vikram requests the memento’s be personally handed over to the NOKs who could not attend. The responsibility to hand over ET Joseph’s memento rests on the shoulder’s of Shamsher who is posted at Kochi.
Shamsher searches for ET’s parents. The address he had is old. One rainy day in Kerala lady luck finally smiles when he locates Sub Maj AT Joseph’s humble abode near Kottayam. He reaches there and presents the memento to the proud parents. The fact that their son was still being remembered and honoured by his buddies even after 25 years really makes the parents extremely happy. Over a cup of coffee, Thressiamma, pours her heart. She talks about her unfulfilled dream of making a trip to the North East and pray near her son’s grave.
Shamsher returns to Kochi and informs the course in their social group the need to help a mother to fulfill her long standing dream. A decision is taken that the course will rise to the occasion. The hurdles are many. The old age of the parents, the finances, the long travel, and most of all…..to find the location of the grave. A quarter of century has passed and the knowledge of the event has faded. Not much is known.
Robi who is posted in the North East volunteers to search for the grave. His efforts each day results in despondency. Then one fine day, the grave is located. It is dilapidated. So a new dimension is added to the long list of pending tasks. How to get the grave restored?
Egged on by Shamsher, the course contributions starts pouring in. Course mates of E Thomas Joseph, from Army, Navy and Air Force, from 78 NDA Course and 88 Regular/71 Tech Course rise to the occasion. The figure has crossed Rs 2,30,000.
Indigo Airlines Salute to the Martyr. A course mate working with Indigo Airlines, contacts their Management, who on hearing the story straightaway agree to sponsor the travel of the parents and sisters from Kochi- Bangalore- Kolkatta- Dimapur through Indigo airlines. The tickets sponsored by Indigo for Sub Maj AT Joseph , Thressiamma and two sisters are already with the parents. This is an extraordinary gesture by the airline and goes a long way in giving it back to the nation in their own way. Kudos to Team Indigo for showing a unique way to the country, how to show gratitude and salute its heroes!
Course mates in various places are arranging stay at all these places. The grave is being done up. Permission is being sought from various authorities to ensure the visit goes on without any hassles. The Army will also play a part to ensure the visit goes well.
78 NDA & 88 Regular/ 71 Tech courses are unique. ET’s parents lost one son but got back 300+. Each of the sons are striving hard to ensure the trip goes smooth. Vikram Chauhan in Delhi, Robi in North East, Shamsher in Kochi, Manoj with Indigo, RN at Kolkatta, Atul Salunkhe, Lalli Virk, Sanjay Tripathi, Viju Sundaresh and many others are working tirelessly to make The Closure. This journey also reveals the kind of passion the service officers work with qualities like Camaraderie, Regimentation, Sacrifice, Selflessness, Espirit-de-Corps, Bonhomie, Commitment and Friendship which all were the essence of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations.
The trip is planned for October 2016. Cheers to this Band of Brothers, and to Indigo Airlines who have magnanimously chipped in!
*A mother’s dream is about to be fulfilled!*
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam:
“I want to tell you about an important incident that happened in my life in 1958. Some of you will have read about it in Wings of Fire. But for the young people here who have not come across the book, I thought I would repeat it.
When I was a young boy, I dreamt that I would fly. I had a fantastic teacher, Sivasubramania Iyer, who gave me the idea that I must take to science and do something connected with flight. So I went into aeronautical engineering and graduated in 1957, a long time ago.
I wanted to become a pilot. That was my dream. I applied to the Air Force and was asked to attend an interview with the Air Force Selection Board at Dehra Dhun. So I travelled all the way from my home in the island town of Rameshwaram, in the south of India, across the sea, from Mandabam to Chennai, from Chennai to Delhi, from Delhi to Dehra Dhun. It was the first time I had seen the whole of India, this beautiful land of different cultures.
The grown-ups and the swamis know what happened in the interview, but I’ll describe it for the young people present. In four days you had to do all sorts of things: run,do gymnastics, attend interviews and group discussions. Out of twenty-five applicants, eight were to be selected. After four days of difficult tasks, nine were selected. I was the ninth, but they wanted only eight. I was told I had a good chance because normally one fellow would not pass the medical exam. However, for some reason, by God’s grace, all the eight got through the medical, and so I was not selected.
I was very dejected, so I decided to take a bus to Delhi via Rishikesh and Haridwar. That was the route I selected. I started from Dehra Dhun in the early morning. When I arrived in Rishikesh, suddenly the beautiful vista of the Ganges appeared in front of me, that crystal clear water coming from the Himalayas. I felt like taking a bath, even though it was November. After bathing in the Ganges, I was putting on my dhoti, when I looked over at the opposite riverbank. There I saw the most beautiful, happy building.
Automatically I was attracted to that building, which was Swami Sivananda’s ashram. Swami Sivananda was sitting on a pedestal giving satsang to hundreds of people. I was sitting in the very last row.
After his discourse on the Bhagavad Gita, normally he would randomly select two people from the crowd for an interview. I was one of the two selected. I don’t know what made him select me. He called me to his chamber, then he looked at me and said in Tamil, “What’s your name?” “Abdul Kalam,” I replied. “Why are you sad,“ he asked. This great one, this chosen one, this godly person, knew of my sorrow! I replied, “Swamiji, I will tell you the facts. I had come from an interview with the Air Force Selection Board and I was not selected to be a pilot.”
Swami Sivananda looked at me. I was such a small fellow in front of him. Then he opened the Bhagavad Gita at the eleventh chapter, Vishwaroopa darshan, in which Lord Krishna appears in front of Arjuna in all His forms. When Arjuna tells Krishna he is afraid of fighting in the Kurukshetra war, Krishna tells him,
“Defeat the defeatist tendency.” That is a great message. Swami Sivananda asked me to repeat the statement “Defeat the defeatist tendency” three times. I repeated it three times and I was cheered up. He then gave me twenty of his books published in Tamil and English. It was such a great experience.
So, friends, I will never forget this incident in my life. I am now in the seventy-second orbit of the sun, which means my age is seventy-one. One orbit around the sun takes one year, so I have completed seventy-one orbits.
Swami Sivananda’s mantra: “Defeat the defeatist tendency” is always with me and that great philosophy and advice which Lord Krishna gave to Arjuna always comes to me whenever I’m in trouble.”
ENDORSEMENT OF NAME, OR/and the DOB OF THEIR SPOUSE
ESPECIALLY PRE-1996 VETERANS
It is known as Pazham kanji in Kerala and Pazhaya Saadham in Tamil Nadu !
