My SCRAPBOOK (సేకరణలు): A COLLECTION of articles in English and Telugu(తెలుగు), from various sources, on varied subjects. I do not claim credit for any of the contents of these postings as my own.A student's declaration made at the end of his answer paper, holds good to the articles here too:"I hereby declare that the answers written above are true to the best of my friend's knowledge and I claim no responsibility whatsoever of the correctness of the answers."

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Warren buffets advice for 2009

[Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an Americaninvestor, businessman and philanthropist. He is one of the world's most successful investors and the largest shareholder and CEO of Berkshire was ranked by Forbes as the richest person in the world during the first half of 2008, with an estimated networth of $62.0 billion.
Often called the "Oracle of Omaha," "the Sage of Omaha", Buffett is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth His 2006 annual salary was about $100,000, which is vanishingly small compared to senior executive remuneration in comparable companies. When Buffett spent $9.7 million of Berkshire's funds on a private jet in 1989, he jokingly named it "The Indefensible" because of his past criticisms of such purchases by other CEOs. lives in the same house in the central Dundee neighborhood of Omaha that he bought in 1958 for $31,500 and today, it is valued at around $700,000. Buffett also is a notable philanthropist. In 2006, he announced a plan to give away his fortune to charity, with 83% of it going to the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2007, he was listed among Time's 100 Most Influential People in The World. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees at Grinnel College.]
We begin this New Year with dampened enthusiasm and dented optimism.
Our happiness is diluted and our peace is threatened by the financial illness that has infected our families, organizations and nations.
Everyone is desperate to find a remedy that will cure their financial illness and help them recover their financial health.
Every new year, I adopt a couple of old maxims as my beacons to guide my future. This self-prescribed therapy has ensured that with each passing year, I grow wiser and not older. This year, I invite you to tap into the financial wisdom of our elders along with me, and become financially wiser.

* Hard work: All hard work bring a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

* Laziness: A sleeping lobster is carried away by the water current.

* Earnings: Never depend on a single source of income. [ At least make your Investments get you second earning ]

* Spending: If you buy things you don't need, you'll soon sell things you need.

* Savings: Don't save what is left after spending; Spend what is left after saving.

* Borrowings: The borrower becomes the lender's slave.

* Accounting: It's no use carrying an umbrella, if your shoes are leaking.

* Auditing: Beware of little expenses; A small leak can sink a large ship.

* Risk-taking: Never test the depth of the river with both feet. [Have an alternate plan ready ]

* Investment: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

* Expectations: Honesty is a very expensive gift. Don't expect it from cheap people

I'm certain that those who have already been practicing these principles remain financially healthy. I'm equally confident that those who resolve to start practicing these principles will quickly regain their financial health.

Let us become wiser and lead a happy, healthy, prosperous and peaceful life.

(An email forward)



Wednesday, January 28, 2009


The pathways of life are strewed with problems. There is not a living soul on earth, who can tell us that he has never faced problems some time or other in life. Only dead people in graveyards have no problems. A beneficent providence deliberately throws problems in our way. There is a purpose in it. Within every one of us there are infinite sources of eternal energy. One way of unfolding these powers is to handle problems, to face problems, to try to solve problems in the right spirit.

The law of difficulties/ obstructions/ failures

Difficulties come not to obstruct, but to instruct. Within every setback or obstacle lie seeds of an equal or greater benefit or opportunity. Your failure is a step forward to success. So “fail forward”. Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones to success. “

What is a problem?

A problem is a situation in which a person desires/wants something but does not get it and makes one feel helpless is angry.

I seek, I want, I need, I wish, all these can be clubbed under one heading- Desire.

There is no way to avoid problems:

One cannot escape the clutches of desire so long as we have a body, because the body is the seat of desires and unfulfilled problems lead to problems.


An eminent speaker was addressing a 200 strong gathering. He held up a $20 bill and asked, “Who would like to have this?” Every one raised their hands. The speaker crumpled the dollar bill in his hand. He then asked, “Who would like to have this?” Once again every one raised their hands.

The speaker then threw the crumpled dollar bill on the floor and ground it under his shoe.

“Now who wants this?” he asked. The hands still went up. “MY friends,” said the speaker, “You hare all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value.

It was still worth $20.

