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Dr S A Patil: A Revered Farmers' God

Bengaluru: Dr S A Patil, a distinguished Plant Breeder, and an able administrator cum taskmaster with a series of accomplishments to his credit left the mortal world on Monday at his residence in Kalaburagi. He was 78 years old. Here is a glance at his achievements all along his wonderful journey:   Born in a farmer's family: SA Patil was born on 5th August 1946 in a farmer's family to Ayyan Gowda and Mrs. Lakshmibai Patil in Hirebirala village of Jewargi taluk of Kalaburagi district. He grew up in a family full of two brothers, aunts, brothers and sisters in a typical joint family set-up of the yesteryears. He completed his primary, secondary and high school in Shahapur town. He completed PUC in Kalaburagi and B. Sc (Agri), M.Sc  (Agri) and PhD degrees from Dharwad Agricultural University with first-class scholarship. Varalakshmi and DCH-32 cotton varieties: Because of his great interest in research, with his perseverance, thinking and planning power, he discovered the wor
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Today's Words: Incontrovertible, Estival and Joie de vivre

Incontrovertible (in-kon-truh-vur-tuh-buhl) Adjective not open to question; indisputable More about Incontrovertible First recorded in 1640–50. Formed from in-3 + controvert ("argue against" ) + -ible  Examples of Incontrovertible The lawyer’s argument was backed by incontrovertible facts, leaving no room for doubt. The scientist presented incontrovertible evidence that supported her groundbreaking theory. Estival (es-tuh-vuhl) Adjective pertaining or appropriate to summer More about Estival First recorded in Middle English between 1350–1400. From Late Latin aestīvālis, equivalent to Latin aestīv(us), “of or relating to summer” + -ālis, -all.  Also spelt as aestival. Examples of Estival They enjoyed the estival breeze while having a picnic by the lake. The estival heat radiated off the asphalt, making the city feel like an oven. Joie de vivre (zhwaduh-vee-vruh) Noun a delight in being alive; keen, carefree enjoyment of living More about Joie de vivre Apparently in English use

Renowned Cartoonist Ashwath Remembered by Kith and Kin

Bengaluru: Glowing tributes were paid to yesteryear veteran cartoonist late Ashwathnarayan popularly known as Ashwath by his family members and close relatives at an austere function here. The family also used the opportunity to display his cartoons apart from releasing a booklet containing a collection of his published pocket cartoons. Ashwath chose his style: BG Gujjarappa, a sexagenerian cartoonist ranking one among the top 100 cartoonists of the world, speaking on the occasion showered praises on the contribution of Ashwath. He opined-"When other senior cartoonists like R Murthy of Deccan Herald and Prajavani among others were impressed and influenced by legendary Sir David Alexander Cecil Low, Ashwath chose his inimitable style to draw cartoons". It may be recalled here that David Low remained an ideal model for cartoonists worldwide for decades. A New Zealand political cartoonist and caricaturist, David Low lived and worked in the United Kingdom and was a self-taught

Today's Words: Hermitage, Marmoreal and Elevenses

Hermitage (hur-mi-tij) Noun any secluded place of residence or habitation; retreat; hideaway  More about Hermitage First recorded between 1250–1300. The sense of “any secluded place of residence” first came into usage during the 1640s. From the same spelling as Old French; from Medieval Latin hermitorium, “a hermit’s dwelling place.” Examples of Hermitage After years in the public eye, the artist found peace in a hermitage deep in the forest. My hermitage — a small cabin surrounded by trees — was the perfect place for writing a novel. Marmoreal (mahr-mawr-ee-uhl ] Adjective characteristic of or like marble  More about Marmoreal First recorded between 1790–1800. From Latin marmore(us), “made of marble,” (see marble, -eous) + all  Examples of Marmoreal The ancient ruins included a marmoreal floor, still shining brightly despite the passage of centuries. Your complexion is so smooth and pale that it looks marmoreal under the soft lighting. Elevenses (ih-lev-uhn-ziz) Noun a midmorning brea

