“HOSANNA” ENCAPSULATES A GREAT MESSAGE FOR YOU!

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THE MESSAGE EMBEDDED IN ‘HOSANNA!”

WARMING UP:

India being a highly—and subtly- faith-barrier-affected country, A Hindu or a Muslim won’t have any specific emotion on happening to hear the expression “Hosanna!” being collectively chanted with passion from the church next door.

Similarly, >95 of my friends and acquaintances don’t give two hoots for exchanging with their Muslim brethren the globally accepted and blessing-filled Islam greeting expression “Assalamu Alaikum” or “Al Hamdu Lillaah!” of mornings or when they meet one another for the first time in a day!

Nor do almost all the hymns blared out from all temples in India—primarily to market their open door accessibility to the their believers in the vicinity—inspire any Muslim or Christian too.

But India is a virtual Paradise if you are a keen listener to Language as such. What we have from birth till death is a chance to live in this vast museum…

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“HOSANNA” ENCAPSULATES A GREAT MESSAGE FOR YOU!

THE MESSAGE EMBEDDED IN ‘HOSANNA!”

WARMING UP:

India being a highly—and subtly- faith-barrier-affected country, A Hindu or a Muslim won’t have any specific emotion on happening to hear the expression “Hosanna!” being collectively chanted with passion from the church next door.

Similarly, >95 of my friends and acquaintances don’t give two hoots for exchanging with their Muslim brethren the globally accepted and blessing-filled Islam greeting expression “Assalamu Alaikum” or “Al Hamdu Lillaah!” of mornings or when they meet one another for the first time in a day!

Nor do almost all the hymns blared out from all temples in India—primarily to market their open door accessibility to the their believers in the vicinity—inspire any Muslim or Christian too.

But India is a virtual Paradise if you are a keen listener to Language as such. What we have from birth till death is a chance to live in this vast museum of languages and dialects—almost 2400 of them in total-and if you start taking a passionate interest in listening-merely listening- to what others countrymen who have been born and brought up in other regions and having other mother tongues say in a routine manner, you are sure to find this country unforgettable.

God Almighty-whatever you may like to address Him as- extended to me many opportunities for getting satiated with listening to many tongues spoken in different regions of the world. Some of these are German(from Max Mueller Bhavan Pune and recently Goethe Zentrum ),French(from my nephew and niece),Tamil ( from my Nair relatives in Mandacaud), Hindi (from my North Indian relatives) ,Amharic (from my Ethiopian students and colleagues ) and Oromo dialect (from the Bale Province of that nation).

MY EXPERIENCES:

As a language student and keen listener—take it from me that you can learn ANY foreign language this way like I mastered Amharic in Ethiopia—I listen to Arabic expressions also and notice the phonemes in their words, however odd-sounding. All languages excite and exhilarate me no end for their internal oddities and uniqueness, though some phonemes in some of them cause my tongue to twist a little out of the way too!

If Arabic is so alien to most of us, the main reason is that many of its phonemes are etymologically ancient; for instance the dark /l/ in the term “Allah” is NOT either Malayalam or English dark /l/ at all but a sound unit much deeper than them in being a glottal fricative! (“Glottal indicates it takes its origin in one’s throat).Glottal fricatives are rare as rubies in world tongues today—having been elided for simplification and smoothness in actual enunciation- but Arabic has obstinately retained it.

Phonemes with glottal origin—as I have illustrated with Islam faith’s variation of the dark /l/– are rare in world languages today because they are not easy to pronounce; there needs to be both friction and use of the deeper portion of your throat to articulate that phoneme. You may notice this in its true phonemic quality only from genuine Arabs born in Saudi Arabia or elsewhere; Indian Muslims pronounce this Dark /l/ in their God name with a lighter version than the basic glottal sound.

One such sound heard in India is /h/–which is too often for comfort watered down to a schwa in actual practice—and if you listen you may notice how words beginning with /h/ are often pronounced with this latter sound.

