Saturday, October 13, 2001
M A I L  B O X

Illustrious son of Haryana

THIS refers to "Illustrious son of Haryana, Seth Chhaju Ram" by M.M. Juneja (September 22). Chhaju Ram was every inch a noble soul. He had felt the pain of poverty. In his boyhood, he underwent untold hardships in getting an education. When he had enough to spare, his first priority was to spend on education. Many schools and colleges in Haryana and other parts of the country are living examples of his philanthropic spirit. The government of Haryana should include life sketches of such noble sons in school textbooks so that the new generation learns that indelible imprints are left on the sands of time by people like Seth Chhaju Ram.



Apropos of Khushwant Singh’s query about gulukand in "This above all" (September 29).

Gulukand is a mild laxative and is usually taken by persons suffering from constipation. Children are also given gulukand to relieve constipation and they like its pleasant smell and taste.

Gulukand is in fact a mild purgative and is widely used in rural areas as such. It is inexpensive and easy to make.


Be grateful

"The fisherman who rose too high" (September 29) was an interesting and thought-provoking story. It has often been seen that people try to gobble up the hand that feeds them. It is because greed and ingratitude get the better of them. In doing so they conveniently forget that they are inviting their own doom and gloom.

Since avarice is the root cause of many ills, we should endeavour to suppress it as far as possible. Greed may ruin a man’s reputation in a moment of ill-conceived action. Rather than becoming ungrateful and treacherous, we should show munificence worthy of the services done to us by our well-wishers. We should be indebted to them if we want our reputation to remain intact.