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dinner consisting of chappathis and a side dish.   Only I do not let my stomach feel heavy.

         But then  , with all these precautions, I must not pretend to be young.   I have developed an unmistakable awareness that time is running out, however slowly it might be and anticipate the inevitable with as much calm and equanimity as I can muster.

                                                                                                                                                     20 Feb. 2001

20)    Silent Zone

         I live in a silent zone in the city, practically free form the noise pollution except the faint ringing of a church bell at 5:30 a.m. and a little earlier, the voice of a muezzin from the mineret of a far off mosque calling the faithful for ‘Namaz’.   I have experienced the cacophony of a dozen loudspeakers in Madurai blaring from a dozen road side temples, early in the morning at 4:30 a.m., in the month of Margazhi.  A terrible experience indeed, but people put up with any amount of noise pollution in the name of religion, marriage functions, political meetings and pretend not to notice.   Or they filter the sounds off and live their normal life as if nothing was going wrong around them.   Is there any way out?   Will any  one listen?   No one will, any way, not in our country.

                                                                                                                                                      20 Mar. 2001

21)    A Poem:   “Life”

                            This gift,                          

                            torn from eternity,       

                            a time fragment            

                            thrown away                    

                            at the first cry                                  

                            of protest,                               


                            over worn,


                            on creaking  bones

half dissolved memories,

              wearing out park benches

in the evenings

awaiting its return

to time itself.               

9 Apr.  1977

22)    “THE  BIBLE”  in the World Book encyclopaedia

Bible is the most sacred book of the Jewish and Christian religions.   Jews and Christians consider the Bible to be the Word of God and they base their most important beliefs, ceremonies and holidays on it.

The Old Testament begins with an account of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth.   It then largely deals with the history and religious life of the ancient Israelites from about 2000 B.C. to 100 B.C.  The New Testament covers about 100 years. It begins by describing the birth of Jesus Christ  and ends about 125 A.D.

The Bible tells how God worked with and through  His people from the time of ancient Israel to the early days of Christian church. The Bible views God as the chief character of the events it describes, through God’s role may not always be immediately apparent.   The Bible does not define God or try to prove His existence.   It testifies to who God is, what He does in the world and what He expects from all human beings.   The Bible was obviously produced by people who believed in God.   Those people found evidence of God’s presence in history of ancient Israel, the life of Jesus Christ and the development of early church.

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