‘HOSANNAH’ and “HALLELUJAH”

Whereas CAD (Cambridge Advanced Dictionary) defines “Hosanna” (which I suspect to be either Aramaic or Yiddish or Greek) as “a shout of praise to Godhead”, Hallelujah”(pronounced many variations) is a spontaneous exclamation of both surprise and pleasure that you ejaculate on hearing of something almost improbable having taken place in your life.[The Bible confines itself to making you a better person whether you are a believer or just a human, and so focuses on YOUR life and how it can be taken ahead from what it happens to be! In the course of this transformative program, which may take some months since that book is about 500 pages in small Baskerville font—it also seeks to hone your speaking and interacting styles, so you find yourself welcome almost everywhere by others! ]

Zoom in further and let’s concentrate our collective attention on “Hosanna” now! Enunciated with a distinctive 100% English-specific diphthong in its first syllable, it singles you apart from the crowd anywhere in India the moment you pronounce it.

Why must we praise God, or our Creator? What is the relevance of this expression in today’s world?

They say that every one of your heart beats is attempting to say “Thank you, O God!” with its LUBB-dub—with the first part far louder than the second in the same intonation pattern as “Thank you, O God” You CAN hear this rhythm—almost unearthly and preternatural—through your Littman stethoscope just by listening!

Today’s world is so full of uncertainties that I literally quake to think of the mighty miracle that keeps you and me alive and healthy enough to read this sentence!

No road is safe; both water and power can fail us; efficiency and dedication are almost dead letters. Demoniac rites rituals and conventions ruin hundreds of young lives too in their April. Human beings behave in abominable and unforgivable ingratitude to their siblings, life partners, children and parents, to name a few and even indulge in sins and vices worse than those in Sodom and Gomorrah ever did.

Funerals invariably bring on the most crocodilian tears ever shed too from the so called relatives come out of necessity to pay their respects to the deceased.

Kilkenny Cats like kith and kin –who shamelessly level allegations and recriminations at one another over parental property—are not few of course but then, to add insult to injury, killer siblings like Claudius of “Hamlet” are also no longer rare. Indispositions, infections, and contagious diseases are almost a legion and human beings are so helpless against many of them even today.

Gertrude-like women who wed within a couple of days their own hubbies are murdered—and those that marry the murdered themselves without an iota of remorse or sorrow- are also not that uncommon.

To sum up, I can bet a million dollars that YOU, whoever and whatever you may be, are not really sure in your heart of hearts about your waking up alive and healthy tomorrow morning after you go to bed today!

Yes, you may put on airs as a healthy man and your doctor may also have assured you that nothing serious is there, and yet you are eaten up with that horrible killing anxiety and uncertainty about it all! Hundreds of young and old die often without any comprehensible reason or justification no matter their goodness or viciousness. Dozens—recall that most affectionate grandpa or grandma of your own! — disappear into the dust overnight after vaunting and boasting much about themselves and their wealth or power. Human life indeed seems to have NO poetic justice anywhere in its neighborhood at all!

AS the Bard has put it,

“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods,

They kill us for their sport. “                   [King Lear]

ISNT THIS A POWERFFUL REASON FOR PRASING YOUR GOD?

A LOOK BACK!

Historically, the Bible tells us why Jesus took upon himself the task of subtly instilling this wonderful habit of openly expressing own gratitude to that superior Godhead on Passover Thursday-the day before He got crucified. Please notice that he entered Jerusalem for the last time in his young life—he was barely 33–on a Passover Thursday; He had planned to do so in a humble manner—He came on mounted on a donkey– on this day for a specific reason—the town would be most crowded with devotees come for prayer only on Thursdays!

Though on most days of the month Jesus used to visit the people around the Sea of Galilee, often he came to Jerusalem where the main temple was located for prayer and for interacting with the hundreds that came to this town on Thursdays.

It had been long predicted that a Messiah would appear in Jerusalem to emancipate the Israelites— fresh from bondage in Egypt –internally from any feeling of being marginalized and inferior. It had also been prophesied that this Messiah would come in a most humble manner like one among the poorest of the poor. No one however knew that Messiah yet and also expected this person to be some kind of fully armed warrior.

So they were jolted with amazement when he actually did appear before them with kind words of encouragement! They were dumbfounded when He –unbelievably and refreshingly different from the Pharisees and Sadducees–displayed forgiveness towards them and also spoke on behalf of the Creator about His own covenant with them. This was why they received him with branches of dates and leaves of the many fig trees to be found around them!

