OH, HAPPY DAYS! / SA KI LAVI!

OH, HAPPY DAYS! / SA KI LAVI!

 

She was just sixteen…
Ready for marriage,
Her parents decided.
Oh, happy days!

Ramdass was a true-blue Telgu lad;
Tifrer sang at her wedding gamat;
All the village notables of Quartier Militaire
Attended the wedding feast.
Oh, happy days!

A year later, Dev was born;
Then came Raj, followed by
Nila, Swatee, Vimla, Devi, Santa
And a few years after her marriage
Gouna died giving birth to her 8th child.
Oh, happy days?

A beautiful life was wasted.
Mum Gouna,
In the mid 1930’s
You passed the Primary School Certificate
With MERIT.
You could have been
A school teacher, a nurse or a civil servant
BUT traditions decided otherwise.
Oh, happy days?

Dear Lord, we no more want Tragic Gounas.
Let us pray that today’s
Anushkas, Melanies and Nargises
Will succeed in wiping off Gouna’s tears.

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THE ROAD AHEAD 3 – MANAGING OUR MARITIME RESOURCES

THE ROAD AHEAD 3
MANAGING OUR MARITIME RESOURCES

When Navin Ramgoolam and his team successfully negotiated and transformed a small land republic of roughly 2,200 km2 into a vast 2,300,000 km2 maritime republic only ignoramuses could say, “Ki pou fer ar sa? Ramas gomon?” Let’s leave them alone wallowing in their heap of devil’s dung and think of the future of our kids (children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren).
Blinkered idiots are instinctively thinking of harvesting the sea and reaping material wealth forgetting that in the third millennium we have to be not only seafarers or sea-farmers but also SEA-CARERS, the stewards of the ocean, for the sea is not only the cradle of life but also the regulator of Earth’s temperature and climate. It is not to be treated as humanity’s dumping ground or Mammon’s gold mine.
Besides careful use of sea resources, we must develop a new way of life, a new culture based on our dependence on the sea for our survival. In short, we must move from a land-based to a sea-based culture.

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