Mother and Child

Today is MOTHER’S DAY.  Of course, everyday is MOTHER’S DAY.
Here are a few words of love sent by her child to his mother on MOTHER’S DAY. : What is a MOTHER ? — A MOTHER is someone who knows all our “needs”, our “hopes”, and our “dreams” and “desires”, with a “genuine interest” in all that we do ——– Someone who “guides” and “inspires”.
The “heart” of a MOTHER is “full of compassion”, is “generous”, “kind” and “forgiving”.  The “smile” of a MOTHER is “loving” and “tender”, and ADDS SO MUCH GLADNESS TO LIVING.
There’s another one that runs thus :

When God created MOTHERS
It’s certain that He knew
We’d need the loving, thoughtful things
that only MOTHERS do.
Like knowing when we need a push
Or when we’ve had enough
And giving help and good advice
When problems get too tough.
Like helping us to reach goals
That we’ve been dreaming of
Or being warm and caring
When we need her special love.
Yes, God knew all the beautiful
Things that only MOTHERS do
And that’s exactly why He
So, I wish each and every MOTHER  —————————- A VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Selfless love for strays

Prema arrived in Bengaluru in 1979.  Now homeless, she devotes her time to taking care of strays.
She struggles to make ends meet, let alone feed and shelter herself properly, yet this compassionate woman ensures that her 30-plus dependents are always well-fed and medicated whenever they are ill, and buries them at the Shantinagar pet burial ground after they’ve breathe their last.
Bangalore strays65-year old Prema is a blessing to nearly 30 community dogs —— some of whom she has taken care of  since they were pups — in and around Johnson Market, and near the back gate of Baldwin boys’ high school in Richmond town.  Fondly called “Mary” by most residents of the area, Prema has no family or friends in the city, and was forced to fend for herself and began working as  a part-time maid.  She also began picking up rags and recyclable waste to sell at the market, and with an income of barely 600 rupees per month has managed to feed, love and nurture 30 dogs over the last 36 years.
“No camera, no camera”‘ she says in English, with a shy smile creasing her small wrinkled face. A little hesitant to open up at first, she sheds her inhibitions when three of her “best friends” —–Suresh, Babu and Michael —— come bounding towards her with tails wagging at the sight of a box of biscuits in her hands. She says, “the others are near Johnson Market, where I get scraps of meat to feed them.  I sleep in the compound of a nearby bank, but my dogs are not allowed there.  I have to leave before the bank opens and can go back only after it closes.”
Prema feeds her pooches twice a day with leftover meat, and occasionally, treats them to bread and biscuits as well.  She personally picks out the ticks from their fur and tends to any injuries the dogs may have sustained in fights or accidents.  She has christened her other dogs with names like Peter, Jimmy, Giraffe, Zebra and Johnny.  “Since she cannot afford collars for the dogs, she uses pieces of coloured thread or ribbon to tie around the dogs’ necks, and many residents know the dogs by their names too,” says Deena Nagesh, “I first met her 5 years ago, while dropping my son off to school.  He and I are ardent animal lovers too, so we stop by every Sunday and help Prema however we can.  We sometimes give her tick powder and de-worming tablets.  At other times we give her biscuits and food for the dogs.  Otherwise, we just give her money whenever possible.”
Deena is not the only one.  There are numerous other locals who make it a point to do their bit by helping Prema and the dogs.  In fact, many children from the nearby school even give her their pocket money on a regular basis, just to help her nurture her pooches.
Deena adds, ” We want people to help however they can.  As for Prema, her selflessness despite coming from an underprivileged background is SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT GO UNNOTICED.”
——- Praveen Kumar