They welcomed Him with “Hosanna”,–reportedly from “Hoshianna” in Hebrew tongue for “Save us, oh God”*–thus expressing their unspeakable gratitude to God for actually honoring His promise to them through prophets in earlier times! The Israelites longed to be fully SAVED from mental slavery—which is far worse than physical slavery incidentally! — and depression after escaping over the Red Sea from Egypt.[* Variations of this word existed in Aramaic as “Ooshianna” or “Ooshenaa” denoting  “Thank you, Mighty, for saving us” too]

You are mistaken if you think that the full significance of this expression is not more than this.

NO!NO!

I feel I DO need to talk to you again about its relevance in your personal and family life too –and its Houdini magic potential in transforming it into a heavenly lifestyle–later on!

Bye!

KNOW HOW TO DRAFT A BLOG, EH?

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 HOW TO DRAFT A BLOG, EH?

Blog Drafting is an art by itself. Many of my compatriots within the country do it with exceptional finesse and aplomb too but in their native tongues in which they feel confident. This is no time to blog about its intricacies!

I am a 100% Malayali by birth and upbringing except for the simple fact that I fell in lifelong love with the Britisher’s mother tongue along ago in my salad days when I was ignorant about how chalk differed from cheese! So I literally ‘breathe’ only in this language, sad to say!

Love is blind at times you see! Ha-ha!!

Of course, as you may have guesstimated, I DO read a lot, and also think a lot–too much for the remaining hair strands on my head!

But only in English and not in our vernacular, which I use exclusively for routine communication with…

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KNOW HOW TO DRAFT A BLOG, EH?

 HOW TO DRAFT A BLOG, EH?

Blog Drafting is an art by itself. Many of my compatriots within the country do it with exceptional finesse and aplomb too but in their native tongues in which they feel confident. This is no time to blog about its intricacies!

I am a 100% Malayali by birth and upbringing except for the simple fact that I fell in lifelong love with the Britisher’s mother tongue along ago in my salad days when I was ignorant about how chalk differed from cheese! So I literally ‘breathe’ only in this language, sad to say!

Love is blind at times you see! Ha-ha!!

Of course, as you may have guesstimated, I DO read a lot, and also think a lot–too much for the remaining hair strands on my head!

But only in English and not in our vernacular, which I use exclusively for routine communication with all others around me–and for occasional chatting purposes with relatives and dear ones!

Politics–we Indians politicize everything except the home toilet-is too smelly for my taste but everything other than that–e.g. individual fuzziness, oddball traits in men or women, lacunae in prevailing education or health mores, and even those much euphemized social evils like dowry or child marriage-all these are fine grist to my mill and I thrash each of them up for all its worth.

Anything happening inside this country that deserves much attention but doesn’t get the same for various reasons may come to my attention and I may blog about it.

Any lurking well-hidden ghost in the government machinery that is causing needless stress to the commoners—I am just a commoner like them- shall get my attention too! And my blog being in good English, often reaches beyond the Rock of Gibraltar too in real time thanks to the social media I make use liberal use of!

This is because I am an honest individual and feel that the world outside also must get involved in the discussion!

What do we notice worth blogging about outside India?

POTUS, for an illustration !

He is drawing needless attention thanks to his unashamed unconventionality!

President Trump is causing ripples in the West for being convincingly American and convincingly pro-Christianity. If he is viewed with some suspicion by the world, it’s because he is a far cry from being an easily predictable Presidential personality. For starters he is no Mother Teresa figure. Obama was a tight rope walker between antagonistic poles, while Bush Sr and Jr were hawks of another kind.

The image of America’s Statue of Liberty inviting all kinds of persons to that country is severely dented today –the post-Recession US I mean–what with burning issues galore and challenges glaring day after day at its very existence.

Trump has factored this in for what is worth.

Habituated to eliminating threats and exploiting all opportunities like a veteran businessman, he has done the right thing as soon as he has been able to do it. I am sure he must have conducted both a SWOT and a SOAR analysis of what CAN go wrong in his efforts to fulfill his dream of leaving behind a greater motherland!

He is doing something about offsetting a recurrence of 9/11 and for extreme vetting of persons wishing to come over and play saboteurs to that country!

