ALL WOMEN NAVY CREW RETURNS

The expedition, christened ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, was flagged off from the INS Mandovi boat pool here on September 10, 2017. Panaji: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba on Monday welcomed the Indian Navy’s six-member all-women crew who arrived in Panaji after circumnavigating the globe in over eight months on board the naval vessel INSV Tarini.

The expedition, christened ‘Navika Sagar Parikrama’, was flagged off from the INS Mandovi boat pool in Goa on September 10, 2017. Led by Lieutenant Commander Vartika Joshi, the crew had Lt Commanders Pratibha Jamwal and Swati P, and Lieutenants Aishwarya Boddapati, S Vijaya Devi and Payal Gupta as other members. They completed the feat in the 55-foot sailing vessel, INSV Tarini, which was inducted into the Indian Navy on February 18, 2017.

 

It was the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-women crew, the Navy said. The six women officers trained for the project under Captain Dilip Donde, the first Indian to solo-circumnavigate the globe from August 19, 2009 to May 19, 2010 onboard the Indian-built vessel INSV Mhadei, a Navy official said.

A Navy spokesperson said that the expedition was completed in six legs, with stopovers at the Fremantle (Australia), Lyttleton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falkland Islands), Cape Town (South Africa) and Mauritius.

“The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes – Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope,” the spokesperson said.

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The man with the golden arm

James Harrison, whose blood contains a rare antibody needed to make Anti-D injections to prevent haemolytic disease in newborns, made his last donation on Friday

When he was 14, James Harrison needed surgery. And as he would come to find out, he would also need a significant amount of strangers’ blood to survive it.

After he had recovered and as soon as he became an adult, Mr. Harrison felt compelled to pay it forward, he said. For the next 60 years, he suppressed his strong distaste for needles — he says he has never watched one go into his arm — and gave blood every few weeks at locations across Australia.

Along the way, medical professionals made a stunning discovery: Mr. Harrison’s blood contained a rare antibody necessary to make a pioneering medication that officials at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service said had helped save more than 2 million babies from a potentially fatal disease.

They said more than 3 million doses of Anti-D, as the medication containing Mr. Harrison’s blood is called, have been issued to mothers since 1967.

On Friday, Mr. Harrison took his seat at Town Hall Blood Donor Center in Sydney for what would be his last donation. Medical officials at the Red Cross decided that at 81, their valued donor should stop giving to protect his own health.

Video recordings of the episode show Mr. Harrison — known to some as “the man with the golden arm” — grasping a stress ball as four silver balloons danced above him. The balloons were shaped in the numerals 1 1 7 3 — representing the total number of times he has given blood.

“The end of an era,” Mr. Harrison, a retired railway administrator, said on Sunday from his home in New South Wales. “It was sad because I felt like I could keep going.”

The value of his contributions is hard to overstate.

‘A tiny pool’

The Red Cross estimates that around 17% of Australian women who become pregnant need Anti-D injections to keep their babies healthy, and the injections can be made only from donated plasma, which, in Australia, comes from what officials describe as “a tiny pool” of around 160 donors who have the special antibody in their blood. Without the injections, babies with certain blood types that are different from their mothers’ can develop haemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, a potentially fatal condition. Officials estimated that as of last month, Mr. Harrison’s blood had helped more than 2.4 million babies.

“I cry just thinking about it,” Robyn Barlow, the program coordinator who recruited Mr. Harrison, told The Sydney Morning Herald .

Mr. Harrison had been donating blood for more than a decade when researchers found him in the 1960s and asked him to become the first donor in what would eventually come to be known as the Anti-D program.

His blood was exactly what they were looking for. His body naturally produces the antibody that prevents the haemolytic disease. Mr. Harrison said he was still not sure exactly why, but believes it might have something to do with the blood he received as a teenager.

Widely praised

“The Red Cross and Australia can never thank a man like James enough,” said Jemma Falkenmire, a spokeswoman for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. “It’s unlikely we will ever have another blood donor willing to make this commitment.”

Mr. Harrison has been widely praised and has received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his longtime support of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and the Anti-D program. Ms. Falkenmire said researchers were even working on what they have called a “James in a Jar project,” with the goal of synthetically creating a mixture of antibodies that matches what Mr. Harrison produces naturally.

According to Ms. Falkenmire, medical professionals are able to stimulate production of the antibody in donors, but the process can lead to a flulike reaction. Complicating matters, she said, not every potential donor — even those with the right blood type — are able to create the antibody as Mr. Harrison can.

Mr. Harrison deflected most of the praise with humor and humility.