During the good old days, there was no practice of preparing hot morning breakfast, as we do now, among most South Asian and South-East Asian families. The previous day’s cooked rice was soaked in plain water overnight and was consumed the next morning with some nutritious supplements such as fresh buttermilk, slightly salted onions or other non-spicy pickles such as gooseberry or lemon.
Known as “Pazhaya Saadham” (meaning old rice) in Tamil, “Pazhankanji” (old rice porridge) in Malayalam and “Saddhi Annamu” or “Saddhennamu” (meaning cold rice) in Telugu in South India, it is one of the most nutritious foods.
For centuries, this has been the staple food of many South Indian families, particularly of the low income groups. It is, of course, now replaced with fashionable hot breakfast.
The cooked rice may be soaked in an earthen vessel or vessel made of natural clay or rock. (In Tamil families, vessels made of natural rock, called “Kalchatti”, were used. Many South Indian families use this even now though it is called by different names in other languages. Some families use this “Kalchatti” that has been handed down to them from generations. It is found to be free of harmful bacteria and other normal disease-causing elements.
By soaking the cooked rice in water, the lactic acid bacteria break down the anti-nutritional factors in rice, resulting in improved bioavailability of micronutrients and minerals such as iron, potassium and calcium by several thousand percentage points. For example, after 12 hours of fermentation of 100 grams of boiled rice, the availability of iron increased from 3.4 mg to 73.91 mg (an increase of 2,073%).
In the agrarian communities of South Asia (India included) and South East Asia, fermented rice played a big role in the lives of people. It gave the energy, the nutrition and the cooling effect that they needed for a full day of manual labour. Unfortunately, people moving up the food chain (or wealth chain, rather) looked down on fermented rice as the pauper’s food and ignored the great nutritional value it provides.
Food scientists, after researching on the food practices among regions in the world, have concluded that South Asia’s tradition of consuming in the morning as breakfast the previous day’s cooked rice soaked in plain water overnight is the best. It has the rare B6 and B12 vitamins that are not otherwise easily available in other food supplements. This rice generates and harbours trillions of beneficial bacteria that help digestion and has many disease-fighting and immunity-developing agents. It has been found that this is a compact and complete breakfast.
The bacteria that grow in the intestines due to this rice safeguard the internal organs and keep them fit and ready. Consuming this rice helps quicker digestion and wards off aging, bone-related ailments and muscular pains.
Brown rice or parboiled dark-brown rice (usually preferred in Kerala) is the best for this rather than white rice as the nutrients are retained intact.
The American Nutrition Association has listed these benefits if you stick to the practice of consuming such soaked rice.
Consuming this rice as breakfast keeps the body light and also energetic.
Consuming this rice takes away your body’s craving for tea or coffee. It is the richest source of Vitamin B12 for vegans.
So, do not throw away that extra rice you had cooked. It could be the healthiest breakfast you will ever have.
The Directorate of Air Veterans has recently re-launched its website, http://www.iafpensioners.gov.in to resolve pension related queries/ grievances and timely finalisation of NE benefits.
All Air Veterans are requested to log in to this website and update their personal information like Mob No, residential address and e-mail address.
[S/L Chandra mouli is an ever helpful JVVian. In case of any clarification please contact him at – firstname.lastname@example.org – Wg Cdr JP]
You are required to send an application to Joint Director, Dept. of Sainik, welfare and Resettlement at Bangalore to issue a certificate for claiming exemption of 50% property tax as per section 94 A (b) of Karnataka Municipality Act 1964 ( Karnataka Act 22 of 1964).
The following documents are to be attached along with this application.
a) Copy of Ex-Serviceman Card issued by Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore
b) Copy of service record on retirement
c) Copy of sale deed/building sale letter
d) Copy of Katha
e) Copy of tax paid receipt.
You have to fill up SAS Application, workout the tax to be paid with the concession, attaching the following.1. Green Form (Waste management cess)
2. Concession grant certificate from Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore<span
3. ID card by Sainik Welfare Board, Bangalore
4. ID card of retired officer
5. Receipt 2008-2009.
6. Receipt 2012-13 or the latest.
7. Certificate in kannada (self decleration)
1. Unlike the private sector, there is no disparity in pay.
Its true. All the officers of the same rank get the same salary. Inconsistency in salaries is still a common problem in several fields elsewhere, but that’s not the case with the Armed Forces.
2. Every officer gets equal opportunity to succeed.
There is a straight way to rise up the ladder, and everybody has to clear tests at regular intervals. These determine your future, nothing else.
3. Women can now fly fighter planes, and take up other combat roles.
4. The military nursing service is a highly reputed branch of the Army, and a great place to work for women.
Its literally the department that keeps the army going. This is the department that cures people and takes care of them.
5. In fact, if teaching is your passion the Army Education Core has women employees that are involved in training.
6. All officers, men and women, get to lead and manage massive troops.
Leading a big troop is the best way to imbibe a team spirit and leadership values. The Armed Forces is the avenue that will teach you these skills like no other place in the world.
7. Armed forces are the only government entity where you are assured a pension on retirement.
Earlier women joined the Army for a short period of time in which pension and other benefits were unavailable. But, in 2010, the Delhi High Court granted women permanent commission in the Army which includes added benefits. Well, that is good news since your finances even after retirement are secured.
8. The Armed Forces allow you to continue your studies while serving the Army.
Now that is a win-win for sure. For those of you who want to get another degree or further their career after the Army, the Armed Forces is a great option. You have options to opt for courses, or take a study leave if you wish to.
9. Women leading contingents are making headlines everywhere, so you know the opportunities are spread far and wide.
10. And aren’t the uniforms just classy?
11. The respect you will command in and outside the forces will be priceless.
Ladies, are you listening? It’s time to conquer the world!
Retired doctor turned author, Eva Bell is a JVVian, residing at D 421 JVV.An article on her “They shall overcome”, published in METROPLUS in The Hindu of 11 Feb 15, reproduced below. She has also contributed to our silver jubilee souvenir with an article “Living in a colony”.Long live her tribe.
Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)
photo: g.p. sampath kumar
Retired doctor turned author, Eva Bell is petite, yet her personality towers over you. She wins your heart with her soft voice and stories of her journey as a doctor in mission hospitals, which sound perfect for a novel.
She’s in the news for her latest book – Power Surge In Eden – published by Notionpress.com (Rs. 225). The book is about four young Indian girls.
Abandoned by their biological parents in a mission hospital, they get adopted by German families. The story is about how they cope with life and loneliness in Germany, and their longing to meet their biological parents even though they lead good lives. They return to India in their 20s and start a recreational space, Eden, for women to get rejuvenated.