Mind you, the US has been suffering for long as a result of an Open Door immigration policy, which let many malcontents –especially those claiming to be “politically or communally persecuted” back home and those pretending to be “homeless refugees”–bring damage to its prized possessions.

Obama never cared to learn any lesson while occupying the White House but Trump is a full blooded American first and foremost, Christian in faith and openly so and also having values that modern corporate mindset and civilization appreciates not a little.

How can we blame him for being openly tangential and different?

Isn’t the President’s FIRST duty to ensure that ordinary Americans are safe in their home country?

Now between you and me I can tell you why we and the media in general beg to differ from Trump’s view. It’s because modern media is an Orwellian Big Brother of sorts and keeps us under his thumb at all times with his views and prejudices. It’s because we have an image of an America that always keeps its front door open to skilled persons of all genders, all nations,  all races and ethnicities.

Millions of Indians have fled to that country from ours—our inland social evils are many and our social, economic and political ills are quite serious but we live with them from birth till death and so we accept them!—and America has played a reliable foster mom to them all.

This reality has projected in front of our eyes an image much out of focus when it comes to modern U.S.

So dear friends, let’s wait and watch what unfolds!

Be assured he is no replica of the sea monster Grendel from Beowulf  ! He knows what he is doing!

Yes, he knows that US is a nation of immigrants but he wouldn’t wish malcontents to make pretensions once and for all time if he can. Hence his latest refusal to issue entry visas to many persons of West Asian origin!

Forget the American Muslims that have become naturalized to the American way of life but what about others hailing from tribal sets with warped mentalities, deep rooted MCP views and internal hostilities?

How can the people of any nation today bring themselves to take in these persons if we must have,reserved for them,  a million Guantanamo cells to deal with ?

Its Muslim nations –and many Muslim “refugees” in disguise–that have done the most grievous harm—without any justification– to a prosperous America. They can never hope to pay damages for this. It’s Americans that pay their taxes to repair and retrieve all that has been lost down the drain.

So US is trying to protect its skin!

Not only does he possess the business gut feeling in his belly all through but also a go getter and winner mindset of no mean dimensions!.

For sure we can expect some drastic changes to happen in the very first year! Change is the only unchanging factor in today’s fast paced life.

Accept the change!

EYEING THE FULL ORANGE–FOR LIFE!

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DEDICATED TO DR SIGMA SATISH!!

Introduction:

Full credit for provoking me, may be in a gentle suave feminine manner, to come out with this specific blog is for one of my latest discoveries on the social medium FB viz. @Dr Sigma Satish.

She, no doubt a PhD holder in English Literature on some author, prodded me with a query about what the English language may contain that would, once for all, prove it to the layman in the street to be superior to its Literature!

I chuckled– or chortled as Lewis Carroll might put it!–on hearing this because I happen to have ‘placed’ English Literature where it truly belongs –as something intended for entertainment and edification , and which made extensive use of a specific and specialized lexical register called the Literary register!

HOW I TURNED A ‘LANGUAGE MAN’!

[I had enrolled myself for MA in English Language and Literature…

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EYEING THE FULL ORANGE–FOR LIFE!

DEDICATED TO DR SIGMA SATISH!!

Introduction:

Full credit for provoking me, may be in a gentle suave feminine manner, to come out with this specific blog is for one of my latest discoveries on the social medium FB viz. @Dr Sigma Satish.

She, no doubt a PhD holder in English Literature on some author, prodded me with a query about what the English language may contain that would, once for all, prove it to the layman in the street to be superior to its Literature!

I chuckled– or chortled as Lewis Carroll might put it!–on hearing this because I happen to have ‘placed’ English Literature where it truly belongs –as something intended for entertainment and edification , and which made extensive use of a specific and specialized lexical register called the Literary register!

HOW I TURNED A ‘LANGUAGE MAN’!

