Thursday, December 28, 2017

Weekly Vegetable Shanty in my neighborhood

Weekly Vegetable Shanty in my neighborhood
Almost one complete street which is nearly a sort of dead end but with many leading side streets forms the location for a weekly vegetable market on Thursdays. Once in a way if that Thursday happens to be a New Moon Day, there won’t be any market. While I like the weekly shopping opportunity to get fresh vegetables at a reasonably cheaper price, carrying the purchased items is the part that I detest. Much worse is my state of mind when I have to sort them out to push them into the fridge.  Nothing in the world is totally acceptable giving blissful unalloyed pleasure all the time.

In the market you can meet familiar faces of vendors, friends and others. There’s a vendor woman who beckons you with remarkable voice based marketing skills. Another who always thinks you can be cheated while giving change. Another who won’t encourage any bargaining of any sort – FIXED PRICE, he says. You can easily guess what is aplenty so that you can postpone buying till you have exhausted seeing all shops.

The market is giving livelihood not only for the sellers of veggies but also others like: those who sell polythene bags, hirers of stand-alone LED lamps, lenders of ready to use foldable metal tables, boys selling tea to vendors and you won’t believe – even local dadha’s representatives collecting ‘mamool’. What do these dadhas offer to vendors in return? Protection from police harassment, getting the place cleaned up next day by tipping Municipality guys, maintaining harmony between sellers and colony residents of that street etc.

Buyers are a wonderful lot. Some come with wheel attached travel bags for buying vegetables. Some “dorasani ammaas” are accompanied by servant maids walking along with them to carry the merchandise bought. Some come with just two large plastic bags thinking of buying the entire produce displayed. Some ladies make their husbands wait with the scooter / bike / car at the entrance to the market and  beckon them mobile phone to come and carry the luggage, after purchases are done.  Others come to the market with spoilt brats who create a lot of nuisance, running everywhere, even through your legs if you are not careful. Some occupy space at a vendor so long that you have to move away to other shops. Seen a few young ladies wearing T shirts with funny statements but won’t stay at the same spot long enough to help you read what is printed. Some ladies would sit and select vegetables without realizing that their butt cleavage is visible. Some oldies put up a pathetic picture of doing an arduous job. Overhearing conversations – mostly gossip – is very interesting. You are at an advantage if you are a polyglot.

I wish I could illustrate what I see like the cartoonist Gopulu of my younger days.

Monday, December 25, 2017


Ultimate Truth

you walk in the street
and  see so many people
some strangers, some friends,
does the thought:
All these persons
will be no more
one day
the other?
That is the ultimate truth!
If you remember this all the time
You will be better off.
Help Someone,
even a stranger;
Memory of your
your good deed will live on
even after you leave
this earth.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

AWB Global Virtual Summit on Caregiving Jan 2018 - FREE - Details

I am giving below the url for attending the one week summit in jan 2018.

It is for one week 20th to 26th Jan 2018. This summit will benefit anyone interested in caregiving - care givers, trainers, organisations hiring out caregivers, hospitals, nursing homes, old age homes, assisted living centers, retirement communities etc. There are about 60 video sessions ranging from 20 to 40 minutes each and these are made available -- some 8-10 per day of the summit neatly categorised into sub-themes. Participation is free. Get your daily pass for the days you are interested. You need to register at the site for getting free pass.

About each session you get to know the speaker and a lot about him if you are interested, a video and references for further reading or follow up. If you want to have permanent access to the material you pay - Look up the site for details. There is some early bird offer as well. You can interact with the author  and other participants via comments.

​Incidentally I am one of the two speakers from India. Dr Radha Murthy of NMT is 
of NMT is another.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Some cases of Rare Act of Kindness (RAOK)

Some cases of Rare Act of Kindness (RAOK)

I read about RAOK from run by Denise.