Adoption is the theme of this book as “when I worked in a mission hospital, I saw many abandoned children. We had many German doctors working with us. We started an adoption campaign with them and helped 30 children find homes with European families.”
There are quite a few religious references in her book. This, says Eva, was not intentional, “but as I worked in a mission hospital, the prayer side naturally came into the book as that’s where the story begins. There’s nothing more to that.”
The story also explains the cultural differences and adjustments problems the four young girls go through as children in Germany.
“There is a lot of fact in that story. When I visited Germany for seminars, I would meet some of the children, who spoke of their trials there. Some of them went through emotional stress and rejection even though they were provided with the best. There was always this romantic notion of being reunited with their biological parents, especially during their teens. Many overcame these negative emotions with counselling and are doing well. Some even come back here to help others, which I think is beautiful.”
Eva also compares the modern world to the Garden of Eden in her book, where the girls recreate a run down home into a beautiful garden and resort just for women. “I drew my inspiration from people I met during my profession. As many patients open up to us, I have used that as a peg to build my characters on. Being a physician has helped me be a good writer as I was exposed to varied lifestyles and problems that people faced. Sometimes their emotional problems did affect me, but I had to pull up my socks and continue as there were so many more that needed help.”
Eva’s message with this story is that “the child’s loyalty must lie with his/her adopted parents. They should learn to look forward and march on.”
Till date most of her stories have had happy endings, “because it’s my way of telling people that things will end up well. That they can overcome what ever they are going through.”
Being a physician has helped me become a good writer as I was exposed to varied lifestyles and problems that people faced
Apple Cider Vinegar is Not Just for Food
Rub apple cider vinegar on your veins twice a day, and drink a teaspoon once a day.
10. Homemade Cough Remedy
What you need:
Banana, considered as ‘fruit of happiness’, contains Tryptophan Mino substance which helps in increasing ‘happy hormone’. It helps in improving your mood and emotions.
This happy fruit provides energy to nervous system which regulates your digestion and controls your blood pressure, making heart muscles strong. A ripe banana quickly helps in restoring your energy levels with three natural sugar: sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber.
A brown-spotted banana hints that the antioxidant levels have increased. The brown spots form when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into antioxidants.
It assists with weight loss and helps you in easing your hangover..
It is a brain food which helps in boosting libido.
It can help in treating stomach ulcers. It has natural heart burn therapy.
It also helps you to quit smoking and neurological disorders.
Banana peels can do much more than offering comic relief in slapstick films. Rub the inside of the banana peel over a mosquito bite to soothe the itch.
The inside of a banana peel can also heal planter warts. If you’re free from such health complaints, it’s still worth keeping your peels out of landfill. Instead, bury them in your garden; they make a great natural fertilizer.
Bananas for cancer
Over-ripe bananas produce an anti-cancer substance that combats cancer cells
With all those advantages, why not peel yourself a banana today?
With chemical antidepressants taking six to eight weeks to kick in, perhaps sufferers would be better off reaching for a quick banana fix.
(Mid-Day as seen in msn.com)
Freedom from occupation of the land
But what about freedom
from exploitation of gender and hunger
from fights over caste and religion
from inequality based on creed and region
India, my great land of legends
when are you going to be really FREE?
Give me the power to dare
to reach the heights with no fear,
Instead of meekly stand and stare.
Give me the courage to defend
the innocent from injustice of any kind,
Instead of simply sit back and pretend.
Give me the strength to protect
the unique and wild to keep them intact,
Instead of finding excuses to destruct.
Give me the heart to offer
whatever is left in the coffer,
Instead of walking past those who suffer.
Give me the chance to dream
Give me the courage to dare
Give me the conviction to do.
GIVE ME THE POWER TO CHANGE,
THE POWER TO CHANGE MYSELF,
TO CHANGE MYSELF FOR THE BETTER.
6. There is no land between Somnath Shiva temple and the south pole.
7. World’s first university was established in India.
8. Peacock was initially bred for food.
9. Rameshwaram Temple has the longest corridor in the world.
10. There is a crater in the moon named after Aryabhatta.
11. Sanskrit is a perfect language for developing a computer software.
12. First successful eye transplant was performed in India.
13. Arabic numerals were not invented in Arabia, but in India.
14. India has never invaded any country.
15. Artists of Kangra school of art painted with blood!
16. Father of Medicine and Father of Surgery, both Indians.
One of the earliest school of medicine known to mankind is Ayurveda. It was consolidated by Charaka nearly 2500 years ago.
Sushruta, father of surgery, used to conducted complicated surgical procedures 2600 years ago, without the sophisticated instruments of today.
17. Padmanabhaswamy is the world’s richest temple.
18. India has the largest postal network in the world.
19. Diamonds were first discovered in India.
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Rules to live by
As we grow old and hence wiser, we slowly realize that wearing a $300 or $30K watch, they both tell the same time…..
Whether we carry a a $300 or $30K wallet/handbag, the amount of money inside is the same;
Whether we drink a bottle of $30 or $3K wine, the vomiting is the same;
Whether the house we live in is 30 or 300sqm, the loneliness is the same.
Hopefully, one day you will realise, your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world.
Whether you fly first or economy class, if the plane goes down, you go down with it…..
Therefore..I hope you realise, when you have mates, buddies and old friends, brothers and sisters, chat, laugh, talk, sing song, talk about north-south-east-west, heaven & earth, that’s true happiness!!
Five Undeniable Facts of Life :
Six Best Doctors in the World
1.Sunlight 2.Rest 3.Exercise 4.Diet 5.Self Confidence & 6.Friends
Maintain them in all stages of Life and enjoy healthy life
He could just pass 10th. He was jobless. Nothing too much in the name of assets.
He reached Mumbai in search of a job. It was not a great start for him. He was looted outside the Bandra station for the only rupees 200 he had and other belongings. He lost everything excluding the clothes he was wearing.
The most unfortunate thing was that he was robbed by the person who accompanied him to Mumbai and promised a rupees 1200 per month job. Because he feared that his parents would not allow him work in Mumbai, he came to Mumbai without informing them.
Before coming to Mumbai, he worked in Chennai and earned rupees 250 a month. He would send the money to his family in Nagalapuram Village located in the Tuticorin district of Tamilnadu. His family included his parents and seven siblings.
At Bandra station in the year 1990, a 17-year-old boy who had nothing, except determination.
He did not understand Hindi. Feeling pity about his situation, a Tamilian took him to a temple and appealed visitors to contribute money and arrange a ticket for him to Chennai.But the 17 year old boy, Prem Ganapathy, was damn sure that Mumbai is going to make his life. After a bit of effort, he got a job of washing utensils at Mahim Bakery. He would earn rupees 150 per month. He continued working at several restaurants to earn and save.