Today's Words: Redondilla, Heliolatry and Noetic

Redondilla (re-dawn-dee-lyah) Noun A Spanish verse form in which each stanza consists of four lines, each with eight syllables, and a rhyme scheme abba More about Redondilla First used in 1830–40. Directly from Spanish, equivalent to redond(o), “round” (<Latin rotundus) + –illa, diminutive suffix. Examples of Redondilla The poet skillfully composed a redondilla, adhering to its ABBA rhyme scheme. The collection featured several redondillas, showcasing the versatility and expressiveness of this poetic form. Heliolatry (hee-lee-ol-uh-tree) Noun worship of the sun More about Heliolatry First recorded in 1820–30. Formed from helio-, "sun" + -latry, a combing form occurring in loanwords from Greek (cf. idolatry).   Examples of Heliolatry The ancient Egyptians practised heliolatry, honouring the sun god Ra as a deity of great power. The Inca practised heliolatry by venerating Inti, the sun god, as the source of life and fertility. Noetic (noh-et-ik) Adjective of or relating to t

'The Language of Unhealed Wounds' by Bhumika Rajan Released

Bengaluru: A collection of poems 'The Language of Unhealed Wounds', a debutant collection by Bhumika Rajan, with robust illustrations by Mithila Baindur published by Red River, New Delhi was released here on Saturday in an informal way devoid of fanfare but amidst a close enlightened circle of friends and well-wishers curious and enthusiastic about literary happenings. Short story: In an interaction with the audience Bhumika Rajan, the young author who has been penning poems, and short stories in English and translating Kannada literary pieces into English and vice versa had a glance at her works so far and felt short stories to be the best medium to communicate. A former English Teacher: Bhumika Rajan is a former English Teacher. She has taught English language and literature at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels for three years. However, it was in August 2022, she decided to shift her priorities towards writing and translation. She writes poetry and short fiction in

Five Principles Pathway to a Powerful, Peaceful, Moral Society: Sri Sri Swayamprakash Sachhidananda Saraswati Swamiji

Bengaluru: His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Swayamprakash Sachhidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji of Divyakshetra Hariharapura has called upon people to religiously adhere to the five principles of Pancha Prana to accomplish the dream of a powerful, peaceful and moral society for universal peace and harmony. Located in a mesmerizing picturesque spot: He took time in an exhaustive interview to discuss in detail the five principles he has been emphasising to a great extent these days. The Divyakshetra Hariharapura is located at the foothills of the mesmerizing Sahyadri mountain range in Hariharapura village of Koppa Taluk in Chikkamagaluru district, Karnataka. According to the legend, Agastya Maharshi did penance and obtained a pratyakshadarshanam of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy in Hariharapura. Make utmost utility of the human life: His Holiness Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Sri Swayamprakash Sachhidananda Saraswati Mahaswamiji says, our forefathers have always been pleading

Do Verify Every Statement Just To Brush Up Your English!

Do verify every statement just to brush up on your English! 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 only 15-letter word that can be spelt 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 keybo

Today's Words : Feinschmecker, E pluribus unum and Glabrous

Feinschmecker (fahyn-shmek-uhr) Noun gourmet; a person who appreciates good food More about Feinschmecker First recorded in 1895–1900; From German literally meaning “fine-taster, gourmet.” From fein, fine1 + schmecker, "taster", from schmecken, "to taste", (see smack1 + -er1) Examples of Feinschmecker The restaurant, popular among feinschmeckers, offered an exquisite tasting menu. An impressive feinschmecker, she could identify every ingredient in the elaborate dish. E pluribus unum     (e ploo-ri-boos oo-noom) Latin phrase out of many, one More about E pluribus unum First used in English as a slogan in the 1700s. Adopted as the U.S. motto in 1782. Directly from Latin: e, “out of” + plus, “more” + unus, “one.” Examples of E pluribus unum The phrase E pluribus unum appears on the Great Seal of the United States, symbolizing unity. In the spirit of E pluribus unum, people from all backgrounds came together to celebrate Independence Day. Glabrous (gley-bruhs) Adjectiv

