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Missing face – The Statesman


One distinguished face missing on the Annual General Meeting of the YMCA remaining week was that of Elvin Nathaniel, who handed away some time prior to now. The octogenarian Nathaniel had held most extreme-profile posts in YMCA, along with these of president, vice-president and member of the Board of Directors (of which he continued to be a component correct to the tip).

Nathaniel had married Cynthia Frank, who was pretty an attraction all through her days in St John’s College, Agra. Her father, A H Frank saved a stern eye on Cynthia (later principal of Ramjas faculty) and youthful sister, as quickly as complaining that some advertisers had started putting indecent ads on match bins in a mischievous bid to pollute the minds of even women engaged on “Sanjha Chulha” inside the kitchen.

He later went away to Shimla to deal with a school. It was there that Frank started writing poetry on meeting the Gaddis, talked about to be the descendants of the misplaced remnants of Alexander’s navy inside the Kangra Valley.

One of his poems moreover appeared on this column, written after the lack of lifetime of his partner. (“When evening queen untwists her bun/ To rest till dawn/ Then flies my soul to thee)”. Nathaniel, whereas talking of Frank Sahib, used to stage out that he was a proud protagonist of Mainpuri prolonged sooner than Mulayam Singh Yadav made it his space.

While working inside the Central Provident Fund Commissioner’s office, Nathaniel was as quickly as transferred to Agra, the place he found lodging inside the deserted bungalow of a protracted ineffective woman doctor. To make points truly scary it was situated merely exterior a cemetery, reverse the Civil Courts (Dewani Kutcheri), behind which prisoners had been sometimes hanged inside the District Jail.

It did not take prolonged for Nathaniel to hunt a change once more to Delhi on compassionate grounds. One little query misses the tender-spoken, successfully-dressed man, whose son Aman was moreover associated to the YMCA.

Singer of the monitor

The controversy over Okay J Yesudas’s request to worship at a Kerala temple has now died down and the veteran singer has been permitted to take motion on account of though born a Roman Catholic he has faith in Hinduism too. One remembers Yesudas singing in his mellifluous voice on the Qutub Minar years prior to now. The monitor he sang was “Jab deep jale aana/ Jab shaam dhale aana…”. It was a lover’s plea to his beloved to return when the lamps had been lit after the evening had pale away. The state of affairs was merely apt for the monitor and the small crowd that heard Yesudas was so enthused that it went on clapping even when the singer had left. However, it’s not recognized whether or not or not some love-lorn youth lit diyas shortly after in anticipation of his coronary coronary heart-throb’s arrival when the Qutub’s silhouette was not seen as in nowadays the Minar was illuminated.

Smart parenting

Adolescence is the age when kids start shopping for a rebellious nature. At this time, kids hardly take heed to their mom and father or go by their choice. For mom and father, that’s in all probability probably the most troublesome a part of their life as they need to deal with their rising kids. Therefore, specialists advocate that folks ought to deal with the state of affairs very properly, in every other case it may probably spoil their relationships. However, a colleague’s pal appeared to have mastered this paintings of parenting. During a modern journey to Gujarat, when she was searching for some clothes for her twin daughters, a co-participant requested her whether or not or not her daughters would love them. The woman quickly answered, “Have you ever seen kids like their parents’ choice in adolescent age? Similarly, my daughters never like whatever I buy for them.” Then? The woman properly responded, “When I buy clothes for my daughters, I always ensure it also looks good on me. In case they reject it I will wear it.”

Smart youngster

Little kids are wiser than males, goes the adage. This was larger than amply proved to a colleague these days. About to tug open the glass door to a typical retailer in her neighbourhood, she seen considerably boy on the alternative aspect. As she waited, the child pushed the door and quickly threw out a chocolate wrapper. Our colleague held on to the door and, as a result of the boy regarded up, gently requested whether or not or not there was no dustbin inside the retailer. The innocent mite vigorously nodded his head and pointed to the bin inside the nook. Our pal couldn’t resist smiling and cheerfully requested why the wrapper shouldn’t be thrown inside the bin. To her shock, the boy promptly picked up the wrapper and threw it inside the dustbin. She would possibly solely need litter-bug adults would possibly examine a lesson or two from the kid.


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(Contributed by: Nivedita R, R V Smith, Rakesh Kumar and Asha Ramachandran)

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