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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Twilight attractions ! - பொன்மாலை பொழுது !!

பொன்மாலை பொழுது; இது ஒரு பொன்மாலை பொழுது

வானமகள் நாணுகிறாள், வேறு உடை பூணுகிறாள்   .. ..

ஆயிரம் நிறங்கள் ஜாலமிடும்  .. ..  ராத்திரி வாசலில் கோலமிடும் ..

இசைஞானி இளையராஜா இசையில் பட்டிதொட்டி எல்லாம் ஒலித்த அற்புத பாடல் நிழல்கள் படத்தில் இருந்து

 


Evening is one among the most beautiful times !  - to everyone looking at sky, the horizon provides astonishing things.  

Sunset is simply the point that the sun disappears over the horizon.  Twilight is the period between sunset and dusk. During twilight there is still light in the sky. There are three types of twilight: civil, nautical and astronomical.  

Civil twilight occurs when the Sun is less than 6 degrees below the horizon. In the morning, civil twilight begins when the Sun is 6 degrees below the horizon and ends at sunrise. In the evening, it begins at sunset and ends when the Sun reaches 6 degrees below the horizon.  

In its most general sense, twilight is the period of time before sunrise and after sunset, in which the atmosphere is partially illuminated by the sun, being neither totally dark or completely lit.  

For astronomers, astrophotographers and casual skywatchers, astronomical twilight is a great time to spot objects in the sky.  Astronomical twilight generally happens twice each day: It begins in the morning before dawn or ends in the evening after sunset when the geometric center of the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon. When the sun is at or above 12 degrees below the horizon, it's no longer astronomical twilight. 

During astronomical twilight in an area without light pollution, the horizon disappears from view and even the dimmer planets and some less visible stars can be spotted with the naked eye, according to Nature Scientists. For casual observers and those in urban or suburban areas, the sky may appear fully dark, and viewers can get a good look at objects like planets and stars that appear as a bright point of light. In higher latitudes, rare formations called noctilucent clouds are sometimes visible against a dark twilight sky. However, astronomers wait for truly dark skies to observe galaxies, nebulas and anything else that creates diffuse and tricky-to-spot light sources. 

 


Forget all the above – simple – sky offers most brilliant shades – it was day 7 of Sri Varadharaja Perumal uthsavam and at Triplicane in the evening there was no thiruther purappadu as it rained – Sri Varadharar had purappadu in tholukku  iniyan. 

Here is a photo of the dark but illuminated sky at the time of start of purappadu around 5.15 pm and the iridescence of Sun as it was setting around 6.20 pm.
 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
6.6.2023 

Life - beautiful roses - பட்டு வண்ண ரோசாவாம் !!

 Life is too beautiful to be spent worrying !


 

An unusual movie that hit the screens in 1979 -  directed by B. V. Balaguru, starring K Bhagyaraj, Rajesh and Vadivukkarasi as heroine.  The story was daringly different that of  an impotent husband,  who got injured by a bull in a village jallikattu event –  story revolved  around how they deal with the daily pressures of society and another man, who wants to have an extra-marital relationship with the woman. 

Flowers are beautiful whether they are in heap or solitary !  .. .. Plants existed on Earth for hundreds of millions of years before the first flowers bloomed. But when flowering plants did evolve, more than 140 million years ago, they were a huge evolutionary success. What pollinated these first flowering plants, the ancestor of all the flowers we see today? Was it insects carrying pollen between those early flowers, fertilising them in the process? Or perhaps other animals, or even wind or water? 

The question has been a tricky one to answer.  Many researches state that the first pollinators were most likely insects. Despite some evolutionary detours, around 86% of all flowering plant species throughout history have also relied on insects for pollination.  A very high % of   modern plants –are flowering plants, or what scientists call angiosperms. To reproduce, these plants make pollen in their flowers, which needs to be transferred to another flower to fertilise an ovule and produce a viable seed. Small and highly mobile, insects are  highly effective pollen transporters.   

There are flowers and then there is Rose – one portrayed as  the most universal of all symbols, the rose represents true unconditional love. Since ancient times, the meaning of a rose hasn’t changed at all.   

