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April 2012

April Edition: Take it easy!

In this edition

Celebrating Earth Day: Image credit: Terra/ASTER/NASA and NASA Earth Observatory

Satellite picture of Bombetoka Bay, on the northwestern coast of Madagascar.
Bombetoka Bay is home to some of Madagascar's largest mangrove forests, which provide shelter for diverse mollusks
and crustaceans as well as habitat for sea turtles, water birds, and dugongs

Editor's Desk

Gross Global Happiness (GGH)

Gross National Domestic Product (GDP) has long been used as an yardstick to measure a nation's economy. GDP is a financial indicator which reflects a country's capital growth and not it's human growth. So, how can a country measure it's human growth? Are people happy? Has the society progressed or regressed during this growth? Are the people feel excited or exploited?

Recently, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon advocated the idea of introducing a "Gross Global Happiness (GGH)" indicator to measure the happiness and satisfacation of people across the world. I believe this is a novel suggestion. We need oracles like him to stop the capitalistic juggernaut, otherwise it will turn the whole human race into transaction machines. Day by day millions of humans across the globe are signing up for this transaction economy to improve their wealth and splendor. Unfortunately, wealth and splendor does not bring complete happiness. In fact, most of the rich countries rank poor on the global happiness survey.

In a school, when a teacher asked, "what you wanted to become when you grow up?" a student wrote "I want to become happy!" As you can guess, the answer was not well received by the teacher and the student was graded poorly. Did we forget what Aristotle said, "“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” This does not mean every human should lead a hedonistic life but strive to view the life in a different perspective.

So, it is a right call by Ban Ki-Moon to bring this topic into the limelight. The only country which measures the happiness of its people is Bhutan. In early 1970, Bhutan introduced "Gross National Happiness (GNH)" indicator to measure the quality of people's life. Recently United Kingdom is toying around with a similar idea named "National Well being" measure. Let us hope this is the harbinger of new ideas to improve the quality of human life. In the mean time, take it easy, feel happy and lobby for a GNH or GGH measure!

In this issue, we have picked contents to make you feel relaxed and good. Kick up your heels, read, enjoy, share and take it easy!

  • In the Brain-tickler category:
    • Titanic: Century of gripping emotions. Test your awareness about the epic disaster.
  • In the Health Topic section:
    • Learn about Autism in the article "Attention to Autism ..."
    • Learn about the recent news about the rising cases of "Melanoma - Skin Cancer in young womens".
  • In the English Song category:
    • Listen to our best song picks for 'Feel good' theme.
    • Listen to the picked songs continuously with our Jukebox!
  • In the Seriously Funny section:
    • Watch the funny video "Watch before you help!"
    • Read the humor, "My husband is missing ... "
    • Read the humor, "Urgent meeting ..."
  • In the Surfboard section:
    • Read the thought "Disease is contagious.. How about cure?"
  • In the Tamil Picks section:
    • Enjoy the 10 Tamil songs picked out of 20+ songs we reviewed for 'Take it easy' theme.
    • new Anniversary Special: Enjoy the video picks continuously, on-demand in our new video channel.
    • Listen to the 10+ best songs for 'Take it easy' theme.
    • Read the poem picks "Nagaichuvai" and "punnagai poo" in the Tamil poem section.
    • View our recommended tamil movie - "Mounaguru" - review for this month.
  • In the Recipe Spot section:
    • Learn how to make Basil Chicken Thai Fried rice at home.
  • Nuggets:
    • Don't miss to reflect on the thought and humor nuggets.
      - Doctor, what are my odds of getting better - in Editor's desk section
      - A complaining customer? No worries! and Swimming is good for your figure - in Health section
      - Girls are inclined to marry men like fathers ... - in Surfboard section
      - Everyone is busy - in Reader's footprint section
      - Want to become a celebrity? - in Your feedback section
  • Get Inspired by watching the video "Winning is a habit" by Vince Lombardi.

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