Articles by Ravi P. Bhatia

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Thus Spake Jawaharlal Nehru
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

Was Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) known only as the first Prime Minister of independent India? He was that, but much more.

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The Numbers Game
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

Numbers or numerals are very important in our lives
Or should we say even before we can draw a line

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My Lovely Cave
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

This is the Cave that I am living in
This is the Cave I invite you to come within

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Legacy of Western Scientists
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

Nicholas Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton, Max Planck, Marie Curie, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, C V Raman (of India), Stephen Hawking are some well known scientists who have made immeasurable contributions to various fields of science, mainly Physics and Astronomy. Some unusual topics they have worked on include : Big Bang Theory, Black Holes, Speed of Light, Special Relativity, Energy-Mass relationships E = mc2.

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International Yoga Day (21 June)
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

Yoga, an ancient practice of India is today recognised in many parts of the world for its physical, social, spiritual benefits. It also leads to meditation and understanding the harmony of oneself with the outer world.

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Doorstep Delivery Services — DDS
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

The economy has shriveled so much
That DDS have been launched
But we should know DDS of what

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Cyclonic Storms, Hurricanes, Typhoons
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons have strong winds and rain
Winds blowing Clockwise in Southern Hemisphere
Anti-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere
Around a centre or eye of the storm

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From No to Know
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

Not knowing a word of the lingo
Necessary to be admitted to this school…

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Banana
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

What a lovely fruit for digestion
Easily available, cheap and delicious
People eat it for its taste and nutrition
Monkeys love it for the same reason

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Who Are You
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

Who are you is a question often asked
Are you a poet, are you a scholar
Or are you an unknown Rebel or a lawyer
Who changes his clients place — his foyer

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Ads for Profit and Humiliation
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

In this pandemic season, there is suffering everywhere
People are falling ill, trying to get vaccine
Many unable to find hospitals and medicine
A new problem has arisen, unable to get oxygen

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India — Large, Charming and More
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 May 2021

India is a vast country that has the hottest places
Yes and the coldest regions on the planet
How come? Well, don’t we have the Himalayas
The word himalaya means home of snow

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Prayers from Millions
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

Today is Ram Navmi (April 21)
Festival celebrated feebly in pain
Lord Ram the epitome of Truth, Kindness, Compassion
O Ram, listen to the millions of prayers

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Hindi Film Songs: Beautiful, Romantic, Nostalgic
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

As most Indians know, Hindi film songs are popular all over the country and in several foreign lands. On pattern with Hollywood, Hindi films are often described as Bollywood films. There are many similarities between the two forms of motion pictures — romance, adventure, background music, etc., but in one sphere they totally differ from each other.

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Dandi March
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

The Salt March, also known as the Salt Satyagraha, Dandi March and the Dandi Satyagraha, was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India led by Mahatma Gandhi. The twenty four-day march lasted from 12 Mar to 6 Apr 1930 as a direct action campaign.

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Queens and Kings
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

The death of Prince Phillip on 9 April 2021 at age 99 has brought out some interesting facts about him and the British monarchy.  He was given the title of  Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip was a nephew of Lord Mountbatten, the last Viceroy of India, and was well known in India.

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Moving On and On
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

23 Mar 2021 – My family was forced out of a major town called Lahore that was transferred to the new nation Pakistan. My father taught in a college there, my mother was a teacher of a small school. Our family lost everything — home, occupation, dignity and moved to a small town in India without any guarantee of a stable future.

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Holi: Indian Festival of Colours 28-29 March
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

Is it too cold at this time of the Year
Do not worry; the winter season is all but over
This is the day of Full Moon
This is the day of the Indian festival Holi

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The Women’s Day
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

The International Women’s Day was celebrated on 8 March
A day when they are supposed to proudly, bravely march

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The Misery of Loneliness
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

8 Mar 2021 – One common feature of modern life in many urbanised regions in different countries is a feeling of isolation and loneliness. It is not easy to pinpoint the principal causes but there is little doubt that the conditions that are prevalent in modern societies leads to this isolation.

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21 Feb International Mother Language Day
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

Protection of Cultural Diversity: The UN designated 21 Feb as International Mother Language Day in a1999 resolution to promote cultural and linguistic diversity among peoples. The UN had also stated: “When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity”.