எழுபதுகளின் மத்தியில் திரை உலகம் சற்று மாறியது. இசையில் கம்பீரமாக இசைஞானி இளையராஜா முத்திரை பதித்தார்.   பாக்யராஜின் கதை, வசனத்தில் உருவான ஒரு படம் அனைவரையும் சற்று வித்தியாசமாக பேச வைத்தது.  பட்டிதொட்டியெங்கும் ஹிட் ஆனது.  ராஜேஷும் வடிவுக்கரசியும். முக்கிய பாத்திரத்தில் - அந்த படம் - கன்னி பருவத்திலே !  - இசை சங்கர் கணேஷ் - இந்த பாடலை கேட்டு இருப்பீர்கள்.


 

பட்டு வண்ண ரோசாவாம்; பார்த்த கண்ணு மூடாதாம்

பாசம் என்னும் நீர் இறைச்சேன்,  ஆசையில நான் வளர்த்தேன்

அள்ளி வச்ச வேளையிலே,  முள் இருந்து பட்டதம்மா 

Don’t worry too much about the relevance or cogency !  - a day starts better with nice interesting objects 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
6.6.2023

 

ICC World Test Championship 2023 - Ruturaj Gaikwad marriage

Utkarsha Amar Pawar bats right handed and bowls medium pace.  From 2015–16 through 2017–18, she represented West Zone Under–19, Maharashtra Under–19, and West Zone Under–23.  Later, Utkarsha took part in senior teams for Maharashtra and the West Zone. She also played for India C in the 2019 Under-23 T20 Challenger Trophy. Although her name was on the list for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction with a starting bid of Rs. 10 lakhs, she wasn’t bought.  – Utkarsha – who ?

Now comes WTC Final -  WTC final is essentially,  the World Cup final  for Test cricket. Since 2002, the ICC has awarded a trophy annually to the team that has topped the rankings, but since 2019, they began the World Test Championship (WTC), which sees nine teams compete in two-year cycles in a league. The top-two teams eventually face off in the final… .. and it is just a day away !

The final of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship, the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship, will be played from 7 to 11 June 2023 at the The Oval, London, England, between Australia and India.  Yes, you are reading it right – match between India and Australia played at Oval, England.  

Australia and India qualified for the final as the top two teams in the league stage of the 2021–2023 ICC World Test Championship. While both teams had the highest number of points at the due to the COVID-19 pandemic and multiple series being postponed, the league standings were determined by win percentage. Walking into the final India held the top position in the ICC Men's Test Team Rankings while Australia secured the second spot. Australia is making their debut in the world test final, while India, who were defeated by New Zealand in 2021, will be without several key players due to injuries. India has won only 2 at Oval thus far.

Significantly,   ICC has  removed the "soft signal rule" and the rule would not be in effect starting from the World Test Championship final.

Indian squad reads :  Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, KS Bharat, Axar Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Shami, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Jaydev Unadakt, Umesh Yadav. Reserves: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav

The winners of the ICC World Test Championship Final 2023 will take home a purse of USD $1.6 million.  Runners-up will receive USD $800,000 in prize money. The nine teams that have participated in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 will share a total purse of USD $3.8 million.  The prize money is the same as was in the inaugural edition of 2019-21.  

Chris Gaffaney of New Zealand and Richard Illingworth of England are  the on-field umpires for the World Test Championship Final. Richard Kettleborough of England will be the TV umpire, while Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka will be the fourth umpire. Richie Richardson of the West Indies is  the match referee.

For CSK star Ruturaj Gaikwad, it is so near and yet so far -   Gaikwad was part of the Reserve members but could not accompany the team that gave Yashaswi Jaiswal, opportunity to  fly to London, as decided by   India coach Rahul Dravid.



Ruturaj Gaikwad married Utkarsha Pawar in a grand wedding on June 3.  Ruturaj and Utkarsha have been  dating each other for some time.   Best wishes to India’s Cricket couple and best wishes to Team India, for winning the World Test Championship 2023

 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
6.6.2023 

Monday, June 5, 2023

where the mind is without fear !!