RAOK stands for Random Act of Kindness and December 20th is supposed to be the Day for practicing it.​ Let me share an experience, as a recipient of RAOK. When I mooted this topic in sss-global many friends responded with their own experiences. All are acts of kindness received by senior citizens, showing many are grateful for such experiences 

They are enumerated below:

This evening around 7:00 pm I was walking to a neighborhood shop to buy something.
While I was about to walk through a narrow culvert I waited patiently till from traffic from behind and coming in front to clear. There was a loaded stationary truck  in front and overtaking it might be hazardous. As I waited for quite some time a woman approached me and asked: "Is everything ok? Why are you standing still?" I just explained that I can't cope with dazzling light of vehicles approaching, so I waited; nothing wrong with me. Some unexpected kindness and concern from unknown quarters. That was RAOK in action, I suppose.


Another instance, today (21st Dec 2017)

I was going to local shopping this evening.

A woman waved and said: Sabji mandi (Weekly Shanti vegetable market on Thursdays near our colony) has been shifted to next parallel lane. I do not know her but she seems to know me. Another RAOK


22/dec/ 2017
Long back I had written a blog on similar experience. In short at the post office, I was stuck with want of change. The lady at the counter had to return me Rs. 6 and I offered 10 . I had no change to return the required 4. I asked the lady to forget it and stamp the paper. She would not do that. The person near me took out that elusive Rs 4 and handed it over to me. I gave it to the lady and took that 10 with papers and looked for the gentleman. He was simply not there. So these RAOK guys live among us. 

Hari Lakhera 

Yesterday I purchased Vijay Geyer from CMR Mall (4thfloor) and requested them to arrange for keeping it in Uber Cab waiting at main road of their entrance gate. They sent a boy who put it in the cab. Of course without paying any tips, just I conveyed thanks to the boy and got into the cab. 

During 15 minutes of my trip, the young driver explained several things about our youths; kids & parents behaviour (I generally attend several meetings of professors; senior citizens meetings, but within that short period he covered most of our culture; philosophers etc.) He explained about how youngsters are addressing them in singular words, since I address him in plural i.e., Telugu meeru / Hindi aapp . Of course the above matter is introduction or irrelevant to RaoK :

When he dropped me at home, I requested him to put the Geyser (from the cab) at first floor of my residence, he gladly carried it and left very politely. When I offered him Rs.50/- as tip, he said that helping to elders like you is an opportunity for me and didn’t accept the amount. Hope this is RaoK

Ramakrishnarao SAVARAM

Years ago my father was visiting BPCL colony in Chembur where my sister was staying.  BPCL Trombay Club also sells provisions etc and my father was carrying the bag.

Incidentally one film shooting was taking place where Ajay Devgan was a lead actor. He came out of shooting and helped my father to carry the provision bag all the way to 6th floor apartment of my sister. 

This is a human touch even from celebrities.


I went to a photo frame shop to get hooks fixed to a couple of pictures / drawings framed. I had to wait for some 30 minutes for the job to be done. Framing was got done there only earlier and it was a sort of minor re-work for him. During the course of my waiting the shop keeper learnt how troublesome it was for me to bring the pieces in large plastic bags and walk the distance minding traffic, narrow footpath, uneven road etc. After the work was over, he offered to drop me home sending the attendant in his motor bike. That was a welcome relief and RAOK once again.


Now I would like share my experience. Recently I have visited Vishkapatnam and on return I have reached platform one where usually Godawari express starts' There I came to know that train is on platform 10. So I have to climb steps to reach that platform. While I am climbing steps with my luggage slowly with difficulty, Some one came from behind and took my luggage and kept on top step. I could do nothing except thank him and thank GOD.

Chepuri Shankar Rao

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Book Review - Detect Adulteration with Rapid Test. FSSAI.

Book Review - Detect Adulteration with Rapid Test
Here is an authoritative compilation of 41 simple quick tests to detect adulteration in food items of daily use. Published by Food Safety Standards Authority of India, Delhi. Date Unknown.
The booklet available in pdf format is embedded below. It has six sections. Milk and Milk Products - 4 tests; Oils & Fats - one test; Sugars and Confectionary - 2 tests; Food Grains and its products - 9 tests; Spices and condiments - 12 Tests; Miscellaneous - 13 tests.  Under the last category peas, coffee powder, tea leaves, supari, pulses. sweet potato, wax polished apple, mustard, turmeric powder etc are covered.
The booklet will be more useful if a complete list of 41 tests are indexed. The feedback form in pdf can not be filled and returned. Special efforts are needed by users to send feedbak. So not much feedback can be expected.
This is a very valuable booklet for the common man. You will also get to know how many different ways merchants and traders can cheat you!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Review: Remember Me - You Me and Dementia: By Sailesh Mishra