In about two years, he saved some money to start his own business of selling Idlis. He hired a handcart for rupees 150 per month rent and bought some utensils along with a stove for rupees 1000. It was year 1992, when he started operating his business outside Vashi railway station.
After doing it all alone for some time. He felt the need for some manpower as his business grew. He brought two of his younger brothers to Mumbai. He ensured hygiene at the eatery and they all wore a cap. This was a surprise for his customers as roadside eateries did never care about this.
Local authorities seized his cart on many occasions and he had to pay the penalty to get it back as such carts did not get a license. In few years, he saved some money and leased a shop by giving rupees 50000 as a deposit. They paid a monthly rent of rupees 5000 and also hired two additional employees. His streetside cart was now a small restaurant.
Many of his frequent visitors were college students and he made good friendship with them. He learned using internet from them and started looking for recipes on internet. He started experimenting with dosas and in the first year itself, introduced 26 new dosas like Schezwan Dosa, Paneer Chilli Dosa and Spring Roll Dosa. By 2002, his restaurant had 105 varieties of dosa and earned a lot of fame.
However, he always dreamt of having an outlet in a mall. He approached many malls but his offer was turned down as they were reserved for big brand like McDonald’s etc.
But he got an opportunity to open his outlet in the Center One Mall at Vashi. He got the opportunity because the managerial staff at the mall were frequent visitors to his restaurant. His outlet in the mall was a big success and people started asking for the business franchise. He agreed to the offer on a condition that all the ingredients will be provided by them.
In year 2012, they had 45 restaurants across 11 Indians states and 7 at foreign nations like New Zealand, Dubai(U.A.E), Muscat (Oman). Everything under the name of The Dosa Plaza. The man who was standing outside Bandra station without a single penny with him in 1990, had set up a brand and empire of 30 crores in 2012.
Hard work always triumphs!! Kudos to Prem Ganapathy!
visit http://www.dosaplaza.com/ if you want to be a franchisee
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MARY is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin. She realises that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise her bar – she will go broke.
She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans). Word gets around about Mary’s ‘drink now, pay later’ marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar.
A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognises that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary’s borrowing limit.He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.At the bank’s corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into Drinkbonds and Alkibonds. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets.
Since Mary cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. So she now is broke.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro, no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in government.
Please spend a few minutes to read this – it may make a HUGE difference in life (after death}
Letter written by a wife after her husband’s death in an accident
“Few things I learnt after my husband’s death:-
We always believe we will live forever. Bad things always happen to others.
Only when things hit us bang on your head you realise… Life is so unpredictable….
My husband was an IT guy, All technical. And I am a chartered accountant. Awesome combination you may think.
Techie guy so everything is on his laptop. His to do list. His e-bill and his bank statements in his email. He even maintained a folder which said IMPWDS wherein he stored all login id and passwords for all his online accounts. And even his laptop had a password. Techie guy so all the passwords were alpha-numeric with a special character not an easy one to crack. Office policy said passwords needed to be changed every 30 days. So every time I accessed his laptop I would realize it’s a new password again. I would simply opt for asking him ‘What’s the latest password instead of taking the strain to memorize it.
You may think me being a Chartered Accountant would means everything is documented and filed properly. Alas many of my chartered accountant friends would agree that the precision we follow with our office documents and papers do not flow in to day to day home life. At office you have be epitome of Reliability / Competent / Diligent etc but. At home front there is always a tomorrow.
One fine morning my hubby expired in a bike accident on his way home from office.. He was just 33. His laptop with all his data crashed. Everything on his hard disk wiped off. No folder of IMPWDS to refer back to. His mobile with all the numbers on it was smashed. But that was just the beginning. I realised I had lot to learn.
9 years married to one of the best human beings with no kids just the two of us to fall back on but now I stood all alone and lost.
Being chartered accountant helped in more ways than one but it was not enough. I needed help. His saving bank accounts, his salary bank accounts had no nominee. On his insurance his mom was the nominee and it was almost 2 years back she had expired. But this was just a start. I didn’t know the password to his email account where all his e-bill came. I didn’t know which expenses he paid by standing instructions.
His office front too was not easy. His department had changed recently. I didn’t know his reporting boss name to start with when had he last claimed his shift allowance, his mobile reimbursement.
The house we bought with all the excitement on a loan thought with our joint salary we could afford the EMI. when the home loans guys suggested insurance on the loan, we decided the instead of paying the premium the difference in the EMI on account of the insurance could be used pay towards prepayment of the loan and get the tenure down. We never thought what we would do if we have to live on a single salary. So now there was huge EMI to look into .
I realised I was in for a long haul.
Road accident case. So everywhere I needed a Death certificate, FIR report, Post Mortem report. For everything there were forms running into pages indemnity bonds, notary, surety to stand up for you. No objections certificates from your co-heirs.
I learnt other than your house, your land, Your car, your bike are also your property. So what if you are the joint owner of the flat you don’t become the owner just because your hubby is no more. So what if your hubby expired in the bike accident and you are the nominee but if the bike is in a repairable condition .you have to get the bike transferred in your name to claim the insurance. And that was again not easy. The bike or car cannot be transferred in your name without going through a set of legal documents. Getting a Succession Certificate is another battle all together.
Then came the time you realise now you have to start changing all the bills, assets in your name. Your gas connection, electricity meter, your own house, your car, your investments and all sundries. And then change all the nominations where your own investments are concerned. And again a start of a new set of paperwork.
To say I was shaken my whole life had just turned upside down was an understatement. You realise you don’t have time to morn and grieve for the person with whom you spend the best years of your life. Because you are busy sorting all the paper work.
I realised then how much I took life for granted. I thought being a chartered accountant I am undergoing so many difficulties, what would have happened to someone who was house maker who wouldn’t understand this legal hotchpotch.
A sweet friend then told me dear this was not an end, you have no kids, your assets will be for all who stand to claim. After my hubby’s sudden death. I realised it was time I took life more seriously. I now needed to make a Will. I would have laughed if a few months back if he had asked me to make one. But now life had taken a twist.
Lessons learnt this hard way were meant to be shared. After all why should the people whom we love the most suffer after we are no more. Sorting some paperwork before we go will at least ease some of their grief.
1. Check all your nominations…
It’s a usual practice to put a name (i.e in the first place if you have mentioned it) and royally forget about it. Most of us have named our parent as a nominee for investments, bank accounts opened before marriage. We have not changed the same even years after they are no longer there with us. Even your salary account usually has no nomination.. Kindly check all your Nominations.