Milk and Your Perfect Match; Discovering the Right Milk for You

Milk and Your Perfect Match; Discovering the Right Milk for You -By Aishwarya  Umesh Patil* Milk is an essential part of the diet in India. Milk is often common in coffee, tea, desserts, and everyday foods. However, there's always controversy about which milk is the best to purchase. The Indian market offers a variety of milk (Toned milk, double-toned milk, standardized milk and full cream milk), the main difference between these milk variants is their fat content. Regular milk is unavoidable due to its calcium and numerous health benefits. However, it also has a relatively high fat content. Determining which milk best suits your daily lifestyle often comes down to considering your personal preferences and dietary needs. The fat content can vary significantly, so it's important to understand these differences when selecting the right milk for your household. A key factor in choosing the right milk is understanding the various types available. Buffalo milk is denser than cow and

Today's Words: Tautology, Dovetail and Chockablock

Tautology (taw-tol-uh-jee) Noun needless repetition of an idea First recorded between 1570–80. A term in rhetoric. From Greek tautología, “repetition of something already said.” Examples of Tautology Her advice was to revert back to the original plan. This meeting is absolutely essential. I heard the news with my own ears. Dovetail (duhv-teyl) Verb to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously. More about Dovetail First recorded in 1555–65. So named from its shape. Examples of Dovetail The new software is designed to dovetail seamlessly with existing systems. Her plans dovetail nicely with his, making collaboration easy and efficient. Chockablock (chok-uh-blok) Adjective extremely full; crowded; jammed More about Chockablock First recorded in 1790–1800. Formed from chock “wedge” + –a- (connective) + block, “solid mass of wood.” Examples of Chockablock The shelves in the bookstore were chockablock with bestsellers and new releases. The festival grounds were chockablock with food sta

Medical Puns: For Years I Was Against Organ Transplants. Then I Had A Change Of Heart

Medical puns 1. I went to the library to get a medical book on abdominal pain. Somebody had ripped the appendix out. 2. Two blood vessels fell in love but alas, it was all in vein. 3. An organ's favourite boat is a blood vessel. 4. Why do your heart, liver and lungs all fit in your body? Because they are well-organized 5. For years I was against organ transplants. Then I had a change of heart. 6. The angry brain lost its nerve! 7. Statistically, nine out of ten injections are in veins. 8. What did the vein say to the pessimistic blood clot? Be positive. 9. When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble! 10. You can hear the blood in your veins if you listen varicosely. 11. We be-lung together! 12. When neurons commit a crime, they are put in a nerve cell. 13. A kidney's favourite instrument is the organ. 14. If you steal someone’s heart, do you get cardiac arrested? 15. The brain is an amazing organ. It really makes you think 16. It takes some guts to be an organ donor. 17. Th

Today's Words: Expeditious, Doppelganger and Dovetail

Expeditious (k-spi-dish-uhs) Adjective characterized by promptness; quick More about Expeditious First recorded between 1590–1600. Formed from exped(ition) -itious  Examples of Expeditious The company’s expeditious response to customer complaints improved its reputation. His expeditious movements on the field made him the fastest player on the team. Doppelganger (dop-uhl-gang-er) Noun a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person. More about Doppelganger First recorded in English between 1850–55. Directly from German: doppel, double + Ganger, “walker” (from Gang, “motion, way” +n-el; cf gang). Examples of Doppelganger The actress was surprised when her fans mistook a lookalike for her doppelgänger. Historical records revealed that a doppelgänger of the king was used as a decoy during times of war. Dovetail (duhv-teyl) verb to join or fit together compactly or harmoniously. More about Dovetail First recorded in 1555–65. So named from its shape. Examples of Dovetail The new softwar

Relocating to a Nursing Home

"The workroom at St James's workhouse" from The Microcosm of London (1808). Do read this article. It is worth A lady (85 yrs old), is thinking of leaving Mumbai and shifting to a senior citizens colony near Pune. Her husband passed away many years ago. She educated and married her three daughters who are now US citizens. They have two kids each of who is now in High School/College. The lady herself travelled to the US many times on her own. She lived there for six months or more, on six occasions, when her daughters delivered babies. The other day, she became emotional and disclosed her plan to settle for assisted living in an old age home in Pune, and that she had no intention to go back to the US for reasons of her own. One can feel her emotions very strongly, as all of us may have to face the same dilema in our sunset years too. Please read the Article below. The lady was feeling the same way as the author of the Article, who has written this beautiful piece. This Art