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The Dried-up Tree
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

A tree looks gorgeous when it is leafy and green
It provides us with twigs, clean air and oxygen
Birds build nests and lay their eggs in a green tree

So don’t bypass a dried up tree
Don’t avoid the lonesomeness of the elderly

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Tying up with a Tie and Coat
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

16 Feb 2021 – Cultures, cuisines, modes of dress, religions and languages followed colonialism in the last several centuries. The principal colonial powers were Portugal, Spain, France and England. Styles of dress, languages and religion–mainly Christianity–spread to the regions colonised by European powers. A witty remark had been made about this facet of colonialism. The British came and offered the Bible to local peoples in exchange for their lands and revenues.

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Valentine’s Day
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

Enjoy, have fun this special Day
It is more special — it’s a Sunday

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Interacting with the Poor
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Feb 2021

While tragedies and trauma cannot be avoided, efforts of scholars, sages and Gurus — Vivekananda, Gandhiji, Prabhupada and others, for physical and spiritual development of people continues unabated. We salute their efforts and encourage other people to join them for a spiritual and peaceful awakening.

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CASUALESE — Fun and Games
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

I have coined this word to refer to the casual atmosphere and sights that one can witness in some busy places of a city such as a river front, beach, market, railway station, and so on.

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Martyr’s Day, 30 January: Thoughts on Mahatma Gandhi
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest proponents of peace and nonviolence, was shot dead by a Hindu bigot on 30 January 1948.

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Conversing with Each Other — People, Birds and Other Creatures
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

People can speak, they can recite poems
Twinkle Twinkle little Star
How I wonder what you are
They can use words to tell who they are

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Puzzles of Birthdays
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

I have often felt puzzled by this western custom of blowing out the flame of the candles. In India, it is traditionally good to light a candle on Diwali  or some happy occasion, not to de-light a candle or diya  (earthen lamp).

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Smiles — Bewitching, Enticing
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

A smile is a common human facial expression. It can be welcoming; it can be wicked or threatening without any words being spoken. Words depend on the language of the speaker or the listener but a smile needs no words and yet conveys a lot of meaning in whatever situation one is.

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Money Matters
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

All modern societies are dependent on money in the form of currency — dollars, rubles, Euros, rupees, taka, etc. Dollars are the currency of not only USA, but of other countries also — Australia, New Zealand, Namibia although their value is different from the USD (US dollar).

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Dealing with Memories
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

Memory roughly means the thoughts or events that we may remember. Some of these memories are pleasant — give pleasure; some of these are painful , unpleasant and result in pain or sadness or occasional suffering. The latter trait of suffering results both from physical or mental causes. In this essay I focus on memories of individuals both pleasant and painful.

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Medicine Man
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

Good Morning, Bon Jour, Namaste
Can I help you in any way
I am your Medicine Man

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People’s Differences — Dress Code
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

22 Dec 2020 – All over the world there are differences between people. These are related to their racial and religious backgrounds, languages spoken, educational achievements, economic prosperity, etc. In addition, there are vast differences in the ways people dress.

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Taxes All the Way
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

All of us are taxed in one way or another
There is the Income Tax even if you hardly earn
There is the Sales Tax if you buy anything

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Contemporary Times — Women in the Forefront
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

7 Dec 2020 – All sort of issues and challenges confront society. These also lead to opportunities to offset the difficulties. Women being an integral part of society are confronting various problems and finding suitable solutions. These are of various types — social, economic, political and of course domestic and looking after children and elderly relatives.

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News on TV
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

Everyone likes to watch News on TV channels
But what type of News depends on the Channels

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DIWALI — Festival of Lights
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

The festival of Diwali is celebrated on the return of Lord Ram along with wife Sita and brother Lakshman to their kingdom after an exile of 14 years, this year celebrated on 14 Nov, New Moon night. This date is also commemorated as Children’s Day in the anniversary of the first Prime Minister of independent India — Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Heart as a Vagabond
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

A person can be a Vagabond
He roams hither and thither

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Keep Crying
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

Is crying good for people, we wonder
A child soon after its birth utters a cry
If he doesn’t he gets a nudge to make him cry

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Earth — Some Unusual Features
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

The Amazon River passes through six different countries in South America — starting from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Brazil and then it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at three different exit points. The river is one of the longest in the world — about 6,400 km long.

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Films and Society
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

Films are popular all over the world even in these days of TV and social media. While some films do show violence, they also promote healthy attitudes and harmony as indicated.

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Communicating with Each Other — People, Birds and Other Creatures
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

People can speak, they can recite poems
Twinkle Twinkle little Star
How I wonder what you are
They can invent new words to tell who they are

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Step by Step
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

25 Oct 2020 – Today is Vijay Dashmi or Dashehra symbolising victory of Good over Evil on the return of Lord Ram from his exile. I am feeling lonely. So I write this small poem.

