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Sunday, December 9, 2001
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Glitter, glamour, economy and communism

HARI Jaisingh’s article "Of glitter, glamour, economy and communism" (November 25) depicted the present landscape of the USSR which has witnessed a transition from the regimentation of the communist economy to freedom, democracy and capitalism.

Now in the USSR, there is a resurgence of the market economy which has brought about consumerism and a variety of goods. The cold war between the USA and the USSR has subsided and both the countries have become allies again.

Hans Raj Jain, Moga

II

Avarice leads people to burden themselves with many objects, which are unnecessary for personality or even detrimental to it.

Only noble men and women, who are free from avarice, can nurse new ideas and ideals into maturity. If you wish to reform religion and politics, first free your soul from avarice. Wash it entirely clean from greed, so that it is pure and spotless.

Capitalism murders millions by slow starvation and premature deaths. Your duty is not merely making money, it is also your duty to contribute to social progress.

Avtar Narain Chopra, Kurukshetra

 


Schizophrenia

This refers to "Learning to deal with schizophrenia" by Taru Bahl (November 18). The case history given by the writer is too botched to carry conviction or to convey any message. On the one hand the author talks of the neglect of the newly-wed lady by her husband and says that "personality changes" took place after a time of her being ignored by her husband and on the other hand it is said that what "she was suffering from was not something that stemmed from neglect or lack of attention".

It is curious that the author has jumped to a conclusion when there is not an iota of direct or oblique hint that the bride used to have the fits even when she was not married. How does the author surmise that it was schizophrenia, even before it was confirmed by the psychiatrists? How does the writer take it for granted that readers know the meaning of a highly technical term like schizophrenia?

And what is the message the writer intends to convey to the readers? That the parents of a schizophrenia patient should not marry him/her off? One should not abandon his/her partner if the latter is discovered to be a psychiatric case? The author has lamentably failed to make her point.

Chaman Lal Korpal, Amritsar

Not all can be achievers

Apropos of Taru Bahl’s "Not all can be achievers" (November 25). When parents, in their enthusiasm to provide the best available for their ward’s educational, professional and social development, overdo and monitor every change in the child’s behaviour, results are often disastrous. No parent is generally willing to accept his child’s mediocrity and least of all his erratic performance. They try to achieve their own unfulfilled goals and dreams through their children.

In the present-day race for excellence, children are no better than pawns on the chessboard of life, which is being played by their parents. Parents focus their collective energies making him an achiever. Elaborate study and work schedules are drawn and implemented with all sorts of educational aids and tutorials. Parents are convinced of their child’s genius and would not compromise to sharpen his intellectual skills.

Little do we realise the child’s state of mind. Often, he is forced to live a dual personality — his own real self and the one his parents want him to be. He is made conscious of the fact that he is not trying to excel for his own self but it is only to please his parents. Naturally this takes away interest from his efforts.

It is really unfortunate that despite our educational awakening and social enlightenment, we try to force own ambitions on our children without carefully analysing their aptitude, mental abilities and resources.

Ved Guliani, Hisar

Sports in Punjab

This refers to Prabhjot Singh’s article: "Punjab: The spirit of sport" (November 18). One is pained to read about the diminishing dominance of Punjab in sports. The reason for this is not very far to seek. It is shocking to learn that the Punjab State Games have not been held for almost two decades now. It is also quite revealing to note that as the sports activity in the state was on the decline, the authorities increasingly used the ill-maintained sports infrastructure for purposes other than sports. It is but natural that this trend caused further decline of Punjab sports.

All sport lovers of Punjab would like its government to revive the glory of Punjab sports. The state government must offer its support for sports in full measures. It is pity that at present Punjab State Police also does not enjoy the supremacy in the state and national sports that it did earlier. They must revive their interest in sports and make a major contribution to restore Punjab sports to its earlier glory.

Onkar Chopra, New Delhi

Milkha’s record

Apropos of "Made for each other, Milkha Singh leads the way" (November 25). The writer has said that Paramjit Singh broke the world record of Milkha Singh whereas this fact has not been verified from available sources.

When Paramjit Singh’s achievement was given wide coverage in the media, Milkha Singh never admitted it. I doubt if Milkha Singh gave Rs 1 lakh which he promised to any athlete who will broke his record.

If at all Paramjit Singh has broken the Milkha Singh’s record the media should have highlighted this glorious achievement.

Ujagar Singh, Chandigarh

A new dawn

Apropos of Rooma Mehra’s write-up "Waiting to usher in new dawn" (November 11). Admittedly, in this urban world life is becoming increasingly difficult. I wonder sometimes how urban-dwellers have become accustomed to living in a noise-polluted environment.

Everyone knows that silence is healing. Even then we do not want silence. Despite having all comforts of life why is the modern man overwhelmed by negative emotions, like alienation and frustration? It means there is something wrong with our way of living.

What is the way out? Have faith in your abilities to deal with the vicissitudes in life. One must try to sit alone for some time every day to experience total silence.

P.L. Sethi, Patiala

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