– Bank Accounts
– Fixed Deposits, NSC
– Bank Lockers
– Demat Accounts
– Insurance (Life, Bike or Car or Property)
– PF Pension Forms
We have passwords for practically everything. Email accounts, Bank accounts, even for the laptop you use. What happens when your next in kin cannot access any of these simply because they do not know your password… Put it down on a paper.
Every year for tax purpose we do investments. Do we maintain a excel sheet about it. If so is it on the same laptop of which the password you had not shared. Where are those physical investments hard copy.
Make a Will. I know you will smile even I would had I not gone through all what I did. It would have made my life lot easier a lot less paperwork. I wouldn’t had to provide an indemnity bond, get it notarised, ask surety to stand up, no objections certificates from others…
When you take a loan say for your house or car. Check out on all the what if, what if I am not there tomorrow, what if I loose my job. Will the EMI still be within my range. If not get an insurance on the loan. The people left behind will not have to worry on something as basic as their own house.
My battles have just begun… But let us at least try and make few changes so that our loved ones would not suffer after we go. We do not know what will happen in the future. But as the Scout motto goes: Be prepared ”
NEVER TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED DO THINGS APPROPRIATE FOR THE ONES WHO DEPEND ON YOU WITH LOVE
The recent post on International Yoga Day (see below) has brought a lot of positive feed back. YOGA is not an one day ‘affair’ but must remain as a life long practice that should become a daily routine, I take great pleasure in choosing some of the best (out of the hundreds of videos available on the net) and presenting it here.
Chosen for ease of explanation and follow up.
Pran Oorja – Anulom Vilom Pranayam
Your health is in your hands and feet, in a manner of speaking. Take it now for a healthier and happier life.
21st June is International Yoga Day that is being celebrated all over the globe.
Join with your friends if possible, otherwise, do a few YOGA exercises including systematic breathing in your home. Relax. Spend atleast 30 minutes on Yoga.
It is for your health and happiness.
Do it everyday just like brushing your teeth and make it a habit.
See and feel the difference in a month!
Go here to know What is YOGA ?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday
Yoga to reduce weight
Wife : Shall I prepare Sambhar or Rasam today . Husband : First make it, we will name it later
A frustrated husband in front of his laptop:
dear google, please do not behave like my wife…
Please allow me to complete my sentence before you start guessing & suggesting
A man brings his best buddy home for dinner unannounced at 5:30 after work.
His wife begins screaming at him and his friend just sits and listens in.
“My hair & makeup are not done, the house is a mess, the dishes are not done, I’m still in my pajamas and I can’t be bothered with cooking tonight ! Why the hell did you bring him home for?”
Husband answers “Because he’s thinking of getting married”
Couldn’t stop sharing this one…
Husband: I found Aladin’s lamp today.
Wife: wow, what did u ask for darling??
Husband: I asked him to increase your brain ten times..
Wife: oh..jaan..luv u so much.. Did he do that??
Husband: He laughed and said multiplication doesn’t apply on zero.
Employee: Sir You are like a lion in the office! What about at home??
Boss: I am a lion at home too, But Goddess Durga on the lion there !
A man gifted his wife a diamond necklace for their anniversary and wife didn’t speak to him for 6 months.
Was the necklace FAKE?
Nooooo! That was the deal🙂
A couple was having dinner at a fancy restaurant. As the food was served, the husband said, “the food looks delicious, let’s eat.”
Wife: honey…..you say prayer before eating at home.
Husband: that’s at home sweetheart……here the chef knows how to cook.
Best Slogan on a MAN’s T-Shirt :
“Please Do Not Disturb me, I am Married and already very Disturbed”
This is a killer🙂 I could not stop laughing and I am still laughing — Great stress buster🙂
Sardar to Librarian: l want a book named “Psycho The Rapist”.
The Librarian searched for 3 hrs then came back & Slapped the Sardar & said
Idiot the book name is “Psychotherapist” ……
Today is International Yoga Day that is being celebrated all over the globe.
Join with your friends if possible, otherwise, do a few YOGA exercises including systematic breathing in your home. Relax. Spend atleast 30 minutes on Yoga.
It is for your health and happiness.
Do it everyday just like brushing your teeth and make it a habit.
See and feel the difference in a month!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing an asana at Rajpath on Sunday.
Photo: The Hindu
Yoga for Beginners
Click the link below to read
(Info from – Sqn Ldr Chandramouli)
Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanahalli Main Road, Bangalore is a landmark in Bangalore. Being associated with it, that too as an owner of a flat, is an honour.
Though the majority of the residents are ex-fauji and used to a strict ‘regimental and regulated’ life, some times, this gets reflected in the present ‘civilian – call it retired’ life in a negative way. Some times, we tend to be close minded and refuse to accept new ideas and realities.
Take for example – BOM, Board of Managers, elected every year to run the everyday affairs of this great gated community. While those elected are the ones who have volunteered to ‘face the music’, the majority of us, the so called OWNERS of the flats, unfortunately, are eternal cribbers. In everything we tend to see ‘red’ and pick on the BOM. This, surely, kills the initiative and enthusiasm of the brave ‘VOLUNTEERS’ who have dared to accept the ‘ungrateful job’.
But let me hasten to add the ‘other side of the story. Some of the elected/selected members of BOM, become ‘tigers’ overnight and tend to treat the rest as mere mortals with no mind of their own. Prey waiting to be pounced at! They would never own up the mistakes, many times done unintentionally, but would try to cover up and sweep it under the carpets during the AGM/SGM.
With all that, let us remember, that JVV is one of the best gated community in Bangalore. Some would even say that JVV is one of the best in the COUNTRY. Fully agreed.
Still so much more can be done by ALL. With cooperation, we can ‘create wealth’ within and drastically reduce the ‘overall’ expenses in running the day to day affairs of JVV. We must treat the tenants as part of the family instead of a disagreeable ‘bahus’. They should be encouraged to participate in the AGMs as non voting members representing their owners. Agreed that this may bring more confusion if they are permitted to have the right of ‘free speech to bring out everything under the sun and the ‘shades of common areas’.
GEO who is doing roaring business in many areas, started off from our shopping complex. Remember the days when Kammanahalli was considered a ‘Kaadu- forest’ and people would come to JVV for basic needs like making a STD phone calls from GEO’s booth, a couple of DECADES ago?
I dream of a day when JVV brings nothing but JOY!
Let us participate and be part of the solution!
I am at present a NRJ – Non Resident JVVian. Living about 6000 feet above msl allows me to take a ‘panoramic view’ and luckily still get the emails regarding JVV through the ‘groups’ and our so called official CF portal. I enjoy going through them in depth and detail; and keeping upto date with the happenings in my second home called JVV. Incidentally, my first home in the Nilgiri hills is called “Panorama” [if you ever visit the hills – Ooty, Coonoor or Kotagiri – please do give a call. Talking to or meeting a JVVian is always a pleasure].