Many times in our lives we hit the ground because of the decisions we make, or we are trampled upon by people and circumstances and we feel that we are worthless.

But no matter what happens, you will never lose your value.

You are special. Don’t forget it!”

Why do we face problems in life?

There is no escape from problems in life. Therefore, there has to be a reason for us to take up the corporeal form, the body in this life with its embedded desire, the non-fulfillment of which leads to problems. Otherwise, why do we have to go through so much suffering, pain and mental agony, experienced whenever our desires remain unfulfilled?

Everything living or non living, from the minutest of virus to the massive elephant, from the microscopic dust particle to the largest of mountains, all exist and all have a reason and proper place for being where they are. So then, what is the logic behind humans facing problems in life?

Yes, there is logic behind humans facing problems in life, there is a specific reason for problems to occur in out lives and yes, they do occupy a proper place in the scheme of life. It could be best explained with an analogy:

Ø Imagine that you are sitting late at night in your room, comfortably tucked in bed, reading a book written by your favourite author. Just as you come to the part where the killer raises his knife to plunge into the unsuspecting hero’s back-


The room is plunged into darkness as the only lamp bulb suspended over your head is fused.

You are facing a small problem, you wish to read on but you can not. The solution lies in replacing the bulb

Alright, you have a fresh bulb, all you have to do is to charge the fused one. Since the overhead lamp is out of reach, you pull a chair, climb onto it and replace the bulb, press the switch and presto. You have light. Now you can pick up from where you left off reading. The problem is solved.

Take a closer look, for there in this simple problem there lies the logic and the reason that we are in search of.

Why do you take the help of the chair to replace the bulb?

Because, with your height and distance from ground level, you were unable to reach the overhead lamp. Your lack of height and reach were a temporary limitation, which came in the way of solving your problem of replacing the bulb, so you pulled a chair, climbed onto it and in doing so, you raised your level from the floor to a higher level of the chair thus enabling you to change the bulb and solve the problem.

But is this not the way we solve problems in life?

Most of the times, whatever we want or desire exists just out of your reach (like the fused bulb in the example), out of the reach of our current level of functioning. If our desire is strong enough, it propels us to stretch and reach beyond our limitations thereby expanding our personal resources till we raise our current level of functioning to the level of functioning whereby what we want is within our grasp.

Ø A student appearing for an exam has to raise his intellectual level by absorbing the knowledge prescribed for passing the exam; also he has to raise his physical level by putting in the necessary number of hours of effort to do so. After the successful completion of the exam, he has consciously and unconsciously evolved to a higher level of functioning.

If you look into your own past, you will remember that every time you overcame a problem, you did so by raising your level of functioning, by raising the level of your personal resources. As you progress through life solving the various problems that come your way, you evolve gradually into a more superior being- which is the purpose of our lives. That is why we face problems in life.


Problems are permanent fixtures of life, so


Look for Solutions.


Implement the solutions (by expanding your personal resources), which results


In Rising your level of functioning, and


Evolving into a Superior being.


A daughter went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last, ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. The daughter did and noted that they were soft.

She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked. "What's the point, mother?" Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water - but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.

"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.

If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle Adversity? ARE YOU A CARROT, AN EGG, OR A COFFEE BEAN?

Don't tell GOD how big your storm is. Tell the storm how big your GOD is!

De-confuse the problem:

Problems are like bombs, capable of great destruction. The difference is that a bomb must be de-fused whereas a problem must be de-confused. When a problem is de-confused, the confusing part of the problem is removed. As soon as the confusion is eliminated, the remaining parts of the problem can be removed to eliminate the entire problem.

ØPut the glass down

A lecturer was giving a lecture to his student on stress management. He raised a glass of water and asked the audience, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?"

The students' answers ranged from 20g to 500gm.

"It does not matter on the absolute weight. It depends on how long you hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, it is OK.

If I hold it for an hour, I will have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance.

It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

"If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, we will not be able to carry on, the burden becoming increasingly heavier."

"What you have to do is to put the glass down, rest for a while before holding it up again."

We have to put down the burden periodically, so that we can be refreshed and are able to carry on.

So before you return home from work tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it back home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you are having now on your shoulders, let it down for a moment if you can.

Pick it up again later when you have rested...

Rest and relax.