[I had enrolled myself for MA in English Language and Literature not at the college where I had graduated from in Chemistry basically because I sensed the relative irrelevance of Old English optional offered in that college for the PG program. Instead I joined the University Department of English where a new specialization was being offered viz. English Language Teaching. This is how I fell in love with a down-to-earth skill-based learner-benefiting subject specialty, and which I chose as my lifelong companion too later at EFLU]

Any language, I knew from my sunny EFLU days, is an orange and its literature, however world class and however thought-inspiring it may be, can claim ONLY to be part of that language at best since there are many kinds of language in prevalence. This apt comparison had been used by a person no less than Dr SK Verma, the VC of the EFLU to us PGDTE participants in 1976.

Modern India, to put it without varnish and rather bluntly, CAN live very well without English literature (which is actually a luxury) but not at all without the English language which happens to be, thanks to historical circumstances perhaps, the darling of the whole world basically because it represents power at all levels—in business, in finance, in negotiation, in technology, in IT, in politics and in research.

All PC commands, just as the language of banking and higher finance and business, happen to be in English. The moment you speak in English in a country where the native language is NOT that language you command a level of respect that you yourself may be shocked by!

And many common English words and expressions are understood by natives in former British colonies too without too much mental strain. This has happened because the British insisted on reforming the benighted in her colonies through English education at school and college levels probably in the hope of ensuring them to turn lifelong devotees of the British culture and social mores!

Mind you English language achieved this World Language status in the teeth of opposition from Chinese and Arabic at least, if not Russian also!

LITERATURE IS A LUXURY, BUT LANGUAGE?

At most colleges across India what you can easily observe is that young people seek to join the BA English program basically because of many disparate motives.

Many girls jostle to join the BA in some subject that would exert only moderate mental strain on them—i.e. without demanding them to do any laboratory work and submit record of what they did in time!–and they invariably see the English BA as a glamor scenario. Its only when they reach their final year in BA that they realize that they have barely touched the surface of this language, its vastness and depth and also of its remarkable possibilities.

While some may have plans to go into civil services, some others are content to become school or college teachers and some may think they can perform belter since they know English well enough.

This last aspiration is very often bellied by the fact that what they g et to learn is ,instead of spoken and written English skills they get pumped into with an abominable quantum of English literature such as Shakespeare’s plays , modern and ancient poetry and many novels of the Victorian Era!.

Today with the last British man gone from our soil here in India, we need English mainly for playing tis role as a lingua franca extra ordinary for us Indians across all our 29 States.

We need it for performing in MNC interviews and for passing competitive grueling competitive tests leading to well salaried positions carrying much authority. We can’t live without studying it for average success in our individual lives AND for fulfilling our personal dreams of a better more expansive lifestyle.

English Literature as such has been properly ‘placed’ today even in Britain as an Optional subject rather than as something without which the British can’t survive. At Cambridge University for example, Shakespeare’s plays and poems are an elective rather than a compulsory.

We need it also for obtaining a far higher monthly income from many parallel careers at the same time—acting anchoring compering and dialogue dubbing for instance in addition to one’s routine job–than from many other occupations. I myself carried two careers at the same time for many years at a stretch-as a trainer in language outside the campus and as an English literature teacher inside it for my regular students in various courses!

The Anglo Saxon tongue known as English is what can lead us from the rags to riches if only we have within us both an adequately strong drive to master its intricacies and also enough academic input to satisfy those that need its various linked specialties such as TEFL and TESOL, Phonetics Linguistics, Phonotactics, Phonology, Applied Linguistics, Socio and Psycho linguistics, remediation technology (in which I specialized )  and Etymology in addition to Syntax, Error Analysis ,Vocabulary and Semantics!

MACAULAY’S STANCE:

Macaulay’s “Minute Upon Indian Education”, as stated in Wikipedia, has an explanation for this overemphasis on English Literature across India.

To remove all doubt, however, Macaulay produced and circulated a Minute on the subject.[7] Macaulay argued that support for the publication of books in Sanskrit and Arabic should be withdrawn, support for traditional education should be reduced to funding for the Madrassa at Delhi and the Hindu College at Benares, but students should no longer be paid to study at these establishments.[8] The money released by these steps should instead go to fund education in Western subjects, with English as the language of instruction.