வாழ்க்கையின் பல ஓட்டங்கள் பயத்தில் - யாரை பார்த்து, யார் !  - எதை கண்டு ! - தெரியாது !!

 


Fear is in the mind - Fear is an intensely unpleasant emotion in response to perceiving or recognizing a danger or threat. Fear causes physiological changes that may produce behavioral reactions.  Fear is one of the universal emotions experienced by everyone around the world. Fear arises with the threat of harm, either physical, emotional, or psychological, real or imagined.

 

While traditionally considered a “negative” emotion, fear actually serves an important role in keeping us safe as it mobilizes us to cope with potential danger.  If people didn’t feel fear, they wouldn’t be able to protect themselves from legitimate threats. Fear is a vital response to physical and emotional danger that has been pivotal throughout human evolution,

 

Fear is a primal emotion that involves a universal biochemical response and a high individual emotional response. Fear alerts us to the presence of danger or the threat of harm, whether that danger is physical or psychological. Sometimes fear stems from real threats, but it can also originate from imagined dangers. While fear is a natural response to some situations, it can also lead to distress and disruption when extreme or out of proportion to the actual threat. Fear can also be a symptom of some mental health conditions, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias and more.

 

“Where The Mind Is Without Fear” is a thought-provoking poem by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.   When Tagore composed this poem his mind was confined by the chains of slavery-like any other common citizens of India because India was under the clutch of the British Rule where freedom was like day-dreaming.

 

The poet prays to God, requesting that his Nation be free of persecution and that each individual be allowed to raise his head high. There should be no dread in the environment. The country should be a place where information is accessible to everyone, regardless of caste, gender, or religion, and is provided free of charge. He dreams of a country that is not "broken up into fragments" by biases and beliefs, but rather one in which everyone is unified.

 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
5.6.2023

  

celebrating King's Birthday today !!

Today is celebrated as  King’s Birthday !! –  where is the monarch ie., the King in the countries that celebrate this day ? and if it is reference to King Charles, today is not his birthday either   !!  Charles III (Charles Philip Arthur George) who ascended the British throne was bron on 14 November 1948.



As King Charles III ascended the British throne on May 6, one of his Commonwealth realms - New Zealand -  hinted at its wish to be a republic.     Apart from New Zealand, King Charles III is the monarch and head of state for fourteen sovereign countries, collectively known as the Commonwealth realms — Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and the United Kingdom (UK). 

                      Fortunately India which once was a British colony, is a Sovereign Democratic Republic and not a commonwealth REalm.

           The Commonwealth was an evolutionary outgrowth of the British Empire. Contemporaneous with its shedding of mercantilist philosophy, the empire began implementing “responsible government”—i.e., a system under which the governor could act in domestic matters only upon the advice of ministers enjoying the confidence of the elected chamber   The Commonwealth consists of both Republics and Realms.  The British monarch is the Head of State for the realms, whereas the republics are ruled by elected governments except in the case of five countries — Brunei Darussalam, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malaysia, and Tonga — each a self-governed monarchy.

A Commonwealth realm is a sovereign state that has Charles III as its monarch and head of state. Charles succeeded his mother, Elizabeth II, as monarch of the Commonwealth realms immediately upon her death on 8 September 2022 though the ceremony took place only in May 2023.  As of 2023, there are 15 Commonwealth realms:   All are members of the Commonwealth of Nations, an intergovernmental organisation of 56 independent member states, 52 of which were formerly part of the British Empire. Charles III is also Head of the Commonwealth, a non-constitutional role.

The King's Official Birthday (alternatively the Queen's Official Birthday when the monarch is female) is the selected day in most Commonwealth realms on which the birthday of the monarch is officially celebrated in those countries. It does not necessarily correspond to the date of the monarch's actual birth.

The sovereign's birthday was first officially marked in the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1748, for King George II. Since then, the date of the king or queen's birthday has been determined throughout the British Empire and, later, the Commonwealth of Nations, either by royal proclamations issued by the sovereign or viceroy, or by statute laws passed by the local parliament.

The date of the celebration today varies as adopted by each country and is generally set around the end of May or start of June, to coincide with a higher probability of fine weather in the Northern Hemisphere for outdoor ceremonies. In most cases, it is an official public holiday, sometimes aligning with the celebration of other events. Most Commonwealth realms release a Birthday Honours list at this time.