As long as I was in JVV, I would not miss the AGM/SGM. But it always gave the impression that ‘the pure veg lunch’ gets priority over the agenda points and there is always a ‘senior soul’ who is in a serious hurry to propose vote of thanks for the out going BOM. Let us face it, not many are interested to ‘face the music’ as a Prez or Sec of BOM. Fair enough, but have you ever realised that the ones who get elected/selected or NO ANGELS but ‘may’ also have some ‘ hidden interest’ to head the ‘RULING PARTYT’ for a year. I am told that there are some extra ‘perks’ that come as ‘part of the job’.
The majority of the JVVians, being typical Indians, are not interested in the ‘affairs’ nor participate in the ‘activities’ of JVV. But we do not hesitate for a minute to preach – ‘let us live peacefully and not crib or question the various decisions taken by the BOM even if they are against laws/by laws involving in the expenditure of ‘lacks’ – lacks accountability (pun intended ).
Every BOM has done many ‘excellent works’ but the truth is every BOM has also done some ‘extra works’ that needs high lighting and scrutiny. Why blame the ‘messenger’ who has the knowledge and courage of conviction to make them public?
Yes, you might have guessed about whom I am talking about. I have never met Sqn.Ldr. Chandramouli during my Air Force days. And, hardly spoken to him a couple of times in JVV. But his knowledge about JVV and other ‘worldly matters’ has impressed me a lot. His conviction of certain ‘wrong’ decisions of BOM during the AGMs and the subtle humour in his emails/comments when he mentions about them are a treat.There are plenty of points that he brings out, add to our GK. Another person whose emails/comments I look forward to is the much mistaken and ‘unsung hero’ Cdr.Satpathi. Of course, I miss the wisdom of Air Cmde Murugan.
Swatch Bharat, CLEAN INDIA will become a reality only with every one’s participation. Same is the case with JVV. Not only external cleanliness but ‘inner one too’.
Let us be active players instead of just remaining as ordinary ‘jalra’ players! I am acutely aware that you have to have some ‘special talents’ even to be a JP [ not me but a Jalra Player]
______________________Thanks, Jayaprakash.Nice to hear good words from a friend.Few friends during my morning walk ask me the same question why have I stopped participating in these discussions in the E mail groups on the affairs of JVV.I said that “every thing in this world has a definite End”. This activity too perhaps is nearing its closure.This answer did not satisfy, of course.To tell you the truth,my advice (You called it flatteringly as Wisdom) on the matters affecting JVV is a devalued commodity.It had no value to the recent BOMs nor to those movers and shakers who operate behind the screen.Its incremental gain is close to zero (at the knee of the curve).It is purely waste of time to advise those who pretend to listen but know that it has no value to them.Silence is a better way to avoid good advice that does not contribute towards their aim.In fact, I think that it is futile to advise those who needed no advice.When I hear accusations of bribe etc in JVV, it not only makes me very sad but also demotivated.Further my health does not permit me to sit long hours at the computer even though mails from JVV are very few.From other groups, I get more than 150 mails every day. I spent more time deleting them than answering those few that do require some kind of intervention.I confine myself to Veteran issues, mainly pension, some Health information useful to a larger audience of Senior Citizens and some matters concerning Defence, strategy and inter service issues.Perhaps, I may have to stop even these limited interactions in a year or two.I liked your Blog.Especially last one about your Nepali friends.I was in GCT sometime before I was transferred to Guindy to do my engineering degree in Electronics (telecom). Why don’t you send them directly to my E mail ID.Warm Regards,S.Murugan.Air Cmde.
The powerful message is when MOTHER NATURE lets out her fury, nothing can remain the same. The Nepal earthquake of 7.9 magnitude is truly devastating. The more you ‘see it’ on the 24×7 TV channels [I prefer ‘TimesNow’] your heart is filled with sadness. I feel much more ’cause I have traveled to Nepal three times and have very good friends there.
We had three Nepali students who had come to study in GCT, Coimbatore under the COLOMBO plan as the student exchange was known then. I was very friendly with all of them -Upendra Prasad Dhital, my course mate who went on to head the Nepal Airport Authority, Gautam Bahadur Amatya, who rose to head the Kathmandu water board as Chief Engineer and Girija Prasad Ghimire, who became a minister as he was a Nepali Congress leader.
The first time I went to Kathmandu was in 1970 after completing my engineering course from GCT along with Upendra. I remember the long train journey from Coimbatore, the couple of days halt at Calcutta [we stayed at RG Kar Medical College hostel where Upendra’s cousins were studying, at the height of Naxal Problem in West Bengal], reaching Raxaul, Bihar by train and crossing over to Birganj a Nepal border town. Due to bad weather, our flight was cancelled and we had to take a bus that reached Kathmandu in the night. When we reached UP’s house in Paknajole, Naya Bazaar the children in the house were very curious to see his South Indian friend. After a couple of days, when I became familiar with the family, I asked his elder brother- Dhaju in Nepali, why was the rather strange and curious reception by the childern, he laughed and said,’since they were told that a South Indian friend was coming, they expected to see a very dark skinned person and not a fair skinned one’. I was treated as part of the family and I still carry very pleasant memories of my First Trip.
The second time was in 1980. I did my Basic Mountaineering Course at HMI,Darjeeling as an Indian Air Force Officer. After completion of the course, I had called my wife to join me at the beautiful Darjeeling and along with my son who was about three, flew to Kathmandu. Upendra was away but Gautam and Ghimire looked after us well for the couple of days we spent in Kath.
The third time was in 2000. By then, I had taken voluntary retirement from IAF and living in New Delhi. We were invited by Gautam to stay with him at his house in Kopundole, Lalitpur, Kathmandu. Along with his charming wife Kenny and children Sarina and Karina, he treated us in royal style. Along with his family, Upendras and other friends, we had a wonderful 2000 New Year bash. Sadly, my great friend Gautam passed away a few years back.
When I heard the news about the latest earth quake on 25th April, our first instinct was to find out about Kenny and the girls. After what appeared to be a long wait, atlast, Kenny answered the mobile call towards the afternoon and confirmed that she and her daughter were safe. Along with the neighbours, they have moved to a open ground as a precaution. We were greatly relieved to know that they were safe.
And, Kenny Gautam Bahadur Amatya was very grateful and felt happy that her family friends living so far away in South India remembered and had a word of comfort for them. We, as Indians, never forget our friends where ever they are in this world and remember the adage ‘a friend in need is a friend indeed’.
