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When my mother was once a smuggler

This is an old joke the generation  that was born after 1970 may not know–An Englishman, a Frenchman, a German and an Indian were asked to study the Elephant and write an essay on it. The Englishman came up with one page write up  titled "Elephant Hunting", the Frenchman came up with four pages titled "The Love Life of Elephants", the German wrote ten pages for his "An Introduction to a Complete Study of Elephants" and the Indian came up with a forty pages long  "The Elephant Act (Regulation and Control).
In early 1980s, when R Venkataraman was Finance Minister in the Indira Gandhi cabinet, in one of the receptions by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, this joke was told to him and his response sought. He replied, "Maybe the Indian was studying Rogue elephants" with equal chutzpah.

You can have a good laugh except for the fact that the joke was actually on the people of In…
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The Story of Money

Money has functions four: a medium, a measure, a standard, a store

This famous couplet sums up what money or currency is. Money is the measure of value, medium of exchange, the standard of value and a store of value. From the time of the Vedas till the present day, whatever humanity chose to use as money, whether they are Cows or Bitcoins, they did so because the commodity so chosen could perform the above four functions, some to a larger and some to a smaller measure.   It is interesting to notice what was used as Money down the ages:

Cattle The oldest form of currency was cattle. The Upanishads mention Cows with their horns adorned with gold coins being given to Brahmins at the end of the sacrifice. It is continued to this day, as a payment for conducting the funeral rites, though the priest seeks a cash equivalent of the cow, preferably as a UPI transfer! Dowries were paid in India, till recently, in cows and other livestock.  Ancient Roman records show that fines were paid using sheep, …

Technology of Self - Sivavakiyar

ஓடி ஓடி ஓடி ஓடி உட்கலந்த சோதியை
நாடி நாடி நாடி நாடி நாட்களும் கழிந்து போய்
வாடி வாடி வாடி வாடி மாண்டுபோன மாந்தர்கள்
கோடி கோடி கோடி கோடி எண்ணிறந்த கோடியே 

Millions Millions and Millions  Run Run and Run Seek Seek and Seek Without Grieve, Grieve Grieve and Perish While it is already there— An abiding flame Within
Me: Swamy,  What is there inside us as an abiding flame ? Why do you say millions have perished looking for it ?
Sivavakiyar :  I will quote verses from Upanishad and you will understand.
Me                 :  I have read Upanishads and they go over my head, I want to know directly and first hand from you.
Sivavakiyar:  Let me do a thought experiment with you. When you say “I am aware of this or I am aware of that , what are you                                    awareof ?”
Me :  I am aware of my feelings, I remember the food I ate this morning; I am aware of it, I am aware of what I see, what I smell and what I taste and what I hear.
Sivavakiyar:  Yes, you can see, tou…