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STOP HUNGER — Multi-Pronged Dimensions
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

World Food day was observed on 16 October. World Food Programme has won the Nobel Peace Prize for this year for its efforts at combating hunger all over the world by bringing food to millions of people who go to bed hungry and miserable. But its efforts are grossly insufficient keeping in view the dimensions of the hunger problem.

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Humanity, Compassion, Bravery
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

13 Oct 2020 – Many countries in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America are facing violence and brutality in one form or the other. However, on an optimistic and humane note, a few events are regularly taking place that dispel this negativity along with the abysmal social and psychological conditions we see around us.

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Googling in Today’s World
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

28 Sep 2020 – “What is Google?” is a question that is often asked. Is it a library; is it a teacher, a search engine, an internet browser, a digital platform, or all of the above?

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Our Friend
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

Met a person after many a day
Seeing me he wished me Good Day

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Education for All — for Peace, Development, Skills
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

Gandhi in his book Hind Swaraj (Home Rule) written in 1909, talked about modern civilisation, why India was colonised by the British, and Nai Talim (New Form of Education). The book was quickly banned by the British colonial government for being seditious. In this book, Gandhi stressed on education for girls and also on skills.

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Common Pets and Beyond
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

21 Sep 2020 – All over the world people like to have pets for themselves. Perhaps the most common pets are dogs of various sizes, various breeds and various colours from black to brown to white and other mixed colours.

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The Human Touch and Its Offshoots
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

15 Sep 2020 – Human beings have different sensations: sight, hearing, smell, sound, and not the least the sensation of touch, a basic need for all people called Sparsh in India. Let’s hope that this pandemic comes to an end soon and we can shake hands or hug each other and restore our need for Sparsh—human touch.

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Imparting Basic Education — Numeracy, Literacy and Other Skills
Ravi P. Bhatia and Ambika Roshan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

One positive feature that has emerged in today’s complex world is that like proper nutrition, a safe and healthy home plus education must be imparted almost with religious fervour and patience, not just the rote form of teaching-learning process, generally observed earlier.

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Socio—Politico Jiu-jitsu
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

The world sees differences of various types in races, cultures, behaviour, activities and virtually all aspects that human beings display. Some of these are innate or natural, as are the facial and bodily looks and corresponding behaviour. But some differences are acquired.

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Pandit Jasraj — Musician Extraordinaire
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

25 Aug 2020 – Indian classical music both vocal and instrumental can have countless number of varieties. These depend on the gharanas (families or lineages), of the musicians as well as their individual differences.

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Being Different, Being Unique
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

24 Aug 2020 – A new tendency is being observed in some regions of the world — to become unique, to be different from other people either physically or in some other noticeable manner. In other words, to look different from others. For this purpose sometimes some dubious means are adopted, usually by youngsters, both male and female.

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Advertisements — Their Impact on Businesses
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

Modern business works on the principle of advertisements— conveniently called ads. The more ads you post in newspapers or on TV, social media or even on roadside hoardings, the better chances you have with your products. Even if a person does not need the product, the advertising is so enticing, that a person thinks let us give it a chance. 

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Memory — Linkages with Nature
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

All of us have memories, some pleasant some distasteful, in our lives. My purpose in this essay is to understand the meaning of memory and to determine its relationship or linkage with Nature in its various manifestations.

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Seeking Education— An Inspiring Saga of Young Women’s Courage
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

28 Jul 2020 – Education is a need for all people in today’s world — people of all ages and all backgrounds. This is especially so for young people and students. Education serves several needs of young people.

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(Italiano) Amore per il ciclismo
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

Una bicicletta non è stata solo un mezzo di trasporto, ma anche uno strumento educativo, per aiutare il padre malato e per ricevere una lettera o del denaro. Gli smartphone o WhatsApp possono offrire questi vantaggi? Le persone che promuovono la digitalizzazione o l’online banking non sarebbero d’accordo. Ma io resto col mio amore per la bicicletta.

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Love for Cycling
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

A bicycle has been not just a means of transportation but also an instrument for education, for helping one’s ill father, or for receiving a letter or money. Can the smartphones or the WhatsApp’s provide these benefits? People promoting digitisation or online banking would disagree. But I rest my love for a bicycle.

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Changing Contours of Education over the Last Few Centuries
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

14 Jul 2020 – The world has seen different forms of learning as well as in the means of acquiring useful skills in society. For instance, in the early Greek system, the objective was to train young children — mainly boys, to become good citizens.