Accept your dog

What does your dog think about you ?  Successful ? Conscientious ? Beautiful ? Generous ? Grouchy ?  It does not matter, your dog loves you no matter who you are.  That’s why You should be just as accepting.
Dogs do have innate qualities and they need us to be accepting.  A dog’s innate quality is partly breed characteristics, part history and part individual personality.  LABRADORS are, often, overtly friendly and sometimes a bit too much at that.  INDogs (street dogs) can be a bit suspicious.  BOXERS can be obsessive with toys and play.  BEAGLES can be far too focused on their sniffing.  COCKER SPANIELS can be a bit aloof.  HUSKIES can be asocial at times.  Identify what your dog is really about and graciously accept it for who it is.  It’s all about management.
A Labrador, for example, does not have to be trained to be mellow.  Instead, when the exuberance of the dog gets too much to handle, the dog can be restrained for a short while and kept busy with something to occupy the dog’s mind, ill that burst of energy passes.
An INDog could be given his space, and allowed to approach strangers at his own pace.  Avoid physical contact with the dog altogether.  A Boxer could be given plenty of toys, even simple objects fashioned from everyday objects at home like socks and boxes.  A good way to make a Beagle happy, is to lay out interesting trails and put rewards at the end of each trail.  The trail could be laid out of all kids new smells —- flowers, twigs, a dab of curry, a bit of paneer dragged across the rooms in a trail.  Cockers Spaniels hate to be hugged.  Instead they prefer long conversations and staring into space with you.  Introspective people might love the company of such dogs.  Huskies could be given things to tear apart to strike a chord with their ancient hunting instinct.
A dog loves us, irrespective of who we truly are.  Would it be too much for us to love and respect our dogs for who they are ? –
— Sindhoor Pangal, trainer.

Quotes on family


The FAMILY is a very important unit of society.  There should be LOVE, UNDERSTANDING, CARING and SHARING among the members of the family.  Children who are brought up by loving parents, learn to love others outside their home environment, without bias.  They learn, from their parents, how to care for others and hold no prejudices.

Here are a few of FAMILY QUOTES : —

(1) The love of FAMILY and the admiration of friends is much more important than WEALTH & PRIVELEGE. —–Charles Kuralt.

(2) FAMILY means no one gets left behind or forgotten. —–David Ogden Stiers.

(3) I’ll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real FAMILY, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past, but only to the future. —–La Toya Jackson.

(4) FAMILY is not an important thing.  IT IS EVERYTHING. —–Michael J. Fox.

(5) If a country is to be corruption-free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference.  They are the FATHER, the MOTHER and the TEACHER. —–A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

(6) You don’t choose your FAMILY.  They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. —–Desmond Tutu.

(7) A happy FAMILY is but an EARLIER HEAVEN. —–George Bernard Shaw.

(8) A FAMILY can develop, only with a loving woman at its centre. —–Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

(9) A man should never neglect his FAMILY for business. —–Walt Disney.

(10) A woman can take care of the FAMILY.  It takes a man to provide STRUCTURE, to provide STABILITY.—–Tom DeLay.

(11) In every conceivable manner, the FAMILY is a LINK to our PAST, BRIDGE to our FUTURE. —–Alex Haley.

(12) To us, FAMILY means putting our arms around each other and BEING THERE. —–Nancy Reagan.

(13) The FAMILY is one of NATURE’S MASTERPIECES. —–George Santayana.

(14) I woke up one morning, thinking about wolves, and realised that wolf-packs function as FAMILIES.  Everyone has a role, and if you act within the parameters of your role, the WHOLE PACK SUCCEEDS, and when that falls apart, SO DOES THE PACK. —–Jodi Picoult.

He keeps the key

heart-key-300x254Is there some problem in your life to solve

Some passage seeming full of mystery ?

God knows, who brings the hidden things to light.


Is there some door closed by the Father’s hand

Which widely opened you had hoped to see ?

trust God and wait—-for when He shuts the door


Is there some earnest prayer unanswered yet

Or answered NOT as you had thought ‘twould be ?

God will make clear His purpose by-and-by


Have patience with your God, your patient God

All wise, all knowing, no long tarrier He

And of the door of all thy future life


Unfailing comfort, sweet and blessed rest

To know of EVERY door He keeps the key,

That He at last when just HE sees ’tis best

will give it THEE.


Therefore, whenever you are doubtful as to your course, submit your judgement absolutely to God, and ask Him to shut against you every door BUT THE RIGHT ONE. In the meanwhile, continue along the path which you have been already treading. Abide there, unless you are clearly told to do something else.