“Blame me for the increase in population,” he said.NY TImes

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Self sacrifice

A long long time ago, my husband, our two sons and I had gone out for an ice-cream treat. It was sometime when I was always thinking of curbing unnecessary expenditure.

as a selfless person, who was too much in love with her family to deny them of any pleasure, I always chose to sacrifice my own excesses. And it didn’t even feel like a sacrifice ever, because I was a woman of very few needs/ wants/ desires… So, when my husband asked each one of us to choose our favorite flavor of ice-cream, I responded as usual, “I won’t have any.”

The boys enjoyed one round and ordered another; my response remained the same, “I don’t want any.”  I was happy in my family’s happiness. I was happy that my not indulging in  pleasure was perhaps ensuring some more goodies in the future for my dear ones. . But my husband looked at me and said, “Please don’t do this to yourself and to us. I want a happy wife; not a sacrificial lamb. I have seen that too much sacrifice eventually leads to bitterness and victim-mentality. And I sure as hell do not want you to develop that.

You see, after a period of time, the boys and I will stop asking you for your choice, because we will assume that you don’t want it; we will take you for granted and subconsciously start treating you as a doormat… It will then hurt you.. and you will feel miserable and unimportant. You will think that we don’t care about you.   While in truth we would be behaving naturally, knowing from experience that you don’t care for yourself.. That your wishes are not important… .

So, I suggest that you always take your share and then if you really don’t like it, share it with someone who does. That will be good for all of us. You will learn how to claim your importance in your own and our eyes and we will always ask you. There will be happiness all around.”   His talk made sense to me and I couldn’t help but think about many older women who always complained, “I did so much for so and so but today they don’t even think/ care for me.”

I also remembered many instances where children would turn back and say, “But why did you do so much? Did we ask you for it? You did it because it made you happy. Who asked you to be so self-sacrificing?” This train of thought made me take a re-look at the word ‘self-less’, equating it with self-sacrifice. That day the meaning of these words opened  up for me!

Self-sacrifice ……… is not the balanced way!!!

 

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DID YOU KNOW THESE THINGS HAD NAMES?

1. The space between your eyebrows is called
a glabella.
2. The way it smells after the rain is called
petrichor.
3. The plastic or metallic coating at the end of
your shoelaces is called an aglet.
4. The rumbling of stomach is actually called a
wamble.
5. The cry of a new born baby is called a
vagitus.
6. The prongs on a fork are called tines.
7. The sheen or light that you see when you
close your eyes and press your hands on
them is called phosphenes.
8. The tiny plastic table placed in the middle
of a pizza box is called a box tent.
9. The day after tomorrow is called
overmorrow.
10. Your tiny toe or finger is called minimus.
11. The wired cage that holds the cork in a
bottle of champagne is called an agraffe.
12. The ‘na na na’ and ‘la la la’, which don’t
really have any meaning in the lyrics of any
song, are called vocables.
13. When you combine an exclamation mark
with a question mark (like this ?!), it is referred
to as an interrobang.
14. The space between your nostrils is called
columella nasi.
15. The armhole in clothes, where the sleeves
are sewn, is called armscye.
16. The condition of finding it difficult to get
out of the bed in the morning is called
dysania.
17. Unreadable hand-writing is called
griffonage.
18. The dot over an “i” or a “j” is called tittle.
19. That utterly sick feeling you get after
eating or drinking too much is called
crapulence.
20. The metallic device used to measure your
feet at the shoe store is called Bannock
device.

INTERESTING FACTS for those who love the English language!

No words in the English language rhyme with “month”, “orange”, “silver”  or “purple”.

“Hungry” and “Angry” are the only words in the English language that end in “-gry.

The number 4 is the only number that has the same number of letters in it – FOUR

Did you know the word ‘Underground’ is the only word that begins and ends with the letters ‘und’.

The word ‘Uncopyrightable’ is the is the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating any letter.

The word ‘Typewriter’ is the longest word that can be typed using only the top row of a keyboard.

Did you know the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter in the English alphabet.

The word ‘Rhythm’ is the longest word without a vowel.

“Dreamt” is the only word that ends in mt.

Did you know there are only 3 sets of letters on a keyboard which are in alphabetical order – ‘F G H’, ‘J K L’, ‘O P’

“queue”
The word “queue” is the only word in the English Language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.

“Dammit I’m mad” is the same spelt backwards

“Set” of all the words in the English Language, the word “set” has the most definitions.

“Bookkeeper” & “Bookkeeping” are only words in English language with three consecutive double letters.

The least used letter in the alphabet is Q.

The most commonly used word in English conversation is ‘I’
The dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle.

There are only 4 words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ (they are: hazardous, horrendous, stupendous and tremendous)

The oldest word in the English language is ‘town’.

The word ‘Strengths’ is the longest word in the English language with just one vowel.

