Newsletter - May 2021

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May 2021, Vol.6;  No.3

Dear Friends,

A king had many elephants, but one elephant was very powerful, very obedient, sensible and skillful in everything especially his fighting skills. In many wars, he was sent on the battlefield and he used to return only after getting victory for the king. Therefore, he was the most loved elephant of the king.

Time went by and there came a time when the elephant started getting old. Now he was not able to perform as before. Therefore, now the king did not even send him to the battlefield but he still remained as a part of the king's team.

One day the elephant went to a lake to drink water, but unfortunately his feet got stuck in the mud there and he went on sinking. He tried a lot, but he could not remove himself from the mud. People came to know from the sound of his screams that the elephant was in trouble. The news of the elephant trapped also reached the king. All the people, including the king, gathered around the elephant and made various efforts to get him out. But alas, even after trying for a long time, there was no way out.

At that time, Gautama Buddha was passing by. Gautam Buddha stopped and inspected the site of the incident and then suggested to the king that the battle drums should be played around the lake. The listeners felt shocked at the bizarre suggestion as to how the trapped elephant would come out by playing the battle drums. But they could not say anything to Gautam Buddha and started playing the drums.

As soon as the drums of war started ringing, there was a change in the gestures, behaviour and determination of the troubled elephant.

At first, the elephant slowly stood up and then gradually used his force and intelligence and before long, came out of the mud on his own, shocking everyone. Gautama Buddha smiled and said:

There was no lack of physical ability in the elephant, but only the need to infuse enthusiasm, Motivation and Will within it was missing.

To maintain enthusiasm in life, it is necessary that humans maintain purposeful thinking and do not let despair dominate their thoughts...!!!

*In today’s tough times* we all need to enthuse ourselves & people around us with Hope & enthusiasm by playing, if need be the *BATTLE DRUMS*, that we will again Celebrate Abundance of Joy, Health & Happiness today.

Remember: this too shall pass!! Spread Happiness!!!
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This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
  • Dr. Sanjay Banerji in his blog writes about Sustainable Development Goal– 17 (Partnership for the Goals)
  • Shri.Rangarajan, Chennai writes on Azhwar songs on Ram-Sethu
  • Solid waste management work by - Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai.
  • Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant – Curry Leaf and
  • A new project “Developing a Community Yoga Protocol for Elderly to Promote Innate Immunity” under Green Health
  • In Social capital our service to the community during the 2nd wave of the pandemic and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram.

With best wishes,

Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Mahabeer Dharmasala
Rameswaram - 623526
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Sustainable Development Goal - 17

Dr.Sanjay Banerji
Founder Director/Dean of Amrita School of Business

Dear Friends,

This month we shall discuss the 17th Sustainable Development Goal: ‘Partnership for the Goals’. In this blog, we shall try to explain:

  1. What it is and why is this relevant
  2. What are its indicators and targets
  3. Where do we stand in India
  4. What can we do to support the goal

As stated earlier, I have little to contribute on my own. I have attempted to provide a few references, so that if anyone is interested in probing deeper, you could do so.


Azhwar songs on Ram-Sethu

C.Rangarajan, Chennai

Om Namo Narayana!

The Nalayira Divya Prabandham composed by the 12 Alvars, the patron saints of Vishishta-dvaita/Ramanuja Sampradaya. There are numerous references to Rama-sethu/Rama’s bridge in their songs. Here are some gems:

குரக்கினத் தாலே குரைகடல் தன்னை
நெருக்கி அணைகட்டி நீள்நீ ரிலங்கை
அரக்கர் அவிய அடுகணை யாலே
நெருக்கிய கைகளால் சப்பாணி நேமியங் கையனே சப்பாணி (Periyalwar)

These are the hands rained arrows and destroyed the demons of Lanka, after building a bridge across the ocean strait with a monkey army.  Clap Young One.  O, Lord who wields the discus, clap Young one


Solid Waste Management

Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services, Chennai

MLA Visit

Honourable Member of Legislative assembly, Ramanathapuram constituency Mr.Katharbatcha Muthuramalingam  visited Rameswaram City to oversee  precautionary activities  to control the 2nd Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic.He gave suggestions to manage this pandemic situation more effectively.

Sanitation Kit Distribution:

Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services commemorated labour day on May 1, 2021.  On the occasion, sanitation kits constituting 3masks, 5 gloves, 100ml sanitiser bottle along with a pair of uniform distributed to Green Friends of Rameswaram Project.

Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Curry Leaf

By Dr.A.Abirami
C.P.R. Environmental Education Center, Chennai

Distribution and Habitat

Murraya koenigii (L.) belongs to the family Rutaceae and is commonly known as Curry leaf, more or less deciduous shrub or small trees found throughout India up to an altitude of 1500m and are cultivated for its aromatic leaves. M. koenigii originates from east and south part of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China and Hainan but widely cultivated in South-East Asia and some parts of the United States and Australia.


Green Health

Vivekananda Kendra -Nardep

Green Rameswaram took part in the project – “Developing a Community Yoga Protocol for Elderly to Promote Innate Immunity”. The project is executed by Vivekananda Kendra – Nardep, Kanyakumari and supported by DST – Kiran Division, Govt. of India, New Delhi. May 20, 2021 we have started our programme for the 18 Elderly people who are attending online classes regularly.

The project has 3 categories of elders’ namely (i) independent (ii) dependent and (iii) despondent. Separate protocols have been framed for each group. The programme is for two and half month’s duration.


Social Capital

Green Rameswaram Trust

Combating Covid 19 2nd Wave

Green Rameswaram during the Covid 19 Lock down of Tamilnadu from May 14, 2021 to till date was engaged in Kapasura Kudineer Distribution. There were two bands of Volunteers and staff members engaged in this activity. Shri.Muthuramalingam, E-Rickshaw SHG President engaged himself in this activity in the early morning and Pasumai Associates team of Sister Balaki and Sister Pavithra engaged themselves in the Kapasura Kudineer Distribution from 10 AM to 12 Noon. 

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