Remember Me: You Me and Dementia: By Sailesh Mishra Published by Silver Innings, Mumbai Oct 2017 pp xii + 253 Price Rs 450/ - Available through Amazon
(Book Review by Dr P Vyasamoorthy)

This book by Sailesh Mishra, who has over a decade of experience in elder care, is a timely addition to  Indian literature on the topic. It has about 50 chapters. Three chapters (ch 1-3) explain basics of dementia and two more (Ch 8 &9) deal with differentiating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Specific issues / problems like: memory loss, incontinence, hallucinations, depression, delusions, aggressive behaviour, wandering away, bed sores are dealt with in separate chapters.

Care giving activities like Washing, bathing, giving food, dressing, dental care, keeping patients occupied with hobbies, pastimes or games have again been dealt with chapters in their own right.

As many as seven poems are included indicating that poetic expression lends itself to cathartic emotiveness. Just giving one example, Sarala’s poem  “Dementia, the Demon” typifies an AD patient and depicts the frustrations of a caregiver.

Advice to caregivers on avoiding care giver stress is provided.  Role of community in care provision take up two chapters (Ch 47 & 49).  Chapters 44 & 25 answer the most frequently asked question: “I am becoming forgetful; am I slipping into AD?”

Chapter 26 “What if I have dementia?” will surely be comforting to many seniors
who are likely to be diagnosed for AD as it gives practical tips. “Living Alone” also falls into this category.

End Matter contains endorsements, acknowledgements, resources, and references. References lean heavily on the sub theme of non-pharma approach to dealing with   dementia.  Afterword by Prof Siva Raju adds credibility to the author.

One small advice when the book goes for revision: In the Table of Contents, some chapter headings are in bold and others are in normal font giving an incorrect impression that the chapters are grouped according to some sub topics.  If chapters are really grouped into sub themes it will be very useful.

On the whole the book is neatly produced, cover design is attractive and the pricing is just right for Indian market. It will be useful to students and teachers of gerontology and geriatrics, doctors, Managers of Care giving centers, Caregivers and trainers and to any library in Senior Citizens   Associations.   


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Hiring Car Drivers in Hyderabad

Car Drivers on hire - Hyderabad

See comments - They contain valuable additions 

1.Sridhar Vishwa      


3. Ms Neetu Butt        
403 Archana Arcade South Block, Near Rathifile Bus Station, St Johns Road, Secunderabad, Hyderabad - 500003

4. Mr Mukkaram S S(Proprietor) 
12-2-830/13, Alapathi Nagar Colony, Mehdipatnam, Hyderabad - 500028

5. Krishna Reddy K          
Nr Jubilee Hills Check Post, Kamalapuri Colony, Hyderabad - 500038

6. Perfect Drivers
Mr Narender          

7. Mr Ram Mohan(Director)          
4th Floor, Challa Chambers,, Raj Bhavan Road,, Somajiguda, Hyderabad - 500082

8. Baseer Ahmed        
17-4-748, Near Shaik Faizki Kaman, Yakutpura, Hyderabad - 500035

9. Good Driver Services
1-5-492, Beside Sagar Lal Hospital, Bakaram Road, Musheerabad, Hyderabad - 500020

10. Top 4 Call Drivers
Mr Subhakar          
1-7-1074 Sri Datta Sai Comm Cplx, Rtc X Roads, Hyderabad – 500020


As I get info on new numbers / sources for hiring car drivers I am giving them in comments.
Too lazy to revise posting!! please see comments.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Origami of Olden days

Origami of olden days


The other day it was raining. Water was flowing in front of my house – almost like a rivulet. My daughter and I wanted to leave paper boats / ships into that water flow. We made half a dozen of them quickly. Wrote in each of them: Give a Missed Call to: 8000980009. RallyForRivers Campaign was at its peak at that time. At least one boy down the street got the message. It was great fun.