Before 1937, New Zealand celebrated the actual birthday of the sovereign. After George VI ascended to the throne, with his birthday falling on 14 December, there were discussions to celebrate an official birthday on 9 June. The Sovereign’s Birthday Observance Act 1937 set the official birthday to be the first Monday in June (which it has been to this day), and this was first observed in 1937.  This year is the first time,  New Zealand observes the King's Birthday for Charles III.  There have been proposals, with some political support,  to replace the holiday with Matariki (Māori New Year) as an official holiday. In 2022, the Te Kāhui o Matariki Public Holiday Act declared Matariki as an official holiday separate from the Queen's Birthday,  making said proposals obsolete.  

George II ( 1683 - 1760) was King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (Hanover) and a prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. Born and brought up in northern Germany, George  was among the  British monarchs born outside Great Britain. The Act of Settlement 1701 and the Acts of Union 1707 positioned his grandmother Sophia of Hanover and her Protestant descendants to inherit the British throne.  As king from 1727, George exercised little control over British domestic policy, which was largely controlled by the Parliament of Great Britain.  He had a difficult relationship with his eldest son, Frederick, who supported the parliamentary opposition.    

For two centuries after George II's death, history tended to view him with disdain, concentrating on his mistresses, short temper, and boorishness.  

After India gained its independence in 1947, the Nation  decided to abolish the monarchy as the form of government and establish itself as a republic. At a meeting of Commonwealth heads of government in London in April 1949, it was decided that India could maintain membership if it accepted the British crown as only “the symbol of the free association” of Commonwealth members. India announced its intention to become a republic in 1949 !  - History records that   Mountbatten decided  to give India dominion status while the nation worked on its constitution  .. .. and fortunately, India is not celebrating the King’s birthday.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
5th June 2023. 

Sunday, June 4, 2023

Birds landing ! - நாராய் நாராய் செங்கால் நாராய் !!

Landing is a wonderful sight !  Painted storks have long slender legs !  - the one on the picture appears to have even longer legs !!   Most of the aeroplanes  designed by humans need to land on smooth, standardized surfaces called  runways. A bird,  can use structures that vary widely in diameter and texture, from overhead  lines to branches to statues.  How they  transition from the air to a perch is a Nature’s wonder.



தமிழ் இலக்கியம் மிக சிறப்பானது .. .. ஒருவர் தம் கருத்தை மற்றவருக்குத் தெரிவிக்க இடையே பிறிதொருவரை அனுப்புவதே தூதாகும். தூதினைப் புறத்தூது, அகத்தூது என இரண்டாகக் கூறுவார்.   தலைவன் தலைவியிடத்தே தூது அனுப்புதலும், தலைவி தலைவனிடத்தே தூது அனுப்புதலும் அகத்தூது  !!  அரசர்கள், பகைவரிடத்துத் தூது அனுப்புதலும், புலவர்கள் புரவலர்களிடத்துத் தூது அனுப்புவதும்   புறத்தூது  -இதுவோ தம் வறுமையை தம் மனைவிக்கு சொல்லிய தூது .. தூது செல்லும் பறவை 'நாரை" . 

நாராய் நாராய் செங்கால் நாராய்;  பழம்படு பனையின் கிழங்கு பிளந்தன்ன !

பவளக் கூர்வாய்ச் செங்கால் நாராய் ;

நீயுநின் மனைவியும் தென்றிசைக் குமரியாடி, வடதிசைக் கேகுவீ ராயின்  

The painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) is a large wader in the stork family. It is found in the wetlands of the plains of tropical Asia south of the Himalayas in the Indian Subcontinent and extending into Southeast Asia. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers of the adults give them their name. They forage in flocks in shallow waters along rivers or lakes. They immerse their half open beaks in water and sweep them from side to side and snap up their prey of small fish that are sensed by touch. As they wade along they also stir the water with their feet to flush hiding fish.  The only sounds they produce are weak moans or bill clattering at the nest.  

