The FERN WEH habit:

My partner here whimpers almost daily that once my breakfast is over(and it’s a heavy breakfast be assured) I tend to go out of home with my laptop bag towards many destinations within the city and that I differ on this point from “most retired persons relaxing in their golden years” .I have tried to convince her of my world view (which is that if a man wills he can find himself damn busy with lots of enriching or ennobling activities even in his 70’s and that chronological age is a mere number !)

If I go out its usually to purchase a few items from Big Bazaar (where my debit card comes in handy) and then to Capstocks where I get to learn something about the intricacies of the stock market, the need for some risk appetite if one plans for wealth generation and then to do some window shopping for anything new on the market—like a new model of Woodland shoe!

And I always come back with those items that my home here stands in bad need of, but which my partner may not have noticed. A thoroughly harmless unromantic individual you may call me—one that, though aware of the lovely, dark and deep beauty of forests of any evening, knows he has many promises to keep and many milers to traverse before he can afford to sleep in peace!!

Looking back I feel I have ALWAYS been since my boyhood days like this, with itchy feet (which is what the German phrase FERN WEH actually denotes in English) ever willing to take pains and sweat for a good end any time of the day and even miss my lunch if engaged in rendering some service to my real beneficiaries—i.e. my students.


One of the most predictable queries that I may make to a stranger after getting acquainted with him or her somewhat is “What do you think life is actually?”

Don’t mistake me to be an indefatigable investigator or insatiable explorer of the spiritual kind at all since my interest lies elsewhere when I ask this query!

Nor do I wish to compose a spiritual text for later generations to follow!

It’s in sensing how that individual views this once in history opportunity he or she has obtained to live on a planet in the solar system!

Different human faiths tend to interpret human life in vastly varied ways as I discover and I am on the lookout to see someone that thinks like I do!

LIFE, in my eyes, is a golden opportunity given you or me —by coincidence of two persons of differing gender being together at some moment or a whimsical act brought about by virtue of evolutionary forces–for effecting a rather longish but earnest and self-abnegating implementation of the Albert Einstein equation E=MC Square, but these abbreviations stand for different things in my thought.

I shall dilate upon this theme in my blog.

This is–like the famed “sundowner” sipped at nightfall by real Scotsmen as a preparation for supper later on in the night– just an aperitif or appetizer for you early in the morning!


Look at this remarkable Einstein equation: E= MC SQUARE (where in science M represents Mass and C stands for the speed of light @184000 miles per second!)

Now to my interpretation!

To leave some of your own footprints in the fast shifting sands of amnesiac Time after you are gone you must first of all remain convinced that two key factors are needed for any success in your life—ENERGY and EDUCATION.

If energy is lacking in you—your food is the key here- your education won’t be of much use to you since you shall be indisposed almost all the time. Energy alone in plentiful supply but without its actual value adding ingredient education is of no practical use to the world unless you are a manual worker in some toddy shop!

This is denoted by the E in that Einstein equation for you!

Human life span being pretty long in external appearance (though really short because of unproductive years both in childhood and in old age), you can’t hope to have proved your mettle and left your indelible mark your mark on Time’s alabaster façade unless you have visibly succeeded in doing many good and beneficial activities if taken together, by, say, the Almighty, on your Judgment Day.


In other words the sum total of your contribution to this world at the end of your life must be MULTIPLE—which M stands for in the equation!


Heard of Cornucopia? The Old Master Rubens has done a painting of Goddess Abundantia with a cornucopia in 1630. The State of North Carolina in US has a logo that displays the Horn of Plenty (or Cornucopia) signifying that it has an abundance of fruits and goodies for you! Salvator Rosa’s painting of Fortuna, or the Goddess of Fortune, also displays a Horn of Plenty lying beside her.

Here is the information culled from Wikipedia for you.

Etymologically evolved from the Latin expressions “cornu” meaning “horn” and “copia” meaning plenty, the cornucopia or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, and presented commonly as a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.

The horn originates from classical antiquity, it has continued as a symbol in Western art, and it is particularly associated with the Thanksgiving holiday in North America. A cornucopia made of bread, prepared for a Thanksgiving meal in 2005 for U.S. Navy personnel

Mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia.

One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Kronus. In a cave on Mount Ida on the island of Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Amalthea (“Nourishing Goddess”), who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and in playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, which then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment, as the foster mother had to the god.

In another myth, the cornucopia was created when Heracles (Roman Hercules) wrestled with the river god Achelous and wrenched off one of his horns; river gods were sometimes depicted as horned. This version is represented in the Achelous and Hercules mural painting by the American Regionalist artist Thomas Hart Benton.

The cornucopia became the attribute of several Greek and Roman deities, particularly those associated with the harvest, prosperity, or spiritual abundance, such as personifications of Earth (Gaia or Terra); the child Plutus, god of riches and son of the grain goddess Demeter; the nymph Maia; and Fortuna, the goddess of luck, who had the power to grant prosperity.

In Roman Imperial cult, abstract Roman deities who fostered peace (pax Romana) and prosperity were also depicted with a cornucopia, including Abundantia, “Abundance” personified, and Annona, goddess of the grain supply to the city of Rome. Pluto, the classical ruler of the underworld in the mystery religions, was a giver of agricultural, mineral and spiritual wealth, and in art often holds a cornucopia to distinguish him from the gloomier Hades, who holds a drinking horn instead.

In modern depictions, the cornucopia is typically a hollow, horn-shaped wicker basket filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables.

In most of North America, the cornucopia has come to be associated with Thanksgiving and the harvest. Cornucopia is also the name of the annual November Food and Wine celebration in Whistler, British Columbia, in Canada. Two cornucopias are seen in the flag and state seal of Idaho. The Great Seal of North Carolina depicts Liberty standing and Plenty holding a cornucopia.

The coat of arms of Colombia, Panama, Peru and Venezuela, and the Coat of Arms of the State of Victoria, Australia, also feature the cornucopia, symbolizing prosperity. In the book and film series The Hunger Games, the Cornucopia is filled with weapons, and is the starting point of the Games, and it is also the name of the Anthem of Panem.

The horn of plenty is used for body art and at Halloween, as it is a symbol of fertility, fortune and abundance.

So C in our Einstein formulae (originally intended for calculating the total quantum of energy released after a nuclear fission) stands for Cornucopia.

So let’s re-write that equation again with the full forms of the abbreviations:

Energy +Education=Multiple Cornucopias.

In other words, if you at your end can ensure that you carry within you abundant supply of energy for taking up any enterprise and if you are educated enough to do justice to your idea, the whole world is going to be benefited with innumerable blessings emanating from you!

Got it, dear?

Now it’s YOUR turn!



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