We are also happy and proud that Prime Minister Modi has galvanized the entire government machinery to render all possible help to Nepal at this hour of need. Nepal, we are with you to share your sorrow and sufferings!
Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli, 453 JVV informs
This mail is to answer many queries i had received from residents on payment of property tax on line.
Property tax for 2015-16 is due for payment. If you pay before the end of this month, you can avail discount.
Follow these steps to make payment on line.
1. Go to this link, to go to main page.
2. click current assessment year : year 2015-16
3. Enter one of the details in the column given, reproduced below
Please Enter The SAS 2008-09 Application No.: Or Old PID: or New PID:
4. select the owner name
5. click continue
6. In the next page select you ward No. which is Kacharakanahalli . All other details will come automatically. Select mode of payment. If it is credit/debit card, select IDBI, out of three that will show up. submit. The next page is for payment through credit card. Enter all details asked for, to complete transaction.
7. When the transaction is complete, receipt will appear. Take a print out of this receipt.
Property Tax – 50% for Armed Forces in Karnataka
For any clarifications, please feel free to contact.
Sqn Ldr C S Chandramouli (Retd)
Kammanahalli Main Road
Ph 080 23682453
The home page can have the Names and Pictures of BOM with important telephone numbers. Pages need not be limited but participation in terms of comments etc can be restricted to only JVVians. The BOM can have an INTERNAL DISCUSSION page that is password protected and available only for BOM members. Now the million dollar question is who is going to maintain this weblog? Simple, I am sure all the members of BOM are familiar with PC systems and basic internet and hence NO EXTERNAL help may be required. Or, yours truly, though living in the far off mountains (not yet become a saint or sanyasi) can volunteer to maintain as a tribute to the great JVV. By the way, for those who want to ‘have a dekho ‘ please visit my website www.badaga.co that has more than 361,000 hits or http://www.jalvayuvihar.wordpress.com [with more than 17,000 hits] The future is in DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY. Let us grab it. For FREE!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dear JP-Sir,The very idea behind the formation of JVV common floor was to have some kind of common official forum where all the official matters related to JVV can be discussed thread-bare without fear or favor. However, unfortunately while most members have registered to the group, there are several members who haven’t registered and miss out on important communication.At the same time, this forum should not be used for discussing other matters not related to JVV. There are other groups like email@example.com, where people are welcome to discuss any matters under the sun. I used to be a part of that group earlier, but very soon I discovered that i’m not able to keep up with the number of topics being discussed on that forum and that i won’t lose much sleep by not reading those topics of discussions so i had opted out.Also, I see that several important discussions regarding water-tank and society registration are being discussed on the unofficial forums without ever making it to the official forum created for the benefit of the society. I’ve also observed that whenever a new BOM is constituted, they come with their own new mindset and it takes time for them to implement the official communications systems that was so effectively set up by AVM Thusu a few years back when we signed up withcommonfloor.com website.One possible remedy is to add the official communication mechanism to the bye-laws of the society and make everybody abide by the same including preventing of spam emails. The centrex number-scheme can also be amended to the bye-laws. However, getting a consensus amongst this group is next to impossible🙂Creating a separate email id only for JVV communications does not scale well, as people might never check their jvv email ids unless it is their primary email.Regards,ManishC-345, JVV
Jal Vayu Vihar, Kammanahalli Main Road, Bangalore is a landmark in Bangalore. Being associated with it, that too as an owner of a flat, is an honour.
Though the majority of the residents are ex-fauji and are used to a strict ‘regimental and regulated’ life, some times, this gets reflected in the present ‘civilian – call it, retired’ life in a negative way. We tend to be close minded and refuse to accept new ideas and realities.
Take for example -BOM, Board of Managers, elected every year to run the everyday affairs of this great gated community. While those elected are the ones who have volunteered to ‘face the music’, the majority of us, the so called OWNERS of the flats, unfortunately, are eternal cribbers. In everything we tend to see ‘red’ and pick on the BOM. This, surely, kills the initiative and enthusiasm of the brave ‘VOLUNTEERS’ who have dared to accept the ‘ungrateful job’.
But let me hasten to add the ‘other side of the story. Some of the elected/selected members of BOM, become ‘tigers’ overnight and tend to treat the rest as mere mortals with no mind of their own. Prey waiting to be pounced at!
With all that, let us remember, that JVV is one of the best gated community in Bangalore. My friend Wg Cdr Thomas Vergheese, corrects me that JVV is one of the best in the COUNTRY. Fully agreed.
Still so much more can be done by ALL. With cooperation, we can ‘create wealth’ within and drastically reduce the ‘overall’ expenses in running the day to day affairs of JVV.
GEO who is doing roaring business in many areas, started of from our shopping complex. Remember the days when Kammanahalli was considered a ‘Kaadu- forest’ and people would come to JVV for basic needs like making STD phone calls from his shop/booth, a couple of DECADES ago?
Wg Cdr Thomas Verghese’s initiative of establishing ‘FRIENDS OUTLET’ is an example of how an out of box idea can bring in benefits to all.
We must, keeping our differences away, join in endevours like his. I dream of a day when JVV brings nothing but JOY.
For a start, let us make JVV a ‘HOT SPOT’ – I am talking about free WI-FI in all flats; Start a BONSAI club; Solar street lights with LED bulbs inside the colony etc etc
Jal & Vayu stand for greater heights and daring depths.Let us reach them.
Limitation is only in our minds. Open it up!
Ache din aane wale hi!
Thomas Verghese ( Owner of Sector D, 529 ) Replied :
JP Sir, Thank you for your kind words.
Wi-Fi spots with a Low Tariff in clusters was being thought of by a few of us. There were other plans also like – small portable water trolleys with pumps to reach emergency water requirements instead of being at the mercy of Water Bowser Mafias – Gp Capt PU Bhat and the previous BOM team were looking at Solar Power generation and heating from above MPH and in clusters. We have experts in the field within JVV itself – Mr Vinay Shetty of Flat 19 and Cdr Venugopal of Flat 237
We could not pursue these & other ideas as we could not figure out the way to meet the initial overhead expenditures or because of ‘change of guard’. All BOMs have had well meaning people but end up in ‘Fire Fighting’ or get bogged down with Litigation. The AGMs, many times, become ‘Debating Clubs’ more to prove ‘Who is right, instead of What is right’. We are generally unable to arrive at a consensus during the AGM or afterwards to work for the common good due to various reasons.There is no need for any despondency, as all this must be an evolving issue of any group or community of diverse backgrounds. I hope and pray that God will give us the wisdom to realize the futility of clashing with conflicting ideas and work instead towards consensus solutions (Possible & Not Utopia!!!).In the interim it would be great, if you could think of ‘Revenue’ generation on the lines mentioned in earlier mail or through other ideas. The ideas for implementation need to be nurtured with ‘Hand Holding’ by professionals and experts from within or outside JVV. These projects need not necessarily be done through the BOMs (ideal) but through other small groups with BOM’s approval. They should be without any financial outflow from JVVAOA funds requiring the long tedious path of AGM approval.