Landing is an aviation term that, for a bird, involves coming down on the ground for rest or looking for food.  High on the sky flying the bird selects its ideal landing spot, then  tucks its wings in and dives down with legs open. Birds skillfully use their wings and also their tails to reduce speed, and control their landing, enabling them to descend on a branch in such a way as barely to disturb it. This is quite an acrobatic feat when one considers the speed at which they approach the landing spot. Sometimes birds actually beat their wings opposite the direction of flight to slow themselves down quickly.

They open their wings, flap, make the increased surface area catch the wind - acting like a wind break. In landing, birds use their legs and feet both as air brakes and to grasp the perch or surface. Small birds often land by gauging a desired perch and then by flying at a speed approaching zero at or slightly above the area; the legs and feet then serve the simple function of grasping the perch. Obliged to land at high speeds, most large birds use a ballistic approach !



Here is a Stork pictured on air, preparing to land !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
4.6.2023 

Saturday, June 3, 2023

gory accident involving Coromandel Exp - Pray for departed and injured

It is extremely saddening and grief to read gory details of train accident yesterday and loss of precious lives ! Prayers to the departed soul and for speedy recovery of those injured.  Appreciations to those warriors (common men) who are rendering rescue work, donating blood and taking steps for helping those injured – great humans, we salute them ! 


Though hundreds of photos of the gory accident  are circulating on the net – chose not to post any of those but a representative photo of a train.  

Train journeys are expected to be  enjoyable ~ one can sit down, relax, chat with fellow-passengers, look outside the window seeing landscapes, trees running behind – see a bowler running in, though would never know the fate of that ball, still hung head to see the match, read books and more ..  

Shalimar railway station is one of five intercity railway stations serving Howrah and Kolkata.   Shalimar station is situated at Shalimar, in Shibpur area of Howrah. It is one of the cleanest, well-maintained and non-congested railway terminals in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area. This place is in news .. .. more so, Balasore.  The spot of the crash is a little before Bahanaga Bazar station in Odisha’s Balasore district, which is part of the Kharagpur railway division of South Eastern Railway.  According to newspaper reports, 3  trains were involved — two passenger trains going in opposite directions, and a goods train that was stationary.  

The first train, the 12841 Coromandel Express, had started from Shalimar station in Kolkata/Howrah and was headed to Chennai. It had crossed Kharagpur and Balasore, and its next stop would have been Bhadrak. The train was running almost exactly on time, and would have crossed Bahanaga Bazar (without stopping) at 7.01 pm.  

Sadly, very sadly, more than 270 people are reportedly dead with injuries to much higher no. of passengers.  It is stated that some  coaches of the Chennai-bound Coromandel Express derailed and fell on an adjacent track in the path of another train from Yeswanthpur to Howrah near Balasore in Odisha late last night. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inspected the site of the accident and took stock of the relief and restoration operations. He also paid a visit to a hospital in Balasore and met with the injured victims. Later, in an interaction with the media, the PM said that the “government will leave no stone unturned for the treatment of the injured” and “those responsible for the accident will be severely punished.”   

A massive rescue operation is underway at the accident site in Bahanaga Bazar near Balasore to retrieve people trapped in the derailed coaches. This is considered one of the deadliest train crashes in India in recent times. Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw ordered for a high-level probe into the incident and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh in case of death, Rs 2 lakh for the grievously injured and Rs 50,000 for those with minor injuries.   

Locomotive drivers are guided by signals, not so much by what they see on the tracks, especially in the dark. While details will be known after the inquiry, the Railways are looking at the possibility of a signalling error.  

Reports state that at the time Coromandel Exp  hit the goods train, a third train, the 12864 Sir M Visvesvaraya Terminal Bengaluru-Howrah Express, was going past on the adjacent Down main line, headed towards Howrah (in the opposite direction). Most of this train had already crossed the point of the accident when the Coromandel crashed into the goods train. However, the last few coaches were impacted. These derailed — either because they were hit by coaches of the Coromandel that toppled on to them, or because of the shock waves that could have passed through the ground and the tracks.  

