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Ancient promises
Your cover story 'Pracheen cool' (Jan 22) was a pleasant surprise. Man craves for change and the turn towards the old is yet another example of this. For instance, people now prefer drinking water from copper jugs for health benefits. The students of a traditional gurukul academy in Bangalore play cricket in dhotis. They learn mantras from traditional Vedic books. Pracheen Cool has many takers. And entrepreneurs are doing their best to milk this current trend. Marketing managers, too, are customising their pitch to cater to this emerging trend.
KR Deshpande, via email

Weed out corruption

The interview with World Bank president Robert Zoellik (Jan 22) was fabulous. He handled ticklish issues, like inflation and corruption, very well. Though some of his answers were evasive, most were well-fielded. India allowing inflation to get out of hand will harm our growth prospects quite acutely. On this count, we ought to take immediate corrective steps. Also, corruption is one of the biggest deterrents to our growth story. Unless we address these issues on a warfooting, we will always lag China.
Ashok Jayaram, via email

A long road ahead

This is with reference to 'Does Indian science pass the litmus test?' (Jan 15). I believe that a mere increase in the number of published research papers does not guarantee a pass in the litmus test. Quality matters too. Except in a few 'navaratna' -type research institutes, where research is of international standards, the contribution from our universities is dismal. The IT sector soaks in most talented young graduates. The future of science rests on students who are prepared to sacrifice high incomes for challenging and satisfying academic lives.
Dr R Narasimhan, via email

Reader's opinion (1)

Shruti SinghalMar 19th, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I m 26 yrs of age, unmarried, and work as personality developer in a school, render service to below poverty line children.
Your cover story of “WIFE & TIMES” has given me proper words to explain my “CONCEPT” about what I want in my life.
When I say, I don’t want to work for money, I always want to support someone whom my education can be help off as stated in your article “fielding hurdle”. When my family ask me to get married, I always say, am looking for a relationship who I want to live for every day, every moment, every second not because he will be my husband and I have to, but because, I want to. The answer of my words have been given by, Shobita Dhar, portration of feelings about relationship by the example of Mrs. Singhal, about she care for her husband even after, so many years of her marriage. Its not because she has to, it’s because her husband also gives her so much of affection and love for which she is not bored and don’t want to give up her habit of caring about him.
The scared thought of mine, regarding marriage and relationship might come across if I really start following the thought of Mrs. Dipti Mitra that “what we desire, we don’t get, what we get is what we deserve, I’ve got more than what I deserve.”
This is appropriate, if I start practicing and allowing myself to play forward and start taking risk, as Mrs. Shah , who got ‘focused’ and took charge of her ‘fear’, but this also happen, when there was boost from her husband, who trusted her, unconditional support of her husband and family was there. Her family might have gone against of her decision of starting on her own, but her partner support might have helped her to come across that too.
I want to be house wife, manager, developer what ever term one use, if the companion is good, worth, every scarifies of life will give me pleasure rather than grudge. All hurdles can be come over come, as in case of Begum Farhat Ahsan, can get rid of burkah and transform her family, and future of her daughter and her grand children, because she got support from her husband.
The mother hood is not hard enough for any woman, if they want there child to have good welfare out of there life, I have to invest my time, love affection to win medals while managing my home.
Still as future is unpredicted, one has to bank on, extreme power, by saying “everything is god’s will, he will take care of me, and I don’t have to bother too much about, what happens around me. I leave everything to him.”

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