The past tense for the English word ‘dare’ is ‘durst’.

The first English dictionary was written in 1755.

SCALING THE HEIGHTS

Chittoor district Additional SP Radhika Gollapalli recently scaled Aconcagua (Argentina) as a part of her ‘Five Summit’ expedition.

While conquering Mt Everest may be the ultimate dream for many, Radhika Gollapalli Rama Murthy completed it in her early days of mountaineering. The Chittoor district Additional SP recently completed the ‘Five Summit’ expedition, scaling Mt Everest (Nepal), Elbrus (Europe), Mount Kosciuszko (Australia), Kilimanjaro (Africa) and just recently, Aconcagua (Argentina). Recalling how mountaineering always fascinated her, Radhika shares, “I went to the Manasarovar yaatra in 2012. It inspired me and gave me the confidence to do mountaineering. Soon, I underwent endurance training for 45 days at Gulmarg to see if my body could sustain extreme cold temperatures. I managed to complete all the three levels and got an A grade.”

Her first expedition was in 2013 when she climbed Mt Everest, followed by Kilimanjaro. Later, she also completed the expeditions of Mt Kosciuszko, (Australia), and Elbrus (Europe).

These expeditions made me realise that everything in life is temporary, that we need to enjoy the little moments and inculcate humility. We feel proud and arrogant, but we are nothing when it comes to nature,” says Radhika, adding, “I also got the opportunity to experience different cultures. It made me broad-minded.”

Admitting that staying away from family was tough, she asserts that women have great opportunities even after marriage. “If you are determined and set goals that are realistic, you can achieve anything. Women are capable of doing anything even after marriage. There’s a lot more to life beyond being a homemaker and opportunities for women abound if they just explore,” she says.

Notably, Radhika is the first Indian woman police officer to complete the Five Summit Peaks (2018), the Aussie 10 Peak Challenge and Mt Everest in May 2013.  And she credits her family for her success.

“My husband is a businessman from Anantapur. He always supports me and takes care of the kids and other domestic work too,” she shares, adding, “When I started mountaineering, I was afraid of missing them too much, but slowly I got used to it. If you want something in life, you need to sacrifice certain things. Now they are grown up, my elder son is a third year B. Tech student while my younger son is in Class X, so they understand me.” Interestingly, Radhika worked as a lecturer before joining the police department, against the advice of many who urged her not to leave a comfortable faculty job for policing.

“Many discouraged me not to join the department. But I was also an NSS programme officer in my faculty days, so I wanted to get into social service to expand my horizons and not restrict myself to just students,” she explains.

 

 

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THE STEPS WE TAKE

In Mahabharat, #Karna asks Lord #Krishna – “My mother left me the moment I was born. Is it my fault I was born an illegitimate child?  I did not get the education from Dhronacharya because I was considered a non-Kshatriya.  Parshu-Raam taught me but then gave me the curse to forget everything since I was a Kshatriya.
A cow was accidentally hit by my arrow & its owner cursed me for no fault of mine.
I was disgraced in Draupadi’s swayamvar.
Even Kunti finally told me the truth only to save her other sons.  Whatever I received was through Duryodhana’s charity.
So how am I wrong in taking his side?”
Lord Krishna replies,
“Karna, I was born in a jail.  Death was waiting for me even before my birth. The night I was born I was separated from my birth parents.  From childhood, you grew up hearing the noise of swords, chariots, horses, bow, and arrows. I got only cow herd’s shed, dung, and multiple attempts on my life even before I could walk!
No army, no education. I could hear people saying I am the reason for all their problems.
When all of you were being appreciated for your valour by your teachers I had not even received any education. I joined gurukula of Rishi Sandipani only at the age of 16!
You are married to a girl of your choice. I didn’t get the girl I loved & rather ended up marrying those who wanted me or the ones I rescued from demons.  I had to move my whole community from the banks of Yamuna to far off Sea shore to save them from Jarasandh. I was called a coward for running away!!  If Duryodhana wins the war you will get a lot of credit. What do I get if Dharmaraja wins the war? Only the blame for the war and all related problems…
Remember one thing, Karna. Everybody has challenges in life.

LIFE IS NOT FAIR ON ANYBODY!!!

Duryodhana also has a lot of unfairness in life and so has Yudhhishthir.But what is Right (Dharma) is known to your mind (conscience). No matter how much unfairness we got, how many times we were disgraced, how many times we were denied what was due to us, what is important is how you REACTED at that time.

Stop whining Karna. Life’s unfairness does not give you license to walk the wrong path…
Always remember, Life may be tough at a point, but DESTINY is not created by the SHOES we wear but by the STEPS we take…

 

 

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