Coromandel Express has been a premium train, a Super fast one with travel time of 25 & half hours – covering 1650 m with only 14 halts in between.  It is a daily train on the east coast of India between Shalimar, West Bengal, and MGR Chennai Central, Tamil Nadu. It is much faster tha Howrah Mail and hence preferred. The route of the train is across the eastern coast of India along the Bay of Bengal, called the Coromandel Coast,  giving the service its name.  Between  Vijayawada and Chennai, there are no halts and after Vijayawada till Vizag, it stops at Eluru and Rajahmundry.  It further halts at Brahmapur, Khurda Road, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Bhadrak, Balasore and Kharagpur. Five stops in Andhra Pradesh, seven in Odisha, two in West Bengal.

The train dates back to 1977 when it was  a bi-weekly train with  stops only at Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar and it used to bypass Cuttack and Khurda Road & Ongole were technical halts.  With some more halts added, the running time increased.  

The Coromandel Coast is the southeastern coastal region of the Indian subcontinent, bounded by the Utkal Plains,  Bay of Bengal, Kaveri delta  and the Eastern Ghats.  The coast has an average elevation of 80 metres and is backed by the Eastern Ghats, a chain of low lying and flat-topped hills. The land of the Chola dynasty was called Cholamandalam in Tamil, literally translated as "the realm of the Cholas", from which Coromandel is derived.   

Very sad that a gory accident claimed so many lives and let us pray for those dead and injured.
 
With sorrow – S. Sampathkumar
3rd June 2023. 

Appeal from SYMA - seeking your support for our Medical Centre and Education projects 2023

 Dear Friends & well wishers

·        Do you recall that those days, especially in June – the best dress that we had was the Uniform !!

·        Police,   Army, Medical professionals, Civic  Workers, school students  and more  -  the uniting factor is Uniform which has been in vogue for centuries but systematized in last century.

·        Uniforms bring in a sense of equality and ensure children attend classes with dignity

·        Even in the metropolis where Porsche, Rangerovers, Fortuners, Audi occupy the road, there are parents who cannot provide good quality clothes and quality education for their children !!

·         Having reached some position in life, many of us want to give back something to the society, helping them in some way – here is our humble effort.

செந்நாப்போதாரின் வாய்மொழியில் கல்வியின் சிறப்பு :

கேடில் விழுச்செல்வம் கல்வி யொருவற்கு

மாடல்ல மற்றை யவை.

ஒருவனுக்கு அழிவு இல்லாத சிறந்த செல்வம் கல்வியே ஆகும், கல்வியைத் தவிர மற்றப் பொருள்கள் (அத்தகைய சிறப்புடைய) செல்வம் அல்ல!  கல்விதான் சமுதாயத்தையே மாற்ற வல்லது. 

Corona (from the Latin for 'crown') most commonly refers to: Stellar corona, the outer atmosphere of the Sun or another star.   BUT human beings living in this Globe now remember Corona only as Covid 19 that impacted the World shutting down, hurting them physically, economically and in many ways.  Now things are back to normal, and schools would soon reopen for the academic year 2023-24.

No post on Corona but our little attempt in Educational support -   Please do read this – together we will change the way some students attend school. In Tamil Nadu, after almost 2 years – Schools reopened  but attendance was not so normal, hopefully things get back to normal this year.  Students will perhaps be happy in attending classes physically wearing fresh and new uniform.  



Srinivas Youngmen’s Association (popularly SYMA)  has been doing service to the society ever since 1977.  Our  services engulf  various lines such as civic welfare, medicine, health, environment, education, personality development more.     We at SYMA, feel strongly the primary responsibility of improving the Society and helping the underprivileged.   

1) Medical Centre and Laboratory run for the poor wherein free consultation and medicines are provided – popularly known as ரெண்டு ரூவா மருத்துவமனை  [Rs. 2 hospital !]   We  have a Medical lab wherein blood and other tests are done at very nominal costs.  WE have Physiotheraphy and Ultrasound scan as well.

2) SYMA Growth – a purposeful special tuition centre for coaching poor students of 10th and 12th standards.  Into its 16th  year now, this was inaugurated in  2008 and producing good results year after year, changing the lives of poor children.  The  year are planning to start by end June 2023.  