He summarized his argument:

To sum up what I have said, I think it is clear that we are not fettered by the Act of Parliament of 1813; that we are not fettered by any pledge expressed or implied; that we are free to employ our funds as we choose; that we ought to employ them in teaching what is best worth knowing; that English is better worth knowing than Sanskrit or Arabic; that the natives are desirous to be taught English, and are not desirous to be taught Sanskrit or Arabic; that neither as the languages of law, nor as the languages of religion, have the Sanskrit and Arabic any peculiar claim to our engagement; that it is possible to make natives of this country thoroughly good English scholars, and that to this end our efforts ought to be directed.

Macaulay’s comparison of Arabic and Sanskrit literature to what was available in English is forceful, colorful, and nowadays often quoted against him.

I have conversed both here and at home with men distinguished by their proficiency in the Eastern tongues. …. I have never found one among them who could deny that a single shelf of a good European library was worth the whole native literature of India and Arabia. Honors might be roughly even in works of the imagination, such as poetry, but when we pass from works of imagination to works in which facts are recorded, and general principles investigated, the superiority of the Europeans becomes absolutely immeasurable.”

He returned to the comparison later:

Whoever knows [English] has ready access to all the vast intellectual wealth, which all the wisest nations of the earth have created and hoarded in the course of ninety generations. It may be safely said, that the literature now extant in that language is of far greater value than all the literature which three hundred years ago was extant in all the languages of the world together.

“The question now before us is simply whether, when it is in our power to teach this language, we shall teach languages, by which, by universal confession, there are not books on any subject which deserve to be compared to our own; whether, when we can teach European science, we shall teach systems which, by universal confession, whenever they differ from those of Europe, differ for the worse; and whether, when we can patronize sound Philosophy and true History, we shall countenance, at the public expense, medical doctrines, which would disgrace an English farrier, –Astronomy, which would move laughter in girls at an English boarding school,–History, abounding with kings thirty feet high, and reigns thirty thousand years long,–and Geography, made up of seas of treacle and seas of butter.

Mass education would be (in the fullness of time) by the class of Anglicized Indians the new policy should produce, and by the means of vernacular dialects:

In one point I fully agree with the gentlemen to whose general views I am opposed. I feel with them, that it is impossible for us, with our limited means, to attempt to educate the body of the people.

We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern; a class of persons, Indian in blood and color, but English in taste, in opinions, in morals, and in intellect. To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population” [My underlining]

WHAT THE VICEROY LEFT UNSAID!

This is what Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay left unsaid out of Victorian courtesy I think when enunciating his grand—and grandiose – vision of how to ensure a 1000 year long governance of all British Colonies including that in the so called “Jewel of the Crown”— India:

So you can be molded over your formative years into State-approved homogeneous drones that can’t think outside of the London-designed and British-prescribed consensus. You will, as Indian natives fated to live out your worthless lives in a British colony, learn to parrot like repeat information as taught to you by us instead of thinking till death for your own selves!

“That way we, your British overlords and key decision makers behind the perpetuation of your life and happiness can sleep in peace, totally convinced that you won’t pose a deadly existential threat to us on the one hand and that you won’t threaten the status quo we would like to maintain all over the land while we can loot and plunder on the sly from you!

“When you graduate after imbibing all our British ways in faraway Britain, and when we are satisfied that you would fit neatly into the slots we have kept aside for you as our lifelong devotees– and unwitting accomplices to what we are engaged in and traitors to your own future generations– you shall be paid something to sustain yourselves upon in a genteel manner!

“Pay your taxes to the British Crown in order to perpetuate the corporate system of indentured servitude for your political overlords-that’s US!”

Bye!

 

 

POLTERGEISTS IN WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN INDIA!

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WHAT AILS WOMEN EMPOWERMENT IN INDIA!

Hi dear friends! Good Morning!

What is really obstructing obfuscating and delaying the A to Z empowerment of our women please?

It has been bothering me not a little that over 50% or more Indian corporate firms are not lucky enough to get services of their female employees once they go on maternity leave-and these women may well happen to be superior skill-wise to their male colleagues too often.

Naturally the firms lose out not only in the CTC–Cost to the Company in recruiting them!–but also production-wise in the cut throat competition in their realm and are unable to land temporary replacements too till their regular employees return, if ever!

Thousands of our young women are excellent engineers or doctors or IT professionals; but due to many factors their employers lose their services once they take on motherhood and set themselves to giving full…

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