- Sheriar Nooreyezdan

Just as the birth of a boy in the prison of cruel king Kans, and of a son in the home of a humble carpenter in Bethlehem augured  the glorious dispensations of Hinduism and Christianity, so  did the births in Iran, of the Bab and Baha’u’llah, signal the auspicious dawn of the Baha’i dispensation. Born on two consecutive days, 18th and 19th October, two years apart in 1817 and 1819, the Baha’i community is celebrating their 201stand 203rdbirth anniversaries in centres across the world.

And as the nation with a sense of shock finds a state governor deriding a chief minister, calling him ‘secular’ I foresee a situation like this arising: “Ma,” cries a little fellow, as he returns home from school, “Today a boy in class uttered a bad word!”

“Bad word!” screams the mother, “and did the teacher punish him?”

*Dr. Kewal Krishan

Understanding heart failure

The function of the heart is to pump blood across the body to supply oxygen to all the organs, and when it fails to work this way, it is known as heart failure. It usually happens when the heart is not strong enough to gather oxygen from the lungs or pump the oxygen rich blood around the body. The blood that should be pumped out of your heart backs up and collects in the lungs and other parts of your body. This is why you may experience shortness of breath and swelling in your hands, legs, and feet. Some people with heart failure have enlarged hearts, which can be seen on a chest x-ray. As a weak heart struggles to pump out all its blood, the muscle fibres of the heart stretch. Over time, this extra stretching leaves the heart with larger, weaker chambers. This causes serious health problems and immediate medical attention is needed. Early diagnosis and medication may help to lead a more active life than without treatment.

It loomed outside, fearful, menacing, growing bigger everyday: The Covid Mountain!

I tried to look beyond, but the forbidding shadow of fear blocked my gaze. It stood, grim, evil, darkly foreboding!

“Lord!” I cried, “Take me around the mountain!” And with news of the vaccine, my heart leaped with joy, “The vaccine will be here next week!” I was told, and rushed outside joyously, ready to welcome the deliverers, but alas, there was no sign of them.

Got you, didn’t I? You thought I was calling you a Walt Disney bunny rabbit, didn’t you? One of those hopping four legged furry fellows who multiply as quickly as you put them together, but no, it’s not that type of a rabbit I’m talking about.