This led me to think about other things I can do with paper. In my childhood I had learnt many simple things to make out of paper. Few items were learnt in formal classroom but mostly from my friends. I can recollect I could make: Ship, Ship with blade, twin boat, single boat, Ink bottle, bird, peacock, cubicle box, purse, drumstick, paper cracker, whistle, garland, fan and a few other items.

Origami is simple to learn and inexpensive to try out. All you need by way of material is just some pieces of paper. Learning involves very mild physical skills, keen observation, and reliance on repetitive procedures and a bit of patience. The outcome is creative piece of object that you would love to keep and display with pride. The result is a piece of art.  Apart from training your memory, the thrill of becoming an artist or a crafts person is immense. Is Origami taught in our schools as a matter of routine? I don’t know.

But now I am 75. Most of things I learnt as a child, I have forgotten how to do. Alzheimer’s creeping in? I doubt. There are online manuals teaching you how to do and videos to demonstrate. There are simple books for starters too. But following those instructions to fruition seems formidable for me. If you have been lucky to have grandchildren around you perhaps these skills may have been retained, as you try to teach them or keep them engaged. I don’t have that luck as both my daughters are single!  Any help?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

MTR Instant Food Items – A quick Review

MTR Instant Food Items – A quick Review

MTR, popularly known as Mavalli Tiffin Room earlier, has grown big. They offer a series of instant food products both in puch and bag packages. Vegetable Upma, Masala Upma, Kesari Halwa, Poha, Khatta Meetha Poha, Masala Oats are recent items introduced into the market.

All these belong to Three Minute variety. All you need is the add specified quantity of boiling water, stir well and keep it closed with a lid for three minutes. Presto ready to eat breakfast is right there to  be transferred to your plate for eating. In my experience keeping it closed for five minutes gives better results.

I have tried Veg Upma, Kesari Halwa, Poha, Masala Oats and Masala Upma. Among all the items I tried POHA is the best in terms of taste, consistency in prepared item, quantity etc. I will recommend this to all without hesitation. Upma  and Masala Upma  leave some smell of preservative, especially if eaten hot. If you cool and eat problem is less. Kesari Halwa is just plain Rava and insufficient sugar. To call it Rava Kesari is atrocious. Masala oats is OK – nothing superb about it.

All items are priced around Rs 15 to 25, easy on your purse. For small families of 3-4 people larger packs (bags) are available. The products being relatively cheap super markets find it difficult to stock and sell. They are best locatable in medium size kirana shops. In another post I intend sharing my views on MTR powders for preparing pulihora, chitranna and the like.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Navarathri Kolu in Sarojini Narasimhan's house

Last year I wrote about Kolu in Justice Rangarajan's house being exhibited for several decades without a break. Another Tamilian household that upholds this tradition, is Mr VK Narasimhan's daughter in Wahab Nagar, Secunderabad. They have split kolu display in three sections making best use of space available in their hall. It is a mixture of traditional toys and modern ones. Artfully decorated with series lighting, it is a joy to observe not for just children  but for adults too. 

I got a link to a video imitating que sera sera song with changes in wording (lyric) to depict a typical Tamilian Kolu. You may watch it too:

Here are some snaps of  this year's Kolu in their house.

Let me congratulate them for their enthusiasm in uplholding our traditions.

Monday, October 2, 2017

International Older Persons Day - IDOP - Hyderabad HelpAge 2017

IDOP in Hyderabad – HelpAge India Meeting – 1st Oct 2017

As usual HelpAge India AP/TS regional office celebrated International Day of Older Persons on  1st October 2017 in Hyderabad.

Sri Raza Mohamad, Chief of HelpAge AP/TS, welcomed all. There were several senior citizens SHG members from Chottu Uppal, Patancheru, Shamshabad etc representing rural poor. He  explained the activities of HelpAge in protecting respect of elders through SAVE program – intergenerational sensitization of school children.

Sri Uppula Gopala Rao said that State Govt must implement NPOP & MWPSCA properly. Food, respect, money should be provided to all indigent senior citizens. He also spoke about donations he made to Voice of Senior Citizens – Monthly, HelpAge etc.