Today's Words: Gestalt, Foudroyant and Metonymy

Gestalt (guh-shtahlt) Noun something with two or more parts that are so integrated that they are perceived as one. More about Gestalt First used between 1920–25. Directly from German Gestalt, “figure, form, structure.” Examples of Gestalt The gestalt of the novel’s narrative structure, with its interwoven stories, provides a rich, layered experience for readers. In therapy, the gestalt approach focuses on understanding the entire context of a person’s experiences rather than isolating specific events. Foudroyant (foo-droi-uhnt) Adjective sudden and overwhelming in effect; stunning; dazzling. More about Foudroyant First recorded in English between 1830–40. From French foudroyer, “to strike with lightning,” derivative of foudre, “lightning.” Examples of Foudroyant The foudroyant storm lit up the whole sky. The opera began with a foudroyant overture, setting the stage for the emotional and powerful performance that followed. Metonymy (mi-ton-uh-mee) noun referring to something by one of i

Murdering English : In Leave Letters to Government Offices

Murdering English: In Leave Letters to Government Offices From Administrative Deptt. Bengaluru in 1996: As my mother-in-law has expired and I m the only one responsible for it, Please grant me 10 days leave. Maharashtra in 2005: "Since I have to go to my village to sell my land along with my wife, please sanction me one-week leave." Jharkhand in 2000 From an employee who was performing the "mundan" ceremony of his 10 year old son: As I want to cut my son's head in Gaya, please leave me for two days.. Leave Application from an employee who was performing his daughter's wedding in Hyderabad in 1996 : As I am marrying my daughter, please grant a week's leave.. From another Administration Dept,Gujarat in 2007: An employee applied for half-day leave as follows: "Since I've to go to the cremation ground at 10 o'clock and I may not return, please grant me half day casual leave" Another leave

Today's Words: Hinterland, Bulbul and Sapphirine

Hinterland (hin-ter-land) Noun the remote or less developed parts of a country. More about Hinterland First used between 1885–90. Directly from the German Hinterland, literally “behind the land.” Commonly used in the plural, hinterlands, compared with the sticks or boondocks.   Examples of Hinterland She longed to escape the city’s noise and find solace in the serene hinterland. The bustling port city was surrounded by a vast, sparsely populated hinterland. Bulbul (bool-bool) noun a songbird often mentioned in Persian poetry, regarded as being a nightingale. More about Bulbul Of imitative origin, borrowed into English from Persian around 1775–85. In Arabic, bulbul is the name of a bird in the Pycnonotidae family but can also refer to the nightingale. Examples of Bulbul Every morning, the melodious song of the bulbul filled the garden. The bulbul, with its cheerful tunes, was a favourite among birdwatchers. Sapphirine (saf-er-in) Adjective like sapphire, especially in colour. More abou

Inactivity is a More Dangerous Pandemic: Pramod Deshpande

Bengaluru: Pramod Deshpande, originally from Pune is a software professional turned fitness expert with structured training helping people run irrespective of their advanced age. He heads the Jayanagar Jaguars Academy headquartered at Jayanagar in Bengaluru, which has evolved into a household name for all those enthusiastic and fond of running to keep fit. He dwelt in detail about the journey of Jayanagar Jaguars in an interaction recently. Excerpts from the interview: How did Jayanagar Jaguars Academy come into being? Pramod Deshpande: Jayanagar Jaguars is a Running Academy we no longer call it a group because we do a very well-structured and proper training, whereas in a running group you come, run and go home. Here, there is a program with scientific training and a lot of other exercises, etc. I joined Jayanagar Jaguars around 2013 when it was only a running group; people used to come and run but there was no structured program. So, it was in 2014 when I suggested that we do somet