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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****

Normally, one can see many cows roaming on the streets with really big horns but despite having such power in their horns, those cows are so sober with a deep silence and calmness in their look and never get provoked. At the same time, there are many small animals like stray dogs, wild cats or fox and such other little animals which though have no such power yet become ferocious not only during day time but more during wee hours particularly in deserted roads and streets. Cows with big horns even if found in empty roads and even during mid-night and early morning never seem to scare anyone or that feeling of spine-chilling wave which passes through one’s body upon seeing stray dogs in empty roads during night hours is not found when one see a cow or even a herd of cows. But on seeing pack of stray dogs there are very less chance that one might not get bitten by them during night hours in empty roads. 

There are many newspaper reports about some child or even adult being mowed down by such stray dogs. Stray dogs seem friendly only during day time, but during odd hours they are no less than any other dangerous wild animals. Similarly, horses have not been provided with horns. Had they been provided with horns things would have been largely different. Coming to human species, it can be said there are men and women who do not know their own built-in power but are rather serving the really powerless. Why? 

That’s because the shrewdness which is required is missing in those really powerful being. Similar is the case with elephants which are big and powerful but yet remain calm and peaceful. There is a story often told by Professors to their students which goes like this: ‘A huge elephant was tied with a small rope around its neck, the other end being connected with a small pole. Someone asked the owner of the elephant as to how is it possible that a huge elephant is tied with a small rope and it does not try to escape whereas it is so easy for it to break the rope and run away. Elephant owner answers that this small rope is tied around its neck and attached with pole since the time this elephant was a baby. So, when it was a baby elephant, it tried many times to break the rope and made lots of efforts but obviously owing to less power being a baby elephant, despite repeated efforts could not succeed in breaking the rope and escape. 

Now, that thought that it cannot break the rope has got home in its mind and now in spite of its grown up to be a big and strong elephant, it has stopped making efforts to break the rope thinking that it cannot succeed. Hence, it will never escape because it is not trying to break the rope at all’. This story is often told by Professors to their students mentioning the moral of the story being, no matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.  We are often held-back with limitations that we consciously or unconsciously impose on ourselves through our minds as a result of past happenings or from our previous experience. 

No one should ever under-estimate oneself but should know their inbuilt power, be confident and never give up. Even in our Epic Ramayana there is one incidence where until and unless Jambavan also known as Jambavat, the Divine King of Bears created by Lord Brahma to assist Avatar Ram, told Hanuman that he is capable of crossing the ocean in search of Maa Sita and reminded him that he was born of Vayu and had extraordinary powers and skills did Lord Hanuman realize the same and crossed the strait between India and Sri Lanka in one leap despite the efforts of watery monsters to stop him by swallowing him. 

Each and every individual has his own power but majority of us are unaware of using the same and easily give up and remain submissive throughout life. For that matter, there are many well educated and highly qualified professionals who despite their high studies and intelligence are sometimes found working under illiterate bosses and despite capability to start their own business still give up not knowing their power and cite flimsy grounds such as lack of money to invest or afraid of taking loan and repay the same, etc. etc. thus meaning to say just not trying their might and utilize their inbuilt capability. All said and done, one should strive to be oneself to the extent possible, listen to one’s soul and not run after other materialistic things, which are all but not ever lasting.

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subbiah sridhar
subbiah sridharhttps://www.mootnotmute.in
A writer/author by hobby and a former Indian Diplomat. I am 55 years and a Graduate in Political Science Honors from Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi University as also a Post Graduate in Sociology from Annamalai University. I am the Great Grandson of Late Mr. M.S. Purnalingam Pillai, BA, LT, Emeritus Professor of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichinopoly who authored 27 works in English including Madras University Papers on Shakespeare’s Plays, Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, Stories from Goldsmith, Socretes and Plato and Evolutional Ethics, Julius Caesar, Othello – with introduction and full notes, Digest of Roman Law, The Ten Tamil Saints, History of England, etc. and 16 works in Tamil including Surapadman, Avvai Kural, Seyyul Kovai, Viveka Vilakkam, Panniru Penmanigal, Kathai and Karpanai (Story & Dream), Navaraathri Lectures, Kamatchi, Tamil Essays or Sitrurais, etc. I am interested in writing on topics of varied interests and for the time being I keep Politics and Religion out of my purview. My recent book titled ‘Nature…Human Nature…Animal Instinct’ published by M/s BlueRoseONE Publishers is available in Print and e-Book formats in various Book Stores and in Online Platforms such as Amazon & Flipkart as also in Amazon global platform and various other global publishers. The habit of writing articles started way back from 1986 when write-ups were submitted for publication initially in ‘Monday Diary’ column of Indian Express Newspaper and then other National-level newspapers. Writing is my passion and as and when ideas come, I pour it out in black and white and feel contented when the same gets published. My innumerable blogs are available in subbiahsridhars.blogspot.com and myvoice.opindia.com. I wish to achieve a remarkable success in the field of writing and publication of various Articles, Write-ups and Books solely penned by me. Writing is my passion and my view is that if one has come to this world, one should contribute some good thoughts for the benefit of others. I love nature watching and in fact many of my articles find a mention about the behavior of various flora and fauna and revolve around the environment. I also keep thinking and writing about celestial bodies and their movement and try to write something about the mysteries surrounding them about which our knowledge is too meagre. My Website – https://www.mootnotmute.in My social media links are - Instagram Handle -- https://www.instagram.com/subbiah_sridhar/ Facebook Handle -- https://www.facebook.com/SubbiahSridhar Twitter Handle -- https://www.twitter.com/sridharsubbiah Linked-in -- www.linkedin.com/in/subbiah-sridhar-6a9929267 *****
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