The Sound of Silenced Letters

We know the letter B doesn’t belong in subtle

But what has the letter C got to do in a muscle?

The role of the D in Wednesday we can’t define

Why should G be present in a gnat or in a sign?

To be honest, does the H in rhyme ring a bell?

And can the J in marijuana anybody smell?

Who knows why the K in knee won’t knock

And why the L in walk or in calf would not talk

The first M in mnemonic is hard to understand

Would the damned N in the column ever stand?

We can’t say the P in psalm or in psychology

And S alone gets tossed out from the debris

Is the T heard when you listen to a whistle?

W is not write, it’s wrong, don’t try to wrestle

X is the mistake in a faux pas, get the clue?

Hush, no rendezvous with Z, goodbye, adieu!


Who were the bride and the bridegroom?

Romeo and Juliet.

When did he propose?

Twelfth Night.

What did he say?

As you like it.

From where was the ring obtained?

The Merchant of Venice.

Who were the chief guests?

Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida.

Who were the bridegroom's friends?

The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Who prepared the wedding breakfast?

The Merry Wives of Windsor.

What was the honeymoon like?

A Mid Summer Night's Dream.

How would you describe their quarrel?

The Tempest.

What was their married life like?

Comedy of Errors.

What was the bridegroom's chief occupation?

The Taming of the Shrew.

What did she give him?

Measure for Measure.

What did their friends say?

All's Well that Ends Well.

What's the moral of this story?


Birds at home


I met a Surgeon who named his son Naïf

(pronounced Knife).

I said what an apt name!

Then I came to know the following:

1. Lawyer’s daughter - Sue.

2. Radiologist’s son - Ray.

3. Ophthalmologist’s

daughter - Iris.

4. Florist’s daughter - Rose.

5. Mechanic’s son - Jack.

6. Archaeologist’s Son - Doug

7. Thief’s son - Rob.

8. Gymnast’s son - Jim.

9. Jeweler’s twin daughters - Ruby and Pearl.

10. Ornithologist’s Son - Robin.

11. Orthopedician’s Son - Boney.

12. Barber’s son - Harry.

13. Solicitor’s son - Will.

14. Accountant’s son - Bill.

15. Horticulturist’s - Daughter Ivy.

16. Gardener’s son - Pete.

17. Monarch’s son - Prince.

18. Dramatist’s Daughter - Oprah.

19. Sanitation Engineer’s Son - John.

20. Highway Engineer’s Son - Miles.

21. Dietician’s daughter Olive.

22. Actor’s son - Oscar.

23. Photographer's - Son: Click.

24. Gastro-physician's Daughter: - Enema

25. Homeopath's Daughter - Arnica.

26. Teacher's son - Mark

Anger Management

short temper: a tendency to become angry easily

Considering these 10 anger management tips.

1. Think before you speak

In the heat of the moment, it's easy to say something you'll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything. Also allow others involved in the situation to do the same.

2. Once you're calm, express your concerns

As soon as you're thinking clearly, express your frustration in an assertive but nonconfrontational way. State your concerns and needs clearly and directly, without hurting others or trying to control them.

3. Get some exercise

Physical activity can help reduce stress that can cause you to become angry. If you feel your anger escalating, go for a brisk walk or run. Or spend some time doing other enjoyable physical activities.

4. Take a timeout

Timeouts aren't just for kids. Give yourself short breaks during times of the day that tend to be stressful. A few moments of quiet time might help you feel better prepared to handle what's ahead without getting irritated or angry.

5. Identify possible solutions

Instead of focusing on what made you mad, work on resolving the issue at hand. Does your child's messy room make you upset? Close the door. Is your partner late for dinner every night? Schedule meals later in the evening. Or agree to eat on your own a few times a week. Also, understand that some things are simply out of your control. Try to be realistic about what you can and cannot change. Remind yourself that anger won't fix anything and might only make it worse.

6. Stick with 'I' statements

Criticizing or placing blame might only increase tension. Instead, use "I" statements to describe the problem. Be respectful and specific. For example, say, "I'm upset that you left the table without offering to help with the dishes" instead of "You never do any housework."

7. Don't hold a grudge

Forgiveness is a powerful tool. If you allow anger and other negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice. Forgiving someone who angered you might help you both learn from the situation and strengthen your relationship.

8. Use humor to release tension

Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Use humor to help you face what's making you angry and, possibly, any unrealistic expectations you have for how things should go. Avoid sarcasm, though — it can hurt feelings and make things worse.

9. Practice relaxation skills

When your temper flares, put relaxation skills to work. Practice deep-breathing exercises, imagine a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase, such as "Take it easy." You might also listen to music, write in a journal or do a few yoga poses — whatever it takes to encourage relaxation.

10. Know when to seek help

Learning to control anger can be a challenge at times. Seek help for anger issues if your anger seems out of control, causes you to do things you regret or hurts those around you.

Credit - Suneeth P, Academic Coordinator, Mount Institute of Business Development

I counted my years

and realized that

I have less time to live by,

than I have lived so far.

I have more past than future.

I feel like that boy who got a bowl of cherries.

At first, he gobbled them,

but when he realized there were only few left,

he began to taste them intensely.

I no longer have time to deal with mediocrity.

I do not want to be in meetings where flamed egos parade.

I am bothered by the envious,

who seek to discredit the most able,

to usurp their places, coveting their seats,

talent, achievements and luck.

I do not have time for endless conversations,

useless to discuss about the lives of others

who are not part of mine.

I no longer have the time to manage

sensitivities of people who despite their chronological age, are immature.

I hate to confront those that struggle for power,

those that ‘do not debate content, just the labels’.

My time has become scarce to debate labels,

I want the essence.

My soul is in a hurry …

Not many cherries in my bowl,

I want to live close to human people, very human,

who laugh of their own stumbles,

and away from those turned smug

and overconfident with their triumphs,

away from those filled with self-importance.

The essential is what makes life worthwhile.

And for me, the essentials are enough!

Yes, I’m in a hurry.

I’m in a hurry to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.

I do not intend to waste any of the remaining cherries.

I am sure they will be exquisite, much more than those eaten so far.

My goal is to reach the end satisfied

and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.

And per Confucius “We have two lives

and the second begins when you realize you only have one.”

Poem: Mário de Andrade - The Valuable Time of Maturity

Dr Seuss' The Zax

In one of Dr. Seuss' whimsical stories, he tells of a "North-Going Zax and a South-Going Zax" crossing the Prairie of Prax. Upon meeting nose to nose, neither Zax will step aside. The first Zax angrily vows to stay put-even if it makes "the whole world stand still. Unfazed, the world moves on and builds a highway around them. Isn't this a fairly accurate picture of human beings? Watch the YouTube link

Research Route Map

During the Pandemic, it was important to keep readers up to date about the latest developments of Covid-19. In research too, one needs to give an update to others as to what is being done. This also gives a sense of direction to the researcher.