Friday, 13 June 2014

Vol 27: True knowledge connects people

Hello there, Peekers (Positivity Seekers)!
Let’s start this week with an IMPORTANT ALERT. Apparently, there’s this traffic constable in Bangalore named Bheemaraj B. More than one person has spotted him doing his duty diligently, paying scant regard to his own fatigue or the late hour. And he acts surprised when the public at large praise him for his efforts. His usual response: ‘I’m just doing my job.’ If you find this officer lurking in your vicinity, please watch out! You just might become the next unwitting recipient of selfless service. Consider yourself warned!!
Phew! Being negative about a positive development – as I was in the paragraph above – was tough. Felt unnatural and contrary to the spirit of the Positivity Weekly. And yet, so many of us constantly convert the positive into the negative in our own lives. Without effort and, oftentimes, unintentionally.  That’s because our brains are Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive, as mentioned in this handy article on relationships.
All the more reason for us to soak in a tub of positivity every week. And that’s exactly what we will do now. For it’s Friday evening. Time to feel good about ourselves and our universe. And following this week’s special theme, we will find out how people are making strong connections using the cement of knowledge.

News from the public domain

The world’s loneliest library is actually a haven
Those familiar with quality Indian journalism have followed the indomitable P Sainath’s work for the past three decades. Here’s a man who proudly proclaims on his website that he is a Rural Reporter. If there are others like him, I haven’t heard of them. He is that unique. So is this story he has unearthed for us from Idukki in Kerala.
That’s where P. V. Chinnathambi, a 73-year-old Muthavan tribal, has been running a 160-book library for very many years. Every book in the collection is a classic – fickle or flippant works find no place in this library that is set, quite literally, in the middle of nowhere.
Despite the distance and the demanding depth of literature intrinsic to these books, Muthuvan tribals regularly arrive at Chinnathambi’s hut-library. Urban Indians can expect many prejudices to be shattered by this amazing tale.
Transgenders at a traffic signal
Transgenders at an Indian traffic signal are as ubiquitous as bad drivers and road rage. They are known to approach stationary vehicles to demand cash in exchange for blessings. Some might say that this is an extremely visible form of begging.
But in this video, you will witness some other behaviour from these marginalized people of society. And as always, you cannot take your eyes away from what they are doing!
Teens teach the Elderly
The generation gap has never been wider. Consequently, the opportunity to connect meaningfully has never been greater. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just watch this awesome video starring the Elderly and the teens.
Wabi Sabi Love
Wabi Sabi goggles don’t work for bad behaviour, addictions and abuse. For any other situation within a romantic relationship, this concept blazes a new path, helping you acquire paradigm shifts in perception. Those practising Wabi Sabi Love deal with their partner’s imperfections with joy in their hearts.
The technique seems to have worked for Barack and Michelle. Chances are, you’ll find an idea you can use in this 20-minute video.

In conclusion

Starting the next week, shall we reopen the As told to me section? That can happen only with your help. Your contributions fuel this section. So do send me a positive story as experienced by you in your own life. You’ve felt goodness, haven’t you? Pass it on. Contribute here and share your happiness.
As always, all contributions need to be channeled to

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