Life is short, enjoy it!!

Reducing problems in life:

“Economics is the science which studies human behaviour as a relationship between ends and scarce means which have alternative uses. Economic problems arise because scarce means have alternative uses. Choice will have to be made between the alternative uses, but it is by no means an easy task. Therefore, the ‘choice making’ or ‘Decision making’ is the means of tackling economic problems.”

Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries around in his pocket. The more he has, the more they weigh him down.”

Desires are infinite, but energy, time and other personal resources are limited.

The best way to reduce problems in life is to choose a goal in life. A goal is a desire which a person chooses and decides to place it uppermost in his mind at the cost of other desires, which seem frivolous, compared to his prime desire- the goal.

Ø A person with a goal then, is like a person in a car traveling in the middle of the night with headlights on. The driver can only see the path illuminated by the headlights and ignores all that lies in darkness. His complete attention and energy is focused in tackling the twists and turns along this path. So also, a person with a goal is focused in overcoming the specific problems that are encountered along the path to his goal. He conserves his energy by not succumbing to the tug and pull of desires which are not ancillary to his progress towards his goal.

Hence problems may be reduced by keeping oneself focused on a goal in life.

Reducing problems further

Problems can be divided into –

Real problems and


Inconveniences are minor problems where you feel discomfort for a temporary period. It provokes a burst of irritation such as when a person rushing to office finds that one of the wheels of his car is punctured. This is an inconvenience because it has delayed him by some minutes. But the important thing is that it must be seen as inconvenience and not a problem.

Learn to separate the ‘real problems’ from the ‘inconveniences’ by posing yourself the question how the problem is gong to affect your life.

-are you going to die?

-will it drive you to a situation where you have to beg for your food?

-Is this going to send you to jail?

-whether you are going to lose someone you love or whose friendship you cherish?

-are you going to lose something which you shall surely miss for the rest of your life?

If none of the above are ticked off, then the problem facing you shrivels like a deflated balloon and is reduced to an ‘inconvenience’.

Think Big:

We humans have a fantastic capacity to dream. From such dreams have sprung reality, brought about by men who had the courage/ ability to acquire the knowledge and the skills/ expertise to translate their dreams into reality with single minded dedication.

In today’s rat race, everybody wants play safe, very few seem to possess the courage to pursue dreams. These few believe in themselves, the bigger the dream the greater the challenge and tougher the path towards achieving it. They will face tremendous hardships; nevertheless they go a head and face them, solve all the problems that come their way along the path to achieving their dream. They will evolve more and at a faster rate, which is the meaning of life.

Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Rock Feller, Walt Disney etc were all such dreamers who achieved their dreams.

So aim high in life, do not be afraid to think big.

Ø Lessons from a Donkey!

One day a farmer's donkey fell in to a well. The animal cried piteously for hours, as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it wasn't worth it to rescue the donkey.

He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels and began to dump dirt into the well. At first the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmers’ neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, every one amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel on you, all kinds of dirt.

The trick of getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!


Once a young apprentice, not so happy about the things around, goes to his master to express his bitterness that was developed by discomforts & unpleasant experiences. The master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
"How does it taste?" the master asked.
"Bitter," spit the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink from the lake."
As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked," How does it taste?"

"Fresh," remarked the apprentice.

"Do you taste the salt?" asked the master.

"No," said the young man.

At this, the master advised the young man, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things..... "




ü God gave burdens, also shoulders.

ü It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

ü The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

ü Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.

ü         What is the difference between school and life?
In school, you are taught a lesson and then given a test.

In life, you are given a test that teaches you a lesson.

ü Starve the problems, feed the opportunities.

ü Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

ü Most problems are really the absence of ideas.

ü No problem can stand the assault of sustained thinking.

ü Most problems well organized and defined are partially solved.

ü Do not find a fault, find a remedy.

ü Today’s neglected decisions become tomorrow’s crises.

ü The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.

ü To solve your problems, bend your thinking and seeing.

ü 3 and 3 can make 6, 9, 0,1,27, 33 etc. Therefore think and use imagination.

ü Think. There is always a better way.

ü Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.

ü The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace. In my life, what I want and what I need are exactly the same.

ü All problems become smaller if you don’t avoid them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly, and its spine crumbles.