Sri SN Reddy Secretary of Telangana Recognized School Mgmt Association assured full support to HelpAge in sensitizing school children in caring for the elderly in 12000 schools, under his purview.

Sri BR Madhusudhan Rao, Member Secretary Telangana State Legal Services Authority was the chief Guest.  TSLSA offers free legal help to senior citizens through hundreds of para-legal volunteers and service minded advocates. Their Helpline number is 151500, toll free.  Several cases of Elder Abuse, Neglect and victimization, learnt through newspapers, have been taken up for mediation, counseling and settling issues.

Sri G Muralidhar, Chief Mentor Akshara, Guest of Honour for the day, said that basic needs of the elderly  must be met by the govt. He advised senior citizens to go ahead and enjoy life without postponing their desires or wishes; they should not transfer property to children when alive; be actively engaged with grand children friend etc.

It is a pity that none of the speakers touched the theme for IDOP viz Fighting Ageism, though every participant was given a badge reminding us of the theme for the year!

In the next part of the meeting several senior citizens were honored -  all members of State Senior Citizens Council, those who won sports competitions held by HelpAge.  Some, whose names I remember are:   Smt Nagachandrika Devi, Sri P Kishan Rao, Sri Sridhar, Dr G Nageshwar Rao, Sri Uppula Gopala Rao, Sri Peddi Sudhakar, Sri Prabhakar etc. I missed being felicitated,   as I had to leave early due to another urgent engagement, I learnt later on.

Lunch packets, water, cool drinks, biscuits etc were distributed to all.  Efforts put in to celebrate International Older Persons day yielded satisfaction to all – elderly participants, speakers, NGOs, SCAs, media etc.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Open letter to Narendra Modi, PM of India from Senior Citizens

Respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji,
Respected Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitely ji,

First of all I extend my sincere thanks in anticipation that you will spare a few minutes of your valuable time to read and take suitable action in the matter.

I am a senior citizen and on 01.08.2012, I put Rs 40 lakhs in a nationalized Bank for 5 years. I was being paid an amount of Rs. 35,352/- every month (of course subject to income tax) enabling me to lead a worry free life financially. Now on maturity I have reinvested the amount in the same Bank and I will be paid Rs. 26,489/-; a shortfall of Rs. 8863/- i.e. 25% over the previous return, per month. Can you please advise me from where I should make good the loss or sacrifice consumption of medicines or atta or dals or vegetables or fruit or milk or what?

Practically your government after taking over in 2014 has done nothing for senior citizens. No additional facilities extended but withdrawal of what existed in 2014. No commodity or provision item is available at the price of 2014. 
Yes you have been able to bring down the figures of inflation and indices but not the actual prices. Every off and on the prices of some essential daily use items go rocket high like dals, chana/besan, salt, onion and now the tomatoes. At that time we cannot even dare see those items. 
I know you have political and the theoretical replies for these issues like interest on deposits and advances in banks depend on demand and supply. The prices of daily use items vary with seasons being agricultural products. But the straight upward shoot of prices cannot be justified by these reasons. If the government wants to provide cheaper credits to the trades and industries, it should not be at the cost of depositors. Banks are sitting over volcanoes of NPAs and all good money is being diverted for bad money. 
But is it not the duty of the government to enable the senior citizens to lead a respectable life who have spent their golden years in serving various organizations and finally the nation? Government cannot see the other way. I am at a loss to understand from where this deficit of 25% be met. 

Is any of the minister/MP/MLA is ready to cut his salary and allowances by this percentage? If not, then why the public especially the senior citizens? 

Perhaps it is because that, like you, we do not have the power to fix our own salaries, allowances and perqs and getting everything for full year, for sessions of total of 3 months and that too attending sessions at their sweet will. When the matter of increasing your salaries comes, you pass the same just in 2 minutes with no discussion, with all heads together be it from ruling or opposition benches. For this increase, you totally over look the cost to the exchequer, deficit, economics and any other factor.
The government had started a scheme for deposits of senior citizens and the rate was 9.20% but In July, 14 it was reduced to 8.3%; the amount limited to Rs 15 lakhs. This is totally unjustified. The rate should be a minimum of 12% and the amount limit should be equal to what a person gets as terminal benefits. The government should ensure financial respectability to the senior citizens to walk with their heads straight.
I am sure you will understand the plight of the people whose good part of expenses comes from the interest of their savings of life time.
Sorry if I have offended you in any way.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Just give a missed call to 80009 80009 to save our rivers

​India's water availability through rivers is depleting at an alarming rate. We have only 75% of what we had in 1947. By 2030 we will have only 50% of water we need for survival. If the country / govt and citizens don't take combined immediate action, future generations will have extreme hardship. Do  you know Cauvery does not reach the see? It has dried up 75 km before its destination.

