robust health


how delightful it is to hear stories of health and wellness… i just heard about an 80 year old who went to the US to look up his newborn great grandson. and he is apparently in great shape.

i read about chandrika tandon …

i’ve listened to her singing, since my friend in kl was a fan..

in this interview, she says she was greatly influenced by her grandfather who read aloud shakespeare to her when she was a kid; incidentally indira nooyi is her sister.

we are also reading poetry chez mim.

i liked this one by keats to read aloud for firstborn…

There was a naughty boy,
And a naughty boy was he,
He ran away to Scotland
The people for to see-
There he found
That the ground
Was as hard,
That a yard
Was as long,
That a song
Was as merry,
That a cherry
Was as red-
That lead
Was as weighty
That fourscore
Was as eighty,
That a door
Was as wooden
As in England-
So he stood in his shoes
And he wondered,
He wondered,
He stood in his shoes
And he wondered.

and for myself i love love william blake… tears well up quietly when i read his works…

from auguries of innocence

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

A Robin Red breast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.
A dove house fill’d with doves & Pigeons
Shudders Hell thro’ all its regions.
A dog starv’d at his Master’s Gate
Predicts the ruin of the State.
A Horse misus’d upon the Road
Calls to Heaven for Human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted Hare
A fibre from the Brain does tear.
A Skylark wounded in the wing,
A Cherubim does cease to sing.
The Game Cock clipp’d and arm’d for fight
Does the Rising Sun affright.
Every Wolf’s & Lion’s howl
Raises from Hell a Human Soul.
The wild deer, wand’ring here & there,
Keeps the Human Soul from Care.
The Lamb misus’d breeds public strife
And yet forgives the Butcher’s Knife.
The Bat that flits at close of Eve
Has left the Brain that won’t believe.
The Owl that calls upon the Night
Speaks the Unbeliever’s fright.
He who shall hurt the little Wren
Shall never be belov’d by Men.
He who the Ox to wrath has mov’d
Shall never be by Woman lov’d.
The wanton Boy that kills the Fly
Shall feel the Spider’s enmity.
He who torments the Chafer’s sprite
Weaves a Bower in endless Night.
The Catterpillar on the Leaf
Repeats to thee thy Mother’s grief.
Kill not the Moth nor Butterfly,
For the Last Judgement draweth nigh.


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    • The above comment seems incomplete without a preamble. The link given is of an octogenarian who blogs about her life. She is my inspiration.

  1. Thanks for the Keats poem. Loved it.

    This one came on FB:

    Dust if you must.
    But wouldn’t it be better,
    To paint a picture, or write a letter,
    Bake a cake, or plant a seed?
    Ponder the difference between want and need.

    Dust if you must.
    But there is not much time
    With rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
    Music to hear, and books to read,
    Friends to cherish and life to lead.

    Dust if you must.
    But the world’s out there
    With the sun in your eyes,
    the wind in your hair,
    A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
    This day will not come round again.

    Dust if you must.
    But bear in mind,
    Old age will come and it’s not kind.
    And when you go, and go you must,
    You, yourself, will make more dust.

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