Education is the only thing that can change the lives of children coming from lower echelons of society.  We firmly believe that only quality education can improve them and ensure their moving to a higher echelon.  For making students attend schools with dignity, we have been providing uniforms for more than 2 decades now.  This year we plan to provide 1500  sets of unstitched uniforms to poor students.  Schools and students have been identified and the process is already on.   A set of uniform would cost Rs.750/- approx..  We seek your support for a few sets from your side.  




Our Tuition Centre SYMA Growth – runs at an annual expenditure of Rs.8 lakhs approx. and this year, we have plans of extending.  Generally, we collect funds in the months of  July & ahead coinciding with our Educational Aid Programme, though donations are welcome throughout the year. You have patronized us in a big way in the past, and we look forward to receiving your donations this year too. Cheques are to be drawn in the name of  ‘SRINIVAS YOUNGMENS ASSOCIATION’  (or simply SYMA)– payable at Chennai. In case any donor wishes to make a Bank transfer, details are available below. Contributions to SYMA are eligible for deduction under Sec 80G (5) (vi) of Income Tax Act, as applicable.  

Here are the details of our Current Account with Punjab National Bank:- 

A/c Name: SRINIVAS YOUNGMEN'S ASSOCIATION

Punjab National Bank  :   Current A/c No. 0346002100024570,

Triplicane Branch, Singarachari St. Triplicane, Chennai - 600 005.

RTGS/NEFT IFS Code : PUNB0034600 MICR Code : 600024015



 

Seek your donations – it can be as little as Rs.500 or in multiples of thousands or

·        Rs.1500/- notionally for 2 uniform sets

·        Rs.1000/- a day’s contribution for medicines

·        Rs.11000/- a day’s contribution for medical centre

·        Rs.25000/- for sponsoring one student’s education for academic year

·        Rs.25000/- Dhanvantri scheme for Medical centre (Name will be displayed on Board at Centre and a day’s expenses on a nominated day

·        Rs.100000/- towards Corpus Fund (name etched at the Reception of Medical centre)

Thank you – together we will strive in making this Society a much better place to live in.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
Vice-President (SYMA)
3.6.2023.
  

For more details of SYMA – please log on to : www.syma.in  ; or email us at : srinivasyoungmensassociation@yahoo.co.in. 

o   To those of you, who have already contributed to SYMA this year, this mail is not to seek additional donation but only to say thanks again.

·         To those who effect bank transfer  - please do email me (allikkeni@gmail.com) or do send SMS – we will require some details for accounting. 

·         Some photos of yesteryears !

Friday, June 2, 2023

Triplicane legends - photography

For sure many of you enjoy daily the photos of Sri Parthasarathi and other Emperuman during purappadu at Thiruvallikkeni.  Over the recent decade or so, there are so many good photographers painstakingly taking pictures and superb angles and sharing them on social media 

No post on ordinary people but legends who give quality output to the happiness of many devotees.  Photography is no art or Science, complex not simple.  There are many aspects to be mastered – it is not simply holding a Camera, lifting hand and shooting ! 

Of the many technical aspects there is - Focal length, usually represented in millimeters (mm), is the basic description of a photographic lens. It is not a measurement of the actual length of a lens, but a calculation of an optical distance from the point where light rays converge to form a sharp image of an object to the digital sensor or 35mm film at the focal plane in the camera. The focal length of a lens is determined when the lens is focused at infinity. 

Lens focal length tells us the angle of view—how much of the scene will be captured—and the magnification—how large individual elements will be. The longer the focal length, the narrower the angle of view and the higher the magnification. The shorter the focal length, the wider the angle of view and the lower the magnification. 

Lighting is most important be it broad day light or night !!  ISO Sensitivity is a standard set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that represents sensitivity to light as a numerical value.  A higher number indicates a higher sensitivity and a greater ability to capture light.  The ISO Sensitivity is set and changed in the shooting settings menu.  If the ISO Sensitivity is doubled, the amount of light reaching the image sensor required for a suitable exposure is halved. For example, if the ISO Sensitivity is increased by one stop from ISO 100 to ISO 200, you can shoot with the shutter speed one stop faster or with the aperture value one stop narrower.

