A man who had just lost his job went over to a shop and with the last of his money decided to buy a beautiful teacup for his wife. On the display shelf, he saw the perfect cup and told the sales person to take it down. Suddenly the cup spoke: “I have not always been a tea-cup,” it said, “there was a time when I was just a lump of red clay. My master took me and rolled me pounded and patted me over and over and I yelled out, “don’t do that. I don’t like it! Let me alone,” but he only smiled, and gently said; ‘Not yet!”

Around the beginning of the last century, polio was rampant, irreversibly paralyzing thousands of children. Immunization programs were introduced and Rotary took this as their major project. In 1988 350,000 children were afflicted with polio throughout the world, by 2013, the number had dropped to just 416 cases and India was no longer on the list of polio-endemic countries.

I remember before the lockdown taking a long drive with a friend of mine to check out a problem with a trust in which we were both trustees. I enjoyed the drive and the comfortable car he took me in. He wasn't driving, his driver was, and when we got stuck in a traffic jam, I saw him becoming impatient.

"Maybe this jam gives us time to catch up with each other?"

*By Dr. Pronob Kumar Sircar

Today even a child does know what Quarantine is. He will certainly explain that quarantine means a restriction on the movement of people which is intended to prevent the spread of disease; but many people really need to sense it truly under the crux of the pandemic situation of Covid19. The History being informative and instructive always shows us its footprints to follow.  

One of the saddest sights seen is when a husband or wife dies and leaves behind a partner. You can literally see the one left behind asking silently, “Why did you leave me here? What will I do alone?” And though the question is silently asked, it’s one that is asked by all. The other day I rang a widow, who had asked me for help in getting her daughter married, “How are you Kamala?” I asked.