The solution lies in planting (forest) trees in govt land, fruit trees in private land all along the river banks to a width of 1 km on both sides. We need to create a policy at central / State levels to save rivers. It is a long time plan. When properly implemented results would show up after several years.

Isha ​Foundation led by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is conducting a national level rally to create awareness on this issue. Sadhguru himself would drive from Kanyakumari to Himalayas starting from 3rd Sep  ending on 2nd October in Delhi. Sixteen Chief Ministers are joining and supporting.  Draft policy document will be presented to govt on Gandhi Jayanti Day in Delhi.

Please see the pamphlet attached. If you wish to support this cause just give a missed call to 8000980009. Your family members may have many mobiles. Request them to support in similar way. Only one call per mobile number will be counted. It is to impress upon the govt that public are with them or that a policy is their (public's) demand.


Dr P Vyasamoorthy
040-27846631 / 09490804278

NPOP is an acronym for "National Program for Organic Production" also

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore – Some observations

Isha Yoga Ashram, Coimbatore – Some observations

Well laid out buildings with safety and security
You can observe unexpected elements of architecture / design: steps are of uneven height, electric switches are in unexpected places, security check where you least expect it etc.
No footwear or talking in temple area
No walking and talking over mobile phone
Helipad for Sadhguru’s Helicopter landing / taking off
Water resistant ID tags for the wrist – you can wear them for 5-10 days!
Two eateries / canteens (plus free Ashram Food for residents from Central kitchen)
Over 40 types of lunch menus of various types are prepared every day in central kitchen for different groups like: School Children, Bramacharys, teachers, volunteers, residents, participants in several courses, people observing Silence / fasting etc
Two schools in the campus
Each and every cluster of buildings fenced and cordoned off: Schools, residential blocks /areas
Only about a fourth of total facility is visible / accessible to public
Mostly self sufficient in terms of vegetables  from own farms for the kitchen.
Food served is wholesome, hygienic, nutritious and offbeat. (ex: white Rice once a week!)
Volunteers are committed: yet to see a volunteer getting irritated or raising his voice
Almost everyone greets each other by folded hands – Namasthe!
People observing SILENCE wear SILENCE badge and are not to be spoken to or disturbed in any way!
Plenty of foreigners, youngsters, youth, young-adults flock to courses. So spirituality is not for the old or retired!

Public event attendance ranges from 200 to 7000! Ashram has expertise to organize quickly huge events right from chairs, tents, water, food, toilets, public address system, streaming video etc

Most of the work carried out by willing volunteers both local and foreign.

Thousands of visitors daily especially after installation of 112 feet Adiyogi statute – this has become a tourist attraction – lot of visibility after PM’s participation last Shivaratri. There is a Shivalingam consecrated (worshippable)at the base of the statute.

Theerthakundam for men, Chandrakundam for women, Lingabhairavi Devi Temple, Dhyanalingam are other spots to see.

LED lights throughout the campus
Lights are off between 8:00pm and 10:00 pm on Full Moon day and two nights earlier to it.
Electric scooters / two wheelers
No bells for bicycles
Solar power for hot water in living area
Separate facility for each block for washing and drying clothes
Surrounded by forest and Velliangiri mountains: full of greenery, peace and salutary environment
From residential quarters one could chance to see peacocks, wild boar, elephants, leopards, mongoose, snakes etc.
Plenty of unfamiliar insects and wildlife / wild growth
Apart from teaching yoga, education, production and sale of health & food related products, forestation, agriculture are other activities.
Current concern for next three months: Impress upon ALL stakeholders -- 16 state governments and the central government --  to save our rivers, by planting trees along river banks.