ü Greater the heat, greater the expansion.

ü People are a lot like tea bags; they don’t know their own strength until they get into hot water.

ü The best way out of a problem is through it.

ü Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

ü Problems are teachers not obstacles.

ü Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.

ü The Chinese character for crisis consists of two characters. The top character means danger, and the bottom character means opportunity.

ü The only angle from which to approach a problem is the try-angle.

ü To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.

ü You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.

ü You will be remembered for two things: The problems you solve or the one you create.

ü Good timber does not grow with ease; the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

ü When the only tool you have is a hammer you tend to see every problem as a nail.

ü Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

ü If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.

ü It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.

ü Don't find fault, find a remedy.

ü I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship.

ü A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.

ü The only difference between a problem and a solution is that people understand the solution.

ü There is always a way-if you're committed.

ü In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.

ü Never bring the problem solving stage into the decision making stage. Otherwise, you surrender yourself to the problem rather than the solution.

ü Good timber does not grow in ease,

The stronger wind, the stronger trees;

The farther sky, the greater strength.

By sun and cold, by rain and snow,

In tree and man good timber grows.

ü The key to problems is usually the ignition key.

ü By trials God is shaping us for higher things. We are always in the forge or on the anvil.



పుష్కర సందేశం

................................................ ఈ దేశంలో పుష్కరాలంటే- ప్రజల సామూహిక ఆధ్యాత్మిక చైతన్యపు విరాట్స్వరూపానికి చిరునామాలు. జాతి జీవనాడికి స్పష్టమైన ఆనవాలు. భారతీయతకు చెందిన చేవ్రాలు!

నదిలోనైనా పుష్కరాల వేళ సమస్త దేవతలూ కొలువుతీరి ఉంటారని ప్రజల విశ్వాసం. గీర్వాణ యక్షోరగ సిద్ధసాధ్య గంధర్వ విద్యాధర పూర్ణతీరే... అంటూ తీర్థాలను కొనియాడటం ఆనవాయితీ. పుష్కరుడంటే వేరెవరో కాదు, వరుణుడే! 'సకల తీర్థమయుడు... సన్మార్గ సంధాత... పుష్కరుండు చేరు పుణ్యఘడియ... పసుపు ముద్ద పులిమి పారాణి కైసేసె... తెలుగు పేరటాలు... కడలి ఆలు' అని కవి చమత్కరించడంలో ఆంతర్యం అదే. తీర్థమంటే పుణ్యస్థలం. పుణ్యపురుషులకు ఆశ్రయం కల్పించిన స్థలం తీర్థం అవుతుందన్నది మహాకవి కాళిదాసు 'కుమార సంభవమ్‌'లో చెప్పిన మాట. పుణ్య పురుషులు, రుషులు నదీతీరాల్లో విడిది చేసి, లోక కల్యాణార్థం హోమాలు చేపట్టేవారు. యజ్ఞాలు నిర్వహించేవారు. తిరిగి తమ లోకాలకు తరలిపోతూ దీక్షారూపమైన తపస్సులను వారు నదీజలాల్లో విడిచిపోతారని పురాణాలు చెప్పాయి. యాగ నిర్వహణకోసం సోమలతను నూరి, రసం తీసేందుకు నదీజలాలను వారు ఉపయోగిస్తారు(సోమార్థా ఆపః). ఆ జలాలను 'వసతీవరులు' అంటారు. యాగానంతరం మిగిలిన ఆ పుణ్యజలాలను నదుల్లో కలిపేస్తారు. ఫలితంగా నదీజలాలకు ఎనలేని ప్రభావం, పవిత్రత చేకూరతాయని పెద్దలు చెప్పారు. యజ్ఞాల్లోని హవిస్సులను స్వీకరించడానికై వివిధ దేవతలు తీర్థాల్లో కొలువు చేస్తారు. దేవతలకు ఆతిథ్యం ఇచ్చే నిమిత్తం పుష్కరుడు వచ్చి చేరతాడు. ఇదీ వరస! 'బ్రహ్మ బిందువులంతటి పావనంబులయిన వసతీవరుల్దెచ్చి అఖిల రుషులు... యజ్ఞ సంపూర్తి వేళ నీయందు గలుప... పావనోదార జలరూప వీవు...!' అని కవులు స్తుతించడంలో విశేషమదే. రుషుల దీక్షా తపస్సులు నదీజలాలకు పవిత్రత చేకూరుస్తాయని వేదం సైతం నిర్ధారించింది. ...అప్సు దీక్షా తపసీ ప్రావేశయన్‌... అప్సు స్నాతి సాక్షా దేవదీక్షా తపసీ అవన్థే... అనే యజుర్వేద మంత్రం దాన్నే వివరించింది.