 


You can ignore all that is described but cannot ignore these legends – MAPs (MA Parthasarati) explaining the nuances to video king Krishnavaibhavam Kanakarajkumar with Raghavan Nemili Vijayaragavachar and Mandayam Murali Krishna seen in the background.
 
With regards – S. Sampathkumar
2.6.2023 

transporting Cargo ~ Courier directed to pay for delay in delivery

Every trader ships their cargo with business interest of earning a profit – that is best achieved by making the goods available where they are in demand.  The profit is determined by demand and supply as also availability at that wanted hour.  Thus delay in transportation – whatsoever be the reason will only affect the trader. 

The conditions of carriage are often in fine print and much difficult to understand.  A Carrier is not an Insurer against delay – but contract of carriage enforces a legal duty to deliver in the agreed time schedule.  However, the bill of lading and contract of carriage specifies that the Carrier is not liable for loss, damage or delay.  It is expressly stated that the Carrier does not undertake that the Goods or any documents relating thereto shall arrive or be available at any point or place at any stage during the Carriage or at the Port of Discharge or the Place of Delivery at any particular time or to meet any particular requirement of any licence, permission, sale contract, or credit of the Merchant or any market or use of the Goods and the Carrier shall under no circumstances whatsoever and howsoever arising be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage caused by delay.  If the Carrier should nevertheless be held legally liable for any such direct or indirect or consequential loss or damage caused by delay, such liability shall in no event exceed the Freight paid.

Legal experts however opine that there is potential liability of the carrier for the delay.  Air Carriage prescribes limits of delay in delivery of baggage beyond certain hours and the limits vary between domestic and International flights.  In Sept. 2014, Times of India reported of this interesting case where Courier firm were asked to pay artist Rs. 5 lakh for negligence.

TOI reported that the State Consumer disputes redressal commission directed two courier companies to pay a citybased painter a relief of Rs. 5 lakh for failing to deliver her paintings in time. Padmini Rao, of Kilpauk Garden Road, had couriered five boxes containing 85 oil canvas paintings to New Orleans, Louisiana through two companies -DTDC Courier and TNT India Private Ltd.

Rao's counsel T V Lakshmanan said that her husband Ramachar Murali had booked a booth for the exhibition and sale of the paintings at a four-day Rotary International Convention, which was being held from May 21, 2011. The proceeds from the sale were to be donated to the Rotary Foundation. DTDC courier, which received the paintings on May 12, did not send it to the concerned airline carrier till May 15, Lakshmanan said. Five days later, TNT India, which was to off-load the consignment, “gave a vague assurance“ that the parcel would reach JFK Hub, New York by 1.30pm. Despite Murali's repeated calls to the courier companies underlining the “urgency of receiving the parcel immediately,“ the consignment was delivered only around 11am on May 25, the last day of the convention. Because of the negligence of the companies, Rao suffered “enormous mental agony, and a loss of $6000,“ said the counsel.

Subsequently, the couple moved the Commission stating that the parcel should have taken only three days to reach. They said that in case of an “extraordinary delay,”  it should have been delivered by May 20, adding that when they sought redressal, the Courier firms offered only an apology letter with a paltry sum as compensation. The bench of president R Regupathi, judicial member A K Annamalai, and member P Bakiyavathi said the companies had admitted the delay and had tendered apology. The companies had also offered to return the freight charges. Despite being issued notices, the two firms had, however, failed to appear before the commission. The arguments of Rao and Murali had not been challenged, said the bench, adding that it was a fit case for negligence and deficiency in services.

The Forum  then directed the companies to pay Rs 3 lakh as compensation for the expenses incurred for travel, accommodation, and booking of commercial space at the convention. The bench also slapped Rs 2 lakh fine for causing mental agony and negligence along with Rs 5,000 as case costs.

Insurance coverage is wider than the responsibility of the Carrier.  However, under Institute Cargo Clauses and other insuring terms, delay is specially excluded.   The coverage is worded stating that the Insurer on ship or goods is not liable for any loss proximately caused by delay, although the delay be caused by a peril insured against.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
9th Feb 2015.