Google honours BKS Iyengar
Thanks to Google for honouring yoga guru BKS Iyengar with a doodle on his 97th birth anniversary. We can say with pride that yoga, which is a way of life for many, has its origins in India and has spread its wings across the globe. It is but a science of well-being which integrates the body, mind and soul. The world-renowned guru Iyengar said, “Yoga is like music: The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” It is said, “Gymnasium is for the hardware (body) and yoga is for the software (mind)”. Today’s youth need to arise, awake and experience the power of yoga and become spiritual dynamites rather than being addicted to the “WhatsAppasana” (using only their index finger all the time).
Bharat Ratna for Dilip Kumar
It was nice to see thespian actor Dilip Kumar being honoured with Padma Vibhushan. However, as one of his millions of fans from across the world, I strongly feel that the living legend of the 113 year-old Indian film industry deserves the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna. His career started with Jwar Bhata in the early 1940s and he still continues to command great respect among his countless admirers in the 21st century, too.
While the initiative of the central government to build a railway track for running the bullet train between Ahmedabad and financial hub Mumbai is laudable, it is also essential to look for implementing more reforms in the Railways to eradicate inefficiencies and to improve optimum productivity. Rail fares for various services are being hiked, but at the same time, the government is not showing equal concern over improving the quality of services being rendered to the passengers. Passengers’ evaluation of the services being offered by the Railways need to be carried out to assess the status of the services to ensure better quality of services. Despite the debate on hygiene, cleanliness, safety and the need for introducing more number of trains to ease the rush during festive season, nothing visible has been done by the government. Old coaches are still being used, more particularly in the case of long route trains. Existing fares for various services and amenities extended to passengers need to be revisited to make it competitive.
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