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Today’s Challenges — Mid Day Meals
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

In India, government schools provide mid-day meals to the students who generally come from low income households. Not only do these schools charge no fees, the provision of MDM attracts students to school regularly. With schools shut, the nutrition being provided stopped.

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Facing the New Challenges – The New Lingo
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

These elites care little for other people or the environment and society at large. They exploit the planet’s resources mercilessly, inflicting a terrible cost on our planet that is leading to climate change and global warming. Only a sustained effort at reducing this adverse impact on the planet can now save ‘gennext’ peoples of the world.

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Issues Regarding Elderly People — Ageing Concerns
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

Space and Time are usually treated by scientists as an integral concept. But there is a basic difference of time from space. We can travel from one place to another. But time is different in the sense that we cannot go back; we can go into future but not into past.

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Real vs Reel: Dilemma of the Modern World
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

In earlier days most of what we could see around us was real. We had real parents, brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts and grandparents, some of whom loved us and some who scolded us if we were naughty. Today we are flooded with the virtual or what is also referred to as the reel world.

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Interactions of Peoples and Civilisations
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

People have been interacting with each other for thousands of years on this planet. The interactions have resulted in exchange of several aspects of human lives and civilisations.

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Godliness, Strength and Grit
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

They said it was the Asian century
With economies booming
Democratic principles shining
Scholarship, education rising

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Online Learning Problems under COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

2 Jun 2020 – Ever since this pandemic has struck the world and India, there have been serious problems related to health, economy, education, etc. On the education front, schools and colleges have been shut down and students have been asked to stay at home. This has happened for about two months now.

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Letters, Telegrams and Post Offices — Tradition and Technology
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

26 May 2020 – Before the advent of the modern means of communication–email, SMS, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc–people used to depend mainly on the Post Offices for sending letters and telegrams. On 15 July 2013, the service came to an end after about 160 years of service in India. It was a sad day for many persons, including me.

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An Ode to Gautam Buddha
Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

Yesterday, 6th May night
The moon was shining bright
No clouds or rain to spoil the sight
Suddenly the thought came to me
7th May is Poornima (fullmoon night)
With the full moon the world will celebrate Buddha Poornima

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Lesson
Ravi P. Bhatia - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

Two young women each having one baby meet in a Park.

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Gods of Good Tidings
Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

Oh Gods of Good Tidings
Why create these Weather Rings
Russia basking in a Summer Show
Inviting us all to its Warm Glow
India back in a Winter Fury

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Seeking Peace and Harmony in a Troubled World
Dr Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jul 2018

We are inundated with news of accidents, floods, bombings, killings, terrorist activities, sexual assaults and other such painful and tragic events.

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In Elephant Country: Sharing Joy and Pleasure
Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

27 Sep 2017 – Elephants are huge animals — perhaps the biggest animals surviving today. They are found in tropical countries of Africa and Asia– countries that are warm and provide large amounts of trees and greenery. They largely eat leaves and occasionally some grass and grains also. They will sometimes also use the trees to scratch their bodies.

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A View of Portugal — An Outsider’s Perspective
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

26 Jul 2017 – In Portugal the stones speak more to tourists than human beings. Of course you must understand their language –in other words you must know which king ruled when, which grand stone cathedral was built and when. It is interesting to see the melange of European and Arab (or Muslim) architecture on the winding streets of Porto or Lisboa as Lisbon is called in the Portuguese language.

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Kashmir
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

The problem with the status of Jammu and Kashmir and the feelings of its people towards India is an old one although the situation has become worse in recent times. It started in 1948 after India was divided into two independent states of India and Pakistan and after the more than 530 states were asked to go to either the new nation of Pakistan or to join India. The maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir (J K) was a Hindu but the majority population of the state was Muslim. He however decided to accede to India.

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Kashmir
Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

The problem with the status of Jammu and Kashmir and the feelings of its people towards India is an old one although the situation has become worse in recent times. It started in 1948 after India was divided into two independent states of India and Pakistan and after the more than 530 states were asked to go to either the new nation of Pakistan or to join India. The maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir (J K) was a Hindu but the majority population of the state was Muslim. He however decided to accede to India.

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Second October –A Day of Peace and Harmony
Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

Most people know that Mahatma Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, Gujarat. Few people outside India would know that this day is also the day when another simple and self effacing man Lal Bahadur Shastri was born in 1904. From his simple beginnings Shastri rose to become the second Prime Minister of India when Jawaharlal Nehru died in 1964.

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