ఒకో నదిలో ఏడాది చొప్పున పన్నెండు పుణ్య నదుల్లో తీర్థరాజు అనే పుష్కరుడు నివాసం ఉంటాడు. కాబట్టి ప్రతినదికీ పన్నెండేళ్లకోసారి పుష్కరాలు వస్తాయి. మకరరాశిలోకి దేవగురువు బృహస్పతి ప్రవేశంతో తుంగభద్రకు గత ఏడాది పుష్కరాలొచ్చాయి. పుష్కర వేళల్లో ఆ పన్నెండు నదులకూ ఒకే తరహా పవిత్రత చేకూరినప్పటికీ- నది ప్రత్యేకత దానిదే! గంగానది మాదిరిగా దక్షిణం నుంచి ఉత్తర వాహినిగా ప్రవహించడం, నేరుగా సముద్రుడితో సంగమించకుండా కృష్ణతో కలవడం... వంటివి తుంగభద్ర ప్రత్యేకతలు. తెనాలి రామకృష్ణుడు తన పాండురంగ మహాత్మ్యంలో మరో అడుగు ముందుకు వేసి- నీతో సంగమం లభిస్తే సముద్రుడిక వేరే నదికేసి కన్నెత్తి చూస్తాడా? 'గంగా సంగమం ఇచ్చగించునె! మదిన్కావేరి దేవేరిగా అంగీకారమొనర్చునె...!' అని ప్రశ్నించాడు. పడమటి కనుమల్లో తుంగ, భద్ర రెండుగా పుట్టి ఈశాన్యం వైపు ప్రవహించి 'తుంగభద్ర'గా అవతరించిన పుణ్యనది- శృంగేరీ శారదా పీఠాన్ని సమ్మానించింది. హంపీ విరూపాక్షుణ్ని ఆరాధించింది. రాఘవేంద్ర స్వామిని అర్చించింది. ఆంధ్రభోజుణ్ని అభినందించింది. విజయనగర సామ్రాజ్యాలను దీవించింది. ఇప్పుడు పుష్కరాల పేరుతో ప్రజల్ని విశేషంగా ఆకర్షించింది. వారి జీవనాడిని ప్రతిబింబించింది. మహర్షులు, మహాపురుషుల ఉనికి నదీతీరాలకు ఎంతటి ఉదాత్తతను ఆపాదించింది! మనిషి ప్రమేయం లేకుండానే మానవ శరీరాల్లోని జీవాణువులు ఈ గాలిలోంచి, ఈ మట్టిలోంచి, ఈ జలాల్లోంచి ఏ తరహా చైతన్య విశేషాన్ని పీల్చుకుంటున్నాయో... మానవత్వపు మహా ఇతిహాసాల సారమైన ఏ సద్గుణ వివేక సంపుటి నదీజలాలతోపాటు మన రక్తంలో ఇంకిపోతోందో... ఏకత్వ భావనను భారతీయతను మనకు అనుభూతం చేస్తోందో- స్థిమితంగా ఆలోచించి ఆకళించుకోవడం ఇక మన కర్తవ్యం. అదే పుష్కరాల సందేశం! ప్రజల మనోభావాలతో మమేకమై వారి ఆలోచనల్ని, ఆంతర్యాలను అర్థం చేసుకున్నప్పుడు ఒక విషయం మనకు స్పష్టమవుతుంది. పండుగలనగా, తీర్థాలనగా, పుష్కరాలనగా ప్రజలకు ఎనలేని మక్కువ. అది తరతరాలుగా ప్రజల్లో జీర్ణమైపోయిన ఒకానొక సంస్కారం. భారతీయతకు చిహ్నం. జాతి సమైక్యతకు దర్పణం.
(ఈనాడు, సంపాదకీయం, ౨౧:౧౨:౨౦౦౯)