We need your help.With Best Wishes,
Thomas Verghese~~~~S.Bharaktiya [B192]Dear Mr. Thomas, It is nice to read your mails as your are always striving to make JVV better, though it is already the best place in Bangalore.Towards this aim, revenue generation can happen by offering amenities for which the residents are ready to spend. On this list is the developing of recreation facilities like indoor games above MPH on which you can put solar panels if you so desire. There could be a card room, table tennis etc wherein middle and elder residents could also participate. A hang out place like coffee shop for teenagers to elders. There is subsidy on solar installation so you cost of building the hall above Mph will be very little.Revenue generation by providing water by tanker, will be possible only if you have truck mounted one and could be franchisee set up or in house. Hoardings on the periphery.Revenue model for the conversion of domestic waste to gas and manure would be inline with the times.The other approach is expenditure reduction. The largest expenditure to my knowledge is water, to reduce this go for RWH or STP. In the latter case you will get manure for sale. For this you can approach the area MP for finance from Mplad scheme or the MLA.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mr Oswald Pereira ( Tenant of Sector A, 006 ) :It is always a pleasure to see how so many of the so called owners strive to make JVV a Ultra Super Colony to live in,
I would like to bring in a few points here for revenue generation, without any extra efforts:
1. Bring all apartment owners under one umbrella, who are outside of the colony or out of Bangalore and rent/sell their flats. Friends Outlet could be engaged by the association on profit sharing model
This will benefit in eliminating crooks and unscrupulous elements from compromising the quality of JVV in terms of security and any unlawful exposure. This will help increase the revenue and ensure the colony is maintained in its true regimental spirit
2. Auction the outlets built on the erstwhile garbage dumping spots in a fair manner. Allotting them to a known few without an auction will limit our scope for a better deal
3. There are a number of silver oak trees just rotting and posing danger. They have commercial value. Selling them to timber/plywood industry will fetch good income, in lakhs of rupees, to the association. Re-plant other trees which serve for greenery and have commercial value as well~~~~~~~~~~~~
JP replies : It is really nice to see that we are getting many positive comments on ‘OUR DISCUSSIONS’ to make JVV the best in Bangalore and beyond.
First of all, one of the mistakes, we – the so called apartment owners, have committed is treating the TENANTS as OUTSIDERS. High time we fully involve and integrate them into our system. We must invite them to our AGMs as non -voting guest members.
I am fully in support of what Mr.Oswald has suggested. Wg Cdr Thomas Verghese’s “FRIENDS OUTLET’ could be officially named as our ‘Real Estate Agents’ on mutually beneficial profit sharing basis. A win-win situation.
Yes, silver oak trees are indeed of commercial value. Recently we have sold a large number of trees from our tea estates. The price depends on the girth [the circumference of the tree at a height of 5ft from the ground] and the height of the tree. The price could be anything from Rs.5000 to Rs.10,000/- per tree. The saw mills readily buy them [aren’t there a couple of them very close to JVV?]. They cut the trees to 8 or 10 feet lengths to cart off. These cut into slices and made as packing cases for export as well to be used in centering work for building work.
Yes, we can also plant more Silver Oak trees and see for ourselves that ‘money grows on trees’ apart from going green. The forest department gives the tree saplings FREE.
I am sure there are many more ‘commercially viable’ ideas. Welcome to the world of wealth creation !
A SOLDIER’S FATHER
By Wing Commander VENKI IYER
The helicopter appeared over the late morning horizon. We were to receive Mr Lachhman Singh Rathore who was visiting our flight to perform the last rites of his son, Flying Officer Vikram Singh.
Only the day before, I had sent the telegram, “Deeply regret to inform that your son Flying Officer Vikram Singh lost his life in a flying accident early this morning. Death was instantaneous.” It was the first time for me, to meet and manage the bereaved next of kin.
While most wives and mothers insist on seeing the body, many a time there isn’t a body to show. Flying Officer Vikram Singh’s remains were only a few kilos – scrapped from what was left in the cockpit. We had to weigh the wooden coffin with wood and earth.
The pilot brought the helicopter to a perfect touchdown. Soon Mr Lachhman Singh Rathor was helped down the ladder. A small man of 73 years clad in an immaculate dhoti. As I approached him, he asked in a near whisper, “Are you Venki, the Flight Commander?” “Yes Sir.” “Vikram had spoken to me about you. I’d like to speak to you alone for a minute.” We walked to the edge of the concrete apron. ‘I have lost a son, and you have lost a friend. I’m sure that you have taken great care in arranging the funeral. Please tell me when and where you want my presence and what you want me to do. I’ll be there for everything. Later, I would like to meet Vikram’s friends, see his room and, if it is permitted, visit his work place. I then would like to return home tomorrow morning.” A commander couldn’t have given me clearer instructions.
The funeral, with full military honours, was concluded by late afternoon. After the final echoes of the ‘Last Post’ faded away Lachhman Singh spent the evening talking to the Squadron Pilots. Vkram’s roommate took him to see Vikram’s room. Lachhman Singh desired to spend the night in his son’s room instead of the guest house we had reserved for him. Early next morning after a tour of the squadron area, my boss took him to his office. A while later the staff car took Lachhman Singh to the civil airfield two hours away.
As the car disappeared round the corner, I remarked to my Boss, “A brave man he is. Spoke to me like a General when he told me exactly what he expected from us during his stay here. I admire him.”
“Yes Mr Lachhman Singh Rathore is a warrior in his own way. He sired three sons. His first son Captain Ghanshyam Singh of the Gurkha Rifles was killed in Ladakh in 1962. His second son, Major Bir Singh, died along the Ichogil Canal in 1965. His youngest, Vikram Singh, who had the courage to join the Air Force, is also gone now. This simple farmer has contributed more to our country’s defence than any other I know.”
Yes, he is a brave Indian
But he does not get a “bharat ratna”. A millionaire who earned by endorsements gets it
I was watching PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day [15-8-16] speech on TV.
What caught my ‘attention’ was the ‘polar bear’ at the right bottom corner.
Look carefully. Notice the polar bear?
Some times even Camera angles can play tricks.